With so much parity in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tournament this year, one game has the potential to affect everyone else’s odds of advancing. For instance, Dayton’s upset Thursday of Ohio State gives Syracuse an easier potential opponent in the second round and raises the odds the Orange will make a deep run.The FiveThirtyEight NCAA tournament projections will update shortly after the conclusion of each game. The forecasts will also update if there are significant new injuries during the tournament.These updates do, however, create problems with transparency. Shouldn’t you be able to see how our original predictions did? After all, you don’t get to change your bracket after the tournament is underway.We have a solution. If you want to see original numbers — as of Tuesday afternoon before the first “play-in” games in Dayton, Ohio — you can find them in this CSV file at GitHub.We’ll be posting a complete archive of our updates at GitHub. The numbers included in the name of the files indicate how far through the tournament the update took place. For example, the file labeled bracket-05.csv will show our data after the conclusion of the first five games (counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s play-in matchups).
Within hours of LeBron James’s announcement that he’d be going home to Cleveland, Kevin Love was already musing about how “intriguing” it would be to play alongside James if the Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the Cavs. In Minnesota, Love was opposing defenses’ chief concern. In Cleveland, next to James, he wouldn’t be. James has made terrifying strides in offensive efficiency and returns a better, more-dominant player than when he left.Earlier FiveThirtyEight analysis didn’t pick the Cavaliers as James’s ideal destination if his goal is to quickly win more titles, but Cleveland has some solid pieces already in place. And those pieces are going to get even better.In 2010, James left a Cavaliers squad that scored 102.1 points per game, tied for ninth in the NBA. That year Cleveland won 61 games en route to the Eastern Conference semis and featured a deceptively useful supporting cast; members of the squad who weren’t James shot a combined 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Nine players returned for 2010-11, the first season without James, and they all shot worse. The table below shows how these players’ true shooting percentage (which accounts for threes and free throws) performed in James’s absence:That’s an annihilation. Without James, all nine players saw a drop in true shooting and the team finished with only 19 wins. We can’t chalk up all that difference to James’s absence; the Cavs also dropped an old but effective Shaquille O’Neal, role players Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and five bit players. But much of the core was still there; Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson were second only to James in minutes played the previous year. If they were good enough to keep the team afloat, we would’ve seen it.Cleveland’s loss was Miami’s gain. The Heat squad that James (and Chris Bosh) joined included seven players from the previous season, who had accounted for 53 percent of that squad’s minutes. Here’s how these seven players improved upon James’s arrival:Although these improvements weren’t as dramatic as the Cavs’s losses, there was still an across-the-board bump in true shooting. Presumably, Kyrie Irving, Varejao and Tristan Thompson will get the same kind of help when James takes the court with them next season.But that change may be dwarfed by the one in Miami. Whoever’s left in Miami when the dust clears — as of now, the Heat only have Bosh and Norris Cole under contract — should expect more defensive pressure in James’s absence. If the 2010-11 Cavs are any indication, it might get ugly.
Marcellus Wiley, a former Pro Bowl NFL player, is among about 250 more players who have added their names to a lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health.”The first thing people ask is,’ knowing what happened, would you do it again?”’ said Wiley, currently an ESPN analyst. ”No. No, I wouldn’t.”The lawsuit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in northern California and amended Wednesday to add 250 more players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs. Wiley, who played in Buffalo, San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville from 1997-2006, is the ninth player identified by name, joining former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horne, Jeremy Newberry and others.The lawsuit, which is seeking class certification, covers the years 1968-2008. It contends team physicians and trainers across the NFL routinely – and often illegally – provided powerful narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain.Among them were the painkillers Percodan, Percocet and Vicodin, anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, and sleep aids such as Ambien. Lead attorney Steven Silverman said some teams filled out prescriptions in players’ names without their knowledge or consent. He said those drugs were then ”handed out like candy at Halloween” and often combined in ”cocktails.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment.The former players have reported a range of debilitating effects, from chronic muscle and bone ailments to permanent nerve and organ damage, and addiction. The players contend those health problems came from drug use, but many of the conditions aren’t tied to the use of painkillers.Six of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including McMahon and Van Horne, were also parties to the concussion-related class-action lawsuit filed against the NFL less than a year ago. The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle that case – without acknowledging it concealed the risks of concussions from former players. A federal judge has yet to approve the settlement, expressing concern the amount is too small.Wiley, 39, was not part of the concussion lawsuit, but decided to join former players in this one after suffering partial renal failure in April, despite no history of kidney problems. Wiley said he took ”multiple injections” of painkillers over the course of a season to cope with an injury that then-San Diego team physician Dr. David Chao diagnosed as severe groin sprain. After the season, an independent doctor diagnosed a torn abdominal wall that required surgery.”You can’t walk into a doctor’s office and say, ”Give me this, give me that, just to get through the day.’ Somebody would shut the place down,” Wiley said in a telephone interview. ”But that’s what was going on in the NFL. It’s easy to get mesmerized. I won’t deny that; there’s this ‘play through-the-pain, fall-on-the-sword’ culture, and somebody in line ready to step up and take your place.”And the next question when people hear about this stuff is ‘Where’s the personal responsibility?’ Well, I’m not a medical doctor,” he added, ”But I did take the word of a medical doctor who took an oath to get me through not just one game, or one season, but a lifetime. Meanwhile, he’s getting paid by how many bodies he gets out on the field.”Chao stepped down as San Diego’s team physician last June, after the NFL Players Association called for him to be replaced and filed a complaint. An independent panel cleared Chao.In April, as part of a stipulated settlement, Chao was placed on probation by the Medical Board of California. His license was also revoked, but that action was stayed while he remains on probation. He was accused of committing gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and acts of dishonesty or corruption.Chao was also found liable of malpractice in 2012 in a case involving a regular patient, not a Chargers player, with a judgment of nearly $5.2 million. Records also show he has been publicly reprimanded by the board and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.The lawsuit’s main burden is proving cause and effect – that use of painkillers in the past caused the chronic problems the players face now. The players also would have to show that they are suffering those problems at a greater rate than other people their age, and that it’s not due to other risk factors such as obesity, smoking and family history.
