Andrew Miller Doesnt Have Any Saves And Hes The Best Reliever In

Zach PutnamCHA200+0.3 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1020+0.7 Xavier CedenoTBA013-0.4 Mike MontgomeryCHN911+0.9 Nick VincentSEA613+0.5 Alex ColomeTBA1622+1.6 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.2 Hector RondonCHN721+0.2 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Corey KnebelMIL1722+1.6 Erasmo RamirezTBA702+1.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA611+0.4 Al AlburquerqueKCA010-0.4 Eric O’FlahertyATL110-0.2 Heath HembreeBOS324-0.3 Pedro StropCHN413+0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 David HernandezANA601+0.9 Brandon KintzlerMIN1221+1.1 Rafael MonteroNYN131-1.0 Fernando RodneyARI1233+0.6 Jeanmar GomezPHI411+0.2 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.2 Keynan MiddletonANA100+0.1 Ryan BuchterSDN742-0.6 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Hansel RoblesNYN422-0.2 Kelvin HerreraKCA1131+0.6 Jose AlvarezANA543-0.8 Danny FarquharTBA732-0.1 Brooks PoundersANA100+0.1 Jim JohnsonATL930+0.1 Josh OsichSFN012-0.4 Marc RzepczynskiSEA304+0.4 Mike MinorKCA1021+0.8 Adam WarrenNYA421-0.1 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Matthew BowmanSLN1023+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Aaron LoupTOR104+0.2 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Chris YoungKCA100+0.2 Sam TuivailalaSLN320-0.3 Michael FelizHOU100+0.1 Michael LorenzenCIN1010+1.0 Jeurys FamiliaNYN412+0.2 Richard BleierBAL210-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Carl EdwardsCHN811+0.7 Keone KelaTEX530-0.3 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Josh SmokerNYN722+0.2 Jorge De La RosaARI831+0.0 Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.1 Andrew ChafinARI033-1.1 Wade LeBlancPIT112-0.2 Ken GilesHOU721+0.3 Dan JenningsCHA012-0.4 Alex WilsonDET743-0.4 James PazosSEA613+0.5 Darren O’DayBAL722+0.3 Deolis GuerraANA720+0.3 Ryan MadsonOAK721+0.3 Koji UeharaCHN832-0.0 Sam DysonTEX361-1.7 Enny RomeroWAS733-0.2 Matt StrahmKCA221-0.4 Brian DuensingCHN300+0.4 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Miguel DiazSDN010-0.4 Mike DunnCOL501+0.8 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ J. C. RamirezANA020-0.7 Mychal GivensBAL922+0.6 Jose TorresSDN130-1.0 Joely RodriguezPHI514+0.3 Kirby YatesANA/SDN111-0.2 Joe SmithTOR1011+1.2 Roberto OsunaTOR841-0.3 Ryan TeperaTOR1120+0.9 Ryan DullOAK422-0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Shane GreeneDET612+0.5 Warwick SaupoldDET001+0.0 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Bud NorrisANA850-0.7 Matt BarnesBOS513+0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Alex ClaudioTEX524+0.0 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Juan NicasioPIT522-0.1 Jose RamirezATL920+0.5 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Steven OkertSFN524-0.1 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Brad HandSDN1232+0.5 Peter MoylanKCA302+0.5 Derek LawSFN1021+0.6 Pat NeshekPHI612+0.5 Justin WilsonDET1120+0.9 Casey FienSEA100+0.1 T. J. McFarlandARI400+0.6 Trevor RosenthalSLN1220+0.9 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Jonathan HolderNYA300+0.5 Seung-hwan OhSLN1612+1.8 Tyler PollNYN010-0.4 Hector NerisPHI1111+1.2 Jumbo DiazTBA232-0.8 Brad BrachBAL1520+1.5 Justin GrimmCHN101+0.1 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Bryan MitchellNYA010-0.4 Edwin DiazSEA1321+1.2 David RobertsonCHA1020+0.7 Jake McGeeCOL402+0.6 Yusmeiro PetitANA712+0.7 Fernando SalasNYN422-0.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Tyler ClippardNYA434-0.5 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Luke GregersonHOU620+0.1 George KontosSFN531-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS300+0.5 Tony WatsonPIT1432+0.8 Jose AlvaradoTBA513+0.4 Anthony SwarzakCHA400+0.6 Cam BedrosianANA303+0.4 Ryne StanekTBA013-0.4 Mark MelanconSFN820+0.3 Addison ReedNYN1343+0.3 Matt BushTEX1020+0.8 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Nate JonesCHA410+0.2 Robert GsellmanNYN210-0.1 Luis AvilanLAN212-0.1 Wade DavisCHN1001+1.4 Jerry BlevinsNYN805+1.1 Joe KellyBOS412+0.3 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN622+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL1222+0.9 Josh FieldsLAN201+0.3 Steve CishekSEA011-0.4 Dan AltavillaSEA321-0.3 Chase WhitleyTBA521-0.0 Chasen ShreveNYA301+0.5 Travis WoodKCA331-0.6 Paul SewardNYN100+0.1 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYA600+0.9 The Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller is the sort of pitcher we had in mind when we developed the goose egg, our replacement for the save stat that rewards pitchers for throwing scoreless relief innings in clutch situations. Miller isn’t the Indians’ closer — that distinction belongs to Cody Allen — and in fact, Miller doesn’t have a single save yet this season. But no reliever has contributed more to his team’s bottom line so far.Miller has appeared in 23 games, usually entering in the 7th or 8th inning. All but a handful of those appearances have come in high-leverage situations. He’s yielded just two runs — one of them unearned — while striking out 37 batters and allowing just 5 walks and 13 hits in 26.1 innings. He’s been as unhittable as pitchers get. But while Miller hasn’t earned any saves for his efforts, he does have 17 goose eggs, tying him for the major league lead. He also leads the majors in goose wins above replacement (GWAR), having added 2.3 wins to Cleveland’s tally so far. If his performance so far is the source of any disappointment, it’s that, unlike during last year’s postseason, Miller hasn’t been used in many multi-inning appearances — but that’s on manager Terry Francona, not Miller.The co-leader in goose eggs is the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who started out as a setup man but worked his way into the closer role. We’re more interested in pitchers with less conventional usage patterns, however, and a couple of them have fallen off the pace slightly. The Astros’ Chris Devenski, who we highlighted last month for often working multiple innings at a time, is up to 15 goose eggs, but he also has 5 broken eggs (the goose equivalent of a blown save). And the Reds’ Raisel Iglesias, who’s mainly used as a closer but who often enters the game in the 8th inning instead of the 9th, is stuck on 12 goose eggs, mostly because the Reds have been playing like crap and not providing him with enough clutch situations to pitch in.You can find a complete rundown of goose stats in the table below. We’ll continue to update these numbers once a month or so. Austin PruittTBA200+0.3 Liam HendriksOAK411+0.2 Danny BarnesTOR120-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Chris DevenskiHOU1551+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT332-0.7 Robby ScottBOS206+0.3 Blake ParkerANA731-0.1 Cory GearrinSFN210-0.1 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Chad GreenNYA001+0.0 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Dominic LeoneTOR223-0.4 Blake WoodCIN220-0.5 Grant DaytonLAN011-0.4 Ryan GartonTBA030-1.1 Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.2 Tyler DuffeyMIN410+0.2 Bryan ShawCLE912+1.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.1 Cody AllenCLE1022+0.9 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Source: Seamheads.com Joakim SoriaKCA1431+1.0 Chris RusinCOL412+0.2 Kenley JansenLAN1201+1.6 Luis GarciaPHI300+0.4 Brandon MaurerSDN850-0.8 Jake JunisKCA100+0.2 Neil RamirezNYN002+0.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.8 Kevin SiegristSLN610+0.4 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Jason MotteATL101+0.1 Miguel SocolovichSLN101+0.1 Ty BlachSFN101+0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Andrew MillerCLE1711+2.3 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Dellin BetancesNYA1010+1.2 Greg HollandCOL1200+1.8 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Scott AlexanderKCA210-0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Blake TreinenWAS320-0.3 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Carlos TorresMIL431-0.6 David PhelpsMIA440-1.0 Matt GraceWAS110-0.2 Pedro BaezLAN222-0.5 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.2 Diego MorenoTBA010-0.4 Bryan MorrisSFN300+0.4 Matt BelisleMIN713+0.7 Koda GloverWAS712+0.6 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSLN120-0.6 Arodys VizcainoATL1031+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN1200+1.7 Kevin QuackenbushSDN110-0.2 Ian KrolATL311+0.0 Sergio RomoLAN230-0.9 Boone LoganCLE002+0.0 Alex WoodLAN301+0.4 Wandy PeraltaCIN810+0.8 Francisco RodriguezDET272-2.3 Drew StorenCIN212-0.1 Tommy HunterTBA310+0.1 Goose stats through Thursday, June 1 Archie BradleyARI1121+0.9 Felipe RiveroPIT1412+1.6 Hunter StricklandSFN710+0.6 Matt AlbersWAS413+0.2 Jesse ChavezANA010-0.4 Jason GrilliTOR331-0.6 Scott ObergCOL310+0.1 J. J. HooverARI621+0.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1132+0.6 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Brett CecilSLN621+0.1 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL840-0.4 Daniel CoulombeOAK011-0.4 Craig KimbrelBOS1210+1.5 Oliver DrakeMIL110-0.2 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Joaquin BenoitPHI930+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAN110-0.2 Josh EdginNYN522-0.1 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Tony ZychSEA321-0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 A. J. RamosMIA411+0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK931+0.2 Ross StriplingLAN541-0.8 Tommy KahnleCHA820+0.4 Edubray RamosPHI060-2.3 Oliver PerezWAS402+0.6 read more

Tom Brady Will Be Bad Eventually

The other graybeards had a rapid declineWarren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning had great seasons between the ages 39-41 after which their stats fell It’s Tom Brady’s 40th birthday, and the New England Patriots quarterback has without a doubt earned himself a heaping bowl of avocado ice cream. Brady has been one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and is playing at an age when few football players are still putting on pads, let alone producing at an elite level.Brady is coming off his second-best statistical season ever1Brady posted his second-best career single-season marks in passer rating, adjusted net yards per attempt and ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating in 2016 (his best for all three came in 2007). and arguably his greatest on-field achievement. Brady finished the 2016 regular season among the top three in nearly every major quarterback rate stat: touchdown rate, interception rate, yards per attempt, passer rating, ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating and adjusted net yards per attempt. He finished the playoffs with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.It may appear that Brady is football’s Benjamin Button — a QB magically getting younger as he gets older. But it’s Brady’s commitment to hard work that’s the most likely source of his longevity. The offseason has been filled with stories about Brady’s anti-aging regimen, with everyone from Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop to All-Pro teammate Rob Gronkowski trying Brady’s self-care regimen. Brady even has a forthcoming book on how to replicate his age-defying performance.But despite Brady’s unwavering intent to demolish both the AFC East and time, it’s reasonable to ask how much longer he can keep this up.Brady’s 2016 season didn’t just stand out from the rest of the NFL — it towered over his own recent campaigns. Compared with his other recent seasons, 2016 almost looks like an aberration:Before the start of the 2015 season, Brady seemed to be on the decline; his rate stats in 2013 and 2014 were the worst since he first achieved All-Pro status in 2007. “Worst” is relative: Over this stretch, he was good enough to earn four Pro Bowl nods, four division titles and a Super Bowl win.Brady’s numbers improved in 2015 and then skyrocketed in 2016 — but his overall 2015 numbers don’t tell the complete story. In that season, his production started off significantly better than the previous two seasons, but he wasn’t able to sustain it:The drop-off in his level of play over the last month of 2015 was unmistakable, and it carried into the playoffs. His two-interception, four-sack, 56.4-rated passing performance in the AFC championship game was one of the worst playoff outings of his career.2Brady’s 56.4 passer rating is the second-lowest he’s ever posted in 34 playoff appearances; his two interceptions and four sacks that day are both tied for fourth-most.Unlike in 2015, Brady may have looked sharp late in the 2016 postseason because he had fewer games on the odometer — and not by his choosing. His Deflategate-related suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season not only served as a rallying cry for the entire Patriots organization, but also spared his body and arm from a month of bumps, bruises and repetitions.This season, Brady will have no such early-season sabbatical. He’ll be facing players who were born while he was in college at the University of Michigan. Thriving at his age in the NFL is certainly rare — but it’s not unprecedented. Warren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all had a dominant season at or near age 40. But all three experienced a sudden decline in performance, as if a switch had been flipped on their ability: YEARAGEANY/APASSER RATINGRECORDANY/APASSER RATING LAST HURRAH SEASONREST OF CAREER New England seems intent on helping Brady replicate his 2016 season. This offseason, the team traded for speedy wideout Brandin Cooks to bolster the Brady arsenal. Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared the impact of this spring’s trade for Cooks to the team’s acquistion of Randy Moss in 2007. That deal sparked the greatest statistical season of Brady’s career. Some experts are projecting the Patriots to go undefeated, as they did after Moss arrived.There are a lot of reasons to believe Brady will stay excellent, from his self-care regimen to the talent around him to perhaps the best head coach in NFL history. But Favre and Manning were both playing their best football immediately before playing their worst.Brady picking up at age 40 where he left off at age 39? That would be unprecedented. ANY/A is adjusted net yards per pass attempt; regular season onlySource: pro-football-reference.com Peyton Manning2014397.68101.57-24.5267.9 Brett Favre2009407.61107.25-84.5769.9 Warren Moon1997415.8583.74-74.6974.7 read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1 And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more

Kurt Coleman finding a sunny start in Philadelphia

The professional nature of the NFL means less player-bonding outside of the team than at the college level. “There’s grown men out here,” Coleman said. “They have separate lives outside of what they do at work. In college, you got guys you are going to stay with forever.” Coleman still talks regularly to many people at OSU. “We talked about (me entering the NFL) a little bit,” Hines said. “He just said, ‘Just stay focused and all of that will take care of itself and just keep playing fast.’” Coleman used the same advice to begin his career. “As long as you make the team, that’s really all that matters because what you do with your opportunities is really a reflection of yourself and your character,” Coleman said. Hard work on the field has led to some fun off of it. “I might have jumped the gun because before I made the team I bought a new car,” Coleman said. “A Cadillac Escalade.” With a new ride and a firm position on the team, Coleman is enjoying his situation. “I have been having a lot of fun out here, and it’s been a very good season so far,” he said. “It’s a fun team and a fun atmosphere and a fun city to be in.” Evege expects the Eagles to have fun with their new acquisition. “They got a heck of a ball player in Kurt,” he said. “And they definitely won’t be disappointed.” Despite being a three-year starter at Ohio State and a selection to the 2009 Big Ten All-Conference team, safety Kurt Coleman was not selected until the final round of the NFL draft. Before April’s draft, ESPN gave Coleman a grade of 40, which places him with a group of players described as “underdeveloped prospects that need extra time and coaching in order to compete for a roster spot in the NFL. NFL teams are looking for a ‘diamond in the rough’ with this type of prospect.” Knowing 243 players were selected before the Philadelphia Eagles picked Coleman gave him motivation. “I don’t really look at it like I got to prove people wrong because I know I’m going to prove myself right,” he said. “But yeah, I do have a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I was good enough to be drafted high.” Former teammates also feel he was under-appreciated. “I was a little surprised because I know the type of football player and person he is,” OSU defensive back Donnie Evege said. “I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles got a steal on him because he is definitely … first- or second-round material.” Talent aside, Coleman had to adapt to what comes with being a late selection. “I had a lot of confidence in myself that I was going to be able to come in and learn the system and perform well,” Coleman said. “As a late-round draft pick or a free agent, you have to do it fast and you have to do it often.” Coleman has not only earned a roster spot, but he is second on the Eagles depth chart at safety and one of the first off the bench in obvious passing situations. Friends in Columbus have taken notice. “I heard on special teams he is doing a great job and even getting in a little bit at safety,” OSU safety Jermale Hines said. In filling those two roles, Coleman has made 11 tackles in his young professional career. Despite his success on the field, Coleman had adjustments to make in other areas. “The thing that you do have to get adjusted to is being in the professional world, living a professional life and … going to work each and every day and doing your best,” he said. read more

Buckeyes lean on Buford early in rout of UTSA

CLEVELAND — Though the Buckeyes left Texas-San Antonio’s coach saying, “Wow,” what many thought would be a cupcake matchup got off to a slow start for the overall No. 1-seeded team. The Ohio State men’s basketball team (33-2) buried No. 16 seed UTSA, 75-46, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but for the first seven minutes of the game, only one Buckeye put points on the board. Junior guard William Buford matched UTSA (20-14) nearly shot for shot in the opening minutes, as the Roadrunners sank four of their first five shots, including one from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-5 Buckeye began with 3-for-4 shooting, including 1-of-1 from deep, accounting for OSU’s first seven points. “My teammates, they were giving me the ball and shots were open,” a soft-spoken Buford said following the game, “so I was just taking good shots and I was able to knock them down.” Freshman forward Jared Sullinger was the first of Buford’s teammates to score. With the Buckeyes trailing, 9-7, Sullinger made a game-tying layup 6:57 in. UTSA never regained the lead. The homelike atmosphere at the Quicken Loans Arena, just two hours north of Columbus, provided the Buckeyes with ample support throughout the game. Of the more than 20,000 who attended Friday’s game — the largest crowd ever to attend a college basketball game in Ohio — a vast majority were Buckeye fans. Each of OSU’s baskets was met with a roaring applause, while the Roadrunners received some audible boos throughout the contest. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft said the overwhelming crowd support made the team feel like it was playing at home in Columbus. Though Buford’s energy was all that kept the Buckeyes’ heads above water early, coach Thad Matta said the rest of the team stayed focused to come out with the win. That collective discipline paid off, as the Buckeye defense did not allow UTSA to return to enjoying the 80 percent shooting it did in the beginning. “We came out with a slow start,” Buford said, “but picked up our pace and clamped down on defense.” OSU held UTSA to 10-for-22 shooting, including only 1-of-8 from 3-point territory, in the first half. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a comfortable 37-21 lead behind 15 points from Buford, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points. “Will can do whatever he needs to do,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he knocked them down.” The Roadrunners’ shooting success only diminished as the game wore on, and the Buckeyes’ 16-point halftime lead inflated to as large as 38 in the second half. OSU held UTSA to just 25.8 percent shooting in the second, at times more than doubling the Roadrunners’ score. “We wanted to send a message out today,” Buford said, “and let people know we’re here to take care of business.” UTSA coach Brooks Thompson heard that message loud and clear. “Wow,” he said. “They’re good.” Despite his team’s second-round thrashing, Matta said the Buckeyes don’t take anything for granted as they look toward their next matchup and a tougher road ahead in what many call the tournament’s most competitive region. “Every step you take in the NCAA Tournament forward,” he said, “you’re going to play a better basketball team.” The Buckeyes will move on to the tournament’s third round, in which they will face No. 8 seed George Mason (27-6) on Sunday. Minutes before the OSU-UTSA opening tip, the Patriots clawed back from a consistent second-half deficit to defeat No. 9 seed Villanova (21-12), 61-57. OSU forward David Lighty, who contributed eight points in the Buckeyes’ victory, said George Mason is a team that’s good enough to make it to Houston. “They’re no cupcake,” the fifth-year senior Buckeye said. “When you hear ‘George Mason,’ you hear about a team going to the Final Four.” The Buckeyes and Patriots will tip off at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena. OSU has not won a national title since 1960, but Devin Gibson, who netted a game-high 24 points and was the only Roadrunner to post double-digit points Friday, said this could be its year. “I think they play how a championship team plays inside out,” the senior point guard said. “They passed the ball around and just found the open man and made shots — what a championship team does.” read more

Penn State hit with 60M fine vacates all wins since 1998

After a university-wide cover up of a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA struck Penn State with a $60 million sanction and must vacate all wins since 1998. Penn State will lose 40 scholarships over the next four years in addition to a bowl ban and Big Ten championship ban over that same duration. That will reduce the football team to 65 scholarships by the 2014 season. The NCAA has permitted all current Nittany Lions players, if they wish, to transfer immediately. At a Monday morning press conference at the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., the NCAA delivered perhaps the harshest penalty in the history of college sports. The NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert, said Penn State’s behavior was “egregious” and that it contradicted not only basic bylaws but “our value system” and “basic human dignity.” It was a “conspiracy of silence,” he said, that needed to be corrected. Emmert called Penn State’s day of reckoning a “gut check” and said its swift and severe punishment was in part to send a message of what may happen when athletics begin to overwhelm “the core values of an institution.”. “That’s the balance that every university needs to strike,” Emmert said. Over the next 10 weeks, the NCAA will help Penn State implement a “culture change” and will develop an athletics integrity agreement which will provide “a roadmap for changing the culture inside athletics” and putting in place “more formal control structures.” Next, at the university’s expense, Penn State must appoint an external third-party monitor who will report quarterly for the next five years to the NCAA, the university’s board of trustees and the Big Ten conference. For his part, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said that it was a “sad day.” “It is a sad day and our thoughts continue to be with the victim,” Smith said in a statement obtained by The Lantern. “Mark Emmert and Ed Ray spoke eloquently today about the NCAA’s decision.” The NCAA’s ruling is just the latest episode in what has been an ongoing saga in State College, Pa. On July 12, a university-funded investigative report by former FBI director, Louis Freeh, found that former Penn State president, Graham Spanier, former vice-president Gary Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and former, late football coach, Joe Paterno, all aided in concealing allegations of child sexual abuse since 1998. Emmert applauded Penn State’s Freeh report as an “unprecedented degree of openness.” Sunday morning, Penn State officials made the call to take down the statue of Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. Of the 112 Penn State victories, 111 of them were Paterno’s, dethroning him as college football’s all-time wins leader. read more

