September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

As we near the NBA All-Star break, it’s time to update FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Here’s the short explanation: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed FAQ regarding these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.Some odds and ends from this week’s ratings:The Los Angeles Clippers dropped seven spots in the rankings, and it’s not hard to see why. Since last Monday, they’ve gone 0-4 with an abysmal -13.7 efficiency differential, including a league-worst defensive rating of 121.1. (Granted, they faced the teams that were ranked No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 in last week’s ratings, all on the road, but -13.7 is still disappointing for a team we’d ranked No. 2 overall a week ago.) Adding injury to insult, All-Star Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with an elbow infection, joining Glen Davis and sharpshooter J.J. Redick on the bench. The resulting lineup shuffling is expected to cost L.A. more than 3 points of power rating, even without considering their slide in play over the past week.On Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks won what was billed as a potential NBA Finals preview, beating the top-ranked Warriors 124-116. Yet in this week’s rankings, they Hawks have dropped three slots! What gives? Some of it was disappointing results offsetting that big win: Atlanta was outscored by 1.1 points per 100 possessions last week, including a 15-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans (ranked No. 16 in last week’s ratings). But that had just a minor effect, considering Atlanta’s schedule difficulty otherwise. Instead, the biggest reason for the change is the allocation of more minutes to Kent Bazemore (who carries a very poor -4.4 RPM rating) after injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and DeMarre Carroll. Before Jan. 30, Bazemore was averaging just 11.8 minutes per game; ever since, he’s logging 29.4 MPG.No team’s rating improved more than the Portland Trail Blazers’ over the past week, and their ranking rose from No. 11 to No. 8. The team went 3-1 with a +6.0 point differential per 100 possessions since last Monday, with impressive wins over Phoenix and Houston. Portland was lifted by the return of Robin Lopez, who carries a +1.1 rating, from a broken hand. We’d projected him to record only 7.2 MPG last week, but he averaged 31.0 MPG instead, an uptick in playing time that alone is worth +0.6 of Portland’s 2.2-point rating improvement this week.Time to check in again on the playoff battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns. OKC seems to have righted the ship a bit by going 3-1 over the past week, increasing its playoff chances by 10.7 percentage points to 64.2 percent. The Thunder were aided in that department by Phoenix’s 1-3 record over the same span, which included a painful buzzer-beating loss to Sacramento. Despite still clinging to the No. 8 spot in the West, the Suns are suddenly staring at a 29.9 percent chance of making the playoffs according to our simulations — down a whopping 20.2 percentage points from a week ago.As big a nosedive as Phoenix’s playoff probability took, three teams in the East saw an even bigger shift to their postseason chances:After winning all three of their games — which included handing the Cleveland Cavaliers what’s now looking like an extremely rare loss — the Indiana Pacers tacked on 25.6 percentage points to their playoff probability, which is now 43.2 percent. With George Hill’s minute limit now lifted, the Pacers could be poised to build on their recent improved play.At the same time, Miami’s postseason probability, once so positive (it stood at 93 percent last week), took a turn for the worse this week. An 0-3 record with a -11.6 efficiency margin can do that, but the more troubling development might be the recent injury to center Hassan Whiteside. (No, I never expected to type those words, either.) Whiteside owns one of the highest short-term RPM ratings in the entire NBA, thanks in part to an impressive run over his last 18 games, in which he’s averaging a double-double. The expected downturn in Whiteside’s playing time knocked 0.9 points off of Miami’s rating this week. The good news, however, is that Miami still holds the 8th spot in the East and our simulations show a 62.1 percent chance that the Heat make the playoffs.The Detroit Pistons were 18-30 a week ago, but somehow had a 33.8 percent chance of making the playoffs in the East. Now, not so much: Their chances have dropped by 23.9 percentage points this week, despite arguably improved play (they went 2-2 with a +3.0 efficiency margin, although they did also lose by 11 to the Timberwolves at home). One problem is Indiana’s aforementioned improvement, but another might simply be more teams crowding the East playoff picture. With about 30 games left in the season, Charlotte and Brooklyn spent the week solidifying their positions above Detroit in the standings, while even Boston is now creeping up on the Pistons from below. The Celtics went 3-1 last week and raised their playoff probability by 12.1 percentage points (partly because of the ascension of Marcus Smart to their starting lineup). read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Boston College had no clue as Villanova executed its fake punt play. Also confused, was the ESPN cameraman who nearly missed the play altogether. The play can be watched in the video below.The Wildcats quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a well-planned fake punt in the first quarter of the Saturday game.With Boston College looking for a punt play, Villanova’s wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman received the snap just a few yards off the line of scrimmage. He then placed the ball on the ground and mimed snapping it back to another teammate, who sprinted toward the home sideline. With the Eagles’ special teamers in pursuit of his teammate, Abdur-Rahman went the other way and ran nearly untouched for the 47-yard score.“Nobody knew he had the ball but now he has the end zone,” ESPN announcer Ryan Ruocco shouted.Despite being hoodwinked by that early fake punt play, Boston College would secure a 24-14 victory at the end of the game. read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, Jacoby Jones of the Ravens dropped back to fair catch a punt, but was pummeled by teammate Brynden Trawick.Trawick slammed into Jones, sending both players crumbling to the ground. Trawick, a rookie, was hoping to block for Jones on the punt return,  but instead injured his knee.Jones limped slowly off the field and into the locker room. NBC’s Michelle Tafoya confirmed that Jones had suffered a knee sprain on the play.Check out the video of the play below: read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 46 NCAA secondary violations since May 30, 2011, and OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he thinks that’s “natural.”By Smith’s estimation, OSU fans should possibly expect about 40 violations most years, and that quantity doesn’t upset the Big Ten Conference.OSU released records last week that revealed the 46 secondary violations, which can be attributed to 21 of the university’s 36 varsity sports. Of the quantity and variety of violations that were made public last week, Smith told The Lantern, “For us, it’s natural.”“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said during a Tuesday interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”Big Ten associate commissioner for compliance, Chad Hawley, credited OSU’s self-reporting processes, adding that the conference is “not concerned with the quantity of violations” OSU committed.“Division I athletics is a highly regulated environment with a self-reporting requirement,” Hawley said in an email to The Lantern. “When it is clear that a violation has occurred, we expect our institutions to report the violation. Ohio State has a well-established practice of operating in this way.”Smith attributed OSU’s violation’s to the athletic department’s size, saying, “We’re large.”“When you do your benchmarking, you have to keep in mind that we have 36 sports,” Smith said. “You can compare us to Purdue, which has less sports. It’s different (at OSU). We have 350 employees. And we’re probably second only to Texas in that regard, and they only have 20 sports.” Teams involved with the NCAA violations included football, men’s basketball, field hockey, synchronized swimming, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, mixed rifle, women’s rowing, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling and women’s ice hockey.Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.“We worry … if we have one particular sport that violates recruiting rules,” Smith said. “That’s how we look at those. If you have a sport that recruits a large number of athletes, then you’re going to have more of those. If you have a smaller sport with 12 athletes, say women’s golf or men’s tennis or one of those – and they have a consistent number of recruiting violations, then we’ve got a problem.”Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.Smith, along with two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, recorded a personal recruiting video for prospective football student-athlete Ezekiel Elliott. Smith and Griffin both missed Elliott’s unofficial visit while attending the OSU men’s basketball team’s Final Four appearance on March 31. Smith told The Lantern it was not the first time he had prepared video recruiting material, and does so when he is off campus.“I have done videos before for recruits when I am traveling and coaches are hosting the recruits on campus,” Smith said in a Friday email to The Lantern. “But never for a specific recruit mentioning her/his name, which is where I made the mistake in the video.”Griffin was not immediately available to respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.Elliott, a St. Louis, Mo., native has verbally committed to OSU, according to Rivals.com.OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said Smith and Griffin created the video “in good faith.”“NCAA rules permit employees to meet with prospective student-athletes on campus during official or unofficial recruiting visits,” Wallenberg said in a Tuesday email to The Lantern. “In this instance, Gene Smith and Archie Griffin were heading out of town and could not meet with the prospective student-athlete. They in good faith believed that they could produce a video message for the prospective student-athlete to watch during his visit to campus. The video covered the materials that they normally share with prospective student-athletes during a campus visit.”All told, 11 OSU teams committed multiple violations.OSU football compiled the most violations with nine. Buckeyes football violations spanned across the coaching tenures of former coach Jim Tressel, former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and current head coach Urban Meyer.Six OSU teams – field hockey, wrestling, men’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s ice hockey – committed three violations. The men’s basketball, synchronized swimming, women’s lacrosse and women’s golf teams rounded out the list of teams with more than one offense.The OSU athletics communications staff also committed one NCAA secondary violation categorized as “institutional” violations, which involved the women’s basketball.There are several questions that are asked when violations arise, Smith said.“We look at those numbers in a lot of different ways,” Smith said. “Step one – why is that occurring? Step back and say, ‘Why is that happening?’”Smith said he also questions the intent of each violation.“All those (violations since May 30) were unintentional,” Smith said, “but then when you look at any pattern of behavior, then you look to ‘are we not doing what we’re supposed to be doing unintentionally? Do we have intent?’“The large numbers to me are very important, because it sends all kinds of messages, for me. Are coaches getting it? That type of thing.” read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Then-senior Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) avoids OSU defenders during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSteps have been taken to scale what has for years seemed like an insurmountable mountain in college athletics — the debate over college athletes becoming school employees and getting paid — but don’t expect to see Urban Meyer offering his support any time soon.Although the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern University football players the right to formally establish a union on March 26 — thus considering them school employees — Ohio State’s football coach does not see eye-to-eye with the ruling.“I don’t feel that at all,” Meyer said Tuesday after OSU spring practice when asked if he saw student-athletes as employees. “What I do feel is that I’ve always been a pro-student (guy) … students should get more than what they get. But it gets so complicated.”The complications that come with the decision move across the college football landscape as a whole to the current members of the Northwestern football team, some who showed support for the unionization movement and who also dodged questions from the media after their first spring practice Tuesday, according to The Chicago Tribune.“I am focusing on football and football only right now,” Wildcat senior running back Treyvon Green told the Tribune, going on to say he didn’t have a comment on whether or not he feels the same way he did in January when players — including former quarterback Kain Colter, who is the face of the movement — signed on in support of the right to join a union.Meyer and the rest of the coaches in the Big Ten, however, won’t have to immediately worry about their players doing the same, as the ruling only applies to private institutions — Northwestern sits as the lone private school in the conference.Meyer, however, said he has not “immersed” himself in the situation and is unable to give a full and informed response. But when it comes to money, the coach did say potential student-athletes should be able to visit campus free of charge.“I think students, athletes, parents should come on visits and shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Meyer said. “They should get a stipend.”Anything beyond that? No way.“But to say they should go out and get their own shoe contracts and things … I start hearing that and I’m like, ‘Whoa. What could that do for this great sport?’” Meyer said. “And really, what would that do for college athletics as a whole?”OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz joined Meyer as another OSU employee who wasn’t “really knowledgeable” on the happenings in Evanston, Ill., but he said he has concerns about its repercussions.“My concern, I think, is two-fold for situations like that. One is, it will affect the major sports and I hope it just doesn’t damage the ‘non-revenue’ sports that are extremely important, which are a majority of the athletes that we have,” Steinmetz said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday. “The other concern I always have when there is a shift in the economics, in this particular case, is, one of the things we’re really proud of at Ohio State is that our student-athletes do really well academically. They’re among the top in the country, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country. I really am concerned, again as the chief academic officer, about anything that would damage the ability for those students to do well, and for us to assist those students through athletics because a lot of their budget goes to the academic assistance of the students that are there.”Northwestern plans to start appealing the decision by the NLRB by April 9, and issued a statement about its opinion on regional director of the NLRB Peter Sung Ohr’s decision.“While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it,” the statement read. “Northwestern believes strongly that our student athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student athletes.”While Meyer, Steinmetz and Northwestern have reservations about players unionizing, one Ohio lawmaker — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — supports Colter’s cause, and the two met on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where Brown offered up his support.“The right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize,” Brown said in a statement. “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their sport as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker. I offer whatever assistance I can to Mr. Colter and his colleagues to help athletes organize and ensure their rights are commensurate with their sacrifice and responsibilities.”The NLRB’s ruling is based off a link between the players’ time commitment athletically and academically, and is a move that is making waves across the country.“I don’t necessarily agree with football players being unionized,” OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after spring practice March 27. “We don’t necessarily see the money, but we are getting a lot of benefit out of our scholarships. It just kind of seems silly to want to be unionized.”While the country waits to see if Northwestern wins its appeal, the track beyond that is also unknown, because if the institution comes out on the wrong side of the decision, a trip to federal court is likely imminent.“That’s different,” OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 regarding the current and former Northwestern players’ push. “It’s neat that the players feel they’re doing the right thing … It’s going to change college football.”Either way, the move by Colter and company is sure to change the landscape of the sport — and college athletics as a whole. The NCAA mandates student-athletes are only allowed to practice 20 hours per week under supervision. That’s a rule Meyer supports, but recognizes success at this level goes beyond just that time.“It’s a great rule,” Meyer said. “Mandated means ‘with us.’ A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week. But he’s gotta do it on his own … If they’re watching an hour clock, if they’re punching out after 20 hours, you probably have a pretty average player there.”If a union is indeed in the cards, the players at Northwestern — and those other schools that choose to follow suit — would have the opportunities to push for wage increase, health care benefits and even a cut down on that time at work.“If that is best for the players, why not take a look at it and listen?” Johnson said.If the members of the union want to get more of a stipend, Bennett said that much would be beneficial due to the current state of the economy.“The cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.” read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin Prosecutor Dave MacKay told the court Calvert and two accomplices broke into the 22-year-old player’s apartment in Bradford city centre.One kept watch outside while Calvert took £500 in cash and another robber picked up the PlayStation.Mr MacKay said that Mr Magrin arrived home and saw Calvert coming out of his door. Ken Green, mitigating, told the court Calvert had discovered the body of his mother who had committed suicide and described his head as all over the place at the time of the offence.Judge Rose told Calvert he had made a living out of crime and had been happy to use violence.He said: “When that happened, you used a screwdriver as a weapon to strike against him [Mr Magrin] to make your escape.”It’s extremely fortunate that serious injury was not caused to him, because a screwdriver can be a potent weapon and you were prepared to use it.” As Calvert ran off, the rugby player pulled off the burglar’s jacket and his phone fell to the ground.Calvert, of Bradford, was arrested four days later with a black eye. DNA linked him to the offence.Mr Magrin’s PlayStation was damaged and it cost £200 to repair his smashed-in door. Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin runs with the ballCredit:Thomas Pearson / Bradford Bulls As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.Jon Magrin Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon MagrinCredit:Telegraph and Argus / SWNS.com Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin (with ball) Speaking at the Bulls’ training ground after the sentencing, Mr Magrin said he was “pleased” with the punishment handed to Calvert.Recalling the incident last November, Mr Magrin said: “I got out of training, and as I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.center_img The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.Prosecutor Dave MacKay “I got out the car and saw one guy outside keeping watch. I ran straight in and saw the door had been kicked in.”One guy was inside the flat trying to steal my PlayStation. He saw me and bottled it, throwing the PlayStation at my head.”That disoriented me, and then the other one has tried to get away so I grabbed him. “At first I was just trying to restrain him, I wasn’t trying to beat him up or anything. I was probably being too nice.”I was waiting for the police to arrive as a few people in the street had called the police.”But initially they had called the police on me, because they thought I was assaulting him for no reason.”As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.”The passersby were having a go at me and I was explaining what I was doing, he pulled out some sort of weapon like a screwdriver and went for me.”I let him go because my safety was more important that keeping him there but in the struggle I got his phone and jacket.” As I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.Jon Magrin A burglar picked the wrong  target and was left with a black eye after breaking into the home of a burly professional rugby player.John Calvert, 23, tried to steal a PlayStation games console and cash belonging to Bradford Bulls star Jon Magrin.The 16-stone prop forward confronted Calvert as he tried to flee his property in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and rugby tackled the habitual criminal.Judge Jonathan Rose told Bradford Crown Court it was the defendant’s “misfortune” that his victim was a professional rugby league player. He jailed Calvert, a “three-strike” burglar, for three years.  The prop punched the defendant square in the face which knocked him to the ground and provoked a violent struggle.Mr Mackay told the court: “The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.”The court heard Mr Magrin punched the defendant in the face again, but Calvert struck him in the head with a screwdriver – causing a small cut to his ear which forced Mr Magrin to let go. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgfire 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. London Fire Brigade has 10 engines and more than 50 firefighters at the scene.Large plumes of smoke can be seen for miles across the city.The road is close to Oxford Street – the capital’s busiest shopping hub. We have 10 fire engines & 50 firefighters tackling this blaze on Great Portland Street #W1. We’ve received over forty 999 calls to it. More soon https://t.co/PKSIcOwBLN— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) February 17, 2018 Fire breaks out on Great Portland Street.Credit:PA Came out of Broadcasting House in London to see this fire down the road. The fire service have just arrived. pic.twitter.com/mHmrCe0Q32— Mike Holt (@MikeHolt12) February 17, 2018 More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze in London’s West End.The blaze broke out at a construction site on Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia shortly after midday this afternoon. Scotland Yard say a cordon is in place and the road has been closed in both directions.No injuries have yet been reported from the scene of the fire in London’s West End, Scotland Yard said.A spokesman said: “Police were called shortly before 12.50pm today to reports of a fire at a building site on Great Portland Street.”The emergency services are on the scene and there are no reported injuries at this time.”People have been asked to avoid the area. A column of acrid black smoke could be seen rising from the fire in pictures posted on social media, apparently visible from miles away against the blue afternoon skyline.Calls to the fire service had suggested that the fire had either broken out close to or in a building site, an LFB spokesman said.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlers Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserve A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released.Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve.The organisation revealed two deer had recently died on the island after they became tangled together with rope in their antlers.Lesley Watt, reserve manager on Rum for SNH, said: “Marine litter is a huge international problem.”But small actions can make a big difference and everyone has a part to play.” She added: “Along with many organisations, SNH recently joined the campaign to bin plastic straws – and we’re cutting down on disposable plastics by providing our staff with re-useable travel cups.”If you use your own bag for life when shopping, or take litter home after a day at the beach, you could help save an animal’s life.”One of the images released shows a stag with rope and a buoy in its antlers, although a spokesman for the body said this was not one of those found to have died. 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. Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlersCredit:SNH Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserveCredit:SNH Some deer forage on seaweed at Rum and this may be how they come into contact with marine litter.While the island community works in partnership with SNH to remove as much rubbish as possible, regular clean-ups of remote and inaccessible areas can be challenging. The SNH post also tells of how staff on Rum once discovered a dead deer caught up in a piece of fishing rope which already had an old deer skull attached. Images released by the body were taken several months ago, according to an SNH spokesman, but have now been published to highlight the blight of marine litter on wildlife on Scottish soil. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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 lucky EuroMillions player who scooped a jackpot of almost £115 million in New Year’s Day draw has claimed their prize.Hundreds of people tweeted that they had dashed to double-check their numbers after it was announced that the winner had not come forward.A National Lottery spokesperson confirmed that the lucky winner still had claimed their money on Wednesday afternoon.It is not yet known who the winner is, and sometimes they choose to stay anonymous.The National Lottery said the player has become the fourth biggest winner in UK history by winning the entire £114,969,775.70 jackpot.A further 10 players have also pocketed £1 million each in the New Year’s Day draw.Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “What a start to 2019 for UK EuroMillions players.”All players are urged to check their tickets to see if they are a big winner and can turn 2019 into one long celebration.”The winning main EuroMillions numbers were 01, 08, 11, 25, 28 and the winning EuroMillions Lucky Star numbers were 04 and 06.The New Year’s Day win follows a series of high profile lottery prizes in recent years.In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became the biggest lottery winners in the UK – and across Europe – when they scooped more than £161 million. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012, while the biggest prize awarded in the country in 2018 was £121 million, handed to an anonymous winner in April.And last November, builder Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, discovered he had won £76 million – six weeks after the draw.He said he stockpiled tickets in his van, only checking them every three months. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Ellie was a talented, popular and much-loved member of our school community who will be dearly missed.”Our thoughts and condolences are with Ellie’s family at this devastating time.”We recognise that the coming days and months will be difficult for us all and we are determined to support each other with the help of our partner agencies.”Further details of this support will be shared directly with our pupils and parents.” Yesterday groups of Ellie’s friends, many of them in tears, gathered at the school, where they were offered counselling.Teaching staff at the school were also said to be deeply shocked and upset at the loss of such a popular pupil.A teacher, who was meeting pupils at the gates, confirmed mourners had been arriving to pay their respects. Friends of the teenager gathered to pay their respectsCredit:SWNS Police are continuing to question a teenage boy in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old A’level pupil, who was found dead at her home in a quiet Wiltshire town last week.Ellie Gould, a talented horsewoman, who represented her school at equestrian events, was pronounced dead after paramedics were called to her family home in Calne, Wiltshire on Friday afternoon.Police detained a 17-year-old boy, who is thought to be known to Ellie, a short time later in the town of Chippenham around 7 miles away.The cause and circumstances of her death have not been released, but police have sought to reassure the worried local community.The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murdering Ellie, who was a Year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish school and sixth form.A member of a local pony club since childhood, Ellie was a talented equestrian eventer, competing across the country. He said: “We’re looking after our pupils and students and teachers at this time.”  Ellie had recently began learning to drive and had been seen by neighbours having lessons with her father, Matthew, in the roads around Calne.Her parents, who run an interior design business locally, were being comforted by friends, family and the police.Forenics officers wearing white suits were also seen going in and out of the neat four bedroom property.A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said inquiries continued to ascertain the circumstances surrounding Ellie’s death.Superintendent Conway Duncan said: “Our thoughts remain with Ellie’s family, her friends and schoolmates.”Ellie’s family will continue to receive support from specially trained officers and we are aware that her fellow pupils are being encouraged to seek support being organised by Hardenhuish School.”We fully appreciate the level of shock, anxiety and upset in and around Calne and Chippenham and our officers are continuing to progress their inquiries as swiftly and diligently as possible.”I would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities in Calne for the support and patience they have shown our officers as they undertake their inquiries.” Police remained at the scene of Ellie Gould’s death Credit:PA In a statement, her school said: “The Hardenhuish community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Ellie Gould. Police remained at the scene of Ellie Gould's death  Friends of the teenager gathered to pay their respects Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more