World Cup Crib Notes Day 12

It’s time for the last round of the group stage, which means the complex hypothetical scenarios for how each team will finish in each group will finally achieve resolution. The Netherlands and Chile are already guaranteed a trip to the Round of 16, but whom will they face? It depends on who wins and what happens in Group A, where Brazil isn’t yet guaranteed a berth. If the Selecao do make it, it’s not clear whether they’ll be first or second in their group, which means it’s not clear how it’s best to avoid Brazil in the next round, which means it’s not clear whether the Netherlands or Chile want to win or lose, which means … oh, God. Somebody pass the remote.Australia vs. Spain: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Chile: 12 p.m. EDTCameroon vs. Brazil: 4 p.m. EDTCroatia vs. Mexico: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHOnce you find a remote, choose your television’s picture-in-picture option. Without it, a choice must be made: there are two sets of overlapping games Monday. Ignore the Australia-Spain match, unless you have an affinity for fallen dynasties or former penal colonies. Australia’s star striker, Tim Cahill (he of the gunpowder foot), is barred from playing because of back-to-back yellow cards in the Socceroos’ previous two games. And Spain’s two losses against the Netherlands and Chile have taken 3.36 points off its Soccer Power Index (SPI) mark — still good for eighth in the world, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Sixteen teams are going on to the knockout round, and Spain’s not one of them.The more important noon match is in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the Netherlands and Chile have everything to play for and nothing to lose. The two teams are separated by only a 1.56-point gap in the SPI rankings (Chile is fifth in the world; Netherlands seventh), and both teams have already earned six points in the group and a spot in the Round of 16. But what happens in this game sets other events in motion come the next round. Chile has a 40 percent chance of beating the Dutch, according to our model, which would place it No. 1 in Group B and mean it would play the No. 2 finisher from Group A (Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon’s group). If the Dutch can overcome those odds to win (they have a 33 percent chance), they’ll nab the top slot. If the two teams tie, they’ll have the same number of points but the Dutch will own the top position because of their higher goal differential (+5 to +4). In other words, the Dutch have about a 60 percent chance of being the No. 1 seed, even though the most likely outcome of the game is that they lose.But whom will the Netherlands and Chile play? One will probably be playing Brazil, unless Cameroon pulls off the biggest surprise of the tournament. The Indomitable Lions have a 2 percent chance of beating Brazil. That’s about the same chance as No. 16 seed Weber State had of beating No. 1 seed Arizona in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and far less than the 9 percent chance Mitt Romney had of beating President Obama in 2012 (according to an Election Day read from FiveThirtyEight prime). Neither overcame the odds.If Cameroon can’t win, a tie could upend the group’s seedings. Brazil would finish with five points and a +2 goal differential, meaning it wouldn’t be guaranteed the top slot coming out of Group A, but it would make it to the next round.But if Brazil wins, which it has a 90 percent chance of doing, it isn’t guaranteed the top slot. That depends on what happens when Croatia and Mexico face off as Brazil and Cameroon are still on the pitch.The winner of Croatia vs. Mexico will advance to the Round of 16. If Mexico beats Croatia by two goals more than Brazil beats Cameroon, then Mexico will be the top seed. (There’s another, unlikely scenario that has Mexico beating Croatia by only one more goal than Brazil and Cameroon’s margin that can still give Mexico the top seed, but we’re dealing with enough scenarios already.) For what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s