A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.”
The mother of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has told authorities that she does not wish to pursue criminal charges against her son, who last week was arrested for misdemeanor family assault for allegedly hitting her in the face with his cap.A Dallas County district attorney’s spokeswoman says the case DeSoto police filed against Bryant includes an affidavit of non-prosecution from the complainant. The affidavit means the complainant doesn’t want to proceed.Police in the southern Dallas suburb arrested Bryant last week after a July 14 incident in which he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, across the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says Bryant grabbed his mother by her T-shirt, causing her bra to tear.Prosecutors haven’t said whether they will pursue the case. Bryant is accused of misdemeanor family violence.According to the incident report, Bryant became angry when his mother asked him to leave her home during an argument Saturday afternoon. Initially, DeSoto police captain Ron Smith said Bryant slapped his mother in the face. But the police report, which was released later, clarified that Bryant allegedly grabbed her by her T-shirt and hair and “hit her across the face with his ball cap.”Angela Bryant, whose T-shirt and bra were allegedly torn during the incident, indicated on the 911 call that this was not the first time she was assaulted by her son.“I can’t keep letting him do this,” said Angela Bryant, who made the call from the nearby home of family friend and adviser David Wells. “I can’t keep letting him do me like this. I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m tired.”Officers who responded to the 911 call from Bryant’s mother did not observe any injuries and she did not complain of pain at the time, according to the report. On Monday, after officers contacted Bryant’s mother at her home, the report states that she said she had pain in her wrists, hands and arms. Officers observed swelling around her wrists at that time, according to the report.After being transported to the DeSoto police department, Angela Bryant, 37, provided a written statement detailing the alleged assault. According to the report, she stated that Dez Bryant repeatedly struck her in the hands and wrists. Officers observed bruising on both arms. She also complained that her chest was sore from Bryant pushing her.Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member.“It’s pretty straightforward,” Smith said. “Him and his mom got in an argument. She had some injuries. We made an arrest.”
Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard apparently called police to take action against a fan who threw a basketball and hit him in the head. The incident occurred near the bleachers as Howard was walking back to the locker room after Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in L.A.TMZ reported the details:“The Houston Rockets star was walking toward the tunnel to the locker room at Staples Center after losing to the Clippers Monday night when a basketball came out of the stands and smacked him in the head.“We’re told Dwight was furious … believing whoever had the ball hurled it at him on purpose. Dwight immediately went to stadium security to report the incident and pushed for the offender to be arrested.“Sources say security found the person who had the ball — a 22-year-old man — and detained him inside the stadium to conduct an investigation. We’re told the LAPD was also involved.Come to find out the fan just wanted Dwight’s autograph and the ball accidentally slipped out of his hands. The video footage in the arena backed up his story and he was released by security.”Howard was boo’ed heavily from the moment he stepped on the court in his first game back in L.A., likely in protest of him abandoning the Lakers for the Rockets earlier this year.
4. Washington (6-5-1) vs. Philadelphia (5-7) — 81 total ‘swing’ points Detroit9091893– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF WSH WINSIF PHI WINSSWING Atlanta8684874– Tennessee1142825– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit9088913– Denver70%82%43%39– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Baltimore3937436– Buffalo1061710– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Denver7065716– Tampa Bay55%24%70%46– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Atlanta8688853– Pittsburgh67497223– New Orleans512112– Indianapolis3941347– Miami15122412– 3. New Orleans (5-7) vs. Tampa Bay (7-5) — 95 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota2833258– The Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos all won last week, and we now think it’s pretty likely that the West will take both AFC wild card slots. Tennessee has had a commendable bounceback season, but they’re in a tough playoff situation. The AFC West’s success means that even if the Titans run the table to end the season at 10-6, that might not be enough to make it as a wild card, and their 0-3 record against the Texans and Colts makes it unlikely that they’d win a division tiebreaker. We give them just an 11 percent chance of making the playoffs, much lower than the chances of Green Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis and Houston, who all share the same 6-6 record. Tampa Bay is playing meaningful December football! The Buccaneers haven’t had a winning season since 2010, and they’ve come in last in the NFC South for five straight years. But a four-game win streak with upsets against the Chiefs and Seahawks has sent their Elo rating skyrocketing, and they’re now contenders for both the division title (25 percent chance of winning) and an NFC wild card (30 percent chance). 5. Baltimore (7-5) vs. New England (10-2) — 77 total ‘swing’ points Washington3943376– Green Bay2225213– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF HOU WINSIF IND WINSSWING Pittsburgh6766693– Green Bay2220255– Indianapolis3945955– N.Y. Giants6571638– Houston52554312– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Washington39%61%21%40– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants6562697– The NFL has its first playoff team! While the 11-1 Cowboys don’t quite have a lock on the NFC East title, they will at least make it as a wild card. They’ll now be playing for a bye and home-field advantage while the rest of the league fights for the remaining playoff spots.For the last couple weeks, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Buffalo this week, we project those chances will increase to 84 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 53 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Pittsburgh beats Buffalo, they make the playoffs 84 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 53 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Pittsburgh’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 84 percent or exactly 53 percent at the end of Week 14, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games (most notably Baltimore’s), not just their own. That’s a 31 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.Here are the top five for Week 14: As straightforward as it gets. Whichever team wins takes control of the AFC South and gets a big playoff boost. The Titans have an outside chance at the division but don’t really care who wins here. Arizona8792– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NO WINSIF TB WINSSWING Baltimore39%66%32%35– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Tampa Bay5551587– Minnesota2825306– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DEN WINSIF TEN WINSSWING Houston52%87%32%55– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF BAL WINSIF NE WINSSWING Miami1517152– Philadelphia has blown a promising season and now has just a 2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Washington is in danger of similar collapse, narrowly falling the last two weeks in winnable games against the Cowboys and Cardinals. They’d be out of the playoffs if the season ended today, and this week Philadelphia has the opportunity to play spoiler and knock another 18 percentage points or so off their rival’s chances. 1. Denver (8-4) vs. Tennessee (6-6) — 119 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Philadelphia2<144– 2. Houston (6-6) vs. Indianapolis (6-6) — 117 total ‘swing’ points One of the NFL’s best rivalries is heating up again! The Ravens and Steelers both won last week to improve to 7-5. With the AFC West bogarting the wild cards, it’s looking like only one of the two will make the playoffs as AFC North champ. So why do we give the Ravens, who would make the playoffs if the season ended today, just a 39 percent chance of advancing? For one, we have them as nine-point underdogs in Foxborough this week. For another the Steelers still have a game to play against the lowly Browns, plus an opportunity to tie up the season series at home against the Ravens in Week 16.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Norris Cole5.0-1.8-1.4 WINSLOSSES Kyle Singler10.0-2.5-0.3 Nick Collison4.0-3.10.7 Enes Kanter25.00.5-1.2 Paul George35.02.40.4 Terrance Ferguson5.0-1.6-0.1 Alex Abrines15.00.0-1.8 The top-5 of Westbrook, George, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are worth 53 wins all on their own. But CARMELO thinks so little of the Thunder bench that the rest of the roster is worth -2 wins. That bench was bad this past season, but young players like Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott may improve with an additional season with the team, and this season’s first-round draft pick Terrance Ferguson has potential as a spot-up shooter on the wing, which the team desperately needed last season. Still, with Taj Gibson likely leaving in free agency, the Thunder will be thin. But while their projection doesn’t put the team nearly at the level of the Golden State Warriors, or even the newly minted Chris Paul Houston Rockets, acquiring George should have an outsize effect on the Thunder.It’s hard to overstate how perfect a fit this is for Oklahoma City. George isn’t Kevin Durant — he doesn’t rebound as well, and isn’t quite the playmaker that Durant can be when called upon — but he replaces a lot of what the former MVP took with him when he departed for Golden State. The most obvious way he helps is by giving Westbrook a legitimate partner in the offense. George is a very good shooter: He shot 39.3 percent from 3 last season, and has floated between 36 and 40 percent the past several years despite taking some of the most difficult shots in the league. George shouldn’t have to take on the world quite the same way in Oklahoma City.George may actually end up fitting slightly better with Westbrook than Durant did — in practice if not in terms of absolute skill. Durant dominated the ball late in games for the Thunder; Westbrook would defer, often to a fault. This left Westbrook, an average at best shooter, on the perimeter, largely wasted. With George new to OKC, where Westbrook is the reigning MVP and undisputed team leader, the Thunder should be able to default to more sensible sets in crucial moments, with the ball in Westbrook’s hands but George actively involved.That said, George’s ability to get his own shot should also be key for the Thunder. In the team’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, the bench units led by Oladipo were overwhelmed, often unable even to get a shot without their star. In Game 5 of that series, Westbrook played 42 minutes, scored 47 points and had a plus-minus of +12. The Thunder lost by six. George can be streaky, but his ability to carry an offense means the Thunder can survive spells without Westbrook.But it’s George’s defensive ability and versatility that may unlock the Thunder’s potential. Oklahoma City had been constructed with a lopsided allotment of talents. They had more than enough rebounders and interior defenders, but few perimeter scorers or players who could perform the basic three-and-D role so crucial to successful teams. George is one of the best three-and-D players in the league, good enough to compensate for limited defensive players around him when the Thunder need offense.Lineups featuring both George and Andre Roberson — a converted power forward who plays shooting guard for the Thunder despite being one of the worst shooters in the league — would seem to not only cover Westbrook’s defensive shortcomings, but possibly those of other players, such as Abrines or Kanter. Roberson is restricted free agent and reportedly declined a four-year, $48 million extension last fall, so he may be too expensive to re-sign, but given the Thunder’s lack of depth they may not have much choice. (And in a twist, George actually earns less than Oladipo this season, giving the Thunder a little extra breathing room under the luxury tax.) Giving Roberson’s projected minutes to Abrines results in the team’s CARMELO rating dropping from 51 wins to 47.The Thunder were a deeply but narrowly flawed team last season. That happens when a Kevin Durant-sized hole is left in the depth chart. Paul George may not fill the whole thing, and he may not do it for very long, but for as long as he and Westbrook are in town, the Thunder are back. Team total3.70.6 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Thunder’s projected record50.831.2 Jerami Grant20.0-2.00.1 Andre Roberson25.0-1.21.8 Paul George is headed to Oklahoma City, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, and the Thunder may be back to being title contenders — or at least in the mix to be the West’s second-best team behind Golden State.Just hours before the NBA’s free agency period begins, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Thunder for former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and rising sophomore Domantas Sabonis. Oklahoma City had acquired Oladipo and the draft pick that became Sabonis from Orlando in a trade for Serge Ibaka last offseason.George is a free agent after this coming season, and it’s believed that he has not agreed to sign a contract extension. The assumption around the league has been that the Lakers are his preferred long-term destination, which is a large part of why the Pacers couldn’t even secure a draft pick for their outgoing star. So this is certainly a calculated risk for OKC, but MVP Russell Westbrook can also become a free agent after the 2017-18 season thanks to a player-option. And while he hasn’t been as forthright as George, his hometown Lakers have long been a rumored destination for him as well. So the Thunder are on the clock to sell themselves as a place where Westbrook can contend, or alternatively, to take their last, best shot at winning a title while they still have him. The George trade should accomplish both.According to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system, adding George to the Thunder and subtracting Oladipo and Sabonis should put the team at 51 wins: Russell Westbrook35.07.60.7 Replacement level player11-1.7-0.3 Semaj Christon5.0-3.0-1.5 Steven Adams30.0-0.62.0 Doug McDermott15.0-0.6-2.7 The Thunder are backCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Oklahoma City Thunder
Toledo24244328%<1%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Clemson17756%51%12% Alabama42614%41%11% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Florida1091241%18%4% TCU84237%31%11% Read more: Our preview of this week’s college football games Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the selection committee ranked Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama as the top four teams, in that order, worthy of the playoff were it held today. But we at FiveThirtyEight want to look into the future. Our model (outlined in the table below) simulates the rest of the season to project which teams the committee will let into the playoff when it releases its final selections on Dec. 6. It expects that Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and TCU, in that order, are most likely to make the cut. If you want to read more about how the model works, here’s Nate Silver’s explanation of its methodology. If you just want to get to the rankings, here they are: Memphis13143621%6%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% Notre Dame589—25%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Houston25233330%2%<1% LSU25822%30%8% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Baylor610132%31%13% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1%
Most reporters flocked to players like sophomore foward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford during the men’s basketball team’s media day Thursday, Oct. 13. But some players were left alone, with only the occasional reporter stepping forward to ask questions. The man behind the Jordan Sibert name tag was one of the loners until finally, one reporter came up. “Hey Jordan,” the reporter said. “You mind if I ask you a few questions?” The man smiled. “Um, I’m actually J.D.,” he said. The name tag was wrong and the man who was sitting behind it was actually sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon, not sophomore guard Jordan Sibert. Weatherspoon hasn’t been the most recognizable face on the OSU basketball team. He joined the team last year, but was declared academically ineligible for Winter Quarter and missed much of the season. It was an experience Weatherspoon said was difficult to deal with, but his teammates never abandoned him. “They showed me so much love and they were always there to support me so that really helped,” he said. Weatherspoon was reinstated for Spring Quarter and was able to travel to OSU’s 62-60 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the Men’s NCAA tournament. He’s been a full-time member of the team ever since. “It feels good being back with the team,” Weatherspoon said. “Just a minor setback for a major comeback. That’s my mindset.” This year, Weatherspoon hopes his “major comeback” will find him a spot in OSU’s rotation. Although he lost almost a year of game experience, Weatherspoon is confident he can fit in with the chemistry of the team. He’s been playing with some of his teammates since grade school. “(Sullinger and I have) been playing with each other since we were in fifth grade,” Weatherspoon said. “And then me, (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) and Jordan Sibert played AAU together with Sully, so, I mean, the chemistry was still there.” Former OSU guard David Lighty, who is now playing professional basketball in Italy, has been talking to Weatherspoon on a regular basis about the role he can play for OSU this season. Weatherspoon tries to model his game after Lighty and said he thinks he can help replace Lighty on the defensive end of the floor. “I’ve been talking to (Lighty) a lot,” Weatherspoon said. “He’s been a big brother to me as soon as I came here. We are both athletic. We play the same position, built similar. So it really helped out a lot.” Coach Thad Matta has noticed a change in Weatherspoon. He said Weatherspoon has come a long way in the past year and could definitely play a role for the team. “I think J.D. has learned maturity,” Matta said. “He’s got a very good work ethic about him. His maturity level has improved. He’s a very, very good athlete and from that perspective, he’s understanding what his role is going to be on this team. “What he needs to do is defend and rebound for us.” Who knows, maybe if Weatherspoon fills his role, they’ll give him his own name tag for media day in 2012.
How would you like to earn more than $100,000 for sitting on the bench? That’s the position Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden found himself in for the team’s final preseason game. Coach Pat Shurmur decided that the rookie starting quarterback was too valuable to risk him getting injured before the regular season starts. Huh? I had to rewind the show I was watching to make sure I had heard that correctly. Even after watching it again, I still didn’t believe it. While it’s not unheard of for NFL players to sit out the final preseason game, especially quarterbacks, sitting a rookie quarterback who has yet to throw a single touchdown pass in his career is beyond ridiculous. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did not play in their teams’ final exhibition games either, but they are both future Hall of Famers with years of NFL experience and Super Bowl rings. Weeden hasn’t even attempted 50 passes in the NFL preseason. So a rookie with no touchdown passes, a completion percentage below 50 percent, and less than two full preseason games under his belt is too valuable to risk getting injured? Are you kidding me? It’s not as if Weeden will have a long career to learn how to be an NFL quarterback. Being drafted at age 28, he will have six fewer years than the average signal caller to master his craft. He’s already missed one-third of a career. He simply doesn’t have the time to waste sitting on the bench. So if Weeden is already starting behind the curve, why pass up an opportunity to help him catch up? Weeden doesn’t have a huge contract to worry about. He wasn’t the team’s top pick in the draft. He wasn’t even the first quarterback taken, or the second, or even the third. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. He is also the only quarterback taken in the first round who hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the preseason. Sitting a rookie quarterback who hasn’t proven himself yet isn’t protecting an asset, it’s robbing him of an opportunity to gain valuable experience before the games actually count. Weeden has a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. Spread over 80 regular and preseason games that is an average of $101,250 per game. That’s an expensive benchwarmer.
It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes upfield with his teammates during their game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 27-30. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe chain-link between an orange, black-striped marker at the 25-yard line and an orange, black-striped marker at the 15-yard line was what everyone was watching. That and the spot of the football on which the game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan rested.One of the greatest rivalries in sports came down to the position of a ball that is 11 inches in length and 22 inches in circumference. Ohio State needed just one of those inches to reach the marker.It did. First down.All anyone can remember is that fourth-down play and Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard touchdown run on the next play to clinch the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime victory, which cemented him as the hero in the greatest game ever played in the 113th meeting of the rivalry.It will torment every Michigan fan, coach and player for an eternity — because Michigan was the better team that day and everyone knew it. It was obvious.The Wolverines dominated Ohio State for three quarters, but when it mattered most, all of a sudden Jim Harbaugh’s defense couldn’t stop the Buckeyes.After kicker Tyler Durbin missed a 21-yard field goal that would have tied the game with 7:01 remaining, it should have been over. All Michigan had to do was gain a couple of first downs and run the clock out and it would have headed to the Big Ten championship game.It couldn’t and Ohio State got the ball back.The Buckeyes had a third-and-7 in their own territory. Michigan was called for pass interference on a ball that sailed over Samuel’s head and the drive continued.With the game on the line, Ohio State had third-and-goal from the 16 with a shaky Durbin on the sideline. Michigan allowed a 10-yard completion and Durbin connected on his 23-yard field goal instead of being forced to attempt a 33-yarder.Hysteria had set into Ohio Stadium well before the first overtime began and it lasted all the way through the moment when a sea of scarlet sang Neil Diamond’s timeless hit “Sweet Caroline.” By then, Urban Meyer was back on his feet after falling to the turf as Samuel was hoisted into the air by center Pat Elflein.One play made that scene, but there were many plays before it that turned the game into a classic.The reality of last year’s game will continue to torment Michigan fans and elate Ohio State fans as Fox replays Samuel’s touchdown over and over on Saturday’s broadcast. The rivalry will probably never have another game like 2016.You’d need a book thicker than the King James Bible to write down every moment that mattered in that edition of the Ohio State-Michigan game. Parents will tell their children about how Ohio State was counted out and still beat the Wolverines. Michigan fans will pass down the story of how Harbaugh and the Wolverines were screwed over on that fourth-down play.How do you capture a game that will live forever?It’s simple. You play it again.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has surprised everyone in the 2017-18 season. Before the year began, finishing 13th in the Big Ten seemed to closer to the expectation than anything.Entering the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes are 13th — in the nation. They begin the conference tournament Thursday as the No. 2 seed.They would have gone in as the top seed had it not been for Penn State, the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Nittany Lions delivered the Buckeyes both two of Ohio State’s three Big Ten losses during the regular season. “I don’t have to review our struggles with Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday. Should Ohio State find a way past Penn State, it will be facing off against No. 8 Purdue, the third seed in the tournament. Beyond that, in the championship round of the tournament, it could face No. 2 Michigan State, the regular-season conference champion and top seed in the tournament.There is not necessarily a ton of pressure on the Buckeyes to win the tournament. Sitting at 24-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play, they have essentially locked up an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and don’t need the automatic bid that comes with winning the Big Ten tournament. Penn State, however, is not necessarily in the same position. Though it appears likely the Nittany Lions will land an at-large bid, the 20-13 regular-season record and 9-9 conference record in a down year for the Big Ten could use additional wins to punch their ticket into March Madness.Though Holtmann believes Penn State is a tournament team already, he said he knows teams that viewed as bubble teams could have added motivation to excel in the conference tourney given the necessity to come away with the win to keep national championship hopes alive.Last season, he led his No. 2-seeded Butler team against No. 7-seeded Xavier and remembered the added motivation from the Musketeers.“[Xavier] needed another quality win to get in [the NCAA Tournament] most people thought,” Holtmann said. “So there was certainly a level of urgency I think on both of our ends, but you could see it with them for sure because I think they were right on that bubble.”Adding to the challenge of playing Penn State is that the Nittany Lions are fresh off a win Thursday against Northwestern, while the Buckeyes have not played in a game since Feb. 23. The Buckeyes have had more time to rest, but they have not known who to prepare for and Holtmann said the team balanced its practice for both teams.Holtmann said that while his team might be more well-rested, Penn State will come in more game-ready. “I do think there’s a little bit of an advantage when you can play, have a win under your belt there,” Holtmann said. “So we’ll need to be ready from the jump because that team will have won a game and got a little bit of momentum the night before, so I think you’ve got to be ready for that.”If the Buckeyes are able to beat the Nittany Lions for the first time all season, the path remains challenging. Presumably, they will face Purdue and then Michigan State. The Buckeyes beat both teams in the only two matchups between the teams believed to be the conference’s best, but the Buckeyes would enter neither as the favorite to win. Purdue had just started the roughest part of its season when it lost to the Buckeyes, losing three straight to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers finished the season with three straight wins and only need to beat Rutgers, the lowest seed in the tournament, to advance to the semi-finals in a matchup against the winner of Ohio State vs. Purdue. Michigan State stumbled against Ohio State but rebounded by winning its final 14 games of the season. The Spartans would need to beat ninth-seeded Wisconsin and the winner of the matchup between No. 5 Michigan and No. 4 Nebraska. The team understandably has said it will not look any further than its first game. Especially now that the opponent is Penn State, the Buckeyes need to be completely ready to face a team that dominated them in the last outing. At the beginning of the year, Ohio State would have been expected to enter the Big Ten tournament, at the very best, in that position. A bubble team that needed some wins to get into the NCAA Tournament. It will not be in that position, and it will not even be an underdog for at least its first matchup against Penn State.Holtmann said he needs his team to enter the tournament with a balance of both an underdog and confident mentality, knowing that it could face a mixture of teams that Ohio State might be favored against and others where the opponents will be favored.“I talked to people all the time that question if this group is going to be a quick out in both tournaments because of our lack of this or our lack of that,” Holtmann said. “Hopefully our guys will play with the necessary chip that’s required and if not, it’s going to show in our play.”
Prince Harry:”I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s #WellChildAwards winners again, well done and thank you for inspiring all of us” pic.twitter.com/OtREorTEF1— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2016 Thank you Joshua, aged three, for Prince Harry’s @WellChild bracelet! #WellChildAwards pic.twitter.com/CyRBC5PGzZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2016 She presented Harry with a drawing of himself and told him her brother was “really embarrassing”.She said: “He then said that Prince William was embarrassing all the time.”As well as hugs and drawings, Harry was presented with a monkey made from two socks by eight-year-old lung disease sufferer Samuel Merrick. The Prince, who is patron of the WellChild charity, was at the event to recognise the courage of children living with serious illness and the medical professionals who care for them.Ollie’s mother Lucy said she was not sure whether he knew who he was hugging, but he was instinctively drawn to Harry, leaving his arms tightly wrapped around his neck for several seconds.She said: “He was thrilled – they both were. He (Harry) is very privileged because Ollie cannot stand up by himself and he used his strength to stand up and hug him.” Before the glittering ceremony, with a guest list including Sir Rod Stewart, the Prince mingled with the winners.He revealed to one girl that his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, was “embarrassing all the time”.Jessica Davis, 10, was receiving the Young Hero award for caring for her mother Paula, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and her autistic brother, also called William. Prince Harry arrives at the Dorchester in London for the @WellChild awards. Meeting the winners now @LBC pic.twitter.com/nHw75M6HvN— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) October 3, 2016 A young boy whose debilitating medical condition means he is barely able to walk has used his strength to stand up and give Prince Harry a hug.Ollie Carroll, five, suffers from the rare Batten disease, which affects his mobility and will soon lead to the point where his muscles stop working.But when the youngster, from Poynton, Cheshire, met Harry at the WellChild awards – where he was receiving the Inspirational Child award for ages four to six – he stood up to embrace Harry. Prince Harry was at the awards He also had an unusual inquiry from three-year-old Oscar – whose mother Jill Evans was one of the winners of the Special Recognition Award – who asked Harry whether he had “any giraffes in his garden”.Eleven young winners were chosen at the awards from hundreds of nominations, as well as a host of adult recipients. 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 17-year-old boy died in an explosion after flash paper from his family’s online magic business ignited when he used hairspray on a 3D printer for a school art project.Sixth Form pupil Tom Taylor used three canisters of hairspray to stick the piece of work to the hot plate of the printer after watching the technique online, an inquest heard.An electric spark from either a nearby socket or the hot plate caused the hairspray gases, which had built up over several hours, to combust and ignite highly flammable flash papers that his family stored underneath the desk.Tom tried to walk out of the back office, which his family called the “smoke room”, but he inhaled fumes and collapsed, a coroner was told. He died from smoke inhalation. This is an extremely unsafe practice which I advise against wholeheartedlyfire investigator Ian Woods Fire investigator Ian Thomas (left) and DS Adam Petty outside the inquestCredit:Jordan Challis/Media Lincs 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. Fire investigator Ian Woods told the inquest flash papers were highly flammable and UK guidance was that they should be destroyed after two years, stored away from living areas and kept in a robust container.The officer said there was no evidence of the family having a stock control system and flash paper debris in an “Asian text” was found in the aftermath.”We believe Tom used hairspray on a 3D printer after watching a video online,” the officer said. “This is an extremely unsafe practice which I advise against wholeheartedly.”The inquest heard flash papers can ignite at temperatures of just 170C and the blaze in which Tom died would have reached a heat four or five times higher.A decision was made not to prosecute the family over health and safety breaches as it was deemed not to be in the public interest given Tom’s death, the hearing was told.Stuart Fisher, the senior coroner for Lincolnshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death and asked for lessons to be learned from Tom’s “tragic death”.Mr Fisher said: “It appears Tom’s use of hairspray on a 3D printer in a small office resulted in a significant build up of propane.”Unfortunately either an electric spark or the hot plate of the 3D printer ignited the propane and caused a flash of super heated gases.”The initial ignition then ignited flash paper which was stored in very close proximity to the 3D printer. The result was a devastating fire in which Tom tragically lost his life.” Tom Taylor was described as an ‘amazing, kind, generous, humorous young man’Credit:Jordan Challis/Media Lincs In a statement released after Tom’s death, his mother, step-father and twin brother said they were overwhelmed by the community’s support.”Tom was just such an amazing, kind, generous, humorous young man,” the family said. “He was such fun and was happiest when he was making others happy, and he always succeeded in doing that. He was constantly upbeat, cheerful and happy.”Following Tom’s death, his head teacher at The Priory Witham Academy, in Lincoln, paid tribute to the “kind-hearted” and “popular” sixth form student.Head teacher Andrew Madge said: “We are deeply saddened to learn that Tom has lost his life in this tragedy. Tom was such a kind-hearted person and a very well-known member of his year group and the school as a whole.”He excelled in all that he did and had a particular love of music, being a member of the school band. He had settled exceptionally well into Year 12 at LSST and was thoroughly enjoying his Sixth Form studies.”Tom had an extremely wide friendship group and was very popular with staff as well as his fellow students.” The 3D printer had been bought on eBay for £300 several months earlier and was described as “low end”.An inquest heard Tom’s mother, Helen Taylor, heard the “loud bang”, but his step-father Max Clark was unable to enter the room after being confronted by a wall of flames. Attempts to smash a window also failed.Tom’s body was recovered from the converted Co-op store, where his family lived and also ran an online magic business called “MagicNevin”.Ten fire engines battled the inferno, which broke out in Lincoln at around 4.25pm on December 21.Witnesses described it as a “great big ball of flame”, which could be seen from miles around.Tom lived at the property with his twin brother Jack, mother Helen, 46, and 49-year-old step-father Max Clark.An inquest at Lincoln Cathedral Centre was told Tom’s family had chosen not to attend the hearing as the evidence would be too “upsetting”.The inquest was told flash papers commonly used by magicians had been incorrectly stored underneath the desk where Tom was working on a “nuts and bolt” art project.
Norwich Youth Court heard the boy claim he was “just showing off” and had told friends he had “done enough to go to prison” following the breach.He told magistrates: “I didn’t really think of the consequences at the time. I was just showing off to my mates.”The teenager was arrested in Norwich on November 3 last year and charged with breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Crime Unit.He admitted the seven charges when he appeared at Norwich Youth Court on Tuesday. Sentencing was adjourned to December 13.Laura Tams, prosecuting, said the charges stemmed from the high-profile cyber attack on TalkTalk, but also included attacks on other websites, including Manchester University, Cambridge University and that of Merit Badges, a small family company that supplies martial arts badges.”He was using a software programme called SQL map, which the prosecution say is a hacking tool used to identify vulnerabilities on a website,” she said.Ms Tams explained that the tool is “legitimate software” but must only be used if the website consents.In the days before the TalkTalk hack, the youth gained access to a database of 693 staff and students at Manchester University containing email addresses and identity numbers which a “more capable hacker would be able to use for wider criminality”, Ms Tams said.He then attacked a library website belonging to Cambridge University, but both universities traced the IP of the computer used back to the teenager’s home address. Referring to the hack on the martial arts badge website, she said the teenager discussed putting an offer code on the website to give a 100 per cent discount. A link to a photograph of the teenager and his website was found on the site of one of the universities he targeted, Ms Tam said.Telecoms giant TalkTalk eventually fell victim to what it described as a “significant and sustained” attack on its website on October 21, 2015. It resulted in the personal data of nearly 160,000 people being accessed and was branded a “car crash” earlier this year by then information commissioner Christopher Graham.Ms Tams said the teenager had claimed in an online conversation that he “could potentially have everyone on TalkTalk” and then mentioned “wiping and nuking his digital devices”.Chris Brown, mitigating, reminded the court that it was not the prosecution’s case “that what happened at TalkTalk lies solely at his door”.He said that the vulnerability on the TalkTalk website had been talked about before the teenager accessed it.”That vulnerability was seized upon by someone who a matter of days previously had found a way of hacking another type of business,” said Mr Brown. “That company had its customer database seized, those customers were threatened with requests for money so their details weren’t sold on the dark web, and the company was asked to pay a ransom to prevent that happening.”That’s not [the teenager]. That’s someone acting completely apart from him. That person used the vulnerability in TalkTalk days later to demand things and emailed the chief executive of TalkTalk with similar blackmail efforts.” The thrill was in the chase. It was not in damaging their website or causing loss to them. It was playingChris Brown The teenager admitted the seven charges when he appeared at Norwich Youth Court on TuesdayCredit:Reuters I didn’t really think of the consequences at the time. I was just showing off to my matesTeenage hacker TalkTalk’s chief executive was blackmailed after a 17-year-old boy boasted about hacking its website online, a court heard. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, targeted Cambridge and Manchester University before using hacking tool software to identify TalkTalk’s vulnerabilities. He then posted the details online, resulting in the telecom giant being targeted more than 14,000 times and the chief executive being blackmailed via email. He said the teenager was challenged to prove he had done the things he claimed to have done when posting online messages, and was sometimes “called out”.”You’re dealing with someone who at the time was just 16 years old, who created a number of personas online,” said Mr Brown. Personas that talked about his abilities as a hacker.”He added: “There are other websites where he was called out as someone who exaggerates his prowess and is either called out or ceases to be involved in the conversation.””The thrill was in the chase,” Mr Brown added. “It was not in damaging their website or causing loss to them. It was playing.”He continued: “It’s inexplicable to the rest of us – why get in so much trouble for what’s bravado, to prove you can, to prove you’ve got the skills. You have somebody who becomes a personality online.”Mr Brown said the teenager’s part in the TalkTalk breach was “signposting”.Asked about his interest in computers nowadays, the teenager added: “It was a passion. Not any more. I’m very careful nowadays what I do. I realise what I’ve done is really significant and it won’t happen again. I’ve grown up.”Magistrates asked the teenager’s father why he had three computers and he replied that his son had a keen interest in computers but “a lot of it went over my head to be honest”.Chairman of the bench Jean Bonnick said magistrates may be minded to spare the teenager, who will be sentenced next month, jail. 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.
In her party conference speech last October, Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told activists that one of the dividends of dropping the EU’s rules would be “how we label our food”. Mrs May said: “We are going to be a fully independent, sovereign country, a country that is no longer part of a political union with supranational institutions that can override national parliaments and courts.“And that means we are going, once more, to have the freedom to make our own decisions on a whole host of different matters, from how we label our food to the way in which we choose to control immigration.” Currently, only beer, cider, milk and precious metals can be sold solely in imperial measures. Manufacturers must use metric measurements – grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres – when selling packaged or loose goods.Imperial measurements can be displayed alongside metric measurements, but they cannot “stand out more than the metric measurement”, according to EU rules. Alexia Robinson, from Love British Food, says EU rules hamper the UK from promoting homegrown produceCredit:Clara Molden for The Telegraph The news came as Alexia Robinson, the founder of the Love British Food campaign, which organised the Great British Food Awards with the Telegraph, said that leaving the EU would allow public bodies to market British food to shoppers in the UK.She said that the UK was “doing a great job” promoting British food overseas but was hampered in doing the same to British consumers because of EU rules which do not allow the government to favour British food over produce from other EU member states.Leaving the EU will the Government “to explain properly to the consumer why British farmers standards are higher and of benefit to the consumer,” she said. British food manufacturers could be able to sell goods in pounds and ounces once laws are repatriated from Brussels after Brexit, Andrea Leadsom, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary has said.Mrs Leadsom also suggested that after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, food manufacturers could be allowed to use teaspoons to demonstrate how much sugar is in food products.Speaking after the announcing the winners from councils and schools which promoted British Food Fortnight last Autumn, Mrs Leadsom said that the Government would be able to re-examine labelling rules after Brexit if there was demand to do so.She said: “Once we have left the EU, we will get the opportunity to look at how we can change rules that will be better for the United Kingdom and whether that’s on weights and measures or issues like teaspoons, those are things for the future.” Warwick Cairns, a spokesman for the British Weights and Measures Association, said: “I think the key word in all of this is freedom. “For well over a hundred years, people in Britain were free to buy and sell in whichever measures they pleased. If they wanted to use imperial, they could. If they wanted to use metric, they could. It didn’t hurt anyone or inconvenience anyone. “In January 2000, that freedom was taken away. There were raids on greengrocers’ shops and market stalls. There were prosecutions. Honest traders were turned into criminals.“It was madness – and the fact that ‘metric martyrs’ like the late Steven Thoburn still have criminal records on file is nothing short of wicked. It would be a truly wonderful thing to have our freedom back.” 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. Valette believes there may be another message hidden in the painting. That year, Picasso began an affair with Francoise Gilot, a student 40 years his junior.”I wonder if in this picture he is representing his new love in a secret way. It is a very sensual picture in a body of work that is quite masculine and sombre.”The seller of the painting wishes to remain anonymous. Valette said: “After 40 years or so people need to organise their affairs. But it is definitely a picture which has been very much loved.”The March 1 sale includes a £35 million flower painting by Gustav Klimt, a Modigliani, a Gauguin and three other Picassos. A Cecil Beaton photograph from the time was taken in Picasso’s studio and shows him standing beside several masterpieces, including the tomato picture. It has had just two owners.Shown in New York once the war was over, it was bought in 1947 by Stephen Carlton Clark, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and founder of the Baseball Hall of Fame.A private collector purchased it in 1976 following Clark’s death and is now selling it at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales in London on March 1 for £10-15 million. In the summer of 1944, Picasso was living with his lover, Marie-Therese, on the Boulevard Henri IV. Tomato plants were a common sight on windowsills and balconies in the city.Samuel Valette, senior specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art, said: “The light and colour in the picture represent the idea that there was light at the end of the tunnel. The Liberation of Paris was just around the corner.”Picasso could not exhibit any pictures during the war years because he was considered a degenerate artist by the Nazis. He was already at this time a superstar. He could have fled Paris but clearly for him it was an act of resistance to continue his life there.” Picasso’s painting of the tomato plant in bloom in the apartment he shared with his lover Marie-ThérèseCredit:Sotheby’s A Picasso painting of the tomato plant that grew on his windowsill during the Nazi occupation of Paris is to go under the hammer with an estimate of up to £15 million.The still life represents both the privations of war – Parisians were forced to grow their own produce because food was scarce – and, with its vibrant colour and ripe fruit, the resilience of the human spirit.The artist painted it in the summer of 1944, weeks before the city was liberated. Blacklisted by the Nazis, he was banned from exhibiting his wartime work in public.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at church on Christmas Day with their children Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire She told the reception that nothing prepares you for being a motherCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Wire “Many of these women also suffer in silence, overwhelmed by negative feelings, but also afraid to admit to the struggles they are facing due to the fear or shame of what others might think if they ‘aren’t coping’. Some have contributed to a series of Out of the Blue videos, showcasing the reality of parenting in the hopes of making new mothers and fathers realise they are not alone. The Duchess told one: “There is so much support for mothers when they are pregnant but it can be very lonely after your baby is born.” To the watching world, she navigates motherhood with ease, marshalling two impeccably behaved small children while wearing sky-high heels and a smile for the cameras.Mere mortals may be pleased to learn, then, that even the Duchess of Cambridge has struggled after having babies, as she admits experiencing a “lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance” under the pressures of being a “perfect parent”.The Duchess, mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, said even she, with all the benefits of having help at home, had found parenthood a “huge challenge”, learning it can be “very lonely after your baby is born”. Meeting fellow parents at the launch of Best Beginnings’ ‘Out of the Blue’ seriesCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley “You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost. And yet there is no rule book, no right or wrong – you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. “For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”Speaking of the two in 10 women who experience mental health issues during or after pregnancy, the Duchess said: “Some of this fear is about the pressure to be a perfect parent; pretending we’re all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it. Launching a project about mental health in early parenthood, she said: “Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother.”The Duchess was speaking at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London at a reception for Best Beginnings’ Out of the Blue series, a programme of educational films promoting mental health for parents and their infants. The Best Beginnings project works is partnered with Heads Together, the mental health charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.”Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience,” the Duchess said. For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignoranceThe Duchess of Cambridge “Conversations are crucial for mental wellbeing and they should be part of everyday family life. Talking about a problem with a friend or another trusted person can be the beginning of getting better.”This week, as we look forward to Mother’s Day, I would love to see everyone celebrate and value the fundamental importance that mothers play in family life.” “It’s right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. The Duke and Duchess with Prince George in 2014, celebrating his first birthday with some butterflies The Duchess attends a children’s party with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada last year The Duchess, pictured today, was speaking at the Royal College for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, LondonCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images The Duchess meets 21-year-old Kirsty Francois and her two-year-old daughter, Teegan-Mia, during a meeting with a parent support group Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley “Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. “It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. “However, at times it has also been a huge challenge – even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not. Making it look easy: the Duchess marshalls her children down the steps on an aeroplane in front of the world’s media She added: “If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor. “Getting help with our mental health is no different – our children need us to look after ourselves and get the support we need. “It’s OK not to find it easy. Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.”In a conference hosted by broadcaster Kate Silverton, audience members including the Duchess heard from parents who have endured and overcome mental health issues. 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 Hewitt’s agent told The Telegraph that she has not spoken to Mr Hewitt in two weeks and has been unable to contact him since the news of his illness was broken to her.Teresa Quinlan said she did not know of any pre-existing medical condition and said Mr Hewitt will have a close set of friends looking out for him.”I can’t confirm anything,” she said. “The last time I had communication with him was by text message two weeks ago and at that point he said he was not feeling well and was in bed with a bug.”I’ve tried to get hold of him a couple of times over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to and the first I heard of this was when a newspaper contacted me yesterday. His mobile phone has been off and I’ve tried him a couple of times.”I am quite concerned about him because, as I say, the last time I was in contact with him he was just in bed with a bug. I am just hoping that he makes contact with me when he puts his phone back on.” Diana and Prince Charles separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.The Princess admitted to Martin Bashir for BBC’s Panorama in 1995 – in an interview that enraged Buckingham Palace – that she had an affair with Mr Hewitt. 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. Princess Diana with Prince William (right) and Prince Harry (left) in 1992Credit:Martin Keene/PA The former lieutenant, who served in the Gulf War, has frequently had to palm off rumours that he could be Prince Harry’s father.The claims, which royal butler Paul Burrell said were impossible given that Mr Hewitt did not meet Diana until her youngest son was already a toddler, were referenced in BBC2 drama King Charles III on Wednesday.Speaking on Australian TV in March, Mr Hewitt was asked if he was Harry’s biological father, to which he replied: “No I’m not”. He added: “It’s worse for him, probably, poor chap.” James Hewitt, Princess Diana’s former lover, has reportedly been fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack.The 58-year-old was said to have been placed in intensive care after an emergency operation relating to a pre-existing illness.The Sunday Mirror reported that his family are hopeful he will pull through. He is now said to be recovering and has been moved to a different hospital.A relative said the family were “concerned” after the former British Army officer suffered the cardiac arrest just before going in for a medical procedure.Mr Hewitt was reportedly in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.”It was pretty serious, but hopefully we’re all OK now. He is recovering and has been moved to Exeter.”Mr Hewitt, a household calvary officer who was born in Northern Ireland but spent most of his life in the West Country, had an affair with Diana in the 1980s while she was still married to Prince Charles.In a now iconic photo, thought to have been taken amid their secret relationship, Diana is pictured presenting the Captain and Subalterns Cup to Mr Hewitt after leading his Army polo team to glory at Tidworth, Wiltshire.
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. Damien Hirst with Mother and Child DividedCredit: Damien Hirst Asked about the inspiration, West said: “We had a lot of people in mind. A lot of the interview we filmed [during a scene in the gallery] was taken from various interviews with great international artists who we looked at in great detail.” “I think they’re pretty scary, these guys, the incredibly knowledgeable artists who cannot be disputed because they’re talking about art, which is something there’s no definite answer to.”So I’d be quite scared of meeting someone like that. Also, because they’re so powerful and so rich.”The film also stars Elisabeth Moss as a journalist covering the world of contemporary art, and a half-bonobo ape who appears in her apartment without explanation.Bang, who also acted in the scenes, described how the animal came with a long list of instructions on how to behave, including not to look it in the eye or run away.Ruben Ostlund, the director, added: “Anything can happen in a movie when a monkey appears in an apartment. “I love monkeys and I think human beings love looking at monkeys because you’re seeing yourself reflected in them.”Telegraph reviewer Robbie Collin awarded the film four stars. The front runner for the character’s inspiration is Julian Schnabel, the American artist who is, like the fictional on-screen Julian, known for wearing tinted glasses and pyjamas in the day time.Other contenders naturally include Damien Hirst, the best-known of his generation of provocative contemporary artists and no stranger to works some members of the public have found baffling. In one scene of the film, a cleaner sweeps away an art installation by West’s character.It echoes a real-life event in 2001, when an installation by Damien Hirst was thrown away by a cleaner at the Eyestorm gallery, London, who had mistaken the piles of full ashtrays, empty beer bottles and newspapers were the remnants of a party the night before. In a press conference, West claimed he could not remember who precisely his version of “Julian” was based on, but admitted: “I’m sure you can guess…my clothes give it away.”His co-star Claes Bang confirmed that one of the clues was in the name – Julian. The contemporary art world has never been short of gossip.The Cannes Film Festival yesterday provided the inspiration behind a brand new controversy: just who are the mystery artists sent up on screen?Dominic West, the actor, disclosed he had based his character in The Square, a satire of the art world, on real-life contemporary artists, with works including a pile of gravel and a neon sign reading: “You have nothing”.
The comments came after a week after Salman Abedi, 22, carried out a suicide attack at a pop concert at Manchester Arena, leaving 22 dead and dozens injured. The son of Libyan parents who were granted refuge from Gaddafi in the UK in the early 1990s, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre. Speaking from his home in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Mr Megrahi said: “It was Manchester but tomorrow it will be some other place. Credit:Facebook Credit:AFP Mr Megrahi urged the West to resume air strikes on the militants to curb the country’s growing extremist networks. “The West knows what’s happening in Libya but they only want to watch and see.“You make Libya like this. You will see a lot of terrorists in the UK and everywhere.”Mr Megrahi senior was convicted of planting the bomb which brought down a plane over Lockerbie, killing 270 people. He was released from a Scottish jail in 2009 on compassionate grounds because of cancer. Mr Megrahi, 32, has continued to try to clear his father’s name after his death in 2012 aged 60. He added: “It was easy for them to do it in 2011 and it would be easy to do it again. “This time they should arm the army and not arm the militias.” Credit:AP Britain joined a coalition of countries bombing Libya in support of the opposition in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. A parliamentary report last year found that the military intervention, ordered by former Prime Minister David Cameron, relied on flawed intelligence and hastened the North African country’s political and economic collapse. The son of the Lockerbie bomber has warned that Britain faces an unprecedented wave of terror attacks from Libya, as he claimed the UK brought the Manchester attack on itself. Khaled al-Megrahi said his country had become a rich recruiting ground for terrorists and that there was “only a sea” between them and Europe. Mr Megrahi, whose father Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was the only man ever convicted of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) exploited the power vacuum left after the West helped to depose Colonel Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. They were then allowed to grow due to Britain and its allies’ “inaction”. “The militants will kill each other here and then come to each city in the west. “A lot of Libyans are hungry, have no money and no justice. If the West continues its stance you will see a lot of the militants coming to the UK.” 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.