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Video: Former Creighton star Ethan Finlay sets up winning USMNT goal

Former Creighton soccer star Ethan Finlay set up the game-winning goal during Friday's U.S. soccer match with Canada.

Jozy Altidore scored on a header off a cross from Finlay in the 89th minute for the only goal in the game.

This is Finlay's first camp with the U.S. national soccer team.

Watch the goal below:

Watch @EthanFinlay13's 👌pass and @JozyAltidore's 👍finish to give the #USMNT a 1-0 win over Canada. #USAvCANhttps://t.co/03iFZli3hv— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 6, 2016

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update: 10 leftover thoughts from signing day

Well, we've hit the finish line of one class. We'll start examining in brief what the 2017 class might look like soon.

But first, some lengthy leftover notes from the 2016 class and signing day.

>> Did you sense the undercurrent of urgency in Mike Riley's comments and tone on signing day? It was there. His whole demeanor — the energy level, the even-handed approach to a decent class, his appraisal of winning the Matt Farniok recruiting battle — was a considerable upgrade over last year, when Riley was under the weather and at the tail end of a total career whirlwind. Read more »

Mad Chatter: Another Super Bowl classic? I fear not; Lavonte David vs. Goliath Newton; why do Husker hoops fans give up so easily

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Peyton Manning’s private investigators and the 1985 Bears, the future of the Big 12 and Cam Newton vs. Lavonte David, why Husker basketball fans leave early and who Nebraska almost hired instead of Bob Devaney.

But first, a Super Bowl history lesson. 

When I was a kid — way back before cell phones and the Internet — the Super Bowl wasn’t much fun. Yes, it was still a spectacle. Yes, it still drew a huge audience. But it was over by halftime just about every year. It was anticlimax to the NFC championship ...

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Husker fans give 2016 recruiting class a B grade

Nebraska's 2016 class offers a potential upgrade to pass coverage, but the Huskers missed on potential pass rushers.

How does Husker Nation feel about the class? 

Seventy-three percent of fans gave coach Riley and the 2016 class a solid B grade in our fan poll. 13 percent voted A, 13 percent for C and only 2 percent for D.

Two players earned top honors for the class.

Lamar Jackson, the Huskers highest rated recruit, ran away with the Instant Impact fan poll. 

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO hockey and hoops, Bud Crawford and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined co-hosts Joe Ganz and Scuba Steve Gates on "The Bottom Line" Friday.

Topics discussed included UNO hockey and basketball updates, Bud Crawford training for his next fight and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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By the numbers: A look at the Huskers' 2016 recruiting class

Signing day is a chance for fans to peek into the future and imagine what their team will be like in the years down the road. A national hope holiday, as Tom Shatel writes.

The Huskers are no exception. It’s a day filled with numbers of note — how many players signed (and when), stats about height and weight, class rankings and walk-on counts.

Here’s a list of some of the more fun statistics you may have missed on signing day:

1,000,049: Amount, in dollars, Nebraska has budgeted for recruiting during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That number has doubled in the last five year...

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Huskers' Derrion Grim, Matt Farniok named Parade All-Americans

Husker wide receiver Derrion Grim and offensive tackle signee Matt Farniok were named Parade All-Americans on Friday.

Grim was also one of four candidates for Parade All-America Player of the Year, but that honor went to North Carolina quarterback signee Chazz Surratt.

A group of Parade magazine editors selected the group of four up for Player of the Year status. Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan made the final selection.

Click here for the full list of 2016 Parade All-Americans.

Grim enrolled at Nebraska last month and will go through winter co...

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Mad Chatter: Nebraska basketball's desperate need for Andre Almeida; why Pat Fitzgerald can't stand quarterback dads; Korver's comeback

Nebraska basketball missed a golden opportunity (its best chance, in fact) at a court-storming Wednesday night. 

If the Huskers beat No. 4 Maryland, the students are on the floor, the scene is prominent on SportsCenter, Tim Miles is dancing into the night. Instead, the Huskers shot 32 percent from the floor (including 6-for-18 at the rim), losing despite 17 more shot attempts than Maryland. That’s hard to do. 

We can talk about a lot of things in that game — officiating that seemingly favored the road team, Melo Trimble’s cold-and-hot performance, Miles’ decision to sit Glynn...

