Royals’ draftee Starling puts football on hold

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kansas City Royals first-round draft pick Bubba Starling won’t practice with the Nebraska football team until he makes a decision on whether to sign a multi-million-dollar deal to play pro baseball.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he would leave open a spot on the preseason 105-man roster until Aug. 15, the day Starling must decide between baseball and football. The Huskers opened practice Saturday.

Starling was the No. 5 overall pick in the major-league draft and could be in line for a signing bonus of $6-$7 million. Pelini said he and the Starling family agreed that it was in the 6-foot-5, 200-pound freshman quarterback’s best interest to hold off on football until the situation with the Royals is clear.