Oct. 17, 1971WS Game 71236 Nov. 1, 2015WS Game 51275 Oct. 15, 1978WS Game 51355 Oct. 12, 1980NLCS Game 51348 Oct. 14, 1973WS Game 21235 Oct. 15, 1972WS Game 21236 GAMES Oct. 19, 1980WS Game 51336 Oct. 22, 1972WS Game 71235 Nov. 1, 2009WS Game 41274 Game 5 of the World Series is tonight, and it could be a deciding one: The Kansas City Royals are looking to finish off the New York Mets after going ahead 3-1 in the series. But Sunday also includes 12 NFL games, seven NBA matchups, and five NHL contests. That makes today a very special day: a sports equinox.A sports equinox occurs when the four major U.S. leagues — MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL — all play at least one game. There’s a very narrow scheduling window when this can happen: Nowadays the MLB season and the start of the NBA season overlap by just a few days or not at all, depending on the NBA tip-off date and the length of the World Series.By our count this will be the 15th equinox in history, and the first since 2010.1We identified equinoxes using scheduling data from the sports-reference.com sites. Equinoxes, by our definition, were not possible before the inaugural NBA/BAA season in 1946. They did not used to be so rare: There were nine equinoxes between 1971 and 1980 (when the NBA season tipped off in the first half of October), and several years have more than one. Here’s the full list: Oct. 27, 1985WS Game 71315 Nov. 1, 2010WS Game 5133 Nov. 4, 2001WS Game 71374 EQUINOX DATEMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 2, 2009WS Game 5153 Oct. 14, 1979WS Game 51337 Oct. 21, 1973WS Game 71235 Phoenix, of all places, is the only city to play in all four parts of an equinox. On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Phoenix Suns lost to the Houston Rockets. The Diamondbacks salvaged the day, winning Game 7 over the Yankees to capture the city’s first and only championship across the four leagues.2The Mercury, Phoenix’s WNBA team, have three titles of their own.New York and Kansas City sports fans have less luck today. K.C.’s NHL and NBA franchises left for other locales decades ago, and both the Knicks and the Nets are off. But New York has its own packed calendar on Sunday: beyond the World Series and both NFL and NHL matchups, the Red Bulls play their first game of the MLS conference semifinals, and around 50,000 runners will compete in the NYC marathon. It may not quite be an equinox, but it’s still a huge day for NYC sports.
Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon has been blamed on coach Mike D’Antoni for not managing better the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar’s minutes. But his trainer, Tim Grover had a simple reason: a freak accident.“It had nothing to do with the minutes he had been playing or anything of that sort,” Grover said in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “A torn Achilles tendon is a very freaky injury. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”Grover conceded the possibility that Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon could stem from the bone spurs in his left foot that he has had “for a while.” But Grover said it’s common for anyone to suffer the injury through everyday movements, such as climbing out of bed or stepping off a sidewalk.Bryant has averaged more than 45 minutes a game in April, which is high considering his age, years in the NBA and how hard he plays. He had surgery on Saturday and he is expected to be out six to nine months.“Everybody is trying to look at somebody to blame for it, whether it be the coaching staff, Kobe, me or whatever it is. But everyone who is involved with him has to take responsibility in this. But it’s more of a freakish injury than anything else.”
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 And it’s funny how you cling to Benghazi but I bet you didn’t give one thought to what Trump said about the Central Park 5— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening’s “SportsCenter” broadcast as usual. While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, received plenty of criticism — and support — after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality.We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017 Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 Jemele Hill: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist.”ESPN: “WHAT!?”White People: “WHAT!?”Black People: pic.twitter.com/w6O0VDhKHd— X (@XLNB) September 12, 2017 ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, President Donald Trump (r)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department’s account.“We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 30, 2016), we preview the new English Premier League season with ESPN’s Mike Goodman and ask if Leicester City has any hope of repeating last year’s shock title win. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik about the U.S. Open and hear how FiveThirtyEight is using Elo ratings to try to predict this year’s tournament. Finally, FiveThirtyEight’s Blythe Terrell makes her Hot Takedown debut to chat about what happened when her team, the St. Louis Rams, skipped town and how she’s enlisting the help of Neil Paine to pick a new favorite. Plus, we share a significant digit on the rookie quarterback about to take a starring role with the Dallas Cowboys.Hot Takedown also has a spin-off podcast about the U.S. Open for the next couple weeks. It’s called Baseline, and it can be found here.Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti explains why this season’s English Premier League is shaping up to be a battle of the managers.Here’s the Guardian’s interactive guide to the EPL summer transfer window.Ryan Rosenblatt on Fox Sports thinks Leicester doesn’t have a chance of repeating its 2016 title win.Carl Bialik explains the method behind FiveThirtyEight’s U.S. Open model. You can find our predictions here.FiveThirtyEight is forecasting that Serena Williams has a 55 percent chance of winning the U.S. Open.Allison McCann breaks down the numbers behind domestic violence cases in the NFL.Here are ESPN The Magazine’s standings for every sports team according to fan surveys and the value fans get for the money they spend on the team.Significant Digit: 135th. That’s the draft pick the Dallas Cowboys used to take their new starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, in the 2016 NFL draft. That’s the lowest draft pick for a rookie starting quarterback since Randy Hedberg started for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977. Earlier this week, Chase Stuart wrote about how Tony Romo’s injury thrust Prescott into the starting role. Embed Code
The rich get richerTotal wins above replacement (WAR) added through trades, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers+2.0 Atlanta Braves+2.1 Chicago Cubs+4.6 They weren’t the only good teams who did so. The Dodgers and Yankees are two of the six teams who gained the most value this trade deadline, and four of the top six are leading their respective divisions this year.Like the Dodgers and Yankees, most of the contending teams have traded for starting pitchers. Darvish and Gray are two of the best options available. Each is a nearly mirror image of the other in the events a pitcher can control most — strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed. Both pitchers have recent injury troubles from which they’ve bounced back to produce ace-level seasons. Both command dazzling arrays of pitches, fooling hitters as much with unpredictability as raw stuff. Each ought to boost their teams’ playoff fortunes substantially.Not like the Dodgers’ playoff fortunes were ever in doubt, even with a recent injury to ace Clayton Kershaw. A mere 43 games over .500, the Dodgers have marched to a 14-game division lead while boasting one of the strongest teams (by Elo) in history.The Yankees, meanwhile, have capitalized on unexpected performances from young players like Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier, surprising resurgences from veterans like CC Sabathia and Matt Holliday, and career years from journeymen like Aaron Hicks. The confluence of production has New York narrowly edging out the Red Sox in the American League East so far. It’s hard to say any good New York Yankees season has come from “out of nowhere,” but projections didn’t expect them to be this good this year.These trades should leave baseball’s other contenders very scared. The Houston Astros have mashed their way to 68 wins so far, but they barely improved at this year’s deadline. While other teams traded for aces, the Astros managed to get erratic southpaw Francisco Liriano, a choice that could haunt them, especially given that their top two starters — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers — have both battled through injury and underperformance in the past two months.If the Yankees and Dodgers’ 2017 prospects weren’t frustrating enough for their rivals, it gets worse: Neither of these teams are going anywhere, anytime soon. Baseball America puts their farm systems as the second and fourth-best in baseball entering 2017, and these trades didn’t get rid of the teams’ best prospects. As if that wasn’t enough, the Dodgers and Yankees also boast some of the most promising youngsters in baseball, with players like Judge and Cody Bellinger exceeding expectations.Both the Yankees and Dodgers are young, rich, and talented. The other 28 teams in baseball better watch out.CORRECTION (July 31, 8:24 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated how far above .500 the Dodgers are. They are 43 games above .500, not 33. Washington Nationals+2.7 Kansas City Royals+2.4 TEAMTOTAL WAR ADDED Sources: MLB, Baseball Prospectus New York Yankees+4.2 The Dodgers and Yankees punctuated a quiet deadline with a pair of last-minute trades, acquiring starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray, respectively. Both players strengthen already formidable rotations, readying their teams for long runs into October, and the trades cap a frenetic cycle of trade activity for the Dodgers and Yankees. Two of the richest teams in baseball are now even better.Going back to 2009, the Yankees and Dodgers tended to be quiet at the deadline, preferring to acquire players through free agency instead. They picked up only an average of about one win above replacement at the trade deadline since 2009. But this year, the two wealthiest teams in baseball decided to buy.
The Philadelphia 76ers made another seismic deal — their second trade of the regular season — on Wednesday when they acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers. The day-before-deadline swap adds another All-Star-caliber talent to the Sixers’ starting five, which already included Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. In exchange, Los Angeles receives a bounty of future draft picks over the next several years, including ones Philadelphia got from Detroit and Miami.If the Sixers weren’t all in after the Butler trade, they certainly are now. But did the move1This was just one of two moves the Sixers completed Wednesday. They also acquired wing player Malachi Richardson, a second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic in a deal with the Toronto Raptors. put Philly over the top in the East? There’s some uncertainty around that answer — or at least more uncertainty than a team that just cashed in many future assets would like.Yes, depending on the metric you look at, Philadelphia can be viewed as the strongest team in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections have the Sixers’ current roster ranked as the best in the conference and second-best in the league, with a rating of 1704.2The Warriors, at 1806, are ranked first. The team’s probability of reaching the NBA Finals and winning the title increased as a result of the trade, to 16 percent (from 13 percent last week) and 4 percent (from 3 percent), respectively.Interestingly, though, Philly’s likelihood of reaching the promised land — despite having perhaps the conference’s best starting five now — still ranks behind three contenders out East, in Toronto, Milwaukee and even Boston. Each of those teams has a deeper bench than the Sixers, something this trade didn’t necessarily help.Coach Brett Brown will be able to stagger his lineups more easily with Harris in the mix. But because of how top-heavy the Sixers are, it’s imperative that Harris — who averages almost 21 points per game — jells with his other teammates. Even before this deal, Butler and Embiid had both made comments about their occasional frustrations with the team’s offensive fit — a sign of the dominant personalities that already exist and their desire to be fed on offense.Unlike someone like Butler, who at his best has been merely average as a perimeter shooter, Harris is comfortable coming off screens and has shot better than 40 percent from deep for the better part of two years now (43 percent so far this season). His ability to preoccupy the defense without the ball in his hands is important since he’ll be playing alongside Simmons, who can’t space the floor and hasn’t shown a willingness to take jumpers to keep defenses honest.Harris isn’t Kawhi Leonard on defense — or even Butler. But his size alone gives the Sixers an enormous defensive lineup. J.J. Redick, the team’s 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will be looking way up at each of his fellow starters. Butler is 6-foot-8. Harris is 6-foot-9. Simmons is 6-foot-10. Embiid is 7 feet.Yet while no one would complain about the things Harris is good at, his best skills on offense could overlap with the skills of his teammates. In particular, he’s very good as a pick-and-roll ball-handler,3He ranks 15th in the NBA among ball-handlers who have had 500 direct screens or more set for them, according to Second Spectrum. just like Butler and Simmons. So there are some redundancies in their games, and those kinks — which even great players run up against in the early stages of a superteam — may need to be worked out.One key thing in all this: The Sixers have made a couple of big, rare gambles in picking up Harris and Butler, both of whom are unrestricted free agents this summer. Though Philadelphia seems likely to pay what’s necessary to keep both given the investment it had to make, that reality could leave the Sixers vulnerable in case something unexpected happens a few months from now.For the Clippers, they got a nice return for Harris, whom they received in the Blake Griffin trade this time last year. The Sixers had to part with talented rookie Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, two first-rounders (in 2020 and 2021) and a pair of a second-rounders. (Los Angeles also had to part with scoring machine Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in addition to Harris.) The trade will likely hinder Los Angeles’s bid for a playoff spot out West, but it’s been clear for a while now that the Clippers’ top goal is to land a big fish or two in free agency this offseason.In Philadelphia, the goal is far more immediate: This team wants to make a trip to the finals, and the once-too-young Sixers believe that time is now. Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerWith an opportunity to grab first place in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to keep its five-game winning streak alive in a pair of home matches this weekend.On Friday night at 7 p.m., the No. 7 Buckeyes (16-2, 5-1) will welcome No. 18 Purdue (15-2, 6-0) to St. John Arena in a match for Big Ten supremacy.The Boilermakers are one of the best attacking teams in the country, currently leading the conference in hitting percentage (.294) and kills per set (14.46). In order to slow down Purdue, it will take more than just defense, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.