As NBA player Jason Collins announced he is homosexual, his aunt and confidante, Judge Teri. L. Jackson of San Francisco Superior Court, said that she’s “very proud of him” for doing so.Jason Collins’ Good Morning America Interview: Gay NBA Player Talks Decision To Come Out.NBA player Jason Collins talks to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos about his announcement that he is gay.
The Golden State Warriors were partially in the running to recruit NBA player Dwight Howard, but at the end of the day they acquired the guy they really wanted on Friday. The organization is preparing to sign free-agent swingman Andre Iguodala.While waiting for Howard to make his decision, the Warriors put all their chips into pursuing Iguodala. According to sources, they made cap room by getting rid of three reserve players, a few draft picks and severed ties with two key players from last season, so they could sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48-million contract.The 29-year-old averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season with Denver. Iguodala said that he’s happy with the signing because the Warriors were at the top of his list.“I feel like they have a good culture there,” Iguodala said. “A lot of great guys, great locker room. The way they’ve got those guys playing with such confidence, that comes from the coach. The way those young guys were playing against us (in the playoffs), that’s confidence. I want to play with that kind of confidence.”
Jonathan Marin, the Miami Dolphin offensive lineman who accused teammate Richie Incognito of bullying—creating a firestorm about behavior in NFL locker rooms— was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, led by his college coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh.The Dolphins announced the move on the first day of NFL free agency. San Francisco confirmed the trade, saying only that it would send an undisclosed draft choice to Miami and that Martin still must pass a physical to complete the deal.“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. “We wish Jonathan well.”Miami will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015 if Martin is on San Francisco’s opening 53-player roster, a league source told ESPN.Martin’s cross-country move returns him to the Bay Area, where he has been taking classes at Stanford again.“This is great for him to get back on the field, and he’s in Palo Alto right now,” his agent, Ken Zuckerman, said in a phone interview. “It couldn’t be much better. I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It’s a good day.”Martin expressed his excitement via Twitter on Tuesday night, posting: “Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire”An investigation for the NFL by Ted Wells determined last month that Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.Martin left the Dolphins in late October, underwent counseling for emotional issues and alleged he was harassed by teammates. Incognito was ultimately suspended for the final eight games.
FILE- In this June 24, 2018, file photo from left, Takeoff, Quavo and Offset, of Migos, perform at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ludacris and Migos will represent Atlanta and hip-hop culture when they perform at the EA SPORTS BOWL days before the Super Bowl next year, Electronic Arts Inc. and OnLocation Experiences announced Monday, Nov. 5. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ludacris and Migos will represent Atlanta and hip-hop culture when they perform at the EA SPORTS BOWL days before the Super Bowl next year.Electronic Arts Inc. and OnLocation Experiences announced Monday that Lil Yachty and Lil Baby will also hit the stage at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2018, for the concert celebrating rappers from Atlanta. Super Bowl 53 will take place Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.Ludacris, a Grammy winner and successful actor, will perform alongside special guests. More performers who are from Atlanta will be announced at a later date.The EA SPORTS BOWL is part of the three-day Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, which runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Tickets go on sale Friday.
See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetKHL is acting shady We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeAn out-of-line interview questionLSU running back Derrius Guice said that a representative of an NFL team asked him if he was gay during an interview at the NFL combine. This is not the first time that an NFL team has gotten in hot water over inappropriate and prohibited questions about potential draft stars’ sexuality, and the NFL Players Association wants the team in question prohibited from attending the combine. [The Washington Post]Neymar edges out MessiNeymar has an expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes, which is the best performance in that stat in any of the top European soccer leagues right now, just beating out even Lionel Messi. Right now, comparing Neymar’s season to any other player besides Messi isn’t really possible; there are only ten player-seasons since 2010 where players had more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes, and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90. Angel Di Maria’s 2015-16 is one of them, Neymar’s is another, and Messi accounts for the other eight. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Damian Lillard taking Portland to the postseasonDamien Lillard is creating 101 points for every 100 chances running the pick-and-roll. He’s hitting 103 points per 100 chances on drives. Portland certainly has a defense, but it’s also not an obvious one — they don’t force many turnovers or limit free throws or block all that many shots. Yet, they rank seventh in defensive rating this season. [FiveThirtyEight]Stallings out in PittsburghBasketball coach Kevin Stallings is out at Pittsburgh after just two seasons. His record: 24-41. The Panthers were 0-19 in ACC games, and I’m not a particularly adamant college basketball fan but even I know it’s vastly preferable not to lose every single one of those. [ESPN]POLL: Florida badAn NHL players’ association poll asked the league’s players to weigh in on coaching, the point system, their colleagues and who they’d want on their side if they needed to win a game. More importantly, the survey identified the Florida Panthers as having the worst ice in the NHL — 16.8 percent of respondents said the Panthers have the worst rink. [ESPN]Big Number659.5 milesThat’s how far away New York City, where the Big Ten Conference plays its conference tournament, is from Knox, Indiana, the town that is actually the geographic center of the conference. Realistically, Knox’s neighbor Chicago, only 65 miles from the geographic center, would be a better call than Madison Square Garden. Indeed, the ACC’s tournament in Brooklyn and the Big East’s call of New York is also a bit off too. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:LSU RB: At combine I was asked ‘do I like men’I am amazed that teams haven’t been reprimanded for these kinds of garbage questionsThis has been going on for yearsand they continue to get away with itMiami GM sorry for Bryant prostitute queryFalcons asked Ohio State CB Eli Apple if he likes menidk how it works exactly in the context of a collectively bargained process like the NFL, but many combine interview questions appear to violate fair hiring laws(the combine itself is probably also sketchy, although again idk how that was bargained with the union)Predictions NBA
C. GaileyNFL.563112010BUF.250-.313 P. SilasNBA.317161999CHH.629+.312 F. RobinsonMLB.475112002MON.512+.037 Prev. CareerGapReturn Season Among coaches who spent at least two years as a team’s primary coach (coaching at least half a season’s games) before leaving the league.Source: Sports-Reference.com J. PardeeNFL.489101990HOU.563+.074 T. MarchibrodaNFL.554131992IND.563+.009 P. CarrollNFL.516112010SEA.438-.078 J. GrudenNFL.540102018OAK?? B. ValentineMLB.510102012BOS.426-.084 J. GibbsNFL.674122004WAS.375-.299 CoachSportWPctYearsYearTeamWPctChange in WPct -.087 J. McKeonMLB.480101988SD.583+.103 B. RussellNBA.565111988SAC.293-.272 A. ShellNFL.587122006OAK.125-.462 In the past four-plus decades, only 15 other coaches have even tried what Gruden is attempting — and their success rate has been spotty at best. In their first seasons back, this group of returning coaches saw an average drop in winning percentage of about 90 points, compared with their career marks before their long layoffs. Only a third managed a winning record in their return season, and 20 percent only lasted one season before retiring (or being fired) again for good.Not that there aren’t any success stories in the bunch. Dick Vermeil and Pete Carroll both recovered from mediocre starts to visit three total Super Bowls in their next NFL acts, winning two titles. (Carroll, it should be said, had also established himself as a very successful college coach during his time away from the NFL.) Terry Collins weathered the Mets’ Madoff crisis to put in six seasons with the club, guiding it to the World Series in 2015, while Paul Silas2Who was initially the Charlotte Hornets’ interim coach in 1999 but qualifies for our list because he coached more than half the team’s games — and he was eventually made the team’s permanent coach anyway. coached three separate franchises over nine seasons upon his return to the NBA. And Jack McKeon — who was 57 when he returned to managing with the 1988 Padres after a 10-year absence — stuck around for parts of 10 MLB campaigns over the next 17 years, winning the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins. After initially re-retiring in 2005, McKeon returned to the Marlins again in 2011, at age 80, for 