Biden lands key endorsement as Democrats campaign in South Carolina

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, which could prove pivotal as he competes with national front-runner Bernie Sanders for the support of the state’s African-American voters in Saturday’s primary.Recent opinion polls show Biden, once the leading candidate in the race to be the party’s candidate in November, losing ground nationally with black voters to the surging senator from Vermont.US Representative James Clyburn’s endorsement carries weight in a state where African Americans make up about 60% of the Democratic electorate and where Biden is counting on a good showing after a fourth-place finish in Iowa, fifth place in New Hampshire and second in Nevada. Sanders, a democratic socialist, has taken command of the Democratic race after his resounding win in Nevada last week. Three days after South Carolina’s primary, voters in 14 states will go to the polls for the crucial Super Tuesday contests.At an event in North Charleston on Wednesday, Sanders touted his momentum and went after Biden by name, saying he would not be able to generate the turnout needed to defeat Republican President Donald Trump on Nov. 3.”We have come a long, long way,” Sanders said of his position in the top two of the state’s most recent opinion polls, along with Biden.Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the US House of Representatives, endorsed Biden at a news conference, saying he could “think of no one with the type of integrity, no one more committed to the fundamental principles to make this country what it is than my good friend.” Biden responded: “I’m here, heart and soul, with everything I’ve got to earn the support of the people of South Carolina. Nothing is expected or guaranteed.”Most of the Democratic candidates started Wednesday with speeches at a breakfast in South Carolina hosted by the National Action Network, founded by civil rights leader Al Sharpton. The event focused on mobilizing black churches to get out the vote.Rep. James Clyburn announces his endorsement of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)UNPRECEDENTED AD SPENDINGThe South Carolina and upcoming Super Tuesday elections come amid unprecedented spending on advertising by candidates and their supporters.Led by the two billionaires in the race – progressive activist Tom Steyer and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – campaigns and political action committees (PACs) backing them have spent nearly $900 million on TV and digital ads since January 2019, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks campaign spending at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.Bloomberg has spent the most, dropping $377 million on 444,000 ads since entering the race just three months ago, while Steyer has spent $145 million. Those amounts dwarf the $62 million spent by this time in the campaign by a super PAC supporting Republican Jeb Bush in 2016, then the highest amount spent up to this point in a presidential nominating race.So far this cycle, Sanders has spent about $20 million and Biden $4.7 million, the university said. Trump has spent about $17 million on ads so far.Biden’s campaign announced on Wednesday that it was making a six-figure broadcast and digital ad buy in Super Tuesday states including Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, where the Democratic electorates also have a high percentage of black voters. Cash-strapped Biden is also counting on a wave of free media should he win South Carolina.Denise Washington of Georgetown whispers into the ear of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event in Georgetown, South Carolina, U.S. February 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)SHOTS AT SANDERSThe candidates acknowledged the sharp jabs they threw at each other hours earlier – in Tuesday’s debate they repeatedly attacked Sanders as a risky choice to lead the party in November – but pledged to eventually unify behind one candidate.Pete Buttigieg, the moderate former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, criticized Sanders during the debate for the changing estimates on the costs of his proposals such as government-run healthcare.”I can tell you exactly how it all adds up. It adds up to four more years of Donald Trump,” Buttigieg said.Sharpton, in introducing Sanders at the breakfast, urged the crowd not to get caught up in the “socialist” branding, noting that the tag has been used in the past to discredit leaders of movements.”Socialism, capitalism, it all has not worked out for black folks,” Sharpton said. “If socialism is on your mind, read about what they said about Martin Luther King Jr. and others.”Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has also sought to differentiate herself from Sanders, a friend and progressive ally. She campaigned at the historically black South Carolina State University in Orangeburg on Wednesday, hoping that strong back-to-back debate performances would give her a boost after disappointing finishes in the first three states.”I’m the woman who’s going to beat Donald Trump,” she said, before listing policies to combat combating racial inequities such as voter disenfranchisement, as well as funding historically black colleges and ending the criminalization of marijuana.Topics :last_img read more

Magical Messi, Suarez hit doubles in 8-2 rout of Huesca

first_imgCelta Vigo, who stunned Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, sit in third place at two points adrift with Atletico now five points adrift of the top after a shaky start to the campaign.Huesca travelled to the Camp Nou perhaps more in hope than belief, although it was the latter that dominated the Aragaon-based minnows’ thinking in the early stages after Cucho Hernandez headed past Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to hand them a surprise third-minute lead.Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele were all on target © AFP / LLUIS GENEBut reality soon kicked in, a slick Messi levelling in the 16th minute after leaving right-back Luisinho on the deck on his way to beating Argentine goalkeeper Axel Werner.Eight minutes later VAR was deployed to confirm an own goal from defender Jorge Pulido, who got his foot to Jordi Alba’s cutback before it wriggled past Werner and into the net.Alba, recently left out of Spain’s squad by former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, was in the thick of it again on 39 minutes when he set up Suarez to put Barca 3-1 in front by the 39th minute with his maiden goal of the campaign.Although Alex Gallar pulled one back for the visitors three minutes before the interval when he turned in Hernandez’s deflected cross to reduce arrears to 3-2, it merely delayed a second-half onslaught.– Level with Benzema –Barca emerged from the dressing room to hit five goals, Ousmane Dembele starting the rout with an angled drive that beat Werner on 48 minutes.Four minutes later Ivan Rakitic’s superb half-volley from Messi’s delivery had the Camp Nou on its feet.Messi doubled his tally for the night on the hour mark to make it four in three games and completed his night’s work by setting up Jordi Alba for a magnificent seventh nine minutes from the final whistle.Barcelona made it eight in the final seconds of the game when Suarez stepped up to beat Werner from the spot.“It’s always important to be top of the league but it’s barely started,” Suarez told beIN Sports.“The championship is very long and the main thing is to keep on doing as we are.”Messi’s haul of four goals means he is level with Real striker Karim Benzema, the Argentine star foregoing the opportunity to take the sole lead of the scoring charts when he allowed Suarez to hit the late penalty.With a question mark still hanging over his international career, Messi is expected to return from the international break rested having decided not to play for Argentina during the international break.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona ran riot © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Sep 2 – A magical Lionel Messi and on-form Luis Suarez scored doubles apiece as champions Barcelona thrashed newly-promoted Huesca 8-2 to join Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.Barcelona’s third win of the campaign in as many games saw Ernesto Valverde’s men go top thanks to superior goal difference over Real before the break for Nations League matches.last_img read more

Private NS island remains unsold after eight years despite 25M price drop

first_imgHALIFAX – An American family’s striking 57-acre private Nova Scotia island remains unsold, eight years after it went on the market and despite a $2.5-million price drop.Now, realtor Mariana Cowan is suggesting alternate uses for Kaulbach Island, which boasts an 11,000-square-foot main house and encircling sandy beaches that overlook the province’s picturesque Mahone Bay.“This place is really quite remarkable,” said Cowan. “It would make a great resort, a corporate retreat base or a lovely secondary home.”The main house — built by the current owners roughly 12 years ago and dubbed the “Osprey Nest” — features 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 10 fireplaces, and is a short five-minute boat ride from the mainland.“When you arrive you come up this winding driveway and you’re greeted by this magnificent house. It’s hard to believe this home is in the South Shore,” said Cowan.The imposing two-storey structure with grey wood siding and white trim stands in stark contrast to the groomed lawns, lush trees and ponds that comprise the property — navigable by golf carts.Inside, the 12-year-old house evokes a traditional and elegant style. The master bedroom and living room are clad in knotty pine wood panelling. The library features oak walls and oriental rugs, and an adjacent “telephone room” allows guests to make private phone calls.“The whole design was meant to make it feel like an older home, to give it that historic feel. The woodworking, the moulding — everything is made to look like it’s 100 years old,” said Cowan.The seasonal house is equipped with environmentally friendly features, including aquathermal heat.Young, Bella, and the several other islands in the bay can be spotted from the house’s sun room, furnished with french doors, massive windows, slate floors, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.The property includes staff living quarters above a double-car garage, a nearby two-level farm house, and a seaside beach house that was built in 2002 — all minutes away from a golf course and sailing club.Cowan listed the property last fall for $7 million, down from $9.5 million when it was first listed in 2010. It has been on and off the market since then.But Kaulbach Island wasn’t always a luxurious destination.The aunt and uncle of the island’s current caretaker owned the property more than 75 years ago and lived off the land, enduring harsh coastal winters that would sometimes trap Ruby and Florence Heisler there for months at a time.“They had no children. It was just the two of them. They had a couple of cows, oxen, pigs and chicken and the land was used for hay,” said Cowan. “There was no power in those days. They used kerosene and the two lighthouses on the island were also run by kerosene.”Caretaker Raymond Hilt believes the island was in his family even before his aunt and uncle took ownership. The Heislers sold it for $11,000 in the early 1970s and moved to the mainland.Since then, Kaulbach Island has changed hands several times, including to two other Americans.Cowan said she’s been looking south of the border and to Europe for the island’s next owners.“The buyer for this property will likely be someone who likes privacy and who appreciates quality,” said Cowan.She said her company is currently speaking with two parties interested in buying the property.last_img read more

