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Huskers to Clash with Clemson in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Nebraska women's basketball team will collide with Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, Nov. 30, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday.

The conference announced the 14-game challenge schedule, which includes five games on Wednesday, Nov. 29, and nine contests on Thursday, Nov. 30, including Nebraska's game with the Tigers in Lincoln. It will mark the 11th season for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which is scheduled to continue through the 2020-21 campaign. Last year, the ACC won the challenge, 9-5, after the two conferences split the challenge (7-7) in both 2014 and 2015.

The Big Red's game with Clemson will be just the second in school history between the two women's basketball programs. The only previous contest came back on Nov. 24, 1984, when the Tigers knocked off the Huskers, 99-84, in the championship game of the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers are 2-1 at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including a perfect 2-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska's last home contest in the challenge between two of the nation's premier women's basketball conferences came with an 88-67 victory over NC State on Dec. 3, 2015. That followed a 60-54 victory over Duke at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 3, 2014.

Nebraska's lone home loss in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge came to Maryland on Nov. 28, 2012, before the Terrapins became a member of the Big Ten.

Nebraska returns four guards to its lineup in 2017-18, led by seniors Jasmine Cincore and Emily Wood, along with sophomores Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish. The Huskers also welcome experienced newcomers to the backcourt in senior Janay Morton and sophomore Bria Stallworth. Junior forwards Maddie Simon and Darrien Washington will be joined inside by sophomores Rachel Blackburn and Grace Mitchell. True freshmen Kate Cain (center) and Taylor Kissinger (guard) also will look to help the Huskers immediately in 2017-18, after Nebraska finished with a 7-22 overall record and a 3-13 Big Ten mark in Coach Amy Williams' first season at her alma mater.

Clemson finished 2016-17 with a 15-16 overall record that included a 3-13 ACC mark. Clemson's 15 wins in 2016-17 represented an 11-game improvement in the win column from the 2015-16 campaign. Head Coach Audra Smith enters her fourth season at Clemson with a young and experienced roster that includes eight returning players who each started at least nine games for the Tigers a year ago.

Senior wing Nelly Perry (12.7 ppg), 5-9 junior guard Aliyah Collier (10.0 ppg) and 5-7 junior guard Danielle Edwards (9.7 ppg) return as Clemson's top three scorers from a year ago. Collier was also Clemson's top rebounder last season as a sophomore with 7.9 boards per game, while Edwards was voted the team's best defensive player after notching a team-high 59 steals.

In addition, Kobi Thornton ranked fourth among the Tigers in scoring as a freshman with 9.0 points per game while playing in 26 games without a start. The 6-2 post was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after adding 5.7 rebounds per game and leading the Tigers with 35 blocked shots on the season.

As a team, Clemson played solid defense throughout the year and allowed just 64.1 points per game, but scored just 59.1 points per contest. The Tigers hit just 37.8 percent of their shots from the field, including 28.6 percent from three-point range.

Game times and TV/video stream information for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be announced at a later date. For ticket information regarding Nebraska women's basketball, visit Huskers.com.

 

The 2017 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Notre Dame @ Michigan
Wisconsin @ Pittsburgh
Florida State @ Iowa
Maryland @ Virginia
Minnesota @ North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Clemson @ Nebraska
Wake Forest @ Penn State
Purdue @ Georgia Tech
Northwestern @ Syracuse
Louisville @ Indiana
Virginia Tech @ Illinois
Michigan State @ Miami
Ohio State @ Duke
NC State @ Rutgers


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Felling Field Baseball Results from 6/27/17

The McCook National Bank Rivercats Stay Alive By Capturing Lead Early To Defeat The Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts in Elimination Game Of The Minors Division Tournament

