Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Bears Grant Matt Forte 4Year Extension

Matt Forte has been a rock-solid running back for the Chicago Bears for years, and the team has just not gotten around to showing its appreciation of the Pro Bowl running back.The sound and reliable Forte agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth roughly $32 million,The Bears had placed their franchise tag on Forte in March and the sides had until 4 p.m. today to reach an agreement. Without a long-term deal, Forte would have had to play the 2012 season under the $7.749 million tender or sit out the season.The deal is a sign of respect for Forte. He has been under-appreciated most of his career and when he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City — shelving him for the season — it would not have been a surprise if the Bears held back on a new deal.Forte went into last season looking for an extension, but was disappointed when the sides could not did not reach an agreement with the Bears. There was a point where he believed he would be playing his last year in a Bears’ uniform because they could not come to terms.But look at him now. Forte got rewarded with a multi-year deal even though the team had not seen how he fared after the injury.Without Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears struggled down the stretch and finished third in the NFC North, missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record.Still, Forte was so strong before his injury that he still got his first Pro Bowl selection. He finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Forte was the first Chicago running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. read more

One Metric by Which the NBA Is More Popular Than the NFL

One Metric by Which the NBA Is More Popular Than the NFL

We often hear about the NFL’s dominance in the mindshare of sports fans, and it’s hard to argue with the facts and figures floating around to support this notion. Pro football has been No. 1 in the annual Harris Poll survey of Americans’ favorite sports for three consecutive decades, and the NFL’s television ratings routinely trounce those of other sports. But, curiously, I was fooling around with Google Trends, and there is at least one area in which the NFL is not crushing the opposition: Google searches.The NFL is trailing the NBA by about 5 percent since Google’s Trends search data became available in 2004.There are a lot of factors that can cloud these results, including the possibility that not all search terms are being correctly attributed to each league. This is a particular issue for “football,” which is, as you probably know, what everyone outside the U.S. calls soccer. Recent improvements to Trends make this issue less problematic, but it’s still worth mentioning.The numbers also include worldwide searches; the NBA has a large global presence (particularly in Asia), and Google is, by definition, biased toward countries with a greater number of Internet users. For what it’s worth, the NFL is still tops by quite a bit within the U.S.Even so, it’s an interesting data point about the relative global reach of America’s biggest sports leagues. If we look at things from an international perspective, the NFL is not the behemoth it usually appears to be stateside. read more

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

If you’ve ever watched a tennis player dominate with the first serve but saw the second serve obliterated by the returner, you might have wondered: Why don’t more players go for it on their second serve? Wouldn’t they be better off treating their second opportunity to serve like their first one?The answer almost always is no.Most servers win a much higher percentage of points on their first serve than their second serve. For example, in his five-set marathon loss to Kei Nishikori as Monday night turned to Tuesday morning at the U.S. Open, Milos Raonic won 87 percent of his first-serve points but just 47 percent of his second-serve points.During that match, Min Han, a biologist at the University of Colorado, emailed me. “I wonder whether some of the big servers in men’s tennis should serve the fast ‘first’ serve all the time,” Han wrote. “For some of these guys, the difference between the winning percentage on their first serve and that on the second serve seems huge.”It’s a good suggestion. But the season-long numbers suggest nearly every player would be hurt, not helped, by treating the second serve like a first serve. Except in a couple of cases, the higher probability that the second serve lands in the court more than compensates for the higher effectiveness of first serves.Let’s start with the average Top 50 men’s player. This year heading into the U.S. Open, he wins 73.6 percent of service points when the first serve lands in, compared to 57.5 percent when the second serve lands in. But his first serve lands in just 61.9 percent of the time, compared to 91.1 percent of second serves. So if he went for his first serve on both points, he’d win 73.6 percent of second-serve points when the ball lands in, but double fault on 38.1 percent of them. His second-serve winning percentage would be just 45.6 percent, compared to 52.4 percent now. Bad move.This is just an average. It varies widely by player. Mikhail Youzhny has a relatively weak first serve without landing in the court all that often, so he’d be especially unwise to go for his first serve again given a second opportunity. His second-serve winning percentage would drop by 12.7 percentage points.By contrast, Ivo Karlovic, who is 6 feet 10, has a relatively weak second serve and usually lands his excellent first serve in, so he’d gain 2 percentage points on his second-serve winning percentage if he went for his first serve twice. That’s a modest gain, and Karlovic is the only player in the Top 50 who’d get a high enough reward to justify the high-risk tactic. (Raonic would be nearly even, but slightly worse off — as he would have been if he’d gone for second-serve bombs against Nishikori, since he missed so often on first serves in that match.)Even Karlovic couldn’t have anticipated before this season that he would have benefited from the risky strategy. In each of the past two seasons, it would have hurt him slightly. No current Top 50 player who played at least five matches in 2013 would have gained from hitting exclusively first serves, and only Gael Monfils would have in 2012. (Players’ serve percentages are fairly persistent from year to year, and therefore so is the effect of the tactic on a player’s serve success — a correlation coefficient of 0.66 between this year and 2013, and of 0.7 between this year and 2012, for current Top 50 players with at least 25 matches in each season.)The story is similar in the women’s game. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) sent me data this season heading into the U.S. Open. Among 94 players with at least 15 matches, just six would have benefited from going for their first serves on second serve: Victoria Azarenka, Annika Beck, Yvonne Meusburger, Monica Niculescu, Sara Errani and Yaroslava Shvedova.Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, doesn’t have a great first serve. It was even singled out in a New York Times article this week as one of the oddest strokes on tour. But she lands it in at an unusually high rate, leading the WTA in each of the past four seasons and ahead among regulars this year. And her second serve is bad enough to be worth replacing with the first serve, though not by much: She’d have gained 0.6 percentage points on her second-serve winning percentage with the riskier tactic.The biggest beneficiary of hitting two first serves is Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world who was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals by Ekaterina Makarova. Heading into the U.S. Open, she’d have had a second-serve winning percentage of 44.7 percent by hitting two first serves, instead of her atrocious 38.5 percent.Last year, Azarenka and Errani also would have benefited from the riskier serving approach. Beck and Niculescu would have, too. Meusburger and Shvedova wouldn’t have, though.Returns on the tactic also could be very volatile from match to match. Though Azarenka’s pre-U.S. Open stats argue for a riskier serving tactic, it would have hurt her in four of her five U.S. Open matches, including her loss to Makarova.These calculations simplify serving by reducing it to just first and second serves. Most players employ a wide variety of first serves, with different levels of risk and effectiveness. Perhaps a bomb down the T of the court is too risky for a second serve, but a slider out wide lands in the court often enough to be worth it. Then again, go too often to a reliable serve and the returner will adjust and make it less effective.The calculations also don’t account for the psychological elements of the sport. Returners might get rattled if they know they’ll never face easy serves. But the toll on a server who double-faults much more often could be even greater.CORRECTION (Sept. 4, 2:40 p.m.): If the average Top 50 ATP player went for his first serve on both points, he’d double fault on 38.1 percent of his second-serve points. A previous version of this article said he’d double fault on 38.9 percent of them. read more

