Darrelle Revis, disgruntled with his New York Jets’ contract, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and a conditional pick next year.The deal is worth $96 million, making Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but includes no guaranteed money, according to sources close to the Pro Bowl cornerback.The conditional pick headed to the Jets is a fourth-round selection in 2014, but could become a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay’s roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, sources said.The Buccaneers will formally introduce Revis during a news conference Monday at noon EST. The front page of the Buccaneers’ official website posted a large photo of Revis in what appears to be a Tampa Bay jersey with the words: “Treasure Island. Darrelle Revis (CB). It’s a Bucs Life.”A four-time Pro Bowler during his six-year stint in New York, the 27-year-old Revis addressed Jets fans in a series of tweets Sunday night.“I been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this,” Revis posted on his Twitter account. “The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win.“I experienced a lot & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart. I want to thank all the jets fans for making me feel welcome.”The six-year, $96 million deal would make Revis one of the NFL’s two highest-paid defensive players, along with Mario Williams.Jets general manager John Idzik cited multiple reasons for the trade, namely the inability to negotiate a long-term extension and a “degree of uncertainty” regarding Revis’ rehab from a serious knee injury suffered last season.“It became quite evident to us that there is a substantial difference between Darrelle’s view of his value and ours,” Idzik said Sunday during a conference call.Revis will not be released before this season, meaning he is assured of making this season’s base salary, but his contract includes none of the money that the NFL refers to as “guaranteed” money. Tampa Bay would be able to release Revis before any season without incurring any salary-cap charge.The final obstacle to the deal was completed Sunday, when Revis flew on a private plane from New Jersey to Tampa, Fla., to undergo a physical that included a comprehensive checkup on his knee. He passed it, making the trade official.“We have no concerns about Darrelle Revis’ physical condition,” a Bucs senior team official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “He will be out there the first day of training camp and ready to go Week 1.”The three sides — the Jets, the Buccaneers and Revis — spent the weekend hammering out their respective agreements.
Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 Sanchez-0.05 So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 Kaepernick+0.21 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 EPA/Rush Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427
Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3.
Coming off a dominating 18-8 win against first-year program Marquette, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team takes its unbeaten streak into Happy Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions. At 3-0, the Buckeyes hope to keep up the success that they have found early in the year. Freshman attacker Carter Brown and sophomore midfielder Jesse King recorded a combined 13 points against the Golden Eagles and sparked OSU’s offense which had been stagnant the week before against Jacksonville in a 9-6 win. For his four goals and three assists, Brown was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman, though, saw the improvement of the team as a whole, not just his individual statistics. “Our offense was clicking in the second quarter especially,” Brown said. “We were just making the easy play and I just got some easy goals.” King, too, said he felt the team improved on offense after a tough week of practice. “Honestly, this week we worked out a lot on working the ball on the outside,” King said. “Our chemistry is coming together, and this week it just clicked.” But the Buckeyes will likely have a tougher challenge this week against Penn State in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions have already defeated No. 10 Denver on the year and took No. 2 Notre Dame to overtime in their only loss of the season. Last year, Penn State handed OSU its second loss of the season in a 5-2 victory March 3 at Ohio Stadium. In spite of a schedule featuring five games against top-11 opponents in March, some members of the team are staying positive. OSU coach Nick Myers sees how far his players have come so far this year, but understands there are improvements to be made. “We’ve got a lot of work to continue to do,” Myers said. “It’s February … We’re not the team that we wanted to be yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.” The game could also be a potential precursor for what is to come, with reports swirling that a Big Ten conference for lacrosse could be on the horizon. “There’s been some positive conversation,” Myers said about the potential new conference. “This Penn State-Ohio State rivalry has been special for years now. I think that will only get more traction if the Big Ten conference continues to move in the right direction.” King, who was a part of the team that lost to Penn State in Columbus last year, is excited to get another shot at the Nittany Lions. “I’m excited, they’re going to be a great game,” King said. “It’s always fun playing against Penn State.”