How the new Cavs would have projectedFull-season CARMELO projections for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after accounting for Thursday’s trades George Hill25+0.8-1.1 With just hours remaining before the NBA trade deadline, the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers took drastic action: They traded away half of their rotation. They added younger, more athletic wing players and solid bench contributors. They added a veteran point guard. They at least attempted to shore up a disastrous perimeter defense. And while the team is undeniably improved as a collection of talent, and probably improved as an Eastern Conference contender, it’s unclear whether the moves will be enough to stage a legitimate challenge to the Golden State Warriors — or to convince LeBron James to stick around this summer.Cleveland added Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers and reportedly George Hill from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah. The Cavs also brought back a conditional second-round pick in the deal with Miami for Dwyane Wade.Just as important as the players coming in for Cleveland are those on their way out: Isaiah Thomas — the centerpiece of the Kyrie Irving trade during the offseason — has been terrible since returning from a hip injury early last month. Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert have each disappointed in their own way. They are now all gone. Reallocating their minutes to even replacement-level players would have nudged the Cavs’ outlook upward; giving them to competent or above-average players should provide a massive lift. Wade is a more significant loss — it was his stewardship of the second unit that stabilized the team early in the season — but with rookie Cedi Osman seeing more playing time and now with the additions of Hood and Clarkson to the wing rotation, Wade’s role likely would have been reduced.Cleveland has more live bodies and young talent than it did before these moves. But young talent doesn’t necessarily translate to a better outlook on the season. According to an updated version of FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection that uses Box Plus/Minus and Real Plus-Minus data from this season, the current Cavaliers roster would project to win 46 games in a fresh 82-game season. That’s an improvement from the weak projection for Cleveland’s previous roster, which came in at a projected 43 wins, but still not very impressive for a team that views itself as a legitimate title contender. Team total240+4.3-2.1 Jordan Clarkson25+0.5-2.0 Cavaliers’ projected record46.036.0 LeBron James33+5.4+0.8 winslosses PlayerMin. per gameOff plus/minusDef plus/minus Cedi Osman5-1.5-0.4 Kevin Love26+2.1+0.4 Tristan Thompson25-1.20.0 Larry Nance Jr.20-0.3+2.1 Jeff Green16-0.9-1.1 Kyle Korver14+1.0-1.2 JR Smith15-0.3-1.3 London Perrantes0-4.6-1.2 Replacement-level players4-1.7-0.3 John Holland0-3.2-1.1 Rodney Hood25+0.3-2.0 Ante Zizic7-2.2+0.3 This is obviously a rough projection that doesn’t take into account the relatively good fit for the incoming players, nor does it account for further tinkering. (According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Cleveland is leaning toward adding Kendrick Perkins, who was recently playing in the G League, to improve its locker room chemistry.) And on those fronts, there are reasons for Cleveland to be optimistic.Hill is the quintessential off-ball point guard who thrives on off-ball shooting but can initiate the offense if necessary. His overall numbers have been down with Sacramento, but at age 31, he is shooting a career-best 45.3 percent on 3-pointers and 48.1 percent on corner threes; he will see a lot of open looks playing with LeBron. More important will be whether his plummeting defensive numbers are an accurate reflection of his ability or a symptom of playing with other Sacramento Kings. The Cavs have had a rotating cast of some of the league’s worst defenders playing point guard this season — Rose, Thomas, Jose Calderon — so it’s not as though Hill could do much more harm than has already been done. But if he can contribute competent defense at the point guard position, it would be a first for this iteration of LeBron’s Cavs.Hood’s role will be as a volume scorer and the Cavs’ secondary shot creator. He obviously isn’t a one-to-one replacement for Irving, but he’s been relatively efficient (55.1 true shooting percentage) on relatively high usage (27.5 usage percentage). For reference, that’s roughly comparable to John Wall’s usage rate and better than his efficiency. It’s his first season carrying that sort of load, and he’ll have to adjust to the Cleveland offense, but his solid outside shooting (38.9 percent this season, 37 percent for his career) should ease that transition. And while Hood is a below-average defender, at 6-foot-8 he isn’t as difficult to hide as Thomas. Plus, with Rudy Gobert missing a bunch of time to injury this season, there’s reason to believe that Hood’s terrible on/off defensive numbers (the defense is 6.2 points better with him off the floor) were thrown off a bit because of mismatched lineups.Nance and Clarkson should see big minutes in bench roles. Nance is a good defender and rebounder and a strong finisher, but he has struggled as a pick-and-roll screener. According to Second Spectrum, the Lakers have scored just 78.2 points per 100 chances created by Nance pick-and-roll possessions, including 82.1 points per 100 when paired with Clarkson. Both numbers are awful. The Cavs don’t play at the same warp speed as the Lakers, so Nance will have to adjust to the new offense. But he provides a sturdy, young big off the bench for a team that had relied on calcifying veterans, undersized stretch fours and combinations of the two.Clarkson, meanwhile, gives the Cavs an acceptable backup point guard. He’s a decent shooter, a decent passer, a decent scorer and a half-decent defender, which makes him a seismic upgrade over what the Cavs have been working with at that position.For the first time since LeBron has been back in town, the Cavaliers have a roster stocked with young, active contributors, not young stars mixed with ancient role players. LeBron has a history of incorporating the aged — think Kyle Korver, James Jones, Mike Miller, Richard Jefferson — but hasn’t had to incorporate many younger players whose talents extend past standing behind the 3-point line waiting for him to make something happen. If things go well, the Cavs may thrive in a way they haven’t to this point. If they don’t, well, they were dysfunctional to begin with. They could have swapped in a half-dozen potted plants wearing Adidas and improved the defense.It’s difficult to project just how such a drastic retooling will gel by the time the playoffs roll around. But the effect on James’s free agency should be more clear: The Cavs have committed to winning in the current window but are doing so on their own terms. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Cavs GM Koby Altman neither consulted LeBron on today’s moves, nor did he ask James to make a commitment beyond this season before the moves were made. Hood and Nance are solid pieces around whom the Cavs can build a respectable roster if James leaves in free agency. And they still have the Brooklyn first rounder that came in the Kyrie Irving deal. Cleveland began the day attempting to chase down DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker and, more abstractly, to erase the disarray that the Irving trade set into motion. They ended up making a complex series of moves that makes them better without adding an All-Star. That may be enough. Or it may not.— Neil Paine contributed research. Check out our latest NBA predictions.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Exasperated, Tony Azevedo slapped the water with both hands and screamed, “Swim!” Azevedo’s teammates on the U.S. men’s water polo team were still on the far side of the pool after Spain scored on a counterattack and took a 3-2 lead. Azevedo was one of the few American players who had raced back to defend. The U.S. men fell 10-9 to Spain on Monday in group play despite five-time Olympian Azevedo’s relentless hustle (and one goal).“They all call me grandpa,” said Azevedo, who is 34. “But when we’re training, I can still do everything, and I make fun of them for being 14 years younger.” Keeping himself in game shape takes more effort than it used to, though. Azevedo, whose black kinesio tape is visible through the water, running along his neck and down his right shoulder, said he basically lives in the training center. “I don’t even think in my first two Olympics I knew there was a training center,” he said.By now, you’ve no doubt heard plenty about the longevity of Michael Phelps and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who are both attending their fifth Olympic Games. But there are others, like Azevedo, in this illustrious group of Olympic veterans. Twenty-eight of the more than 500 American Olympians in Rio have been to at least four Summer Olympics (including Rio),1Team USA’s data did not include Ryan Lochte’s 2012 games. We added him to the list and removed the Bryan brothers, who missed the 2016 Games over health concerns. and despite their age (or perhaps because of it), many of these veterans are still in contention to medal.Kim Rhode — one of the best skeet shooters in the world — will be competing in her sixth Summer Games this week and could become the first Olympian in history to medal in six consecutive Summer Games. Among current U.S. Olympians, only fellow shooter Emil Milev and equestrian rider Phillip Dutton have been to as many games as Rhode (although each represented a country other than the U.S. earlier in their careers — for Milev, it was Bulgaria and for Dutton, Australia).At the U.S. track and field Olympic trials in Oregon last month, 32-year-old high jumper Chaunté Lowe jumped 6 feet, 7 inches, the best jump in the world this year, ahead of 18-year-old media darling Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. Lowe and Cunningham both qualified for Rio and will jump for Team USA on Aug. 18. But that doesn’t mean Lowe is doling out Olympic wisdom gleaned from her previous three games.“I think it’s a testament to Vashti that I won’t share everything with her,” Lowe told me from a rooftop overlooking an empty Olympic Stadium that will soon be filled with spectators watching her jump. “I can’t give her an advantage.” Lowe said there are “at least 100 things” she does differently now, in her fourth games — from arriving early for drug-testing protocols to pre-game preparation. But she won’t get much more specific than that. “Vashti’s still at home,” she said through a grin.Everyone’s (rightly) looking to 19-year-olds Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles to rack up the golds, but don’t sleep on the old heads either: Four-time Olympian Sue Bird is likely to grab a fourth gold, Carmelo Anthony may get his third, and sprinter Allyson Felix, competing in her fourth Olympics, could snag a gold on the 4x400m relay team.We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.
If only Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez would have been born a few years later.The neighborhood home run king and future Los Angeles Dodger from “The Sandlot” could have avoided years of backyard stickball. These days, scouts clamor over teenagers with that much talent. By the age of 12, Rodriguez could have inked a full ride to the school of his choice.Coach Lane Kiffin arrived at his new school, USC, just in time to land one of the top recruiting classes in the nation last week. But Kiffin didn’t waste any time in locking up future classes either; he offered 13-year-old David Sills from Bear, Del., a scholarship.Just after placing the finishing touches on his 2010 recruiting class, Kiffin turned his attention to his 2015 group. Before the frosty, bleached tips of Sills’ hair could dry, the seventh-grader had locked up his collegiate future, though even he seems perplexed by the ridiculous ordeal.“This is so crazy and out of nowhere,” the 5-foot-11-inch “phenom” said.Plenty can happen in five years.Five years ago, Jack Bauer was busy capturing and interrogating terrorists.Five years ago, Tiger Woods was happily married and faithful to his wife, Elin. Well, maybe.Five years ago, Ohio State was sitting near the top of the college football world after defeating Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.Just ask Buckeye Nation, three BCS Bowl Game losses later, about how much can transpire over the course of half a decade.Five years from now, Sills may have thrown away his football career in favor of high school show choir.Five years from now, Sills may have derailed his academic career by crashing and burning on the ACT or SAT.Five years from now, Sills may be married to his high school prom date and have three kids, choosing to forgo college and obtain a 9-to-5 job in order to support his family.How can coaches and scouts accurately judge a kid who lacks developed muscles and has yet to hit his major growth spurt?Maybe coaches should at least wait until the prospect has suffered through his first outbreak of acne or until his voice deepens.This isn’t the first time that a little tyke has been hounded by scouts and offered the world, and it certainly won’t be the last.So much money is poured into stud fees in horse racing that it’s probably only a matter of time before this practice catches on with humans. An auction for the right to offer a scholarship to any potential children that Terrelle Pryor fathers could raise thousands.Before we know it, the era of male and female athletes joining together just to produce top-of-the-line athletes will be upon us.At the end of the day, Kiffin can rest easy, knowing who his quarterback will be five years from now. But maybe he should focus more on who will man the huddle for the Trojans until his middle-school sweetheart graduates.
Ohio State football is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against Texas in 2022 and 2023, the athletic department announced Wednesday. “Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.” The Buckeyes are 1-2 against the Longhorns, having only faced them three times in school history. OSU faced Texas in a home-and-home series in 2005, 2006 and, again, in the in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. OSU is scheduled to travel to Austin on Sept. 17, 2022 and to host the Longhorns a little more than a year later on Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium, and the announcement of the series with the Longhorns is almost the most recent agreement to be finalized with a prominent Texan team. On Oct. 2, OSU announced that its football team is slated to play a home-and-home football series against Texas Christian University in 2018 and 2019. “Competing against programs from the state of Texas has always offered exciting experiences for our players and fans,” Smith said. “TCU continues to be one of the top football programs in the country.” 2018’s game is scheduled to be played Sept. 15 in Forth Worth, Texas while the 2019 contest is scheduled to be hosted on Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU has played TCU six times in school history and is 4-1-1 against the Horned Frogs.
Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Managing editor of contentWith only three games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is looking to make a push into the Big Ten tournament with a pair of home games this weekend against Iowa and Nebraska.The Buckeyes are 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten following a double overtime draw against then-No. 24 Michigan. With OSU ending three of its last four games with ties, coach Lori Walker said the team has learned how to overcome mistakes made on the field.“What we’ve tried to focus in on is, everybody’s going to make a mistake in a soccer game,” Walker said. “It’s how we respond to those mistakes that should gauge who we are.”Walker said the game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation in last Sunday’s game against Michigan was a prime example of the heart and character of the team.She added that along with maintaining their attack and possession, she’d like to see the Buckeyes apply more pressure defensively to limit the opponent’s chances of scoring. “Clearly there’s still room for us to stop giving up at least one goal a game. That’s got to end at some point,” Walker said.Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso said the team isn’t allowing recent disappointments to distract it and is focusing instead on the effort given on the field.“We’ve gotten a lot of goals scored on us late, which is definitely demoralizing,” Paradiso said. “But we keep trying to ramp up the energy and keep being competitive so we don’t let that get the best of us.”Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the team has learned to rely less on individual play and more on working together as a unit over the recent stretch of games.“We’re definitely playing better soccer than what we were in the beginning,” Gruber said. “We’re combining more, not just trying to take on one-on-one ourselves.”With the season winding down and the Big Ten Tournament approaching, Paradiso said the Buckeyes will need to give it their all in the final games to qualify for the postseason.“We need these last three games to get us into the Big Ten tournament,” she said. “We’ve got to definitely play with a lot of heart and energy out there and leave it all on the field with no regrets.”OSU is scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State released its depth chart on Wednesday ahead of its matchup against Tulane.The major change in the roster comes at defensive end, with junior Jonathon Cooper and sophomore Chase Young both starting in place of the injured junior, Nick Bosa.According to head coach Urban Meyer on Monday, Bosa suffered an abdominal/lower groin injury, and will be out for the game against Tulane. Meyer also said on Tuesday Bosa’s status will be evaluated midweek.Also on the defensive side, redshirt junior Davon Hamilton is listed as a co-starter at nose tackle with junior Robert Landers listed as probable for the Tulane matchup after an injury in the 40-28 victory over TCU.Ohio State faces Tulane at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 on Saturday.Here’s the rest of the depth chart:
Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares throw the ball downfield in the first half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith only four games left for the Ohio State women’s soccer team’s 2018 season, senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr has been the most consistent piece of the team in her final campaign as a Buckeye. The goalkeeper has had seven shutouts, giving her 18 for her collegiate career — the third most in Ohio State history. Kerr holds an .820 save percentage in 2018. Game by game, her consistency is what makes her shine in her last year at Ohio State. On the season, Kerr has allowed more than one goal only three times: in the first two games against then-No. 3 North Carolina and then-No. 9 Duke, and then once more against Penn State, which currently sits atop the Big Ten. Kerr’s success has been the driving force for an Ohio State that sits at 7-5-3 (4-2-3 Big Ten), for Ohio State has only won when Kerr has blanked the opponent.Kerr said looking back on all her achievements throughout the years remains a great feeling for her, and getting the opportunity to play the starting goalkeeper position behind this caliber of a team proved more than she could ask for. “I love that we’ve had such success as a team with not allowing goals against,” Kerr said. “Personally it’s a great accomplishment for me, but I couldn’t do it without the work of my teammates as a whole, and I think all of their efforts go into why we’re so successful with not allowing any goals.”Traveling all the way from Ontario, Canada, Kerr debuted in 2015 against Texas, making six saves in a scoreless draw. In her first collegiate start, Kerr made 10 saves and allowed only one goal in a double-overtime draw to Illinois. Kerr earned a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honor that year after playing in 14 games and starting five that season. In 2016, she entered her sophomore season making five saves in a victory against Michigan, managing a total of 26 saves overall for the year. Although she had much success in her time as an underclassman, it didn’t stop there. In her junior season, Kerr received a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor on the way to earning second-team All Big Ten. She started every game in the 2017 season and currently remains one of Ohio State’s strongest players both on and off the field, but she said she won’t take credit as being the only leader on the team. “We have leadership coming from every line on the field,” Kerr said. “I think that the fact that it’s not just one leader on the field and there’s multiple leaders is what helps with our team’s success so much.”Sophomore forward Marissa Birzon said Kerr stands as an incredible role model for the team as a whole and she inspires the younger goalkeepers to take her position when she leaves next year. “She’s been a huge voice in the back line organizing everybody and making sure everyone’s playing together,” Birzon said. “Honestly, her saves have been tremendous in games.”The Buckeye senior said her piece of advice to the younger players on the team would be to try and make the atmosphere as much of a family and learning environment as possible, and to try to focus on making the spaces safe and productive. With only two games ahead of the Big Ten tournament and a potential NCAA tournament bid left in Kerr’s illustrious career, she said she will remember this team as being one of the closest groups of girls that she had in her tenure as a Buckeye.“We bring a sense of competition every day to practice that I think it’s just super healthy for us and great day in and day out to have that competitiveness at practice and during games,” Kerr said. “I’m definitely going to miss that, coming back every day to the same group of crazy girls will be a bit of a change for me, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend this year with any other group of girls.”
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter getting an endorsement from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer following the 45-24 win against Northwestern, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be on his way to New York on Dec. 8.Haskins was announced on Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He is joined by Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray.In his first season as starter, Haskins set Ohio State and Big Ten Records for total yards (4,702) and total touchdowns (51), while completing 70.2 percent of his passes and throwing eight interceptions.Haskins’ 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns are No. 1 in the NCAA, with Murray in second with seven less touchdowns through the air.Against the Wildcats, Haskins threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns, both of which were records for the Big Ten Championship.Ohio State has not had a Heisman nominee since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006.On the betting site Bovada, Haskins currently has 60-to-1 odds to win the trophy over Tagovailoa and Murray, who sit at 3-2 and 10-19, respectively.The Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on December 8.
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 council said the policy had encouraged recycling Residents of one of the first regions to have their bins collected only once a month have complained of having to burn waste, ask older neighbours to take their rubbish or stand in their dustbins to push the contents down and make more space.People in Conwy, north Wales, say the four-week collection policy, which started as a trial four months ago has caused them misery.The system is also in place in other areas, while more councils across the country are planning to shift to a similar schedule. He said cutting collections would likely have “adverse public health consequences”.”Four weeks is a long time for waste to be left, particularly in warmer weather,” he said.”Worse still, if people miss a bin collection for some reason then waste could be sat in bins for up to eight weeks; it simply isn’t good enough.”A council spokesman said recycling had gone up 15 per cent since the introduction of the policy, adding: “We do advise residents use recycling centres to dispose of extra waste, but it would be much better to recycle it in the first place.” In Conwy, recycling, food waste and nappy bins are collected every week, but the general waste bins are only taken once every four weeks. One local, 44-year-old Lee Morris told the Daily Mail he had resorted to putting waste on the coal fire over Christmas, or dumping it in a skip at his workplace.Conservative assembly member Darren Millar said that in his area there have been numerous incidents of fly-tipping following the introduction of the policy. It comes after once council advised residents to put their rubbish in the freezer to prevent nasty odours while collections were cancelled over the festive period.Derby City Council also recommended that old tins be used by children in craft projects, despite their potentially dangerous sharp edges. Food waste is collected more frequentlyCredit:Alamy