The Cubs Curse Is Now More Likely To End Than To Continue

The Cubs Curse Is Now More Likely To End Than To Continue

With an 8-4 victory in Los Angeles Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs took a 3-2 NLCS lead over the LA Dodgers and now head back to Chicago just one win away from the World Series. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo prediction model, the Cubs have an 81 percent chance of capturing the franchise’s first pennant since 1945. And with a 51 percent probability of winning the World Series, Chicago is now more likely than not to end its 108-year drought and celebrate a title for the first time since 1908.Of course, Cubs fans have heard some version of this before. The team entered Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS under the same conditions — up three games to two, needing only to win one of the next two games (both at Wrigley Field) to clinch the pennant — but then disaster struck. They also led the 1984 NLCS two games to none, needing to win only one of the next three games in San Diego to advance (back when the league championship series used a best-of-five format). That advantage conferred an even greater pennant probability184 percent, according to a basic calculation that just looks at home-field advantage and the number of games remaining at each location. than Chicago has now or had in 2003,279 percent in both cases, according to the same measure we looked at for 1984. and they still managed to blow it. So Chicagoans can be forgiven if they’re not booking travel to Cleveland quite yet.And if the Cubs’ championship dreams end up being deferred to a 109th year, it’ll probably be because of the Dodgers’ pitching trio of Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill. According to Elo’s starting-pitcher rating component, Kershaw is the best starter in baseball by a mile — he boosts LA’s Elo rating by a whopping 71 points when he takes the mound — and he’ll try to help the Dodgers stave off elimination Saturday night. Hill, LA’s starter for a potential Game 7, is no slouch either: He ranks 14th among starting pitchers in our ratings. And for his part, Jansen, the Dodgers’ closer, has completely shut down the Cubs when called upon in the NLCS so far, notching 16.2 strikeouts per 9 innings over a couple of multi-inning appearances.The Cubs will counter with their own aces — Game 6 starter Kyle Hendricks ranks seventh in Elo, and they’ll likely send 18th-ranked Jake Arrieta to the hill in Game 7 — but Chicago’s fate might come down to how well its lineup hits LA’s star pitchers. Although the Cubs’ offense has been incredibly uneven in this series, scoring eight or more runs in each of the team’s three wins and zero in each of its two losses, the common threads in those scoreless games have been that either Kershaw or Hill took the mound as the starter, and Jansen (who appeared in both games) came in to close it out. Before Chicago can pop champagne in Wrigley’s spacious, newly renovated locker room, they’ll probably have to score some runs off the Dodgers’ aces.But for now, the Cubs find themselves in a good spot. They’ve been the talk of baseball all season long; now they’re closer than ever to fulfilling their potential and ending the franchise’s absurdly long dry spell. VIDEO: Cleveland fooled us twice read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State brings home a win against Rutgers

Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event. read more

Carlos Hyde lightens Braxton Millers rushing load for Ohio State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ohio State has had one elite runner since the beginning of the season. Now, it looks like the Buckeyes might have two. Braxton Miller carried the majority of the load for the Buckeye offense through OSU’s first five games, tallying 577 yards on the ground while adding 933 yards in the air. The sophomore quarterback was by far the biggest threat in OSU’s running game. Miller carried the ball 90 times through five games, with no other Buckeye totaling more than 40 carries in that same span. The carries didn’t come easily for Miller, though, as the now-Heisman candidate took a number of hits, some of which caused him to miss action. The bumps and bruises Miller attained had many people – including players and coaches within the Buckeye program – calling for someone on the OSU offense, specifically a running back, to give Miller some relief. Carlos Hyde answered that call over the last two games. The OSU junior running back has run for 296 yards on 50 attempts in the Buckeyes’ most recent two games. Hyde followed up a 28 carry, 140-yard performance against Nebraska on Oct. 6 with a 22 carry, 156-yard outing at Indiana Saturday. He has six total touchdowns – five rushing and one receiving – over the past two games. Hyde, who seemingly broke at least one tackle on every run he had Saturday, gave the credit for his burst onto the running game scene to the Buckeyes’ offensive line after OSU’s 52-49 victory against the Hoosiers. “You’ve got to thank those guys up front. They did their job. When they go, we go. So it was going pretty good today,” Hyde said. Hyde has taken some of the running-game load off Miller’s shoulders with his recent performances, but the Buckeyes’ quarterback is still running the ball. He’s running quite a bit, actually, and he should be, according to first-year coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye players. Miller totaled 23 rushing attempts for 149 yards and a score Saturday after running for 186 yards on 16 carries against Nebraska. He remains OSU’s most talented runner, according to his teammates. The difference between now and the first five games of the season, though, is that OSU’s rushing attack has gone from a single-handed, almost-heroic one-man effort to a two-headed monster. And that’s a major positive for Meyer, who had little to take away from the Buckeyes’ narrow victory at Indiana Saturday. “We are 7-0 and we ran the ball for 350 yards and had two guys really haul it running the ball (Saturday),” Meyer said. OSU didn’t get off to a great start against Indiana, as the Buckeyes trailed, 14-10, midway through the second quarter. The Buckeyes took control of the game by halftime and brought a 24-14 lead into the break. The OSU defense collapsed in the second half, allowing 35 points. It was runs from Miller and Hyde that allowed OSU to hang on to win. Miller had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hyde added two scores of his own – the first, a 14-yard shovel pass, pushed OSU’s lead to 14 points and the second stretched the lead to 18. “They started off slow. But they came back, and came back in a flurry,” Meyer said. “The good thing is that I saw possession of time around 36 minutes. There are some real strong positives in (the running game) right now.” There are not only positives, but also historic numbers. Saturday night marked just the fifth time in OSU history – and the first time in 37 years – in which two players had 100-plus yard performances in back-to-back games. The last Buckeye players to match Miller’s and Hyde’s totals over the past two games were former running backs Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson in 1975. It’s probably safe to say that OSU has its running game rolling right now, and it is something that Buckeye players say will be very hard for opposing defenses to stop. “It’s weird. With coach Meyer, everyone thought we’d be throwing the ball everywhere but I would say we probably have one of the best rushing attacks in the country,” said OSU senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner. “With Carlos and (redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith) coming along pretty well, and then with Braxton probably being the best runner in the country, I’d say people have a lot to worry about with our rushing attack.” OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday at noon against Purdue at Ohio Stadium. read more

Urban Meyer Indiana shouldve beat Michigan State

While Ohio State’s football team will be playing under the lights for a second week in a row, the mood surrounding Saturday’s game against Indiana might differ from the one that resonated during last weekend’s 63-38 win against Nebraska. After back-to-back wins against ranked Big Ten competition vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, coach Urban Meyer said he’s concerned that his team might overlook an unranked Hoosiers squad. It’s an issue that Meyer addressed as a “huge concern” Wednesday night. “(Indiana) has played better,” Meyer said. “This team took – should’ve – beat Michigan State.” OSU, which matched its six wins from 2011 last Saturday, will travel to Bloomington, Ind., in just its second road game of the year for an 8 p.m. tilt with the 2-3 Hoosiers. Making it to 7-0, though, might not come as easily as some have suggested. Junior running back Carlos Hyde said it’s easy to forget that Indiana nearly beat Michigan State a week after the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. “I don’t try to take any team lightly,” Hyde said. “I mean, you just can’t overlook them. Indiana is a good team. They played Michigan State great, they came out strong against Michigan State, and, you know, we beat Michigan State by a point, you know, they was beating Michigan State all the way into the fourth quarter.” Likewise, redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said the Buckeyes aren’t going to overlook the Hoosiers. “(Indiana) is a better team than last year and last year we were losing to them for a little while,” Roby said. “We’re not going to take them for granted, we’re gonna go in and gonna make sure we try to make as many plays as early as possible to shut down any momentum they might be able to get.” OSU beat Indiana 34-20 at Ohio Stadium last season. Sometimes, Meyer said, wins can be taken for granted and the first-year coach said he’s been guilty of such a charge before. “It happened with me,” he said, “and it won’t happen again.” Hall likely out, Barnett back Meyer said senior running back and captain Jordan Hall likely won’t play in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana. “He’s just not full speed,” Meyer said. “(He’s) doubtful for this week.” Junior safety C.J. Barnett, however, will play, Meyer said. “(He’s) about full speed,” Meyer said. “He’s playing.” Replacing Sabino After redshirt senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino left last Saturday’s game against Nebraska with a broken right fibula, Meyer said OSU hasn’t finalized anything yet as to who will be stepping into the vacancy left by the the Miami, Fla., native. Meyer, though, said freshman linebacker Joshua Perry, who saw substantial action Saturday, is getting better, as is fellow freshman linebacker David Perkins and senior linebacker Storm Klein. The coach said he went back and “did homework” on the recruitment of linebackers and noticed “out of the last 10 guys (recruited), only two are really playing.” The depth of OSU’s linebackers, Meyer said, is a concern. “We got to get some guys going, they got to get going,” he said. “That position is not Ohio State standard right now, not depth-wise.” Hyde ready for more touches After toting the ball 28 times for 140 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, Hyde said he’s fine carrying a load for the Buckeyes’ offense. “That’s part of being a running back carrying the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I’m ready and excited for that.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State outlasts Stanford 7971 at PK80

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts a 3-point shot in the second half against Northeastern on Nov. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (5-1) rode a strong ending to the first half and took the lead early in the second half to beat Stanford (3-4) 79-71 in the second round of the Motion Bracket in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon.The Buckeyes opened up the second half with a 3-pointer from junior guard C.J. Jackson to give Ohio State the 35-32 lead. Ohio State held the lead for the remainder of the game. Jackson finished the game going 7-for-14 from the field for 23 points, three assists and six rebounds.The two teams traded punches the remainder of the game, finishing on a near-even, Ohio State 44-37 run.A 3-pointer by redshirt junior guard Robert Cartwright with 10:45 left in the first half gave the Cardinal a 10-8 lead. The Cardinal then went on a 21-13 run over the next 6:54 to extend its lead to 31-21.Ohio State finished the second half on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 32, fueled by three 3-pointers from redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. He hit a deep 3 to tie the game with seven seconds left in the first half.The Buckeyes were led by Bates-Diop, who finished the game with his fifth double-double of the season. He went 6-for-13 from the field — including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc — for 18 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes went 25-for-61 (41 percent) from the field, compared to just 22-for-61 (36 percent) from the Cardinal. Ohio State outrebounded Stanford 43 to 38.The Buckeyes will next take on Butler at 3 p.m. ET Sunday in its last match in the PK80 Invitational. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State ends home season with chance to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.” read more

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

first_imgLocation: East Lansing, Michigan2018 record: 7-6Head coach: Mark Dantonio (13th year, 110-52)2019 record so far: 3-1Record against Ohio State since 2010: 3-5What’s happened so far in 2019: Then-No. 18 Michigan State took a loss against unranked Arizona State in its third game of the season by a score of 10-7. The Spartans had previously beaten Tulsa and Western Michigan before falling to Arizona State for the second consecutive year. The Spartans came back and won in Week 4 against Northwestern 31-10, placing them at No. 25 and earning head coach Mark Dantonio a win that gave him the most in program history. Key offensive player:Redshirt senior quarterback Brian Lewerke returns for his third season as a starter, averaging 256.3 passing yards per game. However, his 7.4 yards per attempt ranks No. 7 among Big Ten quarterbacks with at least 14 attempts per game. Lewerke has passed for more than 200 yards 15 times in his career. His primary target is senior receiver Darrell Stewart, who has 30 receptions for 439 yards this season.Key defensive player:Redshirt senior defensive end Kenny Willekes was No. 5 in the Big Ten with eight sacks in 2018, and he’s already outpacing himself with a team-leading 3.5 through four games this season. Willekes opened the season with two tackles for loss in three straight games, and recovered two fumbles in the season opener against Tulsa. As one of the best pass rushers in the conference, Willekes is instrumental for a defense that allows just 176 pass yards per game, and a Big Ten third-best 228.3 yards overall.Weaknesses:Michigan State has struggled with penalties, resulting in the loss of yards that could allow teams to close the gap. The Spartans’ 31 penalties thus far are the most in the Big Ten, including 14 in the season opener and 10 in the loss to Arizona State. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty negated a would-be game-tying field goal against Arizona State, and after missing the retry as time expired, Michigan State lost the game.last_img read more

Police hunt kidnapper freed from prison by mistake

first_imgThese incidents are rare and the vast majority are returned to custody very quicklyMinistry of Justice Ireson was jailed for 10 years in May 2011 for offences of kidnap and wounding.Police say that if sighted he should not be approached.”I can confirm that Ireson was released from court by error,” a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said.It is understood that police are not at fault and that there is a dispute between the Probation Service and the prison service over who the error lies with.It is believed that he walked free from Birmingham Crown Court after arriving there in a secure van from prison.After being found not guilty of an offence he was released in error despite the fact he still had the rest of his sentence to serve.In December last year, police issued an appeal for information on him because he had been “recalled to prison” for “breaching his license conditions”. A convicted kidnapper serving a 10-year jail term has been freed from prison by mistake, it was revealed on Tuesday.Police are appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brett Ireson, 33, from Dursley, Glos, to contact them.His release is understood to be the result of a blunder by either the probation service or the prison service.A Ministry of Justice spokesman said he could not could not give the exact reason for the mistake but such an incident was “rare”. Another appeal was issued in January this year and Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information which led to locating him.Members of the public are advised not to approach him and to call police on 101 if they have information on his whereabouts.The appeal was re-issued in February, then on Thursday, November 24, police issued another appeal.He was convicted along with two other men in February 2010 and police say he has “links to Gloucester and Dursley but despite extensive inquiries he still remains at large”.Wanted posters were handed out in Matson, Gloucester, where it was believed he may be, but he has not been found.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “These incidents are rare and the vast majority are returned to custody very quickly.”We thoroughly investigate each one to see what lessons can be learned, as well as working closely with the police to recapture offenders at large.” 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

Islamic State recruiting child refugees as they head to Europe

first_imgHundreds of asylum-seeking young people are going missing from care once they arrive in Britain, amid concerns they have been targeted for radicalisation by extremist groups during their journey to the UK, a think tank report has warned.Militant groups such as Islamic State are deliberately preying on vulnerable young people for recruitment, as they make the perilous journey across the Middle East and north Africa, to Europe.Extremists try to “buy” the allegiance of migrants and make them feel indebted, by working with people traffickers and funding their travel, the research by the Quilliam Foundation found. Hundreds of young people are then dropping out of the asylum system when they arrive in the UK because they fear they will be sent home. Once beyond sight of the authorities, they may then regain contact with the smuggling networks and extremists they met on their way.Nikita Malik, lead author of the report and a senior researcher with the counter extremism think tank, said young people risked “falling back into the hands of traffickers and extremists who have helped them. It’s almost a sense of debt.”More than 340 unaccompanied asylum seeking children went missing in the first nine months of 2015, double the number from a year earlier. By the end of 2015, 132 were still missing.Young people are being targeted in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and also as they pass through Libya. The report found Islamic State was offering free passage for those crossing the Libyan deserts, if they pledged allegiance.It found: “Though a particular individual may refuse to join the organisation’s ranks at previous stages, exhaustion, insecurity and an increasing sense of physical and financial difficulty as a result of the journey may encourage refugees to join at a later date.”Once at the Mediterranean coast, Islamic State offers up to £800 to join up.The report found: “For many refugees, joining Islamic State is a more certain source of income compared to attempting to obtain a job after reaching the EU by way of crossing international borders.”Islamic States is “clearly aware of the value of these refugee routes for the purposes of recruitment and for exporting their operatives into Europe”.The research found children and young people, sometimes travelling alone and often uneducated, are particularly prone to propaganda.Islamic State sees children it has recruited and indoctrinated “as an important resource”.The researchers found “Children are easier to indoctrinate, intimidate, and mould, requiring less by way of resources and money.”“Young people, whose daily lives are significantly disrupted by conflict, can also at times gravitate towards violent groups to attain greater status within their families, searching for a sense of usefulness within their family unit in the face of a potential feeling of being a burden.” Refugees and migrants are being paid 3850 to join Islamic State once they reach the Libyan coast, the Quilliam Foundation reportsCredit:Santi Palacios/AP In this photo taken on Saturday Sept. 10, 2016, African refugees and migrants wait aboard a partially punctured rubber boat to be assisted, during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea, about 13 miles North of Sabratha, Libya 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

Young people struggle to cope with setbacks as happiness falls to lowest

first_imgThe charity said it would work with mental health charity Young Minds to review its programmes so it could incorporate aspects which would help participants’ mental health. The charity, founded in 1976, works with disadvantaged young people to help them get a job or continue their education. Figures released earlier this week by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers suggested that 96 per cent of teachers had worked with children who were experiencing mental health issues.  Today’s youngsters are the unhappiest in almost a decade because they do not know how to cope with setbacks, research by the Prince’s Trust has found. The charity, founded by the Prince of Wales, said worries about the future, money, and “not being good enough” were “piling up” on young people aged 16-25. Its research found that happiness and confidence in emotional health had dropped to their lowest levels since 2009.Its index rates young people’s emotional health by ranking happiness levels in areas such as work and relationships from 0 to 100. In this year’s survey the overall average figure was 57, a four-point fall from the previous year and down from 70 when the study was first carried out. Almost half of the young people said they did not feel they could cope well with setbacks in life. Financial worries were behind the issues experienced by many respondents, with one in three saying that being without a job would put their mental health at risk. One in ten said they had lost a job through redundancy or having a contracted terminated or not renewed, or being fired, and 54 per cent said they were worried about their finances. 61 per cent of young people said they regularly felt stressed, 53 per cent said they regularly felt anxious and 27 per cent said they felt hopeless on a regular basis. Almost half said they had experienced a mental health problem.Nick Stace, UK chief executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “It should ring alarm bells for us all that young people are feeling more despondent about their emotional health than ever before.”This is a generation rapidly losing faith in their ability to achieve their goals in life, who are increasingly wary of and disillusioned with the jobs market and at risk of leaving a wealth of untapped potential in their wake.“One of the most important things we can do to stem this flow is to show young people that it’s worth having high aspirations, that opportunities to earn a good living and progress in a career are out there and that they’ll be supported along the way to live, learn and earn.” 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

