The supposed “Dream Team” of last year’s Philadelphia Eagles didn’t even make the playoffs. A year later, Michael Vick surveyed his team’s roster and declared it worthy of not just one Super Bowl, but many.“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there,” Vick said.“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty,” he said on Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.That’s big — outrageous? — talk for someone on a team that went 8-8 last year and has not even gotten into training camp for the upcoming season. But Vick said it is not just his feeling.“I think it’s just a mindset for my organization on down to the players,” he said in the interview. “We know we can do it. We know what we have, that’s the great thing about it. We know what we have as a team, as an organization and what better position to be in than to know that you have an opportunity?”They had an opportunity last season, adding quality free agents to the point where backup quarterback Vince Young dubbed the Eagles the “Dream Team.” It did not work out so well. The Eagles did not mesh as a unit until it was too late.This off-season the Eagles issued big-money extensions to players already on the roster, like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCory and defensive end Trent Cole. They added two-time Pro Bowl lineback DeMeco Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans.Vick said the Eagles are in a “special place” now. And while the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, having a strong regular season is the immediate goal.“I think just getting to the postseason right now is our focus,” he said. “The Super Bowl is going to come if it’s meant to happen. Some of the best teams have some of the best luck. Maybe we’ll have some of that. I think our focus needs to be one game at a time, just getting into the postseason.”
Joni Henderson became only the second head coach in Georgia women’s basketball history, replacing Andy Landers, who led the program to prominence in his 36 years.Henderson, who was recruited by Landers but signed with Alabama, joined the Bulldog staff as an assistant four years ago. She spoke of her opportunity to SB Nation’s Swish Appeal.Question: What were your feelings when you were told you would be the next head coach at Georgia?Crenshaw: “Pretty overwhelmed. I was speechless. . .Your head starts spinning because you know the process goes pretty quickly. I started thinking I need to call my mom, my dad, my fiancé (USC assistant Darius Taylor), I need to have a team meeting. So immediately, you’re listening to them, but you’re also thinking about all these other things that you’ve kind of had in your mind, but you don’t really want to take yourself there until you know for sure.”Q: How did the players react when they found out you were going to be their next coach?JC: “It was excitement all the way around, and honestly that’s a great feeling to know that you have their support. They were so good during the transition period, just doing everything we asked of them and really moving business as normal in terms of academics, on the floor workouts, and in the weight room. When you see their reaction it just makes it all the more worthwhile.”Q: How do you feel learning under (Andy Landers’) stewardship and knowing that he is a big believer in you?JC: “I have had an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get, and I recognize that. I tried every day working with him and for him not to let him down. My biggest thing is, I don’t want to disappoint. I have been like that since I was a kid, I never wanted to disappoint my parents, my teachers, my friends. . . That really drives me and fuels me.”Q: How do you feel that you are going to put your stamp on Georgia women’s basketball?JC: “I think I’m a no-nonsense person, I think I am a player’s coach and that they can relate to me, I think I am a role-model for them. The first thing you have to have is credibility and I’ve played in the SEC at a high level, I’ve been in this conference for several years and I’ve coached for 13. So I have the credibility, but after that you have to earn their trust. Once you do those two things, the rest kind of falls in place.”Q: Have you given any thought to the fact that you are now only the second full-time head coach in the school’s history? What does that mean to you?JC: “Yes and no. Obviously I know that, and there’s times where I’m like, ‘wow,’ but there’s times where it doesn’t faze me. I have been going on autopilot and adrenaline since the announcement. I was completely aware of it before though, realizing whoever was named would be only the second full-time coach in Georgia history, it’s incredible. I think it really just speaks to what Coach Landers has done not only in the community, but for Georgia as well.”Q: What is your vision for Georgia women’s basketball going forward?JC: “To put a good product on the floor. To have kids who represent themselves, their families, this university, and their communities. To have first-class players not only on the floor, but in the classroom and the community. We want to be visible and accessible to the public and our fans. We want to play hard.”
No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star.
Oct. 15, 1978Sun1 (WS Game 5)1355 Oct. 14, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 2)1235 DATEDAYMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 4, 2001Sun1 (WS Game 7)1374 Another sports equinox is in the booksDates on which all four major U.S. sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) had at least one game Nov. 2, 2009Mon1 (WS Game 5)153 Oct. 12, 1980Sun1 (NLCS Game 5)1348 Oct. 17, 1971Sun1 (WS Game 7)1236 Oct. 21, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 With nine NHL games, three NBA games, an NFL game and an MLB playoff game — made possible by the Chicago Cubs’ victory in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday — Thursday is your (first) sports equinox of 2017.What’s a sports equinox? As my former colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum wrote on a couple of occasions, it’s when all four major U.S. sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — play at least one game on the same day. Historically speaking, it doesn’t happen often. There have only been 17 sports equinoxes in history, including Thursday: Oct. 15, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 2)1236 Oct. 27, 1985Sun1 (WS Game 7)1315 Oct. 22, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 Oct. 14, 1979Sun1 (WS Game 5)1337 Nov. 1, 2010Mon1 (WS Game 5)133 NUMBER OF GAMES Nov. 1, 2009Sun1 (WS Game 4)1274 Oct. 19, 1980Sun1 (WS Game 5)1336 Nov. 1, 2015Sun1 (WS Game 5)1275 Oct. 30, 2016Sun1 (WS Game 5)1178 Oct. 19, 2017Thu1 (NLCS Game 5)139 Amazingly, there was a 15-year period without a single sports equinox, between 1985 and 2001. And after 2001, seven more years passed without it happening. But sports equinoxes have occurred much more frequently in recent years — six have happened in the nine years since 2008. They might become even more common in the future, thanks to Thursday-night NFL becoming a fixture, the World Series often running later than usual, and a new NBA scheduling policy this season that moved the season’s opening night up by a week and a half.If the Cubs can force Game 7 in the NLCS, Sunday will be another sports equinox. As will Oct. 29, if Game 5 of the World Series takes place. But even if those do happen, Thursday’s equinox will be the only one this season with the added bonus of college football — there are two FBS games tonight, including No. 25-ranked Memphis at Houston (A “Super Equinox”?). Good luck finding enough screens to watch it all!
During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Browns coach Mike Pettine officially named Hoyer his starter Wednesday (a decision coming, not coincidentally, after Manziel made an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench during the Browns’ 24-23 loss Monday night), the attention paid to the rivalry — and to Manziel in general — has reached crazy levels.But why?Why are we acting like the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of Hoyer vs. Manziel? This is, after all, a team Vegas has winning the fourth-fewest games in football. Manziel is a rookie whose bona fides are far from established; Hoyer has four career starts to his name and has been a significantly below-average passer when he has played over the past two seasons.Montana vs. Young this ain’t.But preseason quarterback controversies have long captivated football fans. Who could forget J.T. O’Sullivan and Alex Smith dueling in San Francisco for the 49ers job in 2008? Or Jon Kitna’s struggle with Gus Frerotte in 2002? Or even the Browns’ own 2003 skirmish between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch?If you’re sensing a trend, it’s that August QB controversies usually involve a pair of equally dismal options. And, no matter who wins, he tends to produce pretty uninspiring results come the regular season.Going back to 2000, I used LexisNexis to search news reports for variations of phrases such as “quarterback competition” or “QB controversy” during the summer months, when NFL teams open up training camp and play preseason games (aka prime time for hyped-up QB rivalries). I came across 88 cases of the media discussing a competition for an NFL starting quarterback role, from Kordell Stewart vs. Kent Graham (2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) to Terrelle Pryor vs. Matt Flynn (2013 Oakland Raiders).And indeed, teams featuring preseason QB competitions tended to be mediocre-to-bad clubs. Since 2000, they averaged a shade under seven wins during the subsequent regular season, with an average adjusted net yards per attempt index, or ANY/A+, of 92.3 (100 represents the overall NFL average, and the replacement level is somewhere between 90 and 91). Among those who ended up getting at least 100 attempts during the regular season, only 22 percent of the quarterbacks involved in these controversies were average or better by ANY/A+. As a rule, teams are dealing with pretty bad passers in these situations, no matter who “wins” the competition.What’s more, it doesn’t seem to matter which quarterback a coach picks as his No. 1 coming out of the preseason. Limiting our data to the 40 cases in which both of the combatants had at least 100 pass attempts (to give ourselves a reasonable sample upon which to judge the preseason decision), teams picked the QB with the higher eventual ANY/A+ only 51.3 percent of the time. And in fact, statistically, there was no significant difference in performance between the preseason-quarterback-competition winners and losers.This suggests that picking the right horse in a preseason QB derby practically comes down to a coin flip.Now, a potential concern in the methodology outlined above is that we could have biased our results toward evenness because of the playing-time criteria. (Barring injury, the odds are low that a clear-cut quarterback competition winner would end up sharing regular-season snaps with his backup.) But we can check our results against a control group of teams with a similar distribution of passing attempts (but no reported QB controversy). In the controversy group above, the average difference between the opening-day starter and his backup was -2.0 ANY/A+; in the non-controversy group, the difference was +3.2 ANY/A+.That’s not quite a statistically significant difference (p=0.08), but it’s close. So the biasing effect could still be masking the true difference between the groups. But to some extent, it does suggest the underappreciated (yet obvious) truth about QB controversies: There isn’t going to be much difference in performance, no matter which option a team goes with as its starter.And, as a corollary, it means we’ve probably spent entirely too much time worrying about which of two generally equivalent, below-average quarterbacks will get a chance to start for a bad team.
OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternFrom the Schottenstein Center, its temporary home rink for the weekend where it practiced in advance of its weekend series against Minnesota State, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is confident that it can get back on track after dropping four straight contests.Despite being outscored 33-4 during its losing streak, the team is remains sure that it is headed in the right direction.“We continue to work to improve in areas that we want to get better, but also emphasizing all the things that went well,” coach Jenny Potter said. “Sometimes people look at the box score and don’t see what really happened.”Getting betterPotter stressed trusting the developmental process her team is on all season as an indicator of their success, and that doesn’t always mean to look at the final score, even though she still expects to win games.“Saturday was a challenge for our team, but I think the way I’m working them, they’re tired, that’s not an excuse, they’ve got to find a way to compete and not give up,” Potter said.The Minnesota State team coming to Columbus this weekend presents something of a different challenge. Under first-year coach John Harrington, the Mavericks are 2-4, losers of three straight. But OSU does not want to stop to catch its breath after four straight losses.“We don’t know where we stand against these teams, and we want to look at every game as if we’re playing against a No. 1 team no matter who it is,” junior forward Claudia Kepler said.Kepler, who scored twice against Minnesota last weekend, is also adamant that the squad has only made positive strides in recent weeks.“We’re buying into the process. We understand that in order to get stronger we have to get weaker and we’re breaking ourselves down, but now we’re starting to build ourselves up,” Kepler said.If the Buckeyes want to find where they stand in comparison to their conference opponents, this weekend represents as good as starting point as any. The first order of business is solving the problem of the middle frame. Against Minnesota, OSU allowed 10 second-period goals.“I think Saturday was a little deflating after the second period. I thought they were right in that game for sure, but again they’re feeling their legs a little more, and Saturday that second period was a challenge, and you know what, with any challenge you’re going to find your character and figure out what you want to be,” Potter said.Overcoming fatiguePotter said she believes her skaters are the most fatigued they will be at any point this season right now, but that does not stand as an excuse not playing well for an entire game or weekend. “Staying mentally focused for three periods,” Potter said. “The conditioning part, and what I’m doing with them, right now they’re in the beaten-down stage. So, every week after this they’re going to continually get better and get into better shape.”Potter’s skaters are not looking for additional rest before another potentially exhausting series. To the contrary, they are working even harder in search of wins.“We’ve set aside time before practice this week to get out there early to work on our shots and stickhandling,” senior defender Cara Zubko said. “It’s the little things that are going to make a big difference.”OSU believes that attention to detail will translate into success starting this weekend.Kepler described her goal last Friday as “playing until the end,” and that more of that type of effort is necessary for her squad to be successful.“It would build our confidence to get some of those grinder, put-in goals early,” Kepler said. “Then we’ll go from there.”Potter, who said she believes that the scores of games are not representative of her team’s effort, echoed that sentiment.“I think that they came out there and played an unbelievable first game, they gave it everything they had,” Potter said. “I told them, ‘you guys are a good enough team, you’re good enough to compete, if you want a couple of wins you have to go get them.’”OSU is set to drop the puck against Minnesota State at the Schottenstein Center at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and 1:07 p.m. on Saturday.
