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How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

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For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories »

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The Reds Pitching Might Be The Worst Of All Time

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GAMES 2013Houston Astros16251111+2.0 “This ball is killed into left center field,” Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman intoned glumly on Monday as Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward blasted a ball deep into the Chicago night. “And that’s a home run” — the Cubs’ third of the night.Brennaman could be forgiven for his lack of enthusiasm. The Reds are 63-87, 32 games out of first place in the NL Central, and he’s had to make the same call 242 times so far this season. With two weeks left to play, the Reds’ pitchers have allowed the most home runs of any team in major league history. It’s a staggering total: Cincy hurlers allow an average of 1.6 homers every 9 innings, or one every 21.2 at-bats (meaning they effectively turned average NL hitters into Larry Doby or Joe Carter).But it’s also symptomatic of a pitching staff that is, by another measure, the worst ever — and the only one in history that would have been better off being stocked with replacement-level players instead.The Reds have struggled to build an effective staff for a looooong time, having broken league-average in fielding independent pitching only twice in the past 21 seasons. (And this is even after accounting for Cincinnati’s home parks, which have tended to inflate scoring.) But this season’s version has taken bad pitching and elevated it into some kind of twisted art form.Last year’s Reds staff also struggled. It posted MLB’s sixth-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed its ninth-most homers per 9 innings despite having access to a few pretty good pitchers — most notably, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman — for most of the season. But Cueto and Chapman were both gone by the start of the 2016 season, and that’s when Cincinnati’s real problems began. In April, the Reds posted the league’s worst FIP, and they haven’t looked back: They were also the worst in May, in June and in September. (They were “only” 10th-worst in July and eighth-worst in August.)The cumulative effect of all that badness has been, in FanGraphs’ estimation, the least-valuable staff by wins above replacement in modern MLB history1Going back to 1901, when the American League started. That is widely considered the beginning of modern MLB history.: 1955Kansas City Athletics1556391+1.8 2006Kansas City Royals16262100+0.5 1915Philadelphia Athletics15443109+0.3 1982Minnesota Twins16260102+0.9 1964Kansas City Athletics16357105+1.4 1998Florida Marlins16254108+1.5 1977San Diego Padres1626993+1.7 1966New York Mets1616695+1.7 YEARTEAMTOTALWINSLOSSESPITCHER WAR 2016Cincinnati Reds1506387-1.0 Source: FanGraphs MLB’s worst pitching staffs since 1901, by WAR Indeed, that’s an understatement. Somehow the Reds have been the only staff in MLB history to post a cumulative WAR below the replacement level. Not every Cincinnati hurler has been historically bad — Anthony DeSclafani has done admirable work, leading the team with 1.9 WAR, and Raisel Iglesias has 1.3 WAR with a superb 3.30 FIP. But by the logic of the theory that underpins WAR, the Reds’ sub-replacement tally means they could have stocked their entire pitching staff with nothing but freely available fringe players and AAA callups, and they’d have won an additional game. To find another team that could say that, you’d need to hark back 127 years (!!) to the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, whose 23-113 record still stands as second-worst in the long annals of major-league failure.But that’s just according to FanGraphs’ model of WAR, which parcels out pitching credit (or, in this case, blame) based on FIP. Baseball-Reference.com’s competing WAR model2Which, in the interest of full disclosure, I helped design. uses runs allowed — a fielding dependent statistic — as its starting point, before accounting for a pitcher’s defensive support using fielding metrics. Oftentimes, the two varieties of WAR will be in agreement, but they do not see eye to eye on Cincinnati’s place in baseball history: According to the B–R version, not only are the Reds not the worst staff ever, but their 4.3 pitching WAR is only the fourth-worst tally of 2016.The reason is simple. As gawdawful as the Reds’ fielding-independent numbers have been, Cincinnati pitchers have also overseen a .289 batting average on balls in play, seventh-lowest in baseball. FanGraphs’ WAR doesn’t care about this, seeing it as an artifact of luck and good fielding behind the Reds’ dreadful pitchers — but B–R’s version gives the pitchers some measure of credit for suppressing opposing BABIP, particularly because Cincinnati’s defenders score poorly in advanced fielding metrics such as defensive runs saved above average.Which approach is correct? That’s been a matter of no small debate among baseball wonks, but uber-wonk Tom Tango (MLB’s newly minted Statcast Czar) probably has the right idea when he advocates for averaging the two methods. Luckily, Dan Hirsch’s excellent site, The Baseball Gauge, allows users to create their own custom WAR metric,3And to download the raw data from their custom metric here, which is a great service to the research community. with an option to average B–R’s WAR with a FIP-based method à la FanGraphs. By that combined method, the 2016 Reds are bad — 29th-worst since 1901 — but not the worst. (That mantle belongs to the 1995 San Francisco Giants, whose combination of a horrible FIP and a mediocre BABIP — despite league-leading fielding metrics — was enough to dissatisfy all versions of WAR.)But even though this year’s Reds (probably) aren’t the worst staff ever assembled, it’s been a painful season for Brennaman and anyone else forced to watch them give up one gopher ball after another. Fans in Cincinnati can only hope that an offseason spent scouring the free-agency market for pitching will help close the book on one of the ugliest performances since people first started hurling a mass of hide-covered yarn and cork into a catcher’s mitt. read more

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Steve Nash Looks to Keep Family Away in Custody

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Lakers point guard Steve Nash is involved in a custody battle of an odd variety, as he fights to keep his ex-wife and three children from following him to Los Angeles. Nash separated from Alejandra Amarilla last year shortly after the birth of his son Matteo in 2010. Amarilla lived in Phoenix during the majority of Nash’s stint with the Suns following their 2005 marriage, but now she wants to bring Matteo and the twin daughters Nash fathered closer to their father’s new home.Despite Nash’s alleged legal action against the move, TMZ reports that Amarilla has retained divorce lawyer Lance Spiegel to combat the case in both Arizona and California. Nash has not given any public reason as to why he want to prevent his children from being nearby, but TMZ speculates that the two-time MVP could be required to pay more child support should the family move to Los Angeles.Nash, 38, has missed 15 of the Lakers’ 17 games this season after fracturing his left fibula early on in the team’s second game. The absence of the normally healthy veteran is a factor in the teams underwhelming 8-9 start. When he joined the team as a part of a sign and trade deal over the summer, Nash stated that he stayed on the west coast in order to be closer to his children. read more

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Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers

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1990 was the first season of the NFL’s current playoff format. Expected Super Bowls are based on a season-by-season logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup and whether his team made the Super Bowl.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com QuarterbackYears StartingYARDS Above BackupActualExpectedDiff. Rodgers hasn’t won as much as he should haveTop 10 NFL starting quarterbacks by Yards Above Backup QB, 1990-2017, with their actual and expected Super Bowl appearances TEN18.910.6JAX0.10.121.91478 PHI69PHI66PHI 28, WSH 13-4.1– The dismissal of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy — who was let go after the Packers’ stunning home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday — wasn’t exactly a shock. Perennially tabbed as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC, McCarthy’s team had gone just 11-16-1 over the past two seasons, including a disappointing 8-9-1 in games that featured future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers as Green Bay’s primary passer.1Meaning he led the team in attempts for the game. It was time for a change along the sidelines that Vince Lombardi once roamed.Things weren’t always so bleak on the frozen tundra. The McCarthy era had its high points, particularly early on — when he and Rodgers appeared to have Green Bay positioned on the cusp of a potential dynasty. But between postseason near-misses, roster changes, injuries and coaching miscues, McCarthy’s Packers never fulfilled that promise. Instead, it’s fair to wonder whether Green Bay squandered the prime of one of the most talented QBs in NFL history.The Packers team that McCarthy inherited in 2006 from Mike Sherman2Because every Packer coach must be named “Mike”. was one in transition — and that meant navigating some heavy-duty Brett Favre melodrama in his first two seasons at Green Bay’s helm. However, McCarthy quickly found that he had an all-time great on his hands in Rodgers, who, when he took over the starting job at age 25, was just entering his best years as a passer. The McCarthy-Rodgers marriage sputtered to a 6-10 finish in its first season but yielded great results shortly thereafter: an 11-5 playoff campaign in Year 2, then a Super Bowl crown in Year 3 and a 15-1 regular season (with Rodgers winning MVP) in Year 4. The sky seemed to be the limit for McCarthy and his star QB.Since the end of the 2011 regular season, however, the Packers have gone just 5-6 in the playoffs; by comparison, Tom Brady and the postseason Patriots are 13-5 over the same span. Green Bay’s record includes a crushing home defeat against the New York Giants two weeks after that 15-1 season ended and another loss in which they watched helplessly as ex-49er Colin Kaepernick destroyed their defense in 2012 — still one of the greatest individual QB games in playoff history. The Packers’ postseason circumstances have not always been ideal: For instance, that Giants game was actually the only time since 2011 that Green Bay lost in the playoffs while favored — meaning the rest of the losses were as underdogs. But at the same time, the Pack have also had clear chances to return to the Super Bowl, and they came up short in each of them.All told, it remains mystifying that a quarterback of Rodgers’s stature hasn’t won more frequently. If we run a simple logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup in a season and whether his team made the Super Bowl,3Minimum six starts during the season, using data since 1990 (the era of the current playoff setup). we’d expect Rodgers to have made 1.86 Super Bowls in his career through 2017 — roughly twice as many as he’s actually been to. (Meanwhile, other contemporary QBs — such as Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and even Brady — have gone to more than twice as many Super Bowls as we’d expect from their individual stats.) 10Tony Romo98,19201.11-1.11 CAR59CAR64TB 24, CAR 17-7.8– GB1.41.3ATL1.11.25.51469 TEN78TEN72TEN 26, NYJ 22-4.4– 7Philip Rivers1210,72101.54-1.54 WSH26.411.7NYG0.10.124.91435 8Steve Young810,02211.65-0.65 PHI28.324.2DAL81.119.451.01578 TB1.72.0NO100.00.06.91570 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 13Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 13 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game PIT62PIT54LAC 33, PIT 30+6.7– IND51IND62JAX 6, IND 0-14.0– 2Tom Brady1619,73583.63+4.37 3Drew Brees1617,25012.89-1.89 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION NE67NE65NE 24, MIN 10-3.8– CIN52%DEN59%DEN 24, CIN 10+8.5– MIN59.719.9SEA87.711.841.41572 IND9.810.1HOU98.22.423.61515 LAR68LAR79LAR 30, DET 16+4.1– CHI69CHI72NYG 30, CHI 27-6.1– 1Peyton Manning1721,58544.15-0.15 BAL65.0%+/-15.1KC100.0%+/-0.031.81628 6Ben Roethlisberger1410,94531.35+1.65 Playoff %Playoff % SEA83SEA83SEA 43, SF 16-1.5– CAR17.89.9CLE0.30.422.01454 5Aaron Rodgers1010,98811.86-0.86 DET0.30.3ARI0.00.04.21412 Super Bowls Made Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com ATL53ATL50BAL 26, ATL 16+1.5– Although the Packers hadn’t replaced a coach at midseason since 1953, Sunday’s loss forced their hand. Now they’ll need to figure out who’s next, from a candidate list that includes big names among both pro coordinators (Josh McDaniels) and up-and-coming college coaches (Lincoln Riley). They’ll also need to hope Rodgers’s issues were more related to McCarthy’s offense and less to his getting older and less productive — basically, that the next Packer coach will be more Mike Shanahan to Rodgers’s John Elway than Jimmy Johnson to his Dan Marino. So while the Packers may not have much on the line over the rest of their games, this promises to be the most interesting offseason Green Bay has had since Favre was retiring and unretiring more than a decade ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersMake sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard (or, if you’re like me, fall down it with each passing week).Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: Over time, it became more and more difficult for the Packers to come within striking distance of the Super Bowl. In 2015, Rodgers slumped to career-worst numbers without top wideout Jordy Nelson, though the team as a whole was still good enough to get to the divisional playoffs before losing. In 2016, it was more of the same when Rodgers mused that Green Bay could still “run the table” — sparking an eight-game winning streak that saw the QB return to vintage form and left the Packers a win away from the Super Bowl.4Though their defense was shredded by Matt Ryan and the Falcons for 493 yards, ending the streak. By then Rodgers was 34 years old, so a sense of urgency was setting in when 2017 came and went without a playoff berth — even though that could be written off as the byproduct of Rodgers missing nine starts.The 2018 season was always going to be the real crossroads for McCarthy. With a healthy Rodgers leading the way, the Pack could always count on contending in the past, so this year’s expectations were no different. But Rodgers’s numbers have been merely good, not great. Brett Hundley isn’t around anymore to take any blame. And unlike in 2015, when Green Bay was talented enough to survive despite a downturn in its QB’s individual stats, there has been no answer from the team’s supporting cast this time around. It all came crashing down around McCarthy in the loss to Arizona as 13½-point favorites, Green Bay’s single most disappointing defeat since the merger according to Pro-Football-Reference’s point-spread data.We can visualize the Packers’ decline over McCarthy’s final few years at the helm using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. Specifically, I’ve been tinkering with an experimental version of Elo that keeps a separate adjustment for the primary QB in each game, similar to how we treat starting pitchers in our MLB ratings.5For those curious, it uses what I’m calling a QB’s Performance Value Added (PVA). That metric starts with an estimate of a primary QB’s value over replacement (according to ESPN’s expected-points data) in a game:PVA = -2.2*Attempts + 3.7*Completions + (Pass Yds / 5) + 11.3*Pass TDs – 14.1*Interceptions – 8*Sacks – 1.1*Rushes + 0.6*Rush Yds + 15.9*Rush TDsIt then compares that number to the per-game average allowed by the opposing defense in all other games that season (excluding the game in question). By definition, an average PVA is 0.0. Then a running mean of PVA is kept for both teams and individual QBs, which is used to modify the team’s base rating depending on which QB is used. (Interestingly, the predictions work best when the individual ratings update slightly faster than the team ones, which suggest QB “hot streaks” do contain extra information.) Debut QBs are assigned an expected PVA of -47, and they reduce a team’s effective Elo rating by 108 points relative to an average QB. Using this, we can trace how a team’s performance rises and falls independent of its QB — which is useful in cases like 2017, when Rodgers was hurt and Hundley started nine games. (For instance, by season’s end, the Packers would have projected to be a 1529 Elo team with Rodgers starting — compared to a 1427 team with Hundley. And remember, 1500 is average.) HOU77HOU69HOU 29, CLE 13-6.6– 9Matt Ryan108,25111.14-0.14 DEN20.911.1SF0.00.024.71427 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS MIA6.67.4NE99.70.516.21537 KC83KC89KC 40, OAK 33+0.4– LAC96.03.6CIN0.91.39.11504 The best matchups of Week 14Week 14 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions GB73GB79ARI 20, GB 17-10.5– BUF0.00.0NYJ0.00.02.41377 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality MIA58MIA57MIA 21, BUF 17-2.3– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. At the beginning of 2015, the Packers had an effective Elo of 1622, which included a 73-point boost from having Rodgers at QB and a 49-point boost from his teammates. By the end of the year, Green Bay’s effective Elo was still in the same neighborhood (1597), despite Rodgers’s adjustment actually dropping to negative 11, because the rest of the team carried a larger share of the weight (+108). Meanwhile, at the peak of the Packers’ run-the-table surge in 2016, the team’s 1657 effective Elo arose out of a 61-point boost from Rodgers and 97 additional points (relative to league average) from the rest of the team.But fast-forward to now, and it’s clear how much the Packers have crumbled around Rodgers. His own adjustment is 16 points of Elo above an average QB, the lowest it’s been since Week 10 of the 2016 season. But he’s still expected to be above average; his supporting cast, by contrast, has fallen to a negative-67 score relative to the average team. That’s the worst they have been in Rodgers’s entire NFL career, and it isn’t especially close. Keeping QB play constant, the Packers’ Elo has dropped by a total of 139 points since the end of the 2016 season, which is essentially the difference in current Elo ratings of the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams and the 6-6 Carolina Panthers.The reasons for the slide are varied, but many can be traced back to a series of poor drafts under former general manager Ted Thompson, who was replaced by current front-office chief Brian Gutekunst in January. As Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler pointed out last week, only three of Green Bay’s 17 draftees from 2014 and 2015 remain on the current roster. While no team can avoid dry spells in the NFL draft if given enough time, the Packers also — largely by design — did little in the way of enlisting outside help as a backup plan.6In addition to the lack of starters from recent drafts, only two of the team’s current starters were drafted by a team other than Green Bay. Again, this was the byproduct of the Packers’ religious devotion to drafting and developing their own prospects, but that plan only really works when you draft well. Combine those infrastructural problems with criticisms of McCarthy’s offensive scheme (criticisms of a perceived lack of innovation that Rodgers apparently shared), plus legitimate complaints about Rodgers’s own decline in performance, and a season like this was bound to happen to Green Bay sooner or later.Even so, it came contrary to preseason predictions. Going into the schedule, you might have penciled in this week’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons as a marquee game with playoff implications. Instead, it will be the third-worst game of the week, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs):7A little note is in order here, to explain how these game importance ratings are now calculated. All season long, I have been crunching the numbers on how a given game affects the two teams involved. But this week, with the playoffs on the horizon and certain matchups taking on more importance because of their outside implications, I changed the formula to add up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. PIT83.811.0OAK0.00.023.71453 4Brett Favre1913,04721.86+0.14 NO64NO74DAL 13, NO 10-15.3– CHI94.44.3LAR100.00.010.81615 After a series of narrow wins at midseason, the algorithm handed the readers their worst loss (-55.2 points on average) since Week 3. Some of the blame can go to the subject of this column — the Green Bay Packers, whose loss not only cost Mike McCarthy his job but also cost users 10.5 points on average. But readers were also burned by the Jaguars’ win over the Colts and the Cowboys’ upset victory over the Saints. Add it up, and Elo has beaten the average reader 12 times in 13 weeks this season.But congrats to Mike Edelstein, who led all users in Week 13 with 137.0 points, and to one of my favorite leaderboard names, Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,002.1 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Zack Greinke Is One Of A Kind

