Among Kawhi Leonard’s many, varied talents is something relatively new this season: Without much warning, and in addition to his stellar defense and rebounding, the Spurs forward has become one of the most devastating 3-point shooters in the league.Leonard currently ranks second among qualified players in 3-point accuracy, having knocked down a ridiculous 48.4 percent of his threes. Before this season, his career high had been 37.9 percent (on 2.8 threes per game) and his high for attempts per game was 3.0; this year, he’s taking 3.8 per game and shattering his career numbers. Merely putting a shooting threat of that magnitude on the floor can dramatically grease the wheels of offensive efficiency: Since 1997-98,1The year the league moved the 3-point line back to its current distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. teams whose regular lineups featured a guy hitting at least 45 percent of his threes scored 2.7 more points per 100 possessions than their peers. But Leonard is more than just a long-distance sniper.On top of his range, he also rates among the league’s best defenders (his +3.4 defensive Box Plus/Minus is in the 97th percentile of NBA players) and scorers (95th percentile in points per 36 minutes), with above-average rebounding (69th percentile in rebound rate) and passing (57th percentile in assist rate) thrown in for good measure. Leonard’s all-around excellence this season has placed him squarely in the mix with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the mantle of NBA’s Best Player™.As my colleague Ben Morris wrote last month, Curry has emerged as the face of the 3-point revolution sweeping across the league in recent seasons. Along those lines, you might also expect that Leonard is ushering in a new era of great shooters who also excel in other facets of the game — a sort of apex predator among the 3-and-D genus. But Leonard doesn’t symbolize some broader trend threatening to transform basketball, primarily because he’s far too unusual for anyone in today’s NBA to measure up.The typical sharpshooter at the level of Leonard this season is, and always has been, limited in other areas. Going back to ’97-98 again, the average top-five-ranked shooter by 3-point percentage profiles as follows: a highly efficient scorer2Practically by definition, given the shooting percentage required. and solid passer who’s also in the bottom half of NBA players in usage rate, the bottom third in defensive BPM and close to the bottom quarter in rebound rate. So, by and large, these are not all-around dynamos — they’re in the game to shoot the lights out, and maybe do a little ball handling. Anything else is gravy, but outside the job description. We should note that this profile isn’t really trending in a different direction over time. Leonard’s compatriots atop the 3-point percentage leaderboard this season are J.J. Redick, Omri Casspi and Jared Dudley — a trio not exactly known for superb all-around skills. Even Curry, who ranks fifth (absurdly, on more than twice as many 3-point attempts as anyone else in the same neighborhood accuracy-wise) is merely an OK rebounder and defender relative to the league. That Leonard rates so well in non-shooting categories is basically unheard of for a marksman of his caliber.Well, unless you consider Larry Bird. In 1984-85, Bird hit 42.7 percent of his treys (good for second in basketball — and remember, the league shot 28.2 percent back then) while ranking in the 87th percentile in scoring efficiency, the 96th percentile in usage, the 87th percentile in assist rate, the 83rd percentile in rebound rate and the 94th percentile in defensive BPM. Maybe that defensive number is a bit of a stretch, the residue of estimated statistics in a pre-SportVU era, but Bird was also better defensively than he sometimes gets credit for. In any case, among top-five-ranked 3-point shooters in a season, Bird’s 1979-80, ’84-85 and ’85-86 seasons are the only ones remotely comparable to Leonard’s 2015-16 in terms of all-around versatility. Nobody else comes close.That doesn’t mean Leonard is a perfect analogue for Bird, but it does underscore the rarity of his talent and the infrequency with which a world-class shooting stroke is packaged alongside other elite basketball skills. Perhaps most tantalizing of all, Leonard is only 24; he still has time to get even better.Read more: The Spurs’ Bench Could Probably Make The Playoffs On Its Own
Given the way the championship’s scheduling works, Carlsen will play with the white pieces — and its first-move advantage — for the next two games. It will prove a critical gauntlet for Caruana’s title hopes. Here’s a visualization of how things have gone, and we’ll keep the chart below updated throughout the match. 87654321abcdefgh This is a rare move in this position at the game’s highest levels, and it’s an aggressive one — one often reserved for speed-chess games, rather than the lengthy, classically timed games of a world championship. Carlsen had faced this move with the black pieces only once before, according to ChessBase — in a 2005 game against the Dutch grandmaster Daniël Stellwagen, when Carlsen was just 14. (That game ended in a draw.) Given Carlsen’s prodigious memory for positions, it would be no surprise if he remembered that game well. And he claimed not to be troubled.“To be honest, I was pretty happy about the opening,” Carlsen said after the game.Lichess’s analysis tool calls that sixth move the “Sicilian Defence: Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack, Gurgenidze Variation.” Gurgenidze was the Georgian grandmaster Bukhuti Gurgenidze, and “one of the most original and striking players of the Soviet era,” wrote ChessBase upon his death in 2008. The early part of Thursday’s game was striking, too. Grandmasters called it the sharpest opening they’d seen in world championship history.Generically, this sort of move, a pawn to b4, is called a wing gambit, and it can be ventured in a few different openings. White sacrifices a pawn to potentially gain an advantage in the center of the board and in the mobilization of his pieces — the claiming of territory and the arming of his troops. Indeed, it was perhaps the first time in the match that the player with the white pieces had been able to sustain anything one might be able to call an attacking advantage.Yet Carlsen was able to parry the threats. He appeared calm throughout the game, occasionally throwing one arm over the back of his chair, ever so suave in his gray suit.By Caruana’s 19th move, he was perhaps regretting that his brief advantage had fizzled. And indeed it had. He spent nearly 32 minutes on that move, head often in both of his hands, pondering the board. Carlsen and Caruana agreed to a draw after 34 moves and just over 3 hours, in the position below. The match now sits level, 2.5-2.5. 87654321abcdefgh Game 5 of the World Chess Championship began under a cloud. Not a literal cloud, though there were those in London, too. Rather it was the lingering hubbub of a published and deleted video. Since that video was released, a prominent chess writer resigned and, oddly, the event’s organizing body announced that it had hired a security firm that was ready to sweep for illicit electronic devices and deploy polygraphs on the players if necessary. Was the latter related to the video? To some other bit of intrigue yet to fully emerge? Or just because chess’s governing body is, how do you say, filled with plenty of intrigue of its own?I have no answers for you. But I do have some chess to relay. To catch you up if you’re just joining us: Magnus Carlsen of Norway is seeking his fourth world title. His challenger Fabiano Caruana of the U.S. is trying to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972. The pair began the day’s game tied 2-2 in the best-of-12 title match.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws 0.5 and losses 0. It didn’t end much differently.The two grandmasters started Thursday’s game with the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian Defence — the third time they’ve opened with that sequence of moves in the match’s five encounters. But then came a lightning bolt that briefly illuminated the match. It was known as “6. b4!?”Caruana’s sixth move — his white pawn to b4 — electrified the encounter. This is what the board looked like after it struck. Game 6 begins Friday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter.
Stanford 9-2911950%16% ▲ 6a3% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Utah 8-32337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-04122937%30% ▲ 212% Florida 10-112101931%13% ▲ 212% TCU 9-2191850%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1521747%47% ▲ 217% Oklahoma 10-135162%64% ▲ 9a25% Northwestern 9-21621550%<1% ▲ 21<1% The new College Football Playoff committee rankings are out, and the committee shook lots of things up.Notre Dame fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after an ugly win against Boston College over the weekend. Oklahoma (at No. 3) and Iowa (at No. 4) sneaked into the top four ahead of the Fighting Irish, and Michigan State leapfrogged them too, landing at No. 5. At this stage of the season, those teams control their own destinies, but the Irish don’t.Florida joined Notre Dame as the other big loser after the Gators squeezed out an overtime win against Florida Atlantic. The Gators fell four spots to No. 12.But there are still several major games left to be played in the next two weeks, so let’s turn to FiveThirtyEight’s projections of how the committee will order teams in its final rankings Dec. 6. College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 23; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Temple 9-225354838%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-18349%25% ▼ 8a7% Baylor 9-179218%21% ▲ 217% Toledo 9-12420439%<1% ▲ 21<1% UCLA 8-322231815%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan 9-21013157%7% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 8-3181779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 9-21319130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Washington St. 8-32022450%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 11-014659%71% ▲ 2116% Alabama 10-121360%64% ▲ 2121% Mississippi St. 8-32115200%<1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 10-11481641%10% ▲ 212% Oregon 8-3176240%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma St. 10-111141420%10% ▲ 212% RankingProbability of … Navy 9-115163827%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1678—a21% ▼ 104% Oklahoma’s odds of making the playoff jumped 9 percentage points to 64 percent in our model. That’s tied with Alabama and just behind Clemson’s odds of 71 percent. Of the remaining teams, Michigan State is handicapped to have the best shot, at 47 percent, largely because the Spartans are favored if they play Iowa for the Big Ten title. (First they have to beat Penn State this weekend.) That Big Ten championship would be a de facto play-in game for the playoff (should Iowa win against Nebraska on Friday). The model puts the Hawkeyes’ playoff chances at 30 percent.Three spots after Iowa comes Notre Dame. The Irish’s playoff odds took a significant hit, down to 21 percent. Our model has consistently projected that both a strong one-loss Big 12 champ (like Oklahoma) and an undefeated or one-loss Big Ten winner (Michigan State or Iowa) were good bets to make it to the playoff over Notre Dame.Several other teams are on the cusp of the playoff: Ohio State at 25 percent (down 8 percentage points after their first loss of the season); Baylor at 21 percent (needing Oklahoma to slip up, among other things); and two-loss Stanford at 16 percent. All these teams need some surprises to make it in, but there’s still some football left.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty details about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as a methodology update.
Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible.
