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LINCOLN – Four deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) bringing the state total to 12.

Two were Douglas County residents. One woman in her 70s and another woman in her 90s. Both with underlying health conditions -

The third was a woman in her 60s from Hall County -

The fourth was a man in his 80s from Custer County -

All 93 Nebraska counties are now covered by state Directed Health Measures (DHMs) until May 11 – It’s critical that Nebraskans follow these enforceable state Directed Health Measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. These measures help protect each other and those who are more vulnerable to severe illness and death, and help hospitals and clinics from being overwhelmed so they can continue to provide care to families, friends and neighbors who need it.

In addition to the state-issued DHM, some Local Health Departments have issued additional restrictions -

Tonight’s state case total is 478. DHHS launched a new data dashboard that provides daily updates to the state’s COVID-19 case totals. You can find it at

Here’s where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - and CDC’s website –

DHHS opened a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.

DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC’s website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information -

(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports 78 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 4.30 p.m. today. This includes 2 in Merrick County, 7 in Hamilton County, and 69 in Hall County. Approximately 75 healthcare workers were tested today by the National Guard at Fonner Park, with plans for an additional 75 to be tested tomorrow.

Central District Health Department reminds everyone to clean your hands often, avoid close contact-maintain 6 foot social-distance, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in public, for example grocery stores; cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

As promised, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has sent the National Guard to Grand Island to perform additional Covid 19 testing. Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department, said today at City Hall that the testing is being limited to health care workers and emergency personnel.

The Health Department was also notified that the limited testing from the National Guard for health care workers is being further limited due to issues of testing supplies. Adjustments are being made accordingly in order to facilitate testing 150 health care workers today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department

(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) is saddened to report the second COVID-19 related death in Hall County. The death was a woman in her 60’s who was hospitalized.

We were also notified that the limited testing from the National Guard for health care workers is being further limited due to issues of testing supplies. We are making adjustments accordingly in order to facilitate testing 150 health care workers today and tomorrow.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in
Grand Island, the Grand Island Police Department will continue to enforce the city park and
GIPS school playgrounds closures with citations. The closure of city parks does not include city
sidewalks and the hike and bike trail system and lake walkways (Pier Park Lake, Suck’s Lake,
and Eagle Scout Lake walkways), however users of those walkways must be using them for
their intended purpose and are encouraged to maintain social distancing.
Additionally, the Grand Island Police Department will proactively patrol and respond to
complaints of gatherings of more than 10 persons or smaller gatherings with invitees where
social distancing isn’t taking place, particularly during the upcoming holiday weekend. If these
gatherings include persons who are not permanent residents of that address, we will enforce the
Directed Health Measures with discretion accordingly.
This will be done in accordance with the Directed Health Measure, which reads as follows:
1) Gatherings and services as described are prohibited:
a. Any event or convening that brings together more than ten (10) persons, excluding staff, in a
single room or single space at the same time, including but not limited to, a school, daycare
facility (including in home facilities), gymnasiums, fitness center, auditorium, stadium,
arena, large event conference room, meeting hall, theater, library, or any other confined
indoor or confined outdoor space, and weddings, funerals, parades, fairs, festivals, and
b. Any indoor or outdoor event or convening having ten (10) or fewer persons where a
minimum distance of six (6) feet between all individuals cannot be maintained.
c. Customer services at tattoo parlors, massage parlors, barbershops, beauty/nail salons, and
similar personal services businesses.

2) Public Park access is restricted to hiking and biking trails and public sidewalks. Users of trails and
sidewalk are encouraged to maintain six (6) feet of separation between all persons. Additional
restrictions may be imposed by municipal or county authorities.

This is a time for all residents of Grand Island to work together, keep one another healthy, and
help save lives as the presence of COVID-19 in our community grows.


North Platte, Nebraska - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has now tested 163 individuals in Lincoln County for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Of the 163 tested, 16 have been positive.  Five are travel-related, four are due to contact with a traveler, three are community spread, and the remaining four are due to contact with community spread.  All sixteen cases are within Lincoln County.  Stay informed of new cases by visiting our website at will be updated daily at noon and 6:00 PM).

The best antidote to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social and physical distancing.  

