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Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Just Bested His Coach Boris Becker

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By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach. read more

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Georgia Loses Receiver Michael Bennett For Season

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Georgia, which has had one of the most potent offenses in the county, was devastated to learn that leading wide receiver Michael Bennett has been shelved for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Tuesday’s practice.Bennett leads the No. 5 Bulldogs with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta, will undergo reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Wednesday in a university news release.This injury came a short time after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said this about his team’s lack of major injuries to this point in the season:“We have been very healthy. We have been blessed without question. Going into the season, we were pretty healthy. Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season. So that is a good thing.”Not so anymore. Losing Bennett is a blow that could significantly impact Georgia. He was a reliable receiver that quarterback Aaron Murray relied on it tight situations. Bennett played in the slot and out wide and was able to find the seems in the defense with relative ease.Bennett — seventh in the SEC with 69 receiving yards per game — plays one of the Bulldogs’ deeper positions, though. Marlon Brwon and Tavarres King also are also having strong seasons. Brown (17 catches, 272 yards) is eighth in the SEC with an average of 68 receiving yards per game and King (16-307, 61.4 ypg) is 10th.Malcolm Mitchell, a two-way standout, will play solely on offenses in Saturday’s big game against South Carolina, Richt said.“He’s primarily an offensive player, and he’s in a state of readiness on defense,” Richt said.Without Bennett out, Mitchell’s role likely will increase. read more

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Kevin Ware Cleared to Travel With Cardinals to Atlanta

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Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who sustained compound fractures to his right tibia in the first half of Sunday’s 85-63 victory over Duke, has been cleared to travel with the Cardinals to his hometown Atlanta for Saturday’s Final Four game against Wichita State.Ware, who underwent surgery immediately after sustaining the gruesome injury, gave his first on-camera interview Wednesday morning with ESPN.“A lot of the guys are still trying to get over the fact of me being out, not being able to play,” Ware said. “But I told them, ‘You all are going to be hearing the same out of me.’”The sophomore guard said that his injury was a freak accident, occurring after he contested a jump shot and did not see where he was landing.There was some speculation that Ware may have had a prior stress fracture or shin problems that caused the injury of such magnitude, but he said he did not.“I just want to win at this point,” Ware told ESPN’s Rece Davis. “That would mean so much more to me than anything.”Defeating the Shockers and winning a national championship would be even more  rewarding for Ware, as he would be in his hometown of Atlanta. Ware played high school basketball at Rockdale County High School, just outside the city, before moving to New York to finish his high school basketball career in the Bronx.Ware returned to campus on Tuesday after he was released from an Indianapolis hospital. He will use crutches for the next eight to 12 weeks before he can start rehabilitation, which will take at least a year.“The most important thing to me is he’s going to be fine again some day. He’s going to play basketball,” Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told ESPN Wednesday. “As long as I know that, everything going to be fine.”Ware said he has no intentions of  ever watching the replay of how he broke his leg, because the injury is now in the past. He acknowledged that if he were to see the replay, it would affect his mental state.But he said if the Cardinals win the national championship, he would not hesitate to help his teammates and coaches cut down the nets. read more

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Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Gets into Fight with Teammate

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It doesn’t seem things are back to normal for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. The player who uttered a racial slur on camera earlier in the summer, recently got into two brawls with his teammate cornerback Cary Williams on Thursday morning in practice.The wide receiver made national headlines early in training camp when a video clip hit the web showing him using the N-word during a conflict with a black sercurity guard at a June concert. At the time it happened, Williams was one of several African-Americans on the team who spoke up about what Riley said on the video.According to ESPN, the fight started when Williams was covering Cooper in a non-contact drill. The two locked up and threw fists until they were separated by cornerback Brandon Boykin.Cooper reportedely walked away from the fight and Williams pursued him after dramatically throwing his helmet to the ground. Quarterback Michael Vick grabbed Williams to calm him down. read more

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African Players Walk Out on Russian Soccer Club After

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Igor Gamula  photo from www.independent.co.uk.comAfter the coach of a Russian professional soccer club made offensive comments last week regarding his African players, the players have refused to train with the team.On Friday, coach Igor Gamula of the Russian club FC Rostov said his club had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things,” according to Thestar.com.Paul Mitchell, agent for Rostov’s South African defender Siyanda Xulu, told thestar.com that the five African players “are not prepared to train under the current coach until such time as the situation has been dealt with.Gamula’s comments are just the latest in a head-spinning spate of racist comments and actions directed at Black athletes. While racism in sports is hardly new, the latest incidents still seem shocking at a time when Blacks seem to be such a dominant force in the sports world.Of course there was the infamous case of Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape making racist comments just before last year’s NBA playoffs. The team responded by dumping their Clippers warmup jackets and pants on the court to show their disgust with Sterling. The NBA owners voted to remove Sterling from the NBA by forcing him to sell the team.More recently, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson offered to sell his portion of the team when he found an e-mail he had written two years ago that he considered to be “inappropriate and offensive.”In the international arena of soccer, racism has been a continual problem. In 2007, Serge Branco, a midfielder from Cameroon who played in a Russian league, endured constant racial abuse from fans of the Zenit St. Petersburg soccer club, according to the New York Times. In 2008, Zenit manager Dick Advocaat reportedly said, “I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like Black players.” It was in 2011 when a Zenit fan offered a banana to Roberto Carlos, a Brazilian player. Zenit was also the last top-level Russian club to have never signed a Black player until September 2012, when it signed the Brazilian forward Hulk and Belgian Axel Witsel.In hockey, P.K. Subban, the Black defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, was bombarded with racist tweets after his game winning goal in double overtime against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the series. Using Twitter, Bruins fans broadcasted their offensive and racist language. read more

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Who Hates The Patriots The Most

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6Denver Broncos13.74Washington Redskins11.3 6Seattle SeahawksNFC West5.431.6 28San Francisco 49ersNFC West4.022.4 20New York JetsAFC East2.426.3 30Cleveland BrownsAFC North1.620.0 16Minnesota VikingsNFC North2.427.5 31Los Angeles ChargersAFC West2.417.0 26Cincinnati Bengals4.626Minnesota Vikings5.5 3Carolina PanthersNFC South2.632.9 2Dallas Cowboys19.12New England Patriots26.2 27Cleveland Browns4.627Jacksonville Jaguars5.4 8New Orleans Saints12.28Green Bay Packers10.6 10Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South1.629.5 The NFL season is upon us, and for many fans that means hate-watching rival teams as much as it means cheering for one’s own favorite squad. And for a large subset of that group, that specifically means hate-watching the New England Patriots.It’s no secret that winning five Super Bowls, 25 playoff games and 196 regular season games in a span of 17 years — not to mention breaking some rules along the way — will earn you a few enemies. But has New England’s nearly two-decade reign of terror over the NFL made them as universally despised as it seems? Have they reached the New York Yankees’ Evil Empire status? We decided to put it to a test.We commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience to conduct a poll of NFL fans in early September,1Specifically, the poll was conducted among a national sample of adults ages 18 and older, from Sept. 1-7. Only responses from self-described NFL fans (including those who labeled themselves “casual” fans) were included in the analysis. tracking how many would classify each franchise among their three favorite — and least favorite — teams. The survey also asked respondents to assign a favorability rating to a randomly drawn subset of teams, which we used to further judge the admiration — and, more importantly, the vitriol — between fan bases.It should be noted that the Patriots are among the most popular teams in our database (cough, bandwagon), with more than 16 percent of all NFL fans listing them among their favorite teams. That ranks third in the league, trailing only a pair of historic NFL bluebloods: the Green Bay Packers (23 percent) and Dallas Cowboys (19 percent). But they’re also one of the two teams — along with the Cowboys — who stand head and shoulders above the rest of the league in terms of hatred from other fanbases. More than 26 percent of fans polled listed New England as one their three least-favorite teams; only Dallas checked in higher at 31 percent. (No. 3 were the Baltimore Ravens at 13 percent.) 32Jacksonville Jaguars1.832Kansas City Chiefs3.7 Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience Does this mean the Cowboys and all the Jerry World glitz are actually more disliked than the Patriots? Not necessarily. A good amount of the Cowboys hate is accounted for by deep-seated rivalries with their fellow NFC East teams. Patriots hatred is far more egalitarian.For example, the fan groups who hate Dallas the most — Philadelphia and Washington — really, really hate them: A staggering 50 percent of fans who ranked either the Eagles or Redskins among their top three teams also ranked the Cowboys among their bottom three.The Patriots, by contrast, racked up their high dislike rate without the benefit of such intense hatred from specific fan bases. No single group of fans even cracked 35 percent, in terms of the share who ranked New England among their bottom three teams. But the Pats also collected a good amount of hate from a diverse spread of some of the league’s largest fan bases, which nearly helped them catch the Cowboys as the league’s most disliked team.Here’s the rundown of the fan bases who most frequently listed the Patriots among their three least favorite teams: 5Pittsburgh Steelers14.84Pittsburgh Steelers11.3 4Seattle Seahawks15.14Oakland Raiders11.3 9Philadelphia EaglesNFC East2.929.9 ⋮ 27Tampa Bay Buccaneers4.628Houston Texans5.1 24Oakland RaidersAFC West3.125.6 FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 8Tennessee TitansAFC South1.430.0 3New England Patriots16.43Baltimore Ravens13.2 The most loved — and hated — teams in the NFLShare of NFL fans who ranked a given team among the their three favorite, and least-favorite, teams 7Buffalo BillsAFC East1.430.4 25Kansas City ChiefsAFC West2.025.4 RK▲▼FAN BASE▲▼DIVISION▲▼SHARE OF FANS▲▼PUT PATS IN BOTTOM 3▲▼ 1New York GiantsNFC East3.8%34.7% 24Kansas City Chiefs5.724Detroit Lions5.9 Perhaps surprisingly, given that their favorite team beat the Pats in two Super Bowls over the last 10 years, fans of the New York Giants win the crown as the group that hates New England most, with 34.7 percent of them ranking the Pats among their bottom three teams. (Granted, the poll was conducted in the middle of a pennant race between the Red Sox and the Yankees — so there’s no telling what lingering Boston-New York resentment carried over.) Add in animosity from a handful of other huge fan bases — the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks (all of whom the Pats have beaten in the playoffs this decade) — plus leftover resentment from fans of the Carolina Panthers (who apparently have really long memories) and Indianapolis Colts (for whom it’s unclear how much hate is motivated by DeflateGate and how much by the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry), and there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won’t be behind enemy lines.But look on the bright side, Patriots fans: In order to be at the top of the “hate” list, you have to be successful. The top six teams on our list have combined for 24 Super Bowl wins. By comparison, the bottom of the list is filled with teams that are either relatively new or simply inoffensive because they haven’t won many playoff games. And the biggest congratulations are in order for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are currently No. 1 in FiveThirtyEight’s rankings and are also the least disliked team in America, according to the poll. What’s more, this poll was conducted before Kansas City knocked off the Patriots in the NFL season opener.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North5.333.0 29Los Angeles RamsNFC West1.521.6 29Los Angeles Rams4.229Indianapolis Colts4.8 19Cincinnati BengalsAFC North1.726.4 15Atlanta FalconsNFC South3.028.2 7Chicago Bears12.47Cleveland Browns11.2 14Miami DolphinsAFC East2.528.2 23Detroit Lions5.823Miami Dolphins6.1 4Indianapolis ColtsAFC South1.932.0 13Chicago BearsNFC North4.528.4 9San Francisco 49ers11.19New Orleans Saints9.4 17Baltimore RavensAFC North2.427.3 21Houston TexansAFC South2.526.3 Which fan bases hate the Patriots the most?Among respondents who identified themselves as an NFL fan, share who also put the Patriots in their three least favorite teams 18Detroit LionsNFC North2.127.1 12Green Bay PackersNFC North8.329.1 27Washington RedskinsNFC East2.223.0 26Dallas CowboysNFC East6.925.3 23Arizona CardinalsNFC West2.325.7 11Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South0.629.3 10New York Giants10.410Buffalo Bills9.3 LEAST-FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 1Green Bay Packers23.0%1Dallas Cowboys30.7% 31Tennessee Titans3.931Tampa Bay Buccaneers3.9 25Indianapolis Colts5.325Los Angeles Chargers5.5 30Buffalo Bills4.030Tennessee Titans4.5 5Denver BroncosAFC West4.931.6 22New Orleans SaintsNFC South4.425.8 —New England PatriotsAFC East5.9— Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience ⋮ read more

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OK Should The Cavs Start To Worry Now

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Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 16, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris recap the first games of the NBA playoffs. They focus on the weekend’s big storylines: The Pacers trounced the Cavs in Cleveland, the Blazers had no answer for Anthony Davis, and the Sixers looked like real contenders.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote about how Ben Simmons is outsmarting his defenders.

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Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

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Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball looks to keep rolling in rematch with Michigan

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OSU freshman outside hitter Audra Appold (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a tough battle with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor three weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is expecting more of the same when the Wolverines visit Columbus this weekend.In what OSU coach Geoff Carlston called “a total grind-out match,” the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (21-6, 10-5) defeated Michigan (16-10, 6-9) in four sets in their Oct. 24 meeting, with two sets going to extra points and all four sets being decided by the minimum of two points.OSU will be going for a sweep of its rivals on Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It does help knowing that we’ve beat them before, but I think in the second half of the Big Ten, everyone’s a different team,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “So we’re still going to prepare for them just like how we would any other team.”Michigan has been reeling of late, losing its last four games — all against ranked teams — by a combined score of 12 sets to one, but Carlston said he knows the Wolverines will be out for revenge on Saturday.“Getting them at their place, that motivates them to come here and beat us,” he said. “It’s nice to be home … so we certainly need to take advantage of being in St. John this week.”In particular, OSU will have its hands full with sophomore outside hitter Caroline Knop, who has averaged nearly five kills per set in her team’s last five matches.Five seniors will be playing in their final regular-season game against Michigan, including Richardson, outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, outside hitter Katie Mitchell, middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and setter Emily Ruetter.The Buckeyes have split their six games with Michigan since Mitchell and Kacsits arrived in 2012, and the two seniors are looking to break that tie on Saturday.“It’d be nice to finish playing that rival my four years with a win and look back and say, ‘Yeah, we took care of them,’” Mitchell said.Richardson, who came to Columbus in 2014 after transferring from Middle Tennessee State, said she’s eager to “send them home with an ‘L.’”Buckeyes get pair of 2016 commitsOn Thursday, OSU announced that two high school All-Americans have signed letters of intent to join the Buckeyes next season.Brooke Bailey, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter who was named a first-team all-Ohio player in each of the last three seasons while playing for Jackson High School.Madison Smeathers, of Vargersville, Indiana, plays multiple positions and was an all-Indiana selection the last two years.What’s next?In the first of three straight road games, OSU is set to head west to take on Iowa on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes won the first matchup of the season against the Hawkeyes in four sets. read more

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6seed or not Ohio State coach Thad Matta focused on Dayton

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Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt first, Thad Matta wasn’t sure what to make of his team’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament.Within the first 10 minutes of the bracket being unveiled Sunday, Matta knew who, where and when Ohio State was playing — Dayton, Buffalo, N.Y., and Thursday.The Buckeyes were given a No. 6 seed in the South region — the first component of the 68-team field to get revealed — but OSU’s coach wasn’t sure if the mark was fair.“Um … yeah, I guess,” Matta said Sunday, his lips curling. “Something — I thought we’d be a five.”The Big Ten collected six bids into the Big Dance — conference tournament champion and automatic qualifier Michigan State and at-large bids Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and OSU.“I think with as many Big Ten teams that got in … that we may have gotten bumped,” Matta said. “Which is fine.”If the Buckeyes had gotten a No. 5 seed, there was a chance their first game in the tournament would be in Spokane, Wash., or San Diego — three of the four No. 5 seeds are set to play in those locations, three time zones away. The other option was Orlando, Fla., but Matta joked that playing in California wouldn’t have been a problem because of the chance to get away from the seemingly never-ending brisk Ohio weather.“San Diego’s so nice,” Matta said with a laugh. “But no, I always say that’s why I chose an indoor sport.”If the Buckeyes are under-seeded, they aren’t alone, national columnist for CBSSports.com Gregg Doyel said, because No. 4-seeded Louisville was another team who got the shaft by the Selection Committee.“Not only is Louisville a four, if they play Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, that will be in Indianapolis,” Doyel said in an interview with The Lantern Sunday, referring to the unbeaten Shockers, who are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region. “That’s an hour from Louisville. That’s an hour away. That’s a home game for Louisville. A No. 1 seed should never play a road game against a four seed. Ever.“(But) first of all, if Louisville can be a four, (OSU) can definitely be a six.”The matchup between the Buckeyes and No. 11 Flyers is the lone one between schools from the same state in either the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament. That, Doyel said, is “crazy.”“I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theories with the Selection Committee and all that, but this game is just one of many,” Doyel said, referring to potential third-round matchups between teams from bordering states.Among these include how Creighton would take on Nebraska and Kansas State facing Wichita State if all teams survive and advance, which could make it seem like the Selection Committee chose those seed in the interest of television ratings or other rivalries, instead of each team’s tournament résumé. But in the case of Dayton and OSU, Doyel believes the advantage will be on the Flyers’ side.“The emotional advantage will be Dayton’s,” Doyel said. “But I think in this case, you always give the edge to the underdog, try to knock off Big Brother … that’s not just winning a tournament game — that’s making history. If Ohio State wins, they’ve won the first round game. If Dayton wins, that’s school history.”After learning of his team’s whereabouts and adversary, Matta didn’t stick around long to see more of the bracket. The Buckeyes are in the same region as traditional powers Florida, Kansas and UCLA, but Matta’s not concerned about that.“I know we got Dayton, Syracuse and Western Michigan. That’s all I saw,” Matta said. “I don’t even know where, if we win games, where we go, to be honest with you.”If the Buckeyes do get past Dayton Thursday —tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m., they are favored to take on Syracuse, the No. 3-seed, which wouldn’t be easy for them, Doyel said.“I just don’t think they’re all that good. But they can’t beat Syracuse in the (third) round. Syracuse is going to say, ‘Hey, shoot threes,’” Doyel said. “Well, Ohio State can’t shoot threes.”The Buckeyes are shooting 32.6 percent on 3-pointers this season, which is just good enough to tie for 262th in the country out of 351 teams. Opponents have shot 34.6 percent against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense this year, though.“I just hope I see it, to be honest with you,” Matta said of the defense. “We need a good three-day prep for Dayton. I have seen Syracuse play, but haven’t started to break them down in terms of that yet.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball takes one of three at Oregon Invitational

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Then-junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team left the two-day University of Oregon Invitational this weekend with a win and a pair of losses.OSU first lost to Oregon on Friday, before falling against Illinois State and defeating Central Arkansas in matches on Saturday.In the third match of the weekend and the second of the day on Saturday, against Central Arkansas, the Buckeyes won their first match of the season in four sets (25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger had 12 kills for OSU throughout the four sets, while Sandbothe added 10. León averaged more than five digs per set while Schirmer added 11 total.Schirmer had five kills in the fourth set to help spark the Buckeyes, while Mitchell, Sandbothe and Sekinger tallied three kills each.Before taking on Central Arkansas the Buckeyes held a tight match against Illinois State, but lost to the Redbirds in five sets (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 14-16).OSU held a 10-5 lead in the first set, but later gave up a 7-0 run.The Buckeyes stormed back in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 overall lead on the Redbirds, before dropping the final two sets and the match.Against Oregon, OSU kept it close in the first set before struggling in the second and third. Oregon won three straight sets (22-25, 12-25, 16-25) to knock off the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had a team-high 13 points, which included nine kills, four blocks and an ace. Sophomore libero Valeria León led the team with 11 digs. In the first game of her OSU career, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer totaled two kills and an ace.OSU finished third overall at the University of Oregon Invitational.Sandbothe was the only Buckeye named to the all-tournament squad. She led the Buckeyes with 35 kills, 20 blocks and five aces.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Friday as they host the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena. OSU is scheduled to play a doubleheader with a game against Auburn at 12:30 p.m. and another against Florida Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then slated to play Southern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the

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OSU junior Kyle Snyder shows off his gold medal at the Welcome Back event for OSU Olympians. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOne of the most decorated athletes in Ohio State history, senior heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder, is adding another accolade to his list Wednesday as he was named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.This is the second time in three years that an Ohio State wrestler has been given the honor, after Logan Stieber won the award in 2015.“I’m honored to win this incredible award, especially because of what Jesse Owens means to the Big Ten and specifically Ohio State,” Snyder said in a press release. “To be in the company of the many exceptional student-athletes who have earned this award in the past is humbling.” Snyder won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, making him the youngest Olympic and world champion in United States history at 20 years old.During the past year, Snyder also won both Big Ten and NCAA titles in 2017, marking the second straight year he finished on top of those respective tournaments. Snyder was a perfect 17-0 over the course of the 2016-17 season. He helped lead Ohio State to a second-place finish at the NCAA championships and to the second Big Ten title in the past three years.Snyder also spent much of the past season traveling, competing in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia at the end of January — where he won a gold medal — and then traveled with the U.S. team to Iran in February, where it came home with the silver medal. From Aug. 21-26, Snyder will travel with the U.S. Senior World Team to Paris to participate in the Paris 2017 World Wrestling Championships. During his last trip to the tournament in 2015, he came away with a gold medal, making him the youngest American to win the highest honor at only 19 years old. “I could not have achieved any of my success without the constant help and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates and friends,” Snyder said. “I love competing for Ohio State and representing my country.” read more

