NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts’ debut at Oklahoma on Sunday evening was one of the most-impressive debuts in recent college football history. The former Alabama quarterback had more than 500 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the win over Houston.Some people appear to be overreacting, though. Unsurprisingly, one of those people is Skip Bayless.The FOX Sports 1 personality is an Oklahoma fan and he decided to tweet the following during Hurts’ performance:“I gotta believe somewhere in the back of his mind Nick Saban is second-guessing going with Tua over Jalen. But he’d obviously never admit that publicly,” he tweeted.I gotta believe somewhere in the back of his mind Nick Saban is second-guessing going with Tua over Jalen. But he’d obviously never admit that publicly.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 2, 2019Sigh.Tagovailoa replaced Hurts in the national title game two seasons ago, leading the Crimson Tide to a comeback win over Georgia. He led Alabama back to the College Football Playoff championship game last season, though the Crimson Tide were blown out by Clemson.Alabama looks like a national title contender again this season. Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a blowout win over Duke in Week 1.Hurts looked great at Oklahoma on Sunday night, but settle down, Skip.
Major North American indices made gains Friday, with those in New York setting record highs, as investors felt confident about the economy and the global political climate.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 39.22 points to 15,857.22.In New York, all three indices reached new highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165.59 points to 23,328.63 and the S&P 500 index advanced 13.11 points to 2,575.21. That’s the fifth consecutive record-setting day for each index.The Nasdaq composite index, meanwhile, set a new high as it added 23.98 points to 6,629.05.The positive momentum comes as investors have decided that there’s little political risk and the economy is pretty stable, said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investments.“There really is very little out there today that should disrupt markets,” he said.Everyone is watching the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress, set to end next week, and parliamentary elections in Japan this weekend, Adatia said. But no surprises are expected from either event, he added.The TSX, which has recently experienced a rally, also benefits from lower expectations that the Bank of Canada will raise its benchmark interest rate once more before the end of the year, he said.Statistics Canada released inflation figures Friday that showed Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.6 per cent in September, up from 1.4 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada scrutinizes the agency’s consumer price index ahead of rate decisions and economists said it’s unlikely the increase will push the central bank to raise rates at next Wednesday’s scheduled policy meeting.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.36 cents US, down 0.78 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the December crude contract gained 33 cents to US$51.84 per barrel and the November natural gas contract rose roughly four cents to about US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract shed US$9.50 to US$1,280.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was relatively unchanged at about US$3.17 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter