Michael Vick is an “elite” quarterback and there will be no change at the position. At least that’s the view of Philadelphia Eagles’ receive DeSean Jackson.“As far as I know right now, Michael Vick is going to be the quarterback,” Jackson said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “I haven’t heard of changes or anything like that, so we’re still going with the plan.”The Eagles are 3-4 and Vick had said Sunday after the Eagles’ 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that coach Andy Reid was considering making a change at quarterback, and that he might be benched in favor of rookie Nick Foles.Jackson sees it differently.“You can’t never blame it on one man,” Jackson said. “There’s been turnovers and things like that, but as far as Michael Vick and what he’s capable of doing, I think he’s still an elite quarterback in this football league.”Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on the final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles in 2009. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.He is ranked 18th in ESPN’s quarterback ratings with a Total QBR of 55.3.Vick said after Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Falcons: “Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it. The thing I know is, I’m giving it everything I’ve got out there when I step on the field. Deep down, as long as I know I’m doing that, giving it everything, that’s all I can ask out of myself.”Reid postponed his weekly news conference Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.But league sources told ESPN on that Vick does not believe he deserves to be benched and is upset at the idea of it. The sources said that supporting Reid’s decision should not be confused with happily accepting a decision to start Foles.Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and players who didn’t make a roster.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t satisfied being the NFL’s highest-paid receiver.The three-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants wants much more than the $95 million deal the team agreed to pay him Monday. The 25-year-old wants to be one of the best to play in the NFL.TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 01: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Giants 25-23. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)“Like I said, before I was even in the NFL, I wanted to be legendary,” Beckham said Tuesday. “Yeah, the money is great, you can take care of your family, you can take care of kids one day that you’ll possibly have. But my goal was always to be in the Hall of Fame, to win trophies, to be able to leave a legacy that will be remembered way past any money that you make.”In a wide-ranging interview, Beckham said the broken left ankle that sidelined him most of last season might have been the best thing to ever happen to him. It forced him to struggle to get back on the field and helped him mature after many slipups off the field.That new-found maturity and his willingness to work while his contract issues were being settled went a long way in convincing co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to open up the vault for Beckham.“I think he’s matured quite a bit,” Mara said after practice. “I think that stuff hopefully is in the past. I think he’s ready to go on and be the type of player and citizen that we expect him to be, and I think he will be.”Beckham, who was in the final year of his rookie contract, never doubted a new deal would be done before the start of the season.Mara also said reports that the Giants were listening to trade offers for Beckham in the offseason were blown out of proportion. He said it would have been irresponsible not to listen.“There was always an intention that he’d be a part of this team,” Mara said.The major concern was his ankle. The owners wanted to make sure he was fully recovered from the Oct. 8 injury that limited him to four games.After watching him practice against the Detroit Lions in mid-August, Mara knew the 2014 first-round pick was ready and a deal had to be reached before the start of the season on Sept. 9 at home against Jacksonville.“It’s not like it’s going to change the way that I want to play and the way that I want to perform,” Beckham said of the contract which includes a $20 million signing bonus and $65 million in guaranteed money.Beckham said he stayed away from the negotiations, letting his agent Zeke Sandu and the Giants’ hierarchy handle the talks.“It just was a matter of when,” he said. “I knew that I was already taken care of before this happened, and like I said, I was just happy that it happened.”What Beckham has done in his first four seasons is remarkable. He has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games. He is already tied for second among all-time Giants’ receivers with three 1,000-yard seasons.“You kind of dream about this moment all your life,” Beckham said. “In fact, you’ve dedicated everything, you sacrifice weekends, your parents have sacrificed weekend after weekend traveling, doing this and that just to be able to get to this point, so it is a relief. It’s a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family.”There were many who worried about Beckham because of his off-the-field problems. After the Giants made the playoffs in 2016, Beckham went to Florida with a number of fellow receivers and took a boat trip.It did not go over well and it hurt Beckham when he played poorly against the Packers.His reputation took another hit when a video was posted with him in a room where a hand-rolled cigarette was visible.Beckham is not proud of those things.“It wasn’t the best thing to happen to me to date, but what I got to learn and take and grow from, was everything that I needed in my life and now I’m able to take that and keep going forward and just be the best me that I can be,” he said.Giants coach Pat Shurmur has been cautious with Beckham in the preseason. He has not played in any of the three games, and it is unlikely he will see action in the finale at home against New England on Thursday.“There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be ready to go against Jacksonville,” Shurmur added.
OAKLAND, Calif. — If we someday look back and can firmly say that the Golden State Warriors were the greatest team ever assembled, Thursday night’s 113-91 laugher over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals may be the moment that idea began coming into focus for the average fan.In the first half alone, Golden State missed a whopping 15 shots from inside the restricted area, which basically equates to point-blank range. Draymond Green, who logged 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a Game 7 loss last year, didn’t score a basket until there was just over a minute left in the third period. And Klay Thompson, arguably the second-best shooter in the world, finished the evening 3-of-16 from the floor. Just two Warriors finished the game as double-digit scorers.Yet while Golden State looked primed to roll a gutter ball, Kevin Durant’s performance acted as the ultimate bumper rail, and the Warriors prevailed by 22 points instead.The superstar finished with 38 points on 26 shots, and logged eight rebounds and eight assists without turning the ball over even once.1Shaquille O’Neal holds the Finals record for most points in a game without turning it over, having logged 41 during a contest in 2000. Michael Jordan had a 37-point game with no turnovers back in 1998. Durant had six dunks by himself, a number that was jarring when juxtaposed against the fact that the Warriors finished with just four turnovers as a team, tied for the fewest in a game in NBA Finals history.2Oddly enough, the other two teams to accomplish this — the 2013 San Antonio Spurs and the 2005 Detroit Pistons — both went on to lose their series. Honestly, think about that: Durant had more dunks than his team had turnovers.Durant was at times a playmaker, setting up his teammates.3He effortlessly logged his eight assists Thursday. Harrison Barnes, the man he replaced, has never had more than five in a game. He was a lethal 1-on-1 scorer when he wanted to be, undressing Richard Jefferson with a nasty stepback that nearly incinerated the old-timer’s shoe. But perhaps most importantly, he pushed the tempo and created defensive conundrums for Cleveland that basically break basketball logic.Twice during the second quarter, Durant dribbled the ball right down Main Street without a single Cavalier stepping up to challenge him.And while it’s easy to blame that on horrendous defense — Cleveland was the worst transition D in the NBA during the regular season, and many of us thought the team might struggle to get stops in this series — it isn’t as simple as the Cavs being lazy or afraid of defending Durant. Instead, they were most concerned about leaving Stephen Curry wide open for a corner three.On both of these plays, you’ll notice that the Cavs are moving to their right to make sure that Curry doesn’t get a clean look from that spot. In doing so, Durant waltzes in for the four easiest points he’ll ever score.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantclearlane2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue suggested during his post-game press conference that it was a mistake to give Durant the easy looks in transition, because it allowed him to find a rhythm from outside. And there appeared to be some truth to that. KD shot just 1-of-5 from outside the paint in the first half but stayed afloat by shooting 9-of-13 from inside the painted area. He then went on to shoot 4-of-5 from outside that area after halftime, including a transition dagger where defenders, again, left him alone because of how focused they were on Curry.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/durantfrom3.