LeBron James Crafts Magnificent Performance To Force Game 7

LeBron James was King James Thursday night.For all he has done in his illustrious career, LeBron James Thursday night in Boston eclipsed himself. Already widely regarded as the game’s best and most dynamic player, James was better and more dynamic than ever, saving the Miami Heat season and crushing the Celtics’ all at once.It was a genius performance by James, magnified by the stakes: a loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals and the Heat’s season – expected to be so much more – would be over.James would have none of it. He notched 45 breath-taking points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and Miami forced a deciding Game 7 with a dominating 98-79 victory.  Now, the advantage goes back to the Heat, who host the game that will determine who will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.This was all made possible by James, the league’s MVP who has been branded by some as a failure in clutch situations. Well, there was not a more important game than Thursday night, facing elimination on the road and a heap of inevitable criticism with failure.In fact, there was talk that coach Eric Spoelstra could be fired with a defeat and that the Big Three of James, Wade and Chris Bosh could be broken up in another disappointing off-season. Pressure? It was immense.But there was no need for a last-second shot. Miami blew out the Celtics with suffocating defense and James’ assault. He was 19-for-26 from the floor, scoring 30 in the first half on 12-for-13 shooting. He scored on a dazzling array of post-ups, fadeaway jump shots and daring forays to the basket. It did not matter that Wade was invisible until late in the game; James was in command.“I just wanted to attack and do whatever it took to lead my team,” James said. “It was a must-win game for us. I’m happy we were able to put together a complete game this series. I just tried to make plays for our team. . . to give ourselves a chance to win. In an environment like this you want to have a good game. This was a gut check for us. It’s good to see we were able to bounce back after that Game 5 loss.”No one bounced higher than James.“He was absolutely fearless, and it was contagious,” Spoelstra said. “The way he approached the last 48 hours. . . nobody likes having dirt thrown on your face before you’re even dead. . . But he was fearless and everybody followed him.”There was a focus and determination on James’ face and in his game. Hardly did he whine to officials about a call. There was not a scowl to his look, but rather a purpose.Meanwhile, Boston looked sick. Paul Pierce was 4-for-18 shooting. Kevin Garnett was 6-for-14. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists, but turned the ball over seven times. As a team, the Celtics shot just 42 percent. Overall, they just looked anemic. And they had no answer for James, falling behind by 13 at halftime and never coming closer than eight points the rest of the way.“He brought it to us and we didn’t bring it back to him,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. read more

Drew Brees Passes Johnny Unitas With Sean Payton Watching

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass Sunday in front of a raucous crowd at the Mercedes Benz Bowl that included suspended head coach Sean Payton.The history-making play occurred when Brees threw a perfect pass to a streaking Devery Henderson for a 40-yard score with 2:58 left in first quarter. Brees went on to throw three more TD passes as they went on to defeat the San Diego Chargers, 31-24.“The amazing thing about a record like this is it spans over the course of really four seasons and hopefully we can keep it going to for a while,” Brees said. “There are so many people that are a part of this.”Payton and suspended coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis were a part of the occasion, which is way the NFL allowed them to attend the game. The three men sat in a private area of the dome.  All are serving lengthy suspensions in connection with NFL’s bounty investigation this past summer.  Joe Unitas was also on present to see his father’s record broken.Brees eclipsed the record in the spectacular fashion passing for 370 years and four touchdowns, which put him over 30,000 yards in his 100th game as a Saint.“I guess you really couldn’t have written a better script for tonight,” Brees said. “To break the record, to get the win, and the fashion in which we won — really a complete team effort all the way around.”The Who Dat’ nation and Twitter exploded in congratulatory tweets to Brees.  Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted on his page, “Congrats to (at)drewbrees & his teammates on breaking Unitas’ record. Amazing accomplishment by great QB & leader. We’re proud of you, Drew.”Payton said having the suspended Saints in attendance mattered.“It gave us a good mojo for sure,” Brees said. “I love my coach, so glad he could be here. Mickey and Joe Vitt as well. It is special for our team, special they could be a part of this record.”The Saints move to 1-4 on the season as they head into their bye week.  Brees has the opportunity to move to 49 consecutive games with a touchdown pass when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. read more

Josh Freeman Lands Back on Top of NFL Depth

Earlier in the year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman, leaving him team-less. Many speculated that the former first round draft pick would end the season on the couch at home, or even by becoming a third string quarterback at best. They were all wrong.Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night. The Vikings signed Freeman on Oct. 8, after the Bucs released him. In just a a week, the organization has decided that they have seen enough to give Freeman another shot at being a starting QB in the NFL.Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Freeman is a hard worker and he is ready to be at the helm against the New York Giants Monday Night.“I like the things that he’s done in his career, along with what he’s done since he arrived here with our football team,” Frazier said.“The time that he’s put in, how well he’s adapted to our system, and I like his work ethic. He’s done enough for us to say we want to give him this opportunity — which is something we had in mind when we acquired him. We think now is the time.” read more

