Jack Hoffman might have been the biggest star of the Nebraska spring game Saturday. Jack, a 7-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., has won the hearts...

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Cancer patient, 7, runs

for TD as 60,174 cheer

Jack Hoffman might have been the biggest star of the Nebraska spring game Saturday.

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Jack, a 7-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., has won the hearts of fans and people in the football program for his bout with brain cancer. Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead befriended him last year and is the captain of the support network known as “Team Jack.”

Wearing a miniature Burkhead uniform, Jack ran onto the field late in the spring game.

On a fourth-and-one play, he took a handoff from Taylor Martinez. As Jack went down the field, players from the Red and White squads left their sidelines and followed him into the end zone to mob him and lift him on their shoulders after his 69-yard touchdown.

The crowd of 60,174 at Memorial Stadium cheered as Jack celebrated — a moment that left his father, Andy, misty-eyed on the sideline.

Asked what he was thinking when he ran onto the field, Jack said, “Scoring a touchdown.”

And when he broke free and scored? “It felt awesome.”

Coach Malzahn praises

Auburn administrators

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he thinks the administration responded well to two reports alleging misdeeds in the football program dating from the 2010 national-championship season .

Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator under coach Gene Chizik in 2010, referred to athletic director Jay Jacobs’ statements disputing the accuracy of the reports.

“The administration took care of it, and as a head coach I feel good about the way they handled it,” he said after a scrimmage Saturday.

ESPN The Magazine and roopstigo.com had reports last week alleging the cover-up of synthetic-marijuana use to changing a player’s grade to improper payments.


U.S. trails in Davis Cup

The United States trails Serbia 2-1 in a best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal after the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 in 4 hours, 23 minutes in Boise, Idaho.

The Bryans have a 20-4 record together in Davis Cup doubles.

Reverse singles matches will be played Sunday, with No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia playing No. 20 Sam Querrey to start the day.

Serena triumphs

in all-Williams match

Serena Williams defeated older sister Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 in a semifinal match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

The previous time the Williams sisters played each other in a tournament was 2009.

Top-ranked Serena improved to 14-10 in matches against 24th-ranked Venus and will play Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Sunday’s final.

Jankovic beat Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2.


Johnny Sauter passed Jeb Burton for the lead on a restart with 17 laps to go and won the Kroger 250, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

Sauter is 2 for 2 this season.

• Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in Birmingham.

Calvin Smith Jr. won the 400-meter race at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge in Australia.

The American finished in 46.25 seconds — 28 years after his father won the 100 meters at the 1985 Australia Games in Melbourne. Calvin Smith Sr. once held the 100 world record and was a two-time world champion in the 200.

• Former cyclist Lance Armstrong is asking a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France.

SCA Promotions sued Armstrong in February, claiming he committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.

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