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MLB 2021: Sleepers and players set to break out this season

Danone needs new independent chairman, investor Artisan says

PARIS, March 3 (Reuters) – U.S investment company Artisan Partners on Wednesday said Danone needed to appoint a new, independent chairman, adding more pressure on Emmanuel Faber who is the French food company’s current chairman.

This week, Danone said Faber – who until now has combined the CEO and chairman roles – would stay on as chairman and oversee the search for a new chief executive.

“With Mr. Faber as chairman, the incoming CEO will not have the appropriate latitude to set a new direction,” wrote Artisan, which has a stake of around 3% in Danone.

Prudential PLC FY20 EEV Operating Profit Declines – Quick Facts

Prudential PLC (PRU.L,PUK) reported fiscal 2020 profit from continuing operations of $2.18 billion compared to $1.95 billion, prior year. Earnings per share from continuing operations, in cents, was 81.6 compared to 75.1. EEV operating profit declined to $5.22 billion from $6.90 billion, last year. On EEV basis, basic earnings per share from continuing operations, in cents, was 5.9 compared to 160.5.

Fiscal year total revenue, net of reinsurance, declined to $55.97 billion from $93.74 billion, prior year. Gross premiums earned was $42.52 billion compared to $45.06 billion.

Prudential plc announced its 2020 second interim dividend of 10.73 US cents per ordinary share.

Sensex zooms 1,148 points, Nifty tops 15,200; financials steal the show

Foreign investors had bought equities worth ₹2,223.16 crore on net basis in Indian capital markets on Tuesday, exchange data showed.

Continuing their winning run for the third session in a row, the BSE Sensex surged nearly 1,148 points to breach the 51,000-level and the NSE Nifty recaptured the 15,200-mark on Wednesday, propped up by intense buying in financial and energy stocks.

At the closing bell, the 30-share Sensex was up 1,147.76 points or 2.28% at 51,444.65 – the biggest single-day rise since February 2. Intra-day, the index swung 1,243 points.

Likewise, the NSE Nifty climbed 326.50 points or 2.19% to end at 15,245.60.

The Sensex rally was driven by Bajaj FinServ, Reliance Industries, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, HDFC and Axis Bank. Of the 30 Sensex constituents, 27 closed in the green.

Foreign investors had bought equities worth ₹2,223.16 crore on net basis in Indian capital markets on Tuesday, exchange data showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, stock markets extended gains on Wednesday despite an overnight retreat on Wall Street.

Meanwhile, Brent Futures rose by 1.84% to trade at $63.77 per barrel.

On the forex market front, the rupee rose by 65 paise to end at 72.72 against the $dollar.

Fox News’ Weird, Full-Day Freakout Over Dr. Seuss Gets The Treatment On Twitter

Fox News went into full freakout mode on Tuesday after Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would stop publishing six books over “hurtful and wrong” stereotypes and racist imagery.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the organization said.

Fox News spent much of the day deriding “cancel culture” despite the fact that the company made the decision on its own and most of the beloved author’s books will remain in circulation.

The progressive watchdog group Media Matters counted 85 mentions of Seuss on Fox News by 4 p.m.:

Here’s a sampling:

And it didn’t let up from there. Dr. Seuss was also featured during the evening as Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson devoted portions of their shows to the subject. 

Fox News critics on social media couldn’t get over how much airtime the network devoted to the story ― and lamented all the news that didn’t get as much coverage as a result: 

Las Vegas Sands to sell properties for about $6.25 billion

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Las Vegas Sands Corp is pictured at the Japan IR EXPO in Yokohama, Japan January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

(Reuters) – Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp said on Wednesday it would sell its Las Vegas real estate property and operations to Apollo Global Management Inc for about $6.25 billion.

The properties include the Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

How are NFL draft prospects judged without a 2021 combine? It’s complicated.

As COVID-19 continues to alter life and business as we know it, the NFL again finds itself venturing into unfamiliar territory at a crucial point of the offseason calendar. 

For the first time in nearly 40 years, pro football did not hold its annual scouting combine — the event that since 1982 has essentially served as a job fair for the nation’s top college prospects. Since 1987, the combine has taken place in Indianapolis, and during that week, the NFL would take over the city. Front office members, coaches, scouts, trainers and doctors from each pro team would evaluate some 300-plus draft prospects on the field, in the weight room and in face-to-face interviews.

But the challenges of minimizing the spread of coronavirus among several thousand individuals from across the country proved too great, so NFL officials scratched the 2021 combine.

MLB 2021: Sleepers and players set to break out this season

Fantasy baseball managers are always on the lookout for the next wave of breakouts and sleepers, so we're doing some digging through the rosters of all 30 MLB teams to find the best candidates at each position for the 2021 season.

Sometimes they may not have had much fanfare entering spring training, but are able to take the playing time they're given and make the most of it. 

There are also players who have plenty of raw talent, but haven't quite figured out how to channel it in the proper direction – at least, not yet.

FANTASY RANKINGS:Top 200 overall players in 2021

Last year, we had Will Smith, Kyle Lewis and Zac Gallen on our list. Here are our favorite sleeper and breakout candidates for this season: