Month: September 2019

What To Look For In An NBA Draft Prospect

Center60—1810 REB3.0 BLK—0.2 If a player tops all of these benchmarks, he’s a decent prospect. If he falls below in any one category, that’s a red flag. The further below the number he falls, the less of a prospect he is. That’s just the starting point, though — I’m flexible in cases like that of a young player who has improved during the year, or a player who has been better in past seasons. The benchmarks aren’t a strict line, but more of a guideline. I try to look at the whole picture.NP: How did you determine those benchmarks?EW: I determined them based on the success of past college prospects. Historically, most successful draftees have met most or all of these benchmarks. Most successful prospects were more complete players in college. Most busts had a flaw in one of these areas.I’ve been doing it this way since the 2007 draft, so it’s probably time to update the system a little for the changing NBA. I hope to get on that this summer.NP: What was your strongest finding, in terms of numbers that correlate with future success?EW: The strongest finding is that it’s important to show as many different skills as possible — including scoring, rebounding, passing and defense — regardless of position.NP: What was the most surprising finding?EW: To me, it was that scoring frequently is more important than scoring efficiently, especially for wing players.NP: Are there certain player archetypes that tend to have better or worse careers than their draft position would suggest?EW: Wooden Award winners have included a few recent busts, particularly when it went to a junior or senior.NP: So that might not be good news for Buddy Hield.EW: Buddy Hield fits the profile this year. For the record, I do like Hield as a prospect a lot better than other recent winners, such as Doug McDermott or Jimmer Fredette. But he is a little overvalued in the top five, where the mock drafts have him going.NP: Speaking of which, how much should we focus on a player’s age when evaluating him as a prospect? A couple of the top college guards in this year’s class — Hield and Kris Dunn — stand out as particularly old, but does that mean they have less of a ceiling?EW: Yes, it does. A freshman who posted numbers like Hield and Dunn had this year would be a better prospect. But the fact that both improved like they did is a good sign for their futures, because it shows both a work ethic and the intelligence to identify a weakness in their game and do what is necessary to fix it. The age issue really seems to come into play with fifth-year seniors. That’s the thing that makes me uneasy about ranking Gary Payton II so highly.NP: What do you make of Ben Simmons? Were the Sixers right to promise him the No. 1 overall pick?EW: Simmons is a unique player, and for that reason he’s a little difficult to judge. I can’t point to previous players with numbers similar to his, because there were no players like this. I love his combination of offense, rebounding and passing. My concern is that his low number of blocks indicates he’s a poor defender. But I think drafting Simmons is the right move, based on the stats. His upside is higher than any other player.NP: Are there any other players this year that jump out to you as particularly over- or underrated by the mainstream draft media?EW: Based on the mock drafts, Marquese Chriss stands out as insanely overrated. Malachi Richardson and Damian Jones are a couple of others who don’t belong in round one. As far as underrated prospects, Payton and Chinanu Onuaku are players the mocks tend to list in round two who should be first-rounders. And Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu and Louisiana Tech point guard Alex Hamilton are a couple of players who might go undrafted, but deserve a chance. PER 40 MINUTES Small forward503018——5.0 ASB0.6 POSITION2PT%3PT%POINTSAST/REBSTL/BLKOTHERAST:TO Shooting guard503020—1.3 STL7.0 RSB0.8 Ed Weiland is one of my favorite NBA draft analysts on the Web, but he doesn’t work for ESPN or any other major outlet. Instead he writes for the small indie blog Hoops Analyst, posting his position-by-position breakdowns as an outsider in a manner that has drawn comparisons to an early-career Bill James. (You might even remember his 15 minutes of fame as the truck driver who foresaw Jeremy Lin’s potential years before Linsanity.) During the embryonic stages of basketball analytics, his draft analyses were among the first I encountered to draw correlations between a player’s statistical traits in college and his success (or lack thereof) in the pros.In this email exchange, which has been lightly edited, I asked Weiland about the numbers he uses to judge draft prospects — and what their implications might be for the players selected in Thursday night’s draft. Power forward58—1810 REB—3.5 SB0.2 Point guard50%30%185 AST1.2 STL6.0 RSB1.4 Key statistical benchmarks for NBA draft prospects Neil Paine: Tell me a little about your background and how you got started in evaluating NBA draft prospects.Ed Weiland: It started with a love of sports and stats. I always liked predicting and projecting young players. That probably came from growing up a Chicago sports fan in the 1970s; it was a dry decade for the local teams, and the draft was the highlight of the year. And when I started seriously playing around with basketball stats as a hobby about 20 years ago, I began to gravitate toward the draft because there wasn’t a lot of statistical draft analysis going on at the time.NP: In general, which key metrics/characteristics are the most important to look at for each position, and why?EW: I have certain statistical benchmarks that a prospect needs to reach for each position. Specifically, the following shooting percentages and per-40-minute numbers, adjusted for pace: ASB = assists + steals + blocks; RSB = rebounds + steals + blocks; SB = steals + blocksSource: Ed Weiland read more


September 30, 2019 0

Get Big Alfonso Soriano Ties RBI Record as He

Alfonso Soriano, who was traded to New York from the Chicago Cubs last month, is proving to be a great acquisition for the Yankees.The outfielder has had 18 RBIs in the last four games, which tied the MLB record for most RBIs in a four-game span. In his recent game against the Boston Red Sox, Soriano hit three hits and drove in four more runs, which added to his RBI total to lead the Yankees over the Red Sox 10-3.“Here we go again,” Soriano said to the media after the game. “I think the motivation [is] going back to the Yankees, trying to help the team win.”Soriano is leading the charge as the Yankees have won the last five out of six games. The recent wins put the Yankees 7½ games back in the division and 5½ back in the AL wild-card race.“You’re looking at a powerful right-handed hitter in the middle of the lineup who caught fire since he came over,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “It’s had an enormous [impact] on their offense.” read more


September 30, 2019 0

Beside The Points For Monday May 21 2018

Oh, and don’t forgetomg only $17?! We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions Leicester City is bigger right?neil:It’s a great Q which was less likely going into the seasonI think Leicester still more unlikelyEPL more ruled by money, less by randomness than NHLBut this was the general consensus going into the year:Wow The Golden Knights Are Going To Be BadPredictions NBA All newsletters It’s my last day at FiveThirtyEight! I’m next starting a daily newsletter, Numlock News. If you’ve been a fan of Beside The Points, please subscribe!Things That Caught My EyeKnights in FiveThe Vegas Golden Knights became just the second-ever expansion team in the post-1960 histories of the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB to reach the championship in their very first season of existence. The Knights dispatched the Winnipeg Jets after winning four games of their series to the Jets’ one. The 1967-68 St. Louis Blues are the only previous team to pull it off, albeit in a league with 12 teams. [ESPN]Warm WNBA welcomeThe Connecticut Sun beat the brand-new Las Vegas Aces 101-65 on Sunday by the largest ever margin of victory for a WNBA opening day game. Vegas rookie A’ja Wilson, the top pick in the 2018 draft, showed promise with 14 points and 10 rebounds in her debut. [ESPN]We’re getting worse at gambling somehowWith sports gambling poised to make a nation-wide splash following a nod from the Supreme Court, it’s worth asking if we are actually even good at it to begin with. In 1992, casinos kept just 2.81 percent of the wagers they handled on sports. Over the next 15 years, casinos got better at wooing easier marks in, and their haul peaked at 7.89 percent in 2006. In 2017 the house took 5.11 percent of all sports wagers. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?U.S.A. is #1 at #3The United States defeated Canada 4-1 to take the bronze medal at the world ice hockey championship. Sweden took gold and Switzerland took silver. This is the third time the U.S. has won the bronze medal in the past six years. [ESPN]Who can’t touch the new ball?This year there are 22 hitters in major league baseball who have seen 30 pitches that were 96 miles per hour or higher and who have failed to generate a single hit off the speedy balls. Several of those players are north of 30 years old, meaning that the necessity to make major adjustments to the new, faster pitching game may be trouble for more experienced players. [ESPN]Ledecky the G.O.A.T.Katie Ledecky set a new record in the 1500m at the IU Natatorium with 15:20.48. She beat the previous record-holder, who is also Katie Ledecky, by a full 5 seconds. At this point the top eight fastest 1500m times are all held by Katie Ledecky. [USA Swimming]Big Number(s)31 horsesCongratulations to Justify, who became the 31st horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes since 1931. Justify was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Sunday. If this horse wants to be the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown — gonna level with you I do not think the horse wants that, it’s a horse, and I doubt horses fully understand the enormous apparatus around professional racing to the level that it’s compelled to aspire — but if Justify does seek to become the 13th crown winner, holding off rival Good Magic by only 2 ½ lengths definitely means the Belmont Stakes in three weeks is any horses’ game. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: micah: read more


September 28, 2019 0

Sweet victory silences critics

Jim Tressel opened up the Ohio State offense, the Buckeyes overcame an athletic disadvantage and OSU finally ended its BCS Bowl Game hex.In related news, Hell froze over, pigs were spotted airborne and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.OK, so only one of those sequence of events actually occurred. But considering OSU’s nationwide reputation lately, widespread perception would have told you that the chance of either series of events was slim to none.Tressel pushed all of the right buttons in the Buckeyes’ dismantling of the Ducks. The conservative coach stuck to his guns during the regular season, even after repeated BCS Bowl Game failures.Over the past three postseasons, the Buckeyes came up short against quicker, more aggressive and more athletic opponents.Ohio State, winners of five consecutive Big Ten titles, represents a conference that has fared poorly in recent bowl seasons. That has made the Buckeyes, and Tressel, the primary targets for criticism.Oregon, another athletic adversary that runs a spread offense and represents a conference that has performed well in recent bowl seasons, embodied all of the components that the Bucks haven’t been able to overcome in recent memory.So Tressel changed gears.In a late-season surge, the Buckeyes powered through the tough part of their schedule — Penn State, Iowa and Michigan — with a dominant run game.Against the Ducks, Ohio State came out throwing the football, as quarterback Terrelle Pryor attempted 24 passes in the first half alone.Ohio State’s inability to execute a diverse offensive scheme? No longer.An Oregon offense that had terrorized opponents for 37.7 points per game was held in check. Shifty, elusive quarterback Jeremiah Masoli finished with just 81 yards through the air and 9 yards on the ground. The Ducks’ potent offense managed to gain just 260 yards, a far cry from its average of 425 through the regular season.Oregon’s athletic advantage on offense? Neutralized.The Bucks put the Big Ten on their backs and carried the conference to its first signature postseason victory since Ohio State thwarted Notre Dame four years ago in the Fiesta Bowl. Penn State’s win over LSU earlier in the day helped as well, temporarily quashing the notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Obviously, one Capital One Bowl victory doesn’t nullify that theory (especially when Auburn topped Northwestern just hours earlier), but both Big Ten wins on New Year’s Day boosted the Big Ten back toward respectability.Big, slow Big Ten teams can’t win the big game? No longer a go-to media critique.Carrying the brunt of the Big Ten load, the Buckeyes have felt the most heat over the past 36 months. Tressel’s close-to-the-vest coaching style has produced annual conference crowns, but not the ideal postseason results. The coach finally shook things up when he needed to, and his Buckeyes are reaping the benefits.Incessant roar from Buckeye critics? Silenced.Whether Hell froze over or not, the Buckeyes’ national perception should finally start warming up. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Lavenders legacy etched in record books

No basketball player had ever won four Big Ten Player of the Year awards before Jantel Lavender. The 6-foot-4 Cleveland native ended what might be the most productive career the Ohio State women’s basketball program ever has seen. Before she received her diploma on March 20, she was busy rewriting both school and conference record books. Lavender holds OSU records in points (2,818), rebounds (1,422), field goals made (1,142), field goals attempted (2,156), consecutive games started (135), single-season points (769 in 2009–10), single-season rebounds (374 in 2008–09) and was the first player to score 2,000 career points (in her junior season). In her final game in scarlet and gray on Saturday, Lavender’s 19-point performance capped a career in which she never registered fewer than 10 points in a game. She holds the NCAA record for most double-digit scoring performances in history, with 136. “I’ve been fortunate enough to coach six All-American centers,” coach Jim Foster said. “The numbers Jantel put up in her career speak for themselves — (she was a) model of consistency, day in and day out.” Aside from holding records, Lavender was the backbone of a team that excelled in a halfcourt offense because of its ability to play from the inside out. Her effectiveness in the post opened up the floor for OSU’s outside shooters. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt recruited Lavender out of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, and even made an unusual lineup change to compensate for her skills on the block when the two teams squared off on Saturday. Kelley Cain, a player who had only made 17 starts on the season for the Lady Volunteers, was called on because Summitt needed her 6-foot-6 frame to slow down the NCAA’s best player. Cain scored 16 points, but only collected two rebounds to Lavender’s 10. Lavender went to Knoxville, Tenn., on an official recruiting visit in high school, but said it wasn’t the right fit, despite it being one of the most prestigious programs in college basketball. “She’s truly one of the best post players that we’ve faced,” Summitt said. “She’s got great skill set. She obviously is very tough-minded, and has done a great job for this Ohio State team and obviously been an impact player throughout her career.” Lavender’s all-time mark for double-digit scoring performances is nothing new. Even in high school, she never had a game in which she scored fewer than 10 points. Foster, a veteran coach of 33 years who’s seen many great players, was in no way surprised at the type of career Lavender put together. “I thought she would come in and be able to do the things that (former center Jessica) Davenport had done. It’s a great run,” Foster said. “I think probably just the way the league was and what our need was, you have to be a little surprised that she was Player of the Year as a freshman, but I don’t think anything she’s done in the three years since then would surprise you, relative to the Player of the Year deal.” Lavender was not outwardly emotional about the end of her career after Saturday’s loss. She said she was unsure whether she would ever take time to reflect on her four years at OSU. “I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Lavender said, “but I don’t know.” Foster chimed in, “Maybe at dinner.” read more


September 28, 2019 0

Cincinnati Bengals head to Buffalo looking for first road win of season

Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine, right, trips up Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jermaine Gresham at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Browns won, 17-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) head to Buffalo to face the Bills Sunday hoping to carry over momentum gained last week in a victory over the Patriots. They will face a Buffalo team that features the league’s third best rushing attack but has lost its starting quarterback, E.J. Manuel to a knee injury.The Bengals’ defense rose to new heights in a 13-6 victory against the New England Patriots. Despite being without defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Leon Hall, Cincinnati stifled New England’s pass attack, sacking quarterback Tom Brady four times and breaking his streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass. This week’s task are expected to be much easier.Just when it seemed the Bills (2-3) had finally resolved their problems at quarterback, they were dealt a major setback. Manuel had been having an impressive rookie season his first four games before the injury. After losing in the final seconds in week one to the Patriots, the Bills had gone 2-1, including a win over the Panthers in which Manuel threw a touchdown pass with five seconds left.Last week, the Bills were tied with the Browns, 17-17, when Manuel went down in the third quarter. They would go on to lose to Cleveland 37-24. Backup Jeff Tuel struggled in relief against the Browns, prompting the team to announce that Thad Lewis will make only the second start of his career against the Bengals.It can be presumed that the plan for the Bills is to limit Lewis’ exposure against Cincinnati’s defensive line. The fourth year quarterback will primarily be asked to hand off to running backs Fred Jackson (309 yards rushing, four touchdowns) and C.J. Spiller (296 yards rushing, one touchdown).With only twelve points in their last two games, Cincinnati’s offense is struggling behind inconsistent quarterback, Andy Dalton.Cincinnati, meanwhile, will try to get their first win of the year on the road where they play significantly worse than they do at home. Two weeks ago in Cleveland, Cincinnati allowed inexperienced Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer to look comfortable in the pocket, a far cry from the pressure applied on Brady last Sunday. The defense has only caused one turnover in two road games compared with eight turnovers in three games at home. But a win against a Patriots team that had been 4-0 may have provided the defense with the confidence needed to maintain focus away from Cincinnati and to overwhelm Lewis and the Bills. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Ohio State womens basketball loses second straight game falls at Purdue 7458

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) shoots over a defender during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-12, 4-6) dropped their second straight game by double digits Thursday, falling to No. 25 Purdue, 74-58.Consistency on the offensive end continued to plague the Buckeyes, as they shot just 34.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.The Buckeyes also lacked balance on the offensive end as only two players scored in double digits for OSU. Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston scored a game-high 26 points on 9-19 shooting, while junior guard Raven Ferguson scored 13 points on 3-15 shooting.OSU had five different players score in double figures in the first matchup between the two teams on Jan. 2, an 89-78 Buckeye victory.Purdue was without their leading scorer in redshirt-senior guard KK Houser, who tore her ACL Feb. 2 in a game against Michigan State. The Boilermakers did not seem to be phased as they had five players score in double figures.Purdue senior guard Courtney Moses led the way for the Boilermakers, scoring 18 points on 6-12 shooting while also hitting two of her three attempts from behind the arc.The Buckeyes, who normally get solid play from their bench, only received points from Ferguson as senior center Ashley Adams was held to just one shot attempt in 25 minutes of play.OSU was outrebounded 43-37 and did not tally a single fast break point on the night.The Buckeyes trailed by nine at the break, but could only manage to get within seven of the Boilermakers in the second half, trailing by as much as 19 before Ferguson hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to close out the game.OSU are set return home on Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions who gave the Buckeyes their worst loss on the season, a 66-42 drubbing in University Park, Pa. on Jan. 16. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Football Fivestar offensive tackle Doug Nester announces his commitment to Ohio State

Ohio State received the first commitment in its 2019 recruiting class when five-star offensive tackle Doug Nester announced his pledge to play for the Buckeyes Saturday evening on Twitter.The 6-foot-5.5, 295-pound lineman is the top-ranked player from West Virginia in the history of 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 36 overall player in the nation and the third-best offensive tackle in his class.The Huntington, West Virginia, native would be the first player from his home state to sign with Ohio State since tight end R.J. Coleman from Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 2002.Nester is the second five-star prospect to commit to a Big Ten program. He might end up blocking the first – defensive end prospect Stephen Herron Jr. – as he committed to Michigan July 29. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State survives scare against Northwestern with 7165

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) points to the crowd after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0 Big Ten) staved off a late comeback attempt by Northwestern (11-9, 2-5 Big Ten) on the road to win 71-65 Wednesday.The Wildcats trailed the Buckeyes by as much as 15 points with 13 minutes left in the game, but a 10-2 run by Northwestern drew the game to within three with 43.2 seconds left. But junior guard C.J. Jackson made three free throws to push Ohio State’s lead to six and ice the game.The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 38-25. Ohio State shot 47 percent from the field compared to 45 percent by Northwestern. A key difference between the two teams came in free-throw shooting, with Ohio State making 13-of-17 and Northwestern struggling at the line, going just 5-of-10.Ohio State sophomore center Micah Potter led the team in points with 13. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with a 3 and two made free throws. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored just 10 points, his second-lowest total of the season.Northwestern redshirt junior forward Vic Law led all players with 14 points, but struggled from the 3, making just 25 percent. Northwestern got off to a fast start, grabbing the 12-6 lead with 14:14 left in the first half. But from that point on, Ohio State went on a 22-5 run to take the 28-17 lead. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson scored six points during the run. During the first half, Northwestern had production from just four players. Senior forward Gavin Skelly had nine points, senior guard Scottie Lindsey had eight points, Law had seven points and freshman guard Anthony Gaines made a free throw. The rest of the team shot a combined 0-for-5 from the field. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Football Ohio State to wear allblack uniforms against Nebraska

