Owner: Patriots won't appeal fine, draft penalties

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team's punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback's challenge remains.

Kraft said Tuesday that he won't oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft picks the NFL penalized the team for its role in using underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game; moments later, the players union reasserted that Tom Brady's appeal will go forward.

Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season by the NFL.

NFL approves changes to PATs, moves kicks back

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.

The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.

The accepted proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2 and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule.

Ex-Husker aide Kaczenski enters diversion program

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski on Monday accepted pretrial diversion on a domestic assault charge stemming from a late March fight with his wife, Jessica Kaczenski.

Lancaster County prosecutors dropped the assault charge but reserve the right to refile it if Kaczenski withdraws from or fails to complete the program.

According to a police report and probable cause affidavit, Kaczenski's wife said she received a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck after Kaczenski had allegedly thrown a picture frame at her head.

Ex-Notre Dame QB Golson chooses Florida State

Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is transferring to Florida State, where he will have the chance to replace Jameis Winston.

Golson said in a statement to Fox Sports on Tuesday that he will spend his fifth year of eligibility with the Seminoles. Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday and will be immediately eligible to play under NCAA graduate transfer rules.

In other college news:

Michigan State linebacker Drake Martinez will be eligible to play in 2015 after receiving a waiver from the Big Ten.

Martinez, a junior college transfer who started his career at Nebraska, will have three years of eligibility remaining. Drake is the brother of former Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez.

Omaha Beef sign former Husker quarterback Carnes

Former Husker quarterback Brion Carnes, who later transferred to Northern Iowa, signed a contract with the Omaha Beef on Tuesday.

The Beef announced that Carnes will start Friday against Dodge City at Ralston Arena.

Carnes redshirted with the Huskers in 2010 before playing sparingly at quarterback in 2011. He moved to wide receiver early in the 2012 season but didn't record a reception.


Massa, Ortega, Guentzel among Mavs honored

UNO handed out its year-end awards after a season in which the Mavericks reached their first Frozen Four.

Senior Ryan Massa, who posted school records for goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.939), was named the MVP and outstanding goalie for the Mavs (20-13-6).

Sophomores Austin Ortega and Jake Guentzel shared the honor of Outstanding Forward while junior Brian Cooper was chosen as the team's Outstanding Defenseman. Guentzel was UNO's leading scorer while Ortega broke the NCAA single-season record for game-winning goals (11).

Freshmen Jake Randolph and Tyler Vesel shared the Rookie of the Year Award and sophomore Justin Parizek was picked as the Most Improved Player. Senior Dominic Zombo, who played through a seasonlong groin injury, was the Mike Rehmeier Biggest Heart Award recipient. Fellow senior co-captain Brian O'Rourke earned the Seventh Man Award for spirit, attitude and citizenship.

Sophomore Kirk Thompson, with a 3.91 GPA, was the top student-athlete.


Four Mavericks earn Summit League honors

UNO infielder Clayton Taylor and outfielder Cole Gruber were named to the All-Summit League first team on Tuesday.

Pitcher Zach Williamsen and utility player Alex Schultz made the second team.

Taylor, who also made the first team last season, batted .294 with team-highs in home runs (6) and RBIs (36). Gruber led the Summit with a .389 average and scored a team-high 40 runs.


Two former Huskers eliminated at USBC Queens

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A pair of former Huskers competed Tuesday at the USBC Queens tournament.

Shannon Pluhowsky, who helped Nebraska win three NCAA titles, was eliminated one game before the title match, falling to 2009 champion Liz Johnson 234-228.

Johnson went on to win the title, defeating Erin McCarthy 256-202 in the final.

Pluhowsky eliminated defending champion Maria Jose Rodriguez 225-208 in her first match. Rodriguez had knocked out Liz Kuhlkin — who closed her Husker career last season by helping NU to a national title — in a sudden-death roll-off in the first match of the day.

The Queens is one of two major tournaments on the United States Bowling Congress' women's circuit.

Compiled from press services and local reports.

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