Sports News-April 16, 2012

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With one of the players facing league disciplinary action serving as a "conduit," the NFL Players Association had detailed knowledge of the video and audio tapes in which former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams implored his team to target San Francisco 49ers players for injury before the tapes became public April 4, according to ESPN.  Scott Fujita, a former Saints linebacker now with the Browns and a member of the union's executive committee, provided the NFLPA with the details of Williams' speech and the tape that independent film-maker Sean Pamphilon had made accessible to him, according to sources.  Fujita is among the players who face disciplinary action from commissioner Roger Goodell for participation in a "pay for performance" pool that also served as a bounty program aimed at targeting opposing players for injury, which the league said was administered by Williams.  Fujita has publicly denied that he participated in any bounty program that targeted opposing players for specific injuries.  An NFL investigation found that the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.  Goodell's disciplinary action related to more than 20 players could be announced this week. Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the commissioner while Goodell denied the appeals of Saints head coach Sean Payton (one year), assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games) and general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games).  

Deverell Biggs made official Sunday morning what he'd been strongly hinting for the past week:  He's coming to Nebraska.  According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the 6’0, 195-pound guard from Omaha is the first commitment for new Husker men's basketball coach Tim Miles, and the program's first scholarship recruit from the state of Nebraska in ten years.  Biggs, a first-team NJCAA All-American last season, has three seasons to play two, meaning he could redshirt.  He said he's discussed the possibility with Miles, but that nothing's been determined.  Biggs, who plans on making his decision official by a signing a letter of intent this week, gives Miles ten scholarship players on next season's roster.  That would drop to nine if Christopher Niemann is granted a medical scholarship.  Biggs averaged 14.8 points, three assists and 3.3 steals last season for Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas.  The Saints were 31-7, and Biggs was named the Jayhawk Conference West Division player of the year.  In previous interviews, he mentioned his desire to play with former high school teammate Akoy Agau, an Omaha Central center/forward with a Nebraska scholarship offer for the 2013 recruiting class.  Biggs said Sunday he doesn't want to pressure Agau.

Local Schedule:  Columbus Lakeview at LHNE (G&B Socc.-4:30); Nfk High at Lincoln North Star Inv. (G. Tenn-10:00); Plainview at Nfk Cath (B. Golf Dual-4:00); LHNE at Ponca Inv. (B. Golf-10:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Albuquerque (Bsbl-1:05).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 5-17 Ohio St. 4-9 (Bsbl DH); Creighton 6 South Dakota St. 5 (Bsbl); Iowa 6 Nebraska 4 (SB); Northern Iowa 5-15 Creighton 4-3 (SB DH); WSC 11-8 Minnesota-Crookston 3-0 (SB DH); Albuquerque 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 7 (Bsbl); WSC at Northern St. (Bsbl DH-Ccd. Rain.).

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