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Strange File Aaron Hernandez Jerseys Hot Ticket on Ebay

As a show of how morbid people can be, so-called “fans” are overpaying for jerseys of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end.It does not matter that the NFL pulled all Hernandez jerseys from shelves when he was arrested last week for the shooting death of a friend. And the Patriots are offering replacement jerseys for anyone who wants to exchange one with Hernandez’s name and number.But a strange thing has happened as the league tries to erase the memory of Hernandez. Fans who have listed Hernandez jerseys on eBay and have been able to reap significant profits.For instance, Patriots fan John Lamothe told the Boston Globe he was shocked to get $289 for a Hernandez jersey he put on eBay last week.“I thought about giving it to Goodwill, but I didn’t think anybody would want it,” Lamothe said. “I thought I might get $15 for it.”Lynn L’Heureux, who paid $100 for a Hernandez jersey, has seen the bidding reach $127 so far.“I can’t think of any reason why people would want it,” L’Heureux said. “They might think it will go up in value later on, and maybe it will, but I’m not interested. I just don’t want it in my possession. I want to use the money to buy a jersey that reflects my pride in the Patriots.”So despite the mounds of evidence against Hernandez and the serious prospects that his playing career is over and he could spend the rest of his life in prison,  there just might be sightings of Hernandez jerseys in NFL stadiums. read more

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Here Are The Week 11 Games That Will Most Affect The College

As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. TEAMCFP PROB.UGA WINSAUB WINSAVERAGE Notre Dame29.6-1.6+2.7+2.0 TEAMCFP PROB.OU WINSTCU WINSAVERAGE How Oklahoma-TCU changes the college football playoff picture Although Georgia held steady at No. 1 in the CFP committee rankings for the second straight week, this week will provide the Dawgs with their toughest test since beating Notre Dame in early September. Auburn has plenty of talent — it’s the eighth-best team in the country according to FPI — and it will also be at home, a big reason why our model has UGA as only a narrow favorite to extend its undefeated record against the Tigers. Needless to say, the playoff implications of this game are enormous. The Bulldogs, at 57 percent to make the CFP, could bolster those odds up to 70 percent with a win or see them fall to 42 percent with a loss. The latter scenario wouldn’t be a complete catastrophe for Georgia, but it would make its playoff path a lot more daunting, with Alabama (or maybe Auburn!) potentially looming in the SEC title game. For Auburn’s part, the two-loss Tigers sit at 8 percent to make the playoff, and those chances would rise only to 18 percent if they knock off UGA. But that would improve their chances of forcing ’Bama into a must-win Iron Bowl to get into the SEC championship, one of the Tigers’ few viable paths to possibly making the playoff. The only thing keeping this matchup from ranking higher is its relatively limited effect on the rest of the country — aside from Notre Dame and Clemson rooting for a Georgia loss, there aren’t many implications here outside of the SEC.Honorable mentions: Alabama at Mississippi State (23.2 points of swing); Iowa at Wisconsin (22.7); Florida State at Clemson (21.9); Michigan State at Ohio State (13.4).Check out our latest college football predictions. Also, see what it will take for Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma to still make the playoff. Notre Dame29.6-1.0+1.5+1.2 How Washington-Stanford changes the college football playoff picture Miami25.5-12.8+19.9+15.6 Clemson57.2-0.5+0.8+0.6 Alabama62.4+0.9-1.1+1.0 USC6.9-0.9+1.6+1.2 TCU23.0-14.8+23.5+18.2 How Notre Dame-Miami changes the college football playoff picture Alabama62.4-1.2+1.8+1.4 TEAMCFP PROB.ND WINSMIA WINSAVERAGE Auburn8.4-0.6+1.0+0.7 How Georgia-Auburn changes the college football playoff picture Oklahoma41.7-1.2+1.9+1.5 SWING IF… Oklahoma41.7%+16.7-26.5+20.5 Georgia57.3-0.5+0.8+0.6 Notre Dame29.6-3.6+4.4+4.0 TCU23.0-0.5+0.8+0.6 SWING IF… Ohio State14.0-0.6+0.9+0.7 SWING IF… TEAMCFP PROB.UW WINSSTAN WINSAVERAGE Stanford0.5-0.5+0.9+0.7 Ohio State14.0-2.6+4.5+3.3 Oklahoma41.7-1.6+2.7+2.0 As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. Miami25.5-1.7+3.0+2.2 TCU23.0-1.5+2.6+1.9 Washington31.5-0.4+0.6+0.5 Normally in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen over the rest of the season in order to make the College Football Playoff. But at this stage of the calendar, every single week has a huge effect on the playoff picture. So to change things up a bit, this week we’ll be focusing on the most important games of the upcoming weekend, based on how much they project to swing the odds in our CFP prediction model.For each matchup, we’ll list the total swing it has across the entire college football landscape. We’ll also break out the ripple effects it might have on each school — from the obvious implications for those involved to the more hidden impact it might have on other teams’ chances. Here are the most crucial matchups of Week 11, with odds given as of Wednesday:1So, not including those earth-shattering midweek MAC games.1. TCU at Oklahoma (8 p.m. EST, Saturday)44.3 percentage points of total swing2This adds up the average swing for each game (weighted by the probability of each outcome — i.e., the winning percentage for each team). Notre Dame29.6%+17.3-27.0+21.1 The previous two games each contained a couple of teams with intact national championship aspirations, however strained. In this game, however, the three-loss Cardinal is basically eliminated from playoff contention — yet could still play spoiler to the 8-1 Huskies, who are right on the edge of playoff contention. Right now, Washington has a 31 percent chance of making the playoff, good for sixth-best in the country; those odds would jump to 48 percent with a win but fall to practically nonexistent (3 percent) with a loss. And Stanford is no pushover, record notwithstanding: It currently ranks 14th in ESPN’s Football Power Index, with a rating roughly equal to that of Miami. The Huskies are still favored to win by our model (we give them a 63 percent chance), but they’ll have to play their best football against Heisman contender Bryce Love and the Cardinal in order to keep their CFP hopes above sea level.One more notable aspect of this game is just how much effect it could have on other teams in the playoff race. No fewer than 10 teams figure to see their own CFP odds change by at least 1 percentage point based on the outcome of Washington and Stanford’s tilt, with most of those contenders rooting for a Husky loss. (Because Stanford would only have a 1 percent playoff probability even if it wins, this is the rare case of a realistically probable upset where the would-be victor poses little threat to other top teams.) Add in the extra twist of it taking place on Friday night, and this one could reshape the playoff race before Saturday’s games even get a chance to kick off.4. Georgia at Auburn (3:30 p.m. EST, Saturday)33.1 percentage points of total swing Alabama62.4-0.6+1.0+0.7 This might not be the marquee game-of-the-week you were expecting (more on that one later), but it will undeniably change the complexion of the playoff race. Both teams are 5-1 within the Big 12, so the winner will have sole possession of first place with two games left in the regular season. Our model has the Sooners as the nation’s fourth most likely team to make the CFP, with a 42 percent playoff probability. That number would rise to 58 percent if the Sooners win, paving the way for a likely berth in the Big 12’s newly revived conference championship game, though it would drop to 15 percent if they lose. And TCU isn’t out of the CFP race, either; the Horned Frogs rank ninth with a 23 percent probability of making the playoff. If it wins, TCU’s own odds would rise to 46 percent — placing it firmly within the CFP conversation down the season’s final stretch — while a loss would all but eliminate the Frogs (knocking them down to 8 percent). Such a large potential swing in CFP probability — plus the small peripheral effect it will have on the odds for both Notre Dame (a TCU win would boost the Irish’s chances by clearing Oklahoma out of their way) and Ohio State (whose head-to-head loss to the Sooners looks worse with every OU loss) — make this the week’s most important game.2. Notre Dame at Miami (8 p.m. EST, Saturday)43.4 percentage points of total swing As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. SWING IF… Wisconsin35.2-1.4+2.5+1.8 Coming in a close second behind OU-TCU is the matchup everyone has their eye on, Notre Dame on the road against Miami. The game will carry with it echoes of the “Catholics vs. Convicts” rivalry from decades ago, and with good reason — according to our Elo ratings (adding up the pregame ratings of both teams), this is easily the best matchup of these two classic college-football powers since 1989. The Hurricanes won back then, but our model gives the Irish a 61 percent chance of coming out on top this time around. If they do, Notre Dame’s odds of making the playoff would rise from 30 percent to 47 percent,3Although Notre Dame would still likely need to beat Navy and Stanford on the road, there’s also a pretty good case to be made that our model is understating Notre Dame’s chances, given how frequently they get the benefit of the doubt from college football’s institutions. But that’s a subject for another time. while a loss would drop the Irish’s playoff odds to 3 percent. For the undefeated ’Canes, a win would vault them from 25 percent to 45 percent, and a loss would send them down to 13 percent. The Irish in particular would really struggle to make the playoff as a two-loss team, because unlike two-loss fringe contenders like Ohio State or USC, the Irish will not have a conference championship against a quality opponent to pad the resume.3. Washington at Stanford (10:30 p.m. EST, Friday)42.0 percentage points of total swing Clemson57.2-0.9+1.5+1.1 Georgia57.3%+12.6-15.4+13.9 Washington31.5%+16.6-28.7+21.0 Oklahoma41.7-0.8+1.0+0.9 Clemson57.2-2.1+2.6+2.3 Auburn8.4-7.7+9.4+8.5 Wisconsin35.2-0.6+0.9+0.7 Ohio State14.0+0.9-1.5+1.2 Georgia57.3-1.5+2.5+1.8 read more