“If we serve really easy, it’s going to be a long night in that regard,” Carlston said. “We’re a decent serving team. It’s an area we’re trying to get better at and keep moving forward with.”Leading the Purdue offense is senior outside hitter Annie Drews, the two-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, whose average of 4.32 kills per set ranks second in the conference.Last season, the teams met only once, when Purdue pulled out a five-set win on its home floor in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers hold a slim advantage in the all-time series, 42-41, and have won 12 of their last 15 matches against the Buckeyes.If OSU is to break its recent cold spell against its rivals to the west, staying together as a team is imperative, sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree said.“We always just try to work on our culture and just always try to come together and stick together, whether we’re playing great or not great,” Goree said. “When we play together, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”After Purdue, the Buckeyes will turn to their attention to Indiana (12-6, 2-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Following two straight weekends of back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, Carlston is grateful to have a day in between to get ready for the Hoosiers.“(Purdue and Indiana) are very different teams, and we’ll need it to prepare,” Carlston said. “I honestly haven’t watched any video of Indiana … just because I try to keep myself focused in the moment.”When Carlston does start watching the Indiana video, he expects to see a scrappy defensive team.“They’re going to fight and kick and scratch defensively,” he said. “They play with a lot of energy and they’re a team with momentum. I think we’ve got to be really prepared for them to come and play at a high level.”OSU has won its last eight games against Indiana and holds a 49-26 series record against the Hoosiers.Awards keep coming for OSU freshmenFor the second consecutive week, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week, as she helped lead OSU to wins over Northwestern and Illinois with a team-leading 35 kills and 25 digs. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native was also named the espnW national player of the week.OSU’s other freshman, Taylor Hughes, was named the conference’s setter of the week. Hughes had 85 assists — an average of over 12 per set — in the weekend wins, including a career-high 52 against Illinois.“It’s great for them, because they’ve been working hard,” Carlston said. “They come in here early every single day. They’re just good kids and they want to do right by the team. And their teammates love them.”What’s next?OSU is scheduled to be back on the road for a pair of games in Michigan, as it travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Oct. 21 before a match with archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 24.
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell attacks the lane against Maryland on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named the 2016-17 Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. She was also named to first team All-Big Ten for the third straight season.Mitchell leads the Big Ten in scoring at 23.4 points per game and was also awarded Big Ten Player of the Week four times throughout the season. She currently sits as the Buckeyes third all-time scorer with 2,463 points and holds the Buckeyes’ record for 3-pointers. Mitchell mentioned she earned the award by trying to contribute to team play.“I don’t set individual goals of winning certain awards, but I try to get better each day and do whatever I can do to help my team win. We’ve had a great year and my teammates have been tremendous and I can’t wait to get back out on the court with them,” Mitchell said in a press release.In her last 10 games of the regular season, Mitchell scored at least 20 points per game. She was able to contribute more than just points, averaging 4.5 assists against Big Ten opponents and had the most steals on the team snatching the ball 39 times.Mitchell has some company in Big Ten awards as five other teammates received Big Ten honors. Senior forward Shayla Cooper, redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga received second team Big Ten honors. Junior forward Sierra Calhoun was named an honorable mention and freshman Tori McCoy earned a place at the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team. OSU heads into the Big Ten tournament with the No. 1 seed, facing either Iowa or Northwestern at noon on Friday.
All eyes are on Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Thomas, who elected to stay with the Buckeyes after former OSU forward Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Wednesday. A second team all-Big Ten selection and a starter in each of OSU’s 39 games during the 2011-12 season, Thomas averaged 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Thomas caught fire in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points per game on their way to the Final Four. His postseason performance prompted some to question whether he’d stay at OSU for his junior season. OSU coach Thad Matta collected information about Thomas’ draft stock from NBA teams. Instead of leaving for the professional ranks, Thomas will remain as one of four upperclassmen on the 2012-13 Buckeyes. Junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft and senior forward Evan Ravenel will join Thomas as team elders. Jared Sullinger’s father, Satch Sullinger, tweeted about Thomas Wednesday, from his Twitter account, @satchsullinger: “Now DT gets all the opponents attention. Like Tupac; All Eyes On You!!!!” OSU is scheduled to open the 2012 season Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will be played on the museum ship the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) chases after then-redshirt senior Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Lantern file photoFive former Ohio State football players heard their names called throughout the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL draft. The 2016 edition could very well see five Buckeyes announced, as well — in Round 1.The first 32 picks this year were devoid of OSU talent, with wide receiver Devin Smith being the first player selected at No. 37 overall.For the Buckeye faithful, this might have come as a disappointment, as they suffered through dry draft analysis and endless commercial breaks just to witness a mostly scarlet and gray-free weekend.Well, have no fear, because OSU could very well be taking over the NFL rookie landscape a year from now.Of course, much is contingent on several eligible players leaving early. Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones, junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott could stack the 2017 NFL draft if they so choose to stay for an extra season.But with a national championship and a likely premier spot on the draft board already at hand, why wouldn’t they leave?As it stands right now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be uttering the words “Ohio State” quite often throughout the first round next spring.If healthy, Bosa will most likely go No. 1 overall. While there are a couple of other contenders for the coveted spot, such as a pair of Ole Miss stars in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, Bosa’s combination of speed and power have already wreaked havoc on the college scene — and he will still be just 20 years old when the season kicks off Sept. 7.With an absurd 21 sacks and a unanimous first-team All-American honor already under his belt in just two seasons, the race is on for the Bosa sweepstakes.He could be followed closely behind by Jones, who could be a top 10 pick — if the quarterback even manages to see the field this season, that is.Should redshirt senior Braxton Miller — though the possibility of him slotting in front of Jones seems unlikely at this point — or redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett nab the starting spot, Jones could elect to stay for his fifth year, in which case he could be the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2017.But should the Glenville High School product start and thrive as he did in his three 2014 starts, his upside and natural talent will likely make him the first quarterback taken off the board in 2016, with only a fellow Big Ten quarterback — Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg — coming close to Jones’ prestige.Then there’s Elliott, who will likely come in as the top running back prospect in the draft, safely ahead of the next-best prospect, Alabama’s Derrick Henry.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker — the only OSU 2016 first-round prospect who does not have any remaining eligibility after this season — should go in the top 20, as well.Finally, Lee — a converted quarterback — is the least likely to leave, as it would be after just three years of experience — two in games — playing on the defensive side of the ball. But should he leave, his pass-rushing abilities could have him fit in at the end of the first day — making him the fifth Buckeye off the board.So, to recap, five Buckeyes could be taken on day one of the 2016 NFL draft. Five Buckeyes were taken overall in the three days of this year’s edition.And those five aren’t the only Buckeyes who will flood the NFL ranks next year.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry ranks as one of the top outside linebacker prospects and should go in the second round — with a shot at being OSU’s sixth first-round prospect.Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington will also likely be called on the second day, with a chance to move up to the first with a strong senior campaign.And don’t forget Miller, who should be drafted in some way, shape or form. It could be as a quarterback, or it could be a completely different position, depending on how coach Urban Meyer elects to use him this season.Now in Meyer’s fourth year in Columbus, the NFL is starting to see the fruits of his recruiting labors loom on the horizon.OSU has only had two players chosen in the first round in the last four years — both in 2014. An offensive player from OSU has not been selected in the first since running back Beanie Wells in 2009.Next year, all of those marks will assuredly be forgotten. If everything goes as expected, OSU’s record of five first-round picks, set in 2006, could be a thing of the past, as well.
Sophomore Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athleticsThree members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team competed among the nation’s best at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships held in Indianapolis from Aug. 13 – 16. Junior Sean Melton finished 16th in the all-around, while freshmen Alec Yoder and Tristan Burke finished 20th and 28th, respectively. All three athletes finished in the top 10 of at least one event. Melton tied for eighth on rings, Burke ranked ninth on the vault and Yoder finished fifth on the pommel horse and ninth on the high bar. Melton, who finished 11th in the 2014 championships but dealt with a lower-back injury throughout the course of the 2015 season, said he was happy to be able to compete.“It just felt good to compete again since I was out for a while. Any time you can compete and get the butterflies and nerves, it’s a fun experience,” Melton said. For Yoder and Burke, competing in the senior competition was a new experience, with a key difference being the large crowd. “It was a lot different with a bigger crowd. You just got to feed off their energy,” Burke said. “The nerves were definitely there, but it was fun just knowing that they all had your back.”The competition offered up the opportunity to compete against longtime members of the gymnastics community. “It’s not every day that you get to compete against guys who are some of the best in the world,” Yoder said. “Taking the gymnastics up to the next level to compete with guys you’ve looked up to for a long time was a fun-filled experience.”Burke cited observing the veterans’ calm demeanors as a learning moment. “It was a pretty important meet, and they were just real relaxed about it. They were able to just put something they messed up on behind them,” he said.Next June, the 2016 P&G Championships will act as the trials for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The gymnasts said they view training for OSU as the best preparation.“We push each other every day. Working toward success for Ohio State is going to pay off when we’re in 2016 going into championships and trials to fight for a spot on that Rio Olympic team and things going forward like World Championships and the 2020 Olympic games,” Yoder said.Melton said training with other gymnasts who have similar ambitions is beneficial for both the individuals and the team.“It definitely helps bringing in guys that are the same caliber gymnasts that want the same goals,” Melton said. “Training with guys like these, you can’t get much better than that in helping to push each other to become the best that we can be as a team and for USA.”While the Olympics are a goal, the main focus when the gymnastics season begins in January is a national championship.“We come here to win championships, and Ohio State is really good at that,” Melton said. “We just have to put in the work, put our head down and grind through it to make it happen.”Yoder said he believes the team has the right ingredients to win it all.“We got the spirit, we got the ability. We have everything I think that makes the perfect chemistry in the gym,” he said. Until then, Melton, Yoder and Burke are trying to find balance in the busy routine of a student-athlete.Sophomore Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athleticsFor Yoder and Burke, the transition has been “crazy” and “intense.” Like many freshmen, they said they are learning what it’s like to be on their own for the first time. “It’s definitely been a 180-degree difference than anything else I’ve done,” Burke said. “But it’s fun knowing that you’re more independent.” Melton, now in his third year with the program, is taking on the role of a mentor.“I’ve been trying to take these guys under my arms and make them succeed immediately,” he said. “I know exactly what they’re going through now. I still struggle sometimes, but I feel like I have a better understanding of the program, the school and just how to be smart with it.” While the lifestyle is difficult and full of sacrifices, ranging from a lack of sleep to turning down pizza, the athletes said they are thankful for the opportunity. “At the end of the day it’s all completely worth it. It’s such an amazing university that we’re all blessed and grateful to be a part of,” Yoder said. A few months stand between now and the start of the gymnastics season, but dedicated training has already started.“The entire squad is in the gym taking care of their business right now, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that they’re all grinding really hard in there,” Burke said. “I’m just ready to start hitting those meets and putting Ohio State men’s gymnastics back on the map.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to kick their season off with an intrasquad meet on Dec. 19.
Sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorFollowing its 5-0 shutout victory over Missouri State, the Ohio State field hockey team improved its record to 3-2 in its 3-2 defeat over Ball State on Friday at Buckeye Varsity Field.OSU started out strong, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey scored the first goal with the help of an assist from senior forward Peanut Johnson. Shortly after, Johnson charged the goal and backhanded it into the net to put the Buckeyes up by two.OSU slowed down for the remainder of the first half, which Humphrey contributed after the game as a factor of the team getting too comfortable.“We were overloaded defensively. Ball State put a lot of pressure on our ball carriers and really swarmed the goal,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said of the team’s change of pace.The Buckeye defense, led by the reigning Big Ten player of the week, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, stayed strong defensively and held Ball State to one goal in the first half.In the second half of play, Johnson scored one more time off a feed from Humphrey. Humphrey and Johnson together were responsible for scoring and assisting on all three goals in the game.“My forwards are doing a nice job. They each have great individual stick skills. They read each other very well and do a nice job setting each other up to score,” Wilkinson said about the duo.Johnson said it was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time and that the win was an altogether team effort.The OSU defense secured the victory by holding Ball State to only one more goal in the second half.Johnson said the team needs to take this game as a learning experience and work on tightening everything up as it heads into Big Ten play next week.“We’ll be focusing on time management on the field and being able to dictate the game throughout different situations,” Wilkinson said.The Buckeyes are set to travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to take on the Michigan State Spartans next Friday for their first Big Ten game.
A cymbal player in the Ohio State University Marching Band performs the song “Hang on Sloopy” during the OSU vs. Oklahoma game. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State marching band will travel to New York City next year to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the school announced Saturday. It will be the band’s first appearance in the parade.The Macy’s Parade has an annual viewership of 50 million and Ohio State was selected by the Macy’s Band Committee from more than 100 applicants, according to a press release. Ten bands total will perform. “For decades, The Ohio State University Marching Band has entertained stadiums of football lovers and most recently millions of fans on YouTube with their spectacular showmanship, ingenious field show designs and impressive big sound and even bigger school spirit,” said Wesley Whatley, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade creative director in the release. “Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’ to the streets of New York City in 2018 for their inaugural appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”The band performed a New York-themed halftime show Saturday, playing songs “New York State of Mind” and “On Broadway.”University President Michael Drake said Ohio State is thrilled for the nation to experience the hard work, focus and creativity of the band. “The Ohio State University Marching Band is near and dear to the hearts of Buckeyes across the nation and around the world,” he said in the release.
Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFollowing a 36-31 win against Nebraska, Ohio State still has a lot to prove in order to find itself in the College Football Playoff at the end of the season.Ranked No. 10 in the recent rankings, the Buckeyes now see a route that once looked to be all in their control growing slimmer and slimmer each week.No. 18 Michigan State is the next roadblock for Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten), and head coach Urban Meyer understands the difficult task his team faces in East Lansing, Michigan.“A big one this week against Michigan State, very strong rivalry,” Meyer said. “We have a lot of respect for that team and they’re playing as good a defense as there is any in the country.”The Spartans (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) come into the game winning three of their past four, including key victories against No. 20 Penn State and Purdue. Their loss came in a 21-7 defeat against No. 4 Michigan.The Michigan State defense ranks No. 16 in the NCAA with 19.0 points allowed per game, and giving up 71.7 yards per game on the ground, the fewest in the country.“They penetrate. The defensive line is big and strong and then the linebackers don’t sit back,” Meyer said. “When the run surfaces, they hit it hard and they pull off double teams. Just a very good defense.”Junior linebacker Joe Bachie leads the Spartans’ defense with 68 tackles, 6.5 of which are for loss, including a sack. He also had an interception, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on the season.Redshirt junior defensive end Kenny Willekes is Michigan State’s major difference-maker on the line, with 51 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, including 7.5 sacks on the year. The sacks are tied for No. 19 in the NCAA.Meyer said he expects more of the same from Michigan State in comparison to matchups in previous years..“Their defense hasn’t changed that much,” Meyer said. “Well-coached defense, tough guys, defensive front is outstanding and their backers are outstanding.”Prior to last season, Ohio State and Michigan State split their past six matchups, with each game decided by 12 points or fewer. But in 2017, after the Buckeyes lost 55-24 to Iowa, it took out its frustration on the Spartans, rushing for 335 yards in a 48-3 rout.Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said he knows, even with last year’s game, the team has to be ready for a battle in East Lansing.“Games like this, it’s just going to come down to toughness,” Arnette said. “Every year, it really don’t matter what their record is, what our record is, going into that game, just need to know who you going in, you gotta go in swinging, it’s gonna be a fist fight, just everybody gotta be getting ready for it.”Offensively, it is not the same story for the Spartans.Michigan State ranks in the bottom 20 in scoring offense with 23.4 points per game, and earns 360.3 yards per game, the 25th-worst offense in the NCAA.Redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke, who was confirmed to be the starter by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio earlier this week, has been in and out of the starting job in recent weeks. He has eight passing touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.Lewerke has been without his main threat, senior wide receiver Felton Davis III, who is out for the season with a torn achilles.Meyer said, even with the recent struggles, that Michigan State’s offense still has weapons to worry about.