Month: September 2019

LeSean McCoy Says Feud Over With Osi Umenyiora

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora have been feuding mostly through social media for about a year now, and it was some of the most hilarious and personal attacks athletes have taken to each other.So, it is with some sadness that McCoy said on a Philly radio station that the two star players have ended their mano-a-mano back and forth. They agreed, according to McCoy, to put aside their differences and squash it after the Eagles pulled out a victory over the Giants on Sunday“I think after the game, it’s time to get over this Osi-and-LeSean thing, because after the game (Umenyiora) said ‘You’re a heck of a player. We’re in this business. Let’s get over this,’ ” McCoy said in an interview with SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.“(Umenyiora) said ‘Let’s be done with it.’ Being a bigger man, also for myself, you’ve got to focus on the Giants, they’re a good team already. My goal is not an inter-division battle with Osi. It’s with the Giants, and trying to get to the Super Bowl,” McCoy said.So, where did the drama between the Pro Bowlers begin and why? That is unclear. However, it can be traced back to Mother’s Day, when Umenyiora posted on his Twitter account: “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!”McCoy came back at the Giants’ defensive stalwart. He Tweeted that Umenyiora was “soft” and “overrated,” which are fighting words to a defensive lineman who takes pride in his acumen like Umenyiora.And so, Umenyiora came back in the summer by calling on McCoy on Twitter “Lady Gaga” and “she,” which are fighting words to a running back who takes pride in his acumen and toughness like McCoy.It seemed to have died down after that. But last week, during an interview fore ESPN’s E:60 program, McCoy called Umenyiora “a ballerina in a Giants uniform.”Instead of escalating the feud from there, the men called a truce. But it was good while it lasted. read more

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Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Sidelined By Leukemia

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who had complained of fatigue recently, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment.Team owner Jim Irsay made the announcement Monday during a somber and sometimes emotional news conference at the team complex.“I am optimistic. I feel with every fiber of my body and I know Chuck feels that he can beat this thing,” Irsay said.Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as the interim coach in Pagano’s absence. Irsay said that Pagano requested that Arians coach the team while he is undergoing treatment.Pagano told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen in a text that he “will be back soon.”Irsay, however, said it was unlikely Pagano would be able to assume full-time coaching duties this year.“I think it’s unlikely he’ll be all-in as the head coach the rest of this season,” Irsay said. “He may be able to come back and be in the press box or something.”Dr. Larry Cripe, the physician treating the coach at Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center, said Pagano has acute myeloid leukemia, where the bone marrow is producing abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Symptoms can include weakness, weight loss and easy bruising or bleeding. Treatments can include chemotherapy, drugs and radiation therapy.Irsay said Pagano’s wife pushed him to see the doctor after noticing unusual bruising on the coach’s body.“He is ready to take this fight on and he is a fighter,” Irsay said.Pagano waited until the Colts’ bye week last week to be checked out after experiencing extreme fatigue and bruising, starting in training camp.Pagano believed he was experiencing football fatigue, but a blood test early last week revealed the diagnosis of leukemia.The initial phase of treatment usually requires a hospital stay of four to five weeks, though Irsay later acknowledged he expected Pagano to be in the hospital at least six weeks.Cripe said Pagano began the “arduous” treatment last week and that many adults do recover from the disease. For now, Pagano is being kept in a “protected” hospital environment where air is filtered and hand-washing is essential.Pagano was admitted last Wednesday evening; the team had a bye this weekend and players and the assistants, other than Arians, were not told Pagano was ill until Monday morning.Cripe said that Pagano is handling the chemotherapy treatments well so far. The goal of the treatment is to “cure” Pagano, which means the disease remains in remission for 3 to 5 years.“This is not an easy day for any of us,” Arians said. “It was not the way I ever dreamed about addressing a group like this. But I know he’ll get through it.”General manager Ryan Grigson said he was not yet certain how the rest of the coaching duties would be split up, though he expected all of the assistants to pitch in.The 51-year-old Pagano was hired in January after serving as the Baltimore Ravens‘ defensive coordinator.Pagano earned his first win Sept. 16 against the Vikings. The Colts (1-2) had a bye last weekend. read more

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Packers Part Ways With Defensive Leader Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson, the Green Bay Packers’ veteran defensive stalwart, was released by the team Friday, his agent, Carl Poston, told NFL.com.“It’s part of the business,” Poston said. “I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.”Woodson was set to make $9 million in 2013 and would’ve counted for $10 million against the Packers’ salary cap.He signed a five-year, $55-million deal before the 2010 season. He missed nine games last season because of a broken right collarbone, but played in two playoff games.“We had a good run,” Woodson told ESPN 540 in Wisconsin via text message.Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.He’s the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off from 2006-11, and leads the league with nine touchdowns off interceptions since 2006.Woodson, 36, was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap. Despite his age and recent injury, Woodson likely will be an in-demand free agent. He was injured last October, but bounced back in time to defend two passes in the playoffs.“Charles has been a stud in this league for 15 years, so whenever he’s on the field with us, he’s always a huge threat,” Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk said in January. “Not only is he a threat to make huge plays throughout the game, but quarterbacks, I think they know where he’s at every single play. He seems to know what receivers are running before they do. And I think he has an intimidation factor as well.” read more

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Former NFL Receiver Reche Caldwell Arrested For Selling Ecstasy

Reche Caldwell, former NFL receiver, was arrested in Tampa and accused of selling the drug “Ecstasy,” his second arrest in five months. He was released from jail on Wednesday after posting a $2,000 bond. Caldwell faces one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.Caldwell, 35, was arrested in January for allegedly spearheading an illegal gambling operation in Tampa with two other men. According to jail records, Caldwell has been arrested four times in Tampa since 2009.Prior to Caldwell’s criminal problems, he was standout receiver at the University of Florida, and eventually became a second-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2002. Caldwell was an underachiever throughout his career, but he had 760 receiving yards and four touchdowns with the Patriots in 2006. He spent the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins before his career ended.Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell is Reche’s younger brother. Andre Caldwell signed a two-year, $3.45-million deal with the Denver Broncos this offseason. He is expected to move up Denver’s depth chart after Eric Decker’s signing with the New York Jets during free agency. read more

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More People Are Running Fewer Are Playing Bar Sports

Running, jogging and triathlons are in. Football, paintball and horseback riding are out. So are sports that can be enjoyed with a beer — or three.That’s the quick take on the latest survey from the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, released Monday. The group — a partnership of six industry associations — fielded nearly 20,000 surveys in January and February, asking Americans (both individuals and households) about their physical activity last year. Overall activity was flat, a turnaround from declines in recent years.Individual sports and activities, though, showed bigger changes, some of them dramatic. The number of people who participated at least once in adventure racing or a traditional triathlon increased by more than 25 percent last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, nonmotorized scooter-riding and non-inline roller skating experienced big declines.Even with such a big sample, year-by-year changes in individual sports may not mean much. I limited the analysis to activities with an estimate of at least 2 million participants last year, but that still means a change of 10 percent could be a difference of just a dozen or so respondents. And that’s when looking at total participants. The group also reports more regular participants, but that means an even smaller sample size. (Also, as I noted when writing about this survey in a recent piece, the survey is fielded only in English, which could skew results for activities that are unusually popular or unpopular among U.S. residents who are less comfortable speaking to strangers in English.)We get a more reliable picture when looking at five-year trends.Triathlon and adventure racing still top the gainers list. Kayaking, trail running and yoga are other solitary or noncompetitive endeavors increasing in popularity. Meanwhile, activities popular in bars or in other venues where beer often is sold — including pool, darts and bowling — are losing ground. So are all varieties of football — though touch football sustained the biggest percentage decline, suggesting concussion fears aren’t solely to blame.To sum up: We’re bowling alone — or together — less often, but running, paddling or posing more. read more

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The Winners And Losers Of The Womens World Cup Group Stage

GermanyB+0.1 NigeriaD+0.1 Ivory CoastB-3.7 CameroonC+2.2 EnglandF-0.4 AustraliaD+0.5 ColombiaF+2.3 FranceF-0.2 South KoreaE-0.5 TEAMGROUPCHANGE IN WSPI JapanC-0.4 CanadaA-0.6 ThailandB+0.3 SwedenD-0.2 SwitzerlandC+0.1 Costa RicaE+2.0 BrazilE-0.2 U.S.D-0.2 SpainE-1.2 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Down 1-0 at halftime against Switzerland in its final group-stage game, Cameroon looked like it was coming to the end of its World Cup run. But just after the half, an errant cross made its way through the entire Swiss box, and Cameroon striker Gaelle Enganamouit stood waiting. She swung with her left but missed the ball entirely — a wasted opportunity. Until … Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene collected it behind her and with one touch sent a beautiful shot to the lower-left side-netting.The score was tied 1-1, but Onguene didn’t celebrate. Instead, she looked blankly toward the sideline and her coach, her face suggesting that she might be thinking, “Do we advance with a tie? Or do we need to win?”It was a moment that typified the chaos and confusion we’ve come to expect (and love) during the group stage at a World Cup (especially with FIFA’s weird 24-team tournament structure). Cameroon went on to defeat Switzerland 2-1 and become just the second African team to reach the knockout stage at a Women’s World Cup.But the group stage is over, and the knockout rounds, which begin Saturday, are simple: Win or wait four years. So which team helped itself the most during the group games? Who has the easiest path to the World Cup final? And what did we learn about these teams, many of which were first time World Cup entrants?There weren’t any surprises atop the groups — all of the most-likely first-place finishers according to our model won their respective groups. But among the second- and third-place teams that advanced, several saw their Women’s Soccer Power Index rating increase significantly after the start of the tournament (there were others whose WSPI ratings fell). Before we look at the biggest WSPI winners and losers from the group stage, let’s see how the bracket has changed since the tournament began.The U.S. Is Sitting Pretty (Thanks, FIFA!)The U.S. might still be furious at FIFA over the turf fields, but the USWNT should thank soccer’s governing body for one of the easiest routes to the World Cup final. Instead of randomly assigning every country except for the host like it does for the group stage in the men’s World Cup, FIFA chose to strategically place teams into different groups for “sporting reasons.” The setup means we’re likely to see a Germany vs. France quarterfinal, pitting the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked FIFA teams against each other. The U.S., meanwhile, won’t have to face any of the 10 best teams (according to WSPI) that are still in the tournament until the semifinal.That fortuitous path means — despite three rather uninspiring performances in the group stage — the U.S. remains the most likely team to win the tournament; its chances are up to 33 percent (from 28 percent at the start). U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was brilliant against Australia, scoring twice, but we didn’t see much of an attacking threat from the USWNT in the rest of its group-stage games. It churned through almost every forward on the team against Sweden but was still unable to score, and the team found the net only once against Nigeria (which played with only 10 players in the game’s final minutes).Because of these rather unconvincing wins, the U.S.’s WSPI has fallen since the beginning of the tournament. If the team advances past its Round of 16 matchup with Colombia, it will face the winner of China vs. Cameroon in the quarterfinal. The average WSPI of the USA’s bracket quadrant is only 85.6 — the lowest of any quadrant — compared with 87.9, 90.0 and 90.8 for the other three quadrants.Germany looked like the powerhouse we were expecting in their opening match, thrashing the Ivory Coast 10-0. But the Germans looked flat against Norway in their second group-stage game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Despite an increase in WSPI since the beginning of the tournament, Germany has seen its chances of winning the World Cup decrease 2 points, to 25 percent. The Germans face Sweden (the sixth-best remaining team, according to WSPI) in the Round of 16 and would be likely to play France (the third-best remaining team) should they advance to the quarterfinals.Seven of the eight highest-rated teams going into the tournament performed a bit below expectation and saw their WSPI decrease; Germany was the only exception. Most of the other top teams haven’t seen their chances to win the tournament change significantly. Sweden is down 2 points mostly because of its difficult Round of 16 draw with Germany. Australia is up 1 point after its strong performances in the “Group of Death” and its corresponding increase in WSPI.But WSPI wasn’t impressed with Japan’s three wins (it won each game by only a single goal), and Japan’s chances of winning the tournament are down 1 point. Brazil’s chances of winning went up only marginally, despite being the one team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal.The Group-Stage WinnersColombia, Cameroon and Costa Rica — the latter of whom was eliminated from Group E by Brazil on Wednesday — emerged from the group stage as the biggest “winners” in our ratings: Their WSPI ratings have increased about 2 points since the start of the tournament, compared with an average WSPI decrease of 0.2 points for all teams. It’s worth noting that the teams whose WSPI changed the most — for better or worse — tend to have fewer competitive matchups in our database, thus the three group-stage matches have a larger impact on their overall WSPI. (See more detail about how we calculate WSPI ratings to understand this effect.) MexicoF-0.7 ChinaA– New ZealandA+0.3 NetherlandsA– EcuadorC-5.3 NorwayB+0.3 Colombia was the biggest winner from the group stage, having pulled off the second-least-likely victory in Women’s World Cup history with their 2-0 defeat of France.1The five biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history according to WSPI are:1995: Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 (Brazil had a 3.6 percent chance of winning)2015: Colombia beat France 2-0 (6.0 percent)1999: North Korea beat Denmark 3-1 (9.2 percent)2011: Japan beat Germany 1-0 (9.5 percent)2003: Brazil beat Norway 4-1 (12.2 percent) Going into that game, our forecast gave Colombia only a 6 percent chance of winning. But the team packed in on defense, and Lady Andrade capitalized early on a beautiful through-ball from Yoreli Rincon to stun the French. Although Colombia was the biggest group-stage winner in the eyes of WSPI — the team’s overall rating increased 2.3 points — it ended up finishing third in Group F, perhaps a bit ironically, and now must face the U.S. on Monday (Colombia has just a 5 percent chance of beating the Americans, according to our forecast).Going into the tournament, we didn’t know much about the current Cameroon squad beyond its second-place finish to Nigeria in the African Women’s Championship last year. But it came out and demolished Ecuador 6-0 in its opening game, displaying extreme pace on the wings and calm, collected finishing in the box. Cameroon finished second in Group C and will face China in the Round of 16, where it has a 38 percent chance of reaching the quarterfinals.And although it didn’t advance from Group E, Costa Rica outperformed expectations at its first World Cup, drawing against South Korea and Spain but losing to Brazil.The Group-Stage LosersUnfortunately, the other three teams making their World Cup debut didn’t fare quite as well. Ecuador, Ivory Coast and Spain were the biggest group-stage “losers,” according to WSPI. Not only were all three teams eliminated from the tournament, but their WSPI ratings all dropped. Ecuador was the lowest-rated team going in, having just barely qualified, and it finished with three losses and a -16 goal differential thanks mostly to Switzerland’s 10-goal run against them. Ivory Coast suffered a similar fate against Germany, losing 10-0, but rallied in its next two games and even scored one of the tournament’s most beautiful goals.There were high hopes for Spain at its long-awaited first World Cup, but the team was unable to win a single game. Unlike Ecuador and Ivory Coast, Spain wasn’t crushed in any game. But it was unable to finish several easy chances in its opening game against Costa Rica, and poor positioning from its goalkeeper led to a World Cup-ending goal in its last game, against South Korea. read more

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Kenley Jansen Is The Model Of A Modern Reliever

Reymin GuduanHOU001+0.0 Tyler OlsonCLE204+0.3 Darren O’DayBAL1332+0.9 Justin NicolinoMIA002+0.0 Corey KnebelMIL4782+3.9 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.0 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Buddy BoshersMIN020-0.7 Felipe RiveroPIT3742+3.9 Craig KimbrelBOS3140+3.5 Kelvin HerreraKC2773+1.6 Jim JohnsonATL1993-0.6 Danny BarnesTOR893-2.1 Marc RzepczynskiSEA11412+0.2 Albert SuarezSF430-0.6 Cam BedrosianLAA1354+0.1 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Wade DavisCHC3031+3.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brett CecilSTL1543+0.7 Robby ScottBOS5212+0.1 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Ryan GartonSEA/TB031-1.1 Jesse ChavezLAA121-0.6 Trevor HildenbergerMIN933+0.3 Mike MinorKC2874+1.8 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Peter MoylanKC1005+1.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA1021+0.8 Arodys VizcainoATL2882+1.1 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Hunter StricklandSF2661+1.5 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Erik GoeddelNYM121-0.6 Ricardo PintoPHI121-0.6 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT18110-1.5 Luis SantosTOR210-0.1 Doug Corbett198068103+6.3 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2396-0.0 Kyle McGrathSD100+0.1 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Vance WorleyMIA010-0.4 Francisco LirianoHOU221-0.4 Josh RavinLAD110-0.2 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1943+1.5 Andrew ChafinARI587-2.2 Mychal GivensBAL1834+1.7 Jose AlvaradoTB943-0.1 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Daniel HudsonPIT864-1.1 Juan NicasioPHI/PIT2288+0.2 Troy Percival19964731+6.5 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Jose AlvarezLAA555-1.1 Joe SmithCLE/TOR1921+2.2 Brandon MaurerKC/SD19100-1.0 Nick GoodyCLE012-0.4 Luis AvilanLAD644-0.7 Josh FieldsLAD652-1.0 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Keone KelaTEX1032+0.5 Matt BarnesBOS1884-0.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2531+2.8 Justin GrimmCHC412+0.2 Drew VerHagenDET312+0.1 Matt BushTEX1763+0.5 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1692-0.9 Nick VincentSEA2856+2.4 PITCHERYEARGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSMEHSGWAR Will HarrisHOU1830+1.5 Matt AlbersWAS1524+1.4 Ty BlachSF201+0.3 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Joe MusgroveHOU800+1.2 Hector RondonCHC1132+0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL1132+0.5 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Stu Miller19657973+7.5 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Oliver DrakeMIL441-0.9 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Tommy HunterTB3061+2.3 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL2444+2.1 Kenley Jansen’s season was Goose-toricHighest single-season goose wins above replacement (GWAR) Francis MartesHOU412+0.2 James PazosSEA1345+0.5 Ariel HernandezCIN001+0.0 A.J. MinterATL110-0.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Alex ColomeTB3866+3.5 Brad BoxbergerTB443-0.9 Jake DiekmanTEX601+0.9 Tyler DuffeyMIN1143+0.2 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN2672+1.2 Liam HendriksOAK1261-0.4 Kenley Jansen20174401+6.3 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Brad ZieglerMIA1233+0.6 Andrew RomineDET001+0.0 Brian EllingtonMIA530-0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN3122+3.8 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Hector NerisPHI3174+1.9 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Corey Knebel gets the golden eggFinal goose egg stats for 2017 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Ron Perranoski196979139+6.6 Archie BradleyARI3148+3.2 Pedro BaezLAD1478-0.6 Edwin DiazSEA4074+3.4 Sammy SolisWAS422-0.2 Steven OkertSF7412-0.5 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Ross StriplingLAD1091-2.0 Jerry BlevinsNYM18513+0.7 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD724+0.3 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Cody AllenCLE2985+1.8 Dominic LeoneTOR946-0.1 Jen-Ho TsengCHC300+0.4 Richard BleierBAL422-0.1 Addison ReedBOS/NYM3567+3.0 Sources: Retrosheet, The Baseball GAUGE Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Bryan ShawCLE2985+1.8 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Jeurys FamiliaNYM822+0.4 Fernando AbadBOS511+0.4 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Joe KellyBOS1245+0.5 Joe BlantonWAS430-0.5 Fernando SalasLAA/NYM864-1.1 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR443-0.8 Ricardo RodriguezTEX221-0.4 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Shae SimmonsSEA020-0.7 Jamie CallahanNYM201+0.3 Blake ParkerLAA2352+1.6 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 Carlos RamirezTOR700+1.1 Phil MatonSD732-0.1 Edubray RamosPHI9111-2.8 Mike DunnCOL1503+2.4 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1694-1.1 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Oliver PerezWAS615+0.5 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Jose RamirezATL2066+0.7 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Dillon GeeMIN100+0.2 Daniel StumpfDET245-1.2 Ryan DullOAK634-0.2 Sergio RomoLAD/TB630-0.2 Tyler AndersonCOL100+0.2 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Bud NorrisLAA1871+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1977+0.1 Greg HollandCOL2762+2.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Willie Hernandez19846577+6.4 Jackson StephensCIN100+0.1 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Brad HandSD3866+3.2 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX2648+2.6 Adam MorganPHI910+0.9 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Kenley JansenLAD4401+6.3 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2862+2.1 T. J. McFarlandARI622+0.2 Jose TorresSD552-1.2 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1564-0.1 Eduardo ParedesLAA210-0.1 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WAS3464+2.9 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Rich Gossage197582118+6.7 Zach DukeSTL112-0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL2694+0.5 Danny FarquharCHW/TB1442+0.6 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 George KontosPIT/SF1283-1.3 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI2848+2.8 Andrew MillerCLE3353+3.5 Carson SmithBOS200+0.3 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT530-0.4 Enny RomeroWAS1446+0.5 Sam TuivailalaSTL441-0.9 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Daniel CoulombeOAK456-1.3 Matt BelisleMIN2263+1.1 Matt DermodyTOR302+0.5 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Jacob RhameNYM210-0.1 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU26106+0.1 Kirby YatesLAA/SD1462-0.2 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Scott ObergCOL725+0.4 Tom KoehlerTOR312+0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Buddy BaumannSD311+0.1 Matt GraceWAS212-0.1 Brad BrachBAL3182+1.9 Sam DysonSF/TEX27112-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Chris O’GradyMIA101+0.1 Brandon MorrowLAD1242+0.2 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Steve CishekSEA/TB1024+0.8 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Roberto OsunaTOR31101+1.1 Scott AlexanderKC844-0.2 Juan MinayaCHW1013+1.1 Trevor CahillKC200+0.3 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5 Chris RusinCOL1344+0.6 Dan WinklerATL111-0.2 Wandy PeraltaCIN1544+0.7 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Tyler ClippardCHW/HOU10117-2.5 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Domingo GermanNYY020-0.7 Javy GuerraMIA112-0.2 Andrew KittredgeTB210-0.1 Jarlin GarciaMIA517+0.3 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Sam