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The Dodgers Have A Real Chance To Break The AllTime Wins Record

10694.03.0 11347.19.6 10886.05.7 10596.2%2.2% 11437.49.4 11528.07.9 10791.05.0 Will the Dodgers break the all-time wins record?Current record is 116 wins 11256.39.3 11073.48.1 1188.53.4 10980.36.9 WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINS 11165.49.0 Move over, 2015-16 Golden State Warriors: There’s a new team chasing a sport’s all-time single-season wins record. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a tear — 43 wins in 50 games since June 9, the best 50-game stretch in MLB history — and they now stand at 79-32, which puts the team in a position to win more games than the 2001 Seattle Mariners and 1906 Chicago Cubs, who each won 116 games, the most ever by a baseball team in a season.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo model, which simulates the remainder of the season using power ratings and each team’s probability of winning every game, the Dodgers are on pace to win 112 games. But that’s just their average outcome — in some simulations they win more, and in some they win less. In a shade over 20 percent of our simulations, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting a new single-season record for greatness. 11713.55.1 CHANCE DODGERS FINISH WITH… 11620.16.5 1195.12.2 1202.91.4 Elo still doesn’t quite think the Dodgers are the greatest team of all-time. Their 1608 Elo rating (through Sunday’s 8-0 rout of the New York Mets) only ranks sixth-best for a team through 111 games since 1901, trailing the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals, 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1938, 1939 and 1998 New York Yankees. But if L.A. does end up smashing the wins record, they’ll be on the short list of greatest teams ever — particularly if they can finally get over the hump in the playoffs.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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How The LastPlace Bulls Became The Hottest Team In The East

CHICAGO — After the Bulls sparked controversy in June by trading their franchise star to launch a rebuild, the team’s floor — already below sea level — just kept dropping.In October, only days before the team’s season-opener, forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic clashed during practice, with Mirotic suffering a concussion and fractured bones in his face. In November, the Warriors thrashed Chicago by 49 points — without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Then earlier this month, things seemed to hit a new low. The Bulls, owners of a league-worst 3-20 mark, dropped a 10th-straight game, blowing a 16-point fourth-period lead to the Pacers.Fast forward two weeks, and that same ragtag collection of players who couldn’t buy a win in November is suddenly and mysteriously unbeatable. The Bulls, after blowing out Orlando on Wednesday, are winners of seven straight and own the East’s longest win streak. Only Golden State — 10 in a row — has more. If that seems bizarre … you’re right: Before this, no team in NBA history had ever lost 10 consecutive games (or more) and then rebounded with an immediate win streak of five games or more. Before this Bulls streak, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system1Which, to be fair, doesn’t account for injuries like Mirotic’s. would have given Chicago just a 0.03 percent chance — 3 in 10,000 — of sweeping the seven games it’s won.The turnaround raises two questions for this young club: What, exactly, has changed in such a short amount of time? And are the Bulls at risk of jeopardizing their rebuild and a chance at a good lottery pick by winning too much? The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out Related: The Lab Mirotic’s return is the easiest thing to connect to the Bulls’ streak, considering that it began with his first game back. He’s playing unsustainably well — it’s almost impossible to imagine his continuing to be the NBA’s most efficient high-volume post player while shooting 49 percent from the 3-point line. And he’s averaging 35.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per 100 possessions, which puts him among a handful of superstars in the league posting at least 35 and 10.Part of this is opportunity. Mirotic comes off the bench2When Lauri Markkanen is healthy enough to play. but is clearly the No. 1 option when he’s on the floor. That’s a change from the past, when he had to defer to Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose. But to his credit, Mirotic has made one key change in his game: The 6-foot-10 forward has been more decisive with the ball than in years past. In particular, he has largely shelved a pump fake that often seemed to do the opposite of its intended purpose.According to an analysis published in 2015 by Vantage Sports, Mirotic fired off a shot attempt after using a pump fake more than anyone in the league during the 2014-15 season, yet logged the worst field-goal percentage on those shots among the league’s most frequent pump fakers.3If you broaden the sample by one more year, Mirotic was even worse. He shot just 22 percent from the field after pump fakes over the two-season stretch covering 2014-15 and 2015-16, the worst in the league among players who attempted at least 100 shots after pump fakes in that window. (Unlike Stephen Curry or JJ Redick, who pump-fake their way into cleaner looks by using a side dribble, Mirotic often stood fully stationary and faked his way into a worse shot, which gave defenders extra time to close out on him even further. You can see the difference in the clips below — the first shows a failed pump fake from 2014 and the second, from Wednesday’s game, shows Mirotic shoot in rhythm without any hesitation.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticpumpfake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticquick.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pointing solely at Mirotic’s impact would be oversimplifying the genesis of the streak, though. Kris Dunn — acquired in the Butler trade after posting the league’s worst true-shooting percentage among regulars4Who played 15 minutes per night and in at least 65 games. last season — has settled in nicely as the starting point guard after an initial rough patch. He has been getting to the basket regularly — ranking fourth in the NBA during the Bulls’ win streak, with almost 18 drives per game — and finishing more consistently once he gets there.Quietly, backup shooting guard David Nwaba — who also recently returned after being injured — might be having the strongest influence on the team’s winning. He aggressively pushes the ball in transition, arguably one of the bigger shifts in Chicago’s identity. The Bulls have ranked second in pace during this streak, up from 23rd before it. The 24-year-old generates nearly 32 percent of his offense from transition opportunities, the highest rate in the NBA5Among players who’ve checked into at least 15 games and gotten at least two transition possessions per game. and has scored on an impressive 65 percent of those chances. That and his energy on defense explain Nwaba’s presence in eight of the Bulls’ nine most efficient two-man lineups6With at least 100 minutes played. up to this point.“It’s a lot easier for our team to score in transition instead of having to break down a set defense that’s already set up, so I like to run when I can,” said Nwaba, who is on pace to become the first 6-foot-4 or shorter player7Who has played at least 15 games and 20 minutes per contest. in 30 years to shoot 55 percent or better from the field. That mindset is particularly valuable to a points-starved Bulls team that, even after reeling off seven victories in a row, is essentially tied for last in the league in offensive efficiency.These two plays — in which Nwaba catches opposing players off guard by taking an extra dribble or two into the teeth of the transition defense — are typical of how he generates scores for Chicago.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nwaba.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/extradribble.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The defensive improvement has been noteworthy as of late, too, especially since the Bulls have begun playing lineups with four defenders who can all switch their assignments and having their rim protector play pick-and-rolls less aggressively.But no one — well, except maybe Bulls forward Denzel Valentine — expects Chicago to continue playing at this level. (Tonight, the 10-20 Bulls take on LeBron James and the Cavs, who dominated them in a game just before this streak began.) It’s highly unlikely that the Bulls will maintain their Warriors- or Rockets-like shooting from midrange or that opposing teams will continue bricking wide-open threes against them in late-game scenarios.A quick look at the replies under this tweet (highlighting the Bulls’ streak) shows that Chicago fans are worrying about how this stretch of good basketball could hurt the team’s odds of landing a top lottery pick, a concern that still seems a bit premature considering everything that could take place between now and the end of the season.As good as Mirotic has looked, he has had to split playing time with Lauri Markkanen, the team’s promising first-round draft pick.8Also acquired in the Butler deal, although the Bulls traded their own pick to Minnesota as part of the deal. If Mirotic keeps playing anywhere near this level, the Chicago front office would have a nice asset once his contract becomes tradable9On Jan. 15. — a move that would free up more opportunity for Markkanen, who’s far younger and more athletic than Mirotic and has a similar skill set.Beyond that, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told me and other reporters Wednesday that Zach LaVine is only two or three weeks away from seeing game action after tearing his ACL last season. His presence in the lineup will alter things considerably, for better or worse, as he knocks off the rust.All of this is simply another way of saying: Yes, the Bulls have been on a historic run the past couple of weeks, but they still have a fair number of flaws to work through. And for those worried about what the win streak means for tanking purposes, the educated guess here is that they’ll still lose plenty of games along the way to stay firmly in the lottery conversation.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Ohio State baseball rallies to undefeated start in 4game Florida series

Then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson awaits a pitch.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.Over the course of the four-game weekend, OSU hammered six home runs, pounded out 38 hits and maintained an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in Vero Beach, Florida’s, Dodgertown Classic. Several Buckeyes had outstanding weekends, but none more than redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right fielder finished the weekend with a .412 batting average after going 7-for-17, including three home runs and eight RBIs. Senior captain Nick Sergakis also finished with a .412 average, and senior second baseman L Grant Davis batted a clean .400. Game 1 versus Toledo In the opening game, the Buckeyes were led by their workhorse pitcher, Tanner Tully, who retired 24 of the 25 batters he faced over six scoreless innings as they defeated Toledo 7-1. “It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”OSU’s offense was powered by the long ball against the Rockets, as it crushed three home runs during the game. Bosiokovic went 3-for-5, with a solo home run in his first at-bat of the year which gave the Buckeyes the early lead. Junior catcher and team captain Jalen Washington also crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery hit a two-run homer to right, pushing OSU’s lead to an insurmountable 7-0. Toledo would tack on a late homer in the top of the eighth to mark the final score of 7-1. Beals said it was great for his team to step up and play clean baseball in the first game of the season, as it has been a long road coming for some of his guys. “Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past, and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”Game 2 versus NiagaraTo start Saturday’s doubleheader of the Dodgertown Classic trip, the Buckeye bats continued to carry the momentum, especially Bosiokovic. The Delaware, Ohio, native went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer and a walk-off three-run shot to seal a 10-8 comeback victory for the Buckeyes.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer started off hot for OSU, allowing only one run over the first four innings. But then the wheels started to fall off for the Minster, Ohio, native, as he allowed four runs in the fifth. He was pulled that inning, giving way to sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, who stopped the bleeding for OSU. That bandage didn’t stay on for long though, as Kinker allowed two more runs in the top sixth inning, pinning OSU to a 7-4 deficit. The Scarlet and Gray showed resiliency, however, as Washington scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Jordan McDonough. Kinker would settle down, pitching a scoreless seventh, and Bosiokovic correspondingly hit a two-run home run off the left-center scoreboard tying the game. Kinker pitched a scoreless eighth, then redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos made his season debut in the ninth, blanking the Purple Eagles and setting the stage for Bosiokovic.OSU quickly got runners on base in the ninth after senior shortstop Craig Nennig walked and advanced to second on a throwing error. Montgomery was then intentionally walked, bringing up No. 17. Bosiokovic crushed a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in left field to give the Buckeyes their second victory in as many games. Game 3 versus PittsburghIn the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Buckeyes faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game would turn out to be a marathon, as the two teams battled 13 innings before OSU won the game 11-8 after a three-run 13th. Montgomery continued his hot start, as the Fortville, Indiana, native went 3-for-6 on the evening, including his second home run and three RBIs. Senior John Havird pitched 5.2 innings for the Buckeyes as the Game 3 starter for OSU, allowing five runs while striking out six Panthers batters. With Pittsburgh up 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth, OSU rallied for the second time that day, scoring three runs to take the 8-6 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as it evaporated after giving up two more runs to send the game into extra innings. No runs were scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings as both teams held their ground. The Buckeyes broke through in the 13th with three runs to push their lead to 11-8. Nennig, Davis and Montgomery all scored to provide the insurance runs for the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman relief pitcher Connor Curlis came in to start the 12th inning and remained in for the 13th to finish off the Panthers and pick up the two-inning win in his collegiate debut. Game 4 versus ToledoAs the final game in Vero Beach got underway, the Buckeyes’ red-hot bats continued to bring home the runs. Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a double to bring home Montgomery and Bosiokovic in the top of the first inning. Dawson would later score on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Brady Cherry to give OSU the early 3-0 lead. The lead quickly dissolved, however, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Feltner gave up four runs over the first three innings, leaving the Buckeyes down 4-3. Feltner was pulled in the fifth for senior lefty Daulton Mosbarger. Over the next three innings of scoreless ball, Mosbarger struck out six, allowing just one walk and three hits. OSU tied the game in the eighth when Dawson scored on another sac fly, this time off the bat of junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. But in the bottom of the same inning, Toledo would tack-on a go-ahead run on a fielding error, putting them in position for the win.The Buckeyes once again turned to the bat of Bosiokovic, who provided the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to score Davis. The game ended in a 5-5 draw, marking the first time since 2002 that the Buckeyes tied a game. The Buckeyes will next look ahead to the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Feb. 26 to 29. OSU is scheduled to play Duke, Coastal Carolina (twice, Games 2 and 4) and Liberty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. read more

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Brionte Dunn charged with domestic violence and assault

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 photoFormer Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn has been charged with domestic violence and assault stemming from an incident involving his girlfriend last month. He has a warrant out for his arrest.The altercation took place on July 17 and he was promptly dismissed by coach Urban Meyer the next day.Two days after his dismissal, July 20, the 911 call from Dunn’s girlfriend surfaced where she described being hit early in the morning on the 17th. She also said in the 911 call that this wasn’t the first altercation between the two.The charges of domestic violence and assault are first-degree misdemeanors. The maximum penalty for each charge is six months in jail or $1,000 fine.This incident took place in Columbus, but Dunn’s address in the case summary is listed in Alliance, Ohio.Meyer said last week at Big Ten Media Days that there was “no chance” Dunn would be allowed to rejoin the team. read more

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JT Barrett breaks school passing touchdowns record

Entering Saturday’s game against Rutgers, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett needed just three touchdown passes to break the school’s career passing touchdown record of 57 that Bobby Hoying set during his time at OSU from 1992 to 1995.Barrett needed just one half to top the 21-year-old record.At the 2:27 mark in the second quarter, Barrett found redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown pass for Barrett’s 58th career passing touchdown. In his redshirt freshman season, Barrett accounted for 34 passing touchdowns and 45 total touchdowns. He had 11 touchdowns through the air and 11 on the ground in 2015.Barrett was 16-for-23 for 176 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half against Rutgers. He currently sits at 59 passing touchdowns.With his first touchdown pass of the day, Barrett tied Joe Germaine for second-most passing touchdowns at 56.Barrett currently sits at third in total career touchdowns with 84. Former quarterback Art Schlichter ranks second all-time with 85 touchdowns. Braxton Miller is the current record holder with 88 total touchdowns. read more

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Jackets to face familiar foe

A fighter in hockey is like a first girlfriend:  Even when they’re gone, you always remember them. That’s why Jody Shelley, despite only averaging two goals per year, is still revered in Columbus. Shelley was the first enforcer that the Jackets ever had, and for the skilled players in the game (the Nash’s, the Klesla’s, the Brassards), there’s nothing that brings more confidence than knowing that a cheap shot by the opposition will not go unpunished. For six-and-a-half years, that retribution, brought by Shelley, was on behalf of Columbus. But tonight, when the Jackets visit the San Jose Sharks, it will be against the Jackets.In the middle of the 2007 season, Shelley was traded to San Jose.  For the time that he was with Columbus, Shelley received nothing but love from the fans — a fight involving him received the same cheers as a Nash goal did. Rarely did he lose these fights, but he did always drop the gloves. And in hockey, only the goalie and superstar receive more respect than the fighter does. Maybe the fans in San Jose love Shelley as much as those did and still do in Columbus, but either way he has not changed much in the past two years.  Only three games into the season and already Shelley has racked up 22 minutes in the penalty box, at an average of 7.4 minutes per game. Numbers like that remind the Jacket fans why Shelley was so loved: He was a fighter, not a lover.It will be bittersweet to see him again (like seeing an ex, only with a new lover), but nonetheless the memories will be flowing seeing the 45 with the Shelley on the back of jersey.If only it was white and blue, not black and teal. read more

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Ohio States Braxton Miller 100 percent but still limited

OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller warms up for the first session of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. Miller missed the entirety of spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorIf the Ohio State football team took the field for a game today, senior quarterback Braxton Miller would be ready — but he’s still limited in practice.Throughout fall camp, Miller has been limited throwing the ball and was completely held out of 11 vs. 11 drills on more than one occasion. On Monday, he said he is “100 percent” and would be “for sure” ready to go if the Buckeyes had to take the field right away.The Heisman Trophy candidate was limited to running plays at a Monday morning practice, but co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Miller would be letting the ball fly Monday afternoon.“On two-a-days, we give him the morning off throwing, and then he throws in the afternoons,” Herman said after the morning practice.Miller, who missed three games last season because of a knee injury, hurt his shoulder in the Buckeyes’ 2014 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and had surgery before spring practice began. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native was held out of spring camp completely and has continued to be limited during fall camp.Just as he did in the spring, Herman said Miller can benefit from mental reps on the sideline this fall, even though he’s unable to throw as much as he might want to.“You never want to not throw as a quarterback, I get that,” Herman said. “But it’s been good for (Miller), to be able to step back and again, kind of like we did in the spring. He’s very much engaged.“He’s calling out protections; he’s going through his reads, all that stuff.”While Herman recognizes that Miller wants to throw the ball, the signal-caller said he isn’t frustrated with his involvement in practice right now. He said he’s glad to have time to get valuable mental reps, which allow him to correct mistakes once he does step on the field.“Mental reps is part of the game, too, so you see a guy who’s in there taking reps, and you see his mistake, you’re able to fix that mistake when you get in there,” Miller said. “Mental reps (are) one of the best parts of watching, too.”Miller said his limitations throwing the ball stem from soreness in his back as he still works his way back into shape following the surgery.“You know, just a little muscle around the surgery that I wasn’t using after I got the sling and stuff,” he said. “Since now I’m using it on an everyday basis, it just gets sore.”Coming into fall camp, Miller said he knew what the plan was going to be since his muscles weren’t fully in shape. He said he was only throwing 100 percent every-other day during the summer and that he can’t immediately go back to throwing at every practice.He went on to call the limits a “precaution” and said it’s more important to rest now so that he is ready to go Aug. 30 when OSU is scheduled to play Navy.Herman said the Navy game isn’t in doubt yet for Miller, even though he had a slight setback with his muscle soreness.“I think it’s too early to have that concern. I think the trainers are optimistic that everything is on schedule,” he said. “Had a little bit of a setback with some additional soreness that we weren’t expecting, but I’m not ready to say ‘concerned’ is the right word.”While Miller works his way back, OSU’s backup quarterbacks, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones, are reaping the benefits of time on the practice field with the No. 1 offense.“For those young guys to get the live reps is invaluable,” Herman said of Barrett and Jones. “I mean, you can’t put a value on it because that usually doesn’t happen.”It’s possible Barrett has benefited more than anyone from the current arrangement. After all, OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Saturday he moved ahead of Jones as the No. 2 quarterback on the Buckeye roster.“Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things,” Meyer said of the reasons for Barrett’s rise. “He was always a little bit of a quiet guy. He’s starting to act like a quarterback.”Herman said Barrett has separated himself by simply doing what a quarterback has to do best: move the football down the field.“The offense moves more frequently when (Barrett) is the quarterback, and that’s the sign of a good one,” Herman said.After the morning session, the Buckeyes were set to take the field once more Monday afternoon. Herman said the coaching staff would get a better gauge on Miller’s arm then.OSU is scheduled to take the field again Tuesday before another two-a-day session on Wednesday. After that, the Buckeyes are set to have just three single-practice days left in fall camp.OSU’s matchup with Navy is scheduled for noon on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

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Soldier shot dead during nighttime live fire exercise

first_imgA soldier has been shot dead during a night-time live firing exercise on a military range.The unnamed male soldier from the Royal Regiment of Scotland was shot in the head and died at the scene during the exercise on Otterburn training area in Northumberland late on Monday evening.Both police and Ministry of Defence officials have launched investigations into his death, which sources said was believed to have been an accident. No arrests have been made. Northumberland police said emergency services were called to the training range at around 11.15pm on Monday night and found the victim had received “a serious head wound”.“Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics,” a statement said.Soldiers are understood to have been taking part in small scale firing exercises overseen by military safety instructors when the incident took place. 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. Mike Penning, Armed Forces minister, said: “My thoughts are with the soldier’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.“The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and while deaths in training don’t happen often, any death is a tragedy. As well as a police investigation, MoD accident investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”Otterburn 58,000 acre training area was first established in 1911 as an artillery range, and conducts military live fire training almost throughout the year. Rev Peter Mander of Otterburn’s St John the Evangelist Church said: “There is a strong bond between the village and the camp and when a tragic event of this nature occurs it affects everyone.He went on: “But of course live firing exercises are a crucial part of training and they carry a risk.”There will be plenty time to establish what happened up there in the dark but now is the moment to reflect on the loss of a young life.”He was a young man doing his duty, a bit of training and a tragic accident like this happens.”The Army considers realistic live fire training to be critical for soldiers to keep their skills sharp, but former officers said it was inherently risky.Official MoD statistics show that 135 members of the Armed Forces have died during training exercises since 2000, including 13 shot dead by live fire.In November 2011 Fusilier James Wilkinson, 21, from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed when he was accidentally shot in the neck during an exercise in Kenya. Two soldiers were jailed over his death, but later had their sentences cut on appeal and were allowed to stay in the Army.The same year, Fusilier Dean Griffiths was killed when a bullet passed through the wall of a mocked-up Afghan compound and struck him during a training exercise at Lydd ranges in Kent.last_img read more

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Hotelier bans customers from leaving tips at his restaurant saying the more

first_imgThe Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria “A plate of expensive ingredients or more expensive bottle of wine involves no more workload or effort from the service personnel as a lesser plate of ingredients or bottle of house.”If the service charge is 15 per cent and your bill is £100 you are paying £15 service but if your bill is £200 you’re paying £30 service – when the service you received was exactly the same.”Special occasions can cost you the equivalent of another meal with these charges put onto your bill.”If the customer comes to us, I respect their loyalty for choosing us. I do not want to insult them with an added surcharge – with us what you see is what you pay.”If customers want to leave a tip, we do not take it. I do not think there is anywhere else doing this.” Langdale Chase, an independent hotel with 29 bedrooms, is located on the shores of Windermere and first opened in 1930.The hotel, which featured on ITV1 documentary The Lakes, pays its junior waiting staff £7.20 an hour – the national minimum wage – with supervisors receiving an extra £1.50 an hour.Management salaries for serving staff are around £22,000 while head chefs can expect to be paid up to £30,000.But all staff benefit from being able to live in the hotel’s newly built £1,000,000 staff quarters and receive two meals a day for the cost of £5.18 daily. 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. Staff at the country house hotel, which has its own restaurant and bar, are paid the national minimum wage or higher but are also provided with accommodation and food for a small daily cost.Mr Noblett, 54, who lives in nearby Bowness, said: “Establishments should not be inflicting a service charge on your bill.”These are supposed to be discretionary, but who wants the embarrassment of doing the walk of shame when querying this charge and having management approach you with the old saying ‘wasn’t everything ok?'”The customer has chosen to use our establishment over other establishments – shouldn’t we be giving them the service charge for their loyalty in using their facility, and enticing them to come back?”My main beef is with the fact that the more you spend, the more you are nailed. A hotelier believes his restaurant is the only place in the UK to stop customers from leaving tips.At The Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, service charges are not added to diners’ bills and customers are advised not to leave tips in a bid to encourage repeat custom.Thomas Noblett, the hotel’s managing director, said while he couldn’t police customers slipping staff cash directly it was not fair for diners to be automatically slapped with extra charges.center_img Why should the customer be paying the wages for the staff? They have come in to spend their well-earned moneyThomas Noblett My main beef is with the fact that the more you spend, the more you are nailedThomas Noblett And Mr Noblett said it was unfair to other customer-facing industries to expect diners to tip or even to make up low staff wages with service charges.However, he admits it is impossible to police instances of customers directly giving money to staff in their hand – but said all employees are happy with the rule.Mr Noblett, who is also a world record holding swimmer, said: “The perks we give our staff are worth about £10,000 a year to them.”We have no zero hour contracts – staff work 45 hours a week and any extra hours are banked for them to take back.”It is a good job to be in. There are so many other customer service industries where staff do not receive tips – we do not tip our mechanics, or the people who do our accounts.”Other establishments use the tips to top up staff wages, but why should the customer be paying the wages for the staff? They have come in to spend their well-earned money.”I have worked around the world in high class establishments and been fortunate enough to visit many restaurants, and I find this a very unnecessary surcharge to inflict on customers.” The Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere, CumbriaCredit:Mercury Presslast_img read more

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Mother on run with children amid custody battle with wife claims authorities

first_imgA woman who left her wife and went on the run with their daughter amid a custody battle has claimed that the authorities have been “blinded” by gay rights.Lauren Etchells, a teacher originally from north east England, is accused of child abduction and police have ordered an international hunt.Now the 31-year-old has come forward to describe why she left her marriage to Tasha Brown and justifying the reasons for leaving their home in Canada with their two-year-old daughter Kaydance and her baby son.Criticising what she described as the “political correctness” surrounding her case involving the dispute over Kaydance, Ms Etchells said: “This whole case has been about gay rights and not about what is good for my child.” She claimed that she wanted Kaydance to have a life with Marco van der Merwe, a former boyfriend from school whom she said had agreed to be a sperm donor for her second child.Giving no clue about her location, Ms Etchells explained her position to leave home in an 18,000-word email to The Times.”At some point the system needs to look at the straight facts and see that Kaydance is better off with me instead of getting blinded and caught up in political correctness and bureaucracy,” she wrote.”Breaking up her family, separating her from her mother and brother and the man she knows as her father is going to do far more psychological damage to her than growing up not knowing … Ms Brown.” 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. Lauren Etchells (left) and Tasha Brown on their wedding day in Canada, 2002 Lauren Etchells (left) and Tasha Brown on their wedding day in Canada, 2002Credit:Facebook The system needs to… see that Kaydance is better off with me instead of getting blinded and caught up in political correctnessLauren Etchells Ms Etchells, who met 43-year-old Ms Brown on a dating site while studying at the University of Victoria in 2007, said that she wanted Kaydance to “grow up with her biological family” who “always put her best interests first”. She also accused the authorities of hunting her “like an animal”.Ms Etchells and Ms Brown lived in the United Arab Emirates, where Ms Etchells worked at a private school, before they tied the knot in Canada in 2012. It was Ms Etchells who gave birth to Kaydance after getting pregnant by artificial insemination, but the pair were both listed as the girl’s mother on her birth certificate.Ms Brown, also a teacher, was said to have been granted access to their daughter by a court after they relationship ended.In her email, Ms Etchells said that Mr Van der Merwe had agreed to become a donor for her second child and she became pregnant again after parting from Ms Brown.She described how she and the children accompanied 31-year-old Mr Van der Merwe as far as Britain four weeks after their son was born before he returned to the Middle East, with the promise of joining him a fortnight later.Ms Brown told The Times: “I am Kaydance’s mom too, who loves and misses her dearly. I am worried about her safety and concerned for her health. A life on the run is the worst possible way to raise our daughter.”last_img read more

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NHS doctors banned from charging ripoff locum rates for extra shifts

first_imgNHS doctors have been banned from earning lucrative agency rates while moonlighting at other hospitals after it emerged five medics were paid more than £2 million a year between them.The health service watchdog, NHS Improvement, last night also revealed that around 100 agency staff are earning more than £200,000 a year for covering staff shortages, while more than 500 doctors take home in excess of £150,000 a year.Many of these are NHS employees taking advantage of a system which allows them to charge “rip-off” agency rates – in addition to their salary – when working shifts at a hospital that is not their main place of employment. 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. Hospital sign The regulator is now banning the practice and has said that any doctor providing shifts at their non-regular NHS hospital must be paid at a normal level through PAYE.It comes ahead of a change in the law due to come into force this April which will ban doctors from avoiding income tax by being paid through personal service companies.The moves form part of a 18-month campaign to cut down on the huge sums made by locum agencies exploiting shortfalls in full-time hospital staff.It is hoped the drive will tackle spiralling overspends by the provider sector, which mainly comprises hospitals, which last year reached more than £2.45 billion.NHS Improvement said that three quarters of trusts had been able to reduce their agency spending since last year, with 40 per cent managing to cut their bills by more than a quarter.It means hospitals are forecast to have spent around £3 billion in this financial year on locums, compared to £3.7 billion in 2015/16. There are far too many agency staff making the most out of the lower tax rates paid via personal service companiesJim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement Hospitals must declare their locum spend weeklyCredit:PA More than a fifth of the bill spent on medical locums is devoted to filling gaps in A&E staff rosters, where there are acute full-time staff shortages and increasing patient demand.Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said the changes would make it more attractive for doctors and nurses to become permanent NHS employees.“These new rules will make sure most agency staff get paid and taxed in the same way as their NHS staff colleagues,” he said.“We expect these new measures to take another big chunk out of excessive agency costs.“There are far too many agency staff making the most out of the lower tax rates paid via personal service companies.”NHS Improvement is now demanding that hospital bosses report the amount they pay to locum staff on a weekly basis.The body will then publish the total number of shifts each trust has reported paying more than £120 per hour.The watchdog believes the new measures will save up to 25 per cent of the hourly charge billed by an agency, although it acknowledged greater transparency was needed surrounding locums paid more than £150,000 a year and promised further proposals in the coming weeks.A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “This Government was the first to stop staffing agencies ripping-off the NHS and our efforts are having real impact – saving £1 billion which can be better spent on patient care.“However, we know there is more work to do.“These measures will help to level the playing field for hardworking NHS staff and make sure the NHS gets the most out of every pound it spends.”last_img read more

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Prince Harry is a torch in our darkness say veterans who have

first_img Phillip Eaglesham Corporal Phil Eaglesham first met Prince Harry in 2014, the same year the 35-year-old Royal Marine tried to take his own life.Eaglesham, of Taunton, Somerset, who is married with three boys aged 13, 10 and six, was just days from finishing his second tour of Afghanistan in 2010 when he contracted Q Fever, a rare bacterial infection caused by spores in the earth being kicked up in heavy fighting.It had already been a brutal tour for his unit, 40 Commando, who were posted in Sangin – at the time the most dangerous district in Afghanistan – with 14 killed including some of Corporal Eaglesham’s close friends.When he eventually made it back to England he was so weakened by his illness that he couldn’t lift up his newborn son.  Phillip Eaglesham Credit:Diarmuid Greene  There are images of him tanned and posing in his body armour, others where he stares straight down the scope of his sniper rifle. He even has one of him immediately after the grenade blast, blood streaming down the back of his charred trousers.But there is one photograph above all that he cherishes: him and Prince Harry together, grinning and laughing.“It was an honour to meet him and see how much he cares,” he says. “He is definitely a torch in the darkness.” The debilitating condition, for which there is no prognosis, has left him confined to a motorised wheelchair. His wife, Julie, has become a full-time carer helping him wash and get dressed.“It’s been going downhill ever since,” he says. “I have had anxiety and depression because of not being able to do things that I previously could. I can’t chew steak. I can’t play outside with my children.”Beyond the physical toll, the mental strain has been near impossible to bear to the point where he made a suicide attempt. But following his first meeting with Prince Harry at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Corporal Eaglesham has slowly opened up about his problems.In 2016 he competed in the shooting at the Rio Paralympics and has recently appeared on stage alongside the prince at an event promoting greater understanding of mental health in the Armed Forces. “It’s hard to put into words how much it means to just have someone speaking out for us who really knows,” he says. The prince has called for a greater understanding of the myriad mental issues caused by war, rather than just lumping everything under the banner of PTSD.“It’s more than we would like to admit who are suffering,” says Corporal Eaglesham, who leaves the Royal Marines this July. “I have a lot of friends with issues and I know there are a lot still out there who aren’t getting help.”In January this year Prince Harry visited Tedworth House, a recovery centre in the Wiltshire countryside run by the charity Help for Heroes. While the pair did not cross paths in Afghanistan – where the young royal served two operational tours during his 10-year Army career – he says they fought in a lot of the same places.“He’s walked the steps we’ve walked and seen the things we’ve seen and lived with it daily himself,” he says. Since leaving the Army in 2015, Prince Harry has championed the need to remove stigma around the mental health of veterans. Through his campaigning work he has met countless former and serving Armed Forces personnel, often in behind the scenes visits including volunteering at the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit in London.As he admits in the Telegraph interview, their harrowing stories have left their mark: a young girl he met who had recently tried to commit suicide, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferer shaking so badly he was unable to speak, and another soldier so deafened by a grenade blast that he is forced to sleep each night with a speaker in his bedroom playing the sound of rain and thunderstorms on a loop.But in the process Prince Harry has become a figurehead for veterans from all walks of life, inspiring those who bear the mental and physical scars of war.A 2014 report by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research found PTSD rates of around four per cent in Britain’s Armed Forces (rising to 6.9 per cent for those deployed in combat roles).Last September, the charity Combat Stress said it was treating more than 1,300 veterans of Afghanistan for illnesses including PTSD, depression and anxiety, up 34 per cent from the previous year. Phillip Eaglesham   Phillip EagleshamCredit:Diarmuid Greene  Mike Day continues to battle the “demons” that followed him home from the Middle East and he remains unable to currently hold down a job.But having the support and understanding of such a high profile advocate as Prince Harry has, he says, been a huge help in readjusting to society.“I look at Harry as a peer and a mentor,” he says. “Speaking about war used to be a taboo and Harry is changing that.”Like many young soldiers in the modern era, Day keeps on his laptop countless photographs of his time in Afghanistan.  Phillip Eaglesham Among those present was Mike Day, a 34-year-old former sniper section commander who served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan. He recalls chatting to the prince for 10 minutes or so, joking about Army life as well as the challenge of overcoming mental and physical injuries sustained in Helmand Province.As the prince has stressed in today’s interview, often he believes it takes the “dark sense of humour” developed by somebody who has served in the military to allow soldiers to open up.For Mike Day, the moment that would change his life came during an early morning patrol deep in Helmand’s green zone on August 23, 2009. Just the previous day he had been knocked unconscious in an IED blast which “nearly killed” three fellow soldiers.This time he was not to be so lucky when a grenade exploded in his path. Day came to in an irrigation ditch with a cracked spine and shrapnel implanted in his temple as well as lacerating his legs and buttocks. In Prince Harry (who he has met four times in total) Corporal Eaglesham recognises a brother-in-arms. Show more He was evacuated out and flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where metal rods and chains were inserted into his back.  It was only a few weeks after he had returned home from hospital when the full extent of his injuries became clear.“I would wake up in the night in hot sweats,” he recalls. “Sometimes I would dive under the bed in my sleep. I didn’t really address it until I woke up with my both my hands around my partner’s neck. Then we realised I had to get help.”Day, who lives in Somerset and has three children Chloe, 13, Phoebe, 11 and Obi, four, was eventually diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD and in 2013 was medically discharged from the Army.Being told he could no longer do the job he loved since signing up at 16 was his lowest moment. “Everything fell off a cliff,” he says.  Phillip EagleshamCredit:Diarmuid Greene  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Pensioner 95 arrested on suspicion of murder after his carer dies of

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “We are devastated to hear of the death of a carer in Islington.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this desperately sad time.” The scene in Islington, north London, thought to be where a carer was injured The carer was an employee of a care agency commissioned by Islington Council.Last year a 96-year-old World War Two veteran strangled his dementia-suffering wife to death with a dressing gown cord and laid her on a bed of lilies before confessing to the police.Jack Tindall, admitted killing his wife Ernestine, after she begged him to end her life when the couple thought they were going to be moved into separate care homes.Britain’s oldest killer is thought to be Bernard Heginbotham who stabbed to death wife Ida, 87, in an ‘act of love’ when he was 99 on April 1, 2004.The great grandfather could not face his partner of 67 years being moved to a fifth care home in three months and so slashed her throat in their bungalow in Preesall, Lancs.He was handed a 12-month community order after he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.Heginbotham died in a care home aged 102 in February, 2007. A 95-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his female carer died when she suffered head injuries in north London, Scotland Yard said.Police were called at approximately 7am on Thursday to a north London hospital where a 61-year-old woman was admitted suffering from head injuries.She died in hospital just before 11am on Friday. Her next of kin have been informed.A post-mortem examination is expected to take place at a later date.It is thought that her injuries were sustained at a residential address in Islington where she was working as a carer.The 95-year-old has been taken to hospital as a precaution due to a pre-existing condition where he will remain pending transfer to a location where his complex health and care needs can be managed. Reports have emerged that he was suffering from dementia.Police have bailed him while enquiries continue. Detectives from the CID based at the Central North Command Unit investigate.Officers are not seeking anymore else in connection with this investigation.  The scene in Islington, north London, thought to be where a carer was injuredCredit:Henry Vaughan/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. read more

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Handbag investors are the new art collectors says Christies expert as Birkin

“The colouration is said to resemble the Himalayan mountains as it has a white centre and fades in to a light grey. The dying process is extremely difficult and is seen as the pinnacle of the handbag market.”Christie’s London Luxury Week sales continue on 13 June 2018 with Important Jewels. The Birkin bag The clasp features diamonds and white gold 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 clasp features diamonds and white goldCredit:Christie;s According to Ms Koffsky, the handbag market is booming because of the death of the “it-bag” following the recession.She explained: “The handbag market as we know it is really a result of the impact trend of the early 2000s which came to an end after the financial recession.”Very important bags on the runway would be worth a fraction on the secondary market.”Instead of buying this month’s “it” bag, savvy investors want to purchase a piece that will be iconic in the future, a bag which would be used for decades to come.” “The collector would want to wear the bag, they are wearable works of art. I encourage my collectors to use their bags because when you see how impeccable the craftsmanship is is how they look after a little bit of wear.” The Birkin bag Handbag investors are the new art collectors, a leading auction house has said, after a diamond-encrusted  Hermès Birkin bag broke records as it sold for £162,000 on Tuesday. The decade-old crocodile skin Himalaya Birkin bag, which features an 18-carat, white gold, diamond-encrusted lock, achieved the European record for a handbag sold at auction.Rachel Koffsky, handbag and accessories specialist at Christie’s, told The Telegraph that growing demand for “wearable works of art” has meant sales are skyrocketing.She said: “Last year our handbag sale made £2m and this year it became almost £3m.“We have two years in a row set the European record for the most valuable bag sold at auction.”While many may balk at the idea of taking a bag worth over £100,000 around the supermarket, the expert insisted the pieces are “wearable works of art,” and encourages her investors to use them.She explained: “Women are now seeing their handbag collections as not only investment opportunities but as an extension of their personalities. Now, investors are snapping up iconic Birkin bags instead, with the world record set at almost £253,000 by a similar crocodile-skin piece sold at auction in China.  Ms Koffsky said: “As it’s becoming well known how valuable these handbags are people are taking it much more seriously; they want to spend their money in a more thoughtful way.”They want to invest in handbags which will maintain their value and go up in value.”And as for the diamond-encrusted Birkin, it is expected the piece will only increase in value.The handbag expert explained: “For top collectors of handbags, this is the most desirable handbag in the world. read more

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Mothers plea for news of daughter who went missing after attending fringe

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 said her phone was active until the next day and her bank card… No trace of her has been seen since and detectives are “growing increasingly concerned for her safety” and fear she may “have come to harm”. Joy was last seen at a service held by the Israelite Church of God on Boxing Day in Ilford, east London. Joy Morgan, 21, a student at the University of Hertfordshire, disappeared after attending a service of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, a small black sect with its origins in the United States. The mother of a loving and dedicated midwifery student who went missing after attending a church service has made a moving appeal for information about her daughter’s whereabouts. read more

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Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49

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. “Our thoughts and condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP.”Dizzee Rascal paid tribute to Flint on Instagram describing him as “one of the nicest people I’ve ever met”.He wrote: “Today was going so well.”I remember when this video came out and I thought, ‘f— this guy is a lunatic!'”Then I opened up for the The Prodigy in 2009 at Wembley and he was was one of the nicest people I’ve met and always was every time I met him, the whole band were.”When it comes to stage few people can carry a show like him I’m proud to say I’ve seen it for myself. Iconic and a gentleman Rest in peace.”Explosive frontman who carried the sound of British raveAs the lead singer of The Prodigy, Keith Flint carried the sound of British rave music from an insular community of party-goers to an international audience – selling 30 million records worldwide in the process.The explosive frontman – known for his energetic and deranged performance style, shocking green hair and tattoos – has died aged 49. Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers tweeted: “Oh gosh, so sad to hear about  Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I  when we first started doing shows together… great man.” Singer Beverley Knight wrote: “I just heard, and I am heartbroken. Once the most innovative, fearless, ballsy bands to grace a stage and Keith was perfection up front.”We have lost a Titan.”A post from electronic music duo Chase and Status said: “Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from The Prodigy has passed away. Known for their overt anti-establishment stance as much for their music, The Prodigy were vocal critics of the UK’s Criminal Justice And Public Order Act 1994, which banned the raves popularised following the so-called second summer of love in 1988 and 1989. An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday March 4.”We attended and sadly a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” The Prodigy enjoyed hits with their tracks Firestarter and Breathe and were known for their fusion of techno, breakbeat and acid house, forged in the UK’s illegal rave scene, and their anti-establishment stance.An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.08am with reports of a man who was unconscious in Brook Hill, Dunmow.”We sent an ambulance officer, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and one ambulance. Sadly a man in his forties died at the scene.”Flint was a founding member of the band, having initially started as a dancer when the group formed in Essex back in 1990. He eventually took on the vocals, and was famed for wild performances with matching, colourful mohawks either side of his head. Flint was the frontman for The Prodigy’s biggest hit Firestarter, which was the first single released from the band’s third album – The Fat Of The Land.  Tributes pour in for ‘iconic frontman’ Keith FlintRadio broadcaster Jo Whiley tweeted: “Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint.”Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre.” She signed off the tweet with the hashtag RIP Keith Flint.The Chemical Brothers, Kasabian and Emily Eavis are among those paying tribute to The Prodigy’s Keith Flint following his death at 49.Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers, who rose to fame in the 1990s along with The Prodigy in the emerging rave and electronic music scene, led the tributes with a memory of Flint on Instagram.Along with a picture of himself and bandmate Tom Rowlands on stage with Flint, Simons wrote: “Such sad news about Keith Flint. This is him unexpectedly joining us on stage in 1995.”He managed to kick the power out but no one minded he was Keith from the Prodigy and he could do whatever he liked.”He was a lovely generous man, full of spirit. RIP.”A post from The Chemical Brothers’ official Twitter account said: “so sad to hear about Keith Flint, we played many gigs with the prodigy over the years and they were always friendly and supportive. BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw recalled a “life-changing moment” in his youth when seeing The Prodigy as his first gig.He wrote on Instagram: “Such a big part of my formative teenage years, posters on my wall, learning the lyrics on the bus home from school and torturing my parents with Fat Of The Land.”They don’t make em like that anymore.”Rapper Dizzee Rascal shared a grab from The Prodigy’s music video Firestarter, and wrote: “I remember when this video came out and I thought f*** this guy is a lunatic! RIP Keith Flint. Very sad to hear the news that he’s passed away. I wouldn’t do what I do without him and The Prodigy in my life. A huge inspiration to me and many others 😔 pic.twitter.com/gXb8cHJGbW— Friction (@friction) March 4, 2019 Keith Charles Flint was born on September 17 1969 in Redbridge, East London. As a child he moved to Braintree, Essex, where he met The Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett at a nightclub.They discussed music and realised they shared a taste for harder, club-ready sounds.Originally a dancer for the group, Flint was promoted to singer after he provided the vocals on the band’s song Firestarter, a track which propelled them to the mainstream.When the band released the video for the 1996 single, Flint’s performance was deemed too scary for children – meaning many music TV stations wouldn’t play it until after 9pm.Alongside band-mates Howlett and Maxim, Flint became the face of British rave.While the group were spoken of as bedfellows with other commercial dance acts like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, they pioneered a harsher, more abrasive sound.They reached number one in the singles charts with tracks Firestarter and Breathe in 1996, and went on to score seven number one albums.But these songs were not usual dance pop fodder, instead drawing from sonic sounds inspired by the UK’s illegal rave scene. “he was an amazing front man, a true original and he will be missed.tom&ed x”Rock group Kasabian tweeted: “Keith Flint, beautiful man, incredible pioneer.”Referring to their 2006 album Empire, they added: “Remembering the special times we had together making Empire. Heartbroken. Rest in Peace Brother.”Glastonbury co-founder Eavis wrote that The Prodigy were the first dance act to play the music festival more than 20 years ago as she shared a message on Twitter.She wrote that she was “so saddened” to hear of his death, and added: “He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman.”Along with a clip of their landmark set, she said it was a “huge, unforgettable moment”. “Then I opened up for the @theprodigyofficial in 2009 at Wembley and he was was one of the nicest people I’ve met and always was every time I met him, the whole band were.”When it comes to the stage few people can carry a show like him I’m proud to say I’ve seen it for myself. Iconic and a gentleman Rest in peace @keithflintofficial.”Radio 1’s Annie Mac said that “UK music has lost a hero” in a heartfelt Twitter post, in which she added: “My heart goes out to The Prodigy and to Keith’s loved ones.”Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown called Flint a “a beautiful human”. The group released their seventh consecutive number one album in November 2018.All but one of their studio albums hit the top spot in the UK charts, as well as a singles collection released in 2005.This placed them alongside musical heroes including Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and George Michael, each with seven number one records. We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman. Here’s a clip from ‘97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury – a huge, unforgettable moment. pic.twitter.com/9fxKBonfVa— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 4, 2019 And despite being accepted by the mainstream, they never submitted to the whims of passing musical fashion.The Essex band has never wholly belonged to any genre. Whether it was the emergent rave scene at the start of the nineties, Britpop later in the decade through to more recent dubstep and EDM – they were lurking, all the time selling millions of records and just as many tickets for their incendiary live shows.During this time, Flint became known for his extreme tattoo and body piercing regime.In an interview, he revealed his most painful tattoo was the word Inflicted across his stomach, designed by Howlett.Flint said the pain felt like he was on an altar being ritualistically scarred by a Satanic beast.He was also a keen motorcyclist.Flint rode 1,500 miles from Britain to southern Spain to attend the Spanish motorcycle grand prix in 2007 and took part in club competitions.His regular riding partner was Lee Thompson, of the ska-punk band Madness.He took his interest further, creating his own racing team, Team Traction Control, which competes in the British Supersport Championship as part of the British Superbike Championship package.In 2014 Flint bought and renovated The Leather Bottle pub in the Essex village of Pleshey. His first performance as the group’s lead singer proved successful, and the record gained international acclaim, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. The Prodigy are scheduled to tour their latest album No Tourists around the world, starting next month. Starting in Bogota, Columbia, the tour has 11 dates listed in the US throughout May, before returning to the UK via 11 dates across Europe.   He reportedly had a jar that customers had to put a pound into every time they made a “firestarter” joke when he lit the pub’s fire. It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019 Keith Flint, the frontman of British techno band The Prodigy, has died aged 49 having reportedly killed himself at home. Police confirmed that a man aged 49 was found dead at a home in Essex at 8.10am on Monday morning. The band, confirming his death, described  Flint as a pioneer, an innovator and a legend. In a statement, the group said: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint.”A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”Flint’s bandmate and fellow founding member Liam Howlett said he was “shell-shocked, angry, confused and heartbroken” after finding out the news, adding that “our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend”. read more

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Emma Corrin cast as young Diana Spencer in Netflix drama The Crown

The Crown has a considerable reputation for thrusting fledgling stars into the spotlight. For the first series, producers cast a little-known Claire Foy as the Queen, shaping her career in the process – Foy is now a major Hollywood talent. The move saw both Foy and her co-star, Matt Smith, embroiled in a row over the cast’s gender pay gap in 2018. The casting of one of The Crown’s most prominent characters, Lady Diana Spencer, has been announced by the period drama’s creators. Netflix released an announcement through Twitter on Tuesday evening, saying that unknown actress Emma Corrin will take the role of the young future Princess of Wales.Cambridge University-educated Corrin said in a statement: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”Corrin will be joining Olivia Colman, who will play the Queen in seasons three and four; and Josh O’Connor, whose most recent credits include The Durrells, as her on-screen future husband Prince Charles, who will appear as a student in the forthcoming series. Camilla Parker Bowles will be played by Call The Midwife star Emerald Fennell.The Netflix hit is a major career jump for the 23-year-old, who has previously racked up only two screen credits since graduating. This year she played Esther Carter in ITV’s Grantchester, and will appear alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keira Knightley in Misbehaviour, a forthcoming comedy about the 1970 Miss World competition, which was protested by feminists. Her theatre credits are mostly limited to student productions in Cambridge. Corrin is expected to make her Crown debut in 2020, when the fourth series arrives. Season three is expected to appear on the streaming platform later this year and will span the years 1964 to 1976.Season four will take place laterand perhaps stretch into the mid-Eighties, following the ascent of Margaret Thatcher – who is rumoured to be played by Gillian Anderson – as she wins the 1979 general election. Plot details for seasons three and four are yet to be released. However, The Crown has always taken its cue from history. Lady Diana first met Charles, Prince of Wales in 1977, when she was just 16. As the Eighties dawned, she met the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh in November 1980. The pair wed the following summer. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex demand private christening

Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents The Duke and Duchess have demanded a “private” christening for Archie because they want to shield him from the public, it has emerged.The christening will be held at the private chapel at Windsor Castle and is understood to be a “very small gathering”, a royal source said.The ceremony is due to take place on Saturday, exactly two months after Archie was born on May 6. It is understood that pictures of the ceremony will be released on Sunday through the media and Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account.Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents.But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have let photographers capture pictures of them and their children, family members and guests arriving before holding private services.Both Prince George and Prince Louis were christened at the Chapel Royal in London. Princess Charlotte’s ceremony was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, in Norfolk, where the paddock outside the churchyard was opened to the public. While they acknowledge the public interest in the seventh in line to the throne, they intend to keep many details of his life private because he is not in the direct line of succession, their friends say. The decision to hold a private ceremony comes after it emerged £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money had been spent renovating the couple’s residence Frogmore Cottage.The property, close to Windsor Castle, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single residence for the couple and their baby son Archie – with all fixtures and fittings paid for privately by the duke and duchess.It is likely that they installed a luxury kitchen and bathroom, and it has reportedly been designed by Harry and Meghan with dining and entertaining in mind and with extra bedrooms to accommodate guests, such as the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland. Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents The Archbishop of Canterbury, who married Harry and Meghan, is usually called upon to perform the service.Sources close to the Sussexes have reportedly said that they consider Archie to be a “private citizen” and feel strongly about “shielding” him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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