90 games before finally hanging up the uniform for good.But more frequently, these Gruden-esque returns have failed to recapture the glories of the initial run. (The Raiders know about these declines firsthand: Art Shell’s coaching stint in Oakland went from a success in the early 1990s to a total disaster after he returned to the club in 2006.) Among our group of coaches above, fewer than half had a better winning percentage in Round 2 than they had the first time around,3Fun note: Frank Robinson had exactly the same .475 winning percentage both before and after his 11-year layoff from managing. with the average coach winning at a percentage 65 points lower over the remainder of his career than he’d done before his long absence.For Gruden, such a dip would take his record just below .500 — and while that wouldn’t be terrible by recent Raiders standards, it’s also not what the team was envisioning when it signed that $100 million deal, with a franchise relocation looming on the horizon as well. Of course, there are some reasons to think Gruden can do better than his peers from the returning-after-a-decade-away club. Quarterback Derek Carr is in his prime and should have more weapons to work with in the form of newly acquired receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant (plus two-time 1,400-yard rusher Doug Martin).4Who, granted, has been injured and/or terrible every year other than those seasons. A defense that ranked among the worst in football last season has a completely overhauled linebacking corps around star edge-rusher Khalil Mack. Overall, enough of the roster that won 12 games two years ago remains that a bid for the AFC West crown wouldn’t be totally crazy in Gruden’s first year back.Even so, the Raiders deserved every bit of their 6-10 record last year, and they did it with better-than-average injury luck. Meanwhile, Gruden didn’t exactly spend the offseason assuaging concerns that his thinking was stuck in the early-2000s era during which he’d been most successful. And maybe that’s the biggest reason that some of these coaching retreads end up going flat: The game evolves much faster than those on the outside can imagine, even if they’re observing it from the announcing booth. Tactics and ideas that worked a decade ago are now passé, and you might not know it until the games begin.Gruden will get his very first taste of that Friday night, and we’ll begin to see whether the time away sharpened his focus or simply left him out of touch with the modern game. Bringing noteworthiness to an otherwise insignificant exhibition, the Oakland Raiders’ preseason debut Friday night against the Detroit Lions will officially mark the beginning of the franchise’s second Jon Gruden Era. Gruden coached in the Bay Area from 1998 to 2001, and he remains the franchise’s top coach by winning percentage since Tom Flores left the team in the late 1980s. The Raiders are desperate for Gruden to replicate that success for them now, so much so that they lured him away from his gig at ESPN with a bewildering 10-year, $100 million contract in January.Gruden’s track record speaks for itself, with the 44th-most wins of any coach in pro football history. But it also bears mentioning that Gruden hasn’t roamed an NFL sideline in almost 10 years, since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season. He spent most of the intervening years broadcasting, and the time away might be the biggest obstacle to Gruden restoring Oakland to glory. Across multiple sports, history tells us that coaches who return to the game after a decade away are usually unable to improve upon their records from before they left.By coming back to the NFL 10 years after his last season, Gruden joins a pretty peculiar group of do-over coaches. It isn’t as though these kinds of coaches are sitting around doing nothing during their years off — in addition to broadcasting like Gruden, many serve as high-level assistant coaches after their first head-coaching stints — but it’s still rare to get another shot at the big chair after so much time away. Here’s the full list of NFL, NBA and MLB coaches/managers since 1977 (the year after the NBA-ABA merger) who had a gap of at least 10 years in their coaching resumes,1And a minimum of two full seasons coaching before the layoff — just to filter out guys who may have been interim coaches earlier in their careers before getting a legitimate shot later. along with how they did in their first season back relative to their previous career: Average H. BrownNBA.484162003MEM.378-.106 D. VermeilNFL.535151997STL.313-.222 Coaching returns like Jon Gruden’s usually fall flatChange in win percentage from previous career mark for coaches who returned to the NFL, NBA or MLB after at least 10 years away, 1977-2018 T. CollinsMLB.506122011NYM.475-.031 R. MillerMLB.456121998BAL.488+.032
Note the drop-off as players enter their 30s. Only 10.3 percent of majors have been won after age 29 and a mere 3.3 percent after age 31. In tennis, the “wrong side of 30” is a harsh place to be.If we consider only retired players (keeping active players skews the distribution younger), the mean champion age is 25.16.3The aging profiles for both Nadal and Federer have closely paralleled the typical one. We can see this by combining their grand slam titles and looking at the distribution by age. Using their exact ages upon winning, this works out to an average age of 24.57 for a title win, a little below the retired champion average of 25.16, with room to increase if either win subsequent titles. This places Nadal nearly three years past his prime. And Federer is ancient at 32!The only players older than Federer to win a major were Andrés Gimeno, who won the 1972 French Open at 34, and the ageless Ken Rosewall, who won majors at 33 (’68 French), 35 (’70 U.S.), 36 (’71 Australian) and 37 (’72 Australian). Agassi won the 2003 Aussie just shy of Federer’s age (32 years, 9 months). With only six of 184 titles won by players 32 or older since 1968, it’s clear that Federer’s window is closing fast.So, who finishes with more hardware? Let’s first determine how good each player is relative to prior champions at their respective ages. We’ll determine a player’s age-adjusted performance ratio as the number of championships won through his age divided by the majors won by the average champion. For example, through age 27, Nadal has won 13 majors, while the average champion that age had won 2.43.4All figures here are rounded to two places of significance, but the full numbers were used in the calculations. The result is the same. Dividing Nadal’s wins by this average, we get a performance ratio of 5.35. To determine the expected additional titles we’d expect Nadal to win, we can take the product of this multiplier and the average champ’s wins after age 28 — 0.65 — for a total of 3.48, yielding Nadal a projected total of 16.48 titles, just a tad bit short of Roger’s current 17.We can use the same methodology to calculate Federer’s total projected career majors. With two of the season’s four majors remaining before his 33rd birthday, we’ll declare him as effectively 32.5 years old. We’ll take his 17 titles divided by the 2.96 won by the average champ through age 32.5 to get a performance ratio of 5.74. As the average player can expect 0.13 majors won after 32.5, Federer’s projected career titles is 17 + (5.74 * 0.13) = 17.75.To determine the likelihood Nadal passes Fed, we’ll need to determine the range of championships he’s likely to win. We can use the binomial theorem5The binomial theorem is a powerful tool used for calculating the probability of k events occurring over N trials, given the probability, p, of success in a single trial. It allows us to take, for example, Nadal’s future probability of winning k = 3 additional tournaments over N = 40 trials (10 years at championship level times 4 tourneys per year), given that he has an average probability of winning p = 8.55 percent of tournaments entered. This yields a probability, P, of 22.61 percent.Further reading on binomial distributions can be found here. A binomial calculator can be found at Stattrek. to help us.During the Open era, winners have ranged from age 17 to 37. Hence, based on the age curve, Nadal has 10 years left at championship contention level. With four tourneys per year, he’s got 40 remaining opportunities to win. As we saw earlier, the average retired champ won 0.65 titles from 28 on, reflecting a win probability per tourney of 1.63 percent.Multiplying by Rafa’s performance ratio, 5.34, we can speculate that his odds of winning are about 8.7 percent per tourney. If we want to calculate his odds of attaining, for example, three additional majors, we can plug these numbers into the binomial model to get the odds. In this case, Nadal has a 22.61 percent chance of finishing with precisely 17 titles.The table below summarizes the potential outcomes based on this model. The outside cells represent the probabilities of each player finishing his career with a particular number of championships. Nadal’s probabilities are listed in the rows on the right, while Federer’s are represented horizontally along the top. The cells in the center represent the joint probabilities of the varied individual outcomes. Cells in yellow represent the status quo — that Federer remains ahead — while the gray cells represent a tie, and the blue cells indicate Nadal passing Federer.The odds of Nadal finishing at precisely 16 titles and Federer at 17 are a little under 15 percent. That’s also the most probable of the individual scenarios. Overall, there’s about a 61 percent chance that Federer ends his career ahead of Nadal, and about a 17 percent chance they end in a tie.It looks like somewhat of a long shot for Nadal to pass Federer (close to a 22 percent chance), but if he were to have a