5511<0.1100.0 WINSSIMSCHANCE OF EXACTLY THIS MANY WINSCHANCE OF AT LEAST THIS MANY WINS Remember that two-month stretch in the summer of 2009 when Steph Curry might have gone to the Knicks, before Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni went around telling anyone who would stand still long enough to hear it exactly why Curry would be a superstar? And remember how disappointing it was, then, when Curry landed on a Warriors team that didn’t use him at all in the way fans dreamed he might be used by the Pringles ‘stache? Well, Curry found his way into the seven-seconds-or-less offense anyway. By NBA.com’s count (which can lag a game or two behind), the Warriors have taken 299 threes in the first seven seconds of the shot clock and made 48.5 percent of them. The next closest by percentage is Indiana, at 42.5 on 167 attempts; Houston, first in attempts with 301 (in four more games than Golden State) has made 38.9 percent of its own; and the Thunder have found a way to make just 31.6 percent on 171 attempts. On all field goals in the seven-seconds-or-less window,1NBA.com doesn’t have free-throw data for these, for some reason. the Warriors have a 68 percent effective field-goal percentage — the next closest is the Cavs, at 63.4 percent. The Knicks, meanwhile, are last in the league at 51.4 percent. 608091.698.5 73680.10.1 74803116.136.9 Oh, here’s a scatter plot of 3-point attempts vs. 3-point percentage since the 1979-80 season, the first year of the 3-pointer: 6335447.189.3 663140.699.6 7712242.52.9 676341.398.9 532<0.1100.0 6925855.294.9 6813682.797.7 7632076.49.3 521<0.1%100.0% 7028075.68.9 In order to match the best 3-point-percentage season of Reggie Miller’s career (42.9 percent), Steph Curry (45.4 percent from three on 10.8 per game) would have to miss 31 straight threes; to match Larry Bird’s best (42.7 percent) he’d need to miss 34 straight; to match LeBron’s mark this season (27.4 percent) he would have to miss 354 straight 3-point shots. 75575411.520.9 651380.399.8 73855917.154.0 65622812.572.1 71599612.081.7 72785715.769.8 7112182.43.3 Curry’s 646 3-point attempts last season were more than those Miller and Bird seasons combined — and he’s on pace to demolish that number this year. 64530.199.9 This foolishness: 593940.899.3 625<0.1>99.9 68631712.631.2 542<0.1100.0 50,000 CARM-Elo simulations of the Warriors’ season with data through Feb. 18 The Warriors create 70.4 points per game through assists. The rest of the league has a fairly linear progression from the bottom on up — the Lakers are the worst, at 43.2, and the figure creeps up team by team until it stops with the Hawks, in second place, at 60.3. That isn’t adjusted for tempo (the Warriors play at the second-fastest pace in the league), but the Dubs are also comfortably in first in percentage of passes that are assists, are secondary assists or lead to free throws. 611<0.1>99.9 (While we’re digging out old charts, get a load of Draymond in these.) As things stand coming out of the All-Star break, the Warriors will probably catch Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls, which own the record of 72 wins, and are a little better than a coin flip to pass them.Last time we checked in on Golden State’s run to 73 was back in December, when the model gave the Warriors a 54 percent chance of getting at least 72 wins and a 44.1 percent chance of at least 73. A little more than two months later, the Warriors are 48-4 and those chances are 69.8 percent to hit 72 and an even 54 percent to reach 73. From where we sit, at least, the Warriors now appear likely to break the ’96 Bulls’ record. 7040088.089.8 According to nbaminer.com, Curry has scored 10 straight points for his team 10 times, the most in the league (James Harden is second with nine); he’s scored 15 straight team points three times (Harden is second again, two) and 20 straight once (only Paul George has also done that this season). Curry has scored five straight unanswered points 55 times (Harden is second with 47, followed by George and Klay Thompson at 30).2Reggie Jackson is the only player to score 15 unanswered points this season. Only three players have done it since the 1996-7 season — Jackson this year, Jamal Crawford in 2013-14 and Brandon Jennings in 2012-13.Probably the most alarming thing about the Warriors this season is how thoroughly they are outpacing the Spurs, another omega-level team stalking around the league. Also according to nbaminer.com, the Warriors’ average first-quarter margin is +6.04. The Spurs are second at +2.98. The Spurs remain ahead of the Warriors on the overall marks, +12.7 to +12.5, but this difference is more than accounted for in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors are -0.12 and the Spurs are an NBA-best +2.56. The Warriors’ average margin per overtime period is +4.0, best in the league.And here’s the same display of possible records we generated for the Warriors above, but for the Spurs. 601<0.1>99.9 56360.1100.0 57880.299.9 6223724.794.0 The Warriors are shooting 46.3 percent from three on “wide open” (defender more than 6 feet away) threes, best in the league. They also lead the league in “open” threes at 41 percent and “tight” coverage threes at 37.3 percent. They do fall to fourth in “very tight” threes (36.1 percent) but have taken only 36 of those all season. 6321<0.1>99.9 WINSSIMSCHANCE OF EXACTLY THIS MANY WINSCHANCE OF AT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 6114502.996.9 782430.50.5 64502210.082.2 Steph Curry is 11 for 24 on threes from 30 feet or more, according to nbawowy.com. Six of those shots (and one of the makes) were from beyond half court, meaning he’s 10 for 18 between 30 feet and the center line. (The rest of the Warriors are 1 for 14 from 30-plus.) Consider this a reminder that Ben Morris dug into Steph’s imperious shot selection in December. 66715314.359.7 67710514.245.4 582030.499.7 6947919.618.5 If the Warriors completely gave up the 3-pointer and shot none of them per game from this point forward, the Timberwolves, who take the fewest threes per game, would need 50 games to catch up in attempts and 83 games to catch up in makes, pulling even right around the 137th game of the season. 591<0.1%100.0% 723790.80.9 Our colleagues at ESPN Stats & Info once again have a less optimistic outlook, today giving the Warriors a 37 percent chance of hitting 73 or more wins. The explanation for the difference in the two models is the same as it was in December, when we were also more bullish than our colleagues: We devised a different rating system, called CARM-Elo, which allows good (or bad) runs of play in the simulations to inform a team’s simulated strength through the rest of the simulated season. Basically, this means that it allows for extreme performance to be reflected in the results, and the Warriors are certainly extreme.Still, all of the back-and-forth over exactly how good the Warriors are is more than a little backward. Any serious debate over whether Golden State is an all-time team dried up months ago; all that’s left now is the dreary accounting of decimal points next to the team’s name. Screw that. NBA nerds slapfighting over some grandiose meaning of the Warriors is boring — it’s the spectacle that matters, the crossovers and no-looks and nonsense transition threes, and how those feats of skill translate to the stat sheet. That in mind, here’s a bunch of Warriors facts aimed at appreciating the wild mess they’re accomplishing this season, rather than simply measuring it.The Warriors would have to miss their next 545 3-pointers to bring their team mark of 42.4 percent down to the level of the league-worst Lakers, at 31.5 percent. 50,000 CARM-Elo simulations of the Spurs’ season with data through Feb. 18Before Thursday night’s loss, the Spurs’ chance for 70 wins was 19.4 percent. With the loss, it fell to 8.9 — still absurdly high, but well back of the Warriors.Andrew Flowers and Jay Boice contributed research.
Basketball star Tony Parker is recovering from eye surgery in Paris after he suffered a corneal laceration during the Chris Brown-Drake brawl in the W.i.P. nightclub. It is still unclear whether Parker will be healed in time to play for France in the Olympics, which begin in five weeks in London.Parker’s attorney Elizabeth Eilender told E! News, “We hope and expect he will be able to play, but that is between him and his doctor.”After he was injured, the San Antonio Spurs all-star filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club owners, accusing them of negligence by “sitting persons known to be hostile to each other at the same time in order to generate funds for themselves” and “in serving liquor to intoxicated persons after they were obviously intoxicated.” It’s unclear why Parker limited his lawsuit to the club and didn’t include Drake or Chris Brown or any of the people who actually engaged in the brawl and bottle smashing.
Nnamdi Asomugha, the shut-down cornerback who was supposed to galvanize the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, used to eat lunch in his car during practices instead of dining with his teammates last season, according to a report on WIP Radio in Philadelphia.WIP Radio’s Hollis Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996 to 2005, cited unnamed sources in making the report. Thomas said the source told him that Asomugha called it “me time” and chose to eat in his car over eating with other players.It was an example of how detached the Pro Bowl player was to his team. Meanwhile, the Eagles have asked Asomugha, 31, to restructure his contract scheduled to pay him $15 million in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed. If he does not agree to a restructuring the team will cut him, according to ESPN.The sides met Friday in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.A three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, Asomugha has been a major disappointment with the Eagles since signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011. Philadelphia thought it was assembling an all-star team that would compete for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles finished 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 last season, leading to the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid.Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, another member of the Eagles’ 2011 free-agent class that bombed, was released Monday.
Former North Carolina football player Allen Artis takes questions from the media in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a North Carolina football player for misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female student.Allen Artis was charged in September and attorneys on both sides said last week they were preparing to go to trial in July. Instead, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall signed a document Thursday allowing for the dismissal of the charges because “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”Artis, flanked by his attorneys and joined by family members, said in a news conference on campus Thursday afternoon that he was thankful the case was resolved.“I’ve lost a lot,” Artis said, pausing once to fight back tears. “My grades have suffered. I had to change my graduation date, and my postgraduate plans have suffered, and just career plans — like moving forward with my life, searching for a job. It’s going to be hard.”Artis, a reserve linebacker from Marietta, Ga., has been indefinitely suspended from the team amid the case. He said last week he is still enrolled at UNC and is “keeping my options open” about returning to football.In a statement from the school, UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham said Artis is “eligible for reinstatement” to the football program.“Coach [Larry] Fedora and I look forward to meeting with Allen and his family soon to discuss the next steps moving forward,” Cunningham said.According to an arrest warrant, Artis had sex with the student against her will in February 2016 when he should have known she was “mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.” The warrant also said he pulled on her bra strap “causing an indentation on her shoulder/back.”Artis has said they had consensual sex and denied wrongdoing. His attorneys have said UNC determined he didn’t violate campus policy in his contact with the student, while a misconduct decision could have led to his expulsion.The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but the woman — Delaney Robinson — held a September news conference with her attorney Denise Branch, saying she had filed for the misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors indicated there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue felony charges.“The parties worked diligently at mediation to resolve this matter to their mutual satisfaction resulting in a dismissal of the charges,” Branch said in a statement. “The resolution is confidential. Delaney has suffered immeasurably and hoped that today’s resolution could begin her healing.”The case was originally scheduled to go to trial in December. Attorneys for both sides met with a judge for several hours to discuss pretrial motions last week with the trial set to start July 18.“These are difficult cases,” Woodall told The Associated Press on Thursday evening. “They’re difficult for all the individuals involved. And I hope everybody can move on from this.”
