Nebraska and Adidas have announced that the Cornhuskers will wear all-red uniforms for their game against Illinois on Sept. 27. The "Red Rising" uniforms unveiled today feature black metallic stripes on the jersey and pants, black and silver metallic numbers and a large "N" on the chest. The uniform uses what's called "Techfit Shockweb" technology, which makes it fit tighter and, according to Adidas, makes players more difficult to tackle. Last year the Huskers wore all-black uniforms for their home game against UCLA.
Nebraska is ranked number 22 in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Preseason College Football Poll. The Huskers finished 9-4 last season. Defending national champion Florida State is ranked number one followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn. Ohio State is sixth, then its UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor. Stanford is 11th, then comes Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin and USC. Clemson is 16th followed by Notre Dame, Arizona State, Mississippi and Texas A & M. Rounding out the top 25 are Kansas State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. Nebraska opens the season on August 30th at home against Florida Atlantic.
A power forward from Waukee, Iowa apparently is the first 2015 commitment for the Nebraska men's basketball team. Six-foot-eight inch Michael Jacobson committed last night, according to various recruiting sites. Jacobson also holds an Iowa State football scholarship as a tight end, but Nebraska appears to have lured him away to play basketball. Other schools involved were Drake, Brown, Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Northern Colorado and Lehigh. He played summer AAU ball with a team out of Kansas City. A previous Husker commitment for 2015, 6-foot-9 Keanu Pinder, will attend Hutchinson Community College, which moves him to the 2016 class.
Linebacker Erik Wylie of Hastings College has been named a second team Preseason All American by the Collegiate Development Football League. Wylie led the Broncos last year with 104 tackles and 2.5 quarterback sacks. Hastings College opens the season on September 6th at Kansas Wesleyan.
Live thoroughbred racing returns to Nebraska tonight as the five week card begins at Agricultural Park in Columbus. Live racing hasn't been held in the state since Horsemen's Park three day meet in Omaha concluded in early May. Columbus will race Friday through Sundays. Post times will be at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturdays and at 2:00pm on Sundays. The meet will conclude on Labor Day.
Kansas City is within 3 1/2 games of the AL Central lead after Alcides Escobar lined a tiebreaking, two-run triple in a four-run seventh that sent the Royals past Minnesota 6-3 last night. Yordano Ventura gave up a leadoff homer to Danny Santana before holding the Twins to an unearned run and four hits over seven innings to even his record at 8-8. Kansas City will play at Oakland tonight beginning at 8:35pm. Pre-game show begins at 8:00pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand. He aggravated a previous injury on a check swing in the fourth inning of last night's game with Minnesota. X-Rays revealed the fracture.