Ohio State revealed its jerseys for the game on Nov. 3 against Nebraska. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Football (Twitter)No. 11 Ohio State will be switching from its traditional scarlet and grey for its matchup against Nebraska on Nov. 3.The Buckeyes will be wearing all-black uniforms, for a blackout game against the Cornhuskers, with the time set for a 12 p.m. start. XI.III.XVIII #GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/ntgp4wEVx6— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 26, 2018The jerseys are similar to the ones that the team wore against Penn State in 2015, and feature red numbers, as well as more cleats from Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Womens Volleyball Ana Beatriz Franklin and Vanja Bukilic bring cultures to the

Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Buklic (13) spikes the ball while team watches on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorAna Beatriz Franklin and Vanja Bukilic traveled long distances to play volleyball at Ohio State.Franklin’s Brazilian and Bukilic’s Serbian influences have merged their cultures and volleyball techniques among them and their teammates. From the way they drink their coffee to the way they behave on the court, the players had some adjustments to make upon joining Ohio State’s team.Both Franklin, a junior outside hitter, and Bukilic, a freshman opposite hitter, came from countries that do not offer college volleyball opportunities. It’s volleyball or education. This did not satisfy the desires of the two then-high school students. “It was really important to me to get a good education,” Franklin said. “I knew I wanted to keep playing volleyball at a really high level and I wanted to get my degree and go to college so coming here to play in the Big Ten was a win-win.”It was a win-win for the team as well. Franklin leads the team in service aces with 23 this season. Bukilic leads the team in kills with 240. Both girls had a similar decision to make when it came to leaving their home countries and moving to the United States. It was the same aspect of the team that drew them to this program rather than any other team they were being recruited for: team chemistry. “I decided to come here right when I visited,” Bukilic said. “There was always a good atmosphere. We were all just hanging out and it was fun being with them. The chemistry and coaches are the main reason I came.”Head coach Geoff Carlston traveled internationally to welcome both girls to the team and ease their nerves about leaving home to come to Ohio State. “Once I met the girls and the coaching staff, I knew it was the right place for me,” Franklin said. “Geoff went to Brazil to recruit me and he met my family which meant a lot and once I got here to campus, I just knew.”Carlston was the only volleyball coach from the United States who went to Brazil during the recruitment process. FloVolleyball, an international volleyball news organization, ranked Brazil as the No. 1 volleyball country, with the United States ranked No. 2.Styles of volleyball vary across the world. The basic rules, positions and terminology are consistent, but everything else was an adjustment for Franklin and Bukilic. “First when I came, it was hard because there is a completely different system for everything,” Bukilic said. “The style of playing is different, it is a faster game here and a lot of substitutions with the front and back row. It was hard at the beginning, but now I just got used to it.” Franklin noticed a difference in other ways. “Here, it’s a lot more physical, but at home, it’s a lot more technical,” she said. “I think it made me a better player, having to adapt a lot and change to fit the game here.”Culturally, Ohio was a whole new world. Aside from the stereotypical cornfields and cows that everyone expects when moving to the Midwest, the girls faced cultural adjustments that took more time getting used to. “People always bring coffee with them here,” Bukilic said. “At home you sit down, have a cup of coffee, talk with friends; but it’s busy life here and everything is so fast. I like it but sometimes I need to just sit and enjoy the moment.”Without visas, Bukilic’s family is not able to come to the United States to watch her in action. She mentioned YouTube as a go-to site for her family to watch her play.Bukilic plans to return to Serbia to play professional volleyball after graduation. Franklin is less certain of her future, both with volleyball and life. “I really try to stay in the moment and take one day at a time,” Franklin said. “There are a lot of great opportunities here and I would love to stay involved with OSU after graduation, but it’s hard to know. I still have two years left and there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.” read more


September 28, 2019 0

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands second commitment for 2020

first_imgOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Managing Editor for MultimediaOhio State received the second commitment of its 2020 recruiting class Sunday when Zed Key announced his intention to play for the Buckeyes on Twitter.The three-star prospect is rated the No. 5 player in his home state of New York, and the No. 158 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.Key, a 6-foot-7 power forward, joins four-star shooting guard Eugene Brown in Ohio State’s 2020 class. Brown committed to Ohio State on Monday.Outside of Ohio State, Key received offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duquesne and Charlotte.The addition of Key lands Ohio State at the No. 24 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.The Ohio State University %100 Committed @MovingPictureny@OhioStateHoops @NYJayhawks @LuHiBasketball @KeyPlayerNation @Dloading @thekidet pic.twitter.com/Yaby5EjKrM— Zed Key (@ZedBasketball14) September 22, 2019last_img read more


September 28, 2019 0

National Portrait Gallery launches appeal to fix crucial omission of missing Duke

first_imgArthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829 It was loaned by the collection to the temporary exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics And Passions, held last year to mark the bicentenary year of the Battle of Waterloo.The gallery said that, while it does have portraits of the Duke in its primary collection, none of them “do justice … in either historical or art historical terms”, and that they do not depict Wellington at the peak of his participation in public and political life.Dr Lucy Peltz, senior curator at the gallery, said: “This is a compelling portrait of one of the most famous figures in early 19th century Britain.”Lawrence was a superlative portrait painter with the flair and talent to capture surface glamour and deeper currents. This unfinished portrait is shot with psychological insight.” Nicholas Cullinan and Lucy Peltz launch the appealCredit:David Rose Nicholas Cullinan and Lucy Peltz launch the appeal Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “We have been searching for a portrait that can do justice to this iconic British hero since 1856.”The lack of a suitable depiction of the Duke of Wellington has long been identified as the biggest gap in our collection.“If we can raise the funds, this remarkable painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence will be on permanent display and free for over two million visitors to enjoy each year.”Commissioned by Lady Jersey, Wellington’s rumoured lover, the portrait was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence 1829, but it remained unfinished when the British artist died in 1830.Lawrence, described as the “Duke’s definitive image-maker”, created eight portraits of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. The gallery said the painting, commissioned when Wellington was prime minister, is one of only two “world-class” portraits of the Duke, who defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, ever likely to come up for sale.It last had the opportunity to buy a portrait in 2006, but could only raise £700,000, with the painting eventually selling for £1.8m.With other likenesses already in private collections and other galleries, this is considered the final realistic opportunity for the NPG to secure a painting of the Duke.The painting sold at Sotheby’s in 2013 for £962,500. The current owner is not being named by the gallery, but the painting is part of the Timothy Clode Collection.  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829Credit:National Portrait Gallery The painting in situ The National Portrait Gallery has launched a public appeal to correct the greatest omission in its history, seeking £300,000 to finally add a portrait of the Duke of Wellington to its collection.The gallery is seeking to acquire a famous unfinished portrait of the Iron Duke, after it was offered to the gallery from a private collection for £1.3 million.The gallery already has £650,000 of its own funds and a £350,000 donation from the Art Fund, leaving £300,000 to be raised through a public fundraising appeal by the end of March 2017.The NPG said it has no other significant portrait of the military hero in its collection, which it described as the “crucial omission of one of the most iconic and popular figures in British history”. The painting in situCredit:David Rose 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


September 25, 2019 0

Were coming too How Pippa Middletons exclusive wedding could be invaded by

first_imgMr House added: “Some people will no doubt want to wish the couple well, especially those Englefield parishioners who knew the Middleton family from when they lived in the area. Kate went to Brownies here and there are still people in the area who remember her.” This Friday, April 29, 2011 photo shows Kate Middleton accompanied by maid of honour Pippa Middleton, right, as she arrives at Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London. The rules mean all residents of the parish of Englefield, which surrounds St Mark’s Church, have – in theory at least –the right to attend the ceremony.According to the document, entitled Celebrity Marriages in Anglican Cathedrals and Churches, produced by the Church of England Synod’s legal advisory commission, members of the public are entitled to attend “as long as there is available seating or standing room unless a genuine question of safety or security arises”. Although St Mark’s is sighted on the private Englefield Estate – owned by the family of Conservative MP Richard Benyon since the 17th century – it is understood that parishioners would still enjoy the right to attend what is a public service.Church of England lawyers said that where parishioners need to cross private property to get to a public place of worship, a “church way” – normally an ancient footpath – has to be provided to guarantee access.The event could even be open to those from outside the parish, though only if they are there to “raise genuine impediments to the formalisation of the marriage” – such as proof that one of the couple is underage or already married.Church weddings have always been public events, but this is the first time the Church of England guidance on the subject has been published online.The guidelines only emerged following a request from a curate attending a Church of England seminar. Pippa was bridesmaid at her sister’s 2011 wedding, but she has decided on a much smaller eventCredit:Alastair Grant/AP St Mark’s Church, Englefield, where Pippa Middleton’s wedding will be heldCredit:Joan Wakeham/REX/Shutterstock Indeed, locals are already said to be looking forward to turning up.Andrew House, chairman of the parish council for the neighbouring village of Bradfield, where Pippa was born and the Duchess of Cambridge spent her early years, told The Telegraph: “It’s a rather nice thought that they might be able to attend. I’m sure there will be interest.”The guidance, published by the Church of England a few weeks before the big day, states that “a marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners are entitled to attend”.center_img But even this could present the wedding’s organisers with a dilemma.While the document states the rules do not need to be followed if “a genuine question of safety or security arises”, this is a health and safety provision, only designed to be enforced if the church becomes dangerously overcrowded.Stephen Borton, an ecclesiastical law expert and chief clerk of the faculty office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “The document is pretty clear. Parishioners and those on the electoral roll have the absolute right to attend services of public worship, and they can’t be denied access.”Marriages are not a private event, they are public.“It is a parish church and if any of the parishioners or any of those on the electoral roll wished to attend, they could not legally be refused. That of course does not extend to those from outside, such as the press.” With her sister and brother-and-law, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, expected to attend, the wedding of Pippa Middleton will be one of the most exclusive events of the year.It is anticipated that the cream of high society will gather to witness Miss Middleton marry James Matthews, a hedge fund manager and heir to a vast Scottish property.But it has now emerged that there could well be some uninvited guests at the Berkshire church of St Mark’s on May 20.Recently published Church of England guidance on “celebrity weddings” has said that ordinary members of the public could have the right to attend.And that raises the prospect of unknown strangers rubbing shoulders with Prince William and the Duchess as the happy bride and groom make their vows. The Englefield Estate said the marriage was a “private ceremony and we are not able to comment or provide any details”.A representative for the wedding itself said: “For security reasons we are making no comments on the private details of this wedding (being held on private property).” Location of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wedding, Englefield, UK 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


