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Former Husker Jerry Murtaugh, former Bluejay Anthony Tolliver highlight last week on TBL

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

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Now that Omaha native Terence “Bud” Crawford is a two-time boxing world champion, World-Herald reporter Tony Boone says his next fight should be against a future hall of famer.

“I would like to see him fight Juan Manuel Marquez. The name that got thrown out a lot in Texas is (Manny) Pacquiao, the first time we heard that was in Omaha, (Promoter Bob Arum) had said that sometime down the road, Crawford-Pacquiao could happen. ...

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Recruiting: Beatrice QB Alec Cromer finishes strong at Rivals camp, more recruiting notes

LINCOLN — When asked to pick between the two broad terms that typically describe high school quarterbacks, Beatrice's Alec Cromer opts for "pro-style" over "dual-threat." 

Cromer's 6-foot-5, 223-pound frame fits the prototypical pro-style profile. But his throws on the run, he said, got him going during Saturday's Rivals regional "Quarterback Challenge" camp in Cincinnati.

Out of what Cromer estimated were 60 to 70 signal callers from around the Midwest — including four from Nebraska — Cromer made the final seven.

"Making the finals was exciting," Cromer said. "Then my ...

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Mad Chatter: Staying up late with Steph Curry, too hard on Tim Miles?, Mike Riley's 1991 football card

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover Mike Riley and the SEC’s beef with the Big Ten, Keith “End Zone” Jones and Jim Harbaugh, Yordano Ventura’s Bud Crawford complex and fixing college hoops.

But first, a “Jump off the couch moment” at midnight.

The only downside to April and May is that seemingly every night you have to make a decision: Stay up and watch NBA/NHL playoffs? Or go to bed? 

I chose wisely last night (of course I don’t have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. like most of you), staying up for Warriors-Pelicans. It was 101-84 with 6 min...

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TBL: Carlos and Khalil Davis talk Husker football, track and field feats

Nebraska signees Carlos and Khalil Davis joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss their impressive track and field feats, Husker football, offseason training and more.

The brothers rank top 2 nationally in the discus and Khalil ranks third in the shot put. They'll join the Nebraska football team in the fall.

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 do...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks boxing, Storm Chasers and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss world boxing champion Terence "Bud" Crawford, the Omaha Storm Chasers and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus get the latest boxing and Class AAA baseball news by following Boone on Twitter. 

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New mock draft has Gregory to Saints, Abdullah to Redskins

ESPN's resident NFL draft analysts — Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay — released a two-person, alternating mock draft on Friday, and it resulted in two Huskers being taken in the first three rounds.

Randy Gregory, who was initially projected as a top-10 pick by various analysts before testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine, was taken 13th overall. Kiper has already discussed Gregory's value at length, but it was McShay who grabbed Gregory first and sent him to New Orleans.

"Gregory's off-field issues are a concern, but I think his talent outweighs the risk here," McSh...

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ESPN analyst lists Ameer Abdullah as No. 2 'playmaker' in NFL draft

ESPN analyst Todd McShay is becoming quite the advocate for Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah.

In his latest article previewing the top NFL draft prospects, McShay lists Abdullah as the No. 2 playmaker in the class on his "All-Satellite" team — a reference to the players' ability to move around "in space."

Earlier this week, McShay put Abdullah on his All-Tape team, honoring players that he "most enjoyed studying on tape" while doing his research for the draft.

In the latest round of praise, McShay points to some negatives — specifically, Abdullah's size and speed — but does...

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Source confirms former Husker assistant Ron Brown headed to Liberty University

Former Nebraska assistant Ron Brown will be joining head coach Turner Gill at Liberty University, a source close to the situation confirmed to The World-Herald on Friday.

Brown is leaving Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's staff three months after following the former Husker head man to Youngstown State, and Brown is now set join Gill, a former Husker quarterback and assistant, with the FCS school in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Brown joined Bo Pelini with the Penguins as the running backs coach and assistant head coach after Pelini was fired at Nebraska late last year.

