a month agoSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a day

first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a dayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for patience as he continues the rebuilding process.A concerning start to the campaign has seen United take just six points from their first eight Premier League games, while the club haven’t won the title since 2013. Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It’s not like the situation we had last year. There’s no lack of desire there. “For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step. “Of course, we’ve hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn’t built in a day. “We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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National pharmacare strategy to preserve existing system Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the national pharmacare committee assembled this week will preserve the best parts of Canada’s existing drug plans, rather than abandon them in pursuit of a new, country-wide universal program.Speaking a day after tabling his third budget, Morneau said Wednesday that the new pharmacare advisory council will explore a strategy on how to close gaps in the current patchwork to ensure all Canadians have access to the medications they need.“We need to consider how we can best make use of our existing system — which, after all, for most people in this room, is probably working — but recognize that there are very significant gaps that we need to deal with,” Morneau told the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa.“We recognize that we need a strategy to deal with the fact that not everyone has access and we need to do it in a way that’s responsible, that deals with the gaps, but doesn’t throw out the system that we currently have.”The advisory group, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, was officially announced in Morneau’s budget Tuesday. Hoskins will likely be supportive of maintaining existing systems — he was behind the introduction of an Ontario pharmacare plan this year that covers 4,400 medications for people under 25.His new committee will work with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups.A national pharmacare plan is seen as a major undertaking with a hefty price tag. Last fall, the parliamentary budget watchdog warned it could cost $19 billion a year.While on stage Wednesday, Morneau noted that Ottawa wants to proceed in fiscally responsible way. He made a point of saying he sees a very big difference between a national pharmacare “strategy” and a “plan.”Following his appearance, he told a news conference that “there are parts of the system that are working well, there are parts of the system that really aren’t working well — we need to consider both those parts.”Morneau’s comments that some of the existing systems could remain in place drew condemnation from the Canadian Health Coalition, which issued a news release Wednesday accusing the minister of backing away from a universal public drug plan.“This is a cruel sleight-of-hand,” James Hutt, the group’s interim national director for policy and advocacy, said in a statement.“Millions of Canadians have been waiting decades for life-saving medications and were ecstatic (with) the Liberals’ announcement yesterday. Now, today they clarify that the Liberals want only partial drug coverage — not for everyone.”The coalition said Canada is the only country with a public health-care system that lacks a national public drug plan for everyone.Hoskins has until the spring of next year to deliver his final report, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s 2019 election campaign and possibly expropriate a central plank of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s platform.In Wednesday’s question period, New Democrat MP Peter Julian painted the new pharmacare strategy as yet another Liberal study: “If he wants to steal NDP ideas, steal them, put them into practice, don’t just stare at them — it’s weird.”Earlier Wednesday, Morneau also defended his budget against complaints it didn’t do enough to shield Canada from shorter-term competitiveness threats linked to incoming U.S. tax reforms.Morneau said the government will focus on more immediate worries like NAFTA and lower U.S. corporate taxes at the same time it takes steps to address longer-term domestic risks, such as the aging workforce.Tuesday’s fiscal plan was packed with billions of dollars worth of new investments, including measures to increase the labour-force participation of women.To pay for it all, the Liberal government used up roughly $20 billion of additional fiscal room over the coming years that came from economic improvements, reprofiled infrastructure commitments and lower-than-expected departmental spending.“We need to play a long game and we need to play a short game — and that’s what we’re trying to do and happily our economy is in a position where we have the ability to do that,” Morneau said.He later reiterated that his department is still doing its homework on impending U.S. tax reforms that business leaders have warned could damage to the Canadian economy.Tuesday’s budget showed the Liberal government is still predicting billions of dollars in annual deficits over the coming years — starting with a shortfall of $18.1 billion for 2018-19 and no timeline to return to balance.Morneau is focused on another fiscal “anchor” of lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden. The budget predicts the ratio to decline each year over the outlook.The Liberals came under attack Wednesday for failing to outline a timetable to eliminate the shortfalls despite its improved fiscal position.“There’s no question the prime minister has inherited great fortune,” Pierre Poilievre said in the House of Commons in reference to the stronger economic conditions.“This government is blowing every penny of it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Enbridge Inc reports improved secondquarter earnings amid asset sales

