Dan Mullen confident new-look Gators’ attack can produce offensive fireworks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 2021 Florida Gators offense is going to be similar to Dan Mullen’s previous attacks, yet also quite a bit different. Mullen hopes while the ensemble changes, the song remains the same. The Gators put up points to the tune of 41.6 per game during 11 league contests — the most during Mullen’s dozen seasons as an SEC head coach. UF’s 41 plays of 30 yards or longer — also a Mullen personal best — were more than even Alabama’s national title-winning attack. Asked if his new offense can keep pace, Mullen said, “Let’s hope so. Let’s hope so. You need to have explosive plays to...
Mark Bradley: Georgia Tech has built a different sort of NCAA bubble
For the first time, teams not invited to the NCAA Tournament will have more to consider than their NIT seeding. The top four teams not in the field of 68 — the “first four out,” in other years — will be put on standby. If any of the chosen 68 have a major COVID event between Selection Sunday and Tuesday, March 16, a bracket-filling replacement will be summoned. After March 16, you play or you forfeit. The cancellation of last year’s NCAA Tournament was the moment when the masses began to take the pandemic seriously. It also was massively costly for member institutions and the NCAA itself. By A...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dieter Kurtenbach: Young Giants show that the rebuild will be worth the wait
There’s a covenant teams create with their fans when it comes to a rebuild. The process is going to be long and difficult — when you’re tearing it down and building it back up, there’s no way around that — but the promise is that, in the end, it’ll be worth it. The Giants aren’t at the end yet. They’re barely past the beginning of their rebuild under Farhan Zaidi. But the signs are undeniable now — the Giants looked poised to make good on that promise. Reasons for optimism always show up in subtle ways at spring training. There’s the positive inning from a young pitcher or a developing hitter ...
The Mercury News
11-year-old boy among 9 people shot, 1 fatally, Sunday in Chicago, police say
CHICAGO – A 51-year-old man died after being shot and an 11-year-old boy was wounded in separate shootings in Chicago on Sunday, according to police. Officers were called to the 1600 block of East 83rd Street in the Stony Island Park neighborhood at 7:25 p.m. following a report that a man had been shot in the head. Chicago police said the man had been sitting inside a vehicle when he was shot. Police said the man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Matthew Harlan, 51, of the 8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue, was pronounced d...
Disney World workers get spit on, yelled at, and pushed trying to enforce COVID safety rules
ORLANDO, Fla. — A security guard reminded a guest to put on his mask before he walked into Disney World’s Contemporary Resort near the Magic Kingdom last month. “I’m a guest,” argued the middle-aged, fedora-wearing man. He asked to be left alone. Then he spat, and some of his saliva hit the guard’s forehead. It was one of several confrontations on Disney property in recent weeks as some guests have angrily refused to follow Disney’s pandemic safety rules. Some of the situations have led to arrests, although not in the case of the spitting man, who hurried inside the hotel and disappeared in th...
Susan Tompor: Spot a big mistake on your credit report? Here's how to fix it
Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — the big three of credit reporting agencies — announced Tuesday that they're going to continue allowing consumers to receive free weekly credit reports for one more year until April 20, 2022. You must go through annualcreditreport.com to get those free weekly reports. The news comes right after troubling headlines indicating that consumers are frustrated with how their credit is being handled by those very same agencies. "Consumer complaints about financial grievances spiked during the pandemic year of 2020, eclipsing 2019, the previous record year," according...
Detroit Free Press
9-year-old boy killed after someone shot at his family's vehicle in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS — A 9-year-old boy became the seventh child to die by homicide this year in St. Louis after someone opened fire on his family's vehicle Sunday night. Police identified the boy as Caion Greene. He was shot just before 10 p.m. in the 900 block of LaSalle Park Court, in a neighborhood south of downtown. He died at a hospital. Caion lived in the 4500 block of Coyle Court in south St. Louis County. Police said Caion was hit in the torso. He was taken to the hospital by relatives and police were called once they arrived. Three others in the car with Caion were not hurt, police said. They w...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Interest in RV travel surges in US
A lot of Americans will be traveling around in their brand-new RVs this spring and summer or renting them from popular outlets such as RVshare and Outdoorsy. Interest in RVs has spiked 162 percent during the pandemic, according to data from LendingTree. Interest in purchasing RVs far exceeded recreational categories. By comparison, interest in boats rose 104 percent, and interest in cars and lot trucks dropped 26 percent. June 2020 saw a 303 percent year-over-year increase in the number of people completing purchase query forms for RVs compared to June 2019. The most popular states for RV purc...
Villanova loses another starter in Justin Moore, drops fourth straight road game, 54-52, at Providence
After going the first 19 games this season without an injury to any of its top seven players, Villanova has managed to lose two starting guards in its last two games to injuries. Collin Gillespie, wearing a bulky brace to protect his injured left knee, watched Saturday from the bench at Providence’s Alumni Hall as Justin Moore, who moved to the point from his starting duties at shooting guard, suffered a sprained left ankle with just over 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The 10th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a dreadful opening half when they trailed at one stage by 20 points and rallied...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Bradley: Georgia Tech is relevant again
Georgia Tech’s breakthrough season nearly was broken at its beginning. On the nights before and after Thanksgiving, the Yellow Jackets lost at home to Georgia State and Mercer, yielding 206 points over 100 minutes. (The GSU loss lasted four overtimes.) After the Mercer game, which saw the Bears make 12 of 25 3-pointers, Tech’s coaches sat in their locker room until 4 a.m., asking themselves the darkest of questions. This was Year 5 under Josh Pastner. Until now, Year 1 – which ended with a 32-point loss to TCU in the NIT final – had been the highlight. The Jackets hadn’t yet reached the NCAA T...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution