Month: September 2019

Jeff Van Gundy Becomes Strong BackUp Coaching Candidate for

The Brooklyn Nets are looking at current ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy as a strong back-up coaching candidate if they are unable to persuade 11-time champion coach Phil Jackson to fill the vacancy, according to ESPNNewYork.com.ESPNNewYork.com also reported that before Van Gundy would even consider taking the job that he would need to get to know Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the internal operations of the team. A source told Yahoo! Sports that Van Gundy, who has prior coaching experience with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, would rather assume the position after the season and not during the season.“I would never comment on a job that was filled,” Van Gundy told Yahoo! Sports. “I was an interim coach. I hope P.J. has great success there. He’s someone I respect greatly.”The Nets fired coach Avery Johnson on Thursday after starting the season 11-4 and going 3-10 in the month of December. P.J. Carlesimo has been named interim head coach and led the Nets to a 97-81 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night.The 67-year-old Jackson is the Nets obvious top candidate to fill the coaching void, according to ESPN.com on Thursday. Jackson was in the mix for becoming the Los Angeles Lakers coach for his third time in November, but was surprisingly passed over for Mike D’ Antoni.Prokhorov attempted to dodge questions regarding the Nets interest in Jackson as the next head coach on Friday.“P.J. is the head coach and we have an amount of trust with him,” Prokhorov said. “Now P.J. is the head coach, and if it become necessary, you know who the usual suspects are.”The Nets are also looking at the Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy and several other coaches to possibly take over.“I’m from Brooklyn. Coaching there would be a dream come true,” a tweet from Dunleavy read on SirusXM Basketball.But Carlesimo could have the “interim” title removed if he can get the Nets back on the winning track. read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1988Oklahoma13 151.2 1944Notre Dame13 1946Notre Dame16 1981Pittsburgh12 1945Notre Dame15 1987Penn State13 2004Ohio State14 2008USC10107.1 2015Florida State11101.7 2012Alabama898.7 1971Ohio State13 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1944Texas12 1947UCLA9103.1 1954Notre Dame12 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 2016Ohio State12 1988Miami (FL)12 1982Texas12 1940USC9100.3 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year 1968USC11122.2 1944USC12 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 1977USC13 TENick Vannett945.7 2010Oklahoma7112.9 2006USC11102.8 1975USC14 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: 1950Minnesota13 Total 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 2006Ohio State9111.5 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 WRBraxton Miller856.3 YEARSCHOOLPICKS FSVonn Bell618.4 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1952Maryland12 1984Texas17 1967Michigan State8113.7 2016Ohio State12151.2 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1942Texas10100.6 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 1975Nebraska12 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1974UCLA12 CBEli Apple1019.9 1975Ohio State13 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1993Notre Dame9114.0 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1954Notre Dame12121.7 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1976Colorado12 1950Notre Dame12 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1953USC15 OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1945Notre Dame15126.2 Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1948Alabama6103.8 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 QBCardale Jones1393.2 2000Tennessee9102.6 read more

The Best Teams Of Baseballs 2015 Season Are Bums In 2017

LCS SEASONTEAMS ABOVE .500TEAMS AT OR BELOW .500 Since League Championship Series format began in 1969. Includes all LCS seasons for which at least three of the “Final Four” teams were at or below .500 through 40 games, two years later.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet, Lahman DB 2007Red SoxDiamondbacks, Indians, Rockies The only group that may have fallen further, faster were the LCS participants from 1985 — the Blue Jays, Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers — all of whom were at or below .500 through 40 games of the very next season. Of those four, only the Jays rallied over the remainder of the season to finish with more wins than losses. (At 86-76, they finished in third place and never really sniffed the playoffs after the rough start, though they were arguably the AL’s best team from mid-May onward.)The same scenario — one team ultimately recovering from the slow start — may play out this season. Although the Cubs are in this unenviable group for now, it’s probably just an early bump on the road to another fine season. (Even if their once-mighty defense isn’t what it used to be.)But the other three have bigger problems that might prevent them from clawing their way back onto the winning side of the ledger. Even after their recent upswing, the Blue Jays still occupy last place in the AL East, which might be baseball’s toughest division. Similarly, K.C. is last in the AL Central despite making strides over the past week-plus. And the Mets are in significant disarray from both an injury and a performance perspective. None are tracking for a winning season, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections.Baseball is fundamentally more unpredictable than sports such as the NBA (looking forward to that third consecutive Warriors-Cavs final?) or even the NFL (for all its vaunted parity). But it’s still surprising to see these four teams struggle after being, until very recently, the cream of the game’s crop. Since the League Championship Series format began in 1969, it’s tough to find a “Final Four” of baseball that’s fallen on harder times two years later than 2015’s quartet of the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. Through 40 games of a season, this is the first time ever that all four LCS participants from two years prior were .500 or worse: 1983OriolesWhite Sox, Dodgers, Phillies 1984PadresCubs, Tigers, Royals THROUGH 40 GAMES, TWO YEARS LATER… Baseball’s 2015 “Final Four” have fallen on hard times 1992BravesAthletics, Pirates, Blue Jays 2015—Cubs, Royals, Mets, Blue Jays read more

Ohio State Penn State mens hockey trade wins hits over the weekend

OSU senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (24) finishes off a check during a game against Michigan at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team split its two games against the Penn State in a physical yet high-flying series that included 11 goals and 12 penalties between the two sides.Penn State would strike first in the first encounter with 9:24 remaining in the first period. Freshman forward Andrew Sturtz fired the puck behind OSU junior Christian Frey’s right shoulder while the Buckeyes were on the power play.The Scarlet and Gray responded rapidly, taking advantage of the shorthanded Nittany Lions courtesy of junior defenseman Josh Healey’s fourth goal of the season. The assist by junior forward David Gust extended his point streak to 10 games. The lamplighter extended OSU’s power-play goal streak to four games.The second period was dominated by defense. Senior forward and co-captain Anthony Greco and Gust had good chances to grab the lead, but they couldn’t find a way past senior netminder Matthew Skoff. Frey would also make nine saves in the period. The Buckeyes finally found the back of the net when junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey scored his 11th goal of the season with just over a minute left in the period.Both sides continued to demonstrate their defensive prowess into the third period. Penn State would eventually level the score at 2-2, courtesy of freshman defenseman Kevin Kerr’s first career goal at the 16:50 mark. Neither side would score again, sending the game into overtime.There would not be another shootout like the Saturday prior against Michigan. Penn State freshman forward Alex Marsh netted the game winner at the 3:32 mark in overtime, ending the contest at 3-2.“You got to continue to get better as a hockey team, and you can’t keep giving points away to Penn State,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said after Friday’s loss. “They continue to work hard, they continue to put pucks on the net. As a hockey team you got to be able to take care of leads, take care of the puck.”The Buckeyes finished the match only scoring once on five power-play opportunities. Both Rohlik and Schilkey expressed their belief that there was more to be desired from the special teams.“Certainly you got to take advantage of power plays. We had one (power-play goal), but when you go back and look at the game, if we could get a second or a third, certainly you would like to do that,” Rohlik said. “We’ll continue to sharpen things up.”Schilkey echoed his coach’s words, saying he believed the team has to be able to convert some of the opportunities it was granted.“It is frustrating, but it’s just something we got to stick with. We can’t let it affect our game. We try not to let that happen,” Schilkey said. “Chances still came, so I can’t say that it really affected us too much, but of course it’s frustrating you want a couple of those (shots) to go in. Tonight it just didn’t happen.”In Game 2 it would be the Buckeyes that would breakthrough first. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple scored on a breakaway four minutes into the first period, putting one past junior goaltender Eamon McAdam.“It was great to get off to a good start. Great to get the first goal. In any game, to go up one-nothing is everything you want,” Dalrymple said. “I think tonight as soon as we got one I don’t think we ever looked back.”The goal was assisted by freshman forward Brendan Kearney. Kearney and freshman forward Dakota Joshua returned from one-game suspensions resulting from Sunday’s post-match altercation against Michigan.“Everybody in that locker room, all our guys contribute, and when we push each other Monday through Thursday it helps us on the weekend,” Rohlik said. “Not having (Kearney and Joshua) in last night and getting them in tonight and it was nice to see them get on the board, but their energy was more than everything.”Schilkey would double the lead for the Scarlet and Gray in the second period. He collected an errant clearance from the Penn State defense and netted the Buckeyes’ fifth shorthanded goal on the season with 8:10 remaining in the period. OSU then made it 3-0 five minutes later. Freshman forward Miguel Fidler squeezed the puck behind a sprawling McAdam; it was his first goal in a Buckeye uniform.Penn State would get on the board in a little under two minutes into the third period. A shot from senior forward Eric Scheid clanged off Frey’s right-side post and ricocheted off his back and into the net.The Buckeyes impressively held off a five-minute-long power play by the Nittany Lions during the period. They did not allow Penn State, the nation’s leader in shots on goal, one attempt on Frey’s net. The penalty was a result from contact to the head by Healey.“Even in a tough situation there in the third period, to kill off that five minute major, that just shows you, what we can do,” Rohlik said. “It was a big kill, and it was a big night for us.”Dalrymple said the penalty kill was a key moment in the game for the home team.“We know they scored early in the third. A two-goal lead is never safe in hockey. Maybe there was a bit of controversy on the call, but we knew we could take care of that for Josh Healey,” Dalrymple said. “We just kind of buckled down. Four guys on the ice and everyone did their job and we just killed it off.”OSU would capitalize on its first power play of the night later in the period. A nifty solo move and a slick finish by freshman forward Mason Jobst put the Buckeyes up 4-1 at the 14:30 mark in the period.Penn State pulled its goalie in an effort to get their offense going and it backfired on them quickly, as Joshua put the puck into the empty net with a little over four minutes remaining in the period. That would be the last of the scoring, and the game would finish in a 5-1 OSU victory.OSU’s three-series homestand is set to continue next Friday and Saturday against Michigan State. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Ohio State mens hockey completes sweep over No 14 Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan came into its game against the Ohio State men’s hockey team Saturday night ranked No. 14 in the country, but for the second-straight game, it was the Buckeyes who played like a team worthy of national recognition. OSU won 4-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats after defeating Northern Michigan by the same score Friday afternoon. Four players scored for OSU in the Saturday contest and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 18 saves to help the team to a series sweep. The unranked Buckeyes are now unbeaten in their last seven games, and are riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents 20-2. “Ohio State is a good hockey team. I don’t know if people know how good they are. They were owning the game,” Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. The Buckeyes owned Saturday’s game from the start. Senior forward Danny Dries put OSU on the board with a goal at 10:54 in the first period. Dries received a pass from senior defenseman Sean Duddy just inside the blue line and fired the puck past Wildcats’ goalie Reid Ellingson. Freshman forward Nick Oddo scored at 9:08 in the second period, and OSU led 2-0 after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 31-8 through two stanzas, including a 17-2 advantage in the middle period. Northern Michigan cut OSU’s lead to one with a goal at 3:12 in the third period. The Buckeyes went on the power play less than a minute after the goal, and took advantage with a goal from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig at 4:14. OSU was on the power play four times during the game, while the Wildcats only held a player advantage twice. “At the beginning of the year, we were spending too much time in the box,” Dries said. “We have done a much better job of staying out of the box, especially over the last two weekends.” Oddo found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott in front of the Wildcats goal, who backhanded the puck into the net, giving OSU a 4-1 lead with just more than 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Buckeyes responded to Northern Michigan’s lone goal with two of their own in a span of 3:54, putting the game far from in reach for the Wildcats, preserving a win and series sweep. “When the other team scores, you are going to start second guessing yourselves, but I do not think they did that,” OSU head coach Mark Osiecki said. “It is probably a good thing Northern scored and put us in that position. It let us see how our guys would handle it.” The win puts OSU in a tie for first place atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with Notre Dame and Lake Superior. The Buckeyes are now 8-3-1 on the year, 5-2-1-1 in conference play. “We are taking things day-to-day, and we are not looking at the rankings yet. We are trying to go one day at a time,” Gedig said. Northern Michigan drops to 4-5-3, 1-4-3-2 in the CCHA with the loss. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan in a two-game series starting on Friday. read more

