McNabbs Jersey is Retired Reid Returns Fans Brawl at

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans greeted former team head coach Andy Reid with a standing ovation on his return to the Lincoln Financial Field not as an Eagle but on the opposing team, the Kansas City Chiefs.It was a festive game between the Eagles and the Chiefs. The Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s No.5 jersey during half time show. Reid returned to the stadium for the first time since he was fired from the ball club, and the Chiefs sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick six times, bulldozing their way to a third consecutive win.But while the Chiefs were busy beating up on the Eagles on the field, fans began fighting in the stands.A huge brawl broke out in the bleachers just inches from the press box during Thursday’s game. New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch was able to capture the incident with his cell phone camera. Details of the fight are scarce, but according to one reporter, three rows of fans were eventually thrown out of the stadium. read more

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Bucs Mike Williams Stabbed Allegedly By Brother

Mike Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, was stabbed in the thigh Sunday and the suspect is none other than his younger brother, Eric Baylor, 23, according to police.Williams  was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and released, according to The Tampa Times. The paper reported that the sheriff’s office issued an arrest warrant Sunday night for Baylor on a charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence after deputies were called to Williams’ home in the Avila community north of Tampa.“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information,” the Bucs said in a statement released Sunday. “While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”Sunday’s incident is the latest off-the-field issue for Williams, who signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal with Tampa Bay last July. Williams faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing, and has also paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. “He has to understand that.”Williams, 26, caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games last season, his fourth with the Bucs. read more

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Our NBA Player Projections Are Ready For 201819

