Month: September 2019

Eagles Sign RB LeSean McCoy to 45 Mil ExtensionEagles Sign RB LeSean McCoy to 45 Mil Extension


The Philadelphia Eagles locked in a crucial piece to their offense yesterday, signing running back LeSean McCoy to a five-year extension worth up to $45 million.McCoy, 23, had one year remaining on his rookie deal. The Pennsylvania product scored a franchise record 17 rushing touchdowns last season and was elated to have his contract situation taken care of before the beginning of training camp.“It feels good just to wake up tomorrow and go to work knowing that the deal is done and it’s over with,” McCoy said during a press conference. “I’m not a guy to try and hold out and do this and do that. I try and do things the right way. I’m just happy that everything is done and over with, and I can go to work happy tomorrow and enjoy myself.”Head coach Andy Reid echoed his running back’s sentiments, saying, “We are excited to continue this off-season of taking care of our own players. LeSean is one of the most electrifying running backs in the National Football League. He can do it all – run, catch, block and score touchdowns from anywhere on the field.” read more


Lions Cut Aaron Berry After 2nd Arrest In ALions Cut Aaron Berry After 2nd Arrest In A


Tired of his off-the-field troubles, the Detroit Lions unceremoniously cut projected starting cornerback Aaron Berry on Monday morning after he was arrested this weekend for the second time in a month, a league source told ESPN.This time, Berry was apprehended, according to Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department, on three charges of simple assault. And, to make matters worse, police said there ”was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident.”That was enough for the Loins, apparently.Less than a month ago Berry was arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts. He was set to enter a diversionary program in that case.His second arrest was the latest bit of bad publicity during a troubled off-season for the Lions, who are quickly moving toward challenging the Cincinnati Bengals for players that get into off-the-field-trouble with the law.To illustrate: Lions’ running back Mikel Leshoure will miss the first two games this season without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Not good. Then there is defensive tackle NIck Fairley, who was arrested twice in two months. Really not good.Berry is entering his third NFL season. He started three games last season for the Lions and one the previous season.”I would just hope that everybody just holds their judgment on this matter,” said Corky Goldstein, Berry’s lawyer. ”There’s a lot more to this situation.  I know Aaron is very upset over this whole situation. Let’s give the opportunity for all the facts to come out.”The Lions released a statement Sunday that hardly was a symbol of support.”We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” the team said. ”We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate.” read more


Nerlens Noel Projected No 1 NBA Pick Out WithNerlens Noel Projected No 1 NBA Pick Out With


Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s freshman center who was projected as the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft by many league observers, tore the ACL in his left knee Tuesday night in Florida, throwing the Wildcats’ season and his immediate future into question.Noel’s 6-foot-10 frame crumbled to the floor when he landed awkwardly after blocking a shot from behind with just over eight minutes left in the Gators’ 69-52 win. He lay on the floor writhing in pain as his teammates and Kentucky followers held their collective breath.But it did not look good when teammates had to carry him off the floor. Losing Noel is a significant hit to the Wildcats (17-7, 8-3 SEC), who now trail Florida (20-3, 10-1) by two games in the SEC standings. Noel leads the nation in blocked shots (4.5 per game) and averages 10.6 points per game and is second in the SEC in rebounding (9.6 per game).“I met with Nerlens,” coach John Calipari said in a statement Wednesday. “The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever.”Some have feared that Noel’s injury may have cost him millions as he had been projected to be a Top 5 pick in this year’s NBA draft had he elected to leave early. Calipari, however, dismissed that notion.“The good news is he is insured,” Calipari said, “so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse. Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time.”It is highly unlikely Noel will enter the draft now, as many suspected he would. He must rehab and play next season to prove to NBA teams he is healthy. read more


What Would Happen If The English Premier League Had PlayoffsWhat Would Happen If The English Premier League Had Playoffs


