Meet the Illinois athletes on the all-Black adventure racing team that's featured on a new Amazon series
CHICAGO — You can’t miss Illinois native Coree Woltering — or his Speedos — on “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.”“The Speedo became a thing back in (2016) when I was in Florida for a 50-kilometer race, and I forgot my racing shorts, but I had Speedos with me,” Woltering told the Tribune by phone. “I ended up winning that race, and the picture just went like viral on social media, and after that everyone was like, you have to race in a Speedo. That just became my thing.”The 30-year-old professional trail and ultra runner packed several Speedos for the Eco-Challenge, an 11-day race ove...
Charles McDonald: Spring football is an unreasonable ask of football players
The Big Ten, along with the Pac-12, officially announced that they’ll be postponing fall sports, including football, with hopes that they can be rescheduled for the spring.The conference hopes to wait out the ongoing pandemic with the postponement, but it creates an entirely new issue to grapple with: the feasibility of playing football in the spring before quickly gearing up for a season in the fall.It’s hypocritical of these schools to say that they’re postponing fall sports due to the health and safety of their athletes, while also asking them to punish their bodies by playing two football ...
New York Daily News
Michael Cunningham: College football needs to play in a 'bubble' but won't
ATLANTA — The Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled football and all fall sports Tuesday and will try again in the spring. The SEC and ACC are, for now, still planning to play starting next month. The actuaries, attorneys and medical professionals are steering the ship now.Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said there’s too much uncertainty with medical risks for players during the pandemic. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says his medical advisors believe the season can safely go forward but will halt should that advice change. Dueling medical opinions aside, there’s one obvious way to make college footbal...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Panthers' Stephen Weatherly has a message: 'All black lives matter,' not just famous ones
As new Carolina Panthers defensive end Stephen Weatherly sees it: If you’re a Black man who happens to play in the NFL, then your life matters.But what if you don’t play a professional sport, and you’re not a famous singer, and you didn’t grow up, as Weatherly said, holding either “a microphone or a ball”?Your life matters, too, Weatherly said — but sometimes it doesn’t seem that way.That’s why Weatherly wants to wear a decal on his helmet that says “All Black Lives Matter” this season. As part of a social justice initiative, the NFL is reportedly going to allow NFL players to wear decals on t...
The Charlotte Observer
ACC (Miami, FSU) and SEC (UF) forging ahead despite no football for Big Ten and Pac-12
The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Tuesday afternoon they will not play football — or any sports — this fall.The Atlantic Coast Conference, however, is full throttle for now.At least that’s what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is hoping.A couple hours before the monumental announcements from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, DeSantis held a new conference Tuesday at Florida State — and made it emphatically clear, along with FSU president John Thrasher, that they want ACC football to be played this fall.Thrasher said the other ACC presidents, including Universit...
As Big 12 brass meets, source says conference leaning toward trying to play this fall
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Big 12 brass met on Tuesday evening and the feeling is the league will continue toward playing football this fall, sources told the Star-Telegram.The league held a two-plus hour conference call that included Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the league’s board of directors (school chancellors and presidents) and athletic directors, as well as the conference’s medical experts on how to proceed with fall sports.The board of directors headed to an executive session around 7:45 p.m. with the league’s ADs meeting at 8 p.m.Asked if the Big 12’s Board was leaning toward playing this f...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Undermanned Sixers fall, 130-117, to Phoenix Suns
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It could had been worse … much worse.The already banged-up 76ers were expected to lose Tuesday on a day they rested players against the hottest squad in the bubble.The Phoenix Suns pulled away midway through the fourth quarter to take a 130-117 victory at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex. The Sixers dropped to 42-29 in a game in which all five of their starters from the season opener sat out.Joel Embiid was sidelined with a twisted left ankle. Josh Richardson missed the game to rest. Tobias Harris didn’t play due to a sore right ankle, while Al Horford was out with a sore ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Jensen: Why college football season is crumbling: 'Too much uncertainty'
Is it safe to play college football or not?We just do not know, was the loud answer given Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference, the reason for suspending all league fall sports competition.“We just believed collectively, there’s too much uncertainty,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.Let’s state this plainly. This was the right call. A depressing call, a bleak day at Penn State and Ohio State and Michigan and Rutgers and the rest, no doubt. Even amidst an outcry of protest from its own coaches — and even if they lose transfers to another Power 5 league that doesn’t shut down — Big Ten presi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh reacts to Big Ten cancellation: Here's his statement
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh expressed disappointment in the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports Tuesday, but he also said the Wolverines did everything in their ability to play this fall.“Our student-athletes and coaches want to compete,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “They have committed, trained and prepared their entire lives for this opportunity, and I know how much they’re disappointed at this time. I share in their disappointment today.“We have shown over the weeks since returning to campus that we could meet the challenge and provide our student-athletes the opportunity ...
Detroit Free Press
Steve Hummer: Bad day for college football could reverberate in the South
ATLANTA — Two of the big boys of college football decided — despite a wave of hashtag protests — to pull the plug. Now it is time for us holdouts down South to hope for the best but gird for the worst.The Big Ten opted out of playing in the fall Tuesday, which undoubtedly sent tremors through places like Birmingham (Michigan) and Athens (Ohio) and maybe Atlanta (Illinois).That has to deeply, on a gut level, concern those who live in warmer latitudes and in like-named cities. Places where college football is deemed as indispensable to the fall as helium is to the party balloon or blood is to th...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution