Mason Rudolph is having himself a junior season. He currently sits at No. 6 in the nation in passing yards at 332.1 per game and has 22 touchdowns to only four interceptions.The Davey O’Brien Foundation has whittled down their list for the best college quarterback in the country to 18 semifinalists and Rudolph was included.Cowboy fans, get in the huddle! Help @Rudolph2Mason, a candidate for the @daveyobrien National Quarterback Award: https://t.co/G1npEa230A! pic.twitter.com/zKsIE6GQVE— Davey O’Brien (@daveyobrien) November 10, 2016Other Big 12 semifinalists include: Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.Here’s a look at the full list per the Davey O’Brien Award website.Of the 18 semifinalists, two Chad Kelly from Ole Miss and Trevor Knight from Texas A&M will not be eligible to win the trophy since they will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
In advance of the Big 12 championship game on Saturday former Cowboys Brandon Weeden, Ryan Simmons, Kevin Peterson … just to name a few, wished OSU good luck for the big game. Pretty cool video tribute to the players put together by OSU.Check it out:We asked several former players who have lived it to share encouragement as we go for a Big 12 title in #Bedlam tomorrow. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OrLBtWifxF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 3, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State underclassmen Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Chad Whitener and Vincent Taylor have filed paperwork to be evaluated for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Mike Gundy.“We sent all that in,” said Gundy. “It was after the OU game. A couple days after that game we brought them in and they sent it to the NFL. And we wait for them to send back the response of what the cumulative group of people think about their future in the NFL this year.“Anybody can send one in,” explained Gundy of the evaluation request. “You can send one in. The response won’t be great, but you can do it. Chad is a guy who can get in a camp one day, and he sent one in. I would hope we would get that back within a week. Usually there’s a 12-14 day period, but there’s no guarantee.”What Gundy is referencing here is a service the NFL provides in which it tells potential pros whether they will be one of the following three things: a first round pick, a second round pick, undrafted. Those are the only three choices. Here is what the NFL has to say on the matter.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]Taylor has said he will leave if he gets the right grade. I would be surprised, though, if any of the four actually declare. Here is where CBS Sports ranks each at their respective positions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mason Rudolph: 5th in QBsJames Washington: 12th in WRsVincent Taylor: 9th in DTsChad Whitener: NR in LBsGundy did not speak highly of mock drafts although he did encourage Rudolph and Co. to stay.“I don’t really look into it much. I would guess that most of those mock drafts are fabricated,” added Gundy. “There’s probably only one or two of them that really have a clue what they’re talking about. Most of them are good for talk radio which is about as accurate as the North Korean test missile. Mason will have to make a decision at some point of what he wants to do next season. I’ve only had one player who I felt like was ready for the NFL to go early and that was Brandon Pettigrew. He stayed. I think [Mason] could improve his overall long-term by staying another year here.”The last day to declare for the NFL Draft is January 16.
Three-star Union defensive tackle Jordan Kelley released his list of top schools on Wednesday, naming Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma among his final three he’s considering.“First off, I’d like to thank God for putting my grandparents, friends and the people in my life to get me where I’m at today,” Kelley said while announcing his list. The 6-foot-3, 293 pound prospect from Tulsa is among the top 10 prospects in the state of Oklahoma. According to 247sports, the University of Oklahoma leads in his recruitment.Kelley is an explosive interior lineman who had a monster junior campaign. After his big year, Oklahoma State was the first school to offer him in January.Kelley will announce his commitment on Sunday, March 26 at the Under Armour All-American camp in Dallas. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Just ten days until football?! Ten days until football. Let’s take a look at just another of the Cowboys’ young and talented playmakers vying for reps at wide receiver.How he got to OSUAt Lancaster High School (Texas), Alexander did it all. He was a dual-threat quarterback and receiver that rushed for six yards per carry his senior season. This three-star athlete committed to the Cowboys early just to decommit and then recommit — all while other schools kept calling. Alexander ultimately picked Oklahoma State over offers from Oregon, West Virginia, Baylor and others.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告Spent last year redshirting and has been working though spring a fall camps to step into a deep and talented wideout rotation. His athleticism and versatility should also make him valuable on special teams.Role in 2017Alexander has loads of potential even if his name is getting lost in the shuffle. Regardless of the reps he gets this season, he could be a big-time playmaker for OSU moving forward. The Cowboys will say goodbye to James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Chris Lacy after this year. There will be reps up for grabs and Alexander should be in line with the likes of Tyron Johnson, Dillon Stoner and Tylan Wallace.During spring camp, Hayden Barber got a chance to see Alexander in action during drills. His sure hands drew a little excitement from his position coach, Kasey Dunn.“DAMN, Tyrell.”–@kasey_dunn #OKState pic.twitter.com/xf8Hev8X6U— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 23, 2017Noteworthy stats and highlightsDuring OSU’s spring game, Alexander showed off his big-play potential. He caught just two passes but they went for 39 and 23 yards. To get an idea of his speed and elusiveness, check out Alexander’s QB tape from high school.