Players have incredibly busy schedules already with some juggling league and cup play, the Champions League and their international team responsibilities, so any playoff system probably shouldn’t add more matches to their already packed schedules. Perhaps the size of the league could be reduced by a team or two, or some regular season matchups could be a single match on neutral ground rather than home-and-away to allow for the extra playoff matches.I don’t know if playoffs are the right thing for the Premier League. I do know that I haven’t watched many matches during the second half of the season, but I’d watch these playoffs.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Liverpool00.40.6 SEEDTEAMMAKING SEMISMAKING FINALWINNING FINAL Leeds United00.6+0.6 Newcastle00.9+0.9 Manchester City22.1+0.1 Leicester City10.20.1 Manchester City22.02.6 Assumes the order of the top six teams will not change during the final weekend of matches. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes. Queens Park Rangers00.00.0 Aston Villa00.4+0.4 Chelsea’s chances of winning the league would drop from 100 percent to 38 percent, and the five other teams that have been eliminated from the title race would still have hope.I also set up playoff forecasts to see how our system might have affected the number of titles won by each Premier League club since 1992-93. Liverpool and Arsenal would likely have benefitted the most, while Manchester United likely would have won fewer than their league-leading 13 titles in that time span. TITLES Manchester United137.5-5.5 NUMBER OF TITLES Newcastle00.00.0 Arsenal34.8+1.8 Liverpool02.6+2.6 Manchester United21.20.7 TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDER PLAYOFF SYSTEMCHANGE Leicester City10.2-0.8 Playoffs, of course, inject luck into a championship but there are indications that a team still needs a significant amount of luck to win the league outright.You can see how luck infiltrates league titles by looking at teams’ goal tallies. Goals scored and conceded will get a team to the top of the standings but they aren’t necessarily the best indicator of a team’s underlying talent, nor are they the most predictive of future performance. Expected goals, a metric we use in our SPI ratings, are a better gauge of each team’s quality of play. We can also use expected goals to approximate how likely each team was to win the league based on the shots it took over the course of the entire season.2To summarize this process, every shot taken is assigned a probability of scoring based on the location it was taken from, the part of body used, the player taking the shot and a few other factors. We can roll up these individual shot probabilities into the number of goals each team was expected to score in a match based on their shots. Finally, we can use these match-by-match expected-goal totals to go back and replay each season thousands of times (a team’s simulated score in a match is drawn from a poisson distribution with a mean equal to their expected goal total for that match) to see how likely each team was to win the titleThese expected goal simulations indicate that Manchester City have been unlucky not to win the title this year; if we rerun the season thousands of times, they win the league 61 percent of the time given the shots they took and conceded. Last year’s Leicester City team was fortunate to win the league according to these simulations; they only had a 9 percent chance of winning the league based on their expected goal numbers.Finally, if we look at the projected number of titles won over the past seven seasons3 We only have the play-by-play data needed to run these back to the 2010-11 season. based on these expected goal simulations, the number of titles each team is projected to have won is quite similar to the number of titles we expect them to have won if the league had playoffs. In other words, this implies that there may be just as much luck involved in winning the league outright as there would be in a playoff system. Wimbledon00.00.0 Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 1992-93. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, James Curley 2Tottenham Hotspur✓5226 Chelsea54.4-0.6 Bolton00.00.0 Everton00.2+0.2 Norwich City00.00.0 Everton00.10.0 Southampton00.1+0.1 6Manchester United36146 TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDERPLAYOFF SYSTEMEXPECTED UNDERXG SIMULATIONS Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 2010-11.This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, Opta 1Chelsea✓70%38% Nottingham Forest00.1+0.1 Arsenal01.11.4 3Manchester City64%3418 Tottenham Hotspur00.6+0.6 Blackburn10.5-0.5 Chelsea21.51.3 Mock 2016-17 Premier League playoff forecast 4Liverpool58198 Impact of playoff system on league titles, 1992-93 through 2016-17 Tottenham Hotspur00.50.3 CHANCES OF … 5Arsenal42114 West Ham United00.00.0 Southampton00.10.1 Expected titles under playoff system vs. xG simulations, 2010-11 through 2016-17 Ipswich Town00.00.0 The final weekend of the English Premier League is upon us and the league has scheduled all 10 matches simultaneously on Sunday in order to maximize excitement. The problem is that there’s not much excitement left — and there hasn’t been for awhile. Chelsea has been the runaway favorite to win the title for a few months now, and the team officially clinched a week ago. This isn’t uncommon. Even Leicester City’s shocking run to a league title last year, one of the most exciting outcomes in league history, was clinched two weeks before the end of the season. And in the 2014-15 season Chelsea clinched the title a full three weeks before their final match. Awarding the EPL trophy to the team atop the table at season’s end eliminates most of the debate about England’s best team, but it also can eliminate fun.It doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine for a moment that after this weekend’s mostly meaningless matches,1Fortunately, there’s still some uncertainty around the final Champions League spots. we were headed for the inaugural round of Premier League playoffs to decide the league champion. What would happen if more than a century of English soccer tradition was thrown out in favor of a shamelessly Americanized format?As an experiment, I set up a mock six-team playoff for the Premier League and forecasted the results using our SPI ratings. There are a variety of playoff formats that could be used, but six teams feels right; it’s a small enough number that teams would have to compete to get in, but big enough that it would widen the pool of potential champions. Also, to reward teams that do well during the regular season, the top two teams in the table would be awarded byes. The next four teams would be seeded and would play one other team in a home-and-home aggregate, similar to the Champions League. From there the semifinals would follow the same format. Also similar to the Champions League, the final would be played as a single match at a neutral site such as Wembley.If you applied that playoff set-up to this season’s standings, the playoffs would give us two more Manchester Derbies in the first-round and would pit Liverpool against Arsenal. Chelsea and Tottenham would be waiting to play the winners.Chelsea would still be favored to win the playoffs — their first round bye and top seed helps quite a bit — but every team would have a reasonable shot at the title. Here’s how it would look: read more


What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The OlympicsWhat If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics


Last fall, Lindsey Vonn, a gold-medal Olympian and the second winningest World Cup skier of all time,1She has 81 wins, only five behind male Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989. repeated a request she’d made before: to race against men. U.S. Ski & Snowboard made a formal petition on her behalf to the International Ski Federation (FIS), which currently does not allow mixed-gender competitions.2There are team events in Alpine skiing that have mixed-gender teams, one of which will be featured in the Pyeongchang Olympics for the first time. But in those events, women are still racing in heats against women and men against men. The FIS won’t rule on the petition until spring at the earliest, so as Vonn competes in Pyeongchang this weekend, she won’t know if she will ever get a chance to race against her male peers.3Even if the FIS were to approve the petition, it probably would not permanently change the rules regarding mixed-gender racing. Rather, it is likely to make a one-time exception for Vonn to race in the men’s World Cup race in November 2018.Vonn’s quest made us wonder: What would the Olympics look like if men and women skied against each other? We got results for four Alpine events in the Winter Olympics4Excluding combined and team events. going back to 1948 and looked at the median speed5We used median speed rather than an average of the field because competitors who did much worse than the field each year had too big an impact on the average. for competitors in the men’s and women’s events in each year.6 Because Alpine courses are not specific lengths (they follow general guidelines), we needed to know how long each course was so that we could compare speeds from different races, rather than just race times. The results came from Sports-Reference.com, and the course information is from Wikipedia. Neither dataset was complete, so races in which we are missing either times or course lengths are excluded. In slalom, giant slalom and the super-G, women’s and men’s performances seem to vary in comparison to each other. However, in downhill, the event that most emphasizes speed rather than making turns, the men consistently run ahead of the women — though female downhill skiers today are faster in general than the men who competed in the late 1970s and earlier.But these comparisons hide a key difference between the men’s and women’s competitions: namely, the courses themselves. Men and women rarely race on the same courses, which are set according to different guidelines, with men’s courses requiring a greater change in elevation. Courses also vary in their steepness, but there has not been a marked difference in the average gradient of men’s and women’s courses. This means that men’s courses, which tend to have the same gradient as women’s but a greater vertical change, are usually longer than women’s. In other Winter Olympic sports where events are defined by their lengths, such as cross-country skiing and biathlon, the women’s races are also almost always significantly shorter.7Curiously, the same is not true for most analogous Summer Olympic events, such as track and field races.So here’s another question: Is there any reason for women’s Alpine courses to be shorter? For example, do women go faster on shorter courses, either relative to themselves or to men? (Though that in itself would not be a reason that women’s courses had to be shorter but might give some explanation as to why they are.) To investigate, we plotted average speed versus course length for the winning female competitor in each event for every year. As women have gotten faster, they have also been racing longer distances. It seems that distance is not a limiting factor for female skiers. And yet, while the range of women’s speeds is comparable to that of men’s — and even in some events, such as super-G, women have the fastest average speeds in our dataset — in no event have women raced on the longest courses (though in many cases they raced the same distance or greater than men did in other Olympic years).Apart from any questions of inequality, this feature of Alpine skiing makes comparing men’s and women’s performances very difficult. Distance may, in fact, affect average speeds, and requiring separate courses also means that other factors, like gate placement and steepness, will be different for men’s and women’s races.The separation of genders in Alpine skiing, combined with the fact that women are usually asked to do less than men, implies that if men and women were in head-to-head competition, women would never have a shot at gold.8Atle Skaardal, race director of the women’s World Cup, has maintained that keeping genders separate has nothing to do with relative performance, saying, “For me it’s a meaningless comparison. It doesn’t matter if she’s one second behind or a half-second ahead. We compete female against female and men against men. To me it doesn’t matter if one gender is faster or slower. It doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, just because it’s of interest to one racer.” But we simply don’t know for sure if that is true — with all the differences between men’s and women’s races, the data can’t really tell us. Vonn herself has expressed doubts about how she would perform directly against men, telling the Denver Post, “I know I’m not going to win.”“But,” she said, “I would like to at least have the opportunity to try.” read more


Messi Is More Dominant Than Ever — And Barcelona Is More DependentMessi Is More Dominant Than Ever — And Barcelona Is More Dependent


Messi’s share 2015-1626.528.126.6 2016-1751.830.7 2010-1156.0%25.0 *Adjusted for 38-match seasonData from La Liga matchesSource: Opta Sports 2016-1729.431.423.9 2012-1332.037.419.5 2013-1427.131.819.5 2011-1230.036.121.5 Barca is even more dependent on MessiThe share of Barcelona’s production attributed to Lionel Messi, adjusted for playing time, 2010-2019 2014-1528.031.426.2 2017-1830.732.428.1 2018-1934.741.333.6 Data from La Liga and Champions League matchesSource: Opta Sports 2014-1555.527.3 2010-1133.7%36.1%20.3% Barca’s defense isn’t the sameBarcelona’s pressing rate and expected goals allowed by season Messi receives the ball more often now in the back half of the pitch and the center. These are areas that normally Liverpool would expect to have at least two if not all three of its central midfielders covering. In a transition game, however, Messi might have more space to work and find passes either to Suarez or perhaps an onrushing fullback.1Jordi Alba has been Barcelona’s top attacking outlet since the departure of Neymar.The other option for Liverpool, if that seems too much of a risk, would be not to open up the throttle and play in transition but to sit deeper and look for less frequent counterattacking opportunities. This would deny Messi space to find passes. Of course, this would be nothing new. Barcelona has often faced opponents who sat deep and denied space. What has changed, however, is Barcelona’s approach. Where once Barca would patiently hold the ball forever until it unlocked an opponent, now Messi has started gunning. In the past two seasons, Messi has attempted 121 open-play shots from outside the box as well as 108 direct free kicks. In the two seasons prior, 2015-16 and 2016-17, he attempted just 83 open-play shots from outside the box and 87 direct free kicks. Messi has increased his production outside the penalty area from eight goals per season to 10.5 per season. 2011-1255.425.8 2013-1452.430.5 2012-1349.632.6 In some ways, Liverpool’s task on Wednesday while facing Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal is simple. All the Reds likely have to do to reach a second consecutive European final is contain Lionel Messi, the greatest soccer player of all time.In past seasons, such a description might have been oversimplifying. Back when Xavi and Andres Iniesta roamed midfield for Barcelona, the pair’s game control and precision passing could dominate matches. More recently, when Neymar and a younger Luis Suarez joined Messi in the forward line, the interchanging of this three-headed monster was the core problem for opponents to solve. Today, the superstar supporting cast at Camp Nou is largely gone or aged out of its prime. But the astounding thing about Messi is that at age 31, he is still good enough to carry a team on his back very nearly to the top of the Soccer Power Index rankings, not to mention to an easy league title and a Copa del Rey final. Now he has the chance to bring the club a sixth Champions League title.From 2010-11 through 2013-14, when Barcelona was either managed by Pep Guardiola or still functioning mostly in his systems, Messi was a forward. He operated in the “false nine” role he made famous and ran up incredible goal-scoring and assist production, while ball progression responsibilities fell as much to him as to great midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta. The team changed in 2014-15, when Luis Enrique took over, Suarez arrived as an elite center forward and Xavi fell out of the rotation. Messi switched to a role on the right and became the team’s primary ball progressor, while Suarez and Neymar helped share the goal-scoring load.Today, increasingly, Messi just does it all. He is the lone true ball progression engine, and he’s creating an even higher percentage of his team’s goals and chances than he did at his peak, according to data from analytics firm Opta Sports. seasonExpected Goals + AssistsGoals + AssistsProgressive Passes + Runs 2017-1847.838.5 The main reason that Barcelona is increasingly a one-man team is that the other players are not as great anymore. Luis Suarez at 32 isn’t the dynamic center forward he used to be. Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta are gone. Sergio Busquets, 30, and Ivan Rakitic, 31, cannot cover ground in midfield like they used to. The result is a team that is less able to supplement the attack either with forward runs or with an aggressive high press to cause turnovers because the midfield needs to be more stable and defensive. Early in the season, Barcelona was playing more aggressive midfield tactics and was rewarded with a string of goals conceded. Manager Ernesto Valverde has since pulled back the press, which prevented a disaster but has left Messi carrying the team. 2015-1653.133.6 2018-19*47.242.0 These personnel issues show up clearly in the stat sheet. Where once Barcelona was among the highest-pressing teams in the world, now the Blaugrana don’t force turnovers up the field at the same rate. Barcelona’s defensive numbers have still declined as its midfielders have lost range — and the team’s more conservative approach could only slow the decline, not prevent it entirely.This defensive weakness offers Liverpool its primary tactical opportunity. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can pull Barcelona into a transition game and open up midfield, there will be advantageous matchups to exploit. If Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane can find themselves running in space, Rakitic and Busquets are unlikely to slow them down.But such a transition game has a downside for Liverpool. And that’s Messi. If Liverpool seeks to exploit the weaknesses of Barcelona’s defense and create transition opportunities, that will give Messi room to operate. As he has shifted from a right-sided forward to a pure central playmaker, Messi has had to work in tighter spaces, often deeper on the pitch. SeasonPressing RateExpected Goals Allowed This increase in production counts, but it is not spectacular. Messi has managed to be just as dangerous a ball progressor while letting it fly more frequently. But the risk Messi poses against a set defense, firing from long range, is probably one that an opponent can accept. While Messi is more dangerous shooting the ball than just about anyone else in soccer, his increased distance shooting has led to only a couple more goals over a long season. This isn’t a strategy to beat Messi — such a thing does not exist. But on balance, the statistical record suggests that even the greatest of all time has not turned gunning from 20 yards into a killer attacking plan.Barcelona is Lionel Messi at this point, and game-planning to stop Barcelona is now as simple as figuring out how to stop Messi. Which has, of course, never been simple. But with less expansive passers behind him and less explosive forwards ahead, he has never had fewer weapons among his teammates. Liverpool can either play a more risky strategy of exploiting Barcelona’s now-shaky defense or a more conservative strategy that looks to force Messi into shooting from range. Both strategies could easily be defeated by Messi finding space in transition or driving home a great shot from distance. But on balance, Liverpool is probably better off with the latter risk than letting Messi get free on the break.Check out our latest soccer predictions. read more


