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TBL: Tom Shatel talks CWS, Big Ten media days and more

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

Topics discusses include the College World Series, Big Ten media days, Nebraska football, the Royals 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: Husker QB commit Patrick O'Brien talks NU, visiting Lincoln and more

Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien joined Mike'l Severe and former Husker QB Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include his commitment to Nebraska, getting better as a quarterback what he liked about his visit to Lincoln and more.

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

Watch the full interview and read an excerpt below:

 

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TBL: Dara Torres talks 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

Olympic swimming legend Dara Torres joined host Mike'l Severe in studio on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

They discussed the upcoming 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha.

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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Video: Best and worst Big Ten nonconference games

Alabama and Oregon — two teams who made the College Football Playoff last season — are set to face off with Big Ten teams in the 2015 nonconference schedule. But which matchups rank best? That's for World-Herald staff writers Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa to decide.

The duo ranked the five best and the five worst Big Ten nonconference games. So which games will you avoid watching, and which ones will have you glued to the TV? 

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Nebraska quarterback recruit Terry Wilson talked about his decision to visit Oregon, despite his commitment to the Huskers.

“I’m sure I’m with Nebraska. I’m going to Oregon...

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Knee surgery will sideline Milliken three to five weeks

James Milliken, Creighton’s top returning scorer, will miss three to five weeks of the summer conditioning program after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Bluejay coach Greg McDermott said Milliken injured his knee last week but was uncertain exactly when he did it.

Milliken, a 6-foot-2 guard who will be a senior this year, averaged 9.6 points last season while starting 12 of the 31 games in which he played as Creighton finished 14-19.

Milliken ended the season as one of the Bluejays’ hottest players. He averaged 19.5 points in two Big East tournamen...

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TBL: Husker schedule breakdown

Host Mike'l Severe and Husker Online's Sean Callahan break down Nebraska's schedule for next season on "The Bottom Line," including who are the Huskers' easiest wins, toughest matchups and more.

Listen live to "The Bottom Line" from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook.

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TBL: Former Husker kicker Eric Lueshen on Supreme Court ruling

Former Husker kicker Eric Lueshen joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to talk about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, his thoughts on what else needs to change with gay rights and more.

Listen live to "The Bottom Line" from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook.

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TBL: Greg Simmons says why he picked NU, discusses Husker ties and more

Linebacker Greg Simmons committed to Nebraska on Thursday. On Friday, he joined "The Bottom Line" to talk about why he chose the Huskers, the NU coaching staff, Nebraska's fan base and more.

Also, Simmons discussed his ties to the Huskers — his godfather is former Husker defensive back Wonder Monds, who owned "the greatest hairdo in the history of Nebraska." Simmons says he also wants to be an All-American, and "beat his record" and "be higher than him."

You can read up on the latest recruiting news at Omaha.com/recruiting, plus listen live to "The Bottom Line" from 2 to 6 p....

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TBL: JoJo Domann talks commitment, Husker coaches and more

JoJo Domann became the 13th known commit of Nebraska's 2016 recruiting class when he committed on Friday morning.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defensive athlete out of Colorado Springs joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe shortly after his commitment to discuss the recruiting process, what appealed to him about Nebraska, which positions he'll play as a Husker and more.

See the latest Husker commits and headlines on Big Red Today's recruiting page, plus tune in to "The Bottom Line" from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Don't forget to check out the complete list of 2016 commits, ...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks slow CWS games, Husker camp countdown and more

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday.

Topics discussed include the slow CWS games, the Husker camp countdown, the NBA draft 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: Jeremy Crabtree talks early signing day, Husker recruiting and more

ESPN recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Thursday.

Topics covered include the possibility of an early signing day, the Huskers' recruiting class and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus check out all the podcasts at Omaha.com/bottomline.

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Juco guard Malik Albert picks Creighton

Creighton has signed former juco All-American Malik Albert.

He was a high scorer for Mott Community College who sat out this past season to get his academics in order.

"We are thrilled to add Malik to our team," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said in a press release. "He is a very gifted offensive player that can score in a variety of ways. He will be a terrific fit in our system."

The Detroit native averaged 24.4 points per game for Mott during the 2013-14 season.

The 6-foot-2 guard will have two seasons of eligibility for CU.

