first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Recruiting is well underway for the class of 2019. Many top prospects have already offered up verbal commitments.Arizona State landed its first commitment of the Herm Edwards Era this week. It was Arizona State’s first 2019 commit.Incredibly, there are two Power 5 programs that have been shut out so far. They are still looking for their first commit in this cycle.The two programs are UCLA and Pitt.UCLA makes some sense because Chip Kelly is entering his first season as head coach of the Bruins. Even with Kelly’s reputation, it can take a new coach some time to get going on the recruiting trail.Pat Narduzzi is established at Pitt, however, so its more surprising he doesn’t have a commit. It seems linebacker Joe Smith is a candidate to become the first to pull the trigger.A linebacker came to #Pitt’s Sunday camp from Florida and now he’s feeling pretty good about the Panthers. Could he be the first 2019 commit?— Chris Peak (@PantherLair) June 4, 2018Just a hunch here: with the commitment flurry that occurs every June, expect Pitt and UCLA to land one sooner rather than later.In the meantime, fans of both programs will likely remain anxious.last_img read more

BERLIN — German factory orders, a leading indicator of the health of Europe’s biggest economy, increased unexpectedly strongly in June thanks to demand from outside the eurozone.The Economy Ministry said Tuesday that orders were up 2.5% compared with the previous month, when they were down 2%. Economists had expected a modest 0.4% increase. The figure for May was revised upward from the initial reading of a 2.2% drop.Second-quarter economic growth figures are due on Aug. 14. Germany’s economy is believed to have turned in a feeble performance in the March-June period after returning to growth in the winter.In June, orders from outside the 19-nation eurozone were up 8.6 per cent compared with the previous month. Orders from within Germany and from other eurozone countries both declined slightly.The Associated Press read more