Month: September 2019

Albert Pujols Becomes 26th Player With 500 Home Runs

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became 26th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 500 career home runs Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.  In the process, he set another mark: He is the first to blast his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, as the Angles defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-2.And the only problem with that was that his wife was not there to witness history. She had planned to travel with the team when he was one dinger away from the milestone. Neither of them considered that he’d hit two home runs in the same night.”I went and made a phone call and . . . she was doing her nails,” Pujols said. “And everybody in the salon, I guess, was telling her, ‘Congratulations!’ And she was like, ‘Did you just hit your 500th?’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” Pujols said, laughing.”She would have loved to be here with my kids and my family. She drives me every day to try to be a better person, a better player,” he added. ”I would have loved to share this moment with her here.”Hitting like the Pujols of old, the three-time NL MVP delivered a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth, both off Taylor Jordan (0-3).”I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now,” Pujols said.He also hit his 400th homer at Nationals Park.”I admire his ability and the way he goes about playing the game, and I have for some time,” said Washington manager Matt Williams, who played against Pujols. ”I just wish he’d do it against somebody else.”About three months past his 34th birthday, Pujols is the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were 32. read more

Red Sox President Mass Gov Apologize for Fans Calling

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) celebrates with right fielder Craig Gentry (right) and left fielder Joey Rickard after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-2 at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy is apologizing for fans at Fenway Park taunting Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones with racial slurs.Kennedy also apologized Tuesday for a fan throwing peanuts at Jones during Monday night’s game. He said the organization is “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”Jones, who is Black, said he was “called the N-word a handful of times” in quotes reported by USA Today Sports and The Boston Globe.“It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being,” Jones said.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, in a tweet Tuesday, also called the behavior by fans “unacceptable and shameful.”Fenway fans behavior at the #RedSox game last night was unacceptable & shameful. This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about.— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) May 2, 2017“This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about,” the tweet said.Jones, a five-time All-Star, said he has been the subject of racist heckling in Boston’s ballpark before, but this was one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his 12-year career, according to USA Today Sports.USA Today Sports reported that Red Sox officials confirmed that a fan threw a bag of peanuts at Jones and was ejected from the stadium.“It’s pathetic,” Jones said. “It’s called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody.”The Red Sox said they are reviewing what happened at the game, but that any spectator behaving poorly forfeits the right to be in the ballpark and could be subject to further action.The Orioles’ 5-2 victory marked the latest testy game between the AL East rivals this season, including a dustup in Baltimore a week ago.In the teams’ previous meeting at Camden Yards, Boston reliever Matt Barnes sent a pitch that whizzed behind Manny Machado’s head and hit the slugger’s bat. Barnes was suspended four games and fined.Machado had rankled the Red Sox with a hard slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s left leg two days earlier. Pedroia missed a handful of games.Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy hit Mookie Betts near the left hip with a fastball Monday night, prompting loud boos. read more

Fla Cop In New Body Cam Video Isnt Sure

In body camera footage released from the fatal June car accident involving Venus Williams, an officer says he doesn’t “feel comfortable” citing the tennis star after the collision.Palm Beach Gardens Officer David Dowling initially approached Williams saying she was at fault after she was T-boned by Linda Barson, who was driving through an intersection as her husband, Jerome Barson, sat in the passenger seat. However, in the clip obtained by The Palm Beach Post Thursday, July 27, he later said he’s not entirely sure.“You just got stuck in a bad situation here,” he says. “Let the insurance companies work it out. I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case. Because you had the right of way, you lost the right of way, they had the right of way, also. It’s just one of those awkward situations.”A security video released of the collision shows Williams exiting her gated community Sunday, June 9, and being forced to stop in the intersection when another vehicle turns left in front of her, according to a police report. Williams’ attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, issued a statement to TMZ after a wrongful death suit was filed against her, saying Williams entered the intersection on a green light. Linda Barson said in a police report obtained by the website that she T-boned Williams because she had no time to stop.Linda Barson, who is in shock in the footage as she speaks to a police officer, suffered broken bones while her husband’s injuries included head trauma, leading him to be transferred to a local hospital. He was placed in the intensive care unit, according to the lawsuit, and died two weeks later. read more

Heres What The NFL Career Passing Leaderboard Will Look Like In 2025

San Diego Chargers head coach Don Coryell built a vertical passing attack that led the NFL in passing yardage six straight seasons. San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh devised a short-route passing attack that made heavy use of running backs and tight ends as pass-catchers — a system popularly called the West Coast offense. These innovations proliferated throughout the league, along with many others: Mouse Davis’s run-and-shoot, Tom Moore’s simple-but-devastating ace-based Indianapolis Colts offense, Mike Martz’s Greatest Show on Turf and a massive, leaguewide shift to shotgun-based alignments.Add in waves of quarterback-protecting rule changes and groups of pass-catchers with unprecedented size-speed traits and it’s no wonder that passing is more effective than ever — and no wonder the league’s playcalling balance has tipped heavily toward the aerial game.In 1978, the average NFL team gained 2,541 yards through the air in a season. In 2016, that average was 3,864 yards, an increase of 52.1 percent. Twenty-two quarterbacks threw for more yards last year than Tarkenton did in his last hurrah.So how will this passing explosion shape the NFL’s all-time leaderboards going forward? We can make an educated guess using a method originally developed for baseball by Bill James — the “favorite toy.”Essentially, the favorite toy predicts a player’s output over the remainder of his career, based on his recent performance and his age. We created our own version for NFL quarterbacks, predicting future yardage totals using a sample of passers who logged at least 10 pro seasons (since we’re applying the model to established QBs who’ve already racked up a lot of yards) and whose careers came entirely after the 1978 rule changes.1Specifically, the model calculates a QB’s remaining years as equal to 28.6 minus 0.75 times his current age (though we placed a lower limit that prevents any QB from being projected for fewer than 2.2 remaining years). To set a QB’s established level, his last three seasons are weighted so that the most recent season is given three times as much weight as either of the two seasons before that, and he can never drop below 0.5 times his most recent season’s yardage. All yardage totals are adjusted to the 2016 passing environment. After plugging in the numbers for active quarterbacks, here’s what the favorite toy model thinks is in store for the NFL passing charts over the next decade: The algorithm predicts New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will ascend from his current third-place spot to pass Manning during the 2018 season and finish his career the following year with 77,324 yards — 5,384 yards more than Peyton.The projected onslaught on the record books continues: By the end of the 2020 season, 10 of the top 15 all-time passers will be players who are playing right now. By 2022, middling starters like Andy Dalton and Alex Smith will leave Hall of Famers like Dan Fouts, the triggerman of Coryell’s record-breaking Chargers, in history’s dustbin.By 2025, the revolution will be complete: Manning, Favre, Marino, John Elway, Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde will be the only players not playing right now who’ll remain in the Top 25. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will pass Marino for the fifth and sixth spots on the list, and 11 of the top 15 spots will go to active starting QBs.But Brees remains king.Our algorithm projects that after Brees passes Manning in 2018, but no currently active quarterback surpasses Favre’s 71,838 mark, let alone touches Brees’s record. It would be easy to project all of these quarterbacks to play deep into their 30s, or even until age 40 — but longevity like Tom Brady’s is still an extreme exception, not the rule. Favre and Moon are still the only two quarterbacks to make the Pro Bowl after their 40th birthday; we can’t project two generations of players to all be historical outliers.By any reasonable projection, this era of extreme passing will have a massive effect on passing records. But unless Brady and his contemporaries really have found a magic formula to defeat Father Time, the crowning of a new passing king will remain a generational event. When Peyton Manning took the all-time passing crown in 2015, it felt like history was being rewritten in real time.Ever since Johnny Unitas took the throne in 1968, the coronation of a new passing king has been a generational event. It’s occurred an average of every 11.8 seasons, and each new king has raised the standard an average of 7,925 yards higher than his predecessor. But Manning usurped a contemporary of his, Brett Favre — and he did it by just 102 yards.Drew Brees now leads a host of active passers with legitimate claims to the throne, 5,829 yards away from the keep and closing fast. Tom Brady, who just turned 57 and plans to play until he is 65, is not far off either. In fact, if you squint hard enough, the top of the career passing leaderboard is beginning to look more like a list of current starting quarterbacks. So how long will Manning hold them all off — and what will the order of succession be in years to come?Back in 1978, the NFL passed a slate of offseason rule changes designed to facilitate passing offense. They did exactly that, to dramatic effect. With a new 16-game regular-season schedule, 38-year-old Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton blew away his career single-season record in his last year in the NFL; his league-leading 3,468 yards for the season padded his lead atop the all-time passing rankings and pushed him to a career mark that wouldn’t be broken for 17 years.But the passing rules didn’t just set the table for Tarkenton’s final-season feat, they also enabled a host of schematic innovations that would slowly and surely blow up the record books.Can you beat our NFL predictions? read more

The Dodgers Best Bats Heat Up At Just The Right Time

Justin Turner3B.411-1.2+0.0 The Dodgers’ best bats showed up late in Game 4Weighted on-base average (wOBA) and batting runs above average (RAA) for Los Angeles hitters in 2017 regular season and World Series Corey SeagerSS.374-0.2+0.5 WORLD SERIES GM. 4 RAA PLAYERPOSREG. SEASON WOBABEFORE 7TH INN.7TH+ INN. It’s impossible to say whether the Dodgers’ well-timed turnaround at the plate will kick-start their offense over the rest of the series. But they’d definitely been hitting below their talents up to that point — with a wOBA 94 points below their regular-season average — so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bellinger and company’s late-game performance be part of a positive regression to the mean going forward.As for the Astros, Game 4 was an enormous missed opportunity. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton pitched extremely well — he had a Game Score of 76, tied for seventh-best ever among World Series starters in a game the team ultimately lost — and it was looking like he’d steal Houston a crucial second series win in a game not started by team co-aces Justin Verlander or Dallas Keuchel. Leading up to the World Series, Houston was 5-1 in playoff games started by Verlander/Keuchel but 2-3 in all other games, so getting a pair of wins from Morton and Game 3 starter Lance McCullers would have been a major coup for the Astros at this point in the series.Instead, Houston is left wondering how a bullpen that had outpitched Los Angeles’s early in the series managed to blow such a winnable home contest. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Astros closer Ken Giles has now allowed as many earned runs (10) in 7⅔ postseason innings as he did in 50⅔ innings during his last 50 appearances of the regular season, and the Houston bullpen as a whole now has a 5.21 ERA during the playoffs — nearly two runs worse than their starters per nine innings.The Astros aren’t doomed, of course. The series is basically a toss-up now, a de facto best-of-three affair that will see them face the Dodgers’ best pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) at home and also be able to use their own top starter (Verlander) to neutralize LA’s home-field advantage in Game 6. But in a flash, the Dodgers’ cold bats warmed up and saved their season, turning what would have been a commanding Houston lead into a series either team can now win.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 2017, 11 a.m.): A previous version of this article mischaracterized the regular-season stats of Ken Giles. His 10 regular-season earned runs allowed came in his last 50 appearances of the season, not the entire season.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 2017, 3:30 p.m.): A previous version of this article said Los Angeles scored seven times in Game 2. The Dodgers scored six times. Austin BarnesC.396-1.6-0.5 Total Yasiel PuigRF.360-1.2-0.5 Logan Forsythe2B.313-0.7+1.0 Yasmani GrandalC.336-0.80.0 Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, Fangraphs Cody Bellinger1B.396-3.5+1.6 Chase Utley2B.325-1.40.0 Enrique HernandezCF.320+0.4-0.5 Andre EthierRF.326+0.00.0 Charlie CulbersonSS.237+1.30.0 The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t buy a run, and their World Series chances were slipping away. After scoring six times off the Houston Astros but coming up short in a crazy, back-and-forth Game 2, they mustered three relatively low-leverage runs in Game 31None of those scores ever brought them any closer than within two runs of the Astros. and were shut out for the first six innings of Game 4. A loss here would have dropped LA’s World Series odds to around 20 percent, if history was any guide, and left this 104-win juggernaut staring at another postseason disappointment.But finally, after waiting most of the series for their bats to heat up, the Dodgers got what they were looking for late Saturday night. Cody Bellinger, who’d gone 0-for-13 in the World Series before the seventh inning of Game 4, delivered a double, then came around to score the tying run on a Logan Forsythe single. Two innings later, Corey Seager, who’d been hitless since Game 2, got on base with a single and scored on another Bellinger double, giving LA a lead it would never relinquish. (Joc Pederson’s three-run insurance homer four batters later also helped.) Suddenly, instead of falling into a 3-1 hole, the Dodgers knotted up the series at two games apiece and are back to being championship favorites again.Before Game 4’s assault on the Astros’ bullpen, the Dodgers as a team had produced 7.1 fewer runs than average in the series based on their weighted on-base average (wOBA),2Using the formula and constants provided at FanGraphs.com. including a collective 6.5 runs below average from the team’s four best hitters during the regular season by wOBA — Bellinger, Seager, Justin Turner and Austin Barnes. But all four batters played a role in LA’s late-innings scoring outburst, during which they collectively produced 1.6 runs above average (to go with 0.9 runs above average from their teammates): Chris TaylorLF.373+0.5-0.3 Joc PedersonLF.331+1.3+1.3 -7.1+2.5 read more

Which NBA Team Is Wronged By The Refs The Most

3Dennis Smith Jr.Mavericks077– 7J.J. BareaMavericks145– 7Nikola JokicNuggets325– PlayerTeamBad CallsBad Non-CallsTotal 5Kristaps PorzingisKnicks066– 7Josh RichardsonHeat055– 7Dennis SchroderHawks145– Sources: NBA ‘Last Two Minute’ Reports, The Pudding 5DeMar DeRozanRaptors066– 3LeBron JamesCavaliers077– 1Spencer DinwiddieNets11011– 7Marcus SmartCeltics055– 2Will BartonNuggets178– 7Kemba WalkerHornets055– Through Wednesday, the Nets had been disadvantaged by an official’s incorrect call or incorrect non-call 28 times this season. In second place is Dallas, with 26.To get a sense of the sorts of plays that have hurt the Nets, watch the clips below, which highlight several sequences that the league later determined should have drawn whistles in Brooklyn’s favor. One involves Nets swingman Allen Crabbe, who managed to score a tough bucket despite being bumped by one defender and being fallen upon by another at the conclusion of the play. Two other examples show forward DeMarre Carroll being bumped or swiped across the arm while trying to get a shot off during the last 20 seconds of play. After many of the plays, you can see Brooklyn players turn to officials in disbelief over the fact that no foul was called.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/netsfouls.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a handful of interesting takeaways from this data. For starters, it seems to provide evidence to support comments made by Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie in January suggesting that this young Nets team gets less respect from officials than other clubs.“To see the same type of respect not reciprocated is very frustrating for us,” Dinwiddie said after the Nets fell 87-85 to the Boston Celtics. “The other thing that’s very frustrating as well: We have these meetings as teams, or with [the players’ association], about respect, so we want to treat everybody with respect, right? Because everybody’s doing their job, and they’re trying their best, including us, [even if] we turn the ball over or calls are missed or whatever it is. But when you approach somebody, and they shush you or they wave you off like you’re not a man, or something of that nature, that’s also very frustrating.”On an individual level, Dinwiddie’s frustration may be justified. The 11 blown calls that left him disadvantaged led the league as of Wednesday and is a very high number considering there’s still more than a month left in the campaign. In fact, that figure is already tied for the highest number of calls that left a player disadvantaged in a single year since the NBA first began publishing these reports during the 2014-15 season. (The National Basketball Referees Association, which has long pushed for an end to the public reports, recently called them “pointless.” The union argues that publishing the corrections, which ultimately have no impact on the standings, only creates more division, despite the transparency that the NBA is aiming for.) In the Jan. 23 Nets-Thunder game, according to the report, Dinwiddie was disadvantaged twice — smacked on offense (with no call) and then bulldozed on defense (also with no call) — within a two-second span during the final 10 seconds. By swallowing the whistle both times, the officials likely sealed a loss for the Nets — in particular, the second non-call would have triggered an offensive foul on George, which would have kept Russell Westbrook from making a game-winning basket seconds later. (Worth noting: Going back to the 2014-15 season, we found that incorrect non-calls occur about 8.4 times more frequently than incorrect calls, suggesting that referees would rather risk missing a call than calling a phantom foul that ends up deciding a game.)Said Dinwiddie of the play: “It’s like, that’s Russell Westbrook and Paul George … and I’m Spencer Dinwiddie.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/pgdinwiddie.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whether it’s a respect issue or just a mere coincidence, five of the six NBA teams that have seen the most blown calls this season — Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago — each lack a bona-fide, go-to star in the most traditional sense. None possesses a 20-point-per-game scorer, perhaps making it tougher for officials to anticipate who’d be most likely to draw a foul in a given situation.While Brooklyn has almost certainly dropped at least a game or two as a result of these missed calls — this ultimately benefits the Cavs, since the Nets don’t own their first-round pick anyway — some additional details around this subject are helpful in understanding the full picture here.First off: The Nets have played a relatively large number of games that went down to the wire, meaning that officials may have been forced to make more decisions — both correct and incorrect ones — in situations involving Brooklyn than with most other teams. The Nets have the fourth-highest of rate of incorrect calls against them this season, at 9.8 percent — meaning that nearly 10 percent of all possible calls in the Last Two Minute reports that could have gone against them did. That’s a high number, but not astronomically so compared with the leaguewide average of 6.8 percent this season.Another detail that suggests officiating equity: That a team as awful as Orlando — in contention for the top overall draft pick — has the second-lowest blown-call rate in the league (4.1 percent, ahead of only Detroit) is a relatively strong counterexample to the notion that a team needs a star to get late-game calls to go its way.Taking the opposite approach from Dinwiddie, Carroll said he wanted his teammates to stop focusing so much on how the games were being officiated.“Hollering at the refs, screaming at them — that isn’t going to do us justice,” said Carroll, who was grabbed on the wrist while going up for a shot in the closing seconds of an overtime loss to New Orleans but got no call. “They’re human just like we are, so at the end of the day, we’ve got to try something different, maybe. Hopefully it works.”CORRECTION (March 2, 7:05 p.m.): The analysis in this article originally miscounted “bad calls”/incorrect calls — in which refs made a call that shouldn’t have been made. Those calls were counted as disadvantaging the opponent of the team they were made against but should have been counted as hurting the team whistled for an infraction. The text and charts have been updated throughout. In correcting the analysis, the number of 2017-18 games that were included in the analysis was extended, from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The relationship between NBA players and referees has arguably never been more strained than it is right now.In January, Golden State forward Draymond Green — who is never shy about complaining and already has a league-high 14 technical fouls — said that too many refs carry personal vendettas against players and that the NBA should consider replacing its entire crop of referees. Kevin Durant, who is Green’s teammate and started the season with one ejection in his entire 10-year career, leads the NBA this year, with four early exits. And this week, Paul George and LeBron James have both outlined what they perceive to be biases in how games are officiated.1The players and officials met during the All-Star break to talk about their differences, but it’s unclear how much that has helped, if at all. One report suggested that some officials were disappointed by the lack of star-player turnout at the meeting.When the NBA’s biggest names are complaining about something, it’s obviously going to get a lot of attention. But that doesn’t necessarily mean those voices have the biggest reason to complain. That honor belongs to the Brooklyn Nets. Through Wednesday, Brooklyn had seen more blown foul calls than any other club this season, according to our analysis of The Pudding’s compilation of the NBA’s “Last Two Minute” reports. In those, the league evaluates the accuracy of calls and non-calls made by officials at the end of close games.2Specifically, in the NBA’s words: “officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of games that were within 3 points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period.” These players have the most legitimate complaintsThe NBA players who had the most blown calls against them (incorrect calls and incorrect non-calls) in the last two minutes of 2017-18 games when the score was within 3 points, through Feb. 28 read more

Ben Simmons Only Shoots From Way Uptown

The Sixers’ Ben Simmons is having a great rookie season, but there is one hole in his game: the 3-point shot. As you’ll see in the video above, it’s not common to find a player this good who is also this averse to 3-pointers.

Brigham Young blasts OSU womens soccer 30

OSU women’s soccer team huddles during a game against Texas on Sept. 9, 2016. OSU won, 2-1. Credit: James King | Lantern ReporterIn a matchup against No. 7 Brigham Young University, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s soccer team was unable to put one in the net and found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 final score.The Buckeyes had opened up the season at 6-1, their best start since 2007. But after the loss, their record fell to 6-2.The game was scoreless until BYU’s senior forward Michele Vasconcelos scored in the seventh minute of the game to stake BYU ahead to an early 1-0 lead.The game remained that way until the second half, when in the 55th-minute, junior forward Nadia Gomes ran ahead on a breakaway down the left side and was able to put the ball just inside the right goal post to bring the score to 2-0. Six minutes later, senior forward Ashley Hatch received the ball, assisted by Gomes and Vasconcelos, and kicked the final goal of the game past redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker. It was Hatch’s ninth goal on the season and it tied her for first in goals among NCAA women’s soccer players.The game got interesting in the 49th-minute when the Buckeyes’ leading goal scorer, senior forward Lindsay Agnew, stepped up to kick a penalty shot. But like every other shot on goal, it was saved by junior goalie Hannah Clark.Despite the loss, OSU coach Lori Walker drew some positive conclusions on her team’s performance against a high quality opponent.“I think that the soccer that we put out today from attacking, our attacking transition, our defending, our defending transition, our set pieces, there’s a lot to be proud of,” Walker said. “We played against an outstanding team that I think has the potential to be at the Final Four in BYU and that only benefits us. Our growth is all about us, positioning ourself for November and postseason play and that game has made us a better team.”McVicker agreed with Walker, stating that this game was one of the best games the team has played this year.“They’re a really good team and they’re probably going to go far this season,” McVicker said. “So we’re not going to hang our heads. In our minds, the result didn’t show how hard we worked, and I thought we played about 85 minutes of excellent soccer.”Statistically, the Buckeyes played a much closer game than the 3-0 score would indicate. The Scarlet and Gray outshot the Cougars 13-9, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Buckeyes also displayed more discipline during the game, drawing only four fouls compared to BYU’s seven. Each team shot a pair of corner kicks.Looking ahead to the start of Big Ten play, Walker believes that the most important thing for her team to do is rest up in preparation for the games ahead.“We’re going to work on recovering because right now that’s the most important thing is getting our legs back and head into Big Ten play,” Walker said. “And we want to take every bit of energy that we found today and make sure that we pack that on the plane with us when we head out to Wisconsin.”The next game for the Buckeyes will be on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers. read more

Womens lacrosse youth a bright spot during down season

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team struggled throughout much of its 2017 campaign despite beginning the season 5-1. Their 11 losses are the program’s most since 2006, when the Buckeyes amassed an 4-12 mark. They finished the 2017 season 6-11 following a 12-6 loss to Johns Hopkins on Senior Day in Ohio Stadium.The team’s on-the-field issues have more to do with inexperience than anything else, according to junior attack Molly Wood. “We’re definitely young,” Wood said. “We have a lot of girls in younger classes stepping into bigger roles who didn’t get a lot of playing time last year, and it’s just hard when you don’t have as much experience as you did in the past. We’re working through that.”A three-year starter, Wood has been one of the few bright spots for OSU, not to mention the Scarlet and Gray’s most consistent performer. She leads the team in multiple statistical categories, including 47 points and 64 shots on goal.Though the team lacks more experienced players like Wood, they make up for it by showing effort and preparation in every game and practice, Wood said.“The coaches see how hard we go every game,” Wood said. “Even though we might not get the outcome we want, I think they’re proud of how hard we go in these games. We’ve continued to improve and compete, and as long as we keep fighting until the very end of the game, that’s the biggest win for them.”Before suffering a season-ending injury, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez helped lead OSU’s offensive attack, recording 34 points in just nine games.She wasn’t the only underclassman to contribute. Freshman attack Alex Vander Molen, sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring and sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman all started at least eight matches. One of the standout underclassmen this season was sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott, who even as a second-year player, started every game this season for the Buckeyes. Parrott finished second on the team in points with 38, including the second most goals on the team (30).As one of the young leaders for the team, she said she believes that the talent will translate into the win column sooner rather than later. “Although we’re a young team this year, and while we did struggle, we’ve had some brilliant moments with our young players,” Parrott said. “I think that can be something we can move forward with, just knowing that we have the potential to be so much better because we’re such a young team.” read more

Jesus the divine inspiration for the fashion world

first_imgA fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the ‘Judas kiss’Credit:AP Photo catwalk-chaplain Shrugging off the “sackcloth and ashes” image of clergy’s puritan forebears, it argues that – despite criticism of the industry over size zero models and cases of sweatshop factories – fashion and design are ultimately an expression of God-given creativity.In one extract, the Church’s de-facto catwalk chaplain says fashion designers have told him that they draw inspiration from church interiors, stained glass windows and even  Jesus’s cloaks. The Rev Peterson Feital, the Diocese of London’s “Missioner to the Creative Industries”, said  many had been drawn to the “beautiful clothes” Jesus is often depicted wearing.“Designers ask me about fashion,” said the Brazilian-born Rev Feital, who also runs “Haven+” a charity working with people in the fashion and entertainment industries. A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of Jesus A fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the 'Judas kiss' Admittedly, his face has adorned more religious imagery than any other in history.But now Jesus is being put forward as an icon of an entirely different sort – in the world of fashion.The Church of England has given its blessing to London Fashion Week with an official video making the Biblical case for the clothing industry. The Rev Peterson Feital Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designersCredit:Duncan Lomax/Ravage Productions 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. “They are all so interested when they walk into a church building or a cathedral and they see the stained glass windows and what they see there are beautiful figures and Jesus wearing beautiful clothes – a cloak and all that kind of stuff.“So right there in the centre of our worship there are so many elements in which fashion belongs in that conversation between church and culture.” Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designers Simon Ward, a former chief operating officer of the British Fashion Council, said that despite questions about how aspects of the industry operate and the “image it conveys”, he was convinced fashion itself is divinely inspired.“He’s a God of creativity, and fashion is just one of those areas that really focuses on creativity,” he said.“And what did He do first? He created the seasons, so the idea that fashion changes a lot again I think reflects God’s heart. “All the way through the Bible clothing and fashion imagery jump out of the pages at us. In the New Testament the first Christian in Europe was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth … The image we get of Jesus in heaven is what he’s wearing, with a gold sash around his chest, and then the New Jerusalem comes down; what are we told about it? – ‘dressed as a bride’.“So I think God and fashion really are closely linked and if we think that they’re not we’re getting it wrong.” A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of JesusCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuterslast_img read more

Who was the mystery veteran who left these medals on a train

first_imgVETERAN’S MEDALSAwarded for service in Korea, Cyprus, Suez & is believed the owner is in their 80s@Hull_Trainshttps://t.co/ZG63ERTq1fRT pic.twitter.com/YR48pnYsr2— Lostbox-Lost & Found (@LostboxUK) October 10, 2016 @LostboxUK @pastafa @Hull_Trains I do hope they find their way back to their rightful owner.— CaitlinGreyOfficial (@GreyCaitlin) October 10, 2016 An appeal has been launched to reunite an unknown veteran with five war medals that were left on a train.Five medals were found on the Hull Trains service from King’s Cross to Hull earlier this year and they are currently being held in lost property.The owner of the medals is believed to be a National Service veteran in his 80s. The lost medals are for service in Korea, Cyprus and Suez. Hull Trains have launched the appeal to try and reunite the veteran with their medals.“We often find items on board that customers have left behind and we make every effort to return them to their owners,” Debbie Birch, Head of HR at Hull Trains, told the Hull Daily Mail.“To help with this, we have recently installed CCTV on all our units which, as well as improving security, has also helped us enormously in identifying people that have misplaced or forgotten items.“We are particularly keen to reunite these medals with their owner as we’re sure they are of sentimental value and deserve to be reclaimed.”Meanwhile, mystery surrounds this heartbreaking photo of a veteran marching alone at a Victory Parade. Earlier this year, this US veteran penned a brilliant response to a misogynistic note left on her car. center_img LostBox, an online lost and found service, which has reunited more than 35,000 lost items, shared a photo of the medals on Twitter.“The medals are a United Nations Service Medal for Korea, a General Service Medal with Cyprus and Canal,” they posted.“Zone (Suez) bars, a Hong Kong Service medal, an RAF National Service Medal and a National Service Medal.” 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

Early menopause raises risk of heart disease and stroke study suggests

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. Women who go through early menopause are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke, research suggests.A study led by the University of Oxford also found a strong link women’s reproductive health and her risk of cardiovascular problems.Women who began their periods early, or who had pregnancy complications such as stillbirth, or who needed a hysterectomy were also more likely to develop heart issues.The researchers said doctors needed to be more aware of the risk when dealing with women suffering from reproductive problems and increase screening.Dr Sanne Peters, who led the study, said: “Our research suggests policymakers should consider implementing more frequent screening for cardiovascular disease among women with one or more of the risk factors highlighted here, in order to put in place measures that can help delay or prevent the development of heart disease and stroke.”Cardiovascular disease, a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, remains the leading cause of death and in Britain, killing around 27,000 women every year.For the study, the team drew on data from the UK Biobank, a large population-based study of more than half a million men and women up to the age of 69, who were recruited between 2006 and 2010.Participants filled in questionnaires on their lifestyle, environment, and medical history, which included their reproductive history. They were monitored up to March 2016 or until they suffered a first heart attack.Women who went through the menopause before the age of 47 had a 33 per cent heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, rising to 42 per cent for their risk of stroke, they found. Those who began having periods before the age of 12 were at 10 per cent greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who had been 13 or older when they started, the study said.Previous miscarriages were associated with a higher risk of heart disease, with each miscarriage increasing the risk by 6 per cent.And having a stillbirth was associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in general (22 per cent) and of stroke in particular (44 per cent).The study, which is published in the journal Heart, found having a hysterectomy was linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (12 per cent) and of heart disease (20 per cent).And those who had had their ovaries removed before a hysterectomy were twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those who had not had these procedures.Currently the researchers are unable to explain the link. Previous research has suggested that the early onset of periods is linked to obesity, a known risk factor for heart disease in later life.However the findings showed that the risk of developing cardiovascular disease increased for women even if they were a healthy weight. The researchers also ruled out smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure as possible causes.“There is no straightforward link,” added Dr Peters.  “We need more research to understand the association between an early first menstrual cycle and a greater risk of heart disease and stroke in later life.”last_img read more

UK set to be overtaken by Australia in attracting international students

The UK is expected to be overtaken by Australia as the second most popular country in the world for international students, according to researchers, who warned Brexit could have a further impact.While the US remains the most popular destination for overseas students, recent trends indicate that the UK could be pushed into third place – if it hasn’t already.A paper published by the Centre for Global Higher Education shows that between 2011 and 2015, the numbers of international students going to the US for higher education rose by around 198,000 (27.9%), while UK numbers rose by about 11,000 (2.6%).Over the same period, the numbers going to Australia increased by almost 32,000 (12%), according to the research, which is based on an analysis of UNESCO data on international studentsAdditional figures for Australia show a rise of around 41,000 in 2016, compared to 2015 (about 14%).The paper says that further figures from Australia indicate a growth in numbers again in 2017 and 2018.”In 2015, the UK received 136,000 more students than Australia,” it says. “But when full figures for 2018 are available they will show that if the UK is still ahead of Australia the gap is only slight. In fact, Australia may have already passed UK.” 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. Professor Simon Marginson, author of the study, said: “Australian numbers are growing at 12-14% a year – while the UK is standing still.”Unless UK policy changes tack, the nation will continue to lose global market share. When the data for 2018 come in, it is possible that Australia will have already passed the UK in total international student numbers (both Europe and rest of world together).”The UK remains strong in Europe, but its position in Europe will take a hit after Brexit. It looks certain Australia will be world number two by 2019, with the UK falling to number three.”The government has announced that for the 2019/20 academic year – the year after Brexit – EU students starting courses at English universities will still be eligible for the same student loans and tuition fee rates as home students. Figures published by UCAS earlier this month showed that, as of the end of June, the number of EU students submitting applications to study at UK universities this autumn has risen by two percent to 50,130, while a record 75,380 students from countries outside the EU have submitted applications – up six percent on last year.Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director for the Grattan Institure in Australia, told The Telegraph the “Australian international student market is still growing strongly”.Noting that the most important criteria for students is how welcoming a country is, he added: “Sydney and Melbourne in particular are seen as very welcoming.”He also pointed out that “it is still relatively easy to stay in Australia after graduating for students taking higher education courses”.”About 42,000 2-4 year work visas were granted to former international students from 1 July 2017 to 30 April 2018,” he said.Universities Australia’s chief executive Belinda Robinson said the growth in the international student market reflected the quality that was on offer.”We have almost doubled enrolments over the past decade and built international education into Australia’s third-largest export sector,” Ms Robinson told ABC News in April.”This supports Australian communities, jobs, regional economies and our relationships in the world.” read more

Woman must stay in unhappy marriage judges rule as they urge Parliament

Supreme Court judges have “reluctantly” forced a woman to stay in an unhappy marriage as they urged Parliament to change the law on divorce.  Mrs Owens first approached lawyers about a divorce in 2012, before moving out and filing her petition in 2015. Mr Owens has repeatedly argued that their marriage has not broken… Judges said the case “generates uneasy feelings” and suggested that the current system, in which partners must demonstrate bad behaviour by their spouse, was out of date. The unanimous decision by five senior judges means Tini Owens, 68, must remain married to husband Hugh, 80, until at least 2020 because she has been unable to show sufficiently good grounds for the proposed split. 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

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary to be gagged on prison release

One source said it was possible that Choudary would find it so difficult to stick to the stringent regime he would inevitably break the rules and end up back in jail. Choudary, 51, will be barred from meeting associates of al-Muhajiroun, the proscribed terrorist group he led before being jailed in September 2016, according to sources.  He will also be banned… Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be banned from Hyde Park and forbidden to use the internet under a strict prison release deal, The Telegraph understands. Authorities are expected to impose more than 20 conditions on Choudary before he is freed next month having served half of a five-and-a-half year prison sentence. 

The British women behind worlds first all female antipoaching unit

Named after Africa’s most deadly snake, the world’s first female anti-poaching unit have won international acclaim for their work protecting rhinos.  This is perhaps no mistake, given that the team was chosen not only to change attitudes towards poaching but also to the role of women. … But what is not known is that behind the scenes there is a team of British women who are quietly dedicating their lives and their expertise to make sure that they South Africa’s Black Mambas are a success.  Everything from the tactical training, the finances, and running the operations room which co-ordinates the Mambas movements on the ground – all traditionally male roles – are being run by women from the UK. 

Two universities evacuated after reports of suspicious packages

Two universities have been evacuated after reports of suspicious packages being found within their grounds. On Wednesday morning, at 11.40am, the University of Glasgow announced it had evacuated some of its buildings after a suspicious package was found in its mailroom.Hours later, at 2.20pm, Essex Police said the University of Essex had been evacuated after a separate report of a suspicious package. In a statement released on Twitter, the Scottish school said: “Under advice from Police Scotland, a number of buildings on the main University campus have been evacuated as a precautionary measure after a suspicious package was found in the University’s mailroom. Police are dealing with the matter and we will provide regular updates.”At present, the following buildings have been closed: Boyd Orr Building, Mailroom, the OTC (Officer Training Corps) building next to it, Wolfson Medical Building, Bower Building, Isabella Elder Building, James McCune Smith Learning Hub site and the Joseph Black Building.”As a precautionary measure, police have advised the evacuated buildings should remain closed for the remainder of the day. As such, classes in these buildings have been cancelled for the rest of the day.”On Wednesday afternoon, an Essex Police spokeswoman said: “As a precaution we have put a 100m cordon in place and we have evacuated a section of the university and nearby buildings. We await the arrival of the Ministry of Defences’ EOD team.”It is not clear at this stage whether or not the two incidents are linked. In a separate incident, the flagship Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn in Edinburgh was evacuated as police dealt with a suspicious package.It was reported this package was also discovered in the mailroom, but it later transpired this was a false alarm.  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

