Not only did Floyd “Money” Mayweather earn the largest purse in boxing history with a guaranteed $41.5 million, he was also given a million dollar Bugatti just because.According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, The MGM Grand Hotel bought Mayweather a brand new Bugatti.The Bugatti is one of the most expensive luxury automobiles in the world, with the Veyron–the most popular model– with a price tag of $1, 400,000.It is unknown which model Mayweather received, but knowing the flashy boxer, it won’t be kept a secret for long.This makes Mayweather one of the few people who can actually say “I woke up in a new Bugatti” and actually mean it.
After a whirlwind start to NBA free agency — in which almost every big, available name settled on a home — there was plenty to sift through. Almost too much! So we did the dirty work for you. Here are some of our initial takeaways from Day 1 of free agency.The Warriors may not be a contender, but they’ll still be entertainingFor the third time in four offseasons, Golden State added an All-Star to its roster, arranging a sign-and-trade with the Nets to acquire D’Angelo Russell in the wake of Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with Brooklyn.The move is a compelling one: While it gives the Warriors another scorer to make up for the absences of Durant and Klay Thompson this coming season, it also figures to weaken Golden State considerably on defense — especially because the deal forces the Dubs to part ways with Andre Iguodala. No, Iggy isn’t a spring chicken anymore, but he is still an above-average defender who, along with Draymond Green, has long been one of the most important pieces of that unit. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if the Warriors fall outside the top half of the league on defense at this point, a jarring thought given how great they were on that end for several years.1Losing free agent Kevon Looney would be another blow.But what makes the deal most interesting, aside from seeing how Russell does next to Stephen Curry,2The Nets struggled at times when Russell was paired in the backcourt with fellow guard Spencer Dinwiddie. is that it gives the Warriors a young, valuable asset to trade for other parts — and a deeper roster — once they get Thompson back healthy again. Being able to pivot like that is a plus and is a better alternative to basically losing Durant for nothing.Aside from the Nets, the Pacers had maybe the most interesting dayIf you had told Pacer fans that they were going to lose not only Bojan Bogdanovic — their leading scorer, at 21 points per game, after Victor Oladipo got hurt — but also Swiss Army Knife Thaddeus Young, you probably wouldn’t have gotten a great reaction from them. But that was the reality Sunday. And there’s a decent chance that Indiana comes out of it OK anyway.As Bogdanovic joined the Jazz and Young made a deal with the Bulls, the Pacers agreed to pacts of their own with Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon and Charlotte’s Jeremy Lamb. Brogdon had several suitors, and Indiana had to part ways with a couple of picks in order to complete a sign-and-trade for him. But he could be a solid fit, both because of his tough defense and his ability to play on and away from the ball once Oladipo is back in the mix.For that reason, this seemed to be a much better signing than Ricky Rubio would have been. The offense-challenged Pacers desperately needed someone who was at least something of a shooting threat to take pressure off Oladipo. (Though it remains to be seen whether Brodgon will shoot just as well without the crazy spacing he benefited from with the Bucks.) And the Lamb signing, for three years and $31 million, was arguably even better from a value standpoint.In fact, based on FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO player projection model, Lamb is projected to provide $22.3 million worth of production per season in his deal. Only four players who reached agreements Sunday — all of whom were max-level stars3Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. Durant and Irving are believed to be taking slightly less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to sign for $10 million per year. There’s a good chance that Durant won’t outplay his contract the same way the others in the group might, as he will likely miss most of this coming season. But there’s no way to adjust for that in our projection model just yet. — are projected to outproduce their deals by more than the $12 million per season of excess production expected from the 27-year-old Lamb.By contrast, the model wasn’t high at all on Bogdanovic’s agreement for four years and $73 million with Utah, even though he seems like a great fit with the Jazz on paper. Our model suggests that Utah overpaid by around $14 million a season in order to get someone of his production level, based on his aging curve. (The system did find Young to be a great value for Chicago, however, with the Bulls getting an almost $5 million bargain for him over his three-year deal.)Sacramento won’t get high marksThe Kings made a couple of head-scratching decisions. They kept Harrison Barnes for four years and $85 million and then also picked up Trevor Ariza for two years and $25 million. Both were on the short list of players our CARMELO projection model deemed to be overpays by more than $10 million per season. The Kings were the only club to sign two such players on Sunday.Many of the other players on that dreaded list — Klay Thompson,4Our system has always been tough on Klay — it would likely be even tougher if it were able to account for his ACL tear. Tobias Harris, Khris Middleton — were on contending teams and were in position to command max or near-max deals because their clubs risked losing them for nothing otherwise. That wasn’t true of Barnes or Ariza, though. (Nor was it true of someone like Bobby Portis, who, for all his scoring ability, registered in our system as a nearly $14 million overpay per season with the Knicks.)Sacramento’s other deals, for Dewayne Dedmon and Cory Joseph, were more or less in line with their value.The Sixers overhaul themselves yet againIt’s somewhat stunning that the Sixers either couldn’t or wouldn’t bring back Jimmy Butler after the postseason he had with Philly, but now that he’s moving on, Al Horford is a fascinating signing. Some will gasp at the four-year, $109 million price tag. (Our model actually pegs him right at $109 million over that length of time.) But between him and Josh Richardson, who figures to be on the way to Philadelphia in a Butler sign-and-trade, the Sixers are going to have a scary amount of length on D. Losing JJ Redick’s shooting will sting, but Richardson and Horford are both good from outside.The Sixers will miss Butler’s ability to facilitate as a secondary ball-handler. But Butler’s exit may streamline things on offense for Harris, who was all but forgotten at times in the playoffs — something that simply can’t happen given his salary and what the team gave up to get him.Other winners and losersTwo other teams that deserve credit for their deal-making: The Magic got almost $14 million worth of bargains per season between Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu, according to our model. And the Clippers, who saw all their star targets aside from Kawhi Leonard fall off the board, decided to lock in Patrick Beverley at just three years and $40 million. While the contract was easily the biggest of Beverley’s career, our system pegged his value at $51 million over the next three seasons.The Knicks had a frustrating day, even prompting the team’s brass to put out a statement to fans who were disappointed to see a pair of stars team up in the wrong borough. (Other fans were disappointed to see the team spend more than $100 million in contracts on three players that all could play power forward.) And the Hornets have had a lot of us wondering what they’re up to. Why not trade Kemba Walker ahead of the deadline if there was a chance you were simply going to let him walk in free agency?Some questions, we’ll likely never get an answer for. Others, hopefully, will become more apparent over the coming days, as teams continue to fill in their free-agent blanks.
The list of the 10 NBA players whose shots have been blocked most often this season includes many of the aggressive, diminutive guys you might expect: Isaiah Thomas. Kemba Walker. Derrick Rose. Damian Lillard. DeMarcus Cousins.Wait, what?Yep: Cousins, the 6-foot-11 star who was just traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans, isn’t just on that list, he leads it. The Pelicans have acquired one of the best players in the NBA — and the most blocked.Cousins’s shots get blocked 1.6 times per game, which represents a slight decrease from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, when opponents stuffed Cousins 1.8 times per contest. (He was the most-blocked player in those seasons, too.1Among qualified players, who played in 58 games or more.) All of which is surprising, considering the 26-year-old’s clear advantages in height, strength and skill.So what’s going on? Cousins is a volume shooter (more than 20 attempts per game), which means he inherently risks getting blocked more often than your average player does. Yet that doesn’t solve the mystery. Nearly 40 percent of his attempts are from 16 feet out or more, where shots almost never get blocked. (He’s up to a career-high five 3-point tries per night.) And while it’s fair to think that referees might not exactly be best friends with Cousins — who has a league-high 19 technical fouls already — blown calls wouldn’t completely explain his blocked-shot rate, either. According to Synergy Sports, Cousins draws shooting fouls on 8.5 percent of his plays around the basket, tied for the highest rate in the NBA.Still, he has a number of tendencies that make him susceptible to the swat.He’s predictable, for one. Cousins holds the basketball longer per touch than any other NBA center — an average of 2.34 seconds — giving teams an opportunity to size him up once he’s gotten the ball in scoring territory. Clubs also know that he’s generally more comfortable from the left block, where he carries out about 70 percent of his post-ups.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cousinsblocked.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This isn’t to suggest that teams can simply bumrush Cousins and not get burned. The big man — averaging almost five assists per night, second among NBA centers — is more than capable of kicking the ball out to shooters.But teams appear to have learned that they can often use a second defender to attack him from certain angles when he holds the ball too long. Opponents have sent hard double-teams at Cousins an NBA-high 2.9 times per game this season, according to Synergy. That’s not a new phenomenon: Teams sent a league-high 2.5 hard doubles at Cousins in 2015-16, too, giving clubs at least two players in good position to redirect his shot attempts.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cousinsblocked2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For all Cousins’s strength, he isn’t very springy, and the league has gotten smaller and more athletic in recent years. One way to see this trend is to look at how his leap stacks up against that of younger players: Cousins posted a max vertical jump of just 27.5 inches during the 2010 NBA Combine. Since that year’s draft, just two players — Nikola Vucevic in 2011 and Dakari Johnson in 2015 — have been selected despite getting so little liftoff at their combines.Before he was traded, I asked Cousins why he gets blocked so much, and he said that I didn’t have to search for a complicated explanation. “It’s because I can’t jump,” he said. “It’s really as simple as that.” Related: Hot Takedown Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches?
3S. Ohtani’18AngelsSplit-finger586.41 11C. Carpenter’04CardinalsCutter865.06 6T. Ohka’05Nats/BrewersSplit-finger936.17 5M. Mulder’03AthleticsSplit-finger2336.38 20M. Mulder’02AthleticsSplit-finger1144.22 9J. Fernandez’13MarlinsSlider3315.39 12M. Mulder’04AthleticsSplit-finger3165.01 7A. Wood’18DodgersChange-up526.06 Ohtani has probably already done enough on both sides of the ball to confirm that he’s the real deal. (So much for those shaky spring training stats, huh?) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first MLB player since the dead-ball era1So since about 1920. to get two wins as a pitcher and hit three home runs in his team’s first 10 games of a season — meaning few baseball fans were alive the last time a two-way player did what Ohtani has done. If we had to pick one part of his game to bank on most, though, there is reason to believe that Ohtani’s pitching will outpace his hitting as his rookie year goes on.If you read the scouting reports written before Ohtani’s debut, pitching was always supposed to be his strongest suit. And all he’s done on the mound since is compile some truly eye-catching stats: So far this year, Ohtani has the fourth-highest strikeout percentage and the 17th-lowest walk percentage among qualified pitchers, and he ranks fourth in strikeout-to-walk percentage differential — one of the strongest predictors of how well a pitcher will perform going forward. Perhaps most tellingly of all, he’s also currently first in swinging strike rate, a very important measure of sheer pitching dominance, and he ranks third in average fastball velocity. Granted, those numbers have come in the microscopic sample of 13 innings (over two starts against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball). But they validate the story of a pitcher billed as having ace-level stuff when he first pondered coming over from Japan.Ohtani’s split-finger fastball in particular might be the nastiest pitch in baseball so far this season. (The splitter, which is thrown with the index and middle fingers spread wide over the seams, isn’t a true fastball in the same sense as the four-seamer; it’s more like a change-up that looks like a fastball to hitters before abruptly dropping at the last second.) Based on data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he has thrown the splitter 58 times, and it’s already generated 13 strikeouts; only Houston’s Lance McCullers (curveball) and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (slider) have gotten more K’s on a single pitch than Ohtani has gotten with his splitter so far. According to MLB.com, opposing batters have come up empty on 26 of 37 swings (70.3 percent) against Ohtani’s splitter, good for the best swing-and-miss rate of any starting pitcher on any single pitch type in 2018.2With a minimum of 20 swings against that pitch. And at a minimum of 50 total pitches in a season, the 6.4 runs added per 100 pitches by Ohtani’s splitter makes it the third-most effective pitch in FanGraphs’ entire database (which goes back to 2002): 4M. Prior’03CubsChange-up1056.38 19M. Batista’03D-BacksSplit-finger2704.30 Excluding pitch/pitcher combinations with fewer than 50 pitches in a seasonSource: FanGraphs 17J. Santana’04TwinsChange-up7224.38 10L. Severino’18YankeesSlider815.15 13C. Kluber’17IndiansCurveball8074.68 18T. Hudson’03AthleticsSplit-finger5144.31 16S. Gray’18YankeesCurveball624.38 14T. Lincecum’09GiantsChange-up7434.62 8S. Manaea’18AthleticsFastball1165.75 Just a little more than a week into his major league career, Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has been so impressive as both a pitcher and hitter that it’s difficult to decide which aspect of his play stands out most. At the plate, he belted home runs in three consecutive games, crushing one pitch Friday for the seventh-longest homer of the young 2018 season. As a pitcher, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his start Sunday, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts — tied for the most of any starter in a game so far this year. RkPlayerYearTeamPitch TypePitchesRuns/100 1D. Price’18Red SoxCutter59+6.88 Shohei’s splitter is in rare territoryMost runs added per 100 pitches in a season for a single pitch, 2002-18 2T. Lincecum’08GiantsSlider636.50 15M. Redman’06RoyalsCutter744.54 All of this obviously comes with the usual small-sample caveats and then some. (It’s barely been one week!) As “the book” comes in on Ohtani and his uber-out pitch, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to befuddle hitters quite so much with the splitter. One of the things that makes baseball’s core pitcher-batter duel so great is that it’s a constantly evolving chess match of adjustments and counteradjustments. Right now, though, Ohtani is winning that battle on the mound.Of course, his success as a hitter can’t be overlooked. But there are at least a few signs that Ohtani might cool down from his early 1.310 on-base plus slugging start at the plate. According to Baseball-Reference.com, his batting average on balls in play — a sign of how lucky a hitter has been — is .364, well above what’s considered sustainable. Of further concern: He’s striking out four times for every walk, swinging at the first pitch far too frequently (1.5 times as often as the average batter) and getting himself into a good hitter’s count3Defined as either a 3-0, 2-0 or 3-1 count. about half as often as the average batter. A full 50 percent of his fly balls have left the yard, which is also an extremely unsustainable rate. As MLB pitchers see him more often, Ohtani will probably go through more growing pains as a hitter than he will as a pitcher.But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the sheer excitement of what he’s already accomplished. According to research from MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, the maximum outputs from Ohtani’s Statcast data — gathered by radar and cameras that track every move made on the field — show that Ohtani possesses an arm that can throw harder than 87 percent of pitchers, a bat that can launch balls faster than 89 percent of hitters and legs that run faster than 84 percent of base runners. As unreal as the hype was around Ohtani before he ever played an MLB game, somehow the beginning of his career has exceeded it. We can only wait with anticipation for what comes next.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) throws under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, left, at the Nova Care Center in Philadelphia during the team’s training camp on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State has hired Ryan Day, former 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach, as the new quarterbacks coach to fill in for Tim Beck. Day had previously worked with Meyer at Florida.Tim Beck, Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will go from Urban Meyer’s coaching staff to newly hired Texas coach Tom Herman’s staff. Beck, after two seasons with OSU, has been hired as Texas’ offensive coordinator.Beck’s reported move to the Longhorns comes just three days after OSU was embarrassed in the Fiesta Bowl 31-0 by Clemson. OSU’s offense, specifically in the passing game, has received scrutiny all year for occasional ineffectiveness.The report states that Beck will be in charge of the offense, along with the quarterbacks at Texas. The report has yet to be confirmed, however.Beck, an Ohio native, came to OSU from Nebraska before the 2015 season. Beck previously coached high school football as well.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell are also set to leave the OSU program for other opportunities — the NFL draft and Cincinnati head coach position, respectively.