Two new Canadian proposals will test whether NAFTA talks have hope of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada is about to put forward two sets of proposals at the NAFTA negotiations seen as a litmus test of whether these talks become a real give-and-take negotiation, or a deadlocked process defined by intractable differences.It could be clearer by weekend.Canada intends to make its first two significant counter-proposals on controversial topics, responding several months after the U.S. stunned its neighbours with a series of demands Canada and Mexico viewed as non-starters.Sources say the Canadians will suggest major changes to auto rules, and to the dispute-resolution system under Chapter 11. While the U.S. has requested far tougher auto-parts rules, and a far weaker Chapter 11, the Canadians will suggest creating entirely new systems.If the U.S. engages, the countries will finally, after five months of talks, be thrust into back-and-forth bargaining on the most troublesome sticking points in NAFTA. If it shoots down the ideas outright, the countries will remain entrenched in distant positions, leaving the talks in jeopardy.“We’re here to negotiate,” chief Canadian negotiator Steve Verheul told reporters earlier this week.“We hope the others are as well.”Chapter 11 is one of three dispute-resolution systems in NAFTA, and governs companies suing states for unfair treatment. The U.S. has proposed watering down this chapter and essentially scrapping the other two. Sources say Canada intends to suggest a new, permanent tribunal system modeled on those in the Canada-European trade agreement.Autos are arguably the No. 1 U.S. priority. The Trump administration wants half of all car parts to come from the U.S., and 85 per cent from within North America. Auto-makers call that unrealistic, and warn they might simply shift production to Asia and pay new tariffs.The Canadian auto proposal would overhaul the entire NAFTA formula for calculating content: instead of just counting the country of origin for mechanical parts, it would include intellectual property and emerging technologies — which would inflate the percentage of U.S. content given American research dominance.The big unknown is how the U.S. will respond.“This will be a real litmus test of whether the U.S. wants a successful renegotiation of NAFTA,” John Weekes, Canada’s chief negotiator of the original 1994 deal, said in an interview Wednesday.“If the Americans hold firm and show no signs of flexibility, then I think we have to sort of accept the fact these negotiations probably aren’t going anywhere.”Insiders view this round as instrumental — after the Montreal talks wrap up next Monday, there are just two rounds left before the current schedule of talks runs out in March.At that point, U.S. President Donald Trump faces a dilemma on what to do with NAFTA. Trump has suggested he could start cancelling NAFTA to get a better deal or pause the talks during the Mexican election, followed by the U.S. midterms later this year.An auto-parts stakeholder says this round is key.“Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will go back to their respective capitals and they’re going to be able to say whether we’ve actually got something or not — or whether it’s a waste of time,” said Flavio Volpe of the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association.“They’ve got to be able to come back to their capitals and say, ‘We have made substantive movement.’”Volpe said the idea of including non-material things like IP costs in the content calculation would be less damaging since the U.S. already dominates the field — and it would help North America compete as a block against the growing Chinese auto sector.The American auto sector is favourable to the approach.In a letter this week to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association suggested including research and development, engineering, design, and software development expenditures in calculating a car’s North American content.There are some things Canada does not intend to raise this week, according to sources.Canada has no plans to push the conversation on dairy, where the U.S. is demanding changes to the Canadian supply management system. Nor will it delve into the U.S. desire to eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute process, where industries can fight abusive punitive duties.That chapter was a fundamental condition of Canada entering into free trade with the U.S. — and has been used in recent high-profile cases, including softwood lumber and Bombardier.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,393.95, down 61.78 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 17 cents, or 2.44 per cent, to $6.81 on 12.62 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Down six cents, or eight per cent, to 69 cents on 5.43 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 1.23 per cent, to $13.13 on 4.92 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Up 2.5 cents, or 27.78 per cent, to 11.5 cents on 3.71 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $23.88 on 3.61 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Unchanged at $11.12 on 3.53 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Technology. Down 53 cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $82.91 on 655,000 shares. The U.S. arm of the group has been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million. The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