first_imgCALGARY – Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. reports better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of $1.07 billion, as it worked to sell a number of non-core assets to help eliminate debt.The Calgary-based company’s profit amounted to 63 cents per share and compared with $919 million, or 56 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017. Both quarters included the impact of a number of unusual items.Adjusted earnings came in at 65 cents per share, up from 41 cents in the year-earlier period and beating analysts expectations for 53 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.During the quarter, the company announced agreements to sell $7.5 billion worth of non-core assets, significantly above its original $3 billion target.Enbridge said in May it would gain nearly $3.2 billion by selling renewable power facilities and natural gas gathering and processing assets in the United States.It also received positive news on its Line 3 replacement project, with a Minnesota regulator approving its plan.The company says it is on track to achieve its 2018 guidance and expects about $7 billion worth of new projects to be introduced over the course of 2018, the majority of which will come on line in the second half of the year.last_img read more

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The Latest CEO fraud charge hammers Teslas stock

first_imgDETROIT – The Latest on efforts by federal regulators to remove Elon Musk from his position as CEO and chairman of Tesla (all times local):5 p.m.Tesla’s stock plunged nearly 14 per cent Friday, wiping out $7 billion in shareholder wealth after government regulators accused Elon Musk of committing securities fraud and sought to oust him as CEO of the electric car maker.It marked the largest one-day decline in Tesla’s shares in nearly five years.The steep decline left Tesla’s stock at $264.77, a 30 per cent drop from where it stood Aug. 7 after Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to finance a buyout at $420.The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint late Thursday alleging that Musk made the bold statement even though he hadn’t lined up the estimated $25 billion to $50 billion needed to take Tesla private.The SEC contends Musk should be removed as CEO for his alleged misconduct.___9:45 a.m.According to a person knowledgeable about talks between Tesla and federal securities regulators, CEO Elon Musk rejected a settlement that would have allowed him to pay a small fine and stay on as CEO of the electric car company.The person, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were private, said Friday that Musk rejected the offer because he didn’t want a blemish on his record.On Thursday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking to oust Musk and alleging that he committed securities fraud with false statements about plans to take the company private.To stay on as CEO, the person said that Musk would have had to agree to conditions including restrictions on when he could release information publicly.The SEC said in its complaint that Musk falsely claimed in an Aug. 7 tweet that funding had been secured for Tesla Inc. to go private at $420 per share, a substantial premium over the stock price at the time.The SEC now wants a “bar prohibiting Musk from serving as an officer or director of a public company.” It also is asking for an order enjoining Musk from making false and misleading statements along with repayment of any gains as well as civil penalties.Shares tumbled 12 per cent at the opening bell Friday.____9 a.m.The bombshell announcement that federal regulators are seeking to oust Elon Musk as CEO and chairman at Tesla is pushing shares even lower before the opening bell.Tesla and Musk are perceived as inseparable by many investors, with some industry analysts putting his value baked into each Tesla share in excess of $100. That’s a third or more of the value of each share. After a 13 per cent slump before the market opened Friday, Tesla’s stock plunged 13 per cent to $307.52.last_img read more