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame quarterback and current Fox analyst Brady Quinn made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday, talking the NFL and college football. There was a lot of discussion regarding nutrition and the physical statures of NFL quarterbacks.More interestingly though, Patrick asked Quinn about Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp strategy and how he felt about it. During his answer, Quinn referenced Nick Saban’s quote about it being a gray area and that he expected them to become regulated. Patrick then followed up with a juicy query: would Quinn rather play for Nick Saban or Jim Harbaugh?“I don’t know, it’s tough,” Quinn said. “I mean, Nick Saban has the championships so I think you’d probably have to go in that direction at least at this point, but I think you’d have much more fun with Jim Harbaugh. Looking at it, maybe I’d change my mind because Harbaugh has more of the NFL pedigree, at least from when he was there and the success he had. And he was a former quarterback with a lot of success as well, so maybe he’d be able to see more eye-to-eye with you as a player.“So as much as it pains me to say because I really wouldn’t want to play for either, I’m a Notre Dame guy, but I’d have to maybe say Harbaugh in this case.”We guess you can score one more small victory for Harbaugh in the ongoing “battle” between he and Saban. You can watch the full video of Quinn’s interview with Patrick below. [ Saturday Tradition ]
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening a tax on international imports.The U.S. president made the remarks at the White House today while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan.He says some countries are so-called allies, but don’t act like allies when it comes to trade.At one point, he made specific reference to Canada, saying the country does not treat its neighbour fairly when it comes to farming and border-crossing.It’s unclear what he was referring to, although he has complained in the past about dairy controls and softwood lumber.Trump brought back an old threat to institute some kind of tax on imports. He called it a “reciprocal tax,” and said he would have more to say about it in the coming days and months.
TORONTO – Cannabis was “flying off the shelves” in retail outlets and online stores across the country as Canadians looked to make their first-ever legal purchase of recreational pot and participate in the historic cultural moment.Less than 24 hours after Canada became one of the few countries around the world to legalize cannabis for adult use, some private retailers were either sold out of supply or were tending to long lineups and expected to run out by the end of the day.Newfoundland and Labrador cannabis retailer Thomas Clarke said he sold out of his cannabis supply late in the afternoon on Wednesday, and he doesn’t anticipate receiving more products until next week.He opened his store, Thomas H. Clarke’s Distribution, at midnight in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, N.L., but was turning away customers by the afternoon.“Most of my friends and people who were gonna come today were going to come after work and now I gotta let down thousands of people, which is really bad for business and for my nerves,” said Clarke.He said he sold out of the 100 pre-rolled joint packages 30 minutes after midnight. Canopy Growth Inc. and Aurora Cannabis were the only two suppliers in the province with products available for the first day of sales, he added.Wednesday marked the opening of what’s expected to be a massive market for legal sales in Canada — as much as $4 billion in the first year, according to a report from consultancy Deloitte.Still, Canadian investors were less enthusiastic than consumers, as many of the industry’s biggest players saw their stock prices fall on Wednesday.Canadians eager to make their first legal purchase of recreational cannabis were met with long lineups at retail stores, technical glitches online and a relatively limited product selection.Jimmy’s Cannabis in Martensville, Sask., had a lineup of more than 100 people at one point and had processed more than 200 orders by mid-afternoon, said co-owner David Thomas.“We ran out of one strain, so we still have plenty, but it will go fast here,” he said, noting his supply might run out if demand continued at the same pace.Meanwhile, the Natural Vibe on Water Street in St. John’s was only selling ingestible cannabis oils, after selling out of all other cannabis products at around 11:30 a.m.Most Canadians’ first purchase of legal adult-use pot will likely be online, as there were relatively few retail stores ready on Wednesday. What’s more, the stores are unevenly spread across Canada’s vast geography. While Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had around 20 stores open in each province, some of the most populous provinces, such as British Columbia, had just one location ready. Ontario won’t have any physical stores until next year.Shopify Inc., whose e-commerce software had been chosen by provinces including Ontario and several private retailers, said Canadian cannabis websites were processing roughly 100 orders per minute. The websites powered by Shopify also processed “hundreds of thousands of orders” in less than half a day, added company vice-president Loren Padelford.Alberta’s cannabis sales portal saw a wave of traffic after it went live at 12:01 a.m., prompting the Alberta, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis commission to put online customers into a virtual queue to avoid an outage.“While the site had been rigorously tested, the surge of users quite simply exceeded our expectations,” said a spokeswoman for the commission. By 12:50 a.m., the queue had cleared and by 11 a.m. it had processed more than 5,000 orders.The Ontario government’s website OCS.ca — currently the only way to buy cannabis legally in Ontario — was running smoothly, but drawing mixed early reviews on social media. While there was product available, the number of dried cannabis items listed online continually shrunk throughout the day.In the legislature on Wednesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the website handled over 38,000 orders after it launched.Meanwhile in Winnipeg, a private cannabis store was struggling to keep up with online demand as well.Gary Symons, with Delta 9, said 100 orders were processed in the first minute or so when the company’s website went live at midnight and the online store was sold out by 4 a.m.