Then-freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel (31) takes an at bat during a game against Illinois May 26, 2011, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 5-4.Lantern file photoA feeling of rejuvenation came over the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the pitching staff of the Ohio State baseball team took the turf to begin practice.After earning the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament last year, only to miss out on the NCAA Tournament, the team is looking to take care of some unfinished business.Redshirt-junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse, a third-team Louisville Slugger preseason All-American selection, said the team is aiming to get back in the spotlight this year.“We didn’t have a bunch of little goals,” Dezse said. “Our main goal is to go out and represent Ohio State in the National Tournament this year.”The program has enjoyed a resurgence under Greg Beals, who was named head coach in June 2010. The Buckeyes’ record has increased each year under his leadership and, even after coming so close to winning the Big Ten last year, Beals said he expects they should be an improved club this season.“Our goals, right now, are just to keep getting better. This is a younger team, but a talented team,” Beals said. “Our mentality is to win today.”The youth he is referring to can be largely found in the pitching staff. The team lost all three members of its starting rotation from last season. Losing that many innings from the rotation could be worrisome to most teams, but pitching coach Mike Stafford didn’t seem bothered by it.“We have a whole mess looking like they’re ready for some competition,” Stafford said.Freshmen pitchers Zach Farmer, Travis Lakins, Tanner Tully and Adam Niemeyer were specifically mentioned by Stafford as some of the young guns who are ready to bring some heat.Junior catcher Aaron Gretz said he doesn’t think the players’ inexperience will be a problem at all.“I think we’re going to have as good or an even better pitching staff than last year,” Gretz said. “Talent-wise I think they’re right there to being one of the top in the nation.”While the rotation will start out with some new faces, the bullpen brings some star power late into games, specifically in junior pitcher and closer Trace Dempsey. Dempsey, who joins Dezse on the third team All-American list, finished last season with a Big Ten-best 17 saves. As long as the starters keep opposing offenses at bay and Dempsey continues to show an ability to come in and slam the door at the end of the game, opponents could have a very difficult time scoring runs this season.The offense looks to put a lot of runs on the scoreboard at Bill Davis Stadium. Sophomore infielders Jacob Bosiokovic and Troy Kuhn, and junior outfielder Pat Porter, return after finishing in the top five in batting average last season. They also receive a boost from Dezse, who missed all of last season with a stress reaction in his back.With the team set to begin play in just over three weeks, it is time to stop talking about goals and start chasing them.“There’s no magical potion that you sprinkle on. It’s just good old blood, sweat and tears,” Beals said. “We have an expectation level … Ohio State has an expectation level of excellence. Combine the two of those and I think it broods for success.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season. Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.”
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1) have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said.
Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Ohio State then-freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (11) races to the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignSophomore forward Emma Maltais and the Buckeyes were on point Saturday against St. Cloud State, coming out with a commanding performance that led to a 3-2 win. With the win, Ohio State (9-3, 5-1 WCHA) completed the weekend sweep of St. Cloud State (4-8, 2-6 WCHA). “It’s nice to see that we played six solid periods of hockey,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “You just build confidence from that. They were all hard fought and all four lines got to play, illustrating our depth. We’re going to take that and roll into next weekend.” Ohio State came out firing on all cylinders in the first period. The Buckeyes controlled the puck and led in shots on goal with 11, while holding St. Cloud State to three shots on goal for the entire period. Their hard play was finally rewarded more than 16 minutes into the first period. Sophomore Tatum Skaggs found the net past St. Cloud State junior goaltender Janine Alder to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. This goal marks Skaggs’ team-leading seventh of the season, and the goal was assisted by freshman forward Sara Saekkinen and sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno. “It’s a huge advantage, getting off to a good start,” Muzerall said. “You can feel more relaxed with the puck. We peppered all yesterday and just couldn’t finalize on our scoring chances. Alder is a very good goalie, so we had to make sure we had to make our chances count. St. Cloud has some good goaltending, but we have the strength.” The Huskies came roaring back early in the second period. Just over a minute into the second period, senior forward Julia Tylke shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli to even the game up at 1-1.The Buckeyes took the lead right back less than four minutes into the second period when senior forward Madison Field ripped a shot past Alder for her sixth goal of the season. Maltais was credited with her league-leading 13th assist on the season. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne also was credited with an assist.“Emma is relentless, she’s a 200-foot player,” Muzerall said. “She’s not going to back down. She’s not going to stop. She’s going to all the things nobody likes with stops and blocking shots. She does a lot of the little things that don’t show up on a statistic sheet.” Ohio State found the net more than 14 minutes into the second period. Maltais and Dunne set up senior forward Charly Dahlquist for the short-handed goal that gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Dahlquist earned her fifth goal of the season and Maltais and Dunne assists, Maltais’ 14th. “It’s cool to get a short-handed goal that’s not an empty net goal,” Maltais said. “To finally have our forecheck produce something is really cool. Obviously, Charly is always in the right spot and she put that short side. That’s all her on that on that shot. I owe everything to the people I play with.” Ohio State’s lead was cut to just one more than 16 minutes into the third period when junior forward Hallie Theodosopoulos scored for the Huskies. Freshman forward Jenniina Nylund assisted Theodosopoulos on the goal. With time winding down in the game, St. Cloud State pulled its goalie to gain an extra attacker on the ice in an attempt to tie the game up and force overtime, but it was not enough to get past Braendli as the Buckeyes held on to get the win. “We were looking to play a full 60 minutes and aside from a couple three-minute breakdowns, we did that,” Maltais said. “We were really buzzing as a full team today and yesterday, and I think that says a lot about how we’re progressing as a team.” Ohio State heads back on the road to face the Bemidji State in an in-conference matchup series on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.
Ohio State had expectations coming out of its bye week. After sitting on a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20, the talk heading into the matchup with Nebraska revolved around the team playing angry, playing “pissed off” with players ready to prove that the Buckeyes are indeed a Big Ten championship contender, a College Football Playoff contender. And although it was not in dominant fashion like other games against Nebraska have been in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got back into the win column Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 36-31.“The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to enjoy that win now.” Offensively, it meant going back to its roots, the balanced offense, the offense that Meyer is comfortable with, the offense with the “two-headed monster” of redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins as primary contributors. “We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said.”That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” The pair combined for 254 rushing yards, recording the most yards on the ground the unit has had since Sept. 1, each averaging over seven yards per carry. Dobbins and Weber also became the first pair in Ohio State history to both have 2,000 career rushing yards. Dobbins showed this focus in the very first drive of the game, recording nine yards on the first two rushes, but the Ohio State offense of old returned, failing to convert on a short-yardage situation. It did not return for long. After Haskins connected with Dixon for a 42-yard score in the second offensive drive, Dobbins, at the end of the first quarter, brought the Buckeyes into the red zone with a 16-yard run, scoring his first touchdown of the day on a 10-yard rush. But Ohio State could not take that dominating lead, the lead it needed to meet the expectation the Buckeyes had for themselves after the 29-point loss to Purdue. In the first offensive drive of the game, Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Cornhuskers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devine Ozigbo. Even after breaks that fell in favor of the Buckeyes, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety in the first quarter and a whiffed onside kick attempt which Ohio State recovered at the Cornhuskers 31-yard line, they could not take advantage, losing two fumbles in the second quarter, leading to two 2-yard option scores by Martinez. Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the expectation for Ohio State was to have its offensive leader, Haskins, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his last three games, use his arm to put the game out of reach for Nebraska. He led the offense on a methodical drive out of halftime, getting to the red zone, but threw his sixth interception of the season, a ball meant for Dixon in the end zone that landed in the hands of Nebraska junior cornerback Lamar Jackson. But the Ohio State defense stepped up in the third quarter to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. Nebraska averaged 3.6 yards per rush on 10 carries with Martinez completing three of seven passes for 17 yards. Overall, despite allowing 450 yards of offense and two plays of over 30 yards, Meyer said those big plays, the big plays that have plagues this defense and led to the success of opposing offenses, did not necessarily happen against Nebraska, vene though there are things to work on. “There’s defensively still some things but we didn’t give up a big hit,” Meyer said. “We had a couple of hits, but not the big hit. And we were without three starters in the back end of our defense.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. With a secondary already struggling with depth, playing without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who did not play due to an impingement to his shoulder, Fuller’s absence moved sophomore Brendon White into the safety rotation, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s win. Meyer said, defensively, Ohio State was much improved against Nebraska, especially with the continuous lineup changes needed because of the injuries to Pryor and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was suffering through a groin issue from this week’s practice, along with the loss of Fuller. He also said he expects to have everyone back in the rotation next week. Scoring two touchdowns on a 3-yard rush by Dobbins and a 9-yard shovel pass from Haskins to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, Ohio State took the 30-21 lead heading into the final quarter. But Nebraska came back with a seven-play, 65 yard scoring drive, leading to an 18-yard field goal,bringing the Cornhuskers within one score. However, to extend the lead, Haskins led the Buckeyes on a 7-play, 82-yard drive, ending with a Dobbins 42-yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. The sophomore running back finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Nebraska sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman secured a 17-yard touchdown to bring the Cornhuskers back to within ne score with 2:57 left in the game, but, it was not enough as Haskins and the Ohio State offense did not allow another opportunity for Nebraska. Ohio State defeated a two-win Nebraska team, but Haskins viewed this as an opportunity to give future opponents an idea of what Ohio State will bring. “We are focused, motivated, angry,” Haskins said. “We just feel like we are being disrespected right now, but we are going to continue to fight and continue to show the country we are one of the top teams.” To Dobbins, this five-point win over Nebraska created a level of momentum Ohio State will use. “We have momentum right now,” Dobbins said. “We are going to take it into next week, because we have a big game next week.” Ohio State goes back on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 10.
