Second best – Mon Best Of http://monbestof.com/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:55:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://monbestof.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-pp-32x32.png Second best – Mon Best Of http://monbestof.com/ 32 32 Canada’s Largest Home Goods Retailer Posts Best Second Quarter Ever https://monbestof.com/canadas-largest-home-goods-retailer-posts-best-second-quarter-ever/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:50:47 +0000 https://monbestof.com/canadas-largest-home-goods-retailer-posts-best-second-quarter-ever/

TORONTO—Leon’s Furniture Ltd. reached record total system sales of C$784.6 million for the second quarter, which ended June 30, up 9.8% from C$714.4 million during the same period of 2021.

Revenue for the quarter was C$647 million, an increase of 9.9% from C$588.5 million year-over-year, and same-store sales increased by 10%, reaching C$631.8 million for the period. Additionally, e-commerce sales accounted for 12% of revenue in the quarter.

Net income was C$50.1 million, or 74 cents Canadian diluted earnings per share, compared to C$46 million or 58 cents Canadian EPS for the prior year period.

“We are very pleased with the performance of our team during the second quarter. Their dedication and hard work enabled LFL to deliver the best second quarter results in the company’s history, with strong growth over the second quarter of 2021, which itself was a record quarter,” said Mike Walsh, President and CEO. “Our strategic approach to driving sales, while prudently managing costs, resulted in sales growth of 10%, with no significant impact on our gross margin, which I consider to be proof of LFL’s ability to execute, even in an inflationary environment.

“Thanks to these efforts, along with a culture of cost control, efficiency and the company’s significant C$200 million tender offer that closed earlier this year, diluted EPS adjusted increased by 20.7%.

Walsh noted that inflationary pressures remain a priority for the company, and he said the results for the quarter show the impact of the company’s efforts to actively manage the daily flow of inventory.

The company said in its quarterly statement that “while it is difficult to gauge future consumer confidence and the impact it may have on retail, we remain cautiously optimistic about our rising sales and our profitability”.

Leon’s Furniture Limited is a leading retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics in Canada. Its banners include: Leon’s, The Brick, Brick Outlet, The Brick Mattress Store, Brick’s Midnorthern Appliance banner and Leon’s Appliance Canada banner. The company has 306 retail stores in Canada and operates five websites.

See also: Walsh succeeds Edward Leon at a Canadian retailer

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Aztecs ranked second in MW Coaches poll https://monbestof.com/aztecs-ranked-second-in-mw-coaches-poll/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:21:52 +0000 https://monbestof.com/aztecs-ranked-second-in-mw-coaches-poll/

SAN DIEGO – By a vote of the 12 Mountain West Conference women’s soccer head coaches, the San Diego State Aztecs are expected to finish the 2022 regular season in second place. The announcement was made at the conference office in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday.

San Diego State is expected to finish first or second in the preseason poll in 12 of the last 13 years and enters this season as Mountain West’s most decorated program with six regular season titles and five tournament titles. , as well as six NCAA appearances.

The Aztecs received a total of 100 points, while New Mexico earned first place with 121 points and 11 first-place votes. Boise State came in third with 99 points and a first-place vote, followed in fourth by Fresno State with 96 points and Utah State in fifth with 82 points. Rounding out the top half of the table, UNLV is expected to finish in sixth place with 63 points.

The bottom half are expected to finish the regular season in the following order. Colorado State seventh (57 points), San Jose State eighth (48 points), then Nevada and Wyoming ninth (34 points), followed by Colorado College (32 points) and the Air Force (26 points).

SDSU brings back seven starters from last season, including sophomore forward Dennis Castro, a 2021 second team all-MW performer and freshman team member. The San Ysidro, Calif. native led the Aztecs in total points in 2021 and topped the Aztecs scoring charts with eight goals. The Aztecs also return to the second team of All-MW winners Kiera Utush in the middle of the field. Utush, a senior from Ripon, Calif., started all 11 league games for the Aztecs and her 1,037 minutes were two of the team lead in conference action. Moreover, the guardian Alexa Madueno returns between positions for the Aztecs, the runner-up was a three-time MW Defensive Player of the Week in 2021 and won second-team all-MW in 2020. Emma Gaines Ramos also returns in 2022. She started in 19 games in 2021 and won the all-MW first team in 2020 in which she started all 11 games for the Aztecs and produced three assists.