RNLI volunteers sacked in dispute over mugs adorned with naked women

Two RNLI volunteers have been sacked and four fellow crewmen have quit over a dispute surrounding mugs adorned with images of naked women.The men from the Whitby station in North Yorkshire exchanged jokey Christmas gifts, which included a mug with a picture of a naked woman on it and one of the crew’s faces superimposed onto the model’s head. But a female superior found the mugs in a cupboard and Joe Winspear and his colleague Ben Laws were dismissed. Navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes have now walked out in protest, according to The Sun, and a source told the paper: “The mugs were just banter, a bit of fun.“One of the sacked men served 15 years. He’s saved people’s lives and recovered those who were not so lucky. He should be given a medal, not his marching orders.“Two of the crew are women and told the managers that they were not offended. It’s overkill by the RNLI.”Initially, Mr Winspear and Mr Laws were reportedly told if the mugs were destroyed they would face no further action. But in March, bosses told them they had breached safeguarding protocol, citing they could have been seen by visiting schoolchildren.  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. Both were dismissed in a phone call on Tuesday, according to The Sun.  As they prepare to appeal, The RNLI told the paper: “Two volunteers have been stood down. We are waiting to hear if they wish to challenge this decision. Others have resigned.“The investigation focused on the production of inappropriate material of a sexual nature and social media activity directed at an RNLI staff member. This was not a trivial matter.” read more

Police hunt suspected serial sex attacker after 13 attacks on London streets

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 suspect was described by police as as a “light-skinned black man”, aged between 18 and 30, of slim build, around 5ft with afro-style hair. Police are hunting a suspected serial sex attacker after a string of assaults on women as young as 19 on the streets of London.CCTV has been released of a man officers want to talk to after 13 assaults were reported in Ladywell, Lewisham between December 2017 and April 2018.The attacker approached lone women, aged from 19 to 40, and sexually touched them in the street, police said.Scotland Yard have released footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents and have appealed to the public to help identify him.Detective Constable Tristan Hunter said: “These incidents were very traumatic for the victims and we are appealing to the public to help us identify who this man is so that he can be apprehended as soon as possible.”There is a possibility that these incidents are part of a linked series of attacks, as a number of victims have provided very similar descriptions of the attacker.”While efforts to trace the person or people behind these attacks progresses, police patrols in the area have been increased and officers are working with the community to offer reassurance and to help identify the offender.” During a number of attacks he wore a dark jacket with a hood, dark trousers or jeans, trainers and sometimes gloves. read more

Westminster terror attack Driver arrested after car mows down cyclists and ploughs into

