Two college football players who were suspended from their team last year and saw their scholarships revoked after rape accusations have been cleared by police after authorities say their accuser recanted her story. Nikki Yovino, 18, of South Setauket, NY, has been charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection to an incident at a Sacred Heart University football party in October, the Connecticut Post reports. When pressed about inconsistencies in her original statement, Yovino admitted that she made up the rape allegations against the two football players in hopes of gaining sympathy from another man — a prospective boyfriend, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Police said Yovino told them on Oct. 15 at a hospital where they responded for a sexual assault complaint that she attended a Sacred Heart football club party the night before at a house on Lakeside Drive in Bridgeport.
As Louisville coach Rick Pitino was making his way into the locker room at halftime of the Cardinals’ loss at North Carolina on Wednesday night, he had to be moved along by multiple people. Pitino seemed to be visibly angered with what appeared to be a heckling fan. Here’s the video, via ESPN. Something quite clearly catches Pitino’s ear, and he looks ready to rumble almost immediately. According to ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor, a fan yelled, “Pitino, you suck!” and that is what prompted this reaction from the 64-year-old coach. The fan was ejected, according to Taylor. Here’s a shorter version, with crowd audio, from the game. Via Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones. We will update
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to smoke some brisket, like a lot of brisket, hopefully a nice 15-pound chunk of it. The idea that he would get to where he is now, set to start second in Sunday’s Daytona 500, set to begin another full season with championship aspirations, was by no means certain. Smoking