Two teenagers have been accused of the murdersCredit:Chris Radburn/PA The teenager is accused of killing the pair along with a 15-year-old boy who has already admitted murder.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder. A teenage girl accused of murdering a mother and daughtertold police she and her co-accused had felt like killing them for “quite a while”, a court has heard.The girl, who was aged 14 at the time of the alleged murders, also told officers she was “relieved” once the victims were dead.Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie, were found dead at their home in Spalding in Lincolnshire in April. Katie Edwards, 13, was found dead in the bedroom of her home in SpaldingCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures 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. On the second day of her trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury was told that she told police officers that she and the boy had planned the killings having “felt like murdering for quite a while”.In police transcripts read out to the court, the girl said the plan had originally started out as a joke that had “escalated”.She said: “A gun would have been easier but we don’t really have any in this country. The knife was a better solution.” The teenager told detectives that the boy “seemed fine” after stabbing Ms Edwards and her daughter with a kitchen knife.She explained that after the pair were killed, the pair shared a bath and watched four films before they were arrested.”I was OK with it. Just the fact that it happened so quickly gave me peace of mind,” she told policeBut she also discussed planning to take her own life following the murders.The teenager left a note saying “f*** you world” and asking for her ashes to be scattered at a special place.The trial continues Liz Edwards, who worked as a popular dinner lady, died of stab wounds Credit:Enterprise News and Pictures
Sir George Martin, the late music producer known as the “fifth Beatle”, has been accused by his eldest daughter of hiding his “vast wealth” in offshore accounts so he could secretly pass it on to his “favoured” children from his second marriage.Alexis Stratfold said the £1 million left in Sir George’s will when he died in March was “a joke” and a fraction of his true fortune, estimated at up to £400 million.She has been involved in a bitter dispute with her half-siblings after she was left just £68,000.Mrs Stratfold has also accused her late father of having had a decades-long affair with a Hollywood screenwriter which he hid from his widow, Judy, until his death. In her first major interview about the rift with Lady Martin and her children, Giles and Lucie, Mrs Stratfold, 61, said she had decided to speak out because: “I don’t think they should be able to get away without the truth coming out, Judy and the kids. Why should the public not know my story; how I have been treated?”Mrs Stratfold insisted the row is not about money, but about the way she has been “pushed out” and made to feel like a “second-class” member of the family almost from the moment her father married his second wife, Judy Lockhart, 50 years ago.Having “suppressed my feelings” for decades, she said the final straw came when her name was left off an invitation to her father’s memorial service in May, sent to guests from “Lady Judy, Lucie, Giles and the Martin family”. Her brother Greg, an actor, who fell out with his father after calling Lady Martin an “evil b—-” decades ago, was cut out of the will altogether.Like most Beatles fans, Mrs Stratfold was puzzled to find that her father, who received royalties from more than a billion record sales, including 30 hits with the Beatles, had left so little.During his life Sir George made a habit of telling people he was not wealthy, but few believed him, including his daughter.“Dad was an incredibly wealthy man, he earned vast amounts in royalties over his lifetime,” she said. “I believe he was hiding his wealth abroad. It’s a real conundrum. I believe my father has deliberately put the house in Judy’s name and gifted the rest of his money to Lucie and Giles. I mean, £1 million, it’s a joke.” Beatles producer George Martin (second from right) with (from left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in 1963Credit:Chris Ware/Getty Instead, she found employment as a court stenographer. When she had her daughter, Natasha, with her first husband, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Sir George set up a covenant for her private education, but his tax-deductible gift turned out to be just £100 a year for seven years.And when all four children were invited to a gala performance of Sir George’s music, Mrs Stratfold and her brother Greg were made to sit in the stalls while Sir George sat in the royal box with Lucie and Giles, who