As if it cannot get any worse for Penn State, now comes word that the NCAA is poised to level heavy punishment to the Nittany Lions’ football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.NCAA president Mark Emmert, during an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, said, “I’ve never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope never to see it again. What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we’ll have to decide.”We’ll hold in abeyance all of those decisions until we’ve actually decided what we want to do with the actual charges should there be any. And I don’t want to take anything off the table.”That means the Death Penalty is in play for a program that was led to prominence by the late Joe Paterno. Emmert said he is still waiting for Penn State’s official response to the Freeh report, which, in a nutshell, lambasted the administration and Paterno for covering up Sandusky’s rampant crimes, which led to him being convicted on 45 counts that likely will led to a sentencing of more than 60 years in prison.Still reeling from the content of the Freeh report, Emmert did not dismiss the notion of issuing the so-called “death penalty” against Penn State, asserting that the unprecedented nature of the Sandusky scandal could warrant extreme punishment.“This is completely different than an impermissible benefits scandal like happened at SMU, or anything else we’ve dealt with,” Emmert said. “This is as systemic a cultural problem as it is a football problem. There have been people that said this wasn’t a football scandal.“Well it was more than a football scandal, much more than a football scandal. It was that but much more. And we’ll have to figure out exactly what the right penalties are. I don’t know that past precedent makes particularly good sense in this case, because it’s really an unprecedented problem.”Emmert also said that he expects to hear back from Penn State “within weeks” regarding questions the NCAA has issued about the case, including the issue of institutional control. He consistently has maintained that the NCAA will not determine whether violations occurred until receiving the school’s response.“We’re in active discussions with Penn State right now, and I need to get a response back from them soon, right away,” Emmert said. “And then we’re going to make that determination, and then we’ll see where we go here.” read more

Doug Adler, the tennis commentator who lost his job over what many viewed as racist remarks against Venus Williams, says accusations that he is a bigot are “not true.”“It just makes me absolutely sick,” Adler says Friday, Aug. 25 on the “Today Show” of being called a racist online. “Never been a racist. Never looked at color. Have never even thought of that term until this whole situation.“It’s not true,” he added. “It couldn’t be further from the truth, and I don’t quite understand nor accept how something like that can happen to me.”Adler, a former professional tennis player, was scrutinized and ultimately terminated by ESPN for the way he described Williams’ approach in playing Stefanie Voegele during the Australian Open in January.“You see Venus move in and put the guerilla effect on,” Adler said. “Charging.”Many thought the commentator was comparing Williams to a gorilla and Adler clarified his remarks the day after the match. He did so again on “Today.”“Nothing to do with an animal,” he says. “Everything to do with tactics, strategy, how to win the point.”Venus Williams Has Her Own Legal Woes to Deal with:Fla. Cop In New Body Cam Video Isn’t Sure Who’s to Blame for Venus Williams CrashVictim’s Attorney In Venus Williams’ Wrongful Death Suit Says Tennis Champ Accelerated Through Intersection After Light ChangedPolice: Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Crash, New Video Confirms Claim Adler said the phrase, “guerilla effect,” has been used in tennis for decades and took Williams’ comment that she “[pays] attention and address situations that are noteworthy,” to indicate what he said was “nothing.”ESPN requested the commentator to apologize on air and removed him from his remaining assignments before ultimately firing Adler. He is now suing the sports network for wrongful termination.“They killed me,” he says. “They made me unemployable. They ended my career. They killed my reputation, my good name. What else was I supposed to do? To me, it was the easiest decision to make. I’m not going away.”ESPN, according to “Today,” is still unsure about which word Adler used in his commentary. The network denies all allegations in the suit and in a statement said, “Adler made an inappropriate reference to Venus Williams for which he felt no apology was necessary. We disagree and stand 100 percent behind our decision to remove him from the 2017 Australian Open.”Williams’ reps declined to give the morning news show a comment on their story. read more

