ND's cornerback depth takes major blow with Wood injury


ND's cornerback depth takes major blow with Wood injury

The greatest unknown on Notre Dame's defense heading into the 2012 season has always been at cornerback, where the Irish have to replace a pair of experienced starters from their 2011 squad. Lo Wood, who coach Brian Kelly had praised for his performances during pre-season practice, was slated to be one of the guys who would take over for Gary Gray and Robert Blanton.

But Wood suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon at Monday's practice, and Tuesday, Kelly confirmed the junior cornerback will miss the entire 2012 season. Wood will redshirt this season and is expected back or spring practice next year.

The immediate impact means Josh Atkinson will likely start alongside Bennett Jackson at corner. But the biggest blow comes in terms of cornerback depth, which will consist of four untested players.

Jalen Brown is the only true cornerback of the bunch, but he didn't play last season. True freshman Elijiah Shumate played safety in high school, while fellow first-year player KeiVarae Russell entered Notre Dame with the "athlete" designation, but mainly played running back in high school. The same goes for Cam McDaniel, who was a standout running back at Coppell High School in Texas and was converted to cornerback in the spring.

Kelly chose to look on the bright side during his press conference Tuesday, though, focusing on the athleticism of the bunch.

"We dont have any slow corners," Kelly, who also ruled out shifting safety Jamoris Slaughter to cornerback, said. "Its about honing their skills. You want somebody to rise to the top."

Notre Dame ranked No. 38 among FBS teams last season in passing defense, allowing 205.3 yards through the air per game. Slaughter is the only returning starter from that group.

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.

The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."

Check it out:

Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.

Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan


Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan

Back in June, Jim Harbaugh asked Hank Aaron if he'd be an honorary captain at a Michigan football game this season.

Aaron has taken him up on it.

A look at Michigan's official website revealed to the Internet that one of the greatest baseball players of all-time will be the honorary captain for Michigan's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 22.

Harbaugh chatted with Hammerin' Hank and donned a No. 44 Braves jersey during a stop in Atlanta on his whirlwind satellite-camp tour this summer, with Aaron sporting a Michigan hat.

Aaron will follow Michael Jordan, another all-time great who will serve as Michigan's honorary captain for the season-opener against Hawaii.

But while Jordan's connection to Michigan is all business — the Wolverines are the first football team to be outfitted by Jordan Brand — Aaron has a different reason to visit Ann Arbor, as his granddaughter attends the university.

(h/t Wolverine 24/7)

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

Baseball fans are in for a treat when they tune in to CSN for Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers broadcast.

CSN will carry the live audio call for one inning of Los Angeles Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's final Cubs-Dodgers game. CSN will have the SportsNet LA audio feed with Scully's live game call during the third inning.

Scully, in his 67th and final year of calling Dodgers games, has earned multiple awards during his career including the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Leading up to Sunday's telecast, fans are encouraged to post their favorite memories of Scully by using #VinOnCSN on Twitter. CSN will also feature a select number of tweets on air during the telecast.

In honor of #VinOnCSN, check out Scully's iconic speech from "Field of Dreams" in the video below.