NBA’s free agency period begins on July 1, and some big names might switch teams, whether by choosing to sign elsewhere or getting traded. In the video above, Nate Silver looks at FiveThirtyEight’s player projections for three players — Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin — who might be on the move.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week marks the start of NFL training camps, but a few big names might not take the field. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may hold out in the hopes of negotiating a more favorable contract.Elliott would join a list of running backs who have recently held out from practice — or, in Le’Veon Bell’s case, a whole season — in search of more lucrative deals. What do the numbers say about his chances at a raise? On today’s show, we discuss how analytics might play a role in the depreciation of positions and whether these evolutions are for the better.Our Rabbit Hole this week discusses our recent research into the danger of foul balls and what might constitute a baseball VIP experience in Japan.What we’re looking at:Our colleague Josh Hermsmeyer weighs in on the Elliott debate.The Atlantic investigates the disappearance of centers from the NBA.The Washington Post examines the reaction time fans have should they find themselves in foul ball territory.
OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorThe storm of Ohio State underclassmen leaving for the NFL draft continues to pick up steam. On Saturday night, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee announced his intentions to turn pro, joining Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott.Now, just two days after OSU topped Notre Dame 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell is joining them. In a screenshot posted to his personal Twitter account Sunday morning, Powell announced his decision to surrender his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL. “First off,” the Bedford, Ohio, native wrote, “I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to have a decision on whether or not I should go to the next level.“With that being said, after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I will be forgoing my final year of eligibility at The Ohio State University.”Powell, who has already graduated with a degree in marketing and won a national championship, wrote that he has “accomplished almost every one” of the dreams he had after committing. Initially recruited to Columbus by Jim Tressel, Powell blossomed over his four years as a Buckeye, both on the field and off it. His exuberant, fun-loving personality matched with his football ability made him a favorite amongst members of the team and fans. “I came as a young boy with a dream,” Powell wrote, “but (I‘m) now leaving as a grown man with a dream. I really enjoyed the four seasons I’ve been at OSU. I have built a very special bond with my teammates that I will cherish forever.”Powell registered five tackles and an interception in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. He nearly had another pick, but a targeting penalty on Bosa in the first quarter negated it. In his three seasons on the turf, the 6-foot-3 Powell accumulated 195 tackles and eight interceptions. The list of OSU underclassmen leaving for the NFL now sits at five, and others, such as wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell, are widely expected to bolt for the next level. Underclassmen wishing to declare have until Jan. 18 to do so. The 2016 NFL draft is slated to begin April 28 and last through April 30.
Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (left) embraces senior middle blocker Kylie Randall after OSU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern at St. John Arena on Sept. 28, 2016. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took down the No. 1 team in the country last weekend — but that doesn’t mean its conference schedule will be getting any easier.The No. 14 Buckeyes will play two more teams ranked in the Top 25 this weekend – No. 21 Michigan State on Friday and OSU rival No. 23 Michigan, on Sunday.On Saturday, OSU stunned fans as it took down undefeated, No. 1 Nebraska in four sets. This was the first time that OSU has won against a top-ranked team on the road and the third consecutive time the Buckeyes have been victorious on the Husker home court. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz said the team’s performance in Lincoln, Nebraska, was a great opportunity for people to see what Buckeye volleyball is all about.“The Nebraska match really gave us a chance to prove ourselves, and really bring us together as a team and show what we’re capable of,” she said. Wenz feels that if the team can channel its energy from the match against the Huskers into the rest of its play, the team will be able to have repeated success. “I think that bottling up the feeling and the unity we had during that match, (we’re) trying to replicate it against every opponent,” she said.First, the Buckeyes will have to battle the Spartans on Friday. Over the past two seasons, the series is split between the two teams. Currently, Michigan State holds a 13-3 record. OSU coach Geoff Carlston gave credit to the Spartans for being what he considers one of the most physically dominant teams in the nation.He added that his team’s ability to slow down Michigan State hitters will be key to OSU’s success.“They just hit the ball hard,” he said. “So our ability to slow them down with our block is going to be important.”Currently, both Michigan State and Michigan are ranked above the Buckeyes in blocks for the Big Ten conference.A player that will be imperative to the Buckeyes’ blocking game is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She is averaging 1.05 blocks per set, and has combined for 61 total blocks this season. Sandbothe ranks second in most career blocks in OSU history with 481. Sandbothe received both conference and national recognition this week: Big Ten Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s National Player of the Week. She was joined by fellow senior, libero Valeria León, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, who clinched the espnW National Player of the Week. After their bout with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will have a day off before visiting the Michigan Wolverines. Members of OSU’s team noted that this match always comes with a little extra motivation behind it.“The seniors always talk about it. You can feel it. There’s always a little edge to the match, a little more so than all of the other ones,” Carlston said.One of the members of Carlston’s senior leadership, León, added that she loves the environment of playing at Michigan. “We go out there — you have so many fans against you — and it’s all blue and yellow,” she said.The Wolverines are also carrying a 13-3 record this season. In 2015, OSU was able to pull off a 3-1 win while in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Scarlet and Gray were swept by the Wolverines at St. John Arena in the next matchup. Wenz, who hails from Springboro, Ohio, is hopeful that her team can keep their victory train rolling with a win over “That Team Up North.”“Being from Ohio, it’s always great to beat them,” she said. “So hopefully we can continue that streak.”The Buckeyes will first play Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the match against Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Ann Arbor.
Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio Sunday evening by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for allegedly possessing over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets. According to a report from the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Trooper James Trelka of the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small, 24, Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. The report said that Small allegedly possessed 243 Oxycontin pills, an undisclosed amount of suspected heroin, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a loaded 25-caliber pistol. The Lantern was able to confirm with the Meigs County Sheriff Office that they had Small in custody until Monday evening. Small was scheduled to report to Meigs County Court Monday where, reportedly, he was charged with the possession of a schedule II narcotic. According to the report, Small has since been released, although further charges are pending. The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. It’s not the first time Small has been in hot water. Small, who was suspended a number of times throughout his career, told The Lantern last spring that he sold OSU memorabilia for cash, opening the floodgates on the OSU football tattoo scandal that began in December, 2010. The Lantern attempted to contact Small using the phone number he responded to during the May interview, but the number is no longer active. During his controversial career as a Buckeye, Small totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns from 2006-09.
Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground.
On the final day of the regular season, the Ohio State baseball team (31-25, 11-13 Big Ten) clinched the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the scene was far from picturesque. The Buckeyes were swept in their final three regular-season series against Indiana, but advanced to the conference tournament because they held a tiebreaker advantage after finishing in the three-way tie for the final spot with Illinois and Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals said he was unaware of the tie-breaker scenario and thought the season had ended after his team’s Saturday loss against Indiana. “I did think it was over when we lost,” Beals said. “It was a crazy two-minute period of time when you go from trying to figure out how to tie the game up, then we lose and figuring out what I’m going to say to these guys.” Then, Beals got the good news. “I was met by Brett (Rybak), our (sports information director), and he tells us we’re in,” Beals said. Following this past weekend’s conference action, the Buckeyes had the best record of the three teams against common Big Ten opponents and won the tiebreaker. Sophomore first baseman Josh Dezse said it was incredible to find out the team made it in the Big Ten Tournament. “We thank God we got into this tournament,” Dezse said. “When we found out at the end of the game, we thought we were out and it was not pretty. When we found out we were in there, we couldn’t help but smile even though we were just swept. It was kind of weird because we didn’t know what to do, what coach was thinking. Do we smile? Are we happy or are we not happy? We had mixed emotions.” Players said it was tough playing the Indiana series and they didn’t stay loose as they had throughout the season. “All season we’ve played loose and felt that’s when we play our best baseball,” said sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel. “Lately we haven’t been doing that. We’ve been pressing a little too hard and you can’t do that in this game. You have to play loose and fast and that’s what we’re going to try to do this tournament.” The Buckeyes finished the regular season with the most walks (264), sacrifice flies (31) and stolen bases (84) in the Big Ten. In addition to team accomplishments, Dezse was named to the John Olerud watch list for the best two-way player in the nation. “It’s like having two players in one,” Beals said about Dezse, who is the team’s first baseman and closer. “You have a limited number of scholarships and when you’re putting a team together, it’s really huge.” Dezse hit .305 with five home runs and 32 RBI, all of which were second-best on the team. Dezse led the team in saves with seven and also posted a 3.08 ERA. Sophomore pitcher John Kuchno led the Buckeyes in wins with an 8-3 record. However, sophomore pitcher Jaron Long led the team in ERA among starters with 2.29 and was the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter throughout Big Ten play. “He’s our guy and he’s proven that he’s our guy,” Beals said. “He’s earned the respect and confidence of our team. We knew that he had the ability and that he has a knack for knowing how to pitch.” The Buckeyes came into the season with what Beals said were “ramped-up expectations.” Beals said before the season, the team watched the movie “Miracle” and players drew inspiration from the story and will use it in the Big Ten Tournament. “With the U.S.A. team, I just keep going back to what did they have to lose,” Dezse said. “They had nothing to lose. Same with us, make us the underdog, whatever. We’re here to play and we’re here to win. We have enough talent here that we’ll be just fine.” The Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament is at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. The Buckeyes’ second game will be based on the result of their game and the result of the noon game between Nebraska and Michigan State.