strong summer and win two of the three majors remaining in 2014, he’d greatly improve his chances. Then again, failing to win even the French would be a serious blow — especially if Federer could pull off another win this year.This French Open, along with the remaining majors this year, will tell us a lot about who eventually ends up atop the leaderboard. The conversation as to who’s the greatest of all time doesn’t end there, of course. It probably starts there, though, and whoever of these two ends up on top is likely to hold that title for many years to come. Over the next few days, Rafael Nadal will attempt to win his ninth French Open and become only the third male player to achieve 14 major championships, tying Pete Sampras and moving within three of Roger Federer’s record of 17. He’d be the first to win a particular major nine times, and, at barely 28 years old, he’d be just shy of Federer’s pace in reaching the milestone (Federer won his 14th major at 27 years, 10 months).Federer, now 32, may or may not have another major in him. Tennis is a young man’s game — much more so than many other sports. In golf, for example, many players don’t win their first major until their 30s; since 2009, the PGA has seen 13 of 21 majors won by players 30 and older (and three were over 40). In football, quarterbacks have played well deep into their 30s — Peyton Manning (38) and Tom Brady (37) are still among the best in their sport.In tennis, however, many legends were done winning Grand Slam events by their mid-20s — Boris Becker’s last of six was at age 28. Mats Wilander won his seventh and final major at 24. John McEnroe (7) and Björn Borg (11) were done at 25. Even Jimmy Connors (8), famed for his longevity — he made his famous run to the semis at the U.S. Open in 1991 at age 39 — won his final major, the 1983 U.S. Open, at 31.The aging curve for men’s tennis does appear to have shifted in the past few years, with more 30-somethings on tour remaining in contention.1I gathered age data on the top 10 players by year and track their average age, going back as far as possible, to 1973. The ATP’s website provided me with birthdate data, and Tennis28.com tracks year-end rankings. There are currently two top 10 players in their 30s — Federer and David Ferrer, both 32. Their presence has helped skew the average age of a top 10 player to its highest point since the early 1970s. Although Federer’s presence in the top 10 is a reflection of his great career, Ferrer’s ranking is a bit of an anomaly. But he still hasn’t won a major, and if he dips from the top 10, the group’s average age will quickly move closer to the normal range.Connors hung around in the top 10 until he was 36, but he was done winning majors at 31. It may be possible to play at a top-10 level into one’s 30s, but the majors — with best-of-five set matches versus the best-of-three format on the typical tourney — more rigorously test not just the skill of the player, but also his endurance. Empirically speaking, players in their 20s still tend to win these events — since 2000, a player over 30 has won a major only four times: Andre Agassi twice (30 and 32), Sampras (31) and Federer (30).So with Rafa turning 28 on Tuesday, is he a sure thing to equal or surpass Federer’s 17 titles? How likely is Fed to win any more?By analyzing the full data set of champions by age during the Open era, starting at the French Open of 1968, we can show the ascent, plateau and drop-off in performance as players mature and decline. Building upon this, we can make some predictions about how Nadal and Federer will perform over the remainder of their careers.The chart below shows the distribution of major championships grouped by player age.2This data set reflects 184 events won by 47 different players.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOne could have heard a pin drop in St. John Arena as redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello started his match at 125 pounds. All eyes were on the national champion, and “pin” was exactly what he did to start the night.The Ohio State team (11-3, 7-2) picked up another win this year in its final dual meet in St. John, taking down Edinboro in a National Wrestling Coaches Association dual-series bout. With six individual victories, the Buckeyes battled their way to a hard-fought team win, 26-13.It was the second time in two seasons the Scarlet and Gray faced the Fighting Scots in a NWCA dual and the second time OSU came out on top.Tomasello earned his third pin of the year, while maintaining an unblemished record for the season. The Parma, Ohio, native remains one of two undefeated OSU wrestlers, along with sophomore Kyle Snyder.Tomasello hasn’t lost since January of last year.There was a surprise absence at 133 pounds for the Buckeyes, as senior Mike Manuche competed in place of redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius. Manuche went up against redshirt junior Anthony Rivera.In his 10th match of the year, Manuche struggled against Rivera, unable to secure any takedown or escape. Eventually, Rivera won 6-0, pulling Edinboro into striking distance, with OSU only up 6-3.Redshirt junior Micah Jordan quickly turned the tide for the Buckeyes, with a good performance against freshman Tyler Vath. Even though Jordan got caught in a bad position and had to sprawl and tumble away from a near fall, he would go on to pick up a 22-9 major decision.After noting that he needed to create more energy and open up earlier this week, Jordan seemed to fix the issues. He now has eight major decisions on the season, which leads the team.After an injury in sudden victory in the previous match for redshirt senior Hunter Stieber at the 149-pound weight class, redshirt freshman Cody Burcher re-entered the lineup. Burcher was the starter for OSU at the beginning of the season against Virginia.Burcher drew a tough opponent in freshman Patricio Lugo. Lugo is the 19th-ranked wrestler in the nation at 149 pounds. With a tight contest into the third, Burcher gained a 1-0 lead on an escape, before being taken down with little time left.Burcher scrambled with eight seconds left looking for an escape, but was unable to capitalize. Lugo went on to win 2-1. OSU coach Tom Ryan said he felt Burcher performed well overall, even with some issues earlier this week with making weight.“The door opened, and (Burcher wasn’t) quite ready to run through it,” Ryan said. “But, he gave a good effort overall.”Buckeye fans got a treat once again at 157 pounds, as redshirt freshman Jake Ryan took another match down to the wire, this time against redshirt sophomore Austin Matthews.A tight contest throughout, things came picked up near the end of the last period. After a takedown was thwarted by Matthews, it was initially ruled that two points went to Edinboro. However, after a video replay, the call was reversed, and the match came down to riding time, which gave Jake Ryan the 4-3 win.With the ball now in their court, the Buckeyes looked to increase their 13-6 team lead. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan was just the man for the job.After a shaky outing in the previous match, Bo Jordan started off in a bit of trouble, as his opponent, redshirt senior Casey Fuller, nearly got Bo Jordan’s shoulders down for a fall. However, Bo Jordan rolled out of danger and proceeded to control the rest of the bout.Midway through the second, the St. Paris, Ohio, product secured Fuller and earned the fall. That pin was his fifth of the year.“Last week I couldn’t get my opponent’s feet moving at all,” Bo Jordan said. “I really focused on, this week in practice of, getting guys feet moving.”The adjustment paid dividends for him.Up next at 174 pounds, freshman Myles Martin looked to continue his stellar rookie year. After securing the first takedown, the lead would remain firmly in his hands.After a few more takedowns, one more by Martin gave him a 14-4 major decision win. Martin now has a season win total of 24, which is ranks third on the team.Tom Ryan went to a different wrestler at 184 pounds than he did last week, turning to redshirt sophomore Dominic Prezzia. The absence of the usual competitor, Kenny Courts, should not raise any concerns about the redshirt senior’s status for the rest of the year, the coach said.“Kenny had something come up today,” Tom Ryan said.Prezzia made a valiant effort against fifth-ranked redshirt senior Vic Avery, but he was outmatched as the bout wore on. Avery won 19-7, while Prezzia fell to 13-10 on the year.After a strong outing in the previous match, senior Mark Martin had a much tougher go against senior Vince Pickett. With a team win seemingly in hand, Martin looked to earn another win for OSU to pad the team’s stats.Although he picked up a takedown in the first, Martin could not respond with any more scoring, and he was forced to defend for the rest of the match. Pickett earned an escape but failed to score again, giving Martin a 2-1 decision win.Redshirt junior Nick Tavanello was the last man out for the Buckeyes, and he faced redshirt freshman Billy Miller. The two Ohio natives clashed in a tough, grind-it-out bout.Tavanello struggled to create any separation or scoring chances and could not secure any of his numerous takedowns. Miller would go on to win 5-1.Even with the loss in the final match, OSU won with ease, 26-13.Although Tom Ryan had a smile on his face and was celebrating the NWCA dual-series victory as he made his way into the press conference, he noted what he felt his wrestlers seemed to need to change moving forward.“Fear is debilitating,” the coach said. “We gotta find a way to wrestle fearless.”Postseason play awaits the Buckeyes next, as they are set to head to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Big Ten Championships. The event is scheduled to take place on March 5 and 6.