Stunned by the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against Phil Ivey. He gained an advantage but it wasn’t his fault he was that smart.— Neil Monnery (@neilmonnery) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey did not cheat. Why the world is so uptight about gambling and gamblers I don’t know— Kevin (@hula5150) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey has won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments. (J.Sciulli/WireImage for Media)Phil Ivey, a poker player dubbed the Tiger Woods of the card game, has been ruled against in a challenge over his 2012 earnings at a London casino. The World Poker Tour winner had been embroiled in an edge-sorting scandal and sued to recover $10.2 million from a baccarat game.The UK Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 24 Ivy engaged in the technique, called edge-sorting, that involves a player reviewing subtle differences on the back of a card to gain an advantage while playing Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012.Maurice “Mac” VerStandig, an attorney who counsels professional poker players, sports bettors and advantage players said this about edge-sorting regarding a similar lawsuit Ivey faced from a New Jersey casino in 2012, it “really amounts to little more than the strategic exploitation of inconsistencies in the way patterns on the back of playing cards are cut. Many houses, these days, have a white border around their playing card patterns, in large part to block against this precise scheme.”VerStandig added that at the time there was no real precedent for a case like Ivey’s. In an attempt to highlight the murky claims against the poker star, he offered this analogy:“On one extreme end of the spectrum is a player who uses loaded dice in a craps game — this individual, if caught, is destined for a rendezvous with the civil justice system.“On the other extreme end of the spectrum is a card counter crunching numbers through a six-deck blackjack shoe — this individual, if caught, will be kindly asked to leave the premises, allowed to keep his or her winnings, and revered in the halls of MIT.”Edge-sorting falls somewhere in between.“It makes no sense that the UK Supreme Court has ruled against me, in my view, contrary to the facts and any possible logic involved in our industry,” Ivy said after the ruling over the blackjack-like game, according to the Daily Mail. “At the time I played at Crockfords, I believed that edge-sorting was a legitimate advantage play technique and I believe that more passionately than ever today. … As a professional gambler, my integrity is everything to me.”Ivey added that if the justices understood casinos and advantage play, which are legal methods used to gain an advantage during play, then the case would have been decided in his favor.The ruling upholds a 2016 majority decision that dismissed his case against Crockfords Club owner Genting Casinos UK.“What Mr. Ivey did was to stage a carefully planned and executed sting,” Lord Justice Hughes said to the Daily Mail. “If he had surreptitiously gained access to the shoe and re-arranged the cards physically himself, no one would begin to doubt that he was cheating. He accomplished exactly the same result through the unwitting but directed actions of the croupier, tricking her into thinking that what she did was irrelevant.”Related: Gambling In the NewsPaul Pierce Bows Out at The World Series of PokerTobey Maguire Decides To Fold His Hand In Illegal Poker LawsuitCasinos Brace For Change as States Legalize Online GamblingThe croupier is a Chinese woman named Cheung Yin Sun, a fellow gambler who was caught up in the scandal in 2012.In the court of appeal, Lady Justice Arden referred to the Grambling act of 2005, which says someone may cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive.”Many online have sided with Ivey.That Phil Ivey ruling is absolute bollocks. Ridiculous that gambling institutions are so well protected in every regard.— Jake Miller (@jakemiller10) October 25, 2017 read more

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side released the proposal publicly.FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)USA Today Sports first reported the proposal being sent.The proposal changed hands before All-Star weekend and long before Duke star Zion Williamson, quite possibly the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, got hurt Wednesday night. Williamson was diagnosed Thursday with a Grade 1, or minor, sprain of his right knee. Williamson, a freshman, is widely expected to be in the NBA next season and forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.Neither the league nor the players’ union has hidden the fact that both sides want the current system changed. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last July that it was time to revert back to the policy that will allow players to go into the league right out of high school, something that will have to be collectively bargained with the players.The NBPA has had previous talks with the NBA on the idea, which is likely to be in place by the 2022 draft.“I think it’s a good idea,” Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who went to the NBA after one season at Duke, said at All-Star weekend. “If you’re good enough to come out of high school, I feel like you should be able to. But I don’t make those decisions.”Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins, who played at Kentucky, told reporters Thursday that knowing what he knows now makes him question why players need to play college basketball — especially if they’re NBA-ready.“I don’t understand the point of it,” Cousins said about the ‘one-and-done’ rule. “What’s the difference between 18 and 19 and 17 and 18? You’re immature, you’re young, you’re ignorant to life in general. So what’s really the difference? You’ve still got a lot of growing to do as a man.”The one-and-done rule has been in place since the 2006 draft. Silver, who was once a proponent of raising the draft minimum age to 20 before changing his mind, said last year that he believes the league and the players “can create a better system.” The G League also introduced a plan last year to begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA. read more

