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Ranking the top 10 college football quarterbacks in 2024

With spring practices about to kick off, we’re taking stock of college football’s top returning players at several positions. First off is the most important position on the field: quarterback.

We polled our college football reporters, asking them to rank their top 10 QBs entering the 2024 season. Points were assigned based on their votes: 10 points for first place, 9 for second place, down to 1 for 10th place.

Our picks include four quarterbacks from the SEC and two who are returning from injury after missing most or all of the 2023 season. And while QBs have been frequent visitors to the transfer portal in recent years, only two transfers from this offseason made our list. So maybe there’s something to be said for continuity behind center.

Here are our picks for the top 10 quarterbacks in college football.

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2023 stats: 3,941 yards passing, 24 TD passes, 6 INTs, 117 yards rushing, 4 TD rushes, 85.2 QBR

Points: 89 (five first-place votes)

After waiting patiently for three seasons, Beck finally took over Georgia’s offense in 2023. He led the Bulldogs to an unbeaten regular season and nearly took them back to the College Football Playoff. In his first season as a starter, he completed a whopping 72.4% of his pass attempts for 3,941 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. After all the concerns about Georgia having a new quarterback and offensive coordinator (Mike Bobo), it ranked fifth in the FBS in scoring (40.1 points per game) and 11th in passing (305.3 yards).

This season, Beck won’t have All-America tight end Brock Bowers or receiver Ladd McConkey. Then again, he didn’t have them at his disposal for extended stretches last season, either. Georgia is still stocked with pass-catchers; it added tight end Benjamin Yurosek (Stanford) and receivers Colbie Young (Miami), Michael Jackson III (USC) and London Humphreys (Vanderbilt) via the transfer portal. Beck should be even more comfortable with 14 starts under his belt. — Mark Schlabach


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2023 stats: 3,660 yards passing, 30 TD passes, 6 INTs, 373 yards rushing, 12 TD rushes, 87.3 QBR

Points: 85 points (three first-place votes)

Gabriel’s transfer from Oklahoma to Oregon was one of the more surprising offseason moves, considering he led the Sooners to a 10-2 mark and threw for 3,660 yards with 30 touchdowns last year. Gabriel, who spent his first three collegiate seasons at UCF, found a new home just days after entering the portal, landing at Oregon, where he will replace Bo Nix. Nix’s success story in Eugene is a blueprint Gabriel would love to follow, as Nix elevated his game significantly after heading west from Auburn. The Ducks didn’t just bring in Gabriel through the portal, either. Dante Moore, the former five-star recruit who saw extensive playing time for UCLA as a true freshman in 2023, also transferred in for what is assumed to be a developmental year behind Gabriel.

Gabriel enters the season No. 8 on the all-time FBS passing list with 14,865 yards and needs 4,353 to break Case Keenum’s record (19,217). That would require Gabriel to set a career high, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility given Nix threw for 4,508 yards for the Ducks last season. — Kyle Bonagura


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2023 stats: 3,479 yards passing, 22 TD passes, 6 INTs, 75 yards rushing, 5 TD rushes, 78.7 QBR

Points: 71 (two first-place votes)

Ewers transformed his body (and his haircut) before last season and dedicated himself to getting better. He did just that, finishing the season with 3,479 yards, which was 15th most among all FBS quarterbacks, to go with 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He helped guide the Longhorns to a 12-2 record with the only blemishes a 4-point loss to Oklahoma in the regular season and a 37-31 loss to Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Texas is losing its top two receivers (Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell) to the NFL, but the staff brought in Alabama’s Isaiah Bond, Houston’s Matthew Golden and Oregon State’s Silas Bolden to help fill those voids and give Ewers more players on the outside. The Longhorns face a tough schedule in 2024, with Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Texas A&M all on the slate. But Ewers has experience, talent around him and a knowledge of the offensive system, all of which should help him replicate — and perhaps surpass — the success he and the team saw in 2023. — Tom VanHaaren


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2023 stats: 2,834 yards passing, 23 TD passes, 6 INTs, 531 yards rushing, 12 TD rushes, 80.5 QBR

Points: 57

When Alabama benched Milroe following a Week 2 loss to Texas in 2023, few expected him to project as a top-five quarterback for the following season. But he responded well to the setback, developing his downfield passing skills and other areas, and helping the Tide to an SEC championship and a CFP appearance. Milroe completed more than 80% of his passes in his first two games after the benching, and finished at 65.8% for the season. He also threw only three interceptions on 218 pass attempts in his final 10 games. Milroe ended his first season as Alabama’s starter with 2,834 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes while showcasing his mobility against the likes of LSU, Auburn, Michigan and Kentucky.

