Advanced Stats Love Jackie Robinson

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy. It’s also a prime occasion to remind people that — despite his legendary small-ball artistry — yes, sabermetrics thinks he was an awe-inspiring ballplayer, too.The topic recalls a great Rob Neyer post from more than a decade ago. Writing during the height of baseball’s culture wars (“Moneyball” had been published a month earlier), Neyer attacked the notion that sabermetrics wouldn’t have appreciated the skills of Robinson and other speedy African-American players (such as Rickey Henderson, whose playing style and tremendous value made him, in many ways, Robinson’s spiritual descendant).“You can accuse Bill James and sabermetrics of many things, but you cannot accuse them of not appreciating Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson,” Neyer wrote. “Those two brilliant players — not to mention Joe Morgan and Willie Mays and Cool Papa Bell and Barry Bonds, and hey let’s not forget Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Murray — could play for any general manager.“If you think that sabermetrics doesn’t have a place for them,” he continued, “then you don’t understand sabermetrics. Because there’s not yet been a sabermetrician born who wouldn’t drool at the thought of Rickey Henderson and Jackie Robinson at the top of his imaginary lineup.”Yes, Robinson ranks just 108th all-time among position players in lifetime wins above replacement. But that’s a function of the late start he got to his career (he was a rookie at age 28) and his relatively short playing stint. Robinson was the National League’s seventh-best position player by WAR in 1948, his second season, then led the senior circuit in the statistic in 1949, 1951 and 1952, while also finishing second in 1950 and fifth in 1953.By 1954, Robinson was 36 and his quickness was on the wane (that year he posted a career-low speed score of 4.6, the only time he was ever below the league average of 5.0). He would retire after two more seasons. But that 1948-53 peak was as good as anybody’s ever been. Literally. Only four position players in MLB history — Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig — had more WAR between the ages of 29 and 34. Numbers like that are why, despite Robinson’s short career, James ranked Robinson as the fourth-best second baseman ever in “New Historical Baseball Abstract.”So much for sabermetrics underappreciating Robinson’s skills.WAR can measure Robinson’s terrifying impact on the basepaths (he generated 31 more runs than an average player). WAR also takes into account his defensive value — total zone data estimates that Robinson saved 81 more runs than an average defender (primarily at second base, but with a little third base, first base and outfield mixed in). According to defensive WAR, Robinson saved the Brooklyn Dodgers 10 wins with his defense, combining his contributions relative to position and the importance of those positions in the overall structure of the defense.Most importantly, though, WAR accounts for the fact that Robinson was 261 runs better than average with his bat. Because of the highlight-reel baserunning plays, people often forget that Robinson was also an incredible hitter. He topped a .295 batting average eight times, winning the NL batting crown in 1949 with a .342 average. He also had the majors’ seventh-highest on-base percentage during the course of his career (1947-56), drawing a walk on 12.8 percent of his plate appearances in addition to his outstanding ability to hit for average. And his isolated power was 19 points better than the league average, so Robinson had some pop (even if his slugging percentage was driven in part by 54 career triples).In sum, Robinson was an all-around sabermetric star. There isn’t an area of the game where the advanced stats don’t consider him very good, if not one of the best ever. The notion that somehow Robinson has lost his luster as we learn more about what makes for winning baseball couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, sabermetric stats help us appreciate Robinson’s greatness even more. read more

How Does Germanys Blowout of Brazil Compare to Those in Other Sports

On Tuesday morning, I called the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil a very evenly matched contest.Yeah, about that …In an astonishing 18-minute span during the first half, the Germans opened up a 5-0 lead against a Brazil squad that seemed to have given up without its superstar striker, Neymar, who’d been knocked out of the previous match with a back injury. Germany would pile on two more goals before Brazil’s Oscar netted a meaningless marker in the 90th minute to set the final score at 7-1.How big is a six-goal margin of victory in the World Cup? Going into this year’s tournament, only 17 matches in Cup history had seen one side win by six or more goals — most recently when Portugal trounced North Korea 7-0 in the 2010 group stage. And just twice had it happened as late as a semifinal, depending on how you treat Brazil overpowering Sweden 7-1 in 1950 and Argentina’s 6-0 clobbering of Peru in 1978. (Both of those matches technically came in the stage directly preceding the final, but also in a format that used additional round-robin groups to filter teams into the final rather than the knockout-style bracket used today.)The bewildering scoreline in Tuesday’s match had me wondering what an equivalent margin would be in other sports. One approach to the answer is to use the standard deviations of scoring margins in each sport. Lucky for us, in his book “Mathletics,” Wayne Winston, a professor of operations and decision technologies at Indiana University, has done the heavy lifting for us with regard to pro football. Following up on the work of statistician Hal Stern, Winston found that the margin of victory for an NFL team can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line (or the margin predicted by a computer power rating) and a standard deviation of 13.86 points.Winston also wrote:For NBA basketball, NCAA basketball and college football, respectively, Jeff Sagarin has found that the historical standard deviation of game results about a prediction from a rating system is given by 12, 10, and 16 points, respectively.Applying Stern’s, Winston’s and Sagarin’s methodology to historical World Cup matches from 1930 to 2010, I found that the distribution of the scoring margin in a high-level international soccer match (relative to the pre-match prediction using Elo ratings and a home-field effect) is approximately normal with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.83 goals. If Brazil and Germany were considered evenly matched going into Tuesday’s game (giving Brazil only credit for playing at home), we’d predict Brazil’s margin of victory to be about 0.5 goals, so Germany’s six-goal margin was 3.6 standard deviations above expected.Going by Winston’s numbers, a 3.6 standard deviation performance in the NFL would be the equivalent of beating an opponent by nearly 50 more points than expected. If you’re curious, you can find a list of the biggest postseason blowouts in NFL history on; if we (naively) assume all of those games were considered evenly matched aside from a three-point bonus for the home team, the closest analog to Germany’s win over Brazil might be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of the Miami Dolphins in 2000 in Dan Marino’s final game.Put in soccer terms, the Jaguars’ margin would have been 6.8 more goals than expected. But that’s nothing compared to the the 1940 NFL championship game between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, which ended with the Bears winning 73-0 (on the road, no less). By soccer standards, that would be like winning by 10 more goals than expected, a mark Germany would have needed to pour on about three more goals to match.In college football, Germany’s rout was the equivalent of winning by 57 more points than expected. That’s about the same as Tulsa’s 63-7 victory over Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl (a game that carried just a little less importance than Germany-Brazil). In terms of bowls that had national championship implications, you’d have to go back to 1996 and the Fiesta Bowl between then-undefeated No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Florida. Favored by three going into the game, Nebraska won by 38, 62-24. But in soccer terms, that’d be a mere win by four more goals than expected — a far cry from the Germans’ performance.Shifting gears to basketball, the Germans’ victory would be like an NBA team winning by 43 more points than expected. has a list of most lopsided playoff contests in NBA history; assuming evenly matched opponents with a 3.25-point home-court advantage, Germany’s win would be most like the Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-78 win over the San Francisco Warriors in the 1969 postseason. (If you’re looking for an equivalent game in the conference finals or later — probably a more apt comparison for Germany-Brazil — the most comparable rout would be the Lakers’ 153-109 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the 1985 Western Conference finals.) And the most dominant conference-finals-or-later win in NBA history, the Lakers’ 126-70 thrashing of the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 3 of the 1973 Western Conference finals, would be like winning by nine more goals than expected in soccer.College basketball’s biggest NCAA Tournament wins have usually come in the early rounds of the tournament, which comes as no surprise. (For instance, poor 16-seed Prairie View got pasted by No. 1 seed Kansas, 110-52, in the 1998 opener.) Isolating Final Four games, we find a pair of 34-point blowouts that took place in the national semifinal. According to Sagarin’s research, Germany’s win would be like a college basketball team lambasting an evenly matched opponent by 35.9 points.In terms of impressive victories, Germany’s romp ranks among the most notable blowouts across sports more familiar to fans in the United States. A 7-1 win might not seem all that uncommon to baseball fans, so it might help to think of it as the equivalent of a 47-point NFL road playoff victory, or a 40-point win on the road in an NBA playoff game. It wasn’t something you see every day, especially considering it came on the cusp of the World Cup final. read more

