Phil Mickelson is taking his game from the golf course to the football stadium. And on Monday Night Football, no less.It will not be quite like having to make a six-foot putt during Ryder Cup competition. But there will be some pressure, for sure.On Oct. 15, Mickelson will be the halftime entertainment at the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium. He will be hitting a shot from one end zone to the other at different targets. If Mickelson, one of he PGA Tour’s best short-game players, hits a bull’s-eye he will will win $1 million for what is being called the “KPMG Chip4Charity” contest that will donate the money to First Book.First Book is a non-profit organization that provides books for underprivileged children, and Mickelson will have a chance to donate nearly 400,000 books if he can nail the bull’s-eye.If Phil hits the outer ring it’ll be worth $50,000, the next will be $100,000 and the bull’s-eye is a cool million bucks.The Chip4Charity initiative goes hand-in-hand with the Blue for Books campaign that donates three books for every blue KPMG hat sold.Mickelson said on the company’s website: “My wife, Amy, and I feel strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth. I am extremely proud to be part of the Blue for Books campaign and it’s just great to know that for every blue hat I see out in the gallery each week, three new books are in the hands of kids who need them most.”Mickelson is one of the most congenial players on tour and one of the most well-liked. He spends hours signing autographs and engaging the fans. This charity effort is another example of his commendable outreach.
Photo by zimbio.comCam Newton, the former Heisman Trophy winner, said he conversed with enigmatic Johnny Manziel “a few times” this summer. Apparently, whatever Newton had to offer did not stick, as the news gets worse each day for “Johnny Football.”The latest is that a Las Vegas broker said he paid Manziel $7,500 to sign helmets, a blatant violation of NCAA rules that could render the rising sophomore ineligible for the upcoming season. Not good.Newton survived an NCAA investigation into pay-for-play allegations. He was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and was not suspended from any games.Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future,” Newton said. “When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad” purposes.“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things,” Newton said. “You think everybody loves you for who you are.“When I was there at college, so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much,” he added. “Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my [eyes]. If you say no to this particular person, you are going to be a [jerk]. You are going to be the person that people look at as, ‘What’s up? We came out here and supported you and cheered for you and you can’t sign an autograph?’ Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But that’s the nature of the beast.”Despite whatever Newton shared with Manziel, the Texas A&M star has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman.The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January.Newton said he hopes “that everything works out in the best for him so he can get back to what he likes to do and that’s playing football.”
PHI88PHI89CHI 3, PHI 24-1.2– 1994Dallas17051731+26✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 2015New England17221740+17✓ YEARTEAMWEEK 5 ELOWEEK 12 ELODIFFERENCEMADE PLAYOFFS CIN84CIN79CLE 16, CIN 30-4.3– 1990San Francisco17271710-16✓ 2007New England17231806+84✓ DET53MIN56MIN 30, DET 23+6.6– Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2004New England17041742+38✓ The past month and a half has been rough for KC fans to say the least, but all is not lost. The Chiefs still have a 79 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions, partly because the AFC West doesn’t have another team that’s above .500, and partly because just one of their remaining five opponents has an Elo rating that’s above average: the suddenly hot L.A. Chargers.But Chiefs fans have become all too familiar with Smith’s explosive starts and dismal finishes — Smith led KC to a 9-0 start in 2013, before ending the regular season 2-5 and losing the AFC Wild Card game to the Colts. The team’s fate could rest on whether Andy Reid decides to yank Smith as the starting QB in favor of rookie Patrick Mahomes II, who the team selected with the 10th pick in the 2017 draft. In his junior year at Texas Tech, Mahomes led all FBS schools in passing yards and tacked on a 4.1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. While the first-year gunslinger would be thrust into a high-pressure environment if he takes over for Smith, Mahomes might be the spark that the Chiefs so desperately need.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWeek 12 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers beat Elo by an overall 5.5 points, just their second victorious week of the year. Their biggest individual victory came in the Chargers’ 28-6 drubbing of the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day — readers picked up 12.4 points on that game. L.A. sits at 5-6 after two straight wins, and our model now gives the team its highest chance to date of making the playoffs — though, granted, that chance is just 26 percent. The readers had more confidence in the surging Vikings than our Elo system did, and readers were rewarded with 6.6 points after Minnesota took care of Detroit 30-23.The biggest loss for the readers came when they put too much faith in Jacksonville (we’ve warned you before); the Jaguars fell to the Cardinals 24-27, which resulted in a 12.9 point loss for the readers. And they didn’t put enough faith in the Bengals, as Cincinnati thwarted Cleveland 30-16, yielding a 4.3 point loss for the readers.Make sure you get your Week 13 predictions in early, and thanks for playing. NE90NE90MIA 17, NE 35-1.1– WSH68WSH71NYG 10, WSH 20+0.0 1986Chicago17501706-44✓ NO55NO53NO 20, LAR 26-0.1– PIT78PIT84GB 28, PIT 31+0.6– No prizes will be awarded for working out where KC’s problems lie. While the team’s defense has actually improved as the season has progressed — the team allowed 22.2 points per game during the 5-0 start compared with 20.8 since — the Chiefs’ offense has been woeful. Former MVP favorite Smith has received the brunt of the criticism, and rightly so: During the 5-0 start, Smith had the best passer rating in the league, but he had just the the 17th-best rating in his next six games. As for Hunt, the running back who was the favorite for offensive Rookie of the Year just a few weeks ago, his yards per carry plummeted from 6.3 in his first five games to 3.2 in his next six. As a group, the Chiefs have made another piece of forgettable history: The team’s decline on offense since Week 5 is tied for fifth-worst in the NFL since 2001. 2011Green Bay17241772+48✓ 5Kansas City201752.833.3-19.5 3Denver201357.436.1-21.3 CAR57CAR67CAR 35, NYJ 27+5.4– 4Denver200850.930.2-20.7 2007Indianapolis17111736+25✓ TEN52TEN61TEN 20, IND 16+5.7– 5N.Y. Giants201441.121.6-19.5 1941Chicago17141766+52✓ 1973Miami17071771+64✓ OAK64OAK63DEN 14, OAK 21-2.7– 2017Kansas City17011584-116? 2Indianapolis200758.036.4-21.6 RANKTEAMSEASONFIRST 5 GAMESNEXT 6 GAMESDIFFERENCE PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS 1942Chicago17481775+27✓ SEA78SEA79SEA 24, SF 13-1.7– KC78KC74BUF 16, KC 10+3.5– Source: PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group DAL68%DAL56%LAC 28, DAL 6+12.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 12Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 12 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game The worst midseason dips on offensePercentage of offensive drives that resulted in a score, since 2001 Great teams don’t have meltdownsDifference in Elo after Week 5 and after Week 12 among teams that had an Elo rating of at least 1700 after Week 5 1Chicago200650.0%28.0%-22.0 JAX55JAX64JAX 24, ARI 27-12.9– The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Through Week 5 of this NFL season, there was no team better than Kansas City. The Chiefs were 5-0 with a league-best offense in almost every major category, and they’d chalked up statement wins over New England and Philadelphia, who are now the best teams in their respective conferences. Alex Smith was the best quarterback in the game and on course for one of the greatest QB seasons in NFL history. Rookie Kareem Hunt was breaking the league as the best running back in the game, averaging more than 120 rushing yards per game and more than six yards per carry. And as we detailed, the last time the Chiefs were that good, they won Super Bowl IV. Life in the Midwest was bliss.Few could have predicted what has happened since, though. The Chiefs’ decline began in Week 6 with a 19-13 defeat at home against the Steelers; it took a further nosedive two weeks ago when they lost to the lowly New York Giants; and it reached a nadir in their Week 12 loss to Buffalo, the latest setback in what has become one of the most mystifying breakdowns in recent memory. The Chiefs have recorded just a single win (over the Broncos) in their past six games and now sport a 6-5 record, and they have undergone the league’s third-biggest drop in Elo ratings in that time — only the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers and quarterback-less Broncos have dropped further. Fans in KC will be wondering how far their team’s performance might fall, and for good reason: This kind of collapse is essentially unprecedented. Among teams that had an Elo rating of at least 17001Elo ratings measure the quality of teams. An Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average. after Week 5 of the season, Kansas City’s decline is the largest through Week 12 in NFL history. ATL78ATL78TB 20, ATL 34-1.9– 1998Denver17121773+61✓ BAL68BAL67HOU 16, BAL 23-2.8–
With Clemons on the court, the Fighting Camels score 1.12 points per possession, according to Hoop Lens — or at a rate that would be among the best in the country if maintained over an entire season. When he sits, the team scores 0.84 points per possession, or at a rate that would rank around 300th if maintained. Without Clemons, the team’s effective field goal percentage drops more than 10 percentage points, and the team’s turnover percentage spikes almost 7 percentage points. As a pick-and-roll ball handler, he has scored more points this season than everyone else on the team combined, according to data provided by Synergy Sports.This season, Clemons is scoring 30.1 points per game, tied for the second-highest mark by any player since 1992. Charles Jones in 1996-97 was the last player to average more than 30 points per game over a season, while Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene came close in 2016-17, hitting 29.97. Clemons has scored in double figures in 111 consecutive games.2He scored 9 points against Gardner-Webb on Jan. 1, 2016 — the only time in his 126-game college career that he scored fewer than 10 points.He can also take the roof off an arena. Behind a 44-inch vertical3The combine record belongs to D.J. Stephens, who cleared 46 inches in 2013. and sculpted physique, Clemons has made a habit of dunking on defenders. Hard. Of Campbell’s 22 dunks this season, he has eight. “It’s like, ‘You’re 5-9!?’” McGeehan said, bewildered.4Last week, the university uploaded a YouTube video appropriately titled, “Campbell Men’s Basketball – Chris Clemons – Dunks.” Clemons is leaned on heavilyThe NCAA men’s basketball players with the highest share of their team’s possessions that season, since 2016-17 Chris Clemons is the shortest of the scoring greatsThe top 25 NCAA men’s basketball scorers and their height Hersey HawkinsBradley1984-883,0086’3″ Alphonso FordMississippi Valley State1989-933,1656’1″ Larry BirdIndiana State1976-792,8506’9″ Freeman WilliamsPortland State1974-783,2496’4″ 2018-19Ja MorantMurray St.So36.26’3″175 Lionel SimmonsLa Salle1986-903,2176’7″ 2018-19Chris ClemonsCampbellSr37.55’9″180 Chris ClemonsCampbell2015-193,1065’9″ Tyler HawsBYU2010-152,7206’5″ Mike DaumSouth Dakota St.2015-193,0066’9″ 2018-19Justin JamesWyomingSr36.06’7″190 Danny ManningKansas1984-882,9516’10” J.J. RedickDuke2002-062,7696’4″ Alfredrick HughesLoyola Chicago1981-852,9146’5″ 2017-18Roddy PetersNicholls St.Sr36.86’4″195 2016-17Chris ClemonsCampbellSo37.05’9″180 Otis BirdsongHouston1973-772,8326’3″ Pete MaravichLSU1967-703,6676’5″ Harry KellyTexas Southern1979-833,0666’7″ Oscar RobertsonCincinnati1957-602,9736’5″ 2016-17Ronnie BoyceSan FranciscoSr37.96’3″158 Tyler HansbroughNorth Carolina2005-092,8726’9″ 2018-19Jordan DavisNorthern ColoradoSr36.26’2″185 Byron LarkinXavier1984-882,6966’3″ Elvin HayesHouston1965-682,8846’9″ McGeehan hasn’t wasted a second of his point guard’s eligibility. Clemons has played at least 80 percent of team minutes each season on campus. As a senior, he’s taking on 93.1 percent.Over the past three seasons, Clemons has finished no lower than seventh nationally in KenPom’s percentage of possessions used metric, which measures how many possessions a player used while on court, assigning credit or blame to the player when his actions resulted in an ended possession. He leads the country this season, absorbing 37.5 percent of the team’s possessions. “Obviously,” McGeehan noted, “he’s heavily relied upon.” SeasonPlayerTeamYr.PossessionHeightWeight Hank GathersLoyola Marymount*1985-902,7236’7″ Daren QueenanLehigh1984-882,7036’5″ 2017-18D’Marcus SimondsGeorgia St.So35.86’3″200 2016-17Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Jr35.16’5″190 No state has a glossier tradition in men’s college basketball than North Carolina. It has produced 13 national championships.1This is second only to California’s 15. The state has accounted for six national titles since 2000. No other state has more than three over that span. It is home to the sport’s fiercest rivalry: Duke vs. North Carolina. It has seen more than a hundred All-Americans and dozens of Hall of Famers cut their teeth on its courts, including Tim Duncan, Vince Carter and Michael Jordan.You might think that the state’s all-time leading scorer is one of those all-time greats. But he’s actually a current player. He’s not a Tar Heel or a Blue Devil or even a Demon Deacon. He’s a Fighting Camel in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Far from the spotlight, Chris Clemons, a senior at Campbell University in the Big South Conference, is making college-basketball history in a state that’s long on it.As a high schooler, Clemons was an all-state athlete in Raleigh, smack dab in the backyard of the ACC. When the power conferences overlooked him, Campbell didn’t. In fact, it sometimes brought the entire coaching staff to watch him hoop. “I told him when I was sitting in his living room that I thought he’d be the all-time leading scorer in Campbell history,” Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan told me.Only five players in NCAA history have scored more than Clemons has. And his 3,106 points have not come easy: Clemons is 5-foot-9, at least 4 inches shorter than each of his teammates. But that disadvantage wasn’t a problem for McGeehan. “I’ve never thought twice about his height,” he said. 2017-18Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Sr37.86’5″190 2017-18Milik YarbroughIllinois St.Jr35.56’6″230 Should his average hold, Clemons will finish the season with a 38.9 percent usage rate, which would give him three of the top 25 marks produced by players since 2009, the first year for which data is available.5Among players qualified for the points per game leaderboard. His career usage rate (35.9 percent) figures to edge former BYU star Jimmer Fredette for the top spot by any player over the past decade.There have actually been plenty of undersized, high-usage players on college courts. Clemons is just relied upon much more than any of the rest — and has been since he arrived on campus. Since 2008, there have been 450 seasons that saw a player shorter than 5-foot-10 appear in 20 games and play at least 40 percent of team minutes, according to BartTorvik.com. Of that sample, Clemons is in line to finish with the first, third, fourth and 23rd highest usage rates.Let’s remove the height restriction. Given those same qualifications, since 2008 there have been 522 seasons of a player producing a usage rate exceeding 30 percent. Of that pool, Clemons is on track to post two usage rates that rank in the top 15 and another one that ranks in the top 45. *Transferred from another schoolSource: Sports-Reference.com 2018-19Lamine DianeCal St. NorthridgeFr37.16’7″205 Doug McDermottCreighton2010-143,1506’8″ 2016-17Michael WeathersMiami (Ohio)Fr37.56’2″161 Allan HoustonTennessee1989-932,8016’6″ Reggie LewisNortheastern1983-872,7096’7″ 2017-18Trae YoungOklahomaFr38.5%6’2″180 lb. This season, only one player6UTSA’s Jhivvan Jackson. has taken a higher share of team shots than Clemons’s 39.3 percent.7 He hasn’t finished lower than fifth since his freshman campaign, when he ranked 22nd. This would be the fourth consecutive season that Clemons has finished in the top 25 in percentage of team shots taken, a feat of production that has never been matched since KenPom began tracking such metrics.8Since 2004.The Fighting Camels made their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1992, five years before Clemons was born. This season, Clemons has Campbell roaring into shape to make a run at a second, provided the team wins its conference tournament.Which is to say: Clemons has the perennial green light to do everything. “I always had one,” Clemons said. “But I don’t remember it being like this.”Have coaches ever told him not to shoot? “I haven’t heard that lately,” he said.Is there anything McGeehan wouldn’t trust Clemons to do? “Probably give me a haircut.”Clemons’s numbers are more impressive when you consider the system under which he plays. Watching him, you get the sense that he could get to the rim or drain a jump shot around 10 seconds before he actually does. McGeehan runs a hybrid version of Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense that relies on quick ball movement and constant motion. It also typically suffocates tempo, as the Princeton Offense is ostensibly designed to limit huge production by either team. Campbell has ranked outside the top 190 in average offensive possession length each season since 2013. This season, it ranks 265th in adjusted tempo. Campbell averages 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which is tied for 238th nationally. North Carolina, for instance, averages nearly eight more possessions per game.Despite all of his success, Clemons may not ever reach the next level. To be sure, there have been other players under 5-foot-10 to reach the NBA: Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, Calvin Murphy, Spud Webb. There have even been a few who have done it since the turn of the century: Isaiah Thomas, Kay Felder, Nate Robinson. Clemons, who has declared for the NBA draft after each of the past two seasons only to return to campus, is unlikely to join them via that route.The irony is heavy: One of the greatest scorers of all time, in arguably the state with the richest college basketball tradition, plays just a short drive down the road from perhaps the most-talked-about college athlete of all time, for a team that packed in fewer than 2,000 fans per home game last season. The smallest guy on the court is dealt the largest offensive burden and has most of the team’s dunks. The pint-sized player with the larger-than-life impact.“When it’s all said and done,” McGeehan said, “I’m probably going to go back and say, ‘Wow, did that really all just happen?’” 2016-17Marcus KeeneCentral MichiganJr37.05’9″175 2018-19Markus HowardMarquetteJr35.35’11”175 PlayerSchoolYearsPointsHeight 2017-18Ethan HappWisconsinJr35.66’10”235 2018-19Ethan HappWisconsinSr35.26’10”237 2017-18Chris ClemonsCampbellJr34.95’9″185 2016-17Jordan WashingtonIonaSr37.66’8″235 Source: KenPom Kevin BradshawU.S. International*1984-912,8046’6″ Keydren ClarkSt. Peter’s2002-063,0585’9″
Saturday marked the first time since 1998 that the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was won by an American not named Serena or Venus. Sloane Stephens, who was ranked 957th in the world in July and entered the tournament unseeded, beat fellow American (and good friend) Madison Keys handily, 6-3, 6-0. Stephens, Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe, all of whom made at least the semifinals at this year’s Open, are all 25 years old or younger and have tons more tennis to play in their primes. Could they be the players who finally take the torch carried so long by Serena and Venus Williams?Before Thursday, it had been 36 years since every player in the semifinals of the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was an American. And before Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift the U.S. Open trophy was Lindsay Davenport, who dominated the game from 1998 to 2000, finishing the 1998 WTA season as the top-ranked player in the world and nearly collecting a career Grand Slam over the course of just three seasons.1Davenport now coaches Madison Keys. Not a bad influence to have in your box. The Williams sisters’ dominance notwithstanding, American women have had a rough go of it at the U.S. Open — and have seen less success at every other major as well — during the past two decades. But that wasn’t always the case. During the first 20 years of the “Open era,”2The Open era began in 1968 when the French Open decided to allow professionals to play alongside amateurs. the women’s draw at the U.S. Open saw 15 champions from the U.S. It took American women three years to capture their first U.S. Open title in the Open era (Virginia Wade of Great Britain was the first to lift the trophy, in 1968, and Australian legend Margaret Court, who along with Billie Jean King is the only woman to win the U.S. Open in both the pre-Open era and the Open era, won in 1969 and 1970). But after that slow start, American women won 15 of the next 17 titles. King won in 1971, 1972 and 1974 (her last time) before passing the torch to Chris Evert.Evert dominated the tournament from 1975 to 1982 — her six titles in that span are tied with Serena Williams’s for the most in the Open era.3Helen Wills Moody — also an American — still holds the all-time record, with seven titles. Tracy Austin picked up two titles, in 1979 and 1981, and Martina Navratilova, who became an American citizen in 1981, won four of her own from 1983 to 1987.4She lost in the 1985 U.S. Open final to Hana Mandlíková.This American pre-eminence carried over to the other majors as well. From 1971 to 1987, U.S. women won at least one major in each season.51988 and 1989 were busts for anyone in women’s tennis not named Steffi Graf. In 1988, Graf asserted herself as the best tennis player on the planet by winning all four majors — and Olympic gold. In 1989, she won three of the season’s four majors. And from the beginning of the Open era through 1984, 12 different Americans made it to at least one Grand Slam final (and five of those 12 won at least one Grand Slam).The parity that once existed in U.S. women’s tennis dwindled a bit in the years that followed Navratilova’s final title at Wimbledon, in 1990 — at least in terms of the number of players who made it to a Grand Slam final. In the subsequent 27 years, just nine Americans have made at least one Grand Slam final. But of those nine, six have gone on to win at least one Grand Slam.Before Stephens did it on Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift a trophy at a major was Jennifer Capriati, who knocked off Martina Hingis at the 2002 Australian Open. Fifteen years is a huge gap in parity, but the work of the sisters alone in this period — particularly Serena Williams, who won 23 titles — still meant that this would go down as one of the most dominant eras of American women’s tennis. The pair have won 30 of the last 75 finals and have combined for eight U.S. Open trophies.In the end, it’s fitting that the final major of the 50th season of Open-era play would go to an American — of the 199 majors contested over that span, 85 have been won by an American, by far the most of any country. And if Stephens, Keys and Vandeweghe have anything to say about it, that number should only grow. And above all, parity in American women’s tennis appears to be on the upswing again.
By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 24, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris discuss the conference finals yet again. Just how magical is Boston’s home-court advantage? Just how tired is LeBron James? Is the Rockets’ bench too thin for the starters to stay fresh? And what’s with Kevin Durant’s shot selection?The crew also talks about how the NFL’s new national anthem policy differs from the NBA’s in fewer ways than you might think.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
The Ohio State men’s hockey team won its eight consecutive game Friday. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 11 Lake Superior State 5-2, increasing their winning streak to eight games and unbeaten streak to 10 games. With the win, OSU improved to 11-3-1 on the year, and moved into first place in the CCHA with a 8-2-1-1-conference record. LSSU falls to 10-5-2, 6-4-1-1 in the CCHA. Senior forward Danny Dries scored twice, and sophomore forwards Chris Crane, Alex Lippincott and Alex Szczechura added goals as OSU went on to win the first game in a two-game set against the Lakers. After almost two weeks off since their 6-5 win against then-No.7 Michigan on Nov. 19, the Buckeyes came out firing in the first period. Lippincott scored from the right circle to give OSU a 1-0 lead at the 12:28 mark in the opening period. Following a slashing penalty by LSSU, the Buckeyes went on the power play, and Crane took advantage, scoring with 1:04 remaining in the first period off a pass from freshman forward Ryan Dzingel. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 17-4 in the opening stanza and led 2-0 after twenty minutes of play. Both teams went scoreless in the second period, but LSSU had multiple scoring opportunities in front of OSU’s net. Senior goalie Cal Heeter made multiple stops and finished the game with 29 saves. Dries scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at the 15:10 mark in the third period. Dries got the puck south of LSSU’s goal line, fired the puck off the Lakers’ goalie, and it bounced into the net, giving the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead five minutes into the final period. LSSU responded with a power-play goal with 10:17 remaining. Freshman defenseman Kevin Czuczman got the puck in the left circle and put it into the top shelf, cutting OSU’s lead to two. Szczechura scored at the 12:55 mark with an assist from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig increasing the lead to 4-1. LSSU would score again with 4:54 remaining, and pulled their goalie shortly after. Dries got the puck inside OSU’s blue line, and scored his second goal of the game on an empty net with 2:51 to play. The Buckeyes and Lakers will play again at 8:05 on Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center..
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe awards continued to pile up for a trio of Ohio State players. Redshirt senior center Billy Price, junior cornerback Denzel Ward and sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa were named first-team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.The announcement comes just two days after Price and Ward were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press. Bosa was on the second-team. All three were first-team All-Big Ten members.This is the second consecutive season Price has been named an AFCA first-team All-American as a right guard. The redshirt senior also took home the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, and was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. During the 2017 season, Price set the Ohio State record for consecutive games started, having started every game of his career since his redshirt freshman season.Nick and Joey Bosa become only the second pair of Ohio State brothers to both be named first-team All-Americans, joining Ray and Archie Griffin. Nick has continued the legacy of the Bosa name, joining Joey as fellow Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year winners by taking home the hardware in 2017. Bosa has 32 tackles — 18 solo and 14 assisted — with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also forced a fumble.Ward has shined in his first year as a starter, picking up two interceptions, 15 passes defended, 30 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and two for a loss. He was named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, but lost to Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The crash happened in Hook, near North Warnborough, HampshireMr Cobden was taken to North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, where he is still in a stable condition.It is thought the luxury vehicle was due to go on sale at Sotheby’s for between £885,000 and £1.2 million. Mr Cobden owns Toy Stor-Age, a bespoke luxury car storage facility at the end of the access road where the fatal crash took place.It is said his mother heard the crash and was the first on scene and tried to resuscitate her son.Locals living in nearby North Warnborough, Hampshire, said they heard sirens, saw flashing lights and watched as a helicopter circled overhead. They got less than a minute away before the mother, still waiting at the garage, heard a crashfamily friend of Ferrari crash victim The Ferrari crashed on a quiet access road to his garage on Monday night. The cause of the crash has yet to be ascertained.The teenager, from the Winchester area, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene in Hook, Hampshire, at around 8.30pm.Mr Cobden, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, is being treated at the North Hampshire Hospital where his condition is described as stable.Writing on a specialist car forum, web user MOTK said: “It was my friend’s son.”As far as I know at the moment, the mother and child were waiting at a car dealership where their friend was delivering some batteries.”The kid saw the F50 there there and asked the garage owner to sit in it. He replied that he could do one better and take him for a drive.”They got less than a minute away before the mother, still waiting at the garage, heard a crash. She was the first on the scene and tried to resuscitate her son to no avail.”They added: “An awful tragedy, and one that makes me think. RIP young man.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Ferrari F50s was expected to fetch up to £2million at auction. Library image Credit:Tom Wood/ALAMY A mother tried in vain to revive her 13-year-old son after the 200mph Ferrari he was being taken for a ride in ploughed through a fence, according to a friend.Driver Matt Cobden was hospitalised after a crash that killed a teenage boy as he “showed off” the £1.2million supercar to the youngster.Mr Cobden, who owns a car storage facility, took the 13-year-old boy out for a spin after the teenager asked if he could sit in the rare Ferrari F50, according to a friend of the youngster’s motherMr Cobden, 37, was looking after one of only 349 Ferrari F50s ever made ahead of an auction, where the red 200mph supercar was set to sell for up to £1.2million.
