Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
Ohio StateUrban Meyer is attempting to replace quite a bit of talent this summer. His Ohio State football team lost 15 players to the NFL, but the show goes on in Columbus, Ohio, which will likely still be home to a top 10 team. The Buckeyes will still be a top 10 team because Meyer has been recruiting at an extremely high level and there are plenty of of four and five-star prospects ready to step in. Those young players have apparently been performing fairly well this offseason. Ohio State released today a hype video titled, “Young Bucks On The Grind.” Check it out:15 #Buckeyes gone to the #NFL? Next man up.Young Bucks are on the #grind to make an impact in 2016.#GoBucks https://t.co/BlkMtf28M1— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) June 23, 2016Ohio State opens fall camp in a little more than a month. The Buckeyes begin their 2016 season Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against Bowling Green.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes a fear of making decisions is to blame for Italy’s failure to stamp out racism in football, saying there is more of a willingness to make “big speeches” rather than take action.An incident at San Siro on December 26 saw Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly subjected to racist abuse from the stands during a clash with Inter.Serie A responded by ordering Inter to play their following two home league games behind closed doors, but Italy is not the only country to be dealing with such problems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Two high-profile incidents in English football towards the end of 2018 saw Raheem Sterling allegedly targeted for abuse by Chelsea fans, shortly after a Tottenham fan was accused of throwing a banana at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.Allegri finds the whole situation frustrating, not just because of the abuse, but also the responses of the Italian authorities, with the Juve coach demanding life bans be imposed on those found guilty.”This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said on Friday.”It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.”If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions.”We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.”And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?”This thing amuses me, because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”
Youssef En-Nesyri scored the only goal of the game as Morocco beat Ivory Coast 1-0 to qualify for the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.En-Nesyri struck in the 23rd minute as Morocco followed up their opening defeat of Namibia with another narrow victory at Al Salam Stadium on Friday.A second successive 1-0 win for Herve Renard’s men means their place in the next round is secure, while Ivory Coast will need a result in their Group D closer against Namibia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Romain Saiss made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Jonathan Kodjia in the opening minute, but it was Morocco who took a first-half lead.Nordin Amrabat collected a crossfield pass, brilliantly jinked inside a series of challenges and slipped the ball through to En-Nesyri, who made no mistake with a low finish.Do it with passionor not at all..#TotalAFCON2019 #MARCIV pic.twitter.com/lqq1vunysh— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 28, 2019Ivory Coast sought an immediate reply but, after Yassine Bounou was quickly off his line to keep out Max Gradel, Nicolas Pepe could only find the side netting from the edge of the box.Wonlo Coulibaly delivered a fine left-wing cross for Kodjia in the 62nd minute but the striker, who netted his side’s winner against South Africa, failed to hit the target.As the Elephants left gaps at the back, Morocco pushed for a second and En-Nesyri went close with a glancing header.Ismael Traore’s ambitious overhead kick was straight at Bounou as Ivory Coast pressed desperately for a leveller, but Morocco should have had a second in added time when Noussair Mazraoui volleyed against the crossbar from close range.
Neymar continues to spark talk of a possible return to Barcelona, but Camp Nou legend Lobo Carrasco is opposed to the idea of re-signing the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain.Amid a flurry of activity behind the scenes in Catalunya, a move for a former favourite has been mooted.The Liga champions are open to the idea of bringing Neymar back from France, if certain criteria are met, while the South American is eager to retrace his steps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Carrasco, though, feels that Barca should be targeting other options.He is in favour of completing a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann that has been discussed for some time, but would prefer to see any further funds invested elsewhere.A man who spent 11 years as part of the first-team fold at Camp Nou between 1978 and 1989 told El Chiringuito: “I do not want Neymar to come in.“I want Griezmann, a centre-back, a left-back and a centre-forward to come in.“That’s my road map and I would not change it, whether I’m [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, [Lionel] Messi, sports director or coach.”Carrasco believes Barcelona’s inability to challenge for the Champions League crown again in 2018-19 has highlighted the need to prioritise defensive additions.Ernesto Valverde’s side squandered a commanding semi-final first-leg lead against Liverpool to bow out of Europe once more, and Neymar is not considered to be the answer.“With the signing of Neymar, Barca would lose even more at the back,” added Carrasco.“They were swept in Europe, they [Liverpool] got us 4-0, 3-0.“If we have a further breakdown in defence, are we going to go from four to six goals?”Carrasco believes he has the answer for Barcelona, but the challenge facing the Blaugrana is not an easy one to complete.It is suggested that they require another talismanic presence at the back, one cut from the same cloth as a former academy graduate who went on to skipper the club and lead by example.“Barca needs to have a Puyol,” said Carrasco.Whether the Liga giants look to find that kind of player, having previously been linked with Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt, remains to be seen, with attacking reinforcements seemingly the priority at present.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Marshall football family is mourning a devastating loss this morning. Former Thundering Herd running back Devon Johnson has passed away at 25.Johnson was a standout for Marshall from 2012-15. The cause of his death is not immediately known.Marshall confirmed the news last night.“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Devon Johnson’s passing,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said in a statement. “Devon was a force in our program, both literally and figuratively. Whether on the field or off, his impact was immeasurable and he will be missed by so many at Marshall. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”Johnson’s high school, Richlands High School in Virginia, also paid tribute to him on Twitter.I don’t know how to even begin to out this into words…but we lost one of the greatest Blues to ever grace this earth tonight.Former Richlands, @HerdFB and @Panthers great Devon Johnson has passed away far too early.Please pray for this town.Say hey to #CT32 for us. ? pic.twitter.com/Mw8zdnoA1m— BlueTornadoLive (@BlueTornadoLive) November 6, 2018During his time at Marshall, Johnson set a school-record with 7.8 yards per carry. In 2014, he rushed for 1,767 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist and chosen for the First-Team All-Conference USA Team.Our thoughts and prayers are with Devon’s family and friends and the entire Marshall football community.