Kenley Jansen Is The Model Of A Modern Reliever

Kevin ShackelfordCIN120-0.6 Aaron BummerCHW456-1.2 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Hector NerisPHI3174+1.9 After a year of searching, we didn’t our find our new Goose Gossage. But we did get a glimpse of what one might look like in baseball’s just-concluded postseason.This spring, we introduced a new pitching statistic called the goose egg — named in honor of Gossage, the Hall-of-Fame reliever, who had a record 82 goose eggs in 1975. Essentially, a pitcher gets a goose egg for every clutch, scoreless relief inning (see the original article for a more formal definition). Goose eggs have a substantially better correlation with relievers’ win probability added than saves do, especially if paired with their companion statistic, the broken egg.This year’s major leader in goose eggs was the Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who finished with 47 of them. The American League leader was the Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, who had 40. You can find a complete rundown of this year’s final goose stats in the table below. (A “broken egg” is essentially the blown save of goose stats, and a “meh” is any situation which doesn’t result in either a goose egg or a broken egg.) Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Tyler AndersonCOL100+0.2 Alex ColomeTB3866+3.5 John BrebbiaSTL313+0.1 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM Casey LawrenceSEA/TOR020-0.7 Stu Miller19657973+7.5 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Justin NicolinoMIA002+0.0 Austin PruittTB420-0.1 Josh FieldsLAD652-1.0 Brad BrachBAL3182+1.9 Fernando RodneyARI3345+3.5 However, from an efficiency standpoint, the best season came not from Knebel or Diaz but from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, who finished with a perfect record of 44 goose eggs and no broken eggs. That’s the most-ever goose eggs without a broken egg. The Dodgers used Jansen smartly and lined up his 68.1 innings pitched to coincide with mostly high-leverage situations. He made 15 multi-inning appearances, entered with runners on base 12 times, and often pitched in tied games — all things that closers weren’t doing much of a few years ago. And Jansen generated 6.3 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) in the regular season, the 7th-highest total of all-time. Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.0 Bryan ShawCLE2985+1.8 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1694-1.1 Joakim SoriaKC2982+1.6 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Nick GoodyCLE012-0.4 Luis GarciaPHI1664+0.1 Arodys VizcainoATL2882+1.1 Domingo GermanNYY020-0.7 Matt AlbersWAS1524+1.4 Chasen BradfordNYM301+0.4 Victor AranoPHI210-0.1 Hunter StricklandSF2661+1.5 Nick VincentSEA2856+2.4 Blaine HardyDET131-1.0 Chris DevenskiHOU26106+0.1 Jared HughesMIL1042-0.0 Tyler ClippardCHW/HOU10117-2.5 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Jerry BlevinsNYM18513+0.7 Kevin SiegristPHI/STL813+0.8 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1060-0.7 Erik GoeddelNYM121-0.6 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Pedro StropCHC1935+1.6 Blake ParkerLAA2352+1.6 Paul SewaldNYM1283-1.3 Zach DukeSTL112-0.2 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Juan NicasioPHI/PIT2288+0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1943+1.5 Josh HaderMIL1245+0.3 Mariano Rivera19965462+6.6 Joe SmithCLE/TOR1921+2.2 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Brandon MaurerKC/SD19100-1.0 Jim JohnsonATL1993-0.6 Zach BrittonBAL1820+2.1 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Matt CainSF100+0.1 Roberto OsunaTOR31101+1.1 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 AJ RamosMIA/NYM2244+1.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA1021+0.8 Oliver DrakeMIL441-0.9 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1692-0.9 Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Troy Percival19964731+6.5 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Jimmie SherfyARI100+0.2 Ariel HernandezCIN001+0.0 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Sam FreemanATL1226+1.0 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Sam TuivailalaSTL441-0.9 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Archie BradleyARI3148+3.2 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL2444+2.1 Pedro BaezLAD1478-0.6 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS2441+2.1 James PazosSEA1345+0.5 Simon CastroOAK221-0.4 Ross StriplingLAD1091-2.0 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Miguel CastroBAL912+1.0 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Brad ZieglerMIA1233+0.6 Shane GreeneDET2045+1.6 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Jose AlvarezLAA555-1.1 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Kenley JansenLAD4401+6.3 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Tyler GlasnowPIT010-0.4 Jose TorresSD552-1.2 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Reymin GuduanHOU001+0.0 Cory GearrinSF1232+0.6 David HernandezARI/LAA1515+1.9 Juan MinayaCHW1013+1.1 Cam BedrosianLAA1354+0.1 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Craig StammenSD1023+0.7 Gabriel MoyaMIN100+0.2 Chris O’GradyMIA101+0.1 Brad HandSD3866+3.2 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 Luis SantosTOR210-0.1 Alex ClaudioTEX2648+2.6 Sam DysonSF/TEX27112-0.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Adam MorganPHI910+0.9 Daniel StumpfDET245-1.2 Joe MusgroveHOU800+1.2 Dominic LeoneTOR946-0.1 Alan BusenitzMIN302+0.5 Ricardo PintoPHI121-0.6 Brian EllingtonMIA530-0.4 Amir GarrettCIN110-0.2 Edubray RamosPHI9111-2.8 Sam MollOAK011-0.4 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Danny FarquharCHW/TB1442+0.6 Brock StewartLAD201+0.3 Hoby MilnerPHI115-0.2 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Tim MayzaTOR001+0.0 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Christian BergmanSEA010-0.4 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Joe JimenezDET020-0.7 Drew VerHagenDET312+0.1 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Brandon WorkmanBOS722+0.4 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Corey Knebel gets the golden eggFinal goose egg stats for 2017 Tony BarnetteTEX731+0.0 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR443-0.8 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK1261-0.4 Doug Corbett198068103+6.3 Ryan DullOAK634-0.2 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD724+0.3 Luke GregersonHOU1062-0.8 Ricardo RodriguezTEX221-0.4 Chris RusinCOL1344+0.6 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS22103-0.4 Luis AvilanLAD644-0.7 Andrew MillerCLE3353+3.5 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Keone KelaTEX1032+0.5 Jarlin GarciaMIA517+0.3 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Alex WilsonDET1377-0.6 Aaron LoupTOR5312-0.3 Cody AllenCLE2985+1.8 Shae SimmonsSEA020-0.7 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Andrew ChafinARI587-2.2 Michael LorenzenCIN2672+1.2 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brian DuensingCHC631-0.3 Tyler OlsonCLE204+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN3122+3.8 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Scott ObergCOL725+0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Matt BarnesBOS1884-0.0 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Steven OkertSF7412-0.5 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5 Jeurys FamiliaNYM822+0.4 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 Albert SuarezSF430-0.6 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Greg HollandCOL2762+2.1 Kenley Jansen20174401+6.3 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2396-0.0 Francisco LirianoHOU221-0.4 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Scott AlexanderKC844-0.2 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Ken GilesHOU2453+1.7 Phil MatonSD732-0.1 Bud NorrisLAA1871+0.1 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Hector RondonCHC1132+0.4 Trevor HildenbergerMIN933+0.3 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Greg InfanteCHW327-0.3 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Carson SmithBOS200+0.3 Addison ReedBOS/NYM3567+3.0 Kelvin HerreraKC2773+1.6 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Carlos RamirezTOR700+1.1 Ryan GartonSEA/TB031-1.1 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 T. J. McFarlandARI622+0.2 Daniel CoulombeOAK456-1.3 Trevor CahillKC200+0.3 Richard BleierBAL422-0.1 Kyle McGrathSD100+0.1 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT864-1.1 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK963-0.9 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Ryan SherriffSTL221-0.5 Danny BarnesTOR893-2.1 Brad BoxbergerTB443-0.9 Sammy SolisWAS422-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Eduardo ParedesLAA210-0.1 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Matt GraceWAS212-0.1 Rich Gossage197582118+6.7 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 George KontosPIT/SF1283-1.3 Sparky Lyle197766813+6.1 Jackson StephensCIN100+0.1 Vance WorleyMIA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS2437+2.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Junichi TazawaMIA1470-0.6 Jacob RhameNYM210-0.1 Tom KoehlerTOR312+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1977+0.1 Jeremy JeffressMIL/TEX251-1.5 Tommy HunterTB3061+2.3 Jesse ChavezLAA121-0.6 Dan WinklerATL111-0.2 Ty BlachSF201+0.3 David PriceBOS101+0.2 Wandy PeraltaCIN1544+0.7 Brandon MorrowLAD1242+0.2 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Buddy BoshersMIN020-0.7 Dillon GeeMIN100+0.2 Willie Hernandez19846577+6.4 Chad GreenNYY322-0.3 Francis MartesHOU412+0.2 Carl EdwardsCHC2283+0.1 Matt BelisleMIN2263+1.1 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS621+0.1 Jamie CallahanNYM201+0.3 Tyler DuffeyMIN1143+0.2 A. J. ColeWAS100+0.1 Josh SmokerNYM823+0.4 Ron Perranoski196979139+6.6 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Dillon MaplesCHC100+0.1 Jose RamirezATL2066+0.7 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1564-0.1 Joe BlantonWAS430-0.5 Oliver PerezWAS615+0.5 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Robby ScottBOS5212+0.1 Jose AlvaradoTB943-0.1 Mychal GivensBAL1834+1.7 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Darren O’DayBAL1332+0.9 Yusmeiro PetitLAA2342+2.0 Marc RzepczynskiSEA11412+0.2 Enny RomeroWAS1446+0.5 Ted Abernathy196751314+6.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 A.J. MinterATL110-0.2 Tyler ChatwoodCOL110-0.2 Donnie HartBAL423-0.1 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Javy GuerraMIA112-0.2 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Al AlburquerqueCHW/KC121-0.6 Mark MelanconSF1550+0.3 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jen-Ho TsengCHC300+0.4 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 Taylor RogersMIN1876+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS3140+3.5 Dellin BetancesNYY2482+0.9 Jacob BarnesMIL2694+0.5 Kirby YatesLAA/SD1462-0.2 Tony SippHOU111-0.2 Andrew RomineDET001+0.0 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2463+1.4 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT530-0.4 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI2848+2.8 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Fernando AbadBOS511+0.4 Corey KnebelMIL4782+3.9 Will HarrisHOU1830+1.5 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT18110-1.5 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Mike MinorKC2874+1.8 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Matt BushTEX1763+0.5 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 A. J. SchugelPIT201+0.3 Mike DunnCOL1503+2.4 Kenley Jansen’s season was Goose-toricHighest single-season goose wins above replacement (GWAR) Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Wade DavisCHC3031+3.2 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Andrew KittredgeTB210-0.1 Dan JenningsCHW/TB259-1.5 Edwin DiazSEA4074+3.4 Sergio RomoLAD/TB630-0.2 Jake DiekmanTEX601+0.9 Craig BreslowCLE/MIN012-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL1132+0.5 Joe KellyBOS1245+0.5 Heath HembreeBOS1056-0.2 Justin GrimmCHC412+0.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA2261+0.9 Dan AltavillaSEA431-0.5 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WAS3464+2.9 Mike MontgomeryCHC1422+1.3 Buddy BaumannSD311+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Drew SteckenriderMIA1111+1.2 Josh RavinLAD110-0.2 Steve CishekSEA/TB1024+0.8 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Matt DermodyTOR302+0.5 Jake McGeeCOL1552+0.6 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2862+2.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.5 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Ryan TeperaTOR2531+2.8 Ryan PresslyMIN532-0.3 Fernando SalasLAA/NYM864-1.1 Dan RunzlerPIT001+0.0 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Tim AdlemanCIN021-0.7 Brett CecilSTL1543+0.7 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 J. J. HooverARI633-0.2 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 PITCHERYEARGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSMEHSGWAR Felipe RiveroPIT3742+3.9 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Peter MoylanKC1005+1.6 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Emilio PaganSEA342-1.0 Sources: Retrosheet, The Baseball GAUGE Jansen’s also the exception that proves the rule, however; it’s hard to provide all that much value when you pitch only 70 innings or so, which is about how much the best relievers pitch nowadays. After Jansen, the next most-valuable season came from Knebel, who finished with 3.9 GWAR — which ranks just 200th among relief pitching seasons all-time.If you want a model for a more Gossage-like usage pattern, you need to look no further than … how Jansen was used in the postseason. Jansen appeared in 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 playoff games and threw 16.2 innings. Extrapolated out to a full, 162-game regular season, that would work out to a Mike Marshall-like total of 180 relief innings.Jansen didn’t keep his perfect streak alive in the playoffs. Instead, he allowed 2 broken eggs to go with 6 goose eggs. He was also used in some situations that we wouldn’t recommend — for instance, to close out an 11-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Still, his postseason goose egg pace would extrapolate to 65 goose eggs over a 162-game regular season.What I’m really advocating for is a hybrid between how pitchers like Jansen are currently used in the regular season and the entirely different way that they’re used in the postseason. The extra off-days the playoffs provide help to enable more creative usage patterns that might not be viable in the regular season. And even with those extra rest days, Jansen may have been overused in not-very-clutch situations in the NLCS and NLDS; perhaps as a result, he was not especially sharp in the World Series. At the same time, he went from throwing 4.7 percent of the Dodgers’ regular season innings to 12.3 percent of their postseason innings — almost a threefold increase. Surely there’s a happy median somewhere in between?But congratulations to Jansen and Knebel, and we’ll resume our hunt for goose eggs next year. In the meantime, you can download detailed data on goose eggs and broken eggs for all pitchers since 1930 here. read more