FILE – In this Saturday, July 9, 2016 file photo, Serena Williams of the U.S holds her trophy after winning the women’s singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Williams has been seeded 25th for the women’s singles tournament at Wimbledon, the All England Club announced Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is currently ranked 183rd. The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list but can make a change if deemed “necessary to produce a balanced draw.” (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)Serena Williams was seeded No. 25 for her return to Wimbledon after having a baby, a decision by the All England Club announced Wednesday that elevates the tournament’s seven-time champion above her ranking of 183rd.While WTA rules allow women who miss time because of a pregnancy to enter events based on their pre-absence ranking, there is no guarantee of a seeding, a policy which has been the subject of much debate in recent months because of Williams’ status. The 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter last September and was off the tour for more than a year.By moving Williams into the top 32, the All England Club afforded her “protection” from facing any other seeded player in either of the first two rounds — and, of course, allowed the other seeds to avoid facing her that early, too. Williams is a former No. 1 whose 23 major singles championships are a record for the professional era, which began in 1968. She missed Wimbledon in 2017, but won the title the last two times she was in the field, in 2015 and 2016.FILE – In this Tuesday, May 29, 2018 file photo, Serena Williams of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring a point against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Williams has been seeded 25th for the women’s singles tournament at Wimbledon, the All England Club announced Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is currently ranked 183rd. The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list but can make a change if deemed “necessary to produce a balanced draw.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)Putting Williams at No. 25 now means that she could face someone seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in the third round.The draw for Wimbledon is Friday; play begins Monday.Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments have leeway to stray from strictly following the WTA and ATP rankings when determining seedings. That’s why, for example, eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer’s success on grass courts was taken into account when the All England Club bumped him up a spot to No. 1 on Wednesday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2.When Williams entered the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam action in 16 months, she was not seeded by the French tennis federation. She wound up beating the women ranked No. 11 and No. 17 en route to reaching the fourth round. But because of an injured pectoral muscle, Williams pulled out of Roland Garros before what would have been a showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova.At 17 after her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open.The U.S. Tennis Association says it does intend to seed Williams for the U.S. Open, which begins in August. That is part of a new plan, first reported by The New York Times, to take into account if a pregnancy affected a player’s ranking.“Pregnancy will not be penalized,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. “If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is.”One effect of Williams’ being seeded at the All England Club: The 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist and the 2014 Australian Open runner-up, will not benefit from a seeding and could play anyone in the field in the first round.“I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” Cibulkova told British broadcaster BBC ahead of Wednesday’s seeding announcement. “I think it’s just not fair.”No unseeded woman has won the Wimbledon singles championship. Only two unseeded men have raised the trophy at the All England Club: Boris Becker in 1985, and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.Aside from the All England Club’s placing of Williams, the women’s seedings align with the rankings. So French Open champion Simona Halep is No. 1, Australian Open Caroline Wozniacki is No. 2, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is No. 3, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is No. 4.Sharapova is seeded 24th.In the men’s draw, after Federer and Nadal, 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic is No. 3, followed by Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.
Blitz Match 50.373.626.4 Tiebreaker games at the World Chess Championship will begin this afternoon. Over the past 19 days, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the defending champion, fought his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, to a 6-6 tie in their best-of-12 match and the battle for chess’s top prize.And they’re not done yet. According to the FIDE match rules, this is how the tiebreaker will go:First, a mini-match of four rapid games will be played. Each player gets 25 minutes for all of his moves, plus 10 bonus seconds after every move played.If the players remain tied after those four games,1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth a half-point for each player, and losses are worth zero points. they’ll play a mini-match of two blitz games. Each player will get five minutes, plus three seconds after every move. They’ll keep playing those, if the two-game mini-matches are tied, for up to five total mini-matches (10 total blitz games).Finally, if none of that settles it, they’ll play one sudden-death game using a format known as Armageddon. White gets five minutes and black gets four minutes, but a drawn game counts as a win for black.I’m not supposed to root from the press box, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the possibility that the World Chess Championship will be decided by Armageddon. So what are the chances of that happening?To find out, we need to know the likelihood of draws in individual games in the rapid and blitz matches. In last year’s World Chess Rapid Championship (Carlsen won, Karjakin finished 19th), 29.9 percent of the games in the tournament were draws. So let’s suppose a 30 percent chance of draws in the individual rapid games. In last year’s World Chess Blitz Championship (Carlsen finished 6th, Karjakin 17th), 20.2 percent of the games were draws. So let’s say there’s a 20 percent chance of draws in the individual blitz games.2In the rapid and blitz championships, the time controls are similar to today’s tiebreakers, but slightly different. Players in those tournaments received 15 minutes rather than 25 for rapid, and three minutes rather than five for blitz. I’ll also use the two players’ listed rapid and blitz ratings from the FIDE website throughout my analysis to estimate chances that individual games in the two formats are won by either player. Blitz Match 40.873.526.4 When will the chess end? Blitz Match 120.268.924.3 Rapid Game 3100.028.46.7 Rapid Game 1100.0%0.0%0.0% CUMULATIVE CHANCE OF WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP Blitz Match 26.972.025.7 Rapid Game 464.959.720.1 TIEBREAKER ROUNDCHANCES OF PLAYINGCARLSENKARJAKIN ARMAGEDDON!0.173.626.4 Blitz Match 32.373.126.2 Rapid Game 2100.00.00.0 I simulated tens of thousands of iterations of this afternoon’s tiebreakers using the same basic method I used to forecast the 2016 chess championship before it began. We’re guaranteed to see the first three games of rapid chess, as no player will be able to clinch the match in only two games, but there’s a 35 percent chance that one player will have clinched after those first three games. That would end the mini-match and thus the championship. There’s a 20 percent chance that Carlsen and Karjakin will be tied at the end of the rapid mini-match and that we will move on to the five-minutes-a-side blitz segment. According to my simulations, the two-game blitz mini-matches would each wind up tied about a third of the time.What all that means, sadly, is that there is just a 0.1 percent chance that Armageddon will decide the 2016 World Chess Championship.The tiebreakers begin this afternoon, and a world champion will be crowned. I’ll be covering them here and on Twitter.