Columbus Clippers pitcher Yohan Pino has proven to be the prospect that the Cleveland Indians had been looking for when they acquired him in a trade from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Carl Pavano.After a win on Sunday, Pino has a team-best 4-0 record this season. He leads the team in strikeouts with 28, and has a 3.68 ERA.Pino began pitching in the Indians’ farm system in September 2009. He has pitched in five games, earning a 6-0 record with the Clippers.Pino features a fastball in the 90 mph range, a curveball that drops down to the mid-70 mph range and a changeup.In a win last Tuesday against the Charlotte Knights, Pino overcame a rough first inning to quiet the Knights’ bats and collect his third win of the season.Jason Donald, second baseman for the Clippers, was pleased with Pino’s performance against the Knights.“Innings like that happen,” Donald said. “He hasn’t had any innings like that in 2010. The whole year, he has kept us in ball games. He’s done a great job, and he’s a guy that deserves the run support that he received tonight. He’ll be the first to tell you that he didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but it was good enough to get through five innings and get to the bullpen to finish it up for us.”Pino had four appearances with the Cleveland Indians during spring training. He had a 1-0 record with a 4.22 ERA, striking out nine batters in 10.2 innings pitched.Pino is still a young prospect at age 26.“If you look at our rotation, there are a lot of young arms including Carlos Carrasco, Hector Rondon, Jeanmar Gomez and Yohan Pino,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “We’ve got some really good-looking young arms in the starting rotation and in the bullpen.”Pino has been impressive since he stepped into the starting rotation with the Class AA New Britain Rock Cats in 2009.Pino has made 18 straight starts without missing an outing with the Rock Cats, Rochester Red Wings and Clippers.In those 18 starts, Pino has a 10-2 record with 100 strikeouts.Pino is one of the Clippers’ three starting pitchers that have pitched a no-hitter. Pino tossed his no-hitter on June 30, 2007, while pitching for the Fort Myers Miracle. Carrasco threw a no-hitter on Aug. 13, 2007 for the Reading Phillies, and Gomez threw a perfect game on May 21, 2009 for the Akron Aeros.
It happened before his second season in the NBA. The cartilage around Clark Kellogg’s knee began to wear away, leading to the first of three surgeries in four years. In August 1987, Kellogg announced he was retiring from the NBA. His career lasted five years, the last two shortened by knee injuries. At the promising age of 26, his dream was ending, a career vanishing in the wind. “I was disheartened and disappointed at the time that my basketball-playing days were over,” Kellogg said in an interview with The Lantern. Kellogg’s wife Rosy had to witness her husband go through one knee surgery after another. Then she watched as her husband lost a career. “It was difficult because it was something that he truly loved,” Rosy said. Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela once wrote, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” Kellogg’s uncompromising knees forced him to fall, but he refused to stay down for long. Kellogg was born and raised in Cleveland by his father, Clark, and his mother, Mattie. His father was a police officer, and his mom worked part-time at a local hospital. Although he played a number of sports as a child, Kellogg determined his favorite at a young age. “I loved all sports, but I really kind of locked into hoops when I was about 11,” Kellogg said. “And that became my real passion, that’s what I enjoyed doing more than anything else.” After growing up in a predominantly black neighborhood, Kellogg was advised by his elementary school principal to attend St. Joe’s (now known as Villa Angela-St. Joseph), an “all-white high school.” While it was challenging at times, he is grateful for the guidance he received at the school. “It was good because it broadened my horizons,” Kellogg said. “It prepared me for college and in many ways prepared me for the life I’m enjoying right now.” Special K, as he was nicknamed in high school, was a highly touted recruit coming out of St. Joe’s. During his final high school game in 1979, he dropped an Ohio high school tournament-record 51 points on Columbus East. The record still stands 31 years later. With his high school career coming to a close, Kellogg had to make an important choice: Which college would he be playing for by the end of the year? “I really wanted to stay fairly close to Cleveland. I wanted my parents to be able to come to my games,” Kellogg said. “It came down to Ohio State and Michigan. And then Ohio — the whole state — kind of recruited me. People are really passionate and rabid about the Ohio State athletic teams in particular, so being recruited by the whole state was hard to turn down.” Kellogg played for three years at OSU, averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Yet, his most significant moment in college happened away from the basketball court. “We met at a concert when Clark was a freshman at Ohio State in 1979 and we’ve been married for 27 years this past July,” Rosy said. After what was considered a disappointing year for the team by the Buckeye faithful, Kellogg left after his junior year to pursue his dream of playing professional basketball. He was selected eighth overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 1982 NBA Draft. In his rookie year, Kellogg again averaged a double-double, scoring 20.1 points and hauling in 10.6 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-Rookie team and finished second in the Rookie of the Year race. After a knee operation and two more years of solid basketball, Kellogg had a second knee operation. He played in only 19 games in his fourth season and would play in only four more before his career came to an abrupt end. With his playing days in the past, Clark began a new career as a basketball commentator. He broadcast Pacers games on the radio and did the same for Cleveland State University games on its television network. A few years later, while providing analysis for Atlantic Ten regional games, Dick Vitale put him on ESPN’s radar. “He had covered me as a player and knew I was doing some broadcasting, so he recommended me to the network,” Kellogg said. While working for ESPN, Kellogg was blinded by another unimaginable loss. His mother passed away in 1994 because complications that arose during surgery. In the face of adversity for a second time, he beat it back with a broom. In 1997, he left ESPN and joined CBS as a full-time studio/game analyst. But not before settling some unfinished business. When Kellogg left OSU in 1982, he was 44 hours away from obtaining a degree. In 1996, he graduated from OSU. He likes to joke that he was on the “circuitous 17-year plan.” In 2008, Kellogg was named the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, replacing Billy Packer. “He has a really good handle on what takes place on the court and he uses