The 2128 Native American Mascots People Arent Talking About

When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later, the Redskins are enmeshed in a debate about whether their name is a racist epithet and should be changed. Advocates for keeping the name reference its origins: In 1937, owner George Preston Marshall changed the team name from the Braves to the Redskins. Marshall said the change was in honor of the head coach at the time, William Henry Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux (although that claim is suspect). Critics including Henry say its origins are irrelevant and that the name is racist and demeaning. “I’d love to see a boycott of all things Redskins,” he said.Dan Snyder, the current owner, purchased the team in 1999, when it was fighting its first legal battle over the name. The lawsuits have continued, and earlier this year, the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board canceled the franchise trademark because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.” Snyder has faced mounting pressure to change the name, even from President Obama and George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter. But Snyder plans to appeal the trademark decision and says he will “NEVER” change the name. Polling suggests Snyder has the backing to ignore the calls; most NFL fans (and Redskins fans in particular) oppose a name change.What’s considered an outrage in the NFL is embraced or at least tolerated all over the country. While we’ve been consumed by the debate about the Washington Redskins, we’ve overlooked thousands of team names and mascots depicting Native Americans, often stereotypically. These teams are not feeling the kind of pressure that Snyder is. To understand the Washington Redskins, we have to understand the Estelline Redmen, the Natick Redmen, and the Molalla Indians, too.Terry Borning, the proprietor of MascotDB, has kept a database of the nation’s mascots since 2006. He gathers his data from a variety of sources, including state high school athletic associations, websites and local newspapers. Borning’s database doesn’t have every high school, college and pro team in the country, but it does have 42,624 of them. Looking at MascotDB is as close as we can get to understanding how prevalent Native American team names and mascots are across the country. “There were a lot of interesting mascots where I lived growing up,” Borning said. “But those have mostly fallen by the wayside. Some of those things of the past were definitely offensive, but also more interesting than the generic mascots we have now.”I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes. (Not all teams with the names “Raiders” and “Warriors” are referencing Native Americans, but we spot-checked 20 schools with each name and a majority of each did.)Some 92 percent of those 2,129 team names belong to high schools (the rest were college, semi-pro, pro and amateur league teams). Of all the active high schools in the database, 8.2 percent have Native American team names.I reached out to about a dozen of those high schools, and most didn’t want to comment on a controversy that hadn’t yet arrived. But the conversations I did have suggested that the way communities regard their teams’ Native American names and mascots depends on the makeup of the communities themselves.Estelline High, home of the Redmen, is located in a small town in South Dakota, 24 miles west of the Minnesota border. South Dakota has the third-largest Native American population share in the country, but Estelline hasn’t seen the kinds of protests directed at the Washington Redskins. The town has experienced little, if any, controversy over the Redmen name.The mascot dates back to sometime between 1915 and 1920, when a local newspaper referred to the Estelline athletic team by the color of its uniforms — “the men in red.” The name wasn’t officially adopted, but the team soon became known by its unofficial moniker, the Redmen. According to Estelline superintendent and high school principal Patrick Kraning, the association with Native Americans didn’t come until around 1930. Estelline followed with its own depiction of a “Redman” as a stereotype of a Native American chief wearing a headdress. Events such as the annual naming of a “Moon Princess” and “Big Chief” at homecoming became part of the tradition.“There’s been very little controversy over the team name,” Kraning said. “In the ’90s there was some discussion about changing the name for a series of schools [throughout southeastern South Dakota] that still referred to themselves as ‘Redmen.’ But in the end, a lot of us — Estelline included — decided to keep the name and just keep away from any Native American imagery associated with it.”Since then, the only symbol associated with the Estelline Redmen is a logo of an E with two feathers attached. Kraning believes that this change, combined with the fact that Estelline doesn’t have a significant Native American population, is why there hasn’t been much local debate on the topic.“There’s a community feeling that since the origin of the nickname was not a Native American reference, there’s not a desire for change,” he said. “If there were a discussion, most people would probably view it as going against 80 or 90 years of tradition.”Natick, Massachusetts, did go against tradition. In 2007, the school board dropped its high school mascot — also the “Redmen” — after an alumna of Native American descent came to the board and said she was offended by the activities surrounding the team she had experienced at Natick High School. The historian for the local Nipmuc tribe told me that the logo and mascot used by the school depicted a “stereotypical northern Native with a headdress,” but that depiction bore no resemblance to the actual indigenous people who lived in the Natick area. Nevertheless, protest groups soon sprouted up, claiming that the Natick Redmen honored Native Americans and were an important tradition.Soon after the change, school board meetings and a town-wide referendum turned the issue into a much broader discussion. The main critique came from the Redmen Forever Committee, a self-described grassroots effort that sought to influence the non-binding referendum. “We added a question to the referendum asking if townspeople wanted the Redmen name restored,” said Erich Thalheimer, co-founder of the Redmen Forever Committee. “It won overwhelmingly, but the school committee didn’t abide by the town’s wishes.”“If it were decided by popular vote, we would have the name,” said Anne Blanchard, a member of the Natick School Board. “But we had to take into account our nondiscrimination policy, as well as minority and majority interests.”The Redmen Forever Committee says it won’t give up the fight. “We chose the name of our committee very intentionally, very purposefully,” Thalheimer said. “This is our town. We’re going to live here until we die. We will forever try to re-establish the Redmen name.”While the controversy in Natick stemmed from a decision that affected one school, several states have taken a grievance from a single school and used it to forbid Native American mascots. One of the more sweeping bans so far was implemented with the help of Samuel Henry, the man who grew up earnestly believing that the Washington Redskins had painted their downtown D.C. headquarters with the blood of Native Americans. Henry is currently the chair of Oregon’s Board of Education, which instituted a statewide ban on Native American mascots and team names in 2012.The story goes back to 2006, when Che Butler, a member of the Siletz tribe and a student at Taft High School, raised the issue before the board. Butler said he was offended by the stereotypical and inauthentic manner in which the mascot of a rival school, the Molalla Indians, portrayed Native Americans. He and fellow Taft student Luhui Whitebear, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Tribe, made a presentation at a board meeting asking for a statewide ban on mascots that “misrepresent” Native people, who instead “should be represented with true honor and respect.”According to Henry, the board agreed that “having Native American mascots did not seem like a good idea,” but decided to defer the decision.The grievance was taken up again six years later, when the director of public instruction decided to put it back on the board’s agenda. This time around, after some member turnover, the board agreed to ask its chief attorney to draft a proposal for a ban on the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The only dissenting vote came from a woman who claimed that it was too selective, and that devils and saints should be banned as well.As in Natick, one of the major arguments against the ban came from people who said that the mascots didn’t disparage Native Americans, but honored them. Many of these opponents knew little of Native American culture, Henry said. “I asked one of the students who made that argument what the name of the local Native American tribe was, and she didn’t know,” he said. “To me, that indicated that her reliance on saying that they were honoring Native Americans — that the support for that argument was pretty thin at best.”For high schools, a statewide ban is about as sweeping as it gets. Graduate to the next level, though, and schools have broader authorities to answer to. In 2005, the NCAA implemented its own de facto ban1The NCAA was careful not to implement an outright ban because the board didn’t feel it could. The language of the ban intentionally provided a lot of loopholes so that it didn’t infringe on schools’ institutional autonomy. on Native American mascots for all NCAA colleges.2In my survey of MascotDB, 4.9 percent of the Native American mascots and team names did belong to colleges, but almost all of those colleges did not belong to the NCAA. The ban focused on a specific list of schools whose mascots were deemed “hostile or abusive,” and precluded them from participating in postseason play if those nicknames or mascots appeared on any team uniforms or clothing.The NCAA had already taken a stand on a similar issue: the use of Confederate flags. In 2001, the organization banned arenas in South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason championships because the Confederate flag flew proudly on their statehouse grounds. After that decision, the president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota asked the NCAA to impose a ban on Native American mascots.The NCAA called on 18 schools (out of 1,046 total member schools at the time, or 1.7 percent) to drop their mascots.Not all of the targeted schools felt that their nicknames or mascots were “hostile or abusive,” and the ban was followed by a surge of criticism.“I must have gotten 2,000 emails from people just complaining about it,” the NCAA’s executive committee chairperson at the time, Walter Harrison, said. Even almost 10 years later, he still remembers one persistent caller. “He, or she, I don’t know if it was a man or a woman, would call my office phone at four in the morning and just play their school’s chant until the answering machine cut off,” he said.But the more serious backlash came in the form of appeals. One came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini were portrayed at halftime performances by a student dressed in full Lakota regalia, including face paint and a headdress. He went by the name “Chief Illiniwek,” and became the focus of the university’s fight against the ban.Controversy surrounding Chief Illiniwek predated the NCAA’s ruling by decades. The university’s board of trustees had been quietly in the process of considering a potential mascot change since 2001, and the publicity surrounding the nationwide ban reignited already-existing tension among students and alumni. Lawrence Eppley, who was the chair of the university’s board of trustees at the time, said he received hundreds of comments from foundations and alumni organizations threatening to withhold donations. He and the rest of the board figured the only option was to strike a compromise to keep both sides — passionate students and alumni and the NCAA — happy.Through its appeal, the school was allowed to keep its team name, but not its mascot. Chief Illiniwek portrayers, who had been a part of an official student organization called the Council of Chiefs, could continue the tradition as long as the group no longer had any official affiliation with the university. “One of the things that made it tough to retire it was making sure the fans knew that, if you loved the chief, that was nothing to feel guilty about,” Eppley said. “It’s just that times change, and there’s not much we can do about that.”Ivan Dozier, who currently portrays Chief Illiniwek, said that officially retiring the mascot was the wrong way for the university to respond. He believes that Native American mascots are a way to reach and educate an audience that wouldn’t normally be knowledgeable about Native American culture or history. “What concerns me is if you eliminate all references to Native American culture, people aren’t asking questions anymore,” he said. “Sports fans here are the vocal majority. They’re the ones who need this information the most, and now they have no way to go about getting it.”Eight of the schools on the NCAA’s list secured vocal support from local Native American tribes to successfully appeal and retain their team names and mascots. Eight others have changed their names and one dropped the use of a mascot entirely. Carthage College changed its team name from the Redmen to the Red Men and dropped all Native American imagery, which satisfied the NCAA’s requirements. Turning the Washington Redskins into the Red Skins is unlikely to appease the team’s critics, though. Given that the name is racist by definition and no tribe has come out in support of Snyder, it probably wouldn’t pass the NCAA’s grounds for appeal, and it certainly doesn’t pass in the court of Native American opinion.But even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names. read more

RG III Rob Parker Suspended by ESPN QB Practices

ESPN was left with virtually no wiggle room. It had to discipline Rob Parker in some way for his misguided comments about Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. And the network did, suspending him indefinitely.Meanwhile, Griffin practiced for the third straight day, sparking optimism that the dynamic rookie quarterback is recovering well from a mild knee sprain and could play Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. The Redskins do not plan to make a decision on Griffin’s status until game time.The Redskins are in a battle for a playoff spot, making the outcome crucial. If the New York Giants lose to the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Redskins win, they would bolt first place in the NFC East. Be certain Griffin is aware of this, and would want to go.There is a chance the team would hold him out if it believed he would risk further injury.Speaking of injury, Parker hurt his career. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”In case you missed it, Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker proceeded to bury himself, questioning Griffin’s “blackness.” “Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black. “He’s black. . .But he’s not black. He’s not down with the cause.”He added: “We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”Outrage ensued, particularly from the black community, which was offended that Parker would suggest an affable, engaging, humble athlete was not “black enough.”Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.” read more

Everyones Talking About Tiger But Phil Mickelson Is Playing The Best Golf

200752+0.33+0.61+0.50+0.16+1.60 The underlying numbers support Mickelson’s 2018 renaissance. Using the strokes gained statistic — which evaluates every golfer by comparing his performance on each incremental shot in a round to the average — Mickelson is having the best season of his career on record, albeit in the early going. He is averaging +2.33 strokes gained per round, which is higher than his best full-season mark since at least 2004, the first year for which this data is available. 201659-0.15+0.73+0.22+0.57+1.36 201158+0.14+0.90+0.33-0.19+1.18 200859+0.40+0.84+0.36+0.21+1.82 201769-0.06+0.55+0.22+0.34+1.05 201357+0.02+0.49+0.26+0.66+1.44 Average Strokes Gained SeasonMeasured RoundsOff the TeeApproachAround the GreenPuttingTOTAL The entirety of the golf-watching internet has spent a couple of recent Sundays engrossed in a 40-something golfer whose career peaked a decade ago. But while Tiger Woods has consumed all of the oxygen in the room, the game’s other 40-something blast from the past, Phil Mickelson, is quietly playing some of the best golf of his professional career.That Mickelson, at the well-seasoned age of 47, is entirely overlooked thanks to his enigmatic rival is almost too fitting; it’s been happening for two decades.“He’s always one-upped me in my career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out this week and won,” Mickelson said of Woods earlier this month. “Just to one-up me again.”Lefty stands at No. 18 in the World Golf Rankings, where the average age of the players ahead of him is 30.7. He is No. 3 in the FedExCup standings, where the average age of the players ahead of him is 28. He has logged five top-10 finishes in eight starts this season; only 31-year-old Brian Harman, who has played in 10 events, has more.At the WGC-Mexico Championship in early March, Mickelson beat Justin Thomas — the No. 2 golfer in the world, who is young enough to be Mickelson’s son — in a playoff. It was Mickelson’s 43rd professional win and his first since taking the British Open at Muirfield in 2013.It was also a continuation of peak performance this season from the avid gamesman. Entering this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Mickelson has finished no worse than tied for sixth at four consecutive tournaments. With an average finish of 3.5 over his past four appearances, Mickelson is currently riding the best four-event stretch of his entire career.1Excluding unofficial events, match play and team events. He’s placed in the top 15 in six of the eight tournaments this year, putting his average tournament finish this season on par with the best seasons of his career. 200948+0.31+0.27+0.38-0.15+0.82 200647+0.57+0.98+0.14+0.27+1.96 200550+0.34+0.57+0.36+0.26+1.53 201057+0.19+0.74+0.23-0.15+1.00 What’s gotten into Phil?How Phil Mickelson has fared in terms of strokes gained, 2004 season through March 20, 2018 201450+0.20+0.17+0.27+0.23+0.87 201260-0.10+0.57+0.40+0.56+1.42 201822-0.10+1.14+0.21+1.08+2.33 201555+0.07+0.02+0.23+0.26+0.58 2018 season is ongoing. Total average strokes gained may not add up exactly because of rounding.Source: PGA Tour 200454+0.60+0.60+0.22-0.09+1.32 As many a grandfather has implored over the years, golf is a sport people can play virtually their entire lives. But performance obviously diminishes over time — especially at the highest level the sport has to offer. There’s a senior tour for a reason, after all.So how, then, is Mickelson turning back the clock this season as the old-timer in a sea of youths?“There’s a number of areas in my game that, if I look back 10, 15 years ago, I feel like I’m significantly better,” Mickelson said earlier this month on the Dan Patrick Show. “Certainly, I’ve gotten a ton better at putting.”This is very true. Only Jason Day (1.39) is averaging more strokes gained with the putter than Mickelson (1.08), who leads the tour in the percentage of holes with only one putt (48.8 percent), the average number of putts per round (27), the percentage of holes with a birdie or better (41.3 percent)2On holes in which the player hit the green in regulation. and overall putting average (1.5 putts per hole).While his work off the tee has been nothing special (-0.10 strokes gained), Mickelson has had little difficulty getting his ball in position to attack the flagstick, ranking third in strokes gained on shots approaching the green (1.14).And yet, Mickelson’s odds to win the Masters sit at 20-to-1, below those of Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Jon Rahm, who have combined to produce eight top-10 finishes and two wins this season. Mickelson has nearly matched those marks by himself. Given his record of work and meteoric ascension this season, golf’s most notorious active gambler would perhaps do well to bet on himself.Mickelson has publicly said one of his goals is to qualify for a 12th Ryder Cup and to help the U.S. team win on foreign soil. His recent win gives him a great chance of accomplishing it. Another goal is to eclipse 50 career wins on tour.“I don’t know (when I’ll get to 50),” Mickelson told reporters after his latest win. “Seven more wins and I’ll be there. I don’t have the month or the time, but I will get there.” read more

Jameis Winston Is A Better Quarterback Than Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick runs betterExpected points added on quarterback rushes quarterbackPer Pass PlayAiryards after catchSuccess Rate James Winston+0.22+0.82-0.6049.30% Atop their quarterback depth chart, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 24-year-old former No. 1 overall pick who won the Heisman Trophy and was handed the keys to the franchise just a couple of years ago. Behind him, they have a 35-year-old journeyman — playing on his seventh team — who is most notable for going to Harvard and having a massive beard.This is not a team that’s supposed to have a quarterback controversy in Week 3. But that’s the reality in Tampa right now.Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Buccaneers to a surprising 2-0 record to start the season, including wins at New Orleans and against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. He has been nothing short of brilliant filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, throwing for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. With Winston set to return from suspension after Week 3, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter won’t commit to either player as his starter. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is on the record saying that Fitzpatrick should keep his job when Winston returns, arguing that the Bucs need to ride the hot hand.Fitzpatrick’s hand has certainly been hot to open the season. His 13.4 yards per attempt leads the NFL, as does his 15.3 adjusted yards per attempt, a stat that incorporates touchdowns and interceptions. It’s the most dominant two-game start to a season1For a quarterback with at least 40 total attempts. since 1972, when Joe Namath threw for 14.5 yards per attempt and 15.7 adjusted yards per attempt in two wins for the Jets.Koetter and the Buccaneers will be faced with a difficult political environment in the locker room if they choose to bench Fitzpatrick in favor of Winston after Jackson’s comments. But what do the numbers say? Should Tampa Bay ride the hot hand or sit Fitzmagic and hand the team back over to Winston?We’ll start by comparing career numbers — they provide the largest sample size and the least noise. Winston has a career yards per attempt of 7.5, well above the league average of 7.1,2Since 2009. while Fitzpatrick is slightly below average at 6.8 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks’ career touchdown rates are similar (4.5 percent for Winston vs. 4.4 percent for Fitzpatrick), as are their sack rates (5.8 percent for Winston vs. 5.4 percent for Fitzpatrick). Winston appears to take better care of the ball than Fitzpatrick does (2.8 percent interception rate for Winston vs. 3.3 for Fitzpatrick), but interception rate is a notoriously noisy stat, so drawing firm conclusions about who is truly better is difficult.These metrics lack context though. Perhaps a better way to compare their performances is using expected points added, which take into account down, distance and field position. Using the EPA model developed by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Maksim Horowitz and play data from Elias Sports Bureau, I calculated the expected points added per pass play for both Winston over his career and Fitzpatrick since 2009.3The first year for which the data is available. I separated passing EPA into points added through the air and points added through yards after the catch. Finally, I calculated the percentage of passes that were positive EPA plays, also called success rate. Success rate is the share of plays in which a team picks up the yards needed to stay “on schedule” for a first down.4Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. Source: Elias Sports Bureau Winston’s passes are more effectiveExpected points added per pass — broken down by air yards and yards after catch — plus the success rate of each pass play Expected points added (epa) So while Winston is pretty clearly the better passer, there are legitimate reasons to prefer Fitzpatrick. The problem is that those reasons just aren’t terribly compelling. Having a 30-something QB — one who is not even known to be very fast — scramble for first downs is probably not going to be an integral part of the Tampa Bay game plan moving forward. Monken and Fitzpatrick have been great so far this season, but they’ve also been lucky. Passes that travel 25 or more yards downfield are worse than a 40 percent proposition across the league, and 95.7 percent of NFL passes go for less than 30 yards in the air. Optimizing for rare plays with a low probability of being caught probably isn’t wise.Finally, the way a quarterback plays in his first two games has almost no bearing on how he will perform over the rest of the season. (Sorry, Patrick Mahomes.) Using game-level passing data from Armchair Analysis from 2000 through 2017, I looked at how well a quarterback’s yards per attempt in the first two games of the season matched his rest-of-season numbers, and the first two games weren’t predictive.6Yards per attempt in a player’s first two games explains just 8 percent of the variance in the player’s rest of season yards per attempt. R-squared 0.082, n = 766 player seasons Basing your decisions on a two-game sample at the start of the year is deeply unwise, hot hand or not.The Buccaneers have one more week to evaluate Fitzpatrick’s play — and so will America, as Tampa takes on Pittsburgh in Monday Night Football. If Fitzpatrick has a poor game, it will likely make it easier for Koetter to decide to play Winston in Week 4. If Fitzpatrick has another solid game, there will likely be grousing in the locker room if he’s taken off the field, but it’s very likely the correct decision. Monken has shown the ability and creativity to maximize the talents of his players, and the Tampa Bay receiving weapons will be best served in the long run by having Winston under center.Check out our latest NFL predictions. We can also see that across most other depths of target, Winston is the superior passer, consistent with our previous metrics. Still, Monken has been smart with Fitzpatrick, calling deep plays early that take advantage of Fitzpatrick’s strengths, and it has paid off handsomely.Another area in which Fitzpatrick is superior to Winston is an unexpected one: QB scrambles. Despite being 10 years older, the journeyman completely outclasses the youngster when pulling the ball down and running. Jameis Winston-0.01 quarterbackRush EPA As a passer, Winston is worth almost twice as many points per play as Fitzpatrick is, and Winston is 4.2 percentage points more successful at keeping his team on the field with his arm. And while EPA per play from yards after the catch is negative for both players, Fitzpatrick has probably been helped more by his receivers than Winston has.In each of the first two games of the season, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken dialed up a deep pass attempt early. On the fourth offensive play of the game against New Orleans, Fitzpatrick threw the ball 38 yards in the air to DeSean Jackson, who then ran 20 yards after the catch for a touchdown. On the first offensive play of the game against the Eagles in Week 2, Fitzpatrick completed another long pass — 35 yards deep to Jackson, who then rumbled 40 yards after the catch, again for a TD. Those two plays account for two of Fitzpatrick’s eight touchdowns and 16 percent of his passing yardage on the year — and 45 percent of those yards were Jackson running after the catch.Apportioning credit for yards in football is notoriously difficult. If we plot Fitzpatrick’s career completion percentage by depth on plays in which he faced no pressure5Work by Eric Eager has shown that QB performance from a clean pocket is more stable and predictive of future performance than when a QB is pressured. and compare it with both Jameis Winston and the league average, we can see that Fitzpatrick is actually quite good on deeper throws. Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.16 Source: Elias Sports Bureau Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.12+0.60-0.4945.10 read more

Ohio State wrestlings Logan Stieber earns national title Buckeyes place 6th in

Logan Stieber took home a national championship title for the second year in a row as the Ohio State wrestling team earned sixth place out of 10 teams at the NCAA Championships over the weekend. The Buckeyes, who tallied 59.5 points, finished behind Penn State (123.5), Oklahoma State (119.5), Minnesota (103), Iowa (73) and Cornell (65). The Nittany Lions’ national title is their third in a row. Redshirt sophomore Stieber, of the 133-pound weight class, was the star of the tournament for OSU. Stieber, the No. 1 seed, capped off a perfect season, 27-0, with his defeat of Iowa redshirt junior and No. 2-seeded Tony Ramos 7-4. In the pair’s last meeting at the Big Ten Championship finals on March 10, Stieber took down Ramos, 3-1, in a sudden victory. But the wins are nothing out of the ordinary: lifetime, Stieber is 5-0 against the Hawkeye. “I was able to get into my offense early and open the match up against Ramos,” Stieber said in a press release. “That was the difference this time.” Stieber’s brother, sophomore Hunter Stieber, finished third in the 141-pound class. In Hunter Stieber’s semifinals match, the No. 1 seed suffered a narrow 7-6 loss to Edinboro’s Mitchell Port before earning consecutive victories over Cornell’s Michael Nevinger (9-0) and the Citadel’s Ugi Khishignyam (12-4). Overall, Hunter Stieber finished his second All-American season with an impressive 36-1 record. Fellow two-time All-American and redshirt junior Nick Heflin finished fifth in the tournament at 174 pounds. After being defeated by Minnesota’s Logan Storley, 3-2, Heflin was sent to the fifth-place bout to face-off with Iowa’s Michael Evans. In their previous matchup on Jan. 4, Evans beat Heflin in a 9-4 sudden victory. However, the story was different this time as Heflin pinned his opponent in 2:10 to earn the win. He concluded his season with a 20-7 record. Senior Nikko Triggas (125 pounds), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157) and freshman Mark Martin (165) were all eliminated on the second day of the tournament. Redshirt junior Ian Paddock (149) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197) were eliminated on the tournament’s first day. The championships were held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. read more

Report Center Trevor Thompson signs with agent will not return to Ohio

OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson signed with agent Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group on Tuesday, as first reported by Jeff Goodman.Former Ohio State big man Trevor Thompson told ESPN he has signed with Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 26, 2017The decision by Thompson to sign with an agent officially means that he will not be returning to OSU for his senior season. He had declared his intentions to enter the 2017 NBA draft on March 14.Last season with the Buckeyes, Thompson averaged 10.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The Buckeyes will now have to find a new starting center between sophomore Micah Potter and incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson. read more

Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State sweeps Colgate on the road

Ohio State then-sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (9) scores a goal in front of the net against Wisconsin senior goalie Kyle Hayton (33) in the third period on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterWith strong goaltending and good production on offense, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team took both games against Colgate for its second sweep of the season.Ohio State (6-3-1, 1-1 B1G) shutout the Colgate Raiders (2-6-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) in its game Friday night 3-0, keeping the scoreless streak going Saturday with a 1-0 win.Game 1After missing both games against Notre Dame, junior forward Tanner Laczynski returned to the lineup for the Buckeyes against Colgate on the third line and scored two goals to help lead Ohio State to victory.The Buckeyes survived an early Colgate power play before junior forward Ronnie Hein scored the team’s first goal. He was assisted by freshman forward Gustaf Westlund, his fourth assist of the season. In the second period, Ohio State failed to convert on both of its power play opportunities. Overall, Ohio State was 0-4 with the man advantage and Colgate didn’t score on its only power play of the night. Laczynski scored the next goal for Ohio State, his third of the season, with less than 20 seconds remaining in the second period.The third period was scoreless until Laczynski added the third Ohio State goal,his fourth of the season, in the empty net with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo stopped every one of the 19 shots sent his way in his second straight shutout, the fourth of his career. Romeo hasn’t allowed a goal in his last two games where he has faced 42 combined shots. The Buckeyes outshot Colgate 44-19, their most shots on goal this season.Game 2Ohio State’s offense was balanced in its win against Colgate on Friday, scoring once in each period. While the Buckeyes weren’t scoring as often Saturday night, a late goal still allowed Ohio State to come away with the series sweep.The nets were untouched through the first two periods of the game, with Ohio State outshooting Colgate 23-18 through the first 40 minutes. In the third period, however, the Buckeyes ramped up their shooting as time ticked away, outshooting the Raiders 13-6 in the final period and 36-24 overall.Senior forward Dakota Joshua scored the only goal of the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period and was assisted by senior forwards John Wiitala and Brendon Kearney. The power play was a struggle for both teams on Saturday, as neither team could convert on any of the four power play attempts they were given. Though Ohio State has struggled offensively on the power play, the penalty kill has slowly improved. The Buckeyes are now killing 80 percent of the penalties they are facing, only allowing eight all season, and they haven’t given one up since their 2-2 tie at Bowling Green in October.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier provided the second shutout of the series and his second of the season, saving all 24 shots he faced.This is the first series that Ohio State has shutout its opponent in both games since they played UAH in Nov. 2011.No. 7 Ohio State will return to Columbus next weekend to take on the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers. read more

First class carriages on busy trains should be cut to stop overcrowding

first_imgIn almost all cases, passengers were standing in standard class carriages, which seat 80 people each.The new franchise, which will begin in December 2018, could see the introduction of high capacity metro-style carriages on the busiest lines.It is hoped they would enable a “better balance” of seating and room for standing passengers, space for wheelchairs and pushchairs on shorter journeys and quicker boarding and alighting at stations.Extending the number of carriages on stopping services from eight or 10 to 12 carriages and providing more seats on high speed services is also being considered.Some 640,000 journeys are made on 1,900 trains on the lines every weekday, yet only 77 per cent of passengers are satisfied with Southeastern services according to the latest Transport Focus survey, the worst performance in Britain apart from Southern and Thameslink. Government officials are examining a number of measures which could have a negative impact on some passengers.They are proposing a reduction in the number of trains that call at some less well-used stations to cut journey times to key locations, and a limit in the choice of central London destinations from individual stations with the aim of providing a more regular and reliable service.The operator which secures the franchise will be required to form an alliance with Network Rail, which is responsible for railway infrastructure.Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said: “Services on the South Eastern rail network have been unacceptably poor for far too long.”Passengers have endured disruption, overcrowding and delays, particularly during redevelopment work at London Bridge station, and they deserve better.”That is why this consultation is so important. Appointing a new franchise operator from 2018 provides us with a great opportunity to sort out the problems which have plagued the South Eastern network, and deliver the high quality of service that customers expect.”We are going to do things differently. I want passengers to enjoy more space and comfort, more and better communication with the operator, and a consistently reliable performance.”Mr Grayling announced in December that he would not devolve responsibility for the South Eastern franchise to London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan.He claimed Transport for London’s business plan did not offer extra capacity and was simply based on “a belief” that the organisation could run the system more effectively.But Mr Grayling was accused of putting politics ahead of passengers over the issue after a leaked letter showed he opposed the policy in 2013 as he wanted to keep the network “out of the clutches” of any future Labour mayor. First class carriages on busy trains should removed to ease overcrowding, the Department for Transport The DfT consultation closes on May 23 and a summary report will be published in September this year. The DfT acknowledged that first class seats “remain popular on certain routes” such as the main line to Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, but said removing them would “create more room for passengers”.center_img First class carriages on busy trains should be removed to ease overcrowding, the Department for Transport  (DfT) has suggested following a Telegraph investigation.Services could be made entirely standard class under a new franchise agreement for routes currently operated by Southeastern, as part of measures the DfT are considering in a public consultation.The DfT’s recommendations follows a Telegraph investigation which found that many first class carriages remain half-empty even in rush hours.The research, commissioned by The Telegraph in 2013, involved intercity trains arriving at Paddington, Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Kings Cross between 8am and 9am on three consecutive weekdays.Trains typically had three first-class carriages and five in standard class. Less than a fifth of the first-class carriages were full or nearly full, and some had only three or four people in carriages with 48 seats. 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. First class carriages on busy trains should removed to ease overcrowding, the Department for TransportCredit:AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Anorexic teenager released five days before suicide was failed by the Priory

first_imgPippa McManus and dog “The tear in the thread of our family will never be mended. Pip spent her last three years fighting against against anorexia, malnutrition, depression and self-harm.”Too many of our children are dying from this terrible illness [anorexia]. Effective treatment is needed more quickly, and if this had been available to out beautiful daughter, maybe she would still be alive today.”The teenager’s father, Jim McManus, said his daughter had been “failed” and describe some of the care she had received as “quite disturbing”.“It’s not the ending we want, however the jury came up with the right answers,” he said.”It was quite deflating to see all the hard, goodwill, for her to build her weight back up – she desperately wanted to get her life back on track – and the illness would suddenly, at a flick of a finger, pull her back down to earth again.”It wasn’t pleasant at all. She was a lovely girl, plenty of fun. Always active.”Paula Stanford, Hospital Director of the Priory Hospital Altrincham, said: “Our heartfelt sympathies are with Pip’s family and we will now carefully consider the findings of the jury.” The tear in the thread of our family will never be mendedMarie McManus The jury criticised the planning for her discharge, and found there was “inadequate engagement of community support” for Pip’s family and a “failure to implement a care plan in a timely manner”.They did not, however, criticise the decision to release her itself.The Priory is one of the UK’s largest mental health providers and has multi-million pound contracts with the NHS.Last year the mother of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria, who died from neglect at a Priory facility, to lose the contracts. Pippa’s parents believe she would be alive but for care failingsCredit:MEN The court found staff at The Priory Hospital Altrincham had developed “no relationship” with people who could have help safeguard the teen once she was released, despite having cared for her for a year.Yesterday her parents said failings in their daughter’s care were “quite disturbing” and had been responsible for her death.Following the argument in 2015, Pippa walked away from the family home in Frances Avenue to Gatley station, where she stepped in front of a train. The Priory released a severely anorexic teenage girl without telling her parents she was at risk of suicide five days before she walked in front of a train.An inquest into the death of 15-year-old Pippa McManus found the private hospital also failed to organise proper aftercare for the teenager, who took her own life.A jury at stockport Coroner’s court heard how on the day she died, Pippa had argued with her family over excessive use of the gym and warned she was going to kill herself. Speaking outside court, Pippa’s mother Marie said: “We believe the failings of our daughter’s care, from beginning to end, resulted in her death. 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

Labour candidate receives torrent of online sexual harassment and abuse

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officially the Labour Candidate for Aberconwy – nomination papers in at Bodlondeb today!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 11 May 2017 “Those posting the abuse are cowards, as they hide behind stupid names and funnily enough nobody ever says anything like that on the doorstep when I go around knocking on doors.”“I’m sure Guto Bebb (the defending Tory MP) isn’t getting this kind of abuse simply because he’s not a young woman standing.” Standing firm for Aberconwy!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 14 May 2017 “I highly doubt you’ll be asking the male candidates their penis size in order to make a decision about their politics….. sexism is not okay. ”Speaking to the Daily Post, Ms Owen said: “I decided to say something on social media as sexism like this just isn’t acceptable. It’s totally depressing that this sort of thing is still going on in 2017.” Emily Owen, standing for election as the Labour Party candidate in Aberconwy, has been on the receiving end of a huge amount of sexual harassment on social media since announcing her candidacy. Ms Owen, 22, highlighted the abuse with a message on Twitter: “Let’s discuss politics, not my breasts.”The Labour candidate, who is standing against Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy since 2010, has received messages commenting on her physical appearance and her breast size, with one man contacting her  to say: “How many votes for a striptease?”In a post on her Facebook page MsOwen said: “This is the first time I’ve been under this level of public scrutiny and I have to say I’m shocked! “If people have questions about my politics, discuss with me. If you don’t agree with my reply, challenge me.“What is not acceptable is flooding me with messages about what sexual acts I’m prepared to perform to get votes, what bra size I am, how many votes needed for me to strip and comments suggesting the reason I’m standing is to sleep with an Oxford grad.“I’ve been debating ignoring it but this behaviour is disgusting and needs calling out!!!last_img read more

Everything we know about the Finsbury Park mosque terror attack

first_imgA man held by police over the Finsbury Park attack has been identified as 47-year-old father of four Darren Osborne.Osborne, from Cardiff, was arrested after pedestrians were targeted by a man driving a van near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early on Monday.Witnesses described hearing a van driver, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: “I’m going to kill Muslims.”The man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but Scotland Yard said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.The incident is being treated as terrorism by police.   REUTERS/Neil Hall  He is believed to be the only suspect and is currently in custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.The man was not known to the security services, Security Minster Ben Wallace said, speaking before he was named by the media. The suspect, who appears to have a black eye, being arrested at the scene in Finsbury Park.Credit:Sky News Is it terrorism?The investigation is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command. Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Basu said: “This is being treated as a terrorist attack.”Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”.Ms Dick said: “This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. We treat this as a terrorist attack. Sadly we have suffered a number of attacks and very sad events over the last few weeks,” she added.Government responseTheresa May, who met with faith leaders at the Finsbury Park Mosque, has condemned a terrorist attack as “every bit as sickening” as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester. One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House. PM: Appalled by the terrible incident in Finsbury Park. My thoughts & prayers go out to the victims, their families & the emergency services— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 19, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Who is the suspect?Police were tonight searching the suburban home of Osborne in Pentwyn, Cardiff for clues to his attack. Friends said he lived there with his partner and four children.Osborne – who grew up in the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, before moving to Cardiff – is believed to have hired the van for £80-a-day. What happened exactly?Police were called just after 12.20am on Monday to reports of white van striking pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road, north London, just yards from the Finsbury Park mosque. Witnesses said the van struck pedestrians who were tending to an elderly man who had collapsed. The van driver, who witnesses described as a large white man, was detained by members of the public. Witnesses claimed he was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road.center_img Speaking after she chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee, the Prime Minister said the attack was “every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life” as the recent string of terror attacks apparently motivated by Islamist extremism.”We will stop at nothing to defeat it,” she added.Scotland Yard said extra officers would patrol Muslim places of worship as it pledged to continue to “assess the security needs of mosques”. A police cordon is in place near Finsbury Park, after a van collision incident in north London,Credit:EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALA The man who died was already receiving first aid from members of the public, and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said.Residents near Cardiff said said they were “shocked” after seeing photographs of their neighbour being arrested in London.The injured and victimsThe Metropolitan police has said one person died following the incident and 10 people were injured. Police said all the casualties were Muslim.NHS England said seven people were being treated at three hospitals – the Royal London, Whittington, and St Mary’s while the others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Video posted online showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. One man could been seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement.  Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, said: “I managed to get the driver of the van. He wanted to run away and was saying, ‘I want to kill Muslims’.”So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived, for about 20 minutes I think, until the police arrived.”Abdulrahman claimed the driver said, ‘kill me,’ as he was held on the ground.He added: “I said, ‘tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?’ When he went into the [police] van he made gestures, he was laughing.”Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers. AA witness at the scene reacts to the attack witness at the scene reacts to the attackCredit: REUTERS/Neil Hall  Finsbury Park mosque suspect A police cordon is in place near Finsbury Park, after a van collision incident in north London,last_img read more

Queens Royal Studs could be in safe hands as Zara Tindall hints

first_img“[My brother] Peter and I spent a lot of time in the countryside with horses, going up to the stables after school—and probably being shouted at—but I don’t think I looked at my parents and thought ‘that’s what I’ll do when I grow up’.“When I left school, I wanted to see if I was any good before making any major decisions.”The full interview is published in this week’s Country Life, on sale now. Zara Tindall Zara TindallCredit:Andrew Ogilvy/ Country Life The magazine is out now The magazine is out now It has been the Queen’s lifelong passion, breeding world-class horses with an expertise unrivaled even in the Royal Family. And the future of the Royal Studs may be in the safest possible hands, it has emerged, as Zara Tindall hints she may yet play a part in them.The Olympic medal-winner declined to confirm specific plans to continue her grandmother’s equine success story, but said enigmatically of her future involvement: “You never know.”The question of what will eventually happen to the Royal Studs has previously been unclear, with neither the Prince of Wales or Duke of Cambridge exhibiting as keen an interest as the Queen in horses. Zara Tindall at the Barbury International Horse trials in JulyCredit:PA The Queen presents the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this yearCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley One newspaper diarist last year raised the question of the future of the Royal Studs, quoting an unnamed “court source” as saying: “Unless the Queen can get young George interested – or horsey Camilla takes the reins – the Royal Stud might end up being converted into tennis courts for the Cambridges.”In the magazine interview, Mrs Tindall, who is married to former England rugby captain Mike Tindall and is mother to three-year-old Mia, also spoke of life as a working mother, saying her current set-up of having eight horses allows her to “balance everything”. “A string of horses this size is ideal, because it means I can ride and look after Mia,” she said.“Life for me is about being able to balance everything; I’m not a person who’s good at spreading themselves and I do have quite a lot of things to juggle.”Speaking of her country upbringing with her mother, the Princess Royal, and father Captain Mark Phillips, she said: “The things I remember are trips in the horsebox, to places such as Chatsworth and Thirlestane Castle, watching Papa show-jumping on the last day [of a three-day event] and then him coming home and letting the horses straight off the lorry ramp for a roll, which would drive Debbie, his groom, mad. The Queen presents the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this year Mrs Tindall, however, would have the perfect pedigree, following in the footsteps of her mother, the Princess Royal, and Olympic gold medallist father Captain Mark Phillips.In an interview with Country Life magazine about her career, Mrs Tindall said she was keen to continue starting to train young horses, but ruled out taking on too much just yet.“I wouldn’t train racehorses [in future], but I do like starting off youngsters,” she told the magazine.“The pre-training is probably the most important part, making a horse physically strong enough to cope with its job and that’s what interests me.“I don’t know what will happen with the Royal Studs, but you never know.” Zara and Mike Tindall with daughter MiaCredit:PA Zara Tindall at the Barbury International Horse trials in July 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. Royal Studs at Sandringham and Wolferton in Norfolk, and Polhampton in Berkshire, currently contribute to a training programme for around 25 horses racing each season, with the Queen taking a keen personal interest in the development of her horses.Among her achievements includes, in 2013, becoming the first reigning British monarch to win Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup in 207 years of the race.A source close to Mrs Tindall said it was “too much of a leap” to assume any firm plans for the Royal Studs from the interview.Any decision about the future running of the Royals Studs is a matter for The Queen. Zara and Mike Tindall with daughter Mialast_img read more

Stickwielding farmers attack cyclists during Scottish borders road race

first_imgThe two men can be seen standing in the middle of the road brandishing long sticksCredit:Iain Elliott/YouTube/Deadline News A video clip filmed on a GoPro by Iain Elliott shows cyclists approach the two men The men, who were captured on one of the cyclist’s GoPro cameras, were said to have poked the sticks through riders’ spokes, hit them and caused at least one rider to fall off.Cyclist Brian Ogg wrote on the event’s Facebook page: “A great day out, however almost ruined by the 2 farmers who tried to create a road block as wave 1 joined the A701 by standing in the middle of the road with sticks in each hand trying to get them through the spokes.” Event organiser, Neil Dalgleish, said he was told at least one rider had been forced off his bike and had to be taken to hospital.He said: “I think a truly special day was marred by some thugs, some idiots.”Their behaviour is disgusting, and they are a disgrace to the whole of the Borders, let alone their own communities.”We have had to make it clear that this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. It could have caused serious injuries or worse.”In recent years, farmers have expressed concerns at not being able to move between their fields at harvest time due to cycling events.A Police Scotland spokeswoman said they had not yet managed to identify the two men but that a member of the public who had reported the incident had said they were local farmers staging a protest.“We can confirm that we are aware of interactions between participants and members of the public at the Tour O the Borders event on Sunday, September 3,” she said.“At this point no injuries have been reported to police, however officers are still establishing the full circumstances.” Cyclists taking part in a road race through the mountains of the Scottish borders were attacked by elderly men brandishing sticks who tried to block their path.The two men, thought to be in their 70s, were both dressed in tweed and flat caps and were said to be local farmers protesting at the road closures preventing them from getting between their fields during the harvest.Police are investigating the incident and are keen to speak to witnesses who saw the men, who had disappeared by the time they arrived on the scene.The 74-mile race, which began and ended in Peebles, some 23 miles south of Edinburgh, attracted almost 2,000 competitors and required the closure of several local roads.Angry cyclists vented their fury online, and organisers of the Tour O The Borders event branded the men’s actions “totally outrageous” and said they were “horrified” by what had happened. A spokesman for Tesco Bank, which sponsors the annual ride, said: “We feel that the event was a success, we had over 2,000 participants and lots of people cheering the participants on.“We are aware of the incident and that the Police are looking into it.” Another, Patrick Hutton, said: “Only actually saw one of them, who had a wee face-off with a rider in front of me, Older bloke, long coat and holding what looked like sections of rodding, as you would use for clearing drains.”In footage posted online, the two pensioners appear in the middle of the road, brandishing sticks and try to stop the cyclists from passing, forcing them to slow down or stop.Most swerve around the pair but one cycles through the middle.Eddie Petrie, who was in the first wave of riders and witnessed the incident, said: “The cyclists in front started to slow down, because something was something on the road.“As I got closer I saw what I assumed were two farmers, and each had a 3ft or 4ft long stick in each hand. They were standing in the middle of the road and the cyclists were just trying to get past.”It was a totally appalling unprovoked attack which spoiled the day. Hopefully something will be done and these two idiots will be brought to justice in some way.”Paul Mellotte, another competitor, said: “I cycled up towards them and noticed they were both holding out big sticks I asked them what has happened and was there a problem ahead? One of them said, ‘You are the problem.’ “I had to stop my bike and then I pushed with my foot to get past them.” A video clip filmed on a GoPro by Iain Elliott shows cyclists approach the two menCredit:Iain Elliott/YouTube/Deadline News The two men can be seen standing in the middle of the road brandishing long sticks 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

