NBA Finals Depending on how you look at it, the Oklahoma City Thunder could be up 3-0 in the NBA Finals or down 0-3. That’s how close the games wereThe reality is that the Thunder trail 2-1, making Tuesday’s Game 4 in Miami a game OKC cannot afford to lose. History shows that no team has come from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals. The Thunder did rebound from losing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals to San Antonio. But that was the Spurs.Miami is led by LeBron James, who has played the best and most determined ball of his career. His numbers — 33.4 points, 11.6 rebounds in last five games, going back to Game 6 of the previous series — reflect his impact on the series.Just as significant has been that James has received more help than Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, which was not suppose to happen. But sure enough, Dwyane Wade has relocated his offense to nicely compliment James — and forward Shane Battier, a defensive specialist, has made 17 of 21 three-point shots. Also, point guard Mario Chalmers has been more productive than anticipated.Meanwhile, Durant has been outstanding. However, he was held just four points in the fourth quarter after he scored 17 and 16 in the last 12 minutes respectively in Games 1 and 2. Worse, though, for the Thunder is that he has not received consistent help from anyone, especially point guard Russell Westbrook and Sixth Man of the Year Award recipient James Harden, who was just 2-for-9 and had only a strong effort in Game 2.Westbrook had to be sat by coach Scott Brooks because he had four possessions that were totally out of control and unproductive. Problem was, Durant already was on the bench with foul trouble. OKC’s 10-point lead collapsed by the end of the period and missed free throws and poor late-game execution doomed them.Now, Oklahoma City needs all that rectified to win Game 4. Its youth showed for the first time in the playoffs, and, against James and the Heat’s determination, that inexperience has to be harnessed to tie the series and not face unprecedented odds.“We’ll be ready,” James assured. “We love the challenge.”No one is certain about the Thunder.
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Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at the Phoenix International Raceway, touching off a melee in the garage after the race.Gordon was not suspended, but he was fined placed on probation Dec. 31. But he’ll be allowed to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday’s race and the ensuing fight in the garage area between the two drivers’ crews.”I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. ”I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”The penalty drops Gordon to 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with one race remaining. He’s now four points behind Martin Truex Jr. for 10th, and only the top-10 drivers have formal roles in the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas.Rick Hendrick also was docked 25 car owner points, and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.”I’ve always respected Jeff for standing his ground,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. ”We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It’s been a great year, and we’re going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend.”Gordon intentionally slowed his car and waited for Bowyer on the track Sunday to wreck him on what was scheduled to be the final lap. There had been contact between the two a few laps earlier, and Gordon viewed it as the final straw in an apparently escalating on-track feud with Bowyer.He said after the incident he was ”fed up” with Bowyer, and had to take a stand Sunday and would wait to see how NASCAR responded.”They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do, and I guess I had to do what I had to do,” he said.The accident collected Joey Logano and Aric Almirola, and happened right in front of championship contender Brad Keselowski, who had to weave his way around the carnage.It also led to the brawl in the garage that began when Gordon appeared to be jumped from behind by a Michael Waltrip Racing team member. Gordon was grabbed by a Hendrick Motorsports crew member and pulled out of the fracas and into his team hauler.Bowyer, bewildered to find his stall empty when his burning race car came to a stop on pit road, saw the fight on the infield big screen and sprinted over the wall and through the garage to back up his guys. He was held back by NASCAR officials from entering Gordon’s hauler.Bowyer crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for failing to maintain control of the crew.NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton considered the matter closed after issuing the penalties.”There’s no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play,” he said. ”We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.”
New York Jets’ backup quarterback Tim Tebow was sidelined in Thursday’s 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots after suffering two fractured ribs in the Jets’ game at Seattle two weeks ago.Tebow dressed for the game and was available, but did not play either at quarterback or as punt protector. The team was initially concerned about letting him dress for the game.“I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation,” Tebow said.Tebow played in three offensive plays last weekend against the St. Louis Rams and has continued to practice despite the injury. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tebow’s condition began to worsen through this week, affecting his breathing. The Jets kept him on the injury report.“It just seemed like a couple of days ago I was noticing,” Ryan said, “I’m like, man, you could tell he was hurting, and it never sounded like he was, you know maybe a little, his breathing was a little different. I was standing there and I was like, well shoot, I’m not going to play this kid. I wouldn’t play my son if it was that kind of situation, but to Tim’s credit, he wanted to be there for his team.”Tebow remains unsure of how long the healing process will take, but admits that his ribs need the rest. Last year when playing with the Denver Broncos, he broke a rib in the playoff game against the Patriots and needed the offseason to recover.While standing on the sideline Thursday night, fans began to chant his name as the Jets allowed the Patriots to score five touchdowns in the second quarter.Fans may not get their wish this season to see Tebow replace Mark Snachez as the starting quarterback because Ryan is sticking with his starter. He feels Sanchez gives to team the best chance to win.“Mark will be the starting quarterback this week and we’ll go from there,” Ryan said.For now Tebow’s availability for Sunday’s Dec 2. game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question.
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is still claiming his innocence as he sits in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial for murder.In a recent jailhouse letter he wrote to a fan and obtained by TMZ, the former NFL star said he is eager to prove that he’s not guilty and make a return to the sport he loves.In the letter to the pen pal, Hernandez writes, “I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘GOD’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this. The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down, especially when they say NOT Guilty and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap.”Hernandez also writes, “I know there is a reason Im going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord. I fell off especially after making all that money but when it’s all said and done ‘GOD’ put me in the situation for a reason!”Hernandez recently pleaded not guilty in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old, who allegedly had ties to the ex-football player. The young man’s body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.The former NFL player ends the letter optimistic about his athletic future saying, “Can’t wait to sign this again when I’m playing again and prove all the haters and down-talkers WRONG,” Hernandez reportedly wrote following his signature.
Usually, teams see their chances of winning go up throughout a tournament. But in this case, UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and “the field” have all shed percentage points to the Lady Bears. Over this period, Baylor’s score on our strength metric has risen by 5.5 points, from 104.5 to 110, while UConn’s has only gone from 111.4 to 112.5.Interestingly, however, the markets don’t seem to share our model’s enthusiasm for Baylor. The latest prices that I could find still give UConn a greater than 75 percent chance (for example, here, where the odds of -420/+300 imply fair odds of 76 percent), which is similar to what was out there before the tournament.The huge disparity between our model and the markets suggests that it’s worth having some skepticism toward our model results. In general, models are at their worst when it comes to extreme outliers, which UConn certainly has been. For one thing, it can be hard to tell their true strength, because so many of their games are fairly noncompetitive. For another, you would normally expect a team that has performed like UConn this year to be a little worse than it looks — because of regression to the mean — but in UConn’s case, we have a lot of corroborating evidence. Namely, that this season’s performance isn’t even that much of an outlier, for them.On the other hand, the Huskies weren’t even supposed to be their powerhouse selves this year, and the Lady Bears have looked amazing. If Baylor can get by Mississippi State, they’ll almost certainly get their chance to escape UConn’s shadow in the Final Four.Check out our March Madness predictions. The University of Connecticut Huskies kept their roll going Saturday with a breezy 86-71 victory over UCLA. It’s their 110th win in a row — and the 157th of their last 158 games — likely giving them the longest team sport winning streak in college top division history. Rival and potential Elite Eight threat Maryland’s loss in an upset against Oregon also means UConn’s next game should be easier than expected — so you might think UConn’s chances of five-peating and carrying their win streak into the fall would be greater than ever.Our model, however, now pegs UConn’s chances as essentially the lowest they’ve been in the tournament. UConn finds itself in a virtual dead heat with Baylor (who UConn beat by 11 points in November). Though Baylor has seemed to be UConn’s most formidable competition since before the tournament began, their rise has nonetheless been dramatic. They’ve won their tournament games by 89, 40 and 34, compared with UConn’s margins of 61, 30 and 15.Baylor was briefly even the tournament favorite, between Sweet 16 days (after Baylor beat Louisville but before UConn beat UCLA):
Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is an extremely difficult team to figure out heading into the season. The Brew Crew surprised everyone by winning 86 games last year, even leading the division as late as July 25. It also dealt aggressively over the winter, picking up both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to patrol Miller Park’s outfield. But the forecasters are pretty split over the Brewers’ potential in 2018. Some systems see them pushing the Cardinals and Cubs again; others think they’ll struggle to crack .500. Our aggregation of various projections calls for 83 wins, but like Minnesota in the AL, this is another forecast I suspect we’re too low on.Rebuild alert: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have been rebuilding for a half-decade now, if we include this season — and our projections say we most definitely should. Someday, perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto could play for a winning team again, but it probably won’t be this year (and it might not be for Cincinnati, either). Meanwhile, the Pirates are just embarking on their rebuilding journey, having traded away franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen and ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh probably could have made one last run at the playoffs this year if it had hung on to its stars, but that would have required everything to go right. Instead, general manager Neal Huntington opted to close the book on the franchise’s best period since the early 1990s.Player to watch: Jose Quintana, Cubs. When the Cubs picked up Quintana from the White Sox at last season’s trade deadline for a handful of prospects, it was about more than just renting help for the stretch run in 2017. Quintana’s contract extends through this year, with team options for 2019 and 2020 as well, so the Cubs were locking down one of the game’s most valuable arms for the long haul. According to FanGraphs, Quintana is projected to be a top-10 pitcher by WAR this season. Along with new teammate Yu Darvish, he should help Chicago recapture some of the form of its banner 2016 campaign that produced the third-best rotation in baseball.Biggest enigma: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs. Schwarber’s career has already gone through so many twists and turns, it’s hard to remember that he’s still just 25 years old, with a shade over two years of MLB service time. Schwarber flashed outstanding potential at the plate in a half-season of action in 2015, and he provided instant memories when he returned from injury to hit .412 in the 2016 World Series. But a cold start buried his 2017 numbers, even though he hit quite well from July onward. Toss in an offseason of serious weight loss, and it seems like Schwarber is poised for a big breakout season — but still, FanGraphs’ projections see him generating between 0.9 and 3.0 WAR, so he’s stuck on the enigma list for now. NL EastTeam to beat: Washington Nationals. Aside from a stunning implosion in 2015 and a distant runner-up finish to the Atlanta Braves (remember that?) in 2013, the Nats have owned this division for most of the decade. For at least one more season, things should play out basically the same way. Washington returns essentially all of the core that won 97 ballgames a year ago, plus it’ll have leadoff man Adam Eaton back after a knee injury cost him most of last season. Nobody quite knows what to do with the Mets (see below), and the Phillies are finally on the rise. But it would take another unlikely confluence of underperformance from the Nationals and a breakout elsewhere for anybody to catch Washington this year. The Nats should savor it while it lasts — with Bryce Harper and others due for free agency after the season and Philadelphia and Atlanta soon emerging from their tanking projects, this division could look very different in a few years. But for now, it’s all Washington. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… How Elo is forecasting the NL East race Dodgers15689765+14581%63%13% Nationals15469369+11173%62%8% Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Cubs15589567+12776%55%10% Phillies14907983-1924141 How Elo is forecasting the NL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: New York Mets. Touted last season to contend for the East, the Mets got out to a miserable, injury-riddled start and never recovered. They do have a new manager now, former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and pitching was the biggest issue with last year’s squad. (New York actually finished 11th in position-player wins above replacement.) But Callaway was basically the extent of the Mets’ offseason improvements, aside from re-signing ex-Met Jay Bruce and scavenging third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak in free agency. Essentially, the Mets’ 2018 season hinges on the same factors that destroyed them in 2017: the health and effectiveness of their pitching staff. Stay tuned to see how that works out.Rebuild alert: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves. The Phillies had been in this category for years, but they spent the offseason finally making win-now moves. Even the Braves, with their incredible farm machine,1Even after Atlanta was punished for the international signing rule violations that got former GM John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. won’t be long for this list. But the Marlins … whoo, buddy. Miami has just begun its descent into tanking hell, with new ownership and an offseason sell-off that actually surpassed the franchise’s famous fire sale two decades ago. Our model considers the Marlins the worst team in baseball, so let the rebuild commence.Player to watch: Noah Syndergaard, Mets. Last April, “Thor” was well on his way to once again ranking among the game’s best pitchers. Then he tore a lat muscle — and wouldn’t be seen back on an MLB mound until a very odd, meaningless late-September co-start. (Don’t ask.) Syndergaard is healthy again, however, and according to FanGraphs’ numbers, he projects as the third-best pitcher in baseball. What’s more, those projections don’t factor in the fireballs he was hurling in the spring, ostensibly trying to prove he’s still the hardest-throwing starter around. (We get it, Noah.) If Syndergaard stays healthy, he should dominate.Biggest enigma: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper is projected to be the eighth-best position player in baseball this season, but he’s far from a sure thing. Despite being one of MLB’s most exciting players, his numbers have bounced around wildly in the past few seasons. In 2015, we saw Harper perform at a level few players have ever attained, producing 9.5 WAR with a weighted on-base average 97 percent better than league average. The following year, he was down to a measly 3.5 WAR with a weighted OBA only 12 percent above average. And last year? He hit like an MVP in the early going but was injured later in the season, ending up with 4.8 WAR and a wOBA 56 percent better than average. No player’s WAR has moved around more from season to season over the past three years, so it’s anybody’s guess where Harper will end up in 2018. Pirates14837785-41186<1 NL WestTeam to beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. At times last season, L.A. looked like it might belong among the greatest teams of all time. But it also looked like trash during one September stretch — then turned around and very nearly won the World Series. We can’t guarantee this season will hold as many ups and downs for the Dodgers, but they should be quite good once again. Start with the NL’s best projected pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), add in its top reliever (Kenley Jansen), and mix in four hitters projected for at least 3.3 WAR (Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig), and you’ve got a recipe for the top team in the National League. This division is pretty stacked in general, though, so you might see both wild-card slots go to NL West teams again. Giants14947884-272281 Padres14556993-11562<1 Mets14917983-2124141 Cardinals15228676+4345223 Brewers15108379+1534142 NL CentralTeam to beat: Chicago Cubs. Last year’s Cubs suffered one of the worst championship hangovers in baseball history, dragging them down from the historic heights they’d reached in 2016. (Note: They still won 92 games. Everything’s relative.) But between the offseason and last year’s trade deadline, Chicago now boasts a revamped pitching staff to go with a young core of position-player talent that already ranks among baseball’s best. The Cardinals, eternal archnemesis to the Cubs, are shaping up for a resurgent season as well — and who knows what to make of the Brewers (more on them later) — so this division could make for an exciting summer. But out of that triad of contenders, the Cubs are clearly the favorites to win the Central crown. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Reds14657290-8783<1 Marlins14436795-12753<1 How Elo is forecasting the NL Central race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Rockies15038082-92691 Diamondbacks15238577+3843193 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series It’s opening week in the major leagues, and we’re catching up on what baseball’s been up to over this very odd offseason — and looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model, which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) What follows is our take on the National League — for the American League, click here. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Braves14747587-58158<1 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ weird run of even-year success seemed poised to end this season after the team sputtered to 64 wins a year ago. But San Francisco refused to let one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent history deter them. No, the Giants went out and acquired a bunch of recognizable names over the winter, including potential future Hall of Famers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Will their efforts work? Well, PECOTA lists the Giants on the periphery of the playoffs. But other projections are less bullish. Also working against San Francisco: Only six teams in history have gone from 85 or more wins2Per 162 games. in one season to 70 or fewer the next, then back to 85 or more the season after that. A spring training injury to ace Madison Bumgarner — see below — isn’t helping matters, either.Rebuild alert: San Diego Padres. San Diego is perpetually rebuilding — it hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010 — and the Padres were dealt another blow3Probably. when Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani spurned them this winter. But the team has ranked third in Keith Law’s farm-system rankings in back-to-back years now, helping produce a few encouraging prospects who might be part of the next contending Padres team. That team probably won’t come along this season, though: Our model assigns the Padres the lowest division-title probability of any team in the National League.Player to watch: Corey Seager, Dodgers. Los Angeles has so many stars at its disposal that, Clayton Kershaw aside, it can sometimes be difficult for them to get their proper due. Take Seager, a slick-fielding, great-hitting, 23-year-old shortstop who ranks fifth among position players in WAR over the past two seasons. A player like that would be the centerpiece of most teams, but Seager finished behind three teammates (and tied with another) in MVP voting last year. Sure, some of that owed to Seager missing time with elbow and back problems. But when he’s healthy, Seager ought to be in the running with Kershaw for the title of L.A.’s best player.Biggest enigma: Madison Bumgarner, Giants. No pitcher in baseball looks more lights-out when he’s at his best than Bumgarner, whose playoff exploits are the stuff of legend. But that peak performance hasn’t always translated fully in the regular season, where Bumgarner ranks only 15th among qualified starters in fielding-independent pitching since his rookie season of 2010. Beyond that, his customary durability faltered last season, as a dirt bike accident landed him on the disabled list for several months with shoulder and rib injuries. And just this week, a stray line drive broke a finger on Bumgarner’s throwing hand, costing him an estimated six to eight weeks of action. If Bumgarner doesn’t dominate when he returns, the Giants’ bounce-back season might be doomed to failure.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Fans had been waiting all season for Terrelle Pryor to become the dual threat many saw him as coming out of high school and that he showed glimpses of last year. Saturday night against Indiana, their wishes were fulfilled, as Pryor picked apart the Indiana defense with both his legs and his arm.He finished the game with four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground. For Pryor, it was the type of performance that he and the rest of the passing game had been trying to put together all season.“We’re always on a mission,” he said. “Sometimes it might not show out there, but I mean not every offense in the country is perfect.”Pryor was near perfect when it came to spreading the ball Saturday. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including two of his three touchdowns to freshmen Duron Carter and Zach Boren.“It’s a great feeling,” Boren said. “Terrelle gave me a great ball that I could just catch and go right into the end zone.”“It was a great experience for my first road game,” Carter said. “I was the second read, and Terrelle trusted me with the ball, and I jumped up and caught it.”But Carter was actually more excited about a devastating block he put on an IU defender.“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “If you don’t like contact you shouldn’t be playing.”When it was all said and done, Pryor finished with a career-high 27 attempts as the coaching staff continued to put the offense in his hands.“He was glued in,” coach Jim Tressel said.Defense doesn’t miss a beat without ColemanIt’s not easy to replace a team captain, three-year starter, and All-Big Ten performer and not have a drop off.But with Anderson Russell filling the shoes of suspended safety Kurt Coleman, the Buckeyes did exactly that.OSU held the Hoosiers to 14 points, with seven of those coming in the last 10 seconds of the game against the second and third string. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were averaging 28 points per game.“We didn’t give up any home runs. We seemed to tackle well. With Kurt not there and Jermale [Hines] limping around there for a minute, we were awfully young,” Tressel said. “But they kept everything in front of them … and I thought they were solid.”Russell started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the lineup by Hines. He showed no signs of rust as he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble during Saturday’s game.“He’s a guy that has never changed who he is just because we changed the rotation,” Tressel said. “He works like crazy, studies film all the time. He’s a smart young man on the field and off the field.”Increased workload for ‘Zoom’ doesn’t slow down running gameAlthough it was known that the defense would be without Coleman coming into Saturday’s game, the status of junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron was uncertain.“Boom in a real pinch could have played tonight, but I’m not sure he’d have been 100 percent,” Tressel said.Luckily for OSU, a less-than-100-percent Herron would not be needed, as Brandon Saine efficiently stepped into the starting running back role. His 113 yards were a large part of OSU’s 219-18 yard advantage on the ground.“I’ve been excited since Thursday when I found out I was going to be starting and that I’d be a captain,” Saine said. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I’m glad we were able to come out with a win. I’m definitely really grateful for the opportunity I had today.”Although Saine, a track star in high school, is known more for his speed, he has quickly established himself as a power back as well.“Brandon Saine is 220 pounds, and he’s moving those pounds fast,” Tressel said. “We always say, ‘Whoever wins the battles in the trenches is going to win the game.’”Buckeyes hit by fluIn addition to a suspension and injuries, OSU is now having to deal with the issue of the flu. Junior offensive tackle Andrew Miller was prohibited from traveling with the team after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He wasn’t the only Buckeye that was affected.“We had three or four guys miss practice during the week,” Tressel said.Tressel named sophomore starting center Mike Brewster and sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas among those who missed multiple practices with flu symptoms. He couldn’t recall which other players were affected by the flu but acknowledged there were more.OSU isn’t the first team to have to deal with the flu this year. Georgia starting quarterback Joe Cox was unable to travel with the rest of the team prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was plagued by flu-like symptoms in the Gators’ game against Kentucky.
Coming off last week’s exhibition victory over Walsh, the Ohio State men’s basketball team opens its regular season today against Alcorn State. The game is the first of two in the preliminary round of the 2K Sports Classic, a tournament that will culminate with two games in New York City’s Madison Square Garden next week.Perhaps the biggest question for the Buckeyes coming into the game is the person in the center position. Coach Thad Matta expects to again be without Dallas Lauderdale as he recovers from a broken hand.But it seems that he will return in the near future. Matta said Wednesday that the trainers are working to provide him with a brace that would allow him to participate in the team’s full practices. Though he won’t play Monday, he should be able to make his return Thursday against James Madison.In Lauderdale’s absence, senior Kyle Madsen got the start, but both he and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos played significant time. Matta was pleased with their performances. “I thought they did a very good job, I really did,” Matta said. “With those two guys, you’ve got good size.”On a similar note, the rest of the rotation will be something to watch as the Buckeyes begin regular season play. As expected, Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford were in the starting lineup against Walsh. Jeremie Simmons, P.J. Hill, Walter Offutt and Nikola Kecman all played at least 12 minutes off the bench. “We had the luxury of getting guys more minutes and more opportunities to play, giving Evan or John … just more of a two-minute blow here or there,” Matta said. “I hope we can continue that.”Monday’s game will mark junior David Lighty’s first regular season appearance since last year’s season-ending foot injury. Lighty showed no lingering effects against Walsh, and his return is a welcome sight for his teammates. “He’s a big part of our team and a big part of what this program stands for,” Turner said. “It was tough to see him go out for a year, but he came back. It looks like he’s playing well. I think we are going to win a lot of games with him on the floor, and I’m just so happy he’s back.”The Buckeyes take on the Alcorn State Braves at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was made aware, in April 2010, of the improper benefits given to five OSU players, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. The NCAA released a statement Dec. 23 officially announcing a five-game suspension in the 2011 season for five juniors — offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. According to the Yahoo! report, the five players sold memorabilia to Edward Rife — the owner of Columbus tattoo parlor Fine Line Ink Tattoos. The Yahoo! report said the NCAA and OSU did not investigate the situation until December. The NCAA concluded that, besides suspending the players for five games, the athletes must repay money and benefits ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, as part of their reinstatement. In the Dec. 23 release, the NCAA said Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring. Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000, and receiving discounted services worth $150. Posey is forced to repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200, and receiving discounted services worth $50. Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university. Thomas has to repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155. OSU appealed the NCAA’s five-game suspensions, and no ruling has been made in that case. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the university was made aware of the Yahoo! report 30 minutes before it broke, and OSU had no further comment Monday. Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson, who co-wrote the story with Dan Wetzel, said via Twitter that the university was informed three hours before the article was posted online. OSU spokesperson Shelly Poe told The Lantern, “No comment that I know of this evening.” If the Yahoo! report is correct, the OSU football program might face further NCAA penalties for playing ineligible players during the 2010 football season, and for having prior knowledge of the incident before it was reported by the school in December.
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams didn’t impress at the 2011 Big Ten Championships at the University of Illinois last weekend. While both teams thought they ran tough, neither had a small enough split in order to finish as high as they would have liked. The men, led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, who finished 19th in 24:21 and 21st in 24:24, respectively, had a team score of 138. The Buckeyes fell to 13-time defending champion Wisconsin, as well as Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. “It was tough, we had a couple guys run really good, and then we probably just had too far a break between our fourth and fifth.” OSU head coach Robert Gary said. Junior Julian Meyer was OSU’s third runner, finishing 25th in 24:28. Redshirt senior Adam Green and junior Chris Fallon rounded out the top five, covering the 8K course in 24:31 and 24:49, respectively. Even though the team didn’t finish as high as they would have liked, Williams was happy to see his team battle. “It’s disappointing. I think we were hoping for a little better, but at the same time it was about as good a race as we could have today,” he said. “It’s hard to be too critical because I think we ran really tough.” After finishing well behind Michigan and Minnesota at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes were only 34 points away from tying those two schools for third place on Sunday. “It’s good because we’re already really shortening things up. Minnesota and Michigan killed us at Wisconsin just two weeks ago so we’re starting to close the gap,” Gary said. The women saw No. 15 Michigan State win the title for the second-straight year. Junior Tori Brink was the Buckeyes pace setter, finishing the 6K race in 23rd with a time of 20:55. The Buckeyes placed two other women in the top 40, with redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine finishing 32nd in 21:05 and freshman Nicole Hilton who finished 37th with a time of 21:09. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal liked how his top three finishers got out and finished strong, but said the team needed better performances from its other runners. “I think my top three ran really tough,” he said. “We just left too big of a gap, we needed our fourth and fifth to be up there with them.” Freshman Michelle Thomas and junior Molly Jacobson were the team’s fourth and fifth runners, finishing 58th and 83rd with times of 21:35 and 22:15, respectively. The team will have a week off from competing before traveling to Toledo for the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12.
In tug-of-war type of game in which momentum and emotions flooded the floor, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Northwestern, 3-1, on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes now own a 19-8 overall record and are 10-5 in the Big Ten. Since their loss against then-No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday, coach Geoff Carlston said he has been focusing mainly on how his team would respond after a disappointing loss. Carlston was particularly happy in the way his team fought back after losing the second set against the Wildcats. “I think we played some really good volleyball at times tonight, and you know … volleyball is volleyball that way,” Carlston said. “I really liked how we played in game three in particular, able to grind it out, win that one and respond after game two.” Just like they did against the Gophers, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start. In set one, the Buckeyes looked like they may have been able to put the game on cruise control with a commanding 25-17 win in the first set. Northwestern, though, seemed to have other plans in set two and orchestrated a comeback where OSU saw their 16-9 lead turn into a 27-25 loss. For senior outside hitter Mari Hole, the third game was an important match that tested them both mentally and physically. “Game three was just that, to try to come back from what happened in game two, and we did a good job of just staying focused, staying with the game,” Hole said. “Like they had the momentum coming into game three, so we knew they were going to be coming strong out of the locker room, and we just had to match that energy.” Hole was proud of the way her team handled adversity, especially in a game where momentum didn’t seem to be on their side. “I think we did a good job of just continuing, working on our stuff, and in game four we got the momentum back and we just kept going,” Hole said. And at the end of the day, all that mattered to Carlston was that his team was the last one standing. “I’m happy. It’s good to get out of here with a win,” Carlston said. “Get some rest and start getting ready for Illinois.” As the season starts to wind down, Carlston acknowledged that this is the part of the year where they need to be sharp, stay fresh for upcoming games and for his younger players to adapt. “I think everyone is tired,” Carlston said. “The Big Ten is grueling and so every team in our conference … this is where the freshmen, they’re already done with their state tournaments typically by now, and so they’re (younger players) in uncharted ground right now. We got five matches left, and they have been training hard for three months. We need to be fresh, as fresh as you can possibly be for Saturday’s match.” Sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul said that it’s important to take care of their bodies in a strenuous season of the Big Ten. “It’s definitely different than being completely fresh, but we just try to focus on taking care of our bodies and getting enough sleep so that it doesn’t affect us too much,” Faul said. With the game against Northwestern in the books, Carlston is already expecting a tough fight from rival Illinois on Saturday. “They’re another really good team that’s been ranked,” Carlston said. “Everyone is jockeying for their position for the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to play well.” Faul said every Big Ten game is important, but playing against Illinois will be an exciting game to her and to her team. “Illinois will be an exciting team to play against,” Faul said. “It was an exciting match at their place, and I think we can get a good crowd at our home too.” In order to defeat the Fighting Illini, Carlston pointed out a couple of key things that his team will need to do against a tough opponent. “So we’re going to have to be healthy, be fresh and come out ready to fight from the get go,” Carlston said. “You just got to be ready to play.” Faul said they just need to make sure that they don’t forget their basics, and continue to play their style. “I think just staying focused the next two days, keep up our basics, keep up our basic digging, passing and hitting everything in the same groove we have been doing all season,” Faul said. The Buckeyes play Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) attempts a layup during the second half of the game against Minnesota. Ohio State won 79-59. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State knows it has work to do after its two-point win against Bucknell on Saturday. After allowing the Bison to make 40 percent of its 3-point attempts, turning the ball over 13 times while giving up 11 points off turnovers and allowing nine fastbreak points, head coach Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes are moving forward, learning what they can from each game as the season continues. Holtmann said his team has a growth mindset after each game Ohio State plays, judging success by each possession and learning from the possessions that did not go in favor of his team. “Thank God it happened after a win, but if you can really appreciate that experience and learn from it, then it will be well worth while,” Holtmann said. “That’s why you schedule games like that because they really challenge us in a lot of areas.” This is the same mindset the players have as Ohio State moves forward to take on Youngstown State on Tuesday. “It didn’t hurt us in the loss column, but we have to be smart enough and focused enough to know that just because one game didn’t affect us, it can happen any other time,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. Projected Starters No. 15 Ohio State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 8.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apgYoungstown State (4-8)G — Garrett Covington — Sophomore, 12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apgG — Darius Quisenberry — Freshman, 9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apgG —Devin Morgan — Junior, 9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Naz Bohannon — Sophomore, 6.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.6 apgF — Olamide Pederson — Freshman, 4.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 0.2 apgComing off a season in which the team had a record of 8-24, winning six of 18 games in Horizon League play, Youngstown State had nowhere to go but up heading into the 2018-19 season. Through 12 games, the Penguins have shown slight improvements from last season, averaging 78.1 points per game, shooting 41.6 percent from the field with 42.3 rebounds per game.Youngstown State, the No. 322 team in the country according to KenPom, has lost four of its past five games, but won its last time out, defeating Binghamton 58-48 on Saturday. In his second season as the head coach at Youngstown State, Jerrod Calhoun has developed a fluid lineup, with eight players on his roster that have started at least one game for the Penguins this season. Holtmann described the Penguins as deep, utilizing different weapons to establish explosive offensive outputs. The offense is led by sophomore guard Garrett Covington, who leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field. He is also a threat defensively, leading the team with 22 steals, 12 more than any other player on the roster. Despite not being the biggest player on the roster, 6-foot-6 and 230-pound sophomore forward Naz Bohannon has been the main leader on the boards for the Penguins, averaging 9.8 rebounds per game, 4.4 of which are offensive boards. Youngstown State, on the season, has won the battle on the glass, averaging 42.3 rebounds per game, 4.5 more than their average opponent this season. Unlike Bucknell, 3-point shooting has not been the main source of offense for Youngstown State, who, as a team, is making 31.1 percent of its attempts from deep. Off the bench, junior guard Kendale Hampton has been the team’s biggest deep threat, making 27-of-65 3-point attempts and averaging 9.5 points per game, third-best on the team. Defense has been the biggest problem for the Penguins this season. The team allows an average of 82.2 points per game, with opponents shooting 46.3 percent from the field this season. Youngstown State has allowed opponents to score more than 100 points three times through its first 12 games.Ohio State takes on Youngstown State at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
A British cross-channel swimmer has died just a mile short of reaching France.Nick Thomas, 45, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile endurance swim.Mr Thomas, who did not wear a wetsuit, had previously completed Ironman events and had already swum the Channel successfully in 2014. Thank @lynncette and@EnduromanEvents for my dory towel and lucky Peebles , very kind of you both #justkeepswimming pic.twitter.com/mGM1Ng8wAW— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) July 18, 2016 Enduroman Ultra Events, which was tweeting his solo progress since leaving the UK early on Saturday, wrote: “Our friend Nick Thomas left us whilst doing what he loved – he just kept going.”He’ll always be a part of what we do and who we are.” …From thereon we’ll be hoping to move toward shore across the tide. There’s a lot to do before then. Nick’s swimming well & is very strong— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 The Enduroman event combines running, cycling and swimming. It begins with an 87-mile run from London to Dover, followed by swimming the English Channel and is supposed to end with a bike ride to Paris. The organisation raised the alarm on their Twitter feed on Saturday night, posting: “Nick Thomas is being treated at Calais hospital after passing out in the water. Please wait for an update.”A previous message had said: “Flood tide is strong pulling us toward Blanc Nez, hopefully some chance to land near there. Tough going for Nick.”A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are offering assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Calais, France.” 1807. @trismartnick pulls onward ever closer to France. Where & when still uncertain. The NE wind held up the tide.. pic.twitter.com/kWiFdQibIM— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 Morning dip , just ticking over awaiting judgement day , pic.twitter.com/mZwKDOoXUw— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) August 4, 2016 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. …ZC2 marks edge of the NE shipping lane to French inshore waters. The further inside that the better when the flood tide comes through…— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 A spokesman for the governing body, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, confirmed a man had died.He said: “A swimmer was taken from the water less than a mile from the finish in France.”There was an extremely experienced support team on board the support vessel. He was given CPR and taken to Calais where he was sadly pronounced dead.”It is an extreme sport, we know the risks. He was doing what he loved doing. Our thoughts are with his family.” His wife paid tribute to him online, writing: “Can’t believe I am not going to see you again. Loved always xx.” The Sun reported that his son Ashley said: “You’ll never be forgotten”. On his Twitter profile he described himself as an “Endurance athlete, iron & ultraman triathlon for many years”.One of his last posts on the social media site was earlier in August before he went for a swim.
Officers and paramedics went to the scene where the man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead.The driver of the car had not stopped. When it was found nearby police confirmed it had not been reported as lost or stolen.A 51-year-old man later handed himself in at a south-London police station.He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.The victim’s details have not been released, although police said they believe they know his identity. 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 man in his 60s has died in a hit-and-run involving a Porsche sports car in south London.The pedestrian was killed in the collision in Balham, south-west London, on Tuesday evening.A man in his 50s is in custody after handing himself in a short time after the white 911 was found abandoned.A police spokesman said the man was struck by the luxury car on Bedford Hill near the junction at 10.18pm.