followed his father into record production.Mr Goldberg said of his ex-wife: “It was almost as though she were the product of an illicit affair with a chambermaid. He erased Greg and Alexis from his life, they were always an afterthought.” George Martin with his daughter AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Mrs Stratfold tried to sort out the row over the will with her half-sister Lucie during a meeting in a west London coffee shop, but they failed to agree and have had no contact since.Pointing out that her father had lived as a tax exile in California and the Channel Islands during some of his most profitable years, she said she would welcome an HMRC investigation into her father’s assets.Sir George had a reputation as one of the most charming men in music, but while his daughter was “proud” of his achievements, she said he had been a “cold and distant father”. Despite growing up during the height of Beatlemania, she never met any of the Beatles, and when her father died Sir Paul McCartney’s tribute to him made no mention of his eldest two children. George Martin with his wife JudyCredit:Geoff Wilkinson/Rex Shutterstock “The memorial service felt like the final insult, like another example of the way I have been pushed out by the other side of the family my entire life,” she told The Telegraph at her home near Narbonne in southern France, where she lives with her second husband, Rod.“Lucie kept telling me it was all about dad’s public life, that it would be taken care of. I made it clear that I wanted to be involved. They left my name off, and when I rang, they just kept offering excuses.”It was after the service that she received a copy of her father’s will, in which she had been left a small portion of her father’s estate in a bequest shared with Sir George’s chauffeur, a secretary and his three grandchildren. Alexis Stratford, at her home in Azille, FranceCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Despite his remoteness, or perhaps because of it, it was to his eldest daughter that Sir George confided a long-running affair in the late Seventies.During a rare lunch with her, Sir George admitted, on condition that his wife was never told about it, that he had met a glamorous Hollywood screenwriter named Barbara at the 1973 Grammy Awards.“It wasn’t a one-night stand,” said Mrs Stratfold. “It was a long-term thing. I think he probably had multiple affairs over the years, I just don’t know. He did have a ruthless side, dad, beneath the gentlemanly exterior.”The Martin family were unavailable to comment on Friday.However, Lucie Martin, Sir George’s youngest daughter, has previously stated that Mrs Stratfold’s claims were unfounded.Alexis Stratfold received no fee for this article but has asked that a donation be made to a music charity. She suspects he may not have known they existed, such was the extent to which her father had left his first wife and children behind.Her relationship with her father had been tense from the moment he walked out on her mother Jean “Sheena” Chisholm in 1962 – the same year Martin signed the Beatles to EMI. She believes her father was already having an affair with his future second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, a secretary at Abbey Road studios.Despite his cut-glass accent and debonair manner, Sir George had a working-class background in Holloway, north London, and liked to remind people that he was the son of a carpenter.“He was born to a very poor family, I think really he was very insecure about that,” Mrs Stratfold said. “When he met my mother he still had his Cockney accent, but that went gradually with all the [elocution] lessons he was taking. He was clearly conscious of it. “When I look back I think my mother was just an extension of his earlier life, she was one step on the ladder if you like. Judy was much more in line with where Dad was heading, she was upper class, she fitted the bill of what he wanted to be.”When Sir George married Judy in 1966, they moved into a town house near Hyde Park, with a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud parked in the drive. He would turn up in the Rolls to see his two children at his former wife’s modest home in Hatfield, Herts.When Lucie Martin was born in 1967, followed by Giles two years later, they were raised in a manner alien to their older half-siblings.Mrs Stratfold says that while Giles and Lucie were sent to Stowe and Marlborough College, two of the country’s most expensive public schools, she was unable to take up a place to study French at Exeter University because her father refused to pay for her tuition fees (she was not eligible for a full student grant because of his wealth). George Martin and AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph 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.