His next challenge will be adjusting to a new coaching staff, led by Kalen DeBoer and coordinator Nick Sheridan. DeBoer transformed Michael Penix Jr. into a record-setting passer and undoubtedly will feature Milroe’s deep-ball talent. Like Penix did at Washington, Milroe will need much better protection after taking 44 sacks in 2023, including six against Michigan in the CFP semifinal. But if he can maintain or elevate his efficiency, he will be in the mix for the Heisman Trophy and other national awards this fall. — Adam Rittenberg


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2023 stats: 2,869 yards passing, 25 TD passes, 6 INTs, -33 yards rushing, 0 TD rushes, 83.8 QBR

Points: 42

Fifita was a 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect out of Anaheim, California, and he had an unassuming set of offers from schools in his region (Arizona, Cal, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Utah State). Even if he were to eventually turn into a solid player, he wasn’t the type of prospect a coach would lean on for an overnight program turnaround. And yet … after an 8-8 start to Jedd Fisch’s tenure in Tucson — which was a solid improvement in itself considering the Wildcats had lost 23 of 24 games before he arrived — the Wildcats ignited the moment Fifita entered the lineup for an injured Jayden de Laura. He nearly led upsets of both Washington (he threw for 232 yards and three TDs in a 31-24 loss) and USC (303 yards and five scores in a 43-41 loss), and from mid-October on, he didn’t lose again.

A relative unknown before the season, Fifita finished with 2,869 yards and 25 touchdowns despite starting only nine games, and he finished eighth in Total QBR, ahead of such notables as USC’s Caleb Williams, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe and Florida State’s Jordan Travis. Fisch left for Washington, but both Fifita and 1,400-yard receiver Tetairoa McMillan remained with UA, and they could lead the Wildcats to a lovely start to life in the Big 12. — Bill Connelly


145

2023 stats: 3,364 yards passing, 23 TD passes, 5 INTs, 391 yards rushing, 8 TD rushes, 78.5 QBR

Points: 41

Expectations are soaring for Ole Miss headed into 2024, and it all starts with quarterback Jaxson Dart. Last year, Dart capped the first 11-win season in school history with an impressive performance in a 38-25 win over Penn State in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, throwing for 379 yards with three touchdown passes, while adding a rushing score. In all, Dart threw for 3,364 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions in his best year to date. Another year under Lane Kiffin and those numbers should improve even further.

Now consider who returns alongside Dart — receivers Tre Harris and Jordan Watkins and tight end Caden Prieskorn. Harris and Prieskorn combined for 17 catches for 270 yards in the Peach Bowl. Though there are questions at running back with Quinshon Judkins leaving for Ohio State, the Rebels return talent at that position too. But ultimately all eyes will turn to Dart as he tries to lead Ole Miss into the College Football Playoff for the first time. — Andrea Adelson


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2023 stats: 705 yards passing, 5 TD passes, 1 INT, 74 yards rushing, 0 TD rushes, 82.7 QBR

Points: 34

All he’s got to do is stay on the field. In his past 14 complete games, Daniels has thrown for 3,336 yards, 29 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while rushing for 691 yards (not including sacks). He scrambles beautifully, avoiding both sacks and picks, and over the 2022-23 seasons, he produced the highest combined Total QBR of any returning quarterback. But finding that “14 complete games” sample requires you to look through Kansas’ past 29 games. He missed a month in 2022 and saw snaps in only three games last season because of back issues. He was a huge reason for the Jayhawks’ fast starts in both 2022 and 2023, but he hasn’t played since Sept. 23 of last season.

Is this the year it all comes together for the player from Lawndale, California? He’s got a dynamite running back corps, with 1,200-yard rusher Devin Neal and big Daniel Hishaw Jr., at his disposal, and his receiving group is loaded with seniors. Kansas went 9-4 with backup Jason Bean starting most of last season, and the offense has truckloads of experience for new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes. Yep, all Daniels has to do is stay on the field. Hopefully this is the year. — Connelly


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2023 stats: 3,230 yards passing, 27 TD passes, 3 INTs, -77 yards rushing, 4 TD rushes, 63.1 QBR

Points: 33

Colorado’s start to the season ended up being a mirage on several levels, but not regarding Sanders, who transitioned well from the FCS to the FBS. He finished ninth nationally in completion percentage (69.3%), 10th in passing yards average (293.6 ypg) and fourth in interception percentage (0.7%) despite the team’s late-season challenges and an incessant pummeling that left him with a broken back.

Sanders set Colorado’s single-game passing record in his Buffs debut, piling up 510 yards at TCU. He had 348 passing yards or more in five games and had multiple touchdown passes seven times, while throwing just one interception in his final six contests. Sanders generated NFL draft buzz, especially during the first half of the season, and finished with a team-record 3,230 passing yards and 27 touchdown passes (second most in CU history).

He will enter his first full season with coordinator Pat Shurmur, who took over playcalling in November. Sanders ultimately must do his part to limit sacks and hits after taking 52 sacks and being pressured on 39.9% of his dropbacks. If he stays healthy and keeps progressing in the Buffs’ new league, he should be one of the top quarterbacks on NFL draft boards for 2025. — Rittenberg


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2023 stats: DNP

Points: 24

Rising wasn’t supposed to be Utah’s savior back in September 2021. The Utes opened that season with Charlie Brewer as their starter after the Baylor transfer beat out Rising for the job. The early results were poor, however, and Utah lost its first two games against FBS foes before coach Kyle Whittingham made a change. And once Utah was Rising’s team, the Utes never looked back.

Rising and the Utes went 9-1 and won a Pac-12 championship before losing in a shootout against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl — a game in which Rising accounted for three TDs and completed 77% of his throws. It was more of the same in 2022, with Rising leading the Utes to a 10-3 record and another Pac-12 title before falling to Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Over the course of those two seasons, Rising was 18-6 as a starter with 46 touchdown passes, 13 picks and an 83.6 Total QBR.

But for a true appreciation of Rising’s value, just look what happened to Utah’s offense when he missed the 2023 campaign with a knee injury. The Utes went from averaging nearly 39 points in 2022 to just 23 last year, and saw a decline of 85 passing yards per game, while their pass TD total was cut in half. — David Hale


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2023 stats: 3,735 yards passing, 25 TD passes, 7 INTs, 144 yards rushing, 8 TD rushes, 65.2 QBR

Points: 19

In what might have been the most dramatic quarterback transfer of the offseason, Washington State’s Cam Ward entered the portal, declared for the NFL draft — in what now appears to have been a leverage play — and finally opted to stay in school at Miami. Ward’s talent is obvious. He had several incredible moments for the Cougars over the past two seasons and was an FCS revelation at Incarnate Word before that. But consistency has been an issue. He threw for 3,735 yards last season, but over a five-game winless stretch in the middle of the season, tossed just four touchdown passes.

Washington State was aware very early last season that it would likely be Ward’s final season in Pullman. The Cougars didn’t have the NIL firepower to keep him around and the collapse of the Pac-12 made his departure nearly a sure thing. This could be a make-or-break year for Ward in terms of his NFL outlook. He would have been a late-round prospect had he stayed in the draft, but if he improves his consistency, he could be considered a top-three-round type of player. — Bonagura

Also receiving votes: Brady Cook, Missouri (13); Riley Leonard, Notre Dame (11); Will Howard, Ohio State (8); Garrett Greene, West Virginia (5); Nico Iamaleava, Tennessee (4); Kaidon Salter, Liberty (4); DJ Uiagalelei, Florida State (4); Jackson Arnold, Oklahoma (2); Conner Weigman, Texas A&M (2); Kyron Drones, Virginia Tech (1); Will Rogers, Washington (1)

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Kate, Princess of Wales: Why the royals have become the center of conspiracy theories | CNN

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Prince William visits the British Red Cross in London on February 20, 2024.

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The decision of Prince William to pull out of an important family gathering on Tuesday, and the absence of an explanation, has engulfed the British royal family in a tidal wave of gossip, speculation and wild conspiracy theories.

Some of that is par for the course, for a family that has never been far from the headlines in the modern media age. But the discourse reached a frenzied level this week – particularly in the unchecked realms of social media.

As the event – a memorial service for William’s late godfather, former King Constantine II of Greece – was getting underway at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Tuesday, royal insiders revealed the Prince of Wales would miss it due to a personal matter. William, a source told CNN, had called the Greek royal family to let them know of his last-minute change of plans.