Ohio State baseball shows competitive toughness in win against Illinois

The Ohio State baseball team won its rubber match with Illinois, 7-3, after splitting the first two games of the weekend series. OSU wore camouflage uniforms for Sunday’s game to pay tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. They were originally going to wear them for Tuesday night’s game against Akron, but the game was rained out. A bombing took place at the Boston Marathon April 15, which led to three deaths and more than 180 injuries. One suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed and the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured over the weekend. The Fighting Illini struck first in the top half of the first inning with two RBI singles by redshirt junior left fielder Jordan Parr and senior third baseman Brandon Hohl, giving them an early 2-0 lead. OSU responded with a big inning in the bottom of the second, when it added six runs of its own including a three-run home run by redshirt senior second baseman Ryan Cypret. The three-run shot was Cypret’s third home run of the season. “We stayed confident,” Cypret said. “High fastball first pitch, then just a low curveball that somehow the stars aligned and I hit it out.” In the following inning, Illinois was able to get one run back on an RBI single by senior center fielder Justin Parr, trimming the Buckeyes’ lead to 6-3. The Buckeyes knocked freshman pitcher Ryan Castellanos out of the game in the bottom of the fifth when freshman third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic hit a one-out RBI double, making the score 7-3. Senior right-hander Brett McKinney replaced senior pitcher Brian King in the top of the seventh with two outs. King allowed three runs and eight hits in 6.2 innings. In the top of the ninth, the Buckeyes brought sophomore closer Trace Dempsey into the game in a non-save situation to get some work. Dempsey retired the Illini in order and ended the game with a strikeout to give OSU its 25th win, 7-3. The Buckeyes improve to 25-13 overall and 9-6 in Big Ten play. Illinois falls to 24-12 on the year and 6-6 in conference competition. King was the winning pitcher and improved his record to 6-4 with a 2.50 ERA. Castellanos took the loss and falls to 2-1 with a 5.20 ERA. Although King struggled in the first inning, when the Buckeyes were able to give him a comfortable lead, he knew he was going to be able to settle in. “I could put my fastball where I wanted it,” King said. “They picked me up so I knew I needed to pick them up for the rest of the game.” OSU coach Greg Beals was pleased with the way the Buckeyes have played the last two games, and even happier that they have won two Big Ten series in a row. “We’ve done it two weekends in a row,” Beals said. “This should be a learning experience for them and learning how to win and what it takes to win games. It really speaks a lot in terms of their competitive toughness.” The Buckeyes don’t play again until Friday, when they are set to open a weekend series with Penn State at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. read more