Ohio State junior forward Alexa Hart attempts a jump shot in the first half against Illinois at the Schottenstein Center on. Jan. 22. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has struggled this season in terms of playing with consistency from quarter to quarter. But Thursday’s nine-point victory against Wisconsin was a night-and-day difference between Sunday’s game.Ohio State’s high-scoring offense returned on Sunday with 15 3-pointers, defeating Illinois 88-64 to improve to 17-5 and 7-1 in Big Ten play. The Fighting Illini dropped to 8-12 overall, 3-4 in conference.“We looked like our self a little bit more today,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff. In the Buckeyes last three games, they have been scoring below their season average of 86.3 ppg by at least 10 points. However, the tone was different this game.Led by junior guard Kelsey Mitchell who picked up 22 points with two rebounds and six assists, OSU put together a cohesive effort against the Illini. Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun added 11, and junior guard Asia Doss and freshman guard Kiara Lewis had 10.OSU always plays better when Mitchell has a good day from the field (7 for 14, 6 of 12 from 3), but her production also benefitted others — something that hasn’t always been the case for the Buckeyes.“Everybody was focused on Kelsey and it left other people open, and we hit open shots,” Lewis said.Illinois came off the tip scoring three straight field goals. However, the quick burst of momentum did not last long, as the Buckeyes proceeded to score 13 straight points midway through the quarter. “We moved the ball, we made the extra pass much more today,” McGuff said.Illinois came out in a 2-3 zone, which OSU quickly dissected, finding open players around the arc, helping contribute to four straight made shots from downtown. A 43.8 percent mark from the field gave OSU a lead at the end of the first it would never relinquish. The Buckeyes started the second quarter a little slow, but were able to find their rhythm ending the quarter with four straight 3s in the last minute. OSU ended the quarter on a 12-2 run. It started when McGuff went with a bigger lineup having junior forward Alexa Hart, redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga and Calhoun all on the floor. Hart scored a bucket in the paint followed by Mavunga. This brought in the zone for Illinois where junior guard Kelsey Mitchell proceeded to hit three straight triples and assist on the final 3 by Asia Doss before the half. OSU ended the second quarter with a 12-2 run as the team’s went to the locker room for halftime. OSU came out of the third quarter playing at a different intensity than Illinois. The Buckeyes were able to score from all angles — the free throw line, behind the arc, in the paint and off the fast break. Offensively, an up-tempo approach of pushing the ball on the fast break and capitalizing off of layups as well as fouls from driving inside kept the game well in hand late. Eventually, OSU ended the quarter going on another huge run, this time 23-4.“Our full court pressure really wore on them,” McGuff said. “You could see them wear down as the game went (on).”Mitchell took a hard fall along the sideline in the third, appearing to cut open her lip during her stumble out of bounds. After heading to the locker room, she came back on the court to finish the game. Four different OSU players scored double figures. Additionally, 34 points came from the bench and 14 off of the fast break.The Buckeyes shot 45 percent from both the field and behind the arc. OSU will continue Big Ten play at Minnesota on Thursday at 8 p.m.
It was a tale of two goalies.The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason and the Dallas Stars’ Marty Turco did battle for three periods last night, with Columbus emerging victorious as they defeated the Stars 2-1 in the Jackets’ first game since the firing of former head coach Ken Hitchcock. It was a hard-checking, grinding, defensive-minded game.In short, it was just the kind of game Hitchcock would have loved.Afterwards, interim coach Claude Noel spoke about what it was like going into his first-ever NHL contest as the boss.“It was really nerve wracking for me,” Noel said. “I’m happy that the players were resilient and not carrying the nerve-wracked coach onto the ice with them.”Both teams were active in the first period. The Blue Jackets had multiple scoring chances while putting seven shots on goal. The two teams would trade opportunities through the rest of the period.Columbus defenseman Anton Stralman broke the stalemate with a slap shot from just a step in front of the blue line that Stars’ goalie Marty Turco was unable to get a glove on. Fredrik Modin and Ohio State product R.J. Umberger assisted on the goal. The Jackets took the 1-0 lead it provided into the dressing room with them at the first intermission.Columbus kept up the pressure as the second period unfolded, forcing Turco to make several difficult saves. The physical play between the two teams began to pick up noticeably all around the ice.The increase in hard checking led to a scoreless second period. The third frame would bring more of the same physicality.After a Jared Boll penalty for interference, the Blue Jackets’ penalty kill unit stood tall, led by captain Rick Nash. At one point, Nash made a flashy move with the puck before nearly cashing in on the short-handed goal. After he was leveled by a vicious check into the boards, he leapt back to his skates and somehow managed to regain control of the puck.The sequence brought the mostly quiet Blue Jackets fans to their feet as they cheered the grit that has been so sorely lacking.The game stayed in doubt until Umberger decided to put the finishing touch on his new coach’s first ever NHL win in dramatic fashion.Umberger fought his way through two Dallas defenders and was shoved face-first into the ice just inside the Stars’ zone. As he slid on his belly towards the left circle, he extended his stick out just far enough to push the puck towards the goal, which was empty as Dallas had pulled Turco for an extra man advantage.Dallas tacked on its only goal of the night with just under a minute remaining, but Columbus was able to hang on and send their new coach home a winner. “So much has happened in the last two days, (Noel) wanted us to free our minds,” Umberger said from the dressing room after the game. “When we leave and drive home, he wants us to be proud of our efforts. It was about doing everything you can on your end.”
