Rex Grossman508212.9 David Woodley504712.3 Tom Brady5121+23.3 Boomer Esiason1045512.7 Peyton Manning722321.7 Tony Romo802916.7 UPDATE (Nov. 26, 10:30 p.m.): Tony Romo reinjured his collarbone on Thursday in a game against the Carolina Panthers. ESPN reported that he will be out for the rest of the season.By beating the Miami Dolphins Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys preserved their undefeated record this season with quarterback Tony Romo under center. That’s the good news for Cowboys fans; the bad news is that Romo has only played three games. Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden were both winless when filling in at QB while Romo was out with a broken clavicle. At 3-7, the Cowboys have little chance of making the playoffs unless they go on a serious tear against what isn’t an easy schedule down the stretch.If nothing else, the Cowboys’ season has reinforced just how completely essential Romo is. His absence has made it clear that he belongs in any discussion of the league’s top signal-callers.Romo ranks among the top QBs in the NFL over his career, whether you use data from the box score1He ranks fifth in adjusted net yards per attempt since taking over as a starter in 2006. or more advanced, play-by-play metrics.2He ranks eighth in QBR. But Romo also has a reputation, starting early in his career and growing with each passing year since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl win, for not being “a winner.”While it’s possible Romo is a stat-stuffer whose great individual numbers overstate his true worth, there are other ways to detect a player’s value. For instance, here at FiveThirtyEight we’re oddly thankful when players miss time because it gives us a chance to quantify their influence on the performance of their teams. And few quarterbacks in NFL history have been associated with a better with-or-without-you (WOWY) ledger than Romo.To help measure this WOWY effect, I used Elo ratings, FiveThirtyEight’s pet power rating system. Elo gives us a snapshot of how good each team was expected to be at any given moment, as well as how much a team’s strength estimate changes over time. By looking at those changes in conjunction with who the team’s primary QB was during that game3Meaning the QB who attempted the most passes in a given game., we can construct WOWY scores that measure how much having a given passer under center helps the team.For instance, after Romo’s Cowboys beat Philadelphia in Week 2 (the game in which Romo was lost to injury), they achieved a 1618 Elo rating. Seven games later, when he took the field again on Sunday, Dallas’s rating had dropped to 1463, meaning it lost about 22 points of Elo per game in his absence. By comparison, the Cowboys gained about 19 points of rating per game when Romo does play, so his WOWY this season is +41: the team gains 41 more points of Elo per game when he plays than when he doesn’t.Gaining 41 points of WOWY is incredibly impressive by itself. In seasons where a QB both played and missed at least three games, only Dan Fouts’ 1978 season ranks higher since 19704The year of the AFL-NFL merger.. But it’s nothing new for Romo, who has consistently been good for the Cowboys. Over his career, his WOWY score of +16.7 ranks third among qualified5Minimum 50 games as a team’s primary passer in a career, and 20 games missed. passers since 1970: Drew Brees872513.7 GAMES John Elway1513613.9 Joey Harrington552512.4 QUARTERBACKWITHWITHOUTWOWY ∆ ELO Joe Ferguson947712.2 That Rex Grossman and Joey Harrington are anywhere near Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on that table shows that this isn’t a completely foolproof method. (For one thing, WOWY can’t factor in the quality of a QB’s backups, beyond what Elo is able to detect from changes in a team’s performance.) But it does suggest that, in terms of making his team more likely to win games, Romo has done an impressive job with the supporting cast the Cowboys have given him. Like Brady6Don’t let the 11-5 record against a weak schedule fool you; the Cassel-led 2008 Pats were significantly worse than they were in 2007 or would be in 2009. and Manning, Romo is associated with elevating his teams’ chances of winning games in addition to gaudy stats.That probably won’t be enough to change anyone’s mind in one of those endless arguments about Romo, but it does quantify what we’ve seen so far this season: The Cowboys are a very good team with Romo — and are totally lost without him.Check out our NFL predictions for odds on every game.
September 30, 2019
September 29, 2019
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation to break down the stakes in men’s college basketball as March Madness approaches. Finally, is James Harden as good as he says he is? We investigate.Links to what we discussed this week: FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman reports on the details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers behind the trade.Kyle Wagner wrote about whether the trade made sense for the Kings.Chris Dobbertean’s latest analysis of the NCAA men’s field.The NCAA is looking at changing the way it chooses teams for March Madness, writes FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine.In a profile in TIME, James Harden makes the claim that he’s the NBA’s most valuable player.Significant Digit: 110, the number of points that Grinnell College scored against Illinois College last Saturday. Grinnell employs the Grinnell System, the hallmarks of which include shooting a lot of threes, subbing entire lineups in and out at once, and employing a full-court press.
September 28, 2019
In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources.