model predicts that Brazil will beat Cameroon by about three goals more than Croatia beats Mexico.What we do know for sure: Croatia almost certainly needs a win (a 39 percent chance) — a tie will work only if Brazil loses, and we know the odds of that happening (2 percent, remember?). If Croatia loses, it’ll be out of the tournament; if it ties, advancement will be a long shot.Mexico is in better position: All it needs to do is tie or win (31 percent chance), and it’ll go on to the knockout stage. I’d say that’s the simplest of scenarios, but it gets complicated again when we try to predict whom Mexico will face in the Round of 16. That depends on the outcome of the Netherlands and Chile match … which brings us back to the beginning.YESTERDAYFalling behind the Portuguese was not the start the U.S. wanted Sunday. Entering the match, Portugal had never failed to win a World Cup match when scoring first (11-0-0), and the U.S. had never won when allowing the first goal (0-16-4).After conceding the goal, the United States played well for the rest of the first half, eclipsing its shot total from the entire Ghana match, but trailed 1-0 at the break. This also was cause for concern, because Portugal had won all eight of its World Cup matches when leading at halftime, whereas the U.S. had earned only one point in 15 tries when trailing at half (2010 vs. Slovenia).The Americans’ equalizer came from an unlikely source. Jermaine Jones scored for the first time in 27 matches for his country and did so on a shot from outside the penalty area. It was the third goal the U.S. has scored from outside the box since the 1950 World Cup.Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. the lead with his sixth touch in the attacking penalty area, which led all players in the match, but the Americans could not hold the lead. Silvestre Varela’s goal at 90 minutes + 4:33 is the latest recorded World Cup goal in a 90-minute match. The equalizer came on a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo, his only cross attempt of the match. Still, it was one more cross than the Americans completed; they were 0 for 14.Portugal completed 85.2 percent of its passes, the second-highest percentage allowed by the U.S. in a World Cup match since 1950. The highest was 85.9 percent in a 2-1 win against Colombia 20 years ago to the day.Portugal took the early lead on Nani’s fifth-minute goal, the seventh World Cup goal the U.S. has allowed in the first five minutes of a match — the most in World Cup history. All of those goals have come since 1998, and they have come in six of the U.S.’s past 15 matches.The goal came on a defensive error by Geoff Cameron, who was playing at center back. Cameron did not make a defensive error leading to goal in 37 Premier League matches for Stoke City this season, but his primary position for the Potters was right back. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHThe Netherlands and Chile have a track record of cooperation, particularly when it comes to research. There have been multiple joint research projects in recent years, which have focused on things such as improving Chilean flower bulbs, implementing water recycling and reuse and understanding how Antarctic seals ingest plastics. But that relationship doesn’t extend to cross-migration or cross-tourism. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that only 147 Chileans migrated to the Netherlands in 2011; 81 Dutch moved the other way. Similarly, Chile’s Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism shows that 17,374 Dutch visited Chile in 2011 — just 0.1 percent of the Netherlands’ population at the time. The Netherlands doesn’t provide data on Chilean tourism specifically.  — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGHow the Portugal Draw Boost the U.S.’s World Cup OddsNumbers Don’t Back Up the Notion that American Soccer Is ‘Too Honest’CORRECTION (June 23, 11:58 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the position Geoff Cameron played for Stoke City; he played right back, not right midfield. read more