Senior defender Sage Gardner (5) heads the ball during a match against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State captain, Columbus Crew Soccer Academy captain, Worthington Kilbourne captain. Each experience for Sage Gardner has helped him progress as the leader he is today.Gardner, a senior defender for the men’s soccer team, has been a captain for the last two seasons. He said learning by example is what taught him the most.“Freshman year coming in I saw (former Buckeyes) Matt Gold, Konrad (Warzycha), and (Sam) Scales lead a successful team that went to the sweet sixteen,” Gardner said.Gardner attributed much of his growing up to the fact that he was one of three team captains last season. His ability to watch and learn helped developed his leadership.“Last year I got a learning experience being a tri-captain with two other seniors (Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena),” Gardner said. “I got to lead by example but it wasn’t necessarily my captaincy. I got to learn with the other two captains and it just evolved from there. Each year, I’ve progressed as a leader.”Gardner’s definition of leadership is geared toward inspiring his fellow teammates to achieve success.“I strive to come here and really gear myself towards the next level. Even if that doesn’t happen, I think that helps portray that I’m serious, but I also have fun while playing,” Gardner said. “Just showing a lot of confidence and passion, that’ll trickle down to everybody else.”Coach John Bluem noted Gardner has the qualities to be a good leader and has done well at it.“There is nobody on the team that works harder at his game, tries to get better every day and is consistent in his performance,” Bluem said. “Those traits and qualities are good in a leader.”Gardner was a four year letter winner in high school at Worthington Kilbourne, as well as captain his senior season. He also was captain of his U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams for the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy. He led his academy teams to the playoffs each year and to back to back national championships in his U-19 and U-20 seasons.Gardner said there is no difference between each level’s captaincy and the job does not change.“I would say it’s pretty much the same, same responsibilities,” Gardner said. “I’d say this (season) is a little different because it’s a more adverse situation in terms of our record (2-6-5, 0-2-2).”Bluem said he has noticed Gardner’s progression as a leader.“A year ago, he was a leader on the team, but only through his work,” Bluem said. “He’s been a very steady, calm influence on the team this year. He leads by example certainly more than anything else.”Redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian attributes Gardner’s leadership skills to his passion, ability to care for individuals and his communication.“His passion for the game shows he is always trying to get better,” Killian said. “He cares about each individual on the team – I think that’s huge. It’s easy to over look younger guys on the team, and he does a really good job of talking with them and communicating.”Killian said Gardner’s leadership carries off the field as well.“He communicates with everyone. He talks with you not just about soccer,” Killian said. “If you have any issues, he’s easy to approach and he’ll give you some good advice.”Gardner has started all 71 games of his Ohio State career. In his collegiate career, he has tallied three goals and two assists. He has also been a part of 22 shutouts thus far.One word came to mind when Bluem and Killian spoke about Gardner’s soccer abilities: “consistency.”“He plays hard every single game, trains hard every single practice and he is an intelligent player,” Bluem said.Killian agreed.“It is hard to be consistent at this level, especially since he’s been starting since he was a freshman,” Killian said.Gardner is a finance major, but hopes to continue his soccer career into major league play.OSU has four regular season games remaining until the Big Ten tournament begins in Columbus. The Buckeyes are slated to play Oakland Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo freshman running back has led the Big Ten in rushing yards in over a decade. Wisconsin then-freshman P.J. Hill racked up 1,569 yards in 2006, but every leading rusher since him has been a sophomore or upperclassman. This year, that will change. Badger true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor leads the conference with 1,806 rush yards. Sitting in second place, more than 600 yards behind Wisconsin’s phenom, is Ohio State true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins has 1,190 yards, more than the 1,096 yards last year’s starter, Mike Weber, had as a redshirt freshman. In the Big Ten championship game Saturday, they will face off in the first of many possible battles between the present and future of the conference’s best running backs. In the Big Ten, a storied conference loaded with run-first teams and former highly ranked running back recruits, physically mature veterans nearly always lead in rushing.Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who worked as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 2004 when then-freshman running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,925 yards, attributed the success to freshmen entering programs as “young men,” not “little kids.”Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“One, it’s raw talent, but is the kid mature enough to handle the protections and the thought process because there’s some communication where there’s some guys who have the skill-set and they can’t process mentally,” Wilson said Tuesday evening.Dobbins and Taylor are the anomaly. That’s what makes their matchup on Saturday so intriguing. Many believe in the “freshman wall,” a name given to something freshmen who are not used to playing an extended schedule against collegiate competition.When asked about whether he hit the proverbial wall, Dobbins scoffed.“I don’t feel like I’ve hit that wall, I don’t feel like I did,” he said almost incredulously. The proof of his confidence is seen in the numbers. In his first collegiate game, Dobbins picked up 181 yards on 29 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per rush. The next game, against Oklahoma, he added 13 rushes for 72 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Since then, he has rushed for less than 6.7 yards per carry just once, when he picked up 4.3 yards per carry two weeks ago against Illinois.Wilson said he has been conscious of the freshman’s carry count, spelling him in games and in practice with Weber, who became the third freshman in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards last season, and sophomore Antonio Williams. “You’ve got to be able to practice hard enough to get them tough, but you can’t over-practice, you can’t burn them out,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to be smart with them.”The return of Weber, who had just seven carries in the first four games due to an injury, takes pressure off Dobbins to be the Buckeyes’ bell cow running back. Weber has even received double-digit carries in each of the past two games.Unlike Dobbins, Taylor has been pushed to the maximum without anyone to sub in for him in most games. Wisconsin’s second-leading rusher, running back Bradrick Shaw, has 96 carries, more than 150 fewer than Taylor. And Shaw has not been nearly as successful as Weber, who has a 6.5 yard per carry average. Shaw averages just 3.7 yards per carry.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut Taylor has continued his stretch of dominance, averaging at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of the past eight games. He has received less than 19 carries just once during the stretch.On a teleconference Monday, redshirt linebacker Chris Worley said Taylor “doesn’t run like a freshman.” It did not take long for him and the rest of Ohio State’s first-team defense to learn the same about Dobbins. During spring practice, the first-team offense was working on getting out of its end zone against the Buckeyes’ starting defense. The coaches put the offense on its own 1-yard line. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett took a snap and handed the ball to Dobbins, who took just seconds to leave all the first-team defenders in the dust.“He busted up a 99-yard touchdown run, and that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be for real,’” senior left tackle Jamarco Jones said. “He’s for real.”Dobbins knows he’s for real. When asked whether the college game has been easier than he anticipated, he smirked, chuckled and said, “Yeah.” Dobbins said he thought it would be more difficult both physically and mentally. Even still, he was confident he would be OK. “I thought it was going to be really hard, but I knew I was going to do good,” Dobbins said. “I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”On Saturday on the conference’s biggest stage, Dobbins and Taylor will have the opportunity to not just prove who the Big Ten’s future greatest running back will be, but who is already the best.
They are joined by Benjamina Ebuehi, a teaching assistant, Candice Brown, a PE teacher, and Kate Barmby, a nurse.In the BBC’s blue corner are Michael Georgiou, a 20-year-old politics student, Rav Bansal, a 28-year-old member of support staff at City University, and Selasi Gbormittah, who works in finance. While the colour of the icing had been changed to different, lurid shades, the poses of the contestants remained the same as in the original shots, with fans suggesting it had been “photoshopped”. While the colour of the icing has been changed to different, lurid shades, the poses of the contestants seems to remain the same as in the original shots. Fans immediately spotted the difference, taking to Twitter to protest at the “nonsense” presentation of the 2016 contestants. They will be joined by Andrew Smyth, 25, who works for Rolls Royce, 67-year-old pastor Lee Banfield, and Tom Gilliford, a 26-year-old project engagement manager for the Royal Society of Arts. The programme is due to be broadcast at 8pm on BBC One, on August 24. Another asked: “If there’s any show that just blythely ignores gender stereotypes it’s Bake Off so why the different icing?”Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dems, said: “Looking forward to catching #GBBO but I hope the pink icing for girls, blue icing for boys is dropped.”The BBC later appeared to have a change of heart, hastily tweeting out a new picture of the contestants with multicoloured icing. I thought #GBBO was one programme where the shape of your genitals was irrelevant. I was wrong https://t.co/2SLye1iAcb— Samuel West (@exitthelemming) August 16, 2016 BBC One later tweeted out this image, with the icing colours changedCredit:BBC Among those appearing to defend the pictures was Louise Williams, one of the show’s 2016 contestants, who retweeted a message from a fan saying: “People complaining about what colour icing the men and women have on the #GBBOpictures need to get a serious, serious grip…Morons.” The BBC has been accused of sexism over the colour of icing given to men and women on the Great British Bake Off.The baking show has incurred the wrath of viewers, who accused it of using “gendered” colours unnecessarily.Publicity photographs for this year’s Bake Off contestants showed women wielding mixing bowls and spoons with pink icing, while men had blue. The scandal is something of a record for the Great British Bake Off, which is no stranger to controversy but usually waits until the series begins before raising eyebrows.But this year, they faced their first criticism within hours of the contestants being announced.Previous scandals include the so-called “Baked Alaska-gate”, in 2014’s series five, when contestant Diane Beard was filmed taking a rival’s dessert out of a freezer.The BBC received more than 500 complaints about the outcome of the episode, which saw Iain Watters eliminated after presenting the judges with a melted Baked Alaska in a bin. The 2016 GBBO contestantsCredit:Mark Bourdillon Hey #GBBO what’s with the gender stereotype icing colour poses? Pink for girls, blue for boys? Stupid. https://t.co/qq3GuaWhLY #DarkAges— Marc Godfrey (@AnimatorMarc) August 16, 2016 In series four, Howard Middleton saw his custard accidentally pinched by a mortified Deborah Manger, who used it on her own trifle.The BBC did not wish to comment on allegations of sexism regarding its icing.Nor has it shied away from its various controversies over the years, with BBC Store adding eight key episodes of the Bake Off to a new online collection entitled The Great British Bake Off: Memorable Moments. Men, like Andrew, brandished blueCredit: Mark Bourdillon One disappointed fan said: “Was ridiculously excited. Saw the blue icing for men & pink for women. Now just a little bit irritated.” Rav has blue, which appears to be for boysCredit:Mark Bourdillon Women like Jane were photographed with pink icingCredit:Mark Bourdillon Gendered icing, apparently coming to this year’s @BritishBakeOff 😡 #GBBO2016 (HT @HeyRowanEllis) pic.twitter.com/TO0HZwSJks— Man vs Pink (@ManVsPink) August 16, 2016 Williams was one of the 12 contestants introduced by the BBC yesterday: six men and six woman who will battle for the coveted winner’s cake stand.Those photographed with pink icing include Val Stones, a 66-year-old semi-retired headteacher, and Jane Beedle, a 61-year-old garden designer. 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. Candice gets pink icingCredit:Mark Bourdillon People complaining about what colour icing the men and women have on the #GBBO pictures need to get a serious, serious grip…Morons— James Martin (@youngJimMartin) August 16, 2016 I love you @BritishBakeOff, but what’s up with your pink icing for ladies/blue for men nonsense in the promo shots?! #Grrr #GBBO— Cazzle (@skippity_doo) August 16, 2016
We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoyChristopher Wordsworth The line of 47m high pylons will also run right across the top of the Duddon Estuary, interrupting stunning views into and out of the high fells of the Lake District.The National Grid is planning to link the proposed new nuclear plant at Moorside near Sellafield, Cumbria, to the UK power network at the Heysham power station in Morecambe, Lancashire.Mr Wordsworth said: “William Wordsworth was enthralled by the unique beauty of the Duddon – it inspired his famous series of sonnets.”As much as the works of my ancestor are an important part of our literary heritage, his ‘long-loved Duddon’ is an important part of our natural heritage. We owe it to his memory to preserve its beauty for future generations to enjoy.”Other campaigners stress this would irreversibly scar the national park’s iconic landscape, which is steeped in history.Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and campaign group Power Without Pylons have teamed up to fight the pylon plan.They want National Grid to adopt an alternative solution, which would remove the need to take the power cables up the valley and around the estuary.Friends of the Lake District is urging local people to take part in a consultation, which ends on January 6. Dr Kate Willshaw, policy officer at Friends of the Lake District, said: “We need as many people as possible to tell National Grid that putting pylons just metres outside of the National Park’s south-western boundary will cause unacceptable damage.”It will destroy the special qualities of the National Park and interrupting people’s enjoyment of our beautiful landscape renowned throughout the world.”Graham Barron, secretary of Power Without Pylons, said: “Protecting this important area is not just a local issue but a national issue.”Over 40 million people visit Cumbria each year to enjoy these special landscapes: they don’t want them scarred by lumps of metal and unsightly overhead wires.”Earlier this year, a wave of protests helped stop the North West Coast Connections project, which intended to install pylons through the Lake District.National Grid confirmed that it would now put 23km of cables underground, running through the Western side of the National Park. Where his ancestor wandered lonely as a cloud, Christopher Wordsworth may soon be wandering through giant electrical pylons.William Wordsworth’s great-great-great-great grandson is fighting a £2.8 billion plan to “fence in” the scenic Lake District, where the poet wrote his most famous sonnets.Mr Wordsworth has protested against National Grid plans to build a 3.5km line of pylons in Whicham Valley, each one standing just 10 metres outside the Lake District’s boundary. He said officials “owe it to the memory” of his famous ancestor to block the plans. 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.
But he admitted Russian involvement was “possible” amid a “cascade” of Russian intelligence-related activities.He said: “After the heady days of post-Cold War and the belief that we were moving the Russians into a rules-based international system, we seem to be going very rapidly in the opposite direction.”Whether it’s cyber activities, their apparent general malevolence and disruption, what you’re hearing is alleged to have taken place in the United States – and there is no reason to suggest the United States has made this up – it’s a catalogue of activities.“Television outlets like Russia Today are running around all over the place. There is a lot of Russian activity. It is perfectly plain that the Russians are in a hyperactive mode and this seems to be on the face of it orchestrated by Mr Putin, and frankly I find it very worrying.”Cambridge University declined to comment. Sir Richard and Mr Martland have been approached for comment but have not replied.Gleb Cheglakov, who is believed to have set up Veruscript with his wife, said it would be editorially independent of the organisation. He did not comment on the alleged link with the Russian government. Sir Richard (pictured) has been joined by Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter MartlandCredit: PA It has been more than 70 years since a ring of Cambridge spies infiltrated British intelligence so they could pass on crucial information to the Soviets.But it seems academics at the university are once again involved in whispers of espionage and double bluffs.This time, it is not a spy ring at the centre of intrigue but rather suggestions that Kremlin operatives may be targeting a seminar programme. The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar holds seminars on Fridays at one of the university’s collegesCredit:MARTIN POPE 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 possible [they have targeted CIS] but it is not very important,” he said. “Cambridge is just small pin point, the centre of the earth is London and there are at least 40 officers, including 25 KGB officers there.“They are always not very organised as they are very poorly paid and therefore they are not dangerous. They would use publishing or creative industries to infiltrate, it is very possible they might be doing this.”The warnings came as Government sources acknowledged for the first time that Russia is waging a “campaign” of propaganda and unconventional warfare, including fake espionage, misinformation, cyber attacks and fake news, against Britain. It is understood that intelligence officers and senior civil servants voiced their concerns during a meeting at the Cabinet Office two months ago, which discussed the growing scale of the Russian threat. Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who chairs the House of Commons Intelligence and Security select committee, said he did not wish to speculate as to the precise reasons for Sir Richard’s departure. …unacceptable Russian influence on the groupStefan Halper The concerns emerged after a number of experts unexpectedly resigned from their positions at the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS), an academic forum on the Western spy world. The men – former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter Martland – are said to have left amid concerns that the Kremlin is behind a newly-established intelligence journal, which provides funding to the group.Mr Halper told earlier reports that his decision to step down was due to “unacceptable Russian influence” on the group. Last night, a former KGB spy chief said it is entirely possible the experts’ alleged fears are true.The CIS was set up by official MI5 historian Professor Christopher Andrew. Seminars, which take place on Fridays at the university’s Corpus Christi college, are advertised on the university website, with previous attendees including Mike Flynn, Donald Trump’s choice as new national security adviser for the US, and Dr Paul Martin, the ex-director of parliamentary security. Suspicions were allegedly raised after claims a new digital publishing house called Veruscript, which helps cover some of the CIS’s costs, may be acting as a front for the Russian intelligence services.The publishing house, which, according to its website, is based in London, is also publishing a new journal, the Journal of Intelligence and Terrorism Studies. Some of those involved are thought to be concerned that Russia may attempt to use the link to the seminars to influence sensitive debates on national defence and security, sources told the Financial Times.Last night, experts warned it was feasible for the Russians to be involved, despite no concrete evidence yet found to suggest the claims are true.Oleg Gordievsky, who ran the KGB’s London bureau and was a double agent for the British intelligence service from 1974, said Russians were targeting creative industries but in larger cities, such as London.
Owen’s tree-mendous effortCredit:Owen Delaney / SWNS.com The father of two, who has been running for 12 years, said: “I started doing them as a bit of fun, really. The idea first came about a couple of years ago when I did something similar for an online competition.”I didn’t have any plan to carry it on after the first one, but my friends seemed to like it so did the Santa one the next day, then I thought why not try and come up with something different every day up until Christmas. He first started making the images on the app when he realised the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park, near his home in Teddington, south west London, would make a good nose for Rudolph the reindeer.Mr Delaney, 40, has spent hours planning each run, some of which have taken hours to devise in the lead-up to Christmas. Owen’s Santa shapeCredit:SWNS.com “I used to draw a lot of cartoons when I was younger, and sometimes made hand drawn Christmas cards for people.”I guess this is a similar theme, but I never imagined being able to use the park as a canvas. Technology has opened some fun new ways to be creative.”Mr Delaney has shared his pictures online, and received positive feedback from thousands of people.He said: “I’ve been completely blown away by the attention it’s all received. It’s great though, everyone seems to be enjoying it and it’s bringing lots of smiles, and lovely comments from people.”That’s what’s motivating me to keep going. We could all do with something simple and happy this year I think.”The longest run was the 7.1 mile Santa Claus, while his shorted and shortest picture turned out to be the 1.2 mile bauble.He added: “I like that it’s making people smile. My kids seem quite confused by it all though.”I show them the pictures after I’ve done a run, and they just give me a funny look like I’ve lost the plot. Kids are very astute.” A keen jogger has used an activity-tracking app to create festive art while keeping fit by running in Christmas shapes.Owen Delaney has mapped out Father Christmas, a snowflake and a Christmas tree using running app Strava, which maps out shareable routes using GPS technology. Owen Delaney with son TomCredit:Owen Delaney / 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.
Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33Credit:Glen Minikin She used the cash to go on a £1,300 spending spree, a night at the Dorchester Hotel in London, a jaunt to the Monaco Grand Prix and buy her the chance to rub shoulders with the aristocracy at the Henley Regatta.Subris’ lawyer argued that she was taken in by the “Svengali-like” Brudenell, who is serving nine years in prison for a string of frauds which left his victims feeling “violated.”But she was jailed for two and a half years by a judge who told her she was prepared to turn a blind eye to her boyfriend having sex with other women so she could keep up her lavish lifestyle. I feel sexually violated by him. It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out thereVictim of Guy Brudenell Alexandra Subris, the girlfriend of Guy Brudenell, appearing at Teesside Crown CourtCredit: Glen Minikin Subris admitted money laundering and fraud totalling £113,000. She pleaded guilty to laundering the money he stole from his victims and to hiding cash from the Insolvency Service by pretending to renovate a property he owned in Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire.The court was told that Subris provided false invoices for work that she had supposedly had done on the sprawling house, Buttsville, when in fact it was a ruse to stop it being claimed as one of Brudenell’s assets.Prosecutor Craig Hassall said that after the £475,000 house was sold, Subris went on a spending spree in London with her share of the spoils. The girlfriend of a “high society fraudster” turned a blind eye to his infidelity and described it as “an occupational hazard” so she could live the high life on the proceeds of the women he fleeced, a court was told.Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33, ignored the fact that bankrupt millionaire Guy Brudenell was sleeping with the women he fleeced and was happy to spend the cash he earned from his cruel cons.Teesside Crown Court heard Subris was a girl from a humble background with an “insatiable craving for the finer things in life”. He told the court: “There were significant transactions at Selfridges, Louis Vuitton, Harrods and the Dorchester Hotel where £1,300 was spent.”Mr Hassall went on: “Her account was used heavily to receive monies from the benefits of Brudenell’s frauds.”She was described variously as his sister, his interior designer, his curtain maker, when in fact she was his girlfriend and they used these dishnoestly obtained funds to finance their lifestyle.”She would have come to know, or at the very least suspect the funds were coming from his criminality. “She chose not to open the Pandora’s Box of his infidelity, she appears to see that as an occupational hazard for women involved with men of wealth.”He had formed sexual relationships with some of the women he defrauded. One of them, who was defrauded of £1,250 believed this defendant was his website designer.” North Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Guy Brudenell who was handed a jail term of five years and four months after conning three business associatesCredit:Glen Minikin The court heard that one of the women tracked Brudenell dowen to the home he shared with Subris and confronted them both about him conning her after a sexual fling.Mr Hassall said: “By that time in early 2013 there could have been no doubt about the source of the funds into her account.”He added: “She had an insatiable craving for the finer things in life. She took visits to Dubai, Marbella, the Monaco Grand Prix, Ascot and the Henley Regatta. It was a jet set lifestyle paid for by the victims of Brudenell’s frauds.”In police interview she went on to say the she and Brudenell were the victims of bitter people.”However Ian McMeekin, mitigating, said Subris, who met Brudenell in August 2008, was in effect another of the charming rogue’s victims.He told the court: “She became seduced by his obvious charm and charisma. She came from a humble background and he introduced her to a life she could only imagine and she was taken in by his promise of the high life.”She was an impressionable young woman with no criminal background, from a humble family who was introduced to this lifestyle, there is no doubt he corrupted her.”She trusted him and her head was turned by his apparent good character. He said he had doner work with the Church of England and had contacts with high society.”Subris, who has previously worked as a fashion designer creating flamboyant dresses popular at race meetings, wiped away tears throughout the hearing.Sentencing her to two and a half years, Judge Howard Crowson said: “You were to some extend led astray by a charming and persuasive man but you were an enthusiastic participant in the first offence and were happy to accept the trappings of the offending in the other.”Bankrupt millionaire Brudenell, 46, stole around £75,000 from the victims he met on the Sugardaddy.com website.The former property mogul, of Nawton, near Helmsley, and Lammas Court, Scarcroft, Leeds, was a renowned businessman before the economic crash.He was declared bankrupt in 2009 and jailed in 2013 for fraud. He once took part in a charity sky-dive with the Archbishop of York and lived in a £1.3 million country mansion in Nawton near Helmsley, with its own cricket pitch, tennis court, greenhouses, summerhouse, cottage and terrace on its 7.62 acres.The woman Brudenell had an affair with and who tracked him down to his house and confronted him said in a victim impact statement: “I feel sexually violated by him,” and: “It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out there.”Another said: “Guy Brudenell has had a horrible detrimental effect on my life and still does to this day.”Detective Inspector Jon Hodgeon, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud and Economic Crime Unit, said: “Subris was a devious fraudster whose greed has now caught up with her.”The outcome of this case should send a clear message to those that seek to benefit from the proceeds of crime, that they will be punished and will face the consequences of their actions.”This investigation was long and complex and my thanks goes to the victims and witnesses who supported the case throughout the lengthy process and without whom today’s result would not have been possible.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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The elderly woman didn’t want to be famous, but just wanted her fiver to do some good.“An old lady found it and she said ‘I don’t want my picture in the papers’ and she said ‘if it sells for a lot of money it will be better if young children could benefit from it’,” Mr Short told the BBC.Mr Short spent one of each of the four special fivers in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.They have been found in Ireland, Scotland and Wales but the five pound note he spent in England is still yet to be retrieved.Mr Short’s friend and fellow artist, Tony Huggins-Haig, who launched the project, said around 5,000 people have called up falsely claiming to have found it. Check your fivers! Last remaining Jane Austen £5 note worth £50,000 ‘could be anywhere in the world’ https://t.co/9rwDXPcTf4 pic.twitter.com/sRHkDl32TT— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) February 19, 2017 A famous engraver etched a tiny picture of Jane Austen on some five pound notes.Each one is estimated to be worth £50,000, judging by the value of some of his other work.Across Britain, people checked their fivers to see whether they had one of the four special notes.The third one has now been found by an elderly Northern Irish woman, and she has kindly donated it to charity.She sent it back to Graham Short, who engraved the notes, with a note asking him to use it to “help young people”. The series number of the remaining note is AM32885554.”It would be wondrous if someone finds it who is deserving, who is blown away by it, and who wants to do something worthwhile with it,” said 53-year-old Mr Huggins-Haig.”It’s been an incredible and humbling story thanks to Graham, who goes to incredible lengths to create artwork.”It really is a Willy Wonka story, and one day all four stories will be told, of which the first three are incredible.”All of Mr Short’s work is insured for at least £50,000, but Mr Huggins-Haig believes the notes could actually sell for up to £100,000. “£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people,” the kindly woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote.Mr Short’s website reads: “The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people. So Graham and the Gallery will be working closely together to do so.”Currently contacting outlets connected to Children in Need to try and give this to a good cause so we honour the request of the lucky woman who originally discovered the note.”Stay tuned for more information as the story develops over the following days!” 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.
He has long cast himself as the black sheep of the family, but it seems Prince Charles may soon be dubbed the Prince of Wools after ambitious plans to turn Sandringham into one of the country’s leading organic sheep farms were revealed to the Telegraph. There are currently around 3,000 sheep roaming the 20,000 acre estate where the royals spend Christmas every year but the future king plans to increase that number to as many… Sources close to the heir to the throne, who has taken over management of the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk from the Duke of Edinburgh, say he is planning to increase the sheep population of Sandringham by five-fold in a bid to boost the farm’s profitability post-Brexit.