Dallas Cowboys rookie and former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leads the NFL in rushing yards with 799. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s halfway through the NFL season, but former Ohio State Buckeyes have already asserted their NFL dominance. With half of the season still remaining, here are a few former Buckeyes who have been top performers around the league.Ezekiel Elliott has been as good a running back as anyone else in the NFL. As a rookie, Elliott is leading the league in rushing yards as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He has already reached 799 yards through seven games, and he still leads the league after he’s had a bye week. Playing behind the best offensive line in football, Elliot is on record pace. Many people believe he has a chance to break Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,000-plus yards by a rookie, which would be an incredible feat.Malcolm Jenkins is poised for back-to-back pro bowl seasons, leading the new-look Eagles defense that has been performing at one of the highest levels in the NFL. Jenkins has been making key plays for Philadelphia all year thus far with a 66-yard pick six against Washington and a huge fumble recovery for a touchdown in a winning effort against Minnesota. Jenkins, a former cornerback, has made the switch to free safety and has been playing all over the field for the Eagles. He is a jack of all trades when they need him to be.A bright spot on a not-so-bright team is Carlos Hyde with the 49ers. He has racked up six touchdowns this year while carrying much of the load for the San Francisco offense. Hyde is one of the few backs in the league with multiple games of two touchdowns or more. As of now, he is on pace for a 1,100-yard season along with 16 touchdowns. Needless to say, his Pro Bowl level of play is something San Francisco fans can look forward to.An overlooked performer is Terrelle Pryor with the Cleveland Browns. It’s easy not to pay attention when his team hasn’t won once in eight weeks, but he really is talented. He is on pace for a more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, which is not bad for a former quarterback making the switch to receiver. With a key touchdown over Josh Norman, one of the league’s premier corners, Pryor showed his ability to perform against good competition. In an outing against the Tennessee Titans, he had 75 yards receiving to pair with two touchdowns. A possible Pro Bowl selection, Pryor is making sure his name is heard throughout the league.Arguably the most impactful player for their respective team is Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers. He has been an absolute monster this year and has played only three games. Through three games, he has four sacks, 11 tackles and a safety. For a rookie to dominate at the line of scrimmage this early in his career is an exciting sign for Chargers fans. As of now, he is on pace for 16 sacks in 12 games. As the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Bosa has lived up to every ounce of the hype to this point and Chargers fans can finally rejoice after his contract holdout.The Buckeyes’ early success in the NFL is a true testament to Urban Meyer’s ability to develop his players. After their record year of 14 NFL draft picks, former Buckeyes have not let their foot off the gas. With many exciting Buckeyes around the league, the future looks very promising.
The Buckeyes placed first in their home quad-meet last Saturday against No. 11 Michigan, Kent State and Washington, topping the Wolverines for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten Championship.After earning their first Big Ten win and their second consecutive win of the season, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plan are carrying that momentum into their second conference meet against Iowa this Saturday.“We’re happy about the win over Michigan, but we’re really focused on this weekend,” coach Carey Fagan said. “They’re a good team, so we’ll have to be on our A-game if we’re going to remain undefeated in the conference.”With a mindset of continuing to make improvements, OSU focusing on small, but crucial details in practice that the team missed in its last meet.Two OSU competitors stepped out of bounds on floor last week, which has prompted Fagan to contemplate a lineup change in the event.OSU has 12 athletes on the team with only six competition spots per meet based on NCAA guidelines.Even with the small mistakes made on floor, the OSU team performed very strong on vault, scoring 49.125, with bars and beam as a close second and third.The team saw three competitors score career-highs, including junior Alexis Mattern who scored a 9.9 on vault. Senior Jaine VanPutten and freshman Olivia Aepli each posted 9.825 on bars.“What’s so great about this team this year is that we have so many people fighting for lineups,” VanPutten said. “The depth of the team, it’s incredible, and we’re pushing each other, day-in and day-out. And by us pushing each other, it’s making the people that are in lineup have to push and go harder.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the country, which puts them on the track to be a contender in the Big Ten and reach NCAA qualifiers at the end of the season.“It’s been a couple of years since we qualified for NCAAs, and we’re on track to do it [again],” said Matter. “It’s just going to be a lot of continued hard work and dedication in and outside of the gym. I think that everyone has started to put in that work, and only good habits can form from here.”Riding on their collection of wins, and with their focus on the common goal of improving each week, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is heading into what they deem as a very successful season.“This is our year, and we know it,” said VanPutten. “We went into (the last meet) knowing that this was our meet to beat Michigan, and we did it. So with that mindset, we can conquer anything.”
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team performs their routine during the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. OSU won with 93 points.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe pools of McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion provided a watery platform to allow fire to battle with ice.For the first time this season and the last time at home, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team performed its routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Saturday. Hosting Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio University, OSU proved to be in a league of its own, sweeping first place in all four categories as well as first place overall with 93 points. The next closest was Michigan, who finished 46 points behind OSU.With eight swimmers apiece — the maximum number allotted for team performance — the OSU Scarlet Team and the Gray Team portrayed the two elements of temperature. Donned in red, the Gray Team’s choreography and music portrayed fire, while the Scarlet Team sported blue and took on ice.The Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko and Lauren Nicholson, juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack, placed first in the team division with a total of 88.1 points, while the Gray Team, composed of seniors Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Cory Justice, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Natalie Huibregtse, took home second with a score of 84.05.The division of OSU’s varsity synchronized swimming team into two squads is based upon skill, with those athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed in Scarlet. However, Chelsea Aton, who serves as the Scarlet Team’s captain, and Natalie Gaylord, the captain who swims on the Gray Team, agreed the sub-squads make for friendly competition.“It’s really cool because we get to cheer each other on at practice and spur each other on every day, and I wouldn’t say there was any rivalry between us, but it is like a friendly competition, and we want to push each other and also encourage each other,” Chelsea Aton said after the meet.Although Scarlet and Gray secured the top spots in their first performances of the routines, coach Holly Vargo-Brown named endurance as a working point for the remainder of the season.“The routine is new, it doesn’t automatically come to you — the timing, the pattern changes, the lifts, making sure all of us are coordinated on the same effort to make sure they are super high,” Vargo-Brown said. “The Scarlet’s first lift was ‘wow’-high, super good, but it just takes time. It takes consistent practice every day next to the people around you, so it’ll come.”OSU swimmers also took the top spots in the trio, duet and solo divisions. Davidson, Maryanko and freshman Morgan Boneberg placed first in trios with 87.15 points, Baranski and Hack won duets with a score of 84.27 and Maryanko took first in solos with 89.9 points.Maryanko was one of seven seniors honored before the meet as part of senior night. Though the season is fresh in start and there is much time left before her final performance with the Buckeyes, Maryanko said the team’s support system is unmatched.“Right from the first day, I felt like I had 25 sisters,” Maryanko said. “I feel like an entire unit. We don’t feel a separation between two teams. We practice together, we always support each other no matter what, and even if one team has a day off and the other has practice, the team will come and support them.”However, the meet in itself, in memorial of former Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck who died in her sleep Sept. 15, 2005, before her senior season, held a special place in Vargo-Brown’s heart, she said.“She was one of my swimmers at the time,” Vargo-Brown said of Beck, who was part of the Gray Team. “What’s cool about Jessica is that she continues to remain, in her passing she has continued to remain a part of this team in spirit. It’s just really nice to have been her coach and now still coaching and having an entirely new group of people who don’t know her, have never met her, we still know that her spirit has lived on and impacted the team, which is really, really a wonderful thing to see.”The team is set to compete next in Richmond, Va., Saturday.Correction: A prior headline of this article had Jessica Beck’s last name misspelled.
