Gabby Douglas Clinches Spot on US Womens Gymnastics Team

Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas will have the honor of representing the U.S. Gymnastics team in the 2012 London Games thanks to her victory yesterday at the 2012 Olympic trials in San Jose, where she defeated favored Jordyn Wieber.The victory was a bit of redemption for Douglas, who lost to Wieber at the 2012 Visa National Championship. Wieber held a 0.3 lead over Douglas after the first day of the trials, but Douglas shook off some large balance checks during her beam routine to defeat Wieber by one-tenth of a point.“I just give all the glory to God. He’s just blessed me so much,” Douglas told reporters. “I’m so excited and honored to do my duties in London for Team USA.”Wieber shouldn’t feel too bad, as she is a shoe-in to make the four-woman roster as a coach’s selection. After the automatic selection, coaches pick the final three women, which often creates controversy when somebody is left off the team who was expected to be chosen. read more

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Suns Michael Beasley Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Photo by www.nba.si.comLast year, forward Michael Beasley said this in his introductory press conference with the Phoenix Suns: “I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy, so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”Well, apparently, it is back.Beasley was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop because in his possession were three cigarettes believed to contain marijuana. His Mercedes-Benz smelled of weed, according to police Officer David Pubins of Scottsdale, Ariz.Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.This incident could result in suspension by the NBA. Beasley already has a drug history. In June 2011, he was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, where he played before signing with Phoenix.He also has acknowledged that while playing for Miami, he twice violated the NBA’s drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.To say his NBA career has been a disappointment is an understatement. Blessed with immense talent, Beasley, from the Washington, D.C. area, has not come close to fulfilling his potential. He has been inconsistent and seemingly disinterested. Worse, he has not shown much improvement–on or offer the court–in his five years as a pro.According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin after results of lab tests are available. read more

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Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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UConn Was Going To Win That Game

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Allison McCann Move over John Wooden, you’re no longer the only college basketball coach with 10 national championships. Connecticut just won its tenth national title, completing a perfect record of 10 NCAA championship appearances and 10 wins.When the tournament started, our March Madness predictions model gave UConn a 74 percent chance of winning the title. That figure went as high as 86 percent before the national championship game against Notre Dame Tuesday night, which the Huskies won 63 to 53.We were initially shocked by UConn’s projected success, enough to make us go back and adjust our model, which gave St. Francis College a mere 1 in 2.5 million chance of beating the Huskies in the first round. But as the tournament progressed, we continued to watch closely and research UConn’s stats, and came to understand just how dominant this team really was.Emergency Hot Takedown Podcast: UConn’s Dominance and Auriemma vs. Wooden In the average regular-season UConn game, the Huskies were winning by 25 points at halftime, and they were ahead at the half by an average of 18 points in the tournament. Tuesday’s championship game was a little different: UConn was held to an 8-point lead at the half, thanks to Notre Dame’s strong offensive and defensive rebounding, 10 and 14, compared to UConn’s 8 and 11.But even Notre Dame’s strongest showing was no match for the best offense in the country — Moriah Jefferson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 apiece Tuesday. Nor could the Irish get through the best defense in the country, led by forward and now three-time Most Outstanding Player award-winner Breanna Stewart, who had 15 rebounds in the game.Perhaps more importantly, we knew going into Tuesday’s game that UConn was twice as good as Notre Dame. Their matchup was still the best rivalry in women’s college basketball — but it’s hard to call it much of a rivalry when the Irish’s chances of upsetting UConn were 14 percent.Here’s a look back at our model’s predictions for the Huskies, which never fell below 74 percent at any point in the tournament:Round of 64: 74 percent chance to win the championship.Round of 32: 76 percent.Sweet 16: 77 percent.Elite Eight: 82 percent.Final Four: 79 percent.Finals: 86 percent.Tuesday night, 10:30 p.m.: 100 percent. read more

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American Pharoahs A Superhorse But Hes No Secretariat

After American Pharoah (sic) won this year’s Preakness Stakes, I warned you all to be skeptical of him in the Belmont Stakes.Oops.In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful, not this horse in particular — and I (mostly) stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse.Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history (at least among American 3-year-olds). Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn’t really approach Secretariat’s. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That’s about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ¼ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:1I converted the difference between each horse’s finishing time to lengths using the typical rate of five lengths per second. Still, this is amazing company, and American Pharoah’s triumph is only the fourth Triple Crown since 1948.All that said, American Pharoah’s win didn’t clear up whether a horse that wins at 9.5 and 10 furlongs (the distances of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, respectively) is likely to be able to win at 12 furlongs. The types of horses that win the Belmont may be more naturally calibrated to the longer distance.There’s some evidence of specialization in the race’s winning times. Since the Belmont Stakes moved to 12 furlongs for good in 1926, American Pharoah’s time is only seventh-best, with four of the six better times coming during the most recent drought:The most interesting thing about this chart is what we do not see: There hasn’t been a recent bunch of Belmont superhorses. In fact, Belmont times have been on the rise for the past 20-plus years, and their five-year average in 2014 (pre-American Pharoah) was the highest it has been since the 1930s.While this makes a win by American Pharoah a little less spectacular than if he had to fend off a troupe of ever-improving distance-running specialists, it makes his time – the best by any horse in over a decade (since Point Given in 2001) – even more impressive, relative to the recent trend.CLARIFICATION (June 7, 3:37 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a chart that suggested it showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishes. It showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishers since the Belmont race was lengthened to 12 furlongs in 1926. read more

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Wait … Is LeBron James Actually Going To Miss The Playoffs

2018 Season2019 Season It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4 PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Depth Chart Week 2 versus Tulsa

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes welcome the Tulsa Hurricanes out of the American Athletic Conference to Columbus in the first meeting between the two teams in program history.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle underwent season-ending surgery on his patellar tendon in his right knee on Sunday, so the Buckeyes must replace one starter from the season opener. A total of 18 redshirt freshmen or true freshmen are listed on the two-deep depth chart.Week Two offense versus Tulsa Rs. So. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr. Jr.Sr. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR48 Joe Burger47 Justin HilliardJr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. Jr. Rs. Sr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr. So. Rs. Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So. Rs. Jr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. Rs. Sr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr. Rs. Jr.Fr. So. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So. LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr. Rs. So.Fr. Week Two defense versus Tulsa RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. Jr.Fr. Week Two special teams versus Tulsa LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr. Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. read more

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Sullinger To be spit on is just nasty

After the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-67 loss in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, freshman forward Jared Sullinger accused Wisconsin fans of spitting on him. Via his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Jared wrote that Badgers fans spat on him before and after the game. “To be spit on is just nasty. On top of that in my Face,” he wrote. “I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Jared did not reference the incidents during postgame interviews, but he did tweet that one of the incidents occurred after Badgers fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory. Justin Doherty, University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director for external relations, told Madison.com that the incidents are under investigation. “We were made aware of it (Saturday) night,” he said, according to the site. “That’s about where it is right now.” Jared’s brother J.J. told The Lantern that the spitting incident was “uncalled for.” “That’s the biggest sign of disrespect you can have,” he said. “To spit on someone just because they’re wearing a different jersey than you, I don’t understand how that could be something that you would even do.” J.J., who played basketball for the Buckeyes from 2003–06, said no fan has ever spit on him. “There’s always going to be that knucklehead that takes it too far,” he said. “I’m sorry it happened to my brother and I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Wisconsin fans also chanted vulgarities, directed at senior guard Jon Diebler, when he was at the free-throw line. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg declined to comment on the alleged spitting incident. “We are preparing for the (Michigan State) game Tuesday,” he said. Jared could not be reached for comment. Wisconsin officials declined The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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Ohio State studentathletes receive help transitioning to college classes

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team celebrate a goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe transition from being a high school athlete to a career in college could be difficult, but the utilization of resources in college could help balance academics and athletics.A senior defender for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joe Meurer — who is set to graduate in May — said the time and effort he has put in with lacrosse compared to high school has increased drastically.“In high school you’re probably committing, you know, eight hours a week to lacrosse, here you’re committing double,” Meurer said.Some OSU athletes said with practice taking up a large amount of student-athletes’ time, getting support with classwork becomes essential.“I think high school is not nearly as demanding as college is, and you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as you do as a college student-athlete,” redshirt-junior goalkeeper for the OSU men’s soccer team Alex Ivanov said.OSU’s Student-Athlete Support Service Office seeks to aid student-athletes academically. The program supports about 1,000 student-athletes a year, associate director and athletic academic counselor for SASSO Vicki Melnick said in an email. Melnick said the program’s funding comes from the Office of Undergraduate Education, which amounts to about $2.6 million in the current fiscal year.Melnick said that the programs goal is to help students to stay the course.“Our office focuses primarily on academic support, and then also what we call student development support, primarily in the areas of career developments and some personal development along with leadership development,” Melnick said.Athletes are required to attend study table sessions in the Younkin Success Center located at 1640 Neil Avenue, for a time to study and do schoolwork. Requirement hours for study table vary depending on the sport. The head coaches with the assistance from academic counselors decide on the amount of weekly hours needed for study table for that particular athlete. Melnick said in an interview with The Lantern that only freshman are required to have study tables and that the average time spent on the table is six to eight hours a week.“Typically, it’s predominantly first-year students. One of the main purposes of it is to help them transition into college,” Melnick said. “To see the value of making sure they spend the minimum amount of time each week studying.”Ivanov became the first Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program this past season. Even as a fourth-year, he utilizes tutor facilities offered by SASSO to help maintain his grades as an electrical and computer engineering major.“I used to do the study table hours then the other years it’s all been on my own, just trying to meet people in class and stuff, like a normal student would, and if I ever did need a tutor for like a special math class or something, I could go to Younkin or SASSO to set something up for me,” Ivanov said.SASSO not only support student-athletes in the transition into college, but also prepares them for what comes after.“We have two classes that we teach that are designed for student-athletes. One is helping student-athletes transitioning into college, so it covers a variety of topics like nutrition, time management, a little bit of money management, study skills, introduces them to various help services around campus and athletic departments outside our office,” Melnick said. “The other course is designed for upperclassmen and it’s a ‘transition out of college’ class.”Some student-athletes at OSU are grateful for the support given to them.“It’s been really beneficial. Since day one I’ve been here and I’ve definitely utilized it to my full potential,” Meurer said. read more

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Football Nick Bosa honored as Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) attempts to sack Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s vaunted defensive line adds its fourth piece of hardware in as many years. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. This comes one year after his teammate, redshirt senior defensive Tyquan Lewis, was named the winner of the honor.This is the fourth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the award, and third time it has gone to a Bosa. Nick’s brother, Joey Bosa, received the honor in both 2014 and 2015.Nick has 28 tackles this season, 16 solo and 12 assisted, for an average of 2.33 tackles per game. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks on the year. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman has broken up two passes and forced a fumble. read more

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Football Nick Bosa following in footsteps of older brother

Ohio State junior defensive lineman Nick Bosa answers questions from the media at Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 28, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNick Bosa faced high expectations before even touching the field at Ohio State.A five-star prospect ranked No. 8 nationally in the class according to the 24/7 Sports composite rankings, Bosa was already anticipated to be a future star for the Buckeyes on statistics alone.However, more than any ranking ever did, Bosa’s brother, Joey, a two-time All American, No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, made Nick the most hyped up defensive player that Ohio State has had in recent memory.In an interview with NFL Network in January, Joey Bosa said he never felt he had to give his younger sibling any tips for the college game. “He really doesn’t need any help. He’s an absolute monster. I think he’s light years ahead of any spot I ever got to in college,” Joey Bosa said. “Once he gets his full reign this year, people will understand what he’s capable of, which is, it’s going to be pretty scary to watch.”In his two seasons for the Buckeyes, Nick Bosa, a junior defensive end, has proved worthy of the hype his brother Joey had continued to give.Now, a season removed from being named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, the expectations are higher than ever.Nick Bosa has been compared to his brother since his college career began, and his junior season will be no exception.In Joey Bosa’s final year at Ohio State, he often faced double teams from opponents, lowering his stats from his first-team All-American season in 2014 and allowing for other players on the defensive line to make plays.When asked if he expects a similar situation this year, Nick Bosa said if teams decide to double-team him, it will be a mistake.“I think right off the bat, with all the hype that people are making up about me … I’ll probably get the double teams and the chips and stuff like that,” Nick Bosa said. “But once Chase [Young] is coming off the other edge and Dre’Mont [Jones] is on the other side rushing three-tick, if they slide to me, then it’s just going to be a sack.”Young, a sophomore defensive end, was named a co-starter along with junior Jonathon Cooper, and will be given a chance to take advantage of being on the opposite side of Bosa this season.In Joey Bosa’s final year for the Buckeyes, both defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard found success while Bosa was double-covered, accounting for 14.5 sacks to Bosa’s five.Nick Bosa could see a similar drop in stats this season, but said it is not a worry in his mind.“My No. 1 goal is to win a national championship, and, however we get there, I know I’m going to be a contributing factor if I’m out there,” Bosa said. “I’m not dying to get big numbers, I want to make plays and help my team that way.”Whether or not Nick Bosa gets double-teamed this season, this could be the year that he is in control, after the Buckeyes lost players like Hubbard and Lewis to the NFL Draft this offseason.With the anticipation higher than ever and the pressure to perform at its peak, Nick Bosa, a newly named captain for Ohio State, is ready to play.When asked how many snaps he is expecting this season, Bosa kept it simple.“However many I can handle.” read more

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Under fire Southern Rail shortlisted for Passengers Matter award

first_imgSouthern Railway is also up for gongs for ‘Involving Young People’ and ‘Involving Diverse Groups’.Passengers have been left furious in recent months, as the operator cancelled around 341 trains a day since July, and have been left battling against numerous days of strike action, which included a five-day walkout in August.Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates the company, cancelled one in every 20 trains (5 per cent) last year, earning the company the worst cancellation record of any train operator over the past six years.Phil Carrington, a Southern commuter from Brighton, East Sussex, said: “If they had any sense they would have said they did not want to be shortlisted.”Regardless of the merits of the award, you would have thought they would realise this is a PR disaster waiting to happen and avoided it like the plague.” Andy Harrowell, community investment manager at Southern, said: “We are focused on putting our stations at the heart of the communities they serve.”Together with Southern Community Rail Partnership (SCRP), we have really been able to make a difference to local communities.”Southern and SCRP are committed to encouraging use of the railway, especially in young people.”The statement came the morning after a protest at Lewes Station, in East Sussex, over the level of service and its effect on commuters getting home. MP for Hove, East Sussex, Peter Kyle has also revealed that rail bosses from both Southern Railway and Network Rail are unable to work out who is responsible for delays amid ‘dysfunction’ on the network.Labour MP Mr Kyle said the dispute was discovered yesterday at a cross-party group he set up and co-chairs to try and solve the problems.He said: “When you look at all the delays on the Southern track at the moment, we know that a third of them are caused by Southern.”We also know that a third are caused by Network Rail, but what we did not know is that there a third of those delays for which there is no explanation.”This is because Southern and Network Rail cannot agree or identify the cause of the delay.”The operator was accused of having the ‘worst train service in Britain’ last year, after it was announced that the 07.29 Brighton to London Victoria service had failed to arrive on time for any of its 240 journeys in 2014.The winners of each category in the ACORP Awards will be announced on September 29 at a ceremony in Southport. 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. #TUC16 delegates leaving Brighton hit by Southern Rail delays, hours after calling for railways to be renationalised.— Alan Jones (@AlanJonesPA) September 14, 2016center_img We’ve all spent 2 hours in hot sardine can conditions on a broken down train. Hundreds of standing passengers at wits end @SouthernRailUK— Valerie Shawcross (@ValShawcross) September 12, 2016 Train operator Southern Railway has been shortlisted for a ‘Passengers Matter’ award – despite an on-going union dispute which saw up to a third of trains a day cancelled.The company is embroiled in the long-running disagreement with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) over plans to change the role of guards on their trains.But, the Association of Community Rail (ACORP) Awards say they will celebrate the operator’s hard work and community dedication, as finalists in three categories which includes ‘Passengers Matter’. Another disgruntled passenger, Lucy Ashton, also from Brighton, added: “Maybe they should ask the people who use their trains what they think.”The awards celebrate unsung heroes and heroines of the community rail world, alongside the hard work and dedication of community projects.Southern said that since last August it has revamped and reinvigorated the process for adopting stations across its wide network, to form station partnerships, “having a huge impact on our communities”.last_img read more

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Im scared to go to school More children than ever seek counselling

first_img Show more Childline’s president Dame Esther Rantzen said: “Bullying can wreck young people’s lives, especially now that the bullies don’t stop at the school gates. Cyber-bullying can follow them home until it becomes a persecution they cannot escape. The number of children needing counselling for online bullying has increased by 88 per cent in five years.The NSPCC’s Childline service counselled 4,541 children this year, which was 13 per cent more than the previous year.Children as young as seven told Childline how they were scared to go to school after being bullied.“Every day I wake up scared to go to school, scared about the comments people will make and scared about walking home,” said one 13-year-old girl. “It is imperative that adults, parents and teachers, intervene to protect them, because we have learned over the years from Childline callers that bullying does not stop on its own, left alone it gets worse.”Schools must take this problem seriously, and above all children must ask for help.”The Childline report marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week, which is coordinated by the Anti Bullying Alliance.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Then I get in and log onto my social networking site and there are horrible messages everywhere. It’s like there’s no escaping the bullies. I’m struggling to cope with how upset I feel so sometimes I cut myself just to have a release but it’s not enough. I can’t go on like this.”Young people told the helpline about the negative messages they received on social media, ranging from abusive comments about their looks; to those directly telling the person to kill themselves.One girl, 14, said: “I am being bullied by a girl at school. She has taken photos of me and posted them on Snapchat calling me fat and ugly and how I will never have a boyfriend. I have been having suicidal thoughts as this girl is really popular and she has turned my whole year against me.”last_img read more

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Dog groomer could be one of first women to have threeparentbaby

first_imgHannah Smith and her partner Rob who are planning to marry next year  Prof Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, added: “I welcome this careful and considered assessment by the HFEA. The UK leads the world in the development of new medical technologies. This decision demonstrates that, thanks to organisations like the HFEA, we also lead the world in our ability to have a rigorous public debate around their adoption.” Hannah Smith and her partner Rob who are planning to marry next year  The UK was the first country to legalise the procedure in 2015, although earlier this year the first baby was born using mitochondrial replacement in Mexico, where there are no laws preventing it.The technique involves transplanting nuclear DNA – which contains all the characteristics which make up a person – from a fertilised egg into a donated egg which contains healthy mitochondria, or alternatively removing the damaged DNA from an egg and replacing it with healthy mitochondria.Mitochondria act as the batteries of the cells giving energy and if they do not work properly it prevents normal development. Scientists believe that it could offer hope for around 150 women a year, a dozens of women are thought to have already expressed interest in the procedure. “It can lead to diabetes, blindness, deafness and stroke, and although I don’t have symptoms yet, I may develop them in future, and I don’t want to pass that that on. So to try to have a baby is not an option.“So I think it is great that Newcastle can now offer this. I am not worried about DNA coming from a donor because it such a tiny amount. All of the nuclear DNA will still be from me. It just means that my baby won’t inherit this illness.“I am hoping to get married next year and we will be starting a family so this means we can do it without worrying.” Researchers at Newcastle University, who developed the technique, and who have been working with Miss Smith and her mother, today became the first group to apply for  licence to carry out the procedure.Miss Smith, who plans to marry partner Rob Southerd next year and then start a family, said: “We only found out three years ago that my mother suffered from mitochondrial disease, which meant she passed it to me, and I would pass it to my children. Yet the HFEA decision has been criticised by campaigners and the church for being dangerous, needless and ethically reckless.Dr David King, director of the secular pro-choice watchdog group, Human Genetics Alert, said: “This decision, to approve experiments on babies, using this dangerous and medically unnecessary technology risks all our children’s futures.  It opens the door to designer babies.”Throughout the process, the campaigners for approval of this technology have relied on shameless emotional blackmail and scientific misrepresentations, and simply ignored the strong majority of people opposed to the technology in the public consultation.”The Church of Scotland also urged the HFEA to ‘think very carefully’ before granting licences for the procedure.  Dr Murdo Macdonald, a geneticist with over 20 years international research experience and Policy Officer on Society, Religion and Technology for the Church of Scotland, said: “This is the first instance of regulatory approval for genetic modification of a human baby. A dog groomer from Leicestershire could become one of the first women in Britain to have a baby born with the DNA of a ‘second mother’ to prevent her passing on a devastating illness.Hannah Smith, 29, has inherited the disease ‘melas syndrome’ from her mother which she would pass on to her own children if she conceived naturally.However yesterday the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved a groundbreaking new therapy which would allows her defective DNA to be replaced by that of a healthy donor.The technique is controversial because a baby born from the procedure would genetically have three parents, and campaigners have warned that it is ethically dubious and may be dangerous.In contrast, scientists and charities say it offers women like Miss Smith the chance to have a family knowing that their children will be free from life-limiting illness.center_img Professor Doug Turnball who pioneered technique says he aims to treat around 25 women a year Credit:Newcastle University  Professor Doug Turnball who pioneered technique says he aims to treat around 25 women a year  “A strong and long-standing international consensus asserts that we should not cross this ethical ‘bright line’, since to do so will very likely lead to a future of genetically modified, ‘enhanced’ and ‘designer’ babies.”However scientists and charities welcomed the development saying that women with mitochondrial disease had already waited too long for the procedure, which has involved a lengthy consultation period, a five-year scientific and ethical review and a change in the law.“This is wonderful news for families who have, in some cases, waited years or even generations for the chance of having a healthy baby,” said Prof Frances Flinter, Consultant of and Professor in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.“Mitochondrial disorders can be very serious, progressive conditions and some couples know that they will never be able to have a healthy child of their own without trying this new therapeutic approach.” Prof Sir Doug Turnbull, who has pioneered the treatment at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University said: “In Newcastle, we will be aiming to treat up to 25 carefully selected patients a year with the mitochondrial donation technique as a clinical risk reduction treatment. We will also provide long term follow up of any children born.“We already have a lot interest and we have our application ready so we estimate we should be able to get going be February.” 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. Charities representing people who suffer from mitochondrial disease also said the decision was good news for families.Mr Robert Meadowcroft, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time.“We recognise this approach is not without some uncertainty, and, in any trial, success cannot be guaranteed. However, it is important that women are able to make informed choices by understanding the risks and the potential benefits.”last_img read more

