Franco Harris ExPenn State Players Against Freeh Report

In a scathing e-mail sent to Penn State alumni, Franco Harris and two other former Penn State football players say the report about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal “is highly flawed, and factually insufficient.”Harris, Rudy Glocker and Christian Marrone sent the e-mail criticizing the Freeh report that they plan publish in The Wall Street Journal and other large publications.The email and letter were obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.The players claim there was a rush to judgment by the media, the board of trustees, university officials and the NCAA after the blistering report was released two weeks ago.The report compiled by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh accuses school officials, including late coach Joe Paterno, of covering up the abuse to avoid bad publicity.“A grave injustice has occurred over these past two weeks that began with the issuance of the Freeh report,” the email states. “After much review, it’s clear the report is highly flawed, and factually insufficient. Yet, the media, the Board of Trustees, University officials and the NCAA, seem to have read only the conclusions and not the content of the report and have failed to question the report’s evidentiary basis or lack thereof — they have rushed to judgment. As a result, OUR program has been brutally harmed and our Coach has been completely tarnished.”The email asks those who support its claims to sign the letter and return it by Saturday.Harris is one of Penn State’s greatest players. He played fullback for Paterno in the early 1970s and went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Glocker graduated from Penn State in 1992. Marrone graduated in 1997.The letter, dated July 27, and titled “Rush to Judgment,” claims the “snap judgments reached by the Freeh report about what Coach Joe Paterno knew and what he did deserve further analysis. In short, we believe this report has irresponsibly impugned Paterno’s reputation without sufficient evidence.”The players criticize the thoroughness of the Freeh report because the investigators did not interview many of the central people in the case, including Paterno, who died in January, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz — who are both awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse — and former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who was a key witness in the case against Sandusky.The players say Freeh made what he deemed “reasonable conclusions” about Paterno’s alleged “cover-up” based on three emails. But the emails, two from 1998 and one from 2001, do not support that conclusion, the players say. read more

David Ortiz Receives Qualifying Offer from Red Sox

David Ortiz received a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox on Friday for $13. 3 million before Friday’s the 5 p.m. ET deadline set by MLB.The team and Ortiz are negotiating a two-year deal that is “very close” to being completed according to sources, but the exact amount of the contract is still being negotiated.“David is someone who we feel strongly about bringing back, and we’re trying to figure out a way to do that and we hope that happens,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said earlier this week.Ortiz will become a free agent by midnight Friday if they can’t come to an agreement, which will allow him to talk to other teams. The qualifying offer is less than the $14.48 million he earned in 2012, but has until Nov. 9 to accept the offer. The Red Sox strategically gave the designated hitter the qualifying to ensure if he signs with another team they can receive draft picks as compensation.One of the teams that has expressed interest in Ortiz is the Texas Rangers. They envision Ortiz as a left-handed hitter who could replace Josh Hamilton, who is a free agent and received a qualifying offer from the Rangers. The Rangers feel Ortiz could the clubhouse more of an edge.Ortiz will turn 37 on Nov. 18, missed the last 71 of 72 games due to a right Achilles strain he suffered on July 16. The eight-time All-Star finished the season with a 23 home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .318 batting average in 90 games.In 2003, Ortiz joined the Red Sox and was a central figure in helping the club win the 2004 and 2007 World Series. One-year deals are noting new to Ortiz, who has been in one each of the past two seasons. The Red Sox exercised his $12.5 million option for 2011, and Ortiz accepted arbitration in 2012, settling on a $14.575 million salary.Ortiz has made his desire to stay in Boston public and is fond of team’s new manager, John Farrell.“Something will get done,” Ortiz told the Boston Globe about signing a new deal with the team. “I feel good about it.” read more

NBA Finals Spurs Dominate Heat Again On Brink Of

The process elimination is all but complete. Only the process of extinction remains for the champion Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs put them there. Resoundingly.Functioning at an efficiency that stunned most observers for the second straight game, San Antonio cut and spliced the Heat, embarrassing them again in a 107-86 shellacking in Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 series lead.A victory in San Antonio in Game 5 Sunday would avenge last year’s collapse to the Heat and give the Spurs their fifth championship.“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”The Spurs smoked Miami in every conceivable fashion. LeBron James had 28 points, but they were inconsequential. Dwyane Wade looked beaten and had just 10 points. Meanwhile, everyone in a Spurs jersey scored, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was the best player on the floor again, after scoring 29 points in Game 3.“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”Tony Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 percent from the field and are hitting 54 percent in the series. Boris Diaw was spectacular off the bench with 9 assists, and Patty Mills had 14 points off the bench.James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13. However, San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back. read more

Meet The Golfer Who Could Smash The PGA Tour Driving Record

Finau is an incredible athlete who turned down Division I basketball scholarships to go professional in golf, and his sturdy 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame no doubt has a great deal to do with his eye-widening drives. The top four drivers on tour this season are all at least 6-foot-2. Plus, as Finau has said, before he learned how to hit the ball straight, he first learned how to hit it far.But what has changed this season? Like any dexterous big-hitter, Finau starts with a wide base and balance as he approaches his ball. Despite possessing cable-like arms — “arms like an orangutan,” as he put it — Finau has an extremely compact swing, unleashing his lower body through the ball. Drives don’t exist in a vacuum; there’s a whole host of factors that play into distance off the tee, including launch angle, club head speed and spin rate. Last season, Finau’s average club head speed was 123.1 miles per hour, but that figure has dropped to 122.2 mph this season. His spin rate also dropped: He ranked ninth a season ago, but this season he ranks outside the top 80, meaning his ball is generating more carry — 1.1 yards more, in fact. Finau is also showcasing a higher launch angle this season.An obscene 90.9 percent of Finau’s officially measured drives this season2 Because there’s no formal tracking of club selection, the tour measures only two drives per round, on specific holes, to safely assess driving capability. have eclipsed 300 yards, a mark that would obliterate Hank Kuehne’s record of 85.8 percent since began tracking the statistic in 2001. Consistency has been key for Finau: His longest drive this season, 391 yards at the Farmers Insurance Open, ranks outside the top 100 among all players. So he isn’t raising his average with a few bombs here and there — he’s doing this every time he tees it up.It’s worth noting that Finau’s marks are based on only 44 drives this season, around the same number you get when you purchase a medium bucket of balls at the practice range. The season doesn’t end until late September, so a lot could change; regression to the mean is always possible. But right now, if nothing else, Finau is swinging for history — and transcending our understanding of consistency at the tee box while he does it. Finau still has only one tour victory in his career. If that number changes in the coming weeks and months, people might forget about Johnson’s drives and take more notice of Finau’s. Tune into any PGA Tour event, and it won’t be long before the broadcast team comments on Dustin Johnson’s can’t-miss power off the tee.This is for good reason: Johnson is a 6-foot-4 freak who hasn’t finished worse than second in average driving distance since 2012 or worse than fourth over the past decade. He’s also presently the No. 1 golfer on the planet. Last season, he won four tournaments, claimed $8.7 million in earnings and accounted for four of the 15 longest drives on tour, including a tour-best 439-yard bomb at the Bridgestone Invitational.But nearly five months into the PGA Tour season, the biggest hitter on the links isn’t Johnson. It’s Tony Finau, the first golfer of Tongan and American Samoan descent to hold a tour card. While he gets far less attention than DJ, he’s currently on pace for the longest driving season in PGA Tour history.Finau’s entire game has turned the corner this season. He’s already finished in the top two twice and inside the top 20 in six of nine starts.1 The current PGA Tour season began in October 2017. Finau ranks seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and has raised his world ranking to No. 32 — up from No. 88 at the end of 2016 and No. 40 at the end of 2017.But while he’s playing better everywhere on the course, Finau is putting on a show in the tee box. With 327 yards per drive, the 28-year-old is smashing the tour average by 32 yards.It goes without saying that a lot has changed in terms of technology and training since Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer were marquee figures — or even since John Daly was pounding beers during rounds and wowing fans with his long drives. In 1980, the first year for which data is available, Dan Pohl led the tour with an average driving distance of 274.3 yards. In 1997, Daly became the first man on the PGA Tour to average at least 300 yards per drive; this season, 65 players are on pace to do so. read more

The Deadest Sports Days of the Year

With apologies to the ESPYS and the WNBA, Wednesday was what has come to be known as the deadest day on the sporting calendar. That’s because the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (which was held Tuesday) traditionally sees no activity whatsoever from North America’s “Big Four” sports leagues (the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB). This barren day doesn’t always occur on the same date, but the All-Star Game has taken place during the week between July 10 and 16 for more than a decade.In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d chart the average number games per day in those leagues on any given date in a typical year:That noticeable dip in July is what we’re in the midst of, but there’s another time that is, on average, every bit as vacant as ESPYS day: Dec. 24. Christmas Eve is usually an off-day for the NBA and NHL; aside from a stray Friday game in 2004 and Monday Night Football in 2007, the only thing keeping it from complete emptiness is that it fell on a Sunday in 2006 (meaning it had a full compliment of NFL games) and a Saturday in 2005 and 2011 (both years in which the NFL shifted its Week 16 games to Saturday to avoid playing on Christmas Day). Even so, Dec. 24 averaged only four contests per year, lower than any other date over the past 10 years.Christmas itself is always the date of a few notable NBA games, but it has averaged only 4.7 games over the past decade. Combine that with the fact that the MLB All-Star Game is not held on a constant date (July 12 was the most common, seeing an average of 5.1 games), and the holiday season is, statistically, the time in which the fewest games are played per day. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday May 3 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetDisgusting, Washington We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeTanks for playingAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections, there are eight teams in the MLB on track to lose 90 games, four of whom are on track to lose in the range of about 100 games. That is the most potential 90-game losers at this point in the season since at least 1969. This is exactly what Major League Baseball needs to win the next generation of baseball fans: a season where more than a quarter of the league is not even trying to succeed. [FiveThirtyEight]Is there a better way?This uniquely dismal state of baseball has prompted some serious introspection, and ESPN’s here with some wild ideas to fix the mess. One idea: what if every team made the playoffs? By restructuring the MLB postseason the league can make every game count for every team. This is important, because literally 14 out of 30 teams entered the 2018 season with a 10 percent or less chance of making the playoffs. When roughly half the fans of the sport have absolutely no reason to tune in, maybe the MLB needs to be worried. [ESPN]Maria Konnikova finds true callingMaria Konnikova is a New Yorker writer who is writing a book about the world of professional poker. In reporting out the book, it turns out Maria Konnikova is outstanding at poker, winning $57,519 in an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau event where she finished second. The book writing is reportedly on hold, and is planned for summer or fall of 2019. [Deadspin]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Derby day!The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, in case any readers were reaching for a valid excuse to get drunk in the middle of the afternoon. The favorite is “Justify,” a horse with 3-1 odds of winning the Derby. Is horse racing a sport? Tonight I will find out based on your emails in response to this item. [The New York Times]Fountain of youthSeventeen of the 32 players selected in round one of the NFL draft will be aged 21 or younger come the start of the season, the highest number in this century. It’s just the latest in a trend where the average age of a first round pick has fallen from 22.6 in 2000 to 21.7 today. [FiveThirtyEight]England did fine I guess despite their enormous advantagesLiverpool made the UEFA Champions League finals after kind of sort of dispatching Roma. An English team hasn’t made the final in six seasons, which is crazy, because the English Premiere League has 14 of the 30 richest clubs in the sport and is the richest football league on the planet. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)3 reportersThe New Orleans Pelicans have an extremely small professional press corps, with generally just Scott Kushner of The Advocate, Will Guillory of and the Times-Picayune, and Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans’ own website showing up to cover home games. With their success in the playoffs, New Orleans has seen some national reporters parachute in, but three professional conventional press reporters is quite low for any professional sports league. [The Ringer]Leaks from Slack: walt:Shaq Appears To Have An Insane Method For Saving Money On Gasolineandrea:hahahareminds me of a cartoon I read a million years ago where a waiter asks a customer whether she’d like the pizza she just ordered cut into 4 or 6 pieces and she says “Four! I could never eat six slices of pizza.” If I were better at google I would just find the thing.neil:Shaq is like, this close, to stumbling across the Banach–Tarski paradox and having his mind truly blownPredictions NBA read more

