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The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy.


Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed.

Kopke told the board the State Fair, which has been held in Grand Island since 2010, has lost money the last two years. He projected the fair to be nearly $1.7 million in the red for 2019 and could be forced to file for bankruptcy next year.

Former Grand Island mayor Jeremy Jensen, who is chairman of the fair board’s finance committee,says that Kopke's projection was premature.




Following Kopke’s resignation, the board approved a new budget that could require cutting as much as half of the fair's staff and is dramatically different from the 2019 budget in a number of ways. 



Jensen estimated the savings from the new budget will be about $600,000.



Jensen on resignation

jensen on 2020 budget

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cast doubt on the possibility of passing an updated North American trade deal by the end of 2019 as impeachment-related delays could throw updated U.S. trade policy into the heat of the presidential primary campaign.


U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for trade and agriculture, called Pelosi’s claim nonsense.


"Nancy Pelosi is holding Nebraska farmers and ranchers hostage and House Democrats are wasting time on circuses instead of doing real work for the American people. Last week Speaker Pelosi said a vote on the USMCA trade deal was 'imminent,' but today she's saying that there's not enough time to do it this year. That's some pure, grade-a bunk. The USMCA will pass tomorrow if Speaker Pelosi calls the vote and she knows it. Let's get this done."


The selling points for the new pact known as USMCA are that it updates NAFTA for the 21st century with hard-won provisions on digital trade, intellectual property, financial services and agriculture trade.



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Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Phelps County sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse for an altercation that left a 15-year-old girl with a black eye.


The patrol announced in a news release that 37-year-old Deputy Jamie Tilson was arrested Friday and booked into the Phelps County Jail.


The patrol says the arrest came after it was asked by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office to investigate a report of a Sept. 3 assault in Holdrege. An arrest affidavit says Tilson attempted to slap the teen in the mouth during an argument, and instead hit her in the eye when she flinched.



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On November 21st at approximately 1:30 pm the Chase County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an Imperial Resident that he hadn’t seen or heard from his 22 year old daughter for approximately a week and was concerned for her safety. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office began a Missing Person’s Investigation; multiple people were contacted and interviewed. These were individuals who the Sheriff’s Office believed might have information regarding her whereabouts.

On the evening of November 21st, 2019, several individuals were brought into the Sheriff’s Office for additional questioning. After interviewing these persons, it was determined that one person, a 20 year old female, was the alleged victim of an assault and kidnapping, this expanded Sheriff’s Office Investigation in to the missing person. Another subject (Russell Mann) age 43 of rural Enders was arrested as a result of this investigation for allegedly committing two Counts of Accessory to Kidnapping, both Class IIA Felonies. Mr. Mann is currently incarcerated with a $250,000 10% bond.

As the investigation continued into the disappearance of the 22 year old Chase County resident, information was obtained which led the Sheriff’s Office to believe the missing female may have met with foul play. As soon as this information became available an organized search began in a rural area south of Imperial. This search began on the evening of November 21st.

On November 22nd, around 9:00 AM and after obtaining and executing several search warrants, a more organized search commenced in the rural area of Imperial. The Chase County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Chase County Emergency Management, Nebraska Game and Parks Game Wardens, and a Search and Rescue Team from Torrington Wyoming. This team was able to provide a Cadaver Dog along with a Tracking Dog. The search continued throughout the day but was unsuccessful in locating the missing female.

During the course of the investigation congruent with the search efforts, the Sheriff’s Office developed two suspects. Arrest warrants were obtained for those individuals in relation to several kidnappings and the disappearance of the missing female. It was determined that the suspects could most likely be located in the Fort Collins Colorado area. The Sheriff’s Office requested and was given the expert assistance of the Fort Collins Police Department and their Crimes Against Persons Team and Criminal Impact Team. Both individuals were apprehended in Fort Collins on the afternoon of Saturday November 23rd. A Chase County Deputy was immediately dispatched to Fort Collins to work with detectives in order to interview suspects and develop additional leads.

