NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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Jack Taylor Sets NCAA Record After Scoring 138 Points

Division III Grinnell point guard Jack Taylor, set an NCAA record Tuesday night, scoring 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible.“I gotta thank the man upstairs,” Taylor told ESPN. “I was able to multiply my talents tonight.”Taylor went 52-for-108 from the field, while shooting 27-for-71 from the 3-point line to establish the new collegiate record.The previous NCAA scoring record was held by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande, who had 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. In 1953, Francis dropped 116 points against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is only other person to come close to Francis’ record; he scored 100 points while playing at Furman against Newberry.As the 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore entered the locker room at halftime, he was under the assumption that he had managed to drop 30 points in the first half. But coach David Arseneault informed Taylor otherwise, after taking a look at the first half stats.“Coach walked in with a stat sheet and said I had 58,” Taylor said. “You could see the team’s eyes light up.”After the half, Taylor was given the green light to shoot by Arseneault and his teammates to break the record set by Francis. He came out focused and in the zone.“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor said. “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”One of the underlying stories in Taylor’s spectacular performance was Faith Baptist Bible’s David Larson, who scored 70 points on 34-for-44 shooting.Taylor said that their focus was to stop Larson, which they did, but Bible could not stop Taylor.Before entering Tuesday’s game Taylor was in a shooting slump, only making 11 of 41 shots for the season. After taking a “couple hundred” shots before practice on Sunday and Monday, he seemed to have found his stroke.“I was able to, I guess, find my shot again,” Taylor said.Despite receiving the attention for the Pioneers win, he was the ultimate sport by sharing the victory with his teammates. Taylor acknowledged his teammates for being unselfish the whole night.He still has not been able to take in his record breaking performance.“I don’t think it’s settled in yet,” he said. read more

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Little Leaguer Mone Davis Steals Major League Spotlight With

Mo’ne Davis throws the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Source: APThat Mo’ne Davis-Clayton Kershaw pitch off? Let’s call it a draw.Mo’ne, the Little League ace from Philadelphia, had confidently challenged Kershaw, the Dodgers ace who is not of this world, to a mysterious “pitch off.” Kershaw didn’t know what that entailed, so he responded by inviting the 13-year-old sensation to visit Los Angeles.A duel never materialized Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine, but the two pitchers showed why they have owned this summer on the mound.Mo’ne handed out autographs, including one to a star struck Yasiel Puig, an outfielder for the Dodgers.Mo’ne threw out the ceremonial first pitch — and fired a dart of a strike, outside corner at the knees. Source: nypost.com read more

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Sacramento Kings Want 63YearOld George Karl As Coach Bypassing

DeMarcus Cousins deserves a young Black coach who is relatableSo, the Sacramento Kings, a team comprised mostly of young Black guys, need a new head coach and they want to hire 63-year-old George Karl, who has been coaching longer than anyone on the team has been playing.Does not seem like a mix that will bring out the best in the team, especially when there are Black young candidates who can relate to the players . . . and who deserve a shot.Karl has been a credible coach over his career, which started in 1984 and has spanned five teams. His .566 winning percentage suggests he was solid, but not an all-time great.So, why the infatuation in bringing him on board and not a talented young mind who could relate to the players and to whom the players could relate?Karl’s impending hire reeks of the stuff we thought we had passed: white owners hiring retread white coaches because they’re white.There’s nothing in what Karl has done that says he should be the choice for the Kings. His sometimes-abrasive style will go over like a Brillo pad with that young roster.The best player, center DeMarcus Cousins, wants no part of Karl and his punitive brand of coaching. In one sense, maybe someone staying on Cousins’ case would make him an even better player. The pervasive thought is that Cousins would go into a shell.Jacques Vaughn, a young Black coach, just lost his job in Orlando for reasons beyond comprehension, actually. The Magic talent level is among the lowest in the league, and yet Vaughn was held responsible for the team’s struggles?Mark Jackson, who was superb with Golden State and unjustly fired, is available. He might not want the job, but Avery Johnson is out there, too. And Mike Brown—Black coaches who have a better chance at reaching the young talent.But Sacramento’s general manager Pete D’Allesandro seems hell bent on Karl.Meanwhile, Cousins’ management team would rather see almost anyone other than Karl, who has a tumultuous past with Cousins’ representatives.George KarlCousins, the franchise player, has not expressed his position on Karl, but he has not been happy since Mark Malone was fired in December.NBCSports.com’s reports that the differences within Cousins’ camp will stop the Kings from signing Karl, if he wants the job. That Karl is in such a position 31 years after his first NBA coaching job is not quite a slap in the face of young Black coaches who deserve another shot. . . but it’s close. read more

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What Happens To Injured NBA Stars Like Paul George