Yankee Stadium513/31/19New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles67 Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a 106 mph line drive in May that screamed into foul territory down the left-field line at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The ball hit a 2-year-old girl, who was rushed out of the stadium. The game stopped as an emotional Almora dropped to a knee. Less than two weeks later, as the Washington Nationals played the White Sox in Chicago, a woman sitting just past the third-base dugout was struck in the face. Less than two weeks after that, a Dodger Stadium spectator sitting just past the netting on the first-base line was hit in the head by a hard line drive off the bat of right fielder Cody Bellinger.Bloomberg News estimated in 2014 that 1,750 fans per year are hurt by batted balls at MLB games. Amid debates over how much protection teams should offer spectators, we wanted to find out which areas of stadiums might be the most dangerous, which could help us figure out what could be done to prevent more fan injuries.Because there’s no central database of all of MLB’s foul balls, we had to compile a data set ourselves. To do that, we searched the batted-ball data for this season on Baseball Savant to find the 10 stadiums that produced the most foul balls up to June 5 and then analyzed the pitch-level data from the most foul-heavy game day at each of those stadiums (including one doubleheader). Because we had to individually research each foul ball, we couldn’t look at a whole season’s worth of fouls. By limiting the data set to the most foul-heavy days of play in those 10 stadiums, we aimed to keep the data set to a manageable size while also capturing the largest number of fouls we could from a variety of parks, since stadiums vary dramatically in architecture, altitude and seating arrangements. T-Mobile Park535/18/19Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins100 PNC Park576/1/19Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers111 Dodger Stadium513/29/19Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondsbacks86 Citizens Bank Park534/27/19Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins75 StadiumAverage No. of Fouls per gameDateMatchupNo. of Fouls Most foul-heavy day * Includes both games of the doubleheaderSource: Baseball Savant Globe Life Park555/3/19Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays87 Miller Park555/4/19Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Mets85 Major league stadiums have slowly been installing more netting around the field. Players have been pushing the issue, including Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who called the MLB Players Association to voice his support for more protective netting. In 2015, MLB encouraged teams to extend netting to the “near ends of both dugouts.” By 2018, all 30 stadiums had exceeded that recommendation, installing netting from one end of the dugout to the other. After the incident at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced that they would implement netting from foul pole to foul pole, and crews worked during the All-Star break to install the new nets. The Washington Nationals also used the break to add netting.But more netting won’t protect every fan. Linda Goldbloom was sitting high above home plate in Dodger Stadium — in zone 1, where netting is provided — last year when she was struck and killed by a high fly ball that had an exit velocity of just 73 mph. And a woman at Tropicana Field was hospitalized in 2016 after she was hit by a fly ball that found its way through a hole in the netting just to the left of the first-base dugout.The efforts that other leagues make to ensure the safety of their spectators could serve as a blueprint for MLB. Take the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Organization, where the stadiums have netting from foul pole to foul pole. Whenever a ball is hit into the stands, fans are warned with loud whistles blown by staff stationed in their seating section, and animated warning videos are played before every game. As a result, unprotected seats are something of a luxury in Japan. The Tokyo Dome offers “exciting seats” near the foul lines, which come equipped with helmets and gloves.Even with extensive netting, no one will ever be completely safe at a baseball game. But there are ways for MLB to protect its fans from foul balls — particularly in the most dangerous areas of the park.“It’s something that you just hold your breath for a second,” Hill told The Los Angeles Times. “You just hope it hits a seat, not a person.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (July 15, 2019, 5 p.m.): A previous version of this story referred to the data as having been collected from the 10 most foul-ball-heavy games this season. It was actually collected from the 10 most foul-ball-heavy game days — one day included a doubleheader. SunTrust Park534/14/19Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets73 Dozens of fouls per game in the most foul-heavy parksThe most foul-heavy day at each of the 10 stadiums that produced the most fouls this season, as of June 5 Oakland Coliseum536/2/19Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros109 Less than half of the foul balls we charted were followed by a camera to where they landed. But by gauging angles,2After watching a lot of fouls with accompanying footage. we estimated where all of the fouls — both those that were followed by a camera and those that weren’t — likely landed. We tested our predictions against the footage of the balls that were followed to check our accuracy.3Our predictions were correct on 381 of the 393 balls that cameras followed in these games, for a success rate of 96.9 percent.Nearly equal shares of foul balls ended up in zones with netting vs. zones that largely lack netting: 454 balls landed in zones 1, 2 and 3, while 452 balls fell in zones 4 through 7.The scariest foul balls are those with high exit velocities, particularly the line drives, which give spectators only seconds — or fractions of a second — to react. Statcast was able to measure exit velocities for 580 of the 906 foul balls in our data set, and most of the hardest-hit of those 580 landed in areas that are primarily unprotected. Of the fly balls with recorded exit velocities of 90 mph or higher, 71.8 percent landed in zones 4 and 5.4That is partly the result of the limitations of the data. Balls hit directly into the net in zones 1 through 3 were more likely to be missing exit velocities, and it was more difficult to interpret the trajectories of balls hit to those areas. And all of the line drives that left the bat at 90 mph or more landed in those same zones. That’s the type of hit that injured the toddler at this year’s Cubs-Astros game or that blinded a man in one eye at Wrigley Field in 2017. Camden Yards*574/20/19Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins113 We watched clips of 906 foul balls hit during those games (excluding foul tips, which were never in danger of reaching the stands, and fouls that resulted in outs, because Baseball Savant groups those with other types of caught-ball outs, so we couldn’t get data on foul outs specifically), and we recorded whether the fouls were grounders, fly balls, line drives or pop-ups. Then we split the parks into “zones” to categorize the general area where each of those balls landed.Zones 1, 2 and 3 include seats that are largely protected by netting — the area behind home plate and both dugouts — along with the corresponding areas of foul territory on the field. Zones 4 and 5 are mostly non-netted seating areas1Some parks do extend netting into zones 4 and 5. and the foul territory outside the baselines, from the dugout to the foul pole. Zones 6 and 7 cover the areas past the foul poles; the fly balls that land here typically have too much arc to be dangerous, and line drives rarely make it that far. read more

