Kobe Bryant, declared out for the remainder of the NBA season, was in a talkative mood and what he had to say was scathing toward Los Angeles Lakers management.The proud franchise is 22-42 on the season, and Bryant shakes his head in dismay at the record.“How can I be satisfied with it? We’re like 100 games under .500,” Bryant said. “I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for. This is not what we play for. A lot of times, it’s hard to understand that message if you’re not a diehard Laker fan. It’s hard to really understand where we’re coming from and what we’re accustomed to, which is playing for championships and everything else is a complete failure. That’s just how it is. That’s how it was explained to me by Jerry (West) and all the other great Lakers who have played here and that’s how I grew up thinking. So that’s just how it is.”Bryant said changes have to start in management.“We have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team,” he said. “What kind of culture do we want to have? What kind of system do we want to have? How do we want to play? It starts there and from there, you can start building out your team accordingly.“You got to start with Jim,” Bryant continued. “You got to start with Jim and Jeanie and how that relationship plays out. It starts there and having a clear direction and clear authority. And then it goes down to the coaching staff and what (coach) Mike (D’Antoni) is going to do, what they’re going to do with Mike and it goes from there. It’s got to start at the top.”D’Antoni has one year remaining on his contract worth $4 million. His teams are just 62-74 (.456) since joining the Lakers last November. Injuries have been a factor, but so has his system that does not appear suited for the talent.Bryant said he has “not one lick” of patience for the Lakers’ management team of Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak to rebuild the team into a contender.“Oh yeah, let’s just play next year and let’s just suck again,” Bryant said, sarcastically. “No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. It’s my job to go out there on the court and perform. No excuses for it. Right? You got to get things done. It’s the same thing with the front office. The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, is the same expectations I have for them up there. You got to be able to figure out a way to do both.”“You know how I feel about Phil (Jackson, who reportedly will take a job with the New York Knicks in management this week),” said Bryant, who won all five of his championships with Jackson as the coach. “I have so much admiration for him and respect and I have a great relationship with him. Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.”
The Buffalo Bills probably need to beat the New England Patriots if they want to secure a playoff spot, but it didn’t have to be that way. As you’ll see in the video above, their odds would be higher if they hadn’t messed around and benched Tyrod Taylor, who’s been surprisingly good, a few weeks back.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 8, 2015), we offer a preview of this year’s NFL season now that Tom Brady is playing a full slate of games. Plus FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey helps launch our newest crowdsourcing project — challenging you to win the Super Bowl using his avatar in Madden. Then we bring you the latest in our U.S. Open mini-podcast, Baseline, with host Carl Bialik. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on the weirdness of this year’s Premier League season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive NFL preview coverage, rolling out all this week.Walt Hickey and Neil Paine go behind the Madden ratings.Want to win Madden with Walt as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 0.8. Soccer journalist Michael Caley recently created an “Early Season Weirdness Rating” for the Premier League. This year’s early weirdness is only 0.8 standard deviations above the average weirdness at this point in the season. In other words, just a little bit weird! Video: Win the Super Bowl with Walt as your QB Hot Takedown
Terry Bradshaw48788643616282 Donovan McNabb45677285457972 Jim Kelly76647947656456 Roger Staubach79707983407375 Dan Fouts81697160875530 After breaking down the characteristics of Manning and his teams over the years, it’s amazing to see how sharply the usual tendencies were inverted along Denver’s path to the championship. On average, Manning’s teams were middle-of-the-pack on defense, and a shade better than that at running the ball. That was more than enough to rattle off an absurd string of 10-plus-win seasons, because Manning was very good — if not completely and totally great — in every facet of passing the football. His average defense was worse than that supporting Brett Favre, Joe Montana or Steve Young, and the running game was less efficient than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees or John Elway was working with.Manning did have a lot more help than Dan Marino, but he also bested him across every passing category — like a more accurate, deeper-throwing version of the Dolphins great, who got the ball out just as fast but was more careful with it. And since we’re looking at percentiles instead of raw output, the differences between eras soften, though they don’t completely disappear.That was prime Peyton, however. This year’s version was far, far worse, particularly in categories where he once excelled. To wit: His rates of completions, touchdowns and interceptions, each typically among the top 30 percent of regular QBs, all dipped into the bottom quarter of passers this season. Meanwhile, his defensive support, usually in the middle of the pack, zoomed up to the best in football. Peyton Manning91648870956052 Sources: pro football reference, football outsiders Tony Romo80778259606954 Joe Namath42886839924930 Kurt Warner93828944676061 From a lot of angles, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. His second Super Bowl win, however, came in decidedly un-Peyton-like fashion, with Manning riding in the wake of an all-time defense while doddering well below replacement level for most of the season. Perhaps this is karma, a just reward after a career of — with a few exceptions — being shackled to some of the worst defenses ever to run deep into the playoffs. It’s the popular line of thinking, at least, and popular enough to dig a little deeper. So: Just how bad were Peyton’s defenses in his best years?Here’s a look at the statistical profiles of Hall of Fame and near-Hall of Fame QBs from the modern era — this includes the defensive and rushing support each received throughout his career, but especially his prime. To find this, I took each passer’s performance in a few categories — completion percentage, yards per completion, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, sack percentage — and sorted them by their percentile relative to the league in any given season. I then weighted each season to give more weight to a player’s best years according to value over replacement (like I did with Ken Griffey Jr. here). Then, I did the same for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for both rushing offense and defense. It’s been a stunning reversal, the likes of which we haven’t really seen from such a good QB before; the only possible exceptions were the final full seasons of Marino, Ken