More Saints Bounty Drama Player Admits To Lying About

Ex-Saint Anthony HargroveThe New Orleans Saints bounty program drama just will not end. It is a reality show gone bad (like most of them). In the latest episode, a report was released Tuesday that said one of the suspended players, Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, said he was told to deny knowledge of such a system when interviewed by NFL investigators in 2010.Hargrove, according to the sworn statement acquired by the Associated Press, claimed the alleged order came from assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely for his role as the ring leader of the pay-for-injury program and Vitt is the interim head coach because Sean Payton was docked for the upcoming season as part of the NFL’s punishment. Meanwhile, Vitt will be benched for half half of the season.Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney hired by the NFL to review the investigation said that Hargrove’s statement “acknowledges the nature of the program and his participation in it, and, which is really the thrust of the declaration, that he was told to lie about it, and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL investigators.”Vitt issued a vehement denial of Hargrove’s statement, saying, “At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program),” he told the The Times-Picayune newspaper. “He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn’t happen.”Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four members of the 2010 Saints suspended last in relation to the bounty investigation, and is slated to miss the first half of the regular season in 2012. In the NFL’s initial statement regarding the suspensions the league said “actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.”The statement has become a point of contention between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in the aftermath of the investigation, as the players begin their appeals process. The NFLPA maintains the position that while Hargrove states that he was told to lie, he has not admitted to lying to investigators. For the players, admitting to obstructing the NFL’s investigation would mean certain death for any chance at an appeal. read more



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Nationals Sign Rafael Soriano a Powerful Closer

Rafael Soriano, one of the most versatile closers in baseball, made the young and dangerous Washington Nationals more lethal by signing a two-year, $28-million contract with the reigning NL East champion.The agreement is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.A source told AP that the deal contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if Soriano reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, had 42 saves last year with the New York Yankees, stepping in for injured Mariano Rivera. Soriano would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who were among a group that closed games for them last season. Yahoo Sports first reported the Soriano-Nationals negotiations.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees. In October, he declined a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees to enter free agency.As compensation for Soriano, Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year’s amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt. read more



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The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more



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Can The US Women Keep Up Their European Conquest

After the U.S. women’s national team ousted Spain, four days before perhaps the most anticipated match in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she hoped the upcoming quarterfinal against host France would be a “total s—show circus” of a spectacle. It would become one because Rapinoe made it one.Even before a 2-1 U.S. win Friday against France, the outspoken, expressive sparkplug of a midfielder had taken over this World Cup with her dominant play and her candid comments. She ensured that the U.S. outlasted its biggest threat in a game that lived up to the billing, complete with early fireworks, officiating controversy and late drama. Entering this tournament, the storyline was that the rest of the world — especially European powers — had made up ground against the U.S. since the Americans won in 2015. So far, that has played out, entering the U.S. semifinal Tuesday against England.The past two World Cup finals featured the U.S. and Japan, both of which knocked out European teams in the semifinals in 2011 and 2015. But this year, Italy, Sweden and Norway pulled upsets of China, Canada and Australia, respectively. The Netherlands beat Japan, France took down Brazil, and suddenly Europe produced a record seven of the eight quarterfinalists in this tournament. Not since 1995 had the continent managed even five of the final eight.England won’t make it easy on the U.S. The Three Lionesses are undefeated in this World Cup, with group-stage victories against Scotland, Japan and Argentina and 3-0 shutouts of Cameroon in the round of 16 and Norway in the quarterfinals. They, like many of the European squads, are fielding their strongest team of any Women’s World Cup at this tournament, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. They failed to qualify for three of the first four World Cups but have reached at least the quarterfinals four straight times, the semifinals twice.A goals-per-game average of 2.2 puts England at second in this World Cup behind the U.S., and Phil Neville’s squad has conceded the fewest goals in the tournament (one). England ranks second in expected goals per 90 minutes with 2.46, in large part because it completes passes at a tournament-best clip of 80.9 percent.Still, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the Americans a 67 percent chance of beating England and a 48 percent chance of repeating as champions. Their advantage comes from skilled talents like Rapinoe, whose finishing ability gave the U.S. an edge in an otherwise evenly matched game Friday.Europe’s improvements were never clearer than in Friday’s showdown. In fact, FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Caley’s expected goal map after the game indicated that France had an advantage, with 1.3 expected goals to 1.0 for the Americans. The French peppered the U.S. with 20 shot attempts, but in the end, just five ended up on target. The Americans, meanwhile, placed eight of their 10 attempts on goal (and could have pulled ahead 3-0 if not for a close offside call against Crystal Dunn). They even lost the possession battle1France had 60 percent possession to 40 percent for the U.S. for the first time since a friendly against Spain in January, a span of 14 matches. But they are the defending champions for a reason, and they are moving on.The Americans have long embraced an attack-minded style of play built by the firepower on their front line. Youth development programs and college squads have stocked the national team with goal scorers, and the U.S. leads the World Cup in not just goals but chances (15.2) and expected goals (3.31) per 90 minutes. Rapinoe and Morgan are two of the four co-leaders for the Golden Boot award. After the U.S. lost in penalty kicks against Sweden in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, coach Jill Ellis doubled down on aggressiveness, switching to a 4-3-3 to move the team’s best finishers into scoring position. That leaves Rapinoe, Morgan and Tobin Heath up top, with 2015 star Carli Lloyd still available off the bench.The interest in offensive pressure trickles down the roster. On Ellis’s top lineup, both outside backs — Dunn and Kelley O’Hara — are former forwards and winners of college soccer’s player of the year award. Dunn plays mostly midfield outside of the national team, and O’Hara was as a forward at Stanford. Ellis called Dunn “the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” which indicates the coach’s strategy: Find the best, most versatile players, and then put them in the right positions.Dunn, for instance, said she did not have much preparation at a new position before the World Cup. “I really got a phone call just saying, ‘Hey, you know, tomorrow’s game, I’d want you to step in and be an outside back. I’m trusting that you can do that and I know that you can,’” she told Forbes in May. “And you know, that’s all really that I needed.”Since then, she has become one of the team’s breakout players, proving critical Friday as she quelled the French attack and possessed the ball in the final minutes. “I try not to overthink,” Dunn told reporters after the group-stage finale against Sweden. “I just think of myself as a footballer. I’m just playing and trying to impact the game from a different angle of the field.” Ellis receives plenty of questions about deploying players out of position, but the result, so far, has been a terrifying arsenal of two center backs and eight players who are threats to score or create at any moment.Europe will keep coming for the U.S., as Spain showed in the round of 16. The Spaniards are young, improving and skilled with the ball. They played in just their second World Cup this year, and yet they advanced to the knockout stage and tested the U.S. before losing, 2-1. The Americans’ next test was even trickier, though the sharper team prevailed. “That is the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis told reporters afterward, and it certainly won’t be the last. read more



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Model Talk New Predictions For A Brave New NBA World

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Since the NBA never stops, we’re proud to announce that our projection model for the 2019-2020 season has formally launched! Nate Silver joins to discuss how the model is assessing the NBA, which new metrics are still in development and what our model suggests about the upcoming season.The British Open begins on Thursday, with Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy heading into the tournament as the favorite. We’ll break down his chances of success in this final installment of the PGA season.Our Rabbit Hole this week dives into the dramatic tiebreakers that decided the winners of both the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon men’s final. Sticky wickets, indeed!What we’re looking at this week:Our 2019-2020 NBA model is up!Narratives to keep an eye on heading into the British Open.The unprecedented ending to the Cricket World Cup, explained. Embed Code read more



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The Chances The Philadelphia 76ers Losing Streak Will Reach 18 19 20

The Philadelphia 76ers are in a bit of a tailspin right now. Monday night’s loss, against a San Antonio Spurs team that was sitting both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, was Philadelphia’s 17th straight to start the season, a franchise record and one shy of the all-time NBA record set by the New Jersey Nets in 2009. It’s been 230 days since the Sixers won a basketball game.Back in mid-November, our friends at the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective anticipated the Sixers’ woes and computed the odds of the team’s season-opening losing streak reaching various lengths. The chances of a 17-game streak back then were just 20 percent; Philadelphia still had to lose a few theoretically winnable games (of course, it obliged). Now we need to update the probabilities and ask just how long this Sixers skid might last.To do that, we’ll turn to FiveThirtyEight contributor Mike Beuoy’s betting-market-based team ratings, which use the gambling lines from every game to derive each team’s “generic points favored” (or the amount by which we’d expect the team to be favored against an average team). The final scoring margin in an NBA game can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation of 12. So we can generate win probabilities for every game left on the Sixers’ schedule, then run 1,000 simulations of the rest of their season and determine the odds of their streak reaching a given number of losses.In our set of 1,000 simulations, Philadelphia’s losing streak has an average length of 20.7 games. The streak most commonly ends with a victory Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a game in which the Sixers have a relatively high (by their standards) 30.9 percent probability of winning. In 60 percent of simulations, the streak ends sometime in the team’s next three games (the last of which is on Saturday night), and 91 percent of simulations see it end before Christmas.However, there is one dark simulation in which the Sixers lose 54 consecutive games before finally snapping their skid against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 22, 2015. For the sake of my home city, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. read more



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For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. read more



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Despite losing two stars Ohio State wrestling maintains high expectations

OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the first time in four seasons, as the Ohio State wrestling team prepares to defend its title — the first national championship in program history — it will proceed without Logan Stieber.Life without the most decorated wrestler in OSU history has begun.Masterfully, Stieber was a force. Ending his career 119-3, winning his last 50 matches, he — along with coach Tom Ryan — took the wrestling program to unprecedented heights.The Buckeyes are now discovering why repeating as national champions in college athletics is so hard. OSU not only has to make up for the absence of Stieber’s scoring, but Kyle Snyder’s as well, as the second-year Buckeye plans to redshirt the upcoming season to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics.“It will be weird,” Snyder said. “It will be hard for me to come to practice and watch, and not be able to compete because I’m going to want to practice so bad. (There) will definitely be a bitter taste in my mouth.” Like Stieber, Snyder — the first collegiate wrestler to win the U.S. Open and make the World Team as a freshman — was dominant. With Snyder in the lineup, the Buckeyes were favored to repeat as national champions. Now sans Snyder, the Buckeyes are projected as a bubble team.“Obviously, preseason rankings, you go from No. 1 to No. 5 when you don’t have a Kyle Snyder in the lineup,” Ryan said. “It’s hard to make up the 25 points that you consider him getting in the national tournament, but we’ve got people who can.”Redshirt sophomores Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan can make up the points, and should. Tomasello is coming off a 33-4 season in which he captured the Big Ten and NCAA championship at 125 pounds.  For Jordan, he is pegged as InterMat’s top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds and comes off a 2014 season in which he went 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against the Big Ten.The incoming freshman class should assist the team, as well. “We’ve got some really good freshmen coming in,” Jordan said. “A lot of guys that think right and train really hard and have the right mindset.”Freshman Kollin Moore, along with Myles Martin, have made early impressions. Former high school standouts, Moore went 51-0 in his senior year at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio, and Martin — a New Jersey native and FloWrestling’s No. 3 recruit — is expected to contribute early at 174 pounds behind Jordan.Satisfied with the young guys at the back end of the lineup, Ryan — who has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships — refuses to settle. In fact, he’s raising expectations for the young Buckeyes. “Winning it one year is fantastic, but we’re here to stay,” Ryan said. “We want prolonged, sustained success, and I’m really confident that 10 years from now, people in the wrestling world and community will say, ‘Ohio State is a place where wrestling is alive and well.’”Repeating is OSU’s goal, but Ryan admits the loss of Snyder is a hurdle. Nevertheless, he thinks the team can vault it. “The goal is to win another championship. That hasn’t changed,” Ryan said. “It’s definitely more challenging without (Snyder), but what a story it will be, should it happen come March.”Confident and convinced, the Buckeyes — despite being without two All-Americans — are ready to defend their title.“We’re not going to have Logan and Snyder, but we’re still going to be good, and I know we can win a national title if everything happens right,” Jordan said.As Stieber and Snyder continue to train in Columbus for their personal careers, their presence will still be felt. On the mat, however, life without both has just begun. read more



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Womens volleyball Buckeyes still hungry as first half of season wraps up

Players of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a team point during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 14. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorSo far this year, OSU has played 19 different teams, traveled to seven states, moved up and down the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll and seen the floor of St. John Arena only three times. OSU will be on the road yet again on Wednesday when they will battle the last remaining undefeated conference team, the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State sits at 16-3 overall this season.  The 19th-ranked Buckeyes (13-7) will then come back to Columbus to take on No. 11 Michigan State (16-4) on Saturday. Last time around, the Spartans swept OSU in East Lansing, Michigan, 3-0 (Oct. 7). OSU is nearing the homestretch of its season and facing, arguably, its toughest string of games yet. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is anything but sluggish.“This team is hungry,” he said. “As long as we keep working hard and stay together…that’s going to pay some dividends at the end.” The Buckeyes will have to be hungry for a win when they travel to Happy Valley to face the Nittany Lions. Penn State boasts the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation. The team is also on a 14-match win streak – their last loss came on Sept. 4 against Stanford.Carlston admitted the dominance of Penn State’s 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington, but also said he sees a lot of opportunities for OSU to capitalize on. “If we can do what we’re planning on doing, which is staying aggressive and play with poise,” he said. “I like a lot of the matchups.”The Buckeyes will have three days after the Penn State match to make adjustments before their second go-round with Michigan State. Members of OSU’s team say that the quick turnaround from the first time they faced the Spartans is actually to their advantage. “It’s a little bit fresher in our minds,” senior setter Abby Fesl said. “We’ll analyze what happened last time so that we can be a little bit more prepared and more able to execute.” Fesl is new to the OSU sisterhood this season after transferring from the University of North Florida. She also said her team makes weekly goals in order to stay motivated for its grinding schedule ahead.  “We break things down kind of weekend by weekend, game by game,” she said. “We set goals for ourselves and try to accomplish those, so when we do, it’s a really great feeling.” Fesl’s teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree, added that at this midpoint in the season, she’s seen her team’s play change but it still hold true to its spirit. “We’re the same team in a lot of senses, like the personalities are still the same,” Goree said. “We’re still having fun together, but we are a different team because we’ve grown in a lot of different ways,” she said. Carlston also said that playing a constantly tough schedule is easier because of OSU’s investment into their team and themselves. “Our freshmen have kind of grown up before our eyes, but also our leadership has matured and really ‘bought in’ to the journey. It sounds cliché, but you need to,” he said. The Buckeyes’ journey will continue on Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they face Penn State. OSU will then take on Michigan State at St. John Arena at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the breast cancer awareness match. read more



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Crew goalkeeper making voice heard on field

In soccer, the goalkeeper is like a coach on the field. “Part of being a goalkeeper is barking out orders and you’ve got to be louder than everyone,” Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer said. He is in charge of directing the team’s defense and setting up its offense with goal kicks and throws. Hesmer, now in his fifth season as the Crew’s starting goalkeeper, is off to a hot start in 2011. Through 10 games, he is allowing an average of only one goal per contest and has had four shutouts, putting him on pace to break his career high of 10. “That’s a reflection of the team,” he said of his performance so far. “For the most part, we have done a terrific job of team-defending and making it difficult for other teams to break us down.” After losing several key players in the offseason, such as defender Frankie Hejduk and offensive maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto, coach Robert Warzycha said Hesmer has increased his role as a team leader. “Losing so many players from last year, he is one of the guys that is leading the team,” Warzycha said. “His good performance is very important to us.” As successful as Hesmer and the Crew defense have been so far, the offense has struggled during the first two months of the season. Columbus is in last place in the MLS in scoring, averaging 0.8 goals per game. Strong performances by Hesmer and Co. during the first month and a half of the season, including a streak of four straight shutouts, made up for the team’s offensive struggles. The Crew recorded a seven-game streak without a loss from March 26 to May 7. At that point, the team had 13 points and was tied for fifth in the 18-team league. However, the team has gone goalless in its past two matches and has yet to win a game in May. It fell into a tie for 10th place in the league. Warzycha said there’s one thing his team needs to do: score goals. “It is as simple as that,” he said. The Crew will look to rebound against Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home. read more



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Opinion Despite World Cup exit American soccer gaining momentum respect

Justen Woody, left, and Robert Driskill both of Fort Worth, Texas, cheer at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as soccer fans watch the World Cup soccer match between the USA and Belgium on July 1. Belgium advanced, 2-1, in extra time.Credit: Courtesy of MCTSeldom does a defeat in international sport command the “respect” of a victorious opponent.“Two words.. TIM HOWARD#Respect#BelUSA,” Belgian captain Vincent Kompany tweeted less than an hour after his national team secured a Round of 16 World Cup win against the United States, 2-1, in extra time Tuesday.Kompany wasn’t just being a gracious winner, though.Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, notched a World Cup record 16 saves in the contest against Belgium.FIFA only started officially recording saves statistically in 1966, but I think we can still revel in the fact that an American is on top of the record books in at least one category in soccer.An American record in international soccer, a sport that doesn’t even get a place on the podium of our national sports.Far more will come from the tournament run the U.S. just engineered than simply one memory of a titanic performance between the posts.A defeat that marked the second-straight Cup where Team USA has been knocked out of contention after getting to the elimination stage — an achievement by itself — may seem indicative to many that soccer just isn’t our thing.We can’t win the big one, right? Just like poor old Marty Schottenheimer when the NFL playoffs used to roll around for him. To those underwhelmed by and uninvolved in supporting the sport of soccer stateside, the loss to Belgium probably triggered eyerolls and shrugs of indifference.“The U.S. got just as far as it did in 2010 and fell flat on its face again? Not surprised,” says John Q. Indifferent.What the average soccer detractor doesn’t realize is the American squad showed in defeat that, while Europe’s elite teams may still be able to get the best of them, they’re just barely getting away with it in 2014.Even judging purely from this four-game World Cup résumé, the U.S. has shown it can hang with some of the greatest teams in the world for 90 minutes. Maybe even for 120 minutes, if need be, as was the case Tuesday at the Arena Fonte Nova.By managing to emerge from what was colloquially billed the “Group of Death” when FIFA announced the 32-team draw, Team USA defied both expectation and superstition.Experts widely predicted the U.S. to flounder against titans of the beautiful game and finish fourth out of four.Instead of wilting at the prospect of taking on nemesis Ghana, fourth-ranked Portugal and second-ranked Germany, the U.S. stepped up to the challenge and advanced as group G’s runner-up.They’d beaten a Ghana team that outplayed them for 85 minutes by a tally of 2-1. The win was worth far more to U.S. Soccer than just the three points it afforded them in the standings, though.Vanquishing the Black Stars — the team to send the U.S. home in 2006 and 2010 — eradicated talk of a curse of ineptitude, of an inability to win high-stakes matches.Fittingly, the unlikeliest of heroes won the day.Defender John Brooks, just 21 years old, unexpectedly saw playing time as a substitute at halftime because of an injury to defender Matt Besler. Brooks was making his fifth Team USA appearance when he took the field.For context, the Ghana game was captain Clint Dempsey’s 105th cap for the red, white and blue.Spotlight jitters? Please. Brooks scored the game-winner — his first international goal — in the 86th minute and put away the talented African opposition.The U.S. tied a stacked Portugal side that’s led by one of the world’s premier athletes in forward Cristiano Ronaldo, whom the defense stifled for most of the game.Let me say that again.When supposedly second-rate USA can restrict one of the best footballers on the planet to seven shots, 20 passes and one assist on the biggest of stages of international athletic competition, well, that doesn’t sound very second rate to me.In fact, the U.S. had a win nearly in hand. Portuguese midfielder Silvestre Varela’s goal off an admittedly impeccable cross by Ronaldo in the 95th minute for the tying score broke American hearts. Fans were devastated because advancement out of the group stage of the cup had been guaranteed with a win that proved suddenly elusive with 30 seconds left to play.But that’s the point. People cared. Finally, people cared and had a vested interest in how this soccer team, their soccer team, was faring.I took in the Portugal game at Fado Irish Pub in Columbus’ Easton Town Center, and what had been a joyous scene in the waning moments became a maudlin and crestfallen one when the Varela goal went in.The joy got sapped out of the room and I saw hands clutch heads and jaws drop.Disbelieving sighs and bewildered profanities showed me that people had taken ownership of this U.S. team with their full being.But I can tell you that people being absolutely crushed by a draw against one of the world’s football powers is an impressive and telling statement about how far this sport has come.Better yet, that we legitimately expect to win against one of the world’s football powers — and get vocally and visibly upset when we don’t — is proof that American soccer is on the upswing.As former national team star and ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas said moments after the Belgium game, “This loss, it’s gonna hurt. But tomorrow morning we’ll wake up, and I think that this team has provided a glimpse of the fact that there is a soccer culture in the United States. And it’s vibrant and it’s passionate, and ultimately, it will lead us to win a World Cup.”It’s a bold statement to end on. But millions of fans going nuts in parks, plazas and stadiums across the country while watching the U.S. on jumbotrons and projection screens are inclined to agree with Lalas.“I believe that we will win,” they chanted vibrantly, passionately. Even when it didn’t come true against Belgium, they still believed.Ultimately, the point to take away from this U.S. World Cup run and the years of progress that led up to it is linked to what Vincent Kompany earnestly told his Twitter followers Tuesday night.American soccer is alive and well, and it deserves your respect. read more



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Football Ohio State lists JT Barrett as starting quarterback in Big Ten

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its depth chart Tuesday before Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin. Though redshirt senior J.T. Barrett did not finish the game under center for Ohio State, he was listed as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. The only change that appeared on the depth chart was the backup quarterback position. Rather than be listed as the co-second-string quarterback with redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins was listed as the only backup to redshirt senior J.T. Barrett under center. Burrow is now listed as third-string quarterback.Haskins filled in for Barrett on Saturday against Michigan and drove the Buckeyes down the field for the eventual game-winning score. Haskins finished the game 6-for-7 with 94 passing yards. He also carried the ball three times for 24 yards.Here is the rest of the depth chart. read more



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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he

first_imgThe court had heard that Kroker, who himself had become a father five months before the incident, was so distracted by his phone that he barely looked at the road for almost a kilometre.Passing sentence, Judge Maura McGowan said his attention had been so poor that he “might as well have had his eyes closed”. 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. Tracey Houghton Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, at the scene on the A34 dual carriageway north of Newbury in Berkshire.Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court on October 10.He was sentenced at the same court on Monday. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee GoldsmithCredit: INS News Agency A lorry driver who killed a woman and three children by ploughing into their stationary car while scrolling through music on his mobile phone has been jailed for 10 years.Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into the vehicle carrying Tracey Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11, and her stepdaughter, Aimee Goldsmith, 11, at 50mph on August 10. Tracey HoughtonCredit: INS News Agency Just an hour earlier he had signed a declaration to his employer, promising he would not use his phone at the wheel.Kroker’s truck ploughed into a stationary queue of two lorries and four smaller vehicles which were stuck behind a slow-moving articulated lorry near the villages of East and West Ilsley at around 5.10pm.A man was seriously injured and four other people were hurt in the horrific accident. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee Goldsmithlast_img read more



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DJ jailed for chopping off mans finger with meat cleaver after he

first_imgThe case was heard at Cardiff Crown CourtCredit:Barry Batchelor/PA A DJ who cut off a man’s finger with a meat cleaver was caught by his own video when he filmed himself saying: “See that? I chopped that off.”Malachi Halstead, 35, posted “chilling footage” of the attack with the meat cleaver on social media network Snapchat.Halstead then turned the camera on himself, holding the meat cleaver as he said: “Say hello to my little friend.”The video was released after Halstead, known as DJ Madskie, was jailed for 14 years after driving Teerath Mann, 23, to a graveyard to cut off his finger. He must have been petrified. It was an utterly barbaric attackRecorder Christopher Clee QC Mr Mann was selling drugs for Halstead, the court heard, but the DJ suspected money had gone missing.Halstead denied the attack and said a mystery man called Mr Biggs had ambushed Mr Mann while they were in the graveyard. But Mr Edwards said Mr Biggs was “a figment of Halstead’s imagination”.Halstead, of Newport, South Wales, was found guilty of wounding with intent after a five-day trial. He admitted escaping police custody for running away from officers after initially being arrested.His on-off girlfriend Nicole Seaborne, also of Newport, was cleared of allegedly providing him with the weapon.The judge, Recorder Christopher Clee QC, called the attack “utterly barbaric” and said the filming had been done to make Mr Mann seem “pathetic”. A still image from Malachi Halstead’s Snapchat messageCredit:Wales News Service Cardiff Crown Courtcenter_img A still image from Malachi Halstead's Snapchat message Recorder Clee said: “Mr Mann was pleading with you. He must have been petrified. It was an utterly barbaric attack.”Having carried out this vicious assault you used your mobile phone to film him making him display his injury and filmed yourself boasting.”You manipulated the footage to speed his voice to make him look and sound pathetic. That footage is chilling.”After the case, Detective Constable Eirian Williams said: “Malachi Halstead enacted a terrible life changing injury on the victim on what was effectively a vendetta crime.”We are delighted that this particularly violent individual has been convicted and we hope this lengthy sentence serves as a warning to others involved in organised crime.” 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. Halstead posted the video of himself saying: “Anyone f—- with me, this is what I do to him, I chop off their digits.”Pointing to Mann holding a tea towel to his bloodied hand, he said: “See that? I chopped that off.”A court heard Halstead drove Mr Mann to the secluded spot because he suspected he was stealing from him.Prosecutor Heath Edwards said Halstead lured Mr Mann into his car before telling him: “Tonight you’re losing something.”Mr Edwards said: “Halstead drove to a nearby place and parked up, and both got out of the vehicle.”Mr Mann was made to place his finger on a wooden pole, and when he did, Halstead chopped off a large part of that finger.”Cardiff Crown Court was shown the Snapchat recording showing Mr Mann’s severed hand and Halstead.last_img read more



