The US Is Twice As Likely To Win The World Cup As

“Time heals all wounds” is kind of a nonsense saying when it comes to sports. If it were true, rivalries wouldn’t exist and 35-year-olds on the brink of retirement wouldn’t hang on for one last World Cup. More than half the likely starters on the U.S. and Japanese national teams in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday were there for the agony and ecstacy — depending which team you were on — of the 2011 final game, when Japan defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks. Japan now has a chance to repeat history, and join Germany and the U.S. as the only countries to win two World Cup titles. The U.S. is looking to break its 16-year World Cup drought and secure its place in history as the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time (in either the women’s or men’s game).This championship game might not be the greatest of all time, but it’s one with a lot of still-fresh wounds, so here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.Things are more even than they seemBack in 2011, some betting lines put Japan’s chances of beating the U.S. around 28 percent, not so far from where they are this time around. Coming off a huge semifinal win over Germany, FiveThirtyEight’s model says the Americans should win 67 percent of the time, but the two teams’ performances in this World Cup have been pretty similar. Both teams have created the same number of chances (59) and scored the same number of goals (nine), despite having traveled very different paths to the final.It’s likely that goals won’t come easily for either side. The U.S. hasn’t been scored on since its opening game, and Japan has conceded only three goals in six games (one of which was an egregious keeper error). It may very well come down to who can capitalize on the few good opportunities the defense allows, and which team doesn’t miss early chances like the U.S. did in the 2011 final.A battle of two very different stylesJapan is arguably the most technical team in the world; it has had the highest pass completion percentage of any team at the World Cup (80 percent compared to the Americans’ 74 percent) and its players have touched the ball and attempted almost 1.5 times as many passes as the U.S. players. Japan plays a quick, one-and-two-touch style of soccer that is different from the styles of most teams the U.S. has faced so far. The closest comparison is probably Colombia — and the U.S. struggled a bit to win the ball back in the midfield in that game.Where the U.S. will excel against Japan is with its physicality and speed; by pressuring the defense and surprising Japan by playing the ball in behind. This is how the first U.S. goal came at the 2011 World Cup: The midfield collapsed to win the ball back, Megan Rapinoe played a long ball in behind, and Alex Morgan outran her defender and scored with just two touches. In the semifinal game against England this year, Japan struggled when the Lionesses pressured and stepped to win the ball back, and the U.S. must do the same thing if it hopes to break down Japan’s tremendous organization. The Americans are undoubtedly faster and stronger than Japan, but they’ll also need to be able to win the ball from a team that hardly loses it.Slow and steady wins the race (at least for one team)Both teams’ chances of winning didn’t change significantly throughout the tournament aside from a bump after the semifinal games; the U.S. hovered around 30 percent and Japan around 10 percent for the majority of the World Cup. Neither team looked stellar during the group stage — eyes were on Germany, France and even Brazil’s early dominance — but these are the two teams that have made it to the World Cup final.“These are two talented teams with a lot of history and rivalry, and I think it will be a classic matchup,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Sunday’s final. The score in head-to-head matchups is one to one right now — one World cup victory for Japan to one Olympic gold medal for the U.S. — but everyone knows a World Cup trophy tastes sweeter than gold. read more

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Say What Kevin Ware Back on Court in October

Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could return to play as early as October.Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday that he is impressed by Ware’s progress in rehabilitation, which recently included riding a stationary bicycle.Ware fractured his leg with a gruesome injury during Louisville’s regional final win over Duke. The incident caused the regrouping the Cardinals needed to go on to win their third NCAA title.“He’s just riding the bike, and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing,” Pitino said. “I’d say in another month he’ll be healed, and then he’ll start working out a little bit.” read more

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Tiger Woods Returns Rusty But Back on PGA Tour

After 109 days outside the ropes, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour Thursday, showing that his surgically repaired back is fine, if not his swing.Woods carded a 3-over 74 after seven bogeys in the opening round of the Quicken LoansNational, a tournament that benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. That’s why he surprised fans by announcing last week that he would make his return this week.The rust was evident, as Woods missed many routine-for-him scramble opportunities at the difficult Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C.. He was 6 over par at one point, but rallied in his last six holes to score three birdies.”I made so many little mistakes,” Woods said. ”So I played a lot better than the score indicated.”From a health standpoint, he said he was fine. ‘The back’s great,” he said. ”I had no issues at all – no twinges, no nothing. It felt fantastic. That’s one of the reasons why I let go on those tee shots. I hit it pretty hard out there.”Woods last played at Doral on March 9, when he closed with a 78 while coping with pain in his lower back. He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31, causing him to miss the Masters and U.S. Open.He made it clear the surprise return was not risking further injury by playing now.Woods found some rhythm on his home holes, hitting an approach from 196 yards on the 467-yard fourth hole to 3 feet, and ending with short birdie putts on the par-3 seventh and short par-4 eighth by wisely using the slopes in the greens to feed it close to the hole.More telling was his final hole. He thought he had a chance to end his round with a 35-foot birdie putt, and as it broke just right of the cup, he quickly dropped to a crouch and then rose up to go mark his ball. That was the best evidence there was no problem with his back.”We saw what happened when he found his rhythm,” one of his Thursday playing partners, Jordan Spieth said. read more

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I Unleashed A Super Bowl Troll And Im Sorry