September 28, 2019
But let’s say we give in and run the same exercise without giving extra weight to the most thrilling years of Griffey’s career. In that case, we find Roger Maris, whose single-season home-run record Griffey flirted with in 1994 before labor strife brought the season to an abrupt halt. This is a telling comparison. Over their respective careers, Mays and Maris boasted nearly identical marks in power, contact and plate patience, but they differed greatly in the most dynamic areas of the game: speed and defense.Likewise, late-career Griffey retained much of his familiar hitting profile, but he became unrecognizable in the field and on the basepaths. After stealing 167 bases in the first 11 years of his career, Griffey swiped only 17 over his final 11 seasons. He also joined the likes of Adam Dunn and Manny Ramirez as one of baseball’s least valuable fielders over his final major-league decade, an outcome that seemed unthinkable when Junior was pulling fly balls off the wall at a dead sprint and doing his “I got it” routine across the Great Lakes. The effect is so extreme that if we invert the prime-weighting scheme from above, instead giving excess weight to a player’s worst seasons, Griffey suddenly profiles like a lumbering slugger in the mold of Kevin Mitchell or Prince Fielder — a far cry from the sprightliness of his ’90s heyday.But here’s the thing: While Kevin Mitchell and Prince Fielder were and are, uh, hefty, they’re also pretty good players. Among non-pitchers since 19133The earliest season, continuous from 2015, for which FanGraphs tracks strikeout rate for batters. with 3,000 or more career trips to the plate, each ranks in the top third in WAR on a per-plate appearance basis. His skills may have been undermined by constant injuries, an ill-fated contract and geriatric napping, but even in winter, one of Griffey’s closest comps was a 31-year-old six-time All-Star.There are many faces to Griffey’s stardom. He might have been baseball’s last truly mainstream superstar, which takes on even more meaning in a sport with an ever-dwindling base of African-American players. The iconography of Griffey — the fun-loving, video game-endorsing, steroid-free natural athlete — always meant his case for the Hall rested on more than mere numbers. But as we all celebrate Griffey’s career this week, it’s worth remembering that Griffey’s numbers are no mere thing, and his statistical legacy isn’t so fragile as to topple over at the first gust of scrutiny. Even during his worst days, Griffey remained an All-Star-caliber player; during his best, he really was the second coming of Willie Mays.Read More: Mike Piazza Was More Than A Big BatBaseball’s Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The ’60s One hundred percent of public ballots have Ken Griffey Jr. going into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which should surprise exactly no one. The only suspense Junior’s election year was ever going to see was the question of how close he comes to unanimity, and whether or not the Baseball Writers’ Association of America conscripts an ordained bishop and a team of surveyors to find and consecrate center field at the site of the old Kingdome.It’s been a while since a position player of Griffey’s caliber went into Hall of Fame Day so certain of induction — Rickey Henderson in 2009 was probably the last — and a lot of the ink that’s been spilled over Griffey focuses on the more ethereal qualities that made him the face of a generation (a generation starving for Hall of Fame consideration, I might add): his style; his athleticism; that grin; that effortless, fluid, magisterial swing.If hall voters could vote in a GIF, I swear to God this thing would have a plaque by the second ballot.Statistically, though, Griffey isn’t talked about in exactly the same way as most players. His artistry was so unimpeachable, his heights so dizzying, and his fall so precipitous, it seemed, that talking about the full measure of his career in the persnickety, CPA-hued style of the modern baseball apparatus not only feels like stapling together two completely different players — The Kid and a mere, fallible mortal — but also carries a certain inevitable, Nearer, My God, to Thee sadness about the career he might have had.This is a mistake. The mystique of Ken Griffey Jr. doesn’t diminish any when held up to the lamp. If anything, panning reality out of myth only seems to grow the myth.Consider: If we break down Griffey’s skills1Adjusted for park effects. relative to the major league average — giving excess weight to his best wins above replacement seasons, to better capture what he was like in his prime — and look for players with similar profiles in their best years,2Generating similarity scores by summing the squared differences of any two players’ percentile ranks in five skill categories — contact rate, isolated power, walk rate, running ability (which includes speed score and baserunning runs) and defensive WAR — and weighting the differences according to each category’s influence on overall WAR. the prime version of Griffey was the closest thing the majors have ever seen to the great Willie Mays. Mays had a slightly better eye at the plate, made more contact and was a better runner. Otherwise, peak Griffey was the spitting image of the Say Hey Kid’s best years: a profanely powerful hitter and elite defensive outfielder with great speed and patience, and solid contact skills.(Griffey’s second-most similar prime-to-prime player was his former Mariners teammate Alex Rodriguez — no slouch in his best years, either.)
