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Miami Hurricanes football

The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the sport of American football. The Hurricanes compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference; the program has won five AP national championships. The Miami Hurricanes are among the decorated football programs in NCAA history. Miami is ranked fourth on the list of All-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, tied with Southern California and Ohio State and behind Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma. Miami holds a number of NFL Draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft and most consecutive drafts with at least one first-round selection. Two Hurricanes have won the Heisman Trophy and nine have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame; the team plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. The Hurricanes' head coach is Manny Diaz; the University of Miami football program began with just a freshman team in 1926.

Its first game was played on October 23, 1926, a 7–0 win over Rollins College before 304 fans. Under the guidance of head coach Howard "Cub" Buck, the freshman team posted a perfect 8–0 record in its inaugural season. Two of the wins were against the University of Havana, one on Thanksgiving Day in Miami and one at Havana on Christmas Day. Miami's last home game of the season featured a first: the first Hurricane football game played on New Year's Day against Howard at Miami's University Stadium. Around this time, the team adopted the official nickname "Hurricanes", though the exact timing and origin of the name is unclear. Varsity competition began in 1927, with Miami beating Rollins, 39–3, in its first game and going on to a 3–6–1 record; the team improved to 4–4–1 in 1928, but it was not enough for Buck to keep his job, he was replaced prior to the 1929 season with J. Burton Rix head coach at Southern Methodist. Rix's arrival was funded by a group of local businessmen; that off-season, the program, which competed as an independent during its first two years of existence, joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

1929 saw Miami play its first varsity road game, Rix led the team to its first winning season, going 3–2. His tenure, was short-lived. Ernest Brett replaced Rix, in 1930, Miami played Temple in its first game outside the South, losing 34–0 to the Owls in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On October 31, 1930, the Hurricanes played in one of the nation's first night games vs. Bowden College in Miami. Brett only lasted one year, Tom McCann became the program's fourth head coach in 1931. Under McCann, the football program experienced its most successful seasons to that point. After a difficult first year, Miami put together a winning record in 1932 and served as host to the inaugural Palm Festival, defeating Manhattan College 7–0 at Moore Park in Miami. A 5–1–2 campaign and another Palm Festival berth followed in 1933, in 1934, the program played in its first official bowl game, losing to Bucknell in the first Orange Bowl, 26–0. In 1935, a group of Miami football supporters sought to hire Red Grange as coach.

However, the move was vetoed by President Bowman Foster Ashe, in part because of the $7,500 salary that Grange had requested. Instead Irl Tubbs took over as head coach in 1935, though Miami compiled an 11–5–2 record in his two seasons, it did not play in a bowl in either year. After Irl Tubbs resigned following the 1936 season to become head coach at Iowa, Jack Harding was hired to serve as both head football coach and athletic director at Miami. In 1937, the Hurricanes moved into the brand new Burdine Municipal Stadium, located west of downtown Miami; the following year, Miami played archrival Florida for the first time, defeating the Gators 19–7 at Florida Field, won the program's first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title with an 8–2 record. The Hurricanes, left the SIAA just three years becoming an independent once again. Harding led the Hurricanes to eight- and seven- win campaigns in 1941 and 1942 before he was called away by World War II service. Eddie Dunn, a former star running back at Miami under Harding, stepped into the void and served as head coach during Harding's two-year war service.

Though the Hurricanes won five games in 1943, they faltered in 1944, winning just one game against seven losses and a tie. Fortunes changed with Harding's return in 1945, as the Hurricanes went 9–1–1 and returned to the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1934, defeating Holy Cross 13–6 in a memorable game. With the score tied 6–6 and only seconds remaining, Holy Cross quarterback Gene DeFilippo was intercepted by Miami's Al Hudson at the 11-yard line. Hudson dashed 89 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown. Harding's Hurricanes won eight games in 1946, but after the team slipped to 2–7–1 in 1947, he resigned as head coach, but continued as athletic director, he hired Andy Gustafson as the new head coach, closing out a nine-year tenure in which Miami went 54–29–3 and won at least 8 games in four different seasons. One of Andy Gustafson's major innovations at Miami was the "drive series" offense, a

Bruce Billings

Bruce Billings is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, he pitched in the Chinese Professional Baseball League for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions and Fubon Guardians. Billings is the son of Emily. Billings attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Samuel F. B. Morse High School and San Diego State University who played for the SDSU baseball team as a short reliever in 2004 and a starter in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. While at SDSU, Bruce Billings became the school's all-time strikeout leader. Billings was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft in the 31st round, but decided to stay one more year at San Diego State. Billings was again drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round in the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft, 912th overall, he accepted the deal.

Billings started his minor league career with the Tri-City Dust Devils where he went 4-2 in 15 starts. In 2008 with the Asheville Tourists, Billings threw a no-hitter against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Billings started to convert to a reliever in 2010 with Tulsa with more than half of his appearances being in relief. Billings was a mid-season All Star with Tulsa. Billings did not pitch one start in 2011 with Colorado Springs before being promoted. While in AA Tulsa, he set the team record for most consecutive scoreless innings at 38. On May 25, 2011, Billings was recalled to the majors when Jorge de la Rosa being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. On May 27, Billings made his major league debut in relief of Matt Daley. Billings pitched the 8th and the 9th innings in a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up 5 hits and 1 run, while recording no strikeouts. Billings and a player to be named were traded to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Ellis on June 30, 2011.