Skipping events doesn’t normally spark the sort of theorizing that has ensued. Go back two years and there simply wouldn’t have been the same level of online speculation that has been witnessed in recent days.

But many have been left unsettled by the seemingly never-ending run of recent royal heartache and health scares. The death of Queen Elizabeth II, and both King Charles III and Catherine, Princess of Wales getting ill soon after, plus the fact that the public haven’t seen Kate since Christmas Day, have all contributed to the speculation.

The series of devastating blows was further compounded with the sudden death of Thomas Kingston, the husband of the King’s cousin Lady Gabriella, at the age of 45. It is understood that William’s non-attendance was not tied to the news of Kingston’s death, which was revealed publicly on the same day as Constantine’s memorial.

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An undated handout photo provided by the Buckingham Palace shows Lady Gabriella Kingston and her husband, Thomas, who died suddenly on Sunday.

The royal source wouldn’t be drawn on exactly what had prevented William from going to the service. With that lack of clarity, people have linked his absence with that of his wife, Kate, who is still at home recuperating from surgery. Many saw the prince’s recent return to royal duties as a signal that the prognosis in the Wales household was improving quickly.

Others have suggested it should have been easy for the heir to the throne to join his wider family at Windsor Castle as he only lives a roughly five-minute drive away at Adelaide Cottage and as his three children were at school when the event was taking place.

If the role of monarchy is presence, continuity and unity, it was a stark visual seeing the royal family enter the chapel without several key senior faces among them.

It’s worth emphasizing that the royal source told CNN that Kate “continues to be doing well” in her recovery. And even though the palace was clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales’ recuperation would take her away from public duties for several months after her abdominal operation, people are still trying to fill in the gaps.

Kensington Palace made a rare move in the face of the speculation on Kate’s whereabouts and health, with a spokesperson saying on Thursday that the palace “made it clear in January the timelines of the Princess’ recovery and we’d only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands.”

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(Right to left) Queen Camilla, Princess Anne, her husband, Adm. Timothy Laurence, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the service for the late King Constantine II of Greece at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on Tuesday.

While William wasn’t present at the memorial service on Tuesday, his diary hasn’t been cleared of public events and he was back in action on Thursday.

The palace has been trying to give out as much information as it can without compromising medical privacy. This is the challenge of an age-old monarchy operating in a transformed landscape, where people expect information immediately. It’s not always that the public is being insensitive, but rather that people care and want to know why someone they are used to seeing has disappeared from public view.

As a society, we’re accustomed to having information at our fingertips and there is an instinctive desire to fill the void. An example of plugging holes in gaps of knowledge is best represented in Netflix’s “The Crown.” It was initially based on historical record but as seasons moved closer to the present day, writers and producers were forced to dramatize moments for storytelling purposes.

The reality is that no one – beyond those immediately involved – knows exactly why William pulled out of this family event or how Kate is feeling day-to-day. The latest developments have emphasized that, while the Waleses are public servants, they are also people vulnerable to the same struggles we all face.

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Over 180,000 Helldivers 2 players are storming a single planet and are on track to liberate it in under 24 hours—unless Arrowhead’s devious DM gets mean again (Update: He did)


In case you’ve not been paying attention to your Super Earth mandated briefings, Helldivers 2 players have been entrenched in a defensive war with the Automatons for a while now—and while there’ve been some perceived problems from the playerbase (and yours truly), I can’t deny that Arrowhead has hit a bullseye on its intended goal to make a rad as hell emergent story.

Even this second major order has spawned countless memes, propaganda posters, and an entire “robot vietnam” planet that, like, 30,000 individual people have been glued to for almost zero tactical benefit. They just think it’s neat. But it’s officially over—those damned dirty robots won.

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We lost the major order—so what comes next? Veld. That’s it. While the war against the Automatons has been a long, drawn-out campaign, the next major order is “Hey. Go liberate a single planet.” Should be simple, right? Nice breezy mission. In and out, one day at the least, get a quick 45 warbond medals. Right?

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I decided to hop and liberate some oil from the planet for Super Earth myself, and aside from some distinctly Creek-ian jungle vibes, I didn’t find much amiss. It was a standard ‘kill bugs’ mission. I laughed, my squad mates laughed, a bug laughed, we killed the bug. It was a good time. Then I double checked the Discord and everyone was having a heart attack.

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Alright, here’s the reason for the scare—courtesy of helldivers.io and a few boffins that are currently tearing their hair out on the Helldivers 2 Discord as we speak. Veld initially had a recovery rate of around 7%. That’s how many percentage points an hour the bugs get on the planet, and the number players need to outpace and win that particular tug of war.


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Post-COVID, depression, anxiety-related prescriptions see major uptick

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House prepares to vote to prevent approaching government shutdown

Lawmakers planned to move quickly Thursday to pass yet another short-term government spending bill, delaying a shutdown deadline past the weekend to buy more time to finish delicate negotiations.

The House is set to vote on legislation that would extend the deadlines for federal funding to March 8 and March 22, part of an agreement struck Wednesday between House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to prevent a shutdown that would otherwise shutter about 20 percent of the federal government just after the stroke of midnight Saturday.

Without the extension, critical services at the Transportation Department would go offline. Food stamp programs could quickly run low on funding. Housing assistance for millions of families would fall into jeopardy. And a week later, funds for the rest of the government, including the Defense and State departments, will also expire unless Congress acts.

Another government shutdown deadline hits this week. Here’s what to know.

The funding bill the House will vote on Thursday is designed to give lawmakers more time to finalize annual spending bills, or appropriations legislation. But it first must pass through an unusual process in the lower chamber that leaves it vulnerable to far-right Republicans who oppose the measure.

Without the support of a majority of the House GOP, the party’s rules say Johnson should not bring the vote to the floor. The last stopgap funding bill the House passed achieved that majority by just a single vote. And if the measure does have enough Republican support, it still also needs a two-thirds majority of the chamber to pass under a process that suspends normal procedural rules.

“I would characterize this as progress given a very tumultuous atmosphere with four corners … all of whom sometimes have very different priorities,” Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), one of the House GOP’s top negotiators, said. “When you’re making progress, good things happen.”

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol appeared to accept the new short-term framework — but were not too pleased by it.

“If that’s what it takes to get this done, then let’s do it. But this ‘kicking the can down the road’ crap really does need to stop,” said Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), the top Democratic negotiator on the defense appropriations bill.

This government funding process was supposed to be far less fraught. President Biden and then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy last spring agreed to constrain federal spending for the 2024 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, in exchange for suspending the debt limit.

But far-right lawmakers in the House grew furious with McCarthy for not extracting deeper spending cuts, and they ultimately ousted him from the speakership. Republicans elected Johnson as his replacement in late October, and the Louisianian has struggled to navigate spending debates ever since.

In November, he steered the House to pass a stopgap funding bill, called a continuing resolution or CR, that staggered funding deadlines for the federal government over two dates, then pledged he would not consider another CR for the fiscal year.

In January, he and Schumer agreed to a $1.7 trillion fiscal framework, adhering to the limits set by the debt ceiling agreement, then passed another CR to allow appropriators sufficient time to negotiate individual line items.

“Congress has had two chances to shut down the government. Each time a substantial majority in each party said, ‘No,’” Rep. Tom Cole, vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee and a key Johnson ally, said Wednesday. “We can certainly slide into [a government shutdown], but I think most people think it’s not a smart thing to do. I think we’ll be able to get the CR. I think that gives the speaker the time he needs to get these two packages through.”

The far-right House Freedom Caucus and a growing chorus of other conservatives have pushed Johnson to buck the debt limit deal and press for conservative policy provisions — on issues including restrictions on abortion access and LGBTQ rights and clawing back Biden’s climate agenda and immigration orders — as part of a funding agreement.

Short of those achievements, Johnson’s right flank has urged him to abandon passing appropriations bills altogether and extend funding on a temporary basis until October, which would trigger across-the-board spending cuts throughout the federal government as part of the deal that suspended the debt limit. Those cuts would even hit defense spending, long a sacred cow to Republicans.

“It seems right now what we’re doing is — we’re doing what the Democrats want to do so that it will pass the Senate and be signed by the White House, and that’s not a win for the American people,” Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), chair of the archconservative House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday.

But Johnson and his raucous House Republican conference have very little leverage to exact those spending cuts or policy wins. The Freedom Caucus has routinely blocked procedural votes, stalling business on the House floor in protest of the speaker’s spending decisions.

With only a tiny GOP majority, that’s forced Johnson to court support from Democrats for nearly any legislation to clear the chamber.

“We need a larger majority,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), the hard-right budget hawk who authored the proposal for the government-wide spending cuts. “It’s almost impossible right now with a two-seat majority.”

