29-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Noah Vedral has entered the transfer portal and plans to play his final two seasons at another school. An athletic department spokesman confirmed Vedral's decision. Vedral has been backup to Adrian Martinez for two years. He transferred to Nebraska from Central Florida after coach Scott Frost was hired away from UCF in December 2017. Vedral started against Minnesota and Indiana last season. The native of Wahoo, Nebraska, also appeared in four other games and finished 34-of-52 passing for 418 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He rushed for 106 yards and three TDs and will be a junior in the fall.
29-Apr-2020 / Ap
YORK, S.C. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs' 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago.
29-Apr-2020 / Ap
UNDATED (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, says his level of optimism is “very high” that there will be a 2020 college football season. Patterson said during a Tuesday Zoom call with the media, “At some point in time, whether it’s fall or spring ... or if it’s shortened, we’re talking about five, six, seven, eight different options right now.”
UNDATED (AP) — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. The masks were inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line.
UNDATED (AP) — The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament in Greensboro was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy.
UNDATED (AP — Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”
28-Apr-2020 / North Platte CC
The North Platte Community College Knights Basketball team has signed two recruits out of Spring Creek Academy in Texas. German Plotnikov, a 6’6” guard from Belarus and Timur Krupalijah, a 6’9” forward from Bosnia both played their senior year at the Plano, Tx academy.
Plotnikov was named to the 1st team All-State Texas Christian Athletic League Division. He averaged 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 45% from behind the three-point line. German served as captain for the Spring Creek Spartans during the 2019-20 season and helped lead them to a 25-8 record.
Plotnikov was named Most Valuable Player of the Cedar Hill Classic where he scored a career high 36 points in the semifinal game. German has also competed in multiple FIBA European events as a member of the Belarus U18 National Team. “German was an efficient scoring threat who plays to his strengths and reads the game very well,” commented NPCC Head Coach Kevin O’Connor. “He accomplished all this while also maintaining over a 3.5 GPA during the 2019-20 school year.”
Timur Krupalijah was named to the 2nd team All-State Texas Christian Athletic League Division. Timur let the Spring Creek Spartans with 7.5 rebounds per game and two blocks per game. He also finished as the third leading scorer with 10 points per game. Krupalijah served as a team captain for the Bosnian U18 National Tea, while competing in FIBA European events.
“Timur has a mixture of athleticism and skill which allows him to bring versatility to the roster,” commented Coach O’Connor. “His quickness allows him to switch pick and rolls where he is comfortable guarding away from the basket while also having time to block shots and rebound. He maintained over a 3.5 GPA during the 2019-20 school year.”
28-Apr-2020 / Nebraska Athletics
Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program added one of most prolific 3-point shooters in the country, as Trevor Lakes has transferred to Nebraska.
Lakes, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward from Lebanon, Ind., spent the last three seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where he totaled nearly 1,000 points and 400 rebounds and helped the Greyhound program to a 62-25 record in that stretch. His 235 3-pointers in three seasons ranked fifth in program history. Lakes enters the 2020-21 season among the top-20 players nationally among all NCAA basketball players in 3-pointers, while he is a career 41 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Lakes has one year of college eligibility remaining.
“We are excited to have Trevor join our program,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He is an elite shooter with size and a high basketball IQ, and his skillset and understanding of the game will allow us to be creative in how we can maximize his abilities in our system. Trevor is a proven scorer who brings experience and a competitive spirit that will push everyone in our gym to play at a higher level.”
Last season, Lakes averaged a team-high 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range to pace Indianapolis to a 24-6 record and a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. A second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick, he led the conference in 3-pointers per game (3.4/gm) while ranking in the top 15 in the GLVC in both scoring (14th) and rebounding (12th). He reached double-figures 26 times, including nine games with at least 20 points, and recorded nine games with at least five 3-pointers. His season high in 2019-20 was a 25-point outburst against Maryville (Mo.) when he went 9-of-16 from the field, including seven 3-pointers. He posted a double-double at Bellarmire with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lakes also shined in an exhibition win over Loyola (Chicago) with 22 points, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and six boards.