FreemanATL1226+1.0 Mariano Rivera19965462+6.6 Victor AranoPHI210-0.1 Austin PruittTB420-0.1 Shane GreeneDET2045+1.6 Zach BrittonBAL1820+2.1 Tony BarnetteTEX731+0.0 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Kevin SiegristPHI/STL813+0.8 John BrebbiaSTL313+0.1 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2463+1.4 Jared HughesMIL1042-0.0 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Al AlburquerqueCHW/KC121-0.6 Junichi TazawaMIA1470-0.6 Craig StammenSD1023+0.7 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1060-0.7 Paul SewaldNYM1283-1.3 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS22103-0.4 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Yusmeiro PetitLAA2342+2.0 Luis GarciaPHI1664+0.1 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Donnie HartBAL423-0.1 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Matt CainSF100+0.1 Ted Abernathy196751314+6.2 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Gabriel MoyaMIN100+0.2 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Dillon MaplesCHC100+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHC2283+0.1 Aaron BummerCHW456-1.2 Tyler ChatwoodCOL110-0.2 Heath HembreeBOS1056-0.2 Simon CastroOAK221-0.4 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS621+0.1 Sam MollOAK011-0.4 Chad GreenNYY322-0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN532-0.3 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA342-1.0 Tony SippHOU111-0.2 Ryan SherriffSTL221-0.5 Pedro StropCHC1935+1.6 Drew SteckenriderMIA1111+1.2 Brian DuensingCHC631-0.3 Sparky Lyle197766813+6.1 Dan AltavillaSEA431-0.5 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS2437+2.4 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Josh SmokerNYM823+0.4 Brock StewartLAD201+0.3 Miguel CastroBAL912+1.0 Tim MayzaTOR001+0.0 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Blaine HardyDET131-1.0 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Brandon WorkmanBOS722+0.4 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 David PriceBOS101+0.2 Taylor RogersMIN1876+0.2 Christian BergmanSEA010-0.4 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Dan JenningsCHW/TB259-1.5 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Dan RunzlerPIT001+0.0 Aaron LoupTOR5312-0.3 Craig BreslowCLE/MIN012-0.4 AJ RamosMIA/NYM2244+1.6 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 David HernandezARI/LAA1515+1.9 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS2441+2.1 After a year of searching, we didn’t our find our new Goose Gossage. But we did get a glimpse of what one might look like in baseball’s just-concluded postseason.This spring, we introduced a new pitching statistic called the goose egg — named in honor of Gossage, the Hall-of-Fame reliever, who had a record 82 goose eggs in 1975. Essentially, a pitcher gets a goose egg for every clutch, scoreless relief inning (see the original article for a more formal definition). Goose eggs have a substantially better correlation with relievers’ win probability added than saves do, especially if paired with their companion statistic, the broken egg.This year’s major leader in goose eggs was the Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who finished with 47 of them. The American League leader was the Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, who had 40. You can find a complete rundown of this year’s final goose stats in the table below. (A “broken egg” is essentially the blown save of goose stats, and a “meh” is any situation which doesn’t result in either a goose egg or a broken egg.) Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Luke GregersonHOU1062-0.8 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 Chasen BradfordNYM301+0.4 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 A. J. ColeWAS100+0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 However, from an efficiency standpoint, the best season came not from Knebel or Diaz but from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, who finished with a perfect record of 44 goose eggs and no broken eggs. That’s the most-ever goose eggs without a broken egg. The Dodgers used Jansen smartly and lined up his 68.1 innings pitched to coincide with mostly high-leverage situations. He made 15 multi-inning appearances, entered with runners on base 12 times, and often pitched in tied games — all things that closers weren’t doing much of a few years ago. And Jansen generated 6.3 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) in the regular season, the 7th-highest total of all-time. Amir GarrettCIN110-0.2 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.5 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Cory GearrinSF1232+0.6 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Mark MelanconSF1550+0.3 Kyle BarracloughMIA2261+0.9 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Tyler GlasnowPIT010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK963-0.9 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 J. J. HooverARI633-0.2 Fernando RodneyARI3345+3.5 Joakim SoriaKC2982+1.6 Casey LawrenceSEA/TOR020-0.7 Mike MontgomeryCHC1422+1.3 Ken GilesHOU2453+1.7 Kevin ShackelfordCIN120-0.6 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Jimmie SherfyARI100+0.2 Tim AdlemanCIN021-0.7 Alan BusenitzMIN302+0.5 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM A. J. SchugelPIT201+0.3 Jeremy JeffressMIL/TEX251-1.5 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Joe JimenezDET020-0.7 Josh HaderMIL1245+0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Alex WilsonDET1377-0.6 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Dellin BetancesNYY2482+0.9 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Greg InfanteCHW327-0.3 Hoby MilnerPHI115-0.2 Jake McGeeCOL1552+0.6 Jansen’s also the exception that proves the rule, however; it’s hard to provide all that much value when you pitch only 70 innings or so, which is about how much the best relievers pitch nowadays. After Jansen, the next most-valuable season came from Knebel, who finished with 3.9 GWAR — which ranks just 200th among relief pitching seasons all-time.If you want a model for a more Gossage-like usage pattern, you need to look no further than … how Jansen was used in the postseason. Jansen appeared in 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 playoff games and threw 16.2 innings. Extrapolated out to a full, 162-game regular season, that would work out to a Mike Marshall-like total of 180 relief innings.Jansen didn’t keep his perfect streak alive in the playoffs. Instead, he allowed 2 broken eggs to go with 6 goose eggs. He was also used in some situations that we wouldn’t recommend — for instance, to close out an 11-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Still, his postseason goose egg pace would extrapolate to 65 goose eggs over a 162-game regular season.What I’m really advocating for is a hybrid between how pitchers like Jansen are currently used in the regular season and the entirely different way that they’re used in the postseason. The extra off-days the playoffs provide help to enable more creative usage patterns that might not be viable in the regular season. And even with those extra rest days, Jansen may have been overused in not-very-clutch situations in the NLCS and NLDS; perhaps as a result, he was not especially sharp in the World Series. At the same time, he went from throwing 4.7 percent of the Dodgers’ regular season innings to 12.3 percent of their postseason innings — almost a threefold increase. Surely there’s a happy median somewhere in between?But congratulations to Jansen and Knebel, and we’ll resume our hunt for goose eggs next year. In the meantime, you can download detailed data on goose eggs and broken eggs for all pitchers since 1930 here. read more

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Pryors flashy legacy on the line with Bucks

For Terrelle Pryor, the Sugar Bowl is bigger than busting Ohio State’s 0-9 slump against the SEC in bowl games or redeeming the Big Ten after its horrid, winless New Year’s Day bowl performance. The junior quarterback’s mental toughness and his ability to fight through adversity will be on display. If he fails to rise to the occasion, it will harm his legacy, something that Pryor speaks so fondly about. In his attempts to rally the spirit of the Buckeye faithful, Pryor has boasted that he’ll get his “jersey hung up” at Ohio Stadium and that he “wants to leave a legacy here.” Apparently whatever legacy of success Pryor has at OSU is neatly displayed on some guy’s mantel, rather than at the Horseshoe. After the public learned of the Buckeye players’ five-game suspensions for improper benefits, including selling awards and receiving discounted tattoos, the legacy of selfish behavior seems to be the only one they’re leaving behind. That’s certainly not what Pryor implied originally. Of course, Pryor is not the only Buckeye guilty of selling out tradition for personal gain, but he obviously is the most prominent of the bunch and the most oft criticized. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is seemingly Pryor’s most public and outspoken critic. The former Buckeye quarterback ripped Pryor for his sideline demeanor during games, to which Pryor responded by calling Herbstreit a “fake Buckeye” on Twitter. That’s coming from the “true” Buckeye in Pryor — if “true” Buckeyes hock their hard-earned, team-oriented rewards for cash and tattoos. At the end of the day, showcasing your “school pride” with a giant Block “O” tattoo that looks like a 4-year-old scribbled it in crayon doesn’t sound like it’s worth the price to me. That may sound harsh, but it’s tame in comparison to Herbstreit’s blanket statements about Pryor’s award-selling controversy, such as, “You wonder how much involvement he had in this, if he was the ringleader in this.” I, meanwhile, can’t help but wonder why Herbstreit’s obnoxious Byers Auto Group commercials on local TV label him an “MVP quarterback.” Is it his memorable 8-3-1 1992 campaign as OSU’s starter? Is it referring to his legendary days in Centerville’s peewee league? Whatever the case may be, he’s certainly the “MVP” of hyperbole when it comes to trying to prove to college football fans that he’s not a biased Buckeye. If Pryor’s saltiness toward his critics in harsh times is any indication of how he’ll play on the field, it doesn’t look too good. The tweet parade doesn’t stop with Herbstreit, as Pryor even addressed the rumors of getting improper benefits before the suspensions were passed down. “I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks,” Pryor posted on his personal Twitter feed. That tweet mysteriously and conveniently disappeared a day later. Evidently, he’s taking public relations lessons from his “mentor” LeBron James. In the face of all the criticism, the Sugar Bowl presents an opportunity for OSU and, most importantly, for Pryor. It’s a challenge more demanding than a last-second drive to beat Wisconsin in Madison. Essentially, it’s steeper than any challenge he’s faced in his career. A singular, heroic, final-minute drive defines just a season. How Pryor and his fellow Buckeyes respond to the public backlash will define their entire careers. If Pryor replicates his winning performance from last year’s Rose Bowl and makes good on his promise to return next season, his decaying legacy can be salvaged. OSU currently has a 30-3 record with him as a starter, and that sparkling record on his résumé will stand out even more with a strong end to his career. However, if he’s not able to steer the Buckeyes through its most trying time in the Jim Tressel era, he’s an outcast, much like Herbstreit appears to be within the Buckeye community. Starting with this Sugar Bowl, we will find out if Pryor’s closer to Archie Griffin or Maurice Clarett in OSU lore. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the nimble-footed quarterback, however, it’s not to count him out when the weight of the world is seemingly on his shoulders. Look no further than the fourth-and-10 against Iowa earlier this season. read more

