News archive from 17 July 2015

Anthony Rizzo on Cubs' playoff chances: 'We can do this'

Anthony Rizzo on Cubs' playoff chances: 'We can do this'

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg looks ahead to baseball's second half. CHICAGO -- You watch the media swarm towards rookie third baseman Kris Bryant, and understand that he personifies the future of the Chicago Cubs. You see the frenzy surrounding ace Jon...

Usa Today, 19:15 in Sport
 
Ranking SEC football coaches by job security

Ranking SEC football coaches by job security

Unlike last season with then-Florida coach Will Muschamp, no SEC football coach enters this season on the hot seat. In fact, seven of 14 SEC coaches received a contract extension and raise after last season. But on-field success, especially recent...

Usa Today, 19:27 in Sport
 
SEC coach contracts promise financial security, but not job security

SEC coach contracts promise financial security, but not job security

HOOVER, Ala. — If the 14 coaches who shuffled through SEC Media Days this week were ranked by whose job is the most secure heading into 2015, it's possible the top-three would not include the coach who has celebrated four national titles, the coach...

Usa Today, 19:27 in Sport
 
New LGBTQ dating app offers platform where everyone can find love

New LGBTQ dating app offers platform where everyone can find love

Finding "the one" is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Today, looking for that "needle" comes in the form of left and right swipes on the multitude of dating apps out there. OneGoodCrush is a new dating app that officially...

 
Confederate flag proposal in Fla. shot down

Confederate flag proposal in Fla. shot down

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Holding a Confederate battle flag on a wooden stick aloft in her right hand, Dawn Boyd addressed the Melbourne City Council wearing a gray T-shirt depicting the flag alongside the slogan "It's Better to Die on Your Feet Than to...

 
Bell: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant earned contract, now deserves apology

Bell: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant earned contract, now deserves apology

USA TODAY Sports' Matt Abrams discusses the impact of Dez Bryant reaching a deal with the Cowboys. Dez Bryant signed his name to a megacontract Wednesday that guarantees a whopping $45 million. Yet it wasn't too long ago that the Dallas Cowboys...

Usa Today, 19:59 in Sport
 
2 days in Iowa: 2 parties, 2 big events, 15 candidates

2 days in Iowa: 2 parties, 2 big events, 15 candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans have pretty much lost count of how many GOP "cattle calls" we've had during this presidential election cycle, but this weekend will be the first time all five Democratic contenders will appear on stage for...

 
Mobilegeddon did cost firms business

Mobilegeddon did cost firms business

LOS ANGELES—In the spring, Google made changes to its search index, to reward businesses with mobile-friendly sites with better placement in mobile searches. Analysts called it "Mobilegeddon," and warned businesses to pay attention and...

 
Feral pigs go hog wild on La. farms

Feral pigs go hog wild on La. farms

SHREVEPORT, La. — A Louisiana State University AgCenter economist estimates feral hogs caused more than $30 million in damages to crops on Louisiana farms in 2013, a problem that may increase around the state as the hog population grows. Shaun Tanger...

 
It's time: Medicaid expansion means jobs, savings and care for Alaskans

It's time: Medicaid expansion means jobs, savings and care for Alaskans

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, giving members the required 45-day notice of my intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid....

 
NFL assisted living facility in Ocoee a tribute to a widow's love

NFL assisted living facility in Ocoee a tribute to a widow's love

John Mackey's story begins with a chokehold of despair and rage, and ends in death. But there is an epilogue that brings hope, and the comforting feel of home. That's why some of his blood brothers in the NFL were wearing hard hats and holding shovels...

 
Kid Rock publicist: Confederate flag dropped on tour years ago

Kid Rock publicist: Confederate flag dropped on tour years ago

Kid Rock stepped up to a Cobo Center podium to accept a Great Expectations Award from Detroit's NAACP in May 2011, describing himself as humbled and overwhelmed by the moment. And that was the night, says a spokesman for the Detroit, Mich., star, that...

 
Mississippi city to ponder pedicabs

Mississippi city to ponder pedicabs

JACKSON, Miss. -- Pedicabs could soon be moving people around downtown Jackson. Capitol City Connections, a new company, plans to start a pedicabs business by Sept. 1. “Half of our fleet will be pedal, eco-friendly, and the other half will be...

 
8 things to watch for at Dems’ Hall of Fame dinner

8 things to watch for at Dems’ Hall of Fame dinner

1. Friday night’s Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be the first time the cast of five current Democratic presidential hopefuls has shared a stage. The audience will be most interested in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,...

 
As expected, Dustin Johnson leads after first round at British Open

As expected, Dustin Johnson leads after first round at British Open

The weather held, sort of, and so did the expectations of fans for many of the current hot golfers in Thursday's first round of the British Open on the revered Old Course. Dustin Johnson continued to hit the ball with the promise of superstardom to...

 

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