Miami WR Commit Lawrence Cager On Hurricanes’ 2016 No. 1 Recruiting Class, “We Going To Win, They Ain’t Going Nowhere”

October 27, 2019

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first_imgLawrence Cager at the Army All-American Game.Confidence a characteristic Miami four-star wide receiver commit Lawrence Cager is certainly not lacking. Wednesday afternoon, Tyler Donohue, a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report, sent out a tweet about the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class. Miami’s class currently ranks No. 1 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings, but Donohue emphasized that Al Golden will need to notch plenty of wins next fall in order for those players currently pledged to The U to stay committed. Securing victories won’t be a problem for Miami in 2015, Cager says. @TDsTake oh we going to win they ain’t going nowhere— Lawrence Cager (@Uncle_Leroy3) February 11, 2015Hopefully Cager and the 2015 Miami team will be able to back up that confidence. The Hurricanes begin their campaign Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more


The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports: BBN Region

October 27, 2019

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first_imgBBN region of College Spun's Most Annoying Fan Bases bracket.College sports fans, though passionate and loyal, can also be really, really annoying. But who’s the worst of the worst? We’ve gone through and picked out the 64 most annoying fan bases in college sports. You guys are going to tell us which deserves to be crowned the most intolerable of all. You can vote on the #FSUTwitter Region here, the #WeAre Region here and the #PAWWWL Region here.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket2015 Most AnnoyingVote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 16. Tournament-Only CBB Fansuktourneyfans (1)Big Blue Nation or fans who only come out for March Madness? Woof. More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or Tournament-Only CBB Fans?2. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans vs. 15. Syracuse Lacrosse FansucwbbcuselaxTwo former rivals matchup in an unlikely contest. More Annoying: UConn Women’s Basketball Fans or Syracuse Lacrosse Fans?3. S-E-C Chanters vs. 14. Boise State Football FanssecbsuPeople who don’t even rep their school vs. people who don’t know how to stop. More Annoying: S-E-C Chanters or Boise State Football Fans?4. Indiana Basketball Fans vs. 13. Wichita State Basketball FansiuwsuA fan base looking to return to glory vs. a fan base still looking for respect. More Annoying: Indiana Basketball Fans or Wichita State Basketball Fans?5. Auburn Football Fans vs. 12. Oregon Football FansauburnoregonTwo schools that Alabama fans love to hate – one a bit more than the other, however. More Annoying: Auburn Football Fans or Oregon Football Fans6. Drake Apologists vs. 11. NC State Basketball FansdrakencstatePeople who support Drake’s many fanhoods vs. people obsessed with ripping on other fanhoods. More Annoying: Drake Apologists or N.C. State Basketball Fans?7. Louisville Basketball Fans vs. 10. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket PicksuoflbracketKentucky’s nemesis vs. the nemesis of anyone who actually likes college basketball. More Annoying: Louisville Basketball Fans or Bracket Fans?8. Ohio State Football Fans vs. Coach Cal HatersosucalhateTwo squads that honestly might be under-seeded. More Annoying: Ohio State Football Fans or Coach Cal Haters?Now Vote On The #FSUTwitter Regionlast_img read more


Home Capital shares soar in Toronto on thirdquarter profit beat

October 13, 2019

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first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Home Capital Group surged as much as 25 per cent after the alternative mortgage lender beat profit expectations for the third quarter.The Toronto-based company reported net income of $32.6 million during the three months ended Sept. 30, up from $30 million during same period a year earlier.Home Capital says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share in its third quarter, compared with 37 cents during the same period in 2017.Analysts expected earnings per share of 36 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The improvement came as Home Capital saw mortgage originations total $1.44 billion during the quarter, roughly 273 per cent higher than the same period a year ago when Home Capital was dealing with the fallout of its earlier liquidity crisis.Home Capital’s shares in Toronto reached as high as $17.62 this morning, up from the stock’s previous close of $14.08.Chief executive Yousry Bissada says its latest earnings “demonstrate continued progress in all lines of business.”last_img read more


PRRD hosts Southern Mountain Caribou Engagement

October 13, 2019

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first_imgNovember 23, 2018, the PRRD released a Press Release, (to view CLICK HERE) which outlines the events that have taken place to date. These events have not been truthful or consistent with a process that will affect so many people.As quoted from the fore mentioned Press Release ‘The Provincial Government does not have a mandate to continue to make deals that will devastate communities and the way of life in the PRRD without involving the residents and industrial partners in our region.’The main purpose of the meeting is to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the provincial/federal/First Nation discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.For more information on the meeting CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The PRRD is hosting a meeting on December 7th, 2018, to receive a delegation from the Ministry in regards to the Provincial/Federal/First Nation discussions that have been taking place about the protection of the Burnt Pine Caribou Herd.For the past several month’s talks regarding the Caribou Recovery Plan will affect an area of land west of Chetwynd, this proposed protection act for the Burnt Pine Herd will have substantial effects upon communities in the region and yet no one has directly consulted with the people that will be most affected.These communities are able to thrive because of the land their livelihoods are dependent on and this is the same land the Provincial/Federals/First Nation discussions want to protect and reserve for the caribou.last_img read more


Elle refused to watch sister on Friends

October 12, 2019

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first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Elle Fanning has revealed she decided to boycott ‘Friends’ after she could not clear the audition for a role in the cult show and her sister Dakota made the cut. In an interview with the PorterEdit, the 20-year-old actor said, “I might be remembering this wrong but I think I was gonna be one of Phoebe’s triplets. I auditioned for it but I didn’t get it and I was like, ‘I’m boycotting the show, I’m never watching this again’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Then my sister was on it and I refused to watch the episode. I was like, “I am not watching this!” she added. The very popular series – ‘Friends’, which started airing in 1994, was a worldwide phenomenon and even today, continues to have a large fanbase. The show, which features Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, enjoyed a decade long run on NBC. There were reports that the cast will reunite once again.last_img read more


Deepak Kashyap takes over as PowerGrid CVO

October 12, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi: Deepak Kashyap has assumed charge of the post of Chief Vigilance Officer in Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.(POWERGRID). He is a graduate in English (Hons.) from Patna University and a 1986 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service. He has held various key posts in and outside Railways such as CVO, BSNL, DRM, South Eastern Railway, Ranchi, Chief Commercial Manager/ General, Northern Railway, Member/ Rail Land Development Authority and Director, Central Vigilance Commission. Having varied experience in general administration, establishment, vigilance, operations, revenue, tendering and allied disciplines, he is also credited with conceptualizing and commissioning Indian Railways’ popular onboard magazine “Rail Bandhu”.last_img read more