Beno Udrih-0.6-1.5-2.2435-0.10.1 Montrezl Harrell+0.3+0.0+0.314090.86.0 Donald Sloan-0.7-1.4-2.1352-0.10.4 Jameer Nelson-1.3-2.1-3.4701-0.70.1 Larry Nance Jr.-0.7+2.4+1.617242.312.2 Bam Adebayo-1.2+1.5+0.317980.915.2 Sources: ESPN.com, Basketball-Reference.com Mike Muscala-0.8+0.6-0.212800.22.4 SF-1.4-0.2-1.6 Vince Edwards-1.5-1.2-2.7287-0.21.2 C-1.7+1.3-0.4 Dante Exum-0.1-0.6-0.710570.77.2 Shabazz Muhammad-0.9-2.5-3.5727-0.70.4 Marvin Bagley III-0.7-0.8-1.51693-0.715.2 Gorgui Dieng-1.7+1.4-0.314990.32.4 Miles Plumlee-3.6+0.8-2.8700-0.80.1 Justin Patton-1.9+0.3-1.6343-0.21.4 Jordan Clarkson+0.2-2.1-2.01694-0.22.2 Marcus Morris-0.6-0.4-1.116280.11.8 Robin Lopez-2.8+0.8-2.11472-1.30.2 Jimmy Butler+3.3+1.4+4.723108.338.3 Tim Hardaway Jr.+1.2-1.1+0.220572.39.9 Spencer Dinwiddie+1.7-0.7+1.020223.017.1 Ray Spalding-2.1+0.8-1.32610.02.7 Isaiah Whitehead-1.4-0.7-2.2899-0.22.6 Troy Brown-1.5-0.9-2.5936-0.312.9 Joakim Noah-2.6+1.8-0.9348-0.10.2 LeBron James+5.4+0.8+6.2276411.541.0 Kawhi Leonard+2.6+1.9+4.616705.622.3 Chris Bosh-1.2+0.9-0.35710.10.9 James Jones-1.7-1.1-2.8391-0.30.1 Markieff Morris-1.4+0.6-0.717310.42.4 Gary Neal-2.3-1.8-4.1273-0.40.0 Matt Barnes-1.5-0.5-2.0750-0.20.3 Wesley Johnson-2.5+1.7-0.910850.51.5 Marvin Williams+0.0+0.4+0.417601.74.5 Amir Johnson-1.2+2.5+1.212301.43.6 Anthony Tolliver+0.2-0.7-0.512540.41.3 Mario Chalmers-1.1-0.1-1.39720.20.9 Yogi Ferrell+0.2-0.7-0.618731.38.0 Robert Covington-0.2+3.0+2.822745.223.5 Ricky Rubio+1.3+0.9+2.223105.021.1 Kemba Walker+4.1-1.5+2.626256.326.0 Andre Iguodala-0.6+1.1+0.514581.73.5 Brice Johnson+0.2+0.8+1.0840.10.8 Boris Diaw-2.6-0.4-3.0426-0.40.0 Goran Dragic+1.2-1.4-0.320001.64.7 Bradley Beal+2.8-1.2+1.627055.327.4 DeMarcus Cousins+2.4+2.2+4.521006.026.5 Russell Westbrook+6.3+1.0+7.3248112.452.7 Kyle Anderson-0.7+3.0+2.319313.822.2 John Wall+2.4-0.2+2.222524.920.0 Enes Kanter+0.6-0.2+0.318410.84.8 Timofey Mozgov-3.7+0.8-2.8512-0.70.0 Kelly Olynyk+0.8+1.3+2.117972.813.0 T.J. McConnell-1.3-0.1-1.316020.33.6 Chimezie Metu-2.8+0.3-2.5296-0.31.3 Shabazz Napier+0.2-0.6-0.513191.04.6 Lucas Nogueira-1.7+3.6+1.910691.47.3 Terry Rozier+1.0-0.4+0.719292.515.9 Reggie Jackson+0.7-2.1-1.414370.32.0 Kenrich Williams-0.8+0.0-0.91620.01.1 Kostas Antetokounmpo-3.8+0.0-3.8172-0.21.1 Bojan Bogdanovic-0.4-1.7-2.21770-0.41.3 LaMarcus Aldridge+0.5+1.1+1.622963.07.6 Carmelo Anthony-0.2-1.3-1.51824-0.11.1 David Nwaba-1.4-0.6-2.01261-0.12.3 Joe Young-1.0-1.9-2.9584-0.40.8 Andzejs Pasecniks-0.3+0.5+0.21980.12.9 Tristan Thompson-1.3+0.1-1.31271-0.41.1 Bonzie Colson-1.3+0.1-1.11850.01.6 James Johnson-0.6+1.4+0.817402.16.1 Rashad Vaughn-1.2-1.0-2.1659-0.12.0 Nemanja Bjelica-0.7+0.7+0.113081.13.1 Skal Labissiere-1.7+0.1-1.61373-0.43.2 Kevin Love+1.6+0.8+2.418873.310.7 Hassan Whiteside-2.2+2.9+0.816751.46.0 Alize Johnson-1.0-1.2-2.2254-0.21.1 Langston Galloway-0.1-1.0-1.111580.52.9 Malcolm Delaney-1.8-1.2-2.9928-0.60.4 Fred VanVleet+1.5-0.2+1.316572.716.7 Landry Shamet-0.9-2.0-3.0501-0.32.8 Damion Lee-1.1-0.3-1.48830.32.6 Kobe Bryant-1.4-1.6-3.0380-0.20.1 Joel Embiid+0.8+3.3+4.119444.828.9 Isaiah Taylor-1.0-1.4-2.41000-0.42.0 Marcus Smart+0.2+0.8+1.020933.319.7 MiKyle McIntosh-2.2-1.3-3.4105-0.10.2 Chris Paul+5.1+0.9+6.021209.132.4 Jared Sullinger-1.2+0.8-0.55940.21.9 D.J. Augustin+0.3-2.1-1.81255-0.10.9 Tayshaun Prince-2.9-0.6-3.5374-0.40.1 Harry Giles-1.0+0.1-0.92700.03.5 Jerome Robinson-1.2-1.8-2.9886-0.64.3 Ian Clark-1.0-2.1-3.21059-0.70.6 How good are replacement-level NBA players?Based on performance of players signed to minimum or two-way contracts, 2014-15 through 2017-18 Ian Mahinmi-2.7+2.1-0.6886-0.10.5 Solomon Hill-1.4+0.5-0.910110.42.4 Clint Capela-0.5+2.4+1.920672.714.1 Jason Terry-2.8-0.7-3.4437-0.40.0 Grayson Allen-0.8-1.6-2.5568-0.22.9 Rodney Stuckey-1.7-1.2-2.9415-0.20.2 Trevor Ariza+0.0+0.7+0.721342.76.4 Jrue Holiday+1.4+0.6+1.925975.420.5 Tyrone Wallace-1.5-0.4-1.91268-0.13.1 CJ McCollum+2.1-1.8+0.325762.912.5 Willie Cauley-Stein-1.5+1.6+0.219080.66.2 Eric Bledsoe+2.1-0.5+1.722184.115.9 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope+1.1-0.4+0.623893.416.4 Steven Adams+0.1+1.7+1.823943.015.0 Toney Douglas-0.8-0.7-1.54310.00.5 Serge Ibaka-1.1+0.7-0.318660.63.0 Jaylen Brown+0.4+0.2+0.622192.622.8 Joe Ingles+0.9+0.9+1.721243.712.2 Guerschon Yabusele-0.7+0.3-0.46570.33.5 Jayson Tatum+1.2+1.7+2.927296.551.9 Noah Vonleh-2.3+0.7-1.61223-0.32.8 J.J. Barea+0.9-2.3-1.512060.21.1 Steve Blake-1.3-1.5-2.8407-0.20.2 Mason Plumlee-0.8+1.8+1.016101.55.6 Aaron Gordon+1.0+0.3+1.323013.322.5 Myles Turner-0.9+2.2+1.322382.519.5 Iman Shumpert-1.3-0.2-1.59950.21.6 Paul Zipser-3.1-0.5-3.6798-0.80.7 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk-2.0-1.6-3.6318-0.31.7 Dewayne Dedmon-1.9+2.3+0.415050.73.3 Joe Harris+0.1-1.6-1.515250.43.5 Gary Trent Jr.-2.2-1.8-4.0474-0.53.7 Luke Kornet-1.2+0.6-0.78830.23.9 Thaddeus Young-1.1+1.5+0.421542.05.5 Brook Lopez-0.4+0.8+0.417280.72.7 Dejounte Murray-0.8+1.9+1.218553.026.6 Joe Johnson-2.1-1.2-3.4821-0.70.2 David Lee-1.2+1.2+0.15710.30.7 Patrick McCaw-1.9-1.1-3.01131-0.72.2 Kendrick Perkins-3.2+0.5-2.7183-0.20.0 Anthony Morrow-1.5-1.8-3.3311-0.20.1 DeMarre Carroll-0.3+0.5+0.317731.74.5 Zach Collins-2.4+0.5-1.91473-1.24.8 Nicolas Batum+0.5-0.2+0.220602.36.5 Brandan Wright-1.6+1.1-0.65340.10.7 Elfrid Payton+0.9-0.8+0.220672.113.3 Dennis Smith Jr.+0.1-1.5-1.422690.414.2 John Henson-2.1+2.1+0.115850.73.8 George Hill+0.8-0.7+0.116201.74.3 Brandon McCoy-3.3-0.5-3.8156-0.30.4 Moritz Wagner-2.0-0.4-2.5487-0.61.7 Dwayne Bacon-2.6-0.4-3.0910-0.61.9 John Collins-0.5+1.2+0.721961.923.3 Travis Wear-1.6+0.1-1.54100.01.0 Mitchell Robinson-2.4+0.1-2.4337-0.41.7 Maurice Harkless-0.6+0.7+0.116001.47.9 Gerald Green-0.9-1.2-2.1806-0.20.4 Kris Humphries-2.6+0.0-2.5299-0.20.1 Al Horford+0.5+1.9+2.421463.510.3 Ish Smith-0.2-0.8-1.017100.62.3 Marquese Chriss-1.4+0.7-0.818380.412.1 Darren Collison+1.4-1.5-0.117991.64.7 Devonte’ Graham-0.4-1.6-2.0413-0.12.0 Markelle Fultz-1.3-0.5-1.99900.013.7 Alan Williams-1.8+1.2-0.65880.01.4 Chris McCullough-1.2+0.0-1.24060.01.9 Tyler Lydon-0.6+0.3-0.42720.22.9 Jabari Parker+0.4-1.0-0.615410.67.2 Derrick Jones Jr.-1.1+0.0-1.17890.12.9 Tony Carr-1.5-2.0-3.5341-0.31.8 Michael Porter Jr.-1.9-0.2-2.1887-0.47.8 Elie Okobo-0.9-1.5-2.4252-0.13.2 Nicolas Brussino-2.3-1.1-3.4285-0.21.1 Thon Maker-1.5+0.5-1.01390-0.35.2 Greg Monroe-0.3+0.9+0.614781.14.0 Davis Bertans+0.3+0.4+0.712771.58.2 Chandler Parsons-1.1-0.7-1.8879-0.10.6 Alex Len-1.7+1.4-0.215520.23.6 Isaac Haas-3.4-0.4-3.870-0.10.0 Shaquille Harrison-0.4+0.1-0.38810.75.0 Tyler Johnson+0.2-0.5-0.319611.77.9 JaVale McGee-1.7+1.1-0.6700-0.10.5 Paul George+2.1+0.6+2.726406.225.1 Justin Anderson-0.9-0.9-1.79240.02.4 Josh Magette-0.9-1.5-2.4379-0.20.8 Robert Williams-1.7+1.5-0.35380.06.3 Roy Hibbert-3.2+1.7-1.6445-0.30.1 Malik Monk-0.4-2.9-3.41313-1.12.9 Shelvin Mack-0.4-1.2-1.612130.11.6 Mohamed Bamba-1.8+2.3+0.612520.717.8 Sergio Rodriguez-0.8-1.8-2.6583-0.30.2 Devon Hall-1.2-1.6-2.8217-0.10.8 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot-1.1-0.9-2.01144-0.23.6 Darius Miller+0.6-1.6-1.113350.42.7 Damian Lillard+5.4-1.5+3.925918.137.4 Denzel Valentine-0.3-0.4-0.618011.28.8 Karl-Anthony Towns+4.0+0.8+4.826347.649.4 Jarrett Jack-1.2-1.2-2.4940-0.40.4 Nerlens Noel-2.1+3.1+1.012581.17.6 Jeff Teague+1.3-0.9+0.422072.56.9 Torrey Craig-1.6-0.9-2.6723-0.30.7 Dorian Finney-Smith-2.0+0.0-2.0980-0.41.3 Andrew White III-2.7-1.3-4.0420-0.50.6 Jerian Grant+0.5-1.0-0.515771.16.9 Marcus Georges-Hunt-1.2-1.2-2.4379-0.11.3 Frank Ntilikina-1.8-0.3-2.11839-0.411.0 C.J. Williams-1.8-0.5-2.3830-0.20.9 Mike James-0.1-1.4-1.59100.11.5 Kris Dunn-0.6+0.4-0.217781.511.7 Josh McRoberts-2.0+0.0-2.0295-0.10.2 Michael Carter-Williams-1.5+0.9-0.510880.73.9 Overall-1.2-0.3-1.5 Melvin Frazier-1.5-0.8-2.3375-0.12.5 Derrick Favors-0.9+1.6+0.718671.46.4 Ersan Ilyasova-0.4+0.2-0.215760.82.5 Gary Clark-1.0+0.6-0.41780.11.7 2018-19 ProjectionLong-TERM Zaza Pachulia-1.5+2.0+0.69510.51.3 Tony Snell-0.4-1.2-1.617680.12.8 DeAndre’ Bembry-2.2+0.1-2.1762-0.31.6 Tyler Dorsey-0.4-2.4-2.81213-0.62.2 Anfernee Simons-1.7-1.4-3.0698-0.48.0 Devin Harris+0.2-0.9-0.89660.51.3 Taj Gibson-1.3+0.6-0.718560.31.6 Seth Curry+0.5-1.1-0.611870.83.4 Brandon Knight-0.4-2.2-2.7757-0.40.7 Tyson Chandler-2.2+1.9-0.39280.00.4 Stephen Curry+6.8-0.2+6.620889.642.8 Darrun Hilliard-1.8-0.9-2.7378-0.21.1 Ante Zizic-1.2+0.4-0.85650.02.8 Jordan Bell+0.0+2.8+2.813102.516.4 Andre Roberson-1.5+2.4+0.916632.410.8 DJ Hogg-2.3-0.7-3.1144-0.10.5 Jevon Carter-0.1-0.5-0.65500.36.2 Hollis Thompson-1.2-1.1-2.3641-0.30.6 Zach LaVine+0.5-1.9-1.415620.46.1 Pascal Siakam-0.8+1.2+0.516401.49.6 Tyler Cavanaugh-0.6-0.5-1.18800.02.0 Kobi Simmons-2.1-2.1-4.2987-1.40.6 Deandre Ayton-0.5-0.2-0.71742-0.316.9 Nene-1.8+2.3+0.57670.51.1 Tony Allen-2.7+0.5-2.2513-0.10.3 Tony Parker-1.6-2.0-3.6724-0.80.0 Metta World Peace-2.3-0.3-2.6456-0.30.1 Mike Scott-1.1-1.1-2.1931-0.50.4 Tyler Zeller-2.3+0.6-1.7937-0.70.4 Brandon Ingram-0.4-0.4-0.823280.817.1 Malik Beasley-0.8-1.2-2.0750-0.12.8 Lou Williams+2.9-3.1-0.220611.95.2 Terrence Ross-0.6-0.3-0.813030.73.2 Jarred Vanderbilt-1.0+0.3-0.74140.213.1 Sam Dekker-1.0-0.3-1.310910.13.2 Jerami Grant-1.2-0.1-1.215520.13.6 Kevon Looney-1.1+1.7+0.711741.18.6 Bismack Biyombo-3.2+1.0-2.21302-1.30.6 Willie Reed-1.7+0.7-1.07020.00.9 PJ Tucker-1.1+0.8-0.317051.12.9 Kevin Knox-2.1-1.7-3.81039-1.44.8 Jaylen Barford-1.7-1.8-3.5133-0.10.4 Joffrey Lauvergne-1.8-0.3-2.1771-0.50.6 Donte DiVincenzo-0.8-1.6-2.3701-0.24.9 Ty Lawson-0.6-1.6-2.1795-0.20.3 Omer Asik-3.5+1.0-2.5386-0.40.0 Rawle Alkins-2.2-1.5-3.8170-0.21.0 SG-1.1-0.8-1.9 2018-19 CARMELO projections, in one chart Glenn Robinson III-1.1-0.4-1.59140.22.6 Quincy Acy-1.4-0.4-1.81069-0.31.0 Aaron Brooks-1.7-2.0-3.8309-0.40.1 Frank Kaminsky+0.4-0.5-0.117870.75.7 Dirk Nowitzki-1.6+0.5-1.11134-0.20.4 JR Smith-0.7-1.4-2.11342-0.20.7 Amar’e Stoudemire-2.1+1.0-1.13120.00.2 Sean Kilpatrick-1.0-2.1-3.2763-0.50.4 Khem Birch-1.4+0.9-0.58890.11.9 E’Twaun Moore-0.3-1.3-1.618260.22.0 Andrew Harrison-0.5-0.6-1.115950.56.8 Juancho Hernangomez-0.5-0.7-1.18810.03.3 Rudy Gobert-0.7+4.7+4.121225.323.9 Anthony Brown-1.5-1.4-2.9440-0.31.4 Omri Casspi-1.4+0.3-1.28370.20.9 Isaiah Thomas+2.4-3.6-1.215150.42.1 Marcus Thornton-1.4-1.7-3.1401-0.30.2 Corey Brewer-2.4+0.5-1.9898-0.10.5 Bogdan Bogdanovic+0.4-1.6-1.219890.75.5 Rajon Rondo-1.0-0.4-1.413360.21.5 Dakota Mathias-1.3-1.5-2.8155-0.10.6 Dwight Howard-1.7+2.2+0.520721.03.0 Paul Millsap-0.5+1.9+1.316892.35.5 Justin Jackson-2.0-1.0-3.0256-0.23.5 Derrick White-0.5-0.2-0.71660.10.4 Issuf Sanon-1.2-1.3-2.5153-0.13.6 Anthony Davis+1.7+3.2+4.925738.242.4 Trevor Booker-1.6+0.7-0.911460.11.0 Jarell Martin-2.5+0.1-2.41274-0.91.2 Wayne Selden-0.8-1.6-2.4915-0.21.9 Jerryd Bayless-1.2-1.7-2.9798-0.50.3 Brandon Rush-2.2-1.0-3.3428-0.30.1 Richaun Holmes-0.8+0.8+0.011890.54.4 Richard Jefferson-2.2-1.5-3.6426-0.50.0 Jordan McRae-1.4-1.1-2.4325-0.20.4 Festus Ezeli-1.9+1.2-0.63520.00.7 Myke Henry-1.7+0.4-1.37550.02.4 Cedi Osman-0.7-0.7-1.39710.23.8 Dario Saric+0.7-0.3+0.422512.213.6 Chris Andersen-3.3+1.1-2.2312-0.30.0 Ekpe Udoh-1.6+3.7+2.15530.82.2 Lauri Markkanen+0.1-0.4-0.322691.017.4 Jamil Wilson-1.1-0.2-1.36030.01.4 Justise Winslow-1.3+1.1-0.118321.412.4 Jawun Evans-1.6-0.7-2.31115-0.43.5 Will Barton+1.0-1.0+0.021902.29.0 Aron Baynes-3.3+1.9-1.4972-0.30.4 Zhaire Smith-1.2-0.4-1.69200.015.3 Doug McDermott-0.6-2.0-2.61377-0.80.9 DeAndre Liggins-2.6+0.2-2.4680-0.20.5 Ben McLemore-1.6-1.4-3.01037-0.61.0 Boban Marjanovic-1.6+1.4-0.24490.00.8 Tyreke Evans+1.7-0.1+1.517173.110.4 The overall effect of these changes is, first, to boost the value of guards and wings relative to big men, and second, to increase the value of star players relative to average ones. (If you can sign a guy who’s only slightly below average for the minimum salary, you shouldn’t pay that much of a premium to grab a merely average player instead.) We think this brings CARMELO a little closer to how NBA teams actually value players.3This higher replacement level also implies that there are a fair number of sub-replacement-level players who get regular playing time in the league. We think this makes sense too; a lot of these players are in their first or second NBA seasons, and the NBA is a tough league for rookies — but getting them regular playing time is important to their long-term development. Also, let’s be honest: a handful of NBA teams each season are tanking, and may deliberately employ counterproductive players.One other small modification is that we now issue projections for American-born players who had little or no NCAA playing time, such as Anfernee Simons (who decided to forgo his college eligibility) or Michael Porter Jr. (who played only three games at Missouri because of injury).4The adjusted college statistics provided to us by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group for our rookie projections are calculated for the top 100 draft prospects only, so we also use this method for rookies who fell outside the top 100 but who nonetheless require a projection. These projections use a limited set of information — namely the player’s position, height, weight, age, draft position, and their career number of NCAA minutes played. (Our regular projections for rookies, by contrast, use NCAA stats that have been adjusted for pace and opponent quality, as provided to us by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group). Last year, we’d introduced similar projections for players who played in Europe (or another international league) rather than the NCAA; this is simply an extension of that system for players who neither played in Europe nor the NCAA.Finally, as a small token of appreciation our for people who made it through this entire story on methodology, here are our new CARMELO projections in capsule form, with a summary of 2018-19 as well as long-term projections for the more than 600 players in our system. Have fun browsing through the CARMELOs and enjoying the drama of the NBA offseason. Jaren Jackson Jr.-2.5+1.7-0.91456-0.117.9 Kyle Collinsworth-1.6+0.1-1.47330.11.7 Thomas Welsh-2.3+0.2-2.1219-0.20.7 Norman Powell-1.2-1.0-2.21034-0.21.9 Matthew Dellavedova-1.0-1.8-2.81056-0.60.7 Khris Middleton+1.3-0.5+0.823773.313.6 Shane Larkin-0.6-0.9-1.58980.12.3 Cole Aldrich-2.1+2.2+0.14880.11.0 Paul Pierce-3.4-0.3-3.8305-0.40.0 Jon Leuer-1.8+0.4-1.5892-0.20.7 Mike Dunleavy-1.5-1.4-2.9425-0.20.1 Thomas Robinson-1.8+0.3-1.5560-0.11.1 Josh Hart+0.5-0.7-0.317671.611.9 Danny Green-1.4+1.4+0.015621.54.4 Isaac Bonga-1.7-0.7-2.3166-0.14.7 Kevin Seraphin-2.6+0.2-2.3424-0.50.1 Briante Weber-1.0-0.7-1.75480.02.0 Randy Foye-2.4-1.1-3.5426-0.40.1 De’Anthony Melton-1.8+0.3-1.54510.19.4 Troy Williams-1.6+0.1-1.58010.02.7 Jusuf Nurkic-1.9+3.3+1.419192.013.5 Henry Ellenson-1.5-0.1-1.5707-0.22.7 Rodney McGruder-0.6-1.0-1.59580.22.0 Pau Gasol-0.9+2.3+1.415321.83.0 Cody Zeller-0.7+2.1+1.515111.99.5 Jose Calderon-1.2-1.1-2.3653-0.20.3 TJ Warren-0.1-1.4-1.519360.14.3 Tarik Black-2.6+1.1-1.6820-0.31.0 Tony Bradley-0.8-1.0-1.8233-0.21.0 Nikola Jokic+4.0+2.1+6.221818.349.7 Chris Johnson-1.8+0.9-0.9335-0.10.6 Channing Frye-0.3+0.1-0.26900.30.6 Marc Gasol-0.7+1.8+1.220751.84.5 Kirk Hinrich-1.7-1.7-3.4316-0.30.2 Wesley Matthews-0.7-1.1-1.91789-0.11.2 James Michael McAdoo-2.0+0.4-1.6394-0.10.8 Wilson Chandler-1.0-0.6-1.616300.01.3 Thabo Sefolosha-1.8+1.8-0.19970.91.9 Ramon Sessions-1.7-1.4-3.1546-0.40.1 Kevin Martin-1.4-1.4-2.9343-0.20.1 P.J. Hairston-1.4-1.0-2.4442-0.11.1 Salah Mejri-2.9+3.5+0.68790.51.0 Courtney Lee-0.4-1.2-1.717230.21.6 Doral Moore-3.1+1.0-2.1107-0.10.4 Derrick Williams-1.7-0.9-2.6483-0.40.3 Kevin Huerter-1.5-1.4-3.0793-0.57.6 Josh Huestis-2.8+0.7-2.1790-0.30.6 James Anderson-1.6-0.8-2.3314-0.10.5 Terrence Jones-1.6-0.1-1.7870-0.30.9 Sterling Brown-1.9-0.2-2.11001-0.13.3 Justin Hamilton-1.9+0.6-1.2703-0.30.5 Trey Lyles-0.1-0.2-0.316100.77.3 Donatas Motiejunas-1.9+0.6-1.4480-0.10.7 Justin Jackson-1.4-0.9-2.31525-0.63.5 Josh Smith-2.8-0.6-3.4296-0.30.0 Luke Babbitt-0.8-0.8-1.68280.00.9 Pat Connaughton-0.4-1.3-1.710990.12.5 Giannis Antetokounmpo+3.1+2.4+5.525589.857.3 Willy Hernangomez-0.8+1.3+0.511210.54.9 D.J. Wilson-1.3-0.5-1.7398-0.11.3 Jeff Withey-2.4+1.4-1.0393-0.10.3 Kent Bazemore-0.8+0.5-0.217401.65.2 Garrett Temple-1.5-0.3-1.812530.00.9 Darrell Arthur-1.7+0.3-1.4487-0.10.4 Nick Young-0.3-2.2-2.5902-0.30.3 Michael Beasley-1.1-0.5-1.61235-0.20.9 Dragan Bender-1.9+0.0-1.82020-0.810.2 Cory Joseph-0.3-0.9-1.218180.53.8 Jamal Crawford-0.9-4.0-4.9864-1.40.0 Evan Fournier+1.0-1.5-0.520041.47.1 Buddy Hield+0.9-1.4-0.519261.49.8 Emmanuel Mudiay-0.7-2.1-2.81429-0.93.1 Marcin Gortat-2.2+1.6-0.71639-0.20.8 Vince Carter-1.3-0.6-1.98550.00.4 Arnoldas Kulboka-2.0-0.5-2.5600.01.5 Eric Gordon+1.5-1.4+0.120102.26.3 Ron Baker-1.6-0.3-1.87240.02.2 Monta Ellis-1.8-0.8-2.6897-0.40.3 Jeff Green-1.2-0.7-1.91296-0.40.5 Dwyane Wade-1.4-0.6-1.911620.00.4 Austin Rivers+0.8-1.8-1.019730.95.4 Gerald Henderson-1.6-1.6-3.3650-0.50.2 Marcelo Huertas-2.0-1.7-3.7285-0.30.0 Nick Collison-2.0+0.1-2.0358-0.20.1 Lance Thomas-2.5-0.8-3.3879-0.90.1 Damyean Dotson-1.0-0.9-2.07420.02.0 Mike Miller-1.8-0.2-2.0395-0.10.2 Mike Conley+2.1-1.0+1.115232.46.1 Otto Porter Jr.+2.6+1.2+3.824157.037.7 Khyri Thomas-0.9-1.3-2.2353-0.12.6 Royce O’Neale-1.1+1.0-0.113111.06.3 K.J. McDaniels-1.5-0.5-2.0423-0.11.3 Plus-Minus (Points per 100 possessions) Trae Young+0.2-1.8-1.618070.116.6 Jakob Poeltl-0.8+2.1+1.315791.713.6 Spencer Hawes-2.0+0.8-1.2569-0.20.3 Carl Landry-1.9-0.1-2.0300-0.20.2 Ryan Arcidiacono-1.1-0.9-2.0626-0.11.9 Tim Duncan-1.7+1.5-0.24660.20.5 Aaron Harrison-1.3-0.7-2.06240.02.3 Alan Anderson-2.0-1.0-3.0280-0.20.0 Jeremy Lin-0.3-1.0-1.38700.21.0 Antonio Blakeney-1.2-1.6-2.8677-0.31.4 Evan Turner-2.2-0.2-2.31503-0.50.6 Dante Cunningham-1.9-0.2-2.11134-0.50.4 Andrea Bargnani-2.1+0.0-2.1328-0.20.0 Blake Griffin+2.0+0.5+2.420554.013.5 Taurean Prince-0.5-0.1-0.720091.18.7 Johnny O’Bryant III-2.1-0.2-2.4542-0.40.7 Alec Burks-1.1-1.0-2.1944-0.11.3 Ronnie Price-1.7-1.0-2.7314-0.20.0 Isaiah Canaan-0.5-1.6-2.1846-0.21.1 Lavoy Allen-2.2+0.1-2.1531-0.30.3 Nikola Vucevic-0.7+2.3+1.619672.28.3 Alex Caruso-1.6-0.2-1.78360.02.5 Tyler Ennis-0.8-0.6-1.49400.13.7 Jamal Murray+2.4-2.0+0.423732.926.2 Caris LeVert-0.1-0.6-0.618010.97.9 Gordon Hayward+2.1-0.4+1.711122.27.3 Jahlil Okafor-2.5+0.2-2.4898-1.00.7 Victor Oladipo+2.2+1.5+3.724897.738.0 Al Jefferson-2.7+0.6-2.1532-0.50.1 OG Anunoby+0.4+0.5+0.920572.927.5 Zach Randolph-1.5-1.4-2.91050-1.10.1 Jared Dudley-1.3+0.3-1.08140.20.8 Kyle O’Quinn-0.9+2.3+1.414041.76.6 Justin Holiday-0.7+0.0-0.618321.24.6 Collin Sexton-0.6-2.5-3.11254-1.08.3 Miles Bridges-1.3-0.9-2.21010-0.57.7 Abdel Nader-3.2-0.6-3.9525-0.70.4 Danuel House-0.9-1.3-2.2576-0.11.4 Brandon Jennings-0.4-1.6-2.0771-0.10.6 Kristaps Porzingis+0.0+2.3+2.320523.725.6 Malcolm Brogdon+0.7-1.1-0.417961.48.1 Julius Randle+0.4-0.1+0.320401.29.0 Chase Budinger-1.6-0.3-2.0289-0.10.4 Gary Harris+2.0-1.0+0.923883.722.1 PositionOffenseDefenseCombined C.J. Watson-2.2-1.2-3.4317-0.30.1 Just in time for the NBA’s free agent bonanza (headlined by LeBron James’s The Decision: Part III), FiveThirtyEight has re-launched CARMELO, our NBA player projection system, with forecasts for 2018-19 and beyond. Jordan Mickey-2.1+0.2-1.9537-0.21.2 Avery Bradley-1.0-1.3-2.21558-0.31.2 Anderson Varejao-2.9+1.2-1.7347-0.30.0 Ryan Anderson+0.4-1.2-0.816000.21.6 Maxi Kleber-1.9+0.5-1.51225-0.31.6 Jason Smith-3.0+0.4-2.6451-0.40.1 Jodie Meeks-0.9-2.0-2.9682-0.40.3 Rodney Purvis-1.9-1.7-3.6504-0.50.6 Devin Booker+2.0-2.4-0.422721.818.2 Arron Afflalo-2.4-2.2-4.6568-0.90.0 Rodney Hood+0.1-1.8-1.715990.23.2 Charlie Villanueva-2.6+0.0-2.6271-0.20.1 Dion Waiters-0.5-1.0-1.514130.32.3 Luol Deng-2.1+0.5-1.66300.00.4 Andrew Nicholson-2.3+0.0-2.3363-0.20.3 Jonathan Isaac-2.4+2.1-0.312960.713.1 Harrison Barnes-0.2-1.0-1.222590.13.0 Allonzo Trier-2.2-2.3-4.5118-0.20.2 Luke Kennard+0.2-0.7-0.517161.414.2 Kevin Hervey-1.6-0.7-2.3273-0.11.8 Kyle Kuzma+0.3-1.0-0.723190.58.4 Delon Wright+0.7+0.5+1.315412.513.0 Theo Pinson-1.5-0.7-2.31440.00.8 Marco Belinelli-0.1-2.2-2.41292-0.30.6 Danilo Gallinari+0.4-0.2+0.315661.54.0 Shaun Livingston-2.0-0.3-2.4855-0.30.4 Kelly Oubre Jr.-0.3-0.5-0.820260.99.6 Mario Hezonja-1.0-0.5-1.515510.15.5 Marreese Speights-0.7+0.0-0.68450.10.8 Josh Okogie-1.3-1.1-2.4823-0.29.6 Sindarius Thornwell-2.0+0.6-1.412860.45.4 Josh Richardson-0.2+0.6+0.422772.715.0 JaMychal Green-1.4-0.3-1.71536-0.51.2 David West-1.7+2.7+0.98000.81.2 Andrew Bogut-3.8+2.8-1.0443-0.20.2 Mo Williams-1.1-1.7-2.9334-0.20.1 Wayne Ellington+0.7-1.8-1.114710.62.3 Jae Crowder-0.1-0.4-0.419111.14.5 Trey Burke+1.2-2.8-1.611210.12.3 Archie Goodwin-0.3-1.4-1.75780.12.2 Domantas Sabonis-1.0+0.7-0.319960.68.9 Jonas Valanciunas-0.4+1.0+0.718351.16.0 Damian Jones-1.8-0.1-1.9590.00.1 Brandon Bass-2.0-0.5-2.4361-0.30.1 Patrick Patterson-0.6+0.5-0.113160.72.5 Kevin Garnett-2.3-0.1-2.4436-0.30.0 Bruce Brown Jr.-1.1-0.6-1.73320.03.2 Eric Moreland-2.6+2.7+0.18740.63.5 Troy Daniels+0.1-3.4-3.21136-0.80.7 Leandro Barbosa-1.4-1.7-3.1348-0.20.1 Rudy Gay-1.0+0.7-0.312020.72.0 Milos Teodosic-0.2-1.2-1.310810.31.5 Raul Neto-0.5-0.7-1.28440.22.4 Klay Thompson+1.6-1.1+0.623763.211.6 Jacob Evans-1.3-0.6-1.95640.06.2 Norris Cole-1.1-1.4-2.5314-0.10.2 De’Aaron Fox-0.6-2.0-2.52198-1.08.3 Ivan Rabb-1.1-0.2-1.3990-0.13.8 Lonzo Ball+0.4+2.1+2.524815.845.3 CARMELO NBA Player Projections: Our probabilistic forecast of what a current NBA player’s future might look like, based on similar players throughout history. See our projections for 2018-19 and beyond » Luis Scola-1.8-0.8-2.6376-0.30.0 Jeremy Lamb+1.1-0.7+0.418192.310.2 Meyers Leonard-1.0+0.3-0.7854-0.11.2 Shake Milton-1.6-1.4-3.1279-0.21.4 Jonas Jerebko-1.2+0.0-1.29230.10.8 Terrance Ferguson-1.2-1.5-2.81081-0.52.7 Alexis Ajinca-3.2+1.5-1.7456-0.30.2 Keenan Evans-1.6-1.6-3.2188-0.20.9 Patty Mills+1.4-1.9-0.517551.23.5 Josh Jackson-1.2-0.8-2.01884-0.37.9 Adreian Payne-2.1+0.5-1.6476-0.10.8 Ed Davis-1.7+1.5-0.212310.41.9 Sasha Vujacic-2.1-0.6-2.7301-0.10.2 Trevon Duval-2.4-1.8-4.2200-0.31.4 O.J. Mayo-1.4-0.6-1.93850.00.4 Markel Brown-1.4-1.3-2.7306-0.10.5 Hamidou Diallo-2.2-1.9-4.1331-0.41.8 Tomas Satoransky+0.4+0.0+0.416201.99.5 Draymond Green+0.9+3.4+4.323327.028.6 Mirza Teletovic-1.2-1.1-2.4466-0.30.1 The basics of the system are largely similar to previous years, with the backbone of CARMELO remaining an algorithm that compares current players to past ones who had statistically similar profile through the same age. For instance, Utah Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell is similar to players such as Gilbert Arenas, Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, Ben Gordon, Victor Oladipo and O.J. Mayo through this early point in their respective careers. Some of those players (Allen, Curry) became superstars, while others (Gordon, Mayo) didn’t really pan out. The combination of those good and not-so-good outcomes gives us a probabilistic forecast for the rest of Mitchell’s career.In a moment, I’ll describe the (relatively minor) changes to CARMELO this year, but first, a quick word about how the system did last season.How CARMELO Performed in 2017-18In the regular season, CARMELO performed very well, as its preseason projections were the second-most accurate of the 20 projection systems tracked by the statheads at the ABPRmetrics message board. It also correctly predicted the Warriors defeating the Cavaliers as the most likely NBA Finals matchup (not that this was a bold take, exactly).CARMELO was also among the most accurate regular-season prediction systems in its debut year in 2015-16, although it was one of the least accurate in 2016-17. What accounted for these differences? In 2015-16 and 2017-18, CARMELO used a combination of Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus to make its forecasts, whereas in 2016-17 it solely used BPM. (CARMELO uses a mix of two-thirds RPM and one-third BPM rather than weighting them equally.) While we’ll want another two or three season to know for sure, we strongly suspect that the RPM/BPM blend outperforms BPM alone.In addition to our preseason projections, we update our projections for teams — though not for individual players — during the season using a version of the Elo rating system. (These are our so-called “CARM-Elo” projections.) In contrast to our preseason projections, these in-season projections sometimes seemed pretty hinky last season, at least when it came to forecasting the NBA playoffs. Despite an adjustment that was meant to give extra credit to teams with more playoff experience, the system seemed to overcorrect based on how teams finished out their regular seasons — getting too bullish on the 76ers and Raptors, for example, and too bearish on the Warriors and Cavs.One potential shortcoming is that whereas our preseason projections use depth charts and projected playing time for each team, the in-season updates do not. For instance, they had no way to account for Curry’s injury late in the regular season and subsequent return in the second round of the playoffs. One solution could be to continuously update depth charts (and CARMELO player projections) throughout the season instead of just at the start of the year. We’re examining alternatives; just know, for now, that we think the preseason CARMELO projections are pretty smart, but that our Elo-based method for updating them during the season might require some rethinking.What’s Different In CARMELO for 2018-19The major fix to CARMELO this season isn’t a change in how the system projects players, but rather in how it values them. Like many modern statistical systems, CARMELO uses a notion of the replacement-level player in calculating player value. A replacement-level player, in theory, is someone who is freely or cheaply available, e.g. a G League player or someone signed to a contract for the league minimum salary.How good, or bad, are these sorts of players? They’re below-average — but it turns out they’re not that far below average. Over the past four seasons, players signed to minimum-salary contracts or two-way contracts subtract about 1.5 points per 100 possessions from a team’s scoring margin1According to our RPM/BPM blend from above. Also, note that this calculation is weighted by their playing time. Part of the benefit of picking guys up off the waiver wire is that you can churn through them quickly, cutting bait with unproductive players at little expense but occasionally finding a hidden gem, which helps raise the weighted average for these types of players., relative to an average player — somewhat better than the -2.0 points per 100 possessions that CARMELO had assumed before. Moreover, we found that the quality of replacement-level players differs quite a bit by position. As the NBA shifts to smaller lineups, it’s relatively easy to find reasonably productive bigs on the waiver wire (see my colleague Chris Herring’s story on the sad saga of Roy Hibbert). But it’s harder to find good wings or point guards. Thus, our calculation of wins above replacement is now position-based, using the values you see in the table below.2For players who split their time across multiple positions, we use a blend of his positions to calculate replacement level. Luka Doncic-1.0-1.2-2.21271-0.321.2 Dillon Brooks-0.7-0.6-1.222750.69.2 Dennis Schroder+1.4-2.4-0.920910.96.7 Kay Felder-1.0-1.8-2.8528-0.32.1 Jonathon Simmons-1.3-1.2-2.51452-0.60.9 Dwight Powell-0.6+1.5+0.916111.57.4 Allen Crabbe+0.4-1.6-1.219800.74.6 Tobias Harris+1.2-0.5+0.724692.711.6 Ivica Zubac-1.9+1.4-0.5960-0.14.0 Tiago Splitter-2.4+0.2-2.3255-0.20.1 Yante Maten-2.6-0.4-2.9173-0.20.6 Davon Reed-1.6-0.8-2.4597-0.22.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-0.8+0.8+0.019311.611.2 Stanley Johnson-1.3+0.7-0.619261.011.6 Nik Stauskas-0.7-1.4-2.11059-0.12.2 Jordan Hill-2.0+0.3-1.8283-0.10.2 Emeka Okafor-2.7+1.8-0.9313-0.10.2 Okaro White-1.6-0.1-1.7511-0.20.8 Cheick Diallo-1.5+0.0-1.5864-0.22.1 Wes Iwundu-2.7-0.1-2.81091-0.72.0 PF-1.4+0.3-1.1 Nikola Mirotic+0.7+0.8+1.518382.610.9 Reggie Bullock+0.1-0.6-0.514951.15.0 Wendell Carter Jr.-1.4+0.7-0.61215-0.215.1 Bobby Portis+0.2-0.8-0.515760.56.2 Quinn Cook+0.1-2.3-2.3882-0.21.5 DeMar DeRozan+2.4-1.5+0.923313.511.6 Alex Abrines-0.1-1.4-1.511370.33.5 CJ Miles+0.2-1.4-1.211570.31.4 Isaiah Hicks-2.1-0.3-2.4532-0.40.9 Frank Mason-0.1-1.9-2.01160-0.22.5 Kenneth Faried-1.0-0.3-1.3874-0.10.8 Ryan Kelly-2.0+0.2-1.72900.00.8 Derrick Rose-0.8-2.2-3.0883-0.60.2 Andrew Wiggins+0.8-1.6-0.826251.413.2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-1.3+0.7-0.517961.17.5 D’Angelo Russell+1.5-1.7-0.218341.615.5 Jamel Artis-1.9-1.0-2.9518-0.30.9 Aaron Holiday-0.9-2.2-3.1547-0.42.2 Alec Peters-0.9-0.4-1.26540.02.3 Lance Stephenson-1.0-1.7-2.71163-0.60.7 Treveon Graham-1.0-0.9-1.99450.02.3 Jalen Brunson-0.9-2.4-3.2415-0.41.6 James Harden+6.6+0.1+6.7249611.853.8 Bryn Forbes-0.4-2.3-2.71084-0.51.5 Deron Williams+0.0-1.3-1.39080.20.8 Ben Simmons+2.5+2.3+4.825248.865.5 Player▲▼Off. +/-▲▼Def. +/-▲▼Tot. +/-▲▼Min.▲▼WAR▲▼7-Year Upside▲▼ Keita Bates-Diop-1.7-0.5-2.2255-0.21.1 Semi Ojeleye-3.1-0.9-4.01008-1.60.5 Dzanan Musa-1.7-0.6-2.4224-0.15.9 Cristiano Felicio-2.3-0.4-2.7965-1.10.4 Kyrie Irving+4.2-1.7+2.622515.326.2 TJ Leaf-1.1-1.2-2.3780-0.51.8 Brandon Paul-2.1+0.0-2.1627-0.11.1 JJ Redick+1.4-2.3-0.917571.02.5 Kosta Koufos-2.3+1.5-0.81239-0.11.2 Lonnie Walker IV-1.6-1.8-3.4749-0.65.9 Alonzo Gee-2.2-0.1-2.3330-0.10.2 Tim Frazier-1.0-0.7-1.710160.11.7 Donovan Mitchell+2.2-0.1+2.126745.945.6 Damjan Rudez-1.6-0.5-2.1335-0.10.1 JaKarr Sampson-2.4+0.7-1.7619-0.11.2 Patrick Beverley+0.3+0.1+0.414541.74.3 Tyus Jones+1.7+0.2+1.818373.629.1 Tyler Ulis-0.7-2.1-2.81487-0.83.0 Raymond Felton-1.2-1.2-2.31001-0.30.4 George King-1.7-1.8-3.5125-0.10.2 Mikal Bridges-0.9+0.1-0.811030.513.2 Luc Mbah a Moute-1.9+1.4-0.613710.61.8 Al-Farouq Aminu-0.7+1.9+1.120072.710.0 Cameron Payne-0.4-0.9-1.310770.24.0 Daniel Theis-1.3+1.9+0.612820.74.4 Pablo Prigioni-2.4-1.3-3.7364-0.40.0 Brian Roberts-1.7-1.8-3.5299-0.30.1 Chandler Hutchison-0.9-1.0-1.9539-0.13.8 Semaj Christon-2.0-1.6-3.7516-0.60.6 Rodions Kurucs-1.9-0.5-2.41170.02.5 Kyle Korver-0.2-1.0-1.210530.41.2 Deyonta Davis-1.7+0.3-1.41100-0.42.7 Andre Drummond-0.5+2.9+2.524633.919.8 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander-1.1-0.8-1.91109-0.114.0 Caleb Swanigan-0.7-1.6-2.2218-0.10.8 Malachi Richardson-1.1-1.0-2.2685-0.12.3 Manu Ginobili-1.7-0.4-2.1776-0.10.3 Kyle Singler-2.4-0.5-2.9300-0.20.1 James Ennis III-1.0-0.4-1.413720.22.2 Jarrett Allen-1.6+1.6+0.016890.412.0 Mindaugas Kuzminskas-2.8-1.3-4.1268-0.40.1 DeAndre Jordan-0.3+2.2+1.920942.79.1 Malik Newman-1.8-2.3-4.1147-0.20.4 PG-0.7-1.0-1.7 Kevin Durant+3.6+0.7+4.322016.827.3 Kyle Lowry+4.3-0.2+4.123197.528.2 Omari Spellman-1.6+0.2-1.4452-0.13.8 Dwight Buycks-1.4-1.0-2.4449-0.20.6 * Upside is a measure of WAR where values lower than zero are treated as zero instead. That is, it doesn’t punish a player for being below replacement level, but does reward him for being above replacement level. The 7-year calculation reflects the 2018-19 through 2024-25 seasons. read more

