Omaha.com: Blogs

Blogs

Mad Chatter: FIFA's murky future, Sock-Nadal, Royals-Cubs, LeBron-Steph and Creighton Prep's memorable year

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Jack Sock and Fred Hoiberg, Curry-LeBron and Cubs-Royals, the CWS, NHL Game 7s and the greatest high school sports year I can remember. But first, the reason Americans want nothing to do with worldwide organizations.

The final straw was Qatar. The United States — and the FBI — simply couldn’t turn its back on FIFA anymore. Not after Sepp Blatter and Co. awarded the 2022 World Cup to a Middle Eastern country smaller than Connecticut. 

Here’s a history of FIFA’s corruption. And here Dan Wetzel puts it in pe...

Read more »

Davis twins dominate in discus again, go 1-2 in state meet

Incoming Nebraska defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis on Friday didn't smash any discus records at the Missouri State High School Activities Association track meet. But they still went 1-2 in Class 5A, outpacing foes by a wide margin.

Carlos Davis won the meet with a throw of 201 feet nine inches — well behind the 212-foot, five-inch meet record he threw last year. Khalil Davis finished second with a throw of 195 feet, four inches.

The duo competes in the shot put on Saturday. There, Khalil Davis will be the favorite.  

Read more »

Recruiting: Satellite camp schedule set. Will Nebraska work Harbaugh camp?

Nebraska's football staff will take part in five satellite camps in June, coach Mike Riley said in a conversation with The World-Herald on Friday afternoon. 

NU will travel to Atlanta (June 15), Miami (June 16), Houston (June 17), Dallas (June 18) and Santa Monica, California (June 19). While at Oregon State, Riley had previously held camps in Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles; Atlanta and Miami are new spots. 

Riley said he'd prefer as many prospects as possible attend Nebraska's camps that start next week, but, for those who can't pay to travel to those camps, the satellite c...

Read more »

From the Archives: 'Near perfect' Nebraska baseball team hits 50 win mark for first time

May 29th has been a good day in Nebraska baseball history.

In 1902, Nebraska ended the season with a 10-6 win over Drake for the 17th victory of the year, setting a school record that wouldn't be broken until 1976. 

In 2000, Nebraska defeated Wichita State 8-1 in regional play for the team's 50th win, the first time NU had passed that mark. The Huskers would win one more game in super regional play.

Five years later, a 1-0 win over Baylor gave Nebraska a school-record tying 51st win and a Big 12 tournament championship. The 2005 squad would wind up winning 57 games, inc...

Read more »

Can you ace this Huskers spelling test?

Vanya Shivashankar, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, were crowned co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

The event inspired the Nebraska athletics Twitter account to get in on the action, asking fans how to spell some of the trickier Husker names.

First, coach Dan Kendig has a name for a former women's gymnastics team member.

Hint: The all-around gymnast competed at Nebraska from 2005-2008.

Read more »

TBL: Tom Shatel talks Mike Riley, College World Series and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined host Mike'l Sever on "The Bottom Line" Thursday.

Topics discussed include Mike Riley, Husker football, the College World Series and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks NU baseball, likely Husker football win total and more

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" to discuss the disappointing Nebraska baseball season. 

Other topics discussed included the College World Series, Big Ten football, the Huskers' likely win total and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: Ahman Green talks charity, Ameer Abdullah, his top Husker running backs and more

Former Husker running back Ahman Green joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about the Dark Knight charity bowling event, Ameer Abdullah, his top Husker running backs and more.

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

TBL: It’s the second annual Dark Knight Classic coming up, which combines Batman and bowling. Tell us a ...

Read more »

TBL: Steven Pivovar talks CU baseball, CWS predictions and more

World-Herald staff writer Steve Pivovar joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about the Creighton baseball season, the Big Ten Conference, his picks to make the College World Series and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Ty Hansen, Nebraska baseball and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about his story on Fremont's Ty Hansen, the Nebraska baseball team, the NBA playoffs, the Nebraska 100 and more.

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

Read more »

Video: Mike Riley discusses player interviews, position concerns, recruiting and more

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley was in Omaha on Wednesday to address the Rotary Club. 

The meeting, held at Field Club, featured Riley talking about the final player interviews, his early years in coaching, position concerns, recruiting strategies and more.

Read more »

Notes: Husker Fan Day moved to evening; Abdullah blogs for OTAs; NU finances

Nebraska football Fan Day is moving from Friday afternoon to Wednesday evening.

The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Memorial Stadium. In recent years, Fan Day was held on Friday afternoons.

Fan Day traditionally is a chance for Husker fans to meet the players and coaches. There will likely be more details on this year's event in the coming weeks.

The Aug. 5 date is exactly one month before the Huskers kick off the season against BYU at Memorial Stadium. NU starts fall camp later that week.

In other news:

Read more »

Recruiting: Huskers offer 2016 prospect from Keyshawn Johnson's contingent

In a week where Nebraska got a commitment from a second quarterback prospect, there haven't been a ton of scholarship offers by the Huskers. But there was a notable one.

NU made at least three offers for 2016 — but the one that sticks out most is California defensive back Marquel Dismuke, who visited the Huskers along with Keyshawn Johnson's contingent in early March. Dismuke is committed to Cal, but Nebraska still made the offer and the defensive back seems open to other options.

The coming weeks will be big for the Huskers. June 5 and 12 Nebraska will host three-hour Friday...

Read more »

Husker women to face N.C. State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

For its latest game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Nebraska women's basketball got a home game against a team on the rise. 

The Huskers will host North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 3. The Wolfpack finished 18-15 last season in a rebuilding campaign. They return four starters from a team that advanced to the third round of the WNIT, including their top two scorers. 

 "We're excited about adding another quality opponent to our home schedule this season," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said in a press release. "We know that N.C. State is a great basketball school with outstan...

Read more »

Mad Chatter: Husker baseball's baffling statistic, Jack Sock's assault on Paris, a mile I won't forget

Whether you lose a baseball game 10-0 or 7-6, a loss is a loss. But there is value in studying run differential: the runs you score versus the runs you allow. It’s a good gauge for long-term success. 

If a team, for example, goes 3-3 for the week with three blowout wins and three narrow losses, there’s a good chance that team will do better next week. Over time, luck evens out.

So let’s look at run differential in Big Ten baseball 2015.

Illinois won the league. Run differential of +96.

Iowa finished second. Differential: +57.

Read more »

TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Husker football recruiting, summer movies and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: Former Creighton star Anthony Tolliver talks NBA playoffs, Doug McDermott's future and more

Former Creighton Bluejay Anthony Tolliver joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the NBA playoffs, his upcoming camp, Doug McDermott's future and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers talks NCAA baseball tournament, the Big Ten and more

Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.com joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the recently released NCAA baseball tournament field, the great year for the Big Ten and more.

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

Read more »

Jake Cotton is CFL-bound

Former Nebraska guard Jake Cotton will try to make it in the Canadian Football League. The Ottawa Redblacks announced Tuesday it had signed Cotton, who started for two seasons at NU, to its roster. The CFL starts playing regular season games in late June, with preseason games firing up in a few weeks. 

Cotton had signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Houston Texans but was waived May 10. 

A senior captain and an honorable-mention all-conference pick in 2014, Cotton started all 13 games at left guard and helped Nebraska to a Big Ten modern-era record of 784 yards of tota...

Read more »

Baseball: Five Big Ten teams make NCAA tournament

The much-improved Big Ten will be well-represented in the NCAA's 64-team postseason tournament. Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan are all in.

It's the first time EVER that the league's had more than three teams qualify for regionals in the same season.

Seven teams from both the ACC and SEC made the 2015 field. The Pac-12 had six.

No Nebraska. But that's not a surprise. The Huskers struggled down the stretch, losing 12 of their final 17 games. They had the nation's 12th-best RPI at the start of May, but that figure dropped to No. 46 by the season's final wee...

Read more »

Crawford throws out first pitch at Chasers game

WBO junior welterweight champ Terence 'Bud' Crawford threw out the first pitch at the Omaha Storm Chasers game Sunday.

Read more »

Last week on TBL: Praise of new Husker QB recruit, Ben Stille and more

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2 to 6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show.

* * *

Greg Biggins, who covers California recruiting for Scout.com, said the Huskers found a good quarterback in Patrick O’Brien.

“I actually like him better than the guys USC and UCLA took as quarterbacks. You have this guy in your backyard, and...

Read more »

TBL: Tony Boone talks the latest Terence 'Bud' Crawford news

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the latest Terence "Bud" Crawford news, including upcoming fights, where he deserves to land in the Nebraska 100 and more.

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

Read more »

TBL: Husker recruiting talk with national analyst Greg Biggins

Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien, Mike Riley and his coaching staff, the use of social media in recruiting and more.

Also Friday, Husker Online's Sean Callahan joined the show to talk about the Husker QB recruits, scholarship distribution, the coach staff and more.

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

Tom Shatel »

Mad Chatter »

On Twitter »

loading...

SPOTLIGHT »


World-Herald Alerts

Sign up to get breaking news and daily headlines from the Omaha World-Herald delivered to your email inbox.