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McAllister remains undefeated behind Clippers 52 victory

Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister came out with an undefeated record on the mound. As of Monday night, that still has not changed after Columbus defeated the Charlotte Knights, 5-2. McAllister faced 27 batters in the seven innings he pitched, giving up just five hits, two runs. He threw 102 pitches, an impressive 71 of them strikes. “It’s one thing where I got into a little groove and was able to carry it,” McAllister said. “I think that’s kind of big for me, having that good feeling on the mound and taking advantage of it when I can.” McAllister is now 6-0 on the season. McAllister was drafted in 2006 out of Illinois Valley Central High School by the New York Yankees. The Cleveland Indians acquired McAllister in August 2010. The learning curve has been a little harder for him coming straight out of high school, but he has handled it with grace. “I had some success early in my career at the lower levels, then this past year was a little rough for me, statistics-wise,” McAllister said. “I think that one of the best things to happen to me was to grow from the struggle.” The 6’6″ right-hander impresses his colleagues. “He keeps making strides each outing,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “His slider was really good, he did a good job of getting us off the field quick, and those are good nights when you are a pitcher.” Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Travis Buck’s RBI single brought in center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, giving the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Columbus put another on the board when designated hitter Cord Phelps’ sacrifice fly brought in shortstop Jason Donald. A Buck pop-out put Columbus up 3-0 in the third inning, shortly followed by Donald’s solo shot in the fifth, making it 4-0. Charlotte cut the score to 4-1 in the sixth inning when shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s double brought in second baseman Gookie Dawkins. Center fielder Jordan Danks put the only damper on the night for McAllister when he crunched a solo homerun in the seventh inning, making it 4-2. McAllister was still not be phased, as he ended the inning striking out Escobar. Columbus put their final run on the board in the eighth inning, making it 5-3. McAllister is already looking forward to improving more. “I just got to go out and take every day like it’s your last one out here,” he said. “Today was a great day for me, and I am happy, but the next one is the one that matters for me.” Columbus is now 24-7 on the year. Charlotte dropped to 12-18. They will continue their four-game-series against Charlotte tomorrow night at Huntington Park at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Ohio State students not surprised by Terrelle Pryors departure

Terrelle Pryor’s time at Ohio State has come to an end. OSU students aren’t surprised. Larry James, Pryor’s attorney, said Pryor will forgo his senior season. Through James, Pryor released a statement on Tuesday to The Lantern. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said. Pryor’s decision comes in the wake of former head coach Jim Tressel’s resignation and multiple reports saying that the NCAA launched an independent investigation of the star athlete for allegedly receiving discounts on vehicles throughout his tenure at OSU. OSU students weren’t surprised by the news of Pryor’s departure. “I’m not surprised,” said Andrew Leggett, a first-year in pharmaceutical sciences. “I’ve felt like it was going to happen for awhile.” Pryor has long been a polarizing figure in the Buckeye community and his departure is no different. “I feel like it would be better if he stayed,” said Aaron Wendel, a first-year in health sciences, “because he’s not ready for the NFL I don’t think.” Not everyone agreed. “I don’t think he was going to be able to play next season anyway,” said Paul Warren, a first-year in Biology. “It’s probably in his best interest (to leave).” Pryor’s 31-4 record as a starter makes him the second-winningest quarterback in OSU history, trailing only former Buckeye quarterback Art Schlichter. Pryor threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. James said Pryor hasn’t decided what the next step in his career will be. Some have suggested Pryor could enter the NFL’s supplemental draft. Many question whether Pryor’s skills can translate to the next level. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything (in the NFL),” Leggett said. “I don’t think he’s ready. I don’t think he has the ability to read defenses or make throws. I think he’s done.” Others think Pryor’s raw athletic ability is too good for NFL teams to turn down. “I think he can make (the NFL),” Warren said. “I think he’s athletically gifted. If he wants to, he’ll be able to.” OSU’s next step at quarterback is just as uncertain Pryor’s. Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton, and Braxton Miller spent spring practice vying to replace Pryor, who was facing a five-game suspension for selling memorabilia and accepting improper benefits. Now, in wake of Pryor’s absence, the trio of inexperienced quarterbacks will have to lead the Buckeyes for the entire season. “I don’t know who the next quarterback will be so it will be interesting to see what happens next year,” said Amy Hoffmeister, a third-year in human development and family science. read more

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Opinion European soccer could be next big thing for American fans

