He’s yet to take even his first NFL snap, but already Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is being mentioned with some pretty heady company.Teammate Joshua Morgan has seen fit to already liken the former Heisman Trophy winner to icons Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.“I love him to death and can’t say enough great things about him,” the fifth-year wide receiver out of Virginia Tech was quoted as saying by a local sports website.“He came in so humble and so focused you don’t have any choice but to just rock with him,” Morgan said, which is also fine.“He’s as fast as Michael Vick but he can make all the throws that Peyton Manning can make and he can make all the reads Tom Brady can make,”Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t exactly try to temper the expectations on the second overall pick of the April NFL Draft either, saying, “the NFL is not used to…a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven’t done.”RGIII has been impressive in the preseason, completing 65 percent (20 of 31) of his pass attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.In addition to his precision passing and nimble feet, Griffin II has shown a tremendous poise and command in the pocket that belays his youth.The Redskins gave up a lot to acquire him, trading up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback.The move to land their franchise quarterback cost Washington its sixth overall pick in 2012, as well as its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012.RGIII signed a contract with the Redskins in July that is worth more than $21 million over four years, including a $13.8 million signing bonus.
San Francisco+2.88+0.00+1.84+0.00+4.72 The tug of war between Philadelphia’s view of itself as a combative underdog and the greater prestige to which it sometimes aspires will be on full display Sunday night, when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Between the city’s sports heartbreaks and hooliganism, its perpetual inferiority complex and recent civic resurgence, this Super Bowl could be a turning point for Philly or another way for its fans to double down on their notoriety.“You can’t deny that there is coarse [fan] behavior,” New York Times reporter Jeré Longman told me in a phone interview. Longman would know — he wrote a book about the neuroses of the city’s fans the last time the Eagles made the Super Bowl, back in 2005. But he also made a case that Philly deserves a better image. “It’s the founding city of the United States; it has these great institutions,” Longman said. “And now it has a vibrant art and music scene, great food, lots of young professionals living downtown.” In Longman’s view, Philadelphia too often sells itself short of what it could be (and already is) when its fans live down to their boorish reputation.“The city’s slogan actually used to be, ‘Philadelphia: Not as bad as Philadelphians say it is,’” he said. “Maybe this Super Bowl will be a chance for people in Philadelphia to realize what a great city they have.”1As someone who lived in Philly for about five years, I agree about the city’s greatness — which makes the juxtaposition between its friendly day-to-day interactions and sometimes psychotic sports fandom even more jarring. The roots of the Fairmount Park-sized chip on Philly fans’ collective shoulders go back decades — the infamous Santa snowball incident happened in 1968, less than three years into the Super Bowl’s existence. But they have seemed to grow deeper as the years went on without a championship in the sport Philadelphia embraces the most. The Eagles, which have been around since 1933, are one of 13 NFL franchises that have never won a Super Bowl, and nobody has won more total ballgames among the Super Bowl oh-fers.2The Eagles did win three NFL championships before the Super Bowl existed, most recently in 1960. But any fan who was following the team back then is now at least into their mid-60s, if not much older. It is, to say the least, a distant memory from another era.Making matters worse, the Eagles’ rivals in the NFC East — the hated Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins — have won a combined 12 championships in the Super Bowl era. Six times a year, Eagles fans are forced to contrast themselves against fan bases whose historical résumés have been weaponized for the taunting.There’s a cultural component to the frustration as well. “Football represents Philadelphia’s ideal view of itself: a tough, blue-collar sport,” Longman said. Both he and Glen Macnow, a longtime host at the local sports-talk radio station WIP, agreed that the Eagles are the one team in the city whose rabid support stretches across demographic and societal lines. Indeed, over the past five years, the Eagles have dominated the search-traffic battle against the city’s other pro teams to a greater degree than the national average.3Granted, the Sixers went on their infamous tanking expedition during this span.“It’s a football town,” Macnow said. “The Eagles bring together everybody in the city.” If so, that also puts the team squarely at the emotional epicenter of Philadelphia angst.The city’s general lack of sports success over the years hasn’t helped matters. Philly teams went more than 25 years without a title, between the 1982-83 76ers’ NBA crown and the Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008. And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. In the 34 years starting in 1984 — the year after the Sixers won their title — through 2017, no other city in pro sports has underachieved more on the championship front, based on the number of actual titles won and the number we’d expect from how many teams they had in each sport.4Including only the “Big Four” North American pro sports of football, basketball, baseball and hockey. (Sorry as always to all you ardent MLS fans out there.) Cleveland-1.02-0.22-1.16+0.00-2.40 Championships vs. Expected Phoenix-0.98-1.22+0.33-0.68-2.55 Boston+4.38+1.78+1.84-0.27+7.73 Buffalo-1.12+0.00+0.00-1.27-2.39 Milwaukee+0.00-1.22-1.16+0.00-2.38 This assigns Boston and Philadelphia a “half-championship” for the 2017 NFL season, since Super Bowl LII’s winner isn’t known yet.Expected championships are calculated by assigning each team in a league equal odds of winning the title in a given season and then adding up those title chances over time.Source: Sports-Reference sites San Antonio+0.00+3.78+0.00+0.00+3.78 Edmonton+0.00+0.00+0.00+3.73+3.73 Philadelphia-0.62-1.22-0.16-1.27-3.27 Miami-1.12+1.99+1.19-0.80+1.26 Pittsburgh+0.88+0.00-1.16+3.73+3.45 Top 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal Championships vs. Expected Los Angeles-0.88+5.60-0.59+0.73+4.86 Which sports cities have overachieved the most (and least)?Actual vs. expected championships in the big 4 North American sports for cities, 1984-2017 Atlanta-1.12-1.22-0.16-0.37-2.87 Minneapolis-1.12-0.97+0.84-1.00-2.25 San Diego-1.09-0.04-1.16+0.00-2.29 New York City+1.75-2.45+3.69+0.20+3.20 Detroit-1.12+1.78-0.16+2.73+3.23 Chicago-0.12+4.78-0.31+1.73+6.08 Bottom 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal The sports fans of Philadelphia are known for their unique brand of bottle-throwing, Santa Claus-attacking, expletive-laced rowdiness. But is this reputation deserved? Are they actually any different from other fiery fan bases in, say, Buffalo or Oakland? I asked my colleague Rob Arthur to look at citywide crime rates, and he couldn’t find any significant uptick on game days. Then again, multiple Eagles fans are alleged to have punched horses (!?!) during these playoffs alone: Washington, D.C.