Leave it to LeBron James to put into proper perspective the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak–the second-longest in NBA history–that ended Wednesday night in Chicago.“We haven’t had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did,” James said. “We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that.”The Bulls, playing without Joakim Noah (and, of course, point guard Derrick Rose), performed with a purpose usually reserved for playoff games in their 101-97 victory. More than once they corralled James on one of his patented power drives, sending him to the foul line instead of allowing a dunk.James admitted to being frustrated at the physicality. Kirk Hindrich virtually tackled him in the first quarter and Taj Gibson’s forceful defense seemed to make contact around James’ neck in the fourth period. It was that play that set off James, who, in a rare display of aggravation, was assessed a flagrant foul for ramming into Carlos Boozer as he set a screen.“Those are not basketball plays and it’s been happening all year,” James said. “I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell (coach Erik Spoelstra), ‘Let’s not worry about it too much,’ but it is getting to me a little bit.”Coming up a little bit short of 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ league-record of 33 straight victories was disappointing for the Heat. But the magnitude of the run was not lost on them.The had not lost a game since February 1.“It’s one of the best that this league has ever seen,” James said. “We recognized that and rightfully so.”Chicago had to play spectacular basketball to end Miami’s run. Luol Deng ha 28 points and Boozer added 21 and 17 rebounds to offset James’ 32 points and the specter of another late Miami comeback. The Heat overcame seven double-digit deficits during the streak, including a 27-point hole against James’ old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.“We understand, probably more so later on in our careers, the significance of that. And then that was it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We took that moment to acknowledge it, to acknowledge each other, that experience, but it was never about the streak. We have a bigger goal, but also right now, it’s about ‘Are we getting better?’ “
A chronology of the “Best Player To Never Win A Major” PLAYERSTARTENDLENGTH (MAJORS)WON A MAJOR? Westwood, at age 44, is perhaps the most decorated English golfer in recent history — he’s racked up 23 European Tour victories and seven Ryder Cup victories and even snapped Tiger Woods’s 281-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in 2010. But the majors have been painful. He’s finished in the top 10 on 18 different occasions and been runner-up three times. This has earned him close to $9 million in prize money in the majors alone, but an empty trophy case.Now on the unfamiliar grounds of Erin Hills (a Wisconsin course that’s never hosted a major before), Westwood can only hope his reign as BPTNWAM is short. He’s off to a good start, finishing Thursday 3 strokes under par — but the first three rounds are generally not the problem for the Englishman. Going into this week, Westwood’s average score in rounds 1 through 3 at the majors has been 72.0, but on Sunday, that number rises to 72.6, according to the statistical site Golfstats.The bookmakers don’t like his chances this weekend, either. Before the tournament, his odds of winning were 65-to-1, according to VegasInsider.com. Maybe they’ve been scoping out the success rate for past BPTNWAMs: Even including Garcia’s victory in April, the title-holder won just four times in 149 tries (2.7 percent) going back to the 1980 Masters. That’s a big reason why the average BPTNWAM hung onto the designation for 11.5 tournaments (nearly three years’ worth of majors) over the same time period.Westwood is also nearly outside the career phase where any golfers have ever won a major. So most likely, his BPTNWAM reign will end when he stops playing majors regularly, rather than with a championship victory. But golf has also given us a few stellar moments by players older than Westwood, including Jack Nicklaus’s Masters win at age 46 and, more recently, Tom Watson forcing a playoff in the British Open at age 59. Perhaps it won’t happen this week, but Westwood might just have enough left in the tank to shed his newfound, inglorious title in a grand way. Rickie Fowler169220.42 Greg Norman1985 Masters1986 British7✓ Andy Bean1986 PGA1988 British8 Gil Morgan1991 PGA1994 Masters10 Colin Montgomerie2005 British2006 British5 CURRENT RANKINGCAREER AT MAJORS Lee Westwood5254580.86 Nick Price1988 PGA1990 Masters6✓ Marc Leishman2735130.20 Steve Stricker1385540.47 Crenshaw would plug away for the next 18 major tournaments before finally shedding the label with a win at the 1984 Masters. (A player can leave the BPTNWAM list three ways: Winning a major; falling behind another player’s major shares; or not playing enough to qualify for the list anymore.) Among all the title-holders since 1979, Crenshaw’s streak was the third-longest — though it paled in comparison with the streak that Garcia just ended.Garcia was the modern king of the BPTNWAMs. Before his win at the Masters, he had gone 35 consecutive majors (back to the 2008 British Open) as the BPTNWAM, and before that, he’d traded the title back and forth with Chris DiMarco a few times. His 37 total tournaments as BPTNWAM are the most of any player since 1979 (eight more than No. 2 Colin Montgomerie).Now the honor falls to Westwood, whose 0.86 career major shares leads all major-less players in the U.S. Open field: Phil Mickelson2002 Masters2004 Masters9✓ Sergio Garcia2005 Masters2005 Masters1✓ Matt Kuchar2815290.20 The 12-foot birdie putt Sergio Garcia sank to win the Masters in April had bigger consequences than ensuring him a garish new jacket. It also meant somebody else would have to take on the title of “Best Player To Never Win A Major,” a crown that Garcia had worn for nearly a decade. And according to our calculations, that player should be England’s Lee Westwood, who shot 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.No pressure, Westy.The golf world usually hands out the dreaded “BPTNWAM” designation by reputation and consensus, but we wanted to take a crack at it using a formula. In the past, we’ve judged the quality of a player’s performance in majors — win or lose — using “major shares,” which estimate how many majors a player would be expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. (Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; also-rans garner scores at or near zero.) So for our purposes here, I’m considering the BPTNWAM to be the player who, at the time of each major, had the most career major shares without an actual major victory.1I also added the qualification that a player must have made the cut in at least half of the previous two years’ worth of majors, to make sure that he was still playing at a high level at the time of the tournament in question.According to those rules, here’s a chronology of the BPTNWAM since the great Ben Crenshaw took over the title in August of 1979: Sergio Garcia2008 British2017 Masters35✓ Chris DiMarco2006 PGA2006 PGA1 Andy Bean1990 U.S. Open1990 U.S. Open1 * Official World Golf RankingSources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Golfweek John Cook1994 U.S. Open1995 PGA7 Based on how many career “major shares” a player had going into each major tournament since 1979. To be in the running, a player had to make the cut in at least half of the previous eight majors.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports Branden Grace4429140.26 Lee Westwood2017 U.S. Open—— Andres Romero609798120.13 PLAYERGOLFWEEKOWGR*CUTS MADEMAJOR SHARES Chris DiMarco2005 U.S. Open2005 U.S. Open1 Who’s the new “Best Player To Never Win A Major”? Nick Price1991 Masters1991 British3✓ Sergio Garcia2007 Masters2007 Masters1✓ Loren Roberts2004 U.S. Open2004 PGA3 Peter Oosterhuis1984 U.S. Open1984 PGA3 Paul Azinger1990 British1990 PGA2✓ Colin Montgomerie1996 Masters2001 PGA24 Brandt Snedeker3138260.13 Scott Piercy1286280.09 J.B. Holmes9152150.10 Ben Crenshaw1979 PGA1984 Masters18✓ Chris DiMarco2007 U.S. Open2008 U.S. Open5
The Philadelphia Eagles better hope they run away with the Super Bowl on Sunday. As you’ll see in the video above, a big lead may be the only way to stop Tom Brady from rescuing the game for the New England Patriots.
