Pauls OT Heroics Push Grizzlies To The Brink

L.A.’s Blake Griffin had 30 points.If there was a game that crystallized why it was such a big deal for the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Chris Paul, Monday night was it. Having blown a 10-point lead in the final four minutes to the Memphis Grizzlies, Paul dazzled in overtime, scoring eight points in the five extra minutes to lead the Clippers to a 101-97 victory.It was a win that gave L.A. a 3-1 series advantage. How close has this series been? The Clippers’ three wins were by a combined six points.It looked in the fourth quarter that this one would not be that close. Los Angels led by 10 with four minutes to play. But Mike Connelly Jr. and Rudy Gay held the Grizzlies together, and they mounted a closing-quarter run that forced overtime when Paul turned the ball over on the last possession of the final period.But in overtime, Paul made amends. The Grizzlies inexplicably did not double team him to get the ball out of his hands, and Paul exploited the Clippers’ generosity. Going one-on-one, he created space for himself and capitalized with four baskets that proved the difference in OT.He finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Blake Griffin had 30 before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Connelly Jr. had 25 points and Gay 23.The series goes back to Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. read more

The Patriots Dynasty Just Wont Die

3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 The Pats are (still) the NFL’s greatest modern dynastyAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 3 others tied4Earl Morrall19752Earl Morrall19761 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 1New England2003-181651712+170.5 Len Dawson19754Doug Flutie20035Warren Moon*20001 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 There are simply no comparisons for what Brady will try to do next year. (Although, to be fair, no quarterback had won six Super Bowls before Brady, either.)And for all of the Pats’ improvement on defense in 2018, they shouldn’t count on it being quite as good next season — defenses tend to regress to the mean much more strongly than offenses between seasons. Add in what (for now) looks a like a relative lack of cap space; several important players (such as Stephen Gostkowski, Malcom Brown, Trent Brown and Trey Flowers) hitting free agency; and speculation about the possible retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Rob Gronkowski,2Which would generate some cap savings but not enough to move New England into the top half of the league in space. and the Pats haters will have plenty to occupy themselves with over the next seven months.But as Sunday proved, the Patriots usually find a way to overcome the mechanisms that are supposed to make dynasties like theirs impossible to sustain. According to futures odds that sportsbooks have already released for next season, the Pats are, at worst, slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race to win Super Bowl LIV — if not outright favorites. So although there are, as always, plenty of logical reasons to think New England’s dynasty days are numbered, and 31 fan bases hoping we’ll look back at Sunday night as one of their final moments of glory, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, Patriots fans should enjoy what they have: We’ve never seen something like this before and probably never will again. 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mix the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 This Super Bowl might rank among the most satisfying for Belichick, who originally made his reputation as a football genius with defensive game plans designed to shut down high-powered offenses. A year after his defense gave up 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup QB in Super Bowl LII, New England held the Rams — who had averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season — to a mere 3 points Sunday. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff had nobody to throw to and faced unrelenting pressure all night, recording a ghastly 57.9 passer rating.Belichick’s defenses had tended to be surprisingly mediocre over the back half of New England’s dynasty era, garnering an average seasonal rank of 15th of out 32 teams in ESPN’s Expected Points Added metric from 2008 to 2017. (Instead, they tended to rely on Brady and the offense to carry the load.) But this year’s Patriots were different, ranking seventh in defensive EPA, which made for one of the most well-rounded Patriots teams in a while. And in a year when seemingly anybody who ever met Rams offensive prodigy Sean McVay got hired as an NFL head coach on the spot, Belichick badly outcoached the wunderkind (by McVay’s own admission), unveiling a zone-coverage concept that the Rams hadn’t seen on tape and were completely unprepared for.That defensive master plan helped paper over a mediocre passing game for Brady, who at age 41 had his worst statistical Super Bowl performance, on the heels of a regular season that — while still good — was one of his least impressive of the past decade. There are mitigating factors, of course, including a vastly diminished set of targets as compared with his Randy Moss heyday. And by now, Brady is used to people wondering if he’s about to fall off a cliff every time he has an uninspired game. But he will also be sailing into uncharted territory at age 42 next season, playing at an age when literally no QB in football history has had an effective season: Brady is headed for uncharted territoryBest seasons (by Approximate Value) for quarterbacks at ages 40, 41 and 42 (or older), 1960-2018 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 V. Testaverde20035Brett Favre20105Steve DeBerg*19981 Age 40Age 41Ages 42+ 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 Tom Brady201719Tom Brady201814Warren Moon19985 The 2018 NFL season will be remembered in part for its regular-season offensive explosion and the breakout performances of exciting young players such as MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the end, all of that new stuff faded away. The Patriots won, just like they have six times in the past 18 seasons, and they did it with defense, just like in the very beginning. It was yet another affirmation of a dynasty that continues to reach unprecedented levels of dominance in a sport we keep pretending is designed to produce parity. The only question now is: How much longer can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick keep doing this?Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was not the prettiest for New England, even if it was the team’s widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (somehow). Brady had a 71.4 passer rating in the lowest-scoring title game on record. And yet, it counted the same in the legacy column. I recalculated the numbers from my story measuring the most difficult-to-replicate multiseason runs by any franchise, and the Patriots’ stretch from 2003 through 2018 is easily the most dominant in the NFL’s Super Bowl era.1Moving up the list to officially pass … the Pats’ own run from 2003 through 2017. S. Jurgensen19747V. Testaverde200410V. Testaverde20052 * DeBerg and Moon were 44 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com PlayerYearAVPlayerYearAVPlayerYearAV Brett Favre200916Warren Moon199712Doug Flutie20042 From ABC News: read more

The Packers Hot Streak May Have Come Too Late To Save Their

Rankings are among all 32 NFL teams.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Granted, the bulk of that defensive improvement came in a single game, against Seattle on Sunday. By holding the Seahawks’ passing offense to 24.9 EPA below its usual per-game output — including a staggering five interceptions of Russell Wilson — Green Bay had the fourth-best defensive outing against the pass by any team this season. It’s still an open question, however, whether that game was more of a fluke or a sign that this defense is finally coming around. Three of Wilson’s five picks were tipped, so Green Bay enjoyed some good fortune Sunday. And although the Packer D was improving in the two games leading up to its outburst versus Seattle, that meant playing “slightly below average” instead of “historically atrocious.”Even if Rodgers is healthy enough, and even if the defense has straightened out its issues, this late-season push may simply be coming too late to salvage Green Bay’s playoff hopes. Our Elo simulations currently give the Packers a 30 percent chance of making the postseason, most of which comes from their hope of winning the NFC North (and not the wild card, for which Green Bay would need to leapfrog three teams instead of two). According to The New York Times’ playoff simulator, the Packers probably need to beat both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in the season’s final two weeks in order to make the playoffs — and even then, the postseason wouldn’t necessarily be assured.If it doesn’t happen, Packer fans will find themselves looking back at Sunday’s rout of Seattle and wondering where that version of their team was all year — and why it couldn’t have emerged sooner.CORRECTION: (Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Julius Peppers’ condition. Although Peppers is listed on the Packers’ injury report for Week 15 (http://www.packers.com/team/injury-report.html), the team said his presence on the list was “not injury related.”Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2016, weeks 1-114-612th7th29th4th31st Going into Week 12, the Green Bay Packers were in deep, deep trouble. They’d lost four games in a row, and five of their previous six — the first time either type of skid had happened to the franchise since late in the 2008 season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our pet metric for determining each team’s quality), Green Bay was the ninth-worst team in the NFL, and it had a mere 6 percent probability of making the playoffs.Since then, however, it’s hard to find any team running hotter than the Packers. Green Bay has won three straight — by an average margin of 17 points per game — and they’ve risen to 10th-best in Elo after a stunning 38-10 rout of the Seattle Seahawks on national TV Sunday afternoon. Over the past month of action, no team has improved its Elo rating as much as the Packers have. The only question now is whether this late charge will be enough to save Green Bay’s season.Through 11 weeks, the 2016 Packers were looking like a team with an average passing attack and a terrible defense and special teams — no recipe for success in today’s NFL. In fact, Green Bay had been pretty mediocre in most phases of the game for a couple seasons at that point, despite the presence of future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers under center. Rodgers had one of the top two dozen or so passing seasons ever in 2014, but he’d slumped in 2015 without many of his usual receiving weapons, and he merely had a good — not great — start to 2016.And the Packers desperately needed Rodgers to be great in 2016, because with an injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews (among others), the team’s defense had slipped badly from its form of the previous few years. After giving up 42 points to Washington in Week 11, Green Bay had the NFL’s sixth-worst defense by expected points added,1Even after adjusting for the strength of opposing offenses faced. and it ranked fourth-worst against the pass in particular. The 34.2 total EPA below average (i.e., they allowed the equivalent of 34.2 more points through the air than the average defense would have) Green Bay’s pass D yielded against the Titans and Redskins in Weeks 10 and 11 represented the worst back-to-back performances against the pass by any team in the 2016 season.The Packers had thrived with a poor defense in the past — they went 15-1 in 2011 despite having the league’s 13th-worst defense by EPA — but that was back when Rodgers was carrying the team with historic passing numbers. Without those, there was little reason to think a Green Bay turnaround was imminent.But over the last three weeks, the Packers have rediscovered what made them perennial Super Bowl contenders. In spite of a nagging calf injury, Rodgers still has the NFL’s best Total QBR since Week 12, producing a league-best 12.6 EPA above average per game over that span. (It’s the team’s best three-game passing stretch since late in 2014.) And perhaps even more importantly, Green Bay’s defense has played far better over the past few games than it did all year long. With 6.2 EPA above average per game since Week 12, the team is having its best three-game defensive showing since the end of the 2015 season. 2016, weeks 12-143-01st30th4th26th9th 201510-618th11th8th27th12th How Green Bay turned it around SEASONRECORDPASS OFFRUSH OFFPASS DEFRUSH DEFS/T EPA PER-GAME RANKING 201412-42nd11th13th9th31st read more

Despite nagging injury Saine sets sights on healthy year

Brandon Saine is making sure he’s not “getting caught up in the moment.” “[It’s important to] go back and watch the film, and there are always things you can improve on,” Saine said. This is what is driving Saine to have a breakout season after injuries slowed his performance last year. Saine’s top priority this season is to avoid major injury, though he has been battling a hamstring injury during spring practices. “At any time, someone can go down,” Saine said. “With so many hits and so many carries and you’re in so many plays, all it takes is one and the next guy has to be ready. You have to be ready at all times.” Saine thrives off of competition. With a lot of depth this season at tailback, Saine says it helps the guys push each other harder and not slip up.  “It’s a great thing, definitely makes us a lot better,” Saine said. “The younger guys are getting better and they’re pushing us older guys to get better too.” Leading by example, helping them understand their roles, sharing experiences and answering any questions they have is a big deal for Saine, as he strives to be a mentor in his senior season.   “We have a diverse group of guys and have a back for any down, and it will help us be a lot better,” he said. Saine is happy to have a familiar offensive line in front of him, too. He said that makes them more confident and they mesh well. On being a senior, Saine has not really captured the complete feeling yet. The feeling of him doing it all for the last time hasn’t dawned on him. He said that being voted a captain would mean a lot. “I am a pretty soft-spoken guy and they give me a lot of slack for not having big rah-rah speeches for them, but I think it would be an amazing experience,” Saine said. “I wasn’t even the captain of my high school team, but it would mean a lot. I would be humbled and excited to do it.” Saine should also have more impact on the offense also. With quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s progression in the passing game toward the end of last year, Saine is looking to catch the ball out of the backfield a bit more.  “Hopefully he can check it down to us a little bit and we’ll be able to do something with it and show him that if we get the ball we can catch it,” Saine said.  But Saine is not worried about the offense going from traditional “smash mouth” Ohio State football to an “air-it-out” game. He feels there is equal opportunity for everything to come about this season and show how versatile the offense can be. Saine said he hopes to be 100 percent by next week. Despite missing some spring practices, Saine said he is just taking some time off to heal properly and not have any major issues before the start of the season. read more

Ohio State mens golf secures 1st place finish at Windon Memorial

Despite a starting lineup consisting of all freshmen and sophomores, the Ohio State men’s golf captured its first victory of the season at the Windon Memorial. Freshman Max Rosenthal led the Buckeyes to a first-place finish out of 15 teams with a final score of 29-over 881 at the Skokie Country Golf Course in Glencoe, Ill. Rosenthal finished the first round of the tournament tied for 37th place with a score of 77 but turned things around with a second round score of 72, and a final round score of 70 to tie for 8th place individually. OSU went to the top of the leader board after finishing the first round in ninth place. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native attributed his aggressive comeback to his conservative play. “My game strategy was really conservative and I was just trying to hit a lot of fairways and greens,” Rosenthal said. “Just a matter of keeping a good mental focus because the course we played was really tough, but my strategy really helped out.” Not only was it Rosenthal’s first time leading the team, it was also his first tournament in the Buckeyes’ starting lineup. “I was a little nervous,” Rosenthal said. “I started off with four bogeys right away and coach came up to me and said, ‘All right, you got your nerves out of the way, now just go out there and play with confidence,’ and then I started making some puts and made a comeback.” Like Rosenthal, Buckeyes golfer sophomore Grant Weaver also made a comeback from 18th place after the first round to 12th place after the final round, finishing the tournament with a score of 220. Similarly, Weaver attributed his comeback to playing safe. “My strategy was to work with what I got because I was struggling hitting the ball so I tried to put myself in position where I could get up and down for par,” Weaver said. “I played safe because I wasn’t on top of my game all week.” Fellow Buckeyes sophomore Boo Timko and freshman Tee-K Kelly followed Weaver, tied for 17th place with a final score of 223. Freshman Michael Bernard rounded out the team lineup, tying for 37th place with a final score of 15-over 228. Sophomore Logan Jones competed individually placing 55th with a final score of 234 in his first tournament of the season. Coach Donnie Darr was pleased with the way the team finished the tournament. “We played exceptional the last two rounds,” Darr said. “Our first round score wasn’t really good but we didn’t play as bad as the score indicated, we just had a couple bad holes that drove our score up but overall pretty good this week.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to will take a break from tournament play before hosting the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Oct. 8-9. “It’s a good field at Muirfield,” Darr said. “It’s a great venue and a great opportunity for our players to play in front of their home fans.” read more