terminology that really grabs the viewer,” said Harold Bryant, executive producer and vice president of production for CBS Sports. “We discussed (promoting him) and we felt like he had earned the spot.” Being the leading college basketball analyst for a major television network would satisfy most, but Kellogg continues to take advantage of other opportunities. In July 2010, the Indiana Pacers named Kellogg vice president of player relations. Kellogg’s new role on the team is to be a mentor of sorts to the players on the Pacers roster, nine of which are 26 years old or younger. “Because I’ve been on the court, I can speak about some areas of basketball development to our guys personally,” Kellogg said. “But primarily it’s a position of … guiding our guys with programs and services so that they can be champions on and off the court.” Kellogg’s responsibilities don’t end there. He’s also one of the play-by-play announcers for the NBA 2K video game franchise. In June 2010, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced that Kellogg was being appointed to OSU’s Board of Trustees. Before the appointment, he served for five years on the board of directors for the Alumni Association. “It’s an exciting honor. I try to stay engaged in the university since I’m here in Columbus,” Kellogg said. “I try to keep abreast of all OSU athletics. I’m Scarlet and Gray through and through.” In April, CBS organized a game of horse between Kellogg and President Barack Obama. When the president beat him five letters to three, some viewers thought Kellogg threw the game. “I didn’t actually throw it,” Kellogg said. “I was up pretty comfortably, the president was struggling and I was knocking down everything.” “So I created a situation where I wouldn’t close things out as quickly as I possibly could have,” Kellogg said. “When I did that, he found his legs and momentum and beat me to the finish line.” Kellogg went on to show some respect for our nation’s leader, all the while revealing a stinging truth. “He’s got a pretty nice-looking shot,” Kellogg said. “And he also doesn’t lack in the trash-talking department either.” Kellogg resides in Westerville with his wife and three children, a daughter and two sons, both of whom play basketball at Ohio University. Lloyd Brewton, one of Clark’s local golfing buddies, had only positive things to say about the man who routinely “takes his money” on the golf course. “He’s the kind of guy who, if he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it,” Brewton said. “Clark is a man who is bounded by his faith and bounded by his commitment to friendship.” His wife, realizing that she could sound biased given that they’re married, was also quick to dole out the praise. “He’s honest, caring, loyal and a good listener,” Rosy said. “I feel like he’s a gentle giant.” At 6-feet-7-inches, referring to Kellogg as a giant isn’t too far off base. Perhaps it’s only fitting that his career trajectory continues to grow.
OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) dribbles the ball as Binghamton junior back Shervin Mohajeri (12) pursues during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 0-1. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorIn the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-4-0) is preparing for a tough game against one of its in-state rivals.OSU is scheduled to take on No. 11 Akron (4-1-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.The Buckeyes will be walking into a stadium in front of a large crowd — the Zips drew 2,734 fans to their last home game — as they take on the task of bringing a victory back to Columbus.Last season, OSU was able to upset the Zips in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup that came down to 15 rounds of penalty kicks. The Buckeyes walked away with the 13-12 penalty kick victory after a 1-1 double overtime draw, leaving the Zips anxious for the 2015 season and a chance to get back at the Scarlet and Gray.“They’re going to want to come back at us because we knocked them out of the tournament last year,” sophomore forward Marcus McCrary said.After returning from a loss against Northwestern on Friday, sophomore defender Hunter Robertson said the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do before taking on the task of handling the Zips.“On Sunday, a lot of the kids who didn’t get to play trained really hard,” Robertson said. “The practice (on Monday) was really intense, but because it’s a rival game, we’ll be ready for this one.”Despite OSU’s slow start to the 2015 season, the Buckeyes are looking to improve their record in a stadium full of fans seeking revenge.“The atmosphere is going to be awesome, (I’m) excited for that, but at the same time we’ve got to keep our concentration,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “We know what they’re going to throw at us, we’ve played there before and it’s a little crazy, we’ve just have to keep our minds and play our game and hopefully we get the end result.”Honorary captainThe OSU men’s soccer team named 10-year-old Ivan Applin as an honorary captain for its game against Wisconsin on Oct. 18.Ivan had undergone a heart procedure at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ivan’s story made the news after he expressed his concern that he would wake up from surgery a fan of the Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes heard about Ivan’s story and created a video, inviting him to become an honorary captain. Two days later, Ivan and his family responded, expressing their excitement about the invite from the Scarlet and Gray. What’s next?Following Wednesday’s game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to host their Big Ten home opener against No. 13 Penn State on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton…..and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rolljays— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) June 8, 2017 Creighton head coach Greg McDermott embraces his son and tournament Most Outstanding Player after their Missouri Valley Conference championship game against Illinois State on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)The search continues. Greg McDermott, the men’s basketball coach at Creighton, said Thursday he is “looking forward to many more great years” at his school, an announcement which comes less than a day after ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Ohio State offered McDermott the head coaching positionIn a tweet, McDermott said, “I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton.”McDermott has coached Creighton for seven years, guiding the Bluejays to a 165-81 overall record, and 86-52 since joining the Big East in 2013.The Bluejays were runner-ups in the Big East tournament last year, and McDermott enters the 2017-18 season with the 23rd best recruiting class in the country, according to the 247sports composite rankings.The Buckeyes began a search for a new head coach after now-former OSU coach Thad Matta was fired Monday afternoon. He coached at the school for 13 seasons and became the winningest coach in school history last season.
