September 17, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin could sense Cody Kessler's confidence building. In his first game as USC's designated starting quarterback, Kessler completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the Trojans' 35-7 victory over Boston College. As Kessler found his rhythm in the first half, Kiffin said he felt a very different player than the one who played with anxiety in the first half against both Hawaii and Washington State. "He was very comfortable," Kiffin said Tuesday during the Pac-12 Conferences coaches teleconference.
September 4, 2013 |
Rankman has always had an East bias in his rankings but acknowledges a superb opening weekend with victories by Eastern Washington, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina. Of course, they're still not ranked. Elsewhere, note the market correction as Texas A&M moves up seven spots with that gravy win served over Rice. We promised to put the Aggies in their proper place if Johnny Manziel was eligible, and watch how much line cutting they do if they beat Alabama on Sept. 14. And, while it hurts to dunk-tank Rankman-favorites Oregon State and Boise State this early, here's hoping they meet in the Las Vegas Bowl.
August 28, 2013 |
Motorists hitting the road over the Labor Day weekend may find themselves paying more at the pump as the Syrian conflict fans tensions in the Middle East and roils gas markets. Experts speculate that prices could shoot up 10 cents a gallon or more in the coming days, a reversal of the lower prices road-trippers have enjoyed this summer thanks to increased U.S. production and higher inventories. A gallon of regular gasoline might again vault past $4. Prices "are definitely going up," said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis.
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August 15, 2013 |
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe returned to the witness stand Thursday, crying as she described the singer “begging for relief” from medical issues and treatments she said were “horribly painful.” It was the second day of testimony for Rowe, who married Jackson in 1996, and is the mother of his two oldest children. They divorced a few years later. Rowe met the singer while she was working for Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. Rowe said she was designated to help Jackson through the procedures, and the two formed a friendship.
August 11, 2013 |
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is prepared to return to the lineup this week despite a sore right shoulder but said he hopes the discomfort does not linger. "Hopefully, it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season," he said. Ramirez, who leads the team with a 1.050 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, jammed his right shoulder Aug. 4. He completed a full workout Sunday but said he still felt discomfort when extending his arm on his swing and when throwing to first base.
July 16, 2013 |
The six-woman jury that acquitted George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was initially split down the middle, with half voting to acquit, two for manslaughter and one for second-degree murder, according to the first juror to speak publicly. She was among those favoring acquittal, the juror told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night. Meanwhile, protests of the verdict continued across the country. In Los Angeles, demonstrators marched along Crenshaw Boulevard, stomping on cars, assaulting bystanders, setting fires and vandalizing property.