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Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports

Cheerleading falls in the middle of the pack. The total concussion rate across all girls sports is 41 concussions per 100,000 competition athlete exposures; cheerleading has a rate that’s about three-tenths of that.But when we factor in concussions accumulated in practice, we see something interesting. In every sport except cheerleading, the rate drops steeply — concussions in practice happen about one-sixth as often as concussions in competition. Cheerleading was the only sport of the 20 surveyed that had a higher risk of concussion in practice (14 per 100,000) than in competition (12 per 100,000).“When we delve into the data more closely, we can actually find out where practice-related concussions are occurring,” Comstock said. “With cheerleading, they’re occurring all over the place. They’re occurring on asphalt, on grass, on tile. And if you think about it, if cheerleading isn’t considered a sport, [it] may not be afforded the same resources — even for practice — as other sports.”Here’s Comstock’s theory on why the injury rate is higher during practice: If cheerleading isn’t officially designated as a sport at a school, there are better odds that the team isn’t practicing on athletic mats and instead setting up in, say, a parking lot or school cafeteria. In competition, however, the students are likely to be on proper mats and therefore less likely to be at risk for getting a concussion. The reports from the 2011 catastrophic injury study at UNC seem to back this up; a high number of the injuries seem to occur both during practice and also as a result of contact with a hard surface.What does that mean? “Recognizing cheerleading as a sport may actually make the sport safer because they should then be given a designated space to practice,” Comstock said. Official sport status means that money, equipment and resources come from schools, not necessarily from the cheerleaders themselves or alternative sources.Is there a difference in concussion and injury rates between the 35 states that have made cheerleading a sport and the 15 that haven’t? We don’t know, because the data doesn’t exist for that kind of determination yet. But Comstock’s team is working on it.Although the raw-injury count in cheerleading may tell a headline-grabbing story, it’s important to look at those numbers in context. Yes, catastrophic injuries happen, as do concussions. But keeping in mind that a lot of kids are cheerleading — and that every day we may take risks that have even grimmer statistics — we can get a better picture of the actual risks involved. Think of a dangerous high school sport, and football is probably the first that comes to mind. You might not think of those students in uniform on the sidelines, cheering for the players.And yet cheerleading isn’t as safe as you might think, which was one of the reasons New York State — following 34 other states and Washington, D.C. — reclassified it as an official school sport last month.Media coverage of the New York decision largely focused on athlete safety — in some cases referring to cheerleading as one of the most dangerous sports. The raw statistic that cheerleading accounts for two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among female high school athletes was repeated by news outlets across New York.1Consider: New York’s CBS Local, The Buffalo News, the New York State Sportswriters Association, The Wall Street Journal, MyFoxNY, The Suffolk Times, The Daily Gazette, the Times Union, etc. Some, like The Wall Street Journal here, showed an iteration of a chart similar to this:The data for this chart was pulled from the 29th annual report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, an independent research body at the University of North Carolina.2This 2011 report, written by Frederick O. Muller of UNC and Robert C. Cantu of Emerson Hospital in Massachusetts, contains a section on cheerleading. The center classifies catastrophic injuries as either “serious,” “nonfatal” or “fatal.” An injury is considered serious when it’s severe but has no ongoing functional disability. For example, a 17-year-old cheerleader in 1998 attempted a back flip, slipped on wet artificial turf and landed on her head, shocking her spinal cord and causing temporary paralysis. Nonfatal injuries lead to permanent disabilities. Fatal injuries need no explanation.But it’s not the raw numbers that should scare people. (These numbers are misleading, as I’ll explain in a bit.) Rather, it’s how these cheerleaders are getting injured that should warrant concern.Cheerleading is different from every other high school sport (for which there is injury-tracking data) in one critical way: More cheerleaders are getting injured during practice than in competition. And that’s why cheerleading’s official designation as a sport could go a long way toward reducing the number of injuries that make it risky.The earliest incarnation of high school cheerleading — think girls in school-letter sweaters and thick skirts encouraging a football team — has morphed into a hypercompetitive and acrobatic institution. And all the flips, throws, jumps and human pyramids have resulted in more injuries. A lot more injuries. That’s why it has been seductive for media organizations to report raw numbers.But it’s the rate of injury that matters.3To determine the rate, we can divide the number of injuries in a given period by the number of participants in that given period, and multiply by 100,000 to determine the injury rate per 100,000 participants.A rate makes a world of difference in how people interpret dangers and risks. For example, if I told you there were 179 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, you might get frightened. But when I turn that into a rate — by factoring in that 200 million people visit beaches every year, and they visit multiple times — it shows that the probability of being attacked by a shark is one in 11.5 million. That’s much less frightening.Similarly, when we factor in how many high-schoolers are participating in cheerleading, we get a different perspective on “the most dangerous sport” narrative.4Finding participation numbers for cheerleading isn’t easy, especially because for decades, it wasn’t considered a sport (and still isn’t in many states) and thus keeping a tally on athletes wasn’t necessarily required. The authors of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research report admitted difficulty in finding an accurate number of competitive cheerleaders, which is crucial for determining a rate.The authors of the report I referred to earlier cited two participation numbers in cheerleading. A 2009 news release by the National Federation of State High School Associations said there were 400,000 high school cheerleaders in the U.S. (The number, however, didn’t distinguish between competitive and noncompetitive cheerleaders.) A 2010-11 high school participation survey showed significantly lower participation: 96,718 girls and 2,846 boys for a total of nearly 100,000 participants in competitive cheerleading squads.The authors decided to go with the 100,000 count in estimating the rate of injury. Because there was one catastrophic injury that school year, they said the effective rate was one catastrophic injury per 100,000 participants. Had they gone with the more inclusive estimate, they would get 0.25 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 participants. A couple of years earlier, study co-author Frederick Mueller told The Washington Post that he estimated the rate from 1982 to 2007 to be 2.68 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 high school participants, a figure derived by dividing the 67 known catastrophic injuries by an estimate of 2.5 million high school cheerleaders over the 25 years. Compare those rates with these other high school sports:It’s crucial to get perspective on these numbers. Let’s assume that Mueller’s estimate — 2.68 catastrophic injuries for every 100,000 high school cheerleaders — is accurate. In comparison, each year 17.9 of every 100,000 New York state residents are hospitalized for traffic-related pedestrian injuries — nearly seven times higher than the upper-bound catastrophic-injury rate for high school cheerleaders. So, even if cheerleading is the most dangerous high school sport, it might be less dangerous than walking to work.But what about more common, non-catastrophic injuries, like concussions?Dawn Comstock, a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, runs High School RIO, a national database that has monitored 20 high school sports since 2005. She referred me to a 2012 paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The paper, based on High School RIO data, looked at concussions among high school athletes — where they occurred (in practice or competition) and in what sport — as well as participation rates during the 2008-10 school years. The finding?“Cheerleading is not nearly as dangerous a sport as some of the previous research painted it to be,” Comstock said. “It has the 10th-highest concussion rate of the 20.”Concussions are a compelling data set for tracking the dangers of a sport because they’re relatively common, and yet they’re severe enough to be reported (as opposed to, say, sprains and strains). But they often don’t have long-term impact. Here are the competition concussion rates per 100,000 athlete exposures:5An athlete exposure is defined as one athlete participating in one game or practice. Boys Volleyball was not included in the chart because no concussions were reported. read more

Yankees Alex Rodriguez Sidelined With Broken Hand

Eric Chavez suffered a broken hand and was out exactly eight weeks. That’s how long he expects to be the New York Yankees third baseman as Alex Rodriguez hand broken Tuesday night in Seattle heals.Two months is a long time for the Yankees, team with the best record in baseball, to go without Rodriguez’ bat in the lineup. He’s hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs, but is as explosive a batter as there is in the game. And just two days ago he talked about how great he felt at the plate.“It’s a tough blow,” a disappointed Rodriguez said about an hour after the game. His left hand heavily wrapped, he will fly back with the team after Wednesday’s game and be checked out by the Yankees’ medical staff on Thursday.“I never thought it was a fracture,” he said. “But it was.”It was the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss when Rodriguez grabbed his left hand with his right after being hit, and never let go even as he fell to the ground, writhing on the dirt near home plate.He was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch, breaking the fifth metacarpal. It was one thing to have lost five of six games to start a road trip. It was quite another to lose their big bat in the 3 hole.“It’s non-displaced (fracture), which is good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But we’re going to have to make some changes, which is too bad, because Alex was just starting to feel good again.”The pitch from Hernandez was a 91 mph change up and was the third pitch of his to find a New York batter. Hernandez hit three of the final five batters he faced, hitting Ichior Suzuki in the seventh and Derek Jeter before Rodriguez in the eighth. read more

