LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The east side of Memorial Stadium inLincoln has been fenced off, trees have been pulled out of the wayand work has begun on the stadium expansion. John Ingram is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s associateathletic director for capital planning and construction. He toldthe Lincoln Journal Star that he hopes to have much of thefoundation work on the $63.5 million project done before the firsthome football game on Sept. 3. The project will bring the total capacity to about 91,000 fans. The project is expected to be completed before the 2013 footballseason.
After their record dropped below .500 for the first time all season last night, the Colorado Rockies made a pair of transactions to part company with two players who had contributed to their recent struggles. Relief pitcher Felipe Paulino, who had a record of 0-4 out of the bullpen this season and was designated for assignment last week, was traded to the Kansas City Royals. The Rockies will receive cash considerations in return. The Rockies also designated infielder Jose Lopez for assignment. Lopez was acquired from Seattle in a trade this winter. He batted just .208 with two home runs and eight RBI. The Rockies still owe Lopez the rest of his $3.6 million salary for this season. With Lopez off the 25-man roster, the Rockies are expected to promote utilityman Eric Young Jr. from AAA Colorado Springs. Young is batting .363 with the Sky Sox this season.
The Colorado Rockies slide continues. The Rockies dipped below the .500 mark with a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Denver last night, their sixth loss in their last seven games. The Rockies never led in the game, as Miguel Montero and Kelly Johnson homered for Arizona in their winning effort. Down 4-1 in the seventh inning, the Rockies rallied to within a run on a Jason Giambi sac fly and a pinch-hit RBI single from Ryan Spilborghs, but Johnson’s two-run homer in the ninth inning put the game out of reach. The Rockies have lost 22 of their last 32 games since a 12-3 start and remain three games out of first place in the NL West. Tonight the St. Louis Cardinals come to Denver to begin a three-game weekend series. Ubaldo Jimenez will try and earn his first win of the year and stop the Rockies’ skid. ESPN Radio 1410 has the action tonight with pregame coverage at 7:05 and the first pitch at 7:40.
Three Nebraska track and field athletes punched their tickets to the national championships in the first day of the NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Oregon yesterday. Freshman long jumper Mara Griva, who has the best long jump in the country this spring, qualified in her best event and will try to qualify in the triple jump today. It will be her first NCAA National Championship, and it will be Nicholas Gordon’s fourth. The senior qualified in the men’s long jump. Adam Wolkins also qualified in the javelin. Six other Huskers moved into event finals to be held today, including four in the men’s 400 meter hurdles: Adam Dailey, Eric Lund, Jodi-Rae Blackwood and Miles Ukaoma. Ellie Grooters qualified for the women’s 400 meter finals, and Ashley Miller qualified for the final in the 1500 meters. The national championships are in Des Moines in June.
This will forever live in infamy! Donkey Basketball in Sutherland, NE on March 23, 2011.
The Colorado Rockies’ slump has them on the brink of falling below the break-even mark for the first time since the start of the season.
The red-hot Diamondbacks look to continue capitalizing on the stumbling Rockies in the conclusion of a four-game series at Coors Field on Thursday night.
Arizona (25-24) has won 10 of 12 to move above .500 for the first time since winning its season opener, 7-6 in 11 innings at Colorado (24-24) on April 1.
That was also the last time the Rockies had a losing record.
The Diamondbacks have won the last two games in this series, including a 2-1 victory Wednesday.
Clayton Mortensen (1-1, 2.17) gets the ball for Colorado, looking to bolster his case to remain in the rotation once Aaron Cook (broken right hand) is back from a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Tulsa.
The Denver coroner’s office identified the man Thursday asRobert Seamans of Pueblo. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says the man fell about 20 feet onto concrete during the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on Monday. Witnesses told police the man was trying to slide down the staircase railing, lost his balance and fell, striking his head. The stairs lead to the center field seats. The Rockies released a statement saying “our thoughts and prayers are with the young man” and his family.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Brandon Pierce hit Ryan Ampleman with a pitch to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and Missouri knocked Nebraska out of contention for the Big 12 tournament with a 10-5 come-from-behind victory on Friday.
Pierce came on after the Tigers (24-28, 11-13 Big 12) loaded the bases against Nebraska closer Casey Hauptman (6-3). Jonah Schmidt scored after Pierce beaned Ampleman with a 1-0 pitch, the first of 5 runs in the inning on four hits and two errors.
Nebraska (28-25, 7-17) had led 4-2 in the top of the eighth, but Missouri rallied for three runs with two outs to go up 5-4. Bryan Peters’ bases-loaded single in the bottom half tied it for Nebraska before Missouri’s ninth-inning uprising.
Phil McCormick (7-2) earned the win in relief, allowing one run in two innings. Hauptman was tagged for five runs on five hits in a third of an inning.
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