The Gold Gloves Are Finally Going To The Best Fielders

ALPDallas Keuchel1 Because MLB has expanded (offering more starting slots at a given position, and therefore the opportunity for more variance relative to average) and the quality of defensive metrics has improved (allowing metric creators to be more confident in handing out highly positive ratings), the average defensive quality of an “All-Defense” team selected purely using metrics has gradually increased since 1958.4That is the first year when two players at each position, one in each league, got Gold Gloves. Gold Gloves were first awarded in 1957, with one at each position across both leagues. But the average quality of actual Gold Glove winners’ fielding had stayed relatively flat for over 50 years — right up until the introduction of the SDI.The gap between the real Gold Glove winners and what we’ve defined as the sabermetric ideal reached an all-time high of 14 runs in 2005. That year, voters infamously gave Derek Jeter a Gold Glove for what was one of the worst defensive seasons ever at shortstop according to the numbers. Defensive metrics were improving all the time, but the voters didn’t appear to be paying attention.The tide turned, however, with the adoption of the SDI in 2013. Immediately upon its inclusion in the voting process, the average statistical quality of a Gold Glove winner skyrocketed, from 10 runs below the sabermetric ideal in 2012 to half that a year later. Obviously, this is a bit of a circular finding: We’re judging Gold Glove winners against a statistical standard determined by one of the same metrics that goes into the SDI itself. But the leap between the pre- and post-SDI eras is still striking.So striking, in fact, that it even goes beyond what would be expected from the direct influence SDI has on Gold Glove voting by dictating 25 percent of the vote.“We think it’s influenced the managers’ and coaches’ voting,” Vince Gennaro, SABR’s president and a member of the SDI committee, said about SDI in a telephone interview Tuesday. On top of the SDI numbers’ algorithmic role in the voting process, Gennaro believes they have had a pronounced effect in combating incumbency bias and other reputation-based flaws in the human side of the voting. In other words, because they’re so widely available (they’re even listed on the ballots given to Gold Glove voters), the advanced metrics have also influenced the other 75 percent of the vote they don’t directly control.“[Say] you’ve got a guy who’s not a perennial Gold Glove guy, but he really caught your eye this year,” Gennaro said. “Then you see he had 17 runs saved, versus a guy who won it last year at 7. I think it could be very much a validating thing, and it might tip you to make that vote.”Because it essentially involves measuring players against the plays they didn’t make, defense has always been one of the toughest areas of baseball to evaluate statistically. And the absence of detailed defensive data in the past might have caused voters to err on the side of a reputation that was no longer valid (or never was deserved). But now, advanced metrics provide evidence to either support or tear down commonly held beliefs about a player’s defensive prowess, giving them a large amount of sway over both the human and computerized aspects of the Gold Glove process.This isn’t to say that every Gold Glove now conforms to the advanced metrics. For instance, Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez won this year despite ranking sixth and seventh at their respective positions in SDI. But aside from Hosmer and Perez, every other Gold Glover ranked in the top three in SDI at his position, and 10 of the 18 winners ranked first. AL3BManny Machado1 ALLFYoenis Cespedes1 NLRFJason Heyward1 NL1BPaul Goldschmidt2Brandon Belt AL2BJose Altuve3Ian Kinsler LEAGUEPOSITIONGOLD GLOVE WINNERSDI RANKSDI LEADER (IF DIFFERENT) NL3BNolan Arenado1 ALRFKole Calhoun1 NLCFA.J. Pollock3Odubel Herrera NL2BDee Gordon3Danny Espinosa From Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier to San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, it was hard to tell this year’s list of Gold Glove winners, announced Tuesday night, from a list of players with the best advanced defensive metrics. That’s no coincidence: Since 2013, Rawlings, the mitt-maker that annually hands out the Gold Glove hardware, has incorporated a statistical component known as the SABR1Which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research. Defensive Index (SDI), giving it at least 25 percent weight in the voting. (The rest of the vote belongs to Major League Baseball managers and coaches.)2SDI gets “at least 25 percent” because SDI can receive more weight — as much as 30 percent, in practice — depending on how many human voters fail to send in their ballots. But the impact of analytic tools is probably undersold by that number. Instead, the case can be made that the advanced stats have almost completely taken over the Gold Glove competition.You can see this effect in how much more closely recent Gold Glove winners have matched the selections that would have been made using only defensive metrics:3In this case, using Baseball-Reference.com’s measure of fielding runs above average, adjusted such that the average MLB player (across all positions) has a value of 0 runs saved. The precision of Baseball-Reference.com’s metric — which uses defensive runs saved for seasons since 2003 and Total Zone for years before that — has changed over time. In recent years, it uses metrics that correspond very closely with those that make up SDI. NLLFStarling Marte2Christian Yelich NLCYadier Molina3Buster Posey ALCSalvador Perez7Caleb Joseph NLSSBrandon Crawford1 ALCFKevin Kiermaier1 NLPZack Greinke1 ALSSAlcides Escobar1 AL1BEric Hosmer6Mike Napoli Likewise, it isn’t completely clear that a wholesale metric takeover of the Gold Gloves would be a good thing. While we can measure whether Gold Gloves are getting closer to the sabermetric ideal, it will take further research to see whether that development means having a Gold Glover in the field leads to his team playing better defense.But since the introduction of the SDI, the Gold Glove process has undeniably become more quantitative. And that’s a pretty big shift for an award that used to be as allergic to meaningful statistics as any in the game. read more

Hakeem Nicks College Records Have An Asterisk

Four years later, after an NCAA investigation discovered troubling information at North Carolina, the school has decided to mark receiver Hakeem Nicks’  school records with an asterisk because he played while academically ineligible as a senior.In its investigation, the NCAA found that Hakeem Nicks — now a star receiver on the Super Bowl champion New York Giants — benefited from “academic fraud.” His violation: He received improper academic help in 2008 from a tutor implicated in the scandal at North Carolina, the Raleigh News and Observer reported.In a sweeping discovery in March, the NCAA found UNC responsible for violations including academic fraud, impermissible agent benefits, participation by ineligible players and a failure to monitor the football program. UNC received three years’ probation and a ban from the 2012 postseason. The school also chose to vacate all 16 wins for 2008 and 2009, reduced nine scholarships over the next three academic years and put the program on two years of probation.It was a stinging punishment but could have been worse; the level of improper conduct and lack of control was that widespread.The school had not specifically acknowledged Hakeems’ ineligibility by adding an asterisk by his name in school records until Thursday.Nicks, a speedy, sure-hand receiver, holds the Tar Heels’ record for career receiving touchdowns with 21, and TDs in a season with 12 in 2008. He also holds records for receiving yards in a career with 2,840, in a season with 1,222 in 2008, as well as the career receptions record with 181 and season record with 74 in 2007.He was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2009 and has had an outstanding NFL career so far, helped lead them to a Super Bowl champion this season.The asterisk next to Hakeem Nicks’ name will refer to a note that says “participation later vacated due to NCAA penalty,” the News and Observer reported. read more

