Spain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage

This sort of thing just doesn’t happen to Spain. The Spanish lost their World Cup opener in 2010 — but not like this. The last time Spain conceded five or more goals in a match, as it did on Friday in a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands, was exactly 51 years ago, in a friendly against Scotland on June 13, 1963. Indeed, while Spain has excelled at all phases of the game in recent years, it has been especially adept at goal-prevention, having allowed just two goals during the 2010 World Cup (including none at all in the knockout phase; Spain won the tournament with a string of four 1-0 victories).What were the odds of Friday’s scoreline? The Netherlands has a vibrant offense, but still, our Soccer Power Index (SPI) match predictor gave the Oranje just a 0.4 percent chance of scoring five or more goals against Spain.Let’s waste no further time on trivia. This result puts Spain in enormous trouble. Its chances of advancing from Group B are now just 34 percent, down from 79 percent. The Spanish have only a 7 percent chance of winning the group, down from 48 percent.Our model was a little bit bearish on Spain as compared to the consensus, but we certainly wouldn’t have expected this result. Our simulation algorithm now puts Spain’s chances of winning the World Cup at only 2 percent, down from 8 percent before the tournament — and that may be optimistic, for a reason I’ll explain in a moment.Spain’s problems are pretty easy to sum up. First, there are two other very strong teams in its group, the Netherlands and Chile. And the Dutch already tallied three points. (If Australia defies the odds by drawing or beating Chile later Friday night, Spain’s case will be helped, but a Chile win would put the Spanish in even more trouble.)Next, Spain is not in a position to win very many tiebreakers with a -4 goal differential so far, although the Red Fury surely will try to run up the score in their game against Australia later this month.Third, even if Spain comes back to advance from Group B, it will probably do so as the second-place team. And the No. 2 team from Group B will face the No. 1 team from Group A in the Round of 16. There is a 97 percent chance that team will be Brazil, according to our simulation.It gets worse: Spain’s odds will deteriorate a little more when we re-run the numbers Saturday morning.As I explained on Thursday, the projection updates we run immediately after a match account for the score of the game and its effect on the group standings — but not its effect on our estimate of a team’s quality going forward. Instead, those changes take place overnight when the Soccer Power Index updates. In this case, the overnight update will hurt Spain’s odds further. In addition to having dug itself a huge hole, Spain may not be the soccer team we thought it was. Its SPI defensive rating, which was previously tied for No. 1 in the world, will decline some.The Netherlands, of course, which had the misfortune of drawing a very tough group, has greatly helped its chances. Its odds of advancing have more than doubled — from 44 percent before the match to 91 percent now. The Dutch will rise a little further in Saturday morning’s update once SPI accounts for their 5-1 victory against what we thought was the world’s best defensive soccer team. read more

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Whats Behind All These Crazy NBA Stat Lines

As the calendar approached 2017 Saturday night, Houston’s James Harden decided to provide his own New Year’s Eve fireworks. The triple-double line he dropped on the New York Knicks was nothing short of mind-boggling: 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds — the first 50-15-15 game in NBA history, the finest game of Harden’s career (according to John Hollinger’s Game Score metric, which assigns a rough value to all the good and bad things a player does on the court), and the top performance of the 2016-17 NBA season to that point.But no sooner had Harden finished that outburst than Chicago’s Jimmy Butler responded with his own bit of insane stat-stuffing: 52 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists against the Hornets on Monday night. Since it came with a better shooting percentage, fewer turnovers and more steals and blocks, Butler’s performance unseated Harden’s for the best Game Score of this NBA season so far.And it wouldn’t be surprising if Butler’s own mark fell sooner rather than later. This season has already seen 12 individual performances eclipse a Game Score of 40,1For reference’s sake, this LeBron James game against the Hornets on Dec. 10 — 44 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds — earned a Game Score of exactly 40. the same number as the previous five seasons had through this stage of the season2Specifically, through 38 team games — the same number as the league-leading Clippers, Grizzlies and Lakers had when this story’s research was conducted on Thursday. combined. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote Thursday, scoring is up across the league this season, and it’s going hand in hand with some truly prodigious individual performances.Here’s the breakdown of the individual games that eclipsed certain Game Score milestones (30, 35 and 40) during the first 38 team games of each season since 1983-84, the first year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level box score data: Aside from a brief spike in the post-handcheck era, when Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas — remember how good he was at his peak? — were blowing up the scorebooks in 2005-06, we haven’t seen a spate of stat-padding close to this since 1990-91, when Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and company were putting up ridiculous numbers from Day One of the season. And even that year didn’t see as many performances crack a Game Score of 40 as there have been this season; to find more of those at this stage of a season, you’d have to go back to 1987-88.It probably isn’t too shocking that the number of big Game Score outings in a given season is reasonably correlated with the league’s pace factor.3Since 1984, there’s a correlation coefficient of 0.59 between the league’s pace and the number of individual games breaking a Game Score of 30, for instance. The more possessions per game, the easier it is to produce eye-popping stat lines — and this season has featured the NBA’s fastest pace since the early 1990s. So, given the game’s more up-tempo state, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by this year’s explosion of big statistical games.But there’s also evidence that we’re in an age of better NBA talent than we’ve seen since the days of MJ and Sir Charles. When I borrowed FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s “baseball time machine” technique — which infers the amount of talent present in a given season by comparing the performances of the same players in adjacent seasons — and applied it to basketball to prove millennials weren’t ruining the NBA, I found that the past few seasons contained the NBA’s strongest talent base since the early to mid-1990s. (As measured by Box Plus/Minus, which is pace-adjusted and accounts for both offense and defense.) It was part of a trend in leaguewide quality that’s been on the upswing since the mid-2000s, as the game finally stabilized after adding seven new teams between 1988 and 2004.Lending further credence to the theory that there’s simply a wealth of good players in today’s NBA, 2016-17 has also seen its big stat-stuffing games spread across more players than past seasons have. This season, there have been 89 games with a Game Score of 30 or higher, recorded by 38 different players — an average of 2.3 big games per player. By contrast, the 1990-91 season featured an average of 2.8 big games per player, meaning the performances were more concentrated among players; the same was true in all of the big-game-heavy seasons of the late 1980s and early 1990s. This season has featured a lot of great performances, but they’re not being being hogged as much by the same small group of usual suspects.(Even Russell Westbrook, freed to summon a hellstorm of statistical vengeance in Kevin Durant’s absence, leads the league with “only” nine 30-plus Game Score games. At the same stage of the 1987-88 season, Jordan had twice as many!)Between expansion, rule changes, the advent of superteams and sweeping strategic developments (many of which owe to the increasing influence advanced analytics wields over teams), the league has undergone a lot of upheaval over the past couple of decades. It may be that this season’s jaw-dropping statistical feats are a product of all that evolution — and we could just be witnessing the beginning of a trend toward ever-crazier numbers.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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How Our 201516 NBA Predictions Work

