Alabama tramples Notre Dame captures 3rd national championship in 4 years

Roll tide? Did they ever. In what was arguably one of the most-hyped title bouts in recent memory, then-No. 2 Alabama (13-1) routed then-No. 1 Notre Dame (12-1), 42-14, Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami. The win secured back-to-back national titles for the Crimson Tide and the program’s third national championship in four years. Alabama finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press top 25 poll while Notre Dame dropped to No. 4 behind No. 2 Oregon and the season’s only undefeated team, No. 3 Ohio State, which was barred from this year’s postseason because of NCAA sanctions. Coach Nick Saban’s squad dominated the Fighting Irish from the game’s beginning, including a 28-0 lead at the contest’s intermission. En-route to its 42 points against the nation’s best statistical  scoring defense, Alabama amassed 529 total yards of offense, 28 first downs and gained an average of 7.2 yards on each of the 73 plays they ran Monday. Junior quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-28 passes. Alabama’s propensity to successfully run the football, though, perhaps best exemplified the extent of its dominance. After all, Saban called for 45 rushing attempts against the nation’s fourth-best run defense. It paid off. Redshirt junior running back Eddie Lacy rumbled for 145 yards rushing and a touchdown while freshman running back T.J Yeldon ran for 110 yards and two scores on 21 touches. In total, the Irish surrendered 265 yards on the ground. Not to mention, Alabama secured 38 minutes of possession time compared to Notre Dame’s 22 minutes. Conversely, the Crimson Tide’s defense gave the Irish’s offense fits. Alabama stymied Notre Dame’s running game to 56 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. In total, coach Brian Kelly’s crew totaled 302 yards and 16 first downs, but a 35-point deficit with 7:34 to play in the game’s third quarter was too much to overcome. Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson threw for 270 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 21-of-36 attempts. The mobile signal-caller could only muster nine yards rushing against the Crimson Tide. It was the first loss of the season for Notre Dame While the win likely solidifies Alabama as the nation’s preeminent college football power, the Crimson Tide arguably will head into the 2013 season as the favorite to, again, win it all. read more

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Gallery Ohio State defeats Indiana 7975 in the second round of the

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) reaches for the jump ball in the first half of the game against Indiana at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago on Mar. 14. Ohio State won 79-74. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor The Ohio State men’s basketball team took on Indiana in Game 3 of the Big Ten tournament on March 14 at the United Center in Chicago. Ohio State won 79-74. Photos by Casey Cascaldo

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Mazda Miata Fiat 124 Spider recalled for downshifts nobody asked for

first_img Tags 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: the Fiata is fi-awesome! 42 Photos Recalls Mazda Fiat Fiat Mazda Share your voice More From Roadshow Post a comment 30 Photos Car Industry Convertibles Review • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review 2016-2019 Mazda Miata: A return to form 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome James Halfacre/Mazda While the Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider are thought of as usually carrying manual transmissions, a number of each are also sold with automatic transmissions. It’s the latter cog-swapper that’s at the center of a recent recall.Mazda, Fiat and supplier Aisin have issued a recall for 14,370 examples of the 2016 to 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 8,933 examples of the 2017 to 2019 Fiat 124 Spider. All of the affected models carry automatic transmissions, as the issue stems from a component used to control those transmissions’ shift logic. The problem stems from Aisin’s transmission control module. According to the defect report sent to NHTSA, “due to inappropriate control logic of the clutch control software… [electrical noise] may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly downshift.” A downshift nobody asked for means the car may inadvertently pitch its nose downward and begin decelerating, causing stability concerns and possibly increasing the risk of a crash.Thankfully, both Fiat Chrysler and Mazda are unaware of any accidents or injuries that could be linked to this issue. Mazda first discovered the issue after receiving a field report from a US owner, and a second report eventually arose, but those reports didn’t mention accidents or injuries.Since the issue is related to software, technicians only need to perform a quick software update to remedy the issue. Owners will be notified by first-class mail in late March. 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? More about 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK 0last_img read more

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Dig at selectors Ajinkya Rahane makes his preference clear Number 4 favourite

first_imgAjinkya RahaneReutersThe constant chatter around India’s middle-order grew when the side was shunted out of the World Cup. This also put pressure on the selectors and the management and as a response, players like Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey were included in the squad to take on West Indies.However, Ajinkya Rahane, who vice-captain in Test matches, is still out of favour with the selectors as far as the ODI format is concerned. There have been voices of support in favour of Rahane’s inclusion for the number 4 position and now the player himself has made his preference pretty clear.”Incidentally, my number (sequence in the prize distribution) here is four… I really enjoy batting at No 4. That’s my favourite position,” Rahane said in his opening address at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) annual awards ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.Rahane will return to Test cricket against West IndiesRahane will return to action in the Test series against West Indies. Despite the fact that India’s favourites are part of the team, the senior pro is not taking anything for granted.”We all know they are a dangerous and unpredictable team. I’m really looking forward to the series against the West Indies,” Rahane said.A person who has always looked to put the interest of the team above personal milestones, the vice-captain said that he was looking at giving it his best and contributing as much as possible for the side.”It is important to respect them and play our game as we’ve been playing, especially in Test cricket. For me, it’s important to give my best. I always focus on contributing for my team and I think I’m just going to do my best as well. Once I go there, I will give my 100 per cent,” said Rahane. Ajinkya Rahane will return to Test cricketGareth Copley/Getty ImagesRecently, he also found support from captain Virat Kohli who said that the team understands the importance of Rahane as he has always stood up in tough situations and hence, will always be given a longer rope to prosper.”Jinx has been solid player for us through and through. That’s always been our communictaion. He is one of the most sorted guys. Really, really composed. He reads the game well also. Priceless fielder. We have all seen the impact he can create in Test cricket with is slip catching and everything,” Kohli said ahead of the series against West Indies.last_img read more