Customers lucky enough to secure a table – the wait is currently up to four weeks on popular nights – can opt for the restaurant’s 175 euro tasting menu, which starts with Bazas beef tatar and moves on to lightly smoked Scottish venison, served with sautéed foie gras, before pudding, a luxurious Meyer lemon meringue dish.Ramsay, who is currently in Los Angeles filming MasterChef Junior, discovered the restaurant had been awarded its second star on Tuesday in a personal phone call from the president of the centuries-old guide.The news takes the total number of stars he currently holds to seven.The restaurant, partly known for its mix of bright mauve and orange furniture, and marquetry floor, is situated on the first-floor of the InterContinental Bordeaux.It is now one of just three in the region that has been awarded the rare double star.The only other British chef to have won a Michelin star in France is Richard Neat, who received one in 2000 for his restaurant in Cannes. He lost it two years later. Le Pressoir d’Argent is named ‘The Silver Press’ after the rare Christofle solid silver lobster press in the centre of the dining roomCredit:Le Pressoir d’Argent Opened in the heart of the city by Ramsay just 17 months ago, the restaurant combines British produce with French culinary style. Scallops and langoustine from Scotland often sit alongside Noir de Bigorre ham on the menu, while customers can even ask for a glass of English sparkling wine.Speaking about winning his second star, Ramsay told The Telegraph the French had been caught “sleeping” and, in recent years, had perhaps been satisfied with resting on their laurels.“Britons are constantly coming up with new ideas and being innovators,” he said. “The French were there first, but I think this is a great turning point, not just for the cooks.”He added: “I took a lot of s–t when I brought over wines from Kent and venison from Scotland, but the French didn’t turn their noses up at it. They are enjoying it. They were going to hang me upside down in the square but they love it so much. Ramsay (right) and chef de cuisine Gilad Peled in the kitchen at Le Pressoir d’ArgentCredit:Le Pressoir d’Argent I took a lot of s–t when I brought over wines from Kent and venison from Scotland, but the French didn’t turn their noses up at itGordon Ramsay “I just think it is great for Britain to shine in countries where, 10 to 15 years ago, we felt we had no right to be.”Praising his team, in particular chef de cuisine Gilad Peled, he added: “I am so proud of the incredible team in Bordeaux. It is truly an honour and a testament to the loyalty and dedication of the team.”Ramsay opened Le Pressoir d’Argent – named ‘The Silver Press’ after the rare Christofle solid silver lobster press in the centre of the dining room – in September 2015, spurred on by his ambition to win three Michelin stars in the home of haute cuisine.It was awarded its first star within four months of opening, with experts praising its world-class culinary dishes. For centuries, they have prided themselves on being the crème de la crème of the culinary world.But the long-running rivalry between French and British cuisine has taken a satisfying twist, after Gordon Ramsay became the first Briton to win two Michelin stars in the country.The 50-year-old chef today announced he had been awarded his second star for Le Pressoir d’Argent, his fine dining restaurant in Bordeaux. 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 new-look KitKat is billed as having extra milk and cocoaCredit:Nestle UK /PA 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. New “healthier” KitKats hitting shops this week contain just four fewer calories than current bars, as health campaigners warn its maker Nestle “still needs to improve”. The updated packs will contain less sugar and will boast of containing “extra milk and cocoa”, as part of a major drive by Nestlé to make its confectionery more virtuous.At present four finger KitKats contain contains 22g of sugar and the new “More Milk More Cocoa” version will contain 21.3g of sugar, a reduction of just 0.7g. Nestlé is aiming to reduce the amount of sugar in its confectionery by 10pc by 2018. Jenny Rosbrough, campaign manager at Action on Sugar, a group calling for sugar reduction in food, said: “We have to congratulate Nestle and say it is great that companies are looking for ways to reduce sugar. It is a step in the right direction but we do need to see more improvement than this. Fiona Kendrick, chairman of Nestlé UK, said: “Milk and cocoa has formed the basis of the KitKat recipe ever since it was introduced in 1936 so, while people might have been expecting us to add something else, this is a great example of us using our strength in research and innovation to develop a great recipe that replaces sugar with a bit more of the existing, natural ingredients that people know and love.” KitKats still contain 21.3g of sugarCredit:Jason Adlen /Boomberg “These new Kit Kats will be side by side on shelves and with the new branding people may see these as a healthier option. But people must realize they still a treat and that they are only marginally healthier than a normal Kit Kat.” We’re cutting more than 1000 tonnes of sugar & 3bn calories from the UK’s diet with new @KITKAT Extra Milk & Cocoa https://t.co/nQQ1nAvHIF pic.twitter.com/mBbkvg2K8V— Nestlé UK & Ireland (@NestleUKI) March 28, 2017 The tweak in ingredients means the new Kit Kats will contain 209 calories, just four less than the existing version, which has 213 calories.According to official health guidelines men should eat around 2,500 calories a day while should consume 2,000 calories daily. It comes as food giants admitted they will fail to hit the Government’s target of cutting sugar by a fifth by the end of the decade, ministers were told earlier this month.A representative of major firms including Mars, Cadbury, Nestle and Kellogs said they were still committed to cutting down on the amount of sugar in food and drink – just not to the Government’s target of cutting it by 20 per cent by 2020.
