Norfolk States Kyle OQuinn Drafted By Magic

Kyle O’Quinn, the forward that led historically black  Norfolk State to the major upset of  the NCAA Tournament over Missouri in March Madness, completed his mercurial rise Thursday night when he was was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft, No.49 overall, by the Orlando Magic.“Overwhelming, the stamp on a job well done,” the gracious O’Quinn said. “The long road I’ve been on to reach the highest level . .  .  put me in a position to do this.”O’Quinn improved each year at Norfolk State and became one of the darlings of the NCAA tournament after the Spartans knocked off the No. 2-seeded Mizzou in the first round. He had 26 points and 14 rebounds in the victory that stunned the nation.The New York native improved his stock dramatically when he was named MVP of Portsmouth Invitational tournament. In recent weeks he worked out for 20 teams. Mock drafts had him being selected anywhere from 35 to 55.The 6-foot-9 O’Quinn helped his cause with his character. He showed a gracious nature and wit and charm — all conveyed in a genuine spirit.“We’ve been through everything,” O’Quinn said. “As they always say, in order to see the light, you have to go through the dark. It’s definitely made me more appreciative.” read more

LeBrons Odds of Catching Jordan

On Thursday, after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive N.B.A. championship, I noted on Twitter that James was on the same pace as the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. Both James and Jordan won their first championship at 27 and their second at 28, I wrote. Jordan went on to win four more N.B.A. titles, for a total of six.Mike Segar/Reuters LeBron James and Michael Jordan were about the same age when they won a second championship.My statement depended on a technicality, I later discovered: Jordan’s biological age was 28 when he won his first championship, in 1991, and 29 when he won his second, in 1992. However, basketball statisticians generally define a player’s age differently: by how old he was as of Feb. 1 of an N.B.A. season, the rough midpoint of the basketball calendar. Jordan’s birthday is Feb. 17.Those semantics aside, it is worth considering just how likely James might be to match or exceed Jordan’s six titles. (From this point on, we’ll use basketball statisticians’ definition of age.)Players like Jordan and James are so rare that it can be risky to compare them with anyone. Still, one reasonably useful benchmark is to evaluate players who, like James and Jordan, had won at least one Most Valuable Player award and at least one N.B.A. title as of their age-28 season, meaning that they had achieved the pinnacle of both individual and team success.By my count, there were 13 such players before James. On average, they won about two additional championships (more precisely, an average of 1.9) after their age-28 season. So a reasonable over-under line for James might be two more N.B.A. titles, or four total.It is tough to say exactly what James’s odds of catching Jordan might be, because the average conceals a wide range of outcomes among the individual players. Four of the players on the list — Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Bob Pettit and Dave Cowens — never won another championship after their age-28 season. But four others — Jordan, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — won at least four more titles.James needs four more championships to catch Jordan, so one estimate of his odds might be 4 chances out of 13, or about 30 percent. But some of the favorable precedents, like Russell, came in an era when teams had far more ability to retain their players. Among the players on the list who played their age-28 season during the salary-cap era (since 1984-85), only Jordan won four or more titles.Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Jordan after his fifth title with the Bulls.It seems safe to say that you would not want to bet on James at even money. There are just too many things that can go wrong with a player’s career as he ages: injury or illness, early retirement, bad teammates or bad luck.Even this year’s Heat began the season with only about a 30 percent chance of winning the title, according to the Las Vegas odds. That percentage roughly matches the historical likelihood of an N.B.A. team’s repeating as champion, which is 33 percent.So James’s chances of winning a third title next season in Miami are probably about 1 in 3. After that, his chances begin to decline. For one thing, it is less certain that James will be surrounded by strong teammates. (James has the right to opt out of his contract after next season, and even if he stays in Miami, teammates like Dwyane Wade are already seeing their skills atrophy.)More important, players in team sports typically peak in skill in their mid- to late 20s, meaning that James’s game may begin to wane. The N.B.A. is a superstar’s league, and if James goes from being M.V.P.-caliber to mere All-Star within a few years, it will considerably hurt his odds of winning more titles.I have estimated a player’s chances of winning an N.B.A. title based on his win shares, a statistic calculated by Basketball-Reference.com that measures overall value to a team. Since the introduction of the salary cap in 1984-85, excluding the two regular seasons (1998-99 and 2011-12) that were shortened by labor disputes, the best player in the league in a given season has averaged about 18 win shares, which is a reasonably good match for James’s performance over the last several years. The model estimates that such a player has about a 20 percent or 25 percent chance of winning the championship in today’s N.B.A. environment.What about the fifth-best player in the league — someone equivalent to the worst player on the All-N.B.A. team? That player has averaged about 13 win shares, which translates to only about a 10 percent chance of winning the championship.The 10th-best player in the N.B.A. at a given time has only about a 7 percent chance of winning a title, according to the model. And the 25th-best player — someone who might be the last reserve added to one of the conference All-Star teams — has about a 5 percent chance.That is not much better than an N.B.A. player chosen at random, who has a 3.3 percent chance of becoming a champion by virtue of being on one of the 30 teams. A borderline All-Star in the N.B.A., in other words, is much closer to being a role player than a superstar, at least when it comes to his odds of winning a championship.James, of course, will have considerable freedom to pick his employer. If he puts winning titles above all other considerations, he could sign on for any role with the team he perceived as having the best chance to win the championship in a given season.Few