The individuals arrested in Fort Collins were (Kevin Scot German) age 24 and (Keonna Nilsa Carter) age 22. Each are charged with 2 counts of; Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment-1st degree, Terroristic Threats , and Assault-3rd degree. Each are currently being held in Fort Collins on $1,000,000 10% bonds pending extradition to Chase County Nebraska. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

On the afternoon of Sunday November 24th, the remains of the missing Chase County woman were located by the Chase County Sheriff’s Deputies, Nebraska Game and Parks Officers, and Chase County Emergency Management. The Woman’s remains are currently being recovered with the help and expert assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and the evidence will be processed by their forensic technicians and investigators. Fort Collins Police Officers also continue to offer their assistance. The family of the deceased woman has been notified and the victim will not be named. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

Sheriff Kevin E Mueller


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A multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A has been linked to eating blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in three states:  Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. It is noted that these same berries were also distributed in IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI.

 

Teresa Anderson, Health Director Central District Health Department advises, “The blackberries would have been purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets between September 9th and September 30th, 2019. If you didn’t freeze these berries you probably won’t have any left. However, if you purchased and froze berries during this time period and still have them, please contact us so that we can work with Nebraska DHHS in testing any berries that are still available.

 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, Hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Symptoms begin somewhere between 2 and 7 weeks after exposure. Individuals are considered most contagious during the 2 weeks before and 1 week after onset of symptoms. Those diagnosed with hepatitis A or persons symptomatic after a known exposure should not work or prepare food for one week after symptoms begin and until symptoms are gone for greater than24 hours.


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North Platte Authorities say human remains found in a stock trailer could be those of at least one of two Wisconsin brothers who prosecutors say were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer.


Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Monday that a rancher near Hershey, found the remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside the trailer he recently purchased in Missouri.


Garland Nelson, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, of Wisconsin, then burning their bodies and dumping them in a manure pile. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.


Kramer says Missouri authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.



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Monday morning the Lincoln County Sheriff's 911 Center advised of a two vehicle, injury accident near mile marker 63 on U.S. Highway 83.


It was reported a truck and a car had struck head on and one of the drivers was injured.

Deputies and rescue workers arrived to find a female driver with non-life threatening injuries being assisted by other citizens.


She was later taken to Great Plains Health for treatment.


The investigation into the accident revealed a northbound Isuzu Sweeper Truck crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided with the females vehicle.


It appears the driver of the Isuzu fell asleep, causing him to strike the woman’s car he was not injured. Drugs or Alcohol were not a cause of the accident.



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Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board members surprised teachers and students in the Grand Island Public Schools when they arrived at schools Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to award 17 classroom mini-grants. 

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation awards mini-grants in two rounds on an annual basis. Mini-grants are designed to fund educational opportunities for students that are not available through the school district's general budget.  

This is the sixteenth annual mini-grant cycle for the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.  Since the program’s inception, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has funded 282 mini-grants totaling $248,464. Grants have been awarded to every school in the district, benefiting approximately 52,755 students.  

The 2019-2020 mini-grant fund was established via the "Add it Up to Opportunity!" staff and board fund drive and the "Tradition of Excellence" community campaign held during the past 12 months.

For the 2019-2020 school year, 17 grants totaling $19,322 were awarded through the mini-grant process. Grants ranged from $250 to $2,000.  3,222 students will benefit from a classroom mini-grant this school year.  

Day One grant winners, grant amounts, and project titles were:

*Kim McCain, Jodi Fegley, Engleman Elementary, $1,830, “Wildcats Wild about Maker Space!” With the Makerspace movement in full swing across our district, Engleman Elementary wants to expand their learning opportunities for their students. With only four large robots, adding the ability to code more often is one goal for a student body of 530. We also would like to continue developing creativity and problem solving using recyclables with Makedo: Cardboard Construction. With Makerspace hands-on learning activities, students gain problem solving skills and collaboration skills in the curriculum areas of math, science, art, language/literature, and technology. This grant will benefit 530 students in grades K-5.

*Kenneth DeFrank, Success Academy, $1,970, “Flexible Seating.” Success Academy is an alternative program that focuses on students with mental and behavior challenges. We would like to offer more flexible seating to our students, including wiggly chairs, rocking chairs, and any other non-traditional seating to help kids stay focused on their academics. This grant will benefit 91 students in grades 9-12.