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Theresa May to send out fleet of ad vans amid claims her

first_imgMrs May’s key aides – Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy – have also been reportedly “at loggerheads” over the strategy with Ms Hill blaming Mr Timothy for including it in the manifesto.The Daily Telegraph has been told that Mr Timothy is now rarely seen at party headquarters, from where Ms Hill is running the party’s communications campaign with Sir Lynton Crosby, the election strategist who mastermined the party’s 2015 victory. One source said: “Fi comes to central office but he [Nick Timothy] doesn’t.” Labour Party leader Jeremy CorbynCredit:Jonathan Brady/P Meanwhile a poster campaign is being launched today by the country’s biggest trade union bearing the message that the Conservative party is “no friend of the North”.Unite is targeting cities in the north of England with billboards, where the Tories have to make large inroads to deliver the landslide promised by polls at the start of the campaign.The Unite campaign describes the Tories as the party of the “leafy shires and the lucky few”.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The Tories are not and never will be the friends of the North.” Nick Timothy Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Fiona Hill  After weeks of stressing the value of Mrs May’s leaderships, the Tories are expected to make more use of their frontbench team over coming days with Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary,  Amber Rudd, the homes secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary pushed to the fore.Sir Michael Fallon, a Cabinet minister, said the talk of division among Mrs May’s top advisers was “rubbish” and blamed “Westminster tittle-tattle about various Westminster figures”.Friends of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill denied a rift. One said: “The two of them are as thick as thieves. The idea that there is any split – it is just not true.” One Tory source said the cash would not be hard to raise from wealthy donors because “the prospect of Corbyn is so horrific they will help us out. There will be a final push”.As well as the ad vans, the party is planning to spend heavily on social media messages which appear on voters’ mobile phones, rather than traditional billboard advertising.Some donors were initiallly unhappy that the party’s social care plan to force wealthy pensioners to pay more for care in their homes had been poorly explained, and were dubbed the “dementia tax”, sources said. One Tory source said: “The key choice is who do you want at the negotiating table. We can’t have people thinking that there are free votes [for Labour].”There was a boost for the Conservatives on Sunday when the party’s lead over Labour started to widen. YouGov, which on Friday said the Tories were just five per cent ahead of Labour, said the party was now 7 points ahead.The party has already pulled in between £13million and £14million and wants to raise another £2million over the remaining 10 days to order to hit its spending limit. Michael Fallon  Fiona Hill  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister Theresa May Credit:REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Michael Fallon Credit:BBC Prime Minister Theresa May  Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. Mrs May will attempt to stress the importance of Brexit talks when she appears in her first live election debate on Channel Four and Sky News tonight. [mon]Mrs May will answer questions posed by former  BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and a live studio audience after her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, giving her the chance to have the final word.The ad vans, which have messages down the side, will revive memories of Mrs May’s “go home” vans which she sent out with message to illegal immigrants when she was Home secretary. 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. Theresa May is to send out a fleet of ‘ad vans’ to reinforce her Brexit messageamid claims of a split among her most senior aides.The Tory leader is considering dispatching the advertising vans around the country as the part of a final push to convince voters she is best placed to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union.Tory strategists are hoping that switching the focus to the fact that Brexit talks start just 11 days after next Thursday’s general election will concentrate minds among the electorate. Nick Timothy last_img read more



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Sailors abandoning Royal Navys new warship because they are bored it is