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Staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you do

first_imgHaving a child puts a strain on relationships, but staying in an unhappy marriage is the best thing you can do for its long-term success, according to a study.Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later. Seven in ten couples stay together following the birth of their first child despite being unhappy, according to the Marriage Foundation. What the heart wants…Credit:Alamy divorce “Most marriages have their unhappy moments, but apart from the fortunately extremely rare cases where the relationship involves abuse, most couples can work through the difficulties to be happy later on.” Research commissioned by the organisation found that 68 per cent of these couples report being happy 10 years on. Moreover 27 per cent said they were “extremely happy”, giving their relationships a score of seven out of seven .At current levels, a child born today only has a 50 per cent chance of living with both parents by the time they reach 15, but the research suggests a “grin and bear it” approach may well prove fruitful in the long run.Harry Benson, from the Marriage Foundation, said: “Contrary to popular belief, staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you ever do.center_img Relationship experts confirm the findings of previous studies that suggested that couples who regularly had a night out with their partner were less likely to suffer from a relationship breakdown.Sir Paul Coleridge, a former High Court Judge and the founder of Marriage Foundation said: “With family breakdown – especially in the first ten years – at peak levels, this is really important, myth-busting research. “This study shows that because a couple is having a tough time adjusting to the demands of  children, does not mean they will not come through it and end up with a really high-quality, high-satisfaction relationship in the long term.“The problem lies in the misconceptions around the nature of long-term relationships. They do not just happen. “Talk to anyone who has a satisfying relationship 20 years on and they will tell you that it has had to be forged by sensitive, hard work by both sides over time. “Keeping your relationship working and going forward is the far and away the best and most important ingredient in your child’s development.” 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

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Veteran spends 54 years in NHS hospital after going in with broken