Ohio State football’s 2011 season promises to be one of the most intriguing in recent memory. Key players are suspended, there’s been considerable turnover at numerous positions and there’s a new coach at the helm.The Buckeyes should still contend for the 35th Big Ten championship in program history, though. In fact, the only thing that might keep OSU from winning the title is a possible NCAA ruling that deems the program ineligible for postseason play.The Buckeyes begin the season with a modest, No. 18 ranking in the Associated Press’ preseason college football poll. Four of OSU’s Big Ten rivals — No. 17-ranked Michigan State, No. 11-ranked Wisconsin and No. 10-ranked Nebraska — also figure to contend for the Big Ten title this fall.During OSU football media day on Aug. 21, players and coaches said they aren’t concerned with the media’s preseason predictions.“From year to year, (our) expectations don’t change, and that’s what makes Ohio State great,” said first-year coach Luke Fickell. “I would rather have people say negative things and doubt you just because that’s a motivating thing in itself.”Talk to literally any OSU player and they’ll likely echo Fickell’s sentiments.Most players and coaches won’t elaborate on exactly what the team’s expectations are in 2011, but senior center Michael Brewster did.“We’re the six-time defending Big Ten champs and as long as I’m here, that’s not going to change,” Brewster said. “We’re used to winning and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”If the Buckeyes are to advance to the inaugural Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, they’ll have to navigate the Big Ten’s newly formed Leaders Division, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.By season’s end, an October stretch of games against Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin — the games against the Cornhuskers and Illini are on the road — likely will have made or broke OSU’s Big Ten championship hopes.If there is a singular, decisive moment this season, it may come during Wisconsin’s Oct. 29 visit to Ohio Stadium. That game, currently scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff, could determine which team represents the Leaders Division in the conference championship game.After earning a berth in the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, the Badgers will come to Columbus with highly touted quarterback Russell Wilson, a transfer from N.C. State that threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2010.It appears that Wilson will do battle with OSU’s two-headed quarterbacking monster, which is comprised of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller.At a Tuesday press conference, Fickell announced that Bauserman and Miller will share time at quarterback, but that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of the season.By the time the Badgers come to town in Week 9, it’s possible that Bauserman or Miller will have earned full-time duties at the position, but it is clear that OSU has two serviceable quarterbacks at its disposal.The Buckeyes will be looking to avenge last year’s 31-18 upset loss to Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. With the backing of 105,000 rowdy fans, OSU should find a way to reverse the result of last year’s game and go top of the Leaders Division.From there, OSU should handle Purdue and Indiana before closing out the regular season with intriguing games against Penn State at home and, of course, the season finale against Michigan in Ann Arbor.After university representatives met with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12, athletic director Gene Smith said he expects a final ruling regarding the school’s NCAA infractions in eight to 12 weeks. Should the NCAA announce its final ruling during the eight to 12 week window Smith mentioned, the announcement would arrive sometime during a four-game stretch in which the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Illinois in consecutive weeks before hosting Wisconsin and Indiana.If the Buckeyes are deemed ineligible for postseason bowl games, then they will also be disqualified from competing the conference championship game, according to a Thursday press release by the Big Ten which detailed tie-breaking procedures for the conference.Four OSU football players — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — are also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban.Terrelle Pryor left the university on June 7, just days after former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign from his post. Pryor was eventually selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the NFL’s supplemental draft.Finally, three more Buckeyes — Junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard —were suspended for the season opening game against Akron on Thursday after they disclosed that they had received impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.If OSU avoids a postseason ban, however, an unexpected season of glory could await a weary Buckeye Nation.Key to the seasonThe play of the offensive line, coupled with efficiency from OSU’s quarterbacking tandem of Bauserman and Miller, will determine the Buckeyes’ fate in 2011. Senior Mike Adams’ return to the line after serving his five-game suspension will bolster protection for the OSU signal callers. Bauserman and Miller sharing time at quarterback isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either — that combination could prove to be difficult for opponents to plan for.Regular season prediction: (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten); Leaders Division winner. Championship game prediction: OSU def. Nebraska
In Ohio State’s 42-0 win over in-state opponent Akron, junior Jake Stoneburner became the first Buckeye tight end to have three receiving touchdowns in a game. He had two touchdowns last year. “Jake had a great day,” said Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell. “All in all, we were put in situations that he had the ability and the opportunities, and I think he did a great job of taking them.” Stoneburner had four catches on the day, three of them ending in the end zone. He had 50 yards of receiving, with his longest reception coming on a 28-yard strike from senior quarterback Joe Bauserman for the second score of the day. “I was excited we won, also I’m excited I scored three times,” Stoneburner said. “I was just happy to be out there making plays. Joe played a great game, he was out there looking for me. We connected three times and I’m happy about it.” Stoneburner received praise from his coaches and peers about his performance throughout camp. Under Fickell, it appears the offense will integrate the tight end more. “He’s had a great camp,” Fickell said. “He’s been an integral part of this offense all through camp. You know, so I kind of expected it, to be honest with you.” His three receiving touchdowns set a tight end record at OSU, but he is also now one of only eight receivers to catch three touchdowns in a game. “I expected him to have a great day,” Fickell said. “Did I expect three touchdowns? I don’t know. But it’s great to see.” Talking to the media on Tuesday, Stoneburner said he felt like he was a senior, and not a junior on this Buckeye squad. He also said he has been here a long time and that he felt like a leader. Under Fickell, OSU has decided to elect individual game captains for each contest, instead of voting on captains throughout the year. “Obviously, I’ve thought about it (being a game captain),” Stoneburner said. “It would be epic to be a game captain sometime this year.” Fickell said that to be successful for the entire season, the Buckeyes need to continue to play to their strengths. “I know the most important thing is we’ve got to continue to do those kinds of things,” Fickell said. “But it’s going to get harder and harder, because there will be a little bit more of a target on him, but that’s a challenge to him as well.” After Saturday’s game, Stoneburner needs only 172 more yards to match last season’s total. With this kind of productivity, that is something likely to happen in the near future. “I probably won’t score three touchdowns every game,” Stoneburner said, “but I just like to be out there making plays.”