*Danielle Dudo, Stephanie Finnegan, Andrew Poltack, and Katie Slattery, Newell Elementary, $850, “Traveling Along the Oregon Trail.” Students will experience the Oregon Trail in a first-hand expedition across school district property.  Students will face many of the same challenges that pioneers faced from traveling hardships, illness, trading and pioneer meals.  Their mission is to successfully transport their family along the trail to their final destination.  (Starting at Newell Elementary, stopping at Walnut Middle School and ending at Grand Island Senior High). This grant will benefit 80 students in grades 4-5.

*Sara Robinson, Gates Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every Day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers with the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will guide instruction that directly aligns to the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 215 students in grades K-5.

*Jason Zelasney, Shane Campbell, and John Faxon, Jefferson Elementary, $1,000, “Jefferson Gentleman.” The Jefferson Gentlemen will be a program focused on teaching our young boys how to be our next generation gentlemen. This program will teach our boys skills to help them feel good about themselves in every setting and have the confidence to lead by example. Our goal is to lift students up and help prepare them for the road ahead.  During our group time, we plan to focus on learning proper etiquette in different settings, how to dress to impress and tie a tie, how to give a proper handshake and demonstrate respect to others, and learn other characteristics of being a gentleman. This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Chandra Kosmicki, Jefferson Elementary, $1,870, “Stop-Motion Claymation Movie Makin’.” Remember the Gumby or the California Raisins? In this project, students will grow their skills as a 21st century learner and become engaged in stop-motion animation by creating, editing, and sharing their very own Claymation movie. This grant will benefit 400 students in grades K-5.

*Trevor Cornelius and Nancy Sutherland, Knickrehm Elementary, $900, “It Only Takes a Spark.” It can be difficult for students to transition from reading picture books to chapter books; for some students, due to fear and lack of confidence, it seems almost impossible. These obstacles can be overcome by creating an afterschool program using literacy circles, where like-ability students can gather to explore and discuss the hidden treasures found within the written word.  This grant will be used to purchase sets of books from seven different genres, in four different reading levels, in order to meet our students where they are at and encourage them to grow. This grant will benefit 40 students in grades K-5.

*Janet Dobbins and Rebecca Waind, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,300, “Purposeful Play in a Kindergarten Classroom.” We are creating an environment in the kindergarten classroom whereas 'play' becomes purposeful in providing extensive opportunities for children to represent and extend their thinking through multiple modalities including, but not limited to drawing, writing, painting, movement, drama, construction, dance, technology, and discovery.  Purposeful play centers will integrate standards, targets, and success criteria to naturally support learning. 'Play' will provide areas in the classroom that are ever-changing. This grant will benefit 46 students in Kindergarten.

*Lauren Peitzmeier and Sandy Meyer, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,947, “Make Space for Robotics!” We would like to provide opportunities for Stolley Park students to experience robotics and coding using Ozobots and Spheros in our dedicated makerspace where they will be available for all K-5 teachers to use with their entire class, in addition to before and after school STEAM programs and clubs. The Ozobot is a small but powerful robot that is programmable using simple markers (for beginners) or block based computer programming (for intermediate users).  Like the Ozobot, the Sphero SPRK+ utilizes drawing and block based programming, but adds a third level for advanced learners to use JavaScript to actually write text programs.
This grant will benefit 225 students in grades K-5.

*Melissa McDonald, Shoemaker Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will support instruction that directly aligns with the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 280 students in grades K-5.

*Kevin Butters, Vicki Weseman, and Brenda Carlson, Lincoln Elementary, $1,000, “Patterns of Earth and Sky.” As fifth grade students begin the school year, they investigate what causes the daily and yearly pattern of what objects we see in the night sky. Throughout the investigations they discover how the orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, causes observable patterns. These students would greatly benefit from an end-of-unit, culminating activity that includes a trip to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Planetarium and an art activity incorporating what they have learned. Students could make connections with what they have learned, recognize many of the stars they have read about, and share in an experience which will stay with them for years to come. This grant will benefit 65 students in grade 5.