first_imgJames Morris at the age of 18 Karl heaped praise on staff at West Moffat.He said: “Everyone at the hospital was outstanding, to care for a man throughout his entire life is quite something and we couldn’t be more grateful to the NHS.”It was a place for young disabled people and over the years I’ve seen countless patients and staff come and go.”We made sure he got out over the years to live as fulfilling a life as possible and even right up to the week before he died we brought him home to visit.”When my mum died we carried on doing what she did and visited him at the hospital regularly.”He was mentally all there but just didn’t have any control over his body so we took him on holidays and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they’d often take him. James Morris had been serving in the armyCredit:Mark F Gisbon /Caters With his parents Charles and Mary both dying at early ages and his sisters Bridie and Rose now gone, Karl has praised Rose’s daughter for visiting James as often as she did.Karl is now determined to find out the truth about his late brother’s accident in Germany by digging into Cameronian archived material.He said: “My dad died at 41 so my mum raised us on her own and would always visit James and when she died my sisters and I took over.”I’m in the process of finding out the true story, what we do know is that he had no sleep for 24 hours.”James was driving and we don’t know if he fell asleep or not but his jeep was up against a tree on its side and he had was found with a broken nose and femur.”I don’t know how or why but when he went to have his femur operated on, he had a cardiac arrest and lived the rest of his life in hospital.”Due largely to his age he recently developed problems with his throat which meant he couldn’t eat or drink and over the last ten months he deteriorated.”I can’t imagine anyone has ever lived so long in an NHS hospital which I think is a remarkable reflection on Wester Moffat and NHS Lanarkshire.” James Morris when first admitted into hospital in the UK 1962 Credit:Mark F Gibson/Caters A war veteran has died after spending 54 years in hospital, in what is believed to have been the longest stay of any patient in the UK.James Morris was admitted into hospital with a broken leg in 1962 but never went home after suffering a cardiac arrest on the operating table and being left in a vegetative state.Mr Morris, who was disabled and could only say three words, died last month aged 75 .His brother Karl Morris, 62, was shocked when a member of staff at the hospital suggested no one in the UK had been in NHS care longer than James who came through the doors as a 21-year-old. Mr Morris was moved to Wester Moffat Hospital run by NHS Lanarkshire where he remained for 54 years only to pass away this year on Easter Sunday. James Morris had been serving in the army James Morris at the age of 18Credit:Mark F Gibson /Caterscenter_img Karl Morris holding a picture of himself and his brotherCredit:Mark F Gibson /Caters Karl, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, said: “Over the years we found a way to communicate with him. He was all there mentally but couldn’t communicate with us at all. He only ever learned how to say three words again – his three loves – ‘home’, ‘pub’ and ‘horses’.”We often took him on holidays in Britain and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they would even take him there now and again.”Mr Morris was serving in the Scottish Rifle regiment, the Cameronians in Germany operating 24 hour manoeuvres when he was injured in a car crash.He only broke his nose and a thigh bone in the initial crash, but when he returned to Scotland and had an operation to repair his thigh bone, he suffered irreparable damage and part of his brain shut down. “The staff were unbelievable and because James was a mad lover of Elvis they even organised special nights which he enjoyed.” James Morris when first admitted into hospital in the UK 1962  Karl Morris holding a picture of himself and his brother Helen Ryan, senior charge nurse at Wester Moffat, said: “Our condolences are with Jimmy’s family at this time.”Having spent such an extraordinary long time at the hospital, Jimmy touched the lives of many; he was a good confidant and a great character and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the Heather Ward.”Wester Moffat Hospital confirmed that James spent 54 years in their care after spending two years in other hospitals.An NHS spokesperson said they were not aware of anyone having spent longer than 54 years in an NHS hospital.The former soldier joined the army in 1959 and served in Germany until he was found behind the wheel of a Jeep turned on its side having crashed into a tree in three years later. 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

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Prince Philips retirement ushers in new era for the Royal Family as

first_imgEarlier this year, Kensington Palace confirmed: “From this autumn, The Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace.“As they have in recent years, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London.” 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. Recent months have seen the younger Royals facing pressure to step up their duties. Analysis of the Daily Court Circular in 2016 saw the Duke of Cambridge undertake 80 days of  public engagements.Prince Harry completed 86, while the Duchess of Cambridge – who was looking after Princess Charlotte on maternity leave for much of it – undertook 63. The Princess Royal completed 179 days, the Prince of Wales 139, the Earl of Wessex 118 and Duke of York 112. The Duke of Edinburgh made a total of 110 days of public engagements. The Prince of Wales, who has already taken on many regular duties as representative of the Queen, will continue to step up for overseas tours and state occasions.The Duke of Edinburgh announced that he will no longer accompany his wife on regular engagements, after seven decades of working together in public life. Where necessary, the Queen will now be accompanied by other members of her family. Recent months have seen her joined by the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, while Prince Harry, the Princess Royal and Countess of Wessex have previously been by her side. Last year, the Queen stepped down as patron of 25 national organisations, with the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry taking over for suitable organisations. Royal sources emphasised there would be no “sudden changes” in the duties taken on by senior royals, adding the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall would seek to assist along with the rest of the family as occasion required. They “stand ready to support the Queen”, one aide added.The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have already adopted some investiture duties, with the Prince also attending recent Commonwealth heads of government meetings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will carry out more engagementsCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA The retirement of the Duke of Edinburgh will mark a new era for the Royal family, as younger members of the family increasingly step up to assist the Queen.The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, his son and grandson, will continue to take on extra duties, as other Royals accompany the Queen on regular engagements.Kensington Palace has already detailed plans for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to move to London later this year, as the Duke leaves his job as a search and rescue pilot in Norfolk to become a full-time working Royal. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlottelast_img read more

