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Four-star offensive weapon Miles Jones commits to Husker football

Four-star offensive weapon Miles Jones commits to Husker football

FOOTBALL
#ndn-video-player-1.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; #ndn-video-player-2.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; Unlike a football he’s so comfortable holding, Miles Jones had been carrying around a secret all week. And was it ever eating at him.Only last month, the offensive playmaker from Plantation, Florida, thought his future was set. He had been committed to Vanderbilt since March and wasn’t looking elsewhere. But a Dec. 13 offer from Nebraska intrigued him enough to take an official visit last weekend.By the end of his three days in Lincoln, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Jones couldn’t hold back any longer. In a final meeting with coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters, the recruit ended the sessi
North Korea plans military parade on eve of the Olympics, diplomats say

North Korea plans military parade on eve of the Olympics, diplomats say

OLYMPICS
Invitations sent to diplomats and satellite imagery suggest Pyongyang is preparing for a major military parade on the eve of the Pyeongchang games, which begin February 9 and will feature North Korean athletes and cheering squads. A copy of what appears to be a letter sent from North Korean authorities to defense attaches, seen by CNN, invites them and their spouses "to attend festival functions held in Pyongyang" to mark the 70th anniversary of the formal creation of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on February 8. Diplomatic sources in Pyongyang told CNN that defense attaches with relations to North Korea had received invitations to the event.On Thursday, North Korea analyst website NK News published satellite images believed to show preparations underway in Pyongyang for the event at th...
NBA All-Star Game 2018: Predicting Rosters for Team LeBron, Team Steph

NBA All-Star Game 2018: Predicting Rosters for Team LeBron, Team Steph

Sports
LeBron James will get to pick his own team of All-Stars.Tony Dejak/Associated PressThe NBA All-Star game has become so predictable that the league decided to make a major change this year.Instead of having the Eastern Conference All-Stars trade points with their Western Conference counterparts, the Association has borrowed a bit from the NFL and the NHL: The captains of each side will pick their own All-Star teams.The leading vote-getters are LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, so it's no surprise they will get to choose their teams.It has yet to be determined whether the new format will make the game more like a regular-season matchup with hard-nosed defense, but it is a new way of conducting business.While they will not line up with th...
Is Alexander Zverev The Next Tennis Superstar?

Is Alexander Zverev The Next Tennis Superstar?

TENNIS
Alexander Zverev, the 20-year-old tennis wunderkind now ranked fourth in the world, has everything a future champion could hope for. He’s tall — 6 foot 6 — yet coordinated. He has a strong serve and hits deadly forehands and backhands. Zverev already has six ATP titles, including two Masters titles he won by beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in finals. There’s just one problem: At Grand Slam tournaments, he’s a dud.There’s no obvious reason why: Zverev looks and trains like a Grand Slam contender. His serve and steady strokes should dominate in best-of-five-set matches, and by all accounts he’s in excellent physical shape. Yet at major tournaments, he struggles and, inevitably, stumbles. In his career as a pro, Zverev has never gone beyond the fourth round at a major, and he only
How Many Russian Athletes Will Get to Compete in the Winter Olympics?

How Many Russian Athletes Will Get to Compete in the Winter Olympics?

OLYMPICS
AdvertisementThree weeks before the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, sports officials are still deliberating which Russian athletes will receive special clearance to compete, stirring speculation that the International Olympic Committee’s ban on Russia for its doping schemes will ultimately prove less severe than it was billed.A panel appointed by the I.O.C. last month has received applications from hundreds of Russian athletes who hope to compete in Pyeongchang. (Because Russia’s Olympic team is technically barred, the athletes would compete under the Olympic flag.) That panel is expected to conclude its review within the next week, ruling on which Russians have effectively demonstrated that they are clean and should be given the chance to circumvent the ban on their nation
Athletics – IAAF not privy to any championships bid concerns: CEO

Athletics – IAAF not privy to any championships bid concerns: CEO

ATHLETICS
By Gene Cherry(Reuters) – Athletics global governing body has not been made aware of any information that would give it concern about successful world championship bids by Doha and Eugene, Oregon, the IAAF’s chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.French prosecutors said in 2015 the bids were being investigated as part of a wide-ranging probe into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).“At this point we have not been privy to any information that would give us any doubt,” Olivier Gers said in a telephone interview from Eugene, which will host the 2021 championships.The 2019 event is set for Doha.“We are working with investigative authorities around the world to root out the problems of the past,” said Gers, who was in Eugene for a site visit.The IAAF’s former pr
WWE star Roman Reigns issues statement denying steroid allegations

WWE star Roman Reigns issues statement denying steroid allegations

WWE
Though the allegations had been out days earlier, various outlets picked up claims from a convicted steroid distributor that one of WWE's top superstars, Roman Reigns, was involved with a steroid ring.Richard Rodriguez, the now-imprisoned former owner of the Wellness Fitness Nutrition company based out of Miami, named Reigns, among other celebrities, as a former client in an interview given to independent filmmaker Jon Bravo. Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, did not waste much time making a public statement to ensure his name was not dragged through the mud any further.  Wednesday evening, Reigns issued a statement to ESPN in which he denies even knowing Rodriguez while also referencing his past history violating WWE's wellness policy. "I have never heard of Richard
Koreas to march under single 'united' flag in Olympic Games

Koreas to march under single 'united' flag in Olympic Games

OLYMPICS
North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single "unified Korea" flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South.They also agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team in rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.These are the first high-level talks between the countries in more than two years.It marks a thaw in relations that began in the new year when North Korea offered to send a team to the games.The games will take place between 9 and 25 February in Pyeongchang in South Korea.What will happen?If the plans are realised, a hundreds-strong North Korean delegation - including 230 cheerleaders, 140 orchestral musicians and 30 taekwondo athletes - could cross into the South via the land border to attend the Winter Olympics.It will mean the opening of the cross b...
Local sports scores/highlights from Tuesday, January 16th

Local sports scores/highlights from Tuesday, January 16th

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IA BOYS BASKETBALL Alburnett 56, East Buchanan, Winthrop 41 Algona 50, Humboldt 38 Ames 60, Marshalltown 38 Ankeny 63, Mason City 53 Ankeny Centennial 53, Des Moines, Roosevelt 44 Assumption, Davenport 74, Rock Island Alleman, Ill. 50 Audubon 61, Missouri Valley 47 B-G-M, Brooklyn 60, North Mahaska, New Sharon 25 Bedford 66, Southwest Valley 60 Belle Plaine 61, Tri-County, Thornburg 34 Bishop Garrigan 82, Lake Mills 53 Camanche 63, Monticello 52 Cascade,Western Dubuque 68, Bellevue 40 Cedar Falls 55, Iowa City West 54 Cedar Rapids Xavier 57, Dubuque, Hempstead 56 Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 75, Davenport, Central 65 Cedar Rapids, Washington 68, Mount Pleasant 66 Centerville 46, Albia 36 Central Decatur, Leon 56, Pleasantville 45 Central Lee, Donnellson 65, Mediapolis 37 Clarion-Goldfield-D...