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From the Archives: Virginia coach Brian O'Connor's path from Omaha to Omaha

Five years ago was the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. Virginia coach Brian O'Connor was looking to make a second straight CWS appearance at the stadium 10 miles from his childhood home and not far from Creighton, where he chose to play college ball.

O'Connor wouldn't make it back to Omaha with his team that year. But he did in 2011. And in 2014.

This year, though, O'Connor did more than just make it to Omaha. He helped Virginia win the school's first national title. His journey was chronicled by Dirk Chatelain in this story from May 30, 2010.

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A look at Virginia's championship through newspaper front pages

"NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!" reads the front page of the Charlottesville, Virginia, newspaper this morning. The Daily Progress recognized its hometown university after its College World Series victory — Virginia's first national title in school history.

The photo, taken by The World-Herald's Rebecca S. Gratz, showed Cavalier players dogpiling in celebration. Sometimes it takes a newspaper's front page to really capture a moment in history. For Virginia, that moment came Wednesday night with its 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt to win the CWS. 

Here's a look at how some of the local newsp...

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Drafted or not, Terran Petteway's journey to make mother proud just beginning

Terran Petteway wants to be drafted. He knows he'll cry if it happens, he told Grantland — a culmination of a tough final season at Nebraska and, more importantly, another moment to honor his mother.

Grantland's Johnathan Abrams wrote a lengthy feature on Petteway, highlighting his difficult path to the NBA draft.

Here's a noteworthy section of the story, when Husker coach Tim Miles asked to meet with Petteway on the eve of his draft declaration:

Terran again began to dread the worst. “It can’t be that,” Terran thought. “It can’t be that.”Now, together in his office wit...

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Husker volleyball recruit switches commitment to Wisconsin

Nebraska volleyball commit Molly Haggerty has flipped her commitment to the Wisconsin Badgers, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Haggerty, an outside hitter from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, also indicated her commitment to the Badgers on social media, where she changed her private Twitter profile to read "Wisconsin Volleyball."

Haggerty is the younger sister of Meghan Haggerty, a senior middle blocker for the Huskers, and Maddie Haggerty, who fought through injuries during a redshirt freshman season and left the NU program in March. Maddie Haggerty, who is continuing her co...

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Several different heroes fueled Virginia's remarkable title run

You know how one friend will find that hilarious YouTube video, and then encourage another buddy to check it out? Then that friend loves it so much, and finds some other pal to share it with? And it goes on to the next one, and on, and on.

That's kind of the story behind Virginia's remarkable postseason run, a three-week stretch filled with late-game moment, clutch at-bats and improbable rallies.

What has made it so special: Almost every night, the Cavaliers found a new MVP.

One guy came through at the plate in the most critical of moments. Then the next day, a differen...

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Inning-by-inning: Virginia 4, Vanderbilt 2

FIRST

Virginia: Adam Haseley and Daniel Pinero open the game with first-pitch singles. Two outs later, Pavin Smith draws a walk. The Cavs leave the bases loaded, however, as Robbie Coman flies out.

Vanderbilt: Bryan Reynolds walks before Rhett Wiseman doubles. Dansby Swanson follows with an RBI groundout, and Zander Wiel adds a run-scoring double.

SECOND

Virginia: After a rough opening frame, Walker Buehler cruises through the second with a pair of strikeouts.

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Plenty of seats left vacant for Wednesday's CWS finale

The College World Series' decisive finale, a potentially drama-filled clash with a trophy on the line, drew the second-smallest crowd of the entire event.

A little odd, right?

I mean, staying home for the CWS championship series' Game 3 is basically like skipping out on your graduation party after four (or five... or six!) long years spent navigating through a tough undergrad regimen. Or immediately leaving your seats at a concert because the band just walked off the stage, knowing full well that the rockers would likely return for an encore or two.

Yet still, plenty of...

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Former Vanderbilt star David Price back in Omaha

The last time Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price made plans to watch his former college team at the College World Series rain disrupted his itinerary.

The Tigers game that day (in Detroit) was halted and Price's private plane didn't land at Eppley Airfield until after the second inning of the Commodores' first CWS game. Then the rain came in Omaha, too, suspending the Vanderbilt-Cal State Fullerton contest in the sixth inning. And Price had to leave (he wasn't there for the walkoff win the next day).

