Podcast Hockeys Modern Dynasty NBA Finals And A Baseball Hacking Scandal

Embed Code Video Excerpt: Baseball, Big Data, And Espionage More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 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 this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 16, 2015), we discuss how LeBron James could win the NBA Finals MVP even if his team loses, whether the Chicago Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty, and the news that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked data from the Houston Astros. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week, on the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the Blackhawks are a dynasty.The Cardinals are accused of hacking the Astros.Last year, Bloomberg profiled “Ground Control” and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.Neil Paine on how proprietary data is a growing issue in pro sports.Neil Paine on LeBron James possibly going down as the greatest loser ever.Benjamin Morris offers another story about how great James is.Significant Digit: 6 percent. That was Colombia’s win probability going into its game with France, according to our Women’s World Cup predictions. Colombia won 2-0, the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history. read more

Manny Machados Huge Payday Makes Sense For The Padres

Diamondbacks79-83Zack Greinke2016-21206.5 Angels85-77Albert Pujols2012-21240.0 Machado’s top speed, 26.3 feet per second, was the same in each of the past two seasons and up slightly from 2016 (26.1 second). Machado averaged 27.4 seconds in 2015, the first year Statcast cameras tracked player movement. His sprint speed split times, including his initial burst — his first 5 feet (0.55 seconds) — were also the same in each of the past two seasons.One debate entering this offseason was whether Harper or Machado was the better free-agent bet. But what Machado offers that Harper does not, in addition to consistency, is the ability to play on the left side of the infield.After playing shortstop last season, when he was the third-worst defensive shortstop in the game, Machado figures to transition with San Diego back to third base, where he has been elite. Machado has ranked as above average in defensive runs saved in every year he has played third. He was second in baseball in defensive runs saved in 2013 (35), trailing only Andrelton Simmons. He won Gold Glove awards at third in 2013 and 2015.The Padres made a big push late in the offseason to sign one of the best free agents of all time. And even it at record dollar amount, it will be worth the cost if it coincides with the young Padres coming of age. Nationals96-66Max Scherzer2015-21$210.0m Tigers95-67Prince Fielder2012-20214.0 Tigers74-87Miguel Cabrera2016-23248.0 Mariners71-91Robinson Cano2014-23240.0 Rangers71-91Alex Rodriguez2001-10252.0 Marlins75-85Giancarlo Stanton2015-27325.0 Losing teams are often willing to payLargest contracts signed in MLB history Yankees94-68Alex Rodriguez2008-17275.0 Reds90-72Joey Votto2014-23225.0 Dodgers92-70Clayton Kershaw2014-20215.0 San Diego has Baseball America’s top-rated farm system, including consensus top-five prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who figures to slot in at shortstop next to Machado in the not-too-distant future. The Padres have a number of other potential future stars and contributors in prospects like Mackenzie Gore (pitcher), Luis Urias (middle infield), Francisco Mejia (catcher), Adrian Morejon (pitcher), Chris Paddack (pitcher) and Luis Patino (pitcher).And if Machado makes good or exceeds his 5-WAR forecast for the coming season, perhaps he can help the Padres creep into the postseason picture even sooner. Machado has produced at least 5.7 WAR in four out of his past five full seasons2He put up 2.3 WAR in his injury-shortened 2014. and has played in at least 156 games five times since 2013. The four-time All-Star has averaged 31 home runs per 162 games and has won two Gold Glove awards at third base.Baseball America editor J.J. Cooper speculates that the Padres could further accelerate their timetable by trading for veteran pitching: Signing ClubPrev. season recordPlayerYearsGuaranteed dollars The San Diego Padres may have surprised some on Tuesday when they reached a record-setting agreement with Manny Machado — ending a lengthy wait for a star free agent — but