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s a night-and-day difference from Harrison Barnes, whom the Cavs were happy to ignore toward the end of last year’s series. Now, Cleveland gets burned for the slightest mistakes, while Golden State’s secondary players can be less perfect than they’ve ever been. The addition of Durant changed that dynamic, and given that this is happening in the Finals, it’s scary for the rest of the NBA.Golden State had LeBron driving to nowhereThe Cavaliers offense revolves around LeBron James getting to the rack and creating problems elsewhere, but in Game 1, those problems seemed to have been solved. According to player tracking data from NBA.com, James drove to the basket 21 times in Game 1 — he did so just 9.5 times per game in the regular season, and 11.1 times per game in the postseason before Thursday. Things didn’t go well on those plays.The Warriors’ ability to contain LeBron with just Durant and not compromise the rest of their defense threw the entire Cavaliers offense out of alignment. With the other Golden State defenders staying home on the Cleveland shooters, James had just one assist and compiled five of his eight turnovers on those plays. He went 2 for 8 on his drives — a significant drop off from the 62 percent he shot on his attempts off drives during the regular season.The entire Cleveland offense is premised on James’s ability to score efficiently at the rim and draw help. But Durant has been one of the best rim protectors in the league this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 48.7 percent at the rim in the regular season and 41.8 percent in the playoffs. Whether or not James can solve that, single coverage at the rim will be a big factor in whether or not the Cleveland offense looks any better going forward in the series.The Cavs were very, very bad — but they’re not deadFor a blowout to happen, it usually takes two teams playing at opposite ends of the spectrum. And as good as Golden State was at protecting the ball and scoring in transition, Cleveland’s offense was equally dreadful in just about every way.Take shooting: The Cavs’ 34.9 percent accuracy from the field was their second-worst single-game mark of the entire season, trailing only this January loss to the Blazers. (Factoring in 3-point shooting using effective field goal percentage only makes things marginally better — this was their fifth-worst game according to that metric.) They made just 14 of the 38 shots (37 percent) classified as “open” or “wide open” by the NBA’s player-tracking data (including 7-for-24 from downtown) and were 3-for-28 (11 percent) on shots that weren’t created by either James’s or Kyrie Irving’s shooting or passing. Neither Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams nor Kyle Korver scored (they shot 0-for-10); J.R. Smith made Cleveland’s first basket of the game and wasn’t heard from after that.Giveaways were also a major problem. Cleveland’s 17.1 percent turnover rate was tied for its seventh-highest of the entire season. The whole offensive package added up to a mere 91.4 points per 100 possessions, the Cavaliers’ fourth-least efficient game of the season — and by far the worst outing of the playoffs for a team that had gone into the Finals leading all teams in offensive rating.The good news for the Cavs is that, as bad as they looked in Game 1, they’re far from doomed. Just one year ago, they were beaten by a wider average margin (24 points) in their first two games than they lost by Thursday (22) … and we all know how that series ended. With its explosive 3-point shooting, the Cavs’ offense could heat up and make us all forget about their bad night. But by the same token, Cleveland can scarcely afford any more duds against an opponent that might be the greatest the game has ever seen. Like their odds of winning the series, the Cavs’ margin for error just became more razor-thin than ever.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (June 2, 1 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Kevin Durant allowed opponents to shoot 41.8 percent at the rim during the regular season. That was the number for the playoffs. His regular-season number was 48.7 percent. The story has been updated.
Keone KelaTEX832+0.2 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Miguel CastroBAL301+0.5 Jacob TurnerWSH520-0.0 T. J. McFarlandARI621+0.2 Bud NorrisLAA1771+0.0 Jason GrilliTOR/TEX443-0.8 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Brad HandSD3065+2.1 Albert SuarezSF420-0.2 Hoby MilnerPHI002+0.0 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Jake DiekmanTEX101+0.2 Joe SmithTOR/CLE1811+2.5 Brad BrachBAL2661+1.9 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Roberto OsunaTOR26101+0.4 Felipe RiveroPIT3332+3.7 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Sam FreemanATL1024+0.7 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Ryan PresslyMIN521+0.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2330+2.5 Wade DavisCHC2611+3.4 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Richard BleierBAL421-0.1 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 Jose RamirezATL1744+1.0 A. J. SchugelPIT200+0.3 Nick VincentSEA2336+2.4 Josh RavinLAD010-0.4 Jake McGeeCOL1252+0.1 Josh SmokerNYM723+0.3 Chris DevenskiHOU2186+0.2 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Sean DoolittleOAK/WSH1926+2.1 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Kirby YatesLAA/SD951-0.6 Sammy SolisWSH221-0.5 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Juan MinayaCHW202+0.3 Heath HembreeBOS1055-0.2 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Pedro StropCHC1724+1.7 Mychal GivensBAL1734+1.6 Tony BarnetteTEX730+0.0 Brett CecilSTL1443+0.5 Sam MollOAK001+0.0 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 Matt AlbersWSH1124+0.9 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.4 Luis GarciaPHI943-0.2 Chad GreenNYY122-0.6 Matt BarnesBOS1673+0.1 Fernando AbadBOS501+0.8 Matt BelisleMIN1943+1.5 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Mike DunnCOL1203+1.9 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Shane GreeneDET1544+0.8 Jerry BlevinsNYM1557+0.3 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2551+2.0 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Fernando RodneyARI2543+2.3 Trevor HildenbergerMIN512+0.4 Tyler OlsonCLE200+0.3 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Justin GrimmCHC311+0.1 Cam BedrosianLAA1034+0.4 Craig StammenSD701+1.0 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL1820+2.0 Arodys VizcainoATL2162+0.8 Alex WilsonDET1265-0.4 Tony WatsonPIT/LAD2384+0.4 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Emilio PaganSEA330-0.6 Mike MontgomeryCHC1321+1.1 Daniel CoulombeOAK345-1.0 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK961-0.9 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Mark MelanconSF1350+0.0 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Josh HaderMIL532-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL/KC1060-0.7 Casey FienSEA/PHI320-0.3 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Jose AlvarezLAA554-1.1 Sam TuivailalaSTL321-0.3 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Taylor RogersMIN1864+0.6 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Tony SippHOU110-0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Cory GearrinSF932+0.2 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Joe BlantonWSH320-0.3 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 We’ve spent this season using a new statistic, the goose egg, in search of old-school relief pitchers. Specifically, we’ve been looking for pitchers that replicate some of the success of Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, for whom the goose egg is named. The “firemen” of Gossage’s day didn’t care as much about recording saves. Instead, they pitched in as many high-leverage situations as they could get their hands on: for instance, in tied games, or in the seventh or eighth innings when the situation demanded it. Pitchers like these provided a lot more value to their teams than modern closers who are often used exclusively in save situations. (The goose egg credits pitchers for clutch, scoreless relief innings, whether or not they’re save situations.)From the standpoint of overall bullpen usage patterns, there have been signs of progress around baseball. Major-league teams are placing less emphasis on the save and instead using their best relief pitchers in smarter ways.But no individual pitchers have come close to replicating the workload and value of Gossage, who accumulated a record 82 goose eggs — in 141.2 innings pitched — in 1975. In fact, no pitcher has yet earned even 40 goose eggs so far this season.The major-league leaders are the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen and the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who each had 38 goose eggs through Thursday night. Seattle’s Edwin Diaz leads the American League with 33 goose eggs, having helped lead the Mariners to a 25-13 record in one-run games.Knebel has had an outstanding season by any measure, but it’s been a fairly conventional one. The Brewers have dabbled with using him in Gossage-like situations — he’s made seven multi-inning appearances, for instance — but haven’t done so all that consistently.The Dodgers have gone a little further down the goose-feathered road with Jansen, who has 12 multi-inning appearances. The team has also avoided using Jansen with leads of three runs or more, which are usually a waste of an elite reliever’s talents. (A three-run lead is a save situation but not a goose situation.) And Jansen has been remarkably efficient, having converted all 38 of his goose opportunities. Still, Jansen is on pace for only 70 innings — typical for a modern closer, but only about half as many as Gossage threw at his peak.And some pitchers who were handling heavier workloads earlier in the season have seen their teams let up on the gas pedal — or have gotten themselves hurt. An early goose-egg favorite, the Astros’ Chris Devenski, has settled into a more conventional usage pattern as the season has worn on instead of routinely pitching two or more innings at a time. The Indians’ Andrew Miller has been on the DL twice in the past month.So the opportunity to see a truly Gossage-like season won’t happen for at least one more year. In the meantime, you can find complete goose stats for all pitchers this year in the table below. Tommy HunterTB2441+2.2 Dellin BetancesNYY2361+1.5 Dan JenningsCHW/TB248-1.