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Icecream vans and parents in cars could be banned from idling outside

first_img“I hope it will prove influential in reducing the amount of air pollution we are exposed to every day.”PHE estimates long-term exposure to particulate air pollution has ‘an effect equivalent to’ around 25,000 deaths a year in England, which makes air pollution the largest environmental risk linked to deaths every year.The health impact of air pollution caused by human activities in the UK is estimated to cost between £8.5 billion and £18.6 billion a year.Road traffic is estimated to contribute more than 64 per cent of air pollution recorded at urban sites. This comes from exhausts and other sources such as the wear of tyres. Professor Paul Lincoln, chief executive of UK health forum and chair of the Nice guideline committee said: “Air pollution is a major risk to our health, and so far suggested measures have not managed to tackle the problem sufficiently.“This guidance is based upon the best evidence available. It outlines a range of practical steps that Local Authorities can take, such as the implementation of no-idling zones, to reduce emissions and protect the public. The new guidelines are designed to prevent pollution in areas where vulnerable adults and children congregatedCredit:Alamy  Parents are likely to be banned from leaving their cars idling while on the school run under new guidance from public health officials to prevent air pollution.Guidelines published today from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, (Nice) and Public Health England (PHE) calls on councils to enforce a ‘no idling’ policy near where vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly gather.It means that parents could face fines for keeping their engines running outside of schools. Nice said it even meant ice-cream vans would no longer be able to wait outside the school gates. Ice cream sellers cannot turn their engines off because they power the on-board fridges.Nice said that although air pollution was harmful for everyone, under 14s and over 65s were more susceptible to the effects, as are people with respiratory conditions such asthma or heart problems. Other recommendations include removing speed bumps to allow smoother driving, introducing more clean air zones  and congestion charging, a bringing in fees for the most polluting vehicles.Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s Director of Health Protection and Medical Director said: “We need a concerted effort to address the health impacts of air pollution and this report shows there are steps we can all take to help tackle it.“Many of us can walk or cycle instead of using the car, particularly on short journeys. We can all avoid idling our engines and drive more smoothly to reduce emissions. Air pollution in Londoncenter_img Speed bumps could also be removed to prevent drivers stopping and starting, which causes more pollution  Speed bumps could also be removed to prevent drivers stopping and starting, which causes more pollution Credit:Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo  “Councils can include low and zero emission strategies in their plans. For example, providing charging points for electric vehicles and introducing Clean Air Zones which can include restrictions or charges for certain types of high polluting vehicles.”The bulk of initiatives are aimed at local authority staff working in transport, planning and public health.Professor Mark Baker, director for the centre of guidelines at NICE said: “The battle against air pollution has to be one we are all fully committed to, and our actions should know no boundaries.“We need a long-term plan to improve air quality. Our guidance can help us to achieve that.” 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

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Marathon dad dies after defying expectations by completing 24 races despite terminal

first_imgBen Ashworth with his wife Louise Ben Ashworth with his wife Louise He said: “My wife has been truly incredible, keeping the home and working and raising the girls and supporting me. When I’ve had my chemo the girls are ever so quiet and respectful. “They come in to the bedroom and give me medicinal hugs. As a parent you want to protect your kids from stuff that makes them vulnerable, like the bogey man, and you want to put their mind at ease. “But when you’re the very thing that makes them vulnerable that’s a hard thing to cope with.” 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 A father-of-three who ran 24 marathons after being diagnosed with terminal cancer has died, having beaten the odds to live years longer than doctors predicted.Ben Ashworth found out he had terminal bowel cancer in March 2012, and was given just six months to live.Mr Ashworth, 38, from Preston, Lancashire, began taking part in charity runs in three years ago. He went on to complete 24 marathons, in between chemotherapy treatment, as well as four ultra-marathons, a cycling tour up the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden and a Tough Mudder assault course race.He leaves three young daughters. His wife Louise said the family was “heartbroken”. She wrote on Facebook: “We are heartbroken, but we are also in awe of the time we have been blessed with. How he has defied the odds. The way he won every race.”We are grateful this wasn’t a marathon and he his last days were spent surrounded by those he loves and we were able to keep him at home.”She added: “I can assure everyone that myself and our beautiful girls are being well looked after.”Mr Ashworth told the Telegraph in an interview last year that he had chosen to run after his diagnosis because it “helped discipline me”. last_img read more

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urge schoolgirls to break gender stereotypes on International

