When Wisconsin plays Duke for the men’s college basketball championship on Monday night, the coin flip of a game will be decided by a series of countdowns. Each time one of the teams gains possession, it will have up to 35 seconds to shoot. The team that uses its allotted time — or eschews some of it — better than its opponent will win. Each team uses the shot clock differently, in ways that should make for many interesting games within the game. Here’s what to watch for:Early in the shot clock. Transition opportunities are the best opportunities in basketball. Teams get to attack the basket at a high pace, with more space and fewer defenders. The average Division I team is better in transition than it is overall, scoring 0.88 points per possession generally and 1.03 points per possession in transition.Both finalists execute really well in transition. Wisconsin scores 1.22 points per transition possession, according to Synergy Sports Technology stats. That’s fifth best in the country (of 351 teams in Division I). Duke ranks seventh, scoring 1.21 points per transition possession.But Duke pushes the ball, getting into transition much more than Wisconsin does. The Blue Devils were in transition in 18 percent of their offensive possessions, which puts them in the top 20 percent of Division I teams. Wisconsin ranks dead last, at 7 percent.1That’s broadly consistent with Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted tempo rankings (paywall): Wisconsin ranks 345th of 351 teams, while Duke ranks in the top third.Duke transition possessions could be a trouble spot for Wisconsin’s defense, which often wilts against the fast break. The Badgers are a pretty good defensive team in the half court, but below average in transition.In the middle of the shot clock. This isn’t as good as transition opportunities, but is a much better place for an offense to be than the dying seconds of the shot clock, because ball handlers have lots more options besides shooting.The middle of the shot clock — not transition, but with more than four seconds left — is the terrain where most of a typical basketball game is contested, and especially Wisconsin games. The Badgers ended 87 percent of their possessions in this middle ground, running half-court sets without the pressure of needing to shoot right away. That ranks third in Division I, behind Bucknell and Virginia. And they are very dangerous in these sets, scoring 1.05 points per possession — nearly 0.2 points better than the average team in this situation. That means Wisconsin’s half-court set is so good, it’s better than the average transition offense.Duke defends well against these kinds of shots, allowing 0.05 points per possession less than average — 38th best in Division I. But that’s unlikely to faze Wisconsin much, since it just played Kentucky. The Wildcats are the best in the country against half-court offenses shooting before the very end of the clock, allowing 0.16 fewer points per possession. Yet the Badgers beat Kentucky playing primarily in the half court.Duke’s offense also is really good in these bread-and-butter plays, ranking ninth in the country in efficiency. But it plays this style at a below-average rate, just 79 percent of the time.The final seconds of the clock. Teams try to avoid holding the ball this long. Short-clock offense is about as bad as transition offense is good. Teams average just 0.71 points per possession with no more than four seconds left on the shot clock. No wonder they do all they can to avoid the deadline pressure, facing the countdown on fewer than 4 percent of plays.For most of the season, Kentucky avoided these plays even more than the average team, and for good reason: The Wildcats are well above average at transition offense and a solid half-court team, but they stink late in the shot clock, scoring just 0.61 points per possession, well below average. Their drop-off in efficiency from the middle of the clock to those final seconds was among the biggest in Division I.2The 25th biggest drop-off among 351 teams. Yet they inexplicably milked the shot clock on a futile string of possessions late in their game against Wisconsin, contributing mightily to the Badgers’ win.Duke is as loath as Kentucky to let the clock tick down, but is far better when it does, scoring 0.91 points per possession. These are small sample sizes: Just 100 plays during Duke’s entire season occurred that late in the clock.Wisconsin has more experience living on the edge, getting near the end of the shot clock on 6 percent of its plays, in part because it plays so little transition O. But it’s not quite as efficient as Duke when it does. The Badgers should avoid letting the clock run down on Monday night, and not only because they’re so good with more time to work: Duke ranked 13th in the country in defending late-clock plays, allowing barely half a point per possession.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the difference between plays in the middle of the shot clock and short-clock plays. Plays with exactly four seconds left on the shot clock count as short-clock plays, not as plays in the middle of the clock.
Donald Sterling, for all his defiance, still lost his team.A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling had the legal standing to decide matters of the family trust on her husband’s behalf, clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who offered $2 billion for the franchise, to officially take over the team.Shelly Sterling burst into tears when Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas announced the decision.“This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us,” she said outside the courthouse. “Come see the Clippers next year.”Chris Paul, the team’s star guard and coach Doc Rivers said they were considering sitting out if Donald Sterling maintained ownership. Sterling became an embattled figure when phone recordings of him making racially charged comments were released by his girlfriend.The sale of the Clippers to Ballmer went through on May 29 and was made possible because Donald Sterling was found to be “mentally incapacitated.” According to the terms of the family trust, this gave Shelly Sterling the authority to make decisions on the trust’s assets — most notably the Clippers — without also getting Donald Sterling’s signature.But Donald Sterling sued in probate court, arguing that the neurological exam was conducted under false pretenses and does not accurately describe his mental state.The sale window to Ballmer was supposed to close on July 15, but it was extended until August 15 so the trial could finish. Had the judge ruled in favor of Donald Sterling, the window could have expired, forcing the NBA to go through the termination process it was prepared to use until the sale to Ballmer happened.Were that to succeed, the league would have controlled the team and auctioned it to the highest bidder. But there was a risk that Donald Sterling wouldn’t officially be out of the picture by the start of the season, which is why players suggested they might boycott next season if a favorable ruling didn’t happen.The trial began in early July, despite attempts by Donald Sterling’s legal team to delay the start. The trial was supposed to focus mostly on the legality of Shelly Sterling’s decision and whether the mental incapacity diagnosis was appropriate, but it eventually veered into other topics, most notably the value of the team should Donald Sterling remain owner.While Donald Sterling can still sue for monetary damages, he will not be able to appeal the judge’s ruling on ownership as the court ruled 1310(b) was not just for life and death cases, making it a clean sweep for Shelly Sterling.The judge said the issue of the 1310(b) provision was the hardest issue to decide on, but found it does not apply to just life and death cases as Donald Sterling had argued. The judge said the trust would lose $400 million if the provision wasn’t used and said he believed the “death spiral” theory of interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons.Donald Sterling can still sue the trust for monetary damages, but he would essentially be suing himself. As part of an earlier deal with Shelly Sterling, the NBA is indemnified in any lawsuit.