Tradition of farmers giving names to their land at risk of dying

The tradition of farmers giving names to their land is at risk of dying out, a researcher has warned after compiling a new dictionary of English field names.Field names are first recorded during Anglo-Saxon times and were essential for everyday life before mapping was established with first ordnance survey maps in the mid 18th century.Some original names survive, others are lost or been renamed as the landscape has changed.But few field names appear today on modern maps adding to the disconnection between town and country people.Linguistics expert Dr Paul Cavill fears changing farm practices are driving out historic names for parcels of land that make up the British countryside.He said: “The demand for bigger fields which has destroyed hedgerows and stone walls has led to the disappearance of many place names that were once well-known in communities.”Dr Cavill, who has just completed a new dictionary of English field names, said: “People looking at names on maps today would not know the history of the land. Field names used to give clues to what was happening on the land, whether it was a field for crops or cattle, which birds or wild animals were  seen there, what locals used it for, as a Mayfield for May Day celebrations or a Lovers’ Lane.”He added: “Farmers today for example don’t need a headland in their field. They wouldn’t call it that today. It used to be the  space needed to turn a plough, but modern tractors don’t need it.”If the word dyke or sitch(corr sp) was in a field name people knew it would be wet or boggy so would avoid walking through it. Communities used to understand what went on on the land because of the name.”I sometimes find field names in catalogues of land sales but not many as they have become urban sprawl.  Townies like me are losing a connection with the land we live in.” The academic who teaches Old English at Nottingham Universiry is now appealing to landowners to tell him the modern names they are giving their fields and if they reflect developments in today’s countryside.His new  dictionary with 45,000 field names  is a treasure trove for enthusiasts of language and local history.But the information has largely been gleaned from tithe records of the mid 19th century and while local authorities today name streets and decide the  spelling of road signs they have no responsibility for field names.He laments: “I haven’t found many modern examples of field names. There is a Bulldozer( Great Dalby, Leicestershire) and various Machine Fields or Orchards and Pylon meadows  but nothing about recent changes to the landscape.”Are there fields out there named after mobile phone masts, wind turbines or quad bikes? I don’t even know of a field named after a post box or telephone kiosk, though there are some about signposts. I would love to hear about new field names.”His research however has unearthed some fascinating information. It seems there was a Disneyland was established in England  569 years before Walt Disney opened his first adventure theme park in California in 1955.A field in Lincolnshire was named Disney land in 1386 after the owners, the Disney family, originally from D’Isigny  in France. Dr Cavill said he had no grid reference to locate the precise field today.Ketchup Piece in West Haddon, Northamptonshire, was nothing to do with tomatoes but a former mushroom field. While it known today world wide as a distinctive red sauce for burgers and chips, English ketchup was originally made of mushrooms with the first recipe recorded in 1727 in Eliza Smith’s “The Compleat Housewife,”Other imaginative field names include Puppies Parlour,  found around the country were canoodling spots for lovers while in Barnston, Essex, a field called Please Your Honour is thought to be the place where the Lord of the Manor Arranged to meet local girls.Farmers angry with the poor quality of some fields dubbed them Purgatory, Tedious, Misery,  Shameful and Labour In Vain, while land furthest from the farmhouse were named after far-flung  places around the world such as Zululand or Bermuda or after military battles such as Crimea and Waterloo.Fashion inspired names for  funny shaped fields such as Footed Stocking and Lady Gown’s Tail while sites of public hangings refer to Gallows and Jibbets.Places with terms such as pye, major and madge refer to havens of magpies while urchin means it was a home to hedgehogs. urchin was the old English word , still existing today  for similarly spiny sea urchins,  though difficult to link with the word for a  raggedly dressed child.Land is often named after monastic communities such as Frying Croft owned by friars or Mincings Ley and Minchins  Acres from the old English name for a nun, mynchen and myncen, also a derivation of minx.Many of these names still appear on farm deeds if not on maps and while many are unknown to most people,  farmers such as Tim Breitmeyer, president the Country Landowners Association, who farms 1,450 acres in Cambridgeshire, still rely on them.”We’ve had the farm for 50 years and have not changed any of our field names,” he said. ” A lot are geographically named  such as Underwood or the Spinney,  but I have some light stony ground called Poorlands, a field called The Plum after a beautiful plum hedge and one called Ocean, though I don’t know why as it is nowhere near the sea and doesn’t flood.   “I find the names vital for our crop management schedule for example to record which fields  have been sprayed with certain chemicals I know of some farmers with fields named after former RAF stations but nothing very modern.”A New Dictionary of English Field-Names is published by the English Place-Name Society Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Jerusalem is Israels capital says Donald Trump

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDozens killed as US opens Jerusalem embassyMay 14, 2018In “World”Trump shuns warnings, vows to move embassy to JerusalemDecember 5, 2017In “World”Trump Jerusalem move sparks Palestinian protests, clashesDecember 7, 2017In “World” Donald Trump said the move was a long overdue step (AFP)(BBC) President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy.Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process.The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.Ahead of the decision, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences”.Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had “judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians”.The president said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a historic day, and Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump.Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths.East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.The US decision comes despite the opposition in the Muslim world, even among US allies.But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump’s right-wing base.Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality”, the president said.“It is also the right thing to do,” he added.He called on all parties to “maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif”.The decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a reversal of decades of US foreign policy, and differs sharply from the rest of the international community’s view on Jerusalem’s status.The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and until now all countries have maintained their embassies in Tel Aviv.United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it was “a moment of great anxiety”.“There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B,” he said.French President Emmanuel Macron said France did not support the move and called for calm.Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said that Mr Trump’s decision would “open the doors of hell” on US interests in the region. read more

US woman 92 kills son to avoid being sent into care

(BBC) A 92-year-old US woman shot and killed her son, 72, in order to avoid being sent into a care home, police say.Anna Mae Blessing is charged with murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping (PHOTO: MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son’s intentions to put her into care for days, according to court documents.“You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend.Mrs Blessing told police she had intended to kill herself, too.The incident happened in the morning of 2 July in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa county, police records obtained by local media say.Mrs Blessing’s son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she “had become difficult to live with”.The mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom, police said in a statement.During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son.Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw.Mrs Blessing then pointed the gun at her son’s 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room.She pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s.The girlfriend managed to knock this one out of Mrs Blessing’s hands, too, before escaping and calling the sheriff’s office.Police found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She later told them she deserved to be “put to sleep” for her actions.She is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and her bail was set at $500,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS boy, 3, ‘beaten to death over a cupcake’February 1, 2018In “latest news”Mother flees country after realizing son killed Montrose GrannyAugust 24, 2015In “Crime”Guyanese stepmom charged with strangling death of 9-year-old Queens girlAugust 22, 2016In “Crime” read more