Month: September 2019

World Cup Crib Notes Day 6World Cup Crib Notes Day 6

The 2014 World Cup’s host country returns to action Tuesday, but we’ll be watching another game, in search of wunderkinds.Belgium vs. Algeria: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Mexico: 3 p.m. EDTRussia vs. South Korea: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHBefore we get into why Belgium and Algeria is our game to watch, we should note that we cheated a bit in our criteria for Tuesday’s pick. Typically we’ve taken the greatest harmonic mean between competing teams’ SPI scores, which — as of Monday night — would have put the Brazil versus Mexico match atop the list at 82.4. But we’ve already seen both Brazil and Mexico play in this tournament and their matchup is one-sided, with Brazil having an 86 percent chance of winning (Mexico’s is 3 percent). So instead we’ve chosen to watch one of this year’s dark horses, Belgium, in its tournament debut.Belgium currently has the eighth-best chance of winning this year’s tournament (a mere 1 percent chance, but still). It’s the only team in SPI’s top 10 that hasn’t played yet. Its opponent, Algeria, on the other hand, has the lowest SPI of any team in the tournament and likewise a less than 1 percent chance of winning it all. But we think Tuesday’s matchup will be much closer than anticipated — the projected goal differential between the two teams is only 1.2, compared to 2.6 in the Brazil and Mexico match.But what’s most exciting about Belgium (which returns to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the last two tournaments) is its youth: 23-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 21-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and 19-year-old Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj all have dazzled in the top leagues in Europe but have yet to play on the World Cup stage. Both Belgium and Algeria feature rosters with 10 players under the age of 25, but Belgium’s youngsters are some of international soccer’s most talented. Hazard averaged 0.4 goals per game with Chelsea this year, and Lukaku averaged 0.45 for Everton.Many analysts discount Belgium’s talent after it breezed through qualifiers against teams like Macedonia and Scotland, so Tuesday’s matchup against Algeria will be the first time we see what these kids are really capable of.YESTERDAYThird time’s a charm. The United States entered Monday’s match against Ghana aiming to avoid becoming the first country to lose to the same opponent in three consecutive World Cups.Punctuated by a quick Clint Dempsey goal, the U.S. had the best of the first 10 minutes, with 66 touches to Ghana’s 52, including a 30-13 advantage in the attacking half. But from the 11th minute onward, not so much. The final score — 2-1 United States — didn’t reflect it, but the U.S. spent most of the game on its heels.Here’s a couple stats:The U.S. ended the match with 88 touches in the defending penalty area, the most by any team thus far in the World Cup. U.S. Goalie Tim Howard ended as the team’s leader in touches with 61, as well as pass attempts with 49. The U.S. recorded 45 clearances as a team. It’s the most by any team in a World Cup match since at least the start of the 1966 World Cup, as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes.It was defender John Brooks, making his U.S. men’s national team debut, who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute, becoming the first substitute to score a goal for the U.S. in the World Cup. (At 21 years, 139 days old, Brooks is also the youngest player to score in this year’s tournament.)In the first match of the day, Germany became the first country to play in 100 World Cup matches, and in its 4-0 dismantling of Portugal was the first nation to score at least four goals in four straight openers.Germany had a slight possession advantage over Portugal, amassing 684 touches to Portugal’s 556, but had a big advantage where it counted; Germany had 24 touches in in the attacking penalty area compared to Portugal’s eight. Mario Gotze had more touches (nine) in the attacking penalty area than the entire Portuguese team. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo managed just one touch in the attacking penalty area.The star of the match was Germany’s Thomas Müller, who had his country’s first World Cup hat trick since Miroslav Klose in 2002. Müller made the most of his seven touches in the attacking penalty area, scoring on each of his three shots on target. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHAlgeria versus Belgium is the most mismatched pairing in Group H, with a 65 percent chance of Belgium winning and just a 12 percent chance that Algeria will claim victory. And this imbalance is no less true in the countries’ trade relationship, at least as far as diversity goes. According to OECD data, Belgian exports to Algeria in 2011 totaled $2.06 billion spread over a wide range of categories — the plurality of which were cars and car parts at 22 percent, closely followed by preserved milk at 21 percent. But flip the relationship around, and a whopping 92 percent of Algeria’s $3.45 billion in exports to Belgium consisted of crude petroleum.Mexico and Brazil, on the other hand, have a much more symmetrical trade relationship. On both sides, a majority of the exports was some type of machinery, which made up about 53 percent of Brazil’s exports (a well-spread mix of everything from cars to sewing machinery) and 58 percent of Mexico’s (of which cars made up a 46 percent plurality).Russia and Korea are another evenly matched trade duo, and the sectors even complement each other. Korea’s biggest export to Russia was machinery (mostly cars and car parts) at 55 percent, while Russia’s was — surprise, surprise — oil, at 60 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGThe U.S. Now Has a Better Shot at the World Cup, But Still Needs a Point Against PortugalWhy Isn’t the U.S. Men’s National Team Better at Soccer?A World Cup Fan’s Guide to Accepting Refereeing Decisions in Your FavorU.S. Soccer Fandom: The Investigation Continues read more