Swing in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.*Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. How Oklahoma-TCU swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Oct. 20 Oklahoma-TCU game Ohio State51.7-0.4+0.80.5 Swing in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.*Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. Notre Dame50.1-1.1+2.81.6 Michigan15.5-0.7+3.01.1 Michigan15.5-0.4+1.10.6 Notre Dame50.1-0.8+4.11.3 Georgia22.0-0.5+1.30.7 28.5 Oklahoma23.3-0.2+1.10.3 TeamCurrent Playoff%WinLossWgtd Swing NC State7.5-5.7+29.99.5 How Michigan-Michigan State swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Oct. 20 Michigan-Michigan State game How Clemson-NC State swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Oct. 20 Clemson-NC State game Swing in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.*Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. Change in odds w/ Clemson… Michigan15.5%+5.1-10.1±6.8 Oklahoma23.3%+6.1-15.8±8.8 No. 6 Michigan (6-1) at No. 24 Michigan State (4-2)Favorite: Michigan (66.3 percent)Total potential CFP swing: 16.0 pointsThe stakes: Michigan’s season-opening loss to Notre Dame hurt its playoff chances, but research shows that, if you’re going to lose, it’s better to get it out of the way early and win out the rest of the season. Cross-state rival Michigan State is the Wolverines’ latest impediment to that plan, and the Spartans’ own meager playoff bid (which does exist!) received a shot in the arm when they beat Penn State in Happy Valley last week. There’s about a 1-in-3 chance that Sparty does the same to Michigan in East Lansing on Saturday, which would drop the Wolverines’ playoff probability to 5 percent (and elevate MSU’s to 7 percent). Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma would also get about a 1-point boost to their playoff probabilities if Michigan State wins. The Fighting Irish, however, are in an unfamiliar place here. Because of their head-to-head win over Michigan, Notre Dame fans should be rooting for Michigan to win, which would add about a half-point to the Irish’s chances of making the playoff. Check out our latest college football predictions. Change in odds w/ Oklahoma… LSU13.6-0.4+1.10.6 15.9 Total* No. 5 LSU (6-1) vs. No. 22 Mississippi State (4-2)Favorite: LSU (64.7 percent)Total potential CFP swing: 15.9 pointsThe stakes: LSU, the other team whose odds we broke down a week ago, always needed to keep winning games in order to maintain its position as a playoff contender. It passed its first test with flying colors by upsetting Georgia last week, raising its playoff probability to 14 percent. That number would leap to 19 percent with a win over Mississippi State but plummet to 4 percent with a loss, effectively ending any realistic playoff chance for the Tigers. Those stakes are compounded by the slight gains for fellow SEC contenders Alabama and Georgia if Mississippi State can go into Baton Rouge and pull off the upset, to say nothing of the small playoff chance the Bulldogs would see (3 percent) if they win. Ohio State51.7-0.5+1.10.7 Clemson65.5-0.8+3.41.3 TeamCurrent Playoff%WinLossWgtd Swing Oklahoma23.3-0.4+0.80.5 TeamCurrent Playoff%WinLossWgtd Swing Total* How LSU-Mississippi State swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Oct. 20 LSU-Mississippi State game Georgia22.0-0.6+1.20.8 How Ohio State-Purdue swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Oct. 20 Ohio State-Purdue game Notre Dame50.1+0.4-0.80.5 LSU13.6-0.4+1.80.7 LSU13.6%+5.4-9.8±6.9 Total* Alabama64.5-1.0+1.91.3 17.7 Change in odds w/ Ohio State… Change in odds w/ LSU… Change in odds w/ Michigan… Texas15.0-0.3+1.40.5 Mississippi State1.1-1.1+2.01.4 No. 9 Oklahoma (5-1) at TCU (3-3)Favorite: Oklahoma (72.1 percent)Total potential CFP swing: 17.7 pointsThe stakes: Last week, we talked about how Oklahoma could still make the College Football Playoff after losing to Texas earlier this month. The Sooners’ path hinged on taking care of business over their reasonably winnable remaining schedule and hoping for a peer like Notre Dame to slip up along the way. They almost got their wish for the latter with an Irish near-loss to Pitt, but OU’s own journey back starts with Saturday’s clash against the Horned Frogs. A loss would all but dash Oklahoma’s playoff hopes, and TCU is a tough opponent in spite of its 3-3 record, so the stakes for this one are already high from the Sooners’ perspective. But the game also picks up extra leverage from the fact that another loss would seriously damage OU’s chances of making the Big 12 championship (which helps conference leader Texas) and also remove it as a viable playoff rival for Notre Dame plus fellow one-loss squads LSU, Michigan and — now — Georgia, which fell to the Bayou Bengals last week. Ohio State51.7-0.5+2.90.9 Notre Dame50.1-0.7+1.20.9 TeamCurrent Playoff%WinLossWgtd Swing 15.9 Michigan State2.5-2.5+4.93.3 TeamCurrent Playoff%WinLossWgtd Swing Ohio State51.7%+4.9-21.0±7.9 Alabama64.5-0.3+1.50.5 Total* Clemson65.5%+8.1-42.7±13.6 16.0 Georgia22.0-0.8+1.51.0 No. 2 Ohio State (7-0) at Purdue (3-3)Favorite: Ohio State (81.2 percent)Total potential CFP swing: 15.9 pointsThe stakes: The Buckeyes are in great shape right now, sitting undefeated with a 52 percent chance of making the playoff. And on paper, the Boilermakers don’t pose too great a threat to Ohio State’s winning streak, ranking 41st in ESPN’s Football Power Index ratings. But the great thing about college football’s regular season is that no team is safe, and any loss can throw a season into disarray. A slip-up against Purdue would drop OSU’s playoff chances by a whopping 21 percentage points, and the biggest beneficiaries would be Clemson, Michigan and Notre Dame — each of whom would receive multiple points of playoff probability with the Buckeyes dropping down. Ohio State should win this one as 12-point favorites, making all of these possible shakeups moot, but the potential for anarchy is lurking. Total* No. 3 Clemson (6-0) vs. No. 16 NC State (5-0)Favorite: Clemson (84.1 percent)Total potential CFP swing: 28.5 pointsThe stakes: Right now, we list Clemson as tied with Alabama for the best odds of making the playoff at 65 percent, a number that would rise to 74 percent with a Tiger win this week … or fall to 23 percent with a loss. Though it’s not overly likely — particularly since the game is in Death Valley — the Wolfpack do have the potential to pull off a huge surprise win. Despite a 5-0 record, NC State is still probably the nation’s best-kept secret (granted, its most impressive win so far is merely a 28-23 victory over Boston College), but it could really begin to gain national traction by knocking off Clemson. The Wolfpack’s playoff chances would rise to 37 percent with a win on Saturday, making them the rare unheralded team to make noise in today’s stratified college football world. Notre Dame and Ohio State should be rooting for the Wolfpack, too: The Irish would pick up 4 percentage points of playoff probability if Clemson loses, while the Buckeyes’ chances would improve by 3 percentage points. Clemson is an 18-point favorite, so don’t hold your breath, but this is still the game with the most potential playoff ramifications of any in Week 8. Swing in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.*Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. Swing in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.*Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. Thanks to our College Football Playoff model — which simulates every game of the season to figure out each team’s chance of reaching the final four stage — we can see how much influence any given game has on the overall playoff picture. Most games have little to no effect, but some can potentially swing the playoff probabilities not just for the two schools involved but also for numerous teams around the country. To help you prepare for Week 8 of the college football season, here are the games that matter most this weekend in terms of their potential cumulative effect on the entire nation’s playoff chances. Notre Dame50.1-0.5+2.10.8 Texas15.0-0.6+1.50.8
Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions and ongoing March Madness reporting.Ken Pomeroy’s piece in Slate about whether Notre Dame should have fouled Kentucky at the end of their game.The legend of Tom Izzo, by the numbers.Kate’s article about Indiana’s religious freedom law.Fangraphs on Kris Bryant’s insane spring training, and the Cubs decision to not call him up.Peter King on the NFL point after changes. Extra point kicks may be moved back to the 15 yard line.Benjamin Morris’s opus on how kickers have gotten better and better over the decades.Our significant digit of the week: 227, the average number of hits to the head in a season for male and female hockey players. A recent study found many hockey helmets to be unsafe. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for March 31, 2015), we discuss the Final Four field in the men’s tournament; what role the NCAA has in taking a stand in cases like Indiana’s religious freedom law; a preview of the baseball season and why the Cubs are benching their best prospect, Kris Bryant; and the math behind the proposed extra point changes in the NFL.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Allison McCann
After losing to No. 9 Illinois, No. 17 Ohio State looks to get back on the winning side in women’s volleyball when the team plays Michigan on Saturday.But coach Geoff Carlston may consider his program already on a winning streak as the program added two scholarship athletes for the 2015-2016 season.The Buckeyes (18-9, 9-6) received National Letters of Intent from Taylor Hughes, a six-foot-one-inch setter from Carroll, Ohio, and Megan Wickey, a six-foot-two-inch outside hitter from Omaha, Neb.Wickey joins sophomore setter Maggie Heim as the other women’s volleyball player to come from Omaha.Carlston was unavailable for comment during Friday’s practice. The Wolverines (11-14, 6-9) have lost six of their last seven matches, including five-set matches losses to the then No. 10 Fighting Illini and No. 4 Wisconsin.But losing six of their last seven games doesn’t seem to bother all the Buckeye players, like senior setter Taylor Sherwin.“I just think we need to bring our ‘A’ game,” Sherwin said. “Like everyone says, (the) Big Ten conference, you never know what you’re gonna get each weekend.”Sherwin is one of four senior Buckeyes to be playing in their final Ohio State vs. Michigan game, and she plans on treating it like any other game.“I think it’s a bittersweet feeling with every gym I go into, knowing I’m not going back in there,” she said.Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said that the team is motivated for this game because it’s a rivalry game and because of how the Wolverines have performed at Cliff Keen Arena this season.“Any rivalry is game is slightly different, just because of what exists between the two teams,” Campbell said. “They’re going to be a good team — talking about (how) they’ve taken (the Fighting Illini and Badgers) to five sets, we do need to take things seriously.She added that being aggressive on offense and defense is something that must carry over into Ann Arbor, Mich., like they did against the Fighting Illini on Wednesday.The Wolverines will be led by Big Ten Setter of the Week, senior Lexi Dannemiller, a native of West Chester, Ohio. She leads the Big Ten in assists averaging 11.5 per set.Following their game against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes will come back to Columbus for their final three home games of the regular season. Their scheduled to play Iowa (13-13, 5-10) Wednesday and the No. 4 Badgers (23-2, 14-1) Friday. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) prepares for a shot in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team’s improbable season came to a close Friday night when it fell 1-0 to the defending NCAA champions, top-seeded Clarkson, in sudden death overtime in the semifinals of the Frozen Four. The Buckeyes and the Knights entered the tournament as the top teams from their respective conferences. It was the first time in program history the Buckeyes appeared in the Frozen Four and the third consecutive appearance for the Knights. Ohio State and Clarkson headed into overtime after three scoreless periods despite 63 combined shots.Clarkson broke the scoreless tie and advanced to the national championship game when freshman forward Loren Gabel scored the game’s only goal 16:12 into overtime. Clarkson freshman forward Elizabeth Giguere and sophomore forward Michaela Pejzlova were credited with assists. Although the game was scoreless until overtime, excitement struck in the second period when a Buckeye puck shot by redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne passed Clarkson senior goaltender Shea Tiley. But the Ohio State goal was negated due to a penalty. The Buckeyes outshot Clarkson with 41 shots on net, but Tiley saved every shot. Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve saved 33 of the 34 shots that came her way. The winner of the second semifinal game between Colgate and Wisconsin will take on Clarkson for the NCAA championship on Sunday.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried (1) prepares to send the ball back downfield in the game against BGSU on Sep. 22. Ohio State won 1- 0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State men’s soccer team squared off against Furman on Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, marking both the season opener and the first game for first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve. The Paladines ultimately prevailed 2-0 over the Buckeyes, who open the season 0-1-0.When asked about his team’s performance Friday, redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell felt optimistic after the loss.