Opinion No matter Ohio State vs Michigan allegiance all should support Austin

When Michigan’s next basketball recruiting class takes the court for the first time, Ohio State fans might have to second-guess their usual reaction because of one player with a hard-to-believe story.Two plane crashes in the span of eight years. The first, in 2003, took the lives of his mother, brother and sister. The second, in 2011, killed his father and stepmother and left him in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.Austin Hatch, who at the time was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., had committed to play basketball at the University of Michigan just 10 days earlier.Three years later, Hatch is back in the news, only this time, it was for all the right reasons.Now 19 and playing for Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Hatch returned to the basketball court last Wednesday and sank the first shot he attempted in a comeback story that would make anyone come close to tears.As if that was not enough, John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has said he will honor the scholarship that Hatch earned before the plane crash.What a class act.During a time where winning is everything, and every scholarship matters, Beilein is honoring a commitment made to a player who deserves to put on a jersey every single night.Too often in today’s day and age, the sports world is overrun by individuals who are in the news for solely negative reasons instead of those who deserve recognition.It’s a shame that Hatch has had to deal with a great amount of adversity at such a young age, but I know one thing is certain: he has handled it better than I ever would have.Call it a miracle if you will, but at the end of the day, Hatch has displayed perseverance that gives a whole new meaning to the word resilience.Ultimately, when Hatch steps onto the floor next season for the University of Michigan, I know I’ll be watching, cheering for him and Beilein to succeed, regardless of who they are playing.I hope you all will too. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State going for fourthstraight win against Rutgers

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) has bounced back from a three-game losing streak with three wins in a row. Despite the recent success, the Buckeyes face a formidable opponent in Rutgers (18-7, 6-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Thursday for a chance to win their fourth straight game.During their three-game win streak, the Buckeyes have averaged 17.6 assists per game, three higher than their season average. Their ball movement has improved after a rough stretch earlier in the season and will be a focal point heading into the matchup against the Scarlet Knights, who create a conference-leading 12.5 steals per game.The matchup features one of the Big Ten’s top offenses facing the top defense. Ohio State is ranked first in the conference when it comes to scoring with 86 points per game, while defensively Rutgers’ stingy defense allowed 57.1 points per game. The Buckeyes will try to limit the production of Rutgers senior guard Tyler Scaife, who missed last season due to open-heart surgery. Scaife leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game. Rutgers does not have another player who averages more than 7.2 points per game.“They have some really talented players. Scaife is one of the best perimeter players in the country; they have other kids playing well,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said.Rutgers previously lost four straight games before upsetting then-No. 13 Michigan. While their conference record shows otherwise, the Scarlet Knights are not a team to be taken lightly. McGuff said limiting Scaife will be a priority, but emphasized the importance of playing strong team defense.“Really talented, great defensive team, they got a lot of athletic ability,” McGuff said. “Sometimes we can overwhelm people with speed, quickness and athletic ability, but that’s not going to be the case on Thursday.”In its last game, Rutgers was able to pull off a 63-56 win against Michigan, a team Ohio State has struggled against in two meetings this season. Ohio State won in overtime at Michigan, but lost on its home floor a week later.Thursday’s matchup will be the only matchup between Rutgers and Ohio State this season, and their first meeting since Ohio State’s 28-point win last February.Ohio State will lean on seniors Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga against the Scarlet Knights. Mitchell leads the Big Ten with 24.5 points per game, while Mavunga averages a double-double with 15.8 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game.Injury hampers rotationRedshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman sustained a neck injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. She was carted off the court and taken to a local hospital. Waterman has since been released from the hospital and is back with the team. After initially being put in a neck brace for precautionary reasons, Waterman said she was told she had no structural damage to her vertebrae and could remove the brace. McGuff said she is now day-to-day with a stiff neck. She said she is prioritizing her range of motion and doing her best to loosen up and get back with the team.Ohio State is already challenged with depth, given it plays a tight eight-player rotation. With the lack of depth, an injury to Waterman will be noticeable and she will be missed on the court. Waterman, who plays almost 17 minutes per game, is fourth on the team in rebounds with 3.9 per game and assists with 1.3 per game. read more

Football No 3 Ohio State survives defensive struggles defeats Minnesota 3014

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Ohio State’s matchup against Minnesota. Ohio State won 30-14. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense came out showing it may have learned from its mistakes from the week before. After allowing 22 yards on three plays, including a 13-yard reception by Minnesota junior wide receiver Tyler Johnson, redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad took a shot, something Indiana did many times against the Buckeyes’ press man coverage. Instead of another reception on a 50/50 ball by the offense, Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield picked the ball off, recording his second interception of the season. The Sheffield interception could have been a launching point for the Ohio State defense. However, when the dust settled, the shock of the interception wore off, the defense struggled in some of the same ways it had before in the first half.However, after shutting out the Golden Gophers in the second half, No. 3 Ohio State  had enough to defeat Minnesota 30-14 for the Buckeyes’ seventh-straight win.After the Sheffield interception, the Minnesota offense had its way with the Ohio State defense. Utilizing an offensive line that pushed the Buckeyes defensive line around up front, allowing no pass rush and creating holes for the backs, the Golden Gophers recorded two touchdown drives in the first half, taking over nine minutes off the clock on a combined 20 plays.Minnesota redshirt freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim took advantage of the room to run, recording 105 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns in the first half. He finished the game averaging 7.3 yards per carry, with 146 yards on 20 carries.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was not pleased with the performance of the rush defense and saw similar problems in the passing game, especially in the first half.“That player, their back had 160 yards rushing against us, and that’s not acceptable,” Meyer said. “And like you said, he was only 13 of 23, but I see the same thing, those slants, and we are — we’re a team that challenges every throw, and when you get beat, that’s a problem. So that’s something that’s not a strength right now.”Despite allowing 149 yards in the second half, with backs averaging 4.6 yards per carry, Ohio State did not allow a Minnesota score in the second half, something Meyer said, along with the turnovers, was the difference in the game. Offensively, the storylines for Ohio State stayed the same from its victory against Indiana. Despite the increased awareness of run blocking by both the offensive line and tight end positions in the days leading up to Saturday’s win, Ohio State still struggled, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Redshirt junior running back Mike Weber led the team with 13 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins added added 35 yards on 10 rushes, averaging less than four yards per carry for his third straight game. However, the running game did not keep Haskins from continuing his success in the passing game from last week. With a 7-3 deficit in the first quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin for a 41-yard score, McLaurin’s seventh of the season and his third in two games. McLaurin wasn’t Haskins’ main target, though. Beginning the game with a 42-yard reception in the first drive, redshirt junior K.J. Hill was the go-to for the redshirt sophomore quarterback. Hill erased Ohio State’s 4-point deficit in the second quarter. After Haskins overthrew him, the redshirt wide receiver brought the ball down on a one-handed catch, running it in for the 36-yard score.“It shows just more trust in the quarterback that, you know, if I can catch it one hand, I’ll definitely catch it two hands,” Hill said. “As a team, you know, I feel like that gave us momentum. I just tried to make a play and give us a spark.”Hill finished the day with a career-high 187 yards receiving on nine receptions, extending his streak of 27 consecutive games with a reception. He added another touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 27-yard touchdown pass from Haskins.Haskins finished the game completing 33 of 44 pass attempts for 412 yards, his second straight game of at least 400 yards through the air, with three touchdown passes.As the first quarterback in Ohio State history to ever throw for 400 yards twice in a career, Haskins said the Minnesota defense proved to be a tough challenge for the offense, but will use their performance as something to grow from.“The offense, not everything’s going to be pretty,” Haskins said. “There’s going to be adversity no matter who we play, especially a team like Minnesota. They’re a great defense. We just had to fight through adversity, made the plays when they mattered, and that’s a good learning tool for next week.”Annexstad continued to move the ball against the Ohio State offense in the fourth quarter. But after starting the drive with a 41-yard completion after a double-reverse, the redshirt freshman quarterback threw a prayer into the endzone, which was intercepted by sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger was sidelined from the game Saturday after suffering what Ohio State called a “minor strain.” In his absence, sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil connected on three field goal attempts, making a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison also did not play in Ohio State’s win over Minnesota, both sidelined with concussions. Meyer also said redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette and redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers suffered injuries in Saturday’s win over Minnesota. Sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford left the game with an injury in the third quarter and did not return. Meyer said, after the game, Munford rolled his ankle and has “a little bit of a hip issue,” but expects him to be ready to play next week. No. 3 Ohio State will try and continue its winning streak as the Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on Purdue at 7:30 p.m next Saturday. read more

New ordeal for Southern Rail passengers as ceiling collapses inside train carriage

first_imgRoof that fell down has a carriage to itself this morning #southernfail #London pic.twitter.com/Xn5rFF5Fab— Ian (@planespotterlhr) August 18, 2016 @CroydonAd this happened on the 8.03am train from Coulsdon Town. Just fell down on route. Southern Rail shambles pic.twitter.com/uYDsPbxIg5— Susan Wilson (@Suepersonic) August 18, 2016 A Southern spokesman said: “Reports have been received of a ceiling panel dislodging in one of the carriages on the 7.45am Southern service from Tattenham Corner to Victoria.”Southern staff at East Croydon station boarded the train to attend to passengers and it was reported at the time that there were no injuries.”The cause of this incident is currently unknown and will be investigated fully. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.” 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. It is the latest problem to hit Southern services, which have suffered delays and cancellations for months because of a dispute over changes to the role of conductors and staff shortages – blamed by the company on high levels of employee sickness. #southernfail Internals of the train fell down whilst going to #London #southernrail pic.twitter.com/UcQ7QyX5kA— Ian (@planespotterlhr) August 18, 2016center_img Wendy Butler, a public relations manager, was in the carriage when the ceiling collapsed and claimed people could have been killed.The 36-year-old said: “I was minding my own business and suddenly heard a bit of commotion on the other side of the carriage and realised part of the train had fallen down.”People were actually quite calm. Lots of very nice men leapt up and moved the piece of metal.”It could’ve been a lot worse. Some of the people could have died if they had been under that.”She added: “It’s just one thing after another with Southern. It’s just relentless, it’s just beyond ridiculous and excuse after excuse, whether it’s rain or leaves on the line. It seems they are cursed at the moment.” The incident happened at about 8.25am on the train from Tattenham Corner to London Victoria, between Purley Oaks and South Croydon in south London.Southern said it is not yet known why the panel collapsed, leaving the ceiling exposed, but said the cause would be “investigated fully”.Kate Baxter, who was on board the train, posted photographs on Twitter that showed a large section of the ceiling on the floor of the carriage.She wrote: “Southern Rail trains are literally falling apart, right on top of us! Thankfully no-one hurt, just shaken.” Rail passengers were given a shock when a large ceiling panel collapsed inside their carriage.The metal sheet dislodged from the roof of the train and crashed to the floor next to commuters on Thursday morning.Passengers were left shaken, but are believed to have avoided injury on the service operated by embattled rail company Southern. So @SouthernRailUK trains are *literally* falling apart, right on top of us! 😳 Thankfully no-one hurt, just shaken. pic.twitter.com/dzl54tvhzs— Kate Baxter (@fabricofmylife) August 18, 2016last_img read more

UK weather Storm Barbara brings severe gales as millions start Christmas getaway

first_imgGood morning, Storm Barbara brings severe gales, especially to the north. Stay up to date with warnings: https://t.co/duVa612IdR ^Alice pic.twitter.com/i5ZN7a1Ey8— Met Office (@metoffice) December 23, 2016 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 huge wave crashes against Castlerock pier in Northern Ireland on ThursdayCredit:Charles McQuillan/Getty Images An amber “be prepared” wind warning is in place for northern and western parts of Scotland for Friday afternoon, evening and overnight into Christmas Eve.Two separate Yellow “be aware” wind warnings are in place, one covering northern parts of the UK where gusts of 60 to 70mph are expected quite widely, and one for more southern areas, where a narrow and intense band of heavy rain and gusty winds could lead to some disruption.Flood alerts are also in place for the Highlands and Western Isles, as well as Skye and the Scottish Borders.Brent Walker, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “Storm Barbara is crossing the Atlantic and will pass close to the north-west of the UK during Friday, bringing the potential for some disruption to power supplies and travel, and possibly structural damage.” A huge wave crashes against Castlerock pier in Northern Ireland on Thursday Millions of people are expected to embark on their Christmas getaway today, as the country braced itself for the arrival of Storm Barbara. The AA has predicted that around 12 million cars will be on the roads due to a combination of people visiting friends and family, shopping trips and holidaymakers, as well as those travelling to and from work.But forecasters have warned that wintry showers, strong winds of 90mph and lightning could lead to disruption to power supplies and travel across some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for many parts of Britain, with Scotland expected to bear the brunt of the storm.Christmas Eve weather map Environment spokesman Martin Tett said: “Councils are fully prepared to protect residents and minimise disruption caused by Storm Barbara and other potential bad weather such as snow and flooding.”Council staff will be out in force clearing roads of any debris and damage.”The Scottish Government said it is being regularly updated on the expected impact on travel across the country.John Snowling, AA patrol of the year, said: “On Friday, it’s likely to be very busy at peak times on the major routes as the Christmas getaway coincides with commuter traffic. “With Christmas falling on a weekend, many people will start their break from Friday, but almost a third of our members will be making their journey on Saturday and more than a fifth will be travelling on Christmas Day to visit friends and family.”Roadside rescue firm Green Flag estimated almost 500,000 people will break down between December 15 and January 15 – equivalent to one every 11 minutes.Rail passengers also face disruption, with the annual festive shutdown meaning no trains will run on Christmas Day, with limited services on Boxing Day. A number of lines will be closed for an extended period as Network Rail carries out up to 200 improvement projects costing £103 million.Work on some schemes will begin on Saturday to give engineers and maintenance teams four days to carry out upgrades before the next working day.No trains will operate to or from London Paddington between Saturday and Thursday because of work to build Crossrail. Passengers travelling in Manchester and Cardiff will also be among the worst affected by engineering work.Southern has warned passengers to expect a severely reduced and disrupted service between December 31 and January 2 due to a strike by RMT conductors. Amid the alterations to rail services, coach operator National Express reported last month that its bookings for Christmas Day are up by more than a third compared with the same point last year, while demand for seats on Boxing Day has risen by 19 per cent. Travel association Abta said Friday is expected to be the busiest day for airports as people jet off to spend Christmas overseas.More than 4.5 million people will head abroad from the UK between December 18 and January 2.Heathrow said the most popular day for flights in the week leading up to Christmas will be Friday, with over 118,000 departing passengers. Here’s the latest track for #StormBarbara. 80-90mph gusts are possible in the #Amber #warning area, 50-70 mph in the #Yellow #warning area pic.twitter.com/B1O7VWbfbj— Met Office (@metoffice) December 22, 2016last_img read more