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Tommy Armstrong talks Patrick O'Brien at Big Red Bash

Once spring practice starts, you’ll see plenty of Tommy Armstrong and Patrick O’Brien together as the Nebraska quarterbacks go to work on the football field. Some of their time together already has started in winter conditioning.

And with four years behind him and his senior year ahead, Armstrong realizes he can be somebody who helps O’Brien get off on the right foot at NU.

“I can mentor him a little bit on off-the-field experiences, what to expect,” Armstrong said Thursday night. “And on the field, it’s kind of the same situation.”

Armstrong and O’Brien were together b...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa's Super 5 recruits

World-Herald staff writer and "The Bottom Line" guest host Jon Nyatawa talked about the five most important players from this year's recruiting class.

Catch up on complete signing day coverage here.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Former Husker and Panther Mike Rucker talks Super Bowl and more

Former Husker and Carolina Panther Mike Rucker joined guest host Jon Nyatawa on "The Bottom Line" Thursday.

Topics discussed what it means to play in the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning, what it means to be a Blackshirt and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Sam McKewon recaps national signing day

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined guest host Jon Nyatawa on "The Bottom Line" Thursday.

Topics discussed include Mike Riley getting burned by silent commits, winning the 500 mile radius and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Mike Riley learns lesson after getting burned by silent commits

Silent commitments are a tricky part of recruiting.

Some prospects make them simply because they want to hold a bigger, more public announcement later. Others make them knowing they want to keep their options open without being tied down.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley experienced both the positive and the negative with the 2016 recruiting class.

There was the good, like Lamar Jackson, who made a silent commitment so he could essentially release a short film announcing his decision to be a Husker. 

Then there was the bad. Dez Fitzpatrick had committed silently, only to...

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Jim Harbaugh can have his antics, Mike Riley wants the 'real stuff'

Mike Riley couldn't ignore Jim Harbaugh's theatrics on the recruiting trail.

There were the overnight sleepovers and classroom selfies, trees climbed and offers pulled. There was the signing day extravaganza featuring Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair, among other celebrities.

It was all hard to miss.

"You know you can’t help but follow Jim a little bit and pay attention," Riley said Wednesday at his signing day press conference.

Not only did Harbaugh grab headlines and eyeballs though. He also nabbed a top five signing class in his first full cycle with the Wo...

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Recruiting: How Nebraska's 2016 group compares to Riley's Oregon State classes

Nebraska's 2016 class is the most highly regarded group of recruits that coach Mike Riley has ever assembled. At least according to the recruiting rankings.

Here's how this year's Huskers' haul compared to the rest of the nation, according to the four major recruiting services (as of Thursday morning):

Rivals: 25th

247Sports: 24th

Scout: 28th

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Signing day wrap-up: Every story, every video, every signee

Wednesday was a marathon. Big Red Today produced more than 50 headlines from signing day. Fans got the chance to chat with five new Huskers through our all-day chat, five recruits joined "The Bottom Line," all 21 player cards have added content, and there was — of course — Mike Riley's press conference. And that's just Husker coverage.

It made for a hectic day, but the sheer amount of content produced was outstanding. With that, there was plenty that you could have missed. So, here is every story, blog, chat, video and otherwise covering Nebraska, the Big Ten, national rankings, Mi...

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Signing day: Nebraska assistants comment on the 2016 signees

Several Nebraska assistants made appearances on the athletic department's official website as part of the program's signing day video special. They chatted about the 2016 class, why they liked certain players and what the future might hold.

We've highlighted some of the comments, isolated by player. Here you go:

QUAYSHON ALEXANDER

Linebackers coach Trent Bray: “He's going to play linebacker for us. He brings size and speed, that combination of the two. And the ability to rush the passer, which is an area we need to improve at the linebacker position.”

Defensive co...

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Mike Riley more settled as first full recruiting class signs

As the fax machine was bringing home the National Letters of Intent on signing day in the Nebraska football office, Mike Riley praised the job done by his assistant coaches in compiling the Huskers’ 2016 signing class.

It was the current staff’s first real trip through an NU recruiting cycle after Riley made his hires in December 2014 and January 2015 after replacing Bo Pelini.

“I’ve learned that this is a consistent group,” Riley said during the NU National Signing Day Special on Huskers.com. “They’re good with our players, they’re good as they represent our university, and ...

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Mad Chatter: Debating the importance of recruiting rankings; the hole on Mike Riley's roster; NU-Maryland and CU-Villanova

We’re going to cover Nebraska-Maryland and Creighton-Villanova, but let’s start with a little event called signing day. You may have heard of it. 

On Monday, Fox Sports college football columnist Stewart Mandel wrote a piece titled “3 debunked recruiting myths that prove Signing Day is crucial.” 

He directs his angst at “curmudgeons” who criticize recruiting coverage. The whole column is certainly worth your time, but I want to focus on two sections. No 1.:

To the recruiting analysts’ credit, the rankings of both the recruits you’ll see sign Wednesday and the classes th...

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Recruiting: No Texas signees for Huskers for first time since 1983

Barring any unexpected flips or sudden change of hearts in the final 24 hours, Nebraska won't be signing players from Texas on Wednesday. That hasn't happened since 1983.

This is, perhaps, not a complete surprise given coach Mike Riley's commitment to canvass the entire country for prospects — declining, at least publicly, to label any particular region as a higher priority than another (besides the immediate 500-mile radius). There will be 14 different states represented when NU announces its 2016 recruiting class Wednesday.

And it's a fine group of prospects. Just none are ...

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Women’s basketball: South Dakota State at UNO

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Baxter Arena

Radio: 1180 AM

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (17-4, 7-1)

G Kerri Young, 6-0, Jr., 10.9

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TBL: Husker linebacker Greg Simmons talks about picking NU and more

New Nebraska linebacker Greg Simmons joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his decision, what he's looking forward to, the recruiting process and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Nebraska defensive back Tony Butler talks about his decision to sign with NU and more

New Nebraska defensive back Tony Butler joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his ultimate decision to come to Nebraska being about respect, what position he thinks he'll play and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Video: Sam McKewon, Jon Nyatawa discuss signing day at Nebraska

Watch World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon break down the 2016 recruiting class.

Read more about the 2016 class on our Signing Day page.

Additionally, watch Nebraska coach Mike Riley discuss the class.

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Q&A: Husker wide receiver JD Spielman

2016 Husker signee JD Spielman joined our signing day chat to answer questions from the fans. Here’s the best of the chat, edited for length and clarity.

Not enough for you? Check out Spielman's player card and check out the complete 2016 class here.

Additional Q&As:

» Sam McKewon

» Tony Butler

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Video: Greg Simmons' father gives son touching tribute at signing ceremony

Greg Simmons Sr. stepped to the microphone at his son's signing ceremony Wednesday. He thanked the crowd for being in attendance, then shared a message with his son, the future Husker.

"Greg, I want to tell you I love you," he said, the emotion evident. "If your mom was living today, she'd be proud of you too."

The video, captured by the TC Palm, shows Greg Simmons Jr., clearly overcome with tears at the mention of his late mother. A teammate walks across the stage and comforts him while those in the auditorium voice their support.

And his father goes on. He tells the s...

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TBL: Nebraska RB Tre Bryant talks about signing with the Huskers and more

New Nebraska running back Tre Bryant joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his hard work in the weight room to get where he is now, expectations for getting on the playing field and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Nebraska safety JoJo Domann talks about signing with NU and more

New Nebraska safety JoJo Domann joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his versatility, what position he hopes to play, his shoulder injury and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Husker punter Caleb Lightbourn talks about signing with NU and more

New Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his decision to come to Nebraska, being a big kicker, what he brings to the table for Nebraska and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Signing Day: Mike Riley says Nebraska's 2016 class has talent, production

Coach Mike Riley met with reporters for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon to discuss the 21-player recruiting class.

What stands out about all these signees?

"We've got production here. Good football players with production," Riley said.

Riley and his coaches evaluated each recruit extensively. They had their own assessments about what each player could be. It was nice to see them live up to some of those expectations while playing for their respective high schools this fall, Riley said.

Like Derrion Grim catching 34 touchdown passes. Or Tre Bryant scoring 30 t...

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