The East Central Wrestling team wrapped up the regular season by capturing The Knights Classic at South Dearborn.EC finished with 264 total team points, the host Knights had 214, Batesville with 92, Southwestern with 87.5, Boone County 70, and Greensburg 63.Wrestling – Media Release (2)The Trojans will be getting ready for The Sectionals on Saturday, January 26th, at South Dearborn.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Scott Schwarz.
The OVC’s plans to play winter and spring sports remain unaffected as of now.__The Houston Texans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Baltimore Ravens.The Texans added on Friday they have yet to decide if fans will be allowed to attend games later in the season. The Texans say a decision on fans attending games this season will be dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Houston area, which is currently a hotspot. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority.“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___ This year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum.But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says the rescheduled enshrinement festivities, the diminished museum visitation and the uncertainty regarding the Hall’s college and high school basketball events this fall “has forced us to make these very difficult decisions.” Mohegan Sun is a long-time partner of the Hall. Doleva says it can a operate a “near-bubble” to provide a secure environment for guests.___ Associated Press The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, ‘If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.’”That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.” ___The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed all fall sports including football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball and asked members to develop plans for league competition and championships in the spring.The decision by the OVC Board of Presidents also includes the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf and men’s and tennis along with the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball.But OVC members will be allowed to play up to four nonconference football games if a team is willing using NCAA standards for practice and and mental health guidance.OVC commissioner Beth DeBauche says the board voted to postpone after careful deliberation of the current uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. OVC officials will continue monitor the situation hoping students will be able to play their fall sports in the spring. DeBauche says the OVC intends to ensure the postponed seasons are not eventually canceled if facts support that decision. Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” ___ Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined.___ The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus.___Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball.The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled its plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.Charleston Southern said in it statement Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall. The school said the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring.___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. read more
Bills running back Christian Wade hopes to hinge hype to roster spot SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Bills running back Christian Wade caused a stir when he scored on a 65-yard run on his first-ever touch in the NFL last week, igniting the conversation about international players eager to make names for themselves in the United States.Efe Obada has been down that road before. Now in his third NFL season with plenty of experience under his belt — and a new contract after he earned an extension in January — Obada, 27, reflected on the biggest challenge he faced before becoming the first player from the International Pathway Program to make a final roster in 2018.”Learning the game, first of all,” Obada told Stats Perform Wednesday as the Panthers wrapped up training camp here with their second joint practice with the Bills. “And just speeding up the process.”Added Obada: “I think initially, because I’m not coming out of high school, college and things like that, just learning the transition and also I learn to trust my NFL teammates and also the coaches. You got to come from that ‘oh, the international guy doesn’t know the game’ and learning the game to a guy that knows what he’s doing and can be trusted.”Wade, who at 28 also is part of the International Pathways Program, broke out in a different and much more rapid form as he turned heads by bolting down the field last Thursday in the preseason opener against the Colts.But Obada, who was “so happy” seeing a fellow Englishman be successful on the field, credited Wade’s experience playing rugby as one of the reasons his skills transferred so smoothly. The Panthers defensive end was born in Nigeria and trafficked to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands before being left homeless in London at age 10.Fast forward to 2015, when Obada’s life changed as he signed with the Cowboys practice squad on the recommendation of his former coach after less than a year of playing American football in England. He also spent time with the Chiefs and Falcons before being assigned to the Panthers before the 2017 season as part of the league’s International Player Pathway Program. Related News “Christian is already a pro, he was a pro long before I was,” Obada said. “We just bounce off each other.”While he is hopeful he and Wade can pave the way for other international prospects for years to come, Obada highlighted the importance of hard work and having confidence that things will work out.”Just trust the process,” Obada said. read more