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Passing game improvements a bye-week focus for WVU football | Sports

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically, in the passing game.

Brown pointed out on Tuesday that the struggles aren’t necessarily represented in the team’s statistics. After all, the Mountaineers are averaging 263.7 passing yards per game entering this weekend, good enough for 26th out of 76 teams nationally and fourth best among Big 12 schools. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege is third among league throwers (241 yards per game) and fourth in completion percentage (66.3%).

Yet where the Mountaineers have yet to break through, at least on a consistent basis, is throwing the ball downfield and accounting for explosive plays. Doege’s average of seven yards per attempt is seventh in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

Obviously, all of that doesn’t fall on the Mountaineer signal-caller. There have been protection issues. There has been inconsistent play at wideout. But the combination of it all was a focal point of the bye week, and with such a

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Lady Tigers find improvements in loss to IAHS | Sports

HATLEY – The Hatley Lady Tigers were swept by Itawamba AHS on Thursday night 3-0 by scores of 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 but found plenty of improvements as their first season as a team starts to come to a close.

“We were in there for all three sets, and we competed hard,” Hatley coach Chris George said. “Our serves are getting better. We are communicating better on the court, and we gave ourselves a chance tonight. Unfortunately we came out on the losing end, but I have zero complaints about tonight’s game. I’m proud of the girls and the way they got after it.”

Hatley jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but Itawamba fought back and took a 7-6 lead. The Lady Tigers weren’t done, going back on top both at 10-9 and 12-11 and getting back up by three.

The Lady Indians retook the lead before three straight service aces from Aspen Johnson put Hatley back on top at 21-20. IAHS got the lead back and scored the final two points to take the 25-22 win.

IAHS went up 3-0 in the second set before the Lady Tigers came back and tied the game. IAHS led by as many as six three different times, but Hatley made it interesting, cutting it to four late before falling 25-20.

The third set saw the Lady Indians get another big lead before Hatley tied the game again. IAHS went back on top 7-6 and led by as many as eight before Hatley cut it to four once again.

They trailed by six again before an Emma Rose Thompson kill made it 22-17 and then 22-18, but the Lady Indians hung on for another 25-20 win and the sweep.

Thompson led with five kills, while Madison Mitchell had four kills.

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Zacks Value Trader Highlights: Anthem, Cigna Corp, Gray Television, Hibbett Sports and Meritage Homes

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Chicago, IL – October 2, 2020 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:

Welcome to Episode #208 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

With the S&P 500 briefly testing a 10% correction, before finishing September down 3.9%, now’s the time to screen for classic value stocks.

Screening for Classic Value

Classic value is the toughest to screen for.

It involves all of the classic value fundamentals including low price-to-earnings, price-to-book, price-to-sales and price to cash flow ratios along with a PEG ratio under 1.0, which indicates both growth and value.

That would limit the screen considerably.

But if you add on the top Zacks Ranks of #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy), which should mean earnings estimates are on the rise, that will narrow it further.

And to top it off, why not throw on Zacks Value Style Scores of A or B, which are the top style scores.

This screen produced just 9 stocks.

They’re all cheap with top Ranks and Style Scores.

5 Top Classic Value Stocks

1. Anthem, Inc. ANTM is a healthcare insurer with a market cap of $67 billion. Shares are down 11.5% this year due to uncertainty over the future of the ACA, aka Obamacare. It has a forward P/E of 11.6 and a P/S ratio of just 0.6.

2. Cigna Corporation CI is also a healthcare insurer with a market cap of $63 billion. It’s shares are down 17.5%