Steve Nash Returns to Lakers Lineup in Overtime Win

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Steve Nash made his return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup Saturday night to help the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime.Nash, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, stated Friday that he was eyeing the Christmas day match against the New York Knicks as a definite return. He said that there was a low probability that would actually play against the Warriors, but that changed Saturday.The 38-year-old Nash had missed the last 24 games after fracturing his left fibula against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 31, but felt good after Saturday’s win.“To play 40 minutes after seven weeks was more than I could ask for,” Nash said. “I felt in a decent rhythm. I feel positive about it. We’ll see (Sunday). I’ll have to keep working on it. I know it will be sore and painful but I’m used to that.”Nash did not appear to be out of shape as he broke down the Warriors defense and created shots for his teammates. Kobe Bryant thrived in Nash’s return to the lineup, finishing with 34 points and 10 rebounds.“You put two guys together who can do opposite things and it fits extremely well,” Bryant said about playing with Nash. “When I get a rebound, I look to get the ball in his hands because I know I will be getting an easy shot.”The Lakers managed to rally from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to carry the game into overtime behind Metta World Peace and Nash. Nash hit a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes of regulation before the Warriors came storming back. World Peace scored 20 points, and Nash nailed a step-back shot for the final basket in overtime to push the Lakers winning streak to four games.“The guy is a winner,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of Nash. “There was a difference before the game. He changes everything. He changes the whole perspective.”Before the game D’Antoni said that with Nash in the lineup this is the blueprint that he had in mind after replacing Mike Brown. Brown was fired in November after a 1-4 start in his second season.The Lakers and D’Antoni hope that Nash can continue to orchestrate the offense as they head into their Christmas day match against the Knicks. read more

Sumo Has Its First Japanese Yokozuna In Nearly Two Decades

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While the criteria for promotion to yokozuna aren’t set in stone, the most common catalyst is winning two Grand Tournaments in a row — or some “equivalent” performance.In this case, Yokozuna Deliberation Council likely considered the fact that Kisenosato had the most total match wins in the six Grand Tournaments of the 2016 season — including four second-place finishes, despite no overall tournament victories. Also, after Hakuho was upset on day 14, Kisenosato had the January tournament wrapped up before the final day, which is considered stronger than a normal tournament win. Then, in his final match against Hakuho, Kisenosato won with a spectacular sukuinage (“beltless arm throw”):For more on the past and present of sumo, including a deep dive into 250 years of data, see The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making. Japanese sumo has been in a bit of a funk this century. With the sport dominated by Mongolian yokozuna (“grand champions”) such as Asashoryu, Hakuho and Haramafuji, Japan went 58 tournaments between 2006 and 2016 without producing any tournament winners — despite strict limitations on how many foreigners are even allowed to train. Japan hasn’t produced a yokozuna since Wakanohana earned the rank in 1998, and hasn’t even had a yokozuna active in the sport since Wakanohana’s brother Takanohana retired in 2003.But that drought has suddenly (and somewhat unexpectedly) ended, as the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday officially promoted January basho (tournament) winner Kisenosato to the sport’s most prestigious rank — despite this being his first ever-tournament win.1I don’t want to surmise what every sumo fan or analyst was thinking, but perusing Google search results from before the January basho, I found hardly anything discussing Kisenosato’s yokozuna chances. Note this is unlike when Goeido and Kotoshogiku won tournaments last year, when virtually all of the media coverage of the next basho was about their yokozuna quests.Kisenosato had previously finished in second place (called “jun-yusho”) a record 12 times without winning a tournament (“yusho”) — though he still has the record for most jun-yusho with only one yusho. Of course, that kind of thing happens when your career coincides with that of Hakuho, a living legend who, while less than a year older than Kisenosato, has won 37 tournaments (and counting). Nine of Kisenosato’s jun-yusho have been as runner-up to the “White Peng.” read more

Baseball Is For The Youths

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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This past week brought a series of impressive feats from baseball phenoms. Pete Alonso set a record for home runs hit by a National League rookie. Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 11th home run in just 17 career games, becoming the first player since at least 1900 to do so. And Yankee infielder Gleyber Torres set a record for the most homers since 1969 against a single team when he hit his 13th home run of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. On the show, we break down this era of unprecedented dominance by the young players of MLB.Looking ahead to the start of the 2019 college football season — which kicks off this weekend — we’ll preview which teams to watch for and make our own championship predictions.To round out this all-youth episode, we dive into the Little League World Series and the players whose names suggest that they are destined for greatness.What we’re looking at this week:Neil’s piece on youths in baseball.Forbes breaks down the college football rankings.The joys of Little League World Series fandom from The Ringer. read more

Buckeyes Illini eyeing big prize

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Forget the diamond rings and gold trophies. When Ohio State welcomes Illinois to The Horseshoe on Saturday, the teams will be playing for a wooden turtle.Originally, a real turtle was used as the game’s emblem, but the schools opted for Illy Illibuck, a wooden replica, following its passing in 1927, just two years after the first Illibuck match.Of course, no prize boosts motivation like a wooden turtle.“It would be good to win the turtle,” running back Brandon Saine said hesitantly with a laugh.OSU has won four of the past five meetings with its tortoise-yearning adversaries. That one defeat, however, ruined the Buckeyes’ 10-0 start in 2007.Illinois arrived in Columbus as overlooked underdogs, the No. 1 Buckeyes looking ahead to their regular season finale against rival Michigan, the final roadblock to a trip to the national title game.The Illini escaped Ohio Stadium with a 28-21 victory, leaving OSU — and the BCS system — in shambles.This time around, Illinois looks to spoil the start of the Big Ten season for the Bucks.“I don’t look back at that game,” Illini coach Ron Zook said. “I think people try to bring that up, but that’s history. This is a different ball game. What happened then, happened then and obviously Ohio State remembers it. Our guys remember it. But every game is different and every year is different.”For Illinois, senior quarterback “Juice” Williams holds the key. Williams missed the team’s victory two weeks ago over Illinois State after leaving Illinois’ opener with an injury to his quadriceps.Illinois had a bye week last week, and Zook said Williams should be ready to play come Saturday.“He’s full go. He was not limited in practice,” he said. “He’s got a strained muscle. He doesn’t feel like it’s an issue and the trainers don’t feel like it’s an issue. When he gets out there and starts playing, I don’t think he will even remember.”In Illinois’ upset of OSU in 2007, Williams threw for four touchdowns while completing just 12 passes.This season, however, success has been more difficult to come by.Missouri, which lost its starting quarterback and top two receiving threats to the NFL, crushed the Illini 37-9 in the season’s first week.“I’ll be honest, I never thought we were going to go 12-0,” Zook said. “The first thing out of my mouth after the game was that. That’s a game that you learn from.”OSU coach Jim Tressel ignores Illinois’ opening result, instead focusing on the team’s talent on both sides of the ball.“I felt going into the Big Ten year that Illinois probably had as good a personnel as anyone in the league,” he said. “The explosive ability they have over on the offensive side, the uniqueness they have over on the defense. They’ve got a big, strong front on defense.”Since 2007, the Illini passing game has centered around Williams and junior receiver Arrelious Benn. Benn caught 67 passes for 1055 yards a year ago.“Offensively, Illinois might be one of the most talented teams in the conference,” said cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who will cover Benn on Saturday.As for the Buckeye offense, Illinois expects to defend a run-heavy attack.“They are typical Ohio State,” Zook said. “They are going to line up, play Smash Mouth, knock you off the ball and try to run it down your throat.”Aside from the running game, Zook said his team has had trouble preparing for OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, presents a matchup problem for any defense.“The thing about Terrelle is that he’s a hard guy to simulate,” Zook said. “He runs really fast and he’s really strong and he’s big. It’s really hard to prepare for a guy like [Pryor] because you don’t want to beat your guys up by trying.”Illinois hopes to lock down on Pryor’s receiving options and stuff the run game, Zook said.“You’re not going to go stop [Pryor],” he said. “What we have to do is understand that he’s going to get his [yardage] and we have to contain the best that we can and give up as few big plays as we can.”The Buckeyes begin Big Ten play on a trek to their fifth consecutive conference title. OSU’s rich history of league success has Illinois motivated to emulate the 2007 game and beat the Bucks at The ‘Shoe.“I think any time you play an opponent, if you’re a competitor you love to compete against the best,” Zook said. “Obviously they’re one of the best.” read more

No 4 Ohio State mens basketball downs Walsh in exhibition game 8371

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The Ohio State basketball team is expected to blow out non-Division I teams, but In the Buckeyes’ Tuesday exhibition game meeting with Walsh, OSU was only 12 points better than the NCAA Division II foe. In their first competitive action since falling in the 2012 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four round, the Buckeyes, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, continued prep work for the 2012-13 season with a 83-71 exhibition game win against the Cavaliers Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU returns three starters – junior forward Deshaun Thomas and junior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. – from the 2011-12 team that finished with a 31-8 overall record on its way to a national semifinal appearance. That trio combined for 36 points in the game with Thomas leading the way with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Craft said Walsh deserved credit for forcing a close result. “They came in and weren’t backing down. We’ve got a lot of things to learn, a long way to go,” Craft said. “The best thing about it is it’s still October.” OSU will compete in one additional closed-door exhibition game before opening the 2012-13 season at the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown against Marquette Nov. 9, in Charleston, S.C. The score was hardly of consequence in the game, though Walsh might have raised some eyebrows after leading OSU for most of the first half and then keeping the final score close as well. The first half was a period of experimentation for OSU coach Thad Matta. The Buckeyes used nine different combinations of players in the opening 20 minutes, and every scholarship player except junior guard Alex Rogers saw time. Perhaps due to the closer-than-expected outcome, Rogers never made it into the game, nor did walk-on sophomore forward Jake Lorbach. In what might have been a glimpse into the team’s future, Matta went with a towering starting lineup, choosing Thomas, Smith Jr., Craft, 6-foot-8 sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross, and 6-foot-11 sophomore center Amir Williams for the start. Thomas said part of the challenge against Walsh was adjusting to the personnel changes. “Coach (Matta), he said he was going to try different guys. That was going to be a test,” Thomas said. “It worked though. A couple players were off to the side by themselves and, you know, that’s what coach is trying to see. He just wants us to stand in a circle and, you know, (There were) a couple guys out of that circle today, but it was a test. Like Craft said, it’s October. We’re going to be a better basketball team.” Matta said the lineup changes may have stunted the Buckeyes’ abilities in the game and he expected that. “I knew going in I was going to start a different starting lineup,” Matta said. “(We were) throwing a lot of different guys in there, which I was OK with. I was OK that we didn’t play as well as we probably wanted to play.” Despite trailing in the early stages of the contest, OSU took the lead for good at the 2:10 mark in the period when Thomas spun to the rack and laid the ball in as he was fouled. The score and the free throw to follow put the Buckeyes up, 29-27. OSU scrambled on the final possession of the half before Craft heaved a last-second 3-pointer to send the Buckeyes into break with a 39-30 lead. Despite the lead, OSU was out-rebounded in the half, 20-13. The Cavaliers didn’t go away quietly in the second half. Walsh senior forward Kenny Kornowski kept his NCAA Division II team in contention with 12 points in the game on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor. Walsh sophomore forward Jeff Copeland also aided in keeping the Cavaliers competitive as he scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the visitors. OSU was visibly frustrated in the second half – players clapped in frustration after missed baskets. The team’s anticipated fast-tempo offense was more than Walsh could cope with, though. During OSU’s Oct. 11 media day, players and coaches spoke of the fast-tempo offense and they backed up that talk in the second half against the Cavaliers. The fast-paced offense gave the Buckeyes the points they needed to hold off a Walsh rally. OSU rotated the same 10 players in and out of the game, and closed out the win by the 12-point margin. “It’s frustrating any time you’re losing in a game,” Craft said. “It’s something that you need to experience and you can’t really teach how to play through that, so, facing adversity and facing when things kind of aren’t going your way, that’s something we’re going to have to deal with throughout the year. It’s already hit us. We already have a little taste.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball hoping to extend win streak against Penn State

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The road hasn’t been too kind to the Ohio State men’s basketball team this season. Of the Buckeyes’ four losses on the year, three (Duke, Illinois, Michigan State) have come outside of the friendly confines of the Schottenstein Center. OSU (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) is set to play an away game Saturday, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble notching a win. The team the Buckeyes are traveling roughly five hours to play is the conference’s worst club: Penn State. The Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7) are the Big Ten’s only winless team in conference play. Their leading scorer, senior point guard Tim Fraizer, is out for the year with an injury after playing in just four games. PSU has struggled heavily to score the ball, as the Nittany Lions rank near the bottom of the country in nearly all offensive team statistics. Still searching for a team identity, as senior forward Evan Ravenel said, the Buckeyes are looking to start a win streak after defeating Iowa Tuesday night in Columbus, 72-63. If history is any proof, OSU shouldn’t have too much trouble doing that Saturday. The Buckeyes have won 17 straight games against PSU and have been victorious in the last six meetings that took place in State College, Pa. “I don’t know what it is. I do like the way we’ve come out of there in the times we’ve gone, though,” OSU coach Thad Matta said, speaking about his team’s previous treks to play the Nittany Lions on the road. Matta said has been sure to point out to his team that PSU has shown the capability in the past to knock off a ranked opponent, though. “He doesn’t want it to be us,” Ravenel said. The Buckeyes played like they were ready to go in practice this week, according to Matta. “If you don’t come to practice ready to play, you’re going to look really bad. I think guys have caught on to that,” Matta said. OSU’s leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, will be coming off an injury Saturday. The junior forward gashed the area above his right eye in the contest against the Hawkeyes Tuesday and received six stitches. Thomas has been playing in the Big Ten for two-plus years, but the battle scar was the first he’s gotten. “In high school people barely touched me. Now, the Big Ten is physical,” Thomas said. OSU and PSU are set to tip-off at noon Saturday. read more

Ohio States Braxton Miller reportedly out for season

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OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller warms up for the first session of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. Miller missed the entirety of spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to miss the entire 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday, according to a Tuesday afternoon ESPN report.Miller, expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, re-injured his throwing shoulder at practice Monday afternoon, a source close to the team told Lantern TV.According to the source, the team had not yet been informed of Miller’s status as of early Tuesday afternoon.He originally injured the shoulder last season in OSU’s loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Miller was held out of spring practice and limited through the first portion of fall practice.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Miller was held out of the throwing portions of a Monday morning practice, but was expected to through in the afternoon. That second session was when Miller re-injured his shoulder while throwing the ball.In between practices, Miller said he was “100 percent,” despite experiencing muscle soreness stemming from the shoulder surgery throughout camp.Miller, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, missed two full games and most of a third in 2013 as a junior. Then-backup Kenny Guiton replaced him and led the Buckeyes to three wins.On Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had moved ahead of redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones in the team’s backup quarterback battle. Herman said the OSU offense has moved the ball better when Barrett is on the field, as opposed to Jones, so far in fall camp.Barrett’s only experience for the Scarlet and Gray outside of practice came in OSU’s 2014 Spring Game when he finished 17 of 33 on pass attempts and racked up 151 yards through the air.OSU’s 2014 season is scheduled to begin at noon Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Ohio State mens soccer to host NCAA tournament clash with Akron

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Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (left) fights for a header during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAppearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knows that one slip up could mark the end of the road.However, the team has embraced that mindset, junior midfielder Zach Mason said.“It feels a little bit different, because you know these games are the most important, this is what you play the whole regular season for, train in the preseason for,” the co-captain said. “They’re huge. So, you get up a little bit more for these.”OSU (9-7-4) is set for a rematch with Akron for its first-round matchup. Akron defeated OSU back on Sept. 24, 3-1.OSU coach John Bluem said despite the result from the first meeting, the Zips will be seeing a different OSU team Thursday.“I think we’re playing better as a team now than we were at that point in time,” Bluem said. “I think we’re defending better than we did at that point in time, so those are things that should help us help us a little bit in this game.”Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said he agreed with his coach’s thoughts.“We dropped the first one, which was unfortunate on our part, but we grew as a team, and we’re definitely a stronger and better team now,” Sarris said.Sarris said every player has developed and gotten better “in their own way” as the season progressed.Bluem said that Akron (13-6-1) does possess one advantage that the Buckeyes cannot account for: experience.“(Experience is) certainly something that works to their favor,” Bluem said. “They have a lot of guys that have NCAA Tournament experience, and we have nobody.”The Zips are appearing in the tournament for the 10th consecutive season. That includes a 2010 season that saw Akron hoist the national championship trophy for the first time in school history after defeating Louisville in the title game.On the other side, only one player on OSU’s roster has ever appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: senior midfielder Yianni Sarris, in his lone season at Florida Gulf Coast as a freshman.However, Sarris said his experience from three years ago is incomparable to how he feels about OSU going dancing this season, because of the connection he feels with his current teammates.“It’s very nice to be back,” Sarris said. “I really wanted to do it with this squad. I mean, this squad is my family, this is my brotherhood.”The Zips — the Mid-American Conference champions — boast a strong attack that is led by sophomore midfielder Adam Najem, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 13 goals this season.One of those came in Akron’s regular season victory in Columbus, a header in the 76th minute that found the back of the net for the third and final Zips goal that evening.Bluem said OSU is in good shape for the rematch, simply because Akron has already defeated the Buckeyes this year.“I would say the biggest advantage is that they beat us the first time,” the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year said. “It’s difficult to beat a team twice in one season. Our guys are going to be excited to play the game, not only because it’s an NCAA Tournament game, but because it’s a chance to get back at a team that beat you.”Another factor the players and coaches are thinking about in advance of the game is the weather forecast for Thursday evening.According to the Weather Channel, the forecast for the start of the game at 5 p.m. is about 25 degrees, with winds blowing between 10 and 15 mph.Mason said tackling the cold weather head-on is something that the team will need to carefully plan out.“In these conditions, it’s a mental game,” Mason said. “You have to understand that it’s going to be cold, and just get over it, really.”OSU and Akron met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008, with Akron winning, 1-0, in double overtime. That was the only postseason matchup between the schools, though they have met 38 times overall, with Akron dominating the all-time series, 28-6-3.The winner of the game will advance to South Bend, Ind., to take on the defending champions and No. 1 seed in the tournament, Notre Dame, on Sunday.OSU’s first-round matchup against Akron is scheduled to kick off at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. read more

Despite Ohio States success against the run USC believes Ronald Jones is

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Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — Every team with a stud running back that faced Ohio State’s run defense believed it had the key to breaking through a stingy front that has allowed just 108.8 yards per game, eighth-best in the nation. But the Buckeyes stuffed nearly every high-level back they played against. Penn State’s Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley managed just 2.1 yards per carry on 21 rushes, while Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor had 15 carries for 41 yards. Like all other challengers that have come before, USC believes it has a running back — junior Ronald Jones — who can break through.And while Jones sits in the shadow of potential No. 1 NFL draft pick quarterback Sam Darnold, he might be the key to a USC victory in the Cotton Bowl Friday.“They’ve done a good job against some really good running backs,” Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin said Wednesday. “But Ronald, I think, is different than some guys they’ve seen.”Jones sits at No. 5 in the record book for most rushing yards in USC history with 3,555 yards. This season, he has racked up 1,486 yards on 242 carries and became the first player in the program since Lendale White (2004 and 2005) to rush for at least 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Through 12 games, he has 18 touchdowns on the ground and has added 14 catches for 187 yards, with a touchdown.“I don’t know if, number one, I haven’t coached one like him,” Martin said. “I don’t know if in my career I’ll have another one like him.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39), Damon Arnette (3) and Damon Webb (7) take down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe challenge Jones presents to Ohio State in Friday’s Cotton Bowl differs from its prior matchups against top running backs. His combination of speed and acceleration with unexpected power from a 6-foot, 200-pound frame differs from the unexpected speed of Taylor and Barkley, both of whom weigh at least 15 pounds more than Jones.While Taylor and Barkley look physical and surprise defenses with their speed, Jones’ speed is well documented, where his physicality and power can shock the opposition.“He kind of takes a, what you call a raised step right before he gets hit and really delivers a blow, as opposed to a guy just continuing to run,” Schiano said. “That is something that I don’t know if it’s coached or not. You don’t see a lot of guys that are able to do that. I think that’s kind of a gift. And if you make a mistake, the one thing, he’s gone.”Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said he believes Barkley and Taylor are “typical Big Ten-great running backs,” but Jones is smaller and much faster than them. Regardless, he said, the defensive gameplan does not change. “Everything’s the same,” Hubbard said. “You’ve got to be fundamentally sound, stay in your gaps and build a wall.”That wall has held strong nearly every game, though a few players — such as Iowa’s Akrum Wadley, who rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries — have broken through. Even Barkley managed a 36-yard rush in his 41-yard performance against the Buckeyes.The Trojans hope Jones can break through that wall, but are prepared to sub in backup running backs. Martin said all four tailbacks — Jones, Stephen Carr, Vavae Malepeai and Aca’Cedric Ware — are healthy for the first time this season.“We can go big, we can go small,” Martin said. “We can go fast or faster with the four backs that we have.”But the Buckeyes feel confident that they can counter the Trojans’ stable of running backs with their dominant defensive line rotation.“If they’re going to keep cycling running backs in and running the ball, their offensive line is going to get worn down,” Hubbard said. “I feel like we have that advantage in at least the rotation if they try and go up-tempo just because we’re so deep at the defensive line.”Though the Trojans plan to rotate running backs, Jones will be the key to kick-starting a run game that became more important late in the year.During the final stretch of the season, Jones became USC’s featured offensive weapon. After having more than 20 carries just once through the Trojans’ first nine games of the year, he had 25-plus carries in each of the final four games, tallying at least 122 yards in each contest. Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day told the defense Jones would be one of the top-two running backs the Buckeyes face this season, along with Barkley, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. But the ever-confident, second-team All-American is not worried.“[Jones] was a track guy, so he’s really fast and he’s a pretty big dude,” Bosa said. “So we just have to bottle him up. “We’ve done pretty well with that this year so it’ll be just like the same.” read more

Dying mothers heartbreaking letter to daughter found 15 years after it went

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first_imgHowever, Gordon Draper, owner of Bondgate Books in Bishop Auckland, was recently looking through a pile of books in his shop when he discovered an envelope – which contained the letter and a photo of Lisa and Bethany.Mr Draper returned the letter to Ms Gash, after BBC Tees helped track her down.”I can’t emphasise how pleased I am,” he said. “Absolutely amazed.”The letter says: “If your dad is reading this to you it is because I have died and gone to heaven to live with the angels.”I will always be in the sky making sure you are alright and watching over you so when you see a bright star, like in the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, that’s me. The letter Credit:PA “I will always love you and don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong to talk about me because it’s not.”Don’t forget me because I’ll always be your mam.”Ms Gash told reporters  that getting the letter back meant “absolutely the world” to her. Credit:PAcenter_img A letter written by a dying mother to her six-year-old daughter has been found in a second-hand bookshop in County Durham – 15 years after it went missing.Lisa Gash wrote the letter to her young daughter Bethany shortly before her death from cystic fibrosis in 2001.Bethany’s father Ian read the letter to her after her mother’s death, but it had since gone missing. “I think it was possibly put in a book for safe keeping, but it has been discarded when we moved,” said Ms Gash, now 21 and working as a customer service adviser from Ferryhill.”I didn’t think there would be a chance of ever seeing it again.” Lisa and Bethany Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Seeing the same family doctor cuts the risk of being rushed to

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first_imgThe new investigation by the Health Foundation found that patients who have a high continuity of GP care are 12 per cent less likely to be avoidably rushed to hospital than those passed around to various doctors.Despite the potential savings to acute providers, who overspent by at least £2.45 billion last year, continuity of GP care is currently getting worse in England.Rapidly growing GP patient lists due to an ageing population is making it increasingly unlikely a person can rely on seeing the same doctor on multiple visits.The problem is being compounded by the rise of amalgamated “super surgeries”, which are being relied on by tens of thousands of patients.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The relationship that GPs have with their patients is unique, and in many cases built over time. Delivering continuity of care is becoming increasingly difficult as GPs and our teams struggle to deal with increased patient demand, with fewer resourcesProfessor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Allowing patients to continuously see the same GP would slash the number of unnecessary visits to hospital and save the NHS billions, according to a new study.Research published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that a trusting relationship with a designated family doctor prompts better clinical decisions because patients are more open about their problems.Previous research has shown that emergency hospital admissions for conditions which are manageable in a local surgery cost the NHS at least £1.42 billion a year. Sign to A&E Efforts to tackle unnecessary hospital admissions have focused principally on improving access to GPs surgeries in general, such as by extending opening hours or introducing home calls.This, however, could be having the unintended consequence of multiplying the number of family doctors any one patient is likely to meet, found the BMJ study.The new research analysed the medical records of 230,000 patients aged between 62 and 82-years-old between April 2011 and March 2013.The researchers focused on older patients because they account for a high proportion of both GP consultations and potentially avoidable hospital admissions.The findings reported in the BMJ are supported by an intervention by University of Bristol Scientists which states that a primary care system that is increasingly fragmented “provides the setting for patients to choose to attend an emergency department instead”.Last month, at the height of the winter overcrowding in hospitals, former Conservative Health Secretary and NHS Confederation chair Stephen Dorrell said most people were heading to A&E because it was “the only place with the lights on”. Where they end up: weaknesses in primary care funnels patients to hospitalCredit:Andrew Matthews “Good continuity of care can be particularly beneficial to the growing number of patients who are living with multiple, long-term conditions.“But delivering continuity of care is becoming increasingly difficult as GPs and our teams struggle to deal with increased patient demand, with fewer resources, and not enough GPs or practice staff.” His comments followed reports that one fifth of GP surgeries were closed for at least one afternoon a week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgWitnesses have said that after eating at Zizzi’s restaurant they went to the Mill pub where Mr Skripal appeared unsteady on his feet, as if “drunk” – even though he had only ordered a single glass of white wine – suggesting the effects of the nerve agent were rapidly taking effect.Scotland Yard said there were no plans at this stage to release images from the CCTV footage.A spokesman said: “As with any inquiry CCTV forms a major part of it and a wideranging investigation into a number of areas is currently underway.”At a cost of £400,000 Salisbury’s CCTV is a state of the art colour system with high picture quality, even at night. It has suffered glitches and breakdowns in the past 12 months, following its introduction, but was by chance full operational in the weeks leading up to the nerve agent attack. spy spy “The coverage is extensive and very good, including around the Maltings shopping centre area where the Skripals were found,” said Salisbury council leader Matthew Dean. “If there’s something there to be seen the police will see it.” Sources have told the Telegraph that detectives are particularly keen to see if anyone followed Mr Skripal and his daughter from his home to a cemetery, or the town centre Zizzi’s restaurant and a local pub.They were found slumped on a bench on the banks of the River Avon at around 4.15pm on March 3. Eyewitnesses said they appeared “catatonic”.The father and daughter remained in a critical condition, while Det Sgt Bailey, 38, was seriously ill but stable. A further 18 people were treated for “minor side effects”. Officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command are poring over hours of footage searching for vital clues to identify who attacked the father and daughter with a nerve agent. CCTV dated approximately one week before the murder of Sergei Skripal.Credit: ITV NEWS Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are critically ill. The police sergeant who was left seriously injured by a nerve agent while investigating the poisoning of a former Russian agent says he is not a hero.  Credit:PA Police have identified more than 240 witnesses and are analysing more than 200 pieces of evidence in what Home Secretary Amber Rudd described as an investigation proceeding with “speed and professionalism”.John Glen, the economic secretary to the Treasury and Conservative MP for Salisbury, said: “A large amount of CCTV footage has been handed over and has been materially useful to the investigation. This material comes from functioning cameras of high quality with good coverage of the relevant areas.”Mr Glen added: “The hope would undoubtedly be that you might see something on there that would provide a clue to what happened, such as them being followed by someone.”The meticulous examination of anything that may have been contaminated by the nerve agent continued on Saturday as an ambulance was removed from an ambulance station on the edge of the city. spy The police officer who is seriously ill after helping a Russian spy and his daughter poisoned in a nerve agent attack has insisted he is not a hero but was “merely doing his job”.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is in intensive care after becoming contaminated as he went to the aid of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in Salisbury last Sunday.A statement issued last night through Wiltshire Police on his behalf said: “He wants to say that he does not consider himself a ‘hero’, he states he was merely doing his job – a job he loves and is immensely proud of – just like all of his other dedicated colleagues do, day in-day out, in order to protect the public and keep people safe.”He also thanked the public for their messages of support for him. The announcement from the officer, who can sit and up and speak, came as it emerged that the investigation was on the verge of a significant breakthrough after “materially useful” CCTV footage was uncovered. Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia  More than 200 pieces of evidence have been found. It has not yet been established whether the nerve agent was administered inside Mr Skripal’s home, through a contaminated gift unwittingly brought by Yulia from Moscow, or somewhere in Salisbury town centre. Another theory is that they were targeted at the cemetery as they lay flowers.Det Sgt Bailey was one of the first emergency personnel to visit Mr Skripal’s home after attending to the pair on the bench near the Maltings shopping precinct after a member of the public raised the alarm, though this remains unconfirmed by Scotland Yard. It remains unclear whether he was ingested some of the nerve agent at home or while with the Skirpals. His police car has also been seized for examination.A close relative of DS Bailey said it was her understanding that he had been among the first to attend to the Skripals in Salisbury town centre, before going on to the Russian spy’s £260,000 semi-detached house.She said: “He was at both places. First he was where they collapsed, trying to help them, then he went to the house, in that order.” Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are critically ill. Credit:Eddie Mulholland Soldiers wearing chemical protection suits, plastic gloves and gas masks covered the vehicle in protective sheeting before it was loaded onto a military low loader. spy It is thought the ambulance was used to ferry to hospital those people who helped the two Russians.The city’s cemetery where the spy’s wife, Liudmila Skripal, and son, Alexander, are buried remained sealed off yesterday as items placed by the father and daughter on the grave were analysed.A toy dog placed on Alexander’s grave, along with plastic flowers and a pot of real daffodils from both plots had been placed in hermetically sealed plastic bins and taken for analysis.The various routes the Skripals might have taken through the Cathedral city’s streets and pedestrian walks are overlooked by an extensive network of council operated security cameras, as is the main road the Skripals would have taken into town. 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What is Steve Mysterious aurora seen in Scotland

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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 northern lights normally occur when electrons collide with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Steve was seen above the Aurora Eric Donovan, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary, told The New York Times last year: “[The citizen scientists] pulled up this beautiful photograph of this thing, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know what that is, but it’s not the proton aurora.’”The phenomenon needed a name, so they called it Steve.The collaboration between amateur scientists and professionals has been integral in understanding Steve, which is a  visible strip of ionised gas, travelling at 6.4km (4 miles) a second. Stargazers in Scotland managed to spot a mysterious aurora after the mini Beast from the East cleared.The remarkable phenomenon has been dubbed “Steve” – a Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, which was seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis overnight.Scientists are trying to learn more about the rare sight, and Nasa is funding a citizen science project, asking stargazers about their sightings of Steve.Last week, Nasa asked stargazers and space enthusiasts to help with a major new project into understanding Steve.Steve was seen along with the Aurora Borealis and could be identified because of its distinctive shape; a very narrow arc, aligned east-west, and extending for hundreds or thousands of miles.While the Aurora Borealis is green, Steve emits light in purple hues. It can last for up to an hour, and is sometimes seen alongside a green aurora.Over Sunday night, Steve was spotted from the isles of Skye and Lewis.Further sightings of Steve were reported from Oban in Argyll and Gairloch in Wester Ross.The Aurora Borealis appeared without Steve in many parts of Scotland.Steve has confused scientists since it was spotted in Alberta, Canada.After viewing photographs taken by citizen scientists, astronomers from Nasa were certain it is not a proton aurora; which is usually the cause of the northern lights. Steve was seen above the AuroraCredit: Twitter/GM7PBBlast_img read more

Probation service failed to protect woman who complained her convicted murderer expartner

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first_imgBefore Mellors’ release Pearl Black’s brother and sister, George and Mary Black, wrote to the Parole Board to warn them that he would kill again.Ms Black said: “The Parole Board have let us down totally. The justice system has let us down by not listening to us when we warned them this man would commit murder again.”Two good women died by the hands of this monster.”The different agencies should have picked up on this because he had been stalking Janet.” Mellors was released from prison in 2014 and was in a relationship with Mrs Scott while she was temporarily separated from her husband in 2017, and killed her after she got back together with Mr Scott.Mellors stabbed her at her home in Nursery Road, Arnold, Nottinghamshire, on 29 January then drove her towards Nottingham city centre. Simon Mellors killed two women in Nottinghamshire - Pearl Black, 36, in 1999, and Janet Scott, 51, in 2018 Simon Mellors killed Janet Scott after his release from prison for the murder of Pearl Black Simon Mellors killed Janet Scott after his release from prison for the murder of Pearl Black The Ministry of Justice said a full review into the case is under way.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson added: “Serious further offences such as this are very rare, but each one is taken extremely seriously and investigated fully.”A full review into this case is under way, and we will carefully consider the findings to make sure all possible lessons are learnt.”An inquest to examine the circumstances of Mrs Scott’s death has also been opened and adjourned.center_img Simon Mellors killed two women in Nottinghamshire – Pearl Black, 36, in 1999, and Janet Scott, 51, in 2018 A woman killed by a convicted murdered had complained to the probation service fearing for her life, her family have revealed.Janet Scott, 51, was murdered in January after dating convicted killer Simon Mellors, and now her husband Chris Scott has told of how the probation service failed to protect his wife.Simon Mellors, from Nottingham, murdered his former partner Pearl Black in 1999, then killed Mrs Scott after being released from prison on licence.Mr Scott said Mellors threatened to kill them both and followed Mrs Scott to work before she died.”If the probation service had done something and informed the police and had Mellors been arrested my wife would still be alive,” said Mr Scott.Speaking to the BBC he said that his wife knew Mellors was going to kill her. “She knew it was coming,” he said.”I said ‘Look, you’ve got nothing to worry about, I’m here, I’m going to protect you, nothing is going to happen’.” She escaped and ran towards a traffic officer for help, but Mellors drove his car into both of them, injuring the traffic officer and killing Mrs Scott instantly.Mellors died in prison after being charged with her murder and the attempted murder of the traffic officer. He is thought to have killed himself.Mrs Scott’s sister Susan Thomson confirmed that complaints had been made about Mellors to his probation officer. “I knew that my sister sent texts to the probation officer because she rung me up when she did it and told me so,” said Mrs Thomson.”I feel that Simon should have been told, or pulled in, or something done about it, while he was stalking my sister.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Children face curfew on nighttime social media use under new code

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Children could face a curfew on night-time social media use, under plans being considered by the information commissioner. Details of the consultation on the code, which aims to protect children’s privacy, their rights and to ensure they only access material appropriate to their age, are due to be unveiled this week. Elizabeth Denham is to ask parents and children what measures they want included in a new legally-enforced code, which could include forcing social media firms to switch off technology that keeps children awake at night and hooked to their devices for hours. “We are looking to do research directly with children and parents,” said a senior official. “We are looking to make sure it’s…