Pauline Cafferkey worked in Sierra Leone A nurse travelling back from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone concealed the fact that Pauline Cafferkey had a raised temperature indicating she was infected with the deadly virus, a tribunal has found.Donna Wood returned to the UK with Pauline Cafferkey, who survived the outbreak, and the pair’s group passed through passport control at Heathrow airport before being pulled aside for screening.Wood appeared before an independent panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in Stratford, east London, facing three misconduct charges, including recording Ms Cafferkey’s temperature reading dishonestly in order to hide it from public health officials. Pauline Cafferkey has suffered from EbolaCredit:Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday Wood said she recalled seeing Dr Ryan with the thermometer, and that she had held it up to her at least once. She added she could not remember whether she had or had not written on any screening forms herself.The panel could not prove she had written the incorrect temperature on Ms Cafferkey’s forms but said it was satisfied she had dishonestly suggested it be recorded as such.After the group left the screening room and made it to the arrivals hall, Dr Ryan reported Ms Cafferkey’s high temperature to another doctor, who recommended the Scottish medic return to be screened again.Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was checked again three times by a PHE consultant and was found to be a maximum of 37.6C (100F), meaning she was given the all-clear to travel on to Glasgow. Donna Wood faces being struck offCredit:Simon Davis / Dfid /PA Donna Wood leaves the Nursing and Midwifery Council earlier this monthCredit:Yui Mok /PA But at some point before getting to arrivals, Ms Cafferkey had taken paracetamol, contributing to the lower readings.The following day, she became “extremely ill” and was admitted to hospital, where she was diagnosed with Ebola.The panel will decide on Thursday whether Wood’s actions amount to misconduct and whether this impairs her current fitness to practise as a nurse.If they decide it does, Wood could face a range of sanctions including being struck off.Ms Cafferkey was cleared at an earlier hearing in September of allowing the incorrect temperature to be recorded.An NMC panel found three charges against her proven by admission but said her fitness to practise was not affected.It ruled her judgment at the airport in December 2014 had been so impaired by the developing illness that she could not be found guilty of misconduct. 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. However Wood then failed to appropriately escalate the 38C+ reading which took place on December 28 2014, the panel ruled.Najrul Khasru, chairman of the panel, said it had fully accepted that Wood’s desire to get out of the area quickly was the “primary motivation” of her dishonesty.He said: “The panel found you made the suggestion to record Ms Cafferkey’s temperature 37.2C with the intention to conceal that Ms Cafferkey had a temperature higher than 38C from PHE screening staff in order to allow yourself and your group to leave the area sooner rather than later, and deal with it later.” The panel found she was aware that Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was above the nationally-set threshold, but suggested that a lower temperature of 37.2C (99F) be recorded on her screening form so that the group could leave the “uncomfortable” and “chaotic” area more quickly.Doctor Hannah Ryan had taken Ms Cafferkey’s temperature twice, with readings of 38.2C and 38.3C (101F).A temperature above 37.5C (100F) required further assessment by doctors at the Public Health England (PHE) screening room. The panel found you made the suggestion to record Ms Cafferkey’s temperature 37.2C with the intention to conceal that Ms Cafferkey had a temperature higher than 38CNajrul Khasru, panel chairman The nurse previously denied this, telling the panel the idea that she would hide someone’s temperature was “preposterous” as she would not put anyone in danger of the virus.Despite the fact that Ms Cafferkey was not a patient but a colleague, the hearing was told Wood, as a registered nurse, had a duty of care to her and should have escalated the raised temperature.All three misconduct charges, which Wood had denied, were proved.The panel heard that in an attempt to help doctors and staff conducting screening at Heathrow airport, the medics decided they would take their own temperatures.