*Bianca Ayala, Howard Elementary, $250, “Books & Braids.” Books & Braids is a morning weekly club where the students are able to read books of their choice and have their hair styled. All students (boys & girls) are welcomed and after having their hair styled leave with a big smile on their face! Having special books and hair materials for the club would engage more students to join while building their confidence at the same time! This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Gina Conyers and Clint Felber, Barr Middle School, $450, “Outdoor Leisure Activities.” We would love to offer a unit at the beginning and end of every school year that features yard games that our students will most likely play in their neighborhoods, tailgating, or while camping with family and friends in the summer like:  Ladder golf, Polish Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Yard Darts and Kan Jam.  This is a great unit to add to our curriculum as it is able to help us hit several standards.  They will also be developing skills and knowledge of games that they will be able to participate in for a lifetime of fun. This grant will benefit 750 students in grades 6-8.

*Nicole LeClaire, Wyandotte Learning Center, $2,000, “Building a 21st Century Crime Lab – Law and Public Safety Academy at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High.”  This grant will design and build a crime lab where Law and Public Safety
 students would be able to role-play future careers in the fields of Law and Public Safety through crime scene simulations. The crime lab would be dynamic-scenes, simulations, and events would change and build upon unit concepts. This grant would offset the cost of supplies to build set scenes and supplemental lesson materials. This grant will benefit 125 students in grades 9-12.

*Jerome Dubas, Grand Island Senior High, $1,146, “UNDRground Contemporary Arts Marketing.” The Senior High Art Department collaborates with the Azteca Market to operate a professional art gallery- UNDRground Contemporary Arts.  The operating expenses include postcard mailings, postage, and vinyl, insurance, transportation expenses, food for receptions, website hosting fees, pedestals, and other miscellaneous expenses (light bulbs, paint, cleaning supplies, hardware, etc.).  Every two months we have a new show and we use the postcards to market each of the art shows, and we apply vinyl to the entry foyer wall with the artist's name and the name of the show. This grant will benefit 45 students in grades 9-12.

*Corey Farlee, Shaun Willey and Maggie Mintken, Grand Island Senior High, $250, “Journals & Paper Planners for Freshman Academy.” Working as a counselor in the Freshman Academy at Grand Island Senior High we have learned that our freshmen need help with organization and dealing with emotions. We have found success using journaling strategies to manage feelings and maintain mental health with many students. We have also observed student's organization skills and grades improve by using paper planners to help them gain control of their workload, which can be overwhelming for freshman. The transition from middle school to high school can be troubling, so having these materials to assist our students with this transition would be helpful. This grant will benefit 100 students in grade 9.

*Nancy Jones, Grand Island Senior High, $559, “TeamMates Lego Project.” As a school-based mentoring program, TeamMates of Grand Island's main goal is to build positive, trusting relationships between students and mentors through weekly conversations and activities.  These conversations are the basis for constructive, critical life decisions that students choose to discuss with their mentor, but can often be difficult when new relationships are developing.  Having a physical focus in their hands, helps students to openly talk about themselves and their lives without feeling interviewed or interrogated. TeamMates would like to purchase Legos sets for the four TeamMates schools in the district; Barr, Walnut, Westridge and Senior High. This grant will benefit 130 students in grades 6-12.

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After one season as McCook Community College men’s basketball coach, Kyle Drennan is leaving to take over as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

“This wasn’t my plan and it was a very difficult decision,” Drennan said. “My plan was to coach here for three or four years, establish myself and prove that I could coach at a high level.”

 

The UIC Flames compete in the Horizon League. Luke Yaklich was named coach on March 26. The Flames went 18-17 in the 2019-20 season, tied for fourth place in the Horizon League under former coach Steve McClain. As an assistant coach, Yaklich helped lead three collegiate programs – Texas, Michigan and Illinois State – to national postseason success.

 

“I’ve always wanted to live in Chicago and Coach Yaklich is someone I have a lot of respect for. He always told me if he ever got a D1 job, he wanted me to be part of his staff and the opportunity was just too good,”

 

"Kyle has worked incredibly hard throughout his journey into college basketball and has a wide variety of experiences with professional sports organizations and Division I athletics, as well as being a junior college head coach," said Yaklich, in a press release on the team’s web site.

 

“It is hard to see Coach Drennan go, but we understand it is hard to pass up on opportunity to be involved in a Division 1 program,” said Kelly Rippen, Area Vice President of Student Affairs and McCook Community College. “Coach Drennan loves the game of basketball and we knew his long-term goal was to work in a program full-time, and these opportunities don’t come about that often.”

