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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The Best Baseball in Town

The blue and white sign out front of Zesto’s said they had the “best cheeseburgers in town.” It never really mattered whether this was true or not. What mattered was that hundreds of thousands of visitors to Rosenblatt Stadium every summer for the College World Series saw that sign and could believe it. The advertising seemed honest because the advertising was old. Perched just south of the stadium entrance, Zesto’s looked like small-town America. There were picnic tables out front and walk-up windows nearly papered over with handwritten signs advertising dip cones and sundaes. Little more than a shack, it looked like the sort of place people want the best burgers in town to come from. Rosenblatt Stadium wasn’t much…

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Choosing your CWS team

With Creighton out of the NCAA Tournament, bounced in extra innings by Georgia Sunday, it’s time for the Omaha rite of summer: Choosing a CWS school to randomly back for a week. There are a lot of familiar faces among the teams to advance from the first round. Florida, UC Irvine, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Virginia, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona State are all still alive. No. 8 seed Rice was the only national seed not to make it out of the first round while last year’s darlings, TCU, and near perennial fixture Miami won’t be making the trip to Omaha this year either. But rooting for the usual powerhouses isn’t much fun. If we’re all supposed to be…

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Bulldogs, Beavers await Jays in NCAA Tourney

Bring on the Bulldogs. The newly minted Missouri Valley Tournament champion Creighton Bluejays (44-14) will face Georgia (31-30) on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Jays earned the second seed in the Corvallis, Ore., regional and got a fairly manageable draw if you want to think big and consider Creighton’s chances of making it back home for the College World Series. Georgia’s near .500 record is a bit deceiving considering that the SEC placed seven schools in the 64-team field, but the Bulldogs did end the season in a bit of slump, going 4-7 over their last 11 regular season games before losing to Florida in the SEC Tournament semi-finals. Should Creighton…

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Web Exclusive: Audio Q&A with WWE’s Dolph Ziggler

BY JEREMY LAFRENTZ Backstage Entertainment On the air since 1993, WWE "Monday Night Raw" is one of the longest-running weekly television shows in history. But you haven't seen anything until you you experience it live. This coming Monday, May 30, "Raw" and the WWE Superstars head to the Qwest Center. Backstage Entertainment got the chance to talk to WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler in a phone interview recently, which you can listen to above. Ziggler talks about how he got into wrestling, some of his personal goals he’s accomplished so far with the company, what may be coming up for him, what it’s like to work with the other WWE…

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CU’s series of the year this weekend at TD Ameritrade

The two marquee games against Nebraska were nice showcases, but Creighton baseball’s biggest series yet at TD Ameritrade Park is on tap this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Jays took two of three from Evansville over the weekend, leaving them at 12-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 35-13 overall. Meanwhile, Missouri State swept Bradley to move into a tie for first place in the conference, setting up a winner-take-all series this week in Omaha for the regular season conference crown. Creighton has an outside chance at earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament — their RPI was 49 heading into last weekend — and winning the MVC season title would make that a more realistic possibility should the…

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ESPN Grapples with UNO Wrestling

You want to get ESPN’s Outside the Lines to visit Nebraska? Wrestling is the key. The program, let’s call it 30-minutes of “60 Minutes”-style stories for sports, was back in Omaha for a story that debuted last weekend on the downfall of UNO wrestling and football. The last time OTL visited was for “Naked in Nebraska,” the story of the two UNL wrestlers who were booted from the team after appearing on a gay porn site. This time the story was called “Wrestling with the Truth” and ESPN definitely wrestled with it. Did they find it? That would have been difficult, considering Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Chancellor John Christiansen declined to be…

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