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                      by Bruce Walker  The percentage of Michigan parents seeking educational options by home schooling their school-age children during the pandemic more than doubled. According to U.S. Census data, 5.3% of Michigan students were home-schooled during the first weeks of the pandemic. By October 2020, that number climbed 6 percentage points to...
                      by Bruce Walker  The percentage of Minnesota parents seeking educational options by home schooling their school-age children picked up significantly during the pandemic. According to U.S. Census data, 4.6% of Minnesota students were home-schooled during the first weeks of the pandemic. By October 2020, that number rose 5.1 percentage points to...
    The NHL’s 2021 season is winding down, although when the official end date of the season will be is still undetermined. As of now, the last regular-season game is scheduled for May 19 when the Flames hosting the Canucks.  Regardless of when things officially end, and when the playoffs officially begin, the playoffs races are heating up as a number of...
    Here’s how things look for the Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks (before Friday’s games). Numbers will be updated daily.                                    GR         vs. Top 3        RW        Tragic#         ...
    More and more Americans seem to be "cutting the cord" and switching away from cable and satellite subscription services in favor of streaming services, reflecting changes in the way they consume television.   Five years ago, 63% of Americans mostly watched television through cable and satellite. Today, that percentage has dropped to fewer than half of all Americans, while the...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Pretty much everything about the New York Knicks has been a surprise this season. The hiring of Tom Thibodeau seemed sure to raise the team’s floor, especially at the defensive end. But no reasonable...
    Support for the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen 10 percentage points since June 2020, while trust in law enforcement has grown 13 percentage points over the same time period. It has grown immensely in political and financial power over the past year — so what’s prompted the drop?
    Steph Curry is on a tear. He’s scored at least 32 points in each of the last eight games, including back-to-back 40-point performances this week in Warriors wins over the Nuggets and Thunder. Curry’s streak since returning from a tailbone injury has helped the Warriors more firmly seat themselves in position for the Western Conference’s play-in round after...
    Cade Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA Draft after a dynamic freshman season that saw him named a first-team AP All-American. The 6-foot-8 point guard is expected to be a high pick — possibly No. 1 overall. His decision was no surprise -- he participated in Senior Night activities before the Cowboys faced Oklahoma in Stillwater. CLICK...
    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season that saw him named a first-team AP All-American. The 6-foot-8 point guard is expected to be a high pick — possibly No. 1 overall. His decision was no surprise — he participated in Senior Night activities before the Cowboys faced...
    Video of Floyd arrest may appear early at ex-cops trial N. Korea accuses UN of double standard over missile firings The No. 6 seed USC Trojans face a familiar foe, albeit with much higher stakes, when they collide with the seventh-seeded Oregon Ducks in the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Trojans finished...
    VIDEO3:4603:46Tech bounced back and pushed the Nasdaq to its best day since Nov. 2020 — Here's what experts say investors should watchTrading Nation Tech stocks led a market rally on Tuesday as bond yields declined. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 rallied more than 4% in its best day since early November. Here's what market experts said about the move. Mike Wilson,...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. One of the strangest All-Star weekends in recent memory ended with an incredibly familiar sight — Damian Lillard hitting a contested and wildly clutch shot. The NBA All-Star Game is now using the Elam...
    Victor Bailey Jr., John Fulkerson and Keon Johnson scored 14 points apiece and Tennessee rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Florida 65-54 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Tennessee (17-7, 10-7 SEC) secured the No. 4 seed and a bye into the Friday's quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Fulkerson added seven rebounds and four assists and...
    Erin Coates, The Western Journal March 6, 2021 0 Comments A Center for Disease Control and Prevention report released Friday found that the effects of mask mandates and restaurant restrictions on coronavirus cases and deaths were smaller than people thought. The CDC examined county cases and deaths from March to December 2020 in the first 100 days after masks...
    The opening of restaurants is associated with an increase in infections and deaths from Covid-19, the opposite of the mandatory use of masks, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in its acronym in English) published this Friday. The report indicates that deaths from coronavirus were 1.9 percentage points lower between eighty and...
    Mask mandates and restaurant restrictions lower coronavirus cases and deaths, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the report released Friday finds that the effects, though significant, are relatively small. The CDC examined cases and deaths at the county level from March to December 2020 in the first 100 days after masks were mandated...
