(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football is finally back, and this weekend will feature a handful of marquee matchups. With Week 1 officially upon us, there are a plethora of predictions being made around the country.Florida and Miami kicked off the 2019 on Saturday with an intense showdown that went down to the wire. Ultimately, Dan Mullen and the Gators were able to get past the Hurricanes.We’ll see more non-conference games this weekend, including an important game between Auburn and Oregon. It’s crucial for the Pac-12 to land an early victory over the SEC.In honor of Week 1 of the regular season, Associated Press national college football writer Ralph D. Russo revealed his score predictions for all the big games.Here are the main predictions from Russo:Clemson wins 35-3 over Georgia TechWisconsin wins 31-21 over South FloridaAlabama wins 42-10 over DukeGeorgia wins 42-14 over VanderbiltOhio State wins 51-21 over Florida AtlanticLSU wins 38-14 over Georgia SouthernMichigan wins 48-10 over Middle Tennessee Texas wins 35-13 over Louisiana TechAuburn wins 24-21 over OregonIowa wins 42-14 over Miami (OH)Nebraska wins 56-24 over South AlabamaOklahoma wins 59-28 over Houston Notre Dame wins 42-14 over Louisville Russo didn’t have many upsets to share for this weekend, but he does have Liberty narrowly defeating Syracuse.You can see all of Russo’s predictions involving for Week 1 here.
PARIS — Two of France’s richest men, long locked in a very public rivalry, are once again pitted against each other — this time over flashy and competing donations to rebuild Notre Dame.Billionaire luxury tycoons — Bernard Arnault, 70, and Francois Pinault, 82 — are among France’s fiercest business competitors and patrons.On Tuesday, their rivalry reached dramatic heights when it was announced Pinault, his son and their company Artemis would immediately donate 100 million euros ($113 million) to help finance renovations to Notre Dame after it was seriously damaged in an inferno during building works.Hours later, Arnault shot back with an announcement that he, his family and his luxury company LVMH would pledge double that amount — 200 million euros ($226 million) — for the restoration of the church that was immortalized in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” — an eternal story of obsession and jealousy.The famed rivalry of Arnault and Pinault, whose names rhyme, goes back decades.“They’re like competing boys, but the stakes run into the billions,” said Long Nguyen, fashion editor at Flaunt magazine.Arnault is France’s — and Europe’s — richest man and CEO of the world’s biggest luxury group, LVMH, the owner of iconic fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Pinault founded the world’s second-biggest, Kering, formerly PPR, that acquired rival brand Saint Laurent in a face-off.“The Notre Dame donations are the latest in a long line … They run competing fashion houses and both like the centre stage,” he added.Both men also possess a sizeable art collection — and a desire to show it off in competing museums.Pinault’s son Francois-Henri married actress Salma Hayek and is often in the society pages, while Arnault’s son Antoine fathered children to supermodel Natalia Vodianova.The two were reportedly on friendly business terms until the late 1990s. Some commentators have linked the souring of pair’s relations to a bidding battle over the ownership of Italian fashion house Gucci, which eventually went to Pinault’s Kering group.Then, the battling turned to art.Arnault opened the Louis Vuitton Foundation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, in 2014 to showcase his vast personal art trove in Paris’ far western suburbs. Some critics have branded it a vanity project, with French media claiming that the glimmering building’s final price tag came in at close to $900 million.Meanwhile Pinault, who with his son is estimated to represent France’s sixth fortune, is following hot on Arnault’s heels and is set to open his multimillion-dollar contemporary art museum, the Collection Pinault-Paris, next spring.Since 2001, Pinault has gradually been ceding control of his business interests to his eldest son Francois-Henri, 56, to concentrate on his art collecting. The museum, designed by another big-name architect, Tadao Ando, will display the octogenarian tycoon’s personal contemporary art collection.The website highlights its prime central location “in the very heart of Paris” in the city’s former stock exchange.The Bettencourt Meyers family, which owns cosmetics giant L’Oreal, and Total also each pledged 100 million euros to go toward the restoration over the 850-year-old cathedral.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press
Ohio State senior heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder faces off against Arizona State’s Austyn Harris. Snyder won the match and the Buckeyes won the meet 31-12 on Nov. 12. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorEAST LANSING, Mich. — There was only one option for Ohio State heavyweight Kyle Snyder after he lost his first collegiate match since the 2015 NCAA final — to work and work and work to prevent that from happening again. The work paid off at the Big Ten championships in East Lansing, Michigan, on Sunday.After losing to redshirt senior Adam Coon on Feb. 11, Snyder enacted revenge with a 4-2 decision in the heavyweight final. Coon’s size was a mismatch for the Buckeye senior in their first match, with the 6-foot-6 285-pounder providing more physical difficulties than the 5-foot-11 225-pounder usually has to deal with. Snyder was unable to get a shot clean enough to score on Coon, which eventually led to Coon’s winning takedown late in the third period.In the sequel, Snyder was able to make the adjustment that landed him the victory. “That was an immense amount of energy used to score points, that takedown, so congrats to Kyle,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. In the overtime period, Snyder’s winning takedown went under review, which brought a moment of hesitation into the arena.“Coach Tervel and coach Ryan thought I did. Jaggers thought I did, but they all thought it was close. So, I would’ve been ready to wrestle… but I was happy the two points were up on the board,” Snyder said.With the win, Snyder became the fourth wrestler in school history with three Big Ten championships, including his teammate Nathan Tomasello.“The main thrill I get is the team. The team is my favorite part,” Snyder said. “I feel like at Ohio State we are really unique in the way that we do things, the way that we talk, the way that we dress, the way that we compete. How much we care for each other.”Snyder has been back and forth from international competitions to Big Ten dual meets, along with finishing his senior season as a member of a Big Ten team title with 164.5 points,16.5 more than second-place Penn State. Next up is his last NCAA championship, and yet he stays humble about his accomplishments. “The highs of winning a title, that won’t be my favorite part of it. It’s gonna be the process of getting ready to compete. Hanging out with my friends, and learning more about wrestling,” Snyder said. Following another Big Ten championship for Snyder, the rubble match with Coon looms in Cleveland. Coon replaced Snyder’s ranking after their first match, and Snyder will likely grab it back after winning Big Tens. Snyder will be seeking his third straight national title.“I think next time what I need to do is score earlier so that he has to come after me and then once he comes after me … probably start picking his ankles a little bit better,” Snyder said. Although Snyder’s focus has been individually on Coon, the biggest threat to Ohio State at nationals are the Nittany Lions. Snyder beat Penn State No. 3 Nick Nevills in his semifinal match Saturday night. “They wrestled really, really well at nationals, and beat us at the nationals,” Snyder said. “And then it was all summer, Penn State is unbeatable right? So and we were like ‘we’re gonna be better than we were last year. We thought we were gonna get McKenna.’”This time the Buckeyes were victorious, but history often repeats itself. For what lies beyond the championships in Cleveland, Snyder already has an idea.“I plan on wrestling for a really long time so I plan on being in a lot of more world championships, couple more Olympic games,” Snyder said.