More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 23, 2016),1Note for you Hot Takedown diehards: We’ll be posting the podcast to the site on Wednesdays from now on, but the pod will continue to be released on Tuesday evenings. we ask why Canadian hockey teams have failed to win the Stanley Cup for the past 20-odd years and whether that makes them unlucky or just bad, we make our first foray into the world of Nascar and wonder why Daytona 500 finishes are only getting closer, and we explain how Anthony Davis’s 59/20 game was a throwback to another era of the NBA. Plus a significant digit on Rachel Banham, the Big Ten basketball player ripping up the college game.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:In 2013, Nate Silver looked into why Canadian hockey teams were in the midst of a Stanley Cup drought.Neil Paine wrote about championship droughts, and how they’re sometimes not as bad as they seem.David Smith on why Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the most likely driver to win the Daytona 500.If you’re looking for a motorsports analytics fix, here is Smith’s Motorsports Analytics website.Paine put Anthony Davis’s great game in historical context.Zach Lowe asked whether the Golden State Warriors should sign Kevin Durant.The Warriors should give the ball to Steph Curry more, according to Ben Morris.Significant Digit: 2. That’s the number of 50-point games Minnesota’s Rachel Banham has produced this month.CORRECTION (Feb. 24, 2:53 p.m.): Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the driver predicted by David Smith to win the Daytona 500. It was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. not David Earnhardt Jr.
Quarterback Tom Brady has injured his left knee in 11-on-11 drills in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.According to sources, defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn pushed Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder into Brady’s leg, just after he threw an incomplete pass. Brady immediately fell to the ground and clutched his leg.On the Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said in an interview that Brady’s status “hopefully did not appear to be that bad.”“I understand from people who were standing out here it may have looked serious,” Kraft said. “I don’t have a definitive answer. And in classic Bill Belichick fashion I will tell you a little bit more though and just say I don’t believe it’s serious, but I do not know.”Clayborn told the media outlets after practice that he was bull-rushing Solder on the play and the Patriots player fell back into Brady.“You always have to stay away from the quarterback but if you have a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going,” Clayborn said after the practice session.Brady limped to the sideline and missed one play before rejoining and finishing the drill.
Magic Johnson said the Lakers are due to meet with Lonzo Ball in a couple of weeks. (David Alex Films/Vimeo)Magic Johnson thinks LaVar Ball has something in common with Kris Jenner and, no, that’s not a diss to the outspoken basketball dad.Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, addressed reports that the Lakers are interested in Ball’s son, Lonzo, a former guard at UCLA. Johnson said the team will be scheduling an interview with him in a couple of weeks and he isn’t worried about LaVar Ball being a distraction.“I don’t look at any parent, when it comes to a professional league, that will be a problem,” Johnson said to “Best of ESPNLA.” “We’ve always had parents who love their sons or daughters who play in professional golf or basketball, whatever, who are getting involved and get excited and also who think their child is the best. …“I have no problem with LaVar.”He likened LaVar Ball to Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, who launched her family into reality TV stardom with the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” after the leak of her daughter Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.“The Kardashians, we didn’t say that the mom was bad and she made them a lot of money, right?” Johnson said. “She’s bragged on her daughters. And I think it’s the same here. He’s just saying, ‘Hey, my son is great.’ It’s nothing bad with that. [The Lakers are] not looking at LaVar being a problem if we’re blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo.”Johnson applauded LaVar Ball for being involved in the lives of his sons, LiAngelo, LaMelo and Lonzo.“I’m happy that a father goes around and says great things about his son[s],” he said. “It seems like it hasn’t bothered Lonzo, so that’s what we really have to look at. This young man has been a champion in high school and then he’s gone on to have a stellar career at UCLA and his father was talking at that time, but it didn’t bother him.“So, as long as it doesn’t bother him, it’s not gonna bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court, right?”