September 25, 2019 0

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye set to be moved to open prison

first_imgHe was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Kenneth Noye, however they have recommended that he be transferred to open conditions.”This is a recommendation only and the Ministry of Justice will now consider the advice and make the final decision.”Under current legislation, Mr Noye will be eligible for a further review within two years. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”The Parole Board review comes after a High Court judge overturned a ministerial decision to block the murderer being transferred to a less restricted jail. Stephen Lee Cameron, 21, who was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth Noye. 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. Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard while travelling under a false before he was capturedCredit:FIONA HANSON Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard while travelling under a false before he was captured Noye was already one of the country’s most feared gangsters when he stabbed Mr Cameron to death on a slip road of the M25 in front of his horrified girlfriend.center_img A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The independent Parole Board has made its recommendation. We will carefully consider this and make a decision in due course.” He had previously been acquitted of the murder of undercover police officer John Fordham after claiming he had mistaken him for an intruder and was acting in self-defence.But he served 14 years in jail for his part in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat bullion robbery.After killing Mr Cameron, Noye fled the country until a major manhunt traced him to Spain and he was extradited.When Noye was initially jailed for life, there was no minimum tariff set by the judge. But the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, later recommended that he serve at least 16 years.In September 2015 the Parole Board declined to order Noye’s release and recommended he be transferred to an open prison. But the recommendation was rejected by then justice secretary Michael Gove on November 5 2015.Following a High Court challenge by Noye earlier this year, Mr Justice Lavender quashed the refusal decision.He said in February: “It will be for the current Secretary of State to take a fresh decision whether or not to transfer the claimant to an open prison.”Edward Fitzgerald QC, for Noye, had argued the rejection decision was “unlawful and irrational”.But the judicial review challenge was contested by former justice secretary Liz Truss, who said there was “nothing irrational” in the decision taken. Stephen Cameron was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth NoyeCredit:PA Kenneth Noye, the road rage killer, could be moved to an open prison after a recommendation by the Parole Board.The 70-year-old was sentenced to life in April 2000 after being convicted of murdering a young man on the M25 in Kent.A review panel did not direct his release, but has concluded that Noye is suitable to be “transferred to open conditions”.The Parole Board stressed that the recommendation must now be considered by the Ministry of Justice before a final decision is made.Noye stabbed 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

War erupts over metal detecting on Britains battlefields

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. An archaeologist working on the battlefield in Luetzen, German They are the sites which have witnessed the bloodiest fights that have shaped the course of history, but now a more genteel war is being fought on the battlefields of Britain. Metal detecting enthusiasts have gone head to head with Historic England over the heritage group’s attempts to prevent them from scouring the sites for treasures without supervision. The National Council of Metal Detectors (NCMD), representing hobbyists since 1981, has refused to approve a new code setting down the guidelines for how detectorists should behave.It withdrew its support for the voluntary code after Historic England threw a “spanner” in the works at the 11th hour, calling for all detecting on registered battlefields to be “a part of an organised and structured archaeological survey”. There has long been accusations that important battlefields  – including Tewkesbury where Edward IV achieved his great Wars of the Roses victory in 1471, and Shrewsbury- where Henry V’s first great battle was waged in 1403 – have been damaged and evidence lost because marauding detectorists do not ensure items are reported and recorded correctly. But the detectorists argue that because of the scattered nature of material on battlefields, their method is the best way to gather the historical evidence.  There is no legal protection for items on a battlefield, apart from for some structural remains which are registered as Scheduled Monuments.  An archaeologist working on the battlefield in Luetzen, GermanCredit:Alamy Stock Photo The code of practice, which is voluntary, was first issued in 2006 but was updated at the end of last year. However, tempers frayed when Historic England attempted to make last minute changes during a meeting to discuss it’s finalisation. The NCMD and the Federation of Independent detectorists both refused to sign up to the code because of the intervention, meaning hobbyists can continue to use metal detectors on battlefields under their guidelines.An NCMD spokesman said: “The NCMD felt it was being pressured into agreeing a wording of the code it was not fully happy with.”They said that they would keep the code under review. A spokesman for Historic England said: “There is no question that detectorists share a passion for our history – and as detecting technology improves, the opportunities for using this technique to revolutionise our understanding of the past also increase.“We really value the opportunity to work with detectorists and to discuss how – through initiatives such as the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the metal detecting Code of Practice – we can ensure that the potential that detecting offers for understanding our past is properly met.”Their position is supported by the charity the Battlefield Trust, which says: “Ad hoc metal detecting, whether or not recording is undertaken, can cause the loss of evidence. It thus jeopardises future advances in understanding of the nature of the fighting that can be gained from systematic archaeological survey by distorting the surviving distribution pattern.” read more


