The Indiana Pacers held on to Game 5 by a fingernail clipping, defeating the Miami Heat 93-90 and forcing the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals back to Miami for a Game 6. After the Pacers’ Game 4 loss, spearheaded by potent small-ball lineups from the Heat, the onus was on Indiana to make an adjustment. Indiana coach Frank Vogel’s adjustment was mostly to refuse to adjust: He didn’t do anything new; he just did more of what’s been working.This is the third consecutive year that the Pacers and Heat have met in the playoffs, and — although Lance Stephenson has taken over for Danny Granger the past two seasons for Indiana — a consistent pattern has emerged: Indiana’s starters can more than hold their own against the Heat, but things rapidly fall apart when the Pacers go to their bench.Indiana Pacers’ Point Differential vs. Miami HeatIn Game 5, Vogel essentially eliminated Rasual Butler and Ian Mahinmi from the Pacers’ rotation, instead playing his starters for 31 minutes. As a group, that’s the most minutes they’ve played in this series, and it’s more minutes than they played in Games 3 and 4 combined.The point differential numbers in the table above shows how even a few extra minutes from the Pacers’ starters can make a huge difference. To put those per 100 possession numbers in context, the San Antonio Spurs led the NBA this season with a per 100 possession point differential of +8.1. The worst mark in the league, belonging to the Philadelphia 76ers, was -10.7.There were extenuating circumstances last night. The Pacers’ Paul George poured in 31 second-half points, many of which came on difficult shots. According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, he made 10 of 18 contested shots in Game 5, or 55.6 percent. He had made just 32 percent of his contested shots in the series over the first four games. The Heat’s LeBron James also picked up five fouls in just over 23 minutes, about five times his normal foul rate. He sat for almost the entire second and third quarters, and the Pacers’ starters were just even with the Heat while he was on the floor.The Pacers’ starters aren’t going to outplay the Heat in every stint on the floor or overwhelm every small lineup Miami coach Erik Spoelstra dreams up. But Indiana’s starting five is orders of magnitude more effective than any other lineup the Pacers have.
Month: September 2019
A FiveThirtyEight Crash Course In Basketball StatsA FiveThirtyEight Crash Course In Basketball Stats
Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS 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. Welcome to the latest 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 (Dec. 29, 2015), we bring you the latest edition of “Stat School.” Last time, Statman, aka Neil Paine, talked to us about NFL running back stats. This week, he brings us basketball 101. Neil guides us through three hoop-centric stats: points per game, true shooting percentage and usage rate.Stat one: Points per gameA player’s average number of points scored per game played.Stat two: True shooting percentageA statistic used to gauge scoring efficiency that takes into consideration a player’s shot attempts (including field goals and free throws) and points scored. The result is the average points the player scored when he ended a possession by shooting.Stat three: Usage percentageA metric that estimates the percentage of a team’s possessions that a player “uses” while he is in the game. As players “use” more possessions, their overall efficiency tends to drop.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Listen to Statman and you just might be able to eke out a statistical advantage in your holiday pick up games.
What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone ElseWhat Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else
Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201232.143233.85402713.810 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group 200945.637036.83771634.16 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 201334.654424.3821407.126 Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR 201041.672986.21112510.79 201442.025684.77452136.33 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 201539.238426.48813827.311 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 201141.033874.96313215.013 Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4
CJ McCollum40.7–– Even in the area where the duos are most similar — long-range sniping — they are still markedly different because of the disparate ways the players come by their threes. Lillard and McCollum have almost exact inverse splits between the percentage of their 3-point makes that have been pull-ups vs. catch-and-shoots over the past four years, per Second Spectrum, while Curry and Thompson’s splits have not lined up quite as cleanly. Despite the fact that these guard pairings have carried similar usage rates them over these past four years (30.7 percent and 26.7 percent for Lillard and McCollum; 31.1 percent and 25.4 percent for Curry and Thompson), the above figures show that they have come by that usage in vastly different ways. This is further driven home by the fact that Curry and Thompson have been assisted on their baskets far more often (52 percent and 82 percent) than have Lillard and McCollum (29.6 percent and 38.5 percent).These differences naturally stem from the high-end talent disparity between the two teams. Curry and Thompson have had the benefit of playing alongside Green and Andre Iguodala for the entirety of their run, and they’ve had Kevin Durant as an additional wingman for the past three years. Lillard and McCollum, meanwhile, have spent the majority of their time playing alongside Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as one of big men Mason Plumlee, Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter. Those three are all nice players, and they have each proven incredibly valuable for Portland at different times, but none of them brings anywhere close to the brilliance of Durant or Green, none has the versatility of Iguodala, and none is the caliber of playmaker any of the aforementioned Golden State players are.The Warriors thinned out their bench in their series against Houston, but not to the point that Curry and Thompson had less help on their side than Lillard and McCollum do — and anyway, Portland is not Houston. The Blazers don’t have the ability to go small as often or as dangerously as the Rockets did when they put P.J. Tucker at center, which means that Andrew Bogut, Kevon Looney and even Jordan Bell can be on the floor more often. As good as Lillard is, the Blazers don’t have a singular player who has broken the game quite in the same way James Harden. And they don’t have the deep wellspring of wing shooters Houston has, either.What they do have is a star guard tandem and a deep group of players who have supported Dame and CJ on this run to the conference finals. That construction has generally not been enough for teams to beat the Warriors in the past. It may not be now, either. But the Splash Brothers Lite will try to make it work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Stephen Curry46.7–– This, of course, is the natural result of the contrasting job descriptions of these players, which flow from the differing roster constructions in Portland and Golden State.Thompson is a classic shooting guard like you might have seen in the early 2000s. He works almost exclusively off the ball, flying off pin-downs and flare screens, spotting up when Curry runs pick and