Colin Kaepernick has seemingly been blackballed by the NFL over his national anthem protest last season.(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti confirmed Sunday, July 30, that the team is still weighing its options for a new quarterback, with blacklisted footballer Colin Kaepernick among the list of potential candidates.The news didn’t go over so well with some Ravens fans, however.NFL Network analyst Micheal Silver tweeted that the team “has heard from numerous fans regarding Kaepernick in the last couple of days, many staunchly opposed to his signing,” an unsurprising response following the free agent’s controversial national anthem protest last year.To the displeasure of so-called “patriots” and die-hard football fans, Kaepernick utilized his platform to speak out against state-sanctioned violence and racial injustices faced by Black people in America. Now, some of the Ravens’ fans are doing all they can to make it clear they don’t want him signed by the Baltimore-based team — or any NFL team, for that matter.Fans issued a similar response earlier this year when the New York Giants announced it was considering the former San Francisco 49er for a spot on the team. The idea was quickly shot down by fans, however.“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Giants co-owner John Mara told Sports Illustrated in May. ” ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game,’ [the fans wrote]. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot.”“It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into,” Mara continued.Though Bisciotti is still considering Kaepernick for his team, the owner said he isn’t quite sure that the quarterback will help the Ravens pull out more wins.“We are monitoring Joe [Flacco and his back injury],” Bisciotti at a recent NFL fan forum. “We’ve talked to Joe about it. We are monitoring [backup Ryan] Mallett and keeping our door open. We’ve talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout.“We’re trying to figure what’s the right tact,” he added. “Pray for us.”ESPN reported that the Ravens have discussed the possibility of bringing Kaepernick on with both current and former players — including Ray Rice, who was once charged with double murder. On a Monday morning edition of “Undisputed,” Lewis and host Shannon Sharpe passionately debated whether or not signing Kaepernick would hurt the Ravens’ brand.The retired Raven contended that the issues of police brutality and racial injustice aren’t the fight of the NFL and its owners, and should be a non-issue in such an arena. Sharpe strongly [email protected] and @ShannonSharpe passionately debate the Ravens considering to sign Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/3yCEfzlhrK— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 31, 2017Linebacker Terrell Suggs, the Ravens’ longest-tenured player, told the sports network he would be accepting of Kaepernick if he was picked up by the team.“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” Suggs said. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.”
Sometimes chemistry in sports is created; other times it just comes naturally. However that connection comes about, it is necessary to be successful. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has two sophomore attackers, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo, who have a special relationship both on and off the field. “On the field, everything clicks,” Tundo said. “It just seems to work — there’s a chemistry there that’s kind of automatic.” Last season, as freshmen, Schuss and Tundo were OSU’s two leading scorers. Schuss finished the 2010 campaign with 31 goals and 25 assists for 56 points, and Tundo added 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points. Schuss’ play in 2010 led to him being named Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-American. “He’s a great player. He’s one of the best players, I think, in the country,” Tundo said. “It’s just easy to play with him.” The two display their combined talents on the field, but also became good friends when they arrived at OSU. “I usually get a ride home from practice with Jeff,” Schuss said. “We’re all about driving around with the windows down, having the sunroof open and blasting some tunes and dancing out.” The type of music they enjoy might surprise some people. “Right now we’re kind of in the techno stage,” Schuss said. “We’re all about the techno.” OSU coach Nick Myers said he also noticed something special between the two almost instantly, even though they came from different areas. Schuss hails from Ladner, British Columbia, and Tundo from Orchard Park, N.Y. “They come from very different places,” Myers said, “but have immediately found chemistry with each other the moment they stepped on campus.” In OSU’s 13-8 upset victory against No. 3-ranked North Carolina (1-1) on Saturday, Schuss and Tundo played a large role in leading the Buckeyes to their third straight victory. Schuss led the way for OSU (3-0), scoring three goals and handing out two assists. Tundo added one goal and one assist, which was to Schuss. Tied, 6-6, at halftime, the Buckeyes started the second half with four goals in the first 4:11. Of those goals, Tundo scored the first and Schuss scored the next two. Tundo has 7 goals and 3 assists, and Schuss has 4 goals and 3 assists this season. Schuss said the two do not live together but have talked about being roommates their senior year. Apart from playing lacrosse, they spend a lot of time together. “(Schuss) loves to dance. He’s a big dancer,” Tundo said. “He’s just a really funny kid.” Schuss said Tundo has some funny moments too, making fun of his teammates. “He likes to mimic other guys on our team,” Schuss said. “For me, he likes to poke fun at my Canadian accent. He loves doing that.” Whether they are on the field or off, it is not hard to see the connection the two have developed. The Buckeyes say they are hopeful Schuss and Tundo can lead the team the rest of the season. “I think the sky is the limit for those two,” Myers said. “They’re as competitive as any of the guys on our team. They aren’t satisfied and know they can get better.”
Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorA trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ended up mostly successful for the Ohio State field hockey team, as it took a top-15 team to overtime on Friday before grabbing an easy win the next day.In its first overtime appearance of the season, OSU fell short to the No. 11 Wake Forest Deacons (3-1) by a score of 3-2 on Friday. The offense stayed strong through the second half with sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey and senior forward Peanut Johnson in charge of both goals, which occurred a mere nine seconds apart in the second half. On those two scores, sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile contributed her first two assists of the season.A one-goal lead was maintained by OSU until the 57th minute, when Wake Forest’s Jule Grashoff scored a goal with an assist from teammate Heather Wiley, pushing the game to overtime with a score of 2-2. Only a minute and 19 seconds of extra time later, Wake Forest’s Megan Anderson netted the game-winning goal. The Buckeyes led the game in saves, with sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro pulling out eight stops for the second game in a row. Despite Friday’s loss, OSU (2-2) came out on top the next day, scoring a season record of five goals against Missouri State (0-3) and taking the win with a final score of 5-0. Outshooting Missouri 14-3 in the first half alone, the Buckeyes’ high energy and determination was evident from the start at Kentner Stadium. Senior back and captain Emma Royce opened the scoring in the 21st minute to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead. After opening up the second half with an unassisted goal from junior midfielder Paige Hamilton less than three minutes in, OSU increased its lead to 3-0 with Royce scoring just three minutes later off a pass from Johnson.In the 53rd minute, Humphrey scored off an assist from Kile, making it her fourth goal of the year and Kile’s third assist this weekend. The fifth and final score was registered by junior forward Mercedes Hamilton near the 60-minute mark for the first score of her career, with an assist from sophomore forward Lauren Archibald. The Buckeyes walked off the field outshooting Missouri 21-7 and leading penalty corners 9-5. Tamburro held the shutout with five total saves for her second win of the season. The Buckeyes are next set to compete on their home field on Friday against Ball State at 3:30 p.m.
Mr Atkinson’s family welcomed the announcement and expressed its desire for a “robust” investigation.In a statement released through charity INQUEST, it said: “We are still in shock as to the circumstances in which Dalian died. We are determined to get justice for him, which means getting to the truth.”We welcome the IPCC’s decision that this will be a criminal investigation and emphasise their request that there should be no speculation in the media as to what happened to Dalian, as this could prejudice the criminal investigation and any potential prosecution.”We ask that anyone with information about what happened to Dalian in the early hours of Monday August 15 2016 contacts the IPCC.”We are looking to the IPCC to carry out a thorough and robust investigation that will ultimately provide transparency and accountability. Dalian’s memory requires nothing less.” He scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for the Birmingham side between 1991 and 1995, before going on to play less successfully for teams including Turkish side Fenerbahce and Manchester City. He ended his playing career in South Korea in 2001.Police use of Tasers, which are intended as a non-lethal weapon, went up slightly last year with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales, a 2% rise on the previous year.However, of those, 19 per cent (1,921) were discharges – a decrease of three per cent from the previous year. We are determined to get justice for him, which means getting to the truthStatement from Inquest charity Dalian Atkinson, who scored 23 goals for Aston Villa between 1991 and 1995, was reportedly suffering from a number of health issuesCredit:Sean Dempsey/PA Mr Atkinson’s brother Kenroy, 53, previously said the ex-Premier League star had undergone dialysis for kidney failure and was “in a manic state and depressed” at the time of the incident.He said his brother had attacked their 85-year-old father Ernest at his home before police were called to the scene.West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns “for the safety of an individual” and then deployed the stun guns.Mr Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting his career at Ipswich Town then playing for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa. “A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.”The IPCC investigation is at an early stage, and the position will be kept under review as the investigation progresses.”The watchdog will look into the level and type of force used during the incident.Relatives said Mr Atkinson was “not in his right mind”, was suffering a number of health issues and had a weak heart when he was hit with the weapon at about 1.30am.He went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance on his way to hospital and medics were unable to save him.IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “Having carefully considered the evidence gathered so far, we are undertaking a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Atkinson’s death and the level and type of force used.”Two police officers will be interviewed under criminal caution by IPCC investigators.” Two West Mercia officers are under criminal investigation following the death of ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police.The 48-year-old died 90 minutes after a West Mercia Police officer shot him with a stun gun in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire, in the early hours of Monday.The retired striker’s death is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which said it would carry out “a full and thorough” inquiry.In a statement the IPCC said: “Two West Mercia Police officers have been advised they are under criminal investigation and are also being served with gross misconduct notices. 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’ll pay for what she’s donewhat Michael Lane is alleged to have said The case is ongoing at Lewes Crown CourtCredit:Alamy Miss Grice was told that there were no further lines of inquiry and that the case would be left on file. Then on July 12, more than a month before she was killed, Miss Grice reported to police being followed by Lane.Jurors heard police treated the incident as “low risk”, but that the investigating officer would be made aware.On August 25, Lane allegedly waited until Miss Grice was alone in her shared bungalow before letting himself in and slitting her throat and torching her bedroom, in Chrisdory Road in the Mile Oak area of Brighton, East Sussex. Miss Grice’s killer had dismantled the smoke alarm in the hallway and disposed of broken pieces of it under her bed, prosecutors have told jurors.Her body was found face down on the bed in her smoke-filled room after her concerned colleagues reported she had failed to arrive at work.Lane, who got to know Miss Grice while they worked at Brighton Fire Alarms, is accused of murdering her after she decided to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ashley Cooke.Prosecutors claim Lane refused to accept their break-up and decided no-one else could have a relationship with Miss Grice, telling a friend: “She’ll pay for what she’s done.”Jurors have heard Lane stalked her in the months before the killing, and placed a tracker device on her car.At the opening of the defence case, Lane was asked directly by his counsel, Simon Russell Flint QC, whether he murdered Miss Grice. Michael Lane is accused of murderCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL for The Telegraph A teenager was issued with a fixed penalty notice by police for wasting time after complaining about an assault by her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly went on to murder her, a court heard.Police were called after Michael Lane, 27, pulled 19-year-old Shana Grice’s hair and tried to grab her mobile phone last March 24, a jury was told.Prosecutors said the incident happened as she walked down a road after leaving her home, unhappy that he had turned up unannounced, with her two housemates following a visit to a pub.Lewes Crown Court heard Lane was spoken to by police and denied Miss Grice’s claims, before showing officers messages apparently confirming she wanted to be with him.In a list of agreed facts read by junior prosecution counsel Amy Packham, no further action was taken against Lane. In front of a public gallery packed with friends and relatives of Miss Grice, Lane replied: “No.” Lane said he took Miss Grice’s back door key and let himself in because he wanted to “find out why we ended so abruptly”. But jurors heard Miss Grice was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to disclose she had been in a relationship with Lane, and for “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report”.The month before, Miss Grice complained to police about being stalked by Lane and about her car tyres being deflated.And on July 9, Lane was cautioned by police and told to stay away from Miss Grice after he stole a back door key from her home and let himself in, before watching her sleeping and leaving, the court heard.The following day, Miss Grice reported to police receiving around seven calls from a withheld number, including one with heavy breathing, which she said she believed was related to the incident the day before. 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. He added: “I just wanted some answers for why the relationship had ended. I thought I shouldn’t be there.”Lane denied being responsible for letting down or cutting Miss Grice’s tyres or making heavy breathing phone calls to her from a withheld number.But he admitted leaving a note on Mr Cooke’s car which read: “Dear Ash, Shana has and always will cheat on you. Happy New Year.”Lane said he left the note because he claimed Miss Grice had been cheating on Mr Cooke with both himself and another man called Wayne.Lane also admitted fitting a tracker device to Miss Grice’s car about a month before the killing but said he did not know why. Lane, of Portslade, denies murder. The trial continues.
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. An eight-year-old girl who died after being trapped by falling logs in a forest was described by her family yesterday as a precious child whose smile would “light up a room”. Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstancesCredit:PA Local residents said the tragedy would have a “massive impact” on the rural community. Kayla died at the scene after becoming trapped under logs in Barcaldine forest while her friend was airlifted to the Lorn and Highlands hospital in Oban.Margaret Adams, of the local community council, told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: ”Even if people don’t know the child they will know the family, in a small community. It really will have quite an affect on the locals.” She added: “The signs make it very clear that they don’t want people to go up because there will be heavy machinery and logs stacked.”A spokesman for Forest Enterprise Scotland said: “Our thoughts are with the family and their friends at this very difficult time and we offer them our deepest condolences.”We will now focus on working with the site contractor, Tilhill Forestry, and the Health and Safety Executive as investigations into this tragic incident continue.” Kayla MacDonald died in woods near Benderloch, north of Oban, on Sunday afternoon. A 12-year-old girl who was with her is in stable condition in hospital.Logging work has been taking place in the area for several months and local residents said there were warning signs in place telling people not to enter the commercial forest on the slopes of Ben Lora.Kayla’s family, from nearby Dunbeg, issued a statement calling her a fun-loving eight-year-old who was “loved by everyone around her”. They added: “Kayla’s smile would light up a room. She attended Rockfield’s Gaelic Medium where she was fluent in Gaelic.”Our wee girl loved music and dance as well as doing hair, nails and make up. Kayla has two younger brothers who along with the rest of her family and friends will miss her dearly.”