You probably get the general sense for how the chart works — green numbers are good and red ones are bad — but there’s some terminology to sort out:Injured Season refers to the season in which the player was limited to 20 or fewer games because of an injury. This holds even if his actual injury came late in the prior season: For instance, Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the 2011-2012 season’s playoffs, but 2012-13 is listed as his Injured Season because that’s the year he sat out.2The table also excludes Kobe Bryant, who tore his Achilles tendon in April 2013, because 2013-14 counts as his Injured Season. The idea is to compare a player’s performance before and after his injury — and Bryant has yet to play his 2014-15 season, his first comeback year.Recovery Rate represents how much of his value the player retained after his injury. It’s calculated by dividing a player’s average WAR in the three seasons after his Injured Season by the three seasons before it. The higher the Recovery Rate the better. I exclude seasons from the average if they haven’t yet occurred3For instance, Kevin Love has yet to play the second and third seasons after his 2012-13 injury. or if the player was not yet in the NBA at the time.4I also exclude Bill Walton’s 1975-76 season because our database does not cover it. However, I include seasons — and list the player as having zero value — if the player was forced into retirement by the injury.This is not a list of every NBA star who suffered a severe injury — for instance, my selection process will tend to miss star players whose injuries came in the middle of a season instead of toward the beginning or the end. So there are some false negatives. But there shouldn’t be any false positives — I screened out players who missed time due to illness, suspension, a retirement not forced by injury, or some other reason.5There are some ambiguous cases about whether players retired because of injury or other reasons. The general principle is that retirement counts as voluntary if the player retired without an acute injury, even if he had some chronic injury problems. For instance, Larry Bird was healthy enough to play in the 1992 NBA playoffs and the 1992 Olympic Games before announcing his retirement later that summer. Although Bird had chronic back problems, I do not consider his retirement to be because of injury. Charles Barkley’s retirement, however, was largely because of an acute knee injury that he suffered in December 1999. All these players were producing at an All-Star level at the time of their injuries.It’s a noisy set of examples. Six of the 25 players, like Jordan and Webber, had Recovery Rates above 100 percent, which means that they were actually better after their injuries than before. Another six, like Arenas and Yao Ming, had Recovery Rates of 10 percent or below, meaning that they lost almost all their value (although some, like Grant Hill, recovered to be productive role players later in their careers).The average Recovery Rate is just 55 percent, meaning that the typical player was only about half as good after his injury as beforehand. But that paints too pessimistic a picture for George and the Pacers.The reason is that there’s a correlation between Recovery Rate and age. With some exceptions, the players who returned to have productive careers after their injuries were young at the time they got hurt, while the ones who didn’t were in the middle to late stage of their careers:George recently turned 24. The regression line in the chart above implies that the average player who is injured at that age will come back to be 75 percent to 80 percent as productive as he was before. If George came back at 75 percent to 80 percent of his former self, that would not be such a bad outcome for the Pacers. Between 2011-12 and 2013-14, George was worth an average of 11 wins per season; 80 percent of that would make him a 9-win player instead between 2015-16 and 2017-18, the last three guaranteed years of his contract. Wins above replacement in the NBA are worth about $3 million a pop, so that means he’d be producing $27 million worth of value per season for the Pacers — on a contract that will pay him about $18 million per year instead.But we haven’t accounted for how George would project if he hadn’t been hurt. For that matter, we haven’t compared our injured stars against a control group of other All-Star-caliber NBA players.Take David Robinson, who missed almost all of the 1996-97 season with a back injury.6Conveniently enough, this helped allow the Spurs into the draft lottery, where they snagged Tim Duncan. His Recovery Rate is calculated at 65 percent, which implies that he lost something after returning from the injury. But Robinson was already 31 years old at the time — most basketball players are in decline at that age even if they stay relatively healthy. Was Robinson’s decline worse than what we would have expected without the injury?That’s the calculation I’ve made in the chart below. It compares the Recovery Rate for injured stars against the same calculation for all NBA players who had a 7.5 WAR season, whether or not they got hurt the next year.7The calculation of the Recovery Rate for the healthy players otherwise follows the same procedure as for the injured players. For example, take a player who produced 12.2 wins in 2003-04; he qualifies for the control group. To calculate his Recovery Rate, I compare how he performed in the three seasons from 2001-02 through 2003-04 against the three seasons from 2005-06 through 2007-08. What happened to 2004-05? We ignore it because that year would be considered the player’s Injury Season had he been hurt. Sports fans have selective memories. Most of us NBA geeks know that Bernard King, the former New York Knicks forward, was never the same after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a 1985 game. We remember that Grant Hill’s ankle injury in 2000 permanently dimmed his star status, and that Gilbert Arenas’s career went into a downward spiral after he blew out his knee in 2007.But we forget the cases where a serious injury was just a footnote to a long career. Mark Price, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard, tore his ACL early in the 1990-91 season and was out most of the year. He returned to make the NBA All-Star team in each of his next three seasons. A shoulder injury, and eventual shoulder surgery, cost Chris Webber more than a season’s worth of games between 1994-95 and 1995-96, but he wound up as a borderline Hall of Famer. Michael Jordan broke his foot in his second NBA season, missing 64 games in 1985-86. His career turned out pretty well.If we want to get a better sense of the future of Paul George, the Indiana Pacers star who fractured his right leg while scrimmaging with Team USA last week, we need a more comprehensive way of identifying star players who got hurt. I searched our NBA database for players since 1976-77 to whom the following happened:First, the player had an All-Star-caliber season. I define this as a player worth at least 7.5 wins above replacement (WAR) as based on statistical plus-minus (see more about that statistic here). There are about 25 players who meet this threshold each year in the NBA, about as many as make one of the league All-Star teams.Then, the next season, he played in 20 or fewer games for reasons having principally to do with his injury.Price, for instance, produced 9.7 wins in 1989-90 then played in just 16 games in 1990-91, so he qualifies. So do 24 other players, counting the oft-injured Anfernee Hardaway twice. Those players are listed in the chart below, which tracks how their careers progressed before and after their injuries.1In screening the players, I prorated wins and games-played totals to 82 games for seasons shortened by a labor dispute. In Robinson’s case, a player at his age would typically retain 60 percent of his value. Robinson retained 65 percent instead. The injury didn’t really have any lasting effects; Robinson resumed a typical aging curve after missing most of 1996-97.This also tells us a more nuanced story about George. It’s not that young players like him recover better from injury so much as that they were on more of an upward trajectory to begin with. In fact, the two lines in the chart are almost parallel. That implies the impact of a severe injury is fairly constant regardless of a player’s age. More specifically, it reduces his long-term value by 30 percent, on average. George is projected to be about 80 percent as good as he was before his injury. But if he hadn’t gotten hurt, he’d project to be about 110 percent as good as he was instead.8That would make him about a 12-win player from 2015-16 through 2017-18, worth about $36 million per season in market value.In other words, young players can suffer a setback and still be very good. A player who was already in decline and then suffers a serious injury often has too much working against him.But each of these outcomes describes an average — and there’s a huge amount of variation around those averages. It’s entirely plausible that George will never again be a productive player in the NBA. And it’s entirely plausible that he’ll come back even better than before. Perhaps in April 2017 Zach Lowe will be writing about how George was forced to become a better spot-up shooter while his mobility was limited after his initial return from injury — but then his quickness came back, making him a more multidimensional player than before. Here’s hoping that 10 years from now the injury won’t be the first thing we think about when we think about Paul George. read more

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Hot Takedown An Emergency Discussion About Kentuckys Loss Live From Our Hotel

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Nate Silver, Jody Avirgan and Chadwick Matlin Links to a couple things we discuss in this episode are below. We’ll be back with another Hot Takedown with our usual crew — Neil, Kate, Allison and Chad — on Tuesday.Benjamin Morris found the moment Kentucky came closest to an undefeated season, and the moment it all fell apart.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings for the final two teams.FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions. Embed Code Welcome to an emergency edition of Hot Takedown, our podcast where, usually, the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. This episode, though, is different. A few FiveThirtyEighters were in Indianapolis to see Wisconsin beat Kentucky live from inside Lucas Oil stadium last night. We were so thrilled by the game that we had to gather in Jody’s hotel room to talk about it; and Nate Silver was so disappointed with John Calipari he had to get some coaching tips off his chest.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Theres An 85 Percent Chance The Cubs Wont Win The World Series

That means there’s still an 85 percent chance that the Cubs won’t win it all. There are plenty of difference-making free agents that could help shift the odds back toward Chicago’s rivals before opening day, and the team still plays in the NL’s toughest division (it may be comforting for Cubs fans to know that according to SRS, the NL Central is still weaker than every AL division — or it may not). But for now, the Cubs are MLB’s best team — on paper, at least. It’s been a good week for the Chicago Cubs. On Tuesday, they swooped into the bidding on coveted second baseman Ben Zobrist and inked him to a four-year, $56 million deal. Then on Friday, news came that the Cubs had also agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract with outfielder Jason Heyward, likely the best player on the free-agent market this winter. In conjunction with Chicago’s existing stable of young talent, the additions of Heyward and Zobrist have at least one well-known algorithm projecting them to be the best team in baseball next season.It wasn’t long ago that we wrote enthusiastically about the Cubs’ chances to snap their 108-year championship drought, only to see them swept in the NLCS. We don’t (completely) want to put the stink on them again, so we’ll be brief. FanGraphs’ depth charts call for Chicago’s roster to produce a collective 52.6 wins above replacement (WAR) in 2016. After adjusting things so that all of MLB has 2,430 total wins,181 wins per team for 30 teams. that roughly works out to a true-talent projection of 99 wins for the Cubs — a ridiculously high number.What does it mean for Chicago’s chances of breaking The Curse? According to the relationship between talent forecasts and World Series odds, which FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and I researched for a trade-deadline article earlier this year, a team with 99-win talent will win a championship about 15 percent of the time: read more

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The Cavs Shooting Went To Hell In Game 1

In particular, Cleveland’s postseason offense was off the charts. Before Thursday’s game, the Cavs had been scoring 14.8 more points per 100 possessions than would have been expected from an average NBA team against the same slate of playoff opponents. No other team was even close to that level of offensive execution — the second-best playoff offense belonged to the Oklahoma City Thunder, at +5.8; the difference between Cleveland and OKC was roughly the same as the difference between OKC and the 12th-ranked Dallas Mavericks.The Cavs protected the ball pretty well and did a good job on the offensive glass, but the main component of their prodigious scoring output was a spell of outrageous shooting accuracy. And that’s what the Warriors’ defense short-circuited when Golden State defeated Cleveland in the Finals opener Thursday night.Before the Finals, Cleveland had been earning reasonably good looks at the basket — defined by quantified shot quality (qSQ), a metric that tracks the “difficulty” of every shot based on its location and other variables. But the Cavs’ greatest postseason edge had been in shot-making, aka quantified shooter impact (qSI): knocking down even more shots — as measured by effective field goal percentage (eFG%) — than would be expected from their baseline qSQ. And the Cavs’ shooters only seemed to be gaining steam; their two best qSI performances of the postseason came in the two closing games of the Eastern Conference finals. Going into the Finals, no team was even close to Cleveland’s +5.1 postseason qSI.In Game 1 against Golden State, however, Cleveland’s shooting was way off the mark. According to qSQ, the quality of the Cavs’ looks was practically identical to what it had been throughout the playoffs,2In fact, Cleveland’s qSQ in Game 1 was a tenth of a point higher. but the team’s (eFG%) was a staggering 14.2 points lower than it had been in the rest of the playoffs. In terms of qSI, Game 1 was Cleveland’s worst shot-making performance of the postseason, with the Cavs’ top four shooters — Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — combining to shoot for an eFG% nearly 8 percentage points below expected.(Put another way, if we take qSI at face value, that 8-point shortfall means the errant shooting by that quartet cost the Cavs about 11 points. Overall, Cleveland’s poor qSI left about 14.5 total points on the table — in a game that it ultimately lost by 15.)The result was Cleveland’s second-worst offensive performance of the postseason (according to points above average per 100 possessions, which adjusts for strength of schedule) and only its second below-average offensive game: The only outing that ranked worse was the Cavs’ loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the conference finals, and that performance came in a relatively low-leverage situation: Cleveland was up 2-0 in a series it was heavily favored to win. By contrast, after Thursday’s game, our playoff simulations give the Cavaliers a paltry 21 percent probability of winning the championship.If Cleveland beats those odds, it will probably involve a return to its hot-shooting ways. And the good news is that shot-making is pretty variable from game to game, so the Cavs could very well bounce back in Game 2. But there’s no denying that Game 1 was the stuff of nightmares for Cleveland and its fans: The Warriors neutralized the weapon that had carried Cleveland this deep into the playoffs.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Before facing the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers had at least one thing going for them: a sterling postseason résumé. Although their hopes of a fo’-fo’-fo’-fo’ were dashed in the conference finals, the Cavs cruised through the playoffs in only two more games than the minimum, compiling metrics along the way that helped Cleveland stand head and shoulders above the pack — even after accounting1Using schedule-adjusted per-possession ratings like I did here. for the weakness of the Eastern Conference: read more

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The NFL Is No League For Old Men