Gallery Ohio State kicks off spring practice

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe Ohio State football team kicked off its spring practice sessions on Tuesday, less than two months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon, 42-20, in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.A few familiar faces were back in the fold, including redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller, as the Buckeyes get set for 14 spring practices, ending with the Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.OSU’s 2015 season is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Mens Tennis Mikael Torpegaards two wins lead No 3 Ohio State to

Then-junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Nebraska 7-0 Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes (21-2, 7-0 Big Ten) won the doubles match and dominated the six remaining singles matches to sweep the Cornhuskers (9-10, 0-7 Big Ten). In his first Big Ten match of the season, redshirt senior Riley Reist joined senior Mikael Torpegaard to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 with a 6-2 doubles win. Torpegaard followed up on the doubles win with another victory in his singles match, winning 6-2 and 6-1 against Nebraska junior Toby Boyer to extend the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. “I felt like in doubles I served well and I try to carry over that momentum every time I play,” Torpegaard said. “Usually when my serve is on I win comfortably so it was great to have that happen today.” Redshirt sophomore Alex Kobelt also capitalized in his first conference match of the season for the Buckeyes. He rolled over Nebraska freshman William Grattan-Smith, winning 7-5 and 6-0.Ohio State pushed the lead to 3-0 when sophomore J.J. Wolf finished his match with 6-1 and 6-3 set victories.“I just tried to focus on getting that first point in the game,” Wolf said. “When you start up in the game early it’s easier to finish them out and that’s one of the things our coach tells us to work on and I did that most of that match.” Buckeyes sophomore Kyle Seelig picked up another win for Ohio State in a dominant 6-1, 6-2 performance versus Cornhusker freshman Isaac Nortey. Ohio State will continue conference play when it takes on Illinois at home at noon Saturday for the top spot in the Big Ten. read more

Womens Basketball Ashanti Abshaw out for season with ACL injury

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Ashanti Abshaw suffered a season ending ACL-injury this past weekend during a practice with the women’s basketball team.Abshaw, a native of Cleveland, was set to begin her first season as a graduate player for Ohio State after spending her last four seasons with Cleveland State.Abshaw played in 97 games and averaged 17.1 ppg, recorded 17 double-doubles and was the third fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She was also a three-time All-Horizon League honoree.There is no timetable for her return, and no date has been set yet for her surgery. read more