ATCO buys 40 per cent stake in South American port operator for

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary-based ATCO Ltd. says it will buy a 40-per-cent stake in South American port operator Neltume Ports for about $450 million.ATCO, which has interests in logistics, energy, and real estate, says the stake in the port operator and developer will further diversify its business.The deal adds to ATCO’s partnership with Parkland Fuel Corp. subsidiary Ultramar, which owns Neltume Ports.The two companies partnered in 2016 to form ATCO-Sabinco as a provider of container offices, workforce mining camps and other structures in Chile.Neltume Ports operates in 16 port facilities and three loading and unloading businesses primarily in Chile and Uruguay. ATCO says the company handles nearly 51 million tonnes of products and employs about 3,900 people.ATCO chief executive Nancy Southern says the company sees South America as an area poised for significant growth.Companies in this story: (TSX:PKI, TSX:ACO.X)last_img read more

Uber set to give its market value a lift in stock market

first_imgSan Francisco: Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price per share to set the stage for its stock to begin trading Friday morning. The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago. Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of 82 billion five times more than Lyft’s. No matter how Uber’s stock swings Friday, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with an industry that has changed the way millions of people get around. That while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about 9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit. That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain. Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder investors have been giving Lyft’s stock after an initial run-up. Lyft’s shares closed Thursday 23 per cent below its April IPO price of $72. Uber “clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through,” Wedbush Securities analysts Ygal Arounian and Daniel Ives wrote late Thursday. The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week. Despite all that, Uber’s IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014. “For the market to give you the value, you’ve either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to 11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.last_img read more

South Korean violinist North Korean singer perform together in China

first_imgShanghai: A South Korean violinist and a North Korean singer on Sunday held a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music especially at a time of emerging tensions amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North Korean soprano partner, Kim Song Mi, performed together at Shanghai Oriental Art Center with a Chinese orchestra. Their concert came three days after South Korea said North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea in the second such weapons test in five days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkFor both, it was their first concert with a musician from the other side of the Korean border, the world’s most heavily fortified. They met several times last year in Beijing and agreed on a joint performance to help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. As a duet, Kim sang Antonin Dvorak’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” while Won played the violin. Kim later sang “Arirang,” a Korean traditional folk tune beloved in both countries, while the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra played the music. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”When I met her (Kim) for the first time, I felt like I was reuniting with an old friend who’s been on the same wavelength with me,” Won said before Sunday’s concert. “This performance shouldn’t be the end … and what’s important now is what other dreams we can have together.” In a pre-concert written interview, Kim also said she “heartily wishes” that her songs would help bring back reconciliation mood. “I’m nervous and anxious about what inspiration the audience would have and what reaction North and South Korean compatriots would show to our joint performance,” she said. North and South Korean musicians performing together are extremely rare as their governments don’t even allow their citizens to exchange phone calls, letter and emails without special approvals. Last year saw an unusual wave of cross-border exchanges after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly entered talks on the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. A group of North Korean dancers and singers performed in South Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, before South Korean K-pop stars flew to Pyongyang and sang in the presence of Kim and his young wife Ri Sol Ju.last_img read more