Blaz Rola wins mens NCAA Singles Championship

Blaz Rola, junior for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has been crowned the 2013 NCAA singles champion.Rola took down No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday to complete his run through the tournament to claim the first ever singles championship in program history.Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 UCLA last week it looked as though the men’s tennis program would be left without a national championship again this season. Rola was the highest ranked player entering the tournament for the Buckeyes but his No. 12 ranking did not instill much confidence in the OSU faithful.Despite this Rola defeated six ranked opponents, and only lost one set throughout the tournament en route to his championship victory.The championship comes a year after Rola advanced to the semifinals but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. It completed a 32-1 season for the Slovenian, his only loss coming at the hands of Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, the Big Ten freshman of the year.A hard fought first set saw Rola win the tiebreak 10-8 despite giving up four-consecutive wins to allow Jenkins to tie the set at 6-6. In the second set Rola broke in the 7th game and held serve for the rest of the match for the 6-4 and the championship.This was not the first national championship Rola has earned in his time at OSU. He was last season’s doubles champion with his partner Chase Buchanan. Rola is also a four-time All-American and a three-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten pick. read more

Aaron Craft Lenzelle Smith Jr prepare for final home game as Ohio

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a shot during a game against Wyoming Nov. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBeing in the same recruiting class with the likes of Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger, Ohio State senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might have been a bit overshadowed initially among Buckeye fans.Thomas and Sullinger — both five-star products out of high school — were big pieces of the OSU squads who made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve since moved on to play professionally, and even though Craft and Smith Jr. might have been second-tier then — they’ve certainly left their mark on the program.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Friday, two days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 22 Michigan State in what will be the final home game of the regular season. “I think with that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft and Smith Jr. were the fastest players in school history to record 100 wins, reaching that milestone in just 119 games after OSU beat North Florida 99-64 Nov. 29.Craft, Smith Jr. and the rest of the Buckeyes have had some tough and exciting contests against the Spartans recently.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 61-58 in the Big Ten Tournament, but fell in the two teams previous meeting this season in East Lansing, Mich., 72-68 in overtime in their first lost of the season. With a familiar opponent on the docket for their final home game at OSU, Craft said he wouldn’t rather it be against anyone else.“I honestly don’t think there could be a better way to play our last game here. I’ve loved playing against Michigan State,” Craft said Friday. “Since freshman year we’ve always had great battles with them. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited to see what we can do as a team going into this game.”For Smith Jr., however, the game against the Spartans means something a little differently because of the friendships he’s formed with members of Michigan State’s team.“It’s actually kind of the sweet but not so sweet moment. Just seeing as how I’m so close to some of those guys on the team,” Smith Jr. said Friday. “We’ve hung out in the summer, we went to the Big Ten media days in Chicago … We talked, had fun and it’s different when you see them on the opposite side of the court. It’s like, ‘I’m not here to be your friend, don’t even talk to me.’”Craft enters the game as OSU’s all-time leader in steals and assists with 293 and 623 respectively, and with numbers like those is likely to be remembered fondly in Buckeye lore. But he said he doesn’t think about being in the same breath as former players like David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden or Scoonie Penn.“I just don’t feel comfortable putting myself in close to the same categories of guys that (have) come before,” Craft said. “I’m just very honored and humbled to continue on what they’ve established here. And to play a very small part of that.”Aside from it being Craft and Smith Jr.’s final go around at the Schottenstein Center, the game against the Spartans (23-7, 12-5, 3rd in the Big Ten) holds implications for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU (22-8, 9-8 tied for fifth in the Big Ten) sits one game behind Nebraska for fourth place in the conference, and would need a victory against the Spartans and some help to finish in that spot and earn a first-round bye in the tournament.OSU has lost two straight games, falling on the road last week to Penn State and Indiana. Matta said no matter where they finish in the standings, a win against Michigan State would certainly be a step in the right direction.“This is our 18th Big Ten game, and 16 of them have been tooth and nail and down to the last couple minutes,” Matta said. “With that said, you’re playing a team that’s obviously a great basketball team. It’s a great opportunity for us to come out and close out the final game of the season.”As OSU searches for any bit of momentum it can get its hands on as the season draws to a close, Smith Jr. agreed with Matta and said a victory Sunday would be key to build that.“We can get a lot of momentum here with a win on Sunday to carry us over into the Big Ten Tournament,” Smith Jr. said. “We can get that going, and if we get hot at the right time, that’s the name of the game. You want to play your best basketball toward this time of the season and I think we can accomplish that.”Matta has gone on record as saying he would get behind putting up a statue commemorating Lighty’s accomplishments and what he’s meant to the program outside the arena. The same would go for Craft and Matta said he would want to “put it right next to David.”When Craft was told his head coach said that about him, though, he naturally spun it back to be more of a team oriented affair.“Legacy and all that stuff, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lenzelle. It’s about this university and the things we’ve been able to do as a team, whether it’s putting a year up on the banners in the gym,” Craft said. “That’s what’s going to be remembered. That’s what should be remembered.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Spartans is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