Shots Fired Jerry Sanduskys Son Changes Family Name

The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is hoping to legally change his last name after his father was found guilty of sexual child molester.Matt Sandusky went to court on Tuesday to officially change his name forever. He filled out the papers for a name change for himself, his wife and four children.Sandusky was going to testify in defense of his father, but later revealed that he had also been abused by him. In June 2012, Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse and is currently serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence.He continues to maintain his innocence and is pursuing appeals.

Iowa State Is A Contender Finally

Iowa State’s five-game winning streak coincides with Campbell’s decision in early October to play true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who spurned a scholarship offer from Alabama. Purdy’s Total Quarterback Rating of 85.0 trails only Shea Patterson of Michigan (85.2), Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (95.3) and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (95.8).Purdy has an elite target in Hakeem Butler, the successor to recently graduated star receiver Allen Lazard. At 6-foot-6, Butler is a ball-hawking skyscraper who ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.7) and share of receptions resulting in a first down or touchdown (86.1 percent). Add in a bruising tailback like David Montgomery — a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection from a season ago who has amassed 1,108 yards after contact over the past two seasons, the fifth most of any running back — and the Cyclones have a frightening offensive triumvirate. In the seven seasons under Paul Rhoads, Campbell’s predecessor, Iowa State never ranked in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, but the team is on track to crack it for the second season in a row.But the pulse of Iowa State’s success is in the dominant defense installed by Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock. This season, the Cyclones rank 13th in defensive efficiency at 79.22 — 8.79 points higher than any previous season in the previous 10 years and 30.62 points higher than their average over that stretch. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.1), opposing passer efficiency rating (125), yards allowed per play (4.94) and opponent drive score percentage (25.9 percent), among other metrics.The Cyclone defense displayed its chops on Oct. 13 against West Virginia, which touts a top-five passing offense (337.3 per contest) and top-10 scoring attack (40.89 per contest). Will Grier, a likely Heisman finalist, was held to a season-low 100 passing yards, and the Mountaineer offense managed just 7 points. (West Virginia finished with 14 total points, but 7 came by way of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.) “We didn’t do anything right,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said afterward.Iowa State’s toughest assignment left on the regular-season schedule comes Saturday against No. 15 Texas, before the Cyclones close with matchups against Kansas State and Incarnate Word.2The last game was added after Iowa State’s first scheduled game was canceled because of bad weather. But that last game, scheduled for Dec. 1, would be canceled if Iowa State can reach the conference championship.For decades, conference foes worked Iowa State like a speed bag on Saturdays, turning Jack Trice Stadium into a virtual burial ground. Opposing coaches like Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Hayden Fry at Iowa inflicted substantial punishment, year after year. But under Campbell, the cardinal and gold have shown that they won’t be pushed around. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating pegs the Cyclones higher than it does Central Florida, a team largely crowdsourcing its playoff candidacy but that does have the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win Saturday in Austin, a game some consider to be the program’s most significant in the past decade, wouldn’t vault Iowa State into the playoff conversation. But it would rubber-stamp a growing notion: The Cyclones — yes, those Cyclones — are finally ready to contend.Check out our latest college football predictions. For most of the century-plus that Iowa State has been playing college football, the Cyclones have toiled in misery, the doormat of virtually every conference they’ve been a part of. That neighboring programs at the University of Iowa and University of Nebraska rose to national prominence, in part at the expense of the Cyclones, no doubt made this fact more painful for the faithful in Ames.But despite losing to Iowa in the first game of their season, the No. 16 Cyclones are the class of the region this year.At 6-3, Iowa State’s record doesn’t jump off the page, but coach Matt Campbell has turned the program around. In 2017, Campbell’s second season on the job, the Cyclones snapped a seven-year streak of losing records and capped the season with a win in the Liberty Bowl — just the fourth bowl victory in school history.Now currently on a five-game winning streak against conference foes,1A feat never before accomplished by the team. including two wins over ranked opponents, Iowa State has a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game if it beats Texas on Saturday and Kansas State next week, and West Virginia loses either to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. The Cyclones haven’t won a conference title since before the television was invented, last doing so when they were a part of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Even being ranked this late in the season has the Cyclones on the brink of another accomplishment: The team has finished a season in the Associated Press rankings only twice in school history — and never higher than 19th. By comparison, their rival to the west, Nebraska, has finished 48 seasons in the rankings.Iowa State is 12.89 points better than the average team this season, according to Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System. That would be the team’s third-best season of all time and the best mark since 1976. Not bad for a program that, through the 1990s — despite having a transcendent talent at running back — averaged an SRS of negative-4.7 and won less than 26 percent of its games.Campbell, at least at podiums, is hardly satisfied. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there,” he said after the team’s most recent win. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State squeaks by UNC Asheville 7977 powered by late

OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle goes in for a layup against UConn on Dec. 10. OSU won, 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball needed nearly the entire 40 minutes to put away UNC Asheville, but the Buckeyes were able to walk away from the Schottenstein Center with a 79-77 victory Thursday night. It was OSU’s sixth all-time victory over the Bulldogs, and the 10th win win this year for Thad Matta and company, powered by 17 point outings from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle. Overall, Matta was far from pleased with his team’s performance.“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” he said. “Especially on the defensive end.”After the opening tip off, Ohio native and Asheville junior guard Kevin Vannatta hit the deck to grab a loose ball, and moved it up the court to junior guard Ahmad Thomas for an easy lay-in. Even with the game close for much of the night, it was one of the only leads the Bulldogs would have.Vannatta, hailing from Columbus, went 2-for-2 from deep, and contributed 35 minutes. According to Asheville coach Nick McDevitt, the chance to see Vannatta return to his home city and perform was heartwarming, but he was more impressed with how he handled himself.“We always try to get back home somewhere close for all of our players. It’s not always possible … we’ve got two international players on our team so it’s not always possible,”McDevitt said. “It was fun to get back here, see a lot of folks and family, but once this morning came around, it was game day (for Vannatta) and any other game.”OSU junior center Trevor Thompson, in his first start of the year, stepped in for injured freshman center Micah Potter, and had a favorable impact for the Buckeyes. Pouring in 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, he was a consistent force for OSU on offense and defense.It took Lyle more than 12 minutes to take his first shot, as he was content playing the role of distributor in the first. As a team, the Buckeyes had 15 assists, with Lyle leading the way, dishing out six.After a mostly uneventful first half, in which both teams combined for 18 total turnovers, OSU held onto a 36-33 lead heading into the break. Even with a 53.6 percent team shooting percentage, the pesky Bulldogs would not allow OSU to pull out to a sizable lead.Immediately out of halftime, Asheville brought the game within one, before the Buckeyes stretched out an 11 point lead backed by a 9-0 run. The small cushion was enough to keep the Buckeyes in the lead for the rest of the contest.OSU took advantage of a noticeable size advantage over the Bulldogs, outrebounding Asheville 39-28. The Buckeyes occasionally struggled to rotate and avoid screens, allowing open looks from deep and 11 made 3-point shots from the Bulldogs.“They played hard,” Tate said. “That’s one of the hardest working teams that I think we’ve seen all year. They got like every 50-50 ball. They’re just undersized, but they made an impact. You know, down the stretch we just got to work on handling adversity. We got to handle tough moments and just be mentally tough.”Senior forward Marc Loving was nailed with a technical foul with under seven minutes left in the game, and Asheville freshman guard MaCio Teague knocked down a pair of free throws before Vannatta notched the game at 64 with a 3-pointer.A personal and technical foul on Thompson caused him to foul out with 4:25 remaining, and allowed the Bulldogs to grab a 67-65 lead. In the closing minutes, however, it was all Lyle.“I knew we needed a play,” he said. “I think me and Keita (Bates-Diop) set a pick-and-roll, and we got the switch that we wanted, and I knew I had him going right. And once I got that one step in front of him, I knew where to put it on the backboard, and it went in.”A pair of clutch free throws and a layup with less than two minutes remaining from Lyle allowed the Buckeyes to recapture the lead, before Lyle hit two more layups to further the gap.Overall, the Buckeyes felt the game could have gone much better, especially considering two technical fouls nearly cost them the game. Tate said two technical fouls in the same four-minute stretch is “unacceptable.”OSU is now 10-3 this season, and will travel to Champaign, Illinois to face off against the Fighting Illini on Jan. 1. read more

Ohio States Sullinger aces midterm for March against North Florida

A rare thing happened during the Ohio State men’s basketball game in the Schottenstein Center on Monday night. With 12:31 remaining in the first half of OSU’s contest against North Florida, Buckeyes sophomore forward Jared Sullinger headed to the bench having scored as many points as the number he wears on his jersey. After returning to the game less than two minutes later, OSU’s No. 0 scored his first points, and many more, overcoming his slow start to lead the Buckeyes in scoring during their 85-50 win over the Ospreys. Sullinger scored an 27 points — his highest output of the young 2011-12 season — as he connected on 9-of-16 field goal attempts while also shooting 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Along the way, Sullinger scored the 700th point of his OSU career. “It’s kind of selfish of me, but at the same time it’s something coach (Thad) Matta wants to see, you know, me take over a basketball game,” Sullinger said after the game. “It was one of those days.” After the game, Sullinger gave credit to UNF, who double-teamed him early and often, for making his life difficult around the basket for the first nine minutes of the game. “This basketball team, North Florida, is pretty good,” Sullinger said. “They’re very disciplined … they came out ready to play.” UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said his team’s early effectiveness against Sullinger came from his own team’s physicality. “When you play those guys and you wall them up and make them play through their chest, it’s a hard shot to make, I don’t care if you’re 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-9,” Driscoll said. “We kind of made him try to make shots over us, which he’s a great angle scorer.” The Ospreys’ effort could only contain Sullinger for so long- on both ends of the court- as the sophomore forward also led the Buckeyes in rebounding with a season-high 13 boards, giving him his second double-double of the season. The 27-point effort from the sophomore forward maintains Sullinger’s status as OSU’s leading scorer on the season, as he is averaging 20.5 points through the Buckeyes’ first four games. His effort didn’t only affect his box score, but the stat lines of his teammates, like Deshaun Thomas, who finished the game with a season-high 16 points. “It was just kind of clicking tonight,” Thomas said. “Playing off Sully and Will (Buford) and just knocking down shots.” A national player of the year candidate, Sullinger also recorded a season-high three steals while playing in 27 minutes against the Ospreys- the second-least amount of time he’s spent on the court during a game this season. Monday night was the first of three games the Buckeyes will play in the next five days, with a Wednesday game against Virginia Military and a Friday match-up with Valparaiso still to come. “This is a mental toughness week, I mean, with a game, practice, game, practice, game,” Sullinger said. “It’s really kind of a test for what we got coming. It’s almost like a midterm for March.” read more