In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we look at Charles Reep, the father of soccer analytics — and a guy who made one big, glaring mistake that changed the course of English soccer for the worse. But in order to arrive at his very wrong conclusion, he first had to radically transform the way people thought about consuming a soccer match.There was no Opta back in 1950, no Total Shots Ratio, no Expected Goals. But there was Reep, who took it upon himself to attend every Swindon Town F.C. match that season — sometimes with a miner’s helmet on his head to better illuminate his notes — and meticulously scribble down play-by-play diagrams of how everything went down. More than 60 years before player-tracking cameras became all the rage in pro sports, Reep was mapping out primitive spatial data the old-fashioned way, by hand.Poring over all the scraps of data he’d collected, Reep eventually came to a realization: Most goals in soccer come off of plays that were preceded by three passes or fewer. And in Reep’s mind, this basic truth of the game should dictate how teams play. The key to winning more matches seemed to be as simple as cutting down on your passing and possession time, and getting the ball downfield as quickly as possible instead. The long ball was Reep’s secret weapon.“Not more than three passes,” Reep admonished during a 1993 interview with the BBC. “If a team tries to play football and keeps it down to not more than three passes, it will have a much higher chance of winning matches. Passing for the sake of passing can be disastrous.”This was it: Maybe the first case in history of an actionable sports strategy derived from next-level data collection, such as it was. And Reep got more than a few important folks to listen to his ideas, too. It took him a few decades of preaching, but Reep’s recommended playing style was adopted to instant success by Wimbledon F.C. in the 1980s, and then reached the highest echelons of English soccer — channeled as it was through the combination of England manager Graham Taylor and Football Association coaching director Charles Hughes, each of whom believed in hoofing the ball up the pitch and chasing it down (and now seemed to have the data to back up their intuition). The long ball was suddenly England’s official footballing policy.The trouble was, Reep’s theory was based on a fatally flawed premise. As I wrote two years ago, when discussing Reep’s influence on soccer analytics:Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer. There’s a good relationship between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession. Here at FiveThirtyEight, we tend to think statistics can add to our understanding of sports. (What a surprise!) From the more mature sabermetric movements of baseball and basketball to growing ones in soccer and hockey, evidence-based examination has led to new thoughts and ideas about the games we love.But there can also be a dark side to analytics. Among other potential pitfalls, interpreting the numbers incorrectly can lead to terrible decisions or encourage habits that are hard to break, particularly given the added weight that conclusions carry if they appear to emerge from hard data. For an example, look no further than the state of English soccer after it began using what appeared to be a scientific strategy. By Joe Sykes and Neil Paine More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS It probably wasn’t entirely Reep’s fault when England flamed out at Euro 1992, or when they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. But it couldn’t have helped that they were playing a misguided style, informed by well-meaning but faulty statistical principles.Ultimately, Reep was a cautionary tale of the damage that can be done when stats go wrong. But he was also light-years ahead of his time for tracking stats in the first place. Even though his conclusions were wrong, his instincts were right. Now, national and club teams across the globe pay for massive amounts of data that, in one way or another, come out of the tradition of soccer analytics that Charles Reep helped start. As far as legacies in the game go, you could do worse.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era.
3Bucks1551511740.6 13Jazz3702613725.6 25Bulls226194816.3 15Grizzlies3742713324.9 8Pistons189148529.5 27Pacers232114415.4 22Suns4392910918.9 21Mavericks4071910119.1 24Cavaliers216205117.7 2Nets1431313746.7 18Trail Blazers3912611020.9 9Hawks189208428.5 1976ers210195920.4 29Raptors24910289.8 11Lakers3922815727.2 7Rockets3383616330.3 TOTAL MINUTES SPENT … 12Clippers3952515627.0 16Wizards212126422.3 How teams have fared against the Warriors, from 2014-15 to 2016-17 TEAMBEHINDTIEDAHEADPERCENTAGE OF TIME AHEAD After the Warriors accomplished the inevitable — winning a championship with relative ease after adding superstar Kevin Durant to a 73-win core — there were two natural questions looming for the rest of the NBA: What will it take to dethrone this budding dynasty, and when will that realistically happen?The answer, as far as oddsmakers are concerned, is seemingly no time soon. Even Cavs star LeBron James, the greatest player of his generation, sounded unsure of how to beat the Golden State going forward after the club extinguished Cleveland in five games.“Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together, to be able to hopefully compete against this team,” said James, whose team needed a historic shooting night to stave off a sweep. “They’re assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they’re right up there.”By examining the Dubs’ handful of losses in recent seasons, a formula does appear to emerge, albeit in a regular-season setting. And while that doesn’t answer the larger question about dethroning them, it helps illustrate what teams have consistently done to knock Golden State off stride.The league’s other 29 teams were less likely to beat the Warriors by playing an inferior version of Warriors basketball. Cleveland needed to practically burn down the nets with its 3-point shooting to win a Game 4 shootout. But opponents have been more successful by taking Golden State out of its element: having enough defense and length to disrupt the Warriors’ shooting, while having enough offense to keep up with the inevitable points allowed.Opponents with top-12 defenses1The top-12 defenses that knocked off the Warriors this past year included the Spurs (twice), the Grizzlies (twice), the Jazz, the Heat, the Bulls and the Celtics. fared best against the Dubs this past season, accounting for eight of Golden State’s 15 regular-season losses. More broadly than that, beating the Warriors will likely require slowing them down2The Warriors averaged 23.7 points on fast breaks in wins, and 17.7 in losses this season., not only in transition, where they’re far and away the best in the league, but also in half-court scenarios.The clubs that have the most success against them have smart, versatile defenders