Charlie Gard battled for 12 minutes after his life support was removed before dying, his parents have revealed.Chris Gard and Connie Yates have said their baby lived for twice the predicted time after his ventilator was disconnected and that they subsequently took him home in a specially chilled cot.The couple described their devastation at being denied the chance of a few days’ “tranquility” at home with their son before he died, but said it “felt perfectly natural” to take Charlie home with them after his death. The High Court rejected a legal attempt to take the incurably ill child home from Great Ormond Street Hospital, and he spent his final hours in a hospice instead.Charlie was taken out for a walk in a pushchair in the hospice grounds and had plaster of Paris moulds taken of his feet and hands before staff removed life support. “Charlie opened his eyes and looked at us one last time and closed them before he passed away,” Ms Yates said. “We were warned it might take five or six minutes for him to die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates failed to persuade a court that their son Charlie should die at homeCredit:AFP The child was still warm as he was carried through the couple’s front door, his mother said.“Once home, it was lovely to sit and watch him, lying there like any other baby, not surrounded by equipment and machinery, without anything obscuring his lovely face, to just see Charlie, at home, sleeping in his cot where he should be,” Ms Yates told the Daily Mail. 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. We were warned it might take five or six minutes for him to dieConnie Yates “But it took 12 minutes until his heart stopped beating.”The parents revealed they were not allowed in the ambulance with their son on his trip from Great Ormond Street, but added they were grateful to the staff at the NHS hospital for the quality of their care.
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. Police were called to reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope to a restaurantCredit:Paul Dawson / @poleydee The restaurant was evacuated as a precaution and was cordoned offCredit:Paul Dawson / @poleydee Three people were injured after a mystery white substance in an envelope was delivered to a London restaurant involved in the London Bridge terror attacks.The substance, described by police as “naturally occurring,” was sent to Feng Sushi restaurant in Borough Market.The property was evacuated as a precaution and cordoned off by police. Paul Dawson, a local businessman, said he arrived at Feng Sushi just after the police.”The manager was flustered and said ‘sorry, we’ve had something quite bad happen, we have to close,’” he said.”A community warden then told me that a white powder had been received.”The police said they were called to “reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope” to a business in south east London. London Fire Brigade said firefighters using protective equipment entered the building after they were called to assist police with a “chemical incident” shortly before 2pm.Forensics experts wearing masks were later seen carrying two brown, padded Jiffy envelopes out of the restaurant in sealed bags.A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it was not being treated as a terror-related incident.Three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries as the result of an irritant but did not require hospital treatment.A member of staff said the envelope had been “addressed to the restaurant, no one in particular”. Police said no arrests had been made and enquiries continued. Alex Nypels, 23, a supervisor at Feng Sushi, came face to face with one of the three London Bridge terrorists when they killed eight people on June 3.Mr Nypels, from Belgium, said one of the attackers, dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt, ran up to him as he stood at the glass door locking up.“He was right in front of me with only the glass of the door between us,” he said.”He came with a big knife, about 20cm, which had blood on the blade. He was saying, ‘This is for Allah’, and tapped it on the window.” Fire engine and ambulance outside Feng Sushi, Borough Market. Police cars in area. Workers say due to “chemical package” not acid attack pic.twitter.com/aACC0C0PTd— Peter Yeung (@ptr_yeung) August 10, 2017
Storm Caroline is the third UK storm of the season to be named by the Met Office. 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 yellow severe weather warning for #wind has been issued for Thursday: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/NFp5ldAoPP— Met Office (@metoffice) December 5, 2017 A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds will reach the northwest early on Thursday, extending to the Northeast and Northern Isles in the afternoon. A Met Office statement said: “Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland on Thursday.”Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 mph possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles.”Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.”It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.” Storm Caroline has been named by the Met Office, as winds of up to 80mph are set to hit parts of Britain.A severe weather warning for wind has been issued for northern Scotland for Thursday.Forecasters warned drivers to take care in strong gusts and said that train passengers are likely to be hit by longer journeys and cancellations.With widespread gusts of up to 70mph, the Met Office said coastal communities are expected to be affected by large waves.The yellow weather warning for wind is in force from 8am to 11.55pm on Thursday. “Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening.”Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening.”
A BBC news editor said he regretted sending a memo with the lyrics “congratulations and jubilations” in the wake of the Cliff Richard raid.Gary Smith said he regretted sending an email to Declan Wilson, the BBC’s north of England bureau editor at the time, in which he quoted from Sir Cliff’s hit song Congratulations.After being told Mr Johnson had a tip-off that police were investigating the singer, Mr Smith wrote: “Congratulations and jubilations, I want the world to know I’m happy as can be.”He told the court: “This was a private communication with a trusted colleague, it was not, clearly, meant for publication.”His response prompted an outburst of laughter in court as he added: “To be honest, seeing this, I regret writing what I wrote.”Mr Smith, who was UK news editor for BBC News at the time of the search and is now the BBC’s head of news and current affairs in Scotland, also denied he was “excited” about the story when he wrote the email.He said: “I’m not sure the word excitement is quite right. I was pleased that one of our reporters had the beginnings of an important story.” The court previously heard reporter Dan Johnson met with a South Yorkshire Police detective and the force’s head of communications after receiving a “tip-off” from another source that Sir Cliff was being investigated over an allegation of sexual assault.During cross examination Mr Wilson said Mr Johnson gave him some information about his confidential source.However, he said Mr Johnson did not mention that the source was connected with Operation Yewtree or the Metropolitan Police.Sir Cliff was accused of molesting a teenager at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium during a rally led by the Evangelical preacher Billy Graham in the 1980s.However no charges were brought against the singer after an investigation lasting almost two years.South Yorkshire Police has already paid £400,000 in damages to the singer.The hearing is expected to conclude next week. The 77-year-old singer claims the coverage of the raid was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy and has had a “prolonged impact” on him.Credit:REUTERS 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. After Mr Justice Mann asked him a further question about whether his use of the word “wow” in the email suggested he was excited, he added: “I was definitely surprised. As I say I’m not sure I would describe my feelings as excited, but definitely surprised.”
