Nebraska’s March Jobless Rate Still Lowest in US

workforceLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska’s unemployment rate of 2.6 percent last month remained the lowest in the nation.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Tuesday that the preliminary March rate dropped a tenth of a point from the revised February rate of 2.7 percent and is eight-tenths of a point under the March 2014 rate of 3.4 percent.

The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in March. U.S. Labor Department figures say Nebraska was trailed by North Dakota at 3.1 percent and Utah at 3.4 percent.

Maniohuta Archery Club’s 3D Shoot Schedule Released

Maniohuta Archery ClubNorth Platte’s Maniohuta Archery Club released its 3D Shoot schedule for 2015 on Tuesday.

The 3D Shoots will take place the third Saturday of each month from April through September. The dates are as follows: April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19.

Registration for the 3D Shoots begins at 9:00 am and will be a continuous line until 1:00 pm on the day of the shoot. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Kids 11 and under are $5.

The shoots will take place at 204 Pheasant Run Rd., by Lake Maloney and concessions will be available. You can get more information by going to the Maniohuta Archers Facebook page or by emailing maniohutaarchers@gmail.com.

NCAA Looking for Ways to Speed Up Game, Increase Scoring

NCAA-Logo-College-SportsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NCAA basketball committee is expected to consider rules changes that could speed up games and increase scoring as soon as next season.

On Monday, committee members and officials from schools, conferences and the NCAA briefed reporters on what may change. Three proposals stand out: Reducing the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30, moving the restricted area arc from 3 feet in front of the basket to 4 feet, and calling more fouls in hopes of keeping players from being so physical.

Another possibility is changing how timeouts are used.

The rules committee will meet in Indianapolis from May 12-15. Any changes that pass would still have to be approved by another committee in June.

Kubat and Dilday Earn Big Ten Honors

Kyle Kubat (Photo from Twitter)

Kyle Kubat (Photo from Twitter)

Lincoln – Following a 4-1 week for the Nebraska baseball team, that included a sweep of the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns, senior Kyle Kubat was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and freshman Elijah Dilday was named Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Huskers have earned three weekly awards from the league office this season, as Ryan Boldt was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 23.

One day after being tabbed as one of Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, Kubat earned his first career weekly honor from the Big Ten office. The senior lefty has been lights out for the Huskers on Saturdays this season and was on top of his game against the No. 16 Longhorns. Kubat tossed 8.0 shutout inning and notched a career-high nine strikeouts for the second straight week. Following a two-out single by Brooks Marlow in the fourth, Kubat retired the final 13 Longhorns he faced. It was the senior’s third career outing of at least 8.0 innings and trailed only his 8.2-inning effort against Michigan at last season’s Big Ten Tournament.

Kubat, along with relievers Jake Hohensee, Colton Howell and Jeff Chesnut limited the Longhorns to four hits and three walks on the day, while piling up 19 strikeouts. The most strikeouts by a Husker staff since 2009 when NU notched 22 punch outs in a 15 inning game against Louisiana-Lafayette. After the Longhorns produced three hits through the first three innings, they then didn’t record another hit until Ben Johnson led off the 14th with a single. Texas totaled just seven base runners and had a runner in scoring position only twice all game.

After missing the first 20 games of the year with a shoulder injury to his non-throwing arm, Dilday has quickly made his impact on the Husker offense and defense. The St. Charles, Mo., native started all five of NU’s games last week in left field and hit .462 on the week with at least one hit in every game. The 6-1 Dilday notched his first career multi-hit game, including a two-out RBI double in the third, in NU’s sweep clinching win over the Longhorns on Sunday. Dilday struck out once all week, while slugging .538 with an on-base percentage of .500, and he also played stellar defense with multiple diving catches.

NFL Salary Cap Increases $10 Million to Top $143 Million

nfl_logo2011-medNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season.

All 32 teams and the players’ union were notified Monday of the increase, the second straight season the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs will be $180.775 million per team.

The NFL’s business year starts March 10, when free agency begins.

