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11:58 am
Fri May 25, 2012

College World Series begins June 15

courtesy NCAA

321,684 people attended the first College World Series at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park last year.

The Mens’ College World Series begins June 15. It’ll be the 62nd year of the College World Series in Omaha. This year, the first games begin at 4PM. That’s a change from the usual 1PM start.

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1:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Construction underway on pools for U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

Construction began Wednesday on the pools for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The swim trials begin June 25th at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Setup began there at 2AM when workers removed the first eight rows of seats in the arena. Myrtha Pools will spend the next two weeks building two pools for the swim trials: an eight lane practice pool in the convention center, and a ten lane pool in the arena.

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Sports
8:09 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Thrills for Bob Boozer Didn't End With Basketball Career

courtesy Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Omaha basketball legend and community activist Bob Boozer died Saturday at the age of 75.

He played on the 1958 Final Four at Kansas State, the 1960 gold medal team in the Rome Olympics and the 1971 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks.  However, some of Boozer's most memorable moments occurred after his playing career.

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Sports
3:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 13 former UNO football players and recruits

When UNO dropped its wrestling and football programs last year, students who were recruited were left without an opportunity to play, or take advantage of other scholarship opportunities. 

This morning, attorney Mike Degan of Husch Blackwell filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 former UNO football players and recruits.  The lawsuit is being filed under Nebraska’s public records act. 

Degan says he filed the lawsuit after several unsuccessful attempts by the law firm to get UNO to share its documentation about the decision to terminate football and wrestling.

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11:20 am
Thu March 29, 2012

U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in June

Olympic champion Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha in 2008.
courtesy boston.com/Google Images

The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in late June.

Omaha hosted the Swim Trials in 2008. It’s the biggest competition before the Olympics, which are in London this year. Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming, says so far this year 1,600 athletes have met qualifying standards. 1,100 athletes came to Omaha in 2008 for the Trials.

Busch says Omaha was a perfect location in 2008 for the Swim Trials. The CenturyLink Center arena and convention halls were converted to accommodate the Swim Trials, complete with practice pools.

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8:15 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

College basketball fans arrive in Omaha for March Madness

by Greg Echlin, for Omaha Public Radio

There were a lot of empty seats at Friday afternoon's NCAA basketball tournament game at CenturyLink.  But it wasn't because of a lack of action on the court.

Sports
12:10 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Creighton forward Doug McDermott named first-team All-American

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott
photo courtesy www.gocreighton.com

Creighton University forward Doug McDermott is among this year’s first-team All-Americans.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its list Monday of All-Americans. All five first-team All-Americans are on teams playing in the NCAA tournament. McDermott joins players from Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Michigan State on the list.

Sports
4:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Omaha Lancers, UNO Mavericks to play hockey outdoors at TD Ameritrade Park

TD Ameritrade Park hosts the College World Series and the Red Sky Music Festival.
courtesy Google Images

The Omaha Lancers and UNO Mavericks will play hockey outdoors next February at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Omaha Sports Commission announced Tuesday that a hockey doubleheader will happen February 9, 2013. It’s being called the “Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice.”

Sports Commission president Harold Cliff says it’ll be a family-friendly event, with the first game, between the Lancers and the Lincoln Stars, happening at 12:30 pm. Cliff says the outdoor hockey doubleheader has been in the works for two years.

He says the hockey doubleheader probably won’t be an annual event.

Sports
3:16 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Three exhibits coming to Omaha celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947, when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
photo courtesy www.mlb.com

Three exhibits coming to Omaha in May tell the story of the Negro Leagues.

“Discover Greatness” opens May 20th at Conestoga Magnet School in north Omaha. Discover Greatness uses a series of photographs to discuss the history and significant of the Negro Leagues. The exhibit is being presented in partnership with Omaha’s Great Plains Black History Museum, and the Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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5:10 am
Fri February 3, 2012

UNO Athletic Director headlined last month's Press Club

Trev Alberts

Omaha Press Club’s January Noon Forum featured Trev Alberts, UNO’s Director of Athletics.

Alberts started at UNO in 2009.  Last year, Alberts’ plan to reclassify UNO athletics from Division 2 to Division 1 was approved by the board of regents.  In July of 2011, Alberts secured a spot for the UNO Hockey Team in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. 

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