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Rajon Rondo Takes it to Pau Gasol in Amazing

Boston Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo looked like his old self again in his first game since tearing his ACL last season.On his first scored basket of the season Friday night, Rondo fooled Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol with a fake behind-the-back pass that led to a lay-up for the Celtics player.On the next Celtics’ possession, Rondo drove to the lane to make two baskets in a row.Boston went into the game against the Lakers with a record of 14-26. That effort put them three games out of the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the East. The team hopes that Rondo will help them make post season play.The Lakers won the game 107-104. read more

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A Funny and Emotional Thing Happened After a Heart

Tyler Adams is greeted with smiles from Georgetown teammates after his first action in four yearsTyler Adams, a 6-foot-9 forward/center, signed with Georgetown four years ago with aspirations of being an influential player who would leave behind a powerful legacy by the time he graduated. Adams has done just that, just far differently than he, or anyone, expected.After just four games as a freshman, Adams experienced severe chest pains. Doctors diagnosed him with arrhythmia—a condition that can be fatal—and Adams had to quit the sport he loved.Since then, however, the Brandon, Miss., native remained an active part of the Hoyas, attending every practice in workout gear, every film session, while being a constant reminder and inspiration to his teammates that they are fortunate to have the chance to fulfill their athletic promise.“Coming in, he was going to be the next Georgetown center,” coach John Thompson III told The Washington Post. “It hurt him. It hurt us. But he’s someone that has not pouted. He’s someone that has found a way to help this team, to make his teammates better in a totally different way than what any of us envisioned. We just wanted to give him a chance to get back out there.”Thompson and Georgetown gave back to Adams in a way the left many in tears this weekend. The school petitioned the NCAA to allow Adams to dress for the final home game of his senior season, against Seton Hall. The normally inflexible NCAA granted the request, and so Thompson told Adams and his teammates in a meeting that he would get to play one last time for Georgetown.“I thought it was a joke,” Adams said. “Everyone started laughing and it kind of shocked me, but everyone was excited when they heard the news.”And so, Adams was introduced as a starter to open the Seton Hall game at the Verizon Center. His name hardly could be heard, the fans cheered so loudly for him. A tear rolled down his face.Georgetown’s Tyler Adams dunks in first appearance since heart condition sidelined him.Meanwhile, in the stands sat his father, Lonnie. Adams listed his dad as the most influential person in his life, and seeing his oldest son in uniform again gave Lonnie Adams indescribable pleasure.“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that,” Adams, smiling, told The Post.As the players lined up on the court, Seton Hall did not contest the jump ball, allowing the Hoyas to gain possession. The ball wound up in Adam’s hands. The Pirates knew Adam’s story and, in a classy move, gave him a clear path to the basket. He threw down a left-handed dunk, and the crowd exalted.Georgetown fouled immediately to stop the clock and allow Adams to exit the game to a standing, tearful ovation.Most people want 15 minutes of fame. Adam’s 15 seconds of action did his heart good.“It brought back memories,” Lonnie Adams said. “Emotional. Very emotional.”For his part, Tyler Adams said he had not dressed for a game in so long, “It felt a little weird, at first. . . I’m used to being in a suit. But it felt good to get an opportunity to do warm ups, to see how it really feels to be a player.”For Adams, who graduates in May, it was the culmination of four years that became more rewarding for those around Adams than for him. And the fact that he was OK with that speaks to who he is.Adams was born with an irregular heartbeat and underwent an operation at age 6. He never had issues with his heart until Dec. 3, 2011.“When my situation came about I didn’t want to mourn or be sad and be a burden on the team,” Adams said. “My main focus was just keeping a positive energy and helping the guys out. Whether that was wiping the floor or helping Josh (Smith) or Mikael (Hopkins) with their next post moves, the main focus was just helping the team as much as I could.“I’m not the type of person who gets down on things because I know in life people have it worse than I do. So that was the approach I took with it and that’s what helped get through the emotions I may have had. Coach Thompson has made me feel like I’m part of the team. I dress for practice, attend every work out and I probably watch more film than the guys who play so I definitely feel like I’ve been involved and that definitely helped me out emotionally.”In a classy move, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who had not spoken to Thompson about Adams playing, had read about the young man and instructed his team to not defend him once he got the ball.“I told my kids before the game,” Willard said, “‘Sometimes there’s a bigger picture…Great kids should be rewarded in life.’” read more

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Somebody Break Up The NBAs Eastern Conference

Mavericks2-340.0Hornets3-350.0 Warriors7-277.8Pistons5-183.3 INTERCONFERENCEINTERCONFERENCE This isn’t by any means enough of a sample size to conclude that the conference imbalance is over, but you can already say that the East has far exceeded any preseason predictions. Before the season, Elo predicted that certain teams at the top of the East would have enough talent to jostle with the top teams in the West — and sure enough, Boston and Toronto have stood out so far. But others — we’re looking at you, Cleveland — haven’t. Instead, it’s been the likes of the Pistons, the Knicks and the Sixers, whose win totals FiveThirtyEight projected to be in the lower half of the league, that have beaten our projections most and outperformed their counterparts in the West. The dregs of the East simply aren’t the pushovers we’re used to them being in recent seasons.A wild start to the season may have helped as well. So far in 2017-18, Elo favorites have won only 60 percent of their games, which — if it holds up — would shatter the 2001-02 season’s mark (64 percent) for the lowest winning percentage by favorites since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. This topsy-turvy NBA season has been ripe for conference balance to be flipped on its head.Either way, there’s plenty of basketball left to be played — and reason to think things will even out before season’s end. First and foremost, the talent disparity favoring the West hasn’t really gone anywhere; even though some East players are performing above expectations, all the players who departed the East for the West should start asserting themselves eventually. Another sign the balance may tip back into the West’s favor: The West is still outscoring the East by an average of 0.3 points per game in cross-conference games, despite its sub-.500 record. And we’ve been here before — at this stage of the 2015-16 season, the East was also above water, and it ended up getting humbled over the rest of the schedule.So the East still may not actually be better than the West. But it will only need to finish the season at a .492 clip (roughly 40 wins in an 82-game season) to end with a .500 record against its counterpart. Given all the factors working against it going into the year, that might be the single most astonishing thing that happens during the entire 2017-18 NBA season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Spurs5-455.676ers5-455.6 Thunder5-183.3%Celtics5-0100.0% Conference48-5447.1Conference54-4852.9 Clippers0-50.0Bulls0-60.0 WESTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN %EASTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN % Suns3-442.9Magic4-450.0 Grizzlies0-40.0Nets3-633.3 Timberwolves2-340.0Wizards4-450.0 Trail Blazers2-340.0Pacers4-450.0 Nuggets6-366.7Bucks4-266.7 Lakers3-537.5Cavaliers2-250.0 Pelicans4-357.1Knicks4-266.7 Kings1-712.5Hawks2-340.0 Jazz2-528.6Heat3-442.9 Rockets6-275.0Raptors6-366.7 Source: Basketball-Reference.com For most of this millennium, the West has ruled the NBA with zero debate, boasting a long list of superstar players, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, to name just a few. Meanwhile, in the East, there has been LeBron James — and 14 teams that each year served essentially as LeBron James cannon fodder. The NBA’s lopsided conference balance seemed to grow even more drastic this summer, when we saw a migration of top NBA talent from the East to the West. As we detailed at the time, 22 of the league’s 30 best players started the 2017-18 season out West — the largest such number for one conference since the 1970s — after the likes of Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Paul Millsap were all either traded to or signed with Western teams.But about a month into the season, something odd is happening: The East is flipping the script.When the Celtics beat Golden State on Thursday, they cemented themselves (not LeBron’s Cavaliers — who have been mediocre so far) as the hottest team in the NBA right now.1The Celtics beat Atlanta on Sunday for their 15th straight win. And Boston isn’t the only Eastern Conference team off to a good start this season. So far, the East has a 54-48 record against the West in interconference games — a stunning development after an offseason spent fretting about how the West would dominate to an unprecedented degree.Conference disparity has long been an NBA talking point — in the 2015 playoffs, the No. 8 seed in the West would have been the No. 6 seed in the East, and just a year earlier, the West’s eighth seed had a better record than the East’s third seed. It’s an issue that was a hot topic around the league before the most recent exodus — and one that commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated will continue to be looked at. Since 1999, there’s been only one season (2008-09) in which teams in the East have finished with a winning percentage above .500 against teams in the West. The player inequality of this offseason appeared to only pile on to the league’s growing problem.But as Silver and his team were mulling possible solutions, the league started playing games — and somehow the East began to hold its own (and then some). Through the opening month of the season, the East has won 53 percent of its games against the West, talent exodus be damned. And it’s not as if the best in the East has just been beating up on the worst in the West: According to our Elo model, Eastern Conference underdogs are 31-30 in cross-conference games so far this season — about 12 games better than the Elo ratings said they “should” be. The East is better than the West (for now)Records from games between teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2017-18 season read more

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2015 NFL Preview Tom Brady Tom Brady Tom Brady And The Rest

Read more: 2015 NFL Previews Buffalo Bills2014 Record: 9-7 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.0 | Playoff Odds: 33.1%Off. Rank: 24th | Def. Rank: 2nd | S.T. Rank: 18thIt’s déjà vu in Buffalo. When I wrote the AFC East preview last year, I said, “This season, the Bills try to end a 14-season playoff drought, the longest in the league.”Well, make it 15 seasons. In typical Bills fashion, they decided to address their problems by altering everything about the team — except the problem area. The Bills’ biggest offseason change was the addition of Rex Ryan, a defensive-minded coach who’s inheriting a great defense. The Bills defense was second in the league last year, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA rating, which tries to measure the true value of an offensive or defensive unit. In 2013 they ranked fourth.Quarterbacks, not defense, have been the problem. The Bills are entering the season relying on fifth-year QB Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has never thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL, but he has thrown two interceptions. Taylor will almost certainly be the latest in a parade of Bills quarterbacks since 2003 who have ranked below the league average in DYAR. No other team has gone so long without at least one year of an above-average quarterback.The lack of a decent quarterback has cost the Bills more than a win a year. Taking into account the Bills’ rushing game, receiving game and defense, and regressing it against wins, we can calculate that the Bills would have gained an average of 1.1 wins per season since 2003 just by having an average quarterback each year. Only the Bears (1.4 wins), Raiders (1.3 wins) and Browns (1.2 wins) would have improved more with the addition of an average quarterback during this period. That extra win each year may have meant two trips to the playoffs, in 2004 and 2014.4Depending on who the extra wins came against.If the Bills had an elite quarterback in all of those years, they would have picked up an average of 3.5 more wins each season. Depending on their opponents in those games, they might have made the playoffs seven times since 2003. If only they’d had their own Tom Brady to take over after Drew Bledsoe left.Perhaps Taylor will be the answer Bills fans are praying for. Chances are he won’t be. New England Patriots2014 Record: 12-4 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.1 | Playoff Odds: 74.3%Offensive Rank: 3rd | Defensive Rank: 14th | Special Teams Rank: 25thYou may have heard that some guy named Tom Brady was suspended for four games for Deflategate — and then wasn’t, thanks to a federal judge in New York. Although Judge Richard Berman probably hasn’t upended the NFL season, make no mistake: the Patriots likely need Brady to make the playoffs.Brady was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL last season. According to Football Outsiders, his defense-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR), a stat that measures a player’s performance versus a replacement player,1And that takes into account the game situation and opponent strength. was sixth in the league.This year we expect Brady to regress from great to very good. Brady is old — he was born just a few months after “Star Wars” premiered, and I don’t mean Episode 1 — and his 2013 performance was not nearly as strong as last season’s. Even taking this into account, we project Brady to finish with a DYAR of 1,000 (which, in 2014, would have made him the eighth-best quarterback).Meanwhile, Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo is the definition of a replacement-level quarterback. Last year, Garoppolo would have ranked 32nd in defense-adjusted value over average2This metric takes into account every play in terms of yardage, yardage toward a first down, red-zone situations and opponent strength. (DVOA) for starting quarterbacks, if he had thrown enough passes to qualify for the list.Knowing how Brady and Garoppolo are forecast to play, we can see how substituting Garoppolo for Brady would have affected the Patriots’ chance of making the playoffs.The Patriots are projected to win 9.9 games when Brady starts 16 games. (That number is different from the projected wins above because it’s largely based on DYAR, while the top-line team projections in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL previews use ESPN’s Football Power Index.) This estimate is based on the belief that the Patriots’ rushing game will remain as productive as it was in 2014, the receiving game will worsen slightly as Brady declines, and the defense