Squatters take over £15m mansion owned by a Russian billionaire in one

first_imgThe squatters have put a flag and banner outside Credit: SWNS.com 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 house is one of four purchased by the billionaire over a three year period, including Hanover Lodge, in exclusive Regent’s Park, for which he paid £120 million making it one of the UK’s most expensive homes.It was believed that alleged computer hacker Lauri Love, 32, who faces up to 99 years in prison if extradited to the US, was staying in the squat.However, one of the group at the house claimed he was no longer at the property and had only been visiting.Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, is accused of stealing data from US agencies including the FBI and Nasa. He is currently preparing appeal against his extradition to the US which was signed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in November.If convicted he faces a lengthy jail term and his family fear he will not be able to cope in the notoriously harsh American prison system.People working near the huge mansion today said they saw some members of the group leaving this morning while others remained inside. The squatters have put a flag and banner outside Squatters have taken over a £15 million mansion owned by a Russian billionaire in one of Britain’s most expensive and exclusive streets.The group has allegedly been in the Grade II listed building in Eaton Square for three days.The property, which was built in the early 1820s, has believed to have been empty ever since Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko bought it in 2014.The squatters said they plan to open up the huge Belgravia house, which used to be a Spanish school, as a homeless shelter. The reason we have done this is because it’s cold and we have a lot of homeless people that need shelterOne of the squatters A doorman for a neighbouring townhouse, who wished not to be named, said a notice had been tapped to the front door by a bailiff firm. He said: “A little later one of them came out a side window and took the notice off and went back inside.”One of the squatters said: “With this building you can see it’s empty and it’s falling apart in places and there’s dust on the windows.”The reason we have done this is because it’s cold and we have a lot of homeless people in the Victoria area that need shelter.”We researched the building before we took it and saw it was owned by this Russian oligarch so we figured the damage caused to him compared to the gains for the homeless community is nothing.”This is nothing to him but for these homeless people it could stop them from dying, especially with snow on the way apparently.”last_img read more

Cold Paw Britain and Russia compete for title of Worlds Best Cat

first_imgRelations between Russia and the West are at their lowest since the Cold War. Now, Britain is hoping to knock Russia off the top spot when it comes to the title of World’s Best Cat – judged by TICA (The International Cat Association).For a year, the cats have been fiercely defending their place at the top of the rankings, and shows have been held all over the world. The feline celebrities have been ranked as the very best by hundreds of judges. Their battle will come to a head at the LondonCats show, which runs from the 22nd-23rd of April.Mowgleaves Stonehenge – Stone for short – is a well-built American Shorthair, who was born in Shoreditch where he has lived all of his life. He has held the title of World’s Best Kitten since last May, and at a year old he is now an adult, so is fighting with the big boys for the coveted title of World’s Best Cat. Stonehenge at restCredit:Facebook Mowgleaves loves to be cuddled His arch-nemesis is a Russian Scottish fold with a world-beating “owlish face” and crossed eyes. Stone is seen as an underdog compared to Rumfold Such a Flirt Shu-Ko, who currently holds the title.Although in his first year of life, Stone has travelled more than most people will in a lifetime, and his journey to international cat super-stardom hasn’t been without calamity.Because of strict restrictions not faced by other countries, Stone has to be smuggled through Amsterdam when he wants to leave the UK to go to the States. His owner spoke of the heart-stopping moment when he thought he had almost lost his prize-winning puss. Mowgleaves Stonehenge has been paraded around the world  Mr Meserve said proudly: “No one has beat his score for the whole season. They are supposed to be a very stocky and muscular cat.” Because of this, he said a skinny American Shorthair wouldn’t win.His owner, who runs PR for high-fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, explained why his cat is such a super-star: “The 100 or so judges he was judged by feel he fits the standard because of his beautiful head, green eyes and black and silver fur”.However, the haunting face of the Scottish Fold means he faces stiff competition from Moscow. Rumfold Such a Flirt Shu-Ko is an exceptional example of the breed. His ears are so tightly folded down they can barely be seen – and his face is particularly “owlish”, which scores him more points. Rumfold Such a Flirt holds the crownCredit:Facebook When Stone isn’t competing or trying to escape from his carry-case, he loves nothing more than a cuddle. Mr Meserve said: “He’s so social, he’s been around everywhere, he’s traveled more miles than most humans.“He’s super sweet. He’s gentle. “He’s more like a dog than a cat. He sleeps in my arms the entire night. He’s been with me since he was born, he thinks I’m an equal.”center_img Mowgleaves loves to be cuddledCredit:Facebook Rumfold Such a Flirt holds the crown Steven Meserve said: “I was getting on the ferry heading back from Amsterdam. The carrier was partway open and the cat decided to jump by himself onto the ferry.”The cat trotted off – but didn’t go too far. Mr Meserve admitted he was very worried when Stone jumped from the carrier, but said “I caught him obviously, then it was fine”.It can be noted that unlike a slinky Siamese, Stone is very well-built. Some could call him rotund.This, however, works in his favour. Much like Crufts, cats are judged on how well they fit the exacting standards of their breed, but according to the cat breeder “there’s less parading around”.  Mowgleaves Stonehenge has been paraded around the world Credit:LondonCats Stonehenge at rest 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.last_img read more

Infested communities give up trying to eradicate bed bugs

first_img 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. Dr Lynch described how one resident felt ashamed and horrified by the bugs, but eventually accepted ‘reluctantly’ that they may be the norm.She concluded that the residents who have learned to live with the bed bugs may be ahead of the curve as they are adapting to their environments, rather than using environmentally harmful products.Despite the efforts of Glasgow City Council, the academic said the problem may be too big to solve.She added: “Having talked to many in the area, I have found this trajectory is common.”Many people who have come to terms with the fact that you can’t beat bugs resign themselves to living with them instead.” Dr Lynch said the area has seen ‘a significant rise’ in bed bugs similar to international parts of New York, Australia, China and France.However, there are few signs of this tackling the problem, because bed bugs can lie dormant for extensive periods.center_img Bed bugs are now so resistant to poison that entire communities have given up attempting to eradicate them are learning to live alongside them, experts have warned.Dr Heather Lynch, a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, said she had discovered that residents in Govanhill in Glasgow had chosen to accept the insects after running out of ways to kill them.Writing in The Conversation, which uses information and research backed by academics, Dr Lynch said some residents had taken the view that the best response is to learn to live ‘side-by -side’ with the insects and adapt.She said: “The experience of people in Govanhill, is that once these insects become endemic they are effectively impossible to remove.”Dr Lynch said the area reflected the challenges and opportunities of 21st-century Europe.She added: “Govanhill has become renowned in recent years for poor housing, poverty and crime – as well as for artists and vibrant community activists.”And it faces major environmental issues, with constant rubbish dumping and infestations of bed bugs.”last_img read more

Bronze Age hunk Scientists say 3000 year old skeleton belonged to goodlooking

first_imgA skeleton of a young Bronze Age man has revealed a “good-looking chap” with better teeth than many modern-day Britons, an academic has said. The bones, found in a Northumberland field in September 2017, show remarkable “perfect smile” of a 17 to 21-year old man, who appears to have escaped the poor oral hygiene of his day. Sanita Nezirovic, a lecturer in forensic science at the University of Derby who studied the skeleton, said the “absolutely stunning” remains would have belonged to no ordinary man, joking: “This would have been a catch for the ladies.” “His teeth seem absolutely beautiful, especially for the age when you think about 3,500 years ago,” she told the BBC. “He has better teeth than most people nowadays, almost.”The discovery appears at odds with studies showing Bronze Age man generally had worn-down teeth in poor condition, attributed to the type of rough food they were eating and poor oral hygiene. The “perfect smile”Credit:BBC The skull, examined by a University of Derby lecturerCredit:BBC Ms Nezirovic, who has worked on the remains of hundreds of people, dating from the Bronze Age to modern times, said she had been struck by the very symmetrical aspects of the Bronze Age man’s face while studying his bones.Examining the development of a flake of bone on the clavicle allowed her to determine the body was aged between 17 and 21. Measuring the tibia suggested he was between 1.72m and 1.79m tall. 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 "perfect smile" There are no obvious signs of trauma to rule on how he died, though his burial – with a horsehair blanket and beaker – suggests he was a man of importance. The skull, examined by a University of Derby lecturerlast_img read more

Ed Balls Day How former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls became Twitters favourite

Show more Here is a poem which looks at the true significance of #EdBallsDay It’s called “Ed Balls”. pic.twitter.com/LcMdhJ0NA7— Brian Bilston (@brian_bilston) April 28, 2015 .@edballs Presenting the traditional dish for #edballsday pic.twitter.com/RLoqLy68c6— JUST EAT UK (@JustEatUK) April 28, 2016 It’s already #EdBallsDay in Australia pic.twitter.com/KVllgnWw3p— Otto English (@Otto_English) April 27, 2018Happy #EdBallsDay everyone, comes sooner and sooner every year pic.twitter.com/p9psXJrWSv— James Cleverley 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@JamesCleverley1) April 27, 2018Don’t forget to put out the sherry, a mince pie, and a carrot tonight.🍷🥧🥕It’s #edballsday eve, everyone! pic.twitter.com/iYYhPyM3Ux— helen ayres (@Raphaelite_Girl) April 27, 2018Happy #edballsday pic.twitter.com/GRyY21Crc1— robinyellow (@robinyellow) April 27, 2018Hope everyone is ready #EdBallsDay @edballs pic.twitter.com/rRvOdD0Wwb— Tim (@forwardnotback) April 27, 2018 The original #EdBallsDay was a Roman festival, in which jealous slaves would sneak into their masters’ houses and steal their sestertii.— Rees-Mogg (@JakeReesMogg) April 28, 2015 I suppose brands have been getting involvedOf course they have The first time Mr Balls tweeted out his name it went viral, with hundreds of people retweeting it, making ‘”Ed Balls” the top trending topic in the UK.Then the next year, some bright spark decided to celebrate the anniversary of this very silly trending topic – and that’s continued to happen every year sinceWhen you explain a joke doesn’t that immediately kill it, rendering it entirely unfunny?Ed Balls.Just repeating something endlessly isn’t funny, it’s childish and stupidMany people would beg to differ. TwistED DoughBALLS. #EdBallsDay pic.twitter.com/FwTWc82XHD— Domino’s Pizza UK (@Dominos_UK) April 28, 2016 Happy Ed Ball’s Day!April 28th is the day we celebrate the anniversary of that time Ed Balls, former MP for Morley and Outwood, accidentally tweeted out his own name on Twitter.The origins of Ed Balls DayIt was a Thursday, much like any other Thursday – Thursday 28 April 2011, to be precise. Ed Balls, then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, was browsing the aisles in the Castleford branch of Asda when an aide suggested he search for an article on Twitter which mentioned him.He began typing in his name into the ‘compose tweet’ field instead of the search box. An easy mistake to make, but one that would have huge (ish) ramifications.Mr Balls became distracted by a phone call, and accidentally hit ‘send’ on his Blackberry, thus tweeting his own name out into the ether. Good grief.. Oh go on then.. RT @edballsmp: Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballs) April 28, 2014 Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballs) 28 April 2011 We’ve just taken delivery of our latest 7-Ed-7. #EdBallsDay pic.twitter.com/9Kx7K0qoPC— Virgin Atlantic (@VirginAtlantic) April 28, 2017 #EdBallsDay has become so commercialised. Shame really. pic.twitter.com/TT6qR7uzcU— Carousel Lights (@Carousel_Lights) April 28, 2015 As you can see, the original tweet has since been retweeted more than 97,000 times and received more than 67,000 likes.Why are we still talking about this?Because Twitter loves a stupid joke. A high-profile individual accidentally tweeting out his own name is hardly the most rib-ticklingly hilarious event ever to occur. The joy of Ed Balls Days comes from the intense scrutiny that’s subsequently been given to this extremely minor incident, elevating it into something rather grand and unifying. It’s a joke that anyone with a Twitter account can get involved with. Happy #EdBallsDay pic.twitter.com/CkwT8Ddtem— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) April 28, 2015 The excitement is building ahead of #EdBallsDay tomorrow. Here’s @WillB2BContent’s take https://t.co/iZP6nlkiiJ pic.twitter.com/scCKoRXgny— B2B Marketing (@MarketingB2B) April 27, 2016 Been reminded by @pripley2426 of this special #EdBallsDay artwork I made in 2014. Man, that was a morning well spent pic.twitter.com/gIsfxslSzk— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) April 28, 2016 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. Ed Balls.https://t.co/XX1xRPDY0h— Ed Balls (@liamjlhill) April 27, 2016 More notable additions to the Ed Balls Day hilarity canon This tool will Ed Balls-ify whichever web page you happen to be on. Just drag the link into your bookmarks bar, click on any website and enjoy the Ed Balls effect.See also: Egg Balls pic.twitter.com/7U7zZitkZR— Tesco (@Tesco) April 28, 2015 read more

Parents sending children to school unable to speak properly says Education Secretary

Children being sent to school unable to speak in sentences is a “persistent scandal”, the Education Secretary is to tell parents.In his first major speech on social mobility, Damian Hinds will promise to tackle the “last taboo” in education by highlighting the fact that many mothers and fathers are failing to teach their children how to talk.Speaking at the Resolution Foundation in Westminster on Tuesday, he will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents about how to raise their children.But he will warn that children who start school at age four behind their peers rarely catch up and instead “the gap just widens”.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Damian Hinds will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents  Damian Hinds will say that he has no desire to “lecture” parents Credit: Eddie Mulholland His comments follow research that shows that more than a quarter of four-and-five-year-olds lack the early communication and literacy skills expected by the end of reception year. The ‘expected level’ includes a child having the words and understanding to talk about events that have happened or are going to happen in the future.A separate study shows that children with poor vocabulary at age five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary.Mr Hinds will say that he wants to halve the number of children starting school without the early speaking or reading skills they need by 2028.He will outline his intention to build a new coalition of business leaders, charities, tech companies and media groups to encourage more parents to read and learn new words with their children.Representatives from the National Literacy Trust and Public Health England will sit on the coalition, which will come up with ways to boost parents’ confidence with supporting their child’s language and literacy. This could include awareness-raising campaigns, like the ‘Five a day’ public health campaign that encouraged more people to eat fruit and vegetables as a model for changing parents’ behaviour.  Mr Hinds will say that while there are “legitimate worries” from parents about screen time, media and modern technology, it can also be a useful tool for parents to help with their child’s language development.   The head of Ofsted has previously warned that more and more children are starting school without being able to communicate properly or even use the toilet.Amanda Spielman described how some “lucky” children are given bedtime stories or taught the alphabet by their families, while others are not so fortunate.She has previously urged nursery staff to spend time teaching pre-school children new language skills – whether through songs, nursery rhymes or “time-honoured classics” such as Hans Christian Andersen or Dr Seuss.The Ofsted head said children starting their first year of school should also be able to sit still and listen, understand the words “no” and “stop”, and be able to put on their own shoes and coat. “It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple words,” he will say.  “And the truth is that the vast majority of these children’s time is at home. Yes, the home learning environment can be, understandably, the last taboo in education policy – but we can’t afford to ignore it when it comes to social mobility.  “I don’t have any interest in lecturing parents here…I know it’s parents who bring up their children, who love them, who invest in them in so many ways, who want the best for their children. But that doesn’t mean extra support and advice can’t be helpful.” It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple wordsEducation Secretary Damian Hinds 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