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With Atlanta Hawks A Prime Opportunity Opens For MuchNeededWith Atlanta Hawks A Prime Opportunity Opens For MuchNeeded

Dominique Wilkins, Hawks Hall of FamerFour months later, the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership alliance has decided to sell the team in its entirety and not piecemeal. This step opens the way to accept bids from individuals or groups interested in purchasing the franchise.About time.The real issue now is about who takes over this club that is about as viable as any other franchise in the city. That is to say, it’s a mediocre property, in one sense. In another sense, it’s a precious commodity in that there are only 30 teams in the NBA, and owning one is nice for the portfolio.Thirty teams and one majority Black owner—Michael Jordan. It’s time to increase that number, and the Hawks are the best place to start in the entire league, with its vast population of African-Americans who support the team so much that current majority owner Bruce Levenson revealed in emails his discontent with the lack of white people at home games. Seriously. This is the state of the team: Black people support a slightly above average product and the majority owner has a problem with it. Whatever happened to “the only color that matters is green” in business?Apparently, to Levenson, green means more when it comes from whites and not Blacks, and that’s why he needs to be run out of Atlanta on the next Megabus.The people responsible for accepting and approving bids should give special consideration to minorities in general, Blacks in particular. It would stand to reason that Black ownership would appreciate those who support a team that has been mediocre at best over the last two decades. A diversity specialist has been hired by the team, which is a decent start to addressing a big problem.Still, the ocean-wide gap of white men owning teams made up of mostly Black players has to be bridged, starting in Atlanta.And there are plenty of viable candidates, too. Dominique Wilkins, the team’s Hall of Famer who is the one tangible reminder of the successful years of the mid-1980s, surely is part of a group that will make a strong big.Wilkins has never received the respect he deserved from the organization. When he was a vice president, he was among the lowest paid in the NBA. When he was available to work out and share his knowledge with players, coaches mindlessly rebuffed the idea. Now he serves as a color analyst, probably to stay connected to the team.A Hawks owner would be an ideal scenario, however late, for Wilkins to take his proper place within the franchise.There also has been talk about Chris Webber working with a group to purchase the team and entertainers who will join or create a group to make bids.And there is a young businessman from Washington, DC, Darryl K. Washington, owner of DKW Communications, an IT company that has a gross annual backlog of more than $200 million in the past several years.Washington maintains a home in Atlanta and was in the hunt for the Washington Wizards when they went up for sale a few years ago. He’s the kind of young, fresh mind that wouldDarryl K. Washingtonbe committed to winning and creating a diverse working environment, an element desperately needed for a team where the majority owner sent out a racist email about too much Black involvement at games and the general manager (Danny Ferry) called a player of African descent (Luol Deng) a “liar and a cheat” because of his heritage.The Hawks are valued at about $425 million, according to Forbes magazine’s estimates from a year ago. The owners decided to go with Levenson and sell their portions of the team, no doubt a result of the Los Angeles Clippers being (over)sold for $2 billion after Donald Sterling was forced to sell his team following release of phone recordings of racist rants against Black people.The Hawks are not worth that much. But they merit ownership that represents the city, not the typical NBA ownership that represents a lack of diversity that has to be changed. read more

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We Have a 1 in 7419071319 Chance of Winning Buffetts BillionWe Have a 1 in 7419071319 Chance of Winning Buffetts Billion