He collected All-GLVC honors as a sophomore, as he led the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, while pulling down 5.5 rebounds per contest. Lakes paced the conference with 3.5 3-pointers per game and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range, while ranking among conference leaders in scoring (11th), rebounding (12th) and blocked shots (0.7, 12th). He reached double figures 20 times, including five contests with at least 20 points. He tallied a career-high 27 points against Elmhurst and collected his first career double-double against Quincy with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
Lakes saw action in 28 games as a freshman, averaging 5.6 points per game while shooting a team-best 45 percent from 3-point range. He had a season-high 21 points against Bluefield State and racked up 19 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range, at Tiffin.
He played his high school at Lebanon High School, averaging 22.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior, earning IBCA Honorable Mention All-State honors. He also was an All-Area Honorable Mention by the Indy Star and High Honorable Mention All-State by the AP. He played four seasons of basketball at Lebanon High School and one season of golf in high school.
28-Apr-2020 / Ap
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that activities like fishing, hunting and golfing can resume on May 5, at which time people can also return to state parks and other state lands for day trips. Inslee warned, however, if the state sees an uptick in infections of the coronavirus or if people don’t continue to abide by social distancing protocols, the activities could once again be restricted. Public gatherings and events, team sports and camping are all still prohibited under the current stay-at-home order that has been in place since March 23.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is racing toward a restart that could come as early as mid-May. The stock car series is trying to put together a schedule that allows it to race in states that have started re-opening. The series is working on safety protocols that other racing leagues will be watching, including no spectators to start. Teams could be back at work in North Carolina race shops by the end of the week when local stay-at-home orders expire.
UNDATED (AP) — As Major League Baseball explores options for starting the 2020 season, one possibility being considered is having groups of teams in Arizona, Texas and Florida. All of those areas have climate-controlled MLB stadiums, and other nearby ballparks. The new Texas Rangers ballpark is among possible venues, serving as a mid-American hub. The Rangers still haven't played a game in their new stadium, which has a retractable roof.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are undergoing a major front-office shakeup. With the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, team president John McDonough has been ousted despite a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships. Still, after three straight seasons of lackluster results, owner Rocky Wirtz says it’s the “right decision." His 43-year-old son Danny Wirtz is replacing McDonough on an interim basis.
UNDATED (AP) — Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil became the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman by negotiating a $66 million contract extension with the Houston Texans without the help of an agent. Agents typically take between 1-3% of the contract's value as their fee, so Tunsil saved a substantial amount by doing it himself. Tunsil says the toughest part was learning the right terminology and being able to voice it to the coaches.
27-Apr-2020 / Ap
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker says he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he was informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move comes two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. Letting go of Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gators guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann are declaring for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he could retain his college eligibility. He also declared for the draft last year and eventually returned to Florida after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine. The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State Aztecs forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility. Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season. Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.
UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and reality TV star Kristin Cavallari are getting divorced. Cavallari announced Sunday in an Instagram post that the couple are breaking up after seven years of marriage and a decade together. Cutler played 12 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Chicago and Miami. He was with the Bears from 2009-2016. Cavallari and Cutler have three young children -- two sons and a daughter.
26-Apr-2020 / UNK Athletics
Kearney, Neb. – Former Nebraska-Kearney defensive end Hinwa Allieu was expected to join the NFL's Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, April 26th.
The native of Sierra Leone and a graduate of The Avalon School (Gaithersburg, Md.) becomes the 12th Loper since 2000 to receive a tryout or sign an undrafted free agent deal with an NFL club. Linebacker Tyke Kozeal (Sargent) was the most recent pro Loper, spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.
Depending on the current COVID-19 situation, NFL teams will hold three-day post-Draft rookie minicamps either May 1-4 (Friday-Sunday) or May 8-11 (Friday-Sunday). Later in May and in early June are team's OTA's (organized team practice activities) with training camp set for July.
Allieu began playing football in high school and spent four years at UNK. The three-time All-MIAA selection recorded 160 tackles in 44 games played. His total included 25.5 tackles for loss including 15.5 sacks, seventh most in school history. Finally the Construction Management major had 14 QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in helping UNK win 16 games.
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25-Apr-2020 / Nebraska Athletics
Nebraska twin defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis were both selected on the third day of the NFL Draft Saturday. The Davis twins were All-Big Ten selections on the football field and All-America discus throwers in track and field during their Husker careers.
The Davises are the first brothers in the history of Nebraska football to be selected in the same NFL Draft. They are also the second twins in Husker history to both be chosen in the NFL Draft and are among 11 sets of brothers who played at Nebraska and were then drafted.
Khalil was the first Husker selected, as he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round with the 194th overall pick. Carlos, the older of the Davis twins by five minutes, was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round with the No. 232 overall pick.
Khalil is the 11th Husker to be selected by Tampa Bay and the first since Kenny Bell in 2015. Davis joins a Buccaneer defense that features former Husker All-Americans Ndamukong Suh and Lavonte David, both of whom have been first-team All-Pro selections in their NFL careers. Nebraska inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, the Huskers’ all-time leading tackler, was also drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and Ruud spent six seasons with the Buccaneers during his eight-year professional career. Nebraska has another tie to Tampa Bay, as the Bucs’ general manager is Jason Licht, who was born in Fremont and was a member of the Husker football team from 1989 to 1991.
Carlos is the 15th Husker to be selected by Pittsburgh, but just the second this century and the first since Keith Williams in 2011. Davis was the lone defensive linemen chosen by the Steelers in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he is the first Husker defensive lineman to be drafted by the organization. Davis will get the chance to play for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who also coached Nebraska head coach Scott Frost when Frost was a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, his final season in the NFL.
Khalil Davis, DL, 6th Round, 194th Pick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Khalil Davis improved throughout his Husker career, which saw him start as a 4-3 defensive tackle before switching to defensive end in a 3-4 scheme for his final three seasons. A two-time All-Big Ten honoree, Davis made 106 tackles and had 26 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks in 47 career games.
Davis played in 12 games in 2016, and two of his five tackles as a redshirt freshman came behind the line of scrimmage. He played in every game as a sophomore, totaling 15 tackles with four TFLs, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup, setting the stage for a productive final two seasons. Davis was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2018, when he led the Husker defensive line with 41 tackles, eight TFLs and 3.0 sacks, all of which were career highs. Davis then eclipsed each of those totals en route to third-team All-Big Ten recognition as a senior. In 2019, Davis again led all of Nebraska’s defensive linemen in tackles (45), and he led all Huskers with 12 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks.
Nebraska’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 2018 and 2019, Davis also showed his strength as a thrower for the Husker track and field team. He finished third in the discus at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and earned honorable-mention All-America honors with a 23rd-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Carlos Davis, DL, 7th Round, 232nd Pick, Pittsburgh Steelers
Carlos Davis was a four-year force on the Husker defensive line, playing both defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme and defensive end in a 3-4 system. He played in 48 games with 36 starts, totaling 125 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Davis also broke up eight passes and had 11 quarterback hurries.
Davis played in every game as a redshirt freshman in 2016, earning honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman team honors after registering 24 tackles, five TFLs and 2.0 sacks as a defensive tackle. He moved to defensive end and started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2017, finishing with a career-high 42 tackles and six quarterback hurries. In his junior season, Davis was a 2018 honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick after he made 27 tackles and broke up five passes, the most by a Nebraska defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh in 2009. In his senior season, Davis set career highs with six tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, while totaling 32 tackles.
In addition to being recognized as an all-conference player on the gridiron, Davis’ strength and athletic ability were also on display as one of the top discus throwers in the country. Davis was a two-time All-American in the event, earning second-team All-America accolades with a 16th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was an honorable-mention All-America selection in 2018, finishing 23rd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
24-Apr-2020 / Ap
UNDATED (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the first pick in the NFL draft. Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season, completing an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Washington took Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second choice, Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah (oh-KOO’-duh) went to Detroit with the third pick, the New York Giants snared Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth selection and Miami grabbed Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) with the fifth choice.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own as early as next year. Recommended rule changes that would clear the way for athletes to earn money from their names, images and likeness are being reviewed by college sports administrators this week before being sent to the NCAA Board of Governors, which meets Monday and Tuesday. A person who has reviewed the recommendations says the rules would allow athletes to make sponsorship and endorsement deals with all kinds of companies and third parties.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert says he doesn't plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to still play for the Bulldogs. He was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season after averaging 13.9 points, hitting a team-high 78 3-pointers and shooting 43.8% from long range.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers following his junior season. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks. Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he is still considering NASCAR's request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators. For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars.