Joe's Morning Sports-Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will likely miss the rest of the preseason with an injury near the front of his left ankle.  Colts general manager Chris Ballard says he isn't sure if the injury will keep Luck out of the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.  Indy's starting quarterback has been dealing with lower leg pain since straining his left calf in March.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has returned to training camp after missing time to see a specialist for his frostbitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet.  Brown was surrounded by cameras as he walked onto the field late in practice and greeted his teammates for the first time since leaving camp about a week ago.  Coach Jon Gruden says he expects him to be ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against Denver.

Coach Jim Harbaugh is lashing out at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who says Michigan didn't support a transfer's attempt to play for the Bearcats right away.  Harbaugh says he told Fickell he wouldn't lie about what he knew regarding the transfer of James Hudson.  The offensive lineman transferred to Cincinnati last year and the NCAA denied his waiver request.  Hudson says mental health prompted his transfer, but his request was denied because he did not reveal the issues at Michigan.

Wins in four of its last six games left Nebraska coaches and players optimistic about what lies in store in 2019.  The Cornhuskers are a popular pick to win the Big Ten West.  Quarterback Adrian Martinez returns and the defense expects to continue improving in year two of the 3-4 system.  Nebraska also has a favorable schedule with most of its key Big Ten games at home.  The Huskers open Aug. 31 at home against South Alabama.

The Nebraska volleyball team is ranked second in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Coaches Poll.  The Huskers received one of the 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,451 points.  Stanford, which received 62 first-place votes, took the top ranking with 1,598 points.  The Cardinal defeated NU in the NCAA Championship match last December in Minneapolis, 3-2.  The two teams will meet this regular season on Sept. 18 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  This marks the second straight year Nebraska will begin the season at number two.  Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin round out the top five.  The Huskers return five starters from last year's team, including first-team All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins.  Creighton is ranked 18th.  It's the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Bluejays have earned a spot in the preseason poll, and tied for the third-best preseason ranking in program history.  Last year's CU squad was 13th in the preseason poll and finished the season with a 29-5 record.  Creighton won their fifth straight BIG EAST regular-season title, and their fifth straight BIG EAST Championship.  That team would also finish the season 13th in the final year-end AVCA poll.

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     INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Minnesota              7    Milwaukee          5

      Final    St.  Louis              2    Kansas  City      0

      Final    San  Francisco      3    Oakland              2

      Final    Pittsburgh          10    L-A  Angels        7

      Final    Tampa  Bay              7    San  Diego          5

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Houston                  6    Chi  White  Sox      2

      Final    N-Y  Yankees          8    Baltimore              3

      Final    Toronto                  3    Texas                      0

      Final    Boston                    7    Cleveland              6,  10  Innings

      Final    Seattle                11    Detroit                  6

      Final    Chi  White  Sox      4    Houston                  1

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Washington          3    Cincinnati      1

      Final    Philadelphia      4    Chi  Cubs          2

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      15    Miami                1

      Final    Atlanta                5    N-Y  Mets          3

      Final    Arizona                9    Colorado          3

    

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Minnesota      89    N-Y  Liberty      73

      Final    Las  Vegas      94    Atlanta              90

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