rolls or making split-cuts when Draymond Green has the ball in the post. Curry, meanwhile, may be Golden State’s point guard, but he is more of a co-lead ball-handler, along with Green and Durant, because that structure allows the Warriors to better weaponize his shooting abilities.By contrast, Lillard is essentially the prototype of the modern-day attack guard who is at the controls of the offense at all times, while McCollum splits his time: working off the ball alongside Lillard, on the ball as a de facto backup point guard in certain lineups and off the ball again in bench-heavy units alongside Evan Turner or Curry’s brother Seth. By wading into the tracking data on NBA.com, we can see that in each of the past four seasons, the ball has been in Lillard’s hands for a greater share of his time on the floor than Curry and Thompson’s shares combined, and McCollum has had the ball in his hands nearly as often as Curry and usually more than twice as often as Thompson. * Calculated by dividing the number of minutes the ball was in a player’s hands by that player’s total minutes played during a given season.Source: Second Spectrum ––51.3 2017-1821.512.316.04.9 Average22.612.915.84.9 Source: Second Spectrum Damian Lillard60.5%–– The NBA’s splashiest backcourt outside Oakland resides in Portland. Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have combined to make 1,645 threes over the past four seasons, more than any duo in the league besides Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.1The four-year period starts when McCollum was elevated to the starting lineup — after the offseason departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum — and became the Robin to Lillard’s Batman. Steph and Klay are also the only backcourt in the league to average more collective points per game over that span of time than Dame and CJ.The Splash Brothers are still (somewhat obviously) the superior pairing. Curry and Thompson are widely considered two of the greatest shooters of all time, and they completely warp opposing defenses. Thompson is also far and away the best defender of the four players. But when the quartet squares off in the Western Conference finals, which begin Tuesday night, the Blazers won’t just be bringing an inferior version of the Splash Brothers to the table. The Splash Brothers Lite are mostly just different — and there are even a few things Dame and CJ do a bit better than Steph and Klay.For starters, Portland’s guards attack off the bounce far more often than their Northern California counterparts. Lillard averaged 13.3 drives per game this season, per Second Spectrum tracking data on NBA.com, and his 7.7 points per game on drives ranked 17th among the 353 NBA players who appeared in at least 40 games. McCollum, meanwhile, averaged 9.4 drives that created 6.3 points per game, a figure that tied for 28th among the same group of players. Each of the Blazers’ guards averaged more drive-points per game than the Warriors’ backcourt duo combined.2Curry’s 7.7 drives per game created 3.9 points per game, (73rd) while Thompson’s 4.4 drives created 2.1 points per game (132nd), which means they combined for only 6.0 points per game off the drive.This isn’t a new phenomenon, either. The Blazers’ guard duo has consistently been more aggressive in attacking the paint than the Warriors have been — both before and after Golden State acquired Kevin Durant prior to the 2016-17 season. ––84.8 2015-1624.5%15.2%16.9%5.1% Portland’s guards handle the ball moreThe time of possession rates* for each pair of players, 2015-16 to 2018-19 ––36.1% 2018-1921.710.014.14.6 Klay Thompson14.0–– YearLillardMcCollumCurryThompson The Splash Brother pairs shoot their threes in different waysShare of made 3-pointers in the regular season that were pull-up vs. catch-and-shoot, 2015-16 to 2018-19 ––58.7 Pull-upCatch-and-shoot 2016-1722.513.615.94.9
Last Years World Series Didnt Wreck The Mets Rotation This YearLast Years World Series Didnt Wreck The Mets Rotation This Year
A year after unexpectedly mounting a World Series run, the New York Mets are experiencing a bit of a pennant hangover in 2016. They started the season hot, with a 15-7 record, but since then have gone 49-56 — basically the same winning percentage as the lowly Phillies’ full-season mark. Even granting that World Series teams usually regress to the mean the following season,1During the 162-game era — going back to 1962 — pennant winners averaged 96.5 wins in their World Series year, and only 88.4 the next season. the Mets have backslid more than most.Searching for answers, New York manager Terry Collins pointed a finger at his team’s health woes, specifically suggesting that its playoff run last fall contributed to a spate of pitching injuries that have seen most of the Mets’ vaunted staff miss time this year.“We don’t make excuses here,” Collins said. “But I’ve had too many guys that have managed deep into the postseason tell me that there is a residual effect. And a lot of times, it’s your pitching.”He’s right that the Mets have been among the most injured teams in baseball. But the link between that fact — particularly on the pitching side — and the extra rigors of New York’s World Series run is questionable. Since the Division Series began in 1995, there’s been no relationship between the length of a team’s stay in the postseason and whether its pitchers met expectations the following season.To quantify this, I set a team’s pitching expectations — according to the sum of wins above replacement (WAR) for its staff — in a given season based on its pitchers’ WAR in the preceding year, as well as their average age (weighted by WAR) that year. The better the pitchers were one season, the better they’re likely to be the next, and younger staffs tend to improve their WAR year over year. (For example, the 2015 Mets had the sixth-most pitching WAR in baseball, and were also its 12th-youngest staff, so they figured to be very good again in 2016.)If deep playoff runs were subsequently associated with the mass disintegration of pitching staffs, we would expect a relationship between the number of postseason games a team played one year and the amount by which its staff WAR missed expectations the following season. Yet, no such relationship appears to exist: The 2016 Mets would be a curious choice as flag-bearers for a World Series pitching hangover anyway. Despite the injuries, they’ve compiled more pitching WAR than any team in the major leagues this season, wildly exceeding any reasonable expectations we might have assigned them before the campaign began. Injured or not, New York’s hurlers aren’t the problem.However, a lineup that’s scoring an anemic 3.83 runs per game (third-worst in baseball) and producing the majors’ 11th-fewest WAR (in a tie with Colorado) is. If the Mets’ pitchers have exceeded expectations in the team’s pennant defense, their position players have declined precipitously from the form that led to a World Series berth — particularly that of the late-season version that transformed itself offensively after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline.So Collins probably shouldn’t get too caught up in speculating about a World Series hangover for his pitchers. Almost every team’s staff has to fight through injuries and underperformance, but deep postseason runs don’t historically tend to amplify those issues. And more importantly, if the Mets’ hitters were providing its league-leading staff with any kind of support, they wouldn’t be on the fringe of the postseason picture right now.
Opinion Cardale Jones starting job was given not earnedOpinion Cardale Jones starting job was given not earned
OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) attempts a pass during a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer had the whole world in suspense, wondering who would be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. The choice between redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett seemed clear on both sides to many OSU fans, but not for Meyer. The starter wasn’t officially announced until a few days after OSU’s third game, a matchup with Northern Illinois in which Jones hadn’t played well. Barrett, the backup, stepped in the second half of the game and helped win the game. Still, that did not stop Meyer in the days following the game to make an official declaration of Jones as the starter.The announcement was shocking to many people. After such a rough start to the season, what reason did the coach have for staying so loyal to Jones? Well, it could be that Meyer is simply giving Jones a chance to start because he might have the desire to go to the NFL next year.The quarterback controversy has dwindled with each passing week, but Jones’ performance still hasn’t been spectacular, especially in the Week 5 game at Indiana.In Bloomington, Indiana, Jones didn’t throw a touchdown in the first half. The leading scorer at the break for Buckeyes was redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby, who made two field goals to account for all of OSU’s points.While junior running back Ezekiel Elliott provided a lift on offense in the second half, Jones still didn’t throw a touchdown until the fourth quarter, which he hit redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas for an 11-yard score. That was it for Jones, as he finished the game 18-of-27 for 245 yards, the touchdown and an interception. Indiana’s second-string quarterback, Zander Diamont, looked more impressive and poised than Jones when he entered the game, despite not being aware he would play. Diamont had six completions, a reception and a 79-yard touchdown run, which is a pretty good day for a backup.Jones’ passing stats weren’t bad overall, but if Diamont was in for the entire game, the Buckeyes might’ve lost. Elliott was required to carry the Buckeyes to victory with little help from his quarterback, an attribute that makes the Buckeyes seem one-dimensional. Jones’ performance so far has not appeared like starting quarterback material, so where does Meyer’s loyalty come from?Jones was a redshirt sophomore last season, meaning had the chance to enter in the NFL draft after leading OSU to a national championship. However, he didn’t go through with it because he wanted to raise his draft stock with a full season under center rather than just three starts.Jones will most likely leave for the NFL after the season, but in order for him to raise his draft stock he must play well, which he hasn’t done yet. Football is about earning a spot. While Meyer’s allegiance to Jones for his performance in the clutch last season and his subsequent decision to stay in school is understandable, it still seems like Meyer might be doing a disservice to the team by standing by Jones’ side.Is loyalty enough to earn the job, or does Jones’ performance warrant a move? Has the starting quarterback spot been earned, or given?
Football Skill positions dishing out blocks for Ohio StateFootball Skill positions dishing out blocks for Ohio State
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said.
Mens Basketball Ohio State guard CJ Jackson prepares for heavy playing timeMens Basketball Ohio State guard CJ Jackson prepares for heavy playing time
Ohio State then-sophomore guard C.J. Jackson looks to pass over two defenders against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorJunior guard C.J. Jackson started nine games last season, his first as an Ohio State Buckeye.This season, he will be counted on to be the team’s only true point guard. “The point guard — floor general — just kind of keeps the team together,” Jackson said at Ohio State men’s basketball media day. “That’s kind of what I do right now.”Jackson’s role and importance increased with the departure of JaQuan Lyle, the third-leading scorer during the 2016-2017 season who quit the team in April and transferred to New Mexico. Jackson will have help from redshirt senior shooting guard Kam Williams, a returning starter with no in-game experience at point guard. Williams said he and redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate have been honing their skills to adapt to Ohio State’s lack of depth at point guard.“We all have [worked on ball handling] cause we know C.J. is our only true, true point guard,” Williams said. “So we’ve gathered in the summer to prepare if we’re ever in that situation — so I think all of us will step up and take his place if needed.”Bates-Diop and Tate said they have also been working on ball handling, but need to practice playing point guard in practice as well to grow more comfortable at the position. Bates-Diop said he sees Williams growing more comfortable at the position with more experience running the offense at practice, which Jackson did throughout last season. Jackson’s numbers overall at the end of the 2016-17 season were not that of a future starter. He averaged less than six points per game and shooting below 40 percent both from the field and beyond the arc. He improved late in the season, however, and helped give his numbers a boost over the last seven games, averaging 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game over the stretch. The Eastern Florida Community College transfer found a rhythm with his jump shot as he shot 51.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from behind the 3-point line, making 14-of-26 3-point makes in his final seven games last season.While ball handling and shooting represent important skills to succeed at point guard, there is more to running an offense and leading a team. Jackson has a quiet demeanor, but sophomore forward/center Micah Potter said he has no concerns about the point guard’s ability to lead.“It’s kind of like a Mike Conley type thing — he’s not a crazy outspoken guy either — but just his ability to keep himself under control and just kind of be a quiet leader like he’ll say things here and there,” Potter said. “It will never be boisterous or anything like that, but just his ability to keep himself under control and lead in that way is huge as a point guard.”Potter might be onto something with his reference to former Conley, who was recently inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The former Buckeye led Ohio State to the 2007 national title game and starts at point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. Conley told reporters at halftime of the Ohio State-Maryland football game that Jackson must be able to lead the team on and off the court.“He’s got to be able to command the ball and command the team’s respect, and go out there and handle it like a point guard is supposed to,” Conley said.Conley added he believes that the junior point guard has what it takes.“I have confidence in him — I’m excited for him,” Conley said. “I think he’s been working for it, so I’m looking forward to it.”To be able to lead, a point guard has to trust himself. With such significant roster turnover, Jackson has an opportunity to break out as a key contributor for the Buckeyes. Tate said he has the utmost confidence Jackson will take advantage.“At the point guard position (Jackson’s) going to be the guy. And for a university this big and what stage we’re on — that’s big, that’s huge,” Tate said. “And he’s approaching the situation great and he’s been working hard. He seems more confident than he has in the past and I’m very excited to see what he does this year leading us on the floor.”