Paul Finebaum/ESPN.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes the Heisman Trophy voting might have gone differently if there wasn’t a bias against one of the finalists.Finebaum revealed this morning that he voted for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The ESPN analyst believes an anti-Alabama bias ended up hurting the Crimson Tide’s star QB.There’s an “Alabama fatigue” outside of Tuscaloosa.“When you’re outside of that bubble, you hear it all the time,” Finebaum said on WJOX. “People around the country are intrigued by Alabama. The first half of the season, Nick Saban and Tua were the biggest conversation pieces when I went from place to place along the way. And I think as the season wore on, people started to question is he as good as we thought and was the opposition all that stout … in the end, the statistics back up that he played far better competition than Kyler Murray.“The national media controls the narrative. There’s definitely Alabama fatigue and I think outside of a very small quadrant of the country, people will be pulling against Nick Saban. That probably hurt Tua. I think what hurt him most was getting hurt in the most important game.”That’s probably a pretty fair assessment. Both Tua and Kyler (and Dwayne Haskins) were deserving of the award.Alabama and Oklahoma will get to settle things on the field in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.
Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege entered the transfer portal earlier this month. Today, he announced where he’s heading next year.Doege committed to West Virginia, where he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. According to WVSports.com, there’s a chance Doege could apply for an NCAA waiver to suit up immediately for the Mountaineers in 2019.If not, he will have to sit out the 2019 season and be eligible in 2020. West Virginia is currently looking for a new starter after losing Will Grier to the NFL.If Doege is able to play in 2019, he will compete with fellow transfer Austin Kendall (Oklahoma) and incumbent backup Jack Allison for the starting role.“Country roads!! Take me home!! Excited for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to be a part of Mountaineer Nation!” Doege wrote in his Twitter announcement.Country roads!! Take me home!! Excited for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to be apart of Mountaineer Nation! #HailWV pic.twitter.com/kLKrtUkGDK— Jarret Doege (@DoegeJarret) May 16, 2019Doege started all 12 games for BGSU last season, throwing for 2,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.As a freshman in 2017, he appeared in seven contests, throwing for 1,381 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Ohio State star and NFL running back Beanie Wells is dealing with a family tragedy after his brother was shot to death earlier this morning.According to News5Cleveland, officers were called to the area of 7th Avenue and Weeks Street in Akron this morning to respond to reports of a shooting. There, they discovered 31-year-old Joel Wells dead of a gunshot wound to the head.Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward for the arrest of his brother’s shooter. Summit County Crime Stoppers is also offering a $5,000 reward for information.As of now, there are no suspects. Joel Wells, the brother of former NFL and Ohio State running back Beanie Wells, was shot to death in Akron this morning. Police have no suspects. Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward. @WEWS #WEWS pic.twitter.com/6bOfEU0btz— Bob Jones WEWS (@bobjonesTV) July 18, 2019Anyone who has information can contact police at 330-375-2490 or Crime Stoppers at 330-434-COPS.Our thoughts and prayers are with Wells and his family at this time.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After sitting out all of last season, linebacker VanDarius Cowan will have to wait a little longer before making his debut for West Virginia. The former four-star recruit has been suspended for the first four games of the fall.Cowan began his collegiate career with Alabama. His time under Nick Saban quickly came to an end as he was dismissed back in July of 2018.The talented linebacker transferred to West Virginia during that same offseason. Due to NCAA rules, the Florida native had to watch last season from the sidelines.While Cowan should be able to play at some point this season, the Mountaineers will be without him for the first four games. According to Mike Casazza of 247Sports, Cowan is suspended because of NCAA eligibility issues.He’ll miss games against James Madison, Missouri, NC State and Kansas. This means he’ll miss West Virginia’s entire non-conference schedule.BREAKING: #WVU LB VanDarius Cowan has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season, via @mikecasazzaFREE Link: https://t.co/yQnLKisDYv pic.twitter.com/ZNsjCmWDgI— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) August 21, 2019The likely return date for Cowan will be the first week of October, when West Virginia hosts No. 10 Texas.Cowan is projected to be a starting linebacker for the Mountaineers this season. The next man up on the depth chart to fill in for him during his absence is Zach Sandwisch.The timing of this suspension isn’t ideal for West Virginia as the program is only 10 days away from its season opener.