Ohio State has had some great coaches over the years; Jim Tressel and Thad Matta come immediately to mind. They might not be at the top, however. Vladimir Nazlymov might be the best OSU has to offer.Ten years ago, fencing at OSU was a joke, to put it bluntly. Now the program is a perennial national championship contender. OSU can thank one of its football legends, Archie Griffin, for that.In 1999, the two-time Heisman trophy winner was the assistant athletic director at OSU and was the one who hired the world-renowned fencer and coach, Nazlymov.Nazlymov’s name carries a lot of weight in the fencing world. As a fencer with the Soviet Union, he won six Olympic medals. Nazlymov also served as the USSR National Team coach.Nazlymov said Griffin wanted to know how long it would take to turn the program around. The program was not a top ten program at the time, which Griffin said was unacceptable. Griffin wanted a top three program, Nazlymov said.With his strong Russian accent, Nazlymov answered Griffin candidly, saying, “We can build program in three years.”Nazlymov did indeed turn the program around and in his fifth year he reached the pinnacle. Nazlymov and the fencing team won the NCAA Collegiate Fencing National Championship. OSU again won the National Championship in the 2007-08 season.How Nazlymov has morphed OSU’s fencing program into a powerhouse is bewildering. Since 2002, OSU hasn’t finished lower than fifth in the nation.Along with training national title holders and NCAA champions, Nazlymov has also sent many to the Olympics.This year has been no different than past years. According the United States Fencing Coaches Association, OSU’s women’s team is ranked No. 6 in the country while the men are ranked No. 3.Nazlymov’s diverse roster features fencers from all over the country and the world. The teams have athletes from Israel, Germany and Russia, just for starters.How these fencers come to OSU is obvious to Nazlymov: OSU’s reputation brings them in, he said. Tressel and Matta have to make phone calls daily to get players to come to OSU. For Nazlymov, recruiting isn’t nearly as taxing. “Junior or seniors in high school send us letter, they will be happy to fence at Ohio State,” Nazlymov said.The reputation of OSU’s program has allowed Nazlymov to not have to recruit. The athletes come to him.Nazlymov also credits Steelwood Athletic Training Facility, which is where the team practices.“I haven’t seen any [other] facilities around here, but compared to club facilities this one is extraordinary,” said Max Stearns, a sophomore from Canada.Nazlymov said those who come to OSU know the reputation the fencing program has, and also the reputation of all sports at OSU. Unlike other sports, in which one recruit might receive better treatment than others, this couldn’t be further from the truth for Nazlymov.Nazlymov said that every person who comes in gets the same treatment as the next person. In some sports, teams will make cuts, but Nazlymov doesn’t have to do that. Nazlymov lets his program cut the players. He said the fencers will find out if they are cut out for fencing at OSU or not. As big of a powerhouse the fencing program is, for Nazlymov, fencing isn’t the biggest priority.“We explain, this is school,” Nazlymov said. “You chose your academics because it is your life.” A pride and joy of his, to go with his national titles, is the team’s grade point average. The men have a GPA of 3.1 and the women have a 3.15.Nazlymov puts school first for two reasons: better work ethic in school translates into better work ethic in fencing, and fencing is not like football or basketball in which athletes can go professional after college.Scholarships help keep the program competitive as well. “We recruit and then we see result,” Nazlymov said, implying that when someone produces, they become more competitive for a scholarship. The next year, if others are doing better they will lose their scholarship.The team has a total of 43 men and women on the roster and the maximum number of scholarships given out is 12. Nazlymov is big on academics, but he doesn’t allow his team’s fencing skills to wane. For him, second place isn’t an option.Nazlymov understands fencing might not be as popular as other sports, but he expects to carry the OSU colors proudly. OSU’s fencers are no less Buckeyes than the football or basketball team to him. Walk into their practice facility and there is a giant picture of Ohio Stadium with two fencers on the field.On the other wall is a picture of Green Bay Packer legend Vince Lombardi who once said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Lombardi said this statement, but Nazlymov echoes it.The one area where Nazlymov doesn’t talk much is how much his coaching plays a role. “You look at the athletes from when they came in to when they leave, they always improve,” Stearns said.With his accent and soft-spoken voice, Nazlymov is hard to hear. But when he speaks, his athletes listen. The success of the OSU fencing program isn’t perceived by most Buckeyes, but around the country and world it is known. Nazlymov has taken the program and put it on the map.
The Ohio State women’s track and field team are the defending champions of the Big Ten Indoor Championship, and they remain undefeated this season. They came short of winning in The Dual on Saturday, but finished the head-to-head competition tied with their opponent, Michigan.Fifteen events were contested in The Dual, a head-to-head meet contested annually between the Ohio State and Michigan track and field teams, one of many sports rivalries between the two schools. On Saturday, the women’s teams competed at OSU’s French Field House, and after fifteen events, they finished in a tie, with each team earning 81 points in the meet.The leader of the Buckeye women in their charge toward a second consecutive Big Ten title is senior sprinter Christina Manning, who won all three events she competed in at The Dual. Manning ran to victory in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.12 seconds, the 60-meter dash in 7.36 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.24 seconds.She was named Big Ten co-Track Athlete of the Week for her performance.Manning is coming off of a junior season in which she was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year for the indoor season in women’s track and field. She said she believes she is even stronger this year and is “running with a different mindset.”OSU athletic director Gene Smith was at Saturday’s meet, and he had no shortage of praise for Manning. Citing her four years of success, Smith said Manning has “always impressed” him and that he is “proud of her”.Manning is not the only standout among OSU sprinters. Junior Christienne Linton finished second in both the 60-meter hurdles (8.43 seconds) and 60-meter dash (7.46). Senior Shaniqua McGinnis also had success, with an individual victory in the 400-meter dash (55.63 seconds), along with anchoring OSU winning 1600-meter relay team.In contrast to the successful performances in the sprinting events, the Buckeyes struggled in their distance events. In the 800-meter run, mile run and 3,000-meter run, Michigan placed two runners ahead of OSU’s best runners in each race.Ohio State women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis described Michigan as “one of the best teams in the country in (middle-distance and distance areas).”Dennis said “there are some areas that we have to improve on to make a run at the Big Ten championship,” and many of those areas are in the field events, in which Buckeyes’ individuals won two of the six events contested. Dennis said he was impressed with the winning performances of senior Maggie Mullen in the weight throw (67 feet, 5 1/4 inches) and senior Ashley Galbraith in the high jump (5 feet, 9 1/4 inches).The Buckeyes had second-place finishers in each of the other four field events.When the match ended in a tie, the two squads shook hands.Later in the day, the OSU men’s track and field team competed in their half of The Dual in Ann Arbor, Mi., and were victorious by a score of 91.5 to 70.5 points. OSU teammembers won 10 of the 15 events contested.Redshirt junior Cory Leslie won both the 800-meter dash (1:50.76) and mile run (4:08.52). Additionally, the Buckeyes had four winners in the field: redshirt junior Heath Nickels in pole vault (17 feet, 1 ½ inches), senior Michael McCarty in the long jump (24 feet, 3 ¾ inches), senior Matt DeChant in the shotput (59 feet, 2 ¾ inches), and senior Max Mays in the weight throw (68 feet, 2 ½ inches).Mays was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for his performance.
Redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) performs a drill during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorUrban Meyer’s call might have been answered this spring after the Ohio State coach spent most of the 2014 season preaching the need for depth at defensive line.Despite losing starters Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to graduation, OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis, sophomore Jalyn Holmes and redshirt-freshman Sam Hubbard have stood out through the first 10 practices this spring.“Tyquan is having a great spring, really great spring,” Johnson said Thursday. “Jalyn is starting to be the player we think he can be. Sam’s kinda out of nowhere, but really got a chance to be really dynamic also.”Lewis and Holmes combined for a total of 20 tackles last season, with Hubbard sitting out as a redshirt. Holmes totaled 11 tackles, one for loss, and Lewis added nine tackles with half a sack.Of the three, Johnson said Lewis has made the biggest strides since OSU’s victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January.“It’s clicked in his mind, the kind of player he has to be,” Johnson said. “He’s playing much faster than he played last year. And I think he understands the defensive concept much more than he did last year. But he’s had a really outstanding spring.”While Lewis played in 13 of the Buckeyes’ 15 games last season, he never cracked the regular rotation. Now with the goal of defending its national title, OSU is looking to replace the production of Bennett and Miller, who combined for 75 total tackles and eight sacks as seniors.The Buckeyes’ most productive defensive lineman, junior Joey Bosa, is set to return after totaling 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks on his way to being named a unanimous All-American. Bosa acknowledged that there wasn’t much depth on the line last year, but added the confidence he has in his backups has changed this spring.“Last year, we didn’t feel too comfortable with putting some backups in,” Bosa said Thursday. “But this year is a completely different feeling, we have a bunch of guys ready to go.”Like his coach, Bosa said Lewis has been the standout player of the bunch. He said Lewis has earned the starting spot opposite himself at defensive end, and added that he’s done “an unbelievable job” in practice.“He’s out there killing it, going hard every day,” Bosa said. “We’re all so happily surprised to see him do that, and I’m excited to have another end doing that.”Bosa said Lewis has speed and physicality, calling him a “freak” on the field.But while one player has stood out, Bosa added that Holmes and Hubbard have come out strong as well.“Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard, my little protégés,” Bosa said. “They’re doing great, too. They’re out there working, Sam’s gotten so unbelievably better.”Overall, Johnson said he likes where OSU’s defensive line is going as spring practice winds down.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field for their annual Spring Game on April 18 before taking on Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the regular season.