Three tidbits from Urban Meyers Monday Ohio State press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference on April 11. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Social Media EditorSpring camp is nearing its end for the Ohio State football team, as the Buckeyes have just three practices left on the schedule, including the annual spring game, which is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday after the team’s workout, and here are three of the most important things he addressed. Rule changes Meyer has never been one to mince words about rules he feels are unjust in college football, notably blasting the NCAA and College Football Playoff two seasons ago for not helping defray travel expenses for players’ families trying to attend the bowl games. His advocacy was instrumental in getting the NCAA to help fund a program. The three-time national champion coach was at it again Monday, chastising a pair of recent rule changes that he said are bad for student-athletes. The Division I Council ruled Friday to end limits on electronic communication and to forbid programs from hosting satellite camps. Satellite camps, which have increased in popularity in the last year, are when coaches appear as guests at schools in the South, or other areas laden with prospective recruits. OSU’s staff worked with Florida Atlantic at a camp in Florida in June. Meyer said his frustration with the decision on satellite camps will have a negative impact on lesser-known recruits and smaller programs. Because players have to pay for camps on their own dime, the rule change could stop a player from Mississippi, for instance, from traveling to Columbus for a camp put on by OSU. But if Meyer and his staff were guests at a camp in South, it would be easier for said player to attend. The same logic applies to smaller schools that work in conjunction in powerhouse programs. Since the rule mandates FBS schools host clinics and camps at their own facilities, Meyer said it hurts staffs at schools like Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference, which before could have partnered with Meyer at an OSU camp. Now as a result, a lesser-valued recruit might not get the necessary exposure to have MAC schools offer scholarships. Meyer said he thinks “probably hundreds of scholarships have come out of (Columbus)” to those nonblue-chip recruits. “I hope they revisit it,” he said, adding, “Think about the student-athlete first.” The coach took an even harder stance on the lift of texting regulations, which, in theory, could mean coaches could constantly bombard recruits with text messages.“That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. “If they’re making a decision because coaches are upset about it, that’s not the point here … do you really want text messages from a hundred universities on your phone when you come out of school?” Committees making these decisions should be consulting the student-athletes before making some changes, Meyer said. “I think we learned our lesson on the (family travel expenses),” Meyer said. “Whoever has that checklist, No. 1: student-athlete.” Making a markMeyer offered high praise about four early enrollees from the 2016 recruiting class: wide receiver Austin Mack, running back Antonio Williams, offensive tackle Michael Jordan and defensive end Jonathan Cooper.“They’re much more than we ever thought they would be,” Meyer said. “Because you never know what you get. Sometimes high school coaches and people tell you, ‘They’re the greatest people in the world,’ then they get here and they’re not … But those kids are doing great.” The coach’s praise stems from the recruits’ efforts beyond just the practice field. Meyer said they are excelling in the classroom, with GPAs above 3.0. “They do everything right,” Meyer said.Still talking about quarterbacks? Redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is obviously the guy behind center this year for the Buckeyes, but there is still chatter about the other quarterbacks on the roster, namely about who will be Barrett’s backup. Meyer said redshirt freshman Joe Burrow, after improving his release “night and day,” is “close” to being game ready. Burrow is also becoming a “much better runner,” Meyer said. During the spring game on Saturday, Meyer said Burrow and redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier will play live a little bit, meaning contact, at least for some snaps, will not be off-limits. Barrett, on the other hand, will wear a black jersey, although how much he plays is still up in the air, Meyer said. read more

