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Tennessee has offered its vacant coaching job to former Texas coach Rick Barnes, and the two sides are closing in on a deal, two sources with knowledge told ESPN.  The 60-year-old Barnes was fired by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson over the weekend despite going to 16 NCAA tournaments in 17 seasons.  On Sunday, Barnes confirmed that Patterson told him a few days ago he had to fire members of his coaching staff or be fired himself.  The Longhorns did not live up to expectations this season, barely sneaking into the NCAA tournament before being eliminated by Butler in their opening game.  Barnes would replace Donnie Tyndall, who was fired after one season due to NCAA issues at his former post, Southern Mississippi. 

Top seeds Connecticut and Maryland have advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, where they will face each other on Sunday.  Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points as UConn rolled to a 91-70 win against Dayton.  Lexie Brown scored 13 of her 15 points during the second half of the Terrapins' 58-48 downing of Tennessee. 

Walter Pitchford says he's giving up his final season of eligibility at Nebraska to concentrate on finishing his degree.  Pitchford, who announced his decision yesterday, started 26 games this past season and averaged 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.  The 6’10 forward scored in double digits nine times, including a career-high 19 points against Tennessee-Martin and at Maryland.  In 2014, Pitchford helped lead the Cornhuskers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.  He averaged 9.3 points, and his 41% shooting on three-pointers ranked seventh in the Big Ten.  Pitchford played his freshman season at Florida.  The Michigan native said he plans to start a career in business after he finishes his degree in ethnic studies. 

Local Schedule:  Kearney at Nfk High (G&B Socc.-4:15); Grand Island NW at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G. Socc-4:30); Grand Island NW at Nfk Cath/LHNE (B. Socc-6:30); LHNE at Nfk Cath (T&F-4:00); Nfk High at Lincoln High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Columbus at Nfk High (G. Tenn. Dual-4:00); LHNE at Crofton Inv. (B. Golf-10:00); Creighton at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Concordia St. Paul at WSC (Bsbl DH-1:30); Winona St. at WSC (SB DH-1:00). 

Local Scores: LHNE 171 Twin River 186 (B. Golf Dual). 


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Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger is seeking the public’s help in solving a weekend assault case. Unger says a man called 911 at 6:30 Sunday morning to report that he had been assaulted in his home just off Highway 275 about 10 miles east of Norfolk. The 51-year-old male says he was asleep in his bedroom when two assailants attacked him with some type of blunt objects, perhaps baseball bats. The man had facial and head injuries, and was treated at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. Unger says the victim says he may have injured at least one of the assailants, and a bloody knife was found at the scene. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office. 

A ballot measure that could give Nebraska lawmakers an extra four years in office has won initial approval in the Legislature. Senators gave the constitutional amendment proposal first-round approval on Monday with a 27-12 vote. The current proposal would allow lawmakers to serve up to three consecutive four-year terms in office, if voters approve it. Lawmakers have to approve it twice more. Term limits went into effect in 2006 under a voter-approved constitutional amendment that limited lawmakers to two consecutive four-year terms. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says the extra time is important to preserve institutional knowledge in the one-house Legislature. 

A Nebraska senator's comment comparing police to the Islamic State terrorist group is continuing to provoke debate in the Legislature. The comment by longtime state Sen. Ernie Chambers came up again on Monday.  During a committee hearing earlier this month, Chambers said "my ISIS is the police" because officers are licensed to kill and pose a threat to his neighborhood. Chambers said he isn't a man of violence, but if he carried a gun, he would use it as protection against police and would want to shoot first and ask questions later. Chambers has refused to apologize for the comments. 

The Norfolk City Council and staff will hold a work session today with a big agenda. The retreat-type meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in the training room in the City Administration Building at 305 North 5th Street. Items on the agenda include a look at early budget levels, discussion of a sidewalk on Victory Road between Norfolk Avenue and Benjamin Avenue and a possible nuisance ordinance. Also on the agenda is discussion of the position of city planner, paving selected streets with “armor coat,” landscaping and improvements to Johnson Park. The work session is open to the public, but because it is a work session, no formal action will be taken. 

The Norfolk Arts Center and Dallas Children’s Theatre will present a musical version of Jeff Brown’s children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” today and Wednesday. A public performance is planned tonight at the Johnny Carson Theater beginning at 6:30. On Wednesday, more than 2,000 students are expected for performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets for all three performances cost $5 and may be purchased at the Arts Center, 305 North 5th Street, by calling 402-371-7199.  The 65-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up 

Today's Tickler: 

I just finished writing a book.  One critic stated, “Once you put it down, you just can’t pick it up again.”

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