Ohio State football more than all right with JT Barrett at quarterback

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its senior Heisman-candidate quarterback, it can typically expect to see a big drop off in its offensive strength.If you ask Ohio State redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett, though, he’ll tell you that won’t necessarily be the case as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett takes the place of the injured Braxton Miller.“I think with the way they (Barrett and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been playing right now, I don’t think we’ll skip a beat,” Vannett said Monday after practice. “I think we’ll be just fine.”While Barrett has yet to take a snap outside of practice for the Scarlet and Gray, he and Jones have been practicing with the first-team offense since the spring. Miller initially injured his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl to end last season, paving the way for Barrett and Jones to get the only significant reps at quarterback in spring practice.Miller was limited again this fall because his shoulder was sore after an offseason surgery. And then he tore his throwing shoulder labrum in practice Aug. 18.Vannett said practice time will help the offense continue on the same beat going forward, even though the team initially expected Miller to make a full recovery from the first injury.“We did a really (good) job with our quarterbacks, 0having J.T. and Cardale getting reps in the spring as well with (Miller) out,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a last minute thing where we’re just jumping in and kind of rushing stuff.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said there will be changes to the offense, but agreed that Barrett, as well as Jones if he plays any reps, will be ready to go because of the amount of practice time they’ve had since the season ended.“They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason, that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through,” Spencer said.While many wrote off OSU as a contender in the National Championship race after Miller went down, Spencer said he’s seen enough in practice to have plenty of confidence heading into the season.“Personally, I think what we’ve been seeing out at practice — and a lot of the other seniors can back me up — is … we’ll be way more than all right this year,” he said. “That’s for sure.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes Barrett and Jones have been up to the challenge since Miller was injured, and the changes at the position will be helped along by a plethora of talented receivers.“J.T. and Cardale responded very well (after Miller’s injury),” Meyer said at a Monday press conference. “The biggest issue I see, or the positive we have right now, is we have a good one and two group of receivers that are just rotating out.”Meyer said there will be six different receivers rotating through the lineup, with the plan being to give Barrett the freshest and most rested targets possible throughout OSU’s season opener.Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoEven though Meyer announced Barrett as the No. 2 quarterback before Miller went down with his injury, he said there isn’t a big gap between his and Jones’ talent. The third-year OSU coach confirmed, though, that Barrett is the starter heading into the season.Meyer also said it would be possible for Jones to come in for Barrett if the latter doesn’t perform up to expectations in the first weeks of the season.Regardless of his performance on the field, Spencer said the team has confidence in Barrett as a leader, which is a role he has taken on since Miller’s injury.“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” Spencer said. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’”Spencer said as soon as the team realized Miller would be out, Barrett stepped up to the challenge of filling those shoes.“In the huddle from then on, when (Barrett) was in practice and doing stuff like that he was just making sure that he was keeping people going,” Spencer said. “If we were having a rough day, he was making sure that we’d stay up, that we’d stay motivated.”Meyer said one of the first things he noticed about Barrett was his competitive spirit. He said Barrett isn’t any louder as a leader than Miller, but added the’s “very confident.”Spencer said Miller and Barrett have different leadership qualities, but said both are good at what they do. He added Barrett is a strong motivator and he’s excited to see what happens going forward.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

British teenager achieves incredibly rare perfect International Baccalaureate score

first_imgIt is a superb achievement to get full marks on the IB, something incredibly rare across the whole global cohortDavid Walrond, School Principal Miss Ovens said her career plans included looking into working at the Foreign Office or for a charity.When this year’s results came out, Dr Siva Kumari, IB director general, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their learning.”This year IB exams were taken in 76 languages.  A British teenager is being hailed as one of the world’s brightest students after getting a rare perfect score in the International Baccalaureate (IB). Lowenna Ovens is now studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University having scored 45 out of 45 in the tests, cementing her place among the very best students across the globe.The 18-year-old sat her exams in the summer at Truro and Penwith College. Her results are equivalent to more than four A*s or more than five A grades at A Level. 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. Of the 150,000 IB students around the world this year, only 146 received the perfect score of 45. The average score was 30.07. Miss Oven said: “I chose the IB Diploma because of the breadth of study and the fact I didn’t want to narrow down my GCSE subjects too much. I would definitely recommend the course.”The IB diploma offers a broader programme of study than A levels. Students take six subjects including three at “higher level”.These can include a second language, biology, chemistry, physics, history, theatre studies and psychology. 1.3million DP graduates in over 140 countries #stats #IBBCN16 #IBresearch pic.twitter.com/YBtdMt5OI3— IB official (@iborganization) October 7, 2016 David Walrond, principal at Truro and Penwit, said the college was incredibly proud of Miss Oven’s achievements.He said: “It is a superb achievement to get full marks on the IB, something incredibly rare across the whole global cohort.”This mark puts Lowenna at the very top not just of national, but world performance in the International Baccalaureate… even with her remarkable ability you need real organisation and stamina to do what she has done.”last_img read more

Mother claims Sainsburys cashier gendershamed her son for choosing pink Kinder egg

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sainsbury’s is caught up in a gender-shaming row as the supermarket investigates allegations that a cashier asked a boy why he had chosen a chocolate snack in pink wrapping rather than blue.Mason Houghton, three, was allowed to choose a Kinder Surprise egg from the store as a reward for doing well in his potty training.He took one with characters from the film Frozen rather than one with Marvel superheroes at the Sainsbury’s Local store in Anlaby near Hull.His mother Charlotte Houghton said she was left embarrassed when the cashier told the youngster: “You’ve got a girls one.” Mrs Houghton said: “I’ve heard of comments being made to parents before but this was the first time I’ve personally experienced gender shaming.”I was really taken aback by it. I then found myself explaining to her – while she was beeping the other items through – that he likes the Frozen one and he always chooses it because of the figures, so that is what he is getting.”I was mumbling on because I felt guilty, like I was doing something wrong, then I thought, ‘What am I doing? Why am I trying to explain? It’s got nothing to do with her’.”She added: “I’m sure she meant no harm by her comments but I can’t understand this divide of boys and girls toys.”Personally I think we should encourage our children to play with any toys that they want, as long as they’re safe.”The pink Frozen Kinder Surprise Egg contains the characters from the popular film, Anna, Elsa and Olaf.Mrs Houghton, a location agent from Hull, said she always encourages children Oliver, 10, and Mason to play with toys of their choice.She said: “If he had wanted a pram I would have let him have one, it wouldn’t make him any less of a boy. We’ve got a kitchen at home and they like playing with the trolleys.”I just found it really bizarre that she thought it was OK to comment and say that to my son – it has nothing to do with her.”If it had been a new mum who was upset by it, it could have really knocked their confidence and made them question themselves.”Mrs Houghton posted the incident in the Hull Mummy Friends group on Facebook.Ferrero, the Italian company that produces the Kinder eggs, said they were not meant to be gender-specific.A spokeswoman said: “The Frozen Kinder Surprise egg is part of the Pink and Blue range, which offers different branded toy ranges in pink or blue-coloured eggs.”The Frozen egg is pink. However, Ferrero doesn’t advocate or promote Kinder Pink and Blue as a gender-specific product and they are not labelled for girls or boys.”Kinder Surprise pink and blue eggs help parents navigate the toy ranges on offer and make purchasing decisions based on what is most relevant for their child, as an individual. Feedback from parents shows that they welcome this approach.”Sainsbury’s said it was investigating the incident but needed more information before it could comment properly.A spokeswoman said: “We would encourage Charlotte to contact us directly so we can get to the bottom of what happened.”center_img I was mumbling on because I felt guilty, like I was doing something wrong, then I thought, ‘What am I doing? Why am I trying to explain? It’s got nothing to do with her’Charlotte Houghtonlast_img read more