You Dont Know What Tony Romos Got Till Hes Gone

September 30, 2019

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Rex Grossman508212.9 David Woodley504712.3 Tom Brady5121+23.3 Boomer Esiason1045512.7 Peyton Manning722321.7 Tony Romo802916.7 UPDATE (Nov. 26, 10:30 p.m.): Tony Romo reinjured his collarbone on Thursday in a game against the Carolina Panthers. ESPN reported that he will be out for the rest of the season.By beating the Miami Dolphins Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys preserved their undefeated record this season with quarterback Tony Romo under center. That’s the good news for Cowboys fans; the bad news is that Romo has only played three games. Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden were both winless when filling in at QB while Romo was out with a broken clavicle. At 3-7, the Cowboys have little chance of making the playoffs unless they go on a serious tear against what isn’t an easy schedule down the stretch.If nothing else, the Cowboys’ season has reinforced just how completely essential Romo is. His absence has made it clear that he belongs in any discussion of the league’s top signal-callers.Romo ranks among the top QBs in the NFL over his career, whether you use data from the box score1He ranks fifth in adjusted net yards per attempt since taking over as a starter in 2006. or more advanced, play-by-play metrics.2He ranks eighth in QBR. But Romo also has a reputation, starting early in his career and growing with each passing year since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl win, for not being “a winner.”While it’s possible Romo is a stat-stuffer whose great individual numbers overstate his true worth, there are other ways to detect a player’s value. For instance, here at FiveThirtyEight we’re oddly thankful when players miss time because it gives us a chance to quantify their influence on the performance of their teams. And few quarterbacks in NFL history have been associated with a better with-or-without-you (WOWY) ledger than Romo.To help measure this WOWY effect, I used Elo ratings, FiveThirtyEight’s pet power rating system. Elo gives us a snapshot of how good each team was expected to be at any given moment, as well as how much a team’s strength estimate changes over time. By looking at those changes in conjunction with who the team’s primary QB was during that game3Meaning the QB who attempted the most passes in a given game., we can construct WOWY scores that measure how much having a given passer under center helps the team.For instance, after Romo’s Cowboys beat Philadelphia in Week 2 (the game in which Romo was lost to injury), they achieved a 1618 Elo rating. Seven games later, when he took the field again on Sunday, Dallas’s rating had dropped to 1463, meaning it lost about 22 points of Elo per game in his absence. By comparison, the Cowboys gained about 19 points of rating per game when Romo does play, so his WOWY this season is +41: the team gains 41 more points of Elo per game when he plays than when he doesn’t.Gaining 41 points of WOWY is incredibly impressive by itself. In seasons where a QB both played and missed at least three games, only Dan Fouts’ 1978 season ranks higher since 19704The year of the AFL-NFL merger.. But it’s nothing new for Romo, who has consistently been good for the Cowboys. Over his career, his WOWY score of +16.7 ranks third among qualified5Minimum 50 games as a team’s primary passer in a career, and 20 games missed. passers since 1970: Drew Brees872513.7 GAMES John Elway1513613.9 Joey Harrington552512.4 QUARTERBACKWITHWITHOUTWOWY ∆ ELO Joe Ferguson947712.2 That Rex Grossman and Joey Harrington are anywhere near Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on that table shows that this isn’t a completely foolproof method. (For one thing, WOWY can’t factor in the quality of a QB’s backups, beyond what Elo is able to detect from changes in a team’s performance.) But it does suggest that, in terms of making his team more likely to win games, Romo has done an impressive job with the supporting cast the Cowboys have given him. Like Brady6Don’t let the 11-5 record against a weak schedule fool you; the Cassel-led 2008 Pats were significantly worse than they were in 2007 or would be in 2009. and Manning, Romo is associated with elevating his teams’ chances of winning games in addition to gaudy stats.That probably won’t be enough to change anyone’s mind in one of those endless arguments about Romo, but it does quantify what we’ve seen so far this season: The Cowboys are a very good team with Romo — and are totally lost without him.Check out our NFL predictions for odds on every game. read more


Is James Harden As Good As He Says He Is

September 29, 2019

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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation to break down the stakes in men’s college basketball as March Madness approaches. Finally, is James Harden as good as he says he is? We investigate.Links to what we discussed this week: FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman reports on the details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers behind the trade.Kyle Wagner wrote about whether the trade made sense for the Kings.Chris Dobbertean’s latest analysis of the NCAA men’s field.The NCAA is looking at changing the way it chooses teams for March Madness, writes FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine.In a profile in TIME, James Harden makes the claim that he’s the NBA’s most valuable player.Significant Digit: 110, the number of points that Grinnell College scored against Illinois College last Saturday. Grinnell employs the Grinnell System, the hallmarks of which include shooting a lot of threes, subbing entire lineups in and out at once, and employing a full-court press. read more