September 25, 2019 0

Army weapons officer stole £70000 worth of guns from his base and

He added: “Peter Laidler stole weapons and parts of weapons. They include a number of SA80 rifles and sniper rifles.”Some were sold on to other firearms enthusiasts, others were kept at his address where they were found by the police.”Some were passed on to the defendant Roger Smith.”He was trained in firearms in his time with the MoD police, he must have know the weapons were stolen.”Mr Jewell said that Pemberton received a sniper rifle which was valued at £50,000 and which Pemberton exchanged with another enthusiast who sold it for £30,000.Mr Jewell said that Bull received two SA80 rifles but it was not known when or where they had been stolen from.The defendants deny the charges and the trial continues. A former Army captain stole automatic and sniper rifles worth tens of thousands of pounds from the Ministry of Defence and passed them on to other former soldiers and firearms enthusiasts, a court has heard.Peter Laidler, 71, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, who is also a former police officer, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of 13 counts of theft and one of handling stolen goods between 1998 and 2016.Roger Smith, 60, of Emsworth, Hampshire, a police officer with the MoD police, faces six counts of handling stolen goods.Firearms dealer Adrian Bull, 64, of Devizes, Wiltshire, faces three counts of handling stolen goods and former soldier Stuart Pemberton, of Warminster, Wiltshire, is accused of one count of handling stolen goods.Matthew Jewell QC, prosecuting, said that Laidler had worked as the armourer for the MoD’s Small Arms School Corps Infantry Weapons Collection at Warminster, where the majority of the weapons were stolen.Amongst the firearms stolen were SA80s, the Army’s standard issue automatic rifle, Lee Enfield and Mauser rifles, the court heard.Mr Jewell said “Peter Laidler was employed at the collection as an armourer, he didn’t have any authority to permit the disposal, destruction or sale of any weapons.” 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


September 25, 2019 0

Being inactive could be more dangerous for the health than being obese

It found that overall, obese commuters who travelled to work by car had the highest likelihood of early death, with a 32 per cent raised chance of mortality compared to cyclists or walkers of normal weight. The research by Glasgow University tracked more than 150,000 adults for five years. But if obese adults travelled to work by foot or bike, their risk was similar to active commuters of a healthy weight. Being inactive could be more dangerous for the health than being obese, research suggests. Slim motorists fared far worse – and were 21 per cent more… A British study shows that corpulent commuters who cycle to work are far less likely to die prematurely than slim people who rely on the car. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Update Cevons Waste employees nabbed attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour Prison Officers to be charged for smuggling contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”Cop nabbed attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”Contraband unearthed at NA prison in latest raid on penitentiariesDecember 8, 2018In “Crime” Three workers attached to Cevons Waste Management were taken into police custody after attempting to smuggle contraband into the Lusignan Prison on Thursday morning.The three employees, who have not yet been identified, were seen acting in a suspicious manner at the PrisonThis is according to Prisons Director, Gladwin Samuels.The three employees were at the “old compound” of the Lusigan Prison to conduct waste disposal services when the prohibited items concealed in a haversack were found after a search of the vehicle owned by the waste disposal company was conducted. Police confirmed in a subsequent release that the haversack contained in excess of 860 grams of cannabis and two cartons of cigarettesAccording to the police, the driver and two porters, one being a female, were searched and 24 grams of cannabis was found in the driver’s pants pocket.The waste disposal company has since distanced itself from the incident, citing the behaviour of the employees fingered as “embarrassing” and against the image of what the company stands for.The driver, 25, of Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) along with the porters; a 26-year-old male from Russel Street, Charlestown, Georgetown and the 32-year-old female of ‘C’ Field Reserve, Sophia, are assisting with the investigation.The Lusignan Prison is currently housing hundreds of prisoners from the Camp Street Prison which was damaged significantly during the July 9, conflagration and unrest. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Elderly man killed in road accident

Sixty-six-year-old Latchman Sukhu, a Rural Constable attached to the Mibicuri Police Station and late resident of Lot 86 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne Berbice, was struck from the bicycle he was riding by an allegedly speeding car on the village public road on Thursday at about 09:40h, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mibicuri Public Hospital, where he was rushed after the incident.According to reports, motor car HB 8230, being driven by a 35-year-old male of Belvedere, Corentyne, was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road allegedly at a fast rate when it collided with the cyclist, who reportedly rode out from a street in the area.A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver found no trace of alcohol in his blood.He, however, remains in custody assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related11-year-old killed by car allegedly speedingDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Cyclist killed in Berbice accident by reportedly speeding carJanuary 15, 2018In “Crime”Pensioner killed in EBD accidentAugust 31, 2019In “Crime” read more


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