South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries seen on a football field Saturday when he was hit by Tennessee’s Eric Gordon and his leg flapped in the wind and onto the turf, as if it was snapped in half below his right knee.”I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said.The official injury announced Sunday is awful for anyone, but potentially career-ending for a running back like Latitmore, who was sure to be an early-round NFL draft pick: a dislocated knee.Hardly ever are players from both teams impacted by a player’s injury, but both teams were emotional by what they witnessed in the second quarter of South Carolina’s 38-35 victory.Lattimore was running through the left side when he was struck around the knees by Gordon, Lattimore’s right leg whipping around and slamming against the turf. South Carolina trainers immediately rushed to his side, keeping Lattimore flat on his back as the junior attempted to sit up and see the injury.“I just tried to tell him to stay mentally strong,” said receiver Ace Sanders, whose eyes teared up when discussing Lattimore. “I saw the look in in his eyes when he was on the ground and he was really heartbroken.”Coming into the game, Spurrier had said Lattimore was 100 percent and would carry the load for the Gamecocks. Lattimore rushed for 65 yards, including a breakaway 28-yard TD run, in the first half against Tennessee after coming in with 597 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this season.He became an instant star as a freshman, rushing for 1,149 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lattimore was on his way to eclipsing those numbers as a sophomore until the injury at Mississippi State. He holds South Carolina records with 41 overall touchdowns and 38 on the ground.Last year Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage in his left knee and needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.This injury, however, might be too devastating for Lattimore to overcome.
Not only has Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder insisted he would not change the name of his NFL team, on Thursday the franchise formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the Redskins’ attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and that it ”points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of ”Redskins” trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is ”disparaging of Native Americans.””We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team’s statement.The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003. Native Americans have been challenging the trademark since 1992.The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider ”serious constitutional issues,” including whether the ruling penalizes the team’s right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of ”valuable and long-held intellectual property rights.”The group of five Native Americans challenging the name is equally confident.”This effort is doomed to fail,” said Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff. ”But if they want to prolong this litigation, which has already gone on for 22 years, I guess they have that prerogative.”The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining the debate and saying it should be changed.Team owner Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a ”badge of honor.””If people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” Blackhorse said. ”We know that time is on our side for a change in the team’s name, and we are confident we will win once again at this stage of the litigation.”
13Radim VrbataRW36ArizonaFlorida13.88.5 6Alexander RadulovRW31MontrealDallas56.310.7 24Daniel WinnikRW32Washington———5.3 21Martin HanzalC30MinnesotaDallas34.85.6 19Andre BurakovskyLW22WashingtonWashington23.07.5 12Jaromir JagrRW45Florida———8.6 4Andrei MarkovD38Montreal———11.1 10Thomas VanekLW33Florida———9.5 9Anders NilssonG27BuffaloVancouver22.510.2 7Sam GagnerC27ColumbusVancouver33.210.6 26Karl AlznerD28WashingtonMontreal54.65.1 20Jonathan BernierG28AnaheimColorado12.85.6 16Mike FisherC37Nashville———7.9 2Kevin ShattenkirkD28WashingtonNY Rangers46.712.7 *A re-formulation of Hockey-Reference.com’s Point Shares that measures a player’s value over a replacement-level player at the same position.A player’s displayed salary represents his annual cap hit.Sources: Hockey-Reference.com, ESPN Kevin Shattenkirk, New York RangersCome trade deadline time the past several seasons, Kevin Shattenkirk’s name has been linked seemingly to every team in the NHL (including the Rangers in February), and for good reason — since his rookie season in 2010-11, Shattenkirk ranks 10th among defensemen in goals scored, tied for eighth in assists and 10th in total points. His 35 power play goals are tied for fifth over that same stretch, and his power play points are good for third.The New York Rangers ranked 10th in the league in power-play percentage last season, and that should only improve with the addition of hometown1He’s from nearby New Rochelle. boy Shattenkirk. The newly minted Rangers defenseman chews up big minutes, and he’s never finished a full season with a Corsi For percentage of less than 51.2. For the uninitiated, a Corsi For score of more than 50 percent means the player’s team was controlling the puck more often than not when he was on the ice, so the addition of Shattenkirk should make the Rangers a stronger possession team from the jump.Over the past five seasons, the bulk of the blame for each Rangers playoff ouster seems to have pointed back to the blue line. With a mishmash of overworked veteran defensemen and disappointing acquisitions, the Rangers sit roughly in the center of the pack in shots allowed per game over the past five seasons. Adding a puck-moving defenseman who is entering his prime with better-than-average possession numbers should help decrease those shot totals — and take some of the burden off the suddenly human-appearing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s shoulders.The Rangers’ defensive corps will look different with the retirement of Kevin Klein and longtime defenseman Dan Girardi going to Tampa Bay, but the franchise that hasn’t had a legitimate defensive star since Brian Leetch landed a big upgrade in Shattenkirk.Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins (re-signed)Justin Schultz’s career began with so much promise. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he scored 27 points from the blue line as a 22-year-old rookie. But in the 2.5 seasons that followed, he failed to match the impressive points-per-game numbers he put up as a rookie, and people in Edmonton began to sour on him. Oh what a difference a few seasons and some new scenery make.Since joining the Penguins, Schultz has transformed into a top-line defenseman, and he was a key piece to their Stanley Cup-winning campaign last season. In less than two seasons with Pittsburgh, he’s scored 0.61 points per game from the back,2He produced 0.41 points per game during his time in Edmonton. and he’s driven possession at a better clip, too.Of the free agents in the 2017 class, Schultz’s goals above replacement3Goals above replacement aims to estimate the number of net goals a player produces compared to a replacement-level player in the same amount of ice time. (The replacement level represents the amount of production a team could expect from a minimum-salary player at a given position.) mark of 13.9 ranks at the top. Pittsburgh may have lost Trevor Daley to free agency, but a defensive core built around Schultz and a healthy Kris Letang is nothing to turn your nose up at.Justin Williams, Carolina HurricanesThe Carolina Hurricanes were pretty close to making the playoffs last season. They ended up falling eight points short of an eighth seed but were in the hunt until the last few weeks of the season — and if they make the 2018 postseason, they’ll be glad they signed Justin Williams. Williams is well-known around the league for being a playoff beast. His career playoff points per game rate of 0.67 is better than his regular-season rate of 0.63, and he’s tied for 14th among active NHL players in game-winning playoff goals — and he’ll be returning to the place where he lifted the first of his three Stanley Cups, and where he twice netted 30-plus goals.Ten times in his career, Williams has scored 40 or more points, which should help a Carolina team that finished in the bottom third of goals scored last season. Oh, and Williams can do more than score timely playoff goals; his career Corsi For percentage of 56.9 isn’t too shabby either.Alexander Radulov, Dallas StarsAlexander Radulov is … mercurial. The Russian winger has been on alternating stints between the NHL and Russia’s KHL for his entire professional career: two seasons in Nashville, four in Salavat, a few more weeks in Nashville, four seasons in Moscow and then one in Montreal. So after his 54-point campaign with the Canadiens last season, he was bound to go anywhere from British Columbia to Siberia. He chose Texas. He’ll be there for a while, too, signing a long-term deal with the Dallas Stars. (Radulov’s signing in Dallas can also be read as a rebuff of KHL league chairman Arkady Rotenberg — and his close friend Vladimir Putin — who hopes to pry as many Russian players away from the NHL to ensure eligibility for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.)But Radulov is a world-class scorer — he’s tallied 156 points in 230 NHL games and scored 492 points in 391 KHL games — and was by all accounts a great teammate in Montreal, so the Stars were lucky to land the big sharp-shooting right winger. Pair Radulov’s propensity for burying the puck with an insanely talented top line of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and the Stars might have on their hands the highest-scoring top line in the NHL next season.Patrick Marleau, Toronto Maple LeafsThe Toronto Maple Leafs were a formidable offensive force last season, ranking fifth in total goals scored. The Leafs got a ton of scoring — 32 percent of their 250 goals — from their three rookie sensations: Calder Trophy-winning Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. Patrick Marleau will make the Leafs’ offense only more dangerous, and you could do worse as far as mentor figures go.Marleau, 37, has been in the NHL for 19 seasons, and until now he’s never worn anything but “deep Pacific” San Jose teal. In his 19 seasons, he’s made a point of scoring at least 19 goals — he’s only failed to do so three times, and one of those seasons was shortened to 48 games by a lockout. Marleau has also played in 177 playoff games, experience that should help the upstart Leafs — who gave the mighty Washington Capitals a serious scare in the first round of last season’s playoffs — immensely.Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (re-signed)“Jumbo” Joe Thornton is easily one of the best passers in NHL history. And he is certainly the best passer in NHL history who has a beard that is probably sentient. One of the premier centers of his generation, Thornton trails only Jaromir Jagr — who himself remains mysteriously unsigned — on the active assists leaderboard.4He also ranks 13th all time and needs just 43 more to leapfrog Gordie Howe as the ninth-highest dime-disher in NHL history. Jumbo hasn’t scored fewer than 50 points in a full season since he was a 19-year-old playing for the Boston Bruins in 1998-99.He’s not going to score a ton of goals — never really has — but San Jose was probably smart to prioritize Thornton over his longtime teammate Marleau. (Fun fact: Thornton and Marleau went first and second, respectively, in the 1997 NHL draft.) Thornton isn’t the lights-out goal scorer Marleau is, but he creates more opportunities for his teammates than his longtime counterpart; 43 of Jumbo’s 50 points were assists, 18 of which came on the power play. For a team that struggled mightily on the power play last season — San Jose ranked 25th in the league — the Sharks will need all of the passing acumen they can muster with the man advantage next season.Ryan Miller, Anaheim DucksRyan Miller probably won’t play much in Anaheim — starter John Gibson is just 23 years old and had a spectacular 2016-17 season — but there aren’t many teams in the NHL that can say they’ve got a backup who was once considered among the best goalies on the planet. Miller’s numbers were down a bit last season, but you can’t really blame him — his Vancouver Canucks gave up the sixth-most shots of any team in the league. Despite his impressive résumé, Miller might have to battle with Reto Berra for the backup position in Anaheim. Still, though, the Ducks are in great shape between the pipes — there aren’t many teams in the NHL that have the luxury of choosing from three proven(ish) NHL goaltenders.Karl Alzner, Montreal CanadiensAndrei Markov, unsignedThe Washington Capitals probably didn’t have the cap space to re-sign longtime defenseman Karl Alzner, but they probably didn’t really care to either. No worries for Alzner, though, because the Habs delivered a pretty solid payday. But truth be told, the native of Burnaby, British Columbia, got an awful lot of money — a cap hit of $4.6 million a year, to be exact — for a guy whose Corsi For percentage ranked 184th out of 229 qualified5With a minimum of 20 games played. defensemen in 2016-17.Alzner actually doesn’t do a whole lot very well — in 82 games, he scored just 13 points, zero of which came on the power play. He’s still relatively young for a defenseman — he’ll turn 29 before the 2017-18 season begins — and so perhaps Les Habitants are hoping Alzner’s game has room to grow. But that doesn’t change the fact that they signed a guy whose possession stats are subpar to a lucrative deal while their longest-tenured player — Andrei Markov — remains seated on the bench, waiting to see if he’ll play in Montreal next season.Markov is old, but if last season’s performance is any indicator, he still has some gas left in his tank. Markov was limited because of injury but put up impressive numbers in the 62 games he did play in. At 38, and still playing more than 21 minutes per game, he drove possession at the best rate of his career. He also scored 36 points from the blueline, good for .58 points per game.6Markov’s career points per game rate? .58.In 16 NHL seasons, Markov has only ever worn a Habs jersey. Montreal would be foolish not to re-sign their longest-tenured player. The NHL’s top free agents of 2017According to 2016-17 goals above replacement (GAR)* PLAYERPOSAGE2016-17 TEAMNEW TEAMYRS$M/YRGAR 1Justin SchultzD27PittsburghPittsburgh35.513.9 18Joe ThorntonC38San JoseSan Jose18.07.7 17Ryan MillerG36VancouverAnaheim22.07.7 22Nick RitchieLW21Anaheim———5.5 15Scott HartnellLW35ColumbusNashville11.08.0 11Philipp GrubauerG25WashingtonWashington11.59.1 During their free-agency period, NHL teams haven’t engaged in an all-out superpower arms race like their basketball brethren. Rather, NHL free agency has been a methodological redistribution of assets — one that can be traced to the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights and the expansion draft that ensued. All that extra movement of bodies and money, coupled with every general manager’s rush to add or retain a free-agent gem, means there will be a lot of familiar faces in unfamiliar jerseys next season.Not every free agent has signed — in particular, this year’s rather elderly free-agent class has a few graybeards who remain without suitors — but most of the league’s big targets have decided where they’ll play next season. So without further ado, here’s our unofficial and admittedly incomplete guide to the moves that will affect the 2017-18 season. 8Patrick MarleauC37San JoseToronto36.310.3 3Evgeny KuznetsovC25WashingtonWashington87.812.0 25Brett RitchieRW24DallasDallas21.85.3 5Justin WilliamsRW35WashingtonCarolina24.510.9 23Kyle QuinceyD31ColumbusMinnesota11.35.4 14Tyler JohnsonC26Tampa BayTampa Bay75.08.2
Although the youngest athlete competing in Rio is 13-year-old Gaurika Singh, a swimmer representing Nepal, gymnastics is unique for its high concentration of teenage girls. This year, 16.8 percent of gymnasts are younger than 18, and all of those young athletes are women. Swimming has a higher total number of competitors under 18, but that group makes up only 9.1 percent of the field. That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old from Uzbekistan, is competing in her seventh Olympics, making her the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. Chusovitina will compete in the vault finals on Sunday.What about the other end of the age spectrum, where I might have a chance? With a median age of 36, equestrians are the oldest Olympians. More sedate sports also tend to have older athletes; golf and shooting are near the top of the list. Beach volleyball, tennis and cycling also have older competitors.The prize for the oldest Olympian in Rio goes to 62-year-old Julie Brougham, a rider from New Zealand who is attending her first Olympics. Brougham had her Olympic debut Wednesday, in individual dressage. But Brougham isn’t the only athlete in Rio who has lived at least six decades. There are four other Olympians who are 60 or older, all of whom are competing in equestrian events. Still, equestrian is not dominated by older competitors: Among Olympic sports, it has one of the widest distribution of ages, with athletes that range in age over a 44-year span. As I expected, gymnasts are among the youngest Olympians. Of all the groups I looked at, women’s artistic gymnastics (the “regular” gymnastics)2There are two other categories of gymnastics at the Olympics: trampoline and rhythmic. has the lowest median age — 19. That puts Biles in the very middle of her peers. Also, artistic gymnastics (along with golf) has the largest gap between the median ages of men and women participants — five years. That’s because of the sport’s high number of women and girls under 20. It’s not age holding me back from being an Olympian. If I want a shot at gold in 2056, I had better go find a horse. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Most adults probably feel as though they missed their chance at making it to the Olympics. Even at 24, I feel decrepit and ancient watching 19-year-old Simone Biles execute flips and twists at the Rio Games with an athleticism that I will never attain. Still, Biles got me wondering which Olympic events I theoretically might still have a shot of participating in at my age (assuming I could change pretty much everything about my genetic makeup and lifestyle in a very short period of time). For each sport of the 2016 Games, I looked at the median age of the participants — overall, men and women — using data from athlete profile pages on the Rio 2016 website.1As of Aug. 3, there were 11,384 athletes on the site for which we obtained age data.
2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers61.1Detroit Pistons38.9 SEASONWIN VS. GOOD TEAMOPP WIN %LOSS IN NEXT GAME VS. BAD TEAMOPP WIN % 2012-13New York Knicks65.7%Phoenix Suns31.6% 2014-15Houston Rockets69.7Utah Jazz34.3 The mind-boggling stat raises two questions: Why have the Bulls been so inconsistent for this long? And can this new group of players eventually find a way to break the troubling pattern?Several premises might help explain the Bulls’ bizarre showings in recent years.Although the injury bug didn’t necessarily bite Chicago way more frequently than other teams, the ailments hampered the Bulls in a way that few clubs could relate to.Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, now with the New York Knicks, suffered devastating injuries with the Bulls. But beyond those two, basically every other regular starter — Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and even Butler last season — battled something at one point that kept him out for a significant time. The locker room looking more like an infirmary often threw the club out of rhythm and prevented Thibodeau from being able to make full use of arguably the NBA’s best bench.It’s also fair to wonder whether the Bulls’ smothering, precision-based defense, ingrained by Thibodeau, might have left players worn down for their next game.“He loved to have his players go lay it all on the line,” Bulls power forward Taj Gibson said. “Everybody knew what kind of team we were: a hard-nosed, defensive team that was going to play hard till the last minute of the game.”The blood and sweat paid dividends: The Bulls were regularly among the NBA’s best defenses during Thibodeau’s five seasons, which started in 2010-11 and ended in 2015. Chicago also ranked near the top in terms of how much ground they covered each night despite playing at one of the slowest per-possession paces in the league. That means they moved considerably farther and faster than the average club on each play. (Looking at Minnesota’s repeated second-half meltdowns this season, the Wolves may be suffering some of the same fatigue problems.)The human nature part of all this: that a player, or a team, might get more amped to play some teams as opposed to others, as former Bull Pau Gasol surmised about his old team last week. “The Bulls usually get up against good teams,” he said. “The challenge is getting up against the not-so-good teams and winning those games.” (No one was more tightly wound than Noah when he’d play against LeBron James — a whopping 14 percent of Noah’s career technical fouls have come against James and his teams, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.)To be clear, it’s not out of the question that the Bulls could turn over a new leaf and start playing more consistently, regardless of the quality of their opponent. That trend of beating good teams and then immediately losing to bad ones occurred almost entirely under a previous regime, of which just a handful of players remain.Even with that in mind, it’s hard to ignore some of the unusual tendencies that started under Thibodeau and, at least for now, have continued under second-year coach Fred Hoiberg. Consider, for example, that the Bulls have won an astonishing 16 consecutive home games on TNT’s Thursday-night broadcasts since February 2013, beating, among others, the Heat, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers and Cavs over that span.Since March 2013, the Bulls have snapped Miami’s 27-game win streak, the Knicks’ 13-game win streak, Golden State’s 19-game win streak at home and, last week, the Spurs’ 13-game win streak on the road — all in nationally televised games, either on ESPN, TNT or NBATV.Wild inconsistency has played a role in the national TV success, too. Fans often joked that Hinrich, the ex-Bull, seemed to morph into Michael Jordan whenever Chicago played on national television. But there appeared to be some truth to that. Hinrich’s best performances during each of his last three seasons as a pro — per Basketball-Reference.com’s Game Score stat — were during nationally televised games: a 14-point showing at Phoenix on ESPN last season, a 20-point night against Cleveland on ESPN in 2014-15, and a 19-point explosion on TNT during a blowout win over Houston in 2013-14.It probably isn’t a great omen, then, that one of Hinrich’s replacements once carried around a similar reputation, with at least a little statistical backing.As for these Bulls, sitting at 13-10 nearly a third of the way through the season, no one would say they’re without flaws.The perimeter shooting, red hot to start the season, has regressed to where many thought it would. In a league that prioritizes spacing and shooting more than ever before, Chicago ranks dead-last in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and 3-point percentage. (Things may get a bit better now that Doug McDermott, one of the precious few competent shooters on the team, is back after suffering two concussions. But it’s troubling that Nikola Mirotic’s game continues to oscillate between that of Channing Frye and a late-career Andrea Bargnani, who now finds himself playing overseas at age 31.)Crunch-time offense should be a concern for the Bulls, too, even if it hasn’t truly cost them yet.Despite the worries about the range-impaired backcourt featuring three players who each need the ball, Rondo, Wade and Butler haven’t gotten in each other’s way for the most part. The trio has handled opponents comfortably overall, winning by 6.3 points per 100 plays in 353 minutes.But things have played out far differently in clutch moments, when the game slows down and spacing gets cramped because teams refuse to guard Rondo near the arc. CHICAGO — After dealing a former most valuable player, letting a fiery, ex-defensive player of the year walk in free agency and signing a future, yet aging Hall of Famer, the Bulls were bound to change. We just didn’t know whether it’d be for better or for worse.But, ironically, even with a mostly new cast surrounding star swingman Jimmy Butler, one of the most bizarre tendencies from past Bulls’ teams persists: the baffling ability to take down some of the league’s best teams one night but lose to its very worst the next. Many have tried to explain the phenomenon, and the explanations range from an unfortunate run of injuries to team style and composition influencing consistency to the general wear and tear of life under the exacting rule of former coach Tom Thibodeau, who’s set to storm the opposing sideline in Chicago for the first time Tuesday night as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.The Bulls’ puzzling, two-faced play stands out most when it happens in consecutive games, as it did earlier this month. The club beat the defending-champion Cavaliers the night before getting drilled by the Dallas Mavericks, who, along with the Wolves and Sixers, have the worst record in the NBA.The showing wasn’t out of the ordinary. During the past five full seasons and what’s been played so far this year,1The data from Elias covers games from the start of the 2011-12 season through games played Sunday night. the Bulls have had nine instances — more than any other club2Five teams had eight. — in which they knocked off a team with a pre-game winning percentage of at least .600, only to then lose to an opponent with a .400 winning percentage or worse the next game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Bulls narrowly escaped laying another egg by holding on to beat a lowly Miami unit this weekend after an impressive win over San Antonio. 2016-17Cleveland Cavaliers76.5Dallas Mavericks16.7 2014-15Golden State Warriors85.7Los Angeles Lakers26.1 2012-13Golden State Warriors63.4Washington Wizards24.4 2014-15Toronto Raptors60.3Detroit Pistons35.3 2014-15Toronto Raptors87.5Indiana Pacers30.0 2012-13New York Knicks66.2Toronto Raptors38.5 Bulls wins against teams with .600 winning percentages or greater that were followed by a loss to a team with a .400 winning percentage or lower, since the 2011-12 seasonSource: Elias Sports Bureau That explains why the Bulls own the NBA’s worst field-goal percentage during the last five minutes of close games and how the same three players are losing by 12 points per 100 plays in fourth quarters.Nevertheless, the Bulls have been able to survive many of their late-game scares with solid defense. They’ve been surprisingly good on that end of the floor, limiting opponents to 18 free throws a game, second-fewest in the NBA, while also forcing turnovers at a better rate than last season.And for how horrible their shooting is, the Bulls make up for some of that with their newfound ability to draw fouls — never much of a strength of the old-look Bulls and their star. Their free-throw attempts — more consistent than relying on someone like Butler’s jump shot — are up more than 21 percent from the same point last season. Another welcome source of scoring: the offensive glass. Chicago, similar to the Bulls teams that Thibodeau coached, owns the best offensive-rebounding rate in the NBA and scores more second-chance points per night than any other club.By no means are these improvements enough to make the Bulls real contenders again, like they were under Thibodeau before Rose’s injuries took root. But they at least give Chicago a shot to find consistency with Butler and Hoiberg, both on national TV and otherwise.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Chicago Bulls: The NBA’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Ohio State starting pitcher John Havird (23) throws in NCAA tournament game versus Louisville on June 4. Courtesy: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team fell in a large, early hole and was unable to climb out as they lost 15-3 to the host, and No. 1 seeded, Louisville in the second round of the Louisville regional.After striking out the side on 11 pitches in the top of the first inning, sophomore starting pitcher Brendan McKay helped his own cause in the bottom half of the inning, driving a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 advantage.In the third inning, the rain started pouring down in Louisville, and so did the runs. It was again McKay who sparked the offense as he delivered a RBI single to right with runners on first and second. After two doubles and a passed ball scored three more runs, senior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum mashed a two-run home run to deep left-center field to expand the lead to 8-0. That would end the night for Ohio State’s starter, senior left-hander John Havird. Two more runs off redshirt sophomore right-hander Austin Woodby would make it 10-0 Louisville before the third inning ended.From that point on, it was all Louisville. The Cardinals added three runs in the fourth inning off another home run from Rosenbaum and they plated an additional run in the fifth.The Buckeyes would eventually put themselves on the board. With a runner on first, senior pinch-hitter Daulton Mosbarger hit a homerun over the right field wall to cut the deficit to only 12. A run in the bottom of the eighth by Louisville and a run in the top of the ninth by Ohio State brought the final score to 15-3It was a brutal outing for Ohio State’s starting pitcher on the mound. John Havird entered the day with a 6-3 record and a 3.02 ERA, but ended the night with a loss and a 3.73 ERA. He failed to register an out in the third inning as he gave up six runs on a walk and five hits in the inning. Havird finished the night with two innings pitched, eight hits, eight runs (all earned), two walks and only one strikeout. He also surrendered two home runs in his two innings of work after only allowing two in his previous 92 innings.Louisville’s sophomore starting pitcher Brendan McKay, on the other hand, was extremely sharp both on the mound and at the dish. McKay delivered 5.2 scoreless innings before his outing was cut short by a 48 minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed only six baserunners off three hits and three walks. McKay struck out ten batters in the outing. At the plate, McKay was two for four with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scoredFollowing the loss to the Cardinals, the Buckeyes will attempt to stave off elimination and keep their title hopes alive in a rematch against the Wright State Raiders on Sunday at noon.
Coming off three starts as a true freshman, sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier enters his second season firmly entrenched as a starter on the Ohio State football team’s defense.Shazier is one of many young linebackers who will play for the Buckeyes this season. Along with middle linebacker Curtis Grant, Shazier is one of two starting sophomore linebackers, while four of the seven linebackers listed on Monday’s depth chart are freshmen.First-year coach Urban Meyer admitted that Shazier is “real young,” but he has high expectations for him.“I’m biased because I love the guy,” Meyer said. “His God-given skill level is really high, so our expectation level is an all-Big Ten type player, at some point. He has that skill level.”Shazier’s own expectations are even higher.“One of my goals since I was little was to be an All-American,” Shazier said. “I’m just going to work my butt off to be an All-American or one of the top linebackers in the nation, so I’m just going to keep working hard, being a leader and just try to do the best I can.”Shazier made an immediate impact last season once he cracked the starting lineup. He finished the year with 57 total tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt. Meyer said his work ethic is a major factor in his success.“He gives everything he’s got,” Meyer said. “He’s so sincere about what he does.”Shazier said he recognizes that his team will be relying on him more than it did last year, and is ready for the added responsibility.“This year’s a lot different than last year,” Shazier said. “I have to be a leader a lot more than last year. I’m just working on my ability to try and be a lot better than I was, and work on my footwork, my technique and helping the young guys out a lot.”In addition to being a starting outside linebacker in the 4-3 defensive scheme, the Buckeyes’ base alignment, defensive coordinator Everett Withers said Shazier will also start in the team’s nickel defensive package, along with senior linebacker Etienne Sabino.Withers said the nickel package will be a very important aspect of the team’s defense this year.“I think we’ll be in (the nickel defense) a fair amount,” Withers said. “The offense, at times, dictates how much nickel you play.”In the base defense, Withers said Grant will be the “quarterback” and lead play-caller of the defense, but with Grant off the field in the nickel package, some of that responsibility might shift to Shazier.Shazier addressed the possibility of having to assume that leadership responsibility.“It’s going to be important for me to make a lot of play calls in the nickel and everything, but we also have Sabino, so he’s going to help me out,” Shazier said. “I feel that my role is going to be about the same (in the nickel) as it is in (the base defense). I’m just going to have (to) come in, help make tackles, help lead the defense and just stop the offense from scoring and stop them from gaining yards and getting the offense in great field position.”While Meyer inherited Shazier as a player on the roster when he was hired at OSU, Shazier had been on Meyer’s radar long before either became a Buckeye. Meyer recruited Shazier, a native of Plantation, Fla., while he was still the head coach at the University of Florida.“I’ve known him for several years now, because I recruited him when I was at Florida,” Meyer said. “You can’t help but like Ryan Shazier.”Shazier said that Meyer’s name was “legendary” while he was still a high school recruit in Florida, but playing for Meyer has opened up his eyes to a different side of the famous coach.“He’s intense when he’s recruiting you, but when it’s on the field, he’s another level, He doesn’t play around,” Shazier said. “He’s really serious, and I really like it about him, but he’s really intense and he’s really going to push us to the next level.”
Then-Temple-forward Anthony Lee (3) shields the ball from a defender during a game against Louisville at the Liacouras Center Feb. 14. Temple lost, 82-58.Courtesy of MCTAfter taking multiple hits to his roster, it appears as if Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta has started filling the void left by four players who are no longer with the program.Per a Saturday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, Matta has received a commitment from Temple transfer redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee. Lee can as early as next season per NCAA transfer rules, as he is set to graduate in May.An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Saturday.Lee — who posted a video to his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts — @AntLee_3, of his tour at Ohio Stadium Friday, averaged 13.6 points per game last season while collecting an American Athletic Conference best 8.6 rebounds per game.Lee also sent a tweet from that account at 2:24 p.m. Saturday, saying how he is looking forward to playing at OSU.“Buckeye Nation! Too blessed, been thru 2 much an Coach Matta and the Buckeye family knows what I need for this last year. Blessed! !!!” the tweet read.Listed at 6-feet-9 inches tall and 230 pounds, Lee is likely to bring stability to OSU’s post game. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald only tallied averages of 9.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game between them last season, as OSU went 25-10 and bowed out to Dayton, 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 20.The report comes one day after forward LaQuinton Ross announced his intentions to leave OSU one year early to pursue a professional career. Guard Amedeo Della Valle also decided to leave the program March 22, to head back home to Europe and pursue a professional career of his own. OSU is also having to replace guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft, who it loses to graduation.The addition of Lee brings OSU’s scholarship players count to 11, two below the maximum 13 allotted by NCAA rules.
Girls can always get jobs and boys can’t. They [girls] can always be cleaners, cleaners are always wantedFay Weldon Women like to see themselves as victims but actually have it better than men because they can get jobs as cleaners, according to outspoken author Fay Weldon.The 85-year-old claimed women were winning the battle of the sexes because they can easily gain employment in lower paid jobs, where opportunities are always available. Ms Weldon was speaking at the Henley Literary Festival Credit:Andrew Crowley Asked if she fell down in one area, she replied: “Not necessarily but then I was extremely energetic [and] bright. Most women, you know, have pains in their tummies.”The author, whose books include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and What Makes Women Happy, has previously suggested that an all-woman society would result in “lots of nice cushions”.She also described women who suffer from anorexia as “just girls who don’t want to grow up”. 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 risked further outrage by suggesting women cannot effectively balance family life, work and sex because they “get pains in their tummies”.Speaking at Henley Literary Festival, she said: “When it comes to getting jobs or getting into university, well, girls can always get jobs and boys can’t. They [girls] can always be cleaners, cleaners are always wanted.”Ms Weldon, who has previously suggested feminism is not needed any more because men are not as awful as they used to be, also reiterated her former claim that many women paint themselves out to be victims when they are not.“You will get people who are often saying how dreadful men are and you ask them about their fathers or their brothers or their boyfriends and they say, oh they’re not awful, but there is this sort of popular conception that men are awful, horrible people,” she said. She added that women can rarely have it all because they cannot balance love, work and family life.
Awful queue at Clapham Junction – then they announce they want to evacuate the station due to overcrowding!❕ pic.twitter.com/qFa4LJpmrU— MtoTheDtoTheA (@MtoTheDtoTheA) January 9, 2017 7:43AMWhat trains are running? 7:50AMHow the strike is affecting commuters 8:43AMCommuters’ experiences of the strike Business chiefs have warned of costly disruption of Southern Railway strikes. Chambers of Commerce groups from the South East of England met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Rail Minister Paul Maynard.The representatives from Hampshire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Chambers, said: “Business communities and commuters across the South East of England are impatient for action after nearly a year of unpredictable and costly disruption.”While firms have taken every step possible to support staff affected by strike action, businesses and local economies are hurting. It is incumbent upon all parties in the dispute to come to the table and reach a durable solution.”Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added: “London businesses and commuters are facing a double-whammy this week as they face disruption from both train and Tube strikes. Journey in pretty dreadful, but journey home a dream #tubestrikes pic.twitter.com/ZCm7rXY22P— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) January 9, 2017 10:00AMTube strike social media jokes 8:23PMNot all routes are beset with misery Closed gates at London’s Liverpool Street Underground Station as a 24-hour strike continuedCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire We’re providing a presence & assisting the public #TubeStrikePlease have patience & respect fellow passengers & staff #WereAllInTheSameBoat pic.twitter.com/JEey56v6pT— BTP DLR (@BTPDLR) January 9, 2017 Local government worker Michael Gunning, 27, from Romford, said: “It is very annoying, it makes life hard.”Normally I would be on a train and half way there by now and be in work at 8am – now I’m probably not going to in until at least 8.30 or 9, I don’t know.”He said he “kind of understands” why staff are striking, adding that it “doesn’t make sense to people”. 9:17PMAnd some positive thinking about all those Uber pool journeys Commuters are saying the national rail station Clapham Junction, one of Britain’s busiest, has just been cleared due to overcrowding.No trains were stopping at the station, which is normally served by trains to and from London Victoria and London Waterloo. 6:31PMFurther chaos – commuters have been chucked off trains 9:02AM’Bonkers’ Clapham Junction evacuated At London’s Liverpool Street Station, in the City of London commuters could be seen dashing towards the bus stops – already swollen by the amount of people trying to complete their rush-hour journeys.The area outside the transport hub became a sea of people amongst lines of the cities red buses as the morning ticked over into its busiest period.TfL workers and station staff in front of the shuttered main Tube entrance were also handing out central London bus and walking maps as they advised those in need on how to reach their destinations. Transport for London said it was running a limited services on eight out of 11 Tube lines and expects 60% of stations to open across the network despite the “unnecessary strike”.Passengers were advised that although the strike ends at 6pm services are expected to be disrupted throughout the day and evening and journeys should be completed by 6pm.For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running, however they will be busier than usual.Enhanced river services are linking central London and Canary Wharf. Buses, roads and rail services are also expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations.TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses are deployed to enhance existing routes.Although National Rail services are not affected by the strike there are no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.There are no services at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines. TfL said the situation may change throughout the day and buses and the transport network will be very busy. Amid the chaos, people have been having a bit of fun on social media – as well as venting their frustration – under the hashtag #TubeStrike.Here is Helena Horton’s round-up of the best posts. Transport for London said it was running limited services on nine out of 11 Tube lines and expects 69 per cent of stations to open across the network despite the “unnecessary strike”.For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running but will be busier than usual.Enhanced river services are linking central London and Canary Wharf.Buses, roads and rail services are also expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations.TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses are deployed to enhance existing routes.Although National Rail services are not affected by the strike there are no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.There are no services at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines. Millions of commuters cycled, trudged and waited in snaking bus queues on Monday as a strike by London Underground station staff shut down much of the city’s subway network through to Tuesday morning.There was a 149 per cent increase in Santander cycle hires while commuters opting for buses have complained of overcrowding.”It is really scary out there, cyclists are taking huge chances,” doctor Simon Quantrill said. “The traffic is mad.” 6:49PMBlackfriars station closed for trains as well as Tube services Journeys were bumpier than usual, with one passenger directing a bus driver who took a wrong turn.The vintage Routemaster was on its way from Brixton to Stockwell when the driver went the wrong way.The number two bus had been added as an extra service to cope with increased demand.The conductor apologised: “First mistake of the morning, many more to come.”We don’t do this often.”One passenger then went to the assistance of the driver, giving him directions as he u-turned.Commuters boarded the bus ready with Oyster cards only to be told the journey was free as payment pads do not exist on the old models. Tweets from TfL’s official account said it did not know how the wider network would be affected.In a series of replies to queries from passengers, it said it would not know which stations would be closed “until staff do or don’t turn up for work” on Monday. Strike ends at 6pm, but disruption continued into the eveningAnalysis on how much the strike will cost the economyHow Londoners got to work – social media round-upHow long will strike last and which lines are affected? A South West Trains spokesman said: “This is the worst crowding I’ve seen at Clapham Junction for many years – no amount of planning can mitigate for this.”More than 30 million passengers changed trains at the station in 2015/16, according to Office of Rail and Road figures, making it Britain’s busiest interchange station. Blackfriars station, not only is there a tube strike, they’ve also gone and cancelled most of the trains. Good work. #TubeStrike #thameslink pic.twitter.com/dDvnY0k4Im— Celia Rice (@celiafriedrice) January 9, 2017 ✅ #ClaphamJunction station has reopened https://t.co/OU4IwGJPvt— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) January 9, 2017 anticipating that my journey home is gonna be reminiscent of frodos journey to destroy the ring #TubeStrike #SOS— michelle marriott (@michelleivyxx) January 9, 2017 Although National Rail services were not affected by the strike there were no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.Southern Railway passengers will suffer a fresh bout of chaos on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday when Aslef drivers go on strike in a bitter dispute over driver-only trains.Southern told passengers to travel only if it was essential, as no trains will run on strike days, while services on other days will be affected by a continuing ban on overtime.With only limited bus links from a small number of stations, the train company advised people to make alternative arrangements wherever possible.British Airways cabin crew will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday in a row over pay, although the airline said its customers will be able to fly to their destinations. A small number of Heathrow flights will be “merged”, but BA said all flights to and from Gatwick and London City airports will operate as normal.Unite said over 800 cabin crew from British Airways’ so-called “mixed fleet” had joined the union since the start of the dispute, taking its membership to over 2,900. 7:33AMFull scale of disruption not clear #TubeStrike = more #traffic = driver #stress = worse #driving = more near-misses on the #bike than I’ve had in the last 6mths #LondonCycling— Marilyn Croser (@marilyncroser) January 9, 2017 Yes the Tube Strike is a awful bummer but at least the #HackneyCarriage lads will be able to smash some cash. I am not a huge Uber Fan!— Vas Blackwood (@VasBlackwood) January 9, 2017 5:18PMThe Tube strike may almost be over, but… When 1,000 people are chucked off a train because the @TLRailUK drivers taking over aren’t qualified to drive the train! @acinderellaline pic.twitter.com/Zp7wgloyO2— Dan Scorer (@dan_scorer) January 9, 2017 Having supposed to have started work at 8.30am, she estimated she would be more than an hour late, adding that she could walk to Farringdon, but has a bad knee.One man, who wished only to be named as Steve, was still waiting for a taxi at Liverpool Street at 8.45am, 15 minutes before he was due to be on the 9am train from King’s Cross to York.He revealed he was starting a new job today.He said of the Tube strike: “I did not know anything about it until yesterday afternoon.” @divat05 or don’t turn up for work. It’s pretty much going to be real time information. 2/2— Transport for London (@TfL) January 9, 2017 Sadiq Khan is on BBC Radio 4 right now, and he has just condemned today’s tube strike.He said: “I, the Mayor of London, condemn these strikes, they are completely unnecessary.”He added: “Why strike, why not resolve these disputes amicably?”Mr Khan is appearing late on the Today programme – because of the strike. He got on to say a few words just before the show finished. Commuters queue for trains at Clapham JunctionCredit: STEFAN WERMUTH A pedestrian passes closed gates at at Elephant and Castle Underground Station in LondonCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Long queues at taxi ranks could also be seen, with little sign of any available cabs.Tracey Cooke, from Hertfordshire, who was waiting in line at Liverpool Street station, said there were no cars available through Uber or Addison Lee either.”It is not good,” the 55-year-old said.”When I got on the Stansted Express there were only four carriages – now I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes for a cab.” 4:54PMTfL running limited services on nine out of 11 Tube lines 8:28AMLondon’s buses take the strain In the office again at stupid o’clock,well technical 5 to stupid o’clock either way I must need my head examined #thankstfl #TfL #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/9syBKNNpl7— Chris_hla™ (@Chris_hla) January 9, 2017 8:59AMMayor condemns strikes All going well at Clapham Junction #tubestrike pic.twitter.com/2aDmueiT6j— Tom Bateman (@tomb8man) January 9, 2017 TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses were deployed to enhance existing routes.Long queues at taxi ranks could also be seen, with little sign of any available cabs. 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. 8:44AMTfL update: 60% of stations open Clapham Junction is absolutely ludicrous. At a standstill since 8am. Gates locked. Hope you’re happy @TfL @RMTunion #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/CBNrQIobSt— Padraig Prendergast (@prendergast) January 9, 2017 Yes, the London tube strikes SUCK but think all of the potential friendships & romances being formed in Uber pools today…🚖❤️— Louisa C-Burnham (@louisacburnham) January 9, 2017 “It makes people less sympathetic to them and it’s worse for their reputation.”Margaret King, from Chelmsford, Essex, said: “I think it is atrocious, I do not agree. I do not like people striking at all.”I just do not see the point in it, it’s not helping anyone who has to travel to get to work.”Doctor Simon Quantrill lives in Clapham and usually cycles part of his journey, but owing to the strike, he said this has taken him “much longer than it normally would”.”It is really scary out there, cyclists are taking huge chances. The traffic is mad, the whole way up – especially around London Bridge and onwards.”The 50-year-old said he supports the strike, adding: “I do not agree with cutting working staff at the stations… people do not want to go on strike. They don’t get paid.” 7:37AMRMT defends strike @clippz Hi, no station will open until there’s a service and it look like that will be around 07:00 we 1/2— Transport for London (@TfL) January 9, 2017 5:36PMLondoners prepare for the journey home from work Not all stations are closed, and there are some services running.Here’s the latest:The Northern Line is operating between Edgware to Golders Green and High Barnet to Finchley Central onlyThe Piccadilly Line has trains running from Cockfosters to Arnos Grove onlyThe Jubilee Line is operating between Stanmore and Baker Street. No service on the rest of the lineThe Bakerloo Line is operating between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone only, approximately every 10 mins. No service on the rest of the lineThe Central Line has a service operating from West Ruislip to North Acton only. Shocking scenes this Monday morning at #ClaphamJunction 😩 pic.twitter.com/CunidwZm14— Becky 🌺 (@1BeckyDavidson) January 9, 2017 @sonjawithaj1 @BBCLondonNews Morning young lady,that’s not a long queue.That’s a very long queue.— ⚽️ATHOL A WITTER⚽️ (@AW0079) January 9, 2017 Here’s what’s going on around London this morning: 6:29PMMost central London stations remain closed despite strike ending We’re striking to demand increase in the staffing level to ensure safely & effectively staffed stations. https://t.co/TPuGXoPNvs #TubeStrike https://t.co/460X8V7q8a— Daniel Randall (@therubykid) January 9, 2017 People queue for buses at Bishopsgate in the City of LondonCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire 9:22AMRush for taxis 7:38AMMore misery for commuters Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, RMT boss John Leach has defended the union’s action.He said: “You can’t run the underground with 834 fewer staff and carry one million more people a day.” The strike also closed underground rail from Terminals 4 and 5 at London Heathrow airport and connections at London’s major train stations.The 24-hour strike began on Sunday evening, and service was not expected to get back to normal until Tuesday morning. Tomorrow, there is more misery on the cards for London’s commuters as Southern Rail drivers go on strike.Southern Rail will run no services on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday because of walkouts in a long-running dispute over driver-only trains.Train services will also be disrupted for the rest of the week because of a ban on overtime.With only limited bus links from a small number of stations, the train company is advising people to make alternative arrangements wherever possible.For those who have no option, Southern is providing limited bus and coach services each day to provide road links for essential travel from nine of its stations into nearby neighbouring train networks where they can connect into other train operators’ services.Space on the buses will be limited. Anyone who does travel should expect to queue, plan for longer journeys and realise the service they join will be exceptionally busy, said Southern. Most stations in Zone 1 are still closed despite the Tube strike officially ending. 9:38AMClapham Junction reopened Clapham junction station is BONKERS pic.twitter.com/sr4m2a6JG4— Mr Blake aka 21 (@V3SCOE) January 9, 2017 Can’t get on a bus. Been up since 0545. There’s a very late doctor now walking to work #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/d4ThQHGjOm— Janis Burns (@burnikov) January 9, 2017