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 1, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle chat about Jimmy Butler’s recent injury and how it might affect the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are currently on track to make the playoffs. Next, they dive into tanking in the NBA. As of our taping, eight teams were within 2.5 games of having the league’s worst record. The crew take a look at why that number is so high this season and offer suggestions on how to reduce tanking. Plus, a significant digit on the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Jimmy Butler is out indefinitely after surgery to repair his meniscus, per ESPN.Deadspin’s Patrick Redford warns that we should get ready for the NBA tanking campaign of a lifetime.Significant Digit: 41.5 and 15.0. Coming into Wednesday’s game, that was the number of points and rebounds per game that Anthony Davis of the Pelicans was averaging over his last six games. The Pelicans won all six games. read more

OSU senior forward Marc Loving drives to the hoop against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast time the Ohio State men’s basketball team took on Michigan State, sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle for the Buckeyes stole the show. This time out, senior guard Alvin Ellis III of Michigan State was the man with the hot hand, helping lead the Spartans to a 74-66 win.Ellis finished his game with 18 points, and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Early on, when the Spartans had a 21-14 lead, the senior guard had more points that the Buckeyes entire team (15).Lyle, who missed the team’s last game due to a family emergency, returned to the Buckeyes lineup. The sophomore came off the bench behind sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, and picked up 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.OSU could never quite find a way to gain enough momentum to get in front of Michigan State, leading for a meager 42 seconds. Even with a big night for senior forward Marc Loving, who had 22 points, it wasn’t meant to be for the Buckeyes.Michigan State capitalized frequently off of the fast break, picking up 20 points to OSU’s four. OSU’s final lead came when Lyle knocked down a jumper and a free throw to give the Buckeyes a 27-25 lead, but Michigan State would not be denied.Freshman guard/forward Miles Bridges picked up 17 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman forward Nick Ward added 15 points for the Spartans. OSU redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, the normal offensive threat for the Buckeyes, had little impact dealing with foul trouble, picking up just six points and seven rebounds.In a rare occurrence this season, OSU was outrebounded. Michigan State pulled down 39 boards, while the Buckeyes could only manage 33.As OSU attempted to make an improbable comeback late, a putback slam by freshman guard Joshua Langford with just 1:34 left in the game effectively dashed OSU’s hopes.Although the turnover battle swung in favor of OSU coach Thad Matta, the fast-paced and hard offense of coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State was too much for the struggling Buckeyes to overcome.OSU is now 15-12 this season, and 5-9 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is now 16-10, and 8-5 in conference play, with momentum on its side with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season.Up NextThe Buckeyes return to the Schottenstein Center to play Nebraska on Saturday at 6 p.m. read more

OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary pushes the ball upfield in a game against Rutgers Oct. 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternWith a win Saturday in College Park, Md., the Ohio State men’s soccer team would have been able to set its sights on the top seed in the Big Ten, knowing that it will be playing at home in postseason play.Instead, the status of OSU’s quarterfinal game on Nov. 9 now appears a little murkier.The Buckeyes (7-6-4, 4-3-0) fell to Maryland (10-5-2, 4-2-1), 1-0, in a game in which they were stifled by the Terrapin defense.Freshman forward George Campbell scored the decisive goal in the 75th minute to break the scoreless tie. Maryland capitalized off a corner kick, dishing it twice in the box before Campbell knocked it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for his second goal of the season.Ivanov made six saves in the defeat, but his offense was unable to garner any support through the Maryland defense.Maryland outshot OSU by a count of 13-4 for the game, including holding the Buckeyes without a shot for the entirety of the first half.Two of OSU’s four shots were on the mark, as freshman forward Marcus McCrary and sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom got attempts in on Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the second half, but Steffen stopped both.The shutout was Steffen’s seventh of the season, including his fourth during the Terrapin’s current seven-game winning streak.The loss caused OSU to be jumped by Maryland in the Big Ten standings. OSU sits in a tie for third with Northwestern at 12 points, one point in front of Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan, who are tied for fifth.In order to host its quarterfinal game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, OSU needs to finish in the top four of the conference. A win in its last game against Michigan would clinch the Buckeyes a trip back to Columbus – something they could have accomplished by beating Maryland.Beating the Terrapins would have put OSU in a tie with Penn State for the top spot in the conference with 15 points, though the Nittany Lions would hold the tiebreaker after beating the Buckeyes, 1-0, on Sept. 21.OSU is set to look to grab a crucial victory when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday to wrap up its regular season. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. read more

