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Month: September 2019

Drew Brees Gets Record Contract From Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement on a five-year, $100 million contract that includes a first-year take in 2012 of $40 million,  league, players union and the team sources told ESPN.For all practical purposes, the guaranteed money is considered by all parties involved to be an NFL-record $60 million, though there are contractual, but unlikely, outs for the Saints before he would receive all of that sum.The accord was struck Friday morning in the latest round of negotiations between Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Brees’ agent, Tom Condon.Brees had until Monday at 4 p.m. ET to reach a long-term contract with the Saints or his only option would have been to play in 2012 under the terms of his franchise tender of $16.371 million. But he had no plans to report to training camp without a long-term contract, sources said.Brees’s 2012 salary of $40 million is fully guaranteed. In 2013, the Saints will have a three-day window to release him after the waiver period begins (five days after the Super Bowl); if not, Brees gets another $15 million of fully guaranteed earnings, bringing his two-year total to $55 million.In 2014, the same three-day waiver scenario is in place before Brees is fully guaranteed another $5 million, with an additional $1 million in salary. Under the assumption Brees is the team’s quarterback for the next three years, he would make $61 million during that stretch, with $60 million fully guaranteed, the highest guaranteed total an NFL player has ever earned. Calvin Johnson’s deal with the Detroit Lions, signed earlier this year was initially reported to guarantee $60 million, but a closer look found it only fully guaranteed $48.75 million.While the waiver window gives the Saints an out, both the league and union view the $60 million as “guaranteed” because of the extreme unlikelihood that the Saints would want to have paid Brees $40 million for one year or $55 million for two years.The remaining $39 million to be earned in 2015 and 2016 is subject to the same waiver formula, bringing the potential grand total to $100 million over five years. No player in NFL history has averaged $20 million per year.Source: ESPN read more

Terrelle Pryor Leads Oakland Raiders to Victory

Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson led the Oakland Raiders to a win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday night.Quarterback Pryor and the Raiders jumped out early on San Diego after Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Woodson, on the other hand, tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown after scooping up a fumble and bringing to the house.Pryor’s first strike was a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland’s first play from scrimmage.The Raiders then capitalized on four forced turnovers, a great goal-line stand, Woodson’s 25-yard fumble return and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to win the game.Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers had a 400-yard passing game, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also had three interceptions as his team took the loss.“That’s what the kid brings to us,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays.” read more

Floyd Mayweather Should Fight Pacquiao Beat Him and Then

Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms to fight Floyd Mayweather. No surprise there; he needs Mayweather to make the biggest payday of his career and to give his career the ultimate relevance. Now it’s up to Mayweather to get on board to make the fight boxing enthusiasts have clamored for since 2009.Mayweather should take the challenge, deliver a beating, collect around $150 million . . . and call it a career. He should bronze his unblemished gloves and not look back on boxing after the May 2 bout in Las Vegas, according to reports.Next month, Mayweather will be 38, meaning he’s on the other side of his boxing prowess, meaning the more he fights, the more vulnerable he becomes to losing to a lesser fighter.He has made around $350 million, and this with no endorsements. He has not lost in 47 bouts. Vanquishing Pacquiao would be the perfect cherry on top of a legendary career.Significantly, his legend will be about more than beating every man who stood across the ring from him. Mayweather, for all his annoying brashness and bragging and “making it rain,” shifted the paradigm.He took ownership of his career. He realized that he is the commodity and that a promoter making millions off his talent was not needed.He realized that he was the draw and deserved the bulk of the gate and the pay-per-view subscriptions. And so, as four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, “Mayweather flipped the script.“Floyd cut all the middle people out. I’m not mad with him. I think about how much more money I could have made if I was more business savvy. He’s a good fighter, but he’s a really good business man. . . Here’s a guy everyone said was foolish. But he came up with a game plan on how to get the money you deserve.”He deserves to live out his life with his faculties and legacy in place—not as a punch-drunk fighter who entered the ring too many times after his prime.Financially, he certainly is in tremendous shape. For the proposed fight, a source told ESPN that Pacquiao has agreed to a 40 percent cut of the revenue, with Mayweather taking 60 percent. You cannot find anyone who does not believe a May 2 bout would not implode every boxing box office record, which includes the all-time pay-per-view buy record of 2.4 million. That was the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight. The Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez match set the pay-per-view revenue record of $150 million and the all-time gate record at $20 million. This fight will eclipse all that.Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), 36, has agreed to use the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which has randomly tested Mayweather (and his opponents) for years. That was purportedly a stumbling block in the fight not being made over the years.That it could/should be Mayweather’s final bout will make it even bigger. read more

This Round Of The Champions League Might Get Wild

The UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday with the first slate of its Round of 16 games. In the video above, we explain why this year’s matchups could create some unpredictable results.Read more: Our 2019 Champions League predictions

Counterpoint Super Bowl XLIX Was Among The Most Exciting Super Bowls Ever

In the immediate aftermath of the New England Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, we gave a preliminary measurement of how exciting the game was using what Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calls the “Excitement Index.” This index tracks the cumulative change in win probability throughout a game, the logic being that bigger swings in win probability indicate a more thrilling game.By NumberFire’s live in-game probability model, the Excitement Index of Super Bowl XLIX was curiously modest, ranking just 12th all time. But, as we noted, win probability models can vary to a surprisingly large degree, so we wanted to recalculate the Excitement Index using data from Pro-Football-Reference.com, which hadn’t yet updated Sunday night. (We used Pro-Football-Reference in our original ranking of the most exciting Super Bowls last week.)The difference between the two sources is bigger than you might think. If we run the Pro-Football-Reference numbers, Sunday’s game comes in at No. 3 all time, a much higher — and, in our subjective view, more deserving — placement than we’d originally calculated.In addition to the vagaries of competing win probability metrics, it’s also worth noting that the Excitement Index has obvious limitations. Similar to the way the coastline paradox makes it difficult to pin down the true length of a landmass’s coastline, a bunch of incremental changes to win probability can add up quickly for a game’s Excitement Index even if the overall trend of a game is in the same direction.The Excitement Index (as originally defined by Burke) also counts a swing in win probability from, say, the first quarter the same as one from the fourth quarter. In terms of leverage index, this is entirely appropriate — but it may not track as well with the subjective feeling of excitement we tend to experience as fans, where late-game moments are given much more weight.To try to capture some of that feeling, we also calculated an alternative version of the Excitement Index that puts more weight on the end of the game. Here’s how it works: A play at the very end of the game receives a weight of 2, halftime receives a weight of 1, and the opening kickoff gets a weight of 0. It’s a bit ad hoc, we know, but it seems to produce ratings that match the perceived excitement of Super Bowls better than an unweighted sum of win-probability changes.Using our alternative Excitement metric, Super Bowl XLIX is second all time. (See the table below for the updated ranking by this method.)Then again, as we wrote last night, no index can ever really put a number on the elation felt by Patriots fans — and the corresponding despair of those rooting for the Seahawks — at the end of a game like Sunday’s. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey swept by Minnesota Duluth to close out

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded its fifth series-losing sweep of the season in its 2015 finale to drop its record to 6-12-0 on the season.The first period of both games ended with OSU trailing 2-1, and both were close, low-shot affairs dominated by special teams play. OSU was on the penalty kill 11 times on the weekend, including the final 10 minutes of the third period on Saturday. Eventually, frustration boiled over and OSU took a combined 27 minutes in penalties.“Just the team being undisciplined, and that’s not how I run my team, so we’ve got to show more discipline, even when you’re frustrated,” coach Jenny Potter said. “Being undisciplined definitely hurts your team.”Game notesOn Friday, OSU fell 4-2 despite outshooting the Bulldogs 25-23. Senior forward Melani Moylan scored her first goal of the season just three minutes into the game, but Minnesota Duluth would tie it at 1-1 six minutes later off of junior Ashleigh Brykaliuk’s ninth goal of the season.Sophomore Lauren Spring would score for OSU in the period’s closing minute to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after the first.The second period was mostly quiet for both teams except for Minnesota Duluth’s game-tying goal at 2:36 into the frame. Brykaliuk assisted on sophomore Catherine Daoust’s fourth goal of the season.The third period would remain tied until the eighth minute, when Brykaliuk recorded her third point of the game, an assist on junior Sidney Morin’s first goal of the season. With redshirt freshman goaltender Alex LaMere on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker, Brykaliuk would record her second goal and fourth point of the game, as Minnesota Duluth dashed OSU’s hopes of a comeback.On Saturday, with redshirt senior Stacy Danczak now starting in goal, Minnesota Duluth scored first from senior Michela Cava’s ninth goal of the season. Junior forward Claudia Kepler would score to tie it at 1-1 for OSU.“I don’t know how the puck got down low but (Moylan) had it pinned against the boards,” Kepler said. “I kind of pulled it from her feet and took it around the goalie and put it over her shoulder.”After scoring just four goals in two games, the team was not satisfied with the number of chances it generated against Minnesota Duluth.“Not really, we didn’t create enough,” junior defender Alexa Ranahan said. “But I know the girls worked as hard as we can, and I’m proud of the team.”After the game, OSU sounded as if it plans to work on the offense in the next three weeks before its first game of the 2016 calendar year.“Obviously, it doesn’t take too many chances, you got to bury the ones you get,” Potter said.However, Potter was sure to credit her alma mater for its performance in limiting the Buckeyes’ attack in the two games.“I think they competed all weekend,” she said. “It’s just a couple of breakdowns, so we’ve got to regroup and move forward.”Despite the team’s level of competition, the weekend was defined by the final 10 minutes of the third period. While on the power play with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, freshman defender Lauren Boyle was called for interference. Before the resumption of play, freshman forward Maddy Field was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty.With a four-to-three man advantage, senior defender Cara Zubko was given a five-minute penalty for contact to the head of an opponent and was assessed a game misconduct penalty, ejecting her from the contest. “It was definitely chaotic,” Ranahan said. “It’s unfortunate that penalties ruined the momentum of the period. It’s hard as a player having so many stops, it’s frustrating, but that’s hockey.”With three skaters in the penalty box and one in the dressing room, Minnesota Duluth was able to score its fifth goal of the game with six minutes remaining, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the skaters.“Penalties at the end don’t help,” Kepler said. “Whether we agree with them or not, it makes it way harder to come back and win hockey games.”OSU will be off until Jan. 2, when it welcomes Penn State to Columbus for two games. Puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m. on Jan. 2, as well as the next day. Stat broadcastOSU scored first on Friday for the first time in three weeks, going back to the first period of its Nov. 20 game against St. Cloud State.In addition to her first goal of the season, Moylan also recorded her first assist of the season on Kepler’s first-period goal.With Danczak in goal, LaMere watched the game from the bench, ending her games-started streak at 10.With two assists on Friday, Boyle has 10 points so far this season, moving her into a three-way tie for third. read more

Bluecollar Buckeyes shirk being cool to advance to the Elite 8

BOSTON –  “(Ohio State) has two types of basketball teams,” Jared Sullinger said after OSU’s 81-66 victory against Cincinnati. “We’ve got the cool guys and we’ve got the blue-collar guys.” Never was that more apparent than Thursday when the Buckeyes blew a double-digit second half lead only to regroup on their way to victory and a trip to the Elite 8. Coming out of the locker room for the second half, OSU held a 12-point lead and everything was going to plan. Sophomore forwards Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas combined for 30 out of OSU’s 37 points and the Buckeyes seemed to have the game in control. But when the second half started, Sullinger said the cool guys showed up. “To start the second half, we got into the cool guy mode and we kind of let our guard down,” Sullinger said. “(OSU coach Thad Matta) basically told us before we started the second half that they (were) going to come at us with everything they had because Cincinnati is just the type of team that doesn’t give up.” Cincinnati opened the half on a 21-6 run and eventually took a four point lead with 11:34 remaining. The Buckeyes committed four turnovers in fewer than three minutes during that span and the Bearcats were capitalizing on the other end. “We felt like the game was in the bag,” Sullinger said. “Cincinnati came out and punched us in the mouth.” Matta agreed. “We let our guard down,” Matta said. “We had some costly turnovers there, I think three in the first four minutes, that as we told our guys, if you turn it over against Cincinnati, they are scoring at the other end. And they did.” The crowd started to get into the game and suddenly OSU was in danger of being bounced from the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. Part of the change in momentum may have had to do with Cincinnati’s change in defense. The Bearcats played zone in the first half, but switched to man-to-man in the second half. “We were actually looking for them to play zone,” sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “So a few times out there instead of running plays for our man we were running our zone plays against their man-to-man which doesn’t work obviously.” Matta was especially animated toward his team during a timeout in the span. Smith Jr. said his normally calm coach had some choice words for his team, but they helped turn the tide of the game. “He said quite a few things,” Smith Jr. said. “Obviously it worked and we were able to flip the switch. We were playing cool Buckeye basketball which always gets us beat, but we immediately snapped out of that.” Sullinger said the cool Buckeyes hit the showers shortly thereafter and OSU took control of the game. The Buckeyes exploded on a 17-1 run, put the game out of reach and the Bearcats were never able to recover. Four Buckeyes scored during the span and defensively OSU was able to force their opponent into making uncharacteristic mistakes. Cincinnati turned the ball over 18 times Thursday, which is seven more than their season average. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft accounted for six steals by himself. “We took our cool guy look off and we went blue-collar,” Sullinger said.” Normally we would kind of let the game flow like it was flowing and we just stopped and put our hands on it and molded it the way we wanted to mold it.” Sullinger had a big part in molding the game. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas led all scorers with 26 points. The win advances OSU to the Elite 8 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The past two years the Buckeyes’ journey ended in the Sweet 16. Senior guard William Buford is the only player on the team who was there for both losses and said it felt great to finally get over the hump. “Just to say that we’re in the Elite 8 and make it past this hump of the Sweet 16 that we haven’t made it over in the past two years just feels great,” Buford said. OSU will face No. 1 seed Syracuse in the regional final Saturday. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. and the winner will advance to the Final Four in New Orleans. read more

Meet Ohio State wrestlings inseparable Stieber brothers

From growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, to wrestling together at Ohio State, brothers Logan and Hunter Stieber have been inseparable. “We’re 18 months apart and we hung out basically every single day for our whole lives,” Hunter Stieber said. “We’re drill partners in practice. We’ve been best friends ever since our childhood and we still are in college.” The Stieber brothers have excelled in their time at OSU, amassing impressive numbers and racking up numerous accolades. Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, is the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion and possesses a career record of 56-5. His younger brother, Hunter Stieber, a true sophomore, wrestles in the 141-pound weight class and holds a career record of 54-7. Both siblings were named All-Americans last year. It’s why OSU coach Tom Ryan dreams of more than two Stiebers. “I wish they were octuplets,” he said.”They’re a pleasure. They’re respectful. They’re disciplined. They win at a very high level and they’re eager to learn and get better. So we are very fortunate to have both of them.” However, without each other’s help, the brothers said they would be nowhere near as successful as they have been up to this point. “I’m able to have a workout partner whenever I want,” Logan Stieber said. “He’s my size. We push each other. I want him to be the best, and if he does really good, I want to match him, you know what I mean? So we both motivate each other in certain ways like that.” Hunter Stieber agreed that always having his brother around greatly benefits his performance on the mats. “It’s great just having him there to push me, help me out,” he said. “He’s an amazing wrestler. He’s an amazing coach and he sees all the little things that I need to work on. So after all my matches and practices, he can give me little hints and tips about what to improve on. He’s just a great asset that I have to help me get better.” It seems as though the Stiebers have been particularly beneficial to one another this season, as they both went undefeated in the regular season. Logan, despite missing most of January with a leg muscle strain, is 18-0 while Hunter has gone 26-0. The two have set their goals high for this season as both aspire to reach the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling. Logan wants to be named a national champion again while Hunter is seeking to win it for the first time. “I want to win a national title,” Hunter Stieber said. “I’m ranked second right now so it’s definitely in my reach. I just have to keep improving, working hard and working out with my brother and coach and I could definitely win a Big Ten and national title. Then we can push for a team title, but everyone has to do their job, including me and Logan. We have to perform to our best.” Both of them still have a few years left in their college careers no matter what happens this year. “Their potential is limitless,” Ryan said. “It’s whatever they want it to be. They understand hard work. They have the foundation that, if you want something in life, you have to work for it. So with that mentality, anything is possible.” The Stieber brothers will be back in action when OSU heads to the NWCA National Duals meet on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. read more