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NFL draft Taylor Decker picked up by the Detroit Lions with the

Former OSU offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) blocks defender during a game against Illinois on Nov. 14 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Detriot Lions have selected former Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick of the 2016 NFL draft.Decker surprised many when he decided to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. The move appears to have paid off, as the Vandalia, Ohio, native was named the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and became the seventh offensive lineman drafted out of OSU in the last decade.The three-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray played in a total of 54 games. Decker started at left tackle for all three of these seasons, while helping OSU have one of the most potent and effective running games in the Big Ten and NCAA.In 2014, Decker was instrumental to the Buckeyes’ offense, helping the team amass 3,967 yards rushing. In all, he played 1,034 snaps during the championship season.During his senior year, the Buckeyes averaged 245.2 rushing yards each game, which was tops in the Big Ten. Decker led the team as an efficient blocker, as well as a mentor. He was named a team co-captain by his teammates at the start of the season.A first team All-American this past year, Decker rose some eyebrows by producing less-than-stellar numbers at the NFL combine. However, this did not deter the Lions from selecting the offensive tackle.As noted by ESPN’s Jon Gruden immediately following the selection, Decker will most likely be making the transition to the right side of the line as opposed to the left side, where he started for the Buckeyes last year.Detroit struggled with protecting Matthew Stafford last year, as he was sacked 44 times last season, just one less than the previous season. With the selection of Decker, the Lions are hoping to lower this number. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball drops Nebraska 6356

The Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday night, 63-56, to keep a pair of streaks alive. With the win, the No. 11-ranked Buckeyes extended their winning streak to four games. In the process, OSU advanced to 17-4 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes also remain perfect against their newest conference foe. Since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, OSU is 4-0 against Nebraska. Nebraska proved to be a much tougher opponent than it was in the teams’ first meeting, in which OSU dispatched the Huskers, 70-44, at the Schottenstein Center. This time around, Nebraska gave the Buckeyes all they could handle for a good portion of the first half, and it even led a couple of times. In the closing minutes of the half, however, OSU mounted a 15-4 run, which seemed to drain some energy out of the home crowd and the Huskers, while giving OSU all the momentum. The Buckeyes carried that momentum into the second half, and expanded their lead to as much as 15 points. But the resilient Huskers would not go away. Nebraska slowly chipped away at OSU’s lead, in large part because of senior center and defensive anchor Andre Almeida. The 6-foot-11, 314-pound Almeida made it difficult for OSU to find easy looks in the paint, and as the Buckeyes struggled to find scores, Nebraska cut the margin to five points with just over a minute left to play. The Huskers couldn’t knock down a few open shots in the closing minute, however, and OSU put the game away from the free throw line. Nebraska falls to 11-12 on the season and to 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes received sporadic production from junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored 15 points but struggled while doing so. The Big Ten’s leading scorer connected on just 6-of-18 shots, as he was constantly doubled-teamed and harassed by Husker defenders. While Thomas was fairly inefficient with his scoring, Lenzelle Smith Jr. was anything but. The junior guard made all six of his field goal attempts for a game-high and season-high 21 points. After struggling to put away one of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders, the Buckeyes will now move into what could be their toughest week of the season. The Buckeyes will embark upon a pair of contests, against No. 1 Michigan on Feb. 5 and No. 3 Indiana on Feb. 10. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 3, 2013 An earlier version of this story misspelled Andre Almeida’s name in the seventh paragraph. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball playing with a chip on their shoulders

Sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to put a halt to a five-match losing streak, but will have to take down another top-15 opponent to do it.The Buckeyes, in the midst of a 2-7 start to Big Ten play, are scheduled to face No. 13 Nebraska at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.Coming off a three-set loss to No. 2 Penn State, freshman setter Maggie Heim said in an email that she and her teammates will have to keep their heads up in order to end their losing streak.“Keeping a very positive demeanor both on and off the court is huge,” she said. “Our energy and passion for the game will play a big role in a quick bounce back.”Heim said the 3-0 loss at Penn State “revealed many things that we need to work on.” She also said she has “no doubt” the Buckeyes will be able to get back in the mix by the end of their conference schedule.OSU started the season 12-0 in non-conference play before dropping then-No. 10 Michigan at home in its first Big Ten match, but have since slid down not only the conference rankings, but the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.A win against Nebraska is likely the only thing that could keep the Buckeyes, once ranked as high as No. 12, from falling out of the poll completely.While it would help the team’s standings, junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who has recently been splitting time with Heim, said in an email it would “feel awesome” and spark the team for the rest of the season if they could get a win against Nebraska.Junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said in an email a victory over Nebraska at home would feel even better than beating the Cornhuskers 3-1 on their home court last season.In the short term, the Buckeyes recognize that they have to improve their offensive efficiency. The team hit minus .030 in the loss to Penn State, and Winner said they know how to get it done.“Keep working as a team on our tempos and holding blockers on the other side of the net to get open looks,” she said.Heim said the Buckeyes have to take a new mindset heading into the Nebraska match.“Playing with a chip on our shoulder like we have nothing to lose will also help,” she said.While the Penn State match marked the end of three games on the road, OSU will only be back in Columbus for a single match. The Buckeyes head back out on the road for matches against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 1. read more

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Ohio States Noah Brown on a different level than last fall

Sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown is 1 of several OSU receivers expected to see significant playing time this season. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOn the outside or in the slot, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith wants sophomore Noah Brown ready to play.“I told him going into spring, ‘The mentality right now is to get you ready to start at all three spots,’” Smith said during a Tuesday press conference.Brown arrived in Columbus ahead of last season as a 240-pound H-back and earned playing time in 11 games. But he finished the year with just one catch for nine yards and one carry for a loss of four yards.But after playing as an H-back throughout the Buckeyes’ national championship campaign, Smith said Brown has transformed physically, and his performance has taken off this spring.“Noah Brown’s probably had as good a spring as I could have wanted,” Smith said. “He’s dropped 25 pounds, he’s on a different level than he was in the fall, so I’m really, really pleased with where he’s at.”Just as Brown has transitioned into a standout performer during practice, the first nine sessions of spring football have been a period of change for the entire OSU wide receiver corps.The Buckeyes return their leading receiver — redshirt-junior Michael Thomas — but lose their top deep threat in Devin Smith and a jack of all trades in Evan Spencer. On top of the departures, Thomas is sidelined after undergoing a sports hernia surgery, and junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver James Clark are all recovering from injuries.Even though the injuries are holding some of OSU’s top receivers off the field, Smith said some young players have a chance to step up.“I feel good about the reps that the other guys are getting,” he said. “It’s giving other guys an opportunity to improve that maybe you wouldn’t have gotten as many opportunities as they would have.”But unlike Brown, Smith said not every young OSU receiver has proven they are ready to step on the field during the regular season.“Young guys like (redshirt-freshmen) Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, they’re still working,” Smith said. “Every day they’re going out and blowing out. They’re grinding to get better, and they’re not there yet.”While those players are still working toward an opportunity to contribute, Smith added that players like Brown and redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall are getting a chance to practice on the outside and in the slot. He said that gives OSU a chance to put its top threats on the field at once.“Kinda like Jalin,  (Brown) has that flexibility so that when we need to get the best three on the field, whoever that is, I can plug them where we need to and they’ll be really good at it,” Smith said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude spring practice with the annual Spring Game on April 18 before taking on Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the 2015 season. read more

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ESPNs Stephen A Smith talks sports journalism and the game of life

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke to students at an event hosted by OUAB on March 30 at the Ohio Union. Credit: Courtesy of OUABIn a collaborative event with Block ‘O,’ OUAB hosted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith Thursday night at Ohio State.In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 people at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union, Smith spoke to those in attendance about ESPN, journalism in the 21st century, and the ‘game of life.’Prior to his talk with moderator Dr. Lanier Holt — an assistant professor in the School of Communications — Smith sat down with The Lantern for an exclusive interview, covering a number of topics, including why he first started in the sports industry.“If you are about the business of acquiring information, then you’re prepared for anything,” Smith said. “It came down to my abilities as a journalist, my ability to acquire information and to be in constant pursuit of the truth. As long as I’m doing that and I’m fair-minded and morally sound in the process, then I’m good.”Smith has long been known as an impassioned, no-nonsense personality. His career changed in 2012 when he joined ESPN’s First Take, a sports debate show that allowed Smith to fully showcase his talents.He continues to be a staple of the show to this day despite the departure of former co-host Skip Bayless.“I enjoy it,” Smith said. “I have a career, and there’s a difference between a job and a career. A job is doing what you have to do to maintain and elevate your quality of life. A career is doing what you want to do. It just so happens to do the same as a job. That want to is incredibly important because then you don’t feel like you’re working, so you’re in position to do more things.”It’s no secret that Smith has been the subject of much controversy throughout his career, controversy that began well before his time with First Take. While his straight-shooter approach might have made him a lightning rod of sorts, there isn’t a single thing Smith would change about himself.“It’s very, very important to me,” Smith said. “It’s what built my career. I wasn’t this way when I got on television. I wasn’t this way when I became a columnist. I became a columnist and got on television because I was this way. That’s what got me here. I don’t want to be any other way, and I make sure my audience knows that every time they see me.”Smith added that he understands why some think his takes are controversial.“I’m fearless, and it seems as though some think I don’t take the ramifications or consequences into consideration. They’re wrong, I do. I consider everything. I just believe that the truth will set you free. The closer I get to the truth, the better I feel. If I feel I’m being phony in any way, literally a sickness overcomes me.”When his talk with Dr. Holt began, Smith provided a backdrop of who he was and why he was speaking at OSU.“I don’t run from anything,” Smith said. “A lot of times when you see hesitancy in some matters, that’s ESPN, not me. They want you to monitor what you address and how you address it. My response to them is that it’s all intertwined. There’s no separation between sports and the outside world.”Smith graduated in 1991 from Winston-Salem State University – a historically black college in North Carolina – and soon began his career as a sports journalist. He emphasized the importance of getting a college education, which is a validation of potential in his eyes.“You need to understand that you’re here to get an education,” Smith said. “Your degree is a piece of paper that says you can read, write, and comprehend. It validates and authenticates your potential. What you do with it is on you.”Getting that degree is the easy part, though. It’s the mentality that you adopt afterwards that’ll make the difference between success and failure in life, Smith said.“Everything in life comes with a price,” he said. “You can pay now, or you can pay later, but you’re going to pay. The sooner you adopt that mentality, you’ll have a one-up on everyone else. The real world that awaits, and they don’t care about you. It’s filled with the haves and have nots, and there are a lot more have nots floating around.”Switching gears midway through the night onto Ohio sports, Smith stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is not only the best small forward to ever play in the NBA, but that Buckeye fans need not worry about the future of their football team.“I’m not worried about it,” Smith said. “(Coach) Urban Meyer is 61-6 since he’s been at OSU. I imagine that they can win the National Championship. I expect it to be between OSU and Michigan for the Big Ten title. You have (an) elite program here. ”Smith ended the lively night with a question and answer session with the crowd. It was the inside details about his personal life that made the biggest impact on second-year sophomore Wyatt Crosier.“I kind of thought it’d be all about sports,” Crosier said. “I really liked how he really motivated me. He was really funny, and I loved the event’s format. It was a great night.”As the crowd continued to hang on Smith’s every word, he delved deeper into his beliefs and personal life. Smith didn’t mince words when describing why he is the way he is.“I was born with a passion,” Smith said. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I try to speak intelligently and I don’t make excuses. Reasons are reasons why things happen. Excuses are made when you’re trying to get absolved of what you’ve done. I’m not trying to get anything absolved.” read more

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Mens Basketball Penn State rains on No 13 Ohio State from 3

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) blocks a shot in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was questionable to start Thursday night’s game against Penn State with an illness, he was able to start for the Buckeyes, and when the team needed him most. With his team trailing by nine points with just over a minute left in the game, Bates-Diop made back-to-back 3s to bring Ohio State to within three. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate made a layup to bring the game to within one point. With 15 seconds left and two made free throws by Penn State, Ohio State put all of its hopes of extending its win streak on the shoulders of Bates-Diop, who made a back-breaking 3-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game and seemingly send the game to overtime. Somehow, it was not enough. Sophomore guard Tony Carr banked in a buzzer-beating 3 to win the game for Penn State 82-79. No. 13 Ohio State (18-5, 9-1 Big Ten) was outscored 44-42 in the second half, dropping its first conference game of the season to Penn State (14-8, 3-5 Big Ten). Penn State was led by Carr, who finished the game with 28 points, five rebounds and five assists, shooting 9-of-12 from the field. Senior guard Shep Garner made 4-of-5 shots from 3 to finish the game with 14 points. For the majority of the game, the Buckeyes seemingly had nothing but rim-rattlers and near-makes from 3-point range, while Penn State made 11-of-14 from beyond the arc. But Ohio State finished the game strong on 3-point shooting thanks to the makes by Bates-Diop, going 7-for-15 overall. Bates-Diop finished with a team-leading 25 points. The two teams came out of halftime trading leads with five changes in the first four minutes. Penn State finally settled in with a 48-43 lead after going on a 6-0 run off three straight turnovers. The Nittany Lions added to that run with two more free throws after senior forward Jae’Sean Tate’s third foul of the night and Ohio State’s sixth of the half in just under five minutes of play.Trailing by 10, Ohio State made a push with a layup from Tate and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich. But Penn State with responded with a 10-4 run to bring the score to 67-54 and seemingly push the game out of reach. Tate finished the game with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Penn State came out of the gate untouchable from beyond the arc, draining five straight 3-point attempts — all from the wing and a few steps behind the line — to take an early 16-6 lead after the first media timeout. Bates-Diop subbed out earlier than normal at the 14:49 mark in the game. He had missed his first shot before being replaced. Tate provided the Buckeyes with all their points during Bates-Diop’s one-minute long absence, drawing two fouls in the paint and making four free throws.After falling behind 20-8 with 14:13 left in the first half, Ohio State went on a 17-9 run to draw the game to within four points. Penn State added a point on a free throw, but Bates-Diop knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer and floated a tear-drop jump-shot from the paint to tie the game at 30.Ohio State closed out the first half on a 4-0 run to draw the game to 38-37 while Penn State limped to the halfway mark without scoring in the last 2:27 of the half. read more

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Pc tried to sabotage close female friends marriage by framing her husband

first_imgA police officer who had a close friendship with a married woman tried to make her split with her husband by attempting to frame him, a disciplinary panel heard.Pc Anthony Gillard struck up a relationship with Mrs H after the breakdown of his own marriage and they told each other their “deepest and darkest” secrets.But when she decided to give it another go with her husband he tried to sabotage their relationship.He used the force computer to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks on his car over six months in 2014 by pulling him over. He opened a log, recording the male had been drinking and taking drugs after a search of his vehicle – in the hope he would be arrested by another officer.The officer concealed his real motivations by failing to notify colleagues of his personal connection to Mrs H, a disciplinary panel heard on Friday, November 25.A panel ruled that the actions of Pc Gillard were outside of his extant policing duties and amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.Pc Gillard, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, separated from his wife in May 2013 and confided in Mrs H over fears of losing his four-year-old child.Mrs H also told the officer of her own relationship woes and the claimed abuse and bullying at the hands of her husband, a disciplinary panel heard.But Mrs H reconciled with her husband and moved back in with him, much to the disgust of Pc Gillard.He was “desperate” for Mrs H to leave her husband and even tried to send her a photo of Mr H flirting with a blonde woman in a local pub, a panel heard.He used the force automatic number plate recognition system to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks from May 2014 to November 2014.Avon and Somerset Constabulary barrister Elliott Gold said Pc Gillard carried out the surveillance on Mr H in the hope he would drive a wedge between the couple.Mr Gold said: “It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of them.”All of the searches and actions were primarily by this officer, firstly not for proper policing purposes and further to that they were for personal purposes.”Defending, Richard Shepherd dismissed claims that Pc Gillard was so consumed by the “special relationship” that he went out of his way to harass Mr H to earn her favour.But police bosses ruled that the searches carried out by Pc Gillard, who previously had a 20-year unblemished career, were not for a legitimate policing purpose.When approached, Pc Gillard declined to comment. It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of themElliott Goldcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Discovery of lost VC reveals stories of heroism and tragedy

