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Lincoln native Henry Tanksley will transfer from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY to Western Nebraska this fall. The 6'3" guard who averaged 12 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc in his Freshman campaign.

Tanksley already has division one level offers from Jacksonville State and Montana State for the 2019-20 season. He will join a talented group of guards at WNCC. He will compete with the likes of Dru Kuxhausen who transferred from Chadron State and Jervay Green returns as one of the top guards in the country. 

WNCC Men's Head Basketball Coach Cory Fehringer is reloading the backcourt after losing sharp shooter Trent Harris and star point guard Vinnie Shahid to graduation, Fehringer is looking to go back to the National Tournament again after the Cougars did so for the first time in 17 years this past season. 




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The Alliance Bulldogs 6 foot 3 inch Junior Middle Blocker signs going into her second to last season with Alliance with the Iowa State Cyclones. 

Hopp who has made noise on the summer volleyball circuit hopped on the opportunity to ink with the 14 year head coach of the Cyclones and former Husker Christy Johnson-Lynch. 

Hopp was a beast in her Sophomore season with the Bulldogs finishing with 100 block and adding 83 kills and 45 digs. 

Alliance will be stacked with D-1 talent this year as Senior Emersen Cyza has already committed to Wyoming after this season, as the Bulldogs will make a push for a Class B state championship. 




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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Scott Frost's championship rings and other items reported stolen from his home have been found.

Police said the new Nebraska coach located them in his garage Monday, although some other memorabilia he reported stolen is still missing.

Frost had reported Sunday night that burglars entered an unlocked garage door over the weekend and stole memorabilia originally estimated at more than $100,000.

Frost and his family don't live in the home yet because it is under renovation. The theft occurred between Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

Originally reported missing were two Nebraska championship rings, 10 Oregon championship rings, two Central Florida championship rings, five pairs of Air Jordan shoes, football helmets and a gaming console. Also, a gun safe electronic keypad was ripped off.

Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian said Monday night that Frost found all of his championship rings, the gaming console and one Central Florida football helmet.

Still missing were the shoes, five other football helmets and photographs.

Kocian said he had no details about how Frost came to find the items reported stolen.

"The incident that occurred at our home is obviously very disappointing and discouraging," Frost said in a statement earlier Monday. "All of our belongings were gone through and it will take some time to determine exactly what is missing and the value of those items.

"I would like to clarify that some items initially reported as missing have been found, including some of the rings listed on the police report. Also, the value of what we believe to actually be missing is lower than what has been publicly reported."

Nebraska spokesman Keith Mann said he had no information beyond what Frost said in the statement.

No arrests have been made and there were no suspects, Kocian said.

Before Monday night's development, police had listed the value of the items at $172,600.

The burglary was reported less than a week before Nebraska begins preseason practice.

Frost, who signed a seven-year contract that pays him $5 million this year, was The Associated Press national coach of the year after leading Central Florida to a 13-0 record last season.

Frost grew up 90 minutes west of Lincoln, in Wood River, and won a share of the 1997 national championship as the Cornhuskers' quarterback. Nebraska hired him in December to take over a program that went 4-8 last season and hasn't won a conference championship since 1999.




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WAYNE- In the Class B American Legion Baseball State Tournament it looked by all accounts that the Alliance 1st National Spartans were poised for a run at the title after sweeping the Area 7 District Tournament. 

However, a first round loss 10 nothing to Hickman set the 1st National Spartans in the elimination bracket where they would have to battle back in order to get back into contention. 

Cullen Papenhagen threw a complete game shutout allowing just four hits on six strikeouts. Papenhagen had an efficient outing throwing just 88 pitches in the complete game. 

The loss exposed Alliance to the elimination bracket where they would face a Bennington squad coming off a tough pitching duel loss to McCook 1-0. 

Bennington Post 226 saw the ball well against Trevor Dubray as they racked up seven hits bringing in four runs in his seven innings of work for the 1st National Spartans. 

While Post 226 countered with Cooper Prososki who no-hit Alliance fanning 10 batters in his seven innings on the rubber. Prososki did walk two batters, but the win sets up a match-up with Schwisow Construction for Bennington. 

Alliance ends its season with a record of 38-6 under first year head coach Carlos Palomo. 




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DOVE VALLEY- The Denver Broncos began day three of preseason training camp at Dove Valley. Trevor Bentley caught up with the ABC 7 Broncos Insider Troy Renck on the Broncos preseason activities. 