Former fire chief found hanged after birthday card row

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A top fire service boss hanged himself after arguing with his stepson over a birthday card, an inquest heard.Mark Smitherman, 55, was found dead in his home on Oct 16, hours after a visit from his stepson on the day of his daughter Isla’s birthday.The inquest heard that on October 15, Mr Smitherman’s stepson, Jamie – the son of his wife, Christian – visited the family home in Nottinghamshire on the evening of his half-sister’s birthday.An argument reportedly ensued between Mr Smitherman, who was chief fire officer at South Yorkshire Fire Service until retiring in 2011, and his stepson because Jamie had not brought a card.Assistant coroner Amanda Cranny told Nottingham Coroner’s Court: “There was something of a family history around the brother not bringing gifts.”Even though Isla had not been present and was out celebrating with friends in Sheffield, Mr Smitherman, who had over three decades’ experience working with the fire service, became “upset”.Shortly after going to bed, Mrs Smitherman returned downstairs and found her husband.A toxicology report revealed Mr Smitherman, who had retired from his management position at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2011, had consumed a “modest” amount of alcohol shortly before he died, which may have affected his thought process.Recording a narrative verdict, Ms Cranny said: “Mr Mark William Smitherman took his own life by hanging on October 16, 2016 at a time when his cognitive abilities may have been affected by the consumption of alcohol.”CORRECTION: This article originally stated that it was said at the inquest that Mrs Smitherman “attempted to justify her son’s actions”. This was incorrect. In fact, the Assistant Coroner expressed her view that it was Mr Smitherman – not his wife – who tried to justify his own actions and express his regret for the events of the evening. We apologise for this mistake, which has been corrected. last_img read more

Knife wands to be handed to every school in London

first_imgMayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick More than 500 knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons that have been recovered during an Operation Sceptre week of action It came as Scotland Yard launched three separate murder investigations after fatal stabbings across the capital.Italian national Pietro Sanna, 23, was found with multiple stab wounds after a “brutal and vicious attack” in his own home in Canning Town at 11.40pm on Monday, police said.A man in his 30s also died after officers were called to reports of a stabbing in East Ham shortly after 8pm.Meanwhile, a 29-year-old man died after reports of a stabbing at a property in Islington at around 2am.Since the start of the year until June 18, 24 people under the age of 25 have been fatally stabbed in the capital. There have been nine murders in London in the last month. “The only way we can truly beat the scourge of knife crime on our streets is by properly funding youth services – the Government needs to step up, reverse these cuts and help provide the services we need to tackle knife crime.”Part of the mayor’s new plan would involve “naming and shaming” retailers who continue to illegally sell knives to underage customers.The police and Trading Standards will also do more “test purchasing”, to check online retailers are also abiding by knife sale rules.Pastor Lorraine Jones, whose son Dwayne Simpson was stabbed to death three years ago, joined Mr Khan at the initiative’s launch at the Dwaynamics boxing club in Brixton, south London.The club was started by her son Dwayne in 2013 as a boxing and fitness project to serve residents in the local Angell Town estate.She welcomed the mayor’s new measures, saying: “I know first hand the devastating impact knife crime has on a community and a family.”It is incredibly important that everyone works together to stamp knife crime out of our city once and for all.”Mr Khan said he backed the Met’s use of a “targeted, intelligence-led” version of the controversial stop and search policy. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a major crackdown on the “scourge” after three fatal stabbings were reported  in the capital within hours of each other.New measures will see schools given metal detecting “knife wands” and a new community sentence for those convicted of knife possession.He has also pledged an extra £625,000 to fund knife and gang crime projects in the city after the number of offences in London involving knives rose by 24 percent in 2016. Nationally, the figure was 11 per cent.  “We need to send a strong signal that carrying and using knives is totally and utterly unacceptable. Mr Khan said: “Every death on the streets of London is an utter tragedy, and I am deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime on London’s streets. Dozens of families have been bereaved; many more have seen their loved ones severely injured. 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.center_img More than 500 knives, 11 firearms and 50 offensive weapons that have been recovered during an Operation Sceptre week of actionCredit:METROPOLITAN POLICE He told the Press Association: “What I’m not in favour of is an indiscriminate use of stop and search, or stop and search being used on industrial scales.” He said the practice would be used to “get rid of the dangerous weapons” and “dangerous people” from the streets of London.The latest bid to tackle knife crime in London comes just a week after the Met said they would arm hundreds more officers with Tasers, bringing the total carrying the weapon to more than 6,400 in the capital.As well as gang-related knife crime, a number of recent high profile attacks, including the murder of Jo Cox, and the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks, have all involved knives.The Met said they had recovered more than 500 knives from the streets of London during an intense “week of action” to tackle knife crime between June 19 and June 27.Officers working on the Met’s Operation Sceptre also seized 11 firearms, and made 622 arrests, including 180 for possession of a knife or offensive weapon.In Hackney, a member of the public alerted police to a suspicious vehicle which was later found to contain a samurai sword, machete, a “Rambo-style” knife, as well as cash and cannabis.Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Sean Yates said: “We are starting to see a mobilisation from the community against knife crime and we need this to continue. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida DickCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire “It is those individuals who will have the biggest impact on getting the message out there to young people that it is not acceptable to carry a knife.” “We need to change attitudes to carrying knives and are encouraging key people in positions of influence to drive this messaging forward.last_img read more

Drone forces Gatwick Airport to close runway

first_img“Once refuelled easyJet plans to continue three flights on to London Gatwick and is arranging coach transfers on to London Gatwick for passengers on flight EZY8832 from Bodrum that diverted to London Southend,” she added.”The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”While the circumstances are outside of our control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience caused.”British Airways was also forced to divert one of its planes from Valencia to Bournemouth Airport, which is expected to take off again shortly, a spokesman said.Sussex Police are also investigating.  A Drone on the flightpath into Gatwick : our @British_Airways flight diverted to Bournemouth. On the Tarmac waiting … for an update— HOLLY JOHNSON (@TheHollyJohnson) July 2, 2017 Passengers on delayed flights were told that a drone flying too close to the airport was to blame.On one flight travelling to Geneva passengers were told: “We’ve been delayed by some idiot flying a drone.”Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson tweeted that he had been on board one of the diverted British Airways flights.A member of the British Airways social media team responded: “We hope our cabin crew can provide you with an update soon.”A Gatwick spokesman said the incident was being investigated. In a statement the airport said: “Due to reports of a drone observation in the vicinity of the airfield, runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 1819, and again from 1836 to 1841, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.”Operations have resumed and the police continue to investigate.”Four EasyJet flights were diverted during the runway closure, a spokeswoman for the airline said. Flights were disrupted at Gatwick on Sunday evening after a drone flew too close to the airport.The runway had to be closed twice, once for nine minutes and later again for five minutes. Some flights were diverted, with one being sent to Stansted and another to Bournemouth, while others were left circling the airport.center_img Not entirely what was planned…aborted landing over gatwick due to a drone, now in Bournemouth! 👀 pic.twitter.com/S6YcOSdhn1— niamh (@niamhyleaf) July 2, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