It Wasnt Easy But US Men Bring Home Hoops

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James: Gold medalistsIt was not supposed to be like this. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James said Team USA could beat the 1992 Dream Team of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, et al.But could they beat Spain in Sunday’s gold medal game in the London Olympics?Turns out, they could, but only after a late-game finish – keyed by tough defense and  – that pushed the United States to a too-close-for-comfort 107-100 victory.It was hardly resounding, but it was good enough – for the gold and to squash discussions about comparing it to the ’92 team that crushed opponents by an average of 43 points a game.In the scheme of things, it was only about the mission: winning gold. And the U.S. did that. How uptight and relieved were the Americans? When Chris Paul scored a layup in the final minute to put the United States up by 13 points, coach Mike Krzyzewski jumped as if his team had won the national championship.Players, one-by-one hugged each other in exaltation in the waining seconds, their mission completely, if not dominant.They had to overcome a strong effort by Spain’s Pau Gasol, who had 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter. The Los Angeles Laker took advantage of the Americans’ smallish interior defense.When Bryant scored on a bank shot off an offensive rebound with 4:25 left, the U.S. built a 97-87 lead. But Bryant and Carmelo Anthony had turnovers and Spain battled back to within six points.The Spainards went to a “box and one” defense against Kevin Durant, who had 30 points early in the fourth quarter.James swooped in for on a dunk with 2:46 to play to put the U.S. back up 99-91, setting the stage for the climatic finish. Marc Gasol scored on the other end and James answered with a three-point jump shot with 1:59 to play to put Team USA in front, 102-93.That turned out to be enough to bring home the gold for a team that would not have been welcomed back to America had it not. read more

Trump Appears to Know Why Colin Kaepernick Isnt Back

Kaepernick settled a 2017 lawsuit against the NFL in February in which he alleged collusion. The athlete, who filed the litigation with Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, claimed the league blacklisted the two after they began kneeling during the national anthem at 49ers games. The demonstration, which Kaepernick began during the 2016 preseason, was in protest of the killings of Black Americans by police. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he explained to NFL.com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” “If he’s good enough, and I think if he was good enough, I know the owners, and I know Bob Kraft and so many of the owners. If he’s good enough, they would sign him,” Trump said to reporters at the White House August 9 before heading to his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort for his summer vacation. “So if he’s good enough, I know these people, they would sign him in a heartbeat. They will do anything to win games. So I would like to see it. Frankly, I would love to see Kaepernick come in if he’s good enough.” By spring 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent and has remained unsigned ever since. His ongoing unemployment is something for which Trump has taken some credit. The president even called for any NFL star who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be fired. To Trump, kneeling rather than standing as the anthem plays is a sign of “disrespect” to “our flag.” Days after Colin Kaepernick declared he’s ready to go back into the NFL, President Donald Trump appeared to give him a vote of confidence — at least somewhat. Trump’s remarks on Kaepernick, who has not responded to the president, come two days after the free agent quarterback indicated he’s gearing up to get back to work as a signed pro football player. On Twitter Wednesday, the former San Francisco 49ers player said, “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” Kaepernick’s actions drew fierce criticism from Trump, who became one of his biggest detractors. The tweet accompanied a video of Kaepernick doing a weight-heavy workout that said he’d been denied work for 889 days. Speaking to reporters Friday, the leader of the free world said Kaepernick ought to have a shot at coming back to the league if he’s up to par. “It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?” Trump said at a Kentucky rally in 2017. “I said if I remember that one, I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag, right?” read more

Streaks Like Zack Greinkes Require A Ton Of Luck

Sometimes a great pitching performance is about spreading excellence over an entire season. Pedro Martinez, for instance, produced arguably the two best pitching seasons of all time, in 1999 and 2000, by consistently overwhelming hitters over the span of months and even years.1Over a two-year span, no starter has ever struck out a higher percentage of batters he faced or walked fewer opponents relative to his strikeouts than Martinez did in those seasons. His dominance could certainly be glimpsed in specific moments as well, but the magnitude of Martinez’s accomplishments is best described with broad numbers (for example, he has the lowest single-season ERA, relative to the league, in major league history).For others, though, pitching greatness manifests itself in far shorter sequences. When Orel Hershiser unanimously won the 1988 National League Cy Young, it was more about his 59 consecutive scoreless innings — which broke fellow Dodger Don Drysdale’s then-20-year-old major league record — than his season-long numbers. Although Hershiser tied Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson for the NL lead in wins, he wasn’t No. 1 in winning percentage or ERA — to say nothing of newer metrics such as fielding independent pitching (FIP), on which he lagged well behind league leaders.2It’s tough to fault Cy Young voters from 1988 for not knowing the finer points of defense-independent pitching statistics and cluster luck. But in retrospect, almost half the wins generated by the Dodgers with Hershiser on the mound could be attributed to aspects of the game relatively beyond the pitcher’s control, such as defense and stranding runners by scattering opposing hits.That year, Hershiser’s historic streak meant more than performance over the season as a whole. And the same thing might be playing out in the NL this season. With eight scoreless innings Sunday against the Nationals, another Dodger, Zack Greinke, has extended his own scoreless streak to 43⅔ innings. Greinke is one of the best pitchers in the game, but just like Hershiser, he’s being oversold by The Streak.Greinke leads the majors in ERA with a microscopic 1.30, but he’s also been the beneficiary of good fortune. Similar to Hershiser, almost half the wins generated by LA’s run-prevention corps with Greinke on the mound can be attributed to factors outside his own pitching skill. Take those wins away, and Greinke has been only the sixth-best pitcher in baseball this season. (He ranks fourth even if we just look at the past 30 days.)During Greinke’s streak, his fielders have converted into outs 82.4 percent of the balls he allowed to be put in play, a far greater rate than the league average of 70.6 percent. And it doesn’t seem to be possible to produce a historic consecutive-innings streak without benefiting from that kind of defense (and luck). Behind Hershiser, 81.4 percent of the balls in play were turned into outs, and for Drysdale, the rate was 81.6 percent.We can debate whether Greinke’s pursuit of the streak is easier or harder than Hershiser’s or Drysdale’s was. Greinke has had to throw more pitches per inning,3During the streak, 30 percent of the batters Greinke has faced either struck out or walked — both of which are typically more laborious from a pitch-count perspective than a standard plate appearance. That proportion was only 21 percent for Hershiser. but he has also spread his innings over a greater number of starts, which has allowed him to benefit from a reduced “times through the order” penalty. The bigger takeaway, however, is that these kinds of streaks — even those of the 59-inning variety — cover only a few starts, too small a sample for us to easily untangle the effects of luck and skill.Streaks are nothing if not one of baseball’s favorite preoccupations, but they also take a fundamentally long-term game and focus it on the short term. Joe DiMaggio won the 1941 AL MVP in large part because he hit safely in 56 straight games, but Ted Williams was easily the better player over the entire season.4In fact, Williams famously had the higher batting average during the span of DiMaggio’s streak! Hershiser won the Cy Young but probably wasn’t the NL’s best pitcher in 1988. And Greinke’s streak, impressive and exciting as it is, shouldn’t obscure the other fantastic pitching seasons we’re seeing across MLB this year. read more

Bill Belichicks Call Wasnt Entirely Stupid

DRIVES INTO OVERTIMEGAMESRECEIVEKICKSTILL TIED Every so often, Bill Belichick seems to get a little too cute in a high-leverage situation for his own good. At a glance, Sunday’s loss to the Jets, in which the Patriots won the coin toss and elected to kick off to begin overtime, seems to be a major example. But although the execution (and, certainly, the result) were about as undesirable as could be, it wasn’t exactly a major blunder, because the decision to kick or receive in overtime is more minor than it appears.From the jump, the move was snakebit. After receiving his marching orders from Belichick (in quadruplicate!), special teams captain Matthew Slater mistakenly phrased the call so that New England chose to kick — not which goal to defend. Belichick says he was playing for field position, so the wind, which reached 18 mph at times, was pretty clearly a factor. By electing to kick in the first place, Belichick was already going off the reservation: It was only the 13th time in NFL history1The NFL didn’t adopt sudden-death overtime until 1974. that a coach had won the overtime toss but did not choose to receive the ball first, practically inviting second-guessers. But to make the move and then have the NFL’s Byzantine rulebook begin parsing parts of speech at the precise worst time, well, that’s just piling on.Still, although the numbers say Belichick’s strategy to kick would have been ill-considered even if Slater hadn’t misspoken, it wasn’t as big a mistake as it might have seemed.For one thing, getting the ball first in OT doesn’t give the receiving team a huge advantage. Since the NFL adopted its current regular-season overtime rules in 2012, teams that win the toss and receive the ball first have gone on to win only 51.5 percent of the time. That’s a bit lower than ESPN’s modeled probability of 53.8 percent, but a drive-based model also suggests that getting the ball first is not of earth-shattering importance. Since 2012, teams receiving the ball to start OT have scored an opening-drive touchdown (thereby winning the game while denying the opponent a possession) about 16 percent of the time. They’ve also failed to score at all 64 percent of the time — and those failed drives can have a big effect on the outcome of the next drive.Conditional on how its opponent’s previous drive ends, the average team kicking at the start of OT can have a pretty good opportunity to quickly counter-attack and end the game. Although a team that allows an opening touchdown by definition loses 100 percent of the time, and a team that allows an opening field goal loses 69 percent of the time, the kicking team scores a game-winning touchdown or field goal on 49 percent of drives that follow a zero-point opponent possession to begin overtime. (One big reason? Such drives start roughly 11 yards closer to the opponent’s goal line than drives after an opponent field goal.) If the kicking team can force a stop on the first drive of OT, it briefly finds itself very well-positioned to win the game. BASED ON DATA FROM PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM 2nd exchange25474113 Estimated probability of winning overtime, 2012–15 1st exchange6730%31%39% FIRST TEAM TO … 3rd exchange752444 After the first “exchange” of possessions,2For our purposes, an exchange includes two teams alternating possessions, as well as cases in which the game ends before the second team’s possession because the original receiving team has a walk-off score. things start to go poorly for the team that kicked off at the beginning of OT. Because sudden-death rules take over, the team has to rely on joint probability — the odds of getting a stop and the odds of scoring — to win after any given pair of possessions. Its opponent, meanwhile, can strike first and end the game then and there. So to maximize its odds of winning, the original kicking team must capitalize on the brief window of opportunity it has at the end of overtime’s first exchange of possessions.Belichick must have believed his Patriots could do just that. You can kind of see the grumpy old wheels turning: His defense had allowed fewer points through the end of regulation than the league average, and the Jets have basically been an average offensive team this season, so a defensive stop may have seemed more likely than the baseline NFL rate of 64 percent. And despite the furious pass rush Tom Brady faced much of the day, New England probably would have had a better-than-average chance of answering a potential zero-point possession with a game-winning drive, particularly if the wind had been on the Pats’ side.In a sense, that’s all abstract odds-making. In reality, Belichick, Slater and the coaching staff botched the coin-toss decision, and the Jets orchestrated a brilliant series of big plays against the New England defense en route to the winning touchdown. Amid all that, the choice to kick is drowned out by all the other noise once overtime play starts.Read more: FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions read more

Ohio State womens hockey enjoys undefeated weekend at Minnesota State

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded a tie and win this weekend at Minnesota State, providing some temporary joy in its disappointing 2015-16 campaign.On Friday, the Buckeyes and Mavericks ended regular time in a 3-3 tie and then the Buckeyes won a shootout 2-1. The next, the OSU offense exploded for eight goals, while only giving up three.In the first game, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first period off of goals from senior forward Kendall Curtis and freshman forward Erin Langermeier, with Langermeier’s being the first of her collegiate career. Minnesota State was able to cut the deficit in half in the second period with a goal from forward Emily Antony.At 13:45 in the third period, Mavericks freshman Jordan McLaughlin knocked in a goal to tie the game. The Buckeyes answered with a goal from captain Melani Moylan to recapture the lead shortly after, but the Mavericks scored on a power play with 1:15 left to send it to overtime, where neither team was able to score.In the shootout, Curtis found the net first for the Buckeyes. Mavericks defenseman Anna Keys scored on Buckeye goalkeeper Alex LaMere to notch the shootout at one goal apiece. Then, sophomore forward Julianna Iafallo scored to win the shootout for the Scarlet and Gray and grab an extra point.On Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead for the second day in a row. The goals for the Buckeyes were scored by junior forwards Claudia Kepler and Katie Matheny. Minnesota State followed that up with two goals of their own to tie the game. Antony and Katie Johnson were the first-period goal scorers for the Mavericks.Matheny scored in the second period to once again give the Buckeyes the lead but the Mavericks’ Antony scored her second goal of the game and third in two days to tie the game at 3-3. Unlike Friday, however, the Buckeyes did not let the score remain that way.OSU added two more goals in the second period. One came on a power play by Kepler and the other was a short-handed goal by senior forward Julia McKinnon.In third period, the floodgates opened, as the Buckeyes scored three more times. McKinnon scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Iafallo 5:13 into the period. Curtis was able to add another goal for the Buckeyes three minutes later. Then Moylan scored the final goal with less than two minutes left in the game.The eight goals scored on Saturday are the most by the team this season. Kepler and McKinnon each tallied four points.The Buckeyes have another road series on the agenda next weekend when head back to Minnesota to play Minnesota Duluth. The games are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