Eating your fiveaday could help prevent Alzheimers study suggestsEating your fiveaday could help prevent Alzheimers study suggests
The study suggests that getting enough vitamin A in pregnancy could ward off Alzheimer’s in later life Credit:Andrew Matthews The researchers found that mice with a mild vitamin A deficiency performed worse on tests of learning and memory in adulthood.Even when the mice deprived of vitamin A in the womb were given a normal diet as pups, they performed worse than mice who received a normal amount of the nutrient in the womb but were deprived after birth. It suggests that the damage had already been done in the womb.”In some cases, providing supplements to the newborn Alzheimer’s disease model mice could reduce the amyloid beta level and improve learning and memory deficits,” added Prof Song.”It’s a matter of the earlier, the better.”The researchers concluded that a healthy, balanced diet was the best way to ensure adequate levels of the nutrient and ward off Alzheimer’s disease.The study, was published today in the journal Acta Neuropathologica. 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. Eating your five-a-day could help prevent Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests, after scientists found people who were deficient in vitamin A were more likely to develop the disease.Scientists monitored more than 300 elderly people in China and discovered that those with higher levels of the vitamin were 60 per cent less likely to have developed dementia.Researchers found that 75 per cent of those with either mild or significant vitamin A deficiency had cognitive impairment, compared to 47 per cent of those with normal vitamin A levels. Vitamin A is naturally found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peaches and avocados as well as fish and liver.A second part of the research found that mice with low levels of vitamin A from birth developed more amyloid, the sticky substance which builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and prevents brain cells from communicating.”Our study clearly shows that marginal deficiency of vitamin A, even as early as in pregnancy, has a detrimental effect on brain development and has long-lasting effect that may facilitate Alzheimer’s disease in later life,” said Dr Weihong Song, a professor of psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of British Columbia.
Stray dogs fall to lowest level in 20 years after compulsory microchippingStray dogs fall to lowest level in 20 years after compulsory microchipping
Now, on the anniversary of the introduction of compulsory microchipping, owners are being reminded to make sure the details on the chips are up to date so they can be easily contacted if their pet is lost or stolen.Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Thanks to microchipping, thousands of dogs have been reunited with their owners and the number of stray dogs is now at a record low.”It is excellent to see that so many owners have taken action to get their dogs chipped – a painless process for dogs which many charities will carry out for free. It is excellent to see that so many owners have taken action to get their dogs chippedAnimal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner 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. “However, still too many are not being reunited where owners have not updated their details when they move home or get a new phone number – heart-breaking for the owner, and easily avoidable with a five-minute phone call. The number of stray dogs has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years after compulsory microchipping was introduced, data has suggested. Around 95 per cent of UK dogs are now fitted with a microchip with their owner’s details that mean pets can be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen, data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show.They have enabled thousands of dogs to be reunited with their owners and the Dogs Trust’s annual survey found the number of strays fell last year by 21 per cent to the lowest levels since the survey began in 1997. “All dog owners have a responsibility to microchip their dog and it’s very encouraging to see such a strong take-up. Now owners must make sure this effort does not go to waste and check their dog’s chip is up to date.”Alex Jackson, Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust added: “Whilst we will continue to work hard to make sure the remaining 5 per cent of dog owners get their dog chipped, we are pleased that the law is working well across the UK.”A good proportion of local councils are issuing notices to people who have not microchipped their dogs or updated their details, so we hope to see the total number of people complying with the law increase significantly over the next few years.” Owners can update their information easily online or over the phone, and advice on updating details can be found on the Government website here.
Cancer patients diagnosed in AE after being repeatedly rejected by their GPsCancer patients diagnosed in AE after being repeatedly rejected by their GPs
Thousands of people are being diagnosed with late-stage cancer in A&E due to GPs repeatedly misreading their symptoms, new research warns.Experts have described as “extremely concerning” new data revealing that among those who were diagnosed with the disease in an emergency setting, almost a quarter had visited their family doctor three or more times.They included 31 per cent of breast cancer patients who had attended three or more appointments, and 41 per cent of those diagnosed with bowel cancer. 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. A significant group of patients given an emergency diagnosis – 29 per cent – were those who had not been been to the GP.Specialists said this illustrated the worrying ignorance many people have of the so-called “red flag” symptoms that should give cause for concern.But campaigners said the figures were partly explained by the difficulty many face securing an appointment.Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: “We speak to women and men who tell us how incredibly distressing it is not to be taken seriously when they’ve found a possible symptom.” She said almost a third of people with incurable secondary breast cancer felt clinicians had not taken their concerns about being unwell seriously before being diagnosed.People who are diagnosed with cancer as an emergency have a worse prognosis than those diagnosed at an earlier stage.Cancer Research UK data shows that 22% of people diagnosed with cancer each year are an emergency case, approximately 78,000 people.However, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has pointed out that rate of emergency diagnoses as a proportion of overall new cases of cancer had dropped five per cent in the past five years. The new research, published in the British Journal of General Practice, analysed the medical records of 4,637 people diagnosed in A&E.It showed that those patients who had not seen their GP before a diagnosis tended to be older, male and living in the most deprived parts of the country.But the vast majority of all cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency – 71% – had attended a GP appointment.Judith Brodie, acting chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “It’s concerning that the study shows 41% of bowel cancer patients who are diagnosed as emergencies had previously sought help from their GP three or more times.”A bowel cancer patient’s chance of being successfully treated drops dramatically if they are not diagnosed until a late stage, so more must be done to ensure that the public is aware of the symptoms and how important it is to get them checked out as soon as possible.”Knowledge of the disease will also give them the confidence to persevere with their GP if they feel their symptoms are not being taken seriously enough.” We speak to women and men who tell us how incredibly distressing it is not to be taken seriously when they’ve found a possible symptomSamia al Qadhi, Breast Cancer Care The research acknowledged that among the patients diagnosed as an emergency were those with difficult-to-spot cancers, such as lung cancer or multiple myeloma, and younger patients.Last month NHS England admitted that waiting times for patients in need of hip, knee and other non-urgent operations would be likely to grow in order for cash-strapped hospitals to prioritise cancer services.A spokesman for the RGCP said: “GPs take their role in diagnosing cancer as early as possible very seriously and we would urge patients who experience any concerning or persistent symptoms to book an appointment with their GP.