Bill Russells Celtics Were Great Tim Duncans Spurs Have Been Better

The 1980s Lakers win eight championships in a row and 10 championships in 12 years, pretty much matching the 1960s Celtics.Tim Duncan’s Spurs win 10 titles (and counting), instead of five.Larry Bird wins eight rings — including five in a row — instead of three.LeBron James wins six consecutive championships — two with the Cavaliers of the Central League and four with the Heat of the Eastern League — and is in contention for a seventh this year.The New York Knicks have a mini-dynasty, winning the Eastern League five times in eight seasons from 1993 to 2000.The Oklahoma City Thunder, rather than missing their window, win four straight Western League championships from 2011 to 2014.Karl Malone and John Stockton are three-time champions instead of perennial bridesmaids.The New Jersey Nets three-peat in the Eastern League from 2002 to 2004.Russell’s 11 rings are still impressive, but they’re no longer such an outlier when looked at in this way. Or here’s another method: Instead of assigning hypothetical championships, take away some credit for championships that were won in a smaller league. For instance, if a team won a championship in a 10-team NBA, it would get credit for one-third of a championship in a 30-team league.By that calculation, the Celtics’ 11 championships are equivalent to three or four championships in a 30-team league.3Specifically, they’re worth 3.4 championships. The other dynasties aren’t affected as much. Duncan’s Spurs still pretty much get full credit for all five championships. Jordan’s Bulls get credit for five or six, and the 1980s Lakers about four.You can argue, of course, that the Celtics were so far ahead of the pack that they’d have held on to most of their championships even in a 30-team league. But they weren’t that dominant in the regular season. In Russell’s tenure with the team, they averaged the equivalent of a 58-24 regular-season record. That’s very good — but not much better than, say, Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks over the past 15 seasons. They weren’t even especially dominant in the playoffs! In their 11 championship seasons, Russell’s Celtics won 67 percent of their playoff games. Other NBA champions throughout history have won 73 percent of theirs.The Celtics came through in the clutch, obviously, just about every time it mattered — Russell was 10-0 for his career in Game 7s! But if you’re accused of benefiting from playing middling competition,4The Celtics’ average playoff opponent during Russell’s tenure had an Elo rating of 1570 entering the game. The Duncan-era Spurs have faced playoff opponents with an average Elo of 1639, by contrast. the more persuasive rebuttal comes from blowing your opponents out.One final objection we anticipate hearing from Celtics fans: Isn’t it harder, in some sense, to win a championship in a 10-team league since the player talent pool is more concentrated? In a literal sense, the answer is “no”; it’s easier to win a championship when there are more championships to go around per team.5Consider that if you reduced the entire NBA to just two All-Star teams, East and West, each of them would win the championship about half the time.But it could be argued that the average quality of competition was higher during the 1960s, with just 10 teams or so, instead of 30. Elo doesn’t make too many assumptions about this.6Elo’s implicit assumption is that the quality of NBA competition is fairly constant over the long run but that it can be disturbed in the short run by rapid expansion. I’m not sure it’s a winning argument, however. Consider:In the 1960s NBA, there were still remnants of a racist quota system that limited teams to three or four African-Americans.There were almost no international players in the 1960s, whereas now they make up about a quarter of league rosters.The U.S. population has increased by about 75 percent since 1960.Basketball has become a far more prominent and lucrative sport; in the mid-1960s, the NBA averaged only about 5,000 fans per game. A talented amateur athlete might have opted for another sport before basketball, and it was not uncommon for high NBA draft picks to bypass the league for another option.In other words, it seems likely that the NBA talent pool has grown at least as fast as the number of franchises since the 1960s. The 1960s didn’t even feature particularly great “fundamental” basketball. League-wide free-throw percentages were typically about 72 percent or 73 percent, compared with more like 75 percent or 76 percent now. The Celtics were the best team of their era, but also a product of it, and that era isn’t as rich for NBA competition as the one we have now. WTF, nerds? You’re telling us that this season’s Golden State Warriors, who haven’t won anything yet, are better than Bill Russell’s Celtics, who won eight titles in a row and 11 in 13 seasons?Actually, no. It would be ridiculous to say that. Last week, we released an interactive graphic, “The Complete History of the NBA,” which uses a relatively simple formula called Elo to rate NBA teams. Indeed, it currently ranks this year’s Warriors as the fourth-best team in NBA history, although they may rise or fall depending on how the rest of their playoff run goes. Meanwhile, no single season from the 1960s Celtics dynasty ranks higher than 47th on the all-time list.But Elo’s claim is that the 2014-15 Warriors season has been better than any single season in the Celtics’ run. In terms of long-term accomplishments, of course, it’s not even close. The 1960s Celtics’ competition comes, instead, from about who you’d expect: the 1990s Bulls, the current Spurs dynasty and the 1980s Lakers and Celtics.I’ve thought a lot about how to use Elo to rate sports dynasties. It’s a tricky problem, in part because you have to define when a dynasty begins and ends. Almost all of us would agree, I assume, that Michael Jordan’s Bulls were one continuous dynasty even though Jordan temporarily retired in the middle of it. But what about Kobe Bryant’s Lakers? Should the three titles they won from 2000 to 2002 be considered part of the same dynasty as the two they won in 2009 and 2010?Here’s one fairly simple approach (let us know down in the comments if you have a better method): We’ll define a dynasty as ending when a team’s Elo rating falls below 1500, which is the long-term league average. This is a reasonably forgiving standard, since teams carry over part of their rating from one season to the next. For instance, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never fell below 1500 this season even though they started out 3-12.By this definition, Jordan’s six titles do get grouped together. The Bulls’ rating never fell below 1527 even when Jordan was playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons. But Kobe’s five titles are not considered part of the same dynasty since the Lakers’ Elo rating was below 1500 for part of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.The longest streak of above-average play belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Their Elo rating rose above 1500 on Jan. 3, 1998, and hasn’t fallen below it since, a period that covers more than 17 years, or 1,644 games1Regular-season and playoff. and counting. That’s impressive even compared to the Celtics, who had an above-average Elo rating from March 14, 1956 to Nov. 12, 1969. Insanely great — 13.5 years and 1,198 games — but not as great as the Spurs.The 1980s Lakers also had a longer streak (1,363 games) than the Celtics. But maybe, even if the Celtics’ streak was slightly shorter, they were playing at a slightly higher level than those other teams?Not according to Elo. The Spurs had an average Elo rating of 1664 during their streak, as compared with 1634 for the 1960s Celtics. The Lakers’ Elo rating, 1641, was also slightly higher than the Celtics’.We can also assign an overall score to each dynasty by taking a team’s average Elo rating during the streak, subtracting the league-average rating of 1500, and multiplying it by the number of games the streak lasted.2For math geeks: This is equivalent to calculating the area under the curve between a team’s Elo rating and the league-average rating. Overall, this method has the Spurs way out in front — 40 percent better than any other dynasty. The 1980s Lakers are in second, while the 1990s Bulls jump ahead of the 1960s Celtics to place third. (What about the the Warriors? Their current “dynasty” ranks as only the 47th-best all-time. Check back in 2023.)But: the rings! How can you ignore 11 championships?You could certainly develop a dynasty-rating method that puts more emphasis on winning titles. The simple method we’re using in this article gives no special credit for them, which is why — once you get past the canonical dynasties in the top five — it likes teams like the Dallas Mavericks from 2000 to 2012, who won just one title, and the 1990s Utah Jazz, who won none.But there’s something to keep in mind when you consider the 1960s Celtics and their rings. It’s much easier to win a championship in a 10-team league, like the NBA was, on average, when they were playing, than in the 30-team league we have now.Here’s an illustration of that. I divided the 30 current NBA franchises into three “leagues” of 10 teams each:The Eastern League consists of franchises currently in the NBA’s Atlantic and Southeast divisions.The Central League consists of franchises currently in the Central and Southwest divisions.The Western League includes franchises from the Pacific and Northwest divisions.Then, for each season since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, I assigned a champion to each “league” based on which of its 10 teams advanced furthest in the actual NBA playoffs. When there were ties — for instance, if the last two teams from a “league” were both eliminated in the NBA conference finals — I broke them based on which team had the higher year-end Elo rating. Check out what happens: read more