the match is an ideal fit for the club and player. Machado will receive the biggest deal ever for a free agent, while a club that is traditionally not a big spender and hasn’t reached the postseason since 2006 will add an in-his-prime, superstar-level player to play alongside one of the most enviable collections of young talent in the sport.Machado’s overall production and youth make him one of the most appealing free agents in baseball history. The former Oriole and Dodger has produced the 26th most wins above replacement among position players through age 25 in baseball history (33.8), according to Baseball-Reference.com. For comparison, fellow 26-year-old free agent Bryce Harper is 41st (27.4). And of those players ranked ahead of him, Alex Rodriguez was the last player who was younger when he entered the open market — coming off his age 24 season in signing with the Texas Rangers in 2001.In signing for a reported $300 million over 10 years, Machado will break Rodriguez’s 11-year-old record ($275 million) for a free-agent contract set in 2008, his second mega-contract.1Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year contract extension with the Marlins was the largest deal overall. The deal is also the largest free-agent pact in North American pro sports history. Machado’s agreement includes an opt out in the fifth year.As the Rangers and Rodriguez did with his first free-agent deal, the Padres and Machado prove that not all major contracts are signed by clubs coming off winning seasons, looking for an extra push to get them a title. The Padres recorded 96 losses a year ago and were projected by FiveThirtyEight entering Tuesday to win 73 games this season.Of the 12 previous contracts exceeding $200 million in baseball history, six were awarded to players by teams with losing records the previous season: Giancarlo Stanton (contract extension) with the Marlins in 2015, Rodriguez with the Rangers in 2001, Robinson Cano with the Mariners in 2014, David Price with the Red Sox in 2016, Miguel Cabrera with the Tigers in 2016 (contract extension) and Zack Greinke with the Diamondbacks in 2016. Only Greinke and Price have reached the playoffs with their signing teams, and the Padres are in a much stronger position than any of those clubs. Source: Cot’s Baseball Contracts Machado’s deal exceeded many expectations. On the eve of free agency in November, the FanGraphs crowd predicted a deal of 8.6 years on average at $273 million for Machado. In January, when asked again, the crowd’s prediction fell to 7.9 years and $233 million, a 15 percent drop in dollars.Padres chairman Ron Fowler is now a big-spending outlier for a second straight offseason. The Machado deal comes almost exactly a year after the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million deal. (The Padres hope for far more than Hosmer’s replacement-level, -0.1 WAR debut season, according to the FanGraphs metric.) And like Hosmer, Machado could have some of his offensive numbers decline by playing in what is typically a pitcher’s park.The Padres did figure to have some financial flexibility, finishing last season ranked 22nd in payroll. Machado’s record deal should pause the offseason talk of tanking and collusion at least for a few news cycles.The Padres are trying to compete with the Dodgers, who appear set for sustained success in the NL West. They now indisputably have what they tried to purchase last year with Hosmer: a centerpiece to build a lineup around. While Machado can hit for power, hit for average and capably play the field, he’s not one for sprinting. Much was made of Machado’s lack of urgency last postseason, when he said hustling is not his “cup of tea” after appearing to not run out a ground ball in Game 2 of the NLCS at Milwaukee:Some speculated that his lack of hustle could cost him in free agency. But $300 million later, that thinking seems misguided. And there’s reason to believe the lack of hustle is not a recent development or much of a major concern as it relates to his overall value.In 2017, Statcast began measuring a metric called “sprint speed,” which consists of two measurements: home-to-first times on weakly hit ground balls and speed when advancing two or more bases (except for instances when a runner was on second base at the time of an extra-base hit). Red Sox78-84David Price2016-22217.0 Padres66-96Manny Machado2019-28300.0 read more

Womens basketball No 1 seed Ohio State dismantles No 9 seed Northwestern

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to move he ball inside against No. 9 seed Northwestern on March 3 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU won, 99-68. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports directorINDIANAPOLIS — The No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-5) is heading to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, dominating ninth seed Northwestern 99-68. The Buckeyes tied the tournament record for most points scored, set by themselves against Penn State in 2014. The Buckeyes were led in points and assists by Big Ten Player of the Year junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 27 points and four assists. Mitchell historically has dominated in the Big Ten Tournament averaging close to 30 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game.Mitchell was followed by senior forward Shayla Cooper, who scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ohio State started off the first quarter with a quick pace. Mitchell was the first to put points on the board, hitting a deep three.“Coach put a really big emphasis on coming out strong from the gate,” Cooper said. “Like you said, we had four days off, a lot of time in the gym to get better. And we just took this game as a step forward to get better … We wanted to get out running, because we knew they played yesterday,”Mitchell wasted no time getting onto the score sheet, nailing the first shot of the game from 3. The Buckeyes, then, went into their full court press, and caused fits for Northwestern. OSU was able to get its hands on the ball and force Northwestern to turn the ball over eight times in the first, holding Northwestern to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field. On offense, the Buckeyes found their mark early, hitting 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc in the first.  “It was always going right for our team,” Mitchell said. “I think we jumped out really aggressively on the defensive end. It put us in a good position to take off in the right time, and get ourselves right.”OSU’s defense continued to disrupt Northwestern in the second quarter, forcing another eight turnovers and getting some of the Wildcats in foul trouble. Northwestern’s leading scorers senior forward Nia Coffey and senior guard Ashley Deary were called for three fouls before halftime. Offensively, the Buckeyes continued to shoot hot from deep. OSU hit nine shots from the 3-point line before the half. The Buckeyes had offensive output from their whole team, with nine players getting on the scoreboard before the half.In the second half, OSU continued its pace of play, showing consistency that has been absent at times this season. The Buckeyes also dominated the Wildcats in rebounding with freshman forward Tori McCoy dominating the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots.Bench play was a key for OSU throughout, as junior forward Alexa Hart and redshirt junior guard Linae Harper each picked up 11 points.“I think our bench in general really gave us a huge lift today,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.Northwestern was led by Coffey, who fouled out with five minutes left in the last quarter of play. Coffey scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and a block. She was followed by Deary with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Buckeyes will look to carry their momentum into the semifinal game, facing either No. 5 seed Purdue or No. 4 seed Indiana at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Nicholas McWilliams contributed quotes from Indianapolis. read more

Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh learning from offfield mistakes to grow

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh (85) joins the huddle during Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerAs much as parents might hate to admit it, it’s not exactly rare on a college campus for an underage student to drink alcohol.Ohio State then-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh did, and was cited for underage consumption twice — once in July and once in January.But life isn’t about the mistakes you make, it’s about the way you learn from them, and Baugh has since done just that.“I’ve grown a lot,” Baugh said Saturday at the team’s Student Appreciation Day. “I have seen what I can do and coaches have told me what I can do. I am just trying to believe what they are teaching me.”Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said April 3 that Baugh might have started off his career poorly, but since making those mistakes, he has done everything he can to improve.“It’s certainly a challenge,” Hinton said. “I’m not going to deny the challenge that it put upon a young kid and Ohio State’s one of those places that … just look around right now. There’s a lot of microphones and TVs, there’s a lot of interest and we’re very happy with that … And that’s part of the expectations at Ohio State. You gotta learn to act like an Ohio State football player, live under coach (Urban) Meyer’s rules. And I gotta tell you, he’s really trying to get that done. I’m very proud of him.”Meyer said Wednesday that in practice this spring Baugh has worked hard, but that he has yet to “earn the right” to talk to the media.“Marcus had some issues, he’s one foot in, one foot out right now,” Meyer said. “His effort’s been really good, he’s been trying to do things the right way, but to say he’s out of the woods, no … You gotta earn the right to talk to you guys (the media), and he hasn’t earned that right.”Now a redshirt-freshman, after sitting out the entirety of last season because of the off-the-field issues, Baugh’s been a part of spring practice with the rest of the team.Much like his time so far at OSU, spring practice hasn’t gone perfectly, Baugh said, but he is doing what he can to grow as a player.“I have messed up on some stuff,” Baugh said. “I just try to go out there and just go hard.”Coming into school, Baugh was rated as the sixth best tight end prospect by Rivals.com, but even without his off-the-field troubles, was unlikely to see much of the field early in his career.With senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett on the squad, snaps will be hard to come by for Baugh. But Hinton said Baugh does bring a lot to the table for the Buckeyes.“He’s very athletic. There’s no doubt about it. He’s (a) very athletic, young tight end and he’s gotta learn to block better at the point of attack,” Hinton said. “And that’ll come with strength, it’ll come with physical maturity. It’ll come with just learning and having confidence in yourself … Every day you go out and it’s another learning opportunity, it’s another opportunity to get better and we very seldom back off of them here. We’re going to push them to be a little better every day.”But now, with Heuerman set to miss the remainder of spring practice following foot surgery, Baugh is getting extra repetitions in practice. This increase in time on the practice field is helping Baugh focus on the aspects of his game that were lacking.“It is definitely helping me working on my blocking,” Baugh said. “That was one thing I really wanted to work on in the spring and with him (Heuerman) being out, coach (Hinton) is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at. I am getting a lot of opportunities to fix that.”The redshirt-freshman has grown since his legal issues earlier in his career, and Hinton said he has confidence Baugh will continue to move forward as a player and person.“You know, the nice thing is Marcus knows, he clearly has a clear understanding that there’s expectations in this program,” Hinton said. “He knows what’s expected of him. He knows how to handle his life. Just every day we work to improve who he is as a person and make sure that he lives up to the expectations at Ohio State University.”Baugh will likely get a chance to impress the coaching staff, and the Buckeye faithful, Saturday in the Spring Game. Without Heuerman, and the team playing two-deep in the game, Baugh is the second tight end behind Vannett and should see the field.Kick off for the game is set for approximately 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ohio States Anne Wilkinson picks up 300th career win