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Here, we point out that the goal of a changeup is usually to fool the batter by presenting a speed different from that of the fastball. Greinke does not do that. Just over a month ago, the Houston Astros pulled off the biggest move of the season: In a deal reported minutes after the trade deadline had passed, the Astros acquired Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks to form baseball’s best rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the two likeliest Cy Young candidates.Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, has been stellar this season — a 2.99 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, he would be the top pitcher on two-thirds of teams and the No. 3 on just three — and that’s the one he’s on. The move already has paid dividends for the ‘Stros, who are 5-2 in Greinke’s starts and have baseball’s best run differential since the trade — by nearly 50 runs.Now six weeks into team No. 6 (remember when he was traded to the Angels for the 2012 stretch run?), Greinke continues to adapt. At 35 years old, it’s anyone’s guess how long he can keep up this performance, but he’s signed through 2021 and should contribute through then. And because of the way he’s dealt with his decreasing velocity by relying on command and movement, he should be set up well for continued long-term success.According to Statcast, Greinke throws eight pitches: four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker (or two-seam fastball), split finger, cutter and eephus. (We’ll get back to that last one.) Only Yu Darvish has as many listed on his Statcast page, with the same eight (though the classifications may hide some of Darvish’s arsenal). Anibal Sanchez, Rich Hill and Odrisamer Despaigne are the only pitchers with seven.But it’s not just the variety of pitches that makes Greinke special. It’s how he throws them.Consider his changeup. Greinke throws his offspeed on 21.9 percent of pitches — a fairly steady increase from 7.9 percent back in 2008. Yet as his fastball has lost velocity, from once hitting more than 100 miles per hour in 2010 to averaging below 90 in 2019, his changeup has gotten faster. Instead, Greinke uses a power changeup with devastating late movement. Only Edubray Ramos has a smaller average speed difference. Greinke’s pitch has surpassed his slider, which used to be considered his best pitch, as the second option. Along with this, Greinke’s cutter, a staple of his arsenal in 2012 and 2013, has all but disappeared.Then there’s the curveball, a slow sweeping pitch. Greinke’s curveball is the second-slowest among qualified starters, behind the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin, at just over 70 miles per hour.This is where the eephus comes in. Greinke’s curve can be thrown so slow that Statcast registers it as the arcing pitch. But it’s not clear whether it’s a different pitch or just a curveball thrown slower. Nobody is throwing a true eephus, though six pitchers are credited with the pitch this year; only Greinke has one under 60 miles per hour. But even if you consider his eephus and his curveball as the same pitch, Greinke would still be tied with Sanchez and Darvish for the lead with seven different pitches.MLB pitchers have struck out 16 hitters on sub-67 mph pitches this year. Greinke owns eight of those (and four of the rest are from position players) with his slow curve that can make batters look silly.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/d20e23b5-749c-4869-9845-d5b61e1ee064.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The newest one is the split-finger, which he threw in April for the first time since pitch tracking began in 2008. He’s thrown five so far in 2019, including three to Jacob DeGrom in the same at bat. If he’s experimenting with it now, there’s a chance it becomes a regular part of his arsenal in the future, especially with the Astros’ penchant for getting the most out of pitch selection.But beyond his wide repertoire of pitches, Greinke’s pitching style is one of a kind. He throws most pitches low but gets strikes. Even though he throws fewer pitches in the strike zone than average, he almost never falls behind. And his .198 wOBA allowed on pitches out of the zone is second in MLB, also behind Corbin.Greinke has faced just 11 3-0 counts this year and had thrown a fastball every time, almost always on the edge, until he gave Christian Yelich a perfect changeup last week. None of the 20 other pitchers with as many pitches this year has seen fewer than 15 such counts. In the month of July, Greinke threw 479 pitches and none was in a 3-0 count. He threw eight pitches with a 2-0 count — seven were in the strike zone and the other was fouled off. He’ll throw in the strike zone when he falls behind; that just doesn’t happen very often. And even when he does, batters can’t take advantage — they’re just 2-16 on 2-0 counts this year despite seeing 65 percent of pitches in the strike zone.When he’s ahead, it’s a different story. That’s when the sub-70 curveball becomes devastating. Ahead in the count, Greinke throws just 27 percent of pitches in the strike zone; the league average is 38 percent. And 76 percent of his strikeouts have been on pitches out of the zone, well higher than the league average of 56 percent. And his plan of attack is to go low. On 1-2 counts, specifically, Greinke throws in either the lower third or below the strike zone more often than any other pitcher.Greinke is truly a unique pitcher. His fastball and offspeed have nearly the same velocity, but his curveball is one of the slowest. He throws outside of the strike zone but never falls behind, and batters can’t seem to figure out any of his pitches.Through his impressive career, the one thing Greinke lacks is a ring. He has 11 postseason appearances, but his biggest impact was probably his lone start in the 2014 NLDS (in which he scored more runs than he allowed in seven innings). He makes the top 10 list of career games started without a World Series appearance. But if he earns a huge postseason moment, he could move from likely Hall of Famer to potentially first ballot. Perhaps he’ll have that chance in Houston this October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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NFL week 11 guide to fantasy football

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Play ‘em Shaun Hill (Detroit): Quarterback Matthew Stafford is hurt once again, which opens up the window of opportunity for Hill. Last week, Hill threw for 323 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hill has now thrown for 300 yards or more yards in three games this season. Throw in the fact that Hill plays the Cowboys (21st-ranked pass defense), and Hill should be considered a starter, especially for teams fighting for a playoff spot or in need quarterback help. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh): Roethlisberger is coming off his best game statistically, last week against New England, when he had 387 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Granted, the Steelers had to play catch up, but it was still impressive. Potentially losing Hines Ward to a head injury could decrease Big Ben’s value, but Mike Wallace is emerging as a solid wide receiver. Although Roethlisberger faces the second-best pass defense of Oakland, he had relative success against the Black Hole last year, throwing for 278 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Peyton Hillis (Cleveland): Hillis had a slight setback in Week 10 against the Jets, with 82 rushing yards, one touchdown and a lost fumble. With that touchdown, Hillis has now found the end zone in all but one of the Browns’ nine games. Expect Hillis to get back on track against a Jacksonville defense that surrenders 115 rushing yards per game. Jamaal Charles (Kansas City): The Broncos did a nice job bottling up Charles last week, holding him to 14 carries for 41 yards. However, Charles managed 80 yards receiving with a touchdown. Going forward, Charles will continue to split carries with Thomas Jones but will be the focal point in the Chiefs’ offense. Consider Charles a No. 1 fantasy running back this week against Arizona, which allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and is coming off a 91-yard, touchdown performance by the Bucs’ LaGarrette Blount. Dez Bryant (Dallas): One player benefiting from Tony Romo’s injury has been Bryant. Last week, Bryant had 104 yards and a touchdown. As long as Jon Kitna is the starting quarterback, Bryant will remain a better option than Miles Austin. This week, Bryant faces a Lions defense that allows 233 passing yards per game. Bryant makes a solid No. 2 fantasy wide receiver option this week. Marques Colston (New Orleans): After a slow start to the 2010 season, Colston is starting to produce. In Week 9 against Carolina, Colston caught eight passes for 65 yards. Expect Colston to find the end zone against Seattle, which allows the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Bench ‘em Matt Schaub (Houston): Schaub received treatment on his knee that forced a trip to the hospital this week. Last week, Schaub threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville. Don’t expect a repeat performance against the Jets. Jay Cutler (Chicago): Cutler has potential to be a quality fantasy quarterback because of the Bears’ offense, but has not shown it yet. Last week against Minnesota, Cutler threw for 237 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Interceptions continue to be Cutler’s problem; he’s thrown nine. Until the Bears get a go-to receiver, Cutler will struggle. Matt Forte (Chicago): Forte continues to get a lot of touches but is unable to pile up the yardage. Last week, Forte had 21 carries for 69 yards. Forte is losing goal-line carries to Chester Taylor and has yet to score a touchdown since Week 6 against Seattle. Forte is too inconsistent to start each week. Brandon Jackson (Green Bay): Jackson showed some versatility in Week 9 against Dallas, with 42 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Jackson won’t put up big numbers against a Vikings defense that allows 100 rushing yards per game and hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in two straight games. Mike Williams (Seattle): Williams had a broken pinkie but still had 145 receiving yards last week. Like Forte, Williams’ problem is inconsistency, with three double-digit receiving games versus four games with fewer than two catches. Williams’ production will dip if Matt Hasselbeck is not starting. This week, Williams faces a Saints defense that allows the fewest amount of fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (9). Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati): Ocho is battling a shoulder injury but regardless of health, Ocho is a bench player. In his last game against Buffalo, he had three receptions for 48 yards. Also, the Bills have a surprisingly stout pass defense, allowing just 207 yards per game. Expect Terrell Owens to get the majority of the looks against his former team. read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Looking into the future of Ohio State mens basketball

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s season came to a disappointing end Friday with a 62-60 loss to No. 4-seeded Kentucky. With no more Buckeye basketball to be played this season, looking to the future is the only option. Though the season just concluded, much can already be determined about next year’s squad. The team will return two starters, freshman forward Jared Sullinger and junior guard William Buford, assuming they hold true to their stated intentions not to enter the NBA Draft. The Buckeyes also will welcome back freshman point guard Aaron Craft, who was fifth on the team in minutes played, and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas. Beyond those four seemingly known commodities, the future of OSU basketball becomes less clear. The star Recently named first-team All-American, Sullinger is arguably the most talented player the Buckeyes will have next season. The 6-foot-9 post player led the team in points and rebounds last season with 17.2 and 10.1 per game, respectively. “He’s extremely productive. … He commands a lot of respect,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a great player.” The forward also took home Freshman of the Year honors and remains a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the nation’s best player. With a year of experience under his belt, Sullinger is expected to excel futher during his sophomore campaign. The OSU youngster is likely to be the nation’s front-runner for the Naismith Award next season, regardless of whether he brings home the hardware this year. Sullinger is making sure to put in the work during the offseason. Following his team’s final loss of the season, Sullinger said, “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back.” The veteran Although Sullinger likely will be the Buckeye who receives the most attention, Buford will be the one with the most experience. As a senior, Buford will be the only player on the OSU roster who will start the season with more than one year of program experience. He has three full years in the system. Besides leadership, Buford brings a shooter’s touch to the 2011–12 squad. “Will’s an awesome guy,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he (has) knocked them down.” Buford shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range this past season, good for the third-best 3-point shooting season in school history. The guard was also second in scoring on the team, with 14.4 points per game. Buford sits at 22nd in school history in points scored, with 1,424. If he maintains this past season’s scoring pace next season, he will finish fourth. The engine With Sullinger expected to score in the post and Buford expected to score from the outside, Craft will be expected to push the defense and facilitate the offense. Throughout the season, the freshman point guard was praised for his on-ball defensive abilities. Craft, who averaged a team-high two steals a game, embraces the role of lockdown defender. “I’ve always just enjoyed doing it, even in AAU. I always had to guard … the team’s best player,” he said. “It’s something I’ve grown into.” With fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, whom Matta often has called the best defender in college basketball, departing from the program, Craft will be able to take over the role of the team’s best defender. Besides his defense, Craft will be required to set up the offense from his position. The freshman was fourth in the Big Ten in assists last season, with 4.8 per game. “I think as you really get to know Aaron, you get to spend time with him, you watch him develop. It’s amazing,” Matta said. “He’s been so steady throughout the course of the year.” Craft played his best basketball late in the season, logging an OSU-record 15 assists against George Mason in the NCAA Tournament. The tank Thomas came off the bench last season to average 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 14 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. With the departure of wing players Lighty and Jon Diebler, Thomas likely will be a starter next season. Despite his single-digit scoring average, Thomas scored double figures 10 times during the season and notched 20 or more points on three occasions. “I think we’ve seen, throughout the course, that Deshaun can score in bunches,” Matta said. “He’s a very talented player, and he really has a knack … for finding open areas, finding the seams.” Besides providing instant offense, Thomas’ 62 offensive rebounds were good for second on the team. With added minutes next season, expect those numbers to rise. The unknown Craft and Thomas will likely join Sullinger and Buford in the starting lineup next year. But determining who will fill that fifth spot, and how Matta will use his bench, will be more difficult to determine. The remaining player with any significant playing time from this past season is freshman guard Jordan Sibert, who appeared in 25 games and averaged 8.3 minutes a game. Starting Sibert would create a relatively small starting five. Matta has shown a tendency to start multiple post players in the past. This past season, the coach started the 6-foot-9 Sullinger and 6-foot-8 senior center Dallas Lauderdale. If he wants to go big again, he seems to have two options: Boston College transfer forward Evan Ravenel and incoming freshman center Amir Williams. Ravenel averaged just 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes off the bench when he played for Boston College. Despite the underwhelming numbers, the forward does have a year in the program on his side. Williams, on the other hand, could become the newest freshman post player to start at OSU. The 6-foot-9 center is the nation’s No. 7 center and No. 73 overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. Matta, who has often used a short bench, will need to decide how he wants to use the remaining talented players. Freshman guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. received playing time in blowout victories, and freshman forward J.D. Weatherspoon did the same before being ruled academically ineligible for winter quarter. Four recruits, including No. 17-ranked point guard and No. 62 overall recruit Shannon Scott, will join Williams in vying for playing time as freshmen. Regardless of how Matta pieces together the puzzle that is next year’s season, the established pieces and young talent are there. Whichever grouping of players the coach relies on will strive to accomplish the goal that the 2010–11 team could not: a national championship. read more

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Mens basketball 2018 fourstar recruit Luther Muhammad commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to pile up commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, receiving the commitment of four-star guard Luther Muhammad Friday. The Jersey City, New Jersey, native is the third recruit in the class to announce his intentions to join the Buckeyes in 2018, joining four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington Jr.The Wait Is Over. @The_Unguarded pic.twitter.com/4w9SEJIc0x— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017Listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Muhammad is regarded as the 71st-best prospect in the nation, 14th-best point guard and fifth-best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.The product of Hudson Catholic High School had also reportedly received offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and others. Ohio State would have had a class of seven prospects, but guards Dane Goodwin and Torrence Watson and small forwards Darius Bazely and Justin Ahrens all decommited from the Buckeyes, earlier this year. read more

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Analysis Which Ohio State offensive players will declare early for the NFL

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Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorQuarterback J.T. Barrett, left tackle Jamarco Jones and 17 other Ohio State seniors will play their final collegiate game on Friday when the Buckeyes take on USC in the Cotton Bowl. They will be joined by a select group of redshirt sophomores, junior and redshirt juniors who will decide to forgo their remaining years of eligibility to test their mettle in the NFL draft. None of them have declared their intention of entering the NFL draft yet, though more than a couple will suit up for the final time in Scarlet and Gray on Friday.Here is a look at the situation of each offensive underclassman who might declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft and play their final game for Ohio State on Friday. Also, read about which of Ohio State’s defensive players might declare early for the draft.Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie DixonWhy he would leave early: After battling injuries for the majority of his collegiate career, Dixon is finally healthy and, early in the season, was a primary playmaker for Ohio State. He has pulled in 18 catches for 422 yards, an average of 23.4 yards per reception. Dixon could capitalize on his health and declare early for the NFL. Though the health issues and lack of long-term production would hurt him in the eyes of NFL evaluators, he would have a shot at hanging on an NFL roster. If Dixon returns, he could have another injury issue that would limit him his final year and potentially end his profession football career before it begins. Also, he would once again have to fight for touches at a crowded receiver position.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Dixon has been an integral part of Ohio State’s offense, he ranks just eighth on the team in catches. With another season in college, Dixon could expand his role and work for more touches. He could also improve how NFL teams view his future role. Given his high yard per reception average, Dixon is seen as a deep threat by many, but believes he can be much more. Another season would allow him to prove that to the NFL. Also, with Dwayne Haskins likely stepping in as starter, Dixon could get more opportunities catching passes from a more prototypical pocket-passing quarterback.Prediction: Finally healthy, Dixon leaves early for the NFL. If he sees an opportunity to get paid, especially after dealing with devastating injury issues, it would be hard to imagine him turning it down. Even though he might go undrafted, Dixon would have a shot at latching onto an NFL roster, something he would have no shot to do if he, once again, gets injured.Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior H-back Parris CampbellWhy he would leave early: One of the fastest players on Ohio State, Campbell would offer NFL teams a versatile weapon capable of gashing teams on the ground, in the air or on kick returns. In his second year as a starter, he ranks second on the team with 39 catches for 587 yards and the former high school running back has added 90 yards on seven carries. He has three 57-plus yard catches. Campbell’s return ability — he averages 36.6 yards on nine kick returns — might be most appealing to NFL teams, though. He has already started two seasons and, if he returns for his redshirt senior year, would still be fighting for touches since most receivers will return.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Campbell has showed his game-breaking speed and the ability to stretch short catches into long gains, he has not been the prototypical NFL receiver. Specifically, he has struggled to catch the ball, an ability usually in demand for wide receivers. If he returns to Ohio State, Campbell could show an improved catching ability which could make teams view him as more of a receiver rather than an athlete who returns kicks and can catch short passes.Prediction: Campbell declares early for the NFL draft and forgoes his final collegiate season. With two years of starting — one at receiver (2016) and one at H-back (2017) — he has proven his strengths and weaknesses. If here were to return to college, Campbell would be unlikely to make drastic enough strides to dramatically improve his draft stock. NFL teams have seen his speed and ability to break plays. Another year in college would not do much to the draft stock of Campbell, a known commodity.Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurinWhy he would leave early: One of head coach Urban Meyer’s favorite players, McLaurin has reeled in 28 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns, including an 84-yard score in the Big Ten championship win against Wisconsin. But Meyer does not like him for his receiving ability. Instead, he appreciates the wideout’s blocking and unselfishness. In the NFL, McLaurin could offer teams a versatile option who could go out for routes, but also block and make plays on special teams.Why he wouldn’t leave early: McLaurin’s style of play is not a natural fit for the NFL. Teams pay players to make catches, not to block. Though he has 28 receptions, neither his catching ability nor his athleticism stand out in comparison to other NFL prospects. If McLaurin returns for his final year of eligibility at Ohio State, he could show marked improvement in skills most valued by NFL teams. Prediction: McLaurin will be back for his redshirt senior season. Despite ranking third on the team in catches and receiving touchdowns, McLaurin is viewed less as a receiving option and more as a blocker. In order to show NFL teams he can be more than a blocking receiver, he needs to make improvements in his receiving skills.Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Redshirt junior right guard Demetrius KnoxWhy he would leave early: Though he has just seven collegiate starts, Knox played well in his limited snaps. The redshirt junior took over for Branden Bowen after the opening-game starting right guard after Bowen went down with a broken leg. Though he lost the position battle to Bowen in the offseason, Knox filled in admirably for him. If he were to return for a fifth collegiate season, Knox would have to hold off Bowen, Matt Burrell, Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers and a bevy of other talented linemen to hold onto his starting spot. Why he wouldn’t leave early: Without much film of Knox playing, NFL teams would be wary to select the 6-foot-4, 308-pound interior lineman. Though he would have to battle Bowen and others for a starting spot, the chance to return to school would allow Knox to prove the small sample size of five games is not a mirage. Recent Ohio State offensive linemen who have succeeded in the NFL were multi-year starters in college, something that would benefit Knox. Prediction: Knox will return for his final collegiate season. If he were to declare, Knox likely would not get drafted, despite his large frame and physical style of play. Another year of collegiate play would allow NFL teams to have a better idea of the player they would get.OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorJunior right tackle Isaiah PrinceWhy he would leave early: Prince is just a year removed from a turbulent season during which he faltered at key moments and fans called for him to be replaced as starting right tackle. But now, after his second season as a starter, Prince has positioned himself as an intriguing potential early entrant into the NFL draft. With a massive 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame, Prince has learned to maximize his power and has improved agility in pass block sets. He has the size NFL teams desire and is physically ready for the next step.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he has improved in his second season as a starter at Ohio State, Prince has the ability to further improve his draft stock by continuing to make advances in his pass block ability, mobility and footwork. With left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price graduating, he also would have the opportunity to step into a leadership role with a fellow two-year starter, sophomore left guard Michael Jordan. Prediction: Prince returns for his third year as Ohio State’s starting right tackle. Next year’s spotlight on him and the ability to continue making dramatic improvements in his weak spots could dramatically improve his draft stock. After a horrific first season and good second season as a starter, Prince has the ability to continue the trend line in a positive direction by returning to Ohio State for his senior season.Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike WeberWhy he would leave early: Weber entered the year as the presumed starter after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a redshirt freshman. But after suffering a partially-torn hamstring, Weber lost his starting spot to freshman phenom J.K. Dobbins, who will be back next year and in 2019. Though Weber is a solid back who etched his name in program history with the 1,096-yard season, he would likely not be able to reclaim the starting job. Entering the NFL draft would allow him to move on from what likely would be an unwinnable position battle and maximize his NFL potential while healthy.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he would like have to split reps, Weber could return in a successful one-two punch with Dobbins, similar to that of former USC running backs Reggie Bush and Lendale White. Weber showcased improved speed at times, but dealt with injuries and a lack of playing time. Those two factors prevented Weber from demonstrating improvements from the season prior. Another year of college would allow NFL teams the ability to scout the player they would expect to draft.Prediction: After three years at Ohio State, Weber decides to leave college for the NFL. The challenge of competing for carries with Dobbins seems steep. The added mileage on a running back’s body combined with a lack of opportunity make the NFL an appealing option. He expected to be the starter, but was unexpectedly usurped. Though he would also have to fight for carries in the NFL, he would be getting paid and is now healthy enough to maximize the opportunity. Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore H-back K.J. HillWhy he would leave early: Often lost in the shuffle of Ohio State’s unusually large cast of six starting wide receivers, Hill finished with a team-leading 55 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns. He was quarterback J.T. Barrett’s safety valve and always seemed to come through at key moments of the game. A possession slot receiver, Hill is an advanced route runner. He also has the versatility to impact the game on special teams, a skill NFL teams value highly.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Hill is far from an explosive wideout. None of his 55 catches went for more than 29 yards and he 9.9 yards per catch, the lowest amount of any Ohio State wide receiver with more than three catches. In order to not just make an NFL roster, but to thrive at the professional level, he will need to maximize his technical receiving skills. Another year or two at Ohio State, would put him in position to showcase his strengths to the NFL and work on converting more explosive plays.Prediction: Hill returns for his fourth collegiate season. The benefits outweigh the costs for Hill, who would likely be a low draft pick or even go undrafted. With his current lack of explosiveness, the pressure would be on to either make a team as a punt returner and special teams ace or somehow convince teams he can translate a seeming lack of speed into production at a higher level, which seems unlikely.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end Rashod BerryWhy he would leave early: On a team stocked with some of the best athletes in college football, Berry stands out. A physical freak who has played on both sides of the ball, he seems to have settled in at tight end. But he retains the ability to play defensive end. NFL teams have shown the willingness to take risks on physical specimens. Mo-Alie Cox, a former VCU basketball player, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after not playing football since he was 14 years old. Berry, who also has a basketball background, would likely be given a shot by a team.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Berry does not even have a steady position and has never started a game in college. He played behind tight end Marcus Baugh this season and has a chance to step into the starting role next year. Another year or two of development could do him wonders and potentially make him a well-regarded prospect not just for his combination of lifting and jumping abilities, but his football skills, as well.Prediction: Berry returns for his redshirt junior season at Ohio State. Sure, his body is ready for the NFL, but he does not have an obvious position in the NFL. In a year or two, his football skills could match his physicality, which would pique the interest of NFL teams. read more

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Exclusive Sam Allardyce claimed HMRC is the most corrupt business in Britain

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first_imgAllardyce was an investor along with many high profile people and was not one of the architects of the scheme.Allardyce said:  “Most of the punters don’t owe it. In fact most of the punters, actually the taxman owes them money.”But because the country’s so skint, they come to government and say we’re skint, government says we’re skint how we gonna get the money. Let’s change the laws and let’s just fly out these demands. Sam Allardyce leaves his home on Tuesday morning following newspaper allegations about his conduct Sam Allardyce during a meeting with undercover reporters “If you invested in this tax scheme, where they pay the tax back, for investing in new businesses, or in regeneration zones, do you know what I mean, in current poverty areas.“But HMRC, you have to pay it back even if you don’t owe it.“The most corrupt, it’s the most corrupt business in the country at the minute, HMRC”.Allardyce, McIlroy and Rooney have always denied any wrongdoing. The same year Allardyce, then manager of Sunderland FC, was caught up in a £275million tax fraud involving a fake film company.The CPS is currently seeking to recover some £100million from the scheme’s ringleaders, four of whom were convicted in June. Allardyce, whose future as England head coach is on the brink as the Football Association considers the revelations of the Telegraph investigation, was named in 2013 in connection with HMRC’s inquiry into a £450million tax scam.Footballer Wayne Rooney and golfer Rory McIlroy were also among those who invested in the government-backed scheme, which offered tax relief for investing in deprived areas.There is no suggestion that any of the three did anything wrong. Tax avoidance is not illegal in the UK.center_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. Sam Allardyce during a meeting with undercover reportersCredit:The Telegraph Sam Allardyce pictured on Tuesday, the morning after newspaper allegations surfaced about alleged corruptionCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd  Sam Allardyce complained about the tax system in the UK during the Telegraph’s investigation into alleged corruption in football, claiming HMRC is the “most corrupt business” in Britain.The England manager, who has himself been investigated twice over his tax affairs, told undercover reporters:  “The most corrupt business in our country would be what? You’ll be shocked when I tell you this – HMRC.“They fly out tax demands without any real knowledge whether they should or shouldn’t.“They just put ‘em out willy-nilly and if you pay them, people s— themselves and pay them. “Then they go to their accountant and say, and if you’ve got a s— accountant, the account s—- himself and says, well you must owe them, you had better pay it.”last_img read more

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Uber backlash in Surrey town as hundreds sign petition amid claims drivers

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first_imgThe council, discussing the problems facing Horley, heard that Uber was sending a manager twice a week to check on drivers.Mr Durrant said: “Our officers have met again with Uber and expressed our concerns in the strongest possible terms.”Uber drivers found breaking the terms of the contract including parking in non-designated spaces without a valid parking ticket will receive a penalty charge notice.”Secondly, Uber are sending a manager twice a week to ensure proper conduct by their drivers.”And thirdly, Uber are expected and required to maintain the toilet and rubbish facilities used by their drivers, soiling or littering in the streets or the car park will not be tolerated.”There’s a final option, the council can cancel the contract. Whilst exercising this option would push the problems back into the wider Horley area it has to be considered if this utterly unacceptable behaviour continues.”Mr Durrant later added: “We have already provided extra litter bins and signage in the car park to make it clear to drivers where they can park and have further signage being erected at the entrance to the car park.”If a person sees an individual carrying out the antisocial behaviour and associates this with a vehicle registration number then please report it to Uber so that they can take appropriate action.” Uber app Uber drivers could effectively be forced out of a Surrey town after claims they have been “leering” at and “intimidating” residents.Reigate and Banstead Borough Council agreed last year to lease Uber 50 spaces in the Horley high street car park and a portable toilet was set up following complaints that drivers were urinating in public.But the agreement might be terminated after residents continued to complain to the council and more than 300 have signed a petition to cancel the contract with Uber, the ride-sharing app.Councillors said some Uber drivers had been sleeping in their cars, leaving their engines running and not using the toilets available. I am…concerned at reports of some residents being intimidated or chased out of the car park… this council will not accept this type of behaviourCllr Christian Stevens Conservative councillor Christian Stevens said: “Many of my residents are concerned that the council has provided parking spaces to Uber in Horley’s High Street car park.”This appears to have led to Uber drivers manipulating the car park and in some cases chasing residents off of what is a public facility.”Additionally, there are reports of drivers not using the Portaloos Uber provided, leering and intimidating residents, leaving their engines running, sleeping in their cars and parking in spaces not marked for them.”Councillor James Durrant, portfolio holder for enforcement, said that some residents felt they had been “chased out of the car park” by some drivers.Mr Durrant said: “Although there has been some self-policing by Uber drivers I understand that there are still a number of them who do not park in the designated spaces, leave their engines running or sleep in their vehicles.”This is against the terms of the contract, I am also concerned at reports of some residents being intimidated or chased out of the car park, this is a public facility and this council will not accept this type of behaviour.”center_img Uber is a ride-sharing appCredit:DANIEL SORABJI/AFP 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. An Uber spokesman said: “We fully agree with councillor Durrant: anti-social behaviour is completely unacceptable and not what we expect from an Uber partner-driver.”We’re putting in place a range of measures to address this and have already reiterated the requirement to comply with the requirements of the car park.”Any partner found to be acting antisocially risks permanently losing access to the Uber app.”last_img read more

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First Grand National winners silks discovered and put on display for first

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jem Mason’s silk jacket before restorationCredit: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing It has long been thought that when Jem Mason won the first Grand National 178 years ago he was proudly sporting the blue silk of one of the most prominent racehorse owners of the day.But a startling new discovery will force racing aficionados to rewrite the history books.The original silk jacket worn by Mason when he romped to victory on Lottery has now been unearthed and is revealed to have in fact been a vivid shade of red.The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing, at Newmarket, acquired Mason’s silk at auction and, after a long and painstaking programme of restoration by textile experts, has put it on public display for the first time.Most contemporary paintings of Mason show him wearing the blue silk and black cap of racehorse owner John Elmore, leading in later years to the widespread assumption that these were the colours he wore at Aintree, when the first Grand National was held on February 26, 1839.However, experts now believe the confusion arose because Elmore later changed his colours from the red which Mason wore in that inaugural race to blue. The reassessment of the winning colours prompted by the discovery of the silk jacket was confirmed by a calendar and race card examined by racing historian Timothy Cox, who advised the National Horseracing Museum, where the jacket is to be displayed.Mr Cox said: “There has long been confusion about which colours the first winner of the Grand National wore, with several prints showing him in blue.“But after the red silk jacket emerged I consulted my records and found ‘The Steeplechase Calendar’, published in 1845, and a race card from 1832 in the Museum’s collection that showed John Elmore’s racing silks were indeed scarlet when Lottery won the first Grand National.“It’s believed that Elmore changed the colour of his racing silks several years later to blue with a black cap.”Mr Cox added: “As a researcher I’m amazed by how many times a story is repeated and nobody goes back to check to see if it’s true. This is a prime example of that.”Mason’s silk had been languishing in a private collection in Liverpool and came to light when it was included in the catalogue of Graham Budd auctions in 2007. Jem Mason's silk jacket before restorationcenter_img Contemporary painting of Jem Mason on Lottery (R), wearing blue silk Contemporary painting of Jem Mason on Lottery (R), wearing blue silkCredit:Artokoloro Quint Lox Limited/Alamy  On the day Mason won the National on Lottery he took the lead at the first obstacle and maintained his winning position until the end, finishing in a time of 14 minutes and 53 seconds.The same race saw Captain Martin Becher – who had taken up steeplechasing after his appointment as a captain of the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry and was known for his party trick of springing onto a mantel piece from a standing jump – thrown into a brook after his horse Conrad dug in his heels at a jump.As a result the obstacle became known as Beecher’s Brook, going on to become one of the most famous jumps in racing.The colour of the winner’s silk was not the only detail of the race to be disputed.The official record states that there were seven finishers out of a starting line up of 17. But press reports at the time suggest that ten riders completed the course.Mason himself, who was born to a horse-trading family in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, had something of a reputation as a dandy and was known for his habit of socialising with the nobility of the day.But he failed to live up to his early promise and though he continued racing until 1848 he was never able to repeat his early triumph.Mason married twice, the first time to Elmore’s daughter, before dying of throat cancer in 1866.His silk jacket was carefully restored by a team of conservators led by Jane Smith at the National Trust’s Textile Conservation Studio, in Norfolk, and although too fragile even to hang on a mannequin – it has to be laid flat in a display case or it will tear – it still retains its original sheen and colour.Chris Garibaldi, director at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, said: “These silks were bought to add to our fascinating collection of horseracing objects, but in particular they are relevant to telling the story of the Grand National, and are now one of the most significant items within the Museum’s collection.”last_img read more

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Brave Romanian baker hits terrorist over the head with crate before giving

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first_imgHe said: “Oh my God, it is a terrorist attack here.“The terrorists cut the people on the streets.”He was then heard asking for a weapon so he could protect the injured from further attack.People have since praised the brave chef, with one saying “I believe Florin is a hero for bravely attacking one terrorist and for being ready to continue the fight”.Another said: “You have my respect.” He said when he went outside and saw two people stabbing others, he at first “froze” and didn’t know what to do. But then he went and hit one of the attackers on the head with a crate.”There was a car with a loudspeaker saying ‘go, go’ and they (police) threw a grenade…. and then I ran.”In an interview for ProFM, a Romanian radio station, Mr Morariu said that he now feared he could be the target of a revenge attack.“I don’t want any money and I didn’t want to be a hero. The only thing I want now is to be given some protection,” he explained. “Frankly, I’m disappointed. I tried to do good; to do the right thing, but no-one from the police has called me to discuss security.” A Romanian chef sheltered 20 people in his bakery and hit one of the #LondonBridge attackers on the head with a crate. This is London.— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ ᴍᴏᴏʀᴇ جاك (@JFXM) June 4, 2017 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. “They said ‘It’s a terrorist attack,’ and ‘Can’t you see people are dead’ but I walked out the door,” he told the radio station.Mr Morariu said that when he saw an attacker stabbing someone he first thought about fleeing, but decided against it because he thought he might be caught.“So I took a crate and threw it at the attacker and then ran towards him and used the other crate to hit him on the head.”He added that when he saw that “people were desperate,” he let about 20 people into the bakery and pulled the shutters down.In a video posted on social media, he filmed the aftermath of the attack as he raced through Borough Market.center_img A Romanian chef thought on his feet when he hit an attacker over the head with a crate and let 20 terrified people into the bakery where he works during the terror attack on Borough Market.Florin Morariu has been hailed on social media as a hero after taking in the people and apprehending the attacker.The baker, who works at the Bread Ahead bakery in the market, told The Associated Press: “We were looking out of the window because we saw that everyone was agitated, everyone was running, people, women… they were fainting, falling and we went outside to see what was happening.” Shout out to the Romanian chef who sheltered 20 people… and then whacked one of the terrorists with a crate. https://t.co/DOFYFOxEdk pic.twitter.com/Prr5geZkPG— Chris McCall (@Dennynews) June 4, 2017 The baker, who was working a night-shift when the terrorists struck, said that people had tried to stop him leaving the relative security of the bakery to confront the terrorists with his two bread crates.last_img read more

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British boy Julian Cadman was killed in Barcelona attack family confirms

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first_imgThe grieving family of Julian Cadman, the British boy killed in the Barcelona terror attack, said they will never forget his smiles.The seven-year-old was in the Spanish city with his mother, Jumarie Cadman, to attend a family wedding when they were hit by a rented van as it careered down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.Mrs Cadman was seriously injured and in a coma, as of Sunday morning, unaware of her son’s death, a senior Catalan Government source told the Telegraph. Forensic doctors and police are still working to identify two remaining victims of the 13 killed.Those already named include Luca Rosso, a 35-year-old Italian on holiday with his fiancee, Bruno Gulotta, 35, an Italian father-of-two and Jared Tucker, 42, an American construction worker .Officials said 51 people injured in the attack remain in hospital while 81 have been discharged.  The victims hailed from 34 countries including China, Colombia, France, Germany, Honduras and Morocco. Julian Cadman, seven, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: “I send my sincerest sympathies to the family of Julian Cadman and all those who loved him. His death is a tragedy.”Julian was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and lived in the UK for four years, attending Chiddingstone Nursery, set in a castle in the countryside, before the family-of-three moved to Australia three years ago.They return to the UK once a year to visit Mrs Cadman’s older sister, Judith, whose daughter Justine’s wedding the pair were attending in Barcelona. Julian’s paternal grandfather, Tony Cadman, originally from Gillingham, had emigrated to Sydney decades earlier. A pharmacist who comforted Mrs Cadman in the immediate aftermath of the attack has described how she  ignored her own as she begged for information about her son.Fouad Bakkali comforted Mrs Cadman as she lay on the floor of his Las Ramblas shop, waiting for paramedics. “I was with the mother, the Australian mother, until the doctor came,’’ he said.“I was at her side helping her, telling her, ‘be calm, don’t worry.’’He said Mrs Cadman appeared to be suffering two broken legs, a back injury and had a large wound on her head.“She was asking all the time about her little boy. She asked me ‘where is my son’. She told me he was seven years old,’’ a Mr Bakkali added.“I told her, ‘he is good, it will be OK.’“I helped to keep her breathing until the doctor’s came.” Julian’s family confirmed he had been killed in a statement released on Sunday, saying: “Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family.”As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.”He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.”We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.”The family thanked those who helped search for Julian in the immediate aftermath of the attack, adding: “Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time.”We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected.” The family had put out urgent appeals for information about Julian on social media that were removed from the internet on Saturday.Family member Debbie Cadman wrote on Facebook: “It is beyond words what we are experiencing at the moment. We appreciate all prayers and love.” It took several days to formally identify Julian’s body because DNA confirmation was required, the government source said.Andrew Cadman, the boy’s father, heard the news of the attack on the radio last week and on discovering that his son was missing, immediately flew from Sydney to Barcelona, arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning.It is believed he was taken straight to the Ciutat de la Justicia, where victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack were being identified by forensic experts.He was then taken, with a police escort, to the Vall d’Hebron hospital where his wife, who sustained severe injuries, underwent surgery. The Catalan interior department also confirmed the deaths of an Italian and a Belgian national in the Las Ramblas attack.  Julian Cadman, seven, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack 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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Art student charged with revenge porn after submitting photograph of topless exboyfriend

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first_imgAn art student was arrested and charged with making “revenge porn” for including a naked photograph of her former boyfriend in a university project. Lauren Smith, 26, included a heavily-cropped photograph of the man in a piece of artwork, which was awarded a first and published on her artwork Facebook page -but none of her personal social media accounts.The University of Lincoln student was charged with disclosing a private, sexual photograph with intent to cause distress – the charge commonly known as “revenge porn” after her former boyfriend claimed to have identified himself and was “embarrassed”.The original image had been ‘topped and tailed’ to edit out the head and genitals, but the complainant argued he could identify himself in it.The artist made no reference as to who the image, set within a number of other photographs, depicted, a court heard.Ms Smith denied the charge, alleged to have been committed between May and September last year, and was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.Before a jury was sworn to hear the case judge said he had “real misgivings” about the prosecution’s arguments. He highlighted the purpose of the law, which was introduced by Parliament to tackle the increasing numbers of incidents whereby sexually explicit images or video are uploaded to the internet to humiliate the individual depicted and without their consent. Judge Philip St.John-Stevens questioned whether there was any intent or distress caused, and said the legislation introduced by Parliament was “a reaction to what is not an uncommon occurrence” of revenge pornography. She created art work “revolving around the female gaze” The judge said Ms Smith’s case had to be viewed in context, explaining: “It’s an image within a number of images in a piece of artwork submitted to university and marked for its artistic merit.”What is the evidence that the cropped image is of the person the Crown purport it to be? Even if that individual is correct in his belief that it is him, the image has specifically had the head removed and edited and the genitalia edited. “Nowhere in the artwork does it refer to him or that it was him. If he believes it is him, it is not an offence if it’s only him that thinks it was him. How does anyone else know it is?”He also said that distress could only be caused if the subject was identifiable by others, telling the court: “This image has had everything done to it to ensure the identity of the person isn’t revealed. Anyone looking at this could not identify the person in that photograph.”Prosecutor Oliver Dunkin, after this explanation, decided not to submit any evidence and told the court: “We were all in agreement that now we have consideration of the art project and looking at the case properly in the round, we cannot put this forward to a jury.” The judge therefore entered a formal not guilty verdict and awarded Ms Smith, who is still at university, travel costs of £240.50.Speaking after the hearing, a relieved Ms Smith, from Gainsborough, welcomed revenge porn legislation but said she had not committed such an offence. “I am glad the offence is there because people do do that. It’s like having a safety blanket if anyone does anything like that,” she said. “But mine just wasn’t like that. I was just making art and this case is not what the offence is there for.”An offence of revenge porn carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in England and Wales, and five years in Scotland. It is described as ‘the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress’. The legislation covers images showing sexual activity, or with genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed or covered only by underwear. Both sharing the material and posting online is considered an offence. She created art work "revolving around the female gaze" 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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Teen ballet dancer speaks of joy after being accepted into Bolshoi Academy