Larry Drew Out Spurs Assistant In as Hawks Coach

The Atlanta Hawks completed the embarrassing handling of Larry Drew by hiring San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to be their head coach, even as Drew remains under contract until the end of next month.General manager Danny Ferry, in an unprecedented maneuver,  told Drew that he could retain his job only if Ferry did not lure someone he liked better for the position. Drew, meanwhile, realized that meant he was out and has interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching position.Budenhozler reunites with Ferry, who was an executive in San Antonio before becoming general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Hawks. The Spurs granted permission to the Hawks to negotiate with Budenholzer during the break between their Western Conference finals victory and the start of the NBA Finals on June 6.Given the relationship between Ferry and Budenholzer and their shared philosophies under Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, the talks moved rapidly to a conclusion on Tuesday.Drew and Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson are finalists for the Bucks head coaching job. Former Lakers assistant Steve Clifford also was a finalist, but Clifford agreed to terms with the Charlotte Bobcats for their head coaching vacancy on Monday.The Bucks are huddling this week to decide whether to expand their search to include Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, who does not have a contract for next season. The Grizzlies’ season ended on Monday night with a sweep at the hands of the Spurs, who advanced to their fifth NBA Finals since drafting Tim Duncan in 1997.Ferry made a point of expanding his search beyond Budenholzer while the Spurs’ top assistant was unavailable as San Antonio was advancing through the playoffs. But in the final analysis, Ferry was most comfortable with Budenholzer as he attempts to incorporate the San Antonio way into his rebuilding project in Atlanta.The Hawks spoke with Drew, Stan Van Gundy, former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan and CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina during their search. read more

College Athletics Is Selling Young Black Men a Lie

As the nation gears up for March Madness, a recent news report says college athletics is failing young Black men.The Associated Press reports that Black male student-athletes have lower graduation rates than regular Black male students. According to a study of the 2014-15 academic year by University of Pennsylvania researcher Shaun Harper, only 54 percent of Black student-athletes at Power 5 conferences achieved degrees within six years. The graduation rate for regular Black male students was 58 percent.Harper said the problem is widespread and not just localized at big schools.“It happens just about everywhere,” said Harper. “Generations of young Black men and their parents and families are repeatedly duped by a system that lies to them about what their life chances are and what their athletic outcomes are likely to be.”Black males are being recruited by big-time college programs because of their athletic prowess, not because of their academic abilities. Although they are called student-athletes, they are more athlete than student.“When coaches are looking for the best athletic talent, that’s what they’re looking for,” Harper said. “They’re not really concerned with academic talent.”And while many of the students are sold on the idea of using college as a springboard to a career in the NBA or the NFL, in reality few of them make it to the big leagues.According to data from the NCAA, only 1.2 percent of college men’s basketball players get drafted by the NBA, and only 1.6 percent of college football players are recruited by the NFL.Harry Swayne, who played for Rutgers University and in the NFL, told The AP colleges need to do a better job of telling student-athletes that most of them are not going to have careers in professional sports.“Statistically, more than likely, they won’t make it,” Swayne said. “We don’t want to talk them out of their dreams; we just want to give them some reality, too. We want to introduce them to some other possibilities for when football is over, because it is coming to an end sooner than they think and sooner than they’re ready for.”Dr. Boyce Watkins, a former business professor at Syracuse University, has been a long-time critic of college athletics. He said when you consider the billions of dollars college football and basketball generate, and how little money the players get, the system is exploitative.“The billions generated by March Madness rival the money earned from the post season of nearly every professional sports league in the world,” said Watkins in a Huffington Post article. “At $613 million, the NCAA is earning over 40 percent more ad revenue than the entire NBA playoffs and over 60 percent more ad revenue than the entire post season for Major League Baseball.”Watkins has called on schools to start paying college athletes a salary. He said by labeling players “student athletes,” the NCAA has created a system that denies them the rights of regular workers. College athletics operates, like many American businesses, on low labor costs and huge profits for corporations. The players only get scholarships, but the coaches and administrators get million-dollar and six-figure salaries.“Athletes and their families deserve labor rights,” said Watkins. “The truth is that college athletes in revenue-generating sports are treated as neither Americans nor college students. Their ability to enjoy college is stripped by the rigors of their professional sports schedules and Draconian training regimen, thrust upon them by money-hungry coaches who could care less about education. The idea that Congress has conspired with the NCAA to allow athlete labor rights to be taken away in a manner that would be illegal in nearly any other industry adds insult to injury. Keeping athletes and their families in poverty while coaches and administrators get rich is not only fundamentally un-American, it is an embarrassment to us all.” read more

You Cant Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data Even If You Didnt

The Golden State Killer, who terrorized Californians from Sacramento to Orange County over the course of a decade, committed his last known murder in 1986, the same year that DNA profiling was used in a criminal investigation for the first time. In that early case, officers convinced thousands of men to voluntarily turn over blood samples, building a genetic dragnet to search for a killer in their midst. The murderer was eventually identified by his attempts to avoid giving up his DNA. In contrast, suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, who was apprehended just last week, was found through other people’s DNA — samples taken from the crime scenes were matched to the profiles his distant relatives had uploaded to a publicly accessible genealogy website.You can see the rise of a modern privacy conundrum in the 32 years between the first DNA case and DeAngelo’s arrest. Digital privacy experts say that the way DeAngelo was found has implications reaching far beyond genetics, and the risks of exposure apply to everyone — not just alleged serial killers. We’re used to thinking about privacy breaches as what happens when we give data about ourselves to a third party, and that data is then stolen from or abused by that third party. It’s bad, sure. But we could have prevented it if we’d only made better choices.Increasingly, though, individuals need to worry about another kind of privacy violation. I think of it as a modern tweak on the tragedy of the commons — call it “privacy of the commons.” It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in.Yonatan Zunger, a former Google privacy engineer, noted we’ve known for a long time that one person’s personal information is never just their own to share. It’s the idea behind the old proverb, “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” And as far back as the 1960s, said Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, phone companies could help law enforcement collect a list of all the numbers one phone line called and how long the calls lasted. The phone records may help convict a guilty party, but they also likely call police attention to the phone numbers, identities and habits of people who may not have anything to do with the crime being investigated.But the digital economy has changed things, making the privacy of the commons easier to exploit and creating stronger incentives to do so.“One of the fascinating things we’ve now walked ourselves into is that companies are valued by the market on the basis of how much user data they have,” said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. A company can run along, not making a cent, but if it has a large user base and reams of private information about those users, then it’s valuable — and can be sold for millions. Companies that collect more data, keep that data, and use it to make connections between users are worth more. Sears, Roebuck and Co. may have been able to infer when you bought a gift from their catalog for a friend who lived in another town, but Amazon has more reason (and more ability) to use that information to build a profile of your friend’s interests.We all saw this in action in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. The privacy of the commons is how the 270,000 Facebook users who actually downloaded the “thisisyourdigitallife” app turned into as many as 87 million users whose data ended up in the hands of a political marketing firm. Much of the narrative surrounding that scandal has focused on what individuals should be doing to protect themselves. But that idea that privacy is all about your individual decisions is part of the problem, said Julie Cohen, a technology and law professor at Georgetown University. “There’s a lot of burden being put on individuals to have an understanding and mastery of something that’s so complex that it would be impossible for them to do what they need to do,” she said.Even if you do your searches from a specialized browser, tape over all your webcams and monitor your privacy settings without fail, your personal data has probably still been collected, stored and used in ways you didn’t intend — and don’t even know about.Companies can even build a profile of a person from birth based entirely on data-sharing choices made by others, said Salome Viljoen, a lawyer and fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Imagine new parents signing up for a loyalty card at their local pharmacy and then filling all of their child’s prescriptions there. The information collected every time they scan that loyalty card adds up to something like a medical history, which could later be sold to data brokers or combined with data bought from brokers to paint a fuller picture of a person who never consented to any of this.So does that mean that, in addition to locking down our own privacy choices, we need to police the choices of our friends and family? No, said Cohen, Gillmor and Viljoen. In fact, the privacy of the commons means that, in some cases, your data is collected in ways you cannot reasonably prevent, no matter how carefully you or anyone you know behaves.Take, for instance, Equifax, the credit-rating company that lost control of the data of 143 million people last year. Those people weren’t necessarily members of Equifax. Instead, the company collected data from other companies the people chose to do business with, and much of that business was stuff people can’t get by without, like renting or owning a home. Or, alternately, consider Facebook, again. That company has admitted it tracks the online behavior of people who never intentionally engage with it at all, thanks to partnerships with other websites. (Like many sites, FiveThirtyEight has this kind of partnership with Facebook. Our pages talk to the social network in several ways, including through ads and comments, and because of the embedded “Like” button.) If hounding every person you’ve ever cared about into adopting encryption tools like PGP sounded like fun, you’ll love living in a van down by the river with no internet access.1And I hope you’re prepared to buy the van with cash, because if you need credit, the credit check the dealer runs could hand your information to Equifax again.Instead, experts say these examples show that we need to think about online privacy less as a personal issue and more as a systemic one. Our digital commons is set up to encourage companies and governments to violate your privacy. If you live in a swamp and an alligator attacks you, do you blame yourself for being a slow swimmer? Or do you blame the swamp for forcing you to hang out with alligators?There isn’t yet a clear answer for what the U.S. should do. Almost all of our privacy law and policy is framed around the idea of privacy as a personal choice, Cohen said. The result: very little regulation addressing what data can be collected, how it should be protected, or what can be done with it. In some ways, Gillmor said, online privacy is where the environmental movement was back in the 1950s, when lots of big, centralized choices were hurting individuals’ health, and individuals had little power to change that. “I don’t even know if we have had our ‘Silent Spring’ yet,” he said. “Maybe Cambridge Analytica will be our ‘Silent Spring.’” read more

In the zone Johnsons 3point shooting keeps Buckeyes in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Ohio State women’s basketball team (20-9) goes on to win the Big Ten Tournament title, it will have senior guard Brittany Johnson to thank. During Friday night’s quarterfinal round game against No. 5-seeded Iowa (22-8), oft-relied-on sources of offense were less than reliable for the Buckeyes. It took senior center Jantel Lavender nearly 12 minutes to score her first points against the Hawkeyes. By game’s end, Lavender had made five of her nine field-goal attempts. She finished the night with 11 points — 11.6 points below her season average of 22.6 per game. OSU’s second-leading scorer, junior guard Samantha Prahalis, scored only seven points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field. Prahalis also fell short of her season average of 14.1 points per game. OSU coach Jim Foster said he wasn’t satisfied with the Buckeyes’ offensive output. “I thought we were a little careless with the ball,” Foster said. “We were forcing too much in the first half.” Johnson, however, was a scoring threat from the opening tip until the final buzzer. After opening up OSU’s scoring with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half, Johnson put away the game with three more 3-pointers late in the second. There were a couple more threes in between as well. All told, Johnson made seven of 14 3-point attempts against Iowa and finished the game with a season-high 23-point performance. “I was just in the zone, I guess,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to step up and help my teammates out. That’s what I did.” After the game, Foster said Johnson played well on both sides of the court to lead OSU to the 71-61 win. “(Johnson’s) developed herself into being a great shooter,” Foster said. “I thought her defense tonight was every bit as exciting as the 3-point shots.” Even Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder had praise for Johnson. “(Johnson’s) a good player,” Bluder said. “You’ve got to know where she is all the time. She is a really, really good 3-point shooter.” Lavender might have summarized Johnson’s contribution to Friday’s victory most succinctly. “We have the utmost confidence in (Johnson’s) shot,” Lavender said. “She did a great job focusing tonight. That’s what we needed to win.” OSU continues Big Ten Tournament play with a semifinal round game against No. 1-seeded Michigan State (26-4) on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. read more

OSU mens soccer embarrassed by Northwestern in 32 loss

In a game the Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem said was embarrassing, the Buckeyes fell to Northwestern, 3-2, for their first conference loss of the year. After falling behind 3-0 with 32 minutes to play, the Buckeyes scored two goals in the final 16 minutes of the game. Junior forward Chris Hegngi scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and added his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute off a crossing pass by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo. OSU had chances late to tie the game, but the Northwestern defense came up with the stops they needed to preserve the win. While OSU head coach John Bluem said he was happy to see his team rally late and score twice, he was not pleased with his team’s overall performance. “We were thoroughly outplayed today,” he said. “(Northwestern) just embarrassed us. That was one of the worst performances by an Ohio State team in my 15 years here.” The three goals scored by Northwestern tie a season high in points given up by the Buckeyes. Northwestern’s first goal came off a corner kick in the 35th minute. Sophomore forward Reed Losee received the ball to the left of the goal, headed it to junior midfielder Chris Ritter, who headed the ball past OSU’s junior goalie Matt Lampson. The Wildcats scored again in the 47th minute when senior forward Oliver Kupe took a cross from junior midfielder Kyle Schickel and headed it into the back of the net. Schickel scored their third goal in the 57th minute. The Buckeyes had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, but failed to finish. Hegngi had six shots, including two-in-a-row inside the Northwestern box that were blocked by Wildcats’ freshman goalie Tyler Miller in the 53rd minute. Hegngi said the Buckeyes left a couple goals on the field. “We know, especially with teams that work hard like Northwestern, we have to capitalize on our opportunities, and we failed to do so at the beginning of the game and the end of the second half,” he said. Chris Hegngi’s brother, senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi, also had a missed scoring opportunity. In the 14th minute, Parnell Hegngi broke free and got the ball to the top of Northwestern’s box and fired a shot, but it missed wide to the right. The loss was the first for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play this season. Senior defender David Tiemstra said the Buckeyes need to be better mentally in order to regain the momentum OSU built up during their first two Big Ten wins. “We really didn’t come out today with the intensity you need in Big Ten play,” he said. “It really let us down today.” Chris Hegngi is confident the loss won’t affect his team’s play going forward. “I don’t think we’ll lose any momentum. (Northwestern is) a good team and they had a good result today,” he said. “But as soon as the game is over, we forget about it and go back to working towards the Big Ten Championship,” The Buckeyes (7-5-1, 2-1) will travel to Indiana to play Valparaiso University (5-5-2) Oct. 16, before returning to Big Ten play to face Penn State Oct. 23 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more

Senior track athletes compete for the final time at Ohio State

For the senior athletes on the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams, the 27th annual Jesse Owens Memorials Track Classic was a last opportunity to compete on their home track and leave their best efforts at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium where their collegiate careers began three seasons ago. All-American senior Christina Manning, who was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the ninth time in her career April 2, said the final home meet led to reminiscing upon her career at OSU. “It means a lot. It’s bittersweet actually,” Manning said. “I just get so many memories of when I was a freshman, to sophomore year, junior and right now. I just want to leave something here on this track. So hopefully I have.” Manning won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.06, the ninth best in Division I this season. Manning, senior Madison McNary, sophomore Chesna Sykes and junior Christienne Linton also took home the victory in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 44.55. Senior sprinter Shaniqua McGinnis said that since this was her last home meet, she was glad her relay team, which included McGinnis, freshman Aisha Cavin, freshman Alexandria Johnson and junior Nyjah Cousar, would win the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:45.12. “I just wanted to bring it home as a win,” McGinnis said. “This is my last time running on this track as a collegiate athlete at a meet, so I’m just glad I can bring this win in. It means a lot. To be able to win it like this with the race, it’s something I’ll always remember.” Senior Ashley Galbraith’s high jump of 1.70 meters claimed the win during her final day of competition in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior Maggie Mullen was first in the hammer throw, with a personal record throw of 59.84 meters/196-04, the fifth-best in school history. The men’s team earned wins in six events, including the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays. The Buckeyes competed in the 4×400-meter relay without senior All-American Thomas Murdaugh, and claimed a win with a time of 3:12.66. Interim coach Ed Beathea said redshirt junior Cory Leslie’s performance in the mile run was one of the standout performances for the Buckeyes. All-American Leslie finished first with a time of 4:01.99, the third-best in OSU outdoor history. Senior Dan White finished sixth for the Buckeyes in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.15. Adam Green, a redshirt senior who placed eighth in the men’s one mile run, said he hoped the Jesse Owens Classic will give him the push he needs for the rest of the season. “It’s a great meet, we love having it. We love competing here. Hopefully this will spring me forward for this season,” Green said. In his first meet of the year, All-American senior Michael Hartfield placed second in the long jump with a jump of 7.45 meters. Women’s coach Karen Dennis said seniors play an important leadership role on the team. “This is what I need our senior and our juniors to understand … there’s a significance in beginnings and endings,” Dennis said. “How you begin something is important, as well as how you end something. And that’s what I’ve been trying to impress upon our juniors and seniors. We need you to leave here leaving everything that you can on the track for the team, so that our freshmen and sophomores see how to leave and how to lead when they become juniors and seniors.” The women’s track and field team’s next competition is the Florida Invitational, set for April 20 in Gainesville, Fla. The men’s team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays April 19-21 in Walnut, Calif., and at the All-Ohio championships in Oxford, Ohio, April 20-21. read more