Village invaded by Kashmiri goats after bad weather drives them inland

A herd of hairy goats are terrorising local residents in a quiet holiday resort after bad weather drove them inland.The seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales has been home to a gang of long-haired Kashmiri goats since the 19th century who usually keep to themselves on the Great Orme.But the wind direction, rivals on the hill and recent poor weather has given the animals a taste for adventure, causing quite the commotion in town.The herd has reportedly been running riot in a school playground and left one couple startled when they returned home to find the goats chomping through their garden.Ian Jones, headteacher of Ysgol San Sior, said: “They’re charming to see but they eat everything. Llandudno goats Jonathan Clements returned home to find six Kashmiri’s in his garden, with two butting horns.  “Two were up on the garden walls, munching away at the greenery, and then one jumped down to join the four in the garden,” he added.“Luckily, we didn’t have any prize-winning flowers for them to eat but there is a noticeable difference to the thickness of the hedging.”The Kashmiri goats are thought to have been introduced to the Great Orme, a rocky hill overlooking the sea, in 1907 from the Royal Family’s Windsor Great Park herd, which had been presented to Queen Victoria by the Shah of Persia. Llandudno goats  The goats have got a taste for adventure and have begun straying into Llandudno and wreaking havocCredit:MERCURY PRESS Carer Claire Gough, 53, often finds the goats grazing on her lawn at this time of year and watches their antics from her window.She said: “I don’t mind, but the neighbour wasn’t happy as they ate all the flowers in his garden. “Even growing up, I’d wake up to find the goats munching on my parents’ garden.”The furore has led to locals having to heard them back to the fields just to get some peace.Conwy Council told the BBC it was not directly responsible for the goats. It said it has been looking to reduce the size of the herd by moving some of them – and with a trial of goat contraceptives.These animals are no strangers to the limelight. In February this year, one goat was due to be caught to become the Royal Welsh’s newest mascot, but evaded capture for several weeks.The kid, dubbed Fusilier Shenkin IV, was eventually captured one month later and is undergoing six months of training at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff. “They’ve destroyed so many of the trees in our orchard. We use the apples to make the school chutney we sell.”Most mornings we’ve been having to chase them off the school fields before the school day begins, so that involves the children from the Breakfast Club giving me a hand.”Last year we had twenty instances of children with ticks, and I think this summer we’re going to have many more because they’ve been on the school field sunbathing and lounging among the plants. Llandudno goats “If they haven’t deposited ticks, I’ve no idea what they’ve done.” The goats have also been getting in trouble with local gardening enthusiasts who have found their flowerbeds devoured by the hungry herd. Llandudno goats The goats making a nuisance of themselves in front gardensCredit:MERCURY PRESS Kashmiri goats in a suburban street in LlandudnoCredit:MERCURY PRESS The goats have been loitering outside a local primary school Credit:MERCURY PRESS Last summer, one of the goats had to rescued after becoming trapped on a rock ledge, forcing RSPCA officers to absaile 98ft down a rope and catch it by the horns.Helen Maydew, a 28-year-old shepherdess, said: “I think they’re a wonderful part of Llandudno’s history.”It’s a shame that it’s been so cold and the grass hasn’t started to grow which is why they are invading the town this year.”According to a recent count there are around 110 of them in Llandudno, this includes 64 nannies, 25 billies and 21 kids. 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

GPs will go mad without limits on patient numbers

Previous research has found the average family doctor sees 41 patients each day.Such limits would mean soaring waiting times to see a GP.Currently, patients in England are waiting an average of two weeks to see a GP – a three-day increase since 2015.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “It’s bad enough trying to get a GP appointment at the moment  and that’s if you can even get to see them in person. Other delegates suggested capping the number of patients to 25 a day.The motion – “that this meeting urges a sensible cap is agreed on the workload of a GP which can be expected to be safely delivered in a day for the safety of patients and sanity of GPs” – was overwhelmingly carried. “I’ve got a consultation with mine in three weeks’ time and that’s only on the telephone.”When will you ever get to see a GP if they only deal with 13 or 25 patients a day? It’s a ridiculous situation.”It will leave people waiting months and push more towards A&E. Some people may die before they are seen.”A limit of 13 patients a day could see this triple to six weeks, while a cap of 25 patients a day could extend waits to almost three weeks.“A sensible cap on the number of patients a GP can be expected to safely see in a day, must be introduced, taking also into account the fact that increasingly complex and intense consultations cannot be safely managed within ten minutes,” the medic said.“Did you know that in Sweden, GPs are expected to see only 13 patients in a day, with half-hourly appointments?”“The day has limited hours and only so much can be managed without compromising the safety,” he added. “Doing this together in a planned and coordinated way would enable us to look after our existing population more safely,” she said, arguing against a cap on appointment numbers.“We would apologise for being closed to registrations but state that it is because the Government has not listened to us when we have repeatedly told them that general practice is collapsing,” the GP said.“This may sound brutal but these are desperate times,” she said. “The Government won’t want a confrontation with GPs.” GPs “will go insane” unless strict limits are imposed on the number of patients they say each day, medics claim.The British Medical Association has called for a cap on the number of patients, with doctors hailing the system in Sweden where GPs see just 13 patients daily.Medics said they were too often expected to have up to 70 consultations a day – and said this was not safe for them or their patients.Dr Satash Narang, from Gwent and South Powys division, said GPs would “go insane, quit and become insolvent” if limits were not introduced.“For the sake of quality and safety of patient care and the sanity of its troops, we urge the BMA to take a fresh approach by defining and agreeing what is a safe workload,” he said. The union’s proposal did not define what that limit is.In January, a survey found GPs are dealing with up to 100 patients a day, with one in five saying they had a daily caseload of more than 50 patients.The poll of 900 GPs by Pulse magazine found GPs in the UK have an average of 41.5 patient contacts per day – including including face-to-face and telephone consultations, home visits and consultations by email. Seeing 50, 60, 70 patients a day, every day, year on year, is not safe. It’s not safe for the doctor and it’s not safe for the patientGP Dr Mary McCarthy General practice is in meltdown. We can’t go on as we areDr Jackie Applebee “General practice is in meltdown. We can’t go on as we are.” Backing the motion, GP Dr Mary McCarthy, said: “What I want people to recognise is that seeing 25 patients a day is a reasonable amount of work to do. Seeing 50, 60, 70 patients a day, every day, year on year, is not safe. It’s not safe for the doctor and it’s not safe for the patient.“I think this should be viewed like a speed limit, and I speak as someone with points on their licence. That there are occasions when you do break it, that there are obviously flu epidemics or a busy day in which you do see more. But that you do recognise that you’re working at an unsafe level. Other countries recognise this,” she said.Dr Jackie Applebee, a GP in east London, instead proposed national industrial action which would see GPs close their lists to new patients. 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

KSI vs Logan Paul Fears YouTube stars fight will promote violence sexism

The bout will take place in a ring branded with material promoting MansionBet, a Gibraltar-based casino and gambling firm which is one of the main sponsors of the event in the Manchester Arena.  The fight between KSI, a British vlogger, and Logan Paul, a US vlogger, is being live streamed on YouTube, and the stars are charging their millions of young followers $10 (£7.50) each to watch.  YouTube has been condemned for allowing two of its biggest stars to promote gambling, violence, abuse and sexism to teenagers, ahead of a boxing match billed as one of the biggest-ever internet events. The firm has boasted of expanding its reach into the UK with “a huge, media-focused event”.  Kidscape chief… read more

Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks after  Rastafarian boy

Schools may no longer ban pupils from having dreadlocks, after a Rastafarian boy had his hair ban overturned.On his first day of school last September, 12-year-old Chikayzea Flanders was put into isolation and told that his dreadlocked hair did not comply with the school’s uniform policy. He was told that he can only return to lessons if he cuts off his hair.His lawyers, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), argued that his dreadlocks were a fundamental tenet of his Rastafarian beliefs and therefore should be exempt from the policy.Fulham Boys School (FBS), a Church of England free school in West London, has now backed down following legal action by the Flanders family.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The school was ordered by the County Court to pay Chikayzea and his mother Tuesday Flanders a settlement and cover their litigation costs. The EHRC said that Chikayzea, who now attends a nearby school, is welcome to return to Fulham Boys School, should he wish to, provided that his dreadlocks are tied up so that they do not touch the top of his collar, or covered with a cloth of colour to be agreed by the school.While the case will not formally set a legal precedent, the EHRC believe it may discourage other schools from employing similar discriminatory uniform policies. At the heart of this issue is a young boy who is entitled to express his religious beliefs and access an educationDavid Isaac, EHRC chair 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. David Isaac, chair at the EHRC, said: “We funded this case because no child should be prevented from attending their chosen school because of inflexible uniform policies that discriminate against children on the basis of their race or religious beliefs.”He added: “At the heart of this issue is a young boy who is entitled to express his religious beliefs and access an education.“We are pleased that the school has acknowledged their failings in this instance and has agreed to revise its policies.FBS has been told by its governors’ complaints resolution committee to review its uniform policy to ensure it complies with legislation, and also to provide staff with equality and diversity training. It said it will also review its complaints policy.Alun Ebenezer, the school’s headmaster, said: “FBS can confirm that a case was settled earlier this year with no admission of liability made. There was no ruling on the acceptability of dreadlocks, no ruling governing the pupil’s return to the school and no judgement made on the school’s enforcement of its policies.  Reports otherwise are inaccurate.”FBS considers this case closed. The school will continue to enforce its uniform and appearance policy as a necessary and core part of its inclusive ethos.” read more

Largest peanut allergy study points to lifesaving treatment

Professor George du Toit, paediatric allergy consultant at Evelina London and the study’s chief investigator, said: “Peanut allergy is extremely difficult to manage for children and their families, as they have to follow a strict peanut-free diet.”Families live in fear of accidental exposure as allergic reactions can be very severe, and can even lead to death.”Until recently there has been nothing to offer peanut allergy suffers other than education around peanut avoidance and recognition and self-treatment of allergic reactions.”Sophie Pratt, 44, from Kentish Town in north London, enrolled her six-year-old daughter Emily, who has had a peanut allergy since she was one, on the study.”The study has completely changed our lives,” she said. “Before Emily took part we were uncomfortable being more than twenty minutes away from a hospital and she wasn’t able to attend play dates or parties without me or my husband being there.”We had to constantly study food labels to ensure peanuts were completely eliminated from Emily’s diet. Her allergy was very severe so even a small amount of peanut could lead to a very serious reaction. The impact on our family life was huge.”Ms Pratt said by the end of the year-long trial Emily was able to tolerate around seven peanuts. Peanut allergy, a potentially life-threatening condition, has doubled over the last two decades and affects about 1 in 50 children in the UK.The allergy is rarely outgrown and is the most common cause of food allergy deaths.The PALISADE study was funded by Aimmune Therapeutics, which manufactures the peanut protein used during the trial. Peanut allergy sufferers have been given new hope following the results of the largest study of its kind in the world.Children diagnosed with a severe allergy took part in a trial where they were given increasing amounts of peanut protein over a year.The landmark trial found that participants not normally able to tolerate exposure to even a tenth of a single peanut could eventually cope with two whole peanuts.It is believed that by gradually building up tolerance levels, allergy sufferers could protect themselves from accidental exposure.Researchers from Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London took part in a study which suggests immunotherapy treatment, already used to treat pollen and bee sting allergies, could protect people from life-threatening reactions.The PALISADE study recruited nearly 500 children aged four to 17 from the US and Europe to take part in the largest-ever peanut allergy treatment trial.Participants were split into groups who received either a capsule of peanut protein or a dummy powder.Doses were gradually increased every two weeks for a period of six months, before continuing on a “maintenance dose” of peanut for a further six months.The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found about two-thirds (67%) of children and teenagers could tolerate at least 600mg of peanut protein, compared with just four per cent of participants on the dummy placebo. 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

Man accused of killing boy by reversing car seat into him is

Court sketch of Stephen Waterson and Adrian HoareCredit: Elizabeth Cook Former Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson Waterson replied: “I’m not untouchable.”Ms Thorne went on: “You like it to be known your father is a lawyer don’t you?”You would say that your father is an important person, not just a lawyer but he used to be a government minister and you were so powerful because you had these connections.” Former Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson Court sketch of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare 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. Under cross-examination, Katy Thorne QC, for Hoare, suggested Waterson told police he had “powerful parents”.She said: “In that interview you used the fact you have got powerful parents, it seems to you, because you like to drop it into conversation all the time.”You befriend vulnerable people and you are exerting your will over them, making them feel special, and what you do Mr Waterson is you used the fact that your parents are powerful people to make you untouchable.” Waterson replied: “I don’t know why this is relevant and we are talking about my parents. I’ve never used my parents to control anyone.”Waterson has denied deliberately moving his seat back into Alfie after losing his temper on the journey home from Sutton in south London.He told jurors he moved his seat no more than an inch, then forward again when he was asked to.Ms Thorne said: “On your account Mr Waterson, it could not have been the seat that caused his death and you have been framed horribly for Alfie’s death.”Waterson replied: “That’s correct.” A man who allegedly squashed his girlfriend’s young child to death by reversing a car seat has been accused of using the fact his father is a former Tory minister to make himself “untouchable”, a court has heard.Stephen Waterson, 25, from Croydon, allegedly pushed his car seat into three-year-old Alfie Lamb in the footwell behind, causing his death by crush asphyxia, in February last year. In an interview with police, the nightclub worker name-dropped his adoptive father Nigel Waterson, a former minister and lawyer, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.Nigel Waterson was the Conservative MP for Eastbourne from 1992 until 2010 and was a junior minister in the government of John Major. Stephen Waterson and Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare, 23, have denied manslaughter but have admitted lying to police. read more

Council accused of corporate vandalism after sandstone cliffs painted wrong shade of

A council has been accused of “corporate vandalism” by a geologist after historic sandstone cliffs were painted the “wrong” shade of red. East Devon District Council carried out work to stabilise the ancient stone cliffs in Sidmouth by installing bolts set in concrete into the rockface.Contractors painted the concrete sections red – to “help it blend in with the surrounding stone”.However, the work was criticised by local residents and experts, including geologist Dr Alasdair Bruce, who described the council’s effort as “corporate vandalism”.He said: “They have sprayed most of the cliff. It’s almost like an Eric Sykes film.”I’ve seen councils do some strange things with cliffs but this clanger really is at the top of the pile.”The cliffs date back 220 million years to the Triassic period.Bill Shaw, a metal sculptor from Bideford on holiday with his wife, Peach, said: “It’s a bit weird. It just looks fake.”It’s the wrong red as well. It should be more of a terracotta colour or would be better just left as it was.”Geoff Jung, from East Devon District Council, said: “The concrete was dyed to help it blend in with the surrounding stone as opposed to leaving it as a plain concrete finish.” 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