Sports News-September 5, 2013

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Police have obtained video that shows former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at a Boston club at the same time as two men who were shot and killed hours later, according to ESPN.  Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed in their car in Boston's South End on July 16, 2012.  Police were searching for a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates in connection with the killings and found a car roughly matching that description while searching a Bristol, Conn., residence for evidence related to the murder of Odin Lloyd, which Hernandez is charged with.  The silver Toyota 4Runner with Rhode Island plates had been in the garage of Hernandez's uncle's home for approximately a year.  According to the Courant, police are also examining a .38-caliber pistol in connection with the 2012 case after it was seized from a vehicle driven by a Bristol woman who was involved in a multicar crash June 21.  Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd on June 17 near his North Attleborough, Mass., home.

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., already the world's highest-paid athlete in recent annual surveys, is unlikely to yield his crown with the disclosure yesterday by adviser Leonard Ellerbe and Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer that he will earn a guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for his Sept. 14 junior middleweight unification fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Mayweather's purse shatters the previous record of $32 million, which he set for his May 2012 fight with Miguel Cotto and then tied for his fight this past May against Robert Guerrero.  For 2013, Mayweather's guaranteed purses will total $73.5 million.

The Boston Red Sox tied a club record by belting eight homers in a 20-4 romp over the Detroit Tigers.  David Ortiz went 3-5 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored, while Will Middlebrooks was 3-5 with a homer and four RBIs.  The win gives the American League East-leading Red Sox a 5 ½ game lead over Tampa Bay, which used a pair of Wil Myers homers to beat the Angels 3-1.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released their high school preseason volleyball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Southwest is ranked first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Class 'B' Defending State Champion Grand Island Northwest is first in their class.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is first.  In Class 'C-2', Lutheran High Northeast is preseason ranked first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is third, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked sixth, and West Point Guardian Angels is seventh.  In Class 'D-1', North Platte St. Patrick's is ranked first, O'Neill St. Mary's is second, and Howells/Dodge is ranked third.  In Class 'D-2', Mead is preseason ranked first, Ewing is third, and Stuart is ranked eighth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard West is ranked first in Class 'A' while Class 'B' Defending State Champion Grand Island Northwest is first in their class.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is first.  In Class 'C-2', Lutheran High Northeast is preseason ranked first, Hartington Cedar Catholic is fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is ranked fifth, and West Point Guardian Angels is eighth.  In Class 'D-1', North Platte St. Patrick's is ranked first, O'Neill St. Mary's is second, and Howells/Dodge is ranked tenth.  In Class 'D-2', Mead is preseason ranked first and Ewing is second.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star released its high school volleyball rankings today.  The Class 'C-2' State Runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is preseason ranked first in both polls in their class.  The Lady Eagles, who have reached the state tournament five years in a row, winning it twice, return eleven letter winners from last year's 30-6 team that lost to Hartington Cedar Catholic in the State Championship Match in four sets.  Lutheran High Northeast take on Bancroft/Rosalie and Pender today in the first day of the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic at Pender.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated it's high school softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Elkhorn South is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Raymond Central is the new number one, West Point Guardian Angels slips from third to fifth, Wayne stays at number seven, and Twin River is once again ninth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista is the new number one in Class 'A' while Beatrice is the new number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C', Bishop Neumann is the new number one, West Point Guardian Angels remains at number three, Wayne stays at number four, Twin River enters the rankings at number ten, and O'Neill falls from the top ten.

The Norfolk High boys & girls cross country team gets their season underway today when they participate in the Papillion La Vista South Invitational.  The boys is led by Aaron Bradley while the girls will be run by first year coach Lisa Langenberg, who takes over for Cassie Manhart.  The boys team has 21 runners out this season and returns seven state participants from a year ago in T.J. Claussen, Ryan Hoffie, Andrew Meuret, Austin Warren, Derek Johnson, Tim Carlson, and Noah Beardsley.  The squad is preseason ranked fifth after a tenth place finish from a year ago.  The girls team has 20 runners out this year as Abby Protzman & Erica Kumm return from last year's ninth place finish at the State Championships.  The Panthers schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Papillion La Vista South, Omaha Central, Yankton, Columbus, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at Columbus.  Norfolk will host their own invite on September 20th at Skyview Lake and their district meet on October 17th.

The Norfolk Catholic cross country team gets their season underway today when they participate in the Wisner/Pilger Invitational.  The girls team returns two state participants from a year ago in Joelle Heng and Nicole Aschoff.  The girls squad has eleven athletes out this year while the boys team has twelve.  The Knights' schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Wisner/Pilger, Wayne, Columbus Scotus, Crofton, and South Sioux City.  Norfolk Catholic will host their own invite at Skyview Lake on September 13th.

The Lutheran High Northeast cross country team gets their season underway today when they participate in the Wisner/Pilger Invitational.  The Eagles have only four athletes out this year in Maria Peterson, Andrew Daughten, Sora Wolff & Ryan Bodlak.  Their schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Wisner/Pilger, Norfolk Catholic, Neligh/Oakdale, Columbus Scotus, Crofton, Stanton, and Bloomfield.  Lutheran High Northeast will also participate in a triangular with Norfolk High & Norfolk Catholic on Skyview Lake on October 1st.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Schuyler-6:00; Vs. Pierce-7:00 (Pierce VB Tri.); LHNE Vs. Bancroft/Rosalie-6:30; Vs. Pender-7:30 (NE Neb. VB Classic at Pender); Fremont at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); LHNE at South Sioux City (SB-6:00); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista South Inv. (CC-5:00); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. (CC-5:30); NECC at DMACC Inv. At Boone, IA (MG-11:00); WSC at NW Missouri St. At Maryville, MO (W Socc.-3:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).

Friday Night:  High School football action has the Norfolk Panthers visiting Kearney at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Boone Central/Newman Grove hosts Pierce at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Local Scores:  Kirkwood CC, IA 25-25-25 NECC 19-17-18 (VB); Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Oklahoma City 1 (1-0) (PCL American Conference Championship Bsbl Series.).

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      Final            Oakland                11    Texas                      4
      Final            Cleveland              6    Baltimore              4
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          6    Chi  White  Sox      5
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      Final            Seattle                  6    Kansas  City          4
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