This includes:

  • Stay home and practice social and physical distancing

    • Stay Home

    • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more

  • When out stay 6 foot away from others

  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow

  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds

  • Do not touch your face

  • Wear a community mask - this will help mitigate the spread of the virus

While testing continues to improve, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a state-wide Directed Health Measure (DHM).  To learn more about this DHM and how it may affect you, please visit the governor’s website atGovernor Pete RickettsAdditionally, the governor has launched a new campaign in honor of State Health Week, asking all Nebraskans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.

Public health officials would like to remind you that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.  If you are tested, have been in direct contact of a lab-confirmed case, or traveled outside of Nebraska in the last two weeks PLEASE register with WCDHD at


North Platte, Ne - 69 local nonprofit causes have signed up to participate in North Platte Giving Day set for May 6. During this community giving event, donors choose which local nonprofits to support and how much to give to each. 

“North Platte Giving Day is the best time to help community causes,” said Eric Seacrest, executive director of Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, which is hosting Giving Day for the fifth year.

“Just by donating, donors can help their favorite nonprofits earn pledged matching gifts and win cash prizes provided by sponsors,” Seacrest said. “And new for 2020 is a change in tax law, allowing virtually every donor to claim a tax deduction for a charitable gift.”

Giving Day gifts are tax deductible as charitable contributions.  As part of COVID-19 relief legislation, a new charitable tax deduction of up to $300 is available in 2020 for taxpayers who use the "standard deduction". 

100% of each Giving Day donation will go to donor-selected nonprofits. The Community Foundation along with a generous anonymous donor are covering all donation processing fees. There is no charge for nonprofits to participate in North Platte Giving Day. 

Early Giving is available beginning April 27 to Giving Day donors making gifts online and by mail. Early Giving gifts can win cash prizes for nonprofit and earn available pledged matching funds. More than 40 cash prizes will be given to nonprofits based on random selection or greatest number of unduplicated donors by check or online during various time periods. Cash prizes will range from $200 to $1,000.

Matching gifts pledged to specific nonprofits will be available to be earned when donors make gifts to those nonprofits.

Giving Day donors can give online from computers, smartphone and tablets at The minimum online gift to a nonprofit is $10. Live support will be available on the website to assist donors if needed on Giving Day. 

Giving Day donation checks can be mailed to Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, PO Box 1321, North Platte NE 69103. 

Donors can drop off checks at local Giving Sites on May 6. Local Giving Sites will accommodate social distancing. Giving Sites are expected to include: Prairie Arts Centers, Orr’s Cleaners, Bill’s U-Save Pharmacy and Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.

“North Platte Giving Day fits the mission of the Community Foundation to serve charitable people and worthy causes in this area,” said Seacrest. “Our Board of Directors wants the community to know about the important work of local nonprofits and their need for financial support.”

Each of the 69 participating nonprofits serves people in Lincoln County and many serve an even larger area. “Nearly all the local nonprofits in Lincoln County that people depend on are participating,” Seacrest said.

Several participating nonprofits are helping people of Lincoln County cope with consequences of the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak including Connection Homeless Shelter, Grace Ministries Food Pantry, Great Plains Health Care Foundation, North Platte Catholic Community Food Pantry, North Platte Senior Center, Salvation Army and the COVID-19 Response Fund.

During last year’s Giving Day, $271,378 was raised for local nonprofits from donations, cash prizes from sponsors and earned matching gifts. 

Giving Day website technology again is provided by CiviCore, based in Denver. CiviCore provides technology for many of the largest giving days in the country as well as many other giving days in Nebraska.

Beginning at 12:01 am on May 6, the online leaderboard will display early giving donation totals.  as well as gifts received on Giving Day. During Giving Day the online leaderboard will provide updates on donation totals for nonprofits as well as prizes won by nonprofits.

Information about each of the 69 participating nonprofits including need for financial support and volunteer opportunities can be viewed at


The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District totals 68 as of 5 p.m. today. This includes 1 case in Merrick County, 5 in Hamilton County and 64 in Hall County.

Additionally, we have been notified that testing will be provided to at risk healthcare workers and first responders on a very limited basis this week. The National Guard will be in Grand Island tomorrow through Friday (5 days). Hours for testing are 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. The goal is to test 75 healthcare workers and first responders each day for five days by appointment only. Nasopharyngeal specimens will be obtained and sent to the Nebraska Public Health Lab. The first priority is testing of long term care workers who have been exposed or are having symptoms. Then the schedule will be filled with other HCWs who have been exposed or are having symptoms. Health care workers providing direct care will be prioritized for testing. 