Does Playing On Team USA Help NBA Players The Next Season

You’re the general manager of an NBA team, and come 2016, one of your star players wants to try out for Team USA. The squad just dominated the FIBA World Cup, he says, and he wants in on the next gold medal.What do you decide?One school of thought says that playing for Team USA will help a player’s NBA performance. Grantland’s Bill Simmons has cited Kevin Durant’s 2010 FIBA experience as a turning point in Durant’s career. Players have said they were “getting better while facing the best players in the world.” And others have described a confidence boost simply in being selected.On the other hand, some analysts, owners and players have expressed concern about giving up scarce summer rest to put on additional basketball miles, particularly for veterans coming off grueling June playoff runs. And what about injuries?The NBA first sent its players to compete in international play with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. NBA players have since competed in 10 biennial international tournaments (the NBA did not send pros to the 1998 FIBA World Championships due to a lockout). Let’s look at how those players performed in win shares (WS), win shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and player efficiency rating (PER) in the NBA season following their overseas experience (relative to their age-adjusted Simple Projection System estimates).The average change among all players was +1.6 percent in WS, +3.0 percent in WS/48 and -1.6 percent in PER. The results don’t seem to confirm nor deny the arguments for or against international participation.Breaking the results down by year, however, shows that some tournaments may have provided a larger performance boost than others.So, what happened to the gold-winning 2010 squad that competed in Turkey? Tyson Chandler had a monster 2010-11 year for a championship-winning team after coming off an injury-plagued previous two seasons. Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love and Lamar Odom also made huge strides. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook emerged as an All-Star, and Derrick Rose broke out to win the league MVP. (Durant was one of only two players from the 2010 squad to have a lesser-than-expected 2010-11 season.)What has caused the recent post-Team USA boost? Well, it could just be noise. But it’s worth noting that Mike Krzyzewski took over as coach in 2006, and his training may have helped spur the rate of improvement. Interestingly, the only years Team USA failed to take gold (2002, 2004 and 2006) are the years players performed worse in the following NBA season (excluding the original 1992 squad). This may be due to Team USA management selecting more of an “All-Star team” during those years, with many perennial All-Stars already at their peaks.When Jerry Colangelo took over as director of USA Basketball in 2005, he demanded more long-term commitments from players (but this requirement didn’t make the team younger; although older players largely made up the 1990s Dream Teams, the average age of Team USA declined in the early 2000s and has remained fairly constant between 24 and 26 since then).Assuming the average boost continues after the 2014 FIBA World Cup, here’s how Team USA players are expected to perform in the next NBA season.Of course, there are a few limitations to this analysis. First, Team USA members aren’t randomly selected, and it may be that the coaching staff now picks players they deem to be on the rise. It’s also worth noting that the Simple Projection System is a metric designed for use on the average NBA player, so it may need tweaking when applied to the stars of Team USA. Also, the system is probably too conservative about adjusting for a player’s age.Still, it appears instruction from Coach K and training and playing with peers atop the basketball universe may have positive, long-lasting effects. That may be reason for NBA teams to think twice before holding players out from international competitions. read more