A total of seven players scored all 18 goals for the Aztecs last season. Three of them are back in 2022 and have accounted for 12 of the team tallies. Additionally, four of the eight players who produced all 15 assists for the team are back.

The Aztecs’ regular season kicks off Thursday, August 18, when SDSU travels to Nebraska for a game against the Cornhuskers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT and the game will stream on BIG+ (subscription required).

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David McCullough, successful explorer of America’s past, dies at 89 https://monbestof.com/david-mccullough-successful-explorer-of-americas-past-dies-at-89/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 03:21:46 +0000 https://monbestof.com/david-mccullough-successful-explorer-of-americas-past-dies-at-89/

“A great historian passed away today,” biographer Robert Caro said in a statement Monday, adding, “There is only one consolation: his books will endure, helping America understand its past.”

David Gaub McCullough was born in Pittsburgh on July 7, 1933, one of four sons of Ruth (Rankin) and Christian McCullough. If he ever had a dark day in his early years, there seems to be no record of it. In interviews, he has said he loves the city schools he attends and has a healthy mix of interests, including reading, sports and cartoons, all encouraged by his parents.

In 1951 he went to Yale, where he became a member of the secret Yale Skull and Bones student society and was inspired by an English faculty that included Robert Penn Warren, John O’Hara, and John Hersey. Lunchtime conversations with novelist-playwright Thornton Wilder, he said later, particularly influenced his approach to choosing subjects – first, to dwell on them intensely – and taught him the importance to maintain “an air of freedom in the script” even when writing non-fiction.

Mr. McCullough graduated in 1955 with honors in literature. He had thought of writing novels or plays or, on the contrary, of studying medicine; in this case, he signed on as an intern at Sports Illustrated, which had started the previous year. Next came jobs as a writer and editor, first at the United States Information Agency in Washington, then for the history magazine American Heritage.

Working nights and weekends for three years, he completed his first book: ‘The Johnstown Flood’, published in 1968, established him as someone who could take on a familiar story – the great dam break in Pennsylvania in 1889 that killed over 2,000 people – and gave him a longer life. “A superb job,” wrote Alden Whitman of The Times. “Clever but lively, balanced but incisive.”

With the success of “The Johnstown Flood” and the support of his wife, he took a leap of faith by quitting his day job to write the story and biography full-time while the couple raised five children. Throughout his career, Mr. McCullough and his wife would read his first drafts aloud to each other – a practice he attributed to the vast improvement in his writing. Ms McCullough died in June at age 89 at the family home in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where she grew up. He had met Rosalee Barnes at a ball in Pittsburgh when they were teenagers, and they married in 1954.

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Norbert Michelisz strikes late to finish top of WTCR second practice https://monbestof.com/norbert-michelisz-strikes-late-to-finish-top-of-wtcr-second-practice/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 11:18:14 +0000 https://monbestof.com/norbert-michelisz-strikes-late-to-finish-top-of-wtcr-second-practice/

Norbert Michelisz (BRC Squadra C0rse) put in a superb final effort to dominate the second practice session of the World Touring Car Cup at the Anneau du Rhin, beating team-mate Mikel Azcona by just three thousandths of a second.

Michelisz, who finished second in the morning session, clocked a best time of 1:26.769 to lead a Hyundai Elantra N TCR one-two finish at the end of the 30-minute session.

The competitiveness of the 12-car field was such that the top four were split by just six hundredths of a second and the top 10 by less than six tenths.

Azcona was the first reference at the start of the session, with his time of 1:26.772 just three hundredths faster than Michelisz.

This time seemed unbeatable until the final seconds, as Michelisz reached the pinnacle of times after the checkered flag.

Second practice was much better for the Hondas in general, with Attila Tassi finishing third four hundredths off the pace, while Néstor Girolami was fifth.

Indeed, the four Civic Type Rs had solid pace throughout, with Tiago Monteiro – who focused on one race in FP1 – briefly third, as did Esteban Guerrieri who eventually finished the session eighth.

Sharing the Hondas, the Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS cars of Nathanaël Berthon finished fourth, while Gilles Magnus finished sixth ahead of teammate Tom Coronel. Mehdi Bennani’s fourth Audi was 10th.

Berthon, who was fastest in FP1, was last in the lead quartet but still just 0.066 seconds off the fastest time.

