Month: September 2019

March Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st TourneyMarch Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st Tourney

Harvard, the Ivy League school that lost its best two players before the season to – of all things – an academic scandal – epitomized the catch phrase “March Madness” Thursday night, crafting a bracket-busting upset of No. 3-seed New Mexico.The No. 14- seeded Crimson, led by coach Tommy Amaker, earned a 68-62 first-round victory in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Somewhere, President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, is smiling.Harvard’s most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rocets tweeted: “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.”Amaker’s scheme of milking the clock and using the final seconds to execute their offense worked, as Harvard shot 44 per cent from three-point range. Guard Wesley Saunders calmly scored 18 points, including three key late free throws, and Laurent Rivard made five threes to key the Harvard surge.“Certainly I feel like it’s been a tremendous season thus far,” said Amaker, the one-time coach at Michigan. “To do it in this fashion, on this stage, against an outstanding team. . . We had to play well and get some help by them by not playing so well at times.“But it means the world to us, a significant win for us. I talked to (the players) about how meaningful this season has been for me. . . as much as any other time I’ve had in coaching.”Harvard was not expected to win the Ivy League this season, but it did. Amaker held his team together after its two top players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were embroiled in a take-home test scandal involving 125 students. They withdrew from school, leaving the team less experienced and talent-deficient.Still, they made their way to the tournament for the third time in Amaker’s six years and punctuated it with the conference’s biggest upset in March Madness.Fans at the game could sense something special was happening, and the crowd quickly began supporting Harvard.“We talked about how if we could pick up some game pressure on New Mexico we could pick up some fans,” Amaker said. “People root for underdogs, but they follow top dogs.”Harvard will be underdogs again when it faces No. 6-seed Arizona on Saturday. Clearly, that is of little concern now. read more

Wisconsin Governor Tells NFL Players to Stop Anthem ProtestsWisconsin Governor Tells NFL Players to Stop Anthem Protests

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker/WikipediaMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence.The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Players should drop the “divisive political sideshow” and speak out against domestic violence instead, the governor wrote.NFL league meetings Tuesday offer an opportunity to strongly condemn domestic violence, Walker added.“My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe,” Walker wrote. “That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. With Kaepernick out of the league this year, other players have taken up his cause.President Donald Trump has been pressuring owners to discipline players who don’t stand for the anthem. Asked why Walker decided to inject himself into the debate, the governor’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the governor was moved by survivors’ stories he heard at the annual Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse awards ceremony last week.The letter comes a day after the Green Bay Packers lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone during a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers may be out for the season.Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said backup Brett Hundley will replace Rodgers. Still, questions are swirling about whether the Packers might try to sign Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until he was four years old.Evenson said the letter wasn’t meant to signal the Packers shouldn’t consider Kaepernick as a replacement for Rodgers. read more

Harry Kane Is Making His Case For Worlds Best StrikerHarry Kane Is Making His Case For Worlds Best Striker

D. MertensNapoli24893515 Kane is Europe’s best pure scorerThe top goal scorers in the five major European leagues this season 1H. KaneTottenham261506123 L. SuárezBarcelona20763816 C. ImmobileLazio21753720 The stage has never been bigger for Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker Harry Kane. On Saturday, Spurs defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the North London Derby, one of the Premier League’s most storied rivalries. Now it’s off to Turin, Italy, where they’ll take on Juventus, one of Europe’s most storied clubs, in the Champions League round of 16. And there will never be a better moment than now for Kane to demonstrate, in front of the entire soccer-loving world, that he just might be the best pure striker alive.Kane won himself a place in history when he notched his 100th English Premier League goal on a controversial stoppage time penalty two weekends ago against Liverpool. It’s an incredible achievement for a player who, at 24 years old, is only just now hitting the prime years of his career. Kane is not the fastest ever to the century mark, but only Alan Shearer managed it in fewer appearances than Kane’s 141, and only Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen did it at a younger age. The milestone also just happens to come during the best season of Kane’s young career. If anything, his league-leading 23 goals undersells just how good Kane has been.The top of the Premier League scoring table is increasingly split between traditional forwards, like Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku, and more hybrid attacking wingers, like Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, which makes it difficult to define what the center forward role looks like in modern soccer. The same problem crops up around the rest of Europe. Calling Lionel Messi a center forward undersells all the things he does for Barcelona, especially considering that he’s playing next to, behind and generally all around a truer version of a center forward in Luis Suarez. At Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar might be the best attacking player in the world, but he’s also a winger while Edinson Cavani occupies the center forward position. The line between forward and winger is increasingly blurry, and a list of the most productive scorers in Europe is littered with goal-scoring wingers. But Kane still sits atop that list. I. AspasCelta Vigo22653015 S. AgüeroManchester City22883921 R. LewandowskiBayern Munich21873519 Harry Kane isn’t a complete forward. His job isn’t to facilitate play, or bring wingers into the game, or create holes in the defense for his teammates to take advantage of. Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker does one thing: He scores. But that goal scoring has Tottenham challenging for a top-four place in the Premier League and has gotten Spurs into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Nobody scores as much while accounting for as high a percentage of their team’s scoring. He’s the ultimate scoring forward, and at only 24 years old, he’s likely to be a dominant force for years to come. 9M. IcardiInter Milan22683818 12N. FekirLyon22703816 3E. CavaniPSG23814121 17F. ThauvinMarseille25923414 2M. SalahLiverpool261034922 MarianoLyon24703214 PlayerTeamGamesTotalon goalgoals 14R. SterlingManchester City25632615 5L. MessiBarcelona231326120 *Recently transferred from Borussia DortmundThe five leagues are the English Premier League, Serie A (Italy), La Liga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Espn Stats & Information Group G. HiguaínJuventus23753014 Kane posts tremendous numbers in many scoring measures. Looking at goals from open play (so removing penalty shots and direct free kicks), Kane is scoring 0.8 goals per 90 minutes. That’s the third-best rate in Europe’s big five leagues,1Among players who have played at least 1000 minutes. behind only Salah and Cavani. Kane has the second-most shots per 90 from open play as well, with 5.30. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who is mired in a terrible shooting season, takes more shots, with 5.71 per 90. Only five other players are even over four shots per game: Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Messi, Salah, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.2In fact, if Kane stays on pace and finishes the season with more than five shots per 90 minutes, he’ll be one of only three players to do so in the last five years, joining Ronaldo (who did it four times) and Gonzalo Higuain, who managed it with Napoli in 2015/16.Kane is similarly at the top of the list when it comes to expected goals per 90 minutes. His 0.78 expected goals per 90 tracks pretty closely with his actual goals scored and is good for fifth best among players with at least 1,000 minutes, trailing only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who just transferred to Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Ronaldo and Lewandowski. The fact that Kane’s finishing is roughly in line with his expected goals is an important marker of how he has developed from last season to this year.His scoring on shots from open play actually remains essentially unchanged from last year, going from 0.81 to 0.80, but his expected goal rate last season was much lower, only 0.48. Finishing more chances than expected, as Kane did a year ago, is a real skill but it’s also almost impossible to do consistently, and players’ numbers are incredibly noisy and undergo wild fluctuations. Some of Kane’s goal scoring last season came on the types of wonderful finishes that typically fly over the bar, or on contested headers that usually glance just wide. In other words, if Kane’s current season were similar to last year, it’s very likely that his goal scoring would have gone down. Instead, Kane has upped his game, creating and taking more shots and better shots. Last season, Kane scored like a great striker, but he played like a very good one. This year, he’s both playing and scoring like one of the best in the game.The case for Kane as one of the world’s best strikers is easy to make, but once you get up into the rarified air of players like Salah, Lewandowski and Aubameyang, differentiating between them becomes difficult. Where Kane stands out is in just how big a share of the team’s workload he takes on. Again looking at shots not including penalties and direct free kicks, there are 101 players in the top five leagues who have scored seven or more goals. Harry Kane takes 32.7 percent of his team’s shots when he’s on the field — none of the other 100 players are more involved. Ronaldo is second at 32.0 percent, Messi is third at 31.4. (Ronaldo and Messi, of course, both take a large number of direct free kicks that aren’t getting counted here, while Kane gets credit for all the shots he accumulates on set plays that aren’t direct free kicks. So Kane has some advantage that comes from how we’re defining the center forward role.)Kane is similarly dominant when it comes to expected goals from these shots. When he’s on the field, he accounts for a whopping 41.7 percent of Spurs’ expected goals, the third most of this set of players. Only Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis, who is having an improbable season with seven goals in six substitute appearances, and Cristhian Stuani of the surprisingly competent Spanish side Girona are responsible for a higher percentage of their teams’ expected goals. This is the primary argument for Kane. While some players have scored more goals, and some players may have slightly higher underlying expected goals numbers, no strikers in the world have put up the gaudy numbers Kane has while accounting for as high a share of their team’s shooting and finishing. P. DybalaJuventus19753014 7NeymarPSG18823719 10R. FalcaoMonaco20593017 P. Aubameyang*Arsenal18612914 Shots F. QuagliarellaSampdoria23863817 read more

City council passes Buckeye boathouseCity council passes Buckeye boathouse

Columbus City Council unanimously passed the construction bid for Ohio State’s new boathouse Monday.The boathouse, which will cost the university more than $5 million, will be built on the west side of the Scioto River in Duranceaux Park and be capable of accommodating the rowing team. The OSU rowing team previously used a trailer as a changing room and piled their boats in an old steel shed. The rowers will now change and store their equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.Over the summer, the latest construction bid was passed by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Commission, and on Sept. 21, the council had its first reading of the bid, said Lynn Friedman, co-chair of Friends of Duranceaux Park.The project, which had been prolonged due to strong opposition over the past 19 months, was clearly on the minds of nearly every spectator in the gallery. Both sides were able to speak their thoughts to the council. Nearly half the spectators were young, concerned rowers.“I don’t think any of us arrived at this decision easily,” Councilman Hearsel Craig told the gallery after casting his vote. “The simple fact is that we would not have been here if we did not have concerned citizens.”The Friends of Duranceaux Park group has opposed the construction of the boathouse since the community found out about it in March of 2008. They are concerned about increased traffic and worry that the overall aesthetic of the park will be diminished. In a previous interview with The Lantern, Friedman said the new facility would be a “party house” for OSU.The group has asked OSU and the city of Columbus to consider building the boathouse on the east side of the river, and has been vocal at committee meetings, going as far as meeting with OSU Board of Trustees members this summer.“We’re very appreciative, it’s been a joint project,” said Ben Jay, senior associate athletics director for finance and operations. “More importantly, it will fulfill the mission for the Columbus Department of Recreation of Parks of moving youth rowing programs to a new facility.”OSU and the CDRP have both continued to emphasize the benefits to the community that the boathouse presents.The boathouse would allow OSU’s rowing team to be more competitive with other schools, they say. It would also provide Columbus more access to the river, better lighting and a public dock, said Mollie O’Donnell, planning director of CDRP, in a previous interview.The city of Columbus will also be able to rent out the main room of the facility for events, which will help balance the costs of maintaining the facility.“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Jay said.With contracts currently underway with Robertson Construction Services Inc., Jay hopes to have the project completed by next year. Related articles:Ohio State boathouse ignites controversyBoathouse debate surgesBoathouse delayed, will cost $561k more read more

Lighty teaches Patriots a lesson after graduatingLighty teaches Patriots a lesson after graduating

CLEVELAND — First, cover Jared Sullinger; second, Jon Diebler. That was No. 8 seed George Mason’s plan, heading into its third-round matchup against No. 1 seed Ohio State. It didn’t work. OSU forward David Lighty, who GMU was praying would have an off night, ended up with a record-setting performance in his final collegiate matchup in his hometown. The future looked dim for the Buckeyes after they fell behind George Mason, 11-2, less than four minutes in. But then, after missing three of their first four shots, the Buckeyes came alive. They connected on eight of their next 10 field goal attempts, including four 3-pointers from Lighty, to take a 24-18 lead about midway through the first half. “Lighty was on fire,” GMU forward Ryan Pearson said. “He just didn’t miss.” OSU’s relentless offense continued, as it entered halftime on a 50-15 run, doubling the Patriots’ score. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led that run with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Lighty, who graduated before the matchup, ended the game on 100 percent shooting from deep, connecting on all seven 3-point attempts. His performance was the best single-tournament-game 3-point shooting without a miss in program history. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “They did spot me and gave me room to knock down shots.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he’s witnessed Lighty evolve as a player over the years. “You go back to his freshman year, I remember he made a three at North Carolina. Then he went like three months without making one,” Matta said. “For me to see the progression that he’s made as a player … I’m just excited for him.” But the fifth-year forward wasn’t the only Buckeye hitting threes that night. Diebler and junior guard William Buford added four 3-pointers apiece on 4-for-8 and 4-for-7 shooting from deep, respectively. “Every time I looked up, everybody was hitting a jumper or a three or something,” Lighty said. “Everyone was clicking on high cylinders tonight. And when that’s happening, it’s pretty hard to beat us.” The Buckeyes broke single-game program records in NCAA Tournament games for number of 3-pointers made, and 3-point shooting percentage, sinking 16 from deep on 61.5 percent shooting. They set the previous 3-point record at 12 in their win against Texas-San Antonio on Friday. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft led OSU in assists with 15, a career high for him and single-game record for a Buckeye. But, as Lighty attributed his shooting performance to his teammates’ ball placement, Craft deferred the praise to OSU’s offense. “Like most of the assists today, I mean, they knocked down threes for me,” Craft said. “That’s basically how it happened.” Every single player on OSU’s roster put up points against the Patriots on Sunday, including senior walk-on guard Eddie Days, who recorded his first and only point of his career on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “I’m so happy for Eddie and what he’s meant to this team,” Matta said. The Buckeyes (34-2) will proceed to the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., where they will tip off against fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-8) at 9:30 p.m. Friday. OSU proved against the Patriots that, in order to beat the Buckeyes, a team can’t focus all of its defense on two players and hope the others do poorly. “We have so many weapons,” Lighty said. “The defense pretty much has to pick their poison.” read more

Urban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantraUrban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantra

The first question for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn’t what you’d expect it to be. It wasn’t about who the team’s leaders would be after losing former captains John Simon, Zach Boren, Garrett Goebel and Etienne Sabino. It wasn’t about sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, or about the return of running back Jordan Hall after being granted a medical redshirt for 2012. It wasn’t even about how Meyer and the Buckeyes’ defense would replace seven starters, including four-of-five captains, and junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who chose to forgo his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. No – the first question aimed at Meyer in his first press conference in more than a month was about Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama and if OSU could raise itself to the Crimson Tide’s level next year. After the program’s first undefeated campaign since 2002, an appearance on the sport’s highest stage might be a plausible in 2013. But Meyer isn’t buying it. “For me to say we have to get (to the national championship) next year, that’s like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said Friday. “We’re nowhere near even having that conversation.” Meyer, who witnessed Alabama’s 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game for himself as a guest analyst for ESPN, lauded coach Nick Saban’s squad as the most fundamentally sound group he’s seen all year. Meyer couldn’t say the same for OSU. “Fundamentally we are not where we need to be,” Meyer said. At least not this early in January. In part, the team’s pursuit of fundamentals is why Meyer said he installed a new team mantra: “Truth.” “Truth means … you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true,” Meyer said. Such noise could be the buzz surrounding OSU as early national title contenders next season. Meyer, though, maintained the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them – particularly when it pertains to elite teams like Alabama. “To say that we could roll in there and beat a team like that, I don’t know,” he said. “Honest answer, right now, (we have) too many holes to fill.” But don’t mistake Meyer’s stance as a lack of confidence in his squad. He said OSU can play with anyone. “I think we’re a very good team that could compete with any team in the country. I didn’t feel that way early in the year, even in the middle of the year,” he said. “But the last game, I even said that after the season, that’s where I believe we are.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball uses early lead to cruise by Bryant 8648Ohio State mens basketball uses early lead to cruise by Bryant 8648

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) flies to the hoop for a score during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIf the Ohio State Buckeyes felt any added pressure to recently becoming one of the top-ranked teams in the country, they certainly did not show it against Bryant University.The No. 3 Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0), led by a stellar effort from senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., dominated Bryant (6-5, 0-0) from start to finish, winning 86-48 Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.“That was one of the things we talked about in shootaround and really coming out of the Central Connecticut State game. Trying to sustain intensity, trying to sustain effort, keep the focus on the things we need to get better at,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win. “I thought we did a pretty decent job with that.”Smith Jr. opened the contest by swooping to the hoop for a score on the game’s first possession, and he — and his team — never looked back.Solid ball movement, timely shooting and an advantage in size against the Bulldogs allowed OSU to shoot 53.6 percent from the field in the first half, as Smith Jr. scored 12 points in the opening 20 minutes to help his team to a 43-23 lead at the break.“As a senior, I put a lot of work into my game offensively over the summer and my confidence is off the chart,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “My teammates are able to find me wide open. A lot of teams, for some reason, teams are helping off of me and I’m able to get great looks at the basket.”Matta said he thinks the senior is “playing at a very, very high level” so far this season.“He’s a really good demeanor about him in terms of being a senior and knowing that this is kind of (his) last crack at it,” Matta said. “I love the way he’s playing right now … the fact that he’s shooting the ball the way he is makes us a better basketball team.”Each of the 10 players who saw action Wednesday night scored, as Smith Jr. and junior center Amir Williams led the way with 19 and 12 points, respectively. The Buckeyes finished shooting 52.5 percent for the game, including 40 percent from three.“We’re making great finds, we’re reading each other, we have great guards on the perimeter,” Smith Jr. said about the offensive output. “We’re able to attack the defense on every side and penetrate and kick the ball out. Our offensive shooting has increased over these past three or four games. We just want to keep rolling.”Bryant coach Tim O’Shea was not short of good things to say about OSU after the game, stating that the Buckeye team has the potential to contend for the national title.“We’re a good team, we’re going to contend for a championship in our league. They’re going to contend for a national championship,” O’Shea said. “Just athletically, they’re an extraordinary bunch … This is the best of the best. There are few teams in the country that’ll contend for the national championship legitimately and Ohio State is one of them.”The final player to enter the game for the Buckeyes was junior forward Jake Lorbach, a walk-on who hit all three shots he took from the field, punctuated by a breakaway dunk that brought a multitude of cheers from his teammates on the bench.“He works on those moves all the time in practice so we weren’t surprised when he made those shots,” junior center Amir Williams said about Lorbach after the game, then raising his hand jokingly after he and Smith Jr. were asked if they were worried about losing their starting spots. “He did look good. I got to take lessons from him from now on.”Even Matta was impressed with Lorbach’s efforts.“I’m happy for Jake, the ball went in for him. He’s been in this program now for a year and a half. Every single day he comes in, he works. Those moves that he made, he’s working them every single day,” Matta said. “That is exciting for him and it’s exciting for the guys because they know how hard he works.”From the starting five all the way to the end of the bench, the Buckeyes took care of business Wednesday.“For our guys, they had great respect for Bryant and knowing the caliber of basketball team they are. I thought we did a good job of sticking with the focus that we needed to,” Matta said.OSU is next scheduled to take on North Dakota State Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton signs with AFLs LA KISSFormer Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton signs with AFLs LA KISS

Former quarterback Kenny Guiton throws the ball during Ohio State’s Pro Day March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternAfter serving as a backup quarterback at Ohio State for four seasons, Kenny Guiton has found a new football home.The 6-foot-3, 208-pound passer has been assigned to the LA KISS — named after the iconic rock group of the same title — of the Arena Football League, according to a press release Tuesday evening.The start of an AFL career for Guiton comes after a short stint with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, who invited Guiton to their rookie mini-camp in Buffalo in May before signing rookie wideout Caleb Holley of East Central University, leaving no room for Guiton on the roster.At OSU, Guiton completed 89 of his 134 career pass attempts for 893 yards and 16 touchdowns. In his final season, Guiton was named a team captain and started in two games for the Buckeyes, leading OSU to a 52-34 win over California in his first ever start and compiling a school-record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M in his second start.Guiton graduated from OSU in December 2013 with a degree in family resource management and family studies.Following the 2014 Orange Bowl, his final game in an OSU uniform, Guiton played in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, a showcase for college seniors looking to enter the NFL ranks, but threw just four passes in the contest, completing only one of those throws for nine yards.There has been no announcement as to when Guiton is set to don an LA KISS uniform, as the team is currently in the middle of the 2014 AFL season with its next game set for June 9 against the San Jose Sabercats.The KISS currently stand at 2-8 on the season and are riding a seven-game losing streak following a 2-1 start. read more

Ohio State golfer misses cut at US Womens OpenOhio State golfer misses cut at US Womens Open

Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter starting the day at nine over par, Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik shot a 12-over 82 to miss the cut by 12 strokes at the 2014 United States Women’s Open.She finished the tournament 149th out of the original field of 156.Porvasnik’s Friday round at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., included eight pars and no birdies. She finished the front side with a seven-over 42 before heading to the club house with a 40 on the back nine.The men’s U.S. Open was held at the same course last weekend.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.Her first go around at the U.S. Open came after she won two events for the Buckeyes in 2014, which was her freshman season. Along with winning the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Porvasnik came in the top five at four other tournaments and the top 10 at two other tournaments.Porvasnik is at least the third Buckeye to have taken part in the U.S. Women’s Open. OSU’s coach, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the U.S. Open in both 1991 and 2004.Out of the 25 amateurs playing in the tournament, Porvasnik finished third to last ahead of Emily Pentilla and Hannah Pietila. Six amateurs made the cut with Australian Minjee Lee carding the best scores — she is in a tie for third at even par heading into the weekend.Porvasnik is scheduled to begin her sophomore season with the Buckeyes when OSU travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Chip-N-Club Invitational Sept. 8. read more

Ohio State cancels football series with North CarolinaOhio State cancels football series with North Carolina

Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorTwo potential Ohio State football games have ended before they were ever started.OSU’s scheduled home-and-home series with the University of North Carolina, originally set for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has been cancelled, according to OSU associate athletic director Martin Jarmond.Jarmond, who handles most of OSU’s football scheduling, confirmed the cancellation to The Lantern, saying that it was a mutual decision between both schools, based upon the switch to a nine-game in-conference schedule in the Big Ten and other scheduling changes underway in the ACC.“We worked with UNC to provide both us and them some scheduling flexibility with the things going on in the Big Ten and some things that they were doing in the ACC,” Jarmond said. “We tried to make it work, but we couldn’t get it done.”With games cancelled in both 2017 and 2018, Jarmond said OSU will fill the two holes in the schedule left by the Tar Heels sooner rather than later.“We’re going to have something very soon with that game in ’17 and that game in ’18,” Jarmond said. “We’ve been working with other non-conference schools to get those games scheduled.”When the Big Ten made the change to create a nine-game in-conference schedule, Jarmond knew that scheduling issues, such as this one, were bound to arise.“I wouldn’t say you ‘expect’ a series to have to be cancelled, but going to the nine games did create some flux,” Jarmond said. “You know going in that you have to re-adjust and re-calibrate your schedule and you never hope that a series is going to cancel, but we knew with the changes in the Big Ten that it was going to be in flux trying to schedule.”Looking at further future non-conference schedules for OSU, the Buckeyes are still set to face the University of Oklahoma in Columbus in 2017 after a road matchup in 2016 and Texas Christian University away in 2018, before TCU heads back to Columbus the following year.The Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2014 season against Navy at noon on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Ohio States Jalin Marshall ready for extended roleOhio States Jalin Marshall ready for extended role

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter weeks of sharing the spotlight with Dontre Wilson, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall is set to have his own stage on Saturday.With sophomore H-back Wilson out for the foreseeable future with a broken foot, Marshall is expected to get the majority of the reps at H-back, something he said he is excited for.“When me and Dontre were sharing the position, we did share reps, so this just gives me the opportunity to play a little bit more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “I feel like I am ready to take on that role to play a little bit more at the H-back position.”Marshall has lined up in multiple spots all over the field this season, including quarterback in a wildcat formation.The Middletown, Ohio, native played quarterback throughout high school and threw for 2,240 yards as a senior.Marshall said he’s had fun taking on different roles in the offense.“I definitely enjoy it. It is fun for me to be at different positions around the field. I get a kick out of playing quarterback just because that is where I came from,” Marshall said. “Every time they say ‘go in at quarterback,’ I take it to the most advantage I can.”OSU coach Urban Meyer compared Marshall’s skill set to one of his former players and a current NFL star.“The thing I always look at is Joe Haden was a quarterback in high school. You’re not just going to put your best player out there for 30 plays a game at corner,” Meyer said. “If he’s a great player, he’s going to touch the football.”Marshall has gotten exactly 45 touches this season — 17 carries, 14 receptions, 11 punt returns, two kick returns and one pass attempt — and has scored three times in his first season of action as a Buckeye.Marshall said his experience at quarterback has helped him on the field this season at the H-back spot.“We are taught as receivers to read defenses because you have to know when you are getting the ball and when you are not,” Marshall said. “It helped me out a bit coming from the quarterback position.”He added that he tries to keep his arm warm on the sideline, just in case he is called upon to attempt a pass.“I try to swing it around a little bit, I don’t try to give it away to the fans as much,” Marshall said. “They are yelling down, ‘Jalin, throw one, throw one,’ I don’t control that so I just try to warm up a little bit with the quarterbacks before the game just in case I have to go out there and throw a pass.”Marshall has attempted one pass this season, as a throw downfield intended for redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas fell incomplete in a game against Illinois.After the game against the Fighting Illini, Meyer said Marshall’s role in the offense is expanding not only because of his skill set, but also because of necessity.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback first because he’s very talented,” Meyer said Nov. 1. “Second of all … you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens. And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Despite the excitement of extended playing time, Marshall said he and the Buckeyes are focused on the task at hand: beating Minnesota.“We got to take it one week at a time,” Marshall said. “This is a big game, Minnesota just cracked the top-25 (in the College Football Playoff rankings) and I feel like we have to prepare this week, just as we did last week.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at noon Saturday in Minneapolis. read more

Win over Purdue a step in the right direction for Ohio StateWin over Purdue a step in the right direction for Ohio State

OSU senior forward Sam Thompson (12) attempts a layup over Purdue defenders during a game at the Schottenstein Center on March 1. OSU won, 65-61. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has never lost a game at home in the month of March.And he doesn’t seem to care.“We got what, one more left at home? What’s my road record, because we have one on the road before that?” Matta asked after a 65-61 comeback win over Purdue on Sunday night.The Buckeyes, despite falling behind by 12 points in the first half, polished off the comeback at home in front of 15,978 at the Schottenstein Center.The win puts OSU in a three-way tie for the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to begin March 11 in Chicago. If the season was over, tiebreakers would make the Buckeyes the sixth seed in the tournament, keeping them from the double-bye rewarded to the top four teams in the conference.But with two games remaining to close out the regular season — one against Penn State on the road and the other against Wisconsin at home — Matta said he hasn’t paid any attention to where his team is seeded.“For a million dollars, I couldn’t tell you who we are in a tie with, that’s how much I follow it,” Matta said. “I’ll be honest with you, 15 years as a head coach, I’ve never thought about the conference tournament and I won’t think about it till Sunday when the season is over. My focus is on getting these guys ready to go on Wednesday night.”While Matta might not know, OSU is in a tie with the Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes put up  a combined 0-3 record against the two teams this season.However, Matta said coming back to beat Purdue on its home floor was a big step in the right direction heading into the home stretch.“You’ve got to find ways to win basketball games, you have to make plays, and I think guys did a good job of that,” Matta said. “We were fortunate to get back in it.”Playing a huge part in Sunday’s win was freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who said he is excited about the way the Buckeyes are playing as they close out the regular season.“I could get used to this. This is great. Coach preached in shootaround, ‘It’s March, and it’s here,’” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”Senior forward Sam Thompson, who scored nine of his 14 points in the second half in the win over Purdue, agreed with his younger teammate.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “This is a step in the right direction, so we need to have a good day of practice and take care of business on Wednesday.”The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions on Feb. 11 by 20 points at home, but fell in State College, Pa., last season, 65-63, marking Matta’s second loss to Penn State in his career at OSU.After the one-game road trip, the Buckeyes are set to return home for senior day and take on Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers currently sit at No. 5 in the country and have lost just two Big Ten games this season, against Maryland and Rutgers.Russell, who has not yet experienced March Madness, perhaps summarized the Buckeyes’ position in one sentence as he left the postgame podium.“We’re making our strides forward, and there’s no room to go backwards,” he said. read more

Football Former Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn found not guilty onFootball Former Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn found not guilty on

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoBri’onte Dunn, a former backup running back at Ohio State from 2012-15, was found not guilty on two counts of rape, according to the case docket with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts. A third count of rape had been previously dismissed by prosecutors. Facing 22 yards in prison, Dunn was charged on Oct. 5, 2017, with forcing himself on a woman three times after she had picked him up after him being stranded on Aug. 20, 2017. Dunn testified Thursday he had casual, but consensual sex with this women he met on a dating app last year, according to the Columbus Dispatch.  Dunn was dismissed from the Ohio State football team in 2015 for a violation of team rules. He was later charged with domestic violence and assault, though the charges of domestic violence were dismissed. He was found guilty on charges of assault on Feb. 6, 2017, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 730 days of probation, according to court documents. The 180-day sentence was suspended and not served. read more

Compensation payout for mum left unable to open her jaw wider thanCompensation payout for mum left unable to open her jaw wider than

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stock image of surgeons  I was in pain around my jaw and throat but I thought that must be normalAmanda Walker Ms Walker, who has an 11-year-old son named Louis, at first did not realise the severity of the situation.She said: “I was in pain around my jaw and throat but I thought that must be normal. In the immediate aftermath of the operation I was taking ibuprofen so that masked some of the pain.”Days later I knew that it wasn’t right. I was still in a lot of pain. But at that point I didn’t even connect the pain in my jaw with the operation. It was only when I went to see my dentist and I was told the amount of damage that I started to put two and two together.”I was in total shock to think this could have happened.” She had to live on a diet of bananas and soup The last thing she expected following the procedure was to be enduring years of agonising pain in her jawRoss McWilliams, medical negligence lawyer Ms Walker has had to go through numerous operationsCredit:Christopher Furlong /Gettycenter_img Ms Walker, from Knarsborough, North Yorks., has received a payout between £100,000 and £400,000 and a written apology from the hospital.She said: “It turned out that during the operation I had not been given enough anaesthetic so I started to come around mid-procedure.”In her panic to rectify the situation the anaesthetist used a Laryngeal mask – a medical device that keeps a patient’s airway open during anaesthesia or unconsciousness – designed for a 25 stone man, forcing it down my throat.” In April 2011 Ms Walker’s jaw was drilled and forcefully flushed out to try and align the joints – but this only worked on her left-hand side.She had the same procedure in August of that year but again it did not work. The following month she had open surgery to shave away bone on the right side of her jaw, but once more it did not work.In the meantime, Ms Walker was in immense pain and was only able to open her jaw a tiny 2cm – if she tried to move it any more than that pain would shoot through her face.In May last year Ms Walker had a partial titanium jaw replacement at Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorks. Bananas  Ross McWilliams, an expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who represented Amanda, said: “Amanda has had an extremely difficult time over the last five years. She went into the hospital at a very distressing time for her, shortly after a miscarriage, and the last thing she expected following the procedure was to be enduring years of agonising pain in her jaw.”She is determined that the Trust and staff at the hospital learn from what happened to her. She was left in agonising pain that completely turned her life upside-down and she needed extensive facial surgery to correct the problems she suffered as a result of her dislocated jaw.”Amanda is aware that there she is likely to need further surgery in the future, which is obviously causing her a great deal of anxiety.”We are glad that the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust has finally admitted liability for the injuries Amanda suffered and agreed a settlement with her.”However, the Trust denied responsibility for what happened to her for four years, which caused a great deal of distress and prolonged the litigation unnecessarily for someone who has been desperate to put this terrible ordeal behind her and begin to get her life back on track.”No disciplinary procedure was ever brought for the anaesthetist reponsible for the damage.Dr David Scullion, Medical Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust is pleased that an agreement has been reached. We have apologised to Ms Walker for the impact this injury has had on her, and I would like to reiterate that apology now.”We conducted an investigation into Ms Walker’s care with us in 2010 and want to give assurance that we have learned all we can from this incident.” A mother-of-one has received a six figure payout after a botched operation left her unable to open her mouth wider than 2cm for five years.Amanda Walker lived on a diet of soup and bananas, had difficulty talking and laughing and was in constant pain after a doctor dislocated her jaw while fitting breathing apparatus during a procedure.The 48-year-old had started to come around during a routine womb operation at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Hospital just days before Christmas in December 2010 which she needed as she had miscarried twins.The anaesthetist used excessive force when fitting a special mask to keep her airway open dislocating her jaw.last_img read more

Thief snatches 21 phones in an hour while riding a moped inThief snatches 21 phones in an hour while riding a moped in

first_imgA girl has her phone snatchedCredit:MET POLICE The pair of crooks abandoned the moped in the middle of an east London market and fled in different directions, chased by cops.Hutson was snared by police a few streets away caught with 21 mobile phones and arrested for theft and breach of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).DCI Steve Heatley of Operation Attrition, dedicated to tackling moped snatches, said: “Operation Attrition is committed to detecting, disrupting and arresting those involved in moped and motorcycle enabled crime.”Police are working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who use mopeds, motorbikes and bicycles to snatch valuables from members of the public. “This was an excellent result, which has seen a perpetrator of an audacious crime, which not only endangered members of the public but himself and his accomplice, receive a robust jail sentence.”These criminals are often involved in a range of other offences.”When we catch them we seek to bring far more serious charges against them, which reflect the organised nature of their crimes and ensure the sentencing powers available reflect the seriousness of the offending.”Hutson was jailed for three years and four months in total at Blackfriars Crown Court on October 3rd.He received 32 months for 21 snatch thefts of mobile phones, eight months for dangerous driving and a £700 fine for breach of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), all to be served consecutively – after pleading guilty to all charges.Anyone with information about Hutson’s accomplice is urged to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously. A police helicopter tracks the thievesCredit:MET POLICE A thief was sentenced for snatching 21 mobile phones from unsuspecting pedestrians in an hour – while riding a moped.Video footage captured Cavell Hutson, 21, and his accomplice who is still on the loose, swerving through streets and on pavements trying to flee from police after their string of thefts.Hutson is behind bars after dangerously riding through five London boroughs targeting victims scrolling through their mobile phones and snatching them.He and his accomplice managed an hour long spree, on a moped with number plates from another vehicle, before being chased down by a police helicopter.center_img A police helicopter tracks the thieves A girl has her phone snatched 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

Video shows moment Theresa May takes wrong turn after being rushed intoVideo shows moment Theresa May takes wrong turn after being rushed into

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We just heard gunshots inside Parliament,” he can be heard saying. “It looked like they are taking her away.”To reach the Prime Minister, the attacker would have had to evade the armed officers who patrol the Parliament complex in pairs, as well as Parliament’s own security staff, who don’t carry guns. “Get in the car,” someone shouts as she is steered towards the silver Jaguar by aides after appearing to momentarily lose her bearings.The person who took the video, whose voice has been distorted to protect their identity, saw Mrs May and her undercover police detail near the area of Parliament where ministerial cars are parked.center_img A newly emerged video shows Prime Minister Theresa May being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster.Mrs May was among MPs near the Commons at the time of the attack, and was quickly ushered away by security officers and driven back to Downing Street.The footage, obtained by The Sun, shows the Prime Minister emerging from the building and walking towards her car.last_img read more

Child sexual abuse victims denied compensation because they consentedChild sexual abuse victims denied compensation because they consented

first_imgHis father said: “CICA is in effect telling children ‘you are to blame’ for the abuse you’ve suffered”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One case highlighted by Victim Support involved a 12-year-old girl who was plied with alcohol, led into the woods and sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man. Despite the fact that the man pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, the victim was denied compensation. This was because she had gone into the woods “voluntarily”, had not been a victim of violence, she emerged “happily” from the woods and that she had recently had sexual relations with another child around her own age.In another case a girl who was raped and sexually assaulted at the age of 14 by a gang of men aged over 30 was denied compensation because “she had not been the victim of non-consensual sexual acts”. In another case cited by Barnardo’s, a boy who was groomed online from the age of 13 and sexually exploited by 23 men, 21 of whom were found guilty of offences including grooming and sexual assault, was refused compensation because “on balance of probabilities the evidence suggests that [the child] consented in fact to the sexual contact with the individuals concerned.” A Freedom of Information request made by Victim Support showed that since the compensation scheme came into effect in 2012 693 cases where compensation for child sexual abuse was claimed from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority have been refused. The group of charities, which also includes Liberty  and the National Working Group, has written to Justice Secretary David Lidington asking for the guidelines to be changed.Dawn Thomas, Rape Crisis England & Wales co-chair said: “It’s not only bizarre but also inappropriate and harmful that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority applies a different definition of consent from the law and, as a result, routinely tell victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation that they consented to the sexual violence perpetrated against them.”An MoJ spokesman said: “Child sexual abuse is abhorrent and this government is committed to doing everything possible to support victims.“We will look closely at the concerns raised by these charities that some victims are not getting the compensation they deserve.“The issue of compensation for victims is currently being examined by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, and the Ministry of Justice is contributing to its important work.” Child victims of sexual abuse are being denied compensation because a Government agency rules that they “consented” to their abuse, a group of charities has warned. Charities including Barnardo’s, Victim Support and Rape Crisis say that children as young as 12 are being denied compensation because of evidence that they went along with their abuse.Children aged under 16 cannot consent to sexual activity under the law, unless they are aged over 13 and the defendant reasonably believed they were over 16. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which gives out compensation of up to £44,000 to victims of sexual abuse and other crimes, uses a different set of criteria to decide whether victims are eligible for compensation. In evidence submitted to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse last year, Barnardo’s said that CICA had responded to a claim from one of the children it supported by saying that “it considers consent as a question of fact, and this determines eligibility for compensation. “A victim can consent in fact even though in law they may be deemed not to have consented.” The charities say that as a result children are being made to feel that they are to blame for the abuse. last_img read more

NHS to use sickness surveillance system to predict pressure points this winterNHS to use sickness surveillance system to predict pressure points this winter

first_imgThe NHS faces increased pressures in winterCredit:Peter Byrne/PA The NHS is to use a “sickness surveillance system” to predict illnesses before they happen this winter in a bid to cope with crippling pressures.The technology combines data gathered daily from GP surgeries, hospital emergency departments, the NHS 111 helpline and walk-in centres with Met Office weather alerts and is intended to give medics early warning of regional outbreaks of flu or other seasonal illnesses.When it records a surge in any particular illness, it will provide the NHS with several days’ notice that hospitals in the same area are likely to see an influx of patients.In turn, they will have the chance to reschedule planned surgery, free up beds and ensure that enough staff are on standby, it is hoped.They might also be able to switch outpatient appointments to “hot clinics” by providing direct access to GPs and have enough warning to arrange isolation areas for infectious patients with illnesses such as the norovirus, which can cause ward closures.A spokeswoman from Public Health England (PHE), which developed and operates the system, said: “It will assess pressure points when they come up, for instance hospitals in a specific area might expect an increase in heart attack or stroke admissions within a certain number of days because they are complications that can develop from flu.” “We can plan how to best provide care to a higher number of patients with a specific illness, and to corral patients who are suffering the same illnesses.”It also means we can better predict when things will return to normal and plan accordingly.”Public Health England said its “world leading” surveillance system would track upsurges and support co-ordination of NHS resources.It said that even in moderate conditions, for every one degree drop in temperature, there was a four per cent increase in deaths and a one per cent increase in emergency admissions.A spokeswoman said it could track the sorts of infections patients were being treated for as well as the volume, providing an overall picture of how winter illnesses affect the country.The NHS has been given an extra £335million to ease winter pressures, amid fears that hospitals will struggle if Britain were to suffer a flu epidemic.Last winter, waiting times in A&E were among the worst on record, despite mild weather and low levels of flu. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The technology was first developed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London to give organisers an early warning of any sickness bug sweeping through the athletes’ village.It has now been developed nationally and the NHS said this was the first year it was using it in this way.Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s medical director for acute care, said: “The impact major outbreaks of these illnesses can have on our hospitals cannot be under-estimated – leading to whole wards having to be closed, with the loss of beds just when we need them most.”We can look at the trends across all of the PHE health data sources and try to anticipate surges in demand.”The breadth and variety of surveillance data from PHE gives us vital time to put escalation plans in place, to free up beds and reconfigure wards.center_img The NHS faces increased pressures in winter Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHS Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHSCredit:Martin Keene/PAlast_img read more

English barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win overEnglish barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win over

first_imgEnglish barristers are being trained to come across as less pompous in social situations in a bid to win over wealthy international clients.Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, has held training sessions teaching members how to “work a room” and to listen in conversation rather than impressing others with their intelligence.The tuition is intended to help the historic profession appear “up-to-date, modern and vibrant” to clients who can take their business anywhere in the world.The initiative is part of a wider embrace of corporate thinking which encourages barristers, who are mainly self-employed, to describe themselves as “legal entrepreneurs”.The move would likely prompt Rumpole to reach irritably for the Chateau Thames Embankment.Nevertheless, in a session this week, participants were taught to view themselves in the same bracket as Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook.“How to” trainers from the business world also talked about “winning business” and how to “increase market share”. Adrienne Page QC, a Middle Temple bencher who helped organise the training, said barristers were traditionally thought to be “aloof and pompous” at drinks parties and networking events, which are now increasingly crucial for securing work.“The advice emphasised the value of listening, creating relationships by asking people questions about themselves and their work; finding common ground,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.“What is it that makes a client come back to a barrister time and again – is it just that they win the cases?“Not necessarily.“It’s also about the barrister’s ability to relate to the client, to have that friendly conversation outside court.”London is a popular venue for international legal disputes, with 70 per cent of cases in 2016 in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts – where complex business and maritime cases are heard – involving at least one party based outside England and Wales.The English courts are also favoured by the rich and famous seeking to get divorced.It is a competitive international market, however, and some at the bar fear Brexit may damage their earnings.“We argue that barristers need to move away from describing themselves as self-employed, to instead labelling themselves “legal entrepreneurs” and behaving as an entrepreneur would”, said an advertisement for the Middle Temple session.Moderated by the barrister turned comedian Clive Anderson, the coaching was led international corporate trainer Gavin Presman and Chrissie Lightrood, an “entrepreneur, legal futurist”.Barristers were taught “why awkward silences can help you to win business”, as well as “how body language and tone of voice can aid, but also hiner you”.Ms Page said: “Big corporate solicitors have the resources to provide training and development in soft skills.“For the Bar, Middle Temple’s Survive and Thrive series fulfils that role for barristers, many of them in small sets of chambers.”She added: “The Bar is definitely changing. There was a time when we weren’t allowed to have business cards and weren’t allowed to entertain solicitors.”Beyond professional development, the Inns of Court, which also comprise Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn, are most commonly associated with formal dining.Student barristers have traditionally been required to complete 12 qualifying dinners before being called to the Bar.Last October, however, the Bar Standards Board raised the prospect of scrapping the sessions because they might put off students from less well-off backgrounds from entering the profession. The Bar is definitely changing. There was a time when we weren’t allowed to have business cardscenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

World Cup More than 1200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying toWorld Cup More than 1200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying to

Football banning orders lasting up to 10 years aim to stop hooligans travelling to international fixtures and if breached can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term.Officials will be keen to avoid a repeat of scenes at Euro 2016 in France, when England fans were involved in violent clashes, including with Russia supporters.Around 10,000 fans are expected to travel from the UK to Russia in the coming days, with each required to have a unique fan number allowing them access to the games.There is a large police presence in parts of Moscow, with airport-style scanners and searches in operation around Luzhniki Stadium ahead of kick off.Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s national lead for football policing, said: “Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding.“The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament.” “The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.” Mr Grindel, who was in Moscow for the Fifa Congress which on Wednesday awarded the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the US, suggested the British government’s boycott of the World Cup was “unwise”.Officials from the English FA and British Government and Royal Family are not expected to be present, following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March. The warnings come after the head of the German football association said the German secret service had identified threats from terrorist groups intent on attacking the tournament. Metal detectors and security presence near the entrance to Red Square, Moscow But Mr Grindel said: “If you play in Russia, this is not similar to supporting everything Mr (Vladimir) Putin is politically doing, but the point is to build bridges between the civil societies.” Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, admitted there was no guarantee fans would be safe from the threat from a lone-wolf extremist.He said: “We know from our secret service there a lot of videos from different terrorist groups which say they want to do something during the World Cup and they request their followers to do actions.”I think the security administration is so good that groups who were active will be seen and they will prevent a big terror act, but you can never, ever, say it is impossible for a lonesome terrorist to make something.He added: “It is clear that in a country like Russia you need security and it’s in our interest, in the interests of our team, of our fans to have security. On the other hand it should not be so much that it overloads everything so we must find a wise, middle way.” Metal detectors and security near the entrance to Red Square, MoscowCredit:Aaron Chown /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dozens of football hooligans have failed to surrender their passports ahead of Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony, raising fears they could attempt to travel to Russia.Police are now visiting known hooligans who have yet to hand over their travel documents in a bid to ensure they remain at home.Latest Home Office figures show that 58 people banned from travelling to the World Cup have not surrendered their passports since the exclusion period began on June 4.Of the 1,312 individuals subject to football banning orders preventing them from travelling to overseas games, 1,254 have either handed over the documents voluntarily, been forced to do so or did not have a passport in the first place.Police are in place at UK ports to stop any suspected troublemakers trying to get to  to the tournament, which promises to open with a spectacular ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Officials say they are confident that few, if any, hooligans will succeed in getting to Russia, and if they do they will be met by a huge security operation.Nick Hurd , Minister for Policing and the Fire Service said: “The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder. read more