Miami6 Carolina6 Arizona8 You could hardly find a group of people less likely to share an ethos with the counterculture movement of the 1960s than NFL decision makers. But increasingly, they don’t seem to trust anyone over the age of 30, either.In 2007, there were 201 players — not including kickers and punters — over 30 who started at least eight games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.1Pro-Football-Reference.com gives a player’s age for the season as the age he was on Dec. 31 of that season. That number was down to 133 last season, equating to roughly four per team. That’s a drop of 33.8 percent. Buffalo6 Could there be a market inefficiency in older players today, similar to the one that Allen exploited nearly 50 years ago? It seems like Jon Gruden is determined to find out. Last year, the Raiders had eight 30-something starters, tied with Arizona for the league high. A total of six — safety Reggie Nelson, tackle Donald Penn, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith, and defensive end Bruce Irvin — remain. And the team has added linebacker Derrick Johnson (36 this year), safety Marcus Gilchrist (30) and wideout Jordy Nelson (33) as projected starters. Plus, the team signed 32-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week to fortify an injury-depleted defensive backfield. Gruden was surprised that he was even available.“Somebody that has a history in this league,” the Raiders coach said to The Fresno Bee. “He’s got a lot of clout, and a lot of people know who he is. We’re hoping we can rejuvenate him and get him acclimated to our defense and potentially utilize his skills he’s proven for a long time.”So it seems like the Raiders are set to put a lot more gray into the Silver and Black. For that, in today’s NFL, they don’t have much competition. Roster construction appears to be a big factor. Last year, the eight division winners spent an average of 52.1 percent of their total salary cap on their top 10 players.2The Saints spent the lowest share on their best players at 42.4 percent, but that was due largely to one of the most productive rookie classes in history. And players on rookie contracts, which span up to five years when including option years for first-rounders, are huge bargains relative to their level of on-field production. That left only about half the available money for 80 percent of those teams’ rosters. This would mean that a lot of minimum contracts are being used to fill in the gaps — and because minimum salaries increase according to service time, only the elite 30-somethings may be surviving.This isn’t necessarily the wrong strategy. Once they hit 30, average players are either in the midst of or rapidly approaching the downside of their careers. Data shows that players at all positions generally see performance declines by age 30, with players’ peak ages ranging from 24 for running backs to 28 for most offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The subsequent declines are gradual from year to year, but the result is pronounced for all positions. So teams seem to be prioritizing younger players who are hitting their peak or ascending at the expense of veterans.There are certainly high-profile examples of older players still at the top of their game. But even the New England Patriots, who have been witness to the age-defying brilliance of 41-year-old Tom Brady, haven’t stockpiled older players. Brady was joined by only three other Pats players 30 or older who started at least eight games last year: Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. And the Patriots let Amendola leave via free agency to the Dolphins.Teams in the past have bucked this trend, though. The George Allen-coached Washington teams in the 1970s were nicknamed “The Over-The-Hill Gang” after they systematically traded draft picks for veterans. In 1971, the average age of Allen’s starters was 29.4, and the team had 11 starters over the age of 30. But Washington won nine games that season and 11 the following year, in which they regularly started nine 30-somethings en route to the NFC championship. Baltimore7 Teams that had the most players age 30 or older who started at least eight games last season TeamNo. Players Age 30+ Cincinnati7 Oakland8 Excludes kickers and puntersSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more

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Dotting the i Dontre Wilson not 100 percent yet shining in senior

OSU senior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) makes a second half catch despite the efforts of Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun (56) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith under six minutes left and down 23-20 to Wisconsin, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was staring down a 2nd-and-11 from OSU’s 32-yard line. When the Buckeyes need a play, it’s usually either Barrett, junior H-back Curtis Samuel or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown who gets the ball. This time, it wasn’t any of them.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson was matched up against Wisconsin redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Baun. Barrett stood in the pocket, checking off his receivers before he saw Wilson turn a button hook into a go route down the sideline. Wilson hauled it in for 43 yards, which ultimately set up the game-tying field goal before OSU won 30-23 in overtime.After nearly giving away a muffed punt earlier in the game, Wilson recovered to give OSU a chance to win the game.When the team went into the locker room after the victory, Wilson was called upon to stand up in front of the team in recognition of his play. The message was simple. He told the team he was grateful for what had just occurred, but that game was not the goal for OSU.“It wasn’t about me at that moment. It’s a team effort,” Wilson said on Monday. “Even though I made that play, it’s still a big team effort. It wasn’t about me, it was about the team.”For Wilson, that play was as significant as any in his career in Columbus. It was even more significant given that he still has not recovered from his broken foot suffered against Michigan State during his sophomore year in 2014.Over the offseason, Wilson said he went to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon to have a pair of cleats custom-made for him. Wilson’s cleats are wider than the team-distributed ones, and limit the pain on his foot. OSU coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference that Wilson still wasn’t quite 100 percent and often doesn’t practice early in the week. Wilson told the media he’s probably about 95 percent, but it’s certainly something he feels out on the field.“When you break a foot, it’s tough, especially a skilled athlete,” Meyer said. “I just love his unselfish approach right now, and the fact he made a play to help us go win a game. He flipped the ball to the official, went back, and almost made another great one to help us. I like where he’s at, and he’s a team player that’s doing the best he can.”For an athlete such as Wilson, a broken foot is not only a physical obstacle, but a mental barrier. Any athlete at OSU will tell you that it’s easy to get frustrated or get down on yourself, however for Wilson, it was much more than a little adversity.“When I first had my injury, I was going through a lot,” Wilson said. “I was going through some stuff with my mother and I had just had my child two days after my injury. I was going through a lot, man. I was real frustrated.” As he stood in a walking boot and crutches on the sideline watching his teammates win a national championship, Wilson said he took that as a sign from God that better days were ahead.Heading into the remaining half of his final season of college football, Wilson is enjoying his most successful season yet. He already has a career-high five total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing), has accumulated 16 catches for 232 yards and has run the ball 12 times for 75 yards. He is on track to shatter his career mark of receptions and receiving yards in a season.What has enabled Wilson to be a high-impact player is his maturity through his injury. Barrett said he doesn’t see Wilson get frustrated any more than any other receiver. He just fits right in.“It’s almost like we overlook one or the other between Dontre and Curtis. They’re one and the same,” Barrett said. “They’re both dynamic players that do a lot for our offense that create mismatches with linebacker and get up on the safeties and make guys miss all over the field.”Saturday’s game against Penn State will be another difficult test for the Buckeyes, given an environment that Wilson said is the most impressive he has seen as a player. Lingering foot injury, or no injury, Wilson is doing what he can to make the most of his senior season.“I always tell myself I’m going to take it week by week and day by day,” he said. “(I’m) using all of the resources I can for the final games and final months here.” read more

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OSU to forfeit its share of Big Ten payment from Sugar Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS– Ohio State announced its decision to forfeit its share of the Big Ten’s payment for playing in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, athletic director Gene Smith said after OSU’s meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The highly-anticipated meeting, which took place in the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis Friday, lasted about four hours and let out around 12:45 p.m. President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, director of compliance Doug Archie, coach Luke Fickell, faculty athletics representative and psychology professor, Dr. John Bruno, and Chris Culley and Julie Vanatta from the university’s Office of Legal Affairs counsel attended the Friday meeting. In addition to forfeiting its $388,811 share in the Big Ten’s payment for the Sugar Bowl, OSU has already administered self-imposed penalties, which include vacating the 2010 season and Sugar Bowl victory and a two-year NCAA probationary term. Four OSU football players — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — are also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban. Former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor had also received a five-game suspension before departing the university on June 7 to pursue a professional career. With the ball now in the NCAA’s court, OSU students, faculty, staff and the rest of Buckeye Nation await the Committee’s ruling. Smith made a closing statement stating that the university expects the committee’s report in eight to 12 weeks. Smith said the committee had many questions about the case. “As expected, the committee had numerous relevant questions about the issues in the case, which I believe the institution answered thoroughly and thoughtfully,” Smith said in the statement. Smith also said the university plans to continue working with the NCAA until the issues surrounding OSU are resolved. “Following this hearing, we will be working with the NCAA staff to move forward to wrap up our inquiry into any remaining issues,” Smith said. “…We now look forward to working together so that we can conclude this follow-up work as quickly as possible.” Gee, who declined to comment after the meeting but released a statement which said he felt OSU was treated fairly and that the committee gave them “ample time to share their perspective.” Former coach Jim Tressel, who was forced to resign due to mounting pressure after failing to self-report NCAA infractions, also attended. Tressel also released a statement, saying the meeting was constructive. He also apologized once again to Buckeye Nation. “Again, I would like to apologize to the Buckeye Nation, most especially to the players, staff and fans who remain so dear to me,” Tressel said in the statement. Should the NCAA announce its final ruling during the eight to 12 week window Smith mentioned, the announcement would arrive sometime during a four-game stretch in which the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Illinois in consecutive weeks before hosting Wisconsin and Indiana.  OSU opens the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips. Stay tuned to thelantern.com for more updates. Pat Brennan contributed to this story. read more

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Commentary What Ohio State must do Beating the Badgers requires full team

Suddenly back in the thick of the Big Ten conference championship race, the Ohio State football team has near-control over its own destiny despite a 1-2 conference record. Assuming Penn State will lose at least one of its conference games against Illinois, Nebraska or Wisconsin, OSU can win out and earn a trip to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. But that begins this week against a bitter Badger brigade. Offense The offense may have an easier task than the defense this week as they face a Wisconsin defense that gave up 399 total yards against Michigan State last weekend. However, less than one-third of that was on the ground, and Daniel “Boom” Herron is the Buckeyes’ best threat. Expect Herron to get plenty of carries again this week, as the Buckeyes have won 21-of-24 contests in which he has crossed the goal line. Braxton Miller likely isn’t going to throw any miracle Hail Marys this week. However, he will need to complete more than one pass and will need to be effective in doing so if the offense is going to function against the Badgers. The Buckeyes got by the Illini by solely rushing the ball, but Wisconsin has a better defense and will have a gameplan to stop the run with plenty of rushing film to analyze. The biggest key for the offense and the team as a whole is to eliminate penalties this week. False starts have plagued the offensive line (J.B. Shugarts) this season and really hinder an already suspect offense. Sparty had zero penalties in their victory last weekend. The offense has to keep hold of the ball as well; turnovers will likely be too much for a bulimic scoring offense to overcome. Defense Pressure, pressure and more pressure: For the defense to be successful, they have to disrupt fifth-year senior quarterback Russell Wilson. In winning their first six games by 31 points or more, Wilson and the Wisconsin offense had only thrown one interception and given up five sacks. Sparty got to Wilson for two picks and three sacks, which arguably was the difference in the game. John Simon will lead the “silver bullets” on the defensive line in their assault on Wilson. Big Johnathan Hankins will look to build on his nine-tackle performance last week and the Buckeyes will need his 6-foot-3-inch, 335-pound frame against a Wisconsin O-line that averages 322 lbs. and 6-foot-5-inches tall. If the silver bullets can contain Montee Ball and the Wisconsin rushing attack and pressure Wilson into making bad throws, then the Buckeyes have a shot. Forcing turnovers will be even more important this weekend as the Buckeyes will need to keep the score down to have a shot. Redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby is second in the Big Ten with three interceptions and could make an impact. Special teams Junior punter Ben Buchanan and sophomore kicker Drew Basil have been consistently phenomenal in the kicking and field position game for the Buckeyes, as have the coverage units. The Buckeyes will need to depend on special teams once again this week, and expect them to respond. Coaching The coaches have to be intelligently aggressive this week. Giving Miller the opportunity to make plays while not putting him in a position to turn the ball over will be a difficult but necessary balance to reach. Just as they did against Illinois in calling for the long field goal against the wind, the coaches must have confidence in their players and give them the opportunity to perform. The team really has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Some risks on offense and special teams are warranted and may yield high rewards for the Buckeyes. Fans With the ‘Shoe filled with scarlet spectators for Saturday’s night game, the fans will need to fuel the Buckeyes with energy from the stands and keep them up when the Badgers have some momentum. Never underestimate the power of the 12th man. read more

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Commentary Retirement should not halt Ohio State involvement for Michael Redd

Then-Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd (22) attempts to beat a defender during a game against the Detroit Pistons Oct. 7, 2009, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs a child, I was raised to be a Buckeye from the start. My mom instilled these beliefs in me as an infant, and my father didn’t have a say in the matter. If he had, it wouldn’t have been any different.I became an avid fan myself though, just before the age of 10. This was largely because of the OSU men’s basketball team and really just two players.Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd are two of OSU’s most memorable former athletes, and they successfully led their team to a 1999 NCAA tournament Final Four appearance. This, however, would later be vacated from the record books because of a rule violation under then-coach Jim O’Brien. I still count it.Redd was a monster player at shooting guard for all three years he attended the OSU, with scoring averages of 21.9 points, 19.5 points and 17.3 points, respectively. His freshman season has yet to be topped by any Buckeye, as he leads all freshmen with 658 points, a 21.9 scoring average and 241 field goals made. Redd has some strong company in Buckeye freshmen, outscoring former OSU stars Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden, Jim Jackson and Herb Williams.Redd ended up with 1,879 career points in 96 games, good enough for sixth in the OSU record books for career point totals. Both Redd and Penn quickly became OSU legends and Redd continued his stellar level of play in the NBA after three seasons as a Buckeye.In 2000, Redd was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and played for them for 11 years. Redd reached a career best 26.7 points per game in the 2006-07 season, including a season a franchise record 57 points against Utah. He was a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and set an NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter when he made eight shots from beyond the arc in the fourth period against Houston on Feb. 20, 2002.Redd, who is back with Milwaukee after a short stint in Phoenix, is set to retire from the game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He leaves as Milwaukee’s fourth all-time leading scorer, but I doubt he leaves the game for good. The game means too much to him, and he means too much to it.He currently has a home in New Albany, a mere 20 minutes from OSU’s Columbus campus. I would like to see him get more involved in OSU athletics and I feel like he will.Granted, he needs to take some time off and enjoy the life of retirement, but eventually I hope to see him walking around campus like I do other Buckeye legends and with his $500,000 donation to the new Buckeye locker room called, “The Michael Redd Locker Room,” I feel it may be sooner rather than later. read more

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Opinion NCAA makes another mistake lifting Penn State bowl ban

Joe Paterno’s statue outside of Beaver Stadium on Thursday, July 12, 2012, in State College, Pennsylvania. A news conference addressed the results of Louis Freeh’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal on Thursday at the Scranton Hilton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOn Monday, the NCAA announced it had lifted the postseason bowl ban against the Penn State Nittany Lions football team only two years into its four-year suspension, making the team eligible for the Big Ten Championship game and the first-ever College Football Playoff this season.The ban from bowl games was part of the July 2012 sanctions against the program after an investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that rocked State College, Pa. In addition to a four-year ban from postseason games, the NCAA stripped Penn State of all of its 112 wins from the 1998 to 2011 seasons and fined the university $60 million — both of those sanctions remain in effect.The NCAA also announced that after this season that Penn State will be allowed to award the Football Bowl Subdivision-standard 85 scholarships to students on the football team. As part of the original sanctions, Penn State was limited to 65 scholarships this year, with an increase of five per season until 2016. That sanction had already been adjusted to allow the Nittany Lions 75 scholarships this season as of September 2013.While those in the Penn State community rejoiced about the news of the reduction in sanctions, it has been reviled in other corners.Penn State is 2-0 on the season and is scheduled to open its Big Ten schedule Saturday against Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J., at 8 p.m.Coming off of one of the worst weekends of football for the Big Ten in recent memory, the NCAA’s decision can be seen as nothing more than a money grab. Entering week three of the season, only three Big Ten teams appear on the Associated Press Top 25 poll, with none higher than Michigan State at No. 13. There is likely a legitimate fear among NCAA officials that the oldest conference in college athletics will not be represented in the inaugural playoff and that perhaps Penn State is the conference’s best hope.Penn State would have attended bowl games in 2012 and 2013 if it had been eligible.Two years ago, the conversation in football circles was whether the NCAA had been too lenient, and if the “death penalty” (suspension of the football program) was more appropriate. Today, Penn State is celebrated by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell for its strides towards integrity, disgusting praise for a university that harbored a sexual predator for over a decade. While Penn State’s football and institutional reputation has been unquestionably smeared by the punishments rendered, rewarding the school for two years of good behavior is horribly close-minded.Tone deaf as ever, Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son, said that despite the reduction, the family is still pursuing a lawsuit against the NCAA, hoping to reveal the truth and have some of his father’s wins will be restored. Whether blinded by reverence or simply failing to understand logic, Scott Paterno does not seem to grasp how his father’s culpability in the scandal is deserving of punishment. He again chooses to ignore the responsibility his family, his university and the state of Pennsylvania owes to the victims.Jerry Sandusky leaves the courthouse Thursday, June 21, 2012, following the closing arguments in his sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.Credit: Courtesy of MCTFull restoration of Penn State’s football privileges continues the over-glorified mop-up in the years after the scandal. As American society slowly advances toward zero tolerance for domestic and heinous crimes, it was refreshing to see the NCAA take a firm stance against what happened at Penn State. While the scandal was entirely separate from on-field play, the punishment was the NCAA saying it would not allow football to supersede the university’s responsibility as an institution.At least it did until the league’s commissioners realized the potential financial loss. With 14 member schools, the Big Ten covers a lot of geography. That’s a lot of households watching bowl games and the playoffs, and a large number to lose if the Big Ten is not well-represented this year.Pennsylvania stepped up its investigation into sexual crimes after the scandal, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. “It shouldn’t take an embarrassment on the commonwealth to shame us into taking care of our kids.”At least she understands the responsibility no one else seems to grasp. The point of the sanctions was to punish the university’s failure to behave responsibly. While Penn State football has unquestionably changed since the scandal broke, the punishment is not supposed to be up for audible for good behavior. Again, the NCAA and the university are ignoring the victims and doing nothing to embrace their responsibility by at the very least admitting that the idea of the Nittany Lions potentially taking the field for a bowl game only three years after the scandal broke might be inappropriate. read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Maryland in the first Big Ten game

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) swept the Maryland Terrapins, 3-0, securing its first Big Ten victory this season on Wednesday. The Buckeyes won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-16, respectively.With a total of 44 kills, five blocks and a .364 hitting percentage, the Buckeyes played well enough to ensure the Terrapins would not take away the home win from them.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston was proud of how his team played and how they used their strengths to start off strong in the conference.“Maryland is a very good team and we were the aggressors on every facet of (the match),” Carlston said. “Defensively we were great and we passed the ball really well.”The Buckeyes and the Terrapins were both determined to take the first set as they started off the game with nine lead changes and 12 tied scores. Although Maryland delivered four solid blocks, it was not enough to top the Buckeyes’ 16 kills, 11 assists and 11 digs in the first set en route to Ohio State’s 25-20 victory.The Buckeyes did not slow down in the second set as they started with a 5-1 score. The Terrapins upped their game with six blocks from their defensive line, but the Buckeyes fought back with 28 kills, nine of them coming from outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. Ohio State played no different in the third set as the team quickly racked up points. With a 16-10 lead, the Buckeyes called a timeout and seemed to gain more momentum coming out of the break. Maryland’s 19 errors further helped the Buckeyes win the match, claiming their first Big Ten win.Outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed 10 kills total to the match. Despite playing well, Wenz praised setter Taylor Hughes for how she played the game.“I think [Hughes] played a really smart game,” Wenz said. “She was putting up really nice balls, making smart decisions, getting us split blocks.”Carlston has seen improvement in the team since the start of the season, but believes there is always a way to get better. “I think our leadership is really starting to step up,” Carlston said. “[With a win] you get consistency, build confidence, and we just got to roll up our sleeves and keep getting dirty with what we’re doing and working hard.”The Buckeyes will be heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday to play No. 13 Purdue for their second conference match of the season.Wenz said the past few wins has helped build the confidence the Buckeyes need to go up against Purdue this weekend.“Being able to provide our own energy will be the biggest part of it for us,” Wenz said.Carlston has faith that his team will play well on Saturday after its performance against Maryland.“Every match is going to be a battle, but I think this team will be good on the road, so I’m excited to get out there and play,” Carlston said. read more

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Football Ryan Day views himself as placeholder in Meyers absence

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day addresses the media on Aug. 27 prior to the first game of the season against Oregon State. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn his first press conference as Ohio State’s acting head coach, Ryan Day wanted to talk about football. Day began by saying he was not a part of the investigation of head coach Urban Meyer: he was not interviewed and he had nothing to add. “Today I would like to talk about football and this team,” Day said. “Out of respect for everybody involved, I’m not going to speak today on the independent investigation, the report, or any speculation regarding it.”As Day takes over as acting head coach for the first three games of the 2018 season and Meyer serves his three-game suspension, the repercussions of his absence still loomed as the season opener neared. Even though he did not want to talk about the investigation, Day made clear he was not there to replace Meyer. He said his role in the first three games of the season will be to to empower the coaching staff and his players and just keep the program up and running. Day has taken on increased responsibility, not only tasked with becoming acting head coach, but guiding redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins during his first snaps as the starter as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. “There’s been times where I felt like I’ve been drinking through a fire hose, to be honest,” Day said. “The expectation of Ohio State is you win every game and I understand that. So there’s that added pressure there that you feel.”As he addressed Ohio State as interim head coach, Day used the phrase “win the moment” to define the transition he has gone through. Instead of focusing on the future and what was to come, Day got his players to focus on the present, encouraging them to use their energy on the moment.That is exactly the focus Day has on his first career game as a head coach. “I’ve been trying to focus on today, and then tomorrow we’ll focus on tomorrow and then we just go from there,” Day said. “Because there is no script, so we’ve just been working forward.” When Meyer was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1, Day was contacted by athletic director Gene Smith, telling him he was going to be the acting head coach at Ohio State until the investigation and subsequent punishment was complete. Even with two former head coaches on Meyer’s coaching staff in defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the message Day received from Smith after he was hired was to trust his instincts. Day had never been a head coach before. Prior to being hired as a quarterbacks coach and, eventually, promoted to offensive coordinator at Ohio State, he was a quarterbacks coach with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. During this time of adjustment, he leaned on one of the former coaches that mean the most to him. “I got a text message and I get it just about every other day from one of my mentors, Chip Kelly, and he says, ‘you’re built for this,’” Day said. “That’s what he told me. And that’s the thing I keep going to every morning when I wake up, is that I’m built for this.”As a head coach, Day said he has to watch the game a bit differently, noticing the whole picture as opposed to just the quarterbacks or the offense as a whole. He said his perspective has widened over the past month by watching players on and off the field, their attitude and mentality as they go through each aspect of a specific practice. Being on staff with him for one season, Schiano, as a defensive coordinator, said he has not directly seen the work Day has done on the field.But, in Day’s time as head coach, Schiano said he’s very impressed. “I mean, he’s got the ‘it,’” Schiano said. “When you work on the other side of the ball, you really don’t get to sit in the room with him very much and game plan and do all that stuff. So our relationship was more friends than professional, we don’t do a lot together professionally. Observing him over the last whatever it is, 25 days, he’s got the ‘it.’” Day said he does not think Ohio State has missed a beat since Meyer was placed on administrative leave. He said that is due to the culture of the team, the leadership and example that the newly named captains have shown through preseason camp. That was his goal all along. When he runs onto the field on Sept. 1, in front of his Ohio State team, Day said he will not view it as his head coaching debut. Yes, his family will be in attendance, but he views himself as just a placeholder until Meyer returns. “This isn’t one of those things where I’m becoming the head coach,” Day said. “This is just something that I’m holding the place for coach until he gets back and the goal is to win the game against Oregon State.” read more

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Visitor numbers drop at London museums as tourists can no longer rely

first_imgOverall, outdoor attractions did particularly well reflecting, Mr Donoghue said, an increased creativity in their displays, attractions and partnerships.Next year, he said: “The challenge for the big London attractions is not necessarily getting the numbers any more, because actually their programming is globally impressive.”The real challenge in the years to come will be ensuring that every one of those people gets a fantastic visiting experience.”A spokesman for Southern Rail has not yet responded to a request for comment. The V&A’s drop in numbers is in part due to a blockbuster year in 2015, when the Alexander McQueen show broke records The V&A's drop in numbers is in part due to a blockbuster year in 2015, when the Alexander McQueen show broke records The Natural History Museum Sir Nicholas Serota oversaw a triumphant opening of the new Tate Modern Mr Donoghue said: “ It seems sort of petty, but what actually had a real effect was Southern Rail.”Some research was commissioned which showed that one of the things which deterred people from the south of England going into London was their concern that they wouldn’t be able to get there and get back on Southern Rail.”Those using the rail company have complained of chaos thanks to a series of strikes.He added that figures would also have been affected by a drop in the total number of leisure travellers to the UK in the first part of the year, some venues undergoing refurbishment and others coming off a “blockbuster year” in 2015. The number of people visiting some of London’s most popular tourist attractions fell last year by more than a million last year, as museum and gallery-goers can no longer rely on trains to get them there, an industry leader has warned.The British Museum, V&A, National Portrait Gallery and Natural History Museum all saw a significant drop in visitor numbers in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to figures released today.Attractions across London as a whole saw an overall increase of just 0.1 per cent, while the UK average growth across 241 tourist sites was 7.2 per cent, including 15.6 per cent in Scotland.Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), which published the figures, said the results in London were down partly to Southern Rail’s ongoing dispute, as well as terror fears and a drop in leisure visitors from overseas. Tate Britain was down 15.9 per cent, likely to be the result of a major revamp of its sister gallery Tate Modern, which increased its numbers by almost a quarter to 5.8 million.The Royal Academy credited its 17 per cent increase to 1.3 million visitors to several exhibitions including Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse last spring.Chester Zoo was the most popular attraction outside of London, in 12th place overall with 1.9 million visitors, up 12 per cent.The National Museum of Scotland, which opened 10 new galleries last year, took the top spot in Scotland due to a 16 per cent rise to 1.8 million visitors.center_img Disruption to trains has hit visitor numbers in London The Natural History Museum Sir Nicholas Serota oversaw a triumphant opening of the new Tate Modern Disruption to trains has hit visitor numbers in London He added that the UK referendum had a positive impact on visitor numbers as the fall in the value of sterling helped encourage a surge in visitors from September through to the end of the year.“We do know that there were some fears, both on the part of international visitors, and domestic families, there were security concerns about London,” he said.The ALVA figures show the British Museum maintaining its position as the most popular tourist attraction despite suffering a 5.9 per cent drop in visitors to 6.4 million.The Natural History Museum dropped 12 per cent to 4.6m, while the V&A’s similar 12 per cent drop left them with 3m. 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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One hipster idea too far MasterChef viewers puzzled by fad for extreme

