Men’s basketball: Creighton to play in 2014 Emerald Coast Classic

Creighton and Cincinnati headline the field for the 2014 Emerald Coast Classic.

The teams finished Nos. 15 and 16 in this season’s final Associated Press rankings. Each participated in the NCAA tournament, as did North Carolina Central, one of the other six teams in the Emerald Coast field.

Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Arizona and Southern are the other teams that will play in the event, presented by Global Sports.

Creighton, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State each will play two home games against the other teams during the week of Nov. 20 to 25. The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Nov. 28 and 29 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

“We look forward to playing in …

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Nebraska prep sports roundup

Hiland Dairy Game of the Week — Baseball: Metro Conference baseball tournament at Omaha Westside, semifinals 4 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; final 1 p.m. Saturday
Baseball: Eastern Midlands Conference final at Elkhorn Legion Field, 7 p.m. Thursday
Baseball: Norris vs. Omaha Westside at Werner Park, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Track and field: Titan Invitational, Foundation Field, Papillion, 2:30 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Dick Jones Invitational at Burke Stadium, 3 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Kruger/May Invitational at Elkhorn Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Murphy Invitational, 10 a.m. Friday at Fremont High School

Seth Hirsch, Millard West: The freshman ran 9:28.84 in the 3,200 meters, finishing second to winner Reno Law of Millard South, at the Millard South …

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Western Iowa prep sports roundup

Event of the week
Trojan Relays
What: Girls track meet
When: 3:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Melvin B. Rogers Athletic Complex, Tri-Center High School
Schools entered: A-H-S-T, Boyer Valley, Carroll, Clarinda Academy, CB St. Albert, Denison-Schleswig, Fremont-Mills, Griswold, Missouri Valley, Nodaway Valley, Treynor, Tri-Center, Underwood, West Harrison, Woodbine.

Soccer: Harlan at Glenwood doubleheader at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium, Thursday. Girls at 4:30 p.m., boys at 6:30.
Girls golf: Fillie Invitational at Shenandoah American Legion Country Club, 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Schools entered: Bedford, Clarinda, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB St. Albert, East Mills, Glenwood, Nishnabotna, Nodaway Valley, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Southwest Iowa, Southwest Valley.
Track and field: CB Lewis Central Co-Ed Relays, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Schools entered: Atlantic, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB Lewis Central, CB St. Albert, CB …

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Mad Chatter: Osborne, Switzer & 28 years of NCAA ‘progress’; Pelini the Mad Man; Tim Miles and Tennessee

Unlimited bananas at the training table! A breakthrough in the NCAA’s ongoing battle with critics over student-athlete compensation.

OK, maybe not. If anything, these little amendments illustrate how ridiculous the rulebook was/still is. The issues we’re arguing about are the exact same ones people argued about 30 years ago — when coaching salaries were still six digits.

The following stories came from Michael Kelly and The World-Herald … in 1986!

Although Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne favors changes in college athletics to benefit athletes, he said Thursday he disagrees with a proposal calling for players to delay the start of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game by 30 minutes as a showing of their solidarity.

Dick DeVenzio, a former Duke University basketball player who is trying to form an …

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Recruiting: Huskers land WR Spencer Tears for 2015 class

A weekend visit for the Nebraska spring game was apparently all Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards High School wide receiver Spencer Tears needed to see. Tears committed to the Huskers Wednesday morning. The news was announced on Tears’ Twitter feed.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. He is currently unrated according to ESPN. Tears told recruiting site Husker Online over the weekend that he found Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium “amazing” and the Huskers’ offense fit his skillset.

“I can most definitely see myself in the environment at Nebraska and in their offense,” Tears told Husker Online. “I was watching the receivers and I know most of the good ones graduate after this year and I can step in and …

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Softball: UNO at Iowa State

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Southwest Athletic Complex, Ames, Iowa

Scouting UNO: Amber Lutmer leads the Summit League and is tied for 11th nationally with 14 home runs. She has a team-high 38 RBIs and is second with a .343 batting average. Allie Mathewson is hitting a team-best .354 to go with her eight homers, 32 runs and 22 RBIs. She has nine doubles and two triples for a team-high 19 extra-base hits. Mathewson’s career .706 slugging percentage entering the week is 26th among active DI players. Sydney Hames is hitting .325 with one homer, eight doubles and 24 RBIs. Campbell Ditto hits .304 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 29 runs. Dana Elsasser is 18-7 with a 2.08 ERA. Her 18 victories are tied …

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Video: Sam McKewon, Matt Davison talk Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon and former Husker receiver and analyst Matt Davison both joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to discuss the Nebraska spring game, the team’s 2014 outlook and more. Check out the video clips below:

Video: Sam McKewon on TBL:

Video: Matt Davison on TBL:

It’s official: Boston transfer Maurice Watson is now a Bluejay

Guard Maurice Watson’s decision to transfer from Boston University and enroll at Creighton became official Tuesday when he returned a signed financial aid agreement to Creighton. Watson will sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer requirements before having two years of eligibility in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

“We are excited to welcome Maurice Watson Jr. to the Creighton Basketball Family,” said Bluejay head coach Greg McDermott in a press release. “Maurice has proven over the course of the last two seasons at Boston University that he is an unselfish point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball. I believe he will excel in our up-tempo system. He comes from a tremendous family and possesses the core values in terms of character and …

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Vote: Is Pinnacle Bank Arena the nation’s best college hoops palace?

Athletic Business, a self-described “must-read” publication for “decision-makers in the multibillion-dollar athletic, fitness and recreation industry” recently set out to find the top college basketball arena in the nation, and the newest contender in the field — Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena — is poised to capture the crown.

The 32-arena “Facility Madness” bracket includes the names you’d expect to see: UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Syracuse’s Carrier Dome and Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium joined Pinnacle Bank Arena as No. 1 seeds. Creighton’s CenturyLink Center, a No. 6 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Matthew Knight Arena (Oregon) in the opening round.

Here’s how the website describes Lincoln’s $180 million arena: “Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD …

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Sporting News: Pelini ranks No. 6 among Big Ten coaches

The Sporting News ranked the Big Ten conference’s coaches from top to bottom Tuesday, and Bo-lievers probably won’t be too happy with where Nebraska’s leader landed on the list.

Husker head coach Bo Pelini came in sixth (out of 14 — Rutgers and Maryland included) on the list because his “teams lose too many games they shouldn’t, and he still doesn’t have a signature victory.”

Pelini “somehow managed to build capital by losing four games in each of his six seasons in Lincoln,” the magazine website adds.

The conference’s best — top-ranked OSU coach Urban Meyer and No. 2 Mark Dantonio of Michigan State — probably won’t surprise too many football fans. Meyer’s team had won 24 straight games through last season’s Big Ten championship, …

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