GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jeff Snook, an author/reporter who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, reported on his Facebook page earlier this week that people would be “shocked” to hear some of the details that emerge from the investigation into Urban Meyer regarding how he handled domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote. “And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”Today, Snook published some new bombshell, alleged details surrounding the Zach Smith-Courtney Smith storyline.According to a report by Snook, Courtney Smith’s mother, Tina Carano, is speaking out in defense of Zach Smith.And if you were looking for more Facebook reports, here’s the latest wild turn in this Ohio State saga with Jeff Snook quoting Courtney Smith’s mother speaking out … in defense of Zach Smith. https://t.co/JqasoJkuQo— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) August 9, 2018From his report:(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version.When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”Zach Smith has been accused of domestic violence against Courtney Smith both in 2009 and 2015. He denied ever hitting his wife in multiple interviews last week.The details of the domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith can be read via Brett McMurphy’s reporting here.Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave last week. The Buckeyes said the investigation is set to take two weeks.
Next Reuters New YorkSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 10:46 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSMertens and Sabalenka beat Barty and Azarenka 7-5 7-5Mertens and Sabalenka won all four of their break point opportunitiesMertens and Sabalenka are both accomplished singles players as wellElise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the US Open doubles final on Sunday.The tension-filled encounter ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads.Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash.Mertens fell to the court and Sabalenka looked to the sky in disbelief before they embraced.Azarenka and Barty outplayed their opponents for much of the match but were only able to convert two of their eight break point opportunities while Mertens and Sabalenka won all four of their break point opportunities.The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together.Mertens said they fed off the energy of the lively New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I just think it’s the crowd. I mean they keep me going every time,” the Belgian said in an on-court interview.”I can’t believe we won a Grand Slam. It’s all so new,” she added.”We’re a good team and I hope we’re going to play doubles again in the future.”The Belarusian Sabalenka tipped her hat to her opponents for the thrilling battle.advertisement”Thank you girls, for this amazing final. It was a great fight and I enjoyed every second,” she said.The win denied Barty in her bid for back-to-back US Open doubles victories after claiming her maiden Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe in New York last year.”I thought the level was incredibly high,” Barty said.”It was a great two weeks. I love playing with Ashleigh,” Azarenka said.”It was a pleasure to play with her and I hope we can continue to play together in the future.”Mertens and Sabalenka, who are both accomplished singles players, said they see doubles growing in popularity as bigger names get involved.”More singles players are also playing doubles, more big names playing doubles,” said Mertens, who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in singles.”Because of the singles players playing doubles, the level going up and it’s more interesting to watch,” said Sabalenka, who was seeded ninth in singles.”I think the level of doubles right now is a little bit higher than it was before.”Also Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalAlso Read | Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow Elise MertensFollow Aryna SabalenkaFollow Ash BartyFollow Victoria Azarenka US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam titleThe US Open win caps a dominant run by Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenk, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year.advertisement