2021 NFL mock draft: First-round projections
This is only my fourth NFL mock draft of a surreal season, but I’ve had enough time to develop initial thoughts on the talent breakdown of the 2021 class:— Quarterback appears top heavy. There could be as many as six go in the first round (a first since 1983), but there’s a significant drop off after the top eight-or-so prospects.— Clemson’s Travis Etienne will likely be the only running back selected in the first round, but the class is deep.— There will be at least five wide receivers selected in the first round and the class is very talented again.— Florida’s Kyle Pitts and Penn State’s Pat...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mac Engel: How Colin Kaepernick made TCU's Rose Bowl season possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — Colin Kaepernick has no formal affiliation with TCU, nor did he ever play the Horned Frogs in a game, but he made a tangible impact on the university that extends deep into the mortar, and the success, of the school.This year is the 10th year anniversary of TCU’s Rose Bowl season, which would not have been possible without the contributions of the ousted NFL quarterback, Mr. Kaepernick, and his Nevada Wolf Pack.On Nov. 26, 2010, Kaepernick “led TCU” to the Rose Bowl when Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State. That upset ultimately changed the trajectory of a team, a school and a c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas posts another new coronavirus case record as surge intensifies ahead of Thanksgiving
AUSTIN, Texas — One day ahead of Thanksgiving, Texas has set another daily record for new coronavirus infections Wednesday, with health officials reporting 14,648 new cases.This marks the second day in a row that the state has set a new high for the number of cases reported in a single day. On Tuesday, there were 13,998 new infections statewide.State health officials also reported 200 fatalities on Wednesday, bringing the total death count in Texas to 20,950.As infections and hospitalizations continue to climb in the state and across the country, health officials are urging people to wear mask...
Florida adds 8,376 coronavirus cases and reports nearly 100 deaths
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 8,376 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 961,676. Also, 97 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 18,254.Two new non-resident deaths were also announced, bringing the non-resident toll to 228, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.Florida has the third-highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texas and California, according to the New York Times COVID-19 database.CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN SOUTH FLORIDA— Miami-Dade County reporte...
Susan Tompor: 'Guilt gifting' is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year
The country is polarized about so many things — the election, the right way to tackle the virus, who you should or shouldn’t sit next to at Thanksgiving. So why shouldn’t 2020 holiday gift giving join the ever-growing list of potentially hot button topics?On the one side, you can run into girlfriends or cousins who want to ditch holiday shopping. “Let’s just share good wishes, not gifts,” they’ll say. Makes sense. After all, many consumers suffered job losses, pay cuts or furloughs, shuttered businesses, the loss of loved ones to the coronavirus, and seemingly never-ending anxiety in 2020.Then...
Detroit Free Press
On Gardening: Longwing butterflies creating Halley's Comet-type moments
Blue Moon on Halloween, Northern Lights creeping south, and now Jupiter and Saturn snuggling close for the first time since the Middle Ages. So goes the year 2020 and all of its memories. To The Garden Guy all of these “Twilight Zone” moments may pale in comparison to the Halley’s Comet-type events that have been happening in the butterfly world thanks to the Heliconian or longwing butterflies.Even though the zebra longwing is the state butterfly of Florida, I assure you it is tropical in nature and like its cousins I’ll be mentioning, are much more common in Central and South America. So, ima...
Tribune News Service
Everything you need to know about the Cowboys and Thanksgiving Day
The Dallas Cowboys are synonymous with Thanksgiving Day football. It’s one of the great traditions in sport and has been since 1966, when the Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns, 26-14, on a 71-degree day at the Cotton Bowl.The classic doesn’t get much more classic than when the NFC East rival Washington Football Team is the opponent. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium.This is the 10th Thanksgiving Day meeting between the teams, five more than the next closest matchup of the Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys are 30-21-1 on Thanksgiving, including 8-1 against Washingto...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trucks that can drive themselves are already on Texas roads, and more are on the way
The age of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling on U.S. highways may be much closer than many people realize, and North Texas is emerging as the likely location of a major hub for the trucks.One company that is aggressively working to build a nationwide freight network of driverless trucks is TuSimple, which has offices in Beijing and San Diego. TuSimple recently announced plans to build a hub for its autonomous trucks at Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.The trucks use cameras and sensors that provide vast amounts of data, so the vehicle’s computer software knows what’s happening up to 3,0...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
UPS boosts dry ice capabilities in preparation for vaccine transport
UPS said it has boosted its dry ice production capabilities in preparation for the task of distributing COVID-19 vaccines that must be kept at freezing temperatures.As the logistics industry prepares to ship vaccines around the world, experts have raised concerns about a potential dry ice shortage.UPS said it can now produce as much as 1,200 pounds of dry ice per hour at its U.S. facilities.The company said the boosted capacity will ensure there’s enough dry ice to pack shipments from its health care facilities in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas, as well as Ontario, Canada.UPS is also p...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Florida reports more than 8,500 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 new deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 8,555 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing an upward trend in the spread of the virus this month ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.The state also reported 73 new deaths on Tuesday.Since the pandemic began, 953,300 Florida residents and non-residents have been infected with COVID-19. The death toll, including non-residents, stands at 18,383.As cases have trended higher in recent weeks, so have hospitalizations. The spike indicates South Florida is likely experiencing the same surge that is occurring across the nation.Statewide, 3,780 patients wer...