Brian Kelly says Cole Kmet will play on Saturday at Georgia.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 16, 2019Getting Kmet back may not be enough to swing the game though. Georgia has one of the best offenses in the nation, led by an NFL-caliber quarterback in Jake Fromm. The Fighting Irish are 13.5-point underdogs heading into Sanford Stadium.Nevertheless, having one of their best receivers back in time for the biggest game of their season can only be a positive.The game will be played on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST and will air on CBS. SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the sidelines during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)Notre Dame is a heavy underdog to Georgia in Week 4, with the latter sitting as double-digit favorites in the game. But Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly just provided an injury update that bodes very well for their offense.Speaking to the media on Monday, Kelly revealed that starting tight end Cole Kmet will play on Saturday. Kmet broke his collarbone before the start of the season and missed the first few weeks.His return will be a welcome sight for Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, who gets one of his top targets from 2018 back. Book has six passing touchdowns with no interceptions so far this season.As a sophomore, Kmet had 15 receptions for 162 yards as the No. 2 tight end. With Alize Mack gone, he is now the starter.
Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said it has received guarantees that AC Milan’s wonderkid Hachim Mastour will join the Moroccan national team once his name is included in Badou Ezzaki’s official squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Libya on June 12 in Agadir, in southern Morocco.Mastour, who has already played for the Italian under-16s, has been included in a 30-man roster ahead of the Atlas Lions’ first match for the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.According to Hesport, the Moroccan young player expressed readiness to play for Morocco, his country of origin, despite pressure from the Italian media to choose Italy instead. A source from the FRMF quoted by Hesport has urged, however, not to jump to conclusions and to avoid making the same mistakes of the past, adding that the head coach and the football federation are expecting Mastour’s final decision in the next few days.In 2013, Mastour was named the world’s top rising stars by British sports website Footballbettingodds.co.uk. The Moroccan Messi, who will turn seventeen next June, drew the attention of European clubs such as Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona, thanks to his dribbling ability and skills. If he opts for the Atlas Lions instead of the Squadra Azzura, he will add his dribbling skills and pace to Badou Ezzaki’s team.
by David Koenig And Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2013 7:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Halliburton posts $18M loss on litigation charge; in talks to settle most BP spill claims DALLAS – Halliburton Co. said Monday that it lost money in the first quarter after adding $637 million to the reserve it has to cover litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It’s also in talks to settle most claims related to the spill.The Houston company lost $18 million in the first quarter, or 2 cents per share. Excluding the money set aside, Halliburton would have posted a profit of 67 cents, beating Wall Street expectations. Shares rose $2.08, or 5.6 per cent, to close at $39.29 Monday.Quarterly revenue rose slightly to $6.97 billion from $6.87 billion.Halliburton’s revenue in North America, its biggest region, slipped compared to the last three months of 2012, but profit margins increased because of the lower cost of guar, a plant used in hydraulic fracturing fluids, and a pickup in customer activity. The company said margins should continue to grow during 2013 and pricing might also rise.Meanwhile, Halliburton executives said that they are in advanced stages of negotiations to settle most claims arising from the Gulf oil spill. The company has offered cash payments “over an extended period of time” and stock to settle many of the claims.Halliburton was BP’s cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in April 2010.Chief financial officer Mark McCollum said during a conference call with analysts that settlement talks have been going on for about a month and that “an early and reasonably valued resolution” would be best for Halliburton shareholders.“However, a settlement of this magnitude is complex and requires the other settling parties to be reasonable on their part too,” McCollum said. He said that the company still believes that well operator BP PLC is required to reimburse Halliburton for costs, and that Halliburton can defend itself against liability in court if the settlement talks fail.McCollum said the potential settlement wouldn’t resolve all claims, and that there could be additional costs that the company can’t yet estimate.Halliburton was hired to provide the cement to seal the undersea well that BP was drilling off the coast of Louisiana in April 2010. The Macondo well exploded, killing 11 workers and triggering a massive oil spill that blackened shoreline and killed wildlife.The two companies have sparred over responsibility. BP has acknowledged mistakes that led to the blowout but denied it was grossly negligent and argued that Halliburton and rig owner Transocean Ltd. must share blame for the disaster.Testimony in the first phase of a civil trial over the oil spill ended last week in federal court in New Orleans. The testimony was designed to determine the cause of the blowout and assign fault among BP and its contractors. A second phase, scheduled to begin in September, will focus on the amount of oil spilled and BP’s efforts to contain the spill.The judge, who is hearing the case without a jury, could decide how much more BP and its contractors must pay for the disaster.BP has pleaded guilty to criminal charges including manslaughter and agreed to pay $4 billion in penalties.Halliburton provides a variety of services to oil and gas companies and it is benefiting from a boom in U.S. oil production, which is at the highest level in more than two decades.However, Halliburton’s natural gas business has weakened as drillers slowed production due to falling gas prices. Halliburton is the biggest provider of oil-field services in North America, including hydraulic fracturing, a technology that has helped unlock large supplies of oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.In the first quarter, Halliburton’s international revenue rose 21 per cent on strength in Australia, China, and Saudi Arabia.Rival Schlumberger Ltd., which has a larger international business than Halliburton, said Friday that its quarterly revenue rose in the Middle East, Europe and Africa but declined in North America. Its forecast for North America is still uncertain because of low prices.Halliburton’s results topped the expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet, who forecast adjusted earnings of 57 cents per share on revenue of $6.88 billion.___Fowler reported from New York.
