ARod Blatantly Hit with Fastball in Game Against Red

Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster hit New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday night’s game, setting off a chaotic scene at Fenway Park that lead to the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.From the moment Rodriguez stepped onto the field, the boos and jeers seemed to influence Dempster, who appeared to take aim at Rodriguez. Dempster’s first pitch came close to hitting Rodriguez, landing on the outside of his knee. A few pitches later, he threw a fastball that hit A-Rod’s elbow pad and deflected into his back.Rodriguez stared at Dempster as he was escorted to first base, but never attempted to rush the mound.Girardi, however sprinted onto the field and began yelling at plate umpire Brian O’Nora. Perhaps in disbelief that Dempster was not ejected for his blatant display, Girardi swung his fist wildly, nearly connecting with O’Nora’s chin.The benches and bullpens cleared, but the situation was handled before things escalated. read more

Nearly Half The Kentucky Derby Field Is Racing Against A HalfBrother

3A. P. Indy19892910– Curlin could break into the ranks of top Derby siresSires with at least five offspring who raced or are set to race in the Kentucky Derby, 1875* through 2018 Dynaformer19855– Mendelssohn✓✓ Ambiorix19465– Dixieland Band19805– Count Fleet19405– McGee19005– Graustark19635– Heliopolis19369– Mr. Prospector got luckyRelationship of Mr. Prospector to every horse in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Bold Bidder19625– Pompey19235– Promises Fulfilled✓✓ The Porter19158– 13Scat Daddy20047– Flameaway✓✓ El Prado19895– Ballot190410– Cox’s Ridge19747– Hofburg✓✓ Hail to Reason19587– Khaled19436– Wrack19095– North Star III191410– Man o’ War19177– Magnum Moon✓✓ Sweep19077– Gone West19845– Gulch19845– Tiznow1997217– In every Kentucky Derby, breeding is the silent, invisible force that can play a huge role in deciding the outcome of the race. What’s unusual about the 2018 Kentucky Derby is the sameness of the breeding.When the race kicks off at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 20-horse field1We’re considering only the 20 horses that have a guaranteed spot in Saturday’s race. One additional horse was granted alternate status in case another horse scratches, but the alternate was not counted in this analysis. will feature nine runners who were sired by just three stallions, which means 45 percent of the runners will be competing against what humans might consider a half-brother. And that’s the third-highest percentage in the 94 Kentucky Derbys for which horseracingnation.com has sire data on all the competitors.Leading the family business this year is the stallion Scat Daddy, who sired four colts in the race: The morning-line favorite Justify (3-1) and the second-favorite Mendelssohn (5-1), as well as long shots Flameaway (30-1) and Combatant (50-1). To see how unusual it is for four half-siblings2In horse-racing parlance, two horses with the same sire are technically not considered “half-siblings,” a term reserved for two horses with the same mare. to enter the same Kentucky Derby, we looked at the sires of every Derby horse on record. Assuming none of his progeny scratch, this year Scat Daddy will tie Chicle as the most prolific derby sire for any one year.3Data gets spotty in the 19th century, so we may be missing some Victorian-era superstuds. (Chicle sired four racers in the 1923 Derby.)Scat Daddy isn’t the only stallion with multiple offspring in this year’s race. Three competitors were sired by Curlin: Vino Rosso (12-1), Good Magic (12-1) and Solomini (30-1). And just to keep it interesting, Bolt d’Oro (8-1) and Enticed (30-1) are both by the stallion Medaglia d’Oro.Scat Daddy died unexpectedly in 2015 at age 11, so this crop of 3-year-olds will be the second-to-last of his direct offspring to run for the roses. But Curlin, the two-time horse of the year, has a chance to enter the record books as a stallion. Overall, Curlin has already sired eight Derby contenders4Scat Daddy has sired seven. Again, assuming none of their offspring scratch from this year’s race. and he’s only 14, which means he may be able to keep breeding for another decade or so. According to our research, the record for fathering Derby runners is held by Black Toney, who sired 16, including Derby winners Black Gold and Brokers Tip. Fair Play19055– Free Drop Billy✓✓ Herbager19565– Alydar19756– Bull Dog19277– Wild Again19806– Sovereign Dancer19755– Mr. Prospector19707– Blue Larkspur19267– 7Tapit2001179– Seattle Slew19745– 26Mineshaft1999196– Mr. Prospector was the horse’s … Maria’s Mon19935– My Boy Jack✓ 37Into Mischief2005135– Damascus19645– Source: Equineline.com The 2018 Derby is something of a chance to avenge the 2007 