first_imgCdr Edmunds, vice-chairman of Portsmouth-based armed forces campaign group UK National Defence Association, said junior personnel may feel they are “kicking their heels”.He said: “I can believe more junior personnel could feel as though they are kicking their heels and they will probably want to be living somewhere other than Rosyth.”It’s dull. If you’re a Pompey lad living on the north side of the Forth [river] you can understand people getting fed up and depressed.”Life is dull, they have this fantastic ship and it has problems with paint peeling off her deck and there are negative reports going on.” Around 21 sailors are reported to have quit the HMS Queen Elizabeth in recent weeks  The HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction at Rosyth Dockyard in 2014 A navy spokesman denied morale is low on the ship and said the retirement rate is “absolutely in line with the fleet average”. The HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction at Rosyth Dockyard in 2014Credit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images The HMS Queen Elizabeth  Commander Graham Edmunds, who has more than three decades of naval service under his belt, claimed delays to projects can impact morale. Cdr Edmunds added he was “disappointed” to hear that a number of people had decided to quit the navy but said it would not have a large impact on the ship’s overall ability to operate.Retired Lieutenant Commander Mike Critchley said crew will be frustrated at delays which set sea trials back from spring to summer.He said: “I expect they’re getting frustrated by all the delays. That’s something that is not good for morale.” “Are the sailors working hard? Yes, and they are very proud of their ship. Morale is high. We’re all very upbeat and determined to get HMS Queen Elizabeth ready to sail in the summer.”We’re working hard in support of our Alliance partners to deliver the most complex and advanced warship ever built for the Royal Navy.”Members of the ship’s company are very excited to be part of HMS Queen Elizabeth and cannot wait to sail her into Portsmouth.”Admiral Sir Philip Jones said he was committed to seeing his fleet’s new carrier in Portsmouth by the end of this year – but would not commit to a date.Sir Philip said: “We’re not committing to a date yet. We’ve got to get them to sea first and see how sea trials are going, but it will be this calendar year.”Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on a recent election campaign visit to the city that Queen Elizabeth would be in the city by the autumn. The HMS Queen Elizabeth Credit:John Linton/BAE Systems I can believe more junior personnel could feel as though they are kicking their heels and they will probably want to be living somewhere other than Rosyth.Commander Graham Edmunds It has been claimed sailors are being forced to work longer hours and weekends without rest and people aren’t being released to go on resettlement courses prior to leaving the navy as they can’t be replaced.Sailors wishing to change jobs within the navy have also had applications to leave the ship declined and are therefore resigning from the force entirely to pursue careers elsewhere.A retired commander said setbacks to projects onboard have impacted morale and said sailors’ lives would be be “dull” and they will be “getting fed up and depressed” while living onboard in Rosyth, Scotland.The resignations have led to senior officers on the ship, which has had a crew of 700 on board since May 2016, speaking with those quitting to find out why and what lessons can be learnt. Around 21 sailors are reported to have quit the HMS Queen Elizabeth in recent weeks Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Wire The Navy’s delayed new aircraft carrier is facing a morale crisis, it has been claimed, as sailors ‘abandon ship’ because they are bored. In the last few weeks, around 21 sailors have quit aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest and most powerful warship ever built for the Royal Navy – amid claims morale has dropped “to an all-time low”.A “continuous line” of personnel are reportedly resigning from the £3.1 billion ship – which has not yet begun sea trials originally planned for the spring – because of “dull” conditions onboard. One disgruntled sailor, who did not wish to be named, said: “Morale is at an all-time low. People join the navy to ‘see the world’ and that does not happen anymore.”Hence the dwindling numbers and continuous line of personnel walking out the gate for the last time to go into the civilian world.”On board HMS Queen Elizabeth currently there are personnel submitting their notice weekly.”The ship is tight for numbers as it is.”People aren’t being released from the ship to go on resettlement courses prior to leaving the navy because they can’t get anyone on to replace their position on board.”People want to change jobs within the navy but are being declined because that would mean them leaving the ship so that hampers people’s careers and subsequently some have submitted their notice to leave the navy because of it.”He added: “It’s really quite bad if I’m honest.’Another said: “The lads are being forced to work longer hours and weekends. There’s just no rest right now.” The impressive 65,000-ton carrier, capable of carrying up to 40 aircrafts, is due to begin sea trials this summer before it completes its first voyage to its home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in autumn. It had been due to undertake sea trials in the spring.  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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Keepers use interesting tactics to weigh animals at London Zoo

first_imgPenguin chicks, squirrel monkeys and gorillas are just some of the creatures who have had their vital statistics recorded at London Zoo’s annual weigh-in today. 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



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Winter Olympic hopefuls borrow routine from one of British figure skatings masters

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. Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland of train ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena Perhaps it’s modesty, but Buckland and Coomes are stopping short at recreating the famous Bolero routine which scored Torvill and Dean a string of perfect sixes at the 1984 Games, in front of a worldwide TV audience of 24 million.”You don’t touch Bolero, it’s just too perfect, but this routine is probably their second most famous routine in the skating world, you couldn’t do it without his blessing and I know they’ll both be watching very closely,” he said.Buckland and Coomes claimed their first major medal at the European Championships four years ago, winning bronze.Since then Coomes has struggled with a knee injury that threatened her entire career. She shattered her kneecap in eight places and was forced to undergo two operations and months of rehabilitation, forcing Buckland to train on his own in America. At one point she was told she would never compete again, but is now ready to take part in her third Winter Olympics with Buckland.They were left disappointed by their seventh place at the recent European Championships, but have since made significant changes to their routine ahead of the Olympics.”We’ve made lots of changes and we’re really excited about it,” said Buckland. “There is new music, new choreography and I think it’s probably my favourite programme we’ve done and that makes us feel very confident.” “We are huge Torvill and Dean fans and they’ve done so much for the sport, I’ve watched all their routines so many times online, I think we know them better than they do because we’ve seen them so many times.” Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland of train ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice ArenaCredit:Jamie Squire/Getty Imagescenter_img Some of the memorabilia for the 2018 Winter Olympics features British figure skating duo Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland There is a lot to be said for learning at the feet of the master.But as if being coached by one of the country’s greatest Olympic figure skaters was not enough, Britain’s Winter Olympic hopefuls are now borrowing some of his routines.Christopher Dean, who famously won gold with Jayne Torvill at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo, has been working with Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes as they aim to improve on their tenth place finish four years ago.He has even let them use one of his and Torvill’s most famous routines at the games, now taking place in Pyeongchang.Buckland, 28, said: “We are recreating a routine that Torvill and Dean used when they won the bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics [in Lillehammer, Norway] and that’s very special”It’s a really iconic routine in the skating world and we’ve modernised it and I’m so excited to perform it. It’s just a huge privilege to work with him, hours seem like minutes when we are working together, it’s so fun bouncing ideas off him.”Buckland, who is appearing at his third Games, added: “To work with him and for him to sanction us to skate a piece they’ve previously performed at the Olympics, I can’t think of a greater honour. We just feel a great responsibility to do it well. Some of the memorabilia for the 2018 Winter Olympics features British figure skating duo Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland last_img read more