Did Aaron Boone Forget That The Yankees Bullpen Was Historically GoodDid Aaron Boone Forget That The Yankees Bullpen Was Historically Good


The power of the major league manager is in decline, and the role has changed in baseball’s information age. More and more power is concentrated in the front office, which constructs rosters and sets organizational philosophy. Yet there’s one traditional managerial responsibility that remains largely intact: in-game decision making. While the front office plays a role in game-planning in most organizations, the manager is ultimately making the real-time decisions. Tactical errors can be lost in the marathon of a regular season, but they are heightened and highlighted in the postseason.New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a tough Monday. His Tuesday wasn’t much better. And in part because of his decisions, the Yankees’ season came to a close. The Boston Red Sox advanced to play the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series beginning Saturday in Boston.The Yankees entered the postseason with the most dominant bullpen in history by some measures, including wins above replacement (9.7) and strikeout rate (11.4 strikeouts per nine innings). Moreover, managers have never been more aggressive in employing their bullpens. Major league relief pitchers accounted for a record 40.1 percent of innings in the regular season. They absorbed a record 46.5 percent of innings last postseason. Entering LCS play, relievers have accounted for 48.8 percent of innings this postseason. But Boone seemed to forget that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had spent the last two years building one of the most dominant relief units of all time.After Sunday’s off day, with the series tied at 1-1, the Yankees started ace Luis Severino in Game 3. Severino struggled. The Yankees already trailed 3-0 in the top of the fourth when three straight Red Sox reached to open the inning and load the bases.“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” the rookie manager told reporters before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in hindsight, sure, go in a different way there.”At that point, the Yankees had a 10.2 percent win expectancy, according to FanGraphs. Boone then exacerbated matters by calling upon Lance Lynn, hardly the top bullpen option available, with a 4.77 ERA in the regular season.1Though he pitched better with the Yankees (4.14 ERA) than he had with the Twins (5.10). Lynn walked Mookie Betts and allowed a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox led 10-0 by the close of the frame, and the Yankees’ win probability had fallen to 0.8 percent, en route to their 16-1 loss.Source: FanGraphsAny decision from Boone in that situation might not have changed the final outcome. The next pitcher after Lynn — Chad Green, a more dominant bat-missing arm — also struggled. But Boone’s curious thought process played a part in letting the game slip away early.“I know it’s out there because of the texts I receive, the ‘hang in theres,’” Boone told reporters about the second-guessing. “We can all sit and second — not even second guess, first guess or second guess — I would do this, that’s one of the great things about our game.”On Tuesday night, as the Yankees faced elimination, some in the media advocated for the Yankees to bullpen the game. Boone started veteran CC Sabathia and stuck with him through a third inning in which the Yankees’ win probability slipped from 50 percent to 23.9 percent.Source: FanGraphs Yankees ace reliever Aroldis Chapman did not pitch Monday and only appeared Tuesday when the Yankees were down by three runs in the ninth inning. In the Yankees’ five postseason games, including their wild-card game win over the Oakland A’s, Chapman pitched just three innings.Meanwhile, in the year of the relief pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers have bullpenned games in the postseason, and the Tampa Bay Rays, a rival of the Yankees in the AL East, often started regular-season games with a reliever. The Red Sox used ace Chris Sale in relief Tuesday. But Boone plotted a more traditional path — and it cost him.Managers have lost power, but they have become important conduits and gatekeepers when it comes to sharing and embracing information. While their power is reduced, their decisions can still make or break fortunes.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


Braxton Miller named OSUs starting quarterback for Saturdays game vs ColoradoBraxton Miller named OSUs starting quarterback for Saturdays game vs Colorado


Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell announced Thursday that Braxton Miller would start at quarterback in Saturday’s matchup against Colorado.  Fickell made the announcement during his weekly radio show around noon, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The expected start would be Miller’s first at OSU. Miller did not see playing time against Toledo, but split time with redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman in games against Akron and Miami (Fla.). Bauserman started the previous three games.  Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.


New face in Ohio State Athletic DepartmentNew face in Ohio State Athletic Department


Shaun Richard is set to become OSU’s associate athletics director for sports administration.Credit: Courtesy of Colgate University AthleticsThe Ohio State Department of Athletics is getting a new face.Shaun Richard has been named to the position of associate athletics director for sport administration, Miechelle Willis, executive associate athletics director for student services and sport administration, announced Tuesday.Richard, a 2003 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, will replace senior associate athletic director for sports administration Chris Schneider. Richard will directly oversee multiple OSU programs, including men’s and women’s hockey, according to a press release.He is set to begin at his new position next week, OSU Department of Athletics spokeswoman Leann Parker said in email Tuesday night.“I would like to thank athletics director Gene Smith, Miechelle Willis and the entire search committee for this amazing opportunity,” Richard said in a released statement. “It is both humbling and exciting to be part of the Ohio State family. I look forward to being a part of the continued success of the Ohio State athletic programs and working with the great coaching staffs and outstanding student-athletes who put on the Scarlet and Gray.”Before coming to Columbus, Richard was named the assistant athletics director at Colgate University in November 2008. In July 2011, he was promoted to the position of associate athletics director and has served as the school’s associate director of external operations since July 12, 2012, according to the release.“Shaun will be a great addition to our department,” Willis said, according to the release. “He has broad-based experience in athletics at many levels — as a coach, in the NFL and on the intercollegiate level … His service on a number of university and conference committees, and his experiences with external relations, were a plus.”Prior to his time with the Colgate Raiders, Richard served as the operations manager of the Jason Taylor Foundation in Miami, Fla., in addition to the working for the operations department of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.The terms of Richard’s salary were not readily available upon request and Richard was not immediately available for comment Tuesday. read more


Analysis Sluggish win against Nebraska evident of Ohio State buying into coachingAnalysis Sluggish win against Nebraska evident of Ohio State buying into coaching


