Les Miles Wasnt A Great Coach But He Was A Great Recruiter

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Sept. 27, 2016) we talk about tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández and how both the numbers and his background show why he was so great. Then, we chat with Sports Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell about why LSU fired Les Miles and whether he should give up being a coach and concentrate on being a recruiter. Finally, we break down the numbers behind Kevin Garnett’s historic career. Plus, a significant digit on Vin Scully’s retirement after almost seven decades in the commentator’s chairLinks to what we discuss:Neil Paine says baseball lost a potential all-time great in José Fernández.Josh Levin, in Slate, writes that Fernández represented the future of baseball.The Ringer’s Michael Baumann goes one step further and says Fernández also represented the future of America.Jordan Ritter Conn, on Grantland, tells the story of Fernández’s journey from Cuba to the MLB All-Star Game.ESPN Stats & Information produces the numbers that show Les Miles was a winner early on at LSU, but not so much at the end.Nylon Calculus’s Justin Willard asks how will we remember Kevin Garnett.Dan Rosenbaum breaks down what the adjusted plus/minus statistic says about how good Garnett was on defense.Significant Digit: 67. That’s the number of years Vin Scully has been a broadcaster for the Dodgers. He’ll be calling his final game with the team this weekend. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight read more

Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] read more

Ohio State womens basketball blows out Buffalo in NCAA tournament opening round

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe week leading up to the Big Ten tournament was incredibly rough on the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The team endured two road defeats after struggling through four grueling overtime periods, a deflating feeling heading into postseason play.After disposing of Rutgers, the Buckeyes headed into a semifinal matchup with the Michigan State Spartans with hopes of setting things straight before the NCAA tournament. However, OSU suffered two defeats against the Spartans: a near-20-point loss and the realization that the sprained right wrist suffered by senior guard Ameryst Alston the game before would prevent her from being too involved in the offense.That instability heading in could have been a reason for the No. 3-seeded Buckeyes’ apparent unreadiness to start Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament contest against No. 14 seed Buffalo. Eventually, however, the OSU offense overcame the early-game nerves, sending the Bulls packing with an 88-69 victory at St. John Arena.“It just felt like and looked like we got back to playing more like the team we’re capable of being,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.With Alston on the bench, sophomore guards Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss paved the way offensively for the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 27 and a career-high 16 points, respectively. A pair of forwards, sophomore Alexa Hart and junior Shayla Cooper, provided the opposite with a punishing presence for the Buckeyes down low. Hart came up big for the Buckeyes with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.As a team the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three, with the distribution of scoring being divided mostly between Mitchell, Doss and Cooper, who netted 17 points.The defensive pressure fueled by the full-court press resulted in Buffalo shooting just under 30 percent from the field. The Bulls hit the offensive boards hard, but their inability to finish around the rim erased their efforts in the paint. Sophomore guard Joanna Smith finished the day with a team-high 23 points.“I think that their length and their size just got the better of us for a bit,” said Buffalo freshman forward Courtney Wilkins.The Buffalo defense heavily contested the Buckeyes at the start of each quarter. OSU would hit their stride at the end of every period, but the break in between allowed the Bulls ample time to adapt and break the Buckeyes’ rhythm.The first few minutes of the first and second quarters were troublesome for the Buckeyes. Buffalo opened Friday’s contest with a 7-2 advantage, but the OSU women stifled the Bulls over the final five minutes of the first quarter.“I thought our defense did a good job with attacking them aggressively the first couple minutes of the game, but then after that they have guards that still did a good job at attacking,” Smith said.Despite allowing the Bulls to get the upper hand early on, the Buckeyes were extremely dangerous on Friday once they hit their stride. Unanswered runs of 22 and nine points in the first and second quarters, respectively, thwarted any previous Buffalo efforts toward an upset.“I feel like we had to pick (our defense) up a lot, and we emphasized that in practice,” Doss said.Doss sparked the initial run by the Buckeyes, hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers to give OSU its first lead of the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first period. From that point on, the Buckeyes never trailed again.Mitchell and Doss were the spark plugs for the offense on Friday, shooting a combined 53.6 percent from the field. The backcourt duo was often the initiator in overwhelming Buffalo with the offensive onslaught that was present at most times throughout the season.The difference in Friday’s scoring dominance centered around the absence of Alston. The senior guard being confined to the sidelines was noticeable at first, but OSU found its groove in patches.When the team was completely in sync, the Buckeyes seemed like one of the most dangerous forces in the country.However, the spell of droughts, which only came in small pockets, presented some trouble.“Buffalo, they got off to a quick start, and our kids didn’t panic,” McGuff said. “We just kind of kept doing the things that make us good.”The Buckeye defense stepped up immensely whenever the offense sputtered, keeping tabs on Buffalo’s offense all day long. During OSU’s uncontested runs, the Bulls missed on all 16 of their shots, while the Buckeyes forced four turnovers and blocked five shots.The defensive pressure the Scarlet and Gray forced upon the Bulls throughout the course of the game eventually wore the visitors out. Once the Buckeyes started to push the pace of the game with an effective press and forward-thinking up-court visibility, they never let up.The drive that was on display for most of Friday’s game was what most were used to seeing throughout the course of the Buckeyes’ campaign. Even though the home team was missing Alston, a key component to the team’s regular-season success, the team chemistry became fluid as the game progressed.“I think what was different compared to today’s game and previous games is our intensity and our focus and our concentration on a lot of stuff that needed to be focused on,” Mitchell said.OSU led by 34 points at one point but let its foot off the gas during the final period of play. The runs that the team put together in the first half put the team in a position to cruise to the end of regulation.“We got a little bit lackadaisical in the second half, and it’s always upsetting as a coach to see that, especially when we played so hard in the first half,” McGuff said.Buffalo did chip into the Buckeyes’ lead at times during the second half, but Mitchell continued to step up as one of the nation’s top scorers to keep the Bulls out of striking distance.With the advancement to the second round, the Buckeyes are set for a Sunday matchup with No. 6 seed West Virginia. Tipoff time at St. John Arena has yet to be announced. read more