Jeff Tedford wrapped up Fresno State’s regular-season finale last weekend and the second-year coach flipped on the television to see where the Bulldogs would be headed for the Mountain West Conference championship game.To little surprise, the Bulldogs had to book a trip back to Boise, Idaho.“It’s not a surprise they are where they are. I think everybody understands they are an excellent program,” Tedford said. “And it’s a great opportunity for us to go and compete against what has for a long time been one of the elite teams in this conference.”The two teams know each other well and will be getting even more familiar with one another — if that is even possible — when No. 25 Fresno State faces No. 19 Boise State in the conference title game Saturday night. It will be the fourth time in barely a calendar year that the Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1) and Broncos (10-2, 7-1) will meet and the second straight year they will play for the conference title on Boise’s home turf.The teams faced off in the 2017 regular-season finale, and then a week later in the conference title game. They played each other again three weeks ago in the regular season.“It goes for both teams so I’m not sure it’s much of an advantage. … Going there is not new to us so you know what to expect and we know what the challenge is,” Tedford said.There could be a lot riding on the outcome depending on what happens earlier Saturday. The winner would be in line for the Group of Five bid to a major New Year’s bowl game if UCF stumbles in the American championship game against Memphis. It likely would mean a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. If UCF wins, the likely destination for the winner is a bowl game in Las Vegas.It’s not quite as awkward a situation as last year, when the Broncos travelled to Fresno for the regular-season finale only to turn around and have a rematch a week later back in Boise. The Bulldogs won the regular-season meeting 28-17; it was the Broncos celebrating the conference title 17-14.Fresno State lost its chance to host the conference title game this year when it stumbled in a 24-17 loss to the Broncos three weeks ago in Boise. Fresno State led 17-3 early in the third quarter, only to watch Boise State score the final 21 points.Despite the teams’ familiarity with one another, don’t expect major changes in the game plans for either.“I think if you go too far out of what you’ve been doing, you’re probably overthinking it a little bit,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said.Here are other things to watch for:ALEXANDER THE GREAT: Boise State running back Alexander Mattison had a major surge to close the regular season and it began with his performance against Fresno State. Mattison rushed for 144 yards against the Bulldogs. He followed up with 145 against New Mexico and capped the three-game run with 200 yards and three touchdowns last week against Utah State. Mattison is the sixth running back at Boise State since 2001 to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.“Saying you’re going to stop Mattison is a lot easier said than done,” Tedford said. “He’s a big physical guy and they do a nice job with it. It’s a challenge, no doubt about it.”STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: The Bulldogs finished the regular season with the No. 1 scoring defence and total defence in the Mountain West, led by MWC defensive player of the year Jeff Allison. But the 24 points by to the Broncos were the second-most allowed all season by the Bulldogs. Boise State also finished with 448 total yards, a season-high allowed by Fresno State. During their seven-game win streak, the Broncos have gained less than 448 yards of offensive only once.BETTER MARCUS: Fresno State QB Marcus McMaryion struggled in the conference title game last year, but played well when the teams met three weeks ago. McMaryion was 16 of 34 and threw an interception in the 2017 title game, but in the regular-season meeting this year he passed for 283 yards and a touchdown. The problem earlier this season was Fresno State’s inability to sustain drives, especially in the second half. Fresno State’s offence failed to convert a third-down attempt in the second half and was shut out after scoring on the opening drive of the third quarter. That’s not all on McMaryion but he must be even better this time around.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Tim Booth, The Associated Press