But Mother Nature couldn't stop Price from making a return trip for Wednesda...

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses U.S. Open, CWS and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about Jordan Spieth's U.S. Open victory, the long games at the College World Series, the NBA and more.

Listen to "The Bottom Line" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus give us your take on the show's Facebook page.

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TBL: Husker hoops talk with Lee Barfknecht

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to talk about Tim Miles' assistant Rashon Burno, the incoming recruiting class and more.

Listen to "The Bottom Line" live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus give us your take on the show's Facebook page.

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Virginia's starting pitcher has excelled in Omaha

If Virginia junior Brandon Waddell is able to deliver another brilliant outing again Wednesday night, feel free to add him to the list of College World Series legends. Shoot, he may even belong there already.

The left-hander from Houston has a 1.92 ERA and a hit rate of 5.5 per nine innings in four CWS starts (two this year and two in 2014). The Cavaliers have won each one of those four games.

Waddell, a fifth-round MLB draft pick, will get the ball again Wednesday in the winner-takes-all CWS championship against Vanderbilt. You can bet he'll be comfortable. And given his tra...

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Recruiting: 'Gut feeling' leads TE Jack Stoll to pick Nebraska over Texas

Aurora (Colorado) Regis tight end Jack Stoll had to weigh offers from two college football heavyweights, Nebraska and Texas. He liked both programs. He liked both coaching staffs, too.

But on his visits to Lincoln, Stoll said after he picked NU on Wednesday, he got a "gut feeling" he didn't have when he visited Austin.

And so the Huskers beat the Longhorns — along with home-state Colorado — for Stoll's services. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is the 11th overall commit for Nebraska in the 2016 class and second tight end, joining Lincoln Christian star Jared Bubak.

"There was...

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Vote: Ameer Abdullah nominated for ESPY — after Jordan Westerkamp won last year

During the 2013 football season, Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp made a behind-the-back catch that would go on to win an ESPY for best play. 

One season later, Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah caught a screen pass, dodged a few McNeese State defenders, broke a couple tackles and scored the winning touchdown with 20 seconds left. And now he's up for the same honor as Westerkamp. 

ESPN's voting started Wednesday, and the best play category is a bracket-style contest. Abdullah's touchdown is a No. 12 seed, facing a 3-pointer by Stephen Curry, which is the No. 9 seed. You ca...

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Players excited for do-or-die CWS finale

Not even 15 minutes after his team had just lost 3-0 to Virginia on Tuesday night, Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman walked out of the locker room with a smile on his face. He clapped his hands and puffed out his chest.

Then the junior explained why he'd quickly discarded all frustration: Winner-takes-all games are what players have been dreaming about since they were kids.

"It comes down to this? This is great," Wiseman said. "At the beginning of the season, if I brought all these guys in a room and said, 'Hey, we're playing one game for the national championship, would yo...

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Mad Chatter: The subtle brilliance of Spieth, CWS snoozers, Husker football's tough non-con

Youngest to win a U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923. 

Youngest to win two major championships since Gene Sarazen in 1922. 

Youngest ever (and sixth player ever) to win both a Masters and U.S. Open. 

Jordan Spieth is really, really good. He’s on track to be one of the best players ever. But why?

I haven’t missed a major championship Sunday in 20 years. This year, I’ve watched Spieth hit almost every shot in the season’s first two majors. I still can’t explain why he’s so successful. 

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On tap: Vanderbilt vs. Virginia, Game 3

VANDERBILT (51-20)

Pitcher: RH Walker Buehler (5-2, 2.85 ERA, 89 strikeouts in 851⁄3 innings)

Top hitters: SS Dansby Swanson .339, 15 HRs, 63 RBIs; CF Bryan Reynolds .322, 5 HRs, 49 RBIs; 1B Zander Wiel .316, 15 HRs, 67 RBIs; RF Rhett Wiseman .314, 15 HRs, 67 RBIs

Who’s hot: Reynolds went 1 for 4 Tuesday but is still hitting .474 in Omaha and .488 for the NCAA tournament. His 10 RBIs are tied with Jeren Kendall and Wiel for the team lead in NCAA play.

Who’s not: Leadoff hitter Ro Coleman has been on base five times in Omaha. He got his second hit of the CWS but is...

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