Mens Basketball Andre Wesson shows improvement with post play

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) dunks the ball with 1:11 to go in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann’s first season, forward Andre Wesson did not make a great first impression. Averaging 18.5 minutes per game off the bench, he shot 37.9 percent from the field, averaging 2.9 points per game along with 2.3 personal fouls. Holtmann said the then-sophomore forward took bad shots, especially early last season, and struggled with turnovers. “I remember everyone was yelling at me, ‘Bench Wesson and bench [Andrew] Dakich,’” Holtmann said.But to the head coach, it was the uncertainty Wesson had of his own game in Holtmann’s first season that caused the forward to have problems. “I think he struggled with, ‘where do I, how do I impact the game, where do I impact the game?’” Holtmann said. Without a true expectation for how significant Wesson’s impact would be for Ohio State during the 2018-19 season — many viewed him as a defensive specialist off the bench — Wesson has slowly begun to find his identity on the basketball court. In the past two games, the junior forward has scored 30 points, making 11-of-18 attempts from the field, including two 3s on six attempts. “My teammates have always been on me, ‘just keep shooting the ball,’ so I have put it on them,” Wesson said. “They have done a great job of boosting my confidence.” Now Wesson’s role has shifted this season when he is on the court. As his brother, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, averaged 3.8 fouls per game in Big Ten play, fouling out of four of his past 10 games, and sophomore forward Kyle Young was sidelined due to injury, Andre Wesson took more of a prominent role in the post. He is second on the team in rebounding, averaging four per game in Big Ten play. In Andre Wesson’s past two games against Penn State and Indiana, he has recorded 14 rebounds, more than the previous five games combined. This change in mentality has affected Wesson’s offense as well, increasing his shooting percentage 5.7 percent from nonconference to conference play. Holtmann views Wesson as a player who has figured out his role. “He’s moved into this year where he’s gotten even a better understanding of that: how can he impact the game based on his skills,” Holtmann said. Wesson’s understanding helped Ohio State to its three-point win against Indiana Sunday. With senior guard C.J. Jackson on the outside, Wesson faked a screen, cutting through the two defenders to set up a wide-open dunk to give Ohio State its third straight win and its fourth in five games. Holtmann said this play was specifically set up for Wesson, putting his brother on the 3-point line to distract the Hoosiers from crowding the paint. According to the head coach, Wesson fit the action required for this play to succeed, looking at what he has done and earning the trust of the coaching staff and the team to go to him with the game on the line. With what he considered to be a great pass leading to a great finish, the head coach said it happened exactly how he drew it up. “That’s about a 10 out of 10 and it rarely happens for you as coaches, honestly, where you get exactly late what you are trying to get,” Holtmann said. “It doesn’t happen a lot.” Wesson said it was a moment he dreamt of, complimenting his teammates for feeding him in the post, setting him up for success, especially on the final play of the game.He said that each time he scores, he has continued to build confidence and poise to improve upon the Wesson that Holtmann saw in his first season with the Buckeyes. But to Jackson, this confident and poised Wesson is the player he is used to. “This is kind of the Andre that I’ve seen since he got here,” Jackson said. “It’s just a matter of him doing it and he’s playing unbelievable for us. We know he is a big key to our team and we are going to need his scoring, his ability to do everything that he does on the court for us.” read more

Baseball Ohio State seeks bounceback weekend against BethuneCookman

Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players Malik Jones (5), Tyler Cowles (12) and Dominic Canzone (33) after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State baseball team strives to rebound from a three-loss weekend in Texas.Ohio State (5-3) will face off against Bethune-Cookman (3-4) in a four-game series in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Buckeyes are coming off a weekend of sloppy baseball that plagued the team, losing three of the four games played. The team only walked five batters during the first weekend, but 24 runners reached base on balls the second weekend. The Buckeyes also committed seven errors in Texas.  These statistics showed up on the scoreboard, as Ohio State surrendered more than three times the amount of runs they allowed opening weekend. “We need to get back to playing clean baseball: throwing strikes, taking care of the baseball, doing the things that need to be consistent on a championship ballclub,” Beals said.The opening weekend was defined by dominant pitching, which struggled to shine in the second weekend. Sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith, who picked up his second win this season, is not alarmed by the performance of the pitching staff in Texas. “It’s a long season,” Smith said. “This is the game of baseball. You’re going to give up hits. You’re going to give up runs. Some days you’re not going to have your stuff.”Echoing this calm mindset, senior left fielder Brady Cherry will lean on his past experiences to help guide the team through rough patches this season. Cherry has been on Buckeye squads that have made the NCAA tournament and on a team that lost more games than it won. “I can use that kind of experience to help guys, especially if they’re struggling right at the beginning, because I know I have been there a lot in my career,” Cherry said. “Just being able to let them know that it’s not the end of the world. It’s not the end of the season.” Cherry, who came into the season batting a career .240, leads the 2019 team with a .379 average. He has also launched three home runs so far this season. There is opportunity for the Ohio State offense to thrive against a Bethune-Cookman team that is allowing more than 10 runs a game. The Wildcats also have hit 20 batters and thrown 11 wild pitches in only seven games this season. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado has been a bright spot on the mound for the Wildcats, with a 3.27 ERA and nine strikeouts in two starts this season. On the offensive side, redshirt senior infielder Brandon Wilkes has hit .500 this season to go along with seven RBIs. Wilkes has six of his eight hits and all seven of his RBIs in the past two games. Overall, the Wildcats are struggling at the plate. The team has a .217 batting average and only two home runs on the season. Bethune-Cookman has also been severely beaten on the base paths this season. The team has only stolen one base, while allowing 22 stolen bases on 24 attempts. Ohio State came into this season with a lot of questions that needed answers. The first two weeks have shown the potential of the team, but it also shed light on the inconsistency a young team can bring to the table. “I’m excited for us to get back out and get into the third weekend of the season and really identify ourselves and how good we’re going to be,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will begin their series at 7 p.m. Friday. This will be followed by a 6 p.m. Saturday game, a 4 p.m. Sunday contest and a 1 p.m. finale on Monday. read more

Murdered MP Jo Cox to have Brussels street named in her honour

first_imgBrussels is to name a street after Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was killed outside her constituency surgery in June.Mrs Cox, 41, a mother of two, is on a list of 26 illustrious women who will be celebrated by the Belgian capital as it seeks to feminise the city.She joins leading figures from the world of sport, the arts and politics with links to Brussels, who will have a a street or square named in their honour, Le Soir reported.Before becoming a Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Mrs Cox spent two years in Brussels working as an adviser to Glenys Kinnock who was a member of the European Parliament.The city said it had been overwhelmed by the MP’s death and felt appropriate she should be among those commemorated for their contribution to the city.Joanna Maycock, secretary general of the European Women’s Lobby, told the BBC:  “Jo was a very close friend and exactly the kind of person that we want to see in politics”.The former MP was an extraordinary, brilliant and fearless feminist, motivated by a passion for women’s rights and social justice, and supported by the belief that we can and must struggle for a safer, fairer and more secure world.”Thomas Mair, 53, from Birstall, is currently being tried for Mrs Cox’s murder at the Old Bailey. He denies the charge. Show more 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

Girl found dead on Kent railway thought to have been electrocuted

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 16-year-old girl found dead on a railway is thought to have been electrocuted.The teenager, named on social media as Taiyah Pebbles, was discovered at Herne Bay station in Kent shortly before 7am on Wednesday.British Transport Police said the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.Her death is being treated as unexplained while officers conduct investigations into how she received the injuries.Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, of British Transport Police, said: “Understandably the family are now desperate for answers and my officers are focused on understanding how this girl came to be on the tracks.”What we know so far is that the girl was with a group of friends near the station shortly before 11pm yesterday evening.”Some time between then and 7am this morning, she came to receive these injuries.”Therefore, I would be looking to speak with anyone who might have been near to Herne Bay station during this period.”The teenager is yet to be formally identified, but her family have been informed. A post mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.last_img read more

Britains ideal pub serves food as YouGov reveals features of the countrys

first_imgWould your perfect pub be a quiet, cheap, cosy place to have a pint or a gleaming gastropub?The latter seems to be what Britons would prefer, as a new YouGov survey has shown the UK’s number one desired trait in a pub is that it serves food.Although what Britain’s average pub looks like – and certainly the food it serves – may have changed, most of the requirements of the perfect pub have stayed the same since 1946, when George Orwell detailed what an ideal boozer would look like – the fictitious “Moon Under Water”.YouGov’s study showed at least half of Brits agree on five key characteristics their ideal public house would have, four of which featured in Orwell’s essay. One point which has changed is that while Orwell thought it was essential the perfect pub sold tobacco and cigarettes, this comes right at the bottom of priorities for most Brits. The perfect pubCredit:YouGov However, while Orwell said the most important trait of the perfect pub is that it has a beer garden, Britons now think the number one quality is that it serves meals.The Telegraph’s Michael Deacon agrees that the perfect pub should serve meals – but it is low down on his list of what makes a perfect pub and “it should have no pretensions to being a restaurant, and certainly not an upmarket one. Scampi in a basket or steak and ale pie. Take your pick.” Perhaps controversially, 27 per cent of those surveyed think the perfect pub does not allow children.The least essential feature of a pub is that it should have fruit machines, with only five per cent of Britons saying it would feature in their perfect boozer.Women care more about food than men, with 74 per cent of women saying they’d like their perfect pub to serve food compared to 60 per cent of men.Men appear to care more about real ale than women, with 46 per cent saying it would be an essential feature of their ideal boozer compared to 28 per cent of women. Also in the top five features are the presence of a fireplace – the only one in the top five which is not in Orwell’s lsit – bar staff knowing regular customers, and selling snacks.Further down the list – and not on Orwells – are that a pub should serve real ale, host live music and have background music, and host pub quizzes. The perfect pub 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