LeBron May Be The Most Clutch Playoff Shooter Of His Generation

On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James offered another reminder of how silly it was to ever doubt his performance in the clutch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-3ItHYeiQAfter the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted that James has now made more go-ahead shots at the end of playoff games than Michael Jordan. (It’s not the only area in which James is Jordan’s statistical peer in the postseason.)Windhorst’s definition for what constitutes a game-winning shot is as good as any — it covers all potential go-ahead field-goal attempts with five or fewer seconds remaining in the fourth quarter (or overtime) of playoff games. At Basketball-Reference.com, I was able to find 10 such attempts for James: five makes and five misses.1I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy with Windhorst’s numbers (he has James as 6-for-10), but for the remainder of this post, I will use Basketball-Reference.com as my data source. How does that stack up to other playoff performers over the years?Unfortunately, Jordan’s playoff career predates BBR’s shot-by-shot database by three seasons, but the site does have a record of every such shot attempted since the 2001 playoffs. And in those go-ahead situations (after accounting for the leverage of the game in which each shot occurred), nobody has a better record relative to expectations2As measured by points generated per shot above what would be expected from the distance of the shot. than James — particularly not his longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant, who sits at the opposite end of the list.Relative to the league-wide average, James generated 4.8 more total points than expected on his go-ahead shots, which translates to about one entire playoff win beyond what an average shooter would have contributed from the same field-goal distances. And those numbers become magnified when you consider that James’s average go-ahead shot came in a playoff game with championship implications 34 percent greater than the typical postseason contest. After we weight by the leverage of his specific game-winning shot attempts, James generated the equivalent3At normal playoff conditions. of 8.5 more points than expected, or roughly two playoff wins above average, with his clutch end-of-game shooting alone.(By contrast, Bryant generated 3.2 fewer points than expected and did it in games that were about 64 percent more important than the average playoff game, compounding the damage of his 1-for-10 performance.)So there’s no doubting James’s history of knocking down big playoff shots. But what’s also interesting about the list above is that the trailing section contains slightly better players, on balance; the bottom 10 players have tallied 1,090 wins above replacement (WAR), versus 987 WAR for the top 10.Granted, there’s essentially no relationship between career WAR and leverage-weighted net expected points for the entire sample of players … but maybe that’s the point. Role players can be called upon to hit huge shots with championship implications just as readily as stars. While James (and Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Paul, to name a few) are all-time greats, the fact that the likes of Rashard Lewis and Metta World Peace also rank so highly — and Bryant fares so poorly — might speak as much as anything else to the unpredictability of who steps up and changes the course of NBA history with a clutch shot or two.One thing’s for sure, though: James has shown that he’s better at knocking down such consequential buckets than any other player of his generation. read more

Football Offense in bloom after spring practice

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 spring game at Ohio Stadium on April 15. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe last time the Ohio State football team touched the field at Ohio Stadium, they were joined by thousands of fans who jumped from their seats in celebration of former H-back Curtis Samuel’s walk-off touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines. Little did players or fans alike know that — thanks to a 31-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 31 —  it would be the last Buckeye touchdown they would see in more than four months. However, at the 2017 spring game, it took just under four minutes for redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett to find redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the back of the endzone — the first sign of many in the afternoon that offseason changes might be paying dividends for the Scarlet and Gray offense. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who joined the team in the offseason, said the improvements seen in Saturday’s game were a direct result of spring practice.“We kind of did a lot of things we’ve been practicing,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily try to hide things. We didn’t try to throw everything out there. I thought we’d had a solid spring, lot of areas need improving, I just wanted — because we’re playing enough young guys — that when we came into the arena, they didn’t make all the good things I’ve seen in practice bigger than it looks.”Wilson, formerly the head coach at Indiana, was described by Barrett as a “competitor” who is “always in attack mode” and has helped the Buckeye offense find its past rhythm.“I think the thing about the Ohio State offense is we’re always on the attack and at times, I think we got away from that,” Barrett said. “But now, (Wilson’s) main focus is to make sure that we’re always on attack and that we’re beating the guy across from us.”While in the spring game the “guy across” was a familiar face, both Team Scarlet and Team Gray had success beating their defensive counterparts. Scarlet posted 460 offensive yards while Gray totaled 385. The majority of yardage for both teams came from the passing game, which was a sore spot at times for the 2016 team. Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who was a highlight for Team Scarlet with 108 yards and two touchdowns, described the passing game as “wonderful” and noted that the receiving group is full of playmakers. “(The offense) feels a lot better,” Dixon said. “We’re doing different things, and we’re attacking situations different. Everything we’re doing is working.”Barrett said this is the best spring he’s had for accuracy, but was quick to add there is still work to be done to become “competitively excellent.” Those areas, he said, include pass protection, downfield passing and finishing plays.“We’ve got to come out pushing and striving to make sure that when it comes to game time, everybody is on the same page and we get those three things accomplished,” Barrett said. “I think we’re on the right path for that, but to say we’re competitively excellent on the game plan? Not yet, but we have time to that we’re not playing the ball.” read more