He pitched five innings in three games for the Athletics. He spent the next two seasons with the Sacramento River Cats in AAA. While in AAA for the Oakland A’s, Billings was voted Most Valuable Pitcher in 2012, was runner up in 2013 before electing free agency in 2014. Billings signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in December 2013, he appeared for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and one for the Yankees, where he allowed four runs in four innings, while recording 7 strikeouts. After the game, he found a muscle hernia in his forearm, he was designated for assignment on July 22, 2014. He was released on August 2. On August 7, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and reported to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, he appeared in five games for the Isotopes, all as a relief pitcher and was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA. He became a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. On November 21, 2014, the Washington Nationals signed Billings to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

In AAA Syracuse, he went 8-5 while posting a 3.63 ERA. He recorded 90 strikeouts in 121.1 innings with a WHIP of 1.26. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015. In February 2016, he signed with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, a professional baseball team based in Taiwan, he joined the spring training in mid-February with a former MLB players, Felix Pie, Jair Jurrjens. He became the ACE of staff over the course of the season, leading the team in Wins, innings, complete games, Whip. Here is an article where Billings is interviewed about the league dynamics for pitchers ( He re-signed with the team for the 2017 season, again leading the team in WINs, strikeouts and Whip, he became a free agent following the season because the team did not want to guarantee him a contract through the season. On March 4, 2018, Billings signed with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In late 2018, Billings announced his retirement in order to pursue a coaching opportunity in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

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Pilot (Bones)

"Pilot" is the first episode of the television series Bones, which premiered on the FOX network on September 13, 2005. It is directed by Greg Yaitanes, it introduces the two main characters of the series, Dr. Temperance Brennan and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, their partnership in solving cases involving unidentified human remains. Returning to Washington, D. C. after two months in Guatemala, where she was identifying victims of genocide, renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan is accosted at the airport by an agent from Homeland Security for carrying a human skull in her bag. Upon the arrival of FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, Brennan is released, which she finds odd and realizes that it was his plot to get her to help him on an FBI case, she refuses to help. At the crime scene and Booth find decomposed human remains with only the bones remaining. Brennan and her assistant, Zack Addy, determine the victim is a woman 18 to 22 years old and was a tennis player. Back at the Jeffersonian Institute, Brennan argues with her boss, Dr. Daniel Goodman, for assigning her to work with other federal agencies without consulting her.

Inside the Medico-Legal Lab of the Jeffersonian Institute, Brennan examines the victim's remains while her colleagues inquire about the resemblances between themselves and the characters in her new book, Bred in the Bone. Dr. Jack Hodgins, an entomologist, finds that the victim has been in the pond for more than two summers. Hodgins has found small bone fragments in the silt, which he guesses are rana temporaria or frog bones. Dr Brennan's best friend Angela Montenegro, a forensic artist who flashed the airport clerk to get his attention when trying to find Brennan to pick her up at the start of the episode, uses a computer program she has developed, called the Angelator, to make a three-dimensional holographic reconstruction of the reassembled skull; the victim is revealed to be Cleo Louise Eller, a missing Senate intern, rumored to have had an affair with Senator Bethlehem. Brennan wants to confront the Senator but Booth argues that he is not the only suspect; the Senator's aide, Ken Thompson, was Cleo's boyfriend.

There is Cleo's stalker, Oliver Laurier. Booth tells Brennan that they have a major case and that FBI Deputy Director Cullen is going to want to set up a special unit to investigate. To do everything by the book he wants her to stay at her lab. Based on the particulates embedded in Cleo's skull, Hodgins determines that Cleo's skull may have been smashed by a sledgehammer on a cement floor with diatomaceous earth. By the distinctive damage done to her finger pads and the way the body was hidden, the team determines that the murderer had put a lot of effort into hiding the body. Hodgins reveals that Cleo was taking medicine for her depression, while Brennan realizes that the small bones found with Cleo's body are not frog bones but fetal ear bones, indicating Cleo Eller was pregnant. Hodgins, a devout conspiracy theorist, convinces Brennan that they may never find the truth because Senator Bethlehem will impede the investigation. Without telling Booth, Brennan recklessly confronts the Senator. Deputy Director Cullen removes Booth from the case, but Brennan refuses to give up.

With the help of her fellow scientists, she uncovers evidence that Cleo Eller's boyfriend, Ken Thompson, had killed Cleo because he feared the scandal of Cleo's pregnancy would affect his career negatively. Every episode of Season 1 contains a popular culture reference to which the character Dr. Temperance Brennan replies with her catch phrase, "I don't know what that means". In the pilot, Brennan reveals she is ignorant of The X-Files when Booth remarks, "We're Scully and Mulder." Despite the fact that the series is set in Washington, D. C. filming of the pilot and subsequent episodes took place in Los Angeles, California. Footage of Washington, D. C. was shot by the second unit with body doubles. The first scene featuring the characters Angela Montenegro and Dr. Temperance Brennan inside Washington Dulles International Airport was shot at Los Angeles Convention Center, while the opening shot of a plane landing was taken from footage filmed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Series creator and writer Hart Hanson describes the murder victim at the center of the episode as a "Chandra-Levy-type congressional intern".

The story alludes to the power of politicians and allowed Hanson to establish the character of Dr. Temperance Brennan, driven to find the truth despite the barriers presented by politics; the pilot episode of Bones attracted an average of 10.8 million viewers with 6.7% household share and 11% household rating. It was the highest number of viewers Fox has received for a prime-time Tuesday-night drama series premiere since 24 premiered in 2001. Bones finished first among the 18 to 49 years old demographic and in total viewers in its Tuesday 8:00 pm ET time slot. Based on the episode, New York described the show as "the best drama of the new network season" and a "sexed-up variation of all the CSIs". Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly writes that although Bones has a "pretty standard Crossing Jordan/CSI-style framework", its main attraction is the chemistry between the two lead characters.