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Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in SeptemberCredit:Affleck Academy of Ballet Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in September Honing her skills Ms Armstrong trained under the watchful eye of Hilda Affleck who runs a dance academy in the North-East of England having taught at the Royal Ballet School.  The elated dancer added: ‘”I am a bit nervous, but most of all I am just incredibly excited. It is such a fantastic opportunity and I am looking forward to it all. “I can’t wait to meet people from all over the world, and be taught different styles of dance at such a prestigious school.”Rachel, who has studied at the Affleck Academy of Ballet in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, for around six years, submitted a 15 minute video to the Bolshoi, where fees cost £17,000 a year, in March and was offered a place four days later without being interviewed.She added: “We were told exactly what the Bolshoi wanted to see in the video, we recorded it in a studio and sent it off. “I really hoped that I would be successful but I didn’t really know quite what to expect.”I was so shocked when I received the email. It is getting close now and I am know I am going to get more nervous, but I am still very excited.”I am most anxious about living away from home for the first time, but I am looking forward to it as well.”Her father, Peter, 54, who converted the family garage into a studio for Rachel, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Rachel. A teenage ballerina from Northumberland awarded a place at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has told how she ran down the stairs to her mother to see if an offer letter was genuine.Rachel Armstrong, 17, is one of just a hand-full of British dancers to earn a place at the Moscow dance school. Training everyday for years she was in bed when she opened a letter from the prestigious school. Disbelieving she flew down the stairs to her mother and pirouetted with pleasure when she realised her deepest dream was now a reality.   She said: “I was so shocked. At first, I wasn’t sure if the email was real. I had to double check it. It had come in at midday but I didn’t see it until I went to bed.”I came downstairs and showed it to my parents. They couldn’t quite believe it.”We did not have any words.”I am absolutely delighted. Dancing is what I want to do every single day. I have a real passion for it and so it’s not something I find difficult or a chore. It is just what I love to do. 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. “It is such an amazing opportunity for her. “When she got the email the course of all our lives changed in that one instance.”Rachel is quiet but also very determined. She might not have wanted to get her hopes up, but deep down she really wanted to be accepted.”The Bolshoi has such a fantastic reputation all over the world and Rachel has been building up to this for the past seven years.”The 17-year-old will move to Moscow for four years and will need to learn the language as well as dance. However, Ms Armstrong remains undaunted saying: “I’m quite excited for that, like, just doing it all day, every day.” read more

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Mahaicony 1 dead 4 injured as car slams into parked lorry

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Police are investigating an accident which occurred on the Dantzig Public Road, Mahaicony, East coast Demerara, about 12:35hrs on Thursday involving motor car HC 6644 driven by Terrence Mc Donald, 41, of lot 54 Bagots Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice and motor lorry GPP 3715 which was stationary on the southern side of the road. Enquiries disclosed that the car was proceeding west along the southern driveway with four occupants- one of whom has been identified as Saulita Malikish- allegedly at a fast rate, on a wet surface and negotiated a right bend, lost control and collided with the front left side of the lorry.The driver and Malikish who received severe injuries were taken out of the mangled vehicle in an unconscious state, by public spirited citizens and rushed to the Mahaicony Hospital. They were later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and admitted in the Intensive Care Unit, where the Driver succumbed.The other occupants, Gary Wilson, 19,Wilfred Wilson, 43, both of Rosignol, West Coast Berbice and Steve James, 28, of lot 129 No. 22 Village, Bel Air, West Coast Berbice were treated for minor injuries at the Mahaicony Hospital and sent away. Investigation is in progress. According to the Police, Mc Donald died about 18:00hrs whilst being admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Intensive Care Unit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTruck driver killed in Mahaicony accidentDecember 28, 2018In “Crime”Berbice woman killed as car slams into parked lorryApril 16, 2018In “Crime”11-Y-0 killed in Berbice road accidentNovember 16, 2015In “Crime” read more

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Govt seeking to revise Production Sharing Agreement

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As Guyana embraces its status as an oil producing nation Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan said the government will revise the existing template of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA).This move is “imperative” to “safeguard the rights of our nation to a fair share of resource wealth” Minister Jordan was quoted by DPI as saying on Monday during his 2018 National Budget speech in the National Assembly.PSAs are common contractual agreements for petroleum exploration and development between governments and companies.While the government has not fully disclosed its contract with ExxonMobil, it shared that Guyana will receive a royalty of two percent on gross earnings and benefit from 50 percent of the profits from the sale of petroleum once production commences in 2020. The company is developing the Liza field located in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana for first oil by 2020.Exxon’s exploration in the Stabroek Block has since de-risked Guyana’s offshore basin which is estimated to contain at least 7 billion oil-equivalent barrels. The Stabroek Block itself is estimated to contain between 2.25 – 2.75 billion oil-equivalent barrels.Minister Jordan said the revision, which will be undertaken in 2018, seeks to make the PSA “more accommodating to changing commodity prices while maintaining a level of progressivity that is responsive to profitability”.Next year, the government will publish a green paper in the National Assembly on the proposal for the SWF. The paper is to seek feedback for further refinement and to stimulate a national discussion to ensure that all citizens understand the benefits to be had and what the country must guard against in the collection and management of its oil resources, DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS$20M Exxon signing bonus: If intel provided proves true entire Govt should resign- Opposition leaderNovember 22, 2017In “latest news”Esso exploration gets tax breakAugust 9, 2016In “Politics”Despite criticisms Govt adequately preparing for oil & gas sector- TrotmanNovember 8, 2017In “Politics” read more

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Woman remanded on attempted murder charge granted bail after appealing

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCourt to proceed with illegal firearm case against Maryann DabyAugust 1, 2019In “Court”Woman charged for alleged attempt to kill Cop further remandedMay 23, 2018In “Court”Woman charged with attempted murder of CopMay 15, 2018In “Court” Maryann Daby, 25, who was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and further remanded, was on Friday last (May 25) granted bail in the sum of $750,000 when she appealed her case for bail, at the Demerara High Court.Accused: Maryann DabyDaby was  further remanded to prison when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on May 23, 2018.On May 13, 2018, Daby was allegedly firing shots in the air while partying at a racing club when she was approached by Christopher Kissoon, an off duty Officer, who commanded her to stop.However, according to the Prosecution, the irritated young woman took the said pistol and pointed it to the officer’s head and pulled the trigger. The rank’s life was spared after the gun jammed and failed to discharge.It was also revealed that Daby’s firearm licence had expired.In the last Magistrate Courts’ case, Attorney for the accused, Mark Waldron made a lengthy bail application for his client, arguing that the possession of firearm and ammunition charge, while being unlicenced for same brought against her, should be dismissed since she is licenced.The said licence provided to the Court has expired, however Waldron noted that Daby is still within the stipulated period to have same renewed.He further brought to the Court’s attention the outstanding ballistic report which he noted will take time to be provided by the Prosecution.However, the Police Prosecutor maintained the Prosecution’s objections as a result of the seriousness of the offence.Bail was denied by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, but after the bail appeal was brought before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the High Court, Daby was granted $250,000 bail on each of the three charges she is currently facing.She is expected to return to court on May 30, 2018. read more

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