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Disney Sued Over Doctor’s Allergy Death After Meal at Resort Restaurant

The husband of a Long Island doctor who died of a severe allergic reaction after eating at a Disney World restaurant is suing the Walt Disney Company and the restaurant, saying his wife had been served allergens despite assurances that she would not be.

The doctor, Kanokporn Tangsuan, died in October after dining with her husband, Jeffrey Piccolo, at the restaurant, the Raglan Road Irish Pub, in a section of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., according to Mr. Piccolo’s lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 22.

Dr. Tangsuan, 42, of Carle Place, N.Y., was a family medicine specialist affiliated with N.Y.U. Langone Hospital Long Island. She and Mr. Piccolo were visiting Disney World with Mr. Piccolo’s mother when Dr. Tangsuan died, according to the lawsuit.

Brian R. Denney, a lawyer for Mr. Piccolo, said in a statement that Dr. Tangsuan’s death had been “totally preventable.” The couple, Mr. Denney said, “trusted Disney’s Raglan Road to follow proper protocols and make good on their repeated promises to serve food that was allergen free.”

Inquiries sent to Disney and the restaurant seeking comment were not immediately returned.

As described in the suit, the events leading to Dr. Tangsuan’s death unfolded as follows:

She, Mr. Piccolo and Mr. Piccolo’s mother went to the Raglan Road pub for dinner on Oct. 5. Dr. Tangsuan was severely allergic to dairy and nuts, and she and her husband chose the restaurant because, based on advertising in which Disney indicated that accommodation of people with food allergies was a priority at its resorts, they believed it would have the necessary safeguards to protect people with such allergies.

When a waiter came to their table, the couple told him about Dr. Tangsuan’s food allergies, said she required allergen-free food and asked whether various menu items contained allergens.

The waiter left to consult with the chef about whether certain foods could be made allergen-free, returned to the table, said that they could be and guaranteed that allergen-free food was what Dr. Tangsuan would be served.

The couple questioned the waiter several more times to confirm that the food Dr. Tangsuan was ordering was allergen-free, and they were assured “unequivocally” that it would be.

Based on that guarantee, Dr. Tangsuan ordered onion rings and items labeled “Sure I’m Frittered,” “Scallop Forest” and “This Shepherd Went Vegan.”

When the waiter returned with Dr. Tangsuan’s order, some of the items did not have flags in them marking them as allergen-free. Dr. Tangsuan and Mr. Piccolo asked again about the presence of allergens, and the waiter again said Dr. Tangsuan’s food was allergen-free.

Dr. Tangsuan, Mr. Piccolo and Mr. Piccolo’s mother ate their meal. When they finished, the two women went shopping nearby, and Mr. Piccolo returned to their hotel with leftovers from their meal.

About 45 minutes later, Dr. Tangsuan had a severe allergic reaction after entering the Planet Hollywood outlet. She began to have severe difficulty breathing, collapsed to the floor and used an EpiPen. Someone soon called 911, and Dr. Tangsuan was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy by the District 9 medical examiner’s office in Orlando, Fla., determined that the cause of death was anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction. The autopsy report notes Dr. Tangsuan’s reported history of allergies to dairy products and peanuts and said that she had used an EpiPen before becoming unresponsive. The manner of death was accidental, the report says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2021 that 6.2 percent of U.S. adults 18 and older had food allergies, although deaths caused by such allergies are rare. For instance, there were 24 food-allergy deaths in New York City from 2000 to 2014, including four from peanuts, according to a study published in The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Claire Fahy contributed reporting.

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Cardiff City and Willie McKay set for new hearing after club begins contempt of court proceedings

Cardiff City have filed contempt of court proceedings against Willie McKay, after it was claimed the football agent failed to comply with an out-of-court agreement relating to the Emiliano Sala transfer in January 2019.

The latest development comes weeks after Cardiff and McKay reached an agreement, where McKay agreed to hand over any documentation relating to the transfer.

The Welsh club sued McKay, requiring him to search for and hand over documents relating to the Sala transfer in January 2019.

As part of the settlement, McKay’s wife Janice and son Mark were added to the dispute and were required to hand over documents by February 26.

Cardiff’s legal team claim that neither party has complied with the agreement; failing to hand over documents nor provide details of searches undertaken in relation to Sala’s transfer from Nantes to Cardiff.

Cardiff issued contempt of court proceedings against Willie, Janice and Mark McKay on February 28 and a hearing will take place in Cardiff on March 5.

If the court finds contempt was committed, the McKays could face a fine, imprisonment, or confiscation of assets.