It was a difficult session for the Cupras of Dáni Nagy and Rob Huff who occupied the last two places in the standings. For Huff, a “tyre slap” was reported on his Zengö Motorsport León midway through the session, and the British driver failed to set a representative time afterwards.

Nagy also seemed to be struggling for pace and finished the session almost a second behind Michelisz.

Qualifying is ahead for the WTCR, with the first segment due to start at 15:00 CEST.

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University of Florida Named Second Best University in America for Student Return on Investment https://monbestof.com/university-of-florida-named-second-best-university-in-america-for-student-return-on-investment/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 20:25:47 +0000 https://monbestof.com/university-of-florida-named-second-best-university-in-america-for-student-return-on-investment/


  • The University of Florida (UF) ranked fourth among all US colleges in graduate ROI
  • UF graduates statistically pay off student debt in less than a year and earn nearly $20,000 more than the other ten Florida State universities
  • UF is one of the most affordable universities to attend in the state, charging just over $6,000 per year

The University of Florida was ranked second nationally among public universities and fourth among public and private schools for the economic returns students get from attending college and leading students to greater financial security, according to a new analysis conducted by Degree Choices.

According to the analysis, UF outperformed institutions like MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan. Princeton University and Stanford University, two private universities, ranked first and second, respectively, when including private and public institutions.

In compiling its rankings, Degree Choices evaluated more than 2,000 schools using the US Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System.

“This is great news and frankly not surprising,” said Mori Hosseini, chairman of UF’s board of directors. “It’s well known that UF students achieve incredible returns, go on to highly successful careers, and become major contributors to the state’s economy.”

UF charges $6,302 per year for tuition, according to the ranking methodology. Statistically, college graduates recoup their tuition less than a year after entering the workforce. On average, a graduate from UF earns $19,742 more than those from Florida’s other 10 state institutions.

“Students make a life-changing decision when choosing where to go to college,” he said. “Those who graduate from the University of Florida will walk away with a degree of exceptional value.”

Florida International University (FIU) ranked second in the state for return on investment metrics, just ahead of Florida State University (FSU). CRF costs slightly more than UF to attend, with annual tuition hovering around $7,300. The average time for a CRF graduate to pay back their education costs is 1.1 years and earns an average of $54,501 per year.

Meanwhile, FSU charges $9,789 a year in tuition, while graduates earn $53,449 a year on average and take 1.3 years to pay off student loans and other student debt.

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FB’s Galvin Named to Lombardi Prize Watch List https://monbestof.com/fbs-galvin-named-to-lombardi-prize-watch-list/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 19:16:47 +0000 https://monbestof.com/fbs-galvin-named-to-lombardi-prize-watch-list/

The award recognizes the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football





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WACO, TX- Baylor Football Offensive Lineman Connor Galvin was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, as previously announced by the organization in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Houston.

The award is given annually to the offensive or defensive lineman in college football who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardy.

Galvin, a fifth-year senior from Katy, Texas, is coming off a great season in 2021 in which he earned multiple All-America selections by various outlets. He was also named to the 2021 All-Big 12 First Team by both Associated Press and league coaches, while earning a spot on Dave Campbell’s All-Texas First Team.

So far this preseason, Galvin has been named an All-American by Athens (first team) and Phil Steel (second team), as well as a first-team All-Big 12 pick by Athlon, Phil Steele and members of the conference media. Additionally, he was named the best offensive lineman in Texas by DCTF and was recently named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.


The recipient of the 2022 Rotary Lombardi Prize will be announced on December 7, with finalists being named on November 23. The semi-finalists will be released on November 10, and a mid-season watchlist update is set to drop on October 15. .

For the latest news on the Baylor football team, follow their official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @BUFootball.

BAYLOR FOOTBALL 2022 PRE-SEASON HONORS

David ArandaThe head coach
Dodd Trophy Watch List



Dillon DoyleKG
All Big 12 (Big 12 Media)
All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)
All-Texas Second Team (DCTF)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist



TJ FranklinDL
Third Team All-Big 12 (Athlon)



Jacob GallVS
All-America Fourth Team (Athlon)
All Big 12 (Big 12 Media)
All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)
All-Texas Second Team (DCTF)
Rimington Trophy Watchlist
Outland Trophy Watchlist



Connor GalvinOL
USA First Team (Athlon)
Second Team All-America (Phil Steele)
All Big 12 (Big 12 Media)
All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Best Texas Offensive Lineman (DCTF)
All-Texas First Team (DCTF)
Outland Trophy Watchlist
Lombardi Prize Watch List



