Celtics Rajon Rondo Will Miss Beginning of Regular Season

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo tore his ACL last NBA season, now many speculations linger about his return. CSNNE.com reports that Rondo may not be ready to play when the season starts:“Shortly after Rondo’s injury, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that Rondo would be back for the start of the season. While there hasn’t been a delay in his recovery, Rondo’s timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular-season games.”With the loss of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Celtics will definitely need Rondo to help them in the upcoming season. Even though they will need more pieces to help the guard, a healthy Rondo is the cornerstone of the franchise going forward.The Celtics organization said earlier this week that there’s no timetable for Rondo’s return. read more

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The Most Clutch Postseason Quarterback Of All Time Is Eli Manning

Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game featured a matchup between two quarterbacks with clutch reputations: the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who entered the game with a 10-4 lifetime postseason record, and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, whose first three playoff seasons all yielded Super Bowl championships. The Patriots got the better of the Ravens after a terrific game, but both quarterbacks played well, with Flacco tossing four touchdowns in a losing effort.A day later, the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning would produce just 4.6 yards per passing attempt against the Indianapolis Colts, lower than in any of his 16 regular-season starts. While Manning avoided an interception, he threw just one touchdown and Denver lost 24-13. The effort rekindled doubts about Manning’s postseason performance — as you’ll recall, Manning’s most recent postseason appearance did not exactly go well — along with questions about whether he’s past his prime (he’s 38).How you evaluate the postseason records of Manning, Brady and Flacco depends on how you define clutch performance. Is it performance relative to expectations that matters? Or is it performance in an absolute sense?Manning’s postseason record is pretty decent by one standard and pretty terrible by the other. His lifetime postseason record is now 11-13. It’s not easy to win playoff games, and Manning has had the misfortune to play in a fairly deep era for the AFC (one that has included Brady). Nonetheless, Manning’s record is a bit worse than you’d expect based on the performance of his teams during the regular season.In the chart below, I’ve tracked Manning’s postseason record as compared with expectation based on Elo ratings for his teams and his postseason opponents at the time the games were played. As an alternative measure — more about how this is calculated in a moment — I’ve charted how Manning’s teams would expect to do in those games if he had fallen into the Springfield Mystery Spot and a replacement-level quarterback had substituted for him.Manning’s teams have been favored, according to our Elo ratings, in 17 of his 24 postseason games. It’s often been a narrow advantage; viewed probabilistically, you’d set the over line at 13 or 14 wins. Manning has won 11. It’s not a totally disastrous record — Manning has won a Super Bowl, after all, and led his team to two others — but it’s on the lower end for great quarterbacks relative to the lofty expectations they establish.But what if those starts had instead been taken by backups like Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter or Brock Osweiler (all of whom serve as functional examples of replacement-level quarterbacks)? We have the Broncos and the Colts as underdogs in all 24 of those hypothetical games. No doubt they’d have backed into a few wins despite their underdog status, but Manning’s teams project to an 8-16 record on a probabilistic basis without him. Peyton’s 11-13 record looks pretty good compared to that.We can run the same numbers for all quarterbacks who played in the postseason since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Specifically, I’ll look at the records for what I’ll call the principal quarterback, who is the one with the most passing attempts during the game (not necessarily the one who started it). A total of 180 players have served as principal postseason QBs by this definition.Below, I’ve listed the records for the top and bottom quarterbacks, along with those who have been active in this year’s playoffs or who have been a principal quarterback at least 10 times in the postseason. I’ve also listed each quarterback’s projected record based on Elo. Finally, I’ve listed the result of a set of 25,000 simulations of each quarterback’s postseason career where QBs were randomly assigned wins and losses based on the probabilities established by Elo. I counted up how often the simulated quarterback bettered the actual quarterback’s win total, giving half-credit to cases where they finished with the same record.By this measure, the most clutch postseason QB of all time is Manning — Eli Manning. His New York Giants have often been underdogs in the postseason and projected to a record of 4-7 or perhaps 5-6 in his 11 games. Instead, Eli Manning’s teams have gone 8-3. According to the simulations, there’s just a 1 percent chance of achieving such a strong record based on chance alone.This does not, incidentally, serve as evidence that Eli Manning or any other quarterback has some extra gear that kicks in during the postseason. Eli’s been awesome