Then-freshman forward Danny Jensen (9) kicks the ball during OSU’s match against Cleveland State on Oct. 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorComing off two draws in its opening weekend, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to hit the road in search of its first win.The Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Wilmington, N.C., to take on University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Elon University as part of the UNC-Wilmington Soccer Classic.Tournament play is already familiar territory for the Buckeyes (0-0-2) this season. They battled to a scoreless draw in double overtime against the University of California-Davis on Friday before seeing a similar result two days later against Butler, 2-2, at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic in Columbus.“Our passion moving forward will be good. Just to stick with it and not give up,” senior defender Konrad Kucharski said. “We went into the two overtimes, so that was definitely tough, but we didn’t give up and we kept battling through.”Though the team still gets one point for each of the two draws, some players and coaches said they feel it is paramount to get that first victory.“We need two wins this weekend,” sophomore forward Danny Jensen said. “That’s basically all that’s on our mind right now.”The two games over the weekend are the first of nine contests away from Columbus this season. Last year, the Buckeyes went 0-4-2 on the road.“It will be a little more difficult (on the road), because not sleeping in your own bed, traveling, it all takes a toll on your body,” Jensen said. “But we’ll be fine.”After failing to score a goal until more than 175 minutes of total game time had passed over the weekend, improving the fluidity of the offense continues to be the focal point in practice.“(We need to work on) overall, moving the ball forward quicker a little bit. We could’ve moved the ball quicker than we did in the past two games,” Kucharski said. “Going forward, we need to increase our shots … If we can get a few more shots and get some more half-chances, we’ll increase our chances of scoring some more goals.”Coach John Bluem said the Buckeyes are trying several methods in practice to increase goal-scoring opportunities, such as moving players to different roles in the attack, practicing the repetition of passes and movement in front of the box and working on improving team defense to lead to a better offense.OSU has history with the team it’s set to face this weekend — the Buckeyes played UNC-Wilmington (2-0-0) in last season’s regular season opening game. The team fell to the Seahawks, 2-1, in double overtime.Bluem said having seen the opposition last season will help him prepare the team for Friday night’s contest.“We know UNC-Wilmington is a big, strong team, very athletic team, difficult to play against,” Bluem said. “We know we’ll have to match that.”Elon (1-1-0) presents a more unfamiliar foe, but Bluem said he would use the Phoenix’s Friday game against Winthrop to scout his team’s Sunday opponent.OSU is set to play UNC-Wilmington on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Elon on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.After the weekend tournament, OSU is scheduled to return home to open Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sept. 14. That game is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Members of the OSU men’s hockey team line up on the ice before a game against Michigan State on Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternLate in the third period of Thursday’s game, Ohio State men’s hockey junior forward Tyler Lundey hopped over the boards and onto the ice.The Buckeyes’ extra attacker cut his team’s deficit to 3-1 with 2:33 remaining, but the goal did little more than prove OSU’s ever-apparent inconsistency.“I certainly see some mistakes that are becoming too much of an every game appearance for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s not an X’s and O thing, it’s a matter of understanding.”Following a flurry of offensive activity, the Buckeyes (3-7-1, 0-1-0) lost, 3-1, at home against Michigan State in its first Big Ten matchup of the season.OSU’s desperation play revealed that its non-desperation play, which lasted for the greater portion of the third period, was a factor in the loss.“I think the attitude of playing desperate has to be there from the start,” Rohlik said. “That’s something you can control and that’s something that our guys have a build on.”OSU opened the game with a quick few shifts, but fell into a familiar hole at the 12:03 mark of the first period when Michigan State freshman defenseman Carson Gatt’s shot from the left wing boards yielded a rebound between the faceoff circles for sophomore forward Villiam Haag.Haag’s goal marked the eighth time this season OSU allowed the first goal of the game and was the Spartans’ first of two clean scoring opportunities of the opening period.Michigan State’s next opportunity came later in the period when the Spartans’ top line forced OSU sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins to make a couple consecutive sprawling saves.MSU carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but couldn’t find an equalizer in the second period. The Buckeyes, as would be the theme in the game, had trouble managing second-chance scoring opportunities.“We got in there and their goaltender made the saves,” Rohlik said. “Its up to our guys to create second and third chances and if you’re not willing to pay the price…you’re probably going to have that chance.”Following Buckeye sophomore defenseman Josh Healey’s hooking penalty about five minutes into the second, Michigan State capitalized on the first power play of the game.Spartan senior forward Matt Berry’s wrist shot from the left faceoff circle beat Tomkins on the glove side and made it 2-0.The Buckeyes’ response was promising as they outshot the Spartans 13-8 in the period and took a 19-16 shot advantage in the game going into the final period.“I think we knew we were capable of coming back into the game,” sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig said. “It just didn’t work out for us tonight.”Part of OSU’s improved play was a result of their defensive adjustments that prevented Michigan State from connecting rink-wide passes across the Buckeyes’ goal.OSU also made substantial improvements to their team-discipline as they took only four penalty minutes compared to the 14 penalty minutes they took last Saturday against Bowling Green.The third period zapped any post intermission energy OSU had accumulated. Michigan State’s goal early in the third period put the Buckeyes down 3-0 and seemed to flatline the team with only one win in seven home games.“We’re trying to stay positive,” OSU senior forward Darik Angeli said. “We’re going to turn our season around.”The Buckeyes are set to face the Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Loose PucksOSU freshman forward Matt Weis (upper-body) did not play on Friday. Rohlik said he was day-to-day after the game.The Buckeyes led 31-23 in the faceoff circle.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that OSU led 1-0 after the first intermission when in fact it was MSU that lead after the first period.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley returns opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown on Oct. 28 in Ohio State’s 39-38 victory against Penn State. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNinety-seven yards and a cloud of dust.On the opening kickoff of Ohio State’s game against Penn State, running back Saquon Barkley caught the kick on the Ohio State 3-yard line and took it the distance.Kickoffs have been head coach Urban Meyer’s No. 1 complaint after nearly every game. The unit did not improve against Penn State, and it nearly cost the Buckeyes their season. There was nothing inherently wrong with the opening kick. It was to the corner Ohio State is always shooting for, and the coverage converged on the spot. But there was a hole Barkley found on the left side, and he exploded down the sideline and into the end zone with ease, coming close to contact only momentarily after catching the kick.By the time the game was over and the dust from Barkley’s run had settled, Ohio State emerged victorious against Penn State with a 39-38 win. But the special teams nearly cost the team its season on multiple occasions. Meyer was so flustered by his team’s poor play, he did not even want to discuss it with the team.