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX1837+1.8 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Phil MatonSD711+0.6 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Buddy BaumannSD111-0.2 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Archie BradleyARI2645+2.5 Blake TreinenWSH/OAK1692-0.9 Michael LorenzenCIN2452+1.7 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Matt GraceWSH112-0.2 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Casey LawrenceTOR/SEA020-0.7 David HernandezLAA/ARI1314+1.6 Paul SewaldNYM752-0.9 Fernando SalasNYM/LAA764-1.2 Kevin SchackelfordCIN100+0.1 Danny BarnesTOR853-0.6 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Hector NerisPHI2463+1.3 Joe MusgroveHOU300+0.4 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 Tyler ChatwoodCOL100+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL2474+0.9 Ryan DullOAK623+0.2 Sam DysonTEX/SF2392+0.1 Matt BushTEX1662+0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL622+0.1 Shawn KelleyWSH620+0.1 Tim AdlemanCIN011-0.4 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Goose stats through Sept. 7, 2017 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Francis MartesHOU312+0.1 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Mike MinorKC1963+0.8 Oliver PerezWSH514+0.4 Buddy BoshersMIN010-0.4 Dominic LeoneTOR736+0.0 James PazosSEA1245+0.4 Kelvin HerreraKC2562+1.7 Craig KimbrelBOS2540+2.6 Brian DuensingCHC521-0.0 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Kenley JansenLAD3801+5.4 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Jared HughesMIL942-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Blake ParkerLAA1641+1.0 Kevin SiegristSTL812+0.8 Drew VerHagenDET210-0.1 Carlos RamirezTOR400+0.6 Hector RondonCHC1032+0.3 Peter MoylanKC903+1.4 Jim JohnsonATL1983-0.2 Ken GilesHOU1743+1.1 Ryan MadsonOAK/WSH2131+2.0 Bryan ShawCLE2264+1.4 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Joe JimenezDET010-0.4 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Andrew KittredgeTB110-0.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA1741+0.9 Addison ReedNYM/BOS2756+2.1 Marc RzepczynskiSEA1039+0.4 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Matt DermodyTOR301+0.5 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Brandon MorrowLAD740-0.5 Carson SmithBOS100+0.2 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1683-0.7 Oliver DrakeMIL431-0.5 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Koda GloverWSH822+0.4 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD523-0.0 Andrew MillerCLE3152+3.2 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ J. J. HooverARI632-0.2 Matthew BowmanSTL1755+0.6 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT300+0.4 Greg HollandCOL2450+2.0 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.6 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK332-0.7 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 John BrebbiaSTL103+0.1 Corey KnebelMIL3862+3.4 Nick GoodyCLE011-0.4 Eduardo ParedesLAA200+0.3 Edubray RamosPHI3111-3.7 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Josh FieldsLAD542-0.8 Ryan SherriffSTL210-0.1 Robby ScottBOS3210-0.2 Joakim SoriaKC2672+1.5 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Scott AlexanderKC533-0.3 Greg InfanteCHW113-0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Ryan BuchterSD/KC1463-0.2 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 George KontosSF/PIT973-1.3 Jose TorresSD542-0.8 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT16110-1.8 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Pat NeshekPHI/COL2127+2.4 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WSH2944+2.9 Drew SteckenriderMIA610+0.5 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Luis AvilanLAD534-0.4 Brad BoxbergerTB231-0.8 Brandon WorkmanBOS710+0.8 Brian EllingtonMIA210-0.1 Cody AllenCLE2075+0.7 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Steven OkertSF649-0.6 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Tom KoehlerTOR301+0.5 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1722+1.8 Joe KellyBOS744-0.3 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Darren O’DayBAL932+0.3 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Steve CishekSEA/TB723+0.3 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Luis SantosTOR200+0.3 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Francisco LirianoHOU120-0.6 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Luke GregersonHOU952-0.5 Zach BrittonBAL1100+1.7 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1582-0.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA621+0.2 Pedro BaezLAD1357-0.0 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Brad ZieglerMIA932+0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Justin WilsonDET/CHC2252+1.5 Zach DukeSTL111-0.2 Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Erik GoeddelNYM111-0.2 Edwin DiazSEA3373+2.4 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Sergio RomoLAD/TB330-0.7 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Aaron BummerCHW251-1.5 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Enny RomeroWSH1346+0.4 Wandy PeraltaCIN1533+1.1 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Chad BellDET001+0.0 Carl EdwardsCHC1883-0.4 Scott ObergCOL623+0.2 Ricardo PintoPHI111-0.2 Adam MorganPHI500+0.7 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Ross StriplingLAD961-1.0 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Raisel IglesiasCIN2812+3.8 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Alex ColomeTB3264+2.7 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Aaron LoupTOR5310-0.3 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Hunter StricklandSF2151+1.2 Andrew ChafinARI366-1.8 Jesse ChavezLAA111-0.2 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Jeremy JeffressTEX/MIL231-0.8 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 AJ RamosMIA/NYM1643+0.8 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Simon CastroOAK011-0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Danny FarquharTB/CHW932+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT754-0.8 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Daniel StumpfDET214-0.1 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Jarlin GarciaMIA014-0.4 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Juan NicasioPIT/PHI1278-0.9 Ricardo RodriguezTEX020-0.7 Tyler DuffeyMIN1133+0.6 Brandon MaurerSD/KC1980-0.2 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1433+1.1 Chris RusinCOL1033+0.5 Tyler ClippardCHW/NYY997-1.9 Junichi TazawaMIA860-1.1 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5
OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks downfield during a rush during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeye’s won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State football team got back to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday to evaluate its performance in the 38-17 win against Indiana. Coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday’s game that the lack of production in the passing game was “alarming.” Meyer’s consensus after watching film was a little more reserved.“There were a couple mis-hits that usually hit (deep passes), or when we do hit we’re dominating. If we don’t hit, we have to work a little harder,” Meyer said. “‘Alarming’ is probably a little over-reactive, but we’ve just got to get to practice and get it better.”On the surface, a 21-point victory is something to celebrate, but redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the game that he knows he and the team can play better. Barrett threw for just 93 yards on 9-for-21 passing with one touchdown and one interception. The dismal offensive performance yielded just 383 total yards, OSU’s lowest of the season.At some point this season, OSU was going to have to come down to Earth. The numbers the offense was putting up before its modest performance on Saturday were almost unbelievable, given what the team had lost the prior year. Barrett said that this past week’s humbling affair might be a good thing in the end.“Being we had our struggles in that game … definitely it lets us reflect and fix the mistakes we had,” he said.Through four games, the 2016 Buckeyes’ offense registered 57 points per game, but had its fair share of vulnerable moments. Indiana marked the third game out of five where OSU had a first-quarter turnover and its first game where the offense didn’t appear as a cohesive unit.