Maybe you’re not into reading and you skipped our comprehensive breakdown of how EA Sports develops Madden ratings for 2,600 NFL players. Maybe you also passed on my story about what it took to get into the game and just how rough it would be for a normal person out on the NFL gridiron (even a virtual gridiron). We still have you covered with this short video produced by Paul DiNatale, Ryan Nantell and Patrick Smith on the whole process, from my grisly tryout to how I fared playing quarterback for the New York Giants.

When Hakeem Olajuwon speaks, people listen. And what he had to say about the Denver Nuggets’ JaVale McGee was significant.“No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston. “That guy should dominate the league.”McGee has been working out with “The Dream,” and the Hall of Famer center known for his dazzling array of inside moves sees a lot in the athletic but unpolished Nugget.“He has tremendous talent,” Olajuwon said. “I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level.”Then he added: “McGee is incredible because he’s not just a seven-footer, he’s skilled. He’s very agile.”And Olajuwon said McGee’s range and mobility give him a skill set to blossom into a special player.“Most of my moves are designed from a shot-blockers perspective,” Olajuwon said. “I am a shot blocker. What are the moves most difficult for a shot blocker? I’m coming from inside out. This move is very difficult for a shot blocker to block.“The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy. With him, he’s agile. The move flows. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year.”Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said on a Denver radio station, “Hakeem told me he was just amazed at JaVale’s physical abilities and his athletic abilities. How long he is, how quick his feet are. I saw him working on keeping his feet away from each other and not tangling; just little things that you take for granted. He worked high on his jump hook and on getting his lift very high when he does that. He told him nobody can stop him, nobody is as big as him if he gets his lift and his hand up. There’s so many things Hakeem is teaching him, and we’re very pleased with his work.” read more

Not that so many people have missed the NHL, but the league and players seem to be finally making some headway in labor negotiations that have claimed the first month of the season.A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has spurred so much hope that there are plans for another meeting in coming days.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.”We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,” Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday morning. ”We plan to meet again early in the week.”Daly and Fehr hadn’t met since Oct. 18 when both sides rejected offers, but a series of phone conversations this week did enough to produce a new round of talks. It is unclear how long they were together on Saturday, but the discussions lasted well into the night.”I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress,” Fehr said Sunday in a statement.There is a sense of urgency now because nearly two months of the season and the prized Winter Classic have already been called off. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and if a deal isn’t reached soon, the NHL could be looking at its second lost campaign since 2004.The lockout reached its 50th day Sunday, but a glimmer of optimism emerged. There have already been 327 games canceled – including the outdoor Winter Classic that was wiped out Friday.A big point of contention between the NHL and the players’ association has been the ”make whole” provision, which will ensure that all existing player contracts will be paid out regardless of any changes made to the split of hockey-related revenues or contract language.The NHL appears ready to cover more of the costs of those deals as opposed to making them part of the players’ share of revenue in future years. In its most recent offer last month, the NHL said it would honor the current contracts in deferred payments, but those would be included in the players’ share of revenues. read more

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins and his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough have both been charged with assault after allegedly punching a woman and her brother  outside a Houston nightclub July 20, according to multiple reports.According to  police reports, 28-year-old Perkins and his brother-in-law Alpough were outside Nox nightclub in Harris County, Texas, when they got into an altercation with the complainant, Mikeeta Cotton, after the vehicle she was driving collided with another car in a fender bender accident.According to court documents, Alpough emerged from one of the vehicles and pushed Cotton. At that point, Cotton’s brother got out of the car “to check on her.” He told police that Perkins, who was a passenger in the other car, punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.Cotton alleges Perkins then punched her in the face with a closed fist and knocked her to the ground.A third person in Cotton’s car claims Alpough elbowed her in the throat — knocking her unconscious. All three victims, whose story has been corroborated by additional witnesses, also say that a group of people then kicked them while they were on the ground.The case was originally dismissed in July, but was re-opened after investigators decided there was enough evidence to charge Perkins and Alpough.Perkins was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on $1,000 bond Thursday morning. read more

The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. read more

2014Oakland3-132 2013Tampa Bay4-12— Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 8Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 8 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 2001Detroit2-1410 SEA73SEA65HOU 38, SEA 41-8.2– Arizona3-43119.9 Miami4-32419.1 Cleveland0-81119.0 SEASONTEAMFINAL RECORDYRS. TO PLAYOFFS NO79NO75CHI 12, NO 20-4.0– WINS 2007St. Louis3-13— NE84NE81LAC 13, NE 21-3.6– Oakland3-52220.6 TB55%CAR52%CAR 17, TB 3+5.1– We’re at the unofficial halfway point of the season, and with the possible exception of the Philadelphia Eagles, no team’s season has been without turbulence. The defense of the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots has been dreadful at times. Eli Manning and the New York Giants had a decent chance of making the playoffs in preseason, but they have proven to be terrible. Even teams that are currently cruising, like the Steelers and Saints, have had to survive rough patches. But one thing has been consistent in this strange season: The San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns have been utterly hopeless.This is nothing new. The Browns and 49ers rank No. 1 and No. 2 for fewest wins since Week 1 of 2015. And while the 49ers received some positive news Tuesday when they acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots for a second-round draft pick, the Browns reportedly failed to notify the NFL about a trade for Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron before the trade deadline. (So at least the Niners are better than the Browns when it comes to filing logistical paperwork.) Regardless, both teams are on course to finish last in their respective divisions for the third straight year.If they keep up their incompetence, the Browns and Niners will be rewarded with the opportunity to select the best college players in next year’s draft. The NFL’s draft system is designed to prevent teams from being too bad for too long, but this duo has defied that system in recent years — and may continue to do so. Source: ESPN The future is bleak for the Browns and 49ersFewest wins projected in the NFL over the next three seasons PIT52PIT57PIT 20, DET 15+2.1– Of the 10 teams that have started a season 0-8 from 2001 to 2014, half of them made the playoffs within the next three seasons. Some of these turnarounds shouldn’t be surprising, especially in the case of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, who lost Peyton Manning to a neck injury prior to the start of the season. They selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft and made the playoffs for the next three years. Likewise, the infamous 0-16 Detroit Lions parlayed their ineptitude in 2008 into Matthew Stafford and made the playoffs within three seasons.But then when you look at the other five teams that started 0-8 — which each averaged 4.7 wins a season for the three years after their 0-8 start — the future suddenly becomes gloomier.To test what the future holds for these two, we ran a regression to try to predict the total number of wins of all 30 teams over the next three seasons, based on statistics from the current season. We used some standard metrics: offensive and defensive expected points added and a concoction of each player’s age and number of snaps played. What our model spat out was interesting but not shocking: Cleveland and San Fran are projected to be two of the worst teams for the next three years. Perhaps the addition of Garoppolo will help the Niners outpace our projections slightly, and perhaps the Browns will finally develop that franchise quarterback, be it possible draft picks like Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold or Mason Rudolph or even current rookie starter DeShone Kizer. (Just kidding, it’s not DeShone Kizer.) But for both teams, our projections see no clear light at the end of the tunnel. 2011Indianapolis2-141 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersHalloween weekend gave some real frights to the readers in our NFL prediction game, in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm. The biggest came in the Buffalo Bills’ 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, where the readers were more hopeful that Derek Carr and company had turned a corner. Buffalo held serve at home and registered a net 12.8-point loss for our readers. The Miami Dolphins had their biggest nightmare of the season on Thursday, when their league-worst offense was shut out for the second time this season, this time against the Baltimore Ravens. That loss wasn’t pretty for the readers, either — they netted a 4.4-point loss.Week 8 wasn’t all gloom and doom for the readers, though. They enjoyed a 5.1-point net win in the Carolina Panthers’ 17-3 victory on the road over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And Dallas also came to the readers’ rescue, handing them 3.4 net points with its 33-19 win over Washington. Thanks for playing this week — be sure you make your Week 9 picks nice and early. 2010Buffalo4-12— The playoffs may never come after a bad startYears until teams made it to playoffs after starting season with 0-8 record, 2001-14 Indianapolis2-62716.0 TEAM2017 RECORDPAST THREE SEASONSNEXT THREE SEASONS N.Y. Giants1-62320.4 2007Miami1-151 N.Y. Jets3-51920.1 2013Jacksonville4-12— 2008Cincinnati4-11-11 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS BAL53BAL51MIA 0, BAL 40-4.4– WSH52DAL54DAL 33, WSH 19+3.4– 2008Detroit0-163 ATL60ATL64ATL 25, NYJ 20+0.7– CIN70CIN71IND 23, CIN 24-1.2– MIN84MIN86MIN 33, CLE 16-1.2– Chicago3-51421.8 BUF66BUF53OAK 14, BUF 34-12.8– San Francisco0-81516.1 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group KC78KC76DEN 19, KC 29-3.6– Detroit3-42721.9 PHI90PHI90SF 10, PHI 33-1.4– The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. read more