Brooklyn Nets14701289-181 Dallas Mavericks15441489-55 Denver Nuggets14431360-83 Charlotte Hornets14271477+50 TEAMELOCARM-ELODIFFERENCE Portland Trail Blazers15441469-75 UPDATE (Oct. 20, 2016; 1 p.m.): Our 2016-17 NBA Predictions follow the same methodology as our predictions from last year. Check out the article below for more details. Orlando Magic13601447+87 PRESEASON RATINGS Oklahoma City Thunder15641690+126 During last season’s NBA playoffs, we introduced our NBA Elo ratings, using them to find the best NBA teams of all time, visualize the complete history of the NBA and take a close look at how good the Warriors really were. This season, we expanded our rating system to incorporate our CARMELO1Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization. player ratings, and we built an interactive NBA forecast that previews the odds for every NBA game and shows each team’s projected record and its chances of making the playoffs or winning the finals.Before this NBA season, FiveThirtyEight created CARMELO, a system that projects the careers of every current NBA player by identifying similar players throughout league history. We published an interactive feature to explore these projections, as well as previews of every NBA team and a 2015-16 preseason forecast. We’ve also long been big fans of Elo ratings, a simple system created by Arpad Elo to rate chess players, which we’ve since applied to tennis, football and baseball. So for our 2015-16 NBA forecast, we’ve combined the two systems to produce what we’re calling “CARM-Elo” ratings, which we can use to calculate win probabilities and point spreads for every NBA game and determine which teams have the best shot to make the playoffs or win the finals.Why go to all the trouble of creating this new metric if we already have Elo? One big reason: Although Elo ratings have some nice properties — they require only the final score and location of each game (which are generally available for a vast number of historical games), they’re customizable and they’re fast to compute — one very large problem is that when used for team sports, Elo ratings don’t take personnel changes into account. In particular, offseason trades and drafted players that can have a major impact on a team’s performance go unaccounted for. In the past, we’ve just reverted the previous season’s Elo ratings toward the mean for our preseason ratings, but with our CARMELO projections we have better priors to account for offseason moves. (Using a player-based system also potentially allows us to make empirical adjustments to team ratings as trades are made or star players are injured. We don’t plan to make any such adjustments for now, but we might introduce them later in the season.)For our 2015-16 NBA forecast, we converted our preseason CARMELO team projections to the same scale as our NBA Elo ratings (where the mean is 1505). Here are the five teams that saw the biggest improvements under CARM-Elo and the five teams that saw the biggest drops: Cleveland Cavaliers16451732+87 Boston Celtics15201573+53 Indiana Pacers15051465-40 The Thunder were back to full health before this season, and CARMELO expected a big improvement over their 2014-15 season, where Kevin Durant missed 55 games. On the other end of the spectrum, the Nets (who waived Deron Williams) are in the midst of what has been called a “bridge year,” and CARMELO wasn’t impressed with a preseason roster that included offseason additions such as Andrea Bargnani.With these CARM-Elo ratings in hand, we can calculate win probabilities and point spreads for every NBA game. The home team is given a standard bonus going into each game (about 92 CARM-Elo points), and margin of victory is taken into account when adjusting team ratings after each game. In addition to these standard adjustments, there are a few other factors we take into account:Fatigue. Playing on back-to-back nights is tough on NBA players. Teams that played the previous day are given a penalty of about 46 CARM-Elo points, roughly the equivalent of a 5 percentage point reduction in win probability. If both teams played the previous day, these penalties cancel each other out.Travel. Teams are penalized based on the distance they travel from their previous game. For a long leg such as Boston to Los Angeles, the traveling team loses about 16 CARM-Elo points, and its odds of winning are cut by roughly 2 percentage points. These travel penalties are calculated linearly, so a 2,000-mile travel leg is twice as bad as a 1,000-mile travel leg.Altitude. In addition to the general home-court advantage, teams that play at higher altitudes are given an extra bonus when they play at home. In particular, the mile-high Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz have consistently had a larger home-court advantage than other teams. This is roughly the equivalent of an extra 47 CARM-Elo points in home-court advantage for the Nuggets, for instance. Similar to the travel adjustment, this bonus is a linear function of the home-court altitude.Once the adjustments are made, we simulate the regular season 10,000 times to find the average final record of each team and the percentage of simulations that each team makes the playoffs. We use NBA tiebreaking rules to seed teams in the playoffs (including the change this year that makes overall record the top factor in seeding) and then simulate the playoffs 10,000 times to find the winner of the finals.As with our other sports forecasts, we run our simulations “hot,” meaning that a team’s CARM-Elo rating is updated after each simulated game within a simulated season. This matters more than you might think; essentially, it accounts for the possibility of hot streaks and cold streaks, as well as the increased uncertainty in projecting a team’s fortunes the further you go into the future. This tends to compress playoff and championship odds as compared with running the simulations cold. For instance, as of launch, our model gives the Warriors a 52 percent chance of winning the NBA title, which might sound high — but their probability would be even higher, 73 percent, without this adjustment.We’ll continue to maintain our historical Elo ratings for each team and show them alongside our CARM-Elo ratings and in our complete history of the NBA interactive. The traditional Elo ratings still provide a good historical gauge that lets us look at this season in the context of NBA/ABA history. Over the course of a season, CARM-Elo ratings and Elo ratings will tend to converge.Should you use these numbers to bet? Probably not; we’ve back-tested them against the past three NBA seasons (plus the games played so far this season) and found them to beat the spread2We back-tested against the Bovada open. about 51 percent of the time — not bad, but also nowhere near enough to beat the house cut. As for how the model does on straight wins and losses, its in-season record is 193-110 as of 4 p.m. Dec. 7.Drop us a line if you have any questions about how the forecast works, and we hope you’ll enjoy following the NBA season with us.Check out our 2016-17 NBA Predictions. read more

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Big Tenleading six Buckeyes drafted in 2016 MLB Draft

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team proved in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player draft that the school can produce more than just professional football players.Following the conclusion of the three-day, 40-round draft, Ohio State led the Big Ten with six players taken, the highest total of Buckeye players taken in the draft since six went in the 1998 draft.The first player taken in the draft from Ohio State was junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson. Many viewed Dawson to be one of the premier power/speed threats among college hitters and as one of the best bats in the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes’ left fielder slashed .331/.419/.611 with 13 home runs, was successful on 21 out of 25 stolen base attempts and was named an All-American by Baseball America for the second time in his career in a very successful 2016 campaign. Dawson ranked in the Top-10 in the Big Ten in 10 categories, including ranking first in total bases (157) and doubles (25).The highest Buckeye taken in the draft since right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft with the 21st overall pick, Dawson will join last year’s 439th overall pick, Pat Porter, as Buckeye outfielders drafted by the Houston Astros.The next player taken from the Buckeyes was junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. The Los Angeles Angels took him in the eighth round with the 246th overall pick. Montgomery slashed .297/.423/.466 with eight home runs and 21 stolen bases in 28 attempts. One of the most promising aspects of Montgomery’s game has been not only his power/speed combination, but his plate discipline. He was one of only two Buckeyes in the starting lineup who walked more than he struck out. Montgomery’s 50 walks on the season was most among all Ohio State hitters and second most among all Big Ten players.There was a bit of a gap between Montgomery and the next Buckeye selected, but eleven rounds after Ohio State’s center fielder was selected, junior first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic heard his name called. In the 19th round with the 560th overall pick, the Colorado Rockies selected Bosiokovic who put together a very promising season for Ohio State. “Bosi” slashed .275/.347/.488 with 11 home runs.The only concerning statistic with Bosiokovic is his tendency to swing and miss as he led the team and Big Ten with 73 strikeouts. However, his power has been something to behold this season as he was tied for fourth in the Big Ten in home runs and 14th in slugging percentage. The first baseman could eventually call Coors Field in Colorado his home. Coors Field is a power hitter’s paradise, ranked first by Fangraphs Park Factors as the easiest place to hit home runs in 2015.Shortly after Bosiokovic was taken in the draft, senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round with the 626th overall pick. One of the most trusted relievers out of the bullpen, Horejsei was called on to make 34 appearances (second only to redshirt sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, both on the team and in the Big Ten). In those 34 outings, the southpaw was extremely effective, providing the Buckeyes with 31 innings in which he owned a 2.61 ERA, struck out 39 batters, walked only nine and gave up only 17 hits.Next up for the Buckeyes was senior co-captain Nick Sergakis. The Buckeyes’ third baseman was selected by the New York Mets in the 23rd round with the 700th overall pick. Sergakis owned the highest batting average on the team at .332 (among qualifying hitters),  and was second on the team in hits with 79. He also flashed some pop with 10 home runs and some speed with 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts.The final Buckeye taken in the draft was junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully. Tully was taken by the Cleveland Indians with the 782nd overall pick during the 26th round. The Friday night starter for the Scarlet and Gray was one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten. Tully’s 2.59 ERA was eighth best in the Big Ten as was his 78 strikeouts. He also led the Big Ten in innings pitched (107.2) and finished second in wins with eight on the season. read more

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JT Barrett to provide consistency in unproven offense