UK weather Freezing fog grounds dozens of flights as thousands hit by

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Traffic makes its way through heavy fog on the in west London as fog hit London early on TuesdayCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP ​British Airways said it was reducing its short-haul flight schedules on Tuesday to “keep our customers safe in these challenging conditions”.Heathrow said a “small number of flights” were cancelled in advance due to poor visibility at the west London hub.A spokeswoman said this decision was made in partnership with air traffic control provider Nats “as a last resort to ensure safety”.She added: “Regrettably, this may result in some passengers experiencing disruption to their journeys today and we advise they check flight status with airlines before travelling to the airport. It’s a foggy start out there across parts of England and Wales, so do allow some extra time for your journey and stay #weatheraware. Elsewhere its largely dry, with the best of the brightness in eastern Scotland pic.twitter.com/Vu1ghHiHQy— Met Office (@metoffice) December 19, 2017 Traffic makes it's way through heavy fog on the A40 at Acton in west London as mist and fog hit the capital city The airline added: “We are very sorry for the disruption to our customers’ journeys at this important time of year.”We recommend that all customers check their flight is operating before travelling to the airport.” No flights were able to take off or land at Manchester Airport for several hours on Monday as one runway was shut due to fog and another was closed for emergency maintenance.This led to the cancellation or delay of dozens of flights. A Met Office yellow weather warning for fog was issued from 8pm on Monday to midday on Tuesday.A spokesman said: “Fog is expected to form widely across southern and central England and some eastern parts of Wales on Monday evening, persisting overnight into Tuesday.”Slower journey times are likely with delays possible to bus and train services. Some delays or cancellations to flights are also possible.” “As always, Heathrow’s top priority is the safety of our passengers and we apologise to those whose travel may be impacted by the weather.” Thousands of airline passengers have suffered fresh flight disruption as freezing fog hit the UK just days before the Christmas getaway.A severe weather warning was issued by the Met Office covering southern and central England and some eastern parts of Wales until noon on Tuesday.British Airways cancelled at least 49 departing and 49 arriving flights at Heathrow.A number of flights at Gatwick, Stansted and London City airports were also cancelled or delayed due to the severe weather.Passengers due to fly to or from European destinations on Tuesday were able to change their travel plans and re-book on to alternative flights up until Friday. A British Airways spokesman said: “Freezing fog is expected across parts of Southern England and Northern Europe from early on Tuesday, December 19, and this is likely to affect flights arriving into and departing from London airports. It added that with light winds and clear skies expected to form quite widely on Monday night, visibility could fall below 100m (328ft) in some places.Only a slow improvement in conditions is expected on Tuesday morning.The yellow weather warning was issued for the East Midlands, the East of England, London and the South East, North West England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands. @lufthansa absolute chaos at Manchester Airport check in!!! pic.twitter.com/SyYAGbelp9— Brian Clegg (@BrianCleggArt) December 19, 2017 “In order to keep our customers safe in these challenging conditions, we have agreed to slightly reduce our short-haul schedules.”We are doing all we can to contact customers whose flights are affected. If you are due to fly to or from European destinations on Tuesday, you may choose to change your travel plans and rebook onto alternative flights up until Friday 22 December.”last_img read more

Conker players forced to import from Germany for World Championships as heatwave

Conkers have been significantly smaller this year Conker players have been forced to bring conkers over from Germany for the World Championships after the heatwave coupled with strong winds caused horse chestnut trees to be bare.The conkers which have survived the unusual weather conditions are too small to play with, organisers have said, worrying they will have to start importing the nuts en masse.The Scottish championships, due to be held in Peebles next month,  have already been cancelled because the harvest was too poor and they were unable to locate enough in time for the event.The trust looked at importing chestnuts from Germany but has been unable to find a supply ahead of the contest.Similar fears have hit the World Conker Championships, which will be held on the 14th October in Northamptonshire.St.John Burkett, one of the organisers, told The Telegraph: “We are asking people to collect conkers for the World Championships now. Whilst we’re hoping that some will still be on the trees nearer the time, and will have time to grow a little larger, we can’t be sure. 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. “We imported conkers from Germany following the drought in 1977 and may need to do the same again this year – we are not yet quite sure. Conkers have been significantly smaller this yearCredit:Geoff Pugh “We have checked the restrictions on importing plant materials into the country, and conkers are unrestricted from the European Union, providing they are from healthy trees.”We already have one offer of conkers from Germany, where apparently there are many healthy and fruitful trees. George Embleton, from the North West, has just returned from Germany and has brought some conkers back with him, as he found them large and dropping from the trees in the area he stayed.”The committee said that trees are already empty after last week’s storms stripped the young horse chestnuts from branches.Playing conkers is usually an activity which takes place in the middle of autumn, and there are worries many will not think to collect them until it is too late.Mr Burkett said: “The impact is that by the time children remember to collect and play with conkers, many will be gone, fallen from the trees and sunk into the soil or covered with falling leaves.”The great joy of collecting the beautiful objects will be missed, and the impact of playing with smaller conkers will not be nearly as satisfying.” read more

