The week in college football

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Florida State won, 27-2. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)#3 Oklahoma Sooners vs #15 Houston Cougars (Noon) NRG Stadium, Houston, TXThe college football season gets off to a fast start Saturday with the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners taking on the No. 15 Houston Cougars. Many expect Oklahoma to contend for a national title this year with Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield once again at quarterback and Samaje Perine running beside him. Houston isn’t going to go down easy though. Greg Ward Jr. is one of if not the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and Tom Herman is looking to show the big schools once again that his teams can compete with anyone. Expect a shootout with plenty of fireworks, as this one already has playoff implications.#5 LSU Tigers vs Wisconsin Badgers (3:30 p.m.) Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WIWill this be Les Miles’ last year? That is the question on the minds of many as LSU heads up to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. With 19 returning starters, including superstar Leonard Fournette, this could be Miles’ most talented team. If Brandon Harris can step up his game, LSU could find themselves in the playoffs. Many expect Wisconsin to take a few steps back this year, but Paul Chryst believes the Badgers could shock some people. If Corey Clement can come back from his sports hernia injury that kept him out for the season last year, Wisconsin has a shot to stay with anyone. This game is going to be a slow grind and likely very low scoring.#18 Georgia Bulldogs vs #22 North Carolina Tar Heels (5:30 p.m.) Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GABecause of the loaded week one slate, No.18 Georgia vs No.22 North Carolina is not getting a lot of love. This game is HUGE though as the losing team can pretty much already kiss their playoff chances goodbye. Georgia decided to go with senior Greyson Lambert at quarterback, and the return of running back Nick Chubb has Bulldog fans very excited. With a brand new starting front seven on defense, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle Elijah Hood. Hood, UNC’s running back, ran for 1,463 yards last year and 17 touchdowns, astounding numbers. North Carolina is breaking in a new quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, but he has 8 returning starters around him on the offensive side. This one is going to come down to defense. Whichever team shows up defensively and shuts down the run will win this game.#20 USC Trojans vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8 p.m.) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXThe defending national champions are back and just as good as ever. The Crimson Tide are once again the favorites to win the national title. For Alabama, it’ll be interesting to see how Cooper Bateman replaces Jake Coker and if Bo Scarbrough is as good as advertised. The defense is expected to be just as dominant even though Kirby Smart left for Georgia. If Cody Kessler had one more year of eligibility, USC would be the favorites to win the Pac-12. They return 16 starters from last year, 10 on the offensive side, and Adoree Jackson is a name that everyone will know by the end of the year. There is a good chance this game turns ugly as Alabama is going to look to assert its dominance early.#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns (7:30 p.m.) Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TXHow about some Sunday night college football. No.10 Notre Dame and Texas get to start their years off in primetime in Austin, Texas. For Notre Dame, many are wondering if this will finally be the year they get over the hump. They only return 9 starters from last year, but Brian Kelly feels that this could be his best team. Week one could also ultimately decide who will be Notre Dame’s QB, DeShone Kizer or last year’s original starter Malik Zaire. On the other side, Charlie Strong could be coaching for his job this year. He returns 15 starters from last year, so there are some expectations for Texas this year. Jerrod Heard is going to have to take a big step forward though at quarterback if Texas wants to win this game and eventually play in a bowl game.#11 Ole Miss Rebels vs #4 Florida State Seminoles (8 p.m.) Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FLIn a loaded first week of college football, the best game could be saved for last when No.11 Ole Miss travels to Orlando to take on No.4 Florida State on Monday night. The Rebels lost three of their top players to the NFL in Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell, and Robert Nkemdiche. This just means that Chad Kelly is going to have to step up, and he seems very equipped to dominate in the SEC. As for Florida State, the expectations for this year are huge. They return 18 starters from last year, including all 11 starters on offense. Sean Maguire is currently nursing a broken foot, but with Dalvin Cook at running back, Florida State should only face a minor hiccup. This game is going to come down to the wire as both teams have two solid offenses, good defenses, and great coaching. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer upsets Michigan State at home

“Matt (Lampson) just sent a great ball in. It was kind of slippery and it slipped through. I was hoping it would come through and it did, so I just put my left foot on it,” McAnena said. Scales scored the team’s first goal with header after Chris Hegngi lofted a cross across the box, allowing Scales to put some force behind the finish to tie the game at one with 25 minutes to play in the first half. The win pushes OSU’s record to 6-2-2 while Michigan State falls to 7-2-0. Despite being ranked No. 19, a win over the No. 11 team in the country did not feel like an upset for the Buckeyes. “We’re both top teams in the Big Ten and we both play really well,” McAnena said. “Every game in the Big Ten every team is pretty evenly matched.” “I’m not about rankings, to be honest,” Scales said. “If we come out everyday and compete, do the things we need to do, listen to our coaches, then we’re going to be a good team.” The Buckeyes will have to find a way to maintain the momentum, without playing a game for another week. OSU plays Northwestern at 1 p.m. Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Austin McAnena scored for the second-straight game as the No. 19 Ohio State men’s soccer team beat the No. 11 Spartans of Michigan State 2-1 on a blustery afternoon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “Coming off a good result against Akron, to get a result like this is even better,” mid-fielder Sam Scales said. “To go 2-0 in the Big Ten, we just got to keep going off this momentum and hopefully we can go 3-0 and get that Big Ten title in our hands.” OSU coach John Bluem said it is critical for the team to keep compiling wins at home going forward. “I think that Michigan State is a good team. They had some problems today but they’re going to figure in the conference race I think,” Bluem said. “You have to win your home games.” With the Big Ten schedule including only three home games for the Buckeyes, each win against conference opponents is critical. “I’m just glad that we got through it, and I think the guys gutted it out and it was a good performance, and a super goal by Austin (McAnena),” Bluem said. McAnena’s second goal in as many games came off a set piece from goalkeeper Matt Lampson, which was misjudged by the Spartans’ defense. From the left side of the box, McAnena was able to track the ball behind the defenders and finish with his left foot into the far side of the net for the game’s deciding goal in the 64th minute. read more

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Ohio State womens hoops seeks top spot in Big Ten

After a decisive win against the Indiana Hoosiers, the No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team has crept within a half game of the conference lead. Now, OSU will look to grab first place in the Big Ten when they travel to Penn State to face the No. 12 Nittany Lions (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten) Monday. The Lady Lions hold the top spot in the Big Ten, as well as a five-game winning streak after defeating No. 17 Purdue, 74-63, Thursday. “You can never gauge your stuff on what other people are doing, whether they are coming in on a winning streak or a losing streak,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “You got to stay focused on the topic at hand and that’s the next game.” That task will include stopping sophomore guard Maggie Lucas, who had 28 points in the victory against the Boilermakers. Lucas scored 20 of those points in the second half, and five 3-pointers throughout the game. “She’s able to get those three’s off and we just got to watch for her,” said redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes. “We know it’s going to be a competitive game.” Lucas is averaging more than 19 points a game, while her teammates junior guard Alex Bentley and senior guard Zhaque Gray are averaging 14 and 10 points respectively. With its guards contributing a majority of its points, OSU is preparing to see a team that mirrors it’s own offensive attack. “They’re good in transition, they like to push it, we like to push it,” Foster said. “There’s not a whole lot of teams in the league that like to go up and down … it’s going to be a fun game.” Senior guard Samantha Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined, are averaging 41.1 points per game. While Prahalis sat out against Indiana due to an illness, she’s still averaging more than 25 points a game and needs 19 more assists to become the all-time Big Ten assist leader. She has 874 and is chasing Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly, who set the record 892 career assists from 1989-93. Monday’s game will be the first time OSU and Penn State have met since the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Lions, 84-70, in the 2011 Big Ten championship game. After Monday’s game, OSU has two more games remaining, including a trip to No. 21 Nebraska (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten), before heading into tournament play. The Buckeyes will look to defend their 2011 title beginning March 1 in Indianapolis. Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. read more

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Sweat chooses safety above NFL stardom

Former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat made national headlines when he walked away from an opportunity to play in the NFL on May 14, less than three weeks after signing with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. He cited concussion symptoms as his reason to step away from the game. Sweat made the decision that playing professional football was not worth risking his long-term health. “I had three (concussions) at Ohio State,” Sweat told The Lantern. “I still was having symptoms – it was very scary. It’s not something that you experience often. You’re slowed down, you can’t think as well, it’s tough.” The link between football and head injuries has been reported and discussed often by the media and scientists who determine causes of head injuries while researching the risks and ways to prevent brain damage. Sweat said one of the symptoms he dealt with was depression. “Your mind’s just not right,” Sweat said. “I’ve never been depressed in my life but I mean, I was depressed in the spring because of my concussion. It’s definitely scary.” Dr. Paul Gubanich is a team physician for OSU Sports Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at OSU. Gubanich previously worked with professional football players as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ medical staff from 2004-2010. Gubanich told The Lantern that the link between athletes with concussions and depression is “something that we’re seeing more and more,” but head injuries are not necessarily the reason for their depression. “The truth is that we see (depression in athletes with concussions),” Gubanich said. “The underlying cause of that is not necessarily clear. The question becomes, is that actually a symptom of a concussion or is that a symptom of some other underlying process? The fact that they’re being treated for a chronic condition, that they’re removed from certain activities … We’re taking an athlete out of their normal environment – a young, healthy, vibrant person – and we’re changing their everyday activity.” A 2007 study in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, an official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, investigated the link between concussions and depression. This study, which was led by Kevin Guskiewicz, the chair of University of North Carolina’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science, said he found that retired professional football players who had three or more concussions in their playing careers were three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than players who had no history of concussions. Sweat said he met with Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins, the clinical and executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and was cleared to play. Due to patient privacy reasons, Collins declined The Lantern’s request for comment. Sweat, who is set to graduate from OSU this spring with a degree in marketing, said he will attend graduate school to pursue a career in law or medical sales. OSU athletic director Gene Smith, who told The Lantern in October 2010 that he suffered two concussions during his playing days, thinks Sweat is making the right decision. “I’m actually glad Andrew Sweat is going to law school,” Smith said during a Tuesday interview with The Lantern. “He’s a smart kid … he had a couple of tough concussions.” Sweat is only one of multiple players who have made the move in the past few weeks to give up their professional football careers due to concussion risks. Chad Diehl, a former Clemson fullback who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the draft, retired on May 16. According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Diehl wrote on his Facebook page that he suffered another concussion in rookie mini-camp. “The doctor and I came into agreement that it would be in my best interest for my football career to go ahead and come to an end,” Diehl added. Eight-year NFL veteran guard Jacob Bell made the same decision earlier this month. Bell, who had signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his decision “came down to risk and reward.” Like Sweat and Diehl, Bell decided that the risk of long-term brain damage from concussion was not worth the reward of playing professional football. Gubanich said it is important for football players and other athletes in collision contact sports to understand the risks of their sport. “I wish (Sweat) the best,” Gubanich said. “I feel bad for these athletes … obviously some of them do know the risk, and I think our job is to help get the message out there and to try and help manage these situations to the best that we can, but there’s still a lot of awareness and education that needs to be done at multiple levels.” read more

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Mens soccer prepares to take on No 7 Notre Dame

Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman Craig Zahour plays the ball up the field during a match against IPFW on Aug. 20, at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will finish exhibition matches when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to play No. 7 Notre Dame. Unranked OSU is currently 1-1 in exhibition this year after falling to West Virginia 1-0 and defeating Indiana University — Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) 2-0 at home.Like the Buckeyes, the Fighting Irish enter this game with an exhibition record of 1-1, after splitting back-to-back road games, losing to Creighton 1-0 and beating Drake 2-0.Notre Dame is coming off a season in which, at one point, it was the top-ranked team in the country, going 17-4-1 and finishing with the program’s best record since 1987. The team is hoping to continue that success despite the loss of two first-team All-Americans, including Big East Offensive Player of the Year forward Ryan Finley, who scored 21 of the Irish’s 52 goals.OSU will treat this game like a regular season one, but coach John Bluem will still be using the exhibition contest as a learning experience for his team.“They (Notre Dame) were the No. 1 team in the country for a while last year,” said Bluem, who is entering his 17thseason at the helm. “It’ll be a really good test to go on the road and play a team of that quality and again, it will expose some of the weaknesses of our team and the strengths of our team as well.”OSU junior midfielder Yianni Sarris, who assisted on both Buckeye goals against IPFW, said that the team will prepare for Notre Dame like it would for a regular season game, even though it knows it is still preseason.“You got to be ready for the season,” Sarris said. “The regular season is just around the corner and we’re going at it 100 percent.”Sarris will look to become a leader of this team after transferring from Florida Gulf Coast University before the 2012 season.The Buckeyes will begin regular season play when they face off against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois in theWolstein Classic Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Former Ohio State football players at NFL Combine finish with mixed results

Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) tackles a player during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSix former Ohio State football players took their shot at boosting their NFL stock at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-25.Running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby, wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, offensive linemen Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley and linebacker Ryan Shazier were the six Buckeyes who tried to impress scouts, general managers and owners of teams as they continue their evaluations for the 2014 NFL Draft, scheduled to kickoff May 8.The six players who took part in the combine join seven other former players — kicker Drew Basil, quarterback Kenny Guiton, safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant, offensive linemen Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall and running back Jordan Hall — who declared for the draft following the 2013 season.Shazier impressed in both the vertical and broad jump, posting the best marks in each among linebackers and defensive linemen with jumps of 42 inches and 130 inches, respectively.Hyde pulled his left hamstring in his only attempt while running the 40-yard dash, and Roby finished with the third best time in the category among defensive backs at 4.39 seconds.Here’s a look at how each player performed at the combine, in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump as well as how many reps of 225 pounds each player did on bench press. Bradley Roby:-40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds-bench press: 17 reps-vertical jump: 38.5 inches-broad jump: 124 inches Carlos Hyde:-40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds-bench press: 19 reps-vertical jump: 34.5 inches-broad jump: 114 inches Jack Mewhort:-40-yard dash: 5.37 seconds-bench press: 28 reps-vertical jump: 26 inches-broad jump: 101 inches Ryan Shazier:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 25 reps-vertical jump: 42 inches-broad jump: 130 inches Corey Linsley:-40-yard dash: did not participate-bench press: 36 reps-vertical jump: 27 inches-broad jump: did not participate Corey “Philly” Brown:-40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds-bench press: did not participate-vertical jump: 33 inches-broad jump: 116 inches read more

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Ohio State football defense taking steps to get back to Silver Bullets

Members of the Gray defense swarm Scarlet H-back Curtis Samuel (4) during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray won, 17-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show.The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.”“Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the Ohio State football team. Looking at old tales and folklore, a silver bullet is known as the only weapon that can defeat monsters like witches and werewolves. The past two seasons, though, the Buckeyes’ silver bullet defense had a tough time stopping Hoosiers and Wolverines.While the offense has taken flight under coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, the defense has been left a little bit behind.The defensive problems didn’t seem to be too big of an issue with the offense being able to score consistently, but they reared their ugly heads in the final three games of last season, though, as they gave up 41, 34 and 40 points to Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson, respectively. The latter two games resulted in losses and left OSU with much to work on heading into the offseason.The Spring Game provided fans with their first look at the 2014 edition of the Bullets and redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said it was the start of getting back to their namesake.“I knew we were going to lose a lot of key players after last season, but coming in now after going through spring practice, I’m confident we can go out there and compete at the highest level,” Powell said after the game, a 17-7 victory by the Gray team. “We have to get better and all, but now I feel like we’re on our way to being back to the Silver Bullets that everybody watching thinks of.”The game saw both the Scarlet and Gray defensive lines dominate the opposing teams’ offensive lines throughout, putting pressure on anything and everything the offenses tried to do.The Scarlet defense scored the first points of the game when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier had a strip sack of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.The Scarlet team didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the rest of the game, while the Gray team finished with just two.It was a small sample size to work with, but Meyer said his squad showed a vast improvement from where they ended last season.“Defense, I hope the reaction was that they looked quicker, they look faster, they trigger on the ball much better than they have in the past,” Meyer said after the game. “If that’s your perception, that’s mine as well.”The final statistics saw neither team gain 300 yards, with the Gray team earning 262 and the Scarlet team only mustering 185.Redshirt-freshman Chris Worley led the Scarlet team with nine total tackles, including a game-high six solo stops, and redshirt-freshman Tyquan Lewis paced the Gray squad with five tackles, including two sacks.Meyer is one to say that to have a great football team, you need a great defensive line. With all four starters coming back in the form of senior Michael Bennett, juniors Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence and sophomore Joey Bosa, he did not shy away from his expectations for them as a unit.“I’d be disappointed if we’re not one of the better defensive lines in America, with those four guys. They’ve had a good spring and their coach is really coaching them,” Meyer said.The coach he’s referring to is Johnson who took over for Mike Vrabel, who left for the Houston Texans of the NFL in January.Junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the transition to Johnson wasn’t easy at first, but said he has made the unit stronger.“When coach Johnson first came in it was a difficult transition, but we’ve all bought in to what he is trying to teach us and we are playing well right now,” Schutt said. “I think the unit is going to be very successful.”Outside of the four linemen, Meyer said the other players who have earned starting spots are junior Joshua Perry at linebacker, senior Doran Grant at cornerback and Powell at safety.That leaves four more spots open for the Bullets and the competition is sure to be fierce and last all the way through fall camp.No matter who fills those roles, however, Powell said they are ready to change the storyline of the offense outplaying the defense.“See, back in the day it was about the defense,” Powell said. “So that’s what we’re trying to get the theme to go back to. Everybody (saying) ‘Let’s go to the game to see their defense.’”OSU is scheduled to open the season Aug. 30 against Navy at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, with kickoff set for noon. read more

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Duchess of Cambridges family portraits earn her membership of Royal Photographic Society

first_imgThe Duchess is also entitled to submit her work to a panel of experts for consideration for a distinction. If she passed, she would become a licentiate of the society, entitling her to use the letters LRPS after her name.Amelia Christmas, spokesman for the Society, said: “The Duchess is a great, positive role model for anyone interested in photography. She has proved her own skills with her portraits of her children, which are not just family snapshots. Confident in her own ability, she bucked tradition by dispensing with “official” photographers to take her own shots, which have been reproduced in newspapers, magazines and calendars around the world. Queen with cine camera She accepted the Society’s offer of an honorary membership last month, and joins such distinguished names as Annie Leibovitz – who has twice photographed the Queen – David Bailey and the newly-knighted war photographer Sir Don McCullin as members of the Society. The Duchess has captured intimate family portraits of her childrenCredit:HRH The Duchess of Cambridge The Society said it regarded the Duchess as a “role model” for other amateur photographers, praising her “talent and enthusiasm” behind the lens.The Duchess has been a keen photographer since childhood, and has released her own pictures of her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, since becoming a mother. They included a photograph of a misty Mount Kinabalu – the highest point in Borneo at 13,400ft above sea level – and a black-and-white image of an orangutan.She continues a long royal tradition of amateur photography and film-making. The Queen loved to shoot cine films during family holidays and during private moments on royal tours, notably aboard the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and both Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon – a professional photographer – were members of the Royal Photographic Society. Prince Harry also loves taking pictures on royal tours whenever he gets the chance.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert became the Society’s first patrons months after its formation in 1853, and commissioned the Society’s then head to teach the royal children photography.The Queen is the current Patron, granting the Society a royal charter in 2004.Dr Michael Pritchard, chief executive of the RPS, said: “The Duchess of Cambridge is the latest in a long line of royal photographers and the Society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership.” Prince George kissing Princess Charlotte Show more center_img “We exist to promote photography at all levels, whether it’s with a smartphone or a more expensive camera, and we’re here to help people improve their skills.“So we hope that this will be the beginning of a future relationship with the Duchess because she has such a keen interest in the subject.”The Duchess began publishing her work when her parents Michael and Carole Middleton asked her to take pictures for their Party Pieces website in 2008, and since then she has been able to pick up tips from such famous names as Mario Testino when she has had official portraits taken of herself. The Duchess’s pictures of Princess Charlotte have been published the world overCredit:HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Princess Charlotte Her photographs are among the most widely published in the world, despite the fact that taking pictures is no more than a hobby.Now the Duchess of Cambridge has been given the ultimate recognition of her skills, with a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. The Queen has always loved taking cine filmsCredit:PA As well as the official birthday photographs of her children which have been published, the Duchess also released a series of photographs from the royal tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific in 2012. 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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Andy Murray weighs in on Wimbledon prize money row saying changes should

first_imgViktor Troicki of Serbia plays a forehand during mens singles second round match against Donald Young Britain’s Johanna Konta has also spoken about players pulling out of matchesCredit:Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty Images Speaking yesterday after his second round win over the German Dustin Brown, Murray said: “I think there is a big difference if you get injured.”If you’re injured going into the match, then I think you need to be pretty certain you’re going to be okay to, you know, play and be able to compete before stepping out there, because, one, you can do more damage to yourself. Two successive matches on Centre Court were cut short when the opponents of Federer and Novak Djokovic withdrew.It led to accusations that some of the players knew they would not be able to complete their games but had started in order to pick up their cheques. Players who pull out before the tournament are not entitled to the prize money.The row then intensified when two of the eight players who withdrew injured from singles matches to re-enter themselves in the doubles tournament. “You’re playing injured and you could potentially make it worse.  She added: “You’ve got to keep in mind that the players work very hard to be in the position they are in, but there is also a responsibility to the fans.”Janko Tipsarevic, who lasted 15 minutes on court in the first round before retiring, said: “If a guy is all his life is playing challengers and suddenly has a chance to play Wimbledon main draw, where the first-round loss is £35,000, I don’t think anybody has the right to judge him, to say ‘you didn’t do the right thing, you’re unfair for going there and picking up a cheque’.” 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. Andy Murray has weighed in on the row over players failing to complete their first round games at Wimbledon and still picking up prize money by calling for changes to be made.The Wimbledon champion said he hopes authorities intervene to stop the practise which has split opinion among players and commentators at the championships.The row began on Tuesday after Roger Federer questioned rules which meant that players who started matches but then withdrew were still entitled to collect £35,000. “But also, you know, for the tournament and the fans and the TV and everyone that’s watching, it’s not good to have guys going on the court already injured and knowing maybe they’re not going to be able to complete the match. That’s not ideal.”But I think, you know, there is a way to fix that is by, you know, if you’re indirectly that you get the prize money even if you’re injured and the Lucky Loser comes in and has the opportunity to play for more prize money. “But it’s a bit frustrating, because, you know, for a long time there has been a lot of players asking, you know, wanting more prize money and trying to get more prize money in the early rounds of the slams.”But then you get situations like there has been yesterday, and it’s really not positive for the tour. Well, for tennis. Yeah, hopefully they will make some changes and avoid more situations like that.”British player Johanna Konta had suggested the rules on prize money may have to change as she said players had a responsibility to their fans.Fresh from her win on Centre Court Ms Konta said: “There needs to be a responsibility towards the ticket holders and what they are paying to see. I think it’s something that will be reassessed. Viktor Troicki of Serbia plays a forehand during mens singles second round match against Donald YoungCredit:Julian Finney/Getty Images Britain's Johanna Konta has also spoken about players pulling out of matcheslast_img read more

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Kittiwake added to the list of British birds facing global extinctionand plastic

first_imgThe kittiwake has been added to the list of British birds facing global extinction, with plastic, pollution, climate change and overfishing blamed for catastrophic declines this century.The familiar seabirds used to nest in their millions around UK’s shores but now only around 300,000 breeding pairs remain.It is the first British bird to be added to the IUCN’s Red List where plastic has been a factor in its decline. Kittiwakes have been known to drown in fishing nets while oil pollution and plastic litter can kill chicks in the nest.Since 2000 bird populations have dropped by 87 percent in Orkney and Shetland, and by 96 per cent on St Kilda in the Western Isles.Earlier this year, a two month Greenpeace survey of the important kittiwake stronghold Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth, found plastic bags, packaging and netting strewn in nesting sites, and microplastics in the water.The RSPB said plastics and pollution made survival even harder for populations which were already struggling to feed themselves and their young. Plastic found on Bass Rock by Greenpeace Plastic found on Bass Rock by Greenpeace Credit:Greenpeace  A Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla at Bullers of Buchan Aberdeenshire Scotland A Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla at Bullers of Buchan Aberdeenshire ScotlandCredit: David Tipling Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo Rising sea temperatures due to climate change also threaten sandeels, so kittiwake food supplies could be affected by both local and large-scale processes.“We need to ensure that the future management of the sandeel fishery is sustainable. If our internationally important populations of seabirds are going to cope with climate change, then we need to make sure industrial fisheries are not adding to their problems”, said Dr Euan Dunn, the RSPB’s Marine Policy Specialist.“This is an example of why fisheries policy is vital to the health of our seas. Our thinking on fisheries and marine protection must be as joined up as the seas on which we all rely.Others birds listed as at risk in Britain include the Atlantic Puffin; European Turtle Dove; Pochard; Slavonian Grebe; Balearic Shearwater; Long-tailed Duck; Velvet Scoter and Aquatic Warbler. Globally, the species is thought to have declined by around 40 per cent since the 1970s, justifying today’s uplisting from Least Concern to Vulnerable.In the North Sea, sandeels provide a vital food source for breeding seabirds and they are crucial to the breeding success of kittiwakes. However, they are heavily fished to be used for animal feed and fertiliser. 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. Laura Bambini, the RSPB Scotland’s seabird recovery officer said, “Some efforts are underway to protect important seabird foraging areas in international waters, but there is much more we could do around the UK to protect our internationally important and increasingly threatened seabird populations.”last_img read more

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