Beachy Head chemical haze mystery deepens as police say gas not from

first_imgEastbourne Hospital People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near EastbourneCredit:Louisa Neale /Reuters Scientists suggested the haze had instead come from shipping in The Channel or had blown from further along the English coast.The haze had dispersed by Monday morning and police lifted an order for residents around the Eastbourne area to stay inside and close their windows.Thousands of visitors are expected to travel to the area as the Bank Holiday sees some of the hottest weather of the year. The RNLI said that “possibly some kind of gaseous fumes” had drifted over the scene and a significant number of people on cliff tops had been struck down with symptoms including irritation, sore eyes and vomiting.East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said there had been a “hazardous cloud moving across from Birling Gap to the Eastbourne area”. By 10.30pm 233 patients had been treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were being “decontaminated on site” by hospital staff. Fears from the coastguard that people could be trapped on the beach saw the RNLI launch all-weather lifeboats from Eastbourne and Newhaven to the Birling Gap area. 233 people were treated at the local hospitalCredit:Eddie Mitchell  Birling Gap is evacuated after reports that chlorine gas has been leaked affecting people in the area. Credit:@Kyle_Crickmore/Twitter Members of the public are advised by Fire Service to stay indoors and shut windows if you are in the Eastbourne area. (2/2)— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) August 27, 2017 Mist could be seen in the areaCredit:Reuters Kyle Crickmore, who had been enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend sunshine at the beach with his family, tweeted: “Some sort of chemical incident at Birling Gap, eyes are streaming and there’s a strong smell of chlorine in the air.” 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. He had finished swimming when his eyes started stinging. He looked around and saw everyone on the beach also rubbing their eyes and coughing in what he described as “all sorts of strange behaviour”.He told BBC News: “Then looking out towards the water, there was just this crazy foggy haze rolling in off the sea out of nowhere. It was definitely out of the ordinary considering it was a nice clear sunny day 10 minutes beforehand.”It was stupidly busy and it was a boiling hot day. It emptied in about 10 minutes which was quite staggering considering the amount of people who were there.”The beachfront is popular with dog walkers and is a busy spot for tourists and locals enjoying the bank holiday sunshine.Dan Sankey wrote on Twitter: “Beautiful afternoon at Birling Gap cut short by some weird mist, burning everyone’s eyes which led to the beach and cliff being evacuated.”Sameer Jadhav tweeted: “Birling Gap some weird gas leak. People crying. Ambulances called. Don’t go to Birling Gap at the moment”.The effects felt by those caught in the cloud “prompted emergency services to warn people to stay away from the beaches and to keep doors and windows closed if living near the coast”. The mystery over a noxious chemical haze that drifted ashore along the Sussex coast and put scores in hospital has deepened as police have said it is unlikely to have come from France.Around 150 people needed hospital treatment for burning eyes, vomiting and sore throats after the mystery gas came ashore near Beachy Head on Sunday afternoon. Beachy Head Lighhouse is surrounded by mist near Eastbourne,  Sussex Police said: “Neither the gas nor its source have been established, but agencies are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out either onshore or offshore locations, although it does appear that it did sweep in from the sea driven by onshore breezes. Specialist teams worked to decontaminate patientsCredit:Eddie Mitchell  The Met Office scientists are helping police try to determine the source of the haze. Winds in the Channel on Sunday had been light and variable with some fog banks. A spokesman said a pocket of low-lying cold air had been covered by a blanket of warmer air in a phenomenon known as a temperature inversion. The phenomenon can mean that pollution becomes trapped and does not disperse.The spokesman said: “There’s a possibility that it’s something from a ship in the Channel and also the possibility that it came from the English Coast.”In 2013, residents along the south coast complained after cloud of foul-smelling but harmless gas has leaked from a factory in north-west France.The leak was blamed on a chemical factory near Rouen releasing mercaptan, which is added to natural gas to give it a smell.The haze apparently reached land at Birling Gap at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon. Eastbourne Hospital where people were treated “However, weather models suggest that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.” Birling Gap is evacuated after reports that chlorine gas has been leaked affecting people in the area.  A senior officer said on Sunday there had been previous incidents when “stuff has come across from industrial units in France.”But officers on Monday said wind patterns suggested the cloud had not come from the Continent. Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire Service are dealing with an incident in the Birling Gap area. (1/2)— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) August 27, 2017  People stand on a cliff at Beachy Head amidst mist, near Eastbourne Sussex Police said: “People living along the coast in the area have been advised to keep doors and windows shut and to move away from the Birling Gap area in particular.”last_img read more

Police inspector £103k in debt killed his detective wife after she confronted

first_imgMr Power said: “In short they were living well beyond their means and were under considerable financial pressure, and although that could not be described as a new position, the intensity was something that you may say was considerable.”  Leanne McKie was found in shallow water strangled to death, the court heard 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. Leanne McKie was found in shallow water strangled to death, the court heardCredit:Cheshire Constabulary/PAcenter_img He added: “Now families often run into debt together because of extravagant spending. Often the husband and wife are in it together, and together they work their way out of it.”It was not clear to what extent Mrs McKie was aware of the extent of the financial problems.In total the couple owed a total of £103,000 not including their mortgage, with 26 loan applications having been made.On the day she died she challenged her husband about a £54,000 loan application her husband had made on her behalf, the jury heardIn a text message she wrote: “You liar! Just got back a loan application with my passport and my name…I asked you and you promised. Fluent finance? Who are they? Are we in such a mess? Why again? The kids need clothes and shoes, what’s going on.”He replied: “I’m coming home.”McKie, of Wilmslow, denies murder. The trial, estimated to last between three and four weeks, continues. A police inspector who was more than £100,000 in debt strangled his detective wife and then dumped her body in a lake after she challenged him over a loan application, a court has heard.Darren McKie, 43 and his wife Leanne, 39, were living “well beyond their means” and were under “considerable financial pressure”, when her body was found in a shallow lake near their Cheshire home.Opening the case at Chester Crown Court, Nigel Power QC, said: “She was in shallow water, but she hadn’t drowned. She had been strangled to death.”The couple, who had three children, met through work and married in 2004, and both worked for Greater Manchester Police. Mrs McKie was a detective constable working in the Serious Sexual Offences Unit of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).The jury was told that one of their friends, Helen Baglin, had described them as having a “brilliant relationship”, while another friend, Sarah James, said: “It seemed to me that they had the perfect family.”However, the court heard Mrs McKie first discovered her husband’s financial difficulties in 2012 when she told her mother that he had run up £20,000 on a credit card. They had a joint monthly income of £3,933, but they also had four credit cards, three active loans, six finance agreements and a mortgage on their home.last_img read more