Gabe HallDL
Third Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, Phil Steele)



Isaiah HankinsK
All-Big 12 Fourth Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)



Siaki IkaDL
Third Team USA (Phil Steele)
All-America Fourth Team (Athlon)
All Big 12 (Big 12 Media)
All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Texas Best Defensive Lineman (DCTF)
All-Texas First Team (DCTF)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist
Outland Trophy Watchlist
Bednarik Prize Watch List



matt jonesKG
First Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)



Taye McWilliamsRB
Third Team All-Big 12 (Athlon)



Grant MillerOL
All-Big 12 Second Team (Phil Steele)
Third Team All-Big 12 (Athlon)



Christian MorganS
Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
All-Big 12 Fourth Team (Athlon)



Jaxon playerDL
Second Team All-America (Walter Camp)
All-Big 12 Fourth Team (Athlon)



Might of IssacP
Third Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
All-Big 12 Fourth Team (Athlon)
Ray Guy Award Watch List



Ben SimsAND
All Big 12 (Big 12 Media)
All-Big 12 First Team (Athlon, Phil Steele)
All-Texas First Team (DCTF)
Mackey Price Watch List
Wuerffel Trophy Watchlist



Al WalcottCB
All-Big 12 Fourth Team (Athlon)

 

-BaylorBears.com-

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Stock futures drop to start trading in August as market records best month since 2020 https://monbestof.com/stock-futures-drop-to-start-trading-in-august-as-market-records-best-month-since-2020/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 04:32:00 +0000 https://monbestof.com/stock-futures-drop-to-start-trading-in-august-as-market-records-best-month-since-2020/

Wall Street analysts argue these ‘safe haven’ consumer stocks are outperforming – even as spending slows

Inflation is hitting consumers’ wallets and the economy seems to be slowing down.

With the consumer accounting for 68% of all economic activity in the first quarter, this is a key metric to watch.

What does all this mean for consumer-related businesses and will they weather a recession? Wall Street analysts choose consumer stocks they believe are resilient even if the economy slows. Pro subscribers can learn more here.

—Weizhen Tan

Chinese factory activity growth slowed in July, private survey finds

Chinese factory activity increased in July, but at a slower pace than in June, according to the latest Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index.

Private survey printing came in at 50.4, down from 51.7 in June.

PMI readings are sequential and represent the expansion or contraction of the previous month. A number above 50 represents growth.

Over the weekend, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed factory activity declined, with the PMI reading at 49.

—Abigail Ng

Earnings Season Numbers

So far, 56% of S&P 500 companies have reported results for the second quarter of 2022. Of these, 73% have reported EPS results above analyst estimates, according to FactSet.

This means that so far, blended earnings growth – including companies that have released reports and estimates for those that have released reports later – is 6% for the second quarter. That’s higher than the mixed earnings growth seen last week.

Still, if the actual earnings growth rate is 6% at the end of the season, it will mark the lowest earnings growth rate for S&P 500 companies since the fourth quarter of 2022.

Revenues, on the other hand, outperform profits. The compounded revenue growth rate so far is 12.3%, up from last week and last quarter. If the real revenue growth rate is 12.3%, it will be the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth of more than 10% for the index.

Carmen Reinicke

End of July statistics

All three major indices ended the day higher on Friday, capping a strong month of trading in July. Here are some other key stats on how stocks have traded over the past month.

  • The Nasdaq composite closed over 22% from 52-week highs, while the S&P 500 and Dow closed over 14% and 11% from their 52-week highs, respectively.
  • The Dow Jones gained 6.73% in July, its best month since November 2020. It was also the S&P 500’s best week since November 2020. It gained 9.11% in July.
  • The Nasdaq composite gained 12.35% in July and snapped a three-month losing streak. It was the best month for the index since April 2020.
  • Only the Health Care, Consumer Staples and Utilities sectors closed within 10% of 52-week highs. However, all 11 sectors were positive in July.
  • US Treasury yields were lower on Friday, narrowing spreads.

Carmen Reinicke

Last week on the stock market

Investors are still watching for signs that the US is in recession and inflation is slowing. Last week, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate an additional three-quarters of a percentage point to head off high inflation.

