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.
Magic Johnson has hit the ground running in his new role as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, constantly working the phones trying to make deals before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. After trading Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Johnson immediately looked to his next move, calling old pal Larry Bird to check on the availability of Indiana Pacers star Paul George, according to multiple reports. Despite Johnson’s interest in bringing George back home to southern California, the Lakers swinging a deal to land the Pacers star before the trade deadline is considered unlikely at this point, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Shelburne notes that trade talks didn't
The Force India team has unveiled the car with which they will contest the 2017 Formula One season - the VJM10 - at Silverstone on Wednesday afternoon. The car's livery is a familiar blend of orange, black and silver, while on the design front the Force India team have had to make the same adaptations as others to suit the radical overhaul of the regulations this year. Prior to the unveiling, team owner Vijay Mallya spoke bullishly about Force India's prospects: "Many commentators of the sport have said that we punch well above our weight.