Ohio State quarterback J.T Barrett celebrates a touchdown against Michigan in Ann, Arbor, Michigan, on Nov. 28, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoRedshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett does not have to look over his shoulder any more. With Cardale Jones going to the NFL, Barrett is coming into the 2016 season as the starting quarterback for coordinator Tim Beck and the rest of the Buckeye offense. With Barrett as the starting quarterback and a captain for this offense, the expectations put on him do not change with the amount of change this team has gone through these past six months.“The issue would be if it was a non-talented young team,” coach Urban Meyer said.  “And that’s not the case at all. So it’s a very young team, but talented.”With a young team with big expectations, Barrett says that talent will only get a team so far.“Talent is there,” Barrett said. “It’s just more of the experience that’s lacking. With experience lacking, confidence may not be there.”One of the changes coming into the 2016 season will be the consistency in quarterback play. Last season, Barrett lost the job to Jones and played sporadically throughout the season. In his 11 games last season, including five starts, he threw 93 completions for 11 touchdowns and 992 yards, while throwing four interceptions. He also ran for 727 yards and matched his rushing touchdown total from 2014 with 11.With a new season in front of him, Meyer says that this is Barrett’s team.“I anticipate he’ll be as good a quarterback as we’ve had,” Meyer said. “It’s his show and he knows it and he’s prepared.”As the leader on and off the field for the offense, Barrett feels like it is his responsibility to get the young guys ready to go in all aspects of the Buckeye football life.“I’m trying to help the young guys get them to understand how we play here at Ohio State and make sure they understand that we haven’t rebuilt in years in that isn’t going to change because they don’t have experience.”Some of those supporting players are expected to fill big shoes. One of those is redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. Taking over for the new Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, Weber matched up against fifth-year senior Bri’onte Dunn in spring practices. After Dunn was dismissed from the program, the starting job became Weber’s job to lose. As a captain, Barrett has tried to be the example for Weber, as they get ready for the season.“I workout with him quite a bit and just try to make sure he understands that the work you put in in the offseason is where you win the game,” Barrett said. “Whether it’s Sept. 17 at Oklahoma, or we’re at a place like Wisconsin, that’s not where you win the game.”As for the guys that Barrett will be throwing to, the wide receiver class is very different as well. With the four top receivers from 2015 in the NFL, junior Curtis Samuel, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year senior Corey Smith will be relied upon in the passing game. Brown and Smith are returning from season-ending ACL injuries. However, Barrett mentioned Brown as his favorite target.With a lot of young receivers with no college experience, Barrett thinks that it will take more reps to get them comfortable.“I feel like myself I’m in a good place with some of the young receivers that we have,” Barrett said. “We’re just trying to keep on getting better.”Despite the youth on the offense, Meyer has confidence that these players can make a name for themselves based on past experiences.“I think 2014 was the template that everybody wants,” Meyer said. “J.T. Barrett was buried in the depth chart, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, ‘Zeke Elliott, Mike Thomas — those guys were no-names, and they became very good throughout the course of 2014.”The pressure to succeed is all on Barrett. He knows that come September 3rd, all eyes will be on him.“Playing quarterback at Ohio State has a lot of great expectations and a lot of responsibility but I don’t take for granted… you don’t really enjoy it until it’s over. Right now it’s all work and all ball. I enjoy the grind.” read more

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Coach Urban Meyer believes Torrance Gibson will return next semester

Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerOhio State handed down a semester-long suspension to redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson on Monday.OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media the athletic department had no control over the decision, and he and the staff “disagree” with the decision.During the weekly Big Ten coaches’ teleconference, Meyer offered clarity into Gibson’s future at OSU.“I believe that’s the plan (for him to return),” Meyer said. “This all just happened in the last week, so we’re still dealing with it.”Gibson came into OSU ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015. He has now missed his first two seasons at OSU due to injury and a suspension. The Buckeyes only have six graduating seniors currently on scholarship, and as it stands, the 2017 recruiting class for OSU has 18 commitments, not including freshman punter Drue Chrisman, who is currently paying his own way.If Chrisman were to go on scholarship, that would put OSU 13 scholarships over the NCAA’s 85 football-scholarship limit in 2017, meaning a combination of 13 Buckeyes currently on scholarship or incoming freshmen will not be on scholarship next season.And one can bet that OSU will continue to pursue several recruits before national signing day in February.If Gibson were to transfer, a scholarship would open up for OSU to use next season.However, OSU invested many hours in the recruitment of Gibson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound, wide receiver proved to create matchup problems for opposing cornerbacks, as evident by his spring game performance.Meyer said he has communicated with Gibson since his suspension. The Buckeyes has had “zero indication” that Gibson will leave the program indefinitely. Meyer believes he will return for spring semester.“His focus is to be the best Buckeye he can possibly be,” Meyer said. read more

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Shutout stops short softballs season

The Ohio State softball team ended its season Sunday afternoon after falling to the California Golden Bears in a 7-0 decision.“We’ve got a lot of pride. We play for the name on the front of our jerseys,” senior second baseman Whitney Cooper said.OSU (39-14) fought through the losers bracket after falling to Kentucky, 6-5, but then beat Bucknell, 6-0, and Kentucky, 4-2, to face California. The Golden Bears didn’t give up one run all weekend.“I don’t know if we ran out of gas or what,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “We played our guts off to get here and we battled back — we stuck together as a team.”The Golden Bears jumped on the board in the first inning with one run and then added another five in inning number two.But senior pitcher Megan Miller forced the Bears into three ground-outs in the top of the third.“Megan tried to put the team on her back and it got us to this point,” Kalafatis said. “These seniors played as hard as they could.”The Buckeyes’ first of only two hits came from senior outfielder Leah Ledford in the bottom of the third. Ledford’s single and stolen base didn’t able a much-needed Buckeye rally. In the fifth inning the Bears posted their seventh and last run of the game.Senior captain Courtney Pruner’s single in the bottom of the seventh with two outs was the second and last hit of the game for the Buckeyes.The 2010 senior class end their careers with 159 wins, tying for second in the OSU record books for the all time winningest class.“We gave every last drop we possibly had in our entire bodies,” senior catcher Sam Marder said. “It’s hard not to leave disappointed but I don’t think we’re going to regret anything about this season. I don’t think ‘excuse’ ever entered our vocabulary.”The Golden Bears now advance to the NCAA Super Regional in Athens, Georgia to face the Georgia Bulldogs. read more

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Ohio State Athlete of the Week Volleyball outside hitter Mari Hole

With 40 kills, 42.5 points and 25 digs in nine sets during Big Ten play last week, it’s no surprise that women’s volleyball senior outside hitter Mari Hole was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. Both honors are firsts for the Oslo, Norway, native this season, but this marks the second time in her career she has won the Big Ten player of the Week award. Hole said she was hoping to receive the award again but was surprised to receive both awards in the same week. “I didn’t see any of them coming, I know I had been doing good a few weekends in a row now,” Hole said. “It is nice to be recognized for that but at the same time, I know I wouldn’t have gotten either without my team.” Hole led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten victories last week, defeating Northwestern Wednesday and Illinois Saturday. The senior outside hitter led the team in points scored in both games , and she attributed her scoring to working on different shots. “I have learned to get comfortable with using a lot of different shots and in this league, you need to have a lot of different shots to be successful,” Hole said. “We have worked a lot on it during the season.” Hole had 21 kills against Illinois, making it the seventh time this season she had 20 or more kills in a match. “What has helped me get that many kills is the fact that I tend to swing very aggressively on a lot of different balls,” Hole said. Hole is ranked fourth in the league for number of kills per set with 4.13 and fourth in the league for points with 4.60 per set. The Buckeyes will continue Big Ten play this weekend against Purdue and Indiana, and Hole said she knows they can win if they remember what they have worked on. “We worked on a lot of stuff this week, on what we want to do better for this upcoming week, so I hope we pull through on that,” Hole said. “I know we are a strong enough team to get the win, we need to keep working and improving.” Hole and the No. 15 Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Friday to battle Purdue at 7 p.m., and to Bloomington, Ind. to play Indiana on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