Ohio State womens basketball downs Illinois in shootout

The Illinois women’s basketball team hasn’t won a Big Ten game this year. That didn’t change Sunday afternoon when No. 10 Ohio State (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) handed the Fighting Illini (6-14, 0-7 Big Ten) their seventh straight loss, 96-84. While the Buckeyes walk away with a victory, the Illini kept the game close until late in the match. “They’re as athletic as any team in the country,” OSU coach Jim Foster said. Before coming into Sunday’s game, the Fighting Illini had lost their last five games by a total of 18 points, including one overtime game. “We’re almost there, I just got to push them to get better,” said Illinois coach Jolette Law. At the end of the first half, the Buckeyes had a 44-36 lead, but it was in the second period of the game when the Buckeyes would be tested. Illinois cut the lead to four points after junior guard Tayler Hill was called for a flagrant foul. OSU then answered with consecutive 3-point plays from freshman guard Raven Ferguson and freshman forward Kalpana Beach to give OSU an eight-point lead with nine minutes left in the second half, but the lead wouldn’t last. With less than six minutes in the game, Illinois senior guard Lydia McCully hit both foul shots to knot the score at 76. The tie was short-lived though, as Hill and senior guard Samantha Prahalis drained consecutive 3-point shots to give the Buckeyes a six-point lead. “It comes with us being veteran guards and having the experience,” Prahalis said. “When the score is close like that, we need to score. We need to get a good shot.” The three points were among 10 Prahalis had in the final five minutes of the game. Prahalis led all Buckeye scorers with 28 points and six assists, followed closely by Hill, who added 26 points. While OSU only shot 48.6 percent in the first half, OSU rallied in the second half to finish with 96, their highest point total of the year. Sunday’s score was also the largest point total the Buckeyes have put up since 2009. The 84 points were the highest point total any opponent has scored against the Buckeyes this season. The Fighting Illini were led in scoring by junior forward and Ohio native Karisma Penn, who contributed 23 points. Penn was followed by junior guard Adrienne GodBold, who added 18 points and seven rebounds. Sunday’s win increases OSU’s winning streak to four, but the team is still a game behind Purdue for the conference lead. The top two teams in the Big Ten will face each other Feb. 12, when the Boilermakers travel to Columbus, Ohio. OSU will face the Fighting Illini again February 9. The Buckeyes return to action Thursday at Indiana. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. read more

Commentary Wrestling more than just a complex sport

I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the cliché phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football. read more