 





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View all four senior state American Legion baseball tournament brackets below. Also starting on Saturday will be the Class A Junior state tournament in Omaha. 

Class A Juniors

Class A Seniors - American Division - Elkhorn 

Class A Seniors - National Division - Columbus 

Class B Seniors 

Class C Seniors 




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Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook announced the addition of three student-athletes to the Husker volleyball program for the 2018 season on Friday. Former Husker setter Brooke Smith will return to the Husker program for her senior season, while junior setter Mari Kurkova and freshman defensive specialist/libero Chen Abramovich will also join the defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Huskers. Smith was a back-up setter as a freshman for the Huskers in 2015 during NU’s national title run, and she was a serving specialist in 2016, producing nine aces in 18 matches played in her two seasons at Nebraska. The 5-10 Weatherford, Texas native transferred to Kansas State for the 2017 season, where she split time at setter and averaged 4.71 assists per set and 1.71 digs per set. She was second on the team with 27 total aces and led the team in aces per set with 0.27. Smith, who will train as a setter, had a season-high 29 assists in a five-set match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 8, and she had three double-doubles on the season. “Brooke found out she missed Nebraska and the relationships she built in her first two years here,” Cook said. “She is a great addition to our team because she is such a hard worker, great teammate and a player everyone really respects. We are very excited to have Brooke back for her final season.” Kurkova is a native of Opava, Czech Republic and played club volleyball for PVK Olymp Praha while attending Přípotoční High School. A 5-11 setter, Kurkova has been a part of the Czech Republic women’s national team and played in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix. Kurkova played with the Czech Republic women’s national team in the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix and was part of the U20 team that competed in the 2015 World Championship. Kurkova, who has completed a bachelor’s degree, will be a graduate transfer with two seasons of eligibility. “After Hunter Atherton’s transfer we began looking for another setter, and we found out about Mari and started the process,” Cook said. “She is unique in that she is a grad student, so she will be working on a master’s degree for the next two years. We felt that she would be a good fit at Nebraska because she has experience, she knows what she wants, and there is also a great Czech population in the state of Nebraska.” Abramovich is a 5-6 freshman defensive specialist/libero from Kfar Saba, Israel. She played club volleyball for Hapoel Kfar Saba last season and led her team to the ISR National Championship. Hapoel Kfar Saba reached the second round of the CEV Champions League and finished 16th in the CEV Volleyball Cup. Abramovich competed with the Israel Junior National Team at the 2016 European Championship. “Chen approached us about playing volleyball at Nebraska once she completed her army commitment,” Cook said. “Chen comes from a strong volleyball family, and her mom is a national hero for starting the Mother’s Volleyball League in Israel, and now it has spread all over the world. Chen played in a league that played with international rules where the libero is not allowed to serve, but she has seen a lot of tough serves and will be a great addition to our back row.” The Huskers begin the 2018 season with the Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 402-472-3111.





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The night after Blackmon made a costly error in center field, he hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies held the World Series champion Houston Astros to one hit at Coors Field in a 3-2 victory Wednesday.

Jon Gray pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for Colorado.

Blackmon, whose fielding error in the 10th opened the door to a big inning in Houston’s 8-2 win on Tuesday, drove a 3-1 pitch from Collin McHugh (5-1) into the Astros’ bullpen for his 20th home run of the season and second career game-ending hit.

“That’s the beauty of baseball,” Blackmon said. “You can stink, which is OK as long as you don’t let that make you stink the next time or the next time after that. That’s what makes baseball great. It’s a long season and it gives you another chance.”

It was a dramatic finish to a wild game in which the Astros had a triple wiped out after a replay review because of fan interference, and the Rockies scored the tying run on a foul popup.

AL MVP Jose Altuve ended up with Houston’s only hit — an RBI double — before leaving with discomfort in his right knee.

“Been bothering him a little bit for a few games now,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Nothing’s wrong with it. He could’ve played through it. He fought to stay in the game, but we felt it was best to take him out and give him a little bit of a blow just given that he was limping.”

Wade Davis (1-3) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Leading off the sixth, Alex Bregman cruised into third with an apparent triple off the wall that eluded the leap of Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra.

Rockies manager Bud Black challenged for fan interference, and Bregman was ruled out after replays showed a spectator clad in an orange Astros jersey extended his glove over the railing enough for the ball to glance off it, changing its trajectory slightly at the moment Parra was reaching up to attempt the catch. The fan was escorted out of the ballpark by security.

