Mike Davis Back In Coaching — At HBCU Texas

Texas Southern is a long way from Indiana, in distance and college basketball program stature. But for Mike Davis, going from one of the storied programs in the country to a school in the SWAC in six years, well, it’s just fine. The one-time coach of Indiana after legendary Bobby Knight was fired has since gone through the gamut of success and trials and finds himself at an HBCU on an interim basis. Still, if you take him at his word, it’s all good.“It’s a great opportunity for me to get back into coaching,” Davis said in an interview with KRIV-TV in Houston. “I’ve researched Texas Southern’s program.”Davis, who led Indiana to the 2002 Final Four and was 2010-11 Conference USA Coach of the Year at Alabama-Birmingham, was offered the job after Tony Harvey resigned for personal reasons, KRIV reported.“I think Harvey left some real good players there. They had a good program and it’s one of the better jobs in the (SWAC) conference, and I’m excited to get back working and teaching,” Davis said to the station.After resigning from Indiana in 2006, he signed on with UAB and had success early and struggles late. He said personal tragedies impacted him on his job.“My mom passed away and I had two nephews pass away in a three-month period before the season started, and that kind of got me off key a little bit,” he told KRIV. “I got it back at the end of the year, but by that time we were already in conference play. I have my focus and my drive back and I’m ready to get back into the flow.””I think Harvey left some real good players there. They had a good program and it’s one of the better jobs in the (SWAC) conference, and I’m excited to get back working and teaching,” Davis said.When Davis took over for Knight in 2000, he was a coaching phenom. The Hoosiers went21–13 his first year. In 2002,  Davisn led Hoosiers the NCAA championship game. From there, expectations rose, but wins leveled off. Finally, he departed Indiana and faded after a good start at UAB.An HBCU landing an accomplished coach like Davis is a huge deal. Before long, he will shed the “interim” tag and, with good recruiting, lead Texas Southern to some good places. read more

Most Players Grab Rebounds Tyson Chandler Swats Them

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TysonTapbacks.mp400:0000:0003:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TapbacksIntoBuckets.mp400:0000:0003:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Womens gymnastics Ohio State eyes redemption against Denver

Ohio State junior gymnast Jamie Stone performs on vault against Denver on Feb. 24. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterThe No. 25 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is looking for redemption away from home against No. 7 Denver on Saturday, after falling to the Pioneers 196.900-195.225 last weekend at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes were neck-and-neck in the previous meet with Denver, but lost their edge in the third rotation on balance beam when junior Stefanie Merkle, junior Alexis Mattern and sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland all fell during their routines. With improvement as a major goal for the week, the OSU team is looking to make some lineup changes on beam in preparation for the Saturday meet at Denver.“We actually did a pretty heavy beam assignment for the whole week, and so we’re just tracking stats and practicing a lot to see everyone’s hit ratio,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “We’ll take a look at that tonight after practice and kind of base the lineup off of who has had a really good week and who’s got good competitive experience.”The Buckeyes have had a season-long struggle to establish consistent lineups for each event, and this coming meet is no exception. Some of the OSU athletes have been facing recurring agitation to previous injuries including Mattern with her shoulder, sophomore Jamie Stone with her ankle and junior Taylor Harrison with her lower back.Injuries aren’t the only thing hurting the Buckeyes, but illness as well. Many of the OSU gymnasts were experiencing cold symptoms during the last meet, and are continuing to recover this week.“We had the stomach bug that was passed around,” Fagan said. “Taylor had it. Lexy had it. I think Jamie had it a little bit.”Fagan said she wants the team to focus on making adjustments and perfections to their routines, but considering the number of injuries and illnesses experienced, it’s a question whether or not all the athletes will practice enough before Saturday’s meet.“It boils down to the number of reps we can get them in practice to really make improvements on the weekend,” Fagan said. “The biggest thing we’re trying to accomplish this week is making improvements in practice. The reality of all of a sudden getting better on a weekend isn’t a reality. It doesn’t happen.”Harrison said she is looking forward to the trip to Denver. She said that there seems to be a different kind of energy in the Pioneers’ arena that she and the rest of the team use for momentum.Fagan agreed that her team focuses more during away meets.“I think that this particular team does better on the road, only in a sense that at home, there can be a lot more detractions.” Fagan said. “When we get on the road, really it’s just a business trip. The focus is really on the home team.”With the previous meet fresh in their minds, the Buckeyes are looking to take back the win on the Pioneers’ own turf.“As a mindset, I feel like this is kind of redemption for us,” Harrison said. “In those first two events (in the last meet), it was so exciting to see how close we were. So I know that if we can just go this weekend — I really believe beam makes you or breaks you — I feel like we’re going to nail it.”Although the Buckeyes have their eyes on redemption against Denver, coach Fagan views their personal away score as the priority. The top 36 teams qualify for NCAAs in April, and a score more than 194.375 — the team’s lowest away-meet score — would positively affect the team’s regional qualifying score in the national rankings.“I’ve said multiple weeks in a row, this is a (196.000) team, it just is,” Fagan said. “The routines we’re putting out are high difficulty and they’re really high level routines. So if we can hit them all, it would be an easy 196.” read more

Ohio State hosts pair of conference foes

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team is all about breaking records.  This is the first season since 2006 that the Buckeyes have recorded 20 wins. They are 20-7 overall. Their eight conference wins are their most since the 2006 season.The Buckeyes started the season at No. 120 in the NCAA RPI rankings and have climbed to No. 25. The numbers are evidence enough of the growth of the team.  The Big Ten and the Pac-10 continue to produce the most competitive women’s volleyball teams. The Big Ten has seven teams in the Top 30, while the Pac-10 sports six Top 30 teams.  The Buckeyes defeated Iowa 3-1 and Wisconsin 3-0, both on the road last weekend, climbing to fifth in the Big Ten standings.     During the Iowa match, Katie Dull became the 17th Buckeye to break 1,000 career kills.  OSU coach Geoff Carlston does not expect her to slow down any time soon.“She is a highly motivated kid and knows she has lots of room to grow. She won’t slow down,” Carlston said.Senior Kristen Dozier’s performance against Wisconsin earned her Buckeye Athlete of the Week honors. Dozier had a match-high 11 blocks, 3 solo and 8 assisted. That set a season high for her, and the 11 blocks fell just two short of her career-high 13 blocks, set in 2006. She scored a team-high 14 points against Wisconsin.     Senior Chelsea Noble’s list of honors continues to grow. She has been named a third-team selection on the ESPN Academic All-District IV squad. Noble has started at libero every match this season, leading the team with 703 digs.  On Friday, the Buckeyes host Northwestern, a team they beat 3-0 in the start of conference play. Carlston expects the Wildcats to come in with confidence.The Buckeyes take on No. 5 Illinois Saturday. They lost to Illinois, 3-1, in their first conference game of the season.The Buckeyes will have to be aggressive offensively against Illinois, because they do not make a ton of mistakes, Carlston said.“They are steady and we have to beat them,” he said.  Two former OSU volleyball players will return this weekend as assistant coaches at Illinois and Northwestern. Kristen Jensen played for the Buckeyes in 1992-1995 and is the assistant coach at Northwestern. Fellow Buckeye Jen Flynn (Oldenberg) led the Buckeyes from 1996-1999 and is the assistant coach at Illinois.  The Buckeyes face Northwestern 8 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena. They play Illinois 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Arena. read more

Ohio States run ends at Final Four

The Ohio State women’s soccer team’s (17-5-1) historic season came to a halt in Cary, N.C. on Friday, when the Buckeyes fell in the Final Four to Notre Dame (20-2-2) 1-0. “We always talk about extending the season as long as we can, until you run into a great opponent and I think Notre Dame handed us some things tonight that was very difficult for us to sort through,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. The Fighting Irish out-shot the Buckeyes 22-7, however failed to find the back of the Buckeyes net until Mandy Laddish scored in the 83rd minute of action. “Our defense got crossed up a little bit and they were able to place it a little wide and she was able to sneak it into the post,” OSU junior goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner said. “I tried to cover as well as I could but it ended up going a little higher than expected.” Baumgardner finished with a career-high 10 saves. OSU junior forward Paige Maxwell attempted to answer back the Fighting Irish in the 89th with what was the Buckeyes’ best scoring opportunity of the game, but her shot over Notre Dame goalkeeper Nikki Weiss hit the left post. “I got robbed. It was our turn to get robbed. They got robbed a few times. The soccer gods were not in our favor on that one,” Maxwell said. “I just wanted to get that ball in there. I was hoping it would go in. It just landed right on the outside. I was trying to fight for the team. I just got unlucky.” With the win, Notre Dame advances to Sunday’s championship game to face Stanford (23-0-2), who beat Boston College (17-7-1) 2-0 in its Final Four match-up. This season marked the first time that the Buckeyes had advanced to the Final Four in program history. It was also the first season that the Buckeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title, which they shared with Penn State. “I’m so proud of the squad and the season they’ve had and the things this team and this program have accomplished,” Walker said. Heading into 2011, Buckeyes will lose five seniors from this year’s squad, although there remains a chance that the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Cassie Dickerson, will be granted a sixth year of eligibility due to injuries. In addition to Dickerson, the Buckeyes will return Maxwell, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and All-Big Ten first team selection Tiffany Cameron. read more

Ohio State baseball battles big league teams for big league talent

Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals and his players agree that the team has made progress in 2012, but Beals said the program needs to continue to grow and the road to growth is littered with “major” obstacles. The Buckeyes ended their 2012 season May 25 with a 6-2 loss against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park. The team finished with a 33-27 record compared to the 25-26 record the team posted during Beals’ first season in 2011. OSU snuck into the postseason as the Big Ten Tournament’s sixth and final-seeded team. The Buckeyes played on the tournament’s opening day – a 12-5 win against Penn State on May 23 – while the conference’s top two seeds – Indiana and regular-season champion Purdue – earned byes. Beals said earning a first-round bye is a key step his squad needs to make in the future. “Our program at Ohio State needs to get back into a situation where we’re getting the bye (on) opening day and that we’re able to keep ourselves in the winners’ bracket,” Beals said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, in my opinion.” After beating Penn State, OSU lost against Purdue, then the 18th-ranked team in the country, on May 24. The narrow 5-4 loss sent the Buckeyes to the tournament’s losers’ bracket, and was the first of three games the team played in the span of about 22 hours. The Buckeyes were finally knocked from the double-elimination tournament in the loss to the Spartans, and Beals immediately turned his attention to recruiting. Beals and sophomore pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse both said signing recruits is a struggle because of the allure of Major League Baseball. “At Ohio State University – our baseball program – they expect me to recruit the best student-athletes in the world. That’s what I’m going to do,” Beals said. “We’ve got to get that top-shelf player.” Beals said he was “burned” last year when some of the top-shelf talent he had recruited – three players signed National Letters of Intent on Aug. 15 – signed professional contracts and opted not to attend OSU. Beals said two of the players were seventh-round MLB picks while the other was a ninth-round selection. “All three of them (the players), their total signing bonuses were over three-quarters of a million dollars,” Beals said. “That was tough for us. I’ve got to do more homework to learn about these guys to see how important education is to them.” Dezse said competing with professional baseball clubs for talent is part of the reality OSU and other college teams face. “Who knows for recruits,” Dezse said. “We see them in and out of Bill Davis Stadium. We’re hoping we can get away without the (MLB) Draft taking them. That was one of our issues this year, and you fight it every year. “It’s just one building process, and I’m sure coach is finding great kids out there.” In spite of the on-going struggle against professional clubs and falling short of the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, junior infielder Brad Hallberg said definite progress was made in 2012. “We’re more comfortable (with the coaches),” Hallberg said. “More time will be more success, but we’re going to have to work hard for that too. So it’s not just going to come, we know we’ve got to put in the hours.” read more

Ohio State mens soccers Chris Hegngi named to Hermann Trophy watch list

Ohio State men’s soccer’s Chris Hegngi is adding another line to his resume after being named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List Tuesday. The Buckeyes’ senior forward, who was the 2011 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, is one of 42 other male athletes named to the award’s watch list. The Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer and honors college men’s and women’s soccer’s best players. OSU men’s soccer coach John Bluem said Hegngi is coming off “an exceptional season.” “After leading the conference in scoring last season, I think this recognition is a testament to how much talent that takes in the Big Ten,” Bluem said in a statement. “All the pieces are certainly in place for him to have continued success in his final season as a Buckeye.” Hegngi started to make his mark at OSU as early as his freshman year. In 2009, his first season as a Buckeye, Hegngi was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and started in all 21 of OSU’s games that year. In fact, Hegngi has started in the last 39 of 41 games for OSU. The senior is the third Buckeye in history up for the award. In 2011, Columbus Crew keeper and then-All-Big Ten goalie Matt Lampson was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Four years earlier, defender Eric Brunner, who was a member of OSU’s NCAA College Cup runner-up squad in 2007, also found himself on the award’s watch list. The award, which is presented by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) in St. Louis, will announce its male and female recipients on Jan. 11. The Buckeyes open their 2012 campaign at Dayton, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Hegngi did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

Mens Hockey Penn State defeats No 11 Ohio State in shootout on

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua and Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev face off during their game on Dec. 1. The teams tied at five, but the Nittany Lions won the shootout 1-0. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternA six-goal third period highlighted a fast-paced offensive show between No. 11 Ohio State (8-3-4, 3-3-1-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (8-7-2, 3-4-1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center. The game ended in a 5-5 tie, with Penn State getting the 1-0 shootout win.A goal by Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz with less than a second to go in the game forced overtime for the Nittany Lions after Ohio State came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period.“We had total control of the puck, and we just tried to play the clock instead of continuing to try and play the game there at the end,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “The kid got the puck to the net and that’s what hockey is.”The Buckeyes battled back in the third, starting off the comeback with a one-timer by junior forward Dakota Joshua off a pass from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. Laczynski would score less than a minute later on the power play to tie the game at three.“Whenever you’re down, you have to keep morale up, and I thought we did a good job of that in-between periods,” Laczynski said.Junior forward Brendon Kearney found the back of the net for Ohio State with 11 minutes to play in the period to give Ohio State its first lead of the game, a 4-3 advantage. Senior forward Christian Lampasso and freshman forward Austin Pooley had assists on the play, giving each member of Ohio State’s fourth line two points on the night.“It’s just doing things simple,” Kearney said about his line’s success. “Not trying to force any plays, and being smart with the puck and good things seem to happen.”The scoring was far from complete. Penn State knotted up the score, this time on a shot by senior defenseman Trevor Hamilton. Hamilton then had a chance to take the lead shortly after on the power play, but his shot hit the post, and the score remained 4-4.The Nittany Lions called a timeout with 4:33 to go in the period, and just eight seconds later, Ohio State took the lead on a shot in front of the goal by junior forward Freddy Gerard off assists from Laczynski and senior forward Matthew Weis.Ohio State had chances to clear the puck in the final seconds, but it stayed in its defensive zone for much of the final minute. And in the final seconds, the failed chances cost the Buckeyes. Sturtz scored with 0.7 seconds remaining on a shot from the point that somehow trickled past goalie Sean Romeo. After a long review confirming the goal, the score was tied at five and the game went to overtime.Though overtime featured no goals, both teams had ample chances to secure the full three points in the Big Ten standings. Laczynski hit the cross bar on a chance in front of the net and Penn State failed to take advantage of a power play, so the game went to a shootout.The game eventually went to a shootout tied at five. Ohio State led Penn State in shots 48-36.Sturtz was the lone scorer for either team in the shootout. The win earned Penn State two points in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State gained one point in the Big Ten, and the matchup shows up as a tie in the record books for both teams.The first period featured rushes up and down the ice from both teams, but it was the Nittany Lions who struck first on a goal by sophomore Kris Myllari. The Buckeyes evened the score before the first period was over on a goal by Lampasso. Pooley and Kearney earned the assists on the play.The Nittany Lions scored two goals in the second period, the first of which was due to a costly turnover by Ohio State redshirt defenseman Wyatt Ege. Romeo made a save, but then Ege batted the puck into his own net with his glove, giving freshman forward Alex Limoges the tally, and giving Penn State the 2-1 lead.“We have to correct a lot of our puck turnovers,” Rohlik said. “You can’t give good teams like that golden opportunities like we did tonight.Junior defenseman Kevin Kerr doubled the lead later in the period, and the Nittany Lions had a 3-1 advantage entering the third period, which they eventually gave up.Ohio State and Penn State will have a rematch at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Gallery Womens Hockey vs Minnesota

Ohio State freshman goalie Lynsey Wallace (30) and the rest of the women’s hockey team line up prior to the start of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

Analysis Ohio State moves forward to Michigan showing no signs of being

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Early in the season, it looked like a typical year for the modern Ohio State-Michigan saga.The Wolverines opened their season with a loss to Notre Dame, and the Buckeyes opened their season with five straight victories, two against then-ranked opponents.But as the season progressed, one team proved to be the superior coming into the matchup.Ohio State started its decline to the underdog position with closer-than-expected wins against Indiana and Minnesota, showing flaws both offensively and defensively, capitalized with a 49-20 loss to Purdue.Many expected the Buckeyes to come out the following game and take out their frustration on an underperforming Nebraska team. They didn’t, squeaking out a 36-31 win. Ohio State looked slightly more impressive in a 26-6 victory against Michigan State, but that was more a result of the Spartans handing the Buckeyes opportunities than Ohio State proving itself fixed.Ohio State was not fixed. And that showed in a big way, in Saturday’s 52-51 overtime win against Maryland.The Buckeyes came into College Park with No. 4 Michigan on the horizon, and appeared underprepared for a Terrapins team with five losses, allowing 535 yards to the 31st-worst offense in the nation.The Ohio State offense tallied 688 yards and kept the team in it while trailing for the majority of the matchup, something it won’t be able to do next Saturday.Ohio State leaves with a win it didn’t deserve. On Maryland’s only overtime possession, in which Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland ran the ball 24 yards, setting up a 1-yard score by sophomore running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, the Terrapins went for two. “I was already stressed out that the fact that they scored in the first place, and then, when they went for it, I’m like, ‘alright well we gotta find a way to stop them,’” Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said. “I tried to just get penetration, shoot the gap, and, luckily it was a bad pass because he seemed open in my point of view.”Jones was right. On the conversion attempt, redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome had an open receiver in the endzone to win the game. He missed him, and Ohio State squeaked away with a win, holding on to the fading hopes that this team could make the Big Ten Championship and, if things go in favor of the Buckeyes, the College Football Playoff.“I mean, if we would have lost that game, then pretty much everything is over,” Jones said. “That’s what I feel like.”The Buckeyes are expected to be a team that competes for the playoff every season, and anything less than a Top-4 finish is considered a failure in the eyes of many, including Jones.But Ohio State proved once again on Saturday that finishing outside the Top 4 is increasingly likely.After failing to take a lead for the entirety of regulation, forcing redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins to carry the team on his back with 464 total yards and six total touchdowns, the defense needed a missed throw to give him a victory in his home state.After sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins broke his career-high with 203 rushing yards, Ohio State needed to be lucky. They won’t get that luck against the Wolverines.“It’s up and down,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “Is it where we need to be? It’s not, but we are 10-1 and we will try and find a way to be 11-1.”To be 11-1, the Buckeyes need to be a team they haven’t been the entire season. They need to be a team capable of defeating an opponent with a scoring offense and defense in the top 25 in the NCAA, a team with the nation’s fewest yards allowed per game, a team that defeated this same Maryland team by three touchdowns.Ohio State is the inferior team coming into the matchup, and lacks the consistency on either side of the ball to prove itself as anything other than the underdog come next Saturday.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano knows his defense has had this inconsistency.“We’ve had some really good defensive play at times, but not consistently, and I’ve said that after the first quarter of the season, I said that at the midway, it’s frustrating that we’re not a consistent defense right now,” Schiano said. “Rest assured, I mean every waking minute we have, we’re gonna try to get that fixed.”The defense looked “fixed” against Michigan State. The Terrapins proved it wasn’t.With the Buckeyes likely coming in as underdogs against the Wolverines, they will need to prove themselves as a new team following a 1-point victory to Maryland.Because the team that held on for dear life against Maryland does not stand a chance against Michigan this season. read more

Football Washington running game poses main threat to Ohio State defense

For the past three years, Washington has been seemingly led by senior quarterback Jake Browning, who threw for 43 touchdowns in 2016, earning the Huskies a College Football Playoff appearance and himself a sixth-place finish in Heisman voting, the second-highest in Huskies history.But as Browning’s numbers have declined since his sophomore year — he threw 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season — senior running back Myles Gaskin provided the consistency Washington has needed to stay strong on the offensive side.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones understands this.“I see a team that really relies on their running backs to get them going. I see No. 9, he’s really, I guess, the kick starter for their team, seems like, my point of view, and he’s really talented,” Jones said.Gaskin, No. 9 on Washington, has been the backbone for the Huskies, rushing for 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns this season in 11 games. Gaskin missed two games in 2018 due to a shoulder injury, one of which ended up becoming a 12-10 loss to Cal.The senior running back originally went down against Oregon, playing minimal snaps in the second half against the Ducks, which Washington ended up losing 30-27 in overtime.Gaskin has received back-to-back second-team All-Pac 12 honors, and is Washington’s leader in career rushing yards and total touchdowns.Even with all of the accolades coming down to one final game, Gaskin said he is not yet reflecting on his time at Washington.“I probably should, but I think I’m going to wait until after the season, maybe a couple years from now,” Gaskin said. “I think I’m just kind of having a lot of fun right now. So there’s no reason to reflect on anything right now. Just enjoy it all, and then once it’s all over, then reflect.”Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano called Washington’s running back group as good as the team has seen all season.“It’s a complete offense. There’s not a position group that you look at and say, ah, that’s a weakness. There really isn’t,” Schiano said.Browning may be the player on the mind when it comes to Washington’s offense, but Gaskin has the potential to exploit the largest weakness, according to Schiano, on Ohio State’s defense: allowing big-yardage plays.“The biggest thing that stands out is the long runs,” Schiano said. “I’ve never had long runs like this in my career. And for a lot of different reasons.”Gaskin has runs of 25 yards or more in five of his 11 games this season, and in 12 of his past 24 matchups. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound back has the speed and ability to make Ohio State pay for struggling on stopping the long runs.For Gaskin, he said it’s not as much about the big plays — 38 plays allowed of 30 yards or more  — but instead, how the Buckeyes respond to those plays, that he pays attention to.“Everybody is going to have their plays, but just kind of seeing the defense always ready to bounce back and play better from that play or learning from what happened in that play … I feel like that’s huge.” Gaskin said. “I feel like that’s what we’ve got to be ready for and just be ready to fight.”The responsibility of the big plays has fallen to Ohio State’s linebackers at times this season, with gaps being open for teams like Maryland and Oregon State to exploit for huge gains up the middle.Redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland understands what Gaskin brings to the table, citing his ability to wait and explode through the gap as his major selling point.“I think his patience, and then his burst after he makes a decision on where he wants to go. I think he’s a 5,000-yard rusher or something like that. Obviously very talented.”For Ohio State to succeed against Washington, it may not just come down to stopping a previous Heisman contender in Browning. It likely will come down to the run game, with Gaskin being the key contributor.But for Borland, the Huskies’ offense reminds him of one of Ohio State’s recent opponents, one the Buckeyes had no problem handling on their way to the Big Ten Championship Game.“Their identity, their M.O., lies behind their running backs and O-Line,” Borland said. “Personnel-wise, they do some things similar to [Michigan], multiple tight ends. They utilize the running backs well.” read more