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As RAW as it gets

first_imgFrom an army officer, to a vigilante, a RAW agent and then a police officer… Is this a phase where you explore all the law enforcement roles that there are? Someone recently pointed this out and asked me whether I am only doing roles that relate to the country. I want to clarify that this has happened by accident, not by design. When RAW came to me, Robbie (Grewal) narrated the script and neither of us expected very much from each other. Robbie did not expect me to do the film and I agreed to hear the narration because I found the title, Romeo Akbar Walter, very interesting. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBut after I heard the complete narration, I was blown away, I was amazed and I said that I really wanted to make this film happen. It was just so fantastic. Then, in the midst of this, I heard the script of Batla House. And again, Batla House blew my mind. I said that fact is stranger than fiction, like RAW and Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, and since this fits the bill, I said yes to this film. When I was working on Parmanu, it was my pet project just like Madras Café was. I believe that somewhere down the line, I have gravitated to this space and scripts like these have gravitated towards me. But, as I said before, it is definitely not a conscious decision. In fact, I am doing Pagalpanti next, which is a comedy with director Anees Bazmee. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna It is interesting that you are doing so many films of this genre but are you apprehensive of crossing the line and becoming jingoistic in any of your roles? I don’t want to be jingoistic or overly patriotic. I don’t want to wear nationalism on my sleeve. The first and foremost thing is that I want to make films that will entertain people. However, when you walk out of that cinema hall after watching the film, you should get a feeling that I did not know this particular thing about India or its history. This is what people felt after they saw Parmanu last year. They came out thinking that they didn’t know about the nuclear blasts that had happened in Pokhran 20 years ago. So, if the film is of this genre, if it talks about stuff related to events like these, it has to have an impact on you. And I can say that RAW will have that impact. I am the producer of films like Madras Café and Parmanu, and I am confident that RAW will spearhead my show reel. I do not know about commercials or the level of success that this film will achieve but it will definitely have such a huge impact on you that you will feel that you’ve got your money’s worth. And it is important that people feel this way, more so because when people watch films with their families, they end up spending a huge sum. So, keeping that in mind, I can say that this film is worth your money. You said that the main purpose of you doing a film is to entertain. But where does this film fit in the content versus commercial battle? Honestly, I love comedies. I love Anees bhai a lot. And when I am doing Pagalpanti with him, I enjoy every day on the set. I don’t make a conscious decision to do a ‘commercial’ film or a ‘content-driven’ film. The fact is that what is working is films that are different. I am doing films that I would enjoy watching as a member of the audience. When I read a script, I do it from the perspective of a viewer. If I laugh, then I think it’s very funny and if it touches me then I would say that it has a damn good plot. I think each film brings a certain value to the table and that is how I pick my projects. There are some films that I do out of pure passion because I know there is a community out there who wants to watch them, like my motorcycle film. It is sheer passion. I feel that I can ride better than I can walk (Laughs). I live, sleep, eat and breathe motorcycles. I can smell fuel, I can hear the sound of a motorcycle and these things make me smile. For someone who lives that life, whatever he does on screen with a motorcycle will look right. You are turning your passions into projects. Yeah. My passion was also telling the story of the assassination of my ex-Prime Minister and I made Madras Café. My passion was also the Pokhran nuclear tests and my passion is also motorcycles. Another passion of yours is football, which is the theme of your film 1911. 1911 is being written as we speak. Nikkhil Advani is directing it and I am acting in it. There is another hero in the film. It is a co-production between JA Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment. Nikkhil and I are making a lot of films together. Is there a certain comfort level that you share since you have been working together since 2007? Oh yes! We did Salaam-e-Ishq together back then. But when I was doing Satyameva Jayate last year, which Nikkhil produced, he was there on set and there is a sense of connection between us which is unspoken because Nikkhil is also a workaholic like me. All he is concerned about is what the script is and how he is going to do it. Then Batla House happened and, as I said, my mind was blown after I read that script, and we decided to do the film. The rest is history. 1911 is a really good subject. I doubt that one could go wrong unless I play with one foot (Laughs). This is not overconfidence; it is a very strong subject and I think people will really enjoy this. It is a sports film and by the time it releases, I think football will be the new cricket. When you read a script, is there a difference between your instinct as an actor and as a producer that helps you take the final decision? Yes, absolutely. I work with a very tight team. I have a head of development, Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, and she has written Neerja, Parmanu and is writing my next. Then there is Meenakshi, who manages my work and is also a creative producer today. Together, we deliberate over subjects that we come across. One of them is completely focussed on content and one is completely commercial, and I am absolutely in the middle! So, when we deliberate, we kind of suss out what we want to do. Sometimes, there isn’t even a script, sometimes it is just an idea that I have or we have, which we think about and say, hey, should we work on this? That’s how we work on our subjects. RAW is set in the 1970s. To make it authentic, how did you ideate and what did you bring to the table in this regard? Fortunately, Robbie and I connected very easily with each other. Robbie sat in front of me and told me about my characters, and I say ‘characters’ because there isn’t just one, there are many but primarily it is Romeo, Akbar and Walter. And it was good for him that I understood the character progression. Sometimes, it is hard for a director to get this across to an actor. But we didn’t face any problems there and then it was fun. It was a smooth sailing after that discussion. Then it was him briefing me about a particular scene and I knew my character progression at that point, whether it was Romeo six months later, or Akbar two years later, or Walter six years later. I was aware of how my character progressed. Then it was easy to fit into that character because I had to slip in and out of certain characters.last_img read more