Mr Loophole cases inspire drivers to seek their day in court

Comedian Jimmy Carr successfully challenged a motoring charge in the courts Drivers can pay a fixed penalty and take points by pleading guilty David Beckham was caught speeding but got off on a technicalityCredit:Wireimage Thousands of speeding motorists are opting for the courts rather than fixed penalties In April 2017 the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving was increased from three to six points meaning anyone who has already got endorsements on their licence could face a driving ban. Thousands of speeding motorists are opting for the courts rather than fixed penaltiesCredit:PA But legal experts have warned drivers that the chances of beating such charges is extremely slim and by opting for court they could be making things worse for themselves.According to data collected from the Home Office, the number of motorists facing court action has increased by 43 per cent over the past four years, from 240,000 in 2013 to 342,000 last year. Comedian Jimmy Carr successfully challenged a motoring charge in the courts Drivers can pay a fixed penalty and take points by pleading guiltyCredit:Ian Jones At the same time the number of fixed penalty notices issued by the police for motoring offences declined by 19 percent from 1,201,000 to 969,000 last year. This is also thought to be part of the reason behind the sharp rise in the number of people trying to challenge motoring prosecutions.But Peter Dodd, a partner at Nockolds law firm, said despite some high profile figures successfully beating charges, it was not always wise to opt to go to court.He said: “The police do not have any discretion but people don’t like the police acting as judge and jury, which is what these on-the-spot punishments represent. As the police have been given powers to impose harsher penalties, a greater proportion of motorists want to challenge those decisions.”But this idea of being able to get off on a technicality is a bit of a myth and by going to court you risk making things much worse. Magistrates can apply unlimited fines linked to your income and you will also be liable for court costs.”It is much better to accept the punishment whether that is a speed awareness or retraining course or points and a fine because going to court often just makes things worse in the long run. Mr Dodd said many motorists held a common misconception that the registered owner of a vehicle could avoid a fine if they did not identify who was driving at the time. He explained: “There is a persistent urban myth that a driving fine or penalty can be avoided if the owner of a vehicle does not identify the driver at the time the offence was committed. We see a large number of court cases, which could have been avoided if the registered keeper had named the driver.”For the sake of a fine in the hundreds of pounds drivers are risking thousands of pounds in fines and costs in a magistrates courts plus six points on their licence.” Record numbers of motorists caught speeding or using their mobile phones at the wheel are opting to face the courts rather than accept on the spot penalties, according to new figures.It is thought the success of celebrities such as David Beckham and Jimmy Carr in beating charges in the courts are convincing drivers they might be able to get off.Former England captain, Beckham, was clocked doing 59 mph in a 40mph zone in a borrowed Bentley in the Kensington area of London earlier this year.In September he was cleared of the charge after his lawyer, Nick Freeman, known as Mr Loophole, successfully argued that the papers had been served too late.Comedian, Carr, also used the services of Mr Freeman when he was caught using his mobile phone.The lawyer convinced magistrates that his client had not been using his phone to make a call but to dictate a joke. David Beckham was caught speeding but got off on a technicality Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Guyana signs US36M loan agreement with China to enhance national broadband

Finance Minister Winston Jordan signs the agreement as Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, His Excellency Cui Jianchun, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana and members of his delegation look on at Ministry of Finance – Guyana.(DPI photo)The Government of Guyana, earlier today (Friday), signed a US$36M concessional loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China, an agreement expected to go towards technological advancement in Guyana.The loan agreement, which will finance Guyana’s National Broadband Project, has to be repaid in 20 years, with a 5-year grace period. The interest on the loan, finance Minister Winston Jordan explained, is 2 per cent.The areas the loan will go towards include: improving the technological capacity of the police force by outfitting police stations and police cars with Internet connectivity, education and e-medical services.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes described it as a game changer for Guyana, with the project having an 18 month implementation period. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt borrowing $4.2B from IsDB to plug into GPLSeptember 19, 2018In “Business”Opposition questions Govt’s ability to manage expanding debtOctober 1, 2018In “Business”2017 a year of loans: Govt intends to borrow billions to finance developmentDecember 23, 2016In “Business” read more

EU providing hurricanerelief funds to Dominica

File photo: The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Dominica (AFP)ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica is to receive EC$24.7 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) from the European Union representing the first tranche of a EC$34 million package towards the reconstruction of the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year.“This contribution from the European Union will assist us with the ongoing rehabilitation of communities throughout Dominica as we seek to reconstruct in a climate resilient way,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.“It will also ensure that the most vulnerable of the population are catered to as the process of rebuilding their lives is painstakingly undertaken from day to day.”The EU said that the grant will support the construction of two emergency shelters in the Castle Bruce and Jimmit areas and the rehabilitation of 1000 houses in various affected communities.It said the reconstruction will be carried out exclusively according to the Building Back Better approach and to the highest resilience standards.“Dominica has been under hard trial during the last few years, but it is encouraging to see the mobilisation and the commitment of all Dominicans to rebuild the country as a truly resilient nation.“As a European citizen I am proud that we stand together with the Dominican people and other members of the international community in this important endeavour”, said Daniela Tramacere., the EU Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARIFORUM.The grant will also support the Dominica Government in its revision of sector policies to include climate change adaptation practices and to reduce disaster risks while facing extreme weather events, in line with the island’s new National Resilient Development Strategy.This is the second post disaster reconstruction grant Dominica will receive from the EU in three years, in addition to ECHO Humanitarian aid, following the EC$28 million provided for the rehabilitation of the water and energy infrastructure after Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.The latest funding comes in addition to the bilateral cooperation between the European Union and Dominica, which supports two key sectors of the island’s economy, namely agriculture and renewable energy.Under renewable energy the country has been allocated EC$8.3 million, while the agriculture sector has been benefiting from the EC$48 million Banana Accompanying Measures programme. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDominica needs heavy equipment to clear “thousands of tonnes of debris”- PMOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane ravaged Barbuda and Dominica must “build back better”September 28, 2017In “latest news”Dominica PM urges businesses to use insurance payments to help re-build islandOctober 16, 2017In “Regional” read more

Gearless mill drives for Antofagastas Los Pelambres copper expansion

first_imgSiemens has supplied the gearless drives for a 10.9 m, 15 MW SAG mill and a 7.9 m, 15.5 MW ball mill at Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres operation in Chile. The mills, in operation since January, are part of an expansion to increase copper production by 100,000 t/y, with the order worth around €16 million. The mine produced 282,621 t of copper concentrate and 7,074 t of molybdenum in 2009.Siemens already equipped two mills for Los Pelambres in 1999 and has been responsible for maintenance of the conveyor belt equipment for more than ten years. Compared to geared motors, gearless drive systems are more efficient, require less maintenance and display a greater degree of availability. Variable speed and transvector control ensure that the operating point of the motor can be set exactly, for example for processing different material hardnesses or for different operating modes.last_img read more

Chinese phosphate mining group acquired by Sinofert

first_imgConsolidation is ongoing in the Chinese fertiliser minerals mining sector, with China’s biggest fertiliser producer Sinofert Holdings buying the entire equity interest in Xundian Lomon Phosphorus Chemical Co for $219 million, which is the owner of a number of phosphate mines and deposits in Yunnan province.Sinofert said it intends to “tap the region’s large phosphate reserves and hopes to become a leading phosphate producer in China through the acquisition.” The deal takes Sinofert from being mainly a trader and manufacturer of fertilisers to having the phosphate mining resource base to back it up. According to Sinofert, “Xundian Lomon is the only company in the PRC that has a production capacity of 300,000 t of MDCP/MCP [mono-dicalcium phosphate/dicalcium phosphate] with stable and reliable production quality that meet international standards.” It has one phosphate mine with a mining licence in Yunnan Province, with four additional phosphate mines with exploration licences, also in Yunnan, for which it is in the process of applying for mining licences.last_img read more