Memorial Cup contenders starting to emerge from the pack

A disappointing 2016-17 season has helped turn the Prince Albert Raiders into the No. 1 club in the Canadian Hockey League.The Raiders finished third last in the 22-team Western Hockey League that year and missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They had two nine-game losing streaks en route to a 21-44-7 record and felt disrespected by the opposition.But the players haven’t forgotten about it, with eight of them still on the roster, and in 2018-19 Prince Albert has already surpassed its win total a third of the way into the season. The Raiders are riding a league-best 18-game win streak after beating the Red Deer Rebels 4-3 on Tuesday.“A few players that are on the team now were on that (’16-17) team and there were some teams that were kind of insulting and kicked sand in our faces and we remember that,” said Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid. “We carry that with us even this year and we’ve talked about that. We’ve tried to lose the right way, and win the right way now, too. We respect everyone we play against. If we get up on a team, we certainly don’t want to rub it in their faces. We’ve had that done and it’s not a lot of fun.”The Raiders are 25-1-0 and have been ranked No. 1 in the 60-team CHL for seven weeks, with no other club being able to knock them off.Habscheid is pleased with his club’s early-season run to the top, but also says its a meaningless accomplishment without any type of playoff success. “There’s only one bad thing in all this type of stuff, they’re not handing out any after 25-games trophies or banners or anything like that,” said Habscheid. “We’ve got a long ways to go, we haven’t really done anything yet but have a great start.”The Raiders have already broken their previous franchise-best win streak of 15 games from the 1985-86 season.“The players go, ‘oh really?’ They’re not even aware of it, they’re just living the life day by day,” Habscheid said.Prince Albert stands out as an early-season front runner for the Memorial Cup, but there are other potential contenders emerging from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League thanks to some other lengthy streaks.The OHL’s Ottawa 67’s started the season 3-3-0, but have gone 18-0-4 since to pick up at least one point in 22 straight games.Ottawa head coach Andre Tourigny says a number of things have led to the club’s rise to the top of the OHL standings and the No. 3 spot in the CHL rankings.“First and foremost, it started last year with the fitness level, intensity, hard work, and our leaders,” said Tourigny. “I think that built up and the players arrived at camp and were ready to work. The commitment from everybody, we have a great group of leaders, it turned into confidence and we started to have success and now we’re feeding off it.”Right behind the 67’s at No. 4 in the CHL rankings are the surging London Knights, who are on a 14-0-1 run and now sit first in the OHL’s Western Conference. Meanwhile, the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are riding a 10-game win streak and have moved to No. 2 in the CHL rankings.While the past few weeks have been good to teams like Prince Albert, Ottawa, London and Rouyn-Noranda, the same can’t be said about the Saint John Sea Dogs at the other end of the spectrum.The youngest team in the country with a large group of 16- and 17-year-old skaters, the Sea Dogs are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak — a team record — and sit 2-21-3 overall. Their seven points ties them for the least amount amongst the 60 teams across the CHL with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, who opened the season on a 17-game losing streak of their own and are 3-22-1 overall.“You can learn a lot from this. They know this is a process and there are very bright things ahead, but in the short term it’s not easy,” said Saint John general manager Trevor Georgie.“We’d be discouraged if our young nucleus wasn’t staying positive or doing good things.”A lot of things have to go right to put together a streak like Prince Albert’s, and that was on full display on Nov. 17 when goaltender Ian Scott scored his first career goal while stopping 23 shots in a 3-1 win over the Tri-City Americans.“We were laughing because he tried it the game before and he hit the clock in our building,” said Habscheid. “Him and I the day before he scored, we were standing under the clock looking at the dent in it.”The WHL record for consecutive wins was set across two seasons in 1981 by the Victoria Cougars with 24. The Knights own the OHL point-streak record at 31 when they went 29-0-2 in 2004-05, the ’04-05 Rimouski Oceanic hold the QMJHL record with a 28-game win streak, while the ’75-76 Shawinigan Dynamo lost a record-setting 27 games in a row.———Follow @KyleCicerella on TwitterKyle Cicerella’s junior hockey notebook will be published every Thursday.Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press read more

Extraordinary expectations awaiting Ohio State football

It’s hard to imagine there being more hype surrounding the Ohio State football program than there is right now. Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, the expectations for the 2013 Buckeyes are to be better than they were a year prior. Nearly all of the ridiculously early preseason polls have OSU ranked somewhere in the top five. Braxton Miller – who appeared on this week’s cover of “Sports Illustrated” – is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, despite being on the list with last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Anything short of an undefeated regular season, a victory in the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the National Championship game will likely be construed as a failure for Urban Meyer and his squad this year. Perfection, after achieving it in 2012, is the goal for OSU in Meyer’s second season at the helm of the program. It’s March, though, and no one – not even juggernaut Alabama – is perfect right now. There are plenty of questions that OSU will start trying to answer come Tuesday, the first day of spring practice. Here are five: 1. Is OSU still angry? With the 2012 Buckeyes ineligible for the postseason, Meyer chose to motivate his players last season by telling them to take their fury out on the teams OSU faced. “You’re an angry football team. You’re a hungry football team,” Meyer was heard saying on “ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days” last August. This season, though, Meyer, will have to go about getting his team focused and motivated differently than he did a year ago. Is the drive for a national championship better inspiration than the rage and “shock the world” mentality the Buckeyes had on way to a 12-0 season in 2012? 2. How much better will Braxton Miller be? Like the team itself, it will be hard for Miller to be much better than he was in 2012. The then-sophomore quarterback broke OSU’s total yards record for a season and was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller and his coach, however, see plenty of room for improvement. Fundamentals and footwork are the key for the rising junior, Meyer and Miller both have said. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. I think it’ll be comical what he’ll do,” Meyer said. “But he’s not there yet.” How much closer has Miller gotten to getting there? 3. Who are the leaders? Meyer called the 2012 senior class one of his favorite groups of players he’s ever coached. Along with being close to Meyer’s heart, they were the most important leaders of the team. Without the leadership of John Simon, Zach Boren and co., OSU wouldn’t have achieved anything close to an undefeated year last season, Meyer said. Who will fill that role this season? Rising redshirt senior Jordan Hall was a captain in 2012 despite being injured for most of the year, and Meyer has said he’ll be a captain again. Apart from the speedy playmaker, Miller, rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are likely candidates for captaincy. 4. Who’s Miller going to get the ball to? OSU gained 5,085 yards of offense in 2012, and 93 percent of that output is returning. The Buckeyes are only losing 370 yards with the graduation of wide receiver Jake Stoneburner, fullback Boren, punter Ben Buchanan (gained six yards on a fake punt) and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed. Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, along with tailback Carlos Hyde, were Miller’s favorite targets in 2012. Will that change in 2013? Hall, now healthy, is likely to be featured heavily in the upcoming season’s offense. He’s made the move from running back to the “No. 3” hybrid role made famous by former Florida playmaker Percy Harvin. Meyer brought in a top three recruiting class that featured speedy talent at nearly every skill position. Incoming freshman wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith, along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, could all see the field come fall. None of those five will be on campus in time for spring ball, though, but come August they could push the upperclassmen. Is Miller excited for the crop of offensive talent OSU will display this season? “Heck yeah,” Miller responded when asked about the situation at an OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern in February. 5. Will OSU make the jump other programs have in year two of a new system? Meyer is now in his second season at the helm of the OSU football program. In year two at Florida, Meyer won a national championship. So did Jim Tressel in his second year at OSU, as did Bob Stoops in his second season at Oklahoma. Are this season’s Buckeyes capable of winning it all in year two of the Meyer System? We’ll find out in the fall, but if it’s going to happen, we might get glimpses of the possibility starting Tuesday. read more

Former Ohio State football players at NFL Combine finish with mixed results

Jack Mewhort:-40-yard dash: 5.37 seconds-bench press: 28 reps-vertical jump: 26 inches-broad jump: 101 inches Corey Linsley:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 36 reps-vertical jump: 27 inches-broad jump: did not participate Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) tackles a player during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSix former Ohio State football players took their shot at boosting their NFL stock at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-25.Running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby, wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, offensive linemen Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley and linebacker Ryan Shazier were the six Buckeyes who tried to impress scouts, general managers and owners of teams as they continue their evaluations for the 2014 NFL Draft, scheduled to kickoff May 8.The six players who took part in the combine join seven other former players — kicker Drew Basil, quarterback Kenny Guiton, safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall and running back Jordan Hall — who declared for the draft following the 2013 season.Shazier impressed in both the vertical and broad jump, posting the best marks in each among linebackers and defensive linemen with jumps of 42 inches and 130 inches, respectively.Hyde pulled his left hamstring in his only attempt while running the 40-yard dash, and Roby finished with the third best time in the category among defensive backs at 4.39 seconds.Here’s a look at how each player performed at the combine, in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump as well as how many reps of 225 pounds each player did on bench press. Carlos Hyde:-40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds-bench press: 19 reps-vertical jump: 34.5 inches-broad jump: 114 inches Ryan Shazier:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 25 reps-vertical jump: 42 inches-broad jump: 130 inches Bradley Roby:-40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds-bench press: 17 reps-vertical jump: 38.5 inches-broad jump: 124 inches Corey “Philly” Brown:-40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds-bench press: did not participate-vertical jump: 33 inches-broad jump: 116 inches read more