“Family doctors would be helped by increased access to new and improved diagnostic tools to help them identify cancers that are more difficult to spot, and this is something that the RGCP has long been calling for.”The new study was funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by University College London, the Cambridge University and Public Health England. Breast cancer patients say they are not always taken seriouslyCredit:Rui Vieira /PA Show more
Multimillionaire farmer killed by his own dog in tractor accidentMultimillionaire farmer killed by his own dog in tractor accident
The dog is thought to have entered the cab and accidentally started the vehicle, according to a source close to the farmer’s family.It is believed that the animal may have accidentally knocked the gear stick forwards. Police and paramedics were called to The Laurels in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset at 2.18pm.Two response vehicles, an ambulance and an air ambulance attended and rescuers tried to save the dad-of-three, who was in cardiac arrest. “He had great energy and enthusiasm, always striving to make a difference in bringing growth to the local economy and never shrinking from challenging members and officers on behalf of his constituents.”He was a larger than life character who will be greatly missed.”Weston-super-Mare Town Council said: “He was admired for his sense of humour, and for always speaking his mind.”He is a great loss to the town council and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed yesterday (Mon) that the investigation has been passed to the Health and Safety Executive. His family said he was ‘doing what he loved’Credit:SWNS A multi-millionaire dairy farmer was accidentally killed by his own dog after the animal reportedly set his tractor into motion, crushing him.Derek Mead, 70, who was also a property developer and a local councillor, suffered a heart attack after the “tragic accident” on his farm on Sunday afternoon.It is understood that Mr Mead was crushed by a JCB farm loader, a machine used to transport heavy materials. In a statement the Mead family, who have been farming in Somerset since the 1400s, described the death as a “terrible loss”.They said: “It is with heavy hearts that we have to let you know that our father and grandfather, Derek Mead, was killed in a tragic accident on his farm.”He was doing what he loved and has been doing since he was a young boy. Mr Mead was a father of three Credit:SWNS “The family thank you for all your kind messages during this time.”Derek Mead owned Border Collies and terriers and was often seen pottering around the farm in his wellies and flat cap, a neighbour said.Local councillor Mr Mead was the chairman of the Mead Group, which runs the biggest auction centre in southern England, and Puxton Park, a family attraction.He made his fortune in dairy farming, breeding pigs, sheep and three dairy herds across 2,000 acres of land in Somerset with his son Alistair.He was also involved in the construction sector and local politics and in 2013 was elected as an independent to North Somerset Council. Tributes have been paid to “a true gentleman” and “a great bloke”.Conservative councillor Martin Williams said: “We may have been on opposite sides of the council chamber but we always had a good laugh afterwards.”Every time you saw me you would shake my hand and tell me, ‘I’ll have you lot one day!'”Legend, I’ll miss you loads mate. Sleep well.”.North Somerset Council said: “The tragic death of Councillor Derek Mead has come as a terrible shock to us all.”Councillor Mead had a range of business interests and was passionate about the area where he lived and worked. 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.
Lets raise a marmalade sandwich Tributes paid to Paddington Bear creator MichaelLets raise a marmalade sandwich Tributes paid to Paddington Bear creator Michael
RIP Michael Bond. You made 5.55 PM on BBC1 great. pic.twitter.com/X9K9eNJlcd— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) June 28, 2017 Thanks Mr Bond. pic.twitter.com/ByA7Yn2xA2— barney farmer (@barneyfarmer) June 28, 2017 David Walliams The official Paddington Bear account called it “a very sad day”, adding: “Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many.”Paddington fan Chris Hewitt tweeted: “Very sad to hear about Michael Bond. Let’s raise a glass (and a marmalade sandwich) to him.” Stephen Fry Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017 #MichaelBond the creator of #Paddington 1926 to 2017. https://t.co/fA6CbNK3uW— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) June 28, 2017 Paddington Bear is a brilliant story about an immigrant trying to find a new home in a strange country. RIP Michael Bond you fantastic human— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) June 28, 2017 Thanks Mr Bond Paddington was also trending Having a marmalade sandwich in honour of Michael Bond (91), who gave us Paddington Bear. There must always be time for whimsy. Thanks. RIP. pic.twitter.com/JyAFOVkZEj— Mothra P.I. (@Hardywolf359) June 28, 2017 RIP Michael Bond. Paddington is a wonderful creation & very dear to many. *raises a marmalade sandwich* 🐻 pic.twitter.com/oeLZF7rW8t— Gary C (@oohgaryc) June 28, 2017 RIP Michael Bond, creator of Paddington. (via https://t.co/7qfUG039x0) pic.twitter.com/ZvDSmGKLYH— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) June 28, 2017 So sorry to hear that Michael Bond has departed. He was as kindly, dignified, charming & lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) 28 June 2017 It is with much sadness that we confirm the death of beloved author and creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond CBE https://t.co/GknPRQxMaB pic.twitter.com/w4ZmKJuu7I— HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK) June 28, 2017 I love the new Paddington but this one will always be *my* Paddington Bear. pic.twitter.com/ahMDPVV6fg— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) June 28, 2017 The author was also a trending topic across the UK, with many literature fans celebrating the legacy of his books.“Paddington Bear is a brilliant story about an immigrant trying to find a new home in a strange country. RIP Michael Bond you fantastic human,” posted another fan.How Twitter paid tribute to Michael Bond Tributes have poured in for ‘beloved’ Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, CBE, who has died at the age of 91 following a short illness.The English author became a giant of children’s literature after his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. RIP Michael Bond, another source of pleasure gone. We should all go out and give idiots a hard stare in commemoration. And eat marmalade— Patrick Kidd (@patrick_kidd) June 28, 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.
