Joe's Morning Sports-Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Men's top seed Rafael Nadal pulled out a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 win over nine-seed Dominic Thiem in the U.S. Open last night.  It was only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches that Nadal lost a set by a 6-0 score, and the first in which he rallied to win.  He came within two points of victory late in the fourth set before being pushed to a fifth, where he was two points from a loss before advancing to face Juan Martin del Potro.

Why do it?  Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality against blacks.  Marketing experts disagree over whether the ad is smart business.  But some note approvingly that it has made a big splash.  And they say it could solidify Nike's bond with athletes, especially black ones.  President Donald Trump said yesterday that Nike has sent a “terrible message”.  Shares of Nike fell 3.2 percent yesterday.

The Nebraska football team landed a junior college commit yesterday.  The Omaha World Herald reports that Dedrick Mills, a Garden City Community College of Kansas running back, pledged his commitment to the Huskers via Twitter.  Mills was originally a three-star commit to Georgia Tech in 2016.  He ran for 771 yards and twelve touchdowns on 152 carries for the Yellow Jackets his freshman season before being dismissed from the program in August 2017.  Mills carried the ball just seven times last year for Garden City before breaking his collarbone.  Through one game this year, Mills, now a redshirt sophomore, has 24 rushes for 267 yards and three touchdowns for Garden City.

The Creighton men’s soccer team dropped out of the United Soccer Coaches Poll after being ranked 20th last week.  The Bluejays are 2-1-1 on the season after falling in Phoenix, Arizona to Grand Canyon 1-0 last Friday before beating South Florida 2-1 on Monday in Tampa, Florida.  Creighton returns to action on Friday when they host Memphis at 7:30.  Wake Forest is ranked first followed by Duke, Michigan State, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Following a 3-1 weekend at the South Central Classic in Oklahoma, the Wayne State volleyball team moved up one spot to 19th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.  The 7-1 Wildcats posted 3-0 wins over East Central (Okla.) and Southeastern Oklahoma State, a 3-1 victory over Southern Nazarene while losing their final match of the tournament to Central Oklahoma 3-1.  Wayne State opens Northern Sun Conference play this week, visiting Sioux Falls Thursday at 6:00.   

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team swept Norfolk Catholic in three sets last night at the Norfolk Catholic Activities Center by scores of 25-18, 25-19, 25-20.  Becca Gebhardt had 18 kills and 18 digs and Chloe Spence had 33 set assists.  Five different Lady Eagles reached double figures in digs.  The Lady Knights were led by Mary Fennessy’s seven kills, Anna Neuhalfen’s 13 digs, and Carly Marshall’s 16 set assists.  Lutheran High Northeast improves to 5-2 on the season while Norfolk Catholic falls to 0-5.  The Lady Eagles now lead the overall series 12-6 dating back to 1998.  They’ve won the last five matches.

Local Schedule:  Iowa Lakes CC at NECC (VB-7:00); Central CC at NECC (M. Socc.-7:00).

Friday Night:  The Norfolk Panther football team visits Kearney at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:20 on 106 KIX &  Also, Osmond entertains Wynot at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL &

Local Scores:  Lincoln SE 25-25-16-25 Nfk High 19-23-25-22 (VB); Fremont at Nfk High (SB-Ppd. To Sep. 20); Hastings at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-Ppd.); Hartington CC & Pierce at NC Tri. (GG-Ppd.).

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      Final    Boston      5    Atlanta      1






      Final    Tampa  Bay          4    Toronto                  0

      Final    Cleveland          9    Kansas  City          3

      Final    Texas                  4    L-A  Angels            2

      Final    Detroit              8    Chi  White  Sox      3

      Final    Houston              5    Minnesota              2

      Final    N-Y  Yankees      5    Oakland                  1

      Final    Baltimore          5    Seattle                  3






      Final    St.  Louis          11    Washington            8

      Final    Pittsburgh          7    Cincinnati            3

      Final    Philadelphia      9    Miami                      4

      Final    Milwaukee          11    Chi  Cubs                1

      Final    Colorado              6    San  Francisco      2

      Final    Arizona                6    San  Diego              0

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      11    N-Y  Mets                4






      Final    Washington      86    Atlanta      81

      Final    Seattle            94    Phoenix      84

In other news

The independent Atlantic League is so happy with "robot umpires" that it will continue using the system for the rest of the season, according to ESPN.  The league became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes at its all-star game earlier this…

The Baseball Hall of Fame now includes pitchers Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay, along with designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines.  The six were inducted at Cooperstown on a sizzling Sunday in upstate New York.  Naturally, Rivera closed the cer…