Month: September 2019

A poll conducted by ESPN and Global Strategy indicated that fans would have pulled away from watching the NFL the longer the replacement officials were used.In the telephone survey of 1,443 fans , more than 76 percent gave the officiating poor marks and said their usage was impacting the reputation of the league.Also, more than 50 percent of the fans said calls made by the replacements during the first three weeks of the season were “a complete embarrassment” and at least half of the fans said they would haved watched less NFL football because of the officiating.The biggest blunder of the officiating occurred in Monday night’s game between Green Bay and Seattle. In one of the most bizarre finishes in NFL history, Golden Tate was awarded a disputed touchdown catch on the game’s final play to give Seattle a 14-12 victory. According to the poll, 78 percent of the fans said the wrong call was made.The call became a rallying point for players, coaches and fans frustrated with the replacement officials working regular season games. Every football pundit in the country has given their take on the final play. Even President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have expressed their views on Tate’s TD and the replacement officials.Perhaps sparked by that outcry, the NFL and the officials’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.Without prompting, the president’s spokesman on Thursday applauded news of a deal between that the National Football League and the referees’ union.Obama spokeman Jay Carney said: “The president’s very pleased that the two sides have come together,” and he added, “It’s a great day for America.”Main points from the poll of fans included the following:•  A large majority of the fans were aware of the lockout.•  At least three quarters of fans gave replacement refereeing negative marks.•  More than half of the fans said the calls were embarrassing.•  Few fans blamed the refs, most blamed the NFL.•  Half of the fans said they would watch less football if the situation continued into the season.•  74 percent of fans report the lockout had a “negative impact” on their opinion of the NFL’s reputation, including 29 percent who say it has had a “very negative impact.” read more

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Southampton1.421.19-0.23 Liverpool1.862.09+0.23 Chelsea1.572.03+0.46 AVERAGE GOALS TEAMEXPECTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Manchester United1.741.55-0.19 Watford1.101.16+0.06 West Ham1.431.33-0.10 Hull City1.011.03+0.02 Sunderland1.000.81-0.19 Everton1.511.82+0.31 Manchester City2.091.97-0.12 Stoke City1.301.12-0.18 Middlesbrough0.940.72-0.22 Manchester United’s Ander Herrera intercepted a pass in a game this month against Chelsea (possibly with some extra-legal help from his arm), turned and slid an inch-perfect pass through Chelsea’s league-best defense. Young striker Marcus Rashford collected the pass and slotted the ball past Chelsea’s keeper to give United an early 1-0 lead. United went on to win 2-0, and the goal was emblematic of the style of soccer that United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, prefers to deploy against top opponents: Defend stoutly, transition fast and use an opponent’s momentum against them to create high-quality counterattacking opportunities. It worked like a charm against Chelsea.If only it always did. That goal kept Manchester United’s relatively slim hopes of a top-four finish alive (the chances of which have since climbed to 35 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions). But the reason Man U’s chances aren’t good is because they’re one of the unluckiest teams in the Premier League. For large stretches of the season the team has played well, created the kinds of chances it wants to create and then … not actually scored goals.Manchester United currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League with 63 points after 32 games. On Thursday, they face Manchester City in the much-anticipated Manchester derby, with a chance to pass their rivals in the standings and stake a claim on fourth place. It’s a chance to salvage what has seemed to be a disappointing season with a momentous win and a real shot at the top four.While Manchester’s defense has been excellent, the attack has struggled to keep pace. The team only concedes 0.77 goals per game, the second-best mark in the league.1The data in this article is current through last Friday. Only Tottenham Hotspur has been stingier. The attack is averaging 1.55 goals per game, though, only seventh best in the Premier League this season. It’s a testament to United’s strong defense that they’re even as close to the top as they are. The funny thing is that there’s nothing wrong with United’s attack. If instead of looking at the team’s goals, we look at its expected goals, a metric that estimates how many goals a team should have scored on average given where they were taken, the team looks much better. United’s expected goal total is a more respectable 1.74 goals per game, the fourth highest in the Premier League. Data for all English Premier League teams is current through April 21.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group West Brom1.141.18+0.04 AFC Bournemouth1.351.36+0.01 Crystal Palace1.401.38-0.02 Arsenal1.742.03+0.29 Leicester City1.331.28-0.05 Tottenham1.782.13+0.35 Swansea City1.161.12-0.04 Burnley1.031.00-0.03 Manchester United isn’t scoring like we’d expect That’s only 0.19 goals per game more than Man U has actually scored, which may not sound like much. And it isn’t! It amounts to a grand total of 7.8 goals over a full, 38-game season. But goals are a premium commodity in soccer — one extra goal can easily be the difference between a draw and a win, and thus a difference between one point and three in the standings.Teams as good as Manchester United don’t usually miss as many goals as Manchester United has. Since 2010-11 there have been 57 English Premier League teams that have scored more goals than they’ve allowed. Manchester United, as it currently stands, is the ninth-most unlucky team on the list. While that’s not record breaking, it’s enough to take a team from solid Champions League contender to long shot.Even more frustrating, for both the team and its fans, Manchester United is missing the best kinds of shots. They’re missing opportunities that soccer stats-keeper Opta labels as “big chances,” chances such as Rashford’s against Chelsea. (Which is why it was so impressive Rashford’s went in!) They’re the kinds of chances you remember a player missing, the sitters, the one-on-ones with the keepers, the striker arriving completely unmarked in the box at exactly the right time. Manchester United have had 59 shots labeled as clear-cut chances, fourth-most in the league and worth 25.62 expected goals. From them, they’ve scored a disappointing 21 goals, the 11th most in the Premier League. Wipe out that 4.62 expected goal deficit (the second-biggest “big chance deficit” in the league, behind only mediocre Stoke City) and United are only two off their expected goal pace.But wait there’s more. A full 50 percent of the big chances that Manchester United have put on target have been saved by the opposing keeper. That’s the kind of thing that rarely happens. No other team this season has had more than 42 percent of its on-target big chances saved. In fact, only six teams in the last seven seasons have had more than 50 percent of the big chances they put on net saved. If it seems as though goalkeepers have been standing on their heads to deny United all season, well, they have been.It’s cold comfort, but despite the lack of goals, this United team is better than in years past. Everything other than United’s finishing has improved. They’re taking 16.97 shots per game and getting six per game on target, the most in both categories since the 2011-12 season. The team���s expected goal total of 1.74 per game is up 0.48 goals from last season and is the highest mark since 2012-13. These are all steps in the right direction.All the stuff holding United back — the general lack of ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the seeming Achilles’ heel of big chances, opposing goalkeepers standing on their head on a weekly basis — is largely outside of Manchester United’s control. Finishing is a fickle thing. The expected goals a team creates is a much better guide to how they’ll do in the future than the actual goals they score. Players miss good chances sometimes. Sometimes they miss lots of good chances. Sometimes, they even do it for a whole season.It’s small consolation for United fans coping with the possibility of a fifth-place season, but United’s attack actually marks a decided step forward for the club. The things the team could control were good enough to get it a top-four EPL finish. What got in the way were the things it couldn’t.Check out our club soccer predictions. read more

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Check out our latest NBA predictions. We could talk all day long about the everlasting debate over competitive balance in the NBA, but perhaps the biggest challenge the Golden State Warriors pose for many die-hard NBA fans is the issue of sleep.Because they play on the West Coast, the two-time defending champions are often playing late at night, leaving East Coasters and even Midwesterners with a choice of whether to stay up and watch the action or to get some shut eye before work the next morning. Some play it by ear and call it a night only if and when Golden State builds a commanding, early second-half lead.This was basically the scenario on Monday night: The Warriors went up by 31, 94-63, at home on the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers, the biggest first-round underdogs in 30 years, midway through the third quarter.1Another thing that might have prompted some to call it a night: The game finished with 64 personal fouls and 76 free throws, which slowed things down considerably. Yet those who cut off their TV at that point, or before, missed out on the biggest comeback — or collapse, depending on how you view it — in NBA playoff history.The Clippers poured in 85 second-half points en route to an improbable 135-131 win, knotting the best-of-seven at one game apiece as the series heads to Los Angeles later this week.There’s no need to concoct an over-complicated explanation for the comeback. While there wasn’t an immediate effect, Stephen Curry’s fourth foul prompted coach Steve Kerr to sit the scorching sharpshooter (who had 22 points and was 6-of-9 from the field) for an eight-and-a-half-minute stretch during the third quarter, until there were 13 seconds left in the period. By that point, the Warriors’ lead (still 17 points) had already been cut by almost half. And Curry’s magic had largely faded once he was subbed back in: Upon returning, he shot just 2-of-9 the rest of the way.Fellow star Kevin Durant was efficient as a scorer but turned the ball over four separate times during that third quarter alone. He would finish with a team-high nine giveaways, and the club — whose problematic turnovers we’ve detailed here before — had 22 turnovers on the night. (It marked the second game in a row that Golden State has had more than 20.) Durant again got frustrated with Clippers irritant Patrick Beverley, who stands about 10 inches shorter, never stops giving everything he has and seems to effectively get into the All-Star’s head.Lastly, the Warrior defense allowed Lou Williams, the Clippers’ top scorer, to get rolling and simply couldn’t find a way to stop him late. From the point that L.A.’s deficit peaked at 31 points, Williams, the likely Sixth Man of the Year, shot 11-of-17 for 26 points while also dishing out seven assists over the final 19 minutes of the game. He even grabbed a pair of his own misses and put them each back for valuable buckets.2For his part, Warriors defensive star Draymond Green seemed to be playing extremely hard on defense as the Clippers’ run was beginning and grew frustrated when teammate Jordan Bell didn’t hunt down one of his blocked shots. “We stopped playing, and got kind of disconnected, in that mid-third quarter,” Kerr told reporters of the turnaround. “We lost our defensive edge.”It’s been tempting not to even bother writing about the key factors in this series, largely because of how enormous an underdog the Clippers are. But one thing the Warriors would have wanted to avoid going in was this: Don’t allow Los Angeles to stay in the game late. The win marked the third time this season alone that the Clippers had come back from 25 or more down on the road to win,3They won at Detroit on Feb. 2 after trailing by 25 and beat Boston on the road Feb. 9 after falling behind by 28. and they were the NBA’s most efficient team in late-game, clutch scenarios during the regular season. With the score separated by 5 points or fewer in the final five minutes of play, L.A. outscored opponents by a league-high 17.7 points per 100 possessions.The clutch shooting of Williams will stand out, but he was far from alone. The Clippers shot 8-of-14 from deep as a team in the second half. Montrezl Harrell, Williams’s high-flying pick-and-roll partner, shot 5-of-5 for 17 points after L.A. fell behind by 31. Beverley made a key play, picking Curry’s pocket as he brought the ball up the court early in the fourth, as if to say that the Clippers weren’t simply going to lie down, despite the Warriors still holding a double-digit lead.And in what’s marked a sea change under coach Doc Rivers, a couple of the team’s youngsters — a contingent that just a few years ago never would have gotten an opportunity to show what they can do — pulled off arguably the biggest play of the game. Williams got a screen at the top of the key from rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who then short-rolled before hitting fellow rookie Landry Shamet on the wing for the go-ahead triple.Still, the stunning comeback likely doesn’t figure to change all that much concerning this series, given the massive gap in talent. Yes, the Warriors lost center DeMarcus Cousins to what may be another significant injury, something that could throw them out of rhythm now that the playoffs are underway. Their chances of winning the NBA title — while still better than anyone else’s — are down significantly as a result.4From a 62 percent probability on April 9 to just 44 percent now, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. But the reality is that the Warriors still have a number of other All-Stars to lean on, while the Clippers have none.It may end up being nothing more than a single, historic comeback in what amounts to a five-game series victory for Golden State. But even if that’s all, the outcome may have been enough to prompt some sleepy fans to catch the final quarter the next time they’re weighing whether to get that extra half-hour of rest. read more

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Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. The opposite end of the spectrum paints a bleaker, more Parsons-ian picture. Harrison Barnes, the least valuable player of the 2016 NBA Finals, ranks first among players who will earn far more than their CARMELO market value: He will rake in close to $19 million in the first year of a four-year, $85 million contract with the Sacramento Kings. Our projections see his value as just a fraction of that, at about $3.5 million, meaning that he is charging the Kings more than $15 million above his “market price.” 1Kemba WalkerBoston$58.4m$32.7m+$25.7m 10Taj GibsonNew York2.19.8-7.7 8Bojan BogdanovicUtah8.417.0-8.6 2Kevon LooneyGolden State28.74.6+24.0 6Kevin DurantBrooklyn54.538.2+16.3 3Trevor ArizaSacramento-1.012.2-13.2 5Kyrie IrvingBrooklyn50.532.7+17.7 2Bobby PortisNew York1.115.1-14.0 4DeMarcus CousinsL.A. Lakers26.63.5+23.1 7Tobias HarrisPhiladelphia22.431.0-8.6 9Danny GreenL.A. Lakers27.114.6+12.5 In an offseason full of free-agent coups, blockbuster trades and other juicy drama, a three-player deal last Wednesday between the Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks, two of the worst teams in the NBA last season, was hardly earth-shattering. By Friday night, the trade was all but forgotten. But one player in that deal stood out.Chandler Parsons, who once hit the most 3-pointers (10) in a single half, earned more than $24 million last season. Since signing a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies in the contract bubble of 2016, Parsons has appeared in a total of 95 games averaging 7.2 points on a paltry 39 percent shooting from the field while recovering from a slew of knee injuries, including one sustained with his previous team, the Dallas Mavericks. That means the former Florida standout has averaged roughly $37,000 per minute playing Grit ’n’ Grind.1And Parsons is set to earn $25 million more in 2019-20.Looking at the deal Parsons signed three years ago got me thinking about the most overpaid — and inadequately compensated — veteran free agents signed this summer. Fortunately, our CARMELO player projections allow the comparison of a player’s estimated market value to what his 2019-20 salary will be. While it’s tempting to say players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden — all of whom earn more than $30 million per year — are overpaid, the reality is their market value still exceeds their compensation in terms of salary earned. Rather, it’s the short-term signees, brought in when teams like the Knicks strike out on top targets, who are often overpaid relative to their actual contributions. In total, six of the 10 most overpaid free-agent signees of 2019 are on short-term deals — defined as two years or fewer — while nine of the 10 best bargains signed contracts of three years or longer.In the 2019 free-agent class, the big-name signees — such as Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker — were all bargains for their respective (new) teams, with each player set to earn a 2020 salary that is more than $10 million less than his CARMELO market value for the season. But lesser-known players — including Delon Wright, Kevon Looney and Jeremy Lamb — also found their names in the top 10 of CARMELO bargains. 7Delon WrightDallas24.69.2+15.4 5Rajon RondoL.A. Lakers-6.62.6-9.2 The 10 most overpaid free agents of 2019Players’ net values calculated by their 2019-20 CARMELO market values minus 2019-20 salaries, as of July 8 Sources: fivethirtyeight, spotrac 3Jimmy ButlerMiami56.232.7+23.5 RankPlayerTeamCARMELO Market Value2019-20 SalaryNet Value Sources: FiveThirtyEight, Spotrac 1Harrison BarnesSacramento$3.5m$19.0m-$15.5m Check out our NBA player ratings.CORRECTION (July 10, 2019, 6:15 p.m.): A previous version of a table in this article incorrectly showed Delon Wright as re-signing with Memphis. Wright was sent to Dallas in a sign-and-trade. 10Kawhi LeonardL.A. Clippers44.432.7+11.7 6Mike ScottPhiladelphia-4.44.8-9.2 4Klay ThompsonGolden State22.532.7-10.2 9Robin LopezMilwaukee-3.14.8-7.9 8Jeremy LambIndiana23.310.0+13.3 RankPlayerTeamCARMELO Market Value2019-20 SalaryNet Value Others on the bottom 10 include Bobby Portis, just one of the Knicks’ many overvalued signings; Sixers star Tobias Harris, who re-signed with the club that traded for him last season; and Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, who likely will spend the season sidelined while he rehabs from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of this year’s finals. While Thompson’s injury no doubt dampens his value for the upcoming season, our model always has been a little low on him, and the five-year, $190 million extension he signed with the Warriors likely already was going to put him on this end of the rankings.Looking at absolute differences, however, isn’t the only way to determine who is a relative “bargain” or is “overpaid.” The nature of max deals since the NBA salary cap ballooned in 2016 is such that you can afford to pay stars, even B-list ones, yearly salaries of more than $30 million. Even the short-term deals that overpay, such as those offered by the Knicks to Portis, Reggie Bullock2Who ranks as the 14th-most overpaid free-agent signee. and Taj Gibson, are forgivable in that they don’t limit a team’s long-term flexibility in signing marquee free agents.3Well, unless you’re the Knicks, and you have trouble getting free agents any way you slice it,Where teams start to go wrong, however, is when they agree to certain long-term, expensive deals with players — ones that haven’t demonstrated much value — that make them almost untradeable. That’s the case of Barnes, predicted by CARMELO to generate a total of $8.3 million over the next four years, against the $85 million owed to him by Sacramento.There are plenty of those kinds of deals out there, a spate of which arrived in 2016 — courtesy of players such as Parsons.4And Barnes, who is a repeat offender. He may have been an all-star of bad contracts for his deal with Memphis, but he has one year left on that contract, now with Atlanta, to change CARMELO’s mind about what he’s worth. The 10 best bargains of the 2019 NBA free-agent classPlayers’ net values calculated by their 2019-20 CARMELO market values minus 2019-20 salaries, as of July 8 read more

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A view of Ohio Stadium during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium OSU won 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the most valuable football program in the NCAA. A study composed by Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana, valued the Scarlet and Gray at a whopping $946.6 million. Findings from the study first appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  To put the figure in perspective, it nearly doubles the worth of the average NHL hockey team, which is about $505 million. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray are valued higher than every NHL team except for the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion), according to Forbes Magazine. Astoundingly, the Buckeyes’ value is worth more than 19 of 30 NBA franchises as well, including the Oklahoma City Thunder ($930 million) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($915 million), according to Forbes.OSU Vice President and athletic director Gene Smith said he believes Brewer’s numbers are accurate. Smith leaned toward several reasons why OSU is valued so high, but he primarily pointed to fan support. “We are the most watched (Football Bowl Subdivision) program since 1991,” Smith said in an email. “Last year only four regular season games drew over 8 (million) viewers, and we were part of three. Buckeye Nation is the largest and most passionate fan base in the world.”Joe Odoguardi, the university’s chief financial officer of athletics, said in an email the Buckeyes’ TV media rights revenue earned $24.7 million alone in 2015. Smith said donations to the university are at an all-time high, exceeding more than $200 million over the last few years. Pair that with OSU’s apparel deal with Nike, which after being extended late last week, is valued at $252 million over the next 15 years, and the recipe for OSU’s financial supremacy is clear.Performance from the student-athletes is also a large contributing factor to OSU’s success, Smith said, as the Buckeyes’ football team was ranked in the AP Top 10 for the entire 2015 season, including holding the top spot for the first nine weeks.“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Smith said. “Our focus on the total student-athlete development model continues to be a national model.”  OSU was the only school to place above $900 million in the study. Texas ($885 million), Michigan ($811.3 million), Notre Dame ($723.6 million) and Alabama ($694.9 million) round out the top five schools in the study.In 2016, OSU athletics will be represented by more than 1,000 student-athletes across 36 intercollegiate sports, which, in turn, requires a lot of funding. Odoguardi said OSU’s athletic budget is set at $153 million for the new year. Smith said in OSU’s yearly strategic plan, “A Higher Purpose,” it is the athletic department’s goal to develop the student-athletes while continuing to build on the university’s rich history.“The department exists to motivate student-athletes to develop into exemplary champions, who in turn inspire future Buckeyes,” Smith said. “The department of athletics also is committed to financial self-sufficiency while contributing to the university’s academic priorities.”In what may come as a surprise to some, the Buckeyes projected value actually dipped from the previous year, as in 2014, Brewer’s study valued OSU at $1.1 billion, but that was mainly due to the championship run it had in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Without that occurring again, the dip below the $1 billion mark took place, but Smith said he does believe it to be possible for OSU to surpass that value plateau again in 2016.“As long as we stay the course with our values and focus on the student athlete, we have a chance to,” Smith said.  Brewer, the study’s author, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. read more

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The Columbus Blue Jackets’ struggles this season following their first trip to the NHL playoffs have been well documented.Fans have seized upon the less-than-stellar play of second-year goalie Steve Mason as the focal point for their frustration. Mason captured NHL Rookie of the Year honors during the Jackets’ playoff run, and his regression has certainly figured mightily in their struggles.But the poor play of one man, even one as important as the goaltender, doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, no one in the organization really has the whole story at this point. Otherwise, they would start writing a better ending.One external factor to the slump that many fans might not be aware of is the unusual and uneven schedule Columbus has found itself stuck with.Through 54 games this season, the Blue Jackets are 20-25-9, with only 24 of the 54 (44 percent) being played in the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena. In contrast, by this date last year, Columbus had played in only 46 total games with 31 (67 percent) being played at home.As anyone in the Ohio State statistics department could tell you, those numbers are statistically significant.