College Football Week 3 is coming up soon. As has happened a few years in a row, big games are being cancelled or postponed due to hurricane season.The Carolinas are expected to be hit hard by Hurricane Florence. NC State-West Virginia, a prominent game featuring star quarterback Will Grier, has already been cancelled. ECU isn’t heading up to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech, and UVA’s game against Ohio is being moved to Nashville.There are still plenty of games set to go down this weekend though.Among the biggest match-ups on Saturday: No. 7 Auburn hosts No. 12 LSU, No. 17 Boise State travels to Stillwater to face No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 1 Alabama is at Ole Miss for its SEC opener, No. 4 Ohio State heads to Arlington to face No. 15 TCU, and No. 22 USC is on the road to face Texas.Through two weeks, things are very tight. Only five picks separate the entire The Spun staff in our weekly picks contest.After Week 2, here are The Spun’s staff pick standings.1.Dan Lyons91-172.Steve Driscoll90-183.Matt Lombardi89-194.Andrew McCarty88-205.Chris Rosvoglou87-21T-6.Andrew Holleran86-22T-6.Matt Hladik86-22Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 3 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouBoston College at Wake Forest5 Oklahoma at Iowa StateKent State at 11 Penn State21 Miami at ToledoFlorida State at SyracuseTroy at NebraskaRutgers at KansasBall State at IndianaTemple at MarylandMurray State at KentuckyUTEP at TennesseeGeorgia Tech at PittUC Davis at 9 StanfordVanderbilt at 8 Notre DameGeorgia State at 2 ClemsonBYU at 6 Wisconsin12 LSU at 7 Auburn17 Boise State at 24 Oklahoma StateSMU at 19 MichiganSouth Florida at Illinois (in Chicago)Duke at BaylorMiami (OH) at MinnesotaUTSA at Kansas StateColorado State at FloridaNorth Texas at ArkansasHouston at Texas TechOhio vs. Virginia (in Nashville)San Jose State at 20 OregonNew Hampshire at ColoradoIdaho State at Cal1 Alabama at Ole MissOregon State at NevadaMiddle Tennessee at 3 GeorgiaLouisiana-Lafayette at 16 Mississippi StateUL Monroe at Texas A&MMissouri at PurdueNorthern Iowa at IowaAkron at NorthwesternWestern Kentucky at Louisville4 Ohio State at 15 TCU (in Arlington)22 USC at TexasEastern Washington at Washington State10 Washington at Utah23 Arizona State at San Diego StateFresno State at UCLASouthern Utah at ArizonaSeason Record89-1986-2291-1786-2290-1888-2087-21
Efforts to train 20,000 police officers for Afghanistan’s elections are gathering additional momentum this month with a series of expanded intensive courses in the north and the southeast, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA). Beginning today in the southeast, 750 policemen from Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktika, Khost and Paktia are set to undergo a three-week training course at the Gardez Police Academy to upgrade their skills, UNAMA said. The course, part of the academy’s Transition Integration Programme, is the third in a series that began in Mid-November. The Programme, which is led and funded by the United States, complements training by Germany, the lead nation assisting in the reform of the Afghan police, which is preparing new recruits at the Kabul Police Academy. Next week in the north, 1,000 police from Balk, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawjan and Samangan are expected to start the same training at the Mazar Police Academy. Qualified Afghan police and US experts as well as members of United Kingdom Mazar-based team are providing the training. So far slightly more than 1 million of Afghanistan’s estimated eligible electorate of 10.5 million have registered to vote. UNAMA officials have said that it would be close to impossible to hold elections in June as planned because current security conditions do not permit registration teams to move throughout the country. Asked at a news briefing in Kabul yesterday how many police would be trained, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said the election target was 20,000. “That is the hope – let’s see if reality will prove that this hope is true,” he added. The spokesman also noted that women are signing up for the polls at an accelerated pace. “Female registration has been growing faster than male and has increased by 25 per cent versus 12 per cent (male) since 13 December,” he said.