“Our kickoff coverage, I’m not even going to take questions on that,” Meyer said. “We’re just going to have to make serious changes on personnel and everything else. That was a comedy — comical.”From that point on, the Buckeyes avoided Barkley on their kickoffs, but it didn’t seem to matter. On the third kickoff Ohio State sent, the Buckeyes stopped Penn State at the 20-yard line, but an offsides penalty on the call forced them to redo the kick. The result? A 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker named Koa Farmer caught the ball and brought it back 59 yards to Ohio State’s 23-yard line. Penn State converted the excellent field position into seven points.Every time the ball was in the air, everyone in the stadium collectively held their breath waiting to see the end result. At one point, the Nittany Lions began their drive at their own 30-yard line, causing a roaring ovation from the fans that the damage was limited.For the most part, Penn State’s offense was kept relatively in check. Barkley was limited on the ground to only 44 yards on 21 carries, and McSorley was only 17-for-29 with 192 passing yards and two touchdowns. The problem for Ohio State was that the Buckeye defense found itself starting in its own territory nearly every time the Nittany Lions received the ball. It got to the point where all Penn State had to do was travel 50 yards or less to score points. The struggles at kickoff have led to a revolving door of players tasked with kicking off the ball. Freshman Blake Haubeil opened the season as the kickoff specialist before alternating with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger over the past couple games. Against Penn State, it was all Nuernberger.But as has been well documented, the blame is not solely the kicker’s to bear. Often it would appear the kick was placed exactly where the Buckeyes wanted the kick to land, and still the coverage would fail to do its part. Both the touchdown and the return from Farmer were on kicks executed nearly as well as Ohio State could ask for. The rest of the unit missed tackles and allowed the returners to get free and break off big runs.By the end of the game, Ohio State was squib-kicking the ball down the field, exchanging the potential to pin the opponent back and the risk of a big return for the safety of a near guarantee Penn State would not return the kickoff for a touchdown.The last drive of the game for Penn State, with the Nittany Lions down by only a single point, began on a squib kick that was caught before it could get too far and put Penn State at its own 40-yard line with 1:45 to go. All Penn State needed to do was drive 30 yards or less to be put in field goal position and potentially win the game.The defense prevented them from moving forward and sealed Ohio State’s victory.But the kickoff unit for the Buckeyes put them in compromising position after compromising position almost every time it was forced to take the field. Ohio State managed to escape with a win this time, but those problems could become major obstacles in Ohio State’s path to another title.Meyer might not want to talk about the problems in front of the media. But he will need to address them eventually if the team is going to add a ninth championship banner.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd after competing in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) beat No. 3 Iowa (9-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 22-12 in the final home meet of the season Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State trailed 12-7 through the first six matches, but was able to win the final four contests to steal the victory.This was the final home match for a trio of seniors — No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 3 Bo Jordan and No. 1 Nathan Tomasello — who are looking to become the first-ever triumvirate to be named four-time All-Americans in the same season.Snyder dominated the first period against sophomore Steven Holloway, scoring seven takedowns in that period. He earned three more takedowns and a near fall in the second period, propelling him to a 24-9 win via technical fall. Snyder’s victory clinched a 22-12 Ohio State victory.“[In] international competition, you don’t compete in front of tens of thousands of people, so this could be one of the few times I have left in my career to do that,” Snyder said.Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder wrestles Sam Stoll in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes got off to a rough start when Iowa freshman No. 6 Spencer Lee upset Tomasello, who was wrestling in the final home match of his career, 3-2 in the day’s first match. The first two periods were scoreless with Tomasello failing to escape from Lee in the second. Tomasello elected to start in neutral position in the third period, which Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said, in hindsight, was the miscalculation that cost Tomasello the match. Lee received a point for the escape. Tomasello scored one takedown following the escape, before Lee made it 2-2 with another escape point. Lee earned a bonus point for riding time, which sealed the upset. “It’s the difference between getting your hand raised or not. You gotta finish the shot,” Ryan said.At 184 pounds, Ohio State junior Myles Martin jumped out to a quick lead against junior Mitchell Bowman, scoring a takedown and two four-point falls in the first period to go up 10-0. This cushion could not have come at a better time for Ohio State which entered the matchup trailing 12-10. Martin won 17-8 via majority decision to give the Buckeyes the 14-10 lead.Ohio State’s Kollin Moore, the top-ranked 197-pounder in the country, scored a takedown against No. 5 Cash Wilcke in each of the first two periods to take a 4-3 lead entering the third. Moore won 6-3, putting the Buckeyes up 17-12 to all but sealed the victory for the Ohio State.Iowa increased its lead in the middle of the first half, with No. 2 sophomore Brandon Sorensen defeating No. 6 redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes 4-2. Sorensen separated himself after getting a third-period takedown to go up 4-2, preventing Hayes from escaping after the takedown.Iowa No. 2 Michael Kermerer followed up Sorensen’s victory with a win of his own, beating No. 6 redshirt junior Micah Jordan 8-4. Kermerer held a 4-0 lead at the end of the second period. Jordan scored two takedowns, but it was not enough to catch Kermerer. Following the win, Iowa pushed its lead out to 9-7 at halftime.Iowa No. 7 Alex Marinelli started off the second half against Ohio State No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell at 165-pound weight class. Marinelli used a defensive gameplan and riding time advantage to secure a 4-1 win.Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBuckeye No. 2 Luke Pletcher beat Paul Glynn at 133 pounds 7-2 with three takedowns. Ohio State No. 11 Joey McKenna was in control of his match against redshirt freshman Carter Happe at 141 pounds. McKenna scored five takedowns, a riding-time bonus point and one two-point near fall to win 13-2 via majority decision. Bo began the second-half comeback with his matchup at 174 pounds against redshirt freshman Kaleb Young. Bo won the match 10-5 to get Ohio State back within reach of the Hawkeyes.“Usually when I wrestled at the Schott was in high school, and usually everybody was rooting against me, so it was nice to have every fan here,” said Bo.Ohio State’s next meet is at 7 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, against Michigan State.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) goes up for a shot in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 26. Ohio State won 90-70. Credit Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerOhio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson has been suspended for a violation of Ohio State Athletics Department policy, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Friday. The release said Wesson will return to the Buckeyes this season. Wesson is Ohio State’s leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game and averages 6.7 rebounds per game, the most on the team. During his freshman season, Wesson was suspended for one game against Texas Southern on Nov. 16, 2017. Holtmann said it was for a failure to meet the expectation of the men’s basketball program.