Brown's mo...

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Open tryouts coming soon at Nebraska for national anthem performers

The Huskers are holding open tryouts ... to sing the national anthem.

The Nebraska athletic marketing department is hosting tryouts for individual singers, groups and instrumental ensembles from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 6 and 8:30 a.m. to noon May 9 at the Devaney Center.

Individuals or groups interested in trying out must register at Huskers.com/nationalanthem. Registration ends at 4 p.m. May 4. 

Each performance is limited to two minutes or less, and those selected will have a chance to perform at a variety of sporting events, including men's and women's basketball, basebal...

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Recruiting: Husker football signees are 1st, 2nd in the nation in discus

Nebraska signees Carlos and Khalil Davis might make an impact as true freshmen on the football field. But they're almost certain to do so for the Huskers' track and field team.

As good as the twins are at playing football — they were the two best defensive linemen in the Midwest — they're even more dominant throwers, especially in the discus. 

Check out this post from a Twitter account that the brothers share to promote their most recent feats:

Carlos Davis throws 214 on first throw and 213 on his third! Bro Khalil throws 199! Top 2 in NATION! @MoMileSplit pic.twitter.c...

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Baseball: Nebraska at No. 19 Iowa

Where: Duane Banks Field, Iowa City, Iowa

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network

Online stream: Hawkeye All-Access (subscription required)

Game One: 4 p.m. Saturday

Pitchers: Sr. RHP Chance Sinclair (5-5, 3.30) vs. Jr. RHP Tyler Peyton (4-3, 2.83)

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Mike Riley call-in show: Recruiting updates, a tutorial on tackling and Byerson Cockrell surgery

LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Mike Riley had his first fan call-in show Thursday night on the Husker Sports Network and perhaps it was fitting that two of the calls came from South Dakota. 

It again gave Riley a chance to insist the Huskers are all-in when it comes to winning local recruiting battles for talented prospects inside the 500-mile radius. One such prospect is in Sioux Falls, where offensive tackle Matt Farniok is being courted by Nebraska and several other Power Five schools, including Stanford, Florida State, Michigan State and Iowa. 

Riley didn't talk about any one p...

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Recruiting: Bubba Starling finding his footing in baseball (finally)

This morning, I started to update the deep review of the 2011 Nebraska recruiting class I first wrote about last April. Inevitably, near the bottom of the list, was quarterback Bubba Starling, who chose a massive contract with the Kansas City Royals over Husker football in the late summer of 2011. 

Former NU offensive coaches have long smarted over that decision. They believed in Bubba's skill set and raw talent.

Could he have challenged Taylor Martinez for the starting quarterback job?

Here's what I know: Nobody else on that roster, over several years, had a chance to ...

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Video: Taco cannon featured on ESPN's 'Around the Horn'; Fox Sports chimes in, too

As The World-Herald's Sarah Baker Hansen reported on Wednesday, the city of Omaha is now home to a taco cannon. And of note, the cannon will be making its public debut at UNO hockey games this fall.

Well, that makes it a sports story, and any time a sports story involves a food bazooka, you can bet the folks at ESPN will want to chime in.

That's exactly what happened Thursday when the panelists on ESPN's debate show "Around the Horn" tackled the topic of taco projectiles.

The question posed to the panel? Taco cannon: Good idea or bad idea?

"The tacos don't fall ap...

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Video: Nebraska's offseason goals with Sam McKewon

What are some of the keys this offseason for the Husker football team? World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined Mike'l Severe in the Big Red Today studio to discuss.

Strength and conditioning, building chemistry, recruiting satellite camps were brought up, along with what the coaches will be looking for in the depth chart.

Find more about NU's offseason activities, including recruiting, satellite camps, scheduling and more. Plus, follow Sam on Twitter and check out the Big Red Today Facebook page.

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks Husker quarterback targets, early offerings and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker recruiting news, including recent quarterback targets, offering sophomores and more.

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

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