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The No. 5 Ohio State football team had arguably its loudest statement of the season last week in Columbus versus then-No.10 Nebraska. On Saturday against Maryland, OSU followed up the 62-3 beatdown over the Huskers with another 62-3 demolition of the Terrapins at Capital One Field.In the age of the College Football Playoff, impressive wins in ranked matchups carry a lot of weight, but dominating an inferior opponent is just as important in the eyes of the committee. OSU now enters the final two weeks of the season where every opportunity must be seized by the Buckeyes.“Championships are won and lost in November and you start seeing teams take a step away from the pack,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “We’re hitting at the right moment. We’re peaking at the right moment.”The offensive firepower started early in the first half with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and junior H-back Curtis Samuel at the centerfold. On the second play of the game, Barrett threw a pick to Maryland cornerback J.C. Jackson, but it was ultimately called back on a defensive pass interference penalty. Seven plays later, Samuel took a handoff from Barrett and ran two yards, untouched into the end zone.On the next drive, Barrett led a flawless series that ended in his first touchdown of the day — a four-yard touchdown run. He commanded a four-play drive, racking up 56 yards in just 1:15. Against Nebraska, the OSU offense drove downfield at a stunning rate. The Buckeyes only had one drive that took longer than five minutes. The Terrapins provided even less resistance to the OSU offense, with not one touchdown drive being longer than 4:12. By the end of the first half, Barrett had four total touchdowns and 192 passing yards on 13 of 17 passing, and Samuel accounted for 122 total yards with one touchdown, including four plays of double-digit yardage.“Like I’ve been saying for weeks, we’ve been calling the right plays, but it’s just about execution,” Samuel said. “We felt that we weren’t executing at the highest level possible. Now, we’re just executing. That’s why everything looks smooth out there.”Smooth is an understatement. When combining the second half against Nebraska with the first half of the Maryland game, OSU has scored 76 points, which is more than the Wisconsin, Penn State and Northwestern games combined.One major factor for the OSU offensive chemistry is the use of Samuel. OSU coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinators Ed Warinner and Tim Beck have been ridiculed in the past for the lack of touches for the dynamic playmaker. The last three weeks, Samuel has had 16 carries and 20 receptions for 389 total yards and six touchdowns. Currently, Samuel is the only player in college football with over 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards. Meyer had one word to describe the play of his H-back.“Ridiculous,” he said. “The thing that’s so good about Curtis, his football smarts is unbelievable. You think about the things he does and now he’s back to return punts as well. Get him rested cause we got a big one next week.”The Buckeyes have two games left on its regular season schedule: Michigan State and Michigan. With No. 2 Clemson’s loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, OSU is in the picture of the College Football Playoff. And not only is the offense dominant rolling into East Lansing, Michigan, next week, the defense has been stout.The Scarlet and Gray surrendered just 176 yards to Maryland, compared to 581 by Barrett and the offense. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore had his fourth pick of the season, and the team’s 15th. He said that each and every game, the defensive backs try to flip the momentum.“Before the season, they didn’t even know who we were because of the great players we had like Tyvis (Powell), Vonn (Bell) and Eli (Apple),” Lattimore said. “We were just trying to show everyone there was no dropoff in the defensive backfield.”Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard, who has been a vocal and exemplary leader on defense, said that the mentality for the defense in the second half of the season has changed to finishing each play.“When we have a team on the ropes, we kinda always say we want to step on their throats and not let up because we gotta send a message, and that’s what we’re doing right now,” Hubbard said. “And I like it.” read more