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Bill Turnbull reveals he has prostate cancer My life as I knew

first_imgBill Turnbull enjoying his hobby, beekeeping Bill Turnbull, the broadcaster, has urged men to get checked for prostate cancer, as he discloses he has been diagnosed with the disease after suffering aches and pains he put down to simple “old age”.Turnbull, the 62-year-old former BBC Breakfast host, said he will not be cured of the cancer, which has spread to his bone in the legs, hips, pelvis and ribs.Saying he “can’t plan beyond 12 years”, he has described the “deep shock” he experienced after learning of his diagnoses, and “probably the worst days of my life” to follow.He now hopes to raise awareness about the illness, saying of speaking out: “If one man gets tested who might not otherwise have gone to their doctor, it’s worthwhile.” “Well, it’s stupid, really. I’m cross with myself,” said Turnbull, who now hosts a show on Classic FM. “Maybe if I’d got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I’d be in a much better state.”The broadcaster had experience aches and pains for a year or so, and noticed a change in his “pee pattern” had changed, but had put it down to just “old age”, Williams writes.As the pain increased, he was sent for a blood test which revealed prostate cancer which had spread to the bone. Turnbull said he had visited a consultant, hopeful of a better conclusion, but was told the average survival rate was ten years. Stephen Fry, who has recently spoken about having prostate cancerCredit:PA Bill Turnbull enjoying his hobby, beekeepingCredit:Corbis News Great British Bake Off: Stand To Cancer will star Martin Kemp, Harry Hill, Roisin Conaty and Bill TurnbullCredit:Channel 4 Turnbull, who insisted life was currently “very liveable” and that he was remaining positive, said: “ I know I’m not going to get cured and I’m realistic about the long-term prospects, but they’re not bad. Most importantly, I really do think I’ve had a wonderful life, with amazing experiences as a reporter and a presenter. Turnbull was diagnosed after he had filmed an episode of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer, which will air with a short filmed update about his own illness.Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “As Bill says, early diagnosis of prostate cancer can be life-saving – and if caught early can often be treated successfully, which is why awareness like this is so important. “Some men face a higher than average risk so we recommend that men over 50 – and men over 45 if they are black or have a family history of the disease – discuss the pros and cons of the PSA test with their GP so that they can decide if its right for them.”The Great Celebrity Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer airs on Tuesday at 8pm. The full interview is published in this week’s Radio Times.center_img “It saddens me that I’m not going to be around as much as I thought with my wife and family,” he told the Radio Times.“It’s a shame. “I do need to plan to make sure my life is spent well. To make sure all the days count.” Of telling his family, including wife Sesi and three children Henry, 29, Will, 28 and Flora, 26, he said: “Those first few days were probably the worst days of my life.“That first moment is a real shell shock. You can’t remember the precise words, you just remember the hammer blow.”He added: “The worst thing is, you carry it through the day and then you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning and it comes to you again. I have got cancer. I’ve still got cancer. It wasn’t a bad dream. And that takes a lot of dealing with.” Turnbull, who has three grown-up children, is interviewed about his illness in this week’s Radio Times by Sian Williams, his BBC Breakfast sofa co-host who had a double mastectomy for breast cancer.Williams, who learned of Turnbull’s diagnosis through a text message when she got in touch after hearing he was “under the weather”, said her friend had prided himself on not visiting his GP in four years, having had prostate tests at 40 and 50 and no cancer in his family. “And if it was all to end tomorrow, I couldn’t have any complaints. I’ve had a really marvellous time.”The average life expectancy for his form of cancer in ten years, he explained, or 14 with chemotherapy, with his consultant hoping to give him 18.He has had chemotherapy, hormone injections and a “cocktail of drugs”.“My life, as I knew it, is in the past tense,” he said. “You have BC, Before Cancer, when you had a normal life, and then there’s After Cancer, when things are very different.”“The only thing is, I don’t want the rest of my life to be defined by the illness,” he said, saying he is not frightened by the future.  Great British Bake Off: Stand To Cancer will star Martin Kemp, Harry Hill, Roisin Conaty and Bill Turnbull Stephen Fry, who has recently spoken about having prostate cancerlast_img read more



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I will not hide from Putin vows last man standing from band

first_imgNow, as the Metropolitan Police launch an investigation into the suspected murder of Nikolai Glushkov, only one of the four men is left standing.  Yuri Dubov has seen the untimely death of his friends  Badri Patarkatsishvili, Boris Berezovsky and now Mr Glushkov, but refuses to be afraid.  A decade ago a band of Russian exiles opposed to Vladimir Putin gathered together in the offices of London law firm to swear witness statements about corruption in their homeland.  He remained defiant on Friday, telling the Telegraph that the oligarchs in Britain had always been a target of the Russian state. Police have reportedly started contacting a number of Russian exiles to discuss their safety, according…last_img



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