The first reading of second-quarter GDP on Thursday was negative, potentially indicating a technical recession. On Friday, June personal consumption expenditure hit its highest level since January 1982. The report is a key measure of inflation.

Strong earnings reports from Amazon and Apple boosted each company’s stock and lifted indices to end July. Energy companies such as Chevron and Exxon Mobil also rose on better than expected reports, ending Friday higher. However, not all revenues were rosy. Meta Platforms and Intel both posted disappointing results, dragging stocks lower.

Carmen Reinicke

Stock futures open lower

Equity futures opened a little lower to start trading on Sunday evening.
Dow and S&P 500 futures fell 0.2%. Nasdaq futures were down about 0.3%.

John Melloy

What awaits us this week

Equities enter the generally volatile month of August with a tailwind. There are dozens of earnings reports in the coming week, with more than 20% of S&P 500 companies. There is also key data, with Friday’s July jobs report being the most important.

Major economic reports could become important catalysts now that the Federal Reserve has indicated that it will rely on the data to make its decision on how much to raise interest rates in September. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the labor market remained strong and investors worried about an economic slowdown would be watching closely for the strength of job creation. 250,000 jobs are expected. According to CFRA, since 1995, the S&P 500 has recorded an average decline of 0.5% in August. Strategists say earnings could remain a positive force.

“A lot of this is better than feared. If this process continues, it will likely help the market to move higher. The market seems to be sitting on this notion that we valued at Armageddon and so far, it was not imposed on us,” one strategist said.

Patti Domm

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BTCC: Collard puts Hill in first place in Knockhill’s tight second training | BTCC https://monbestof.com/btcc-collard-puts-hill-in-first-place-in-knockhills-tight-second-training-btcc/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 12:26:38 +0000 https://monbestof.com/btcc-collard-puts-hill-in-first-place-in-knockhills-tight-second-training-btcc/

Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Ricky Collard qualifies for the British Touring Car Championship as the driver to beat after setting the fastest time in second practice ahead of BMW Jake Hill at Knockhill.

In what turned out to be an ultra tight second practice, just 0.094s covered the front four runners, with Collard beating West Surrey Racing’s Hill by just 0.010s.

Collard and Hill took turns at the top of the timesheets, with Adam Morgan setting the third fastest time ahead of title contender Josh Cook in fourth.

With the second 40-minute practice taking place in completely dry conditions, the pecking order looked more like a familiar pattern than the truncated first session.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington had a much stronger second session after setting the fifth fastest time ahead of team-mate Stephen Jelley in sixth. The BMW duo achieved an almost identical fastest lap, with just 0.003 seconds separating the pair.

Team Dynamics Honda’s Dan Rowbottom had a pretty good lap for seventh ahead of George Gamble in eighth. Eighth position for Gamble meant that all five BMW 330e M Sport machines were in the top ten.

NAPA Racing UK’s Dan Cammish and local hero Rory Butcher rounded out the rest of the top ten in ninth and tenth.

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Three Major League Mustang rookies sign professional contracts https://monbestof.com/three-major-league-mustang-rookies-sign-professional-contracts/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 04:38:45 +0000 https://monbestof.com/three-major-league-mustang-rookies-sign-professional-contracts/ SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three of Cal Poly’s four selections in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft have signed professional contracts.

Shortstop Brooks Leethe Minnesota Twins’ eighth overall pick last week, signed for $5,675 million, slightly above the slot pick’s value of $5,439,500.

Second-round pick Drew Thorpe agreed to a deal worth a total of $1.187 million with the New York Yankees on Sunday, while Jason Franks, also a pitcher and eighth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, signed for $2,500. The prime value for Franks, who exhausted his Cal Poly eligibility last spring, was $176,400.

A third Mustang launcher, Derek Truedrafted in the final round by the Oakland Athletics, remains unsigned.

Lee was ranked the second-best overall prospect entering the 2022 draft by Baseball America and fifth-best by MLB.com. Lee, 21, is Cal Poly’s highest pick as well as the school’s fourth player taken in the first round (including any extra picks).

His father, larry lee, is Cal Poly’s head baseball coach and played one season of professional baseball in 1983 with the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League. Two of Brooks’ uncles, Terry Lee and Mike Lee, also played in the minors; Terry was a first-round selection (19th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 1974 from San Luis Obispo High School, while Mike spent 1974-75 in the Giants system. Brooks is also named after Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

Lee, Cal Poly’s top draft pick, will report to Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

Lee has won five All-America awards since the end of the 2022 season, including first-team Collegiate Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association nods. He was also a first-team pick on two of the six All-American teams in 2021.