“We have been on nothing but one big road trip here,” coach Ken Hitchcock said of his team’s traveling woes. “This whole thing in December and January has been the toughest part.”The reason the schedule has been so road game intensive in the early going appears to be primarily a scheduling fluke. The reason the first half of the season has been packed with so many more games is a little easier to explain.The league is taking a 15-day break from Feb. 15 to Mar. 1 for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, so every four years the league’s scheduling office has to get a little creative.This isn’t something the league is necessarily thrilled about.“The benefits of going to the Olympics when you’re in Salt Lake City or Vancouver are way different than if you’re in Japan, Italy or Russia,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.Many are concerned about shutting the league down for two weeks while playoff races are starting to heat up. Others are concerned about the competitive advantage that may be given away by certain teams sending as many as 10 of their players to the Olympics while others may send none.Columbus doesn’t even get the worst of it.The Vancouver Canucks, whose home city is playing host to this year’s Winter Olympics, will be going on a 14-game road trip in the days leading up to and immediately after the Games. With the two-week layoff, Canuck fans will have gone a total of six weeks without a home game.The Blue Jackets, while suffering through this quirky schedule thus far, look to benefit in the coming months. They will now play 17 home games out of their remaining 28 contests.With the Blue Jackets’ playoff hopes in critical condition, Hitchcock and Columbus fans hope that an infusion of home games will be just the thing to pump life back into a struggling franchise.“Let’s see at the end of the day, when we’re sitting at home in February, March and April, when these teams are on their extended road trips, let’s see where it evens out at the end of the day,” Hitchcock said. “This has been a trying season for everybody, but it’s not over.” read more

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Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner was shot twice while riding in a car late Friday night, but the injuries are not believed to be serious, according to several reports. Turner also posted on his Facebook page that he “just got hit twice is all” and that he “still can play football so its alll gravy.” The prospect transferred from Youngstown Ursuline to Fork Union for his senior year, but left Fork Union last month for undisclosed reasons. In a March interview with The Lantern, Turner said the reason for his transfer was because he “got off track of what I should have been doing. [I] got a little bit off focus and just needed to get out of where I was and come somewhere else so I could focus a little bit more grades-wise.” Shelly Poe, spokeswoman for Ohio State, said the university is “still gathering information on the situation” and does “not have any statement at this time.” Whether Turner ever suits up in scarlet and gray remains to be seen, and Sullivan said Turner’s choices will determine his future. “He has the potential to be as good as he wants to be,” Sullivan said. “The choices are now his. I think he has all the ability in the world. He’s a very intelligent young man and it all comes down to what kind of choices he’s going to make about his life from here on out.“I hope he gets everything straightened out.” On his Facebook page, Turner wrote that he “NEVER WOULDA HTOUGHT [sic] I’D GET SHOT!! [expletive] IT THO… THANK GOD IM STILL ALIVEEE.” According to the Youngstown police report, Turner, who was in the back seat, was struck by gunfire twice, once in his left ankle and once in his right hip. Turner was one of three people in the car, along with his twin brother, Jamal, and 32-year-old Ramses Terry, who was driving the Chevrolet Blazer, which he owns. Police found a bag of marijuana and two handguns in the car, and found no evidence of a shooting at the scene. Attempts to contact Turner have been unsuccessful, and Turner’s former coach at Fork Union Military Academy, Micky Sullivan, said the 18-year-old has turned off his phone. “I’ve tried to call Jamel, his phone is turned off,” Sullivan said. “I saw it just like everybody else on the Internet and I tried to contact him, but I haven’t been able to get in touch with him.”  read more

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first_imgExperts have attributed the renewed hunger for traditional puddings to a steady rehabilitation of the image of British food over the last two decades, a trend spurred in the last few years by the wildly popular Great British Bake Off.Jane Milton, a food industry consultant, said the programme was prompting nostalgia for the kind of food people ate when they were children and was making old-fashioned recipes fashionable once more.“It’s making people think about classic dishes and helping them understand the background to these recipes,” she said.“People have become a lot more proud of British food and restaurants have also played a part.“Twenty years ago you would have been offended to have been offered a traditional British dessert menu in a good restaurant; you would have thought it had to be French or Italian.“But now more and more places are combining old classics with a modern twist, and that is leading the trend in the shops.”The surge in interest in classic British puddings in the year up to April marks a sharp turn-around from the previous year, when sales dropped nearly 4.8 per cent.Figures compiled by Kantar Worldpanel show retailers have responded to the increased demand, which is being led by sales in own brand puddings, by decreasing their prices by an average of three per cent.Research by the Grocer magazine also indicates that many outlets are planning to capitalise on the trend by bringing out new ranges traditional puddings in the coming months. Traditional British puddings are soaring in popularity thanks to renewed interest in classic cooking fuelled by the Great British Bake Off, new data suggest.Old favourites such as spotted dick, jam roly poly and bread and butter pudding are leading a revival in demand for British desserts, while interest in recipes once considered more sophisticated, like exotic cheesecakes and caramel torte, is on the wane.Sales of classic puddings in the year up to April increased more than 20 per cent compared to the previous 12 months, despite the value of the wider hot desserts market slumping by nearly 2 per cent. Twenty years ago you would have been offended to have been offered a traditional British dessert menu in a good restaurantJane Milton, food industry consultantcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgThe house in Bradford where Asad Khan lived with his parents and three siblingsCredit:Lorne Campbell/Guzelian An 11-year-old boy has died amid claims from a local MP that he might have been bullied and taken his own life in his bedroom.Asad Khan was found in an unresponsive state at his home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and died shortly after being taken to hospital.Bradford West MP Naz Shah said bullying was “something that has been mentioned” when she met Asad’s grieving parents after his death on Wednesday night.Ms Shah wrote on Facebook after the meeting: “This evening 11-year-old Asad took his own life. Asad had just started his new school recently and bullying is something that has been mentioned.” He added: “The school is aware of speculation about the circumstances surrounding Asad’s death.  In Asad’s first three weeks at school he made a great impression on all who met him.  “He was doing well in lessons, scoring high marks for his attitude to learning and his positive approach to school life and the school was looking forward to a bright future for 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. The house in Bradford where Asad Khan lived with his parents and three siblings West Yorkshire Police said inquiries were continuing, but the death was not thought to be suspicious. Asad started Year Seven at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School three weeks ago, head teacher Simon Wade said.Mr Wade said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt last night of the death of Asad Khan one of the school’s newest students.”The school is united in its grief at this sad time.”The school community is working together as students, parents and staff come to terms with these events. All our thoughts are with Asad’s family at this terribly difficult time.last_img read more

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first_imgLeicester Magistrates’ Court heard that Mrs Chapple, 56, who was sitting behind the taxi driver, had taken a look before opening the door but had not been able to see clearly.A spokesman for Cycling UK said the lenient sentences handed down for the offence “possibly explains the reluctance to prosecute in many of the nearly 500 cases each year where a cyclist is seriously injured, or sometimes as in Sam’s case killed, as a consequence of somebody opening their car door without looking or care for those on two wheels”.A lawyer for Mrs Chapple said the incident had “very badly” affected his client’s nerves and that she “is very sorry”.Taxi driver Farook Bhikhu, 56, also Leicester, pleaded not guilty to a charge of permitting the opening of vehicle door so as to injure or endanger a person.He now faces a trial at Loughborough Magistrates Court in June. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A taxi passenger who fatally knocked a cyclist into the path of a moving van when she opened the door without looking has been fined just £80.Mandy Chapple, from Leicester, pleaded guilty to one charge of opening a vehicle door so as to inure or endanger another person, known as “car-dooring”, after a popular teacher, Sam Boulton, was killed on his 26th birthday near the city’s railways station last year.center_img The biggest problem is that this offence is not taken seriously because of the limited penaltiesDuncan Dollimore, Cycling UKlast_img read more

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