OSU coach Thad Matta speaks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in OSU’s exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6, 2016. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThad Matta is no longer Ohio State’s men’s basketball coach after he and OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced his firing at a press conference Monday afternoon, but he will have a hand in helping to select his successor.The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year will speak with candidates for his replacement and deliver input to Smith.“I might not necessarily know a particular thing about a particular candidate and he’ll help me try and vet that out,” Smith said.Matta’s consultation will not end there, according to Smith.“If we’re having a particular issue with one of our current athletes, I’ll call Thad, or someone will call Thad and say, ‘Hey, we need to help this young person as they go through this particular challenge,’” Smith said.Smith specified this did not mean that Matta would remain a full-time employee.When Matta and Smith convened for a meeting on Friday, neither anticipated only one would walk out as an OSU employee. But the duo exited the regularly-scheduled sit-down understanding that it would be the last such meeting between the two to simply touch base.At Monday’s press conference, he proclaimed that as soon as the media availability ended, a national search for OSU’s next coach would begin. Smith stated that there will be no timetable for hiring Matta’s replacement. But because of the abnormal time for a coaching search, it may be lengthier than most.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said. So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time. So, I do not have a timeline.”In the interim, the coaching and support staff will remain in place.“So right now, Dave Richardson will be running the strength and conditioning part, working with (athletic trainer) Vince (O’Brien). The assistant coaches are still on staff and they’re still employed. And so they’ll be doing their jobs unless they find another job,” Smith said.During Friday’s meeting, neither Matta nor Smith talked about OSU’s all-time winningest coach leading the Buckeyes for one additional year, Smith said.“It was never a part of our conversation,” Smith said. “I felt where he was and I also quantifiably looked at where we were from my responsibility point of view and just felt like it was time. read more

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (21-5, 11-3 MIVA) will continue its march through the MIVA tournament when it battles Lewis University (19-10, 9-5 MIVA) for a spot in the MIVA finals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Arena. Ohio State and Lewis have faced off twice this season and split the pair of matches — each winning at home by a final score of 3-0. The most recent match was March 31 at St. John Arena in which the Buckeyes had the home advantage and redeemed their earlier loss against the Flyers.If history is prepared to repeat itself, the Buckeyes should feel comfortable knowing they have home-court advantage.“That’s a huge advantage for us. Clearly, the last time we played we handled them fairly well,” head coach Pete Hanson said. “It was here in this building and, you know, I think the guys are in a good frame of mind.”Junior setter Sanil Thomas anticipates that this match might not be as easy as the last team the two teams faced off against one another. Unlike last time, both teams have something big for which to play.Not only will the two teams be playing for a spot in the MIVA finals, but the winner will put itself in a good position to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.“We know they’re going to play hard, but we’re going to see if we can match that energy,” Thomas said. “We know that if we play to our level it’ll be a good match. We’re hoping for their best and preparing as much as we can.”The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will advance from the semifinals into the finals to face the winner of the game between No. 11 Ball State and No. 8 Loyola. Like Ohio State and Lewis, Ball State and Loyola split the season series against one another with each winning on their respective home courts. Each team has a drastically different style of play, but Hanson said he expects Loyola to have the upper hand given that it will be playing on its home court in Chicago. “That’s the rubber game between those two teams. Each team won on their own home court and, again, Ball State is at Loyola so you would have to give the advantage to the home team, Loyola, but this is sports and anything can happen,” Hanson said.Thomas said the matchup between the two will be an intriguing one to follow. Though Ball State is a much more defensive team that does not beat itself, Thomas said Loyola will play a physical brand of volleyball that keeps them aggressive most of the time.While Hanson has looked ahead briefly to the potential matchup that could lie on the other side of the semifinal clash with Lewis, he understands the importance of focusing mainly on what is directly ahead of him and his team.Right now, he feels the team will just need to keep its focus on its own gameplay and continue to improve to have a chance against the Flyers.“We lost two five-set matches — one to Loyola, one to Ball State — where we were ahead 2-0 in both of those matches, took a 10-minute break and then kind of lost our momentum,” Hanson said. “I just want to make sure we get to Saturday and we play somebody on Saturday.” read more

Ohio State then-junior wrestler Myles Martin faces off against Arizona State’s Kordell Norfleet. Martin won the match and the Buckeyes won the meet 31-12 on Nov. 12. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will try and continue a strong start to the season when it heads to Las Vegas to compete in the 37th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The event will feature more than 30 different Division I teams inside of Cliff Keen Arena. Ohio State senior captain Myles Martin will be competing for the first time since the U23 USA World Championships in Romania that concluded on Nov. 18. He said this tournament is exciting because it puts him in a good position to see where his skill level is at since he will be having matches against some of the same opponents again. “I’m pretty familiar with a lot of these guys,” Martin said. “I wrestled some of them at the tournament last year and some of them I wrestled at the Big Ten tournaments. I’m excited to wrestle, especially after not doing as well at the U23’s as I would have liked to.” For years, this invitational has been known as one of the most taxing and toughest college tournaments in the country. It will feature other Big Ten schools such as Rutgers, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska. The tournament will be comprised of more than 100 ranked wrestlers, including seven ranked Buckeyes. With the opponents Ohio State will face, head coach Tom Ryan will have to prepare his team for stiff competition.“We’re really excited about Vegas. This is a test to see if we got better,” Ryan said. “I don’t focus so much on winning as much as seeing the development. If I see someone who’s not developing in a certain area, that’s something we can nip in the bud early.” Despite Ohio State’s 3-0 start to the season, Ryan said he still sees room for his team to improve. “Despite having guys who are All-Americans, have won state titles and are some of the top recruits in the country, they can still get better,” Ryan said. “We just try to get one percent better every day. We have to work on being really gritty and tough. Sometimes when you have an abundance of talent, you can lose the grit side of it. We have to make sure we’re the toughest team in America.” The action will begin at noon on Friday in Las Vegas. read more

Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Jackson Reid looks for an open shooting lane against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State won 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-ChiefAfter losing to Marquette a season ago, Ohio State was able to come out with a win, remaining undefeated after five weeks of play. The No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-0) team defeated Marquette (2-2) 13-9 in Dallas.  Ohio State sophomore midfield Jackson Reid led the team with five goals while junior attack Tre LeClaire added three on six shots for the Buckeyes.Three different Marquette players scored two goals apiece: redshirt senior attack Andrew Romagnoli, redshirt senior midfield Tanner Thomson, and junior midfield Connor McClelland.The Golden Eagles opened up scoring with a goal from Romagnoli. LeClaire found a goal before the end of the quarter with an assist from freshman attack Jack Myers to end the quarter tied at 1.The second quarter opened with back-to-back goals in the first 16 seconds for the Buckeyes, with goals coming from Reid and junior midfield Ryan Terefenko. Reid finished the quarter with a hat-trick while Terefenko and Romagnoli would get their second goals of the game. Marquette freshman attack Holden Patterson would also add a goal to make it 6-3 in favor of Ohio State at the half.Despite allowing three goals in the third quarter, Ohio State maintained at least a two-goal lead for the entirety of the second half. After being removed from the game in the third quarter after an injury, Ohio State senior midfield Jack Jasinski returned into the game in the fourth quarter in a big way, providing a goal and two more assists to give him four points for the game. The Buckeyes looked more like their second-quarter form, outscoring the Golden Eagles 5-3 to end the game 13-9 and keep the Buckeyes undefeated.Redshirt sophomore midfield Justin Inacio won 18-of-25 faceoffs. Senior defensemen and captain Matt Borges also picked up four ground balls to provide more help on the ground.No. 9 Ohio State will travel to New York on March 9 to take on Hofstra. read more

Senior shortstop Lilli Piper (22) celebrates after coming into home safely in a game against Indiana on March 24 at Buckeye Field. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a four-win week the Ohio State softball team (29-14, 12-5 Big Ten) will return to Buckeye Field for the final time to start a three-game series against Illinois (27-19, 6-11 Big Ten).Ohio State continued its five-game win streak against Ohio and Michigan State, and hope to build off that momentum against the Fighting Illini.“I am excited,” freshman infielder Ashley Prange said. “We are going to finish strong, and finish Big Ten strong.”Many players saw success this past week. Senior shortstop Lilli Piper hit .700 with three home runs and five RBI, earning her the Big Ten Player of the Week award, the fifth of her career. “Our pitching was strong, we played good defense,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “It was one of the first weekends we put it all together.”Illinois, on the other hand, has lost its past four games against two strong teams: Michigan and Northwestern.“They played some tough teams,” Schoenly said. “I anticipate they will be ready and hungry this weekend to change the way of losing recently for them.”However, there are some Illinois players Ohio State needs to watch out for. Sophomore catcher Bella Loya leads the Fighting Illini with a .411 average, 12 home runs and 46 RBI. Senior outfielder Kiana Sherlund also has a .380 AVG and 44 runs this season. Illinois freshman pitcher Sydney Sickels holds a 3.27 ERA with a 17-11 record.However, Ohio State senior pitcher Morgan Ray has a 2.09 ERA and recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts against Michigan State last week. Schoenly said the team will try to be strong in big moments, minimizing Illinois’s big plays and maximizing Ohio State’s big plays. “Every series have its own identity,” Schoenly said. “For us, it’s gonna be a matter of getting out so we can get them, so they can’t have big innings.” However, Schoenly said the Buckeyes are also excited to play, especially with it being the last home series of the season.  “The girls are excited to be at Buckeye Field, play in front of our fans and use this momentum to help us,” Schoenly said. Ohio State will open the series against Illinois at 6 p.m. Friday The second game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

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. The teenager, of Cardiff, south Wales, refused to pay the sum and carried on with her life after the incident, on July 8.But on Thursday, she received a letter in the post summoning her to court.It says she dropped litter, which is an offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act.Miss Smith  said: “I was feeding the seagulls and pigeons some of my lunch when a man who worked for the council came out of nowhere and told me I was littering.”He asked for my details because he wanted me to pay a £25 fine.”I asked him are you serious? I was feeding the birds – and they ate all of the chips.”But the fine has escalated and now I’m being hauled into court.”There’s so much worse things going on in the world. I was only in Swansea because I was doing training for work.”Miss Smith ‘s fine has now escalated to £100 and she is expected at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on November 15.Her grandfather Lance Brewis, 66, said: “It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birds.”This is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. Anybody with an ounce of sense would realise this is ridiculous.”There’s needles and syringes everywhere in parks and they choose to fine a young girl for feeding a bird? What a job’s worth.”Miss Smith  added: “I can’t believe I’m being penalised for doing a kind act. I thought it was a wind up.”Swansea Council failed to respond to requests for a comment. A teenager has been summoned to court for feeding a pigeon a McDonald’s chip.Lauren-Paige Smith, 19, was tucking into lunch when she gave the bird a chip, which it wolfed down.But moments later, the customer services advisor was handed a £25 fine for littering.Miss Smith told the official that the bird had finished the chip and there was no ‘litter’ left, but she was still fined.center_img It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birdsLauren’s grandfatherlast_img read more

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. Children should be taught how to brush their teeth at school, Nice says Credit:Alamy  classroom We need to look after children’s baby teeth and get them started on good oral health habits as early as possibleDr Gill Davies, dental consultant and adviser on the new standards Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of Nice, said: “The risk of dental caries and periodontal disease is reduced by good oral health behaviour, such as brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.”This quality standard calls on local authorities to identify areas where children and young people are at risk of poor oral health and target services like supervised tooth brushing schemes to schools in those areas. “Good oral health is vital throughout our lives and we’re confident this quality standard will help focus attention on maintaining a healthy mouth.”Nice has previously said that too many parents think that brushing teeth is “trivial”.A number of schools already run supervised sessions, which help children to brush their teeth at the start and end of each day.Some critics have said the schemes have turned the state into “supernanny” and would encourage parents to think that basic childrearing skills could be delegated.But Nice said it was important to ensure children were taught the right skills early, regardless who was doing the teaching.Dr Gill Davies, consultant in dental public health and member of the quality standard advisory committee, said: “We need to look after children’s baby teeth and get them started on good oral health habits as early as possible.” Schools should teach children how to brush their teeth, health watchdogs have said, as they reveal one quarter of five-year-olds have tooth decay.New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says teachers and school nurses should supervise teeth brushing in a bid to drive down rates of tooth decay.The advice says such programmes should be introduced in schools, nurseries and children’s centres in areas at risk of poor oral health.Tooth extraction is the most common reason for admission to hospital for children.The watchdog said 25 per cent of five-year-olds have obvious tooth decay, with an average of more than three missing, decayed or filled teeth among such children.last_img read more

first_imgParents of skiving school students are set to be charged for GCSE exams if their children miss too many classes.A secondary school in Essex is planning to charge £65 per subject for children who have an attendance of under 90 per cent.That is the equivalent of missing just 20 days of lessons in an academic year. 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. Pupils were told in an assembly that they need to meet these expectations and letters were sent to their homes.The principal of Colchester Academy Fiona Pierson said: “Since sending this letter out we have seen an improvement in Year 11 attendance of 1.1 per cent.”In addition, the number of students who have an attendance figure below 90 per cent has decreased by over half.”Both of these improvements will have a significant impact on the successes these young people will experience in the future and that is my aim.” Colchester Academy Fiona PiersonCredit:SWNS Colchester Academy Fiona Pierson She said: “I am extremely sympathetic to student needs and there are some who have an attendance figure below this 90 per cent mark who will not be asked for a financial contribution.”However, there is now a small minority of parents who will be approached. I have not received any resistance from parents, I think the approach has been measured.”The school was rated as requiring improvement in its last Ofsted inspection in 2015 and had been in special measures.A key finding was GCSE pupils were not making enough progress.Last year a grammar school in Salisbury, Wiltshire, was accused of ‘money grabbing’ after asking parents if they could cover the cost of some of their children’s GCSE exams.However, unlike those planned by Colchester Academy these charges were not compulsory. In the correspondence sent to parents, Ms Pierson explained how she is not prepared to enter students for exams if they have not shown enough commitment.To justify this she pointed out “the financial position of the public sector at present”.However she also explained how “exceptional circumstances where there may be medical evidence to explain the level of absence” would make parents exempt of penalties.last_img read more