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No 18 Michigan State edges No 11 Ohio State 5956

A hot topic of conversation surrounding the Ohio State men’s basketball team this season is the Buckeyes’ lack of a second scorer. Many have questioned whether OSU can win tough conference games without an established sidekick to junior forward Deshaun Thomas. On Saturday the answer was no, as OSU fell on the road to Michigan State, 59-56. Thomas scored 28 points, the most he’s scored in a Big Ten game this season, but it wasn’t enough to propel OSU against the Spartans. Thomas received little help on offense from his teammates, as no other Buckeye scored more than six points. Five Spartans scored eight or more points. With the loss the No. 11 Buckeyes fall to 13-4 on the season and to 3-2 in conference play. No. 18 MSU improves to 16-3, 5-1 in the conference. With the win, the Spartans remain undefeated at the Breslin Center.  OSU opened play in sluggish fashion, failing to score for about five minutes and falling behind, 10-0. The early stages seemed similar to the Buckeyes’ Jan. 5 loss to Illinois, in which they fell behind early and were eventually blown out. But against the Spartans, OSU fought back, tying the game at 13 midway through the first half. From there, the game would swing back and forth, as both teams attempted to seize momentum. MSU went on several runs, but just when the game seemed out of reach, Thomas would respond with a crucial basket. The junior forward connected on 10 of 20 shots, and made 6 of 11 3-pointers. OSU had several chances to possibly win or tie the game but came up short down the stretch. With about 20 seconds left OSU trailed 55-53 but couldn’t take the lead as junior guard Aaron Craft missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner. Craft’s miss led to an easy transition score for the Spartans, and then OSU answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one. After MSU knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the lead back to three, the Buckeyes had one last shot to send the game to overtime. But with two seconds left on the clock, OSU’s Shannon Scott hoisted an off-balance 3-pointer, perhaps anticipating an intentional foul, and the shot never stood a chance. The sophomore guard was visibly upset after missing the likely ill-advised shot, and buried his head in his jersey as the game came to a close. The Buckeyes return home for their next game against Iowa Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

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Northwestern presents great equalizer for Ohio State mens basketball

Thad Matta’s crew is treading unfamiliar waters. With losses to No. 4 Michigan and No. 1 Indiana in what was an especially grueling week in already grueling Big Ten basketball, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped its first pair of back-to-back setbacks in 121 games. The first defeat came rather admirably in overtime against a Wolverines squad in Ann Arbor, Mich. The second, an 81-68 defeat to the Hoosiers, was not cut from the same cloth. The OSU coach compared the week to the sport’s most elite stage. “Last week was like going to a Final Four potentially,” Matta said. And while the Buckeyes (17-6, 7-4 Big Ten) aren’t necessarily unnerved from stumbling in that challenge, they are looking to snap that streak against Northwestern. The Buckeyes haven’t lost three in a row since Feb. 14-22, 2009. History suggests that beating Northwestern should be easy. The Wildcats (13-11, 4-7 Big Ten) have lost 28 straight meetings in Columbus. More recent record suggests OSU will have its hands full. Last season’s Final Four squad needed a last-second shot by former big man Jared Sullinger to squeeze past Northwestern, 75-73. The year before? The then-often No. 1-ranked Buckeyes beat the Wildcats twice by a combined seven points. First came a 58-57 squeaker in Evanston, Ill. The next was a 67-61 overtime thriller during the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. OSU junior guard Aaron Craft explained the Wildcats’ knack for hanging against teams seemingly superior in three words. “Style of play,” he said. “I think their style of play gets them in every game. “A couple times, they’ve gotten a ton of offensive rebounds and then they hold the ball for another 30 seconds and then get an easy look. You know, all it takes is one mistake throughout a whole possession and then they get an easy layup or an easy shot.” Matta said it’s the kind of game plan that balances any athletic disparity between the teams. “I think they’ve always had the great equalizer and that being the 3-point shot,” Matta said. Out of Northwestern’s 1,246 field goals attempted, 42 percent of them have been heaves from behind the arc. That’s 524 shots. For reference, the Buckeyes, which have attempted 1,292 tries from the floor, have attempted 398 shots (31 percent) from the 3-point line. Against the Hoosiers, OSU surrendered 7 of 18 3-pointers en route to one of its most decisive defeats of the year. But sophomore center Amir Williams isn’t trying to wallow in that fact. The team’s focus, he said, is on the Wildcats. “Northwestern is a dangerous team with their style of offense … we can’t dwell on the past,” he said. “We know we played bad against Indiana. We just got to play much better tomorrow night.” For all intents and purposes, Thursday’s 7 p.m. tip at the Schottenstein Center might be a chess match, Craft said. “It’s a big thinking game,” Craft said. “It’s a big kind of concentration and patience game.” read more

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Football Four Buckeyes named to Nagurski Trophy watch list two linemen placed

Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) rushes MSU senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor (6) during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 17-16 win on Nov. 19. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorFour Ohio State football players were placed on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list and two Buckeyes offensive linemen were named to the Outland Trophy watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday morning.The four “Silver Bullets” named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list include junior linebacker Jerome Baker, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard. Redshirt senior center Billy Price and senior left tackle Jamarco Jones were placed on the Outland Trophy watch list.The Bronko Nagurski Trophy recognizes the national defensive player of the year and the Outland Trophy honors the nation’s best interior lineman.Baker finished with the second-most tackles (83) on Ohio State last season. Bosa racked up five sacks in 2016, the second-highest total on the team. Lewis, the reigning Big Ten defensive lineman of the year, led the team in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10.5) last year. Hubbard finished last season with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.Jones was named second-team all-Big Ten last season. Price has started 41 games at Ohio State and is a returning first-team All-American.Only one Ohio State player, former linebacker James Laurinaitis, has won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which was created in 1993. Four Buckeye offensive linemen have won the Outland Trophy. Most recently, former left tackle Orlando Pace was awarded with the trophy – which has been in existence since 1946 – in 1996.The winner of the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced at a banquet Dec. 4 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Outland Trophy will be awarded at a presentation banquet in Omaha, Nebraska, on Jan. 10, 2016. read more

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Police Scotland whistle blower officers not to pursue drug dealers if it

first_imgShameful reality of #police cutsDo not investigate DRUG DEALERS lest it incur overtime pic.twitter.com/Jc3qfI8Rmt— Calum Steele (@CalumSteeleSPF) August 17, 2016 1st duty of government is to keep its citizens safe (but not from drug dealers it would appear) #Police Cuts pic.twitter.com/3WjS5aB52K— Calum Steele (@CalumSteeleSPF) August 17, 2016 The Scottish Government has been accused of failing communities after a whistle blower claimed police officers were being told not to investigate drug dealers if it meant working overtime.  The shocking allegation emerged on the day that new figures revealed a record number of drug deaths in Scotland, with the total jumping 15 per cent in a year.  Official statistics show that 706 people died from drug abuse last year – 93 more than 2014, and more than twice the number recorded in 2005.  Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), representing rank and file officers, revealed the overtime accusation on Twitter.  The anonymous whistle blower said cutbacks had resulted in an instruction not to be proactive and investigate drug dealers.   Police Scotland is currently facing a £21 million shortfall in running costs this year and opposition parties have accused ministers of squeezing its budget “until the pips squeak”. Mr Steele said the SNP must now “put its hand in its pocket” to protect the public, adding: “The service is not over-budget, it’s under-funded.”  He added that the email he received from the veteran officer illustrated the “shameful reality of police cuts”.   “On the day that figures show that drug deaths are rising we have a police service which, as a consequence of lack of finance, is unable to pursue those that are peddling the misery of drugs. That is a pretty horrific state of affairs,” he added.  “The Scottish Government is correct to say it is facing cuts from the Westminster government, there is no doubt about that.  “But that doesn’t alter the fact that the first duty of government, the Scottish Government or indeed the Westminster government, is to ensure the safety of its citizens.  “The only way in which it can do that effectively is by having a properly funded, properly resourced police service.”  Liam McArthur, Liberal Democrat justice spokesman, said the claims were “hugely concerning”, adding: “We need our police officers to be helping take drug dealers off our streets, not heading home early because we cannot afford overtime.  “SNP ministers are letting officers down and failing communities across Scotland.”  He also called on ministers to adopt a radical approach to drug misuse and reverse its “20 per cent cut to support services”.  Claire Baker, for Scottish Labour, said the SNP could not continue to deny its “failure to fund our police properly”.  However, a spokesman for Police Scotland denied there was any overtime ban, and insisted officers continued to focus on local priorities, including “tackling drug dealers”.  The drug statistics from the National Records of Scotland show that men accounted for over two-thirds of the deaths last year, with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde recording the highest number, with 221.  Ministers pointed to figures showing deaths were particularly affecting an ageing group of users, with the over-35s accounting for 73 per cent of deaths.  A spokesman for the government said it would do everything it could to tackle illegal drugs, by “applying the full force of the law to hitting dealers who peddle misery that blights the lives of so many, while supporting those living with an addiction”.  She added that ministers were committed to protecting the police budget and would deliver an additional £100 million over the next five years. She also said it was for the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland to determine the best use of its budget.   It said: “You may already be aware that officers in [CENSORED] are on an overtime ban. This is unworkable and when a custody case or investigation demands overtime officers are staying on to complete the job out of personal and professional pride for NO PAY!!  “I am not a miserable old dinosaur, I have [CENSORED] service and I love my job. Whistle blowing on anything like this is career suicide with the [CENSORED] and I don’t want to ruin my career.  “So I’d rather my identity not be published anywhere. I work in [CENSORED] and we are being told not to be proactive and investigate drug dealers because hay [sic] could cause overtime but rather just do the work we are given.”  It was also claimed recently that officers had been forced to buy their own bin bags, and had been sent to charity shops to buy sun blinds for a child being escorted in a police car.  Mr Steele said that while the new claim was “sensational” it was far from the worst example of cuts he had received. 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. Calum Steele Calum Steele called on SNP to increase fundinglast_img read more

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Stranger slaps girl two outside Waitrose because she should have been in

first_imgWaitrose Northampton A two-year-old girl was slapped in the face by a stranger who told her mother the child should be in a pushchair.The toddler was with her parent in a Waitrose car park when they were approached by a woman in her 60s.Northamptonshire Police said the attacker told the child’s mother the girl should be in a pram.She then picked up the girl and put her in the chair before slapping the child’s face when the toddler started to cry.After hitting the youngster in the supermarket car park in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, the woman walked off. Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack in the Kingsthorpe supermarket car parkCredit:Google Street View The suspect is described as white, in her 60s, about 5ft 4in, with a slim build and black, frizzy, long hair.Police said she was wearing bright-red lipstick, a black coat, black trousers and boots.Officers are appealing for witnesses to the attack, at about 10am on Thursday April 27. 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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Tate Britain brings back labels and rehangs in themes to help audience