Right wing loner Thomas Mair was given a whole life term after being convicted of her murder at the Old Bailey in November. She said: “You couldn’t have foreseen it. No one knew that was going to happen, but then that happens to people all the time, with the bombings and the terror attacks in recent years.”I think that will take a lot of understanding, but what you have to then do is think actually the majority of people are good people, and we have just been unbelievably unlucky that our life has been affected by somebody who wasn’t a good person.”But you have to try and move forward from that and focus on how most people are actually really good and really kind.”And Miss Leadbeater said she does not waste a moment of her time thinking about Mair or the trial, describing it as a “job” the family had to go through.She said: “I haven’t thought about it since and I don’t intend to think about it.”The energy that I’ve got will be channelled into creating a positive legacy for Jo, rather than thinking about how she died. We will really, really focus on how she lived.” She said: “There’s a lot of stuff that I still haven’t dealt with, and I guess that’s where maybe counselling or some advice on how to cope with that would come in. 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. To mark the anniversary of her murder, thousands of people will take part in an event called The Great Get Together this weekend, coming together to enjoy small picnics and community events across the UK.Throwing herself into its organisation has been a salve for Miss Leadbeater, 41, but she is aware there are still difficult roads ahead. Murdered MP Jo Cox Credit:Jo Cox Foundation “No, I don’t think I have, and I think that’s going to take a long time, an awfully long time.”When The Great Get Together – also a celebration of the MP’s ardent belief that people have more in common than the things dividing them – is over, Miss Leadbeater has promised to allow herself the time to begin processing what has happened to her family. Jo Cox’s mum and dad Gordon and Jean Leadbeater, sister Kim Credit:Ben Lack She told the Press Association: “I don’t think I’ve grieved at all yet, if I’m quite honest.”Since Jo was murdered, there has been no time because of the public nature of how it happened, because of Jo’s position that she was in – it’s been a constant rollercoaster.”I know all the facts, I know what happened, I sat through the trial – I’ve got all that information, but have I actually processed that and understood what that means for the rest of my life? The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox has said she has not yet fully come to terms with her death or had time to grieve – and revealed she does not give her killer a second thought.Kim Leadbeater described the 12 months since her older sister was killed as a “constant rollercoaster” that has not allowed her time to sit back and process her emotionsWhile she has occasionally found herself sobbing in the middle of the night, Ms Leadbeater said she and her family have been buoyed by an outpouring of support from across the country and around the world. She said: “That doesn’t mean we don’t have days where it really can be a struggle to keep going, but so far we’re managing.”One thing that drives you is thinking what Jo would want you to do, and Jo wouldn’t want this to take any more from us than it already has done. I keep trying to remember that.”Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed on June 16 last year as she arrived for a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, just 13 months after being elected as Labour MP for Batley and Spen constituency. She said: “We’ve come together stronger than ever, Brendan has just been amazing and the way he’s looked after the children, I’ve got so much respect for him and so much love for him.”So we’ve got each other, and we’ve come together, and that’s been really really helpful.”She is philosophical about Mrs Cox’s death, saying that while they were “extremely, unbelievably unlucky” to have such evil forces “conspire” against them, “the reality is, the way that the world is at the moment, bad things do happen”. “We have been so busy focusing on creating a legacy for Jo, which is exactly what we want to do, but that has to slow down at some point.”I’ve had moments. I’ve broken down in tears at the traffic lights and I remember sitting on the steps at home at 4 o’clock in the morning just uncontrollably crying.”But they have actually been quite sporadic and I think I need a bit more time to really understand what’s happened.”Miss Leadbeater said her sister’s murder has drawn the family closer. Kim Leadbeater, sister of murdered MP Jo CoxCredit: Dominic Harris
Lord Carlile, who wrote an independent report commissioned by the archbishop, concluded that Bishop bell’s reputation was “wrongly and unnecessarily damaged by the Church”. The Church had paid Carol £16,800 damages and issued an apology in 2015.Richard Symonds, of the Bell Society, said the archbishop should consider resigning, adding: “His stance is unforgivable.” Martin Sewell, a retired child protection lawyer and a member of the general synod who will demand an apology when it meets next month, said: “This makes me extraordinarily angry. This statement makes your heart sink.” A well-placed source inside the Church said: “There is widespread belief that he [Welby] has not shown an appropriate Christian approach in this case. There is a head of steam in the Church of England that could end up in his resignation over this.”Bishop Bell, who died aged 75 in 1958, was one of the towering figure of the Church of England in the 20th century and was revered for his role in rescuing Jews from Nazi Germany before the war.The allegation was first made by ‘Carol’ in 1995 some 38 years after his death and brought to Archbishop Welby’s attention in 2013.Professor Tony Maden, a psychiatrist who examined her, said the “delays in reporting in this case are exceptional” and added that “memory is not reliable over such long periods of time”. He said “false memory” could not be ruled out as an explanation for her claim in the absence of any corroboration. Bishop George Bell The Archbishop of Canterbury has provoked a furious backlash by accusing supporters of a highly respected bishop of refusing to believe a historic child sex abuse allegation.The Most Reverend Justin Welby has repeatedly declined to apologise for the shredding of the reputation of Bishop George Bell over a single, uncorroborated claim made by a woman dating back more than 60 years.Archbishop Welby has been under pressure to say sorry following the publication of an independent report which concluded Bishop Bell’s reputation had been wrongly destroyed.Senior academics had written an open letter to the Telegraph complaining that the archbishop had shamed his office with “irresponsible and dangerous” claims that Bishop Bell may have been a paedophile.But the Archbishop issued a statement on Monday standing by his refusal to apologise and taking a sideswipe at Bishop Bell’s supporters. In it he likened the case of Bishop Bell, the former Bishop of Chichester, to another bishop Peter Ball, a convicted sex offender.“I cannot with integrity rescind my statement.” he said, referring to an earlier claim that Bishop Bell had a “significant cloud… over his name” and that he had been accused of “great wickedness”. Archbishop WelbyCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Archbishop Welby said on Monday: “As in the case of Peter Ball, and others, it is often suggested that what is being alleged could not have been true, because the person writing knew the alleged abuser and is absolutely certain that it was impossible for them to have done what is alleged. “As with Peter Ball this sometimes turns out to be untrue, not through their own fault or deceit but because abuse is often kept very secret. “The experience of discovering feet of clay in more than one person I held in profound respect has been personally tragic.”Bishop Bell’s supporters reacted with fury and dismay, pointing out the claim against him is uncorroborated and made by one woman – known only as carol – decades after the alleged abuse. 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.
