SOCCER

NU's Conroy scores twice, including OT winner

LINCOLN — Mayme Conroy scored in the sixth minute of extra time Sunday to lead Nebraska to a 4-3 win against Maryland at NU Soccer Field, giving the Huskers their first Big Ten victory of the year.

It was the second goal of the match and fifth on the season for the senior from Omaha Skutt.

Shade Pratt helped Maryland send the game into overtime with a goal in the 74th minute. The Terrapins (4-4-2, 2-2-1 Big Ten) outshot NU 12-8 and came back from two one-goal deficits.

Caroline Gray and Jaycie Johnson also scored for the Huskers (54-2,1-2-2).

Nebraska plays next at Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Despite Rice's eight saves, Creighton women shut out

Sophomore keeper Danielle Rice made eight saves, but it wasn't enough as the Creighton women fell 1-0 to St. John's on Sunday at Morrison Stadium.

Marissa Ammaturo scored the game's lone goal on an assist from Deanna Murino in the first half for the Red Storm (6-5, 2-0 Big East).

The Bluejays (8-3, 0-2) outshot St. John's 18-16 but Diana Poulin made four saves to help preserve the shutout.

Next up, Creighton hosts Providence at 7 p.m. Thursday

Fischenich's late goal gives Bellevue victory

Junior Betsy Fischenich scored barely two minutes into overtime, lifting Bellevue University to a 2-1 victory over Jamestown at Tranquility Park.

The Jimmies (4-3-2) forced extra time on Connie Contreras' goal in the 86th minute.

Yaritza Estrada also scored for the Bruins (8-1), who open MCAC play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Central Christian College.

AUTO RACING Gordon wins at Dover; teammate also advances

DOVER, Del.-Jeff Gordon doused Team Penske's hot streak with a champagne bath in Victory Lane.

Gordon had secured an emphatic automatic spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

But Gordon's entry in the field of 12 was all but guaranteed before he dominated the closing laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway. What wasn't so sure was that Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne was coming along for the ride.

Kahne survived a bumpy 400 miles, falling four laps back before rallying for a 20th-place finish to nab the 12th and final spot in the field.

"Kasey made it a pretty long day," owner Rick Hendrick said. "We were watching the monitor at the end of the race hoping that we didn't have a caution and Jeff could win it and Kasey could get in. I didn't know exactly how close it was going to be until I watched that monitor."

NASCAR tried to inject its 10-race Chase format with a revamped formula for crowning a champion this season. Under NASCAR's elimination format, four drivers will be knocked out after every third race. Dover marked the third race.

That meant plenty of nerves all around the track — and tons of scoreboard watching.

Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola were eliminated from championship contention. Four more drivers will drop out following the next three-race segment that starts next week at Kansas Speedway.

Gordon joined Chase winners Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as the three drivers who were guaranteed a berth in the next Chase round with victories.

"I think it makes a statement of what type of team we are," Gordon said after his fourth win of the season and 92nd overall. "I think that it makes a statement that we're a team to beat for this championship."

Kevin Harvick also advanced, along with the Hendrick duo of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch,

Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin was the lone driver of the bottom four entering Dover to race his way into the top 12. The points will reset for the Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega bracket.

Keselowski was second at Dover to continue his strong Chase effort through three races.

Johnson, Logano and Kenseth completed the top five.

HORSE RACING

Desormeaux kicked by horse, taken to hospital

ARCADIA, Calif. - Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken to the hospital after being unseated during the post parade and getting kicked in the chest before a race at Santa Anita on Sunday.

The 42-year-old rider had three wins on Sunday's card before the incident ahead of the eighth race.

Desormeaux was aboard 2-year-old filly She's a Big Winner, who was entered in her first race, when she reared and unseated him. He got up and while trying to remount he was kicked by the filly's hind leg, sending him backward about 10 feet.

SOFTBALL

Huskers split exhibition with South Dakota

LINCOLN — A four-run fourth inning powered Nebraska to a 6-5 victory against South Dakota in the second game of Sunday's exhibition doubleheader at Bowlin Stadium.

The Coyotes won the opener 2-1 in nine innings.

In the nightcap, the Huskers held a 10-3 edge in hits but South Dakota led early thanks to a four-run second inning in which it didn't record a hit. The Coyotes benefited from three walks, two hit batters, an error and two wild pitches to go ahead 4-1.

But Kiki Stokes tied the game with a two-run single, then MJ Knighten put NU ahead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Emily Lockman tossed the complete game in the opener, which was scoreless until the seventh inning. South Dakota then scored the winning run two innings later on a groundout by Allie Daly.

NU will host the Husker Fall Classic at Bowlin Stadium next weekend.

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