players in N.B.A. history have been willing to take things to quite that extreme. Instead, superstars expect teams to build around them — even if they are past their prime, and even if it means something as inglorious as Jordan’s late years spent with the Washington Wizards.One can forgive Jordan, who did not have anything left to prove. But to match him, James will need to win two or three more titles over the next several seasons while he still plays at an M.V.P. level, which will require good health and some good luck. Then he may need to chase the last couple of titles by being willing to play the right role with the right club.,On Thursday, after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second consecutive N.B.A. championship, I noted on Twitter that James was on the same pace as the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. Both James and Jordan won their first championship at 27 and their second at 28, I wrote. Jordan went on to win four more N.B.A. titles, for a total of six.Mike Segar/Reuters LeBron James and Michael Jordan were about the same age when they won a second championship.My statement depended on a technicality, I later discovered: Jordan’s biological age was 28 when he won his first championship, in 1991, and 29 when he won his second, in 1992. However, basketball statisticians generally define a player’s age differently: by how old he was as of Feb. 1 of an N.B.A. season, the rough midpoint of the basketball calendar. Jordan’s birthday is Feb. 17.Those semantics aside, it is worth considering just how likely James might be to match or exceed Jordan’s six titles. (From this point on, we’ll use basketball statisticians’ definition of age.)Players like Jordan and James are so rare that it can be risky to compare them with anyone. Still, one reasonably useful benchmark is to evaluate players who, like James and Jordan, had won at least one Most Valuable Player award and at least one N.B.A. title as of their age-28 season, meaning that they had achieved the pinnacle of both individual and team success.By my count, there were 13 such players before James. On average, they won about two additional championships (more precisely, an average of 1.9) after their age-28 season. So a reasonable over-under line for James might be two more N.B.A. titles, or four total.It is tough to say exactly what James’s odds of catching Jordan might be, because the average conceals a wide range of outcomes among the individual players. Four of the players on the list — Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Bob Pettit and Dave Cowens — never won another championship after their age-28 season. But four others — Jordan, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — won at least four more titles.James needs four more championships to catch Jordan, so one estimate of his odds might be 4 chances out of 13, or about 30 percent. But some of the favorable precedents, like Russell, came in an era when teams had far more ability to retain their players. Among the players on the list who played their age-28 season during the salary-cap era (since 1984-85), only Jordan won four or more titles.Jeff Haynes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Jordan after his fifth title with the Bulls.It seems safe to say that you would not want to bet on James at even money. There are just too many things that can go wrong with a player’s career as he ages: injury or illness, early retirement, bad teammates or bad luck.Even this year’s Heat began the season with only about a 30 percent chance of winning the title, according to the Las Vegas odds. That percentage roughly matches the historical likelihood of an N.B.A. team’s repeating as champion, which is 33 percent.So James’s chances of winning a third title next season in Miami are probably about 1 in 3. After that, his chances begin to decline. For one thing, it is less certain that James will be surrounded by strong teammates. (James has the right to opt out of his contract after next season, and even if he stays in Miami, teammates like Dwyane Wade are already seeing their skills atrophy.)More important, players in team sports typically peak in skill in their mid- to late 20s, meaning that James’s game may begin to wane. The N.B.A. is a superstar’s league, and if James goes from being M.V.P.-caliber to mere All-Star within a few years, it will considerably hurt his odds of winning more titles.I have estimated a player’s chances of winning an N.B.A. title based on his win shares, a statistic calculated by Basketball-Reference.com that measures overall value to a team. Since the introduction of the salary cap in 1984-85, excluding the two regular seasons (1998-99 and 2011-12) that were shortened by labor disputes, the best player in the league in a given season has averaged about 18 win shares, which is a reasonably good match for James’s performance over the last several years. The model estimates that such a player has about a 20 percent or 25 percent chance of winning the championship in today’s N.B.A. environment.What about the fifth-best player in the league — someone equivalent to the worst player on the All-N.B.A. team? That player has averaged about 13 win shares, which translates to only about a 10 percent chance of winning the championship.The 10th-best player in the N.B.A. at a given time has only about a 7 percent chance of winning a title, according to the model. And the 25th-best player — someone who might be the last reserve added to one of the conference All-Star teams — has about a 5 percent chance.That is not much better than an N.B.A. player chosen at random, who has a 3.3 percent chance of becoming a champion by virtue of being on one of the 30 teams. A borderline All-Star in the N.B.A., in other words, is much closer to being a role player than a superstar, at least when it comes to his odds of winning a championship.James, of course, will have considerable freedom to pick his employer. If he puts winning titles above all other considerations, he could sign on for any role with the team he perceived as having the best chance to win the championship in a given season.Few players in N.B.A. history have been willing to take things to quite that extreme. Instead, superstars expect teams to build around them — even if they are past their prime, and even if it means something as inglorious as Jordan’s late years spent with the Washington Wizards.One can forgive Jordan, who did not have anything left to prove. But to match him, James will need to win two or three more titles over the next several seasons while he still plays at an M.V.P. level, which will require good health and some good luck. Then he may need to chase the last couple of titles by being willing to play the right role with the right club. read more

The Sacramento Kings Are Turning Their Games Into Track Meets

You could be forgiven if you didn’t think much of the Sacramento Kings’ chances coming into this season. The club, which was coming off a 27-victory campaign last year, hasn’t posted a 35-win season in more than a decade and is one of the NBA’s youngest teams. Sacramento also had a relatively quiet offseason aside from adding No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley.But the calendar has flipped to the new year, and Sacramento still has more wins than it does losses. This is the first time that’s been the case for Sacramento since 2005. Having a record above .500 this late — even after dropping two very winnable games in a row — is cause for celebration given how dysfunctional this franchise has been the past 10 to 15 years.Yet it’s the way the Kings have gotten out to such a respectable start that makes them so interesting. Sacramento basically turns its games into track meets and runs its opponents to death, gradually wearing them down enough to take over during the most important moments of play.At a blistering 105 possessions per 48 minutes, the Kings play at the league’s second-fastest tempo. In fourth quarters, when teams often slow the pace considerably to get the ball to their best players for 1-on-1s, Sacramento is still averaging an NBA-high 104 possessions per 48 minutes.Here’s the key, though: The Kings, who own the league’s second-worst defensive rating in first halves, undergo a “Thriller”-style transformation in the fourth quarter, when they rank sixth in the league defensively. And maintaining the sprinter’s tempo plays a part in that.The Kings force their winded opponents into a league-leading 16.9 fourth-quarter turnovers per 100 possessions. By contrast, Sacramento often looks most under control when the game is on the line and has by far the NBA’s fewest giveaways per 100 plays in close-game scenarios. That ability to play fast consistently is part of the reason the Kings have won an impressive two-thirds of their games in clutch scenarios, when the score is within 5 points with five minutes to play or less.It’s hard to know whether any of these developments were intentional. Kings coach Dave Joerger came into the season saying he wanted his young team to push the pace in the hopes of creating easier looks on offense — a fairly obvious perspective with so many players on the roster still finding their way. If there were any doubt that Sacramento is committed to the youth movement or the idea of playing faster, consider this: Plodding 37-year-old Zach Randolph, who led the team in scoring last year and is healthy, hasn’t logged a single minute for Joerger and the Kings this season.In any case, Sacramento has shown that it doesn’t care much what the circumstances are — and that it’s going to run no matter what. You scored on us? That’s fine, but you better hustle back on D. The Kings average the fastest possessions in the NBA after surrendering a basket, according to stat-tracking site Inpredictable. Watching their games on television can be a challenge because the camera crews often pan to the player who’s just scored, unprepared for how quickly the Kings are going to take a shot of their own in transition, so a viewer will miss chunks of Sacramento’s fastest scores. It happens a lot: The Kings have scored 41 times within four seconds of an opponent’s make, nearly double the next closest team, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ACTION.mp400:0000:0002:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Speedster De’Aaron Fox is the V8 engine that drives this fast-paced attack, and his jumper is vastly improved from his rookie year, when he was a below-average shooter outside of 15 feet. The lefty makes smart decisions consistently and, like a pitcher with good off-speed stuff, has learned how to leverage his quickness by mixing speeds to keep defenders guessing about what he’ll do next.