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Alevel results 2016 results from 300 state schools

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Data submitted by schools to the Telegraph on Results Day can now be viewed in our searchable table, showing the results of 327 state schools across the country.Please note that these are provisional results and do not include re-marks. Therefore, final results may be slightly higher than the figures shown here. Independent school results will be published separately, later in the month.Queen Elizabeth’s School in Hertfordshire has once again topped the league tables as the best performing school for A-levels.The north London boys’ grammar school, founded in 1573, recorded a rate of 98.84 per cent of grades at A* to B, an increase on last year’s results. Neil Enright, headmaster of Queen Elizabeth’s, said: “The performance has really been stellar across all subjects and I am very grateful to the bright and capable staff who teach here.”Our boys are fun to be around and enjoyable to teach. They constantly evince a hunger for intellectual argument and for knowledge; they are keen to stretch themselves. In addition, they are involved in many pursuits outside of lessons, including sport, the performing arts and other non-academic activities.”The Henrietta Barnett School, rose from third in the table last year with 93.81 per cent to second this year, with 95.89 per cent of students achieving A* to B.KeyGender: B – Boys, G – Girls, M – MixedSchool Type: C – Comprehensive, G – Grammar, PS – Partially selective, SFC – Sixth Form College Use our searchable A-level results table below to find out the A-level results from over 320 state schools across the country, including the percentage of subject entries graded A*/A/B or equivalent.The Telegraph school league tables are created using data submitted by schools on A-level results day. A table of independent schools will be published on Saturday 27 August while official results for every school in the country appear in January.center_img On August 18, more than 300,000 pupils from England, Wales and Northern Ireland collected their A-level results.According to official figures, the gap between boys and girls achieving the top A* grades narrowed this year, with male students gaining 8.5 per cent of top A* grades compared with 7.7 per cent for females.It also emerged that the proportion of top grades (A*-A) fell by 0.1 percentage point to 25.8 per cent compared to 25.9 per cent last year.last_img read more

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Lib Dem Lords warned by Tory defector not to delay Brexit with

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first_imgAn eminent Tory peer who defected from the Liberal Democrat is pleading with her former colleagues to avoid a “cheap political stunt” by trying to delay Brexit.Baroness Nicholson has accused peers who try to slow down the Brexit bill as it enters the House of Lords of “disrespect” to the “ordinary people” who voted in the referendum to leave the European Union.Peers are due to start debating the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill next week [Feb 20 and 21].Her appeal to Remainers comes as Lord Hope, the convenor of the cross-bench peers, admitted he did not know how they will vote on amendments which threaten to frustrate the start of Brexit.Lib Dems believe they need the support of just 20 cross-bench peers to force their amendments through. But Baroness Nicholson, in an article for The Telegraph published below, said on Sunday: “This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.“To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill.”She said any attempts by the Lib Dems to delay Brexit would not harm the House of Lords but would “destroy” her old party. The peer defected back to the Conservatives last year after 21 years as a Lib Dem. Baroness Nicholson adds: “The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.“It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.”Baroness Nicholson: Frustrating the Article 50 Bill won’t harm the Lords, but it would destroy the Liberal DemocratsLast September I came home to the Conservative Party after 21 years with the Liberal Democrats. I had joined them in 1995 because I felt the Conservative Party had moved away from the things I believed in.Last year, it became clear to me that the Liberal Democrats have lost their way and that it is, once again, the Conservative Party who stand for what I believe and, more importantly, are standing up for ordinary working people.And last June, over 33 million ordinary people across the United Kingdom lined up outside schools and church halls to cast their vote, and the majority chose to leave the European Union.This simple means of making decisions sits at the heart of our democracy. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat in Parliament. The political party with the most seats wins government.And, as we saw recently, the argument that wins the support of the majority of judges on our Supreme Court determines how our laws are understood.The referendum wasn’t the only chance the people had to vote on this issue, though. In 2015, voters elected the first majority Conservative government for over 20 years.And that government had a clear manifesto commitment to negotiate a new deal with Europe, to ask the people whether they wanted to stay in on those terms, or leave, and to honour their verdict.This means the people voted twice. Once for a government that would give them a say and again in the referendum itself.In an era when some people appear to be losing faith in politics, the Conservatives have done exactly what they promised. They conducted a renegotiation and delivered a referendum – backed by Parliament by a margin of six to one – and on June 23, the people gave their verdict.The Liberal Democrats used to champion referendums. They wanted a referendum on the Alternative Vote, they wanted to give constituents the power to recall their MPs, and they insisted we had to honour the result of the Scottish independence referendum, whatever it was – none of which I’d argue with.But now, with a simple and straightforward Article 50 bill passing unamended through the Commons – by a huge margin of 494 to 122 – it comes before the House of Lords where some Liberal Democrats are showing themselves to be anything but democratic.Far from respecting the will of the people expressed on June 23 last year they have asked us to ignore it. They now argue that the British people didn’t know what they were doing when they voted to leave the EU, so they want us to ask them again – until they get the right answer, perhaps.The only way they can force this on us is by a majority vote in Parliament – while ignoring the majority vote of the entire country. They want to use the House of Lords’ important role in scrutinising legislation to override the democratically expressed wishes of the entire electorate.And they’re not the only ones. There are other peers like Labour’s Lord Hain and cross-bench peers Lord Hannay and Lord Kerslake who intend to try to wreck this bill and hamper Britain’s chances of success outside the EU.The British people simply want us to get on with delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister has provided a timetable for Brexit, promising to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. This timetable provides certainty to businesses at home and abroad and, importantly, to our European partners.The types of amendments being called for by the Liberal Democrats and others – to impose conditions on triggering Article 50; to force us to stay in some EU institutions; to give Parliament the power to revoke Article 50 – would inject a great deal of uncertainty into the process of leaving the EU and risk leaving us with a weaker negotiating position when the time comes.This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill. The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.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.last_img read more

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Mother left paralysed by hitandrun driver wanted to die there and then

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I am not going to let them see mummy’s weak. Mummy’s too strong. I’m a fighter.”Ms Higgins’ appeal will air on Monday 9pm on BBC One. A mother left paralysed from the waist down after a hit-and-run collision has said she wanted “to die there and then”.Chanelle Higgins was on a night out in West Norwood, south-east London, when a car mounted the pavement, struck her and a friend, and drove away, police said.Ms Higgins, who now uses a wheelchair and has limited upper-body movement, will appeal for information on BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday.She told the show: “The last thing I remember was going in the ambulance and screaming about my legs hurting, my legs hurting and trying to reach for my legs and then blacking out and waking up in a hospital bed with all tubes in my mouth my neck my nose.”And they told me that I was paralysed and I had very limited use to my hands – it was just horrible.”If I’m honest I just wanted to die there and then.”The programme will focus on the consequences of road crime, after the law was toughened for using a mobile phone while driving.Last week, penalties and fines for offenders were doubled to six points and £200 respectively.New drivers now face losing their licence the first time they are caught using a phone behind the wheel illegally.Following Ms Higgins’ accident in May 2016, she told the Press Association that her children are her motivation.She said: “If I didn’t have kids I would have given up because it was so hard, so painful.”I still do try my hardest with the kids because I am not going to give up.last_img read more

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Telling women not to drink during pregnancy sexist

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first_imgClare Murphy, the organisation’s director of external affairs, said: “There can be real consequences to overstating evidence, or implying certainty when there isn’t any.“Doing so can cause women needless anxiety and alarm – sometimes to the point that they consider ending an unplanned but not unwanted pregnancy because of fears they have caused irreparable harm.“But just as importantly,  it assumes women cannot be trusted to understand risk, and when it comes to alcohol, the difference between low and heavy consumption.”The Department of Health refused to comment on the BPAS criticism, however a spokesman for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said it was “best to avoid alcohol”.“This advice is not about policing pregnant women’s behaviour, it is about giving them unbiased information and enabling them to make the choice that is right for them,” said Janet Fyle, RCM Professional Policy Advisor. Show more “Public discourse has become very hostile and there is now an assumption that a pregnant woman holding a glass of wine is doing something absolutely wrong,” she said.“Women are being accosted, spoken to and started at in public.“People assume that just because you have had one drink you’ve had a bottle of vodka for breakfast.”She said it was impossible to establish the safe level of exposure to alcohol during pregnancy.BPAS is also campaigning for a change in the tone of the advice on the basis that it may be needlessly scaring women into aborting pregnancies because of fears that a few heavy nights out will have caused the foetus serious harm. Dame Sally Davies has been accused of scaremongeringCredit:Jonathan Brady Sally Davies Dr Ellie Lee, Director of the Centre of Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent, said the “exclusion of women from an ordinary activity on the basis of a precaution” was “sexist”. Women are being accosted, spoken to and started at in publicDr Ellie Lee, University of Kent However, there is not robust evidence that light to moderate drinking, or even one-off episodes of binge drinking, causes any long-term damage.Experts at the University of Kent and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) are claiming that public policy towards pregnant women has “gone down an overtly precautionary route”  and that the Government “needs to be honest” about the evidence.But last night professional bodies defended the current position.Last year the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, was accused of scaremongering when she issued updated formal advice on alcohol consumption for all adults, reducing the recommended weekly intake from 21 to 14 units for men, and advising pregnant women not to touch alcohol at all.The previous guidelines had expecting women not avoid alcohol but noted that if they did choose to drink, they could not consume more than 2 units once or twice a week.Read: I drank alcohol throughout my three pregnancies  – should I have? “Cumulative and regular alcohol consumption in pregnancy could have an impact on the health and wellbeing of mother and baby.”She stressed, however, that expectant mothers concerned about their levels of drinking during should be supported by midwives in a “non-judgemental way”.Accurate data on the the effects of moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy is almost impossible to achieve because it would be unethical to initiate wide-scale studies which compared the outcomes for children of drinkers to those of non-drinkers. Advising women not to drink when pregnant is “sexist” and causes “needless anxiety”, senior academics have said.Pregnancy charities and researchers have called for a change to the “alarmist” official Government guidelines, which warn expectant mothers to avoid alcohol completely.They say the policy has no basis in evidence and ends up “stigmatising” women and excluding them from society.Studies have shown that consistent heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in foetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause physical developmental and learning difficulties. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Innocent boy 13 returning from wedding shot in drug deal that went