On Thursday Mr Justice Charles ruled that Mrs Briggs, 40, is eligible for non-means-tested legal aid for the four-day trial starting in Manchester on Monday November 27.She had indicated that without the financial support she might have been forced to represent herself.A spokesman for her solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, said Mr Briggs, who served with Merseyside Police, “Has been in a minimally conscious state in hospital for 17 months”.“Mr Briggs is a veteran of the Gulf War and has been a dedicated policeman who lived an active life,” he said.Mr Briggs, in common with the vast majority of people, did not leave any written instructions detailing what should happen in circumstances such as those he now faces. I never knew that states worse than death existed until this happened to PaulLindsey Briggs The family of a Gulf War veteran left in a coma after a road accident say they face a decade of “torture” if their legal bid to remove his life support fails.Lindsey Briggs is campaigning for doctors to allow her husband Paul to “pass away with dignity”, 17 months after he collided head-on with a car using the wrong lane while riding his motorbike.The 43-year-old police officer has been diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state. Mathieu Culverhouse, a lawyer at the firm, added: “She [Mrs Briggs] firmly believes that the withdrawal of treatment is in Paul’s best interests given his previously expressed wishes, injuries and his current condition and prognosis.”Where a patient lacks the capacity to make a decision about treatment or to communicate it, it is his or her doctors who have the final say.Compassion in Dying, which advises people on how to plan ahead in case of illness, says only four in 100 people leave written advance instructions regarding future treatment.The group described Mr Briggs’s case as “heartbreaking but all too familiar”, and urged people with “strong feelings” about how they might be treated to plan ahead.A spokesman for the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an extremely complex case and the trust empathises with Mr Briggs’s family.“Mr Briggs’s care has always been out top priority.“It is now a matter for the Court of Protection and we await the outcome.” A medic consulted by the family has said this could continue for another 10 years before the father of one dies, if he remains on life support.Mr Briggs is unable to speak or make informed decisions and has no independent control of his body, however his medical team at Walton Centre in Liverpool are understood to believe that he could become more responsive in the future.A spokesman for his family said he “Would not have wanted to carry on” being kept alive purely on life support.Mrs Briggs, who has secured legal aid funding to challenge the NHS hospital in the Court of Protection, has described witnessing her husband’s unresponsive state as “beyond torture”.The 26-year-old driver who struck Briggs was jailed for a year in July. PC Briggs had been riding on the Birkenhead flyover on July 3 2015, ahead of a night shift, when he was killed Credit:Briggs Family During the sentencing hearing, Mrs Briggs said the impact of her husband’s injuries meant the situation was “much worse than if he had died at the scene”.He was left with bleeding on the brain, five fractures to his spine and bruising to internal organs.“While Paul remains in a horrific state, it is beyond devastating and affects every aspect of all our lives for the worse,” said Mrs Briggs.“We have to endure seeing him like this every day, for many long, difficult months now.”She added: “I never knew that states worse than death existed until this happened to Paul.” 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 Prince of Wales in discussion with a hospital medicCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Charles tours King’s College Hospital on Friday afternoonCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Prince of Wales meets paramedics and support staff who assisted those injuredCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Charles has visited victims of the Westminster terror attack in hospital and told medics: “Thank you for all your marvellous efforts.”The Prince of Wales arrived at King’s College Hospital, in south London, on Friday afternoon.He will also meet paramedics and support staff involved in looking after the wounded following Wednesday’s atrocity. Speaking to staff at the hospital, Charles said: “Thank you for all your marvellous efforts.” He added: “How you do it, I don’t know.”The Prince hailed their team work and joked: “As long as you’re still talking to each other.” 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. King’s treated eight people initially, two of whom have since been discharged, and of the remaining six, one has died – 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, a retired window cleaner from Streatham in South London.The pensioner’s life support was withdrawn on Thursday night, taking the death toll of innocent victims to four. Prince Charles shakes a medic’s hand in hospitalCredit:Yui Mok/PA Masood was known to police and MI5 and had convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.Home Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the security and intelligence agencies, saying: “The fact that he was known to them doesn’t mean that somebody has 24-hour cover.”Masood ploughed a hired car across Westminster Bridge and stormed the parliamentary estate armed with two blades, fatally knifing Pc Keith Palmer. The Prince took time to tour the wardCredit:Yui Mok/PA The attacker, who was also known as Adrian Elms, was using the name Khalid Masood at the time of the atrocity.Two people remain in hospital in a critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries. Two police officers hurt in the attack are also in hospital with “significant injuries”.