A terror suspect arrested after a car crashed into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament at high speed is not believed to be known to the security services, police have said.At least three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta hit a group of cyclists and pedestrians waiting for traffic lights to change. Rooftop camera footage shows the car mounting a pavement on the wrong side of the road before, witnesses said, it travelled at up to 50mph for around 40 metres (130ft) and hit a bollard.Scotland Yard said a man in his late 20s was arrested after the incident at around 7.30am on Tuesday. The suspect was taken to a south London police station, where he remains on suspicion of terrorism offences. He is not co-operating with officers.Meanwhile, as Theresa May warned of the “severe” threat facing Britain, new figures showed a sharp rise in terrorism investigations, with the number of live cases of suspected plots rising from more than 500 in March to 676 by the end of June.The Met’s counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation into the latest attack. Officers are seeking to formally identify the suspect, but “don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter-terrorism police”.The suspect is reported to be from the Midlands and it is believed that he might have travelled to London from Birmingham. Metropolitan Police statement as man arrestedThe man arrested over the Westminster car crash is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences, Scotland Yard said. It said in a statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.”There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, who was branded a hero after stepping in to help emergency services in the wake of the 2017 attack outside Parliament, said today’s incident was a “stark reminder of the threats we continue to face”. He wrote on Twitter: 11:54AMPolice ‘don’t believe suspect is known to counter-terror officers or MI5’ 2:05PMUS ambassador: America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt Scotland Yard said in a new statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences. There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Witness Kirsty Moseley, 31, was sitting in a car behind the cyclists at the traffic lights.She said: “The first thing we noticed was his car driving at high speed into the cyclists. Then he went straight through them and rather than continuing and hitting us he swerved and went over the central reservation. “The cyclists were scattered everywhere and then we just heard this huge bang. That’s when we looked round and he had driven into the barriers. One cyclist got up and started screaming at him to come back. We were all in shock at that point.“There was an ambulance that happened to be driving past at that very moment, so it was there to help the injured within seconds. Then the police were there so quickly and there were so many of them.” The car, circled, drives past Westminster Abbey Armed police surround the driver outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV supplied by Pixel8000  Westminster 3 And a television cameraman who happened to be on the scene described the dramatic moment armed police swooped on the car, reports Patrick Sawer.Donovan Parsons, who was filming for ITN nearby, said: “We saw people running away from the crash and quickly realised it was more than just an accident.“As I got there I saw a silver car smoking against the barrier at the entrance to Westminster Palace and armed police scouting the area.“Then four 4×4 police vehicles turned up and armed cops jumped out and pointed their guns inside the car. They then dragged this guy out and I could see them pointing their guns inside the car. That’s when we got pushed back behind the cordons.”Video: ITN cameraman on what he saw unfold Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror in WestminsterCredit:PA Aerial circled Armed police outside St Thomas's hospital in Westminster after a car crashed into a security barrier in Parliament Square And Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.” Meanwhile, Westminster Tube station has reopened and the Met Police said: “We are now in the process of removing our wider cordons, thanks for your patience and understanding.”The immediate scene, Abingdon Street, between Parliament Square and Horseferry Road, j/w Lambeth Bridge, will remain cordoned off for some time.” Parliament Square was evacuated as a large number of police cars descended on the heart of Westminster, which has seen heightened security since the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017. Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were also cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene.A series of ambulances had been sent to the scene and the London Ambulance Service said two people were treated for injuries that are not thought to be serious and taken to hospital. A third person was assessed for minor injuries at the scene.’It looked deliberate… he hit bollard at 50mph’Local businessman Jason Williams was walking to work when he saw the crash unfold.The 45-year-old, from Kennington, south London, said: “He had driven it at speed – more than 40 mph. There was smoke coming out of the car.”He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I have seen people on the ground, lying on the road. I don’t know if they have actually been hit by the vehicle or not. I saw at least 10 people lying down.”I was told basically to move away, to run. I have run for my life.” The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete.The measures were extended in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed unarmed Pc Keith Palmer before he was shot by armed police in a courtyard outside Parliament.  Streets around Westminster were cordoned off amid the police operationCredit:Sam Lister /PA A police officer jumps a barrier as the car approaches Terrible events at Westminster. America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt this morning. As the investigation continues, one thing is clear: the police, the paramedics, the ambulance drivers – they ALWAYS do this country proud.— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) August 14, 2018 Scores of commuters on foot and cycling arrived at the police tape trying to get to work.Workers at Portcullis House have been allowed through the extended cordon and were seen queuing to get into the building. Westminster 5 Mr Williams told Good Morning Britain: “I saw a car going at high speed towards Parliament. It hit a bollard.”He added: “It looked deliberate. It didn’t look like an accident. How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang.”Mr Williams added: “He’s obviously gone into the bollard at high speed.”It seemed it was about 40-50mph, there wasn’t any shouting or anything – I’ve seen smoke coming from the vehicle.”He did get out [of the car], I was behind and I did hear a loud bang and I’m seeing what’s going on, but I couldn’t hear if the police asked him to get out. The specialists came soon after, I’d say within 5-9 minutes.”He said the suspect was quiet when he was taken away by the police. 1:40PMFiesta remains near Parliament as forensics officers work at scene A circled aerial image shows where the car ended up after the attackCredit:pixel GRG Armed police surround the driver outside the Houses of Parliament US President Donald Trump, referring to the Westminster car attack said “these animals are crazy”. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: Westminster arrest 10:37AMPolice treating Westminster car crash as terror attack A bicycle lies on the ground after the Westminster attack Police forensics officers surround the car where it crashed on Tuesday morning Armed police in Parliament Square Meanwhile, witness Ewelina Ochab said the vehicle did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, adding: “The person driving did not go out.”She said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement.””The person driving did not go out” of the vehicle, she said. The remaining patient being treated by medics is at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, a spokeswoman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has said.A statement added: “We can confirm that we have received one patient from this morning’s incident in Westminster Witness Barry Williams said the car had accelerated towards the barrier after hitting the cyclists.”I turned round to see a silver car heading towards the cyclists on the wrong side of the road, they were parked waiting for the lights to change,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “He hit the cyclists then swerved over towards where the safety barrier is…. and accelerated and hit it at quite a high speed.”I wasn’t sure whether he meant to hit the cyclists, they might have just been in the way, but once he did, he accelerated towards the barrier. Assistant Director of Operations Peter Rhodes said: “We were called at 7.40am today (14 August) to reports of an incident on St Margaret Street, SW1. “We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer.”We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.” Westminster Injured pedestrians can be seen at the top of the shot - around 40 metres from where the car crashed into a barrier The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.”Ambulance service: Three injured people treatedTwo people were treated at the scene in Westminster for injuries that are not thought to be serious, London Ambulance Service said.A third person was assessed for minor injuries but not taken to hospital. 3:28PM’Cyclists were scattered everywhere… then we heard this huge bang’ 2:50PMVideo: Minute-by-minute – how the crash unfolded Injured cyclists on the ground after the car crashed into them Bicycles lie on the ground at the scene of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament  1:51PMPolice have stopped 17 terror plots in 18 months A meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will be held at 2pm to discuss the crash outside Parliament.Meanwhile, we are expected to hear from Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Neil Basu outside New Scotland Yard shortly. No one else was in the car and police said no weapons had been recovered from the scene.Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner for counter-terrorism, said police and the intelligence services were working to establish if the suspect was part of a wider terror cell and if he had received assistance from others in planning the attack.Mr Basu said: “It appears to have been a deliberate act, but what the motive was we can’t answer at the moment. We haven’t formally identified the suspect, but we don’t believe he’s known to MI5.”He added the attacker was not been pursued by police before he struck the entrance to the Palace of Westminster and that the blue lights seen behind him in footage of the incident were those of an ambulance coincidentally answering a separate emergency call. 2:44PMWestminster council leader: Our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it Armed police surround the car outside the Houses of Parliament A police officer in a forensics suit next to the car used in the attackCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters 9:38AMMet’s counter-terror command now leading investigation 1:06PMDonald Trump: Terrorist ‘animals are crazy… and must be dealt with through toughness’ Police forensics officers surround the car where it crashed on Tuesday morningCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Armed police outside St Thomas’s hospital in Westminster after a car crashed into a security barrier in Parliament SquareCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP  Armed police point a gun at the male driver as they surround the car outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV WESTMINSTER INCIDENT:A stark reminder of the threats we continue to face, the need to remain vigilant and the professionalism of @metpoliceuk in once again swiftly and courageously responding to what looks like a crude and deliberate attack on Parliament.