CBS Sports Ranks Its 5 Most Difficult College Football Schedules Of 2016

first_imgCBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli decided to rank what he believes to be the five most difficult schedules heading into the 2016 college football season Friday afternoon. #FridayFive: The five teams with the most difficult schedules in 2016 https://t.co/BLaRUUprr1 pic.twitter.com/aSJ99tGp1l— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 10, 2016With a lot of schedules to work through, these are the five he came up with.1. Wisconsin 2. USC 3. Alabama 4. BYU 5. AuburnA couple thoughts: There’s no way Wisconsin’s schedule is more difficult that USC’s. The Trojans have one of the most daunting slates in recent memory. In case you missed it, we ranked our 15 most difficult schedules for 2016 earlier this year and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Did he get it right?last_img read more

YouTube suspends star over suicide video doesnt shut door

first_imgPASADENA, Calif. – YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn’t mean it won’t work with him in the future.The video service announced this week that it had pulled Logan Paul’s channel from its ad-supported Google Preferred platform and put two other projects on hold.YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said Saturday there’s no timetable for when Paul’s future will be addressed again. Kyncl didn’t shut YouTube’s door on Paul.“Everything is evolving so fast,” Kyncl said. “The best thing we can do is put all projects on hold indefinitely, and there’s no date or plan for him in the future.”Paul apologized for posting video of him in a forest near Mount Fuji in Japan near what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. The location is known in Japan as a frequent site for suicides.YouTube said the images violated its policies. Paul pulled the images from his channel on his own.YouTube was criticized for moving slowly in response, taking nearly two weeks to take action. YouTube said on Twitter this week that critics were right to be frustrated by its initial lack of response.Kyncl said Paul recognizes that he has made serious missteps and has expressed remorse for them.“The most important thing to focus on is that actions speak louder than words and Logan has the opportunity to prove that,” he said.Removing Paul’s work from the Google Preferred platform cuts off a significant route to advertising revenue through YouTube. YouTube also said it would not feature Paul in the fourth season of its series “Foursome” and would put other work on hold. Paul is one of the platform’s biggest stars, with Forbes magazine estimating he earned $12.5 million last year.YouTube said it would soon announce steps to protect advertisers from having their products connected to controversial material.last_img read more

Ford takes step to dismantle cap and trade officially winds down green

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s new premier has taken a step in his plan to dismantle the province’s cap-and-trade system, a move some observers say leaves businesses involved in the program grappling with uncertainty.In a statement released Tuesday, Doug Ford said he has revoked the regulation that outlines the carbon pricing system and his government will officially begin winding down all green programs funded through it this week.Ford said the province will nonetheless honour contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded by cap and trade, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits.Some rebates for energy-efficient renovations that were financed through cap-and-trade revenues — such as the GreenON rebate program — were already being phased out before Ford officially took office last week.The premier said the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue. Those decisions will take into account his overall plan for the province and the results of an upcoming value-for-money audit of government spending, he said.The Progressive Conservative leader, who was officially sworn in as premier Friday, had promised that cancelling cap and trade would be his first order of business.In order to scrap the program, the premier must first amend or rescind the legislation that governs it, said Keith Brooks, program director for the advocacy group Environmental Defence. That law sets climate change targets and earmarks cap-and-trade revenues for green initiatives, among other things, he said.The government also has to formally notify its partners in the Western Climate Initiative that it is withdrawing from the cap-and-trade system, Brooks said. The agreement signed by the province said the government would endeavour to give a year’s notice before pulling out but it’s unclear whether Ford plans to do so, he said.“We know that the premier… promised to get rid of cap and trade and we understand he’s moving quickly to fulfil that promise but I think that there’s some problems here because there’s some questions that haven’t been answered,” he said.Ontario companies have bought close to $3 billion in permits under the cap-and-trade system and need to know whether they will be compensated for those permits, Brooks said, noting some have suggested the province should offer a full refund.More details are also needed on how the green initiatives funded by cap and trade will be closed so that both consumers and businesses involved in delivering those services can make decisions and plans, he said.“I think that there’s a lot of businesses, quite frankly, that still have a lot of questions, I’m sure, about how this is all going to proceed,” he said.“People need the details on exactly when this is going to be wound down and if there are any programs that are going to persist, we also need to know what those are, because otherwise the manufacturers are going maybe on a rollercoaster ride,” he said.The NDP and the Greens have said Ford’s rush to pull out of the cap-and-trade system could stick taxpayers with the tab for billions in legal fees, penalties and other costs.Ford’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday but the premier said in the statement that he believes scrapping cap and trade will put money back in Ontarians’ pockets.“I promised that the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade carbon tax slush fund. Today we are keeping that promise,” he said.The government’s website does not list contact information for the newly appointed minister of the environment or any other cabinet members. A spokesman for Ford said the ministers’ offices are not currently staffed and requests for comment should go to the premier’s office.last_img read more

Frontier oilsands mine inks participation agreement with Mikisew Cree

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The company proposing the $20.6-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine says it has achieved its target of signing deals with all of the Indigenous groups who live near the northern Alberta megaproject.Doug Brown, director of public affairs for Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd., says it has successfully concluded negotiations with the Mikisew Cree First Nation of Fort Chipewyan, a small community near the project site north of Fort McMurray.The news of a 14th deal being signed emerged as joint federal-provincial review hearings for the project began Tuesday in Fort McMurray.It was confirmed by Melody Lepine, director of government and industry relations for the Mikisew Cree, who added her community will continue to take part in the five-week hearing to ensure its voice is heard by government and regulators on environmental and other matters.Brown says the “participation agreement” will support engagement between the company and the First Nation and sets out a framework for co-operation in environmental stewardship, community-based monitoring and economic opportunities.If it’s approved and sanctioned, Frontier would be built in two phases and would have a mine life of 41 years, delivering over $70 billion in taxes and royalties to all levels of government over that period, the company says.“The company is actually being very supportive on a number of our recommendations to the provincial and federal governments in terms of should the project be approved, conditions on the approval, recommendations of what Alberta and Canada should be doing to address concerns,” said Lepine.“An example is the development of the biodiversity stewardship area, which would be a buffer just north of the Frontier project and a protected area just south of Wood Buffalo National Park.”The hearings are being held before a joint review panel of the Alberta Energy Regulator and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.last_img read more

Marlboro maker leaps into the cannabis trade with 24B

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 per cent stake in the Toronto company.Cronos said Friday that the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco company will pay another $1.4 billion for warrants that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 per cent majority ownership stake.Cronos first announced that it was in talks with Altria this week.The Associated Presslast_img

Egypts Morsi from palace to prison

first_imgCairo – Mohammed Morsi, who was catapulted from the underground offices of the Muslim Brotherhood to Egypt’s presidency, faces trial on Monday for the killing of protesters, four months after his dramatic fall from power.Egypt’s first democratically elected president, he has been held incommunicado in military custody since the army overthrew him on 3 July after a stormy one-year rule.Remaining defiant since his incarceration, the deposed leader has rejected the authority of the court to try him, as his supporters insist he is still the legitimate president of the Arab world’s most populous nation. Morsi, along with 14 others, face charges of inciting the murder of protesters during clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in December 2012, in which seven people were killed.The trial comes on the heels of a bloody crackdown by Egypt’s military-installed authorities against Morsi’s Islamist supporters.Hundreds were killed in clashes that erupted when security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi camps in August and at least 2 000 people, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leadership, have been rounded up in the clampdown.No stranger to prison, Morsi lived a largely clandestine existence through three decades of authoritarian rule by his ousted predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, when the Brotherhood was officially banned.Crippling economic crisisHe was arrested most recently on 28 January 2011, the day after the Brotherhood threw its weight behind the protests against Mubarak.He was then among dozens of Islamist prisoners sprung from jails around the country during the collapse of public order that accompanied the anti-Mubarak revolution.He had already served seven months in 2006 for taking part in a demonstration in support of reformist judges.Morsi was not the Brotherhood’s first choice for president.He was put forward after one of the movement’s powerful financiers, Khairat al-Shater, was disqualified on technical grounds, earning him the nickname “the spare wheel.”He won the presidential election by a sliver, with many choosing him in a protest vote against former air force chief and Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.Morsi, whose predecessors as president have all been generals, failed to maintain Egyptians’ unity following the uprising. Critics accused him of putting too much power in the hands of the Brotherhood.His one-year rule was marred by deep polarisation, insecurity, unrest and a crippling economic crisis.President for all Egyptians In the last public remarks before his ouster he acknowledged “many mistakes” which needed “to be corrected” but insisted he was chosen in a “free and fair election”.His words fell on deaf ears.Millions took to the streets on 30 June in response to a grassroots campaign accusing him of breaking his promise to be a “president for all Egyptians” and of failing the ideals of the 2011 revolution.From a rapturous reception given by adoring crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when he was feted as a revolutionary champion in 2012, Morsi came to be disliked by millions.During his presidency, Morsi was put in an uncomfortable position, with recordings emerging of remarks he had made during his days underground that his critics judged as anti-Semitic.Morsi was born in the village of El-Adwah in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya in 1951, and had been the spokesperson of the Brotherhood from 2010.He graduated with an engineering degree from Cairo University in 1975 and received a doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was also an assistant professor in 1982.Married with five children and three grandchildren, Morsi first entered the political arena in 2000 when he was elected to parliament as an independent, given the Mubarak-era ban on the Brotherhood.last_img read more

NBA Finals Spurs Dominate Heat Again On Brink Of

The process elimination is all but complete. Only the process of extinction remains for the champion Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs put them there. Resoundingly.Functioning at an efficiency that stunned most observers for the second straight game, San Antonio cut and spliced the Heat, embarrassing them again in a 107-86 shellacking in Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 series lead.A victory in San Antonio in Game 5 Sunday would avenge last year’s collapse to the Heat and give the Spurs their fifth championship.“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”The Spurs smoked Miami in every conceivable fashion. LeBron James had 28 points, but they were inconsequential. Dwyane Wade looked beaten and had just 10 points. Meanwhile, everyone in a Spurs jersey scored, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was the best player on the floor again, after scoring 29 points in Game 3.“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”Tony Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 percent from the field and are hitting 54 percent in the series. Boris Diaw was spectacular off the bench with 9 assists, and Patty Mills had 14 points off the bench.James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13. However, San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back. read more

De Bruyne only interested in beating Brazil

first_imgKevin De Bruyne is not interested in whether Belgium’s upcoming World Cup game against Brazil is being considered as a “classic” and the only thing he is interested in is winningThe Red Devils will face the five-time winners on Friday in what is widely being viewed as a mouth-watering tie with Belgium’s golden generation of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku set to go head-to-head with Brazil’s star duo of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.But for De Bruyne, the only thing that matters is winning.“I don’t really care if it’s a classic or not,” he said, as stated on the Daily Star.“If we get a scrappy 1-0 in the last minute I’ll be happy.“Yes, Brazil are a good side but I think every team left in the tournament has great qualities. We have great offensive qualities, Brazil have great offensive qualities.”Belgium were fortunate to have been able to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament after falling two goals down against Japan before mounting a stunning late comeback to seal a 3-2 win.But De Bruyne knows they cannot allow that to happen against a side with the quality of Brazil.“The goal is always to be better and there are always lessons to be taken,” he said.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We have to do our job against Brazil. You have to win the game. You can play bad, but you have to win. You can play good, but you have to win. If you don’t, then you go home.“We want to try and stay until the end.”Teammate Marouane Fellaini is expecting a “tough” encounter against Tite’s men, but has confidence in the Belgium squad ahead of their biggest game in years.“Yeah it’s been a very good week but the most important thing is we’re through to the quarter-finals,” said the 30-year-old.“The next match will be tough. We know the quality of Brazil, the quality of their players, so it will be a good test for us.“But I think we are a good group with good players and a good mentality.“We’re more mature than before and we’ve been working together for a long time, you can’t forget that. So we have a big game on Friday and want to show everyone what we can do.”Belgium will not solely be focusing on Neymar: “Of course they have Neymar, yes, but they’ve got Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus as well,”“I don’t want to put pressure on our players but we have quality up front too.”last_img read more

Giorgio Chiellini maintains the captains armband controversy

first_imgJuventus star Giorgio Chiellini insists that the captain’s armband controversy, particularly around Fiorentina, “was an unnecessary lack of communication.”When asked by Rai Sport about the Lega Serie A threatening to sanction anyone wearing a different armband from the standard one handed out this season, the Italy defender said the controversy is not necessary.After being issued with the standard armband, Fiorentina refused to change theirs, stating that it includes the ‘DA13’ logo which is a tribute to captain Davide Astori, who died in his sleep at the team hotel in March.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“This needless controversy erupted because there was an unnecessary lack of communication,” said Chiellini via Football Italia.“None of us would have a problem wearing an armband that was uniform. We’ll find a solution with the Lega Serie A, because it’s only right that Davide be remembered forever.“With a bit of common sense, everything will be resolved.”last_img read more

Pochettino – We are happy to play at Wembley

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says it’s a “gift” for his team to play at Wembley after their extended stay at the stadium.The North London club has had issues with their new stadium, meaning they have to play at Wembley longer than they anticipated, and Pochettino has praised the England national stadium and says it’s an ‘honor’ to be playing there.“Everyone who is there is entitled to give their opinion. If you ask me, I am so, so happy to play at Wembley,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“When I was born in Argentina and heard about England for the first time, it was with all the problems with the Falklands – it was very sad news when I heard it for the first time when I was in Argentina in my hometown.“Then when I arrived in Europe and when I played the World Cup against England (in 1998), and then after when I arrived at Southampton six years ago, I changed my mind completely in the way I see this country.“For me, it’s an honor to be here and a pleasure to be here. I have discovered amazing people and an amazing country – very close to us.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We are always comparing Argentina with Spain and Italy, but we have more [similarities] with English people than maybe Spain or Italy.“When you, like we, love football, always you hear about Wembley. It was always a dream to play at Wembley. I played with the national team in 2000 at the old Wembley. It was a dream come true.“Now every week or two weeks we have the possibility to play at Wembley. For me, it’s a gift.“When I take the north circular when I look and see the [arch], I say thank you because every game I play at Wembley is a gift.“We always say, one game more, how lucky we are. For me, it’s the best place in the world to play football, and of course, after that will be shared with our new stadium as the best place to play.“Of course, the disappointment from our fans, I understand. But for me, I take it as a positive to play there and a gift that I want to enjoy every time I’m there.”last_img read more