Transfers are fueling some of college football's biggest success stories as teams embrace the portal
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The transfer portal has become an important tool for college football teams in the new era of roster management. Many teams, including Florida State and Colorado, have used the portal to rebuild and improve their rosters. The transfer portal allows players to transfer to another school without sitting out a season, and this has led to an increase in the percentage of production by transfers in major college football. The success of teams like Florida State and Colorado, as well as the performance of transfer quarterbacks in the Pac-12, has shown that the portal is a viable option for teams looking to improve their rosters quickly. While some coaches have expressed concerns about players being run off to make room for transfers, the results speak for themselves. The use of the portal has allowed teams to field more competitive teams and achieve success on the field. As the transfer portal continues to be used and teams become more accustomed to its advantages, it is likely that it will become an even more important tool in college football roster management.
Gisele Bündchen opens up about ‘tough’ times after Tom Brady divorce
Gisele Bundchen has discussed the difficulties her family has faced since her divorce from Tom Brady. The supermodel spoke about the challenges she and her children have faced in the past year. Bundchen has been co-parenting her two children with Brady since their divorce in October 2022. She relocated her family to Florida for Brady's three-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but has now settled in Miami. In addition to the challenges of co-parenting, Bundchen has also been helping her ailing parents. Despite the difficulties, she has relied on meditation and daily exercise to help her through tough times. She has also stopped drinking alcohol, which she said has positively affected her mental clarity and sleep. Bundchen and Brady announced their divorce last year after 13 years of marriage. They share joint custody of their children.
AUTO RACING: Hamlin declares himself the man to beat in NASCAR. Sainz end’s Verstappen’s win streak
Last year's race winner Tyler Reddick is set to defend his title at the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin is the favourite after winning the last race at Bristol, while defending series champion Joey Logano and Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have been eliminated from the playoffs. In the Xfinity Series, Noah Gragson is the reigning champion, while Corey Heim is the defending champion in the Truck Series. The Formula One Japanese Grand Prix is also taking place this weekend.
Toronto FC's Victor Vazquez rose up the ranks with Lionel Messi in Spain
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Toronto FC attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez has praised Lionel Messi as "unstoppable" and "special" ahead of their upcoming match against Inter Miami CF. Vazquez, who played alongside Messi in Barcelona's youth system, described the Argentine star as "smart" and noted that he has been playing at a high level since he was 15 years old. Messi's availability for the match is uncertain due to muscle fatigue that has caused him to miss Miami's last two games. Vazquez and Messi have maintained contact through an occasional Instagram exchange and a WhatsApp group chat with their former Barcelona teammates. Vazquez himself has been limited to substitute appearances since returning from a foot injury in mid-August. Despite his limited playing time, Vazquez remains committed to doing whatever is asked of him. Toronto FC has struggled recently, failing to win back-to-back games in 40 matches and losing their last six away games by a combined score of 17-1. In contrast, Inter Miami CF has been on an impressive run, remaining unbeaten in eight consecutive home games and scoring at least three goals in four of their last five home matches.
Woman shares items guests left at her AirBnb
A TikTok user in Florida has gained popularity for showcasing the large amount of food left behind by guests in her Airbnb property. The videos show opened and unopened snacks, fresh produce, alcohol, and soda, with viewers expressing surprise at the amount of food left behind. The host has also found designer clothes, shoes, and bags left by guests. Airbnb hosts have discussed how to handle this phenomenon, with some saying they only keep sealed items and others relying on their own judgment.
Luis Arraez scratched from Marlins' lineup because of left ankle sprain
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Miami Marlins infielder Luis Arraez was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday night due to a left ankle sprain. The injury occurred during pregame drills when Arraez stepped on a baseball. Arraez, who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in January, has been a key contributor for the Marlins this season. He currently holds the highest batting average in the majors at .354 and has reached 201 hits this year. The Marlins are in contention for a postseason spot, sitting just a half-game out of the final NL wild-card spot. Arraez is also attempting to become the first player to win consecutive batting titles in different leagues.