Mens Hockey No 11 Ohio State rides 4game point streak into matchups

Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from Notre Dame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-3-3, 3-3-0-0 Big Ten) will play a home game for the first time in nearly a month this weekend, with a two-game series against conference foe Penn State (8-7-1, 3-4-1-0 in Big Ten).The Nittany Lions come into this home series winning three of their past four games, including decisive 7-0 and 7-2 victories against Arizona State and Michigan State, respectively. Penn State is the latest high-powered offense Ohio State faces, ranking third in the nation with 3.81 goals per game.Penn State’s potent offense tallies an NCAA-leading 41.7 shots per game.“They’re going to get their shots,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We just have to continue to play solid defense, and the shot column is not the one that really means the most to me, it’s obviously the goals. And for us we want to defend as best we can and, when we get our opportunities, try to get some rushes going the other way.”Junior forward Andrew Sturtz leads Penn State with eight goals and 19 points, but a key player in the matchup will be sophomore forward Denis Smirnov. Smirnov returns to the Nittany Lions after missing the previous eight games with an undisclosed illness.The forward from Moscow, Russia, dominated during his freshman campaign, leading the nation’s freshmen with 47 points on 19 goals and 28 assists, all of which are Penn State freshman records. Smirnov has registered 11 points this season with five goals and six assists in eight games, and Rohlik knows how much of a threat he can be on the ice.“He’s one of the best players in the country. He’s proven that last year, and we understand what he brings,” Rohlik said. “He’s a catalyst to their offense, but again, for us it’s not about one guy, we have to defend their five guys on the ice, and that’s the way we go about it each week.”In the past four seasons, Ohio State has won 11 of its 16 matchups against Penn State, including two wins on the road — one in a shootout — last season while the Nittany Lions were ranked No. 1 in the country.“We got their number, I can tell you that,” senior forward Christian Lampasso said.Lampasso scored two of his four goals last weekend in Game 2 of the weekend sweep against then-No. 17 Michigan. He said the series was one of the highlight moments of his Ohio State career.“It was really cool getting those two goals, in Michigan, sealing the game, and it meant a lot for the school, for the team, a big win for the Buckeyes altogether,” Lampasso said.Penn State remains two points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Big Ten, but Ohio State has two games in hand and could move up to second in the conference behind Notre Dame with a pair of wins over the weekend.The Buckeyes will need to rely on their team defense, which has allowed the second-least goals in the NCAA, as well as their nation-leading penalty kill to slow down the Nittany Lions’ high-flying offense.“We’ve always tried to be defensive first, even last year, even though it maybe didn’t seem like that at times, but this year we’ve definitely bought all-in to the system, and, as you’ve seen it’s been working out pretty well for us,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Puck drop for the Penn State series is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Health family prompt Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State head coach