373/22SyracuseOhio St.51.0%1 in 48,817 423/23KansasNew Mexico68.9%1 in 220,941 13/20Ohio St.Dayton75.3%1 in 1.3 303/21KentuckyKansas St.73.9%1 in 3,645 463/23Wichita St.Kentucky55.2%1 in 1,586,448 473/23CreightonBaylor56.4%1 in 2,812,735 583/29ArizonaCreighton69.2%1 in 454,867,222 433/23Iowa St.North Carolina52.0%1 in 425,213 243/21Oklahoma St.Gonzaga52.0%1 in 726 503/27CreightonWisconsin52.0%1 in 9,909,744 413/23VirginiaMemphis71.8%1 in 152,162 63/20OregonBYU64.7%1 in 6.0 213/21Tenn. / IowaMassachusetts67.6%1 in 308 123/20OklahomaN. Dakota St.63.8%1 in 28 543/28LouisvilleWichita St.67.3%1 in 52,420,618 493/27FloridaUCLA74.2%1 in 5,148,674 On Monday, my colleague Carl Bialik looked at the odds of taking $1 billion out of Warren Buffett’s wallet by completing a perfect NCAA tournament bracket.They’re not good.The simplest way to estimate your chances is by assuming that the outcome of each game is equivalent to a coin flip. There are 63 games in the tournament (the four “play-in” games aren’t included in Buffett’s challenge). What are the odds of having a fair coin come up heads 63 times in a row? Just one chance in 9,223,372,036,854,780,000 (one in 9.2 quintillion).But as Carl explains, this simple assumption isn’t a smart one. Many games have a clear favorite, and your odds of picking the winner are much better than even. What if you used the FiveThirtyEight interactive bracket to make your picks, choosing the favorite in each game?Rather than taking any statistical shortcuts, I calculated these odds for all 63 games. The model we use to create our bracket estimates the probability of any team defeating any other team in any given round.The first tip-off scheduled for Thursday pits Ohio State against intrastate rival Dayton. Ohio State has a 75 percent chance of winning, per our model. The next game is a gimme: Wisconsin has a 93 percent chance of beating American University.But it isn’t long before the road gets rougher. Cincinnati will play Harvard early on Thursday, and Harvard is much stronger than its #12 seed suggests. Cincinnati is a favorite, but only barely, with a 58 percent chance of winning.Another game, scheduled for Thursday evening, really is the equivalent of a coin flip: We list Texas as a 50.1 percent “favorite” to beat Arizona State. (You can see your odds of surviving each game in the table that accompanies this post.)You’ll have about a 1 in 85 chance of completing Thursday with a perfect bracket if you follow FiveThirtyEight’s recommendations.Things get much worse from there.As the tournament proceeds — and also-rans are eliminated from the field — the games become more competitive. On average, favorites in the first round have a 78 percent chance of winning. That probability drops to 68 percent for the second round and 61 percent for the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.By the time the national championship game is played, your odds of winning Buffett’s money are just 1 in 7.4 billion.So, you’re telling me there’s a chance? One chance in 7.4 billion is a lot better than one in 9.2 quintillion; it’s more than a billion times better. (CLICK-BAIT HEADLINE: HOW A BROOKLYN MOM BECAME A BILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY TO WIN WARREN BUFFETT’S MONEY.) It’s also toward the low end of the range of estimates that statisticians provided to Carl.Odds are that Buffett’s bracket isn’t worth your time, however. Having a 1-in-7.4 billion chance of winning a billion dollars is worth the equivalent of 14 cents. That’s before accounting for taxes — or for the possibility that the prize pool will be split among multiple winners. 143/20TexasArizona St.50.1%1 in 59 523/27ArizonaSan Diego St.72.7%1 in 21,722,064 183/21BaylorNebraska70.3%1 in 130 333/22VillanovaConnecticut63.6%1 in 8,107 73/20FloridaAlbany / MSM98.8%1 in 6.0 293/21VirginiaCoast. Carolina96.4%1 in 2,695 83/20Michigan St.Delaware91.2%1 in 6.6 233/21KansasE. Kentucky92.4%1 in 378 113/20Saint LouisNCSU / Xavier57.7%1 in 18 133/20VillanovaMilwaukee94.7%1 in 30 313/21Iowa St.N.C. Central81.2%1 in 4,487 173/21DukeMercer92.9%1 in 91 283/21VCUS.F. Austin76.4%1 in 2,598 GameDateFavoriteUnderdogWin %CumulativeProbability 93/20ConnecticutSt. Joseph’s67.3%1 in 9.8 263/21Wichita St.Cal Poly / Tx. So.97.9%1 in 1,349 163/20San Diego St.New Mexico St.74.5%1 in 85 323/21UCLATulsa87.1%1 in 5,153 343/22LouisvilleSaint Louis82.5%1 in 9,828 53/20SyracuseW. Michigan88.3%1 in 3.9 353/22WisconsinOregon74.0%1 in 13,290 403/22Michigan St.Cincinnati70.4%1 in 109,223 153/20LouisvilleManhattan93.1%1 in 63 193/21New MexicoStanford63.8%1 in 204 624/5LouisvilleArizona54.4%1 in 3,956,466,819 203/21ArizonaWeber St.97.8%1 in 209 103/20MichiganWofford95.4%1 in 10.3 614/5FloridaMichigan St.57.6%1 in 2,153,920,866 443/23UCLAVCU67.5%1 in 629,867 563/28DukeMichigan54.3%1 in 185,416,034 273/21North CarolinaProvidence68.0%1 in 1,985 23/20WisconsinAmerican U.92.8%1 in 1.4 573/29FloridaKansas58.9%1 in 314,845,275 533/28VillanovaIowa St.61.6%1 in 35,283,661 43/20CincinnatiHarvard58.0%1 in 3.4 513/27KansasSyracuse62.7%1 in 15,802,666 253/21MemphisGeorge Wash.55.0%1 in 1,321 223/21CreightonUL-Lafayette88.3%1 in 349 393/22MichiganTexas77.4%1 in 76,877 553/28Michigan St.Virginia52.1%1 in 100,626,657 453/23DukeTenn. / Iowa71.9%1 in 875,923 33/20PittsburghColorado72.4%1 in 2.0 363/22San Diego St.Oklahoma53.4%1 in 24,879 593/30Michigan St.Villanova54.6%1 in 832,622,741 603/30LouisvilleDuke67.1%1 in 1,241,647,122 383/22FloridaPittsburgh82.0%1 in 59,519 483/23ArizonaOklahoma St.73.6%1 in 3,819,148 634/7LouisvilleFlorida53.3%1 in 7,419,071,319 CORRECTION (March 18, 7:15 p.m.): My original version of this post listed incorrect opponents for games #47 and #48. These have now been corrected. However, my error also affected the overall odds of a perfect bracket (which were originally about 1 in 6 billion). Sorry, folks. read more

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Vlad Jr Is Here Its About TimeVlad Jr Is Here Its About Time

Widely considered the best prospect in baseball, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero — is expected to make his debut for the Blue Jays on Friday in Toronto against Oakland. The event will, at least for the moment, end talk of the Blue Jays suppressing his service time and turn attention to the arrival of one of the most precocious hitting talents of this century. An oblique strain this spring slowed his major league debut, but it was likely to be delayed anyway, given the way MLB clubs have been controlling players’ service time.1A player cannot become a major league free agent until he accrues six full years of service time. Counting off days and game days, there are generally 187 days on a major league calendar. A player needs to spend 172 days of those days on a major league roster to gain a year of service. Even after last season, when Guerrero Jr. became the first player to hit .400 or better at the Double-A or Triple-A level in more than a decade, the Blue Jays claimed this spring that he wasn’t ready for the major leagues.Guerrero’s .367/.424./.700 slash line in eight games this season in Triple-A seemed to give the Blue Jays a change of a heart, along with the fact that they control his bat through the 2025 season.2Fellow top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who broke camp with San Diego, is controlled through the 2024 season if he sticks in the majors. Now healthy and in the majors, the 20-year-old has superstar potential with an offensive profile that Baseball America claims is in the “mold of Manny Ramirez,” and the magazine says “it’s not out of the question that Guerrero could develop into an 80 hitter with 80 power.” An “80” scouting grade is rare, residing at the top of the 20-to-80 scouting scale.It’s not hyperbole to suggest that Guerrero Jr. is an incredibly rare talent. Since 2010, no teenager — and few players of any age, for that matter — did what he did in the upper levels of the minor leagues last season. The slugger had one of the highest marks ever in weighted runs created plus (wRC+) — a metric that measures offensive efficiency and accounts for a league’s run-scoring environment and ballparks. Games playedAt-batBatting AverageOn-base percentageSlugging percentageOPS In 61 games at Double-A New Hampshire last season, at age 19, Guerrero posted a 203 wRC+. Since 2010, Guerrero Jr. is one of only six minor leaguers with at least 200 plate appearances to reach a 200 wRC+ in the upper minor leagues, and he was the only player to do so as a teenager. Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton posted a 204 mark in Double-A in 2010 as a 20-year-old, and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant posted a 220 mark at age 22 in 2014 in Double-A.What’s also remarkable about Guerrero as a hitter is how much his minor-league track record resembles his father’s. Source: The Baseball CUBE Guerrero Sr.2851,055.343.404.581.985 Like father, like sonCareer minor league batting statistics before their major league debuts for Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and his son, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Even their swings are similar. Guerrero Jr.2881,075.331.413.531.944 We wrote earlier this spring that the sons of majors leaguers have an advantage over the general population in reaching the major leagues. While some of that advantage is tied to genetic gifts and financial means, mimicking elite athletic movement patterns from a young age is also thought to be crucial.The debut earlier this year of Fernando Tatis Jr. — son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis — set a record for the number of sons to debut in a decade (45), according to Baseball-Reference.com data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight. Guerrero Jr. makes it 46, and his former Triple-A teammates Cavan Biggio (son of Craig) and Bo Bichette (son of Dante) could soon increase the number.While Guerrero hits like his dad, he isn’t built like his dad. Vlad Sr. debuted as a lanky and athletic wunderkind, while his son’s weight is already a concern: He was measured this spring at 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds. Perhaps that will push Guerrero Jr. off of third base, but wherever he plays, the expectation is that he’ll hit for years to come.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Ohio State Athlete of the Week Womens soccer senior defender Lauren GranbergOhio State Athlete of the Week Womens soccer senior defender Lauren Granberg