Then-redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matthew Burrell combs through the crowd in the Shoe after Ohio State’s 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorRedshirt junior offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced Wednesday he will transfer from Ohio State at the end of the school year. In an Instagram post, Burrell said he was thankful for the opportunities given to him at Ohio State, calling his experience “a once in a lifetime opportunity” both on and off the field. The fourth-year lineman also said he does not know where he will end up in the fall, saying he looks forward to “whatever God has planned for me.” Redshirting his first season with the Buckeyes, Burrell has served as a backup offensive line for the past two seasons. Last season, he was in the mix to earn the starting right guard job, but lost the battle and eventually backed up both redshirt junior Branden Bowen and redshirt senior Demetrius Knox. As a member of the 2015 class, Burrell was a four-star offensive guard recruit and was ranked as the No. 7 guard in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a lung cancer cell during cell division Oxford University released on Wednesday a set of sample interview questions, and answers, in an attempt to debunk “myths” surrounding the process as the application deadline looms.The prestigious university has released its annual sample of questions as part of a continuing bid to demystify its admissions process.Why do older siblings do better on IQ tests than their younger counterparts? What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone? These are among the questions that candidates may face in an Oxford interview.”Interviews will be an entirely new experience for most students, and we know many prospective applicants are already worried about being in an unfamiliar place and being questioned by people they have not met – so to help students to become familiar with the type of questions they might get asked we release these real examples,” said Dr Samina Khan, Director of Admissions and Outreach at Oxford.’How can I increase my chances of getting into Oxford?’Dr Khan explained that the questions are designed to give candidates a chance to show their real ability and potential and not to “catch students out.””No matter what kind of educational background or opportunities you have had, the interview should be an opportunity to show off your interest and ability in your chosen subject, since they are not about reciting what you already know,” Dr Khan said. A large study appears to show that older siblings consistently score higher than younger siblings on IQ tests. Why would this be?(Sample question for Experimental Psychology)This is a question that really asks students to think about lots of different aspects of psychology, and we guide students when discussing it to think about both scientific factors such as maternal age (mothers are older when younger siblings are born – could that play a role?) and observational analysis about how birth order might affect behaviour and therefore performance on IQ tests.It’s a great question because students begin from the point they are most comfortable with, and we gradually add more information to see how they respond: for example, noting that the pattern holds true even taking into account things like maternal age. Here is a sample of some of the questions and answers:What makes a novel or play ‘political’?(Sample question for Modern Languages – French)This is the sort of question that could emerge from a student’s personal statement, where, in speaking about their engagement with literature and culture of the language they want to study, they state a keen interest in works (of whatever type they mention, such as a novel, play or film) that are ‘political’.We might start off by discussing the specific work that they cite (something that isn’t included in their A-level syllabus), so they have chance to start off on something concrete and familiar, asking, for instance, ‘in what ways?’, ‘why?’, ‘why might someone not enjoy it for the same reason?’.We’d then look to test the extent of their intellectual curiosity and capacities for critical engagement by broadening the questioning out to be more conceptually orientated and invite them to make comparisons between things that they’ve read/seen (in whatever language). So, in posing the overall question ‘what makes this political?’ we’d want the candidate to start thinking about what one means in applying the label: what aspects of a work does it evoke? Is it a judgment about content or style?Could it be seen in and of itself a value judgment? How useful is it as a label? What if we said that all art is, in fact, political?What about cases where an author denies that their work is political, but critics assert that it is – is it purely a question of subjective interpretation? And so on.The interviewers would provide prompt questions to help guide the discussion. A strong candidate would show ready willingness and very good ability to engage and develop their ideas in conversation.It would be perfectly fine for someone to change their mind in the course of the discussion or come up with a thought that contradicted something they’d said before – we want people to think flexibly and be willing to consider different perspectives; ideally, they would recognise themselves that they were changing their viewpoint, and such awareness could indicate aptitude for sustained, careful reflection rather than a ‘scattergun’ effect of lots of different points that aren’t developed or considered in a probing way.Undoubtedly, the candidate would need to take a moment to think in the middle of all that – we expect that ‘ermmm’, ‘ah’, ‘oh’, ‘well’, etc. will feature in someone’s responses!About 1 in 4 deaths in the UK is due to some form of cancer, yet in the Philippines the figure is only around 1 in 10. What factors might underlie this difference?(Sample question for Medicine) This is a typically open question, with no single ‘correct’ answer, which aims to stimulate the sort of discussion that might be encountered in a tutorial teaching session. The discussion could take any one of a number of directions, according to the candidate’s interests.Some candidates will ask useful clarifying questions, such as ‘Where do these data come from, and how reliable are they?’, or ‘What is the average life expectancy in these parts of the world?’. Some candidates will seize on the idea that various aspects of the typical lifestyle in the UK are inherently unhealthy, which can make for an interesting discussion in itself.Others, especially if they appreciate that life expectancy in the Philippines is substantially lower than in the UK, will realise that other causes of death are more common in the developing world, and that this is the major factor that gives rise to the difference alluded to in the question.This probes selection criteria including problem-solving, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, communication skills, ability to listen and compatibility with the tutorial format.What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone?(Sample question for PPE – and other philosophy courses)Questions like this help draw out a candidate’s ability to think carefully and precisely about a familiar concept, evaluating proposals, coming up with counter-examples, disentangling considerations, and being creative in proposing alternative approaches.Obviously the notion of blame is an important one in moral theory but insofar as blame is an emotional attitude it also brings in issues in the philosophy of mind. Debates about the nature of blame are going on right now in philosophy so the question is also partly a prompt for doing some philosophy together – which is exactly what we hope to achieve in a tutorial.With a question like this we’re not looking for a right answer but instead whether the candidate can be creative in coming up with examples and suggestions, and can think critically and carefully through their implications. So, for example, many candidates start out by suggesting that for A to blame B, A would have to think that B had done something wrong. This can lead them to think about what the dynamics of being an older sibling might be that produce such an effect – they might suggest that having more undivided parental attention in the years before a sibling comes along makes a difference, for example.Then we introduce the further proviso that the effect isn’t observable in only children – there is something particular to being an older sibling that produces it. Eventually most students arrive at the conclusion that being an older sibling and having to teach a younger sibling certain skills and types of knowledge benefits their own cognitive skills (learning things twice, in effect).But there isn’t really a ‘right’ answer and we are always interested to hear new explanations that we haven’t heard before. What we are interested in is the kinds of reasoning students use and the questions they ask about the study – what it takes into account, what it might not – that tells us about their suitability for the course. And of course it doesn’t matter if you have a sibling or not – though depending on family dynamics, that can add an interesting twist to the conversation! What’s the worst interview question you’ve had thrown at you? How would you go answering Oxford interview questions? https://t.co/6jzj9koUpL pic.twitter.com/vQnWUpEobU— Oxford University (@UniofOxford) 11 October 2016 “It is often best to start responding by making very