Nick Saban ‘s offense converted just 20 percent of the time on third down but was able to hang more than enough points on the board to win. Riding shotgun to Alabama, Oregon took a break from putting 60 points on the scoreboard and enjoyed a bye in Week 4. The Ducks will host California in Week 5 to close out September. As for the rest of the Top 10, this past weekend featured very little adversity. Clemson defeated NC State by 12 points on the road in Thursday night’s prime-time showdown while Ohio State, Stanford, Louisville, LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M and Georgia all won by at least 14 points at home. The Buckeyes made arguably the biggest statement, though, drubbing Florida A&M 76-0 behind six touchdown passes from backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set a school record in Braxton Miller ‘s absence. In other early-afternoon action, Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater tossed four touchdowns as Louisville won 72-0 over Florida International. Ohio State’s bitter rival Michigan, survived a scare on the road at Connecticut in prime time on Saturday night. Despite trailing by 14 points in the second half, the Wolverines were able to take the lead on a late field goal and go on to win 24-21 after shutting down the Huskies on their final drive. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Which is the best team in America after four weeks? Alabama Submit Vote vote to see results Which is the best team in America after four weeks? Alabama 11.3% Total votes: 3,069 But while the Wolverines were struggling to stay unbeaten, Miami (FL) and Baylor were making it look easy.
USA and Sub-Saharan Africa will see increased trade growth, says DHL
A fellow sailor just asked, Youre still writing about the Americas Cup? I thought it was over! Can Team USA Win? Until yesterday, a lot of people had written off the 34th Americas Cup. But now, folks are paying attention. Last week, it looked like Emirates Team Team New Zealand would walk away with the Cup; they were up seven races to one in a first-to-nine series. (Team USA must win 11 due to a penalty.) Larry Ellison has cracked a smile, finally. The tides have turned and Oracle Oracle Team USA has sailed and won four consecutive races. Team New Zealand leads with eight races while Oracle now has five. Things are getting interesting The contest has become a nail biter, the machines are incredible and the sailing has been great, said Brad Read, multi-class world champion and executive director of Sail Newport in Newport, RI. (Reads brother is one of the on-air commentators for NBC.) Team New Zealand needs one more win to take the Cupbut they just cant close. Momentum is the most under rated force in sport, said Trinity College squash coach Paul Assaiante who well understands the dynamics of winning. He coached the team with the longest winning streak in the history of any intercollegiate sport. The losing team is relentless because they are one breath away from being dead, and thats the most dangerous animal. Oracle Team USA has been pretty dangerous. Yesterday, they navigated the Bays tricky tides and fluky winds to win races 16 and 17. Oracle Tactician Sir Ben Ainslie executed a risky two-tack sequence to put Team USA firmly in the lead on the last leg of one race. (Tacks take away boat speed, the fewer tacks the better.) And while, sadly, Team USA does not have the entire nation tuning in to watch, Emirates Team New Zealand has its whole country, about four and a half million sailing fans, weighing on them. Lets hope Team New Zealand can find its closer mentality. Yankees Mariano Rivera has it, Read told me, Lets hope Team New Zealand finds it inner Rivera! Today marks the 13th day of racing, making it the longest series in the Cups 132-year history. As one commentator put it, The Summer of Racing has become a Fall Classic.
Photo: (Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa) We have already seen this increased trade in specific countries on the continent, as they take advantage of preferential trade agreements and state-led policy change to increase exports and imports with the U.S., says Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. Brewer is currently on a visit to the United States to meet with key stakeholders and multi-nationals and promote commerce between the two regions. Figures recently released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as the companys own performance, reveal an extremely positive economic outlook for Africa. The figures also highlight the fact that Africa is proving to be less susceptible than other regions to the peaks and troughs in the global economy, as it diversifies its trading partners. Since 2001, many African countries have seen a significant shift in trade partners, notes Brewer. Our dependency on Europe has been reduced, while trade with Asia as well as intra-Africa has picked up significantly. The next region for growth is the U.S. and were very pleased to see the U.S. governments willingness to break down trade barriers to achieve this. The IMFs Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa report found that economic activity in the region is projected to expand by about 5% in 2012 and 2013, a similar pace to that observed in 201011. Key markets driving this growth are Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Mauritius and South Africa. The express company has seen a similar picture appearing between the US and various African trade lanes, with larger, more developed economies like South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola boasting strong double digit growth on both inbound and outbound volumes. However, according to their shipment figures, it is the smaller, rising economies that are seeing a major boom, with Somalia, Mayotte, Guinea-Bissau and South Sudan seeing meteoric increases in imports from the U.S., and Comoros, Eritrea, South Sudan and Liberia enjoying significant demand for exports to the States.