Ohio State football squeaks by California 3528

Smith’s fourth-quarter score gave the Buckeyes (3-0) their third lead of the game. Miller, who finished the game 16-of-30 for 239 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, opened the game’s scoring with a 55-yard highlight-reel touchdown run. The Buckeyes eventually took a 20-7 lead into halftime, but fell behind, 21-20, after a 1-yard quarterback keeper touchdown run by Maynard to help put his team on top. Prior to that, it was Cal sophomore running back Brendan Bigelow’s historic, 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that tightened the gap at 20-14 with 9:34 to play in the third. It was the third-longest rushing play ever against the Buckeyes. OSU fired back immediately following Maynard’s go-ahead score when Miller threw a jump-pass two yards to redshirt senior receiver Jake Stoneburner to retake the lead. Miller also dove headlong for a successful two-point conversion to extend the lead to 28-21 with 8:31 to play in the game. “That was a jump pass,” Meyer said. “Really good execution by Jake Stoneburner – blocking and releasing to the back of the end zone.”  Stoneburner agreed. “We’ve been working on that play since coach Meyer got here and he said he was going to use it this week,” Stoneburner said. “It’s obviously a great play and it came at the perfect time.” Bigelow tore through OSU’s defense on a 51-yard run to tie the game on Cal’s next possession. The game, as it had been for most of the second half, remained in doubt. Both teams might have been looking at a different situation were it not for Cal junior kicker Vincenzo D’Amato, who left nine points on the field as he was 0-3 on field goal tries, missing one from 40 yards out and two 42-yard attempts. The last of D’Amato’s misses would have put Cal ahead late in the game. OSU took advantage of the miss and, on the very next possession, Miller found Smith for the vital score. That late touchdown was a return to an efficient OSU attack that existed in the first half. OSU and Cal combined for 57 total yards with less than 5:30 to play in the first quarter, but that didn’t last long. Miller broke the defensive stalemate at the 5:11 mark of the first quarter with a 55-yard touchdown run to put OSU up, 6-0. The Ohio Stadium crowd gasped as Miller juked his way to the hash marks on the west side of the field. Junior kick Drew Basil’s extra point attempt was unsuccessful. By the end of Cal’s next drive, the defense seemed to have gone out the window for both teams. The Buckeyes’ defense cracked on Cal’s third possession of the game, a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown reception by Golden Bears’ freshman receiver Chris Harper. The Buckeyes went back on the offensive on their next possession, which lasted just 1:25 and ended in a 25-yard touchdown catch by Smith, who outmuscled his defender for position and hauled in the catch in the front, left-hand corner of the north end zone to restore OSU’s lead at 13-7. Now, OSU’s offense was in business. Ninety seconds into the second quarter, Miller completed a touchdown pass to Stoneburner that put OSU up, 20-7. Stoneburner’s 1-yard reception was set up by a 35-yard completion from Miller to a diving Smith. Stoneburner finished the game with 3 catches for 44 yards to go along with the two scores.  First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer has repeatedly said he wants his team to “play angry” and the Buckeyes did so – angry to the tune of seven first half penalties a week after committing 10 against Central Florida. Some penalties were nullified but three on a single Cal drive helped move the Golden Bears into scoring position. OSU’s defense held, though, as D’Amato missed a 40-yard field goal attempt with 5:21 to play in the first half. The 20-7 score line held until half. OSU outgained Cal 234-181 in the first half. The Silver Bullets’ defense, which was slow to pressure UCF one week earlier, tallied four sacks and six tackles for loss in total in the opening 30 minutes. Redshirt sophomore defensive back Bradley Roby, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, senior nose tackle Garrett Goebel and Sabino each tallied a sack in the half. By game’s end, OSU had tallied two additional sacks and and nine tackles for loss.  Offensively, Miller was 10-of-14 in the half for 129 yards, and three of the four incompletions were drops. Buckeyes senior running back Jordan Hall made his 2012 debut after missing OSU’s first two games recovering from surgery on a torn ligament. Hall finished the game with 87 yards on 17 carries. OSU linebacker Storm Klein also made his 2012 debut in the first half. Klein was arrested late on July 6 after allegedly striking the mother of his child. A day later, Meyer dismissed the linebacker from the team and said in a released statement that the charges against Klein “violate the core values of the Ohio State football program.” The player was then reinstated Aug. 24 after charges against him were dropped. Cal came out of half and announced it wasn’t done yet – a Bigelow touchdown run of historic proportions served as the rallying cry. Bigelow spun, and spun again, to elude OSU tacklers before escaping to the hash marks in front of the Golden Bears bench and raced to an 81-yard score in the south end zone at 9:34 in the third quarter. “I initially took the handoff and thought don’t slow down. I spun off a few people and just tried to stay on my feet, keep pumping and keep running,” Bigelow said. “My eyes got big when I turned the corner. I just try to take what I learn in practice and apply it to the game.” Bigelow’s run, in addition to being the third-longest rushing play any team had ever made against the Buckeyes defense, was a career long and brought Cal to within six points at 20-14. Bigelow would, of course, be heard from again as Cal fans began to make noise, perhaps sensing an impending upset.  The Cal rally was delayed temporarily by D’Amato, who pulled his third-quarter, 42-yard attempt field goal try left of the goal posts as time would down in the third quarter. Cal kept coming, though, entering the red zone early in the fourth quarter and finally taking a lead OSU could no longer hold back.  The Golden Bears drove 46 yards on eight plays and scored on Maynard’s quarterback keeper from a 1-yard line. D’Amato made good on the extra point attempt to put Cal up, 21-20, with 12:26 to play. Then came Miller’s second touchdown pass of the game to Stoneburner, which gave the quarterback his first three-touchdown game of his career. Bigelow had a response to OSU’s response – the 51 yard touchdown scamper that allowed the Golden Bears to pull even with the Buckeyes. Bigelow finished the game with two scores and 160 yards rushing on just four carries.  With the teams back on level terms, Miller threw an interception to Cal junior corner Steve Williams, which gave the Golden Bears the ball in OSU territory. All the ensuing Cal drive held for the Golden Bears fans in attendance was D’Amato’s third field goal miss of the game, this one coming from 42 yards out. Two plays later, Miller found Smith for the eventual game-winning score. Bryant’s interception polished off the victory.  “The best part about 3-0 is the chance to go 4-0,” Meyer said after the game, “and that’s about it. We’ve enjoyed a win against a very quality opponent.” OSU will continue the non-conference portion of its schedule next Saturday at noon in the Horseshoe against the University of Alabama-Birmingham. California threatened to make Ohio State football the Pac-12 Conference’s latest Big Ten Conference victim, but the Buckeyes wouldn’t allow it. It was wild one, a true shootout, but one week after Pac-12 teams posted three wins against Big Ten opposition, the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes denied the unranked Cal Golden Bears, 35-28, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. OSU won despite being outgained in total yardage by Cal, 512-412.  With the score tied at 28, OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller found sophomore receiver Devin Smith with 3:26 remaining in the game and wide-open space in front of him. Smith scampered into Ohio Stadium’s raucous south end zone for a 72-yard touchdown to put his team up, 35-28. It was his second touchdown of the game. Driving to attempt to pull level with OSU again, Cal senior quarterback Zach Maynard was intercepted by OSU junior safety Christian Bryant. Maynard had thrown for 280 yards on 26-of-37 passing with a touchdown, and OSU’s defense, which allowed  but the pick by Bryant put the game out of reach. Fans began to head for the exits after Bryant’s interception and OSU lined up in the victory formation. You could almost hear the collective exhale from Buckeye Nation. “Cal is a good team. They came in here and really gave us their best shot,” OSU redshirt senior Etienne Sabino said after the game. “They know how to fight. We have to get better at tackling. At the same time you need to give Cal credit, they are a good football team.” read more

Ohio State overpowers Michigan State advances to Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO-The quest for a Big Ten tournament championship lives on for Ohio State. After routing tenth-seeded Nebraska by 21 points Friday night, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (25-7) used a second-half surge to eliminate No. 3-seeded Michigan State, 61-58, at the United Center in Chicago. Like he did in a Feb. 24 win against the Spartans (25-8), junior guard Aaron Craft slashed and charged his way to the basket for 20 points-18 of which came in the game’s final 20 minutes. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas added 16 and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross came off the bench and chipped in nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. It was Craft’s play, though, that ultimately guided the Buckeyes to their seventh straight win since a 22-point loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 17 in Madison, Wis. OSU coach Thad Matta said it’s a evidence of a team playing its best basketball at perhaps the best time. “I think that when we stay connected, both offensively and defensively, when we don’t panic, when things don’t go well-I think we can play with anybody in the country,” said Matta, who improved to 7-0 in Big Ten tournament semifinal games. “I mean, to win whatever we’ve won in a row right now in this league and some of the things we’ve had to do, I think that’s probably the thing that I’m most proud of. And we’re not done yet-I know that. But as I told them when our backs were against the wall, you’ve answered the call for a while here.” And, rather coincidentally-perhaps even bizarrely-OSU will play the Badgers Sunday for the conference’s tournament championship. But it might’ve not been that way if not for Craft. “He got his shot going, really. And when he gets his shot going, he’s impossible to stop,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “He got to the middle, hit some jump shots, hit his threes. The defense couldn’t guard him after that.” But before that, the game’s first act unfolded in a manner fitting of a heavyweight bout featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll. OSU and MSU traded 3-point shots before Tom Izzo’s squad mobilized its attack away from the perimeter and closer to the basket. There, the Spartans, led by senior forward Derrick Nix, bullied sophomore center Amir Williams en-route to 20 points in the paint in the first half. Nix, who finished the day with 17 points, spent the period posting up Williams before rolling past him to lay the ball in overhead. The veteran’s ability to control the glass helped the Spartans withstand a half that saw the lead change six times by no more than six points. “They’re always a physical team for us,” Scott said. “They got a lot of big athletes, so we just know we got to match their physicality.” For some time, it appeared the Buckeyes would struggle to do that. While MSU found traction underneath the basket, OSU struggled to find a similar footing and opted to continue a 3-point barrage that connected 36 percent of the time. But without a solid presence in the paint, the Buckeyes struggled to do much of anything else, as Thad Matta’s crew shot just 34 percent from the floor-including a 4:26 scoring drought to end the first half. MSU headed into the game’s intermission with a 29-28 advantage, but it didn’t last long. Behind largely the play of Craft, the Buckeyes quickly rallied past their one-point deficit and flipped the script on the Spartans in the paint, tallying a 14-6 advantage in the second half. “I think we really focused on trying to keep them out of the paint, we knew they were going to try and go in there all game like the first two times we played them,” Scott said. “We made it a part of ourselves to keep (them) out of there.” On the other end of the floor, rather than sniping from afar at MSU’s veneer, OSU started started to attack it from within. “I think we just needed to have that better understanding of what’s a good three and what’s a three we can pass down to maybe get another pass and really try to find ways to get into the lane,” Craft said. “At times we have really good spacing that really opens up avenues and lanes for myself and others to drive in, and those are good threes, kind of outside looking in type threes, and knock down some pull-ups.” That blueprint Craft articulated after the game was nearly identical to the one executed about 30 minutes earlier. After a shaky outing in the first half, OSU finished the day shooting 42 percent and 29 percent from the 3-point line. Aside from their ability to outscore the Spartans in the paint in the second half, perhaps most notable was how the Buckeyes helped force 12 MSU turnovers while limiting their own miscues to five. And in a game that ultimately came down to clock’s last seconds, OSU outscored the Spartans in points off of turnovers, 11-0. At the 11:42 mark of the second half, the Buckeyes established a lead it would not surrender. But it didn’t stop the Spartans from trying to reach their second-straight Big Ten tournament championship game. After falling behind as many as eight points down the game’s stretch, MSU would cut the Buckeyes’ advantage to four thanks to a 3-pointer from Spartan junior guard Keith Appling with 2:52 to play. A minute later, Nix would complete a three-point play after being fouled on a layup to pull within one. On the ensuing possession, though, Nix was whistled for a flagrant foul on Craft. The junior guard made 1-of-2 free throws to extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 58-56. Still with the ball, a line-drive jumper from Thomas with 18 seconds to play would all but seal OSU’s second win against MSU this year. It’s why Scott said the Buckeyes have confidence in their leading scorer-even when he’s having what could be deemed an off day. “The thing about Deshaun is like he could miss two or three shots but we know-we trust him enough to make the next shot,” he said. Now, said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., OSU’s attention turns to the team that last defeated it. “I’m kind of mad and pissed off that we lost like that at their home,” he said. “So now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” OSU is set to play Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. read more

Unbeaten Wichita State not forgotten by Ohio State mens basketball

Senior guard Aaron Craft directs the offense during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRemember this?A total of 333 days ago, Wichita State topped Ohio State, 70-66, in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight March 30. The Buckeyes, given the No. 2 seed after ripping through the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and taking home the title, were halted by the No. 9-seeded Shockers for the duration of the game, trailing by 20 at multiple points before storming back behind 15 second half points from then-sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross to cut the lead to four.But a second straight Final Four trip would not be realized by the Buckeyes, as the Shockers held on and advanced, only to lose to eventual national champion and top overall seed Louisville a week later.The Shockers haven’t lost since.Sitting unscathed at 30-0, No. 2 Wichita State is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I college basketball this season.The Buckeyes appear aware of that, too.When asked about what he thought about this year’s version of the Shockers, senior guard Aaron Craft wasted no time responding.“And we lost to them last year,” Craft said Friday, looking across the room.Craft had an answer for the next question too, an inquiry into whether he and the rest of the now No. 22 Buckeyes knew how good Wichita State would be this season before everyone else did, simply because their season ended at the hands of the Shockers almost a calendar year ago.“It’s not a moral victory if that’s what you’re hinting at,” Craft said with a grin. “It doesn’t feel any better that they beat us now that they’re having this success.”But despite being unbeaten, the Shockers have not been given the nation’s top spot in the polls this season, likely because they play in a mid-major conference, The Missouri Valley Conference. But the Shockers’ success so far this season doesn’t surprise OSU’s coach either.“I felt going into the game (last year) they were playing, just with what they had done through the tournament to (No. 1 seed) Gonzaga in the second round — they were rolling,” Matta said Friday. “And obviously they’ve done a great job of continuing that momentum going forward.”Craft agreed, saying that even though the Shockers lost two of their three leading scorers after last season — senior guard Malcolm Armstead and senior forward Carl Hall, who scored 14 and eight points respectively against OSU in the Elite Eight — it’s clear why they’re playing well after beating the Buckeyes last year.“It’s very easy to see why they’re successful. They play for each other, and they play for a cause — and that’s what it takes,” Craft said. “They’ve been down, they’ve found a way to fight back and that’s what they do. They have guys that are experienced and they have been in big games, have played in the Final Four. Wouldn’t expect anything less.”Wichita State only has one game remaining on its regular season schedule — Saturday’s season finale when they are set to host Missouri State (19-10, 9-8) — so the odds of it finishing unbeaten are in their favor.But with the way the college basketball landscape has been this season — especially in the Big Ten — with perennial powers losing close games to teams typically in the bottom half of the league, nothing surprises Matta anymore.“I think that’s what it’s become. We use the word parity,” Matta said. “I think one of the biggest things, if you don’t have the star-studded one and done freshman class, the next greatest thing is probably fourth and fifth year guys that have been in the program, have been together. I think that’s where it kinds of lends itself to, the next phase of having a great run if you will.”Wichita State has two juniors and four seniors on its current roster, while the Buckeyes have seven juniors and a pair of seniors in Craft and guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Last season, the Shockers had five seniors and three juniors while OSU had one senior and five juniors. One of those juniors, forward Deshaun Thomas, left early for the NBA and two others were walk-ons.Each team’s makeup this year, thought, hardly has anything to do with how it looked last year, Craft said.“There’s very little carry over. Obviously you would think we’re probably different than people would have expected us to be based off of what happened last year and who we have coming back,” Craft said. “Every year is different, every team is different. You don’t look back and say ‘That was great. We did a good job last year.’ That doesn’t put the ball in the basket and that doesn’t stop anyone this year.”Craft and the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) are slated to visit Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday, looking to avenge a 71-70 overtime setback Jan. 29 and stay in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Rochdale imam murdered by Isil supporters for practising black magic

first_imgMr Uddin was found lying in a children’s playground in a parkCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press 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. Scene pictures of the death of religious leader Jalal Uddin in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. An 'Islamic State sympathiser' has gone on trial accused of Mr Uddin's murder.Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, who is on trial at Manchester Crown Court denies murder. Scene pictures of the death of religious leader Jalal Uddin in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. An 'Islamic State sympathiser has gone on trial accused of Mr Uddin's murder.Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, who is on trial at Manchester Crown Court denies murder. Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence?Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting A respected imam was murdered by two Islamic State supporters who viewed his practice of using healing amulets as “black magic”, a jury has heard.Jalal Uddin, 71, was battered around the head and face with a hammer and left for dead in a children’s playground in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after an attack borne of “hatred and intolerance”.Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24, are said to have targeted Mr Uddin when they discovered last year that he practised Ruqya healing. He told jurors: “Your task will be to determine whether that defence may be true. Our submission is that once you have heard all of the evidence, you will be sure that it is not true.”He said it was the Crown’s case that Syeedy drove Kadir to the gates of the park, knowing Kadir intended to attack Mr Uddin so as to kill him or at least cause him really serious harm.Kadir was said to have landed “repeated forceful blows”, including to his mouth and teeth, which left the victim with a depressed skull fracture. He then dashed to the exit on the other side of the park where he was picked up by Syeedy and spirited away, the court heard.center_img Two young girls discovered the unconscious Mr Uddin at about 8.45pm and he died in hospital a short time later.Syeedy, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, denies the murder of Mr Uddin and the jury heard Kadir fled abroad soon afterwards, taking a flight from Manchester to Copenhagen in Denmark three days after the killing, followed by a connecting flight to Istanbul, Turkey.Mr Greaney said investigators had failed to trace Kadir, but Istanbul “has often been used as a staging post to Syria”Poice found Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) related material on a mobile phone taken from Syeedy’s mobile phone.Photographs of flags associated with jihad draped over road signs were also found, and an image of someone holding up a flag for “Rochdale 2 Syria” – an aid convoy in which the defendant was involved.The jury was also shown video footage of one such convoy to Syria, which was interspersed with images of Syeedy and others said to be giving an Isil salute, and a man planting an Isil flag, apparently in the UK.Mr Greaney said the material seized clearly showed that Syeedy had been “radicalised”.He said Syeedy had travelled to Syria in 2013 as part of an aid convoy and said “perhaps” his mindset changed then.Mr Uddin’s form of healing involved the use of amulets, known as taweez, that believers think can bring good fortune or ward off evil, the court heard. Mr Greaney said the practice was controversial and Isil rejected all forms of magic, believing those who practise it should be punished, often by death.Mr Greaney said that by the summer of 2015 antagonism was growing towards Mr Uddin from Syeedy and his friends, some who would meet at the Rochdale-based Dawah Centre.An associate of Syeedy later stole items connected with Mr Uddin’s Ruqya from the Jalalia Mosque and destroyed them.Over the course of August and September 2015, members of a group featuring Syeedy using the WhatsApp social media service exchanged messages that demonstrated an interest in Isil ideology, said Mr Greaney.A Facebook message from Kadir about taweez prompted someone to reply: “Muhammed said kill the magician.”The jury also heard that someone had used their mobile to film Mr Uddin when he was discovered dying and the footage had been found on Syeedy’s phone.The trial continues and is expected to last up to four weeks. Syeedy and Kadir stalked their “quiet, dignified and well-respected” victim with a campaign of surveillance before attacking the Bangladeshi national as he walked home from the mosque where he prayed on February 18.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court: “Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence? The answer to that important question is to be found in the twisted ideology of Isis, sometimes known as Islamic State.”Jalal Uddin was a practitioner of a form of Islamic healing called Ruqya. Mr Uddin died after being beaten around the head and faceCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting “Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.”Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, the defendant, and an associate of his named Mohammed Abdul Kadir were supporters of Isis and so they subscribed to the view that those who practised Ruqya deserved such punishment.”Mr Greaney said Syeedy will claim he does not support Isis or violent extremism of any kind.last_img read more

Roy of the Rovers for the modern age star gets flash haircut

Roy of the Rovers has been relaunched for the modern age with a flash new haircut and million pound contract.But fans will be shocked to discover that the classic cartoon character, who was famously loyal to the Melchester Rovers, may leave the League Two side when the big money clubs come calling.Roy Race’s story ran from 1954 until 2001 but publisher Rebellion has overseen a redesign.The fresh-faced 16-year-old will appear in Match of the Day magazine from June 5.Melchester are long past their glory days but their prospects are enhanced by the familiar teenage prodigy. It's a different look from the magazine of yesteryear “His family and friends will no doubt keep him grounded – Roy is a part-time carer for his disabled father, himself a life-long Rovers fan. What will happen when the big clubs come calling is anyone’s guess…” The new-look Roy of the Rovers will make its debut in a serialised strip in Match of the Day magazine It’s a different look from the magazine of yesteryearCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The creative team promise that Race’s storylines will be football-driven, suggesting a move away from memorable soap opera-style angles that included whodunnits, terrorism and shootings.Jason Kingsley, Rebellion’s chief executive, said: “Re-imagining a character as beloved as Roy Race is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, and we’re delighted to begin the next chapter in Roy of the Rovers history.”The ‘new’ Roy Race might look different to his predecessors, but rest assured the core of the character – from his talent through to his sportsmanship and, of course, his blonde mop – remain.” The new-look Roy of the Rovers will make its debut in a serialised strip in Match of the Day magazineCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA His first story sees the club take on rivals Tynecaster and Spanish sides Varagosa and Real Santana.Fans will recognise many names from years gone by and the writers promise plenty of nods to original players and teams .Melchester’s first team is packed with players from various cultural backgrounds, reflecting the game’s diversity.Off the pitch, the modern Roy Race is a part-time carer for his disabled father and an avid user of social media. He plays computer games and watches YouTube.Rob Power, Rebellion’s brand manager and one of the new writers, said: “There aren’t too many millionaires in League Two, which is where the mighty Melchester Rovers are currently languishing, but he’ll certainly have to deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight. read more

Taliban bombmaker found guilty of plotting knife attack on MPs and police

An Islamic terrorist, who was arrested as he prepared to launch a knife attack on MPs and police in Westminster, had been identified as a senior Taliban bomb maker five months earlier but was not detained at the time, it can be revealed.Khalid Ali, 28, had three blades tucked under his clothing when he was stopped by armed police in Whitehall on April 27 last year, just moments away from carrying out a deadly assault.But months earlier the police and the security services had chosen to place him under surveillance rather than charge him, despite the FBI revealing they had discovered his fingerprints on a cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered in Afghanistan.Following his arrest Ali told police he had built more than 300 bombs that were responsible for killing and maiming British and American troops. Ali had denied plotting to kill MPs or police in the knife attack and two counts of bomb making relating to the devices found in Afghanistan.But he was convicted on all counts and remanded in custody to be sentenced on July 20. The following day Ali set about re-arming himself buying an eight inch chef’s knife, two 3.5 inch paring blades and a rucksack emblazoned with a union flag logo.After travelling to Westminster by tube, Ali dropped his mobile phone in the River Thames, before armed police moved in to arrest him.Ali claimed he had travelled to Westminster to deliver a message to politicians and insisted he was carrying the knives for protection. Ali, a qualified plumber from Edmonton in north London, became increasingly devout after travelling to Palestine in 2010 on an aid convoy called Road to Hope.The following year he disappeared from Britain, telling his family he had got a two week job in Birmingham.Instead he travelled to Abu Dhabi before making his way to Afghanistan, where he spent five and a half years working as a bomb maker for the Taliban. In October 2016, Ali turned up at the British consulate in Istanbul, claiming to be a tourist who had lost his passport.Suspicious officials alerted the UK authorities and when he landed at Heathrow Airport he was arrested and questioned under the Terrorism Act, before being allowed to go.The following month forensic experts in the United States confirmed that they had a fingerprint match for Ali on fragments of IEDs recovered from Afghanistan. A knife stashed in Khalid Ali’s waistband Khalid Ali smirking at police officers A police officer with his knee on Ali’s back, on which he is carrying a bag with a London logo and a Union Flag emblazoned upon it A large knife is pulled from the waistband of Khalid Ali Asked why Ali was not arrested at that point, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said the British authorities had to wait for due process to take place as it was American evidence that had been collected in Afghanistan.He said: “A lot of this evidence is overseas, so if you look at the original caches of explosives and component parts, they were seized and recovered in Afghanistan.”We have then got forensic evidence on the US database in America. We have to go through due legal process to be able to use that evidence in our courts and our criminal justice system.”Mr Haydon said British police had applied for permission to use the evidence in order to arrest Ali, but the green light had only come through hours after he was arrested for the planned knife attack. A police officer with his knee on Ali's back, on which he is carrying a bag with a London logo and a Union Flag emblazoned upon it A knife stashed in Khalid Ali's waistband Khalid Ali smirking at police officers A large knife is pulled from the waistband of Khalid Ali Despite being under surveillance by the security services, Ali was initially stopped from going on a knife rampage when his mother tipped off police that she had found an arsenal of weapons in his bedroom.The matter was recorded as a domestic incident and Ali was not arrested or detained. Mr Haydon said: “It is apparent to me that Ali spent some considerable years helping the Taliban create – and maybe even detonate – bombs which could maim and kill many peoplein Afghanistan. All this before turning his attention to killing people in his home country.“His intended targets were people who represented the UK authorities and he demonstrated a particular interest in the police, how they worked and what their capability was.“Ali did not count on the joined-up working of the UK counter terrorism network and its partners internationally. Together, we have stopped a terrorist attack and put before the courts an individual whom I suspect thought would never be held to account for his crimes overseas.” 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. read more

Ben Jerrys ice cream adverts removed after they were placed on billboards

“The ads were for Ben & Jerrys Light ice cream variants, which were HFSS products, and the ads were therefore HFSS product ads for the purposes of the Code.”The ads were located within 100 metres of schools.”We considered that the proximity of the posters to the schools was likely to mean that the audience of the ads were significantly skewed towards under-16s and because of that they were directed at children through the context in which they appeared.”We therefore concluded that the placement of both ads breached the Code.”  Ben & Jerry’s ice cream adverts have been removed after they were placed on billboards within 100m of a primary school.Posters for the firm’s Moophoria Light range – showing a tub of salted caramel brownie flavour and another of chocolate cookies and cream – were put up near two London schools.Bosses at Children’s Food Campaign complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), saying the ads were for a product which was high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) and were “directed at children”.The posters included photos of tubs of the ice cream – which contains just under 130 calories in an 100ml serving – along with the text ‘New Moophoria Light never tasted so right’.Chiefs at Unilever, which bought the brand in 2000, said the ‘Ben and Jerry’s audience’ was 18-35 year olds and that it was its policy not to advertise to children – whether it be online, TV or in outdoor ads.It said it was “disappointed” that the billboards had been “mistakenly placed near schools” and said they were removed immediately.The ASA has told Unilever not to display the ads close to school again. It stated: “HFSS product ads must not be directed at children through the selection of media or the context in which they appeared, and that no medium should be used to advertise HFSS products if more than 25 per cent of its audience was under the age of 16. 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. read more

UKs most senior Catholic more concerned with churchs reputation than child sex

It added that it will review the IICSA findings and that the Archdiocese has already made changes to its practices and processes “to ensure an open and compassionate approach to victims and survivors”.Cardinal Nichols said following the report: “I thank IICSA for their review of the past and in my witness statements address all the points contained in the report. I look forward to the next phase which I trust will help us in our present and future tasks.” In 2003 a BBC documentary team tracked him down to a caravan park in California and confronted him. At the time, Cardinal Nichols, who was then Archbishop of Birmingham, issued a press release complaining about the programme and accusing the broadcaster of anti-Catholic bias, having “negative slant” and objected to the way the programme makers had approached and “harrassed” priests within the Archdiocese.In his evidence to the inquiry, Cardinal Nichols accepted that he did not, at the time, “acknowledge sufficiently” the fact that the broadcast gave “a platform to the voices of those who had been abused” and said that he would now not issue a similar press release.The other two priests were the “charismatic” Samuel Penney, who in 1993 pleaded guilty to 10 offences against young boys and girls whom he groomed from families who worshipped in his parishes, and an anonymous priest known as RC-F167.There is currently a legal restriction in place banning the media from identifying him as he has never been prosecuted.The Archdiocese of Birmingham released a statement saying: “We accept that we have failed victims and survivors of abuse and again apologise for the grievous failings we have made in the past. Apologies are just words though, if not backed up by action.” Following publication of the report Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the inquiry, said: “I am truly shocked by the scale of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The number of perpetrators and abused children is likely to be far higher than the figures suggest.”Victims and survivors’ allegations were mostly ignored for years, while perpetrators avoided prosecution. It is clear that the church could have stopped children being abused if it had not been so determined to protect its own reputation. We hope this report will help ensure that never happens again.”The report also highlighted a row in which the Archdiocese refused to disclose the name of an alleged perpetrator to COPCA (Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults).It concluded that at the time there was “mistrust and a poor working relationship” between the two parties and referenced a “prolonged argument” regarding the identify of an anonymous priest, known as RC-F167.The report found that this was “a dispute that Archbishop Nichols should have intervened to resolve”.However survivors said that the most concerning aspect of the report was the finding that the Archdiocese is “still falling short in its child safeguarding arrangements” despite recommendations from major reform reports in the 2001 Nolan Report and the 2007 Cumberlege Report. The most senior Catholic in the UK stands accused of being more concerned with protecting the Church’s reputation than historic victims of child sex abuse in a government inquiry report.An official report published yesterday concluded that children could have been saved in the Archdiocese of Birmingham had the Catholic Church not “repeatedly failed” to alert police to allegations.Since the mid 1930s, there have been more than 130 allegations of child sexual abuse made against 78 people associated with the Archdiocese. At least 13 of them have been convicted in criminal courts and three others have been cautioned.However the true scale of offending is likely to be “far higher”, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded. It said that “in some cases, the lack of action by the church meant that the abuser was free to continue to commit acts of child sexual abuse”.In his former role as Archbishop of Birmingham between 2000 and 2009, Cardinal Vincent Nichols claimed that a documentary – about the confrontation of a “serial child abuser” priest after he fled to the US – was “insensitive”.However the report criticised Cardinal Nichols, 73, who now sits as the Archbishop of Westminster, for failing to prioritise the welfare of children over the reputation of the church during his tenure. After avoiding prosecution for 25 years, he was eventually extradited from the US after being helped to flee there in 1985. He had continued to receive financial support from the church for seven years. Problems such as record-keeping “do not seem to have been addressed to date”, the authors concluded.Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) said: “They have to get their act together. Children are inherently unsafe in that place. That’s the thing that strikes terror into my heart.”This is 2019 – I was abused 50 years ago and children are still in danger today. That can’t be allowed.”The investigation into the Archdiocese of Birmingham examined its response to child sexual abuse in the cases of four priests.These included: John Tolkein, the son of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author, JRR Tolkein, who was first accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1957 but no action was ever taken to ascertain whether other children may be at risk. Instead, Tolkein was sent for “treatment” and died before ever being convicted of an offence.Another former priest referenced in the report was James Robinson, a motorbike-riding “role-model” to his victims who is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence. It found that his reaction to the 2003 BBC documentary “led many to think that the Church was still more concerned with protecting itself than the protection of children” and concluded that his response to the screening was “misplaced and missed the point”. 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. read more