The Buckeyes celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen members of Ohio State’s men’s basketball teams are introduced this season, a bright flame shoots up from on top of the hoop to signal the entrance of the player.That flame did not go off Monday night, and the Buckeyes seemingly followed suit.There was no fire in the Buckeyes early on. No energy. Ohio State came out slow to start the game, making just two field goals over the first seven and a half minutes of the game. The team finished the first half with just 24 points, it’s lowest single-half total since its 86-59 loss to Gonzaga.It had no business winning the game against Nebraska. It did anyway. The Ohio State team last season, which finished with a 17-15 record, would have watched Nebraska junior guard James Palmer Jr. knock down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie and subsequently give his team the lead with seven minutes left in the game and crumbled away.But the Ohio State team this season — which already has an 18-5 record and perfect 9-0 Big Ten record — fought back, seemingly getting stronger as the stakes got higher and managed to salvage the game for a 64-59 win.“Were there like four times they were dead in the water, jumping out of bounds to save a ball and somehow, like Dakich is standing in the corner wide-open, I’m like, ‘How the heck did he get that?’” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said.The win for Ohio State is just the latest in a season full of unexpected wins. The Buckeyes were not expected to do much of anything before the season began. This looked like a rebuilding year. But now the No. 13 team in the nation, Ohio State is in anything but a rebuilding year.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said after the game he never knows how to answer questions about what a win means for a team. This win alone did not mean much. This win in the context of the rest of the season is just a sign of how fast a team has come together.“Listen, I don’t want to take this for granted. I’ve never been a part of anything like this. And I don’t know that I ever will again,” Holtmann said. “You don’t start 9-0 in conference play. So I don’t want to take that for granted. It’s been an amazing run and just hopefully we can continue it.”Hearing a coach say that a team is “buying into” the message a news coaching staff brings in its first season sounds like coach-speak at the beginning of the season when the team is beating up on clearly inferior opponents.But now this deep into the season, it no longer sounds like coach-speak. There is something about this team and these players that can seemingly only be attributed to “buying into” the coaching staff.“It didn’t happen overnight,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “In my opinion, I’ve never been on a team where so many people buy in. Like there’s no hidden agendas in our locker room. None. You don’t see that a lot . . . Everybody’s buying in. Everybody’s playing with with heart, effort and you know we’re not afraid to call each other out on it.”This level of commitment is not foreign to a team hiring Holtmann for the first time. Holtmann was an assistant coach under Brandon Miller at Butler when the Bulldogs endured a major down-year. The season prior under now-Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, the team went 27-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. But Miller’s team found less success, struggling to a 14-17 season. The following offseason, Miller left due to medical issues, leaving Holtmann as the head coach.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThat team turned around immediately, finishing 23-11 and again reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Holtmann said that losing season transformed the players into a “hungry group,” motivated to again find success. When he joined an Ohio State team that missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, he saw a similarly hungry group.“I think some of what happened last year has allowed this group to be even hungrier, so I think we as a coaching staff have probably benefited from that to some degree,” Holtmann said. “I think my time at Butler, it happened pretty quickly. But I had been there a year as an assistant, so it was easier. But I did not expect this group to be as connected to us so quickly.”Everyone who doubted the Buckeyes at the beginning of the season has looked for answers to why this team managed to turn a dismal 2016-17 campaign into one of the best teams in the country. Is it the fact redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is averaging nearly 20 points per game? Or perhaps it has more to do with emergence of junior guard C.J. Jackson?Both those are major factors in the turnaround, but the mentality and morale around this team is just different than it was last year. It isn’t a program that is defeated at halftime of some games. It is a team that fights till the end of every game with maximum effort.That fire won’t always be there at the start of every game. But with the way Ohio State has played to this point in the year, that flame can seemingly always be counted on in the end. read more


Football No 4 Ohio State comes back defeats No 9 Penn StateFootball No 4 Ohio State comes back defeats No 9 Penn State


Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins heads to the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter against Penn State on Sept. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has had big moments in his Ohio State career. He came into the Michigan game after J.T. Barrett suffered an injury, leading the Buckeyes to a 31-20 victory. He went to Arlington, Texas and defeated then-No. 15 TCU 40-28.However, this game, this atmosphere against No. 9 Penn State was the redshirt sophomore quarterback’s chance to firmly define himself as a starting quarterback at Ohio State. And that’s exactly what he did, leading the No. 4 Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0) to a 27-26 victory over No. 9 Penn State (4-1, 1-1) Down 26-14 with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Haskins began to slowly chip away Penn State’s lead. In what began what head coach Urban Meyer called “one of the great drives in Ohio State history, Haskins completed a 5-yard pass to senior wide receiver C.J. Saunders. He completed an 8-yard pass to junior wide receiver Austin Mack. After an incompletion by Haskins, the opportunity came. Haskins navigated the pocket, waiting for a receiver to get open. He found junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor on a dig route. Overthrowing him, Victor fought for the ball, bringing down the reception and shaking off the tackle at the same time.“Somebody was in my face and all I saw was green grass and i just took off,” Victor said.Victor weaved his way past Penn State defenders to score a 47-yard touchdown.Haskins was not done. In the next drive, after getting to the Penn State 24-yard line on seven plays, Haskins threw the go-ahead touchdown, a screen pass to redshirt junior receiver K.J. Hill for a 24-yard score. With a 12-point deficit to overcome, Haskins said he lives for the opportunities to succeed in those situations.“Every opportunity we get on the field, it’s good, the opportunity to go win a game,” Haskins said. “It was tough one, but we wanted it tough. It was good.”With the win, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer continued his streak of winning every game that the Buckeyes played against a ranked opponent in a true road game. For many, the game did not turn out like it was expected to. With the two top scoring offenses in the country facing off, the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions scored seven touchdowns combined, converting on seven of 33 third-down attempts. After Ohio State allowed Penn State to record 36 yards on 12 plays to start the second half, McSorley took over in the fourth quarter. McSorley ended the day with 461 all-purpose yards, breaking Christian Hackenberg’s record for most yards by any player in Penn State history.Meyer said one of the keys to the second half, at the very end, was bringing down McSorley because, for the majority of the game, he had been “running all over” the Ohio State defense.Even with the one-point victory, the Ohio State offense did not meet its expectations in the first half. The Buckeyes recorded 93 yards on 30 plays with only four first downs in the first half. Haskins ended the first half completing seven of 16 pass attempts for 62 yards, throwing a touchdown and an interception, his second of the season. Ohio State’s only score of the first half was an opportunity created by the defense. On the first play of Penn State’s ninth drive of the game, redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland tackled Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders at the line of scrimmage, forcing him to fumble. After the recovery by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State took advantage of the opportunity given, scoring on a 26-yard screen pass by Haskins to sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. While the Nittany Lions struggled in the third quarter much like the Buckeyes did in the first half, Haskins mustered up just enough offensive momentum for Ohio State to take the lead. In the first drive of the second half, the redshirt sophomore quarterback led the Buckeyes on a methodical 13-play, 75-yard drive, ending in Dobbins’ second touchdown of the day on a 4-yard rush. Even with momentum-building moments on offense, a 51-yard run by McSorley and a 31-yard circus catch by redshirt junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson, Penn State could not cash in on its early offensive success. That is, until the middle of the second quarter. McSorley stepped back, no intention on leaving the pocket, looking to throw. He saw redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hamler open on a slant route in the middle. The quarterback fired. Hamler caught the pass with ease, beating sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor in the open field for the first touchdown of the game, a 93-yard play that tied for the longest play against Ohio State in program history. Before that, the Ohio State defense forced three field goal attempts, two of which were made by Penn State freshman kicker Jake Pinegar.With a history of comeback games against Penn State,  Meyer did not respond on whether or not this game, a 12-point comeback win over a top-10 opponent was more emotionally taxing than other wins.“It’s great,” Meyer said. “It’s great when you win.”No. 4 Ohio State will bring its five-game winning streak back to Columbus to face Indiana on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.Updated at 1:15 a.m. with quotes from Urban Meyer and players. read more


