NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl to secure their spot in the title game. While the first leg of the College Football Playoff is in the books, the second is sure to give fans a better game.Oklahoma and Alabama are set to kick off in just over a half hour. Before kickoff, there was an on-field altercation between an Oklahoma coach and the Alabama players hoping to take the field.According to reporters in the area, Oklahoma tight ends coach Shane Beamer had to be asked by referees to leave the Alabama players alone.Oklahoma tight ends coach Shane Beamer just had to be told by a referee to step back after he stood by where Alabama players ran out onto the field as he clapped in their face.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) December 30, 2018We’re not sure Oklahoma’s coaches want to be poking the bear that is the Crimson Tide ahead of a huge game. Nick Saban and company enter the game as a two-touchdown favorite against one of the worst defenses in college football.Alabama and Oklahoma kick off at 8:10 p.m. ET.
TORONTO — North American equity markets rose as energy and mining stocks recovered despite a continuing decline in commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 79 points to close at 13,016.59, adding to a meagre 15-point gain on Wednesday after Canada’s main index tumbled more than 430 points earlier in the week.New York indexes also rose, following a three-day losing streak.The Dow Jones added 82.45 points to close at 17,574.75, while the S&P 500 climbed 4.61 points to 2,052.23 and the Nasdaq rose 22.30 points to 5,045.17.On commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark oil lost 40 cents to US$36.76 a barrel, January natural gas gave back almost five cents to settle at US$2.015 per mmBtu and February gold fell $4.50 to US$1,072.00 an ounce.Falling oil helped pull the loonie down 0.36 of a cent to 73.36 cents U.S. The Canadian dollar has lost more than a cent and a half in value against the greenback since Dec. 3.
Ohio State senior left tackle Jamarco Jones warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army on Sept. 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFormer Ohio State left tackle Jamarco Jones was selected in the fifth round with the No. 168 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks.Jones started 27 consecutive games during his junior and senior seasons. He was recognized as a First-team All-Big Ten member last season, and second-team in 2016. Jones played in 50 games, including the 2014 national championship win against Oregon, in his four seasons as a Buckeye.Jones helped Ohio State rank 17th in the country with 243.2 rushing yards per game, while also earning the eighth-most yards per rush at 5.78 yards per carry.Ohio State also gave up the ninth-fewest tackles for loss per game during last season (4.14).Jones did not fare well at the NFL combine. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman finished with the third-slowest 40-yard dash (5.50 seconds) among offensive lineman, and the second-slowest 20-yard shuttle (4.99 seconds).Seattle gave up 43 sacks, the 11th most in the NFL, even with one of the more elusive quarterbacks in the league, Russell Wilson, under center.Jones and the Seahawks open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.