Felling Field – The Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 13-4 loss to the McCook National Bank Rivercats in Game 6 of the Minors Division postseason tournament on Tuesday. The Rivercats dominated early by scoring seven first-inning runs with the big hits of the rally being a triple by Jalen Collicott and a RBI double by Jack Baker. Baker earned the win for the McCook National Bank Rivercats. He pitched a complete game by throwing four innings, surrendering four runs, six hits, and striking out eight. Miles Pollman collected three hits in three at-bats for the Golden Plains Realty Lugnuts. Pollmann and Quentin Terry each drove in two runs to lead the Golden Plains Realty offense. As a team, the McCook National Bank Rivercats collected six hits. Collicott’s three for three night and Baker’s two for two performance helped fuel the Rivercats’ offensive attack. Caiden Hanson led the McCook National Bank Rivercats with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 16 stolen bases. The win pushed the #4 seed Rivercats into the elimination semi-final game, played later in the evening, against the #2 seed Roberts Farms Grasshoppers.  The loss by the Lugnuts eliminated Golden Plains Realty from the Minors Division tournament.


Florida beats LSU 6-1 at CWS for 1st national championship

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0) limited the Tigers to three hits in six innings in only his second start, and the Gators capitalized on LSU errors in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 against Jared Poche' (12-4).

Down 2-1 in the seventh, LSU had what would have been the tying run sent back to third base because of a runner interference call at second on a double-play ball. In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.


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Singer's 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship.

Singer's strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.

Florida led 3-0 after LSU starter Russell Reynolds (1-2) issued three straight walks in the fourth, with India driving in two runs on a ground-rule double.

Down 4-2, LSU threatened in the eighth. Josh Smith sent a ball into the right-center gap to drive in a run. He was thrown out trying for second by Nick Horvath, who entered as a pinch runner in the top of the eighth and stayed in the game as the center fielder.


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Felling Field Baseball Results from 6/26/17

The Ruggles Angus Cardinals Stay In It Against The H & H Installation Mets, But Eventually Fall In Majors Division Tournament Elimination Game

Felling Field -- The Ruggles Angus Cardinals could never quite get over the hump against the H & H Installation Mets, so eventually the Mets prevailed 5-4 on Monday in Game 6 of the Majors Division Tournament. The game was tied at four with the H & H Installation Mets batting in the top of the sixth when the Cardinals Evan Humphrey induced Carter Larson to ground out, but Larson’s Met teammate, Coleton Lentz, was able to race home from third base scoring the go-ahead run. The Ruggles Angus Cardinals lost despite out-hitting the H & H Installation Mets seven to six. The H & H Installation Mets captured the lead in the top of the first inning putting together a two run rally fueled by a Lentz double and a Larson triple. A tight game from start to finish, the Ruggles Angus Cardinals eventually evened things up at four in the bottom of the fifth inning when Humphrey hit a line drive single into right field to score Kollin Werkmeister and send the game into extra innings. Larson earned the win for the H & H Installation Mets. He pitched one inning, surrendering zero runs, zero hits, striking out one, and walking zero. Colton Sedlacek and Kollin Werkmeister each put together 2-3 performances at the plate for the Cardinals. Humphrey led the Ruggles Angus Cardinals with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases as a team. Kaps went 2-for- 3 at the plate to lead the H & H Installation Mets in hits. The win allowed the Mets to move on in the Majors Division elimination bracket. They would eventually play the First Central Tigers in the elimination semi-final and lose by the score of 5-4. With the loss to the Mets, the Cardinals were eliminated from the tournament.
 
