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Scouting Michigan State A look at the 2015 Spartans

Michigan State then-redshirt junior quarterback Connor Cook (18) during a game against OSU on Nov. 8, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 10-game warmup for No. 3 Ohio State has come to an end.Now begins the most important, and difficult, two weeks of the regular season for the Buckeyes, starting with Michigan State on Saturday. The forthcoming game has been circled on the schedules of college football fans since the season began in August when both teams were ranked in the top five of the AP poll. Anticipation hit its peak during Weeks 4 and 5, as the Buckeyes and Spartans occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the AP poll, respectively. The matchup began to lose some of its luster ever since, especially on Nov. 7 when the Spartans fell to Nebraska 39-38 on the road. Even though it is no longer a meeting of unbeatens, there is still a lot of hype about a game between two top-10 teams with major implications on who advances to the Big Ten Championship Game. Here is a look at the 2015 Spartans. Can Connor still cook? Redshirt senior quarterback Connor Cook is an integral part of Michigan State’s success, but unfortunately for coach Mark Dantonio and his team, there are questions surrounding Cook coming into Saturday’s contest. Cook did not play in the second half of the Spartans’ 24-7 win over Maryland because of an apparent shoulder injury. The Hinckley, Ohio, native took two major hits in the first quarter. On the second one, Cook was slow to get up and visibly favored his right shoulder. He stayed in the game but his arm strength was clearly diminished. The decision to trade his helmet for a headset in the second half was more a precautionary one, Cook said after the game. Both Dantonio and Cook downplayed concerns about the redshirt senior’s availability against OSU, but there is reason to wonder how effective he will be able to be. For a quarterback, an injury to the shoulder is about the worst place, besides maybe to the hand, to be ailing. It’s highly likely that Cook suits up — on Monday, multiple OSU players said they are preparing as if Cook will play — but questions of whether he can he still be the same guy who ranks 28th nationally in passing yards and has a 32-4 record as a starter are legitimate. Everything Michigan State does offensively revolves around Cook’s ability to distribute the football so efficiently. Cook has talent on the outside, namely senior wide receivers Macgarrett Kings Jr. and Aaron Burbridge, who have combined for well over half of the Spartans’ receiving yards, but if his arm isn’t able to deliver the football with the same zip to these players, the offense is vulnerable.The Spartans’ rushing attack has taken steps backward this season with the loss of Jeremy Langford to the NFL, as it ranks 92nd nationally. So, if Cook cannot be his normal self, meaning a larger reliance on the run game, the Spartans could struggle mightily to put up points against the vaunted OSU defense. Reviving the old recipe The old recipe for Spartan success was typical smash-mouth football: a strong run game to set up nothing more than an effective passing game, complemented by an imposing defense to win low-scoring affairs. This has worked incredibly well for Dantonio and Michigan State since he took the helm in 2007. However, the past two years have seen the program veer slightly away from this formula to a more wide-open offense spearheaded by Cook with really good, but not great, defenses — especially this season. The Spartans’ defense has not been the feared unit it has in the past yet this season. It can partly be attributed to injuries in the secondary, but even so, the defense’s performance against Maryland might be what it needed to regain its old mojo. The Spartans have held opponents below 20 points just twice: the Terrapins last week (24-7) and Central Michigan in Week 4 (30-10). However, the old, dominating defense re-emerged against Maryland. The Spartans, who are led by redshirt junior linebacker Riley Bullough, limited the Terrapins to 289 yards total offense, about 100 fewer than OSU allowed. They also forced five turnovers: three interceptions and two fumbles. The latter statistic — turnovers — will be an area where the Michigan State defense will need to repeat its success against OSU, especially because the Buckeyes have been slightly turnover prone this season. The Scarlet and Gray have turned the ball over in each of their past three games, including twice last week against Illinois. For Michigan State to have a real shot at upsetting OSU, the Spartans’ defense will need to be able to generate turnovers, and the offense will have to capitalize on the extra possessions. Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s tilt against OSU, Michigan State is scheduled to return to East Lansing, Michigan, for its final game of the regular season against Penn State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Oversigning footballs latest overindulgence

Oversigning. It’s when a school signs more recruits than it has roster spots available. The gods of college football’s recruiting gluttony? The SEC. Today is National Signing Day, college football’s version of the NFL Draft. However, instead of the pro teams picking players, the players choose their schools. The NFL Draft is spaced out over three days. ESPNU has dedicated 10 straight hours to coverage of Signing Day. There’s no such thing as excess when it comes to football in this country. Schools are allotted 85 total players on scholarship at a given time. Last year the SEC implemented a rule limiting its teams to 28 signees between Signing Day and May 31. The rule, now adopted by the NCAA, isn’t being strictly enforced. One reason schools are circumventing the rule is the spacing of the two dates. Auburn signed 32 players last year because it brought in five players, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, in January. The Tigers had 27 players signed between February and May — one below the limit. According to a January Sports Illustrated report, LSU had to use more cutthroat methods in 2008. Coach Les Miles misjudged how many of his borderline academic qualifiers would become eligible. By summer’s end, Miles had to cut quarterback Chris Garrett because he had two more newcomers than available scholarships. He then had to tell signees Elliott Porter and Cameron Fordham — both of whom declined scholarship offers from other schools to accept Miles’ and LSU’s promise of playing football in Baton Rouge — that there wasn’t room for them. Porter had already moved into his dorm room and started classes when he received the news. The same report stated that eight of the 12 SEC schools had averaged 25 or more signees over the past five years. The website Oversigning.com, which chronicles the practice, lists six SEC schools projected to be over the scholarship limit following Signing Day. The leader of the clubhouse? Ole Miss, which has a projected 14 players over the limit. The website projects Ohio State, which is normally far from the oversigning hoopla, to be right at the 85-man limit following Signing Day. I love college football. I love the pageantry and the rivalries. I spend my Saturdays in the fall glued to the television. The sport dominates my life for a little more than three months. But this practice is bad belly fat on the sport. The presidents and athletic directors of every school around the country — not just those in the SEC — need to step up, show some accountability and actually police the guilty coaches. Whether it’s stricter NCAA laws or a shake weight for SEC schools, something has to be done. read more

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Football Nick Bosa will not play against Tulane

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) and junior defensive end Nick Bosa (97) run toward the ball in the first quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the middle of a press conference focused on his suspension and domestic violence allegations made against former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that junior defensive end Nick Bosa will not play in Saturday’s game against Tulane. Meyer said that the defensive end had suffered an abdominal and groin issue in the Buckeyes’ 40-28 win over No. 15 TCU on Saturday, leaving the game in the third quarter and not returning for the remainder of the game. In the win over the Horned Frogs, Bosa recorded five tackles, including a strip sack recovered by redshirt junior Davon Hamilton in the end zone for the first Ohio State score of the game. Meyer said Bosa will undergo further tests this week. No. 4 Ohio State will face Tulane at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State falls to No 8 Michigan State 21 on

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State X-X. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State thought it had secured overtime against No, 8 Michigan State. With a 1-0 deficit heading into the 87th minute, redshirt freshman Devyn Etling scored his third goal of the season, a goal assisted by redshirt senior defender Brady Blackwell, who, along with midfielder Michael Prosuk, defender Michael Dichlan and midfielder Alex Nichols, had been celebrating a senior day. However, as Ohio State prepared for overtime, Michigan State showed why it was ranked as a Top 10 team. The Spartans moved quickly down the field, getting a shot off as time ticked down, something the team had done all day against the Ohio State offense, recording 16 shots, including seven on goal. After the initial miss and save by Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, Michigan State junior defender nailed a header off the Siegfried deflection in the 89th minute to seal Ohio State’s (1-10-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten) 2-1 loss to No. 8 Michigan State (10-2-2, 4-1 Big Ten)Head coach Brian Maisonneuve said the Michigan State score was due to the slow transition of the offense to defense, especially as regulation was close to complete. “You would hope to lock it down with two-and-a-half minutes to go, but I mean it’s one of those instances where we might have gotten caught up in the moment a little bit and they put their foot on the petal,” Maisonneuve said. “They didn’t quit.”  The Spartans “put their foot on the pedal” all day offensively. Michigan State junior forward Giuseppe Barone connected on the first goal of the game in the 36th minute, landing in the top left corner of the goal past Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried after he had three saves to start the game. Siegfried ended the game with five saves on the seven shots on goal. While the Spartans shined offensively, putting the team in good positions throughout the game, Ohio State struggled, continuing its stagnant offensive performances the team had had in the last two losses to Cleveland State and Syracuse.  In the first half, the Buckeyes recorded only one shot against the Spartans, with one corner kick attempt in the first 45 minutes. Ohio State ended the day with two shots, only one of which were on goal. “We definitely took a step forward in our effort. We never gave up and that was fantastic. I thought our soccer was just OK today,” Maisonneuve said. “We have played three games in a week, so our legs are heavy and it showed in our quality and execution, but the effort was there.” In the 44th minute, Ohio State junior defender Osman Fofanah collided with Barone for a foul. As Barone stayed on the ground, Fofanah was pushed down by Michigan State senior forward Hunter Barone. Both Hunter Barone and Fofanah were given red cards and left the game. While the referee saw Fofanah’s tackle as a two-foot tackle where the defender came in cleats up and missed the ball, Maisonneuve said he saw something different. “It looked like a good hard tackle, but I will see it on video. It’s hard to tell, I didn’t see it live,” Maisonneuve said. “If he saw it right, it’s a red card, but I’m curious because I saw it differently.” Ohio State will finish its two-game homestand Tuesday when the Buckeyes face No. 5 Kentucky at 7 p.m. read more

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Fugitive Pole wins battle against extradition after transforming his life

first_imgThis is a case which cried out for an explanation of the delay.Mr Justice Mitting 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. But Mr Justice Mitting, sitting in London, has blocked an extradition order made at Westminster Magistrates Court in May after hearing there was an unexplained six-year delay before the warrants were certified.The judge said Cieczka was “a young man with an unfortunate background” who had put the past behind him after coming to the UK.He had worked hard, established a relationship with a young woman who had a child by him and lived “a useful and blameless life”.The couple were no longer living together, “nevertheless he can say with justification he has transformed his life”, said the judge.He now wanted to stay in the UK and earn for his son. Cieczka was sentenced for a series of offences, including repeated attempts to rob the same individual and burglary.He was in custody for several months but then released on certain conditions, including having to inform the authorities of any change of address.He failed to comply and was later traced to the UK. He still has one year and eight months to serve for the robbery offences and some four months for burglary.The Polish authorities told the National Crime Agency in 2009 of their belief that he was in the UK but there was a six-year delay before the warrants were certified.No explanation had been given why.Discharging Cieczka, the judge said: “This is a case which cried out for an explanation of the delay.”The central issue in the case was whether extradition would be incompatible with Cieczka’s right to a family and private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The judge said Ciecka’s rights had to be weighed in the balance against the need to honour extradition arrangements with other countries.He ruled the delay in seeking his return and the lack of any explanation for it, was enough to tip the balance in favour of allowing Cieczka’s appeal against extradition.center_img A fugitive from Poland who came to the UK and “transformed” his life has won a High Court battle against extradition for old criminal offences.Polish judicial authorities issued European arrest warrants for the return of Karol Cieczka, 29, who has lived in England for seven years, first in Mildenhall and then Ipswich.He is wanted by the regional court in Lublin to finish serving jail sentences imposed for offences committed when aged 17 and 18.last_img read more

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Two arrested after soldier repeatedly stabbed at Aldershot barracks

first_imgMr Ferguson, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, was rushed to the major trauma centre at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, where he was treated for multiple stab wounds.He posted photos of his injuries on Facebook, along with updates on his condition which were greeted with messages of support from friends and family.In one post he wrote: “Thank everyone am doing fine had surgery now and have a subway so all is well”, later adding: “They said it was deep bloody lucky or what and patched up now.”The incident came after a 24-year-old soldier from Aldershot, which is known as the home of the British army, was arrested on Tuesday evening in connection with the deaths of two female joggers who were knocked down and killed on the main road outside the barracks.Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, were taking part in a run organised by their athletics club, which is based at the barracks’ military stadium.The soldier was released on bail and returned to the army base after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said that two men aged 19 and 22 had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack on Mr Ferguson.The spokesman said: “Hampshire Constabulary is investigating an assault at Mons Barracks, Princes Avenue, Aldershot just after 6.15am on Saturday, November 12.”A 26-year-old man is being treated for a serious injury at St George’s Hospital in London.”A 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both from Aldershot, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been bailed pending further inquiries until January next year.”We did consider whether this was linked to events that happened earlier on in the week but there is no evidence to suggest that they are linked in any way.”A spokesman for the British Army said: “We can confirm a soldier was the victim of an assault and that he is undergoing treatment at hospital. Hampshire Constabulary are now investigating.” A security officer and guard dog outside the Aldershot Garrison (stock picture)Credit:Rebecca Naden/PA Wire Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a soldier was stabbed repeatedly in the back of the neck at Aldershot.David Ferguson, 26, was attacked inside the Hampshire barracks just after 6am on Saturday. Two men aged 19 and 22 are being questioned by police over the incident, which came just days after another soldier was arrested on suspicion of running over and killing two teenage joggers.Police have said that they do not believe the two incidents are linked. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A security officer and guard dog outside the Aldershot Garrison (stock picture)last_img read more

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Dean of Exeter Cathedral leaves post following row with Bishop over spending

first_imgSTATEMENT: Dean Jonathan announces retirementhttps://t.co/P3VSXorNwY— Exeter Cathedral (@ExeterCathedral) March 12, 2017 The Dean of Exeter Cathedral is to leave his post after a row with his bishop over the cathedral’s spending.The Very Rev Dr Jonathan Draper will not return to his post after his current period of leave. Instead he will go on sabbatical until August, at which point he will retire.Dr Draper, 65, has been embroiled in a row with the Bishop of Exeter, the Right Rev Robert Atwell, who criticised him for poor financial management and displaying a “lack of spiritual leadership and pastoral care”. An ambitious Roman baths project which failed after being turned down for Heritage Lottery Foundation funding was among the targets for the bishop’s ire in a report published last September. The cathedral is now predicted to have a budget deficit of £175,000 for this financial year. Bishop Atwell said: “Jonathan has been a friend to many and is respected as a thoughtful and imaginative preacher who has not been afraid to engage with contemporary issues. “Like many other cathedrals, Exeter has faced a number of challenges in recent years. With the support of the chapter, Jonathan has had to take tough decisions for the long-term good of the cathedral.” The cathedral’s precentor, Canon Victoria Thurtell, has also resigned. Last week the cathedral announced that three members of staff would have to be made redundant to save money. In its most recent monthly newsletter, management said that the day-to-day running costs of the building were being met by legacies, which “is not a sustainable position”.The cathedral is struggling more than others because it does not have any large endowments or properties.center_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.last_img read more

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Children should be taught terror message of Run Hide Tell says Scotland

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. “The need to share the Run, Hide, Tell messaging in the same way I had stranger danger, I think for me is exceptionally important.” The Government launched its ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ campaign in 2015, soon after the Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed during a series of gun and bomb attacks and restaurants, bars and a concert hall.The terrorism threat level has been judged severe in Britain for the past three years, meaning an attack is considered highly likely.DAC D’Orsi told the World Counter Terror Congress in London: “When I was at school, everybody used to talk about stranger danger and that was the sort of buzz phrase and it’s still a thing I remember today.“Run Hide Tell, for me that messaging needs to be to children as well as to the broader public. If we take a lot of our crowded places, and some of the places that you will work in. We know that at keys times they are a hub that attracts a lot of young people to go to those places.center_img Children must be taught how to deal with a major terrorist attack in the same way they have been told to be wary of strangers, a senior Scotland Yard officer has said.The Government’s campaign telling members of the public how to keep safe if they are caught in a Paris-style rampage must also be taught to children.Asst Dept Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman for protective security, said any terrorist attack on a crowded building or busy public space is likely to affect a large number of young people as well as adults.last_img read more

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Boris Becker gets a parking ticket on his Porsche outside his private

first_imgHis car being given a ticket Boris Becker attends the 2017 French Tennis Open  His car was ticketed while he went to a private members’ club in South KensingtonCredit:GoffPhotos.com  Becker, who was the youngest player to win the men’s singles championship and went on to win it again in 1986 and 1989, was once estimated to be worth upwards of £100 million. The following year Becker received a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and was ordered to pay £2.5 million in back tax, fines, and costs after claiming Monaco as his main residence while spending much of his time in Munich.Then in 2011 the Dubai property development to which he had lent his name, the Boris Becker Business Tower, went bust.And in 2012 a Spanish court judge ordered a house Becker had built for him in Majorca should be auctioned to pay a debt of £225,000 he owed a local landscape gardening company.In a separate civil court hearing, also in Palma, a judge ordered him to hand a further £345,000 to a local building firm that complained its bills for carpentry, electrical and plumbing jobs, and the laying of a basketball court, also went unpaid. Boris Becker attends the 2017 French Tennis Open Credit:Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Imagescenter_img Days after being declared bankrupt, Boris Becker has been given a parking ticket on his Porsche.The tennis champion was going to a private members’ club in South Kensington.He received the parking ticket for parking in a resident bay. Becker, now 49, was declared bankrupt on Wednesday over undisclosed sums of money he has owed to the London-based private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co, since October 2015. But Mr Briggs conceded: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances.”In 2001 he was landed with divorce and paternity settlements totalling more than £20 million to his first wife, Barbara, and Angela Ermakova, the Russian model who had his baby following an encounter in the broom cupboard of a London restaurant. Following the bankruptcy declaration Becker’s remaining assets and property will be disposed of to pay his creditors.There is also the possibility they will seek any earnings he makes as a commentator at next month’s Wimbledon Championships to be used as payment towards his debts.The Bankruptcy and Companies Court heard that Becker, who has a home in Wimbledon, had offered to remortgage his €6 million property (£5.2m) in Majorca as part of a deal to pay off the debt.John Briggs, Becker’s advocate, told the bankruptcy judge, Christine Derrett, that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in around a month.”I don’t want to play around in court. It is clearly in the interests (of Arbuthnot Latham) for there to be refinancing,” said Mr Briggs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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How British junior Aidan McHugh helped reigning champion Andy Murray prepare for

first_imgOne is a two-time Wimbledon champion, the other a 16-year-old making his debut at the All England Club.But the friendship between Andy Murray and rising talent Aidan McHugh has had surprising benefits for both players during the tournament.The 16-year-old began his Wimbledon career  on Saturday with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win against American Gianni Ross in the first round of the Wimbledon Junior championships. “The dream is one day playing in – and hopefully winning – Wimbledon. Who knows if I’ll achieve that dream but I’m having a great time trying and I’ll always be grateful to have a school and family that supports me in that.” Andy Murray (centre) chatting to Aidan McHugh (right) at Wimbledon's Aorangi practice courts on Thursday Andy Murray stands from his seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court on the sixth day of the 2017 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:Oli Scarff/AFP The teenager is hoping to make a success of the Wimbledon Junior championships after being entered into the first round on a wildcard, but his family said his training had to take a bit of a backseat until he completed his Scottish higher exams on June 1.Aidan has credited his school, St Aloysius College, with helping him juggle his tennis training with his studies.Writing a blog on his school website, he said: “I think because the school encourages you to make the most of your talents it’s easier for me to dedicate time to my tennis. But I understand the importance of doing well at school. The teachers realise what it means to me and they help me fit my school work in around my training rather than the other way around. Aidan McHugh beat Gianni Ross in three sets in the first round of the Boys Singles, on Day Six of Wimbledon He went on to win a grade two tournament in Spain last year as well as making it to the semi-finals of a grade one competition in Germany earlier this year. Andy Murray (centre) chatting to Aidan McHugh (right) at Wimbledon’s Aorangi practice courts on ThursdayCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph Andy Murray stands from his seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court on the sixth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships Aidan McHugh beat Gianni Ross in three sets in the first round of the Boys Singles, on Day Six of WimbledonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph Even before his victory the rising star from Glasgow had caught the attention of the world number one, who trained with the teenager three times on the Wimbledon practice courts this week.Murray has taken it upon himself to be a role model to the next generation, but the practice sessions also helped improve his own fitness as he tried to recover from the hip injury he suffered before the start of this year’s championships.Aidan began playing at the age of five at his local club in Glasgow, Dowanhill Tennis Club, where he became involved in team matches along with his older brother.His parents Chris, a GP, and Heather, a consultant geriatrician, took the family to Brant Lake Camp, New York, a seven-week long sports camp where Aidan spent his summers from the age of five to thirteen. Aidan has attracted the attention of both Jamie and Andy Murray, and has even spent time training with Jamie in Miami and Monte Carlo.“It’s been great being around Jamie and Andy and seeing how they do it and how they speak [in public],” said his father Chris. “They’ve been very nice to him – very friendly and very helpful”.He added: “The best advice he’s had is to keep working every day. To do the simple things better so improve his skill level and game at the same time… to keep mentally level as well.”Murray’s spokesman said: “Andy always takes an interest in up and coming British players. He was hitting with Aidan on the Aorangi practice courts earlier this week.”Murray, who received a rapturous welcome as he made a surprise appearance on Centre Court on Saturday, has made a special effort to engage with the next generation of tennis players after rising star Dan Evans tested positive for cocaine earlier this year, leading him to say the British number three had “blown” his career and let down those around him..Murray said at the time: “With guys like Aidan [McHugh] and Cameron [Norrie, the British No 5], I practise with them whenever I get the chance. If I can help them a little bit, that’s great.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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EuroMillions results UK ticket holder wins £58 million jackpot

Two people each won £1 million with the Millionaire Maker codes MKMX93751 and VKMR86851.Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated £15 million.The £121m jackpot win in April was the third highest total ever won in the UK.That total was still some distance shy of the amount won by Scottish couple Colin and Chris Weir, whose ticket helped them scoop over £160m in 2011.Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, also took home more than £148 million in August 2012. A single UK ticket has won the £57.9 million jackpot in Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw, Camelot has said.The winning numbers were 03, 08, 26, 33 and 45 with the Lucky Stars 07 and 10.One UK ticket was the only one to match all seven numbers, earning its owner £57,975,367.70.Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: “We have another multimillion-pound EuroMillions jackpot winner here in the UK, just a few months on from a £121 million winner.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”Players are urged to check their tickets and, rest assured, we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to celebrate.” 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

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Woman 93 injured after cowardly attempted robbery at bus stop

The victim was waiting for a bus on Turf Lane when two men attempted to grab her handbag and dragged her to the floor, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.She was left with injuries to her head, knees and hands by the attack, although her assailants left empty handed.The woman was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.GMP detective sergeant Alex Wilkinson said: “This was a violent, cowardly attack on an elderly woman.”It is hard to imagine what kind of individual would target a vulnerable member of the community and leave them with multiple injuries. CCTV released by GMP “This attack could have had much graver consequences. It is only due to the remarkable strength of the victim that she has been able to leave hospital and continue her recovery at home.”DS Wilkinson said police are following a number of lines of inquiry to find the offenders and have appealed for help finding them.Anyone in the area at the time was urged to contact police, while motorists passing through were asked to provide any dash cam footage. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 93-year-old woman was left with multiple injuries after she was dragged to the ground in a “cowardly” attempted robbery at a bus stop.A 17-year-old boy has now been charged with attempted robbery. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, handed himself in to Greater Manchester Police on Friday night.He was charged in connection with the incident which took place at 11.55am on Thursday at a bus stop in Turf Lane, Chadderton, Oldham. He will appear at Tameside Youth Court on September 4.Police originally released an appeal seeking two men over the “violent” attack that they said could have resulted in “graver consequences” and released a CCTV image of their suspects. CCTV released by GMPCredit:GMP/GMP read more

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Low police pay award is a punch in the nose for officers

The Government’s decision to award a 2 per cent pay increase to police was a “punch on the nose” for officers, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said.Earlier this year the independent Police Renumeration Review Body recommended that police officers be given a three per cent hike in pay.But the Government controversially rejected the proposal in a move that Ms Dick said had left the independent pay review process in “tatters”.Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference in Leicester, Ms Dick said the move had damaged morale and would have a detrimental impact on police recruitment and retention.She said: “This is the second year in a row that the government has rejected the pay review body’s recommendations in favour of a lower reward. “It’s wrong in principle because it leaves the Pay Renumeration Body process in tatters and undermines the careful balance that protects officers’ rights. It flies in the face of evidence and rational argument.”She went on: “It is a matter of principle that officers must have confidence in an independent body deciding on their pay.  “Officers cannot strike, that is quite right. But [the police service] is unlike other frontline workers – other frontline workers can. That in my view puts an obligation on government to respect the carefully developed arguments of the pay body.” Under the new scheme retiring officers will be allowed to take their lump sum, but their pension payments will be held while the continue to draw their salary. The scheme will be open to all ranks from constable to inspector and will also apply to any officer who is due to retire in the next three months.Police officers can currently retire on a full pension after 30-years service, but many then return to the force as a civilian staff worker, earning a salary on top of their pension payments. She went on: “I am not a shroud waver. I don’t want the government to wait until the police are struggling like the prison service with chronic understaffing.”Scotland Yard is currently seeking to recruit an extra 2,000 officers and yesterday announced an initiative aimed at encouraging retired officers to re-join the police.A new scheme being rolled out by the country’s largest force, will allow officers who have taken their pensions in the last two years, to return to the force at the same rank and on the same salary they retired on.It is the first time such an offer has been made and is intended to address a growing recruitment crisis and “chronic skills shortage” within the Metropolitan Police.Miss Dick told delegates: “I have been concerned at expertise walking out of my service. I am announcing today a new retention opportunity that will open up for police constables to inspectors and higher if there is a chronic skills shortage.” 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

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Cervical cancer screening rate falls to lowest for at least 21 years

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. “At a time when we should be making screening easier to attend it is getting harder and harder to access.”Many women struggle to get screening appointments at their GP, access through sexual health is declining and there is limited provision for those requiring extra support.”We have a highly effective programme, yet it is being delivered on an IT system which is ready to collapse.”We are being left behind by countries such as Australia, where advancements including HPV self-sampling are now part of the programme and where elimination of cervical cancer is truly on the horizon.”We cannot sit back and let cervical screening coverage continue to plummet or diagnoses of this often preventable cancer will rise and more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be lost.”Figures from Cancer Research UK show that there were 3,126 new cases of cervical cancer in Britain in 2015. Meanwhile, 854 people died from the disease in 2016. The statistics show that just 71.4 per cent of women in England are attending screening – the lowest since 1997 – and a fall from 75.7 per cent in 2011.Experts said difficulties getting GP appointments for a smear test were fuelling the decline.The figures show screening coverage is higher among older women than younger women.Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every three years while those aged 50 to 64 are routinely recalled every five years.Just 69.1 per cent of younger women attended in the appropriate time frame while 76.2 per cent of older women took up their screening invite.Robert Music, chief executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Today’s statistics are highly frustrating and, coupled with rising cervical cancer diagnoses, an enormous worry.” The proportion of women attending cervical screening is the lowest for at least 21 years, new figures show. read more

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Hospitals adopt military practice to deal with extreme wounds as horror of

At Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital, “small numbers have gone up a lot” and staff now treat more than seven… In the week which saw 14-year-old Jayden Moodie stabbed and killed in London, those on the front line of the battle against knife crime have told of the disturbing scenes and life-changing injuries which they see every day, as the country’s trauma units are forced to develop a “military practice” in order to cope with extreme wounds. Torture wounds, machete slashes and packets of crack cocaine trapped inside tiny bodies. These are some of the severe injuries emergency departments are seeing as the country’s knife crime problem intensifies and spreads from big cities into rural areas.

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Single course of antibiotics may cause irreversible damage to crucial gut bacteria

In a healthy human gut there are around 1,000 different kinds of bacteria in the gut, and greater diversity of species has been linked to better health. But the new study found that antibiotics caused the gut microbiome to change to a less diverse state with fewer… Taking just a single course of antibiotics can damage the healthy bacteria in the gut for at least a year and possibly permanently, scientists have warned. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that just one prescription can change the composition of the microbiome – the collection of trillions of bacteria, fungi and microbes, which live in the body and help regulate the immune system, aid digestion and produce vitamins. 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

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Tom Watson expected to face calls to resign when extent of ties

Harvey Proctor arrives at the sentencing of Carl BeechCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Carl Beech AKA Nick Gloucestershire Police custody photoCredit:Police handout Victims of Beech’s lies – that include the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor – are expected to call for Mr Watson to step down as Labour’s deputy leader when the Henriques report is finally published. It was written in 2016 but Scotland yard police suppressed it, making public only a very heavily redacted that makes no mention of Mr Watson. Carl Beech AKA Nick Gloucestershire Police custody photo 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. Harvey Proctor arrives at the sentencing of Carl Beech Mr Watson has tried to distance himself from Beech, who was widely known as ‘Nick’ until a court order allowed him to be identified.In a statement after Beech’s conviction, Mr Watson insisted “I met the man I knew as ‘Nick’ once” and that he encouraged him to take his allegations to Scotland Yard. Mr Watson neglected to mention in his statement that he remained in email contact with Beech Beech later told police that “Mr Watson formed part of the little group supporting me and putting my information out there to encourage other people to come forward”.It is understood that Sir Richard’s report, commissioned by the Metropolitan Police, after a public outcry, will suggest that Mr Watson’s involvement in Beech’s case influenced their decision to take his claims seriously.Beech, 51, had claimed in interviews with police he had witnessed the murders of three children by a VIP paedophile ring whose members included Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, the ex-prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, and the former heads of MI5 and MI6. Police said Beech’s claims were both ‘credible and true’.A second report written by Sir Richard will underline Mr Watson’s alleged interference in a separate historic abuse claim made by a woman known only as ‘Jane’. The woman had claimed she was raped by Lord Brittan in the 1960s.Police concluded there was no evidence to support her claim and found glaring inconsistencies in her account. But Mr Watson was accused of deliberately undermining the first inquiry, writing to the Director of Public Prosecutions to complain police had dropped the case. The case was reopened and Lord Brittan was questioned under caution in June 2014, seven months before he died, but was never told that he was not to face charges. Tom Watson is set to face calls to quit as Labour’s deputy leader in the wake of a damning report into the catastrophic police inquiry into a Westminster paedophile ring.Mr Watson has attempted to minimise his contacts with Carl Beech, a fantasist now serving 18 years in jail for perverting the course of justice, fraud and paedophile offences.But a report written by Sir Richard Henriques, a retired High Court judge, will suggest that police were heavily influenced by Mr Watson’s pursuit of historic sex abuse allegations. The Henriques report is understood to express concern that police may have felt under pressure as a result of Mr Watson’s links to Beech.The 150-page report is due to be published within a fortnight – although victims of Beech’s lies fear the Metropolitan Police may try to slip it out on a day dominated by Brexit, in order to minimise its impact.The report will be devastating for Scotland Yard and raise serious questions over its senior officers who were in charge at the time. It is not clear if a second part of the report into ‘Jane’s’ false claim of rape will be made public but there will be clamour for that to be released as well.Both reports, when pieced together, are said to be very damaging for Mr Watson and will raise serious concerns about his judgment.Mr Watson has denied he was involved in any form of support group for Beech and that he made no judgment on whether he believed his claims, which were exposed in court as fantasy.But when Lord Brittan died in January 2015, Mr Watson – quoting an email from Beech whom he described as a ‘survivor’ – wrote in a tabloid newspaper column: “Yesterday, one survivor said to me that … that Brittan was ‘as close to evil as a human being could get’.”Lord Brittan’s widow has told friends of her disgust at Mr Watson’s attempts to distance himself from Beech. Lady Brittan said: “It is too late for Tom Watson to apologise but his attempt to distance himself from the false allegations of Carl Beech in the wake of the guilty verdict is disingenuous and untruthful.” read more

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LETTER Prison Service staff and Joint Services must be commended for

Dear Editor,Safely relocating just over 1000 prisoners during the raging inferno that reduced the central prison on Camp Street, in Georgetown, to cinder borders on the miraculous. While a final accounting for all prisoners awaits a search of the cooling compound, the Prison Service staff and the Joint Services who worked with them along with inmates, deserve the highest commendation.This commendation is additionally merited, in light of the provocation of the prison officers club being set alight allegedly by some inmates while being held there as a temporary measure. Statements from President David Granger and Public Security e Minister Khemraj Ramjattan indicate an intention that these levels of humanitarian concern will carry over to the make-shift accommodation in Lusignan, on the East Coast of Demerara, especially given the current heavy rains.Judging from their performance last night (Sunday), lessons have been learnt by the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and the Joint Services from last year’s fire in which 17 prisoners perished.The spotlight needs to move fairly quickly to an assessment of other aspects of this tragedy. Last year’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report, asked three questions: what happened? What happened that should not have happened, and what did not happen that ought to have happened.The first section dealt with the facts: who did what and to whom and what were the consequences. The second part encompassed Standing Orders, their adequacy and other aspects of the general administration of the prison. The third part: ‘What did not happen that ought to have happened’ looked at the role of supporting agencies – the most vital of which is the Judiciary, which controls how many prisoners are sent to Camp Street prison.The prison population as of yesterday (Sunday), according to Prison Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels stood at 1018 in a prison built originally to accommodate 300-400 inmates. The prison has to take all who are sent by the courts. The central complaint leading to last year’s fire came from remand prisoners who spend long periods awaiting trial. The Minister of Public Security reported last night that this figure still constitutes half of all inmates – some 500 men who are still to be convicted or released as innocent.The CoI Report alluded to the following causes of overcrowding which one way or another fall within the purview of the administration of justice. They include refusal of bail in bailable cases, inability to pay bail, a dearth of Magistrates, slowness of the High Court, lack of alternative sentences and absence of a sentencing policy leading to bizarre discrepancies in sentences.Following a temporary introduction of night courts and appeals to Magistrates to use their common sense and be even-handed in bail matters, over-crowding has assumed a lower profile. An initiative to develop alternative penalties has reportedly been developed but its effects are not yet evident in the courts.Equally disturbing is the lack of sustained interest from the legal profession in bringing pressure to keep prison reform front and centre of public concern. Similarly, the other key institution nominally responsible for the welfare and safety of prisoners, namely the Parole Board, has powers to ensure that time spent productively while in prison will result in positive and timely recommendations for parole. It is the safety valve all prisons require to incentivise good behaviour. More attention to the role of the Guyana Parole Board is needed to ensure public accountability and greater vitality.By contrast, the GPS has shown imagination and leadership on over-crowding by rewarding prisoners who work without compensation in the prisons. Acting Prison Director Samuels is reported as stating that “It’s a form of reward for daily contribution to the prisons. They work in the tailor shops, farms, kitchens, clean the yards, transport self-support meals. At the end of the month, we calculate the value of that labour. So, as a form of compensation, they receive Special Remission, which is reduced time on their sentences. Last year a total of 8743 days were taken off from the sentences. In the past, it was seven to 28 days, but this time we started from 14 to 21, to 28 days. Many of them are well behaved and go beyond the call of duty of what is required. Some 486 prisoners have benefited from this scheme to date.”Sincerely,Guyana Human Rights Association Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEXPLOSIVE TESTIMONY: Prisoner claims he saw ‘headless’ body of inmate after deadly Camp Street fireMarch 22, 2016In “latest news””We felt threatened…situation was chaotic” – Fire Service Operations Officer testifiesApril 11, 2016In “latest news”Republican Boxing (prison) gym receives boxing equipmentDecember 28, 2017In “Sports” read more

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Norton St woman appears in Court over fraud charges

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Denise Lovell appeared unrepresented before the court of Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday morning to answer to two counts of fraudulently converting monies to an improper purpose other than which was stipulated by the Virtual Complainant (VC).The first charge reported that between February 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, while being solely entrusted with some $125,000 cash by VC, Rhonda James, in order that she (the accused) may deposit same in her (the VC) New Building Society mortgage bank account, the accused fraudulently converted same to her own use and benefit.In addition, between November 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the accused converted a sum of $320,000 cash to her own use that which she was instructed to deposit in James’ New Building Society bank savings account.The forty-six-year-old woman denied the allegations and told the Magistrate that she is a single mother of two, permanently residing in Norton Street, Georgetown.Bail was set at $150,000 with respect to each charge and the matter was adjourned to be continued on September 25, 2017 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. read more

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Court of Appeal defers decision on constitutionality of GECOM Chairmans appointment

File photo: President David Granger presents the Instrument of Appointment as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to Justice Patterson at State HouseThe Appeal Court ruling on the constitutionality of President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been deferred after Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards asked that the parties make submissions on four specific areas of law before the decision is handed down.The matter will be called again next Tuesday when the parties are expected to deliver their written submissions, as well as oral if necessary.The appeal was filed by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP/C) Executive Secretary Zulifar Mustapha, following the decision by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George-Wiltshire’s who deemed that Patterson was fit for the post of GECOM Chairman. Mustapha, through his team of lawyers, is appealing for the entire decision by the Chief Justice to be scrapped and for President David Granger to choose a Chairman from the 18 nominees which the Opposition Leader had proposed.According to Attoreny-at-Law Anil Nandlall, who is leading the Opposition’s legal team, the Chief Justice erred in her decision as she failed to question Granger’s selection.In a bried comment today, he said that the Court was aware that either side would go to the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) if they feel aggrieved by the decision, “they want their ruling to cover what they consider to be all the relevant aspects”. The legal teams are expected to respond next week Tuesday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCJ fixes case management hearing in challenge of GECOM Chairman’s appointmentMarch 23, 2019In “latest news”CJ’s ruling on GECOM paves way for more unilateral appointments- PPPJune 8, 2018In “Court”GECOM Chair still unwell, medical leave extended- PROJanuary 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

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