Joan Bakewell to air her own version of Betrayal 40 years afterJoan Bakewell to air her own version of Betrayal 40 years after


first_imgCharlotte Riley, who will play Bakewell's protagonist Rachel Joan Bakewell and Harold Pinter “In the months that followed, just for my own satisfaction, I wrote a play about the same events and put it away.“It wasn’t really for public consumption and I just wrote it for my own answer for myself to the play that he [Pinter] had written.“I found it gave me some reassurance that I was in possession of the events of my own life. It reestablished my sense that I owned my own life, and that it was mine to write about.” Colin Morgan, the actor Bakewell said: “When he [Pinter] wrote Betrayal in the 70s, long after the affair was over, I was very shocked and hurt to some extent that he had used so closely the events of our affair.“When somebody writes a play that uses events of your own life without asking permission, you do feel in some way diminished by that.“You feel something’s being appropriated of your own life without your permission. Alistair Petrie Dame Joan Bakewell found the play in her archives Playwright Harold Pinter seated in front of (L-R) Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Raul Julia. Pinter is holding a copy of Betrayal. “So that people can see on the one hand and on the other,” said Bakewell.Keeping In Touch will air on BBC Radio 4 on April 22, 3:45pm.It forms part of a new season announced by Gwyneth Williams, controller of Radio 4, today, including the first radio dramatisation of The Hours, starring Rosamund Pike and Fennella Woolgar, a new play about JS Bach starring Simon Russell Beale, and a new radio comedy show featuring Mel Giedroyc. Alistair Petrie Pinter and Bakewell photographed at the British Literature Prize in 1995 Pinter and Bakewell photographed at the British Literature Prize in 1995 Dame Joan Bakewell found the play in her archives Colin Morgan, the actor Her own eight-year relationship with Pinter occurred in the 1960s, while she was married to Michael Bakewell, a radio producer, with a young daughter.Pinter too was married to Vivien, an actress. The play will explore the dilemma of a woman marrying young, as Bakewell did, going on to “feel that it is limiting: she feels trapped”.The final broadcast, starring Alistair Petrie as Rachel’s husband David, and Colin Morgan as David’s friend Tom, will be broadcast on Radio 4 after an archive recording of Betrayal. The story itself uses different characters, with new names and professions – broadcasting rather than publishing – but also details the lives of a young wife, her husband and her lover.“It’s the story of my experience as a woman at that time, trying to make decisions about her life,” said Bakewell. “The events run parallel but the characters are different.”Long forgotten, the script remained in Bakewell’s own archives until she began searching through papers out of curiosity 40 years on. Playwright Harold Pinter seated in front of (L-R) Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Raul Julia. Pinter is holding a copy of Betrayal. “It needed rewriting because it had been written quite skimpily and not groomed for production in any way because I hadn’t thought it would see the light of day,” she said.“It reminded me that in a sense I’d stuck up for myself, whereas I’d felt rather distressed by Harold’s play, my own play made me feel that yes I had a voice too.”Keeping In Touch, she hopes, could be heard as a period piece, detailing a different era before mobile phones when would-be lovers had to meet up in person or use landlines to conduct an affair. Joan Bakewell and Harold Pinter Charlotte Riley, who will play Bakewell’s protagonist Rachel At the time, it caused quite the scandal: the BBC broadcaster’s love affair with one of the most famous playwrights of his day, splashed across the stage for all to dissect.Harold Pinter’s Betrayal laid bare the details of his relationship with Joan Bakewell, leaving her hurt, under the glare of 1978 gossips, and not a little put out that her story was being told without her input.In a move which could come to define the phrase “revenge is a dish best served cold”, she will next month broadcast her own version of events, after rediscovering a play she first drafted 40 years ago.Bakewell, now a Dame, has today announced a new 45-minute drama entitled Keeping In Touch, which tells the story of Betrayal from a rather different perspective. It was first written in the late 1970s, when she picked up her pen for a cathartic response to Pinter’s work, intended for her eyes only and swiftly tucked away in a drawer.But, as she came to look through her archive in her 80s, she found the work and, when asked by a radio producer friend if she had any plays in the pipeline, mentioned it to the BBC.Newly-polished, it will be broadcast for the first time on April 22, starring Charlotte Riley as protagonist Rachel, a young wife and mother left feeling “trapped” by the confines of her era. 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


Scotlands underpressure police board chief resignsScotlands underpressure police board chief resigns


