ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Oklahoma-Texas

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Oklahoma and Texas met for the second time this season – this time with the Big 12 title on the line. The Sooners are playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, while the Longhorns are just hoping to ruin their rival’s season – and make a New Year’s Six bowl game in the process.It hasn’t been the high-scoring affair many predicted when the game kicked off. After the first quarter, only one touchdown had been scored, though both teams have added a score since then.Oklahoma leads 20-14 at the half.After two quarters of play, ESPN made its prediction for the second half. The Worldwide Leader gives Oklahoma a 78.6-percent chance to win.The second half kicks off in just a few minutes. Can the Sooners hold on and secure a spot in the College Football Playoff – pending Alabama-Georgia, of course?Only 30 minutes separates Oklahoma or Texas from a Big 12 title.last_img read more

Sanders cheers strikers as 39K Verizon workers walk out

Sanders cheers strikers as 39K Verizon workers walk out by Michael Balsamo And Karen Matthews, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 11:28 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets a CWA worker as he arrives to join a Verizon workers picket line, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cheered on striking Verizon workers Wednesday after 39,000 landline and cable employees walked off the job.Sanders told workers at a picket line in Brooklyn they displayed courage by standing up to the telecommunications giant.“I know your families are going to pay a price,” Sanders shouted. “On behalf of every worker in America who is facing the same kind of pressure, thank you for what you’re doing. We’re going to win this thing!”Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, said in a statement earlier Wednesday she was “disappointed” that negotiations had broken down between Verizon and its unions.“Verizon should come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer for their workers,” Clinton said. “To preserve and grow America’s middle class, we need to protect good wages and benefits, including retirement security.”Later, Clinton met striking communications workers outside a Verizon store in midtown Manhattan.The two striking unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, represent installers, customer service employees, repairmen and other service workers in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., for Verizon’s wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service.Verizon spokesman Rich Young said the company was disappointed by the strike. He said Verizon has trained thousands of nonunion workers to fill in for striking workers and “we will be there for our customers.”But some customers said the strike was affecting them.Jennifer Aguirre, 27, said she and her husband had an appointment scheduled for Wednesday to install cable and Internet at their home in Washington. Her husband called to confirm and was told that systems were down and the appointment was cancelled.“We’re kind of stuck, waiting to see what’s going to happen,” Aguirre said. She said Verizon is the couple’s only option for home Internet service.Keith Purce, president of CWA Local 1101 in New York City, said the unions have been without a contract for eight months.Between 300 and 400 union members walked a picket line outside the company’s office in downtown Albany, where workers set up an inflatable “greedy pig” and rat.In Philadelphia, about a hundred striking workers took to the streets near the company’s regional headquarters and chanted, “Scabs, go home!” at nonunion replacement workers.The unions say Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely more on contract workers. The company has said that health care issues need to be addressed for retirees and current workers because medical costs have grown and that it wants “greater flexibility” to manage its workers.Verizon also is pushing to eliminate a rule that would prevent employees from working away from home for extended periods of time. In a television ad, the unions said the company was trying to “force employees to accept a contract sending their jobs to other parts of the country and even oversees.”“The main issues are job security and that they want to move workers miles and miles away,” said Isaac Collazo, a Verizon employee who has worked replacing underground cables in New York City for nearly 19 years.“We have a clause currently that they can’t just lay anyone off willy nilly and they want to get rid of that,” said Collazo, a single father of three children. “I feel if the company had the opportunity, they would just lay people off.”But Young said the unions’ talk about offshoring jobs and cutting jobs is “absolute nonsense.”“These contracts have provisions that were put in place decades ago. … They need to take a look at where the business stands in 2016,” he said.Some 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike for about two weeks in August 2011.Verizon Communications Inc. has a total workforce of more than 177,000 employees.___Associated Press writers Ula Ilnytzky and Tali Arbel in New York, Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey, and Chris Carola in Albany, New York, contributed to this report. read more