 

“This was still a very difficult decision. I think with the players I’ve recruited plus the ones coming back that we would be even better next season with the goal of a Region IX championship,” Drennan said. “To give that up wasn’t easy, I had to sit down and talk to people about the direction I wanted to go, but at the end of the day my goal is to be a Division I coach, and this opportunity is the best one for that.”

 

“I’d like to thank Kyle for his work here and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “I was impressed with Kyle’s work on the basketball court, he kept coaching up his guys the entire year and it showed with how well they played down the stretch.”

 

Drennan, who was hired in June of 2019, took over a program with no returning players on the active roster. He brought nine freshmen and three sophomore transfers to MCC as the team picked up momentum near the end of the season. The Indians went 15-16 and won five straight games to finish the regular season before hosting a first-round home game in the Region IX tournament (the first in 13 years), where the Indians beat Lamar Community College 89-64 – the first Region IX tournament win in 20 years. The Indians fell in the second round to No. 15 Western Wyoming

 

Prior to his time in McCook, Drennan served as the director of operations at McNeese State for a year. Before than he served as the director of scouting and operations with JUCO Advocate out of Austin, Texas, where he guided players to the junior college ranks assisting them to obtain scholarships from four-year programs. Drennan began coaching in 2015 as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. He started his career in marketing with the Fenway Sports Group and the Salem Red Sox, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

 

“Coach Drennan has an incredible knack for recruiting and an ability to bring in talented players from all over the world,” Rippen said. “Although his time at MCC was short, I know he learned what being part of a college family was all about and I hope he will carry with him some great memories of MCC and the community. He will be a strong addition to the University of Illinois in Chicago and we wish him all the best.”  

 

According to Olsen, once the position is approved and advertised, a search committee will begin work on filling the position.

 

“I am excited for the process, it will be a highly sought after job again just as it was last time, the opportunity to be a head coach at this level is pretty special,” Olsen said. “McCook is a great place to work so we will have our work cut out for us but I’m sure it will be a great search.”

Drennan said his 10 months at McCook had a profound impact on him and while he said he had a great deal of fun coaching in McCook, it is the wide-spread kindness he experienced that will leave a lasting impression and a trait he hopes to carry with him.


“McCook itself is a special place. As someone who came from the outside I’m telling you McCook has the nicest people in the world and I experienced that throughout my 10 months 

here,” he said.

 

“I think sometimes you guys don’t know how special you are, and I told Kelly and Jon the same thing with regard to the college. I hope I can take that positive impact the people of McCook have had on me and take it with me and pass it on.”






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The McCook Community College softball team has signed its first recruit for the 2021 season.


Taylor Thein of West Branch, Iowa has signed her letter of intent to continue her softball in McCook next season.


Taylor’s strengths are her athleticism and speed. She brings versatility as she can play outfield or infield,” said MCC Softball Coach Kevin Kaalberg.


Within her school, she has been involved in many different activities and clubs including softball, basketball, soccer, track, student government, National Honor Society, co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, and was elected president of the student leadership activity team.


“I love being challenged to prove to myself that I can overcome obstacles,” she said.


She added that if she’s not playing a sport, you can find her fishing, hanging out with friends, or eating pizza.


Thein is not sure what she will study at MCC but, said “I am excited to start my journey as an Indian! Go Tribe!”






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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million, according to a person familiar with the contract. The agreement helps alleviate one of the Super Bowl champions’ biggest concerns ahead of the NFL draft. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been announced. Breeland helped the Chiefs win their first championship in five decades last season before joining cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Morris Claiborne in free agency. Fuller has since signed with Washington.



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UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Tom Brady yesterday explained his decision to leave the New England Patriots for free agency, saying on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” it was “just time” for a change. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month after winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots. He reiterated he has no hard feelings about coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) not making him a Patriot for life. Brady added that so many wrong assumptions were made about his relationship with Belichick, or about how Belichick felt about him.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are moving to black pants with black jerseys for their home uniforms in 2020. Those changes are part of a redesign the team says respects past fashion choices with updates “to match the modern progression of Atlanta.” The team's first redesign in 17 years also includes white jerseys and white pants for road uniforms. The Falcons will continue to use black helmets.

UNDATED (AP) — Real (ray-AL’) Madrid’s players and coaches have agreed to voluntarily reduce their salaries by at least 10% to help offset lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the decision applies to its soccer and basketball teams. Some top club executives have agreed to take pay cuts that could reach 20% “depending on the circumstances that may affect” the rest of the season. Fellow Spanish league club Sevilla (say-VEE’-uh) also said Wednesday it would put its players and other employees on government furloughs to reduce labor costs during the pandemic.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Swiss women’s goalie Florence Schelling was named general manager of one of the nation’s top men’s professional teams, SC Bern. The 31-year-old Schelling becomes the first woman elevated to such a high-profile front-office personnel position of a men’s pro hockey team in Switzerland. Schelling’s hiring comes after spending the past year serving as coach of the Switzerland’s Under-18 women’s team. She takes over a franchise that missed the playoffs after winning the championship last season.

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus. The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 and 12 days after being hospitalized. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic.




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UNDATED (AP) — An eighth NHL player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league announced Tuesday that a third player from the Colorado Avalanche is in self-isolation and has not had close contact with teammates or Colorado staff members. The five other NHL players who tested positive all play for the Ottawa Senators. Meanwhile, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s success in battling the coronavirus means a green light for the country’s baseball league. It is targeting an early May restart with teams ready to play preseason exhibition games as early as April 21. The country recorded 53 new infections, the third consecutive day that has seen new cases around the 50-mark. The league was scheduled to start play on March 28. 

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A productive member of Duke basketball squad is heading to the NBA. Freshman Cassius Stanley is entering the draft. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils. In a statement, Stanley says he believed the Blue Devils could have attained his goal of reaching the Final Four and contending for a national championship. But he noted that “the NBA values youth” in his decision to enter the draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class. Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates. Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all in for a new look in 2020. Building on momentum created by the signing of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady in free agency, the Bucs have unveiled new uniforms for next season. The new garb will be more traditional red, white and pewter - similar to the uniforms the team wore from 1997-2013, it’s most successful stretch.




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DETROIT (AP) — One of baseball’s best outfielders ever has died. A friend says Hall of Famer Al Kaline died Monday. Kaline, who was 86, spent his entire 22-season with the Detroit Tigers. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft won’t be the usual flashy spectacle. It was to have been held in Las Vegas, but the league now says it will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s procedures for the April 23-25 draft include no group gatherings.

UNDATED (AP) — Like other pro sports leagues, the National Hockey League is considering various options to salvage its season. Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ideas under discussion include neutral site layoff games and awarding the Stanley Cup in September.

LONDON (AP) — Golf’s oldest tournament has joined the list of sporting events disrupted by the pandemic. For the first time since 1945, July’s British Open has been canceled. It will be held next year at Royal St. George. The 150th tournament will be held in 2022 at St. Andrews. U.S. tournaments are also being reshuffled. The Masters will be held two weeks before Thanksgiving.

NEW YORK (AP) — Another soccer scandal. A pair of former sports marketing executives have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Charges have been unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez.




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Volleyball standout Jordan Larson was announced as the second member of the 2020 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, April 1. Larson is the first of five student-athletes in the 2020 class to be recognized. Volleyball head coach Terry Pettit was announced as the first member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class on March 31.

A native of Hooper, Nebraska, Larson was a standout on some of the greatest teams in program history from 2005 to 2008. She helped Nebraska to a top-five NCAA Tournament finish in each of her four seasons. The Huskers went 127-8 during her career with four Big 12 Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Semifinals, including the 2006 national title and a runner-up finish in 2005.

Individually, Larson was an All-American on the court and in the classroom. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time first-team All-American. At the conference level, Larson was a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and the 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year. She was also an Academic All-American as a senior. Larson finished her Husker career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs and a school-record 186 aces. She is currently one of only two players in program history to rank among Nebraska’s all-time top 10 in both kills and digs.

Larson then went on to a decorated international career. She was a two-time Olympic medalist, helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2016. Larson helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 world championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. women’s national team. Larson was then named USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.

The remaining four student-athletes in the 2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class will be announced over the next few weeks on the official Nebraska Athletics Twitter account (@Huskers) and on Huskers.com.