obvious observations and build up discussion from there – solving the problem quickly is less important than showing how you use information and analysis to get there,” Dr Khan explained. “We know there are still misunderstandings about the Oxford interview, so we put as much information as possible out there to allow students to see the reality of the process.”We now have mock interviews online, video diaries made by admissions tutors during the interview process, and lots of example questions to help students to familiarise themselves with what the process is – and isn’t – about,” said Dr Khan. Many might also make the point that B needn’t actually have done anything wrong. We can use this opening suggestion to consider a simple theory of blame: blame is just thinking that someone has done something wrong.When this is put to candidates, most recognize that blame seems to involve more than this. This shows their capacity to evaluate a proposal, and we’ll typically ask them to illustrate their verdict with a counter-example: a case where someone thinks someone has done something wrong but doesn’t blame them.Candidates will then be encouraged to offer and test out more sophisticated proposals about the nature of blame. Some might suggest that blame involves a more complex judgement than just that someone has done something wrong.Others instead might argue that real blame requires feelings of some kind on the part of the blamer: anger, or resentment, for example. And again we can put these proposals to the test by looking for counter-examples. Good interviews will often generate all kinds of interesting and revealing discussions that show a candidate’s ability for analytical thought: for example about self-blame, cases of blame where the blamer knew the blamed had done nothing wrong, and indeed cases of blaming something inanimate (such as a faulty printer or phone). 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 week, it was announced amid fanfare as the jewel in the Radio 4 Christmas crown.On Thursday a production of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, was quietly dropped from the schedules in a mistake bound to cause red faces all round.The radio drama, which follows Jackson’s star performance in the play at the Old Vic theatre, was pencilled in for two and a half hours of Boxing Day airtime. Credit:Alastair Muir Libby Purves will continue to present on Radio 4Credit:Tina Norris/Rex 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 BBC has cancelled the broadcastCredit:Carl Court /Getty A spokesman for Radio 4 emphasised that the decision to cancel the radio play was “unrelated to Glenda”, with a Christmas Day documentary about the landmark production still due to go ahead.”As you know, every now and then we have to make changes to our scheduling,” she said.”We were looking forward to bringing King Lear to Radio 4 audiences this Boxing Day, but unfortunately on this occasion we were not able to progress with this production as planned.”This is unrelated to Glenda, and her ‘Making of King Lear’ documentary scheduled for Christmas Day will go ahead. “The Boxing Day broadcast will be replaced by one of the drama highlights of the year – Unmade Movies: Hitchcock’s The Blind Man starring Hugh Laurie.” News of its cancellation came as Radio 4 announced it would also be scrapping its Midweek programme after 34 years, replacing it with two programmes about the arts.Fulfilling Lord Hall’s pledge to put arts at the centre of the BBC, it announced Libby Purves will now present a new theatre show, while a second programme will feature prominent artists interviewing one another. We were looking forward to bringing King Lear to Radio 4 audiences this Boxing Day, but unfortunately on this occasion we were not able to progress with this production as plannedRadio 4 spokesman But the translation from stage to the airwaves has proved impossible, it appears, as the BBC admits “we were not able to progress with this production as planned”.The Stage, the theatre industry trade paper, blamed the complexities of making the audio production work, which proved too great for programme-makers.While there had been speculation about Jackson’s stamina at the age of 80, the actress has performed a full run of gruelling stage shows, due to come to an Saturday. While the theatre version was directed by Deborah Warner, the radio dramatisation was due to be directed by Susan Roberts and Pauline Harris.Speaking as the show was announced last week, Jackson had said: “This is a very exciting prospect for us all. It will be very interesting to see how the play transfers from stage to microphone [and radio]. I look forward to it.”
He was born with a condition so rare it only affects a handful of people in the world. It saps energy from the organs and has left him blind and deaf. Doctors believe he has also suffered brain damage. Charlie Gard with his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard who are embroiled in a High Court disputeCredit:PA An eight month old boy being denied “potentially life-saving” treatment at Great Ormond Street would be given it at any hospital in America, a court has heard.The parents of terminally ill Charlie Gard broke down in tears as they listened to medical evidence relating to his rare genetic condition and what his doctors say is a “vanishingly small” chance of his survival.But an American doctor who has agreed to attempt a pioneering treatment for his mitochondrial disorder, said that it was “reasonable” to attempt to save his life and if he were in a hospital in the USA his parents would have the option.Great Ormond Street, where Charlie is currently being treated, have applied to the High Court in for permission to withdraw life support and argue that he should not be taken abroad for treatment as it will prolong his suffering.His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, who clutched his son’s toy monkey throughout the hearing, disagree and have raised £1.2 million in less than a month to pay for treatment.The money, which has included donations of £10,000 from Tamara Ecclestone and £40,000 from housewife Helen Barnes who was moved by the family’s plight, will pay for an Air Ambulance to the United States and nucleoside therapy, which the court heard had never been attempted on a human or an animal with Charlie’s condition. Charlie Gard was born with a condition so rare it only affects a handful of people in the worldCredit:PA She argued that it was “highly likely” that Charlie was in pain but was unable to show it because of the severity of his disabilities, but admitted that it was “possible” the he could also experience “pleasure” through interaction from his parents and being cuddled by them. Miss Yates, 31, broke down in tears as the doctor in the USA, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said Charlie was in the “terminal” stages of his illness and he will “certainly die without treatment”.The condition is normally fatal within the first year and all 20 children known to have suffered it have passed away.The doctor, one of the leading experts in the field worldwide, said treated patients with a similar type of mitochondrial disease, but it had only affected their muscles not their muscles and their brain, as was the case with Charlie.In studies on mice where the similar condition did effect the brain they managed to prolong their lives up to three fold, but this was only four per cent of their lifespan. Charlie Gard in his hospital bedCredit:PA When pushed on why the parents should not be given the chance to try and save him, no matter how slim his chances, the paediatric specialist said: “This is a treatment that could have theoretically been given here, but we don’t think that it is the right thing for this child because of the suffering and extent of his neurological damage.”The American specialist said that it would be a “treatment but not a cure”, adding that if it managed the condition “then he would presumably be able to interact with others – to smile, to look at objects, to get to use his hands in a meaningful way to grab objects.”He said he was aware that a hospital in Barcelona had already refused to treat Charlie, but he noted it was “unchartered territory” and there was a tiny hope for the family from the treatment which was unlikely to have negative side effects.Put to him that the chances of Charlie’s survival were “vanishingly small”, the doctor said: “I would hope that he would regain some brain function but the chances of meaningful brain function would be small.”The case continues on Wednesday, when Charlie’s parents are expected to give evidence. Giving evidence over the phone from a hotel room, the doctor admitted that he had not realised how ill Charlie was, adding that it was “very concerning, he seems to be very severely affected neurologically, that makes me a bit less enthusiastic about having him come to the United States.”But he said that if Charlie had fallen ill in his hospital or “any institution in the US” then they would attempt the radical treatment, which should not put Charlie through any additional pain.However, the professor involved in his care at GOSH, who also cannot be named, said that there were “cultural differences” in the UK.She said “if we don’t consider something is in the child’s best interest” then they would not do it, but “in America, provided parents have the money, the financial means to access care, doctors will do anything parents would like to be done regardless of what is happening to the child.” 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.
