Sunday, 13 Jun 2021

Report: Harry Kane tells Tottenham he wants to leave team this summer

Remy Martin to transfer to Kansas from ASU, but staying in NBA draft process

Two of Remy Martin's best collegiate games came against Kansas. So it isn't surprising that's one of the schools that came after him when he entered the transfer portal.

The 6-foot point guard who had been the face of the Arizona State men's basketball program in his four years still intends on seeing the NBA draft process through, according to his father, Sam Martin. He entered the portal as a fallback in case he wanted another year to further enhance his resume.

He will be going to Kansas as a grad transfer and pursuing a master's degree, while staying in the draft, his father confirmed to The Republic.

Kansas was one of the schools that heavily recruited Martin out of Sierra Canyon (California) High School, although he signed with ASU.

Performance Food Group To Buy Core-Mark In $2.5 Bln Stock, Cash Deal – Quick Facts

Performance Food Group Co. (PFGC) announced Tuesday its agreement to acquire Core-Mark Holding Co., Inc. (CORE) in around $2.5 billion stock and cash transaction, including Core-Mark’s net debt.

Under the deal terms, Core-Mark shareholders will receive $23.875 per share in cash and 0.44 PFG shares for each Core-Mark share.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar 2022, subject to U.S. federal antitrust clearance, Core-Mark shareholder approval, and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not subject to PFG shareholder approval.

The deal has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, Core-Mark shareholders will own approximately 13% of the combined company.

Core-Mark expects to continue paying its current quarterly dividend through the completion of the transaction.

The deal will create a convenience business within PFG’s Vistar segment that will include the Core-Mark and Eby-Brown businesses.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers share their blueprint on how women can reach the NFL as coaches

Lori Locust was one of these women once – a coach trying to reach the dream of working for an NFL team.

Now she's an inspiration for the nearly 40 women whose heads nodded and faces beamed during some face time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach last Wednesday. 

“I can see myself in a lot of the women that were on the call,” Locust told USA TODAY Sports. “I sat where they sat.”

The opening session of the Buccaneers’ “Women in Football Summit," one of six events Tampa Bay will host specifically for women in 2021, featured head coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Locust, all of whom dispensed advice on how to make it as a coach at the game’s highest level.

“This is, I think, really the ground floor of the potential of what the Bucs are going to be able to do not just this year, but going forward,” Locust said.

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U.S. Homebuilder Confidence Unchanged In May

Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. held stable in the month of May, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Monday.

The report showed the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index came in at 83 in May, unchanged from April. The unchanged reading matched economist estimates.

“Builder confidence in the market remains strong due to a lack of resale inventory, low mortgage interest rates and a growing demographic of prospective home buyers,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.

He added, “However, first-time and first-generation home buyers are particularly at risk for losing a purchase due to cost hikes associated with increasingly scarce material availability.”

The housing market index came in unchanged as the gauge charting sales expectations in the next six months rose one point to 81, but the component measuring traffic of prospective buyers fell one point to 73. The index gauging current sales conditions held steady at 88.

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department is scheduled to release a separate report on new residential construction in the month of April.

Housing starts are expected to decrease by 1.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.710 million, while building permits are expected to inch up by 0.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.770 million.

Val Demings plans to challenge Marco Rubio in FL Senate race

WASHINGTON — Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, giving Democrats a boost in a competitive 2022 race that could decide control of the Senate, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

Demings, who gained national recognition as a House prosecutor in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, had been considering a run for governor in Florida. In considering a Senate campaign instead, she avoids what could be a divisive primary and gives Democrats a well-known name to compete in a state where elections are often decided by a narrow margin.

Her plans were first reported by Politico.

Report: Harry Kane tells Tottenham he wants to leave team this summer

Soccer star Harry Kane wants out of Tottenham.

Kane told his Premier League team he wants to leave the club this summer in a face-to-face meeting with chairman Daniel Levy, according to an ESPN report. 

The 27-year-old Kane, one of the best strikers in the sport, told Levy he prefers to remain in the Premier League. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all courting and interested in Kane. He has three years left on a contract that pays him more than $284,000 per week, according to ESPN.

Tottenham's most recent setback — when the Spurs lost the Carabao Cup final to City 1-0 at Wembley — could be a hint to Kane's frustration. Coach José Mourinho was fired shortly before last month. 

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