Kentucky Derby for both Curlin and Scat Daddy, who had disappointing results in that race. Curlin finished a respectable third, but went on to beat that year’s Derby winner, Street Sense, to win both the Breeders’ Cup and the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Scat Daddy had been a favorite at the betting windows before the 2007 Derby, but he finished a dismal 18th after suffering an injury.Why have these two returned so prominently, via their progeny, to the track? The answer lies both in talent and modern breeding practices.When thoroughbred racehorses shift to their second career as studs, it’s never a sure thing that they will produce high-quality foals. But as their progeny start showing promise, the stallions are held in higher regard, so breeders send in better and better mares, combining the most promising bloodlines in hopes of producing more competitive offspring.“Once a horse shows aptitude and ability, his commercial appeal increases,” said John Sikura, president of Hill ’n’ Dale, the Kentucky breeding farm where Curlin lives.Both Curlin and Scat Daddy attracted more interest from breeders as their progeny were increasingly successful. Curlin’s stud fee was set at $150,000 for the 2018 season, and Scat Daddy was also commanding six figures before his untimely death.The fact that Curlin and Scat Daddy have so many horses in the field is also a function of the modern approach to breeding: Keep ’em busy.Stallions today might “cover,” or breed with, more than 200 mares in a season, whereas the great sires of the past were breeding to a list, or book, of about 50 mares.“What you’re seeing is the ‘big book’ phenomenon,” said Jamie Hill, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock agency.In 2014, when this year’s crop of Derby contenders was bred, Curlin bred with 152 mares and Scat Daddy covered 202, as reported to the Jockey Club. Of their more than 350 matings, seven progeny have made it to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which only takes 20 horses every year.Shared parentage, though, is nothing in the big picture of breeding thoroughbred race horses. Look a few generations back, and they’re practically all related.Certain names crop up over and over in the pedigrees of this year’s Derby runners. Mr. Prospector, for example, shows up in every 2018 Derby runner’s lineage. 2Sir Gallahad III192013– Instilled Regard✓ Horsegreat-grandfathergreat-great-grandfathergreat-great-great-grandfather Bull Lea19355– Good Magic✓✓ Vino Rosso✓✓ Sickle19245– Enticed✓✓ 1Black Toney191116– Audible✓ Nasrullah19408– Show more rows*Sire data is incomplete for many of the early Derbies.Sources: Horse Racing Nation, Equineline.com Pulpit19946– ✓ Bravazo✓ Pharamond II19256– Royal Minstrel19255– Chicle19137– Halo19696– Justify✓✓ Smart Strike19926– Giant’s Causeway19978– Firenze Fire✓✓ Solomini✓ Unbridled19876– 9Curlin2004148– Distorted Humor1993257– Alibhai19385– Danzig19776– Nashua19527– Malibu Moon1997217– Broomstick190110– RKsirebornAge (if alive)Offspring in the derby Lone Sailor✓ Noble Indy✓✓ Bolt d’Oro Combatant✓✓✓ Unbridled’s Song19936– “He’s a dominant force. He was a sprinter, and he set a track record,” said Hill, adding that the horse’s widespread influence is even more impressive for the fact that Mr. Prospector was breeding in the era where studs covered 40 to 60 mares a year.Another major stallion, Northern Dancer, is widely represented. Scat Daddy, for example, had both Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector in his pedigree. And when Scat Daddy was paired with the mare Stage Magic, whose bloodline also traces back to Mr. Prospector, they produced the 2018 Derby favorite Justify.While breeders are concerned that too much inbreeding will create freakish horses, the right combination can make for horses that are freakishly brilliant, said Hill, whose family owned the 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.Can Justify get it done? He’s got history working both for and against him. Justify did not run as a 2-year-old, and the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby without running at age 2 was Apollo, more than 130 years ago in 1882. But Justify has been working with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Derby four times.Scat Daddy also sired another morning-line favorite, Mendelssohn, who won the UAE Derby in Dubai by a huge margin — almost 19 lengths. He’s under the care of star trainer Aidan O’Brien.Among Curlin’s offspring, Vino Rosso won his last race, the Wood Memorial, and is trained by 2017 Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. There’s also reason to like Good Magic, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is trained by rising star Chad Brown.They’ve all got about two minutes to make daddy proud. read more