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Uncertain week ahead as domestic global uncertainties persist

first_imgTraders are apprehensive of a breather in the market in the week ahead after its sharp upward correction following the sell-off frenzy in September and October.The week will be one day short with the Guru Nanak Jayanti holiday on Friday, effectively dampening traders’ risk appetite because of the long weekend ahead. Domestic issues like the central bank board of governors meeting on Monday and the assembly election in Chhattisgarh could influence the situation. International factors like the oil price uncertainty and Brexit stalemate could also cast a shadow on Indian indexes.Some analysts believe there could be some volatility, especially in the earlier part of the week, as the stocks lose their swing back steam after two weeks of gains.Last week saw both primary indexes, Sensex and Nifty, gaining around 1 percent defying international crude uncertainty following news of Opec production cut back that could nudge up the prices.The Indian rupee’s marginal appreciation against the US dollar and the decline in bond yields were events of trader interest last week, but the week ahead could be different.The tension in US-Saudi Arabia relations over the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) finding implicating Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi could cloud traders’ risk appetite.Crucial hurdlesThough the indexes are headed north, there could be crucial hurdles that could derail the rally for at least in the short term, Foram Parekh, an Indiabulls analyst told MoneyControl.The federal elections likely around May next year will continue to weigh on the market until then, Parekh said.The market will keenly watch the second phase of the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh state on November 20, the movement of the rupee against the dollar and crude prices, Rahul Sharma, Senior Research Analyst at Equity99, was quoted by MoneyControl as saying.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board meeting on Monday is likely to see some fireworks, especially after the government nominee on the board made clear the view that the government is not happy with the way the RBI is approaching banks’ non-performing assets provisioning. The Dalal Street will be watching closely governor Urjit Patel’s response to the government stance made clear by S. Gurumurthy a couple of days back. The street would be interested in how much Patel would yield as much as if he would at all yield ground on key issues.The government is keen on easing the lending norms to the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector, relaxing the Prompt Corrective Action framework for weak banks and laying down new guidelines for the size of the reserve the central bank should maintain.Steep declineBrent crude’s nearly 5 percent fall to $66.76 a barrel last week is expected to continue, despite the Opec decision to enforce a production cut. The exemption that the US has granted to eight countries to continue to Iran oil imports despite the sanction is acting as a stabilising factor.The recent steep decline in crude oil prices is also a big positive for India’s macroeconomic position assuming oil prices stay at current levels, experts said.”India’s macroeconomic position appears to have stabilised with crude prices slipping to below $70 a barrel. We will see stable Indian rupee and interest rates and a manageable fiscal position over the next few months if crude oil prices were to remain below $75 per barrel,” Kotak Institutional Equities said.Experts reckon the technical position of the markets to be strong after an attack of the bulls from previous week’s low. The benchmark index’s closing near the high after a decisive break out of the tight 10,450-10,650 range indicated strong bull force.F&O positionsNifty’s near-term hurdle is believed to be 10,650, after which the upside is likely to continue, In case Nifty beats its 200-day EMA, placed around 10,700, the rally may pick up further strength.The F&O market shows maximum call open interest of 34.07 lakh contracts set at the 10,800 strike price, which is considered a resistance level for the November series, followed by the 11,000 and 10,700 strikes, according to market watchers.Maximum put open interest of 35.88 lakh contracts was seen at the 10,200 strike price, which is seen as a support level for the November series, followed by the 10,500 and 10,400 strikes.last_img read more

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Niger tanker truck blast toll rises to 76

first_imgThe death toll from a 6 May tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger’s capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday.An earlier official report Tuesday gave 60 dead, including 55 who died at the time of the explosion a few hundred metres (yards) from the airport in Niamey.Most of the victims were trying to collect spilt fuel flowing from the overturned truck when the blast occurred. About 40 people were injured.Security official Hamani Adamou Abdoul-Aziz had earlier warned that the toll was likely to rise as several people had sustained severe, life-threatening burns.The driver of the truck has told investigators that an electrical failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle and its brakes. The truck overturned by the railway track as he was trying to stop it and people then rushed to collect petrol spilling from the vehicle.According to witnesses, a motorcyclist who had filled his cans tried to restart his bike, which caused a spark that ignited the 50,000 litres (13,000 US gallons) of fuel.The massive explosion on route RN1 near the airport left the burnt truck’s wreckage, motorbikes and debris scattered over the road.Nearby houses were damaged by the fire.Niger held three days of national mourning from Wednesday to Friday in memory of the victims.last_img read more