Ohio State women’s soccer senior defender Lauren Granberg’s hat trick against Nebraska got her something extra in addition to helping the Buckeyes beat the Cornhuskers.After a three-goal effort against Nebraska on Sunday, Granberg was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week.Granberg, who shares the award with Minnesota sophomore forward Taylor Uhl, said she does not mind sharing the title with Uhl and is happy to be credited for her work on the field. Monday’s Big Ten Conference honor is the second of Granberg’s career.“It was still good to put in all that work and finally get some recognition, but obviously I’m excited and enthusiastic about it,” Granberg said. “I will still need to be levelheaded and grounded because the work’s not done yet.”Granberg’s honor is the fifth Big Ten award for the Buckeye team this season. Granberg said the number of awards the team has garnered indicates the team should not be sold short.“I think it just goes to show how hard our team is coming out to work this year and the expectations that we have for one another,” Granberg said. “Having that many awards for our team just shows that our team is not to be underestimated by any means.”The Canada native made Buckeye history on Sunday when the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska, 4-0. The three-goal outing marked the first hat trick of Granberg’s career, as well the 10th hat trick in OSU women’s soccer history.Granberg attributed her hat trick to the help of her teammates.“We focused as a team on shooting and combinational work with each other,” Granberg said. “I couldn’t have gotten any of those goals without my teammates and without their hard work.”Senior forward Tiffany Cameron assisted Granberg on two of the goals and said Granberg’s hard work is what helped her score on Sunday.“(Granberg) has been working really hard and came through for us last weekend when we needed her,” Cameron said. “She is really good at finding the ball and finding space.”Coach Lori Walker also attributed Granberg’s performance over the weekend to her work ethic and leadership.“No. 1, she is our captain …” Walker said. “She works so hard and covers a ton of ground.”Granberg said she is happy with her performance so far this season but she still has goals she wants to accomplish before her senior season is over.“I would love to hit double digits in goals and continue to give my team some assists,” Granberg said. “It would be absolutely amazing to see Tiffany Cameron break the record for goals scored and if I can have any part in that in helping her to achieve that goal along with my goal, that would definitely make me happy.”Granberg and the Buckeyes are scheduled to battle against Michigan on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer misses out on Big Ten Tournament after 20Ohio State womens soccer misses out on Big Ten Tournament after 20