Ohio State club tennis tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew

Ohio State club tennis Scarlet Team tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew. Credit: OSU club tennisThe Ohio State club tennis team was originally scheduled to travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for the United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational this weekend, but concerns over the proximity of Hurricane Matthew have delayed the event until Oct. 28-30.The delay has caused a few changes for the team and vice president Sigrid Schoerner has acknowledged that the delay affects the state of the team.“Because it’s been moved, our roster is currently under construction,” Schoerner said. “Some people were going to be able to go this weekend, but then some of them can’t go during the week we’ve been moved to.”Despite the roster shake-up, Schoerner is confident that the team will be ready to compete.“We were prepared to go this weekend, but this just means that we have more time,” Schoerner said. “If it had been moved to next weekend, that would have been one thing. I just think that it’s been (moved) pretty far ahead (and) it gives us time to practice with the whole new group of people and get them ready to go.”This invitational is quite exclusive, allowing only 48 intramural and club tennis teams to compete. Alongside OSU, only two other schools from the Big Ten will be represented at the event. The Wisconsin Badgers will be sending their club team, as will the Maryland Terrapins. Scarlet Team Fundraising Chairwoman Isabelle Nejedlik believes that it is an honor for the team to be invited to the tournament given its limited number of entrants.“It means a lot to our team to be invited to some of the bigger events in the country,” Nejedlik said. “Ohio State prides itself on its tennis and since we have such a good varsity team, they are one of the best in the country, both men’s and women’s, we always have expectations to have a really good club team as well.”The reward for winning the upcoming tournament is huge for the teams, with first and second place receiving automatic bids for the 2017 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in April of 2017.With such high stakes on the line, Nejedlik believes that the talent and preparation on her team can help them advance to nationals.“We have pretty intense tryouts at the beginning of the season,” Nejedlik said. “Most of the girls currently on our top team were former college tennis players but transferred here. So the level every year has gotten higher and higher.” read more

Commentary Bengals prepare for game against division rival Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals have the opportunity to demonstrate a power shift in the AFC North this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite losing their season opener, the Bengals’ chances of beating their longtime rivals are the best they have been in a while.The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) are a wounded animal, and are the most vulnerable they have been in over a decade. As if missing the playoffs last year wasn’t enough, in 2013 so far they have suffered injuries to key players. The storied franchise that had experienced a renaissance as of late (three AFC championships and two Super Bowl wins since 2005) lost its home opener for the first time in 11 seasons to the Tennessee Titans, a team that finished 6-10 last year.In the offseason, the Steelers allowed speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace to sign a $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. A few days earlier they cut a former Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker James Harrison in an effort to get under the salary cap. In their opener, they lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and starting linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) to injuries, likely sidelining them for the year.In their first game this season, they did little to show that they were the same old Steelers and immune to the problems most franchises face when losing key players. Traditionally known for its ability to run the ball, Pittsburgh ran for a mere 31 yards. They also only managed nine points against a Tennessee team that allowed 29.4 points a game last season, worst in the NFL.Meanwhile, the Bengals (0-1) lost on the road to the Chicago Bears in their season opener. After taking a 21-10 lead in the second half, Cincinnati allowed the Bears to steal a win due to mental errors. But the Bengals are considered to be one of the most talented teams in the league and are expected not only to make the playoffs but to make some noise when they get there. The disparity in talent between the Bengals and the Steelers should have Pittsburgh worried, particularly because of injuries, but it does not.The Steelers have no reason to believe they cannot win Monday night. Since the 2007 season Pittsburgh is 4-0 against the Bengals in prime time games. They also eliminated Cincinnati in the Wild Card round in 2006 on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.The Steelers will try not to let last season or the struggles in week one convince them that the Bengals are the better team after years of domination. The Steelers will try to find the strength to reclaim their place atop the AFC North, even if it is just for one game. After all, with all four teams losing last week, the division is wide open.Cincinnati is still favored in the Monday night showdown. It is hoped that they learned from last week’s loss and will play more disciplined football to complement the flashes of brilliance they put on display. And, though the Steelers held Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker to only 125 yards passing and number one receiver Kenny Britt to only 15 yards receiving, they are unlikely to find similar success in week two.The Bengals have an offensive arsenal that can put the Steelers in a huge hole early. Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green continue to develop their chemistry, as evidenced by Green’s 162 yard, two touchdown performance last week. Two rookies, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, showed a lot of promise and could be more involved. Playing at home and with an opportunity at redemption, look for the Bengals to come out ready.On defense, Cincinnati’s front line against Pittsburgh’s uncertainty on the offensive line is a matchup the Bengals’ favor. Rookie center Kelvin Beachum will be making his first start against the likes of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks in 2012). Also, Harrison should be highly motivated to show his former team that he is still a premier player.When it comes to these two teams, numbers and hype mean very little. The Steelers, those battle-tested warriors who have managed to defeat the odds numerous times over the years, will try to dishearten a promising Cincinnati squad yet again. read more

