INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri, keeping him off the free agent market. Last season, the 41-year-old had 139 points for the second-highest point total of his career, made 35 of 40 field goals and became the seventh player in league history to top 2,000 career points.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins have re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley, keeping him off the open market hours before the start of free agency. The 2010 fourth-round pick from LSU was the Redskins' leading tackler last season and has started 40 straight games.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it's too early to determine the extent of the damage. Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching during the 2010 season and had surgery that sidelined him for over a year.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is undergoing testing to determine what triggered his collapse during last night's game against Columbus. General manager Jim Nill says Peverley is in stable condition and has been communicating with teammates and friends since he was hospitalized last night.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers have met for a second day and may be getting closer to making recommendations on rule changes. By the time the meetings close tomorrow there could be a number of proposals sent to the competition committee for consideration. Two key items might concern rules regarding overtime and the face-off.
Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska basketball team downed the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday evening as the Huskers posted a 77-68 victory in front of a school record 15,998 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields led the Huskers with 26 points each, as the Huskers improved to 15-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Shields went 10-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, while Petteway grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
Shields and Petteway also combined to shoot 17-of-21 from the free-throw line, while Walter Pitchford added 15 points on the evening. Wisconsin was led by Frank Kaminsky as he recorded 14 points and eight rebounds.
The win propelled NU to a 19-11 overall record and an 11-7 record in Big Ten play. Wisconsin closed the game with a 25-6 record and a 12-6 record in Big Ten play. The win clinched fourth place in the final Big Ten standings at 11-7, as Nebraska went 10-2 after a 1-5 Big Ten start.
Nebraska trailed 40-33 in the second half, but used a 9-2 run to pull within one after a Petteway layup with 16:09 left. Wisconsin eventually built a 52-48 lead, but the Huskers took control with an 10-2 run, taking the lead for good on a Ray Gallegos 3-pointer with 7:44 left and building a 58-33 lead after a Pitchford 3-pointer.
Wisconsin chipped the Husker lead to 60-57, but a Benny Parker basket and five straight Petteway points pushed the lead to 10, as Petteway had 17 second-half points for the Huskers.
Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced
Rosemont, Ill. – Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 17th annual event will be contested from March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
After winning the outright Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1986 with a 15-3 conference record, Michigan is the tournament’s top seed and will open play at Noon ET on Friday. Wisconsin and Michigan State finished the year with matching 12-6 marks, but the Badgers’ head-to-head win over the Spartans on Feb. 9 gave them the No. 2 seed. Wisconsin opens play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and earns a first-round bye for the 14th straight season, the longest streak in conference history. Michigan State is the No. 3 seed and begins tournament play at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, while Nebraska knocked off the Badgers tonight to earn the No. 4 seed with an 11-7 conference record.
Nebraska will play the winner of Thursday's first-round game between Ohio State and Purdue Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Madison, Wis. – Reigning All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) each won their weight class titles at the Big Ten Championships to lead Nebraska to a fifth-place finish on Sunday at the Kohl Center.
Green and Kokesh become the first two Big Ten champions for Nebraska since the Huskers joined the conference in 2011. The Huskers earned 79 points for the tournament as Penn State (140.5) won the team title.
Kokesh, the top seed at 174 pounds, squared off with Iowa’s Mike Evans, the No. 3 seed, and topped the Hawkeye for the second time this season. In the first period, Kokesh managed a takedown before an Evans escape made the score 2-1. Kokesh started the second period in the down position and earned an escape before adding a takedown to build a 5-1 advantage heading to the third period.
Evans started down and escaped to cut the lead to 5-2. The Hawkeye earned a takedown to make the score 5-4 before Kokesh earned an escape. The 6-4 score at the time stood as the final margin as Kokesh picked up his 100th career victory. He becomes Nebraska’s 22nd member of the 100-win club and improves to 32-1 this season, earning victories against Michigan’s Collin Zeerip and Minnesota’s Logan Storley at the Big Ten Championships.
Green, the No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, battled fourth-seeded Derek St. John of Iowa in the Big Ten Finals. Green improved to 29-1 this season following his performance at the Big Ten Championships. He posted wins over Illinois’ Zac Brunson and Minnesota’s Dylan Ness on Saturday before topping St. John 7-4 on Sunday. Green wins his fourth tournament title of the season, having already captured the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Reno Tournament of Champions titles.