Ohio States DAngelo Russell declares for 2015 NBA Draft

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is heading to the NBA according to ESPN. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring in 2014-15.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s D’Angelo Russell is off to the NBA after being named a first team All-American in his only collegiate season, according to a report by ESPN.com.Russell declared for the 2015 NBA Draft on Wednesday after he led the Buckeyes with 19.3 points per game as a freshman last season, helping the team to a 24-11 record and an appearance in the round-of-32 in the NCAA Tournament.During an interview with ESPN.com, Russell said declaring for the NBA Draft was a “hard decision,” and added that he would have loved to play for OSU coach Thad Matta for one more year.“But at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” Russell said during the interview Wednesday. “I know what I am capable of and the sky’s the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on.”Russell is projected to be a top-five pick in the draft after becoming the second-highest scoring freshman in program history. On top of leading the team in scoring, Russell also led the Buckeyes with 5.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 175 assists and 55 steals.The Louisville, Ky., native is OSU’s first “one-and-done” player since B.J. Mullens, who declared for the 2009 NBA Draft after just one season in Columbus.Coming out of Montverde Academy, Russell was ESPN’s 13th overall prospect, but the 6-foot, 5-inch guard decided to make the leap to the NBA after starting every OSU game he played.“You never know when this opportunity comes,” Russell told ESPN.com. “I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches — as opposed to coming in and saying I am a pro and trying to leave. I wasn’t trying to get in and out at Ohio State.”After Russell’s announcement, the Buckeyes are set to lose six players from the 2014-15 roster. In addition to Russell, Matta’s squad will be without senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, senior guard Shannon Scott, senior forward Sam Thompson and redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee.OSU is also set to bring in five new recruits in guards JaQuan Lyle, Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris, forward Mickey Mitchell and center Daniel Giddens. All five players are rated as four-star recruits by ESPN.While the Buckeyes readjust to life without their leading scorer, Russell will have to wait until the draft on June 25 in New York to find out his professional fate. read more

Wrestling Snyder claims gold for USA at World Wrestling Championships in Paris

OSU junior heavyweight has his hand raised after defeating Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery in the 285-pound finals at the 2017 NCAA tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. Snyder won 6-3, while the Buckeyes placed second as a team. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder struck gold for his country once again at the World Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Paris with a 6-5 victory in the men’s freestyle 97kg final over Russia’s Abdulrashi Sadulaev to win a gold medal. Snyder trailed for most of the match, but was able to make the most of a pair of spin-behind takedowns that netted four of his six points in the matchup. Trailing 4-5 with less than 30 seconds remaining, the heavyweight maneuvered himself behind a kneeling Sadulaev to take position, two points and the eventual victory. The Ohio State senior entered the tournament as the top seed among 26 of the globe’s elite wrestlers. This was the third gold medal for Snyder as the Buckeye had also taken home a gold medal from both the Olympics and a previous World Wrestling Championship. The win also clinched a team championship in freestyle for the United States. Snyder’s opening match in Paris was a 10-0 technical fall finish as he defeated Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan in a convincing victory, registering four takedowns and two forced step-outs. Japan’s Naoya Akaguma was waiting for Snyder in the quarterfinals, though the Buckeye made quick work of him as well. The two-time NCAA Champion scored a takedown at the 2:59 mark of the opening period to register his second straight 10-0 technical fall. Throughout the match, the Ohio State senior tallied three takedowns and four forced step-outs. To reach the gold medal matchup, Snyder defeated Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan in the semifinals by a score of 9-2. Snyder dominated by a score of 7-2 in the opening period after recording two takedowns and three forced step-outs. In the second period, the two-time Big Ten Champion scored a takedown and finished the 9-2 victory to advance to the finals. Former Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber competed in Paris as well. Despite being the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the four-time national champion suffered shutout losses in two of his three matches and was eliminated from the 61kg weight class. Stieber graduated from Ohio State in 2015. read more

Micah Parsons father believes his sons tweet not NCAA violations reason Ohio

Five-star defensive end prospect Micah Parsons (left) poses for a photo with former Ohio State running back Eddie George (right) at the set of College GameDay on Sept. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State self-reported NCAA violations that occurred during five-star class of 2018 prospect Micah Parsons‘ official visit to campus Sept. 9. Those violations resulted in the football program self-imposing a stoppage to the recruitment of Parsons and ruled him ineligible.Terrence Parsons, Micah’s father, says there is more to the story. In fact, Terrence Parsons said he believes Ohio State ended its recruitment of his son because of a tweet Micah sent at 11:38 p.m. after the Oklahoma game, in which he said he would consider making a quarterback change from J.T. Barrett to Dwayne Haskins.The tweet immediately drew widespread criticism, with many questioning the appropriateness of a recruit — especially one amid his official visit — calling for a personnel change. He apologized the next day. “After the visit, you know, the next day everything seemed strange because our itinerary said we’re supposed to meet with Urban Meyer at the end of our visit,” Terrence Parsons said. “But that never happened. So when that didn’t happen, I was like, I told his mom, I said, ‘Yeah, I don’t think they want our son no more.’”Terrence Parsons said neither he nor his wife have had contact with anyone from Ohio State since arriving back home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 10 — except for a brief exchange with head coach Urban Meyer. “I texted them on the 10th, saying thank you and everything. [Defensive line coach] Larry Johnson, he briefly responded. Urban Meyer didn’t respond until that Friday, then he didn’t see my message and said ‘Can I talk later?’ I said, ‘Yeah, what’s good?’ He said, ‘Noon.’ I hit him back around noon. There was no reply or answer and that’s it.” Terrence Parsons said he is not sure whether Micah has had contact with the coaching staff or university. On Sept. 19, Land of 10 reported Micah talked with Meyer.Ohio State self-reported the violations to the NCAA on Sept. 26. But Terrence Parsons said he was never notified by Ohio State of the violations.“We just want to know, if it was a violation and you realized that on the 26th, whether it hit the paper or not, you could at least let us know,” he said.Terrence Parsons said neither he nor Micah knew it would be a violation to go to College GameDay and meet analysts including Kirk Herbstreit. Prospective prospects are not able to have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes, and members of the media are not allowed to be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect, according to the records.“Had we known, no, we wouldn’t have went up on stage,” he said.Terrence Parsons also questioned the accuracy of what Ohio State said in its self-reported violation. The university wrote that Micah Parsons was brought to the set of College GameDay by football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger because his parents “requested that Terwilliger stop the tour to take a look” since “the prospect’s parents had never seen College GameDay.” Terrence Parsons called that “a lie,” saying the Parsons were nearby the GameDay set before an Ohio State game in 2016 — the family visited for both the Nebraska and Michigan game; GameDay was on site for the game against the Wolverines. He also said once they arrived at the set, they were fine to record the show on their phones from below and did not ask to come on stage, but were invited.Ohio State did not respond to a request for comment about Terrence Parsons’ claims.Five-star prospect Micah Parsons (wearing an Ohio State shirt) poses for a photo with former Ohio State running back Eddie George on from the set of College GameDay on Sept. 9. Football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger can be seen in a red shirt to the right of George. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPhotos also show a potential inconsistency in Ohio State’s account of Micah Parsons’ visit. When the Parsons family came by the set, Ohio State wrote in its NCAA self-violation report, “Terwilliger stayed at the bottom of the stairs as Herbstreit brought the prospect and his father on stage.” However, photos taken that day seem to show Terwilliger, wearing a red polo and khakis, on stage, standing behind Micah Parsons while the recruit took his picture with former Ohio State running back Eddie George. Ohio State also did not respond to a request for comment about this potential inconsistency. Micah Parsons was not the only player on a visit to tweet his thoughts about Ohio State’s quarterback situation. Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman tweeted, “OSU game this past weekend, they need to put in my bro [Haskins] and let him work,” two days after Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Terrence Parsons said it was unfair for his son to be singled out. Ohio State has continued to recruit Carman.He said his son did not mean he wanted a permanent quarterback change, but wished Haskins entered the game in the second half when the game was out of hand. Micah Parsons apologized for his tweet the morning after the Oklahoma game.On Monday morning, when Micah Parsons posted a video on Twitter naming his top-six schools, he included Ohio State. The defensive end will sign a letter of intent with a school on Wednesday. read more

Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State travels to face struggling Northwestern in

Ohio State sophomore guard Andre Wesson (24) looks to complete a pass in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (15-4, 6-0 Big Ten) will take to the court for the first time as a ranked opponent Wednesday in Rosemont, Illinois, when it faces Northwestern (11-8, 2-4 Big Ten). The Buckeyes had not been ranked since the 2014-15 season and also are at No. 16 by KenPom.com and No. 23 according to RPI.The first chance to defend those rankings will come at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Adjusting to being rankedThis is not the first time a Chris Holtmann-coached team has been ranked. However for many of the players on the roster, it is the first time there is a number next to their team’s name. Only senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt senior Kam Williams were on the team the last time Ohio State was ranked. Holtmann said he has not discussed the rankings with his players and does not plan on talking about it with them, but sophomore forward Andre Wesson said he couldn’t help but feel excited about being ranked. “I can’t really put it into words,” Wesson said. “Just growing up in Columbus, just always hearing about Ohio State and just the down years that we had, people talking bad about us … It’s just good to be ranked again and people talking about us again.”But as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said after the Buckeyes upset the then-No. 1 Spartans, teams are going to start to view Ohio State a little differently. This team that began the season as an underdog will now see Ohio State as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. Holtmann said his team is going to need to be ready because teams will no longer sleep on his squad, and opponents will now start to look at a matchup with the Buckeyes as a chance fortheir respective programs to earn a marquee win.“I think probably there is an added energy in a lot of ways,” Holtmann said. “And I think our guys are going to need to be prepared and ready for that. We’ll see if they can handle that. Obviously, we’ve got a really, really full week ahead of us, but given where we’re at, I think that’s to be expected. We’re going to get a lot of people’s best shot.”Projected StartersNorthwestern:G — Scottie Lindsey — Senior, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Bryant McIntosh — Senior, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apgF — Vic Law — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 200 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Aaron Falzon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs., 7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apgC — Dererk Pardon — Junior, 6-foot-8, 235 lbs., 11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2 185 lbs., 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgScouting NorthwesternOhio State has thrived throughout the 2017-18 season, but the same cannot be said of Northwestern. The Wildcats have just two Big Ten wins, their only victories against opponents ranked inside advanced statistics website KenPom.com top 100 best teams. Northwestern comes into this game with wins in only two of its past six games. Northwestern has struggled the most in conference games. It ranks 13th with a 45 percent effective field goal percentage and has the fourth-highest offensive turnover rate at 19.2 percent. Its offense lives and dies by the 3-pointer. It is 125th in the country in 3-point accuracy at 36.1 percent and has generated 35.1 percent of its total points from beyond the arc (86th-highest rate in the nation). The Wildcats’ offense has been inconsistent this season, but it has almost always relied on point guard Bryant McIntosh to run the offense. Northwestern’s floor general has one of the highest assist rates of any guard in the nation, assisting on 36.4 percent of his team’s points while he is on the court. McIntosh also has produced the second-most points of any player for the Wildcats, scoring in double-figures in 11 of the team’s 19 games and more than 20 points three times.“McIntosh is a great passer. Great vision,” Holtmann said. “He can make shots. He’s great at making plays in kind of the midrange too. Floater, mid-range, kind of reversing his course and using a shot fake. He can be really effective.” read more

Wrestling Ohio State cruises to a 3512 victory against Michigan State

Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (11-0, 6-0 Big Ten) won against Michigan State (5-7, 1-5 Big Ten) 35-12 in East Lansing, Michigan, Friday night.No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher started the Buckeyes off with a pin to beat redshirt freshman Nathan Ellis at 133 pounds. Juniors No. 11 Joey McKenna and No. 5 Micah Jordan also won via pins at 141 and 157 pounds respectively. Pletcher and McKenna’s pins gave Ohio State a 12-0 lead, which they extended, eventually winning seven matches. Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes won 16-1 with a technical fall, bouncing back from a loss last meet against Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen. Ohio State’s No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore and No. 2 junior Myles Martin also won with technical falls.No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell lost his match to Michigan State’s Austin Hiles after he was disqualified for accumulating five stalling calls. This was Campbell’s fourth loss in a row. Ohio State freshman heavyweight Kevin Snyder lost to Christian Rebottaro. He wrestled in place of his brother, Kyle, who is competing in Russia at the Yarygin Grand Prix this weekend.No. 1 senior Nathan Tomasello bounced back from his first loss of the year with a 7-3 win against Michigan State 125-pound freshman Rayvon Foley. Redshirt freshman Fritz Schierl made an appearance in place of senior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds for the Buckeyes. He lost 9-6 to Michigan State’s Logan Ritchie.This meet was the first of two for the Buckeyes this weekend. They face off against Purdue on Sunday at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. Following the Purdue meet Sunday, Ohio State has a highly anticipated matchup against No. 1 Penn State on Feb. 3. read more

Baseball Ohio State begins Big Ten play begins with momentum

Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler (10) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDespite winning seven of its past nine games, the Ohio State baseball team will try to do something this weekend that it hasn’t done since March 3: win a road game. The Buckeyes have found their stride at home and will hope to continue their red-hot offense in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday when Ohio State (14-11) will open Big Ten conference play against Rutgers (6-15). “We did it here at home,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Next test is let’s take it on the road and do it at Rutgers.”In their past five road games, the Buckeyes have been outscored 42 to 25. The team’s last road win came against Bethune Cookman when Ohio State defeated the Wildcats 16-9 on March 3. Rutgers has not found much success this season, but the Scarlet Knights won both their games at home this season. Despite a team batting average of .230, the future looks bright for Rutgers. The team’s top three batters are all underclassmen. Redshirt freshman Tim Dezzi leads the Scarlet Knights with a .342 batting average. Despite his tendency to get hits, Dezzi has only knocked in seven runs on the season. Leading the team with five extra base hits is center fielder Mike Nyisztor. The sophomore is hitting .307 on the season with four RBI. Freshman catcher Peter Serruto is the third and final player to hit above the .300 benchmark for the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers lineup, unlike Ohio State’s offense, does not contain power, hitting five home runs this season. The Buckeyes have hit five times as many home runs, 12 of which came in their nine-game homestand. To combat Ohio State’s explosive bats is a Rutgers pitching staff that has only allowed opponents to go yard eight times this season. The staff is led by sophomore pitcher Harry Rutkowski. The ace holds a 2.50 ERA and is averaging just under six strikeouts a game.Rutkowski allowed five earned runs in his first start on the season, but has only five earned runs combined in his past five starts. The sophomore is coming off his best performance of the season against Indiana State. He was able to go seven innings and surrendered only one run. Rutgers also has two strong relievers to lean on for success on the mound. Redshirt junior pitcher Steven Acosta holds a 2.40 ERA in 10 appearances. Redshirt junior pitcher Tommy Genuario also boasts a strong resume this season. He has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 2.45 ERA. These pitchers will be put to the test against an Ohio State squad that hit .321 at home. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry hit .457 over the past nine games, and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone tallied three home runs and a .382 batting average over that same stretch. “I feel like we’re getting it going again, and we are starting to really mesh together as a team,” junior pitcher Jake Vance said. The Big Ten conference presents a new test for the Buckeyes, but the momentum built in their homestand is real, according to Canzone. “The Big Ten is one of the hardest conferences to play in, but at the same time, we’re prepared,” Canzone said. “We’re ready to play, and we’re all clicking right now, so I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”The Buckeyes will open up the three-game series with a 2 p.m. game Friday. This will be followed by a game at 1 p.m. Saturday and a finale at noon Sunday. read more

Dont waste our time NHS pleads with up to 17 million needless

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. “Sticking to your appointment is a small but effective way to wish the NHS happy birthday in its 70th year,” she said.Darent Valley Hospital in Kent, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust were among those yesterday urging anyone whose condition was not a serious accident and emergency to keep away from A&E.The day before, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS foundation trust, in King’s Lynn, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in Hampshire, and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals trust in London were among those making public appeals for doctors and nurses who were off duty to come and work.NHS surveillance suggests flu cases have risen by 67 per cent in a week in England – meaning around 3.7 million people came down with such symptoms over the Christmas period.The data held by Public Health England shows the flu season now underway across England, Scotland and Wales, with a significant increase in deaths in Scotland. Health officials are urging the public not to heap pressures on Accident & Emergency units, as they reveal up to 17 million hospital visits a year may be needless.Jane Cummings, NHS chief nursing officer, urged people to turn to pharmacists and 111 whenever possible, as she warned that services are now under unprecedented strain.A number of trusts have issued direct pleas to the public to keep away from A&E if at all possible, with others asking any available nurses and doctors to come in to work.Senior doctors say a rise in flu cases has been enough to overload many hospitals and place heavy strain on ambulance services, even though the season has only just begun.But today the country’s most senior nurse asked the public to play their part in lifting pressures on hospitals, in the week which is usually the toughest for the NHS.NHS England said that in 2016/17, more than nine million people were sent home from A&E after only getting advice, which could often have been obtained from a pharmacist or 111.Meanwhile, almost eight million outpatient appointments were wasted on patients who failed to turn up – a rise from 7.5 million the previous year.The appointments alone were worth £1bn, officials said – which could have funded 1 million cataract operations.Ms Cummings said: “With the NHS coming under pressure as never before, we are asking patients and the public to use the health service responsibly to help ensure that care is readily available for everyone who needs it.“There are now more doctors, nurses and other clinicians available at the end of a phone to give advice and guidance to users of the 111 service,” she said.The senior nurse asked patients to keep hospital appointments – or to give services good notice if they needed to cancel.  last_img read more

Girl 18 died at Mutiny Festival after taking two pills as second

A grieving mother has revealed that her 18-year-old daughter died at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth after taking two pills.Janine Milburn, a healthcare assistant, said Georgia Jones “was 18 and full of life” and that she hopes “this stops at least some of you ending up the same”.The popular dance festival was cancelled as a “safety precaution” after the death of  Ms Jones and Tommy Cowan, a 20-year-old man.Mr Cowan, also known as Tommy Bakeer, was described on Sunday evening as a caring young father.According to Portsmouth local paper The News, his father, Damian Cowan, 43, said: “He was funny. He loved life and he loved his little boy.”He was everything. He was a good lad – unfortunately he made a bad choice.”The two who died and another who is in critical condition were among 15 people to attend hospital during one night of the Mutiny Festival.The deaths are being treated as separate incidents and are not being treated as suspicious. However, Hampshire Constabulary said inquiries were being made to determine the circumstances. “The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today. As you can imagine, this decision was not taken lightly and was taken with the support of the local statutory authorities who we continue to work with.”Enquiries are being made into the circumstances of what has happened, but we must reiterate our advice to all our customers to responsibly dispose of any substances. “He is such a caring guy who would do anything for any one. He loved going out with his mates but most importantly loved spending time with his girlfriend and son,” said Mr Ford, who lives near Portsmouth.”It was a big shock to lose such a great guy like him.”Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and contact police on 101. Harm prevention alert Festival family – we are aware of a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site. We strongly urge you to not take any substances whatsoever and to report any symptoms of… https://t.co/8r2Merf66g— Mutiny Festivals (@MutinyFestivals) May 26, 2018 Organisers said on Saturday night they were aware of “dangerous high strength or bad batch” of drugs on site.The festival said in a statement: “Following the terrible news from earlier today, the team behind Mutiny Festival are incredibly sad to announce that the Sunday of the festival has been cancelled as a safety precaution. In response to the post, Hampshire Police told Sky News: “We are aware of the alert issued by the festival and are looking into its content.”A woman has posted on social media paying tribute to her ‘little girl’ who ‘died after taking two pills’ to warn others about the dangers of drugs.Janine Milburn, from Havant, said this morning Georgia Jones suffered a 45-minute fit after taking the pills.Mrs Milburn said “my little girl was 18 and full of life” and “I just hope this stops at least some of you ending up the same”.The post read: “As I have now spoken to family members I can now say Georgia died yesterday due to complications after taking two pills at Mutiny.”If nothing else I hope what has happened to her will deter you from taking anything ever.”She continued: “The pills had caused her temperature to rise so high it made her fit for 45 mins.”My little girl was 18 and full of life, I just hope this stops at least some of you from ending up the same.”Mr Cowan was a “brilliant” friend, according to 19-year-old Jack Ford, who said they met at college studying uniformed services. “Please stay alert and look out for each other.” https://t.co/V4bQDH4o0s pic.twitter.com/MgV014fNxL— Mutiny Festivals (@MutinyFestivals) May 27, 2018 Mutiny festival “More information will follow when available, we appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.”Dizzee Rascal, Craig David and Sean Paul topped the bill at the two-day event that was due to end on Sunday.Police were first alerted to the woman falling ill at the site on Saturday evening and the man was found collapsed around 20 minutes later.Earlier on Saturday evening, Mutiny Festival tweeted a post entitled “Harm prevention alert”, which said: “Festival family – we are aware of a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site.”We strongly urge you to not take any substances whatsoever and to report any symptoms of illness / discomfort immediately to medical, welfare, security or the safeguarding team. An 18-year-old female and 20-year-old male were found unconscious at the festival siteCredit:UKNIP 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 receiving payments for 36 million ghost 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. Up to 3.6 million patients who do not exist are registered with GPs’ surgeries, it was revealed last night.The number of so-called ‘ghost patient’ are rising by almost 6,000 a week, according to the Mail on Sunday, despite a three-year government crackdown on the issue.Doctors in England receive an average of £151 a year for each patient on their books, whether they attending appointment or now.But, millions of patients still registered at practices across the country have either died or moved away but medical record have not been updated accordingly.Corporate consultancy Capita was contracted by the NHS in 2015 to get a handle on the issue, as part of a £330m project to run ‘back-office’ services. Despite this the number of ‘ghost patients’ has continued to grow. Meg Hillier, the Labour MP for Hackney South and chairman of the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We are talking about a tremendous amount of money – as much as £550million – that is being wrongly allocated to GPs with ghost patients on their books.”At a time of severe strain on NHS budgets, this could be diverted elsewhere on patients who need it. “The fact that the number of ghost patients keeps going up underlines the chaotic nature of back office functions within the NHS.” Joyce Robbins, head of the campaign group Patient Concern, said: “Almost four million ghost patients is the size of a small country. ‘GPs are not doing enough to sort this out. It needs to be fixed.”A spokesman for NHS England, said: “We agree that this situation is not good enough and more could be done to speed up the process of removing ghost patients.” read more

