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Lawrence Phillips charged with murder in cellmate's death

Former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder for the April death of his cellmate at Kern Valley (California) State Prison, according to a report from USA Today. 

Phillips' cellmate, convicted gang hit man Damion Soward, was found strangled in Phillips and Soward's cell in mid-April. Phillips was moved to a segregation unit after the death. The Kern Valley District Attorney's office has been investigating the charges since then. 

According to the USA Today report, Phillips arraignment is set for Sept. 15. He will not face the death p...

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Video: Big Red Today Show, Sept. 1

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines. Jon and Sam also take a look at Nebraska's upcoming game with BYU.

Watch the full video below:

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BYU starting cornerback faces assault, rioting charges

Michael Davis, a junior and starting cornerback for BYU, faces assault and rioting charges days before the Cougars open the season at Nebraska, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The incident occurred July 29, according to court documents. Davis pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 1. He has requested a jury trial.

"We are aware of the citation and it has been addressed by the university," BYU football spokesperson Brett Pyne said to the Tribune.

BYU is already facing several suspensions related to a brawl at the end of last season's Miami Beach ...

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Practice report, Sept. 1: Husker line to be tested by BYU fronts, stunts

BYU will be a good test Saturday for a Nebraska offensive line with only one returning full-time starter.

NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said the Cougars will shift between three- and four-man fronts, run a variety of line stunts and bring other sorts of pressure.

Other than Alex Lewis as a returning starter at left tackle, Nebraska is expected to be working with Dylan Utter at left guard, Ryne Reeves at center, Chongo Kondolo at right guard and redshirt freshman Nick Gates at right tackle.

Those last four have a total of two career starts between them.

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TBL: Jeff Kinney discusses his Husker memories, Game of the Century and more

Husker legend Jeff Kinney — No. 100 in the Nebraska 100 —  joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday, talking about his Husker football memories, playing under Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, his recruitment process, the Game of the Century and more.

You can replay the interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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The Pick Six Podcast with Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon, Sept. 1

World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon tackle the hottest topics in sports, offering their in-depth analysis of the headlines and upcoming events.

In the Sept. 1 episode of "The Pick Six Podcast," the guys discuss Nebraska's Blackshirt tradition and the newest honorees, how Nebraska and BYU match up on both sides of the ball, a Big Ten football preview, Husker recruiting and the MLB playoff race.

Check out the video podcast below, and scroll down for the audio-only version.

Don't want to miss an episode? Get the podcast on iTunes or grab this link for yo...

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TBL: Sam McKewon breaks down BYU matchup, talks Blackshirts and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about Nebraska's season-opening matchup with BYU, the Blackshirts being handed out and more. 

You can replay the interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Baseball: Fall practice begins with early morning sessions

Work out before the sun's out. That's the plan for Nebraska's baseball team this week as it begins fall practice.

Next week, once the Lincoln Saltdogs finish their season, the Haymarket Park field will be open and the schedule will be a little more traditional.

But for now? 5:45 a.m.

#Huskers started fall practice nice and early today pic.twitter.com/DgfyoSU4TI— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) September 1, 2015

My quick take: The Huskers lost their edge at times last year. Like, they got outworked and out-hustled in games. Their competitive mentality fluctuat...

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Men's soccer: Bluejays move up to No. 3 in coaches poll

A pair of season-opening wins has pushed Creighton from No. 6 to the No. 3 spot in the national coaches poll released Tuesday.

The Bluejays (2-0-0) defeated Michigan 1-0 on Friday and Milwaukee 4-0 on Sunday, propelling them past North Carolina, Notre Dame and Georgetown in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

Junior forward Fabian Herbers, who scored twice and had an assist last weekend, was named to the College Soccer News team of the week Monday, then on Tuesday he made the Top Drawer Soccer team of the week.

Big East foes Providence (No. 8), Xavi...

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Recruiting roundup: Latest offers, upcoming visits and Terry Wilson news

It's game week, but that doesn't mean recruiting takes a back seat. With prospects visiting for the season-opener, and the always-steady flow of outgoing scholarship offers, the Husker staff still has recruiting on the mind.

Here are some of the recruiting headlines this week:

>> Nebraska extended an offer to three-star wide receiver Derrion Grim, who is committed to Boise State. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver's only FBS offer before NU was from the Broncos. According to MaxPreps, Grim's opening game for McNair High School was a big one — he had 10 catches for 238 an...

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From the archives: Bo Pelini, forged in steel (2007)

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain recently traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, to explore the relationship between former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his hometown. 

