09-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) — Paxton Lynch insisted the opponent provided no extra incentive or motivation.
After spending last year out of the NFL, Lynch had his own motivation.
"I just wanted to show myself all the hard work I had put in had paid off," Lynch said. "I had a long offseason basically. While everyone else was playing I was at home, I wasn't playing, I was watching on TV. I was working hard. I was building myself up, believing in myself and trying to get back to where I was, and trying to figure out how I could do that."
Lynch threw for one score and ran for another against his former team as part of an impressive second-half performance, leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 22-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
Competing with Geno Smith for the backup job behind Russell Wilson, Lynch made up for some shaky moments during the first two weeks of training camp by leading Seattle on a trio of second-half scoring drives using both his arm and legs to move Seattle's offense.
Lynch was 11 of 15 for 109 yards and added another 38 yard rushing. He hit 6-foot-5, undrafted free agent Jazz Ferguson on a 6-yard TD in the third quarter, and added a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by bulling through Denver defenders at the goal line.
Lynch was a former first-round pick of the Broncos in 2016, only to be released before the start of last season and spent the year out of football.
"He lit up the whole team. It was really good," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
Joe Flacco made his Denver debut, although it was a brief appearance for the Broncos' starting QB. Flacco played just one series and completed 3 of 4 passes for 19 yards, leading to a field goal before turning it over to backups Kevin Hogan and a lengthy look at rookie Drew Lock.
"Obviously you want to put the ball in the end zone there, but we did some simple things very well and it was definitely good to get out there and get live-action," Flacco said.
Lock struggled in his first outing last week against Atlanta in the Hall of Fame game, but was better against Seattle. Lock was 17 of 28 for 180 yards. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Devontae Jackson late in the fourth quarter, but was intercepted after being hit with 2:01 left.
"Obviously, it can be better, but I thought he'd made progress this week both in practice and in the game and I think it showed at times out there," Denver coach Vic Fangio said. "But you know, it's still a process for him and I don't know how long it's going to take, but I think this past week and this game were great for him."
Lynch and Smith split duties in the opener with Wilson spending the evening as a spectator. Smith was asked to face a good chunk of Denver's starting defense initially, including Von Miller, but even against reserves the night was a struggle for the veteran as Seattle's reserve offensive line couldn't consistently give Smith time in the pocket.
Smith was 3 of 9 for 58 yards and a passer rating of 56.7, although he nearly had a 34-yard touchdown connection with DK Metcalf late in the first half only to see the pass tip off Metcalf's outstretched fingers.
Lynch took over at halftime and led Seattle on a pair of third-quarter scoring drives, the first leading to a 43-yard field goal from Jason Myers and the second capped with his strike to Ferguson.
Ferguson finished with four catches for 54 yards.
Carroll said Smith will undergo surgery on Friday to have a cyst removed from his knee. The surgery is minor and Carroll said there is a chance Smith could be back in time for Seattle's next preseason game on Aug. 18.
Denver lost rookie tight end Austin Fort to an apparent left knee injury after making a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Fort immediately grabbed at his knee after planting his foot and had to be carted off the field. Fangio said Fort would get an MRI back in Denver.
Seattle picked up a pair of notable injuries to offensive tackle/tight end George Fant and running back Bo Scarbrough. Fant left in the first half with what Carroll called a "legit" right ankle sprain after getting rolled up from behind while blocking downfield. Scarbrough, who was expected to get the bulk of carries in the second half, injured his hand in the third quarter. X-rays on Scarbrough's hand were negative.
Seahawks Duane Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson remained in the locker room during the national anthem, before joining their teammates on the sideline. It was a continuation of what the trio did during the anthem last season.
Broncos: Denver will host San Francisco on Monday, Aug. 19.
Seahawks: Seattle travels to Minnesota on Sunday, Aug. 18.
08-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Florence, Italy – Freshman Samari Curtis led three Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska held on for a 73-70 win over Silute Basketball Club Thursday evening.
Curtis finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, as Nebraska built a 24-point halftime lead and hung on down the stretch after playing its second game in a 22-hour span.
Senior Haanif Cheatham finished with 12 points while Dachon Burke added 11 markers for the Huskers, who improved to 3-0 on the trip.
Silute BC had pulled to within 67-61 before Thorir Thorbjarnarson’s steal led to a Burke layup to push the lead back to eight points. Thorbjarnarson finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and two of the Huskers’ 10 steals.
BC Silute made one last run, cutting an eight-point Husker lead to 71-67 with 47 seconds left, but Burke’s tip-in basket with 11 seconds remaining preserved the win for the Big Red.
The Huskers came out firing early, jumping to a 12-4 lead as NU scored its first 12 points from long distance. NU hit nine 3-pointers on the day, but just two in the final 20 minutes. The Huskers led 19-14 midway through the first quarter, but Silute fought back and tied the score at 22 at the end of the first quarter.
BC Silute took its only lead at 25-24 before Jervay Green helped key what would be the game’s decisive stretch. Nebraska ran off 14 unanswered points, as Green scored six of his eight first-half points to help stake the Huskers to a 38-25 lead. NU then closed the half on another 15-3 surge, including the final eight points before intermission. Curtis capped the half with a long 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 24 going into the break.
The Huskers quickly found themselves in a tussle, as BC SIlute opened the half with the first eight points before a Cheatham basket ended the NU dryspell. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the quarter, as NU had a 64-52 cushion after three periods.
BC Silute trimmed the Husker lead to 64-59 before Cheatham answered with a 3-pointer from the corner to stretch the lead to eight with just over seven minutes remaining, setting the stage for the remainder of the game the Huskers faced adversity for the first time on the trip before holding on for the win.
Several members of the Husker travel party started the day with a visit to the Accademia Gallery Museum, which was located a short walk from the Huskers’ team hotel in downtown Florence. The museum features several famous sculptures by Michelangelo, including the masterpiece David. The 14-foot-tall marble masterpiece depicts the Biblical hero David in his battle against Goliath, and took Michelangelo more than two years to construct when it was finished in 1504.
“It was beautiful,” Thorbjarnarson said about the Huskers’ trip to the Accademia. “The sculpture of Davis was one of the main things I wanted to see here in Florence. At first, I thought it was going to be smaller, but when you realize how long it took him to build it, it was truly spectacular to see.”
Following the Accademica, the group took a walking tour through Florence and learned more about the city that was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Some of the tour highlights included the Florence Cathedral, which took over a century to build and towers over the city and Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge with a thriving market featuring jewelry and leather shops.
The Huskers will finish up in Florence tomorrow before traveling to Como for the final portion of the trip. The Huskers will play their final game of the week on Monday night against Italian Select. Tipoff is scheduled for Noon (central).
08-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — With Houston's powerful offense, there always seem to be men on base when Yuli Gurriel comes to the plate in the bottom part of the Astros order.
On Wednesday, he found a way to send most of them home.
Gurriel drove in a team record-tying eight runs, Gerrit Cole won his 10th straight decision and the Astros routed the Colorado Rockies 14-3 for their sixth victory in a row.
"It's really incredible with this team, and I feel a big responsibility to drive runners in when they are on base," Gurriel said in Spanish through a translator. "To be in that spot, I'm always focused and concentrating to get those runners in."
A day after homering twice with three RBIs, Gurriel again teed off for the AL West leaders. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a sacrifice fly in the third, a three-run double in the fourth and an RBI grounder in the sixth to give him the most RBIs since he knocked in eight twice while playing in Cuba.
Gurriel tied Houston's RBI record set by J.R. Towles in 2007 against St. Louis. Gurriel, who leads the Astros with 80 RBIs, surpassed the seven RBIs he had last season against the Angels and tied the major league record for most RBIs by a player born in Cuba. It's his 11th game this season with at least three RBIs, and he joins Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as the only Astros to have two games with at least seven runs knocked in.
"You get that feel every time he comes up that something positive is going to happen," manager AJ Hinch said. "He's locked in on pitch recognition and staying in on the at-bat. His production has been through the roof the last six weeks."
Cole (14-5) struck out 10 in six innings. Undefeated in his last 14 starts, he allowed three hits and two runs to make Houston's starters 16-1 in their last 19 starts.
This is the longest winning streak of Cole's career and is the best active streak in the majors. Cole, who hasn't lost since May 22, leads the majors with 226 strikeouts and his 2.87 ERA ranks third in the AL.
The Astros swept the four-game interleague season series from Colorado. Trevor Story hit his 26th homer and Nolan Arenado added his 25th for the Rockies, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
The Astros jumped on Colorado starter Peter Lambert (2-3) for seven hits and a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings. Jose Altuve homered on Lambert's first pitch of the game.