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FoxSpeedShift.mp400:0000:0002:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By finding a relative comfort in playing at an unusual tempo, the Kings have gone against the grain. Yet they have also borrowed a tactic from the Grit-and-Grind Grizzlies, who played at the pace of molasses but felt that style better equipped them to compete once opponents moved to iso-only offense in the closing stages of games. For the Kings, a fast game is just their natural environment, almost like fish underwater. Sacramento used their pace to secure huge back-to-back, come-from-behind victories last month, beating both Memphis and New Orleans after trailing each team by 19 points.1During that same six-day span, the Kings trimmed a 27-point deficit to just 3 against the Clippers on the road before eventually losing.“I think in the first quarter, we didn’t realize how fast they play,” Cavs center Tristan Thompson said after his team failed to keep up with Sacramento. “In the second quarter, we figured it out, got it to a tie game. But in the third quarter, they ramped it back up on us, and we weren’t able to recover.”For the time being, there are a number of other things the Kings are doing well to help keep them above .500. Buddy Hield, however old he might be, is efficiently averaging 20 points per game on much higher volume than before. Stretch big Nemanja Bjelica gives them the spacing they’ve needed for years. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been solid since his return from injury, hitting a game-winner to beat the Lakers last week and helping stabilize a bench that lacks depth.There are also cracks in the facade — and some of those may stem from trying to outlast opponents at a breakneck pace the entire game. Sacramento had a 9-point lead on the Blazers in the final three minutes Tuesday night but couldn’t hold the lead and lost in overtime. And the Kings held a 7-point edge in Los Angeles with just over four minutes to play Sunday but then lost to the Lakers (who were playing without LeBron James). And earlier last month, when Sacramento blew a 10-point lead in the last four minutes against Golden State, Fox looked tired, committing turnovers and leaving his jumpers short. Some of this is regression to the mean. But it also makes sense that clubs would be better equipped to run with the Kings for entire games with the season in full swing, as players are in better shape.Other factors also suggest an uphill climb for the Kings. While the team uses pace to its advantage, Sacramento is merely average on offense, and it’s below average on defense across a full game. Sacramento has a winning record, but its net rating, usually more of a truth-teller, ranks in the bottom third of the league. The team isn’t good at protecting the rim — Willie Cauley-Stein, who came out of Kentucky as a dominant defensive prospect, has been arguably the NBA’s worst center in that regard — and its opponents shoot 70 percent from inside of 3 feet. The team hasn’t fared well when it plays its other bigs alongside Bagley, who’s been out with injury the past three weeks. And because of how weak the bench would be without Bogdanovic there, Joerger doesn’t play Fox, Hield and Bogdanovic — the team’s best three-man lineup — together as much as he might like to.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model doesn’t think much of Sacramento, giving the Kings just a 5 percent playoff probability — far closer to the bottom-feeding Bulls, Knicks and Suns than to teams like the Wolves or the Magic — despite their admirable start.The rest of this week will be a test for the Kings, who host the West’s first-place Nuggets and second-place Warriors on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. But the schedule isn’t reason to count them out: Sacramento has kept its head above water despite playing the NBA’s fifth-toughest slate to this point.Any way you slice it, the Kings have been fun, and they’ve found success in an unusual way. Fans should enjoy the ride, whether it lasts for just a few more days, or it’s a full-fledged run into the postseason.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State trying to turn the corner as it welcomes Maryland

Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) surveys the field during a game on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorIt might not have been pretty at all times, but a 34-27 win at Indiana has Ohio State off to a winning start in Big Ten play.Now it comes home to welcome a team that did not have that same luxury.Maryland (2-3, 0-1) is gearing up to make its first visit to Columbus after a 28-0 blowout loss at home against Michigan last week.Despite not notching a point against the Wolverines, OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he thinks the Terrapins will keep the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) needing to be alert at all times on defense.“They’re going to move the ball well, they’re going to mix it up, they’re going to keep you on your toes,” Fickell said.Maryland coach Randy Edsall is expected to further keep the Buckeyes on their toes by taking a page out of OSU coach Urban Meyer’s book by choosing not to reveal the starting quarterback until kickoff.Sophomore Caleb Rowe, redshirt junior Perry Hills and redshirt senior Daxx Garman have each split time at quarterback this year.Hills started the Terrapins’ first two games, with Rowe filling in for the next three but Garman getting time in two of them due to Rowe struggling.Fickell said he sees Maryland as a team in a self-discovery period.“They’re trying to figure out who they are, and what best suits them and fits them as they move forward,” he said.Still, senior linebacker Cam Williams said, as the No. 1 team in the nation, OSU expects the opposition’s best efforts each week.“We’re going to get the best shot from the coaches, we’re going to get the best shot from the players. We’re continuing to get looks that are never shown on film, looks that they’ve never had a tendency to do,” Williams said. “It’s almost like a lot of teams are saving up. It’s unique, but it’s a lot of fun because we’re going to get their best shot, but we’re give them our best shot back too.”Williams acknowledged that the Buckeyes are not playing their best ball — highlighted by needing a goal-line stand to stave off an Indiana team that hasn’t beaten OSU since 1988 — but the early struggles could make them a better team as postseason play draws nearer.“It’s always good to experience adversity … We look back at our team last year, we face a lot of adversity,” Williams said. “When you continue to face that adversity a lot, we get tougher, we callous.”Kickoff against Maryland is set for noon.Previously for the TerrapinsMaryland has had a rocky season coming into Week 6. After starting 2-1 with double-digit wins against Richmond and South Florida — with a 21-point loss at home against Bowling Green sandwiched in between — the Terrapins have been blown out in their last two.In Week 4, Maryland visited Morgantown, West Virginia, to face off against the Mountaineers, only to be sent home with a 45-6 beatdown before the shutout loss to Michigan.Out of 127 teams, Maryland ranks in the bottom 25 in the nation in total offense (114th), passing offense (103rd), total defense (109th) and turnover margin (121st).Last yearOn Oct. 6, 2014, the Buckeyes traveled to College Park, Maryland, for the first-ever meeting between the two schools.The game turned into a shootout, as the Buckeyes scored seven touchdowns en route to a 52-24 win.Then-redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett was 18-of-23 for 267 yards and four touchdowns, completing passes to nine different players.Then-senior quarterback C.J. Brown got the start for Maryland, but was pulled for Rowe after throwing three interceptions in 22 attempts.Rowe threw one pick of his own, which was taken back 19 yards for a score by then-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan.Injury reportFickell said the foot injury junior cornerback Cam Burrows is dealing with could keep him out for several weeks, but it is unknown if he will need surgery.Burrows’ injury is another hit to a depleted secondary that is already missing sophomore cornerback Damon Webb, who will miss his third straight game due to an indefinite suspension.“It makes us kind of go back to the drawing board and try to substitute and try to get your best 11 guys on the field and try to match up sometimes with personnels, you start to get thin,” Fickell said.Sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel had only one carry and no receptions last week. According to Meyer, however, he “feels better” after back spasms limited him in practice before the Indiana game. Samuel is listed as the starting No. 2 receiver on the depth chart.Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith, meanwhile, will not be back on the field this season after suffering a broken leg during the second half at Indiana. Coming back at the receiver spot, though, is redshirt freshman Parris Campbell, who missed two games with a knee injury.Up nextAfter hosting the Terrapins, the Buckeyes are scheduled to stay in Columbus for their first home night game of the season on Oct. 17. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Hoosiers

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knew it had the opportunity to seal an outright Big Ten regular season championship with a victory over No. 9-Indiana. That proved to be a tall order and the Hoosiers escaped with a 1-0 win in Bloomington, Ind. The lone score came with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half when Indiana sophomore defender Matt McKain lofted a ball into the box that teammate and fellow sophomore Nikita Kotlov converted into a goal just past OSU junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson. The lead held as the teams finished with 11 shots apiece. Lampson ended the day with five saves. The Buckeyes dropped to 10-6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten as Indiana improved to 11-3-4 overall and 3-2-1 in conference play. Head coach John Bluem said in a press release that he thought Indiana was probably the best team in the league and they played well today. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in the release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” It was the first shutout loss for the Buckeyes since a 1-0 loss to fifth-ranked Louisville on Sept. 25. A Big Ten championship seemed unlikely for the Buckeyes a month ago after losing to Northwestern 3-2 on Oct. 9 in a game that Bluem told The Lantern was “one of the worst performances by an Ohio State team in (his) 15 years here.” The Buckeyes were 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference at that time and appeared to be on the outside looking in. However, the Buckeyes went 3-0-1 in the next four contests to set themselves up with a chance to win the title. With OSU losing to Indiana and Northwestern (10-4-4, 4-0-2) winning over Michigan, the Buckeyes finish second in the league behind the Wildcats. The loss likely also puts the Buckeyes out of NCAA tournament consideration. The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes will try to rebound quickly as they have their first Big Ten Tournament game against No. 7 seed Penn State Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 8

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch-up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOf all the former Buckeyes currently in the NFL, these five players stood out in Week 9 of the NFL season.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottElliott had another impressive game, carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott was not expected to play this week following a decision to reinstate his suspension. However, a New York district court decision allowed him to play, providing the running back with a stay. Elliott reportedly had been trying to settle with the NFL over the suspension relating to an alleged domestic violence case, but once again was allowed to play and helped lead the Cowboys to another big win. _________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeHyde had an unusual game by his standards as he ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards along with nine catches for 84 yards, setting a new career high for receiving yards in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game was unique for Hyde as the bruising back is typically viewed more as a rushing threat than a receiving option. Hyde was one of the only players keeping the chains moving for the 49ers’ offense, as quarterback CJ Beathard completed less than 50 percent of his passes along with an interception.._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.Ginn had another solid outing Sunday, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Saints continued their hot streak, winning their sixth consecutive game after starting the season 0-2. With the Saints up 23-3 with 9:46 left in the third quarter, Ginn put the icing on the cake with a 36-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ginn has 421 receiving yards on the season, second-most on the team behind fellow Buckeye alum Michael Thomas._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael ThomasThough Ginn had the standout game between the two former Buckeyes, Thomas had a productive day as well, bringing in eight catches for 65 yards Sunday in a 30-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas continues to rack up receptions, as he is now tied for 11th in receptions among NFL receivers this season. He also ranks 17th in receiving yards. In an offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees who likes to spread the ball around, Thomas is having a productive sophomore season._________________________________________New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreLattimore continues to impress as the new-and-improved Saints’ defense has found its anchor. Lattimore had four tackles and one pass defended in a 30-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore was involved in a fight on the sideline that led to him being hit from behind by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans later apologized for the hit and was suspended one game for the hit, and was charged with a 15-yard penalty during the game._________________________________________Other notable players:New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee: two tackles, 2 QB hits, one sack read more

Penge chase crash homeless suspect is son of millionaire businessman who has

first_imgMakayah McDermott, 10, died at the scene  Police at the scene in Lennard Road, PengeCredit:PA 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. Tributes have been paid to Makayah who was described as an “incredible child”.Makayah and his sisters were all child actors. He attended the PSSA Beckenham drama school and had appeared in a number of musicals and plays.He had also recently been signed up by a talent agency and had auditioned for TV series.Sam Brown, managing director of Brown and Mills Entertainment said: “We had recently signed up Makayah along with his twin sisters, and all of us are in shock at the moment.”They were a very talented family. He already had a few auditions for some TV shows and adverts and we had really high hopes for him because he was such a talented youngster.”We are all shocked about what has happened and it is all very very sad because he had a bright future ahead of him.” Chair of magistrates Margaret Skinner said: “We are sending all these matters to the crown court.”There are seven matters, and two of those are indictable only, which is causing death by dangerous driving.”Because all these matters are arising from the same incident we are sending them all to the crown court.Dobby was remanded in custody and will make his next court appearance at the Old Bailey on September 30. Police at the scene in Lennard Road, Penge in in south-east London after a car being chased by police ploughed into a family leaving two people dead Rosie Coopercenter_img Ms Cooper and Makayah died at the scene and his older twin sisters Niyah and Yahla and cousin, Eva, were injured.Prosecutor Maxine Channer-McDaniel said: “No doubt you have heard about this matter.”Mr Dobby was driving a stolen vehicle pursued by police. He lost control of the vehicle, mounted the pavement, hit a bollard before hitting the victims in this matter.”As a result two were killed and three were injured.” Rosie CooperCredit:PA A 23-year-old man accused of killing two people when he crashed a stolen car during a police chase, is the son of a millionaire businessman, it has emerged.Homeless Joshua Dobby appeared in court accused of causing the deaths of ten-year-old Makayah McDermott and his aunt Rozanne Cooper, 35, in a crash in Penge, south east London on Wednesday.Wearing a prison issue grey tracksuit, Dobby spoke only to confirm his name and age.While the court heard he is of no fixed abode, it has emerged that his father is a businessman who lives in a £2.7 million home in Kent. It is understood Dobby’s mother died in 2013, but he been estranged from his father since childhood.On Friday the businessman refused to discuss the case at his large detached home, insisting he had not seen his son for seven years.Dobby is charged with two counts of causing death dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.He is also charged with two counts of causing death by driving whilst unlicensed and uninsured and two counts of aggravated vehicle taking. Makayah McDermott, 10, died at the scene  Credit:PAlast_img read more