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter opening the new year with a split series last week against No. 4 Penn State, and cracking the top 10 in the rankings, the 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (10-4-4) is set for two nonconference meetings against Arizona State (6-13-0) on Friday and Saturday.The Sun Devils’ hockey program is in just its second year of existence, but has performed well against good opponents. With the Sun Devils facing another top-10 opponents this weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that win or lose for Arizona State, the Sun Devils impact may be bigger off the ice.“I think it’s really important what they’re doing. They’re the face of expansion,” Rohlik said. “It could be the door out West, and I think all of us in college hockey are hoping for their success because we love to see this game grow.”The Sun Devils are fresh off three straight losses to ranked opponents, including being swept by No. 1 Denver last weekend. Coach Greg Powers’ squad is allowing an average of four goals per game this season, and has been outscored by its opponents 84-47 in 19 games.Despite that, Rohlik said ASU is a quality opponent, and he anticipates two tough games.“I know they work extremely hard, are well-coached. They just started Division I, but they’ve played some awfully good teams pretty darn well,” he said. “They’ve won some games, and I’m impressed with what they’re doing on tape.” Freshman forward Tanner Laczynski returns to the Buckeyes following his appearance with the United States hockey junior team for the World Junior Championships in Canada, where the Stars and Stripes defeated the hosts in the gold medal match in a shootout, 5-4.Headed into the matchup with the Sun Devils, Laczynski said being a newcomer makes them an unfamiliar opponent, but added that he expects them to come ready to work.“They’re going to try to get in the Big Ten in the next couple years, so this is a big game for them,” he said. “They’re going to be ready to play, and we can’t take them lightly. So we’ve got to be ready, just like every game, and play a full 60 minutes both games.”Puck drop at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. read more

The 30th annual Lady Buckeye Invitational will be held Saturday and Sunday on the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State Golf Club.Ohio State, the defending champion, will host 11 other teams from the Midwest region, including multiple teams from the Big Ten Conference.“It’s exciting to play on our home course and with the Big Ten Tournament next weekend, this will be a good warm-up,” said In Hong Lim, a junior at OSU and the individual champion in last year’s tournament.The Lady Buckeye Invitational is the last regular season tournament for OSU before the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA regional and championship tournaments.“This is the best tournament of the year in my opinion,” said Emma Jandel, the only senior on the team. “It’s nice that we don’t have to travel, and I’m excited to play at home for the last time.”Even though Lim is the defending individual champ, she said, “I don’t really think about the individual scores. I try to play for the team.”Lim and Jandel agree that Michigan State will be the team’s biggest competition. They have met multiple times this year at other tournaments and scores have been close.“Michigan State is ranked just above us right now, so it will be exciting to play them,” Lim said.Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.The Buckeyes are looking to add another victory to the 12 championships they have won in the past at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. read more

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws a pass during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team is looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games, but the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) aren’t expecting that win to come easily against division rival Penn State (4-2, 1-1) Saturday.“This is going to be a street fight for us,” OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media after practice Wednesday. “A team that has momentum, a team that had a bye week, a (team) that’s rested and well-coached. They’re legitimate — this is Penn State.”While the Buckeyes had to make a second-half comeback to secure a 34-24 win against Iowa in Columbus last Saturday, Penn State had a week off after a 43-40, quadruple overtime victory against Michigan Oct. 12.OSU defeated the Nittany Lions 35-23 at Beaver Stadium last season, but junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the Buckeyes are “always going to get the best” out of their Leaders Division adversary.“They always going to give us their best shot and we going to give them our best shot, and it’s just always a fight out there,” Shazier said.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the Buckeyes make every game a big game, and playing Penn State in a nationally televised 8 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium should be no different.“Everyone wants to take down the guys that (are) undefeated,” Miller said. “It’s going to be electrifying, so it’s going to be fun.”OSU is ranked No. 4 in the initial BCS standings, which were released Sunday.Shazier said Wednesday that the Buckeyes are not focused on their win streak or getting to a national championship, but on playing Penn State.“At the end of the day, the next play and the next game is all that matters,” Shazier said. “We really don’t worry about all that stuff because we just, we just trying to win and we know if we take care of our job, everything else will take care of itself.”Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, however, said the Buckeyes need to start winning games more convincingly in order to move up the BCS standings.“It’s got to be more than just beating teams, we got to start doing it like we should,” Brown said.After winning by at least 18 points in each of their four non-conference games, the Buckeyes have won by 10 points or less in the last three games against Big Ten opponents.Alabama, Florida State and Oregon, all of whom are also undefeated this season, are the three teams ranked ahead of OSU in the BCS standings. read more

