NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Three of the College Football Playoff spots appear to be locked up, with Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all getting penciled into the field. The Fighting Irish have finished the year at 12-0 and the Crimson Tide and Tigers can probably both lose next weekend and still make it in.Who’s going to get the fourth spot, though?Ohio State and Oklahoma are the two prime candidates.ESPN has updated its predictions for the Buckeyes and the Sooners heading into the conference championship weekend.Here are the latest predictions from ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight model:ESPN is giving Ohio State a 60 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff. That percentage jumps up to 77 percent if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. Oklahoma, meanwhile, has just a 50 percent chance of making it. The percentage jumps up to 74 percent with a win on Saturday.So, ESPN believes that if both Ohio State and Oklahoma win next weekend, it’ll be the Buckeyes who get the fourth spot.This would give us a College Football Playoff field of:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOhio StateStay tuned.
zoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S (Norden) has decided to sell the Capesize dry cargo vessel Nord Power built in 2005.Norden said that the sale would entail an accounting loss of USD 12 million, which will be included in the annual results for 2015. The 176,000 tdw vessel will be delivered to the new owners at the beginning of 2016. The identity of the new owners remained undisclosed.In the long term, Norden expects to reinvest the proceeds from the sale into additional Supramax or Panamax vessels.“The sale is thus in line with the strategy Focus & Simplicity which involves focusing on the vessel types Supramax and Panamax, where Norden is one of the world’s largest operators,” the company said.At the beginning of November, Norden announced that it was switching its focus on ownership and operation of four vessel types supplemented by operation of Handysize dry cargo vessels, under its newly adopted strategy ”Focus and Simplicity”.Under the strategy, within dry cargo, Norden will specialize in ownership and operation of Supramax and Panamax vessels, and within tankers, the vessel types Handysize and MR will continue to be in focus.“Norden’s operating results are developing as expected and the expectations for the EBIT result before profits from vessel sales for 2015 are maintained. The expectations for the EBIT result including profits from vessel sales are solely adjusted as a result of the vessel sale to USD 58 – 78 million compared to the previous USD 70 – 90 million,” the company added in a release.