Two second-half goals in a 12-minute stretch helped the No. 8 Michigan women’s soccer team defeat visiting Ohio State 2-0 Saturday night.The loss to the Wolverines will prevent the Buckeyes from getting a chance to defend their Big Ten Tournament championship next weekend in Champaign, Ill.The teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening half with the Buckeyes holding a 9-7 lead in shots. OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince had three of the five shots on goal late in the half.Michigan could not convert on their three corner kicks in the first half, but early in the second half their fortunes would change. Senior forward Shelby Chambers-Garcia found the back of the net off a corner kick from freshman forward Madisson Lewis, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.OSU would press to tie, but freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin saved shots on goal from senior defender Danica Wu and sophomore defender Marisa Wolf.A little more than a minute after Wolf’s shot, Michigan would add on to the lead as senior forward Nkem Ezurike outran the defense, and netted her 11th goal of the season to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.The Buckeyes would wind up with a total of 10 shots in the second half, but could not get past Bucklin, who finished the day with seven saves, improving her record to 15-2-1 on the season.OSU will have to wait and see if it gets a berth in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. read more

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Football Ohio State reportedly hires Alex Grinch to be codefensive coordinatorFootball Ohio State reportedly hires Alex Grinch to be codefensive coordinator

Former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Credit: Courtesy of Ezekiel Nelson | Daily EvergreenFormer Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will be joining Ohio State’s staff as the co-defensive coordinator alongside current defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported.Grinch will be the 10th assistant coach on the staff and will be the first co-defensive coordinator to work with Schiano since now-Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell in 2016. A rule allowing teams to add a 10th assistant coach to the staff was approved in April 2017. Teams will be able to add the additional assistant coach beginning Jan. 9.He previously served three seasons as defensive coordinator at Washington State since being hired in 2015. The Cougars allowed the 16th-fewest average yards per game (323.3) and were tied for 56th-fewest average points allowed per game (25.8). Grinch oversaw the improvement of a Washington State defense that ranked 114th in points allowed per game (38.6) in 2014, the year before he was hired.Ohio State declined to confirm the report.SOURCES: #WAZZU’s Alex Grinch is heading to #OhioState as the Buckeyes new Co-defensive coordinator. He did a phenomenal job in Pullman and the #MountUnion product is now heading home to work for OSU.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2018 read more

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Mens Basketball Kam Williams will play Thursday against Penn StateMens Basketball Kam Williams will play Thursday against Penn State

Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams (15) looks to drive in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will receive a boost to its bench when redshirt senior guard Kam Williams returns from his suspension Thursday against Penn State.Williams had missed the past three games for Ohio State. A reason was never provided as to why Williams was sitting out, but Holtmann said he did not travel for the Purdue game because he had to attend class and finish a project.“Kam is expected to play,” Holtmann said. “We had conversations and meetings that I’ll kind of leave private but he fulfilled those and I don’t know if I can necessarily be certain on what it’ll look like in terms of his role because we’ve played well here in this last stretch and he’ll have to earn his way back to whatever role gives our team the best chance of winning.”Despite Williams returning to the team, he is not expected to regain his starting spot with sophomore forward Andre Wesson projected to maintain the starting spot. In three starts in the lineup, Wesson has averaged 30.7 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Overall on the season, he averages 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.Williams is the fifth-leading scorer on the team, averaging 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Though Williams has been the more prolific offensive producer than Wesson this season, Wesson has received praise for his defensive ability and gives Ohio State a better defender in the starting five.The move of Williams to the bench gives the team a source of points on the bench, given that the sixth-best scorer on the team is sophomore center Micah Potter, who averages just 4.3 points per game.Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania, for a rematch with the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. Thursday. Penn State gave Ohio State its only conference loss of the season on Jan. 25. read more

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Jeremy Corbyn warned he is facing further warfare from moderate MPs inJeremy Corbyn warned he is facing further warfare from moderate MPs in

