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 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    April 7, 2021

Following their passion, women go far to play flag football

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — From a distance, it looks like college kids in sweat clothes tossing a football around on a campus green space. Draw closer, and it's apparent this is no sandlot game. A coach is explaining routes he wants receivers to run on...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    March 12, 2021

Huskers looked at backing out of game at Oklahoma

The Nebraska athletic department acknowledged Friday that it explored the possibility of backing out of this fall's game at Oklahoma before ultimately deciding to go ahead with it. The game is Sept. 18 in Norman, Oklahoma, and will mark the 50th...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    November 15, 2020

Nebraska gets past Penn State 30-23 in McCaffrey's 1st start

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska appeared ready to blow out Penn State, then suddenly found itself in a close game, the kind the Cornhuskers have been known to lose under third-year coach Scott Frost. The Nittany Lions twice drove deep into Nebraska...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    November 1, 2020

AP Top 25: No. 2 Alabama closes gap with Clemson; Liberty in

Clemson remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, but not by much. Trevor Lawrence's absence because of COVID-19 and the Tigers' narrow win over Boston College created a divide among the 62 writers and broadcasters on...

 By ERIC OLSON    Regional    May 31, 2020

Number of eliminated college sports programs nearing 100

Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls stemming from the pandemic are approaching an unwelcome milestone: In coming days, the number of eliminated sports programs will almost surely pass 100. Research by The Associated Press found a total of 97...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    March 29, 2020

NCAA's greatest hits: Austin Carr's record 61 points in 1970

Austin Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball. LSU's Pete Maravich was scoring 40 a night and still No. 1 on the points list. Niagara's Calvin Murphy, Purdue's Rick Mount and St. Bonaventure's Bob...


College golfer in hijab out to blaze trail for Muslim girls

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Noor Ahmed outwardly lives her Muslim faith, and even growing up in a state as diverse as California she says she encountered hostility on the street, in school and on the golf course. One of the top junior golfers in Northern...

 By Eric Olson    Sports    December 7, 2018

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is named the AP Player of the Year

Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on 56 ballots...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    April 29, 2018

Oklahoma State follows slow start with a run at Big 12 title

No one would have argued in late March with prognosticators who picked Oklahoma State to finish in the bottom tier of the Big 12 again. Just how far the Cowboys (27-14-1, 15-3) have come since then was apparent in their dominating weekend sweep of...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    March 11, 2018

Kansas is No. 1 in Midwest Region featuring all-time greats

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Midwest Region could be called the NCAA Tournament's Blue Blood Bracket. Top three seeds Kansas, Duke and Michigan State have combined for 271 wins in 118 tournament appearances, 39 Final Fours and 10 national championships...

 By Eric Olson    Sports    February 1, 2017

Lawsuit says NCAA, Riddell didn't educate on head injuries

The NCAA and helmet maker Riddell are defendants in separate class-action lawsuits alleging they failed to protect football players from long-term head injuries and didn't educate them about the risks. The lawsuits were filed Monday in federal courts...

 By Eric Olson    Regional    October 5, 2016

Penn St. kicker says he got treatment for eating disorder

Penn State coach James Franklin said Tuesday he's proud of kicker Joey Julius for how he's dealt with an eating disorder that kept him out of spring practice and led him to being admitted to a clinic for treatment this past summer. Julius said in a F...


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