first_imgIt might be painful to go through 100 marathons, but it is not as painful as cancer treatmentRyan Holmes An endurance runner inspired by his friend’s battle with blood cancer has become the youngest ever person to complete 100 marathons.Ryan Holmes, aged 21 years and 172 days, broke the previous record set in 2010 by Adam Holland, who was 23 years and 220 days old when he finished his hundredth race.The runner, from Whitstable, Kent, has raised thousands of pounds for charity Bloodwise over the course of his races, which add up to more than 2,600 miles – approximately equivalent to the distance between London and Newfoundland, Canada. Mr Holmes, who works as a control systems engineer on the London Underground, completed his hundredth marathon on New Year’s Eve at Betteshanger Park in Deal, Kent, with a time of four-and-a-half hours.He completed the milestone over the course of just over two-and-a-half years, often running two marathons every week and several 100-mile ultra marathons.He said: “It’s pretty amazing, to be honest. I cannot believe I have actually done it.”Mr Holmes’s various challenges have allowed him to raise more than £2,000 for Bloodwise in honour of family friend Paul Denton, 48, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. Engineer Ryan Holmes during one his runs Credit:Tony Flashman/Solent Engineer Ryan Holmes during one his runs  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 disease sees cancerous cells divide and expand within the bone marrow, which damages the body’s ability to produce healthy blood cells.There is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, although there are treatments that can minimise the symptoms.Mr Holmes said: “Paul is very proud of me. He is definitely a big part of my inspiration. It might be painful to go through 100 marathons, but it is not as painful as cancer treatment.”It was quite emotional today at the finish line. It felt good that I know I have made a little bit of a difference.”He said that he plans to take on more ultra marathons in 2017 and has his personal best marathon time of three hours and 33 minutes in his sights.last_img read more

first_imgHe had a great timeCredit:Crufts/YouTube Oops! He fell overCredit:Crufts/YouTube This little pooch was never going to win Best in Show, but it won a lot of hearts over the weekend at Crufts with his adorably terrible show run.The Jack Russell got over excited during the agility competition and ran around the wrong way.  The sight was so funny that even the commentator couldn’t stop himself laughing.”That’s one of the best shots i’ve seen in a long time”, he said. Oops! He fell overcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He had a great time Bouncing along, it fell over and had to do a roll to protect itself.However, this didn’t deter the dog from zooming around the ring.last_img read more

