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Due to bye week for Nebraska football, there will be no weekly press conference with Bo Pelini today.
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Ryan Jensen and Jason Brilz didn't necessarily have to sell themselves to get on Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night card. But you could definitely say the two Omaha-area fighters did their fair share of convincing to find their way into the event. Both asked their way on to Wednesday's sold-out show at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, Jensen with an e-mail and Brilz a phone call to Joe Silva, UFC's vice president of talent relations, a.k.a. the match maker.
Ready for your first MIAA road trip, UNO? The Mavericks hit the road for a 6 p.m. game Saturday at Missouri Southern. Though the Lions were picked to finish merely seventh in the MIAA preseason poll, they pushed Division II No. 7 Pittsburg State to the finish on the road last Saturday, losing 21-14 on a touchdown with 16 seconds to go. Pitt State was picked third in the MIAA, just behind UNO.
Since television networks love to pin what they think are snappy labels on sporting events, let's try one for this week's Big 12 football schedule. Call it "Tell Us to Jump and We'll Ask How High?" week. Because the networks need programming to fill time slots and schools need money to run their football programs, you can watch the Big 12 play games this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as Saturday. When Big 12 schools play on a non-traditional day, it almost always means it's on TV. For league members, nonconference games on ESPN and ESPN2 are worth $300,000.
Rayes Gallegos says he has never been to Nebraska, but that hasn't stopped the 6-foot-2 guard out of suburban Salt Lake City from deciding to play basketball for Husker coach Doc Sadler. Gallegos, who will make his official visit to Lincoln on Sept. 26-27, confirmed Monday night that he has picked NU over Utah State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Weber State
Jorge Posada wants Joba Chamberlain kept in the bullpen and predicts more injuries for the young pitcher if the New York Yankees put him in their starting rotation. "I think if you start him and he pitches 200 innings in one year, you're going to lose him. He's going to get hurt. I don't see him as a starter," Posada said Monday during a session of "CenterStage," scheduled to air on the team's YES Network starting Sept. 28. Chamberlain pitched for the University of Nebraska before being drafted by the Yankees in 2006. He was sidelined from Aug. 4 to Sept. 2 because of rotator cuff tendinitis and went back to the bullpen when he returned.
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