Named the winner of the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top college shortstop last month, Brooks hit .357 in his second full season at Cal Poly with 25 doubles, 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. He led the Big West in hits, walks, doubles, homers, runs scored, RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases and was second in batting average and on-base percentage. .

Fifth in the nation in doubles, Lee produced hitting streaks of 19 and 12 games in 2022 and led the Mustangs with 26 multi-run games and 16 multi-run contests, becoming the second player in franchise history. Big West to win the conference player of the year award twice. Mark Kotsay accomplished the same feat in 1995 and 1996.

Brooks, who missed nearly the entire pandemic-shortened 2020 season following knee and hamstring surgery, earned Big West co-player of the year honors in 2021 by reaching .342 with 10 home runs, 57 RBIs and a school-best 27 doubles. solidified his bona fides as one of the top college bats in the class by hitting great for both Team USA and the Cape Cod league last summer.

Thorpe struck out 284 in 223 innings in his first three seasons with Mustang, hitting 13 times the number of strikeouts, including a School Division I record mark with 15 strikeouts against UC San Diego in March last. His 284 career strikeouts are No. 4 in the school record books.

Thorpe finished his third season at Cal Poly second in the nation with 149 strikeouts, third in hits allowed per nine innings (5.59), sixth in WHIP (.86), 10th in wins (10). 13th in strikeouts per nine innings (12.81), 17th in 2.32 ERA and 24th in strikeouts (5.96).

Drew was named to the first six All-America teams this spring, becoming the first Mustang to accomplish the feat. He also played in the Cape Cod League and for Team USA last summer and was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.

Franks has made 11 saves in 2022, the most by a Cal Poly pitcher in five years. He compiled a 4-2 win-loss record and a 3.17 ERA.

Franks, who played on the club’s baseball team at Cal Poly as a rookie and sophomore before making his way to the intercollegiate roster ahead of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, pitched in just five games, a total of 4 2/3 innings, in 2020 and 2021 combined before becoming one of the closest to the conference in 2022.

Franks struck out 69 over 54 innings for 11.50 strikeouts per nine innings, walked just 22, and held foes to a .228 batting average. He also had four wins over Fresno State, UNLV, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

Read a story about Franks’ remarkable rise from an honorable mention in all leagues in high school to a rookie and a signer with the Atlanta Braves here.

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K-pop star Mark Lee will not attend NCT Dream’s second solo concert after being diagnosed with COVID-19 https://monbestof.com/k-pop-star-mark-lee-will-not-attend-nct-dreams-second-solo-concert-after-being-diagnosed-with-covid-19/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 09:49:37 +0000 https://monbestof.com/k-pop-star-mark-lee-will-not-attend-nct-dreams-second-solo-concert-after-being-diagnosed-with-covid-19/

NCT’s Mark tests positive for COVID-19

In quite shocking news for fans, NCT rapper Mark Lee, best known for being an integral part of NCT U, Dream, 127, and SuperM, will halt all activities after contracting the COVID-19[feminine] virus. And yes, that means the star won’t be part of the band’s upcoming gig.
Notifying NCTzens of the same, NCT’s agency SM Entertainment took the initiative to give fans an update on the rapper’s health. Shedding light on his symptoms and condition, the agency said, “NCT’s Mark was diagnosed with COVID-19 today (July 25). Mark experienced abnormal symptoms this morning, so he immediately underwent a rapid antigen test and he was confirmed to have COVID-19.”

For anyone wondering, the rapper is indeed triple vaccinated and is currently recovering. Addressing the same, the statement continued, “Mark has already received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He immediately halted all activities and is self-isolating and receiving treatment at home as directed by government health authorities. “

When it comes to Dream’s next gig, it goes without saying that Mark will be absent, much to the dismay of fans. “As a result, NCT DREAM’s second solo concert ‘THE DREAM SHOW 2: In A DREAM’, scheduled for July 29-31, will be held with six members except Mark, so we ask for your understanding.” declared SM.

Finally, the agency signed off, stating, “Our agency will strictly adhere to the instructions of the health authorities, and we will consider the health and safety of our artist as our top priority as we do everything we can to help him focus fully. on his recovery.

As worried as fans are right now, we hope Mark recovers quickly!

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