The testing provides an opportunity to determine the spread of the virus in the healthcare community. This will in turn give us knowledge of the level of the virus in our community in general. The process is being coordinated through CDHD. For more information, call 308-385-5175.

APRIL 6, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — In accordance with the State of Emergency declared by Governor Pete Ricketts and guidelines from federal and local health officials regarding social distancing, NSP will prioritize some specific fingerprinting services through Friday, May 22, 2020. Appointments will be available for all categories beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Between April 6 and May 22, fingerprinting appointments will be available for the following categories. Appointments must be made in advance and will include extra precautions.

·       Those who are required to be fingerprinted under the Sex Offender Registration Act, including federal sex offender regulations

·       Concealed Handgun Permit applicants

·       Concealed Handgun Permit renewal applicants who are unable to renew online.

·       Law Enforcement Officers

·       Healthcare, Daycare, and other essential personnel not covered by an Executive Order

Nebraskans who fit any of those categories can call the NSP Criminal Identification Division office in Lincoln at 402-479-4971 to schedule appointments, regardless of your location in Nebraska. Renewals or changes to existing CHPs, such as updating a name or mailing address, can still be completed online at

Pursuant to Executive Orders 20-08 and 20-10 regarding healthcare workers and daycare providers, work may begin prior to completion of an FBI fingerprint-based background check. Those who are covered by an Executive Order should schedule that required fingerprint-based background check for after May 26, 2020.

Other persons required to be fingerprinted for employment purposes, such as law enforcement, healthcare/daycare providers not covered by an Executive Order, or other essential personnel who are not subject to an Executive Order amending timeline requirements, should call 402-479-4971 for scheduling options.

The unavailability of fingerprinting appointments at NSP does not interfere with an employer’s ability to conduct the background checks that are still required during this time.


Two members of the McCook Community College men’s basketball team have received post season Region IX honors.

Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) were both selected to the all-Region IX third team. In addition, Darthard was also named to the all-tournament team.

Sullivan averaged 16.5 points per game, shot 47.6 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from the 3-point line and 74.5 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

He scored 513 points on the year and had 62 steals.

Darthard averaged 17.9 points, and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent from the field and made 52 of 121 attempts from the 3-point line (43 percent) and was a 79.7 percent shooter from the free-throw line. He had 31 assists and 39 steals on the season.

In being named to the all-tournament team, Darthard scored 35 points in an opening-round win at home in an 89-64 win over Lamar and scored 30 points in an 82-69 loss to Western Wyoming. For the tournament he averaged 32.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. He made 26 of 34 shots from the field (76.4 percent) went five for seven from the 3-point line (71.4 percent) and sent eight-for-12 from the free throw line (66.7 percent).

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

Because of the weather forecast for Sunday, the McCook Community College softball and baseball teams are abandoning plans for home games Sunday.

MCC softball’s doubleheader with Western Nebraska has been moved up to Thursday (March 12). The Lady Indians and Cougars will play a pair of games at the Jaycees Sports Complex at noon and 2 p.m.

MCC baseball, 12-10 are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

Also one other scheduling change, this one not affected by weather. The MCC Golf team has added an even to the spring schedule. The team will travel to Beatrice April 20-21 to participate in a tournament hosted by Southeast Community College. The Indians will resume their Region IX season schedule March 19-20 in La Junta, Colo. with Thursday-Friday tournaments through April 24 – including the home tournament April 2-3 at Heritage Hills Golf Course,

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 23 points and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 28.3 seconds to play to send the Brooklyn Nets past the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-102. LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had a chance to get their fifth straight win until Anthony Davis missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Caris LeVert added 22 points for the Nets, who are 2-0 since interim coach Jacque Vaughn replaced Kenny Atkinson.

UNDATED (AP) — James Harden poured in 37 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas. The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival. Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Boston Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to help the Bruins end the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak. Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of Tampa Bay.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Top-seeded North Dakota State led from start to finish and overwhelmed No. 6 North Dakota 89-53 in the Summit League Tournament championship game and secured the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. NDSU’s leading scorer, Vinnie Shahid, led the Bison with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Shahid entered the game averaging 18.2 points per game, but he blew by that early in the second half.  De’Sean Allen-Likens led the Fighting Hawks with 17 points. 

