Big 12 Puts Conference Championship Game Talks on Hold

The Big 12 doesn’t have a conference title game in football, and that won’t change for the time being.

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Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke to the media Tuesday about putting talks of adding a championship contest on hold, per ESPN.com’s Max Olson:

I really have been proud of our athletic directors because they chose to respond to not being in the playoff rather than react. I think they’ve been very thoughtful about it and continue to be thoughtful about it. We all believe that one year is not a long enough window or trial to draw any conclusions. We may find ourselves in better shape than some other conferences as a result of our model, not in spite of our model.

Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel weighed in on what he took away from Bowlsby’s press conference:

Bowlsby refers to the College Football Playoff and how some perceived the lack of a Big 12 championship game as a detriment. Those with that line of thinking have to include TCU and Baylor, who were in contention for the top four in the country but couldn’t prove themselves on championship weekend.

Horned Frogs and Bears fans watched Ohio State smash Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten title clash, secure the fourth and final playoff berth and go on to win the national championship.

Bomani Jones of ESPN offered his opinion on the situation:

Baylor lost quarterback Bryce Petty to the NFL, but TCU will welcome back incumbent signal-caller Trevone Boykin. The legitimate Heisman Trophy contender gives the Horned Frogs an inside track to a potential playoff spot.

All of the other Power Five conferences have one last opportunity to strengthen a postseason resume. Since the Big 12 missed out in a big way in the inaugural College Football Playoff, perhaps momentum for a change will gain steam if 2015 plays out similarly.

Outside pressure evidently caused the Big 12 to at least consider the possibility of a championship game as more of a pertinent priority. It seems those discussions will be placed on the back burner for the foreseeable future. 

Transportation Advocates Rally At City Hall For More MTA Funding

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mass transit advocates held a rally at City Hall on Tuesday, demanding more funding for the city’s subways and buses.

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to bump the city’s share of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget to $125 million.

But MTA Chief Tom Prendergast said the city needs to triple their contribution to $300 million a year to help fill a $14 billion budget deficit, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

Mass Transit Advocates To Rally For More Funds

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Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, said the mayor’s call to expand programs like universal pre-K and affordable housing can only happen with a greater investment in public transportation.

“Subways are probably New York City’s most valuable asset,” Russianoff said.

Russianoff admits the MTA should’ve requested the extra funds sooner, but he believes the city needs to step up.

“From my point of view, it’s just not enough,” Russianoff said. “It’s like they’re getting a nickel fare and the city is making out like bandits.”

Russianoff said the city hasn’t made a fair contribution for decades.

“An analysis that was done by the city’s Independent Budget Office showed that if the city had just kept up with the rate of inflation in its contributions to the MTA it would be giving $363 million a year instead of the $100 million it gives now,” Russianoff said.

Transportation Advocates Rally At City Hall For More MTA Funding

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Russianoff told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond the city needs to show leadership or riders will suffer.

“You know, it won’t turn horrible overnight, but you know it will be on a downward direction and that’s not good for the city,” he said.

De Blasio’s budget will be unveiled Thursday.

He said he will go to Washington, D.C., next week to demand that the feds step up with extra money for city buses and subways.

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Petrolicious shines the spotlight on a little-known, Fiat-based racecar

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This curvaceous Fiat 1100 Stanguellini racecar has been owned by the same family since 1955, and it was originally bought just to be admired in the garage.

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Last chance for Cameron and Miliband to break UK election deadlock

Union flag and Scottish flag stickers are display at a gift shop along the Royal Mile in EdinburghBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation enters its final day on Wednesday with the two main parties level in most polls and neither on track to command a majority in the parliament of the world's fifth largest economy. Despite more than five weeks of campaigning, neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party nor Ed Miliband's opposition Labour has established a clear lead, and the outcome of Thursday's vote could be messy and uncertain. The stakes are higher than usual because of a rare confluence of factors which mean Britain's future in the European Union, as well as its national cohesion, could hinge on the election outcome. Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on whether to stay in or quit the EU if he returns to power.


Rich Kids EJ Johnson & Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff Discuss The Woes Of Having Famous Dads! Check Out The #RichKids Of Beverly Hills Sneak Peek HERE!