    Iowa is known for its offense, but each of the Hawkeyes’ last seven games has stayed under the total heading into their clash on Thursday with Nebraska. In this seven-game run, Iowa has allowed 68 points or fewer six times, with the lone exception coming in a 79-57 loss at Michigan. Nebraska will need to attack an Iowa defense...
    Virginia enters Monday’s home game against Miami on a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers feature an efficient but slow-paced offense, while the Hurricanes simply struggle to score. Miami has exceeded 64 points in just one road game this season, ranking 272nd in the country in points on a per-possession basis for the season and 323rd in 3-point shooting percentage....
    Americans' views of China and Russia have soured to record low levels, according to a new poll.  Only 20 percent of Americans surveyed give China a favorable rating, according to the Gallup poll released early Monday, representing a 13-percentage-point drop in favorability from 33 percent a year ago. Last year's result had been the lowest since the late 1990s and tied a record low...
    Bellarmine (13-6, 10-3) vs. Liberty (20-5, 11-2) Liberty Arena, Lynchburg, Virginia; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Liberty looks for its ninth straight conference win against Bellarmine. Liberty’s last Atlantic Sun loss came against the Stetson Hatters 65-59 on Jan. 15. Bellarmine fell 94-78 at home to Liberty in its last outing. LEADING THE WAY: Liberty’s Darius McGhee has averaged...
    Khloe Kardashian Shares New Diamond Ring Photo and Sparks Fresh Engagement Speculation The Two Hours That Nearly Destroyed Texas’s Electric Grid © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Jack Eichel dilemma. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) By Jason Chen, RotoWire Special to Yahoo Sports Here's a look around the NHL at the latest fantasy trends after another week. Some food for...
    Though Michigan and Ohio State are known more for their rivalry on the gridiron than the hardwood, Sunday afternoon’s clash in Columbus figures to be an instant classic between two teams that are looking to establish themselves as Gonzaga’s and Baylor’s biggest competition for a national title. Both teams rank in the top 15 among Division I teams in...
    Arizona (14-8, 8-8) vs. No. 17 Southern California (18-3, 12-2) Galen Center, Los Angeles; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 17 Southern California looks for its eighth straight conference win against Arizona. Southern California’s last Pac-12 loss came against the Oregon State Beavers 58-56 on Jan. 19. Arizona fell 74-60 at UCLA on Thursday. FAB FRESHMEN: Arizona’s James Akinjo,...
    No. 20 Missouri (13-6, 6-6) vs. South Carolina (5-10, 3-8) Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 20 Missouri presents a tough challenge for South Carolina. South Carolina has won one of its five games against ranked opponents this season. Missouri fell 80-70 at Georgia on Tuesday. SUPER SENIORS: Missouri has benefited heavily from...
    LIMA (Reuters) - Less than two months before Peru's presidential election, five candidates have emerged in the upper tier of a contest that appears headed for a second round of voting, according to an opinion poll released on Sunday. Support for front-runner and former soccer goalkeeper George Forsyth, of the conservative National Restoration party, fell six percentage points to 11%,...
    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Cameron Thomas scored 25 points, Javonte Smart had 22 points and 11 assists, and LSU pulled away down the stretch to beat Mississippi State 94-80 on Wednesday night. Darius Days added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Trendon Watford had 14 points for LSU (12-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference). Deivon Smith made a layup to...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Willingness to get COVID-19 vaccinations increased as 2020 came to a close, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Intent to be vaccinated increased among adults by about 10 percentage points between September and December, going from 39.4 percent to 49.1 percent according to the Morbidity and Mortality report....
    Legendary NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer dies at 77 This Cult-Favorite Aztec Clay Mask Is Less Than $10, Today Only CoreLogic Reports Lowest Mortgage Delinquencies Since March. Black Knight Sees Trouble Ahead © Provided by Millionacres CoreLogic Reports Lowest Mortgage Delinquencies Since March. Black Knight Sees Trouble Ahead There's good news overall in the loan performance report that CoreLogic...
    No. 8 Iowa (13-5, 7-4) vs. Indiana (9-8, 4-6) Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Sunday, 12 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Iowa presents a tough challenge for Indiana. Indiana has won one of its six games against ranked opponents this season. Iowa came up short in an 89-85 game to Ohio State on Thursday. SENIOR STUDS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe...