NHS heart test is a poorly executed gimmick that will frighten millions

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Prof Jamie Waterall, national lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at PHE, said: “The heart age test is a simple way of helping people think about their heart health.“It does not ­create any extra demand on GP services and there is no evidence to suggest this will happen. What we have seen is a big increase in people ­accessing lifestyle information, which is fantastic.” A government health ­adviser has criticised an NHS calculator which ­predicts when people will have a heart attack or stroke, saying the science behind it is “ridiculous”.Dr Ben Goldacre, who has just been appointed by the health secretary as chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board, suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people.He said the online quiz, offered by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS website, was a “poorly executed gimmick” which would heap pressure on GPs  by instructing everyone over the age of 30 to ­demand cholesterol checks.PHE says almost two million people have completed the quiz, which found that four in five had a “heart age” older than their actual age, meaning they are at risk of a stroke or heart attack.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, Dr Goldacre is among a number of doctors questioning the accuracy of their methods. The online tool asks individuals aged 30 and over a series of questions, including age, weight, family history of heart disease and readings of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, if readings are unknown, the calculator provides estimates based on the national average. This typically adds between one and five years to the biological age.Critics said those using the calculator are likely to be healthier than those that do not, meaning the “worried well” would be rushing to book GP ­appointments, on the basis of flawed science.And a number of patients trying the quiz this week were bemused when given advice to lose weight, or to cut blood pressure levels, only to find that revising the figures to “ideal” levels made no difference to their estimates. This test is ridiculous…There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.Dr Ben Goldacre, chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board Dr Goldacre, director of the ­Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at Oxford University, has just been appointed by health secretary Matt Hancock to lead a new advisory board which will highlight the best ways to use technology and data in health.“This test is ridiculous,” he said. “There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.“If only one in 100 do so, that’s 87,000 pointless GP consultations,” he tweeted just hours before his appointment as Mr Hancock’s adviser was announced, later describing the plans as “just silly”.Earlier this week, Mr Hancock heaped praise on the quiz, tweeting a video of him trying the test as PHE published its latest findings. He said: “Today I used the terrific NHS Heart Age tool from @PHE_UK to find out how old my heart is. Says my heart is 40 – a month older than me. Must do more exercise!”  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

Long court delays lead to boom in private divorces

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There has been a sharp rise in the number of divorcing couples opting to “go private” in order to avoid the delays and stresses of an over-stretched court system, lawyers have revealed. 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. It linked the rise in private hearings for financial… Boodle Hatfield, a leading private wealth legal firm, said the number of private divorce hearings it had scheduled for the first quarter of 2019 is the same as that for the whole of 2018 and 50 per cent more than in 2017. Increasing numbers are paying for both financial dispute resolution (FDR), in which a retired judge gives an indication of the eventual outcome, and arbitration, which is quicker, more personalised and deemed more civilised than attending court. read more

LETTER MCC should review performance of new garbage collectors

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Dear Editor,Since discontinuing the garbage collection services of its two main disposal agents in Georgetown, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has obtained the services of a number of small contractors.While the M&CC’s move to alternative garbage collection is timely and commendable, there are particular issues that the Council needs to urgently address with those new contractors. These relate to the timing and consistency of their collection and the consequent inconvenience it poses to taxpayers and disruptions to the free flow of vehicular traffic.These new collectors seem to turn up for garbage collection at any time and on any day. There are three noted instances over the past week in different areas within the city. Details are withheld from this letter, but can be provided to the Council upon request, since the purpose of this missive is to advocate and not to prematurely affect the image of those concerned publicly.In one area, where garbage is traditionally collected early on Wednesday mornings, the new collectors did not do so until the following day at about 16:00h (4 pm) when vehicular traffic had peaked. In another instant, garbage collection usually done early Saturday morning was done midmorning on Sunday, again causing some inconvenience to road users and an unholy stench to worshippers at church.The M&CC is urged to collectively review the level of performance with its new garbage collectors, since all of their disposal vehicles do not display contact information for feedback. It is recommended that garbage collection be done either prior to 07:00h (7 am) daily; in the evenings; or at other suitable off-peak periods during the day.Sincerely,Orette Cutting Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGarbage collection resumes in Georgetown- MayorJuly 12, 2017In “Business”Cevons, Puran Brothers to resume collection after meeting with Central Govt, M&CCDecember 8, 2018In “Business”City Hall garbage ‘crisis’: Alternative measures proving effective – MayorJuly 11, 2017In “Business” read more

Corentyne man wanted for rape of 3yearold apprehended

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice hunting for a Corentyne man who raped a 3-year-oldFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime”Corentyne man being investigated for alleged rape of step-daughtersApril 4, 2017In “Crime”Investigation launched into rape of 9-y-o girlJune 9, 2018In “Crime” This publication was reliably informed that the 24-year-old Corentyne man who was wanted in connection with the reported rape of a 3-year-old female child on Friday last has been apprehended and is assisting with investigations.INews had reported that on the day in question, the child was left in the care of the suspect’s mother, as the child’s mother would have to go to her farm in the backlands.On Friday last the suspect’s mother had left the child unattended and it was then that her son allegedly committed the act.When the mother of the child collected her daughter after returning from the backlands, the girl complained that the suspect interfered with her private parts.As such, the mother contacted the police and the three-year-old was medically examined, where it was confirmed that she was sexually assaulted.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Police probing report of armed robbery at mining camp in Region

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Police ranks in ‘F’ Division are currently probing a report of an alleged robbery by a group of armed men committed on a mining camp in Cuyuni, Region Seven.This publication understands that shots were fired and it is believed that at least one person may have been injured or is dead.While details surrounding the incident are sketchy at the moment, Divisional Commander Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis confirmed to this publication that a report of an alleged robbery was received this morning (Friday).He noted that a team of investigators have since been dispatched to the area.The Commander was unable to give the exact location of where the incident occurred, saying that he is yet to hear from the investigating team.“We can’t make any communication with them because of the terrain,” Commander Adonis related.He also could not say whether his investigators will return today. (Vahnu Manikchand) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHeavily armed bandits rob mining camps, wreaking havoc in Region 7July 18, 2017In “Crime”UPDATE: Miner killed as camp robbed in Black Water BackdamApril 6, 2018In “Crime”Increasing number of reports of sexual abuse cases in Region 2 – Commander AdonisJuly 14, 2016In “Crime” read more