New softer Army recruitment ad accused of neglecting people who are interested

first_imgJohnny Mercer MP, a former Army officer and Afghanistan veteran, said: “There is no point asking the Army to reflect the society from which it is drawn and then knocking them for conducting an evidence-based change of course on recruitment.”We clearly have more to do to encourage men and women of all backgrounds to join up.”The Army’s outsourced recruitment process, run by Capita, has been accused of worsening the manning shortfall by leaving recruits in limbo for months and switching the focus online, removing soldiers from high street recruiting offices who could help applications.Maj Gen Cross said his own son had been left struggling to sign up.Sir Nick has also in the past warned that a growing public tendency to see troops as victims could put people off.Serving officers also told the Telegraph the key to making up the manning shortfall was to cut the numbers leaving early, by improving pay and conditions for those already serving. Army/PA Wire FiCredit:Army/PA Wire The regular Army is supposed to be 82,000 strong, having been cut from 102,000 earlier in the decade. The latest manning figures show it is in fact around 77,500. Col Kemp said: “The main group of people who are interested in joining aren’t worrying so much about whether they are going to be listened to, or if there’s an emotional issue.”What they are worried about more is how they are going to face combat and, not only that – they are going to be attracted by images of combat because that’s why people join the armed forces.”He added: “This also reflects the fact that the Army, like the rest of government is being forced down a route of political correctness.”What is most important is that the Army recruits and is full of soldiers. It’s of secondary importance that they reflect the composition of society.” Col Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said the new campaign was “neglecting the main group of people who are interested in joining” and would not solve the recruiting crisis. A new Army recruitment campaign that emphasises it is okay for soldiers to cry and pray has been accused of neglecting those most likely to join up.A series of short films due to launch at the weekend stress inclusivity, support and a sense of belonging in pieces which ask “Can I be gay in the Army?” and “What if I get emotional in the Army?”.Gen Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the General Staff, defended the new approach, saying society was changing and the Army’s traditional pool of white young men was shrinking, forcing it to reach out to a much broader base.Poor recruitment means the regular Army is several thousand under strength and getting smaller as it tries to compete with a healthy civilian job market and a perception troops are currently doing little.But the films sparked debate over the merits of the new softer messages, which contrast with previous campaigns emphasising action, adventure and military hardware.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One former special forces soldier said the campaign was “not targeting the Army’s main recruitment pool, it is working in the margins. The message is well meaning does not inspire potential recruits.”A serving soldier added: “To avoid the Army coming into disrepute, they’re trying to involve everyone. They’re trying to say you can still be in our army. “Everyone joins to go to war, regardless of what they say. The biggest drive in recruitment is war or terror attacks. Because people join up to help.”But Sir Nick said “combat ethos and fighting power” remained the Army’s highest priority.”What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition that we don’t have a fully manned Army at the moment, that the demography of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader community in order to man that Army with the right talent.”Sir Nick added: “Our traditional cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16 to 25-year-olds and there are not as many of those around as there once were, and our society is changing and I think it’s entirely appropriate for us therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we need in order to stay in that combat effectiveness.”Army sources said earlier films stressing camaraderie in the new This Is Belonging campaign had been very successful, leading to a sharp rise in applications.Others also supported the new messages, saying they were aimed at a different generation to the critics.Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton said: “All should bear in mind that although the campaign is perhaps not to personal taste, it is aimed at a different generation. Results matter.” Heard lots of views today, one of the most balanced opinions I have heard was from a combat vet supporting what the campaign is trying to do.All should bear in mind that although the campaign is perhaps not to personal taste,it is aimed at a different generation – Results matter— Glenn Haughton OBE MBA (@ArmySgtMajor) January 10, 2018 One retired senior officer, Maj Gen Tim Cross, said he was in favour of recruiting from a broader base, but stressed they must be able to deliver high-intensity fighting power capable of “duffing up the Queen’s enemies”.He told the BBC: “The concern, I think, for a lot of people – and it’s an understandable concern and to some degree I have some concern as well – is that you end up with an Army that’s not capable of doing what you want to do and when you send it away on operations it’s not able to deliver.”last_img read more