Ohioraised tennis players putting stamp on Ohio State mens tennis

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorRedshirt-senior Peter Kobelt (right) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka talk before a serve during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest.In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings.With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area.Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were all familiar with each other before becoming teammates at OSU. All three attended schools in the 614 area code, and their high school teams played one another throughout the season in what were described as friendly matches.Kobelt became a Buckeye by way of New Albany High School, graduating in 2009. During his time there, he won a Division II state title in doubles (2007) and a Division I title in singles (2009) before being named an All-American and ranked in the top 60 in U.S. Seniors Standings.Metka graduated from Worthington Kilbourne in 2010 and won the Division I state singles title that year, taking home the Division I doubles title the year before.Graduating from Watterson in 2011, Diaz and was the most glorified of the three coming out of high school. After winning a state doubles title as a freshman with his brother Phillip in 2008, he went on to win two straight Division II singles titles in 2010 and 2011. Diaz didn’t lose a single match after his sophomore year en route to being named the No. 1 player in his class in the state of Ohio. His last loss in high school, though, was in the state doubles championship to Metka and Kilbourne in ’09.“I’ve joked with him once or twice about it,” Metka said about defeating Diaz at state championships. “Totally joking, say ‘Remember what the score was back (in ’09)?’”The trio dominated Ohio high school tennis from 2007-12, winning a combined seven titles before enrolling at OSU.The time they put in on court leads to a friendship that has only grown stronger since becoming teammates.“We knew each other pretty well growing up,” Diaz said. “Playing a lot of the same tournaments, we already had that relationship. And being Columbus kids, you kind of stick together. It’s pretty cool.”Having three stars just outside of campus was luxury for OSU coach Ty Tucker, providing him with a chance to always be working with them to make them better players.“In an individual sport, you get unlimited practice time in the summer months,” Tucker said. “To be able to be from Columbus and be able to see your family on weekends … it certainly makes it that much easier to play in a year-round program.”The opportunity to fine-tune their game was a great opportunity because OSU is nationally ranked in the top 5 consistently. That success demands the best of the best.The three came in and each redshirted their first year to help better prepare for the high level of competition they were going to play.Now the time and work they’ve put in has paid huge dividends, as they are each key members in the six-man rotation the Buckeyes have used all season.“They’re all very good players,” Tucker said. “The nice things is they could’ve gone to other programs and started four straight years, and they wanted to come to Ohio State for a chance to get better.”The friendship Metka, Diaz and Kobelt had already formed helped the team come together as a whole, as they began the season ranked No. 5, since moving up to the top spot in the rankings.“I think it unites the team,” Kobelt said of their relationship. “It makes it easier for the Europeans to come over … it’s a more relaxed setting, people are more comfortable with what’s going on. I think, overall, it helps having guys from your own state play for your team.”Voted captain at the beginning of the season and playing first singles every match, Kobelt’s development allowed him to grow into the team’s leader. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation and has a chance to earn a NCAA Singles Championship.Metka is best known for his prowess in doubles and he and Kobelt team up to form the third ranked doubles team in the nation. He also cracked the top 125 rankings in singles for the first time in his collegiate career April 8.Diaz has been holding steady at third singles for the Buckeyes where he is known to frustrate opponents with a never-give-up attitude, returning almost every shot that comes his way.Already having won 187 straight home matches, with half of the starters being from Columbus, it provides fans with a little extra incentive to watch the Buckeyes continue their reign of terror in the city.“I think it helps with the fan base,” Kobelt said. “When they see a lot of guys from Ohio, they want to come out and watch and cheer for us more.”The fans that have been paying attention have been provided a treat.After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten with a 4-3 win at Purdue Sunday, Kobelt, Metka and Diaz have combined for 12 Big Ten titles and have not lost a single regular season match in Big Ten play.This season they have already won the ITA Indoor National Championship and broke the NCAA All-Time home win streak in what really has been a dream season so far for them. Winning at their dream school makes it even more special for them, though.“I think all three of us can agree that we all take pride in being from Columbus,” Metka said. “We’ve all been Buckeye fans since we were young … I think it helps push us.”The trio is set to continue their journey Friday as OSU is scheduled to take on Iowa at home. First serve is set for 6 p.m. read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State to play homeandhome with Notre Dame after Hurricane

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was meant to compete in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, this weekend. However, the tournament has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings of Hurricane Irma which may affect the area over the weekend.Ohio State will instead be hosting Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m., who will then host the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1 p.m., due to Hurricane Irma threats in South Carolina.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish were two of the four teams scheduled to take part in the South Carolina tournament. Florida International and Coastal Carolina, the host, were the other two teams in the tournament.Although admission to both matches will be free, Ohio State will be collecting cash donations at Friday night’s game for the Red Cross hurricane relief fund. read more

Football Jordan Fuller confident in opposite safety position ahead of season opener