Of the 26 players on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, 18 are freshmen or sophomores.At perhaps the most important position on the field, a pair of young players is competing for playing time.After six non-conference games, sophomore Ryan Dalton and redshirt freshman Matt Lampson have each started three games at goalie. Each has recorded one shutout, and each has received almost identical playing time. Goalkeeper coach Taly Goode plans to play both men equally until there is a distinction between the two. “There isn’t much separation between the two just yet,” Goode said. “We are looking for one to establish a good rhythm and consistency.” Through six games, Dalton has played 290 minutes, while Lampson has spent 310 minutes in goal.Ideally Goode would like to see a starter emerge, but maintains that their strengths lie in the same places, and they are playing on an even field. “It’s not a bad situation to be in with such strength on such a young team,” Goode said. When asked which player he sees rising to the top, Goode said that they are just about dead even.“Ryan has strong communication with the team and Matt has slightly better distribution,” Goode said. The No. 24 ranked Buckeyes recently entered the Soccer America Poll for the first time this season. The team’s record (3-0-3) shows they are off to a good start and deserve their spot in the top 25. There is less pressure on the young team, and they anticipate catching their opponents off guard. Lampson, a transfer from Northern Illinois, is taking Ohio State in stride. He began training with the Buckeyes last spring. “I wanted to be part of a better program that is more renowned and successful,” Lampson said, addressing the reason behind his transfer. “Coach Bluem was happy to have me working with the Buckeyes.”Both players recognize what a fantastic soccer program Ohio State has maintained and are proud to be a part of the fight to the top.The undefeated Buckeyes face IUPUI at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 tonight.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept a pair of Big Ten rivals, Purdue and Indiana, this weekend. In the first set against the Boilermakers, it was unclear which team had the stronger game. After just two errors, the Buckeyes established their rhythm. Playing an aggressive defense, the Buckeyes forced Purdue to commit six errors. The Buckeyes took the first set, 25-19, with an ace serve from Chelsea Noble and a kill from Kristen Dozier. The Buckeyes fell, 25-23, in the second set but quickly rebounded in a nail-biting third set. With 17 ties and nine lead changes, the Buckeyes came out victorious after a Dozier kill for a 25-24 lead and a kill from Katie Dull to end the set, 26-24. The Buckeyes took the fourth set with an early lead, finishing 25-18 to win the match 3-1. Dull had a co-match high of 17.5 points. Carrying the momentum into Saturday night, the Buckeyes faced the Hoosiers. The Buckeyes came out strong, taking the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22. The Buckeyes fell, 25-23, in the third set after seven consecutive Hoosier points. Kills from both Dull and Ashley Hughes brought the set to 20-16. A Hoosier time out gave them the chance to regroup and take the set. The Buckeyes fired back in the fourth with a Noble ace serve. A final kill from Emily Danks won the set, 25-23, and secured the match, 3-1.The separation between these three teams has certainly been set. The Buckeyes are now 5-5 in Big Ten play. If the Buckeyes can maintain this momentum, they have the opportunity to knock off No. 1 Penn State on the road. The match will be televised 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAt a press conference to announce the firing of former men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta on June 2, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said that all three assistant coaches – Chris Jent, Greg Paulus and Dave Dickerson – were on staff and would still be doing their jobs unless they found new opportunities.Ten days later, the Buckeyes announced that Butler’s three assistant coaches – Terry Johnson, Ryan Pedon and Mike Schrage – would be joining their recently-departed boss, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann, in Columbus.None of the three assistants have spent more than three years coaching with Holtmann, but each brings at least nine seasons of experience coaching at the collegiate level to Ohio State.Ryan PedonPedon, a native of Columbus, grew up a 10-15 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus. Since then, Pedon said, he had become less connected to the area due to his professional life taking him out of the city. But since he grew up in the shadows of Ohio State, Pedon said his familiarity remains strong.The new Buckeyes assistant said no Ohio State coach had defined regions in which to recruit, but he noted that since he has roots in Ohio, he believes it is ultimately important to keep local prospects in the state.“I think you have to look at when this program was at its best, different time periods throughout the past 30, 40, 50 years, why was it? And the common denominator is that kids from this state have been Buckeyes,” Pedon said.Pedon, who played college basketball at the College of Wooster, began his coaching career as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) in 2005. He stayed until 2010, then headed north to be an assistant coach and work as the recruiting coordinator at Toledo. After winning just four games in Pedon’s first season, the Rockets took off in year two, winning 19 games.After his third year in Toledo, the charismatic Pedon departed for Illinois, where he was assistant to the head coach. Then in 2015, Pedon was hired by Holtmann as an assistant coach at Butler where he spent the past two years.When he learned of Ohio State’s interest in Holtmann, he had just one thought swimming through his mind.“I hope he takes the damn job. I hope he takes the job because it’s a hell of a job, to be honest with you,” Pedon said.Since he decided to join Holtmann in Columbus, Pedon hasn’t focused on any long-term goals. He said he’s just focused on the process and improving each day.“We’re not necessarily focused on the prize that awaits us two weeks from now or three weeks from now or five months from now, we’re more focused on the day-to-day,” Pedon said. “And we just feel like if you stack enough good days upon each other over and over and over and over, you do the right thing over and over and over and over, we believe great things will happen.”He learned that philosophy from three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself,’ which former Butler coach Brad Stevens introduced to him.Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson answers questions from the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTerry JohnsonFor the first time in over a decade, Johnson was forced to picked his family up and moved out of Indiana. Johnson also worked at Butler as director of basketball operations from 2004-2006. He left to continue his coaching career as an assistant coach at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he spent one season before returning to Butler. The former longest-tenured member of Butler’s coaching staff began his stint as an assistant in Indianapolis, in 2007 when now-Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hired him. After Stevens left for the NBA in 2013, Johnson remained on the staff when Brandon Miller was hired as the replacement and stayed when Holtmann replaced Miller a year later.“My time at Butler was great. Couldn’t nothing replace those memories,” Johnson said Thursday while meeting with the media for the first time since his hiring. “I was there, like you said, for a decade. My wife is a Butler graduate. I lost my last high school game at Butler. The morning of my wedding, I was hooping at Butler. My twins took my first few steps on Hinkle (Fieldhouse). There’s so much there at Hinkle that nothing could replace that.”But when Holtmann presented Johnson with the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the longtime Butler assistant knew the moment had come to leave.“The opportunity just presented itself to me,” Johnson said. “I really never know what’s in store for me, but some feeling inside of me was like, ‘it was time.’ Wherever it came from, I believe in my faith, and I just kind of followed it.”Johnson served as the defensive coordinator at Butler, but said he and the staff don’t have defined coaching role yet. Before the staff looks toward the fall, it will be working tirelessly on the recruiting trails, a point Johnson reiterated constantly.Ohio State assistant coach discusses the upcoming season on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMike SchrageSome coaches are lucky enough to learn their craft from a living legend. Schrage worked with a pair: Indiana’s Bob Knight and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who he called two of the best, if not the best.Schrage spent four seasons – from 1994-98 – working as a student manager for the Hoosiers, then was Duke’s academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002 and director of basketball operations from 2002-08.“I learned a lot of basketball from coach Knight. For that to be my foundation, who I thought was an encyclopedia of X and Os and basketball, I took in so much,” Schrage said. “Then nine years of (Krzyzewski), you learn so much about basketball. But communication with players, teambuilding, he is so good along those lines.”Though it’s almost unfair to level this type of comparison on a Holtmann who was leading Gardner-Webb just four years ago, Schrage believes Holtmann compares favorably to Krzyzewski.“His ability to communicate, connect with guys remind me of (Krzyzewski). It reminds me of coach K who I worked for at Duke,” said Schrage, who mentioned he would’ve followed Holtmann anywhere.Schrage continued, praising Holtmann’s ability to get every player, from star to walk-on, to buy into the team vision.
#2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The Lantern The Ohio State Wrestling team took on North Carolina State on Jan. 6. in St. John Arena and won 26-10. The Buckeyes improved their record to 5-0. Photos by Sal Marandino.
It has become one of the most common – and divisive – sights of the morning commute to work; the woman rapt in concentration as she carefully applies her make-up, from foundation to the finishing touches of mascara.But as some of her fellow passengers seethe in quiet irritation, they might want to take comfort from the fact many commuters find this sort of behaviour equally off-putting.And it appears that women are even more likely to disapprove of others applying make-up on trains and buses that men. A quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in publicLucy Hume, Debrett’s A Japanese girl applies make-up en routeCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in publicPippa Bailey, Ipsos Marketing love doing live make up tutorials on public transport— kasia (@wifeyriddim) July 27, 2016 Pippa Bailey, senior director of Ipsos Marketing, which commissioned the research as part of a study of attitudes to grooming and cosmetics in the UK, said: “It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in public.“To think that around four in 10 of your fellow public transport passengers are offended by this, with men and women virtually aligned, with 41 per cent of men and 42 cent women finding it unacceptable.”At a time when manufacturers are innovating to create ever more compact and convenient make-up for use on the go, it appears the attitudes of many Brits still lag behind with the feeling that the application of beauty products is best kept behind closed doors.” The Queen at the Royal Cornwall Show in 2000 Credit:Paul Armiger/Alpha But she added that future attitudes to make-up and grooming may start to cross the gender divide, as male-make up becomes more common.“As traditional gender roles start to become less relevant in modern society, it’s interesting to take a look at how this is affecting our attitudes to personal grooming.“There are signs that younger generations have less rigidly gendered views. Looking to the future, the fact many people say men wearing make-up will be unremarkable could be a sign the gender divide for personal care will start to blur,” said Ms Bailey.Which suggests that commuters will have to grow used to the sight of both men and women applying the war-paint on the 7.39. The poll also found a gender divide in attitudes to that other contentious aspect of person grooming – beards.And on this subject women are more forgiving than men.Overall 65 per cent of women said employers had no right to ban beards as part of uniform codes, compared with only 58 per cent of men.But on one thing there is almost unanimous agreement. Overall 90 per cent of women and almost 80 per cent of men agreed that women are still under greater pressure than men to look “well groomed” .“It’s still widely accepted that women are held to higher standards than men and are spending more of their time on personal grooming,” said Ms Bailey. New research by Ipsos MORI has found that 42 per cent of women believe it to be socially unacceptable.And while a third of men had no strong feelings either way, 41 per cent of them disapproved of the practice, with just 22 per cent saying they had no problem with it.As is so often the case with modern manners – whether it eating on a train or making a phone call in a crowded carriage – it seems it is a case of less is more.“Our advice is that a quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable, but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in public,” explained Lucy Hume, editorial manager at Debrett’s, the traditional arbiter of etiquette.Wielding devices such as eyelash curlers on packed- and often juddery – trains is a different matter altogether, said Ms Hume, adding: “That is probably down to personal judgment but the health and safety factor, apart from anything else, would be a concern.”
The last remaining body has been found by investigators at the Didcot Power Station wreckage, more than six months after part of the building collapsed.Thames Valley Police said they believe the body to be that of John Shaw, 61, who has been missing at the site since the disaster in February. His family has been informed.He is the last of the four men to be found following the collapse of the boiler house.Ken Cresswell, 57, from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, was discovered in the wreckage on Wednesday.Michael Collings was found soon after the collapse of the building, while Christopher Huxtable was located on August 31. A police spokesman said: “The contractors have paused the removal of debris so that specialists from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service urban search and rescue and the South Central Ambulance Service hazardous area response team (Hart), can enter the site.”The safe recovery of the body will take place and the disaster victim identification process will commence.”The person has not yet been formally identified and this will be a matter for the coroner, although it is believed to be John Shaw. In July, site owner RWE Npower carried out a controlled explosive demolition at the decommissioned site in an effort to locate Mr Shaw, from Rotherham, and his colleagues.The firm said experts were working seven days a week, 12 hours a day, in an effort to recover the bodies. “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all four men and we would ask that their privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Private school heads have attacked Theresa May plans to make them help under-performing state schools as they say the Prime Minister is “holding a gun to our heads”.Head teachers representing 282 of the top UK top independent schools are expected to argue that threatening their charitable status as a ‘stick to beat us’ won’t work.They will strongly defend their record by saying they are already doing enough to help their state counterparts with bursaries and ‘good collaboration’.Mrs May has launched a controversial grammar schools green paper where it was argued that “there is much more [independent] should be doing so that children from a wider variety of backgrounds truly benefit from the excellent education they can deliver”.She has suggested that if schools fail to sponsor under-performing state schools a change to the law would be considered to remove the tax benefits which independent schools enjoy as part of their charitable status. ‘Don’t put a gun to our heads’Addressing a conference on Monday, Mike Buchanan, the incoming chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents elite institutions including Eton and Harrow, is expected to say: “Independent and state schools cannot make our relationships work with a gun pointing at our heads. ”We hope the Prime Minister understands that – after all she had the good sense to outlaw forced marriages as Home Secretary. “She must know then that, all good partnerships, are based on mutual desire, understanding, respect and cooperation. Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its targetMike Buchanan They work best when the parties have a good deal in common.” Mr Buchanan, who is also the head of Ashford School, will argue the independent sector alone cannot stomach the wider problems of mediocre performance in maintained schools.He’s expected to tell delegates: “While our schools are happy to punch above our weight, independent education is a tiny sector, educating around 7 per cent of British schoolchildren up to 16 and containing many very small and specialist schools.”Quite frankly, we cannot not solve the structural problems in education that taxpayers entrust to the government – to the tune of £86 billion each year – nor should we be expected to.”He will also attack the Government’s plans to undermine their charitable status, which yields them tax exemptions.He will say: “Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its target.Likely to erode effortsIndeed, it’s likely to erode some of the excellent charitable activities painstakingly built up over many years. “There are HMC schools, for example, at which ten per cent of students in a typical sixth form year qualify for free school meals, recruited in an established outreach programme.”If the Government decides that sponsoring an academy or opening a grammar school is the current preference, it would put at risk programmes such as this in favour of much higher-risk projects which would take years to grow.”There are reasons why schools choose certain charitable activities over others – they know what will work in their context and be sustainable.”We would urge the Government to use the current consultation to embrace the best long-term recipes for success and avoid the unforeseen consequences that can arise from a failure to appreciate what works in practice.”
A grammar school Christmas party called the ‘Snow Ball’ was shut down by police after bags of cocaine were found in the toilets. Officers raided the event at Cheltenham racecourse after staff discovered the white powder in both the female and male facilities.MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, was also found in the toilets.The party ended three hours early and the teenagers, from two grammar schools in Stroud, Glos, were sent home. The annual Snow Ball is organised by youngsters at Stroud High and Marling schools with no input from teachers or parents.It took place this year on Dec 6. After the drugs discovery, staff at the venue cancelled the event immediately and the 17 and 18-year-old pupils were asked to leave just after 9.30pm.After the event was shut down, both schools said they were working with police and were taking steps to warn pupils about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. 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. We know that the schools have reiterated the safety messages around drugs to their pupilsGloucestershire Constabulary spokesman Dr Stuart Wilson, the headmaster of Marling School said: “We are aware that an event in Cheltenham attended by students from the Stroud area was closed early by the venue and that police were in attendance.”Consequently, we have spoken with the police and continue to liaise with them.”Mark McShane, headmaster at Stroud High School, said the school supported the police in helping young people understand the risks. The Christmas party was held at Cheltenham racecourseCredit: Michael Steele/Getty At first, the white powder was thought to be a synthetic psychoactive substance – formerly known as legal highs – but tests revealed it was actually the two Class A drugs, cocaine and MDMA.Gloucestershire Constabulary said the teenagers will not be prosecuted because of lack of evidence, but they have met with staff from both schools.A spokesman said: “Due to a lack of evidence that would identify the person who was in possession of the drugs, we are not going to be pursuing this case any further.”However, our lead licensing officer has met with staff from both schools to talk about the matter and we know that the schools have reiterated the safety messages around drugs to their pupils.”
The Queen delivered an upbeat Christmas message on Sunday, saying that we can all draw inspiration in the face of difficult times from the achievements of ordinary people.Her annual Christmas message paid tribute to the country’s “unsung heroes”.In it Her Majesty emphasised the theme of inspiration, as she reflected on the achievements of Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the UK and across the Commonwealth at the Rio Games last summer.The Queen, speaking from the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace, said that “having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had, these athletes are now inspiring others”. On Christmas morning other members of the Royal family attended the annual church serviceCredit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images 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 Queen and Prince Philip delayed their train journey to Sandringham by a day on Wednesday because they both had heavy colds, arriving on Thursday by helicopter instead. Her Majesty did not attend the Christmas day church service because she was still too unwell. In the pre-recorded message, the National Anthem was played by the Massed Bands of the Foot Guards, directed by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts, Corps of Army Music, Senior Director of Music, Household Division.The carol was an excerpt from A Christmas Intrada, called The Wassail, by the American composer Alfred Reed, who died in 2005. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Christmas in BerkshireCredit: Pete Maclaine / i-Images The Queen was understood to have been was left “disappointed” with Mrs May after the Prime Minister declined to share plans for Brexit during her first stay at Balmoral in September.But the PM’s allies emphasised on Friday that Mrs May has the “greatest respect” for the Queen and will share details about her plans for Brexit as soon as they are decided.For her Christmas message broadcast the Queen, who as usual is spending Christmas Day at Sandringham House, in Norfolk, wore a deep jade, silk cloque dress with deep jade velvet trim to the neck and pockets, designed by Angela Kelly.She was wearing a pearl and diamond brooch which Her Majesty has worn on a number of occasions. The brooch was previously worn many times by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. In the broadcast she also cited the “inspirational work” of the many hundreds of charities which she has been patron, together with the achievements of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Prince’s Trust, which this past year have celebrated their sixtieth and fortieth anniversaries respectively.Her Majesty said: “I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them.”The Queen’s hopeful Christmas message follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s Christmas Eve address in which she urged the country to unite after a year of deep divisions over Brexit.Mrs May urged people to “come together” and help make a success of the decision to leave the European Union.She said: “As we leave the European Union we must seize an historic opportunity to forge a bold new role for ourselves in the world and to unite our country as we move forward into the future.“And, with our international partners, we must work together to promote trade, increase prosperity and face the challenges to peace and security around the world.”
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. Workers at Hello Pizza were trapped, terrified, in the takeaway shop when a hooded man set off boxes of fireworks inside.Staff were working in the shop in Kirkdale, Liverpool on Monday when the man placed the box of lit fireworks inside the takeaway and shut the door.This trapped the scared people inside as the 70 fireworks set off.One tried to flee and was forced to jump over the counter and into the kitchen when he realised he was trapped by a wall of dangerous fireworks.The fireworks flew all over the shop, bouncing off and hitting the walls and making terrifying noises as staff crouched for shelter.The takeaway filled with thick smoke as the fireworks stopped.Staff were not injured but they were left shaken, with one refusing to return to work on Thursday afternoon.The manager of the shop believes they were targeted after hearing gunshots outside and finding a gun pellet inside a pizza box.The manager told the Liverpool Echo: “We had to ring police and report it otherwise our insurance would have been invalidated.“Those involved must have seen that as us giving them up to the police and attacked us in this way to show us that. “We are just trying to run our business and earn a living and now my staff are too frightened to come to work.”The store suffered superficial damage which staff cleaned up so they could return to work as usual.Police are currently reviewing the CCTV from the attack and it will be used as part of their investigation.
