ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Brady Quinn’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish open with Michigan this season. The FS1 analyst is pretty bullish on Jim Harbaugh’s club.Quinn was asked about the Week 1 match-up by Michigan blog Wolverines Wire.He is high on Shea Patterson, the quarterback transfer from Ole Miss who is expected to start for the Wolverines this season.Quarterback has been a problem area for Harbaugh during his time at Michigan. After the team suffered a bit of a slide in 2017, Harbaugh is starting to feel some pressure to get his alma mater over the hump.Brady Quinn thinks that could happen this year, and thinks Michigan could be in the College Football Playoff picture if they start out hot.From the blog:“I think this team – depending on how things go against Notre Dame, could all of a sudden be one of the teams we’re talking about in consideration for playing in the college football playoff.”To be fair to Harbaugh and Michigan, the team was very much in the discussion for the 2016 College Football Playoff. Its bowl loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl marred that bit.As Notre Dame quarterback, Quinn was 2-2 against Michigan during his college career. The two squads used to face off almost every season.After his alma mater’s ACC arrangement, it has had to cut back on some of its rivalry games. This is the first time they’ve faced off since 2014.[Wolverines Wire]
Chinese growth concerns help push Canadian dollar, oil prices lower by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 6:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Wednesday as Chinese growth worries pressured commodity-sensitive currencies and oil prices.The loonie was down 0.11 of a cent at 89.96 cents US.The catalyst for the latest round of concerns about growth in the world’s second-biggest economy was data released on the weekend showing a drop of 18 per cent in Chinese exports in February.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications, has tumbled in recent days to the lowest level since mid-2010, having fallen 8.3 per cent over the previous three sessions. On Wednesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early losses and moved up a cent to US$2.96 a pound.But demand concerns are only part of the problem for copper.Chinese authorities gave the go-ahead late last week for the country’s first credit default, involving a manufacturer of solar panels. And another solar energy company is also in danger of default.This is worrisome because copper is used as much for financing transactions as for its industrial applications. Traders worry that a wave of defaults could result in a massive liquidation of copper on the markets, which would further depress prices.Oil prices have also headed steadily lower and the April contract in New York was down another $2.04 to US$97.99 after losing about $2.50 earlier in the week.Worries about China, along with tensions in Ukraine, pushed bullion prices higher with the May contract ahead $23.80 to a six-month high of US$1,370.50 an ounce.Traders have also kept an eye on simmering tensions between Russia and Ukraine.The U.S. Senate has prepared legislation that would impose economic penalties on Russian officials complicit in Ukrainian corruption or anyone responsible for Moscow’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.