Hockey is Here

Fifteen years ago former University of Nebraska at Omaha athletic director Don Leahy and few influential Omahans came up with a crazy plan: Let’s play college hockey in Omaha. It seemed preposterous. Where was the infrastructure of youth teams? Where would the team play? Who would want to coach a fledgling program? Who would want to watch?

Fifteen years later, as UNO starts its second season in the most prestigious hockey conference in the country, the issue is not how will the Mavs compete, but how they will deal with expectations. UNO is ranked No. 14 to start the season in the first USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Michigan, Yale, North Dakota, Boston College…

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Jays prepare to tackle Terps

Another game, another shutout victory for Creighton men’s soccer. The No. 3 Jays beat St. Mary’s 1-0 on Sept. 24, running their shutout streak to seven games. Things are about to get more difficult. Creighton will face top-ranked Maryland on the road Friday, then head to No. 7 Indiana the following weekend. Sandwiched in between is a mid-week trip to Madison, Wisconsin. to face the Badgers ... Speaking of the Badgers is there any truth to the Internet mock-ups of Nebraska in black helmets/pants? My guess is no, but I’m not opposed. Black would bring the attitude the Blackshirts seem to be missing early this season. Not so sure it could help them get lined up…

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Husker ‘Closer’

Late in the fourth quarter of Nebraska’s 51-38 victory over Washington, as the Huskers tried to run out the clock by running the ball, Rex Burkhead signaled for a replacement.

Freshman Braylon Heard told running backs coach Ron Brown that, anyway.

“He said, ‘Coach, Rex is tapping out,’ ” Brown said.

Brown asked Burkhead if he had been tapping out. Burkhead said no, he was just trying to get a signal from the sideline. “So I looked over at Braylon,” said Brown. “He was laughing at me. He wanted to get in. He’s eager to play. But Rex, he’s not going to tap.”

Not that Burkhead should never tap out. “I’ve told him this: ‘If…

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<p>  Ameer Abdullah</p>Electrifying Abdullah

Jamal Turner had a feeling Ameer Abdullah would get in the end zone before the night was done.

And that feeling was reinforced by Abdullah.

Or so Turner says.

Prior to Nebraska’s 42-29 victory against Fresno State, Adbullah “actually told me, ‘I’m going to score one today,’” Turner said Monday. “I was like, ‘All right, man, go out and do it.’ I kind of slapped him on the butt, and he actually scored. I mean, he’s a good player.”

Both are good players. And both are true freshmen, among five who have played for Nebraska in the first two games. All five are on offense. Plus, Abdullah has returned kicks.

That’s how he scored,…

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Stormchasers’ storybook season coming to a close

This Stormchasers season has officially ventured into the once-in-a-lifetime class. Having a new-look team in a new - look ballpark was enough to keep interest high at Werner Park throughout the summer. But then Omaha put out their best team in more than a decade. VP/GM Martie Cordaro was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year. The Stormchasers won the American Division championship series on an extra innings, walk-off home run. Did you expect anything else? By the time you read this, Omaha will be in Sacramento taking on the River Cats with a PCL championship on the line. You can watch the series on MiLB.com. The way this season has gone, it’s must-see streaming.

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Meredith’s Return

The scoring in Nebraska’s 40-7 victory was finished early in the fourth quarter. But Tennessee-Chattanooga was looking for three more points, pride points, on a 37-yard field goal.

The attempt was blocked. Josh Williams was credited with the block, but Jared Crick claimed he got a piece of the ball. “A couple of other guys said they got a piece of it, too,” said Crick.

“We’ll have to watch the tape. Maybe it got batted by three dudes.”

The tape showed that a fourth, Cameron Meredith, got more than a piece of the deflected field goal. The defensive end grabbed the ball near the line of scrimmage and carried it 7 yards before being tackled at…

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Why not Creighton?

Tucked in among the few remaining warehouses in a formerly industrial part of Omaha, just north of downtown, is one of the most efficient football factories in America. Creighton soccer turns out winners with mechanical precision. If not for that other factory down in Lincoln – which produces a brand of football preferred by the locals and sold nationwide – the Bluejays could be the most successful college program in the state.

Maybe they already are. Since 1992 the Jays have made 18 NCAA tournament appearances, including 17 straight between 1992 and 2008. They’ve made it to the College Cup - soccer’s version of the Final Four - three times. CollegeSoccerNews.com calls Morrison Stadium the “most exciting venue”…

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