OSU Michigan headed in opposite directions

Following Saturday’s 21-10 victory, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel dodged questions and comments from reporters about his 8-1 mark against Michigan, the best win percentage of any Buckeye coach against the Wolverines.“I was looking for 1-0. That’s as far as I look,” he said.When asked if his sparkling record in the rivalry amazed him, he modestly said, “Yeah, I guess so.”Tressel has always cautiously erred on the side of humility, but OSU’s domination over Michigan in the past decade has completely shifted the landscape of the rivalry.Neutral field?The atmosphere Saturday at The Big House epitomized the notion that the programs have been headed in opposite directions the last few years.A sea of scarlet was scattered throughout the Michigan Stadium crowd of 110,922, and by the fourth quarter, easily audible chants of “O-H-I-O” circled the stands.The fans in blue and gold had drowned out the Buckeye cheers for three quarters, but as the Wolverines folded on the field, the Michigan fans appeared defeated, as well.For a program rich with excellence and proud tradition, Michigan’s restless fans are finding it difficult to  adjust to a rebuilding project.RichRod on the hot seatAfter the loss to OSU, Michigan athletic director Bill Martin awarded coach Rich Rodriguez a vote of confidence, declaring that the second-year coach will return next season.Lloyd Carr received heat at the end of his tenure for struggling to beat OSU. But Rodriguez and the Wolverines need to focus on fending off the likes of Toledo, Purdue and Illinois before worrying about the Buckeyes.Michigan never expected to hit rock bottom with a 3-9 showing in 2008. But that should have given Ann Arbor a clear indication that the Wolverines were transitioning and in a rebuilding phase. Rodriguez was trying to fit Carr’s leftovers into his spread offense, and the results were deplorable. The Wolverines improved a bit this season, even though they relied heavily on freshmen and sophomores to run the spread attack.It goes without saying that another bowl-less season doesn’t live up to Michigan standards, and for that, Rodriguez deserves to be under fire. But he should get one more year to develop the players he recruited and see how his system fares when featuring the necessary components.Losing to a much more talented, in sync OSU squad shouldn’t be the final nail in Rodriguez’s coffin. But a proper burial must be planned in case Michigan falters for a third straight year in 2010.Bucks need DucksThe Civil War will determine Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opponent. Oregon State will travel to Eugene to face its in-state rival, Oregon, with the winner earning a ticket to Pasadena, Calif.The Ducks would give OSU a better punch (with or without running back LeGarrette Blount), and the Buckeyes need a defining victory in their bowl game. Beating Oregon could provide a stepping stone to next season.With victories over USC, California, Arizona and Utah, Oregon is more highly regarded than Oregon State. The Ducks have been ranked in the Top 15 for much of the season.The Beavers, on the other hand, wouldn’t offer as much of a marquee matchup. Although Oregon State kept it close in each game, the Beavers lost to Cincinnati, USC and Arizona in its three challenging contests. A win over a talented Oregon squad would seal a successful season for OSU and boost the Buckeyes’ big-game confidence heading into 2010. read more

Ohio State mens tennis slices Baylor moves to NCAA semifinals

The No. 4-seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament semifinals after defeating No. 5-seeded Baylor, 4-2, in the quarterfinals Saturday. The Buckeyes continue their run at the NCAA Championship against No. 1-seeded Virginia today. Virginia defeated the Buckeyes, 4-1, on Feb. 20. OSU seniors Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa listed the Cavaliers as one of the toughest opponents the team could face in this tournament. “We’re really excited to play them,” redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy said. “We lost to them at National Indoors (Feb. 20) and thought it was close enough that we could win.” The match against Baylor was the first in the tournament that the Buckeyes didn’t win, 4-0. It was also the team’s first match against a seeded opponent. OSU had to fight hard for the doubles point but was eventually able to secure it, allowing the team to lead, 1-0, in the beginning of the match. The Buckeyes started down by one match in doubles action when Baylor sophomore Roberto Maytin and senior John Peers defeated senior Matt Allare and redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt, 8-3. After the initial loss, OSU doubles pairs, Novak and freshman Blaz Rola, and junior Chase Buchanan and Uzawa, were able to secure the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Uzawa and Buchanan rebounded from a 5-4 deficit in the match against Baylor seniors Sergio Ramirez and Jordan Rux to win their match, 8-6. Novak and Rola also contributed to the doubles point by beating Baylor juniors Julien Bley and Kike Grangeiro, 8-3. McCarthy said the team needs to keep working on the doubles point to continue to be successful. “Everyone has their own individual things they need to work on,” he said. “But the doubles point is really big.” The two teams moved onto singles action where OSU only surrendered two points and picked up three more to give the team the win. Rux was able to defeat OSU freshman Ille Van Engelen, 7-5, 6-1, and Maytin defeated Allare, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, for Baylor’s only two points of the match. Buchanan, Rola and Novak provided the last three points OSU needed to win the match and advance to the next round. Buchanan finished with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Ramirez, and then Novak defeated Bley, 7-6, 6-3. Rola took the remaining singles point, defeating Peers, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. The winner between OSU and Virginia will face the winner of the match between Georgia and Southern California on Tuesday. read more

Ohio States Carlos Hyde I always want the ball more

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks through the line on a run during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – Heading into the Big Ten Championship Game, the Michigan State Spartan defense was only allowing 64.8 yards rushing per game during the 2013 season.The Ohio State Buckeyes ran for 273 yards against the Spartans in Saturday’s title game — more than four times as much as their season average — but ended up on the wrong side of a 34-24 decision, ending any dream they had of making a trip to Pasadena, Calif. to play for the BCS National Championship.Despite the big rushing total, OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde felt like he could have done more on the ground, as is the case with every game.“I always want the ball more. I always want the ball more, just (to) get that momentum going for the offense,” Hyde said after carrying the ball 18 times for 118 yards in the loss.Hyde’s backfield mate, junior quarterback Braxton Miller, finished the night with 21 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Miller also got the call on arguably the biggest play of the season — a fourth and two from the OSU 47 — and was stuffed.“I thought it was a great call. I felt like we had them,” Hyde said of Miller’s failed attempt to keep the drive and OSU’s undefeated season hopes alive. “A guy came off his block and made a great play right there.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he “wanted to put the ball in the hands” of his best player (Miller) to try and get a first down, saying it was ultimately his call.Miller had his fair share of success rushing the ball in the second half — 11 carries for 68 yards — but as the game wore on, Hyde felt like he could have been getting whatever yardage needed for his team.“I felt like I could have got any yardage we needed that second half,” Hyde said. “Me and the offensive line was doing a great job. I just felt like we could have ran the ball the whole game in the second half … but you can’t question the coaching calls.”Meyer’s response was short when he was asked if in a perfect world, Hyde would have gotten more touches against the Spartans.“Yeah,” Meyer said.OSU punted seven times against Michigan State and Miller only threw for 101 yards on eight completions.“There’s always a thousand different things you could have done different in games like this,” OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said after the loss, noting how he did not experience thoughts about giving Hyde the ball more when the outcome was decided. “So sit back and watch the film and figure out what those are and make sure those don’t happen again. But coming off the field, I didn’t feel that.”Hyde entered Saturday night’s game with 1,290 yards on the season, tallying those in only nine games after being suspended for the first three after his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July. In OSU’s last three games against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, he picked up 589 yards on the ground.“I think we could have gotten him (the ball) a little more,” redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said after the loss. “I thought going into this game we had a great, great plan. That number (of carries) is cool, you know whatever … they thought that was best and we just didn’t get the job done.”The Spartans beat the Buckeyes with 17 straight unanswered points down the stretch. A lack of execution on both sides of the ball led to the end of the nation’s longest winning streak, but Hyde was brief in his response when asked about the lack of times his number was called.“I mean, it happens,” Hyde said with a shrug of his shoulders and a glance at the floor. read more

Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker ready to take next step in 2017

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack against Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorStarting for the second straight game in place of the injured Dante Booker against Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2016, Ohio State then-sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker burst into the national spotlight.His seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and interception returned for a touchdown against Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield was just the beginning of a season in which he finished second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss and legitimized himself as potentially Ohio State’s next great linebacker.But Baker said he wasn’t where he was supposed to be positioned most of the time.“I made a lot of mistakes last year,” Baker said. “A lot of it, I just made up for it with my speed and everything.”Baker said he spent most of his offseason learning the defensive playbook from cover to cover. He added that actually understanding where he’s supposed to be will significantly help him better cover his assignments in a linebacker corps that’s capable of being one of the best in the country with Baker, redshirt junior Dante Booker and redshirt senior captain Chris Worley.So after a season of 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, just how good can Baker be?“It’s helped me grow a lot, and it also makes me realize I can be way better than I was last year,” Baker said. “That kind of just pushes me. I can do better than I did last year and I think I had a pretty good year last year.”Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Speed is what made Baker a fearsome force at the weak-side linebacker position. In several third-down situations last season against opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan, Baker would stand right behind the nose guard and blitz through the A-gap or spy the quarterback. He showed sideline-to-sideline speed rarely seen in a college linebacker.When watching film of Baker, the casual observer likely won’t recognize Baker was out of position, which is mostly due to the speed of the junior from Benedictine High School in Cleveland. Linebackers coach Bill Davis said Baker’s defensive IQ will put his play in a category of its own.“He wasn’t sure (of his alignment), he got right in between the two alignments and they hedged their bet. He’s in a whole different place now,” Davis said. “He has one of the highest football IQs that I’ve been around and you tell him once, he understands it.”As a second-year player thrusted into a starting role in Game 2, Baker wasn’t allotted time to dive into the playbook. He relied on instinct and his speed. Fortunately for Ohio State, the majority of the players it recruits have that instinct and speed out of high school, which makes them capable of contributing without specifically knowing the schematics.“You can take a slower body that has a clear mind, it looks like it’s going faster because he’s going without wasting anything,” Davis said. “When you take a Jerome Baker speed, and you get him understanding, then you really have something.”Baker, named a preseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, has already been appearing on early NFL mock drafts and could be one more season like 2016 away from being a high-round NFL pick. With his increased IQ, Baker said last season wasn’t close to his full potential.“Personally, I know that last year was just scratching the surface so it just drives me to do more,” he said. “It’s no pressure with me. You just have to do your job.” read more

Football Iowa upsets No 6 Ohio State 5524 effectively ending Buckeyes playoff

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell tackles Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett during the Hawkeyes’ game against the Buckeyes on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 6 Ohio State never led for a single second against Iowa, as the unranked Hawkeyes more than doubled its average of 25 points per game and scored the most points ever against an Urban Meyer-coached team Saturday. A week after completing a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State that Meyer called the best of his career, Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) could not make up a 21-point third-quarter deficit and fell 55-24 to Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium.Thousands of gold-and-black-clad fans stormed the field to celebrate the win, which crushed Ohio State’s hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff, just as Buckeye fans had done the week before.“Obviously turnovers, they controlled the line of scrimmage, we couldn’t stop them,” Meyer said dejectedly. “Good team, tough environment, we didn’t play very well.”Everything that went right against the Nittany Lions went wrong for Ohio State against the Hawkeyes. “Coming off an emotional win last week against Penn State, and then walking into a hostile environment that we knew, Kinnick Stadium, it’s got it’s Kinnick Curse or whatever you want to call it,” redshirt center Billy Price said. “We just didn’t come prepared today, we weren’t nine units strong and it resulted with the loss today.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett thrust himself into Heisman Trophy contention with a 33-for-39, 328-passing yard performance against the Nittany Lions, but toiled against the Hawkeyes, completing 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards and rushing for a team-high 14 carries for 63 yards. His game-opening interception was just his first of career-high four interceptions. He drove the Buckeyes down the field 80, 74 and 77 yards on the second, third and fourth drives, respectively. But Ohio State picked up just 33 yards on its next seven drives combined.Leading by 14 points late in the third quarter, Iowa sent its field-goal unit onto the field for what seemed to be a short field goal, but instead delivered a gut punch to Ohio State. Rather than kicking, the Hawkeyes spread the formation out and punter Colten Rastetter hit long snapper Tyler Kluver for an 18-yard gain as Meyer stood beside the side judge and decided not to call a timeout. On the next play, Quarterback Nate Stanley hit tight end T.J. Hockenson for a 2-yard touchdown, extending the lead to three touchdowns.The Hawkeyes took advantage of the Buckeyes’ weak secondary as Stanley went 20-of-31 for 226 yards and finished with a season-high five touchdowns. Tight ends Hockenson and Noah Fant led Iowa with five and four catches for 71 and 54 yards, respectively.“It’s kind of hard to explain [the feeling of the loss],” Lewis said. “Have the feeling of embarrassment, feeling of just… As a leader, I feel like I let a lot of people down.”Iowa relied heavily on speedy running back Akrum Wadley, who took 20 carries 118 yards. The Hawkeyes averaged 6.4 yards per carry, more than any team has rushed for against Ohio State in a single game this season.“Nobody expected that, I don’t think, on the defense because we play defense and take pride in stopping the run,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said.Though the Hawkeyes entered the game having only scored 20-plus points in half of their eight games, they reached the threshold with 13:41 remaining in the second quarter as the Buckeyes seemed incapable of stopping, or even slowing down the Hawkeyes. Iowa outgained Ohio State 487-371 in total yards and picked up 24 first downs.“You expect to go into every game and dominate and play like the Silver Bullets,” Lewis said. “Obviously it didn’t turn out that way. We’ve just got to bounce back.”Ohio State allowed Penn State to score its first touchdown 15 seconds into the game last Saturday. This week, Iowa one-upped the Nittany Lions as sophomore safety Amani Hooker intercepted Barrett’s first pass attempt and ran it back for the game’s opening touchdown, just eight seconds into the game.Ohio State abandoned its running backs during the majority of the game. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 11 carries and 78 yards. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was flagged and ejected for targeting for a head-to-head hit on Stanley near the end of the second quarter. The Buckeyes will be back in action at noon Saturday when they take on No. 24 Michigan State at Ohio Stadium. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Indiana and Purdue this weekend

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to both Indiana and Purdue in back-to-back matches on the road this weekend. These losses put the Buckeyes at a 12-10 overall record and 3-7 within the Big Ten.The Buckeyes fell to Indiana on Friday night in three straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-22). The Hoosiers left the match with a 13-7 record and 4-5 in Big Ten play.Senior outside hitter Audra Appold notched 13 digs against Indiana as libero, her third appearance in that role. Ohio State had 48 digs while Indiana had 44 while the Hoosiers had seven blocks to the Buckeyes’ two. The Buckeyes fell in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-13) to No. 17 Purdue on Sunday. The Boilermakers now stand at 17-4 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State suffered 23 errors compared to Purdue with nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte and junior outside hitter Bia Franklin led the offense with eight kills each. Franklin also had seven digs, two service aces and one assist.Ohio State will head back home to face Nebraska on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Mens Hockey Romeo continues shutout streak as No 6 Ohio State beats

Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo (30) makes a save during the first period of Ohio State’s game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State lost 6-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State redshirt senior Sean Romeo became the first goaltender in school history to record a three-game shutout streak, saving 32 shots in the No. 6 Buckeyes’ (7-3-1, 2-1-0-0 Big Ten) 4-0 win against Wisconsin (5-6-0, 1-2-0-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes have allowed two goals in their past five games and now have three straight shutouts and lead the NCAA in shutouts with five this season.“I feel good,” Romeo said. “I try not to think about the three in a row, just take it one game at a time. It just goes to show how great our defense is playing in front of us, though. I think we took a big stride tonight, but we still have room to improve.”For Ohio State’s Steve Rohlik, Friday’s win meant a bit more, earning his 100th career win as the head coach of the Buckeyes. “The biggest thing for that is just I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of great people around me. I think that’s what means the most to me,” Rohlik said. “This isn’t ever a one-guy show. All the players that have been here, the alumni, and obviously the staff that I’ve been fortunate enough to be around, that means the most to me.”Junior forward Tanner Laczynski opened the scoring with a power play goal with under two minutes remaining in the first period. The goal was followed up just over a minute later by another by senior forward Brendon Kearney, his first goal of the season, to give Ohio State the early 2-0 lead.The game was a physical affair that resulted in 12 penalties and 32 penalty minutes. Players were constantly hitting the ice and being slammed into the glass, with Ohio State senior forward Dakota Joshua receiving the brunt of the action when he went sailing over the barrier into Wisconsin’s bench. While a physical game can be exhilarating, Kearney knows that the Buckeyes need to be careful in chippy games like this one.“I mean, yeah, but there’s obviously that line, you know,” Kearney said. “You’ve got to keep that always in the back of your head. Physical games are great and all but at the same time you don’t want to put your team at a disadvantage.” Ohio State was perfect on the penalty kill against the Badgers, improving its season penalty kill percentage to .826. The Buckeyes haven’t allowed a power play goal since they played Bowling Green back on Oct. 27, a series that seemingly has become a turning point in their season.Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional power play goal early in the second period for his team-leading sixth goal and ninth point of the season. Kearney scored another goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game for his second of the night and second this season.Eight Buckeyes scored a point in Friday night’s game, a season high for Ohio State.Ohio State will look for the sweep at the Schottenstein Center with a 5:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday. read more

Baseball Ohio State defeats Hawaii 64 in bizarre finish

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt is rare that a team’s quality control coordinator would receive the game ball after a big win, but that is exactly what happened in Ohio State’s 6-4 win against Hawaii Thursday.Junior pitcher Andrew Magno was on the mound for the save, but it was a save that came in the most bizarre way. Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, a two-out single brought home two runners for the Rainbow Warriors. It appeared the Ohio State lead would be reduced to one run with a runner on first, but the game was called after the runner from second missed the bag rounding third. Magno credited Kirby Pellant, the quality control coordinator, for pointing out the error. “Kirby had the call on that, so I gave him the game ball after the game,” Magno said. “Good eyes on Pellant.” Ohio State (11-10) defeated Hawaii (9-12) 6-4 Thursday. Powered by big-time pitching from freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn and Magno, Ohio State was able to keep Hawaii at bay long enough to produce insurance runs late in the game. Burhenn allowed two runs in an inefficient first inning, but settled down to pitch seven innings to move to 4-1 on the season. “He was definitely able to settle down a little bit and pitch to the bottom of the zone and get his pitches working,” sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler said. Magno was asked to come in the eighth inning, as Ohio State clung to a one-run lead. With two runners on and no outs the lefty was able to produce three-straight outs to maintain the lead.The pressure is not something that Magno shies away from. “I love it. It’s really fun,” Magno said. “I think the first one I had against Florida Gulf Coast just set the precedent for the rest of them.”Magno earned a one-inning save in a 2-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast back on Feb. 18. Dingler made his first start since injuring his hamate bone on Feb. 20. Dingler produced two hits, an RBI and a steal in the win. “[His] presence and production were huge for us,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It’s awfully nice to write Dingler’s name in the lineup.” Down 2-0 after one inning, Ohio State redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter drove in the first run of the game with a triple.On the next at bat, senior left fielder Brady Cherry recorded his team-high 18th RBI of the season with a double off the wall to tie the game 2-2. With runners on the corners and one out, Dingler poked a sacrifice fly ball out to right field to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead after one inning. Ohio State freshman third baseman Nick Erwin was able to record the first hit of his career with a two-out RBI single to make the score 4-3 in favor of Ohio State in the fourth inning. Hawaii sophomore pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland would finish the game with four runs allowed in four innings.Ohio State’s pitching continued its success in the sixth inning, but with the help of the defense.. A diving play by junior first baseman Conner Pohl to record the first out was topped the very next play by a spectacular backhanded play and throw from Erwin at third. The offense backed up Ohio State’s pitching, as redshirt sophomore designated hitter Brent Todys was able to drive insurance run, with a triple that landed on the third-base line in right field. The Buckeyes continued to do damage with two outs, as freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg made the score 6-3 after a single to right field. “You can’t put a value on two-out hits,” Beals said. “They either mark the scoreboard, or you go out to play defense without any runs.”Ohio State will return to the field at 5:05 p.m. Friday for the second game against Hawaii. read more

Attlees greatnephew suspended from Labour over CameronHitler image

first_imgPostwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee  “It is absolutely clear to me it is because of my support for Corbyn.”The post they are referring to was put up over a year ago so it is extraordinary to use it now.”Someone has got paranoid and thought I am describing the Labour bureaucracy as fascist. They are making a big mistake.”I would never describe the Labour Party as fascist.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social media The great-nephew of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee has been suspended from the Labour Party after he posted a picture on social media of David Cameron with a Hitler moustache.John Macdonald, a longtime Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, uploaded the image of Mr Cameron in August 2015.Superimposed on the picture was a quotation from Mein Kampf, in which Hitler outlines how to take total control by taking “a little of their freedom at a time…until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed”.Mr Macdonald’s suspension, which occurred last Friday, came immediately after he publicly backed Mr Corbyn’s latest campaign. Mr Macdonald only discovered that he had been suspended when he contacted the party HQ to find out why his voting papers had not arrived.He is now calling for an investigation into the conduct of those who are overseeing what some are calling a “purge” of the Labour Party.A Labour Party spokesman said: “Officials in the Scottish Labour Party are consulted and informed regarding any action of this kind.”In addition, the NEC includes a Scottish member.”Ultimately, these decisions are not taken by the political leadership of the Labour Party, but by the NEC who are elected by members across the country.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social mediaCredit: Deadline News Postwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee Credit:Deadline News And Mr Macdonald, from Dunfermline, Fife, claims the old Facebook post is being used as an excuse to rid the party of prominent Corbyn supporters.He said: “Even if the allegation, which I refute, was proved to be true it is highly suspicious and self-evidently underhand to suspend a member during an election for the party leader, therefore invalidating their vote in the contest – particularly in such contentious times. 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