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

New look same production for OSU linebackers

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Tulsa redshirt senior running back James Flanders (20) from behind during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, Ohio State football fans saw Josh Perry and Darron Lee develop into NFL-quality linebackers. Major concerns before the start of the new year for the Buckeyes were the ability of new starters — junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley — to fill the holes left by the NFL draftees, and how well junior Raekwon McMillan would lead the unit. So far, Buckeye fans have little to complain about in terms of production from that position. After allowing 208 yards rushing in its first two games last year, OSU has allowed just 130 yards to this point on the ground.In addition to being stout against the run, OSU’s linebacker unit has not allowed opponents to score a touchdown. McMillan has credited much of the success to the play of the guys around him.“Every time I turn my head, somebody’s making a great play here,” McMillan said. “I’m just trying to find my ins and outs, trying to find my plays here and there. The guys around me are making me look good.”McMillan went on to thank the defensive line, as well as all of his teammates, for the high level they have played at so far.Although the man in the middle for the Buckeyes is considered to be the leader of the unit, Worley has been around for a longer period of time than McMillan with OSU. The fourth-year strongside linebacker played in 14 of 15 games for the national championship team in 2014, and recorded his first sack last season.Worley recorded four total tackles against Tulsa, while also defending two passes. His play earned him a champion grade from the OSU coaching staff.On the other side, Booker picked up two tackles against Bowling Green in Week 1, but suffered a sprained right knee and did not play against Tulsa. Redshirt freshman weakside linebacker Jerome Baker filled in against Tulsa, picking up five tackles and a fumble recovery.McMillan said he appreciated how well Baker communicated with the team, and how effective he was in his fill-in role.Linebackers have been solid for OSU so far, but will face their biggest challenge against Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have been the catalysts to a powerful Oklahoma offense.OSU defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano knows how tough the task will be for the team come Saturday.“A lot of these guys have never been in this situation. A few of them have but a lot of them haven’t,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.” read more

Moving from Block O to the press box

As I sit here, watching Block “O” slowly filling up an hour before kick-off, I try to remember what it was like two years ago when I was a freshman filling those same seats.Today, I live a totally different life on Saturdays; one spent in the press box rather than in the stands.I used to get angry and frustrated if my friends didn’t want to leave the dorm two-and-a-half hours early so we could get seats in the very front row of the section, with Luc Nutter, the president of Block “O” and my hero.I woke up early in the morning, anxious and excited. I got dressed: Block “O” earrings, buckeye necklace, bright red No. 33 jersey, Brutus tattoos on both my cheeks, Under Armor to keep my arms warm, scarlet and gray gloves and beanie, and my lucky Ohio State socks and red Vans shoes.Those were the days.This morning, I had a much different ritual. I woke up and took a shower, did my hair nicely and put on my professional makeup. I got out my nice dark jeans and some professional shoes. I went to my closest and passed by my white No. 2 jersey, and my old beloved red No. 33 jersey, and pulled out my blue blouse and black sweater.It was definitely not the same game-day outfit from those freshman year games.After that, instead of blasting Hang on Sloopy and tailgating with everyone in the dorms, I sat down to study up on the press packet I had for today’s game against Wisconsin.Did you know that this was the “75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents?” Or did you know that “Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 43 times since 2006, the best among division 1A teams?”I do now.When Ohio State gets that touchdown in the south end zone I will not be losing my voice in excitement; I will be quiet as a mouse, furiously typing notes so that I can recapture a moment that I’m barely experiencing myself. The game takes on an entirely new meaning in the press box.Instead of waiting five minutes for enough cell phone reception to send my text message, I have five windows open in Safari and am sending Google chats.Instead of joining in on Stadium Ohio, I am trying to figure out which players are suited up for today’s game.Instead of running to get water after the first quarter, I am hand-delivered a stat sheet.While I surely miss being a part of that sea of scarlet, being a member of the press has it perks on Ohio Stadium: free all-you-can-eat City Barbeque and McDonald’s McFlurries, riding in an elevator with NBA player and former OSU student Greg Oden and spending that last half of the fourth quarter on the field. And even though I will sacrifice sleep and fun tonight to write my article, I love covering Ohio State football.So even though I can’t technically cheer in the press box while write this… Go Bucks! read more

