Alabama, Oklahoma Among Programs Hosting Biggest Weekend Recruiting Visits
The biggest college football games of Week 12 will attract some of the nation's top undecided recruitsAs the college football regular season winds down, pressure to close on top recruits intensifies across the country.
© Jerome Delay, AP People wait at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa', Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.
Experts warn of omicron variant
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday the omicron mutation of the coronavirus "strongly suggests" it is easily transmitted and might elude immunity protections gained by previous infections and even vaccination. Omicron, first reported to the World Health Organization Tuesday, has been labeled a "variant of concern," the most serious type. The outbreak of the omicron variant in South Africa was like a "vertical line," according to Dr. Eric Topol, executive vice president for research at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California. "We haven't seen anything like that."
Bulgarians vote for president in runoff election
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president in a hotly contested runoff amid a COVID-19 surge and a political crisis that has gripped the European Union’s poorest country. The choice is between incumbent Rumen Radev, 58, who is seeking a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post, and Sofia University rector, Anastas Gerdzhikov, 58, who is backed by the center right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Radev, a vocal critic of Borissov and firm supporter of last year’s anti-corruption protests, is going into the runoff as the favorite after winning 49.5 % of the votes in the first round on Nov.
The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the omicron variant on Sunday, and Australia found two – the latest nations to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. The United States, which lifted a pandemic-long travel ban from dozens of countries including South Africa on Nov. 8, will reinstitute the ban for foreign nationals from eight African countries on Monday.
Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
- The omicron variant has sparked new travel restrictions. Are more rules ahead?
Virgil Abloh, trailblazing Louis Vuitton director, dies after cancer battle
Virgil Abloh, a pioneer in the fashion world who served as the first Black artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear and founded the fashion house Off-White, has died after a private battle with a "rare, aggressive form of cancer," according to posts from the brands. He was 41. The trailblazer and frequent celebrity collaborator had cardiac angiosarcoma, a type of sarcoma that blocks blood flow to the heart. "He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture," Abloh's Instagram read. Abloh was just one of two people of color in charge of a major fashion house, along with Balmain's Olivier Rousteing.
Report: Florida, Virginia Tech eyeing same head coach candidate
The Florida Gators and Virginia Tech Hokies may be competing with each other for one head coaching candidate. © SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC Louisiana coach Billy Napier is poised to be a hot candidate for bigger schools as the coaching carousel heats up, and that already appears to be the case. Florida is interested in bringing him in to replace Dan Mullen, and is aware of interest from Virginia Tech as well, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Have heard Florida has genuine interest in Billy Napier and knows that Va. Tech does too.
Winter weather impacts Thanksgiving weekend travel
Storms dropped snow across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, complicating Thanksgiving weekend travel across the country. Cold air blasted from central Canada fueled fast-moving storms with snow into the United States. Forecasters expected the system to produce as much as a foot of snow east of Lake Erie, according to the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines told USA TODAY road travel would be hazardous in some areas and that the weather could delay flights. Drivers who get caught in the snow should be careful, Kines said: "That first snow of the year is always a slippery one because we don't remember how bad it can get." © NWS NWS Weather Prediction Center shows 24-hour probability of snow accumulating equal to or greater than 1 inch in the Great Lakes region for Nov. 28, 2021.
- 300 to 400 FedEx packages were dumped in an Alabama ravine: 'It was just a river of boxes.'
- Biden's bet on child care is closer to reality, but could it boost expenses for some?
- Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim died Friday, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.
- Question looms over Vanessa Bryant's lawsuit against Los Angeles County.
- Releasing petroleum? Fed chair? What else can Biden do to try to tame inflation?
Magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Peru topples centuries-old church tower
A strong earthquake rocked northern Peru on Sunday, collapsing a 16th-century Catholic church tower. No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported. The quake struck at the sparsely populated region at 5:52 local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was deep, about 70 miles below the Earth's surface, a factor that can sometimes reduce damage to buildings and infrastructure. The epicenter was 25 miles northwest of Barranca, a coastal city of 63,000 people. Walter Culqui, mayor of the city of Jalca Grande, told RPP Noticias that, of the 3,000 families in the city, "60 or 70%" had some damage to their homes. Three people suffered minor injuries, he said.
LSU’s top three head-coaching targets reportedly revealed
Kentucky's Mark Stoops was listed at No. 3 behind Jimbo Fisher and Bill O’Brien. VERY Good LSU source just saw my report and told me the LSU list is this 1. Jimbo Fischer2. Bill O Brien3. Mark Stoops In that order — Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 19, 2021 The list makes sense. Fisher has been a known top target for LSU’s athletic director. O’Brien is the current offensive coordinator at Alabama. He previously was the head coach of the Houston Texans and won the AFC South four times in six seasons. O’Brien also coached Penn State for two seasons before James Franklin took over.
© USGS Earthquake strikes northern Peru
Michigan makes big move in college football poll after Ohio State win
Championship Week is at hand, and the top teams in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll now have clearly defined missions as they present closing arguments to the College Football Playoff committee. Georgia, still the unanimous No. 1 choice, is set to take on Alabama for the SEC crown. The Crimson Tide holds on at No. 2 in the poll, but that position appears tenuous after the team needed a late drive and four overtimes to survive archrival Auburn. One of the weekend’s biggest winners was Michigan. After conquering longtime nemesis Ohio State, the Wolverines vault three places into the No. 3 spot and are sure to be in the playoff if they get past No. 12 Iowa in next week’s Big Ten finale.
© Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press Michigan running back Hassan Haskins (25) scores a touchdown against Ohio State during the second half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
- College Football Playoff: Where do teams stand after Week 13?
P.S. Like this roundup of stories? Sign up for "The Short List" newsletter here.
This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Contributing: Associated Press.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
Gopher Men and Women Set for Pair of Top-3 Road Series .
The Men head to Ann Arbor, the Women to MadisonThe Gopher men head to Michigan after their fourth consecutive weekend split. The Gophers spent Thanksgiving weekend in Grand Forks where they flipped their normal weekend script of late. Minnesota came out on fire on Friday night and took it to the then #7 Fighting Hawks grabbing a 5-1 win. Unfortunately Saturday looked much more like Friday had the previous three weeks as Minnesota slept through a lot of the game before making a furious rally to try and tie the game late in the third period, but they came up just short losing 3-2.