    President Trump “suffered his greatest erosion with white voters” that could not be made up for, even with his double-digit boost in support from Hispanic Americans in the 2020 presidential election, new analysis finds. The analysis, conducted by Trump’s top pollster Tony Fabrizio and released by Politico, reviewed exit polling data from 10 states — five that voted for Trump in...
    Saturday’s college basketball slate is headlined by a bunch of rare January non-conference games in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, including No. 2 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in either conference, getting a test from the resurgent Auburn Tigers. Auburn has gone 4-2 in six games since Sharife Cooper became eligible, with the losses being by a combined five points to...
    While the very top of the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame writers’ ballot barely moved, the good times rolled in the middle class. On a day when no players gained the required 75 percent of votes, the most encouraging days came from a quintet of players who placed fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Third baseman Scott Rolen, the...
    More On: baseball hall of fame Whining Curt Schilling better not get his way Curt Schilling wants off Hall of Fame ballot following snub, blasts ‘cowards’ No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 Inside The Post’s 11 ballots for the Baseball Hall of Fame While the very top of the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame...
    Not much was expected of Pittsburgh in the ACC this season, but the Panthers enter Tuesday’s matchup with North Carolina winners of eight of their last 10 games. Pittsburgh has an advantage on the perimeter as it ranks 21st in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage while North Carolina is 256th in that category. As a whole, North...
    Nearly 30 percent of Americans surveyed in a new poll name their governmental leaders as their top concern, up from 20 percent in December and surpassing the coronavirus. Twenty-nine percent of Americans cite government leaders in the Gallup survey released early Monday, while 12 percent named national friction. That percentage is also up 7 points from December, before the deadly...
    San Francisco (9-7, 3-3) vs. Santa Clara (8-3, 2-1) Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Santa Clara hosts San Francisco in a WCC matchup. San Francisco fell 72-63 at home to Brigham Young on Saturday. Santa Clara is coming off a 69-63 road win against San Diego on Sunday. STEPPING UP: Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic...
    NBA : By Giannis Rammas / [email protected] The first 17 games have shown that this is not the year. With just 5 wins and 12 losses, Panathinaikos is in 17th place (-24 from equal level Villeurbanne) and the results have already forced him to replace a coach (Odent Katas instead of Giorgos Vovoras). As if it were not enough...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. I like to joke that I’ve reached a new stage of sports fandom. With all the crap going on in the world outside arenas, I’m just looking for joy inside them. I used...
    Though both Houston and SMU have solid guards who know how to get the ball in the basket, Sunday’s battle in Texas will involve two teams that also rank in the top 20 nationally in points allowed on a per-possession basis. Despite not having starter Tyson Jolly in the lineup all season, SMU is off to a 6-0 start...
    The NFL expanded its playoff field for the 2020 season, and that just means more teams in the hunt in the season’s final weeks. In the past, 12 teams have advanced to the NFL postseason, but for the first time in 2020, it’ll be 14 teams making the field to contend for the Super Bowl. It’s a move that...
    The Indiana Hoosiers have had issues scoring ever since coach Archie Miller came over from Dayton, and the team will look to try to fix some of those offensive issues on Wednesday when Penn State visits Bloomington.  Indiana has scored 68 points or fewer in five of its past seven games. The backcourt has been the main culprit as...
    Despite scoring 67 points or fewer in their past four games and five of their first seven games to open the season, the Clemson Tigers are off to a 6-1 start and will look to keep their success going on Tuesday at home against Florida State. The Tigers have made their games ugly, ranking seventh in the country in fewest...
    An early Christmas present comes the way of bettors and college basketball fans alike when Xavier puts its undefeated record on the line Wednesday afternoon in Omaha, Neb., against Creighton in a battle of teams that both rank in the top 21 in offensive efficiency.  Xavier has been shooting well from the outside, ranking 10th in the country in 3-point...
    Daniel Cormier says money alone wont lure Khabib Nurmagomedov back to UFC The 5 Longest Games in Sports History U.S. Factories, Health Care Fueled Economy’s Third-Quarter Surge (Bloomberg) -- The record U.S. economic rebound in the third quarter was led by manufacturing, health care and restaurants, indicating such industries benefited most from reopenings after the initial pandemic lockdowns. Gross...