first_imgThat prompted derision from several of those watching at home.One wrote: “Next time I burn something whilst cooking, I’m going to pretend it was deliberate and call it ‘ash’” while Jasmine Rose said on Twitter: “Feta and pineapple spring rolls and leek ash. Only on MasterChef! Eww.” Natalie's chocolate mousse, with sweet potato 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. Natalie’s chocolate mousse, with sweet potato And seasoned chefs have warned that would-be cooks should concentrate on the basics before turning to experimental techniques and ingredients.Natalie used sweet potato as one of the principal ingredients in her chocolate mousse dessert, leaving the guest judges, previous MasterChef champions Peter Bayless, James Nathan and Mat Follas, complaining about the dish’s “grittiness”.In the end she made it through to the next round, but many viewers were less forgiving, leaving a string of acerbic comments on social media. Custard ravioli, served on BBC MasterChef  #MasterChefUK Who puts sweet potato in a chocolate mousse? That’s one hipster idea too far 😬— Cate Tyrrell (@catetyrrell) April 19, 2017 MasterChef viewers have grown used to the spectacle of dishes wreathed in dry ice or foam by young chefs keen to push the boundaries of their craft.But the latest passion for ‘extreme’ ingredients appears to have left a nasty taste in their mouths.When BBC MasterChef contestant Natalie Macfarlane presented the judges with a chocolate mousse made with sweet potato it did not go down at all well, with some of the programme’s viewers decrying it as “one hipster idea too far”. Custard ravioli, served on BBC MasterChef  Cate Tyrrell, the poet and children’s author, said: “Who puts sweet potato in a chocolate mousse? That’s one hipster idea too far.”Lauren Brown, from Wellington, New Zealand, wrote: “Can we agree that you probably don’t like the mousse because potato has no place in a chocolate dessert?”Now award winning chef Richard Turner, of the Hawksmoor restaurants in London and Manchester, has warned that too many young cooks are rushing to experiment with novel ingredients before mastering basic techniques.“Chefs constantly try to outdo each other with amazing new things and often they’re not focusing on cooking nice food,” he said. “It can get a bit silly. If you’re a young cook get the basics right first, with classic French or modern British, and then move on to the interesting combinations.” Natalie’s bizarre combination followed another contestant’s decision to stuff pasta ravioli with custard for a dessert, while a number of others in the current series have used ash in dishes such as ash baked celeriac and leek ash.last_img read more

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How wifi connects human brains and explains why people have gut feelings

first_imgIt explains how people often have a ‘gut feeling’ or intuition about a person or situation even if they cannot logically determine why. Humans brains are interconnected through type of ‘wi-fi’ which allows us to pick up far more information about other people than we are aware of, a leading professor claims. Prof Digby Tantam, Clinical Professor of Psychotherapy, at the University of Sheffield, believes that language plays only a part in how humans communicate and that actually the brain is working hard to pick up tiny micro-signals that communicate what a person is thinking.center_img And it may be the reason why commuters find it so difficult to maintain eye contact on a busy train. Too many people overload the…last_img

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Charity and acid attack survivor criticise YouTubers over fake acid attacks posted

first_imgA charity and an acid attack survivor have criticised a new wave of pranksters for faking acid attacks, filming it and putting the footage online.During these ‘fake acid attacks’, which have emerged on Instagram and most recently YouTube, the attacker squirts the victim with harmless liquid, pretending it is acid, and films their reaction.Moped thieves have also used the tactic in order to disarm victims and attempt to steal their belongings.Arya Mosallah, 22, has been criticised by an acid attack survivor after posting a video earlier this month of himself throwing liquid on passers-by, pretending it was acid.The YouTuber, who has over 600,000 subscribers to his channel, filmed the pranks in London, where acid attacks have been prevalent over the past year.Resham Khan, who was attacked with acid by a stranger while out celebrating her 21st birthday, said: “I cannot believe this is where we are at. To have a life that lacks to such a degree that for YouTube views you’d put someone through the panic and dread of an acid attack. Immature and disgusting, childish and pathetic, sad and unfortunately all too real.” A still from the offending video She addressed the prankster, asking him: “How dare you try to make light of the pain and emotional trauma that comes from acid attacks. Resham Khan before and after she began recovery from the acid attack that occurred while she was celebrating her 21st birthday Resham Khan before and after she began recovery from the acid attack that occurred while she was celebrating her 21st birthdaycenter_img “You will thankfully never experience what it feels like to have your skin melt away, but I tell you now it is agonising and is not funny.” A still from the offending video The charity Victim Support spoke of the emotional trauma victims can suffer from these fake attacks, and how that can be increased by the fear of it being posted online.A spokesperson said: “The effects of fake acid attacks should not be underestimated – this type of attack can be intimidating and leave victims feeling extremely shaken.”Knowing that the footage of their attack could be online could lead to further distress for victims.”The Metropolitan Police said the prank could lead to an arrest. A spokesperon commented: “The Metropolitan Police Service has been made aware of a man carrying out stunts that may cause alarm or distress to members of the public and lead to a police response that could end as a waste of police time. Should police be called to any such incidents, consideration will be given to any possible offences committed and could lead to arrest(s).”The Met is not currently aware of any allegations being made to police and there have been no arrests.  We would advise anyone who is a victim of this man’s irresponsible behaviour to contact police.”last_img read more

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