Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more college football predictions emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL See more NBA predictions All newsletters NBA College Football read more

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Our Model Loves The Raptors Maybe A Little Too Much

sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The Toronto Raptors stole a road win Thursday night with a huge game from Kawhi Leonard and are now just one win away from taking the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.If the Raptors can win either of the next two games, they’ll move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. And, surprise — the FiveThirtyEight model favors the Raptors! What do you guys think about that?neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): That seemed … interesting. 🤔I suppose it’s largely about the Warriors’ many injuries? (Not that those seemed to matter much vs. Portland.)JaredDubin (Jared Dubin, contributor): The Warriors did just sweep the Blazers without Kevin Durant, and without Andre Iguodala for Game 4.neil: Right.sara.ziegler: But our model doesn’t think much of the Blazers, either.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Our model is wrong.All due respect to our model.neil: Fightin’ words, Chris! (Haha.)tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Nate is not here to defend himself.sara.ziegler: But why is the model wrong?chris.herring: Even if it’s meant to be accounting for KD’s absence, the Warriors are 31-1 in their last 32 games without Durant but with Steph Curry.JaredDubin: The Raptors were much better defensively than the Blazers during both the regular season and the playoffs. But they also haven’t played the Warriors in the playoffs.chris.herring: I don’t think the Warriors will struggle to create half-court offense the way the Bucks have, mainly.I’ve been pretty vocal in saying that the Bucks are the best team to take down Golden State. I don’t feel that as strongly when Toronto is the team coming out of the East.neil: Maybe it also says as much about our model’s love for the Raptors’ players as it does about the Warriors’ injury issues. Our ratings think that almost all of Toronto’s current rotation is composed of at least above-average players, if not really good ones: sara.ziegler: HahahaThe way the Warriors have played the Durant injury is really interesting to me. Do you guys think he’ll actually end up playing?neil: It’s a little concerning to me that he still hasn’t begun basketball-related activites yet.chris.herring: I have no idea what’s going on in his head, aside from a feud with Chris Broussard.JaredDubin: I think the more interesting question is: If he doesn’t play, has he already played his last game for the Warriors.tchow: Oh no, Jared, not this again.sara.ziegler: Tony’s just waiting for him to get here, LOL.JaredDubin: As a Knick fan who is all too familiar with their repeated free-agency failures, I will believe KD is signing with the Knicks when he is in Madison Square Garden wearing a Knick jersey during a regular-season game, and not a moment sooner.tchow: That’s so many months too late, Jared.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: I like that we have the two polar opposites of Knick fandom here.sara.ziegler: All Knicks represented.Looking beyond KD, will DeMarcus Cousins actually play in the finals? And will he actually help the Warriors?chris.herring: It sounds like he’ll play. Less sure about whether he’ll have an impactMy question there is, if the Raptors pull ahead in the series early, and Cousins simply doesn’t have it, can you afford to play him for long stretches? Answer seemingly is “probably not.”As badly as you want him to feel involved.JaredDubin: He seems more likely to have an impact against Toronto, where he can bang inside with Gasol, than Milwaukee, where Brook Lopez might space him off the floor.I also feel like whether OG Anunoby is ready to come back from his appendicitis matters a lot, especially if Durant is able to come back during the series. Toronto’s ability to go small for extended stretches against the Death Lineup depends on having another big wing alongside Kawhi.sara.ziegler: Though, Jared, our model actually thinks the Raptors are better without Anunoby.JaredDubin: OG had a tough year on and off the floor (his father passed away during the season), but having another big wing is important in a matchup where you might need to go small a lot.chris.herring: Jared’s point is spot-on.That would be either my biggest or second-biggest question with Toronto.They usually have one of Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka on the floor. If the Warriors go up-tempo, with Draymond as their 5, it could be tough for them to match that.JaredDubin: Is your other biggest question, “How will Kyle Lowry deal with guarding Steph and not disappearing on offense at the same time?”chris.herring: Yes. It is/was.Lowry’s been pretty good in this series. Curry would be a brutal matchup for him, though.And Fred VanVleet is playing the series of his life at the moment. But I don’t think that would continue in the next series.JaredDubin: It was like a week ago that everyone was wondering if it was time to bench him because he hadn’t hit a shot in (seemingly) three years.neil: A lot of things were different for Toronto (and Milwaukee) about a week ago.chris.herring: Tell me about it!Only five teams in NBA history have come back from down 2-0 to win a conference final in the best-of-seven era.neil: Last one I remember being quite this surprised by might have been OKC beating the Spurs in 2012.chris.herring: And Ibaka was on that team, which was the last team to do it.JaredDubin: Stat! Teams trailing 3-2 in a series are 27-162 all-time, but when a team goes up 2-0 at home and then loses three straight, they are 8-7. All seven wins by the team leading 3-2 have come in Game 6. The team that went up 2-0 and then lost three in a row has won all eight Games 7. sara.ziegler: Ooooh, that’s interesting.I’m still trying to FEAR THE DEER.chris.herring: It’s a bit hard to.tchow: So Game 6 is Toronto’s Game 7.neil: That’s why Game 6 is so huge in these circumstances. According to this playoff leverage thing I did, Game 6 with the home team up 3-2 is the second most crucial possible situation.Trailing only (obviously) Game 7.chris.herring: Also, Toronto is a really difficult place to play anyway, let alone in a scenario where the Raptors can clinch a ticket to the FinalsMilwaukee made a lineup change, but it kind of feels like they’re stuck in the mud on offense when they aren’t in transition.JaredDubin: It feels like Mike Budenholzer really needs to lean in to the lineup he started last night, though. They crushed the Raptors with Bledsoe-Brogdon-Middleton-Giannis-Lopez and got destroyed in the other minutes. But he said before the game that he thinks it’s better to have 36 peak Giannis minutes than 40-plus of like 90-percent-ish minutes, basically.chris.herring: I won’t dwell on it too much, but I was so, so impressed by how many big plays the Raptors came up with at the end of a game on the road. So perhaps seeing that is reason enough to leave open the possibility that the Bucks can do that with their backs against the wall in Toronto.tchow: Can we talk big picture for a moment? Neil asked me this question this morning and I wanted to ask the group here: What would you put the chance of Kawhi staying in Toronto right this second? Before we know what happens in Game 6 or the end of this series.chris.herring: I imagine it’s really high if they win the series. It will show that you essentially can’t do any better from a team success standpoint than the situation he was traded into. So at that point, if you leave, it clearly becomes about wanting to play in another market. And with the exception of LeBron James, it’s hard to find a lot of first-rate players having done that.JaredDubin: I can’t imagine him finding a better running mate from a fit standpoint than Pascal Siakam. And if he stays, the Raptors can be even more aggressive in seeking out help for him than they were this year, and they were pretty