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.
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP for running a ‘parallel government’ for the last five years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the CPI(M) and the Congress to join hands with Trinamool Congress to fight the BJP.”The situation in Bhatpara has made the people of the state realize what happens if you vote for BJP. The way they are functioning in the country, I apprehend they will change the Constitution one day. I feel all of us (TMC, Congress and CPIM) should come together in the fight against the saffron party. It doesn’t mean we have to join hands politically, but on common issues at the national level, we can come together,” she said while speaking in the state Assembly. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee also reiterated that 23 political parties in the country are trying to put up a united fight against the BJP and they have to continue this for the greater interest of the country. She appealed to the Congress and the CPI(M) to be vocal against alleged EVM manipulation on the part of BJP to swing votes in their favour. “It is your prerogative with whom you should forge an alliance. But I feel, we need to be united to fight the fascist BJP. We stand by the Congress in various issues in Parliament and it should be the same in our state too,” she asserted. BJP had managed to win 18 out of 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls against TMC’s 22 seats. Congress won two seats while the Left failed to open its account. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said time and again that CPI(M) and the Congress have connived against the TMC right from the Panchayats to the Lok Sabha polls. Continued on P5