Ohio State football fall camp a learning experience for young players

OSU junior linebacker Joshua Perry walks into the Buckeyes’ team hotel, the Hyatt Place Columbus on Yard Street, Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWhen the Ohio State football team moved into its hotel for the rest of fall camp, it was clear that the coaching staff had a plan in mind by pairing veterans with young players of the same position.Some of those veterans know exactly what to expect in camp, and have a clear set of rules for their room at the Hyatt Place Columbus on Yard Street.“Shut up, don’t snore, sleep when it’s time to sleep,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said outside the team hotel Thursday.While Heuerman and some other veterans know it will be important to get as much sleep as possible during the two-week grind heading into the season, noise level won’t be bothering all of them.“It’s not going to bother me,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said. “I sleep like a rock.”The rule of the room certainly goes to the veteran player, but they aren’t paired with freshmen in order to intimidate.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said he is paired with freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore at the hotel, but he said the pairing can help each of them get better for the season. He added it’s a chance to help the younger players get ready for their first go around as a Buckeye.“Just to help guide the freshmen…through camp,” Grant said. “When they get down, you know, pick them up, hug them up a little bit, show them that everything is good.”Grant, for one, said he didn’t try to enforce any power as a senior, even when it came to bed selection in the room.“I went up there and he (Lattimore) already called the window, he had his stuff on there, so it’s okay,” he said. “As long as we both get a bed, that’s good.”Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said the same wasn’t the case when it comes to his pairing with freshman offensive lineman Kyle Trout, but added he wouldn’t have a set of rules for the room.“We don’t really have any rules,” Boren said. “I just took the bed closest to the window, so other than that we’re good.”At the end of the day, Heuerman, who is rooming with redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh, said the hotel is only a small portion of fall camp. He said when the players get back to the hotel after practice, they spend about half an hour awake before it’s lights out to get ready for another day.Heuerman also had a warning for the younger players, saying the first few days of camp didn’t touch on the “hard stuff.”“A lot of those younger guys, they don’t know what’s coming,” he said. “Two-a-days starts on Saturday I think. Once you move into the hotel it gets real.”Heuerman added that the players have to turn in their car keys during camp, and in years past had to turn in their cell phones during the day.Senior linebacker Curtis Grant said, once you move into the hotel, football takes over your entire life. He added it will be a difficult adjustment for any players going through their first fall camp.“It’s going to be a tough time in their life, because they’re stuck in the hotel, you can’t do anything,” Grant said. “By next week, everybody is going to hate their life because they can’t go anywhere.”Redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said the time in the hotel can also be used to make sure the young players are prepared, and still preparing, to step on the field once the season starts. Powell is rooming with freshman safety Erick Smith, and said he’ll be making sure Smith knows his assignments inside and out.“I know yesterday he was struggling a little bit on some plays, so basically I’m just going to kind of quiz him, make sure he’s got the playbook,” Powell said.While fall camp is certainly a new experience for the younger players, there are still some veterans going through it from a different perspective.Senior offensive lineman Joel Hale is participating in his fourth fall camp as a Buckeye, but just his first on offense. Hale spent his first three seasons as a defensive lineman, where he saw extensive playing time last season. He said it was a risk to make the switch, and has to be ready to go everyday no matter what, even as a senior.“I mean, I’m fighting for my life right now, I’ve got to fight everyday and I’m a senior,” Hale said. “That’s hard.”After Thursday’s practice, the Buckeyes are scheduled to have 14 more days of camp. Two-a-day sessions are set for six of those days, with the last coming on Aug. 20 while camp is scheduled to end Aug. 23 –– their last day in the hotel.OSU’s season is scheduled to start Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup with the Nittany Lions

(Left) Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes a pass during a Sept. 6 game against Akron in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 21-3.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. barrett carries the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium.About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season.The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season.1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian HackenbergBarrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential.The two are set to go head-to-head under center when their teams meet this weekend, and the game could easily come down to which one plays better. Based off production so far this season, Barrett might be more likely to have the better day, but both have put up big numbers at times.OSU’s quarterback is the Big Ten’s most efficient passer — checking in with a 182.1 efficiency rating so far — while Hackenberg is averaging more passing yards per game than any other quarterback in the conference. That being said, the second-year Penn State starter is averaging less than four yards more than Barrett.Outside of yards per game, the Buckeyes look to have a huge statistical advantage as Barrett has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, while Hackenberg has thrown seven picks to just five scoring tosses.If the Buckeyes’ defense can get after Hackenberg and force him to make more mistakes — and if Barrett comes out firing once again — it could be another long day for the Nittany Lions.2. Strength vs. StrengthBeyond two young guns at quarterback, the matchup between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is set to feature the Big Ten’s top statistical defense against the conference’s best offense.Penn State ranks first in the conference in total defense, giving up 283.3 yards per game, but OSU is first in total offense at a whopping 533.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions are also first in scoring defense, giving up just 15.2 points per game this season, while the Buckeyes are No. 2 in the Big Ten with 46.5 points for per game this season.The deciding factor in this game could be on the flip side of the field when the Buckeyes’ defense comes up against Penn State’s offense.While the Nittany Lions’ defense has been strong throughout the year, their offense is all the way down at No. 10 in the conference with just 375.5 yards per game. They’ll be going up against an OSU defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten for total defense.If the numbers hold true, the Buckeye offense will be put to the test against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions might struggle to move the ball against a statistically superior OSU defense.3. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott find space to run?Forget their total defensive numbers, the Nittany Lions’ defense has been simply dominant when it comes to the running game in 2014.So far, they’re giving up just 60.8 yards per game, which puts them up more than 30 yards against the No. 2 team in the conference: Michigan.But Penn State hasn’t had to face Elliott yet this season.He’s not the best running back in the world right now, but he’s been breaking out over the past few weeks to spark the OSU offense on the ground. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but if Elliott continues to improve, they should climb the rankings.Elliott will be up against a stiff test when he takes on the Penn State defensive front, but if he can find a way to match his season numbers — he’s averaging 88.5 yards per game — the Buckeyes will benefit greatly and likely find themselves in a position to win the game.4. Will the Penn State crowd affect a young Buckeye team?The last time OSU played a game in State College, Pa., nine current Buckeye starters weren’t even Buckeyes.The crowd at Beaver Stadium is notorious for being loud and sporting the white-out look for prime-time games against ranked opponents. This time, the game means a little more as well. The last time the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared off in Beaver Stadium, neither team was eligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations. Now, the tables are turned and the stakes are higher, which will likely result in a sell-out crowd from the Penn State faithful.Despite having the second-largest college venue in the country, Penn State ranked seventh in average home attendance as of Oct. 1. with an average of 99,806.Expect that number to drastically rise Saturday night.5. Could an OSU win give it a rise in the AP poll?Let’s be honest, the Buckeye schedule is not very strong.However, not many teams go into Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night and come out with a victory, except for the Buckeyes.OSU has won its last three games when visiting the Nittany Lions and three of the last four night games overall against Penn State.With that being said, will a win in a historically hostile environment be enough to impress the voters? Or will the Buckeyes have to blow out their division rival in order to get back into the top 10?Only time will tell as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Battle in the trenches key in Ohio State Michigan State showdown

