Te'o not distracted by BYU connection

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Te'o not distracted by BYU connection

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Manti Te'o had his heart set on USC. He grew up a USC fan, and said last year he was "sold" on heading to Los Angeles for college. But as Te'o will always tell it, he prayed about things and the next morning felt he was directed to go to Notre Dame.
But Te'o, who is Mormon, also had Brigham Young in his top three. A few of Te'o's friends as well as his cousin play for BYU, but the pull of USC and Notre Dame was strong enough to narrow things down to those two schools.
We wanted Manti," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We thought he was an excellent player. Heavy recruiting race. Had an official visit, saw everything that we had to offer, and he really didnt want BYU. So, certainly our evaluation of him as a player was right. Hes very good.
Te'o didn't want to delve into the details of his recruitment by BYU, instead offering his usual explanation for why he chose Notre Dame.
"I prayed about it," Te'o said. "Everything pointed towards Notre Dame. Obviously Notre Dame is where I came because I felt that I was directed to come here."
Te'o admitted before last year's USC game that the first two times he faced the Trojans, he had plenty of mixed emotions about facing a team he nearly played for and rooted for his entire life. But those feelings won't pop back up this year for the senior linebacker.
"It's just game seven," Te'o said of BYU. "I think I said this before: When you start to do things differently than you've done in the past, then bad things start to happen. I've been there before. I've made the mistake of being overly excited for a game and it hurt me. So fortunately for me, I've been there, done that. That's a mistake that won't happen again."

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

According to TSN's Frank Seravelli, the Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Details are expected to trickle in soon along with a formal announcement.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

MIAMI - The Cubs are preparing for a major shakeup that would send struggling World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

Stuck in a 36-35 pattern but still only 1.5 games out of first place, the Cubs are expected to add outfielder Mark Zagunis and reliever Dylan Floro from Iowa before Thursday night's game at Marlins Park.

Schwarber will try to regain his confidence on a Triple-A level he almost skipped while skyrocketing through the farm system as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft. While still showing flashes of the power (12 homers) that made him a Wrigleyville favorite, his .171 batting average ranked last among qualified big-league hitters this season.

Unable to grip a bat, Heyward has been waiting for a nasty cut on his left hand to heal after trying to make a diving catch on Sunday in PNC Park's foul territory.

For a banged-up Cubs team, Heyward would join a World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) and a Cy Young Award finalist (Kyle Hendricks) on the disabled list.