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Mad Chatter: 5 things you didn't know about Mike Riley, Nebrasketball's future, Creighton's late-game D

I got an email from a reader Monday who (best-case scenario) cares about my well-being or (more likely) is trying to settle a bar bet with his buddies. 

“Do you still write for the World-Herald?”

If you’re a loyal reader of Mad Chatter, you may have noticed that my last post was Feb. 13. In the 24-hour news cycle world we live in, that’s like five years ago. 

I have an excuse, though. I’ve spent the past few weeks working on a series about Mike Riley and his path to Nebraska. You’ll see the first installment in Sunday’s World-Herald, followed by more stories next week. ...

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UNO softball heads to Colorado

UNO’s schedule at the Colorado State Classic has been shifted due to field conditions in Fort Collins.

UNO will open the tournament against Colorado State at 4:45 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Mavericks will face Valparaiso at 10 a.m. and Colorado State at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, they’ll square off against Drake at 10 a.m. and Valparaiso at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Allie Mathewson is hitting .366 for the Mavs (6-7), followed by freshman Kelly Pattison at .304.

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CU softball begins 10-game Florida tournament

Creighton heads out on its final big road trip before starting Big East competition on March 21.

The Bluejays will play 10 games during the six-day trip to Florida for the Rebel Spring Games.

CU (4-3) opens the tournament at 8 a.m. Sunday against Akron. The Jays then play at 10:15 a.m. against Presbyterian. Both games are in Winter Haven, as are Monday’s 9 a.m. matchup against Southern Illinois and 11:15 a.m. game against Lehigh and Tuesday’s games with St. Peter’s at 9 a.m. and Fairfield at 11:15 a.m.

The Bluejays will shift over to Kissimmee for Thursday games against...

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Bluejays’ spring schedule features six home games

The Creighton men’s soccer team’s spring exhibition schedule, announced Thursday, includes six games at Morrison Stadium.

Creighton begins the spring season with a road contest at UMKC on March 21, then plays at home against Denver on March 28. The Jays also play Tulsa on April 18 in the annual Kicks for a Cure game.

The schedule:

March 21 at UMKC, 3 p.m.; March 28 vs. Denver, 1 p.m.; April 11 vs. Bradley, 1 p.m.; April 11 vs. Hastings, 5 p.m.; April 18 vs. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.; April 25 vs. SIUE, 1 p.m.; April 25 vs. Doane, 5 p.m.

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Weather alters Bluejays’ series against Minnesota

Due to frigid weather and concerns over frozen playing conditions, the Creighton baseball team changed its schedule for its home opening weekend against Minnesota.

Friday’s game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. The teams also play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for Friday’s game can be exchanged for any remaining regular-season home game (excluding the April 28 game against Nebraska).

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TBL: Husker pro day talk with Joe Ganz and Sean Callahan

Former Husker quarterback Joe Ganz joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss throwing at Nebraska's pro day. Plus, Sean Callahan from Husker Online joins the show.

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

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TBL: Q&A with Nebraska pitcher Jeff Chesnut

Nebraska relief pitcher Jeff Chesnut joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to talk about the Huskers' season and more.

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

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TBL: Q&A with UFC fighter Jake Ellenberger

UFC fighter Jake Ellenberger joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to discuss his recent win, training methods and more.

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

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Nebraska pro day quick hits

The most-heavily attended Nebraska pro day in recent memory featured one of the top prospects for the 2015 NFL draft (Randy Gregory), one of the top running back prospects (Ameer Abdullah), a fleet wideout (Kenny Bell), scores of NFL scouts, a lot of media, many current and former NU players and even a couple ex-Husker assistants. Here's a quick rundown of the festivities: 

>> The following ex-Huskers performed at the event in one drill or another: Gregory, Abdullah, Bell, offensive linemen Jake Cotton and Mike Moudy, linebacker Zaire Anderson, linebacker Trevor Roach, safety...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain talks Husker spring football, Creighton hoops

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about the NBA, Mike Riley's press conference, Husker spring practice, Creighton basketball and more.

Watch the full interview with Chatelain below. And get caught up on some of the best segments from last week with the TBL week in review.

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht talks Husker basketball and Big Ten players

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss the Nebraska men's basketball team, plus break down the Big Ten player of the year candidates. 

Watch the full interview with Barfknecht below. And get caught up on some of the best segments from last week with the TBL week in review.

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The Big Ten's student-athlete reform can start in its own basketball backyard

The Big Ten waved the flag for student-athlete welfare last week. The league's willingness to explore a variety of issues pertaining to college athletics was announced to the world in a 275-word platform statement — a portion of which is pasted below — that was high-minded, as the league is often wont to be on such matters.

"The conference unanimously decided it would be important at this juncture to reach out to a diverse group of thought leaders in an effort to obtain as much feedback as possible to a number of important areas impacting academics on campus. Those areas include t...

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Bulls injuries could turn into more playing time for Doug McDermott

As more and more Chicago Bulls players are going down with injuries, former Creighton star Doug McDermott may start see more playing time.  