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer listens to a question during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Urban Meyer that stood at the podium of the Fawcett Center seemed different.He joked with reporters. He was straight forward in his speech.He was calm. The last time Meyer addressed a crowd of reporters across the street from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he was in the Longaberger Alumni House, nervously ticking his hands as he reluctantly accepted his three-game suspension for the start of the campaign.But this time, he was at ease. “I want to start off by wishing my grandson, Troy, a happy second birthday today,” Meyer said in opening his press conference. “That’s why we’re all here. So make sure Troy is aware of that.”Of course, that wasn’t why the Clinton Room was packed with video cameras, media, coaches, former coaches and family. Meyer, speaking in front of his wife and children, announced he would be stepping down as Ohio State’s head football coach, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over at the helm.“I’m honored to have represented my home state and this great university the past seven years,” Meyer said. “I want to thank Buckeye nation, our students and faculty, our state high school coaches, Gene Smith for giving me this opportunity, my awesome family and most importantly our staff and student-athletes for all they’ve done during this time.”When Meyer left his post at Florida after 2010, he left citing health concerns. The stress he lived with caused him to be depressed, he later said, and a heart condition forced him to take a step back and spend more time with his family.The 2018 season mirrored much of that season, though not all was health related. He was suspended for the first three games for his handling of domestic abuse allegations surrounding former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, with many claiming his legacy will be forever tarnished by questions of him covering up for Smith.As the year progressed, he dealt with headaches stemming from a cyst in his brain, which he said has caused him issues for many years.But when Meyer was asked what ultimately prompted him to leave as head coach, he said the health was the first concern, not the controversy around Smith.“The decision was a result of cumulative events,” Meyer said. “And health number one. The fact that we have an elite coach on our staff. The fact that our program is very healthy. We’ve recruited very well. [That] all played a significant role in this.”Of course, Meyer acknowledged that the events of the summer will impact his legacy, and how he is remembered at Ohio State. “A disappointing time,” he called it, and something he can’t control or change. “I can lie to you and say that’s not important to me. Any human being, that’s important to you,” Meyer said. “And people will have their opinions. And just do the best to do things the right way.”Part of the reason to leave came from confidence in his successor. He prepared his successor for the job by telling him how to balance life and work. The energy one can devote to football should be limited, and Meyer often has pushed those limits.“You have a pie of energy,” Meyer said. “And your family and faith don’t touch that. I’ve touched that before and it starts to implode — it creates issues for you. Don’t touch that.”Coaching football has been in Meyer’s life since he was 21 years old, leading St. Xavier High School’s defensive backs before moving to Ohio State as a graduate assistant in 1986.He stepped away once before at the end of the 2010 season before returning two years later to lead Ohio State. He’s dedicated his life to the game, often admitting he has given too much.This time, however, he believes it’s all over.“I believe I will not coach again,” Meyer said. Is that a certainty?“I’m certain, yes.”Before long, the press conference was over. Hugs and congratulations to Day for the promotion and Meyer for the retirement greeted the pair as they began to work their way out of the room and into the main lobby of the Fawcett Center.Meyer lingered, as he will, for just a little bit longer, talking to friends and family. He still has time left. The headset will remain on until Jan. 1 when he leads his team onto the field at the Rose Bowl, the “Grand-Daddy of Them All.”After that, Meyer will take the headset off and return to Columbus. Ready to be grand-daddy to Troy, finally putting the stress of coaching behind. read more

