By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Dant took the lion’s share of the Division A titles when the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) held its glittering 22nd annual Presentation Dinner and Dance at the Estate Banquet Hall, Scarborough, recently.Dant were crowned Division A regular season (20 overs) conference winners, Division A playoff champions and T10 tournament winners; but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the 15-over competition, going down to archrivals Sunshine in the final.In the process, they copped the Twilight Family Restaurant, Remax All Stars Realty, DTE Industries and the Norman Sue Bakery trophies; the latter for being runners-up.It was also a fantastic year for Restoration Warriors and Enmore; the former capturing the B Division playoff crown, while Enmore were regular season conference winners, victors in the T10 tournament and runners-up in the regular season playoffs.For their efforts, Restoration Warriors walked away with the Fundex Investment Inc trophy while Enmore took away the I Saw That on TV and DTE Industries trophies and the Starlite and Cabana restaurants trophies for being runners-up in the playoffs championships.The 15-over Norman Sue Bakery A Division Consolation winners were EC Bannas who trounced Rebels in the final, while Betterhope won the DTE Industries 10-over consolation title with victory over Caribbean Sensation. Ramblers were the B Division consolation champions with Bacchus Cricket Club (BCC) being the runners-up.Not to be outdone, Wakenaam were crowned Norman Sue Bakery B Division 15-over champs following their victory over GTA Storm B, while Ramblers carted off the Consolation title with Good Success being the runners-up.Among the Most Valuable Players (MVP) recipients were Dant’s Damodar Daesrath and EC Bannas’ Elton Baker in the Conference A playoff final; Fazil Rasool (Restoration Warriors) and Mohamed Zakeer Yusuf (Enmore) in the Conference B playoff final; Hemnarine Chattergoon (Dant), Azam Haniff (Sunshine), Andy Persaud (EC Bannas), Troy Gobin (Rebels), Kemraj Dhanpaul (GTA Storm B), Sharaz Hamid (Wakenaam), Moin Khan (Good Success) and Mark Chablall in the Norman Sue-sponsored 15-over tournament.The DTE Industries sponsored 10-over MVPs were Chattergoon (Dant), Imtiaz Moursalien (Rebels), Steve Ramdas (Enmore), Krishna Arjune (Restoration Warriors), Avinash Singh (Betterhope), Imran Khan (Caribbean Sensation), Hardat Chablall (Ramblers) and Bisnauth Singh (BCC).OSCL vice-president Terry Mathura (left) hands over the B Division Conference winners trophy to Enmore skipper, Shiv Persaud.Betterhope’s Avinash Singh, with 270 runs, led Conference A with the most runs while Surujpaul Deosarran (Rems) and Riaz Kadir (Dant) were second and third respectively, with 229 and 202 respectively.In the B Division, Bharrat Latchman (Carr Tec) led the way with 348 runs and he was followed by Suresh Persaud (Carr Tec) and Shiv Persaud (Enmore) with 334 and 331 respectively.The three top bowlers in Conference A were Raja Amit Pooran (EC Bannas), Davendra Ramkissoon (Betterhope) and Rabindra Diaram (Dant) with 20, 19, and 17 wickets, respectively.The B Conference saw Shiv Persaud (Enmore) topping the bowling with 30 wickets, six more than Surendra Persaud (Wakenaam) and Dinannauth Mangru (Cougars) who ended the season with 23.Centuries were recorded by Scarbo Angels’ Anil Girdharry (168) and Enmore’s Steve Ramdas (100), while there were five-wicket hauls for Ashok Ramhas (Carr Tec), Mangru (Cougars), Diaram (Dant), Naveed Ali (Good Success), Ameer Baksh (Wakenaam) and Surendra Beepat (Wakenaam).The annual Independence Cup, sponsored by Trophy Stall (Guyana), was won by Team Jaguars with Zakir Khan emerging as the MVP. Jaguars also carted off the All Stars trophy with the MVP being Aftab Shamshudeen for the winning team and Alvin Budhram taking the coveted prize for the losing Kaieteur side. Coordinator Vish Jadunauth was the manager for both winning teams.The Norman Sue Spirit Awards, given annually to worthy individuals who have played big roles, both on and off the field, were presented to members of Carr Tec team for their role in moulding Alisha Ramadhar, the one female player in the league. Ramadhar represented Ramblers.