who possess the length to contest Golden State’s sharpshooters3During ABC’s broadcast of Game 5 on Monday, announcers discussed a graphic showing that Kevin Durant’s release point on his jump shot was 10 feet, 3 inches high, making it a nearly impossible task to defend him without considerable height, length and athleticism. — the team shot 41 percent from 3-point range in its regular-season wins, but just 27 percent in its losses — and the height and size to switch defensive assignments and neutralize the Warriors’ highly unusual methods for setting screens. Includes regular season games since 2014-15.Source: ESPN Stats and Info 4Heat1582510536.5 5Celtics1712310334.6 23Magic213225318.4 14Kings4072814525.0 1Spurs1842926755.6% 6Thunder3462416330.5 20Pelicans3873810820.1 26Hornets232114515.5 10Nuggets3242313828.4 17Timberwolves3883311221.0 28Knicks242133311.5 That partially explains how long, rangy teams such as the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks have done better against the Warriors during the past three regular seasons than just about anyone else. They have respectable defenders they can throw onto the Warriors’ best scorers, and the ability to force Golden State far later into the shot clock — where efficiency plummets — than most other teams can.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/spursd.mp400:0000:0000:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bucksd.mp400:0000:0000:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s abundantly clear that shutting down this offense altogether is a pipe dream. Aside from tying for the most efficient regular-season offense of all-time, the Warriors scored at least 113 points in all five games of the NBA Finals. You also need to be able to score on them to have a chance. This past season, it often took a team that moved the ball4Eight of the Warriors’ 15 losses came to teams that ranked in the top 12 in the league in passes thrown per game. and shot well (opponents who walked away with victories hit 38 percent of their 3s against the Warriors, up from 31 percent in defeats) to win. Because of how the Warriors’ defense can smother an opponent, it also helps to push the ball in transition without turning it over too much (think Wizards or Clippers).Or, if you play a more deliberate style, you may be able to find points in half-court situations if you’re willing to set multiple screens that shed seconds off the shot clock (like Utah, which played at a snail’s pace but was among the NBA’s most efficient teams in late-clock scenarios). Then, of course, there are the Cavs, who, with James and Kyrie Irving, can create scoring opportunities for themselves regardless of how well the Warriors defend.But as we saw in Game 3: Even a duo going off for a combined 77 points might not be enough to win a single game against Golden State, let alone four in seven tries.It’s easy to look at Milwaukee’s and Utah’s rosters and see considerable upside5The Jazz, of course, need Gordon Hayward to re-sign with the club in order to continue their upward trajectory.. The same is true of Boston, which has the No. 1 pick in this loaded draft. But most contending clubs look at least one star away from truly competing with the Warriors in the next year or two, if not longer. The Spurs — who had a promising start to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard was knocked out for the series — will become a greater challenger if they manage to pry Chris Paul away from the Clippers. And Cleveland, if it manages to find solid, attentive wing defenders somehow, may be capable of doing better next season.In the meantime, don’t be surprised if more teams than usual decide to take the long view in the years to come. The Warriors can be beaten, but doing that requires near-perfection — something almost no other team can produce anywhere near often enough to unseat them.
It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) carries the ball during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In 2014, Ohio State was blessed with the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. They received scrutiny and were bashed by opposing fans, but ultimately climbed college football’s highest summit to win it all. And now, it could happen again.On Saturday night, No. 2 Clemson lost to Pittsburgh on a last second field goal. After a season of close games and nail-biting finished, it seems coach Dabo Swinney’s luck finally ran out. And for the Buckeyes, that is a blessing.Following Saturday’s 62-3 win over Maryland, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis overheard a reporter talking about the loss. Unaware of what had transpired at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during his post-game interviews, he could hardly contain his excitement.“Clemson lost?!” he said.With the Buckeyes perched at No. 5, and Clemson losing to an unranked opponent, OSU will be in prime position once again with the season winding down. The Buckeyes need two more wins to solidify their spot in the playoff.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel said now is the time to go for it, and keep themselves in the top-tier of college football.“It’s just that time of year that you’re getting closer to the playoffs and closer to championship games and we know we got to step it up and come out here every day and get right on them and put up numbers,” he said.The numbers OSU has put up the past two weeks have been eye-popping. 124 total points, 1,171 total yards, and just 380 yards and six points allowed.Prepare yourself for a wild ride.
Then-Penn State interim football coach Larry Johnson sits courtside at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., Jan. 8. The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 68-65.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOhio State lost defensive line coach Mike Vrabel to the Houston Texans of the NFL last week, but it looks as if coach Urban Meyer hardly wasted any time finding his replacement.The Buckeyes are on the verge of hiring former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to replace Vrabel, according to a report by SI.com late Monday.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern Tuesday, however, that the move may not be official.“I don’t have any information that I can share at this time,” the spokesman said in an email.Johnson spent 19 seasons with the Nittany Lions, and the last 15 as the team’s defensive line coach. He helped develop seven first-team All-Americans in State College, Pa., including the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft in Courtney Brown.Johnson was offered the defensive line coaching job by new Penn State coach James Franklin, but declined, according to PennLive.Vrabel announced his departure from OSU via Twitter Thursday, and the former Buckeye great is set to coach the linebackers with the Texans. Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien to head coach Jan. 3.
Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — It felt all too familiar.Ohio State, after jumping out to an eight-point lead in the first half against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday, had all but reverted back to the form Buckeye fans have grown accustomed to seeing this season.A 36-10 run by the Cornhuskers stretching from the end of the first half, into the second saw the Buckeyes lead disappear, and the good feelings of shooting the ball well in the first half along with it.But this time was different. This time, the Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) found their legs and a little something extra down the stretch and roared back to beat Nebraska (19-12, 11-8), 71-67.Instead of wilting late in the game like they have so often this season — at Michigan State, at Nebraska and against Michigan to name a few games — OSU found it’s bearing and was able to put the wheels back on to secure a win. It appears the Buckeyes could have finally taken that much needed needed step forward to team maturity at this, the most important time of the season.“I hope so … But we need to stop going through things like this,” senior guard Aaron Craft said on his team’s late-game mojo. “Competition gets better, competition gets better every game. We can’t expect to turn it on when we want to. That’s how we lost in the NCAA Tournament last year.”The game OSU’s leader was referring to was the 70-66 loss to Wichita State in the Elite Eight, where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as 20 before an attempted comeback fell just short and their season ended.Although the Cornhuskers only stretched the lead to 18 Friday, a similar comeback was needed by OSU.Junior guard Shannon Scott — who committed four turnovers just in the first half alone — helped spark the rally along with sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, scoring six of his nine points in the game’s final 20 minutes.Scott said the mindset of the team when they looked up at the scoreboard and found itself down 18 points was to just take things one step at a time.“We know there’s not 20-point baskets, so we’ve got to take every possession one at a time,” Scott said after the win. “We’ve got to get a stop. And once we started doing that, we really got pride in our offense and that really got us going.”After committing just three turnovers in the first half, Nebraska coughed up the ball eight more times after halftime due in large part to the Buckeyes’ full court pressure.“It seemed to work pretty well for us, especially down the stretch making them call timeouts and stuff like that,” Craft said of the press. “It can get tiring as well. It’s kind of a hit and miss, but if you got the adrenaline rolling like we did you kind of feed off that.”With the adrenaline pumping through their veins, OSU made the plays it needed down the stretch — including hitting eight straight free throws in the final two minutes after shooting 9-20 prior to then in the game.“I think in this tournament, as you saw, players make plays. Even for Nebraska, some of the plays those guys made were, wow,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “But I think that you hope at this point of the season, all the work you’ve done … can come into fruition. You’ve seen it across the country. There’s been a lot of ups and downs in these tournament.”Such up and down trends during the course of a game can cause frustration for any player — Buckeye leading scorer junior forward LaQuinton Ross was pegged with his third technical foul in seven games after shoving a Nebraska player after a play — but this time OSU came away on the right side of things when it was all said and done.“We’ve been in this situation before with Nebraska, Michigan State and other times in the season as well but we were able to just keep our composure down the stretch,” junior center Amir Williams said postgame. “We didn’t panic, continued to fight and we were able to come away with it.”With a showdown with top-seeded rival Michigan looming Saturday in the semifinals at 1:40 p.m., avoiding a stretch like the one that caused them to fall behind by 18 to the Cornhuskers is critical. But doing so will be easier senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said, because of where the team is mentally.“We’re a lot different, we’re not self destructive and falling apart. We’re not selfish anymore, we’re fighting for one another and that’s all that matters for us,” Smith Jr. said after the game. “We’re playing for Ohio State and the guys in this locker room, at this point we’re the only ones that matter and as long as we can look each other in the eyes after the game we’re happy with that.”
Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) hits the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerA poor start doomed the Ohio State men’s volleyball team against Harvard.OSU lost its fourth consecutive match in a 3-2 decision against the Crimson Tuesday.The loss put the Buckeyes at 8-12 for the season.OSU was lacking in certain areas, which led to the nail-biting defeat, freshman setter Christy Blough said.“We need to start our matches stronger. We were not able to get a good start in this match. We were able to come back in the middle, but still lost it in the end,” he said.The Buckeyes lost the first two sets, but came back with a win in the next two sets. Coach Pete Hanson said the team barely missed its chance to win it in the end set.“We just couldn’t make the last couple of plays and Harvard did,” Hanson said.Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Alex Judkins said OSU played physically at the net and its blocking skills were in action tonight, which contributed to the comeback mid-match.Hanson said the Buckeyes still need to become more consistent.“We are such a young team. We ride a wave, we are up and down,” he said. “We just have to get our play at a steady pace.”The Buckeyes were missing one of their top players, redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz. Hanson said getting the starting line-up back on the court could result in a turnaround for the Buckeyes.Three players contributed double digit kills for the Buckeye offense: redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous had 18, freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson added 16, and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy contributed 14 kills.The Buckeyes still have a lot to work on as a team, but Hanson said time and experience should help.“Setting the tone earlier is something we need to do a better job of. We need certain guys to step up and take charge at the right time,” he said.OSU is next set to play Ball State Sunday in Muncie, Ind., at 4 p.m.
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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. Chris Ingall, of Brighton and Hove City Council’s seafront operations manager said she was “very lucky” as she could have been swept out to sea.He continued: “If she had been any deeper in, that wave would have come behind her, over the top of her, and pushed her down into deep water.”Fortunately, the force of the water pushed her back up the beach, otherwise that could have been a very different outcome.”In the Brighton sea, the pebbles slope very steeply and it only takes a few steps to be out of your depth. The council official warned dog walkers to keep their animals on a lead in these stormy conditions.He advised that if an animal does get swept out to sea, it is likely it will float and be pushed back to land by the waves.Mr Ingall said: “In those sorts of conditions you’re not going to be able to get to your dog.”He also commented that she looked “shocked and cold” after the rescue attempt. A woman has been described as “very lucky” after diving into crashing, stormy waves to retrieve her dog, who had swum out to sea.The dog walker was in Brighton when her dog ran into the waves on Sunday near the Palace Pier.She is seen being knocked off her feet by a wave, and being pushed back to shore.The woman is then seen being helped by people with her as she sits on the sand.The dog then follows her, being guided by the waves back to dry land.Alessandro Intini, an on-looker who filmed her, told the BBC: “It was a wall of water which took the girl off her feet.”
Lance Corporal Kate Sandford is to become the first woman from the band of the Household Cavalry to play the fanfare at a British Royal wedding, it is believed, as she joins an elite group of six on May 19th. As befits a bride so dedicated to the cause of gender equality, those trumpets will be loud enough not only to impress the millions watching around the world, but to shatter a glass ceiling along the way. 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. Joined by her husband, Lance Corporal of Horse Julian Sandford, the pair will, it follows, become the first married couple to play… As Meghan Markle takes her first steps down the aisle of St George’s Chapel on Saturday, she will be met with the glorious fanfare of the State Trumpeters.