The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorGoing into the 2018 season, junior wide receiver Austin Mack was pegged by many as the next “go-to guy” in the Ohio State offense. With the amount of short-yardage receivers that serviced the type of offense former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett ran, including redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell and redshirt junior K.J. Hill, Mack, with his vertical ability, seemed to compliment the new player behind center, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Through the first two games of the season, Haskins and Mack met that expectation. He was targeted nine times, bringing in eight catches for 89 yards against Oregon State and Rutgers, respectively. That same expectation seemed like it was going to continue during the first drive of Saturday night’s game against TCU. Mack brought in two targets for 64 yards, adding a 48-yard reception to bring Ohio State into the red zone for the first time against the Horned Frogs. Then, something happened. Haskins looked back to what had been his most reliable receiver up to that point in the end zone, a 3-yard slant route across the middle of the field. With an open opportunity, Haskins fired, throwing the ball to a receiver who was known for his hands. The ball hit Mack in his gloves and bounced into the turf. Possibly viewed a a fluke for a receiver known as having one of the surest hands in the receiver room, Haskins targeted Mack again on a 2nd-and-16 in the first drive of the second quarter. Another target, another drop. This happened two more times. Mack, who had brought in eight of nine targets in his first two games, recorded four drops in nine targets against TCU. As an older player in the wide receiver room and one of the team captains for the Ohio State offense, Campbell took it upon himself to be there for Mack, to make sure he was still there mentally despite his lack of success. “All of the guys, we were just telling him that at the end of the day, you just have to let it go,” Campbell said. “We need every single person on the team. We knew it was going to be a four-quarter fight and at the end of the day, we needed to clear his head and I think he moved on from that.” But Haskins knows who Mack is as a receiver. With a close relationship off the field as his roommate, the redshirt sophomore quarterback said he was going to continue to target Mack, continue to trust his receiver even through the trouble. “There are going to be plays you mess up. I’m going to keep coming to you though, throwing you the ball,” Haskins said. “It was hard for him having those drops like that in key moments for that game, but he kept pushing. I relied on him in the big moments and he came through for me.”Acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day thought the same thing, saying Mack is usually a “reliable guy” with his hands. Even without the success he is expected to have, Day said Mack is not the kind of player that the Ohio State offense can give up on. “When you go into a fight, sometimes you are going to be hit and when you get hit, you can’t flinch,” Day said. “We didn’t flinch, you know, we kept putting Austin back in there and then he dropped one and he came back in and he made a catch and then he made another catch.” Mack finished the day with four catches on nine targets for 84 yards, the most yards he has recorded in a single game since Oct. 28 when he had 90 yards on six catches against Penn State. Day said he knows who Mack is as a receiver: a vertical deep threat who compliments his quarterback very nicely in the passing game. One misstep in that does not change Day’s overall view of him. “We believe in our guys, we know what we see every day in practice,” Day said. “We trust that some days, you know, guys are going to put one in the ground and we don’t like that, but we believe in our guys and when things don’t go well, we have to stick together.”
Ms Cullen’s letter, which the Mirror publishes in full, details how she felt “so excited” when she joined BHS in 2010 while at sixth-form college.“It felt like I had joined a great team, but sadly now that has all now been broken up, mainly because of your management, or indeed lack of it. 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. Ms Cullen accuses Green of destroying an “iconic part of the British High Street which could easily have been saved.”“I wish the best for everyone who worked for BHS,” her letter concludes. “It survived so long because of them, people who actually cared for it and treated it like it mattered, not you.“I hope you will one day realise the pain and damage you have caused to such a faithful group of people. It is them you have betrayed.”While some of the crew of the yacht, named Lionheart, came outside to listen to Ms Cullen, Green remained ensconced inside, declining the opportunity to meet with his former employee. After the final BHS stores pulled down their shutters for the last time at the weekend, one former staff member traveled to Capri in order to confront ex-boss Sir Philip Green.Hannah Cullen, from Ware in Hertfordshire, traveled hundreds of miles to deliver an angry tirade to the multi-millionaire businessman, who has been criticised for his handling of the company.A Daily Mirror video shows Ms Cullen, 23, using a loudhailer aboard a small dinghy adjacent to Green’s yacht.“Sir Philip Green, my name is Hannah Cullen and I’ve come here to give you a letter,” she calls. “Would you please come out so I can hand it to you. “Over the last six years I’ve watched this once great company fall apart.” “I’m a former employee of BHS and I’ve been made redundant because of you and your actions.“You’re hiding cowardly on your boat, while thousands of people are struggling to find work.“You’re a coward, and I’d like to come and see you to give you the letter.” Credit:Reuters This is the yacht Lionheart today near Capri, owned by one Philip Green. pic.twitter.com/o2ibD1OHaz— Nick Thompson (@Scoobysnax23) 30 August 2016
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. Anna Turley and her dog, ClemCredit:Anna Turley She commented: “I am pleased they have received a custodial sentence for what they did but the punishment is still not enough for the severity of the crime.”The judge is limited by current sentencing guidelines and they will probably only be in prison for two months,” she said.”I will continue to press for my bill to be heard to increase the maximum sentence from six months to five years.” The maximum sentence for animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is six months in prison in England and Wales and 12 months in Scotland, compared to two years in France, three years in Germany and five years in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mr Heathcock had pleaded guilty to driving a nail into the terrier’s skull while he was still alive, as well as failing to provide veterinary care and attention to the dog, and Mr Finch admitted assisting in the act.The two men, who are both from Redcar, had previously pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences. They claimed they acted as they did because they could not afford euthanasia for Scamp, and that the dog was starting to go blind, deaf and was incontinent.However, the vet who examined the terrier described their actions as the worse case of animal cruelty he had ever seen. “Animal lovers will surely want to come together and join Battersea and other respected animal welfare charities so we can make our collective voice heard for animals like Scamp.“Our tougher sentencing campaign is already making its mark. We’re asking the public to write to their MP and call for a five-year sentence for such shocking acts of cruelty as we need the punishment to fit the crime.”The MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, who has a dog and has been campaigning to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty, said the case highlighted the “inadequacy of the law”. Battersea’s Chief Executive, Claire Horton, said: “The unimaginable suffering Scamp endured at the hands of his owner, a person he should have been able to trust implicitly, will horrify the nation.”The two men responsible have been sentenced to just four months in prison. Why? Because magistrates are unable to issue anything more than six months for even the most appalling and callous acts of animal cruelty. England and Wales’ maximum sentence simply must change. Four months for what was done to Scamp is neither a fitting punishment nor a deterrent. Battersea Dogs and Cats home has criticised the “inadequate” four month sentence handed down to two men who drove a nail into a dog’s head before burying him alive.Richard Finch, 60, and Michael Heathcock, 59, admitted to charges relating to the death of the dog at Teesside Magistrates’ Court after the 16-year-old terrier, Scamp, was found whimpering in a shallow grave by horrified dog walkers.After pleading guilty, the two received a reduced sentence of four months in prison. The maximum sentence for animal cruelty is six months in prison.
The Prime Minister has condemned a “despicable” attack on a young asylum seeker which saw a mob of up to 30 people beat the boy unconscious.Reker Ahmed was left for dead with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and a bleed on his brain after police said he and two friends were singled out as refugees in a racially motivated attack.Police said the 17-year-old was set on at a south London bus stop when a small group of attackers was joined by 20 to 30 more. Shrublands in Croydon, LondonCredit:Reuters Five people, including two sets of siblings, appeared in court on Monday charged with violent disorder following the attack.Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24, all from Croydon, south London, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth, and addresses during the short hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Monday afternoon.George Walder was also charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.On Sunday police also arrested a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder.This morning a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder.Anyone with information about the attack should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. She said the attack was racially motivated and described it as a hate crime.She went on: “I think this was probably confidence by numbers. It started off with this smaller group of people who were joined by between 20 to 30 and they just viciously attacked these individuals because they were asylum seekers.”She said: “The victim had come from a friend’s house and the three individuals were waiting for a bus when the unprovoked attack occurred.”They were viciously attacked because they were asylum seekers.”Once they identified who these people were they attacked them in the most appalling way.”A total of 16 people had been arrested by Monday evening and the police had put out an appeal to identify others. Seven have been charged and seven remain in custody.Det Supt Corrigan said: “I genuinely don’t think people have gone out that night with the intention to commit this horrific attack.”You’ve got a really difficult mix of youth, the time of night, alcohol, and it only takes one person to say something that could spark off something massive – which is what I think has happened on this evening.”This is a random attack and the suspect and victims aren’t known to each other that we are aware of.” They were viciously attacked because they were asylum seekers. Once they identified who these people were, they attacked them in the most appalling way.Det Supt Jane Corrigan Police on Monday charged seven people, including two brothers and a brother and sister, over the attack, while others remain under arrest. Reker, an Iranian Kurd who has lived and studied in area for several months, has been scarred for life with severe injuries to his face, detectives said.Theresa May said the assault was “absolutely despicable”.Speaking at the start of a three-day trip to the Middle East, she echoed the comments of local Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who branded the attackers “cowardly and despicable scum”. Scotland Yard detectives have released CCTV pictures of others they are hoping to identify in connection with the Friday night assault.Det Supt Jane Corrigan, leading the investigation, said the attack was “an unprovoked attack as a result of him being an asylum seeker”. Mrs May said: “This was an absolutely abominable attack, completely unacceptable.”I absolutely agree with the sentiments of Gavin Barwell when he commented on this and I just hope that anybody who has any information about this will give that information to the police.”It is alleged the boy and his friends, Dilshad Mohammed, an Iraqi Kurd, and Hamo Mustafa, were first attacked at the stop near the Goat Pub in Croydon. Reker was then chased 100 yards into a housing estate, and severely beaten around the head and face until unconscious. The bus stop near The Goat pub in Croydon where the attack beganCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Britain’s largest police force is to equip hundreds more officers with Tasers after a surge in violence and knife crime.Scotland Yard announced the devices will issued to 1,867 extra frontline personnel, bringing the total number trained and able to carry the equipment to more than 6,400.Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick took the decision following an increase in violent crime in London, including offences involving knifes, as well as rise in assaults against officers.In a trend replicated around the country, figures show knife crime jumped by almost a quarter in the capital in 2016/17. Assaults against Met officers increased from 2,211 in 2014 to 2,486 in 2015 and to 2,676 last year.Ms Dick said: “Keeping the public safe from harm is at the heart of our job. With this uplift, my officers will be better-equipped to protect the public and themselves.”We know that the mere presence of a Taser is often enough to defuse a dangerous situation and often get a suspect to drop their weapon if they’re armed.”Tasers reduce the need for physical contact and also the risk of unintended or unnecessary injuries to all parties.”With the roll-out of body-worn cameras to every uniformed officer, the public can also rest assured that the use of a Taser is correctly recorded and monitored and that the use of it is subject to comprehensive scrutiny.” Surveys carried out by rank-and-file police associations have indicated there is strong support for Tasers to be issued to more frontline officers.Earlier this year, a new Taser model was authorised for use by forces in England and Wales. The X2 version can be fired twice if it misses or does not subdue the target on the first go. Figures show forces in England and Wales deployed Tasers at a rate of 30 times a day last year, although the number of instances when the weapons were discharged fell. Use of the equipment has been at the centre of controversy in the past after a number of deaths. The Met said it has used Tasers “safely and effectively” since 2003. Over the past three years, 87 per cent of occasions when a Taser was drawn have been resolved without the device being discharged, according to the force.Officers must complete a selection and training process before they are given the green light to use the stun guns on the frontline.Around 1,730 of the newly trained officers will be from boroughs around London, with the remainder based on other specialist units across the Met.The increase will begin within weeks with the training programme is expected to take around two years. 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.
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. Mr Mease said: “No-one else could have done it quicker.”He denied hunting for sport and described himself as a pest controller.District Judge John Woollard said he had heard no evidence the hunt had made any changes to their activities – other than using the falconer – since the hunting act was introduced in 2005.Joe Bird, prosecuting, alleged that the eagle was used as a “smokescreen” to allow the hunt to continue as it had before the law was changed.He said: “The set up was never going to work. It was a smokescreen.”There were so many occasions when they would not have been able to fly the eagle.”Stephen Welford, defending both men, said: “There is video footage of Mease using his eagle to kill a fox. That would not exist if it was a smokescreen.”Judge Woollard said it was clear Adams had no control over the hounds during the hunt.He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £930 costs.Hunt Saboteurs Association spokesperson Lee Moon said after the trial: “To anyone who witnessed the events on the day in question it was abundantly clear that a wild mammal was hunted and killed illegally, in a most gruesome manner. “The loopholes and exemptions in the current act have always been cynically exploited by hunts in order to operate much as they would have done prior to the ban.”Adrian Simpson, from the Countryside Alliance, said they believed the judge had made the wrong decision, and said Adams was planning to appeal. The court was also shown headcam footage from Mr Mease taken in November 2013, when he used the golden eagle to catch a fox.He then used a falconers knife to kill the animal by driving the spike through its eye.It took him 47 seconds to kill the fox from the moment it was caught by the eagle. A falconer has been cleared of breaching strict hunting laws because he hunts foxes using a golden eagle.John Mease, 45, was found not guilty after a court heard he used the bird of prey to catch animals as opposed to a pack of dogs.He was further cleared of causing unnecessary cruelty to an animal despite “dispatching” a fox by driving a knife through its eye after it was caught by his raptor in 2013.George Adams, 66, a co-accused Fitzwilliam huntsman, was convicted of using hounds to kill a fox on January 1 2016.Peterborough Magistrates Court was filled with supporters of the hunt and hunt saboteurs during the two-day trial.Magistrates heard that the hunt’s hounds were used to flush the fox out into the open before the eagle was meant to be released to catch the fleeing mammal. Adams, who joined the Fitzwilliam Hunt in 1981 and became a huntsman in 1984, said he had not seen the fox before it was killed.When asked if it was his intention to kill the fox with hounds, he said: “Absolutely not. We wanted to flush it out for the bird of prey.”Mr Mease told the court there was no chance for him to release his golden eagle because the saboteurs were in the field.Asked why he did not radio Adams to call the hunt off, he said: “A hunt is a fluid thing. It was changing minute by minute.”It was the heat of the moment and it was the first time I had come across saboteurs in my 11 years.”He told the court he was in charge of the bird but had no control over the pack of hounds, which was Adams’ responsibility. John Mease, member of the Fitzwilliam Hunt Credit:Peterborough Telegraph / SWNS Video footage filmed by Stephen Milton, a hunt saboteur, showed the 40-hound hunt in a field near Wansford, Cambs, and picked up the sound of a hunting horn.Mr Milton said he did not hear anyone from the hunt calling the dogs off the fox after they picked up its scent.The fox was killed by the pack of hounds and Mr Mease’s golden eagle was not released.
He described his frustration at inconsiderate road users, who flout road safety regulations, admitting that motorists turning their attention away from the road was a particular concern for the father of two. ‘‘So we look at the road in a completely different way to other people. So, I do sometimes get irritated with people who are either using their mobile telephone or they are using their sat navigation systems and they are not concentrating on what’s around them.’’When the discussion ventured onto books, the Duke revealed that Margaret Craven’s novel, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, has proved to be especially poignant. He said: ‘‘Many years ago when I was in Canada I was given a book and it has always stayed with me, I Heard the Owl Call My Name and whenever I read it it always brings a tear to my eye and I’m not going to reveal anything about because you’ll see what I mean.”He also spoke about his highly successful entrepreneurial initiative Pitch@Palace. The Brilliant Minds Podcast is streamed on Spotify. The Duke, whose youngest daughter Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank in October this yearCredit:Mark Cuthbert/UK Press The Duke of York has revealed that he listens to House and Garage music in his car because the “headbanging nonsense” helps to keep him calm.He was discussing his views about how the power of art and music help to motivate people in an interview on The Brilliant Minds Podcast.He stated that though he does not generally use music to help him meet the demands of his busy life, the 90s dance genre often made its way onto his radio.When the Duke was asked by hosts Natalia Brezezinski and Juliet De Baubigny if he liked to play music by the composer Wagner, he said: ‘‘There are occasions where I listen to some very strange House or Garage on the radio in the car, just because it’s headbanging nonsense and for some reason it allows me to become completely calm and it doesn’t excite me.’’The Duke, whose youngest daughter Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank in October this year, stated that life as a member of the Royal family meant he was an especially vigilant driver. There are occasions where I listen to some very strange House or Garage on the radio in the car, just because it’s headbanging nonsense and for some reason it allows me to become completely calm and it doesn’t excite me.Duke of York He said: ‘‘There are occasions when I get slightly irritated with other road users who haven’t had quite the same level of training I’ve had, because I have been trained to the nth degree by security and all other things. 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.