Womens soccer opens Big Ten play with 11 draw against Illinois

Senior defender Megan Fuller (20) attempts to clear the ball during a match against Illinois Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy ChiefThe Ohio State women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime with Illinois in its Big Ten opener.A late goal in the 84th minute by sophomore forward Michela Paradiso helped OSU recover from an early deficit against the Fighting Illini.The Buckeyes allowed a goal in the seventh minute when redshirt-junior forward Jannelle Flaws buried a strike to the upper left corner from 20 yards out.Captain and senior defender Megan Fuller said the Buckeyes could do better out of the gate.“It’s disappointing we didn’t come out with a goal,” Fuller said. “So there is room to improve.”OSU’s slow start cost them, as the Illini outshot the Buckeyes 9-8 during the first half.After the break, OSU came out with a new attack and it seemed to work, playing with three forwards as opposed to two. Freshman midfielder Alexis Degler fired three shots and junior forward Kayla Varner recorded two, but narrowly missed scoring each time.Varner said she was just happy the Buckeyes could attack so much.“Getting there, for me, is good right now,” Varner said. “Obviously, I need to work on finishing, but I’ll keep working on that.”In the 84th minute, Paradiso received a through ball into the box from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber. Paradiso one-touched the ball into the back of the net, tying the game.“It was my first career goal so it was great to get it out of the way,” Paradiso said.The Illini attack had come to a halt as they were out-shot by OSU 13-5 in the second half.In overtime, the best opportunity for the Buckeyes to score came in the 97th minute when freshman forward Nichelle Prince headed the ball toward upper right corner of the goal. Illinois’ senior goalkeeper Lauren Parkin came up with the diving save, though, to keep the game alive.This was the third match this season for the Buckeyes that went into overtime. Paradiso said the extended matchups are challenging.“It’s tough to play 110 (minutes) in the Big Ten,” Paradiso said.Varner said the team’s youth will help it grow as the team moves forward with its Big Ten schedule.“We have a young team, (for) some of them it’s their first time playing (in the Big Ten),” Varner said. “We’re just going to get better from here.”The draw drops the Buckeyes record to 6-1-2 overall. The team’s next match is scheduled against Indiana and is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Ohio States Marshon Lattimore set for surgery

Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State handles No 14 Minnesota with 317 victory

Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder peeks at the scoreboard while battling Kent State redshirt junior Devin Nye on November 21, 2017 in Columbus. Credit: Colin Barringer | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) men’s wrestling team won comfortably 31-7 against No. 14 Minnesota (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center. In a match between two top competitors in the 125-pound weight class, No. 1 Nathan Tomasello took on No. 4 Ethan Lizak. This was Tomasello’s first home match of the season, after making his season debut Jan. 5 on the road at Maryland. He missed the opening portion of the season with a right knee injury.The first period was quiet, with no points scored until Tomasello came up with a late takedown to go up 2-0. In the second, Tomasello capitalized quickly with a takedown and near-fall against Lizak. This put Tomasello up 8-1 following a Lizak escape. Tomasello went on to score more takedowns, and won 18-3 via technical fall. “I just was wanting to put out a dominant performance, and I felt like I did that,” Tomasello said.Tomasello’s victory with bonus points gave the Buckeyes a 17-0 lead after the first four matches of the meet. The first matchup of the night was between Ohio State junior Myles Martin, and Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Anderson at 184 pounds. Martin got the Buckeyes off to a fast start and won a 17-7 majority decision. Ohio State No. 1 Kollin Moore beat Minnesota’s Robert Stevenson 7-4 at 197 pounds. He scored three takedowns, plus a bonus point, to defeat Stevenson. Kyle Snyder beat Rylee Streifel 24-9 at heavyweight, scoring 11 takedowns. “[Streifel] did a pretty good job in the first period with that, but I thought I wrestled pretty well overall,” Snyder said. “Minnesota always studies their opponents pretty well, and tries to find ways to slow people down.”Dropped matches by Ohio State’s Joey McKenna and No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell at 141 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, showed Minnesota’s unwillingness to give up. McKenna led 2-1 after the first period, but junior Thomas Thorn battled back, and earned two four-point near-falls to take the lead 9-2. Thorn added another takedown to extend the lead in the third period. “As well as some guys wrestled tonight, this team is better than we wrestled tonight,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said.Thorn won 12-3 against McKenna, and Campbell lost 8-5 to Minnesota’s No. 9 Nick Wanzek. Ohio State No. 2 Luke Pletcher remained undefeated, holding off Steve Polakowski 9-6 at 133 pounds. Buckeye Ke-Shawn Hayes also won an 11-2 majority decision against Ben Brancale at 149 pounds. Ohio State No. 6 Micah Jordan faced No. 18 Jake Short at 157 pounds, and came out victorious after a series of takedowns and a four-point near-fall in the third period. Ohio State’s next opponent is No. 7 Iowa, who it faces Jan. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