Roman sandal found at Hadrians Wall looks just like David Beckhams football

first_imgVindolanda Trust Curator Barbara Birley holding the leather shoe by the dig site at Vindolanda Roman Fort near Hadrian's Wall Archaeologists were left stunned when they uncovered a near 2,000-year-old shoe which looks just like the Adidas Predator football boot famously worn by David Beckham.The distinctive ridges on the shoe’s outer shell and curved space for laces winding down to the toe give it an uncanny resemblance to the 21st century trainer.The ancient sneaker was discovered in a ditch at Roman fort Vindolanda close to Hexham, Northumberland. A beautifully preserved Roman leather shoe that remsembles a modern day Predator football boot made by AdidasCredit: Paul Kingston/NNP “The boot is the modern day equivalent of around a size one, and would have been worn by a child between the ages of eight and ten. “It is a good quality shoe. “ust like the children of today, Roman children would have been very fashion conscious. The discovery of shoe, which is very well made, shows the affluence of the Romans.”It is the kind of shoe which would have been worn by a wealthy Roman child.”The shoe was discovered around a fortnight ago in the Severan ditch at the fort by Vindolanda archaeologists and will now go on permanent display.It is one of 420 shoes to have been found in the ditch, which was a Roman rubbish dump. Archaeologists have dated the shoe back to around 212AD and say it was been made from a single piece of leather.There is a empty space where the shoe’s laces would have tied the leather together. Sonya added: “Our discoveries at the fort mean we can start to piece together a real picture of how the Roman people lived.”We think we have one shoe for every person who lived at the fort, and they differ in quality, showing disparities in affluence.”Vindolanda has a team of three archaeologists who are joined by around 500 volunteers each year.It was a Roman fort situated just south of Hadrian’s Wall, which it predates, and guarded the Stanegate, the Roman road from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth.It was occupied by the Romans from around 70BC until the collapse of the empire.The fort is noted for its wooden tablets, among the most important finds of military and private correspondence found anywhere in the Roman Empire. Vindolanda Trust Curator Barbara Birley holding the leather shoe by the dig site at Vindolanda Roman Fort near Hadrian’s WallCredit:Paul Kingston/NNPcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A beautifully preserved Roman leather shoe that remsembles a modern day Predator football boot made by Adidas Staff soon realised it looked more like a modern day football boot than a shoe worn almost two millennia ago. Sonya Galloway, Vindolanda’s spokesperson, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we noticed how similar it looks to an Adidas Predator football boot.”We put a picture of it on Twitter and the father of one of my son’s friends spotted the resemblance. We’ve had a lot of comments on social media about it.last_img read more

Woman cut out of fathers £1m will refused slice of fortune as

first_imgA daughter cut out of her entrepreneur father’s £1million will because he believed grown-up children should “look after themselves” has been refused a slice of his fortune by a judge.For Danielle Ames, unemployment was “a lifestyle choice” and she was fit and able to work, said Judge David Halpern QC.When the 41-year-old claimed that her father, Michael Ames, had told her “it will be all yours one day”, she was just “gilding the lilly”, he added.The mother of two said she “idolised” her father, who ran a highly successful London glazing business, and that he was her “best friend”. His powerful work ethic meant he had even made his grandchildren toil for their pocket money, the court heard.His estate was valued at just more than £1 million for probate, including the £650,000 family home in Woollens Brook, Hoddesdon, where Elaine still lives.He also owned a valuable stake in a shop in Enfield, where his glazing business – Hond and Langer – still trades.Judge Halpern ruled: “Danielle has no disability and is fit to work. In contrast, Elaine is past working age and it is apparent that she is not well.”Danielle is capable of working and has failed to discharge the burden of proving that she is unable to obtain work. I conclude that her lack of employment is a lifestyle choice. That alone is sufficient to defeat her claim”.The widow’s legal costs of the case were estimated at £85,000 and Danielle’s at £47,000. Both bills will now fall on Danielle, who was given 14 days to make a £34,000 down-payment. Her lack of employment is a lifestyle choice. That alone is sufficient to defeat her claimJudge David Halpern Elaine Ames outside Central London County Court Elaine Ames outside Central London County CourtCredit:Richard Gittins / Champion News He “doted” on her as his only child and she told the judge she was shocked when he wrote her out of his will.She said she was dependent on her father and deserved a payout of about £300,000 as “reasonable provision” from his estate.But Judge Halpern said she had “exaggerated” the strength of her relationship with her father and had no moral claim on his money.He told Central London County Court: “I conclude that her lack of employment is a lifestyle choice. That alone is sufficient to defeat her claim”.Ms Ames is now facing a bill for legal costs estimated at more than £130,000. When Mr Ames died suddenly, aged 63, in 2013, he left everything to Ms Ames’s step-mother, Elaine Ames.Ms Ames said disinheritance had left her facing crushing debts, with her outgoings exceeding her income by £2,000 a month.But Judge Halpern said Mrs Ames, who was Mr Ames’s partner for more than 30 years, needed his fortune to lead a comfortable retirement.The widow earlier told the judge her husband would have been “incandescent with rage” had he lived to see Danielle claiming a share of his money.She insisted he had deliberately left his daughter nothing, as he believed grown-up children should “look after themselves”. 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

Fear of being grilled by GPs receptionists keeps patients away

first_imgGPs’ receptionists are deterring patients from going to the doctor, with almost half of patients put off by worries they will be grilled about their symptoms, a study has found.The Royal College of GPs last night reminded receptionists they should not be taking decisions about patients’ health,  while cancer experts called for more training to ensure such staff were acting with sensitivity. Research on 2,000 patients found that having to discuss potentially embarrassing problems with those without medical training was one of the chief obstacles stopping them from making an appointment.In total, 40 per cent of those surveyed said a dislike of discussing their symptoms with the receptionist could deter them from seeing their GP – with women slightly more likely to say this than men. ‘It is always made clear that are under no obligation to disclose information they are not comfortable with’Dr Richard Vautrey, British Medical Association 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. ‘We may need more emphasis on training front desk staff including receptionists to deal more sensitively with patients’Dr Richard Roope, Cancer Research UK A&E  Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chairman, said: “All receptionists receive training to help ensure that when a patient calls they are given the most effective advice about what appointment they may need, but it is always made clear that are under no obligation to disclose information they are not comfortable with.”He said receptionists were struggling with staff shortages and rising demand, calling for extra funds promised for primary care to be spent swiftly.”Dr Maureen Baker, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said:  “While GP receptionists are valued members of the practice team and play a pivotal role in delivering patient care, we understand that our patients would prefer to speak to their family doctor about their health, especially if it is sensitive in nature.“With GPs making more patient consultations than ever before – 60m more a year compared to five years ago – GP receptionists ensure the smooth running of the practice and do their best to help patients see a particular GP at a suitable time for them.“However, it is important to remember that they are not healthcare professionals, and are not in a position to make decisions about our patients’ health.”She said health officials had pledged to roll out nationwide training for all staff working in GP practices, including receptionists. center_img It is common practice for receptionists to ask about symptoms when people try to book an appointment.Some ask explicitly, while others will ask patients if they believe their case is urgent, leaving many feeling forced to describe details of their health complaints.Experts argue this helps identify the most urgent cases and puts people in touch with the right service.But critics say receptionists – who are often not medically trained – should not be allowed to triage patients.The research, published in the Journal Of Public Health, found 37 per cent of men and 43 per cent of women said the thought of having to talk to a GP receptionist about their symptoms could put them off seeing a doctor. One in five cases of cancer are diagnosed after a visit to Accident & Emergency departments Credit:Chris Radburn /PA  The British Medical Association (BMA) said receptionists should always make it clear to patients that they did not have to disclose any information they did not want to share.Dr Richard Roope, Cancer Research UK’s GP expert, said: “Diagnosing cancer early is something we have to take seriously, so anything that might prevent people from getting their symptoms checked needs to be overcome.”We need to ensure that patients are able to get appointments at a convenient time, can book an appointment to see a particular doctor and aren’t put off coming to see them in the first place. This may mean more emphasis on training front desk staff including receptionists to deal more sensitively with patients,” he said. Other common barriers included finding it difficult to get an appointment with a particular doctor (42 per cent), or to get an appointment at a convenient time (42 per cent).A third of people (35 per cent) were put off visiting their GP because they did not want to be seen as someone who makes a fuss, the research by Cancer Research UK found.A 2015 study, where researchers posed as patients with stroke symptoms, found around one third of cases were not recognised as emergencies by receptionists taking the calls. last_img read more

Female osprey refuses to leave snow covered nest

first_img“It just shows how ospreys are well adapted to their environment – they’re able to cope with soaring temperatures in West Africa when they’re on migration as well as the vagaries of the Scottish Highlands in spring and summer. All being well, EJ and her partner Odin should be proud parents by the middle of May, when hopefully the skies will be blue and the temperature rising.” osprey The female osprey continues to incubate its eggs in the snow The pair have previously raised a total of 17 chicks at the reserve, the home of breeding ospreys since the 1950s.center_img A female osprey is refusing to budge from its nest after it was buried in several inches of snow.The 20-year-old bird named EJ is sitting on three eggs and has been photographed with only its head sticking out of the deep snow.The live webcam at the RSPB’s Loch Garten reserve near Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorms shows the osprey continuing to incubate the eggs despite the unseasonable spring weather.The conditions look extreme, but according to experts the snow could help insulate the eggs as long as the bad weather improves in the coming days.Julie Quirie, from the reserve, said: “I’ve worked at the centre for ten years and I just can’t remember the snow ever being so bad! Poor old EJ does look pretty miserable in her snow doughnut, as we like to call it, but this is her fifteenth season here at Loch Garten and she’s well used to the worst of Scottish spring weather.“And it’s really not as bad as it seems, snow is a good insulator, so as long as this snow snap doesn’t persist, EJ and her eggs should be fine. It still looks really uncomfortable to us though!” 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

Britain must designate its marine territories as bluebelt to protect oceans and

first_imgDesignating areas ‘bluebelt’ or Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), would restrict human activity such as tourism, oil and gas mining, the use of sonar, ship transit and fishing.Willie Mackenzie, of Greenpeace said ”Blue Planet II has reminded us all of the wonder and awesomeness of the world’s marine life all over again, from diving the depths of the icy Antarctic to showing us an inventive octopus wearing a shell-suit. Sandy Luk of the Marine Conservation Society said: “We have found a growing tide of plastic pollution on UK shores, and must act now to stem that tide.“The UK’s influence on the waters of all of the world’s ocean is immense, and we call on UK governments to show leadership at this crucial moment to protect some of the natural jewels of our fragile blue planet.” Plastic pollution in the oceans, as shown on Blue Planet II Huge amounts of plastic waste enter the oceans each year Credit:BBC In last night’s Blue Planet II, viewers saw the regurgitated stomach contents of a South Georgian albatros which had probably been fed plastic bags by its mother. Another bird had died after a plastic toothpick had penetrated its stomach. 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. Huge amounts of plastic waste enter the oceans each year center_img Plastic pollution in the oceans, as shown on Blue Planet IICredit:BBC Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.A separate campaign, which also launches today, led by the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling for at least 30 per cent of global ocean to be designated as marine sanctuaries. Britain must designate its overseas territories as ‘bluebelt’ to help protect wildlife and prevent plastic pollution entering the oceans, campaigners have said.Following the final episode of Blue Planet II which showed the devastating impact of humans on the world’s seas, the Great British Oceans coalition called on the government to safeguard its remote marine zones, which are home to some of the world’s most endangered species.Already 133 MPs have backed the campaign to create 1.5 million square miles of protected ‘bluebelt’ around seven British overseas territories which contain the breeding grounds for a quarter of the world’s penguins, and one third of the world’s albatrosses.The proposed zone would cover Ascension Island, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the South Sandwich Islands, in the south Atlantic, as well as the British Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn Islands in the southern Pacific. It would be the world’s biggest network of ocean sanctuaries. Love penguins & turtles & sharks & coral & wonderful marine life in general? Contact your MP easily via our website & ask them to #BackTheBlueBelt & protect 4million km2 of ocean https://t.co/0dt0giYeSn pic.twitter.com/mPDlKeRhfM— Great British Oceans (@GBOceans) November 24, 2017 “We now have a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy for our shared blue planet. That’s why we’re calling on our governments to step up, suit up, and be the champions our global ocean so desperately needs”.The campaign #BackTheBlueBelt has been launched by a coalition including the Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Trusts, RSPB and Zoological Society of London, and is backed by naturalist Chris Packham, Stephen Fry, Cara Delevingne and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  last_img read more

Sergei Skripals mother has no idea hes in a coma niece reveals

first_imgCol Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer, was jailed in 2006 for selling secrets to MI6, and moved to Salisbury in 2010 following a spy swap.Ms Skripal added that her uncle had never expressed any fears for his safety and did not consider himself to have made any enemies.For her part, she expressed scepticism that the attack was the work of the Russian state, saying: “Even if the special services did it – why is it so clumsy? I believe that it was beneficial to some third party to quarrel between the two countries. Someday we will get answers to all the questions.” Col Skripal was arrested and detained in Russia, prior to his release 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 mother of Sergei Skripal, the poisoned former Russian spy, has not been told of the nerve agent attack which left him and his daughter Yulia close to death.Elena Yakovlevna’s family have sheltered her from the news that her son was targeted by a would-be assassin in Salisbury earlier this month.For more than three weeks since the pair collapsed into a coma following the attack, the 90-year-old’s family have managed to keep her away from one of the most widely reported stories in the world, fearful that news of her son’s fate would prove fatal to her health.Victoria Skripal, a niece of Colonel Skripal – who remains in a critical condition with Yulia at Salisbury District Hospital following the attack on March 4 – told the BBC: “Our priority is to protect our grandmother so that she does not hear anything. “She will not know until the very last moment. “She will know when this situation is somehow resolved, that is, if there is a logical end. If the story ends badly, we will tell her that they fell ill.” Col Skripal was arrested and detained in Russia, prior to his releaseCredit:REUTERS TV Ms Skripal said her uncle, 66, would phone his mother on a regular basis, but that since the attack the family have told her he is away on business or that he rang while she was sleeping. She also admitted her grandmother, who has hearing problems and suffers from cataracts in both eyes, has not been told that Col Skripal’s 43-year-old son Alexander had died in St Petersburg last year.Ms Skripal said: “She does not know that her grandson died. She was told that he had gone to Moscow. We made this decision together.” last_img read more

Geraint Thomas set to seal place in history with Tour de France

As he crossed the finishing line he beat his chest and let out a cry of delight – knowing the Tour was his – before hugging his wife Sara and Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford. Thomas hugs his wife Sara after completing Stage 20 of the Tour de France before Sunday's procession through Paris 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. Thomas, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides during the 20th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Steve Williams, his former PE teacher at Whitchurch High School – which remarkably also produced the Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and the former Welsh international rugby player Sam Warburton – told The Sunday Telegraph: “Ultimately, Geraint is a baseline bloke. He kept his feet on the floor, and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.”Back home they reckon Thomas will be more than able to handle the prospect of the fame and glory that victory in the Tour will bring.”I think that sort of character – who has a lot of inner strength – will be coping pretty well,” said Mr Williams. “He’ll be a very sad man when he has to come off his bike, because that’s what he loves doing.” Thomas hugs his wife Sara after completing Stage 20 of the Tour de France before Sunday’s procession through ParisCredit:Justin Setterfield/Getty Images In the Cardiff suburb of Birchgrove he is remembered as someone who has not forgotten his roots.It was typical of Thomas that mid way through the Tour he took time to send a video message to the sick 14-year-old daughter of Debbie Wharton, the coach who trained him at the Maindy Flyers velodrome in the early 1990s, telling her to “keep fighting”. When Geraint Thomas rides into Paris on Sunday, resplendent in the yellow jersey worn by the leader of the Tour de France, there will be a corner of the United Kingdom where the cheers will be particularly loud.Barring disaster during what is traditionally a processional route through the French capital, the 32-year-old will step onto the winner’s podium, making him the first Welshman to win what is arguably sport’s toughest endurance event and with it one of the most successful Welsh sportsmen of all time.Not only that, but he will be only the third Briton to win the Tour, after Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, since the near-three-week-long race began more than a century ago.That historic achievement will find its most enthusiastic supporters in Cardiff, where Thomas was born and went to school, attending a local comprehensive and cutting his competitive teeth at his nearby cycling club – the Maindy Flyers.From there he went on to become three times world champion and two time Olympic gold medallist.To described him as a local boy made good is therefore something of an understatement.Thomas all but ensured his win in Paris by maintaining an overall lead of 1 min 51 secs over his nearest rival Tom Demoulin after Saturday’s hilly 31 kms time trial through the Basque country. Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides during the 20th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France  “The last time I cried was when I got married and I don’t know what’s happened to me.”In fact it was not supposed to be at all like this.At the start of the Tour Chris Froome, the defending champion, was Team Sky’s designated leader and it was Thomas’s job to ride in support of him, helping guide him to a 5th victory.But at key points in the high Alps Froome cracked and Thomas proved himself to be the stronger rider over the 3,351 kms of the Tour. Wiping away tears Thomas said: “I can’t believe it. I’m welling up. I don’t know what to say. It is just overwhelming. I didn’t think about it all race and suddenly I won the Tour.“It’s just overwhelming. I can’t speak man. It’s just incredible. I believed I could beat the guys here but to do it on the biggest stage of all over three weeks, it’s insane. read more

Man 30 arrested over suspected bicycle hitandrun accident that left pedestrian fighting

“E-bikes” do not require the driver to own a licence and have a legal power-assisted speed of up to 15.5mph, but are often pedalled at much higher speeds.Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating and CCTV footage is being reviewed. The incident comes after the Department of Transport announced a debate on a proposed “death by dangerous cycling” law earlier this month following the death of Kim Briggs, the mother-of-two who was killed by a cyclist in 2016. He was also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and failing to report a collision.The woman remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.Officers were  continuing to appeal for information over the incident.A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “The pedestrian, a 56-year-old woman, collided with the cyclist who was riding an electric-assisted pedal cycle, as she attempted to cross the road. Dalston’s Kingsland Rd. closed off to pedestrians right now close to Overground pic.twitter.com/JWxULKYk36— Bríd Stenson 📺📻🎧 (@bridstenson) August 28, 2018 Police markers near a pedestrian crossing on Kingsland High Street on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Matt Donald /PA Police at the scene near a pedestrian crossing in Kingsland High Street on Tuesday afternoon 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. “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.“The male cyclist initially stopped due to coming off his bike, however, he made off a few moments later.” Police later found the mountain bike-style powered cycle, made by Specialized, abandoned less than a mile away in Approach Close, Stoke Newington.Detective Constable Darren Case said it was a “shocking incident that has left a woman in a life-threatening condition in hospital”.Caleb Graba, 30, whose office is located next to where the incident occured, said: “My colleague went to the back of the office and got a towel so the lady could rest her head. She was bleeding from her mouth and was motionless. “The guy who caused the accident was on the floor and was a bit dazed for a couple of minutes. Even though he was bleeding from the head, instead of waiting for the police to come back, he ran off .” Still trapped in #Dalston #Hackney pic.twitter.com/Z19fFYzVYU— Mattinho (@MattDonald) August 28, 2018 A man has been arrested after a suspected hit-and-run collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian left a middle-aged woman fighting for her life.The 56-year-old victim was struck by an electric ‘mountain style’ bike as she attempted to cross Kingsland High Street in Dalston, East London, just after 5pm on Tuesday.Scotland Yard said the male cyclist initially stopped after falling off his bike, but then quickly fled the scene and ditched his dark red motorised ‘e-bike’ a mile away. He is believed to have run a red light.Scotland Yard said the suspect had been arrested at an address in Islington, north London, after he contacted police late on Wednesday.The 30-year-old was held on suspicion of causing bodily harm under Section 35 of the Offence Against Person Act, which covers incidents “injuring persons by furious driving”. read more

Silent discos too loud for city as it considers ban

A Street Trading Licence is required for anyone carrying out a service for money in a public place, but the current legislation leaves the local authorities with limited power to take action against silent disco tours.Jay Feeney, marketing director of Silent Adventures, said: “We are the only operators in Edinburgh all year round.”During the Fringe there were about four tour operators running – I feel this is a bit of a punishment from the aftermath of the Fringe.”Some of them looked a bit out of control.” “This is surely the best way to see #Edinburgh”Join @gurududu on his groovy silent disco tour through the capital. https://t.co/kM7qvXtp5o pic.twitter.com/f4DO5HtUxQ— TonyMcGuire (@audiotaku) August 25, 2017 Silent discos are too loud, councillors have complained, as they consider banning the events in what would be a UK first. Officials at Edinburgh City Council say they are reviewing the legislation around the gatherings over claims they make too much noiseSilent discos feature people dancing and singing to music they listen to via headphones, rather than being boomed out of a speaker system, but council leaders are set to examine a report looking at an increase in complaints involving pavement obstruction and noise nuisance.Businesses in the Scottish capital offer walking tours combined with silent discos, which have been popular with hen parties and tourists, but less so with residents.Conservative councillor Jo Mowatt said: “Silent discos are not silent.”There is a lot of whooping and screaming, especially when you have 40 women on a hen party.”There is also the safety aspect as who is going to have to step in the road due to the groups taking up the pavements? “I have been contacted by many of my constituents regarding silent discos while the Old Town Community Council has been raising this issue for around nine months.”Concerns have also been raised about the safety of revellers with a “risk to attendees if they walk into traffic or fail to hear approaching vehicles”. 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