76ers Eliminate InjuryDepleted Bulls In Dramatic Fashion

Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala help the 76ers advance.Not since Allen Iverson donned a Philadelphia 76ers uniform had the team advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. Shoot, they hadn’t even made the post season in seven years before coach Doug Collins arrived last year.Well, on the strength of a dramatic 79-78 win over, the Sixers move on to face the Boston Celtics in a rematch of one of the NBA’s storied rivalries from the 1980s.It took a lot for the Sixers to send their sellout crowd into a frenzy. Philadelphia is  the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round series against a No. 1 seed. Memphis eliminated San Antonio last season, while Golden State (2007), New York (1999) and Denver (1994) also accomplished the feat.Andre Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left for the decisive points. They came after Chicago’s Omar Asik missed two foul shots with seven seconds to play and the Bulls in front by a point. Asik then fouled Iguodala, setting up winning free throws.It was a valiant effort by the Bulls, who played without last year’s MVP Derrick Rose and the team’s second most important player, Jaokim Noah. That did not temper the Sixers mood or celebration one bit.Iguodala and Evan Turner jumped atop the scorer’s table and embraced the adulation that came from the fans. read more

What Does A Winning Streak Mean In MLB

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Sept. 12, 2017), we discuss an American tennis champion finally not named Williams — Sloane Stephens, ranked 957th in the world earlier this summer, won the U.S. Open last weekend. We break down what her victory may mean for U.S. tennis and whether Serena Williams’s absence from the tournament played a role in Stephens’s win. Next, we discuss two remarkable streaks in the MLB — the 20 wins in a row by the Cleveland Indians and the recent stretch of 11 losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers — and whether we should take baseball more seriously just because it’s September. Plus, a significant digit on the MLB playoffs.If you have suggestions for what we should call our new NBA podcast, please drop us a note at podcasts@fivethirtyeight.com.Here are links to things we discussed this week:For quality John Starks content, be sure to follow Kate Fagan on Instagram.Kate’s Starky Bear.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine writes that September baseball doesn’t matter more than any other month’s.Victor Mather in The New York Times tells a tale of two MLB streaks.Significant Digit: Zero, the number of teams supported by Chad, Kate and Neil — all devoted Mets fans — that will make the MLB playoffs this year. Is your favorite team out? We discuss strategies for how to choose the best bandwagon to join. read more

Locked out of what he loves former Buckeye James Laurinaitis may take

Although four months remain until the NFL season will officially be under way, former Buckeye and current St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis is ready for the NFL and the NFL Players Association to reach an agreement so he can get back to doing what he loves. “I don’t find anything good from being locked out from what we love to do,” Laurinaitis said. “I’m a football junkie. I’d rather be there, doing OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and all that stuff.” The lockout has lasted more than a month, but for football fans who fear a fall without the sport, the former Ohio State three-time All-American had some encouraging words. “I think football will happen,” Laurinaitis said. “If I had to put a percent on it, I’d probably say 95 percent.” But if that 5 percent doubt prevails and the NFL doesn’t play in 2011, fans of another contact sport might be happy to know he would consider joining their business. “I should take up pro wrestling. It’d be a natural transition,” Laurinaitis said. “I might have to try to get in the ring a little bit, take on John Cena or Randy Orton.” His father, Joe, better known as “The Animal” to World Wrestling Entertainment fans, is a professional-wrestling legend and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in early April. The younger Laurinaitis might not live up to his father’s in-ring legacy, but says it’s not out of the question that he would follow in his father’s footsteps for a short time if he can’t play football. “I’d consider it,” Laurinaitis said. “You don’t want to mess around and get hurt. But if it’s just a few run-downs here and there or something, I’d maybe at least get some of the training done.” Although he isn’t certain what he’ll be doing in the fall, Laurinaitis is certain of the impact the lockout will have, and he says it affects more than just the NFL and its players. “It’s bigger than just the players and the owners,” he said. “It’s the vendors. It’s the people that turn their yards into parking lots, the bars, the restaurants, the hotels, everything around a stadium in a city that thrives from these moments. I think it hurts the overall economy if we don’t play.” Laurinaitis says he isn’t worried about money himself, but he isn’t so sure about other guys in the league. “I’ve saved up my money. I don’t spend my money on anything stupid. I get all my clothes usually from Nike, or I wear the stuff I’ve worn through college,” he said. “The only thing I’ve got to worry about is taking care of myself and my dogs and paying a mortgage on a house that I can easily afford and buy off if I want to. “Usually, we wouldn’t have checks come in until about this time anyway. Guys will start hurting when you don’t get those game checks, but I think we’ll get them.” Negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA have been moved to court, but ESPN reported that Judge Susan Richard Nelson will force the two sides to mediate this week. Until an agreement is reached, WWE fans can hold out hope for another “Animal” to battle in the squared circle. The WWE did not immediately return phone calls for comment. read more

Ohio State mens tennis living out deferred dreams from afar

For a pair of freshmen on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, the transition to life away from home has been more of an adjustment than for many of their classmates. But most of their peers are not separated from their homes by the Atlantic Ocean. Constantin Christ and Ralf Steinbach have joined the OSU men’s tennis squad this year from Eppstein, Germany, and Halle, Germany, respectively, bringing the total number of international players on the team’s 11-man roster to four. In the case of both Christ (10-2) and Steinbach, the journey to Columbus began after their dreams of playing tennis professionally in Europe fell short. “After I graduated high school, I wanted to go pro, and I tried it for a year, but it was so tough,” Steinbach said. “You have to pay so much money for it, and it’s really intense, and it didn’t work out. So I thought about a solution to improve my tennis and still get educated,” he said. It did not take long for OSU coach Ty Tucker to step in with a solution. Tucker said junior European tennis players are surveyed under a world ranking system that allows recruiters to “focus on the best players you can find.” When Tucker discovered Christ and Steinbach, he wasted no time to bring them to the Buckeye state. “(Tucker went to) an ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournament that I played, and we met together there and spoke about college tennis in general and if I can go to OSU. I visited OSU, and this was my only visit. I liked it from the first time I saw (it),” Christ said. Tucker said collegiate sports in Europe are not nearly as competitive as they are in America, leading many European players to opt out of a college education. When American college coaches see unused European talent, they attempt to bring over players to contribute to their college teams. “College tennis is the true minor leagues of professional tennis,” Tucker said. Before a formal offer is made to international players, Tucker ensures they mesh well with the rest of the team. Tucker said he’s usually able to tell after bringing international players to OSU for a two-day visit whether they have chemistry with the rest of the group. “Everybody on the team was pretty friendly to me, and I could have a ride from my apartment (to practice) every time. The practice was really nice … because everybody wants to practice,” Christ said. Christ and Steinbach are not the only players to have joined the roster from another country. Junior Blaz Rola, who is 3-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play, was born and raised in Ptuj, Slovenia, and junior Ille Van Engelen (8-1) is from Eindhoven, Netherlands. Tucker also persuaded Rola to come to Columbus after struggling to succeed in his country’s professional level. “Ty was so persuasive, he was calling me for a year straight … He said you can come (to OSU) and see how it is, and I won’t bother you anymore,” Rola said. “From the first day I got here with my mom, we were so thrilled and there wasn’t even a thought of not going (to OSU).” Rola, Christ and Steinbach all said their families have been supportive of their move to the U.S. “(My family) was just thrilled,” Rola said. “We’re not used to college sports like (OSU has) in Europe.” Even with support from family and new teammates and coaches, international players on the OSU men’s tennis team admit to having to adjust to American culture. “(America) is a lot more intense. It’s a lot more fast. Everything goes by quickly. I think especially in my country, people are more relaxed – they take time to sit down and enjoy food,” Rola said. “Everyone is asking me if I feel homesick, but you never actually thought about home because everything is going so quick.” Christ said he is still learning to balance his time since coming to OSU. “It’s a lot to combine studying and playing tennis at the same time. It’s difficult and a little bit stressful sometimes,” Christ said. But Steinbach said traveling overseas to attend OSU is worth the risk. “College is probably the best solution you can find in the world … you can practice like a pro and get a good education, so it’s the best,” Steinbach said. Men’s tennis next takes on Georgia Sunday at noon at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

