Heat not a dry spell for sports


July 30th, 2011

Omaha, NE – If you turned the TV on tonight looking for a sporting event to watch, unless you have a large league-wide sports package, you’d see a couple baseball games, some tennis and golf on the Golf Channel. But during this lull in the sporting year, that’s just about what you’d get every time you turned on your television. Looking past the NFL free agent stories and whether or not Tiger Woods will play in the coming golf tournament, there are lesser known sports headlines.

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On the UNO Maverick sports front, newly hired Men’s Soccer Coach Jason Mims officially announced this year’s schedule. The schedule includes 13 games, 10 of those are on the road. Mims added three future Summit League opponents and also three home games to be played at varying locales around town, including one at Werner Park in Papillion. A couple games of note include the opener at University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a home game against University of California at Irvine.

Jason Mims will lead the UNO men's soccer team in its inaugural season beginning August 26 against Missouri-Kansas City. (Photo courtesy UNO)

In other news, Northwest Missouri State signed four former UNO football players this week. Running Back James Franklin who will be a sophomore this year, averaged 5.1 yards per carry last year with UNO gaining 810 yards and also 10 touchdowns. The Bearcats also picked up Junior Wide receiver Brian Miller who was recruited out of high school in the Kansas City area. Miller had 476 yards on 26 catches last year for UNO. The other two players making the splash at Northwest Missouri State are sophomore offensive lineman John Becklun, an Omaha Gross High School grad and redshirt freshman cornerback Jerry Key.

The summer lull should continue for at least another month. The end of August will bring football season to the forefront, and for a big chunk of Midwesterners, the end of the sporting wasteland known as the dog days of summer.

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