This Week in U.S. Sports: Urban Meyer suspended, Ronda Rousey crowned

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Urban Meyer, Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)

If this last week proved anything about American sports, it’s that there is no slow period.

College football scandal dominated the airwaves while a combat sports icon stole the show in professional wrestling. A proud MLB franchise realized it was time to give in while an NFL star basically pled for a job. Then in Canada, the next stars of the NBA took flight.

Here’s a recap of the past seven days around the American sports landscape.

1. Urban Meyer suspended

The saga surrounding Ohio State football came to a somewhat anticlimactic end Wednesday when university officials suspended coach Urban Meyer for three weeks, which covers the first three games of the Buckeyes’ season.  

The move came three weeks after a report suggested he had been aware of two domestic violence allegations in 2015 against a former assistant coach yet kept him on staff.

Meyer, 54, was placed on paid leave Aug. 1, and the university formed an independent board the following day to oversee the investigation into Meyer’s handling of the matter.

The school’s board of trustees deliberated so long Wednesday that pizza was ordered for reporters awaiting the ruling.

Meyer, 54, will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.

2. Ronda Rousey reigns in WWE

UFC Hall of Fame member Ronda Rousey is now a titleholder in WWE.

Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss, who once called Rousey an “overhyped rookie,” at WWE SummerSlam 2018 on Sunday.

Rousey has said she loves WWE “way more than I ever thought I would” and that she would like to extend her commitment to professional wrestling.

3. Nationals throw in the towel

The Nationals stood pat at the MLB trade deadline because they wanted to see what their team could do early in the second half of the season. But after falling 6 1/2 games out of playoff contention, Washington waved the white flag and reportedly placed several players on waivers.

Washington sent second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and Matt Adams to the Cardinals.

Mark Lerner, principal owner of the team, said in a letter to fans: “We know that this is not easy for our fans — to see a player that you have been rooting for day in and day out suddenly shipped off to another team. But — at the end of the day — we have to do what is best for the overall health and well-being of the ball club.”

At least you still have Bryce Harper, Nats fans … for now.

4. Does anyone want Dez Bryant?

Dez Bryant simply can’t find work in the NFL.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection, who was cut by the Cowboys earlier this offseason, visited the Browns in hopes of catching on with the seemingly budding team.

However, Josh Gordon announced he was rejoining the team two days later and the idea of adding Bryant to the roster vaporized in Cleveland.

Then, just to pour salt in his wounds, the Patriots denied having any interest in Braynt after they cut veteran Kenny Britt.

One would imagine there’s a spot for Bryant on an NFL team, but the season is getting closer and Dez can’t catch a break, much less a football.

5. Duke puts NCAA on notice

Though the slam dunks were happening in Canada, shock waves were felt throughout the college basketball landscape as Duke and its class of talented freshman played three exhibition games in Canada.

The Blue Devils won each of their three games by an average of 33 points as freshman forward Zion Williamson began construction of his college highlight reel.

Williamson averaged 30 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in the three games, while freshman teammate R.J. Barrett averaged 31 points, six rebounds and five assists as the duo makes its case to go 1-2 in next year’s NBA Draft.