Sala was due to complete a club-record fee move to Cardiff from Nantes during the January transfer window in 2019 but died after his private plane crashed over the English Channel.

Cardiff have sued Nantes in France and sued McKay in order to gain information about his involvement in the transfer.

Cardiff City say they continue “to search for the truth about what happened to Emiliano Sala and will pursue all undisclosed evidence relentlessly”.

IPS Law’s Chris Farnell is representing the McKays and told Sky Sports News that his client would not be commenting at this time.

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Snowflake's Frank Slootman to retire from CEO role, will remain board chair

(Bloomberg) — Snowflake Inc. is heading for its biggest decline on record after the software maker delivered a disappointing sales forecast and announced that Chief Executive Officer Frank Slootman is stepping down from the role.

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Product revenue — a closely watched measure — will be $745 million to $750 million in the first quarter, Snowflake said in a statement Wednesday. Analysts had predicted $769.5 million on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. A full-year forecast also fell well short of projections.

Shares plunged 22% premarket trading Thursday after the forecast was released. If the decline holds, it will be Snowflake’s biggest fall on record.

Snowflake’s revenue growth slowed sharply in 2023 after many businesses cut back on their software purchases. This trend, termed cost optimization, also affected cloud providers like Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. But both those companies, which lead the market for renting out computing power and storage, signaled recently that this cost-cutting behavior among customers had begun to wane.

The challenge of reinvigorating Snowflake will fall to the company’s senior vice president of AI, Sridhar Ramaswamy, who is taking over the CEO role. He joined Snowflake last year with the company’s acquisition of Neeva, an AI-powered search engine. Ramaswamy previously ran Google’s ad products.

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His elevation underscores a focus on AI for Snowflake. The company, which makes data analysis and storage software, stands to benefit from new projects tied to generative artificial intelligence, Mandeep Singh and Damian Reimertz of Bloomberg Intelligence said ahead of earnings. Snowflake’s products may be attractive when “enterprises aim to use their proprietary data to fine-tune foundational large language models without having to move the data to public clouds.”

The rout weighed on shares of Snowflake’s tech peers, with Datadog Inc., MongoDB Inc., Cloudflare Inc. and Confluent Inc. all slipping.

The CEO change is effective immediately, and Ramaswamy is joining the board. The 57-year-old will be awarded about $100 million in stock awards over the next five years, in addition to a $750,000 annual salary, according to a filing Wednesday. He’ll also get an annual incentive bonus targeted at 100% of his salary.

Slootman, who has run the company since 2019, will remain chairman. He took Snowflake public in 2020 and turned the business into a major force in the software industry. It was the third initial public offering for Slootman, who previously oversaw IPOs at ServiceNow Inc. and Data Domain Inc.

Snowflake Chairman and CEO Frank Slootman presents a snowboard as a gift to NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang at Snowflake Summit 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. June 26, 2023.    Courtesy of Snowflake/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY

Snowflake Chairman and CEO Frank Slootman presents a snowboard as a gift to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang in June. Courtesy of Snowflake/Handout via REUTERS (via REUTERS / Reuters)

It’s “a big loss for Snowflake,” said Mike Spencer, investor relations chief at fellow software maker Salesforce Inc. “Just look at his track record — the guy’s been an amazing executive over the years, taken three companies public. He’s a proven winner.” Spencer added that he’s heard good things about Ramaswamy.

Slootman has long been known as one of tech’s toughest leaders. He said that a CEO needs to be “insanely confrontational” in an episode of the No Priors podcast in 2023, adding that leaders must push for more urgency. In 2021, he drew outcry for saying that diversity goals were secondary to merit in hiring. Slootman later apologized, saying he didn’t intend to imply that diversity and merit were “mutually exclusive.”

His departure from the top job at Snowflake is a “massive surprise,” Evercore ISI analyst Kirk Materne said in a note, adding that Ramaswamy had “big shoes to fill.”

On a call with analysts Wednesday, Ramaswamy said that AI spending would benefit the company.

“There’s no AI strategy without a data strategy, and this has opened a massive opportunity,” he said. “We must have clear focus and move even faster to bring innovation on the Snowflake platform to our customers and partners. This will be my focus.”

In contrast with the weak forecast, Snowflake’s results were stronger than anticipated. In the fiscal fourth quarter, product revenue increased 33% to $738.1 million. Analysts estimated $723.3 million on average. Profit, excluding some items, was 35 cents a share in the period, which ended Jan. 31. That compared with the average projection of 18 cents.