Oh my… Verhofstadt trolling the PM… #StrongAndStable lol— Max (@MaxyPi) May 1, 2017 Radio Derby to PM: Do you know what a mugwump is?PM: What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership— Ross Hawkins (@rosschawkins) April 27, 2017 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. “Strong & stable”… top trolling https://t.co/NXV3FlVr21— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 2, 2017 Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the EU’s lead on Brexit, has appeared to troll Theresa May on Twitter.Mrs May has been very on-message during the General Election campaign, answering almost any question put to her with “what Britain needs is a strong and stable leadership”.While this is a good way to ensure the public hears your message, journalists and politicians who have had to hear this response day in, day out have mocked it online. This is top trolling from Verhofstadt. Appears EU leaders have better understanding of May’s domestic context than vice versa #Brexit https://t.co/23u8Xkyh0d— Scott Lavery (@ScottLavery1) May 1, 2017 This comes after Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, leaked details of a disastrous dinner with the Prime Minister.He said he left it “ten times more sceptical” than he was before, and reportedly called Angela Merkel afterwards to label our Prime Minister “deluded” and “on another galaxy”. Guy Verhofstadt has seemed to take notice of this, tweeting: “Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking – it’s time to get real.”Many have said he has trolled Theresa May by adopting her phrase:
It added: “The RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all its artists, musicians and staff.”Speaking to the Associated Press, four women – including retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen, and Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair – accused Dutoit of several incidents of sexual misconduct between 1985 and 2010. 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. Dutoit is currently seeking legal counsel to defend himself against the claims. In a statement released last month, he said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognise the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.” The artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has left his post almost two years earlier than planned, amid allegations of historic sexual assault. The RPO yesterday confirmed that Charles Dutoit, 81, has resigned with immediate effect, following “allegations of inappropriate conduct”. In December, the Swiss conductor was accused of sexually assaulting three opera singers and a classical musician.Dutoit, who has strongly denied the allegations, had previously agreed that he would not appear with the orchestra “for the immediate future”, and had planned to resign from his post as artistic director and principal conductor in October 2019.In a statement, the RPO explained that the decision to bring forward his resignation was made following an emergency board meeting, which concluded that “the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr Dutoit’s position with the Orchestra untenable.”In the coming months, the statement continued, “A roster of distinguished guest conductors will undertake Charles Dutoit’s future projects with the orchestra.”
Lord Justice McCombe, sitting with Lady Justice King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies, said: “Clearly, Ms X proposes to do nothing which is unlawful on her part.”There is nothing in our statute which tells us that what she wants to do is in any way counter to the law or the morals of UK statutes.”Finding that the ban on commercial surrogacy was “expressly limited to acts done in the UK”, the judge said that “there seems to me to be an incoherence in depriving her of her claim at the outset when she personally proposes no wrongdoing, either under Californian law or under our own law”.Lord Justice McCombe added that it “cannot conceivably be said now that surrogacy as such is contrary to the public policy of our law”, and that it would be “overkill” for the court to prevent XX recovering the cost of surrogacy in California.Whittington Hospital NHS Trust argued at a hearing in November that awarding XX the costs of commercial surrogacy would be “enabling what amounts to a criminal offence”.Lord Faulks QC, for the Trust, said a 2001 Court of Appeal ruling, which held that the cost of commercial surrogacy in California was irrecoverable, was “binding”. But XX’s barrister Christopher Johnson QC argued that public policy had moved on.He added that his client had “suffered a litany of admitted failures at the defendant’s hands” which caused “progression from a benign wholly treatable pre-cancerous condition to a highly invasive cancer”.He concluded: “In Ms X’s traumatic and unusual circumstances expenditure on California surrogacies is reasonable.”Lord Justice McCombe agreed that public policy was not “ossified for all time”, finding that “the law no longer requires a bar to recovery of the damages claimed by Ms X on public policy grounds”.The court also reduced the amount of general damages awarded to XX by £10,000.XX’s solicitor Anne Kavanagh from Irwin Mitchell said: “This is a tragic case where, due to no fault of her own, my client has suffered grievous injuries including infertility at a young age.”It is now almost 10 years since her first smear test was wrongly reported by the Whittington Hospital, when she was 25 years old.”Her only hope of becoming a mother is by surrogacy using her own eggs which were harvested just before she started chemo-radiotherapy, as well as using donor eggs.”She is delighted that the Court of Appeal has granted her the costs of that treatment in California, where she will have the security of a legally enforceable agreement to protect her as well as the surrogate and baby in the event of any dispute, something which would not be available to her under English law.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A young woman left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America by the Court of Appeal.Whittington Hospital NHS Trust admitted negligence in failing to detect signs of cancer, leading to the woman, known only as XX, developing highly invasive cancer requiring chemo-radiotherapy treatment, which left her infertile at the age of 29.The High Court awarded XX a total of £580,000 in damages last year, including the costs of fertility treatment, cryopreserving her eggs and having children by surrogacy in the UK.However, XX’s claim for the costs of four surrogacies in California, where commercial surrogacy is legal and binding, was dismissed as the court found that commercial surrogacy was still illegal in the UK and therefore contrary to public policy.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But, giving judgment in London on Wednesday, senior judges allowed her appeal, meaning XX will now receive as much as an additional £560,000 to cover the cost of having children with commercial surrogates in the US.Her solicitors Irwin Mitchell say the ruling is the first time the costs of surrogacy in the USA have been awarded in a claim for clinical negligence.