Manchester United’s Juan Mata, left, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes fight for the ball in an exhibition game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23. Manchester won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAmerican sports fans are always looking for the next big thing.With a number of sports trying to leave their mark over the years, soccer has seemed destined to lag behind, with legions of fans and media types wondering when it will finally reach mainstream popularity in America.They can stop wondering.Some may credit this summer’s highly-entertaining World Cup in Brazil, which featured the world’s biggest stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, its share of villains, like Luis Suarez and his bite or Arjen Robben and flopping, and the advantage of being one of two sporting events that the world turns to collectively.But for the college-aged generation and younger, soccer has been a premier and attractive sport for much longer than people without a finger on the pulse realize.Recognizing this, some of the top European clubs have flocked to America for matches that, despite the fact that they amount to what the preseason is for the NFL, are thrilling for fans. It is a perfect business model for European clubs: they see a growing market and realize they can provide a superior product than the hometown teams can.Manchester United, the most historically successful, and hated, club of the English Premier League, went on a preseason tour of the U.S. that began with a match against the L.A. Galaxy in July. The 84,362 fans in attendance at the Rose Bowl witnessed a thorough drubbing by United, who dropped the Galaxy 7-0 in a match that certainly did no good for the MLS.As part of the 2014 International Champions Cup — technically a tournament, although it is really only friendlies for the European clubs — United also took on Italian notables Roma and Inter Milan –– getting a victory and a draw, respectively –– before the big one: a showdown with Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich.Real, of Spain’s La Liga, have an embarrassment of riches. The club team of not only one of the most famous athletes in the world in Ronaldo, Madrid’s confines are also home to too many superstars to list. Their match against Manchester United was hotly anticipated, and it came as no surprise that it set the record for the largest turnout for a soccer contest in America.A 3-1 final score in favor of Manchester left the mostly red-clad crowd satisfied, and although it had been declared he would not play, the subbing in of Ronaldo for the final twenty minutes had the crowd in hysterics.With that win, Manchester United advanced to the final of the tournamentUnited took the title from Liverpool, another English club team on a U.S. tour, 3-1.Liverpool’s most notable game stateside was a contest against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City –– a victory for Liverpool played at Yankee Stadium. Attendance fell just below 50,000, more than it has been for any Yankee game this season.The teams playing these friendlies in America are not here for simple preseason warm ups. Their brand is expanding to America, and these clubs want to be here now that they see America as a cash cow. Manchester United is worth $2.81 billion, and they didn’t get there by isolating themselves — their marketing and reputation has turned them into possibly the best known sports organization in the world. Four of the top 10 most valuable franchises are European soccer clubs, with Real Madrid weighing in at $3.44 billion.With English and Spanish teams showcasing their talents in the U.S., they remind us that there is not much reason to give much thought to Major League Soccer. The best team in MLS looked totally outclassed in their match with United. Add that to the fact that Manchester was playing more than 5,000 miles from home, and the embarrassment keeps mounting for the Galaxy.We need to let go of the belief that MLS needs to be popular for soccer to make its mark in America. The best players in the world play elsewhere and fans have no interest in watching something that is not world class — it is the same reason we don’t care about Minor League Baseball or the Canadian Football League.The game at Michigan Stadium is definite proof that European soccer has reached its highest level of fandom, a level that MLS may never come close to. Two foreign clubs squared off in the largest stadium in the country, and filled it to near capacity.Maybe someday MLS will improve enough to be popular in America. For now though, American fans are content just watching Ronaldo warm up. read more

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Football Former Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn arrested on rape and

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn has been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. The incident took place Aug. 20 around the 2800 block of Neil Avenue.According to a case document, a warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday shortly after the complaint was issued. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. No bond has been issued for Dunn.Dunn was dismissed from Ohio State’s football team in July 2016 and was later charged with domestic violence and assault. According to court documents, the charges of domestic violence were dismissed, but he was found guilty on charges of assault on Feb. 6, 2017. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 730 days of probation. The 180-day sentence was suspended and not served. read more

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2018 Big Ten Preview Nebraska Cornhuskers

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska 2017 Record: 4-8 (3-6 Big Ten) Head Coach: Scott Frost 2018 Record: 0-3 (0-1 Big Ten) All time record vs. OSU: 1-5 What happened thus far in 2018:After the first game of the season against Akron was cancelled due to an ongoing rain delay, the first game of the Scott Frost-era at Nebraska was against Colorado, an old Big 12 rival. Nebraska kept pace in the first half in a back-and-forth affair, leading 21-17. However, a second half filled with turnovers helped push the Buffaloes to the 33-28 win. The Cornhuskers continued their poor performance in Week 2, falling to Troy at home 24-19. In Week 3, Nebraska suffered its worst loss of the season, losing 56-10 to Michigan, largely due to inconsistent quarterback play and crucial turnovers. Impact Player:Wide receiver Stanley Morgan appears to be emerging as a solid pass catcher for Frost. He has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise struggling Nebraska offense, tying wide receiver J.D. Spielman for the team lead with 13 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. Strengths:Despite the rough start to the season, Nebraska’s offense is beginning to improve under Frost’s new spread system. With Morgan and Spielman in the receiving game, Nebraska quarterbacks have completed 63.8 percent of their passes. If the Cornhuskers can get consistent quarterback play from sophomore Andrew Bunch and freshman Adrian Martinez, then they might have a chance to improve throughout the rest of Big Ten play. Weaknesses:A lot of things have gone wrong for the Cornhuskers this season. First, they were held to just 61 total yards of offense through three quarters against Michigan. Nebraska did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter and were held to 132 yards by the end of the game. Second, the defense has struggled, surrendering 300 passing yards in each game. They also have struggled to stop the run, allowing 200 yards rushing against Troy and Michigan. This is a young team under Frost and they will look to improve and start making progress over the course of Big Ten play. In order to do this, they will have to have playmakers step up on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. read more

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Baseball Ohio State heads into fourgame series against Hawaii

