Michelle Obama Brings Voting Message To SoFla

first_imgFormer first lady, Michelle Obama, brought the message of #BeAVoter to South Florida Friday.Mrs. Obama was at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center to rally Democratic voters in the state who have until Oct. 9th deadline to register to vote for the November 6th election.National tourHer arrival in South Florida is part of a national tour by the organization ‘When We All Vote,’ which she co-chairs. The appearance will cap off what the organization has billed as a “week of action,” after holding voter registration drives across the country from Sept. 22nd to Sept. 29th.This is the second appearance Mrs. Obama will make on behalf of the organization, which also has as its co-chairs: actor Tom Hanks, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, NBA player Chris Paul and the singers Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. She held a rally Sunday in Nevada, where she told about 2,000 voters: “We get the leaders we vote for. We get the policies we vote for. And when we don’t vote, that’s when we wind up with government of, by and for other people.”Trying to appear non-partisan Although her husband, former President Barack Obama, has made campaign stops pushing for Democratic turnout, Michelle Obama has attempted – somewhat unsuccessfully – to make her appearances non-partisan. Rallygoers in Nevada cheered her husband when his name was mentioned, and she jokingly told the audience “Stop this” when one yelled she should run for president.Mrs. Obama also released a PSA for the group, reminding Americans of “What’s At Stake” in each election.Hold leaders accountable“This election is your chance to hold your leaders accountable,” she stated. “It’s how you make your voice heard on everything from your kids’ education to the safety of your community. So there is a lot at stake this November, and in every election”, said Mrs. Obama. The PSA will run on digital platforms across the country over the next few weeks, as voter registration deadlines near in many states. The campaign also recently launched its text message campaign which allows people to text WeAllVote to 97779 to register to vote.”last_img read more

Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more

Italian star shuns Tottenham move to stay in Serie A

first_img1 Cagliari defender Davide Astori Tottenham transfer target Davide Astori has shunned a Premier League move in favour of signing a three-year contract extension with Cagliari.The Italy international had also been linked with moves to Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and, more recently, Championship club Leeds, who are now owned by Cagliari’s former president Massimo Cellino.But the 27-year-old defender, who made his debut for the Sardinians in 2008, has opted to extend his stay at Stadio Is Arenas.Astori told Cagliari’s official website: “I’ve been here six years now and I’ve grown up and matured while in Sardinia.“I wanted to show my gratitude to Cagliari. I thank president [Tommaso] Giulini: it is a decision we took together.”Cagliari director of sport Francesco Marroccu added: “We are extremely proud we have kept hold of one of our greatest professionals.“Davide was in the last year of his contract and so the fact he wanted to renew with us shows he has great faith in the club.”last_img read more