Sunny Afternoon was the big winner at the Olivier Awards on April 12, garnering the most awards, four, for any single production including Best Musical. A View From The Bridge won three—Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo Van Hove. Other notable honorees at the U.K.’s equivalent of the Tonys, held once again at London’s Royal Opera House, include Angela Lansbury, winning her first Olivier for Blithe Spirit and Wolf Hall’s Nathaniel Parker, who is currently reprising his now Olivier-winning role of Henry VIII on Broadway.The compete list of winners is as follows:BEST NEW MUSICALSunny AfternoonBEST MUSICAL REVIVALCity Of AngelsBEST NEW PLAYKing Charles IIIBEST REVIVALA View From The BridgeBEST NEW COMEDYThe Play That Goes WrongAUDIENCE AWARDWickedBEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILYLa SoiréeBEST ACTORMark Strong for A View From The BridgeBEST ACTRESSPenelope Wilton for Taken At MidnightBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLENathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEAngela Lansbury for Blithe SpiritBEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALJohn Dagleish for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKatie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALGeorge Maguire for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALLorna Want for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST DIRECTORIvo Van Hove for A View From The BridgeBEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHERSergio Trujillo for Memphis The MusicalBEST LIGHTING DESIGNHoward Harrison for City Of AngelsBEST SET DESIGNEs Devlin for The NetherBEST COSTUME DESIGNChristopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST SOUND DESIGNGareth Owen for Memphis The MusicalOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICRay Davies for Sunny AfternoonOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATREBull at The Maria at Young VicBEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTIONThe Mastersingers Of NurembergOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERARichard Jones for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and RodelindaOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCECrystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates: A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polarisat Sadler’s WellsBEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION32 Rue Vandenbranden and Juliet And Romeo – Tie.This year’s Special Award winners were Sylvie Guillem and Kevin Spacey. View Comments
More than 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly 15,000 die. The exact cause of cancer is unknown. But there are ways to help prevent this deadly disease. “More and more, research on chronic diseases has shown that what we eat and how active we are influences our risk for these diseases and even our chances for recovery or effective long-term management if we become ill,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition expert with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Overall, a plant-based diet that emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy foods and small amounts of nuts and vegetable oils seems to be the most protective.”UGA Extension agents across the state routinely hold classes to teach people about cancer and what steps they can take to limit their risk for it. Eating well and leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 50 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.Cooking class“We teach families how they can eat healthy, but still eat well, while improving their health and reducing their risk for chronic disease,” said Denise Everson, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Oconee County.Nancy Dennis came to one of Everson’s classes to help her family. “I have a 12-year-old son, and he is a getting to be a little bigger. I don’t want him to have obesity issues as he grows,” Dennis said. “I need to learn how to cook healthier and change my eating habits.” Manage risk“We are exposed to carcinogens everyday,” Everson told the class. “There are no miracle foods or proven causes. We only know what makes developing cancer less likely.” Eating saturated fats, or those found in whole milk products and meat and poultry skins, can increase cholesterol levels. Everson recommended consuming unsaturated fats like those found in vegetable oils or omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon or tuna. To cut fat and cholesterol, Crawley says to: Bake, broil, boil or grill food. Choose lean cuts of meat like loin, leg or round cuts.Remove skin from poultry. Eat vegetables, whole grains or fruits. Eat fish twice a week. Season food with fat-free broth or herbs and spices instead of fatty meats or butter. Choose low-fat and non-fat dairy foods. Use ground turkey breast and ground chicken breast. Eat less lunchmeats and prepared meats. Replace whole eggs in recipes with egg whites or egg substitute. Choose “light” or “heart healthy” menu items when dining out. Knowing portion size, Crawley said, is important. A portion of vegetables, fruit or grains is half a cup, or about a handful. Meat portions should be 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards. A ping pong ball is the size of a portion of peanut butter, or 2 tablespoons. Get MovingGet moving 30 minutes or more every day. “For cancer, the more vigorous and regular the physical activity is, the better the reduction in risk,” Crawley said. “For most other chronic diseases, moderate activity for about 30 to 60 minutes seems to be enough.” Plan well to make slow, realistic changes. “We learn to crave sweet and salty foods, and we can change our habits,” Everson said. “The simple steps we take today, improved eating habits and an active lifestyle, can decrease our risk for chronic disease and improve our overall well-being.”For more information on healthy life choices or similar classes in your area, contact a local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