Stabler and Joe Theismann’s careers. Those performances all came in the service of mediocre teams, though. Somehow Manning actually turned an even more extreme version of this formula into a championship.We aren’t sure if the Super Bowl was Manning’s final game, and it’s hard to speculate about how this changes Manning’s legacy (not that a paltry two titles will ever satiate the “Count The Ringz!!!” crowd anyway). But even if Manning happened to be dragged to a championship in the final throes of his senescence by Von Miller and Denver’s ferocious defense, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange symmetry after Manning spent a career elevating middling and worse teams with his brilliance. Troy Aikman88384677788056 Ben Roethlisberger81797157355968 John Elway59646367637649 Philip Rivers82738167644333 Brett Favre78558257704763 Dan Marino74577866945030 PERCENTILE VS. LEAGUEDVOA FROM… QUARTERBACKCMP%YD/CMPTD%INT%SK%RUSHING OFFENSEDEFENSE Ken Anderson83526784486945 Joe Montana93327484717369 Drew Brees90528267887031 Carson Palmer69597551775547 Aaron Rodgers82799388367759 Bob Griese86558756458750 Tom Brady77688485787852 Steve Young98719078428267 Warren Moon74537159705259
Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster hasn’t quite embraced the idea of social media. “I mean really, tweeting?” Foster said. “Who cares what you think at the moment, you’re going to change your mind in five.” He might not tweet about his 760 career wins, a Final Four appearance or being 12th on the all-time NCAA wins list, but he’s not afraid to share one aspect of his career: getting all his players to earn degrees. Before coming to OSU in 2002, he coached at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. At each school, every player he has coached has graduated. “I don’t think you ever start out to do anything like that,” Foster said. “It just sort of happened.” Many student-athletes perform a delicate balancing act when it comes to studies and sports. Foster said he understands the difficulties students face, but his past experiences have shaped the standard he holds for his players. After his enlistment in the Army, which included a tour in Vietnam, Foster attended junior college before enrolling at Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Temple, he coached boys and girls basketball at a high school in Wyncote, Pa. In 1978, the Temple undergraduate was named women’s coach at nearby St. Joseph’s University. “For the last two years I was coaching college players while pursuing my degree at Temple,” Foster said. That’s not all he was doing. On top of being a full-time student and an NCAA coach, Foster ran a group home for neglected boys while also bartending. It all totaled for an 80-hour workweek. “I never quite understood the difficulty in managing your schedule,” he said. Foster’s message of hard work on the court and in the classroom is evident in his former student-athletes. “There was not ‘athlete’ in the word — you were a student first,” said Emily Beth Howe, a former Buckeye who played under Foster. Howe graduated OSU in 2005 with a business degree before attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned her master’s in sports management. She now works in sales at the OSU athletic department and said she still remembers what Foster expected from his players. “He didn’t care if you scored two points or 20 points,” Howe said. “The importance was academics.” Even when a player transferred from the team, Foster said he kept tabs on their progress. The scholarships Foster has given student-athletes afforded some an opportunity to attend college when they otherwise might not have. That opportunity creates a positive ripple effect for the coming generations, Foster said. “Now their children are getting ready for college,” Foster said. “And if they hadn’t been given the opportunity, the next generation probably wouldn’t be in the position they’re in.” In an era where some student-athletes are blinded by short-term success, rather than long-term goals, Foster has a message. “The more you discipline yourself now, the more opportunity for success you’re going to have later,” he said. Although the younger generation might forget in five minutes, that message might be a thought worth tweeting about. Ohio
After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov winds up to kick the ball during a game against Akron Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 3-1Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIn the span of six days, the Ohio State men’s soccer team went from being undefeated to holding a losing record.The Buckeyes’ (2-3-3, 1-1-0) loss to Dayton (4-3-1) on Saturday was their third in a row. OSU was unable to muster much of an offensive threat throughout the contest, falling 1-0.The two teams were each held scoreless for much of the afternoon.It was not until late in the 83rd minute that the Flyers broke through with a goal. Junior forward Amass Amankona dribbled through the box and passed it to his left to redshirt-junior forward Ryan Peterson. Peterson then put it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for his second goal of the year.OSU only managed two shots on goal in the game, one in each half. Dayton managed six shots on goal, with Ivanov saving five of them.OSU did manage to outshoot the Flyers 11-10 overall, despite failing to put nine of them on target.OSU’s best opportunity came during the 15th minute when sophomore forward Danny Jensen got the first half’s lone shot on goal for OSU. However, he was unable to put it home and the game remained scoreless.On top of dropping their last three games, things could only become more difficult over the next two weeks for the Buckeyes.Three of their next four games are scheduled to come against schools ranked in the top 20. Their next two games are against No. 9 Louisville and No. 16 Michigan State, before getting a potential breather against winless Oakland.The Buckeyes are set to look to end the losing streak at Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. OSU’s matchup with the Spartans is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorOn Jan. 15, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team sat atop the Big Ten with no conference losses and winning margins of at least seven points in every game. But a little more than two weeks later, the season’s outlook has drastically shifted. The Buckeyes dropped three games in a row — to Michigan, Maryland and Iowa — and fell to fourth in the conference. Ohio State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) bounced back with a 78-62 home win against Michigan State on Saturday and will search for its second straight win when it plays Penn State (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.6 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 0.7 apgPenn State: G — Teniya Page — Junior, 5-foot-7, 18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Amari Carter — Redshirt sophomore, 5-foot-8, 14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apgG — Siyeh Frazier — Sophomore, 5-foot-9, 7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apgG — Jaida Travascio-Green — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 apgF — De’Janae Boykin — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-2, 7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgScouting Penn StateA middle-of-the-road Big Ten team, the Nittany Lions fell to Purdue 88-73 on the road Sunday afternoon, ending their three-game win streak. In that game, the Boilermakers took advantage of Penn State’s defense, one of its most glaring flaws. Purdue hit 73.5 percent of its shots and went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. This season, the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents to shoot 41.6 percent from the field, hird-worst in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes — who have the highest-scoring trio of players in the nation in forward Stephanie Mavunga (15.4 points per game) and guards Kelsey Mitchell (24.8 points per game) and Linnae Harper (15.6 points per game) — are primed to take advantage of Penn State’s lacking defense. They shoot 44.6 percent from the field, the fourth-best in the conference, despite taking more 3-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten.However, Penn State’s offense also has struggled, hitting 40.1 percent of its shots, the second-lowest average in the conference. It averages just 12.3 assists per game, which also ranks second-worst in the Big Ten.But the Nittany Lions have a prolific scorer in junior guard Teniya Page. She dropped 32 points in last season’s matchup between the two teams in what Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman called a “career game.”“She’s incredibly quick,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. “Really crafty with the ball. She can shoot from the perimeter. Can also put the ball on the floor and drive it. Just all-around a great player.”Penn State needs her to repeat last year’s performance to have a chance in the game, since it does not have the advantage in many areas of the court. Page will needhelp from redshirt sophomore guard Amari Carter, who averages 14.8 points per game. Carter is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.7 steals per game, but Ohio State ranks first in the conference in turnover margin.Redshirt sophomore forward De’Janae Boykin pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game, but Penn State holds the second-worst rebounding margin in the Big Ten (-2.2). Ohio State believes it still has a “target on our back”The Buckeyes entered the season with extremely high expectations. They were voted the top team in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches, earned a top-10 preseason spot in the Associated Press preseason poll, and Mitchell was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.Ohio State still ranks 18th in the nation — and will likely be a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament with a chance to be a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament — but it has not fulfilled the sky-high expectations, especially recently. But despite the three-game skid, the Buckeyes still believe they have a “target” on their back.“I think so, just with the success we’ve had in recent years,” McGuff said. “I think we definitely have it. That’s part of the responsibility of being at Ohio State.”That success has placed Ohio State in the top three in the Big Ten the past two seasons. The Buckeyes currently sit fourth in the conference, but they play a group of middling teams the remainder of the season and have a chance to run the table.Waterman believes her team’s Big Ten success since McGuff was hired outweighs the recent struggles.“I think that just being at Ohio State, you have that [target],” Waterman said. “We’ve been pretty successful in the past, pretty successful this year. People want to do well against us, they want to beat us. When we hit that losing streaking streak and we feel like they’ve hit that target, we’ve just got to rebuild and just stay focused.”Penn State has played inconsistently against the conference’s best teams. It has not beaten a team with less than four losses in the Big Ten, though it nearly knocked off No. 11 Maryland Dec. 31, but lost 69-65. The Hawkeyes, Wolverines and Terrapins showed Ohio State’s target can be hit. But this season, the Nittany Lions have been unable to beat teams as well-regarded as the Buckeyes.
Ohio State guard Keyshawn Woods (32) takes on members of UNC Pembroke’s defense during the second half of the game on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThere are plenty of questions left to be answered about the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Many of them could be answered from the Buckeyes’ season opener, facing a Cincinnati team that finished last year 31-5, earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finishing No. 2 in the country with 57.5 points allowed.“They are tough and tough minded and physical and aggressive,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Got a lot of respect for him and their program and their players and the way those guys compete. So, we got our hands full, and, I guess you could say it was by design to start with a game like this to kind of tip off the season, but looking forward to it, and need to be ready.”Projected StartersCincinnatiC — Nysier Brooks — Sophomore, 2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.2 apgG — Cane Broome — Senior, 7.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Jarron Cumberland — Junior, 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Tre Scott — Redshirt junior, 3.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Keith Williams —Sophomore, 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.4 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 1.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.2 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apgStats are from the 2017-18 seasonThe Buckeyes come into the new season searching for a new area of production after losing Big Ten Player of the Year, Keita Bates-Diop, to the NBA Draft.Ohio State prepared for the loss of Bates-Diop, as well as Jae’Sean Tate, throughout the offseason. But now, after the transfer of junior forward Micah Potter on Monday, the team loses another key piece of depth heading into its matchup with the Bearcats.Redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods said the team just has to move forward.“Everybody found out yesterday before practice, so we didn’t know anything. Coach told us before practice, we were all pretty shocked,” Woods said. “We still got a job to do. We still pretty much focused on Cincinnati at the end of the day.”Cincinnati also lost major scorers from its top-ranked team a season ago. After the departure of Jacob Evans, Gary Clark and Kyle Washington, three of the team’s top four scorers, Holtmann said he still expects to see the same team that dominated defensively last year because of Bearcats’ head coach, Mick Cronin.“I think they’re the same,” Holtmann said. “I think Mick is probably a little bit like I am, you know, curious about some of his new guys that have increased roles, and kind of wondering how they’re gonna step in the new roles. But the way they play, their mindset, their approach, it’s the same.”Cumberland is the top scorer and top rebounder remaining from the Bearcats. The junior guard shot 40.9 percent from the field and averaged more than a steal per game last season.Three true freshman join a team that was upset by Nevada in the second round of the tournament last season: guard Logan Johnson, and forwards Prince Gilliam Toyambi and Laquill Hardnett.Johnson was the only one of the three to earn points in the team’s final exhibition against McGill, tallying six points and four assists in 17 minutes.Sophomore forward Kyle Young said he expects a difficult matchup to start the season, something made even harder with the in-state rivalry involved.“Very tough team, I think it’s gonna be a grind, all 40 minutes,” Young said. “With it being two in-state schools, like it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be a good rival game for sure, so we’re just looking forward to it, season opener, and we’ll go from there.”It’ll be seen just what this Ohio State team is going to look like with the departure of its top-tier talent, and added question marks to the big men that the Buckeyes still have.Holtmann said he is excited to see what his team brings come game time.“Really anxious, and I think they’re anxious too,” Holtmann said. “I look at this as, this is a difficult opener, we also have a difficult stretch here of games, so I think for us we’re just focused on let’s find a way to take what we learned from tomorrow and get better, and hopefully that helps us as we move forward.”Ohio State travels to play Cincinnati to open its regular season. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m on Wednesday.Edited at 5:18 p.m. to change to the correct tip-off time
A British woman has claimed she was kidnapped as a teenager and held captive for 13 years by a sadistic paedophile who sold the babies she had from him raping her.Anna Ruston said she was befriended by an Asian taxi driver in the Midlands who lured her to his home before imprisoning her for more than a decade.Held in a locked bedroom, she alleged she was raped almost every night, eventually escaping after she concocted a plan with a visiting health worker. Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissionerCredit:AFP I barely held any of my babies, I did not get the chance to be a mother to themAnna Ruston But her alleged attacker remains unpunished as she has never felt strong enough to give evidence that could help bring him to justiceMs Ruston – not her real name – has written a book as part of therapy for her experiences, Secret Slave, published on Thursday. Her claims are impossible to verify.In it, she explained how she was imprisoned when she was just 15 after meeting the man, named Malik, at a taxi rank where she worked, according to the Daily Mirror.Rejected by her parents growing up, she was befriended by Malik and in 1987 invited to the home he shared with his brothers, their wives, children and his mother to “meet his family for tea”.Malik asked her to stay the night – before, she said, storming into her room and branding her a “filthy white s**g” whom he would “make his own”. Ms Ruston said he violently raped and abused her – a pattern he would repeat for the next 13 years, eventually allowing his brothers to visit her and prostituting her out to other men.She said: “I can still see that bedroom, the corner where I would rock in pain. Although after a while I stopped feeling pain, I think my body shut down.”And I can smell it – the can I used as a toilet, the garlic he reeked of. I got to the point where I didn’t know what life was.”Ms Huston described how she clung on to sanity by talking to her late grandmother – and by looking at a small photo of her first boyfriend, Jamie, she hid under a floorboard.Over the years she became pregnant and had four babies, but each was sold by Malik soon after birth, she claimed.She said: “I barely held any of my babies, I did not get the chance to be a mother to them.”Ms Ruston said she tried to escape but became terrified after she was badly beaten for daring to make the attempt, and repeatedly tried to kill herself.She said she would have eventually succeeded had it not been for a health visitor who helped her escape while the family were distracted.Finally free, she claimed she was again shunned by her mother – who never tried to find her while she was missing – but found happiness with Jamie, who had been in the Army, going on to have four children together.For years she told him she had moved away after being in hospital with anorexia, only telling him the truth last year.Ms Ruston said: “He went away for a day, I thought I had lost him, that he would judge me. But he came back and just hugged me.”In cases of modern-day slavery, police should not always need a victim’s evidence to take action, according to Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It doesn’t always need a victim to give evidence. Sometimes there’s ways of collating evidence without a victim.”That’s why I’ve been saying continuously and in my annual report to Parliament this year, saying this is serious organised crime and policing needs to use the same techniques, the same level of resources, like it does for other serious and organised crime.” 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.
Care home food is not generally associated with Michelin stars and celebrity chefs.But a restaurant in a retirement village in Hampshire has become the first in the country to gain a coveted AA rosette for its food after hiring a chef who previously worked at the Ivy. The Redwood Bistro in Eastleigh is now open for dinner three nights a week and serves outside diners as well as residents of the village and care home. The restuarant, which is part of Bishopstoke Park, Eastleigh, offers dishes including loin of farmed rabbit and triple chocolate bavarois.Kevin Young, manager of the village, said that the restaurant is now aiming for a Michelin star. Head chef Robert Quehan worked at The Ivy and The Dorchester in London under legendary chefs Anton Mosimann and Henry Brosi. The menu at The Redwood BistroCredit:Geoff Pugh The restaurant also has a special puree-only menu that residents and families can request. An example dish is asparagus puree with mashed potato and pureed fish. It can also cater for care home residents by providing private rooms or screens if the family request it. The village has 220 retirement apartments and a care home which houses 48 and offers specialist dementia, Parkinson’s and arthritis care. Mr Young said he wanted to challenge the perception that older people’s food could not be gourmet. “Food is really important – for a lot of residents, it’s the highlight of their day,” he said. An AA spokesman said: “This restaurant is very much a trailblazer, and we hope that others will follow suit.” “You think it’s all boil-in-the bag. But when I came to visit I found it quite exciting.”I wanted to get the Rosette because no-one had done it before in a retirement village – it was a real challenge to be the first to do it.” 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 venison loin, pan roasted and served with confit potatoesCredit:Geoff Pugh The rosette was awarded in December after an unannounced inspection from the AA. Its report describes it as an “inviting modern setting for contemporary British bistro food of positive appeal”. Mr Quehan said that catering for the care home’s residents presents its own challenges.”You have to be careful. Normally I’d put a whole bream or bass out, but you can’t do that. “We do a lot more braising, too, so instead of doing a fillet steak I might use a beef cheek.”He was hired from a more traditional restaurant setting and admits that he was initially sceptical about the job offer. “When they came to me and asked if I would like to take it over, I thought ‘care homes? I don’t go to care homes!’
The appraisal process allowed a lot to slip through the net, and it was really a missed opportunityEmma Doughty, medical negligence specialist at Slater and Gordon The “tick box” process for appraising doctors allowed rogue surgeon Ian Paterson to “slip through the net” and should be overhauled, lawyers for his victims have said.A solicitors firm representing more than 60 maimed women said the “God complex” consultant could have been stopped if reviews by managers had been more thorough.Slater and Gordon last night revealed evidence of “short and succinct” annual appraisals during the time Paterson was carrying out hundreds of needless and negligent operations. Paterson even managed to dupe GP Marian MoranCredit:Tom Maddick/SWNS Victim Frances Perks said she Paterson should ‘rot in hell’Credit:Andrew Fox Their warning comes four months after a report commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) found the current system has “no obvious mechanism” for identifying concerns about incompetent doctors.The 59-year-old surgeon was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding against 10 private patients.But following the conclusion of the trial it emerged the NHS has already spent nearly £18 million settling more than 250 civil claims arising from his actions.Lawyers say the total number of Paterson’s victims is likely to exceed 1,000. 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. Ms Doughty is one may voices calling for an independent inquiry into Paterson’s reign of butchery, of which she wants the appraisal process for doctors to form a “major part”.“Appraisals need to allow a much wider range of colleagues to have their say,” she said.“In Mr Paterson’s case, it seemed to rely simply on someone saying “yes, he’s competent, carry on.”She also voiced concern that private hospitals often neglect to undertake their own appraisals of doctors using their premises, tending to rely on the NHS reviews.Yesterday the Sunday Telegraph revealed hundreds of Ian Paterson’s private patients may be denied compensation due to a legal loophole.Although the consultant carried out hundreds of operations at two private hospitals in the West Midlands run by Spire Healthcare between 1993 and 2012, the healthcare company is arguing it should not be held responsible because Paterson was not technically an employee.Ms Doughty said weaknesses in the surgeon’s oversight and appraisal is likely to form one of the core issues in the forthcoming litigation.On Friday the patient safety group Action Against Medical Accidents described the scale of Paterson’s offending as “Shipmanesque”, a reference to the mass-murdering GP Harold Shipman, who was finally brought to justice in 1998.Paterson is expected to be jailed at a sentencing hearing this month. Emma Doughty, who is leading the litigation at Slater and Gordon, told the Daily Telegraph: “From the evidence I have seen in relation to Ian Paterson, the appraisal process did not get the attention it deserved.“It allowed a lot to slip through the net, and it was really a missed opportunity.”She said the scandal is likely to widen after further alleged victims contacted her with accounts implicating specialists at other hospitals.Paterson was suspended from practising by the GMC in 2012, even though Heart of England NHS Foundation trust was first warned about his conduct as far back as 2003.A critical report in 2011 by Sir Ian Kennedy found that the NHS’s handling of Paterson had been a story of “secrecy and containment”.Under GMC rules, doctors must undergo an annual appraisal, as well as a “revalidation” process every five years, for which they must present a portfolio of feedback from colleagues and patients.Critics have warned, however, that the current system, introduced in 2012, allows doctors to curate their own portfolio and that it can exclude negative comments from patients and peers.
Moors Murderers Myra Hindley and Ian BradyCredit:PA Moors Murderer Ian Brady claimed he was a “petty criminal” when he spoke for the first time at length about his crimes.The child killer was appearing in front of a mental health tribunal in 2013 as part of a failed attempt to serve the rest of his whole life term in prison rather than a maximum security hospital.He died on Monday at the Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Merseyside, where he had been held since 1985. He claimed he was a “petty criminal” compared to the supposed “war crimes” of former prime minister Tony Blair in Iraq.”Most people don’t recognise the fact that Britain is a psychopathic country. It’s been invading countries for the last 300 years,” Brady said.He described himself as a “comparatively petty criminal” in comparison to “global serial killers and thieves like Blair or Bush”.Brady, who also described his crimes as “recreational killing”, said:“I’m as pragmatic as a soldier or a politician – you never see any regret from Tony Blair, in fact he is minting a fortune from his war crimes.”I’m simply saying this dichotomy is common through all levels of society. 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. Brady was given whole life sentences for the murders of John, Lesley Ann and Edward.Hindley was convicted of killing Lesley Ann and Edward and shielding Brady after John’s murder, and jailed for life.Both later confessed to the murders of Pauline – whose body was found in 1987 – and Keith, whose body has not been discovered.Hindley died in hospital, still a prisoner, in November 2002 at the age of 60. Speaking at the tribunal nearly four years ago, Brady compared what he described as “recreational killings” to the acts of soldiers and politicians, saying that he carried out the acts for “existential experience”.Then 75, Brady compared himself to a monkey in a cage being poked with a stick as he said: “You cannot make plans when you have no freedom of control, movement or anything.”As part of a rambling four-hour testimony, the dark-suited Brady compared himself to Jack the Ripper, and reminisced about his time in prison with the likes of the Kray twins and the Great Train Robbers. Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on July 12 1963 and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November the same year.Keith Bennett was taken on June 16 1964 after he left home to visit his grandmother; Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964; and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965. “Bankers bankrupting society, the illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, people killed daily, even soldiers are saying what are we doing here.”I know precisely what to expect in prison. I know what my plans are. They are nothing to do with anyone else.”I have never applied for parole and I never will. Freedom or parole does not enter my sphere of thought.”I know that I am in until death. I have known from day one that I’m finished… I’m finished. I’ve got no ambitions.”Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, were convicted of luring children and teenagers to their deaths, with their victims sexually tortured before being buried on Saddleworth Moor.
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 animal evaded capture for more than 24 hours before being apprehended by officers early on Thursday morning.The council says the pig has found “a new home” and will not be put down.It was caught in the grounds of the historic St Oswald’s Priory and collared by police, who handed the animal over to Gloucester Council.It was then taken to a “safe location”, which the council said it was unable to disclose.Police posted the CCTV image on Twitter on Tuesday evening, asking: “Have you lost a pig? One’s been roaming … in Gloucester all night. If it’s yours please ring 101 and let us know!” A pig that roamed free on the streets of Gloucester for more than 24 hours is “safe and well” after being found by two brothers who used a rope to “lasso” the animal into captivity.The pig was handed over to police after being captured by Ben and Gavin Evans, who spotted the animal eating apples outside a city pub.Police quickly dismissed local rumours that the animal was in fact a dangerous wild boar.The animal – a pot-bellied Vietnamese breed – was spotted on CCTV on Tuesday evening after straying into town from the nearby Forest of Dean. After online speculation, the police confirmed the animal was not a wild boar Many locals thought the animal was in fact a wild boar, which have proved dangerous around the Forest of Dean in recent years, attacking children, dogs and cars. Local resident Ian Hatton wrote on Facebook: “That’s not a pig; that’s a boar. It may be wild but it’s worrying if they are coming into Gloucester.”Hannah Davenport added: “It’s a wild boar, they roam Gloucestershire woods, don’t go near it. They are bigger and more dangerous than pigs, they can disembowel you.”Gloucestershire Police quickly denied these rumours, however, writing on Twitter that the captured animal was “far too friendly to be a boar, definitely a pig”.The council later said that the animal “looks like” a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, an endangered domestic breed.“The pig is safe,” Gloucestershire Police said, “thank you to all who phoned in with sightings. Officers managed to put it on a lead until the council could pick it up.” Have you lost a #pig? One’s been roaming Westgate Street in Gloucester tonight. If it’s yours, please ring 101 and let us know! Inc. no. 25. pic.twitter.com/VTMbQVU8gL— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) July 12, 2017
Mr Matthews entered a formal not guilty plea and the prosecution offered no evidence so a not guilty verdict was entered by the judge.At the time Mr Matthews was charged, it was the first time that terrorism legislation had been used to prosecute someone who is helping a group which is also being assisted by the UK Government. It is baffling that the CPS took two years to decide to prosecute him, then seven months later they have suddenly realised there is not enough evidence to do soJoel Bennathan QC, defending A British ex-soldier accused of attending terrorist training camps run by militia fighting against Islamic State has had terrorism charges against him dropped.James Matthews, who had joined Kurdish forces targeting extremists, was charged after returning to Britain to attend the funeral of Jac Holmes, a fellow British volunteer fighting with the Kurds who was killed in Raqqa in late 2017.In the first case of its kind, he was charged with receiving instruction or training in Iraq and Syria on or before February 15 2016 “for purposes connected to the commission of preparation of terrorism”.The 43-year-old, from Dalston, east London, had been due to face trial at the Old Bailey in November.But at a hearing before Mr Justice Edis on Tuesday, prosecutor Tom Little QC announced the Crown had concluded there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction on “evidential grounds”. Counter terrorism sources previously denied the charges had heralded a change in policy towards those fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).While there has been public sympathy for the band of volunteers who have joined the Kurdish YPG militia fighting Isil, the UK authorities say the battle-hardened volunteers might still be vulnerable to radicalisation and potentially pose a security risk.Turkey also says the YPG is linked to the PKK separatist group which is proscribed in the UK. Sources said returning volunteers were being investigated on a case-by-case basis. Several have been arrested and questioned on their return.Mr Little defended the decision to bring the charge against Mr Matthews and stressed the review was based on further evidence “specific” to the case. Mr Justice Edis said: “The Attorney General is ultimately responsible and is accountable to Parliament for his function and I’m not sure the court ought to become embroiled in that.”Mr Matthews sat in the well of the court as he was formally cleared of wrongdoing. He is believed to have served several years with the British Army in the 1990s and deployed to Bosnia. He joined the YPG in 2015 and later served three tours with the militia group, specialising in clearing mines and booby-traps, Kurdish sources told the Telegraph.He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary – The Brits battling Isis – about fighting the extremists and their self-styled caliphate. “After two-and-a-half years, we suggest Mr Matthews is entitled to a full and proper explanation of what has happened here and invite the court to direct that should be done.” Joel Bennathan QC, defending, said Mr Matthews was “happy” at the move.He said: “We have always said the decision to prosecute Mr Matthews for fighting with the YPG against Isis was extraordinary and totally unjustified. Mr Matthews is happy this has now come to an end.”Mr Matthews was always open about what he had done and it is baffling that the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) took two years to decide to prosecute him, then seven months later they have suddenly realised there is not enough evidence to do so. 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. James Matthews arriving at the Old Bailey for an earlier hearingCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA James Matthews joined the YPG in 2015
Cutlery which delivers an electric shock to change the taste of food could help cut down salt in fast food, researchers have said. Scientists have developed a pair of chopsticks, that can make food taste saltier, sour or bitter without the need for extra seasoning.They are also working on a spoon and fork that could make food taste spicier or sweeter.This “digital seasoning” technology could allow diners to tinker with the taste of their food as they eat so it suits them.It could also help food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of salt they put into food without compromising taste.The utensils work by delivering pulses of electricity to the tip of the tongue to stimulate the taste buds.Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maine who led the work on the electric cutlery, said:”This technology is aimed at overlaying a virtual taste sensation. Depending on the food or beverage, it will augment the flavor.”For example, when we eat mashed potato by applying an additional layer of electric salt, the overall flavor is enhanced.”Some Chinese takeaway food and ready meals were recently found to contain up to 11 times more salt than a bag of crisps – more than half an adults daily allowance. Salt is known to be linked to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. 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. Dr Ranasinghe said: “We have some early findings of simulating sweetness, a mint-cool sensation and hot or spicy sensations. But this thermal stimulation requires bulky heat sinks to accurately control.”He added further work was needed before this digital sugar and electric chilli powder could be added to utensils. The technology, which Dr Ranasinghe initially developed while at the University of Singapore, works by installing two electrodes into each chopstick or the end of a spoon.These send a weak current through the tip of the tongue when they touch it to stimulate the taste buds.By controlling the frequency, amplitude and strength of the electric current, the researchers can stimulate either sourness, saltiness and bitterness. They say up to 80% of people experience changes in saltiness and sourness with the devices and 70% can sense changes in bitterness.Dr Ranasinghe, whose work is published in the journal Food Research International, initially developed a fork that could replicate saltiness but has since developed a spoon, chopsticks and a soup bowl that can trigger all three tastes.He said he was also working on ways of replicating sweetness and spiciness by rapidly heating and cooling the tongue.It could lead to a spoon that allows desserts to taste sweet while having lower sugar levels or a fork that can give a curry extra heat without the need for extra chillies. But using a pair of electric chopsticks could help cut salt levels without leaving it tasting bland, said Dr Ranasinghe.
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. “Lots of older people used to cook tinned tuna and mushroom soup in a pasta bake.”She said that canned food may be “unfashionable” now as younger people want “fresh, gorgeous instagrammable envy food to show off to your friends. It doesn’t all have to be organic and perfect and beautiful – it can be functional and fun as well.”“We want to strip back the snobbery and elitism of it as well – the intimidating veneer that is put through in cookery. You can just pop a couple of cans, pour it into a pot, stir it, flavour it and there’s your dinner.“Cooking has become this whole lifestyle thing but it should be fun and I want to make it fun again.” “There’s no food waste as you’re using the entire tin, no plastic waste as you can recycle tins endlessly, and it saves time.”I’ve been living off tinned food while writing this book for the last month and I feel wonderful.”Ms Monroe claims she is the first to write a book of recipes made from tinned food since Ambrose Heath in 1939, who wrote Good Dishes From Tinned Foods.Indeed, many of her older readers have delighted in sending her recipes passed down through their families.She said: “I’ve had lots of recipes given to me from nans who have their own ways of with tins that they’ve cooked over the years. It has fallen out of favour now though. Chefs and cooks are too snobby about tinned food, a writer has said as she prepares to publish the first canned food recipe book since 1939.Award-winning writer and cook Jack Monroe has called on cooks across the country to re-examine the humble tin, arguing that the contents can be just as healthy and delicious as fresh food – and much cheaper.Her new book, Tin Can Cook, is full of surprising recipes made entirely from tinned food and a handful of store-cupboard ingredients including curry powder, garlic paste, lazy ginger and frozen onions.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “There’s a lot of snobbery around tinned food but I want to lift the lid on it and show people you can make really good meals out of it.”We are emphasising that cookery doesn’t have to be this elitist or fashionable thing you’re sold on television.”It’s about looking at what’s in your cupboards and knocking something together – that’s what it’s about for most people.”Recipes she has cooked up include a cannelini bean beurre blanc, which she says is “delicious made with cider if you don’t have wine. The main ingredient is a dash of vinegar and a can of beans.” She also raves about beef bourguignon made with canned stewed steak. Another surprising recipe she tried, which worked, is roasted tinned potatoes. She said: “I roasted tinned potatoes, they’re really nice, they get really fluffy because they’re pre-cooked. You just need to use really hot fat.”The food writer, who became an expert in thrifty cooking when falling on hard times meant she became a food bank user, has a blog that is read by millions who want to know how to cook good, healthy family meals for pennies per portion.She argued: “There’s a lot of myths in tinned food – it’s quite surprising, tinned potatoes are a really good source of vitamin C, and tinned sardines give you your full daily allowance of vitamin B12, tinned fruit and veg is just as nutritious for you as fresh. Tinned tomatoes contain more lycopene. Because of the canning mechanism it retains nutrients.
Cocaine use among wealthier households is said to be at its highest in nearly decade with 3.4% of 16 to 59-year-olds in households earning over £50,000 saying they had taken the drug in the past year.Asked about The Daily Telegraph’s campaign for a legal duty of care on the social media firms to combat abuse and online harms, Lord Burnett said that any such move would have to be global.“What is so striking about the abuse on social media is that many people seem to think it doesn’t matter what you say or write on social media,” he said. Cressida Dick hit out at middle class cocaine users who worry about issues like the environment and fair trade but believe there is no harm in taking CocaineCredit:PA Middle class drug users should not be treated leniently by the courts because they are fuelling “distressing” levels of knife crime among the young, the Lord Chief Justice said yesterday.Lord Burnett of Maldon said there was a growing recognition that law enforcement should focus not just on drug suppliers but also that “users perhaps should be looked at in a less benign way.”He said the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was “absolutely right” that affluent drug users “should bear very much in mind the huge social damage that they are doing further down the chain.”“She had in mind all the county lines problems that we have where particularly young vulnerable kids are being used to run drugs all over the country,” Lord Burnett told his annual press conference. Asked if he believed the courts should take a “less benign” approach to middle class users, he said:“It’s important to look at all cases individually but if ever it was thought, for example, that affluent people caught with class A drugs should be viewed as really not very serious offenders, I certainly don’t agree with that.”Lord Burnett, the most senior judge in England and Wales, expressed concern at the rise in knife crime, up 16% in a year and at its highest level for eight years. He was particularly worried that carrying a knife had become a habit for some young people. He said: “As the statistics show, there’s an increasing number of knife cases coming through our courts. A distressingly large proportion of these cases involve young people or children.“We as a society have to come to terms with the fact that increasing numbers of people, particularly young people, are carrying knives as a matter of habit.“There are two particular things that seem to be consistent factors. First, carrying knives as a matter of habit, often for protection, leads people then to use them in circumstances that they would not otherwise do. That’s a cultural problem.“There’s undoubtedly increasing violence centering around drug trafficking which is another underlying problem which society has got to grapple with.” “There seems to be a tendency particularly among those who like to shout a lot to resort to social media without any thought.”He said judges had been subjected to abuse online but were not unique, noting that the abuse of politicians was “utterly unbelievable.”He said he could not comment on a matter of policy but he added: “It seems to me that regulation of social media is something that is almost too big for a single country to deal with because so much of the social media networks are international by nature.“My instinct is that there needs to be a global response to some of problems that have resulted from abuse of social media rather than simply a domestic one.”Another area of concern over social media, he said, was the way it allowed people to hide behind an anonymous identity to do “all sorts of harmful and mischievous things.”“That can include undermining the rule of law but [that is] part of a much bigger picture 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.
She said: “It is a dangerous road. Mrs Stannah was coming from a side road to cross that road. Clearly extra care should be made.”Stannah’s lawyer, Alex Stein, told the court: “Obviously [Mrs Stannah] is extremely traumatised by these events.”It’s caused terrible damage to Mr Rayner’s family as well, and she is extremely remorseful.”She had to be pulled away from Mr Rayner because she was trying to assist where possible.”Sentencing Stannah to eight weeks in jail suspended for 12 months and ordering her to pay £200, District Judge Timothy Pattinson said: “All cases of causing death by careless driving are tragic.”This case is particularly tragic, involving the death of a family man with wife and children. The court extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Rayner.”Mr Rayner’s wife Marie, from Sparsholt, near Winchester, Hants, said: “Losing Steve in the tragic accident was devastating for the girls and I and our lives will never be the same again.”We recognise the effects of such a tragedy are far reaching and touch everyone involved in the accident.”Speaking after the sentencing, PC Kelly Hargreaves said: “This case shows how devastating just a few moments of inattention can be when behind the wheel. Stannah attended court with her husband Nicholas, the managing director of Stannah StairliftsCredit:BNPS 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 wife of Stannah Stairlifts’ managing director killed a motorcyclist after hitting him with her Land Rover during the school run, a court heard as she was spared jail and fined £200.Andrea Stannah, 45, was returning home to Ovington, Hants, after dropping her children off when she failed to spot Steven Rayner and struck him as she pulled across a dual carriageway.Mr Rayner, a 53-year-old civil engineer, was declared dead at the scene after the impact sent him careering into a tree and a fence, Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard.The court heard Stannah, who is married to Nicholas Stannah, managing director of Stannah Stairlifts Ltd, had to be “dragged away” from Mr Rayner’s prone body as she desperately tried to assist him.Stannah, who attended court with her husband, admitted a charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention, and was also banned from driving for one year. “Had Stannah taken a few extra moments to look properly and check the road again, she would have seen Mr Rayner’s motorbike and his family wouldn’t be facing the rest of their lives without him.”Stannah Stairlifts, which dates back to the 1860s and remains a family business, has an annual turnover of £210m. The company was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise four times since 1984 and Prince Charles visited its factory in Andover, Hants, in 2011 to mark its 500,000th stairlift. It has now sold over 700,000. It was claimed Mr Rayner’s death was due to the 45-year-old’s “inattention” at the junction on the A31, less than a mile from her home.Prosecutor Kerry Richardson told Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court that witnesses driving on the carriageway in July last year braked to avoid Stannah’s green 4×4 as it pulled out into the road, and saw the bike collide with its front near-side wing.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife after a civil servant in his 60s was stabbed on Marsham Street, outside the Home Office, on Thursday.Dominic Hornberger, 29, who is from Birmingham, was charged on Friday and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, Scotland Yard said.He was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on Friday September 13.Photographs from the scene showed the alleged victim, who has not been named and works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, shirtless with blood pouring from his face.He was taken away in an ambulance. While his injuries were first treated as life-threatening by paramedics, police later said they were less serious than first thought. 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.