Former Huskers show well at NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS — Two of the four former Nebraska players invited to participate in the NFL combine performed well in the scouting event's standard strength test Thursday.

Andy Janovich recorded 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press, tying Northwestern product Dan Vitale for the most among running backs.

Alex Lewis logged 27 reps, which was tied for 15th-best among the 53 offensive linemen registered.

Both Janovich and Lewis will be evaluated further in on-field workouts Friday, going through drills designed to assess speed, agility and position-specific prowess.

Former Husker defensive tackles Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins will be on site Friday as well. They'll participate in interviews with team personnel. They'll be weighed and measured. Their medical records will be examined. They also will meet with the media.

Manziel's domestic violence case going to grand jury

DALLAS — Dallas police said Thursday they have referred their domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel to a grand jury, which will consider whether to charge the troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend.

Police released a statement saying they have asked the Dallas County District Attorney's Office to present a misdemeanor assault case to the local grand jury. Such a charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Manziel's agent and marketing agency have both dropped him, and the Browns have indicated they will release Manziel as early as March 9, when the league begins its new calendar year.

In other news:

Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said quarterback Andrew Luck should be ready to participate in offseason workouts after missing the final six games last season with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson should be ready for off season workouts. Rodgers had minor knee surgery last month, while Nelson missed the 2015 season with a right knee injury.


MLB bans rolling block slides in wake of Utley play

NEW YORK — Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out.

Major League Baseball and the players union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs.

Under the change announced Thursday, a runner must attempt a "bona fide slide," defined as making contact with the ground ahead of the base, being in position to and trying to reach the base with a hand or foot, trying to remain on the base after the slide, and sliding within reach of the base without changing his path to initiate contact with a fielder.

An umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation. Baserunners may not elevate or kick a leg above the fielder's knee or throw his arm or upper body.

In other news:

Outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to stay with the Cubs, spurning a $33 million, three year offer from the Orioles to accept a $13 million, one-year deal with Chicago that includes a mutual option for 2017.

Fowler turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Cubs in November to test the free-agent market.

The Orioles and right-hander Yovani Gallardo finalized a $22 million, two-year contract with a 2018 team option, a deal revised from the original $35 million, three-year agreement reached Saturday.


Garcia, hompson tied for lead at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Sergio Garcia made an eagle, avoided an alligator and wound up with a share of the lead Thursday in the Honda Classic.

Garcia holed out with an 8-iron from 142 yards into the wind on the second hole for an eagle, and he narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 18th hole at PGA National. The Spaniard shot 5-under 65 and shared the lead with Michael Thompson, the 2013 Honda Classic winner, who also birdied the last hole.

They were one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler and William McGirt.


Huskers earn spot in NCAA championships

The Nebraska rifle team earned a spot in the NCAA championships in Akron, Ohio, on March 11 and 12.

West Virginia, Alaska, TCU, Murray State, Air Force, Kentucky and Ohio State also will participate.

This is the Huskers' fourth consecutive appearance. NU placed fourth last year, while Rachel Martin claimed the 2015 smallbore individual title.


Doane to host indoor national championships

The USA track and field combined events indoor national championships will be held at Doane College in Crete this weekend.

Lindsay Lettow, a Central Missouri graduate and Iowa native who ranks among the pentathlon leaders in the USATF rankings, will be competing. NCAA heptathlon champions Curtis Beach (2012) and Miller Moss (2011) and NCAA runnerup Jaypeth Cato (2012, 2013) also will be on hand.

Doane's Kale Wolken qualified but will not compete because of his schedule with the Tigers

Action begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

Compiled from press services and local reports.

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