Lackey goes 7, Rosenthal holds on as Cardinals beat Royals

kc-royalsST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey threw seven strong innings after a shaky beginning, Trevor Rosenthal escaped his own jam in the ninth and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royal 4-3 on Thursday night.

Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter hit two-run homers as the Cardinals won in the makeup of a rainout last month.

As in the originally scheduled game, St. Louis and Kansas City led their league in wins and Lackey (9-5) and Chris Young (8-6) were the scheduled starters.

Rosenthal, pitching for the third straight day, took over to begin the ninth with a 4-2 lead. Alex Rios led off with a single and Omar Infante followed with a triple.

The Royals went on to put runners on second and third with no outs, but Rosenthal held on for his 30th save in 32 chances. Mike Moustakas grounded out to end it.

Armstrong Named to Manning Award Watch List

Tommy Armstrong accounted for 3,400 yards of total offense in 2014. (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

Tommy Armstrong accounted for 3,400 yards of total offense in 2014. (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

University of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong earned his second watch list recognition Thursday afternoon, as he was named to the Manning Award Watch List.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2015 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowl season.

The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong has engineered the Nebraska offense each of the past two seasons, compiling a 16-5 record as the Huskers’ starting quarterback. In 2014, Armstrong compiled 3,400 yards of total offense, the third-best single-season total in Nebraska history. Armstrong passed for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 705 yards. The Cibolo, Texas, native set Nebraska sophomore records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 2014.

Armstrong is one of three Big Ten quarterbacks on the watch list. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 25. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 13.

Muckalt Names Gordon, Nelson As Assistants

tcstormKEARNEY, Neb. – After a national search, new Tri-City Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt has chosen his assistants, hiring Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson to join him behind the bench for the 2015-16 USHL season.

“It was a very extensive process,” said Muckalt. “What I like about Ben and Taylor is that they’ve both played on championship teams at high levels on hockey. They’re both very eager, have attention to detail and are passionate about the game. Our players are going to be able to relate to them and they’ll demand respect. I’m really happy to get them on board and excited to get their families integrated in the Tri-City community.”

Gordon comes to the Storm from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., where he served as an assistant coach during the 2014-15 season. Before making the transition to coaching, Gordon played six years of professional hockey with various teams in the ECHL, AHL, DEL and CHL.

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Adidas Unveils 2015 Huskers Alternate Uniforms

Adidas has unveiled the new alternate uniforms for the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the upcoming college football season. The Huskers will don the new look on October 24 when they host Northwestern at Memorial Stadium.

Adidas described the new look and design features in a Thursday morning press release.

Centered around a bold, black colorway, the new look features metallic red numbers with a forged steel outline, combined with a modernized, metallic version of the classic Nebraska stripes that accent the jersey and pants. Providing form and function, the numbers and stripes are serrated, allowing for maximum ventilation and range of motion. Additional detailing includes an oversized, bold “N” logo that is integrated into the pant stripe to match the logo on the helmet and the “Huskers” team moniker is subtlety woven into the fabric on the side of the jerseys.

Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels. The jersey’s padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.

Rounding out the new look is the new Husker Bold alternative black matte shell helmet, featuring metallic red logos, stripes and player numbers on the back – identical to the jersey, and a metallic red facemask. Additionally, the head-to-toe package includes the adizero 5-Star 4.0 gloves and TECHFIT gun show baselayer – both prominently featuring the “N” logo, along with the adizero 5-Star 4.0 cleats.

The adizero 5-Star 4.0, lighter than any competitor cleat at 8.0 ounces, has a SPRINTSKIN upper with SHOCKWEB reinforcement and a SPRINTFRAME plate that provides maximum acceleration and multi-directional traction, while the adizero 5-Star 4.0 gloves, feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack 2.0 for consistent control in all weather conditions.

AUDIO: First Nationals Seniors & Juniors Both Headed to State

The North Platte First Nationals Junior Legion defeated Hastings 4-1 in game one and 6-0 in game two on Tuesday night to claim the Area 7 District Championship. North Platte’s trip to state will be their second consecutive state tournament appearance. North Platte went 0-2 in last year’s state tournament. North Platte opens the state tournament in Fremont on Saturday against Millard North at 4:00 pm.

Official Bracket – Junior Legion State Tournament

The North Platte First Nationals Senior Legion will also be headed to state this weekend. The Seniors will be playing in Hastings, they open play on Saturday night at 7:00 pm against Grand Island. It’s the seniors first trip to the state tournament since 2011.

Official Bracket – Senior Legion State Tournament

Moustakas’ 3-run homer leads Royals past Pirates, 5-1

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edinson Volquez pitched effectively into the eighth inning against his old team and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Volquez (9-5), who won 13 games last season for the Pirates, picked up his first victory since June 26. He allowed one run on eight hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

Moustakas homered with two out in the eighth with Alex Rios and Jarrod Dyson aboard. Moustakas drove the 3-0 offering from right-hander Charlie Morton into the Royals’ bullpen.

Dyson’s bunt single scored Omar Infante with the first run of the inning.

Morton (6-4) allowed five runs on seven hits, two of them home runs, walked one, hit two batters and struck out four.

Andrus’ tiebreaking single lifts Rangers over Rockies 10-8

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth, and the Texas Rangers bounced back from blowing an early five-run lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Wednesday.

Rougned Odor homered and finished with three hits for the third time in the last six games for the Rangers.

Carlos Gonzalez and Nick Hundley homered in Colorado’s four-run eighth. Gonzalez’s three-run shot off Tanner Scheppers (4-1) tied it at 8.

Odor led off the ninth with a walk against closer John Axford (2-3). Adrian Beltre singled and one out later pinch-hitter Prince Fielder was intentionally walked. Andrus singled to left on drawn-in infield to give the Rangers the lead.

Shawn Tolleson worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Royals’ Jason Vargas to DL with torn elbow ligament

Jason Vargas

Jason Vargas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his elbow, an injury that typically requires season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Vargas left his start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night after throwing just 26 pitches. He had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed the extent of the injury.

The Royals filled his spot in the rotation by recalling Yordano Ventura. The hard-throwing right-hander had been sent to Triple-A Omaha just a day earlier to work on his inconsistency and rebuild some confidence after a string of poor starts.

Vargas, who is 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA, was instrumental in the Royals’ run to the World Series a year ago. He went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in three postseason starts.

Olivia Nicholson named to preseason All-American Watch List

North Platte High School senior Olivia Nicholson has been recognized by on their 2015 preseason high school all-american watch list. Nicholson, a verbal commit to Colorado State, is one of 350 players across the country tabbed to the watch list and one of seven from Nebraska.

Full Watch List of 2015 Preseason All-Americans