Misuse of Ambien May Have Played a Role in

Nancy Emsley says she once lectured Junior Seau about the dangers of taking a powerful sleep-aid drug without getting a full night’s sleep afterward.“He just rolled his eyes,” the friend and workout partner of the late football star said.Emsley’s account, part of a USA Today article on the days leading up to Seau’s suicide last month, is quite telling. It paints a picture of a seemingly carefree guy who also took powerful drugs, sometimes not as directed, to combat a sleep disorder.The article as a whole paints the same picture of the final days of the former USC and NFL star. It tells of a life filled with fun times with friends, working out, hanging out at local bars, playing golf and enjoying the company of multiple women.But it also reveals that Seau had been struggling with a sleep disorder for years. Friends say the former USC and NFL star took Ambien, the brand name for a prescription drug for sleep disorders called zolpidem.FDA-approved prescribing information for Ambien says depressed patients using that class of drugs have reported suicidal thoughts or actions.It also warns that the drug should not be taken by people who consume alcohol or still can’t get a full night’s sleep while using Ambien. Seau’s friends say he fell into both categories.“I know he’s had a very difficult time sleeping over the years,” said close friend and former teammate Mark Walczak, who spent some time with Seau just days before his death. “I think it’s gotten worse and worse. Lack of sleep creates huge anxiety.”The investigation into Seau’s death is ongoing, though police have already ruled it a suicide. Much public speculation has centered on how years of head blows and multiple concussions affect former NFL players, even though Seau never reported a concussion in 20 seasons.With a toxicology report expected in about 30 days, the investigation is said to be near completion. Chances are, no matter what it determines, many people in Seau’s close-knit hometown of Oceanside will continue to struggle with the idea of their happy-go-lucky friend taking his own life.“I’m aware that there is a segment of folks out there that don’t want to believe that Junior took his own life, and I respect that,” Oceanside Police Lt. Joe Young said Thursday. “But the bottom line is … there’s nothing to indicate anything other than suicide.”To read the entire story by Chuck Schilken, go to LA Times read more

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Report LeBron James Could Replace Kobe Bryant When He

When Kobe Bryant retires, presumably after two more seasons, LeBron James could be the Los Angeles Lakers’ next megastar to sign with the team. Preposterous? Maybe? Interesting? Definitely.Yahoo Sports went through great lengths to paint the scenario where James would leave the Miami Heat and continue the Lakers’ extended run of megastar players by signing as a free agent with Los Angeles. Shake your head all you want. Here’s Yahoo Sports’ position:“The Lakers are always thinking a few years down the line, but just about any NBA GM with a scintilla of job security is always thinking one or two or three offseasons ahead.“And what is also true is the fact that, sure, the Lakers are leaving that option open. That doesn’t mean James is using the Lakers as an option, or even a hoped-for destination; and it certainly wouldn’t preclude Los Angeles from re-signing both Pau and Kobe for any number of years at any point between now and then. The Lakers are going to go after  LeBron James in some capacity in 2014, much in the same way the Grizzlies and Rockets will when James opts out of his contract that season. Maximum cap space or not, you always have to send a feeler out.“The reason for the opt-out from LBJ has nothing to do with any perceived animosity between the Heat and James, or LeBron worrying about his supporting cast (from Dwyane Wade’s knee to the roster that will have to be completely overhauled when each — read that again, “each” — of the team’s contracts could be knocked off the books in 2013-14 due to various player and team options.“It has to do with money, and flexibility. James can make more money from the Heat with a new contact in place of his current one — recall that he took slightly less than the max to join the team in 2010 — and he can wield a greater influence (either by turning down more money, again, or taking all he can, or signing for any number of years to retain free agent flexibility) within the team’s personnel structure. The Lakers, potentially free and clear of Kobe and Pau’s salary, will be one of his options.“That’s taking on the notion that LeBron James, after working for years to tone down the vitriol sent his way following the much-reviled Decision in 2010, would join the NBA’s most-loathed team. It’s fun to love the Lakers, we certainly do, but they’re also the newest team that er’ryone loves to hate because of Bryant’s haughty presence, and the way they were able to dupe lesser lights on their way towards fielding Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.“Nash will still be under contract in 2014-15, and it seems close to certain that Dwight Howard   will re-sign with what amounts to his hometown team (he grew up around Atlanta, but has called Los Angeles home for years) this summer when his contract expires. With several other Lakers besides Kobe and Gasol hitting the skids that summer, the team would have enough space to pair Howard (making over $20 million that season as a max player), a 40-year old Nash, and James.“They’d also have to ensure that Kobe Bean Bryant, who has never met a bug he hasn’t wanted to crush, would be A-mother[bleepin’]-OK with willingly handing the reins to a team he would have called his own for 18 years over to his greatest rival. One that, if our projections are correct, he’ll have faced in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals.”That was a mouthful, yes. It could be as far-fetched as anything you have read about player movement. But if you read to this point, that means it at least merited your attention. Bottom line: We will see. read more

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A Computer Just Clobbered Four Pros At Poker

Tuomas Sandholm, a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist who created the program with his Ph.D. student Noam Brown, was giddy last week on the match’s livestream, at one point cheering for his bot as it turned over a full house versus human pro Jason Les’s flush in a huge pot, and proudly comparing Libratus’s triumph to Deep Blue’s monumental win over Garry Kasparov in chess.And, indeed, some robot can now etch heads-up no-limit Texas Hold ’em (2017) — alongside checkers (1995), chess (1997), Othello (1997), Scrabble (c. 2006), limit Hold ’em (2008), Jeopardy! (2011) and Go (2016) — into the marble cenotaph of human-dominated intellectual pursuits.Brown told me that he was keen to tackle other versions of poker with his A.I. algorithms. What happens when a bot like this sits down at a table with many other players, rather than a single foe, for example? Sandholm, on the other hand, is quick to say that this isn’t really about poker at all. “The AI’s algorithms are not for poker: they are game independent,” his daily email updates read. The other “games” the algorithms may be applied to in the future: “negotiation, cybersecurity, military setting, auctions, finance, strategic pricing, as well as steering evolution and biological adaptation.”Another of the human pros, Jimmy Chou, had had just about enough of Libratus. About three weeks ago, I was in a Pittsburgh casino for the beginning of a 20-day man-versus-machine poker battle. Four top human pros were beginning to take on a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence program running on a brand-new supercomputer in a game called heads-up no-limit Texas Hold ’em. The humans’ spirits were high as they played during the day and dissected the bot’s strategy over short ribs and glasses of wine late into the evening.On Monday evening, however, the match ended and the human pros were in the hole about $1.8 million. For some context, the players (four men and the machine, called Libratus) began each of the 120,000 hands with $20,000 in play money, posting blinds of $50 and $100. Here’s how the days progressed: Received my biggest beating of the challenge just now -180k, gg Libby. Going to miss you buddy. #brainsvsai #beatdown #humanity— Jimmy chou (@Chouchoupoker) January 30, 2017Last week, between especially frustrating hands and with the match quickly slipping away, Les jokingly suspected that the poker match was “being co-opted by the Carnegie Mellon psych department. ‘What can we put a human through?’”Read more: “The Machines Are Coming For Poker” Share on Facebook read more

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I Faced Off Against The Worlds Best Chess Player You Will Totally

I had the black pieces, meaning that Carlsen went first. He opened with d4, moving his queen’s pawn forward two squares. I did the same. He then moved a pawn to c4, employing what’s called the queen’s gambit. White seemingly offers a free pawn to black in exchange for what promises to be a fruitful attack. I declined, and we ended up in an opening called the queen’s gambit declined, exchange variation.I lasted 25 more moves. It was over well before that. If you absolutely must, you can see the full game below.In retrospect, I blundered — unbeknownst to me at the time — on my 12th, 13th and 17th moves. Others too, I’m sure.This was always going to happen. But as I sat shroudless, Carlsen did break my heart. By move 12, he’d pushed a pawn down his right flank, which caused me all sorts of problems, and my king was the equivalent of a sitting duck on the opening day of hunting season. But my own pawn, my little pawn that could, was on the march. My pawn made it two squares from the end of the board, where it could become a queen. And it would soon defend my extant queen, which on the next move fled down the board to put Carlsen in check — I put Magnus Carlsen in check! I confess that for precisely 1.5 seconds I thought, “I am going to fucking win.”Carlsen then easily defended, parried … and destroyed me.But I fought!My editor insisted that this story “somehow work in data,” so I will now add a patina of empirical humiliation to this solid bronze piece of embarrassment. I recorded Carlsen’s and my moves and later ran them through the powerful computer chess engine Stockfish, which evaluates every position and provides an estimate of who’s more likely to win. UNITED NATIONS — I nearly deleted the email. I’m not accustomed to receiving genuine correspondence from a counsellor with the permanent mission of Norway to the United Nations, so I almost filed it away with that day’s other press releases, including an exciting interview opportunity with the former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s. But a name in the middle of the email’s first paragraph just caught my eye: Magnus Carlsen.And that’s how I found myself in Conference Room 8 in the headquarters of the U.N. last week playing chess against maybe the best chess player who has ever lived — and who also happens to be, at age 27, the reigning world champion and at the height of his awesome powers.My basic problem: I had very little idea what I was doing. A secondary, but increasingly dire, problem was that I was nervously and uncontrollably shaking. A frantic Google search told me that that was probably due to an acute and supposedly beneficial stress response, also known as fight or flight.Fight or flight? For me, chess is a cultural and aesthetic experience — and one that I’m lucky enough to get to write about sometimes. It is not, typically, a competitive one, in the sense that I’m just not very good. I’ve always held grandmasters in high regard, and I do even more so now. I’ve witnessed an Ali knockout firsthand.Carlsen will face an American of somewhat greater chess note than I — Fabiano Caruana, the world No. 2 — in a match in November to defend his world championship crown. Just two players, alone and battling in a game without luck and with nowhere to hide. I asked Carlsen if he considered his game against me to be part of his official world championship preparation.“Um, no,” he said. In his crowning achievement of the game, the author, top left, makes a move that causes the world’s best chess player, right, to think carefully about his next move. The game ended in the author’s defeat soon after. Svenn Richard Andersen To my nervously trembling chagrin, they’d set up my chess board correctly and in the traditional fashion: I had only the one queen and the two rooks and so forth, and somehow it was deemed appropriate that Carlsen start with the identical and equal number of pieces. A grandmaster buddy of mine texted me before the game, “Make sure your pieces are defended.” It certainly sounded simple enough. My aunt wrote on Facebook, “I hope Oliver wins!” Other well-wishers wished me “good luck.”Thanks, but what luck? Chess is stripped of that frivolity; it’s the canonical no-chance, perfect information game. That nakedness is why boxing is a good analogy to chess: two people battling in a confined space with nothing, not a shroud of randomness or the fog of war, to hide behind. I once beat the Scrabble national champion (in Scrabble, not chess), but that was only because a) I sort of knew what I was doing and b) there is luck in that game that I could hide behind. I got lucky. Awaiting the world chess champion, I harbored no such idiotic delusions as I sat at an enormous horseshoe table, fretting and adjusting the pieces. Carlsen was about to do to my psyche what Mike Tyson would’ve done to my face. There was no escape.There were 15 of us awaiting that fate — the mayor of Oslo, the Afghan ambassador to the U.N., a legal adviser with the Maldives mission, me, etc. The usual suspects.The event was a “clock simul,” short for “simultaneous exhibition with clocks,” in which each of us “challengers” sat at our own boards while Carlsen, the “exhibitor,” darted around the room, rarely taking more than a few seconds to make any move before moving on to his next victim. We each had 30 minutes to make all our moves, but Carlsen’s clocks constantly ticked away at every board, putting him at a nominal disadvantage.Here’s a technical diagram of the Carlsen-Roeder game at the exact moment when it really went off the rails: read more

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The Warriors Have A 93 Percent Chance Of Hitting 73 Wins

With one game to go, the Golden State Warriors are 72-9, and having given San Antonio its first home loss of the season on Sunday night, they now have a 93 percent chance to overtake Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in NBA history.Ahead of Sunday’s game, our CARM-Elo ratings gave Golden State a 31 percent chance to beat San Antonio. And through one quarter, the Warriors had just 14 points. But Stephen Curry, instead of his usual barrage from deep, took the ball inside and scored 37 points on 22 shots, including a number of ridiculous floaters, pull-ups and finger-rolls. (Curry also hit a 60-odd-footer at the end of the third quarter that was waved off.) The game remained close for most of the night, but Golden State pulled away about midway through the fourth quarter, when the Spurs scored just 4 points in a crucial three-and-a-half-minute run.The Warriors’ Saturday game against the Memphis Grizzlies was a little more dramatic, requiring a late tip-in from Draymond Green and two even later misses from Lance Stephenson, one of which was close enough to a foul that the league office was compelled to adjudicate the decision the following day. (The call was good.)As for the matchup between San Antonio and Golden State, it’s hard to say exactly what was going on. In four games against the Warriors this season, the Spurs have been awful around the rim (50.0 percent within 10 feet; 58.7 percent for the season) and forced deep into the shot clock far more often than usual (10.5 shots per game with four seconds or less on the shot clock; 6.8 regularly), which is always a bad sign. Worse yet, the number of “wide-open” looks from three with the nearest defender six or more feet away dropped from 8.3 shots per game to 5.5.San Antonio also shot just 36 percent on shots taken off of one or two dribbles — generally step-ins and quick drives from the perimeter or moves to the basket from the free-throw line or the high post — against 43.8 percent overall. The team is taking about four more of those one- and two-dribble shots per game, which usually isn’t a great sign, since they’re often counter-moves when the first look isn’t clean.Then again, it’s only been four games. For San Antonio, the hope will be that Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw, neither of whom played Sunday, will make up some of the difference. The Spurs are +5.6 points per 100 possessions with Diaw on the floor against the Warriors this season and -19.3 per 100 without him.Wednesday’s game against Memphis will be in Oakland and will come on two days’ rest for the Warriors, while the Grizzlies will be on the back-end of a back-to-back. We’ve seen these Warriors blow games with similar advantages in the past few weeks — they were 96 percent favorites to beat the Timberwolves, remember — but we’re likely to see the best the Warriors have, with one game to play to take sole ownership of one of the NBA’s most iconic records.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 21, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Kobe Bryant’s retirement ceremony and debate whether No. 8 Kobe or No. 24 Kobe is the Bryant they’d want on their team. Next, they break down the Philadelphia 76ers’ up-and-down season, taking a deep look at Ben Simmons and what he needs to do to improve his play. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Kawhi Leonard’s return.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote that Kobe may be the NBA’s last gunslinger.Neil and Chris on why the Sixers might be dominant sooner than we think.Neil made the case last season for Kawhi Leonard, MVP. read more

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The Raptors Bench Is Destroying The NBA

The Toronto Raptors are on top of the Eastern Conference for all sorts of reasons, and one of them is their bench. In the video above, we break down what’s made the Raptors’ reserves so good, and why the team shines when its stars hit the pine.

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Big Ten play becoming big pain for struggling Buckeyes

The Big Ten has been a big pain for the Ohio State women’s basketball team this season.Aside from an early loss to Duke, the Buckeyes cruised through their nonconference schedule. However, they have struggled to find their game against teams who know their style of play.“There’s a difference between nonconference play and conference play,” coach Jim Foster said. “Nonconference play … you play a team twice, home and away, or you play them once. In terms of conference games, you can have a 10 to 12 game resume against your opponents depending on upper-classmen.”Before they began their conference schedule, the Buckeyes averaged 86.3 points per game. Against conference opponents, they have only averaged 70.1.That 16-point difference would be big for any team, but OSU is especially affected because they have allowed nearly the same amount of points per game.Foster has said that the team has the skills to win the close games and has won many of them over the last five years, but now people are noticing because “maybe we’re just in more of them.”Big Ten play has already handed OSU two losses and three games decided by three points or fewer in just ten conference games. In contrast, OSU had one loss and only one game decided by 10 points or less in nonconference play.The two losses from the Big Ten came against Purdue and Indiana in away games with both teams being unranked and struggling to maintain winning records.“Coaches refer to [a season] as three seasons,” Foster said, referring to out-of-conference schedule, conference schedule and the postseason. “A lot of times you’re just happy to get out of the conference season, let alone a conference that plays 18 games. There are some conferences around that play each other once.”Not only have the Buckeyes shot worse when playing a conference opponent, by about 10 percent, but they allow their opponents to shoot better from the floor as well.    OSU has a smaller advantage in rebounds as well — it is cut in half against conference opponents. The last week has been especially brutal for OSU as its two conference losses have occurred within this span. However, center Jantel Lavender doesn’t feel that the team is playing to its potential.“Close games are games that we make close games, because I think that we can beat teams by way more points than we’ve been beating them,” Lavender said. Foster believes this inconsistency in play is due to the youth of the team. The Buckeyes only have four seniors, none of which are starters, although three of the four see the court each game.With games still remaining against a surging Purdue team and a talented Michigan State team, both at home, the season could head in either direction for the Buckeyes depending on their resiliency. read more

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More work to do Turner Lighty not satisfied with Big Ten title

Earlier in the year, junior David Lighty declared his goals for the remainder of the season. A regular season Big Ten Championship was a start, Lighty said, but the Buckeyes had their sights set even further. Tuesday night, Lighty and his teammates completed step one with a 73-57 win over Illinois — a win that earned OSU at least a share of the conference title. But not long after the celebration was over, Lighty spoke of what lies ahead. “Our hard work, right now, is paying off,” Lighty said. “We brought everything together, but it’s not over yet.”After more than a week off, the Buckeyes will return to the hardwood next week in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tournament. After navigating through a brutal conference schedule, overcoming an injury to junior Evan Turner and earning the No. 1 seed in the tournament, OSU should be a considerable favorite to win. The NCAA Tournament begins the following week and the Buckeyes will likely be a No. 3, or even a No. 2 seed. Turner said that, with everything his team has been through, they will enter the tournament season with the utmost confidence. “All this hard work we put in, always persevering through tough times,” Turner said. “All the stuff we did growing as a team and going through all the controversy we went through. It’s just amazing.”Turner has often said that, prior to this season, he has yet to accomplish anything of merit in an OSU uniform. As a possible top-five pick in this year’s NBA draft, he said he would hate to leave school without making his mark.As fellow junior Lighty said after Tuesday’s win, they’re on a mission to do just that. “We can’t leave without accomplishing anything,” Lighty said. “So far our mark was winning an NIT Championship [in 2008], losing in the Big Ten Championship and losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament [last year]. That leaves a sour taste in your mouth, and you don’t want to be remembered for that.”Whether or not Turner and Lighty make the mark they want when it’s all said and done, remains to be seen. But with a regular season title under their belt, their mark is no longer a losing one. They won’t leave Columbus as runner-ups or first-round NCAA losers. They’ll leave known at least as 2010 Big Ten Champions. For Turner, however, that isn’t quite enough.“It just feels great, but it’s not over yet,” Turner said. “We have a couple more trophies to worry about.” read more

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Former Ohio State coaches Bruce Cooper share football wisdom

Teach core values, such as honesty. Don’t complain about your players. Respect greatness. Those were some of the tips a handful of master football coaches gave to more than 1,000 of their high school counterparts Friday at the 80th annual Ohio State Football Coaches Clinic. “When you’re dealing with players, you’re trying to teach the core values,” said Earle Bruce, OSU coach from 1979–87. “You can’t deal with a player if he’s going to lie to you. So, honesty and truthfulness is very, very important.” John Cooper, OSU coach from 1988–00, said coaches should use their talent with their players’ and turn it into a great football team. “Don’t b—- about your players,” Cooper said. “They’re the only ones you’ve got.” The clinic began Thursday and brought more than 1,000 high school coaches to Columbus. On Friday, the coaches gathered in the Schottenstein Center to hear from a panel of coaches, including  Bruce, Cooper and Dave Adolph. Following the master coaches session, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden praised OSU football and its coaching greats including Bruce, Cooper and coach Jim Tressel. “Phenomenal tradition at Ohio State,” Gruden said. “Great coaches — you got Jim Tressel, national champion. Hell, you got people wearing his sweater.” Gruden also cited legendary OSU coach Woody Hayes as the reason he got into coaching. The coaches clinic continues Friday with coaches watching the OSU football team practice, followed by the 66th annual Ohio North-South game in Ohio Stadium. The coaches will meet with members of the OSU football staff for presentations on conditioning, filming and equipment on Saturday, and then will attend the Jesse Owens Spring Game. read more

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Athletic department centennial celebration delayed for Obama

The Ohio State athletic department was prepared to kick off its centennial celebration commemorating 100 years as a department and as a member of the Big Ten conference this week. That was until President Barack Obama announced his plans to visit the OSU campus on Saturday. The athletic department’s yearlong celebration was slated to begin at the Buckeye baseball and softball home games. Fan festivities were planned, with several baseball and softball alumni scheduled to attend. In an email to The Lantern, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he and several members of the committee involved in the celebration planning decided that it was best to postpone the events to minimize traffic concerns in the area around the Schottenstein Center. “The presidential visit is complex with security,” Smith said. “Our priority is to ensure the games themselves go smoothly, softball and baseball, and make it as easy as possible for the fans to enjoy the contests our student-athletes compete in.” Janine Oman, assistant athletic director for sport performance and head of the committee overseeing the centennial celebration, said everything was set to begin this week, but the unexpected circumstances forced a change in the schedule of events. “We were originally planning on doing kickoff games this weekend,” Oman said. “However, the president is coming right at the same time.” While the games will still take place Saturday, the fan activities will be rescheduled due to the arrival of the president and his subsequent speech Saturday morning at the Schottenstein Center. Oman said the first kickoff games will take place Sept. 21 at the field hockey and women’s volleyball games. Austin Stewart, a first-year in international studies, said he was unaware the athletic department was planning a celebration set to begin this week. With the president coming though, he said it’s probably a good idea that it has been moved back. “The president is gonna take a lot of attention away … that would be with the 100-year celebration,” Stewart said. While he admitted he is not really a fan of the president, Stewart said he would rather go see him speak Saturday than attend the anniversary festivities because of the rare experience it presents. “It’s the president of the United States coming to campus. That doesn’t really happen all that often,” Stewart said. “I would probably rather go see him just because that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Obama will speak at the Schottenstein Center Saturday at 1:25 p.m., with the doors opening at 10:30 a.m. First Lady Michelle Obama will join her husband in support of his campaign. The public event on OSU’s campus is the official beginning of the 2012 election, and Obama has a rally planned at Virginia Commonwealth University later on Saturday. This rally marks the second visit Obama has made to OSU’s campus in about two months. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has also been in central Ohio in the past week. Romney spoke at Otterbein College last Thursday about the economy and his plan to bring the nation back to a world leader. read more

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Cincinnati football player killed in motorcycle accident

A Cincinnati Bearcats football player has died.Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore, 19, was reportedly struck and killed by a vehicle while driving his motorcycle Thursday, according to tweets from Brett Hoffland of FOX19 in Cincinnati on his Twitter account, @Fox19Brett.Kennedy-Palmore was pronounced dead at the UC Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m., according to a release from UC. He was wearing a helmet. The release said his teammates were informed of the incident after their Thursday practice.Kennedy-Palmore was a redshirt-freshman walk-on running back from Liberty Township, Ohio. He graduated from Lakota East High School in 2013.“Chamoda was a talented non-scholarship player and a key member of our scout teams. He worked hard and earned his spot on the roster. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said in a released statement.The death of Kennedy-Palmore comes just over a year after Cincinnati football player Ben Flick died in a one-vehicle accident Sept. 21, 2013.The Bearcats are scheduled to take on the Buckeyes Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer teams losing streak at 3 with 2 road

Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe beginning of Ohio State men’s soccer team’s first road trip this season turned sour after a pair of losses to No. 17 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (3-0-1) and Navy (2-1-1) over the weekend.After Friday’s loss to the ranked UMBC in Baltimore, the Buckeyes stayed in the state of Maryland but were blown out by a score of 3-0 against Navy on Sunday in Annapolis.OSU had a good chance to score in the 29th minute, but OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary’s shot was deflected off the side of the net from six yards out.Navy sophomore forward Aubrey Jones scored a 10-yard goal in the 36th minute of the game to give the Midshipmen their first point on the board.The Buckeyes had another chance to score in the 60th minute when McCrary passed the ball to OSU junior forward Danny Jensen, who then launched the ball toward the net. However, Navy senior goalkeeper Jackson Morgan denied Jensen’s shot to maintain the one-goal advantage.OSU continued to battle against the home squad in the 19th minute of regulation, but the Midshipmen managed to put two more points on the board giving the team a final score of 3-0.Overall, Navy held a 5-3 advantage in the corners over the Buckeyes.Despite a better performance two nights before at UMBC, the Buckeyes still opened the weekend the same way they closed it: scoreless.The Buckeyes held a 9-0 advantage in the corners and a 5-2 lead in shots in the first half of the game, but were unable to get anything into the net.OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson attempted a shot from the corner in the seventh minute, but his attempt was blocked, taking away the opportunity for a Buckeye point. OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason went for the first shot on goal for OSU from the corner in the 10th minute, but it was saved by UMBC sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner.The Buckeyes had two back-to-back corner kicks finishing the first half, but they could not execute, leaving the game scoreless at the break.Midway through the second half, UMBC senior forward Darius Madison scored a goal from 14 yards out in the 59th minute of the game, giving the Retrievers a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes.OSU continued to fight back for a chance to tie the game, but continued to be unable to score.McCrary came close to scoring a goal in the 68th minute when he launched the ball 12 yards into the goal. However, Heavner saved McCrary’s kick.With one final attempt, OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle was given the opportunity of a free kick in the 89th minute, but couldn’t make a connection between the ball and the net, giving the team a 1-0 loss against UMBC.OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer now falls 1-3 on the year, stopping just five of nine shots on goal over the weekend.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to open Big Ten play on the road against Northwestern on Friday in Bridgeview, Illinois, at 8 p.m. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Quincy with strong offensive showing

Sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand (6) attacking the ball against Loyola on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kaycie Golic | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team (8-16, 3-7 MIVA) dominated the entire match on Saturday night, as the Buckeyes’ hot offense continued their strong production and swept Quincy (5-18, 0-10 MIVA), 25-12, 25-17, 25-20. Having lost its past two games, Ohio State needed a win like this to build momentum as the team moves forward, and it came against Quincy, who was missing a key player in junior outside hitter Omari Wheeler. Ohio State senior setter Sanil Thomas and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes led the offense to the sweep. Thomas ran the offense with 36 assists, giving Hanes the opportunities that he turned into 12 kills. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson liked what he saw on the court and said this sweep will be very good for team morale. “A win’s a win right now for us,” Hanson said. “They were missing one of their best players in Wheeler and he is a big part of their offense. That would be like us not having Jake Hanes on the floor. I thought that hurt them a lot, but at this point in time, we’re more concerned with what’s going on our side of the net.”The Buckeyes started off getting out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set and never looked back. Ohio State was led by sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand, who recorded .two kills set up by Thomas to begin the game, giving the rest of the team momentum that was never relinquished. Lallemand finished the night with six kills and seven digs. The second set saw the Hawks jump out to a quick lead, but almost immediately, Ohio State took back the lead and extended it to 12-4 to effectively take control of the set. Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson was key for the Buckeyes in this stretch, getting three kills and two aces during that stretch. Leeson finished the night with nine kills, two aces and one dig. Hanson had nothing but good things to say about Leeson’s performance in the second set. “One thing that I really like is Blake Leeson is really starting to take over offensively,” Hanson said. “He’s really getting in a good groove with his serve, and that’s what he struggled with early on in the season in finding some consistency. He’s really hitting it well now though, and that’s a great weapon for us.” After controlling the first two sets with ease, Ohio State began to slow down in the third set. Quincy saw some great play from senior setter Adam Rogan, who had eight assists, and sophomore outside hitter Brendan Estrada, who added five kills. It was not enough though, as the Buckeyes managed to hang on to get the narrow victory and clinch the sweep. Rogan finished the game with 23 assists and five digs, while Estrada led the team in kills with 10 along with four digs. WIth the momentum from a straight-set win, Hanson is focused on what his team can control. “We just have to take care of the little details. It’s not necessarily that we can’t serve it in or spike it in, but in long rallies, can we make sure that the contact we make get’s the ball into good spots for Sanil can run a good offense and have multiple options?” Hanson said. “Increasing the quality of every contact is something that has to happen when you go up against good teams, because they’ll put pressure on you in that way.”  Ohio State goes on the road and faces Loyola Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday. read more

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Seven nuns at Seven Sisters the story behind the divine photo

first_imgDedicating their lives entirely to prayer, silence and solitude and leaving their cloisters only for medical appointments, the Carmelite nuns may seem to be the antithesis of the modern age. So when they left the walls of their monastery and ventured into London, what appeared to be seven nuns standing next to the Seven Sisters station sign would have been suprised to become an internet hit. But the timing was not lost on one commuter, who could not resist taking a photograph which has been widely shared online.  When I realised it definitely wasn’t a hen do I decided I had to capture itBen Patey 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 Joys of London. Seven Sisters on the platform at Seven Sisters. #sisterhood pic.twitter.com/chBxLfnjqd— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 10, 2017 Carmelite nuns at Seven Sisters station Credit:Ben Patey / SWNS.com The  group, which actually numbered eight from Ware Carmelite Monastery, had been to a meeting for enclosed religious orders where they were addressed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westmister. It was the first time such a meeting had ever been held, a spokesman for the Diocese of Westminster confirmed. The nuns were making their way back from the Notting Hill Carmelite Monastery  in London to their own in Hertfordshire, in a journey that would have taken them around an hour, when they were spotted. Sister Fiona, who belongs to the Ware Monastery, said: “They had simply been to an important meeting in London. They are not often out, we go out for medical appointments and that sort of thing, but we do make the exception for an important meetings.”center_img He said: “I did a double take. It was one of those strange but amusing moments. It is not something you see every day and when I realised it definitely wasn’t a hen do I decided I had to capture it.”  Founded by hermits in the 13th Century, the Carmelite nuns still live by a set of principles set out more than 500 years ago in a “small community of friends entirely dedicated to prayer, silence and solitude”.There are 15 Carmelite Monasteries in the UK made up of 200 nuns. They had met on Thursday morning with a group of around 50 sisters from different orders all of whom live enclosed lives seperate from the community. The group were discussing guidelines about their way of life from Pope Francis issued last year.Sister Francesca, from Arkley Poor Clares in Barnet, said that the meeting was “wonderfully successful”.  When asked how the nuns felt about their newfound fame, Sister Fiona said: “I don’t tend myself to look for publicity, we tend to lead more of a hidden life.” But Ben Patey, 33, couldn’t resist taking taking the photograph when he saw what he thought was seven nuns as he travelled home from work.  Carmelite nuns at Seven Sisters station last_img read more

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Britain is set to boil in 30C heat but thunder and floods

first_imgThe showers and thunderstorms may continue overnight into Friday morning before clearing into the North Sea.Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said: “We may see some localised flooding in some areas and difficult driving conditions, however the areas where that will happen are difficult to pinpoint.”However, into the weekend we will see a more changeable front and it will be fresher from the north-west.” Some areas may face localised flooding and difficult driving conditions caused by the downpours spreading up from the south.A yellow weather warning covering England and Wales is in place from 6am on Thursday to 6am on Friday. Here is the picture we are waking up to this morning; bright ⛅️ for many but cloudier with some drizzle across northern England pic.twitter.com/pMFk6rD1kA— Met Office (@metoffice) July 5, 2017 Britain faces a steamy and stormy end to the week as thundery showers and 30C temperatures are set to sweep the nation.Forecasters have warned that while Wednesday will be fine and dry, lightning and even hail may be on the way tomorrow with up to 30mm of rain falling within an hour. 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

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British pilot and two UK nationals arrested in Calais on suspicion of

first_img 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. One of the four Albanian migrants and her child had “disappeared” after they were sent to hospital for checks, officials said. The other two, a man and a woman, were being held in a migrant detention centre. Migrants walk next to a Calais’ city sign (stock picture) Officials would not give the names of the arrested men, who were aged between 45 and 54, or say where in Britain they were from, or which airfield or airport in Britain the plane was heading for when it was intercepted.The plane, a four-seat, single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk, was still on the ground and the pilot was at the controls preparing for take-off at Calais-Dunkirk airport, which is located in Marck, but the migrants had not boarded when police moved in on Monday afternoon.”We do not yet have a full profile of the pilot. Investigators are waiting for British authorities to send information,” the prosecutor’s office said, adding that police were hoping to identify other people involved in the attempted people-smuggling operation. A British pilot and two other UK nationals have been arrested by French police on suspicion of people-smuggling as their Cessna plane was about to fly from Calais to Britain with four Albanian migrants on board.“This is the first time that we have come across attempted people-smuggling by plane” in the Calais region, the Boulogne deputy prosecutor handling the case, Philippe Sabatier, told the Telegraph.Calais has for years been a magnet for migrants hoping to sneak into the UK but mostly they try to stow away on trucks heading for the ferry port or the Eurotunnel terminal.center_img The thwarted attempt to fly migrants into the UK came just a day before three migrants – believed to be an Afghan, a Pakistani, and an Iranian – abandoned their bid to get to England in a dinghy, and returned to the French shore suffering from hypothermia.At the weekend, another migrant was picked up by a small yacht in the Channel near Dunkirk after he was found out at sea on a raft he had made from planks of wood and bottles.French authorities last October shut down a huge migrant camp near Calais nicknamed the “Jungle” which at its peak was home to more than 10,000 people, most of them hoping to make it to the UK. Show more Migrants walk next to a Calais' city sign (stock picture)last_img read more

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New saltwaterproof trains for Brunels stormbattered Great Western Railway

first_imgPassengers on the new GWR Intercity Express Trains will benefit from more seats, more services and reduced journey times. “Our engineering team have worked on a design which ensures equipment on the roof will not flood when running in heavy rain or along coast routes.” It is the sort of clever design solution of which the great Victorian engineer himself would have been proud.Trains running along the south west coast on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway have long suffered from sea spray and salt water corroding and damaging vital equipment.But a deceptively simple design change is set to ensure the trains can handle the worst of the weather.The problem is particularly acute along stretches such as Dawlish, in Devon, where the track famously runs alongside the coast on its way to Exeter.A new generation of ‘Dawlish proof’ trains is set to be rolled out along the route with the promise they will be able to withstand the worst the south west can throw at them.Several of the trains which currently run on the line suffer from a crucial design fault in which their brake resistors, which dissipate energy during braking and turn it back into electricity, sit in a sunken well on the roof where rain and sea water collects during storms, damaging their working parts.While the existing 40-year-old High Speed Trains have not been affected, the Voyager fleet operated by Cross Country,  which operates between Penzance and Scotland via Dawlish and Bristol, have repeatedly suffered from the problem since they were introduced in 2001. But the new Class 802 Intercity Express Trains, which will run from London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance from next year, have been designed with a raised platform on which the resistors sit, allowing water to run off the roof and away from the equipment.Engineers are conducting a series of exhaustive tests to ensure that the sleek, bullet-shaped trains can handle the ferocious Atlantic storms that lash the rugged West Country coast, where huge waves can swamp the rail line.As part of the tests the high speed trains have been subjected to extreme weather conditions – with gallons of salt water dumped on them – and are now undergoing live test runs along routes in the region, between Bruton and Cogload, in Somerset.Three of the new trains, built by Hitachi Rail, were put through a giant train washing system, allowing gallons of saltwater to be poured on them to test not only the effectiveness of the brake resistor platforms, but also the waterproof seals of the carriage doors and windows.The fleet of 33 trains, modelled on Japan’s bullet trains, is being built by Hitachi Rail Europe at its high-tech factory in Pistoia, Italy.A Hitachi Rail spokesperson said: “The new Intercity Express Trains are designed to cope with the South West’s sometimes stormy weather conditions and have already been rigorously tested including weather simulation tests at our Japanese factory. During terrible storms in 2014 much of the West Country was cut off by rail when the sea wrecked the main line at Dawlish. It took weeks to repair, with major work needed to rebuild the sea wall on which the track runs.It is expected the new trains should shave up to six minutes off journey times from Paddington to Exeter and Plymouth, with journeys to Penzance cut by up to 14 minutes.There will be more storage for bicycles and novel features such as larger and lower overhead luggage racks with glass bottoms to help passengers remember their belongings when they leave the train.Stations such as Penzance, Exeter St Davids and Taunton and Plymouth will also be upgraded, along with signalling along the route.Royal Train saved from the scrapheap after Queen makes it known it is still her favoured mode of transport Passengers on the new GWR Intercity Express Trains will benefit from more seats, more services and reduced journey times.Credit:Rob Thomas/GWR 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

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Waitrose drivers to unpack shopping in customers homes when they are out

Waitrose customers will no longer have to stay in for their food deliveries as the supermarket will become the first to send delivery men into their homes while they are out.   An “in-home” delivery service, in which front doors are being fitted with “smart door locks” to give drivers access to customers’ homes to unpack groceries while they are out, is about to be trialled. Delivery men will be fitted with chest cameras so customers can be sure they are not stealing their items or nosying through their drawers while they are out, and customers have the option of requesting the footage afterwards.Similar schemes have already proved popular in the US and Scandinavia.  Initially 100 customers located in South London will be offered a free smart lock, which usually cost £190, as part of the Waitrose “While You’re Away” trial.   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. Archie Mason, head of business development at Waitrose & Partners, said: “There is certainly an increasing demand among our customers to make shopping with us even more convenient to fit around their busy lifestyles.”Rather than waiting for a delivery or trying to put everything away, it gives customers more flexibility to use that time differently, including more time enjoying cooking and eating the food they’ve bought.”The concept of in-home delivery has started to prove popular in other countries so we are keen to establish if there is an appetite for it in the UK.”Nigel Fisher, managing director of Yale UK, said: “Working with Waitrose & Partners to develop the UK’s first in-home delivery service is an exciting premise for Yale as we look to understand how smart products can enhance daily lives as well as protecting your home.”Customers can find out if they are eligible for the trial or can register their interest in future rollouts by visiting wya.waitrose.com. Yale’s smart lock system allows access to different people at different times by using temporary codes Credit:Yale  Waitrose delivery drivers will only be allowed to enter customers homes if they have been with the firm for six months or longerCredit:John Lawrence It works by fitting customers’ front doors with Yale “smart lock” technology and setting a temporary access code which is then sent to Waitrose via a secure app.The code is then sent to the delivery driver’s device at the time of arrival at the customer’s home and is deleted once the delivery is complete.The driver will put goods that need to be refrigerated and frozen away and leave other groceries on the kitchen counter, or as instructed by the customer. Yale To qualify customers must commit to a minimum order of £25 and a minimum of six deliveries, although Waitrose said it would review this after the trial. Waitrose said it anticipated being able to make the service available to more than 1,000 customers in spring next year depending on the success of the trial. delivery read more

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