Swing states: 26 states have hosted major golf championships

Illustration by Dave Croy/The World-Herald

Colorado has hosted six. Missouri four. In all, 26 states have been home to a U.S. Open, a PGA Championship or both through the end of this year. Nebraska and Iowa, unfortunately, sit at zero.

States that have hosted one or more majors

Alabama
U.S. Opens: 0
PGA Championships: 2

California
U.S. Opens: 12
PGA Championships: 4

Colorado
U.S. Opens: 3
PGA Championships: 3

Florida
U.S. Opens: 0
PGA Championships: 2

Georgia
U.S. Opens: 1
PGA Championships: 3

Illinois
U.S. Opens: 13
PGA Championships: 6

Indiana
U.S. Opens: 0
PGA Championships: 2

Kentucky
U.S. Opens: 0
PGA Championships: 4

Maryland
U.S. Opens: 5
PGA Championships: 2

Massachusetts
U.S. Opens: 9
PGA Championships: 1

Michigan
U.S. Opens: 6
PGA Championships: 6…

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Boys basketball: Donnie Johnson no longer Benson coach

Donnie Johnson is no longer the boys basketball coach at Omaha Benson.

Omaha Public Schools spokesman Todd Andrews said Friday that Johnson’s removal as coach “was a personnel decision.”

“Donnie Johnson continues to be employed by the district,” Andrews said.

Johnson, an Omaha Central graduate and former Creighton player, was 77-28 in his four seasons at Benson. The Bunnies went to the Class A state tournament three times, losing in overtime in the 2011 first round, taking fourth place last year and third place this year after an overtime loss to Omaha Westside in the semifinals.

The job opening was posted Friday on the OPS district website.…

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Where NU’s Tommy Armstrong ranks among the Big Ten QBs

Athlon Sports recently set out to rank the Big Ten’s quarterbacks from top to bottom. So how does probable Husker starter Tommy Armstrong stack up to the rest of the conference?

Athlon had some good things to say about the Nebraska sophomore, noting that Armstrong played “relatively well” last season despite a “lack of experience and difficult circumstances.”

Armstrong — who got a late-September call-up because of a Taylor Martinez injury — started eight games and completed 68 of 131 passes for 966 yards and nine scores last season, including the longest touchdown pass in school history. He had 202 yards and two TDs on the ground.

Athlon adds: “With the starting job in hand this offseason, Armstrong will benefit from the opportunity to …

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Carl Pelini looking to get novel published, and keep studying football

Carl Pelini said Friday morning during a radio interview that he is taking a year off from coaching, but also “continuing my education” in the business by visiting some college and NFL programs to observe.

Oh, and the former Nebraska defensive coordinator and brother of Husker head coach Bo Pelini said he recently completed writing a novel, after scribbling notes and jotting down stories and even writing some chapters over the years.

“Over the last six months, I’ve put it all together,” Pelini said. “Hopefully I can find somebody interested in publishing it.”

Pelini spent about 45 minutes on the Scott Voorhees Show on KFAB, the flagship station for the Husker Sports Network, talking about both future plans and his controversial exit as head coach …

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Mad Chatter: Mizzou and the coaching carousel, recruiting rankings, Brook Berringer

It’s Friday! That’s Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Bo Pelini and Tim Miles, Kevin Durant and Vince Coleman, Nick Saban and a special anniversary. But first, the college basketball coaching carousel.

I joked Thursday on Twitter that Danny Manning shrewdly dreamed up a plan to get the Missouri job: Leave Tulsa for Wake Forest, watch Frank Haith jump to Tulsa, then fill his spot in Columbia!

Of course it was a joke. But it prompted this email question from John: “What jobs are off-limits for coaches anymore based on personal history?”

Hmmmm. Loyalty obviously doesn’t mean much these days. Johnny Damon had no problem playing for the Yankees after the Red Sox. Ray Allen had no problem playing for the Heat …

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Baseball: Northwestern at Nebraska preview

Update: NU announced that due to impending weather, Sunday’s game would be moved to Saturday. The Nebraska-Northwestern doubleheader will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

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Where: Haymarket Park
Radio: Huskers Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
TV: BTN on Friday; NET on Saturday
Online stream: Huskers.com (subscription required)

Game One
7:05 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (4-2, 2.73) vs. So. LHP Reed Mason (1-2, 5.06)

Game Two
12:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (5-1, 1.76) vs. Jr. RHP Brandon Magallones (0-5, 5.04)

Game Three
45 minutes after Saturday’s first game
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (4-2, 3.99) vs. TBD

Scouting Northwestern (8-24, 2-9 Big Ten): Freshman Matt Hopfner and junior Scott Heelan are tied for the team lead with …

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Softball: Mavs look to stay hot against struggling Jackrabbits

UNO will have a chance to build on its two-game winning streak when it travels to South Dakota State. The teams play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday with a single game at noon Saturday.

SDSU has struggled to a 7-26 record, 2-10 in the Summit League. Two Nebraskans are in the starting lineup. Catcher KayCee Miller of Papillion-La Vista is hitting .294. Lincoln North Star outfielder Emily Weber is hitting .209.

The Mavericks are 23-15 and 4-5 in the league.…

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Video: OPS Superintendent Mark Evans talks sports, more

Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans joined “The Bottom Line” with Mike’l Severe on Thursday to discuss GPA requirements for athletes, class structuring and more.

Check out the video below, and leave your thoughts on TBL’s voice mail at 402-444-1300 or at bottomline@owh.com.

Former Husker defensive back Harvey Jackson lands at BYU

Former Nebraska defensive back Harvey Jackson will transfer to BYU, Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety, will have one year of eligibility after completing his bachelor’s degree at Nebraska this spring.

“Harvey is an experienced player and a mature individual with excellent character,” Mendenhall said in a press release. “He will join our program after graduating in construction management with a business minor. He is a great fit for BYU on and off the field.”

BYU’s director of player personnel for football, Geoff Martzen, posted about Jackson’s transfer on Twitter:

In 2013, Jackson started three games at safety, played in 10 and …

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Recruiting: With class likely over half full, where does NU’s group of 2015 commits rank?

With the addition of Chicago-area receiver Spencer Tears on Wednesday, the Husker football team now has 10 members in its 2015 recruiting class, making NU one of just seven schools with double-digit commitments.

So, with Nebraska’s class likely over half full, where does the 2015 group rank nationally and in the Big Ten?

Here’s a quick breakdown from the major recruiting services.

Rivals (link)
» NU’s rank: 8th nationally (2nd Big Ten)
» Other ranked B1G teams: No. 2 Penn State, No. 21 Michigan, No. 25 Iowa, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 38 Rutgers, No. 39 Michigan State, No. 44 Wisconsin, No. 47 Illinois, No. 57 Maryland, No. 60 Purdue.

Scout (link)
» NU’s rank: 7th nationally …

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