Queen honours Grayson Perry and other leaders in fields of visual arts

first_imgAwards were given to architect David Adjaye, Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick and photographer Martin Parr.Others receiving prizes – a bronze acorn from the tree presented to the Queen – were artist Cornelia Parker and Chris Fisher, an artist and teacher at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths.Each was nominated by an eminent member of the Royal Academy of Arts – artist Chantal Joffe, architect Farshid Moussavi, ceramicist Grayson Perry – who was resplendent when he met the Queen in a silk shift dress with a comical face on, underneath a pink and red chiffon over-dress matched with enormous purple wedge shoes – artist Conrad Shawcross, the youngest living member of the academy, and fellow artist Yinka Shonibare.Among the guests were Sir Rod Stewart, who received his knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace earlier on Tuesday, and his wife Penny Lancaster. Queen Elizabeth II presented awards to five titans of the visual arts and architecture world as she and the Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at a ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts.The monarch, patron of the Royal Academy, gave the awards in recognition of their decades-long work in their respective artistic fields.During the reception in central London the Queen herself was presented with a large bronze replica sculpture of one of the oak trees in Windsor Great Park to commemorate her contribution to the arts in the year of her 90th birthday. Grayson Perry speaks as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look on as they attend a reception and awards ceremony at Royal Academy of Arts on October 11, 2016 The pair chatted with Sir Lenny Henry, actor Richard E Grant and comedian David Walliams, who brought his mother Kathleen to the event and was keen to introduce her to Sir Lenny and Sir Rod.Welcoming the Queen and guests at the ceremony, Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “This awards ceremony recognises five individuals who make a valuable contribution as practitioners or educators in the fields of visual arts and architecture.”The list of award winners shows the great breadth of achievements during Her Majesty’s long reign, during which time the arts have been significantly transformed and are now more prominent in national life and more internationally successful than ever before.”After the presentation the Queen and Duke mingled with guests, among them senior members of the Royal Academy. Grayson Perry speaks as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh listen during an awards ceremony at Royal Academy of ArtsCredit:Getty Perry said it was a “lovely” event, describing the academy as almost a “trades union” of artists, a meeting place of tradition and innovation.Speaking about the impact of this summer’s political upheaval on art and culture, he added: “Brexit was about culture, wasn’t it? Culture isn’t just what people in Islington love, culture is what everybody, whatever their views, what they do – what telly they watch, what clothes they wear, what music they listen to, what football they go to – that’s all culture.”It’s not just something that people in posh London do – there’s people here that go to football matches and there’s people here that watch Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off, I’m sure there are.”We’ve all got a guilty pleasure, so I think that the idea of culture as this harsh, unavailable thing, it’s not. It’s what everybody does and there’s a smooth spectrum of it that goes right through society, whether it be from the trashiest TV to the most difficult foreign language novel or modern contemporary classical music.”The newly-knighted Sir Rod chatted and laughed with his wife and Walliams before the couple went off to admire the artworks in the galleries. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh listen as Grayson Perry RA introduces Martin Parr, his nominee for a @royalacademy award pic.twitter.com/dyRluQ1iH2— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 11 October 2016 He revealed he is a great fan of high art, saying: “I am a big collector of art – I collect pre-Raphaelite and Victorian paintings and some of them have the ‘RA’ after their names in the corner, so it was interesting for me to come.”Sir Rod revealed he hopes to have a private showing at the academy this week, saying: “I’ll melt – I love this stuff so much.”His wife joked that the Queen had asked Sir Rod about how well the Duke of Cambridge had performed when he knighted the singer at Buckingham Palace earlier on Tuesday.Lancaster said: “She said, ‘I hope he did a good job – did he do it properly?’ She just wanted to be sure, as she wasn’t there, someone was doing it properly. It was incredible.”And she revealed that their young son, five-year-old Aiden, had a tear in his eye because he was “so proud of daddy”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Two prisoners escape from HMP Pentonville after cutting cell bars and leaving mannequins