Scarlet wins Ohio State footballs Spring Game 3114

CINCINNATI – Gusty winds did little to prevent Ohio State from airing out the football during its annual Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. With parts of Ohio Stadium undergoing surface work, the Buckeyes traveled about two hours southwest to the Queen City for the 2013 edition of an intrasquad scrimmage between the Scarlet and Gray teams. After a game that saw its quarterbacks throw for a combined total of 433 yards, the Scarlet team prevailed, 31-14. While limited in the running game because of a no-contact black jersey, junior quarterback Braxton Miller finished the day 16 of 25 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, redshirt senior Kenny Guiton, totaled 151 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 22 attempts. After guiding the Buckeyes to a 12-0 finish last season, OSU coach Urban Meyer hovered just yards back from play on the field as the teams battled it out amid 18-25 mph winds in front of a speckled crowd of 37, 643. “This was a great day for Ohio State football – to come back to (a place), I consider this partly my hometown,” Meyer said during a press conference after the game. By his own admittance, Meyer said he intended it to be a day where the Buckeyes threw the ball more than they ran it. “Obviously, it was a pass-heavy game – an area that we were not very good at last year that we have to get better,” he said. Miller would set the tone early – launching a 49-yard rocket to junior wide receiver Evan Spencer on the scrimmage first play. Three plays later, Miller found junior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 20-yard touchdown with 9:08 to play in the first quarter. Miller said he’s gotten more comfortable throwing the ball. “Just knowing the play, how the play is developed and how it’s going to move. I can just move out of the pocket and know where the guy’s going to be,” he said. It’s something Meyer took note of. He said Saturday’s marked improvement in the passing game was a “continuation of what started all spring.” In fact, Meyer said it’s the type of development that could vault OSU into talk of being one of the nation’s best offenses. “I’ve spent a lot of time talking about a part of our game – that if we can figure that out – I would be disappointed if we don’t have the best offense in the Big Ten,” he said. It’s a notion that seems too early to validate, but one perhaps with the potential to come to fruition somewhere down the line. Meyer, though, maintained it’s a concept that hinges upon the play of his offensive line – which lost only former right tackle Reid Fragel. And with senior left tackle Jack Mewhort held out of the game for precautionary reasons, Meyer called the “fifth spoke of the offensive line” a “legitimate concern.” “Unless we get that fixed, there go the best offense in the Big Ten,” he said. Meyer’s concern seemed warranted, as sophomore defensive linemen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington combined for five sacks in the first half and seven total. It bought time for Guiton and the Gray team to answer in the second quarter. The Buckeyes’ backup quarterback found senior receiver Chris Fields from six yards out to tie the game, 7-7, with 4:35 remaining in the half. Guiton, who played sparingly last season, said he was content with his performance. “I thought I did pretty good, I got the offense down. I’m moving forward, trying to get everybody else making sure we know what we’re doing,” he said. Thanks to an eight-play, 59-yard drive, though, the Scarlet team again seized the lead after Miller found senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. Miller’s squad would head into halftime with a 14-7 advantage that they would not relinquish. Having been harassed most of the afternoon by the Gray defensive line, Miller rolled out of the pocket before scampering for a 5-yard touchdown with 6:25 to play in the third. Senior kicker Drew Basil tacked on a 25-yard field goal more than two minutes later to make it 24-7 in favor of the Scarlet team. Behind sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, the Gray would make a dent in the deficit after sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones found Thomas from four yards out with 8:44 to play in the fourth. Jones finished with 65 yards and a touchdown on 7 of 16 attempts. In a instance of trickery and changing of allegiances, Fields, who started the contest with the Gray team, scored on a 6-yard reverse play, pushing the Scarlet team’s lead to 31-14 with 4:41 to play in the game. It would all but seal the Scarlet team’s second-straight victory in the Spring Game. OSU is scheduled to open the 2013 season against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Buckeye Barbell Club raises the bar for powerlifters

An Ohio State student organization is welcoming those who are looking to get in shape through strength training.The Buckeye Barbell Club has two primary goals — to give OSU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to get stronger and to promote the sport of powerlifting — with a focus on the latter. Participating in club workouts is free of charge, but a $20 fee is required each academic year to help cover entry fees for meets and the club T-shirt.“When it originally started, it was meant for people to strength train together and to help new people learn how to (lift), and actually competing was in the background,” said Evan Byrne, club member and graduate student in electrical and computer engineering. “As we’ve gone forward, it’s shifted to more of an emphasis on competing.”Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three specific types of lifts — the squat, the bench press and the deadlift — and club members learn how to correctly and efficiently do them in hopes of competing in meets, whether it be at the local, regional or national level. These lifts are learned through the “wealth of knowledge” experienced weightlifters provide, fifth-year in electrical and computer engineering and club member Alex Cramer said.“There’s a lot of instruction and encouragement,” Cramer said. “It’s a lot easier to go to the gym every day when there’s someone invested in helping you.”While emphasis is placed on training for and competing in meets, the club also provides a more casual atmosphere for those who just want to strength train for personal recreation and people with all levels of experience are encouraged to join.“A lot of people are hesitant to join because they have this mental image of what a powerlifter looks like, but in Buckeye Barbell, you can see that we have tons of different kinds of people represented: different majors, athletic backgrounds and body types,” said Victoria Liang, president of Buckeye Barbell Club and third-year in information systems. “We have people who have never touched a barbell and we have nationally-ranked athletes. Our common goal of getting stronger brings us together, and that supportive network drives everyone to succeed.”Liang said that mental image of what a powerlifter looks like was a driving force behind the creation of the club.“When I started lifting my freshman year, I was terribly clueless and self-conscious like many beginners,” Liang said. “I often wished I had a community of people who could help, support= and motivate me, and that became my inspiration for the club.”Another staple of the club is the opportunity to get involved. Members of the club regularly do volunteer work at high school powerlifting meets in the winter, as well as the Arnold Sports Festival, which takes place at the Columbus Convention Center annually.Liang said the club has about 50 active members who participate in various activities that the club takes part in, from training sessions to seminars to volunteering. read more

