How many times would Miami and other Florida teams be in the 12-team football playoff?
MIAMI — The College Football Playoff committee is considering expanding the existing four-team format to 12 teams, according to multiple reports. The expansion proposal would mean the six highest-ranked conference champions and six highest-ranked other teams to round out the bracket, which will see the top four conference champs receiving first-round byes as seeded Nos. 1-4 with Nos. 5-12 pitted against each other in the first round. So what does this all mean, should it pass and take effect in time for the 2023 season, for Group of Five teams and Florida programs? Well, let’s take a look at w...
Holiday names replaced with ‘Day Off’ on New Jersey school calendars
Happy... day off? A New Jersey school district has replaced the names of holidays with the words “Day Off” on its school calendars. The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to dump the names of the days being celebrated, much to the surprise of the 125 people in attendance at a Thursday meeting. Cries of “What just happened?” and “What did you just do?” erupted from a crowd described as confused and unhappy by local outlet Tap Into Randolph. The school board’s decision was an evolution of a debate over the Columbus Day holiday, which many consider offensive to Native Americans. State ...
New York Daily News
James Corden pressured to end ‘incredibly culturally offensive’ segment ‘Spill Your Guts’
NEW YORK — More than 11,500 people have signed a petition urging CBS host James Corden to end his “incredibly culturally offensive” truth-or-dare segment called “Spill Your Guts,” in which contestants have to either answer a tough question or eat something Corden and his producers find disgusting. According to the Change.org petition’s creator, the food options offered in “The Late Late Show” bit often have an anti-Asian flavor, which could contribute to harmful stereotypes. “He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian pe...
New York Daily News
Bob Wojnowski: Victims' damning accounts forever tarnish Bo Schembechler's stature
NOVI, Mich. — The debate concerning what was known, when it was known and who knew it, is immaterial now. We’ll never know everything, but we know enough. Bo Schembechler had to know team doctor Robert Anderson was committing heinous acts, even if Schembechler didn’t fully comprehend it, or didn’t want to fully comprehend it. It doesn’t matter any longer what’s provable. The words and emotions of Matt Schembechler, one of Bo’s sons, and two former Michigan players, Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson, were graphic and consistent Thursday, and their stories of abuse were filled with horrifi...
The Detroit News
Lollapalooza 2021 daily schedule, stages released
CHICAGO — Lollapalooza organizers on Thursday revealed the hour-by-hour lineup for seven of its eight stages. A festival rep said Kidzapalooza, its popular area devoted to children’s activities, will return for Chicago’s biggest summer music event. An announcement is expected soon. More than 160 acts, including headliners Miley Cyrus, Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone and Foo Fighters, are slated to perform in Grant Park July 29-Aug. 1. Four-day tickets ($375) and single-day tickets ($130) are still available. The news comes as Chicago officials prepare for a full reopening Friday. Lollapalooza ...
Michael Avenatti suffered a ‘cataclysmic fall,’ deserves 6 months for Nike shakedown, his lawyer says
Michael Avenatti’s “epic fall and public shaming” has made him a pariah relentlessly mocked by President Donald Trump’s supporters, his lawyer write in new papers, asking he receive a six-month sentence for trying to shake down Nike of more than $20 million. Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced June 30 for crossing the line during tough negotiations with Nike lawyers over allegations the shoe giant secretly bribed basketball prospects. Avenatti, who was arguably the most well-known lawyer in the world in 2018 thanks to legal battles with Trump, has endured a precipitous downfall. He faces a s...
New York Daily News
Sen. Jon Ossoff fulfills campaign promise by putting financial assets in blind trust
WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff has moved his liquid assets into a qualified blind trust, making good on a campaign promise that relates to criticism of his predecessor. Ossoff notified the Senate last week that he had created the qualified blind trust for his holdings, which contributed to a net worth somewhere between $2 million and $7.3 million as of late last year. At the time, his wealth was spread among various stocks, securities and mutual funds. During the campaign, Ossoff challenged then-U.S. Sen. David Perdue to create a blind trust for his financial assets. Perdue and fell...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What prompted 49ers to end offseason program early, call off mandatory minicamp?
Nick Bosa showed up for the 49ers’ offseason program this week — only to quickly learn he and his teammates are now on summer break. Coach Kyle Shanahan not only called off this week’s final two organized team activities, he canceled next week’s mandatory minicamp, a byproduct more on the team’s strong attendance for voluntary workouts than because of Monday’s double-whammy injuries to Tarvarius Moore and Justin Skule. “He didn’t take part in much because he’s still rehabbing (a knee), but he’s been here all week,” Shanahan said of Bosa on a Wednesday video conference. “He’s been good. But he ...
The Mercury News
Sound Advice: Looking for unobtrusive home sound system
Q. A few years ago you gave me great advice when I bought my home sound system. You recommended GoldenEar Triton floorstanding speakers with built-in subwoofers, and they are excellent! We are building a vacation home and my wife has declared absolutely no speakers on the floor or mounted on walls — everything needs to be built into the walls. I have five locations pre-wired (left, center, right, left surround, right surround) and am looking at in-wall systems. Unfortunately I have no idea how they will sound, nor any idea of what brand works best. The room is 34x14 feet with a 20-foot ceiling...
Tribune News Service
‘Loki’ review: Marvel’s trickster god gets Disney+ series off to a nimble start. Can it stay that way?
Judging from the first two episodes, the six-part Disney+ spinoff series “Loki” is my kind of Marvel. It’s lighter and more “Doctor Who”-y on its feet than most of the franchise’s billion-dollar-grossing mayhem-athons. Like “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) the series favors comic possibilities more than apocalypses and personal grief (though there’s some of both). And it’s guided by a fantastically droll central performance from Tom Hiddleston. In the first minute of episode one, out Wednesday, Hiddleston reprises a scene from “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), where the Asgardian trickster god snatches the p...