ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Once a four-star prospect, tight end Kedrick James has found breaking into the Alabama lineup a tough task. He recently entered the transfer portal and has now settled on a destination.In an interview with AL.com, James announced that he would be joining the SMU Mustangs. The decision comes just over two weeks after he entered the NCAA transfer portal.Coming out of La Vega High School in 2017, James was the No. 319 recruit in the nation. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 12 tight end in the country, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Texas.The move to SMU will certainly bring him a little closer to home. The SMU campus is located only a hundred miles from his hometown of Waco. Former #Alabama tight end Kedrick James is transferring to #SMU https://t.co/3iOj4kSAv3— Jason DiRienzo (@allpurposescout) July 29, 2019The NCAA transfer portal has taken quite a number of players from the Crimson Tide this offseason.With James’ departure, Alabama has now lost five players to other schools, including former starting quarterback Jalen Hurts. Several more Alabama players are still in the transfer portal, looking for a new destination.But Alabama is not likely to feel much of a sting from most of those losses. The team heads into 2019 with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, including another four-star tight end, Jahleel Billingsley.
OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he doesn’t agree with the OECD that he needs to start raising interest rates by the end of next year.The central banker says that while he respects the view of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, different forecasting organizations can use different approaches to predict future economic growth.Poloz says the Bank of Canada’s thinking on the issue is based on its own view of the slack in the Canadian economy and the fact that inflation, at 1.1%, is currently well below where he would like it to be.Last month, Poloz surprised markets by dropping the central bank’s official tightening bias and moved to a more neutral stance, which signals that the bank is as likely to cut as to raise interest rates in the future.Analysts interpreted the move as the bank telling markets it won’t likely start raising borrowing costs until the first or second quarter of 2015.Markets reacted to that assessment by selling off the loonie.The Canadian Press