Despite offensive explosion Urban Meyer believes Buckeyes can play better

Following a 56-17 shellacking of Rutgers on Saturday, the Ohio State football team is looking ahead to its next challenge, a night game in State College, Pa., against Penn State.The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) are set to play just their second true road game of the season against the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2). OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media Monday to discuss the upcoming game and recap the Rutgers win.Meyer made a point to thank the OSU fans for continuing to come out in big numbers. Ohio Stadium ranks first in the country in average attendance thus far in 2014.Meyer said he was pleased with the fast start the Buckeyes got out to as they scored on their opening drive for the fourth straight game.He said senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein and junior offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren graded out as offensive champions.Meyer emphasized the play of Spencer. Added he is one of the MVPs of the team right now.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott was named offensive player of the game by Meyer.Despite winning Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week, Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett could have played better in the game against Rutgers. Barrett did not grade out as a weekly champion.Meyer named senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, junior linebacker Joshua Perry and senior cornerback Doran Grant as defensive champions.Meyer said Grant played his best game as a Buckeye against Rutgers.Meyer said the Penn State defense stands out to him. The Nittany Lions rank first in the country in rush defense.Meyer said he has “a lot of respect for their big quarterback,” sophomore Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game.Meyer said playing at Penn State in 2012 was one of the top-five atmospheres he has played in. Added he feels much more comfortable now sending Barrett in as a starter than he would have a few weeks ago.Injury reportMeyer said Boren rolled his ankle against Rutgers, but should be ready to go against Penn State.Meyer said he does not know the status of junior linebacker Devan Bogard who sustained an injury on special teams Saturday. Bogard has missed extended time with knee injuries in the past.Defensive line coach and former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr. said the status of redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier is still unknown for Saturday.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he believes sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson will be able to play against Penn State after sitting out most of the second half against Rutgers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State tops Michigan State 4937 in rematch of 2013 Big Ten

Buckeye football players link arms as they enter Spartan Stadium prior to a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News DirectorEAST LANSING, Mich. — Eleven months and a day after Michigan State beat Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, the No. 13 Buckeyes overcame an early deficit to top the No. 7 Spartans, 49-37, on the road.After the game, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott described OSU’s locker room as “ecstatic.”“Everyone’s in there smiling,” Elliott said. “Toothy smiles; big, beautiful smiles. We love each other and we came out and we played for each other. And we’re just happy to go out there and win for each other.”The win put the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings, breaking a tie with Michigan State (7-2, 4-1). OSU also set a conference record with its 21st consecutive regular season Big Ten win.“It was a great opportunity for two good football teams to go play, and I’m very proud of our guys,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “A young team grew up tonight.”Elliott said OSU came into the game with a chip on its shoulder, and added the Buckeyes wanted to prove their doubters wrong.“Just coming into this game, no one believed in us,” he said. “We had no one behind our back besides Buckeye nation and ourselves. We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Heading into the weekend, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff rankings, while the Spartans were No. 8.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said beating Michigan State means OSU’s “dreams are still alive for this year.” He added the game was about playing for the future, rather than getting revenge for last year’s loss.“It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” Bennett said after the game. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”After a handful of early miscues put OSU in an early hole, the Buckeyes surged to a 28-10 run to take a 42-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.“We just tried to forget about the mistakes, because mistakes happen in games,” redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the game. “Those were…big mistakes, wish we didn’t make ‘em, but we did. We just all had to respond as a team and just get back together and play football.”Michigan State responded with a touchdown to cut the lead to 11, but Barrett sparked the Buckeyes on the ensuing drive, extending the lead to 18 at Spartan Stadium.On second-and-eight on his own 24-yard line, Barrett kept the ball and rushed outside before putting his head down to finish off a 55-yard run. Two plays later, Elliott powered the ball across the goal line for a 17-yard touchdown run, making it 49-31 with 7:12 on the clock.The Spartans tacked on another touchdown from redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford, but OSU ran nearly five minutes off the clock to help seal the win.The Buckeyes totaled 568 yards on offense, compared to 536 for Michigan State.Coming into the game, the Spartans’ defense had given up an average of 279.4 yards per game.“They’ve been talking about that defense, how they can stop everybody in the country,” sophomore safety Vonn Bell said after the game. “You seen our offense just shove it down their throats.”In a first half filled with momentum swings, OSU found a way to take a 28-21 advantage into the locker rooms — thanks in part to four total touchdowns from Barrett.After both teams scored early in the first quarter, OSU muffed a punt and Michigan State Jeremy Langford scored from 33 yards out on the first play of the ensuing drive.Barrett answered with his second touchdown run of the night on fourth-and-goal at the one, but Langford scored again to make it 21-14, set up by a key third-and-23 pass to senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a gain of 43 yards.“It was definitely a big time play,” Barrett said. “He did a great job just getting open and I just threw the ball to him.”OSU sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson fumbled on the ensuing kick to give the ball back to the Spartans, but they missed a 39-yard field goal to give OSU the ball on its own 21-yard line.On the opening play of the next drive, Barrett hit redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21.After the game, Thomas said he knew what was going to happen before the ball was snapped.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” Thomas said. “Because of my confidence. I watch film on them.”After a Michigan State punt, Barrett went deep again and found Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, capping a five-play, 64-yard go-ahead drive for the Buckeyes.The 28-21 halftime lead came despite a pair of fumbles and six penalties for OSU.Michigan State opened the final 30 minutes with a field goal, but a 13-play OSU drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Elliott, making it 35-24 with 2:18 to play in the third quarter.The Buckeyes stopped Michigan State on fourth-and-five on the ensuing drive, taking over at their own 36 to start the fourth.OSU marched down the field in less than three minutes before Barrett hit Wilson for a seven-yard touchdown to make it 42-24 with 12:07 to play. Michigan State redshirt-junior quarterback Connor Cook responded with a 16-yard touchdown strike to sophomore tight end Josiah Price.After Elliott’s touchdown, the Spartans took it back down the field for a touchdown, but Cook’s two-point conversion attempt fell short, keeping a 12-point advantage for OSU with 5:20 to play.Barrett finished the game with exactly 300 passing yards and three touchdowns and added another 86 yards and two scores on the ground. Elliott led all players with 154 rushing yards while Smith totaled 129 yards receiving.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett paced the OSU defense with four total tackles and the team’s only sack.Cook threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns while Langford totaled 137 yards and three scores on just 18 carries in the loss.The Buckeyes’ win marked their 12th consecutive victory on the road, which is the best ongoing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision.OSU is set to close out a two-game road trip Nov. 15 against Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.After the Golden Gophers beat Iowa, 51-14, before the Buckeyes took the field on Saturday, Meyer said his team doesn’t have much time to relax before getting back to work.“If you want to use the term exhale, we can’t exhale very long because we go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa,” he said. read more