first_imgSasha Martinengo wrote: “Hi all. Got a msg from @RichardHammond. He is fine. He has a broken leg and needs knee surgery. He might fly home for the procedure”.A statement issued by the programme on Saturday afternoon said Mr Hammond was “conscious and talking” following the crash, and had climbed out of the car himself before it burst into flames.  car that was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury Hammond losing control on this hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The charred remains of Hammond’s car Credit:Freuds car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury Richard Hammond has apologised to his wife after crashing a supercar while filming The Grand Tour in Switzerland.The presenter injured his knee after the car veered off the road and down a grass verge while filming The Grand Tour in Switzerland. The host was taking part in a hill climb race on Saturday when the vehicle,  a £2 million electric supercar, spun off the road, crashing down a hill. The former BBC presenter published a video on from his hospital bed, where his leg is propped up and supported by a brace.  Hammond was filming for The Grand Tour when the crash happenedCredit: Freuds  the car that was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland “Nobody else was in the car or involved in the incident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on site for their quick response.”The 47-year-old presenter was in a coma for two weeks and suffered serious head injuries after a jet-powered car he was driving for Top Gear crashed in 2006. The statement said he was “flown by air ambulance to hospital in St Gallen to be checked over revealing a fracture in his knee.  He was also injured in a motorbike crash while filming in Mozambique earlier this year. The second series of the Amazon Prime show was due to be broadcast in October this year. Fans speculated online that the crash might mean this could be delayed.  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. In the video, entitled “I’m not dead”, he thanks medical staff for treating him and apologises to his wife Mindy and daughters Izzy and Willow. He adds that he should be having an operation on the leg later this afternoon giving him a “Swiss army knee”. A tweet sent by a friend on Sunday morning confirmed that he had suffered a broken leg and needs surgery.last_img read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When the Duke replied that that the constitution ruled him out of regaining the throne after his abdication, the agent “remarked that the course of the war may produce changes even in the British constitution”.The agent reported that at that point “the duchess in particular became very thoughtful”.The German plotting amounted to nothing however and the telegrams detail increasingly desperate and unsuccessful German attempts to engineer the Duke staying in Europe.An August 12, 1953 memo from Mr Churchill to cabinet colleagues and marked Top Secret says he proposed “that publication be postponed for at least ten or twenty years”. Mr Churchill went on: “I feel sure your sense of justice and chivalry will make you wish to prevent the United States, by an official publication, from inflicting distress and injury upon one who has so long enjoyed their kindness and hospitality.“I hope you will join with me and the French Government, who I am also approaching, in refusing to allow the official publication of the telegrams or their revelation to anybody outside the secret circles.”Gen Eisenhower, replying on July 2 from the White House, said the documents had been examined in 1945 with the conclusion “there was no possible value to them, that they were obviously concocted with some idea of promoting German propaganda and weakening Western resistance, and that they were totally unfair to the Duke”.However Gen Eisenhower admitted he was not sure what he could do.Sir Winston conceded to the cabinet that postponing publication would cause anger in academic circles. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor The Duke of WindsorCredit:PA The telegrams between von Ribbentrop and his emissaries apparently outlined how they might discreetly sound out the Duke on his cooperation with Nazi Germany.In the summer of 1940, following the fall of France, the Duke and Duchess had taken refuge in Lisbon, the capital of neutral Portugal.The Germans plotted to detain him in Spain, by force if necessary, to prevent British officials taking him to safety in the Caribbean to take up his new appointment as Governor of the Bahamas.A July 11 telegram from Von Ribbentrop to Lisbon explains that “the Duke must be informed at the appropriate time in Spain that Germany on her side wishes for peace with the British people, that the Churchill clique is standing in the way of this, and that it would be a good thing if the Duke were to hold himself in readiness for further developments.“Germany is determined to compel England to make peace by the use of all methods and would be prepared in such an event to pave the way to the granting of any wish expressed by the Duke, in particular with respect to the ascension of the English throne by the Duke and Duchess.” The Duke of Windsor Sir Winston Churchill tried to suppress secret Second World War documents detailing a Nazi plot to offer the throne to the Duke of Windsor in the event of Britain’s defeat, newly released secret files disclose.The Prime Minister personally urged the French and US leaders to block publication of the captured German telegrams after the war, fearing they would “give pain to the Duke”.While he dismissed the documents as “German intrigues”, he feared they might cast doubt on the Duke’s loyalty.Details of Sir Winston’s fears are disclosed on Thursday with the publication of previously top secret files at the National Archives in Kew.The telegrams between Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi Germany’s foreign minister, and his ambassadors in Madrid and Lisbon over the summer of 1940 had been captured in Germany at the close of the war and kept secret.However Churchill learned in 1953 that they were due to be published by official historians the following year as part of an official academic programme by the victorious Allies to release key Nazi documents.center_img The Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillCredit: Central Press The Duke and Duchess of WindsorCredit:Rex Features The Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill He wanted the delay “on the grounds that these papers, tendentious and unreliable as they should undoubtedly be regarded, would give pain to the Duke of Windsor and leave an impression on the minds of those who read them entirely disproportionate to their historic value.”A June 27 note from Mr Churchill to the US President called the notes “a Nazi-German intrigue to entangle and compromise a Royal Prince who had been driven out of France and had taken refuge in Portugal.“If they were to be to be included in an official publication they might leave the impression that the Duke was in close touch with German Agents and was listening to suggestions that were disloyal.” He wrote to Gen Dwight Eisenhower urging him to halt publication. Mr Churchill was ultimately unsuccessful and the telegrams were released a few years later, but the papers released on Thursday disclose his efforts to block their release. A July 25 telegram from Germany’s Madrid ambassador reports that an unnamed agent of the Spanish Minister of Interior told the Duke not to head to the Bahamas and that the Duke “might yet be destined to play large part in British politics and possibly ascend the British throne”.last_img read more