Two-star cornerback Daivon Ellison verbally committed to Syracuse, he announced via Twitter on Monday night.He becomes the 24th verbal pledge to the Orange’s Class of 2015, choosing SU over offers from Rutgers, Boston College and Old Dominion, according to Scout.com.Ellison is entering his senior season a Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep School and is listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, according to Scout.com. The site also rates him as a two-star prospect.He is the third commit from New Jersey, joining three-star outside linebacker Daiquan Kelly and three-star running back Dontae Strickland. Ellison is also the third cornerback to pledge to the Orange, with corners Gerald Robinson and Andrew Spence already in the class. Treevon Prater, another cornerback, was committed to SU’s 2014 class but was ruled academically ineligible and is now part of the 2015 group.On this date last year, Syracuse only had nine commits in its Class of 2014. Syracuse is now third in Division I with its 24 commitments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
After blowing leads in the first two games, Syracuse had nothing left.“It just doesn’t really matter what I’m telling them, trying to encourage them in the third game,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.Despite outplaying Louisville in the first two sets and reaching set point in the second, the Orange (7-12, 0-7 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (12-7, 4-3) in three sets at the Women’s Building on Friday night. SU equaled Louisville in attacking opportunities, but had a hitting percentage of .081 and 20 attack errors. Additionally, the Orange was out-blocked for the second time all season and struggled to dig the ball.The first set was back and forth with SU seeming to be more under control early. After the Orange allowed the Cardinals to fight back from a four-point deficit to take an 18-16 lead, Yelin called timeout. But it proved to be of no avail as Louisville scored seven of the next eight points to win the set. Yelin said his team “absolutely” outplayed Louisville in the first two sets, but lost nonetheless. He seemed exasperated when asked how the team could better hold leads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We (are) just tying to figure (it) out as coaches,” Yelin said. “Losing so many matches, and some of them we felt like we was right there to win those matches, mentally its not easy to dig out of that hole.”The Orange controlled the second set much like it did the first, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. As the Cardinals fought to get back in the game, a powerful block from outside hitter Silvi Uattara sent the ball past the 10-foot line and emphatically into the ground, punctuating the Orange’s strong play early in the set.The game went back and forth until a Uattara kill put the Orange within a point of tying the match at 1. But two Uattara attack errors were followed by two Louisville kills to give the Cardinals set point. The Orange serve received to setter Gosia Wlaszczuk who set middle blocker Monika Salkute. Salkute jumped, but whiffed as the ball fell to the court, giving Louisville a 26-24 set victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.“It was a game in a game, two parts,” Yelin said. “Unfortunately, 24-21, they have three opportunities to finish (but couldn’t).”Yelin was pleased with his team’s play in the first two games but said they understandably quit going into the third.“Of course, you never want players to quit. But at the same time,” he said, “I’ve been in this situation and it’s really hard. It takes time.”Louisville dominated the final stanza, winning the first five points against a flailing Orange team. Every time the Orange scored, the players celebrated more than usual, trying to find the motivation.SU mounted a small comeback facing match point before losing the set, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.“I don’t feel frustrated,” Yelin said after the game as he wrestled with how he would handle the team going forward with so many injuries.Every time the team seems to make an improvement, he said, someone else goes down.Said Yelin: “As it is now, I just feel bad for my players. That’s the feeling I have, because the couple players who now have to do much, much more.” Comments Published on October 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