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. Schools have been warned by the exam watchdog to be braced for “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll.This summer is the second year that students are taking re-vamped GCSE exams in a raft of subjects. The new courses were part of a package of reforms by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.A-level courses haven also been re-designed, with coursework and modules axed in many subjects. The shake up followed concerns from universities that schools leavers were insufficiently prepared for the demands of higher education.School leaders have previously complained that thousands of “guinea pig” students will be disappointed with their results, as teachers have struggled to accurately predict grades under the new system.Writing to headteachers, Sally Collier, the chief executive of Ofqual, said that while there have been normal levels of variation over the past two years, it is “still possible that some schools and colleges could see more variation than usual this year”. Teenagers will sit the new GCSEs for the first time this summer in 25 new subjects while there will be 19 new A-levels. It is the third and final instalment of the phased introduction of the new qualifications which began in 2017. “We know that it is normal for schools and colleges to see some variation in their year-on-year results, either up or down,” Ms Collier said.“This can be due to many different factors including the ability mix of the students, different teaching approaches, changes to the qualification itself, changes in teaching staff, or the amount of time allocated to teaching a particular subject.“Generally, when qualifications change, we expect that there might be more variation in school and college results.”
But a few months later “it turned full circle,” he says. Efrem Brynin, a Commercial Fitter from Pulborough in West Sussex, remembers being on holiday in Singapore early in 2013 thinking how good life was with a happy marriage and two grown up children settled in their careers. Competitive and strong mentally and physically, James had always wanted to be on the ground, so it… On October 15, 2013, around six weeks after deploying on his second tour of Afghanistan, Mr Brynin’s son, James, a soldier in the Intelligence Corps attached to 14 Signal Regiment, was involved in an operation in the Kakaran District of Helmand; “Not somewhere Trip Advisor would recommend,” Efrem, 47, manages with a smile.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAmerica Street jeweller robbed by armed bandits on New Year’s nightJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Man robbed by armed bandits while picking up son from day careJanuary 29, 2018In “Crime”Parika man shot dead during robberyMay 1, 2019In “Crime” A 28-year-old auto body technician and his friend, who was identified as a doctor, were on Thursday afternoon shot and robbed of approximately $400,000 after being trailed by a silver motorcar to Industry, East Coast Demerara.The injured men have only been identified as Kissoon of Industry and Dr Lewis.Based on information received thus far, Kissoon, who is technician, and his friend travelled to a city bank in their motorcar and withdrew $400,000 in cash.They then travelled to Kissoon’s home, only to be attacked minutes later by a lone gunman who drove up in a silver motorcar (type unknown).The bandit allegedly whipped out his gun and shot Kissoon to his arm and the doctor to his leg, before grabbing the bag of cash and speeding away in his motorcar.Kissoon’s father reportedly came out of his house and saw the injured duo, resulting in an alarm being raised.The injured men were rushed to a city hospital where they are presently being treated.An investigation has been launched.
Shaft Sinkers has been awarded the development contract for Randgold Resources’ Yalea underground mine at the Loulo complex in Mali. Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Sinking and International, Louis Germishuys, says that the underground development contract will significantly enhance the value and extend the life of the Loulo mine.Shaft Sinkers’ scope of work on the project includes the establishment of the boxcut, the sinking of a 4.5 x 4.5 m twin decline system which, when complete, will amount to 25,000 m of decline and associated development. Rob Schroder, Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Commercial, notes that site preparation for the twin decline system has already started and the boxcut and portal construction will commence soon. Sinking of the declines is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of this year, and the project is expected to be completed by December 2009. “Yalea is not only Shaft Sinkers’ flagship contract for Randgold Resources, but also the company’s first project in Mali. However, with our proven track record in Africa, we are confident that we will complete the contract safely, on time and within budget,” Schroder explains. Loulo underground manager, Thinus Strydom says that the underground plan has been updated and integrated with the open pit plan. Additional areas of synergy between the open pit and underground operations which also include the Loulo 0 mine are being worked on.