Miami knocks out Ohio State in decisive playoff matchup

The Ohio State men’s hockey team was out-gunned by No.1 Miami over the weekend. In a dramatic quarterfinal matchup, of the CCHA tournament, The RedHawks end the Buckeyes season Sunday night with a 2-1 victory.Miami out-shot OSU in all three games of the series and their extra chances paid off as they won both Friday and Sunday’s games, by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 respectively, to win the series. Even in OSU’s overtime victory on Saturday they were out-shot by Miami 46-21.“They force you to raise the level of your play,” coach John Markell said of Miami. “Our guys are capable of it. You try and teach your guys to stay at that level, to stay at that intensity.”The Buckeyes played with high energy and intensity throughout the series but they were outlasted by Miami, who displayed why it is the best team in the country.“I’ve got to give credit to Miami. They fought hard to get back in it,” forward Hunter Bishop said.Bishop had six goals and two assists for the Buckeyes in their five postseason games.For the Buckeyes, it’s a disappointing end to a disappointing season. After being picked to finish fourth in the CCHA in the preseason, the Buckeyes finished in eighth. OSU finishes the season with a 15-18-6 mark and will not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.Sunday’s finale served as senior Mathieu Picard’s final game for the Scarlet and Gray. Picard was the lone senior on this year’s team. Picard played one of the best games of his career in the first round in the conference tournament against Notre Dame. The Ontario native scored two goals to lead OSU to a 3-1 victory on Mar. 5. He finishes his career with 19 goals and 22 assists. read more

Tim Hinton hops aboard Urban Meyers staff at Ohio State

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer didn’t have to wait long for an answer after asking Tim Hinton to serve as tight ends and fullbacks coach for the Buckeyes. “It was about 10 o’clock on a Friday (when Meyer) asked me to be part of the staff, and I can tell you by 10:01 I’d said yes,” Hinton said on Jan. 12 at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaching staff. Hinton, entering his 31st year of coaching and 17th at the collegiate level, joins the staff after coaching running backs at Notre Dame for the past two seasons. He and Meyer met and coached the Buckeyes together as graduate assistants in 1986, and Hinton received his master’s degree from OSU in 1987. Meyer said Hinton’s coaching resume within Ohio, which includes five state playoff berths in 11 years as coach of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, as one of the primary reasons for his hiring. “(Hinton) and I worked together on the Ohio State staff in 1986, but what I am most impressed with is his time spent as a high school coach in Ohio,” Meyer said. “He had some outstanding teams at Harding and his extensive experiences coaching in the state were crucial in my desire to want him on our staff.” Hinton, who admits to being “a high school coach who coaches college football,” said the many relationships he has developed with Ohio high school coaches over the years can be helpful to OSU’s recruiting. “I’m one of those guys, so I’m kind of the alumni,” he said. “There are some great high school coaches in the state of Ohio and we’ve got to foster those relationships and continue to have great relationships with those coaches. “My wife (Bev), when she goes with me (to coaching clinics) says ‘Is there anyone that you don’t know?’ So I think that’s where it helps. There’s a personal connection and a personal relationship … I think having those great relationships with those coaches and knowing them on a personal basis, not just a professional basis, helps.” This will be the first time Hinton has coached tight ends since he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wilmington College from 1982-84. During the years of former OSU coach Jim Tressel, the tight end position was sometimes lost in the shuffle in the run-oriented “Tressel ball” offense. As Meyer brings his version of the spread offense to Ohio Stadium, it might seem that tight ends will continue to be overlooked, this time in lieu of multiple wide receivers and shifty running backs. Hinton said he isn’t buying that notion, and that the tight end position can have success in Meyer’s offense. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is perhaps the best example of how a tight end can succeed in Meyer’s spread offense. Hernandez tallied 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns under Meyer at Florida from 2007-09. Hinton said regardless of position, talented players will see the field and that the spread offense’s versatility offers a role for everyone. “The good players are always going to find an opportunity to get on the field,” Hinton said. “I’ve been in the spread offense for the last five years and you can utilize people in many different ways … there’s just a thousand ways to utilize your personnel and I think that’s one of the great things that the spread can bring you.” Read The Lantern on Tuesday for the next profile in the “Meyer’s New Men” coaching staff profile series. read more

Football Five takeaways ahead of Urban Meyers return

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game against Oregon State game on Sept. 1 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor Ryan Day, Saturday’s season debut was different. The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Ohio State served as a head coach for the first time in his coaching career, continuing his role as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer serves his three-game suspension. However, Day’s time as acting head coach, at least during the week, is complete. Per the suspension, Meyer is allowed to coach Ohio State for practices starting Sept. 3 despite not being allowed to coach in games. After Saturday’s 77-31 win over Oregon State, Day said he will be excited to bring Meyer back into the fold. “When Coach gets back, we’re looking forward to getting him back and looking forward to those meetings and kind of building as we go to Rutgers,” Day said. “It will be business as usual for us. We’ll look at the film, make corrections, go from there.” Here are five things Meyer will see when he returns to his head coaching role. Dwayne Haskins with a start under his beltComing into the 2018 season without a collegiate start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had expectations to be successful without a lot of experience to back it up. On Saturday, the Buckeyes caught a glimpse of what the Ohio State offense could be with Haskins at the helm. Completing 73.3 percent of his passes, Haskins threw for 313 yards, becoming the first quarterback in Ohio State history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first collegiate start. That was not it for the redshirt sophomore. He also threw five touchdown passes, the most in Ohio State history for a quarterback in his first start. Haskins did have the help of Ohio State’s veteran wide receiver room, throwing 21 of his 30 total pass attempts to redshirt junior K.J. Hill, junior Austin Mack, redshirt senior Parris Campbell, who recorded a touchdown reception, and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin, who brought in four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Like McLaurin said in his postgame interview, the older receivers seemed to help Haskins feel more comfortable as the starter and, therefore, increasing his confidence as the game continued. Now, with one game started and completed, Haskins goes into the Big Ten opener with that in-game experience as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. A “two-headed monster” running game Haskins was not the only player helping move the ball for the Ohio State offense. Both running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, helped outrush Oregon State 375 to 196 in Saturday’s 46-point win. Against the Beavers, even though both backs split carries, Weber took control. Leading the way with 20 carries, the Detroit, Michigan native recorded 186 yards on the ground, a career-high, and four touchdowns, including the first touchdown reception of his collegiate career. With 15 carries, Dobbins got his share of playing time as well. But, the sophomore back averaged 4.9 yards per carry compared to Weber’s 9.3, with his longest rush going for 10 yards. However, as Day said in the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference prior to the season opener on Saturday, Ohio State has a “two-headed monster” at running back. The Ohio State coaching staff has been known to give the ball to the hot hand, especially in the running game, but dispersed carries pretty evenly in the first game of the season. In Saturday’s opener, Day even used both Dobbins and Weber in the same backfield, using the sophomore to block for the redshirt junior as he received a 3-yard shovel pass from Haskins to score in the second quarter. It’s that balance, that belief that no matter who’s in the game, Dobbins or Weber, that the offense will continue to run efficiently, that Ohio State wants. An as-advertised defensive line From the moment Ohio State’s defensive line took the field for the first time, opposing offenses began to feel its effects. After driving to the Ohio State 39-yard line to start the first drive of the game, Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton dropped back to pass and was instantly met by junior defensive end Nick Bosa, who brought him to the ground, recording his first forced fumble of the day and giving the offense good field position to start the day. In Saturday’s win, the Ohio State defensive line recorded five of the six total tackles for loss, including two sacks by Bosa and two sacks by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who had one career sack heading into Saturday’s game. Bosa also forced and recovered two fumbles including one in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown. Even from the other side of the line from Bosa, defensive linemen were making the quarterback feel uncomfortable. Sophomore defensive end Chase Young recorded two of Ohio State’s three total quarterback hits in the season opener. A secondary with work to doBehind the defensive line, Ohio State struggled to stop Oregon State in both stopping the pass and stopping the run at the second level of the defense. When taking over for Luton after the first drive of the game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Blount completed 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two touchdown passes, including a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In the running game, when junior running back Artavis Pierce passed the defensive line, he could not be stopped, recording an 80-yard touchdown run and a 78-yard touchdown run, giving him 168 yards on 11 rushes. With the loss of junior safety and team captain Jordan Fuller to a hamstring injury, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch called it a “game-time decision,” the Ohio State secondary, specifically sophomore safeties Isaiah Pryor and Jahsen Wint, had more responsibility in the defense as a whole. At times on Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to stop an offense that struggled to score one year ago. With Fuller, supposedly, on the verge of returning against Rutgers, the Ohio State secondary will likely be glad to have him back. However, he is just one player. Ohio State could have some work to do in the defensive backfield. Freshmen impacting early The 26-member 2018 recruiting class has already made an impact in the first game of the season. Nine true freshman made their college debut against Oregon State on Saturday. Both running backs, Master Teague and Brian Snead, each took snaps in the Ohio State offense. They combined for 81 yards on 13 rushes, each recording their first rushing touchdown of their careers. In the passing game, wide receiver Chris Olave recorded his first career reception, taking in a 5-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell in the second quarter. Defensive linemen Tommy Togiai, Tyler Friday, Taron Vincent and Tyreke Smith each received playing time, with Togiai leading the way with two solo tackles. Linebackers K’Vaughan Pope and Dallas Gant each got playing time in special teams along with safety Josh Proctor. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson also made his debut for the Buckeyes after coming in as the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country heading into the season. read more

M4 hard shoulder scheme gets Government go ahead

first_imgChris Grayling Chris GraylingCredit:Will Oliver/EPA 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. Plans to convert the M4 hard shoulder into a fourth lane of traffic have been given the go-ahead by the Government.The proposals would see a 32-mile stretch of the highway widened from three to four lanes from Hayes, west London, to Theale, Berkshire.This stretch of road, from junction three to 12, would also be subject to variable speed limits under the scheme.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who granted planning permission for the scheme, said there is a “critical need to improve the existing national road network”. In his letter of approval, he said the plans will “increase capacity, improve traffic flow and reduce journey times, thereby supporting economic development”.Environmental and transport groups are outraged at the decision and claim having no hard shoulder will be a hazard for motorists.Bridget Fox, sustainable transport campaigner, said: “This is bad news for both motorists and local residents.”Motorists and breakdown operatives will be exposed to greater risk with the loss of the hard shoulder.”This is just expanding motorways on the cheap.”She added: “We need investment in alternative options, including better rail, to give people choice in their journeys.”Jenny Bates, of Friends of the Earth, said: “Widening the M4 will lead to more traffic, more climate changing emissions and increase air pollution levels that already break legal health limits.”Motorway widening is not the solution to our congested roads as more traffic just makes it worse, it’s time to send UK transport in a new direction to protect our planet and our health.” last_img read more

Solicitor and his wife ripped off retired vicar to fund highspending lifestyle

first_imgProsecutor Philip Standfast said: “Clare Scott must have known about the perilous state of the family’s financial circumstances and she must have known that the large sums of money transferring into and out of their joint account was being used to pay for their high spending lifestyle and did not come from her husband’s legitimate income.“It was obvious that these sums of money were the result of her husband’s criminal conduct.”As a carer for Mrs Waugh, Mrs Scott claims she made accounts of how much time she spent with her and provided receipts for her expenditure which she gave to her husband who had power of attorney over the priest’s account. He then arranged for the money to be paid to his wife.She said she did not check if the amounts tallied and said she was “extremely shocked” to learn Mr Scott had taken out tens of thousands of pounds on credit cards and ran up huge debts.“I had absolutely no idea at all what was going on with that account,” she said. “If I had known, I would have wept, just as I feel like weeping now.”Asked by the prosecutor where she thought more than £5,000 a month on credit cards was going, she said: “The mortgage, his hobbies and wine.”  Mrs Scott also told the court that her husband concealed the fact he had been sacked from his job.And insisted she knew nothing of an arrangement for the vicar to pay £300 a month towards their Volkswagen car.Giles Scott had admitted a series of fraud and theft charges in respect of Mrs Waugh and also three other elderly victims for whom he had power of attorney, as well as transferring criminal property.The case continues against Mrs Scott. All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane Waugh All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane WaughCredit:Glen Minikin A retired female priest had £230,000 stolen by a couple she met at her local church choir, who spent the money on fine wines and an extravagant lifestyle, a court heard.Jane Waugh, 78, became friends with lawyer Giles Scott and his wife Clare through their village church and she paid Mrs Scott to be her carer after her husband died.But the couple “abused the trust” the vicar had placed in them and financial problems led them to “rip off” Mrs Waugh, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from her. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertycenter_img Mr and Mrs Scott were active in the local community of Stearsby, in North Yorkshire, but monthly overspending meant the couple’s overdraft often reached £10,000.At Teeside Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Standfast said that while Mr Scott earned £3,500 a month as a partner in the law firm Langley’s, in York, their mortgage repayments were £1,800 a month and they frequently spent £5,000 a month on credit cards.Giles Scott, 63, spent £827 on a night out in a pub, the court heard, and was withdrawing around £700 in cash on his credit card every two or three days in a month-long period in 2015.He has admitted a number of frauds and thefts against four other elderly people who had trusted him with power of attorney.However his wife, Clare, 62, denies six charges of transferring criminal property, amounting to £50,890.Mrs Scott, who also has a soft-furnishing business as well as being a carer, told the court she thought her husband was “an honourable man” and has denied any knowledge of their debts. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertyCredit:Glen Minikin 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