After a strong performance during the regular season, the USC men’s tennis team heads into tournament play ready to make its mark and win its sixth national championship in seven years. Before that, however, the squad will travel to Ojai this weekend to compete for the Pac-12 championship.The tournament begins Wednesday, but USC won’t play their first match until Friday. With only Stanford seeded ahead of them in the Pac-12, USC will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and advance automatically into the semifinals. No. 3-seeded UCLA and No. 4-seeded California automatically advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday. The teams battling it out during the first round on Wednesday will be No. 5-seeded Oregon against No. 8-seeded Arizona and No. 6-seeded Washington against No. 7-seeded Utah.The Trojans have a favorable bracket, considering that they could face either the Utah Utes, the Washington Huskies or the UCLA Bruins in the semifinals, all teams that the Trojans beat in conference play earlier this season. The Trojans went a perfect 7-0 over the Utes on April 3 and dominated 6-1 against the Huskies on March 27. The Trojans not only beat the Bruins earlier in the year in a non-conference matchup, but USC also beat its crosstown rival in their latest contest last week by a score of 4-2.The Trojans enter the tournament with seven wins in their last eight team matches. Seniors Jonny Wang, Eric Johnson, Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz will be making their final appearances in the Pac-12 championship, which the Trojans last won in 2012 in the tournament’s inaugural year. The Pac-12 currently has three teams in the ITA Top 25 rankings, including the Trojans, so the tournament will be an opportunity for USC to pick up any final details about their opponents that they can use at the NCAA championships.Wang and junior Max de Vroome enter the Pac-12 championship semifinals as the leading individual players for the Trojans; Wang has won his last 12 individual matches, and de Vroome is riding an eight-match winning streak.The Trojans also boast six players ranked in the ITA Top 100 for singles. Hanfmann currently holds the highest ranking among USC players at No. 11, followed by Quiroz at No. 22. Wang is ranked at No. 38, and sophomore Nick Crystal is ranked No. 67. De Vroome ranks No. 86, and Johnson rounds out the ITA Top 100 at No. 100. Hanfmann and Quiroz also are ranked No. 3 by the ITA in doubles play.Of the three teams that USC could face in the semifinals, the Bruins might be the most difficult opponent, considering they have won six of their last eight matches. In addition, the Bruins also beat the Huskies and Utes earlier this season 6-1 and 7-0, respectively. The Huskies don’t have any individual players or doubles pairings in the ITA Top 100 and are only 2-5 in conference play, while the Utes have lost six of their last seven matches.On the other side of the bracket, the Cal Bears will await the winner of the matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats. The Stanford Cardinal, who have a 6-1 Pac-12 record this season, will play one of those three teams in the semifinal. The Cardinal would likely not want to face the Bears, since the Bears are the only team in the Pac-12 that beat the Cardinal this season. The Ducks are only 3-4 in conference play and haven’t beaten the Bears this season, but one of their wins was against the Wildcats earlier this month by a score of 4-1. The Wildcats are winless in the Pac-12 this year and only sport an 8-18 overall record.If the Trojans advance to the final round, the Cardinal would most likely give them the most trouble, as the Cardinal beat the Trojans 4-3 a few weeks ago in a conference matchup. With that said, the Trojans did beat the Cardinal earlier this year 6-1 in a non-conference matchup. The other three teams — the Wildcats, Ducks and Bears — all fell to the Trojans this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The opportunity existed for Syracuse to change the narrative. After pulling off its latest Carrier Dome magic trick, a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat No. 10 Duke, SU hit the road with as much momentum it’s had since winning five in a row almost three weeks ago.The season-long road struggles seemed like a distant memory, and a win in the arena of the country’s seventh-ranked team would likely seize an NCAA Tournament bid. This time was going to be different, until it wasn’t.Tyler Lydon committed a shot clock violation on Syracuse’s first possession. Twenty-one 3-pointers went awry. Louisville led by double figures the entire second half. Sunday’s game ended the same way seven other road games have this season, but this one had more of a lasting touch to it: SU’s 20-point loss was its largest conference loss since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference three seasons ago.