Ohio State freshman Garrett Burhenn (30) throws one of the opening pitches during the Men’s Baseball home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team will take a hot offense up against the solid pitching staff of Hawaii. The Buckeyes (10-10) hope to continue their winning ways at home against the Rainbow Warriors (9-11) in a four-game series starting Thursday. The Buckeyes have won three of their past four games, while Hawaii has lost six of its past seven. In four home games this season, Ohio State has hit .355 with six home runs for an average of 8.5 runs a game. The explosive offense of Ohio State will be tested against a Hawaii squad that boasts several successful pitchers. Redshirt junior pitcher Dylan Thomas has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched this season. Thomas has thrown 13 innings as a starter, including an 11-strikeout start against Longwood University. Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland has the most innings pitched for Hawaii. He holds a 4.13 ERA and 24 strikeouts in five starts. The Rainbow Warriors hold a team ERA of 4.20, while averaging 8.35 strikeouts a game. Offensively, Hawaii bats .256 as a team. However, more than 42 percent of the team’s hits come from three starters.The team’s top hitter is freshman outfielder Scotty Scott, who bats .325. Scott has started all 20 games for the Rainbow Warriors and leads the team with five steals on eight attempts. Sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza leads Hawaii with 20 RBIs, as well as four home runs and a .319 batting average. The last of Hawaii’s big three is senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki. He has a .304 batting average to go with 13 RBIs. The series between Ohio State and Hawaii takes place at Bill Davis Stadium, and will open up with a 5:05 p.m. game on Thursday. This will be followed by a 5:05 p.m. Friday game, a 3:05 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1:05 p.m. finale on Sunday. read more

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Primary school head suspended after forming relationship with sex offender

first_imgA primary school head teacher was suspended after she formed a relationship with a convicted sex offender, a teacher misconduct panel heard.Lisa Johnson failed to inform Holy Family Catholic School in Small Heath, Birmingham, of her partner’s conviction for a child sex offence, it is alleged.The National College of Teaching and Learning also claim she did not put an end to the relationship even after she learnt of her partner’s criminal history. 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. Miss Johnson was suspended as head teacher last September when it was revealed she was in the relationship. She resigned during the suspension and now faces being barred from the teaching profession altogether.The panel heard that Miss Johnson did not believe the school should dictate “who she fell in love with” and that she spent 15 years working as a teacher “always putting her work first”.Miss Johnson was not present at the hearing and it was said that she has no intention of teaching again. The panel will decide whether Miss Johnson should be banned from working with children.Parents at Holy Family Catholic School received a letter from Mrs Mary Lynch, the school’s chair of governors, last month telling them about the upcoming hearing, the panel was told.The letter explained that the school had become aware that Miss Johnson “had potentially taken some decisions in her personal life that had brought in to question her ability to safeguard our children”.Mrs Lynch stressed that the pupils of Holy Family Catholic School were never in danger.”At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all times,” she said.The letter caused panic among parents of children at Holy Family School.One woman with three girls at the school said: “I have been debating this letter for two weeks. I have been very unhappy, thinking: were my kids in danger?”I don’t like to think bad of anyone and I want to know the facts of the matter. How are we to know if our kids were at risk?”The teacher misconduct panel hearing continues.center_img At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all timesLisa Johnsonlast_img read more

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Is this really Jane Austen Mystery deepens over infamous Rice portrait after

first_imgThe marking, said to belong to an art supplier at the beginning of the 19th century, has opened up fresh questions about the provenance of the Rice portrait.One expert has claimed the stamp near-enough proves it cannot show a young Austen as it does not hail from the right period.The finding follows years of dispute about who the Rice portrait, named after its current owners who are sixth-generation descendants of the author, really shows.The full-length portrait, which depicts a teenage girl in a long white dress carrying a green umbrella, is believed by some to be of the author when she was 13, painted by Ozias Humphry in the late 1780s. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He believes it is linked to a “colourman” called William Legg who worked from High Holborn between 1801 and 1806. Other canvases bearing the stamp – including the Rice portrait – would also have to be from this period, he said, which would make it too late to be of a 13-year-old Austen.“If one is talking about proof [it is not of her], then the William Legg stamp certainly provides as much proof as we are likely to find,” Mr Simon said.A spokesman for the National Portrait Gallery confirmed Mr Simon had examined the “Mrs Smith” portrait.  The latest dispute involves a small stamp reportedly discovered on the Rice portrait, which reads Wm LEGG, High Holborn.  The stamp is the similar to one on “Mrs Smith”, which was discovered by Anjana Ahuja, a journalist.Ms Ahuja, writing in the FT Weekend Magazine, revealed she wrote to Jacob Simon, a former chief curator at the National Portrait Gallery who now volunteers as a research fellow, to find out about the stamp. The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen by British painter Ozias Humphry (1742-1810)  The Rice Portait of Jane Austen" by British painter Ozias Humphry (1742-1810)  At this time, Jane Austen would have been in her mid-twenties and not the young adolescent depicted hereNational Portrait Gallery Jane Austen by Cassandra AustenCredit:National Portrait Gallery Londoncenter_img It is unsigned and undated. If authenticated, it would be the only oil painting of Austen to exist.But experts – including those at the National Portrait Gallery – are not convinced and, in 2007, when the portrait was put up for auction at Christie’s in New York it failed to sell. If one is talking about proof, then the William Legg stamp certainly provides as much proof as we are likely to findJacob Simon Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen It is one of the longest-running mysteries in the art world, with collectors and experts at loggerheads over whether a centuries-old painting really is of Jane Austen.But now it seems the row over the infamous Rice portrait may be coming to a close, after an accidental find at an auction cast more doubt on its authenticity.For a stamp discovered on the back of a simple £400 painting titled “Mrs Smith” – picked up dull and unvarnished just over 18 months ago at a country auction – provides a match with the one on the disputed portrait. He said: “The colourman’s tax stamp on the back of this portrait of Mrs Smith, signed and dated 1803, adds further weight to the dating of the Rice portrait as circa 1802-5 due to the fact that it too has an equivalent William Legg/High-Holborn/Linen stamp on the back of its canvas.”On the Rice portrait, he added: “The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges that it remains possible that the girl depicted here is Jane Austen, and naturally we would be delighted if it could be proven to be her. “Nevertheless, we continue to believe that the stylistic features of the portrait, and the colourman’s stamp on the reverse of the canvas, suggest a date of about 1802-6. “At this time, Jane Austen would have been in her mid-twenties and not the young adolescent depicted here.”But some remain hopeful. The official website for the Rice portrait disputes what the stamp says and adds that it could of been a different William Legg. Anna Rice, the current owner of the portrait, told the paper she has “no doubt” the portrait is of Austen. But she added: “I very much welcome all debate on the subject and I also welcome any opportunity to bring the picture into the public domain.” last_img read more

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