Not ideal at 5:30am when you’ve got a train to catch! Thought I was clever sheltering my car from the snow! 😂🙈 pic.twitter.com/9Oqz8UxiPR— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 11, 2017 Former footballer Michael Owen thought he was being clever when he parked his car under a tree in order to shelter it from snow.However, gravity was not his friend when the snow-laden branches collapsed under the weight, causing the tree to lean over onto his car.He wrote on Twitter: “Not ideal at 5:30am when you’ve got a train to catch! Thought I was clever sheltering my car from the snow!”The snowy conditions have caused many people travel chaos, as planes and trains were delayed and cancelled and motorists faced dangerous conditions on ‘black ice Monday’. 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. To keep up with all the travel advice, follow our UK weather article here. Other motorists are also set to face travel delays on Monday, with the RAC advising journeys may take up to three hours longer than normal.Those on the roads should keep a look-out for ice; a yellow warning is in place for most of Wales and central parts of England.More cold weather is also on the way, and temperatures could plummet to -15C on Monday night. Many of Mr Owen’s followers were sympathetic, with one writing: “Poor Michael Owen, even his car is injured.”Others offered tips — a follower tweeted: “Catch the bus Michael.”Some advised he invest in a garage, and others said it was quite festive to find a car under a tree. Wouldn’t mind 1 of those under my 🎄— Paul gillen (@paul_gillen) December 11, 2017 I bet for once you wish you were driving a Ford Focus.— Mark Murphy (@footballmurph) December 11, 2017
However they found hope was a “powerful predictor” of adherence to asthma treatment in children, with those who were hopeful more inclined to carry their inhaler in case in was required, and those who were merely optimistic more likely to leave it at home. “So our first job is really to try and engender some hope that things can improve, and recent studies have shown that hope seems to work in the same way as the placebo effect.”Professor Shergill told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that doctors could play an important role in engendering hope in their patients by helping to “frame that placebo effect positively.”We know that expectancy changes the brain’s neural transmitter systems. Being treated with the placebo during pain the brain will release opioids, which is the same transmitter as when you take strong painkillers such as codeine or morphine.””So the way you send the message, the person who’s communicating that, changes the expectancy in the patient who’s receiving that, and we know that expectancy changes the brain’s neural transmitter systems”. A similar pattern was observed in a group of diabetic children aged 10-16 who were followed for six months. Blood glucose levels were seen to decrease, while the number of self-tests went up.Sukhi Shergill, professor of psychiatry and systems neuroscience at King’s College, London, said the discovery may have significant implications for the management of patients with conditions such as cancer, heart disease and schizophrenia.He compared hope’s physical effects on the brain with those observed when patients are told they are being given a powerful painkiller, when in reality they may be taking little more than a placebo.He said: “Optimism is a feeling of confidence but doesn’t necessarily require you to take action, while having hope means” you’re planning that something else might happen, and the motivation to do something about it. Doctors have been urged to encourage patients with long-term medical conditions to be hopeful about their treatment, experts have recommended, with those who were more likely to manage their illness effectively.A study by researchers from London and Sao Paulo, Brazil, found more children with asthma or type-1 diabetes complied with monitoring and treatment regimes if they were ‘hopeful’ than those who were merely ‘optimistic’.They defined optimism as “an individual’s confidence in a good outcome, whereas hope is a goal oriented way of thinking that makes an individual invest time and energy in planning how to achieve their aims”.”Training tells us to avoid saying, ‘You are going to get better,’ because there is rarely such certainty and, in the case of poor outcomes, unfulfilled expectations will erode trust”, the study’s authors wrote in a paper published in the British Medical Journal.”Clinicians are apprehensive about offering false hope and can end up ignoring the question of hope altogether. This is particularly challenging for those of us caring for patients with chronic and progressive diseases—we fear looking incompetent when we have no curative treatments to offer.” “Only the hopeful people, the ones who had a high level of both of those things, were the ones that showed a benefit.”We see a bunch of people who have suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic illness who really haven’t well in their local services, they arrive with us and more often than not it’s not the actual illness, the severe symptoms of that illness that we need to work on first, but the fact that they and their carers are just so disheartened at the lack of progress. Hope’s effects can be compared with those observed with placebos that stimulate the brainCredit:Phanie/Alamy Stock Photo Doctors were urged to follow the advice of Bing Crosby’s (centre) and accentuate the positive – while avoiding giving patients false hopeCredit:ANL/REX/Shutterstock/Kevin Holt Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study – within minutes of drinking a brew.Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found.The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer’s block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions.Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly.Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a ‘positive’ mood which in turn sparks the brain’s cognitive regions into life.In tests for the specialist journal Food Quality and Preference, Yan Huang of Peking University’s School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences conducted two tests on up to 50 students, with an average age of 23. As the students gave their name, age and other details to researchers, half were given a cup of black tea to drink and the other half a glass of water, before immediately going into one of two different tests.The first test saw them asked to make an “attractive and creative” design out of building blocks and in the second they were asked to come up with a “cool” name for a new noodle restaurant. Their results were judged by other, non-participating, students for creativity and design and marked on a scale by the researchers.In the block building test, the tea drinkers scored 6.54 points against 6.03 points for the water drinkers. In the name test, the tea drinkers scored 4.11 against 3.78.The results show that tea helped both divergent thinking – the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme and what most people would consider to define creativity.The