Sports in brief:” Traditions and trades

August 22, 2018 GMT

Husker tradition called into question

The folks behind the Florida-based Balloons Blow have set their sights on taking the air out of Nebraska’s inflatables.

“It’s high time these balloon-release traditions come to an end,” the group wrote on its fundraising page earlier this month. “Nebraska Huskers & Indy 500 need to end their decades-old mass-littering traditions too!”

Last week, the organization used some of its funds to buy outdoor advertising space in Lincoln. “NEBRASKA FANS, Stop Littering, End the Balloon Release!” proclaims the billboard near Calvert Street and Nebraska 2.

The sign features red balloons rising against a blue sky and a seagull with a deflated red balloon in its beak.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln responded to the billboard with a statement confirming its own concern for wildlife, fish, birds and the environment.

“Every balloon released in Memorial Stadium is 100 percent natural latex biodegradable, as purchased from Midwest Balloon in Omaha,” the statement read. “In addition, we do not use plastic tabs to tie off the balloons and we use 100 percent cotton strings.”

A GoFundMe page for the nonprofit’s efforts to pay for the campaign had raised nearly $2,000 by Monday morning.

Chiefs add veteran Scandrick

Orlando Scandrick, who spent nearly a decade with the Dallas Cowboys and was recently cut by the Washington Redskins has been signed to a contract by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 31-year old is a potential temporary replacement for an injured Daniel Sorensen. The safety broke a bone in his shin and is out for at least the start of the season.

Kansas City’s other safety, Eric Berry, has been sidelined the last few weeks of practice with a heel injury.

Giants’ Cruz retires, joins ESPN

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced Tuesday he is leaving the NFL and planning to join ESPN as an analyst.

Cruz played seven years in the league and was named a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. He joined the team in 2010 as an undrafted free agent and amassed 303 receptions with 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.

Cruz will will make his network debut on Wednesday.

Former Husker Incognito in custody after threats

Former NFL and Nebraska offensive lineman Richie Incognito is in police custody after disorderly conduct and making threats.

According to a spokesman for the Scottsdale, Arizona police department, Incognito was at a mortuary making arrangements for his father’s funeral when he became upset with the staff and began damaging property and shouting at employees. Several times, Incognito threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot the employees, the spokesman said.

Nationals make trades to Cubs, Cardinals

The Washington Nationals have sent second baseman Daniel Murphy to Chicago and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals.

In return, the Nationals received Class A infielder Andrus Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations while the Cardinals sent cash for Adams.

Though Murphy plays the same position as regular starter Javier Baez, he also has experience at third base where the cubs are missing Kris Bryant on the disable list.