Derrick Rose is out four to six weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee, Jimmy Butler will miss three to six weeks with an elbow injury and Taj Gibson could miss at least a week with a sprained ankle. Whether that opens up time for McDermott to play is yet to be seen. 

McDermott averages 8.8 minutes, 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

“I think Doug has an opportunity depending on the extent of Jimmy (Butler)’s injury," Greg McDer...

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Reports: Multiple BYU players will face brawl discipline before Nebraska game

When new Nebraska football coach Mike Riley opens the 2015 season on Sept. 5, his Huskers may be facing a short-handed BYU team.

According to various reports, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday that "10-ish" players will be disciplined for their role in a brawl with Memphis following the Miami Beach Bowl, and the punishment will come down in the week leading up to the team's season opener with Nebraska.

In a Salt Lake Tribune practice report posted Tuesday, Mendenhall expanded on the disciplinary action:

"Probably game week [before the opener at Nebraska] is when m...

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Mike Riley and restoring the Blackshirts tradition

New Nebraska coach Mike Riley is about to do the fan base and Husker defenders a kindness by returning the Blackshirts tradition to what fans long understood it to be: That the black jerseys worn by NU starters are handed out just before the season — when starters are picked — and donned throughout the season as an identity for said starters and motivation for their backups. 

Blackshirt history — wonderfully written by Husker historian Mike Babcock and posted on NU's own site — tells us this. 

Years of Blackshirt posters — like the 1990, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 ...

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TBL: Husker Talk with Sam McKewon

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line for his weekly segment.

Topics covered include the Lincoln basketball scene, Nebraska women's basketball, Husker football and more.

Watch the full interview with Pospisil below. And get caught up on some of the best segments from last week with the TBL week in review.

And follow McKewon on Twitter @swmckewonOWH.

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Baseball weekend recap: Series win reveals NU's potential

You have to think that the Huskers left the ballpark Friday, after a 4-1 series opening loss to Loyola Marymount, feeling like they let one critical game slip away. And the impact of that frustrating realization can sometimes have differing effects.

Remember, these NU players began the preseason plotting to make an NCAA run. They want to build off last year's appearance, maybe even get selected as one of the 16 teams that host regional round action. But to position itself to achieve that — as a northern school whose non-conference performance tends to carry more weight than league ...

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Ameer Abdullah, 'Bud' Crawford highlight "The Bottom Line" last week

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, including former Husker Ameer Abdullah and Omaha boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford.

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Former Husker Ameer Abdullah, who finished as the top running back in four events at the NFL combine and third in another, didn’t put up the 40-yard dash time that he was looking for.

“I was a little disappointed, but I noticed a lot of the times were slower, not just in the running back group, but I watched the rest of the combine and a lot of t...

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Women's basketball: Creighton at Villanova

When: Noon Sunday

Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

CREIGHTON (17-11, 10-7)

F Brianna Rollerson, 6-0, So., 8.3

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Sports Week in Videos, Feb. 22-28

Check out the week's best videos from around the sports world, including interviews from “The Bottom Line,” The World-Herald's video staff and around the nation.

This week’s videos cover Feb. 22 to 28. You can find more videos from The World-Herald here, plus check out our Sports Week in Pictures photo showcase.

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Ameer Abdullah on "The Bottom Line"

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Mike Riley gets advice from Tom Osborne: Run the ball

Most of a 90-minute lunch meeting earlier this week between Nebraska coach Mike Riley and former Husker coach/athletic director Tom Osborne had absolutely nothing to do with football, Riley told the World-Herald Friday. They talked about families and backgrounds and life stories. Tom's son Mike, who set up the lunch, was also there. 

"It was nothing real dramatic," Riley said. "It was just a real neat thing to do, and I appreciated him doing it. It was fun." 

Definitely not a "big summit meeting," Riley reiterated. 

But if a college football legend — who won three natio...

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Pre-spring football injury update from Mike Riley

The World-Herald was one of two media outlets to meet with Nebraska football coach Mike Riley on Friday; the coach updated reporters on which Huskers would miss offseason camp entirely, and who would participate but be, in Riley's words, "limited." 

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Linebacker David Santos: He missed the Holiday Bowl, then had surgery directly after that game on his knee. Santos had a strong September marred by knee troubles as the season wore on. 

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Husker jersey number changes and additions announced

Nebraska's spring football roster has been locked and loaded into Huskers.com. Here's some of the changes and freshman additions: 

>> Defensive back Avery Anderson — No. 4

>> Linebacker Dedrick Young — No. 5

>> Cornerback Eric Lee — No. 6

>> Cornerback Chris Jones — No. 8 (Was No. 11 last season)

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Husker roster talent ranks among best in Big Ten

Athlon Sports ranked each Big Ten team's talent, and Nebraska came in third on the list. 

The Huskers trailed Ohio State and Michigan in the ranking, which takes the average national ranking of the last five recruiting classes. 

Following Nebraska are Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively. Keep in mind that these rankings judge overall roster talent, so the Wildcats are high on the list because they brought in a talented 2015 recruiting class. That won't necessarily generate wins right away. 

The article had this to say about NU: "Nebraska has seen it...

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