AP’s Ralph D. Russo Reveals His CFB Playoff Picks

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With college football getting underway this weekend, writers are unveiling their preseason predictions right before the games get started. Ralph Russo is the latest to do so.Russo, the AP’s national college football writer, released a full season preview today. He picked conference champions, a Heisman winner and of course his college football playoff choices.Three of Russo’s picks are popular ones: Alabama, Clemson and Washington. His fourth team is Michigan, which certainly has the talent to make the playoff, but must endure a brutal schedule.Russo seems to be a Harbaugh believer. He has Michigan topping Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game and finally getting to the playoff.Russo also likes Dabo Swinney to take down his alma mater in the title game for the second time in three seasons.Cotton Bowl: Alabama (1) vs. Washington (4).Orange Bowl: Michigan (2) vs. Clemson (3).National title: Clemson over Alabama.We’d certainly sign up for Alabama-Clemson IV, with the national championship at stake no less.You can read the rest of Russo’s picks and award selections here.last_img read more

UK travel advice maintains concerns on Lanka

“Although no protests have so far been directed at the British community more generally, you should be vigilant and avoid demonstrations,” the travel advice, updated this month, has said. It says that although the LTTE suffered a military defeat in May 2009, the Government maintains extensive anti-terrorism powers and increased security measures including checkpoints and a highly visible military presence remains throughout the country. The Sri Lankan government had initially raised its concerns with the British High Commission in Colombo over the travel advice when it was first released in August.However the issue went unattended as the travel advice was released with amendments days later but with the same controversial notes. The Sri Lankan government had last September raised concerns with the British government over the travel advice and urged them to amend it.. Tourism industry officials in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the impact the travel advice may have on British tourists visiting Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka is expecting more tourist arrivals from Britain next year with British Airways resuming flights to Colombo this month.The latest updated travel advice also says that there is an underlying threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. The latest travel advice on Sri Lanka issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office, maintains that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka.It says as a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased and this has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises. It also says that organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.  While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, the travel advice says gangs have been known to frequent tourist areas.The updated travel advice says a majority of visits to Sri Lanka are incident free, although there are an increasing number of incidents of credit card fraud, road accidents and drownings. (Colombo Gazette) read more