first_imgShe said: “I met the couple in Nottingham and just wanted to see them again and take some photographs. I think Harry’s really coming into himself now with his charity work – he’s stepped it up in the last few years.”The main thing is if he’s happy with Meghan, that’s all you want for him.”Prince Harry: ‘We want to get away from idea it’s all men in overalls and oily rags’On Wednesday, Prince Harry met young people from the Williams F1 Engineering Academy during a visit to Silverstone.Talking to female students Tara Vooght and Lauren Bull, both 15, who are studying there with the hope of going on to be engineers, he told them: “It’s a great choice, we want to get away from [the idea] that it’s all men in overalls and oily rags.  “How many photos do you have of princesses doing technical things?” she said. “You barely see pictures of women doing technical things, let alone princesses. “You can’t be what you can’t see.“To see her do it and see that she’s enjoying it, it sends a message. In the same way that when she wears a dress we all buy it, here she’s picked up a Makey Makey [an inventing kit] so let’s try it. “We could follow a different kind of fashion for once.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a Stemettes event in Birmingham Lauren-Mae Sparrow, 13, caught the interest of Prince Harry after telling an audience she aimed to be an army officer engineer, winning a round of applause as she said: “Should our gender define who we are and what jobs we are allowed to do? I think not.” Harry and Meghan in BirminghamCredit:WPA pool Meghan Markle tries VRCredit: Ian Vogler Meghan Markle tries VR Keen to assist, she picked up instructions to lend a hand, praising her three new companions for saying they aimed to be a “surgeon, doctor, doctor”.“It’s cool that you’re so interested in tech,” she told a second group. “That’s really impressive.”Shown a programme called Hack The Web, which allowed girls to use coding to temporarily change web messages, she said: “You can hack it and change things that are untrue into something positive? That’s so cool. 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. Tasneem Chihani, 14, picked Stemettes founder Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon as her inspiring woman. Ms Markle nodded and smiled as she said: “A woman in the face of society is seen as one who has to be pretty, thin and quiet. Mrs Gould said: “We were just so pleased to meet them, and how beautiful Meghan is. We thanked Harry for coming to see us and wished them all the best for their marriage.”Retired teacher Josie Weeks, 62, from Leeds, got up at 5am to travel to Birmingham for the royal visit and carried a posy of white blooms for Ms Markle. Meghan Markle chats to youngstersCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Meghan Markle meets Birmingham schoolgirlsCredit:WPA pool Ms Markle said: “I love being here to see this on International Women’s Day. You’re using your brain in a really challenging way.”Prince Harry told pupils: “You must have brains the size of a planet. And you can’t just come in today, do this and leave. You’ve got to carry it on.”Watching girls placing wires from a laptop computer to a bananas, to connect it to make it work as digital bongos, he told his fiancée: “I was going to try and help but…” before laughing and showing her the instructions. Meghan Markle kneels as he chats to flag-waving children Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Guests are expected to include Annie Lennox, Mary Portas, Kate Mosse OBE, Fatima Manji, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Kathy Lette, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Baroness Valerie Amos, Jo Swinson MP and Jess Phillips MP. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a Stemettes event in BirminghamCredit:an Vogler Meghan Markle talks to children as she arrives in BirminghamCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty Meghan Markle hugs a schoolgirl in BirminghamCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  “Do you think think that girls want to be [in engineering] and there aren’t opportunities or it is not really considered by them?”“There are a lot of stereotypes,” said Tara. “What men covered in grease?” asked Harry. “Yes, but it’s not like that. There was a bit of adjustment at first from being at school but we are loving it.”Duchess of Cornwall also marking International Women’s DayThe couple are not the only members of the Royal Family to mark International Women’s Day.The Duchess of Cornwall will host a reception at Clarence House to celebrate the day, in her role as president of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival. “The one who dares to fly in the face of all these stereotypes is the best kind of role model a young female can have.”Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon said seeing the couple embrace STEM subjects would make a significant difference to how science, technology, engineering and maths are perceived.center_img Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Irene Gould and June DickinsonCredit:PA “It’s amazing to see so much young talent, so much confidence. It’s such a strong programme.”As Prince Harry and Ms Markle travelled between tables of students separately, she asked copious questions about what students were doing and how they planned to developed their skills into a career.They then took front row seats for a series of speeches, cheering on three star students who delivered messages about their favourite inspirational women. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged teenage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths as they tried virtual reality headsets and watched bananas being turned into bongos to celebrate International Women’s Day.Prince Harry told schoolgirls they must have “brains the size of a planet” as they took on projects to create apps, “hack the web” and use an enigma machine made from a Pringles tube.Ms Markle, who spent time puzzling over instructions to help the girls with their work, said she was impressed with a programme which allowed them to temporarily edit web pages, saying the ability to change untrue information into “something positive” was “so cool”.The couple, who are both feminists according to Ms Markle, told the students they must persevere with science, technology, engineering and maths when they left the morning session, run by Stemettes. “We hope to be going to Windsor for the wedding, on the streets or in the castle precinct.”Two elderly sisters, Irene Gould, 82, and her younger sibling June Dickinson, 78, were also ecstatic after meeting Harry and his fiancee. Harry and Meghan in Birmingham Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Irene Gould and June Dickinson Meghan Markle talks to children as she arrives to Birmingham Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in BirminghamCredit:WireImage Prince Harry beams as he chats to children in BirminghamCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Meghan Markle hugs a schoolgirl in Birmingham Meghan Markle kneels as he chats to flag-waving children  Meghan Markle chats to youngsters Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Birmingham Royal well-wishers brave cold to greet coupleWell-wishers began gathering hours before the prince and his bride-to-be were due to appear at Millennium Point.Despite the cold and wet conditions some in the crowds were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the couple who have been touring the nation since their engagement announcement last year.Stephen McNally, 61, from Stourbridge, said he travelled with a group of friends with many of them carrying bouquets for Ms Markle. “Oh wow,” said Meghan. Meghan Markle meets Birmingham schoolgirls Commenting on Harry’s engagement to the American actress he said: “It will be different for her but I think they’ve learnt a lot from the past and that is why Meghan is doing these walkabouts and going round the country before she’s getting married, I think it’s really nice, rather than keeping things a secret like they used to do. Prince Harry beams as he chats to children in Birmingham One, 13-year-old Patience Sabiti, chose Varsha Jain, the “coolest kind of doctor into the world” who researched subjects including “what happens when you have your period in zero-gravity” to allow more female astronauts to maintain their health in space.Ms Markle has previously spoken about period poverty, and the difficulties faced by menstruating women in the developing world.last_img read more

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