“Yeah of course it’s (frustrating),” freshman Taurean Thompson said. “We wanted to come in and beat them in their house, but we didn’t. We just have to deal with it.”There isn’t much time left for the Orange to deal with anything. After No. 7 Louisville (23-6, 11-5 ACC) romped Syracuse (17-13, 9-8), 88-68, only one regular season game remains before the ACC tournament begins in just over a week. The Barclays Center, home of this year’s conference tournament, is the last proving ground SU has to impress the NCAA Tournament selection committee and cure its inefficiencies away the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBecause if there’s one word that embodies the Orange’s performance in the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday afternoon, it’s inefficient. Shooting behind the arc, driving the paint and holding onto the ball were all sources of frustration against UofL.“It’s tough, man,” senior point guard John Gillon said. “We played five games in 15 days, so I know everybody’s a little tired.“Every loss is disappointing and it’s hard to move past it, but that’s what we have to do.”Even when Syracuse combined to lose by 35 in consecutive road games against North Carolina and Notre Dame, SU toyed with a comeback in the second half. It began the second half against the Fighting Irish down seven, and used a 12-0 run to trim UNC’s lead down to three.But against the Cardinals, it was Syracuse getting toyed with. Andrew White scored his first points of the game with 9:06 remaining to close the gap to 11, but that’s as close as the Orange got in the second half. SU led for only two minutes and 10 seconds on Sunday, all of which came in a brief first-half stretch where UofL shot 0-for-5 and turned the ball over five times.Louisville rebounded by going on a 23-4 run. Syracuse never did.“It is what it is,” sophomore Frank Howard said. “They’re a great team, they’re at home. It’s always hard to beat a team when they’re at home. It’s just how the game went.“We can’t do anything about it now.”Given how this season has gone, it would be to no one’s surprise if SU dominated a Georgia Tech team it already lost to on the road. Saturday’s game will be the fourth home-and-home series the Orange has played this year. The first two, against Boston College and Pittsburgh, Syracuse won in the Carrier Dome and lost on the road. The third, against Louisville, SU nearly came back on the Cardinals in an overtime loss at home, then fell in a dud game on Sunday.It’s more matter of fact than an educated guess at this point in the year: The Orange can hardly compete, not to mention beat, the same kind of teams on the road that it can at home. The clock has run out for Syracuse to steal a big game on another team’s court.“OK, we lost on the road,” Thompson said. “I don’t think it’s (fans) cheering against us or anything. I think it’s just basketball.”The freshman might be right, and SU could still go on a run if it makes the NCAA Tournament. But if the Orange aspired to pull off a postseason like last year’s, it felt like Sunday’s contest should have been different than the preceding road games. It wasn’t. Comments Published on February 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
All four of Minaj’s albums have now gone platinum in the U.S. According to the rapper, her latest album, ‘Queen,’ has just been certified platinum in the U.S.The project was released in August and debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 equivalent album units in its first week. It features the single “Chun-Li,” which is platinum-certified; the gold “Barbie Dreams,” and the 3x platinum bonus track “FEFE,” featuring controversial rapper 6ix9ine.Her debut 2010 album ‘Pink Friday,’ 2012’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,’ and 2014’s ‘The Pinkprint,’ all went platinum in the U.S.Minaj has made another milestone as she currently has 99 entries on the Hot 100 – the most of any female artist of any genre, in history.The ‘Queens’ emcee thanked her fans in a post on Instagram Monday, writing, “#Queen becomes my 4th Platinum album in the US this week. Thank you guys for your love & support. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project in any way.”