Stalker jailed for falsely accusing parents of cooking babies was invited to

She claimed devil worship, child rape and murder was taking place at the primary school in Hampstead in north London as pat of cult of at least 100 members. The satanic cult also met at the local swimming baths and at a branch of McDonald’s restaurant, McNeill claimed.   Sabine McNeill, 74, destroyed the lives of four families after leading a campaign against them over false and bizarre claims they were at the centre of a satanic, cannibalism cult. An ‘evil’ stalker jailed for falsely accusing primary school parents of cooking babies and eating them was invited to give testimony to the national child sex abuse inquiry, The Telegraph has been told. The families she targeted were forced to change… read more

Tainted blood warning as GPs told thousands of victims may still be

It came as Sir Brian Langstaff, who is chairing the probe, called for wider testing to eliminate the “terrible disease”, which, alongside HIV, contaminated approximately one per cent of transfusions given before 1991. Lawyers for the inquiry revealed TOday that health chiefs have instructed GPs to ask patients with flu-like symptoms about previous blood transfusions, or use of blood-products, in a bid to identify undiagnosed Hepatitis C. On the first day of evidence in central London, he promised the inquiry would be “frightened… Thousands of victims of the NHS tainted blood scandal may still be unaware they are infected with potentially deadly viruses, the inquiry into the tragedy has warned. read more

Two railway workers killed by passenger train in Wales

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: “Shortly before 10am today officers from British Transport Police were called to the railway close to Port Talbot in South Wales, following a report of a train striking persons on the tracks.”Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service are also on scene, very sadly two persons have been pronounced dead at the scene.”Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, said: “We are making a number of urgent enquiries to understand exactly what happened in the moments leading to this fatal collision.”Very sadly two people have died and my officers are now working to identify them and ensure that their families are supported at this incredibly difficult time.”A Network Rail spokeswoman told The Telegraph there were no planned engineering works in the area overnight.  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. Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the siteCredit:Wales News Service Two railway workers have been killed and another injured after they were hit by a passenger train in south Wales.It is thought the three men were struck by the speeding train as it passed through a line they were working on because signallers were unaware they were on the tracks.The train was heading from Swansea to London Paddington but struck the men just 20 minutes into the journey near Port Talbot.Two workers died at the scene while a third was treated by paramedics for shock. One railway worker said: “The driver immediately called in the accident saying he had struck the three workers and ambulances were called.”A signal worker didn’t know that they were there. It could be that they hadn’t notified the right people. There have been a lot of near misses on the tracks recently with contractors working on the line.”A full investigation is now underway to establish what exactly how the train ended up hitting the three men.A shocked passenger on board the train said the train came to an abrupt stop moments after leaving Port Talbot Parkway. He said: “We weren’t sure what was happening, but a train manager came through the train and said the railway workers had been hit by the train.” Another passenger said the impact was not felt by those on board. They said: “To be honest there was no indication that anyone had been struck. Nobody on the train saw anybody get hit. The train is quite calm. There was no bang or anything.” Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the site read more