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T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-YOUNG
Ohio State’s Young out for Maryland game due to NCAA matter
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young won’t play Saturday against Maryland because of a possible NCAA “issue.”
The school announced the news along with the team’s status report and depth chart for the coming game. A statement says Young is being held out because of a “possible NCAA issue from last year” the athletic department is “looking into.”
The school did not elaborate, Young says it is fallout from borrowing money from a family friend last year.
In a statement posted on Young’s Twitter account, the All-American acknowledged that “I made a mistake” by accepting the loan. He says he repaid it in full and is “working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
The junior leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 after a dominant performance two weeks ago against Wisconsin that thrust him into the Heisman Trophy race.
Young is a former five-star recruit from Maryland.
The third-ranked Buckeyes were No. 1 in this week’s initial College Football Playoff rankings.
Browns sign C JC Tretter to 3-year contract extension
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Browns have signed steady center JC Tretter to a three-year, $32.5 million contract extension.
Tretter has started all 40 games since signing with Cleveland as a free agent before the 2017 season. The 28-year-old, who spent his first three NFL seasons with Green Bay, has helped solidify a Cleveland offensive line that lost 10-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas before last season and has struggled this year.
Tretter’s deal includes $23 million guaranteed.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said Tretter “embodies all of the qualities that you look for in a football player.”
Tretter didn’t miss a snap last season despite playing with a severely sprained ankle, which limited his practice time and required daily treatments. With Tretter anchoring the middle, Cleveland’s line did a solid job protecting then-rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. He was only sacked five times in the final eight games.
Rick Pitino to coach Greek national basketball team
ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the Greek national basketball team and lead its effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Greek basketball federation says Pitino will be officially presented on Monday, when details of his agreement will be announced.
The 67-year-old American coached Greek club Panathinaikos last season and guided the team to victory in the country’s cup competition before returning to the United States. He remains popular among Greek fans despite his outspoken criticism of smoking and rowdy behavior by spectators at games.
Pitino spent much of his career jumping between the college ranks and the NBA, coaching the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as Kentucky and Louisville.
Green tied for lead with Suzuki at LGPA’s Japan Classic
SHIGA, Japan (AP) – Australian Hannah Green shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to finish the first round of the LPGA Japan Classic tied for the lead with local favorite Ai Suzuki.
Green carded five birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course to finish one stroke ahead of six golfers including Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho.
Ko had an erratic round that featured seven birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the final event of the LPGA Tour’s Asia Swing.
Defending champion Nasa Hataoka shot a 71 and was tied for 35th place. Lexi Thompson, making her first start since the Indy Women in Tech Championship in September, struggled with her game and shot a 74.
Two-time Japan Classic winner Shanshan Feng was three strokes back after a 70.
UFC FIGHTER-MISSING STEPDAUGHTER
Man charged in missing stepdaughter case caught in Florida
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Authorities have arrested the man wanted in the disappearance of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ stepdaughter.
Jail records show Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested in Florida and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday. He’s charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, who was last seen at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23.
Blanchard was reported missing the next day. Her car was later found abandoned over 50 miles (90 kilometers) away. Police said the car contained evidence that Blanchard had been harmed. Auburn police this week released images of Yazeed showing him at the gas station while Blanchard was there.
Yazeed was out on bond awaiting trial on attempted murder and kidnapping charges when Blanchard disappeared.