We’ve got the season’s first local conference champion. The Creighton women’s soccer team secured the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title Thursday night behind late goals from Erin Gunther and Brittney Neumann, both Omaha natives, in a 2-1 overtime victory over Illinois State. The win earned the Bluejays an opening round bye in the MVC tournament. Creighton will play the winner of Drake and Evansville Friday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. –Swimming, biking, running. If I do one of them in any week I consider it a hard-earned personal health and fitness victory; but University of Nebraska at Omaha officials expect up to 800 people to register to do all three at the first Omaha Women’s Triathlon, May 22, 2011. The event is a sprint distance triathlon featuring a 750k swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run. It’s open to individuals or teams. Course details aren’t finalized but the swim portion will take place at the new Lawrence Youngman Lake, 192nd and Dodge. All proceeds go to the Olson Center for Women’s Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. For more information visit omahawomenstri.com. –The United Football League championship game is coming to Omaha but the question is whether the Nighthawks be there. Last Thursday’s loss to Las Vegas, the second of the season to the Locomotives, left Omaha at 3-2. It’s not all bad. Being second in the league the Nighthawks control their fate. The bad news is two of three remaining games will be away from packed stands at Rosenblatt Stadium. The good news is the Nighthawks have beaten the three teams left on the schedule. Everything’s been storybook this season so I’ll officially set myself up for disappointment and say Omaha will make it. Don’t worry, as a Cubs fan I’m very good at this sort of thing. Either way, let no one question a Nebraskan’s willingness to watch football. The title game is coming here because you people keep turning out. Nicely done.

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