The First Central Bank Tigers Hold Off The H & H Installation Mets For Victory And Championship Round Birth
Felling Field – The First Central Bank Tigers got out to a four-run lead in the third inning and held on for a 5-4 victory over the H & H Installation Mets in the elimination bracket semi-final game of the Majors Division Tournament on Monday. The Mets scored three runs in a late inning failed comeback on RBI singles by Caleb Shaw and David Hinson. The First Central Bank Tigers grabbed an early lead when Payton Dellevoet, Adam Dugger and Wyatt Meyers collected back to back to back singles to propel the Tigers to a 3-1 lead after one inning. The Tigers never did surrender the lead; however, the H & H Installation Mets made things interesting when they scored three runs in the fourth inning thanks to the heroics of Shaw and Hinson. Adam Dugger earned the win for First Central Bank Tigers. He went two and a third innings, allowing one run, three hits, striking out six, and walking one. Two relievers helped First Central Bank Tigers close out the victory. Payton Dellevoet and Brett Fraker combined to throw two and two-thirds innings. The First Central Bank Tigers had seven hits in the game with Meyers and Dugger each batting a perfect 2-2 at the plate. Carter Larson led the H & H Installation Mets with two hits in two at-bats. The defenses shined for both ball clubs with possibly the sharpest play coming in the tense fifth inning. With the Mets threatening to tie or take the lead Tigers centerfielder, David Beasley, made a game-saving catch on a hot line drive off the bat of Coleton Lentz. The win moves the #3 seed Tigers into the Championship round of the Majors Division Tournament. They will play the #1 seed O’Brien Electric Royals for the Majors Division crown on Wednesday, June 28th , at 6:00pm. The loss eliminated the Mets from the tournament. H & H finished with a 2-2 record in tournament play, good enough for third place.


Rolfzen, Wong-Orantes Win Gold With Team USA

Former Nebraska volleyball standouts Amber Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes won the gold medal with the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team at the Pan American Cup on Sunday in Cañete, Peru.

The U.S. defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23) to capture its fifth all-time Pan American Cup. Dominican Republic, the defending champions, had not lost a set in its six tournament matches until meeting Team USA in the final. The Americans finished the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.

Rolfzen and Wong-Orantes each appeared in three of the seven matches throughout the tournament. Rolfzen totaled eight kills and two blocks, while Wong-Orantes had 21 excellent digs.


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Huskers Add Top 100 Freshman Post

One of the top 100 players nationally in the 2017 high school senior class will join the Nebraska women's basketball program for the 2017-18 season, as Coach Amy Williams announced on Friday that 6-5 center Kate Cain will join the Husker program.

Cain, who graduated from Pine Bush High School in New York, originally signed her National Letter of Intent with Delaware in November of 2016. Cain was released from her NLI after a coaching change at Delaware during the offseason. She chose Nebraska over Virginia, Minnesota and Dayton. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska beginning immediately in the 2017-18 season. As a senior, she was ranked as the No. 82 overall player in the nation by ESPN, which had her ranked as the No. 10 prep post player in the country. She originally chose Delaware over Syracuse, West Virginia and Seton Hall.

Williams said Cain will provide immediate help for the Huskers in the post, while bringing her work ethic and high character to the team.

"We're excited to have Kate join our program," Williams said. "She brings a strong back-to-the-basket post presence to our team and much-needed depth at that position. She's got great hands and a good presence around the rim. She is an excellent student, has great character and fits perfectly with the humble, hard-working culture we are establishing at Nebraska."

Cain was a finalist for Miss New York Basketball honors as a senior, when she averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game for Coach Bill Lacouara at Pine Bush High School. She was a first-team USA Today All-New York selection in 2016-17. She averaged 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior. Cain, who hails from Middletown, N.Y., played her club basketball for Coach John Reilly and the Hudson Valley Elite AAU program. She also helped Pine Bush to the New York state volleyball finals.

Cain has a strong family background in basketball. Her father, Tim, graduated as the all-time leading scorer (1,872 points) in Manhattan College history. He was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News, averaging 17.3 points per game during his career for the Jaspers. Kate's mother, Alison (Martinsky) Cain, was also a 1,000-point career scorer as a collegian at Fairfield, finishing with 1,071 points. She also ranked 10th in Fairfield history with 734 career rebounds, while ranking second in Stags history with 268 blocks. Alison played professionally in Ireland. Kate's older brother, John, is a 6-10 starting left-handed pitcher for the Lafayette baseball team. She also has a younger brother, Chris.


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Dates for 2017 Big Ten-ACC Challenge Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Atlantic Coast and Big Ten Conferences on Monday announced the dates for the 19th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The matchups, featuring all 14 Big Ten teams and all but one ACC member, were announced on June 8.