Ohio State then-sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) attempts to tackle Michigan State junior lineback Andrew Dowell (5) during the fourth quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the Ohio State secondary, the 2018 season seems to be beginning in a similar way to last year. With three players rotating for playing time at cornerback, the Buckeyes had three safeties battling for two starting spots heading into the first game against Indiana last year, one which was already inherited by a veteran in former Ohio State safety Damon Webb. Now, as the 2018 season is about set to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, the spot Webb had a year ago has now been taken by the player who won the starting job opposite him last season. In one season, junior safety Jordan Fuller has emerged as one of the primary leaders in the Ohio State locker room, being named a captain on defense. However, with Fuller moving into the leadership role, the spot next to him is vacant again. And, as it was last season, there has been a significant competition to fill it. Sophomore safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor have been battling for the spot since spring practice began and has continued throughout fall camp, even into the week before the first game of the season. When the depth chart was released for Saturday’s game against the Beavers, it seemed Pryor had the advantage, being named as the sole starter opposite Fuller in the season opener. However, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has said that both Pryor and Wint have earned playing time, saying the competition for the starting safety position has “raised both Isaiah and Jahsen’s game.” Fuller said both the safeties have grown exponentially compared to the start of spring practices. “They have both progressed greatly this whole camp,” Fuller said. “I’m really excited for both their years. It’s a tight competition.” Even though the starting spot beside him does not have a solidified answer, Fuller is confident in the relationship he has with both Wint and Pryor, saying there is already a chemistry built with each of them. Fuller should know, any starting safety spot is up for grabs at any point during the year. After splitting time with former Ohio State safety Erick Smith to start the 2017 season, Fuller took a firm hold on the starting safety spot, eventually leading the Buckeyes with 70 tackles last season. With that experience from last year, Schiano knows, even though Pryor might get the first snaps in Saturday’s game against Oregon State, nothing is set in stone. “I don’t know if that will happen or if all season long those guys will go back and forth,” Schiano said. “But whatever happens, I’ve said this to you guys before, you can’t make it happen, you’ve got to let it happen. Now you encourage and you coach and you teach, but at the end of the day they have to go out there and play their way into a position.” No matter who is out on the field with the captain against Oregon State, he is confident neither Pryor nor Wint will miss a beat. “We will see how it all shakes out on Saturday, but I am more than good with whoever is playing,” Fuller said. “More than good.” read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State claims Big Ten regular season title

Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten)  tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series.  In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship.  In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. read more

Pentonville inmate stabbed to death Two arrested over attack after exTeam GB

first_imgTwo prisoners have been arrested over the death of an inmate at Pentonville jail that led to a visiting former Olympic athlete being caught up in a lockdown.Another two inmates remain in a critical condition in hospital after the stabbing attack at the north London prison on Tuesday afternoon.Dalton Grant, who represented Team GB in the high jump at three Olympic Games, was giving a motivational talk at the prison when the incident took place.The 50-year-old told on Twitter how the prison was put into “lockdown” following the attack and he had to stay for several hours longer than planned. According to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in February last year, the prison sees a rapid turnover with more than 100 new prisoners a week and it was “performing poorly” as a result of staff shortages, overcrowding and prisoners’ easy access to drugs.Nick Hardwick, then chief inspector of prisons, also noted in his report: “Most prisoners felt unsafe; levels of violence were much higher than in similar prisons and had almost doubled since the last inspection.”Former prisons minister Andrew Selous insisted money was being invested in recruiting new staff and building modern jails.”What has happened is horrendous. I have met the parents of prisoners who have been murdered and it is horrific and my deepest sympathy goes out to all those affected,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Meanwhile, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has renewed calls for a public inquiry into the state of jails in England and Wales following the death.The union said Government cuts to staff and resources meant the “tragedy” at Pentonville was “no massive surprise”.The most recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice showed there were 100 apparently self-inflicted deaths in the year to March – the highest for more than a decade.There were more than 20,000 assaults – 2,813 deemed “serious” – in the 12 months to December, a rise of 27 per cent year-on-year, and nearly 5,000 attacks on staff – a jump of more than a third compared with 2014.John Attard, PGA national policy officer, said: “It is no secret that we have had concerns about cuts and resources over the last four years. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics paint a very grim picture indeed.”Sadly, it comes as no massive surprise to anybody close to this that we have had a tragedy such as this.”The Prison Service paid staff to leave, the years of experience, the mentoring, the sharing of their experiences – a lot of that has been lost, and it is showing. It’s why we need an inquiry into this.” Pentonville prison 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. Officers and paramedics from London Ambulance Service were called to Pentonville at around 3.30pm on Tuesday where they found three prisoners with stab wounds.One, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.25pm.The two other men, aged 21 and 30, were taken to an east London hospital where they remain in a critical condition, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.Two men, aged 34 and 26, remain in custody. The Prison Service confirmed it is investigating.HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adults. The victim was an inmate at Pentonville Credit:Anthony Devlin /PAcenter_img Violence broke out at Pentonville prison on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA We now ask for the Ministry of Justice to fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the prison estatePrison Officers Association Giving a talk at Pentonville prison today. Great to give back had to stay for a few hours longer. Someone got hurt. Lockdown.— Dalton Grant (@Dalton237) October 18, 2016 Pentonville prison  “The Government absolutely gets the seriousness of the violence issues, there is a huge amount of work being done to reduce violence.”But he said: “We absolutely need more officers on the wings,” adding that ministers had promised extra funding.The Prison Officers Association (POA) said it “once again” has serious concerns following the incident.In a statement, the union said: “The actions of the staff at Pentonville maintained good order and discipline and prevented this situation escalating.”The POA said it will not make further comment “other than to say the unprecedented rise in violence in all of our prisons must not be underestimated”.It added: “We now ask for the Ministry of Justice to fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the prison estate.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:  “The Secretary of State has been clear that safety in prisons is fundamental to the proper functioning of our justice system and a vital part of our reform plans.”We are fully committed to addressing the significant increase in violence, self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in our prisons.”Earlier this month the Justice Secretary announced an immediate investment of an additional £14million in ten of our most challenging prisons, increasing staffing levels by over 400 prison officers.”In the coming weeks she will be publishing a White Paper setting out plans across the estate for prison safety and reform to 2020 and beyond.”Plans to shut old Victorian jails have also been outlined as part of a modernisation drive, with only HMP Holloway in north London confirmed as facing closure so far.last_img read more

City lawyer accused of racially aggravated assault after allegedly calling woman an

first_imgYou better start running because I am coming for youwhat Alastair Main is said to have told his alleged victim Alastair Main 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 alleged victim claimed she was left feeling “humiliated” and scared of Main’s “aggressive demeanour” on December 16 last year.Giving evidence from behind a screen, she told the court: “He came to ask for the hug. I turned him down, I said ‘I don’t think so’.”When Main overheard the alleged victim talking about where she and her friend would go for a drink after the dinner, he allegedly remarked: “Off to find some men are we?”She said: “His demeanour had changed, something had snapped, there was something angry about him.”Main followed her into a different room at the club, stood over her and told other guests to “get the f— out”, it is claimed.She said: “I knew his behaviour was getting worse, at that time Mr Main poured a pint of beer over me, I was drenched, my hair was so wet.”The alleged victim told how she had to walk to the toilets covered in beer while Main repeatedly called her an “Australian s–t”. A City lawyer is accused of racially aggravated assault and a sexual offence after allegedly pouring a pint of beer over a woman’s head, calling her an “Australian s–t” and slapping her on the bottom.Alastair Main allegedly drenched the woman after she refused to give him a hug at a rowing club’s Christmas dinner.The 35-year-old, a former captain of the Club, then hurled insults at her as he followed her to the toilets before lifting up her skirt and spanking her repeatedly, it is claimed.He sent her a grovelling apology via text message the next morning, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard. Alastair Main, a former captain of the London Rowing Club, outside courtCredit:Tony Palmer Main, who attended the £30,000-a-year Oratory School in Reading, then pursued the victim into the toilets, it is claimed.Prosecutor Paul Douglass told the court: “He followed her into the ladies’ toilets after she had gone in to clean herself up due to having had a beer poured over her head.”He pulled her hair, he pushed her, she tried to resist but he pulled up her skirt and smacked her approximately five times on her backside.”The alleged victim told the court: “He pulled my hair, slapping me on the head. He pulled my skirt up, calling me a s–t asking me if I was wearing any knickers.”Main slapped her repeatedly around the bottom and thighs before another member of the club intervened, the court heard.As she left the club, Main continued to call her a s–t and yelled out: “You better start running because I am coming for you,” it is claimed.He is also said to have followed the victim and her friends to a cocktail bar to hurl more verbal abuse.Main was a national rowing champion in 2003 and represented England at that year’s Home International Regatta.He retired from competitive rowing in 2006 having won the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.Main is a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Law School and is currently employed by a global asset management firm, having previously worked for Coutts private bank.Main, of Kingston-upon-Thames, denies one count of racially aggravated assault and one count of sexual assault. The trial continues.last_img read more

Thomas Mair Jo Coxs Naziobsessed killer who hid extreme farRight views for

first_img Police outside Thomas Mair's neat two-bedroom semi-detached home in Birstall, West Yorkshire There were no flags outside number 86 Lowood Lane, however, the neat two bedroom semi-detached home of Thomas Mair. The 53-year-old loner had no interest in football and told neighbours he thought flags were a “waste of money”. Credit: CRAIG BROUGH/Reuters Police outside Thomas Mair’s neat two-bedroom semi-detached home in Birstall, West Yorkshirecenter_img In the weeks leading up to the EU referendum in June, virtually every other house on the Fieldhead Estate in Birstall, West Yorkshire, was festooned with the St George’s flag. It was not the looming Brexit vote that had inspired such patriotism, however, but the European Football Championships taking place in France. Instead, while they sat glued to their TVs following the dismal progress of the England team, Mair was busy plotting how to demonstrate his patriotic credentials…last_img read more

Hospital takes court action to evict bedblocker who refused to leave for

first_imgThe hospital in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, said it launched legal action against the man, who has not been named due to patient confidentiality, as a last resort.A court of possession granted the order on December 1 and he was removed on January 10 and placed in accommodation in the community.Anna Hills, the hospital’s director of governance, told the BBC: “The gentleman repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organised by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge.”As a last resort, the trust had to apply to the court to allow us to remove the gentleman from the hospital.”The decision to go to court was not taken lightly but our priority has to be considering the needs of all our patients.” 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. A man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years, it has been reported.The patient arrived at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk in August 2014 and remained there until this year despite being deemed “fit for discharge”, according to the BBC.last_img read more

UK weather Snow in London and South East as Britain braces for

first_imgA man walks his dog by the Lion Inn on the North Yorkshire moors  The Met Office added that winds are expected to strengthen by dawn and a widespread frost is likely to form.A separate alert covering the North of England and parts of Scotland warned of snow of up to 4in (10cm) in areas above 900ft (300m), with “some drifting in the strengthening winds”.The current lowest temperature this winter was minus 11C (12.2F) which was recorded at Cromdale in Moray, North East Scotland, on December 5.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “The very lowest that we could see – and that’s up Scotland and the mountains up there – we are looking at minus 6C, minus 8C, (21-18F) so pretty cold, but I think pretty widespread across most of the UK we are going to see temperatures dipping below zero.”It should start feeling less cold from Monday, Ms Yeomans said, although maximum temperatures will still only be 5-6C (41-42F). A snowy scene on the North Yorkshire moors on Friday as Britain’s cold snap persistsCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA London and the Home Counties were hit by snow on Friday, during a mini cold snap that will bring a freezing weekend.The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the capital and the South East for Friday night and Saturday.The alert warns of the risk of “persistent snow” for the region as temperatures are predicted to fall below zero this weekend – and will feel even more raw thanks to winds from Scandinavia. A man walks his dog brave icy conditionsCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Public Health England (PHE) issued a warning as the temperatures plummeted.Professor Paul Cosford, medical director and director of health protection at PHE said: “With more cold weather across all parts of England now is the time to really think how it could impact you and your family, particularly those who are very young, over 65 or who have heart and lung conditions.” Meanwhile, temperatures could dip to as low as minus 10C (14F) overnight into Saturday in some mountainous parts of Scotland, where as much as 4in (10cm) of snow is expected.Friday was “particularly cold” in England, with temperatures of 2-3C (36-37F) in the Midlands, London and eastern areas, and scattered snow showers. Overnight the mercury will plunge to as low as minus 1C. Walkers in the snow on Friday as the Met Office warned of a sub-zero weekendCredit: Owen Humphreys/PA A grouse in the snow on the North Yorkshire moors Elsewhere was a degree or two warmer, with highs of only 5C (41F) in the South West, Wales and western Scotland.The Met Office warned of disruption to transport, as well as slippery conditions on roads and pavements this weekend. “Some disruption to transport is possible as well as slippery conditions on roads and pavements,” the alert said.center_img A grouse navigates a snowy hill on the North Yorkshire moorsCredit: Owen Humphreys/PA Walkers in the snow The Met Office warned temperatures would be ‘particularly cold’ in England, with temperatures of 2-3C (36-37F) in the Midlands, London and eastern areasCredit:Neil Squires/PA Cold Nottinghamshire Show more He added: “Try to keep homes heated to at least 18C (64F), stock up on any essential medicine or food that you need before the cold arrives and remember that you will be warmer wearing several thin layers instead of fewer thick ones.” Snowy hills 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

BA chaos blamed on worker who switched off power

first_imgA maintenance worker may have accidentally switched off the power supply at the centre of the British Airway’s IT failure which caused chaos for 75,000 passengers, it has been claimed. The investigation into the fiasco is likely to focus on human error rather than any equipment failure, according to The Times, after an internal investigation found that the power supply was working correctly. A BA source told the newspaper that it was rumoured that a contractor doing maintenance inadvertently switched the supply off. This has not been confirmed.  A display at Heathrow warns passengers to “Expect Disruption” on May 29, 2017Credit:AFP People sleep on a blanket at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 during the BA chaosCredit:Getty Images Europe He said: “This resulted in the total immediate loss of power to the facility, bypassing the backup generators and batteries. This in turn meant that the controlled contingency migration to other facilities could not be applied. A display at Heathrow warns passengers to "Expect Disruption" on May 29, 2017 People sleep on a blanket at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 during the BA chaos 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. “After a few minutes of this shutdown of power, it was turned back on in an unplanned and uncontrolled fashion, which created physical damage to the system, and significantly exacerbated the problem.”This was entirely a problem relating to the power supply. It was not an IT failure, and there were no software issues.”The fix consisted of physically replacing servers that had been damaged, then bringing all of BA’s 700-plus applications back online in a controlled fashion while ensuring that all data was consistent across the system. All of the systems are now back up and running.” The crisis was caused by power being suddenly lost to BA’s two main data centres, with the problem worsened by an uncontrolled reboot of the system which shut down the entire IT system. All information about flights, baggage and passengers was lost and travellers were left stranded over the bank holiday weekend with at least 700 flights cancelled at Heathrow and Gatwick. Bill Francis, Head of Group IT at BA’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG), sent an email to staff, seen by the Press Association, which confirmed that the shut down had not been caused by IT failure or software issues. His email revealed that an investigation so far had found that an Uninterruptible Power Supply to a core data centre at Heathrow was over-ridden on Saturday morning.last_img read more

Trampolining craze is leaving children with broken bones health bosses warn

first_img“The audit revealed there is more significant injury from the indoor parks as a result of the kinetic force and gravity associated with those type of trampolines in comparison to the garden ones,” she added.”It is meant to be only one child or adult to each trampoline but I think, because of the greater size of [indoor trampolines] in comparison to garden ones, it is easy for children to bounce onto each other through sheer excitement.” Because of the greater size of [indoor trampolines], it is easy for children to bounce onto each other through sheer excitement.Donna Brailsford A craze for trampolining is leaving children with broken bones, health bosses have warned.NHS staff attended an average of three injuries a day at indoor trampoline parks in England last year, mainly treating broken bones, sprains, and ligament damage after 1,181 call outs, new figures show.The number of injuries, the figures indicate, have shot up as indoor trampoline venues in the UK increased dramatically from just three 2014 to around 200 this year.Pete Brown, from the International Association of Trampoline Parks, told The Daily Telegraph the craze had first come to the UK from America in 2002, and were safe but not a risk free.”A trampoline is a high risk environment [but] well operated trampoline parks have good training practices and are well built, so the risks are at a reasonable level,” he said.But Donna Brailsford, major trauma nurse coordinator at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, told the BBC, which first reported the figures, that the hospital had counted 198 patients with trampoline injuries in the past six months.center_img Ms Brailsford said a higher proportion of those treated for fracture had sustained injuries at trampoline parks in comparison with those who sustained injuries while using garden trampolines.last_img read more

