CHICAGO (AP) — It’s never too early for some Ohio State-Michigan sniping. Hours after Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh took a swipe at former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s legacy, Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper played along. Cooper was asked about new co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who spent 13 seasons under different coaches at Michigan, including Harbaugh. Cooper said Mattison is great and has a great legacy “with the team up north.”
CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State and Ohio State each placed two players on the preseason all-Big Ten team. Junior running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young were the Buckeyes and linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes, two seniors, were named for the Spartans.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.