UK weather Storm Ali brings dangertolife warning with 80mph winds

Dangerous flying debris and travel cancellations are expected as the first named storm of the season brings strong winds of up to 80mph to the UK and Ireland.Amber severe weather warnings for the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were issued ahead of Storm Ali’s arrival in the early hours of Wednesday.Journeys by road, rail and air are likely to be disrupted and the conditions could also damage buildings, lead to power cuts and blow over trees.Flying debris is likely and could pose a danger to life, the Met Office added.Milder yellow wind warnings were also issued across Northern Ireland, Scotland, the north of England and Wales on Wednesday.The amber warnings are in place from 8am to 5pm, while the yellow alerts are scheduled from 6am to 10pm. What should you do if you live in the amber wind warning area? #StormAli 🌬️ pic.twitter.com/MRMkboEu1R— Met Office (@metoffice) September 18, 2018 Wednesday could see winds of 60-70mph, the forecaster said, adding: “Certainly we could see close to 80mph, possibly even higher miles per hour in exposed areas in the far north of the country.”Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond added: “Winds will build quite quickly through the morning and remain very strong.”Temperatures will remain fairly mild though as it brings in mild air from the Atlantic.”Moving into Thursday we will see widespread heavy and persistent rain which looks set to change to sunshine and showers on Friday, before becoming more settled on Saturday.”Temperatures remain above average for this time of year with 24C (75F) possible in London on Tuesday after the mercury hit 26C (79F) in the capital on Monday.The name’s Idris, Storm Idris: This season’s stormsStorm Ali is the first named storm of the season. For more UK weather news, click here. The full list of storm names for 2018/2019 is: Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris, Jane, Kevin, Lily, Max, Niamh, Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet and Wyn.It is the fourth year that the Met Office and Met Eireann have run the Name our Storms scheme, which aims to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.The season’s names have been compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the nations, culture and diversity of the UK and Ireland.UK weather map for Tuesday and week ahead An amber severe weather warning for #wind has been issued: https://t.co/jR2OwmP9pf Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/pXf9XQjDuh— Met Office (@metoffice) September 18, 2018 Forecasters said that in the areas covered by the amber warning, people should expect:Flying debris which could lead to injuries or danger to lifeProbably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or damage through falling trees and branches breakingLonger journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affectedPower cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverageSome roads and bridges likely to closeLarge waves could affect coastal roads, sea fronts and propertiesForecasters cancelled a wind warning for Tuesday due to gusts not meeting the power threshold as Storm Helene fades away. Meteorologist Dean Hall said parts of the UK felt gusts of about 30-40mph on Tuesday morning, with wind speeds reaching 50mph in parts of Wales.Storm Helene, which was downgraded after initial warnings it may pose a risk to life, is moving away towards the north east and will have moved on by Wednesday.”We’ve got rain currently across Scotland, northern England, eastern parts of Northern Ireland, associated with what was Storm Helene,” Mr Hall said. 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

London man becomes only second person to be cured of HIV as

“By achieving remission in a second patient using a similar approach, we have shown that the Berlin Patient was not an anomaly, and that it really was the treatment approaches that eliminated HIV in these two people,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Ravindra Gupta (UCL, UCLH and University of Cambridge). 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 British man may be the second person to be cured of HIV as doctors said he was in ‘sustained remission’ after being given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease.The breakthrough comes 10 years after the first such case, known as ‘The Berlin Patient’. The second person, dubbed ‘The London Patient’ was treated by specialists at at University College London and Imperial College in 2016,  and has since shown no sign of the virus.Doctors are hopeful the man is now cured, although say it is too early to make a final call. “While it is too early to say with certainty that our patient is now cured of HIV, and doctors will continue to monitor his condition, the apparent success of stem cell transplantation offers hope in the search for a long-awaited cure for HIV/AIDS,” said Professor Eduardo Olavarria of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London.The therapy works by effectively replacing the blood cells of an infected person with that of someone who is immune to HIV through a genetic mutation which prevents the virus attaching itself to cells.  For the treatment he he underwent a haematopoietic stem cell transplant from a donor with two copies of the CCR5 32 allele in 2016 and remained on anti-viral drugs for more than a year after. But in the past 18 months he was taken off the extra drugs and regular testing has confirmed that his viral load is now undetectable.CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1 but people who have two mutated copies of the CCR5 allele are resistant to the HIV-1 virus strain that uses this receptor, as the virus cannot enter host cells.Around 100,000 people in Britain are living with HIV and while the therapy may not be suitable for them all, because of side-effects, the team is now looking into whether it is possible to simply knock out the receptor through gene therapy.  The research was published in the journal Nature.  “At the moment the only way to treat HIV is with medications that suppress the virus, which people need to take for their entire lives, posing a particular challenge in developing countries.“Finding a way to eliminate the virus entirely is an urgent global priority, but is particularly difficult because the virus integrates into the white blood cells of its host.”The ‘London patient’ who has chosen to remain anonymous was diagnosed with HIV infection in 2003 and on antiretroviral therapy since 2012. Commenting on the breakthrough, Dr Andrew Freedman, Reader in Infectious Diseases and Honorary Consultant Physician, Cardiff University, said:“This an interesting and potentially significant report of a second patient whose HIV infection has gone into remission after receiving a stem cell transplant as part of treatment for a haematological malignancy. “As with the ‘Berlin patient’ who remains free of all traces of the virus more than 10 years later, this patient received stem cells from a donor with a specific genetic mutation rendering them resistant to HIV.“As the authors caution, it is still too early to be certain that this second patient has been cured of HIV. Much longer follow-up will be needed to ensure the virus does not re-emerge at a later stage.” However gene therapy in adults would not be as controversial, as it would not interfere with the germ line, and be passed to future offspring. “Continuing our research, we need to understand if we could knock out this receptor in people with HIV, which may be possible with gene therapy,” added Professor Gupta.The research was partly funded by Wellcome, the Medical Research Council, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres at University College London Hospitals, Oxford and Cambridge.  Timothy Ray Brown – the ‘Berlin Patient’Credit:AP Photo/Manuel Valdes In a recent controversial case in China, a rogue doctor genetically engineered the embryos of two babies to insert the protective gene so they would not contract HIV from their father, the first time a baby has been born with a genetic modification, which sparked worldwide condemnation.  Timothy Ray Brown - the 'Berlin Patient' read more