first_imgCredit:SWNS  Emergency services were called at 8.25am on Monday morning to the North Devon Link Road, near Lankey Junction, which was shut for most of the day.Inspector Richard McLellan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the father was in a different car on the same road. A stepfather watched in his rear view mirror as his wife and her two children died in a crash with an M&S lorry while they were on holiday in Devon.One child and the woman died at the scene and the other child was taken from the scene by air ambulance, but later died in hospital.The woman’s husband is understood to have seen the crash happen from a vehicle in front. The family are believed to be from the Milton Keynes area.  Crash scene Road closed after crashcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The road was closed for most of the dayCredit:Apex  He told the BBC: “It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.”Unfortunately the family were travelling in two separate cars but travelling together along this road, so dad was there at the scene as well.”A spokesperson for M&S said: “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individuals involved.”last_img read more

first_imgA beach hut owner enjoys the sunny weather in Brighton A beach hut owner enjoys the sunny weather in BrightonCredit:Simon Dack /Alamy The sun rises over Colwick Park, Nottingham on Bank Holiday Monday Credit:Neil Squires/PA Bank Holiday Monday was the hottest on record in late August, the Met Office has confirmed. Temperatures hit 28.2C (82.8F) in Holbeach, southern Lincolnshire, surpassing the previous record of 27.2C (81F) in East Bergholt, Suffolk, in 1984.The hot weather is down to a “ridge of high pressure” bringing still conditions and sweltering sunshine.In 1965, the August Bank Holiday was moved from the first Monday of the month to the last. New info revises Aug Bank Hol record to 27.2C in 1984. Today officially hottest Aug Bank Hol on record with 28.2C at Holbeach Lincolnshire☀️— Met Office (@metoffice) August 28, 2017 The sun rises over Colwick Park, Nottingham There was some confusion over the record because of a “suspect” reading in Cambridgeshire in 1990 – where a temperature of 28.3C (82.9F) was noted. But that number did not tally with other readings from the area, invalidating the result. On yesterday’s record, one forecaster at the Met Office told the Daily Telegraph: “If you like the heat, it’s been the perfect Bank Holiday Monday. After a disappointing start to the summer, it has made up for itself.” Delays were reported on motorways and main roads across the country as millions ventured out.  According to the RAC, more than 18 million separate getaways by road were expected to take place over the weekend. On Tuesday, temperatures should stay around the mid-20s. But moving into Wednesday a front from the North West will bring a fresher feel to things.The cooling wave will bring temperatures down to the mid-teens as the front makes its way south-east – but showers are expected to be sparse. Elsewhere on Monday, those who had travelled around the country for the Bank Holiday faced long queues and delays as they battled to get home.  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