March Madness UK UConn Ready to Vie For National

En route to tonight’s NCAA Tournament championship game, Connecticut, under second-year coach Kevin Ollie, knocked off the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds and then conquered the No. 1-ranked and favorite to win it all in Florida to get to face Kentucky for the title at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas.The Wildcats’ ride to the penultimate game was just as compelling and unlikely. Starting five freshman, UK, a No. 8 seed, knocked off Wichita State,  defending-champion Louisville and Michigan to make the Final Four and then took out No. 2 Wisconsin–the last three wins, remarkably, all on last-second three-point jump shots by guard Aaron Harrison.And so, there they are: two teams hardly anyone expected vying for college basketball’s top prize.Kentucky will again play without one of its key assets. Willie Cauley-Stein, the  sophomore center, called it ”heartbreaking” that he would have to watch the championship game from the bench. He hurt his right ankle in his NCAA tournament opener against Kansas State, played with pain in a victory over Wichita State and then aggravated the injury against Louisville.He did not play in a regional final victory over Michigan, and was forced to be a cheerleader for a dramatic 74-73 victory over the Badgers on Saturday night.The 7-foot sophomore said earlier in the week, ”Don’t count me out,” when asked whether he might play at some point during the Final Four. But even after he discarded the walking boot that doctors ordered him to wear, the ankle has never felt good enough to get on the floor.”That’s the only thing I can really do is encourage the team to stay positive,” Cauley-Stein said. ”Even though I can’t play, you know, I still serve a purpose of uplifting people and staying in people’s ear and cheering and stuff like that.”The matchup between small but dynamic UConn backcourt of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright against the larger and controlled twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison promises to be a battle worth watching and could determine who leaves as champions. read more

Ohio State womens soccer dominates but cant find the net against Northwestern

OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team responded to the offensive challenge the Northwestern Wildcats’ offense presented with a thrilling match, but a disappointing finish Saturday night.The game ended in a 0-0 tie, after an overtime period, making the Buckeyes 7-4-2 (1-2-2 Big Ten); Northwestern 10-1-1 (3-1-1 Big Ten).The Buckeyes’ defense stifled Northwestern potent strikers, but the biggest impact of the game came out of a strong and dominating offensive attack from the Scarlet and Gray.  In an attack that included 28 total shots and 17 corner kicks, the Buckeyes’ offense was relentless towards the strong Northwestern back line of defenders.  With such high offensive statistics, there was a frustration when it came to the lack of scoring.  “I don’t know another sport where you can dominate an opponent as much as we did tonight and not find a way to get the result,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. “Obviously we feel good about our effort. We feel good about how much we dominated against Northwestern but we’re very disappointed that we couldn’t figure out how to put the ball in the rectangle, so that’s a bit frustrating.”At the beginning of the tightly contested overtime period, redshirt senior defender Morgan Wolcott had an opportunity from a cross into the goalkeeper’s box, deflecting off the left post opposite the goal in what could have given the Buckeyes the lead.  “I thought it was going to bounce the other way off the post but it didn’t and then after that I thought we were going to get another opportunity,” Wolcott said.  “But they were quick getting to the ball and getting it out, unfortunately.”The motivation for tonight’s strong play came from last week’s 3-0 victory over Iowa, along with the desire to record another conference win.  “I think this week, after coming off the win on Sunday, we wanted to get this win again here,” Wolcott said. “We definitely dominated the game here. They’re a good team, and we really came out today.”OSU’s defense made a statement, holding Northwestern to a total of 9 shots and three corners.  Senior defender Nicole Miyashiro emphasized the team’s domination while looking ahead to next week’s matchup, using the strong defensive play as motivation. “We’re frustrated but we’re going to take this momentum into Maryland,” Miyashiro said.  “I think it’s a really good build up for us into that game and also just for the defense to get a shutout, that really helps us a lot.”Miyashiro’s personal connection with Northwestern midfielder Kassidy Gorman created a fun and competitive twist to tonight’s game. “That 10 minutes we had against each other, it was so fun,” Miyashiro said.  “There was (a moment) over here (left side of field by the goal) where we were going against each other and she was dribbling, and I slid and kicked it out and there’s really no better feeling than that.”OSU hopes to learn from tonight’s offensive domination, using the scoreless draw as motivation for their road trip to Maryland.  “Some of it’s just repetition.  We have players that are capable of finishing a game at any time,” Walker said. “For whatever reason it just didn’t happen tonight.” read more

Ohio State inks Cincinnati lineman

The Buckeyes added a tenacious offensive lineman to their roster.Andrew Norwell, a Cincinnati native out of Anderson High School, is the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country according to   Norwell committed to the Buckeyes more than a year ago, but knew long before that he was born a Buckeye.At Anderson, he led the Redskins to the 2007 Division II State Title. The following season, the Redskins were Division II State runner-ups.“Norwell is the kind of player who always puts the team first,” Redskins coach Jeff Giesting said.  Norwell is an All-Ohio lineman and earned first-team All-State, All-Southwest and All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors.  However, the biggest honor he received came during his senior season, he said, when he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Norwell wasn’t able to play in the bowl and hasn’t seen the field since early September due to a season-ending injury.  Norwell broke his left tibia in a game against Columbus DeSales and underwent surgery just three days later. Since then, Norwell has been dedicated to getting to the weight room and keeping up with physical therapy.Doctors, coaches and Norwell agree: There is no question he will be ready in the fall.  Norwell has an immense amount of versatility in respect to his position. He is the “kind of player coaches dream about,”’s Dave Berk wrote.He has the potential to gain speed, flexibility and, yes, even size. Norwell stands at 6-feet-7-inches and 275 pounds, but his frame stands to gain at least another 20 pounds.“I think I’ll be better at about 300 pounds,” Norwell said.  Norwell’s long arms hold defenders off and his pure size drives defenders to the turf. He’s a big guy in an even bigger family. Norwell is the youngest of four sisters and two brothers.“My family is my biggest support system,” Norwell said.Athleticism is in the family; his brother Adam played basketball at Northern Kentucky and his brother Chris played football in the Big Ten for Illinois.Norwell had offers on the table from the University of Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame and Stanford.“I chose Ohio State because it’s a prestigious school,” Norwell said.  OSU is also only two hours from his hometown, an easy trip for family to make, Norwell said.  It isn’t set in stone as to how much Norwell will see the field in 2010. He could redshirt until he puts on the weight and adjusts, but Buckeye fans may see him sooner than expected. Buckeye offensive linemen Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams and Marcus Hall all received playing time as freshmen.Whether he makes an immediate impact or holds off into his second and third seasons, this high-caliber lineman should be a valuable asset to the Buckeye line. read more

Clippers Gimenez ready for Indians callup

At the Class AAA level in baseball, lineups can change significantly from one day to the next depending on what is happening with the parent organization. The Cleveland Indians have run into injuries at the beginning of 2010 that have forced them to call up a lot of the talent from the Columbus Clippers. An injury at the major-league level can quickly shift lineups throughout the whole farm system because when one player gets called up, there are players that are called up to replace him at each level of the farm system. When these circumstances arise, a utility player can be a savior. A utility player generally can play multiple positions on the field. Chris Gimenez has shown to be useful at several positions in 2010 for the Clippers. “Chris just has the versatility where he can play outfield, he can play first base, he can play third base and he can play wherever he is needed,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He did that his first few years in the minor leagues and then we moved him to catcher, which really helped his value. But where we are now, he just moves all around.”A lack of offensive production from the Indians’ catcher position has fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.If Santana leaves, it looks like Gimenez will be the Clippers catcher. “He’s our backup catcher,” Sarbaugh said. “He started the year catching here last year also.” Damaso Espino was the backup catcher for the Clippers for part of 2010, but was sent to the Class AA Akron Aeros. Espino played great defensively, but didn’t offer the offensive production that Gimenez brings. Gimenez has a .289 batting average with 20 RBIs and six home runs. He is among the top five on the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Santana gets called up to the Indians, they may send catchers Mike Redmond or Lou Marson to the Clippers. Otherwise, the Clippers may bring back Espino to be the backup catcher. read more

Ohio State field hockey advances to semifinals of Big Ten Tournament with

Senior midfielder Arielle Cowie (24) advances the ball during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern Nov. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team kept its dreams of a Big Ten Tournament title alive Thursday, defeating second-seeded No. 13 Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round of action at Buckeye Varsity Field.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the tournament Friday to take on third-seeded Michigan State.Three different players scored for OSU, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Wildcats closed the gap with two goals within five minutes of each other. Second team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Peanut Johnson recorded the only score in the first half, followed by goals from freshman forward Brooke Hiltz and fellow second-teamer senior midfielder Mona Frommhold after the break.Despite two late goals by Northwestern, the Buckeyes managed to hold on for the remainder of the match for their first win against a Big Ten opponent this season.Coach Anne Wilkinson said her team was successful because of its chemistry on the field.“What really made the difference was that we played as a team and worked together,” Wilkinson said. “We executed our opportunities when we had the chance (and) we were able to put the ball away.”After Northwestern’s back-to-back goals, Wilkinson called timeout to allow her team to regroup.“I said, ‘Stay within our game plan and do what we do. Take care of it, recognize they are going to be putting more people up on attack so our forwards are going to have to find ways to win possessions and work with the clock,’” Wilkinson said.Johnson said after the first two goals, she was confident OSU could pull off the upset.“It felt amazing. Once we had a goal or two, we realized it was in our favor and we just had to work to keep it,” Johnson said. “It’s been kind of rare this season when it’s been in our favor so it was a great feeling.”Hiltz echoed Johnson, and said the Buckeyes rallied together after their second goal to secure the victory.“I was freaking out,” Hiltz said. “I think it really hit me that we’re going to do this and we’re going to make this happen no matter what we have to do. We all just pulled together really well as a team and we did what we had to do.”Johnson said the team isn’t ready for the season to be over and the game was proof of that.“We all just realized we didn’t want the season to end. It’s a great team dynamic so we are going to do everything we can to keep going,” Johnson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Friday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 26 Michigan State. Top-seeded Penn State is set to take on fifth-seeded Iowa first at 10 a.m. in the other semifinal match. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State and coach Chris Holtmann have not seriously considered

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basketball against a Connecticut defender in a game on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorWhen new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann was asked by a fan at a Tuesday evening season ticket-holder event whether former guard JaQuan Lyle might return to the Buckeyes, he joked that he shouldn’t have said no questions would be off-limits.Even though the Buckeyes lack depth, especially at guard, a return of Lyle, who quit the team April 11, seems unlikely.“That’s not something that we have seriously considered at this point,” Holtmann said.On May 13, Lyle was arrested in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, and charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct after an incident at Piston’s Bar & Grill. Later that day, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed that Lyle quit the team over a month prior.Former coach Thad Matta was fired June 5 and the Holtmann regime officially began June 9, so the new Buckeyes head coach has never coached Lyle. Because their time doesn’t overlap, he said he has involved the current team, who has played with and interacted with Lyle on a day-to-day basis, to have input on his situation.“We’ve also involved our entire team in some of those decisions that were made,” Holtmann said. “Obviously they were here and I wasn’t.”With the recent addition of graduate transfer Andrew Dakich, Ohio State will enter the 2017-18 season with five guards on scholarship – redshirt senior Kam Williams, junior C.J. Jackson, junior Joey Lane, freshman Musa Jallow and Dakich.Last season, as a sophomore, Lyle played in 31 games, averaging 11.4 points per contest and led the Buckeyes with 142 assists. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State ends season with 7161 loss to Morehead State

Ohio State freshman guard Janai Crooms (3) dribbles the ball up court in the first half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten) lost in the first round of the WNIT tournament 71-61 to  Morehead State (23-10, 13-5 Ohio Valley) 71-61. In their second appearance in the WNIT in program history, the Buckeyes struggled to keep up with the Eagles, who outscored Ohio State 46-30 in the second half.Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz led the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds, notching her 12th double double of the season right before rolling her ankle and leaving the court late in the fourth quarter.Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman, usually averaging 7.8 points per game, only added two points in 19 minutes of playing time, making 1-of-4 from the field. “It was definitely a tough game to go out to, I think that was a pretty bad game for us,” Waterman said. The Buckeyes tried to play catch up in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles 3-point shooting seemed to be unstoppable, making 7-of-14 in the second half. Morehead State started the game hot, coming out to a quick 10-4 lead. However, after a timeout, the Buckeyes answered with an 11-0 run.“I thought in the first half we had a chance to stretch out the lead and really impose our will on the game,”Ohio State  head coach Kevin McGuff said. The first half was the story of turnovers for both the Buckeyes and the Eagles. Both teams had nine turnovers by the end of the half. The Buckeyes made the most out of those turnovers, making 11 points off of turnovers while the Eagles only had five. After a 3-point make by freshman guard Janai Crooms, the Buckeyes took the lead and held it out until the end of the first half, leaving with a 31-25 lead. But Morehead State answered with three 3-point shots late in the third quarter by redshirt junior guard Aliyah Jeune that left the Eagles bench electrified with excitement and gave them back in the lead 48-45. Crooms finished the game with 13 points, making 5-of-10 from the field, but recorded eight of Ohio State’s 17  turnovers in the 10-point loss. Holding a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Morehead State outscored Ohio State 23-14 in the fourth quarter, leading to a 10-point victory for the Eagles. In the second half, Ohio State shot 40 percent from the field, but made 2-of-10 from deep. In what ended Ohio State’s season, McGuff said his team did not play consistently enough to sustain the first-half lead or even stretch it out. “We weren’t the more physical team and we were going to need to be that to win tonight and we weren’t,” McGuff said. read more

