Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

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The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) read more

GOSHEN — Senior Hank Smith of the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers is the newest member of the 1,000-point club among area schools.,Smith tossed in 19 points in last Saturday’s 63-52 win over the Northridge Raiders at North Side Gym in Elkhart.,Current Westview assistant coach Ross Hales (1989 graduate) is the program’s all-time leader with 1,322 points, followed by Markese McGuire (2013) 1,246, Jimmy Powers (1974) 1,235, Daimion Beathea (1991) 1,226, Kevin Sindle (2006) 1,201, Karvel Anderson (2009) 1,146, Walter Lewis (1983) 1,130 and Todd Johnson (2012) 1,073.,Other Westview members are Gary Yoder (1973) 1,711, Rusty Yoder (1994) 1,698, Ryan Yoder (1990) 1,594, Elijah Hales (current senior) 1,351, Chandler Aspy (2015) 1,299, Brad Oesch (1987) 1,283, Adam Christner (2009) 1,219, Jeremy Bachman (1,081) and Jeff Nelson (2000) 1,023.,Concord also has eight members led by Elkhart County’s all-time leader Shawn Kemp (1988) 2,134 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign.,The Democratic mayor, who has said he will soon decide whether to enter the 2020 White House contest, would anchor his candidacy to the idea that local government is where things get done in America, in contrast to the turmoil and vast political divide in President Donald Trump's Washington.,But as a mayor, Garcetti faces numerous hurdles not shared with potential rivals like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or former Vice President Joe Biden, who are fixtures in the Washington establishment.,Other mayors considering White House bids have their own challenges but have more cushion than Garcetti - they are no longer in office.,Mitch Landrieu, who spent two terms leading New Orleans, gained national attention with his decision as a white mayor of a majority black city to remove high-profile Confederate monuments and arguing that the nation needs a frank discussion on race.

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Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

Later in the quarter, credit yields gave way to market pressures; however, despite the worst peak to trough market move in a decade, credit spreads remained within normal bounds and well below the scarier tumult of the winter of 2016.,For example, the low end of the housing market had been neglected by builders since the crisis; however, just this year, low-end jobs wage gains reached their highest level since the crisis.,Further, recent market activity has gone a long way towards correcting two of the big prongs impairing affordability: first, mortgage rates have come down considerably since peaking in early October, along with the 10-year yield; and, second, although housing markets correct more in terms of volume than price  the rise in price will be held in check by rising inventories, sluggish volumes and a down stock market.,Last year we said:

It is hard to sit in our seat today and say exactly which areas of the market would best withstand the next bear, for there are yet to be obvious areas of overinvestment like the technology sector in 2000 and the financials in 2007 that will lead the way down; however, we have confidence that the nature of the next recession (and let’s not forget, a recession is an inevitability eventually) will be different than the last.,To reiterate: “the 2007-09 bear market was an actual liquidity crisis where deflation was the risk that imperiled the economy, whereas the next recession will be a normal Fed induced recession when inflation gets too high and the Fed thus raises rates to cool things off. read more

Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.4 points per game this season and leads the conference with 54 made 3-pointers.,• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington has paced the Sooners offensively over the last five games, averaging 18.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.,• Robertson's eight 3-pointers against WKU in the Sooners' season opener set an OU single-game record for a freshman, besting the previous mark of seven held by Morgan Hook (Stephen F. Austin, 2010-11) and Derica Wyatt (UT-Arlington, 2013-14).,• Llanusa averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman last season, earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable mention honors.,• Pellington has scored in double figures in 11 of OU's 12 games this season, ranking sixth in the Big 12 with 17.0 points per game.

For the first time in years, Central Florida won’t be the home base for a U.S. Senator.,But now, as Central Florida and the I-4 Corridor grows stronger in importance in both state and national elections, it will lose its local presence in the upper chamber as Southwest Floridian Rick Scott joins U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Miami on Tuesday.,While a number of lawmakers and officials played a hand in its location and its funding, including U.S. Rep. John Mica, as a Republican Senator from Central Florida, “I was in a unique place and time to nudge [President Bush’s] Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson.,Rubio, who also has an office in Orlando, visited Central Florida six times in 2018, including attending the Republican Party meeting at the Rosen Centre in January, discussing Puerto Rico issues in April and September in Kissimmee and meeting with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission in December about Orlando’s World Cup bid.,Democrat Linda Chapin, who preceded Martinez as mayor, said the region’s congressional delegation will also play an increased role – especially as its three Democratic sophomore representatives, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, and U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, are now in the majority.

CT 28, BV 13 DAVIDSVILLE — Mya Poznanski scored 15 points to power Conemaugh Township to a 28-13 win over Blacklick Valley in girls junior high basketball Thursday.,Meyersdale 33, Berlin 29 MEYERSDALE — Meyersdale edged Berlin, 33-29 in girls junior high basketball Thursday.,Rockwood 26, Salisbury 18 ROCKWOOD — Rockwood beat Salisbury, 26-18 in girls junior high basketball, Thursday.,Thursday indoor golf REELS CORNER — The Thursday Indoor Golf League at The Alley week eight low score was Mike Visinsky with 36 and the low net was Scott Hollern with 31.,Senior indoor golf REELS CORNER — The Thursday Senior Indoor Golf League scramble at The Alley this week was won by the team of Bill Zubek, Bob Becony, Mike Harber and Barry Craig with a score of 15-under par.