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No new taxes slew of sops for fishermen in Tamil Nadus Budget

first_imgPanneerselvam, who also holds the Finance portfolio, announced exemption of VAT on fishing accessories like fishing ropes and floats, fish net twine, fishing lamps and fishing swivel, apparently to appease the vast fishermen community. Besides, the government reduced VAT on mobile phones from 14.5 per cent to five per cent.Presenting the Budget, Panneerselvam said the state has to rely more on its own strength, besides slow growth in States’ Own Tax Revenue (SOTR), even as devolution and grants in aid of the Centre are expected to go down. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Notwithstanding this increased financial burden and the slow growth in SOTR, our government has decided not to impose any new tax,” he said. The opposition DMK boycotted the proceedings and staged a walkout after its floor leader M K Stalin was denied permission by Speaker P Dhanapal to raise some issues.Among tax sops offered by the government, which Panneerselvam termed as ‘critical concessions’ to boost the manufacturing sector, were withdrawal of electricity tax on plants using biomass, Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovindexcluding bagasse.He said the government proposes to raise net borrowings to Rs 30,446.68 crore and overall outstanding debt would be in excess of Rs 2.11 lakh crore by end of March 2016.However, the fiscal deficit would remain at 2.89 per cent of Gross State Domestic Product as against the norm of three per cent.O Panneerselvam, who presented the four-year-old AIADMK government’s first Budget in the absence of party supremo and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, waging a legal battle over her conviction in a disproportionate assets case, heaped encomiums on her, saying she has “unfailing courage, benevolence, wisdom and zeal.” Talking on resources for financing the Budget, he said SOTR growth remains a serious challenge even as “sluggish economic environment” in the country has significantly affected the growth in collection of commercial taxes.Besides, due to the fall in international crude oil prices and the consequent decline in retail rates of petroleum products, commercial tax revenue has been further “dented” to an extent of Rs 1,000 crore in the current year.last_img read more

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Digital accounted for 723 of video revenues in t

first_imgDigital accounted for 72.3% of video revenues in the UK in 2018, but DVD and Blu-ray are still important for delivering the top-selling titles, according to trade body the ERA.The Entertainment Retailer’s Association year-end figures show that last year UK digital video revenues were up 26% year-on-year to £1.689 billion, driven by streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky’s Now TV, as well downloads from Amazon, Apple and the Sky Store.By contrast, physical retail sales were down 16.9% at £616.9 million, while physical video rentals were down 27.7% at £31.7 million.Despite this, the best-selling film-to-own in 2018 was Hollywood musical The Greatest Showman, which sold 2.69m units – 71.3% of them on DVD or Blu-ray disc. The ERA found that of the top 20 films-to-own last year, an average of 74.1% of sales were from physical formats.“Video was arguably entertainment’s most dynamic sector in 2018,” said ERA CEO, Kim Bayley. “Streaming services have transformed the viewing choices of the British public by offering 24/7 access and convenience.“Meanwhile sales figures show the continuing loyalty of video consumers to DVD and Blu-ray, still the default choices for gift-buying and building a video collection.”Overall, physical and digital video revenues reached £2.338 billion in 2018, putting the market 7.4% ahead of its 2012 low-point but still “well below” its historic 2004 high of £2.953 billion.Across all entertainment categories – video, music and games – total physical and digital revenues were up 9.4% year-on-year at £7.537 billion, with the games sector heralded by the ERA as the “biggest winner in digital entertainment’s digital transformation”.For the first time in 2018, games were found to account for more than half of the entire UK entertainment market at 51.3% – some £3.864 billion across physical and digital. This was thanks to growth areas like direct-to-console downloads and mobile and social gaming.“The games industry has been incredibly effective in taking advantage of the potential of digital technology to offer new and compelling forms of entertainment,” said Bayley. “Despite being the youngest of our three sectors, it is now by far the biggest.”last_img read more

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So I stand with the victims survivors and famili

first_img“So I stand with the victims, survivors and families affected by sexual violence and fully support the the campaign to Break the Silence,” added the Foyle MLA.PRIORITY MUST BE GIVEN TO ERADICATING DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE – MULLAN was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin’s Karen Mullan is calling for greater political priority to be given to eliminating domestic and sexual violence.The Foyle MLA was commenting after attending an ‘Open Day’ in Derry organised by NEXUS as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018.Karen Mullan said: “In today’s society men and women continue to suffer horrendous forms of sexual violence and abuse. “This is a traumatic and emotional experience.“The crimes of sexual violence and abuse have a devastating effect on the lives of its victims and their families.“The inequalities and discrimination ithat create the context where people can be raped, beaten, trafficked and mutilated on a daily basis, must be challenged by everyone including political parties.“Although sexual violence and abuse primarily affects women, we should acknowledge that they also affect men, non-binary people and especially children – girls and boys. ShareTweet FOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANNEXUS DERRYPRIORITY MUST BE GIVEN TO ERADICATING DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE – MULLANSEX ABUSESinn Feinlast_img read more

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