10 Months After Baby Serena In Wimbledon Final vs

Serena Williams of the US serves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women’s semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.“Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward,” she said. “Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.”Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she’ll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Certainly didn’t take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova’s record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.“Almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.Serena Williams of the US lifts her leg during their women’s semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)She’s been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.“I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,’” Williams said. “I didn’t know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected.”The tennis? That’s come quite naturally, not surprisingly.She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 — won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.Next was a first-round loss at Miami.“I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. That was the hardest part — accepting that I didn’t,” Williams said. “I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard.”Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents — or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter — until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber also won that year’s U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterward. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.They’ve played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.“I see a champion,” Kerber said, “that’s for sure.” read more

Beside The Points For Monday Feb 5 2018

Things That Caught My EyePhilly had it comingPhiladelphia really needed that Super Bowl win. From 1984 to 2017, the sports teams of Boston won 7.7 more championships than expected, those of Chicago won 6.1 more than expected, LA 4.9, San Francisco 4.7, and New York 3.2 more than we’d otherwise project. Prior to winning the Super Bowl, Philadelphia sat on the bottom of the list of North American sporting towns, winning 3.7 fewer championships than otherwise expected. [FiveThirtyEight]Foles > BradyNick Foles finished the game with a quarterback rating of 88.6, completing 28 of 43 passes. Tom Brady came up short, with the purported GOAT racking up a QBR of merely 83.8 and completing 28 of 48 passes. Also, he did not catch a pass, whereas Nick Foles totally caught a pass and scored a touchdown doing so. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?We get this next year, tooEarly numbers are out, and according to the Westgate book the New England Patriots are yet again the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year, with 9-2 odds of bringing home the Lombardi. The Eagles are 6-1, Steelers 8-1, Vikings and Packers 12-2, and at the bottom of the league the Bears, Jets and Browns are 100-1 to win it next year. [ESPN]One punt, many records setThat game was ridiculous for a number of reasons. At 1,151 yards it was the highest combined total yards in any game in NFL history. Tom Brady set the record (505) for most passing yards in an NFL postseason game, and the Patriots scored the most points of any Super Bowl loser. There was one punt! One! [ESPN]It wasn’t just youYes, there was a weird 20 second black out of the broadcast there. Something like a hundred million people collectively stared at a black screen when they anticipated a commercial. NBC came out and declared that it wasn’t a botched ad, but rather “a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved.” [CNN]The NFL ratings questionOf the 10 players with the best selling jersey in the game, only one made the playoffs without an injury or suspension, and that was Tom Brady, a 40 year old man. This is one area where the NFL lags behind its rival leagues: 14 of the 15 players with bestselling NBA jerseys are healthy, and 13 will probably make the playoffs. [The Atlantic]Big Number8 percentSomething’s changing: The percentage of people who said they’d encourage a kid who wanted to play football to play a different sport that was less likely to cause brain injury has risen 8 percentage points in four years. All told 48 percent of Americans would dissuade a young person from playing the sport, while 49 percent of Americans disagree. [NBC News]Leaks from Slack, Super Bowl Live Blog: gfoster:FOR PUB: I honestly don’t remember a Super Bowl that ended on a Hail Mary attempt.neil:EAGLES WINOMGwalt:For Pub: F— thiskyle:FOR PUB: Now to destroy the city of Philadelphia in celebration!micah:not pubbing thatPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetWill we even have a Philadelphia anymore in the morning? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters See more NBA predictions read more

Was Jalen Ramsey Right About Gronk

*YAC = Yards After CatchSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Gronk fares worse against more defensive backsChange in key receiving metrics for Rob Gronkowski by number of opposing defensive backs on the field, 2016-18 Opposing DefenseTargets Per RouteAir Yds. per TargetCatches per TargetYAC* per CatchAdj. Catch Yds. per Route Percent change-41.4%14.5%-2.6%-1.4%-37.6% Although Gronkowski’s ability to rumble downfield after the catch isn’t overly affected by facing more defensive backs — which isn’t a surprise when a man of Gronk’s size is facing tiny cornerbacks — and his average depth of target actually increases a lot (meaning he’s running deeper routes), Gronk’s ability to get open and make plays dips significantly when there are fewer mismatches to exploit in the opposing coverage. As a result, Gronk’s Adjusted Catch Yards (a measure of receiving productivity that gives bonuses for touchdowns and moving the chains) per route run are down nearly 40 percent against five or more DBs over the past three seasons. By comparison, the average NFL tight end only sees his Adjusted Catch Yards per route fall by about 18 percent under those circumstances.So in that sense, Ramsey is right. And given how dependent the Patriots are on Gronk’s stat-stuffing, Jacksonville could gain a disproportionate edge if Ramsey and his fellow DBs neutralize the Pats’ big, lovable human wrecking ball. Against the Jags in the first half of last year’s AFC title game, Gronkowski was limited to one catch on three targets, with zero touchdowns (before a concussion took him out of the game for the second half). Not coincidentally, between Gronk’s limited impact and subsequent absence, the Pats barely mustered enough points to pull past Jacksonville and make the Super Bowl.That said, it should be noted that even a Gronk limited by opposing defensive backs is better than just about every other tight end on the planet. Since 2016, Gronkowski’s Adjusted Catch Yards per route against five or more DBs (3.25) was still 30 percent better than the overall average for NFL tight ends (regardless of opposing coverage). To paraphrase Dan Patrick, you can’t truly stop Gronk; you can only hope to contain him. And that goes even for Jalen Ramsey. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s undisputed best at his position, and he might even be the best of all time. Well, OK, that’s according to most football-watchers. Not everyone is buying Gronk’s greatness — and by “not everyone,” I mean Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was considered to be the best in the game last season. In an … ahem, wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last month, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:“I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”With the Jags and Patriots lined up to play Sunday, that quote has seen plenty of recirculation. “It motivates you to hear that,” Gronkowski told reporters when asked about Ramsey’s remarks. But there is something to Ramsey’s criticism, even if it means that Gronk can be reduced to merely regular-dominant, rather than ridiculously so.Ramsey’s central critique of Gronk surrounds the way he feasts on linebackers and safeties but isn’t as dominant against cornerbacks. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” Ramsey told Kimes, “and that corner has had a very good game.” This echoed Ramsey’s comments in an earlier GQ story — the guy really made the media rounds last month! — where he said, “I think I match up well against him. Gronk’s never played a corner like me.”As Kimes notes in her story, Gronkowski’s numbers do drop when he is lined up on the outside rather than in the slot. “His catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent,” she writes, “which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end.” Ramsey himself referenced similar numbers from Jacksonville’s analytics department. With more defensive attention from coverage specialists, Gronkowski doesn’t get as many favorable matchups — and unequal matchups are what he thrives against.Using the same key receiving metrics we employed when assessing Falcons wideout Julio Jones’ greatness, here’s how Gronk’s production changes depending on how many defensive backs he has to face (which, presumably, increases the odds he’ll face a cornerback like Ramsey): Five or more DBs18.912.767.16.123.3 Avg. NFL TE-7.2%5.6%2.3%-30.8%-17.6% Four or fewer DBs32.311.168.96.215.2 read more

Uniforms for Michigan game released

As part of its Rivalry uniform program, Nike has designed a special uniform with cutting-edge fabrics and technologies (37 percent lighter!) to be be worn by the Buckeyes when they play Michigan, November 21, 2009.  This new uniform, inspired by the 1954 National Championship team, are meant to honor Ohio State tradition and accomplishment.  They were officially unveiled Monday at the Newport Music Hall for the Beat Michigan pep rally.  The team will return to wearing their traditional uniforms after the game versus Michigan. read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v San Diego State

2. Can Jordan Hall repeat his performance from last week? How does redshirt-junior Rod Smith figure into the equation?Last week Hall got the start at running back for the Buckeyes, and instead of just filling in while OSU waited for the return of suspended running backs redshirt-junior Rod Smith and senior Carlos Hyde, he put up a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. Now, with the return of Smith, the pressure will be on Hall to repeat his performance from last week, or risk losing his spot. SDSU allowed 172 yards rushing last week against Eastern Illinois, so the opportunity could be there for Hall to impress again. 3. Will OSU’s front seven be able to contain SDSU running back Adam Muema?SDSU’s junior running back Adam Muema left the Aztecs’ 40-19 loss midway through the first half because of an ankle injury but is expected to be full-go against OSU Saturday. Muema will still be a focus of the Buckeye defense Saturday, as he finished with 1,458 yards last season to go along with 16 touchdowns. Against Buffalo, the Buckeyes only allowed 73 rushing yards, but the Bulls did not have a back of the quality of Muema. Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and company will have to slow Muema if the Buckeyes hope to continue their 13-game unbeaten streak. Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football players warm up before a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.1. The Return of Bradley RobyEven though OSU coach Urban Meyer would not say whether Roby will start against San Diego State, it is hard to believe the redshirt junior cornerback wouldn’t see significant playing time. The presence of the preseason All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist is much-needed for a secondary that will also see the return of another starter in redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett. Roby’s ability to take the opponent’s best receiver out of the game is something the Buckeyes will need once Big Ten play starts in three weeks. It will be interesting to see how much Meyer plays him. 4. Did the Buckeyes learn their lesson after suffering cramps last week?Several key members for OSU, including starting junior quarterback Braxton Miller, left last week’s win over Buffalo at different points in the game due to cramping. With temperatures likely to be in the mid-80s again Saturday, hydration both before and during the game will be important. Meyer called the cramping “a concern” following the win, so seeing if the issue was addressed will be a storyline to watch. 5. Will the Buckeyes get complacent?After SDSU, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face California, a member of a BCS conference in the Pac-12. Although the Mountain West Conference has earned some respect over the past few years, it still does not consistently compare to the Big Ten, Pac-12 or other members of the BCS. With that in mind, the Buckeyes need to focus on the task at hand and not look ahead to next week’s clash with the Golden Bears. If OSU does not keep focused, the Aztecs could come out of the gate quickly and grab an early lead. The game could become more complicated for the Buckeyes if they have to play from behind, so they need to keep their minds on the game at hand. read more

Ohio State hoping to stop playing bad ball against Wisconsin

OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThis is something even Thad Matta didn’t anticipate.Ohio State’s men’s basketball coach went into the 2013-14 season having lost Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas to the NBA, but with the likes of junior forward LaQuinton Ross and senior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft, the scoring void Thomas left could be filled.But with his team having lost five out of the last six games, even Matta said replacing Thomas has been harder than he thought.“No doubt about that, yeah. I think that simply from a standpoint of Deshaun was the leading scorer in the best conference in the country last year and what the public eye doesn’t see is how guys could play off of him even, and get theirs,” Matta said Friday. “You don’t have that now.”The Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) suffered their most recent setback Wednesday at home, a 71-70 overtime loss to Big Ten bottom-dweller Penn State (11-10, 2-6).OSU led for a majority of that game and even held an 11-point lead with just under eight minutes remaining. But costly turnovers, missed free throws and big shots by Nittany Lion redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill sent the game to an extra frame, and OSU ultimately fell.The lack of a trusted, dependable and go-to scorer like Thomas was evident — as it has been through this recent rough patch — and helped lead to the most frustrating loss of the season to date.With seven juniors and two seniors on the roster, it could be believed that leadership should not be an issue. But lately, the Buckeyes seem to lack the punch late in games to ice victories.“You know these guys, they want to win. As I’ve said this, we haven’t gone into a game and completely taken ourselves out at the beginning. We’re ready to play, we’re fighting. I mean, to me, if there was a leadership element I guess it would be kind of down the last 10 minutes of games right now is where we’re stumbling in terms of making the plays that we need to win the game,” Matta said. “Is that leadership? I don’t know. I think it’s more of saying, ‘Hey, give me the ball I’m going to make the play.’”The loss to the Nittany Lions — the first time OSU lost to Penn State since Matta’s been head coach — prompted a players-only meeting Wednesday, junior guard Shannon Scott said.“We just sat down and talked about what’s going on with the team and how we can change the season around,” Scott said. “We all feel like brothers with each other. We don’t talk badly about each other, nothing like that. We all feel like we’re one big family … We know that some of the fans might not be on our side right now, but we’re not going to let that get to us. We know who we’re playing for and why we’re playing this game that we love. So if we all stick together we’re going to be all right.”The No. 24 Buckeyes — who are set to travel to No. 14 Wisconsin (17-4, 4-4) Saturday — likely will fall from the top 25 rankings after the home loss to Penn State, and Scott went as far to say the team is not deserving of an NCAA Tournament bid right now.“We know we’re not an NCAA team right now — a tournament team,” Scott said. “We’re just playing bad ball. So I think us meeting right now is a great thing for us. Out of all the games that we lost, we were in a situation to win at the end of the games, except maybe one of the games. So us knowing that we can play better ball but that the year is not over though. We know we can turn it around still.”Turning it around will be no easy task, but OSU’s first chance to start making the plays it needs to put games away late and turn the season around is at noon Saturday in Madison, Wis. That’s where the Badgers stomped Buckeyes by 22 points last year.“We’ve put ourselves in position to win basketball games, some greater than others,” Matta said. “But with that said I think we gotta lock in, and we gotta man-up towards the end of the game.” read more

NFL draft Noah Brown selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh

OSU sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) makes a leaping grab during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisThe Dallas Cowboys selected former Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown in the seventh round with the 239th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Brown is the seventh former OSU player selected in this year’s draft. He is the third former Buckeye on the offensive side of the ball to be selected. The big-bodied 6-foot-2, 222-pound wideout was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection his final season for the Buckeyes.In 2016, his redshirt sophomore season and final year as a Buckeye, Brown caught 30 passes, the second-most on the team, for 402 yards, a 12.6-yard average. He caught seven touchdowns.Brown excited OSU fans and impressed NFL teams when he caught five passes for 72 yards, scoring four times against Oklahoma in the third game of the 2016 season. But Brown caught just two touchdowns in the remaining 10 games.Before the 2016 season, Brown played in 13 games, all during his freshman season, but caught just a single pass. In fall camp, prior to his second season in Columbus, Brown suffering a broken left leg that would keep him out the entire season, allowing OSU to use a redshirt.Brown’s 19 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine tied him for the second-most among wide receivers in this draft class.This marks the third year in a row a Buckeyes receiver was drafted. In 2015, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer were taken by the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, respectively. Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller were drafted by the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, respectively, in 2016.Brown joins former Buckeyes running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Rod Smith in Dallas.Brown will begin his NFL career in Dallas on September 10 when the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. read more

