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Flakes: Olympic Spirit, Rugby Tackling, Big 12 Origins

Lots of former Huskers in the news, a truly Olympic moment in track, and driver-less cars. We also take a look back at the formation of the Big 12.

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No preamble today. There are so many good links, we are going to get right to it. We start with Husker soccer, which looks to be off to a strong start.

Huskers Ride Past Bison in Exhibition Match, 4-0 - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska soccer team controlled on offense and defense from start to finish in its lone exhibition match, routing North Dakota State, 4-0, at Barbara Hibner Stadium on Saturday night.

NEB SOC: Trio of Huskers Named to Big Ten Preseason List - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE;
Nebraska seniors Caroline Flynn, Jaycie Johnson and Sydney Miramontez each earned a spot on the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Honors List, released by the conference on Monday.

A sneak peek at Husker football...

Huskers see rugby-style tackling as heady move;
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska safety Nate Gerry was ejected from back-to-back games last football season because officials ruled he targeted receivers above the shoulders when tackling them.This year, Gerry and his teammates are transitioning to a tackling method...

2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Preview and Predictions - Off Tackle Empire
It's time to make an argument for Nebraska football's success in 2016. Will they win more games then 2015? One sure hopes so.

Reading this following article should give you an even greater appreciation for all the work Husker Mike puts into his preview articles.

Previewing the Nebraska Cornhuskers - Addicted To Quack
How good will Mike Riley’s team be?

Baseball: Huskers add veteran transfers
Nebraska baseball added a pair of D-I transfers to its roster over the summer.

Next up, are a whole bunch of former Huskers representing the Big Red out in the bigger world.

Former Huskers Meet in NPF Playoffs - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The three former Huskers competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league will meet in the opening round of the 2016 NPF Championship Series this Friday when the Chicago Bandits take on the Scrap Yard Dawgs.

U.S. women grind past Japan and into the women's volleyball semifinals - LA Times
Patience has been a key word for the U.S. women’s volleyball team at these 2016 Summer Games.

Pavan and Bansley Finish Fifth at Olympics - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Former Nebraska volleyball standout Sarah Pavan finished fifth in beach volleyball for Canada with partner Heather Bansley at the Olympics on Sunday.

Page Helps Serb Oust Aussies - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Danielle Page scored five points while adding four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot to help upstart Serbia to the biggest upset so far in women's basketball at the Rio Olympics with a 73-71 win over Australia on Tuesday morning at Youth Arena.

Denver Broncos: Zaire Anderson impressing coaches
The Denver Broncos lost plenty this offseason, but linebacker Zaire Anderson -- among others -- is proving their ability to promote and develop within...

At 6 feet 9, Chiefs tackle Zach Sterup looks to make a slam-dunk impression | The Kansas City Star
Zach Sterup’s first love growing up in Hastings, Neb., was basketball. But his path took him to football through the University of Nebraska and now with the Chiefs, where his head coach, Andy Reid, knows something about coaching tall offensive linemen.

Elsewhere in Sports

Big 12 expansion: Oral history of Big 8-SWC merger
The Big 12's future is threatened by conference realignment based around building the biggest TV contract possible. It's a trend the Big 12 helped set in motion when the Big 8 and Southwest Conference merged.

Olympic track trials 2016 - It's what you do after you fall, as Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino find out in women's 5000
The Olympic spirit was on full display during the second heat in the women's 5,000 meters, when Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino tangled and fell.

Social Hour: Muhammad Ali's grandson commits to Cal, Wisconsin guard's epic mullet
Cal landed a verbal commitment from Biaggio Ali-Walsh on Monday. Ali-Walsh, a three-star running back from Bishop Gorman high school in Las Vegas, is the grandson of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

This and That

Go over and check out the  brewery challenge our friends at OffTackleEmpire put together.

Best B1G Brewery Challenge: Round 1, Bottom Half - Off Tackle Empire
Who are the best breweries in Nebraska and Pennsylvania? You tell us!

Ford will build an autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals by 2021 | The Verge
Ford plans to build a fully autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals by 2021, the company announced today. The vehicle will be aimed at ride-hailing and ride-sharing fleets. To get...