will decline from last year with the departure of cornerback Darrelle Revis.Even if Berman had upheld the Brady suspension, the Patriots would still be projected to win 9.4 games.3This takes into account the fact that the receivers would likely have produced inferior numbers with the decline in quarterback play. Their playoff odds would have taken a big hit, though, dropping from 86 percent to 68 percent as they inched closer to 9 wins. That’s because that window between 9 and 10 wins is crucial for playoff odds: at 10 wins, a team is almost certain (88 percent) to make the playoffs, while a 9-win team is only a toss-up (49 percent).The bottom line: the Patriots would have been solid even if Brady missed a few games, but they should count their blessings that he didn’t leave football to become Donald Trump’s running mate. Berman’s decision may have been worth only a half-win to the Pats’ bottom line, but it was a half-win that could mean the difference between New England mounting a serious title defense and watching the playoffs on TV at home. FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » New York Jets2014 Record: 4-12 | 2015 Proj. W: 7.4 | Playoff Odds: 20.9%Off. Rank: 26th | Def. Rank: 10th | S.T. Rank: 19thWhat’s that old saw about a team being who we thought they were? Because that’s the Jets. They finished last season with a 4-12 record, which led to the departure of general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan. Vegas had given them an 80 percent chance of winning at least 5 games, but their disastrous season still wasn’t surprising.Yes, they finished with an 8-8 record in 2013, but that was mostly luck. They were outscored that season by an astounding 97 points. Teams with this type of disparity between their point differential and record one year usually do considerably worse the next season.The Jets have been a consistently bad team since 2012. Their -97 point differential in 2013 matched up nearly perfectly with their -94 and -118 point differentials in 2012 and 2014. If we translate that into an expected win-loss record,5Using the Pro-Football-Reference.com expected win-loss record. the Jets have been more or less a five-win team for the past three years, no matter what their record says.It’s unusual for a team to be as consistent as the Jets, good or bad. Teams’ point differentials can fluctuate wildly from season to season. Over the past three years, the Jets had by far the smallest variance of any NFL team.Why have the Jets been so bad? Their offense. The Jets’ offensive DVOA since 2012 has been horrible. Their average DVOA of 15.73 over the three seasons is the second-worst in the NFL, better than only the Jacksonville Jaguars. Put another way, the Jets offense has been as much below average as the Seattle Seahawks offense has been above average since 2012. Geno Smith is the bizarro Russell Wilson.Neil Paine contributed research for this article. In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Here’s what’s happening in the AFC East. Miami Dolphins2014 Record: 8-8 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.4 | Playoff Odds: 39.8%Off. Rank: 16th | Def. Rank: 8th | S.T. Rank: 22ndWhen you think of an awful team in the AFC East, you probably think of the Buffalo Bills or the New York Jets. But don’t forget about the Dolphins. The team that plays south of every other NFL franchise has been headed in that direction since 2004.Not too long ago, the Dolphins were a fixture in the postseason. Their longest stretch without a playoff appearance was four years, and through 2003 an 11-year rolling average of their seasonal winning percentage never dipped below .554.The past 11 seasons, however, have been a wasteland. The Dolphins have made only one playoff appearance in that time (in 2008), and they quickly exited in the wild-card round. They have had only two winning seasons during this period, and their average seasonal winning percentage has been .420. That, of course, is the worst 11-year stretch in their history, and it’s only slightly better than the Bills’ .409 average seasonal winning percentage during the same period.Why have they stunk it up? It’s not that they’ve been unlucky with a bunch of close losses — they’ve been blown out for much of that stretch, with a -31.7 point differential per season since 2004. Instead, the Dolphins have been bad because they’ve muddled along with a subpar offense and subpar defense, sometimes both.Last year’s offense wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t helped by a special teams squad that was the worst in the league, thanks in part to Caleb Sturgis ranking 28th in field-goal percentage. The kicker, in other words, was the kicker. read more

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Which Bowls Are Usually The Best — And Worst

As I was writing my piece about 2016’s bloated bowl season, I developed a system for ranking each game based on a five-point grading scale in each of three factors: The quality of the teams involved, the evenness of the matchup and the amount of offense expected of each team in the game. Since I have those scores for every bowl that featured FBS/Div. I-A teams1Sorry, Salad Bowl. going back to 1936, I figured I’d calculate each bowl’s average over that span to see how they usually tend to grade out: Not surprisingly, the championship games of the BCS (and, now, CFP) rank highest, followed by the rest of the BCS/New Year’s Six games — except, oddly, the Peach Bowl. (Aside from the mid-1980s and the last decade or so, the Peach hasn’t traditionally been much more than an average bowl.) Also near the top of the list: The oft-forgotten Bluebonnet Bowl, which was discontinued in 1987 despite consistently featuring good matchups between major-conference schools.And if you’re curious, here are the rankings if we just limit ourselves to bowls that have played 10 or more times since college football’s BCS era started in 1998: read more

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Barhorst driving force in Big Ten play

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has won three of its last four Big Ten matches — including wins over No. 19 Minnesota and No. 22 Northwestern — and junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst is a big reason why. “She’s having a great year,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s been really consistent.” Heading into their Oct. 15 match against Iowa, the Buckeyes were 2-4 in conference play and needed a win to stay alive in the Big Ten hunt. They got the win behind dominant play by Barhorst with 18 points, including a career-high 14 kills. The next night against Minnesota, Barhorst again led the Buckeye charge with 14.5 points and 11 kills. Barhorst’s play helped the Buckeyes climb back to 4-4 in conference play and made her Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 18. “Being Big Ten Player of the Week, it’s pretty cool,” Barhorst said. “It’s a great honor to have.” Barhorst’s teammates are the first to point out how well she has played. “She’s just terminating the ball, she’s hitting angles,” senior outside hitter Anna Szerszen said. “She’s seeing the block really well.” Other teams are taking notice of Barhorst as well. However, on Oct. 20, No. 9 Penn State held Barhorst to only 3 points in a 3-0 victory over OSU. “They did a nice job serving-wise and tactically to keep the ball away from her and put her in frustrating situations,” Carlston said. Barhorst knows that teams will adjust to her and she is going to have to adjust to them as well. “Now I’m going to step up my game because people know what I can do,” Barhorst said. She adjusted quickly and in the Buckeye’s latest victory at Northwestern, she recorded 10.5 points and 9 kills. Barhorst’s recent success is also attributed to those getting her the ball. “The setters are being very deceptive and they’re setting her really well,” Szerszen said. Senior setter Betsy Hone said that she and Barhorst have been playing together since she was 16 years old and she never feels out-of-sync with Barhorst. With the win over Northwestern the Buckeyes are 5-5 in Big Ten play and right in the thick of things in the conference race. Whether Barhorst is leading the team in points, or opening up opportunities for other players, her play as of late is huge for the Buckeyes. “I’m excited for her,” Carlston said. “She’s worked really hard to be there.” read more

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Ohio State footballs Braxton Miller still not the best fundamental quarterback in

With two years as starting quarterback under his belt, rising junior Braxton Miller is starting to embrace his role as a leader of the Ohio State football team. Miller said it’s a position that has taken him a while to get used to. “When I first got here, it was because no one really taught me how to be a leader like I should be,” Miller said. “Now I’m working on little things like that. I’m getting better at it.” Miller, who many have pegged as an early candidate for the Heisman trophy, rushed for 1,271 yards, passed for another 2,039 and racked up 28 total touchdowns last season. But offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the quarterback still has a lot of room to grow. “As improved as he got, he’s not the best fundamental quarterback in the country, and they pay me a lot of money to make sure that he is,” Herman said. “So we’re going to do whatever it takes to get him going sooner rather than later.” Primarily known for his running ability, Miller’s focus this spring has been on developing his air attack. After all, he completed 58.3 percent of his passes last year. He said his goal this year is to complete at least 75 percent of his passes. “I’m working on just getting the ball to the guys,” Miller said. “Just knowing where the guys are going to be at. Last year I kind of second-guessed myself because I didn’t really make plays as well.” At the end of last season, coach Urban Meyer said he wants Miller to be the most fundamentally sound quarterback in the nation. Those words have served as the rising junior’s motivation coming into the 2013 season. “I think about that all the time, every time I step onto the field,” Miller said. “When a ball sails on me, I know why. I worked on that in the off-season in LA. So I know what’s going on if I throw a bad ball.” Miller worked with quarterback specialist George Whitfield in Los Angeles over the summer. Rising redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said he and Miller do their best to improve each other’s game. “We kind of feed off of each other,” Guiton said. “If one of us sees the other doing something wrong, we let them know and try to help them out.” As Miller continues to improve, so will his chances at becoming a Heisman winner. With time, Herman said he believes his quarterback has what it takes to win the award. “He’s got every necessary tool to be that good,” Herman said. “But to say that that’s even the apex of his potential, I don’t know if you can see it. You can’t, but it’s out there. We just have to keep staying on that upward trajectory and you’d like to think, if we continue on this path at the rate we’re going, he’ll get there.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field for their eighth spring practice Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 2726 win over Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIt was always going to be a big game for Ohio State. With an advantage in the Big Ten East on the line, the Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley to face Penn State in as close to a must-win game as it could have been at this point in the season. Ohio State came out on top, giving the Nittany Lions their first loss of the season, 1 27-26 comeback victory for the Buckeyes in Beaver Stadium. As Ohio State moves ahead to its home game against Indiana on Saturday, here are three takeaways the team can take from its top-10 win. J.K. Dobbins is more than just a runnerFor the second straight game, the Ohio State running game could not get it going consistently against the opposing defense, with backs averaging only 3.2 yards per carry in Saturday’s 1-point win. For sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, that success did not happen in the ground game either. He led the team with 17 carries, but only recorded 57 yards on the ground, scoring his third touchdown of the season, a 4-yard touchdown run. With two catches in three separate games this season, including the game against Penn State, Dobbins had been utilized in the passing game as well, but had not found much success. However, on Saturday, the sophomore running back found more success finding open space through the passing game. He recorded two catches for 61 yards against the Nittany Lions, one for 26 yards and the other, a 35-yard screen pass to begin what would end up being Ohio State’s game-winning drive. In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Dobbins has only three games in which he has had more than three catches in a game, never recording more than 45 yards receiving. With the offense redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was running, Dobbins was vital, utilizing his speed, not only in handoffs, but in short screens and passes to the outside, putting him up against members of the secondary that he can outrun. Chase Young made up for the loss of Nick BosaIn the first conference game without junior defensive end Nick Bosa, Ohio State had to face what head coach Urban Meyer considered as the best offensive line the team had seen in Penn State. That proved to be trouble for the Buckeyes early on as redshirt senior Trace McSorley, without pressure, effortlessly moved the ball downfield, providing opportunities for Penn State in the first half that ended up not being capitalized on. However, in the first half, sophomore defensive end Chase Young did provide pressure from the outside, combining with sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison and redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones for two sacks in the first half. The rest of the defense received that message in the second half, recording two sacks and keeping McSorley from leading the Nittany Lions to another win in Beaver Stadium. Young continued his performance in the second half, recording a sack and a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter, adding two broken-up passes in the third quarter. Young finished the day with six tackles, including three for loss with two sacks. A dominant day on the line for Young showed opposing teams which player to watch in the future as Bosa continues to recover from injury. Chrisman continues dominanceRedshirt sophomore Drue Chrisman has continued the tradition of flipping the field as Ohio State’s punter. In Saturday’s game, he had a very good day pinning Penn State deep into its own territory. On nine punts, Chrisman averaged 47.9 yards per kick, recording three punts that went over 50 yards, with the longest one going for 58 yards. However, more importantly in the mindset of a punter, Chrisman pinned the opposing offense deep, putting three punts inside the Penn State 20-yard line. He helped Penn State start five of its drives inside their own 20, including  a drive starting at their own 2-yard line. In games like Saturday’s 1-point win over the Nittany Lions, special teams can make or break a game. Early on, as the offense sputtered and the defense struggled to contain McSorley, Chrisman continued to give Ohio State an opportunity to succeed. read more

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Tory MP compares travellers to Genghis Khan and says they should not be classed

first_imgA Tory MP has sparked anger after comparing travellers in his constituency to the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan and claimed they should not be classed as a vulnerable ethnic minority.Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon, spoke out after a group of travellers set up camp in a popular park in Plymouth, on Sunday.Yesterday, Plymouth City Council evicted them from Trefusis Park but Mr Streeter says the issue goes much deeper.”The key to tackling this perennial problem is to remove travellers like these from the ‘vulnerable ethnic minority’ status,” he said. This seems a bizarre way of representing a community with residents in his own constituency.Cllr Chris Penberthy Enforcement Officers came down from Bristol to Plymouth, Devon, to move on travellers that had been occupying Trefusis ParkCredit:Plymouth Herald/SWNS.com 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. Enforcement Officers came down from Bristol to Plymouth, Devon, to move on travellers that had been occupying Trefusis Park “Of course the council should deal with unauthorised access to land but comparing people to Genghis Khan and making sweeping judgements about very vulnerable groups of people is irresponsible,” she said.”I would like to invite Mr Streeter to meet some gypsies and travellers so he can understand how his behaviour directly affects their safety and futures.”Maybe he could even read the research for himself instead of compounding the problem.”His remarks have also been reported to Dave Downie, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, and the Social Inclusion Unit, as this is not how Plymouth City Council operates.”Cllr Chris Penberthy added: “This seems a bizarre way of representing a community with residents in his own constituency.”A group of caravans arrived at Trefusis Park in Lower Compton on Sunday afternoon, followed by more later in the day.One nearby resident said: “A PCSO visited after neighbours reported noise issues coming from the encampment.”The neighbours are concerned about the large numbers of caged and tethered animals on site, including two very large cockerels.”It is two months since the last encampment in June this year when approximately five large motor homes spent three nights on the site.”The previous visitors left the site fairly tidy and were very friendly, so residents hope this visit will be of a similar nature.”On Monday a Plymouth City Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the travellers at Trefusis Park and are following our usual procedures.”We have a possession order in place for this piece of land and have issued notice for them to quit the site as soon as possible.” “They are as vulnerable as Genghis Khan most of them are as ethnic as I am and all have permanent homes elsewhere in the UK.”It is time Parliament took this problem more seriously. I will continue to raise it at Westminster.”Hats off to Plymouth City Council, which is getting much slicker at removing these intruders from public land.”Mr Streeter has aired his feelings about the travelling community on several previous occasions but his latest comments have caused anger among senior Labour councillors.Philippa Davey, shadow cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said Mr Streeter’s views confirm research by Anglia Ruskin University, which found discrimination against gypsies and travellers is the “last bastion of acceptable racism”.last_img read more

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Tributes for incredible child actor 10 and his aunt killed by stolen

first_imgTributes have been paid to a 10-year-old child actor and his aunt, who were killed when a stolen car being chased by police ploughed into them in south London.Makayah McDermott and Rosie Cooper, who was in her 30s, died at the scene, while his older sisters, twins, Niyah and Yahla, and Rosie’s daughter were seriously injured in the crash.It is understood they had all been on their way to enjoy an afternoon at the park when tragedy struck.  Witnesses report a car losing control and ploughing into a family who were walking down the pavement in Penge Rosie Cooper Witnesses said a car lost control and ploughed into a family walking on the pavement in PengeCredit:@Kent_999s Scotland Yard referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which will probe whether the high speed pursuit  – to recover a stolen vehicle and apprehend the driver – was appropriate and justified.While pursuits are permitted in many circumstances, they must be authorised by a senior officer and must only be undertaken if it is “proportionate”.The police cars began the pursuit of the 14-year-old vehicle around a mile away in Birkbeck Road and the incident lasted around five minutes. Credit:Kent_999s Witnesses described scenes of “complete carnage” in the aftermath of the accident.Dean Burgess, a 52-year-old full time carer said he had been inside his home nearby when he heard the crash and ran out.He said he saw three people, two children and a woman, under the black Ford Focus.He said: “As I got down, there was a few people already lifting the car. People were just running, people from houses, people just walking by.”Police and ambulance workers carried out CPR on the two victims for up to 40 minutes.”Relatives of the dead arrived after around an hour and began screaming and it wasn’t pretty. By the time the relatives arrived they were dead. They sat down next to them.” Rosie Cooper Lisa Pitman of the Virtue TaeKwon-Do club, where he was also a member, said: “We are in shock and gutted, such an incredible child, we have been teaching him since the age of four.”This is the most tragic freak accident … the family are beautiful incredible caring people. They will be indescribably devastated, just as we are.”Tributes were also paid to Ms Cooper, with neighbours describing her as a “lovely girl”.Jackie Francis said: “She was a really nice girl. We would say hello as she came and went.”I just couldn’t believe it when I heard. She was a typical young mother, always with the children, she was very fond of her children. It’s just horrible.”Frank Malone, 53, who lives nearby and is an accountant, said: “She was a fantastic person, she was lovely, always polite and said hello.”She was probably one of my favourite neighbours. It’s just so sad because she got on with everyone and was so young.” Police at the scene in Lennard Road, Penge in in south-east London after a car being chased by police ploughed into a family leaving two people deadcenter_img Venissa Vassell, 18, described how she ran to help after hearing sirens and the sound of a car screeching.She said there were two girls, possibly twins, aged around seven trapped under the car and about 20 people came to lift the car up to free them.The girls “crawled out”, but another girl, aged around 11, who was later taken away by ambulance, was screaming “I can’t feel my legs”.She said “Then a lady ran out across from Penge East station shouting, ‘that’s my baby’ … ‘that’s my baby over there’.”It just looked like complete carnage. It was absolutely awful to see what happened.” Makayah and his sisters were all child actors and tributes have been paid to an “incredible child”.Makayah attended the PSSA Beckenham drama school and had appeared in a number of musicals and plays.He had also recently been signed up by a talent agency and had auditioned for TV series.Sam Brown, managing director of Brown and Mills Entertainment said: “We had recently signed up Makayah along with his twin sisters, and all of us are in shock at the moment.”They were a very talented family. He already had a few auditions for some TV shows and adverts and we had really high hopes for him because he was such a talented youngster.”We are all shocked about what has happened and it is all very very sad because he had a bright future ahead of him.” Police at the scene in Lennard Road, PengeCredit:PA Ilya Baxter, 23, described seeing a white man aged between 18 and 25 running across the road around the corner from the crashed car.He said: “I heard the cars and saw someone pointing to the police where he went. I knocked on the window and pointed.”Police then caught the man, who was allegedly hiding in bushes and handcuffed him.A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “The driver of the car has been arrested and remains in custody at a south London police station.”The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.”Guidelines published by the College of Policing state that officers are permitted to engage in a pursuit if it is in the public interest to protect life, prevent or detect crime, or to apprehend an offender, but it must be done with “proportionality and due regard for the circumstances”.  RTC on Lennard Road The accident occurred in Lennard Road in Penge, shortly after 2pm on Wednesday when police were following a stolen black Ford Focus car.Witnesses described how the driver lost control as he turned into Lennard Road, mounted the kerb and ploughed into the family.The 23 year-old driver allegedly fled the scene before being caught by police and arrested.An air ambulance attended but two people were pronounced dead at the scene.A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: “We sent multiple resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, two incident response officers, an advanced paramedic and London’s Air Ambulance.”Sadly, a woman and a boy died at the scene.”We treated a further three patients, all girls, at the scene for multiple injuries and they were all taken to hospital.” The guidelines add: “It is important that the risks, topography and continuing surroundings are calculated to justify legitimacy of actions.”Officers should not place undue pressure on themselves or risk public safety beyond their capabilities or those of the vehicle they are driving.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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