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Over the course of early signing period, we’ll see which coaches get their classes off to strong starts, and which will face an uphill climb after losing out their targets.With that, here are the top 100 recruits to keep an eye on as college football’s early signing period commences (all rankings 247Sports Composite). MORE: Follow SN’s live early signing period trackerTop 100 college football recruits 20205-star recruits1. Bryan Bresee, (No. 1 DT)2. Julian Fleming, (No. 1 WR)3. Myles Murphy, (No. 1 SDE)4. Justin Flowe, (No. 1 ILB)5. Jordan Burch, (No. 2 SDE)6. Bryce Young, (No. 1 DUAL)7. Paris Johnson Jr., (No. 1 OT)8. Kelee Ringo, (No. CB)9. Arik Gilbert, (No. 1 TE)10. Darnell Washington, (No. 1 ATH)11. Sav’ell Smalls, (No. 1 OLB)12. Elias Ricks, (No. 2 CB)13. DJ Uiagalelei, (No. 13 PRO)14. Zachary Evans, (No. 1 RB)15. Bijan Robinson, (No. 2 RB)16. Demarkcus Bowman, (No. 3 RB)17. Chris Braswell, (No. 1 WDE)18. Mekhail Sherman, (No. 2 OLB)19. Broderick Jones, (No. 2 OT)20. Rakim Jarrett, (No. 2 WR)21. Drew Sanders, (No. 2 ATH)22. Demond Demas, (No. 3 WR)23. Noah Sewell, (No. 2 ILB)24. Demonte Capehart, (No. 2 DT)25. Chris Tyree, (No. 1 APB)26. Fred Davis II, (No. 3 CB)27. Tank Bigsby, (No. 4 RB)28. Jordan Johnson, (No. 4 WR)4-star recruits29. Trenton Simpson, (No. 3 OLB)30. Jaylon Jones, (No. 1 S)31. Gervon Dexter, (No. 3 DT)32. Desmond Evans, (No. 2 WDE)33. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, (No. 5 WR)34. Demouy Kennedy, (No. 3 ILB)35. Don Chaney Jr., (No. 5 RB)36. Tate Ratledge, (No. 3 OT)37. Kendall Milton, (No. 6 RB)38. Turner Corcoran, (No. 4 OT)39. MarShawn Lloyd, (No. 7 RB)40. Kayshon Boutte, (No. 6 WR)41. Marcus Rosemy, (No. 7 WR)42. Phillip Webb, (No. 4 OLB)43. Jase McClellan, (No. 8 RB)44. Curtis Jacobs, (No. 5 OLB)45. Justin Rogers, (No. 4 DT)46. Quandarrius Robinson, (No. 6 OLB)47. Clark Phillips III, (No. 4 CB)48. Michael Mayer, (No. 2 TE)49. Jaquelin Roy, (No. 5 DT)50. Demorie Tate, (No. 5 CB)51. Nate Anderson, (No. OG)52. Jermaine Burton, (No. 8 WR)53. Jalen Carter, (No. 6 DT)54. Donell Harris, (No. 3 WDE)55. Avantae Williams, (No. 2 S)56. Walker Parks, (No. 5 OT)57. Gary Bryant Jr., (No. 9 WR)58. Brian Branch, (No. 3 S)59. Xzavier Henderson, (No. 10 WR)60. Andrew Gentry, (No. 6 OT)61. Jalen McMillan, (No. 11 WR)62. Gee Scott Jr., (No. 12 WR)63. Hudson Card, (No. 2 DUAL)64. Antoine Sampah, (No. 4 ILB)65. Luke Doty, (No. 3 DUAL)66. Keshawn Lawrence, (No. 4 S)67. Tosh Baker, (No. 7 OT)68. Myles Hinton, (No. 8 OT)69. Quentin Johnston, (No. 13 WR)70. Trey Wedig, (No. 9 OT)71. Alfred Collins, (No. 3 SDE)72. Arian Smith, (No. 14 WR)73. Haynes King, (No. 4 DUAL)74. Garrett Hayes, (No. 10 OT)75. Ja’Quinden Jackson, (No. 3 ATH)76. Dontae Manning, (No. 6 CB)77. Chantz Williams, (No. 4 WDE)78. Will Anderson, (No. 5 WDE)79. Lathan Ransom, (No. 5 S)80. Daniyel Ngata, (No. 2 APB)81. Derek Wingo, (No. 7 OLB)82. Mookie Cooper, (No. 15 WR)83. CJ Stroud, (No. 2 PRO)84. Theo Johnson, (No. 3 TE)85. Timothy Smith, (No. 7 DT)86. Roydell Williams, (No. 9 RB)87. Tre Williams, (No. 8 DT)88. Andrew Raym, (No. 2 OG)89. Johnny Wilson, (No. 16 WR)90. Reggie Grimes, (No. 6 WDE)91. Jordan Toles, (No. 6 S)92. A.J. Henning, (No. 17 WR)93. Kobe Hudson, (No. 18 WR)94. Myles Murao, (No. 1 C)95. Wesley Steiner, (No. 5 ILB)96. Luke Wypler, (No. 2 C)97. Marcus Dumervil, (No. 11 OT)98. E.J. Williams, (No. 19 WR)99. Antonio Doyle, (No. 8 OLB)100. Paul Tchio, (No. 3 OG)2020 college football recruits: Ranking top 100 players by positionDual-threat quarterbacksPlayer (overall rank)1. Bryce Young (No. 6)2. Hudson Card (No. 63)3. Luke Doty (No. 65)4. Haynes King (No. 