aggressive in trading for Gasol at the deadline this year already.chris.herring: Then again, it’s Kawhi, and no one has ever been more quiet in terms of their overall persona. Who knows?He may be intrigued by being able to partner with a team on going out and getting a second max talent.sara.ziegler: He’s loved in Toronto, too. He’d obviously be second fiddle in L.A.chris.herring: Not with the Clippers!sara.ziegler: LOLOK, fair.JaredDubin: Kawhi would probably hate being second fiddle.tchow: * Kawhi laugh *chris.herring: I said this last night, but even if the Raptors lose, you have to feel content with having gone all-in at this point.You got a legitimate superstar, and he’s given you everything you could ask for at this point, especially if they reach the finals. All you wanted was a chance to win the whole thing.tchow: Yeah, definitely. Last night’s game kinda proved that’s why you risk it for a player like Kawhi, even if you end up losing him.chris.herring: If you get to that round, and he leaves anyway, that’s more about what he wanted and less about anything you as a team did wrong.JaredDubin: Masai Ujiri, president of the Raptors, has also been trying to do a full-on rebuild with this team for years. It started with trading Rudy Gay, but then James Dolan supposedly nixed a deal for Kyle Lowry, and the Raptors turned into the Raptors team we’ve seen over the past several years. Dealing for Kawhi with a year left on his deal set them up to either extend a window of contention around a player who is likely better than any the franchise has ever had, or pivot to trading guys like Lowry and Ibaka, and build around Siakam, Anunoby and some of the other younger guys they have.sara.ziegler: In other NBA news this week, the All-NBA teams were announced on Thursday. Any big surprises?chris.herring: I thought Bradley Beal would make one of the teams. But honestly, when you don’t make the playoffs, it’s always a crapshoot if you’re borderline like that.JaredDubin: There were less “surprising” things than just the reveals of incredibly tough calls. Nikola Jokic vs. Joel Embiid for first team center, and Beal vs. Kemba Walker vs. Klay Thompson for third-team guard.neil: It was weird seeing LeBron only be third-team All-NBA.sara.ziegler: It was sort of weird to see LeBron make it at all!neil: Well, he hadn’t missed first team since 2007. (But yes, it made sense for him to drop, given how much time he missed.)chris.herring: I can’t tell whether people are sad for Klay having missed out on the supermax, or if they’re simply relaying the news that he missed out. This would have been a weird season to make a passionate argument for him, in my opinion.All in all, I thought the teams were generally fine — I just think the setup of contracts and incentives being based on how the media votes is somewhat dumb. I think they should change it in the next CBA, but I don’t know how it should work going forward.JaredDubin: I don’t think there’s anybody in the media who wants to have control over how much money players make.tchow: It’s such a weird thing.JaredDubin: But we’ve also seen with player votes for All-Star teams that they don’t necessarily take voting even as seriously as the least-serious media voters, so maybe this is the best of bad options. (Aside from getting rid of supermax qualifications based on voting altogether.)tchow: I wonder if it goes through the minds of the media members who do vote where they ask themselves if they see a player like Klay or Beal “deserve” a super-max contract, and if answering “no” factors into their All-NBA selections.chris.herring: As I explained all this to my girlfriend yesterday, she was quick to remind me that these guys who are up for potential supermaxes all are due to make well in excess of $100 million anyway.It’s a crazy amount of money, but I think it’s easy to forget that A) it wasn’t really the media’s choice to have this role in the process and B) we’re talking about the very best players, and it’s not easy to decide which are the 15 best all the time.JaredDubin: I feel like, even if I were due to make $190 million, I would still prefer to make $220 million. But I also have no idea what it feels like to make $190 million, which I’m sure surprises everyone.sara.ziegler: 🤣chris.herring: Yeah.neil: The alternative is something like the baseball arbitration system, where a formula determines pay.chris.herring: * ding ding ding *neil: (And that is obviously also very fraught.)JaredDubin: It has always seemed strange that the percentage-of-cap maximums are determined by your years of service in the league. It almost always leads to guys being underpaid early and overpaid late.neil: Although that’s basically how every sport runs its business now. (Or again, if we go with the baseball model, they underpay early and then don’t pay late.)tchow: I hope we see an angry Klay in the finals play like someone who just lost out on $30 million and irrationally blames it on the Raptors/Bucks.JaredDubin: In the unlikely event the Finals gets to Game 6, I bet we see a Klaysplosion then. He’s incredible in Game 6.neil: Those Toronto and/or Milwaukee based writers clearly had a vendetta against him.sara.ziegler: Maybe the writers vote based on who gives the best interviews.neil: He’s a great interview, if the topic is scaffolding.Check out our latest NBA predictions. sara.ziegler: Toronto won more games on the season than Golden State and has fewer injuries. Toronto would have the home-court advantage in the finals. Aren’t those important points in the Raptors’ favor?chris.herring: I can’t bring myself to think it matters all that much. At least not yet.Golden State has shown it can win despite not having home-court advantage.JaredDubin: I think I’d be more inclined to give those things weight if this were the first year of the Warriors’ run and not the fifth, and if we didn’t know that the Warriors essentially treat the regular season as an extended preseason. Draymond Green didn’t even start caring until he went on his crash diet in March, and he’s been one of the, like, three best players in the playoffs.chris.herring: If anything, the Durant injury is the thing to watch. They’d obviously be better positioned, and make the Raptors work a lot more, if they had him. (If for no other reason because of Kawhi presumably having to guard him at times.)But the Warriors haven’t given us any reason to suspect they can’t win the way they are. Also, one of the Raptors’ wins over the Dubs was a game in which Curry didn’t play.sara.ziegler: I guess my point here is that the opinions on who we think will win are based most on knowing that Golden State has won.chris.herring: That’s fair.But I also don’t think Toronto is a particularly great postseason match for Golden State.sara.ziegler: I get that.And the model is about the people playing — not about how they’ll play against the specific guys on the other team.chris.herring: I would have felt much better about the Bucks and think I’d favor them.neil: For what it’s worth, Vegas still has it as Warriors 69 percent, Raptors 18 percent, Bucks 13 percent.tchow: Hypothetically, if the Bucks were up 3-2, based on the CARMELO scores, they would also be favored against the Warriors in the finals at this point, no? Would we think there’s something wrong with the model then?chris.herring: * ding ding ding *neil: Tony, I think it might. Both teams currently have identical full-strength CARMELO ratings. Our model still thinks the Bucks and Raptors are pretty interchangeable, talent-wise.sara.ziegler: That’s kind of amazing.JaredDubin: This series has essentially shown that to be true, right? The Bucks and Raptors being relatively equal, talent-wise. Each team has a blowout, and the other three close games could have gone either way.tchow: The model has been really high on Toronto, compared to other models, all playoffs long. That prediction is looking pretty good so far this series, which is making us Bucks believers (fear-ers?) look bad. Maybe I’m still salty about being wrong about Toronto, because my initial reaction on seeing the new finals projections was also “no f-ing way.”neil: I mean, that was my honest reaction too, Tony: read more