“Very talented running backs, very talented receivers and a very good offensive line. A quarterback can run and throw and do the whole package,” Meyer said. “You’re facing a team that does a lot of stuff on offense.”In the run game, the Spartans have switched running backs from senior LJ Scott to sophomore Connor Heyward, who is averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the season. Heyward rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Michigan State’s most recent win against Maryland.PredictionOhio State-Michigan State games are always hard to predict, but this year feels especially difficult. With the Buckeyes coming in slumping and Michigan State starting to look a little stronger, especially defensively, a lot of this matchup feels like a toss up.The Spartans defense has the opportunity to stall out running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, much like they were against Purdue. But Michigan State struggles against the pass, allowing the 32nd-most passing yards per game in the nation.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has the opportunity for a big game, but he had that same opportunity against Nebraska, who had the 30th-worst pass defense. Instead, he had his lowest completion percentage on the season.Ohio State’s defense has been nothing short of terrible in the past two games, regardless of injuries playing a factor. The emergence of sophomore safety Brendon White will help, but Meyer has not confirmed whether he or redshirt freshman Shaun Wade will be the starter alongside junior Jordan Fuller, though he said both will get reps.If Lewerke, Heyward and Michigan State’s offense can take advantage of the Buckeyes’ porous defense, I think it has enough pieces on the defensive side to officially take Ohio State out of the playoff conversation.I just don’t think the Spartans can do that.Haskins, Dobbins and Weber strictly need to play remotely well in this game to escape with a victory, because I do not see Michigan State scoring more than 24 points in this matchup after failing to do so in its past six games.If the Buckeyes get the offense going, they could win in a dominant fashion. If it gets completely stalled early, the Spartans have a terrific chance at the upset.Ohio State is an ugly team right now, but it is fortunate Michigan State’s offense is even uglier, because that may just give the Buckeyes enough to hold on for the win.Wyatt Crosher: 23-20 Ohio StateColin Gay: 28-21 Ohio State Edward Sutelan: 31-28 Ohio State
The body of a 20-year-old woman lay buried in a field for more than a decade before a taxi driver finally led police to her remains, a court heard yesterday.Christopher Halliwell, 52, admitted he had picked up Becky Godden, who was working as a prostitute, from the streets of Swindon in Wiltshire, had sex with her and then strangled her.Bristol Crown court heard that the young woman’s remains were only found in March 2011, when Halliwell took police to the field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where he had dumped her sometime between 2003 and 2005.Halliwell made his confession while helping police find the body of another woman he admitted to having killed in March 2011.It was only at this point that Miss Godden’s distraught family, who had waited years for news, finally learnt of her fate.Miss Godden’s mother Karen Edwards was in court yesterday, along with her husband Charlie, and Miss Godden’s father John, to hear the prosecution case against the man accused of killing her daughter.They listened intently as Nicholas Haggan QC told a jury of six men and six women that Halliwell buried Miss Godden in an unmarked grave “in the middle of nowhere”.Mr Halliwell said: “Christopher Halliwell confessed to the police that between 2003 and 2005 – he couldn’t be sure of the date – he had taken a girl from the streets of Swindon.”He told the police he had sex with her and then he killed her by strangling her. He told the police he stripped the girl of her clothes and concealed her naked body. Not only that, but the defendant took the police to the location.”Mr Haggan went on: “Had the defendant not told the police where he had buried that girl from the streets of Swindon, you might think that Rebecca’s remains to this day would be in that field in the middle of nowhere.”In an unusual step the jury was also told that Halliwell had admitted murdering Sian O’Callaghan, a woman who disappeared after a night out with friends at the Suju nightclub in Swindon in March 2011. It was as while was under arrest in connection with Miss O’ Gallaghan’s murder that he offered police “another one” and led them to the field where he had buried Miss Goddens years earlier.Miss O’Callaghan’s semi-naked body was discovered in undergrowth in Uffington, Oxfordshire, shortly after Halliwell was arrested in connection with her kidnapping.It was at this point that Halliwell told Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who was leading the investigation for Wiltshire Police: “We need to have a chat. I am a sick f*****. Is it too late to get help?”Halliwell is said to have then informed Mr Fulcher that he would show him the “exact spot” where Miss Godden’s body was buried in a shallow grave.The court heard that he then directed officers to Oxo Bottom field in Eastleach, where the skeletal remains of Miss Godden – later identified by DNA – were discovered.He pleaded guilty to murdering Miss O’Callaghan and was jailed for life in October 2012.Halliwell, previously of Swindon, was charged with Miss Godden’s murder by Wiltshire Police on March 30 this year.Wearing a dark grey suit, white shirt and light blue tie, Halliwell, who is representing himself, carried his own bundle of documents into the dock.The trial judge, retired High Court judge Sir John Griffith Williams, warned jurors they should not assume that his conviction for murdering Miss O’Callaghan made him guilty of killing Miss Godden.Miss Godden had started using Class A drugs and became a prostitute in her mid-teens, working in the Manchester Road area of Swindon.Despite her lifestyle, Miss Godden – known as Becky or Rebecca to friends and family – kept in contact with her family, especially on Mother’s Day and her birthday.Mrs Edwards last saw her daughter on December 16, 2002, when she collected her from Swindon Magistrates’ Court and drove her to a friend’s house in the town, the court heard.Rebecca Boast, a friend of Miss Godden, told police she saw her get into a taxi outside the Swindon nightclub Destiny and Desire in early January 2003, after arguing with the driver.Mr Haggan told the jury: “Rebecca Boast never saw her friend again. Extensive inquiries by the police indicate that this probably was the last known reliable sighting of Becky.”The court heard that Miss Godden did not make contact with her family on Mother’s Day in 2003, nor on her 21st birthday in April that year.Halliwell, formerly of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, denies murdering Miss Godden between January 1 2003 and March 30 2008. Christopher Halliwell, accused of the murder of Becky GoddenCredit:Wiltshire Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A wife could face police investigation after taking her husband, who had multiple sclerosis, to a Dignitas flat in Switzerland where he died in assisted suicide.Sandra Barclay, 67, escorted her husband Andrew, 65, to the controversial clinic so he could end his life “which every day is a struggle from start to end”.Civil servant Mr Barclay had been told by doctors he could live for another 10 years but the grandfather-of-two said he was unwilling to endure total pain and paralysis for the rest of his days.Currently assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in the UK.And under the Suicide Act 1961, anyone helping or encouraging someone to take their own life could face up to 14 years in prison, which means Mrs Barclay could face prosecution.Today Mrs Barclay told The Telegraph: “The law needs to be changed.”But high-profile critics of assisted dying, such as Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said the law was in place for a good reason. On Thursday, after saying goodbye to his wife, Andrew took a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and passed away. He had spent 14 months “fighting to get to Dignitas” and it cost him more than £10,000.Now he has died, his family in Folkestone, Kent, have said they will try to ensure his death was not in vain by campaigning for the right to die in the UK.Last year MPs voted overwhelmingly against changing the law to allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives.And opposition to changing the law remains from faith groups and campaigners who fear assisted dying would become a business and say disabled people may feel pressured to end their lives.Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson opposed the Bill that was introduced to the House of Lords in 2015 saying it was “missing a lot of detail about how the process would be carried out – by whom, where, with what drugs”. 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. I’ve spent 14 months fighting to get to Dignitas and there’s now a sense of relief it will soon be overAndrew Barclay Show more Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “I believe that there are many dangers for disabled people within legislation like this.”Andrew Barclay previously told the Daily Mirror: “We need a law that makes it a feasible option in Britain.“It needs to be tightly regulated but why not draw the line where Dignitas has?“It’s not easy to go there, you need medical and psychiatric reports and you need to carry out the final act yourself.”Mr Barclay was diagnosed with the degenerative multiple sclerosis in 1992 and has spent the last three years in a wheelchair.He said: “I can no longer walk. I have to be helped out of bed and dressed by my wife. If I were to stand up I’d just shake and fall over.“I have terrible tremors which make it difficult to pick anything up, my body aches all over and I have a constant deep, deep fatigue which is relentless.” Baroness Finlay, a doctor and professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University, is also opposed to changing legislation.She said: “Assisted suicide is a dangerous distraction from improving end of life care for all. The distorted focus on assisted suicide, rather than on striving to ensure adequate support for everyone facing life limiting illness, risks giving the message to those in turmoil that they would be better off dead. It risks normalising suicide rather than demanding personal support and care for all facing death.”But a spokesman for Campaign for Dignity in Dying said the current law “does not work”.“Every two weeks somebody from Britain travels to Dignitas to die and every year over 300 terminally ill people end their own lives at home, often in distressing circumstances and around 1,000 lives per year are ended by doctors illegally at the patient’s request.“Allowing these practices to continue, unregulated and behind closed doors, is no substitute for a safeguarded assisted dying law. Terminally ill people deserve the compassion and protection of such a law.”Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, which is an incurable neurological disease. The condition causes the immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
The scene, in which Sergeant Catherine Cawood, the programme’s main character, held a rock over the badly-injured animal’s head, breached editorial guidelines on harm and offence because the BBC did not give adequate warning it was going to happen, the viewer claimed.Details of the complaint, which was not upheld, were released in the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee bulletin on Tuesday. The viewer, who has not been named, claimed after the first episode of the second series in February that the BBC should have run an on-air caption or announcement before the scene or after to make clear the animal suffered no distress.The woman also complained that it had been shown just after the 9pm watershed, which she claimed should be the “beginning of the transition to more adult material” instead of an “abrupt” change. Show more It is an emotionally brutal crime drama which has featured murder, rape and suicide.But for one Happy Valley viewer, it was not the discovery of a dead body or the use of strong language that proved too much – but rather the off-screen death of a sheep. Staff from BBC audience services initially closed down her complaint, claiming that a strong language announcement given before the programme should have correctly set the tone.A note also said the actual moment the sheep was killed had not been shown and stated: “The BBC appreciated that programme content could have some resonance with someone in the audience.“However, it would be very difficult to warn against everything that might cause offence and so warnings were carefully considered so as not to undermine the importance of those that were issued.”Unhappy with the response, the woman wrote to the BBC Trust and the Trustees, which sit on the committee, to try to appeal the decision but was unsuccessful. Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton Credit:Ben Blackall/BBC The Trustees dismissed it on the basis it was “reasonable to expect a post-watershed adult audience to understand that this was acting and that the sheep had not been killed by the actress”.They added that there had been a “build-up” to the scene, which would have allowed viewers to look away, and reiterated that the moment the sheep had been killed was not shown.Happy Valley is filmed and set in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, and stars Sarah Lancashire, as Sgt Cawood, and James Norton, who plays psychopath Tommy Lee Royce.Its debut run, which included an opening episode in which the man who drove Sgt Cawood’s daughter to suicide is released from prison, attracted nearly 8 million viewers, while the show has also won two BAFTAs. It is reasonable to expect a post-watershed adult audience to understand that this was actingEditorial Standards Committee Trustees 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.
“I have been a bit of a date monster [before my last relationship], but I’d only been on one other date with someone else before I met him.”When I got the text, I was crying with laughter – I honestly thought he was joking. But then I realised he was serious.”Everyone in my office has been snorting and crying with laughter at the text too. People have just been like ‘oh my God, is he joking’ after seeing the message. My life does feel a bit ridiculous at the moment. I just think ‘why me?'”In the text, her one-time date expressed his adoration and disappointment at being jilted and admitted he had saved up to take her out.The text read: “Hi, thanks for your honesty. I had a really nice time with you and the truth is I’m a bit devastated atm [at the moment] having read your note. “I really fancied you and saved up some money to take you on a nice date; as it didn’t work out I’d be grateful if you could send along something to contribute for the drinks I spent on you thinking I’d at least get to see you again.”The total cost of the night was c.£85, and as it’d be too painful to receive the watch in the post and remind me of you I thought that you might be interested to know the cost of that was €20. Happy for you to do what you feel is right, especially considering my badly damaged feelings atm.” She said: “I had only been using dating apps for about a month, mainly Tinder and Plenty of Fish. I met him on Plenty of Fish and I thought he seemed really nice and normal, with a good profession as I’m a career girl and he seemed quite sensible. 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. Miss Brown decided to refund him, but not without letting him know how funny she found it all. Lucy Brown’s reply after being ‘stunned’ to receive a message from her one-time dateCredit:Mercury She said: “Am a bit surprised – how can he be so devastated about just one date? I only ended up with his watch because we were both messing around and he was wearing my hat, so in return he gave me it to wear.”When we both went to say goodbye we both forgot I still had his watch on. I decided to pay him the £42.50 back for my share of the cost, but I also donated the same amount to a donkey sanctuary.”I saw a post on Facebook about them and I think they are such a lovely charity and they post really funny pictures.”He has since messaged back and he put ‘I feel like the donkey sanctuary has come out better from this situation’. I just text him back saying ‘eeyore’.” Lucy Brown’s date sent her his account details along with a message asking for money Credit:Mecury A clothes designer who tried to let a man down gently following just one date received a request for cash from him to cover the money he spent on drinks.Lucy Brown, 38, from London, was only on her second date after joining the online apps Plenty of Fish and Tinder when a three-year long relationship ended just before Christmas.Despite the date at a Clapham pub going well and Miss Brown thinking he was “normal and sweet”, she texted him to let him know she was not interested in meeting a second time.However, she was left in disbelief when the man replied to say he was “devastated” and asked for a “contribution for the drinks I spent on you”, finishing the message with his account number and sort code.After she had ended up taking his watch home by mistake, the man told her not to post it back because “it’d be too painful to receive the watch in the post and remind me of you”.Miss Brown’s reply informed the man that she had paid him £42.50 back and donated the same amount again to a donkey sanctuary, claiming she had never laughed so hard. The Donkey Sanctuary were delighted to hear that Miss Brown’s quick sense of humour would benefit their animals.Savanna Myszka, publicity officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we appreciate every donation that funds our life changing work. We were very pleased to hear that Lucy continued to support the Sanctuary in such an interesting situation.”Miss Brown’s dating life has become such a topic of ridicule in her office that her colleagues even suggested she write a book about her misfortune.
Police said Lisa Hauxwell could possibly still be living as a manCredit:SWNS BBC Crimewatch is to feature an on-the-run sex offender who could be living as a man or a woman.Lisa Hauxwell, who is also known as Craig Hauxwell, was jailed for 14 years in her absence at Durham Crown Court last year for several sexual assaults.But police have not been able to track down the offender since, so she will now be featured on Crimewatch as both a man and a woman.The string of sex assaults took place in the Newton Aycliffe area in 2001 and 2002. Hauxwell, who was born in Darlington and still has links to the town, had been charged with the offences in 2015 under the name Craig John Hauxwell.Her last known address was in Leeds, but there has been no record of her at that property for many months.Police said the 48-year-old could possibly still be living as a man. Crimewatch will on Monday night feature pictures of Hauxwell as both male and female in its Wanted Faces segment in a bid to bring her to justice.Police said Hauxwell speaks with a stutter and when last seen on CCTV footage in the West Yorkshire area, last year, she had bleached blonde, shoulder length hair. “Hauxwell was convicted of two rapes and seven indecent assaults, which were truly horrendous crimes. “We hope the appeal on Crimewatch will bring new information which ultimately will result in her being locked up and sent to prison to begin her sentence.”Crimewatch will air on BBC1 at 9pm on Monday. An incident room will be staffed during the programme. After Monday night, calls relating to Hauxwell’s whereabouts can be reported to police on 101. Detective Inspector Yvonne Dutson said: “We have carried out exhaustive enquiries to trace Lisa Hauxwell and these are continuing. “There has been no activity on her bank account for several months, no record of any dealings with agencies such as the DWP or HMRC and no confirmed sightings of her since she was recorded on a security camera at a petrol station in Dronfield, Derbyshire in April 2016. 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.
Speaking at an industry reception at Spencer House in central London, The Prince of Wales said the agreement was ‘a hugely encouraging step.’“There are many reasons for this being, intrinsically, the right thing to do,” he said.“I have for many years have been deeply committed to the protection of the world’s tropical rainforests. They play an absolutely crucial role, both globally, and locally, in climate change mitigation and adaptation.“But perhaps the most powerful direct reason for action is that deforestation threatens to undermine the very resilience of the cocoa sector itself, and with it the livelihoods of the millions of smallholders who depend on it, due to the increased climate variability that follows forest loss.” The plan is expected to include tighter policing of the rainforests and incentives to grow higher-yield crops, which require less land. Chocolate is about to become greener after 12 of the world’s biggest cocoa manufacturers and confectioners came together with the Prince of Wales to end deforestation.Companies including Mars, Nestle and Ferrero have promised to come up with a plan by November to prevent cocoa growers clearing vast swathes of forest to grow crops.Cocoa production has largely escaped the criticism levelled at industries like palm oil and beef over forest clearance, but recent reports suggest that it is also contributing to the destruction of rainforest particularly in Ivory Coast and Ghana.The environmental group Mighty Earth has warned that chocolate ‘is killing west African forests on a massive scale.’ International Development Minister James Wharton said: “Over one billion people around the world depend on forests for jobs and vital resources, but illegal deforestation for commercial gain is destroying livelihoods and natural habitats. “We can see this all too clearly in the cocoa industry, where the extreme poverty of farmers is a pervasive problem, child labour still exists, and we are seeing more and more forest disappearing. “The UK is tackling these issues head-on by offering technical expertise to help root out problems in the supply chains of companies, as well as implementing reforms in the agriculture industry to end deforestation and improve working conditions for farmers.”The agreement, commits the participating companies to develop a plan to be presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) meeting in Bonn in November of this year.World Cocoa Foundation Chairman Barry Parkin said: “Today marks a crucial step forward because 12 leading World Cocoa Foundation member companies have agreed to work together, and in partnership with others, to tackle the challenge of deforestation in cocoa. “We look forward to more companies joining the effort and are grateful for the leadership provided by The Prince of Wales in convening today’s landmark event.” Vast swathes of land are often cleared to grow cocoa crops Credit:Jose Crendon The Prince of Wales set up a meeting with chocolate companies to end deforestationCredit:Chris Jackson As well as the chocolate companies the governments of Ivory Coast, Ghana, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK have all signed up to the pledge. 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.