 

The dates for the 2017 Challenge appear below. Tip times and specific network assignments will be announced at a later date.

 

Monday, Nov. 27

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

 

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Illinois at Wake Forest

Iowa at Virginia Tech

 

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Duke at Indiana

Miami at Minnesota

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Penn State at NC State

Clemson at Ohio State

 

Thursday, Nov. 30

Notre Dame at Michigan State


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Former Packers RB Ahman Green jailed on child abuse claim

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview. According to a criminal complaint, Green's daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. Green allegedly told sheriff's deputies he hit his daughter with an open hand.

Court records don't list a defense attorney. Lammi Sports Management, which has handled Green's appearances, had no immediate comment.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team's all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl pick.


 


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Felling Field Baseball Results from 6/25/17

The High Plains Podiatry Clippers Drops Elimination Game To The McCook National Bank Rivercats In Extra Inning Affair

Felling Field – The High Plains Podiatry Clippers stayed in it until the end, but the McCook National Bank Rivercats pulled away late in an 8-7 elimination game victory on Sunday. Game 4 of the Minors Division tournament was tied at six with the McCook National Bank Rivercats batting in the top of the seventh when Jack Baker singled and then stole second and third base followed by home plate to score the go-ahead run. The contest featured quality hitting from both sides as the High Plains Podiatry Clippers collected nine hits and the McCook National Bank Rivercats had 11 hits in the high-scoring affair. The Rivercats captured the lead in the first inning by scoring two runs off of hits from Jalen Collicott, Davian Hanson and Baker. Two more runs were scored by McCook National Bank in the top of the third followed by the High Plains Podiatry Clippers scoring two of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Rivercats scored when Hanson singled driving in one run and Jack Baker doubled driving in another. The High Plains Podiatry Clippers then answered when Zach Hinze and Espn Hall collected RBI singles. The High Plains Podiatry Clippers evened things up at six in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out in the fifth inning, Hall drove in teammate Kaden Wilhelmson with a RBI single to centerfield. Haddix earned the win for the McCook National Bank Rivercats. He tossed three and third innings, giving up four runs, five hits, and striking out five. Jalen Collicott earned the save for McCook National Bank. Hall, Zach Hinze, and Jude Schmick each collected multiple hits for the Clippers. Hinze provided fans with the loudest hit as he homered over the left-field wall in the first inning. The High Plains Podiatry Clippers tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Andrew Pochop led the way with four. Jalen Collicott had a perfect 4-4 game at the plate for McCook National Bank to go along with Baker’s 3-3 performance. Baker also led the team with three runs batted in. The McCook National Bank Rivercats stole an amazing 21 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Collicott led the way with five.

 

Two Pitchers Team Up As The Tigers Muckdogs Shut Out The Roberts Farms Grasshoppers In Minors Division Tournament Semi-Final
Felling Field – The Tigers Muckdogs defeated the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers 4-0 in a Minors Division tournament semi-final contest on Sunday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. The Muckdogs Bryson Gullion struck out the Grasshoppers Beckett Heskett to finish off the game. Landon Kmoch earned the win for the Tigers Muckdogs. He threw four innings, allowing zero runs, two hits, striking out ten, and walking one. Reid Loop started the game for the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers. He pitched two innings, allowing zero runs, zero hits, and striking out six. Carter Hartwell, Kmoch, and Reese Gillespie each drove in one run to lead Tigers Muckdogs. Kmoch led the Tigers Muckdogs with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with ten stolen bases. Evan Merrihew led the Roberts Farms Grasshoppers with two hits in two at bats. The Grasshoppers stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Merrihew led the way with three. The Muckdogs move into the Minors Division tournaments championship round and are scheduled in to play a yet to be determined opponent in the championship game scheduled for Thursday, June 29, at 6pm. With the loss the Grasshoppers drop down to the elimination bracket and will play a yet to be determined opponent Tuesday night, June 27, at 7:30pm.


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