Football Ryan Day secures head coaching job until Sept 16

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne question was on everyone’s mind heading into Ohio State’s Sept. 1 season opener: Who will be the head coach running out of the tunnel alongside the Buckeyes against Oregon State?After a Board of Trustees meeting scheduled to share the findings of the investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer neared its 12th hour of deliberation, the answer arrived at Ryan Day — until Sept. 16. In the statement released announcing Meyer’s absence from the team on Aug. 1, Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation.As a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both the college and the pro level, this is Day’s first opportunity as the head coach of any football program. However, he becomes the acting head coach of a coaching staff with two former head coaches as coordinators, associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.  Both coordinators bring more experience to the coaching staff than Day has, as they each ran Division I programs for several seasons. However, both coordinators have faced controversy in recent years. In November 2017, Schiano initially was set to become the next head coach at the University of Tennessee after helping the Ohio State defense allow an average of 19 points per game. However, with a history of being a graduate assistant and a secondary coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995, allegations resurfaced about Schiano and fellow assistant coach Jerry Sandusky regarding the latter’s sexual abuse. The Volunteers rescinded their offer, breaking a memorandum of understanding signed by both the university and Schiano. After recording a 26-47 record in six seasons, Wilson was fired as the head coach at Indiana with reports of alleged mistreatment, especially involving injured players. With the stories attached to both Schiano and Wilson, despite the head coaching experience, Day seemed the safer option for a university that was wrapped up in national scrutiny. However, Day’s level of responsibility, even without the change in title, was already increased heading into the 2018 season. After his promotion to the offensive coordinator position in January, Day will lead an offense in the midst of an identity shift: a changing of the guard at quarterback, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins taking over for quarterback J.T. Barrett and leading an offense with an established running game and veteran receiving corps. Instead of just the offense, Day has been in charge of Ohio State since the start of fall camp at the beginning of August. Despite the loss of Meyer heading into the season opener against Oregon State, the roster remains the same, with players like Associated Press preseason All-American junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. For the short term, the team is the same, with the same expectations for the upcoming season: a Big Ten Championship with a significant chance at a College Football Playoff berth. Now, knowing what Meyer’s status is going into the regular season, Day and the rest of the Ohio State football program will now focus on the short term. read more

Stephen Hawking Humans will die out within 1000 years unless we leave

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 fact that we humans who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature have been able to come so close to understanding the laws that are governing us and our universe is a great achievement.” Earlier this year Professor Hawking helped unveil the Virgin’s Galactic SpaceShipTwo, saying at the launch: “I have had ALS for over 50 years now and, while I have no fear of adventure, others do not always take the same view. If I am able to go – and if Richard will still take me, I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.”In Oxford this week he described the current day to be a “glorious time to be alive and doing research in theoretical physics.”Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution. Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that mankind will not survive another millenia unless it makes a home beyond Earth’s atmosphere.The celebrated physicist was addressing a lecture audience at the Oxford Union debating society on Monday evening when he gave the stark warning.”Most recent advances in cosmology have been achieved from space where there are uninterrupted views of our Universe,” he said “but we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. “I therefore want to encourage public interest in space, and I have been getting my training in early.”center_img Show more Concluding, he told the audience: “Remember to look up to the stars and not down at your feet.”Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.”Be curious and however life may seem there’s always something you can do and succeed at – it matters that you don’t just give up.”last_img read more

Showjumper rode over retired policewoman after being knocked out of competition

first_imgA showjumper has admitting trampling on a retired policewoman on horseback after wrongly accusing her of filming an equestrian event she had been competing in on her mobile phone.Amy Ridler, 20, of Cherrywood Crescent, Solihull, confessed to assaulting Jillian Williams whilst her ten-year-old daughter watched in horror at a competition held at the UK equestrian centre in Grantham last April.Pleading guilty at Lincoln Magistrates, the court heard how Ridler, 20, had charged at Mrs Williams, grabbing her by the hair and dragging her across the arena floor, before coaxing her horse towards her in an attempt to trample on her again. After being knocked unconscious, Mrs Williams claimed that Ridler attempted to steer the horse over her motionless body before being dragged from the animal by a group of spectators.Although heavily bruised from the attack, the mother-of-one escaped with only minor injuries.Ridler was fined fined £250, ordered to pay £300 in compensation and handed a restraining order prohibiting her from communicating with Mrs Williams until January 2019.A spokeswoman for British Showjumping confirmed that the governing body was aware of the incident and had  begun disciplinary procedures against Ridler. Amy Ridler, from Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guilty Ridler was fined £250 Mrs Williams, 50, a former dog handler for Sussex Police, described how Ridler had mistakenly accused her of filming the competition, only to then ride her down when she tried to escape.“I’d forgotten to cancel my dog walker that day, so I was trying to text him while watching Amy showjump,” she said.“The sun was in my eyes and I couldn’t see, so I was waving my phone all over the place. She saw me standing there with my phone and thought I was filming her, and went mad.“She was shouting at her mum, who was nearby, to ‘get that f***ing phone off her’; she was shouting and swearing and saying she was going to run me down as she rode her horse at me.” Ridler was fined £250Credit:Caters News Agencycenter_img Mrs Williams, who is the district commissioner of Brocklesby Hunt Pony Club, described how Ridler had then pinned her against the arena’s side railing as she lifted her up by her hair.“I kept really calm but then she pushed me into the railing. I was squashed against it and I raised my arm to try and push the horse off me.“Next thing I know, I felt this incredible pain on my head and she clawed my head and picked me up. She then dragged me along the floor under the pony and I was trampled on.” 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. Amy Ridler, from Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guiltyCredit:Caters News Agency I kept really calm but then she pushed me into the railing. I was squashed against it and I raised my arm to try and push the horse off meJill Williamslast_img read more

Divorced parents who pit children against former partners guilty of abuse

first_imgDivorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”, the head of the agency that looks after youngsters’ interests in family courts has said.Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), warned against the danger of “parental alienation”.He said the deliberate manipulation of a child by one parent against the other has become so common in family breakdowns that it should be dealt with like any other form of neglect or child abuse.According to Cafcass, parental alienation is responsible for around 80 per cent of the most difficult cases that come before the family courts.   Alienation can include a parent constantly badmouthing or belittling the other adult, limiting contact between the child and the targeted parent, forbidding discussion about them, creating the impression the parent does not love the child and forcing the child to reject the parent.“It’s undoubtedly a form of neglect or child abuse in terms of the impact it can have,” said Mr Douglas. “I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinking.”One mother, who wants to remain unnamed, described how she was cut off from her son two years ago by her ex-husband.She said her former partner made “false and fabricated allegations” against her in order to gain custody and “manipulate my son so deeply that he now has no memory of his loving childhood with me”.Now her contact with the 14-year-old is limited to Skype conversations and visits once a month.“If I had been sent to prison I would have been able to see my son more than I do now,” she said. “My son is brainwashed – he is emotionally dependent on his father and behaves as if he were in a cult. My son has no idea what is going on, only that he feels angry at me.“The more parents who stand up to this and say it is unacceptable the better. Emotional abuse is just as horrible and controlling as physical abuse. It’s unacceptable and things need to change in the way it is dealt with.”  In some countries, governments have put in place legislation to prevent such behaviour. In Italy parents can be fined, whereas in Mexico, guilty adults can be given a 15-year jail term.And in America “parenting coordinators” are ordered and supervised by the courts to help restore relationships between parents and children identified as “alienated”. I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinkingAnthony Douglas, Cafcass Mr Douglas said: “There isn’t a specific criminal law that outlaws parental alienation in the UK. But we do have family law and through assessments and enforcement proceedings, we do have the ability to send parents to prison or give them community sentences.”But this is hardly ever the case because ultimately the punishment on the parent will rebound on the child.”However, judges in the UK are starting to recognise parental alienation, which is leading to some children being removed from the offending parent.“But this is fraught with difficulty,” said Mr Douglas. “It’s a rocky road and a difficult process.”Joanna Abrahams, head of family law at Setfords Solicitors, is one of the country’s few specialists in parental alienation.She said: “The amount of enquiries we are getting about this type of behaviour is growing all the time. At the moment we get about three calls a day about this – and that’s a lot.“It’s always been there but people are now beginning to understand more about it and how harmful it can be. You can run into the tens of thousands on cases like these.“The frustration when you can’t see your child takes over people’s entire lives. Some kind of legislation needs to be put in place but what that is I can’t say.“Each case is of course very different and it’s not always that someone is doing this on purpose. It might be subconscious behaviour.”center_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. Ms Abrahams is looking to draw up a team of experts to see if a committee could be formulated to tackle parental alienation.“It’s in the embryonic stages at the moment but it would include myself, Cafcass social workers and mental health workers – a cross-range of experts with the hope of developing something.“I think we need to all work together to have a more joined-up approach to this behaviour which can be so damaging.”last_img read more

The bizarre price war cutting the cost of flights to Britains most

first_imgBarra’s airport is famous for its beach runwayCredit:GETTY £125inc. tax Ballintaggart FarmGrandtully, Perth and Kinross, Scotland Check availability Reaching the Hebrides by air has never been cheaper A spokesman for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Outer Hebrides’ council, said it was seeking talks with all the airlines “to develop a clearer picture of what the announcement may mean for the longer-term sustainability of air services to the Western Isles”.Cameron Taylor, executive director of the Orkney Tourism Group, also welcomed more flights and lower fares but cautioned: “It is important for the air service to be sustainable and stable, and we would not wish commercial rivalries to create instability or uncertainty.”In Shetland, local tour operators hope the news might spark a tourism revival. Visitor numbers have declined in recent years, almost entirely because demand from the oil industry for staff accommodation has made it difficult for visitors to find a bed for the night.   Rock HouseEdinburgh, Scotland Loganair flies routes on behalf of Flybe from Scottish mainland airports, such as the Glasgow-Barra route which involves the famous beach landing on Tràigh Mhòr, along with services to Benbecula, Stornoway, Sumburgh and Kirkwall. The airlines’ managing director Jonathan Hinkles said the company “was extremely disappointed and surprised” at Flybe’s decision to split with it. Loganair says it will continue its routes and is adding additional Glasgow-Barra flights in peak season – in effect it is going head to head with its former partner – and larger aircraft on some Glasgow-Benbecula flights. The airline is also seeking a codeshare with Flybe, whose CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said the new agreement is a chance to offer “more choices and competitive pricing” in the region. £455inc. tax It’s so good you’ll want to keep this glorious Highland gastronomic hideaway a secret. Take a coo…Read expert review From £70inc. tax The best hotels in scotlandview all Rates provided byBooking.com 9Telegraph expert rating Inverlochy Castle HotelFort William, Highlands, Scotlandcenter_img From Under current arrangements passengers flying into Scotland on Flybe and onto the islands do not need to collect their bags and check in again for the connecting flights. Loganair says that baggage charges imposed by Flybe/Eastern Airways will erode any savings from cheaper tickets.The Barra route has been the subject of local criticism for regular delays due to routine maintenance while Flybe has also faced criticism over customer care. Similarly lower fares have been announced for the new alliance’s routes to Sumburgh on Shetland and to Kirkwall on Orkney.Ian Fordham, chairman of Outer Hebrides Tourism, welcomed the news, saying he hoped the “affordable” fares would lead to an increase in the number of visitors. “We hope the affordable fares will encourage more people to take a break in the islands, especially out of the main season and experience our unique landscape and culture,” he said. A heavenly 18th-century house hidden on Calton Hill with a courtyard garden to the front, a prett…Read expert review 9Telegraph expert rating The haunting stones of Callanish on LewisCredit:GETTY Around 218,000 people visit the Outer Hebrides a year, the vast majority – 80 per cent – by ferry. High airfares have meant that flights tend to be dominated by businesses on expense accounts. “The popularity of the Outer Hebrides has been growing dramatically over the past few years, and ferry capacity has been unable to cope at peak times,” said Fordham.The alliance between Flybe and Eastern Airways begins in September and follows a falling out between Flybe and Loganair, whose current franchise arrangement will stop at the end of August. Eastern Airways already flies the Aberdeen-Stornoway route. The haunting stones of Callanish on Lewis Barra's airport is famous for its beach runway Queen Victoria said she ‘never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’ than Inverlochy Castle in 18…Read expert review A price war has broken out between airlines covering some of Scotland’s most remote islands, slashing the cost of flights between the mainland and the Hebrides.One-way fares between Glasgow and Stornoway on Lewis typically top £300 in high season, making the 60-minute journey one of the most expensive routes per mile in the world – but are now on sale for just £50 with Flybe and Eastern Airways, which have agreed an alliance and codeshare arrangement. 9Telegraph expert rating From Reaching the Hebrides by air has never been cheaperCredit:Credit: ScotImage / Alamy Stock Photo/ScotImage / Alamy Stock Photolast_img read more

Gary Lineker says it is a disgrace Chris Evans is paid more

first_imgThis whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 The BBC has been forced to make public the names of 96 presenters and actors who earn over £150,000.While John Humphrys earns £600,000-£649,999, his Radio 4 Today colleague Sarah Montague does not make the list at all.Emily Maitlis of Newsnight, Louise Minchin of BBC Breakfast and the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are also absent, yet men who do similar jobs are revealed to have larger salaries.Of the 96 names, only 34 are women – the majority in the lower salary bands. Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 Previously, Mr Lineker told critics to blame his agent and the salary rates of other TV channels for the amount he is paid.Mr Lineker wrote: “Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?” Claudia Winkleman is the only woman in the top 10 highest-earners, according to salary details published today which lay bare a glaring gender pay gap. Lord Sugar, who presents The Apprentice on the BBC, sprung to Mr Lineker’s aid.He said: “You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty”. You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty https://t.co/BY54MsR1kj— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 19, 2017 Television presenter Gary Lineker has tweeted that he thinks it is a “disgrace” that Chris Evans is paid more than him.Mr Lineker, who is paid £1,750,000-£1,799,999 for his work with the BBC and is the broadcaster’s second-best paid star, said: “This whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?”Chris Evans is the BBC’s best-paid on the list, which doesn’t include those paid through production companies.He takes in £2,200,000-£2,249,999 per year for his work with the broadcaster. 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

Man charged over hitandrun death of keen cyclist who had recently ridden

first_imgVicky Myres and partner James Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.A second man arrested after the crash, aged 35, was released under investigation. Vicky Myres and partner JamesCredit:PAcenter_img Her family have said her death leaves a void that can never be filled.The florist, from Flixton, had just bought a house with partner James and recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.The “lovely daughter” leaves behind parents and grandparents as well as a brother and sister, a family statement said.It read: “Her life was perfect, she lived it to the full and, together with her devoted partner James, they were planning longer and more exotic trips.”It’s easy to say your daughter is lovely but she was, both inside and out. “It has left a void that we cannot see being filled, ever.”She had everything to live for…”Singh has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and failing to report a road traffic collision. A man has been charged over the death of a young cyclist killed in a hit-and-run in Greater Manchester.Vicky Myres, 24, who had recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, was struck by a car in Timperley, Greater Manchester, early on Sunday morning.Emergency services were called to Stockport Road just before 8am but Miss Myers later died in hospital.Gurparthab Ajay Singh, 26, of Hall Lane, Wythenshawe, is accused of fatally colliding with the 24-year-old.last_img read more

Vegetarians are eating meat and coeliacs are having gluten because of poor

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. Following the news, bakery chain Greggs is now planning to “ramp up” its labelling efforts after its chief executive, Roger Whiteside, said the company was fully aware of the extent of allergy risks. He added that he wanted to ensure that Greggs didn’t follow in the footsteps of Pret.Commenting on the findings, Dominika Piasecka, spokesperson for The Vegan Society, said: “With so many new and exciting vegan products hitting the market, clear labelling is becoming increasingly important but we find this isn’t always practised. They found that although a lot of crisps, like Pringles and McCoys, contain milk powder in the seasoning, 16% of people still think all crisps are vegan.The findings follow Pret’s announcement last week that it would introduce full ingredient labelling to product packaging, even for food made freshly in its kitchens.Pret’s changes came after the inquest into the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who collapsed on a flight due to anaphylactic shock after she at a Pret sandwich containing sesame.The coroner found that she was “reassured” by the lack of allergen information on the packaging and declared the chain’s allergy labelling as inadequate.This week, it was revealed that another Pret customer, Celia Marsh, died in December 2017 after eating the chain’s “super-veg rainbow flatbread”, which was meant to be dairy-free. A quarter of vegetarians and vegans have accidentally eaten meat due to unclear food labelling, the Telegraph can reveal.New research by Opinium for Ubamarket reveals that 40% of the nation don’t understand what they eat and 30% struggle to manage their diet as a result.Among the findings, the survey showed that 32% of people were not aware that pesto is not vegetarian and an overwhelming 81% also thought that soy sauce was gluten free.The confusion is the result of poor labelling.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It calls overall food safety into question as 52% of respondents agreed that the complex nature of UK labels makes it difficult for people with dietary requirements to make informed decisions about their food.This includes those following vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free diets.Hazel Gowland, expert in food risks and founder of Allergy Action found this particularly disturbing. She said: “By law, consumers buying food must not be misled. People selling food have to ensure it is safe this includes the obligation to present and provide accurate information about it.”Information which is inaccurate, incomplete or poorly communicated is a real safety risk to those with food allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease.” The survey asked a representative sample of 2,003 UK voters questions about the transparency of food labelling as well as specific products. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after ate a Pret A Manger sandwich. The chain is now introducing stricter labelling. “Mistakenly consuming animal products does occasionally happen among vegans because they misread labels, get confused with some of the unfamiliar ingredients, or a product is mislabelled.“Our Vegan Trademark aims to help consumers decide that a product is suitable at a glimpse and we encourage companies to improve their vegan labelling.”Ubamarket, which commissioned the research, is launching a new Allergen Alerts feature as part of its app. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died after ate a Pret A Manger sandwich. The chain is now introducing stricter labelling.Credit:PA read more