This is the terrifying moment a woman’s phone records being struck by a bolt of lightning as she tried to film a thunderstorm.Tracey Kutluol was filming the storm from her living room window when her iPhone was zapped by the thunderbolt at 10pm on Thursday night.The dramatic footage shows Tracey, from Galashiels, Scottish Borders, joking “I’m going to get electrocuted” as she opened her window to get a better look at the storm.The video shows dark clouds and thunder can be heard before a flash of lightning strikes the phone. Since the incident, she has posted a video which has had over 30,000 views.The mother-of-two, who was with her children Max, ten and Mia, 14, while filming the video, said her life flashed before her eyes.Ms Kutluol, 43, said an electric shock ran up her left arm, leaving her with extreme pins and needles. She said it was her new rubber phone cover, delivered just hours before she was struck, that saved her life.The full-time mother said: “I was trying to film how dark it was and hoping for a little lightning that I could capture but I did not anticipate that it would hit me. The lightning hit the pop socket on my phone. “And if I am being honest, that saved my life otherwise my phone would have probably exploded. I was not hurt and all the kids and my friend who were with me were all fine. My kitchen light bulb managed to blow up though.”You have no idea how powerful lightning is, I could still feel pins and needles from my left hand starting from my pinky all the way up to my elbow. When it hit, it was like a big blue light.”That was when I realised that my life flashed before me. I just threw my phone and we all started to panic and scream.”Terrified the house might catch on fire, Ms Kutluol and her children ran to hide in her bedroom on the ground floor of the townhouse, where she thought it would be safest.She said: “My son tried to make sure the cat wouldn’t jump out of the window. My daughter thought the place was going to go on fire.”As a mother, my job was to try and comfort my kids and keep them calm. We pulled all the plugs off the sockets and run to my room.”Then on the third floor, it’s my son’s room, bathroom, and our living room. So my room is on the lower ground so I felt we would be much safer there. We stayed there until 11.30pm.” 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. Ms Kutluol the frightening incident is one she will “never forget” but said she is thankful to the eBay seller who she purchased the phone case from.She said: “I don’t know his name but I message him today telling him I was so thankful for that case as it actually saved my life.”At first, my children thought my case looked funny but I bet they are happy with it now. I think I will probably buy the pink version of that phone cover from him.”She b added: “Tonight we are due to have more thunder. I’m not going to lie but I am so nervous for when it comes. Our plans tonight is as soon as we hear lightning we will turn off all electrical items and go to my room.”I just want to raise awareness for anyone who plans on doing what I did, don’t do it, don’t be a numpty like me. I’ve had calls from my family in Germany and when my husband came into the house last night he said what I did was irresponsible.”I did have a cry about it all, so please be careful out there as it can happen to anyone.”
Opening the case for the prosecution, Brian Altman QC told the jury: “The killings were entirely intentional and they were carried out in the woods by a man who sexually assaulted them for his own gratification. That man, say the prosecution, was this defendant, Russell Bishop.”Mr Altman went on: “This defendant was, as you will hear, arrested in 1986, charged and indeed tried the following year in 1987 for the murders of both girls, but on December 10 1987 he was acquitted by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.“Having been acquitted of these murders, the defendant was discharged was a free man and returned to live in the Brighton area.”Less than three years after his acquittal on 4 February 1990, the defendant committed offices involving the attempted murder, kidnapping and indecent assault of a seven-year-old girl in the Whitehawk are of Brighton.“Unlike Nicola and Karen, the victim survived and was able to identify the defendant as her attacker, which, together with scientific and other compelling evidence, led to his conditions by a jury at Lewes Crown Court on December 13 1990.” Schoolgirl victims Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola FellowsCredit:PA Their bodies were found in the woods at Wild Park in Brighton the following day. Both girls had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death.Bishop was charged with their murders the following year, but was cleared following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.But after the longest investigation in Sussex Police’s history, Bishop was charged with the killings once again after the Court of Appeal quashed his original acquittal. The jury at the Old Bailey was told that the case against Bishop was based on similarities between the two cases, but also developments in DNA and forensic science, which was not available at the time of the original trial. 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. Mr Altman told the jury: “Despite the acquittal the case was never closed and the police have continued to investigate it.“One significant part of the enquiry has been to re evaluate various areas of scientific work that were performed for the purposes of the 1987 trial but through the lens of modern day techniques, DNA profiling which although available in 1986 and 1987 was the in its infancy.”He went on: “Because of the new evidence and without making any judgment about the guilt or otherwise of this defendant, the Court of Appeal has quashed the 1987 acquittals. That means the defendant can be prosecuted again based on the evidence that existed then and the new evidence that is available now. “Evidence of the re-evaluation of the science available at the time of the original trial and new science, we suggest proves that Russell Bishop was to the exclusion of anyone else responsible for the murders of the two girls.” Bishop denies the murders and the trial is expected to last up to eight weeks. A convicted paedophile acquitted of the kidnap and murder of two schoolgirls more than 30 years ago has gone on trial for a second time after new DNA evidence came to light, the Old Bailey has been told.Russell Bishop, 52, was found not guilty of the sexually motivated murders of nine-year-old schoolgirls, Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who were killed in Brighton in 1986.Three years after walking free from court in December 1987, he molested another seven-year-old girl, strangled her and left her for dead in the Whitehawk area of the city.For more than three decades the investigation into Nicola and Karen’s killings remained open and last year, following advances in DNA and forensic technology, Sussex Police charged Bishop with the notorious double murder.Karen and Nicola, who were close friends, disappeared from near their homes in the Moulsecoomb area of Brighton on 9 October 1986 after going out to play. Police searching an area where the girl’s bodies were foundCredit:Ken Mason
Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music and Radio, said: “For the first time this Christmas and New Year listeners can indulge in box set specials as well as festive podcasts and music mixes on BBC Sounds.”Other programmes will see Sir David Attenborough play old sound recordings of people and animals he made during his early career, as well as collections of live music, investigative crime podcasts and archive interviews with “music’s biggest icons”. 15 Minute Musical cast members Pippa Evans, Dave Lamb and Richie WebbCredit:BBC The Duchess, with a coat draped around her shoulders, ready to take notesCredit:ACU/ David Tett It follows a speech from the Duchess during a royal tour to Fiji, when she announced two ACU grants particularly designed to fund and empower women in education. The Duchess of Cornwall meets reindeer Dancer and Blitzen during her party for children at Clarence HouseCredit:AP The Duchess, who is expecting her first child in the spring, this week signalled the direction her real working life will take next year, in a meeting of academics hosted by King’s College London to discuss “how higher education can help build a better world”.In a private meeting, which a professional photograph was invited to capture, the Duchess heard from experts about the “role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience”, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) said.The list of those attending included seven senior professors and Vice-Chancellors of British universities, with other academics from overseas also giving their input. Kensington Palace were not consulted on the contents of the musical, one of two Christmas episodes of the show.The second, called Eurostars, features a Eurovision Song Contest-style performance from “our non-Brexit-obsessed counterparts on the continent as they look back on their action-packed 2018”.Last year, the BBC Radio Christmas schedule included a special edition of the Today programme, guest edited by Prince Harry. The story, to be broadcast on New Year’s Day, will be told by the programme’s regular cast of Pippa Evans, who will play the Duchess, Dave Lamb and Richie Webb. Prince Charles, his cello and Prince Edward in 1969Credit:Rex Prince Charles with Private Passions host Michael BerkeleyCredit:BBC The special landmark edition of Private Passions was announced as part of a series of box sets, festive podcast specials and seasonal music mixes. The Prince of Wales is to share the musical moments that have shaped his life as a guest on Radio 3’s Private Passions.He will discuss the role of music in his life in the 45-minute-long BBC show, due for broadcast on BBC Sounds on Boxing Day and Radio 3 on December 30, in which knowledgeable guests discuss “their musical loves and hates”. He is understood to be a fan of the programme.His selection of eight songs includes music performed at his wedding to The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a work he personally conducted with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of his wife’s 60th birthday. The meeting was not announced ahead of time, with photographer David Tett invited by the university to take photographs of the Duchess at work, appearing attentive and with a pen in her hand.The pictures, approved by Kensington Palace, were released on their Instagram page yesterday.The radio programme about the Duchess’ life is part of a Christmas schedule which also includes an appearance from real royalty. The prince also speaks “about formative early childhood experiences of attending the ballet and concerts with his grandmother, the Queen Mother”, as well playing the cello with the Trinity College Orchestra while he was a student at Cambridge. The Duchess of Sussex announces two ACU grants in FijiCredit:Reuters She waved goodbye to the acting world with her final episode of Suits, giving up a showbiz career to marry into the Royal Family.But if the Duchess of Sussex can no longer star in her own show, the BBC is striving to provide the next best thing: a musical based on the life and times of Meghan Markle, entitled “The Sixth In Line to be King and I”.Radio 4’s 15 Minute Musical has turned its sights to the Duchess, with a “Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired” comedy broadcast confirmed for the Christmas schedule.It will see radio actors “look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring”, in what is described as an “inspired celebration of Meghan Markle’s life to date”.The show has previously broadcast episodes including “The Legend of Holy Superior Mother Theresa May and the Magic Money Tree”, “Jeremy Corbyn Superstar!” and “Cabarexit”, which saw them “turn the EU referendum into a sexy, sassy, sensationalised, sublime sounding musical”.
The Duchess of Sussex has announced her first patronages, as she vows to help unemployed women to feel confident about their upcoming job interviews with personal styling and makeovers.Kensington Palace today disclosed the four roles the Duchess will take on, as the new Royal Patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal charity Mayhew, and Smart Works, which provides a new wardrobe for women who are seeking work, as well as one-to-one coaching for interviews.The Duchess, who has long advocated for women’s empowerment, is understood to have paid numerous quiet visits to each of the charities already, sitting in to help on client meetings as she worked to choose suitable royal patronages within her areas of interest.Two of the patronages – the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, which represents higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries – have been handed down to her from the Queen. A fourth will represent her concern about animal welfare, with the Mayhew providing shelter and care for pets and working to keep homeless people with their dogs. The four patronages represent the key interests of the Duchess, from women’s empowerment to fashion and animal welfare.Announcing her patronage of Mayhew, which provides care for pets while their owners are going through times of crisis, a palace spokesman said: “The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles.” “An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”The charity, which has 300 trained volunteers across the UK, receives high quality clothing donated from individuals or retailers, hung in dressing rooms ready for job-seeking clients, who cannot otherwise afford their own new workwear, to try on.Many of the clothes are designer and come from shops favoured by the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge, with named supporters including Burberry, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Kate Spade, LK Bennett, John Lewis and Whistles. Mennatallah Mohammed in her workwear Speaking to client Sarah Barrett, 38, the Duchess said: “It’s amazingly how you feel when you’re in here. You come in feeling so low but you’re reminded of your value.”Ms Barrett replied: “You feel like royalty.”A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes.”Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations.” A Smart Works client and volunteer stylist at work The Duchess of Sussex with designer Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion AwardsCredit:Getty This morning, she made her first public visit to Smart Works as a patron, following numerous private trips in which she helped coach women for interviews.Joining a roundtable meeting to hear from charity founders and clients, she described how the organisation impressed her with its ethos. The Duchess of Sussex, is welcomed by Lady Juliet Hughes-Hallett, chair of Smart Works, and Kate Stephens, Smart Works’ CEOCredit:Reuters Speaking of the National Theatre patronage, artistic director Rufus Norris said: “It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron. Bobbi Brown, the beauty brand, works with women on makeovers and provides lessons to allow them to create their professional look every day at home. Each woman, who must have a confirmed job interview to qualify, receives a two hour dressing and coaching service, receiving a complete outfit and accessories for free. The fourth patronage will see the Duchess continue her work with The Association of Commonwealth Universities, after she made a speech during her tour of Fiji last year about the importance of women’s education.Since joining the Royal Family, the Duchess has used fashion to convey a message and boost good causes on several occasions, helping to create jobs at Huit Denim jeans in Cardiff and for Cambodian seamstresses at Outland Denim as well as shining a light on charities such as Turquoise Mountain. At university in Chicago, she worked on a project which provided prom dresses for young women in underprivileged areas.Last year, Smart Works became an official partner of Stella magazine, working together on a charity fashion sale to raise £64,700 for Smart Works. “The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life. I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come”.Kensington Palace added: “Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.” Meghan, patron, joins a discussion at Smart WorksCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech about education in FijiCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Sussex in the Smart Works wardrobeCredit:PA “It’s not just hand me downs, it’s saying ‘this is the blazer I wore that helped me win that interview, and this is the piece that helps that [other] woman get that part of her story’.”So to know, as a woman coming in, that you have so many other women believing in you in the piece that makes it so special.”The Duchess later told the group, which included two former clients: “I’m so happy to be here. You guys know I’ve been quietly coming by … close to a year. It’s nice to be able to now do it publicly and really talk about the work that you do.” “It’s the part about community that I’m so drawn to here,” she said.”It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, but really being part of each other’s success stories as women right? The Duchess has visited numerous times, and has helped provide personal coaching for women preparing for job interviews. Its founder, Juliet Hughes-Hallett, said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. Turning her hand to styling outfits for Patsy Wardally, a 55-year-old mother-of-three, and 50-year-old Dionne Johnson, the Duchess picked out accessories and complimented the women on their new looks.