Police hunt man who tried to pull off womans hijab at BakerPolice hunt man who tried to pull off womans hijab at Baker
@standardnews @Independent @DailyMailUK @MetroUK @metpoliceuk I did not try to take off her scarf or ask to see her hair— Pawel Uczciwek (@PawelUczciwek) July 16, 2017 He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face— Aniso.safiaadya (@AnisoAbdulkadir) July 15, 2017 A British Transport Police spokesman said the force were investigating the incident and had been sent the statement from Mr Uczciwek.The BBTP spokesman added the matter is being treated as a hate crime.”Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating.”Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to get in touch by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40. Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a man tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s hijab and spat at her friend.The woman, who posted about the incident on Twitter, was waiting for a Tube at Baker Street in the early hours of Saturday morning when she was set upon.Tweeting under the name Aniso Abdulkadir, she posted a picture of the man who allegedly attacked her, writing: “This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed ahold of my scarf he hit me.”She continued: 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 police is fully cooperating with me and will be able to obtain CCTV footage showing the three women attempting to attack my partner because we are in an interracial relationship.” Ms Abdulkadir added that a woman who was present was also threatened and verbally abusive.She urged others to share the image in order to identify the suspect, earning more than 24,000 retweets by Sunday afternoon.A man claiming to be the man in the image later identified himself on Twitter and hit back at the allegations. Pawel Uczciwek, 28, from London, said he was sticking up for his girlfriend and attempting to defuse what he called a “racist attack from three random females”.Mr Uczciwek wrote: “I would like to confirm I never hit or attacked anyone I simply defused the situation by separating them.
Cadburys American owners spark outrage by replacing Fudge bar with Oreo inCadburys American owners spark outrage by replacing Fudge bar with Oreo in
In another festive replacement scandal. Kraft removed Bourneville from the Heroes box in 2013 and replaced it with Toblerone. At the time Angus Kennedy, editor of Kennedy’s Confection magazine,told the Daily Mail: “To replace Bourneville with Toblerone is unpatriotic. It’s like replacing the fish in fish and chips with mussels.”A Cadbury spokesman said in a statement: “This year we have updated the range available within our selection boxes to improve the mix and offer more of a variety for our fans.”Cadbury Fudge is still available in our small selection box and Freddo selection box but has been removed from the medium selection box to ensure we’re offering choice between the ranges.” I cannot believe Cadbury’s would remove the Fudge bar, that is my favourite and replace it with Oreo chocolate. Stop messing with the British chocolate😔— Chantelle White (@classychantelle) December 22, 2017 @MrJohnNicolson Cadbury replace finger of fudge with dairy milk Oreo in their Christmas selection box. The world has gone mad!— Brad Hobson (@alfordbrad) December 22, 2017 The biscuit-based treat joins Dairy Milk, Crunchie, Dairy Milk Buttons, Double Decker and Wispa in the company’s “best-selling selection box in the UK”.The now Kraft-owned company has caused controversy in recent years by meddling with favourite chocolate bars.They changed the Creme Egg recipe, causing some to boycott the product, and have added Oreo to some Dairy Milk bars. @CadburyUK do you know we are NOT American!! FFS who the hell prefers an Oreo to Fudge?? 🤢 get a grip and sort it out. It’s a travesty – firstly the poor creme egg gets it now this! Is nothing safe 😑#cadbury— Clare Ellery (@ClareRocks1983) December 22, 2017 Angry consumers have hit out at Cadbury after the now American-owned company replaced the Fudge bar with an Oreo in the Christmas selection box.The British chocolate bar was replaced by the American biscuit in the classic £2.99 box but is still avaliable in the small (£1.09) and Freddo (£2.99) selection packs.Some chocolate lovers said “Christmas is ruined” after realising their favourite festive treat had been replaced by an Oreo.One person tweeted: “WHY HAVE YOU REPLACED MY FUDGE BAR IN THE SELECTION PACKS WITH THE HORRIBLE OREO BAR. ITS NOT THE SAME ANY MORE.”Nigel Quinlan accused the firm of waging a “war on Christmas” on the microblogging site, while Sinead Gleeson called for “a revolution against this chocolate tyranny”. Consumers were also outraged when the company rounded the edges of its Dairy Milk bars, with some saying it was to cut costs. 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.
Doctors call for charges for overseas patients using AE unitsDoctors call for charges for overseas patients using AE units
Health officials are considering expanding current policies on charging overseas patients Credit:Dominic Lipinski Andrew Misell, a director at Alcohol Concern, said: “Charging people for alcohol-related use of the NHS is unworkable and morally questionable.”He also suggested it would too difficult in practical terms for medical staff to decide whether problems were alcohol-fuelled.“If we say people should be charged for alcohol-related demands on the NHS, why not start charging for anything else we’ve done to ourselves, like broken bones from driving carelessly or playing a contact sport?” he said.Simon Walker, director of education at M3 Group, said: “The findings of this research clearly reflects funding pressures currently experienced by the NHS. “Despite the fundamental ‘free at the point of delivery’ principle, the majority of NHS doctor respondents indicated that they can now see circumstances in which patients pay towards GP or hospital treatment.” More than six in ten doctors want to introduce charges for some patients, including fees for overseas patients attending Accident and Emergency units, a survey shows.Ministers recently introduced “upfront” hospital charges for patients receiving planned treatment, if they are not eligible for free care.The Government has also proposed charges for such patients in Accident & Emergency (A&E) units, but have so far held off introducing such plans following a backlash from some groups.But polling of 583 doctors found that 63 per cent of doctors wanted to see some charges on patients introduced.Of those, 74 per cent called for fees for patients who visit A&E or GP clinics who are not residents of the UK. As many called for charges for patients who did not turn up to their appointments.Ministers are currently considering whether to introduce charges for overseas patients using A&E.They are understood to have ruled out introducing “upfront” charges for A&E, in case it could deter those needing urgent care.However, they are now exploring the feasibility of schemes to secure payment after emergency treatment, for those overseas patients who were not entitled to free care.Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said: “The NHS is a cherished national institution that is paid for by British taxpayers and as this survey shows, there is clinical support for recovering costs from those who are not eligible for free treatment.“We are however committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use for those who are eligible, and they will never be charged for NHS treatment.”Since 2013, the amount of funds recouped from overseas patients for planned care has more than quadrupled, from £89m to £358m, offiical figures show.GP visits are also excluded from current policies, which is expected to remain the case in future.Dr Taj Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said any introduction of A&E charges must not involve casualty staff, or attempts to secure payment while urgent care was being sought.“Staff working in the busy environment of the emergency department cannot be responsible for charging patients who present acutely unwell or injured, and would always treat them first and foremost according to their need,” he said.“If hospital systems could be structured to collect payments from those not eligible to use the NHS, then it would be appropriate to do so.”The poll showed doctors were increasingly open to more radical ideas of how to fund a service which was struggling with current funding, he said.The poll also found that more than a third of those backing charges wanted to see them for A&E visits as a result of alcohol abuse.And 29 per cent wanted to see charges when attendances were linked to drug problems, the poll by website Doctors.net and technology agency M3 Group found. 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.