The Huskers conclude their season in two weeks at the NCAA Championships, March 20-22, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Indianapolis - No. 16 Nebraska captured the first conference tournament title in school history, outworking No. 23 Iowa on the boards in a 72-65 victory in the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Nebraska, which improved to 25-6 overall with a 3-0 performance at the tournament as the No. 3 seed, won the battle of the boards with the leg-weary Hawkeyes, 58-27, including 26 offensive rebounds. Iowa, which moved to 26-8 on the season, finished 3-1 in the tournament after entering as the No. 5 seed.
Nebraska put up 20 second-chance points and went 30-for-36 at the free throw to overcome 31.3 percent (20-64) shooting, including a 2-for-17 effort from three-point range.
Sophomore Rachel Theriot was the only gun firing from the field for the Big Red, scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, including 1-of-3 threes. Theriot scored 19 points after halftime, while adding four assists for the game. The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 assists in three tournament games to earn MVP honors.
Jordan Hooper added her 13th double-double of the season and 39th of her career with 18 points and 10 boards. She joined Theriot as Nebraska's representatives on the all-tournament team. Junior Hailie Sample added her second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Sample's only other career double-double came in last year's NCAA second-round win at No. 9 Texas A&M to send the Big Red to the second Sweet 16 in school history.
"We just couldn't hit a shot," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said, "but you look at those rebounding numbers, and oh my gosh, our kids showed that they really wanted to win this game."
The juniors and Hooper played in a game for a Big Ten title for the fourth time in the last three years and finally came away with their first victory.
Iowa outshot Nebraska in the game, hitting 37.7 percent (23-61), including 8-of-25 threes, while going 11-for-14 from the line. The Hawkeyes also won the turnover battle, 16-11. Freshman Ally Disterhoft led Iowa with 20 points, while junior point guard Samantha Logic managed 14 points, six assists and six rebounds.
Melissa Dixon was the only other Hawkeye in double figures with 11 points, as Nebraska improved to 8-0 against Iowa as Big Ten foes, including 3-0 in Big Ten Tournament play.
The NCAA Selection is set for Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. (CT) with live national television coverage of the announcement by ESPN.
Indianapolis - Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Hooper erupted for 33 points and 12 rebounds, while Rachel Theriot set a Big Ten Tournament record with 18 assists to go along with 14 points to power the No. 16 Nebraska women's basketball team to an 80-67 win over Minnesota on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 23-6 on the season while advancing to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the third consecutive season. The third-seeded Big Red will face the No. 2 seed and Big Ten Conference co-regular-season champion Michigan State on Saturday at approximately 5 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., notched her 10th career 30-point performance to go along with her 38th career double-double. It was her 12th double-double of the season. She hit 14-of-22 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 threes and both of her free throws. Hooper did more than score and rebound, she added two assists, two blocks and two steals for the Huskers.
Somehow, Hooper's performance was overshadowed by the unbelievable floor game of Theriot. The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, dished out a career-high 18 assists, shattering the previous Big Ten Tournament record of 12 held by Penn State's Helen Darling in 2000. Theriot's total is also the most ever by a Big Ten player against a conference foe in any game, surpassing 16 by Maggie Acuna of Illinois in 2016.
Theriot's 18 assists marked the second-highest assist total in any game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 17, 1976. It was the first time since 1976 that any Husker had produced 15 or more assists in a game.
Theriot also became the first player in Nebraska history to dish out 200 assists in a season, pushing her season total to 201 to break the previous school record of 195 set by Meggan Yedsena in 1991-92 and matched by Lindsey Moore in 2012-13.
Junior Hailie Sample added six points and eight rebounds, while helping to shut down Minnesota's All-Big Ten guard Rachel Banham. Sample, Tear'a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery, held the Big Ten's leading scorer to just four points in the second half and 12 for the game. Laudermill scored all eight of her points in the second half, including two big threes.
Minnesota finishes the regular season with a 20-12 record that included an 8-8 Big Ten regular-season mark and a 1-1 stay in the conference tournament. The Golden Gophers will await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on March 17, to see if they earned a trip to the Big Dance.
