Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 14-3 run

Getting off to a strong start on their own field has become the norm for the Florida State Seminoles. The squad has posted a 30-9 all-time record when opening a season at home, including an 18-3 mark since 1975. The Seminoles will look to improve upon those numbers when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in the 2020 season opener for both schools. Kickoff from Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Florida State has a new coach with a track record of fast starts in Mike Norvell, who won each of his four season openers with Memphis as the team outscored its opponents 153-70 in those contests. The Seminoles are 12.5-point favorites in the latest Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. Before making any Georgia

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Notre Dame vs. Duke odds, line, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 4-0 run

The No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to continue their home dominance when they open their season on Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils. Notre Dame has won 18 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, the third-longest streak since the stadium opened in 1930. Clemson and Ohio State are the only other Power Five schools that boast streaks of that magnitude. Notre Dame was 11-2 overall in 2019, while Duke finished 5-7. 

The game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. ET at South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish, who are playing this season as a member of the ACC, are favored by 20 points in the latest Duke vs. Notre Dame odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points scored is 54. Before making any Notre Dame vs. Duke picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates

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Anderson Tejeda Hits First Career Home Run from Right Side; Rangers Lose Fourth Straight

You know things are going really wrong when even the most reliable players have a rough night.

Kyle Gibson fought hard through 4 2/3 innings on Saturday night, including 37 pitches in the third inning where he allowed two runs. Nevertheless, he and the bullpen minimized the damage and kept it close to give the Rangers a chance to come back.

In the top of the seventh inning, rookie infielder Anderson Tejeda stepped up to the plate to face Seattle left-handed starter Justus Sheffield and launched a two-out, game-tying home run deep to left field. What’s more is it was Tejeda’s first career home run as a right-handed hitter. He had been exclusively a left-handed hitter throughout his professional career and just began switch-hitting in 2019.

“I wasn’t expecting that, just put it that way,” Woodward said with a smile. “I had talked to a lot of our player development

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How Trump and Biden are trying to run virtual campaigns during coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s campaign has ridiculed rival Democrat Joe Biden for remaining cloistered during the pandemic, forced to give speeches, meet activists and raise money almost entirely from the seclusion of his basement in Wilmington, Delaware.

But as precautions and concerns about COVID-19 have grown, Trump has also halted his signature rallies at least temporarily and started his own virtual gatherings to keep in touch with voters.

“They’re making things up on the fly and seeing what works,” said Bob Oldendick, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina. “You use everything that’s available to you.”

Spikes in COVID-19 cases and social distance measures used to slow the spreading virus have forced the Trump and Biden teams to adjust their campaigns in ways never seen in history. Rallies, handshakes and traditional grassroots organizing are out. They’ve been replaced with a barrage of email, texts, candidate videos, Zoom meetings

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On TikTok, #FreeBritney conspiracy theories run deep

On TikTok, #FreeBritney conspiracy theories run deep
On TikTok, #FreeBritney conspiracy theories run deep

An online campaign is calling for the end of Britney Spears’ conservatorship so the pop star can gain financial and personal independence. Some believe she’s sending SOS messages to supporters in coded social media posts.

The tag #FreeBritney has roughly 140 million views on TikTok, and 104,000 posts on Instagram. Supporters demand that Spears, who hasn’t made major financial or career decisions since a mental health crisis in 2008, be freed from her father’s legal guardianship.

What is conservatorship?

In many states, including where Spears resides in California, a judge will appoint a conservator for an adult who can’t make their own life decisions, like the elderly or mentally impaired. A New York Times investigation into Spears’ conservatorship reported that Spears “cannot make key decisions, personal or financial, without the approval of her conservators: her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer, Andrew M.

