zoom Six US energy companies are requesting funding for a project to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in an effort to meet the demand for US oil and natural gas. In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, the CEOs from Occidental Petroleum Corporation, NuStar Energy, Buckeye Partners, Howard Energy Partners, Plains All American Pipeline, and Cheniere Energy, specifically asked that the President includes USD 60 million for this project in his Fiscal Year 2019 Presidential Budget to begin Federal participation in its construction.“Funding the Channel Improvement Project (CIP) is an opportunity to invest in a national transportation asset that would allow our US companies and the port to significantly increase our export capacity and help solidify the US as a world energy leader,” the CEOs stated in their letter to President Trump.“With widespread bipartisan support, we are confident you will find this project the most worthy of funding of all U.S. coastal navigation construction projects in the Nation,” said Sean Strawbridge, Port Corpus Christi CEO in the letter to the President.“As the gateway to the global markets, Port Corpus Christi must ensure the infrastructure it oversees, namely the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, is capable of transporting safely and competitively the anticipated increased export volumes of crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products.”
Jabrill Peppers runs the ball during Michigan’s 32-23 win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. Courtesy of TNSOn May 27, 2013, five-star safety Jabrill Peppers committed to the University of Michigan for the class of 2014. Three years later he’s entering one of the biggest games of his career against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. At the time, Michigan imagined Peppers to be a special athlete. However, when Jim Harbaugh was hired as the head coach in the winter after Peppers’ freshman season, the safety’s utilization in sporting a maize and blue jersey and a winged helmet was amplified to the extreme.The junior from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey is now a linebacker, safety, nickelback, cornerback, running back and whatever-back for the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines, and is a player who demands attention.Peppers was on the field for 72 plays at 10 different positions in a game at Michigan State earlier this season. He plays the majority of his snaps at linebacker, but serves as an extra defensive lineman considering his quickness and how often he blitzes. Peppers is difficult to handle at just 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.“I do know he’s a dynamic player. You’ve got to give credit where it’s due. He’s a hell of a talent,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said.Last season, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Peppers ran the ball seven times for 29 yards, caught two passes for 25 yards and registered five tackles. It was not the type of performance a player such as Peppers has been attuned to.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had one of his best games of last season against the Wolverines. He gained 252 total yards and scored four times on the way to one of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s most embarrassing defeats, 42-13. Barrett challenged Peppers a few times, but in all, he made the star player a non-factor.With the move from primarily playing safety to linebacker, Peppers has become a menace in the backfield in 2016. He ranks third in the Big Ten with 16 tackles for loss and has accompanied that with four sacks.Even with a greater presence on the field this season, Barrett does not believe he will change his way of accounting for Peppers on the field from the 2015 game.“I think he’s a really good player but, I mean, I guess last year I didn’t seek him out,” Barrett said.Peppers has added a little flare to the rivalry this season via social media. In the past, he has referred to Buckeye backers as “Suckeye fans” and even trolled OSU when the Buckeyes were losing to Wisconsin. Just what the rivalry needed — a little more hate.Regardless, the ability of Peppers to play at as many as 10 positions is something straight out of a video game. He has only caught two passes all season and gained just 163 yards rushing on offense, but Peppers is most feared when he’s on defense, even by the most prolific offenses — which, at times, OSU has not been.“This year, I know he’s playing a different position, but I think what we’re going to do is going to be effective,” Barrett said. “It’s not going to be me trying to figure out where he is at all times.”
Coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing games against Cincinnati and Maryland in which the Buckeyes combined for more than 1,200 yards, they are facing what could be their biggest opponent yet: another bye week.After seeming to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, the Buckeyes will be left watching from the couch Saturday for the second time in a month.But even though OSU will not take the field this week, I compiled a list of things you should look for around the college football landscape. 1. Could this week be the most exciting week in 2014 for college football?During the Buckeye bye week, there are five matchups scheduled that will pit ranked opponents against each other, with two of those games involving top-five teams. Those matchups feature No. 5 Baylor against No. 9 Texas Christian and No. 2 Auburn against No. 3 Mississippi State. Both games are battles of unbeaten teams and will no doubt make or break each team’s season, as well as their dreams of making it into the first ever College Football Playoff. So if the Buckeyes get bored just sitting around, all they will have to do is flip on the TV and enjoy. 2. Can OSU’s rival Michigan get out of its current rut?Ever since the fallout from the Shane Morris incident in which the sophomore quarterback was put back into a game after seemingly suffering a concussion, Michigan has not looked in more of a state of disarray since the Rich Rodriguez era. Rodriguez was ousted from Michigan after just three seasons in which the Wolverines made just one bowl appearance. After the team’s loss to Rutgers in its last game, Ann Arbor, Mich., is ready to implode. All is not lost for the Maize and Blue, however. The Wolverines are scheduled to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at home under the lights. If there is anything that can give a program hope for the future, it’s a win during a night game at home (see: OSU vs. Wisconsin in 2011).The Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week, one that came a week after they were embarrassed at home by Northwestern, 29-6. If there was ever a time for Michigan to turn around its season, this weekend’s game is the opportunity it has been waiting for. 3. Will a team emerge as the country’s clear No. 1?Going into its seventh week, the college football season has yet to provide us with a clear, dominant team, despite what the polls may have us believe. The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated and remain atop most polls, however they have not impressed like they did a year ago.Just last week, it took the Seminoles nearly a full half of football to start scoring against the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons before pulling away late to win, 43-3. In addition, the Seminoles have played just one ranked team on the season, and are currently set to play just one more ranked foe for the remainder of the season against Notre Dame. With that said, this leaves the door open for teams like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Baylor and many others to make their mark on the college football world.4. The Big Ten as a whole is a must-miss this week.Aside from the Michigan-Penn State matchup, you might want to stay away from watching Big Ten football this weekend.With OSU on an off week, the only ranked Big Ten team in action, No. 8 Michigan State, is set to take on conference bottom-dweller Purdue.Not exactly the most riveting game. However, if matchups such as Northwestern against Minnesota or Indiana against Iowa pique your interest, I encourage you to tune in (at your own risk). 5. Will two early bye weeks end up hurting the Buckeyes in the long run?How could they not?Any time two bye weeks are scheduled within a month, it could very well lead to players, and even coaches, becoming lackadaisical.While OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will not allow this to happen, one has to wonder what the Buckeyes’ mindset will be like going into their Oct. 18 matchup with Rutgers.And even if they come out firing on all cylinders and bring down the Scarlet Knights, a straight stretch of games from Oct. 18 through Nov. 29 could mean players missing time because of injury. Injuries are part of the game, there is no denying that, but not having time to heal from these injuries could prove crucial for the Buckeyes.We will find out as the season presses on.OSU’s matchup with Rutgers is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.
Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu believes that Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo are the key players for the national team for the World CupThe 41-year-0ld was part of the famous “invincibles” Arsenal side that went an entire league season unbeaten in the 2003/04 campaign and he has also won major trophies such as the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup during his glittering playing career.Ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Russia, Kanu is hopeful that Nigeria will be able to do well with the young talent that is currently emerging and he feels that the Super Eagles will have the added bonus of the tranquillity in the camp this summer.”As the years go by we keep growing and planning, getting more experience. I believe we have the best young players in the World Cup, in terms of age, ” Kanu told RT.”They are doing well. The hunger is there and this is the first time that they have a peaceful camp, in terms of everything [being] well organized.Alex Iwobi: “I feel like an Evertonian now” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Alex Iwobi is pleased with how quickly he’s adapting at new club Everton following his prolific start to his Merseyside career.”[Odion] Ighalo, Alex Iwobi. There is a lot of them that you can mention. We don’t really call them star players but all round we believe they are a good team.”The Atlanta 1996 gold medalist represented Nigeria in the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups.”That was the best. You do everything you do at club level just for you to be in the World Cup,” he said.”The best players in the world have to come to the World Cup. For every player, that is a dream.”For me as a player I always look forward to the World Cup because it is every four years, it is not something that comes every year.”
Real Madrid Coach Julen Lopetegui has dismissed reports that his future at Real Madrid is uncertain as he calls on his players to focus on Saturday’s clash with Levante.After playing four matches without scoring a goal, the European champions under former coach Zinedine Zidane will host in-form Levante in Saturday’s early La Liga clash.“I am the Coach of Real Madrid, you have to live with the ups and downs,” Lopetegui told reporters, as cited by Diario AS via Football Espana.“We are completely confident in ourselves and the players we have and we believe we can win everything this season.“We do not have any doubts and we are completely focused on Levante, we are not interested in what questions are being asked as we know what is expected of ourselves and our level.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Nobody is looking beyond Levante, it is a long season with much to play for and you cannot afford to be anything but focused on one game.“We cannot worry about it (the lack of goals) and we just need to focus on creating chances, the goals and points will follow.“Gareth Bale? We will see how he gets on in training but we are optimistic (that he will be available for selection).”
The Inter Milan footballer has talked after his team defeated Empoli in the closing weekend of the first half of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A seasonFor Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar, the way Internazionale Milan is ending the year 2018 is excellent.“We’ve managed to get some good results this year and have now finished with two consecutive victories, something which is certainly a positive thing for us,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy to have won on the road again, and we’ve also kept another clean sheet.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s true that we haven’t scored many goals recently, but the important thing is to win games,” he added.“Now we’ll rest for a few days before we get back to it – we need to be strong upon returning.”“In the past few days, the club has been spoken about a lot, but as a group we’re united. Providing a response on the pitch is the best thing we can do,” Skriniar explained.“We hope that we’ll be able to provide you with amazing moments in 2019. I would like to wish you all a happy new year!”
Chelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini is impressed with the way Kepa Arrizabalaga has adapted to the goalkeeping demands in the Premier LeagueThe 24-year-old arrived at Chelsea in August from La Liga side Atheltic Bilbao for a world-record transfer fee of €80m for a keeper after the Blues activated his release clause.Since then, Kepa has been an ever-present figure within the Chelsea team with only 16 goals conceded in his opening 21 league matches.Cudicini, who played in goal for Chelsea himself for 10 years, revealed how impressed he is with Kepa’s quick adaptation to English football.“It’s kind of the same thing as for Maurizio. Especially for a goalkeeper, the Premier League is a different way,” Cudicini told the club website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I do remember when I first joined here and obviously it was a big difference, with the physicality and the speed of the game.“It’s a completely different way of playing the game. I think he’s adapted really well.“He was straight in, he didn’t have a lot of time to get used to this football but he’s coping very well. We are all very happy about his performance.”Chelsea will take on Tottenham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.