Colby Community College downed McCook Community College in baseball Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex in a nine-inning game 4-2.

The Trojans scored on a leadoff homerun in the first inning. MCC countered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by freshman Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and a two-out single by Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) to tie the game.

Colby scored a run in the third but MCC came back to tie it 2-2 with a run in the fourth when Eiguren lined a one-out double and scored on a wild pitch. That would be MCC’s final hit on the afternoon and the Indians were held to just three.

Austin Mathews (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) started the game on the mound and went five innings allowing five hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Jade Gordon (sophomore, Alvin, Texas) pitched the six and seventh innings and held Colby hitless on three walks and four strikeouts.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) closed off the final two innings for the Indians with hitless ball. He also walked three and struck out four.

Colby goes to 10-10 on the season.

MCC goes to 12-10 and are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

You can stay up to date with all the up-to-the minute scheduling changes and more on the MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook at:

The McCook Community College softball team came up with a pair of walk-off wins Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex over the Midland College Chaparrals (Texas) by the final scores of 11-10 and 1-0.

Down 10-6 in Game 1, the Lady Indians pushed across five seventh-inning runs ending with a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.). The Lady Indians broke up a scoreless tie in Game 2 with a two-out rally on a single by Alice Midiri (freshman Condove, Italy) and a game-winning double from freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.). Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched a four-hit shutout to pick up the win.

“I’m incredibly proud of these kids for continuing to fight,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We talked after the games that back in February we probably don’t come back in that first game. That shows growth from these kids.”

Midland College falls to 4-10 on the season.

MCC has won eight of its last 11 games and will be in action Thursday for a doubleheader with Western Nebraska, in games moved up from Sunday because of weekend weather concerns. Thursday’s game is set to start at noon at the Jaycees Sports Complex. On Saturday MCC is set to host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

For more photos from today’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:

GAME 1 – McCook CC 11, Midland College (Texas) 10: Down 10-6 in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians battled back with five runs to win in walk-off fashion on a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.).

The Chaparrals opened the day with a two-run first. MCC scored a run in the third on an error, a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice. Midland added two runs in the fourth and another to take a 5-1 lead but MCC responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Kristen Mogan, (freshman Richfield, Utah) and freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) both singed to start off the fifth inning and Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) doubled them home to make it 5-3. Megan Bloodsmyth had an RBI-single, and a fielder’s choice tied the game at 5-5.

Freshman Anna Wilcox (Victoria, British Columbia) went the first five innings in the pitching circle allowing five hits and three earned runs. She walked five and struck out four.

Midland scored three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh off freshman pitcher Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah). She allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one and left the game down 10-6.

The first six batters in the MCC seventh reached base including: a double by Bloodsmyth, a single by Lexee Johnson, (freshman, Delta, Utah), a walk by Kaitlyn Lord, (freshman, Colorado Springs), a single by sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.), a walk by Mogan, a Midland error, a popout and that set up the two-run walk-off double by Laird.

Both teams had nine hits with Bloodsmyth and Orr two each.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 1, Midland College (Texas) 0: Karleigh Kleinknecht held Midland bats in check allowing just four hits in the game. She issued three walks and struck out six.

MCC scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning when Alice Midri beat out a two-out infield hit and later went to second on a passed ball. Freshman Bloodsmyth fought off an 0-2 count to even it a 2-2, then fouled three straight pitches before lining the game-winning double to center field.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game including two each from Midri and Bloodsmyth and two from Kristen Mogan.

Two McCook Community College women’s basketball players have been named to the All- Region IX South Team.

Sophomores Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) were both selected to the squad.

In addition Bodette was one of five players named to the all-defensive team.

Bodette, 6-0, started all 32 games for the Lady Indians scoring 448 points and pulling down 280 rebounds. That gave her an average of 14 points and 8.75 rebounds per game. She made 200 of 342 shots on the season (58.5 percent) and 43 of 60 free throws (71.7 percent), had 26 steals and 53 assists.

Nationally, she ranked eighth among players from 182 Division I schools with 215 offensive rebounds and 13th in the nation with 63 blocked shots.

Torrubia Cano, 5-11, also played in all 32 MCC games, starting 26 and averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season she scored 359 points and gathered 232 rebounds. From the 3-point line she made 39 of 91 attempts, (42.9 percent) which was 11th best in the nation. From the field she was 53.7 percent and had 37 steals, 44 assists and 13 blocked shots.

Here is the All-Region IX Team:


Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Carla Torrubio Cano, McCook Community College

Aleksandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Lea Mafua, Otero Junior College

Emma Florez, Otero Junior College

Charisse Fairley, Otero Junior College

Tk Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Yuliyana Valcheva, Western Nebraska Community College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

Lidsey Mahoukou, Western Nebraska Community College

SOUTH All-Defensive Team

Unique Gainey, Northeastern Junior College

Emma Florez , Otero Junior College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Mariah Garcia, Trinidad State Junior College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College


Natalia Otkhmezuri, Casper College

Mya Jones, Casper College

Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, Casper College

Essy Latu, Central Wyoming College

Ane Esnal Aquirre, Eastern Wyoming College

Kobe King-Hawea, Gillette College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Molly Coleman, Gillette College

Adela Smutna, Northwest College

NORTH All-Defensive Team

Juneau Jones, Casper College

Emma Strom, Eastern Wyoming College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Abby Garreaud, Laramie County CC

Raquel Turner, Northwest College

MIAMI (AP) — All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. There is not a timetable for his return. Verlander had a similar injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The surgeons who operated on Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun decided not to wire his broken jaw shut. Calhoun was hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday. He is expected to be released from this hospital in coming days. Doctors haven't determined if Calhoun had a concussion. He tweeted that he's “doing well” and “can't wait to be back hitting homers soon.”

DENVER (AP) — The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks have now lost four out their last five games. The latest lost was a 109-95 thumping by the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s Jamal Murray scored 21 points, but his teammates and lots of people on Twitter say he was robbed on a hard slam dunk ruled an offensive foul. The bucks are without their top six scorers — including reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh).

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Golden Knights improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.

The McCook Community College baseball team has moved its scheduled game Tuesday from Colby to McCook.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Tuesday (March 10) starting at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

Colby is 9-10 on the season. MCC is 12-9. The two teams played in McCook Feb. 16 with the Indians coming out on top 8-6.

This weekend the Indians host Southeast Community College in a three-game Empire League series. The opener is set for a nine-inning game Saturday at 2 p.m. and concluding with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:


The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Northern Colorado at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. All tickets will be reserved at $10 with limited courtside seats available at $25 each. There will be a limit of eight tickets sold per person, and there will be a handling fee on all tickets purchased. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The spring match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs immediately following the match.

Nebraska last played in Grand Island in 2015, when the Huskers swept Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,006 at the Heartland Events Center. NU also played in Grand Island in 2011, topping Wichita State with 5,522 in attendance.

The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers' only one of the 2020 spring season. Nebraska is coming off a 28-5 season and an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019. The Huskers had no seniors on their roster last season for the first time in school history, and 12 players return from that squad this spring. 

Northern Colorado went 26-8 last year and 17-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Hawaii, 3-1. 

Lincoln, Neb. – Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU's offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

Lefty Caleb Feekin, making his first career start on the mound, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work. NU saw relief appearances from Tyler Martin, Quinn Mason, Bo Blessie, Trey Kissack, Sayer Diederich and Max Schreiber. Mason recorded four strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Schreiber earned the save by tossing 2.1 no-hit scoreless frames.

NU pounced early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. After Leighton Banjoff and Aaron Palensky drew back-to-back walks, Chick smacked his fourth home run of the season. Columbia responded with one run in the top of the second, as Weston Eberly hit a solo home run.

In the bottom of the second, Jaxon Hallmark ripped a two-out triple before scoring on Banjoff's RBI single to extend NU's lead to 4-1. After a scoreless third inning for both teams, NU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hallmark laced a two-out single before Banjoff's RBI double brought him in.

After the Lions scored one run in the top of the fifth, NU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage. Roskam blasted a two-run homer that drove in Schwellenbach during the frame.

Columbia scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Schwellenbach singled and Roskam drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Boynton's RBI single brought in Roskam.

Leading 9-5, Nebraska added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for Columbia. NU loaded the bases with one out and scored its first run of the frame on Roskam's sacrifice fly. Boynton drove in a pair with his two-RBI single up the middle.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.

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