“Overall, we made a few mistakes that cost us in the back and we gave up goals. But I don’t think we ever gave up and that’s a positive,” Blackwell said.The opening minutes of the match saw the two teams come out in a fast-paced style of play, with quality scoring chances coming for both clubs.Redshirt-sophomore forward Jake Scheper gave the Buckeyes arguably their most realistic chance in the third minute, but his shot was saved by Furman redshirt sophomore goaltender Ben Hale.Furman struck first off a goal from junior midfielder Rocky Guerra in the seventh minute, which beat Buckeye redshirt junior goalie Parker Siegfried to the bottom left corner.The Paladins almost tallied a second midway through the opening half when junior forward Emery May saw his shot hit the crossbar and go out of play.Ohio State played the first half of the match in a 4-5-1 formation, opting for a more defensive look.Siegfried had a busy first half, making five saves.Ohio State nearly leveled the match at the outset of the second half when the ball bounced around in front of the net for several seconds, but the Buckeyes could not capitalize on the opportunity, and the ball was subsequently cleared.Minutes later, the Buckeyes saw a free kick glance off the outside of the right post.Furman added to their lead in the 54th minute as senior midfielder Danny Kierath came free and buried his unassisted shot in the back of the net to make it 2-0.Another golden opportunity for the Buckeyes came up empty as Hale made the save off of a close range shot from senior forward Michael Prosuk.Ohio State continued playing out of a 4-5-1 formation throughout the second half, perhaps an indicator of what look Maisonneuve will most frequently employ in his first season.“We didn’t really know what to expect, we’re still a young group, new coaching staff and everything, so overall it’s not the result we wanted but there’s some positives to take into Sunday so I think that’s what we’ll look to do,” Blackwell said.In the aftermath of his first game as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Maisonneuve called this offseason and this game as part of the process.“It’s a process. It’s going to be a process, again it doesn’t happen overnight,” Maisonneuve said. “When you play good teams like Furman, they’re going to kind of show you where we’re at, and I thought they did tonight,”For Sunday’s match against Hofstra, Maisonneuve noticed areas of improvement and things to build off of for his squad.“It’s such a quick turnaround, it’s tough to get too much done, but right away from a tactical standpoint our spacing’s got to get better, we were a little bit off in just our overall spacing,” Maisonneuve said. “I thought we started the first half just tentative.”The Buckeyes will be back in action Sunday at 2:30 pm, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as they wrap up the 2018 Wolstein Classic against Hofstra.
Ohio State men’s hockey players celebrate after a goal in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team will return to Columbus to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the team’s second Big Ten series of the season.After a 3-1-1 road game stretch by Ohio State (6-3-1, 1-1-0-0 Big Ten), the Buckeyes will come back to the Schottenstein Center to begin the first of two straight home series. Wisconsin (5-5, 1-1-0-0 Big Ten) has been an up-and-down team, sweeping then-No. 12 Boston College to open its season, but only having won three of its past eight games. The Badgers have not done anything special, scoring 34 goals and allowing 30, with nine power play goals for and 13 against. Wisconsin has risen to the occasion against tough opponents as well as played down to the competition, but one thing that has been consistent is how frequently they score. Offensively, the Badgers are No. 12 in shots on goal and are No. 11 in goals scored. Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk, a Philadelphia Flyers draft pick along with Ohio State junior forward Tanner Laczynski, leads the team with 11 points and has five goals, tied for second in the nation among defensemen.Head coach Steve Rohlik is familiar with this team and knows what the Buckeyes need to do to match up with the Badgers.“They play hard, No. 1. That pucks drops, they’re going to bring it for 60 minutes,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to match that energy and obviously try to bring it to a higher level ourselves, so that’s the first thing that comes to hand for me, and again, like I say, they’re well coached, they’re not going to give you much, they’re going to play good defensively and then it comes down to special teams.”With a team that takes so many shots, the Ohio State goaltending duo of redshirt senior Sean Romeo and sophomore Tommy Nappier hope to build upon their performances against Notre Dame and Colgate. The Buckeyes didn’t allow a single goal against Colgate and only gave up two in their series against Notre Dame, improving after previously questionable goaltending to start the year.The goaltending situation for Wisconsin is similar to what Ohio State has done in the net. The Badgers have two goaltenders, freshman Daniel Lebedeff and junior Jeff Berry, who each have five starts in 10 games. Berry, however, hasn’t seen game action since he allowed four goals at North Dakota. Lebedeff holds a .927 save percentage, and has been taken the starts in Berry’s place.The special teams for Ohio State are still far from where it was last season for the Buckeyes, with its power play percentage being the eighth-lowest in the country. The Badgers, however, should allow Ohio State opportunities with the man advantage. Wisconsin has the seventh-worst penalty killing unit at a .723 success rate. Last season, Ohio State split its series in Madison, Wisconsin, and scored 10 goals in a sweep against the Badgers at home, and with 16 players returning for Wisconsin, senior forward Mason Jobst has an idea of what to expect from this squad. “We’re pretty familiar with these guys, obviously we play them four times a year for the last however many years now,” Jobst said. “They’ve got some good players, like every team in the Big Ten, they’ve lost some good players as well. We’re going to watch some video on them, we’re not sure exactly what they’ve changed this year, but we expect them to be pretty good. “Both games between Ohio State and Wisconsin will be at the Schottenstein Center. Game one begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and the puck drops for game two at 5 p.m on Saturday.