The fire service’s “Quarter Two Performance Review 2016-17” states: “The borough has now virtually completed the change over from large wheelie bins to the smaller versions.”This has already had a negative impact on the amount of fly-tipping which will subsequently impact on the volume of deliberate secondary fires over time.”The fire service claim in the last eight months of 2016 Bolton crews were called to 354 “loose refuse” fires, compared to 271 over the same period in 2015 – a 30 per cent rise.On Sunday furious council chiefs hit back at the fire service’s claims, questioning how they collated the data.Councillor Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for the environment said: “I don’t know how they can say that the number has increased.”They don’t have the data to back it up and I think the conclusion is false.”I don’t dispute that there may have been an increase in the number of call-outs to loose rubbish fires, but they don’t collect fly-tipping data.”The council has to weigh and measure the amounts that are picked up from fly-tipping in the town and those figures show that the amount of refuse picked up from fly tips has decreased.”Cllr Peel claims the authority has spent money on educating residents and youngsters not to start fires or fly-tip using “behaviour change teams”. In 2015, as Bolton announced plans for their future slim bin switch, pressure groups and residents spoke to the national media of their fears it will merely increase fly-tipping.Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will wonder what the council is thinking.”Shrinking the size of bins will just lead to rubbish piling up and potentially increase fly-tipping.”The least residents expect from their hefty council tax payments is that their rubbish is dealt with – and this bonkers decision makes that less likely. It’s time for a rethink.”The bins cost the council an initial £2 million but it is claimed they will save between £1.2 and £1.5 million each year in disposal and landfill costs. Shrinking the size of bins will just lead to rubbish piling up and potentially increase fly-tippingTaxPayers’ Alliance The first UK council to pioneer “slim bins” has been accused of causing a rise in fly-tipping and arsons by its own fire chiefs.Bolton Council brought in the 140-litre grey household waste receptacles last summer to replace the larger 240-litre variants – in a bid to increase recycling rates.The pioneering authority admitted their £2 million slim-bin switch was the “model” for other councils yet were blasted at the time by taxpayer pressure groups over last summer’s roll-out.Now the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority has blamed the slim bins for having a “negative impact” fly-tipping and a 30 per cent rise in arsons. He added: “We have more manpower out dealing with fly-tipping and challenging people than ever before.”As a result the number of fixed penalty notices we have issued has increased on last year. We are not the only borough to adopt the slim bin policy.”But Bolton is actually being looked at as a model of how to do it. We are extremely satisfied with how the roll-out has gone.”Cllr Peel added that he was “disappointed” with what was said in the report and will look at raising the issue with the fire authority.Bolton has seen a spate of rubbish fires and refuse bin arson attacks in recent months.Only recently Farnworth Fire Station Manager Paul Sumner urged people not to add to the problem by dumping waste.He said: “Our data shows while there has been a small rise in the number of wheelie bin fires in Bolton we have generally seen an increase in deliberate fires, including loose refuse, rubbish and wheelie bins.”We urge people to take any additional waste to your nearest local authority refuse site so as to minimise the possibility of fly-tipping, as this increases the risk of a deliberate fire being started.”Starting fires deliberately is a criminal offence so we urge anyone with information about any suspicious behaviour to contact the police.” 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.
I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover. NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance https://t.co/YJsKBAHsw7— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) February 5, 2018 “Jeremy Hunt is the health secretary and of course he speaks for the government on these matters.”Jeremy Corbyn weighed in, tweeting: “Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The National Health Service has turned into the International Health Service and we’re providing a lot of healthcare for people coming into Britain from all over the world. We do need some absolutely fundamental reforms. This system we have was set up in 1948. Surprisingly for a state-run thing for most of the first fifty years the public had great faith in it. Right now it’s pretty much at breaking point.” Hey, Britain here. Literally nobody here would ever want to trade our National Health Service for what America has. https://t.co/RQD0fIlMEV— James O’Malley (@Psythor) February 5, 2018 Donald Trump has attacked the NHS, tweeting that it is “going broke and not working”, causing Jeremy Hunt and other UK politicians to angrily respond.He wrote: “The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working.”Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!”The tweet appears to refer to marches asking for more funding for the NHS which took place at the weekend, organised by anti-privatisation groups.Health secretary Jeremy Hunt responded: “I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover.”NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.” We’re allowed to insult the NHS but you’re not. https://t.co/Ngga5yUGkR— Louise Adams (@Shladams) February 5, 2018 This should help smooth things out over that presidential visit https://t.co/AIAutagoez— Tom Bateman (@tomb8man) February 5, 2018 Some have speculated that Mr Trump made the comments after perhaps watching Nigel Farage appear on Fox And Friends.On the show, which the President tweeted about after making his NHS comments, Mr Farage said: “We have a population of 65 million but it’s increasing by half a million people a year. We just haven’t got enough hospitals, we haven’t got enough doctors, we haven’t got enough facilities. Other MPs tweeted their derision, including Labour’s David Lammy who called the President an “absolute prat.” He said: “Oh do put your phone down you absolute prat. Healthcare in this country is a human right and millions of us will defend it until our dying breath.”Tory MP Sarah Wollaston added: “No, @realDonaldTrump, people are marching to demonstrate their support for the #NHS & argue for more funding.”Labour MP Stephen Doughty tweeted: “Now #Trump @realDonaldTrump exposing again his utter ignorance about #Britain – this time on our proud #NHS – exactly opposite to what he’s doing in US.”Luke Pollard MP pointed out: “No, people in the UK protested because they don’t want an American system like you have.” Theresa May backed her health minister’s comments, and a spokesperson said she is proud of the NHS.The spokesperson said: “The prime minister is proud of having an NHS that is free at the point of delivery.”NHS funding is at a record high and was prioritised in the Budget with an extra £2.8 billion. In the recent Commonwealth Fund international survey, the NHS was rated the best int he world for a second time. Donald Trump is now using @NHSEngland as an example of the failure of Universal Healthcare. Over to you @Jeremy_Hunt @theresa_may @jeremycorbyn https://t.co/hGQL7OY1Wr— Jason Elsom (@JasonElsom) February 5, 2018 At the time he tweeted to the Prime Minister: “don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radial Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” It was only a matter of time…’The Donald’ crashes into the NHS crisis debate https://t.co/Kx0IHGJlmg— Alastair McLellan (@HSJEditor) February 5, 2018 The President has previously said he is ready to apologise to the UK for his actions on Twitter, after retweeting fake news shared by far-right group Britain First and criticising Theresa May.
“What we are seeing now is the role out of a much more sophisticated set of tools, including interviews delivered by a computer,” he said. Thousands of videos are scanned by powerful algorithms that can pick up what kinds of words or phrases you are usingCredit: PeopleImages/E+ 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. He said: “They ask very traditional interview questions, like why do you want to work here, and what are your strengths and weaknesses. You’re just talking into a blank screen, it’s really unnerving.”A number of companies are using the AI interview technology developed by HireVue, a firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.“We were set up 13 years ago by a university student who couldn’t get an interview and couldn’t get a job,” said Kevin Parke, HireVue’s chairman and CEO.“He wanted a job at Goldman Sachs, and he could see their offices from his campus room. But they didn’t come to his college to do interviews. He wanted to democratise interviews to make the process fairer and more consistent. Now Goldman Sachs are one of our biggest clients.”Unilever is another firm that uses HireVue’s AI interviews for their graduate scheme. “They believe many graduates are applying for the wrong jobs,” Mr Parke said. “They are now saying ‘don’t apply for a job, just do an interview and we will match you to the best job’.” As a nervous university student keen to make a good impression, you would be forgiven for wanting to comb your hair, polish your shoes and maybe even clean your teeth before a job interview.But this kind of preparation could soon become a thing of the past, as prestigious city graduate schemes – including Goldman Sachs and Unilever – are increasingly using robots to conduct interviews.Rather than sitting in front of an interviewer, students are asked to set up a webcam on their computer or phone. Questions pop up on the screen, and they are asked to make a video recording of their answers.Thousands of videos are then scanned by powerful algorithms that can pick up what kinds of words or phrases you are using, how concisely you present your arguments, and how confident you sound. Computer programmes using artificial intelligence (AI) can also detect “micro-expressions”, which could be how much you blink, smile or frown.The AI interviews are typically used at an early stage of the application process, in order to whittle down tens of thousands of applicants to a smaller pool that can move on to assessment days and finally, in-person interviews.Derek Walker, who used to run the graduate recruitment at Merrill Lynch and Barclays bank, said that most big firms have been using automated online tests for the past decade. “They might have an actor or a graphic asking questions, or a pre-recorded voice, but they are not there listening to you. You have no ability to build a rapport with a machine and this can really throw people.”Mr Walker, who now works at Finito, a company which gives career advice to students, went on: “Your answers are being analysed against a set of quality and criteria determined by the employer. It is more sophisticated than throwing in certain words. It can be the ability to articulate in a concise way, there can be an assessment of body language.“Some employers have taken characteristics from successful employees and used those characteristics to create a profile of what is desirable.”The technology is popular with firms as it allows them to see a wider pool of applicants than they would normally recruit from, Mr Walker said. “The reason most companies give as a reason for doing this is that it improves the diversity of applicants and removes unconscious bias,” he added. Joshua Pauk, a 21-year-old graduate from Bristol University, said that when he applied for graduate schemes in the banking sector, he was asked to record webcam interviews for around ten different companies.
Show more Researchers have called for an urgent investigation to find an explanation for more than 20,000 ‘additional deaths’ so far this year, amid severe pressure on the NHS.Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in the first sixteen weeks of the year, there were 20,215 more deaths in England and Wales compared to the previous five years.In March, academics raised concerns that Britain was facing a rise in mortality and argued that “health chiefs are failing to investigate a clear pattern of worsening health outcomes”, in an editorial for the British Medical Journal (BMJ).The piece centred on the finding that there were 10,000 ‘additional deaths’ in the first seven weeks of the year and concluded “that neither ‘flu, nor cold weather appeared to be the main cause.”Now the authors have now updated their findings to account for fresh statistics covering the first sixteen weeks of the year.Their response, published on the BMJ website this week, argues that the latest statistics “sadly provide little reassurance of this being a ‘blip’ as some have suggested.”There were 198,943 deaths in the first sixteen weeks of 2018, compared to an average of 178,778 deaths in the same period over the previous five years. The rise represents an 11.3 per cent increase on the five year average.The weekly average for the same period was 12,434 deaths, ahead of the five year average of 11,174. The 20,215 figure is equivalent to an ‘additional death’ every eight minutes throughout the first sixteen weeks of the year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The editorial was authored by Professor Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford and Dr. Lucinda Hiam of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prof Dorling advocated a government enquiry, tells The Daily Telegraph: “We would like is an urgent investigation by the House of Commons health select committee.”The Department of Health and Social Care is not taking the slowdown in improvements in mortality seriously. The figures for this year make the case for an investigation both stronger and more urgent with each passing day.”Following the publication of the initial study in March, the authors wrote to Sarah Wollaston MP, chair of the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons. She was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Daily Telegraph this week.A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We keep all research in this area under review, but the ‘age standardised mortality rate’ – which had been broadly stable in recent years – is considered a much more reliable measure, as this type of research doesn’t take into account fluctuations in population numbers and the ageing population.”An ageing population is one of numerous factors placing increased pressure on NHS services. There are one million more people over the age of 65 than five years ago, leading to an increased demand for medical care.The number of doctors and nurses has increased over the last decade, but staff increases haven’t matched the pace of the growth in demand for health services.Earlier this month, it has emerged that 450,000 patients in England had missed breast cancer screenings due to a computer error and the number of operations cancelled at the last-minute is at the highest rate since 1994.
Kamel, who lives in Ealing, west London, appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or danger, and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life. Scotland Yard said the offences were “not directly connected” to Mr Simionov’s death. No guns were fired during the attack. Tudor Simionov, left, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina travelling to Britain from Romania in OctoberCredit:Telegraph/Telegraph Tudor Simionov, 33, was found with stab injuries at Fountain House on Park Lane on New Year’s EveCredit:Metropolitan Police/Metropolitan Police Mr Simionov had only been living in Britain for a few weeks after arriving from Romania. It is understood that he was working at a VIP party organised by the self-styled aristocrat ‘Lord’ Eddie Davenport, a convicted fraudster.Footage of the incident shows the former boxer grappling with a number of men outside the luxury venue. One of the attackers is smashed over the head with a vase before staggering away.Colleagues told how Mr Simionov had been stationed inside the apartment when the fracas began and came outside to protect other staff, three of whom were also stabbed during the attack.It has also been reported that he was not due to work on New Year’s Eve, but had agreed to cover for someone else.Mr Simionov’s fiancee told friends she would take his body back to Romania, adding that her loss was “impossible to understand”.She said on her Facebook page: “My lover and the one who was going to be my husband, Tudor Simionov, was stabbed deep in the heart at work.“It’s hard for me to find the right words in these moments.“The news of unexpected death has pained us all. Thank you all for your support.” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: “It appears the deceased and the two injured males were working as security staff for the party. The son of radical hate preacher Abu Hamza is being questioned over the murder of a doorman outside a New Year’s Eve party in Mayfair.Imran Mostafa Kamel, whose father is currently imprisoned in a high security US jail, appeared in court on Thursday after being arrested by detectives investigating the death of Tudor Simionov.The bouncer, 33, was stabbed in the chest while trying to prevent a group entering a VIP party on Park Lane, Mayfair. Shortly afterwards he died in the arms of a colleague.The Telegraph understands that 26-year-old Kamel is the sixth child of Abu Hamza, the hook-handed former imam who preached at Finsbury Park mosque in North London.In October 2015 Hamza was convicted of 11 charges of terrorism and kidnapping and sentenced to life imprisonment in the US. Since then he has been kept in solitary confinement without the possibility of parole. “They were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter. The female was also attacked as she assisted the security staff in closing the front door.“This shocking incident happened just hours into a New Year, the area was particularly busy with people out celebrating and making their way home.” 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.
“I get that it’s supposed to be a fun thing but their definition is just so outdated.”Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers.”I’m sure Guinness World Records don’t intend to cause offence but it would be nice if they decided to revise their criteria instead of reinforcing old gender stereotypes.” A nurse who ran the London Marathon wearing her NHS uniform claims she has been denied a world record because of her outfit.Jessica Anderson, who works at The Royal London Hospital’s Acute Admissions Unit, hoped to be recognised as the fastest woman to complete a marathon dressed as a nurse.But after beating the current record of 3:08:54 by 32 seconds last Sunday, she says her bid was refused because she was wearing her blue tunic and trousers instead of a more traditional dress.Ms Anderson accused Guinness World Records (GWR) of “reinforcing old gender stereotypes” after they insisted her choice of costume meant she was ineligible for the record.She told Runners World: “I was quite taken aback when I read that they’d rejected my application and I did email them to ask them to reconsider but they said no. Pictured raising her hands in joy as she finished the 26-mile race in a shower of confetti last week, Ms Anderson raised more than £2,200 for Barts Health NHS Trust.After clocking a time of 3:08:22, she said on Instagram: “Ps. @guinnessworldrecords this is what the fastest female marathon runner in a nurse’s uniform ACTUALLY looks like.”The official world record for the fastest female to run a marathon wearing a nurse’s uniform was set in 2015 by Sarah Dudgeon, who wore a light blue dress, a white apron and a white hat reminiscent of Florence Nightingale’s famous outfit.The London Marathon was criticised earlier this week after some of its stewards were accused of bullying and fat-shaming slower runners. Elizabeth Ayres was the 7½hr official pacer at the event last Sunday, meaning she could help the very slowest people finish their marathon on time.She told The Telegraph she was “bullied by clean-up crew” and forced to weave past sewage trucks – despite finishing “bang on time”. The runner claimed that at the 5km mark she was already being pursued by the cleaning crew, writing: “The sweeper car had overtaken us at Mile 1 and were claiming that I was moving at a slower pace than 17 min miles. I was so annoyed.”The cleaning crew crept up around us and started cleaning off the blue line right in front of me, I wasn’t impressed as made it known to one of the course cars who then asked them to hold back.” A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: “Inclusiveness and respect are values that we hold extremely dear and while we always need to ensure we can differentiate between categories, it is quite clear that this record title is long over due a review which we will conduct as a priority in the coming days. ” Jessica Anderson, pictured centre in blue, is embraced after crossing the finish line 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.