ESPN Believes 4 Teams Have A Strong Chance To Go Undefeated

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is six weeks old.In the first six weeks of the season, we’ve finally started learning which teams are for real and which teams entered the season with too much hype.Only 16 undefeated teams remain and only 12 of those teams reside in a Power 5 conference.Of those 12 teams in a Power 5 conference, four have a legitimate chance to finish the season with an undefeated record. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, four undefeated teams have at least a 27-percent chance to end the season without a blemish on their record. Here is the list:Clemson: 59.6-percent chance to finish undefeatedOhio State: 40.4-percentOklahoma: 28.4-percentAlabama: 27.1-percent [Related Article: ESPN Predicts When Undefeated Top 25 Teams Will Lose First Game]If all four teams finish their respective seasons with an undefeated record, they’ll find themselves in the College Football Playoff.Alabama has the most-difficult road to an undefeated season. The Crimson Tide still have two huge games against LSU and Auburn on the schedule.Clemson, meanwhile, has the easiest remaining  schedule and barring a massive upset, should find itself in the playoff yet again.Oklahoma faces a tough test this weekend as the Sooners take on rival Texas.Can all four finish the season with an undefeated record? We’ll find out soon.last_img read more

Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to defend Sonoma title

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: BOTTOMS UPTruex got to raise the winner’s goblet full of red wine for the third time in his career, but the New Jersey native still hasn’t warmed up to Northern California’s signature beverage. “I just don’t like wine,” he said. “I’m sorry. It’s the best damn wine I’ve ever had. I just don’t like it.”UP NEXTAt Chicagoland Raceway on Sunday, June 30. Truex and Busch finished 1-2 for the seventh time in their careers, and they were the class of the final stage in a caution-free race. While JGR isn’t overwhelming its foes in the points standings, it hopes to build on its strong Northern California performance into the summer.“What a season we’ve turned this into,” said Truex, who has won with three different team owners at Sonoma. “This group, man, they’re unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep it going.”After Hamlin won the second stage, Truex got the lead early in the third stage, and Busch didn’t follow Truex into the pits for the final stop. When Busch finally pitted four laps later, Truex reclaimed the lead with 23 laps to go. Truex opened an 8-second advantage and held off a strong push by Busch to win by 1.861 seconds.More things to know about Sonoma:WHO’S HOTDiBenedetto gave an impressive performance after starting in 19th, patiently picking his way up the field with an impressively fast Toyota. The Northern California native had family and friends in the stands to watch his feat. 2 Photos GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. “We race as hard as we can possibly race on the race track, and we respect each other off it,” Truex said. “That works out pretty good.”Although Busch is a vicious competitor, he had perspective on this result after failing to find a way to make a late push past Truex. Their careers have intersected regularly since 2004, when Truex held off Busch to win the Busch Series championship.“It (stinks) to finish second to a teammate, but it is good for the company,” said Busch, who has four top-five finishes in the last five years at Sonoma. “Overall, Martin is really good here. I’m just pumped that I actually ran good.”Ryan Blaney was a distant third, more than 33 seconds behind Truex. Matt DiBenedetto finished a career-best fourth, and JGR’s Denny Hamlin was fifth. Erik Jones, JGR’s fourth driver, came in eighth. Subscribe Today Published: June 23, 2019, 3:49pm Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to defend Sonoma title Winning driver gets his fourth victory of NASCAR Cup season By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press WHO’S NOTSeries points leader Joey Logano had battery problems and had to pit with 15 laps to go. He finished 23rd. Chase Elliott started fourth and ran near the front for much of the day before his engine apparently blew early in the final stage.TAKE A RIDEThe drivers had little trouble navigating “The Carousel,” the extra turns inserted into the NASCAR layout for the first time since 1997. The layout is expected to be a permanent part of the NASCAR race now.MY BADBusch isn’t typically an apologetic driver, but he gave his regrets to Blaney for bumping him from the back during the final stage. “Sorry, homie,” Busch said to Blaney after the race, explaining that he had been mentally picturing the pre-Carousel layout after the third turn and had been too aggressive. Blaney accepted the apology.SO LONG DWNearly every driver spared a post-race moment to bid farewell to Darrell Waltrip, the Hall of Fame driver who had just called his final race in the Fox broadcast booth. Waltrip has been continually involved in the sport for longer than any current driver has been alive, and everyone from Truex to DiBenedetto credited the personable Waltrip for helping and encouraging their careers. Share: SONOMA, Calif. — Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have managed to keep their long-standing rivalry quite friendly during their first season as teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing.It’s a bit easier for Truex to be a gracious winner — and for Busch to be somewhat content with second place — when their two Toyotas are blowing away the rest of the NASCAR Cup Series field by a full 31 seconds, as they did on a dominant Sunday in wine country.Truex won on the hilly road course at Sonoma Raceway for the second straight year and the third time in his career, comfortably holding off Busch for JGR’s 10th victory of the season.Truex won for the fourth time in the last eight points-paying races, earning his 23rd career victory overall. Busch also has four wins this season, putting the two veteran drivers in position for a long summer of friendly competition. Martin Truex Jr., right, leads Chase Elliott through a turn during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Indian Naval Ship Trikand arrives on 3day visit to Colombo

During its three-day tour in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is scheduled to participate in a friendly football match organized by the Sri Lanka Navy. INS “Trikand” will leave for her next port of call on 09th July. Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva accompanied by the Commander of the Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Director Naval Operations, Commodore Sanjeewa Dias and several officers attached to the Naval Headquarters also visited the Indian Naval Ship “Trikand”. The Indian Naval Ship “Trikand” arrived at the port of Colombo today on a goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions, upon her arrival.The Commanding Officer of the ship Captain Upal Kundu called on the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters. They held cordial discussions on matters of mutual interest and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion. The Assistant Defence Adviser of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Lieutenant Colonel Ravi Shekhar Mishra was also present on this occasion. read more

Canadian parents more likely to buy tablets smartphones use Netflix study

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 4:00 am MDT Canadian parents more likely to buy tablets, smartphones, use Netflix: study TORONTO – A new study confirms kids do have it good nowadays, at least when it comes to having access to tech toys.Parents are more likely to purchase smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and subscribe to Netflix than the average consumer, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor.Based on telephone surveys with more than 6,000 anglophone Canadians last fall and this spring, the report found households with children under 18 were more likely to be teeming with digital devices.About 41 per cent of the parents surveyed said they owned a tablet, versus the 30 per cent response rate for everyone else. And three quarters of the parents polled had a smartphone, compared to just over half of the other respondents.Families were also 70 per cent more likely to be part of the so-called “four screen” trend, with 17 per cent of parents saying they owned a smartphone, tablet, computer and TV that were all connected to the Internet.Just over a third of the parents said they subscribed to Netflix, compared to about one in four of the consumers polled without kids in their home.Some other statistics in the report:— Three quarters of the parents surveyed said they use social networks — compared to 62 per cent for everyone else — and they were bigger users of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn— A similar number of parents said they multi-tasked with another Internet-connected device while watching TV, compared to almost two thirds of the others— Nearly nine in 10 parents said they watch online video, versus 73 per cent for non-parentsThe survey results are considered accurate within 1.2 percentage points 19 times out of 20. read more