UK weather Met Office issues series of heatwave warnings for midweek sizzler

first_imgThe heat has prompted Public Health England to urge people to take extra care during the hot days and warm nights.Dr Thom Waite, public health medicine consultant, said: “Now the heatwave has arrived, people will likely be out and about more enjoying the summer sun.”That’s why it’s really important to remember that there are some people whose health suffers in hot weather.”Older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children may all feel the ill-effects of heat over the coming days.”We’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at-risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any help.”Dr Waite said the hot weather can “put extra strain on bodies” and urged people to “stay hydrated” during the hot spell. Good Morning. Mostly dry with sunny spells. Hot in the southeast. ^Rebecca— Met Office (@metoffice) 24 August 2016 A boy jumps into the River Thames at Henley as temperatures soarCredit:Carl Court/Getty Top PHE tips to keep cool include closing curtains, keeping out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, wearing loose fitting cotton clothes and applying suncream.As well as looking out for others during the heatwave, the body advised to not leave anyone or animals in a closed, parked vehicle. Sunseekers take it easy on the coast at Llandudno in Wales The heat prompted health experts to urge people to take extra care, with temperatures tipped to rise even further after highs of 31C on Tuesday caused by “warm air pushing up from the continent”.While the heatwave conditions are not set to last beyond Thursday morning, the Bank Holiday weekend is unlikely to be a washout.Forecasters at the Meteogroup said Friday will be largely dry for most areas, with plenty of sunshine and it will stay “fairly warm” in the south east.  Britons have been urged to take extra care in the rising temperatures as a two-day heatwave causes large parts of the country to sizzle.With the mercury expected to hit up to 32C (89.6F) on Wednesday, Public Health England has warned the most vulnerable – including older people, young children and babies – could be at risk.The Met Office has issued a level three heatwave action alert for eastern England, London and the south east – triggered when threshold temperatures have been reached for one day and the night. A boy jumps into the River Thames at Henley as temperatures soar Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples said the temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be the highest in East Anglia and down to London.On Tuesday, temperatures hit 29.7C (85.5F) in St James Park and 30C in Gravesend, Kent. The Met Office said the highest temperature of 31C (87.8F) was recorded in Cambridge.Ms Sharples said humid nights can also be expected – with London and the South East unlikely to drop below 20C (68F) on Wednesday.”Parts of northern and central England, Wales – will be a lot cloudier, and as a result a bit cooler with temperatures in the low 20s on Wednesday,” she added.”Whereas East Anglia and the south east again look like having a largely sunny day and quite warm again so we will be looking at similar temperatures.” A man paddles on a surfboard at Henley-on-ThamesCredit:Carl Court/Getty The alert means there is a 90 per cent chance the maximum threshold temperature for the region – 30C (86F) in the east, 32C (89.6F) for London and 31C (87.8F) for the south east – will also be met on Wednesday.A level two alert has been issued for the East Midlands – meaning there is a 60 per cent chance the maximum threshold temperature of 30C (86F) could be met. However, scattered showers are likely in north west Scotland. On Saturday, showery, heavy rain is expected in north Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England that will spread into Scotland. The Meteogroup said it will be mostly dry elsewhere, before turning “very warm” in the south once more.  Sunseekers take it easy on the coast at Llandudno in WalesCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A man paddles on a surfboard at Henley-on-Thames 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

