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.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Earlier that month, San Francisco Mayor Elmer E. Robinson had lost a bet to Chicago Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, after wagering that Cal would defeat Northwestern in that year’s Rose Bowl.,A week before the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game in 1967 (known later as Super Bowl I), Donald A. Tilleman, the mayor of Green Bay, Wis., sent a telegram to his counterpart in Kansas City, Mo., betting him a block of Wisconsin cheese that the Packers would win, and proposing that prime steaks would make for a good prize.,After the Packers lost in the NFC championship game to the Giants, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg received a special delivery that contained 10 pounds of cheese spread, 20 aged strip steaks and three pounds of chocolate — plus a pair of cheese-wedge sunglasses for good measure.,Thus began the era of mayors wearing rival teams' jerseys, flying the winner’s flag above city hall or singing the national anthem at their next game.,In April 1997, more than two months after the Packers defeated the Patriots in that year’s Super Bowl, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Mayor Paul Jadin still hadn’t collected the winnings from his bet with the mayor of Providence, R.I., Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., who would later be sent to federal prison on racketeering charges.

This past weekend, victory tasted like Togarashi brown sugar as the bar sent out two teams to compete in two separate out-of-state wing competitions.,See also: Patch Picks: The Best Wings In Norwalk [PHOTOS]

Though the Rhino boasts a number of popular and inventive wing flavors (Patch wrote about them extensively here), such as Mango Habenero and Maple Chipotle Lime, they only entered their Togarashi Brown Sugar Dry Rub wings in the Atlantic City competition.,The Blind Rhino was the first out-of-state competitor invited to the Wing Wars in the competition's three-year history.,Meanwhile in New York, a second team of Rhino wing specialists brought out some of their strongest players to compete in Poughkeepsie: Spicy Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan and of course the Togarashi Brown Sugar Dry Rub.,After battling it out with some tough local competition consisting of almost 30 other bars and restaurants, the team still managed to walk away with some hardware, placing second in the Best Buffalo category and third in Best Dry Rub. read more

The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean's list for the fall semester: Erin Varnum, of Dighton and Benjamin Will, of South Dartmouth.,BRISTOL, RI - The following local students have been named to the fall dean's list at Roger Williams University: ASSONET Reese Schader DARTMOUTH Zachary Beaulieu, Olivia Chesney, Logan Desousa, Connor Humason, Meredith Nailor, Jessica Silvia DIGHTON Jacob Ferreira,  Adam Rose FALL RIVER Samantha DaRocha, Alexus Moniz, Monica Pavao, Cheyenne Quintal, Alexi Rebello, Mollie Rigby, Makenzie Rose, Sabrina Sousa SOMERSET Aliscia Carvalho, Hannah Carvalho, Gwenyth Darmody, Lily Fortier, Sydney Murphy, Lauryn Novo, Leia Stone, Nicholas Viveiros.,SWANSEA Karina Barao, Sydney Duquette, Katie Lepage, Alexander McCrae, Andrew Murphy WESTPORT Jacqueline Collins, Preston Duclos, Kady Long, Kayla Martel, Isaac Martin, Nicholas Oliveira, Keyana Pietraszek LITTLE COMPTON Ellie McCarthy TIVERTON Emily Blais, Mitchell Dasilva, Rebecca Farias, Bennett Flanagan, MacKenzie Maitland, Jacqueline Tosi EASTON - The following local students were named to the fall dean's list at Stonehill College: Class of 2019 Olivia Dexter of North Dartmouth, Nathan McShane of Somerset.,BRISTOL, RI — The following local residents were among the students who received their degrees in December as part of Roger Williams University's Class of 2018: Courtney Almeida of Westport, master's degree in criminal justice Sydney Costa of Fall River, bachelor's degree in legal studies Andrea Souza of Tiverton, certificate in paralegal studies WORCESTER — The following students have been named to the dean's list at Becker College for the fall semester: Eric Canto, of Westport, is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing.,FRANKLIN — Dean College announced the following local students have earned a place on the president's list for the fall semester: Nicole Cabral of Westport, Tyler McAloon of Berkley, Brendan Pacheco of Fall River   BOSTON — The following local students have made the dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the fall semester: FALL RIVER Muhammad Hamza Hashmi, Michael Pimentel, Dipesh Tarun Pate, Marc Yokel, Sergio Adriano Monteiro Depina SOMERSET Cecile Rose Pacheco, Cassie Mariah Cordeiro, Zachary T Martin, Philip E Chagnon SWANSEA Ling Jiang, John Manuel Silveira   WEST HAVEN, Ct. — The following students from Somerset were named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven for the fall semester: Cameron Filipe, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, forensic science Caroline Romano, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, criminal justice

That number might sound unimpressive, but consider: Investments in index funds and ETFs have outpaced inflow into actively managed funds in recent years, according to Charles Schwab (SCHW), with Bogle's Vanguard Institutional Index Fund — now $168.22 billion — leading the tidal change.,"Investors have withdrawn $500 billion from actively managed funds (including ETFs) and put $600 billion into index funds over the past five years," Bogle told IBD.,The next year Bogle, influenced greatly by American economists Eugene Fama and Burton Malkiel, both champions of long-term investing, founded the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the nation's first index mutual fund.,Mark Hebner, president of Irvine, Calif.-based wealth-management firm Index Fund Advisors, references the long run that Bogle's "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing" has enjoyed as the No. 1 investing book on Amazon.com and says the index king's brilliance stems from the simple fact that "markets are efficient.",Bottom line, Bogle believes that index funds will become more popular than actively managed products.

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NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.,NFL read more

A bipartisan bill has been submitted to the Connecticut Senate that would allow sports betting at casinos located in the state.,While still subject to modifications along the way, the bill, with current working number of LCO 578, provides exclusive rights to operate sportsbooks to casinos, in particular the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods located in Montville, which the bill’s author state Senator Cathy Osten represents.,Osten noted that nearby states Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are already offering legal sports betting.,While not projecting revenues for her state, she pointed out that Rhode Island, which began regulating sports betting last November, had a seven-month revenue projection of $11.5 million.,State senator-elect Norm Needleman was quoted in the same press release as saying, “Two of Connecticut’s top-10 largest employers will benefit from this bill.