first_imgTate Britain’s 2018 season will include a exhibition dedicated to Edward Burne-Jones Another show, All Too Human, will explore the “intense experience of life” through figurative painting and the works of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, RB Kitaj and Paula Rego.Tate Modern will host video and textile art from Joan Jonas and Anni Albers alongside its blockbuster Picasso exhibition, while Tate St Ives explores 35 female artists led by the works of Virginia Woolf. In an interview with the Evening Standard, as Tate announced its plans for 2018, Farquharson confirmed he advocated labels once again offering interpretation of the art.He added the chronological collection will be rehung thematically, in a key reversal of the old guard’s ways.”If one frames art that way it’s an invitation to an audience to understand the work without prior knowledge of art historical categories,” he said. Tate Modern will show the work of Joan Jonas Tate Britain's 2018 season will include a exhibition dedicated to Edward Burne-Jones Tate Britain is to rehang its entire collection as it reinstates proper labels explaining what the art is about, it has emerged, as its director says he wants to invite audiences to understand the works properly.Alex Farquharson, who took over Tate Britain 18 months ago after the surprise departure of Penelope Curtis, said he will be grouping paintings into themes in a bid to improve the audience experience.Curtis, who departed the gallery for Lisbon in 2015 after five years at the helm, had faced much criticism over her exhibitions, with strident calls for her dismissal described at the time as “verging on a vendetta”. “So there could be big themes, like London as an urban space in the 18th century or Britain in the post-war age of anxiety. We want to look at how social factors caused art to take the forms it did.”The labels at Tate Britain, a source said, has “kept evolving” since the 2013 policy, with experts quietly reintroducing more information even before Farquharson’s arrival.Tate Britain plans for 2018 include the first exhibition of the work of pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones held in London in 40 years. Penelope Curtis, former Tate Britain directorcenter_img The works of Lucian Freud will star in Tate Modern’s All Too Human Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The works of Lucian Freud will star in Tate Modern's All Too Human Her decisions including hanging the Tate Britain collection in chronological order, and overseeing a change in labelling to cut down on information to let visitors interpret more of the art for themselves.Chris Stevens, curator, explained in 2013: “Your [the audience’s] response is as valid as our knowledge, and this re-hang presents a sort of release for the artist and their work from this encumbrance of academic protocols.”One art historian called the concept of equating specialist knowledge with guesses from the public “chilling”. Tate Modern will show the work of Joan Jonas Penelope Curtis, former Tate Britain directorlast_img read more

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London Marathon rule change to attract more women causes fury as men

They say this will make it harder for them to hit the new cut-off times needed to be… But the changes have led to complaints by runners that they have been unfairly introduced part-way through their preparation period for next year’s marathon. Hoping to increase the number of women taking part in the elite amateur Good for Age section of the race – which starts ahead of the mass of runners – the organisers have cut the qualifying time men need to achieve to be able to enter, while the times for women have stayed the same. London Marathon 2018, live race updates It was a move designed to introduce gender equality to one of the most sought-after running categories of the London Marathon. read more

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Judge lays into Tommy Robinson fan who graffitied Hitler was right around

A Swastika sprayed on a window of the Riverfront Theatre in Newport Credit:PA Swastikas and the letters SRN (System Resistance Network) which were spray painted on a wall in Newport, south Wales Swastikas and the letters SRN (System Resistance Network) which were spray painted on a wall in Newport, south WalesCredit:PA Ross wore black paramilitary clothes on his solo night patrols around Newport, the court heard.  A judge has laid into a Tommy Robinson fan who daubed a city centre with swastikas and “Hitler was right” posters for having “no idea what living under a tyrannical regime” is like.Austin Ross, 23, set fire to his old school and Newport Masonic Hall in South Wales during his hate campaign which caused “distress and alarm”, which saw him put up dozens of posters up for the neo-Nazi, System Resistance Network, linked to a banned terrorist group.Prosecutor Jason Howells said; “The posters said: “Hitler did nothing wrong”, “Hitler was right,” Heil Hitler” and “Join the Resistance”. He set fire to two premises causing damage of more than £58,000.”Swastikas were sprayed on numerous walls and windows along with the letters SRN and “Marxist filth”.Jailing Ross for six years, Judge Jeremy Jenkins told Newport Crown Court: “Your beliefs and attitudes are not only abhorrent to the majority of people living in this country, they offend deeply those members of the community to whom those beliefs are targeted.”You and others like you have not the slightest idea of what living under a tyrannical regime is like, and the irony is that you fail through ignorance and prejudice to see that those you target were responsible, by sacrifice and selflessness, for the freedoms you now enjoy.” It cost Newport Council more than £1,000 to remove the graffiti and swastikas which appeared across the town in May this year.Ross admitted nine charges of causing racially aggravated damage to property, four of racially aggravated harassment and two of arson.Judge Jenkins told him: “You set about a campaign of racially aggravated damage to properties which took the form of you daubing swastikas and other highly-offensive literature upon buildings.”Not content with that you deliberately set fire to the Masonic Hall and Bassaleg(corr) Secondary School.”Your motivation was borne out of sheer hatred and malice based upon your perverted view of race and religion and others dissimilar to you. A Swastika sprayed on a window of the Riverfront Theatre in Newport  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. “That, in a civilised society is as abhorrent as it is impossible to comprehend.”Shaven-headed Ross, of Newport, was dressed in a grey shirt with a black collar and tie for the sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court. CCTV footage of him setting fire to the Masonic Hall was shown to the court as it emerged his other targets included a church, a theatre, a footbridge and university buildings in the city.Mr Howells said: “Images were circulated by Gwent Police who were given Ross’s name in an anonymous call.”They went to his home and found swastika stencils, “Keep Britain White” posters and the clothing he had been seen in.”Ross was a supporter of jailed English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. Alongside some of the swastikas Ross had spray painted the words “Free Tommy”. read more

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberlands most beautiful beaches

Banks Mining applied for permission to mine three million tons of coal, sandstone and fireclay from an 800 acres site in 2015, but after protests and a government inquiry it was shelved in March. But earlier this month the High Court overturned the decision, which will now be referred back to Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire.  Banks claims its proposal will add 100 jobs and bring £87 million to the local economy, but locals say it will damage health and spoil a local beauty spot which is surrounded by nature reserves… An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Patient who went to AE 400 times in one year among frequent

“Frequent flyers” to Accident and Emergency units are going to hospital up to 400 times a year – more often than the average doctor or nurse, new analysis shows.The study reveals more than 30,000 patients who attended casualty units at least 10 times a year.This included 10 patients who went to hospital on more than 235 occasions – more than the 220 days worked on average by a nurse or doctor.The most frequent user attended on 401 times in 2017/18, the figures show.The analysis by the healthcare analysis company Dr Foster found that 31,492 people visited A&E in England 10 or more times between June 2017 and May last year. The study of NHS Digital’s hospital episode statistics found repeat visitors were more likely to live in deprived areas and to visit A&E at night, with the largest age group involving those in their 20s.Alcohol, drugs and mental health problems were commonly found among the group.Among those admitted to hospital, rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were twice as high than that of other patients.  The main cause of the respiratory illness is smoking.The report highlights a scheme led by paramedics in Blackpool which saw a 90 per cent drop in attendances by “high intensity users” after they were offered other services, including counselling and non-emergency help.The scheme is now being rolled out more widely.An NHS England spokesman said: “The NHS long-term plan sets out a range of options for people to get urgent and emergency care outside A&E, including NHS 111 online and seven day crisis care for mental ill health.”This is precisely the sort of supportive and positive action that is improving patient care while reducing pressure on services the NHS, which will be ramped up through the long-term plan for the NHS.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Bond girl Naomie Harris shaken to find estranged family living down the

The actress grew emotional when remembering her maternal grandfather, Joscelyn who played a lead role in her upbringing. “What I realised when I started researching was actually, I was fathered, I was just fathered by my grandfather,” she said tearfully. “I would have died not knowing what an impact my grandfather had on me if i had not done this and that would have been incredibly sad.” 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. Brian Clarke, Naomie’s father in the 1970s It is Brian, her Trinidad-born father who she has only seen “a handful of times” that casually informed Ms Harris that his siblings and their families moved from Hornsey to her native Muswell Hill and “stayed in that area”. “They stayed in Muswell Hill? The whole time? They never moved? Wow. So they were just up the road from me throughout my entire… gosh it’s all coming out now,” the actress responds.  “That’s so weird that I never ever met them and we were so close, we were probably streets apart.” During the programme, Ms Harris was forced to confront the uncomfortable truth that her four times great grandfather, James Langdon was an overseer of slaves at the Requin estate in the Caribbean. She said her distant relative was probably “not a very nice human being. Very brutal I would imagine”. “It would almost be better if he was the owner because the owner is removed from the brutality whereas James Langdon is right in the heart of all of that.”Her ancestor’s involvement in the slave trade was “repugnant” and “deeply upsetting” Ms Harris said. Researching the family history of her Jamaican-born mother, Ms Harris discovered her maternal four times great grandfather was born into slavery and started working on a plantation aged-six.  Naomie Harris aged four sits on her grandfather Joscelyn’s knee Brian Clarke, Naomie's father in the 1970s Naomie Harris aged four sits on her grandfather Joscelyn's knee When Naomie Harris began tracing her ancestry, she anticipated a trip to Jamaica was on the cards and perhaps an excursion to the Caribbean but Bond’s Moneypenny was left stunned upon discovering estranged relatives could be found just down the street. The actress who will reprise the famed role for the third time in the upcoming Bond 25 is the latest celebrity to traverse her family tree in tomorrow (MON) night’s Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One. She was “never ever interested” in her family history until she was gifted a DNA kit from her mother which showed she was 48 per cent Nigerian, triggering further questions about her bloodline. During the dramatic episode, Ms Harris discovers she is the descendant of both slaves and a slave overseer but she is equally wide-eyed at the revelation that her estranged paternal family have been around her all along.  read more

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Student with stoma accused of taking drugs in disabled toilet by Wetherspoons

“She [the bouncer] was quite reluctant to listen to my side of the story, I said it bluntly and I didn’t raise my voice once.”[It’s] just completely unacceptable and they’re such a big chain, you’d think they’d have training or be knowledgeable before grabbing us.”Amber, from Builth Wells in Wales, said she had a radar key to access the toilet and a ‘Can’t Wait Card’ as proof of her illness.Her boyfriend, who had gone into the toilet with her, was taken outside the pub, she added.A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson said: “A female member of door staff spoke with Ms Davies, who explained her disability.”Staff expressed that if this had been known beforehand, or an explanation given sooner, the situation could have been avoided.”Staff listened at length to Ms Davies’ points, never once questioning her disability and apologised for the confusing situation on both sides.” A student with a stoma has written to a Wetherspoons pub calling for better awareness of invisible disabilities after she was accused of taking drugs in a disabled toilet.Amber Davies, 21, said door staff at The Dragon Inn in Birmingham “very happily and very openly accused me of snorting, dealing and having sex” in the toilet.She said the letter, posted on Instagram, is a “word of advice” for those who only see disability as a term used to describe wheelchair users.The chain has apologised to Amber, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis aged 13, and offered her a gift card after she complained.She described the disability as a “chronic, debilitating, lifelong illness”, adding that “it can make going out, especially on nights out, a pretty daunting prospect.”Her stoma “needs constant care” and can be emptied up to 15 times a day.Amber, a third-year student at Cardiff University, said: “Being out with a group of lads made me look further ‘suspicious’ – one of these being my boyfriend who assisted me in the disabled toilets on this final occasion.”He was taken aside and questioned separately.”She signed off the letter with “Not every disability is visible”. Amber told the BBC: “I got grabbed by a female bouncer and my boyfriend by a male bouncer, we were accused of using them [the disabled toilet] for the wrong reasons. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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