Bloomington, Ind. – In a contest featuring a pair of teams on the brink of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska improved its résumé with a 70-60 victory on the road Wednesday night in Indiana. The triumph gives NU its first 10-win conference season since 1999 and clinches its first winning season in the league since 1999-2000.
The Huskers (18-11, 10-7), who led wire-to-wire throughout, took control of the contest early, making shots and continuing their strong play on the defensive end, holding Indiana (17-13, 7-10) to only 37 percent shooting. This marks the eighth consecutive game in which NU has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
The Scarlet and Cream went on a 5:11 field goal drought midway through the second half as Indiana quickened the tempo and used an 8-0 run to knot the contest at 52 with 10 minutes remaining. NU responded by holding Indiana to a 4:16 field goal drought of their own to spoil Indiana’s Senior Night inside historic Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Walter Pitchford, who tallied the second-best point total of his career (17) along with nine rebounds, recorded the first nine Husker points on four-of-six shooting from the field to give NU the early momentum. Senior Ray Gallegos finished the night with nine points on three clutch 3-pointers, including a triple that gave the Huskers momentum headed into halftime with a 34-26 advantage, which staved off a late Hoosier run at the end of the first half.
Shavon Shields came up big in the second half for the Big Red to finish with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leading scorer Terran Petteway, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble, amassed 13 points while Benny Parker added eight.
Huskers shot 51 percent in the first half and ended the contest firing over 45 percent on 25-of-55 from the floor, including 6-for-17 from beyond the arc. NU also went 14-for-19 from the line on the evening, connecting on its last eight attempts from the stripe.
Coach Tim Miles and his NU squad led by as many as 11 points, tied for its largest lead on the road in the Big Ten Conference this season.
The Huskers will return home for Senior Night on Sunday when they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on BTN and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
Not quite a dog-pile, but the Cyclones did get to "storm" the court.
Clearwater/Orchard's luck did more than hold in the district final on Tuesday night. The Cyclones did plenty on their own, but not every day does someone win a district final after being down by four with 11 seconds left. Oh, and something about a turnover in the rafters. That plays into the story too.
The first half was largely characterized by domination by one side at a time. Sandhills/Thedford rolled to a 21-13 first quarter lead, but O/C came back and took the lead at halftime, 30-29. From there it was a back and forth battle to the finish, with neither team taking more than a two or three point lead.
One turning point was when S/T star Cole Taylor fouled out with several minutes left, and the Knights lost their best scoring threat. The Cyclones had a problem scoring as well, but S/T couldn't score enough to put the game out of reach. After the Cyclones took a timeout with 15 seconds left and a two point deficit, S/T stole the inbound pass to go up by four with 11.5 seconds left. However, Trevor Mlnarik knocked down a huge three-pointer from the top of the key to make it a one point game. Sandhills/Thedford played textbook ball, holding the ball out of bounds for three seconds before calling timeout with three seconds left.
The Kights elected to throw it deep on their inbound. With just three seconds, if they could even touch the ball it would be impossible for the Cyclones to get it back down the court for a reasonable shot. But the Cyclones charged 6'6" Andy Kerkman with guarding the inbounding player, and he threw it too high to compensate. The ball arched into the rafters. According to the rulebook, this constituted a turnover by S/T. With three seconds left, the Cyclones lobbed it in to their tallest player, and Kerkman forced up the ball through contact, making the shot and drawing the foul. Kerkman intentionally missed the free throw and time ran out as the Knights tried to heave a last second shot.
With the win, the Cyclones advance to the State Tournament next week. This will be the first time the Cyclones have qualified for State, with Orchard last going in 2006 and Clearwater qualifying in 1995. Clearwater/Orchard dropped to the 7 seed, which pits them against North Platte St. Pat's in the 9:00 AM game on Thursday, March 13. The game will be on KBRX 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.
Lincoln – Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games, and Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The annual mid-summer sports festival features competition scheduled July 18-27 in more than 60 sports at 50 different venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Officials expect more than 13,000 competitors, with several new offerings including a gravel race for cyclists, a new junior division in baseball and the return of crossfit after a one-year hiatus.
The Cornhusker State Games also welcomes, for the first time, athletes from neighboring states which either a) have no official State Games of their own or b) don’t offer State Games of America qualifying sports that are offered at the Cornhusker State Games.