Clover, voiced by Gemma Arterton Star Wars actor Boyega, 26, said the realism created by the new animation techniques will increase the “emotional stakes” for viewers.“I was also curious as to how they were going to do this, because the 1978 film was in 2D and it was devastating,” said Boyega, who voices Bigwig.“I was devastated, I can’t lie. It was too much – it was bloody and looked a bit strange and as a kid taking that in was very scary.”Hoult, 29, who plays Fiver, said the story is “scary at times” but “not unsuitable for your children to be watching with you”.The cast spoke after one of the producers, Rory Aitken, said the remake is “clearly not appropriate for younger children”. Stars of the BBC’s new Watership Down adaptation have revealed their performances were shaped by the “terror” they felt as children watching the classic 1978 version.James McAvoy, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton and Nicholas Hoult recalled the traumatic scenes from the cartoon ahead of the new television mini-series which airs this Christmas.The TV remake of Richard Adams’ classic children’s novel, which has sold more than 50 million copies since its release in 1972, uses the latest animation technology to recreate many of the violent scenes which viewers found so affecting in the earlier version.Asked why he took the role, McAvoy, 39, who plays Hazel, said: “From the deep love and terror that watching the 1978 animation put inside my bones, and then from reading the novel later in life when it blew me away all over again.”Arterton, 32, who plays Clover, added: “I remember seeing the 1978 animation when I was very young – and being petrified by it. Having revisited the story as an adult, it’s so pertinent, especially for these days and these times.”The adaptation, which has an all-British cast, will air as two feature-length episodes on BBC One on December 22 and 23. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A care home’s ‘stay put’ policy would have caused elderly people to burn to death in a fire if the commander of the fire brigade hadn’t quickly overruled the policy, the force has said.Around 150 residents were evacuated from the Beechmere residential apartments in Crewe when the fire set the care home ablaze.The fire is not thought to have been arson, and investigators are looking into why the blaze spread so quickly.Beechmere residential homes had a “stay put” policy in place, which would have required residents to remain in their apartments and be evacuated on a phased basis.This was swiftly overridden by the incident commander and they were instead evacuated immediately after the fire took hold around 4.30pm last Thursday.Lee Shears, head of protection with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s clear that the fire wasn’t behaving in the way that we would expect, and I must praise his swift and decisive actions in ordering the immediate evacuation of residents.”His decision undoubtedly saved lives.””Stay put” policies have been criticised in the past, most notably during the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, when residents were initially advised to stay in their flats as the building burned. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A spokesperson for Avantage Cheshire Limited, which runs the complex, said the company was “devastated” by the fire and relieved everyone on site was safely evacuated.”We would like to thank the Cheshire Fire and Rescue service who have worked tirelessly throughout the night, and all the partner agencies that are working on a multi-agency response to support residents during this incredibly difficult time,” a statement reads.”The local community have been amazing, and have really come out to support residents who have lost so much with collection points set up for donations. It is just incredible.”At this moment our priority is to ensure that all residents are safe, comfortable and have somewhere to stay, then we will start looking at a longer term plan.”
As Guyana moves to capitalise on the advances of the World Wide Web, citizens will no longer be required to travel vast distances to access many state services as these will be available online. This was revealed by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, as GTT launched its high speed Internet access in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Minister Hughes said access to these State services will improve quality of life, noting that Government will soon roll-out the initiative to online platforms. This is slated to ease lines, lengthy waiting times and in many cases, long distances to travel.“We are still refining the process but very soon you will not have to travel to Georgetown and join long lines just to be able to submit your application for a passport – you’re going to be able to do either at your own computer at home or at any of the Wi-Fi hotspots or maybe at an ICT hub at a post office,” Hughes told a gathering at Anna Regina. She noted that the ICT hubs will be available at various locations across the country.Public Telecommunications Minister speaking at Anna ReginaMinister Hughes further stated that passport applications will be the first of many Government services that will go digital.“The objective is to place every single public service online including applications for birth, death certificates; driver’s licences; business compliance certificates; land, housing, mining and forestry permits; everything you could think of,” the Minister assured.Hughes pointed out that her hope is that Guyanese will be tech savvy and ready to use the Internet. Certain services at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) are already available online.It was March 1 that residents along the Essequibo Coast were officially able to access GTT’s LTE service which enabled web users to access online content at lightening speeds.At the company’s launch, two days prior, the Public Telecommunications Minister alluded to the benefits that the enhanced service would have in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), noting that with the service, will facilitate opportunities for business development, research and education.She also pointed to the benefits to E-commerce and encouraged farmers as well as entrepreneurs within the region to use the Internet as a way of finding online markets.“I truly believe that ICT will deliver the transformation within the Guyana and innovative ideas can come from all sectors,” Hughes told the gathering at Anna Regina last week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGOING PLASTICNovember 19, 2016In “Business”Pomeroon residents to benefit from free internet by SeptemberAugust 7, 2019In “latest news”Project on stream to allow Hinterland residents access to Gov’t services onlineJanuary 5, 2018In “latest news”