“I think on offense … there were times where we had everyone on the same page and that’s when we had the more successful plays,” Barrett said. “We were in good plays lots of times and whether it be me messing up on an assignment or a read, or a receiver messing up or O-line messing up, we weren’t clicking on all cylinders on all units, so often times that was the problem.”Commonly referred to as “the lab,” the film room serves as the Buckeyes’ best friend after a week of stagnation from the side of the football that Meyer has revolutionized since his arrival in Columbus. Not only will OSU evaluate and attempt to correct the mistakes it made against the Hoosiers, the offense transitions into the toughest defense it has seen thus far.The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers will be the best team the Buckeyes have faced so far this season. Its defense ranks among the elite in several categories. The Badgers allow just 12.2 points, 291.4 total yards and 90.4 rushing yards per game, the last being first in the Big Ten and sixth in the country. Their red zone defense has allowed team’s to score inside the 20 just 55 percent of the time, second in the country.“On defense, they’re outstanding. They’re what they’ve been,” Meyer said. “It’s amazing that they’ve had coach transition. They’ve changed defensive coordinators and it’s a very similar defense. It’s Wisconsin’s defense.”Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and his offensive line will be going against a perennial pass rushing defense, which also prides itself on stopping the run. Elflein said that he is not worried about Barrett or any of the other units on the offense having another disappointing performance against Wisconsin.“That’s our motto here, and that’s what we always do is ‘Just do your job,’” Elflein said. “I’m worried about my job and secondly the five guys around me, them doing their job. I know J.T. is going to do his job and if we do our job, that give J.T. an opportunity to do his job, which he does very well.”For Meyer, his trust in his quarterback is unwavering.“J.T. is fine. J.T. is going to play well,” he said.The Buckeyes play Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber dribbles during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won, 2-1.Lantern file photoIt was a tough home opener for the Ohio State women’s soccer team Sunday evening. After allowing three first-half goals, the Buckeyes fell, 3-1, to the No. 4 Virginia Tech Hokies.“Virginia Tech has an outstanding attack and they put us under a tremendous amount of duress in the first half,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “Their motion and their shape was extremely strong and we struggled.”The Buckeyes’ record fell to 1-2-0 as they could not create an offensive rhythm against their third-consecutive ranked opponent.Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso notched the Buckeyes’ lone goal, and shot on target, of the evening. OSU was outshot 19-8, marking the third time this season that it has trailed in that category.Scoring opened in the 12th minute when Virginia Tech sophomore forward Bria Dixon curled a left-footed shot from the top of the penalty box behind Buckeye redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick.The Hokies stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute when sophomore midfielder Candace Cephers unleashed a shot 25 yards from the goal that deflected off an OSU defender and careened into the net.Geldernick made four saves in the first half, but was left flat-footed in the 45th minute when Virginia Tech freshman midfielder Laila Gray caught a pass behind the Buckeye defense and slotted it past Geldernick for the Hokies’ third goal of the night.Halftime adjustments stopped the bleeding, but the Buckeyes could not generate enough offense to change the game’s outcome.“I think in the second half, we started to combine a lot better and use our width and our speed to our advantage,” OSU senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said.Paradiso made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute after receiving a pass from freshman forward Sammy Edwards and burying it in the far corner of the net.The goal was the that first Hokie junior goalkeeper Caroline Kelly had allowed this season.Following the game, the Buckeyes stretched with a noticeable sense of relief. Their difficult opening schedule is set to soften when the team travels to play Toledo on Tuesday. “We’ve played a very tough schedule at the beginning of the season for a reason,” Walker said. “It’s seasoned us.”The Toledo Rockets are 2-1-1 following a 1-0 victory against Xavier University on Sunday. In its next game, OSU needs to focus on connecting passes to develop an offensive flow, Paradiso said.“Our timing was off a little bit,” Paradiso said. ‘We’re still trying to work out some things as far as our attack.”The Buckeyes have registered only six shots on goal through their first three games of the season.Staged to play an unranked opponent for the first time this season, Gruber said OSU wants to control more of the game in Toledo. “I think that we can use our strengths a little better and we can play our game,” Gruber said. “We can actually get after a team and play the way we want to play.”The Buckeyes have reached the midway point of their non-conference schedule and are set to kickoff against Toledo at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Forward Jae’Sean Tate attempts a lay-up in the Buckeyes’ 80-55 win over Northeastern on Sunday. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (4-0) defeated Northeastern (2-2) with ease 80-55 Sunday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop led the way for the Buckeyes with 24 points and five rebounds, and 19 points and seven rebounds, respectively.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann praised the way they have set the tone for the rest of the team through not only their play on the floor, but also through their mental preparation and fortitude. “Players win games,” Holtmann said. “(Tate and Bates-Diop) are guys that have ability and yet their approach has probably matched — in a lot of ways — their ability. That is filtered down to all of our guys, so hopefully that will continue. Those guys have led the way for sure.”Northeastern played at Stanford Friday night and perhaps the team was a little sluggish after traveling across the country before taking on Ohio State. The Buckeyes took advantage of the slow-starting Huskies, out-hustling them to loose balls and diving on the floor to make plays. Just two minutes into the game with the score still close at 4-2, freshman guard Musa Jallow stole the ball and threw it deep down the court. It appeared a Northeastern player was going to steal Jallow’s pass, but Bates-Diop raced down the court and gathered the ball. The 6-foot-7 forward quickly fired a pass to junior guard C.J. Jackson, who cut to the basket for the layup. Tate aggressively attacked the Huskies’ defense from the opening tip, scoring 11 points in the first five minutes of the game. The 6-foot-4 forward finished with a career-high 24 points and made 10-of-10 shots, setting a school record for the most shots made without a miss in a full game. Tate’s aggression and the hustle of Bates-Diop helped the Buckeyes jump out to a 15-2 lead. Tate credited his teammates, and particularly Jackson, for allowing him to take advantage of mismatches in the paint. He emphasized the importance of everyone doing his job and playing hard in order to achieve success in games. “It’s mind-blowing how hard this team plays on the court,” Tate said. “We’re having fun out there.”Seven minutes into the game, Northeastern redshirt sophomore guard Donnell Gresham Jr. made a 3-pointer to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 17-7, the closest the Huskies would come for the rest of the game. The game’s most exciting play came nine minutes into the game when redshirt senior Kam Williams poked the ball loose on defense. As Williams tried to recover the steal, Bates-Diop dove across the floor to grab the ball. Bates-Diop attempted to find a teammate to pass to from his rear end, but a Northeastern player deflected the pass. Bates-Diop somehow recovered the ball and threw an outlet pass to redshirt senior Andrew Dakich from his backside. Bates-Diop then quickly got to his feet and sprinted down the floor, outrunning all Huskies and catching the unconventional give-and-go pass from Dakich for a thunderous dunk. The two-handed slam ignited the home crowd and gave the Buckeyes a 21-7 lead. “It was just fun out there,” Bates-Diop said. “Everyone was playing hard, going on a big run — that kind of capped it off and it was just an exciting moment.”Holtmann noticed Bates-Diop waving his arms to pump up the fans at the Schott and said it was good to see him playing hard and showing emotion, which is rare for the soft-spoken forward.“I think (Bates-Diop) looks like he’s having fun,” Holtmann said. “It’s fun to play hard and to kind of cut loose and play and leave it out there.”After his hustle led to a momentous dunk, Bates-Diop found a rhythm, scoring five more points in a two-minute stretch. The versatile forward used an array of moves to score near the rim and also drained a 3-pointer in a defender’s eye, pushing Ohio State’s lead to 30-9 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Buckeyes first-year coach said pushing Bates-Diop to give more effort takes his game to another level because he is already athletic and skilled.“Keita’s got to play full throttle to be at his best,” Holtmann said. “I think we’ve challenged him with playing with a great motor. When he does that, he’s just really hard to handle because of his natural ability.”Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said the biggest difference in the game was Ohio State’s front line and physicality. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskies 38-29 and outscored them 48-26 on points in the paint. Although Northeastern had a size advantage, Ohio State played with much more energy from the jump.“I certainly wasn’t pleased with the first half effort,” Coen said. “Maybe we were a little intimidated, maybe we were a little jet-lagged — whatever it is — there’s no excuse for it. But (in) the second half, I was proud of our response to that adversity.”
Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst (26) looks down the ice in the game against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Jobst family was not known for its talent on the ice.One uncle played some adult hockey, and the family members were Chicago Blackhawks’ fans who played pond hockey from time to time, but no one had played in a professional setting.Because of his aunt, Mason Jobst wanted to change that.Alissa Prather, called Aunt Sissy by Jobst, bought him a hockey stick and ball when he was 18 months old.The quality of the stick was low: a plastic, blue-and-yellow stick that was bought at Toys R Us. But to Jobst, the stick was everything.When he was a toddler, Jobst woke up from a nap while his mom was still asleep and his dad was at work. With his beloved hockey stick and the Blackhawks on his mind, Jobst emptied a large tub of baby powder onto the hardwood floors throughout his house, creating a white surface that resembled an ice rink.“He said, ‘Look Mom! I made a skating rink!’ and he had socks and a diaper on and was skating around the house, hitting with a stick and a puck,” John Jobst, Mason Jobst’s father, said. “We got the video camera out, and he was like showing me what he’d done, and he’d bounce himself into the walls acting like he was being checked.”The gift from his aunt and a pair of Size 2 hockey skates his mother bought him from Play It Again Sports changed Jobst’s life forever.Before becoming a second-team All Big Ten member, a captain for a Frozen Four team and the highest scorer for Ohio State in 30 years, senior forward Mason Jobst was just a kid who didn’t want to take his skates off.In his final season for the Buckeyes, Jobst is the active collegiate leader with 164 career points in his four seasons with Ohio State, the 13th-most points in school history.Before making his way to Columbus, Jobst went to Muskegon, Michigan, to play for the Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League. On the surface, Jobst finished with 88 points in 155 games and did enough to earn a scholarship at Ohio State.But his time at Muskegon wasn’t that easy. In his second year with the Lumberjacks, Jobst tore the labrums in his left and right shoulders, both of which required surgery. The strategy for the surgeries and recoveries was simple: a procedure on one shoulder each year for the next two offseasons.This was not as easy as Jobst hoped.After fixing his left shoulder during the first offseason, Jobst was unable to work out while the season approached, leaving him at around 140 pounds.Jobst’s second season was his hardest for Muskegon, playing despite his right shoulder popping out of place every game.Despite being named a team captain the next season, Jobst didn’t read too much into the title.“I’d been in the league for so long that it was like, who else were they gonna pick at that point?” Jobst said.The following offseason, Jobst had the surgery on his right shoulder, which the doctor promised would be his last, John Jobst said.Mason Jobst with his first hockey stick. Credit: Courtesy of John JobstAfter a 45-point season in 49 games, his best season with the Lumberjacks, the stitches came out, and a third surgery — the second on his left shoulder — was required, forcing the then-20-year-old to miss the majority of another season.“It was a pretty dark time in my life. Hockey had been taken away from me for so long,” Jobst said. “It really sucked.” During his time with the Lumberjacks, Jobst did not receive many Division I offers.His dream of playing at a Big Ten school nearly got him to walk on at Penn State, but without the money to do so, Jobst waited, eventually committing to the Buckeyes over Nebraska Omaha and Western Michigan.“Through juniors he had three shoulder surgeries that made me think that he was about done,” John Jobst said. “I didn’t think he could make it through four years of college and … miss a game because of injury. It’s pretty amazing.”Hardships did not end for Jobst when he came to Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost their first seven games to start the 2015-16 season.Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said his first impression of Jobst was “small,” but that the now 5-foot-8-inch forward made an impression on him as well as the rest of the team despite the team’s overall struggles.“The first time I met him, I wasn’t sure, and I knew he had a lot of injury problems and tough shoulders,” Larocque said. “But from his first time being here, he was always so positive, and you could tell he was gonna be a leader on this team from the day we got here.”Through the first seven games, Jobst had one goal to his name. In his final 28 games for the Buckeyes during the 2015-16 season, Jobst had 11 goals and 29 points, leading the team with nine goals in Big Ten play.The significant rise in points was a surprise to everyone, even his dad.“I thought he would be a role player at best; I mean we used to talk a lot about where he’d be as a freshman — he’d play and hopefully get some fourth-line stuff,” John Jobst said. “I definitely was underestimating him.”Jobst followed up his first season with a dominant sophomore year, finishing at the top of his team and tying for No. 1 in the Big Ten with 55 points. After two seasons in the USHL of missing out on workouts, dealing with a pair of bad shoulders and failing to deliver as much as he hoped to, Jobst was finally bringing as much production on the ice as he had as a leader in the locker room.“I mean, as an undersized guy, I’d always kind of been someone that had to produce,” he said. “I really just told myself that in my college career, I have to produce so much that people can’t turn their backs on me.”Jobst’s junior season saw the newly named captain lead Ohio State with 21 goals on its way to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and the second-ever Frozen Four trip in program history.But Jobst didn’t lose the chip on his shoulder.“Even though we were a No. 1 seed, people still were like always doubting us, and people were never really giving us credit,” he said. “People were still like disrespecting us almost and like never giving us really a chance.“It was kind of a f**k you mentality.”In Jobst’s final season with the Buckeyes, no one is doubting him or his team. Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll before its’ season began, and the Buckeyes have just won the program’s first Big Ten regular season title, clinching the conference after Jobst scored a goal against Michigan in overtime.Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst celebrates a trip to the Frozen Four after a 5-1 win against Denver in the 2018 NCAA tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the Lantern“A moment like that is the reason why you stay here, get your degree and then have a chance to win championships, and he won a championship by scoring a game-winning goal,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said.Jobst is leading the team in goals and points and is on the ballot for the Hobey Baker award for the best player in college hockey.But the 25-year-old has no confirmed NHL career after this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild have all hosted Jobst for NHL development camps, but his future still remains unknown.“I’d be lying if I said I don’t look forward a little bit,” he said. “I really am trying to take it day by day. But your dream your whole life is to play in the NHL, and I feel that I’m so close to that right now.”For all the accolades and statistics Jobst, or anyone at Ohio State, has accomplished, none have amounted to a title for the Buckeyes.When Jobst thinks about leaving Ohio State, he wants to cement his legacy with the program’s first national championship.“It’s not like anyone has better facilities or anything than Ohio State. The only thing that they have is the history of winning, and that’s gotta start somewhere for this school,” Jobst said. “I want it so bad.”Jobst has the scoring numbers to go down in Ohio State history, but his legacy goes past the statistics.Rohlik and Larocque said Jobst’s leadership has been a driving point for the team, coming from doing the right things and working extremely hard, Rohlik said.The result is an Ohio State men’s hockey team that has nine more wins in its past two seasons than in the two seasons before it, and one that has the expectations that Jobst has had from the beginning.“He left it on the line every day,” Rohlik said. “His work ethic and his passion for the game of hockey will go down as one of the all-time greats here at Ohio State.”Looking back, Jobst said he returns to his time at Muskegon, where he wasn’t a player getting dozens of offers, where he was looked at as undersized and over-injured.“No one really gave me a chance to do what I’ve done,” he said.With a pair of tournaments to go, Jobst’s time at Ohio State is not quite finished.But when it is, his impact, from the stats to the leadership to the change in direction for the program, will be felt.That didn’t seem like a reality for Jobst a few years ago. It didn’t feel like a possibility for a kid from Speedway, Indiana, who wore skates through the house until his ankles bled.“I knew we had a hockey player when we took them off for bed and all four ankle bones were rubbed raw and were bleeding, and he never said a word, never bothered him,” John Jobst said.Maybe it never bothered him because he knew what walking around in those Size 2 skates would mean for him in the future.
Jeremy Clarkson has said he “genuinely thought” Richard Hammond was dead after his colleague was referred to as a “body” following a serious crash while filming The Grand Tour.Hammond was driving an electric supercar that crashed and burst into flames after completing a hill climb during filming in Switzerland. Writing on Drive Tribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson said: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill.”I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. 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. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars. Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white.”And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”.He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed. The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PA
“It’s an opportunistic crime in many ways and when the Tube is really full these perpetrators play on that, in that a woman is not really sure whether it’s happened to her.”Busy carriages made it even more difficult for others to intervene, she added. “Women are also thinking ‘is this actually assault, what’s actually happening’ so it’s really hard for a stranger to see what’s happening. “The likelihood of them saying something is very low. We could all be looking out for each other a bit more.”Many of the reported assaults involve men pressing up against or groping a victim, often in a busy carriage. In 2015 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who at the time was campaigning for the leadership, was criticised for suggesting that women-only carriages could be considered to reduce attacks.Ms Krys called the idea “extremely problematic”. “Some men feel like they have more right to the space than women”, she said. “We need equal spaces – we need freedom for women,” she added. Detective Chief Inspector Darren Malpas from the British Transport Police said: “Tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport is a priority for British Transport Police and we have worked hard in recent years to send a clear message to victims that they will be taken seriously and we will investigate offences.” British silence on the rail network is making it harder for women to speak up about being sexually assaulted, campaigners have said. Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates show that the number of reported sexual offences on trains has doubled in five years from 650 in 2012/13 to 1,448 in 2016/16. The data, which was released by the British Transport Police following a freedom of information request, shows that the majority were sexual assaults on females aged over 13. Campaigners said the figures, which cover England, Scotland and Wales and include the London Underground, showed that women were more comfortable reporting incidents to the police, but added that commuters needed to do more to look out for each other.Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: “As many times as you hear a good story about someone intervening to help, you hear another one about nothing happening. “People don’t interact on the Tube and this does take all of us interacting a little bit better and taking some responsibility for each other. “We need to say we want a different type of transport system.”She said the organisation’s research had showed that most incidents take place at rush hour when carriages are busy. 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 mayor and the town sergeant have suggested that the Prius is replaced with a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a Skoda Superb Hatch SE l Executive or a Volvo S90 hybrid T8 twin. The Finance and General Purposes Committee agenda notes that the Mayor has said that “the make of vehicle should reflect the prestige and status of the mayoralty’’.The council has agreed to the request, and the mayor’s budget for car lease is to increase from £3,590 a year to £5,000 a year. Mr Rix said that the incident was from around six years previously and that the footage was used to blackmail him. He said at the time that “someone had put drugs into my beer. I don’t know what it was I was putting up my nose. It could have been sherbet for all I know.” No police action was taken. Nurses do a really important job and they don’t have a car, but the mayor just goes about meeting people and eating sandwichesCouncillor Peter Wallace Last August a video was uploaded to YouTube showing Mr Rix, 55, who runs a scaffolding firm, snorting an unknown substance off a toilet cistern. The Mayor now wants a bigger official vehicle such as this Volvo S90 hybrid – because his current transport is ‘too small’ 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 mayor who was filmed snorting a substance in a public toilet has demanded a bigger official car, and said that his current Toyota should be replaced with a model which reflects the “prestige and status” of his role. Neil Rix, the Mayor of Dover, is “subject to discomfort” because of the size of his current civic car, a Toyota Prius, according to a council document.The town sergeant, who also uses the car, is said to similarly suffer discomfort when driving the vehicle because he is “above average height for a British man” and with the seat at its lowest position his head touches the roof. Fellow town councillor Peter Wallace has criticised Mr Rix’s car request, saying that the upgrade is “inappropriate at a time of austerity”.”People like nurses do a really important job and they don’t have a car, but the mayor just goes about meeting people and eating sandwiches” he said.A council spokesman said: “It has been agreed to replace the civic car, which is used by councillors, officers and the mayor for council business.”Environmental factors and economical running costs will be taken into account when selecting the civic car – no decision on a model has been made.”Councillors also agreed leasing the civic car up to £5,000 per year is the most cost-effective option.” Mr Rix believes his vehicle ‘should reflect the prestige and status of the mayoralty’, according to council minutes
The production company initially… Ms Maizels is the creator of Pop-Up London, which features paper replicas of Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and other London landmarks. Notably, it includes a model of Tower Bridge that opens for a ship to pass through. The book was published in 2011 and became a best-seller. It is the plot at the heart of the latest Paddington film: a pop-up book of London that leads to all sorts of drama for the bear from Darkest Peru. That pop-up book is also causing trouble behind the scenes. Jennie Maizels, an award-winning illustrator, claims the designs bear more than a little similarity to her own, and wants the film-makers to acknowledge that they copied her ideas.