For the second-straight night Saturday, the Ohio State men’s hockey team did what they have been doing consistently over the past month: win. The No. 7 Buckeyes defeated No. 11 Lake Superior State, 2-1, Saturday in the second game of a two-game set after beating the Lakers, 5-2, on Friday night. With the win, OSU extended its winning streak to nine games and unbeaten streak to 11 games. The team has not lost since a 3-0 shutout at Michigan State on Oct. 20. Sophomore forward Chris Crane scored less than seven minutes into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and the Buckeyes held on for the win. Freshman forward Nick Oddo also tallied a goal in the victory, and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 29 saves in the contest. “We did some very good things against a good team,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said. “We did the little things well — we are always concerned with finding a way to get better.” After scoring two goals and outshooting Lake Superior, 17-4, in the first period on Friday night, the Buckeyes got off to a slower start Saturday. The game was scoreless after 20 minutes of play, and remained that way until the Lakers put one past Heeter at the 9:55 mark in the second period. Freshman forward Chris Ciotti got the puck and moved from left to right in the Buckeyes’ zone and fired a shot to give Lake Superior the lead. OSU responded immediately. Just 37 seconds later, Oddo scored from the post after senior defenseman Sean Duddy’s shot bounced off the goalie and freshman forward Tanner Fritz pushed the puck into the crease. “The team went out looking to find some energy after (Lake Superior) scored that first goal. We were lucky, getting some good bounces down in their zone and tying the game up,” Oddo said. “All of us were gunning to get the goal and it didn’t matter who got it. We were all happy. It was a good feeling.” The game would remain tied until Crane put the Buckeyes on top for good in the final period. Freshman forward Ryan Dzingel brought the puck into Lake Superior’s zone and found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott, who fired a shot. Lakers sophomore goalie Kevin Murdock was not able to control it, and Crane got the rebound goal, his ninth score of the season. Coming from behind to take a lead is something OSU has embraced this season. “It goes back to our mentality,” Crane said. “We were down, 1-0, (Saturday) and the coaches told us to keep playing Ohio State hockey no matter what. In the end I think we just wore down Lake Superior and came out on top.” The Lakers had the puck in the Buckeye’s zone late after they pulled their goalie, and had a couple good chances, but Heeter and the OSU defense made multiple stops, preserving the 2-1 win. With the victory, the Buckeyes improved to 12-3-1 on the year, 9-2-1 in the CCHA. OSU now has a five-point lead in the conference over second-place Notre Dame. Lake Superior dropped to 10-6-2 overall with a 6-5-1 conference mark. OSU remains hungry, even though they sit atop the conference, are first in the PairWise rankings, which determine the NCAA tournament field, and have the No. 1 ranking in the RPI. “Coaches talk about never being satisfied with where we’re at,” said sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig. “We just keep working and trying to get better.” The Buckeyes will host Miami (Ohio) at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center and then travel to Oxford for the second of a two-game series the following night.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo pitied Ohio State Jared Sullinger after Saturday’s game. After helping guide MSU to a 58-48 win against the Buckeyes, Izzo made an obvious statement, saying that Sullinger faces an increased scoring burden when his Buckeye teammates, like senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who shot a combined 4-of-24 from the field, struggle to score. “(Sullinger) is so hard to guard and I just thought today … (Buford) had not a very good game and Thomas didn’t have that kind of game,” Izzo said. “Then everything falls on poor Sullinger.” Everything didn’t fall on “poor Sullinger,” though — he fell apart on himself, and grasped at the limbs of the opposition while he fell. Sullinger bundled 17 points and 16 rebounds with 10 turnovers in OSU’s loss to MSU at the Schottenstein Center. He was 5-of-15 shooting from the field, and was, at times, visibly disturbed by Saturday’s proceedings. When he wasn’t complaining to the referees, OSU’s sophomore forward appeared to jaw with Spartans’ senior forward Draymond Green throughout the game, emerging after some of the not-so-friendly conversations grinning and looking to the crowd for encouragement. In the second half, Sullinger hauled Green to the floor, grabbing the MSU player’s leg after falling. It should be noted that no foul was called on either player after the incident, and the two forwards shook hands at midcourt during the next stoppage in play. Make no mistake — the act of tripping Green was deliberate. It was a result of Sullinger losing his cool and one of them could have sustained an injury as a result. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he wasn’t sure if Sullinger’s frustration on Saturday equaled previous bouts of in-game discontent, adding that the big man was a positive force in team huddles throughout the contest. “I’m not sure I saw frustration like I’ve seen him have before,” Matta said. “I thought he did a pretty good job of playing through all the things.” That’s a scary thought because it certainly appeared that Sullinger had blown a fuse. Sullinger is a fantastic player, but the focus didn’t appear to be there at times on Saturday. OSU can’t afford to have him fly off the handle like that because one more loss could put the Buckeyes out of the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Izzo is right. Sullinger clearly makes the Buckeyes go. That’s why the team needs him to keep his cool in the final six games of the regular season, as well as the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Sully, just keep your hands to yourself and let’s get on with it.
NEW ORLEANS – Have you ever watched a movie and not really understood what happened when it was over?William Buford is like that movie.He was at Ohio State four years and now that his career is over, I’m still not completely sure what I just saw.His career had more ups and downs than Kirstie Alley’s weight and was a role model for being consistently inconsistent.There were times when he was the best player on the floor and times when coach Thad Matta couldn’t get him off the floor fast enough.So how should we remember Buford? What’s his legacy?To me, Buford’s legacy comes down to one word.But.Everything good you can say about him has a draw back. I’m not sure what it was, but something was always restraining him from being truly great.Buford scored 1,900 points in his career and is tied for third OSU’s all-time scoring list with Jerry Lucas.But he was never the leading scorer on his team.He won 116 games in his career and his teams had a winning percentage of .800.But in the biggest of games with the most on the line, it wasn’t uncommon for Buford to lay an egg.He helped lead his team to two No. 2 seeds and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.But he never won a championship.The fact is, anyone can make a factual argument that Buford was one of the greatest players to ever step on the hardwood at OSU.People 100 years from now who never watched him might look back at the record books and hold that opinion. They might think his jersey should be hanging from the rafters.But to truly understand Buford, you had to watch him.One thing about the legends is they always stick out. They’re always memorable. Whether they played great or poorly, you always had a feeling of their performance walking out of the gym.Some games, Buford’s play was just flat out forgettable. You could leave the arena, turn to the guy next to you and ask, “Where was Buford tonight?”It was as if he didn’t play.Then he would come out the next game and drop 25 points.From beginning to end, Buford was an enigma.That’s not to say he didn’t do a lot of great things during his time at OSU. He had opportunities to go to the NBA, but returned and is getting his degree at the end of this quarter.None of his teammates or coaches ever had anything remotely negative to say about him and former walk-on Mark Titus called him his favorite teammate of all-time in his new book.When the final buzzer sounded Saturday and Buford’s career was over, he sat down on the floor. It was all over for him.Maybe Buford’s legacy can best be summed up in the state of the program he’s leaving behind.The common adage is to leave things better than you find them.When Buford came to OSU in 2008, the Buckeyes were coming off a loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU lost in the National Championship in 2007, but were far from a national power.In 2012, OSU might not be an elite basketball program, but they have emerged as a consistent force just about every year and show no signs of that stopping.In short, the program is in better shape than when he arrived.So, what exactly was William Buford?Well, he was very, very good.But.He wasn’t great.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers might have a tough road ahead in Ohio Stadium this weekend. The winless Blazers (0-2) will face No. 16 Ohio State (3-0) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. OSU opened its season with victories against Miami (Ohio), Central Florida and California, and coach Urban Meyer made the Buckeyes’ objective for Saturday’s game clear during his weekly press conference on Monday. “We have to get to 4-0,” Meyer said. “That has to happen.” If UAB is going to prevent the Buckeyes from doing that, the Blazers will need to reverse the result of a Saturday loss against South Carolina. The Blazers dropped that game 49-6 for their second defeat of the season. Even though the Blazers finished far behind on the final scoreboard, UAB freshman safety Jake Ganus said their game versus South Carolina gave them confidence for playing OSU. “Playing at South Carolina will definitely help us prepare for playing at a venue like Ohio State with the big crowd and atmosphere,” Ganus said during UAB’s weekly press conference on Monday. “I don’t think we will be quite as nervous running out of the tunnel in front of thousands of fans that are booing you when we have already been through it at South Carolina.” UAB ranks 86th in the NCAA in total yards of offense per game, 117th in rushing yards per game and 110th in points scored per game, but it has been better statistically as a passing offense. The Blazers rank 30th nationally in passing yards per game, and already have 11 offensive plays of 20 yards or more in only two games. Meyer expressed concern about his defense, which has given up 15 plays of 20 yards or more in three games, going up against a team who has been able to make big plays this season. “We’ve seen enough big plays for a season all in just three games. And this team is willing to launch it down the field, so that’s an issue,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “This is as many deep balls as we’ll see in one game. They just throw it down the field a lot, they have very athletic receivers.” UAB’s defense has given up 88 points in two games, which ranks them 123rd out of 124 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in points allowed per game. Furthermore, the Blazers rank 108th nationally in defensive yards allowed per game, 86th nationally in passing yards allowed per game and 110th in rushing yards allowed per game. This week, the Blazers’ defense will have to go up against an OSU offense led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, who ranks ninth nationally with 988 yards of total offense through three games this season. Numerous UAB defensive players discussed the challenge of playing against Miller during UAB’s press conference. “We know he is a great athlete,” said freshman defensive tackle Jontavius Morris. “He has great running and throwing ability. But with correct alignments, assignments and execution, we can get the job done.” Ganus agreed. “I think if we all do our part well and work together we can contain him, but he is an outstanding athlete who can run and throw the ball so we will be looking to stop him any way possible,” Ganus said. Like the Buckeyes with Meyer, UAB also has a first-year head coach, Garrick McGee, who joined the Blazers after serving as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 2008-2011. While at Florida, Meyer faced McGee and praised the former Razorback coach during Tuesday’s teleconference. “He’s a classy guy,” Meyer said. “I think he’s one of the better coaches … we had some incredible battles when I was at Florida, so a lot of respect for him and I think he’s the right man for the job.” Meyer also explained his approach to Saturday’s contest during the teleconference. “We’re attacking this one,” Meyer said. “We understand there’s good athletes on that team. My objective for this game is to win and to have a clean game. Minimal penalties, no turnovers and block the right people and tackle.” Kickoff between OSU and UAB is set for noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
St. John Arena isn’t just another campus building. It’s a cornerstone of the greatness that is Ohio State athletics. It housed our men’s basketball program’s lone national championship team. It carries so much more significance than the name “Building 076,” its identification number marked on campus maps, could ever give it.I, along with thousands of other students before and after me, spent one of my first days on campus inside its hallowed walls at convocation freshman year. I watched my brother receive his OSU diploma there when I was younger. I took my dad there for last year’s Skull Session prior to the football game versus Purdue. It has long provided the backdrop when ESPN’s College GameDay comes to town.Without a doubt, I am one of many who share cherished memories of the 57-year-old building; which is exactly why the news of its demolition is so hard to digest.Last November, the university announced that a $10 million gift from businessman Sam Covelli would pave the way for a new 4,000-seat facility, named Covelli Arena, to replace St. John Arena. Covelli, the CEO of Covelli Enterprises in Warren, Ohio, is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread in the United States.According to a release from OSU, the arena will be a meeting place for roughly 13,000 participants in Department of Athletics’ camps each year. It will also house seven varsity sports including volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. Despite all these new additions, I will still miss the old building.If they choose to, I am willing to put money on the thought that the athletic department could auction off every last wooden seat in the place prior to demolition.This news of the impending destruction comes as no surprise, because nothing does anymore when it comes to our athletic department’s greed for money (see: Gator Bowl, 2012).I understand that new facilities with vamped up amenities attract the nation’s best athletes. I’m totally fine with moving those sports that will call Covelli Arena home. But what I don’t understand is why St. John has to come to the ground.The university could still use it for any number of pursuits, including a physical hall of fame, office space or rec sports. My guess is E. Gordon Gee, who was president at the time when the announcement was made and frequently pushed to make students live on campus for two years, saw no way to convert it into student housing and decided to tear it down.It’ll be a sad day for this campus when the button is pushed to demolish St. John Arena in late 2014 or early 2015. I’m still recovering from watching Riverfront Stadium, home of my childhood Cincinnati Reds, implode one cold Sunday morning in December of 2002.So make sure you take a step inside St. John Arena this year. Take pictures, watch a volleyball match, breathe in its historic building mustiness and above all, remember its importance to this great university.
OSU Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball as Binghamton junior back Zach Galluzzo (4) pursues during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-0. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team fell to 1-4-0 overall on the season and 0-1-0 in Big Ten play in its 2-1 loss against Northwestern (1-2-1) on Friday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.After winning its opening game of the season on Aug. 28, the Buckeyes have dropped four in a row as they were outplayed by the Wildcats early on Friday.Northwestern senior forward Joey Calistri scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute to put the Wildcats up 1-0.Despite being down a point, OSU continued to battle against NU. In the first half of the game, multiple Buckeyes came close to scoring the tying goal.OSU freshman midfielder Greg Solawa attempted a shot from 25 yards out just one minute before NU scored, but his attempt was prevented by the crossbar. Redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham later scored a goal, but it was denied when the offsides flag was waved. Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary kicked a shot in the 41st minute, but NU senior goalkeeper Zak Allen made a save to prevent the Buckeyes from putting any points on the board.In the second half, the Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 after Calistri scored another goal in the 61st minute. However, the Buckeyes were able to show some resilience after that, fighting to score their first goal since the opening victory.The Scarlet and Gray finally got on the scoreboard on an own goal by NU following a corner kick. OSU junior forward Danny Jensen attempted one final shot to tie the game in the 86th minute, but he was unable to execute, sending the Wildcats to their first win of the year.OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer is now 1-4 on the season after making three saves.The Buckeyes are scheduled to complete their so-far-winless four-game road trip with a visit to Akron to face the Akron Zips on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDepth was not an issue for the Ohio State defensive line in 2017. At the very least, it was not an issue at defensive end.That narrative could flip in 2018.Ohio State is guaranteed to lose two players at both defensive end and defensive tackle, but the inside defensive line depth could return arguably its top two players while adding plenty of depth from Early Signing Day. The defensive ends will only lose depth.On Early Signing Day Wednesday, Ohio State received letters of intent from five-star Taron Vincent, the top high school interior defensive tackle in the country, and four-star Antwuan Jackson Jr., the top junior college transfer interior defensive lineman in the nation, according to 247Sports. It also secured the commitment of four-star Tommy Togiai, the ninth-best defensive tackle in the country.“[Defensive line coach Larry Johnson has] made some very strong comments about the future of the inside of our defensive line,” head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday. “What I love about them, they’re all great kids, great families, and they’re ready to go. I anticipate they’ll all play. Our interior defensive line is going to be strong.”At defensive end, however, it did not make many additions. It lost out on the recruitment of defensive end Micah Parsons, the seventh-ranked prospect in the nation, due to a self-reported violation and also watched strong-side defensive end Brenton Cox, at one an Ohio State commit, sign with Georgia.The only defensive end recruit Ohio State picked up was three-star Alex Williams, and Meyer said Wednesday the team has given thought already to playing him at tight end. And while Ohio State is considered the favorite by 247Sports to land four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith, a Cleveland native, he still has yet to commit and could surprise the Buckeyes.Depth at defensive end is not something Ohio State has had to be concerned about in recent years, however.With Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa and Chase Young destined to be drafted in early rounds in the next few NFL drafts, the defensive end position has had talent that the tackle position hasn’t had.That depth looks a lot different in 2018.And given what freshman Chase Young has displayed in short spurts, a legitimate case could be made that the Buckeyes have five defensive ends talented enough to be starters for any other team.The depth at defensive tackles had also been strong in 2017, but not in the same way. Redshirt seniors Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle, as well as redshirt sophomores Robert Landers and Dre’Mont Jones, have proven to be capable of effectively manning the interior line positions for Ohio State. But only Jones was stood out as a potential All-American.But that depth looks a lot different in 2018.Holmes’ and Lewis’ eligibility has expired, and the Buckeyes will probably lose another starter as well.When Bosa was asked Friday about whether he expected to be triple-teamed next season with starters leaving, he excluded Hubbard’s name from the group of returning starters while stating Jones will return.“I’m sure they’ll be there, but with [redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper] and Chase on the other side, and Dre’Mont hopefully coming back, and [Landers] inside, it will be tough to double-team anyone,” Bosa said Friday.Hubbard is eligible to leave early for the 2018 NFL Draft, and he likely will leave, meaning Bosa and Young will begin the year as the expected starters, with Cooper as the top backup. There are no other players on Ohio State’s roster listed at defensive end. Bosa and Young are more than capable of handling the job for Ohio State. With their talent, they still might represent the best pair of defensive ends in the nation. The difference in 2017 was that any substitution made didn’t hurt Ohio State’s ability to pressure the backfield.Young, Bosa and Cooper will be counted on to carry the entire weight of the ends in 2018. They will have to fight through fatigue at times, and an injury to any of the three could be detrimental to the effectiveness of the line.For the defensive tackles next season, an injury to Jones — if he returns — won’t require the coaching staff to scramble. They might have the benefit the ends enjoyed this season.In addition to returners Landers and Jones and the top recruits Ohio State added at defensive tackle, the Buckeyes also have four, four-star defensive tackles returning next season in Malik Barrow, Jerron Cage, Jashon Cornell and Haskell Garrett, as well as three-star Davon Hamilton.Defensive tackles will be able to handle injuries or inconsistent play. With all the depth inside, Ohio State can afford to go through several players at the positions. The same cannot be said of the defensive ends. At least, as it stands right now with still a few more months until the more traditional signing day in February, Bosa, Young and Cooper will be required to carry the weight of the ends on their shoulders. “We don’t know who’s coming in yet. We still need to finish up recruiting, and walk-ons and whatever,” Bosa said Friday. “So we just have our three ends right now, so it will all shake out. We’ll see, but obviously I’ll get rest when I need it, but I’m definitely going to play a lot more.”
Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s receiving corps will return one of its key members. H-back Parris Campbell announced on Twitter he chose to stay for his fifth and final season at Ohio State, bypassing the opportunity to go to the NFL draft.One of the fastest players on Ohio State’s team, Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ big-play threats. He finished the season with 40 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. He also averaged 36.6 yards on nine kick returns and was named second-team All-Big Ten as a kick returner. Campbell had 13 receptions for 121 yards as a redshirt sophomore.In his final game of 2017, Campbell had one catch for minus-three yards and three rushes for 42 yards in the Cotton Bowl against USC. According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Campbell was the No. 9 wide receiver prospect in the draft.After a lot of thinking and praying… Buckeye Nation… pic.twitter.com/fKqik8MPOH— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) January 11, 2018
Graduates from the University of Cambridge are among the most employable in the world, according to a survey of international recruiters.The elite university came fourth in the world and first in the UK in the sixth annual Global University Employability Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education.The University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Manchester also placed highly in the league table, which looks at the skills businesses most value in their employees.How to read the different university rankings Top 10 UK universities in the world rankings Overall, 11 UK universities made the list of 150 institutions, down from 12 in 2015 and 14 in 2013. This is compared to America, which had 37 institutions feature in the rankings.US universities also made up six of the top 10 places, with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) taking the number one spot.The ranking – commissioned by HR consultancy, Emerging – was based on the opinions of 2,500 recruitment managers from large international companies in 20 countries around the world.During the survey, participants were asked to define what they looked for in graduates and to choose the universities they believed produce the most employable graduates.Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: “A university education brings a host of life-enhancing benefits but for many students, launching a successful career is one of the most important outcomes.”In a year of huge political upheaval, where young students have witnessed Brexit and the unexpected election of Donald Trump as US President, many will seek the relative safety of a university with a strong track record of producing graduates who are valued by large, international graduate employers.”Top 100 universities in the world for employabilityView the full table here at Times Higher Education 1. California Institute of Technology, United States2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States3. Harvard University, United States4. University Of Cambridge, United Kingdom5. Stanford University, United States6. Yale University, United States7. University of Oxford, United Kingdom8. Technical University of Munich, Germany9. Princeton University, United States10. University of Tokyo, Japan 29. Johns Hopkins University, United States30. Brigham Young University, United States31. LMU Munich, Germany32. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom33. École Normale Supérieure, France34. Dartmouth College, United States35. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland36. Mines ParisTech, France37. Fudan University, China38. Indian Institute of Science, India39. New York University, United States40. Brown University, United States41. University of California, Los Angeles, United States42. CentraleSupélec, France43. École Polytechnique, France44. University of Montreal/ HEC, Canada 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. 82. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea83. Michigan State University, United States84. University of Bristol, United Kingdom85. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong86. University Ramón Llull, Spain87. Pierre and Marie Curie University, France88. Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands89. University of Southern California, United States90. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom91. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden92. University of Göttingen, Germany93. University of Nottingham, United Kingdom94. Georgetown University, United States95. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands96. Technical University of Berlin, Germany97. Sciences Po Paris, France98. University of Pennsylvania, United States99. University of Lausanne, Switzerland100. Northwestern University, United StatesView the full table here at Times Higher Education 11. Boston University, United States12. Columbia University, United States13. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong14. University of Toronto, Canada15. National University of Singapore, Singapore16. Imperial College London, United Kingdom17. Peking University, China18. McGill University, Canada19. University of California, Berkeley, United States20. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan21. H.E.C. Paris, France22. Australian National University, Australia23. King’s College London, United Kingdom24. University of Manchester, United Kingdom25. Spain – IE Univ, Spain26. EM Lyon, France27. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland28. Duke University, United States 45. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom46. University of British Columbia, Canada47. University of Melbourne, Australia48. University College London, United Kingdom49. University of Sydney, Australia50. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany51. University of Copenhagen, Denmark52. Carnegie Mellon University, United States53. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China54. Cornell University, United States55. University of Chicago, United States56. Heidelberg University, Germany57. Monash University, Australia58. Ghent University, Belgium59. Tsinghua University, China60. University of California, San Francisco, United States61. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany62. Stockholm University, Sweden63. KU Leuven, Belgium 64. University of New South Wales, Australia65. Kyoto University, Japan66. University of Navarra, Spain67. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel67. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany69. Switzerland – Univ. Zürich, Switzerland70. Finland – Univ. of Helsinki, Finland71. University of São Paulo, Brazil72. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands73. National Taïwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), Taiwan74. ESSEC Business School, France75. McMaster University, Canada76. Technical University of Denmark, Denmark77. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong78. Lund University, Sweden78. University Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy80. University of California, San Diego, United States81. Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology, Germany
It should be taken into account, however, that the school only had 13 eligible pupils. The second school in the Telegraph’s rankings is Lowbrook Academy in Maidenhead, where 100 per cent of the 29 pupils achieved the expected standard in their SATs exams and 45 per cent met the higher standard.Comparisons with previous results are inadvisable, since previous tables produced by the Telegraph originally sorted schools on the average point score across all subjects, which is no longer a measure used by the Government.Furthermore, considering the new curriculum, ‘expected standard’ is not a direct equivalent with Level 4 – the previous national standard for key stage 2.London’s schools were top of the classThe proportion of schools that were judged not to be up to standard varied significantly across the country.Regionally, London’s schools were the least likely to fall below the Government’s new benchmarks, with just one per cent doing so. In the South West and the East Midlands the figure was as high as seven percent.Bedford was the worst performer out of England’s 152 local education authorities with one in five schools falling below the floor standard.Dorset had the second worst record nationally on 18 per cent while at the other end of the scale 35 local authorities didn’t contain a single sub-standard school. The top 1,000 schools have been sorted by first organising the schools according to the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, and then by the percentage of pupils reaching the higher standard (previously Level 5).53 per cent of schools met the expected standard and five per cent of schools achieved the higher standard in reading, writing and maths.According to analysis by the Telegraph, the top performing primary school in the country is Temple Grafton CofE Primary School in Alcester, Warwickshire, where 100 per cent of pupils met the expected standard and 46 per cent met the higher standard this year. Primary school performance tables for Key Stage 2 (11-year-old) SATs results have been published today by the Department for Education. They reveal test scores for state primary schools in England and show which schools are meeting the Government’s targets. In 2016, a school will be deemed to be above the floor standard if at least 65 per cent of pupils meet the expected standard (previously Level 4) in reading, writing and mathematics, or if the school satisfies separate pupil progress measures. Have a look through our searchable league table, which reveals the top 1,000 primary schools in England or use our interactive table to search all primary state schools in England. 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. Free school meal eligibility is still a key divideEligibility for Free School Meals continues to be a key predictor in how well a child will perform at Key Stage 2.Just 35 per cent of FSM pupils achieved the expected standard across reading, writing and maths last year compared to 57 per cent for all other pupils.There is a similar divide when it comes to making progress in individual subjects with the biggest gap coming in reading. Girls did better than boysBoys tend to perform worse than girls in Key Stage 2 assessments and this year’s figures show that this pattern has continued, despite the emphasis shifting to progress made, or value added, rather than purely on attainment.As many as 57 per cent of girls achieve the expected standard – roughly equivalent to a level 4b in the old assessment levels – in reading, writing and mathematics compared to 50 per cent of boys.The gap is larger than that seen in previous years – there was a six percentage point gap for the old expected standard in 2015 and 2014.However, despite their stronger performance overall, girls were found to have made less progress than boys in maths. Those with summer birthdays were less likely to do wellAge plays a surprisingly big role in how well pupils perform at KS2 with those born in September – i.e. the eldest in the class – being far more likely to achieve the expected standard in reading writing and maths.Those with August birthdays – i.e. the youngest in the class – did worst.The reverse is true when it comes to the amount of progress made, however, with younger pupils making larger improvements than their elder peers. NotesSchools with fewer than 6 pupils taking a qualification are not shown in the tables because of the risk of an individual pupil’s results being identified.Our other interactive league tables:A-level school league tables: compare your school’s performanceGCSE school league tables: compare your school’s performanceTop 100 secondary schools by A-level resultsTop 100 secondary schools by GCSE results Those with English as an additional language made big stridesHalf of pupils whose first language is other than English reached the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics, lower than the national average and compared with 54 per cent of pupils whose first language is English.However, pupils with English as an additional language tended to make far better progress than those with English as a first language.Children with English as an additional language made significant leaps in maths and writing and also improved in reading, while their classmates with English as a first language made slightly less progress across the board.
Potential buyers can see close-up versions of each paintingCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley The technology has been installed in Sotheby’s galleries for its forthcoming surrealist sale, and is part of its digital strategy to lure new, tech-savvy buyers to appreciate its works.Four separate VR programmes will showcase its four key works, including Salvador Dalí’s Moment de Transition, with the painting estimated at £6.8 million. As 2D paintings, they are striking enough.But fans of four key surrealist works can now step inside them for the first time, as Sotheby’s launches virtual reality paintings.The auction house has become the first to commission designers to create a 360 degree experience, translating the original paintings into a lived experience through Occulus Rift headsets.Visitors will be able to see Dali’s horse and cart trot past them, while Magritte’s lion growls gently as is prowls around them. The VR will allow potential buyers to see close-up versions of each surrealist element, including an empty horse and cart, as well as an imagined version of what would be “behind” them in a 360 degree view.René Magritte’s Le Repas de noces will bring a lion to life, underneath the painting estimated at up to £1.2m. The two other experiences will detail André Masson’s Hotel des Automates, estimated at up to £2m, and Paul Delvaux’s Filles au bord de l’eau at up to £2.2m. Visitors will be able to see four key surrealist worksCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Nigel Hilditch, director of video for Sotheby’s Europe, said the VR technology would add to the depth of understanding of each painting, capturing the atmosphere as close to the artist’s original intentions as designers could manage.The finished product had won over Sotheby’s surrealist specialists, he added, and was intended as a “complementary” offering alongside the traditional exhibition of paintings.The auction house is understood to have waited for the surrealist sale to deploy the technology, believing the paintings were best suited to the experience, but may roll it out to other departments if successful.Versions of the videos are now available to view online. 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.
The investigation is into deaths at the Countess of Chester HospitalTwo of the deaths being investigated or reviewed by police are of babies who died at other hospitals after collapsing at the Countess of Chester.The RCPCH review found no obvious factor which linked the deaths.Ian Harvey, Countess of Chester Hospital Medical Director, said: “Approaching the police is not something we have undertaken lightly. This is to ensure we have been completely thorough in understanding what has happened here and to get the answers we and the families so desperately want.”Cheshire Police said that the investigation was in the “very early stages”. A spokesman added: “There are no individuals under suspicion or arrest at the stage.”Sarah Ratcliffe, of Pryers Solicitors who are acting on behalf of one of the families, said: “Clearly the death of any child is a tragedy, but this is exacerbated in circumstances where questions remain unanswered. The deaths of fifteen babies born at a single hospital are being investigated by police as it emerges that no tests were carried out to see if they had been poisoned.The Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust asked officers to investigate after a number of independent reviews were unable to explain a higher than usual number of babies collapsing and dying on their unit between June 2015 and July 2016.The probe will focus on the deaths of eight babies but will also review seven further deaths and six non-fatal collapses.The announcement comes just months after the publication of a report into the high death rate by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) which made 24 recommendations for improvement.One area of concern identified by the panel was that although most of the infants had undergone a post mortem “these did not include systematic tests for toxicology, blood electrolytes or blood sugar since the infants died in hospital”.Toxicology tests are not routine, but are often used when a cause of death cannot be established and would show any drugs or chemicals in the system. The RCPCH report, which found “no definitive explanation” for the deaths, also warned that staffing levels on the ward were “inadequate” with significant gaps in medical and nursing rotas and insufficient staffing for the provision of longer term high dependency and some intensive care.The Countess of Chester stopped treating premature babies born after less than 32 weeks’ gestation as soon as concerns were raised over the death rate in July 2016, at the same time they commissioned the report. A spokesman said: “The Trust and its doctors have continuing concerns about the unexplained deaths and are very keen to understand that everything possible has been done to help determine the causes of death in our neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.“As a hospital we have taken the clinical review as far as we can. We have now asked for the input of Cheshire Police to seek assurances that enable us to rule out unnatural causes of death.”Two babies died on the unit in 2013 and there were three deaths in 2014.But eight deaths were recorded in 2015. And in 2016, up until June, five babies died on the unit. 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. “However, we are reassured that all steps are now being taken to investigate these deaths in their entirety, and we are hopeful that the investigation can provide some answers for the families of these children.“ We have never lost sight of the families left bereaved by the loss of their baby and they will continue to be our main concernIan Harvey, Countess of Chester Hospital medical director
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. But while forecasters think the sunny spell will last into the coming bank holiday weekend, they cannot guarantee it will endure throughout it, or into next week’s half term holiday.Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, told the Telegraph: “We’re going to see a lot of fine weather and temperatures are going to turn pretty warm indeed.“On Monday most of England and Wales will have fine weather and lots of sunshine.“Twenty-five or 26 degrees looks likely.”He said that a little cloud midweek would have a slight cooling effect but that most of the country would still see temperatures in the low 20s. Britons will be able to swap their umbrellas for sun cream this week as the country looks set for the best weather of the year with temperatures hitting the high 20s.Met Office officials are promising uninterrupted warm, dry, sunny weather with the highest temperatures since September by the end of the week.The south-east of England will bask in highs in the high twenties on Thursday and Friday. He said: “Then on Thursday and Friday there’ll be a good deal of sunshine to end the week. High 20s looks likely. We’re definitely in suncream territory”The south-east of the UK will enjoy the best of the weather, driven by a high pressure system coming up from Spain, but the Midlands and East Anglia will also be warm and sunny.Mr Burkill said: “It seems though that the weather knows it’s a bank holiday. The warm weather is likely to stay with us unto the bank holiday, but looks likely to break down over the three days. “It’s just a shame that it’s next week that’s half term.”He said this week would be the warmest since September 2016.The news will come as a relief after recent wet stormy weather which led to flooding and left millions wondering when the summer would finally arrive.Only last week two inches of rain fell in a single day on Wednesday. It came after the hottest temperatures of the year so far were recorded in Gravesend on Tuesday, but whereas last week highs came with humid discomfort the week ahead looks set to be clear skied.The Met Office prediction will be music to the ears of sports fans looking forward to a bumper Saturday, with Arsenal and Chelsea facing off in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Twickenham playing host to the final of the Rugby Union Premiership, and Eoin Morgan leading his one-day side out at the Rose Bowl in the second of their three games against South Africa.The prediction for early June is less certain, with showers and high winds expected.