#westminster pic.twitter.com/kxNO6Ra3cu— Tobias Ellwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) August 14, 2018 The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.” He added: “The police were very fast, they vaulted over the safety barrier and headed towards the car.”What also happened was the police started to head away to block off people heading towards us. The cyclists…there was a few on the ground, some were holding their arms, there was bikes everywhere. It was frightening.”Mr Williams added: “There was about 10 cyclists waiting for the lights to change… he hit about four or five – one of the cyclists got up and was about to chase the car.” On the driver, she said: “I saw him drive past. He wasn’t shouting and he just had two hands on the wheel. He was just staring straight ahead. He looked quite sure. He was just peering over the steering wheel. He knew what he was doing and he was focused on what was in front of him rather than being erratic or shouting. “After seeing how he drove into them, we are amazed that only one woman has been seriously injured.”Miss Moseley was on her way to work in Oxford Circus with her husband, Patrick Moseley, 34, from their Brixton home. “We don’t usually drive,” she said. “We usually cycle, but for some reason we decided to drive this morning.” Responding to the attack, Nickie Aiken, the leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Our thoughts are with those hurt and our thanks to the brilliant emergency services who were so quickly at the scene.  “The House of Commons was targeted again today – as it was last year – but our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it.“The safety of the people who live, work and visit in Westminster remains our priority and we will work to ensure our capital remains a welcoming city.” 12:34PMRemaining patient treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and counter-terrorism head, is giving an update outside New Scotland Yard. He has said: One woman is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. Another person has been discharged The arrested man is in his late 20s “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and the iconic site… this is being treated as a terrorist attack” No other suspects have been identified and there is “no intelligence at this time of further danger” to Londoners or the rest of the UK connected to this incident The vehicle is vehicle is being searched. No weapons have been found Police are seeking to identify the suspect and “his motivation if possible” Mr Basu added that the suspect was not co-operating with police and had not yet been formally identified But on the basis of the information known so far, “we don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter terrorism police,” he added. The man being taken away by armed police was arrested on suspicion of terror offencesCredit:Sky News Armed police in Parliament Square as the heart of Westminster is in lockdownCredit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters The terrorist threat against the UK is seen as unprecedented. In addition to five attacks last year, authorities say they have stopped 13 Islamist and four extreme right-wing plots since the Westminster atrocity in March 2017.Police and MI5 are running at least 500 live operations involving roughly 3,000 active “subjects of interest” at any one time – while there is also a wider pool of more than 20,000 individuals who have previously featured in investigations whose threat must be kept under review.Earlier this year, the Government unveiled a refreshed counter-terror strategy. Under the blueprint, MI5 intelligence will be shared with bodies outside the security community in an attempt to stop suspects before attack plots can crystallise, while anti-terror laws are to be strengthened to allow earlier interventions. British Transport Police (BTP) said it would be putting extra officers on patrols in England, Scotland and Wales on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening following the Westminster terror attack.Superintendent Chris Horton from BTP said: “We know incidents such as this are likely to cause concern, so our officers will be highly visible both on board trains and at stations.”We are there to reassure the travelling public, so please don’t be alarmed if you see our officers, including firearms officers, on your journey.” 11:43AMPoliticians praise emergency services for bravery that ‘keeps us safe day in, day out’ Our thoughts are with those who have been injured in the incident outside the Houses of Parliament this morning, and our thanks go out to the quick and effective response of our police and medical services. Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.— Vince Cable (@vincecable) August 14, 2018 10:09AMCounter-terror expert: Chances of getting through barrier are very slim Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: “It looks a bit like a copycat of the incident from the other occasion, but however may be this is someone who has fallen asleep at the wheel, we don’t know as yet, so this is what the officers will be trying to ascertain.”I think the key point is the barriers around that building are designed to stop a vehicle travelling at 50mph, but the chances of getting through that barrier are very, very slim.”Of course, now the police officers need to make sure the vehicle itself is safe, that’s what they’ll spend most of their time doing.” Injured pedestrians can be seen at the top of the shot – around 40 metres from where the car crashed into a barrierCredit:BBC News/PA  A bicycle lies on the ground after the Westminster attackCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  A police officer in a forensics suit next to the car used in the attack Injured cyclists on the ground after the car crashed into themCredit:Twitter Bicycles lie on the ground at the scene of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament Credit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters A witness, who gave his name only as James, described how he had been cycling past Parliament shortly after the incident happened.”There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor, there was a number of cyclists off their bikes. As I went past, an ambulance turned up,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.”As I carried on down I was told to get off my bike by a police officer. He said there’d been an incident. As I looked up as I got off my bike, I saw there was a car in the barrier.”My natural reaction was to get away from the scene.” Westminster Armed police swoop on a car that crashed outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:VinnyMcAv/EuronewsNBC Ambulance crews treat the wounded after the Westminster crashCredit:UK Newsflare/AP 10:32AMTheresa May thanks emergency services for ‘immediate and courageous’ response Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the Westminster car crash and thanked the emergency services for their “immediate and courageous” response.Meanwhile, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Huge thanks to our emergency services for  their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning. My thoughts are  with those injured.”   After knocking down cyclists, the car mounts a pavement We’ve just heard that the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror command is now leading the investigation.Scotland Yard said in a statement: “While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s  Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident.”  9:59AM’There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor’: Witness describes scene Six hours after the crash, the silver Ford Fiesta can still be seen near the Parliament barriers.A number of officers in forensic suits are working at the scene. Westminster paramedics 11:26AMPolice set to deliver update as Cobra meeting to be held at 2pm 9:49AMSecurity extended in wake of Westminster Bridge attack   Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror in Westminster Aerial footage of the crash shows the silver Ford Fiesta coming along the road next to Parliament Square before moving to turn right towards Westminster Abbey.As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, the vehicle swerves left – crossing oncoming traffic and a pavement before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away. Westminster was in lockdown as armed police swarmed the scene. One witness said: “It looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”Images showed a man being led away in handcuffs after armed police surrounded the eight-year-old car.A second image appears to show pedestrians hit by the vehicle at least 40 metres (130ft) away from where the car hit the barrier. 9:55AMSadiq Khan in close contact with Met Police chief 10:54AMExtra police officers put on patrol after Parliament crash Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the emergency services in a tweet: 1:26PMTobias Ellwood: This is stark reminder of threats we continue to face Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK, wrote on Twitter that “America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt”, as he also praised the emergency services: 9:42AMCordon widened as more police arrive at scene More plain-clothed officers have arrived at the scene, as it appeared the number of armed police officers were stationed at a cordon beside Parliament were scaled back.Westminster Bridge and Tube station were both closed.The cordon was widened twice and sniffer dogs were seen scanning the area. Westminster 1 I’m in close contact with @MetPoliceUK Commissioner about the incident at Parliament Square this morning. Thank you to the first responders who were on the scene so quickly. Enquiries are continuing. Westminster tube station is currently closed. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates. https://t.co/Uf2U85o0My— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 14, 2018 Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 My thoughts are with those hurt and injured outside Parliament this morning in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.Our thanks go to our emergency services who responded immediately. Their bravery keeps us safe day in, day out.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 14, 2018 Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is in “close contact” with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.He thanked the emergency services at the scene in a post on Twitter:  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

