Sporting News Releases 2018 Bowl Predictions

A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re still seven months away from bowl season, but that’s okay. Bowl projections are already a thing as we head into summer.Sporting News released its predictions for every bowl game, from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl through the College Football National Championship.You can view all 40 projections here. Below are the ones for the New Year’s Six.New Year’s Six Bowl Predictions:Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Miami vs. Michigan Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. Stanford (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)AllState Sugar Bowl: TCU vs. Georgia  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rose Bowl Game: Wisconsin vs. Washington Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff): Oklahoma vs. Alabama Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners is congratulated by Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Allstate Sugar Bowl. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Playoff): Clemson vs. Ohio State Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown in the third quarter against Doran Grant #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A few other noteworthy games include:Citrus Bowl: Penn State vs. AuburnOutback Bowl: Michigan State vs. South CarolinaBelk Bowl: Florida State vs. LSUCamping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. West VirginiaYou can view all 40 projections here. read more

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President felicitates Nawaz Sharif

Sharif began talks on Sunday to form a new government, as partial election returns suggested that he and his party would have a commanding hold on Parliament, the New York Times reported. But Pakistani election officials said final results would take days, even as outrage grew over accusations of rampant vote-rigging, particularly in Karachi. President Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif and congratulated him on his victory in historic elections, the Pakistani media reported.The President’s office in Colombo also confirmed that the President contacted Sharif and congratulated him on his election victory. Sharif’s main opponent, Imran Khan, in his first public comments since Saturday’s election, said his party would investigate reports of irregularities. His supporters staged protests in Karachi outside the Election Commission office and in the upscale Clifton neighborhood, demanding a new election for all of that port city’s parliamentary seats. They also demonstrated into the night in Lahore. “There was rigging in Lahore,” Mr. Khan said in a video message recorded at the hospital in Lahore where he was recovering after a serious fall last week. “What happened in Karachi was witnessed by everyone.”Mr. Khan’s anticorruption campaign electrified the news media and large crowds in the weeks before the vote. But as returns trickled in over the weekend, it became increasingly apparent that his party would get only about 30 of the 272 seats in Parliament. And even the news of possible consolation prizes — having his party win control of the regional government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, and becoming the new opposition leader — was still up in the air, pending further results. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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