Omar Shariff, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Presidency, along with his reputed wife Savitri Hardeo are set to go to trial on March 6, 2017 for non-compliance of a production order issued by the High Court.Former Permanent Secretary Omar ShariffThe court had issued an order in 2016, which required Shariff to provide certain documents to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) which he had violated, and the couple were separately charged with the said offence earlier this year.The duo were released on self-bail after pleading not guilty to the charge, along with the condition that they report every other Monday to SOCU.Special Prosecutor, Patrice Henry, today filed statements and will present seven witnesses at the next hearing. An application for a joint charge was made by Shariff’s attorney, who requested that the couple be tried jointly as opposed to separately; this application will be ruled on come March 6, 2017.The accused, between 2005 and 2015, had allegedly amassed some $20 billion in business funds and were arrested in July 2016 in connection with allegations relating to one of the largest money laundering and tax evasion schemes in the history of Guyana.Shariff was sent on annual leave on July 1, 2016 by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, following investigations launched by SOCU and his services were terminated with effect from December 31, 2016.The trial date was set by Magistrate Fabayo Azore and the couple will appear before the courts on March 6, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShariff, reputed wife charged for failing to submit documentsJanuary 24, 2017In “Court”Fmr PS Shariff released on $1M surety to continue law studies abroadSeptember 11, 2018In “Court”Publication of personal banking information cannot be condoned – Bankers associationAugust 24, 2016In “Business”
President Donald Trump (Business Insider)(Business Insider) President Donald Trump wants to abolish the “Alternative Minimum Tax” (AMT) that, according to a copy of his federal tax return, cost him $31 million in 2005.That $31 million was a majority of all the $38.5 million in taxes he paid on his $153 million in total income for that year. The White House confirmed part of the president’s 2005 tax returns ahead of a report from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.Trump said he wanted to abolish the AMT in 2016 when he was on the campaign trail:“All … Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II.”If the AMT didn’t exist, Trump would have paid only a fraction of his 2005 bill. Trump’s return shows that alongside the AMT adjustment the other taxes he paid total only about $7 million, or 4.5% of his $153 million in total income. As it is, Trump paid an effective tax rate of about 25% on his income.Here is a basic summary of Trump’s income and tax data:Total income: $153 millionWritedown on losses: -$103 millionIncome after writedown: $50 millionAMT: -$31 million (20% rate)Regular income tax: -$5.3 million (4.5%)Other taxes: -$1.9 million (1%)Total taxes Trump paid in 2005: -$38.5 million (25%)Total taxes Trump would have paid absent the AMT: $7 million*Numbers may not add due to rounding and various tax provisionsUnder Trump’s proposal, he would have paid about 5.5% in tax rather than the 25% he actually paid. That would have lowered his tax rate to below that for people who earn less than $100,000, according to the New York Times. It would also have saved him about $31 million.You can debate the numbers because the tax rules generate them according to the structure in place in 2005, not the structure that would be in place if the AMT were abolished, which might change how Trump’s income and taxes would be calculated. Despite that, the numbers do give a rough guide to how much Trump would personally save if his AMT proposal were enacted.The intent of the AMT is to ensure that wealthy and self-employed Americans pay tax rates that are comparable to those paid by ordinary workers on a salary or a simple wage. The AMT was introduced in 1970 to solve the problem of wealthy people paying lower tax rates that those poorer than them.The US tax code contains many provisions allowing wealthy and self-employed people to take “deductions” — business expenses they paid throughout the year — against the taxes they owe. These deductions often lead to a situation in which a wealthy person with multiple streams of income might pay a lower tax rate, or even less tax overall, than someone on an average annual wage.The intent of the AMT is that if your income is above a certain level ($109,475 in 2005) you pay a flat minimum tax rate regardless of the deductions you’re trying to write off.Trump’s proposal to abolish the AMT would replace it with a simpler set of bands in which the very rich pay a top tax rate of 25%. Trump’s campaign said many deductions would be abolished to pay for it:“Reducing or eliminating most deductions and loopholes available to the very rich.”But the rich would keep some valuable (but unspecified) deductions:“Those within the 25% bracket will keep fewer deductions. Charitable giving and mortgage interest deductions will remain unchanged for all taxpayers.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia tiesJanuary 24, 2017In “World”Trump: Obamacare key provisions to remainNovember 12, 2016In “latest news”Trump to hit Mexico with tariffs in anti-immigration measureMay 31, 2019In “latest news”
The Petroleum agreement signed with ExxonMobil and its partners provides a good opportunity for the Government of Guyana to craft future contracts to ensure there are different terms to suit the country’s new realities.Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael TrotmanAccording to a DPI release, this view was recently expressed by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, who was speaking on the sidelines of a Stakeholder’s Consultation on the Draft National Oil Spill Contingency Plan hosted at the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).The ExxonMobil Contract is slated for review in the next four years, however, Minister Trotman said he will not speculate but it is expected by that time the sector would have been operationalised, therefore there may be a number of areas the Government would want to re-examine.In the meantime, the Minister said the Government has no intention of interfering with the size of the Stabroek Block, which is 6.6 million acres and spans the two extremes of the country’s borders.The PPP Government in 1999 signed an agreement and the block was strategically sized and this administration, the Natural Resources Minister said, saw the wisdom in this decision.“Despite all that is claimed, the Minister of Natural Resources or whoever the Minister is that has responsibility for the Petroleum sector, does have the authority under law to vary the sizes of blocks,” Minister Trotman clarified.He informed that just a few blocks are remaining, some closer to shore and others offshore, however, the Government is still to decide when and to which companies those will be allocated.In response to a question regarding the lumping of the royalties to be received by Guyana under the contracts with Tullow Oil company and others, Minister Trotman said there is “nothing bizarre” about such an arrangement.He cited the fact that there are varying models of production sharing agreements, “and so there is no norm, things have changed but each country determines what is in its best interest.”In this case, the Natural Resources Minister believes this agreement was in the best interest of Guyana, in order to attract investors.With ExxonMobil to commence production in the next two years, Minister Trotman said how the country utilises the revenue accrued, for the benefit of future generations, is most important.“Schooling, healthcare, roads, bridges, the opening of the country, those are the preeminent concerns of mine,” the minister said.Additionally, he has asked Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin to take up the responsibility for local content development.He expects that the Draft Local Content Legislation will be finalised by the end of April, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident hints at staffing Department of Energy with foreign expertsApril 11, 2018In “latest news”Oil & Gas sector: Jagdeo calls out Govt on its ‘proclivity for secrecy’June 4, 2018In “Business”Law does not prohibit release of ExxonMobil contract, Minister misleading- GaskinAugust 3, 2017In “Business”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to intensify cooperation with France in protecting the environmentJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”President accredits new French Republic AmbassadorMay 4, 2017In “latest news”President calls for protection of Guiana Shield at World Water ForumMarch 19, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger, last evening, joined with Ambassador of the French Republic, Mr. Antoine Joly and members of the French community in Guyana to celebrate France’s National Day or ‘La Fête Nationale’, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The reception was held at Cara Lodge on Quamina Street, Georgetown.According to the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), the President in his address reiterated Guyana’s appreciation for the pivotal role played by France in consummating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He noted that Guyana and France, through the French Guiana, are part of the vast Guiana Shield in northern South America and share common concerns over the state of earth’s environment.“Guyana is in transition towards becoming a ‘green state’ which will place increasing emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the promotion of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. Guyana, in this regard, looks forward to extending its cooperation and collaboration with France in order to preserve the environmental security of the Guiana Shield,” he said.Meanwhile, Ambassador Joly reminded the gathering of the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to Heads of State, civil societies and other developmental partners to the Paris Peace Forum in November later this year, to deliberate on the necessity of better local and global governance. He noted too, that France is please to know that it can rely on Guyana’s support on issues at the multilateral level.“I am happy also with our very good bilateral relationship that allows us to have a partnership of trust…our relationship will open up even more…with the decision of the French Oil Company, Total, to explore your oil resources,” he said.Guyana and France established formal diplomatic relations on June 22, 1967. Since then, the country has benefitted considerably from France’s support in the areas of defence, debt relief, disaster relief, education and public safety.The French Revolution influenced the revolution in Saint Domingue two years later on August 22, 1791 which led, in turn, to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution in turn, led to the outbreak of revolts by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, including Demerara, and intensified the struggle for African Emancipation and colonial liberation throughout the Caribbean Region.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: 6 days away from constitutional deadline and still no date for electionsMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”Int’l organisation urges Govt to comply with the ConstitutionJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Jagdeo sets conditions for extending elections date beyond March 21March 5, 2019In “latest news” By Dr. Leslie RamsammyIn just about two weeks, Guyana becomes a dictatorship. The President and APNU+AFC are sinisterly eager to be a dictator President and an illegal government. The passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21st, 2018 set Guyana on a path to new General and Regional Elections. The date of the elections had to be chosen by the President, as long as it was within 90 days from December 21st. Beyond the 90 days, which means beyond March 21st, the decision on a date belongs jointly to the President and the Leader of the Opposition. Having squandered the first option, the President now depends on the Leader of the Opposition for legitimacy, even though he has adopted a position of an emperor.Bharrat Jagdeo took an Olive Branch, a genuine offer for compromise, to the President this morning. He offered the full support of the PPP for Parliament, under Article 106(7) of the Constitution and with the required two-thirds majority, to extend the life of the government for a reasonable period, beyond the deadline of March 21st, 2019. All Bharrat Jagdeo, the Leader of the Opposition, wanted was for a good-faith agreement on a date for election. In keeping with the law and the constitution and representing a large section of the Guyanese people, the Leader of the Opposition presented the President with a face-saving way forward, so that come March 21st, 2019, Guyana would not have an illegal government and a dictator President.The President, not surprisingly, was unwilling to discuss a date for election. The President abrogated his responsibility under the constitution to be the person who must decide on the date for an election. The law provides for two possibilities for the election date. The first was established on December 21st, 2018 when the passage of the No-Confidence motion started a timeline requiring election within 90 days. That meant the President had to choose a date before or on March 21st, the 90th day from December 21st. He and his Government deliberately ran the time down and now are faced with the daunting challenge of being an illegal government. There is a second option, provided for by the Constitution. This second option is a reasonable date after March 21st, if the Leader of the Opposition guarantees a two-thirds majority in Parliament for the extension of the timeline under Article 106(7) of the Constitution.While the President has absolute choice in the first option, that choice is absolute only for a date anytime before or on March 21st. It is now impossible for him to exercise this first option. We are now left only with the second option and, for that, he needs the acquiescence of the Leader of the Opposition. In refusing to exercise the first option, President Granger arbitrarily wants to delegate the second option to GECOM which has become another creature of APNU+AFC. But he conveniently ignores the law that states he cannot now act alone. The President gave up that option when he did not exercise his mandate to set the date before March 21st. He needs the Leader of the Opposition to exercise the second option. The President cannot arbitrarily delegate the authority to GECOM. The law that now governs the choice of a date for election is one that must be made only by a compromise between the President and the Leader of the Opposition.The President, APNU+AFC and GECOM are involved in a wicked, reckless conspiracy to violate the Constitution and the laws of Guyana. GECOM clearly has transitioned from it being a creature of the constitution to being a creature of the President and APNU+AFC.There are too many people and organizations who are silent. The trade unions, the Guyana Human Rights Organization, etc. are adding complicity to the recklessness of the government. This silence is permitting President Granger and APNU+AFC to formalize a dictatorship. The silence of CARICOM and the ABC countries are troubling. They need to know that they are aiding and abetting a dictatorship in Guyana.