Microplastics found in every lake and river in Britain

Researchers at Bangor University and Friends of the Earth collected water from lakes, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs and lochs in England, Wales and Scotland and found all contained plastic. Microplastics are probably polluting every lake and river in Britain, scientists have warned, after the first national survey found particles in all samples. Dr Christian Dunn, of Bangor University, who led the research,… The River Tame in Greater Manchester was found to be the most polluted, with more than 1,000 particles per litre. But even the comparatively remote Loch Lomond had 2.4 particles per litre, while Ullswater in the Lake District contained 29.5 shards of microplastic in the same volume of water. 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

1st ODI at Providence sees Windies tasting defeat at the hands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI v Bangladesh: Series leveled following Hetmyer’s tonJuly 26, 2018In “Sports”Providence ODI’s: Windies looking to maintain form against Bangladesh’s limited overs forceJuly 21, 2018In “Sports”Tamim, Shakib back in squad for WI ODIsDecember 3, 2018In “Sports” On Sunday’s opening match at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana, Bangladesh defeated Windies by 48 runs after opener Tamim Iqbal launched his 10th One-Day International (ODI) century while Shakib Al Hasan narrowly missed out on his own.After losing the Test series 2-0, the Tigers resumed their winning ways in a format which is more tailored to their style of cricket, as they outplayed the Caribbean side in the first of three ODIs in the series.It was a mixture of grit and aggression as Iqbal ended on 130 off 160 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. He shared a resurgent and revitalising second-wicket stand of 207 with Shakib Al Hasan, who hit six fours in his 97 to take the Tigers to 279-4 in 50 overs.It was hard work for the Windies bowlers as the misfielded and dropped catches added to the bowlers’ turmoil.Spinner Devendra Bishoo ended with 2-52 in a brave effort. The Caribbean side who looked spot on in the Tests, were unable to channel the same fire the Tigers did in their innings and were kept to 231-9 in 50 overs.Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers, returning to the team in a match-winning way.Guyanese Shimron Hetmyer resisted with a top-score of 52, followed by Chris Gayle with 40, and 29 apiece from the unbeaten tail-end stars Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph as their 50-partnership ended prematurely. Bangladesh’s star pacer Mustafizur Rahman returned to action with 2-27.Windies’ chase got underway with some feisty shots from Evin Lewis (17), who looked dangerous but played a soft shot and was easily caught by Mahmudullah to give the Bangladesh skipper his first wicket.A circumspect-looking Gayle was then joined by Shai Hope, who also appeared a bit watchful, but the “Universe Boss” would soon get into the action when he thumped off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz for his first six. Mosaddek Hossain would then manage another breakthrough when he trapped Hope LBW for just six runs.Homeboy Hetmyer joined Gayle with the score at 41-2 and the left-hander quickly secured his first boundary thanks to a classy pull through mid-wicket off Hossain which also took Windies well past 50 in the 15th over. Gayle’s and Hetmyer’s partnership ended with a mix-up as the former was run out thanks to some clinical work between Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain.Jason Mohammed had a brief stay at the crease, departing stumped for 10 by Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Mehedy. Unfazed by the previous dismissals, the Berbician Hetmyer pleased his Guyanese crowd when he raised his bat to acknowledge a solid fifty under pressure.His demise came at the hands of Sabbir Rahman, who was operating with such precision that he went on a hat-trick after he followed up his first wicket with that of Rovman Powell, who edged a moving delivery into the gloves of wicket-keeper Rahman.The wheels began to fall off the Caribbean wagon as Holder who smashed a six off his opposite number Mortaza, was then removed the following ball by the Bangladeshi skipper for 17. After hitting a six and four and looking ominous, Andre Russell (13) became Mortaza’s third victim.The Windies innings eventually came to a screeching halt when Mortaza removed Nurse for seven, but Bishoo and Joseph counterpunched with a last-wicket partnership of 59 not out, the best for their team, but in vain.The second of two ODIs will bowl off at Providence on Wednesday, July 25 from 14:30h. (Clifton Ross) read more

New nuclear grade boric acid developed by Borax Argentina

first_imgOrocobre subsidiary Borax Argentina has developed a new chemical product and earlier this month made the first shipment of boric acid HPN (High Purity Nuclear) Grade to a customer in Brazil. Boric acid HPN is a new refined chemical product developed by Borax Argentina over the last six months with characteristics of high purity (greater than 99.9%) and low levels of key impurities such as iron, sodium, chlorine, sulphur. Heavy metal levels are less than 1 ppm. The high boric acid content and low impurity levels makes the product suitable for use in nuclear power plants. Boric acid is used in nuclear power plants to slow down the rate at which fission is occurring.The development of this new product reinforces the inherent flexibility in the Borax Argentina operation and highlights the ability of the business to produce new specialist high specification products for high value niche markets. Boric acid HPN will form an integral part of the product portfolio as Borax Argentina becomes more geographically diverse by growing its presence in key international markets. This follows on from the recent development of a high grade hydroboracite product for the agriculture market. Richard Seville, Managing Director of Orocobre said “this is another great example of innovation by the Borax Argentina business and fits with our strategy to expand sales into new markets and new geographical regions”. Orocobre, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange, is building a substantial Argentinian-based industrial minerals company through the construction and operation of its portfolio of lithium, potash and boron projects and facilities in the Puna region of northern Argentina. It is building in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corp the first large–scale, greenfield brine based lithium project in 20 years at its flagship Salar de Olaroz resource, with projected production of 17,500 t/y of low-cost battery grade lithium carbonate scheduled to commence in Q2 2014. The company also wholly-owns Borax Argentina, an important regional borate producer.last_img read more

Manitou buys Terex Equipment in India

first_imgThe Manitou group, a world leader in all terrain material handling, including specialised telehandlers with attachments for mining applications, has announced the acquisition of Terex Equipment Pte Ltd (TEPL) based in Greater Noida, India. This acquisition, from Terex Corporation, will be finalised over the 2017 first semester.Founded in 2003, TEPL is specialised in the design, manufacture and distribution of construction equipment, mostly backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders and achieved a €30 million revenue in 2016, mostly in southern Asia. Manitou Group says it has reinforced its ambitions for the handling market in India and, on a broader level, in Asia and emerging countries. The group will be able to rely on a company already well-established in India and supported by a structured dealerships’ network and a solid service organisation. “This acquisition will thus enable the Manitou group to respond to local markets thanks to a qualitative industrial tool.”Michel Denis, President & CEO of Manitou Group, declares: “This acquisition perfectly fits our strategy to reinforce our presence on emerging markets. TEPL has a solid dealer network which we will continue to further develop. TEPL produces high-quality products with a very efficient spare parts and service organisation, and will be a strong industrial base for Manitou Group to develop new product ranges for Asia and emerging countries.”last_img read more