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She dreamed of a Black-owned bookstore in Inglewood. Now, she’s going to run one

Asha Grant, near the Queen Street location where she plans to open her bookstore, the Salt Eaters. <span class="copyright">(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Asha Grant, near the Queen Street location where she plans to open her bookstore, the Salt Eaters. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Asha Grant was always a bookworm. As a little girl growing up in Inglewood, she spent hours poring over stories like Debbie Allen’s “Dancing in the Wings,” Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” and Veronica Chambers’ “Marisol and Magdalena.” Her parents were delighted, but also frustrated by how challenging it was to find stories about young Black children.

“I just remember my mom searching for books that had girls that looked like me in them,” Grant said during a phone interview. “The labor that it takes for you to try to create that safe space for your child is just not fair.”

Grant has been working to make books with non-white protagonists more accessible. Last year, she founded L.A.’s division of the Free Black Women’s Library,

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DraftKings Gets Back to Sports After a Run of Oddball Bets

(Bloomberg) — As big-time sports fell one by one in March, DraftKings Inc. and Flutter Entertainment Plc’s FanDuel hatched crazy ways to entice America’s gamblers. Players could win money on Kim Kardashian’s tweets or July 4 Google searches: hot dogs versus hamburgers.

Now they’re gearing up for the real thing, starting with Major League Baseball’s opening day Thursday, and investors look like the real winners. Despite the shutdown, not one analyst has downgraded their recommendation for DraftKings, even with the shares almost doubling from their April debut on the public markets. Flutter has risen similarly from March lows.

“Since the PGA has come back, every single week seems to be the best we’ve ever done,” said Johnny Avello, DraftKings’ director of bookmaking. Average bets have been increasing and the company is eager to pivot back to the major leagues after offering wagers on darts and esports. On July 21, FanDuel

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Kanye West’s presidential run: real or for show?

New York (AFP) – US rapper Kanye West’s chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump in November’s presidential election has sparked anger, concern for his mental health and questions about whether he is seriously running.

Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked “security,” West broke down in tears during a rambling speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday that was supposed to kickstart his White House bid.

Instead, controversial comments about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman enraged attendees, provoked scorn online and left political analysts scratching their heads about the mercurial musician’s true intentions.

For Jeffrey McCune, who teaches a course on West at Washington University in St. Louis, the topsy-turvy nature of the event was typical of the hip-hop star.

“All things Kanye are impulsive. I have never been a fan of ‘throw-your-towel-in’ political entries. However, this is Kanye’s brand completely,” he told AFP.

With “2020” shaved onto

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Want to Run For Millburn Board Of Education?

MILLBURN, NJ — Individuals interested in running for the Millburn Township Board of Education must declare their candidacy by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 27. The general election will be held Nov. 3.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a lot of new decisions to make and problems to solve. (See: Millburn Superintendent Tells Board About School In Fall.)

Millburn Superintendent Christine Burton said in her July 2 letter to the school community, “Please start to plan now for your childcare options. A variety of school schedules are under review that may include shortened days, A/B days, and/or a blend of in-person and remote learning that gives the school district the flexibility to flip the switch easily into virtual learning should we need to shut down again.” (Cranford recently released its fall school plan that includes a variety of provisions, including older students attending school in person two to

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Carmichael students make a run at Science Bowl national title

When the kids on the Winston Churchill Middle School Science Bowl team got started in October, a global pandemic wasn’t on the radar. Neither was a top spot in the national Science Bowl competition.

Churchill’s team consisted of eighth-graders Elyas Nuh, Harish Premkumar, Benjamin Wang and Sky Yip, and seventh-grader Aatreyo Bhattacharyya. In January, when they earned a spot in the national competition, they were on top of the world and ready to head to Washington, D.C., for the finals. Instead, they finished the year on a Zoom competition, but that doesn’t make their fifth-place finish any less sweet.

“Our Science Bowl Season has been excellent,” Nuh said. “Surprisingly, we actually won regionals for the first time in Churchill’s history. And after that we got fifth place in nationals, so it was a pretty exciting year.”

The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, and includes

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