Arrival of Asian hornets to UK mainland poses huge threat to honeybees

first_imgAsian hornet identified in Gloucestershire. Species poses no greater human health risk than native bees— Defra UK (@DefraGovUK) September 20, 2016 She said: “The hornets hover outside the entrance to the bee hives and as the bees fly out, they kill them by biting off their heads. When enough bees are dead they invade through the entrance of the hive and take the honey. They also eat the baby larvae of the bees too.”Paul Hetherington, the director of communications for Buglife, told The Telegraph the arrival of the Asian hornet was “a huge concern because our native bees are already under a huge amount of stress and threat – so for some rarer species, this could push them over the tipping point”.He added: “With our bees already in crisis, we could really do without further threats to them.”Experts working in the Tetbury area have refused to disclose exactly where the Asian hornet was found, for fear of members of the public getting in the way of bee unit inspectors.A spokesman for the National Bee Unit said: “We don’t want to say where it was found to ensure that staff can carry out investigation work without disruption. Asian hornets arrived in France in 2004 and are now common across large areas of Europe Asian hornets arrived in France in 2004 and are now common across large areas of EuropeCredit: AFP/Getty Images Specialist hornet squads equipped with infra-red cameras and special pesticides have also been sent to the area.Bee keepers at the Highgrove estate said yesterday (TUE) they would be on high alert for the hornets after confirming the Prince of Wales’ hives fell within the zone.A spokeswoman for Clarence House said staff at the Highgrove estate – which makes its own runny honey – would take part in the bee unit’s inspection.She added: “The Highgrove estate is within the surveillance zone for Asian hornets, and so will be subject to the same inspection as anywhere else in the zone.”She said none had yet been found on the estate.Produced on the Prince of Wales’ Duchy Home Farm, the £5.50 Highgrove honey is described as having “an exquisite floral flavour” and is made by bees that forage pollen from hedgerows and orchards on the estate and the surrounding countryside.The hornet found in Tetbury is currently undergoing DNA testing at the National Bee Unit in North Yorkshire to help establish how it arrived in the UK. Asian hornets pose no greater risk to human health than beesCredit: Jean Haxaire/Defra/PA  Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) are now common across Europe after being accidentally introduced to France in 2004 in a shipment of pottery from China.In the summer, the non-native species was discovered in the Channel Islands of Jersey and Alderney for the first time.Though it is believed the species will not be able to survive in the north of the UK due to colder winters.While Asian hornets pose a risk to people with severe allergic reactions and have already resulted in six deaths in France, a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the insect’s sting pose no more risk than a British bee.Nicola Spence, Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health at Defra, said: “We have been anticipating the arrival of the Asian hornet for some years and have a well-established protocol in place to eradicate them and control any potential spread.“It is important to remember they pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, though we recognise the damage they cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to identify and destroy any nests.“We remain vigilant across the country, working closely with the National Bee Unit and their nationwide network of bee inspectors.”Diane Roberts, the press officer for the British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA) said the hornets were carnivores but, like wasps, are attracted to sweet things too. Asian hornets pose no greater risk to human health than bees Prince Charles’ beloved bee collection is under threat after a foreign species of hornet was spotted a few miles away from his private estate.The predatory Asian hornet – which attacks bees by decapitating them – was found by a member of public in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire on Saturday.A National Bee Unit inspector was dispatched to collect the dead hornet and take it away for further testing where it was confirmed as the first ever UK sighting.The “voracious predator”, which hunts and kills bees, could drive many native British bees to extinctions, experts have said.In efforts to combat the spread of the invasive hornet, a three-mile surveillance zone has now been set up and work is underway to identify and destroy any nests. “They will obviously walk around but they will also be using traps.“It is too early to say the threat that they could have to biodiversity. Their key threat is to the honey bee.”The sighting of the Asian hornet comes as reports suggest Britain’s bee population has fallen by a third since 2007.There are now just 25 native species of honey bee in the UK and numbers may be as low as 50,000 at the height of summer.The sudden drop in honeybee numbers had been blamed on a combination of intensive farming methods that use more pesticides and disease.Identifying an Asian hornetVespa velutina queens are up to 3cm (1.2in) in length; workers up to 2.5cm (1in)Entirely dark brown or black velvety body, bordered with a fine yellow bandOnly one band on the abdomen: fourth abdominal segment almost entirely yellow/orangeLegs brown with yellow endsHead is black with an orange-yellow faceThey are active mostly between April and NovemberThey only fly during daytime hours, unlike the European species. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Horse put down after being terrified by fireworks

first_imgA woman is calling for the sale of fireworks to be more tightly restricted after an unofficial display caused her horse to panic, injuring itself so severely it had to be put down.Nelly Shell, 27, of Seahouses, Northumberland, received a phone call from a friend on Sunday morning last week telling her that her horse, a 12-year-old thoroughbred named Boy, had sustained deep cuts to his legs.He had become spooked after fireworks were set off from the garden of a holiday home close to the rented field where Ms Shell kept the animal.The horse, in panic, ran into a barbed wire fence, severing a tendon and damaging his canon bone. Speaking to ITV News she added: “If you are going to set fireworks off then please tell people nearby. If I’d known, I would have moved Boy to another field.“It’s not just horses, it’s all animals, including sheep and cows in rural areas. I am trying to track whoever is responsible down, so I can explain the dangers to them. I would hate this to happen to someone else’s pet.”She is now urging people to sign a petition calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public, allowing with only approved organised displays to go ahead in future. Nelly and BoyCredit:Nelly Shell/Facebook Nelly and Boycenter_img Ms Shell told ITV News: “I called a vet straight away but he said Boy had been very badly hurt. I was devastated.“I’d had him for two and a half years, and nothing like this had ever happened before. He was never any trouble.“Boy has clearly become frightened and he has tried to get away from the noise, and in his attempt to escape cut himself on the barbed wire.”The vet told Ms Shell that, with no hope of recovery, Boy would have to be put down. In a Facebook post she wrote: “I am absolutely heartbroken as this could have been avoided if people didn’t feel the need to set fireworks off right next to their field.“Money was no object and if he could of been saved believe me he would have been! He was loved unbelievably.” 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

Motherofthree walks free after being accused of lacing husbands chilli with drugs

first_imgDuring the trial, her barrister Derek Barry accused Mr Maasdorp of “putting a very small amount of medication into your own chilli to make a false allegation against Roberta”.  Roberta MaasdorpCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED Roberta Maasdorp, who is accused of lacing her husband Peter Maasdorp's chilli con carne with a cocktail of drugs  Roberta Maasdorp A mother-of-three was found not guilty of slipping a cocktail of drugs into her husband’s chilli con carne after he threatened to file for divorce.A jury at Croydon Crown Court took less than 40 minutes to clear Roberta Maasdorp of administering a poison with intent.  The alleged incident took place on August 11 2015, when her husband Peter arrived home from his shift at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, at 10pm. He claimed: “When I took a mouthful of the food, there was quite a distinct chemical taste to the food, it was chilli con carne that evening that was prepared by Roberta,” he said. “It had a very acidic taste to it, very chemical. “I spat the food out on to the plate that I had with me, then went to the bathroom to go and wash my mouth out.”Mr Maasdorp had been questioned by police about allegations that he had assaulted his wife on the day before the alleged poisoning, but this was dropped when he said he had been on a training course that day, the court heard. John Evison, prosecuting, told Croydon Crown Court that Mrs Maasdorp had told police her husband had added the drugs to the food himself in order to frame her. “She accepted she had made the chilli con carne and bought the ingredients, but denied lacing the food with drugs,” he said.  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. Mrs Maasdorp claimed her husband was angry because she had reported him to the police the day before for assaulting her. “He had the motive – revenge – for having to go to the police station”, said Mr Barry. “And he would have had access to his wife’s drugs.”Mrs Maasdorp later told police that she did not trust her husband.“I’ve been away for a few days because I am scared for my safety,” she said. Following the acquittal, Recorder Simon Sterling refused to make a restraining order preventing Mrs Maasdorp from going to the family home unless he was given more evidence that it was necessary. She has now moved out to Forest Hill and her husband has custody of their two younger daughters, the court heard. Mrs Maasdorp denied and was found not guilty of administering a poison with intent.   Roberta Maasdorp was found not guilty by a juryCredit:TIM STEWART NEWSlast_img read more