Doctors should not have to report concerns that patients have extremist ideologiesDoctors should not have to report concerns that patients have extremist ideologies
We should strenuously defend our multi-cultural society which enriches us allDr Jackie Appleby Dr Jackie Appleby, from Tower Hamlets division, said: “Under the Prevent programme public sector workers – which is all of us – are required by law to register concerns about people they come into contact with who might be developing extremist ideas.“The main focus is clearly on Islamic extremism and this builds a a climate of fear and mistrust feeds Islamaphobia and leads to racial profiling.“Home office data show that Muslims are 40 times more likely to be referred than someone who is not a Muslim. I understand that people are fearful of terrorism and I absolutely condemn it in all its forms but we have to balance our fear of terrorism against the intrusion into people’s lives of counter-terrorism strategies,” the GP said. He told the conference in Brighton: “What is the pre-criminal space? It’s that part of your life before you have committed a crime. Everyone here is in a pre-criminal space. The idea of police intervening in the pre-criminal space – I wasn’t sure whether to describe that as Orwellian, Kafka-esque, or as a scene from Minority Report.” “Prevent means that Muslims are increasingly afraid to express a political opinion for fear of being reported.” 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 attacked the programme which she said was worsening tensions within society.“Prevent feeds Theresa May’s hostile environment, which emboldens racists and provides fertile ground for their organisations to grow,” she said.“We should strenuously defend our multi-cultural society which enriches us all. Prevent makes us suspicious of each other, sows fear and hatred cause racial profiling and does not work.“Doctors’ relationships rely on the antithesis of this. We depend on building trust.”And she urged delegates to support members “who refuse to be drawn in to this Orwellian world”.Dr Piyush Pushkar, from junior doctors conference, said he was “deeply troubled” by the rhetoric used by the programmes, such as the attempts to make interventions during the “pre-criminal space”. Doctors should not be obliged to refer concerns that patients or colleagues have extremist ideologies to de -radicialisation authorities, their union has ruledThe British Medical Association agreed a motion to support any members who refuse to take part in training in the scheme.Doctors said the obligations on them were “Orwellian” “Kafka-esque” and “like a scene from Minority Report” – claiming the measures were creating “a climate of fear and mistrust”.They said that the obligation to refer suspicions about patients or colleagues to the authorities could undermine trust in medics. CLARIFICATION: This article originally reported that the British Medical Association had ruled that its members should not have to refer concerns about ‘suspected terrorists’ to authorities under the Prevent programme. We wish to clarify that Prevent in fact targets individuals at risk of adopting extremist ideologies. The article has been amended accordingly. And he said it was not clear if the schemes actually reduced the risk of violent extremism, highlighting figures that show 65 per cent of referrals involve an Islamist threat.Dr Col Glynn Evans, from the BMA’s armed forces committee failed to convince delegates to reject the motion.Speaking after Dr Applebee, he said: “We heard some emotive rhetoric there… I would like to put a bit of objectivity into this. This is about the objective policy that keeps all of us safe and is by and large working. Please do not pull the plug on this because of your emotions.”There have been cases of NHS doctors becoming radicialised, working as medics for Isis or plotting attacks in the UK.Issam Abuanza, 39, left his wife and two young daughters in Sheffield when he fled the country in July 2014 to become a doctor for jihadis in Syria. He posted comments online praising appalling terrorist acts and encouraging the slaughter of women and children.Bilal Abdulla was jailed for 32 years in 2008 for plotting car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow the previous year. The junior doctor attacked Glasgow airport in a Jeep laden with petrol and gas canisters but was thwarted by police.