first_imgThe letter said Mr Flanagan appeared to treat Ms Ali in an “inappropriate manner. MSPs said the SPA’s “problems” lay with transparency and accountability and they criticised decisions to hold private “members’ meetings” to discuss governance without producing any public notes.Ms Ali told the committee last month that when she objected to proposals to hold meetings in private, Mr Flanagan wrote to her on Christmas Eve to express dissatisfaction with her views, and to suggest it would not be fair for her to continue to attend meetings.She said she had been told that expressing disagreement about the meetings in public was a resignation matter, and her “removal” from the board was “punishment for speaking out”.Mr Flanagan said in his statement on Wednesday: “I take pride in being a part of this chapter of policing history in Scotland and for the personal successes I have had since taking up the role in 2015 – in particular shaping a long-term strategy for Police Scotland, recruiting a new Chief Constable and senior leadership team, and setting a clear direction for bringing financial sustainability.”As a result, I am confident that the single police service in Scotland now has a solid platform from which to build an even better service for the people of Scotland. I hope that is a position on which we can build both consensus and momentum.” Andrew Flanagan at the justice sub-committeeCredit:Corbis News Mr Matheson said he was grateful to Mr Flanagan for his contribution as he announced a review of the support provided to the SPA board. Michael Matheson with Nicola Sturgeon at HolyroodCredit:Corbis News MSPs have been conducting an inquiry, alongside a probe by Derek Penman, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, into governance at the authority. He added: “Together with the Chief Constable, Andrew has led the development of the future strategy for policing, including extensive public consultation through the draft 2026 strategy.“However, he has acknowledged that mistakes have been made. He has offered a full and very public apology and made clear changes to transparency and governance in light of the concerns raised.“I have agreed that he will stand down from his role once a successor is identified and recruited through the public appointments process.”center_img michael matheson andrew flanagan The under-fire chairman of Scotland’s police watchdog has announced he is to stand down amid ongoing controversy over his conduct and the governance of the organisation.Andrew Flanagan is resigning from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), which oversees Police Scotland, after facing criticism from a former colleague and MSPs on two Holyrood committees.He said he would leave the role once a replacement was found to avoid being a distraction to the new 10-year policing strategy, adding: “Recent events have focused on my disagreement with a board member and perceptions of a wider lack of transparency in the SPA.”I have apologised to the former board member and put in place changes to the governance processes of the SPA.”There are many serious challenges faced by policing in Scotland but the continued media and parliamentary debate on these issues risks coming a prolonged distraction.”Mr Flanagan, chairman of the oversight body since September 2015, said he had concluded it was in the “best interests of policing” that he stand down.Last month, Jackie Baillie, convener of the public audit committee, wrote to Michael Matheson, the justice minister, the day after Moi Ali, a former board member of the SPA, accused Mr Flanagan of bullying her. 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


Social workers should have spotted mother posed danger to murdered AyeeshiaJayne Smith reportSocial workers should have spotted mother posed danger to murdered AyeeshiaJayne Smith report


first_imgThe report, which made nine recommendations, also found that the day before Ayeeshia-Jayne died health professionals had described a “growing sense of unease” about the risks of domestic violence.This led to a multi agency risk assessment conference being held on 30 April 2014.But Ayeeshia-Jayne was killed the following day, before further action could be taken.The report went on to state: “The birth father himself admitted to the review author that whilst he had many concerns about his ex-partner’s behaviour, the people she associated with and her reliance on alcohol, at no time did he anticipate that she would fatally harm their daughter.”It concluded: “From the facts and evidence in this case such an act by M (Mother) could not have been predicted.”The case showed how difficult it is for agencies to retain a child-centred focus when the needs of a young parent facing domestic abuse continue to dominate.”The NSPCC said the report revealed a “series of missed opportunities” to save Ayeeshia’s life.A spokesman for the children’s charity said: “Defenceless Ayeeshia-Jayne suffered sickening cruelty and was consigned to a brutal death by the people who should have protected her.“The child must be at the heart of all decisions that professionals make in these situations – no matter how difficult those decisions may be. Social workers failed to realise a mother who stamped her daughter to death posed a danger to the toddler because they were too concerned about her being a victim of domestic violence, a report has found.Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith was murdered by her mother Kathryn Smith in May 2014 during a “savage outburst” in the girl’s bedroom. Smith was  jailed for at least 24 years in April last year, later reduced to 19 years.Her then partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, was jailed for three years and six months after being found guilty of causing or allowing Ayeeshia’s death.Now a serious case review by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board says professionals should have been more “inquisitive”. Ayeeshia Jane Smith before her death showing marks to her face and the underside of her chin Credit:Staffordshire Police The court heard how she was a “frail little girl (who) was viciously crushed” in her own bedroom, surrounded by her toys. The judge called Smith a “devious, manipulative and selfish young woman”.The safeguarding report, released yesterday, said all agencies concerned with the family had been “inclined to take what (Smith) said at face value”.A summary of the report stated: “An attitude of professional curiosity requiring practitioners to examine the lived experience of (Ayeeshia-Jayne) was often missing by all agencies.”The needs of (Smith) overshadowed the needs of (Ayeeshia-Jayne) frequently.” A Tommee Tippee plastic cup containing cannabis, found at the flat in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, where 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith was fatally injured.Credit:Staffordshire Police It added that too Kathryn Smith’s needs as a domestic violence victim “overshadowed” the interests of her daughter.”Professionals made much of the positive relationship observed between (Smith) and her child and this appeared to lead, at times, to a prevailing sense of optimism and a lack of professional curiosity about the current partner, violent incidents, drug use and his care history and background,” added the report.Ayeeshia-Jayne injuries – said to have been caused by a stamp – were likened to that of a car crash victim. “This report has revealed a series of missed opportunities and flawed practices that did not consistently prioritise Ayeeshia-Jayne’s needs – and must now be addressed and improved.“’Lessons need to be learned’ is an all-too-familiar phrase in tragic cases like this – but everything possible must be done to ensure swift and decisive action is taken when there are concerns for a child’s welfare.“It is vital that anyone worried about a child speaks out, as it could save a life. They can contact the NSPCC helpline in confidence, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000.”Jane Parfrement, the director of Children’s Services at Derbyshire County Council, said the authority accepted its findings in full.Ms Parfrement said: “For those issues where practice could have been stronger, we apologise to the family, and have already apologised to the family.”I think in particular, having met with Ayeeshia-Jayne’s dad yesterday, I think we could have engaged him a lot better, worked with him differently.”I think the tone of our work with him was set quite early on, when there were difficulties in the relationships with social workers.” Ayeeshia Jane Smith before her death showing marks to her face and the underside of her chin  The report said the little girl was described by her family as “a beautiful girl with an infectious smile, twinkling eyes and a bubbly personality, a gentle and loving little girl”.The report said Kathryn Smith’s lived a chaotic lifestyle throughout her daughter’s lifetime, at one stage storing cannabis in her daughter’s drinks beaker.Her alcohol and drug abuse meant she was in contact with various health professionals and authorities.After Smith was jailed social services came under the spotlight as it was revealed Ayeeshia had been removed and put into foster care when her mother failed to end her relationship with a violent boyfriend.However, eight months later, Ayeeshia was sent to live with her mother again after she “complied with all the expectations” of professionals, despite concerns from the child’s foster mother who said the toddler was hungry after being with her mother for unsupervised visits. A Tommee Tippee plastic cup containing cannabis, found at the flat in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, where 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith was fatally injured. 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


High fibre diet can cut risk of early death by one thirdHigh fibre diet can cut risk of early death by one third


A diet rich in fibre can cut the risk of early death by up to a third, a study published in The Lancet suggests. 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 analysis, which tracked dietary habits for nearly 40 years found that those who ate plenty of foods like fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread and pasta, and high fibre breakfast cereals, had far lower rates of major diseases. Overall, those eating such foods saw their risk of early death reduced by up to 30 per cent, the study found. High intake appeared to reduce incidence of heart disease, cancer, stroke, type two diabetes by up to 24 per cent. And it was associated with lower body weight and cholesterol levels, which experts said was likely to contribute to the improvements… read more


Labourer charged for stealing from GPHCLabourer charged for stealing from GPHC


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabourer accused of Albert St armed robbery remandedAugust 15, 2018In “Court”19 – Year – old Labourer accused of snatching gold chain granted bailDecember 31, 2013In “Crime”GPHC patient in court for stealing fellow patient’s clothesOctober 16, 2015In “Crime” A labourer found himself before the court of Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to face a charge of simple larceny.According to the Prosecution’s case, Clive Bob, 41, of no known address, is accused of stealing on November 3, 2017, at New Market Street, Georgetown, a facing belonging to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) valued at $10,000.Bob vehemently denied the allegation and claimed that on the day of the alleged incident he was near the vicinity of the hospital riding his bicycle when he was accosted by two men who took away his beloved bicycle and arrested him. He further contended that he was beaten by a security guard while in custody at the Hospital’s Police outpost and accused of an offence he had no knowledge of.Even though Police Prosecutor Simone Payne did not pose an objection to bail, when the Magistrate inquired, Bob related that he has no one to post his bail as he asked to be released on self-bail.The case was transferred to be heard by Magistrate Annette Singh in Court Eleven and the accused was placed on $5000 bail. read more


Rose Hall robbery murder Two workers reportedly confess to planning robberyRose Hall robbery murder Two workers reportedly confess to planning robbery


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother, 2 teens remanded for Corentyne security guard’s murderApril 7, 2018In “Court”Corentyne security guard murdered, business robbedApril 2, 2018In “Crime”Alleged mastermind in Berbice execution remandedFebruary 28, 2017In “Court” A 19-year-old and another employee, who were both detained on Sunday, have reportedly confessed to the police on Wednesday of plotting to rob Sukhram’s General Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall Town.The entity was robbed and the guard securing the place was murderedThe confession has also implicated the suspects in the murder of the store’s security guard, Munisperen Iyasammy Monien.The body of Monien was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at the business about 20:00hrs on Saturday last.The Police were working on a theory that the robbery/murder was an inside job after it was discovered that the door to the back of the store and a few others inside the building were left unlocked when the business was closed on Saturday evening.Following the discovery of the 53-year-old security guard and a later announcement that in excess of $1.5 million in cash was removed from the building, the Police arrested the manager of the store and five employees.Investigators also arrested an ex-employee and his parents. However, the main suspect remains at large.The main suspect was allegedly seen two nights prior to the robbery by the now dead guard attempting to break into the building. An alarm was raised, and the Police were later informed and given the identity of the suspect.Police are continuing their investigation. read more


Praise for tyre safety programmePraise for tyre safety programme


first_imgIn the USA, a senior Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) field inspector has gone on record to praise the Michelin Earthmover Safety Training Program. The Michelin programme was recently expanded to provide more comprehensive tyre training for all of its earthmover market segments.James Bowman, a 32-year MSHA veteran, responsible for inspecting mines and quarries to ensure their safe day-to-day operation, recently said, “I am very impressed with the Michelin tyre safety programme and have used it several times since I received the material. The programme is comprehensive, to the point and full of information that assures safe procedures and intelligent risk analysis determinations.”Bowman noted that mining is moving in a direction that will require more tyre products than ever before. He highlighted that tyres used in mining today have potential safety consequences if not used properly and well-maintained. “The Michelin safety programme provides the total package of assembly, evaluation, maintenance and application,” he said. “It is obvious that the Michelin safety programme is the most innovative and comprehensive programme on the market today for tyre safety. Many thanks and appreciation go to Michelin for its efforts to see that miners go home to their families safely every day.”The programme is designed to educate managers, maintenance personnel, equipment operators and support staff on best safety practices not only in mine operations, but also in quarries, construction sites and port and terminal operations. The programme can be taught by Michelin Earthmover personnel, authorized Michelin tyre dealers or the customer’s safety manager.www.michelinearthmover.comlast_img read more


New Atlas Copco Boltec EC takes underground mine bolting to the nextNew Atlas Copco Boltec EC takes underground mine bolting to the next


first_imgAtlas Copco says it “has taken underground rock bolting and reinforcement operations to the next level with the introduction of the new Boltec EC, equipped with the sturdy, accurate and stable BUT 45 boom. Boltec EC is a fully mechanised bolting unit based on Atlas Copco’s well-known bolting platform that provides high productivity and precision in the installation of rock bolts in lengths of 1.5-6 m at heights of up to 13.5 m.”The new rig is designed to improve productivity, safety and comfort for the operator.Paul O’Neill, Product Manager at Atlas Copco, explains: “- This new rig is fast, accurate and stable for bolting in large mining applications. With Atlas Copco’s already high-tech platform we are now offering several levels of automation to suit customer requirements. This includes great features such as Bolt Angle Indication and Bolt Plan Navigation.”The Boltec EC is built on a sturdy, articulated carrier with four-wheel drive. It is equipped with the new BUT 45 heavy duty boom for direct, fast and accurate positioning between holes and has a reach of 13.5 m. The BHR 20 feed rotary unit is versatile and robust and also has a double rotation unit for ±190o degree feed roll-over and ±135o feed rotation.Designed for a hole range of 35-64 mm, the rig is equipped with the COP 1435 (14 KW) rock drill which has a frequency of 80 HZ and an impact energy of 170 kJ, providing up to 30% higher penetration rate than the already successful COP 1132.Boltec operator Markku Paakkolanvaara at the Kemi mine in Finland, says: “I have used Boltec rigs for about five years and now I have been working with the new rig for about three weeks. I am extremely satisfied with it, especially with the boom which feels much steadier and also gives a much better reach.” Among other tasks, the rig has been used to drill holes for power lines and water pipes and has installed some 3 600 bolts at an average rate of 120-130 bolts per shift.Supervisor – Underground Contracting at Kemi mine, Ari.M.Keskitalo, is also impressed by the performance of the new rig and its BUT 45 boom. “I think the Boltec is beyond comparison, especially for the fast installation of bolts in large quantities, he says.“I also believe that service and maintenance costs will decrease significantly with the new Boltec and that the slide pieces and bearing housings will last longer. I think this rig exemplifies the lead Atlas Copco has over its competitors with regard to bolting rigs.”Further orders have been placed in Scandinavia for the new Boltec EC including Sweden’s iron ore mine LKAB and the Swedish mining contractor Bergteamet.last_img read more