The “halo effect” of generative AI helped drive data modernization efforts among Snowflake customers, Guggenheim Securities analyst John DiFucci said in a note ahead of earnings.

Snowflake now has 461 customers that spent more than $1 million over a trailing 12-month period, up from 436 the previous quarter. Remaining performance obligations — another key benchmark of growth — were $5.2 billion, topping estimates.

Consumption trends are “improving, but not back to the pre-fiscal 2024 levels,” Chief Financial Officer Mike Scarpelli said on the conference call. The finance chief, who joined the company in August 2019, said he has committed to staying with Snowflake for at least another three years.

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'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo says OnlyFans 'saved' her after vaccine stance lost her roles

Drea de Matteo is opening up about how joining OnlyFans “saved” her amid economic hardship.

The “Sopranos” star, 52, who joined the adult subscription-only website in August, said in an interview with the DailyMail published Tuesday that she was on the verge of losing her home and only had $10 in her bank account before posting content on the platform.

“OnlyFans saved my life, 100 percent,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m saying that, but it really did save us.”

Matteo previously revealed that she was unable to get work in Hollywood due to her refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“They put me into foreclosure and my house had flooded, so I was trying to sell the house quickly. I wanted to try and sell it before they took it,” she told DailyMail. “At the same time, I lost my mom, and my other mom, who has dementia, had run out of money for her caregiver. I didn’t know which way was up.”

Drea de Matteo joined OnlyFans in August after being unable to book jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drea de Matteo joined OnlyFans in August after being unable to book jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The actress said that within five minutes of posting on OnlyFans she made enough money to pay off her home and launch a streetwear brand as a secondary source of income.

“Anybody that wants to condemn me and put me down, go for it. I just hope you never find yourself in the position I was in to take care of two little kids,” she said.

Matteo shares daughter Alabama Gypsyrose, 16, and son Waylon Albert “Blackjack,” 12, with her ex Shooter Jennings.

The “Sons of Anarchy” actress also revealed her secret to making great content. “For the most part like I look good, and the best part about it is I get to be heavier. I don’t look good in the pictures if I’m skinny. Before the photo shoot, I get to eat and eat. I get to bulk up to look better,” she said.

“We’re just carb loading. I’m just being an Italian lady in the world, eating spaghetti and pasta and steak,” Matteo revealed of her pre-photo shoot diet.

In an interview with Fox News in September, the actress said that she was forced to “switch careers and figure new things out because my own industry thinks I’m a savage,” referring to her stance against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. “I guess you could say I was a bad girl because I did not follow the rules a couple of years ago.”

“I used to have a lot of money. And then, all of a sudden, I went from being allowed to work to never being allowed to work again,” Matteo said. “I was never the kind of actor that took jobs just to stay in the business. I literally took jobs to feed my family.”

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Matteo appeared on “The Sopranos” as a series regular for the first five seasons. In 2004, she won an Emmy for supporting actress in a drama series for her portrayal of La Cerva.

She was also a regular on “Sons of Anarchy” and “Shades of Blue.”

Matteo is the latest in a slew of celebrities who have embraced the subscription-based platform, including Cardi BCarmen ElectraBella ThorneDenise Richards, Amber Rose, Tyga and Chris Brown.

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Taylor Swift baked pop tarts to charm her way into Travis Kelce’s circle

Taylor Swift won over Travis Kelce and his teammates with a homemade delight.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid recently revealed that the 34-year-old singer baked pop tarts to ease her way into the coterie of her beloved.

“Kind of behind-the-scenes, she, to fit in — she didn’t even know she was doing this, I don’t think — she likes to cook, so she made the offensive linemen these homemade pop tarts,” he said in an interview with Mike Florio and Chris Simms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“So it was over. She knew right where to go.”

However, the coach quipped: “She didn’t give me one, and the offensive linemen definitely didn’t give me one.”

Reid also disputed claims about Swift posing as a distraction for the team due to renewed interest of her fans after she began attending the games.

Noting it was “never an issue,” he shared: “Travis handled it great. [Taylor] handled it great.”

“I knew her dad and her mom — good, solid people. I met her when she was young. And she’s so grounded for who she is,” Reid continued of the Lover singer.

“I mentioned somewhere that since the queen passed away, she might be the most famous woman in the world,” Reid added. “But she handles it.”

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