Guerrilla gardeners plant tree in busy Oxford Street to cheer up Londoners

first_imgTheir efforts have delighted many who have passed by it, with photos of the tree being shared on social media with the hashtag #MyTreeLondon. Londoner Damian Smyth shared a photo of the tree on Twitter, explaining: “This cheered me up. Slap bang in the middle of Oxford St.”Another wrote: “Well done Arabella and her Dad. We need more people like you. Guerrilla gardening is a huge amount of fun.”Richard Ford wrote: “A little individualism in a somewhat Orwellian world. Good luck Arrabella, hope Westminster council or the yoof don’t trash it.” 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. Enjoying the #guerrillagardening on Oxford Street. Tiny tree, hope it survives #mytreelondon pic.twitter.com/EfdJcn4AdD— Luke Pollard (@LukePollard) October 18, 2016 A father and daughter have raised a few smiles by planting a tree in the middle of Oxford Street to replace one that was vandalised.The guerrilla gardeners, Neil Cornelius and his seven-year-old daughter Arrabella, planted the tree on the West End street in the middle of the night. Arrabella also left a message attached to the tree asking members of the public to enjoy and respect it.“Dear everyone, my name is Arrabella Cornelius. I am 7,” the note says.“I have planted this tree here for everyone to watch it grow and enjoy. Please respect it as I bought it with my own money. Plus my daddy risked getting arrested planting it!”The pair also planted some sunflowers on a street in Marylebone. Mr Cornelius told the Evening Standard it was his daughter’s idea to plant the tree, adding: “I walked past this spot every day on my way to work and noticed some idiots had snapped the tree in half. The council removed it eventually but never replaced it.”Westminster Council thanked the guerrilla gardeners for planting the tree, adding it was ‘fantastic’ that people were caring for their local environment.Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “We thank Arrabella and her father for their hard work and kindness in planting this cheerful tree after the original one planted there was knocked over several weeks ago.“We all need to work together to create a greener city and planting more trees is an important part of our own plans for Westminster.”Earlier this year, this Good Samaritan stunned a man with this random act of kindness at a petrol station. last_img read more

Warning after meat disease strikes Christmas geese and ducks

first_imgChristmas goose with chestnutsCredit:Alamy 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. Christmas goose with chestnuts A number of groups, including the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), Liverpool Universityand the BASC, have joined forces to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the disease in Britain.A spokesman for the UK Wildfowl Sarcocystis Survey said: “It is hoped that this survey will help us monitor the disease over time in the UK and better understand which bird species are affected and any impacts it may be having.“Wildfowlers are well placed to look out for this disease and report likely cases as the pathology is quite striking.”The disease could have an ultimately serious impact on the population of ducks and geese in Britain as it weakens their ability to reproduce, hampering the growth of species already suffering from the effect of climate change and changes to migration patterns.Dr Ellis said: “We don’t know as yet the full impact the disease is having on the population, so surveillance is essential to give us a more complete picture.“There is a concern from our partners in eastern Europe that it is impacting on breeding success, which could affect our numbers here as reproduction takes place over there before the ducks migrate.”Dr Ruth Cromie, Head of Ecosystem Health for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, said: “Monitoring and understanding diseases of our wildlife is the first step to achieving healthy populations of birds, which is what we all want.“Harnessing the ‘eyes on the ground’ of our reserve wardens, who look out for dead birds, and wildfowlers, who are able to spot the disease easily in shot ducks, gives us an excellent way of getting to grips with this apparently emerging infection.”Anyone who spots wildfowl meat infected with rice grain disease is asked to complete the UK Wildfowl Sarcocystis Survey online athttp://www.sarcocystissurvey. org.uk If the old nursery rhyme is to be believed, with Christmas coming now is the time for the goose to be getting fat.But with so many people looking forward to consuming the bird it is unfortunate that a mysterious new disease is plaguing the British wildfowl population. Sarcocystosis, or ‘rice breast’ disease, is infecting a growing number of geese and ducks across Britain. It’s not dangerous if consumed by humans, but it is unpleasant to eat the infected meat as it creates a gritty texture.Dr Matt Ellis, scientific adviser for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation The disease, caused by the Sarcocystis spp parasite, creates cysts throughout the birds’ muscles, in particular the breast and leg, which have the appearance and texture of small grains of rice.Experts have now warned consumers not to eat infected birds.While Sarcocystis in birds is not thought to pose a risk to human health, as the cooking process kills all stages of the parasite, it does make the meat unpleasant to eat – leaving a gritty, rice-like texture.It also poses a health danger if fed to dogs, as it could infect the animal as well as spreading the disease further.Dr Matt Ellis, scientific adviser for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said: “It’s not dangerous if consumed by humans, but it is unpleasant to eat the infected meat as it creates a gritty texture.”The disease is common among ducks in the United States, but this is the first time it has been detected here in any great numbers since it was first spotted in 2010.Already more than a dozen cases have been reported in the UK, with many more instances thought to have gone undetected.last_img read more

Schoolboy entrepreneur grows 1500 Christmas trees to fund university fees

first_imgRyan sells trees grown in his father’s field in Dean, Somerset, for £20 eachCredit:Phil Yeomans/BNPS “My dad gave a sapling to my sister and I and said I could sell it or keep it. The next year, he gave me 10 saplings. It was my aspiration after the first 10 trees to turn this into something.”I get a lot of support from my family. My dad helps me cut down the trees because I’m too young to use a chainsaw and my sister and mother help by handing out flyers.”Ultimately the plan is to expand as much as possible and see where that takes me. Any profit I make will go towards paying my university fees.”Ryan, a pupil at Whitstone School in Shepton Mallet, is completely devoted to his Christmas tree business.He spends lots of time at the field throughout the year to make sure they are in perfect condition for the Christmas season.He said: “We are selling them every week but actually maintaining them is quite difficult. You need to remove all the grass grown around the trees because it gets in the way of the trunk and stops the trees getting nutrients. There’s quite a bit of maintenance involved.”From November to January we spend most of our weekends there cutting down trees and then replanting them.”From February to October we still come up a few times a month to remove the grass that has grown and make sure of the trees’ well being.”I love Christmas and this is so rewarding. It takes a long time before you see any progress, but when you do it’s worth it.” Ryan Brook, 16, was given his first sapling to plant by his dad aged just nine A schoolboy entrepreneur fed up with his mother searching for the perfect Christmas tree has grown 1,500 of his own and is selling them to fund his university fees.Ryan Brook, 16, spent hours traipsing around supermarkets and garden centres with his mother Gail when he was nine searching for the right tree.That year his father Andy gave him his first sapling to plant and his passion grew from there. In seven years one sapling has turned into about 1,500 and Ryan is now selling the trees for £20 each. This year he hopes to make several thousand pounds, beating last year’s figure when he made about £2,000 selling 100 trees to friends and family.The business is a year-round endeavour and Ryan devotes his weekends to planting and maintaining the trees in his father’s field in Dean, Somerset.And when the festive season arrives the rest of the family rally around with his father helping him cut down the trees because he is too young to use a chainsaw, while his mother and sister, Cianni, hand out flyers promoting Ryan’s Trees.Ryan said: “It all started when I was nine. I remember being dragged around by my mum to lots of different supermarkets searching for the right Christmas tree. It took hours and hours and I got bored of it.center_img Ryan Brook, 16, was given his first sapling to plant by his father aged just nineCredit: Phil Yeomans/BNPS Ryan sells trees for "£20 - in his dad's field in Dean, Somerset 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