Outside court he said: “It was pupil on pupil.”Earlier it was reported the 13-year-old Manchester City fan had to have his own fridge and microwave at the home he shared with his mother and granddad. A family member, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’ve never met anyone like him in my life. He would have done anything for anyone. He could have been anything.”He loved taking things apart and putting them back together, he loved music. He would have done something out of this world, he was an extraordinary child.”He was extremely bright – he knew very well how to manage his condition. He wanted to be a barrister but then changed his mind when he saw the size of the books.”Another boy, also 13 at the time, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged.Detective Sergeant Christian Rodgers while going through a list of potential witnesses with the coroner ahead of the full inquest said: “The person involved is no longer at the school.” A boy with a severe dairy allergy died after he was chased by a schoolmate who threw cheese down his t-shirt, an inquest heard.Karanbir Cheema, known as Karan, suffered a serious allergic reaction in Greenford, West London, just before midday on June 28 last year.The 13-year-old was severely allergic to wheat, gluten, all dairy products, eggs and all nuts, was asthmatic and suffered from atopic eczema.He went into anaphylactic shock at William Perkin Church of England High School in Greenford, west London, St Pancras Coroners’ Court heard.Another boy, also 13 at the time, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged.On Wednesday, the inquest heard from paramedic Kierin Oppatt, who said the 999 operator was told it was “just an allergic reaction” but when he arrived Karan was “gasping for air” and had broken out in hives.The boy was unconscious and stopped breathing shortly after the Mr Oppatt and his colleague arrived.Senior coroner Mary Hassell asked the witness, one of the first paramedics on the scene, to go through the tragic events.Mr Oppatt said: “The call came in at 11.40am. We arrived on the scene at 11.47am. The call came in as just an allergic reaction. Karan pictured with a woman believed to be his mother Rina Karan, pictured, died when he was chased and had cheese thrown at him, an inquest heard “On arrival at the scene I immediately knew it was life threatening and that the patient had a high risk of going into cardiac and respiratory arrest.”We were told by school staff that perhaps someone had chased the patient with cheese and had proceeded to throw it down his t-shirt.”That he had an allergic reaction, that he was itchy, his skin was very hot, and that he was having difficulty breathing.””Staff had administered two spoons of piriton, an epipen and given him his inhaler.” Mr Oppatt added: “When we arrived we saw Karan lying on his back on the floor with teachers around him.”He appeared to be in a state of pre-arrest. He had very slow respiration – he was gasping for air. His skin was red and there appeared to be hives.”Realising the severity of the situation, Mr Oppatt knew he had to call for help but had to go outside because his radio could not get reception.When he returned, his colleague told him their patient had stopped breathing, so they started CPR, gave him adrenaline and used a defibrillator while they waited for backup. When additional crews arrived, Karan was taken on a stretcher to the ambulance, but he never regained consciousness and died with his parents at his hospital bed in Great Ormond Street Hospital ten days later on July 9. Karan’s mother Rina Cheema, a qualified accountant, his two brothers and sister were at court today.Ms Cheema, 52, said she wants “answers” and talking outside of court, said: “I am devastated as a mother after losing my son and my family have lost their brother.”He was a very, very bright young boy. He was so bright he could have been anything he wanted. I brought him up by myself. I trained him to read all about his condition.” 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.
Michelin-starred chefs have thrown their weight behind a Saturday school which teaches children how to look after knives and make fish and chips from scratch.Brothers Liam and Ellis Barrie, who own award-winning restaurant The Marram Grass in Anglesey, Wales, are crowdfunding to build a cookery school on the grounds next to their restaurant and farm.They are aiming to teach children where their food comes from, and hoping to foster a love of catering, during Saturday classes, where they will learn how to make hearty home-cooked meals.Chef Ellis Barrie explained: “The morning session will be getting the prep ready, chopping the veg, after lunch is building the dishes and getting them ready to take home.”I’ll be teaching them hearty solid food, like curries and pies, teaching them home cooking and basics.”With the kids it’s just getting them a good solid understanding. If they want to come back we will develop the course and teach them restaurant food.”We will also be doing sausage making classes with our own pigs from our farm.” The have so far raised £25,800 towards their goal of £30,000 in less than two months thanks to celebrity chefs including Chris Harrod, patron of the Michelin-starred Whitebrook, Lorna McNee, a chef at the two Michelin Starred Whitebrook, and Tom Brown, the celebrated chef who owns Cornerstone at Hackney Wick. They each offered cookery classes to those who sponsored the new school. Chefs in the UK have complained they are struggling to find and keep staff – as young people do not see it as a viable profession. Mr Barrie said: “We are doing an eight-week £200 kids course every Saturday from 9am-1pm. I did something similar when I was 12 which got me really into cooking. So few people stick at catering college – you lose a lot of chefs from catering college.”For me it’s important to try and find the next me really, someone who gets a lot out of cooking. When I was 12 I had Steve Jones, a chef role model, he was in the navy, he taught us good solid food and I loved it.””It made perfect sense for us to do that, it caught my engagement at my age so we want to recreate it. It was just something we thought, we need to attract youngsters.” SHARE SHARE +PLEDGE + LEARN !! I need to see this cross the line !!! After spending Monday teaching the year 10s at bodedern school on #Anglesey it showed me that there are talented youngsters out there who could be the next Great British Menu Chefs !! #gbm #chef https://t.co/IbkSgh4VhH— Chef Ellis Robert barrie (@ellisbarriebros) October 16, 2018 His brother, Liam, who manages the restaurant, added: “”Businesses just have to do it, they have to get involved.”I hear a lot of chefs complaining there aren’t enough chefs, you can either wait for the country and government to do something about it or get on and do it yourself.” Ellis Barrie appeared on the Great British Menu television show Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added that he was not afraid of teaching youngsters how to use knives, explaining: “With knives I think it’s much more important to teach people how to use them, and giving them the right attitude is much more helpful than banning children from using them. I said I’d be coming back to inspect their knives every lesson to make sure they’re keeping them sharp. A sharp knife is much safer than a blunt knife.”