Is it possible to know your soul mate at the early age of 19? Sorry ladies, it seems 19-year-old Samoan QB Marcus Mariota is very much head over heals with his girlfriend, and how could he not! She is gorgeous and has done some modeling. Last year during an interview he revealed she is “the one” saying:
I love her to death. She’s here now and I’m happy she’s here. She’s the one, after the Washington State game, I was pretty sore, and she helped work out the kinks,”
Her name? Miss Nicole Watase, she has been his high school sweetheart Watase, is a recent graduate of Sacred Hearts, just started her freshman year at Oregon last year.
She is the daughter of a former MidWeek employee, Karen Watase who is confident her daughter has also found someone special in the talented player saying,
“Marcus took Nicole to his junior prom, and they’ve pretty much been together ever since,”
They sure have this this classic, sweet storybook tale going on, get this, Nicole’s mother also revealed during Marcus’ senior year he was the quarterback and she was cheerleading for Sacred Hearts, which cheers for Saint Louis. See her cheering video below, shaking it!
Nicole played soccer when she was younger and wrestled in high school! She was part of Premier Models and Talent which is Hawaii’s elite full service agency, representing the top models and actors statewide. Known for our fast professional service and the best new faces, Premier also offers production, stylists, photographers, and casting facilities.
According to her profile she is 5FT 3 IN, brown aye and hair color, waist size 23 in, hips size 34 in and bust 32 in. She has experience doing print and commercial work.
When her boyfriend was asked if her presence in Eugene be a distraction?
“Nothing distracts Marcus. He has focus like you wouldn’t believe.”
And it appears so, now a year later Nicole might become the girl of a Heisman Trophy winner winner!
UC Riverside basketball players have returned to campus for summer school and workouts, but guard Chris Tang won’t arrive until next month, Coach Dennis Cutts said.
The highly touted guard out of Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China, was expected for the summer but technical problems caused a global backlog of visa applications, causing Tang to be delayed and miss the cutoff date for summer school. Alexander Larsson, a 6-9 player from Sodertalje, Sweden, was delayed for several days, but finally arrived. UCR’s third international player, Robert Boezeman, a 6-7 forward from the Netherlands, also is in summer school, Cutts said.
Tang, who is in China, is expected on campus when the team meets on Sept. 15.
Players are in summer school sessions, but only allowed two hours per week of on-court time. They’re also allowed to lift weights. Cutts said he doesn’t expect Tang’s absence to impact his development with his new team.
“There’s a little bit of transitioning for (the new players), but he’s been over here for three years,” Cutts said.
Tang played for three years in the United States, most recently at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He also has international experience, playing for the Under-18 team of the Canarias Basketball Academy where he averaged 15.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range.
Darren Wu made a name for himself in the Riptide’s Week 8 matchup against the San Jose Spiders, when the 19-year-old Vancouver native scored 6 goals on 25 catches in Vancouver’s hard fought 25 – 26 loss. He maintained his composure against San Jose’s talent-stacked roster, and his knack for making big plays kept his team close against the best in the West and won Wu fans league wide. ESPN3 announcers Evan Lepler and Chuck Kindred gushed over Wu—the duo had the phrase “unbelievable sky from Darren Wu” on repeat by the end of the game—and noted he came out of nowhere to become arguably the best player on the field.
But for Riptide fans and observers of Vancouver’s ultimate scene, Wu’s breakout season was hardly unexpected. What was surprising was how quickly Wu picked up the sport (he’s been playing less than a year) and how well his natural athleticism matched ultimate’s demands. Wu didn’t know ultimate existed until he went to his high school team’s tryouts—the first time he caught a disc, he used his now-notorious hops to sky his soon-to-be coach. Wu started playing the sport with a single directive: run fast, catch the disc, and score.
“I was never taught to throw,” he said. “My job was to use my speed to help our team win, or boost morale by making a big play or getting a break from the other team.”
On the Riptide, Wu became a key part of the team’s O-line and the favorite target of Derek Fenton, the AUDL assists leader in 2014. The two connected on 17 goals, and Wu racked up 39 goals altogether. Wu spent much of the season in the AUDL top ten goals scored, in the company of ultimate vets like San Jose’s Beau Kittredge and Chicago’s AJ Nelson. Yet, despite his many highlight-worthy catches and his sudden ascendance in the professional ranks, Wu keeps his focus on what’s next.
“There’s not one great play from this season that I remember because I’m always looking to improve myself,” Wu said. “I want to play the best I can and outrun every player. Making big plays is good, but being able to make that deep cut and burn them deep is better.”
With one of the league’s youngest rosters, Vancouver finished in third place in the tough West division. And with Wu on the O line, they’re only going to get better.
via The AUDL.
China’s Zou Shiming played a bit part in the new Transformers movie, but Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach thinks his protégé is very close to playing his biggest role yet – champion of the world.
The American trainer is convinced the two-time Olympic champion can go all the way to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title after the mainlander survived 10 rounds to outpoint remarkably tough Colombian Luis de la Rosa (23-4-1,13 KOs) in Saturday’s Champions of Gold.
By winning his fifth straight pro fight (5-0-0, 1 KO), Roach believes Zou has a genuine shot at superstardom having already landed his first professional belt, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) international flyweight title – one tier below a world title – by unanimous decision.
Roach had said the 33-year-old Guizhou native was being fast-tracked towards a title fight because of his advancing age and if he performed well in this bout, the Zou team would eye a world title fight in November. Zou’s performance had his team nodding in approval.
“We did 10 hard rounds tonight. It wasn’t perfect but we are going closer and closer all the time. I think we will be there pretty soon [a world title fight]. His [Zou] right hand was great and his power was a bit better. He was throwing more combinations. That’s what I want to see,” said Roach.
“The pace was good and he’s been sitting down on his punches a bit more.”
Zou is being lined up to possibly challenge IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, of Thailand, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against American Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.
Saturday’s pulsating contest had the 8,000-strong crowd on its feet. De La Rosa suffered an accidental headbutt in the fifth round and was struggling to contain the bleeding.
“This is one small victory and I am sure there are many challenges along the road. The game plan was to win round by round. After going through 10 rounds, I am more confident of going to 12 rounds [title fight], so it’s a big step for me,” said Zou, who was wearing his trademark gold trunks and gold boots.
“I have been thinking of the world title ever since day one. I have faith in my team and my training staff. They have been very effective.
“I’m very confident I will be ready for a world title. I am very happy with my physical conditioning. There’s been a big difference from amateur boxing to professional boxing. You have to put more power into your punching,” he said.
Asked what Zou was trying to prove trading a flurry of punches and risking getting knocked out at the end of the fight, the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games champion, said: “I didn’t want to leave the ring with any energy. I planned for 10 rounds, so I was going to deliver for 10 rounds.”