Shameless actor harassed Apprentice star he believed was in relationship with mother

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jody Latham, left, in Shameless He told Manchester magistrates: “I got a phone call from Jody saying I had to call him back or else. He told me I had to meet him within 24 hours or it would end badly. He said I had taken something away from him and that he would take something away from him.”His friend then came on the line and said he knew where I lived and if I didn’t meet him he would come round and things would go badly. I tried to draw a line under it and I just wanted him to realise that nothing was going on.”The phone call scared me. I sent a text message to Jody saying that I didn’t want to meet him and I received no response. Then I started receiving late night phone calls which caused problems with the girl I was seeing.”The whole thing made me feel very anxious. I would walk home from work or being sitting in the flat not knowing if something was going to happen. I went back to my family’s house because I feared for my safety.” “This is all just one man’s word against another and there is no solid evidence to support Mr Hosker’s statement. I have not made any calls to Mr Hosker and the only conversation we have had are during the calls he made to me.”I never set out to cause any harm or trouble. This happened nine months ago now and I have not had any contact with Mr Hosker since.”Latham’s career took off at the age of 12 when he appeared in youth theatre. He played the son of scrounger Frank Gallagher in Shameless from 2004 to 2008 while Miss Byrne played Meena Karib from 2008 to 2009.Mr Hosker was fired from The Apprentice amid controversy with claims of a “North-South” rift with the other contestants, particularly Hopkins who cuttingly said his best friends were “Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio”.The trial, which was adjourned until Thursday, continues. During a string of encounters, Latham is alleged to have turned up unannounced at Mr Hosker’s home demanding to know if he was dating Miss Byrne.He is also claimed to have tweeted him saying “alright chubby face” and phoned the former reality TV star, allegedly saying: “Meet me in 24 hours or it will end badly.”Latham, who has also acted in BBC shows EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City, was later arrested and charged with harassment after Miss Byrne made a complaint. He denies the charge.Mr Hosker, 34, who was famed for his spats with Katie Hopkins during Series 3 of BBC show The Apprentice in 2007, is now an IT company boss. Vincent Yip, prosecuting, said: “Mr Hosker claims he had no idea how the defendant knew where he lived as it was a block of flats. Mr Latham was described as aggressive in his behaviour as he accused Mr Hosker of being in a sexual relationship with Miss Byrne.”There was a series of exchanges between Mr Latham and Mr Hosker both over the telephone and on social media which led to Mr Latham’s arrest.”Representing himself, Latham told the hearing: “When I went round to Adam’s flat it had all been pre-arranged and Miss Byrne had asked me to drop my daughter off. All the phone calls were initiated by Adam himself and I was simply answering them.”Several people have access to my Twitter account and without the police finding the IP address of those tweets, there is nothing to prove that it was my Twitter account. Actor Jody Latham with his ex-fiancee Sarah Byrne, who was pregnant at the time, in 2013Credit:TONY WARD/SCOPEFEATURES.COM This is all just one man’s word against another… the only conversation we have had are during the calls he made to meJody Latham, representing himself Jody Latham, left, played Lip in Shameless (2004)Credit:Allstar Picture Library/CHANNEL 4 Adam Hosker with Katie Hopkins on The Apprentice in 2007 An actor best known for his role in the television show Shameless harassed a former contestant of The Apprentice after accusing him of dating his ex-fiancee, a court heard.Jody Latham, who played Lip Gallagher in the Channel 4 drama, interrogated Adam Hosker on his doorstep and hounded him with threatening phone calls and tweets after learning he had been meeting up with Sarah Byrne, jurors were told.The 33-year-old had been engaged to Miss Byrne, 27, but they split in October last year following the birth of their daughter.Latham is said to have became enraged when he found out she visited Mr Hosker at his flat in Manchester before going for a drink in town. Mr Hosker told the court he was only friends with Miss Byrne. Adam Hosker with Katie Hopkins on The Apprentice in 2007 He said I had taken something away from him and that he would take something away from himAdam Hosker Actor Jody Latham and pregnant finace Sarah Byrne at home Latham met Miss Byrne, who also appeared in Shameless, in 2008 during a post-production party for the show. They began a romance in 2012 after he split up from former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.In 2013, Latham posed for pictures with Miss Byrne when she was pregnant with their child for a magazine interview.However, earlier this year he was banned from contacting her under the terms of a restraining order after he left her in fear from voicemail messages demanding he see their daughter, the court heard.The incidents with Mr Hosker began in March, magistrates were told.Mr Hosker added: “It went quiet for a while until I started receiving abusive Twitter messages telling me to direct message him or things would get sent over here.”He then tweeted a picture of himself with my ex-girlfriend Maddy at the Alchemist in Manchester, which I found very strange. You could tell there was some kind of malice to it.”last_img read more

Reyaad Khan was a prolific attack planner against UK before he was

first_imgHe added: “They provided practical instructions for the manufacture of bombs, and information on targets.”Hussain, 21, from Birmingham, died in a US air strike three days after Khan was killed.Another intelligence document describes how Khan was “prominent in attack planning on behalf of Daesh; directly inciting individuals to conduct attacks”.The committee’s report disclosed that Khan and Hussain were connected to several of seven major plots thwarted in the UK in 2015.It said: “It is to the agencies’ credit that their investigation of Khan’s activities revealed these plots which they were then able to disrupt, thereby avoiding what could have been a very significant loss of life.” Khan was killed by a strike from targeted by Reaper drone in August 2015 in the Raqqah area of Syria.The operation that killed the 21-year-old was the first time that the UK had conducted a lethal drone strike against a terrorist target outside of participation in a military campaign.While Khan was the target of the attack, two other individuals travelling in the same vehicle were also killed, including Ruhul Amin, another UK national.The committee’s report published on Wednesday provided the first detailed account of the evidence amassed on Khan before the strike. Dominic Grieve MP, chairman, said: “In terms of the severity of the threat posed by Reyaad Khan, it appears from the 25 intelligence reports and two formal intelligence assessments that we have seen, that Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner.”Alongside another plotter, Junaid Hussain, Khan “encouraged multiple operatives around the world to conduct attacks against the UK and our allies” over the course of nine months, Mr Grieve said. A British jihadi killed in an unprecedented RAF drone strike in Syria was plotting attacks that could have led to “a very significant loss of life” in Britain, MPs have found.Reyaad Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner for Islamic State, and intelligence reports indicated he posed a “very serious threat” to the UK.The former promising student from Cardiff “orchestrated numerous plots to murder large numbers of UK citizens and those of our allies, as part of a wider terrorist group which considers itself at war with the West,” according to the assessment from the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). 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