Boat Race 2017 Choppy waters ahead for the rower who switched from

first_imgWilliam Warr (C) rowing for Cambridge during their training race against the Netherlands on the River Thames in March 2015 In 1985 Bruce Philp became the first man to row for both universities, after representing Cambridge in the 1982 and 1983 races. Having twice lost with Cambridge he won with Oxford.Richard Young , who had rowed for Cambridge when they lost the 1990 race, switched to Oxford the following year. Oxford won. With 188 years of history and only two teams in it, the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race is one of the longest and most bitter rivalries in sport.But the tension between the two crews has intensified this year after one of their number committed the cardinal sin of switching sides.Now the rowers, and their fans along the banks of the River Thames, are anticipating even greater levels of animosity, both off and on the water, following William Warr’s defection from the light blue of Cambridge to the dark blue of Oxford.Mr Warr is bracing himself for greater than normal levels of hostility when he appears alongside his crew mates at Putney for the start of Sunday’s 4.2 mile race to Mortlake. 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. William Warr (C) rowing for Cambridge during their training race against the Netherlands on the River Thames in March 2015 Credit:Tom Dulat/Getty Images Mr Ruble declined to comment on how he felt about his former crewmate’s defection. He says he “would not rule out” going into politics in the future, but for the moment he is concentrating on getting into the British team for the Tokyo Olympics.Should he succeed he may well, given the way sport works, find himself alongside some of his bitter rivals from the Boat Race.But Mr Warr has no regrets over switching sides.“I wanted to do a particular PhD, I want to go to the 2020 Olympics, and the only way of doing them both was to row at Oxford,” he said.center_img Warr will today become only the third man to race for both crews, an achievement which would be lauded in any other sphere. Not in the world of the boat race.“There’s definitely some ill-feeling there. Which is hard, because I was very close to these guys. And I don’t really speak to half of them at all now,” he said. “It was probably the toughest decision I’ve ever made.”Mr Warr spent a year as an advisor to the Conservative MP Jessica Lee, and now does occasional work for the political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby. James Letten, Freddie Davidson and Ben Ruble (L-R) of Cambridge race against the Italian national crew during the 2017 Cancer Research Boat Boat Races Training Fixture on March 18, 2017 Credit:Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images “I’m sure people will have different opinions about what I’ve done and maybe there will be slightly more ‘talk’ about the race this year because of it,” he told The Telegraph.In 2015 Mr Warr pulled alongside his Cambridge crewmates, losing by six lengths, but this year he switched to their rivals after transferring to Oxford University to do his PHD in public health policy.In an attempt to soothe the troubled waters he wrote a message explaining his decision to Ben Ruble, his once-close friend on the Cambridge crew.But the only response he received was frosty silence.“I’ve not received a reply from him,” Mr Warr said.However, he added, perhaps in a spirit of reconciliation: “But it’s the week of the race and both crews are focusing on their performance. We are all just concentrating on the race.” James Letten, Freddie Davidson and Ben Ruble of Cambridge race against the Italian national crew during the 2017 Cancer Research Boat Boat Races Training Fixture on March 18, 2017  No wonder the light blues don’t like splitters.“Both clubs build up this intense hatred,” said Warr. “You’re just brainwashed to hate Cambridge, or hate Oxford. There’s a reasoning behind it: it’s a very easy way to get a squad of guys to bond quickly. But actually, they’re very similar clubs. Very similar kinds of people, very academically motivated.“The structures of the programmes are pretty similar. You train at similar times, you put similar hours in. And I think if people took a step back, they would realise that actually, the guys they’re racing could easily be very good friends.”last_img read more

Asian police officer threatened with sack after racist toy monkey complaint

first_imgAn Asian police officer was allegedly threatened with the sack after complaining about the racist treatment of a colleague involving a toy monkey.The Metropolitan Police officer, who has not been named, acted after seeing a monkey soft toy wearing a police uniform and with an ID badge placed on a black colleague’s desk in their central London office.The badge carried the initials “ERO” (evidential review officer), which was the same job title as the black officer.The Asian officer raised his concerns on an internal complaints form to senior officers in 2013, but was consequently the subject of investigation amid allegations he concocted the story himself. The BBC, which uncovered the case, said the officer was told he faced the prospect of being sacked.It took two years for the complainant to be vindicated, when a Scotland Yard misconduct hearing found the whistleblower had not breached the standards of professional behaviour.He later took the case to an employment tribunal, alleging he had been racially discriminated against and victimised. The BBC reported that the Asian officer received a settlement of £35,000 before the case was heard in full.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Martin, who is in charge of professionalism at the Met, said in a statement: “Over the last two years the Met has made significant investment in improving how we handle complaints made by our own staff linked to discrimination, bullying or harassment. “We are committed to a system which everyone can be confident in and a genuine belief that it has fairness. “We have long recognised that people do have concern that they fear being victimised if they raise a complaint, regardless of whether that fear is justified.”That has never been acceptable and we continue to make it very clear to our staff that victimisation will never be tolerated, that it will be investigated, and will have serious repercussions if it occurs.”For the last 18 months the officer in charge of the Met’s anti-corruption command personally oversaw the implementation of and now manages the new whistleblowing policy. This helps to give staff, who are graded as reporters of wrongdoing, confidence they can raise the most serious of issues and will receive support and protection.”At the start of this year a new unit was formed within the Directorate of Professional Standards which has oversight of all complaints – be those internal or external – that include an allegation of discrimination.”This is to ensure that there is independent scrutiny of how these allegations are investigated and to embed fairness within the process.” 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 fear being victimised if they raise a complaint, regardless of whether that fear is justifiedDeputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Martinlast_img read more