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BJP will get more seats than in 2014 Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the BJP will win the Lok Sabha elections with full majority, and with more votes and seats than in 2014. “BJP will win with full majority and with more votes and seats than we won earlier. Even our alliance partners will get greater number of seats and our vote share will increase in different states The country has decided to elect a strong government with full majority. The country has decided to elect BJP again,” he said in an interview with Times Now news channel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi referred to an old brainstorming meeting of the Congress and said unlike the opposition party which had said they do not need allies, the BJP is not arrogant. Answering a question on Jammu and Kashmir, he said there can only be hitting touch for terrorists. “We will have to make a clear demarcation that healing touch is for the citizens and hitting touch for the terrorists.” Replying to a query on the Citizenship bill, he said “some hyper-secular people” give communal colour to every issue. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Congress had promised National Citizenship Register (NRC) but did not fulfil the promise for 30 years. “There should be a debate over NRC. Can any country in the world be a ‘dharamshala’? Is there any country in the world which doesn’t have a register of citizens,” he asked. Answering a question on Rafale deal, he said for the Congress, “defence deals have been an ATM”. He said the CAG had rejected “lies” of the opposition and these had also been rejected by the Supreme Court rejected it. “But keeping elections in mind, they are dragging the matter.” Answering a query on jobs, Modi said record loans have been taken under Mudra scheme to boost employment and self-employment and infrastructure was being developed at fast speed “Is it happening without jobs,” he asked. Modi said more than 80 per cent of informal economy and informal employment exists. Only 15-16 per cent is formal for which new mechanism is needed to arrive at employment data. He also rejected allegations of political vendetta by the opposition. “The biggest fact is that the money that was recovered in Madhya Pradesh was meant for the care and nutrition of children, which was for poor pregnant women. They are eating off those funds. The country must debate on why even today the Congress dares to commit such sins as soon as they come to power. It’s barely been a few months since they came to power in Madhya Pradesh. And to stifle debates on these issues, they keep crying foul over the raids,” the Prime Minister said. He said that the government has brought the corrupt to the door of jails and will work to get them inside if he comes to power again. Attacking Congress, he said many of its leaders were facing cases. “Congress, which has ruled for four generations, could they have ever fathomed that today their leaders would be out on bail. The man who used to be their finance minister, every second day he goes to the court to get a date,” he said. Modi said the government had succeeded in bringing back several offenders .last_img read more

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Talk session to foster economic cultural ties between India and China

first_imgKolkata: Zha Liyou, Consul General, the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Kolkata felt that the sectors such as manufacturing, food processing, finance, technical training, sports, tourism and shooting films could play a major role in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and China.He was addressing a Special Session “India-China Economic Ties: A Sub-National Perspective” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its office on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned about cultural and educational exchanges and spoke about Kunming which could be a dream wedding destination for the people from across the country. Referring to age-old relationship of India and China, Liyou said that the relationship in both the state and provincial level should be fostered better as a part of bilateral relationships. He pointed out that there could be an exchange of more business delegations between Kunming and Kolkata and focus areas would be agro technology, mining, healthcare and hospitals tourism and hotels and solid waste management. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBoth the Centre and provincial governments may find business solutions to further promote economic, cultural and educational ties between two countries at the sub national level. He said that Kolkata – Kunming and West Bengal – Yunnan relationships could be taken to a new high even though India and China have different structure with India having collaborative federalism and China having strong Government at the Centre. On tourism he said that while in 2018, 8 lakh Indian tourists went to China, the corresponding figure for Chinese tourists to India was only 2 lakh, which needs to be addressed. He also urged the governments of both the countries to generate more business. Earlier, in his welcome address, Vishal Jhajharia, President of the Chamber spoke about India’s huge trade deficit with China, which has been an area of concern over the years.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens hockey prepares for homeandhome with Robert Morris