The schemes began in London but have since spread across the country 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 scheme was first funded in the capital by Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police as part of an effort to slash the number of road deaths and injuries.Between 2015 and 2017, 1,381 children were injured in traffic collisions while travelling to school in London.Nineteen boroughs have now either trialled the scheme or are setting up their first sessions. Heidi Alexander, London’s deputy mayor for transport, said the initiative – also known as “Junior Roadwatch” – will help “raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, making our streets more welcoming places to spend time”.Tony Mannakee, from the Metropolitan Police, said he hoped the roadside shaming would make motorists “consider the implications of excessive speeds and encourage safer driving behaviour”.  In most cases, drivers have opted to endure a roadside ticking off by a pupil, who asks questions such as “why do you think the speed limit is 20mph on this road?” and “are you aware of the consequences of speeding”. Children from Morley Victoria Primary School in Leeds took a different approach when they worked with officers to use a speed gun – with speeding drivers being sent a ticket drawn by the pupils which reminded them to obey the law.  Children are being used by police to shame speeding drivers who have been pulled over – by asking them why they were travelling so fast.So-called “mini police” schemes send primary school pupils to monitor traffic with roadside policing units, arming them with speed guns to detect reckless motorists.Any driver stopped for speeding is given the option of accepting the traditional penalties or facing censure from children as young as eight, who remind them speeding can kill.It is thought the initiative – jointly run by the police and local authorities – is an effective means of deterring drivers from straying over the speed limit. More serious cases of speeding will not form part of the scheme and are still to be punished in the usual manner.Trials of the child-led crackdown began in London but have since spread to Hertfordshire, West Yorkshire and Northumbria. The schemes began in London but have since spread across the countryCredit:Transport for London read more

Operation Stovewood has been looking into abuse in Rotherham The intimidation only stopped when he was remanded into custody in March this year.But while he was awaiting his trial, Khaliq contacted two NCA investigators telling one he knew where they lived and warning the other he was close to finding out his address.He also told them he hoped they died of cancer or AIDS. NCA senior investigating officer Phillip Marshall said: “Through his vindictive campaign of social media trolling Khaliq only compounded the suffering his victims had already gone through.“They showed extreme bravery in coming forward and continuing to give evidence despite this, and I once again pay tribute to them.“Our investigation has been victim focused throughout, and this conviction demonstrates that we will not tolerate attempts to intimidate victims or our officers who work with them.”Kate Hurst, of the CPS, said: “Engaging in acts of any kind which are intended to ‎intimidate victims and witnesses in a criminal trial is an offence which strikes at the heart of the criminal justice system.”The CPS will always treat any such activity with the utmost seriousness and in this case it has led to further charges and an additional sentence for Waseem Khaliq.” Investigators from the National Crime Agency contacted Facebook and had the account closed down, but Khaliq continued to post comments on other accounts. A paedophile, who was jailed for ten years for abusing young girls in Rotherham, has had another 45 months added to his sentence after admitting trolling one of his victims.Waseem Khaliq, 35, set up a fake Facebook account and used it in an attempt to intimidate the girl and undermine her evidence.He also made a threatening phone call from prison, telling officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who were investigating him that he knew where they lived.Khaliq was convicted of child abduction and indecent assault at Sheffield Crown Court last month as part of the long running Operation Stovewood investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.But after he was charged, Khaliq set up a fake Facebook account using the name, Andros Simpson, and used it to troll one of his victims.Claiming to be an investigative journalist, who was looking into what happened in Rotherham, he claimed the victim was lying and said she was only giving evidence because she had been offered cash and a new house.He also used the account to contact a number of associates of the victim in an attempt to intimidate her and prevent her from giving evidence. Operation Stovewood has been looking into abuse in Rotherham 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

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S. approves flights to Cuba by six American carriersJune 11, 2016In “latest news”Electronic devices banned on some US flightsMarch 21, 2017In “World”New passenger security checks on US-bound flightsOctober 25, 2017In “latest news” An Emirates Airlines ticket desk stands empty at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson(Reuters) Emirates [EMIRA.UL], the largest international airline by passenger traffic, said on Wednesday it was cutting flights on five U.S. routes after restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration on some air travel had weakened demand.Since taking office, Trump has twice signed executive orders banning refugees and citizens from some Muslim-majority countries from visiting the United States. Although both moves were blocked by U.S. judges, some travelers have been deterred.The U.S. administration also introduced new security measures in March banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from being taking into aircraft cabins on direct flights to the United States from several Middle East locations.“The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S.,” an Emirates spokeswoman said.Detailing changes to flight schedules, she said: “This is a commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to the U.S.”Direct flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando would drop to five a week in May from daily flights, while Seattle and Boston flights would be reduced to a daily service in June from two flights a day, the statement said.Twice daily Los Angeles flights would also be reduced in July to one a day, it added.(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Edmund Blair) read more