Commentary Say what Coach Fickell needs to mind his mouth

September 28, 2019

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We’re all aware of Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s propensity for regrettable one-liner remarks, but first-year OSU head football coach Luke Fickell unleashed a howler of his own during a Tuesday press conference. “We hope we get better,” Fickell said during his first visit with the media since the Buckeyes’ 24-6 loss at Miami. Is that so, coach? You “hope” your team gets better? President Gee couldn’t have said it better himself. Fickell’s remark strikes me as troubling because any coach on any football team, especially a first-year coach attempting to uphold 122 years of Buckeyes football tradition, needs to be proactive in improving their team, not hoping. What the Buckeyes need right now is a clear plan and discernible end in mind, especially with regard to the team’s dilemma at the quarterback position. Fickell said that while the media may tend to focus on quarterback play, he focuses on every facet of his team. “It’s focused on the quarterbacks, but we’ve got to do a better job all-in-all,” he said. “Whether it’s offensively or defensively… we’ve got to find a way to get our best 11 on the field.” Whew. That’s more like it from the Buckeyes’ head coach. He’s talking about improving the team and finding the pieces to the puzzle that will help the team succeed. But wait! Fickell produced another gaff as his press conference ended while explaining why he didn’t use a timeout during a fourth-quarter Miami drive that lasted 8:48 and bled the game clock down to less than one minute. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us,” Fickell said. What do you mean it didn’t hurt the team, coach? You didn’t utilize your timeouts, a valuable tool at your disposal, which, aside from stopping the clock earlier in Miami’s drive, could have served the Buckeyes in several ways. At the very least, you could have given your defense a breather since that particular Hurricanes’ drive lasted for the better part of ten minutes. Only a select group of people gets to see the team at every practice and team function, so I, along with all of Buckeye Nation, must give Fickell the benefit of the doubt when it comes to helping the Buckeyes improve. Fickell needs to do a little better than hoping his team will improve, as well as kidding himself that his team wouldn’t have benefitted from the use of a timeout at some point in the fourth quarter against Miami. With that attitude, Fickell could be hoping for a new job at another program in the near future. read more


Football Hooker looking to overcome injury before 2017 NFL season

September 28, 2019

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Former OSU safety Malik Hooker speaks during the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on March 5. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Malik Hooker success story at Ohio State was nearly complete. The former three-star recruit, replacing 2016 second-round NFL Draft pick Vonn Bell, took full advantage of his opportunity, intercepting seven passes and returning three for touchdowns in the 2016 season. His performance propelled the safety up NFL team draft boards.But on Nov. 26, during the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan, he injured himself, requiring hip labrum and sports hernia surgeries. Despite his rising draft stock, Hooker never considered skipping the Fiesta Bowl.“That was never a thought,” Hooker said at the Indiana Convention Center on Sunday during the NFL combine. “Just because I put too much work in with those guys. It would be like I’m letting them down.”He said the injury hurt, but joked about taking six ibuprofen tablets prior to his team’s bowl game. “As the game went on, it was something that I wasn’t paying attention to. I was just going out there trying to compete and get the win for the team,” Hooker said.Hooker had surgery on Jan. 16 and looks to return for rookie minicamp in July. He did not need to have the procedure done but opted to since he felt he would be fully recovered for rookie minicamp. “I just felt like, in order for me to go out there and compete with the best of the best in the National Football League, I felt like it was what was necessary because I wasn’t 100 percent or nowhere near it. I was probably about 78 percent,” Hooker said.Due to his recent surgery, teams were unable to check on Hooker’s leg. They focused on his upper body instead, according to the safety.Though he said he played through the injuries without much worry, NFL teams might proceed with a much more cautious approach. In ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft, Hooker is projected at the seventh overall pick. Last year’s seventh pick, San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner, earned a contract guaranteeing him over $18 million.Hooker believes NFL teams should overlook his injury and focus on his play at OSU.“I wouldn’t really pay no mind into that,” Hooker said. “Just simply because the film says what it says.”Hooker isn’t alone at the combine. He, along with seven former teammates including defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, are in Indianapolis. But unlike Lattimore and Conley, he will not take part in on-field drills and workouts.With the triumvirate of former starting OSU defensive backs heading to the NFL, three starting spots in the Buckeyes defensive backfield open. Hooker believes the replacements will be special once again next season.“It’s the culture of the program. We build, we reload,” Hooker said.The combine wraps up on Monday as defensive backs, sans Hooker, work out on the field. The 2017 NFL Draft will begin on April 27 in Chicago. read more