LB Simmons flips commitment to Huskers

Class of 2016 linebacker Greg Simmons originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes, but on Thursday the 6-2, 225 pounds 3-star recruit switched his allegiance to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Simmons currently holds offers from Miami, N.C. State, Louisville, Kentucky and Maryland among others.

As a junior in 2014 at Central High School in Fort Pierce, Florida he recorded 64 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five sacks. Simmons is ranked as the 13th best Inside Linebacker by ESPN for the class of 2016.

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Nebraska QB Stanton transferring after taking limited snaps

stantonLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska reserve quarterback Johnny Stanton is transferring.

Coach Mike Riley said Stanton told him about his decision Thursday.

Stanton took limited snaps in two games as a redshirt freshman last season and was among five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Recruiting services ranked Stanton among the top 15 dual-threat quarterbacks when he was coming out of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, in 2013.

Riley also announced that redshirt freshman receiver Glenn Irons would not be on the team this fall.

Nuggets select guard Mudiay 7th in NBA draft

Emmanuel Mudiay playing for Prime Prep in high school in Dallas, TX

Emmanuel Mudiay playing for Prime Prep in high school in Dallas, TX

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Mudiay averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 rebounds in 10 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2014-15.

He originally committed to attend SMU before turning pro.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mudiay was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996 and moved to Dallas with his two brothers in 2001.

The pick was Denver’s highest since selecting Carmelo Anthony third overall in 2003.

The Nuggets missed the playoffs the last two seasons after reaching the postseason 10 straight years.

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Former Eagle Tautuaa wins PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP

tautauaaMoala Tautuaa, a former men’s basketball player at Chadron State College, has been crowned the 2015 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League Foundation Cup Most Valuable Player. Tautuaa, a 6-foot-6 power forward who averaged 11 points per game and six boards for the Cebuona Lhuillier Gems, will enter the 2015 PBA rookie draft in August and is seen by scouts as the consensus top pick according to INQUIRER.net.

Tautuaa, a three-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Conference selection, had a fantastic career for the Eagles from 2008 to 2012. He scored 1,160 points in his career, tied for 17th in school history. He owns the career field goal percentage school record at 62.6%.

He began his professional career with the Westport Malaysia Dragons in the ASEAN basketball league in October of 2012. In 2014 he was the first overall draft pick in the PBA D-League draft to the Cagayan Rising Suns.

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Rockies use 5-run 8th for 6-4 victory over Diamondbacks

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki started a five-run eighth inning with his first career pinch-hit home run, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Thursday.

Colorado also overcame the loss of its starter, Jorge De La Rosa, because of a small cut on the middle finger of his left (pitching) hand.

The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate when John Axford struck out Yasmany Tomas for the final out, notching his 13th save in 14 chances.

Axford had blown a save for the first time this season in an 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa left after seven effective innings with the Diamondbacks in front 2-1. Reliever Daniel Hudson opened the eighth against Tulowitzki, Colorado’s slugging shortstop who was brought in to bat for Justin Miller (1-0).

Welk Named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year; Gipson, Wiseman Also First Teamers

John Welk capped his career with CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year honors on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

John Welk capped his career with CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year honors on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska track and field senior John Welk added one more prestigious award to his impressive resume on Thursday, winning CoSIDA’s Capital One Academic All-American of the Year award for men’s track and field.

Levi Gipson and Drew Wiseman were also honored as CoSIDA first-team Academic All-Americans, giving the Huskers three of the 15 first-team selections. It’s the first time any Husker team other than football has had three first-team Academic All-Americans in a year. The Nebraska men and women now have a total of 55 CoSIDA Academic-All America selections all-time, including a nation-leading 41 since 2002. It also marks the sixth consecutive year the Husker men and women have combined for at least three Academic All-Americans.

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MPCC Rodeo Team benefits from Cowboy Kickball

The MPCC Cowboy Kickball team, back row, left to right: Carol Garrison, Lauri Rogers, Wendy Schramm, Carol Bodeen, Pam Burks, Josh York, Michael Driskell and Chris Turner. Front row, left to right: Nicole Kissinger, Ethan Elliott, Rachel York, Janelle Higgins, Emma Elliott and Dustin Elliott.

The MPCC Cowboy Kickball team, back row, left to right: Carol Garrison, Lauri Rogers, Wendy Schramm, Carol Bodeen, Pam Burks, Josh York, Michael Driskell and Chris Turner. Front row, left to right: Nicole Kissinger, Ethan Elliott, Rachel York, Janelle Higgins, Emma Elliott and Dustin Elliott.

A new event at NEBRASKAland Days raised about $250 for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team on Wednesday night.

A total of 10 teams competed in Cowboy Kickball at the Wild West Arena in North Platte.

The MPCC Wrangler Booster Club had one of them. It lost 15-10 to a team from Great Plains Health, but the college came out a winner anyway at the end of the day.

Bill Troshynski, NLD board member and an organizer of the kickball event, said proceeds from the $25 entry fees would be donated to the MPCC Rodeo Team.

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Moustakas, Infante leads Royals past Mariners 8-2

kc-royalsSEATTLE (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run home run and Omar Infante had a three-run double in a seven-run fourth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Alcides Escobar opened the fourth with a single to right off Roenis Elias (4-5), who had retired the first nine batters. Moustakas followed with his seventh homer over the right-field wall.

The Royals would score five more, all with two outs. Infante unloaded the bases with his double to left, then Jarrod Dyson and Escobar each followed with left-field RBI doubles.

Escobar had three hits – two in the fourth – and scored twice. Moustakas had three hits and two RBI.

Ryan Madson (1-1) worked 1-plus inning of hitless relief for the win.

Diamondbacks rally past Rockies 8-7

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Aaron Hill hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 8-7 Wednesday night in a game that began with a 46 minute rain delay.

Down 7-5 heading into the ninth, Arizona pulled within a run on Yasmany Tomas’ RBI single, his career-high fourth hit of the game. After a bloop single by Jake Lamb loaded the bases, closer John Axford (1-1) fanned Chris Owings but then walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia, forcing home the tying run and blowing a save for the first time in 13 chances this season.

Hill, batting for reliever Daniel Hudson (2-2), then drove a fly ball to deep center, scoring Tomas from third.

Brad Ziegler pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Huskers land commitment from TE Jack Stoll

Mike Riley’s staff has landed another commitment to it’s 2016 recruiting class, this one coming from Aurora, Colorado tight end Jack Stoll.

Stoll, 6-5, 225-pounds, chose to verbally commit to Nebraska over looks from Texas, Colorado & Colorado State among others.

As a junior at Regis Jesuit High School, Stoll caught 19 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns. He’s currently ranked as the #3 overall prospect in the state of Colorado.

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