Marshall a 'target' on and off the field


Marshall a 'target' on and off the field

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife are hopeful that a police investigation of a February incident in New York City just prior to his trade to the Bears will be behind them, perhaps as early as this week.

Adam Schefter at ESPN first reported that sources say police are not believed to have found wrongdoing by either of the Marshalls and that the investigation could be wrapped up in the near future.

Until the New York Police Department comes out and says the investigation is concluded, theres really not much for me to say, Marshall said. What I will say is the same thing Ive said from day one: When youve been through things like Ive been through, you become a target.

After his trade to the Bears, Marshall spoke eloquently and directly about the need to work at avoiding situations in which he becomes that target.

Its so important to be aware of your environment and to put yourself in clean and healthy environments, Marshall said. Theres surveillance cameras all over the place and theres not many places where a 6-5, 230-pound guy can hide. So the truth will come out and when it does, Ill be sitting in a great place.

Andrew White III will reportedly transfer away from Huskers


Andrew White III will reportedly transfer away from Huskers

After going through the NBA Draft process, Andrew White III decided to return to school for his final season of NCAA eligibility.

But that final season won't be coming at Nebraska.

The Huskers' second-leading scorer and leading rebounder from the 2015-16 campaign will reportedly transfer away from the program and be immediately eligible to play elsewhere, according to the Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht.

Barfknecht added Sunday that Nebraska head coach Tim Miles will grant White a full release from his scholarship.

The transfer of White figures to have drastic effects on a Huskers team that had already lost Shavon Shields and Benny Parker to graduation. Throw in White's departure, and the Huskers will lose a combined 43.5 points a game or 60.2 percent of the team's nightly average scoring.

According to Barfknecht's report, White's future with Nebraska was uncertain after he went through the NBA Draft process, with pro teams questioning how the Huskers managed to go 16-18 overall and 6-12 in the Big Ten while having a supposed NBA-caliber talent on the team. There's speculation that White and his family might feel he has better chances of reaching the NBA with a different college team next season.

White played just one season at Nebraska. He transferred in after two seasons at Kansas and sat out the 2014-15 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. After graduating, however, he'll be able to play his final season without another sit-out year.

White averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game last season, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He scored 20 or more points in nine games and 30 or more points in two games, four times hitting five or more 3s in a game.

White ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in made 3-pointers, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

Notre Dame lands commitments from four-star twins Justin, Jayson Ademilola

Notre Dame lands commitments from four-star twins Justin, Jayson Ademilola

Notre Dame on Sunday earned verbal commitments from Jersey City, N.J. twins Justin and Jayson Ademilola. 

Justin Ademilola is rated by 247 Sports as a four-star outside linebacker and Jayson Ademilola is a four-star defensive end. Both brothers play at St. Peters Prep, the same high school at which Notre Dame sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush played. 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who sends a tweet reading #WeAreND following a verbal commitment, had to alter his recruiting touchdown dance a bit:

Notre Dame now has four verbal commitments to its 2018 recruiting class: Four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec (Gibsonia, Penn.), four-star running back Markese Stepp (Indianapolis) and the Ademilola twins. 

Justin Morneau takes batting practice but won't rush rehab process

Justin Morneau takes batting practice but won't rush rehab process

Justin Morneau took 25 swings during batting practice on Saturday and bounced back well enough to hit in the cage Sunday morning, clearing another hurdle as the 35-year-old eyes his White Sox debut sometime after the All-Star break in July. 

Saturday was the first day Morneau took batting practice since undergoing elbow surgery in the offseason. The 2006 American League MVP said he doesn’t have a hard timetable on when he’ll go out on a minor league rehab assignment but plans to keep taking batting practice and travel with the White Sox to Houston next weekend and make a determination from there. 

“We have a plan that we want to make sure to not come back too soon and don't come back at less than what's going to be useful,” Morneau said. “You push it as much as you can, but you have to be smart about it, too, and realize that coming back too soon and not being completely healthy is going to hurt in the long run. It's a fine line of figuring out the best way to do it. But so far it's been good.”

Morneau has 13 seasons of major league experience but admitted he was nervous stepping in for batting practice on Saturday. He quickly felt better after taking a few swings and didn’t experience anything unexpected during or after his first batting practice session. 

“It's different facing 65 than it is facing 95, too, so that'll be a test and then getting in the game and swinging and missing and all that kind of stuff,” Morneau said. “It’s a little more controlled when you know what's coming and you know every pitch is the same. But it's reacted well so far.”

Morneau traveled with the White Sox to Cleveland and Boston last week and has maintained a presence in the team’s clubhouse since signing a one-year, $1 million deal on June 9. The longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman was in the dugout when the White Sox blasted seven home runs on Saturday and had memories flash back of his time playing here as an opponent (in 64 games at U.S. Cellular Field, he hit 15 home runs with an .836 OPS). 

“I saw that and went, 'There's a reason I remember I like hitting here,’” Morneau said.