2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Terry Pettit, Volleyball Head Coach (1977-99)
Jordan Larson, Volleyball (2005-08)
Four more student-athletes to be announced
 
Jordan Larson, Volleyball (2005-08), Hooper, Nebraska

Jordan Larson led Nebraska to an outstanding four-year run on the volleyball court before continuing on to a stellar international career. The Huskers went 127-8 (.941) during Larson’s four-year career, winning the Big 12 Conference championship and posting a top-five NCAA finish in each of her four seasons. After an NCAA runner-up finish in her freshman year when she was the regional freshman of the year, Larson was a first-team All-American and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. That season, the Huskers won the 2006 NCAA title in Omaha in front of what was then the largest volleyball crowd in NCAA history. After earning third-team All-America honors as Nebraska made a regional final in 2007, Larson was a first-team All-American again in 2008. As a captain that season, Larson helped Nebraska advance to its third NCAA Semifinal in four years, where the Huskers lost a 3-2 thriller to Penn State, handing the Nittany Lions their only two set losses of the entire season. Larson was also the 2008 Big 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team Academic All-American. Larson finished her career with 1,600 kills, 1,410 digs and a school-record 186 aces. Following her time as a Husker, Larson represented the United States in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She was a silver medalist in 2012 and bronze medalist in 2016, becoming the only Husker volleyball player to be a two-time Olympic medalist. Larson was named USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. In 2014, she helped Team USA win the gold medal at the world championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. women’s national team. Her No. 10 jersey is retired, and Larson graduated with a degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska in 2008.




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UNDATED (AP) — NFL owners are continuing to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. But they’ve adopted changes in how the season will end. They voted to modify the playoff format with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. The playoffs will be expanded by one team in each conference for a total of 14. The 16-game season and full playoffs would include the two stadiums still under construction in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, plus international games in England and Mexico.

LAKE FOREST, Ill (AP) — The Chicago Bears have finalized a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2018 Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles. The Bears are hoping Foles will return to form following an injury-riddled season with Jacksonville. Foles would give them another option if Mitchell Trubisky struggles again or gets hurt next year. The Jaguars parted with the 31-year-old Foles just over a year after signing him to a four-year contract. Foles helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl.

SAN JOSE, Calif (AP) —San Jose Sharks President Jonathan Becher says the team made the best decision with the information at the time when it played three home games following a recommendation by the county against large gatherings in early March. Santa Clara County issued a recommendation on March 5 that mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA's popular decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Baseball is the only spring sport with a roster limit. Teams can have no more than 35 players, though that rule will be relaxed in 2021. The problem comes in 2022. Looming roster logjams because of the extended eligibility could force coaches to sign smaller recruiting classes and nudge underperforming players to transfer or quit.

UNDATED (AP) — They can’t face off on the hardwood right now, so Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN. The NBA, the players’ association and 2K have announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.




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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft, saying it’s time to continue to the next level of basketball as a professional. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was selected as The Associated Press Co-Southeastern Conference player of the year after ranking in the top 10 of several conference categories. Perry led the SEC in rebounds last season with 10.1 per game, ranked sixth in scoring at 17.4 points and ninth in blocks with 1.2.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin has declared for the NBA draft, saying he’s decided to take another step into making his dream a reality. Martin led the Sun Devils with 19.1 points. 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 2019-20, putting them on the cusp of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance before the college basketball postseason was halted by the coronavirus. He was named first team all-Pac-12 by The Associated Press.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft, but the school said he is not hiring an agent and would work with the Wolverines coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent. Livers averaged 12.9 points for the Wolverines this past season and was limited to 21 games due to injury problems.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate, according to a published report. ESPN is reporting that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — Free-agent punter Sam Martin has become the third Detroit Lions player to sign with the Denver Broncos this month, accepting a three-year, $7 million contract. He joins former Detroit teammates Graham Glasgow and Jeff Driskel in Denver. Martin has averaged 46 yards per punt with a 40.9-yard net average, 38 touchbacks and 175 punts inside the 20-yard line during his seven NFL seasons.




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The GNAC conference would like to announce the following changes for the 2020/21 school year.  In October 2019, Columbus High School applied and was accepted to the Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC).  The following schools will remain in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference for the 2020/21 school year: Hastings, McCook, North Platte, Gering and Scottsbluff.  Due to the re-alignment of the conference, the tournament schedule will be reduced to the following tournaments: Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Golf, Swimming/Diving, and Track and Field.  






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