Through today's lens, that relationship — Bo Pelini's return — is seen differently than it was back in 2007, when Pelini was rising to meet his biggest challenge yet: taking over as Nebraska's head football coach.

In December 2007, staff writer Mitch Sherman tackled that story, writing about how Pelini's youth might have built him to withstand the pressures of being a major college coach.

Looking back, it'...

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Big Ten teleconference: Mike Riley says there's an 'anxiousness' to get started

Mike Riley is 62 years old and has been involved with coaching since 1975, but another football season and his first at Nebraska have his pulse racing this week.

And that’s a good thing, Riley said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference.

“There’s an anxiousness, for sure,” Riley said. “I don’t know if it’s excitement or nerves, or all of it put together. And that’s OK. I like that feeling, the anticipation for the first game is always big.

“Like I told the guys yesterday, I said, if it wasn’t like that for me, I wouldn’t want to coach anymore.”

Riley will coach his...

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Husker opponent watch: Miami announces RB Gus Edwards out for season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami has lost running back Gus Edwards for the season, an announcement that came Sunday night and with the Hurricanes less than a week removed from their opener.

The news was revealed as the Hurricanes, who play the Huskers in Week 3 on Sept. 19, released their first depth chart of the season. Edwards — who was a strong candidate to be the starter — was injured in a scrimmage Aug. 22 and was in a walking boot last week, though Hurricanes coach Al Golden initially said he did not expect the 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior would be sidelined for long.

“Gus...

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Practice Report, Aug. 31: Mark Banker and Dedrick Young talk Blackshirts

Video: Huskers receive Blackshirts in locker room

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Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker on Monday restored the Huskers' tradition of handing out Blackshirts to the top defensive players before the season starts. The tradition had taken a major hiatus during the seven-year tenure of former coach Bo Pelini, who only handed out Blackshirts before the season once, in 2013. 

Pelini thought players had to earn them with play during the season; Banker, like several defensive coordinators before Pelini, felt like players earned them in training camp. Banker said he t...

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Press conference notes: Huskers are all business, locked in for BYU opener

Initially, it was hard to tell exactly why Nebraska defensive end Jack Gangwish had paused for ten seconds when asked how important a season-opening win would be for the Huskers after a tumultuous offseason and hiring new coach Mike Riley. 

Was the Wood River senior getting wistful? Trying to put into words a difficult nine months? 

Not precisely. 

"We're here to play ball, we're here to win football games," Gangwish said. "You know, when it comes to mentality, BYU is coming to town on Saturday and they think they're coming to our house and leave with a win. Tell you wh...

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Mad Chatter: A nation-leading Husker streak is in jeopardy, a Cubs' no-no, educating Mike Riley

Let's hop in the DeLorean and flash back to 1985.

BYU comes to town next weekend and Nebraska’s season-opener streak of 29 games is in real jeopardy. That leads the nation, by the way.

Since Oklahoma State 2003, the only opening-day scare came against Wyoming in 2013. Nebraska hasn’t exactly scheduled aggressively on opening day lately, but still, 30 years is a long time.

Especially when you consider that Nebraska lost four four openers in a 10-year span in the 70s and 80s. It happened in ’72 against UCLA. Again in ’77 against Washington State. Again in ’78 to No. 1 Ala...

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Banker, Bray know tempo offenses from life in the Pac-12

BYU is going to run its fair share of offensive plays Saturday, but past experience in the Pac-12 will have Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker and linebackers coach Trent Bray well-prepared for the mayhem.

Bray responded “every week” when asked Monday how often Oregon State saw up-tempo offense in the Pac-12.

“Stanford was the only team that wasn’t,” Bray said. “So we’re used to it.”

BYU averaged 80.8 snaps per game last season on its way to ranking No. 28 nationally in total offense with 460.5 yards per game. By comparison, Nebraska averaged 72.8 snaps per game...

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TBL: College football talk with ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include college football QB questions, the big matchups in week 1, Illinois coaching future, Nebraska's chances to beat BYU 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: Tom Shatel talks Blackshirts, Creighton soccer and more

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include the Blackshirts, Husker coach Mike Riley's press conference, playing positive football, Creighton soccer, Terry Wilson 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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Press conference transcripts: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall

Read everything Nebraska coach Mike Riley said at Monday's press conference ahead of Saturday's BYU game. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke plenty about Nebraska at his press conference as well, and that is also included below.

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Nebraska press conference with coach Mike Riley

Opening statement

“We’ve had some exciting moments in this room and this is kind of a topper for right now, getting ready now for our first game, our opener for the 2015 Husker team. We have, I think, had a good fall camp. It’s been fun working with the players and that whole process of ...

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

Husker Online's Nate Clouse joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Noah Fant's decision, recruits making visits for the BYU game 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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11 Husker defenders receive Blackshirts

We knew the Blackshirts were coming. Now they're here.

11 Huskers received their Blackshirts — the iconic black practice jerseys awarded to NU's standout defensive players — on Monday. The news was first spotted in various social media posts by players prior to the Huskers' afternoon practice.

The move came just hours after Nebraska released its official depth chart for the season opener.

The posts revealed the following players as recipients: Josh Banderas, Byerson Cockrell, Maliek Collins, Daniel Davie, Jack Gangwish, Nate Gerry, Josh Kalu, Greg McMullen, Vincent Vale...

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook's weekly press conference

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook discussed opening weekend success for the Huskers, fan support, upcoming matches and more.

Check out the video below:

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Video: Jon Schuetz named announcer for Husker football games

Former Omaha sportscaster Jon Schuetz is the new public address announcer for Nebraska football games at Memorial Stadium.

The university athletic department announced Schuetz’s hiring Monday. He replaces Patrick Combs, who had been the announcer since 2002.

NU cut ties with Combs after he was arrested on suspicion of bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women.

Schuetz joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include his new role as the PA voice at Husker football games, how he got the job and more....

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Injury/roster updates: Suspensions announced later this week; Adrienne Talan not practicing

We'll have a more complete press conference report within the hour, but, for now, here's a few quick updates on the roster: 

>> A Nebraska spokesman confirmed that linebacker Adrienne Talan is still on the team and still on scholarship, but not currently participating in football activities. Talan is a true freshman. 

>> Coach Mike Riley told reporters he would announce the five players suspended for the season opener later this week. He didn't want those players to be inundated with interviews prior to the suspensions being announced. Riley said he and his coache...

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Nebraska releases depth chart

Nebraska released its depth chart before the season-opener against BYU. Click the image to see the full chart.

Some quick notes: 

>> At quarterback, Tommy Armstrong is the starter while Ryker Fyfe has won the backup job for now. A.J. Bush is the No. 3 quarterback.

>> At running back, Terrell Newby is the starter, followed by four No. 2 backups — Imani Cross, Adam Taylor, Mikale Wilbon and Devine Ozigbo. 

>> The starting offensive line is Alex Lewis, Dylan Utter, Ryne Reeves, Chongo Kondolo and Nick Gates.

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It's Game Week! Three things to watch

>> Injuries and Suspensions: Nebraska and BYU both have some roster issues heading into the first game. Which team is hit hardest, and will either team divulge to the other who's suspended before kickoff? A little gamesmanship is in play here. On the injury front, Nebraska needs the bulk of his wide receivers ready to go this week for game prep. 

>> Big Week for B1G: In this roundtable of some college football's top TV analysts, the Big Ten does not make an appearance for toughest conference. The conversation belongs, for now, to the SEC and Pac-12. While I suspect it'l...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 30

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of training camp and preseason shots.

Updates this week include Rex Burkhead, Sam Koch and more.

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All the recruits: How the Huskers' 2016 commits fared in high school games this week

A player-by-player look at how Nebraska's recruits performed this week, with team results, player stats and more.

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DiCaprio Bootle: The defensive back helped the Spartans’ defense hold the Edison Red Raiders to 139 total yards in Billy Rolle’s coaching debut, a 19-0 victory for Miami Southridge.

Bryan Brokop: The offensive lineman's Lincoln-Way West squad scored on a 33-yard pass from Connor Lowman to Jake Mauney with 1:33 left to pick up a 35-31 victory over Sycamore.

Marquel Dismuke: The wide receiver, who's committed to NU as a defensive back, finished wit...

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Mike Riley says many players returning from injury for game week

Mike Riley said Saturday that it was his expectation that offensive tackle Alex Lewis (knee), cornerback Daniel Davie (groin) and linebacker Josh Banderas (groin) all should be ready to practice Monday.

Riley also said the staff hasn’t totally ruled out tight end Trey Foster (ankle) for next Saturday.

One positive would be getting receiver Brandon Reilly (hamstring) back, which Riley said could happen Monday. The rash of injuries through August at receiver, including the foot fracture that will cost De’Mornay Pierson-El a decent chunk of games, has hurt some of the effectiven...

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