“The last time I was here I suggested a purse to someone and it was one that I had donated and she didn’t like it,” she said, laughing. “I was like ok! I thought it was great.” Every client to successfully gets a job is then invited back for a “second dressing”, for five additional pieces of clothing to allow them to form a capsule wardrobe to tide them over until their first pay cheque. Women can be referred to the service through the Job Centre, with clients speaking regularly about how it had boosted their confidence and changed their prospects in life.One, 49-year-old Selina, told the Telegraph last year: “You should have seen me when I walked in to Smart Works’ Islington centre around this time last year. I didn’t let anyone take ‘before’ photos of me, because I definitely didn’t have the confidence for that. “That dress made me look like that confident woman, but now I am her and the experience has changed my life in every way.”Lady Hughes-Hallett, the charity’s chair and co-founder, says: “Every woman knows the confidence that looking and feeling fabulous bestows, and the fact that this could be translated into getting women to succeed at their interview seemed magical.” They will then undertake interview preparation and coaching with a senior manager or HR professional, to work on job-specific skills and how to impress at the real thing. Meghan Markle with her beagle Guy when she lived in Canada Patrons Samantha Cameron and Isabel Spearman at the Smart Work’s Fashion ClubCredit:i-Images Meghan helps fit a bracelet on client Patsy WardallyCredit:Reuters Current patrons of the charity include Samantha Cameron, the designer and wife of the former Prime Minister, actress Jennifer Saunders, broadcaster Emma Barnett and designer Betty Jackson.
“You guys have always been so supportive.”Everything is love. Thank you.”She later wrote about the decision on her own website, stating the couple were “pleased to honor Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex” and referencing her charity work. “Meghan brought many Black traditions to her Royal Wedding including a Chicago-based Black pastor, an amazing gospel choir, and a young Black cellist,” she wrote.”At the wedding her culture was front and center, and she and Prince Harry have continued to push the race relations dialogue forward both near and far.”In a televised show, the couple turned slowly around to face a framed painting of the Duchess, wearing a tiara, necklaces and an off-the-shoulder dress in the manner of an historic portrait. The scene, which was immediately shared on social media, immediately caused fans to debate its meaning and was widely interpreted as being a sign of support for the Duchess as a representative of the British Royal Family. The Duchess herself was in New York at the time of the speech, enjoying a baby shower with friends.She has previously made an appearance at the British Fashion Awards, appearing on stage to present a prize to the designer of her wedding dress. Beyonce posted on her Instagram Popstar Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z have accepted a Brit Award in front of a portrait of the Duchess of Sussex, as fans debate the meaning of their message. The married couple, who won best international group at the 2019 Brit Awards under the name The Carters, appeared by video link in front of an image of the Duchess dressed as a queen.The portrait is by illustrator Tim O’Brien, who has also created a regal portrait of Beyonce herself. Elaborating on the image on Instagram, Beyonce said the picture was in honour of “Melanated Monas”, understood to be a reference to the Duchess’ biracial heritage and one of the world’s most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa. She wrote: ” In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy. ” In an acceptance speech, Beyonce said: “Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honour.
Revenge porn threats should be made illegal after the murder of Alice Ruggles, a domestic homicide review has recommended.Ms Ruggles, 24, was killed by her jealous ex-partner Trimaan Dhillon in October 2016 after he had previously threatened to release intimate photos of her when she called off their relationship.Dhillon, a Lance Corporal at the time who trained with the Special Reconnaissance Service, was jailed for life following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in April 2017.Revenge porn – which is the sharing of private, sexual photos with the purpose of causing embarrassment – became an offence in 2015 and those found guilty face a prison sentence of up to two years.According to the UK’s Revenge Porn Helpline, there has been a huge year-on-year increase in reported incidents, with the hotline receiving just over 500 reports in 2015 and more than 1000 in 2017. Trimaan Dhillon, 26, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years for murdering his ex-girlfriend Alice Ruggles after he stalked her and then cut her throatCredit:Northumbria Police/PA Ms Ruggles had contacted Northumbria Police about Dhillon’s stalking in the days before he killed her. A Northumbria Police officer contacted his barracks in Edinburgh and spoke to a superior, but not Military Police or Police Scotland, and Dhillon was then told to stop contacting her or face arrest.But he ignored the warning from within the regiment, continued to contact her and eventually drove 120 miles to Tyneside to murder the bubbly and popular Sky employee.In the review, her parents Sue and Clive Ruggles said: “We believe that her death was preventable.”We find it difficult to comprehend that, although Alice described in her first phone call to the police that she was being stalked and provided ample evidence, the police and the army were unable to support and protect her.”Ms Ruggles’s sister Emma, herself a serving soldier, said she was “frustrated” by the Army’s response to the murder.She has had no contact from Dhillon’s unit, no response to questions she posed to the Royal Military Police nor a sense that lessons had been learned.The soldier had a history of offending against ex-partners and Emma could not believe the Army was unaware as he was serving at the time. She said: “Similar situations need to be taken far more seriously in the future by both the police and the Army. Alice’s parents, Sue and Clive Ruggles, believe their daughter’s death was preventableCredit:Geoff Pugh Now Ms Ruggle’s local authority, Gateshead Council, have published 20 recommendations in a domestic homicide review for the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to act upon, including criminalising threats to release intimate pictures.Mr Ruggle’s family also said that the Army could have done more to protect her from her controlling ex-partner. “Failure to do so would show a blatant lack of regard for my sister, the nightmare she lived in her last few months and the sustained, painful, violent last few minutes of her life.”In a second call to Northumbria Police, as Dhillon’s stalking continued, a call handler asked Ms Ruggles if she wanted him to be arrested.The review found the police should have made the decision, and it should not have been left to the victim, who declined.Northumbria Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon said changes have been made nationally regarding the response to stalking and harassment in the light of this horrific case.She said: “With the help of Alice’s family we are now leading the way in training officers in the best way to deal with these types of offences, with their input vital in developing a video which is now also used by other forces and partners.”Commenting on the case, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Our thoughts remain with Alice’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”We are committed to tacking domestic abuse and last year launched a strategy to help prevent domestic abuse in all its forms.”This includes prevention of abuse in the home and providing support to the families of service personnel who may be affected.” 