GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season is in the books, and several of the Power Five conferences came out of it pretty rough. Over in the Big Ten, we saw plenty of preseason questions finally get answered.ESPN just released its power rankings within all of the major conferences. In the Big Ten, there remains some pretty significant questions about who’s best, but one team certainly set the tone at the top.Despite speculation that the changes at head coach and quarterback would make things difficult for Ohio State, the king remains the king. The Buckeyes came in at No. 1 on the list after a sensational debut for Justin Fields.In the West, Nebraska had trouble against South Alabama while Wisconsin seemed like a force to be reckoned with on the road against USF. As a result, the Badgers got No. 2 while Nebraska was relegated to No. 7 behind Iowa. Here is the full Big Ten rankings, as published by ESPN:Ohio StateWisconsinMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateIowaNebraskaNorthwesternMarylandPurdueIllinoisMinnesotaIndianaRutgersIt seems pretty clear that the usual suspects in the Big Ten title race are all at the top. Meanwhile, Rutgers, Indiana, and Illinois are still at or near the bottom of the totem pole.But it does speak volumes about the respect shown for Purdue that the Boilermakers could lose to Nevada – the only Big Ten loss – and still be ranked higher than four other schools.You can view ESPN’s full conference power rankings here.
zoom The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has celebrated the rechristening of the Academy’s new training vessel, the Kings Pointer.The Kings PointerThe ceremony was attended by the US Department of Transportation officials, as well as Senator Charles Schumer, and Representatives Timothy Bishop and Steve Israel.The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at the nation’s maritime academy.Since 2009, the Administration has invested more than $450m at the Academy, including almost $100m for capital improvements.The Kings Pointer was retrofitted as a training vessel at North Florida Shipyard at a cost of $3.3m. The rechristening follows the dedication of the new “up-to-date” Mallory pier at the Academy.Before being redesigned to serve as a training vessel for students, the former MV Liberty Star served as a solid rocket booster recovery vessel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), retrieving solid rocket boosters following space shuttle launches.“The Merchant Marine Academy has been a treasured part of this country since Congress commissioned its establishment in 1936,” said Senator Charles Schumer.“I’m thrilled to have worked in recent years to address three key issues at the Academy: finding inspiring leadership through a permanent Superintendent, rehabilitating Mallory Pier, and today bringing back the Kings Pointer, this critical training vessel. It’s a banner day for the Merchant Marine Academy.”June 17, 2014
Leading experts from America’s coal mining community put their skills to the test at the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition held September 14-17 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2015 competition featured 65 teams with some 600 people participating in competitions to test the effectiveness of their team training regimes and to ensure their readiness in the event they are called upon to aid in the rescue of their colleagues.The competition is sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA) and judged by the US Department of Labour’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The four-day competition included team and individual competitions. Started in 1910 by the US Bureau of Mines, it is the largest national competition of its kind.“Until a day when serious mining accidents are problems of the past, we will be meeting like this—honouring your selfless dedication that has been on impressive display this week,” NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn told the audience at the award ceremony. He recognised competition winners at the ceremony that officially concluded the mining rescue competition. Also taking part in the ceremony was Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labour for Mine Safety And Health.Along with the competition, exhibits of equipment essential to mining safety were on display during the event. One highlight was the exhibit for NMA’s CORESafety® program, a systems approach to mine safety that was launched in 2011. More than two-thirds of NMA member companies have now signed on as active participants.Below is a list of the winners of the 2015 Coal Mine Rescue Competition:Mine Rescue Competition First Place – Alpha Natural Resources, Southern West Virginia TeamSecond Place – Arch Coal, Lone Mountain Processing, Lone Mountain TeamThird Place – Arch Coal, Beckley Complex, Beckley Gold TeamMine Rescue Day OneDrummond Company, Shoal Creek Red TeamMine Rescue Day TwoAlpha Natural Resources, Southern West Virginia TeamCombination (Mine Rescue and First Aid) First Place – Mine Rescue Services, Southeast KY TeamSecond Place – Walter Energy, JWR Blue Creek TeamThird Place – Arch Coal, Sentinel Complex Mine Rescue TeamFirst Aid First Place – Cliffs Natural Resources – Oak Grove Resources LLC, Oak Grove Blue TeamSecond Place – Walter Energy, JWR Team #4Third Place – Walter Energy, JWR Blue Creek TeamBench – BG4First Place – Tony Lloyd, Revelation Energy, LLCSecond Place – Duke Rich, Blue Mountain Energy, Deserado Black TeamThird Place – Gary Valusek, Jr, Alpha Natural Resources, Cumberland RD TeamBench 240R Awards First Place – Taber Tichenor, KY Coal Academy, MCC TeamSecond Place – Barry Rowe, Arch Coal, Viper Red TeamThird Place – Matt Garner, White Count Coal, Pattiki Mine Rescue TeamPreshiftFirst Place – Jeff Clark, Alliance Coal Co. – Warrior Coal LLC, Cardinal TeamSecond Place – Jason Grasha, Alpha Natural Resources, Cumberland JC TeamThird Place – Mike Moore, Excel Mining LLC, Excel Mine Rescue Team