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Report: Patriots will release former Husker Alfonzo Dennard

Former Husker Alfonzo Dennard will be released by the New England Patriots, according to a recent report on NFL.com.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection at Nebraska, the three-year NFL veteran had seven picks — one for a score during his 2012 rookie season — and two forced fumbles with New England. After racking up 38 and 44 tackles in his first two seasons in the league, Dennard had just 13 takedowns in 2014. After combining for 16 starts in the previous two years and starting two playoff games to end 2013, Dennard started just four games last season and ended the season on the inj...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Huskers in the NFL draft, boxing and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined guest host Dirk Chatelain on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include boxing, former Huskers in the NFL draft, the NBA playoffs, PGA golf and more.

Visit Omaha.com/bottomline to catch the show live from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus you can listen live or download clips and episodes with the TBL app foriPhone and Android. Follow @OWHbottomline and host @MikelSevere on Twitter, and don't forget to join the conversation on The Bottom Line's Facebook page.

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Petteway MVP as Huskers announce team awards

Terran Petteway was named the Nebraska basketball team MVP this week at the Huskers' season-ending banquet.

Petteway, who is leaving the program a year early to enter the NBA draft, won the Jack Moore MVP Award for the second consecutive year after earning third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014-15, ranking fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.2 points per game.

Benny Parker was chosen as the team’s top defender. He ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 1.5 steals per game.

Trevor Menke won the Unsung Hero Award for his role on the Huskers’ scout team while providing depth ...

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Mad Chatter: Randy Gregory's reality check and ranking this weekend on the sports calendar

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll hit Mayweather-Pacquaio and the red-hot Royals, whining golfers and Big 12 politics, Iowa’s dominance of Nebraska and the Spurs’ startling defeat. But first, the free fall of Randy Gregory.

“When I met with coaches and [general managers] around the league [in the run up to the draft]," Gregory told Rand Getlin, "I bared my soul. I told them things that nobody knows about me — not even my family. I was extremely transparent with them because I wanted to make sure that nothing could come out about me that teams hadn’t ...

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Baseball: Nebraska at Northwestern

Where: Rocky Miller Park, Evanston, Ill.

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network

Online stream: BTN Plus (subscription required)

Game One

at 3:05 p.m. Friday

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National experts project Randy Gregory near top of second round

Former Husker defensive end Randy Gregory fell out the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. But according to many experts, he'll stick near the top of the second round.

The second round begins at 6 p.m. Friday in Chicago. Gregory went from being a projected top 10 pick, to a mid-round selection to being prognosticated right out of the first round. The latter became a reality, leaving Gregory atop many analysts' draft boards Friday. 

Here's a look at where some experts have Gregory ranked headed into the second round. As a reminder, the first five picks of the second roun...

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Social media reaction: Randy Gregory drops out of first round

Former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, once projected as a top 5 pick, was not selected in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

It was quite the fall for a player that many listed as one of the top talents in the NFL draft.

Here's a collection of response from media members and fans about Gregory's fall:

Gregory now goes from a risk to a potential steal. And that might buy some team the time it needs to develop him as a player and person.— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 1, 2015

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TBL: Husker baseball and football talk with Jon Nyatawa

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to talk about the Husker baseball season, the football offseason and more.

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

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ESPN's Mel Kiper, Todd McShay drop Randy Gregory out of mock drafts

In the final round of mock drafts before tonight's NFL draft, ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have dropped former Husker defensive end Randy Gregory out of the first round.

Neither McShay nor Kiper list a reason for Gregory's fairly sudden disappearance, though one report Wednesday said "according to more than a dozen coaches, scouts, personnel chiefs and GMs, there is concern about Gregory's ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football."

Less than a week ago, Gregory went No. 13 overall to the Saints in the ESPN duo's two-person mock draft. To get a bett...