John Humphrys I was foolish to chase off intruder with pair of

“What I should have done was end the call swiftly, dial 999 and lock the kitchen door. Instead I grabbed a pair of secateurs, charged out into the garden brandishing them as though they were a cavalryman’s sabre and rushed at him, screaming threats in the sort of language that has no place in a respectable publication.”If he had been only a little less surprised, he would have quickly sized me up. He would have seen a scared, skinny old geezer twice his age, removed my ‘weapon’ from my trembling hands and gone about his business. “That’s assuming he did not do to me what I had been threatening to do to him.”He said the man “muttered something unintelligible” about looking for somewhere to sleep before fleeing the garden over the back wall.” Only then did I dial 999 — and realise what an utter fool I had been. What if he had stood his ground? Would I really have stabbed him with the secateurs?”And what if I had and caused him serious injury –perhaps even killed him? Unlikely but not impossible.”It is not the first time Humphrys, who confirmed earlier this year that he would no longer host the Today show after 32 years at the helm, has had to chase of an intruder in his home.The first time it was about midnight and he was sound asleep in a top-floor bedroom.There was no one else in the house and he was woken by the landing light being switched on.He leaped out of bed naked and chased the burglary down three flights of stairs.Humphreys said: “When the police arrived they pointed to the large bread knife the burglar had passed on his way upstairs. They did not need to say anything nor did they need to point out the risk I had taken. I got the message.” Veteran BBC presenter John Humphrys has revealed how he chased an intruder out of his back garden armed with a pair of garden secateurs.The 75 year old host of Radio 4’s Today programme revealed his angry confrontation in his Waitrose Weekend magazine column.Admitting it was an “unwise choice” to confront the man rather than immediately call the police, he recalled: “It was 9.15 in the morning and I was on the phone.”I wandered into the kitchen. I looked out of the window into the garden and saw a man emerge from behind a big bush”He hadn’t spotted me. He glanced around furtively and started walking towards the house. It was pretty obvious what he had in mind. 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. read more

Airports clamp down on drunken passengers as arrests of unruly travellers fall

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. Airports have clamped down on drunken passengers who cause disruption before flying, as new figures reveal arrests of unruly travellers are falling.Police arrested 117 people on planes in 2017/2018 but this fell by 25 per cent to 87 people in 2018/19. Among the biggest reductions were at Gatwick and Glasgow, where arrests made almost halved in that period.Drunk travellers who sexually abused staff, urinated in public and were too intoxicated to fasten their seatbelts were among those prevented from continuing their journeys.At Bristol Airport, one passenger was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft and sexually assaulting female crew. Another was found urinating in a walkway en route to a plane.Passengers convicted of being drunk on an aircraft face a maximum fine of £5,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment.Freedom of information requests were sent to 16 police forces which cover Britain’s 20 busiest airports. The ages of those detained ranged from 20 to 58.It comes after the Home Office opened a consultation on whether alcohol licensing laws at airports should be amended to tackle disruptive behaviour. The decision is yet to be announced.Sales of alcohol beyond the security gates at international airports in England and Wales are not currently regulated by licensing laws, which means rules intended to stop drunk individuals being served do not apply.Tim Alderslade, chief executive of trade body Airlines UK, said: “There is no credible reason we’ve heard – other than commercial gain – why airport bars and duty free are not licensed in the same way as any pub or restaurant on the high street.”Likewise, why are duty-free shops still able to sell miniature bottles of alcohol, including at the airport gate? We know miniatures are sold for one reason only – to encourage immediate consumption, including on the plane.”Gatwick Airport teamed up with Sussex Police earlier this year to tackle drunken behaviour. Police began conducting dedicated patrols and called on staff – including taxi drivers and bar staff – to report any disruptive behaviour. read more

Chef robbed by gunman after offering to help him transact business

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo attacked, carjacked in separate armed robberiesDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”Suspect in custody for robbery/murder of city businessmanOctober 13, 2017In “Crime”Engineer robbed by gunman in restaurant after withdrawing money from BankFebruary 1, 2018In “Crime” A 24-year-old chef was on Tuesday evening robbed of his mobile phone, and $12,000 in cash by a lone gunman as he was in the vicinity of South Alley on Princess Street, Lodge, Georgetown.The victim has been identified as Peter Holder of Princess Street, Lodge, Georgetown.According to information from the police, the incident occurred at around 20:30hrs.INews understands that Holder visited his relative’s home, some distance away from his own on Princess Street at around 19:30hrs.The relative reportedly has a car rental business.At that time, the suspect, pretending to be a customer, approached Holder’s relative and informed him that he wanted to rent a motorcar.However, the perpetrator reportedly informed the businessman that he only had his licence in his possession.As such, Holder reportedly offered to transport the suspect to his home for him to uplift his other documents.The man agreed and as the duo prepared to leave in motorcar PTT1664, the suspect informed Holder that he had to drive to Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara.This online publication was informed that while driving east along Princess Street, the suspect reportedly whipped out a small black handgun and pressed it to the Chef’s neck before demanding that he turn over his valuables.The bandit then exited the vehicle and made good his escape on foot, heading north along South Alley.The matter was subsequently reported.No arrest has so far been made as investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Ramjattan cant have his cake and eat it – Ram on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo ‘business as usual’ once Parliament reconvenes – MPMarch 24, 2019In “latest news”APNU/AFC Govt remains defiant inspite of CJ’s ruling; says ‘status quo remains’February 1, 2019In “latest news”Speaker should not permit dual citizens in National Assembly – RamApril 1, 2019In “latest news” Political commentator and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram says the Guyana Government cannot ‘have its cake and eat it’ when it comes to the issue of dual citizens among Members of Parliament (MPs).Ram was at the time speaking during a teleconference on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York with Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan. The show was moderated by financial analyst Sase Singh.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion, which saw former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud voting in favour of the Opposition-sponsored motion that went on to topple the Coalition Government, the ruling administration has sought to question the validity of Persaud’s vote, given the fact that he is also a citizen of Canada.In fact, this matter was taken to the court, and acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to be a dual citizen and serve in the National Assembly.However, it was revealed since last year that there were other parliamentarians from both the Government and Opposition sides who are dual citizens. These include: Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Minister Rupert Roopnaraine as well as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and MPs Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba.Christopher Ram in discussion with AFC Chairman and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan, and moderator, financial analyst Sase Singh during Globespan 24×7 live show in New YorkDuring Saturday’s live Town Hall discussion, Ram said, “Ramjattan cannot have his cake or roti and eat it. You cannot say Charrandas’s vote is illicit but Greenidge’s vote is legitimate.”He was at the time responding to Ramjattan’s attempt to downplay the dual citizen status of Government parliamentarians in the National Assembly.“He is trying to protect Dominic Gaskin because he was born abroad… [Gaskin] has renewed his passport (thus pledging his allegiance to another country)… The matter was decided (in the High Court), and that is the position throughout the world,” Ram stated.This issue came up for discussion when the moderator, Financial Analyst Sase Singh, asked about the international, political and security implications for Guyana if, after March, Venezuela does not recognize Guyana’s Government, particularly Minister Greenidge – who has been Guyana’s point person in the ongoing border controversy and had even filed the case at the World Court last year. Greenidge, while being a Guyanese, is also a British citizen.Ram posited that there could be implications for Guyana regarding the ongoing border controversy with the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation should the country go into a constitutional crisis after the March deadline.“The Venezuelans may very well use that (against us). What are we going to say? The De facto APNU/AFC ruling in Guyana… It’s ludicrous… It’s people like Ramjattan and (Prime Minister Moses) Nagamootoo who are the enablers of this lawlessness. (President David) Granger was quite prepared at one stage to accept the consequences. Even Nagamootoo was prepared to accept the consequences as well, but suddenly Nigel Hughes and his 34 majority has changed this,” the political commentator contended.But Ramjattan insisted that the Doctrine of Necessity and the De facto Doctrine allows the Coalition administration to remain in office until a new President is appointed.“…everyone in the world recognises the coalition government as the Government of Guyana… even after March… This concept of saying the President is not legitimate and is a squatter I think is very disrespectful… That president is duly elected and has not resigned, and even if you want to use Article 106 (6) to argue that he is resigned, the fact is that there is a provision to 10 (6), called 106 (7), that says notwithstanding that, he shall remain the President until next elections,” Ramjattan argued.Nevertheless, Ram believes that since the High Court’s ruling, both sides in the House should have immediately withdrawn their dual citizen members. In fact, last week Ram lodged a formal complaint with Police Commissioner Leslie James regarding possible violations of the law when it comes to parliamentarians holding dual citizenship, and he called for an investigation of the MPs. read more

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