NewsHub 19 January 2018Family First Comment: Depends what type of ‘help’ they’re seeking. If it’s to ‘cut’ at the body and take drugs, it won’t help. If it’s counselling and support to deal with the gender identity disorder, it will. You don’t give people with anorexia nervosa weight-loss pills eh. More transgender Kiwis are seeking help from Wellington medical services, a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found.The paper is one of the first to look at how many Kiwis identify as transgender, and found 438 people had visited a Wellington clinic specialising in gender reassignment therapy between 1990 and 2016.There had been a particular increase in recent years with 92 people making at least one visit in 2016, compared to 11 people in 2009.This included 51 people requesting therapy to transition from male-to-female and 41 requesting female-to-male therapy in 2016 and a rise in young people visiting the clinic.The study’s authors said the findings were important because, while overseas clinics had noted a marked increase in the number of people requesting gender reassignment therapy, little data had been compiled in New Zealand.It showed the need for different medical fields and social groups to provide “holistic” and connected support services for transgender people, particularly those who are young, the authors said.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2018/01/more-transgender-people-seeking-medical-help-study.html
Christian Eriksen was Tottenham’s saviour as they survived a storm to edge past Leicester 2-1. The striker also hit the post and Hugo Lloris saved from Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp but Leicester could not lift themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Ulloa and David Nugent were recalled to spearhead the hosts’ attack with Jamie Vardy and Esteban Cambiasso dropped to the bench. Tottenham, now just a point outside the top five, started Danny Rose and Benjamin Stambouli for Ben Davies and Ryan Mason with Kane, who spent four months on loan at the King Power Stadium in 2013, up front. And the striker made an immediate impact when he opened the scoring after just 57 seconds. Tottenham hit Leicester on the break with Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli, and the winger crossed for Kane to skip round the falling Wes Morgan and find the corner from six yards. Kane’s fourth goal in four games was devastating from Spurs but highlighted why the Foxes were bottom at Christmas. The visitors were given an easy ride by the shell-shocked hosts with Kane shooting wide and Kyle Walker granted the freedom of the right flank. There was little threat from Leicester until the 18th minute when Lloris palmed over Ulloa’s 20-yard volley after Schlupp’s driving run. The midfielder curled in a free kick with 19 minutes left to leave the Foxes winless in their last 13 games. Former Leicester loanee Harry Kane scored inside the first minute for Spurs but the Foxes rallied and Leonardo Ulloa levelled in the second half. Danny Drinkwater then dragged wide from distance before Bentaleb wasted a golden chance to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes. Eriksen played the Algeria international clean through but he had an awful touch as he reached the area which allowed Paul Konchesky to cover and clear. It rallied the hosts and, after Ulloa had comically fallen over as he looked to shoot, Mahrez’s driven effort was well saved by Lloris. Tottenham were rocked and Ulloa should have levelled six minutes before the break but he smashed a four-yard header against the inside of the post after Mahrez’s searching cross. The Foxes were dominant and their persistence paid off three minutes into the second half. Danny Simpson and Mahrez combined for the Algeria winger to cross low for Ulloa to turn in at the near post. It had been coming and Mahrez almost completed the comeback when his 20-yard free kick smacked against the bar minutes later. The Foxes’ efforts warranted more and Lloris again saved from Schlupp before disaster struck for the hosts on 71 minutes. Kane was fouled 25-yards out and Eriksen curled in an angled effort which bounced in off the post. It was the Dane’s seventh goal of the season and he has now hit four winners for Spurs this season. The goal initially killed Leicester’s spark but they regained their composure and Ulloa flicked a header onto the roof of the net. Two half-hearted penalty appeals went unrewarded but Morgan should have levelled in the final minute. The excellent Mahrez again found space on the right and his cross reached the unmarked Morgan at the far post but the skipper failed to get a clean connection and Lloris gathered to seal the points. Press Association
The other entry from the Premier County is Moyne’s Tim Doyle- who saddles up Stop Road Lad in the Book Thyestes Packages Today Novice Handicap Hurdle, which goes to post at 5:15.There are no fewer than 16 Tipperary trained entries on this evening’s 8 race card at Dundalk.Aidan O’ Brien is the most heavily-represented- the Ballydoyle trainer has two runners in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at 6:40, in the shape of Facade and Sea of Blue.They’ll be competing with two horse trained by David Wachman- Athassel Abbey and Laffina, plus David Marnane’s Octavia.O’ Brien then sends Masai alongside Marnane’s Harry Trotter in the following race at 7:10, with his trio of Afonso de Sousa, Indian Maharaja and Michaelmas going in the Group 3 Diamond Stakes at 7:40.And O’ Brien’s final runner of the evening is in the final race at 9;10, with Duarte Fernandes taking on David Peter Nagle’s Ballad Dancer.Elsewhere; Nagle also sends Lions Charge alongside the Eamon O’ Connell-trained Noverre Princess in the 8:40, with the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden featuring both David Marnane’s Pullman Brown and Moving On Up, trained by Charlie Swan”. The first of two domestic race meets today takes place at Gowran Park.There are just two Tipperary-trained entries across today’s 7 race card at the County Kilkenny track.Grandma Dotty- trained by Charlie swan- will run in the Gowran Park Santa Trained Maiden Hurdle, which goes to post at 3 o’ clock.