September 28, 2019
With Wisconsin handing the Ohio State men’s basketball team its first loss of the 2010–11 season, the Badgers showed the rest of the nation that the Buckeyes are, in fact, beatable. The Badgers knew the only way they could defeat the Buckeyes was to be resilient, and limit OSU’s 3-point and free-throw attempts — and they accomplished all three. Wisconsin never backed down while facing the nation’s No. 1 team. After entering halftime with a two-point lead, the Buckeyes managed to extend their advantage to as many as 15 points in the second half. The Badgers didn’t back down, however, answering the Buckeyes with a 15-0 run to tie the game, and a 10-0 run down the stretch. “We started missing shots and they started making shots,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “You got to give Wisconsin a ton of credit. They got rolling there and they were banging shots from deep, and they were going in.” The Badgers’ 15-0 run was sparked by the resilience of point guard Jordan Taylor, who unlike previous Big Ten point guards such as Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Penn State’s Talor Battle, found success against the defense of OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Taylor scored 27 points in the game, 21 of which came in the second half. At one point, Matta switched Craft — who has earned a reputation of being one of the top defensive stoppers in the conference — off of Taylor in favor of OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty. “He got rolling,” Matta said of Taylor’s performance. “He hit some challenged, tough shots.” Wisconsin benefited from accurate 3-point shooting, making 12 of its 24 shots from beyond the arc. “A lot of them were contested. A lot of them were off movement, off ball screens, you know, pull up threes and things like that,” Lighty said. “All you can do is hope they miss and run at them.” The Badgers also limited the number of 3-point shots taken by the Buckeyes, with OSU connecting on three of its nine 3-point shot attempts the entire game. One successful attempt was a desperation heave by OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, making the score 70-67 with four seconds left. The Buckeyes took 20 3-point attempts in their Feb. 6 win against Minnesota, 15 in their Feb. 3 win against Michigan and 19 in their Jan. 25 win against Purdue. It wasn’t only beyond the arc that the Badgers limited the Buckeyes. Sullinger, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer on the season with 451 total points and an average of 18 points per game, took 12 shots and just four free-throw attempts the entire game — the fewest free throws he’s attempted since OSU’s Jan. 19 win against Iowa, in which he attempted three. Not all is lost for the Buckeyes, though, who despite Taylor’s and Wisconsin’s performance from beyond the arc, found themselves in the position to potentially eke out a close victory at the end of the game. “They had to play perfect for that stretch there to get us, and they did,” Matta said. “They deserve the credit for that.”
September 28, 2019
We’re all aware of Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s propensity for regrettable one-liner remarks, but first-year OSU head football coach Luke Fickell unleashed a howler of his own during a Tuesday press conference. “We hope we get better,” Fickell said during his first visit with the media since the Buckeyes’ 24-6 loss at Miami. Is that so, coach? You “hope” your team gets better? President Gee couldn’t have said it better himself. Fickell’s remark strikes me as troubling because any coach on any football team, especially a first-year coach attempting to uphold 122 years of Buckeyes football tradition, needs to be proactive in improving their team, not hoping. What the Buckeyes need right now is a clear plan and discernible end in mind, especially with regard to the team’s dilemma at the quarterback position. Fickell said that while the media may tend to focus on quarterback play, he focuses on every facet of his team. “It’s focused on the quarterbacks, but we’ve got to do a better job all-in-all,” he said. “Whether it’s offensively or defensively… we’ve got to find a way to get our best 11 on the field.” Whew. That’s more like it from the Buckeyes’ head coach. He’s talking about improving the team and finding the pieces to the puzzle that will help the team succeed. But wait! Fickell produced another gaff as his press conference ended while explaining why he didn’t use a timeout during a fourth-quarter Miami drive that lasted 8:48 and bled the game clock down to less than one minute. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us,” Fickell said. What do you mean it didn’t hurt the team, coach? You didn’t utilize your timeouts, a valuable tool at your disposal, which, aside from stopping the clock earlier in Miami’s drive, could have served the Buckeyes in several ways. At the very least, you could have given your defense a breather since that particular Hurricanes’ drive lasted for the better part of ten minutes. Only a select group of people gets to see the team at every practice and team function, so I, along with all of Buckeye Nation, must give Fickell the benefit of the doubt when it comes to helping the Buckeyes improve. Fickell needs to do a little better than hoping his team will improve, as well as kidding himself that his team wouldn’t have benefitted from the use of a timeout at some point in the fourth quarter against Miami. With that attitude, Fickell could be hoping for a new job at another program in the near future.
September 28, 2019
Senior goalkeeper Greg Dutton watches from the goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (0-2) is looking to turn things around.Following back-to-back overtime losses to start the season, the team is set to return to Columbus Saturday to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles.Coming away from Jacksonville, Fla., after falling to Massachusetts, 12-11, in overtime as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic, OSU coach Nick Myers said there is no time to hit the reset button.“Two tough losses, no doubt,” Myers said. “Coming up short is tough, but we are really just focused on the next task at hand which is Marquette on Saturday.”Marquette (1-1), which is in its second year as a Division I program, is coming off arguably its biggest win to date after knocking off Hofstra, 11-9, on the road in Hempstead, N.Y.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the Buckeyes have to focus on improving their communication in order to limit Marquette’s chances this weekend.“Obviously giving up 12 goals (in the loss to UMass) is not a staple of our defense, so we need to improve there,” Meurer said. “It’s just continuing to develop a chemistry on the defensive end and knowing when to slide.”One area that has been a concern early in the season for OSU — which also fell to Johns Hopkins, 10-9, Feb. 9 in triple overtime — has been its special teams, as they are 0-9 with the man-up advantage through two games. The early season struggles come after scoring 46 percent of the time in the same situation last season, good for fourth in the nation.“We have to simplify things,” Myers said. “We have gotten a number of different looks from different teams … it’s just settling into some basic different sets that we have, identifying areas that we think we can capitalize off of, and having an answer when we see different looks.”Another aspect that should be key for the Buckeyes throughout the rest of the season is evening up their faceoff percentage.Losing one of the best faceoff players in the country last season in Trey Wilkes (13th in the country at 58 percent), OSU has struggled to find a permanent replacement, going 13-51 against Johns Hopkins and UMass.“We are 25 percent at the X right now which isn’t stellar at all,” senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said. “We definitely want to get that number up and get our offense the ball more, but right now we are trying to find an identity there and I think it’s going to turn around soon.”This is slated to be the second all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles as they met last year in Marquette’s first ever game as a Division I school, with OSU walking away with the 18-8 victory.Game time for the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles is set for Saturday at noon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
September 28, 2019
With its season-opener looming, the Ohio State men’s basketball team got a boost for the future Wednesday afternoon.The Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off their 2014-15 season on Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, but in the meantime, coach Thad Matta had four new players sign national letters of intent on signing day.The class consists of a pair of Texas natives, one Georgia product and one player from Dayton.Guard Austin Grandstaff from Rockwell, Texas, forward Mickey Mitchell of Plano, Texas, center Daniel Giddens from Marietta, Ga., and Dayton Dunbar High School guard A.J. Harris all signed their letters of intent Wednesday, committing their collegiate future to Matta and the Buckeyes.The four signings come a year after Matta brought on the same number of freshman ahead of this season.According to ESPN, all four of the newest Buckeye basketball commits are four-star rated players. Grandstaff received the highest rating with an 87 out of 100 on ESPN’s recruiting website. He, Giddens and Harris are all part of the ESPN 100.Giddens has played with the USA Basketball U16 National Team and averaged a double-double during his junior season at Wheeler High School. Harris was second team All-Ohio last season when he averaged 14.5 points and 6.1 assists. Grandstaff scored 27.1 points per game last season while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.Mitchell initially made a verbal commitment to OSU before backing out, and then recommiting earlier this year. His older brother — Mike — was a member of the OSU football team last season as a linebacker before deciding to leave the school. On Wednesday, Matta said he was “elated” to have Mitchell sign on with the Buckeyes.According to ESPN, the four players make up the No. 8 recruiting class nationally, and the best class in the Big Ten.While they’ll have to wait until next season to see the new class in action, Matta and the Buckeyes are scheduled to tip off against UMass-Lowell at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center on Friday.
September 28, 2019
Former OSU safety Malik Hooker speaks during the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on March 5. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Malik Hooker success story at Ohio State was nearly complete. The former three-star recruit, replacing 2016 second-round NFL Draft pick Vonn Bell, took full advantage of his opportunity, intercepting seven passes and returning three for touchdowns in the 2016 season. His performance propelled the safety up NFL team draft boards.But on Nov. 26, during the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan, he injured himself, requiring hip labrum and sports hernia surgeries. Despite his rising draft stock, Hooker never considered skipping the Fiesta Bowl.“That was never a thought,” Hooker said at the Indiana Convention Center on Sunday during the NFL combine. “Just because I put too much work in with those guys. It would be like I’m letting them down.”He said the injury hurt, but joked about taking six ibuprofen tablets prior to his team’s bowl game. “As the game went on, it was something that I wasn’t paying attention to. I was just going out there trying to compete and get the win for the team,” Hooker said.Hooker had surgery on Jan. 16 and looks to return for rookie minicamp in July. He did not need to have the procedure done but opted to since he felt he would be fully recovered for rookie minicamp. “I just felt like, in order for me to go out there and compete with the best of the best in the National Football League, I felt like it was what was necessary because I wasn’t 100 percent or nowhere near it. I was probably about 78 percent,” Hooker said.Due to his recent surgery, teams were unable to check on Hooker’s leg. They focused on his upper body instead, according to the safety.Though he said he played through the injuries without much worry, NFL teams might proceed with a much more cautious approach. In ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft, Hooker is projected at the seventh overall pick. Last year’s seventh pick, San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner, earned a contract guaranteeing him over $18 million.Hooker believes NFL teams should overlook his injury and focus on his play at OSU.“I wouldn’t really pay no mind into that,” Hooker said. “Just simply because the film says what it says.”Hooker isn’t alone at the combine. He, along with seven former teammates including defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, are in Indianapolis. But unlike Lattimore and Conley, he will not take part in on-field drills and workouts.With the triumvirate of former starting OSU defensive backs heading to the NFL, three starting spots in the Buckeyes defensive backfield open. Hooker believes the replacements will be special once again next season.“It’s the culture of the program. We build, we reload,” Hooker said.The combine wraps up on Monday as defensive backs, sans Hooker, work out on the field. The 2017 NFL Draft will begin on April 27 in Chicago.
