Big Ten Still Backing Nebraska

After 102 years as a member of the American Association of Universities, a collection of 63 top research institutions, the University of Nebraska got the boot Apr. 26. It was the first time in the AAU’s 111-year history that they’d kicked out a member. Why? UNL officials say it is partly because the formula for ranking research expenditures doesn’t include the university’s work at the Nebraska Medical Center because it’s a satellite campus, or programs like Nebraska’s world-renowned research work in agriculture because that’s a federally funded program. Some worried that the academic hit could jeopardize Nebraska’s standing in the letters-loving Big 10. Jennifer Heppel, the conference associate commissioner, however, gave a verbal shrug of the shoulders in


Baseball Legends Christen Werner Park

* Has there ever been a better battery in the history of Omaha baseball than George Brett and Bob Gibson? The pair of Hall of Famers opened Werner Park — one day after the scheduled debut was rained out — in what had to be the most talent-rich first pitch in the city’s history. Maybe there was a barnstorming team, led by a Babe Ruth or Satchel Paige or someone of the ilk, that visited Omaha in the early 20th Century that could’ve come close for pitcher-catcher star power but Gibson and Brett both have Omaha ties. Gibson, of course, was a star at Creighton University while Brett spent the 1973 season with the hometown Royals. It was an odd…

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<p>Kansas City Royals legend George Brett was on hand to celebrate the opening of the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Werner Park over the weekend. </p>Have a Ball

Riders on fiberglass mounts gently bobbed up and down on a candy-coated carousel down the left field line as the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Danny Duffy anointed Werner Park Saturday night with a right-down-the-middle called strike to Nashville Sounds second baseman Eric Farris. Basketballs bounced on a court beyond the left-center gap later in the third when top prospect Mike Moustakas doubled home Eric Hosmer, another player perhaps not long for the minors, as the duo joined Duffy in becoming answers to trivia questions on the subjects of first pitch, first RBI and first run scored in ballpark history. Whiffle balls whiffled beyond the center field wall three hours and fifteen minutes after Hall of Famer George Brett lobbed a ceremonial…

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A Tale of Two Ballparks

Change is sometimes hard to swallow. One of the new Reuben sandwiches you can eat while watching the newly-rebranded Omaha Storm Chasers at the newly-built Werner Park is not. And that’s the price of progress. The old and familiar is crowded out by the new and improved. It’s always difficult to gauge how this will be received. Can the lingering flavor of Rosenblatt Stadium be slathered over by the latest designer mustards or washed away with a wider array of beers? Is convenience more powerful than nostalgia? Omaha will begin to find out over the next seven days with the opening of Werner Park on Apr. 16, followed by the debut of TD Ameritrade Park four days later. If New…

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Creighton and the Curse of the Missing Midcourt Line

After some quick calculation I would estimate that I’ve watched, officiated or played in approximately 10,000 basketball games in my lifetime. I can’t remember ever seeing one that was decided on a backcourt violation. But then again 9,999 of those games weren’t played on a court made to resemble the leaf-strewn floor of an Oregon forest. Most courts have a clear dividing line at half court. The slave-to-fashion University of Oregon has more of a suggestion of one, and it ultimately decided the CBI championship game for Creighton. With under 20 seconds to go in a tie game the Jays’ Antoine Young was burning clock near half court to set up what was likely Creighton’s final…

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After tourney loss, the state of UNO hockey

A few inches of padding, one blurry puck and 10 agonizing minutes kept UNO from advancing to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament last week. Was it or wasn’t it a goal? Doesn’t matter. The officials in last Friday’s UNO-Michigan game eventually, after 10 minutes of review that seemed to define the word inconclusive, ruled that it was and that was it. As is often the case in sports, the end betrayed the journey. UNO had a disproportionately rough end to the season. First there was the first round exit in the WCHA finals. Then there was the controversial end to the Michigan game. In between there was the controversy over the end of the football…

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UNO Hockey makes NCAA Tourney

In a process that l'll never completely understand the UNO hockey team made the NCAA Tournament due to some combination of the Tolkien-sounding PairWise Rankings, the first “supermoon” in 18 years, and the fact that Michigan beat Notre Dame and a bunch of other games fell into place. Or something like that. If you want the dirty details MavMania.com can probably help you out. The site's Twitter feed (@unomavmania) was a lifeline for those of us clumsily trying to make sense of college hockey’s tournament selection process. The important thing is that the Mavs season continues just down the road a piece in St. Louis on Friday. UNO received the third-seed in the West Regional and will face its old…

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