Howard, who is serving as mayor, received 332 votes; Cunniff garnered 365; and Mitchell rounded out the count with 320 votes. The three-member commission is non-partisan and the members serve four-year terms, as designated by the state Walsh Act. The borough has maintained that form of government since 1929.The mayor is selected by the commission. The commission re-organization meeting is scheduled for May 16.This article was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |MONMOUTH BEACH – A challenger taking on the three incumbent commissioners won the lion’s share of votes in the borough’s May 9 election. The incumbent ticket, which ran under the banner “Proven Leadership Putting You First,” had Susan Howard, James F. Cunniff and Jeffrey W. Mitchell Jr. David Stickle, who was running under “Your Voice In Government” banner, won decisively this week. According to unofficial totals compiled by the county clerk’s office, Stickle won 525 votes, which equates to 33.21 percent of the total cast. Mitchell was selected to fill the vacancy when Commissioner William McBride resigned earlier this year.
TRAINER HOPES TO BR-BR-BR-BREAK THE ICE WITH CAPE NELOGloves, scarves and ear muffs are the order of the day these mornings at Santa Anita, as horsemen seek to fend off temperatures pushing the freezing mark.How cold is it?“I reached for some straw at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday morning and couldn’t feel my fingers,” said trainer Michael Curtis, currently running a one-horse stable in Cape Nelo, a two-year-old gray son of Cape Blanco out of the Tapit mare Misinjennuous, owned by Ioan “Johnny” Bochis.“He’s a very nice and generous man,” said the 61-year-old Curtis, displaying a photo on his phone of a recent gift given to him by Bochis, a late model Toyota Sequoia.Cape Nelo finished sixth in his lone start, a six furlong race at Del Mar last summer, but Curtis, a native of England, has nominated him to stakes routes, including the Santa Anita Derby and the Kentucky Derby. “He’s bred to go long,” Curtis said. ‘CHROME’ TO WORK BEFORE FIRST RACE SATURDAYSTRATEGY CHANGE FOR IMPERIOUS ONE IN LOGANDECKED OUT ‘READY TO GO’ FOR GRADE II SANTA YNEZQUICK CASABLANCA: TIME IS ON HIS SIDE IN SAN GABRIELSALUTOS AMIGOS ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR MIDNIGHT LUTETRAINER KEEPS HIS COOL WITH ONE-HORSE STABLE SALUTOS AMIGOS SET FOR GRADE III MIDNIGHT LUTE Despite the fact that Salutos Amigos has won six races at Aqueduct, including four straight stakes, David Jacobson says he is not a horse for course.“He just loves to run,” said the trainer, who has the six-year-old gelded son of Salute the Sarge entered in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs.“He’s doing great. I’m very happy.”Salutos Amigos is the star of the 20 head Jacobson has on hand for the Winter Meet, his first regular tour at The Great Race Place since he was a teenager being mentored by the late Bobby Frankel some 40 years ago.Jacobson, who has engaged Mike Smith to ride Salutos Amigos, owns the Kentucky-bred in conjunction with Michael Blanco Moreno, who campaigns as Southern Equine Stable.Salutos Amigos has won 10 of 34 career starts and earned $1,122,406 running for three different trainers, including Eric Guillot and Kathy Walsh. The horse broke his maiden at Santa Anita on Feb. 9, 2013, when conditioned by Guillot.The Midnight Lute: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith; San Onofre, Alex Solis; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez; All Run, Mario Gutierrez; and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia. FANS CAN SEE CALIFORNIA CHROME WORK SATURDAYCalifornia Chrome, the Marco Polo of Thoroughbred travelers, returns to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs Saturday when he works at Santa Anita for the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, Jan. 9, his first race since last March 28.The 2014 Horse of the Year is scheduled to work six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza before the first race, at approximately 12 noon. First post time that day is 12:30 p.m.California Chrome had been on a Saturday to Saturday work schedule but went seven furlongs Sunday at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:25.40. With rain forecast for this Sunday, trainer Art Sherman opted to move California Chrome’s final major drill for the San Pasqual to Saturday, and Santa Anita will accommodate the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who turns five on New Year’s Day with a pristine track free of other workers.The popular chestnut horse, winner of the 2014 Santa Anita Derby, is expected to face the