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Real Madrid Arsenal LA Galaxy Boca Juniors — In One Giant Power

The English Premier League is the only league among the 24 that are part of FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions that has six teams in the top 20 of the global team rankings (although it has no teams in the overall top five). However, these rankings suggest that the Premier League’s also-rans would not compete particularly well with the mid-table of other major leagues. Everton, the seventh EPL side, sit 47th. This places the Toffees behind 10 German Bundesliga clubs and 13 teams from La Liga. Even Atalanta, the seventh club in Italy’s Serie A, places above Everton.To explain why this happens requires some discussion of the method itself. League strength is compared in two ways; first, based on how well clubs from different leagues have done in direct competition with one another, such as in the Champions League. And second, the estimated market value of a team’s players, drawn from the website Transfermarkt. The former factor — head-to-head competition — receives much more emphasis when leagues play each other frequently, as teams from the top European leagues do in the Champions League and Europa League. That gives the big European leagues a more natural hierarchy.The relatively poor showing of the Premier League, compared with La Liga and the Bundesliga, is notable particularly because of the massive economic advantage that the English league holds over its continental competitors. The Premier League’s domestic TV contract pays in the range of a billion dollars more per year than Spain’s or Germany’s.1The new domestic Premier League TV contract is estimated to be worth $2.20 billion per year, compared with $1.04 billion for La Liga and $1.36 billion for the Bundesliga. The estimated values of Premier League clubs run about 20 percent higher than the values of clubs in the Bundesliga or Serie A and about 10 percent higher than La Liga. But these values have not translated into strong performances by Premier League teams in European competition. Judged over recent inter-league competition, La Liga’s performance has been about 27 percent better than the Premier League’s, while the Bundesliga’s performance has been 20 percent better. Despite its financial advantage, the Premier League has won only one European Cup in the past four years, compared with seven for La Liga sides. During that time, 19 teams from La Liga have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Europa or Champions League, and 10 Bundesliga sides have done the same. Only six Premier League clubs, barely more than one per year, have advanced to the final eight of the major club competitions.Just as Premier League sides come in below similar clubs from Germany and Spain because of the English league’s struggles in European competition, the continuing failure of MLS clubs to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League leaves American and Canadian sides behind the best teams in Mexico. Other than Toronto FC (171st), no MLS side places above the top 10 teams from Liga MX.The rankings further suggest that the best clubs from South America, such as Argentina’s Boca Juniors (81st) and Brazil’s Corinthians (88th) and Cruzeiro (99th) could hang with the teams at the bottom of the Premier League such as Watford (93rd) and Crystal Palace (102nd). Meanwhile, MLS teams would generally fall in either the second or third divisions in the English pyramid. NYCFC — the second-highest ranking MLS side, at 259th — rates below the top 10 teams in the Championship.MLS still has a long way to go to match up with the top levels of club soccer. These ratings and rankings will move as the various international tournaments play out through the fall, winter and spring. If sides from the Premier League or MLS mean to move up the rankings, they will need to have better results in direct competition with sides from other leagues. When comparing club soccer teams, it’s fairly easy to figure out who is the best of the best. The most talented players in the world play in a handful of European leagues, and the best teams of these leagues face off each year in the Champions League.Judging below this level is more difficult.How do you compare the English club Arsenal, which got through the group stage of the most recent Champions League but lost in the first round of the knockouts, with Celta Vigo of Spain, a semifinalist in the Europa League? And what about the European teams that didn’t play anyone outside their nation’s borders — like Stoke City in England and Freiburg in Germany?Even more difficult is comparing across continents. How well would the best MLS clubs do if they played in the Championship, the English second division?FiveThirtyEight has a new way of answering these questions. The global club soccer rankings compare 426 men’s teams that compete in leagues across Europe, North America and South America. As you might expect, the top three are Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga, Bayern Munich of Germany’s Bundesliga and Barcelona, also of La Liga. It gets more interesting from there. read more

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Supporting cast giving Buckeyes best act

Opposing teams might be afraid of Ohio State’s combo of Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, but it is actually the other players on the team they should be cowering from. Lavender has been a mainstay at center for OSU for nearly three seasons. The addition of the sophomore guard Prahalis, who threw a coming-out party at Michigan State last Sunday, has made OSU a mountain too tall to climb for most opponents.“[Lavender’s] sophomore year, I don’t think she played with someone with the ball-handling ability of Sammy [Prahalis],” head coach Jim Foster said. “Those two run the pick and roll like two savvy NBA veterans.”Tonight’s opponent, Illinois, has already witnessed this power first-hand.Although Lavender and Prahalis combined for 45 of OSU’s 76 points at Illinois on Dec. 28 and 52 of 65 at MSU, that is not the story of the whole season. In fact, the reason for their success lies in the hands of a few other role players on the team.“[An important thing is] playing your role on the team. My role has changed since high school,” freshman guard Tayler Hill said. “It’s a team effort when you get to college.”OSU’s main threat is the 3-point field goal, not the inside game of Lavender. OSU ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage mostly because of two players, senior forward Sarah Schulze and junior guard Brittany Johnson.Both starters are deadly from behind the arc. Schulze is 31 of 67 (46.3 percent) on the year and Johnson is 36 of 71 (50.7 percent).Their presence on the floor forces opponents to play man-to-man defense, which gives Lavender the ability to dominate in the paint and Prahalis her chance to drive the lane.“A team may initially double team, but because you can kick it out and [the other players on the floor are] knocking down shots it just makes me a better player because I get that one-on-one post opportunity,” said Lavender. She had 31 points against Illinois on Dec. 28.The third role player is also a familiar name to Big Ten fans, guard Shavelle Little, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.When Little comes off the bench, she changes the game instantly with her ability to steal the ball and shut down opposing players. The defensive specialist leads the Buckeyes in steals with 31 on the season, eight of which came against Illinois in their last meeting.The last piece of the puzzle is no less important than the other three. Senior center Andrea Walker is having a phenomenal season off the bench.Walker is Lavender’s replacement when she is off the floor and her 6-foot-5-inch partner in crime when both are on the floor, allowing them to steal control of the paint from any player. They have already handled tough opponents this year. Illinois’ leading scorer, center Jenna Smith, was held to only 11 points against Lavender and Walker and MSU center Allyssa Dehaan was limited to only four rebounds, despite her 6-foot-9-inch frame.“We prefer to play basketball and some teams like to wrestle, but the fact of the matter is we can pull up our sleeves and wrestle,” coach Foster said.Even though Walker only plays an average of 13 minutes per game, she is still tied for the team lead in blocks with Lavender at 20, and she averages 4.4 rebounds per game, the same rate at which Lavender rebounds.These four players along with the rest of the team make the dominance of Lavender and Prahalis possible by spreading the floor, creating turnovers, changing the pace of the game and allowing them to rest on the bench without losing control of the game.“I think everybody is starting to really understand their roles and how you can help this team by playing in that role,” Lavender said. “Players are more accepting of the role they are playing in and it makes for a better team.”OSU defeated Illinois 76-47 on the Illini’s home court in Champaign, Ill. last December. The perfect team chemistry of the Buckeyes was too much for Illinois once already this season and the Buckeyes are hoping to make that twice Thursday night. read more

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Herron claims starting tailback job Saine stars at receiver

Ohio State rushed the ball 32 times against Indiana on Saturday. First-string running back Brandon Saine had no carries. “I think the way it worked out, I was more of a receiver today,” Saine said. Saine was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and recorded a touchdown through the air. “We definitely switched that up this week,” fullback Zach Boren said. “I think we changed it because Brandon is great out in space. That’s what he is best at, and (Dan) ‘Boom’ (Herron) is best back in the ‘I’” formation. Herron has established himself as the team’s featured running back. He led OSU in carries for the third consecutive game Saturday. Saine lining up at receiver also allowed reserve Jordan Hall to see playing time early. “I was in in the first quarter,” Hall said. “The (coaches) just said, ‘be ready.’” It was the first time this season that Hall saw playing time while the game was still in doubt. Saine’s struggles on the ground might have been a contributing factor. Saine had rushed for just 80 yards and no touchdowns in the three games before Indiana. Giving him less carries and more receptions was a way to get him more involved in the offense. “We said going into the game we were going to try to figure out more ways to get him the ball,” coach Jim Tressel said. Players agreed that the team was playing to Saine’s strength. “He’s really dynamic,” center Mike Brewster said. “It’s hard for guys to cover him when he is running routes. No linebackers are going to keep up with him.” Saine agreed. “I think that it’s a great way to get mismatches with linebackers and safeties,” he said. Those mismatches have resulted in four receiving touchdowns for the running back this season, twice his number of scores on the ground. The team has confidence in Saine regardless of his role. “Brandon is such a good athlete; he can play receiver, running back, anything,” offensive linemen Justin Boren said. “He is going to make plays.” The team won’t be surprised if the roles of the running backs continue to change as the season goes forward, Hall said. No matter how the repetitions are divided up in the backfield, Saine is happy to be contributing. “Whatever I’m doing, it’s to help the team, and that’s what matters,” he said. “I’m just excited to be able to get out there and run around with this jersey on.” read more

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Ohio States Deshaun Thomas ready to emerge for mens basketball

Ohio State sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas is a shooter, but not in the same way Jon Diebler, former OSU guard and all-time Big Ten leader in made three pointers, was. Thomas is a shooter because he likes to shoot – a lot. In high school, Thomas shot whenever he wanted because that’s what his team asked him to do. When he graduated, he was the No. 3-leading scorer in the history of the basketball-rich state of Indiana. So when Thomas came to OSU as a freshman, Thomas did what he had always done. He kept shooting. He was shooting so much that coach Thad Matta had to tell him to slow down, but at the same time he didn’t want to discourage Thomas to the point that he lost confidence. “He’s one of the best scorers in the nation,” OSU sophomore forward James “JD” Weatherspoon said. “You can’t take that away from his game. He’s going to knock down shots. It’s what he does.” Thomas averaged 7.5 points a game in an average of 14 minutes of action as a freshman last year. His ability to score a high volume of points in a short amount of time earned him the nickname of “microwave offense.” This year, with the departure of seniors Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale, who started the majority of the games last year, Thomas plans to step into a starting role for the upcoming season. It’s a role Matta, along with Thomas’s teammates, said he’s grown to accept. “He’s got a much better understanding of how to play,” Matta said. “He understands the importance of the defensive end of it. He understands the importance of the pass, the moving, the rebounding. I’ve been very, very pleased with his progress.” Matta also said Thomas has learned about when to shoot and when to pass. “The other day in the workout he threw a pass away and one of the coaches started to say something,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. He passed. I’ll teach him how to connect the dots.’” Senior guard William Buford laughed when asked about Thomas shooting too much, but said it was a thing of the past. “No, not no more,” Buford said. “He used to. You know he used to. He’s learning like what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot. He’s passing more. He’s just a smarter basketball player.” But that doesn’t mean Thomas is going to stop shooting anytime soon or ditch the “microwave” mentality. Thomas embraces it. “I’m going to go out like everybody call me — the microwave,” Thomas said. “I’m trying to heat up at any minute so I’m just going to be the same old me with more time out there and having fun.” More than just shooting, Thomas has worked on the physical aspect of the game as well and has taken full advantage of the Buckeyes’ offseason-conditioning program, Matta said the changes are noticeable. “You can obviously look at him and tell a lot of things have happened to him over the summer,” Matta said. “It’s amazing how he looks this year compared to how he looked last year.” The Buckeyes open their season Nov. 11 against Wright State at 9 p.m. and with the beginning of a new season, Thomas said he’s ready to begin his next chapter too. “I’m here to show everybody what I really got,” Thomas said. read more

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Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams to apologize to Gene Smith

Vanderbilt University announced Thursday that it was canceling its football program’s 2013 trip to Columbus to play Ohio State because of scheduling reasons. OSU athletic director Gene Smith didn’t approve of way Vanderbilt canceled the game – by letter – but he was promised an apology. David Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, said he takes full responsibility for informing Smith of the cancelation in a letter and plans to apologize by text, phone call or email. “I apologize to (Smith) for that. I’m sorry that he’s disappointed. Gene’s a good friend and a good (athletic director) and I’m sorry it was handled that way,” Williams told The Lantern. “I take all of the blame for that.” With less than a year until the teams’ originally scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at the Horseshoe, Smith and the OSU athletic department must seek a new opponent for the opening game of its 2013 season. Vanderbilt was to receive $1.2 million for its visit to Ohio Stadium, but coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus without a bowl ban will have to begin against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. In a statement provided to The Lantern earlier on Thursday, Smith said the communication between the two schools could have been better. “I am disappointed that we find ourselves in this position. I would have preferred a phone call from the administration at Vanderbilt,” Smith said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we will work diligently to find a replacement opponent for the 2013 season.” Williams explained that the decision to inform OSU through a letter was a matter of record keeping. “I do understand (Smith’s) disappointment and I apologize for that, but if you cancel something by phone, then you don’t have record for it,” Williams said. “It may just be my legal training that we cancel by paper. We make deals by letters and we cancel by letters. I understand his disappointment and it would have been nice if I talked more about it. “That’s on me. That’s my bad and I apologize for that.” Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt’s director for athletic communications, said the cancelation of the OSU-Vanderbilt fixture came about as a result of the need to accommodate the Southeastern Conference’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. Vanderbilt also canceled its 2013 home game against Northwestern. The cancellation of the OSU and Northwestern games were “casualties” of that process, Williamson said. OSU’s current home schedule for the 2013 season includes Florida A&M (9/7), Buffalo (9/14), Wisconsin (9/28), Iowa (10/19), Penn State (10/26) and Indiana (11/23). The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Purdue at the Horseshoe. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 3631 win over Nebraska

The Buckeyes sing “Carmen Ohio” following the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Nov 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State returned to the win column Saturday, defeating Nebraska 36-31 in Ohio Stadium. Even with some questions seemingly answered, including the success of the running game, the Buckeyes still have needed areas of improvement heading into a two-game road stretch, first against Michigan State. Here are three takeaways from Saturday afternoon’s game. Passing game remains integralOhio State’s game plan against Nebraska was to win, sure, but it seemed as though, as soon as the Buckeyes offense stepped onto the field, it had one goal: to fix the run game. So redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins took a page out of what Dobbins called the “old Buckeye football” playbook, combining for 254 yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns. While the two backs found success, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins put up uncomparable numbers to what he has done over the past three weeks. Completing 18 of 32 pass attempts, his lowest completion percentage of the season, he threw for 252 yards, his lowest total since Sept. 8, where he played only a half against Rutgers. He also threw two touchdowns and his sixth interception of the season. However, the Ohio State offense saw glimpses of the Haskins of old, finding redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon on a crossing route in the middle of the field who ran in 42 yards, with the help of good blocking on the outside, for the first touchdown of the day. Haskins said after the game he overthrew some passes, specifically one deep ball, trying to hit a receiver who was one-on-one on a post route in the middle of the field. The Ohio State offense may have changed a bit during the win over the Cornhuskers, but Haskins still showed his importance to what the Buckeye offense does. Rush defense improves After allowing Purdue senior running back D.J. Knox to average eight yards per carry in the Boilermakers’ 49-20 win over Ohio State on Oct. 20, the Buckeyes had to face an offense with a running game very similar to what the team ran under J.T. Barrett. While trying to defend senior running back Devine Ozigbo, Ohio State also had to be cognisant of a dual-threat quarterback: freshman Adrian Martinez. The Buckeyes allowed 158 yards on the ground between Ozigbo and Martinez, with the quarterback scoring two 2-yard touchdown runs and the running back recording one 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. However, Ohio State dealt with what they had to defend, limiting Ozigbo to 4.3 yards per carry after the same back had averaged double-digit yards per carry against Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman. The Buckeyes also forced Martinez to run more than he ever had in a collegiate game, recording a career-high 20 runs, averaging 3.6 yards per rush, lower than his 4.7 yards per carry season average. Nebraska hurt Ohio State in the ground game, but Ohio State, with what it was given, kept it at bay. Depleted secondary depth a major storylineOhio State came in with a bottom third pass defense in the NCAA. The losses suffered prior and in the Nebraska game did not help much. Sophomore Jeffrey Okudah did not play in the game due to a groin injury while sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder impingement, entering the field without pads on. Head coach Urban Meyer said that both Okudah and Pryor should be good to go against Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeyes also lost junior safety and captain Jordan Fuller after he was ejected for targeting in the second quarter. Ohio State saw some life, especially at the safety position as sophomore Brendon White had a career day, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss. However, the Cornhuskers still knew how to attack the pass defense, with Martinez completing a 46-yard pass to senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. The other half of the pass defense, the pass rush, struggled as well. After a sack from redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in the first quarter, Ohio State could not get to Martinez in the backfield, completing 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. read more

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Gallery Mens Basketball at Michigan State

The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team played Michigan State on Feb. 17 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. Ohio State lost 44-62. Photos by Casey Cascaldo Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) attempts a shot in the first half of the game against Michigan State on Feb. 17. Ohio State lost 44-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

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IT failure sees operations postponed amid backlog of 10000 blood tests

first_imgHowever, an email sent to staff, and seen by Health Service Journal, warns that the problems mean some test results have been sent back to the wrong location, or without enough information to link them to the right patient.The failings of the trust’s pathology system occurred as a result of a hardware fault 10 days ago, and have also affected patients at neighbouring Bradford Teaching Hospitals trust.The Leeds trust said more than 100 procedures have been postponed so far. Senior managers said surgery was being cancelled for operations which were not urgent, where there was a risk of bleeding that could require transfusion.Bradford trust said it was reviewing all patients and prioritising urgent and emergency cases, which could mean some operations being rescheduled.Suzanne Hinchliffe, deputy chief executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals said GPs would be offered alternative services for routine blood tests until the problems were resolved.She said “all known” urgent blood tests had now been analysed, using manual systems.“There is an inevitable impact on routine non-urgent procedures for patients and for this we are very sorry but patient safety remains our top priority,” she told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We have had to postpone 101 patients’ procedures as a result of problems with the pathology IT system.” NHS logo  ‘We have had to postpone 101 patients’ procedures as a result of problems with the pathology IT system’Suzanne Hinchliffe, deputy Chief Executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA Scores of operations have been cancelled at hospitals across Yorkshire after a major IT failure led to a backlog of 10,000 blood tests.Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust has ordered GPs to cancel all routine tests, after the failure of computer systems more than a week ago. Senior managers at the trust said urgent cases were being prioritised in order to maintain patient safety. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Marina Fogle was shamed by smug mothers because she gave birth to

first_img“I remember someone saying to me ‘what a shame’,” she said. “I said: ‘What do you mean a shame? I have a baby who is alive, I’m so grateful to the medical profession for giving me this’. But people love to judge, they love to be smug about their own births. I don’t think that’s fair.”Mr Fogle, an adventurer and broadcaster, told the audience: “I know that we have had people say to us, ‘did we not feel robbed’ or that you [Marina] were a slight failure.”Asked why she thought women judged each other, Mrs Fogle said: “I think there is an innate competition. It is a bit like all girls schools, you know when you get a lot of girls in an environment together, with maybe a bit more time on their hands, it can turn into a really bitchy situation and I wonder if that’s just girls overthinking it.” The couple have two children togetherCredit:BPH / XPX People love to judge, they love to be smug about their own births. I don’t think that’s fairMarina Fogle Mrs Fogle, who now runs antenatal courses with her sister, who is a doctor, has previously spoken about her heartbreak at the stillbirth of her third child 32 weeks into her pregnancy.During the talk about her new book, The Bump Class, she also spoke out about the amount of pressure on new mothers to get back into shape.“I think this whole strive for perfection is quite suffocating actually for this generation,” she said. “You have people being able to curate their image really well on social media, it’s sort of bragging but it’s acceptable because it’s on Instagram, which is a bit odd.”She added that mothers should be able to talk about being imperfect or tired without being criticised. Marina and Ben Fogle Marina Fogle has revealed she was shamed by “smug” mothers and told she was a failure because she gave birth to her children via caesarian section.Mrs Fogle, 37, said she was approached by a number of critical women including one who told her it was a “shame” she didn’t have a natural birth.Speaking at Henley Literary Festival, the businesswoman, who has two children, Iona and Ludo, with her husband Ben Fogle, said she was shocked at some people’s attitudes and called for women to be kinder to each other. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Review of VIP paedophile ring investigation could name individual police officers

first_imgFormer MP Harvey Proctor was among those who was caught up in the allegationsCredit:Paul Grover Individual police officers are expected to be criticised by an official review into the investigation of allegations that a network of senior establishment figures abused and killed young boys in the 1970s and 1980s.The inquiry, chaired by former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, was set up to examine whether lessons could be learned from the way police handled historic allegations of sex abuse in Operation Midland. It was reported last night that the head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, had been warned that the report could be delayed because individuals who are criticised must be given the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as ‘Maxwellisation’. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will receive the report The investigation was eventually closed after 16 months when the Metropolitan Police announced it had not found any evidence to substantiate the allegations.At the time, the force rejected calls to prosecute Nick for attempting to pervert the course of justice stating: “Officers have not found evidence to prove that they were knowingly misled by a complainant.”Sir Richard’s review is likely to also consider Operation Yewtree, which saw entertainer Rolf Harris convicted. The judge has spoken to numerous people involved in Operation Midland, including those who were interviewed about baseless claims. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force would not comment on the review at this time.  Harvey Proctorcenter_img Sir Bernard Hogan Howe  Sir Bernard has indicated that his intention is to publish a summary of Sir Richard’s findings, rather than the full report. Operation Midland involved 31 full time detectives and cost £2m but failed to find any evidence to support the allegations from a man known only as Nick.’Nick’ claimed that his stepfather had sold him into a VIP paedophile ring including former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, decorated war hero Lord Bramall, head of the army Lord Bramall and former Conservative MP, Harvey Proctor. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Prince Charles photobombs Kasabian in unlikely meeting at the pub

first_imgNot everyday you meet and shake hands with HRH Prince Charles on a walk on Ham Hill.— Andrew Sweet (@AndrewSweet4) February 14, 2017 Very interesting afternoon meeting HRH Prince Charles. A very charming man and extremely skilled at asking interesting questions.— Orchards Estates (@orchardsestates) February 14, 2017 Kasabian and Prince Charles like the same kind of drinking establishments, apparently Credit:Rex  Prince Charles had an unlikely encounter with Kasabian after appearing to photobomb the band at a pub in Somerset.Guitarist Sergio Pizzorno and co were enjoying some lunch at the aptly named Prince of Wales pub in Ham Hill, near Yeovil, when the royal guest wandered in. Show more “He was very generous with his time and it was just a brilliant day,” she said.“We knew he was coming but it was a lovely surprise for everyone else.“He poured a pint and his visit was just a huge boost for everybody and out invited guests.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Leicester band shared the photo on Instagram joking the royal visitor was in the “photobombing zone”.Landlady Nicki Holroyd told Somerset Live that Charles surprised locals when he got behind the counter to pull a pint. Pizzorno told the NME: “We did so much work really quickly that I took the summer off and did a bit of living.“It was great … then I just came back to it, added a few songs and they only took about ten minutes to write.”Kasabian will headline this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, organisers announced in January. Kasabian new album  Charles joins Prince Harry and the Queen as the latest royal photobomber.Meanwhile, Kasabian were enjoying a relaxing trip to the pub after revealing they have just completed their new album.last_img read more

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Patients treated by older doctors more likely to die new research indicates

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Older physicians bring invaluable richness of knowledge and depth of experience, yet their clinical skills may begin to lag behind over timeProfessor Anupam Jena, Harvard University But the new study, published in the British Medical Journal, indicates that doctors who are earlier in their career, and who have undergone training more recently, make safer decisions.The results of the Harvard University research found that for every 77 patients treated by a 60-plus medic, one fewer patient would die within 30 days had those same patients been cared for by a doctor aged less than 40.The research team said the difference in likelihood of death was comparable to that of a patient with severe heart disease not taking crucial medication compared to one with the same condition who does.“Older physicians bring invaluable richness of knowledge and depth of experience, yet their clinical skills may begin to lag behind over time,” said Professor Anupam Jena, the senior author.“The results of our study suggest the critical importance of continuing medical education throughout a doctor’s entire career, regardless of age and experience.”Mortality ratings for individual doctors, which have been in place for NHS surgeons since 2014, have been the subject of controversy, with critics arguing they do not accurately reflect a doctor’s true ability because the most skilled practitioners tend to be assigned the hardest cases.However, the new study took the severity of the patient’s condition into account, and still found a higher chance of death with doctors aged 60 or above.After adjusting for patient, physician, and hospital characteristics that could have affected the results, patients’ 30 day mortality rates were 10.8% for physicians aged less than 40, 11.1% for physicians aged 40 to 49, 11.3% for physicians aged 50 to 59, and 12.1% for physicians aged 60 or over.However the effect was not noticeable in hospitals which dealt with high volumes of patients.center_img Older doctors are more likely to kill their patients because their medical skills have fallen out of date, a new study suggests.A survey of nearly three quarters of a million patients found that those treated in hospital by a doctor aged 60 or over had a noticeably higher chance of dying within a month than those who saw a doctor younger than 40.It has long been assumed by many that older doctors provide better care than their younger colleagues because of their superior clinical experience.last_img read more

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Ruth Davidson given gay rights assurance from PM over DUP deal

first_imgMs Davidson, who became engaged to partner Jen Wilson in May 2016, later told the BBC: “I was fairly straightforward with her (Mrs May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party.”One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights.”I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the UK, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland “It’s an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them).” Ruth Davidson at her post-election press conferenceCredit:Getty ruth davidson Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she has received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with Democratic Unionist Party.Ms Davidson, who is gay, spoke out after Theresa May outlined a plan to seek a deal with the socially hardline party, which has 10 seats in the Commons, to prop up her minority administration.In an apparent criticism of the plan, Ms Davidson on Friday tweeted a link to a speech she made in favour of marriage equality, with the message: “As a Protestant Unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic, here’s the Amnesty Pride lecture I gave in Belfast.” While the party insists it is protecting the “traditional” definition of marriage, critics have denounced its stance as homophobic.Going back decades, the DUP was at the vanguard of the failed Save Ulster from Sodomy movement that campaigned against the 1982 legalisation of homosexual sex in Northern Ireland.In more recent times, former first minister Peter Robinson’s wife Iris, then an MP, described homosexuality as an “abomination”, while the MP son of Dr Paisley, Ian Paisley Jr, said he felt “repulsed” by homosexual acts.center_img Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed.The DUP has repeatedly used a controversial Stormont voting mechanism – the petition of concern – to prevent the legalisation of same-sex marriage, despite a majority of MLAs supporting the move at the last vote.The party has often found itself embroiled in controversy over its stance on gay rights issues.Founded on the evangelical principles of the late Ian Paisley’s Free Presbyterian church, Northern Ireland’s largest political party has been repeatedly at odds with the region’s LGBT community.Their differences highlight Northern Ireland’s often stark dichotomy between religious-based social conservatism and secular progressive liberalism. A party councillor in Ballymena reportedly claimed Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,500 people in the US, was God’s revenge for New Orleans hosting an annual gay pride event.Former DUP Stormont minister Edwin Poots once hit out at a gay rugby team in Belfast, accusing it of introducing a sporting “apartheid” against heterosexual players.Mr Poots also ended up in court for upholding a ban on gay men giving blood and, in a separate case, objecting to gay couples adopting. In the former case an appeal judge overturned a finding that he was motivated by bias.In the 2015 general election campaign, DUP health minister Jim Wells resigned amid a controversy about remarks he made about same sex couples.Defending her party’s stance on gay marriage in a recent interview, leader Arlene Foster insisted those who characterised the DUP as anti-gay were wide of the mark.”They are wrong and they need to understand why we take those positions from a faith point of view and why we want to protect the definition of marriage,” she said.”I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality, that’s not a matter for me, when it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage.” As a Protestant Unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic, here’s the Amnesty Pride lecture I gave in Belfast…https://t.co/NdRaT2s3W5— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) June 9, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Who wants to be a millionaire Lottery ticket worth £51m remains unclaimed

first_imgAccording to the Sunday Times Rich List, global pop sensation Sheeran is worth £52 million, while Wales football international Bale is worth £54 million.It is the fourth time this year a EuroMillions jackpot has been won in the UK. In June another player saw their bank balance grow by a cool £87 million overnight, while in February two ticket-holders split a £39.9 million jackpot – each banking £19.9 million.The following week a UK winner scooped a £14 million jackpot.Wherever the latest ticket may be, the owner has 173 days to claim the prize before the money is passed to good causes. The lucky numbers on the night were 5, 9, 29, 31, 41 and Lucky Stars 2 and 4.Should the golden ticket turn up the holder will be in line to win £51,702,049. Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie Davies, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell (L-R), a five member family syndicate from Monmouth who won £61.1m last yearCredit: REBECCA NADEN Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie Davies, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell (L-R), a five member family syndicate from Monmouth who won £61.1m last year Somewhere in the UK is a EuroMillions ticket that could make the lucky holder as rich as Ed Sheeran or Gareth Bale – but the £51.7 million jackpot remains unclaimed after a week.The National Lottery has urged players to check their tickets from the draw on Friday July 28, when the entire jackpot went to one winner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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US Topshop manager I was Sir Philip Greens victim too

Ms Irvine said that, while employed as Topshop’s Las Vegas store manager, Sir Philip would repeatedly grab her by the waist and slap her bottom, make regular comments about her breasts and tell her that she needed to lose weight. A former Topshop manager has become the first woman publicly 
to accuse Sir Philip Green of sexual ­harassment, as she alleges a year-long campaign of intimidation and bullying. Her disclosures will raise concerns not only about the way that employees were treated by the billionaire… Auna Irvine, who ran one of the ­billionaire’s flagship shops in America, has told The Daily Telegraph that she was left so demeaned by her treatment that she ended up seeking counselling.

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Controversial ideas journal where academics can publish under pseudonyms for fear of

A newly formed group of over 100 academics from British universities last month raised their concerns about “the suppression of proper academic analysis and discussion of the social phenomenon of transgenderism”.They said that members of their group have experienced campus protests, calls for dismissal in the press, harassment, foiled plots to bring about dismissal, no-platforming, and attempts to censor academic research and publications. Francesca Minerva, a bio-ethicist at the University of Ghent in Belgium, approached Prof McMahan about setting up  The Journal of Controversial Ideas after she received death threats due to her academic research.She had to seek police protection following the publication of an article she co-authored in the Journal of Medical Ethics which defended the permissibility of early infanticide in a certain range of cases. Prof McMahan said that the new cross-disciplinary publication, which is due to launch next year, will be fully peer-reviewed in line with normal academic standards.He said that he and Peter Singer, the prominent Australian philosopher, are assembling an editorial board that is made up of academics and people distinguished in their fields from across the political and religious spectrum. “The idea is to make sure the journal is not seen as in any way partisan, but to facilitate academic freedom,” he said. Prof McMahan told how the attack on intellectual discussion and fear of self-censorship has become more acute in recent years  A “controversial ideas” journal where researchers can publish articles under pseudonyms will be launched next year by an Oxford University academic.  The new journal is a response to a rise in researchers being criticised and silenced by those who disagree with them, according to Jeff McMahan, a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford.“There is an increasing tendency that I see within academia and outside for people to try to suppress views they don’t like and treat them as wicked and unspeakable, rather than confront those views and refute them,” he said.While controversial research has always attracted criticism, Prof McMahan told how the attack on intellectual discussion and fear of self-censorship has become more acute in recent years.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The phenomenon of attempting to shut down views you disagree with has become “very pronounced” among young people and those on the Left, he told The Daily Telegraph.  “Occasionally the fear of reaction is from the right and other times it is from the left”, Prof McMahan said, adding that academics also fear being censured by their own university administrations too.  He cited the example of a fellow Oxford academic, Professor Nigel Biggar, being “targeted” after he suggested that people should have “pride” about aspects of their imperialist past. Over 50 professors, lecturers and researchers signed an open letter expressing their “firm rejection” of his views. Prof Biggar later revealed that young academics are afraid of damaging their careers if they are seen with him.Another example he gave was when the Oxford Students For Life group invited speakers to discuss proposals to legalise abortion in Ireland.“The members are entirely reasonable decent people, I disagree with them totally, but they tried to put on an event a year or so ago with discussion of abortion. But they were shouted down by a feminist group and unable to proceed,” Prof McMahan said. Prof McMahan told how the attack on intellectual discussion and fear of self-censorship has become more acute in recent years  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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New swim school led to UKs largest outbreak of waterborne disease after

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. District judge Michael Fanning described the giardiasis outbreak as the ‘single largest of its kind’ ever in the UK.Griffin was fined £1,500 fine and given a community order after he was found guilty of failing to carry out a sufficient risk assessment and discharging his duty of care towards people using his facilitiesDelivering his verdict, Mr Fanning said: “These are two people who took the skill Miss Kettlewell has and tried to develop a business and tried to be enterprising. It’s gone wrong for them.”Giardiasis was contracted by comedian David Walliams in 2011 when he swam 140 miles along the River Thames to raise money for Sport Relief. A newly-opened swimming school led to the UK’s largest outbreak of a water-borne parasitic disease after the owner failed to clean the pool properly, a court heard.Businessman Ryan Griffin, 26, spent £50,000 with his girlfriend Leanne Kettlewell, a swim teacher, to set up Dolphin Swim School on an industrial estate in York in July 2015. However, the pool was closed just three months later after more than 160 people were struck down with illnesses, York Magistrates Court heard.Simon Clegg, prosecuting, said water-borne diseases were able to thrive in the pool because Griffin failed to put necessary chemicals used to clean the water into it.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The pool also had a maximum capacity of four people but was crammed with 17 students at a time, many aged between two and five, Mr Clegg said.He added that the business premises also had an insufficient filtration system and the toilet, changing and disposal facilities were all insufficient for commercial use.Concerns were first raised in August, weeks after the pool opened, when a number of children fell ill with the same symptoms. Over the next two months dozens more parents reported the school.Public Health England records show at the time the swim school was open that there were 165 cases of giardiasis in York, an infection of the small intestine caused by ingesting contaminated water, which results in diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea. read more

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Ched Evans to receive £800000 after agreeing to settle legal battle against

Ched Evans has agreed to a payout worth nearly £800,000 after suing the lawyers who defended him in his first rape trial.The Welsh footballer was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, North Wales, in 2011, serving two and a half years behind bars.However, his conviction was quashed in 2016 and he was found not guilty at a re-trial.The 30-year-old had planned to take court action against the law firm Brabners, who mounted the unsuccessful defence at the Caernarfon Crown Court trial in 2012.It is understood the striker has now agreed to settle the matter out of court and will receive a payment in the region of £800,000.A spokesman for Brabners said: “We are glad that Ched Evans has agreed not to pursue this case, which we believe was entirely without merit. Brabners put forward a strong defence of Mr Evans claim following a thorough process and we were prepared to vigorously defend our handling of the case.”Evans is currently attempting to rekindle his career on the pitch in League One, where he is on loan at Fleetwood Town from Sheffield United.He had been a rising star at the Yorkshire club when the allegations were first made, leading to his arrest on the grounds the woman with whom he had sex was too drunk to consent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The former Wales international always maintained his innocence and the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in 2016.It took a jury at Cardiff Crown Court fewer than three hours to clear him at the second trial several months later, during which the unusual step was taken to allow evidence from other sexual partners of his accuser.Evans has since gone on to score 15 goals in 35 appearances for Fleetwood Town, including two during their most recent game on Saturday.His representatives could not be reached for comment. read more

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