Boris Beckers Wimbledon trophies go on sale as bankrupt tennis player seeks

In May the tennis player announced that he and his second wife Lilly Kerssenberg were separating.When his first marriage ended in 2000 she was awarded more than £10m as well as custody of their children.In 2001, Becker paid a multimillion-pound settlement to provide for a child conceived with a Russian model in London’s Nobu restaurant.Becker may have lost his millions of pounds due to questionable investments in the Nigerian oil industry, according to claims in the German press.Spiegel magazine claims he made investments in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, and at one point considered a single investment of more than £7.6m. One miniature of the Challenge Cup from Becker’s collection has seen an opening bid of £1,000.Amongst the more valuable items is the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup, which was awarded to Becker after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion at the age of 17. This is being sold with a reserve of £8,000.Memorabilia such as watches, rackets and photographs are also being sold off in the auction. Lotto tennis shirt Puma racket and cover Boris Becker and his second wife Lilly Kerssenberg  Becker and his second wife, Lilly KerssenbergCredit:Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Europe A pair of Becker’s shoes from 1996 have seen an opening bid of £500.The German tennis player, who was previously worth more than £30 million, was declared bankrupt by a London court over a debt, said to be worth €3.5m (£3.1m), owed the private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co. A Puma racket and coverCredit: SHENER HATHAWAY Sweater, socks and wristband Hans Dieter Cleven, a former business partner has filed a separate case against him in the Swiss courts for 40m Swiss francs (£30m). Vend it like Becker: sweater, socks and wristbandCredit:SHENER HATHAWAY Becker’s fortune was eroded by bad investments and expensive settlement deals. Boris Becker’s Wimbledon cups have gone on sale as the bankrupt tennis player seeks to pay off his debts.The former world number one was declared bankrupt in the UK last year and his trophies are currently being sold online in an auction that is due to run until 28 June.A total of 81 lots are being sold by the valuer and auctioneer Wyles Hardy and Co in order to raise funds for Becker’s creditors.When Becker was at the height of his career Wimbledon champions received three miniature trophies.These were the Renshaw Cup, the All England Lawn Tennis Club Challenge Cup and the President’s Challenge Cup. Classic Lotto tennis shirtCredit:SHENER HATHAWAY Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Twentyone migrants including children as young as 12 found inside lorry in

Twenty-one migrants including children as young as 12 were found inside a refrigerated lorry in Sussex, it is understood. The 11 children and 10 adults are thought to be from Vietnam, and the group were found concealed in a shipment of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven on Thursday.Although the children were cold, they are said to have not needed medical treatment and have been taken into the care of social services.The lorry was stopped on its arrival from the French port of Dieppe.A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, was arrested and charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK.Andrut Mihai Duma, 29, is being held in custody until a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on November 26.A man aged 18 and a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK, while the remaining four – a woman and three men – are at immigration detention centres. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The hidden torture of homeschooled children Are controversial checks the answer

‘My mother had a real thing about the soles of the feet. Walking with damaged feet is agony,’ says Christopher Spry. ‘I should know. It was one of the places she liked to beat us.’ Now 29, he calmly lists instances of torture at the hands of his foster mother, Eunice Spry. He went to live with her when he was three years old and was raised as her child for the next 13 years, with four siblings. From the age of five, they were all home-educated, isolated from the outside world. Spry was removed from his foster mother’s care at 16 when his oldest sister managed to contact the police. Eunice was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The presiding judge said it was the worst case…

Update CPG officer dies from poison exwife discharged

The 52-year-old Community Policing Group Officer who ingested poison after chopping his ex-wife and her lover last night, passed away hours ago at the New Amsterdam Hospital. Narine Parmaloo Inews had previously reported that the CPG officer, Narine Parmaloo of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne was imbibing with this ex-wife, Nesha Parmaloo and her lover, identified only as “Mahendra, last evening.However, an argument ensued between the CPG Officer and his ex-wife’s lover, Mahendra. Parmaloo reportedly grabbed a cutlass from inside of the home and dealt multiple chops to his ex-wife and her lover, while threatening to chop anyone who tried to protect the duo.The house where the incident occurred (Javed Khan Image )The Parmaloos’ son told Inews that his father would usually visit his mother and they would often consume alcohol without there being a problem. He was unable to say what may have triggered his father’s sudden rage.This online publication understands that the Parmaloo’s separated late last year, and the CPG Officer had reportedly threatened on numerous occasions to kill his ex-wife, especially after she moved in with her lover, Mahendra.Reports suggests that Narine Parmaloo, on Wednesday last, attempted to take his own life, and was hospitalized. He was only just discharged from the hospital on Saturday.Meanwhile, Parmaloo’s ex-wife was discharged from the hospital today, while her lover is said to be clinging to his life. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPG officer goes berserk, hacks ex-wife, her lover then ingests poisonous substanceFebruary 6, 2017In “Crime”Berbice CPG rank, son arrested for stabbing estate workerSeptember 3, 2017In “Crime”Parika man succumbs to poison after chopping ex-partner, mother-in-lawAugust 6, 2016In “latest news” read more