Clydesdale-sized Dortmund, 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner, among others, in the mile-and-a-sixteenth San Pasqual.Since his victory in the Santa Anita Derby April 4 of last year, California Chrome has raced at Churchill Downs, where he won the Kentucky Derby; Pimlico, where he captured the Preakness; Belmont Park, where he dead-heated for fourth in the Belmont Stakes; Parx where he ran sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby; Santa Anita where he was third, beaten a neck, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; Del Mar, where he won the Hollywood Derby on turf; again at Santa Anita where he was second to the late, great Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational; and then off to the Middle East where he was second in the Dubai World Cup last March 28.After that race, there were trips to England and Arlington Park, where potential races never came to fruition. Now his countless fans will have an opportunity to see California Chrome work this Saturday and, if all goes well, race the following Saturday in the San Pasqual.In 18 career starts, California Chrome has won nine races, finishing second three times and third once, earning $6,322,650. A successful venture in the San Pasqual is expected to lead to a return trip to Dubai for the $10 million race on March 26. LOGAN STRATEGY CHANGE SHOULD AID IMPERIOUS ONEImperious One was no factor when he made his United States debut Nov. 29 in the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar, finishing ninth by 7 ¾ lengths in the one mile turf race. But Doug O’Neill is optimistic that the Irish-bred colt will improve in Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds at one mile on turf.“Off his (four) races in England, he wants to be more forwardly placed,” the trainer said. “In the DeMille, we were on the outside breaking from post nine in a field of 12.“For the Eddie Logan, the plan will be to put him up in the race and see what we can do, but we’re still excited about his prospects.”The Eddie Logan: Trust Your Gut, Fernando Perez, 5-1; Arabian Leopard, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Bully Pulpit, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Storming Candy, Mike Smith, 12-1; Afleet Domination, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Imperious One, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Giopress, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Mr Notorious, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Canada, Gary Stevens, 3-1; and also-eligible Tiz a Billy, Alonso Quinonez, 7-2. FINISH LINES: On New Year’s Day Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beer, hot dogs and sodas available for a buck apiece . . . Humberto Ascanio, assistant to the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel for more than three decades until a stroke in 2012 put him on the sidelines, was on hand Sunday to present a trophy to the winning connections of Gender Agenda, who posted a $23.80 upset in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes. “It’s nice to be back at the track,” said Ascanio, 67. “It’s great to see familiar faces and old friends. Hopefully, in the New Year, I’ll spend more time here.”. . . Santa Anita Wagering Ambassador Christopher Ado will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday, while track announcer Frank Mirahmadi will do honors Sunday, both days at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Thoroughbreds aren’t the only ones turning a year older on Jan. 1. Trainer Gary Sherlock celebrates birthday No. 70 on New Year’s Day. DECKED OUT BACK AT SANTA ANITA FOR SANTA YNEZDecked Out has been facing “the nuts” since breaking her maiden first out last May, but is winless in four straight stakes since. Keith Desormeaux hopes the brief drought ends Saturday in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.“She’s freshened and she’s ready to go,” the trainer said of the chestnut daughter of Street Boss, who last raced on Sept. 12, finishing fifth after leading in the Grade II Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.It has not been necessary for her to carry her track with her. She has raced at Santa Anita (where she broke her maiden last May 7); Belmont Park, Saratoga and Churchill. “She’s run all over the country,” Desormeaux said. “Maybe she just needs Santa Anita.”The field: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez; Rockantharos, Edwin Maldonado; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux; Treasuring, Victor Espinoza; One Last Shot, Mike Smith; Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti; Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia; and Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano. QUICK CASABLANCA READY FOR SAN GABRIELQuick Casablanca, who ran a creditable fifth behind turf monster The Pizza Man in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Nov. 26, hopes to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Quick Casablanca drew post 14 on the also-eligible list for the San Gabriel.