first_imgMr Neto, who lives near the Thames at Putney, is convinced that Byrne threw the medal in the Thames “in a fit of regret and despair”.Byrne was buried beneath a simple gravestone in the Saint Woolos Cemetery, in Newport – his story forgotten until now.Kate Sumnall, the finds liaison officer at the Museum of London, suggests the lost medal could also have belonged to a Scottish soldier called John McDermond – the other recipient of a VC from Inkerman which has not been accounted for.During the battle, McDermond saved the life of Colonel Haly, of the 17th Foot Regiment, who was lying wounded on the ground surrounded by the enemy.With no thought for his own safety, 22-year-old Private McDermond rushed to the rescue and killed the Russian who had wounded the colonel.A few weeks earlier, he had been wounded in the left hand by grapeshot during the Battle of Alma on Sept 20, 1854.McDermond spent a total of 15 years in the British Army, serving in Malta, Turkey and Gibraltar, as well as the Crimea, before being invalided out of the army at the age of 33 as a result of injury.Records held by the Royal Chelsea Hospital show he was registered as a Chelsea pensioner in July 1862.Some accounts have him buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley – a hero unrecognised in his homeland.Ms Sumnall said: “Given how few VCs have been awarded over the years, this was by all measures an incredible discovery. We may never establish with certainty to whom it belonged, but the stories that lie behind this medal are truly fascinating.” But Byrne clearly interpreted this as grave slight. His landlady, Eliza Morgan, told the inquest how, on returning to her lodging house, he slammed the table in fury, saying: “I served my Queen and country for 21 years and I’ll never be insulted by a curr puppy.”She said Byrne then stormed out, declaring that Watts “isn’t fit to black my boots”.A few hours later Byrne – having shot Watts – found himself holed up at the Crown Inn, where he told the landlord, Salter Davy, that he had shot the youth “by accident”.Mr Davy tried to persuade Byrne to give himself up, but – confronted by a local Sergeant – the soldier, his back to the fireplace, took his gun, put the barrel into his mouth and pulled the trigger.Byrne’s troubled state of mind may explain how the VC in which he took so much pride came to end up in the Thames mud.A Lieutenant Barklie gave evidence that Byrne had arrived in Bristol the previous October in a state of destitution and looking for work, having spent time in a lunatic asylum in the Straits Settlements – in what is now Malaysia and Singapore – before returning to Britain.It appears that, by the time Byrne arrived in the south west, he may have lost or even sold his prized medal.A report of the inquest, carried by the Monmouthshire Merlin and South Wales Advertiser of July 18, 1879, states: “When Byrne came to Bristol for his pension Lieut Barklie asked him if he knew why he had not had his cross, and he seemed rather embarrassed so the question was not pressed.” Buried in Thameside mud and only unearthed more than 160 years later, the Victoria Cross found by a lucky treasure hunter had an incredible story to tell.Tobias Neto stumbled on the VC in December while examining the foreshore with his metal detector.With the help of the Museum of London, Mr Neto discovered that the medal he found was one of 16 awarded for gallantry to British forces at the Battle of Inkerman on Nov 5, 1854.The story that has now emerged from his chance discovery is one of both tragedy and heroism, culminating in the shooting of a young work colleague by a decorated veteran of the Crimean war who then turned the gun on himself.With the whereabouts of only two of the Inkerman VCs unaccounted for, the one found by Mr Neto in all likelihood belonged to a private called John Byrne – a man who appears to have been so tormented by what he had witnessed in battle he suffered a catastrophic breakdown.Byrne, from County Kilkenny in Ireland, was awarded the VC for returning to the front line to rescue a wounded comrade under heavy fire during the battle.But following his return from the Crimea, his life appears to have spiralled out of control, as a result of suffering what would now be diagnosed as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While working as part of an Ordnance Survey team, Byrne became convinced his medal had been taunted by his work colleague John Watts.In a fury, the former soldier pulled out a revolver and shot the terrified 18-year-old, wounding him on the arm.Hours later, surrounded by a large crowd and several police officers, Byrne turned his gun on himself and pulled the trigger, taking his own life rather than give himself up.The inquest into Byrne’s death, following his suicide inside the Crown Inn, in Newport, in July 1879, heard that he had probably imagined the insult.Watts denied making the insult and told the Coroner he had simply advised Byrne to put out his pipe while on parade, as the men had previously been instructed by their commanding officer. 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. John Byrne’s grave in Newport John Byrne's grave in Newport Given how few VCs have been awarded over the years this was by all measures an incredible discovery.Kate Sumnall, Finds Liaison Officer, Museum of London I served my Queen and country for 21 years and I’ll never be insulted by a curr puppy.John Byrnelast_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Manchester Christie hospital building

first_imgA fire has broken out at one of the buildings belonging to The Christie Hospital.The incident is still ongoing according to the local fire service.The blaze is currently engulfing the Cancer Research building, which is next to the hospital. 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 fire broke out at the Christie Hospital in ManchesterCredit:Will Huntington @willhuntington1 Insane fire at The Christie #Manchester #Fire #TheChristie pic.twitter.com/DeXD6iQVsA— Trish. (@trish_373) April 26, 2017 “Any patients who are attending for treatment need to attend as normal and access the hospital via the Palatine Road entrance.”Patients should park in the multi-storey car park off Palatine Road. All the associated areas have been evacuated including any patient areas.”Patients should park in the multi-storey car park off Palatine Road.”The police were called because of the fire. The Greater Manchester Police told the MEN they were called to the Oak Road entrance of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute building at 10.43am.They said that several roads surrounding the site and The Christie Hospital grounds have been shut. It is believed the fire started on the roof of the Paterson Building this morning.Some on social media have captured pictures and footage of the fire. @MENnewsdesk christies hospital on fire pic.twitter.com/vd3Slnh7XY— Dylsss🇾🇪 (@Dylsssmcr) April 26, 2017 A spokesperson for the fire service dealing with the blaze told the Manchester Evening News: “We were called at 10.36am this morning to a building fire at the Christie on Wilmslow Road.”Five fire engines are currently dealing with the fire. The fire service were not able to confirm where the fire had started, only that the incident was still ongoing.”Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire includes a three-storey office block and laboratory.The service said in a statement: “At 10.36am on Wednesday (April 26) the fire service was called to a building fire at Christie Hospital, Wilmslow Road, Manchester.”Five fire engines and an aerial ladder are at the scene.”Firefighters are wearing breathing apparatus and using jets and hose reels to extinguish a fire involving a three-storey office block and labs.” There’s actually five fire engines pic.twitter.com/n8WvvE4XRl— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) April 26, 2017 A statement from the Christie Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “There has been a fire on the roof of the Paterson Institute.”All associated areas have been evacuated, including any patient areas. The fire service is on site.”For staff and patients, if they have not already been evacuated, need to carry on as normal. Will Huntington @willhuntington1last_img read more

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James May calls for bike thieves to be killed

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We could attempt to absolve society of its responsibilities and blame the bike makers, for not providing adequate built-in security. These are platitudes. We must deal with the problem of bike thieves at its source, by killing them.”It makes me shudder to write that. I, like any civilised person, am vehemently opposed to capital punishment and any other form of state-sponsored murder.”Justice should not admit a public’s thirst for pure revenge. But that’s not what’s happening here. I have arrived at this conclusion not through knee-jerk reaction or impotent fury, but by a pure and unadulterated process of logic. They have to be killed.”He argued that because police don’t or can’t do much about gangs of motorbike thieves, the only way to stop them stealing bikes is to have them killed. He wrote: “I hate the idea of people nicking my stuff, but in all honesty, I’m pretty well off. If a genuinely desperate man on his last gasp nicks my coat from the pub on a freezing night, well, he’s welcome to it. It’ll change his life, mine’s only inconvenienced by having to buy another one.”Even a truly desperate drug addict can have my coat. He’s made a mistake somewhere in life and I haven’t, which is my good fortune. But the people we’re talking about here are just w—ers nicking bikes for profit, so we should kill them.” James May is usually seen as the mildest member of the original Top Gear trio, and his temper is certainly nothing compared to that of Jeremy Clarkson.However, he has penned a diatribe on the website Drivetribe calling for bike thieves to be killed, and he seems quite serious.He wrote that although he is opposed to capital punishment, he can see a case for an exception when it comes to motorbike thieves.Mr May said:  “But the landscape of crime is never as simple as it seems. It’s all too easy to believe that a zero tolerance crackdown in the community with greater powers and funding for law enforcement agencies (blah blah whatever it is people say on radio phone-ins) is the right thing to say here. Mr May said that some forms of theft are understandable, but the w—ers who steal bikes are different and deserve death.last_img read more

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Mike Tindall Meghan Markle will do absolutely fine in nervewracking Royal life

first_imgMike Tindall Prince Harry’s relationship was confirmed in November 2016, when Kensington Palace issued an extraordinary statement criticising the extent and nature of interest in Ms Markle.“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” his communications secretary said.“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’.“He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.” Tindall, father of the Queen’s great-granddaughter Mia, told the Sunday People: “It comes with a lot of history and the family that it is. It’s obviously nerve-racking.”But she has been under enough scrutiny and pressure in her day-to-day life so I’m sure she will get through it. She will be fine.”As long as they are both happy that’s all that you can ask for. I’m sure she’ll do absolutely fine.”He has not yet met Ms Markle. Mike Tindall Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall wed  Speaking at the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 golf championship at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire, this week, Tindall told the newspaper: “I’m obviously a big Suits fan.”It’s a very good show. I will definitely try and get the inside scoop on it.”center_img But, Tindall said, he is “obviously” a big fan of Suits, the Netflix drama which Markle is due to leave later this year.”It’s a very good show,” he said, speaking at the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 golf championship at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire. “I will definitely try and get the inside scoop on it.” Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall wed  Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle will do “absolutely fine” with the Royal Family, Mike Tindall has said as he admits the experience of dating royalty is “nerve-wracking”.Tindall, the ex-England rugby player and husband of Zara Phillips, said the actress’ experience in the public eye would help her adjust.Ms Markle, star of US drama Suits, is understood to currently be on holiday with Prince Harry in Africa, in a trip which has inspired much speculation about whether an engagement might be imminent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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No Ring No Bring Royal Wedding rules to leave relatives waiting in

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 select handful will have a rather different experience: watching from their iPads in a farm shop carpark. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on Saturday, millions will watch on their televisions at home. A lucky few will have an exclusive invite to the chapel, while others may gather to watch an outdoor screen at a public party. The complicated logistics of the day will see guests dropped off for security checks at the Windsor Farm Shop, boarding buses… The Royal wedding will see the partners of some invited guests left out of the celebrations for reasons of space, with unmarried friends or those who do not know the couple so well asked to leave their girlfriends and boyfriends outside. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markles new titles

Today, almost five months after their nuptials, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their first joint official visit to the county that inspired their royal titles. 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 couple are heading to the south coast on a whistle-stop tour of Sussex for several engagements, including viewing the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence…. The Queen bestowed the title of the Duke of Sussex on her grandson when he wed American actress Meghan Markle in Windsor in May, a vacant title that was always the most likely choice for the Prince.  It’s British tradition for male members of the Royal family to receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and Prince Harry was no different. read more

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Britains largest online pharmacy found advertising on Russian state propaganda channel