Dramatic moment lorry driver stops out of control van after driver fell

first_imgOther motorists are then shown getting out of a car slowing behind Mr Dagless and joining him to give the unconscious driver first aid on the two-lane road.Police said he saved the trucker’s actions saved the driver’s life who had lost consciousness after suffering a bleed to the brain.It won him one of the highest awards from the Royal Humane Society for putting his life on the line on the A47 near Dereham, Norfolk. Vehicles trying to stop lorry “That’s made me feel very very humble – yes, I’m the one who got on and done it but I would like to think that anyone who would be in the same position would have done similar.” “The two guys who were following us were first aiders, they obviously knew more than first aid than myself and at that point I stood back.”Just after that a fireman turned up who had better first aid training and five minutes after that a young lady turned up who was an off-duty paramedic.” “This guy was seriously, seriously, lucky for the people who were around him.”He was already up against the barrier when I came across him, there was several cars in front who undertook the incident and disappeared which then allowed me to pull up beside him.”He was absolutely collapsed, his head was down below the steering wheel on the driver’s door. The van veered onto the central reservationCredit:SWNS Hero is a very, very strong wordMr Dagless Members of the public helped the driverCredit:SWNS The middle-aged van driver was given first aid for 30 minutes before the painter-decorator was taken to hospital by ambulance.Mr Dagless said: “He could have died. I’m not going to go on the band wagon and say what we did absolutely saved his life but between all of us what happened definitely improves his chances of survival.”Hero is a very, very strong word, I just had the right leg on at the exact right point.”It’s very nice to have recognition for what you do when I was first told about it I thought it would just be a certificate, I didn’t realise the enormity of the award I was being given. This incident could have resulted in carnage but instead no-one was hurtDick Wilkinsoncenter_img This is the moment an heroic lorry driver used his vehicle to save the life of a motorist who he spotted had passed out at the wheel.Russell Dagless, 53, used his HGV to trap the driver’s van against a central reservation after seeing him slump over the wheel.The dashcam footage taken by another lorry driver shows the quick thinking father-of-one positioning his trailer in front of the van as it was bouncing along the safety barrier. Members of the public help “The guy had to be brought to halt – what you see on the video was the last part of it – when we first came across him he was travelling a lot faster. He will receive its Testimonial on Vellum award with his heroism being described by the charity as “like a scene from an all-action movie” showing “incredible courage”.Mr Dagless, from Norwich, said he reacted instinctively and added: “Something had to be done, looking back at it, it just seemed the natural thing to do at the time, so the dangerous side didn’t really fall into my mind. 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. Van comes to a stop He was due to receive the bravery award, a framed plaque printed on vellum signed by Princess Alexandria, next March.Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “This was like a scene from an all-action movie. It showed incredible courage and resourcefulness to instantly assess the scene and take the action he did.”This incident could have resulted in carnage but instead no-one was hurt and only two vehicles were involved, thanks to the amazing action of Mr Dagless. He richly deserves the award.”Mr Dagless has also been praised by his workmates at Ben Burgess plant and machinery hire.”When I went to the Norwich depot, they were all standing in line and applauding as I got in but it was just a bit of banter – any of them, most of the guys who I work with would have all have done exactly what i did without a moment’s hesitation,” said Mr Hagless.Managing Director Ben Turner said: “When Russell told us what he had done we were all pleased and said well done.”Once we received the video footage, it was clear to see just what a fantastic job he did.”With the assistance of the other drivers that stopped, he helped save a man’s life and everyone in our company is very proud of him”. The van finally stopped when it was stuck behind the HGVCredit:SWNSlast_img read more

Ted Heath inquiry police chief quits Wiltshire to head up Cleveland force

first_imgThe police chief who led the controversial investigation into child sex abuse allegations against Sir Edward Heath is to head up another force after Wiltshire Police failed to renew his contract.Mike Veale, who spent two years and £1.5 million investigating the former Prime Minister, who died in 2005 aged 89, announced that he was set to become Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, which has been mired in controversy in recent years.He had recently insisted he was committed to Wiltshire but Angus Macpherson, the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner was said to have become increasingly frustrated with the criticism levelled at the force over Operation Conifer.He had come under increasing pressure to approve a judge-led inquiry into the investigation – a move Mr Veale had blocked – amid claims that its findings were uncorroborated and failed to justify the time and expense it was afforded.Lord Armstrong, Heath’s principal private secretary when Prime Minister, described the move to Cleveland as “extraordinary.”He told the Telegraph: “I am quite surprised that chief constable Mike Veale has moved. I dare say he is glad to be leaving Wiltshire. It seems rather strange another force should take him on given the criticism he has had but one doesn’t know what Cleveland wants.” Mr Macpherson thanked Mr Veale for his commitment to the force over the last 13 years.”I know this has not been an easy decision for Mike to make, but that on a personal level he feels it is the right time for him and his family to make the next move in his policing career,” he added. Health’s godson, Lincoln Seligman, suggested that Mr Veale had “unfinished business” in Wiltshire and vowed to to continue the fight for justice.“He cannot expect to turn his back on the situation he has left,” he said. “We fully expect the Wiltshire Police Commissioner to request what he himself has said is needed, namely a judge led review of all the evidence produced by Mr Veale’s now discredited Operation Conifer.”James Gray, a local Wiltshire MP who has been critical of Mr Veale over Operation Conifer and the “waste” of taxpayers money that shredded Heath’s reputation, said: ”I wish Chief Constable Veale well in Cleveland and I wish Cleveland well in having Mike Veale.”Mr Veale, who has 33 years service and commands a salary of around £150,000, is said to have applied for at least one other job and was keen to get out of Wiltshire amid a clamour from critics that he should resign.Barry Coppinger, Cleveland police and crime commissioner, said Mr Veale had “faced extremely difficult and complex policing challenges and has never shied away from taking tough decisions in the best interests of justice.” Former Prime Minister Edward HeathCredit:Peter J Jordan/PA Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley He said he had put forward “an exciting and compelling vision” for the future of policing in the region, adding that his appointment would have to be confirmed by the force’s police and crime panel which meets on January 23. Show more Mr Veale said it had been a “very difficult decision” but that he felt the time was right for a new challenge.It is understood that contract negotiations with Mr Macpherson were ongoing when he decided to make the move.Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in August 2015 with a public appeal for “victims” to come forward in a televised press conference outside Heath’s Salisbury home, Arundells.The investigation concluded in October that he would be questioned under caution if he were still alive over seven alleged offences. Lord Armstrong said the job switch should now make it easier to secure an independent inquiry into Operation Conifer, which Mr Heath’s supporters believe is vital to clear his name. Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Former Prime Minister Edward Heath But it stressed “no inference of guilt can be drawn from the decision to interview under caution” and also accepts that other than the allegations themselves, there is no other evidence available to corroborate the claims.Reports claimed Mr Veale was “120 per cent” certain that Heath abused children over many years.But he has come under intense criticism, not least because Heath has been dead for more than a decade and therefore cannot defend himself.Lord Macdonald,  the country’s former chief prosecutor, writing in the Telegraph last year, said Veale had presided over a over a “tragi-comedy of incompetence” as he called on Wiltshire Police to “own up” to running an expensive inquiry based on “the most obvious and transparent fantasy”. 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