Three-man QB race at Nebraska still even

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Mario Verduzco uses two words to describe the state of Nebraska's three-man quarterback race.

"Even steven," the Cornhuskers' quarterback coach said Wednesday.

Sorting out who takes the first snap in the Sept. 1 opener against Akron might take a while. No pecking order among Adrian Martinez, Tristan Gebbia and Andrew Bunch was announced entering preseason practice last week, and Verduzco said the three continue to get equal snaps with the No. 1 offense.

Many observers gave Martinez the edge after his strong performance in the spring game, but new coach Scott Frost said the competition would go until one man separates himself.

"Have you ever played Monopoly?" Frost said before the first practice. "You know how the race car, the horse and the iron and the battleship are on 'Go' to begin with? Everybody's on 'Go' right now."

Gebbia said Frost's analogy was mostly accurate.

"The one thing I would say is Monopoly is more of a game of chance and this is a game of will, competition," Gebbia said. "We're all doing a great job of trying to show we are who we think we are, and as long as we're winning games that's all that matters."

Whoever wins the job will play in a college game for the first time.

Martinez, from Fresno, California, graduated from high school in December so he could enroll at Nebraska in January.

Gebbia, from Calabasas, California, was recruited by former coach Mike Riley to play in a pro-style offense and redshirted his first year in Lincoln.

Bunch, a sophomore from Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College by way of Thompson Station, Tennessee, didn't appear in a game for the Huskers last year.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway had bullets and gun parts in his car when he was cited for marijuana possession.

Dash-camera video obtained by TMZ shows an officer asking Callaway to step out of his vehicle after the officer smells marijuana following a routine traffic stop. Callaway cooperates, and later one officer tells his partner that he became "real nervous" when he found the bullets and a strap for a Glock handgun in the vehicle.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers will honor former tight end Dwight Clark with a season-long celebration of his life that will include unveiling a statue of "The Catch."

Clark died in June at age 61. He suffered from ALS.

All 49ers players will wear 87 helmet decals throughout the season, and Levi's Stadium field bunting will pay tribute to Clark during all 49ers games.


NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, the All-Star laden lineup of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league's national television schedule.

The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday, and all are prominently featured.

James Harden and the Rockets will appear three times on national television in the opening week of the season, while Lakers, Warriors and Celtics will be featured twice.


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the 2015 world championship title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in the country's famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said. He was 28.

Bett had only just returned home this week from the African championships in Nigeria.

Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani said Bett was killed in the crash on the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya's best-known distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley region.

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