The #RichKids of Beverly Hills are back, and they’re here to tell you that rich kids have problems too!

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EJ Johnson and Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff rekindle their childhood friendship and lament about the chaos that comes with being the offspring of a famous celeb in a clip from the new season.

[ Video: David Hasselhoff's True Survivor Music Video Is Epically '80s! Watch HERE!! ]

EJ explains how the super fans of his dad Magic Johnson get a little too excited when talking about him, admitting:

“People are always just going to like freak out and then people will come up to me and be like ‘In that game in like 85 your dad did this’ and I’m like ‘Yeah I don’t know.'”

Taylor-Ann agrees that the same territory comes with her famous dad David Hasselhoff. When Baywatch fans always talk to her about their favorite episodes, Taylor-Ann says her usual response is something along the lines of:

“Yeah, I didn’t really see them all but thanks, you’re a great supporter.”

One person who Taylor-Ann isn’t a big supporter of is fellow #RichKid Roxy Sowlaty — the two were high school enemies! Roxy already has enough drama of her own because of a huge blowout between her and bestie Morgan Stewart.

Other than drama, the new season offers a look on the wedding planning between Morgan and Brendan Fitzpatrick, as well as the nerve-wracking moment that leads up to his #RichKid approved marriage proposal!

Check out the clip (below) to get a first look at EJ and Taylor-Ann on season three!

[Image via E! News.]

Rich Kids EJ Johnson & Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff Discuss The Woes Of Having Famous Dads! Check Out The #RichKids Of Beverly Hills Sneak Peek HERE!

The #RichKids of Beverly Hills are back, and they’re here to tell you that rich kids have problems too!

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EJ Johnson and Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff rekindle their childhood friendship and lament about the chaos that comes with being the offspring of a famous celeb in a clip from the new season.

[ Video: David Hasselhoff's True Survivor Music Video Is Epically '80s! Watch HERE!! ]

EJ explains how the super fans of his dad Magic Johnson get a little too excited when talking about him, admitting:

“People are always just going to like freak out and then people will come up to me and be like ‘In that game in like 85 your dad did this’ and I’m like ‘Yeah I don’t know.'”

Taylor-Ann agrees that the same territory comes with her famous dad David Hasselhoff. When Baywatch fans always talk to her about their favorite episodes, Taylor-Ann says her usual response is something along the lines of:

“Yeah, I didn’t really see them all but thanks, you’re a great supporter.”

One person who Taylor-Ann isn’t a big supporter of is fellow #RichKid Roxy Sowlaty — the two were high school enemies! Roxy already has enough drama of her own because of a huge blowout between her and bestie Morgan Stewart.

Other than drama, the new season offers a look on the wedding planning between Morgan and Brendan Fitzpatrick, as well as the nerve-wracking moment that leads up to his #RichKid approved marriage proposal!

Check out the clip (below) to get a first look at EJ and Taylor-Ann on season three!

[Image via E! News.]

Raury Announces Second Annual Raurfest in Atlanta

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Though he looks to be on the conveyor belt toward industry-endorsed stardom, Raury fashions himself as a sort of counter-culture figure. To wit, he has announced the second annual Raurfest in his native Atlanta. The festival will take place on June 26; early bird tickets are available on the show’s official website. For the time being, they’re only $10, another piece of Raury’s anti-mainstream bent. Special guests have yet to be announced, but seeing as Raury is an in-demand young artist in the city that might as well be 2015′s Mecca for hip-hop and R&B, you can be sure that it’ll be worth the Hamiltons.

The precocious Atlantan shot to prominence last year with his Indigo Child, a tape that garnered comparisons to such legendary musicians as Outkast’s Andre 3000. The genre-melding effort earned him co-signs from people as unlikely as the still-incarcerated Gucci Mane, with whom Raury collaborated on “Dead People.” Details on his next creative move have been hard to come by, but new music is expected in the coming months. Most recently, Raury teamed up with Malik Brown for “Fly,” a touching lament for those people of color murdered by police in recent months and those otherwise oppressed going back centures.

 

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