Introducing the report, children’s commissioner Anne Longfield said young children in care “often feel worried and confused about the lack of physical affection they are shown”.Older children were “scathing about their carers’ inability to show them affection or to give them a hug,” she said. Local authorities also prevented children and foster carers making decisions about matters such as ear piercing or haircuts. In one case a foster carer was refused permission to fund a highly intelligent child’s private education, the review said. Carers should be empowered to make more decisions and birth parents “cannot be allowed to veto the ability of foster carers to provide day to day parenting”, it said. Sir Martin also recommended that the Government should consider introducing a national register of carers in order to improve recruitment. Minister for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi said: “The report gives us an opportunity to celebrate foster care and to recognise the invaluable role foster parents play in the lives of vulnerable children. “We are committed to supporting them in this role, and that’s why we recently announced that we will extend our 30-hour childcare offer to foster children to provide extra help for foster parents.”The Department for Education is due to formally respond to the report later this year. The report said children were being denied “the physical or emotional affection they need that helps them to thrive” because carers “had been taught to be fearful of potential allegations”Credit:Vladimir Godnik/fStop 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. Foster parents are scared to hug their children in case they’re accused of sexual abuse, a Government report has found. Sir Martin Narey’s review of fostering in England found that guidance for foster carers leaves them afraid of showing affection to the children they look after. The report, co-authored by Sir Martin, the former chief executive of Bernardo’s, and children’s services adviser Mark Owers, said that children were being denied “the physical or emotional affection they need that helps them to thrive” because carers “had been taught to be fearful of potential allegations”. One local authority advises carers to manage physical contact “in a manner which is safe, protective and avoids the arousal of sexual expectations, feelings or in any way which reinforces sexual stereotypes”, advice which the review said was “depressing”. Another fostering organisation’s advice specifically focuses on male carers, telling them they “should be aware that showing physical affection towards children/young people could be misinterpreted and put them at risk”. Male carers are also told to ask children to sit in the back seat if they pick them up in their car because of the “additional risk of allegations”. The report, which has been published following a consultation with academics, carers and children, criticised the Department for Education for failing to provide clear guidance on the issue.
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“It was a double life I was living,” he said. “I was watching every day what I was saying, what I was doing.”He says that when ashore he never visited gay pubs and on board ship he didn’t associate with sailors who he knew were gay.”I knew if I did I would have the SIB (Special Investigation Branch) on my back doing covert operations, shadowing me with cameras, taking photographs of what I was getting up to.”Cleared at Court Martial of assaulting another sailor in the early 1990s, he was found guilty of being in bed with the other man – something he has always denied – and was dismissed on the grounds that his conduct was prejudicial to good order and naval discipline.An officer wrote: “He may attempt to corrupt others in the future”, adding that “the needs of the service must come first”.Although not official policy at the time, but not unheard of, Mr Ousalice had his LS&GC medal cut off his uniform following the verdict and hopes that the lifting of the ban on LGBT people in the armed forces in 2000 would help him to have his medal returned.The Telegraph understands that the MoD does not know how many individuals may be in the same situation as Mr Ousalice as it does not keep records of such matters, each one dealt with on a case by case basis by the respective service. 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 Royal Navy’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1848) Queen Elizabeth II version. The MoD says official approval is not required to wear a relative’s medals, although current serving personnel should not wear relative’s medals or unofficial medals whilst in uniform.The Telegraph understands that Liberty is setting up a helpline to help other LGBT veterans stripped of their medals to come forward. Amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill for England and Wales in 2017 allowed thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences to be posthumously pardoned.The new ruling became widely known as the Turing Law, after Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker and computing pioneer, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952. Turing received a royal pardon (posthumously) in 2013.The Turing Law could see military veterans who were previously denied medals have them awarded. The Telegraph understands that no medals have been returned yet or awarded in the wake of the government’s implementation of the Turing Law and that work is still ongoing in the MoD. Historic photo of Joe Ousalice receiving a medal from Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, later to be Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 to 2003. Military veterans stripped of medals and discharged from the armed forces for their sexuality could have their honours returned as a bisexual Falklands sailor launches legal bid.Joe Ousalice, 68, served for nearly 18 years in the Royal Navy but was discharged in 1993 prior to the lifting of the ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.The Falklands veteran is taking action against the Ministry of Defence to have his Long Service and Good Conduct (LS&GC) medal returned after it was cut off his uniform following a Court Martial.An MoD spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment as legal proceedings are ongoing, but added, “we are currently looking at how personnel discharged from service because of their sexuality, or now abolished sexual offences, can have their medals returned.”Mr Ousalice, a former radio operator, served in the Falklands War in which he lost two comrades, did six tours of duty in Northern Ireland and was also posted to conflict zones in the Middle East.”I loved life in the navy, because of the comradeship,” he told the BBC. “It was my life.”His work was praised by his seniors and he was awarded the LS&GC medal in 1991. Royal Navy regulations stipulate that LS&GC recipients must have served a minimum of 15 years continuous good conduct. It can be removed for later poor conduct. Any military veteran is able to apply to the MoD Medals Office, the department based at Imjin Barracks in Gloucester responsible for issuing medals to currently serving members of the armed forces, veterans and MOD employees.The Medals Office says that individuals should only wear official decorations, medals or emblems to which they are entitled and which have been approved for acceptance and wear. Unofficial medals should not be worn with official orders, decorations and other medals.It is common practice for the next of kin of a deceased service person to wear their relative’s decorations and medals as a mark of remembrance. It is custom to wear such medals on the right breast in civilian dress only. However, Mr Ousalice said he knew when he joined up that he would have to hide the fact that he was bisexual.