report said: “This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition.”They added: “Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function.”But the amount of tea ingredients our participants absorbed was relatively small. Also, theanine facilitates long-term sustained attentional processing rather than short-term moment-to-moment attentional processing.”Instead, tea is a ‘mood enhancer’ and this may have been why it worked so well in the short term, it added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A gangster has gone three weeks without a bowel movement in an alleged attempt to stop police finding drugs he swallowed. The man was arrested in Harlow, Essex, on January 17, and is charged with two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He is accused of swallowing a drugs stash, and is being kept in custody. Officers have been tweeting updates of what they have described as “poo watch”.Police said they would continue to apply to court for custody extensions until the man goes for a poo. Day 20 is coming to an end and still no movement, sorry for the delay in updates the team are busy covering this and other ongoing investigations #opraptor #PooWatch https://t.co/O5cT4Ac6MQ— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) February 6, 2018 Police said the suspect was alleged to be involved with a London gang.Chief Superintendent Paul Wells, Essex Police’s lead for Operation Raptor, said: “Drug dealing and a gang lifestyle is not glamorous.”You’ll be exploited, be the victim or perpetrator of violence, you’ll spend your days wondering whether a rival dealer or police officer will find you first.”You’ll be expected to courier and deliver drugs and that might involve you swallowing or carrying them inside you, which is particularly dangerous.”If you are arrested and suspected of having drugs inside you, we can and will keep you in custody until you produce them.”It’s important that Essex Police continues to highlight the reality around drug and gang-related crime.” The suspect was arrested by officers from Essex Police’s Operation Raptor West, the gangs and urban street crime unit for Harlow, Epping Forest, Brentwood and Thurrock district.The unit said that Wednesday was day 21 “for our man on #poowatch”, adding: “Still no movements/items to report, he will remain with us until Friday when we are back at court where we will be requesting a further eight days should he not produce anything before that hearing.”They earlier wrote: “Male doesn’t seem to understand that eventually he will need/have to go.” Day 22 and male has still not used the toilet #opraptor https://t.co/DCeHaR7uIm— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) February 8, 2018 Officers said the man was being seen daily by doctors and constantly watched, adding: “This is his own choice and so far his health is fine.” #London gang nominal arrested for failing to stop for police and possession with intent to supply class A drugs, male doesn’t think we have the power to keep him until he removes said items from his bottom💩, #thinkagain #opraptor pic.twitter.com/oThvqtRrwc— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) January 17, 2018
Police have cured residents’ mystery chronic headaches by unearthing secret cannabis farm near their houses.Locals were astonished when police raided an old dog grooming parlour in Cinderford, Forest of Dean, Glos, and found it was full of weed plants.They previously complained about suffering chronic headaches which “can probably be attributed to the cannabis”, police said.The former home of Masie Mo Dog Groomings was raided just over a week ago. Each room was filled with tent like structure full of cannabis plants in buckets, hydroponic equipment, fans and lights which had created a cannabis production line running from the rear to the front of the building.The middle room was filled with over 30 smaller saplings and the room at the front was contained the larger plants, showing they were moved from one to the other as they grew.Fumes from the cannabis factory were so pungent that during the raid they could be clearly smelt from a nearby supermarket. “The feedback we are getting is that some people were suffering ill-effects such as headaches, which can probably be attributed to the cannabis.”I don’t know what the science is but I know exposure can give people headaches, including me, so we are pleased to have such a positive outcome.”No arrests have been made yet. 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. Inspector Andy Hodgetts said officers knocked on doors to reassure the neighbourhood, largely made up of bungalows.He said: “Following the raid we had some very positive feedback from members of the public.”Some of them said they had concerns that something was wrong but they did not know what.
Rowdy fans also stormed an IKEA store in Stratford, east London, where they jumped on furniture while singing “Football’s Coming Home”. A taxi was damaged after football fans celebrated in NottinghamCredit:Dan Westwell 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. An IKEA spokesperson tweeted: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.”Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.”Another man was pictured climbing a lamppost near London Bridge station. London Ambulance Service said the vehicle had been taken out of serviceCredit:London Ambulance Service/PA Police forces across the country said they received a record number of calls on the day of the matchCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images England fans ‘celebrated’ the nation’s World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden by smashing an ambulance and storming an IKEA store. Jubilant supporters rejoiced in the streets across the country on Saturday to mark England’s best tournament performance for 28 years.Footage and pictures shared on social media showed people climbing lampposts and on top of vehicles following the result, with some police forces recording the highest amount of emergency calls ever in one day. In London, one man scaled a double decker bus outside Clapham Junction station before he was filmed jumping onto a bus shelter, which smashed under his weight. In Borough, an ambulance was taken out of service after its bonnet and windscreen were damaged when people climbed on the emergency vehicle as crowds disrupted traffic. London Ambulance Service tweeted: “We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game – it’s now off the road to be repaired.”A Met Police spokeswoman said detectives were investigating but no arrests had been made. The spokesperson said the force was not aware of other “significant” incidents following the match. Thousands of 999 calls were taken across the West Midlands, which police confirmed was a record number of reports.The force tweeted: “Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. It’s a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it’s not an emergency don’t call 999.”Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, Terry Woods, tweeted the force had dealt with record calls with 2,200 in 24 hours as demand “surged” after the England result.