73)Pro-style 1uarterbacksPlayer (overall rank)1. DJ Uiagalelei (No. 13)2. CJ Stroud (No. 83)Running backsPlayer (overall rank)1. Zachary Evans (No. 14)2. Bijan Robinson (No. 15)3. Demarkcus Bowman (No. 16)4. Tank Bigsby (No. 27)5. Don Chaney Jr. (No. 35)6. Kendall Milton (No. 37)7. MarShawn Lloyd (No. 39)8. Jase McClellan (No. 43)9. Roydell Williams (No. 86)All-purpose backsPlayer (overall rank)1. Chris Tyree (No. 25)2. Daniyel Ngata (No. 80)AthletesPlayer (overall rank)1. Darnell Washington (No. 10)2. Drew Sanders (No. 21)3. Ja’Quinden Jackson (No. 75)Wide receiversPlayer (overall rank)1. Julian Fleming (No. 2)2. Rakim Jarrett (No. 20)3. Demond Demas (No. 22)4. Jordan Johnson (No. 28)5. Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 33)6. Kayshon Boutte (No. 40)7. Marcus Rosemy (No. 41)8. Jermaine Burton (No. 52)9. Gary Bryant Jr. (No. 57)10. Xzavier Henderson (No. 59)11. Jalen McMillan (No. 61)12. Gee Scott Jr. (No. 62)13. Quentin Johnston (No. 69)14. Arian Smith (No. 72)15. Mookie Cooper (No. 82)16. Johnny Wilson (No. 89)17. A.J. Henning (No. 92)18. Kobe Hudson (No. 93)19. E.J. Williams (No. 98)Tight endsPlayer (overall rank)1. Arik Gilbert (No. 9)2. Michael Mayer (No. 48)3. Theo Johnson (No. 84)Offensive tacklesPlayer (overall rank)1. Paris Johnson Jr. (No. 7)2. Broderick Jones (No. 19)3. Tate Ratledge (No. 36)4. Turner Corcoran (No. 38)5. Walker Parks (No. 56)6. Andrew Gentry (No. 60)7. Tosh Baker (No. 67)8. Myles Hinton (No. 68)9. Trey Wedig (No. 70)10. Garrett Hayes (No. 74)11. Marcus Dumervil (No. 97)GuardsPlayer (overall rank)1. Nate Anderson (No. 51)2. Andrew Raym (No. 88)3. Paul Tchio (No. 100)CentersPlayer (overall rank)1. Myles Murao (No. 94)2. Luke Wypler (No. 96)Strong-side defensive endPlayer (overall rank)1. Myles Murphy (No. 3)2. Jordan Burch (No. 5)3. Alfred Collins (No. 71)Weak-side defensive endPlayer (overall rank)1. Chris Braswell (No. 17)2. Desmond Evans (No. 32)3. Donell Harris (No. 54)4. Chantz Williams (No. 77)5. Will Anderson (No. 78)6. Reggie Grimes (No. 90)Defensive tacklesPlayer (overall rank)1. Bryan Bresee (No. 1)2. Demonte Capehart (No. 24)3. Gervon Dexter (No. 31)4. Justin Rogers (No. 45)5. Jaquelin Roy (No. 49)6. Jalen Carter (No. 53)7. Timothy Smith (No. 85)8. Tre Williams (No. 87)Inside linebackersPlayer (overall rank)1. Justin Flowe (No. 4)2. Noah Sewell (No. 23)3. Demouy Kennedy (No. 34)4. Antoine Sampah (No. 64)5. Wesley Steiner (No. 95)Outside linebackersPlayer (overall rank)1. Sav’ell Smalls (No. 11)2. Mekhail Sherman (No. 18)3. Trenton Simpson (No. 29)4. Phillip Webb (No. 42)5. Curtis Jacobs (No. 44)6. Quandarrius Robinson (No. 46)7. Derek Wingo (No. 81)8. Antonio Doyle (No. 99)CornerbacksPlayer (overall rank)1. Kelee Ringo (No. 8)2. Elias Ricks (No. 12)3. Fred Davis II (No. 26)4. Clark Phillips III (No. 47)5. Demorie Tate (No. 50)6. Dontae Manning (No. 76)SafetiesPlayer (overall rank)1. Jaylon Jones (No. 30)2. Avantae Williams (No. 55)3. Brian Branch (No. 58)4. Keshawn Lawrence (No. 66)5. Lathan Ransom (No. 79)6. Jordan Toles (No. 91) The early signing period is here, when many of the top 2020 recruits in the nation will sign their letters of intent and set their college commitments in stone.This is the third year of the NCAA’s early signing period; previously, athletes had to wait until February to put pen to paper. Many still will delay their decision until the turn of the calendar, but the early signing period still can go a long way in determining which schools will pull in the top classes.