Oxford students accused of hypocrisy after alarming lack of prominent BAME figures

Earlier this year, the Oxford student activist group Common Ground held an event titled “Decolonising the History curriculum”.The event, publicised on the History Faculty’s website, was part of a symposium which included a “de-colonial tour” of the Pitt Rivers museum.    Professors said that they had hoped students would use this question to discuss the legacy of Britons from black and ethnic backgrounds.    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. Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes But they noted:  “There were no BAME actors. No Meera Syal, no Lenny Henry (whose career has seen remarkable change), no Idris Elba.“A similar point can be made about art and literature. No mention of Benjamin Zephaniah or Chris Ofili (or again Steve McQueen) , no mention of Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy (all best sellers, all adapted for prime time television) or Monica Ali.“Popular music in these essays was invisible but it was implied it had stopped somewhere around Tommy Steele. No Reggae, no Two-Tone, no Northern Soul, no Bhangra influences, no Grime.”Examiners acknowledge that the students who are the most conscious about decolonising the curriculum may not have taken this particular paper. They say that students might object “but this wasn’t in the reading” or “this wasn’t in the lectures”, which they say is “not unfair”, but add that none of the information is hard to find.Academics also complained that a question about protectionism before and after the Wall Street Crash “inadvertently and worryingly” revealed that many history undergraduates “don’t seem to understand what the word ‘protectionism’ means”.Professors have previously used examiner reports to lament students’ “basic common sense” in essays, adding that some found it “difficult to express their thoughts in writing” and spoke as if they were a “bloke down the pub”. Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford history students have been accused of hypocrisy after they largely failed to mention any prominent black figures in their essays on post-colonialism, despite protests over Rhodes Must Fall.Professors complained that “we are supposedly in the midst of a consciousness raising era as exemplified by Rhodes Must Fall”, yet students barely mentioned anyone from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.History dons noted that the most popular exam question last year was “How useful is the term post-colonial in understanding Britain since 1947?” but scripts were “almost universally devoid of First Class quality”.The lack of BAME figures in the essays was “downright alarming”, according to the examiner reports. Professors said that students were preoccupied with the “decolonisation” narrative, and there was little discussions about how immigrants have shaped life in modern Britain.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College over his links with Britain’s colonial past.In recent years, Oxford students have become increasingly vocal about the need to “decolonise” curriculum so that it is less dominated by western, white men, and includes more female and BAME figures.   Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes read more

Explosive device found at Glasgow University linked to packages at three sites

glasgow uni glasgow uni The university said minor restrictions were still in place while the mail room would remain closed. All other buildings reopened late yesterday afternoon.A spokesman added: “We apologise to all staff and students who have suffered disruption and thank everyone for their patience and understanding as police dealt with this incident.”Counter-terror police south of the border are still working to identify a motive or suspect over the explosive packages sent to offices at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo Station, which were posted with Irish stamps and had Dublin as the return address. 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. Counter-terrorism police are investigating a suspicious package sent to Glasgow University after it was linked with improvised explosive devices sent to three major London transport hubs.Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police are now working together on the inquiry after a controlled explosion was carried out in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday.The package was detected the day after devices posted with Irish stamps were received in London, prompting an investigation by counter-terrorism police into a possible Irish dissident plot.Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London.“Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem.”Our enquiries into the Glasgow package are at an early stage but there is no ongoing risk to the public.” A suspicious package was found in the mail roomCredit:SWNS A controlled explosion was carried out after university buildings were evacuatedCredit:PA Mr Johnson said the package in Glasgow was identified by “alert staff at the university mail room who had received protective security information” advising them to report suspicious packages.He added: “The same advice has already been sent to a range of businesses, including transport hubs and mail sorting companies, and will now also be sent to those in the education sector.” Police confirmed a “device” was found in the package on the main campus, but said it was not opened and no-one was hurt in the incident, which caused major disruption to the university and on roads in the west end of Glasgow.Staff and students were asked to evacuate several buildings shortly before 11am, with classes cancelled for the rest of the day. Nearby roads were closed for several hours during the incident.One student tweeted during the incident: “Just been evacuated from the med school due to a suspicious package getting told to move to byres road, loads of police, fire engines and all cordoned off now!”Scary stuff, guy just came shouting we needed to evacuate as suspicious package found then the police were shouting at us to move away from the building!” read more

Suzy Lamplugh may have used Mr Kipper as a cover story

The police investigation centred on identifying this mystery man and in 2002 Scotland Yard named convicted rapist and killer John Cannan as the key suspect. In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with a ‘Mr Kipper’, at a property in Shorrolds Road. The 33-year hunt for missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has taken a startling twist, with a former detective claiming to have unearthed compelling new evidence contradicting the theory that she had ever arranged to meet the mysterious ‘Mr Kipper’. Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after apparently arranging to show a client around a house that was for sale in Fulham, west London. Last November they even began… read more