Jonathan Green, of the IOPC, said its investigations raises “very serious question” about the how the officer may have handled a “crucial piece of evidence”.“Undoubtedly the escalation in acid attacks is alarming and Londoners will expect that the Metropolitan Police Service treat all reported incidents of such attacks seriously and to investigate them thoroughly,” he said.“Our investigation will be rigorous in challenging how this evidence relating to the circulation of CCTV images was handled and seek to uncover whether other victims of crime may have been impacted upon as a result of any shortfalls.” After Webster was jailed for the manslaughter of Ms Rand, a charge he admitted, it emerged he was a member of a ‘drill music’ rap gang called 12 World.It was believed Webster, known as “The General”, had been himself attacked with a corrosive substance, as well as being stabbed and hit on the head with a baseball bat. Jacqueline Joiner, Ms Rand’s sister, said on behalf of the family: “We are deeply upset and disappointed. This [IOPC investigation] was hard news to hear as we are all still struggling to cope with the loss of Jo.“Had this acid attack in March 2017 been investigated properly at the time, Webster, the alleged perpetrator, would have been dealt with and may not have been free to carry out the horrific attack in June 2017 on Jo, and she may still be with us. We feel let down by the Metropolitan Police.”An IOPC spokeswoman said the officer, who has not been named, is being investigated for gross misconduct for alleged breaches of professional standards relating to his duties and responsibilities, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct. The police watchdog is not investigating allegations of a criminal nature.She added that after the detective obtained CCTV footage following the March 2017 attack, he updated the crime report saying “the images would be circulated when he was next on duty.”It is alleged they were not circulated until November 6, last year. That month, Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Professional Standards received allegations of misconduct and reported it to the IPOC. The officer is on restricted duties. Xeneral Webster has been jailed for 17 years Ms Rand’s family added: “We feel very concerned for the lady who was the victim of this attack. We know some of what she may be going through as we saw all of the pain and suffering that Jo went through.” A detective is being investigated over claims he sat on evidence which allowed a gangland killer to carry out the UK’s first ever fatal acid attack.The family of Joanne Rand, a mother of three who died after Xeneral Webster splashed sulphuric acid on her, said they felt “let down” the Metropolitan Police may have missed a vital opportunity to prevent her killing.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is trying to establish why an officer failed for 20 months to circulate CCTV footage apparently showing Webster launching a similar acid attack just months before he went on to kill.The pictures were obtained by the detective constable shortly after a woman was left with “significant hand and leg injuries” in an attack in north London in March 2017. It is alleged those images were released only in November last year, leading to Webster being identified as the assailant in just three day.By then, the 19-year-old gang member had been jailed for 17 years for the manslaughter of Ms Rand in June 2017. She was sprayed while an innocent bystander by Webster’s high strength acid in Frogmore, High Wycombe.The bottle of corrosive liquid was knocked from his hand during a row about a bike with another man. Xeneral Webster riding away from the scene of the acid attack on Joanne Rand in Frogmoor, High WycombeCredit:PA The 47-year-old carer for dementia patients suffered horrific burns and died 11 days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia from her injuries. Joanne Rand sustained multiple burns from the attackCredit: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.
Police investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl believed to have taken MDMA have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of drugs offences.The girl, who has been named as Leah Heyes, died after she collapsed in a car park in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, at about 9.30pm on Saturday night.North Yorkshire Police issued a warning about MDMA to drug users and said they had not ruled out making further arrests.A force spokesman said: “Police are now in a position to name the 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after collapsing in the Applegarth car park, in Northallerton, on the night of Saturday 11 May.”Her name is Leah Heyes from Northallerton.”He continued: “We believe that Leah had taken the drug MDMA – also known as ecstasy or a ‘bomb’ – prior to collapsing and we reiterate our warning to anyone who uses drugs of the potential consequences.”At this stage, one teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.”However, officers have not ruled out making further arrests as the investigation continues.”Police said the boy who is being questioned is 17-years-old.The force said officers are continuing to investigate to determine the circumstances surrounding Leah’s death on Saturday night. A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of her death.On Sunday, Detective Inspector Jon Sygrove advised anyone who had bought MDMA recently to be cautious about taking it.He urged anyone who had taken the drug and was feeling unwell to seek medical help immediately.Police have asked anyone who was in the area at the time, or has any information about the events on Saturday night, to come forward if they have not already done so.Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Northallerton CID, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 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 coin enthusiast has been convicted of murder after stabbing a fellow collector 17 times while trying to steal a rare set of Beatrix Potter 50ps.Danny Bostock, 33, attacked 52-year-old Gordon McGhee in his bedroom before turning on the gas cooker and lighting a dishcloth, seemingly to cause an explosion and destroy evidence of the killing.Mr McGhee, who had disturbed Bostock while he was attempting to swipe his stash of limited edition coins, was left covered in blood at his home in Colchester, Essex.Bostock denied but was convicted of murder and attempted arson by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.The majority of Mr McGhee’s coin collection, the murder weapon and the clothes Bostock was wearing that night have never been found.Bostock was a collector of limited edition circulation coins, which included Beatrix Potter 50ps.He had been drinking with Mr McGhee and other friends in a block of flats in the early hours of 22 August last year before he sneaked into Mr McGhee’s flat to swipe the coins, the court heard.When Mr McGhee caught him red-handed, Bostock stabbed him 17 times, including in the face and neck, before fleeing on a bicycle.Footprints from his trainers were found traipsed around the flat. Bostock denied murder and claimed that one of the people drinking at the flat had worn his shoes then carried out the attack.Following the verdict yesterday, Judge David Goodin said the killing was “horrific” and that Bostock faced at least 30 years behind bars.Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Truss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I don’t believe that Bostock shows any remorse at all for taking Mr McGhee’s life.”His attack on Mr McGhee was senseless and brutal. He is an incredibly dangerous man and I hope he is sent to prison for a long time.”Bostock will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on 19 March. 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.