Mea culpa!The assassin’s murder weapon was Twitter, that scourge on the ignorant masses. By creating an account with the Twitter name “[team name redacted] Won SB 50,” the assassin was able to force what Last Manners call “The Knowledge” (aka who won) upon unsuspecting players through favorites and replies. He took out as many people in eight hours as had been eliminated in the entire second week of the competition.The Last Man Twitter account, which had announced on Sunday that active coverage of the survivors would be winding down, sent out a warning to “go dark like it’s post-SB week again.”I had to know what would lead someone to become a Last Man assassin (and see if I could assuage my own guilt), so I used his medium of choice to get in touch. Over Twitter DM, the assassin declined to offer his full name but confirmed that he was a man who had seen my article, wanted to see how many players he could take out and made the Twitter account as “a spur of the moment thing.” He said that spoiling the result seemed like fair game, as he felt the players should have expected that this could happen. (Someone pulled a similar stunt last year.1Without my involvement!)But the reactions of eliminated players on Twitter, some more profane than others, have given the anonymous assassin pause. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad,” he told me. There hasn’t been a death recorded in the Last Man database since 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday, and the assassin’s Twitter account doesn’t appear to have taken any additional action since earlier that afternoon. On Wednesday, he told me that he won’t be collecting scalps next year. Nor will he be competing himself: He’s a fan of football and acquired The Knowledge the conventional way, by watching the game. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. — Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”There are some people out there who can’t leave an iced-over puddle unstomped, a freshly poured slab of concrete unmarked, or innocence unspoiled.On Tuesday, we published a story about a competition called Last Man, a challenge to see who can be the “last” American to still not know who won the Super Bowl. More than two weeks after the football game, 29 of the initial 199 Last Man players remained, and the competition had largely gone stagnant.But then a reader of my piece started targeting the remaining players. By the end of Tuesday night, 28 percent of the remaining competitors had been taken out, leaving only 21 players. UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. read more

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Last Years Warriors Werent The Best Ever But This Years Might Be

There was plenty of “greatest of all time” speculation swirling around the Golden State Warriors at this time last year, as they tore through the Western Conference after breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for regular-season victories. As it turns out, though, the Warriors weren’t even the greatest team of the 2015-16 season, since they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I suppose we all learned our collective lesson, because there hasn’t been anywhere near as much GOAT chatter this time around.The irony, of course, is that this version of the Warriors might actually be the best NBA team ever. Although they “only” won 67 games during the regular season, the 2016-17 Warriors had a better schedule-adjusted point differential than they did in their 73-win season, and then they rattled off what is so far the most dominant postseason of any team in recent memory (including the fabled 2001 L.A. Lakers).And if they can take care of Cleveland without much trouble in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, they’ll officially become the GOAT — at least, according to the Elo ratings, our pet system for judging an NBA team’s strength at any given moment.As my boss wrote on Saturday, the LeBron James Cavaliers have had a tendency to make Elo look silly. But by now, Elo has learned from its mistakes and is (mostly) giving Cleveland its due. The main reason our prediction system is still giving the Cavs a minuscule 10 percent chance of defending their championship, then, is that the Warriors are just so ridiculously dominant.Golden State’s Elo rating is currently 1850.5, which ranks second in NBA history to the peak rating of the ’96 Bulls (1853.1) — which was set after Chicago took a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. (The Bulls’ Elo would dip to a final rating of 1823 after they lost two of the next three games to the Sonics.) 6Bulls1996-972/4/97471811.3 TEAMSEASONDATEGAME NO.DURING PLAYOFFS?ELO To surpass those Bulls and set a new peak-Elo record of 1853.2, the Warriors would need to prevail by eight or more on Thursday night. That’s far from an unreasonable goal; Golden State has the superior rating and is at home, so Elo actually considers them nine-point favorites for Game 1. (The Las Vegas betting line for Game 1 has the Warriors winning by seven.) According to research by Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin, the probability of a nine-point NBA favorite winning by at least eight is about 54 percent.But even if Cleveland plays the Warriors close in Game 1, a new Elo record is inevitable as long as Golden State keeps winning. A string of one-point victories in Games 1 through 3 would be enough to push the Warriors past the Bulls’ mark with at least a game to spare in the series. But any loss could be a major setback for the record-breaking bid. Even a three-point loss in Game 1 would need to be followed by four straight four-point wins to pull Golden State ahead of Chicago; a stray double-digit loss would require four 10-point wins in a row. And two losses in the series might prove too much for the Warriors to overcome unless they also rack up offsetting blowout wins, particularly if the Cavs’ wins are spaced apart in the series (Elo gives more weight to more recent games).Then again, it’s also possible that the Warriors could set an all-time peak Elo record after Game 1 and then the Cavs could rally back to win the series. In that scenario, Golden State’s season would parallel that of the 2007 New England Patriots, who set the NFL’s peak Elo record when they rattled off 18 straight wins before losing the Super Bowl. We’re guessing the Warriors would probably rather have the title. 7Spurs2015-163/19/16691800.1 1Bulls1995-966/9/9697✓1853.1 3Warriors2015-1612/11/15241838.6 9Bulls1997-986/10/98101✓1788.3 8Lakers2008-096/14/09105✓1790.0 Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com The best peak Elo ratings in NBA history 10Pistons1988-896/13/8999✓1788.1 5Celtics1985-865/29/8696✓1815.7 4Warriors2014-156/16/15103✓1822.3 2Warriors2016-175/22/1794✓1850.5 read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State football spring practice

2. Carlos Hyde is gone, but he’s not the only Buckeye who can run the ballAlthough Miller is set to play another season for OSU, there is no such thing for running back Carlos Hyde. One of OSU’s all-time most prolific running backs — sixth in career rushing yards in program history (3,198), seventh best single season total (1,521) and tied for third in most yards in a single game (246 against Illinois Nov. 16) — Hyde will be difficult to replace. The Buckeyes do return numerous backs from last season, perhaps none more poised to take over for Hyde than rising sophomore Ezekiel Elliott. Although rising senior Rod Smith and rising sophomore Warren Ball came into 2013 with more hype, it was Elliott who impressed the most during the season. Finishing the year fifth on the team in yards and second on the team in average yards per carry, Elliott likely has the inside track to the first team carries in 2014. But don’t count out the electric rising sophomore Dontre Wilson, who is likely to get more touches with a full offseason of workouts and time to bulk up under his belt. Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor1. Braxton’s back, all right. But who will be his backup?The mood of Ohio State fans across the country changed Jan. 9 when rising senior quarterback Braxton Miller announced his decision to return to school after days of speculation. Although it remains unclear how close he was to actually leaving, his return still leaves some questions unanswered. Despite being the starting quarterback for each of the last three seasons, Miller has yet to get through a whole season without injury. If this trend continues — Miller is likely not going take a snap during spring practice — a young inexperienced quarterback will have to take the helm for OSU. Kenny Guiton is gone, and the only quarterback who has thrown a pass in college other than Miller is rising redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Jones might have some competition for the No. 2 spot though with incoming freshman Stephen Collier and rising redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett. An insight into the battle will likely be given when the team announces the starters for the Spring Game, although it likely won’t be until the start of the season that coach Urban Meyer makes his decision. 5. New faces, new philosophies on defensive side of the ballIt’s no secret the OSU defense was not what fans were accustomed to seeing, particularly at defending the pass — a ghastly 112th in the country while giving up 268 yards per game. Meyer certainly addressed the defensive issues on the recruiting trail, bringing in 11 defensive players. But he also did the same on the coaching staff, adding Larry Johnson as the defensive line coach in place of the departed Mike Vrabel and Chris Ash to coach the secondary after Everett Withers took a head coaching job at James Madison. Johnson and Ash have excellent track records at Penn State and Arkansas/Wisconsin, respectively, and it will be interesting to see how quickly their presence will be evident. Both are big-time recruiters, which Meyer loves, but both also bring to the table the intensity that was missing late last season in the losses to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship game and Orange Bowl. 3. A new brand of bulk to protect Braxton MillerIt cannot be overstated how important the Buckeye offensive line has been to OSU’s success. The experience of Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Andrew Norwell was vital for OSU in Meyer’s first two seasons at the helm. But now all four of those players have finished their careers in Columbus, and the Buckeyes are looking to young players to fill, and create, the gaps. Rising junior Taylor Decker is the only returning starter from last season, although it is likely that rising redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein, who in place of a suspended Marcus Hall, did enough to earn himself a spot in the starting lineup. That still leaves three open spots on the line with Decker moving to left tackle. Rising junior Jacoby Boren played a significant amount of the season opener when Linsley had to sit because of an injured foot. Rising senior Darryl Baldwin, rising junior Tommy Brown and rising sophomore Kyle Dodson were listed as backups last season and the 2014 class has five incoming freshmen who will all be battling it out for the remaining starting positions. 4. Without Ryan Shazier, what will the linebackers do?Meyer said Feb. 5 on National Signing Day the linebacker position is undergoing “an overhaul right now,” and is surely one to be under a microscope for the entirety of spring practice. Everyone knows who is gone — first-team All-American and Big Ten performer Ryan Shazier and his league-leading 143 tackles — but who is set to return? Rising senior Curtis Grant and rising junior Joshua Perry are the main two players who will have some experience from last season, but their experience is likely to be tested with the addition of four true freshmen. Led by the crown jewel of Meyer’s recruiting class Raekwon McMillan — who enrolled in January — the young blood will push for playing time. McMillan is the lone linebacker who enrolled early, but Meyer has said he has no plans to redshirt either McMillan or the other three — Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — players who are looking to fill Shazier’s shoes. Surely to be a storyline throughout the season, spring ball will go a long way to determining who is next in line at the position. read more

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Buckeyes almost where they need to be

Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) runs the ball into the end zone after a reception during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMistakes were made, records were broken, and it was cold.In the middle of all that, Ohio State (9-1, 6-0) found a way to pick up a second-consecutive road win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25.The Buckeyes — ranked No. 8 in that poll — overcame a pair of fumbles lost and an interception to leave Minneapolis — where the temperature was just 15 degrees at kickoff — with a 31-24 win against No. 25 Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) Saturday afternoon. But if OSU wants to keep rising in the poll going forward, things can’t go the way they did at TCF Bank Stadium — at least that’s how Tom Herman felt after the game.“Obviously we’re not going to be able to go where we want to go turning the ball over like that,” OSU’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach said.All season long, coach Urban Meyer has stressed that the place the Buckeyes want to be is in a position to “compete for championships in November.”Now more than halfway through the 11th month, Meyer and his team are just a win — or a Michigan State loss — away from locking up a spot in the Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes’ next shot to book that trip to Indianapolis is set to come next Saturday against Indiana at home.That means OSU is close, but sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed with Herman that the Buckeyes are a few mishaps away from being where they want to be.“We’re almost where we need to be,” Elliott said after he rushed for 91 yards against the Golden Gophers. “We keep making these little dumb mistakes but without those mistakes, the game last weekend and the game this weekend would’ve been a different outcome.”While OSU beat then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week before topping Minnesota, both games saw the Buckeyes turn the ball over multiple times, leading to points for their opponent. In fact, all three Minnesota touchdowns came on the ensuing drives after each OSU turnover.Herman said turnovers come with the game, but added he was glad to see how the Buckeyes responded to the mistakes.“You can’t take those turnovers away,” he said. “They are what they are and that’s what made the game close. But I was proud of our guys to continue to battle back and continue to make plays.”Perhaps nobody felt the weight of the turnovers more than redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, as he had two fumbles in the game. One of those fumbles came on what would have been a likely touchdown for OSU, followed by an 80-yard touchdown drive from the Golden Gophers for a 14-point swing.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer — who had a chance to recover that Marshall fumble in the end zone before the ball popped free — said the numbers on the scoreboard didn’t show how well the Buckeyes actually played.“We cut out those turnovers, it’s a completely different ball game,” Spencer said after the game. “But I feel as a team we had a really good team win, and that was a really great team that we just played.”Praise for Minnesota and the idea of a strong group effort were common themes among the OSU coaches and players after the game, and Meyer summarized it in his opening statement.“Great team win. Not great execution, but great team win,” he said. “Bottom line is 11 a.m. game against a very good team that we have a lot of respect for.”Herman mentioned the Golden Gopher’s standing in the national picture, and again praised OSU’s ability to overcome mistakes as a team.“This was a top-25 team with a top-20 defense on the road with very unfavorable conditions,” he said. “And we turned the ball over I don’t know how many times, and we still found a way to win.”Part of the reason OSU did pull out a victory was the play of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. He had some of his own mistakes — including an interception — but set three new school records.His 86-yard touchdown scamper was the longest run ever by an OSU quarterback, while his 189 rushing yards was also the top single-game output by a Buckeye signal caller in program history. And to top it off, Barrett’s second-half touchdown toss to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas was his 37th total touchdown this season, moving him one ahead of the record set by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last year. He added a 38th touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass to senior wide receiver Evan Spencer.Barrett’s three touchdown passes in the game also moved him within one of Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s school record of 30 in a season set in 2006.The signal caller’s big day helped OSU to 489 yards of total offense, while the Buckeyes’ defense held Minnesota to 303 total yards.OSU’s defensive performance only faltered after the three turnovers. While two of those turnovers were undoubtedly on Marshall alone, Meyer said the Buckeyes won’t leave him out of game plans going forward.“We’re gonna come right back to him,” he said. “That’s what good teams do, they pick each other up.“He’s a good player, we’ve gotta get that fixed.”Aside from the turnovers from Marshall and Barrett and a shaky first-half performance from the run defense, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stressed that the Buckeyes still came away with the No. 1 thing that matters.“You’re never really satisfied, and that wasn’t really the best performance defensively and offensively in the first half,” Lee said after the game. “But we came together as a team in the second half and just regrouped and calmed down and did our job, and we finished the game.”Kickoff between OSU and Indiana is set for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Softball Ohio State starting Big Ten climb on the road at Michigan

OSU sophomore Emily Clark (20) tags Rutgers freshman Nicole Bowman (88) for an out during the game against Rutgers on April 1 at Buckeye field. Credit: Emily Hetterscheidt | For The LanternAfter getting a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the No. 25 Ohio State women’s softball team is on the road again. This weekend, the team is traveling to East Lansing for a three-game series against the Spartans.The Buckeyes are currently 27-11 overall and 10-4 in the Big Ten, with a 9-3 mark in road conference contests. Michigan State is 21-17 overall and 5-8 in the conference play. “Michigan State always shows up to play,” OSU junior Becca Gavin said. “It’s one of those games where you can never underestimate an opponent based on their rank or how they’re playing.”OSU leads the all-time record between the conference opponents, 66-43, and is 9-2 against Michigan State since 2013.  The last time the Buckeyes made the trip to East Lansing, they swept the Spartans in a three-game series. Home or away, playing any Big Ten team is hard, junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon said. In order to come out of Secchia Stadium with some Big Ten wins, the Buckeyes need to focus on defense and pitching.The Spartans have some powerful forces at bat, with junior outfielder Lea Foerster leading the way. Foerster has a .395 batting average and is first in the Big Ten in doubles (15) and runs scored (47). Michigan State sophomore Ebonee Echols ranks No. 1 in the NCAA with 11 triples, the most of any Big Ten player since 1999. For OSU, sophomore infielder Lilli Piper leads the team with a .405 batting average, 42 RBI and 51 hits.  Senior outfielder Alex Bayne has notched the most Buckeye home runs with 13 and has a .336 batting average. Six players from the Scarlet and Gray batting lineup have an average of .300 or better. “We don’t fall off when we get to the bottom of our order,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “The bottom of our order is very strong so it could be them stepping up, it could be the middle, it could be the top.”Even if Michigan State gets some big hits, it’s vital for the OSU to keep its composure on the mound, Kovach Schoenly said. In the Buckeyes’ win over Pittsburgh, senior pitcher Shelby Hursh registered her 11th win and had eight strikeouts, six of which were the final out of the inning. “If she could do that every inning, that would make me happy,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she’s starting to pitch some of the best she’s pitched in her career right now and I’m really proud of the way she’s handled the pressure.”Hursh is 11-4 with a 2.24 ERA (2.81 in conference). She has pitched in 97 innings and has five shutout victories.Michigan State junior pitcher Bridgette Rainey is 12-7 with a 4.32 ERA. Rainey has recorded 105 strikeouts in her 95.2 innings pitched so far this season.Last season, the Spartans made the trek to Columbus and took the series, 2-1. Now, the Buckeyes are looking to take back the series. “Our focus going into these games is definitely getting back to finding our competitive edge, finding that aggressiveness that we came out the beginning of the season with and getting back to our fundamentals defensively and offensively,” Gavin said. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates Robert Morris 9564 to begin Holtmannera with

Junior guard C.J. Jackson signals to his team during Ohio State’s 95-64 win over Robert Morris. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann received texts from coaches and friends before Friday’s game against Robert Morris telling him to enjoy the moment of his first game as head coach of Ohio State. He ignored those texts.Rather than feeling excited for the moment, he said he felt anxious, hoping to provide the 11,128 fans in attendance with a winning game in his debut. He did not disappoint as the Holtmann-era of Ohio State men’s basketball began with a resounding win as the Buckeyes (1-0) ran away to an easy 95-64 victory against Robert Morris (0-1).Ohio State finished the game going 40-for-67 from the field compared to just 23-of-65 for the Colonials. Though the Buckeyes turned over the ball 19 times, they made up for it by dominating in the paint, finishing the game with 51 rebounds to Robert Morris’ 23. The Buckeyes dominated the game nearly across the board, but it was the turnovers that stood out the most to the head coach.“The 19 turnovers is my overriding thought right now,” Holtmann said after the game. “They forced us into some things and then we had some foolish plays as well.” Playing in his first game since Jan. 1, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop provided the spark Holtmann’s Buckeyes needed throughout the game, finishing with a team-leading 19 points and 11 rebounds. A primary question mark heading into the season was Ohio State’s depth at point guard. Junior C.J. Jackson was a bench player last season, but was expected to step up and be the starter at the one being that he was the lone natural point guard. He quickly impacted the game, making Ohio State’s first block of the season at 1:07 into the game and the first basket of the season for the Buckeyes. Jackson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and six assists. All night Jackson was on point with his passing. At 14:18, he found freshman forward Kaleb Wesson under the net on a pick-and-roll play, leading Wesson to the bucket for an easy lay-up. Then with 5:12 left in the first half, Jackson floated an alley-oop pass to freshman guard Musa Jallow, who finished for the dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 34-19.Ohio State stumbled briefly out of the gate and fell behind 6-2 to Robert Morris. But with 16:59 remaining, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams made a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.It was all Ohio State from there. The Buckeyes went on an 18-5 run to plant themselves firmly out in front of the Colonials 25-11. Bates-Diop said the slow start for the team simply came down to nerves in the team’s first regular season game.“Just first game jitters,” Bates-Diop said. “And then we obviously cleaned it up quick as we could.”Shortly after the Buckeyes had put themselves ahead, Jallow stole the ball away from junior forward Malik Petteway and raced towards the basket before driving home a dunk with 11:23 remaining for the first two points of his collegiate career. He finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds. As Jallow ran away with the basketball, a simple thought lingered in his mind as nothing but the basket stood in front of him.“Don’t trip over my foot,” Jallow laughed. “That’s probably the first thing and then the second thing is just dunk it as hard as you can, just try to get the crowd into it. But it’s really exciting.”Jallow was not alone in stealing the show with his flashy plays. Young drove home a loud dunk with 0:51 remaining in the game. Eleven seconds later, he finished another as the fans stood up and remainded on their feet until the end of the game.The freshmen — Jallow, Wesson and forward Kyle Young — all proved to be crowd-pleasers throughout the game, and all played meaningful minutes for the team. Jallow, Young and Wesson each finished with impressive stat lines, registering 11, four and 13 points, respectively, in the contest. Jallow finished with three rebounds, Young with three and Wesson with seven rebounds.Holtmann said he did not enter the game with a number in mind for minutes on the freshmen, but as he has said all offseason, he knew the three would see the court. And with each one delivering some thrilling moments throughout the game, Holtmann said the move to use them will pay off down the road. “I think I knew that we were try to go a rotation is about nine or 10 deep right now, and we’ll try to, I would like to play guys now to get a feel for in how we can be moving into the later parts of the season,” Holtmann said. “But I think we had some good moments from everybody on the bench and we also had some moments that we can take film from and say, ‘Hey, listen, we’ve got to do this better.’”Unlike the first half, the Buckeyes came out firing on all cylinders to open up the second. On their first possession just 17 seconds into the half, sophomore center Micah Potter soared over the defense in the post to electrify the Buckeye crowd with a dunk. The next possession, Jackson missed a 3-pointer, but Bates-Diop recovered the rebound and scored five seconds later on a layup. With 16 minutes left in the game, Bates-Diop attempted a layup and missed, but fought through traffic to collect his own rebound and knock it in on a second layup attempt with 15:55 remaining. Another steal by the Buckeyes 14 seconds later, this time from Jallow, led to the freshman’s third dunk of the night to put the Buckeyes out in front 73-43. Robert Morris was forced to call a timeout. The Buckeyes are back in action when they host Radford at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Womens Volleyball Seniors leaving lasting impact on young team despite losing season

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team keeps an eye on the ball at their game against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Erin Gottsacker | Miller ReporterThe seniors on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team team (15-15, 8-11 Big Ten) have had nothing short of a long season, and their roles as leaders have never been greater.The Buckeyes have dealt with multiple injuries multiple injuries en route to a disappointing record. Through the good and the bad, the seniors have had to take active roles as leaders of the team. Outside hitter Ashley Wenz felt the weight on her shoulders Nov. 8 after the Buckeyes  swept Rutgers 3-0, and their star junior setter Taylor Hughes went down with an injury.“I looked around and there’s four freshmen and a sophomore and I’m like, ‘I’m the person that they look up to,’” Wenz said. “They made me really appreciate my role on the team.”Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she recognized the importance of the role she and her fellow seniors demonstrate this season, and how much they influence the younger players.With half of the roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores, Schirmer emphasized the importance of making the younger players feel comfortable on the team.“Leading them, I think, is the biggest thing we’ve wanted to do as a class of seniors, to leave a good legacy for our program,” Schirmer said.The Buckeyes have limped to the finish line this season, failing to put up the success they hoped to find when the season began. Despite the struggles, Wenz said she has seen improvement in the resolve of the team’s youth.“I think when the going gets tough, you also have to get more tough. It’s been amazing the things that our team has gone through, and the things that we’ve still been able to do with that,” Wenz said. “We need to finish out strong these last few games for sure, but looking back [at] what we’ve been through … it’s really remarkable to me, just our fight and our drive right now.”Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said he is proud of the seniors for stepping up to the challenge of dealing with a losing season, paving the way for the upcoming seniors and remaining underclassmen.“This has been the most challenging season of my coaching career, and I give them a lot of credit for the leaders that they’ve become this year,” he said. “They’re the leaders of this team, they’re going to be missed a lot. I’m glad to have been part of watching them develop and grow as leaders this year.”The seniors will play their final game Friday at home against Illinois. It’s their final moment to pass the torch to the returning players.After the season is finished, each of the women plan to move forward in separate directions. Schirmer is planning to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and hopes to play professional volleyball overseas.Senior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree will earn her degree in sport management and plans to enter the workforce once the season is over.Wenz will receive a degree in marketing. She is currently undecided between playing professional volleyball or going to graduate school.The Buckeyes will more than likely not play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four seasons, which is adversity that Ohio State’s new group of leaders will have to work through. read more

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Volunteers wanted to trial Please offer me a seat badges for public

first_imgTransport for London is looking for 1,000 volunteers to take part in a six-week trial of a new blue badge for commuters that says: ‘Please offer me a seat’.Similar to the ‘Baby on Board’ badges used by pregnant women, the new blue badges are intended to be worn by disabled passengers and those with hidden conditions, illnesses and injuries to alert fellow passengers of their need for a seat.The trial is due to begin on Monday 12 September. If successful, the badges will be made more widely available later this year.“Many of our customers, particularly disabled people and people with hidden conditions, tell us they struggle to get a seat when they need one,” says TfL. “We have developed a badge and card that we hope will help.“The trial will help us understand if the badge or card can help people access a seat, and understand the reactions of other customers.”James McNaught, a Londoner who created his own ‘Cancer on board’ badge while receiving cancer treatment, said: “I’m really pleased TfL is doing this trial. A badge and card could help make a real difference to the lives of people undergoing drug treatment or with longer term conditions or disabilities.“Getting a seat on transport when you need it can sometimes be really tricky, especially if the reason you need to sit down isn’t obvious to others. When I was undergoing radiotherapy for throat cancer, it meant I couldn’t talk to ask for a seat and the morphine I was taking made me appear drunk. It was a real struggle to get people to understand why I needed to sit down.”Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “We hope that these new blue badges can make a real difference to those who find it difficult to get a seat when they need one, particularly those with hidden disabilities.  •  London Underground: 150 fascinating Tube facts “Everyone who travels around London knows about the success of the Baby on Board badges. I want Londoners to embrace our new trial and help these blue badges become as instantly-recognisable, giving confidence to those wearing them on public transport across London.”Anyone interested in taking part in the trial should contact research agency 2CV by emailing tfltrial@2cv.com.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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Teach children about the dangers of pornography MPs say

first_imgAdult website Children should be taught about the dangers of pornography as part of sex and relationships education (SRE) at primary school, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.The call emerged as a report warned that increasing access to online pornography is fueling sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools, with previous research indicating that almost one in ten children first viewed porn when they were under 10 years old.The research also found that 62 per cent of the youngsters who had viewed porn online at 14 years of age or younger, had done so by accident or because they had been shown it by someone else.MPs said that pornography is increasingly informing children’s views about sex, as the number of referrals of children with porn addictions – including boys and girls aged only eight – is increasing.Maria Miller, MP and chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, which published the report, said: “The guidance that is currently in place in schools pays no heed at all to the role of pornography, probably because it hasn’t been revised for 16 years, when there was no online pornography to be had.  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. Pornography is increasingly informing children’s views about sex “We know that significant numbers of young people access pornography online and it becomes part of the way they learn about sex and relationships, but for me, one of the most important things is that if we are starting to talk to young people about pornography, we include their parents in that as well.”MPs also called for parents to take a more prominent role in addressing “the impact of pornography on children’s perceptions of sex, relationships and consent”.Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project, whose views were taken into consideration by the committee, said lessons about pornography “should be started at primary school level” and that “this can be done in an age-appropriate way”.She added: “In exactly the same way that we teach children from their very first nursery or school experiences that it isn’t right to hit another child, we can also be having age appropriate conversations about respect, about bodily autonomy and about consent.”The report comes as separate research found that many schools are delivering poor quality sex education, with some struggling to accept that young people are sexually active.A review of studies carried out mainly in the UK found that SRE is often “out of touch with many young people’s lives”.Researchers found that young people dislike having their own teachers deliver sex education, and said specialist teachers should be brought in to conduct the classes.Writing in the journal BMJ Open, they said: “Unless we get the delivery right, young people will continue to disengage from SRE and opportunities for safeguarding young people and improving their sexual health will be reduced.”The review was made up of 55 publications, mainly from the UK, but also from countries including the US, New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.last_img read more

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Petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit

first_imgThe petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website. Thousands of signaturesLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 5 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website – Highcharts CloudThe five most popular petitions ever on the ParliamentwebsiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThousands of signaturesEU Referendum Rules triggering a2nd EU ReferendumEU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU ReferendumPrevent Donald Trump from making aState Visit to the United Kingdom.Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.Give the Meningitis B vaccine to ALLchildrenGive the Meningitis B vaccine to ALL childrenBlock Donald J Trump from UK entryStop all immigration and close the UKborders until ISIS is defeated.Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated.010002000300040005000Parliament Donald Trump is the subject of the fourth most popular; this is the petition which was debated in Parliament before Mr Trump became President. Over half a million people voted to ban him from the UK.Also popular is a petition which asks for all immigration to the UK to be stopped until Isis is defeated, with almost half a million signatures. The top 20 constituencies for #trumppetition signatures. Brighton Pavilion currently leads as % of Dec 15 electorate https://t.co/WTZd1GeeeF pic.twitter.com/dWALNrTRpf— NumbrCrunchrPolitics (@NCPoliticsUK) January 30, 2017 The petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit because it would “embarrass the Queen” has reached over a million signatures over the past few days.It is now the second most popular petition on the official Government website, second only to the four million people who asked for a second EU referendum.The third most popular petition asked the Government to give the Meningitis B vaccine to all children, not just newborns, and it gained 823,348 signatures. However, this is unlikely to appease the people who have signed the petition, which is growing by the minute.Many are bringing up Donald Trump’s 2012 tweet  about Kate Middleton, in which he defended the papparazi who photographed her as she sunbathed topless on private property. They are pointing to that as a reason he should not meet the Queen.center_img The constituencies most in favour of the ban on Donald Trump having a state visit are no big surprise; Caroline Lucas’ Brighton Pavillion seat leads the list with over 8% of the electorate having signed the petition so far. This is followed by Labour MP Catherine West’s consituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, then Diane Abbott’s constituency, then Jeremy Corbyn’s.The Donald Trump petition has now overtaken the popular change.org petition which asked for Jeremy Clarkson not to be sacked from Top Gear after his fracas with a producer. This managed to attain over a million signatures. Sadly for those who campaigned for him to stay, the petition proved fruitless. Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012 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 petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit has caused controversy and a headache for the Government, especially since it came shortly after Theresa May’s successful visit to the White House.The Government has said they will not consider revoking his invitation because the “populist gesture” would “undo everything” and that “America is a huge important ally”.last_img read more

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Radical plans to ease NHS 999 targets amid mounting pressures

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 number of calls received by ambulance services in England has risen by 20 per cent since 2011/12Credit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Prof Willett said the current system was “outdated” and in need of a major overhaul. Ambulances In the winter of 2014/15, up to 20,000 patients were subject to deliberate delays under a secret policy authorised by the head of South East Coast Ambulance trust, which forced high risk cases to wait up to twice as long if their call was referred from the 111 helpline. In 2016/17, ambulance services in England received 9.8m calls – a 20 per cent rise from the 8.2m received in 2011/12.Just 69 per cent of Red 1 calls (the most urgent category) received a response within eight minutes in 2016/17, compared with 74 per cent performance in 2011/12.In recent years, ambulance services have been beset by a number of scandals, with some accused of fiddling their response times, in an attempt to claim targets have been hit. Jeremy Hunt  Prof Keith Willett, NHS England director of acute care, said six NHS pilot schemes, evaluated by the University of Sheffield, provided “very compelling” evidence that changing the system would improve patient safety.Ministers are expected to discuss the findings shortly, with reforms of the 999 system likely by next year. The most urgent cases – those involving patients who are unconscious or not breathing – would still be sent an immediate response.The study by NHS trusts is the largest research into urgent and emergency care in the world, and assessed 10 million calls.“Once every two decades, we get a real opportunity to modernise the ambulance service. We have an evidence base now,” Prof Willett told a meeting of NHS managers.“We have something we know is safe and evidence of improved efficiency. From my point of view, it is very compelling”.While current targets say 75 per cent of calls classed as “life threatening” should receive a response in eight minutes, just three per cent of patients turned out to need such an urgent response, Prof Willett said.On average, on in four “blue light” ambulances sent out are stood down before they arrive, often because multiple vehicles have been sent out, or because the case turned out not to be so serious. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary. Decisions on reforms of ambulance targets will be discussed by health ministers Credit:PA Ambulances are set to be given far longer to reach 999 calls in a controversial bid to ease increasing pressures on emergency services.Handlers could be given four times as long to assess calls after a study of 10 million calls found too many cases being counted as hitting official targets, without patients getting the help they need.Current rules state that 75 per cent of calls classed as life-threatening are supposed to receive a response within eight minutes. Before the clock starts, handlers have just 60 seconds to gather information – meaning they often send a response before crucial details have been established.The targets, introduced by Labour, can be hit if a “first responder” on a bike gets to the scene quickly – even if the patient is a stroke victim in need of an ambulance to convey them to hospital.And trusts are routinely sending multiple responses out, in the hope one will beat the clock.Under new plans, handlers are likely to be given up to four minutes to assess calls – four times as long as the existing rules.Government sources said there was a growing clinical consensus that giving call handlers longer to assess calls meant the most urgent cases actually got the right help quicker. A Government source said the evidence appeared persuasive, though the final draft of the review has yet to be sent to ministers.“There seems to be a clear clinical consensus on this,” he said. “At the moment we have a system where the clock stops when a responder on a bike reaches the patient – even it if turns out to be a stroke victim who will obviously need an ambulance.”The review follows major strain across ambulance and Accident & Emergency services, with a 6000 per cent rise in the numbers stuck on trolleys for more than 12 hours in the last seven years.Record occupancy levels in hospitals mean increasing numbers are being forced to wait longer in A&E, leaving ambulances queueing outside, and teams of paramedics spending hours waiting with patients.last_img read more

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Beware divorce hour the peak time couples decide to take the plunge

first_imgThis is more than double the levels seen during the same periods in 2016 and 2017. 45 per cent of overnight enquiries came in between 10pm and midnight, and 24 per cent were between 3am and 6am. The figures suggest couples are having crisis talks late into the night which end in a decision to split. They often make the first approach in the early morning and have their first meeting just hours later. But a sizable proportion are also coming from one half of the couple acting alone, experts said. Tracey Moloney, head of family law at Co-op Legal Services, said: “We are seeing more enquiries late at night – I don’t know if it’s because they just want to make some enquiries without their partner knowing or if it’s because they are anxious and can’t sleep.”We are also seeing a spike on a Sunday afternoon. We think that potentially people finish their working week, Saturday can be rather busy, and then Sunday they have lunch with the family and turn their attention back to their spouse.”She added that the greater availability of smart phones and tablets made the first step easier to reach, with people more likely to begin their divorce via Google instead of waiting to make a call during working hours. “We have seen a real increase in people who don’t want to come to the office and talk about it face-to-face, they’re more likely to do it all online now,” she said. Harry Benson, of the Marriage Foundation, said: “Having a smartphone by the bed undoubtedly allows us to execute decisions at unusual hours, for better or worse.”But, he added: “One in ten couples don’t get much further than the divorce application. So it’s never over until it’s over.”But Ms Moloney added that second thoughts were rare as the chance of a couple changing their minds was slim. “We don’t see many reconciliations. We don’t have many divorces that don’t go through whether they’re started at 1pm or 1am. “In the last five years I’ve probably done one where we get so far and then you get an email saying we’re going to give it another go. They are so, so rare,” she said. 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. January is said to be the busiest time for divorce – but now we also know the peak hour for unhappy couples to decide they want to take the plunge.”Divorce hour” – the busiest time for online enquiries – is between 12.30 and 1am, with 15 per cent of overnight queries coming during this window, according to one set of figures. Figures suggest couples are increasingly likely to decide they want to split during the small hours of the morning.The Co-op said 12 per cent of its enquiries during the busy second weekend of January came in between 10pm and 6am, with similar levels seen during the whole of December. last_img read more

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Saddleworth Moor fire Army called in and residents struggle to breathe as toxic

The blaze was so severe it created an ash cloud… 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 Army was on Wednesday afternoon drafted in as 100 firefighters from two forces tackled the blaze, which may have started when sparks from off-road motorcycles set light to the grass. Crews were tackling four separate fronts of fire in an area covering more than three miles. Fire chiefs have requested military assistance to fight the worst English wildfire in living memory that has left residents in Manchester struggling to breathe as toxic smoke sweeps down from Saddleworth Moor into the city. Dozens of homes were evacuated and schools closed as the blaze continued spread for a third day on Wednesday over 800 hectares of tinder-dry moorland.   read more

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Prescribe daily aspirin to prevent colorectal cancers doctors told

Once diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, patients are intensively screened using colonoscopy and polypectomy to look for pre-cancerous cells.Since 2017, everyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer should be tested for LS.A positive result means they can be monitored more closely for other cancers – such as ovarian or endometrial in the case of women – and it allows close relatives to be invited for testing.The child of a parent with a Lynch Syndrome mutation has a 50 per cent chances of inheriting it.As well as having a far great chance of developing colorectal cancer, people carrying Lynch Syndrome disease are more likely to develop the disease in their 30s or 40s.Although scientists cannot know for sure how aspirin protects against some cancers, they believe it may effectively “delete” stem cells most likely to progress rapidly to cancer.The drug’s anti-inflammatory properties may also play a role, although the authors of the study relied on by Nice believe it cannot fully explain the positive effect. “While there are risks associated with long-term aspirin use, the committee agreed that the benefits are likely to outweigh any potential harms.”It is important that clinicians and patients discuss the potential harms and benefits of long-term aspirin use so that an informed decision can be made.” Earlier this year medics called for bowel cancer screening to be introduced at the age of 45 after a sharp rise in younger people being diagnosed with the disease.A study published in the Lancet found that rates of the disease are rising by 1.8 per cent a year in the under-50s in the UK, while dropping by 1.3 per cent annually in older groups.The NHS is currently piloting checks from the age of 55 in some areas, while in others, screening is not offered until the age of 60.Officials in England have previously said they intend to lower the screening age to 50, which is the situation in Scotland.Also included in the new Nice guidance is a recommendation for patients with the most severe form of colon cancer to be given chemotherapy before surgery, following new evidence that doing so improved survival. 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. Taking aspirin slashes the risk of cancer for hundreds of thousands of people with an inherited genetic condition, health chiefs have said.Carriers of Lynch Syndrome, which affects roughly one in 300 people, would gain significant protection against bowel, rectal and colon cancers from the daily pill, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).Roughly four in five who carry the genes develop one of these forms of the disease – known collectively as colorectal cancer.However, trials have indicated that daily aspirin can cut the risk by up to 60 per cent.It is the first time Nice, which determines what drugs and treatments must be offered on the NHS, has recommended aspirin as a preventative treatment for cancer.The blood-thinning drug is not without side-effects, however, including an increased risk of dangerous bleeds.Although colorectal cancer is the fourth most common form of the disease, it is the second biggest killer, accounting for an average of 44 deaths every day.Dr Paul Chrisp, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said: “The independent committee looked at evidence from a multi-country randomised controlled trial, which showed taking daily aspirin for more than two years reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch Syndrome. read more

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President MCC saddened by Councillor Garretts passing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC expresses condolences to Councillor Garrett’s family January 28, 2018In “latest news”M&CC Councillor Junior Garrett passes awayJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”M&CC selects 7 persons for Parking Meter Negotiation CommitteeApril 26, 2017In “latest news” President David Granger says he is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Councillor of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown, Junior Garrett, who died yesterday.Dead: Junior GarrettGarrett, who was born on June 17, 1953, served as a private accountant before joining the Georgetown Municipality on March 5, 2002. During his tenure there as the representative for the Campbellville Housing Scheme area, he served as Chairman and then member of the Finance Committee, the Investment and Development Committee, the International Relations Committee and the Environmental and Sustainability Committee.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the President “extends heartfelt sympathy to his relatives and friends especially his children Latoya, Thelisa, Liva, Gavin and Junior Paul Garrett, foster children, Cecile Moore Hinckson and Leon Lindore and former wife, Ms. Camille Lindore.”Meanwhile, the M&CC also acknowledged the passing of Councillor Garrett, with the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green positing that she knew him before he became a city Councillor.“As city Councillors we worked together to make a difference in local communities. As Mayor, I benefited from his knowledge, particularly, in the area of financial management. We had numerous meetings where he shared openly with me about his vision for his community and offered me invaluable support. He demonstrated that you can lead in a way that is bold and determined, but also with a sense of compassion for others” she said.Garrett, collapsed and died on Friday afternoon in the compound of his Urquhart Street, Georgetown business place, after returning from a meeting with fellow Councillors at City Hall to discuss the city’s budget for 2018.He reportedly had a heart attack and was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where doctors at the medical facility attempted to resuscitate him. read more

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Scenes from Berbice Mash 2018

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedScenes from Linden Mash 2018March 4, 2018In “Entertainment”Scenes from Miss Mash pageant last night at NCCFebruary 20, 2017In “Entertainment”Scenes from today’s Children’s Mash Competition Finals at NCCFebruary 17, 2016In “Local News”

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Police seeking trio in robbery of ECD NIS office

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits break into Grove supermarket, caught after swift Police responseJune 13, 2018In “Crime”Gunmen storm, rob Region 4 RDC OfficeJune 2, 2016In “Crime”Bandits shoot, rob ECD man in Finance Ministry’s compoundDecember 7, 2016In “Crime” Police are currently hunting for three perpetrators who pounced on two security guards attached to the National Insurance Scheme (ECD) Melanie Damishana Branch and carted off with a large sum of cash.INews was informed that the suspects attacked the two female guards at about 01:30h on Tuesday. The women were escorted to the back of the building where they were bound.The unarmed men took the women’s service pistols and emptied them of the bullets before returning them.The perpetrators then entered the building and made off with a metal safe containing over $600,000.The guards managed to untie themselves before alerting the authorities to the crime.The matter is being investigated. read more

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