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An innocent 13-year-old boy was shot in the head after being caught up in the cross-fire of a suspected drug deal gone wrong during a Bank Holiday weekend of violence in London.The youngster had been attending a wedding with his parents in Wealdstone and was walking along the High Road on Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a stray shotgun pellet.Police investigating the shooting – which was one of a spate of gun and knife incidents over the weekend – described it as a “callous, reckless and brazen act”.A 15-year-old youth, who is thought to have been the target in the attack was also wounded in the head, but was not thought to be in a life threatening condition.In response to the weekend of violence, the Metropolitan Police has increased patrols – including of armed officers – in hotspots across the capital. An item of clothing lies on the pavement at the junction of Palmerston Road and the High Street, in Wealdstone A hooded jumper lies on the pavement next to an evidence marker near the scene of the shootingCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Police close to Palmerston Road and the A409, following two shootings Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south London Man, 22, shot and wounded by moped riderOn Sunday evening a 22-year-old man was shot and wounded in New Cross in south east London.Police were flagged down by a member of the public in New Cross Road, after discovering a man suffering from a gunshot wound. It takes the number of people murdered in the capital since the start of the year to 62.Rhyiem’s  mother, Pretana Morgan, 38, called for an end to the violence.She said: “Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be.”Video: Victim’s mother calls for end to bloodshed Scotland Yard increases patrols across LondonIn response to the violence the Met has increased patrols in hotspots across the capital.Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messenger said: “The violence used has rightly caused concern and we are doing all we can to address this.”Over the Bank Holiday weekend, additional officers are on the streets across the capital, working hard to keep London safe.”They are using highly visible local patrols supported by armed response, traffic motorcycles, dog units, and air support – alongside plain clothes intelligence-led operations.” He added: “Violence has no place on our streets.”How violent crime soared in 12 months Locals in the busy Wealdstone High Street who rushed to the scene helped treat the 13-year-old until police and paramedics arrived.One local resident said he had heard the shooting had been the result of a drug deal gone wrong.He added: “The 13-year-old was attending a wedding and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Shootings and stabbings elsewhere in UKAnother shooting took place in Clayton, Greater Manchester Police said.A man in his late teens was with his friends when he was shot in the leg shortly before 2.45pm on Monday.He was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.Elsewhere, in the country a 20-year-old man died after being stabbed to death in Merseyside.Fatah Warsame, from Cardiff, was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning but was pronounced dead a short time later.In Manchester police were also investigating a shooting in which a teenager was wounded in the leg. 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. A police cordon close to the scene of the shooting in Wealdstone on SundayCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The injured man was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At this early stage, it is believed that two male suspects riding one moped shot the victim, a pedestrian, at Besson Street. Officers retain an open mind as to any motive. There has been no arrest and enquiries continue.”Resident stabbed in dispute with motoristA short time later a 43-year-old man was stabbed in Perivale to the west of the city, following a dispute with a motorist on a quiet residential street.Elsewhere, three men aged 22, 27 and 17 were left with life changing injuries after being targeted in an acid attack in the early hours of Monday in Hackney, east London.’Delivery driver’ shot in south east LondonIn a fourth Bank Holiday weekend shooting in the capital, a 30-year-old man – who may have been working as a delivery driver – was gunned down.Police were called at 4.50pm on Monday to a shooting in John Williams Close, in New Cross, south east London, Scotland Yard said.The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening. Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, Harrow Borough Commander said: “It would appear that the first victim was approached by two male suspects, one in possession of a shotgun – and shots were fired injuring him and an entirely innocent member of the public. “This was a callous, reckless and brazen act, without any thought by those responsible for the fact that there were families with children and people in the high street enjoying their weekend. This was quite simply, appalling.”The incident was one of four shootings across London during the Bank Holiday weekend, which left one man dead and at least four injured.Rapper gunned down in drive-by shootingOn Saturday, 17-year-old Rhyiem Ainsworth Barton, a rapper and aspiring architect, was gunned down near his home in Kennington, south London, in what is thought to have been a drive-by shooting. Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south LondonCredit:AFP/Getty read more

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New hope in mystery of James Bonds missing Aston Martin

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Naturally, Art Recovery are wary of the possibility the vehicle is simply one similar to the actual Aston Martin used in the Bond film.“As there are many Aston Martins, it is very important that we get a shot of the chassis number, dp/216/1. This is what we are looking for, as it is very specific to the vehicle,” said Mr Marinello. “It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere look alike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close up of the chassis number.”The stolen Aston Martin was one of two used in the filming of Goldfinger, with another deployed for the scenes featuring Connery behind the wheel. Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964) Credit:CAP/MFS/Capital Pictures Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)  Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, with the Aston Martin DB5 ARI say it is estimated by some auction houses that the missing DB5 could now be worth between £7 and £10 million, given its iconic status as a 007 vehicle.The DB5, which following the release of Goldfinger in September 1964 became known as “the most famous car in the world”, was designed for Aston Martin by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and named after Sir David Brown, the luxury car manufacturer’s owner from 1947 to 1972.The car’s rightful owner bought it at auction for $250,000 in 1986, but in June 1997 thieves managed to remove it from the hangar at Boca Raton and squirrel it away. Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, with the Aston Martin DB5Credit:Cine Text / Allstar/ Sportsphoto Agency Art Recovery International (ARI), which was hired by an unspecified insurance firm to help track down the stolen Aston Martin, have been told it is being held at a specific location in the region.A six figure sum is being offered for information leading to its safe return.Christopher Marinello, the chief executive of ARI, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it. We want to reach out to collector car community and vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.” It is a mystery worthy of the pen of Ian Fleming himself, featuring a high stakes theft, shady middle men and a 20-year-hunt for the dastardly individuals responsible.When the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger was stolen from a Florida airport hangar in 1997 there were fears it would never be seen again.For years the search for the car used by Sean Connery in his role as Fleming’s 007, the spy with a licence to kill, proved fruitless.But now hopes have risen that it may yet be recovered, after a tip was received giving details of the Aston Martin’s  current whereabouts.Its location, according to those supplying the information, is classic espionage territory – the Middle East. For the filming of Goldfinger the car had been modified to include an array of Bond gadgets, including machine guns, tyre-shredding blades and oil, smoke and water emitters.As a result it was so heavy that when thieves broke into the hangar they had to drag it out by its axles, leaving telltale tyre marks leading up to where it was thought to have been loaded onto a waiting cargo plane.Police investigating the theft drew a blank, paving the way for years of speculation as to its fate. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Oxford University set to open first new college in almost 30 years