first_imgTwo prisoners who escaped from HMP Pentonville by reportedly using diamond-tipped cutters and homemade “mannequins” have been named as an attempted murderer and a man facing a burglary charge. James Anthony Whitlock, 31, and Matthew Baker, 28, were discovered missing from the north London prison on Monday morning after officers found the “mannequins”, thought to have been made out piles of clothes, in their beds.  In a plot similar to the notorious 1962 Alcatraz prison break, the pair cut the bars on their 5th-floor cell window before scaling a 25ft perimeter wall, leaving the dummies behind so nobody would suspect they were gone. Yesterday’s escape sparked fresh questions about the state of jails in England and Wales. It comes less than a month after Pentonville inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed in an attack on October 18 and just 24 hours after officers had to be transferred to HMP Bedford to control hundreds of inmates who had taken over two wings of the prison on Sunday night. The latest news prompted Emily Thornberry, the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, to call for Pentonville to be shut. She tweeted: “Two prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close.” Shadow justice minister Yasmin Qureshi said the past 24 hours had “provided yet more evidence of the crisis in our prison estate”.  Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMsCredit:Metropolitan Police Show more Baker was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago having stabbed a man in Dagenham 25 times with a broken glass following a dispute. He had been remanded for sentencing on 11 November.Officers warned members of the public not to approach either man as they could become violent. Whitlock is described as a white man of slim build with the word “Tracy” tattooed on his torso. Baker is described as a white man with ginger hair. It is not known what clothing either male had when escaping from the prison. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prisonCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Wire A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed two prisoners were missing. She added: “Public protection is our top priority and we take escapes from custody extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police and are urgently investigating the matter.”A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were called to the prison just before 11.45am yesterday. Enquiries are ongoing. HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men. It was singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove last year as “the most dramatic example of failure” within the estate. HMP Pentonville in north London is a category B Victorian prison 2 prisoners have escaped Pentonville using diamond cutters & mannequins in their beds. Same wing as murder last week. This prison must close— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) November 7, 2016center_img Ms Poulton said: “Clearly this is a regrettable incident. As we reported in the summer to the Secretary of State for Justice, HMP Pentonville will remain a soft target for contraband and other security breaches as long as its dilapidated windows are in place, notwithstanding the efforts of management and staff.”Figures showed that in 2015/16 there were two escapes from prisons. The number has not exceeded two in any financial year since 2007/08.In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made out of bed sheets. The killer, who was sentenced to life for shooting a man with a sawn-off shotgun at a pub in Hackney, east London, in 1975, was recaptured after 48 hours on the run. Unconfirmed reports suggested they then used bedsheets to climb down from their window in the middle of the night. In Escape from Alcatraz, the film based on the 1962 escape, US inmates make papier mâché dummies to act as decoys and fool prison guards.Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle following 19 offences of theft from ATMs. Police revealed on Monday evening that Whitlock was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs Unconfirmed report says 2 inmates escaped by using diamond-tipped cutting equipment to cut through the cell bars— Danny Shaw (@DannyShawBBC) November 7, 2016 Dave Todd, the Prison Officers Association representative for London and Kent, confirmed that the inmates had escaped using cutting tools, possibly a wire. Others suggested the pair had used an electric saw.Mr Todd said: “The prisoners used a cutting tool to cut through the bars, possibly a wire, before they escaped over the wall. The mannequins were probably made from everyday items that they have access to, like clothes or papier mâché. We don’t know at this point if they had outside help, but that will come out in the investigation.”A visitor, who declined to be named, said they had heard the prisoners used bedsheets to lower themselves down from the 5th floor. “It was two white guys who were in the same cell but no-one knows how they got over the wall,” they said. A source told The Telegraph that the incident had raised questions about whether the prisoners had been helped by someone both inside the prison, such as a member of staff, and outside.  Mr Todd blamed the Pentonville escapes on staff shortages, low morale and insecure exercise yards in the 1,300-capacity prison.”Exercise yards are not secure, which results in contraband routes being established into the prison, with no technology to stop drones making drops,” he said. Meanwhile, the head of the prison’s independent inspection watchdog said Pentonville was “a soft target” because of the “dilapidated” state of its windows.Camilla Poulton, chairwoman of Pentonville’s independent monitoring board, said one of its members had been to the prison on Monday. 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UK is European hotspot for gonorrhoea and cocaine use research shows

first_imgBut in the UK this figure stands at 4.2 per cent, according to the Health At A Glance: Europe 2016 report.”Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant in Europe,” the authors wrote.”About two per cent of young adults aged 15 to 34 report having used cocaine in the last year.”The percentage of young adults consuming cocaine is highest in the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands with three per cent or more of young adults having used cocaine at least once in the last year.” 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. Meanwhile in 2014, reported rates of gonorrhoea were highest in the UK, the authors found.Out of every 100,000 people in the British population, 60 were found to have the sexually transmitted infection.This compares to a European average of 20 per 100,000 people.Overall the authors conclude that life expectancy across Europe has increased, but many are spending their additional years in ill health.Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for health and food safety, said: “The Health At A Glance report provides useful information for member states to shape their actions on health across all policies.”It shows that in the EU many people die every year from potentially avoidable diseases linked to risk factors such as smoking or obesity.”center_img The UK is a European hotspot for cocaine use and gonorrhoea, a report suggests.The percentage of young adults consuming cocaine is highest in the UK compared to all other European countries, according to a report from the European Commission and the OECD.Across Europe, 1.9 per cent of young adults aged 15 to 34 report using cocaine in the last year.last_img read more