MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft is just over an hour away and we’re no closer to knowing who the No. 1 overall pick is going to be.Former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray is the favorite to be the first name called, but Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams are also in the hunt.The Arizona Cardinals reportedly “love” Murray, but the franchise traded up in the 2018 draft to select Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick.Regardless of who the Cardinals pick, Murray will be looking good on the runway leading up to the draft.After his endorsement deal with Nike was announced earlier this week, the apparel company outfitted Murray with new custom shoes for him to wear to tonight’s draft.Check them out.1 of 1. Draft day. @usnikefootball pic.twitter.com/FW7twtFiWv— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) April 25, 2019Murray took home the Heisman after an incredible 2018 college football season. Not long after, he landed an endorsement deal with the biggest apparel company in the country.Now he’s likely to be the first player off the board to the Arizona Cardinals.Life is pretty good for the reigning Heisman-winner. Soon enough he’ll be leading an NFL franchise onto the field for the first time – after giving up baseball just a few months prior.Stay tuned for the latest from the draft.
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending grew 0.6% in July, a healthy gain that suggests American shoppers are driving the economy forward.The Commerce Department also said Friday that personal incomes rose just 0.1%, the smallest gain in 10 months. With spending ahead of incomes, the savings rate fell to 7.7%, the lowest since last November, but still a solid figure by historic standards.With trade war tensions discouraging business investment and cutting into exports, consumers are increasingly important to the U.S. economy. Household spending was the principal driver of growth in the April-June quarter, when it increased by the most in five years.An inflation measure in the report increased 0.2% in July and 1.4% from a year earlier, evidence that inflation remains mild. Excluding food and energy, core prices rose 0.2% in July and 1.6% from a year ago.The anemic income increase follows a string of healthy gains this year that have helped fuel Americans’ ability to spend. In July, wages and salaries grew more slowly than in recent months and income from interest payments fell sharply. Wages and salaries paid by manufacturing firms also dropped.The inflation figures fell short of the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, as they have nearly continuously since the Fed set its target in 2012. The Fed targets a modest amount of inflation as a cushion against deflation, a destabilizing drop in prices and incomes.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has cited low inflation as one reason the central bank cut short-term interest rates at its meeting last month. Most economists forecast additional rate cuts this year.Consumers are keeping the economy afloat but growth has still slowed this year, to a 2% annual pace in the second quarter from 3.1% in the first three months of the year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
Anyone wishing to see the pictures from last week’s great event at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, please go to http://www.im-halloffame.com/2015-2016-award-photos/Nominations are sought for the next series of inductions which will take place in Denver again in February 2019.