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Oxford is seeking to take on its Ivy League rivals such as Harvard Oxford is seeking to take on its Ivy League rivals such as Harvard Oxford University is set to open its first new college in almost 30 years, as it seeks to take on its Ivy League rivals.The university’s five year draft strategic plan, seen by The Daily Telegraph, contains proposals to build 1,000 graduate rooms and “at least one new graduate college”.This would be the first new college since 1990, when the graduate-only Kellogg College was established. The plans, which have been backed by the university’s governing body, must now win the approval Oxford’s dons.Under the plans, the intake of postgraduate students would increase by 850 a year by 2023, while undergraduates would increase by 200 a year.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “Oxford and Cambridge say they lose money on every undergraduate whereas for post graduates you can charge the full market rate and more.  “Oxford doesn’t compare itself to other institutions in the UK, it compares itself to other institutions around the world such as Ivy League which have more graduates than undergraduates.” Undergraduate fees are capped at £9,250, but Oxford chiefs have argued that its true cost of teaching a student is closer to £16,000 due to the intensive one-to-one tutorial model it operates. David Palfreyman, bursar at New College, Oxford, said: “The key US competitors are usually smaller than Oxford or Cambridge, especially at undergraduate level.”He said that being “a world class university and a super research university a la Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton” requires a bigger cohort of post graduate researchers.The strategic plan also sets out a desire to “set ambitious targets” to “reduce by 2023 gaps in attainment by gender, ethnic origin and socio-economic background”.It also wants to “substantially increase” the number of undergraduate places offered to students from groups who are currently under-represented.A spokesman for Oxford University said the plans are under consultation, adding: “The University will comment more fully when its plan has been widely reviewed and formally adopted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Skripal poisoning suspects will tell their side of the story today Russian

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“I have no comment for now. Maybe later. Next week I think,” Petrov said.The man appeared to be a different person than the attacker wanted in the UK, raising questions as to whether Russian authorities are preparing a scapegoat for the attack. A relative of the Petrov in Tomsk told The Telegraph his middle name was Sergeyevich, which did not match the middle name of the Petrov who went to Salisbury, according to a diplomatic source.  Alexander Petrov is a very common name in Russia.  Photographs on his social media page, which were retrieved by The Telegraph before they were later deleted, appeared to show a different man to that one seen in the photograph and Salisbury CCTV footage of Alexander Petrov released by UK police. The two Russians charged with attempted murder in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have told their story to a TV network funded by The Kremlin. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were interviewed by the editor-in-chief of RT – formerly Russia Today – Margarita Simonyan who said she had “spent an evening” with the suspects. She promised to air the interview later on Thursday, a day after Vladimir Putin called on the two men to speak to the media. Petrov and Boshirov have been charged with attempting to murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March by spraying Novichok nerve agent on the handle of their door. Scotland Yard have said these names are probably aliases. In a series of tweets, Simonyan said she was called by the two men and carried out the interview in Russian before it was translated to English.She added: “I wasn’t looking for them. More specifically, our journalists were searching for them just like all other professional journalists, through social networks, sources and so on. We even found a few, but not the right ones.”They refused to give an interview to anyone else, even our journalists, because, in their words, they know me from TV and read my social media and for that reason, again in their words, trust me.” Following Mr Putin’s statement, state media Rossiya 24 spoke with an employee of Virion, a branch of the state pharmaceutical company Microgen in the Siberian city of Tomsk, named Alexander Petrov.  “We know who they are, we found them,” he said at a panel with the leaders of China and Japan. “I hope they will appear on their own to talk about themselves, that will be better for everyone. There’s nothing especially criminal there, I assure you.”His comments suggested that Russia would put forward the men to deny or muddy the waters around the British accusations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last week Scotland Yard revealed the suspects had travelled to the UK on Friday, March 2 on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.After spending the night at a budget hotel in east London they carried out a reconnaissance operation in Salisbury on the Saturday before carrying out the assassination attempt on Sunday 4 March.They are accused of smearing the deadly nerve agent Novichok on Mr Skripal’s door handle in an attack that left him and his daughter critically ill. Downing Street on Wednesday dismissed Moscow’s denials, insisting the men were both members of Russia’s GRU, military intelligence unit.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies.”Russian media reports have suggested that Boshirov is a 40-year-old Moscow State University graduate who was living in the capital, while Petrov was said to 39.But the names are understood to be aliases so it remains unclear whether the men being referred to by Mr Putin are the same ones who appeared in the CCTV footage in Salisbury. Asked about the case on Wednesday at the eastern economic forum in Vladivostok, Mr Putin tried to shift the blame away from the Russian state, insisting that the two men were “civilians”. read more

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