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Husker Jariah Tolbert cited on drug charge

Freshman Nebraska wideout Jariah Tolbert on Thursday morning was cited by University of Nebraska at Lincoln police for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a UNL police report, Tolbert was inside a parked car with two female UNL students at 2:54 a.m. Thursday when a contacting officer smelled marijuana emanating from the car. The driver of the car allegedly admitted all three had been smoking marijuana and turned over a cigarillo packet and a marijuana pipe. All three were cited for possession. 

This is Tolbert's second brush with UNL police in less than a year. Sho...

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Recruiting: Huskers in for a California Gold Rush?

In an April 18 interview with World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel, Nebraska coach Mike Riley gave his fullest answer yet about his ambitious — and indisputably expensive from a private-plane perspective — recruiting plan. He started by outlining the importance of the 500-mile radius, then launched into the broader plan. 

"Can we get half of our class, 10 to 12 guys, from this radius? If we can, then can we get two top players from California? Can we get three or four from Texas? Can we get a couple more from Louisiana, a guy from Georgia? Can we go back to where De’Mornay (Pierson-El...

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Softball: Illinois at Nebraska

Schedule

5:30 p.m. Friday

1 p.m. Saturday

Noon Sunday

Where: Bowlin Stadium, Lincoln

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Recruiting: Huskers flex ties in Hawaii, New Orleans, Maryland with latest offers

The Nebraska coaching staff has established recruiting ties throughout the country. Brian Stewart knows Maryland. Keith Williams knows New Orleans. Mike Cavanaugh knows Hawaii. And the Huskers are set to hold a satellite camp in Georgia.

Those recruiting ties showed in the latest rounds of scholarship offers, with NU stretching coast to coast — plus Hawaii — in pursuit of prospects. 

Here's a little bit about each of the latest NU targets for 2016. 

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Tino Ellis, wide receiver: Ellis, who also could end up at safety, is from Hyattsville, Maryland. He holds off...

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TBL: Replay Mike'l Severe's reunion with Kevin Kugler

Kevin Kugler was in the building, folks. He joined Mike'l Severe in studio for a little reunion show, and just like their days on AM radio in Omaha, nothing but nonsense and ridiculousness transpired. 

Replay the segments here, plus listen to "TBL" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Also, follow the show on Twitter and like the Facebook page. 

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Video: Mike'l Severe, Sam McKewon analyze Huskers in NFL draft history

"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe and World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined forces to break down the history of Nebraska players in the NFL draft.

The two look at the top draft picks and the biggest busts of all time, including what leads to overhyping a player before the draft. They also find some of the Husker gems — guys who were drafted late but turned into solid NFL standouts.

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Four former Huskers named to Hampshire Honor Society

Former Huskers Ameer Abdullah, Mike Moudy, Mark Pelini and Trevor Roach were named to the Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

The society is comprised of college football players from each division who maintain a 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. There were 817 players from 278 schools who qualified this year.

Abdullah posted a third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season in 2014 and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. He ran for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior en route to second-te...

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Report: More than a dozen NFL GMs, scouts are low on Randy Gregory

The first round of the NFL draft kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday. Whether former Husker Randy Gregory hears his name called early on may be less likely than previously thought — and it has little to do with the failed drug test or lack of size.

Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of NFL.com reported that "according to more than a dozen coaches, scouts, personnel chiefs and GMs, there is concern about Gregory's ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football." The duo also report that Gregory "has been taken off several team's draft boards, according to multiple sources."

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Former Bluejay Kyle Korver wins NBA sportsmanship award

Former Creighton Bluejay star Kyle Korver has been named the 2014-15 recipient of the Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award, the NBA announced Wednesday. Korver is the first Atlanta Hawks player to receive the honor, and the NBA will make a $10,000 donation to the Helping Hand Rescue Mission charity on behalf of Korver.

Korver is having a career year. He was selected in February to his first NBA All-Star team, quite the honor for a guy who was once pegged as a role player. He also arguably had one of the best 65-second displays of pure basketball talent in the league this season.

A ...

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TBL: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell on his team's spring preparations

Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about his team's spring preparations, establishing a depth chart, the quarterback competition, recruiting, satellite camps and more.

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

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