UK food bank usage rises again with benefit delays the most common

first_imgThe number of people in the UK having to rely on food banks to eat has increased again this year, according to a leading charity.The Trussell Trust, which operates hundreds of food banks across the country, gave out three-day food parcels to 519,342 people in the six months to the end of September – including 188,584 to children.This is an increase compared to the 506,369 parcels the charity gave out during the equivalent months of 2015 and means that the Trussell Trust is on course to deliver a record number of food parcels this year. British director Ken Loach celebrates on stage after being awarded with the Palme d'Or for the film "I, Daniel Blake" during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2016 Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Regional variation in Trussell Trust food bank usage. Percentage change in visitor volume between first halves of 2015-16 and 2016-17Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 12 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Regional variation in Trussell Trust food bank usageRegional variation in Trussell Trust food bank usage – Highcharts CloudRegional variation in Trussell Trust food bank usagePercentage change in visitor volume between first halves of 2015-16 and2016-17Percentage change in visitor volume between first halves of 2015-16 and 2016-17Northern IrelandEast MidlandsEastNorth WestScotlandWalesSouth WestWest MidlandsSouth EastYorkshire & HumberLondonNorth East-40%-30%-20%-10%0%10%20%30%40%50%Source: Trussell Trust One of the scenes in Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake takes place in a food bankCredit:Valerie Hache/AFP The number of food banks operating in the UK has increased in recent years and they have come to be seen by many as symbolic of a widening inequality gap.There are hundreds of small independent food bank operators across the UK so the Trussell Trust’s statistics alone cannot be used as a measure of the raw volume of people needing emergency food.However, due to their nationwide coverage, Trussell Trust food banks can be used as a way to gauge trends in demands for emergency food and the factors driving people to need it.The most common reason for people needing to attend a Trussell Trust food bank was because of delays in receiving benefits payments or due to changes in the benefits they were entitled to.Over two in five people attending Trussell Trust food banks between April and September this year gave benefits changes or delays as one the reasons they needed emergency food. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Food parcels distributed by the Trussell Trust. Three-day emergency food parcels given out at food banks between April and SeptemberLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 3 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Food parcels distributed by the Trussell TrustFood parcels distributed by the Trussell Trust – Highcharts CloudFood parcels distributed by the Trussell TrustThree-day emergency food parcels given out at food banks between Apriland SeptemberThree-day emergency food parcels given out at food banks between April and September492 641492 641506 369506 369519 342519 3422014201520160100k200k300k400k500k600kSource: Trussell Trust Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Reasons for Trussell Trust food bank usage. Proportion of attendees who gave each reason for needing emergency food, April-September 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 6 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Reasons for Trussell Trust food bank usageReasons for Trussell Trust food bank usage – Highcharts CloudReasons for Trussell Trust food bank usageProportion of attendees who gave each reason for needing emergency food,April-September 2016Proportion of attendees who gave each reason for needing emergency food, April-September 2016Benefit delaysLow incomeBenefit changesDebtHomelessnessSickness0%5%10%15%20%25%30%Source: Trussell Trust A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “Reasons for food bank use are complex so it’s misleading to link them to any one issue and the vast majority of benefits are processed on time.“We know that work is the best route out of poverty and employment is at a record high. But for those who need extra support, we provide a strong safety net through the welfare system, including hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans.”The DWP also noted that Jobcentre Plus District Managers already have the flexibility to work with food banks on a local level if they wish, as they do with other local community initiatives such as hostels for homeless people.An example of a local partnership on food banks is the Lalley Centre in Manchester where a Work Coach currently visits the centre one day each month. Low income was the second most common reason for needing emergency food, with one in four food bank attendees citing it.David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, said: “As the number of emergency food parcels provided to people by food banks rises once again, it’s clear that more can be done to get people back on their feet faster. Many food banks now host independent welfare and debt advisers but they cannot solve all the issues.“To stop UK hunger we must make sure the welfare system works fairly and compassionately, stopping people getting to a point where they have no money to eat.”It feels like we could be seeing a new era at the DWP with a consultation on Work Capability Assessments and willingness to engage in dialogue with charities working on the front line. A telephone hotline could build on this and go a long way to improving food banks ability to help get people out of a crisis faster.” On a regional level, Northern Ireland saw the largest increase in Trussell Trust food bank usage with numbers up by 43 per cent in the six months to the end of September 2016 compared with the equivalent period in 2015.The East Midlands saw the next largest increase (up 16.4 per cent), while the North East was the only region to see the number of visitors to Trussell Trust food banks decrease compared to last year. 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Carrie Fisher discusses affair with Harrison Ford in final TV interview

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. In her final TV interview before her death on December 27, actress Carrie Fisher discussed the revelation in her most recent autobiography “The Princess Diarist” that she had a brief affair with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford.last_img

Britain could become first country in world to ban sale of ivory

first_imgChinese police officers with ivory and rhino horn seized from poachers 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. Britain could become first country in the world to ban sale of ivory antiques as MPs debate whether to further restrict items to prevent poaching.In September, the government announced plans to prohibit the sale of ivory which is less than 70 years old, but stopped short of a total ban.However campaigners say the change does not go far enough and claim poachers can easily get around the rules by making their products appear older, or forging certificates of authenticity. Chinese police officers with ivory and rhino horn seized from poachers Credit:Rex/Shutterstock The sale of pianos with ivory keys could fall under new legistlationcenter_img On Monday parliament will debate the future of Britain’s domestic ivory market ahead of a public consultation on the government’s ‘70 year’ plan. The wildlife charity WWF is calling for the consultation to also include proposals for a total ban.“It is time for the government to take all possible action to end the illegal global ivory trade,” said Tanya Steele, CEO of WWF-UK.“We urgently need the UK to take a stand for elephants, continue to demonstrate global leadership and implement a ban without delay. “Such a commitment will send a strong message that the UK refuses to play any part in the illegal ivory trade. “ WWF say closing the antique trade in ivory would set a precedent for other countries worldwide where demand for ivory strongly contributes to the ongoing elephant poaching crisis.One third of the population of African elephants has been wiped out since 2007 and now only 350,000 remain in the wild, with an animal killed every 15 minutes on average.The illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest illegal trade behind drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting, and is worth over an estimated £12 billion annually worldwide.China, home to the world’s greatest legal and illegal ivory markets announced they will ban domestic trade by the end of 2017 and the US has introduced a near-total ban. The sale of pianos with ivory keys could fall under new legistlationlast_img read more

