Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2019

Serena Williams Debate Is She the Best Female Athlete

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Serena Williams is sparking a sports-wide debate over her place in history. Is she the greatest female athlete of all time and if she isn’t what factors are working against her, real or imaginary? Being a female, black and with an attitude? Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim said this,“I consider her achievements, her mental strength, her power, her (terminally underrated) court smarts, her longevity and the overall arc of her career and I reach the conclusion that she is the greatest of all time — a claim I made in 2010 and have gotten grief for ever since. No question in my mind: she is the greatest living female athlete. That she has played (check that: lived) independent of the establishment and conventional thinking makes her all the more admirable. I have no doubt that I will be telling my grandchildren about her.”Jon added, “I’ve long said that one of the real challenges of covering this sport is covering the Williams sisters, Serena in particular. There is so much complexity and contradiction. And, of course, there is the ever-present patina/prism of race. And let’s be clear: anyone who denies the element of race lives in a land of dragons and unicorns and stable ozone layers.”ESPN also took a stab at the debate. Watch the video clip below:We ask again, is Serena Williams the best female athlete of all time? read more

Falcons William Moore Arrested on Battery Charge

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William Moore, the Atlanta Falcons’ starting safety, was arrested and booked into Fulton County Jail on a battery charge on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.WSB-TV reported that Moore was involved in a dispute with a woman and allegedly grabbed her shoulder.“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information,” a Falcons spokesperson said in a statement released to the AJC. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”Moore was due in court Friday morning.The Falcons signed Moore to a five-year, $30 million contract extension just before the 2009 second-round pick out of Missouri was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Moore’s deal included $14 million in guaranteed money, including an $8.25 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed base salary of $2.25 million for the 2013 season. Moore’s $3.5 million base salary for 2014 is guaranteed for injury only.While it is still very early in the legal process, a suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy could void those guaranteed salaries.After missing all but two games of his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, Moore has started 38 of 40 games over the last three seasons, totaling 201 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and 25 passes defensed. Moore had four interceptions in 12 games and was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster as a Super Bowl replacement. read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. read more

Blue Jackets dropping the flag

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“We can’t worry about that,” Umberger said. “We just have to go play hard every night and give them a reason to come.” Coach Scott Arniel said getting people in the seats comes down to one thing — winning — which the Jackets have not done enough of on their home ice in recent years. “Obviously we want more people, and there is no doubt about that,” defenseman Marc Methot said. “But the only way we’re going to do so is by winning more games at home. We’ve got to make these games exciting and we have to win them, and that’s the bottom line right now.” The Jackets might be on their way. Winners of three of their last four games, two of which were home victories, Columbus hosted its second-largest home crowd of the year during Monday night’s win against Philadelphia. Even with the relatively low attendance, Jackets players and coaches said those who do come have created an exciting atmosphere. “I don’t know what the crowd was. I think I heard 11,000. Well, that was a loud 11,000,” Arniel said following Monday’s game. “That place was rocking right up until the very end.” In the end, it all comes back to the scoreboard. Although the team might be a long way off from its 58-game home sellout streak achieved from 2000-02, Arniel said if his team continues to take care of business on the ice, the attendance will take care of itself. “We put ourselves in this sort of situation and we’re going to have to work ourselves out,” Arniel said. “We can’t do anything about that other than try to have success, play hard here and win hockey games, and people will come back through the door.” Nationwide Arena has been a sea of blue on recent game days for the Blue Jackets. But the arena’s hue isn’t caused by swarms of local hockey fans donning Blue Jackets jerseys — it’s caused by thousands of empty blue seats. Despite attracting a sellout crowd of 18,305 fans for their home opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, attendance numbers have gradually diminished in recent years. Posting losing records in each of their first four seasons in the NHL, the Jackets averaged 17,300 people at home games during that span. In the last three seasons, that number has dipped to 15,600. In the last three home games — in which the Blue Jackets have been outscored 13-9 — the number has taken a nose-dive. The team has not filled more than 12,000 seats since opening night, despite a 5-3 record and a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. Jackets goalie Mathieu Garon understands why fans haven’t been running to fill Nationwide Arena. “You can’t blame them for not coming,” Garon said. “When you play the way we played two out of the three games so far this year, it’s hard to get the fans.” The dearth of fans was most poignant Oct. 20, when the team drew a franchise-low turnout of 9,802 fans against the Anaheim Ducks. That’s just more than half the arena’s capacity. In an attempt to combat low attendance numbers, Blue Jackets director of business communications Karen Davis said the team offers a variety of ticket packages and promotions. “Obviously the crowds have been light after the sold-out opening night, but our goal is to offer a ticket option that fits every fan’s needs — from single-game buyers to full-season ticket holders,” Davis said in an e-mail. “In addition to the core of season-long promotions, we are also offering partial-season plans starting at just three games, and it goes up from there.” Although the organization might be concerned with the modest turnouts, left wing R.J. Umberger said it isn’t something for the team to get caught up in. read more

Eddie George to serve as Ohio States assistant vice president for business

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Former Ohio State running back Eddie George is coming back to campus. George, who won the 1995 Heisman before playing professionally for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, will serve as assistant vice president for business advancement, according to a Tuesday university news release. In such a capacity, according to the release, George will “work with multiple internal and external university constituencies to increase awareness of health and wellness initiatives, support the efforts to engage alumni and friends in the life of the university, assist with fundraising, alumni relations and communications for Ohio State, and work with student-athletes as determined by the athletics director.” Additionally, George, who was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Titans, will “support personalized medicine initiatives, sports business education and work with student-athletes on personal and professional development.” George will report to Jeff Kaplan, OSU’s senior vice president and executive officer to university President E. Gordon Gee. George, who’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, said working with OSU is a “privilege.” “I am grateful to have the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned from my academic and football journey while at the university, along with the work I’ve been doing in the world of business, to support the transformative initiatives happening at my alma mater,” George said in a released statement. In 2001, George graduated from OSU with a degree in landscape architecture before earning his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in 2009. read more

Most important Buckeyes for 2014 — No 1 JT Barrett

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during OSU’s Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Lantern originally selected Braxton Miller as the No. 1 most important Buckeye before he suffered a season-ending injury on Aug. 18. Now, just days away from the start of the 2014 football season, The Lantern’s countdown of the top 10 most important players on this year’s Ohio State roster has reached its final stage as we reveal our most important player for the 2014 Buckeyes.No. 1: J.T. Barrett, redshirt-freshman quarterbackAnytime a Heisman Trophy candidate goes down to injury, the team’s backup instantly goes under the microscope.That’s been true with J.T. Barrett.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was thrust into the spotlight when senior quarterback and two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Miller went down with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.Just two weeks ago, Barrett was the third-string quarterback behind Miller and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Then coach Urban Meyer announced he had gained a slight edge over Jones in fall camp.Two days later, Barrett was OSU’s starting quarterback.Barrett, who has yet to see playing time in an actual game since his senior year of high school when he tore his ACL, will be making his first start as a Buckeye in an NFL stadium.As if that wasn’t pressure enough, the Buckeyes were picked by many as a favorite to participate in the first ever College Football Playoff before Miller’s injury. Now, some have gone as far as to bump the Buckeyes out of Big Ten title contention.With all that, Barrett must be a manager of the OSU offense, while Miller was more of a playmaker who could keep plays alive when the pocket broke down.His job in the Buckeye offense will be getting the ball to the many playmakers around him, something he has done well in practice, according to players and coaches who have even nicknamed Barrett “the Distributor.”While the young quarterback has other young talent around him, he — along with the rest of the offense — will have to make up for a lot of lost yardage as the Buckeyes only return about 12 percent of its total offensive yards from last season.Among the players Barrett is expected to distribute to are sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and senior wide receiver Devin Smith.Wilson leads all returning players from last season in all-purpose yards with 983, 523 of those yards coming on kickoff returns.The only glimpse Buckeye fans have seen of Barrett in a Scarlet and Gray (well, technically black) uniform was in the 2014 OSU Spring Game, when Barrett completed 17 of his 33 pass attempts for 151 yards, including a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive.Barrett, along with Jones, has also taken the majority of the practice snaps in spring and fall camp as Miller sat out because of soreness in his shoulder. Meyer said he’s attempted more than 300 competitive throws in camp.Although he has been named the starter for week one, Barrett will have to perform in order to keep the job because Meyer did not rule out the possibility of playing Jones as well in the opener.Barrett and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season Saturday against Navy at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Mildly eccentric men needed to keep Morris dancing alive

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first_imgMorris dancing started as a rural pursuit but its exact origins are unknown.Some claim it derives from pre-Christian fertility rites, others that it is from the French Moresque or the Spanish Morisca dances of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.The pastime has been in decline for decades, although in 2014 the Joint  Morris organisation said numbers had begun to stabilise.Like many clubs, Chelmsford Morris runs a men’s Morris dancing group and a women’s clog dancing group, which is going from strength to strength.The female activity is thought to derive its name from the dancing that took place in 19th century Lancashire cotton mills, where wooden-soled clogs were preferred to leather shoes because the floors were kept deliberately wet to prompt humidity, which helps cotton spinning. 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. Club spokeswoman Celia Kemp said it was pointless trying to present Morris dancing as “cool”, and is instead appealing directly to confirmed eccentrics.“Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in public,” she said.“They think they will make a fool of themselves. It is probably where the eccentricity comes into it.”Dances usually involve six or eight men, but to put on a “good show” they require at least 10.Mrs Kemp said she was hoping to attract younger men who were “fed up” with going to the gym and wanted to try something new. Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in publicCelia Kemp, Chelmsford Morris Morris dancing faces extinction unless it can inspire a new generation of “mildly eccentric” young men who are anxious to keep fit, a troupe has warned.A group in Essex is hoping to keep the ancient tradition alive by recruiting people keen to be physically active but who are bored with going to the gym.Chelmsford Morris boasts a membership roster of 30, but in reality it can only rely on the regular dancing services of seven men, some of whom are in their sixties and will soon be hanging up their handkerchiefs for good.last_img read more

Killer who strangled supermum foster parent to death and then called Babestation

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first_imgA thief who strangled a 79-year-old widow and then used her phone to call “Babestation” sex lines as she lay dead or dying on the floor is facing life in jail.Gareth Dack, 33, throttled Norma Bell – described as a kind and trusting “supermum” who had fostered 50 children in her lifetime – with an electrical cable so that he could steal her television and £700 in cash.Teesside Crown Court heard that between midnight and 5.30am Dack then called numbers from the Babestation TV channel which, the jury was told, allows viewers to “call scantily-clad ladies while they watch them on TV”. Norma Bell, 79 During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channelsChristopher Tehrani QC Dack was found guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown of murder and arson after four and a half hours deliberation.He stared ahead impassively as the verdicts were announced.He will be sentenced on Thursday by Mrs Justice Whipple who thanked the jury for their “thorough consideration and attention” throughout the three week trial.Mrs Bell had her clothing cut and pushed down, although the court was told there was no evidence she had suffered a sexual assault before her “brutal and unnecessary” murder.After speaking to the sex workers over the phone Dack tried to cover his tracks by lighting fires upstairs and downstairs in Mrs Bell’s home in Hartlepool, Teesside, and turned on the gas hob trying to cause an explosion.At two points in the evening Dack, a childhood friend of Mrs Bell’s foster son John Ahmed, left the house to visit the home of associate Raymond McLoughlin. Forensic officers at the scene On the first occasion at 10pm he sold him Mrs Dack’s stolen TV for £60 and then he returned  at 1am to take cocaine and cannabis with him.The alarm was first raised when firefighters attended her home in the town on the morning of April 3 last year.Christopher Tehrani QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “You can be sure Gareth Dack is guilty of the brutal and unnecessary murder of Norma Bell.”After her body was fund by firefightters a post mortem identified 15 “recent injuries” including rib fractures and the lack of soot or carbon monoxide in her airways suggested she was dead before the fires were started.Mr Tehrani said: “The cause of Mrs Bell’s death was a result of pressure to the neck by way of strangulation.”The strangulation was by way of the application of the ligature, the wire cabling recovered from around her neck, and possibly manual strangulation.center_img Norma Bell, 79Credit:PA “The fractures and the bruising on her back could be the result of someone kneeling on Mrs Bell while applying pressure to the neck while they strangled her.”The prosecution submits that Gareth Dack is the person who murdered Mrs Bell and then set fire to her house.”In the weeks and days before the murder Dack was penniless and had resorted to borrowing cash from loan companies, friends and pals of Mrs Bell.A week before he allegedly killed her she had lent him £10, the court was told.Mr Tehrani said: “His DNA was found inside the home, on Mrs Bell’s handbag, on the knobs of the gas hob, on the ligature around her neck and on her clothing.His car was also parked near the home when firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze at Mrs Bell’s home.”When police seized the car and searched it they found £405 in cash in the glovebox. You will hear evidence that Mrs Bell kept £700 in cash in the house.”Between just before midnight and 5.30am on April 3 someone used the telephone landline at Mrs Bell’s home to phone soft-porn television service where customers may talk to scantily clad ladies while they watch them on the television.”The caller spoke during two of the telephone calls. You will hear evidence from an expert in voice analysis who has compared Gareth Dack’s voice to that of the caller to the television station.”The expert believes there is strong support for the contention that Gareth Dack was the caller.”During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channels.”When the TV from the rear reception room was switched on by the police it went to Freeview channel 175 which is entitled ‘adult party’ channel.”Mother of three sons Mrs Bell and her late husband John began fostering children in 1965Mr Tehrani said: “Over the years it is believed they acted as foster carers to in excess of 50 babies and toddlers. In the main, the toddlers and babies would be placed with the Bells for short periods of time.”Six of the foster children stayed for the long-term and were effectively treated as blood children by Norma Bell and her husband.”The couple stopped fostering in the 1990s.Mrs Bell had previously worked on the trams in Hartlepool. She was also an accomplished book keeper and managed her husband’s business.At the time of her death she was fit and went line dancing every Friday.Dack maintained he knew Mrs Bell and in the days before her death had visited to to pay back a £20 loan, but he denied being in the house at the time of her death.His barrister Peter Makepeace told the jury how “nonchalant” he had been following his arrest and questioning by police.The barrister, who said Mr Dack made no attempt to get his rid of any of his clothing, said: “He does not know that the wheels are turning and the cogs are moving which is going to lead him to be accused of the death of Mrs Bell.”He does not know because he was not there.” Forensic officers at the sceneCredit:Paul Kingston / North News 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

Ball booted out of football ground ends up 1100 miles away in

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first_imgAccording to the club secretary, his visit is on one condition.”He has to bring the ball. Our treasurer would insist,” he joked. The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River DeeCredit:Ross Johnston/Newsline Media Johnny Mikalsen wrote: “Hi! You properly [sic] have one of the best long distance kickers in the world.”A friend of mine found a football with your club name on it by the seaside.”It has travelled quite a distance. We are located 1,800km (1,118 miles) north of Aberdeen, on an island called Vanna, 10km north of Tromso, the capital of north Norway,” it continued.”The football is just a little bit dirty after such a long distance, but fully usable. See enclosed picture.”And there could be a happy ending to the tale on this occasion.Mr Ewan explained: “The man who found the ball has actually won a local competition to come over and visit Scottish distilleries.”We have, of course, invited him to our hospitality and to asked him to visit us when he comes over.” The ball appears to have been swept out to the North Sea after being kicked over a fence during a match along the banks of the River Dee Club secretary Tom Ewan said: “It happens semi-regularly actually. We lose about two balls a month.”We just never realised this is where they might be ending up.”However, they received an email stating otherwise, much to their shock.center_img Amateur footballers have been left stunned after a ball which was kicked out of their ground turned up 1,100 miles away in Norway.The ball was blasted over the 25ft-wide net at Banks O’ Dee FC’s ground in Aberdeen into the River Dee by a member of the under-19s side.Players assumed that the ball was gone forever, as so often happens to the balls which are kicked over the fence.But the ball is believed to have ended up in the North Sea before travelling all the way to the Norwegian island of Vanna. 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. We lose about two balls a month. We just never realised this is where they might be ending upClub secretary Tom Ewanlast_img read more

Councils ordered to send highrise cladding for urgent fire tests after Glenfell

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first_imgMelted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fire The DCLG later confirmed that the polyethylene filling between the two Reynobond aluminum panels did not pass building regulations for tower blocks over 59ft (18m) and a flame retardant material should have been used instead. Melted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fireCredit:Julian Simmonds  DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes said the government wanted to address public concern about ‘potential flaws’ in the cladding on Grenfell Tower.“While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding,” she said.“We are therefore asking local authorities and other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment are a particular type of cladding made of ACM.” It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation Downing Street confirmed that several London boroughs had come together in a Gold Command structure to coordinate assistance to those affected by the disaster. The move came after Theresa May said that initial support on the ground was “not good enough”. Councils across Britain have been ordered to send samples of cladding on the outside of tower blocks so they can undergo rigorous testing to make sure they are safe following the fire at Grenfell Tower. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to local authorities telling them they must check materials used on the outside of their high-rises urgently.Councils with properties more than 59ft (18m) high with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding must supply samples of the panels to DCLG for fire safety tests to establish whether the material in their core is combustible. The first testing is expected to begin on Tuesday. Former minister and ex-firefighter  Mike Penning MP said: “People have been calling, I think probably rightly, for sprinklers to be installed for many, many years under many different governments.” Asked whether the Prime Minister had considered resigning following criticism of her own performance, a spokeswoman said: “These are incredibly challenging times, with a couple of terrible incidents in a week and she is leading the country through this difficult time.”Following reports that some families had been offered alternative accommodation as far away as Preston, a Number 10 spokeswoman said Mrs May stood by her promise that all those affected will be rehoused within three weeks either in Kensington and Chelsea or a neighbouring borough, unless they want to move elsewhere.It is understood that some families have asked to be rehoused outside the area in order to be near relatives.The Downing Street spokeswoman rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes near the fire scene to be requisitioned to house families, saying: “We do not support proposals to seize private property. Our focus is on rehousing people as soon as we can.” Last week it emerged that contractors had used a more flammable type of material for the outer layer of the cladding, which Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, said was banned in Britain. The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding Credit:Andy Radin EPA The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding  However John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which provided the rainscreen panels for Grenfell Tower’s sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said that was untrue.  “Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK. Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures.”The Grenfell Tower disaster has highlighted serious concerns over fire safety in tower blocks, with many asking whether sprinklers would have helped to save lives.The 24-storey tower was built without sprinklers in 1974, with regulations in England only requiring them in high-rise residential buildings since 2007.A public inquiry will look at whether sprinklers should be retrofitted to older tower blocks, and why Kensington and Chelsea failed fit the devices even though it had millions of pounds in its reserves. It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation 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