+0.88-1.22-0.43-1.27-2.05 Seattle-0.12-0.92-1.16+0.00-2.20 (And that’s after assigning Philly and Boston a “half-championship” each for the upcoming Super Bowl, assuming that each team has roughly 50-50 odds. If we didn’t do that, Philadelphia teams would be running a collective 3.7 championships below expectation since 1983.)Here’s another way this data helps illustrate why Philadelphia fans are so emotionally overwrought when it comes to sports: In terms of expected titles — which measures the sheer number of cracks a city has had at championship glory — Philly trails only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago (and it’s tied with Boston and Detroit). Justifiably, it thinks of itself as belonging among that group of towns. But collectively, those five cities have won 57.5 championships — 25.1 more than expected — since 1983, with each exceeding their expectation by at least 3.2 titles. Philly, meanwhile, is running 3.3 titles below expectations. Add in the fact that Philadelphia ranks only 25th in championships won since 1983 despite being a top-eight U.S. metro area by both population and economic might, and it makes sense why Philly fandom is often a powder keg waiting to explode.“It’s like a permanent wedgie,” Macnow said of Philadelphia’s sports inferiority complex. “You look up the East Coast at New York and see their championships and at Boston’s smug fans — we call them ‘Massholes.’ There’s an element of envy there as well.”That’s one reason the Patriots might be the ultimate opponent for the Eagles as they try to end their Super Bowl drought. Since 1983, Boston teams have won 7.7 more titles than expected — in exactly the same number of chances as Philly had. The cities are similar in many ways, from population to their shared importance in the early history of the country, a common insular attitude and their parallel rivalries with the behemoth situated between them — New York City. It isn’t difficult to envision an alternate universe in which the fates of Boston and Philadelphia sports had switched places several decades ago.Everyone agrees that an Eagles win on Sunday would set off something approaching total pandemonium in the Philadelphia. “It would be by far the largest sports celebration ever,” Longman told me. “There aren’t enough cans of Crisco in the world to keep people from climbing every [street] pole in Philadelphia.” Longman thought the potential crowds would dwarf the Phillies’ championship parade in 2008 and be more akin to when the pope visited the city in 2015.Whether the long-awaited Super Bowl victory would mark the beginning of a change in fans’ behavior, however, is another question, given that so much of Philly fandom — for good and bad — is wrapped up in the feelings of being overlooked and misunderstood.“It would require a change in a mindset that has prevailed for many generations,” Longman said. “It’d be fascinating to see if Philly is comfortable with being the overdog instead of the underdog.”Although it would only begin to make a slight dent in the city’s championship shortfall of the past three and a half decades, winning Sunday would be a good start.
199715851535+50660 200815541628-74492 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 200715701570+0590 199315531547+6600 199515571545+12601 200015661617-50522 201315641593-29551 200116121589+22620 200915891617-28552 199115971541+55660 199915901531+59670 201215991580+19611 201415961578+18620 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 201115521578-25551 199216161615+1590 201015181638-120432 199815941542+52660 200515841615-31551 200315791573+5601 201515711658-8747%3 200415951530+65680 199415761543+34640 This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200616031522+81700 199615981506+92710 200215911524+67680 199015681582-15570
“I think anytime you’ve competed before, there’s a natural sort of rivalry,” Tressel said. “Will that make any difference? Not compared to the decisions we make on the field and the execution we have, but will it add a little bit more fun to it? Absolutely.” Despite all the talk of Miami seeking redemption for its heartbreaking loss in Tempe, Ariz., in 2003, junior center Michael Brewster said the Buckeyes aren’t getting caught up in the hype. “The big thing is we do our talking in between the white lines and that is what we’re going to do Saturday,” he said. And with all the hype and storylines surrounding Saturday’s matchup, Tressel had plenty to discuss at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. Pryor vs. Harris Following an efficient showing against Marshall, for which Tressel said Terrelle Pryor received his highest ever coach’s performance grade, the junior quarterback will go up against another of the nation’s premiere quarterbacks, Miami’s Jacory Harris. Tressel noted that their paths to this point have been much the same. “I think they’ve traveled a similar road. They both got put in there at an early point in their freshman year,” he said. “(They) had to kind of get thrown in with an older group and learn their way to take control of the huddle and then show it through their execution that they belonged there. “I think there’s a lot of teams in college football that would like to have those guys as their quarterback.” Healthy Buckeyes Boasting an injury-riddled defense last week, the Silver Bullets should be nearing 100 percent this week. The most notable return is junior defensive end Nathan Williams, who sat out in week one with a knee injury. Tressel said Williams is back in action and ready to go. “I think the thing that you have to be careful with is guys that miss some training camp and all of a sudden if you think they can go out there and play 50 some snaps, I think you’re risking a little bit,” Tressel said. “So what we have to figure out in the course of this week is just how many snaps is he ready to go. But he seems to be ready to go.” Safety Orhian Johnson, backup middle linebacker Storm Klein and senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa all will be ready to play, Tressel said. Moeller earns conference recognition After sitting out all of last year with a head injury, senior defensive back Tyler Moeller came back with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove against Marshall. Leading the team in tackles with seven and recording OSU’s only sack, Moeller’s return to football was acknowledged this week as he received Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. “I think he came back for his first game playing just like the old Tyler Moeller and even better,” Chekwa said. “I think he made some good open-field tackles and he brought a lot of energy to the field.” Sabino “day-by-day” redshirt With the return of Storm Klein from a hamstring injury, Tressel said that right now the plan is to redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was in contention for a starting spot through much of the offseason. “We’re kind of redshirting him, but redshirting is a day-by-day thing, so he’s got no injury issues or nothing outside of football that’s a reason for him not playing,” Tressel said. “So for this moment, he’s redshirting and if everyone’s healthy going into the ball game, we’ll probably hold him from the ball game.” Battle in the trenches The Hurricanes feature a quick and strong defensive line, and Tressel said his offensive line is in for a “great challenge.” “If we can have a good week of figuring out what it is we think Miami might try to do and at least be mentally prepared, now we’ll find out who can do what on Saturday.” Brewster said facing the OSU defensive line in practice everyday has prepared him and his fellow offensive linemen for the challenge that Miami’s defensive front four presents. “Going against (Dexter Larimore( and Big Hank (Johnathan Hankins) and Cam (Heyward) and those guys in practice, they’re great. We make each other better,” said Brewster. “Sometimes games feel a little bit easier than practice because those guys are so good.” Running back by committee Rushing for 103 yards on just nine carries, senior captain Brandon Saine showcased his superior running abilities against the Thundering Herd. But Tressel said he was most impressed with junior Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite gaining just 44 yards, it was Herron’s resolve that stood out to his coach. “Sometimes you’re coming out of halftime and it’s 35-7 or whatever it was and some guys might say, well, you know, let’s think about the next game or whatever,” Tressel said. “I thought Boom sparked that drive. It was an 80-yard drive. I thought he broke some tackles. You can’t take ‘Boom’ (Herron) out of the mix, but that’s not to discount Saine. He was excellent. “Both those guys have got to keep getting better and better and we’re lucky those are two good ones.” Coming off a 45-7 season-opening victory over Marshall, Ohio State welcomes the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes to the Horseshoe on Saturday for one of the college football season’s most anticipated matchups. With the two storied programs squaring off for the first time since their historic national title bout nearly eight years ago, OSU’s last national championship win, coach Jim Tressel admitted that game might heighten the intrigue of this week’s contest.
With two wins this week, coupled with a loss by previously No. 1-ranked Duke, Ohio State has ascended to the top of The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll for the second time this season. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) were previously No. 1 for a four-week stretch, Week 11 to Week 14, before a loss at Wisconsin moved them out of the top spot. OSU received 45 first-place votes, with No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 BYU receiving 14 and five first-place votes, respectively. Duke, which still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, is tied at No. 4 with Pittsburgh. OSU’s 27-2 start to the season is the best under coach Thad Matta and with two games remaining in the regular season, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten, one game ahead of second-place Purdue. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 6. The Buckeyes are also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. OSU jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week.
Early offense from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs proved to be too much for the Columbus Clippers, which lost Game 1 of the Governor’s Cup Championship series Tuesday, 5-2. Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister (0-1) allowed five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in his eight-plus innings of work in the series opener at Huntington Park. Lehigh Valley right fielder Brandon Moss provided all the offense the IronPigs needed with a three-run home run in the first inning. “We got off to a tough start,” Clippers’ manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game. “After he settled down, (McAllister) threw a really good game.” IronPigs left fielder Scott Podsednik’s fourth-inning RBI hit scored catcher Erik Kratz in the second inning to up Lehigh Valley’s lead to 4-0. A lack of scoring by the Clippers for the first four innings set a quiet and somber tone amongst the home fans. Columbus finally got to Lehigh Valley right-hander Scott Mathieson in the bottom of the fifth, though. After setting the IronPigs down in order in the top of the frame, center fielder Tim Fedroff’s RBI single put Columbus on the board and scored catcher Paul Phillips, who singled to lead off the at-bat. Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to halve Columbus’ deficit at 4-2. Second baseman Argenis Reyes, who doubled in the inning, scored on the play. Mathieson (1-0) was relieved after the inning and finished the night having allowed two runs, six hits and two walks. The IronPigs’ bullpen combined to prevent the Clippers from scoring again, though. McAllister’s night ended after allowing a home run to IronPigs’ infielder Cody Overbeck in the top of the ninth. The Clippers’ offense came close to responding after Lehigh Valley closer Justin DeFratus entered the game in the final half-inning of play. DeFratus gave up two one-out walks and Diaz singled later in the Columbus at-bat to load the bases with two outs for Clippers’ infielder Jared Goedert. Goedert worked a full count against DeFratus, but eventually struck out swinging to end the game. “It was a tight game, but they got on the board early,” Sarbaugh said. “We came in during the ninth and made it interesting. We just have to take it one game at a time.” The Clippers will host the IronPigs on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park for Game 2 of the series. Wednesday’s pitching matchup RHP Mitch Talbot (COL) versus RHP Nate Bump (LV)
Four members of Ohio State’s wrestling team were named All-Americans last season. The return of one Olympic-trial tested grappler brings the number to five. After a two-year hiatus from collegiate wrestling, senior 125-pounder and 2010 All-American Nikko Triggas is back for the 2012-2013 season. From the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season, Triggas competed for OSU in collegiate, or folkstyle, wrestling. While he was away from Columbus, Triggas trained to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Greco-Roman style. “(In) Greco-Roman you don’t touch the legs. So, in college wrestling it’s all about touching the legs, getting to the legs,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “I think it’ll take some time for him to get his reactions back where they need to be.” In his Greco-Roman career, Triggas has won five gold medals between the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships, 2009 University National Championships and the 2010 University and Junior Team Trials. In 2010, he began the application process for an Olympic redshirt. To be awarded the redshirt, Triggas had to place in the 2008 and 2010 World Team Trials. Triggas said he talked to both U.S. coaches and his coaches at OSU and sent in an application. “We thought it was going to be the best thing for me, get bigger, get stronger, get older, get some maturity in me, and get the technique down,” Triggas said. “Come back to the team as a role model, as older and stronger, be able to compete for the Buckeyes.” Once his application to the Olympic training center was accepted, Triggas said he worked with OSU to send paperwork to the NCAA confirming he was not breaking any rules that would endanger his eligibility with the Buckeyes. After training for two years, Triggas competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21 and finished in fourth place. Knowing he would not be competing in the 2012 Olympics, preparation had to begin in order to wrestle in folkstyle for OSU again. “Going from folkstyle to Greco is very different,” Triggas said. “Coming back into the collegiate world, I came to campus about two months early.” Triggas first came to OSU for the 2007-08 season from Moraga, Calif., and over the next three years he amassed a 72-54 record. As a freshman, he qualified for NCAA championships and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. With a 19-17 record, he amassed 8 pins and 74 team points for OSU that season. During the 2008-2009 season, Triggas improved his record to 22-17 with 14 pins and 109 team points, but he did not place in the Big Ten tournament. He qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not place there either. In his junior year, Triggas recorded career highs in wins and pins with 31 and 15, respectively. He also had his best placement at the Big Ten championships, finishing fifth, and at the NCAA championships, placing eighth. With that finish, he made it onto the podium and was named a 2010 All-American. “It’s awesome to have him back,” said redshirt senior 184-pounder C.J. Magrum. “He’s going to score a lot of points for us this year and hopefully he will get on the podium again.” Triggas said his goal is not only to get back on the podium, but to reach the top step this year. “Going into the wrestling season, the goal is always to be national champion,” Triggas said. “I know I have a long road ahead of me, but that’s the goal and that’s the main focus.”
Ohio State sophomore Tatum Skaggs (11) Skates towards her teammates on the bench to celebrate her goal in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterOhio State women’s hockey earned a crucial game one win, as sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a sudden-death game winner on a breakaway goal 28 seconds into overtime against Minnesota State. The No. 10 Buckeyes (19-2-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) handed Minnesota State (9-18-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) a loss for the fourth time this season with a 3-2 win at home in a best-of-three series that opened the first round of the conference tournament.Late game heroics are becoming routine for Maltais, who also scored the winning shootout goal against then-No. 1 Wisconsin last Friday.“That’s the person you want with the puck on her stick at the end of the game,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said.Maltais was named All-WCHA First Team on Thursday and proved why with a two-point performance Friday that increased her 1.25 point a game average that led the conference entering the series.Minnesota State did not make things easy for the Buckeyes, as freshman goalie and All-WCHA Second Team selection Abigail Levy stopped 39 of 42 Ohio State shots. Her 914 season saves entering the series make her No. 3 in the NCAA.The Buckeyes were unable to convert in the third period despite blitzing Levy with 17 shots, but Muzerall said her stout play in front of the net was no surprise given prior performances of 41 and 42 saves against Ohio State this year. Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers appeared to score a game-winner when she barreled into the net in what appeared to be a goal before it was waved off for goalie interference 16 minutes into the third period.This was one of several physical third-period plays, which Muzerall said is a brand of hockey that favors the Buckeyes, though she questioned the officiating. “I thought there was a couple calls that the refs missed,” Muzerall said. “I understand it’s playoff hockey and they want us to play, so I appreciated that side of the game too. It didn’t slow us down by any means. If anything it fires us up.”Minnesota State came into the series with 643 blocked shots, the most in the NCAA, and its 19 blocks on the night helped limit the scoring of an Ohio State offense that doubled the Mavericks 42-21 in shots. The Mavericks faced a 161 combined shot deficit to opponents this season entering the postseason.Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs opened up the scoring for the Buckeyes with her team-leading 16th goal five minutes into the first period. Despite not having a shot on goal in nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, Minnesota State got its chance following a tripping penalty by senior forward Charly Dahlquist.The penalty was Dahlquist’s fourth in four games, contributing to the Buckeyes’ conference-high 7.3 penalty minutes per game.Minnesota State freshman Brooke Bryant converted the power play and equaled the score at the 14-minute mark on what Muzerall said was a lapse in defensive effort.“We were cheating to the wall and they exposed us to the inside,” Muzerall said. “In fact, we were doing that far too often in the first two periods.”The Buckeyes regained the lead heading into the locker room as sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno beat Levy to the upper left corner with a long-range laser beam for her second-career goal with a minute to go in the first period.Bryant was not finished for the Mavericks. She once again knotted the score with her second goal of the night just a minute into the third period. Her 11 goals on the season make her the most prolific scorer for Minnesota State.Muzerall said if the Buckeyes expect to get a similar result against Minnesota State on Saturday, improvements will have to be made in order to protect the puck.“We were slipping away from the defensive side of the game and we need to bear down defensively, especially in playoff hockey,” Muzerall said.In order to avoid a fourth-straight overtime game, Maltais said the Buckeyes have to take care of business in the first period.“I think if we get on them early and pop a couple more in — just finishing our chances and making sure we lock down on defense before we think about the offense — I think that’s key for tomorrow’s game,” Maltais said.The Buckeyes will attempt to sweep the Mavericks in Saturday’s 3:07 p.m. matchup while Minnesota State faces elimination and the continuation of an 11-game winless streak.
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. More than 40,000 people caring for a cancer sufferer are now having to fulfil core nursing tasks such as administering medicine and changing dressings, new data reveals.The cohort of people performing these roles has expanded by over quarter in the last five years, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. Too often this sandwich generation of carers find themselves pulled in every directionLynda Thomas, Macmillan Chief Executive They charity estimates they now form part of a 110,000-strong “sandwich generation” of carers who are faced with looking after both a parent with cancer and their own children, almost nine in ten of whom are also juggling a job.The new report was based on research among almost 900 cancer carers and found that many suffer mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.Cancer carers are now spending an average of 17.5 hours a week looking after someone with the illness, the report found, an increase of 2.5 hours since 2011.The proportion of carers now involved in helping with healthcare tasks, such as giving medication, has also gone to 38 per cent from 28 per cent in 2011.Lynda Thomas, Macmillan chief executive, said: “Too often this sandwich generation of carers find themselves pulled in every direction by a physically and emotionally draining juggling act that can cause their finances to come under pressure, their working lives to suffer and their own health to bear the brunt.”
She says she is entitled to half of an £11 million fortune and has complained that prenuptial agreements will leave her with around £500 000.The man, a 50-year-old businessman who manages an asset portfolio, disagrees.He says he made it “clear from the outset” that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and says his estranged wife is “entitled to nothing beyond” half the value of a house they shared in Berkshire.Mr Justice Francis oversaw the latest stage of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in late December.The judge said the pair, who have two children, could not be identified. He said they had started living together in 1994 and married in 2000. “She described how on either the Saturday or the Sunday she and (the man) were lying on the bed relaxing when the husband ‘got up and took a document out of his luggage and told me you will need to sign this prenuptial agreement before we go home on Monday’,” said Mr Justice Francis in his ruling.”She says that he was very matter-of-fact.”The judge added: “She says that he told her that ‘it wasn’t about me or us it was about his businesses’, and that he told her repeatedly that it was ‘just a piece of paper’ and that it would not make any difference to her.”Crucially she says ‘he told me if ever we divorced I would carry on financially just as before. Nothing would change. A wife claimed her millionaire husband tricked her into signing prenuptial agreement to protect his fortune by telling her it was a “just a piece of paper'”, a divorce court heard .The pair, both Swedish, married and moved to England after making the agreement during a romantic weekend at a luxury hotel near Niagara Falls nearly 17 years ago.Detail of their row over money has emerged in a High Court judge’s ruling on the latest stage of litigation.Mr Justice Francis heard how the woman, 49, had complained that the Niagara agreement – and two other similar agreements – was unfair and should be ripped up. 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. Their marriage had broken down in 2014 and legal proceedings had begun in Sweden and England in 2015. Mr Justice Francis said a judge in Stockholm should get a chance to decide on the woman’s claims for a lump sum and maintenance.He said the Berkshire house should be sold and the proceeds split evenly.The judge said the woman had told of events during a romantic long weekend in a luxury hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Niagara Falls in Canada, in July 2000. The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judgeMr Justice Francis “The prenuptial agreement would not make a difference to me. I should trust him, he said, because he had always looked after me. He made me feel guilty for implying that he might not stand by his word’.”He said the woman had made a note in her diary, which read: “Cosied up in the morning. Went to the Niagara Falls. Back to the hotel and had a massage and pedicure!”Went for a walk and ate at a worthless Italian restaurant. Was at the hotel and watched a video. Signed the marriage papers.”Mr Justice Francis said the man had said he “could not recall signing the agreement during the course of that Niagara weekend” although it was “perfectly possible”.”The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judge.”He says that he made it clear from the outset that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and that marriage was simply not something that was particularly important to him.” The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heardCredit:GETTY
He rocked the arts establishment with his shock departure from the Royal Ballet in 2012, being labelled the “bad boy of ballet” for his colourful exploits and rumours of his temperament.Now Sergei Polunin, the prodigy regularly called the greatest dancer of his generation, has lifted the lid on his surprise exit from Covent Garden, saying he felt he had been “tricked” into life in ballet.Polunin, who is the star of a new biographical documentary about his rise and fall, said he had believed becoming the “best dancer in the world” would allow him to earn enough to bring his Ukrainian family back together, and make the most of his creativity.Instead, he claims, he was left sharing a flat, living like a child and unable to afford to pay for dinner, with a “jealous” company which would not give him freedom to work in other styles. Sergei Polunin photographed in 2013 I became a principal and I couldn’t even afford to pay for dinnerSergei Polunin Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Run Mary Run “The company is so jealous. They won’t let you work elsewhere. They won’t even let you use a style from elsewhere.“You work so hard: 11 hours a day, six days a week. “It isn’t human. I didn’t know what life was.”Polunin, who became the youngest principal in the Royal Ballet’s history at the age of 19, was born in the Ukraine to mother Galina and father Vladimir. Initially taking up gymnastics, his potential was spotted by teachers and he transferred to ballet, winning a place at the Choreographic Institute in Kiev. “The company sort of owns you. I thought about my future. In 10 years’ time, I would be in the same position as when I started – the best dancer in the world, but still sharing a flat. You’re an adult, but you live like a kid.”Stressing that the same problems also existed in other ballet companies, he told the Observer: “I got disappointed with people, too. It wasn’t a team.“The ballet world is so competitive, and for no reason. It’s not a sport. It’s an art. There’s no winner. He has now suggested dancers ought to be assigned agents in the same way as professional footballers, giving them guidance and representing their financial interests.In an interview about the film, Dancer, Polunin said: “You know when you believe in Christmas? I was like that with ballet.“I thought I would reach a level where I’d have enough money to bring my family back together, and I would have freedom.“I believed a lot of things, then I started to question them.“The Royal Ballet was good to me. They gave me everything I asked for. It’s just…I felt tricked.“I became a principal and I couldn’t even afford to pay for dinner. I couldn’t afford a flat. Sergei Polunin in a Royal Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty in 2011 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. To pay for his tuition, his father and grandmother moved abroad – to different countries – to work while his mother stayed to supervise him.He went on to the prestigious Royal Ballet school at 13, moving alone without speaking any English, and his parents eventually separated.He has previously spoken movingly about how he had believed earning money from his dancing could reunite his family, and the disappointment of realising it could not.In 2012, at the age of 21, he walked out of rehearsals in Covent Garden one day and told the company he would not return, intending to give up ballet altogether. He has since performed in Russia and moved into contemporary dance, striking up a long-term relationship with fellow ballet star Natalia Osipova, whom he credits with “calming” him. Now 27, he said of his decision to leave the Royal Ballet:”It’s true that I got a bit lost afterwards. But that was because I didn’t have any mentoring, and I had grown up in a system where I never made my own decisions.“I had a bad rehearsal, and that was it. Complete freedom.”The Royal Ballet declined to comment on Polunin’s views.The film, Dancer, is released in cinemas on March 10th.
However, the radio presenter has said that Mrs Leith has now apologised for her comments.He said: “I thought, well, that’s fair enough, so I said on the air on Tuesday ‘If you want any tips about the potential pitfalls, as long as you cook me lunch, Prue, because let’s face it, it’s not going to be the worst lunch in the world, we can have a chat about that.'”She emailed me after the show. She said ‘What a silly thing to say’. I said ‘No, it’s the perfect thing to say because a) it got you publicity for the new show and b) it’s absolutely right, by the way!”She was commenting on Mr Evans’ short and unsuccessful stint presenting BBC’s flagship motoring show.Presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will host the new series of Bake Off.The cook said she was “thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. Prue Leith apologised to Chris Evans for making a snide comment about his failed presenting gig on Top Gear.The newly-appointed Great British Bake Off presenter has been confirmed as Mary Berry’s replacement alongside Paul Hollywood when the baking programme moves to Channel 4.Talking before it was confirmed she had the role, she told the Press Association that if she replaced Mrs Berry she “doesn’t want to do a Chris Evans”. “It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.” 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.
She’s paid respect to Cyrus in interviews, but told Complex magazine that she’s “not comfortable being sexy and dressing sexy – I don’t see myself ever becoming a sex symbol.”She’s worked with a Swedish super-producerGrande’s music career has been given a massive boost by her collaboration with Max Martin.The Swedish producer and songwriter is responsible for huge worldwide hits including Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Teenage Dream, Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, Britney’s breakthrough single …Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way. Although Victorious left critics unimpressed, the show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular, winning ratings of nearly six million when it first aired.It ended its run in 2013 but the young viewers wanted more, and Grande continued to play Valentine in a spin-off, Sam & Cat, another farcical sitcom in which two teenage girls become improbable roommates and run a babysitting business.Grande’s appeal among the under-13s and musical background led to an early, unsuccessful attempt at a singing career in 2011, with the release of pop single Put Your Hearts Up, which Grande has since poked fun at. Grande in the music video for Put Your Hearts Up On Monday night, 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in a terrorist attack on Manchester.Police say a suicide bomber caused an explosion outside the city’s Manchester Arena, as thousands of people poured out of the venue after a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande.Who is Ariana Grande?Twenty-three-year-old Grande has been in showbusiness since her teens. Raised in Florida, she first appeared on Broadway in 2008.Two years later, when she was 17, she was cast as the ditsy Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated Victorious, which followed the hallway antics of Hollywood stage school students. Her brother inspired her showbiz careerHer older brother Frankie, 34, is an actor who has performed in ABBA musical Mamma Mia! on Broadway, and recently took part in the US version of Big Brother. More recently, her third album Dangerous Woman reached number one in the UK chart last year. Although now better known as a singer than an actress, Grande made a return to television in 2015, with a supporting role in Fox’s horror comedy Scream Queens. She is a veganGrande is a strict vegan, and mostly subscribes to a raw food diet. “I vacillate between being raw and not-raw vegan,” she told the Telegraph in 2014. “Do I feel healthier? It’s the way to go, I have to say.” Nearly 40 of Martin’s songs have sold more than a million copies.Martin is responsible for the catchy horn riffs on Problem, which harks back to Nineties’ RnB – aside from Azalea’s reference to Jay-Z’s 99 Problems – with a big, octave-spanning verse and a whispered chorus.In support of all this Grande is a genuine vocal talent: her sugary-sweet voice spans four octaves and has been compared to Mariah Carey.It’s a voice that her producer, Kenneth Edmonds, who has worked with TLC and Beyoncé, describes as “one of those feel-good voices we haven’t heard in a long time”. “I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,” she told the Telegraph.”He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, ‘OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.’ “My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.”What’s her appeal?Many TV stars in the US have had successful pop careers, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez; Grande has followed in their footsteps.Not only does she have an enormous fanbase from her Nickelodeon days, but, like One Direction, her young fans know how to marshall social media to share their appreciation.Grande has nearly 50 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even her dogs (Ophelia, Toulouse and Coco) have their own Instagram account, with more than 90,000 followers. Grande as Cat Valentine in Victorious Show more Her online following shows the gap in the market for a fresh-faced popstar like Grande. The teen singers who proceeded her, such as Spears, Aguilera and Miley Cyrus, have grown up to try and connect with older audiences. Grande, meanwhile, maintained a relatively innocent image after making the transition into pop. Frankie Grande in 2016 She went on to sing on the third soundtrack for Victorious with her co-star Victoria Justice, and in 2012 performed a duet with Mika on his single Popular Song.But it wasn’t until 2013 that Grande’s pop career really took off in earnest. Bouncy nu-soul duet, The Way, which Grande recorded with American rapper Mac Miller, trumped both Justin Timberlake and One Direction’s sales figures in March, before her debut album Truly Yours reached the top 10 in nine countries, and number one in America.Problem, her 2014 breakthrough single, went to number one in the UK and number two in the US, making Grande a familiar name on both sides of the Atlantic. Music producer Max Martin at the Grammy awards The track was accompanied by a video in which she strolled around a chintzy vintage American town in a prom dress. It was an image which Grande told Rolling Stone was “straight out of hell”. 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 estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate as a result of global warming. Professor Adam Scaife who led the research said: “The new Met Office supercomputer was used to simulate thousands of possible winters, some of them much more extreme than we’ve yet witnessed.“This gave many more extreme events than have happened in the real world, helping us work out how severe things could get.” Dr Vikki Thompson, lead author of the report, said “Our computer simulations provided one hundred times more data than is available from observed records. Our analysis showed that these events could happen at any time and it’s likely we will see record monthly rainfall in one of our UK regions in the next few years”Its research suggests there is a one in three chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter.It comes as flash flooding caused significant damage in the Cornish town of Coverack last week and left people stranded in their homes. Analysis revealed there is a seven per cent risk of record monthly rainfall in south east England in any given winter. The figure increased to 34 per cent when other regions of England and Wales were considered. The winter of 2013-14 saw the heaviest rain fall in a century after a series of storms hit the UK leading to extensive flooding in several parts of the country. Britain is heading for “unprecedented” winter rainfall after the Met Office’s new super computer predicted records will be broken by up to 30 per cent.Widespread flooding has hit the UK in the past few years leading meteorologists to search for new ways to “quantify the risk of extreme rainfall within the current climate”.The Met Office’s new supercomputer has been crucial to understanding the risk of record rainfall by creating hundreds of realistic UK winter scenarios in addition to the record. Cornish village of Coverack hit by flash flood Credit:Matt Cardy 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 authors suggested this was likely to be down to the “binge drinking culture in the United Kingdom”. Of the 88 British participants, 81 per cent said they had posted about drugs or alcohol, 75 per cent about sex, and 48 per cent said they had posted personal information such as their address or telephone number. The paper also found that there were more similarities than differences between the students’ behaviour, suggesting that the “psychological processes affecting risky online behavior might be similar across culture”, raising “the possibility that Internet cultures exact more influence than one’s nationality”. Dr White added: “This difference shows that culture as a whole seems to play a part in what type of content is shared.“But the fact that the behaviours predicting risky online choices are the same for both nationalities suggests there’s a wider social media culture that encourages this type of risk-taking behaviour.”Figures published earlier this year by YouGov showed that one in five employers have turned down a candidate for a job after checking their online activity. Even cautious teenagers over-share on social media and risk damaging their job prospects, a University of Plymouth study has found. Posting drunken photographs and personal rants on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter might be associated with impulsive behaviour – but sensible young people are just as likely to post risky things online as their more impulsive peers. “Self-monitoring” young people who thought hard about the potential impact of their social networking still posted about alcohol and drugs because it was so socially acceptable, the study found. Researcher Dr Claire White said: “It’s counterintuitive really because it would be easy to assume that a high self-monitor would question their actions and adapt accordingly. “But the results show that high self-monitors are just as likely to post risky content as those in the study who are more impulsive, which suggests they think it’s not only OK to be risky – and potentially offensive – but that it’s actually the right thing to do.””Many Facebook users utilize provocative pictures to be noticeable on social networking sites, or to gain positive attention from friends.”Our high self-monitoring participants clearly used social networking sites as platforms to self-present themselves as “cool,” where this behavior was valued and rewarded,” the paper said. The study, which examined online behaviour by 178 British and Italian students, found that British young people were more likely to be explicit about their alcohol and drug use, while Italians were more likely to post “offensive content” and personal details. 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. Almost half said that drunken photographs would put them off, while 71 per cent said references to drug use would lose a candidate the job.
A plastic bottle deposit scheme must be introduced despite objections from newsagents and corner shops, MPs have said.The Environmental Audit Committee said that up to 20p should be placed on the cost of plastic bottled drinks, which would be returned when customers brought back their waste.In a new report, the committee warned that only 7.5 billion of the 13 billion plastic bottles used in the UK each year are recycled, while the rest end up in landfill, are littered or incinerated.But MPs said that a return scheme could boost recycling rates to 90 per cent.However shopkeepers said they were concerned that bulky deposit machines would take up retail space and that returned bottles may be unhygienic. The report was welcomed by conservationists and charities. Plastic drinks bottles, along with caps, lids and other plastic on-the-go drink and food waste items, consistently feature in the top ten of litter types strewn on UK beaches, and account for up to 20 per cent of all rubbish found in Marine Conservation Society beach cleans and surveys.Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society, says “We wholeheartedly support the findings of the Committee. UK consumers use 13 billion plastic bottles each year.“These are generally used just once and thrown away – a deposit return system, coupled with increasing access to free drinking water, and an effective system to discourage waste and encourage good packaging designs, would reduce this growing plastic tide.” Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK, added: “The EAC have understood that plastic pollution is a crisis which could be about to get quite a lot worse, and that we’re going to need to do a bit more than just build a couple more recycling plants to get out of the whole we’ve dug ourselves.“It’s brilliant to see their recommendation for a Deposit Return Scheme as the immediate response to the flood of plastic bottles, and extending that thinking to other recommendations focused on reduction and moving the burden of paying for plastic waste from the taxpayer to the manufacturer.” 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 Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) calculated that the average small store would need to deal with 180 drinks containers each day, and lose £62,000 in lost floor space.James Lowman, of the ACS said: “In our sector there would be significant costs to our small stores in terms of the proportion of space taken up by a reverse vending solution and manual returns.“Every member I speak to says the idea of taking back dirty containers over a counter where you are selling food is just not feasible.” Plastic waste is increasingly finding its way into nature Credit:Kajsa Sjšlander/Greenpeace However committee members said the rising tide of plastic waste was a major concern which must be tackled. Most Britons will use 150 plastic water bottles each year, while Londoners get through 175 bottles and some 700,000 bottles are littered each day in the UK.As well as a deposit return scheme, MPs are also calling for all public premises which serve food or drink including leisure and sports centres should be required to provide free drinking water on request, and public water fountains should be more widespread. Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “Urgent action is needed to protect our environment from the devastating effects of marine plastic pollution which, if it continues to rise at current rates, will outweigh fish by 2050.“Our throwaway society uses 13 billion plastic bottles each year, around half of which are not recycled. Plastic bottles make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea, and are a growing litter problem on UK beaches. “We need action at individual, council, regional and national levels to turn back the plastic tide.”The Scottish government has already announced plans to introduce a deposit return scheme and Department of Environment is currently consulting on a similar UK-wide project. Plastic waste now accounts for 20 per cent of beach rubbishCredit:Surfers Against Sewage In the new report, MPs also called for companies to be made financially responsible for the plastic packaging they produce.Producers currently only pay for 10 per cent of the cost of packaging disposal and recycling, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for the other 90 per cent, evidence submitted to the MPs showed.The Government should also bring in rules for 50 per cent recycled plastic content in plastic bottles to be achieved by 2023 at the latest, they urged.
The latest figures suggest criminals are now targeting areas of the country where police forces are failing to investigate burglaries and thefts, experts have warned. Police chiefs are under pressure to tackle increasing threats from terrorism and cyber crime and investigate historic sex offences,… Burglaries and thefts are rising at an alarming rate, according to Britain’s largest police force as figures from the Metropolitan Police show a 21 per cent rise in burglaries year on year. They come as new crime statistics released this week are expected to reveal a national trend. In recent months police chiefs have said that cost-cutting measures mean they cannot devote resources to “low level crime”.
I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.Rob Delaney The actor previously said it would be bad parenting for him to return to the US, praising London, the BBC and the NHS in the UK Credit:Ian West/PA “The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.”Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much,” Delaney added.Last year the US star, who lives in London, said it would be “bad parenting” if he moved back to the States with his children in the current political climate. “Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren’t for them. I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted. “I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers.”They are why I will endeavour to not go mad with grief. I don’t want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I’m greedy for more experiences with them.”Delaney called Henry a “joy” and praised the NHS nurses and doctors, home carers and charity workers who helped during his illness.”He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals,” he added.He said he was “desperately sad” and urged people to help other families in the UK with sick children by supporting the Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark organisations. He said he was concerned about US President Donald Trump’s stance on healthcare, and will not return.”In the United States of America you could be denied healthcare if you have a pre-existing condition, which can literally include ‘has had a child’,” Delaney told the Radio Times.”It would be bad parenting for me to bring children back to that country.”He said: “I’m crazy about London, I love it so much. I love the NHS. I love the BBC. I love the Tube. I love the bus. I love tea. I love bacon sandwiches, I really do.” Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has revealed his two-year-old son Henry has died.The actor and writer, 41, said his family were devastated following the toddler’s death from cancer in January in a lengthy statement on Facebook.Henry had surgery and treatment to remove a brain tumour shortly after turning one in 2016 before the cancer returned last autumn.He had been left with significant physical disabilities by the tumour, Delaney said, but had “quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum”.”His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound,” he added. 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 local coastguard have also warned the public to keep clear of the area, but locals have still been seen taking pictures near the sea edge. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea and a further seven homes badly damaged.Despite a bid for £2.3m for government funded flood defences, residents failed to secure funding. But in 2015 residents raised enough money for partial sea defences of honeycombed concrete blokes were installed in sand dunes. Meanwhile in Minehead, Somerset, a worried family are concerned their 16th century hotel may collapse into the sea at any moment after huge cracks appeared just metres from their door in the wake of Storm Emma which swept through the country. “I’m just in total shock. Watching people taking my house apart. I don’t think I’ll be here tomorrow.”Paul Ray and other residents were forced to flee their homes overnight as five properties are considered to be of the highest risk with one “teetering on the edge”, the local inshore lifeboat rescue service have said. He said it was “not safe to live there at all” and added: “You can’t go round the back, if you did you’d go straight to the beach. Great Yarmouth Borough Council are working with the Environment Agency to decide which residents can return to their homes. A clifftop street began to crumble into the sea last night as Britain’s coastline was battered by wild weather.One home-owner described feeling a sudden tremble like an “earthquake” at the weekend as the cliff gave way. A garden shed and an oil tank plummeted into the sea after days of high winds and waves eroded the sandstone. It came as the so-called ‘mini Beast from the East’ cloaked much of Britain in a blanket of snow over the weekend amid warnings that rural communities could be cut off. The area in Hemsby, Norfolk, has been deemed “too dangerous” for the residents of 13 chalets who have been evacuated and may lose their homes, according to police who say there is a “very good chance” six of the properties will collapse into the sea. Homeowner Stephen Chadwick described the cliff falling in an “earthquake” at around 7.30am on Saturday morning as he enjoyed his morning coffee. Winds have battered the cliffsCredit:Mike Page But hotelier Cara Strom, 42, and her partner Marcus Kravis, 49, have refused to give up serving food and drink despite having been forced to cancel overnight stays. “I bought it for sea views, beautiful sea views, and now the sea’s taking it away,” he told the BBC.”I woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee at half past seven, the back door, and I felt … it was like an earthquake, and the cliff just went. It is feared the cracks could become worse as the south west has been issued with a yellow warning for snow and ice and forecasters warn strong winds will batter the coastline. The family, who took over the hotel 18 months ago, said they knew coastal erosion was a risk, but had no idea they’d lose ground so quickly.Cara said: “I have never seen anything like this. Nobody would be able to give a time estimate. They do think it is very concerning.”Once that land does slip away, we won’t be too far behind.”The building will follow suit. I can’t afford to move anywhere else.”It is my livelihood, job, home and my family’s home.”As the ‘mini Beast from the East’ arrived, South West England bore the brunt of the weekend’s weather and villages in Dartmoor and Exmoor were warned residents may be unable to travel to due to inaccessible country roads. Forecasters said temperatures would feel as low as -10c across the entire country for the start of the week and said villages in Devon and Cornwall may find themselves facing burst pipes and power outages. The rest for the country will see an icy start but high pressure is expected to pick up and clear away the snow as temperatures pick up to around 5c. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea Credit:Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Building control surveyors on Hemsby beach in front of houses that have been evacuated Credit:Chris J Ratcliffe /Getty 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.
“UK Power has told us that the cut affects properties outside the resort as well as ourselves.”As a result we have re-validated all the tickets of those in the park so that they can re-visit on another day between now and July 31,” the spokesman added.Chessington’s operator Merlin Entertainments saw a fall in visitor numbers in 2015 at Alton Towers after a crash on the Smiler ride at the Staffordshire park. 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. Merlin was fined £5m over incident in which two carriages on the rollercoaster collided, leaving five people severely injured – including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations.UK Power Networks said power was interrupted to 272 customers in North Chessington at about 14:50 BST following a fault with a piece of electrical equipment.A company spokesman said engineers restored supplies to most customers by 15:20 BST, adding: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.” A powercut at Chessington World of Adventures left people stranded on rides on Friday afternoon.Thousands of parents and children had to leave the resort when the outage saw displays and rides grind to a halt.Staff at the site had to carry out several high-level rescues from some of the rides where people and children had been trapped when they stopped in midair.No-one was injured and everyone was led down ladders to safety. A total of 16 people were rescued from rollercoasters.The outtage, which affected a wide area of the village of Chessington, Surrey, including residential homes, was believed to have been caused by an underground cable fault.A spokesman for Chessington World of Adventures said: “We can confirm that several high level evacuations had to be carried out. We have a well rehearsed procedure for such events. People are rescued from a ride at Chessington World of Adventure after a power cutCredit:twitter.com/MakeItBritish