“Our product is literally flying off the shelves. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “If demand keeps up like this, there is some thought that we could run out of some of these products.”Industry players and watchers had warned to expect product shortages at the outset. Licensed producers and retailers have said it has been a compressed timeline for such a complicated endeavour.Think-tank C.D. Howe warned in a report last week that current supplies of cannabis in the fourth quarter would only meet between 30 and 60 per cent of total demand, but it said the shortages would be “short-lived” as more producers are licensed and production capacities expand over time.These supply issues were “widely expected” as it is a “brand new marketplace,” said Allan Rewak, the executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada, which represents licensed medical marijuana producers.“Over the coming weeks and months we’ll see more variation in products available through the various Crown options and private options. … And it’s simply a result of a brand new stream coming online.”Despite the bumps in the initial rollout, many consumers were ebullient at simply being able to buy a drug that had been prohibited in Canada for nearly 100 years.At one of the six retail shops that opened in Edmonton on Wednesday, “cannistas” at Fire & Flower Cannabis helped customers make their selections and punched their orders into tablets.“The store’s beautiful,” said Curtis Hrdlicka, the first to walk out of the shop carrying a Fire & Flower tote bag. “It’s a mix of a pharmacy and a jewellery store.”When the doors of the cannabis store in Kamloops, B.C., opened at 10 a.m. local time, the line had grown to a few dozen people and a cheer erupted from the crowd. It was the province’s first and only government-run cannabis store and Craig McCarthy drove for two hours from Chilliwack to be there, arriving at about 2 a.m.He has been smoking cannabis for 20 years and normally purchases a form known as shatter from an illegal dispensary. He said he’ll buy marijuana online from now on instead of purchasing illegally.“I’m just happy it’s finally here,” he said. “It’ll absolutely change my life. It’s like a feeling, a weight lifted off your shoulders, when you’re constantly hiding it to a degree.”— with files from Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, Laura Kane in Kamloops, Kevin Bissett in Fredericton, Stephanie Marin in Montreal, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, Chris Purdy in Edmonton, and Michael Tutton in Halifax
Hydro said that ATB will mobilize to site this summer, and work will be completed over a five-year period. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced Thursday that it has signed a contract with ATB Riva Calzoni Hydro Canada Inc. to provide the hydromechanical equipment for the Site C project.Hydro says that the contract, which is valued at $68 million, will see ATB design, supply and commission all gates, hoists, and embedded parts of Site C’s generating station and spillways. In a release, BC Hydro said that the spillway and low level outlet gates are an important safety feature of the dam and act as a movable water barrier, controlling the amount of water that can be discharged from the reservoir.The Crown Corporation said that ATB is an internationally-renowned company that specializes in designing, manufacturing and supplying hydromechanical equipment for hydroelectric projects all over the world. The company previously worked on projects in Europe, Asia and South America.
Bengaluru: The BJP’s Karnataka unit said Sunday that it has shortlisted candidates for all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies and the party’s central election committee would soon take a call on it. “We have shortlisted the names of all the candidates (in Karnataka). The central election committee will take a decision on it and release the list,” BJP state general secretary Arvind Limbavali told reporters. He was speaking after the party’s state core meeting here, chaired by BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed BJP general secretary and state unit in-charge P Muralidhar Rao, BJP organising secretary (in-charge south India) B L Santosh, former chief ministers D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar were among those who attended the meeting. Limbavali said the state election committee would table the list before the central election committee, headed by its national president, but refused to divulge the names, saying the CEC would announce it later. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s Shamli On the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, where Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy is pitted against multi-lingual actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh, he said the core committee discussed fielding a candidate. However, the party kept its options open and would take a final call based on Sumalatha’s decision, he said. Mandya has gone to the JD(S) as per the seat sharing agreement between the coalition partners Congress and the JD(S). The party has planned to field Nikhil Gowda, grandson of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. However, Sumalatha’s decision has disturbed the political equations. Ambareesh had represented Mandya thrice in the Lok Sabha, the first time on a JD(S) ticket and twice on Congress ticket. He was minister of state for information and broadcasting during the UPA-1 regime. Limbavali said senior Congress leader from Hassan, A Manju would soon join the BJP after his meeting with Yeddyurappa. Manju had been a vocal critic of Gowda and often expressed his displeasure in respecting the Congress-JD(S) coalition.