first_imgOne even suggested that moderate MPs were “gearing up for round three” – another leadership election – in a bid to unseat Mr Corbyn.Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith today, before heading to a crucial meeting of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee where is expected to battle attempts to bring back elections to the shadow Cabinet.Ms Flint said: “If Jeremy is re-elected, then MPs should actually be constructive and work hard to support the Labour front bench, but Jeremy also has to do some things as well.“I think he has to make sure that talk about deselecting MPs is stopped because that will only lead to warfare, not unity.”Mr Corbyn’s allies have repeatedly used the threat of deselection to force moderate MPs to pull their weight behind the leader.She added: “What’s very important is Jeremy can show he can unite the party and I hope he will demonstrate that he is prepared to listen to not only those that supported him, but also those that didn’t, because all of us have it in our interest to form an effective opposition to hold the Government to account, and I hope he’ll show leadership by reaching out.” Last night Mr Corbyn appealed for the party – including “those who have voted. volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith” – to unite after the campaign so that it can “win the next general election”.He said: “We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together. That includes those who have voted, volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith.”This summer, we have had a debate about the future of Labour and the future of Britain. It has been robust, and at times difficult, but it has been overwhelmingly respectful in tone.”He added: “Now, let’s turn our agreement into unity. Let’s turn our passion into action. And let’s turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together.” Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that he is facing “warfare” from moderate MPs in his own party in the wake of his expected landslide victory in the Labour leadership election today.Caroline Flint, a former shadow cabinet member, warned Mr Corbyn to halt talk of deselecting disloyal MPs.There were reports in Westminster that moderate Labour MPs were planning to create a “party within a party” in the weeks after Mr Corbyn’s expected victory.This would see the MPs run their own whipping operation in the House of Commons, deciding each week which Government motions to oppose and which to support independently of the Labour party.However, in a sign of the possible trouble ahead, some of Mr Corbyn’s aides publicly attacked senior critics in the party on Friday accusing them of being prepared to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” calling it a “scorched earth policy”. That came as one of his senior aides attacked senior figures such as Lord Kinnock, the former leader, as “relics” who believe they have a “God-given right to control everything”.Earlier this week Lord Kinnock – who helped rebuild the party’s fortunes after the disastrous 1983 general election  – said he could not see Labour winning in his lifetime.However in an interview with The Guardian, Sam Tarry, Mr Corbyn’s campaign director, said: “I think there has been a concerted effort between Owen Smith, the more hard-Right MPs [and] … relics like Neil Kinnock to say that the Labour party will never win a general election. It sounds as if they are gearing up for round three.”He argued that MPs need to learn the lesson of their probable failure in attempting to topple Mr Corbyn.He said: “The timing was wrong. It is the establishment against half a million people. They think they have a God-given right to have control of anything.”James Mills, Mr Corbyn’s head of communications, said Mr Corbyn’s critics were trying to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” in a “scorched earth policy”.Separately a YouGov poll for The Times found that more than half of the people who backed Labour at the last general election and then voted to leave the European Union at the referendum have now abandoned their support for the party. Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todaycenter_img We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into realityMr Corbyn Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todayCredit: PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Police officers jokingly breathalyse toddler driving pink plastic carPolice officers jokingly breathalyse toddler driving pink plastic car

first_img@cheshirepolice @mulletrider Not Taxed, No MOT , No Insurance and driving without a Belt on .Throw the book at them…— Andy (@yorkshiregunner) October 21, 2016 When police officers saw this toddler driving ‘erratically’ towards them, they jokingly decided to give her a breath test.Cheshire Police shared the adorable photo of officers pretending to breathalyse the girl driving a plastic pink car on their Facebook page.“Officers asked the driver’s parents if she had been drinking,” they joked. “They replied she’d had a couple of bottles that morning.”The photo has been hugely popular on Facebook, racking up more than 10,000 likes and shares, plus hundreds of comments. @cheshirepolice @ChairWarkPolFed Driver tested positive for Calpol. #Reported— Jake (@PopTarantula) October 21, 2016 @cheshirepolice a little reckless to allow the driver to remain in the vehicle with keys in ignition! Would be an interesting pursuit 😉.— Nantwich Police (@PoliceNantwich) October 21, 2016 “Fantastic picture, love the humour on this page. Think it’s brilliant they took a spare minute to spend some time with this little girl!” commented one.Jim Oliphant joked: “Speeding, underage driving, driving not in accordance with their licence, throw the book at them I say…NO McDonalds for at least a week.”Hayley Goodrum wrote: “I think this is brilliant! Lots of kids are intimidated/nervous around police. I’ve always tried to convince my children the police are around to look after us and help us….as well as take bad people away. Police should be seen as approachable and this light-hearted interaction shows this little girl and onlookers exactly that!”Here’s how Twitter reactedcenter_img A spokesperson for the constabulary told the Chester Chronicle: “We’re here to support communities and we pride ourselves on our community engagement. “Thankfully, the tot’s reading was clear and she was free to go.“This was a great example of showing how officers are human and that they like to talk to all members of the community – no matter how old they are.”Earlier this year, this police team’s attempt to return a ‘stolen’ wedding album backfired spectacularly.  While these officers had to respond to a bizarre call out about men dressed as traffic cones blocking traffic.  @cheshirepolice Check the insurance policy hehe 🙂 It’s not stolen is it ? lol :)— GrandMaster (@GMT25) October 21, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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