The salary cap is determined by a series of NFL revenue streams, with the players receiving 46 percent to 48 percent of those revenues, depending on the year.

Pelicans hold off Nuggets 99-92 for 5th Straight Win

Denver_NuggetsDENVER (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, Dante Cunningham drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the struggling Denver Nuggets 99-92 on Sunday night.

Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis for a fourth straight game after he re-injured his right shoulder on Feb. 21. The Pelicans are 4-0 in Davis’ absence to remain in the playoff conversation.

Denver dropped its 10th straight at the Pepsi Center, its longest home skid since losing 11 in a row during the 1997-98 season.

Danilo Gallinari had 21 points for Denver, including a half-court shot to end the third quarter that revved up the crowd. The Nuggets fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break.

Lincoln Woman Arrested for Stealing Dog from Ex-Boyfriend

lincoln-policeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been charged with breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home and stealing the dog they once shared.

The 21-year-old woman and her 23-year-old fiancee were both charged Friday.

Lincoln Police officer Katie Flood says the ex-boyfriend returned home Thursday to find his sliding glass door had been forced open, and his blind and deaf dachshund named Charlii was missing.

The ex-boyfriend told police that his ex-girlfriend had recently challenged his ownership of Charlii even though he had been caring for the dog ever since they broke up two years ago.

When police contacted the woman she denied stealing the dog until Charlii wandered out from the back of the apartment.

Creighton Tops Xavier in OT, 79-72

Creighton-Jays-BasketballCINCINNATI (AP) — Rick Kreklow scored 17 points and led five players into double-figure scoring as Creighton knocked off Xavier in overtime, 79-72 on Wednesday night.

Dee Davis hit the first of two free throws with :34 left to tie the game at 65-65, but missed a go-ahead free throw that could have decided the game in regulation.

Matt Stainbrook and Davis each converted a pair of free throws in overtime, but Davis’ 3 with 1:26 left was the Musketeers’ lone field goal of the extra period. Xavier was just 1 for 6 from the field in the final two minutes.

Creighton (11-13 2-9 Big East) closed it out by going 6 for 6 from the line in the final :16.

Groselle finished with 15 points for the Bluejays, who shot 45.8 percent from the field (27 of 59).

Jalen Reynolds led Xavier with 17 points as the Musketeers (14-9, 5-6) were just 22 of 57 from the field.

Pro Bowl to have Narrower Goal Posts, Longer Kicks on PATs

Pro Bowl NFLPHOENIX (AP) — The NFL will have narrower uprights and longer kicks for extra-point tries at the Pro Bowl.

The NFL has discussed changes in extra points to make the kicks more difficult and experimented with longer tries during the preseason.

For Sunday’s Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium, the uprights will be narrowed from 18.6 to 14 feet on extra-point tries. The kick also will be moved back from the 2 to the 15, making it essentially a 33 1/2-yard field goal.

NFL kickers made 99.6 percent of their PAT tries in 2013 and 99.3 this season.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent made the announcement during a Pro Bowl news conference on Tuesday.

No. 16 Nebraska Surges late to beat Purdue 69-59

Nebraska-Huskers-BasketballLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rachel Theriot made all seven of her free throw attempts and finished with 16 points to help No. 16 Nebraska beat Purdue 69-59 on Monday.

Hailie Sample scored 15 points for Nebraska (14-3, 4-2 Big Ten), Brandi Jeffery had 13 and Tear’a Laudermill added 10. Emily Cady grabbed 13 rebounds and had five assists to help the Cornhuskers win their fourth consecutive conference game.

Nebraska scored 15 first-half points off of 12 Purdue turnovers on its way to a 33-24 halftime lead.

Whitney Bays recorded her ninth straight double-double for Purdue (9-9, 3-4) with 14 points and 14 rebounds. April Wilson added a career-high 20 points as the Boilermakers lost their fourth game in a row for the first time since 2010.

Bays hit two free throws to cut Purdue’s deficit to 53-49, but Theriot started an 8-0 spurt with a 3-pointer and capped it with a three-point play with 3:04 left.