Members of the OSU offense attempt to move the ball downfield during the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State on Dec. 7. at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoFor the majority of the Ohio State offensive line, facing the Michigan State Spartans will be a whole new experience.Three of the Buckeyes’ five starting offensive lineman were not starters against the Spartans last season, and none were starters two years ago, the last time OSU played in East Lansing, Mich.Despite the inexperience, junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he is looking forward to Saturday.“I think it will be a really good test of where we are because I definitely think we have improved throughout the season but the few tests we have had, we haven’t played well as a unit,” Decker said Monday, referencing the Virginia Tech and Penn State games. “While I do think we have improved a lot, and we have grown a lot as a unit and as individual players, I think this game will be very telling of where we are at as an offensive line.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes the key to a successful program is the ability of a team’s line play, something he believes both the Buckeyes and Spartans have.“I think the programs are somewhat similar,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Not just our two programs, but any really good team, if you watch them play, they are driven by very good line of scrimmage players.”OSU senior tight end Jeff Heuerman agreed with his coach, adding that Michigan State is very talented up front.“They have a good front, four (or) five guys and they blitz a lot. They are very sound on defense,” he said Wednesday.One of those players for the Spartans is redshirt-junior defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, who was named a Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi award semifinalist this week.Calhoun is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in sacks with six and is tied for 13th in the conference in tackles for loss with 8.5.Against the Buckeyes last season, Calhoun accumulated just four total tackles, including half a sack.Decker said he is relishing the idea of going up against Calhoun for the second straight season.“I’ve been looking forward to playing against him all year. I know for me personally, its going to be a good challenge and a good gauge of where I am as a player,” Decker said. “I remember playing against him last year and … I’m sure he has only gotten better.”Meyer echoed Decker’s comments but added he has confidence in his linemen, both offensively and defensively.“They are very good on defense, (but) I like to think our defensive front is very good against their offensive line,” Meyer said. “These kind of games, which I have been a part of games like this for a long time, it’s a line of scrimmage game.”A member of the Buckeye defensive front, sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa, was also named a semifinalist alongside Calhoun for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards.Bosa has dominated the Big Ten this season, leading the conference in sacks with 10 and tackles for loss with 14.5.Bosa started the 2013 Big Ten championship game against the Spartans last season and recorded OSU’s lone sack and led the team in tackles for loss with two.MSU redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Jack Conklin said in a Tuesday press conference that he is excited to not only take on Bosa, but the Buckeye defensive line as a whole.“Obviously he’s a great player, see him this season and last season, he bounces around a lot so the whole line is going to have to be ready to play against him. Obviously I’m excited to play such a great player,” Conklin said. “I mean, you come to Michigan State to play the best teams, and obviously I’m excited to play against Bosa and the whole offensive line is excited to play one of the best D-lines in the nation.”The battle in the trenches is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. from East Lansing, Mich. read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to snap threegame skid in midweek matchup against

OSU freshman infielder Noah West (8) hits a home run during the first game of their double header against Minnesota on Mar. 25. Credit: Ed Sutelan | Lantern reporterIn the Ohio State baseball team’s first taste of Big Ten play for the season, little went right for the Buckeyes. Over the three-game sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Buckeyes surrendered a total of 26 runs on 41 hits and managed to produce only 12 runs on 19 hits over the weekend.With another chance to pick up some wins in conference play this upcoming weekend against Purdue, the Buckeyes must first gain some momentum against the 11-11 Ohio University Bobcats at home on Tuesday. Coach Greg Beals believes the team is currently missing that one hit and that his offense will need to start finding some consistency in order to find its stride again.“Offensively, we’re always searching. We need to get better,” Beals said. “I thought we had some quality at-bats, but … we’re missing the hit when we really need one.”Scouting Ohio UniversityOSU has not been playing its best baseball of late, but OU has itself been finding difficulties making it into the win column. After starting the season 11-7, the Bobcats have lost each of their past four games, including a three-game sweep at home to Butler University.The 11 wins the team has compiled at this point have been derived largely from the success of its pitching staff. As a unit, the team has a combined ERA of 3.65, Of the nine pitchers who have contributed double-digit inning totals to the team so far, only one has an ERA north of 3.50 while five of the pitchers have sub-3.00 ERAs.A big reason the team’s pitching staff has found so much success so far is its ability to miss bats. In 202 innings pitched this season, the Bobcats have struck out 199 batters (8.87 batters per nine innings) and have held opposing hitters to a measly .243 batting average. While the pitching staff has been able to keep runs off the scoreboard, the Bobcat offense has had an equally challenging time bringing runners across the plate. The lineup does not have a single batter with a batting average over .300 and, as a unit, the team is batting just .254. OSU has struggled to make consistent contact, as well as the inability to make much out of the contact it makes. While the team’s on-base percentage is at .333, its slugging percentage is actually a point below, sitting at .332 on the season. They have 10 home runs, less than half of the 22 accumulated by the OSU offense. The star on the team this season has been redshirt junior pitcher and designated hitter Michael Klein. As a batter, Klein is slashing .299/.371/.517 with team-leading totals in walks (nine), hits (26), RBI (13) and slugging percentage. He is also tied for the team lead in batting average and home runs (four).On the mound, Klein has been the top starting pitcher for the Bobcats. Klein has the lowest ERA of any of the weekend starting pitchers at 2.19 and has allowed just 22 hits and six walks with 27 strikeouts in his 24.2 innings of work.Injury-riddled Bullpen Needs Arms to Step UpThe Buckeyes were missing two key arms in their bullpen over the past weekend, and it certainly did not help an aspect of the team that has struggled this season. With redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer out with an elbow injury, sophomore pitcher Connor Curlis was forced to shift from bullpen arm to starting pitcher on Saturday. Redshirt junior relief pitcher Kyle Michalik was also out over the weekend with an ankle injury. His status for Tuesday’s game against OU remains uncertain.After his team’s bullpen was unable to keep the game close in Saturday’s 15-5, Game 1 blowout, Beals said his team needs to get healthy soon in order to help alleviate some of the woes of the pitching staff.“We’re a little banged up in our pitching staff and when we put together the travel roster opening day, there’s four guys that as far as the pitchers, the 12 pitchers, there’s four guys that we had on that opening day travel roster that were not available to us this weekend,” Beals said. “So we need to get healthy to help us on the mound, so that we can keep ourselves in ball games better than we did there in Game 1.”Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker is currently the only healthy Buckeye reliever owning a sub-3.00 ERA and one of only three arms with a sub-4.00 ERA.And as one of the leaders in that bullpen, Kinker is trying to help the inexperienced arms develop that relief mindset of trusting their stuff and being ready for any moment to be brought into the game.“Some of the leaders in the bullpen have also brought everyone together and we’re talking about certain situations where your name is going to be called and you need to be able to step up and command that situation,” Kinker said.Kinker also emphasized that the only way pitchers will develop confidence in their skill is by continuing to work on it and gaining experience on the mound.“You’ve got to be out there to get that confidence. And the only time you get that confidence is going day in and day out, working day in and day out and in the end, you’re going to find that confidence in your stuff,” Kinker said. “Rather than going out there, not being ready for that situation. I think that everyone just needs to calm down a little bit, it’s the first weekend. We’re going to find that confidence here in a little bit.”The two teams will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Mariano Rivera Completes Comeback Makes 1st Save

Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball history who was coming off a torn ACL, appeared in his first New York Yankees’ game since sustaining the injury on May 3, 2012, and did what he has done better than anyone else in his position.That is, he got the job done.It was not vintage Rivera — he walked a batter and allowed a run — but he shut down the hated Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win, the Yankees’ first of the season. It was his first since April 30, 2012.Thursday also marked Rivera’s first outing in what will be the final season of his 19-year career. He received a standing ovation during his jog from the bullpen to the mound, accompanied, as always, by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”“It was like another one,” Rivera said. “The only difference was this one I waited for almost a year to pitch again, but it feels the same. It was wonderful to be there.”Rivera walked Dustin Pedroia to open the ninth, but retired Mike Napoli on a fly to right before allowing a double down the left-field line to Jonny Gomes that put runners on second and third with one out. Rivera said it took him a batter or two to adjust, as he rarely walks batters, but he felt things were much better after the Napoli at-bat.Will Middlebrooks then grounded out to drive in a run and slice the lead to 4-2, but Rivera then struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to record his first save of the year. He preserved starter Andy Petitte’s  first win of the season, the 69th time Rivera has closed out a Pettitte victory.With his appearance Thursday, Rivera surpassed Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter nd Yogi Berra for the most seasons played with the Yankees, although Jeter will tie him after he returns from the disabled list. The closer acknowledged he was emotional as he ran to the mound.“At the same time, you have to control that. I have to be able to do that because I still have to finish the game,” Rivera said. “It was wonderful. You wait for almost a year to be on the mound and get your job done, especially here at home.”Rivera, 43, last pitched in April 2012, recording a save in a 2-1 win over Baltimore. It was during the Yankees’ next series in Kansas City that he tore his ACL and meniscus while shagging fly balls before a game. Rivera pitched just 8 1/3 innings and notched five saves last season, the shortest of his career.Although there had been speculation that last season would be Rivera’s last, the closer said he would return after the injury, not wanting to end his career like that. He rehabbed to ensure he would be ready for this season, and during spring training, he announced this would be his final year.“There were times, because the therapy and the pain and all that stuff, I thought if it would be worth it to come back,” Rivera said. “At the same time, the love and the passion and the drive that you have for the game motivated me to keep going.”Rivera’s manager and teammates described Thursday as a special night. Manager Joe Girardi said the combination of the Yankees being 0-2 entering the game, facing rival Boston, and Rivera returning to a raucous ovation, made for a memorable moment.  Teammates recognized that Thursday began the final stretch of time they’ll see Rivera work his craft.“It’s amazing. I always say I’m going to tell my kids I caught Mariano Rivera,” Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “It’s one of the greatest moments I ever had in my career because he’s going to be the best reliever I ever see in my life.”Added Pettitte: “It’ll be special for me watching him this year and knowing this is it. After this, he won’t be closing any games for us, so I’ll savor it as much as I can.”After the victory, Rivera received the game ball, as he normally does. While he usually gives away the ball, he told that he plans to keep this one.Rivera is baseball’s all-time saves leader with 609.“I did miss (these moments) a lot,” Rivera said. “At the same time, I have to be patient. I couldn’t push it, I couldn’t rush it, I just had to make things right.” read more

Ohio State gymnast Jake Martin following in line of successful Buckeyes

Junior all-around gymnast Jake Martin has claimed multiple accolades during his time as a Buckeye.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBig Ten athletics are, more often than not, associated with football or men’s basketball.But that’s not what comes to mind for Jake Martin.When Martin thinks of the Big Ten, the first things that come to his mind are: Ohio State, gymnastics at Michigan and gymnastics at Illinois, the OSU all-around gymnast said.“I think gymnastics in general is underrated,” he said.Martin, a junior from Oviedo, Fla., has been a three-time U.S. Junior National Team member, and claimed fifth in the all-around at the 2014 NCAA Championships, along with picking up multiple Gymnast of the Week titles.When Martin was growing up and was asked where he wanted to attend college, he would mention OSU, and typically hear about the quality of its football team, he said. But he’d instead respond with names of top gymnasts that competed for the Buckeyes.“Blaine Wilson went here, Raj Bhavsar went there, the Hamm twins,” Martin said. “I know a lot of these things about the school that a lot of people wouldn’t know.”Wilson is a gymnast who won the Nissen-Emery Award in 1997, which is men’s gymnastics’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He is also a silver medal recipient from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Bhavsar won the bronze medal in the 2008 summer Olympics and twins Paul and Morgan Hamm are American gymnasts who helped the U.S. win multiple medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.Gymnastics was Martin’s biggest factor when it came down to attending college, he said. The freezing cold temperatures of Ohio are certainly not what he’s used to from growing up in central Florida, but it was a reasonable trade-off because of OSU’s impressive gymnastics program.Now with the Buckeyes, Martin has at least one teammate who thinks he’s at the top of the sport.“(Martin) is one of the best gymnasts in the United States in my opinion,” sophomore all-around Sean Melton said.While he might be one of the best by his teammate’s standards, there were some who told Martin to take his talents to a different sport when he was younger.Growing up tall, gymnastics wasn’t the first sport that came to people’s minds for Martin.“A lot of people told me going into high school, ‘You should probably think about doing other sports to get a scholarship,’” he said. “I did get some kind of grief from people.”Martin said people sometimes told him “gymnastics is a girl’s sport”, but he just laughed it off.“I didn’t do gymnastics for anyone,” he said. “I did it for me. So I just thought to myself, ‘If it’s a girl’s sport, I’m just going to enjoy it.’”Along with honing his craft as a gymnast, Martin said he has high aspirations in the classroom as well.As a junior international studies major, he’s preparing to take the LSAT in June and is preparing as much as he can to attend law school. Martin said the athletic department and school itself have been helpful during his times of frantic scheduling.Growing up, Martin appreciated the support he got from his family and friends. Now in college, the two-time All-American has noticed that the atmosphere OSU has sets it apart from the rest.“You have people in the crowd that you don’t know,” Martin said. “But they’re wearing scarlet and gray so you know they’re cheering for you and you know they’ve got your back.”Melton said Martin brings more to the team than anyone could ever ask for.“I think he’s a great leader,” Melton said. “To have him on my team is definitely something we’re happy about and I can’t speak more highly of him.”Martin discovered his interest in gymnastics when he was a child with a growing curiosity. His cousins taught him how to do a back handspring off of an old mattress, which he mimicked off of his couch, resulting in a sprained thumb.Shortly after, he was signed up for gymnastics class and within a year, he was signed up for a pre-team because of his impressive progression.“Once I started gymnastics, that was it … I just decided that this is exactly what I want to do,” he said.Martin considers gymnastics a sport in which one must always work at perfecting their skill.“The main goal (in a lot of other sports) is to score,” Martin said.For gymnastics, however, he said displaying one’s perfectly crafted skills is the main goal.“We’re using our bodies differently,” he said. “When people think of brute strength, they think of weightlifting. But when you look at still rings, you have to hold these positions and it’s the same thing except our toes are pointed.“Gymnastics brings this element of brute strength, but we have to make it look good.”While the 2016 Olympics aren’t for some time, Martin said he uses every practice and competition to hone his skills into becoming a better athlete and an Olympic hopeful.“It’s nerve-wracking and I try not to think about what’s going to happen a little over a year from now,” he said. “But it is coming up and I have been thinking about it.” read more

Football Kerry Coombs expects plenty of young players in the secondary rotation

OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorSpoiled with the likes of potential first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley last season, Ohio State football is returning just senior safety Damon Webb to its secondary. Although most writers and analysts deemed Lattimore and Conley the only two starters at cornerback, with redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette returning as the potential nickelback, cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs feels one Buckeye keeps getting left out.“You guys keep saying (Denzel Ward) wasn’t a starter last year, and I know he didn’t walk out onto the field for the first snap of the game, but he played the same number of snaps as Marshon and Gareon,” Coombs said on Thursday. “So I would prefer it if you guys would refer to him as the third starter at corner. Because that’s what he was. We had a true three-man rotation.”Arnette was scrutinized for some mistakes early in the season, and eventually lost snaps to Ward. With both players entering their third year at OSU, it’s a race to see who will get the nod as a starter for the Scarlet and Gray next season.  However, with a slew of young players arriving with their fair share of accolades and hype behind them, it might not be a clear-cut depth chart in the secondary, much like it was last season for OSU. Only this time, Coombs might be increasing the number of players who see snaps in the defensive backfield.“I tell them all the time in the room, if we have four guys who can go out there and cover their man so that he doesn’t catch the ball, we’ll play four,” he said. “In addition to the nickel.”Of the potential contributors, Coombs said any one of the incoming members of the 2017 recruiting class can make an impact.“The new guys are really, really playing well, as is (sophomore) Rodjay Burns,” he said. “This group of kids, from a pecking order standpoint, if we lined up today, I would expect six of them to play, or maybe seven, during the course of a game. They’re that talented, and we’re keep fresh guys out there.”Although Coombs isn’t giving anything away in terms of who he feels is the top cornerback, it would seem easy to infer Ward should be the frontrunner. After matching the number of snaps had by the two lead corners who will be playing soon in the NFL, his resume is impressive.Plus, Coombs would have to answer to OSU coach Urban Meyer if he wasn’t putting the best players on the field.“I don’t run out a guy who’s not as good as the other guys,” he said. “Who would do that? Have you met my boss? He would say, ‘Dammit, what are you doing?’”Webb, who will be staying at his position from last season while coaches attempt to find a replacement for Malik Hooker, said he shares the sentiments of his coaches, and is excited by what might come this season.“I see the younger players on the team coming along real well,” Webb said. “Incoming freshman, dudes that were on the team last year, I feel like they’re all stepping up and fighting. This is one of the best springs that I’ve had too.”OSU will present its new-look secondary on April 15 during the annual spring game. While the starters for the game might not be the same as the regular season, the scrimmage will give a good look into who is pulling ahead. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State opens up home schedule with 2313 victory

Ohio State then-redshirt junior Joey McKenna wrestles Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 2 Ohio State’s home opener went as planned, as the undefeated Buckeyes knocked off previously undefeated No. 19 Wisconsin 23-13 on Sunday.  Despite an early loss by sophomore 125-pound wrestler Braken Mead, junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 7 wrestler in the 133-pound weight class in the country, recorded a takedown in the second period. But Ohio State began to find its momentum early on, with senior captain Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, defeated Wisconsin redshirt junior Tristan Moran, the No. 12 wrestler in the class, after takedowns in both the second and third period, leading to a dominant 14-2 win. Redshirt senior and No. 3 Micah Jordan continued the momentum for Ohio State, continued the momentum for Ohio State,  coming out with a quick takedown just seconds in to take an early 2-0 lead and never looked back. A 14-4 major decision win for Jordan improved his record to 12-1 on the season and put the Buckeyes up 11-3. Jordan said he felt his early takedown set the tone for the rest of the match.“It’s really important to score first,” Jordan said. “I had to stay after the guy, but it’s nice to go out there and get that early takedown to get the ball rolling.”With an 11-6 halftime lead, Ohio State opened the second half with its toughest task yet: taking on Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Evan Wick, the No. 2 wrestler in the 165-pound class. Undefeated coming into the match, Wick showed dominance against Ohio State redshirt freshman Ryan Ferro, earning a 13-1 major decision and lessening the Badgers’ deficit to one point. The momentum for Wisconsin continued early on in the 174-pound matchup between the Badgers’ No. 9 redshirt senior Ryan Christensen and Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith after an early takedown. But after an aggressive third period by Smith and pin attempt that was too late by Christensen, Ohio State picked up the upset victory. Smith said that crowd gave him some added energy but he wasn’t thinking about how close the dual score was when he stepped out on the mats.“The atmosphere helped and it was just unparalleled, but I try not to think of the team race when I’m out there,” Smith said. “Obviously you want to try to get bonus points for you team, but I just wanted to think about my match and what I wanted to do. I was just trying to think about my wrestling.”In the 184-pound division, it was senior captain and No. 1 Myles Martin who got off to a hot start with a quick takedown just seconds in to grab a 2-0 lead over Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Mason Reinhardt. Martin added two more takedowns in the final minute, eventually finishing the match off with a 21-8 victory. Martin improved to 7-0 on the season with his win.With a 17-10 lead over Wisconsin, Ohio State sent out redshirt junior and No. 3 Kollin Moore to take on Wisconsin’s freshman Andrew Salemme in the 197-pound division. A quick near-pin gave Moore an 8-1 lead before he got an actual pin to win the dual for the Buckeyes and make the score 23-10.The Buckeyes ultimately picked up the 23-13 victory after redshirt freshman and No. 14 Chase Singletary lost to No. 9 Wisconsin redshirt freshman Trent Hillger 6-1 in the 285-pound heavyweight division.Following the win, Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team needs to face more adversity in order to improve later in the season.“We raise our children in a way that we want them to experience joy and happiness, however, we need to suffer more,” Ryan said. “Suffering is really important for us. Moving towards discomfort and away from the coziness of our amazing lives, is very hard. This team needs more of that.” Ryan said Ohio State needs to sacrifice and suffer as a group to get tougher. And through this, he said this team has a lot of potential. “This team will have a chance to be really great,” Ryan said.“Tonight was a good performance, but we need to be better.”No. 2 Ohio State will be off for almost a month, and it will play host at St. John Arena in Columbus against North Carolina State on January 6. read more

Baseball Ohio State splits doubleheader wins series against No 24 Michigan

Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone (33) celebrates after making it to third base during the game against Michigan on April 12. Ohio State won 10-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State (20-17, 4-5 Big Ten) takes the series, but split the Saturday doubleheader against No. 24 Michigan (24-11, 5-3 Big Ten) in front of a crowd of 4,841, the largest in over a decade. Game 1 Ohio State used explosive bats to cruise to a win and secure the series victory. The Buckeyes (20-16, 4-4 Big Ten) jumped on No. 24 Michigan (23-11, 4-3 Big Ten),finishing with a 10-4 victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. They utilized the long ball to get after the usually dominant Michigan pitching staff. “We swung the bats really, really well,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We beat their pitching staff for two games.” The Buckeyes would finish the game with three home runs and 12 hits. The game was completely blown open after a three-run home run from redshirt senior center fielder Ridge Winand made the lead 8-0 in the third inning. It was Winand’s first home run of his career, capping off a six-run third inning for the Buckeyes. “As I was rounding the bases, all that hard work felt like it paid off, and it was against the Team Up North which is awesome,” Winand said. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone continued his success against the Wolverines. The co-captain would make is imprint on the game with a solo shot, his ninth home run on the year, off the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the third inning. Canzone would finish with three hits and two RBI. In his career, Canzone has recorded multiple hits in five of his six games against Michigan. “Big time players got to play in big time games, and Dom Canzone certainly proved that this weekend,” Beals said. Ohio State redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway was not his usual dominant self, finishing the day with four strikeouts, his lowest total since his start against Furman on March 11. Despite the uncharacteristic low number of strikeouts, the redshirt freshman was able to go 5.2 innings and allow only three runs in his fifth win of the season. “We went freshman Lonsway and freshman Pfennig for a victory, so it bodes well for the future and bodes well for these guys growing for the rest of the season,” Beals said. Junior pitcher Karl Kauffmann came into Saturday’s game with a 2.29 ERA, Michigan’s best, with an average start length of over six innings. Kauffmann would finish the game with the worst start of his career in terms of runs allowed, giving up a career-high eight runs in 5.1 innings of work. The Buckeyes were also able to balloon Kauffmann’s career home runs allowed from three to six. In the bottom of the second inning, Ohio State freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo, who came into the day with five home runs, was able to crush a two-run home run to center field to open up the scoring. This was the first home run surrendered by Kauffmann this season. Following Canzone’s home run, a triple from senior left fielder Brady Cherry pushed home the fourth run of the game for Ohio State. Cherry would be knocked in on a single to right field from junior first baseman Conner Pohl. The Wolverines were able to cut into the deficit, after senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr’s two-out double cleared the bases to make the score 8-3 in the sixth inning. Canzone continued his hot hitting against the Wolverines with an RBI-double to right centerfield in the bottom of the sixth inning. A no doubter by Michigan sophomore designated hitter Jordan Nwogu over the left-center field wall made the game 9-4 in the seventh inning. This would be the only damage done against freshman pitcher Will Pfennig. The right-hander would go 3.1 innings in relief and strike out six to earn his second save of the season. “Will Pfennig is able to use his breaking ball, and command his ball to both sides of the plate,” Beals said. Ohio State outscored the Wolverines 20-9 in the first two games of the series. Game 2 Stellar pitching cooled Ohio State bats and carried Michigan to series-finale win. Ohio State (20-17, 4-5 Big Ten) fell 6-2 to Michigan (24-11, 5-3 Big Ten) in the second game of the doubleheader. After allowing 10 runs in each of the first two games, the Wolverines settled in to limit Ohio State’s potent offense. Michigan sophomore pitcher Jeff Criswell would put on the best pitching performance of any Michigan starter against Ohio State. He would go 6.2 innings, tying his longest outing, and allow only two runs.“They got good arms,” Beals said. “They have good, lively fastballs, and they attack with the fastballs.” Ohio State sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith has not won a game since March 3 against Bethune-Cookman. Smith’s last start was a career-high six innings pitched in a no-decision against Northwestern. Smith was unable to collect a win against Michigan, finishing with six strikeouts, one off his career high, but allowed four runs in five innings of work and earned his second loss of the season. Michigan struck first in the second inning with a solo home run by junior designated hitter Dominic Clementi, his first home run on the year. The junior emphasized the run by stomping on home plate, which would begin a four-inning stretch of scoring for the Wolverines. In the fourth, a triple by senior second baseman Ako Thomas pushed Michigan’s lead to three. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Buckeyes were able to stop the bleeding with Dezenzo scoring from first base after a fielding error in left field. Canzone was able to bring home a second run after a groundout to shortstop brought home Winand. Canzone would extend his on-base streak to 33 games. The co-captain is now hitting .540 against Michigan in his career. “I just wanted to do everything I could for my brothers,” Canzone said. “That Team Up North isn’t coming in here and taking series from us.” The Wolverines would go on to score two more runs in the final four innings. This is the first home loss against Michigan for Beals. He is now 8-1 at home against the Wolverines. The Buckeyes will return to the diamond Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. when they host Xavier. read more

Second girl 11 dies after Oldham hit and run as five men

first_imgOfficers are appealing for anyone who saw a dark coloured Peugeot 807 in the area at the time and the driver of a white van to come forward. Credit:PA Officers are appealing for anyone who saw a dark coloured Peugeot 807 in the area at the time and the driver of a white van to come forward.  Police and forensic officers at the scene in OldhamCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP Police and forensic officers at the scene in Oldham A North West Ambulance Service vehicle on its way to another incident passes the scene in Ashton Road, Oldham Miss Kotlarova said the girls were with a larger group of family and friends who had already crossed the road, one of the main routes in and out of Oldham town centre, and the larger group was waiting on the opposite pavement.The two cousins then started to cross the road outside the shop.Miss Kotlarova said: “But as they came to the other side of the road the car ran them over. They were holding hands.”Witnesses described the car as driving fast and “flying away” after the collision. Seconds later, friends ran to Helina’s home to alert the family.Miss Kotlarova added: “We ran there. I went to her.  She did not breathe. Then the ambulance came.”She said Helina attended the Collective Spirit free school in Oldham and enjoyed dancing and music and wanted to become a singer. It is thought the driver of the second vehicle could hold key information as to what caused the horrific crash.Four of the men arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remain in custody for questioning, while a 23-year old man is assisting police with their enquiries, but is no longer police custody.Greater Manchester Police said Zaneta died in hospital on Monday morning, and have appealed for witnesses.Sgt Lee Westhead said: “This is a heartbreaking incident which has now taken the lives of two young girls and all of our thoughts remain with their families, who are understandably devastated.“We have made significant progress with our investigation since the collision happened and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted police with information so far.“The community are clearly as committed as we are to establishing exactly what happened to Helina and Zaneta and the support they have provided has been vital to the investigation.”Helina’s mother Sylva and father Robert went to the scene in Oldham, Greater Manchester, but she was declared dead by medics as her mother stroked her hair. A second young girl has died following a hit and run in Oldham, greater Manchester, on New Year’s Eve.Ms Krolova’s death came just hours after five men aged 23, 59, 48, 38 and 18, were taken into custody on Sunday night for questioning in connection with the collision.Ms Krolova and Ms Krokova had just come out of a shop near their homes when they were hit by what witnesses claimed was a black VW Golf at around 7.15pm on New Year’s Eve.However police have since recovered a blue Peugeot 807 they believe was responsible for the deadly accident, and have released images of a white Citroen Despatch which was in the area at the time. We ran there. I went to her.  She did not breathe. Then the ambulance cameSylva Kotlarova On New Year’s Day, the family of seven sisters and one brother, who came to England from the Czech Republic eight years ago, sat in tears mourning Helina.Her father sat with his head in his hands, his wife weeping, while other red-eyed members of the family sat in silence in the kitchen of their terraced home.Helina’s sister Sylva, 19, told how the family rushed to the scene 100 yards from their home seconds after the crash.She said: “She did not breathe. Mum was touching her hair.”The driver of the car did not stop and a police hunt for him was launched. A North West Ambulance Service vehicle on its way to another incident passes the scene in Ashton Road, OldhamCredit:Peter Byrne/PA She said the injured cousin was in a critical condition in hospital in Manchester.She added: “I did speak to her family, but they said she’s still fighting for her life.”Police put out an appeal on New Year’s Eve for information to locate the driver and the car involved, and police later told the family “they found him”, according to Miss Kotlarova. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Snowdon should have Machu Picchustyle permits say campaigners

first_imgWalkers head to the Snowdon summitCredit:alamy Visitors need a permit to trek the Inca Trail up to Machu PicchuCredit:alamy Jonathan Cawley, director of planning and land management at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said that education is required.“There’s no one silver bullet,” he said. “We spend huge sums on the upkeep of the maintenance of paths on Snowdon, but it’s never enough. We do litter picking which is a huge task. There’s an education programme that needs to happen.”A scheme in Llanberis, a village at the foot of Snowdon, is encouraging visitors to donate to maintain local infrastructure, and has seen 28 businesses sign up to it. A similar scheme in the Lake District raises £250,000 a year. Mr Watkin, of FUW, said that it would not raise enough money and that a mandatory tourism tax is more suitable. However, he agreed with be difficult to enforce.In 2013, photos circulated of walkers waiting two and a half hours to reach the summit as the footpaths clogged up on a busy Bank Holiday weekend. The path to the summit on a busy summer dayCredit:alamy The Inca Trail, used to access the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, has a annual quota that limits walkers to 500 a day, with permits bookable only through tour operators, and often sold out months in advance. “[Introducing a permit system or a charge] is something we need to do in order to protect what we’ve got,” Gwynedd Watkin, Caernarfon FUW county executive, told the BBC. “How are we going to maintain those paths for future generations? It’s one thing to say we have a right, but we also have a responsibility.” Walkers climbing Snowdon should have to pay for the privilege to cut down on numbers visiting Wales’ highest peak, campaigners have said.The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) called for a charge or even a permit system similar to that enforced for the Inca Trail, claiming it was necessary to protect the North Wales mountain amid growing concern over littler and damage to pathways.center_img Visitors need a permit to trek the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu Earlier this year tourists were accused of using the mountain “as a toilet” and littering heavily.However, a spokesperson for Ramblers Cymru said charges would not be legal and would compromise “hard-won and fiercely protected rights”.Policy and advocacy manager Rebecca Brough, who admitted numbers were “challenging”, said: “We wouldn’t want to discourage people from getting out walking. It’s free and it should be. Paths are already maintained at public expense.” “Gwynedd council and the national park authority are being squeezed [financially]. How are we going to do it otherwise?”Snowdonia National Park welcomes some 4.3 million visitors a year, according to the latest statistics, making it one of the most-visited in the country, and the most visited in Wales. Climbing Snowdon, Wales’ tallest mountain at an elevation 1,085m, is one of the biggest draws. Walkers head to the Snowdon summit The path to the summit on a busy summer daylast_img read more

Lord Janners family to undermine sex abuse inquiry strand into their father after

first_img“But Having Core Participant status enables us to intensify our wholehearted opposition to an utterly disgraceful and unjust process and in no way represents a legitimising of the iniquitous strand.”Professor Alexis Jay, the fourth chairman of the inquiry since it was announced by Theresa May in 2014, ruled that the family should be given core participant status in a six page decision made available yesterday.Prof Jay said: “The children have expressed a collective interest to ‘safeguard’ their late father’s reputation, which may during the investigation be subject to criticism. In those circumstances, I am satisfied that all three applicants are entitled to core participant status in that capacity.”IICSA has suffered a series of high profile resignations and is beset by delays. It is likely to run for at least a decade and cost more than £100 million. Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MP Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MP.His children have branded the inquiry into their father a witch hunt, pointing out he was never convicted in his lifetime and that now he is dead he cannot defend his reputation.They also point out that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to investigate institutional abuse and that Lord Janner is the only individual who has merited an investigation strand of his own.Welcoming the decision, his son Daniel Janner QC said: “It gives me the chance to undermine my father’s strand of the inquiry from within. It is a macabre show trial.”Mr Janner added: “Our Core Participant status does not legitimise an utterly disgraceful and unjust process.   The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to ‘undermine from within’ the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation.The family were granted core participant status which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings.It is not clear if the taxpayer will pick up the bill for the lawyers or whether the family will pay for legal representation themselves. It gives me the chance to undermine the inquiry from within. It is a macabre show trialDaniel Janner QC Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is accused of abusing boys in children’s homes in Leicestershire where he was an MPCredit:Nick Razzell/REX  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Found Oxford oarsmans Boat Race medal lost in River Thames is discovered floating

first_imgOliver Cook, right, with brother Jamie Roots has known Ollie’s family for years, having coached at University of London while the brothers were students there.   Ollie Cook, right, with brother JamieCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph In 2014, he and both Cooks took part in the Moon Row, coincidentally also supported by Parmigiani, when a team braved crocodiles and hippos to scull the length of Lake Kariba and the lower Zambezi for charity.  “It was as if it was meant to be,” said Roots of finding the medal.  “It already had a bit of silt on it, was beginning to be obscured, if I’d left it another day or two it would have been covered completely unless someone else had pilfered it.” “I was on the way to a job, and knowing that stretch like the back of my hand, thought there was a small chance the tide might be low enough,” said Roots, who rowed at University of London Boat Club several years before Cook and his brother Jamie. “I wasn’t specially hopeful but the tide was going down and straight away there it was, a foot from the water, at my feet.  First a little black strip of ribbon wafting around and then the medal, glinting silver in the mud.”Roots, snapping the Boat Race for timing sponsors Parmigiani Fleurier, had already captured the unfortunate loss on film. Following Ollie and Jamie’s defeat of Cambridge in an epic race on Sunday, Ollie swallow-dived into the water and came up clutching his medal, only to drop it moments later as he hugged his brother in ecstasy.   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. Oxford’s Boat Race-winning oarsman Ollie Cook is no longer feeling blue, after the victor’s medal he lost in the murky depths of the Thames on Sunday has been returned to him by a clubmate. Former rower and photographer Hamish Roots was passing Mortlake on Monday morning and went to look, in the vain hope that the medal might be visible.  To Root’s astonishment, he found it straight away, and dropped it in to Cook’s parent’s house in Windsor later that afternoon. Cook himself, a 2016 world champion, had already left to join the GB Rowing team in Portugal on training camp.last_img read more

One in ten British adults now a secondhome owner

first_imgThe proportion of adults in families owning multiple properties has seen a 30 per cent surge during the 21st century aloneCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Terraced houses You shouldn’t be making more money off your house than you do from going to workPaula Higgins, Homeowners’ Alliance “These people have had years and years of benefit from a rising housing market – but you shouldn’t be making more money off your house than you do from going to work.”Last year the Cornish town of St Ives voted to ban the building of second homes. The town, dubbed Kensington-on-Sea because of its popularity with well-heeled west Londoners, held a referendum last May after figures revealed that one in four new properties were being used as second homes. A judicial review of the plan brought by an architectural firm failed in November.  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. “It’s telling that there’s little incentive to sell – even with an empty house you’re sitting on a rising investment.”The majority of those owning second or third homes were based in the wealthiest areas of the UK, the report added.Almost six in ten landlords are based in the South East or South West, the East of England and London.”This is where the young people are struggling to get on to the property ladder which is why towns are banning holiday homes,” added Ms Higgins.   She added that properties not being used for rental could include “holiday homes, flats that adult kids live in for free, empty properties they’re speculating on, MP’s with London flats and constituency houses, people who’ve inherited their recently deceased parent’s home and haven’t worked out what to do with it yet”.Paula Higgins, of pressure group the Homeowners Alliance, called the figures “shocking”.”It’s really the haves and have nots – there’s a generation of people being locked out of owning their own home and all the benefits that go along with it, and there’s another generation who’s got the leverage to benefit from rising house prices. “We need to get homes that are for living in and not for investment. “People with second homes not only have an investment that they can turn to in times of need, for instance in later life when care is required, but if the property is rented out they also see a boost to their incomes here and now.” One in ten British adults now owns a second property, research has found. The figures published by the Resolution Foundation show that the number of people with multiple properties increased by 1.6m to 5.2m between 2000 and 2014 – a 30 per cent increase in the proportion of adults who owned more than one home.The analysis also suggested that most of these owners are not landlords, with just 3.4 per cent of adults letting property out.This would mean that 6.6 per cent of adults, or 3.4m people, have extra properties that they leave empty as an investment or use as holiday homes.The think-tank examined data from the British Household Panel Survey and the Office for National Statistics to find that while overall home-ownership has plummeted, second home-ownership has risen dramatically. The proportion of adults owning any property rose to a high of almost 66 per cent in 2002 but has since fallen to just over 60 per cent. Laura Gardiner, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Multiple property ownership is still a minority sport, but a growing one that represents a significant boost to the wealth pots of those lucky enough to own second homes. last_img read more

How James Norton learnt the Russian martial art Systema for his role

first_imgNow viewers of the series, which started on Monday, have begun to contact the star’s Systema teacher to sign up to learn for themselves the martial art, which has been adopted by the Russian KGB secret service. When James Norton was picked to play the part of a successful London banker drawn into the violent world of the Russian mafia he looked to imbue his performance with a certain authenticity. David Kirillov, who runs the London…center_img That desire led him to learn aspects of the tough martial art Systema, which he employs to brutal effect in some of the action scenes of the BBC’s new drama thriller McMafia, as his character tries to protect himself and his family from the violence of the Russian mob.last_img read more

Royal baby New prince meets family as world awaits name announcement

Hugo Vickers, the Royal biographer and historian, explains in this video the meaning behind the most popular possible name choices for the latest baby Cambridge – and why the choice might not matter as much as you think.  Gun salutes have been fired in London by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess  of Cambridge’s baby boy. The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from Wellington Barracks into Hyde Park for a 41 round salute.And the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve regiment, fired a 62-round Gun Salute from The Tower of London. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out online George and Charlotte visit their new baby brother in hospitalCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS /AFP Born fifth in line, the baby is the Queen and Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and Kensington Palace said the couple, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and the Middletons, were delighted with the news of the new arrival.George and Charlotte, who visited their new sibling at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Monday afternoon, are likely to be at school and nursery on Tuesday.At 2pm on Tuesday, gun salutes were fired in London by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to mark the birth. 11:12AMRoyal history of Arthur… and other names new prince could be given  12:20PMPrince Charles: I don’t know how I am going to keep up with grandchildren By welcoming a baby prince, William and Kate are following the birth pattern of the Queen and Philip’s children – a son, a daughter and then another son.The Queen and the Duke had Prince Charles, then Princess Anne, followed by, after a gap of 10 years, Prince Andrew, with a fourth child, Prince Edward, born four years later. Gun salutes have also been used to mark other Royal events 3:59PMYoung Pc tells of ‘highlight of my career’ as he appears in background of Royal baby photos  3:52PMNew father Prince William pictured leaving palace A young Metropolitan Police constable, Tyler O’Hare, took centre of stage during the Royal baby’s first public appearance. Sort of… He was in the background of many of the pictures outside the Lindo Wing as the “door officer” when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped outside with the new prince.Pc O’Hare posted pictures on Twitter, saying it was “an honour and utter privilege”. He added: “Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career!” The Royal couple introduced two new members to the family today…. An honour and utter privilege to have been the ‘Door Officer’ for the birth of Their Royal Highnesses new baby boy! Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career! #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby— PC Tyler O’Hare (@TylerOHare) April 23, 2018 Prince Arthur… Prince Albert… Prince Philip… or something else?Asked on Monday evening whether or not he and his wife had decided on a name, the Duke of Cambridge said: “You’ll find out soon enough.”As the bookmakers continue to take bets on the new Royal baby’s name, click here to take a look at all the contenders.What do you think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will call their third child? Vote in our poll below.  The Duke of Cambridge has been spotted leaving Kensington Palace this afternoon. Prince William was pictured driving himself away from the family home. It’s unclear where he was going – perhaps popping out for some essential supplies? The Duchess of Cambridge shows her new prince to the world 8:46AMDuke says couple are ‘very happy’ but have ‘thrice the worry now’ Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Jack Taylor /Getty Everything we know so far after Duchess gives birth to boyNew Prince of Cambridge receives family visitors at homePrince Charles jokes: I don’t know how I’m going to keep upGun salutes fired in London to celebrate new Royal babyArthur… Albert… Philip? Latest Royal baby name oddsProud father and besotted mother introduce newborn to world’Cutie the third’: How the world reacted to prince’s birthRoyal family tree updated: Line of succession to throne changedThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun introducing their new prince to family members, as the world awaits an announcement on the baby’s name.Prince William and Kate have retreated to the sanctuary of Kensington Palace after showing off their third child to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing.As the Duke and Duchess settle into life as a family of five, the first visitors began arriving at their west London home on Tuesday. Pippa Middleton, the Duchess’s sister, was the first to be pictured after meeting the as-yet-unnamed baby.Video: Auntie Pippa meets baby – Duchess’s sister leaves palace 2:50PMCountess of Wessex ‘thrilled’ for Cambridge family During a visit to Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex said she did not know the name of the latest addition to the Royal family. She said: “The jury’s out on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see.“I’m thrilled for them all, it’s lovely – really good news.” Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph  The birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby boy has been marked by  bell ringing at Westminster Abbey. Bell-ringers ring a peal from 1pm to celebrate the prince’s arrival. The range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the prince’s birth Credit:Royal Collection Trust The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride out from Wellington Barracks into Hyde Park for a 41 round salute. And the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve regiment, will fire a 62-round Gun Salute from The Tower of London. The Duke and Duchess thanked the hospital for their care and the public for their wishes.Kensington Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.”They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.” Kensington Palace said the name would be announced in “due course” but the favourite at the bookies is currently Arthur, followed by James, Philip and Albert.The Duke fuelled speculation about the name of his new baby boy, telling a man who suggested he could suit Prince Alexander: “Funny you should say that…”William, who left his two-day-old son with the Duchess to attend a commemoration service, teased attendees about the as-yet-unknown name, as the world waited to hear what the Prince would be called. Told by Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner, that he favoured his own Christian name as a frontrunner for the Prince, the Duke replied: “Funny you should say that… It’s a good name.”The Dean of Westminster, introducing the Duke to Mr Downer’s New Zealand counterpart Sir Jerry Mateparae, joked: “And Jerry would like it to be Jerry”. “It’s a strong name, I have to say,” the Duke conceded smiling, speaking publicly for the first time since he took his new addition home from hospital. The official commemorative souvenirs marking the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son have gone on sale – before the new prince’s name has been announced.Featuring a lion cub and unicorn inspired by the Royal Arms, the Royal Collection china is decorated with gold ribbons, silver pompoms and a coronet-inspired pattern.The pieces bear the words “Welcome to our new royal baby” and display William and Kate’s coronet. 10:48AMWho will be godparents to the new Baby Cambridge?   The outfit, which is priced from £40 for aged six months to £45 for six years, has sold out in all sizes.The dress features contrast piping on the collar and sleeves, and a button back and sash tie.The brand, which specialises in smocked clothes, is owned by Alice Avenel – who went to school at Marlborough College with Charlotte’s mother the Duchess of Cambridge. 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. Smiling broadly, the Duchess was dressed in a vibrant red Jenny Packham dress with a white lace collar, reminiscent of William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales – who wore red and white outside the Lindo Wing after Prince Harry was born in 1984.As William and Kate headed home after appearing in front of the banks of cameras with their seven-hour-old son, the Duke said they were “very happy” and “very delighted”.He joked, holding up three fingers, that he had “thrice the worry now”, adding: “We didn’t keep you waiting too long this time.” Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoon Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have been the first to visit as they are neighbours at Kensington Palace. The new baby prince’s great-grandmother the Queen, 92, is still at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh who is recuperating after a hip operation.Prince Charles said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “both so pleased at the news”. He added: “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”The name of the baby Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz, has yet to be unveiled. Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice and William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public. Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker arriving to tend to Kate after the birth of Prince George Our list of the runners and riders in the race to become the youngest royal's godparents  1:08PMWestminster Abbey bells ring out to celebrate Royal birth   The Duke joined his brother Prince Harry and soon-to-be sister-in-law Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for an Anzac Day service, but the topic of conversation quickly turned to the new Prince.Asked how the Duchess and the baby were doing, Prince William said: “They’re very well thanks.”The now father-of-three said they are “in good form, luckily”, and added: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.”While the Duke’s words stoked further speculation about the possibility of a Prince Alexander, the name is not likely to be a final contender as it is one of Prince George’s middle names. Video: New Prince of Cambridge’s first public outing 4:32PMFloral dress worn by Princess Charlotte on Monday sells out online  The official range includes a pillbox costing £35, a tankard for £39 and a plate priced at £49.Each item in the range is gilded with 22-carat gold and made in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional methods.There is also a pram-shaped woven decoration, made with glistening threads, delicate pearl detail, and embroidered on the back with “Royal Baby 2018”, for £14.95. When it comes to godparents, the youngest Cambridge child might well be dealt the best hand yet. After seven years of marriage (and three children), the Duke and Duchess now know exactly who their real friends are.Plus, with 12 godparents between them, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already ticked off all those their parents felt obliged to ask. Admittedly a few of their oldest and best friends have already been bagged – Emilia d’Erlanger, for example, is George’s godmother and Prince William’s friend, Tom Van Straubenzee belongs to Chalotte – but there are plenty more of their friends waiting in the wings, as well as a few close cousins. Click here for our best guestimate at who might be in the frame for possible godparents to the new prince. 10:40AMMeet the Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal ‘glam squad’ Some of the runners and riders in our shortlist in the race to become the youngest royal’s godparents  1:57PMPunters back James and Henry… but Arthur remains bookies’ favourite The Prince of Wales said he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “both so pleased at the news”.Prince Charles said in a statement: “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.” As well as an expected flurry of family visitors to Kensington Palace on Tuesday, Royal Gun Salutes will also celebrate the birth of the new Royal baby. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Honourable Artillery Company will each fire celebratory Royal Salutes at 2pm. Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery 8:49AMBaby prince’s first achievement is to make history for gender equality Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era gun during a 41 gun Royal salute in Hyde ParkCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP 1:16PMAuntie Pippa meets the new prince: Kate’s sister pictured leaving Kensington Palace The prince’s birth also made history for Royal gender equality – he is the first child to be born since an Act that secured girls’ place in the line of succession.Here’s how the route to the British throne now looks. It would be a worst nightmare for most new mothers, but the Duchess of Cambridge had a close knit team of helpers on hand to help ensure she looked her best for her moment in front of the world’s media.For the past few years, the Duchess has worked closely with former PA Natasha Archer and hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker to ensure that her every public appearance is pristine. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out online.Confident Charlotte, who is just days away from her third birthday, was at ease in front of the world’s media at the Lindo Wing in London.She charmed the crowds on Monday, by turning to wave as she led her father the Duke of Cambridge up the steps to the hospital to meet the newborn baby prince.Her blue Periwinkle dress, with Peter Pan collar and short sleeves, and blue daisy smocking was by Little Alice London. Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker arriving to tend to Kate after the birth of Prince GeorgeCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph  Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers to signify his three children to answer a question from the press as he leaves the Lindo Wing  range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the birth  Arthur remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the new Royal baby’s name, but James is the most popular for individual wagers placed with Ladbrokes.James  has seen the largest amount of bets and money placed since the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth.It is the same name as the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton. Prince William also has a cousin James, Viscount Severn.Despite being the favourite in the betting at 2/1, Arthur is left for second spot in the Top 10 list, followed by Albert (5/1), Philip (6/1) and Henry (12/1), according to Ladbrokes.Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said:  “Over 100,000 bets have placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name, and punters are eagerly awaiting the announcement from Kensington Palace to see if they will be quids in.”Latest Prince of Cambridge name oddsArthur 2/1James 4/1Albert 5/1Philip 6/1Alexander 12/1Henry 12/1Edward 16/1Frederick 14/1Thomas 16/1Alfred 20/1Jack 20/1Louis 20/1Michael 20/1Charles 25/1William 25/1Top 10 names according to bets and money wageredJamesArthurAlbertPhilipHenryAlexanderEdwardFrederick ThomasAlfred 9:13AMRoyal gun salutes to mark birth of new baby 10:01AMArthur is bookies’ favourite – but James most popular with punters   11:41AMRoyal Collection releases official souvenirs before baby even has a name Gun salutes have also been used to mark other Royal eventsCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun Royal salute 8:54AMRoyal baby name odds: Runners and riders for new Prince of Cambridge ArthurA middle name of the Prince of Wales, Arthur is also one of Prince William’s middle names as well as the Queen’s father, George VI.The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century.Once popular, the name fell out of fashion, but has had a revival in recent years. Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.AlbertQueen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, the Duke and Duchess would be honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George but always known to his family as Bertie.Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.PhilipA lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh might see the new Prince of Cambridge called Philip.Both Prince Charles and Prince William have Philip as a middle name.The Duke of Edinburgh – known for his dedication to duty and his acerbic wit – has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years and is the nation’s longest serving consort.FrederickA Prince Freddie of Cambridge would have a historical link to the 1st Duke of Cambridge.Prince Adolphus Frederick lived from 1774 to 1850 and was a son of George III.He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out “By all means” if the priest said “Let us pray”.CharlesWilliam may want to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered too similar to Charlotte.JamesJames could be chosen to signify the Duchess’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton.William already has a cousin James, the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son, Viscount Severn.James is a Stuart name. James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, had been king of Scotland for 36 years as James VI when he became king of England in 1603.Other namesThey could choose William as a middle name for a boy, but also perhaps Michael as a middle name out of respect for Kate’s father.Kate’s grandfather on her paternal side was called Peter, while on her maternal side, her grandfather was Ronald.Thomas also appears several times in Kate’s family tree, as does Francis. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out onlineCredit:Samir Hussein/WireImage Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Tuesday afternoonCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP The duo are often spotted loading vanity cases and suit carriers onto the royal jet during tours or lurking behind the scenes to tend to the Duchess whenever she needs.Here is everything you need to know about the Royal “glam squad”, who were on hand for the Duchess’s Lindo Wing exit. George and Charlotte visit their new baby brother in hospital Punters have been racing to place bets on the possible name of the royal baby boy, with James and Henry catching favourite Arthur.Bookies still have the moniker of the legendary king as their top name, but are seeing Royal fans taking a punt on other choices facing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Henry has been very popular overnight and might well be in the frame.”The firm has Arthur as 2-1 favourite, but the odds on Henry have been shortened from 14-1 to 10-1.Other popular names include James 4/1, Phillip 5/1 and Albert 6/1.Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Arthur is the hot favourite at the moment and ever since the birth yesterday our customers have been queuing up to get their bets on.”James, Albert and Philip have also been backed and anything else would be a major shock.”He added their favourite was Arthur 2-1, followed by James 4-1, Albert 5-1, Philip 6-1, and Alexander and Henry both with odds of 12-1.Click here for the latest odds on possible Royal baby names – and history behind them. 2:02PMGun salutes mark Royal birth 3:17PMHistorian Hugo Vickers on why the Royal baby’s name might not matter as much as you think 2:48PMVideo: Moment royal birth was marked by 41 round gun salute The Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers as he tells the media he has ‘thrice the worry now’ as he leaves the Lindo Wing Credit:BEN STANSALL /AFP Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, is the first member of the family to be spotted at Kensington Palace today.The 34-year-old was pictured leaving the Royal couple’s home after meeting the as-yet-unnamed baby for the first time. The Duchess of Cambridge shows her new prince to the worldCredit:John Stillwell /PA read more

Midwife murder Husband of Samantha Eastwoods exfiances sister remanded in custody over

Police searched near Stoke for missing midwifeCredit:PA A £10,000 fundraising appeal has been launched for the funeral, to enable her family to give her “the send-off she deserves” and has already raised almost £4,000.Miss Eastwood was last seen in uniform leaving work at Royal Stoke Hospital at 7.45am on Friday July 27.Devastated colleagues on Monday  laid flowers and messages around a temporary memorial plaque which described her as “a much-loved and valued member” of the team.A post-mortem was carried out on Sunday but it is believed further tests were required to ascertain the cause of death. Midwife Samantha Eastwood whose body was found last weekCredit:PA Stirling, a fencing contractor, was originally arrested on suspicion of kidnap on Sunday July 29, two days after Miss Eastwood was reported missing, but was released pending inquiries.He was re-arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, when the body was found. Two other men, aged 28 and 60, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but released on conditional bail.In a statement released by Staffordshire Police, Miss Eastwood’s family thanked supporters for their efforts. Police searching Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke for missing midwife They said: “The family of Samantha would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this terrible time.”We would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.” The brother-in-law of a missing midwife’s ex-fiance appeared in court on Monday accused of her murder.Michael Stirling, 32, was charged with killing Samantha Eastwood, 28, after a body was found dumped in a disused salt quarry in remote woodland near Caverswall, Staffs, six miles from her home.His wife is the sister of Miss Eastwood’s former fiance, John Peake, 34.Stirling was brought before North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court in Newcastle-Under-Lyme wearing handcuffs and grey prison clothing.He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth but did not enter a plea during the brief, three-minute hearing. He was remanded in custody to appear via live video link at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday.The charge states that Stirling allegedly murdered Miss Eastwood between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green. Midwife Samantha Eastwood whose body was found last week Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more