Victim of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson calls for public inquiry ahead of

first_imgA solicitors firm representing more than 60 maimed women said the “God complex” consultant could have been stopped if reviews by managers had been more thorough.Slater and Gordon revealed evidence of “short and succinct” annual appraisals during the time Paterson was carrying out hundreds of needless and negligent operations. Ian Paterson Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has pledged to hold a major inquiry into Paterson’s “profoundly shocking” malpractice if the Government is returned to power.Mr Ingram, 53, now lives in Hexham in Northumberland, but lived in Birmingham when he was operated on by Paterson at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.He said: “Paterson exploited me as a person for his own ends, both as a cash cow being paid to operate needlessly on me, to satisfy twisted logic in his head, and also, he exploited me and invalided me in court. A victim of Ian Paterson, the rogue surgeon who performed “completely unnecessary” operations on men and women, has called for a public inquiry ahead of his sentencing on Wednesday.John Ingram, 53, who needlessly underwent a double mastectomy after being told he was facing cancer, said confidence needed to be restored in the health service.“We need a robust method of peer review of the actions of these surgeons and the private sector needs to put its house in order,” he told the BBC.Paterson, 59, was last month convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding against 10 private patients at Nottingham Crown Court.Following the conclusion of the trial it emerged the NHS has already spent nearly £18 million settling more than 250 civil claims arising from his actions.Lawyers say the total number of Paterson’s victims is likely to exceed 1,000. Frances PerksCredit:Andrew Fox 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.center_img Ian PatersonCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire “He had no reason to cut bits off me. Even after 11 years i’m left with residual pain which radiates into my armpit.  also I  have a very annoying phantom nipple that feels like it’s on fire.”Frances Perks, who endured nine needless operations and 27 biopsies after being given a false diagnosis branded him “a psychopath” while another left mutilated said he had a “God complex”.A teenage girl told how she was left looking as if she had been in a “car crash” after having a mastectomy she did not need.Paterson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Among those attending the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court will be medical negligence lawyers who have fought for those butchered by the disgraced surgeon. Frances Perks Patient safety groups have warned that victims would be denied justice under a new scheme to limit claims against the NHS for botched operations.Writing in the Daily Telegraph earlier this month, a coalition of ten charities said the scheme to cap legal costs payable to lawyers in almost two thirds of medical negligence cases would bar the most vulnerable from compensation.last_img read more

Campaign to save World War II stretchers today serving the capital as

first_imgNow, a campaign has been launched to protect and restore these metal fences, mainly found on estates in South London, that had served so well as stretchers during World War II.Rosie Shaw, founder of the recently formed Stretcher Railing Society, said: “They have a fascinating history that many of us are unaware of. We want to work with councils and conservators to try to preserve these amazing railings which are such an important part of our heritage.“Some are now rusting, others have bits missing, a few have been badly damaged. The goal is to save the ones that can be saved. However, some councils do not know what to do with complex restorations.“Our long term aim is try to get some kind of funding for conservation work. It would be a great shame if they were allowed to fall into disrepair.” Stretcher railing with kinks for resting them on groundCredit:Mark Kerrison / Alamy Live News 'Stretcher fences' on the Rockingham Estate in Southwark.  Made of two steel poles supporting a wire mesh, they could be mass produced with ease. More importantly, they could be cleaned down and disinfected from germs, dirt and blood far easier than the canvas or wooden stretchers that were used during World War I. There were two kinks in the poles meaning they could be rested on the ground but still be picked up quickly and easily.While they were efficient and strong, patients who were carried on them by volunteers from the Civil Defence Service, were known to have complained that they were terribly uncomfortable.Abigail Cornick, curator at the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London, which has one of the stretchers in its collection, said: “The fact they were made from a single material meant they could be made quickly and in high numbers. Because it had a wire mesh, it meant they were very easy to clean, particularly in the event of a gas attack.” Stretcher railing with kinks for resting them on ground More than 600,000 of these stretchers were produced in the months leading up to the start of the war in 1939, ready for the Luftwaffe’s raids on Britain. It is understood the stretchers were mainly manufactured at plants in Hertfordshire and the West Midlands. 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. Stretcher fence on the Rockingham Estate in Southwark, South East LondonCredit:Mark Kerrison / Alamy Live News Stretcher fence on the Rockingham Estate in Southwark, South East London On numerous housing estates throughout London, the rows of black steel and mesh railings guarding red brick mansion blocks appear, at first glance, little more than a quirk of post-war architectural design.However, unbeknown to thousands of passersby each day, those sometimes rusting or buckled fences were in fact the emergency stretchers that helped to save the lives of those injured during the Blitz. ‘Stretcher fences’ on the Rockingham Estate in Southwark. Credit:Alamy The scale of the production hints at the level of the civilian casualties that the government was expecting.After the war, there was a huge stockpile of the stretchers. Because so many railings had been removed before 1939 to help fuel the manufacture of munitions and other weaponry, many city estates had lost their perimeter fencing. And, with the new drive to build council houses, new railings were needed. So, the stretchers were welded vertically together and fixed on poles, often sunken into concrete on a small wall. Today, they can be found at Kennington Park Estate, the Glebe Estate in Camberwell and on estates in Deptford and Dulwich.Their use illustrates how post-war Britain was eager to “upcycle”, or find alternative uses for otherwise obsolete equipment.“What’s very impressive is how theses were upcycled in such an innovative way,’ Shaw adds. “The stretchers were also used in Scotland and cities like Leeds. But, I believe they were only later used as railings on London estates built post-war.”last_img read more

London to Hong Kong in Two Hours 50 metre painting goes up

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. London to Hong Kong in Two Hours It takes the traveller on a dramatic journey from London to Hong Kong, through Jerusalem and Jaffa, past bustling train stations, a Bedouin camp and a band of lawless robbers.Yet this extraordinary, colourful adventure was created long before cinema and television screens began beaming pictures from around the world.Described as a precursor to cinema, the 50-metre painting was created in around 1860 to be viewed as a moving image, the travel programme of its day.It was created by John Lamb and his son, also called John, who were London-based shipping agents and artists who are not thought to have ever travelled to Hong Kong but depict various incidents they will have heard about such as the poisoning at the ESing bakery in Hong Kong.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The rare panorama forms part of Sotheby’s inaugural Art of Travel and Exploration sale which takes place next Thursday. It is the first time it has come up for auction, having remained in the artists’ family and has an estimated sale price of up to £80,000.Experts said it would originally have been mounted onto wooden spools, operated by hand. The panorama would have been accompanied by a humorous narrative, written by the younger Mr Lamb, which survives in its original form and is included in the sale. “Taking in highlights such as Jerusalem, the pyramids, and the Red Sea, and in Sri Lanka banyan trees and a tiger hunt, the panorama is full of details which bring to life both west and east as seen through the eyes of a Victorian traveller.”The epic journey begins at London Bridge Wharf, gliding past sites such as Billingsgate Fish Market, the Tower of London, and London Docks before heading out into the English Channel.At Ostend it enters a bustling train station before heading south to Marseilles by rail. It then crosses the Mediterranean, via Malta and Mount Carmel, arriving at Jaffa in the moonlight. From there the is taken on an overland voyage via Jerusalem to Suez and the Pyramids.The journey continues down the Red Sea and across the Indian Ocean to Ceylon, where elephants are caught up in a tiger hunt. After taking in a furious storm, followed by a rainbow, it ends at an illuminated fountain in Hong Kong.  Richard Lowkes, 19th century European paintings specialist a Sotheby’s, said: “London to Hong Kong in Two Hours is an amazing survival from the golden age of the moving panorama. It was very exciting for us to unroll the panorama in its entirety for the first time, and see the bright vivid colours which are as fresh today as when the work was painted over 150 years ago. London to Hong Kong in Two Hours read more

