November 26, 2015

Nebraska women’s hoops team makes it to Australia

Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

After traveling half the day Saturday and all day Sunday, the Nebraska women’s basketball team finally touched down in Australia on Monday morning.

Following a brief stop in Sydney, the Huskers flew on to Melbourne for a few hours of sightseeing before heading to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for some rest.

The Big Red open the competitive portion of their tour on Tuesday when they take on the Frankston Blues at 8 p.m. (5 a.m. central). Frankston competes in the South Division of the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL). Frankston’s top players include former Gonzaga standout Kelly Bowen, former Houston star Emily Fryters and former Saint Mary’s (Calif.) guard Kate Gaze. Gaze was a starting guard on the Gaels team that dropped an 84-73 decision to the 2009-10 Huskers at the Saint Mary’s Hilton Thanksgiving Tournament in Moraga, Calif. She led the Gaels with 18 points the following season in a 64-63 loss on Nov. 20, 2010 at the Devaney Center. [Read more…]

Creighton men’s soccer ranked 6th in preseason poll

new-creighton-bluejays-logo-1The Creighton men’s soccer team enters 2015 ranked sixth in the NSCAA’s (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Preseason Top 25 Poll released on Monday, August 3.

Fifth-year head coach Elmar Bolowich leads Creighton in their quest for the program’s 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 24 seasons in 2015. Bolowich guided Creighton to a BIG EAST regular season title last season, earning Co-BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors.

After closing 2014 with a 16-3-3 record, Creighton returns virtually its entire arsenal from last season. The Bluejays reached the NCAA Quarterfinals last season, finishing the season in a 1-1 tie with UMBC as Maryland-Baltimore County advanced via penalty kicks.

Creighton returns its top six scorers from 2014 as well as goalkeeper Connor Sparrow, who closed the season with a 0.49 goals against average. Sparrow allowed just 11 goals in 22 matches in 2014. [Read more…]

Late error costly as Storm Chasers can’t hold on to lead against Sounds

storm-chasers-logoThe Omaha Storm Chasers (62-48) held a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, but three runs in the final two innings by the Nashville Sounds (48-62) handed the Chasers a 5-3 loss. Combined with an Oklahoma City comeback win, and Omaha now has fallen to 5.5 games back in the division race.

Scott Alexander came on in the eighth inning having allowed just two runs in 20 appearances since late May, but the Sounds tagged the left-hander for the decisive three runs in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Roberts hit a solo homer in the eighth, his first long ball allowed by Alexander since May 21, to tie the game at 3-3. Nashville then rallied in the ninth for two runs, aided by a crucial throwing error by Francisco Pena. It was only the second home loss for Omaha when leading after seven innings this year. [Read more…]

Saltdogs take rubber game from Thunderheads

Lincoln-SaltdogsShairon Martis turned in a quality start in his return from the disabled list as the Saltdogs (26-41) dispatched the Amarillo Thunderheads (30-38) 5-3 in front of 2,960 fans to take the series at Haymarket Park Monday night.

Martis (5-2), who had been shelved since July 25 with a groin injury, tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs while striking out five and walking none to earn the win.

Conor Spink threw 1 2/3 innings of one-run relief, inducing two double play balls to hold the lead. Marshall Schuler worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

Lincoln jumped in front on a Curt Smith two-out RBI single in the first. [Read more…]

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley transcript from Big Ten Media Days

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

COACH RILEY: Good to see everybody. I’m excited to be here. Very proud to represent Nebraska and our football
program. It has been a little bit of a whirlwind. I haven’t transitioned in a long time. So I forgot what all the newness was
about a little bit. But it’s been fun. First impressions about Nebraska are things that you already know, the passion for the place, the involvement and the engagement of the fans and the people there. It’s been really interesting to see and be a part of.
Spring game itself was very interesting to me. We had quite a few people show up for that. And we had a lot of fun with it. It was a great, great atmosphere. Outside the stadium it looked like a big family picnic to me.
The other part of it that is the people that are affected most about a transition are probably the players. I’ve been really impressed with this team, the closeness that they’ve had with one another. The feelings that they have about the place that they’re at. They really believe in Nebraska. And they are a good, close-knit group that believe in each other. So that’s kind of a fun team to get to join from that standpoint. [Read more…]