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JUNE 30, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Two troopers were assaulted during a situation which began with a report of a man walking into traffic on Interstate 80 near Grand Island.

Troopers responded to the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday after receiving the report that a man appeared to be attempting to step in front of traffic. Vehicles were swerving to avoid the man.

When a trooper arrived on scene, the man was laying in the westbound passing lane of I-80 near mile marker 318. The trooper was able to remove the man from I-80. The subject spit on the trooper while being placed in the patrol vehicle.

Because of the mental state of the subject, the trooper made arrangements to place the man in emergency protective custody. He was then transported to St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island for a medical check. During the medical check, the man punched another trooper in the face. The man was restrained for the remainder of the medical check.

Upon receiving medical clearance, the man was transported to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings where he was placed in Emergency Protective Custody. Charges are pending following release from protective custody.

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JUNE 30, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people following pursuits near Lincoln and Scottsbluff.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. MT Monday, troopers observed a GMC Suburban, which had previously been reported stolen, traveling westbound on Highland Road, several miles east of Scottsbluff. The troopers attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop.

Troopers initiated a pursuit, which following the suspect vehicle north on County Road 27, then west on Lake Minatare Road. The Suburban then drove into a field where it became stuck. The driver, Zachary Hirsch, 36, of Scottsbluff, was arrested without further incident. Hirsch complained of breathing issues and was transported to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, where it was determined that Hirsch had eaten multiple grams of methamphetamine.

Hirsch remained in the hospital for treatment overnight and will be lodged in Scotts Bluff County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, and driving under suspension.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. CT Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Acura TLX sedan speeding on Interstate 80 near Milford at mile marker 382. The trooper clocked the Acura at 123 miles per hour. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop and continued at a high rate of speed. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle exited I-80 on West O Street in Lincoln at mile marker 395 and began traveling westbound on O Street. As the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed, the trooper discontinued the pursuit out of caution for public safety. A short time later, another trooper located the vehicle traveling southbound at 98 miles per hour on NW 48th Street. The trooper was able to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and take the driver into custody.

The driver, Jeffrey Hackett, 21, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, reckless driving, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (June 30, 2020) — The Nebraska State Fair Board voted to hold a 2020 State Fair showcasing 4-H and FFA competitions and exhibitions. While the Fair will look different than it has in the past, providing an opportunity for young people to showcase the work they have been doing throughout the year as it is important to the State Fair and to the future of our state. The 2020 State Fair will include 4-H and FFA livestock competitions, contests, presentations, and static exhibits. 

“All events and activities will follow the most up-to-date directive health measures,” said Beth Smith, board chair for Nebraska State Fair. “We hold the youth and families involved in 4-H and FFA near and dear to us. 4-H and FFA youth have been hard at work for months preparing their exhibits and livestock, and this gives them the opportunity to showcase those efforts.”

“Nebraskans have always been supportive of the education of our young people,” said the Nebraska 4-H and the FFA Board of Directors. “The focus of the 2020 Nebraska State Fair on 4-H and FFA is another example of our state looking toward the future by celebrating the success of our youth. We are thrilled to have the to opportunity showcase the work of Nebraska’s next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the youth events, visitors can partake in Raising Nebraska, an interactive space dedicated to the food and the families that grow it as well as a variety of Nebraska Game and Parks activities. Depending on Grand Island’s phase progress, there is the potential to include more concessions, amusement rides, motor sport activities, and taverns. Stay tuned to statefair.org for additional announcements.

“We are excited to announce that gate admission will be free,” said Smith. “This year has been difficult, so we see this as an opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy a part of Nebraska history and culture.”

The health and safety of the community is and always will be the highest priority in producing the annual Fair. In the interest of public health, the State Fair will provide additional $30,000 to manage cleaning and sanitizing throughout the event. At the present moment, restrooms will be cleaned at minimum once every two hours with full-time restroom attendants present. The frequency and number of attendants will adjust to the crowd size.

Nebraska State Fair continues to work closely on public health issues with a variety of local and national public health agencies, including the Nebraska Governor, Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Central District Health Department and City of Grand Island. Fair organizers will continue to collaborate with these expert partners, watching for any new developments around COVID-19 that would impact the Fair operation, and make modifications accordingly.

Concerts

Nebraska State Fair has canceled large concerts including, Jon Pardi on Sept. 3, Dustin Lynch on Sept. 4, the dual show of Clay Walker and Clint Black on Sept. 6. In addition, the tour canceled the Big Rock Summer Tour featuring Ratt, Skid Row and Quiet Riot. Many performers and musicians share the safety concerns of Nebraskans’. While they want to be with their fans, they know it isn’t an option at this time. We look forward to welcoming talented musicians to the 2021 Nebraska State Fair. Advanced sales of concert and/or gate admission tickets will be refunded through Etix. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to Etix at www.etix.com. 

Nebraska State Fair will be releasing additional information as it becomes available ahead of the event. Dates will be available as well as answers to questions at statefair.org. For more information on the Aksarben Stock Show, visit aksarbenstockshow.com.

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 Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA, an American-based food company, announced plans today to invest $4 million in Nebraska to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future.
 
The investment is part of a new, national $50 million initiative called Hometown Strong that adds to commitments JBS USA has made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic.
 
“The rural towns and communities where we live and work are the key to our success and Grand Island, Nebraska, is home to one of the centerpieces of American agriculture,” said Tim Schellpeper, President of JBS USA Fed Beef, which includes the Grand Island fresh beef facility. “We are proud to work with local producers, local businesses and our community to deliver the highest quality beef to Nebraskans and the world.”
 
“The coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for society that no one could have predicted,” said Shannon Grassl, President of JBS USA Regional Beef, which includes the Omaha fresh beef facility. “The Hometown Strong initiative is one of the ways we are helping our communities respond to those challenges and build for the future.”
 
JBS USA will partner with local officials and community leaders in Grand Island and Omaha to identify investment projects that strengthen these hometowns where the company’s team members live and work.
 
“Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers and food processors have helped keep grocery shelves stocked across America during the pandemic,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “Thank you to JBS USA for the generous investment in Grand Island and Omaha and ongoing commitment to partner with the Cornhusker State to grow our future together.”
 
JBS USA has a significant presence in the state of Nebraska, employing 4,300 people and paying local producers nearly $2.5 billion each year to support two Nebraska facilities, including fresh beef production facilities in Grand Island and Omaha. An important contributor to the Nebraska economy, JBS USA has an annual payroll in Nebraska of more than $191 million, and contributed nearly $34 million in taxes and more than $84 million in capital investments over the last five years.
 
Nationally, the $50 million investment – one of the largest of its kind being made – will include donations to alleviate food insecurity, strengthen long-term community infrastructure and well-being, and support COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. All funds will be committed by the end of the year.
 
JBS USA anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 62,000-plus people. JBS USA has invested more than $100 million to enhance safeguards for team members and nearly $100 million to reward them with thank-you bonuses and increased wages. This includes hiring more than 1,000 new team members to conduct additional, around-the-clock sanitation and cleaning services, and to provide education, training and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures.

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Grand Island, Neb.— The following is an update on Parks and Recreation Department Facilities.

The following facilities will open Tuesday, June 23:
Park Playgrounds
Park Restrooms
Splash Pad in Veterans Athletic Park

The following facilities will be open Wednesday, July 1:
Outdoor park basketball courts
Skate Park in Pier Park
Futsal Court in Lions Club Park
Gaga Ball Court in George Park
The playgrounds, splash pad, courts, and skate park will not be regularly disinfected. Visitors are reminded use park facilities at their own risks. The park restrooms will be cleaned one time each day.

Lincoln Park Swimming Pool opens Wednesday, July 1:
The public may register to swim for two hour swimming sessions each day: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 11:20 am – 1:20 pm, 1:40 pm – 3:40 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and 6:20 pm – 8:20 pm. Cost for each session is: $3.00 youth ages 5-15, $4.00 for ages 16 – 54, $3:00 seniors 55 and over. Children age 4 and under free with a paying adult. Two hour pool party: $300
Visit www.giparks.com for Lincoln Pool swimming session registration and instructions.
 
Park Facilities and Programs Closed or Cancelled for the Summer:
Island Oasis Water Park
Stolley Train
Summer Concert Series
Wading Pools – Pier, Lincoln, Stolley, and Grace Abbott Parks
Swimming Lessons, Children’s Park Camps, and Children’s Theater – Refunds will be issued.
 
Please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 308-389-0290 or website www.giparks.com for questions.


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JUNE 18, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Patrol Investigators have arrested an Omaha woman following a shooting Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, State Troopers, Cozad Police Officers, Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Cozad Volunteer Fire and Rescue, responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting that had occurred inside a vehicle on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 223. When troopers arrived, they found a deceased male in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. The victim is identified as Joshua Jourdan, 35, of Omaha.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Jourdan and his wife, Kathleen Jourdan, 31, of Omaha, were involved in an argument while traveling on I-80. Jourdan had been driving the vehicle and pulled over during the argument, at which time Kathleen Jourdan produced a handgun and shot Joshua Jourdan twice.

Kathleen Jourdan called 911 to report the shooting and remained at the scene. The couple’s two children were in the backseat of the vehicle. The children were not injured.

Kathleen Jourdan has been arrested for second degree murder and lodged in Dawson County Jail. The children are in protective custody. The investigation remains ongoing.


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JUNE 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Hayes County Sheriff’s Office, and Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested a man following a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian Tuesday evening.

At approximately 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, NSP received a report of a car-pedestrian crash near Red Willow Reservoir on Highway 83. Upon arrival at the scene, the female victim reported that she had been engaged in a road rage incident that had lasted for several miles.

The victim stated that both vehicles had stopped near the reservoir and she had exited her vehicle to confront the other driver. As another vehicle arrived, which was driven by the boyfriend of the victim, the suspect vehicle, a Ford F-150, accelerated, struck the woman, and drove away. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and her boyfriend followed the F-150 as is fled the scene, but eventually lost sight of the vehicle.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the area for the vehicle, which was located at approximately 9:30 p.m. not far from the location of the initial incident. The driver, Dewaine Nichols, 50, of North Platte, was contacted and taken into custody without incident.

Nichols was medically cleared and lodged in Frontier County Jail for assault and attempted motor vehicle homicide, as well as an active warrant from Lincoln County. 

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COVID-19 viral activity in the Central District has diminished considerably. Two months ago, 44% of COVID-19 tests were positive. One month ago, that had dropped to 8% and today we are at 2% positive tests. Tests are readily available through TestNebraska, who will return to us June 22 and 23. We attribute the reduction in the number of cases to the PHASE I measures that were implemented. We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and what we learn we then apply to our actions.

 

At this time, we believe that our COVID numbers support our transition to Directed Health Measure (DHM) Phase II. While we are experiencing a downward trend in the percent COVID-19 positive tests, we all still need to take precautions. We experienced a very large number of COVID-19 cases here in the Central District, and we are not eager to repeat that.  Phase II allows us to open up a bit more now while being realistically cautious.

Details of DHM Phase II and COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents can be found at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Nebraska-Guidance-Documents.aspx.

 

The virus is not gone, and we will see some form of increased activity at some point in the future. Our lower COVID-19 numbers allow us time now for planning for that future. We are available to consult with organizations and businesses who plan expanded openings based on advancing to Phase II. An event form needs to be completed for those planning gatherings of 500 or more. This form can be found on our website at cdhd.ne.gov. We are currently collaborating with schools in the district in developing individualized COVID-19 plans for events now and the return to classrooms in the fall. We share the goal of assuring safe and healthy school environments for students, faculty, and staff.

 

We credit CDHD residents and visitors who practice social distancing, wear face coverings, stay home when ill, and wash their hands with our success thus far. It is apparent that in our community, we have decided that we control the virus; the virus does not control us. Taking the appropriate safety measures shows that if we are persistent and consistent, we can defeat the virus.

CDHD Director Teresa Anderson joins KRGI's Tyson Havranek 

Teresa Anderson Full Interview

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JUNE 16, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have seized approximately five pounds of cocaine and arrested a New York woman following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Lexington.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. Monday, a trooper observed an eastbound Buick Enclave speeding at mile marker 243 in Dawson County. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately five pounds of cocaine hidden inside a backpack, which was stored inside a suitcase in the cargo area of the vehicle.

The driver, Amanda Stuart, 40, of Buffalo, New York, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Stuart was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

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JUNE 12, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers saved an 18-year-old from being hit by a train late Thursday evening following a pursuit earlier in the evening.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Kia Forte traveling at 113 miles per hour on Interstate 80 in Lincoln, near mile marker 408. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. The trooper initiated a pursuit, but discontinued the pursuit out of caution for the public as the vehicle entered local roads in Lincoln at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, NSP was able to identify the driver of the vehicle.

Later in the evening, another trooper located the same vehicle in Omaha, near 53rd and Pratt Street. As the trooper attempted to contact the driver, the vehicle drove off, running over the trooper’s foot. Troopers were able to track the vehicle with assistance from the Omaha Police Department helicopter as it drove west out of Omaha on I-80.

The Kia then left I-80 at exit 432 and began traveling west on Highway 6. Near the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 63, west of Ashland, troopers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks to bring the vehicle to a stop. When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver fled on foot.

The driver ran to nearby railroad tracks and laid down as a train was approaching. Troopers then ran onto the tracks and pulled the subject away as the train was trying to stop. Neither the juvenile nor any troopers were injured in the incident.

The driver, an 18-year-old male from Omaha, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team's adjusted 2020 schedule has the Lopers playing 20 MIAA matches this fall.

To help alleviate costs brought on by the Covid-19 crisis, all NCAA Division II women's volleyball programs are playing a maximum of 20 dates this fall. Teams can play multiple matches on a date and thus UNK and many other schools are aiming to combine a weekend schedule onto a single day. This will open up dates to allow for non-conference action.  

If some switches are made the Lopers begin the year as scheduled at the Colorado School of Mines Tournament (September 4-5) with opponents to be determined. UNK is hopeful its annual home tournament can take place the following weekend (September 11-12) but that is TBD as well.

There are currently four MIAA weeks where things might change to one site. They are September 25-26 (opponents are Newman and Central Oklahoma), October 6 & 9 (Central Missouri and Fort Hays State), October 23-24 (NU and UCO), and November 3 & 7 (UCM and Hays). More switches could take place as long as all parties agree; UNK's travel partner is Hays.

Currently the Lopers have 10 home and 10 away matches. The first scheduled home match comes September 18 vs. Emporia State. The MIAA Tournament, which was moved to Kansas City last fall, returns to campus this season. That event will come the week of November 16-21.

UNK, currently going through voluntary workouts that began June 1, reports to fall camp in mid-August.

 




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Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney head men's basketball coach Kevin Lofton announced today that Australian Patrick Fraser has signed on with the Lopers.

A 6-5, 190 pound wing with four years of eligibility remaining, Fraser is UNK's fourth recruit to date. The previously announced members of the class are junior guard Myles Arnold (Fontana, Calif.), freshman forward Thomas "TJ" Fritz (Wamego, Kan.) and junior forward Darrian Nebeker (West Jordan, Utah). Kearney graduated guard Chase Winchester and forwards AJ Jackson, Kyle Juhl and Morgan Soucie off last year's squad. ​

Fraser prepped at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (commonly known as the "Shore School"), located on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales. This past season he came in at 18.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 77% at the line and almost 40% from behind the arc.

Setting a new school record for made threes in a career, Fraser leaves as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer. A two-time first-team all-conference selection he also was a New South Wales Under-18 and Under-20 representative. Finally Fraser joins junior Matt Brien (New Zealand) as UNK’s international players in 2020-21.

The Lopers went 16-13 (10-9 MIAA) in 2019-20, qualifying for the MIAA Tournament, having two four-game winning streaks and recording victories over NCAA Tourney qualifiers Rogers State and Colorado School of Mines.




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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame is still evaluating its options and says no decisions have been made about the Aug. 6 game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s “highly unlikely” that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the game or the induction ceremony two nights later. DeWine says: “If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely dangerous.”

OTTAWA (AP) — The NHL has settled on a format but not the locations where it will resume playoffs, if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The league has said it would like to have the games played in two hub cities and released a list of 10 candidates. Those include three Canadian cities, but the NHL says not if players are subject to the 14-day quarantine currently in effect at the border. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is “open” to hosting games, as long as local health authorities are too.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres did not make the NHL's proposed 24-team expanded playoff, so they’ve decided to move on from their general manager. Jason Botterill is out, despite an apparent vote of confidence from the team’s owners just three weeks ago. Cost-cutting appears to be a priority. Owner Terry Pegula says the teams needs to be effectively, efficiently and economically run. He sums up the situation this way: “We're going to get leaner.”

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join his late father in NASCAR's Hall of Fame next year, the feature attraction in the class of 2021. Junior won 26 races during his Cup career, including two Daytona 500s and the 2001 Pepsi 400 — four months after his father's death at the same track in February. The late Mike Stefanik also was elected along with Red Farmer from the pioneer ballot. Ralph Seagraves was chosen as the Landmark Award winner for outstanding contributions to the sport.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to remove a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery. A statement from the school's athletics department says fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university's slaves from public view. The school's athletics director says she was made aware of the negative connotation.




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Lincoln -- A pair of Nebraska football greats are among 78 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision announced as finalists Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Outland Trophy winners Zach Wiegert and Larry Jacobson will represent Nebraska on the 2021 ballot.  Wiegert is making his sixth appearance on the ballot, while Jacobson is a finalist for the third time.

Wiegert was a 1994 unanimous first-team All-American and is one of eight Huskers to win the Outland Trophy. A native of Fremont, Neb., Wiegert helped lead the Huskers to 1994 National Championship after NU played in the 1993 title game. The Huskers averaged 340 rushing yards per game in 1994, and Wiegert led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks. He even earned one first-place vote for the Heisman, finishing tied for ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season.

Jacobson was a stalwart on Nebraska's first national title teams in 1970 and 1971. A consensus first-team All-American in 1971, Jacobson won the Outland Trophy as a senior, as he tallied 73 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, to become the program's first major award winner. He led the Blackshirts to top-five national rankings in rush defense (85.9, second), total defense (202.9, fifth) and scoring defense (8.2, third) en route to a 13-0 record and a second straight national title. During his three seasons at Nebraska, the Sioux Falls, S.D., product led the Huskers to a 33-2-1 mark with two national titles and three conference crowns. His No. 75 jersey was retired in 1994.

The announcement of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be made in early 2021.

Eric Crouch will become the 19th Nebraska player in the College Football Hall of Fame when he is inducted later this year. Other recent Husker enshrines include Aaron Taylor (2018), Trev Albers (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).




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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team's adjusted 2020 schedule has the Lopers with five home and five away games.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and to help alleviate costs, all NCAA Division II football programs are playing a maximum of a 10-game schedule this fall. The MIAA decided to have each school play five home and five away games; the previously released 11-game schedule had some schools with six home contests. The new schedule was determined by a blind draw with each institution keeping one previously announced home date. 

Returning to Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field this fall is Northwest Missouri State (Sept. 12), Pittsburg State (Oct. 10) and Central Oklahoma (Oct. 24) with UNK heading to Lincoln (Sept. 19) and Missouri Southern State (Nov. 7) again. Homecoming is set for October 10. 

The remaining road dates are at Central Missouri (Sept. 26), Washburn (Oct. 17) and Northeastern State (Oct. 31) with Missouri Western State (Oct. 3) and Fort Hays State (Nov. 14) the other home opponents. UNK will not face Emporia State in 2020.

All Loper home game kick off times will be announced at a later date. The team, currently going through voluntary workouts that began June 1, will report to fall camp in mid-August.

 

Sept. 12                Vs. Northwest Missouri State (TBA)

Sept. 19                @ Lincoln (TBA)

Sept. 26                @ Central Missouri (1 p.m.)

Oct. 3                    Vs. Missouri Western State (TBA)

Oct. 10                  Vs. Pittsburg State (TBA – Homecoming)

Oct. 17                  @ Washburn (1 p.m.)

Oct. 24                  Vs. Central Oklahoma (TBA)

Oct. 31                  @ Northeastern State (TBA)

Nov. 7                   @ Missouri Southern State (TBA)

Nov. 14                 Vs. Fort Hays State (TBA)




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Catie Whitehead, a 6’1” forward for the North Platte Community College Knights, has accepted an offer to continue her basketball and academic collegiate career at York College in York. Whitehead, of New Port Richey, Fla., graduated with an associate degree from NPCC while carrying a 3.10 cumulative GPA.

Whitehead played in 30 games for the Knights this past season and led the Knights in blocks with 39. She averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while helping to lead the Knights to a 10-21 record during the 2019-20 season along with a Region IX and District F championship.

“We could not be more excited and happier for Catie on her commitment to York College,” said NPCC head women’s basketball coach Jeff Thurman. “She has worked very hard and diligently in her one year here at NPCC.”

Thurman said Whitehead was an amazing teammate and student-athlete during her time at NPCC.

“It has been a pleasure getting to know Catie, and we are excited that she has the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Thurman. “Plus, she is just a couple hours away, so we will definitely catch a game or two.”




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NEW YORK (AP) — “It’s just a disaster for our game.” That’s Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s view of the breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union over an abbreviated season. At issue is how to split up the revenues. Manfred tells ESPN there could very well be no season at all. The league has also revealed several players have tested positive for COVID-19.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league should have listened to players’ earlier on issues of racial injustice, including Colin Kaerpernick. In an appearance on ESPN, Goodell also says he’d like to see Kaepernick back in the NFL this season. The 32-year old quarterback hasn't played the past three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9, and now we know where. The San Francisco Chronicle reports public health officials have approved plans for it to be held at Harding Park with no fans.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have rewarded coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract after he took the team to the Super Bowl in his third season at the helm. The Niners are replacing the three years remaining on Shanahan’s original six-year contract signed in 2017 to keep him under contract through 2025. ESPN first reported the new extension.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed Ryan Reaves to a two-year contract extension worth $3.5 million. The rugged forward announced the deal in a video on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page, saying he now has a shot at winning a Stanley Cup this year. He also conceded he has no shot at a scoring title. Reaves had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points this season — 95 short of Leon Draisaitl’s (DRY'-sy-tulz) league-leading 110. Still, Reaves led the NHL with 316 hits.




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Lincoln – Home games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and against Creighton highlight the 2020-21 Nebraska men’s basketball non-conference schedule released Monday.  The 11-game slate also includes previously announced games against Kansas State in Kansas City, and three games in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in mid-November.

“This non-conference schedule will help prepare us for Big Ten play,” Hoiberg said. “The Myrtle Beach Tournament will give us an early measuring stick with a strong field and three games in a four-day stretch. We also have opportunities with games against Creighton, Kansas State and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as well as several regional opponents.”

The 2020-21 season opener will feature a family matchup as the Huskers open against Cleveland State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Vikings are guided by second-year coach Dennis Gates, who is the brother of Husker assistant coach Armon Gates. The meeting is the first between the two programs and one of two first-time foes for the Huskers this season.

Following a game with Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, Nov. 14, the Huskers will travel to Conway, S.C., for the Myrtle Beach Invitational from Nov. 19-22. The eight-team field includes Charlotte, Dayton, Loyola (Ill.), Missouri, Penn, Pittsburgh and Utah State. The tournament bracket will be announced later this summer.

The Huskers will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 25 to take on Lamar in the first matchup between the two teams and NU’s final tuneup for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the start of Big Ten play. The annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will take place the week of Nov. 30 with the opponent and date announced by the Big Ten and ESPN at a later date. NU will begin conference play with a pair of games following the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Following the start of Big Ten play, NU will return to non-conference action with a pair of highly anticipated games. The Huskers will host Creighton on Saturday, Dec. 12, as the Bluejays most of their roster from a team that won a share of the Big East title.  The following weekend, the Huskers will renew one of its oldest rivalries, as Nebraska travels to Kansas City for the meeting with old conference foe Kansas State on Saturday, Dec. 19. It is the start of a three-year series which includes games in Lincoln (2021-22) and Manhattan (2022-23).

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena to close out non-conference action against UMKC (Mon., Dec. 21) and Florida A&M (Tues, Dec. 29) before resuming conference action in early January. The Big Ten will release the 20-game conference schedule later this summer.

The Huskers’ first action will be an exhibition contest against Peru State on Monday, Nov. 2. It will mark the third straight year that NU has taken on an in-state foe as an exhibition contest.

This season, the Huskers return a pair of starters, including rising senior Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who led NU in 3-pointers and ranked second on the team in rebounding, and sophomore Yvan Ouedraogo, who set a school record for rebounds by a Husker freshman. NU adds a trio of sit-out transfers in Dalano Banton, Shamiel Stevenson and Derrick Walker along with a seven-member recruiting class. 

 

 




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Megan Hernandez-Belew has signed a Letter of Intent to continue her softball and academic career with Midland University, in Fremont. Belew, an outfielder and captain for the Knight’s softball team the last two seasons, helped lead NPCC to a 16-29 record in 2019 and a 4-8 record in 2020 due to a shortened season.

Belew, of Broomfield, Colo., finished her career with the Knights hitting .367 with 52 hits, six doubles, 17 RBI and 16 stolen bases in the 55 games she played. She also finished with 73 putouts for the Knights on defense.

“Playing at North Platte Community College has taught me how to become a better person, and because of that I’ve become a better player,” said Hernandez-Belew. “Hard work and dedication will always beat out talent. This is an important lesson I’ve learned through this program. This program does community service, which teaches the team how to work hard and how to work hard together. I’ve made so many great memories over the past two years. I have made lifelong friends because of this program, and I am so very thankful for that.” 

Hernandez-Belew said she is excited to become a part of such a competitive and successful program at Midland University.

“I am very thankful that I get to continue my education while still playing the sport I love,” said Hernandez-Belew. “Midland University has a great education program, and I can’t wait to be a part of that as well. Midland will be a great fit for me, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I am very excited to bring all the life lessons I’ve learned at North Platte Community College to help me through my time at Midland University.” 

NPCC head softball coach Janelle Higgins said Hernandez-Belew is the type of athlete she wishes she could keep for two more years.

“Megan has grown into a more confident and vocal leader here at NPCC,” Higgins said. “She has been our captain for the last two years even though she was very quiet when she arrived. When I had her start giving future Knights and their parents campus tours, she definitely found her voice.”

Higgins said Hernandez-Belew’s work ethic, grit and determination set her above and beyond other athletes while also setting an example for them and encompassing the culture that NPCC softball strives to attain.

“Those traits alone will take her far at Midland University, but even farther in life,” said Higgins. “We wish Megan the very best and will miss her endless Spongebob quotes and sense of humor.”

 




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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — On the day the PGA paused to pay tribute to George Floyd, one of the tour’s four black players vaulted atop the leaderboard at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial. Harold Varner III is tied at 7-under with Justin Rose, who also fired a 63 Thursday in Fort Worth. One player said the absence of fans made the day seem like a competitive practice round. Tom Lehman, a 61-year-old former champion at Colonial, got in on the act with a 65.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is committing $250 million over 10 years to social justice initiatives, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.” But Niners cornerback Richard Sherman says in addition to throwing money at the effort, the league also needs to be “calling out bigotry.”

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is attempting to wrap up a plan for extending the preseason to give teams additional time for walk-throughs. Final approval is expected Tuesday by the Division 1 Council. The plan includes allowing teams to conduct the maximum six hours of unpadded walkthroughs per week while also requiring two days off for the players.

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has said not so fast to a small stock-car track for violating state limits on crowd sizes due to the pandemic. The judge says he would issue a temporary restraining order preventing the operators of Ace Speedway in Alamance County from holding events. Media outlets had reported weekend crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people, even as gatherings are limited to just 25 people.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jockey Jose Ortiz notched his 2,000th career victory on Thursday, riding Creed to a win in the fourth race at Belmont. The 26-year-old rider’s win total includes 17 from his native Puerto Rico. Ortiz has purse earnings of more than $156 million since his first North American victories in 2012. He won the 2016 Belmont Stakes with Tapwrit and has three Breeders' Cup victories.

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Major League Baseball is building a field a few hundred yards down a corn-lined path from the famous movie site for “Field of Dreams” in eastern Iowa. Unlike the original, it’s unclear whether teams will show up for a game this time as the league struggles during a coronavirus-shortened season. Those who live near the Field of Dreams say the country could use a boost like seeing the scheduled Aug. 13 game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.




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