September 25, 2019
“Now I am afraid it has got much younger. I think we are seeing earlier maturation, so we are realising girls are dropping out of activities at age eight and nine.”Baroness Campbell, who began her career as a school PE teacher at girls’ school in Manchester, told The Telegraph that girls are bombarded with images of celebrities on social media, which is “affecting how they see themselves, it’s affecting their view that sport is not for them”.“We’ve got a lot to think through if we want to keep girls involved: the kit they wear, what showers they use,” she said. “Even simple things like is there a decent smelling soap in the toilets? Boys don’t give a toss about any of that, but girls do.“Quite often in primary school you change in the classroom. If you’re a self conscious girl and all the boys are in the classroom, there are some issues there.” Baroness Sue Campbell head of women’s football at the FACredit:UPPA/Photoshot Last August, the Government set out its Childhood Obesity Plan, which found that there has been a steady decrease in the percentage of girls aged eight to ten who exercise the recommended 60 minutes per day, from 22 per cent in 2008 to 16 per cent in 2012.Public Health England commissioned the Youth Sport Trust and Loughborough University to research ways to increase physical activity in girls aged eight to ten.The Youth Sport Trust, a charity which Baroness Campbell helped to set up and now chairs, ran a pilot project from March to September last year.They found that there is a “steeper average decline” in physical activity of girls than their male peers at primary school. This September the Youth Sport Trust will roll out their new strategy for promoting PE at primary schools across the country, which focuses giving girls more choice about what kind of sports they do.They also recommend that girls are taught sports separately to boys, with the emphasis on “fun and enjoyment” rather than competition. 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. Olympic hockey gold medallists Georgina Twigg, Crista Cullen, Susannah Townsend, Hollie Webb and Laura Unsworth pose after they were awarded MBEs during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Getty Images Baroness Campbell said that sports lessons must not be confined to netball and hockey – which only appeal to a “small proportion” of girls – but should include more “feminine” options like dance, Zumba and trampolining.“We’ve got a huge job to do to. We’ve got to learn to ask girls what they want,” she said. “We’ve got to continue to provide those [traditional sports] but they are competitive and not all girls want to be competitive”. She said primary schools should offer a wider curriculum of sport, adding: “Dance would be a classic example, trampolining , Zumba, it’s often things that in their mind relate to being feminine”. Put nice smelling soap in changing rooms to encourage girls to play sport, a Football Association chief has said, as she reveals that girls as young as eight are now dropping out of sports lessons because they fear exercise is not feminine.Baroness Sue Campbell, who is head of women’s football at the FA, said that the steep decline in physical activity in primary school girls is a major concern for policy makers.“We used to believe that most girls stayed in sport until about age 14 or 15 and then dropped out because they didn’t want to look muscley,” said Baroness Campbell, the former chair of UK Sport who oversaw Team GB’s success at the London and Beijing Olympics. ‘Decent smelling soap in the toilets’, can help encourage girl pupils to play sport, said Baroness Sue CampbellCredit:Alamy Baroness Campbell said that another major challenge with young girls is emotional illness.“There is more self-harming than we have ever had before. If you ask any headteachers, this will tell you that this starts in primary school, mong nine and ten-year-olds,” she said.“We’ve got obesity and we’ve got this growing emotional stuff and my view is that physical activity is a counter balance for both physical fitness and emotional wellness”.
September 25, 2019
The study could help lonely people to enjoy their food more In a further experiment, when the researchers replaced the mirror with photos of the volunteers eating, they discovered that the volunteers still experienced an increase in the appeal of food and ate more. The researchers are hoping that the findings could help lonely older people enjoy their food more and eat larger portions.”Studies have shown that for older adults, enjoying food is associated with quality of life, and frequently eating alone is associated with depression and loss of appetite,” added corresponding author Dr Nobuyuki Kawai.”Our findings therefore suggest a possible approach to improving the appeal of food, and quality of life, for older people who do not have company when they eat for example, those who have suffered loss or are far away from their loved ones.”The research was published in the journal Physiology & Behaviour. Eating in front of a mirror makes meals taste better, a new study suggests.Previous studies have found that people rate food as more flavoursome and, eat bigger portions, when they dine with company, a phenomenon known as ‘the social facilitation of eating.’But researchers at Nagoya University in Japan wanted to find out whether the effect could be recreated by simply using a mirror, to trick the brain into thinking another person was present.”We wanted to find out what the minimum requirement is for the social facilitation of eating,” said lead author Dr Ryuzaburo Nakata.”Does another person have to actually be physically present, or is information suggesting the presence of others sufficient?”For the experiment, 16 adults aged between 65 and 74, were invited to eat salted or caramel popcorn for 90 seconds and then rate their enjoyment when sitting alone, in front of a mirror, or watching a monitor showing a video of them eating.The researchers found that people eating alone reported food as tasting better, and ate more of it, when they could see themselves reflected in a mirror, compared with when they ate in front of a monitor. Eating in front of a mirror improved sweetness by 25 per cent, goodness by 21 per cent and quality by 12 per cent. 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.
September 25, 2019
Mr Uglow warned that whilst art history in universities is an academic pursuit, making it inevitable that students will spend much of their time reading scholarly material, it was vital that students spend time “just looking, and to take pleasure in looking.”Mr Uglow said the course at Manchester is dedicated to connoisseurship, something he says as become largely extinct in university departments since the 1980s.“For me, connoisseurship is the detailed analysis of style and technique with the aim of identifying authorship,” said Mr Uglow. 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. “My advice was therefore simple: stop reading about art, and go and look at some.”Mr Grosvenor warned that while art history degrees can provide a valuable foundation of knowledge, they are lacking as preparation for the practicalities of working in the art world – whether in galleries, museums or auction houses. The majority of students in Mr Grosvenor’s lecture said wanted to pursue a career as art dealers. Most students would expect to be praised for spending their university years attempting to read every book on their chosen subject in the library.But too much time spent reading instead of simply looking has left some history of art students unable to identify one of the world’s greatest painters.Bendor Grosvenor, the art historian and TV presenter, has told how he recently found that just one out of a class of 40 students from one of the UK’s leading universities was able to identify the work of Titian – the greatest painter of 16th-century Venice, according to the National Gallery.Mr Grosvenor, who presents BBC4’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces and appears on the BBC1 art programme Fake or Fortune? visited the university to speak to final-year art history students and says he was disappointed to find their connoisseurship skills lacking.He said: “Only one of them could identify the artist [Titian]. I asked what they had all been doing for the past few years? ‘Reading’ came the unenthusiastic answer. The Britain’s Lost Masterpieces presenter was shocked students were not able to recognise the work of TitianCredit: Laura Radford/ Generics “For many other art historians, it’s about exercising taste and elitist snobbery, it’s corrupted by market forces and has a distasteful focus on monetary value, it’s pedantic and snide, deeply patriarchal, and terribly old fashioned. But I would say this has more to do with connoisseurs then connoisseurship.” “To my surprise, the most popular choice of career was to be an art dealer,” he wrote in his diary for The Art Newspaper.“Alas, the one student able to identify the Titian wanted to do something else entirely.”According to Mr Grosvenor, two universities in the UK offer an art history degree that includes a dedicated course on connoisseurship.One is led by Luke Uglow of Manchester University. Mr Uglow told The Telegraph: “In my opinion, Titian is the greatest painter that ever lived, and along with Michelangelo, one of the first great artists.“Titian’s work is not as iconic as Michelangelo’s, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the general public failed to recognise one of his paintings, but for art history students it’s definitely a disappointment.” Mr Grosvenor presents Fake or Fortune on the BBCCredit: Antiques Roadshow/ PA
September 25, 2019
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 continued to try to raise funds soon after. “About three weeks after I had my baby, I remember going out to meet some investors, looking down and seeing I had baby sick on my top. It [the meeting] didn’t go very well.“I always say to my friends who have businesses and who are having babies – get fundraising done before. But you can never time these things.” Just nine per cent of funding for UK start-ups goes to women-run businesses in the UK each year, according to the Entrepreneurs Network. Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan, her business partner, have had to rely more on crowdfunding and raising money from family and friends to get their business off the ground. More recently, they received venture capital backing from a fund that invested in other female entrepreneurs as well.Beulah was founded eight years ago with a mission to help human trafficking victims in India.It donates 10 per cent of its profits and also employs hundreds of women affected by trafficking there. Her clothes have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge Two months ago, the two entrepreneurs were invited to Downing Street to discuss the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking.Rufus Isaacs is the latest of a number of high-profile women who support the Women Mean Business campaign, including Samantha Cameron, Mary Portas and Baroness Brady.It was launched to highlight the difficulties women face in securing funding for their businesses. Rufus Isaacs, married to Rupert Finch, a lawyer, with two children, Georgia, three, and Sienna, 10 months, is a childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge.Even though her clothes had already gathered many A-list fans by that point, Rufus Isaacs said her business was “not taken seriously – maybe it was seen as more of a hobby”.The investors she met were “mostly men”, and her attempts to win their backing were unsuccessful. “I remember I heard that an investment fell through on the day I gave birth,” she said. “It was just too much.” Men are 86 per cent more likely to be funded by venture capital and 56 per cent more likely to secure angel investment than women. A fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge says she struggled to raise money for her business while pregnant because male investors treated her work as “a hobby”.Natasha Rufus Isaacs, who runs Beulah, a fashion label that also counts Kate Moss and Jessica Alba among its fans, revealed how tough she found raising venture capital, even five years after it had been established.The entrepreneur has backed The Daily Telegraph’s Women Mean Business campaign, which aims to tackle the disparities in start-up funding between men and women.“I was eight months’ pregnant while raising our third funding round,” Rufus Isaacs said. “I remember coming into meetings and feeling like it was the elephant in the room.“I was asked a couple of times by men, ‘Do you think you’ll come back?’”
September 25, 2019
In his own inimitable manner, Henry Blofeld once summed up the mounting tension at the Oval cricket ground by claiming fans were so quiet as a bowler delivered that “you can hear the creak of the gasometer”. But under controversial plans now given the green light, the Grade II listed structure is to be dismantled and rebuilt with a modern block of flats tucked inside its frame. Credit: Lambeth Council Cricketing… For more than a century, that iconic towering skeletal frame that looms over the pitch has been synonymous with Test match cricket. Mr Blofeld, the 78-year-old retired cricket commentator, said the planned changes to the cricketing world’s most famous skyline is a “tremendous pity” that will see him “shed a tear”. Architects impression of the apartments inside the gasholder on Kennington Lane, South London 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.
September 25, 2019
A separate report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons into the prison last year confirmed that food was being thrown over the jail fence – with people on the outside throwing tins of tuna over the fence to waiting inmates.The 2017 report stated that 88 per cent of lags said the food served up at the prison was awful and that it was “very unpopular with prisoners”.A Prison Service spokesman said: “Smuggling unauthorised items into prison is unacceptable and anyone found doing so can face longer behind bars.” Prisoners left hungry by small meals prepared in jail are getting friends on the outside to smuggle in steaks, according to a review.Inmates at HMP Thorn Cross, a 380-capacity open prison in Cheshire, have resorted to having sausages, bacon, fish and steaks thrown over the fence.A report by the Independent Monitoring Board found contraband at the establishment continues to be “problematic”, despite the efforts of catering teams to satisfy prisoners’ culinary tastes with “themed nights” offering food from countries around the world. This is in addition to a “Food Focus” group where lags can suggest menu ideas, and a catering course held three times a week where inmates prepare burgers for others to buy.It said: “In the reporting year there have been incidences of mobile phones, sim cards, phone chargers, and other substances and even fresh meat and fish. HMP Thorn Cross is a 380-capacity open prison in CheshireCredit:KENDALL/PA Archive “Despite excellent use of intelligence available to the discipline staff it remains a problem.”Items found through searches and cell searches are high value currency items and it is important that prevention on entering the establishment is paramount and use and uptake of the contraband is impossible.”Prisoners are able to cook food with microwaves and toasters. 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.
September 25, 2019
High profile departures include Chris Evans, who recently announced he was moving to Virgin RadioCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA 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. Although he is angry about the pay disclosures, Norton said he remains happy at the BBC and “can’t imagine our show on another channel”.He was speaking to the BBC website to publicise his new novel, A Keeper. Norton said becoming a novelist was a “bucket list thing”. “Myself and my agent look at that number [his published salary] and we go, ‘I wonder how they came up with that?’ It bears no relation to anything I know. But if that’s what they say I earn, that’s what I earn.”There are people I know who make millions from the BBC who are just not on that list. It’s just like, really?”Presenters who do not appear on the list due to the independent production company loophole include Strictly Come Dancing hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, Question Time’s David Dimbleby and the best-paid actors in EastEnders, Casualty and Holby. “I don’t think there is any doubt, disclosure has made it harder for us to retain people like that.”Norton is one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters, with a published salary of £600,000-£609,999. But that represents only a fraction of his earnings, as his TV chat show is made by his own production company, So Television, and there is no requirement to disclose it.His other work includes a Radio 2 show and presenting Eurovision coverage.”The salary thing, it’s frustrating, because it’s so inaccurate. It’s so all over the shop,” Norton said, dismissing the list as “rubbish”. Graham Norton has criticised the “pathetic” decision to publish BBC star salaries, and said some of the figures bear little relation to reality.Norton said the disclosures were not in the public interest and had done little more than provoke “gossip” about what people earn.It was the former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who insisted the BBC publish the salaries of everyone earning £150,000 or more.But Norton said: “The public transparency was already there. They’d already published what proportion of the licence fee is paid to on-screen talent. Now, that’s the bit that people should be interested in.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This bit is just gossip. It’s so weird that when MPs discussed the charter, this was the demand they made. And I was like, really? You just want to know what Gary Lineker makes. That’s so pathetic.”But anyway. The poor old BBC are having to do it, and what the BBC said would happen is happening. They are losing people, because it’s not comfortable, it’s not nice.” High profile departures include Chris Evans, who recently announced he was moving to Virgin Radio, and Eddie Mair, who defected to LBC.The BBC director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, has described the salary list as a “poacher’s charter” and has told MPs that it was a factor in Evans’ departure.
September 25, 2019
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 Aeryon Skyranger drone which can carry night vision cameras as well as zoom lenses was developed for tactical surveillance by the military, has been deployed in war zones across the middle east and is now used by 20 armed forces around the world. The Metropolitan Police revealed yesterday that it will deploy the £80,000 drone to catch dangerous, careless or speeding motorists. Motoring organisations said the deployment of military-grade technology against drivers would “raise eyebrows” but could be cost effective as a deterrent. Scotland Yard… Speeding and dangerous drivers are to be targeted by Britain’s first traffic drone which was previously used on the battlefield and against terrorists.
September 25, 2019
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuchess of Cambridge pregnant with third childSeptember 4, 2017In “Entertainment”Commonwealth to choose next head during summitApril 16, 2018In “World”Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next headApril 20, 2018In “World” Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Look back at moments from her life so far.Despite relinquishing some of her royal duties to other members of the family, she has continued to maintain an active public presence, appearing in a striking neon green outfit at her official 90th birthday celebrations in June 2016. This 2014 photograph has been reissued for Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Anniversary on February 6.The Queen has no public events planned for the anniversary, and will instead spend the day at Sandringham, her country retreat in eastern England, according to a palace spokeswoman.It was on February 6, 1952 that the Queen’s father died and the 25-year-old princess ascended to the throne.The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch in September 2015, after 63 years and 216 days on the throne, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. London (CNN) Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years on Monday.Her Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The bells at Westminster Abbey in central London will be rung at 1pm today in honor of the occasion.A photograph taken by British photographer David Bailey in 2014 has been reissued to celebrate the anniversary. In the photo, the Queen is wearing sapphire jewelry that was given to her as a wedding gift by her father King George VI in 1947.The photo was originally taken for the GREAT Britain promotional campaign, which launched soon after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, marking 60 years of her reign. The then-Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Queen during those celebrations, describing her as “a rock of strength for our nation” throughout her reign.A ”heavy cold” prevented the Queen from attending church over the Christmas and New Year period, but she has since recovered, attending a service on January 8 and making an official visit to an exhibition about Fijian art and life in Norwich, near Sandringham, later the same month.
September 25, 2019
Germany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael and Colombian Ambassador to Guyana , Dr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadia earlier today (Wednesday) presented their Letters of Credence to President David Granger at a State House ceremony. (More details later) From right- Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, President David Granger, Germany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael and his wife at State House after the Accreditation CeremonyGermany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger Colombian Ambassador, Dr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadia presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger in the presence of Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon who is currently performing the functions of Minister of Foreign Affairs. (MOTP photos) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJapan commits to strengthened bilateral relations with Guyana…as new Non-resident Ambassador is accreditedFebruary 24, 2016In “latest news”Guyana, Mexico commit to building stronger bilateral tiesJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”President inducts new Portuguese AmbassadorMarch 4, 2016In “Local News”
September 25, 2019
(Trinidad Express) A taxi cab company owner is Tobago’s first murder victim for the year.Businessman James Wise was found dead this morning in the yard of his home at Crompston Trace, Crown Point.The body bore chop wounds.Wise was found unresponsive at around 6 a.m.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide investigators and officers of the Crown Point CID are currently at the scene of the crime. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Bandit shot dead by Businessman during daring robberyJuly 14, 2014In “Crime”Berserk Businessman kills four before turning gun on himself in three hour standoffNovember 12, 2013In “Crime”Taxi Drivers charged with murder of Multiplex Mall ownerJuly 20, 2015In “Crime”
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