Australian company, Crossland Uranium Mines will accelerate development of its international uranium exploration programme following the final activation of a joint venture agreement with Canadian explorer, Centram Exploration. Centram – which graduated to Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange on June 29 – has successfully raised C$5 million, sufficient to support the Vancouver-based company’s minimum A$4 million funding of Crossland’s exploration program in the Northern Territory and South Australia. Centram must spend a total of A$8 million on the Crossland projects before it earns a 50% interest in them. Crossland’s Executive Director, Geoff Eupene, welcomed the green light for the joint venture and said two Crossland directors would join the Centram board and attend the company’s annual general meeting and planning meetings in Canada this week. “Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, Crossland and Centram will also both initially contribute $2 million to fund future uranium acquisitions and exploration outside Australia,” he said. “The meetings in Canada are aimed at planning future exploration programmes and acquisitions, both in Australia and overseas.”Uranium activities are being undertaken by Crossland and Centram outside of Australia through their newly-established Canadian-based jointly owned entity, Crosscontinental Uranium, which last month announced its maiden international foray – into West Africa. That project sees Crosscontinental currently set to acquire over 6,000 km2 of prospective uranium permits and permit applications in Burkina Faso. In Australia, the three uranium targets under exploration by Crossland and Centram are:Chilling in the uranium-rich Pine Creek Orogen of NT Charley Creek in the Arunta region of central Australia, northwest of Alice Springs Kalabity in SA’s Curnamona Province, which hosts several uranium prospects.Eupene said Crossland had just completed its first detailed exploration on the Australian uranium prospects in South Australia and the Northern Territory with an airborne geophysical survey on the promising Kalabity Exploration Licence. “The Kalabity work is the first of several detailed airborne geophysical surveys planned on Crossland’s titles during the current dry season, he said. “The high quality survey results are being used to plan the next exploration phase at Kalabity. This will involve geochemical sampling of prospective areas revealed by the survey, and by earlier work undertaken on the project by PlatSearch and previous exploration.” Crossland and Centram are earning an initial 60% interest from the owners, PlatSearch and Eaglehawk Geological Consulting, by exploration expenditure of A$500,000. Under the terms of the joint venture, Centram will provide funds for this work.Eupene said Charley Creek would be the next project to be flown, with that survey expected to commence within the next week and involve almost 10,000 line km of detailed survey. “The survey of the Chilling project in the Pine Creek Orogen, involving over 25,000 line km, will commence later into the dry season, to enable the area to dry out from the Top End wet season,” he said. “The presence of surface water is undesirable for radiometric surveys as it can mask the radiometric response of soils.”Crossland’s Board and management team includes Eupene and Chairman, Bob Cleary – two experienced Australian uranium experts who have both been closely involved with the definition, development and operation of the Ranger mine in the NT, Australia’s largest uranium producing mine. David Mosher, a Director of Centram, led the exploration team that discovered the Jabiluka deposit, Australia’s largest uranium orebody, lying about 20 km north of Ranger.
The theme ‘simple solutions to complex problems’ will be under discussion at the Queensland Mining Industry’s annual health and safety conference from August 22-25. Up to 700 people are expected to attend the event in Townsville, which will have keynote speakers including Chief Executive of the UK Health and Safety Laboratory, Eddie Morland and Tom Noval, Principal Engineer Office of Mine Safety and Health Research in the US.It will also feature the annual innovation awards, where mine employees are recognised for their efforts to improve workplace safety. Conference chairperson Greg Dalliston said though mine health and safety performance had improved in Queensland over the past ten years, the industry still had not achieved its goal of zero harm.Dalliston: “This conference is a valuable forum for the sharing of ideas and for the industry to re-focus its efforts to ensure the health and safety of workers.“It’s also an example of how the government, industry and unions are working together to improve safety and health performance.”The conference will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre and Jupiters Townsville. For more information visit the conference website: www.qldminingsafety.org.au
Modular Mining Systems’ DISPATCH® Underground 2015 Fleet Management System (FMS) has been selected for implementation at George Fisher Mine in north Queensland, Australia. This underground lead-silver-zinc mine, which forms part of Glencore’s Mount Isa copper and zinc mining complex, first began production as Hilton mine in 1990 and today has an annual production rate of 3.1 Mt.Chris McCleave, General Manager, George Fisher, explained that mine management had engaged in extensive research and a feasibility study to find an FMS that best suited the mine’s operational requirements.“With the implementation of Modular’s DISPATCH Underground system we ultimately hope to improve productivity through increased equipment availability and improved utilisation of mobile assets, while also positively impacting operator safety,” said McCleave.The DISPATCH Underground FMS, first commissioned in 1991, delivers a scalable, full-featured, and highly-configurable end-to-end solution that gives mines automated, real-time monitoring, management and visibility of their underground operations. Released in May of last year, the latest evolution of the underground system, DISPATCH Underground 2015, supports all development and production workflows and activities, enabling mines to maximize material movement, reduce mining costs, and effectively manage their mining processes.Greg Sweeney, General Manager, Modular Australia said he is confident that the underground FMS will give George Fisher mine better visibility into the underground operations, resulting in enhanced real-time decision-making, increased operational efficiencies, and reduced costs.“With Modular’s underground technologies in place, the mine stands to realize greater fleet utilization and increased production gains through a reduction in delays during shift change, breaks, and other activities,” said Sweeney.George Fisher Mine will use the system on its fleet of LHDs and underground mining trucks. System implementation is expected to begin later this year and will be rolled out over an extended project period.