A Florida judge has dismissed a case against a 15-year-old Florida student who planned to commit a mass shooting due to a legal loophole.The student who was not named in the report due to his age, was arrested in early September after he showed a notebook detailing plans to commit a mass shooting to another student and that student told a teacher.Authorities say the student mapped out the school, how to get past the gatekeeper and school security with the weapon, and how much time they would have to shoot people before police arrived:“kill officers and then the gate keeper — then go one by one” and that he would have nine minutes to gun down as many people as possible, considering the distance between the sheriff’s office and the school, according to Maj. Randy Crews of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.The student also admitted to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office that he constructed several ways to commit mass shootings in different areas of the school campus.Despite the evidence against the student, a judge said prosecutors did not prove the threat was “transmitted” under state law.According to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission who was told about the case on Tuesday, the charges were dropped because the student did not send the notebook to anyone:Under state law, if the person writes and sends threats to kill or do bodily injury to “the person” or “to any member of the family of the person to whom such letter or communication is sent,” it is considered a second-degree felony.Several members of the Commission along with the community of Baker County expressed their concerns about the judge’s ruling especially because the ruling means the student will be released from state custody:“The judge falls outside the scope of reasonableness. I just hope they can live with themselves if something happens,” said Commissioner Ryan Petty.“If these judges make these rulings, we are moving backwards,” Maj. Randy Crews of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office said.While others are outraged about the decision, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says though the situation is disturbing, it is the law:“The question is, does the statute need to be changed? I don’t see anything in statute that needs to be changed.”Commissioner Bruce Bartlett stated that while the decision was lawfully made, it was made by “one court,” seeming to indicate that the decision may be been made differently in another court or county:“This seems to be a situation that happened in one place and a decision made by one court,” the Pinellas sheriff said. “It’s unfortunate and extremely troubling, and all we can do is hope this kid, who is out on the street does not execute his plan.” This story was written with the help of our news partners at CBS12Read more here.
The plan has almost no chance to pass in a chamber controlled by Democrats, reports say.This story is developing. A couple of years after they tried to repeal Obamacare, House Republicans are announcing a health care plan to replace it.However, the White House will continue to work on its own proposal as the plan released by the Republican Study Committee lacks the backing of the entire GOP conference.They said they hope it will help Republicans candidates in the upcoming election answer critics who claim Republicans have no plan.The plan would create a federally-funded, state-run insurance pools to cover people with high-cost conditions.It would also combine Obamacare funding with Medicare expansion into block grants to be awarded to states to help low-income Americans pay for health care.The play would protect pre-existing conditions and boost health savings accounts.Congressmen Roger Marshall of Kansas and Mike Johnson of Louisiana detailed the plan.