Queens attempt to make Balmoral go green is blocked because of red

first_imgThe Queen’s attempt to improve the green credentials of Balmoral, her Scottish estate, has been stopped over concerns the plans are too noisy for red squirrels.The Cairngorms National Park Authority, which is responsible for planning in the area, has called in a plan by the estate to create a new hydroelectric scheme. It wants to build a turbine to generate power worth up to £650,000 a year from the River Muick, which runs through the property.But objectors claim the project would be too noisy for wildlife in the area, including badgers, red squirrels and otters.The decision is a setback for the estate, where the Queen spends her summer holidays.It has offered to restrict workers’ hours on the protected site to avoid disturbing otters in the early morning and late at night.Construction work would last two years and involve the installation of a 30ft salmon ladder to enable the fish to swim upstream. “The scheme comprises the construction of a buried pipeline approximately 3km long, a semi-buried powerhouse and a pipe and channel returning water to the river.” The application, submitted by Richard Gledson, factor of the 55,000-acre estate, states: “Balmoral Estates has already developed a hydro scheme on the Gelder Burn, which was commissioned in 2014. “Following on the success of this project, and with a view to increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of Balmoral Estates, a study was carried out in 2013 into the potential for additional hydro generation.” Any surplus electricity could be sold to the national grid.Last year, Prince Charles backed a UK Government initiative to sterilise grey squirrels in order to protect the native red squirrels. Balmoral also runs wildlife safaris, costing £60 per person, and lists the species regularly encountered as red squirrels, birds of prey, red deer, red grouse, black grouse, snow bunting and salmon. Other green initiatives include a part-organic garden, overseen by the Prince, and solar panels on a cottage built by Queen Victoria for her servant John Brown.A working estate, where deer stalking, grouse shooting, forestry and farming are carried out, its environmental policy states that it is committed to “operating the estate in an environmentally sustainable manner”. The Queen spends parts of the summer at the estate in ScotlandCredit:David Cheskin – WPA Pool/Getty Images Objectors to the plan say it will be too noisy for red squirrels and other animalsCredit:Westend61/Getty Images Contributorcenter_img Objectors to the plan say it will be too noisy for red squirrels and other animals The Queen spends parts of the summer at the estate in Scotland A report by the authority said the proposal for a “run of river” hydro scheme raised issues of significance “to the collective aims of the national park”. It will now be held up while further investigations are carried out.It added: “This application seeks permission for the installation of 2MW hydroelectric scheme on the River Muick, approximately 7km to the south-west of Ballater.last_img read more

Two dead after car driven on wrong side of motorway on M62

first_imgTwo men have died in a collision after a car was driven on the wrong side of the motorway, West Yorkshire Police said.Officers were called at around 2.34am to reports there was a vehicle driving eastbound on the westbound carriageway of the M62 near to junction 26 at Huddersfield, the force said.A spokesman said they were called again shortly after and told there had been a two-vehicle crash.”Officers have responded and located the two vehicles. Two males in one of the vehicles, which is a white Skoda, were declared deceased at the scene,” he said.”A male, believed to be the driver of the second vehicle involved which is a black Vauxhall Insignia, was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.”He also failed a roadside breath test … the major roadside collision team are continuing the investigation.”The force said the two men killed in the collision were 34 and 37, and that the 22-year-old man who was arrested is currently being questioned by officers. 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

Men going vegan is a sign theyve hit midlife crisis study finds

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. Jake Williams, Lifestyle Health Adviser at Bupa Health Clinics, said: “Entering a new decade is one of many triggers that can prompt us to think about our health.”In our clinics, we often see customers coming in for a general health check shortly before, or after turning, an age ending with a zero.” Going vegan and signing up for a ‘Tough Mudder’ is the new midlife crisis, according to men.The study, by Bupa Health Clinics, found turning 40 or 50 pushes many people into crisis, prompting us to make doctor’s appointments and changes in diet, with 53 per cent cutting down on alcohol or giving up completely.But for men, it is no longer buying a sports car. Instead the key sign of hitting a midlife turning point is opting to become a vegan (24 per cent) and signing up to a competitive event (31 per cent), such as a marathon.Some 6 per cent also confess they are keen to get fitter because they “have a younger partner”.The study of 3,000 adults found half (47 per cent) of Brits feel considerably older and began worrying about their health after turning 30, 40 or 50 – but women tend to feel the impact sooner than men. They typically take stock of their health when they reach 30, while men are more likely to make health and lifestyle resolutions at 40.Half of women have quickly signed up to a gym or hired a personal trainer in the aftermath of a landmark birthday, and 67 per cent adopted a new “healthy eating plan”. read more

Glenda Jackson revisits Mary Queen of Scots drama as forgotten Hollywood script

“Both of their lives, and the responsibilities that landed on their shoulders, were extraordinarily dramatic. But I think we tend to romanticise that period. If you actually look at the realities of life under the Tudors it was pretty horrendous unless you had a great deal of money and a great deal of influence,” she said.”We focus on the frocks, I think.”Jackson played the Tudor monarch a second time in 1971 in Elizabeth R, the acclaimed BBC series. She laments the fact that the corporation could not make a drama of that scale now.”It was all in-house at the BBC. Sets were made out of yoghurt pots and things like that. It was just amazing what they did. But all that has gone. There is no in-house creativity at the BBC, it’s all been siphoned off,” she said.The producers of the radio play, which will be broadcast on December 8, said Jackson was their first choice for the narrator’s role. Glenda Jackson with her radio co-star Ellie Bamber “Apart from Mary there are no other female characters of consequence in the script – she is utterly alone in this strange world of clans and conspiracies, so we felt that by casting a strong, authoritative woman as our narrator, we’d give Mary an ally.”Of course, Glenda was our very first thought, because she is such a powerful and distinctive actor, but also one with a history in politics we felt was highly relevant to this story.”Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MP. She won rave reviews for King Lear at the Old Vic and a Tony Award for Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women on Broadway.In March, she will reprise her King Lear in New York and, at 82, is undaunted by the gruelling nature of the role. Jackson will reprise her role in King Lear in New York at the age of 82 Glenda Jackson with her radio co-star Ellie BamberCredit:Hubert Cecil “I very rarely get offered anything that requires a camera, be it television or film. The ones that do come my way are not very interesting. It is just extraordinary that still the majority of creative contemporary writers do not find women to be the central dramatic engine.”Jackson said she is open to working with the likes of Netflix, although she has never used a streaming service herself. “I’d consider doing a big drama for anybody if it was good,” she told the Telegraph.At the suggestion she could follow in the footsteps of fellow Northerner Sir Ian McKellen and play a character in Coronation Street, Jackson said: That’s quite a compliment, because I think actors in things like Coronation Street are marvellous.”The life of Mary, Queen of Scots is a story she knows well, after playing Elizabeth I to Vanessa Redgrave’s Mary in the 1971 film. When Sir Ian McKellen played Lear in the West End last year, he took a nightly nap in his dressing room during the 45-minute period when the character is off-stage.”Good for him. I went out for a cigarette,” Jackson said of her own London run in the play.”When I did it at the Old Vic, I was very concerned beforehand that I didn’t have the physical or vocal energy for it so I swam, which is probably the most boring way to get yourself fit.”But there is such energy in that play that once it starts, it’s just amazing. It carries you along.”I remember when my father was ill once, I’m going back a long way now, he had retired and the doctor said, ‘The thing that makes people rust fastest is a comfortable chair.’ And I think that’s absolutely true.” Unmade Movies: Alex Mackendrick’s Mary Queen of Scots is on Saturday December 8 on Radio 4 at 2.30pm Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MP Jackson will reprise her role in King Lear in New York at the age of 82Credit:Chris J Ratclife/PA Jackson starred as Elizabeth I in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots with Vanessa Redgrave Jackson starred as Elizabeth I in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots with Vanessa RedgraveCredit:REX/Shutterstock When Glenda Jackson played Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots in 1971, she was at the peak of her screen career.Nearly half a century later, she is revisiting the story – but this time on radio because, in her words, “I very rarely get offered anything that requires a camera”.Jackson has been cast in the world premiere of the late Alexander Mackendrick’s Mary, Queen of Scots, a Hollywood screenplay that never was.Mackendrick, director of Sweet Smell of Success and The Ladykillers, spent years trying and failing to get the project off the ground in the 1950s and 1960s.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The script has now been adapted for Radio 4’s Unmade Movies series and will be heard next month for the first time, with Jackson as the narrator and Ellie Bamber playing the lead.”Radio is probably my favourite medium. I just think it’s a wonderful medium to act in. The BBC is what I listen to most,” said Jackson, who won an Oscar in 1971 for Women In Love and a second in 1974 for A Touch of Class. Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MPCredit:Jenny Anderson/Getty Images 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

Sons daughters dreamers victims The 10 teenage victims of Britains knife crime

Knife crime in the UK has been described as a national crisis. We are just a few days into March,  yet already  10 teenagers have been stabbed to death this year. A police leader says the situation is so bad that emergency stop-and-search powers should be introduced across the country. Fresh analysis of NHS data suggests there has been a 93 per cent rise in the number of children being treated for wounds caused by knives or other sharp objects over the past five years. The youngest to have been killed this year is Jaden Moodie, who was just 14 years old when he was stabbed on Jan 8th. Watch the video to see the stories of the 10 teenagers who have lost their lives to knife crime this 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. read more

Stroke rates rising among under 50s amid soaring obesity levels

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. Medics have raised concern about rising rates of strokes among younger age groups, fuelled by soaring obesity rates.Research by the University of Oxford shows that those aged between 35 to 54 are seeing a rise in the condition, which is falling in older age groups.The study found that in a decade, deaths from stroke have halved – largely thanks to advances in treatment of strokes.But the research shows the numbers suffering such the condition in their 30s, 40s and 50s has risen by a fifth over the same period.Experts said rising obesity levels – with two in three adults overweight or obese – were likely to be contributing to the trend.And they highlighted low take-up of NHS health checks among younger age groups, with just one in 10 of those in their 40s and 50s taking up the programme offered by GP surgeries.The study, published in the BMJ, involved data from almost 800,000 adults in England who were admitted to hospital with acute stroke or who died from a stroke between 2001 and 2010. Researchers said increasing use of cocaine among younger age groups could be contributing to the trend.Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for the NHS Health Check programme, part of Public Health England, said: “If you’re over 40, getting your free NHS Health Check will help you find out your risk of stroke and more importantly what you can do to lower it. It’s a simple check that could add years to your life. That’s why we need to encourage more people to make sure they get their check.“Every council has a duty to provide checks for people aged 40 to 74 years old and Public Health England is working hard to support them in delivering this world leading prevention programme.”  Vanessa Smith, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It’s really good news that stroke deaths are decreasing overall, and this is testament to improvements in care and pioneering medical research that has revolutionised treatments.“It’s alarming however to see that the number of younger people having strokes is on the rise. We should treat findings like these as a warning sign that we can’t get complacent, and more needs to be done to understand why we are seeing this trend.” Overall, death rates from the condition – which occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off – decreased by 55 per cent over the period.Across all age groups, the incidence of strokes also fell, by around one fifth.But among those aged 35 to 54 the opposite trend was seen, with rates rising by a fifth.Among men of this age, there were 49.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2010, compared with 40.1 cases per 100,000 in 2001, the study found.And among women, the number rose from 24.5 cases per 100,000 people to 30.4 cases per 100,000.”The increase in stroke event rates in young adults is a concern,” the authors said.”This suggests that stroke prevention needs to be strengthened to reduce the occurrence of stroke in people younger than 55 years.” read more