Castro homers, makes pair of spectacular catches to lead Twins over Reds 7-0
Willi Castro hit a two-run homer and made two spectacular catches, Kenta Maeda combined on a four-hitter and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 on Tuesday night in another step toward their third AL Central title in five seasons. Ryan Jeffers added a solo homer for Minnesota (80-72), which opened an eight-game lead over second-place Cleveland with 10 games remaining. Cincinnati (79-74), shut out for the 10th time, is one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s final wild card, also trailing Miami by a half-game.
McDonald’s once again sued after customer burns herself on hot coffee
McDonald's is being sued again for serving a "scalding" cup of coffee with an improperly attached lid, which allegedly resulted in the coffee pouring out on the plaintiff and causing severe burns. The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant's negligence was a "substantial factor" in the plaintiff's injuries. This case is reminiscent of the famous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit from several decades ago, in which another woman spilled coffee on her lap and suffered third-degree burns. McDonald's was also found liable earlier this year in another case involving hot food, in which a family was awarded $800,000 after a toddler was burned by hot chicken nuggets.
Watch: Donald Trump signs tank top of waitress and hands out pizzas on campaign trail in Iowa
Former US President Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Iowa, where he greeted supporters at a packed restaurant, signed autographs, and handed out pizza boxes. The visit was the first of five trips Trump plans to make to Iowa as he seeks the 2024 Republican nomination. Earlier in the day, he addressed a rally of over 1,000 people in Maquoketa, where he predicted victory in the Iowa caucuses. This visit follows other recent campaign-style appearances, including a stop at an Iowa State fraternity house and a surprise visit to a Cuban cafe in Miami.
Inter Miami provide Lionel Messi injury update
Lionel Messi may miss the US Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo due to injury. The Argentinian star was forced to leave the field during Inter Miami's match against Toronto FC, and he did not participate in Argentina's match against Bolivia. Inter Miami manager Gerardo Martino stated that Messi and fellow injured player Jordi Alba are unlikely to play in their upcoming match against Orlando City. Martino also mentioned that Messi's scans did not show any injury, but the team wants to be cautious with his condition.
Tropical storm warning issued for US East Coast ahead of potential cyclone, forecasters say
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A tropical storm warning has been issued for the East Coast of the United States from North Carolina to Delaware as a potential tropical cyclone approaches. The disturbance, known as "Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen," is currently located southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and is moving north. It could reach the North Carolina coast by Friday night or early Saturday. The National Hurricane Center defines a potential tropical cyclone as a disturbance that poses a threat for tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land within 48 hours. A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of North Carolina and Virginia.
No. 20 Miami tries to remain unbeaten at Temple in matchup of old Big East rivals
The No. 20 Miami Hurricanes (3-0) will face the Temple Owls (2-1) on Saturday in a game that could see Miami move to 4-0 before entering ACC play. Temple will be looking to end a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents. The key matchup to watch will be Miami's offensive line against Temple's defensive front, as Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has been effective when given time to throw. Players to watch include Miami wide receiver Xavier Restrepo, who has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, and Temple quarterback E.J. Warner, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. Miami has dominated the series against Temple, winning 13 out of 14 games.
Sophie Turner sues Joe Jonas to return their two daughters to England
Actress Sophie Turner has filed a lawsuit against her estranged husband, musician Joe Jonas, demanding the return to England of their two young children. The couple, who were married in 2019, moved to England in 2023 so the children could attend school there. However, tensions in their relationship resulted in Turner remaining in England to film a TV drama while Jonas went on tour in the US. Jonas has now filed for divorce, but Turner claims he is preventing the children from returning to the UK by withholding their passports.
No. 20 Miami tries to remain unbeaten against Temple team led by Kurt Warner's son at QB
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Temple University has adopted a play from the Philadelphia Eagles’ playbook in its game against Norfolk State, allowing them to swipe a touchdown straight into the end zone. The Owls, who share their stadium with the NFL team, had their offensive players give backup quarterback Quincy Patterson a helping hand. Temple coach Stan Drayton said he “stole” the play from the Eagles. However, the Owls are concerned about avoiding a “rear kicking” from the No. 20-ranked Miami Hurricanes in their upcoming game.