during the postseason, but with 180 QBs in the sample you’d expect to find a few fluky cases based on chance alone. This is also not to say that clutch quarterbacking doesn’t exist. As my colleague Benjamin Morris has repeatedly documented, some quarterbacks — including Peyton Manning — consistently manage the game better in clutch situations, such as during a fourth-quarter comeback drive. Indeed, clutchness is so intrinsic to quarterbacking that it’s hard to distinguish a clutch QB from a good QB. But that clutchness ought to show up in a QB’s regular-season stats and his team’s regular-season win-loss record and Elo rating. It’s not clear that some quarterbacks are clutch in the regular season but unclutch in the postseason.Peyton Manning, of course, is the closest thing to an exception. As compared with the record projected by Elo, his postseason record ranks 161st out of the 180 QBs in our sample. Among quarterbacks with at least 10 games in the database, only Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham rank lower.But this is a somewhat ridiculous list. The top five consists of one great quarterback, Joe Montana, along with two pretty good ones (Eli Manning and Flacco). It also has Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler. Meanwhile, Brady ranks just 43rd by this measure. His postseason record is excellent — 18-8, not counting one game where he was hurt and replaced by Drew Bledsoe. But because the Patriots were favored in most of those games, he doesn’t get much credit for it. You’d have expected them to go about 17-9 based on Elo ratings.Here’s the problem: This way of thinking about quarterbacks forces them to compete against themselves. Sure, the Patriots have often been favored to win their postseason games. But a lot of that is because Brady is their quarterback. How might the Pats have expected to do with a replacement-level QB instead?They might not have been totally hopeless. Brady has usually had a little bit more talent surrounding him than Peyton Manning has. (Matt Cassel, who rates as somewhere between average and replacement-level, led New England to an 11-5 record when Brady was hurt in 2008.) Bill Belichick would probably have snuck them into the playoffs a few times. But they’d also have been playing good opponents. Our method projects them to a 12-14 or 13-13 postseason record rather than Brady’s 18-8.I calculate these estimates based on a quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), a metric that accounts for yardage, attempts, touchdowns, interceptions and sacks — basically it’s a better version of the NFL’s passer rating. A replacement-level quarterback typically posts an ANY/A at about 80 percent of the league average, so a QB gets credit for any performance above and beyond that.1ANY/A is a rate statistic — not a counting stat — so I also evaluate a quarterback’s number of passing attempts during the regular season. I then translate this into points added or subtracted in the regular season2The translation of ANY/A into points is based on a comparison with ESPN’s Total QBR. and translate points into a team’s Elo rating to evaluate the impact the QB had on his team overall.3The formula isEloDiff = (ANY/A+ -80)*Att*0.0025… where ANY/A+ is a quarterback’s ANY/A relative to the league average, Att is his number of passing attempts during the regular season and EloDiff is how many ratings points the QB added or subtracted from his team’s Elo rating as compared with a replacement-level quarterback.It’s notoriously difficult, of course, to distinguish the performance of a quarterback from that of his teammates, but this method produces some reasonable-seeming results. This year’s Green Bay Packers project as a slightly below-average team with a replacement-level guy subbed in for Aaron Rodgers , for instance. Instead of having been 59 percent favorites in their Sunday game against the Cowboys, as they were based on Elo ratings, they’d have been roughly 2-to-1 underdogs.The principle is simply that the better the quarterback, the more his team would be harmed by removing him. In the case of Peyton Manning’s teams, I estimate that pulling Manning would hurt them by about a touchdown (7 points) per game. That’s enough to demote them to a projected 8-16 record in the 24 postseason games Manning has played.We can rerun the numbers for all 180 playoff quarterbacks, comparing each QB’s actual record against the simulated one achieved by replacement-level QBs against the same schedule. By this measure, Peyton Manning moves up to 28th on the postseason list; there’s only about a 10 percent chance that a replacement-level QB could have equalled or bettered his 11-13 record.Eli Manning remains No. 1 overall, but this time in a photo finish over Joe Montana and Kurt Warner. Flacco still rates highly, in fourth place. Brady moves up to No. 6, right behind John Elway. Brett Favre advances to 19th from 78th. While there’s still a Dilfer and a Hostetler here and there, it’s a much better list of quarterbacks.This shouldn’t be surprising: Before, we’d essentially been punishing great QBs for having been great during the regular season. Some have been even greater during the playoffs. Others have reverted to being a little closer to average. Peyton Manning falls into the latter group. His career postseason passer rating entering Sunday’s game was 89.2, less than his 97.5 rating during the regular season but still pretty good. But if the Colts and Broncos haven’t quite had the postseason records you’d hope for with Manning at the helm, they’ve been a heck of a lot better off than they would’ve been with Jim Sorgi. read more

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The Offer That MLB Players Always Refuse Even When They Shouldnt

Jordan Zimmermann2.8 Howie Kendrick2.4 Dexter Fowler1.7 John Lackey2.6 Zack Greinke4.0 Hisashi Iwakuma3.3 Jeff Samardzija2.7 PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFERSPROJECTED WAR Ian Kennedy2.1 Brett Anderson2.0 Wei-Yin Chen2.6 Justin Upton3.0 Ian Desmond1.6 The offer also serves another purpose, which is to reward the offering team with a valuable draft pick if the player should sign with another club; conversely, the signing team loses a draft pick. In practical terms, this has the effect of reducing a player’s value to any other team and making it easier for the original team to re-sign its free agent. In most cases, the draft pick is a small consolation prize for losing a superstar. But when it comes to some marginal players, the possible reward of the pick (worth about 1 WAR) is just enough incentive for a team to extend an offer to a player who might not otherwise be projected to achieve 2 WAR.The choice of whether to accept a qualifying offer is harder from the player’s perspective. The qualifying offer is a low-risk, low-reward option compared with what could be a bigger payday on the free-agent market, although there’s greater uncertainty about how much the payout will be. So far, every single player who has received a qualifying offer has refused it (not counting this year’s crop). In the case of the few players who are not likely worth an offer but still receive one, the near-pathological confidence necessary to be a professional athlete may be the factor compelling them to refuse. In some instances, that’s led to decent players remaining unemployed until mid-year the following season. Just ask Stephen Drew about that.As a result of these incentives, qualifying offer season has become somewhat predictable. The math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every remotely deserving free agent. Without fail, those free agents refuse them, only to find their eventual contract value reduced by the draft pick that their new team had to give up. Chris Davis2.4 Yovani Gallardo1.7 It’s qualifying offer season in Major League Baseball, that most anticlimactic time of year when teams offer one-year deals to a handful of players on the brink of free agency. Those “qualifying offers” are artifacts of a system that was introduced in the last collective bargaining agreement to compensate teams that lose free agents. Every qualifying offer is the same: Teams can offer $15.8 million to impending free agents who weren’t traded in the past year for one more year of service. If a player accepts, he takes the money but sacrifices the chance to see what the market thinks he’s worth. How teams and players should go about offering, accepting and denying qualifying offers are interesting questions.From a team’s perspective, the decision to tender a qualifying offer is relatively straightforward. Each offer is essentially a bet that the player will be worth more than the $15.8 million salary. Since each win above replacement (WAR) costs about $7 million to $8 million on the free-agent market, that wager is equivalent to projecting that a player will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.1The math is slightly more complicated than this when you consider that wins are worth different amounts to playoff contenders versus rebuilding teams and can be afforded more easily by big-market outfits than smaller franchises. In some cases (Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke), that’s an easy bet to take, while in others (Colby Rasmus, Ian Desmond), the projection is a little shakier. Alex Gordon3.5 Jason Heyward4.7 Daniel Murphy2.1 Colby Rasmus0.8 Marco Estrada0.8 Matt Wieters2.2 read more

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Ohio State womens ice hockey sweeps opening series against New Hampshire

OSU freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) watches as sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan (21) pushes the puck up the ice in a game against New Hampshire Oct. 4. at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won 4-3.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s hockey team knew it needed a good start to the season, but getting a good scare wasn’t in the original plans.Following a 1-0 win against New Hampshire on Friday, the Buckeyes completed their home series sweep against the Wildcats with a 4-3 late-game victory Saturday.OSU sophomore forward Claudia Kepler’s goal with 32 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game saved the Buckeyes (2-0-0) from a collapse that saw their early 3-0 lead erased.“We’re really a cohesive unit that’s working well together right now and you can feel the energy in the locker room and while we’re on the bench,” senior forward Kayla Sullivan said. “We’re comfortable working with each other already.”Fresh off a shutout victory on Friday night, OSU jumped out to a quick start on Saturday but was unable to hold its advantage.First period goals by senior forward Danielle Gagne, Sullivan and sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan were answered in the second and third periods when the Wildcats recorded three-consecutive tallies.“I think that we started gambling a little bit and getting away from playing some fundamentally-sound hockey,” OSU coach Nate Handrahan said. “That can’t happen as we go forward.”Kepler’s goal in the waning seconds of Saturday’s game marked her second game-winning goal in as many days.Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as hectic, but still challenged the Buckeyes. Once Kepler’s second-period goal gave OSU a 1-0 lead, the team was forced to defend its advantage the rest of the game.The Buckeye defense faced its biggest test when Gagne took an interference penalty with 3:07 remaining in regulation. OSU’s penalty kill was perfect in the game, as it was on Saturday as well.As a whole, OSU’s special teams success was limited to the penalty kill. The Buckeyes went zero-for-seven on the power play during the series and struggled to find structure with the man advantage.The power play is a work in progress, Handrahan said.OSU allowed a shorthanded goal on Saturday, an occurrence that happened six times last season.In net, the Buckeyes were backstopped  by freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve who picked up a shutout in her first collegiate start. Sauve combined to make 46 saves on 49 shots on the weekend.“Knowing that we have her behind us it gives us the confidence to play more aggressive and maybe a little riskier,” redshirt-sophomore defenseman Bryanna Neuwald said. “It’s comforting.”Next to Sauve, freshman forward Julianna Iafallo was the Buckeyes’ most notable rookie. Iafallo was a top-six forward and had four shots during the series.“I think our freshmen in general are a little bit tentative,” Handrahan said “They’re dipping their toe in the water when I need them to do a cannon ball and get in the pool.”Five freshmen made their Buckeye debuts against New Hampshire.OSU is now undefeated in its last five season openers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at Wisconsin on Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Sunday at 2:07 p.m. read more

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Ohio State womens tennis looks to rebound at Big Ten tournament

Junior Grainne O’Neill serves during a match at the OSU tennis center. The Buckeyes are set for the Big Ten tournament.Credit: Lindsey Oates / Lantern photographerDespite not having any seniors in this year’s lineup, the Ohio State women’s tennis team has fared well, winning a program record of 10 of its 11 Big Ten matches this spring.The No. 18 Buckeyes’ only loss in Big Ten play came on Friday when the Scarlet and Gray faltered at home against the then-No. 14 Michigan Wolverines.With the loss, the Buckeyes let a share of the regular-season Big Ten title slip away, but after defeating Michigan State two days later, OSU has re-routed the ship heading into the Big Ten Tournament.“We know that we’re very well prepared,” junior Grainne O’Neill said. “We’ve put in the work on and off the court and I think that shows. We’re just excited to get started and see how it goes.”The Buckeyes will be seeded in the two slot this weekend in Evanston, Ill., with a first-round bye as they await the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin.OSU has not been at the top of the Big Ten standings since winning the conference in 2000. Coach Melissa Schaub said she is happy with where her team is, and added that the key to winning is to simply keep working for it.“I think we compete really hard,” Schaub said. “I think college tennis is a lot about really good energy, coming out and competing every day, you’re not always going to play your best.“I tell these guys you can probably count on one hand the amount of times they’re going to walk off the court thinking they played unbelievable. The rest of it is just trying to gut it out and find a way.”O’Neill, who won her individual match in two sets against Michigan State, said she is excited for the tournament because it is a chance to be on a big stage and compete in a pressured and sometimes nerve-wracking environment.But her excitement for the challenge wasn’t there in years past.“I think mentally I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” O’Neill said. “And knowing that maybe in years before I might have gotten a little nervous in tight situations but just from playing so many matches I’ve gotten more confident and I know that I can pull off a win eventually if I just keep plugging away.”Schaub said she is proud of O’Neill’s ability to step up in pressure situations, given she is one of the older members of a youthful team.“We are a very young team,” Schaub said. “And for Grainne, who doesn’t know whether she’s going to be in there playing or not until sometimes the day of, she has stepped up huge.”However, in order to go far this weekend in the tournament and possibly get a chance to avenge their only Big Ten loss, it will be a team effort, Schaub said. And she added that she is proud of how the whole team has followed O’Neill’s lead.“I think they’ve all stepped up,” Schaub said of her team. “Certain matches, we’ve had certain people out and other people have had to jump in and step up, and they’ve done that really well. It’s just unbelievable for them and shows the kind of heart they have and the kind of team they are.”Michigan has won the Big Ten regular-season title for six consecutive years after beating the Buckeyes a week ago. But now it is tournament time, and OSU is excited to possibly get a second shot at the Maize and Blue, O’Neill said.“This year we are really, really prepared and we’re excited to play,” O’Neill said. “It’s always been a rivalry. Every time we play Michigan, we’re pumped up, and we just want to get that win and end that streak.”OSU is set to play its first Big Ten Tournament match on Friday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin, who play at the same time on Thursday. read more

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Football JK Dobbins sets sights on becoming Ohio State legend

Ohio State then-sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) flexes after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTony Alford likes to describe the relationship he has with his running backs as one a father has with his son: You have to love them, but you don’t have to like them. J.K. Dobbins knows this. When Alford called out to the junior running back, asking if he knew his coach didn’t like him, Dobbins’ response was quick. “I know,” Dobbins said. “You love me.” For Alford, that’s parenthood. That relationship with Dobbins has not changed. One thing has changed for the running back heading into his third season: he will be the No. 1 running back for the Buckeyes, not splitting carries with a 1A, 1B on the depth chart. He will be the guy. That is something Dobbins for which is prepared. “If you give me the ball 30 times, I’m a still be all right,” Dobbins said. “I’m going to make sure I find a way to be all right.” Dobbins plans to be the same running back with the same goals and running with the same confidence he has always had in the backfield.But his approach is different. It’s one he developed with the humility he had to learn this past season when he split carries with running back Mike Weber.Moving into his freshman season, Dobbins, according to Alford, was hungry, excelling in every single rep he took, working hard to be the best running back he could be.Then, Dobbins found success. In the words of his running back coach, he had arrived. In his sophomore season, sharing carries with Weber when he was healthy, Alford said Dobbins was always trying to take advantage of the number of touches he received, trying to make a huge play on every opportunity he was given. Alford said Dobbins was worried about what he could not control, leading to frustration on the football field. Heading into the offseason, Alford’s goal was to not let his No. 1 running back overthink. “Your plate is very full. Worry about what is on your plate, and let me and us worry about what we are doing over here,” Alford said. “You just do what you are supposed to do.” As he watched film, looking at what went wrong in his second season, Dobbins said he did not see the explosiveness that he showed his freshman season.Despite receiving more touches than in his first year, Dobbins’ running totals declined, averaging 4.6 yards per carry compared with the 7.2 yards per carry he averaged in 2017. Heading into the 2019 season, Dobbins’ main goal is to get back to the 7.2.“Last year, it was a down year for me,” Dobbins said. “Going back and looking at my freshman year, I want to be back that way.” So Dobbins began what Ohio State head coach Ryan Day coined as the white belt mentality: starting over and asking to be practiced as if he were a freshman running back in his first collegiate practices. Day said, with this mentality taken from martial arts, aspects of his game can be cleaned up and corrected. The head coach said that in practice Dobbins was running with a cornerback one-on-one and jumped up in the air to make a cut. Instead, the running back should have kept his foot in the ground, making the cut without jumping. And after that play, that’s what he worked on continuously.  “We really replicated the same play for him in practice and he made that change of direction, stuck his foot in the ground without getting in the air and then broke it for a big play,” Day said.Day said he has not seen that kind of mentality from a lot of guys with the ceiling Dobbins has: to seek critiques in his game as a former freshman All-American. “He’s listening, he’s working, he wants to get better, and he has that mentality,” Day said. It’s something Dobbins wants to do. Alford said Dobbins went to him, wanting to practice with that same humility, to be broken down to lead to success. “He’s practicing like he did when he was a true freshman,” Alford said. “This is exactly what I wanted.” That drive is not new for Dobbins. It’s just getting back to the mindset he had before his freshman year, when he had to play for a spot on the depth chart. Even though it’s a given what his role will be in the upcoming 2019 season, one of only a few questions for the Ohio State offense that has been answered, Dobbins is working for more than the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. He is working for a place in the Ohio State history books. “I just want to be legendary,” Dobbins said. “I want to be like Ezekiel Elliott and Archie Griffin, guys like that. Write my name in stone.” read more

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Softball Ohio State continues Big Ten play against Michigan State

Ohio State sophomore outfielder Summer Constable (00) leads off of the base at Buckeye Field. Ohio State defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a 4-3 win against Ohio, the Ohio State softball team (26-14, 9-5 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State (15-25, 3-9 Big Ten) in a three-game series to continue Big Ten action.  “In general, they are a very good hitting team,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “We will have to come up with a good plan to beat that.”The hitting strength of Spartans is led by the Echols sisters: senior outfielder Ebonee Echols and freshman third baseman Charla Echols. Charla Echols and Ebonee Echols lead the team with a .360 and .356 batting average, respectively. Sophomore outfielder Katie Quinlan has recorded a .321 batting average off 34 hits, while scoring 25 runs overall this season.“They are a good hitting team, so we are gonna try to put on more runs than them,” Ohio State senior shortstop Lilli Piper said. “Just try to play solid and defense as possible.”However, Michigan State’s pitchers have not provided the same level of support for the Spartans, owning a 5.02 team ERA in 2019. Michigan State’s sophomore pitcher Alli Walker has recorded a 4.54 ERA and 7-9 season record so far. Comparatively, Ohio State has maintained a 2.13 team ERA this season. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray has maintained a 2.13 ERA and 11-6 season record, striking out 120 batters in 131.2 innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Rice has recorded a 2.26 ERA and 14-4 season record. This past season, Ohio State swept the Spartans in three games. However, the Buckeyes lost two of the three games between the two teams in 2017. “Traditionally through the years, this had been a really competitive series,” Schoenly said.Heading into the series, Shoenly said Ohio State needs to continue its momentum from its past two games: pitching and hitting well. The opener of the three-game series between Ohio State and Michigan State will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.  The second game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Police investigate after five kittens thrown at moving train in Norfolk

first_img“The four surviving kittens have since been taken to Foxy lodge wildlife rescue centre in Hemsbury where their injuries have been treated.”Do you have information which can help officers investigate?” The British Transport Police can be reached by text on 61016, or 0800 40 50 40 by phone.Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.Cuddling kittens can kill you, warn scientistsDefenceless kittens thrown out of moving car in ‘disgusting’ incident “I am very keen to hear from anyone who might have information which can help us investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.”A spokesperson from the RSPCA said: “This sounds like a horrific incident for these poor kittens. “Deliberate cruelty to animals is unacceptable and we would urge anyone with any information about this to come forward and contact the British Transport Police as soon as possible.”  The British Transport Police wrote on Facebook: “Someone threw five kittens at a train near Norwich last Thursday. Sadly, one of the kittens died and we need your help investigating. Officers attended the scene at Lingwood station and found the cats. The four live kittens were recovered and taken to Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Hemsby, Norfolk, where they are being treated.Two have now been re-homed.Police Sergeant Alan Bowell told Sky News: “No animal should ever be subjected to such cruelty. Thankfully, not all the kittens were killed during this dreadful ordeal and they are being well looked after. Five kittens were hurled at a moving train, killing one and leaving the rest traumatised.British Transport Police are on the hunt for the person who threw the litter at the train travelling from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.The event occurred around 5.20pm on Thursday 15 September, with the train driver reporting he saw the animals being thrown from the undergrowth as he drove past.The adult cat was already dead before the incident, and its body was found near the scene. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Lads I caught some fin big Three friends find giant 7ft tuna

first_img“This last week we have had some massive tides so it’s probably followed the salmon and everything else up the river,” he said.”You do not usually get tuna in British waters but as the water temperature increases, they are getting spotted more and more.”The water temperature in the River Severn is about 17C, which is really warm for this time of year. That means all the fish from the west coast of France, the Bay of Biscay for instance, come around the corner and into the Bristol Channel. A 7ft-long tuna fish has been found dead in the River Severn near Gloucester – hundreds of miles from its normal habitat in warm sea waters.Friends Kevin Brady, Steve Burgess and Alec Foster found the giant fish in the estuary at Minsterworth, Glos, at the weekend when they were paddle boarding.It had been washed up into the side of the river better known for salmon and elvers. Steve spotted it on his jet ski and came to myself and Alec on our paddle boards. He was shouting ‘I’ve found a 7ft fish!’ We didn’t believe him, thinking it must be a cow or somethingKevin Brady “Basically the big fish follow the smaller fish and climate change means they come in further.”Mr Francis said that in years gone by, North East ports were known for excellent tuna fishing and the rich would go there on their yachts to try and catch the species that are now more likely to be found in a can.And although the fish in the Severn looks like a whopper, it probably can’t compete with a 526lb tuna found off the coast of Scarborough.The World Wildlife Fund say if fish were cars, tuna would be the Ferraris of the ocean world as they are sleek, powerful, and made for speed.There are several species but the Atlantic bluefin can reach 10ft in length and weigh as much as 1500 pounds, more than a horse, and can swim up to 43 miles per hour across long distances.”Some tuna are born in the Gulf of Mexico, cross the entire Atlantic Ocean to feed off the coast of Europe, and then swim all the way back to the Gulf to breed,” the WWF says.center_img Mr Brady, who last year became the first person ever to swim the full length of the 220-mile River Severn, showed off his catch of the day on social media.Mr Brady, 33, said: “Steve spotted it on his jet ski and came to myself and Alec on our paddle boards.”He was shouting ‘I’ve found a 7ft fish!’ We didn’t believe him, thinking it must be a cow or something.”Mr Brady added: “It wasn’t until we got right up next to it we realised it was a fish.”Dai Francis, of the Severn and Wye Smokery at Minsterworth, said he was not surprised to hear a tuna had come so far upriver. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Family dog rescues boy spinning in tumble dryer

first_imgFive-year-old Riley Gedge-Duffy, from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland, suffered painful burns after accidentally shutting himself in a tumble dryer over the weekend.Riley, who has Downs Syndrome, was rescued after his family’s pet dog, a cockapoo named Teddy, raised the alarm – and his family say his injuries would have been far worse had Riley not been there to help.Aaron Duffy, the boy’s father, told the Press Association: “My wife was upstairs hoovering at the time and the dog ran upstairs and basically went berserk so she knew something was not right. Credit:Aaron Duffy/PA Wire “When she went downstairs she saw our older son watching TV and asked ‘where’s Riley?’The dog was barking like mad and running backwards and forwards to the tumble dryer, but because it was so dark inside she could not see where Riley was.“They could hear banging and crashing and could see his iPad going round and round. We suspect he was inside for a couple of minutes. She pulled Riley out and started pouring cold water over him.”I arrived home about 40 seconds later, stripped him and took him into the shower to cover him in cold water. After that I dialled 999.” Riley received hospital treatment following his ordeal. Riley was taken to the Ulster hospital in Dundonald, where he was treated for burns and bruising to his head. He’s now understood to be recovering well. 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. Riley received hospital treatment following his ordeal.Credit:Aaron Duffy/PA Wire “It doesn’t bear thinking about what might have happened if the dog had not been there,” said Mr Duffy.“It angers me, really, when I think about what could have happened. Kids have suffocated and the heat drawing the air could have killed Riley quicker. Only for our dog reacting the way she did, my wife would not have known something was up.” Rileylast_img read more

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