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Joe’s Sportscast-November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016 GMT

The 7-2 Nebraska football team has slipped from ninth to 21st in the AP Top 25 and fall from tenth to 20th in the coaches’ poll. They dropped a road game at sixth ranked Ohio State last Saturday 62-3. Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, and Louisville round out the top five in the AP Poll. The Huskers, who are outscoring their opponents on average 28.8-23.2, return to action this Saturday when they host Minnesota on Saturday at 6:30 on BTN.

Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The 6’2 senior was hurt Saturday in the Rebels’ victory over Georgia Southern. The school announced the injury following Kelly’s MRI on Sunday, and said he would have surgery this week. Kelly has thrown for a Southeastern Conference-leading 2,758 yards, 19 touchdown and eight interceptions this season. He threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and led Ole Miss to a Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

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Nebraska’s TJ Dudley opened his senior season in dominating fashion at the Warren Williams/Daktronics Open in Brookings, South Dakota. Dudley, who finished second at last season’s NCAA Championships, outscored his three opponents at 184 pounds 41-1 Sunday. The South Carolina, native scored two technical falls and a major decision. Dudley capped his impressive day with a 16-0 technical fall victory over South Dakota State’s Martin Mueller. Two other Huskers won titles Sunday. Sophomore Tyler Berger won four matches to win at 157 pounds, and true freshman Chad Red had a strong debut, pinning two opponents en route to a title at 141 pounds.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school volleyball rankings. Omaha Skutt is once again first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘B’ while Omaha Marian is the new number one in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘C-1’, Kearney Catholic stays at number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Diller/Odell is the new number one, Crofton is once again second, Stanton moves up from fourth to third, Hartington Cedar Catholic jumps from ninth to sixth, Ponca drops from first to seventh, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family falls from fifth to ninth, and Howells/Dodge slips from sixth to tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Meridian is the new number one, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from fifth to third, North Central is up from tenth to fourth, Elgin Public/Pope John drops from third to fifth, and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic stays at number six. In Class ‘D-2’, Hampton is once again first, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from seventh to fourth, Wynot falls from fourth to fifth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central stays at number six.

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The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school volleyball rankings. Lutheran High Northeast moves up from fifth to third in Class ‘D-1’ in the Omaha World Herald and remain fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lady Eagles are 21-13 on the season after sweeping Bloomfield, Randolph, and North Central last week to reach the State Tournament. Lutheran High Northeast, who is seeded fourth in the Class ‘D-1’ bracket takes on 17-10 West Point Guardian Angels at Lincoln East High School at 7:30 on Thursday night.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team has qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Northeast swept Iowa Central in three sets in the Region XI-B Final at Creston, Iowa on Saturday. Scores of the match had the Hawks winning 27-25, 25-19, 25-23. Courtni Kunz recorded twelve kills, Mackenzie Wecker added 25 digs, and Jordan Vogt had 33 assists. Northeast had been swept by Iowa Central in Ft. Dodge, Iowa on October 5th. The Hawks are now 27-11 on the season and will find out their seeding in the tournament on Monday. The Tournament starts on November 17th in Charleston, West Virginia.

The NSAA has released the State Volleyball Tournament bracket. The event starts on Thursday at various sites in Lincoln. Regarding area teams, in Class ‘C-2’, at Lincoln Southwest High School, Hartington Cedar Catholic takes on Diller/Odell at 1:30, Crofton meets Hastings St. Cecilia at 5:30, and Stanton battles Centura at 7:30. In Class ‘D-1’, at Lincoln East High School, Elgin Public/Pope John faces Ansley/Litchfield at 1:30 and Lutheran High Northeast plays West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic at 7:30. In Class ‘D-2’, at Lincoln Northeast High School, Chambers/Wheeler Central takes on Potter/Dix at 1:30 and Wynot tangles with O’Neill St. Mary’s at 7:30.

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 21-13 on the season after a 3-0 week which qualified them for the State Tournament. The Lady Eagles, who are back in the State Tournament for the first time since 2013, swept Bloomfield and Randolph in sub-district matches before whitewashing North Central in their district final last Thursday. Lutheran High Northeast is ranked third in the Omaha World Herald and fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star. They will take on 17-10 West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Thursday in the opening round of the State Tournament at Lincoln East High School at 7:30.

The Crofton football team is 9-2 on the year and have claimed three contests in a row after rallying past Valentine on the road 27-20 last Friday in the quarterfinal of the Class ‘C-2’ playoffs. The Warriors trailed 20-7 in the third quarter and in the end held the Badgers out of the end zone on a goal line play. Crofton is currently ranked fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star and sixth in the Omaha World Herald. They have beaten Wisner/Pilger, Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast, Twin River, Ponca, Stanton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Lutheran High Northeast, Central City, and Valentine with their losses occurring to Oakland/Craig and Battle Creek. The Warriors are outscoring their opponents on average 30.3-14.4. Crofton returns to action on Friday night when they host Omaha World Herald fifth ranked 9-2 Battle Creek in the semifinals of the playoffs. The Braves beat the Warriors on October 14th in Battle Creek 14-0.

The Bloomfield football team is 9-1 on the season and have won nine games in a row after routing Lawrence/Nelson on the road 50-20 last Wednesday in the second round of the Class ‘D-2’ playoffs. The Bees are currently ranked ninth in both the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star. They have beaten Scribner/Snyder, Randolph, Elkhorn Valley, North Central, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Osmond, Stuart, Exeter/Milligan, and Lawrence/Nelson with their lone loss occurring in their opener to Wynot 36-22. Bloomfield returns to action on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 when they host Lincoln Journal Star fourth ranked 9-1 Falls City Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Local Schedule: Chadron St. at Nebraska (MBB Exhibition-7:00).

Tuesday Evening: The Creighton football team hosts Lourdes Central Catholic in the quarterfinals of the Class ‘D-1’ playoffs at 5:00. Pregame coverage at 4:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & KEXL.com.

Local Scores: (24) Creighton 3 Xavier 1 (Big East Men’s Soccer Tourn. Quarterfinal); (25) Creighton 25-25-25 Xavier 16-23-21 (VB); Nebraska-Omaha 25-20-25-19-25 Oral Roberts 23-25-20-25-23 (VB);

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Utah 114 N-Y Knicks 109

Final Portland 100 Memphis 94

Final Sacramento 96 Toronto 91

Final OT Dallas 86 Milwaukee 75

Final Denver 123 Boston 107

Final L.A. Lakers 119 Phoenix 108

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Edmonton 2 Detroit 1

Final St. Louis 5 Colorado 1

Final New Jersey 4 Carolina 1

Final Chicago 4 Dallas 3

Final N-Y Rangers 5 Winnipeg 2

Final Anaheim 4 Calgary 1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Baltimore 21 Pittsburgh 14

Final Dallas 35 Cleveland 10

Final Miami 27 N-Y Jets 23

Final OT Detroit 22 Minnesota 16

Final N-Y Giants 28 Philadelphia 23

Final Kansas City 19 Jacksonville 14

Final New Orleans 41 San Francisco 23

Final Carolina 13 Los Angeles 10

Final San Diego 43 Tennessee 35

Final Indianapolis 31 Green Bay 26

Final Oakland 30 Denver 20