first_img“For all the idiots like the one trying to ruin the Banksy there is 1000s of good people in this city who want the best for each other. Top work and I hope the council show their gratitude for this selfless act!”‎Andie Toft Cropper‎ wrote: “Earlier this evening I got so disillusioned with things that were being said about Hull – all because of the actions of some mindless idiots.“But then Jason Fanthorpe saves the day and demonstrates just what it is about Hull that will always put it head and shoulders above all other cities- in the face of adversity we join together and fight back.”Zarah Thompson added: “It’s faded now … but at least it’s been saved, rather have a faded Banksy than no Banksy at all.” Caroline Ullyart posted: “The city council really need to explain how this has happened.. it’s not impossible to have protected it … it’s jaw-dropping.”“How slow was Hull City Council here?” commented another. “Worth hundreds of thousands of pounds as an art piece … worth millions as a tourist attraction!”Sarah Rennard wrote the episode was “embarrassing for our city”.Others praised Mr Fanthorpe’s actions, Dave Kew wrote: “Thanks Jason! My faith in the people of Hull has restored. This is what being from Hull is about; pride, acts of kindness and sticking together. Hull City Council said staff would be on site this morning “applying a protective layer to the artwork to prevent further damage”.“This temporary measure will help to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy the work and prevent, where possible, further damage,” they added.The council had faced an online backlash from some local residents on the One Hull Of A City Facebook community page who accused them of failing to protect the artwork . Conservative councillor John Abbott had earlier called for the Banksy to be removed, arguing it did not compare with “real art” in the city’s Ferens Art Gallery.“I think that should be cleaned off,” he said. “It should be photographed and the photograph kept because Banksy is not without talent,” he said.The meaning of the artwork has been debated, with fans suggesting it could be a commentary on Britain’s decision to leave the EU or Hull being named the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.Banksy’s most iconic works of art -what happened to them next? A window cleaner has helped save a new mural by enigmatic street artist Banksy on a bridge in Hull after it was defaced on Sunday night.Jason Fanthorpe was getting ready for bed when he saw reports the stencilled design – of a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end – had been whitewashed.He headed straight to the disused Scott Street bridge with ladders and cleaning products, using water and white spirit to clean off the white paint. “I was angry, outraged,” he told The Telegraph. “Love it or hate it, there’s no need to deface it. That art was gifted to the city, it was drawing crowds in from all over.”He initially attempted to use water “tentatively on one corner” to shift the paint but found it was ineffective. “So I tried the white spirit I’d brought along. That brought it off OK, it was magic seeing the art appear from underneath,” he explains.“I just thought that I’d go to help because the paint might be still wet. There were already people there wanting to do something but I had the ladders.”The 46-year-old said he was “extremely proud” Banksy chose Hull for his latest artwork, adding: “It was great to see people talking so much about art, and flocking to see it.center_img “Our community is not represented by mindless acts of vandalism, it’s more accurately represented by the response to such acts, which in this case was overwhelmingly positive. “I hope that whoever daubed over the Banksy will realise the upset they have caused but also eventually come to appreciate art and become more productively involved in society.”The artwork – which appears alongside the text ‘draw the raised bridge!’ in white capital letters – appeared on the River Hull bridge on 25 January. 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 “Banksy” has been defaced/erased according to the @onehullofacity facebook page. #Hull— David Burns (@bbcburnsy) January 28, 2018last_img read more

Ariana Grande wipes away a tear as she performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017 Ariana Grande wipes away a tear as she performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 4, 2017Credit:Kevin Mazur/Getty She also got a bee tattoo, which came to symbolise Manchester’s resilience in the wake of the attack.In a message to fans last year, Grande said: “We won’t let hate win. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder, and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”Grande’s new album is called Sweetener, with the singer saying the message to her fans was that you can make a bad situation better.Speaking to Jimmy Fallon, she explained the title as: “It’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or someone’s life, or somebody else who brings light to your life – sweetening the situation.” More than 50,000 people turned out at the Old Trafford cricket ground just two weeks after the attack to watch stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher perform.Grande closed the concert with a tearful performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.More than £2.7 million was raised from the gig and Grande was “moved” after being named an honorary citizen of Manchester. Ariana Grande has described the Manchester Arena bomb attack as the “absolute worst of humanity” in an emotional interview nearly a year on from the atrocity.A terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving her concert in the city on May 22 last year, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.In an interview with Time magazine, the singer spoke about her response to the attack and its impact on her music.Grande, whose first new music following the attack, No Tears Left To Cry, alluded to the atrocity, said “The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.”Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. 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. “I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”Following the attack, the Dangerous Woman singer put on a benefit concert in Manchester for the families of those affected. read more

When a young Sophie Lawrence was tasked with producing the catalogue for a Lucian Freud exhibition at Tate Britain, she was thrilled to have the chance to work with paintings she had loved since she was a teenager. Last week, Sophie – now a married mother-of-two who works as an NHS speech… The story of the young Miss Lawrence, who went on to pose nude for Freud for an extraordinary eight months of her life, can now be told in full for the first time, after she learned her portrait is to be sold for up to £20 million. As she came to meet the artist in person, at a dinner where their only interaction came as he peered at her staff pass and giggled, she could scarcely believe it her good fortune. 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

Analysts said the market for operations such as hip surgery and cataract operations was being fuelled by “very high waits for NHS diagnosis and treatment”. Private companies have seen a 53 per cent rise in the “self-pay” market in four years, the data reveals. Many areas have drawn up restrictions on access to treatment, refusing some operations entirely, with others only provided for those in extreme… 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 number of patients paying for operations privately is soaring amid rising waiting lists and deepening rationing across the NHS, new figures show. In the last four years, the numbers waiting more than six months for such operations has tripled, with 445,360 such cases by the end of last year. read more