OSU then-sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 season with a bang, taking down then-No. 3 Denver on the road. Since then, the Buckeyes have continued to improve and are soaring up USCHO college hockey rankings heading into its two-game set against Robert Morris, starting Friday.No. 11 OSU took care of business last weekend with a sweep over Niagara University, scoring a combined 16 goals in two games. The two wins brought OSU’s record to 5-0-2, the first time the program has been undefeated through its first seven games since 1983-84. Junior forward Matthew Weis tallied six points in those two games against Niagara — two goals and four assists. Senior forward Nick Schilkey earned his first career hat trick as a Buckeye, and sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran had three points on the night, including two goals. Weis and Parran were named the conference’s first and third stars of the week, respectively.“It’s a great accomplishment,” Weis said. “My linemates played very well alongside me, so it’s a team award.”OSU has one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA. The Buckeyes lead the country with 99 points and rank third nationally with 4.86 goals per game. OSU has scored five goals in each of its last four games, one big reason being freshman forward Tanner Laczynski.The 6-foot-1, 191-pound winger has assimilated into college hockey with ease. He leads the team in points (11) and assists (8), making his line one of the most productive on the team. Laczynski has also garnered attention on the powerplay unit, scoring twice in the first seven games. He said that while the points are appealing on the stat sheet, it’s more about the team result for him.“Teams are not going to take us lighter anymore. I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “We’re going to start to get people’s best games, and that’s just going to make us better as a team and better for the future.”The Robert Morris Colonials are coming off of a split against Army, where Colonials freshman goaltender Francis Marotte made 26 saves on 27 shots, placing him in the top 10 in the country in save percentage at .946. Marotte is 2-1-1 in the net for coach Derek Schooley, but the Colonials are 0-2-0 without Marotte.In its own net, OSU senior goalkeeper Matt Tomkins has been unbeatable this season. He has kept OSU in several games, including an overtime tie at Miami. For the year, Tomkins has a .928 save percentage and is 4-0-2 between the pipes. For OSU to get past Marotte and provide support for Tomkins, special teams will play a large factor in the two-game set. Robert Morris ranks second to last in the NCAA in penalty kill, which serves as the perfect opportunity for OSU to assert its dominance on the powerplay, which is 8-for-26 through seven games.“We work on powerplay every week and (OSU coach Steve Rohlik) has been drilling into us that we’re not just given a spot,” Laczynski said. “You really have to work for it and it shouldn’t take him jumping on us in practice to realize that.”Robert Morris junior forward Brady Ferguson and sophomore defenseman Eric Israel lead the offensive attack of the Colonials. Ferguson leads the team with 10 points and Israel has already chalked up seven assists. The penalty kill of OSU is struggling at a rate of 78.9 percent. Coach Rohlik said that the team still has plenty of room to improve from its fast start, mostly on the defensive side of the puck.“When you start scoring a few goals, it starts affecting your overall game and you start cheating the game,” he said. “And I thought we did that this past weekend. You still got to play the right way.”OSU begins its two-game home-and-home on home ice at the Schottenstein Center. The puck will drop around 7 p.m. for the Buckeyes’ second home game of the year.The Ohio State Marching Band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during an intermission on Friday. read more

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Ohio State footballs Jake Stoneburner Jack Mewhort removed from scholarships

Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have been removed from their scholarships-at least until the end of the summer. In a statement released Friday night from Urban Meyer via an OSU department of athletics spokesperson, the two football players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.” “We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” the release said, though, “(Stoneburner and Mewhort) will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.” The decision comes nearly two weeks after Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended June 3 after being arrested for obstructing justice. According to a police report from the Shawnee Hills Police Department, police said they spotted Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third person, Austin Barnard, urinating on what appeared to be an early childhood education school called The Oxford School near the Bogey Inn in Dublin, Ohio. After shining a bright light, police said the three suspects ran away. Police said they found Stoneburner and Barnard crouched between cars while Mewhort fled to a nearby wooded area before turning himself in after threatening to use a police dog. Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters under first-year football coach Urban Meyer. In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and had seven touchdown catches. Stoneburner was recruited out of Dublin Coffman High School. He has caught 37 passes so far in his career at OSU. Meyer listed Stoneburner after this year’s Spring Game on April 21 as one of his “top offensive playmakers.” Mewhort was a highly recruited prospect out of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio. read more

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