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Ne­braska’s Frost took step to stop mi­gra­tion to Ore. St.

First-year Ne­braska coach Scott Frost said Thurs­day the trans­fers of three of his former play­ers to Ore­gon State raised his sus­pi­cions, though he stopped short of lev­el­ing a tam­per­ing charge against the Beavers.

Linebacker Avery Roberts, quar­ter­back Tris­tan Geb­bia and re­ceiver Tyjon Lind­sey all trans­ferred from Ne­braska to Ore­gon State in the last two months. It was part of the rea­son Frost listed Ore­gon State as one of the schools Greg Bell couldn’t trans­fer to as a con­di­tion of grant­ing the run­ning back’s schol­ar­ship re­lease last week.

Bell played at Ari­zona Western Col­lege from 2016-17.

The Corn­huskers’ pre­vi­ous staff has deep ties to Ore­gon State, and former Huskers as­sis­tant Trent Bray re­turned there to coach lineback­ers this sea­son. Former di­rec­tor of foot­ball op­er­a­tions Dan Van De Riet has gone back to Ore­gon State in the same role. Mike Ri­ley, the coach Frost re­placed, was a long­time Ore­gon State head coach who now is a con­sul­tant for the Beavers.

“There’s no doubt in my mind those kids were prob­a­bly in touch with some peo­ple they for­merly knew that were here,” Frost said Thurs­day.

It’s against NCAA rules for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a school to con­tact a player from an­other school about trans­fer­ring. Frost’s de­ci­sion on Bell was made 10 days be­fore NCAA trans­fer rules change. Start­ing Oct. 15, ath­letes will no longer have to ask for per­mis­sion to trans­fer from their cur­rent schools and schools can­not block trans­fers.

Ne­vada reg­u­la­tor sus­pends Khabib, McGre­gor for brawl

LAS VE­GAS — UFC fighters Khabib Nur­magome­dov and Conor McGre­gor are be­ing sus­pended by the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion for a brawl that erupted in­side and out­side the oc­tagon af­ter their light­weight ti­tle fight last week­end in Las Ve­gas, an of­fi­cial said.

Let­ters were sent Wed­nes­day in­form­ing both mixed mar­tial arts fighters that they will be sus­pended for at least 10 days ef­fec­tive Oct. 15, com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ben­nett said Thurs­day.

A com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pend­ing and the panel can ex­tend the tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion when it meets Oct. 24, Ben­nett said. Nur­magome­dov and McGre­gor could also ap­peal Ben­nett’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion at that time.

Nur­magome­dov, who was praised by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin dur­ing a meet­ing Wed­nes­day in Moscow, re­sponded with an an­gry In­sta­gram post say­ing he was be­ing un­fairly pun­ished.

The fighter com­plained that dis­ci­pline didn’t fol­low an in­ci­dent last April in Brook­lyn, New York, when McGre­gor shat­tered win­dows of Nur­magome­dov’s bus with a hand truck af­ter Nur­magome­dov con­fronted one of McGre­gor’s team­mates days ear­lier.

The sopho­mores on Ari­zona Western’s men’s soc­cer team were able to make the most of their fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son home game Thurs­day with a com­mand­ing win over Scotts­dale.

The Mata­dors won 2-0, and it marked the first time that any of the play­ers on the team have beaten the Fight­ing Ar­ti­chokes.

Prior to this game the sopho­more class had two draws and a loss, in­clud­ing a dis­ap­point­ing draw ear­lier this sea­son at Scotts­dale (5-8-3).

“It’s im­por­tant. Every­one is chas­ing us and we’re chas­ing other teams,” AWC coach Kenny Dale said. “I love our league. Every team is good from top to bot­tom and on any given day a team can rise up.”

Af­ter an up-and-down per­for­mance last week against Phoenix, the Mats started Thurs­day’s game fast.

Scotts­dale was con­tent to pack the game back in its own end and look to counter. That turned out to be fine for the AWC mid­field­ers, who were happy to me­thod­i­cally pick apart their de­fense.

Two min­utes into the game mid­fielder Steven Men­doza nearly scored off of a loose ball be­cause of a bad pass by the Ar­ti­chokes.

The Mats were able to come up with chances every cou­ple of min­utes through­out the first half, but they turned up the pres­sure in the fi­nal 10 min­utes of the half. For­ward Jorge Cayo Ze­lada was able to crash into the box from his

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ARI­ZONA WESTERN’S YERRY MEN­DEZ (10) against Scotts­dale at AWC. drib­bles through traf­fic dur­ing Thurs­day’s game

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