Swimming in the sea raises risk of earache stomach bugs and diarrhoea

first_imgThe research, which was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology is the first to evaluate the evidence that bathers are at risk of getting sick from exposure to seawater, and to quantify this risk compared with non-bathers. Swimming in the sea raises the risk of earache and stomach bugs, researchers have warned.The University of Exeter Medical School found that people who swim, or take part in water sports are far more likely to experience a host of ailments.Sea bathing doubled the odds of reporting general ear ailments, and the odds of reporting earache specifically rose by 77 per cent. For gastrointestinal illnesses, the odds increased by 29 per cent.Researchers say despite significant investment resulting in an improvement water quality in recent years, seawater is still polluted from sources including industrial waste, sewage and run-off from farmland.Dr Anne Leonard, of the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “In high-income countries like the UK, there is a perception that there is little risk to health of spending time in the sea.“However, our paper shows that spending time in the sea does increase the probability of developing illnesses, such as ear ailments and problems involving the digestive system, such as stomach ache and diarrhoea.“We think that this indicates that pollution is still an issue affecting swimmers in some of the world’s richest countries.” Surfers were also warned they are at greater risk of illness Credit:Telegraph Surfers were also warned they are at greater risk of illness center_img The researchers reviewed 19 studies involving 120,000 people since 1961, from the UK, US Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Norway.They  found that sea bathers were 86 per cent more likely to suffer from any illness, compared to non bathers, and advised people prone to infection, the elderly or very young or those with pre-existing health conditions to think twice before going for an outdoor dip.As well as stomach and ear problems, bathing in natural water was also found to raise the risk of diarrhoea by 44 per cent, and has been known to trigger respiratory infections, skin ailments, and eye infections.“We don’t want to deter people from going into the sea, which has many health benefits such as improving physical fitness, wellbeing and connecting with nature,” said Dr Will Gaze, of Exeter.“However, it is important that people are aware of the risks so they can make informed decisions.“Although most people will recover from infections with no medical treatment, they can prove more serious for vulnerable people, such as the very old or very young, or those with pre-existing health conditions.“We have come a long way in terms of cleaning up our waters, but our evidence shows there is still work to be done.” Around 11 million adults in Britain swim each month and there has been an increase in the popularity in wild swimming in recent years, according to Swim England.last_img read more

Islamic State terrorist found guilty of plot to kill Theresa May

An armored police vehicle carrying Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahma to courtCredit:Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures An armored police vehicle carrying Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahma to court Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An Islamic State terrorist has been found guilty of a plot to behead the Prime Minister in a suicide attack on the heart of Government.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, planned to bomb the gates of 10 Downing Street, kill guards and then attack Theresa May with a knife or gun.He had pledged allegiance to IS and collected what he thought was an explosives-packed rucksack when he was arrested last November.The drifter, originally from Birmingham, thought he was being helped by an IS handler when in fact he was talking to undercover officers.Following an Old Bailey trial, Rahman, from Finchley, north London, was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism in Britain.Midway through the trial, he admitted helping his friend Mohammed Aqib Imran to join IS in Libya by recording an IS sponsorship video. Rahman came to the attention of police in August last year when he was arrested on suspicion of sending indecent images to underage girls, but never charged.An examination of his mobile phone raised concern he may be harbouring extremist views.After his uncle’s death, he became even more determined and turned to the internet for help in his attack plans.Rahman made contact with an FBI agent posing as an IS official online, who introduced him to an MI5 role-player.The defendant revealed his plans, saying: “I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.”There are lorries here with big gas tankers, if a brother can drive it next to Parliament I will bomb.”He later described using a suicide belt, a drone, an IED and poison, referred to as “P” or “curry mix”.By early November last year, he appeared settled on an attack on 10 Downing street with a suicide bomb, gun or knife.He told an undercover officer: “[God willing] will be very big if I’m successful. I can’t mess up. I can’t get [martyrdom] if I get caught.” Show more Two days later, he bought a rucksack from Argos before meeting an undercover officer in Brixton for it to be fitted with explosives.In November 28 last year, the officer handed back Rahman’s rucksack and coat – now packed with dummy explosives – and replica pepper spray.Rahman told the officer he was “good to go” but was arrested as he walked away carrying the fake bomb in Kensington. On November 18 last year, Rahman carried out reconnaissance around Whitehall. Imran, 22, from south-east Birmingham, was found guilty of having a terrorist handbook after the jury deliberated for 13 hours.The jury is still deliberating on a charge against Imran of preparing terrorist acts abroad.Rahman was snared by a network of undercover counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan Police, the FBI and MI5.The trial had heard how Rahman was encouraged by an uncle who travelled to Syria to fight and was killed in a drone strike last June. read more