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. Britain’s biggest online pharmacy advertised on Russia’s Kremlin-sponsored television station, which was accused of spreading propaganda over the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal.Pharmacy2U, an NHS-backed service which provides patients with repeat prescriptions, is among a cluster of British firms found to have placed paid adverts on RT, previously known as Russia Today.Russia’s state-funded television network is being investigated by Ofcom over alleged breaches in impartiality rules following its coverage of the poisonings of Mr Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this year.In September, RT aired an interview with two men suspected of perpetrating the Novichok nerve agent attack in which they claimed they were innocent and travelled to the Wiltshire city to visit Salisbury Cathedral.A Conservative MP said parliamentary colleagues were left “horrified” when he informed them British businesses were advertising on the station he described as “Putin’s mouthpiece”.Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, said: “I flicked on the channel and was staggered to see the NHS’s logo on my screen.”He said: “British doctors and nurses put their lives at risk trying to treat the toxic Novichok nerve agent. I don’t think they would be pleased to see the NHS affiliated with RT.“It (the logo) appeared more than three times an hour along with many other British companies.”I think British shareholders and consumers should be aware that companies they invest in or use are paying to advertise through an organisation that acts as Putin’s mouthpiece.“When I informed the House of Commons my colleagues were horrified.”Pharmacy2U has since suspended the adverts after the firm was contacted by NHS England.The company insists a minimal amount was spent on the promotion. The company, along with other businesses found advertising on RT, said it was unaware the advert had been placed as it uses a computerised system to automatically bid on cheap advertisement slots.A Pharmacy2U spokesperson said: “Our adverts are aimed at people who we think might benefit from using Pharmacy2U, based on matching the demographic profile of our typical customer.”As a result, they appear on multiple channels that reach these audiences in the UK.“As soon as we knew about the ad we removed it immediately.”Anna Belkina, Deputy Editor-in-Chief/Head of Communications at RT said: ”If a pharmacy serving the NHS makes a decision to restrict RT viewers from information and access to services based on undue political pressure, we should all question how that serves the interests of those in need in the British public.”Other UK companies found to have recently advertised on RT include the British Heart Foundation, loan provider Lendable, bedding retailer Dormeo, insurance company Staysure, and Crocodile, a business selling garage doors.The British Heart Foundation and loan provider Lendable said they had no future plans to advertise on RT.Nick Georgiadis, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “We are aware that as part of a package of advertising bought through an external supplier representing multiple media outlets, a very small proportion of our advertising aired on RT but we don’t currently plan to advertise on RT in the future”.A Lendable spokesperson said: ”We buy ads programmatically and in large volumes through ad exchange platforms and sales houses, so we don’t always know in advance where our ads will end up.“That said, we will exclude Russia Today from all future marketing activity because we do not want to associate ourselves with the site.”The Telegraph approached the other companies for comment.Ofcom has previously upheld complaints lodged against RT for broadcasting misinformation. In 2015, the watchdog ruled that elements of an RT programme claiming the BBC had faked a chemical weapons attack in Syria were ”materially misleading”.According to an Ofcom report from April 2018 RT draws an average audience of 3,400 viewers in Britain at any given point during the day.Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime, said: “RT is Putin’s main information war weapon against the West.”Any Western company who gives RT money through advertising is effectively subsidising Putin’s effort to subvert democracy and spread his criminal tentacles abroad. Those doing so should certainly be named and shamed, if not forbidden outright.”Previously RT has voiced its disagreement with Ofcom’s decision to investigate its news channel, describing itself as a “sacrificial political pawn” following accusations of broadcasting misinformation about the Skripal poisoning.   read more

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Garrick Club considering vote on allowing women entry for first time in

While many high-profile members that time indicated they would vote for change, it is believed a number with more progressive views still voted to keep the club men-only. Along with other private member’s clubs White’s, Boodle’s and Pratt’s – The Garrick is one of only a few male-only spaces left in public life. One member told The Telegraph that while decisions were taken by secret ballot at The Garrick, the vote would never pass.”The difference with a secret ballot is that you can always blame somebody else,” he said. Another member dismissed the idea of the vote, saying he believed the issue of The Garrick’s membership gained undue public attention because of its high-profile membership.”When people join the club, they know what they’re getting,” the member said. “A men’s club for men. Just like women who join a women’s club can expect a club for women.”Yet The Mail on Sunday claimed other members had reported that the prevailing mood may have changed enough since 2015 to see the vote passed. “The role of women in the theatre should be recognised. I think there has been a huge swing. There is a great feeling that this is something we need to look at,” a source told the paper. The Garrick Club is understood to be considering a vote on whether to allow women entry for the first time in its 187-year history. As one of the last remaining members clubs in Britain maintaining a male-only policy, it has faced calls to diversify. Members at meetings behind closed doors are said to have discussed the possibility of a ballot to decide whether or not to allow women into the club. However, insiders have questioned whether the vote would have any chance of reaching the two-thirds majority necessary to pass. They say the make-up of the club has not changed enough since a vote in 2015 that saw only 50.5 per cent of members vote in favour of admitting women. Now it is believed a meeting has been held by the club’s committee to discuss whether to hold another vote in the new year. The Garrick, which was founded in 1831 and named after the leading 18th-century actor David Garrick, has always had strong connections with the theatre world.It counts Stephen Fry, Damian Lewis, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Gove among its members. BBC journalist John Simpson said of the vote the last time around: “Nobody in The Garrick feels this is the end of the road”.  “At the last meeting those members who were anti women members were vitriolic, vicious and unbeleivably rude and really unpleasant.”Whether the vote will go ahead is a matter of question. It is believed a five-year moratorium may have been put into place on the matter following the last vote.The issue has cropped up time and again among the club membership since as far back as the 1970s. While women are allowed to visit the club on Garrick Street as members, many of the rooms remain male-only. One female visitor said it was only in the last five years that she has felt comfortable using the main staircase. Traditionally women were only allowed to use the back staircase.The Garrick could not be reached yesterday for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Agreement for Sherwood Copper to acquire Western Keltic

first_imgThe inclusion of Kutcho Creek would double Sherwood Copper’s resources and could double production. Sherwood Copper has entered into an agreement with Western Keltic Mines under which Sherwood has agreed to make an offer to acquire all the shares of Western Keltic. “The acquisition of Western Keltic and its Kutcho Creek copper-zinc deposit would more than double our copper resources, and offers the potential to continue Sherwood’s transformation to a significant base metal producer through the potential development of Kutcho Creek,” said Stephen P. Quin, Sherwood’s President & CEO.  “We see the opportunity to redeploy our successful mine evaluation and development team to maximise the value of the Kutcho Creek property. We aim to reassess the development plans for Kutcho Creek over the coming months to determine the most attractive development option, much as we did at Minto, with the objective of developing a robust, low cost mining operation,” he said.  “Further, the high grade Minto mine should generate significant free cash flow at current metal prices that could be re-invested in the development of a second mine at Kutcho Creek, significantly reducing overall financing needs and share dilution versus Western Keltic going it alone.”Sherwood Copper recently completed the development of Phase 1 of its high grade Minto copper-gold mine in the Yukon, ahead of schedule and on budget, and aims to complete its Phase 2 mill expansion by the end of 2007. In addition, Sherwood will shortly be announcing the results of an independent pre-feasibility study on the Minto mine that will incorporate the discovery of the Area 2 deposit in 2006 and lay out the basis for a Phase 3 mill expansion. Further, exploration successes during 2007, including four new discoveries of high grade copper-gold mineralization, indicate potential for yet more growth within the Minto property. Results from 46 of 92 exploration holes completed in 2007 are still awaiting assays.Western Keltic recently completed a prefeasibility study evaluating the potential development of the Kutcho Creek deposit, the results of which were announced on September 5, 2007. This study defined resources and reserves as set out in an amended and restated technical report filed on SEDAR on October 29, 2007. Since that time, Western Keltic has been advancing the project towards completion of a feasibility study by conducting geotechnical and environmental baseline studies, as well as advancing the permitting process for approval of production. Western Keltic has also been actively engaged in discussions with the Talhtan and Kaska First Nations, as well as other local communities to ensure there is broad based support for the development of a mine at Kutcho Creek, while taking into account the concerns of the First Nations and other stakeholders. “Based on public information and our due diligence, Sherwood believes that the Kutcho Creek deposit shares many similarities with the Minto mine; being a smaller tonnage, relatively high grade open pittable copper deposit with by-product credits,” said Quin. “These similarities suggest that our experiences, approach and skills built up over the past two years at the Minto Mine should be directly transferable to the design, construction, financing and operation of a mine at Kutcho Creek. We believe there is an opportunity to “do it again” at Kutcho Creek, while learning from the challenges and successes experienced in the development of the Minto Mine.” www.sherwoodcopper.comlast_img read more

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Kennecott Utah Copper top earning mine in Rio Tinto Group

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC), producer of about 13% of America’s copper needs, is once again the Rio Tinto mine with the highest net earnings. KUC demonstrated strong performance in 2007 with net earnings of $1.6 billion. KUC’s 2007 production of refined copper rose to 292,800 t, exceeding 2006 levels of 240,200, a 22% increase. Gold reached 523,000 oz in 2007, surpassing the previous record level of 488,000 oz set in 2002, a 7% increase. Silver reached 4,364,700 oz in 2007, surpassing the previous record of 4,151,700 oz set in 2006, a 5% increase.   “We have shown our ability to be a top contributor for Rio Tinto, and I believe we have the people and resources to maintain strong long-term production.” said Andrew Harding, President, Kennecott Utah Copper.  “I am proud of the KUC employees and our operation.”Because it is a long life, low-cost operation, KUC continues to be one of Rio Tinto’s most profitable and productive assets.  KUC has one of the lowest cost profiles in the copper industry due to the presence of molybdenum, gold and silver in the orebody. These metals create significant value as co-products to copper. Additionally, at 105 years old, the Bingham Canyon mine continues to present future growth options. Potential open pit expansions and underground operations could extend the life of the Bingham Canyon Mine to 2036.  KUC is currently conducting a prefeasibility study to evaluate future growth options.KUC has also identified a worldclass molybdenum deposit within the Bingham Canyon mine. Molybdenum has been a major contributor to KUC’s profitability in recent years and will continue to do so in the future. KUC invested $82 million on an improvement project in 2004 to expand and modernise the bulk flotation process at KUC’s Copperton Concentrator. During the bulk flotation process, copper, gold, silver and molybdenum are released from the ore and made into concentrate. By improving concentrate quality and enhancing the production process, KUC is able to bring forward refined copper production planned for 2010 into 2008 and 2009.  Additionally, KUC will improve copper, molybdenum, silver and gold recovery.  The bulk flotation modernisation will be completed during second quarter, 2008. KUC’s operations and personnel continue to be valuable resources for some of Rio Tinto’s future undeveloped copper resources. KUC’s extensive experience in employing best practice in workplace safety, environmental stewardship, community engagement and in its daily mining, concentrating, smelting and refining operations have been shared with Rio Tinto personnel involved in the future development of, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, Resolution in Arizona, and La Granja in Peru.last_img read more

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