Colorado manager Bud Black believes the nine walks his three young pitchers combined for were the biggest factor in the lopsided loss.
"Three rookie pitchers probably trying to do a little bit too much or be a little too fine," he said. "I think you saw a result of that in those nine walks. That's tough to do against this lineup, and it's tough to do in the big leagues. These guys are learning on the job, and they'll soon learn that walks will always come back to haunt you."
Story homered for the fourth time in five games, connecting in the first.
Altuve quickly tied it and Gurriel connected with two outs for his 23rd home run, including 18 since June 23. He has homered in five straight games against the Rockies dating to last year.
Cole had retired 10 straight, with seven strikeouts, when Arenado homered in the fourth. That hit gave Arenado 26 RBIs in interleague play this season, tied with Frank Thomas for most since interleague play began in 1997.
The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth on a single and two walks before Michael Brantley drove in a run with a single to chase Lambert. He was replaced by Jesus Tinoco, who walked Alex Bregman on four pitches to send another run home and make it 7-2.
He struck out Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa before Gurriel cleared the bases with double to left field to push the lead to 10-2.
Bregman had a two-run double in Houston's three-run seventh to extend the lead to 14-2.
Astros: RHP Ryan Pressly (sore right knee) returned to Houston on Wednesday after pitching one inning in a rehabilitation game for Double-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. Hinch said he felt good after the outing and that he would be evaluated and likely come off the injured list in the next day or two. ... RHP Brad Peacock (sore right shoulder) will make a rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday night.
THE STORY ON STORY
Story's homer on Wednesday gave him 114 in what was his 500th career game. It's the most home runs in a shortstop's first 500 games in MLB history, surpassing Alex Rodriguez (103), Nomar Garciaparra (101), Ernie Banks (100) and Tony Batista (93).
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) will start for Colorado in the opener of a four-game series at San Diego on Thursday night. Gray gave up nine hits and four runs in four innings of a 6-5 loss to San Francisco in his last outing but did not factor in the decision.
Astros: Houston is off on Thursday before LHP Wade Miley (10-4, 3.05) starts in the first of three games at Baltimore on Friday night. Miley allowed three hits and two runs in six innings to win is fourth straight decision in Houston's 10-2 victory over Seattle in his last outing.
07-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Florence, Italy – Haanif Cheatham and Dachon Burke had 20 points apiece, as Nebraska improved to 2-0 on the trip with an 83-58 win over Silute BC on Wednesday evening.
While Cheatham and Burke were the only Huskers to finish in double figures, 10 of the 12 players who played got into the scoring column. Despite traveling most of the day and not arriving until Florence until 3 p.m., the Huskers shot well, hitting 10 3-pointers in the win. Matej Kavas added a trio of 3-pointers for nine points, while Samari Curtis added a pair as part of an eight-point effort for the victors.
Nebraska trailed 18-14 midway through the first quarter before Burke and fellow reserves Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Jervay Green, keyed a 14-2 spurt to put the Huskers ahead for good. Thorbjarnarson’s 3-pointer and Burke’s conventional 3-point play gave the Huskers a 20-18 lead before Green’s first bucket capped an 8-0 run to end the first quarter and stake the Huskers a 22-18 lead.
The run continued in the opening minutes of the second stanza, as Nebraska scored six of the first eight points to build a 28-20 lead after a pair of Burke baskets. Nebraska eventually stretched the margin to 35-23 after baskets by Cheatham and Shamiel Stevenson forced a Silute timeout with 5:56 left in the half.
Silute, which trailed 39-30 at the break, opened the half with five quick points to trim the Husker lead to 39-25 before Nebraska responded with six straight points of its own, including four by Stevenson, to push the lead back to double digits, at 45-35.
Silute was within 52-42 after a 3-point play before Nebraska rattled off seven straight points, including consecutive dunks by Dalano Burton before Burke’s alley-oop pushed the lead to 17 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Leading 59-48 after three periods, Cheatham and Burke combined for 11 points in a 15-4 Husker run to push the lead to 22, at 74-52 with just under six minutes remaining after a Green layup. Burke connected on a pair of 3-pointers as part of a run of 10 straight points for the Big Red. The Huskers hit five 3-pointers in the final quarter, as trifectas from Curtis and freshman Charlie Easley pushed the final margin to 25.
The Huskers will be back in action again Thursday with a rematch against BC Silute. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. central.
07-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads for the first time during fall camp on Wednesday, working out for nearly two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters spoke to the media following practice and talked about the direction of practice and the competition he has seen within the offense.
“The theme of this camp is really, competing on both sides of the ball,” Walters said. “The defense is making us a whole lot better. Those guys are getting after it, we have to compete with them, and then competition within each position has been great. It’s been a good camp.”
Walters spoke highly of freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and how he has taken care of his body throughout the summer.
“He’s (Robinson) looked good,” Walters said. “He’s staying healthy, that was the key in spring, he was nicked up a little bit, so he’s doing a good job of taking care of his body. He did a good job in the summer taking care of his body. He’s everything that we hoped for. He keeps getting better, he makes plays as a receiver, he is making plays as a running back. That dual threat option is going to cause challenges for opposing defenses.”
Walters also commented on the defense and how the unit has challenged the offense to protect the football.
“The entire defense is flying around,” Walters said. “The defensive staff is doing an excellent job of getting those guys to play with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, they’re flying around and they’re creating turnovers. That’s one of the things as an offense, we have to do a better job of protecting the football. Those guys are trying to strip it and create turnovers.”
Walters, who also coaches the Husker wide receivers, was asked about the progress of the freshmen wideouts.
“I like what they’re doing,” Walters said. “Darien Chase is a big target, he’s picking up the offense well, solid receiver, good hands. Demariyon Houston, he’s more of a speedster. We tell the freshmen to dive in, don’t dip your toe in the water. It’s hard for those guys because they’re not used to the speed and physicality and sometimes, they’re kind of going through the motions, trying to feel things out. As we’ve gone along in camp they have gotten faster and understand what the expectations are and so I’m very pleased with their performance so far.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field Thursday morning, and head coach Scott Frost will address the media after practice on Friday.
07-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke's debut with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night was made easier by the warm welcome he received from his new teammates in the days since his trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It didn't hurt that the Astros also provided him a ton of offense on a night where he didn't have his best stuff.
Greinke labored through six innings but wound up with a win as Houston hit four home runs to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6.
"Sometimes it's a little awkward, but I feel pretty good here," said Greinke who is playing for his sixth team. "Guys make it real easy. So, it didn't feel awkward at all like some other times when I've been on new teams."
Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 43,243, the AL West leaders won their fifth straight. Yuli Gurriel hit two homers, Yordan Alvarez added a two-run drive and Carlos Correa homered and drove in three runs.
Greinke (11-4), a six-time All-Star who was traded on Wednesday, yielded seven hits and five runs with two walks and two strikeouts. He left with the game tied at 5, tagged by Raimel Tapia's three-run homer in the sixth.
But Houston scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Correa's home run, to give Greinke his first win since July 5.
"I was telling (catcher Martín Maldonado) Maldy that it kind of reminds me of back when I was in Milwaukee, it seemed like we scored like 10 runs a game," Greinke said. "So it's a good offense and it's fun to pitch with that going on."
He did have one gripe about Houston's powerful offense, though.
"Yeah, it's kind of boring," he said of the long wait between innings. "And just trying to stay loose, staying focused (when) not having anything to do."
The AL West leaders got Greinke for four prospects in a startling trade just minutes before the deadline to complete deals. The 35-year-old righty added another top-level starter to an imposing rotation led by All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Though he was with a new team, Greinke faced a familiar opponent after making four starts against Colorado this season while playing in the NL West with the Diamondbacks. Tuesday's win gives the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner 14 in his career against the Rockies, which is his most against any opponent and improves Houston's starters to 15-1 in their last 18 starts.
"Not having been around him, I was impressed by how he goes about his business, how he prepared, how he worked his way through his outing," manager AJ Hinch said. "He was very calm and very interactive during the game."
Charlie Blackmon hit a solo shot off Astros reliever Chris Devenski in the seventh to cut it to 1. But Houston tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the frame on a two RBI double by Correa and a two-run homer by Gurriel to push the lead to 11-6.
Colorado starter German Márquez gave up eight hits and five runs in five innings. Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-4) allowed one hit and two runs without getting an out in the sixth for the loss.
Manager Bud Black lamented the struggles of his bullpen after the Rockies rallied to tie it.
"It's frustrating that when you come back a couple times, you have some momentum and you feel good about where you are and when they come back against you," he said. "Our guys are trying to make pitches tonight, and it didn't happen."
Daniel Murphy reached on a single by Alex Bregman to start the sixth before Greinke walked Ryan McMahon with one out. Ian Desmond grounded into a force out that left Murphy out at third before Tapia knocked a 66 mph curveball into the first row of the right field stands to tie it.
Tapia had struggled against Greinke before that homer, going 2 for 19 with one double and no RBIs.
Bregman doubled to start Houston's second before Alvarez's home run sailed to the second deck in right field to make it 2-0. An RBI single by Michael Brantley extended the lead to 3-0 in the third.
The Rockies cut the lead to 2 in the fourth when Trevor Story scored on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado, which was his 700th RBI. McMahon followed with an RBI double which skipped down the left field line to make it 3-2.
Astros: Hinch said pitching coach Brent Strom will likely remain away from the team through its weekend series at Baltimore after he had gastrointestinal surgery on Saturday night. ... RHP Ryan Pressly (sore right knee) allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning in the first game of a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. ... RHP Brad Peacock (sore right shoulder) will make a rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday night.
THEY SAID IT
Correa on the performance in Alvarez in his rookie season: "He's got unreal talent. His approach at such a young age sets him apart. That's why he's so good. He's young, powerful, has great swing, but his approach is what makes him powerful."
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.71 ERA) will start for Colorado when this series wraps up on Wednesday. Lambert allowed four hits and four runs in six innings in his last start, but did not factor in the decision in the 5-4 win.
Astros: Cole (13-5, 2.87) is scheduled to start for Houston on Wednesday. Cole, who leads the majors with 216 strikeouts, yielded four hits and one run in seven innings in his last outing against Cleveland to win his ninth straight decision.
05-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- Jervay Green’s 15 points led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska opened its Italian Tour with an 87-56 win over Stella Azzurra Academy Monday evening.
Green led a balanced attack that saw all 12 players who dressed break into the scoring column. Freshman Kevin Cross tallied 13 off the bench while Dachon Burke and Matej Kavas added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Huskers who spent most of Monday morning walking around and touring Vatican City, got off to a slow start and trailed for most of the first five minutes before Kavas scored five straight points and a Burke basket gave the Huskers an 11-10 lead. The hosts were within 17-14 before Cross’ three-point play sparked an 8-2 NU run, as the Huskers extend their lead to 25-15 at the end of the first quarter.
Nebraska continued to stretch the lead, scoring 18 of the first 21 points of the second quarter to push the lead to 43-18 after six straight points from Green and took a 47-28 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the hosts got to with 17 on two occasions, the last being 54-37, before baskets by Samari Curtis and Kevin Cross pushed the margin back to 21 points and NU led 64-41 at the end of three periods.
Nebraska opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run, including 3-pointers from Cheatham and freshman Charlie Easley, to put the lead back to 29 points. NU used its bench for a good portion of the period in posting the 31-point win.
The Huskers will wrap up their stay in Rome on Tuesday before leaving for Florence and a matchup with Silute Basketball Club Wednesday evening (1 p.m. Lincoln time).
Scorers: Jervay Green 15; Kevin Cross 13; Dachon Burke 11; Matej Kavas 10; Shamiel Stevenson 9; Haanif Cheatham 7; Delano Banton 7; Samari Curtis 5; Charlie Easley 3; Jace Piatkowski 3; Thorir Thorbjarnarson 2; Bret Porter 2
05-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for a little over two hours on Monday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media following practice and talked about how the defense looks in its first week of practice the spring game in April.
"I think they picked up where they left off," Chinander said. "A lot of retention from the older guys, installs come a lot faster than last year. Interesting for me, kind of a different install. Kind of an older guy install and a younger guy install because there's so much retention because the kids worked so hard in the summer, but the effort has been awesome, communication has been awesome. Just their understanding of what we're trying to do has been really, really good."
Chinander also talked about how the true freshmen defensive backs are coming along since getting them to campus over the summer.
"Four days in, those guys have done some really, really good things," he said. "Now I think they've hit the rookie wall a little bit. You know, practicing like we practice and lifting and all that kind of thing, they might be getting a little heavy legged but I like where they're at. I think those guys are really good players and definitely going to help on special teams, and I hope some of them can help us on base defense or nickle defense or dime defense."
Chinander went on to discuss how leadership has developed among the players since last season.
"The leadership and the ‘followership’ has come a long way," Chinander said. "I think sometimes you have great leaders and you have bad followers behind them. Right now we have really good followers and really good leaders. If it's a leader that's talking, people are listening, and if it's another guy that may not be a leader that's talking people are listening, and if it's another guy that maybe not be a leader talking, even the leaders are even listening. So I think that leadership quality, that unity in the team, offense, defense (is there. If Adrian Martinez tells us something on defense, we're going to do it. It's just a team mentality now and leadership is trickling from the top to the bottom."
Chinander ended the media session comparing the level of strength and speed he's seen compared to last season.
"Oh absolutely," Chinander said of Nebraska’s offseason gains in strength and conditioning. "Just looking at them and watching them run around and watching them play and do drills, it's night and day to me. Ask Coach Dewitt about that, he's a better judge of that because me and him talked and he asked 'what do you think?', and I said 'I think we're better' and he said 'I think we're a lot better.' When you're not around it for four months and then you jump back in he said it just looks different. So I will take his word for it."
The Huskers will take their first day off of fall camp on Tuesday before returning to the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. CT.
02-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska men’s basketball program is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy the next 10 days beginning Saturday morning. The Huskers will arrive in Italy on Sunday morning (central time) and visit Rome, Florence and Como over the next nine days.
The Huskers will not only get their first competition under Coach Fred Hoiberg with four games, but will also have a chance to explore and sightsee throughout the trip. The team will visit historic places such as the Colosseum and Vatican City in Rome, the Accademia Gallery in Florence and much more.
Follow along with the Huskers, as the Huskers.com staff will have the trip covered. From daily recaps, photos and videos, Huskers.com will be the hub for much of the Huskers’ Italian trip. In addition, fans can also follow our social media sites on both Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/huskerhoops/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/huskerhoops).
In addition to the Huskers.com and social media coverage, Ben McLaughlin from the Husker Sports Network will be on the scene in Italy and will be filing two reports per evening for Sports Nightly, which airs Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. (central). The reports will feature daily recaps and interviews with Husker players on site in Italy. In addition, he will be filing postgame recaps for the network, and all of McLaughlin’s recaps will be available on the Husker Sports Network Twitter (@HuskerSports).
Husker Basketball Italy Trip Schedule
Day City Main Activity Game Info
Sat., Aug. 3 Travel Day
Sun., Aug. 4 Arrive in Rome Rome Tour
Mon., Aug. 5 Rome Visit Vatican City vs. Stella Azzurra Academy, 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Tues., Aug. 6 Rome Visit Colosseum and Roman Forum
Wed., Aug. 7 Head to Florence vs. Silute BC (Lithuania), 1 p.m. (CT)
Thurs., Aug. 8 Florence Tour of Florence, including Accademia vs. Silute BC (Lithuania), 11 a.m. (CT)
Fri., Aug. 9 Florence Trip to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa
Sat., Aug. 10 Head to Como Visit Ferrari Museum en route to Como
Sun, Aug. 11 Como Boat tour of Lake Como and visit Bellagio
Mon., Aug. 12 Como Tour city of Lugano, Switzerland vs. Italian Select, Noon (CT)
02-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln – To accommodate demand for Opening Night with Husker Hoops, the Nebraska Ticket Office announced Friday that the 200 Level Seating at Pinnacle Bank Arena is now available.
The free event on Friday, Sept. 27, features a nationally-known musical act, and is highlighted by the PBA debut of the 2019-20 Huskers, a live scrimmage on the brand new PBA court, remarks from Coach Fred Hoiberg, fan contests, giveaways and more. Pinnacle Bank Arena doors will open at 6 p.m. that evening with the event beginning at 7 p.m.
The featured performer will be announced following the Huskers’ return from Italy this month.
As of Aug. 1, the entire lower bowl of PBA has been filled for the event, and 200 Level seating was opened to accommodate Husker fans wanting their first look at the 2019-20 Huskers. To reserve tickets, fans can visit Huskers.com/Tickets and there is a limit of four reserved tickets per person.
Opening Night with Husker Hoops begins a busy weekend on the Nebraska campus, as the Husker football team hosts Ohio State the following day.