“He worked really well on the dirt the other day, (six furlongs in 1:12.80), and he really isn’t a dirt horse,” Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally said of the 8-year-old Chilean-bred horse owned by Pablo Gomez. “He’s doing well and he’s had a lot of time between races.”Quick Casablanca’s lone win in 13 U.S. starts came in the Grade III Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita on April 25, 2014.The field: Flamboyant, Brice Blanc; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano; Poshky, Victor Espinoza; Texas Ryno, James Graham; Power Red, Mario Gutierrez; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; Obviously, Joe Talamo; Wanstead Gardens, Gary Stevens; Chiropractor, Corey Nakatani; Macro Access, Martin Garcia; and also-eligibles Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Southern Freedom, Mike Smith; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze.
Arcata >> The Humboldt State men’s basketball team entered the final weekend of the regular season with so many combinations of how it could make the conference tournament that it would leave the Jacks’ heads spinning.There was a simple equation out for the taking. But now they’ll have to take the long way.Humboldt State’s postseason status will come down to the final day of the 2016-17 regular season, as the Jacks couldn’t hold onto a 15-point second-half lead and fell 65-56 to rival Sonoma …
18 August 2014Hashim Amla struck his third century in four one-day internationals to steer South Africa to a convincing 93-run victory over Zimbabwe in a one-day international at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday.The Proteas were put in to bat, but Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura’s decision backfired as Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 109 for the first wicket before De Kock departed for 63 off 69 deliveries.Second century partnershipAmla and Faf du Plessis then added 123 for the second wicket before Du Plessis skied a delivery from Prosper Utseya and was caught by Vusi Sibanda for 59, with the total on 232 in the 43rd over.South African captain Ab de Villiers contributed a quickfire 21 off 12 balls, and JP Duminy struck an unbeaten 22 off of 11 deliveries, to see the Proteas to 309 for 3.Man of the matchMan of the match Amla finished undefeated on 122 from 132 balls, with six fours and three sixes.Off-spinner John Nyumbu picked up 2 for 52 from eight over for the hosts, while fellow spinner Prosper Utseya was the tidiest of the Zimbabwean bowlers, conceding 44 runs from his 10 overs while also removing Du Plessis.Zimbabwean inningsZimbabwe’s reply was propped up by a 100 run stand between Hamilton Mazakadza, who top scored with 61, and Sean Williams, who weighed in with 51, but they regularly lost wickets and their challenge ultimately fell away as they were bowled out for 216 with one ball remaining in their innings.The South African spinners, Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir picked up three wickets apiece at a cost of 43 and 44 runs respectively, while Wayne Parnell claimed 2 for 43.PleasedAfter the game, looking back on South Africa’s batting effort on a slow track, South African captain AB de Villiers declared himself very pleased: “There was talk of 250 at one point and even Hash [Amla] said when he came off that he never thought we would get to 300-plus.“I thought it was a great batting performance today. It was set up by the man himself with Quinton [de Kock] and Faf [du Plessis] batting around him.“It shows you that we are quite dangerous with wickets in hand in the last 10 to 15 overs. It was an exceptional batting performance.”Bowling depthDe Villiers also said it was good to win a game without Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel or Vernon Philander in the line-up because it showed the depth of the South African bowling.“I thought we were good in the field as well,” he added. “It’s easy to go into a situation where you lose your energy and focus, especially after the first 15 overs where we started well. I thought the boys stuck to their guns quite well, we kept taking wickets and stuck to our skills.“It was all-round a good 100 overs for us.”
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?