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Ex-Husker Kenny Bell drafted by Tampa Bay in Round 5

A third Nebraska football player Saturday was drafted by an NFL team. Wideout Kenny Bell was picked in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bell was selected with the 162nd overall pick. 

A 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, Bell is NU's career receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,689) record holder after a strong four-year run for the Huskers. Bell's best season might have been in 2012 — when he caught 50 passes for 863 yards and eight touchdowns — but he was strong in 2014, as well, finishing with 47 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns. 

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7 places to watch Mayweather-Pacquiao in the Omaha area

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally step into the ring Saturday in what some are calling the biggest fight in boxing history.

Omahans have three options to watch: pay $90 or $100 to watch in standard- or high-definition on your couch; get a bunch of buddies together and split the pay-per-view cost; or head to a local bar/restaurant that has paid (a lot of money) for a commercial license to show it.

If you're in the latter camp, here are seven options in the Omaha area:

D.J.'s Dugout, Miracle Hills Square, 636 N 114th St, $20 cover, must be 21 or older. Clic...

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Former Huskers agree to undrafted free-agent deals; Jake Waters to Jacksonville

Ameer Abdullah, Randy Gregory and Kenny Bell all were drafted this weekend. But some other former Husker football players will be getting a shot at the NFL, too.

Players were announcing their deals on Twitter on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Jake Cotton signed with the Houston Texans:

Want to let everyone know that the Houston Texans have signed me as a Free Agent. Thank you to the organization and everyone inLincoln— Jake Cotton (@CakeJotton) May 2, 2015

Safety Josh Mitchell is headed to the Indianapolis Colts: 

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Social media reaction: Abdullah, Gregory go in second round

After a long wait, Randy Gregory finally was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

But, in a surprise, he wasn't the first Husker off the board.

That honored belonged to Ameer Abdullah, selected 54th by the Detroit Lions.

Here's a roundup of the social media reaction for both players:

Randy Gregory: 2nd Nebraska player drafted, continuing @Huskers streak as only school w/ 2+ players selected every year in Common Draft Era.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2015

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TBL: Tony Boone talks Pacquiao-Mayweather and 'Bud' Crawford

World-Herald boxing writer Tony Boone joined guest host Sam McKewon on "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss Saturday's Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather bout, plus Terence "Bud" Crawford. Also discussed was UNO hockey and recruiting. 

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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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.

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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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TBL: Sam McKewon talks about all things Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to discuss the Husker football program.

Topics included the NFL draft, recruiting, satellite camps, past Husker draft picks 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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