The National Congress of State Games recently relaxed the state residency requirement for participation in the event to accommodate athletes from states, like South Dakota and North Dakota, which don’t have official State Games of their own. The new ruling also opens a path for Dakotans to partake in the organization’s biennial national event, the 2015 State Games of America, which will also be held in Lincoln. To qualify for the national competition, non-Nebraska residents must earn a medal in a recognized State Games event in 2014.
Last year, 12,343 Nebraskans participated in the Cornhusker State Games. Top five team sports last year included basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. Top individual sports were track & field, shooting, 5K run, triathlon, swimming and wrestling. Participants ranged in age from one to 87.
All registered participants receive a shirt, souvenir yearbook and pass to the Opening Ceremonies. Entry fees vary by sport based on competition costs, but the average entry fee is $29 per person. Those interested can find information or register at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
The Games Opening Ceremonies moves from its traditional home at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena to provide an air-conditioned, rain-proof setting with top-of-the industry audio-visual production capability.
“We wanted to do something big and fun for the 30th Anniversary. Between the newness of the venue, the production capability and the climate control, the Pinnacle Bank Arena offers a chance to celebrate in style,” Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.
The Nebraska Sports Council, which conducts the Cornhusker State Games and the LiveWell Challenge Series, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality sports competition and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Platinum partners include BlueCross and BlueShield of Nebraska, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.
Boyd County held off a fiesty Sandhills/Thedford team Friday night in Burwell and reserved their spot in Lincoln. The Spartans will make their first trip to State as a co-op, and will look for their first championship since Lynch won it in 1992. Spencer-Naper last qualified for State in 1999, the last time any of the four schools that make up Boyd County traveled to Lincoln. The Spartans held an early lead, but had to fight off a Lady Knights squad that pushed them all the way to the buzzer. Boyd Co. bent but didn't break, finishing with a 41-34 victory to claim the district championship.
St. Mary's joined Boyd Co. in the D1 field, giving our area two teams from the same subdistrict. A very deserving CWC squad sits at home as well, but in the district setup this year there was no justice. St. Mary's was at the top of the D1 wild card points standings almost all season, so they had surety of making the tournament heading into the postseason.
Lady Luck also smiled down on Stuart last night, as the Broncos picked up the final wild card in Class D2. Stuart did the work this season, going 17-8 against some great competition, but needed a little luck to make it in. The Broncos needed Bancroft-Rosalie, Giltner, Falls City Sacred Heart and Wynot to win last night, and got their wish. Unfortunately for Ewing that meant that they were collateral damage, as part of the puzzle was conditional on Wynot defeating Ewing, which happened through a 40-34 final score.
Here are the opponents and times for the upcoming games on Thursday. All of the games will be at Lincoln North Star.
#1 St. Mary's (21-2) plays #8 seed Emerson-Hubbard (15-8) at 2 pm
#4 Boyd County (19-4) vs. #5 Humphrey St. Francis (23-2) at 3:45 pm
#6 Stuart (17-8) draws # 3 Sterling (18-7) at 8:45 pm - Sterling is also a wild card team
All of the games will be broadcast on KBRX FM and kbrx.com. Good luck to the Cardinals, Spartans and Broncos from KBRX!
Although basketball and wrestling are still going strong, and full seasons of track/golf and baseball/softball remain, let's talk some football. Playing football is the easy part, but it is a big effort to put together all of the districts and schedules for every school in the state. Several months ago we learned who would be dropping or moving up a class when the classifications were released, followed up by the district assignments. On Wednesday the full schedules were released to the schools and public by the NSAA, who puts together the two year schedules for football. Football is the only event that the NSAA is in charge of scheduling, with school AD's being in charge of the rest.
One note about the Class C1/C2 schedules: All teams in Class C will follow the A/B schedule, playing 9 regular season games. Only 16 teams will make the playoffs.
So here are the schedules for the 2014/2015 football seasons. First are listed the districts that our area teams are in, or any of the districts that hold area interest. The numbers in parenthesis are last year's records. Click the headline of each box to open up the full district schedules on a Word document. Then the full schedules for the KBRX area teams, sorted by class, will be available to scroll through.