M&S rolls out biscuit and cake hybrid

first_imgSource: M&SMarks & Spencer (M&S) has whipped up a cross between a biscuit and a cake – the Biscake.Its new bakery fusion consists of a biscuit base and cupcake top. It comes in three variants – Choc Chip off the Old Block, Cherry Cake-well and Lemon Meringue-a-tang.This isn’t the first time M&S has tapped into the hybrid bakery trend. The retailer’s new creation follows the recent launch of its yumnut, a cross between a yum yum and a doughnut – which was one of its bestselling bakery launches in recent years.Its Biscakes are available for an rsp of £2.50 for a pack of two. The full range comprises:Lemon Meringue-a-tang has a biscuit base with lemon sponge, lemon curd and lemon buttercream. It is hand finished with meringueChoc Chip off the Old Block features a chocolate chip cookie base and rich chocolate sponge, topped with chocolate buttercream and M&S’ treat bag Milk Chocolate Cookie Dough BitesCherry Cake-well is a reimagined version of the classic Bakewell tart, with a biscuit base, almond sponge, raspberry jam, buttercream and a topping of glace cherry.“It’s the age-old question. Cake or biccy with your cup of tea? The new and exclusive fusion to M&S, the Biscake, takes the stress of having to decide as you can now enjoy both together. The three delicious flavours are the ultimate treat – with the perfect balance of crumbly biscuit base and fluffy, sweet cupcake top,” said Natalie Tate, product developer for cakes at M&S.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Tony Bennett, Matt Painter’s legacies won’t be defined by first Final Four

first_imgOne of them even lost in an historic and unprecedented first-round upset.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​And one of them, by default, will leave that history behind before midnight Saturday — barring overtime — with a victory in the NCAA Tournament South Region final, a principle perk of which is a trip to the Final Four in Minneapolis.Except, it won’t really be by default. The outcome will be decided by jumpshots that connect, layups that are blocked, turnovers that are committed and maybe even some coaching decisions. Bashing the coaches who do not advance during March Madness can be a more popular sport for many than college basketball itself. Those people will be short one target soon enough.“When somebody’s at the end of their career, I think you’re trying to look at things that way,” Painter told reporters Friday at KFC Yum! Center. “When you’re in the process and you’re coaching, you’re just trying to take each team you have and mold them together to win the most games and try to be good at this time of year.“There’s a lot of great coaches that don’t make the Final Four. I think there’s a lot of those coaches who haven’t done that that have really changed peoples’ lives with the time they’ve put in, and I think that’s the whole point. … I think that’s the true test of a coach, is what your former players think of you. Especially the ones that played. Because sometimes guys don’t like you when they don’t play.”Purdue had perhaps the best team in the country in 2010. The trio of E’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel became a duo when Hummel injured his knee in a late-February road game at Minnesota. The door had been open that season to not only a Final Four, but also an NCAA title. Without Hummel, the Boilers were relatively fortunate to reach the Sweet 16 and fall to eventual national champion Duke.“Really, we just want to do it for ourselves, but also the people that came before, the guys that had that same opportunity and would die to be in our place, to do it over again,” Boilers forward Grady Eifert told Sporting News. “And, obviously, Coach Painter. He’s been at the helm for a while and hasn’t had opportunity to break through to that point. But he works his butt off each season and never complains, always is picking us up and giving us confidence.”MORE: Previewing UVA-Purdue Elite Eight matchupVirginia was in the same position in 2015-16, with only one loss through the first 20 games until the Cavaliers lost more than a game: Star wing Justin Anderson hurt his shoulder and missed a month. He and they never were the same. They nearly reached the Final Four anyway, but a late lead against ACC rival Syracuse in the Midwest Region final crumbled as the Orange applied a nothing-to-lose full-court press.“I think it’s as much as you have to block it out, because as soon as the ball is tipped, nothing else matters,” UVA point guard Ty Jerome told reporters. “But I’m embracing it. I think everyone’s embracing it. Just being on this stage is an amazing opportunity, and we’re thankful to be here. I think you have to embrace it and let it fuel you.”To win will put either Painter or Bennett officially in the company of such coaches as Jim Calhoun, Bill Self, Mark Few and Bo Ryan. In a sense, though, they already are. Each of those coaching legends was perennially harangued for falling short of a Final Four appearance. Until, of course, they made it.It took Calhoun 13 tournaments before he got there, same as Ryan. It was 10 for Self before he got to the promised land, but he lost in the regional final four times before breaking through. Few fell short of that mark 17 times before his Bulldogs finally reached the 2017 Final Four, falling a few points short in the championship game.For all those guys accomplished, for all the times they were put in position as No. 1 NCAA Tournament seeds — Self alone has been there nine times — none ever lost a first-round game to a 16-seed. No one had until Bennett and the Cavaliers fell to UMBC last March.SWEET 16 PROFILESCline gives Purdue Final Four shot | UVA happy to defend ‘ugly’ win The residual of that result kept UVA from earning the No. 1 position in the AP poll in this season’s first three months, even though the team was undefeated well into January. A Final Four trip here won’t make anyone forget what happened on that night in Charlotte N.C., when the Retrievers briefly became America’s Team. But it can change the conversation about Virginia basketball.“I’d love it if it happened,” Bennett told reporters. “But I decided, after last year — I told our guys, ‘What did that experience teach me?’ Going through what we did, losing and all those things … it created a fire in me that I wanted to become a better coach and pursue trying to get these guys as far as they can: a Final Four, national championship.“It’s burning hot, but it did something maybe as significant or greater. It made me realize that if that does never happen, I’ll still be OK. Because I’ve been blessed beyond what I deserve. And I think it’s freed me up to go after this as hard as I can, as hard as we can.” There will be a first-time head coach in the 2019 NCAA Final Four, but by no means will that person be a rookie.Purdue’s Matt Painter and Virginia’s Tony Bennett have coached in a combined 21 NCAA Tournaments. They’ve won with lower seeds and lost with higher seeds. Each has been heartbroken by untimely injuries. Each has seen his team succumb to an opponent’s desperate, last-measure full-court pressure.last_img read more

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NASCAR lineup at Talladega: Starting order, pole for Monday’s postponed race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting grid for Monday’s race at Talladega, scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Homestead winner Denny Hamlin had the first pit stall selection for Monday’s race at Talladega and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Talladega. Selection order from Homestead results. Draw for lineup Thursday. #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/v6lvO6YAsE— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 17, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Monday’s NASCAR race at Talladega and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Talladega?For the second consecutive week, a JGR driver is on the pole thanks to a random draw for starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. will roll off first at Talladega, and he will be surrounded by his own teammates.Denny Hamlin, who drew the pole for last week’s race at Homestead on his way to a victory, will join Truex on the front row to start the Talladega race. Behind them will be teammate Kyle Busch, who drew the No. 3 position, and Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Talladega: (UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.)The starting lineup and pole for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway were set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last four Cup Series races, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions. Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at TalladegaThe same protocol that set the lineup for Monday’s Talladega race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule. NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The only exception will be next week’s Sunday race at Pocono, which is the second leg of a doubleheader. An front-half inversion of the results from the Saturday race will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.As for Monday’s race at Talladega, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing4Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports5Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Joey Logano22Team Penske10Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing18Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing21Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing22John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing29Gray Gaulding27Rick Ware Racing30BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports31Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing33Ty Dillon13Germain Racing34JJ Yeley53Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Brendan Gaughan62Beard Motorsports40Garrett Smithley78B.J. McLeod Motorsportslast_img read more

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