Senior Karrington Winters runs a relay as a part of the Ohio State track and field team. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsWhen Karrington Winters crossed the finish line, she was almost in disbelief. As a sophomore, she had just broken the school’s indoor 600-meter run record. Winters, now a senior on the women’s track and field team, has broken two records at Ohio State, one in the 600-meter run in the Big Ten championships with a time of 1:27.60 and the other as a member of the 4×400-meter relay in the NCAA championships with a time of 3:31.23. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Winters didn’t think she was going to run track.“I always had aspirations of playing soccer, but it turned out that I started enjoying chasing after the ball a little bit more,” Winters said. During a family picnic in 2009, Winters raced the boys in her family for the last piece of cake. She beat all of them, and her parents then enrolled her in a track program.That was the same year that 12-year-old Winters placed third in the 400-meter run at nationals. The following year, Winters broke the national 800-meter run record, placed first in the 400-meter run and third in the 200-meter dash.Now, Winters is no stranger to performing on big stages. In 2016, she was part of the USA 4×400-meter relay team made up of Winters, Lynna Irby, Anna Cockrell and Samantha Watson that ran in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the IAAF U20 World championships, ultimately taking home gold.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to another country, especially one like Poland and be able to compete for the USA,” Winters said. During her freshman year, she was part of the 4×400-meter relay team that broke the school record with a 3:32.88 mark at the indoor Big Ten championship and a second-place finish. She also took home gold in the 600-meter run at the Ohio State Opener with a time of 1:33.68. Winters’ success continued through her sophomore year, when she broke the school’s 600-meter run record at the indoor Big Ten championship and won her first career individual conference title. Winters claimed gold at the Buckeye Tune Up that year in the 400-meter run with a mark of 55.53. Her sophomore year she ran with Beatrice Hannan, Aliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie on the 4×400-meter relay team, setting the school record with a time of 3:31.23 at the NCAA Championships. This relay team became the first women’s 4×400-meter relay in Ohio State history to earn First Team All-American honors.Throughout Winters’ junior outdoor season, she put up a 400-meter run time of 53.15 and advanced to the NCAA championships.That season she also marked a career-best 400-meter run time of 52.49 and claimed silver on the 4×400-meter relay team with a mark of 3:33.69 at the Big Ten championships.Competing in meets is just one part of being a student-athlete. Winters compared being a student-athlete to a job, saying you have to be able to balance your academic, athletic and personal life. While being a student-athlete, Winters still finds time to be involved in her community with the role of president as she serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the voice of student athletes on campus. “I think [Winters’] leadership is something that she doesn’t ebb for,” Karen Dennis, director of track and field, said. “It’s not the kind of leadership that she tries to impose, it’s the kind of leadership that comes natural.”As the indoor season comes to an end and outdoor season nears, Winters said she wants to go all out in hopes of making it to nationals and being on the podium in the open 400-meter and 4×400-meter relay during outdoor season. “I can put numbers on this and say I want to win this accolade, but my biggest thing is that I want to leave a lasting legacy,” Winters said. “It’s easy to just be a number and to just come and go, but for me I actually want to be someone who is remembered by leaving my mark here at this institution.”
The NHS calculator provides a heart age and says how long you can expect to live before having a heart attack or strokeCredit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA Health officials encouraged those aged 40 and over to take up NHS healthchecks offered by GPs, which examine blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Almost a million people have used the tool since its launch in 2015.From today, the new version of the tool will recommend interventions and advice on how to lower cardiovascular risk. It can show how to reverse the ageing of the heart by, for example, stopping smoking.It follows Spanish research showing that such forecasts are effective way to change behaviour, encouraging people to take more exercise, give up smoking or improve their diet. A new NHS calculator will tell individuals how much longer they could live by making lifestyle changes.The controversial tool predicts when you will have a heart attack or stroke – and compares a person’s “heart age” with their biological age.And it allows users to see what difference quitting smoking, losing weight, lowering blood pressure or cholesterol could make.It comes as research on 575,000 people using the tool found that four in five had a “heart age” older than their actual age. Nearly nine in 10 men under 40 had a heart older than they were, compared to 4 in 10 women of the same age.The original version of the calculator, launched last year, caused controversy because it handed out stark forecasts without showing how lifestyle changes could alter an individual’s chances.Health experts said the new version – hosted on www.nhs.uk – allowed users to see how they could boost their heart health by giving up smoking, or losing weight. ‘Knowing your heart age is vital to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge you can start to make changes to help protect yourself’Dr Mike Knapton, British Heart Foundation, Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Knowing your heart age is vital to taking control of your health. Armed with this knowledge you can start to make changes to help protect yourself against cruel and life-changing events such as heart attack and stroke. “The younger you start making small but significant changes, the greater the return on your in investment in your health.”Heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, causing more than one quarter of all deaths each year. Factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as smoking, diet and a lack of exercise, can increase the risk.Keying information into the tool means a woman of 40 could be told that as a smoker, she had a heart age of 56, and is likely to have a heart attack or stroke by the age of 72. Quitting smoking would reduce that heart age to 51, and mean the forecast would add an extra six years.Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascular disease prevention, Public Health England, said: “Even though you may not have symptoms, having a heart age higher than your own age indicates an increased risk of serious illness. The Heart Age Tool gives an immediate indication of a person’s potential risk and what they can start doing to reduce it.” 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.
Young couples choosing to live back under one set of parents’ roof because of the crippling cost of housing are helping redefine family life in Britain, new official figures show.According to analysis by the Office for National Statistics, the number of “multi-family” households has risen by 66 per cent in the last decade alone – making them the UK’s fastest growing family set-up.The ONS pointed to a combination of factors including young adults moving back in with their parents, bringing a new partner with them, as well as elderly people choosing to live with their adult offspring, often because the cost of care.Overall the number of multi-family households surged from just 194,000 in 2006 to 323,000 this year. But overall almost 12.7 million of the UK’s 18.9 million families involve a married couple with the remainder made up from a combination of cohabiting couples, single parents and civil partners. The figures also show that predictions of Britain becoming a land of “little emperors” as working couples opt to have just one child were short of the mark.The proportion of only-child families has only increased slightly in 20 years, from 42 per cent of all families with dependent children to 45 per cent. Alistair McQueen, saving and retirement manager at the insurer Aviva said: “Family life is changing.“The long-standing tradition of leaving home, then getting a job, then getting married, then having children and then retiring is a thing of the past.”Katie Lowe, a family lawyer with JMW Solicitors, said: “I’ve had a number of clients inform me that they’re moving back in with their parents because they can’t afford to find a place of their own having gone through a divorce and facing the expense of ongoing maintenance payments.“The vast majority tend to be men because, where there are children in a marriage, the emphasis is on trying not to uproot them.“If money is tight, these couples may have tried living together and simply reached the conclusion that they couldn’t, leaving the wife in the family home. The number of cohabiting couples jumped from 1.5 million households in 1996 to 3.3 million this year and the number of married couples bringing up children has actually fallen from 5.2 million to 4.8 million. 1 in 4 young adults aged 20 to 34 were living with their parents in the UK in 2016, an increase from 1 in 5 in 1996 https://t.co/4S5hhVAzy0— ONS (@ONS) November 4, 2016 A long way from the Von TrappsCredit:20th Century Fox The long-standing tradition of leaving home, then getting a job, then getting married, then having children and then retiring is a thing of the pastAlistair McQueen, Aviva The figures also paint a mixed picture on the state of marriage in the UK.While the number of couples choosing to live together unmarried has more than doubled in 20 years, marriage is still by far the most common model for family life. “In a number of cases, the men may have already found girlfriends and those relationships can follow them back to their parents’ homes, even if the women involved might not live there full-time.“Despite a rise in so-called ‘silver splits’, it’s certainly far more likely to have children return to live with parents than the other way ‘round”.Nigel Shepherd, chair of Resolution, the family lawyer’s group, said: “These ONS figures are further proof that more and more couples are choosing to live together and bring up their children without marrying.“Sadly, some of those relationships will come to an end at some point.“This is a feature of our modern society that is here to stay and unfortunately current cohabitation law is failing to provide them with the rights some of them mistakenly think they have.” 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 study, which was published in the Journal of Wine Economics, comes amid several recent reviews which suggest organic food is neither tastier nor more nutritious than traditionally farmed produce.In 2012 Stanford University’s Centre for Health Policy did the biggest comparison of organic and conventional foods and found no robust evidence for organics being healthier.And a follow-up review by The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety also reported that organic food was not more nutritious.Browse our selection of organic wine at Telegraph Wine from Waitrose The researchers found that organic wines gained significantly higher scores which sometimes pushed them into higher categories.Susy Atkins, the wine columnist for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine said that drinkers should consider looking out for the organic label.”There will always be good and bad organic wines, but generally it implies good use of the land and a viticulturist who really cares about their vines,” she said.”The problem can be that it often pushes the price up because organic growing is quite labour intensive.”But it is very good for the land. You visit an organic vineyard and there are insects flying around, and birds singing and it feels like an entirely different experience.” Organic wine has divided experts for decades, with some claiming the natural process damages taste while others argue grapes contain so many natural pesticides that it makes a mockery of the label.But a new study shows it really is worth going natural.Researchers from the University of California trawled through the expert reviews for more than 74,000 wines which appeared in the three of the world’s best wine-rating magazines.They discovered that organic wines – which are labelled as ‘ecocertified’ in the US – scored an average of 4.1 points higher than their non-organic counterparts, our of a score of 100.The academics speculate that adopting organic practices and banishing pesticides allows microbes in the soil to flourish, which enhances the flavour of grapes and give a truer representation of the ‘terroir’ or the natural environment of the vine.Growing grapes without fertilisers also reduces yield, which may improve quality because the vine needs to ripen a smaller amount of fruit, and so the juice becomes more concentrated, and tastier. The soil may be richer in vines grown without pesticides, researchers speculateCredit:Charmaine Grieger 2012 More than 30 varieties of wine were studied including reds, whites, rose, sparkling and desert wine “Littler consensus exists as to whether ecocertified wines are associated with worse, similar or better quality than their traditional counterparts,” said lead author Professor Magali Delmas, of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. “Our results indicated that the adoption of wine ecocertification has a significant and positive effect on wine ratings.“The results are interesting because they contradict a general sentiment that ecolabeled wines are of lower quality.”To determine the quality of organic, versus non-organic wines, the team studied 74,148 wines from California, which were of vintages between 1998 and 2004, from 3,482 vineyards.They looked at reviews from the three respected publications; the Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, which perform blind tastings and mark wines on a 100 point scale. Wines which score 90 or more are rated ‘superb’ or ‘outstanding’, with anything below 59 deemed ‘undrinkable.’The study looked at more than 30 grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Semillon and Zinfandel. 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 study followed up earlier work that showed how cursing increases pain tolerance, helping explain the common reaction to hitting one’s thumb with a hammer.Dr Richard Stephens, from the University of Keele, in Staffordshire, who led both teams, said: “We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain.”A possible reason for this is that it stimulates the body’s sympathetic nervous system – that’s the system that makes your heart pound when you are in danger.”If that is the reason, we would expect swearing to make people stronger too, and that is just what we found in these experiments.” Surprisingly, increases in heart rate and other expected changes linked to the “fight or flight” response were not seen in the latest tests.Dr Stephens added: “Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully.”The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual meeting taking place in Brighton.In the first experiment, 29 volunteers with an average age of 21 pedalled hard on an exercise bike for half a minute while repeating a swear word or a neutral word.Peak power was increased by an average 24 watts by swearing, the scientists found.The second experiment involved 52 participants of about the same age undergoing tests of hand grip strength.Again, the volunteers were asked to swear or utter a less emotionally charged neutral word while measurements were taken.Swearing boosted grip strength by 2.1 kilograms on average. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully.Dr Richard Stephens University of Keele 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. Swearing can give you a boost of strength Swearing really does help people to get a grip, a new study suggests.Muscle strength and stamina can be boosted by turning the air blue, and researchers suggest cursing could help a cyclist summon up the extra pedal power to climb a hill, or a tennis player hit the ball a little harder. Getting angry and swearing at stubborn jar lid could even help to loosen it.Psychologists conducted tests in which volunteers had to swear before intense sessions on an exercise bike, or squeezing a device that measures hand grip strength.In both experiments swearing rudely led to significant improvements in performance compared with uttering “neutral” words.
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 Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have honoured the memory of 18 primary school children killed 100 years ago in a First World War bombing raid on London’s East End.On June 13 1917, a daylight bomb from a German aircraft hit Upper North Street School in Poplar, killing the youngsters, most of whom were aged between four and six. The Queen visits the Mayflower Primary School during a visit to Poplar in Tower HamletsCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/Reuters The Queen unveils a plaque at the Mayflower Primary SchoolCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/Reuters The Queen and Prince Philip attend the memorial serviceCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph They toured the reception class, met teachers and pupils doing PE and maths, and looked at a display featuring the children’s summer-term project on the First World War and the bomb attack.In a Year 5 maths class, Philip heard how a team from the school had got into the final of a London-wide Count On Us maths competition entered by 120 schools.”Was maths one of your favourite subjects at school, sir?” Mayflower’s deputy headteacher Adam Stock asked the Duke. “No,” he replied, shaking his head and chuckling. Mr Challen, a former fruit merchant who served in Italy with the 16/5 Lancers in the Second World War and escaped from his own family home in Walthamstow, north-east London, when it was hit by a V1 “buzz bomb”, saw the service as part of continuing efforts to bring reconciliation between Britons and Germans.”I think it’s needed to bring us and Germany back to the status we had in the time of (Kaiser) Wilhelm I when the Germans were our best friends,” he said.From the church, the Queen and Philip were driven a few hundred yards to Mayflower Primary School, built in 1928 just up the road from the original Upper North Street School. All but two were in the infant class on the ground floor, where the bomb exploded after scything through the roof and upper two floors. A girl aged 10 and a boy aged 12 were the others killed. It is thought the bomb had been meant for the docks nearby.At least 37 more pupils and teachers were injured in the bombing. School caretaker Benjamin Batt found his own son, Alfred, five, dead in the rubble.The Queen and Philip met relatives of some of the victims. They included Donald Challen, 90, from Braintree, Essex, whose cousin William Challen died aged five. In the summer sunshine, the Queen and Philip went to a memorial service at nearby All Saints Church, Poplar, where the funerals of 15 of the children took place.The royal couple also met descendants of some of the victims and later revisited the rebuilt school, now named Mayflower Primary School.At the church, the 91-year-old monarch and Philip, 96, joined the 250-strong congregation in also remembering the victims of this week’s tragedy at Grenfell Tower across London in North Kensington. The Reverend Jane Hodges, team rector in the Poplar ministry, told the worshippers: “We will pray for peace in our hearts, peace in our community and peace in our world.”Today we will also hold in our hearts all those affected by the dreadful fire in west London.”A children’s choir sang The Lord’s My Shepherd before the names of all 18 pupils killed in the raid were read out.
A patient waited more than two-and-a-half days for an ambulance, new figures show. Four of the UK’s ambulance trusts have kept patients waiting for more than 24 hours.The Welsh Ambulance Service recorded the longest delays, taking more than 50 hours to respond to 999 calls on four occasions over the course of a year.One patient waited for 62 hours, the data obtained from a Freedom of Information request showed.Meanwhile, the East of England, South East Coast and South Central ambulance services all recorded longest waits of more than 24 hours between June 2017 and 2018.The trusts said the longest waits were for “less serious calls” and that they had to prioritise people in life-threatening or urgent conditions.The Welsh Ambulance Service said it “fully accepted” that a number of patients waited “far longer than anyone would like”, but said the figures were “not typical”. Stephen Clinton, assistant director of operations for the service, told the BBC: “These figures represent the extreme end of the waiting time spectrum and are neither typical nor do they explain the circumstances of these individual cases.”He said in some cases patients were already in the care of medical teams, while others were affected by extreme weather conditions. The data, obtained by the BBC, also showed that the total number of calls received by ambulance services had risen by 15 per cent between 2015 and 2017. 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.
Michael Palin had to reshoot scenes for his North Korea documentary because he had his hands in his pockets, which was seen as “disrespectful”.The Monty Python star irked officials during the first day of filming Michael Palin in North Korea when his hands became obscured as he spoke to camera in front of two statues of the country’s former leaders.Palin said the production crew was ordered by guides to do a retake of the scene because the act is considered “disrespectful” by North Koreans in the presence of monuments.The 75-year-old was granted unprecedented access to explore the secretive nation, which is long known for its mistrust of the west, for the Channel 5 documentary.In an interview with the Radio Times, Palin said: “Because we were in front of the monuments of the two great leaders and there are various rules there and the leaders have to be filmed in their entirety, and so you have to stand a long way back so you can film the full length of them.“And in the end they said no, no, no. You have got to do it again because you had your hand in your pocket and that is disrespectful, so that was interesting.” Palin and the production team flew out just after a thawing in relations within the Korean peninsula.Credit:Channel 5 Palin also said minders had specified that any signs of litter and people in vest tops were to banned from the final cut. The Monty Python star was told off by officials who objected to him holding his hands in his pockets in front of statues of their former leaders.Credit:Channel 5 Despite the fact that the veteran traveller has roamed the world for more than 30 years, Palin admitted that he was still “very, very cautious” about visiting North Korea amid fears over its highly criticised nuclear weapons programme.He said he eventually decided to go ahead with the project following the historic handshake between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In in April ,which signalled the beginnings of a truce between the two nations.ITN had been in negotiations with North Korean officials for two years prior to filming and received help from British academic Nick Bonner, whose company Koryo Tours facilitates visitors to explore the country.Mr Bonner, who is credited as the documentary’s associate producer, said travellers are advised on what actions could cause offence before stepping foot in North Korea. He said: “North Koreans are meant to be deeply committed to the ideology and historiography of the state and whether or not they actually believe this in their hearts and minds and expected to demonstrate this and will demonstrate this in their everyday lives.“North Korean’s express great commitment, loyalty and love to the Great, Dear and Young Leaders and whole hearted belief in the ‘fact’ that North Korea is the greatest country on earth.”His advice to visiting British tourists is: “Be respectful to all images of the North Korean leadership, whether statues or images, only take photographs when you are told it is okay to take photographs and do not under any circumstances try to sneak photographs of things you aren’t supposed to.” 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. Channel 5’s Michael Palin in North Korea concludes on Thursday at 9pm. He said: “We give briefings to tourists before they go the country and as with any country you visit it is important not to show disrespect. “If you dress badly and acted insensitively it is most likely you would be tolerated but your Korean guide would be made responsible for your behaviour.” Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters, a lecturer in Korean Studies at the University of Leeds, explained tourists to North Korea are expected to show respect to all imagery concerning leadership.
She wrote: “ONE OF THE WOMEN JUST SAID ‘it’s nearly armistice day so are we covering up this tapestry??’ AND HOLY S—. F— YES. GRL PWR.” Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, added: “Pathetic. She would be better going to the Hartley Library and reading some history. She could read of the sacrifice that allows such fatuous virtue signalling today.”The Southampton University Conservative Association labelled her comments “unacceptable,” tweeting: “Our union president promising to vandalise a memorial to those who served in the Great War, near the centenary of the end of the Great War. This is unacceptable.” “I never meant the disrespect to anyone past, present and future. I had no intention of the tweet being taken literally, and upon reflection have realised how inappropriate it was.”My intention was to promote strong, female leadership and not the eradication and disrespect of history. I do not believe that to make progress in future, we should look to erase the past.” Emily Dawes, the Student Union President, said the mural was too white and male She said she wanted to remove the mural A spokesman for the University of Southampton said: “The comments made by the students’ union president regarding the Rothenstein Mural are not shared by the University of Southampton and do not represent the views of the university community.”We are very proud to display the mural, painted in 1916, which serves as a memorial to all members of British universities who served in the Great War (World War I).”A spokesman for The Royal British Legion said: “We believe the unique contribution of our Armed Forces should be remembered today, tomorrow and forever, however we respect the right of others to express their opinions within the law. Our Armed Forces community, past and present, have made sacrifices in defence of the freedoms we have today, including the freedom of speech.”Ms Dawes has since apologised, and said in a statement: “Firstly, and most importantly, I would like to apologise for the offense and upset I have caused with what I have said. A Student Union President has caused outrage after she vowed to remove a mural commemorating students who died in World War One because it contains only white men. Emily Dawes, who leads the University of Southampton Student Union was widely condemned after tweeting: “Mark my words – we’re taking down the mural of white men in the uni Senate room, even if I have to paint over it myself.”The Rothenstein memorial, to which she refers, depicts an unnamed student receiving a degree from the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, representing all the young men who lost their lives in the war and were unable to complete or collect their degrees.It was painted in 1916 by Sir William Rothenstein, former Principal of the Royal College of Art, and presented to the University of Southampton in 1959, by the artist’s son, Sir John Rothenstein.It features many key academics from the era of the Great War, including vice-chancellors and chancellors, and the then poet laureate Robert Bridges, and other panels of the mural feature young war poets who lost their lives in battle.It is unclear whether she was aware of the significance of the memorial, although she had tweeted linking it to Armistice Day. 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 privately educated physics graduate has been labelled “the epitome of stupid” by angered commentators as the university condemned her statements.Ms Dawes attended the £5,000-a-term Northwood College for Girls, according to her LinkedIn page, and has said her favourite thing about Southampton is the “pretty dope” vegan food.Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith, who served in the RAF for 10 years, said her comments were “disappointing.”He told the Daily Mail: “With freedom comes responsibility, and considering the President of the SU holds a position of authority she has clearly overstepped the mark.”I hope she will reflect on what she has said and realise it has been conducted in poor taste. Those who know the history of our island are fully aware and appreciate the involvement of black and Asian soldiers against tyranny.” pic.twitter.com/uyFMNjWOon— Emily, Union Pres (@SotonPres) October 25, 2018
Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Transparency is brilliant and the first year of gender pay gap reporting has had an immense impact in raising awareness of workplace equality.“But the truth is that transparency is not enough.“Just reporting figures is not going to eliminate anyone’s pay gap.“Now that employers have met their legal duty to report their pay gaps, they should have worked out what has caused them and what they need to do to narrow them. The car servicing and repair company saw a swing of nearly 30 per cent towards higher male pay, which the company blamed on a number of senior staff leaving their jobs.While last year, the gap was 15.2 per cent in favour of women, this year those figures are skewed towards male employees, with the average man earning 14 per cent more than the average woman. A spokesperson said: “We are keen to both promote from within the company as well as recruit more women to help redress this balance.”The data also shows that the pay gap at energy firm Npower has increased from 13 per cent to 18 per cent in the last year.“Npower Limited implemented a cost reduction programme in 2017, which, along with the trend of more women than men taking advantage of salary sacrifice employee benefits designed to promote flexible working, had an impact on the pay gap,” said a company spokesperson.But critics say that more needs to be done to make sure companies have a plan to reduce these pay disparities. “We believe that it should be mandatory for employers to publish, alongside their pay gap data, action plans with specific targets and deadlines.”Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett society echoed those views, and told the Telegraph: “Initial findings look worrying with 40% of those who have already reported showing pay gaps widening not narrowing. “Women will be wondering what is going on. “We need to require employers to publish action plans that we can hold them accountable to.”According to the BBC, of the companies that had reported their figures by Tuesday morning: 74 per cent had a pay gap in favour of men, 14 per cent had one which favoured women, while 12 per cent reported no pay gap. The gender pay gap is getting worse in nearly half of companies, new analysis suggests, as critics say forcing firms to report their disparity is not enough.Four in ten private companies that have published their latest gender pay figures have reported wider gaps than last year, according to the BBC.The snapshot data takes a look at the median pay gap in each company – the difference between the middle-earning man and middle-earning woman, and has already been declared by some 1,146 companies ahead of the April 4 deadline for the private sector.This represents around 10 per cent of employers who are legally required to declare their gender pay gap, but critics have warned that simply publishing figures does not eliminate the root causes of the problem.Companies who have seen their gender pay gap widen include NPower and Kwik Fit. 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.
When they were boys, Prince William and Prince Harry were travelling to Highgrove with their mother, when they began bickering in the back of the car. An increasingly irritated Diana, Princess of Wales, finally snapped and told the squabbling pair that they would return to Kensington Palace if they did not stop misbehaving. It was Harry who piped up first. “I don’t care what you do,” he retorted, in front of nanny Olga Powell and Ken Wharfe, the princess’s bodyguard. “I’m not going to be king so I will be able to do whatever I like!” exclaimed the mischievous youngster. “All the adults in the car looked at each other and thought, where the hell did that come from?” Wharfe has recalled. “There…