“We are raising funds for his family to be able to cover all costs for their trip to go and arrange his funeral in Canada.”We would love to ensure that his family don’t worry or stress about money at this time.” It has so far raised more than £3,000.A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the death of a British man in Canada. We are providing assistance to his family at this time.” Diversity on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009Credit:Ken McKay / Rex Features A police spokesman said the Chevy driver died of his injuries, but the other driver was not hurt.Essex-born Anker had reportedly moved to the country to live with his fiancee after his career as a performance blossomed with the Britain’s Got Talent 2009 winners.He went on to perform with artists such as Paloma Faith and Peter Andrew, and starred in the West End’s production of Thriller.Choreographer Dean Lee tweeted: A Just Giving page set up in his name has appealed for funds to support his family.It reads: “On 27th July 2017, Robert Anker aged 27 was involved in a fatal car accident in Canada and sadly passed away at the scene. 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. Rob Anker. I have no words to speak after hearing of your passing. This is truly heart breaking. Thanks for the memories. Shine bright.— D E A N L E E (@DeanAnthLee) July 28, 2017 Former Diversity dancer Robert Anker has died after reportedly being involved in a car crash in Canada.The 27-year-old was named in local reports of the collision in the Vaughan area of Ontario on Thursday morning.Canada’s York Regional Police said a Chevy Cobalt and a Ford F550 collided in Major Mackenzie Drive just before 6am.
Ellie Weehuizen, 32, using one of the new drinking fountainsCredit:PA Three new drinking fountains have been introduced to the market, providing visitors with easy access to free water.Darren Henaghan, the market’s managing director, hopes others will be inspired by the move and also consider ditching plastic bottles.“By using the new Borough Fountains our visitors will be able to refill and refresh without having to buy a plastic bottle each time,” he said.“We are proud to take this significant step forward as part of our ongoing commitment to making Borough Market Britain’s greenest place to shop, and hope that others will follow suit.” Three water fountains have been installed Credit:PA Borough Market says it does all it can to minimise its own impact on the environment while championing sustainable systems of food production and consumption“None of the rubbish disposed of in the Market currently goes to landfill,” the market says. Borough Market is ditching plastic water bottles and introducing free water fountains for customers to use instead.The famous food market in London Bridge aims to tackle plastic pollution by phasing out the sale of bottled over the next six months.Instead, they plan to introduce refillable bottles made from recycled plastic, which will be available to buy from stalls around the market. 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. “Cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and wood are all recycled and food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant—and the packaging provided by traders is almost entirely bio-degradable and compostable.”Borough Market reopened for business in June following the terror attack which left eight dead.
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. Drivers have been urged to avoid the main motorway link between Scotland and England amid fears of fresh chaos on the route after more than 200 motorists were trapped in their vehicles overnight in blizzard conditions.The worst winter weather for seven years led to the M74 being blocked in both directions on Tuesday by jack-knifed lorries and stranded cars.The north and southbound carriageways were affected, with some motorists stuck for more than 12 hours as mountain rescue teams were called in to check on people in their vehicles.The motorway came to a standstill in Lanarkshire after the Met Office issued an amber “be prepared” warning for heavy snow.A second overnight amber warning, due to last until 5am on Thursday, was issued for southern Scotland and northern England, with Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway once again expected to suffer the worst of the snow and ice. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, apologised to road users who were stuck on the M74 while her Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said police had upgraded their travel warning from stage three to stage four.He added: “That in practice means that all travel should be avoided on those parts of the trunk road affected by the amber warning, namely south and south-west Scotland for the duration of the amber warning. POLICE ADVISE DRIVERS TO AVOID TRAVELLING TONIGHT IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL SCOTLANDWe’re advising drivers in much of the southern & central belt areas to avoid travelling on the roads tonight, following a warning by @metoffice of severe weather between 9pm tonight & 5am tomorrow— Police Scotland (@policescotland) January 17, 2018 “It’s not a surprise that you’re getting a few hundred yards down the road and you’re seeing them facing the wrong way.”Sam Sykes, from Biggar, South Lanarkshire, said he was stuck on the M74 from 6pm on Tuesday until around 5.30am.The 25-year-old, who was travelling home from Ayrshire, added: “It was really horrible as you would imagine. I was constantly checking the Traffic Scotland site for any updates but information was very limited.”It wasn’t really crawling, it was pretty much standstill for the entire time except a small period around 8pm when we moved a few miles.”I got a little bit of sleep but the combination of cold and not knowing if you were going to be moving again restricted that.” Amber and Yellow weather warnings from @metoffice for tonight in NI, S&W Scot, and N Eng. M74 and A66 will be affected. Other routes too. Be very careful out there. #weatheraware #snow pic.twitter.com/R6P199U6qZ— RHA News (@RHANews) January 17, 2018 The minister said 162 gritters had been patrolling the roads network on Tuesday evening but faced “extremely challenging weather”.Chief Supt Stewart Carle, Police Scotland’s head of road policing, advised drivers to avoid travelling in areas affected by the amber warning and said that if they did the should expect “severe delays of several hours or more”.Motorists became stuck overnight between junctions nine to 12 southbound and junctions 16 to 13 northbound in “challenging conditions”.After traffic began moving again on Wednesday morning, Fergus McCann, a driver who was stranded on the northbound carriageway, told BBC Scotland the impatience of other drivers had made things worse. “We are going to be tested undoubtedly to our limit and that’s why I believe Police Scotland have taken the decision that they have to raise the travel advice warning.“I apologise to road users who were stuck on the M74 last night. It is not a situation anyone should have to experience and that is why we are taking steps to make sure we don’t face similar issues tonight. I’d also like to pay tribute to the emergency staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly last night to help the people that were stuck.” A jack-knifed lorry being recoveredCredit:Getty Meanwhile, heavy snow falls caused a spate of accidents elsewhere, with a number of main routes being blocked.The M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow was affected by minor collisions while the A87, the main road on the Isle of Skye, was blocked in both directions for several hours.Hundreds of schools were closed for the day, including all primaries and secondaries in the Borders, as well as many more in the Highlands, Lanarkshire and the south west. Scottish Labour claimed councils across Scotland were battling to properly grit roads and pavements in the face of “massive cuts in council budgets by the SNP Government”. He added: “People are in one queue, then people are cutting out and trying to go down lanes that clearly are not for driving on.