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.
At what point does an impressive recruiting roll become something more? When does it become a harbinger of things to come, even if not for a few seasons? How many notable commitments in a row establishes a class as special? If the answer to any of the above is 11 commitments by the end of February, including five within two weeks, then Notre Dame is there following consensus four-star athlete Braden Lenzy’s announcement Thursday evening. The Tigard High School (Portland, Ore) receiver/cornerback chose the Irish over offers from USC, Oregon and Michigan State, among a litany of others. In all, nine Pac-12 schools chased Lenzy—and a 10th, Washington, had shown interest—per rivals.com. Lenzy will
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the recent incident in which former Knicks star, Charles Oakley, was booted out of Madison Square Garden and arrested. The scene where security guards tackled him to the ground was all over the news, and spurred a New York sized drama that hung over the Knicks franchise -- leading Carmelo Anthony to say there was a cloud hanging over the organization in the wake of the mess. Oakley’s supporters have stood by him. That includes former St. John’s and NBA center Jayson Williams, who told an interesting tale about how Oakley helped him out when he was looking for some cash in college. Here’s the story from Williams’ interview CBS