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”$1.5B lost to paddy bug infestation in Region 6April 22, 2019In “Business”Corentyne rice farmers suffering losses with crop infestationsMarch 9, 2018In “Business”,According to the GRDB, a visit to the area revealed that there is no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil as reported. The State rice entity stated that the pest was only found in one farmer’s field in the area.However, “several farmers contacted Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the infestation issue and have benefited from intense investigative field visits and follow-up plans conducted by their agronomist. This has resulted from significant recoveries made from the fields treated and arduous efforts are currently in progress to bring the pest infestation under control,” the rice milling company said.Nand Persaud and Company Limited, one of the largest rice mills in Berbice, on Tuesday said the presence of the pest was characterised by stunted plant growth and yellowing of leaves. These signs often cause confusion among rice farmers who mistakenly believe that there is a nutrient deficiency problem.In its release dated March 9, the GRDB listed seven chemicals, including Matador, to be used to deal with the pest.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited has strongly objected to this. According to the company, the rice farmers should not utilise the pesticide Matador for the treatment of this pest or paddy bugs since it has been found to escalate the problem.The Plant Hopper is known to transmit a virus called Hoja Blanca which can result in 25-50 per cent loss in yield if the problem is not identified and treated early.Recently, brightly coloured leaves were observed on some of the paddy plants.According to some farmers, their fields have experienced stunted growth over the past month.One of the affected farmers is former Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer Ramlakhan Singh, who farms at Number 56 Village. According to the GRDB, a visit to the area revealed that there is no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil as reported. The State rice entity stated that the pest was only found in one farmer’s field in the area.However, “several farmers contacted Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the infestation issue and have benefited from intense investigative field visits and follow-up plans conducted by their agronomist. This has resulted from significant recoveries made from the fields treated and arduous efforts are currently in progress to bring the pest infestation under control,” the rice milling company said.Nand Persaud and Company Limited, one of the largest rice mills in Berbice, on Tuesday said the presence of the pest was characterised by stunted plant growth and yellowing of leaves. These signs often cause confusion among rice farmers who mistakenly believe that there is a nutrient deficiency problem.In its release dated March 9, the GRDB listed seven chemicals, including Matador, to be used to deal with the pest.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited has strongly objected to this. According to the company, the rice farmers should not utilise the pesticide Matador for the treatment of this pest or paddy bugs since it has been found to escalate the problem.The Plant Hopper is known to transmit a virus called Hoja Blanca which can result in 25-50 per cent loss in yield if the problem is not identified and treated early.Recently, brightly coloured leaves were observed on some of the paddy plants.According to some farmers, their fields have experienced stunted growth over the past month.One of the affected farmers is former Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer Ramlakhan Singh, who farms at Number 56 Village. Affected rice farmers are refuting the contentions of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) which posited that there has been no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil on the Corentyne and have since turned to Nand Persaud and Company Limited for help.
Dewatering solutions for open pits and slimes dams generally comprise a choice between undertaking civil construction for pump stations and selecting a mobile pontoon or skid mounted pumping solution. Experience indicates that the land based pump station does not always have the same flexibility that pontoon or skid mounted pump sets would offer. Howard Jones, Weir Minerals Africa’s Product Manager – Dewatering Africa and Middle East says that this is apparent in the fact that pontoons are installed at the source, making pumping more efficient as the pumps face consistent suction conditions. In addition, pontoon or skid mounted pumping solutions can be readily migrated to wherever they are required. This eliminates the costly and time consuming alternative of developing a new pump station for each location.“It is important to select the most appropriate solution based on accurate information gathered during an on-site inspection. Factors such as topography, volume of water, quality of water, the total distance to be pumped, the difference in elevation from the start of pumping to the discharge point, the preferred piping material, the availability of electricity, and the specific mining methodology are critical to the resolution of the dewatering issues,” Jones points out.Weir Minerals Africa is one of three Weir Minerals global design centres that focus on pontoon and structural design specifically, with modifications implemented for local conditions. The selection of the pumping unit could include any of the well-established Weir Minerals brands such as Warman® and Multiflo® and could vary from pure dewatering or dirty water pumps to submersible dirty water pumps, as well as heavy duty slurry submersible and other end suction products.Multiflo® pontoons are constructed with integral access walkways which could either be fixed to the bank or floating. The walkway holds the cable and piping from the docking station to the shore and provides ready access to the pumps for inspection or regular maintenance. Light masts, as well as LED strip lighting, form part of the offering and are supplied according to client’s requirements. The pipes comprise Linatex® rubber hoses which are also locally manufactured by Weir Minerals Africa and offer the customer extended wear life because of the specialised rubber compounds used in their manufacture.Weir Minerals uses a variety of construction materials including complete steel pontoon barges to linear low density polyethylene flotation devices with steel frames for lighter applications, where mobility from one pond to another is required. These designs can handle most Weir Minerals pump offerings, with a load bearing capacity from 500 kg to 10 t, including the structure. The steel hulled heavy duty pontoons can easily have a total mass of 30 t. All designs comply with the South African Marine Safety Association’s requirements pertaining to HSE regulations. The majority of the pumps are manufactured locally at Weir Minerals Africa’s facilities, allowing for ready accessibility to spare parts and components through the company’s extensive sales and service centre network. Supervision of the installation and commissioning of the pumping solution is undertaken by Weir Minerals Africa to ensure that the exact specifications are met.