NHS plans for faster treatment of stroke will save thousands of livesNHS plans for faster treatment of stroke will save thousands of lives
Small hospitals must stop treating stroke emergencies in order to save thousands of lives, England’s top doctor will today say.The national medical director will say NHS trusts across the country must centralise services, so that victims get the right help sooner.Professor Stephen Powis will say hospitals should follow a controversial model pioneered in London and Manchester, which is now saving around 170 lives a year.In both cities, local stroke wards were closed, with ambulances instead taking victims not to nearest hospital, but to larger centres with access to brain scans, clot-busting drugs and specialist procedures.As a result, the numbers dying or suffering long-term disability have fallen significantly.Now health chiefs want to introduce the same changes across towns and cities in England, in the hope of saving more than 800 lives a year.Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said rolling out expert stroke teams will ensure thousands more people “survive and thrive”.Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, he will say: “Introducing quicker access to better treatment for stroke in London and here in Manchester has saved hundreds of lives and we now want to see them rolled out across the whole of the country.“As clinicians and as leaders we have a responsibility to drive this forward and to make the case for change, because we know that the prize is so great: thousands more people surviving and thriving after stroke.” Such changes can prove controversial because they mean local hospitals lose major services, which can stoke political rows.But charities said the measures were crucial to save lives, urging NHS leaders not to delay making such changes.Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association, warned “time lost is brain lost”.She said: “When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you.“That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do.“The evidence shows that reorganising stroke services to create stroke centres of excellence saves more lives and enables survivors to leave hospital sooner to start their recoveries at home.A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or internal bleeding.Every year more than 150,000 Britons have a stroke – and it is the leading cause of complex disability.The units have operated in London since 2010 and Manchester since 2015.Before their introduction, patients were taken to the nearest hospital A&E department in the capital to receive immediate care, followed by treatment on a general ward.An independent analysis into the change showed that patients are now more likely to receive the right treatment sooner, and are therefore more likely to survive and recover faster.The study from University College London, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, reviewed data from 500,000 hospital admissions for patients between 2008 and 2016 and compared the rate of stroke survival and the time patients spent in hospitals in London and Greater Manchester compared with other urban areas in England.Chief investigator Professor Naomi Fulop said: “Our research provides robust evidence for centralising acute stroke services in urban areas. This may mean that patients are taken by ambulance past their local hospital to a specialist centre in order to save lives.”More than three in five strokes could be prevented if major triggers were treated, such as reducing high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.Professor Powis also wants the NHS to prevent more strokes, by providing lifestyle advice and medication sooner.NHS England has launched a £9m programme to support 20,000 people with heart problems in 23 areas with the highest rates of stroke.The scheme will see specialist nurses and clinical pharmacists identify sufferers from the heart condition atrial fibrillation but aren’t receiving treatment, so that they can be offered lifestyle advice and help to get them on the right treatment.Health chiefs hope it will prevent around 700 strokes, saving an estimated 200 lives.More than three in five strokes could be prevented if major triggers were treated, such as reducing high blood pressure and raised cholesterol. 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.
Reforming of WICB a matter of concern for region – CaricomReforming of WICB a matter of concern for region – Caricom
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWe must continue to push for restructuring of West Indies cricket- St Vincent PMFebruary 17, 2017In “latest news”BCCI ready to file legal action against WICBJanuary 25, 2015In “Sports”Former WICB officials call for forensic audit of boardSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news” By Akeem GreeneThough in recent times, there was no public constructive regional conversation on the current state of West Indies Cricket, CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has stated that the indiscretions of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are still on the radar of the regional body.WICB President Dave Cameron (left) and some West Indian players have been logger heads over the yearsLaRocque speaking at press briefing on Monday in the lead up to the 28th Heads of Government Conference which will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Secretariat, made it known that the board needs reforming.“The position of the community is very clear on the need for modernizing and reforming the administration of West Indies cricket, that remains a concern, notwithstanding the instances where performances may have improved from time to time,” the Secretary General stated.In July 2016, CARICOM reaffirmed its resolve to dissolve the WICB and said it would soon create another Prime Ministerial sub-committee that would have a wider say on cricket in the Caribbean.A CARICOM cricket review panel had made the recommendation to dissolve the WICB in November 2015, in a report that termed the board’s governance structure as “antiquated,” “obsolete” and “anachronistic”.At the last the heads of government meeting, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell had stated, “We will do everything possible to effect the decision”, adding that “We’re looking at legal options on the basis that cricket is a public good run by a private institution.”More so, controversial WICB president, Dave Cameron is set to be returned unopposed when the embattled organisation stages its Annual General Meeting next month which sends a message that the paradigm with the board will not be shifted.Prior to his re-election in 2015, Cameron came under fire from St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who branded the WICB president’s leadership as “poor” and “embarrassing”, while calling on him to resign.In this regard, LaRocque, insisted that the members are still perusing avenues to ensure that the region’s cricket affairs is administered in a fair manner.“By and large, there is a problem that needs to be looked at and we continue to peruse that, the Heads of Government have established a mechanism for continuing to look at the issue and that will continue” the Dominican disclosed.Over the last decade or more, West Indies cricket has plummeted due to appalling performances on the field and the constant infractions between players and officials.In Tests, they are currently ranked in eighth-place just ahead of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Since 2009 across four captains, the regional side has played 57 Tests, losing 29, drawing 15 and winning 13.Judging by the numbers, in the One Day International (ODI), the regional side seem to struggle even more since across six different captains from the said time line, they have lost 57 of the 89 ODIs played while coming out victorious in only 28. Three were tied and one ended as a no result.The year 2016 returned some glory with the team winning their second Men’s World T20 title, the Women, winning their first and the Under-19s winning their maiden World Cup title, there is a long road ahead for the revival of West Indies cricket.
Man charged remanded for murder of 16yearold loverMan charged remanded for murder of 16yearold lover
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThree, including teen, remanded for Corentyne labourer’s murderOctober 10, 2017In “Court”Suspect in murder of 16-year-old captured in Suriname, not Guyana- PoliceAugust 10, 2017In “Crime”School dropout arraigned with murder of Whim labourerNovember 22, 2018In “Court” The 25-year-old man who allegedly slit the throat of his 16-year-old lover on July 29, was on Tuesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Sisters Magistrates’ Court. Ryan SinghRyan Singh, of lot 48 West Ruimveldt and Number 2 Village, East Canje Berbice was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on the day in question, he murdered Parbattie Lakhpal also known as Rosana Lakhpal.The matter was transferred to the New Amsterdam Magistrates’ Court and he is expected to appear on September 29, 2017.Inews had previously reported that on July 29, 2017, Rosana Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student was murdered reportedly at the hands of her boyfriend- identified as Singh.Reports were that the duo reportedly met on Facebook and they subsequently started living together.Inews was informed that the relationship commenced before the young girl turned 16.Neighbours said they had made numerous complaints to Lakhpal’s mother that Singh was abusing her daughter when they were alone. However, the teen reportedly denied that the abuse was happening.On the day that the 16-year-old met her demise, Singh and the teen were reportedly arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job.The accused was reportedly angered by her “nagging” and this reportedly resulted in him slitting her throat, leaving her in a pool of blood.Murdered: Rosanna LakhpalAn eyewitness had related that the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed. He then reportedly flung the knife he used several feet away and fled the scene.Singh was on the run until Tuesday last when he was captured.Singh has also been implicated in an incident where he almost killed a previous girlfriend, after stabbing her over 50 times about her body.