Football Ohio State players earn Big Ten preseason honors

Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball downfield during the fourth quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins have each been named to the top 10 Big Ten preseason outstanding players list. This list was announced with the start of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Last week, Bosa was named to both the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award watch lists. In 2017, he was named as a first-team All-American, leading the Buckeyes in both tackles for loss (16) and sacks (8). He also was named as the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017. Dobbins also was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, as well as the Doak Walker Award watch list prior to the 2018 season. Last season, he rushed for 1,403 yards and recorded seven touchdowns. Dobbins and Bosa join players like Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor as the 2018 Big Ten preseason honorees. read more

Sian Lloyd Stalking ordeal left me constantly looking over my shoulder

first_img“I opened it and a picture fell out of the most revolting close-up of what we shall say was a man in a state of excitement, a man’s private parts, and it could not have been a bigger close-up.”And there was an accompanying letter that said: ‘This is for you and there’s plenty more where that came from’ and he even gave his phone number.”Despite leaving the phone number, police were unable to trace the culprit.She added: “I resent his intrusion enormously. You could say he’s done me a favour as I’m incredibly alert because of what could go wrong, and it might sound as if I’m a scaredy-cat or paranoid, but better that than the possibility of a tragic outcome.”It is not the first time Lloyd has spoken of being targeted by stalkers.In 2002, she revealed she had left her London home after eight years after being bombarded with letters and followed by a stranger who even broke into her television studio.Then, she told the Daily Mirror: “This man wrote asking me to meet him for tea at Fortnum & Masons. When I didn’t go, he’d write another letter saying, ‘Well, I know you didn’t turn up last time, so please meet me here.'”It can’t be right that I’ve been forced to move by a stalker. But I feel safer than I have for ages.”A report released this year by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said only around 26 per cent of stalking is reported to the police, while 43 per cent of those who did make a report found the response not very helpful or not helpful at all.The Violence Against Women and Girls report by the Crown Prosecution Service found the highest-ever number of prosecutions were brought in 2015-16, totalling almost 13,000. “I’ve gone from someone hyper-confident, carefree, going from one thing to another, never looking over my shoulder. Now I look over my shoulder mentally and physically.”Lloyd, 58, claimed she has now been targeted by stalkers on several occasions during her lengthy career in showbusiness.But she told the show, to be aired this week, she had been left traumatised by one incident in particular last year.The stalker was present at a rally event where Sian had been presenting awards before she drove home from London to Mid Wales with her husband.“There were loads of letters and right on top was a handwritten letter,” she said, according to walesonline. Sian Lloyd, the broadcaster Now I look over my shoulder mentally and physicallySian Lloyd Sian Lloyd, the broadcaster Sian Lloyd, the television presenter, has disclosed how she was left frightened by a stalker who sent her explicit handwritten letters, saying she has been left  constantly “looking over my shoulder”.Lloyd, the broadcaster and weather presenter, said her life had been “completely changed” after an incident last year, when a stalker attended an awards show where she was working.After driving home, she said, she found a hand-addressed letter containing a graphic photograph and the message: “This is for you and there’s plenty more where that came from”.Despite reporting the incident to the police, the man has not been traced, she claimed.Speaking  to S4C’s current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar, Lloyd said: “Sadly I think it’s completely changed my life. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Mike Tindall finally gets his nose straightened out after breaking it at

Former England rugby captain Mike Tindall has finally had his broken nose straightened out after an operation. The sports star has fought off the Royals’ requests for treatment for years since marrying Zara Phillips in 2011. At the time, Princess Anne reportedly offered to pay for the surgery after she became worried about the wedding photographs. The former Bath and Gloucester centre broke his nose at least eight times during his career and his face was cruelly mocked by teammates as “a relief map of the Pennines” due to its twisted bridge. He appeared at an endurance competition at Pippingford Park in East Sussex over the weekend with fellow ex-internationals Neil Back and Will Greenwood. A source close to the Spring Wolf Run event said he was told the rugby star underwent surgery the previous week to fine-tune his already improved nose, it was reported.Three months before marrying into royalty, Tindall told the panel on sports quiz show A League Of Their Own: “Princess Anne asked me if I’d have the surgery,” referring to a potential operation to straighten his nose. But with a Rugby World Cup around the corner that year and a high probability his famous nose would be broken again, he turned the offer down. Mike Tindall, 39, (centre) the former England rugby captain, shows off his brand new straight nose after having a corrective operation last week. He is flanked by fellow ex-internationals Neil Back (left) and Will Greenwood (right)Credit:Instagram Mike Tindall, 39, (centre) the former England rugby captain, shows off his brand new straight nose after having a corrective operation last week. He is flanked by fellow ex-internationals Neil Back (left) and Will Greenwood (right) 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. Three years ago he dropped his first hint to the Daily Mirror that he might be forced into the operating theatre.He said he might have to get the procedure done, and added: “I guess it’s something similar to a pug.””The problem is that if I get it done, will people say I’ve had it just because I’m doing TV stuff now? Because it’s definitely not.”Tindall first broke his nose aged five when he collided in a dodgem car and headbutted the steering wheel. After retiring in 2014, he moved into the studio as a pundit and he has now eventually given into peer pressure and gone under the knife.  read more

Parachute fall wife refuses to believe sergeant husband Emile Cilliers tried to

Emile Cilliers was found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute Victoria Cilliers, a highly experienced parachuting instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries in the failed jump A mother who cheated death when her Army sergeant husband sabotaged her parachute has not told their children he could face life in jail for attempted murder.Victoria Cilliers said she has told her two young children that their father Emile Cilliers “has done a bad thing”, but not that he tried to kill her twice.She told the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror that she does not believe he is guilty.”My family, friends, everyone seems to think they know more than I do,” she said. “They see different evidence to me.”She said her children “need a happy, well-adjusted life”, and added: “I want boring and normal for us now, for them to grow up untainted.”One of the hardest things to deal with has been our daughter’s questions and her hurt. She still asks regularly: ‘Where’s Daddy? When am I going to see him? Why can’t I speak to him on FaceTime?”‘ Cilliers, who was also in contact with prostitutes and having sex with one of his ex-wives, made a second attempt on her life by sabotaging both her main and reserve parachutes, causing her to fall 4,000ft to the ground, which she “miraculously survived”.Mrs Cilliers, a highly experienced parachuting instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries in the failed jump at the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on Easter Sunday, April 5 2015. Emile Cilliers was found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachuteCredit:Getty Victoria Cilliers, a highly experienced parachuting instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries in the failed jumpCredit:PA Cilliers, who had “out of control” debts racked up by taking his lover on expensive holidays, first attempted to kill his wife by tampering with a gas valve at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, at the end of March 2015.Their young daughter and son were both in the house with their mother at the time. She told the newspapers that she does not believe her husband tried to kill her: “He was my husband. Yes, things might have been breaking down.”He’d been unfaithful, he’d had issues with money, but that is not attempted murder.”She said she dreads the day that their son discovers Cilliers lied to his mistress and said he was not his biological father.”I can live with his lies, it’s the betrayal of my children which is the hardest to bear,” she added.Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, is awaiting sentence for two charges of attempted murder and a third of recklessly endangering life.He was convicted following a retrial at Winchester Crown Court and has been remanded in custody until sentencing on June 15. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Queens physician Dr Peter Fisher killed in crash with lorry while cycling

The Queen’s doctor has been killed by a lorry while cycling in a notorious Central London accident hotspot.Dr Peter Fisher, one of three official Physicians to The Queen and a renowned homeopathist, was crushed by the vehicle on Wednesday morning in High Holborn, near to the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine where he had practised for 35 years.The 67-year-old is understood to have taken up cycling to work only in the last two years and was killed on “Cycle To Work Day”, a national campaign to champion pedal power over cars.Last night campaigners said his death highlighted the deficiency of safety measures protecting cyclists from lorries. Evidence markers beneath a lorry at the scene of the fatalityCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP  Dr Peter Fisher, pictured with the Queen in 1999, was a member of the royal medical householdCredit:David Sandison/REX/Shutterstock In the last five years, four have been killed near the same spot in Holborn alone.The collision with a CCF lorry, a sub-brand of Travis Perkins, took place at about 9.30am.One eyewitness, Angei Bozianu, manager of the nearby Princess Louise pub, told the Evening Standard: “I heard a woman screaming and I looked out of the window and he was under wheel.” Dr Peter Fisher, pictured in 2016, was a leading expert in homeopathy The Metropolitan Police said the lorry driver had stopped at the scene, was not under arrest and was assisting with their enquiries.But they also appealed for witnesses to come forward. Dr Gill Gaskin, medical director for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the umbrella body for Dr Fisher’s hospital, where he served as Director of Research, said he was: “A highly regarded colleague and friend”.Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at charity Cycling UK, said Dr Fisher’s death highlights why there must be greater efforts to protect riders from lorries.”That’s why more needs to be done to separate cyclists from lorries in areas like Holborn, the scene of four cyclists’ deaths in the last five years, and to ensure that only the safest lorries, which eliminate vehicle blind spots, are allowed into London,” he said.The London Cycling Campaign intends to hold a protest in Holborn next Monday. Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen had been informed.Greg white, chief executive of the Faculty of Homeopathy, said: “We have lost a leader, not just for the faculty but for homeopathy in the UK and worldwide.“It’s no exaggeration to say Peter is an irreplaceable talent.“He truly was a giant in all his fields of endeavour, which included clinician, research and academic.”A sometimes controversial figure, Dr Fisher believed passionately in the power of homeopathy, a belief that highly diluted substances can induce the body to heal itself.The practice is regarded as no better than a placebo by most of the medical profession and has now been all but banished from the NHS. Dr Peter Fisher, pictured with the Queen, was a member of the royal medical household Evidence markers beneath a lorry at the scene of an accident at Holborn Dr Peter Fisher, pictured in 2016, was a leading expert in homeopathy His advocacy alongside his position in the royal household attracted some criticism, but he always pointed out that homeopathists have been treating the Royal Family since the reign of Queen Victoria.However, he revealed in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in January that, three years after taking up his position in 2001, he received a “serious dressing down” from the head of the medical household, Sir Richard Thompson, for mentioning his Royal connection during a public argument about homeopathy.Sir Richard last night confirmed the incident took place but added Dr Fisher was “a very nice man” and “absolutely passionate about homeopathy”. High Holborn It is understood Dr Fisher has grown-up children.Meanwhile a colleague told The Daily Telegraph: “He had a marriage behind him and was moving forward in life with a new partner.“It’s such a tragedy and a terrible irony it happened on national cycle to work day.” Emergency services at the scene of the crash in High Holborn on Wednesday morningCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hatton Garden member ordered to pay back millions stolen in raid owns

Thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore holes into the vault wall at Hatton Garden 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. Thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore holes into the vault wall at Hatton Garden Jones has already been sentenced to seven years imprisonment after failing to pay back the cash, while prosecutors hope to recoup some money from Perkins’ estate. A Hatton Garden member ordered to pay back millions of pounds stolen in the jewellery heist still owns homes in London and Spain, a court has heard. John “Kenny” Collins, 78, has been released from prison but faces being sent back to jail for another seven years next month if he does not hand over more than £5 million.Collins, along with fellow heist ringleaders Brian Reader, 80, Daniel Jones, 64, and Terry Perkins, who died in prison last year aged 69, were slapped with one of the biggest confiscation orders in Scotland Yard’s history last year.They owe a joint £5.7 million, which prosecutors say is available in hidden assets from unrecovered jewellery, gold, gems and cash stolen in the £13.7 million raid, along with funds from realisable assets such as properties in the UK and abroad.Alarm specialist Michael Seed, 58, who was known as “Basil”, was jailed for 10 years in March after becoming the 10th person convicted in connection with the 2015 Easter bank holiday weekend heist and is likely to face a similar order. Collins appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for a proceeds of crime hearing wearing glasses, a black jacket over a blue shirt with white polka dots and jeans.”There has been no money paid in respect of the hidden assets – the £5.7 million,” said prosecutor Philip Stott.”There has been no production of further stolen jewellery, no information provided of where further stolen goods are.”The court heard Collins has handed over more than half a million pounds from his known assets, but Mr Stott added: “Two very major assets, his London home and his home in Spain, remain unsold.”Reader, who has also been released from prison, did not attend the hearing and his lawyer, Tom Wainwright said he was too ill.”He’s got difficulties with his eyesight, his hearing is minimal, he’s suffered a number of strokes and he’s recovering from cancer,” he said.The court heard Reader has not paid back a single penny of the money he owes and he also faces a fresh seven-year jail sentence.His and Collins’ lawyers had been seeking a lengthy adjournment, but district judge Richard Blake refused the application.The next hearing will take place at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on July 17. read more