An illiterate gypsy boy was wrongly jailed for the rape and murder of a schoolgirl after police made him a “scapegoat” and “coerced” him into signing confessions, a court heard. Noel Jones was 18 when he was picked up by police outside a pub and “coerced” into signing two detailed confessions after continuous questioning for two days before being allowed a solicitor, Mold Crown Court heard.He was beaten and spat at behind bars and ostracised by his family and the traveller community, while the alleged real killer, Stephen Hough, escaped justice.Mr Jones, now 59, admitted to the brutal attack on Janet Commins, 15, in Flint, North Wales in 1976 and served six years of a 12-year sentence for manslaughter. Hough, of Flint, was arrested last September.He maintained the night Janet went missing was the night he was stealing petrol and denied knowing her.The defendant made no comment when detectives put the DNA evidence to him, the jury was told.The trial was adjourned until Wednesday morning. 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. But last year he was visited again by police “out of the blue” 40 years after the murder and to his “shock and relief” was told the case had been re-opened.Advances in DNA analysis of semen samples from the crime scene showed a billion-to-one match for another man, Hough, 16 at the time and living in Flint, who was questioned by police days after the girl’s body was found.Ex-soldier Hough, 58, now on trial, denies the murder. Mr Jones, 59, said when police arrested him in January 1976 he was a “happy-go-lucky young man” from the traveller community who could not read or write and made a living in the scrap metal trade. But after Janet went missing on January 7 1976, a large police investigation was launched and her body was found four days later by children playing hide and seek in a thicket near a school in Flint. Stephen Hough is now standing trial for the killingCredit:Andrew Price Mr Jones was picked up the next day and questioned by detectives.He said: “They just bombarded me. I was like in hell. I did now know what was happening to me.”I was just lost. I just could not grasp it, I could not get hold of anything in my mind. It just seemed like everything was going so fast. They were just saying to me, ‘You done it, you done it, you done it.'”I realised afterwards they were CID from Liverpool or somewhere, just bombarding me, question, question, question. I was just agreeing to whatever. They were showing me papers but I could not read them.”I just felt because I was a gypsy they were just taking advantage because I had not idea what was going on. It seemed like it just continued until they got what they wanted.”With it being such a small place they just wanted somebody and I happened to fit the bill at the time. I was like a scapegoat.”Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, read to Mr Jones the two statements he made in January 1976, confessing to the rape and murder of Janet Commins, countersigned by police officers.Mr Jones continued: “They more or less told me what to say. I didn’t know what I was signing, to be honest. I was that messed up. “What them police have done to me…I have never hurt anybody. I certainly didn’t hurt the young lady. I have had this burden on my neck for 40 years. I have had no life.”Mr Heywood asked why he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter if he was innocent.The witness replied: “I think the solicitor must have told me to plead because you get less time and get it sorted. But I had nothing whatsoever to do with this.”I did mention something to a solicitor. He said if you start putting claims, appeals in, they will give you longer time so I never bothered.”Mr Jones, who is now married with three grown-up sons, but has never appealed against his conviction, was asked about life behind bars.He replied: “I can’t begin to tell you. It was a nightmare. You were running the gauntlet every day. People spitting on you, calling me beast, animal, threatening to stab you. I got beat up a couple of times. I could not put it into words. I had to just survive the best way I could.”I’m not that animal. I wouldn’t do that. It’s absolutely destroyed my life. I have had nothing but heartache and grief.” Stephen Hough denies murderCredit:Andrew Price
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 owners of more than 1,500 empty properties in the same borough as the Grenfell Tower fire, including oligarchs, multimillionaires and foreign royalty, have been revealed after a council blunder. The names of the vacant properties in Kensington and Chelsea, where hundreds of people have been left homeless following the tragedy, were accidentally released in a council email.At least 80 residents of the Grenfell tower block are known to have died in fire in June. Some of the homes are owned by offshore companies, such as Duke’s Lodge London Ltd – part of property developer Christian Candy’s business empire – which owns 26 homes in a mansion block. Another company, Smech Properties Ltd, owned by the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Among the owners of the 1,652 properties listed as unoccupied by the council are a Ukrainian billionaire fighting extradition to the US, a former mayor of New York, a luxury property developer and a senior TV executive, according to The Guardian. One of the homes is the former Brompton Road tube station building, once occupied as Winston Churchill’s secret wartime command centre. It has been lying empty since Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash bought it for £53m in 2014. Writer George Eliot’s former seven-bedroom mansion is also lying empty, despite former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg purchasing it for £16m in 2015. Protesters walk towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstrationCredit:Tim Ireland /AP The owners of the vacant homes were inadvertently revealed after the council sent the list to a number of addressees, along with the properties’ council tax details. More than a third of the vacant homes (603) are recorded as having been empty for more than two years. The list also revealed 1,010 properties had been declared unoccupied and substantially unfurnished and 39 other homes have been lying empty for several months while renovation work is carried out. It comes as the Grenfell Response Team said that just 12 households had been moved into new homes and out of emergency accommodation, six weeks after the disaster.The team said that 45 offers had been accepted out of 174 initial offers for temporary or permanent accommodation.From this week, residents from 33 flats in the tower and 22 flats in Grenfell Walk which were least affected by the fire will be able to ask specialist teams to recover their personal possessions safely.A spokesperson for Mr Candy’s property business told the Guardian that Duke’s Lodge was undergoing major refurbishment and was “currently unsafe and uninhabitable for use”.
She then climbed up on the desk in front of Stewart, often creeping into his shot, for the remainder of the piece.As the toddler got up to run around, Stewart said that she “will do whatever she chooses to do for the next couple of minutes”, before continuing with the interview. I think that may be my favourite interview on ITV News. Well done Alistair Stewart 👏🏼👏🏼😂 #ITVNews #ITVLunchtimeNews #Hilarious— Kim (@MiSsKiMbo_) August 23, 2017 News anchor Alastair Stewart has been praised for keeping his cool as a toddler hilariously took over his live news broadcast.Stewart was conducting a segment about milk allergies on the ITV Lunchtime News with a mother and her young son and daughter, when the little girl got up and ran around the desk. But his attempts fail – the girl is fully on the studio desk Alastair Stewart shares the TV frame with the little girl Credit: ITV/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. Alastair Stewart tries to gently coax the girl off the desk Child casually clambering all over the news desk whilst Alistair Stewart gets on with it 😂 #itvnews #pro #neverworkwithchildrenoranimals— Ashley Newsham (@tickydinky) August 23, 2017 Having stifled laughter while continuing the broadcast, the veteran newscaster joked at the end of the segment: “Mary Nightingale, I think, will have a more peaceful time at 6.30.”From all of us, a very good afternoon to you.” Responding to Ship’s message, BBC’s Today presenter Nick Robinson quipped: Tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks! Feel ITV 1 +1 coming on!!— Julia SlingsbyBreach (@SlingsbyBreachJ) August 23, 2017 The little girl tries to climb the ITV News desk @alstewitn @itvnews dealt with that lunchtime news V well, if anyone needs their day cheering up get on @itvhub now 😂😂😂😂😂— Sophie Sweeney (@Sophiaelle19) August 23, 2017 Many hailed Stewart for his on-air professionalism: Nice. One of my kids licked the desk when they came in— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) August 23, 2017 Tremendous chaos – @alstewitn being thoroughly upstaged by kids in his studio pic.twitter.com/NchkDxLrtS— Ross Hawkins (@rosschawkins) August 23, 2017 Stewart’s contemporaries and colleagues were among those talking about the unexpected TV moment: After failing to scale the front of the desk, she tries an alternative plan What happens when mum comes into the studio with the kids. Live on @itvnews. Top work by @alstewitn pic.twitter.com/v8q8InVbTT— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) August 23, 2017 TODDLER TAKEOVER! Best lunchtime news ever. Well done @alstewitn for holding fort! pic.twitter.com/w4pAmnVtN7— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) August 23, 2017 Viewers were highly amused to see the unlikely takeover of the lunchtime news broadcast, with many taking to Twitter to laugh at the incident: What a professional Alistair Stewart on @itvnews is… carrying on presenting with a toddler climbing all over his desk 😂#hilarious #itvnews— Nick Duke (@nickduke) August 23, 2017