Urban Meyer instituted a tradition at Ohio State University when he became the Buckeyes' head coach in 2012. Every freshman or first-year Buckeye starts with a black stripe on his helmet. Losing that stripe is a big step toward joining the Buckeyes brotherhood. "I wanted to put them through a ritual to become a member of the team, but not allow hazing," Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch in 2012. "They had to earn it the right way, not through hazing and silly, dangerous stuff. They had to earn the right on the football field and by being accountable." To lose the black stripe, freshmen have to do the right things and impress the coaches. Well, the first black stripe of 2017 has already been removed.
NFL star J.J. Watt had been quietly dating professional soccer player Kealia Ohai for about a year before going public with their love in January. The pair, who met through Watt’s Houston Texans teammate Brian Cushing (Cushing is married to Ohai’s older sister Megan), are “very happily dating” while balancing busy training and traveling schedules, a source tells PEOPLE. “We’re both very proud of each other and what we both do,” Watt, 28, told PEOPLE at a pre-Super Bowl event in February.
TAMPA — Two sensational months at the end of last season and a solid spring training convinced Joe Girardi he needed Gary Sanchez to hit high in the lineup. So Girardi moved Sanchez to the No. 2 spot ahead of No. 3 hitter Greg Bird and dropped Jacoby Ellsbury to No. 5 for Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, a likely preview of the lineup trotted out when the games begin for real on Sunday. “The way [Sanchez] is swinging the bat, I wanted to get him and Greg Bird up as quick as possible. It breaks up the lefties,’’ Girardi said. “This very well could be near to our Opening Day lineup. It’s not like it came out of the blue. Do we have a traditional five hitter?