Joe’s Morning Sports-April 11, 2017
Steve Fisher is retiring from a basketball coaching career that includes a national championship at Michigan, directing the Fab Five and then turning San Diego State from a laughingstock into a West Coast power. Two people with knowledge of the situation say that the 72-year-old is retiring after 18 seasons at SDSU. The school has scheduled a news conference for today.
Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning single off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 last night after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley Field. Pinch-hitter Jon Jay started the winning rally with a leadoff single against Sergio Romo. With two outs and Jay on third, Rizzo sliced a 1-1 pitch from Jansen into left field for his first RBI this season. Rizzo also heard wild cheers earlier in the night when he started the 2016 flag toward the top of a pole in right-center before handing the reins over to his smiling teammates. He then emerged from under the bleachers with the championship trophy, drawing another big ovation from the sellout crowd of over 41,000.
Nebraska basketball player Michael Jacobson has decided to transfer, making him the fourth player to leave the program since the season ended. Coach Tim Miles made the announcement last night. He has four open scholarships for the 2017-18 season. Jacobson started all 31 games in his sophomore season and averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Cornhuskers, who were 12-19 overall and tied for twelfth in the Big Ten at 6-12. Jacobson’s departure follows those of sophomore forward Ed Morrow Jr., freshman forward Jeriah Horne and junior Nick Fuller. Jacobson said in a statement that it’s a difficult decision to leave and that he’s grateful to Miles and his staff for giving him an opportunity.
Senior Ben Miller and junior Jake Hohensee were each instrumental in Nebraska posting a 4-1 record last week, including a series win over Maryland, the preseason pick to win the Big Ten. Yesterday, the league office announced that Miller was tabbed as the league’s player of the week and Hohensee earned pitcher-of-the-week accolades. Miller had a stellar week, as he was 12-20 at the plate with one home run, five runs, six RBIs and two doubles. On Saturday he became the 25th member of NU’s 200-hit club with his 4-4 performance and then produced his second straight four-hit game on Sunday. Hohensee set the tone for the weekend with a dominant effort against the Terps on Friday night. The Lincoln native struck out a career-high eight batters and allowed one run on three hits over a career-high 8.1 innings in Nebraska’s 3-1 series-opening win. Also, Creighton junior pitcher Keith Rogalla earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week. He tossed a career-high nine innings, allowing just one run on five hits in his second career complete game in a 5-1 victory over St. John’s last Sunday. Rogalla did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school baseball rankings. Millard South is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Lincoln Pius X stays at number one in Class ‘B’.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in high school sports, the Norfolk High girls & boys soccer teams host Lincoln Southeast starting with the girls match at 5:00, the Lutheran High Northeast track & field squad participates in the Wayne Invite at 2:00, and the Norfolk High girls tennis team visits Fremont for a 4:15 dual. In baseball, Nebraska is in Manhattan, Kansas to play Kansas State at 6:35, Creighton entertains South Dakota State at 6:30, Wayne State goes to Marshall, Minnesota to play Southwest Minnesota State for a 1:00 doubleheader, the Omaha Storm Chasers host Round Rock, Texas at 6:35, and the Northeast Hawks softball team is home against Iowa Central in a 2:00 doubleheader.
Local Schedule: Lincoln SE at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-5:00); LHNE at Wayne Inv. (T&F-2:00); Nfk High at Fremont (G. Tenn. Dual-4:15); Iowa Central CC at NECC (SB DH-2:00); Nebraska at Kansas St. at Manhattan, KS (Bsbl-6:35); South Dakota St. at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); WSC at SW Minnesota St. at Marshall, MN (Bsbl DH-1:00); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).
Local Scores: Columbus at Nfk High (T&F Dual-Ppd.); Lincoln SE at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-Ppd.); Nfk High vs. Columbus at Elks CC (BG Dual-Ppd. To Apr. 17); LHNE vs. NC at Nfk CC (BG Dual-Ppd. To Apr. 24).
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