A potential tropical system is headed toward North Carolina; Hurricane Nigel remains at sea
Hurricane Nigel is currently a Category 1 storm moving northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to weaken and potentially become a post-tropical cyclone. In addition, a potential tropical cyclone is forming off the southeastern coast of the United States. This disturbance is currently centered southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and is moving north. A tropical storm warning has been issued from Cape Fear, North Carolina to Fenwick Island, Delaware, and a storm surge watch has also been issued. The center of the cyclone is expected to reach the North Carolina coast on Friday night or early Saturday.
Ex-Speaker John Bercow and Ekin-Su cast in The Traitors US version
The US version of the British competition series, The Traitors, has announced its cast for the upcoming second season, leaving Brits shocked by the line-up. The unusual mix of contestants includes former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, Love Island star Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder and basketball player Marcus Jordan. The US version of the show consists entirely of celebrities and will feature 21 contestants competing for the $250,000 prize. The second season is set to air later in 2023.
Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman revisits the death of Salvador Allende
Ariel Dorfman, a Chilean human rights activist, essayist, novelist and playwright, has written a novel titled The Suicide Museum in which he revisits the events of 1973, including the death of President Salvador Allende. Allende died during a military coup led by Augusto Pinochet, who went on to be responsible for the deaths and disappearances of thousands of political opponents. The book is set in the 1990s and tells the story of a fictional novelist who is investigating Allende's death as part of a secret plot to create a museum about suicide and climate change.
Caratini and Perkins homer in the Brewers' 6-0 victory over the Cardinals
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The Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Thursday to reduce their magic number to clinch the National League Central title to three. The Brewers could win the division title as soon as Friday if they beat the Marlins in Miami and the Chicago Cubs lose two games. St. Louis fell 20 games behind Milwaukee and is enduring its first losing season since 2007.
Dolphins seeking second straight 3-0 start when they host the winless Broncos
The Denver Broncos (0-2) will face off against the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on Sunday. The Dolphins are the favorites, with a 6.5-point spread, according to FanDuel SportsBook. The Dolphins lead the series between the two teams, 12-6-1. In their last meeting, the Broncos defeated the Dolphins 20-13 in November 2020.
The Broncos offense ranks 16th overall, with the rushing game ranking 15th and the passing game ranking 12th. The Dolphins defense ranks 24th overall, with the rushing defense ranking 28th and the pass defense ranking 14th. The Broncos defense ranks 16th overall, with their rushing defense ranking 11th and their pass defense ranking 21st. The Dolphins offense ranks first overall, with their rushing offense ranking 16th and their pass offense ranking first.
One player to watch for the Broncos is rookie WR Marvin Mims Jr., who had 168 all-purpose yards on five touches in their last game. The Dolphins player to watch is QB Tua Tagovailoa, who has thrown for 715 yards with a 102.9 rating this season.
The key matchup to watch is between Broncos CB Patrick Surtain II and Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill. Surtain has only allowed four receptions this season and will face a big test against the speedy Hill.
In terms of injuries, Broncos star safety Justin Simmons missed Wednesday’s practice with an injured hip. Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle is progressing through the concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit last week.
Brewers move closer to NL Central title as Caratini, Perkins homer in 6-0 win over Cardinals
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 6-0 in the final game of their four-game series. Victor Caratini hit a three-run homer and Blake Perkins added a solo shot for the Brewers. With the win, the Brewers' magic number to clinch the National League Central title fell to three. They could potentially clinch the division title as soon as Friday with another victory and two Chicago Cubs losses. The Brewers have won eight of their last 11 games. The Cardinals, on the other hand, fell to 20 games behind first-place Milwaukee and are experiencing their first losing season since 2007. In another game, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Los Angeles Angels with a score of 5-4. Manuel Margot hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a two-run rally and secure the win for the Rays. Tampa Bay currently holds the top AL wild card spot and is 2.5 games behind the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.