After the game, Bregman disagreed heatedly with the decision, saying it changed the game.

“There is no possible way you can say the left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make the catch,” Bregman said. “We’re up 2-1 at the time. I’m at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in and it’s 3-1. It’s horrible.”

Parra, however, said he had a bead on the ball and was stunned when it changed direction at the last moment.

“It almost hit me in the face,” he said. “I thought, ‘What happened? At the last second the ball moved.’ I never saw the fan touch the ball until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball.”

Colorado tied it 2-all thanks to heads-up baserunning by Raimel Tapia, who tagged up and scored from third when third baseman J.D. Davis sprinted toward the Houston dugout and tumbled over the railing as he caught Nolan Arenado’s foul pop. Davis’ teammate, Evan Gattis, broke his fall and helped push him back over the railing and onto the field, but Davis’ hurried throw home was off target as Tapia slid into the plate.

“It was just smart baserunning by Tapia and a simple wide throw by me,” Davis said.

Colorado grabbed an early lead when Gonzalez led off the second with a home run, his 12th of the season.

The Astros answered in the fourth to go in front 2-1. Bregman walked ahead of Altuve’s run-scoring double. Altuve went to third and Yuli Gurriel reached on first baseman Ian Desmond’s fielding error before Altuve came home with the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s groundout.

Both starters pitched well but did not figure in the decision.

Gray allowed one hit and two runs — one earned. Charlie Morton gave up one run on four hits in six innings for Houston.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Altuve left in the bottom of the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by J.D. Davis.

Rockies: Chad Bettis threw a light bullpen. He’s expected to make a second rehab start this weekend for Triple-A Albuquerque. The first was last Saturday. He threw 70 pitches in four innings but had to stop when a blister on his right middle finger bothered him.

UP NEXT

Astros: After an off day, LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.60 ERA) starts Friday night at home against Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-1, 5.56). Keuchel is 5-0 in his last seven starts.

Rockies: Open a three-game interleague series Friday night against Oakland. LHP Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.28 ERA) faces LHP Sean Manaea (9-6, 3.38). Colorado has won each of Freeland’s last four starts.




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Former Pacific Tiger and utility player Samantha Owen will join the Nebraska softball team in the fall announced Head Coach Rhonda Revelle on Thursday. A junior, Owen has two seasons of eligibility left with the Huskers and will be able to compete immediately. In 2018, Owen started 46 of the Tigers' 47 games and led the team with 53 hits. She hit .382, recorded seven home runs, 37 RBIs and finished the season with a slugging percentage of .600. In West Coast Conference play, Owen finished in the top five in the conference in batting average, slugging, RBIs, doubles and total bases, helping her claim first-team All-WCC honors. She also earned NFCA All-West Region Third-Team honors. As a freshman, Owen was named to the All-WCC honorable mention team, after appearing in all but four games for the Tigers. She registered 36 hits and hit .259. She scored 19 runs and had 16 RBIs. She also led all freshmen with four homers. The Manteca, Calif., native was a standout at East Union High School. She was named the Stockton Record All-Area Player of the Year, in addition to earning VOL MVP and FLO Softball All-American accolades. Owen helped the Lancers claim the state title as a senior, posting a .507 batting average. Off the field, Owens was a standout in the classroom as well, graduating with Cum Laude honors.





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Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman earned his second watch list recognition Thursday morning, as he was named to the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse watch list. The Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football. Spielman, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list last week, showed his versatility during a record-breaking freshman season which saw him earn All-Big Ten recognition at both wide receiver and kickoff returner. He hauled in 55 passes for 830 yards and a pair of scores, establishing school freshman marks in receptions, receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games (two) and all-purpose yards (1,572). Spielman ranked first or second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards, receiving yards per game, catches and all-purpose yards in 2017. His redshirt freshman season was highlighted by establishing Nebraska’s single-game receiving yards record with a 200-yard performance against ninth-ranked Ohio State. In conference play, Spielman became just the second Big Ten freshman since 1985 to lead the league in receiving yards per game during the conference season (88.1). He tied Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor for second in the Big Ten with an average of 157.8 all-purpose yards per game in league play and was fifth in catches per game. Spielman will look to be NU’s first-ever Hornung Award winner, as Ameer Abdullah was a finalist for the award in 2014.





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