Bank of Mum not Dad research shows mothers are more likely to

first_imgRepainting Fathers are more likely to pass on DIY knowledgeCredit:Alamy Nationwide surveyed 2,000 people. Young adults are increasingly having to rely on parents and other family members to help them out financially as the cost of renting and buying property becomes increasingly unaffordable. Research last year found that one in 12 properties bought in the UK is partly funded by a gift from family or a friend. For first-time buyers, the proportion needing help with their deposit is even higher, at 17 per cent, according to the study by conveyancer My Home Move. When looking for cash, it might be best to ask mum firstCredit:Alamy 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. Around one in seven (15 per cent) of mothers still wash or iron clothes for adult offspring, unlike fathers, one per cent of whom said they would do the same. But fathers are more likely to pass on their DIY expertise (11 per cent) than mothers (four per cent).Larry Banda, Nationwide’s Director of Financial Planning said: “It’s encouraging to see appreciation of the financial skills passed down by mums featuring so prominently. “Careful budgeting and organisation of finances can make a huge difference to both wealth and wellbeing – and learning to prepare for a rainy day, as well as bigger purchases to come, can make the difference toward achieving your goals in adulthood.” Pound coins The Bank of Mum and Dad has been replaced with the Bank of Mum, according to a new survey that suggests that mothers are more generous with handouts. One in six mothers (17 per cent) will their grown-up children cash to help them out, compared with only one in ten (9 per cent) fathers.The research by Nationwide Building Society also found a similar proportion ofmothers (16 per cent) will still cook and bake for their sons and daughters once they reach adulthood. The figure for fathers is just two per cent.last_img read more

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with third child Kensington Palace announces

first_imgSix weeks ago, the Duchess hinted that a third baby was on the cards.During a visit to Poland, she was presented with a cuddly toy designed for newborns. She turned to the Duke and laughed: “We will just have to have more babies.”The Duchess is one of three children, and enjoyed a happy childhood with her siblings, Pippa and James.The new baby will be a sibling for Prince George, who turned four in July, and Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her second birthday in May. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced.The Duchess is less than 12 weeks pregnant, but was compelled to bring forward the announcement after being too unwell to attend a planned public appearance today. In a statement, the palace said the Duchess was suffering from severe morning sickness, as she did with her previous pregnancies. Duchess of Cambridge “As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.”Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.”The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.” The Duchess of Cambridge photographed last week Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a trip to Germany in JulyCredit:Carsten Koall/EPA David Holmes CBE, chief executive of Family Action, who runs the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre the Duchess was supposed to visit today, said: “Family Action would like to give our warmest congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the wonderful news that they are expecting their third child. The couple’s third child will be born fifth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry into sixth place.The Prince of Wales is first in line, followed by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.William Hill is offering odds of 33/1 that the Duchess is pregnant with twins. Alice is the bookmakers’ favoured name if the baby is a girl, followed by Elizabeth and Victoria. For a baby, the shortest odds are on James, Arthur and Phillip. ”We are honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge chose to visit Hornsey Road Children’s Centre.“Although she is no longer able to attend today we entirely understand why this wasn’t possible.“Once again, Family Action sends our warmest wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their very happy news.” 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 Duchess of Cambridge attends her most recent public engagement at Kensington Palace on August 30Credit:Samir Hussein/WireImage In July, when she was in the early stages of pregnancy, the Duchess undertook a tour of Poland and Germany, participating in a rowing race. Afterwards she was handed a stein of local beer to toast the rowers.The news was announced as the royal couple were preparing to send their eldest child, Prince George, off to school for the first time. Duchess of Cambridgecenter_img They have chosen a fee-paying independent school in a south London borough for their four-year-old son.Thomas’s Battersea will welcome the young prince and his parents on Thursday.Prince George’s first day at school will also mark a new chapter for the Cambridges as they are now mainly based in their Kensington Palace apartment rather than their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.The Duke, who quit his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July to become a full-time royal, is also due to attend the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday. The Duchess’s last public engagement was a tour of Kensington Palace’s White Garden last week, to mark the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.Wearing a floral dress and sheltering beneath an umbrella, she showed no outward sign of feeling unwell. The Duchess of Cambridge photographed last week The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during a trip to Germany in July A spokesman for Theresa May, Prime Minister, said: “It is fantastic news and she passes on her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with Princess Charlotte in 2015 The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with Princess Charlotte in 2015 Four will soon become five A Kensington Palace statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.”The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. Prince Harry said he was feeling “fantastic” about becoming an uncle for the third time, adding: “Great. Very very happy.”Asked how his sister-in-law was getting on, he told reporters: “I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s ok.”The Prince of Wales, the new baby’s grandfather-to-be, is “delighted” with the news, Clarence House said. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 The Duchess is handed a stein of beer during her tour of Germany in JulyCredit:Jane Barlow/PAlast_img read more

Factory fire behind Roses Lime cordial shortage

@CocaCola_UK why can’t we get Rose’s lime cordial anywhere in the UK this month? What’s going on?— The Faint Girl (@thefaintgirl) July 30, 2018 A Coca-Cola spokesman said: “We’re sorry that due to a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, production has been halted while the necessary repairs are carried out. The team is working hard to ensure that production is back up and running as soon as possible and we hope it will be back on shelves in the next few weeks.” Lime cordial first originated in the 1700s when it was used by the Royal Navy to ensure sailors received their daily ration of lemon or lime juice. Lauchlan Rose of Leith patented a method to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in 1867 after realizing that preserving the juice with sugar rather than alcohol opened the product up to a far wider market. Unfortunately there has been a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, therefore production has been suspended while repairs are underway. We hope production will be back up and running soon – our team is working to ensure this happens ASAP.— Coca-Cola GB (@CocaCola_GB) July 31, 2018 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 mystery behind Rose’s Lime cordial shortage has been solved as the company confirmed there has been a fire at its factory.Coca Cola, which owns it, confirmed that production had been temporarily suspended in a public apology to customers. It is hoped that supplies of the famous drink will return to normal within a few weeks.It comes after the Daily Telegraph received a number of letters from readers concerned about the disappearance from stores.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A number of fans have also Tweeted at Coca Cola asking why the drink is absent from shops. The first factory producing lime juice was then set up by Rose on Commercial Street in Leith, Scotland in 1868. read more

Universities that pressure sell unconditional offers are unethical Education Secretary warns

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. Universities that “pressure sell” unconditional offers are “unethical”, the Education Secretary has warned as he urges institutions to stop the practice.Damian Hinds has called for a review of university admissions, arguing that it is unacceptable for students to feel “backed into a corner” when deciding which offer to take up.The number of unconditional offers has risen sharply in recent years, with students now 30 times more likely to receive one than five years ago. Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen sixth form pupils increasingly offered places regardless of their exam results.Some institutions hand out “incentivised” offers, where they tell students that their offer will be unconditional but only if they accept it as their first choice university.The universities watchdog has warned that applying “psychological pressure” or “creating an impression of urgency” in decision making could be a potential breach of consumer protection law. The Office for Students (OfS) published a report in January that examined the impact of unconditional offers on students’ decision making. It found that applicants who accept an unconditional offer are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades by two or more grades. “It is simply unacceptable for universities to adopt pressure-selling tactics, which are harming students’ grades in order to fill places,” Mr Hinds said.“‘Conditional unconditional’ offers are damaging the reputation of the institutions involved and our world-leading sector as a whole.” Mr Hinds said he intends to write to 23 institutions – including Birmingham University which is a member of the Russell Group – “urging them to stamp out this unethical practice”. Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, “aggressive” selling tactics are banned, which includes a seller exerting “undue influence” on a consumer by psychological means.According to the regulations, “undue influence means exploiting a position of power in relation to the consumer so as to apply pressure, even without using or threatening to use physical force, in a way which significantly limits the consumer’s ability to make an informed decision”.Headteachers have been increasingly concerned about the impact that unconditional offers have on student motivation and achievement.They have complained that students who are awarded unconditional offers “take their foot off the gas” because they are no longer concerned about their grades.Nottingham University, Sussex University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham have announced that they will no longer make unconditional offers.John Brewer, Pro Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, said in October that he ended unconditional offers in a bid to “maintain standards of entry”.Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students (OfS), said: “It is not in students’ interests to push them into decisions that may not be right for them, and admissions practices are clearly not working if they are having a negative impact on students’ choices or outcomes.”A spokesman for Universities UK said there are benefits they are working with Ucas to review guidance on unconditional offers. “It is essential that admissions processes and policies are fair and transparent, underpinned by clear criteria and in the best interest of students,” they said. read more

Extinction Rebellion Climate protesters will target the Square Mile in new wave

A “closing ceremony” will be held at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to mark the occasion.The activists said in a statement: “We will leave the physical locations but a space for truth-telling has been opened up in the world.”We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.”We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”The London protests were part of a wider network of disruption across the globe, spanning 80 cities in 33 countries. However, giving a cryptic hint of what was to come, the statement added: “Expect more actions very soon.” 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. Climate protesters are tomorrow expected to bring a fresh wave of disruption to London’s financial district, as they surrender the road blocks they have held for 10 days. The Extinction Rebellion group last night said it would relinquish it’s grip on two of the capital’s busiest roads, but hinted more action would soon follow.It is understood the next round of chaos could come as soon as this morning – targeting bankers and business chiefs in the City of London at rush hour. One organiser told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s going to be quite significant – there is going to be all sorts going on, it’s going to be very, very busy.”Demonstrators have caused considerable upheaval since arriving in the capital last Monday, as part of an international effort to force the government to take action on climate change.They brought traffic to a halt and triggered a major police response after camping on roads through the day and night. More than 1,000 people were arrested after refusing to leave blockades on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Marble Arch.Organisers have said they will “voluntarily end” their occupation of the two remaining strongholds of Marble Arch and Parliament Square at 5pm on Thursday. read more