Teenage son of British oil executive killed in Corfu speedboat tragedy

The teenage son of a British oil executive has died after colliding with the propeller of a speed boat piloted by his father during a family holiday in Greece.Toby Finnett, 15, was killed off the island of Paxos, south of Corfu, on Saturday when he fell into the water as his father Paul Finnett, 55, was steering the vessel.Mr Finnett dived into the water to recover his son, who had become caught up in the boat’s propeller, and headed to the nearest port, but the teenager was pronounced dead at a local hospital.The incident happened over the weekend after the family encountered choppy waters on a family day trip.It is thought that strong currents off Paxos also contributed to the incident, and caused the teenager to become caught in the rigid inflatable boat’s propeller.“Doctors and coast guard sped to the site of the accident quickly but when they arrived there they saw the young boy severely cut up by the propeller. He died instantly. There was no chance of rescuing him,“ a local Coast Guard official told The Times. The accident happened about half a mile from the port of Gaois, where Mr Finnett, a managing director at Aon, and his family had been on holiday. The Finnett family are understood to be currently living in Houston, where Mr Finnett works.A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Foreign Office staff are supporting the family of a British child following his death in Paxos, and are in contact with the Greek police about the incident.”It will likely draw parallels with the death of Sky TV executive Nick Milligan, 51, and his daughter Emily, 8, in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary, Cornwall.The accident happened as the family were returning the boat to its mooring on a sunny May Day Bank Holiday in 2013, following an afternoon excursion.The accident occurred after, Mr Milligan removed the kill cord – the safety feature designed to cut the throttle in an emergency- from his ankle to go to the toilet. Mr Finnett, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, is thought to have been an experienced sailor and had rented the speed boat for a day excursion to the nearby island of Mogonissi with his three sons – 17, 14 and 15.He was initially arrested by Greek police and made a statement in front of a magistrate on the island, but was released by police after investigators determined that poor weather was the most likely cause of the incident, the newspaper reported on Tuesday evening.“The father was initially arrested on suspicion of driving negligently,” a Greek official said, “but he was released after an investigation determined that the accident was most likely caused by bad weather conditions.“He [the young boy] must have slipped off the vessel during the choppy ride.“At the time of the incident a red alert had reportedly been issued by authorities against travelling between Paxos and the nearby island of Corfu due to poor weather. Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian islands and a popular holiday destinationCredit:iStockphoto We are devastated and we express our condolences to the family of the victimSpiros Vlahopoulos, mayor of Paxos Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian islands and a popular holiday destination The tragedy has shocked Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands and favorite holiday destination for British tourists.“We are devastated and we express our condolences to the family of the victim,” Spiros Vlahopoulos, the mayor, said. “We are providing everything we can to assist them in their trying time.” 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

Private school parents are unfairly criticised by virtue flagging friends leading headmaster

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. As chair of HMC, Mr Fenton represents 292 the country’s most prestigious schools, including Eton, Harrow and Winchester.   Addressing headteachers at the annual autumn HMC conference in Manchester, he said that many parents “sacrifice and save” to pay for fees. “[Parents] work hard they choose wisely, they make a rational decision, a rational choice that any parent should be allowed to do,” he said.“They want to decide how to spend their after tax income and they decide they want to invest in their children’s future and then they choose our schools.“Good parents should do their best for their children – and so I ask that we lay off independent school parents and stop criticising good parenting.”Mr Fenton,  who has previously been headmaster at a state comprehensive school and a grammar school,  said that private schools are “rich with moral purpose” and its alumni are imbued with a sense of social responsibility meaning when they leave school they want to “make the world a better place”.Those who are critical of the independent education sector are often “ignorant” about the amount of volunteering and charity work they do in their local communities, he added.   In his opening address, Mr Fenton also drew on the importance of bursaries, saying they are one of “the most important” things independent schools do.”Every individual bursary matters and we should be proud of the work we do,” said Mr Fenton.  Shaun Fenton, headmaster of Reigate Grammar School, with a group of second year students in the school groundCredit:Andrew Crowley Private school parents are unfairly criticised by “virtue flagging” friends and colleagues, a leading headmaster has said.Shaun Fenton, head of the £18,720-a-year Reigate Grammar School and chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC), said parents often get a “hard time” about sending their children to fee-paying schools.But no parent should have to “apologise” or be made to feel “selfish” when they are merely “doing the best for their children” by investing in their future.Whether it is in the workplace, at social gatherings or in a political arena, Mr Fenton urged people to “lay off” mothers and fathers who privately educate their children and to “stop criticising good parenting”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Parents who are making good decisions on behalf of their children should be commended because that what good parenting is supposed to be about,” he said.“If the alternative is that you sacrifice the interests of your children’s education for some kind of political ideology or some kind of virtue flagging, that doesn’t seem to be authentic parenting.”  Shaun Fenton, headmaster of Reigate Grammar School, with a group of second year students in the school ground read more

Home Secretary gives backing to police who ram scooter criminals

Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “I have seen nothing yet about how our colleagues will be protected when the worst happens…Will they be backed? Or will they be left to the mercy of the courts? Will their livelihood and liberty be put at risk? Because that is the reality. And our major concern.” The Home Secretary has offered his backing to police who ram moped thieves from their scooters saying it is “exactly what we need”.Sajid Javid said the new “tactical contact” approach was lawful and he would back officers who applied it where appropriate.He was responding to comments by Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, who questioned the legality of the tactic.The Labour frontbencher said: “Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law.”A Labour spokesman said: “Major operational changes by the police that affect public and police officer safety need to have clear oversight and follow due process, especially where there is a potential impact for legal ramifications.”But Mr Javid, who revealed in June that his phone was taken in a moped mugging before he became Home Secretary, disputed Ms Abbott’s assessment. The Home Secretary has offered police his backing But Mr Javid’s remarks were intended to reassure officers that the Government full supports the lawful use of the tactic.Latest figures show 12,419 moped offences were recorded across the capital from January to October – a 36% fall compared with the equivalent period of 2017. Moped criminals are being targeted by policeCredit:PA He wrote on Twitter: “Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law.”Scotland Yard revealed that since the new tactic was introduced earlier this year, moped enabled crime was down by 36%.But police leaders have expressed concern over what action might be taken against officers if the suspects were badly injured during an operation. 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 Home Secretary has offered police his backingCredit:PA Moped criminals are being targeted by police read more

Nigel Farage milkshake Man charged with common assault and criminal damage after

Theresa May’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “The Prime Minister has been clear that politicians should be able to go about their work and campaign without harassment, intimidation, or abuse.”In this case, I understand, an arrest has already been made, so I can’t comment further.”But, the Prime Minister supports efforts to stamp out unacceptable and unlawful behaviour, and where incidents of harassment and abuse constitute a criminal offence this should be taken seriously by the police.” Mr Farage later spoke about “some of the conduct and behaviour we are seeing” during the campaign”.He told a rally in Bolton: “I won’t even acknowledge the low-grade behaviour, that I was subjected to this morning, I won’t dignify it, I will ignore it. Perhaps keep buying new clothes and carry on.”For a civilised democratic nation to function in democracy, the loser has to give their consent. The loser has to accept they’ve lost the election and do their best to win the next election. That is how our system works.” 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 32-year-old man has been charged with common assault and criminal damage after Nigel Farage had a milkshake thrown at him in Newcastle. Northumbria Police confirmed Paul Crowther had been charged after the incident involving the Brexit Party leader while he was on a walkabout in the north east yesterday. In a statement, Northumbria Police said: “Police have charged a man with common assault and criminal damage following an incident in Newcastle yesterday.”At around 1pm, a 55-year-old man had a milkshake thrown at him in the city centre.”A 32-year-old man was detained at the scene and arrested by police. He has now been charged with common assault and criminal damage.”Paul Crowther, 32, is due to appear before magistrates in North Tyneside on Tuesday, June 18.”The Brexit Party leader was heard to comment “complete failure” and “I could have spotted that a mile off” as he was ushered away by security following the incident in Newcastle city centre.One of his team was heard to say “sorry” as Mr Farage was walked to his taxi and then driven away from the event, where he had met voters by the Earl Grey Monument.Moments after the milkshake hit his suit, and as a man was bundled away, a member of Mr Farage’s team said: “Take him away, get him back to the car.” Nigel Farage Nigel FarageCredit:Scott Heppell/Reuters An empty Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake cup was left on the floor following the disturbance.Mr Farage became the latest victim of a protest which has seen other European election candidates such as Ukip’s Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson suffer similar attacks.Afterwards, Mr Farage tweeted: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.”For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”Last week, police apparently ordered a McDonald’s outlet near a Brexit Party campaign rally to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream, according to the restaurant’s staff.Earlier, Northumbria Police said it had not asked local fast food outlets to stop serving milkshakes to deter similar protests. Mr Farage had walked down the busy Northumberland Street with several security staff wearing earpieces, followed by Brexit Party supporters and the media. read more

NHS is turning away blood donors as online booking service causes chaos

But members of the public who have given blood for decades say they have struggled to use the online system, or booked their slot only to find that when they turned up it had been cancelled. Earlier this week, the authority issued a call for men to sign up to donate… Charities said the situation was “crazy”, urging health chiefs to take account of the needs of the four million older people who are not online. Health chiefs scrapped “bloodmobiles”, which used to visit high streets and workplaces, in 2017 and switched to an appointment-only model which does not allow “walk in” visits. Blood donors are being turned away as a new NHS online booking system causes chaos, an investigation today reveals. read more