Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver John Franklin III (12) celebrates pre maturely as he drops the ball before crossing the goal line against the North Texas Mean Green at the 2017 Conference USA Football Championship at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on December 2, 2017. North Texas Mean Green recovered the ball in the end zone. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Former Florida Atlantic quarterback-turned-wide receiver John Franklin will have to learn yet another position, as SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner reported the former “Last Chance U” star has signed with the Chicago Bears as a defensive back. Previously a quarterback for Florida State, East Mississippi Community College, and Auburn, Franklin transferred to FAU in August and recorded seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in his lone year with the Owls. Serving as the de facto backup quarterback for much of the season and leading a Wildcat formation late in blowout wins, Franklin also ran for 229 yards … [Read more...] about Former Florida Atlantic wide receiver John Franklin III signs with Chicago Bears as defensive back/kick returner
Devin Singletary runs during spring football practice at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on March 22, 2018. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) After only two seasons at Florida Atlantic, rising junior running back Devin Singletary (American Heritage) is arguably the greatest player in program history — and, at least to CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, the All-American could parlay that into becoming a first-round pick in next spring’s NFL Draft. In a “way too early” mock for the 2019 NFL Draft, Brinson has Singletary not only leaving school early, but being selected with the 30th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. “Piling up yards on a Lane Kiffin team will result in Singletary getting significant draft traction,” Brinson explained. “And I’m going to assume the Steelers don’t keep Le’Veon Bell after this year.” Singletary, 20, ran for 1,920 yards and an FBS-best 32 rushing … [Read more...] about Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary projected to be first-round pick in 2019 NFL Draft by CBS Sports
A US hedge fund which made millions from the demise of contractor Carillion is backing the turnaround of British outsourcing giant Capita. Coltrane Asset Management has built a three per cent stake in Capita worth around £41m, according to a filing yesterday. Capita, which employs 73,000 people worldwide and whose contracts include providing critical support to HM Revenue & Customs and operating London’s congestion charge, has endured a miserable last 12 months. Billions have been wiped off Capita's stock market valuation with shares collapsing to a 20-year low earlier this year. Annual losses hit £513m after Capita took a painful £851m write-down to its contracts. It is understood Coltrane's investment comes after Capita execs took its investor roadshow to the US last week in the hope of wooing investors from across the Atlantic. Capita boss Jon Lewis has pledged to simplify the FTSE 250 firm's sprawling operations and return it to profitability. Read more: … [Read more...] about Capita wins over Carillion conqueror after impressing across the Atlantic
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having lost five of its 12 casinos over the past four years, Atlantic City will mark its 40th anniversary of casino gambling by reopening two of those shuttered properties, despite concern in some quarters that it might be repeating the same mistakes that got it into trouble in the first place.The reopening this summer of the former Trump Taj Mahal as a Hard Rock casino, and the former Revel as the Ocean Resort Casino, is being hailed in this seaside gambling resort as a welcome recovery from the trauma of 2014, when four casinos shut down. (The Taj Mahal joined them in 2016.) And the owner of the Showboat hotel is considering reopening a casino there, as well.The party line in Atlantic City is that the reopened casinos — particularly Hard Rock, with its proven worldwide ability to attract guests with its music-themed resorts — will grow the market and not simply siphon off business from weaker competitors. Of course, that's exactly what … [Read more...] about At 40, are Atlantic City casinos healing or courting danger?
Florida Atlantic Owls enter the field against the North Texas Mean Green at the 2017 Conference USA Football Championship at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on December 2, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) While Florida Atlantic isn’t officially ranked yet, Lane Kiffin’s rapid turnaround of a once-dismal Owls program continues to earn attention in the “too early” polls and rankings from major news outlets. After being ranked No. 17 in the nation by USA Today last week, FAU earned the No. 24 ranking in Sports Illustrated‘s “Post-Spring Top 25: Resetting the Pecking Order at the Offseason’s Midpoint.” Chris Johnson believes that not only do the Owls have an opportunity to play up to last year’s 11-3 record and Conference USA title, but they have a chance to surpass both those marks. “Tailback Devin (Motor) Singletary battled a hamstring injury this spring, but he’ll be back for a junior encore … [Read more...] about Florida Atlantic football ranked No. 24 in nation by Sports Illustrated