Lottery winner couple say it will be fun to give away their

Barbara Mladek, who runs a hen rescue shelter around four miles from the couple’s house, said the charity would benefit from £10,000 to repair its drainage system. “[Frances] sounds like an absolutely amazing woman and well-deserving of everything she’s got, [I’m] very pleased for her,” she said. “If we could get some [new drainage] it would really help to keep the animals here in a much better condition.” Dr Beth Breeze, a philanthropy expert at the University of Kent, said the couple will have to choose whether they want to be “a Mother Theresa or a Bill Gates”, deciding whether to help those nearby (like Mother Theresa) or focus on huge, global issues (like Bill Gates).She suggested the couple might find giving away the money more complicated than they expected, advising them to focus on a small number of deserving groups, rather than casting their net too widely. Already, local charities have begun to clamour for a share of the winnings, while locals revealed that everyone was urgently scouring their family trees in the hope they were distantly related to the lucky couple.By contrast, their daughter Katrina, 31, a mother-of-two from Hartlepool, downplayed the astonishing win and insisted she “was not bothered” about having a share of the money. Mr Connolly, 54, a retiree who spent most of his career in plastics manufacturing, added: “I’ve got a wonderful life, a wonderful family and wonderful friends, so this is the icing on the cake. Money doesn’t bring you happiness. We already had this happiness and we were very blessed in life.”So far, the couple has revealed the identity of just one of the 50 lucky recipients: St Francis FC, a community football club in Hartlepool, where they lived for 24 years. It is expected that that their daughter Fiona, 24, will make the cut, along with her twin sister Natalie,who will soon return from a trip to New Zealand to congratulate her parents.The news that up to 50 of the couple’s closest friends could soon become millionaires sparked immediate intrigue in the village, which has a population of under 5,000, with many wondering who is on the secret list.Deli worker David Campbell said the winners had dominated conversation among customers all day: “They were all saying they hope they find out they are related to them, some sort of far out relations. There has been a real buzz about it.” They had just won a staggering £115million in the EuroMillions lottery, making them the fourth biggest lottery winners in UK history.But rather than listing the extravagant cars and holidays they were planning, Patrick and Frances Connolly, a quiet, unassuming couple from Northern Ireland, revealed yesterday that they could not wait to give most of their new-found fortune away to at least 50 mystery recipients.In doing so, rather than leaping from the rafters with joy, the kind, middle aged couple find themselves tearing their hair out, desperately worried about offending those who they are unable to help.At an extraordinary press conference yesterday, Mrs Connolly, 52, revealed she was already agonising over how she will choose between her friends.“I’m going to cry myself to sleep that I can’t help everybody, that will be really tough,” she said, adding that it would be “heartbreaking” to receive letters from members of the public begging for money. “Me personally, and my husband, we’ve not had a lot and we have been really happy anyway,” she said..”We’ve taught the kids that happiness is the most important thing. Money helps with things but money’s not the most important. I’m sure they’ll share their money but I’m not bothered about any personally.”Taking the rare step of going public with their success, a decision taken by just 15 percent of lottery winners, the Connollys, from the village of Moira, Co Down, announced plans to give a lion’s share of the winnings to a list of 50 friends, family members, and charities, some of whom will become millionaires overnight, they said. Most of those on the secret list are still unaware of their good fortune, they added.The £114, 969,775 prize was the fourth biggest in UK history, and the biggest ever in Northern Ireland.The couple, married for 30 years and with three daughters, are planning to share the good news with most of their friends in person. “The pleasure for me will be seeing their faces and asking what they want us to do for them,” said Mrs Connolly, who plans to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology despite the record winnings. The cheque presented to the lucky couple during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their win Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The cheque presented to the lucky couple during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their winCredit:Liam McBurney/PA read more

Children as young as nine are talking about suicide in class teachers

Children as young as nine are talking about suicide in class, a teachers’ survey has revealed as they warn that mental health issues are on the rise.Four in five teachers said they have seen a rise in pupils experiencing mental health problems, according to a poll conducted by the National Education Union (NEU).The survey of over 8,674 teachers and support staff found that 83 per cent saw a rise in the past two years. “Sats pressure and general expectations are taking their toll on more vulnerable pupils,” one teacher commented, adding: “We have nine-year-olds talking about suicide.”Another said she had seen “much more anxiety” and self-harming among pupils, adding that there have been “three suicides in three years in my school alone.”Some of those questioned said student mental health was at a “crisis point”, with others saying it was affecting “younger and younger children”.The staff were also asked whether their workplace had the provision for supporting pupils with mental health issues.Just under half (49 per cent) said they had a school counsellor, but the majority of teachers (59 per cent) said they had learning support assistants. 29 per cent reported having a school nurse, and 12 per cent said they had a mental health first aider.Rosamund McNeil, the NEU’s assistant general secretary, said: “We are hearing from teachers and headteachers that social media is one of the triggers that is leading them to worry about mental health.“Social media is part of the picture and young people being on screens for more of the time. At home children can be on screens quite a great deal, it means people don’t have a break from peer relations and bullying can be a factor.”Ms McNeil said that over the past three to five years, spending time online has become a “significant feature” in children’s lives.Asked what prevents them from fully supporting pupils with mental health issues, the most common reasons cited by teachers were workload and difficulties accessing support such as Educational Psychologists.57 per cent of teachers blamed funding cuts, while 32 per cent said the “narrowing of the curriculum” was also a factor.Research published last month suggests that more than one in 10 boys at primary school are being labelled as suffering from a mental disorder, amid growing concerns about their classroom behaviour.An NHS report, which examines the factors which may increase the risk of mental illness, found young boys were twice as likely as girls the same age to suffer such problems.Experts said that “difficult” behaviour in young children could be a sign of emotional distress that they struggled to talk about. Compulsory health education lessons, due to be introduced next year, will encourage children to limit their time on Facebook, smartphones and games consoles and spend more time outdoors with friends.A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated as such.“Through our new compulsory health education all children will be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when classmates are struggling.” 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