OSU coach Anne Wilkinson coaches up her players during a timeout in a game against Iowa Oct. 19. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost 2-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternOhio State field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson became the 15th Division I field hockey coach to win 300 games Friday when OSU took down No. 18 Indiana in overtime on the road.Junior forward Peanut Johnson scored unassisted four minutes into the extra session to send OSU (6-9, 1-5) and Wilkinson home happy. Afterward, the team showered Wilkinson with an ice bath to celebrate the occasion.“They were more excited about it than I was,” Wilkinson said of her young team. “I think they were also excited for us to win on the road. They just worked so hard for it. They played as a team.”The Buckeyes fell behind 1-0 at the half against the Hoosiers (9-5, 1-5) after a goal from redshirt-junior forward Nicole Volgraf. OSU trailed, but it held a 7-3 shot advantage in the first half and came out aggressively in the second period.Five minutes into the second half, forward Annabel Sams scored to tie the game at one. The freshman’s goal was her fourth of the season and her career.“That was just amazing to be a part of it for (Wilkinson),” Sams said. “She puts so much effort into the team and to be able to do that for her was just amazing.”The game remained tied throughout regulation despite multiple scoring opportunities. Junior back Emma Royce had a chance to put the game away with a penalty corner shot with three minutes left, but the shot was blocked.Johnson’s overtime strike was the second instance this season when she scored to win a game in sudden death. The goal gave OSU its third overtime win of the season. She previously hit a game winner Sept. 14 against Ball State at Buckeye Varsity Field.Johnson said picking up Wilkinson’s 300th win was all that was on the team’s mind Friday.“We love her. She just has a way of bringing everyone together,” Johnson said. “I always want to work so hard for her and I just have so much respect.”After Sunday’s loss to No. 12 Iowa, Wilkinson had an opportunity to sit back and reflect on the experiences she’s had coaching. It was the relationships with her players and staff she said made her feel best.“I said to the team on the bus, ‘I feel so blessed to be able to work with such a great group of people,’” Wilkinson said. “They’re just working hard. And of course, I’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of memories.“Just to see them work hard every day. It’s not about the games. It’s about the time we spend in our practices. We spend a lot of time together so you need to enjoy it.”The Buckeyes couldn’t handle the team speed of Iowa on Sunday afternoon, falling, 4-2, after a comeback effort came up short.The Hawkeyes (10-5, 3-3) scored twice in the opening four minutes to put pressure on OSU’s offense. The first goal came from sophomore forward Stephanie Norlander, who darted down the right side of the field and scored unassisted for her 14th goal of the season.Sophomore back Chandler Ackers followed that goal up just a minute and a half later, scoring on a rebound for her first goal of the season.OSU trailed 2-0 at halftime, but it kept the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Natalie Cafone, in check.In the second half, however, the junior forward from Fairfield, N.J., found some space in the OSU defense and scored from five yards out on a pass from senior forward Sara Watro.The goal was Cafone’s 17th of the season and gave Iowa a commanding 3-0 lead. With less than two minutes to play and trailing, 4-0, OSU thrust a flurry of shots toward the net.Johnson and Sams both were able to find the back of the net, but there was not enough time to continue the onslaught.OSU is set to continue Big Ten play Saturday in Evanston, Ill., against No. 9 Northwestern at noon. read more

Firefighters tackle major blaze as five lorries carrying 45000 litres of petrol

first_imgEssex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) said they were called to Botany Way, Purfleet, at 9.44pm.Incident commander Martyn Hare said: “When we arrived at the incident we found all five fuel lorries well alight. The smoke could been seen from miles away, and we immediately ordered our specialist appliances, including the foam unit, to help tackle the fire.”A total of five fuel lorries were involved with the fire. One lorry was empty, the other four lorries had a combined load of 45,000 litres of fuel (diesel and kerosene). Fuel tankers carrying 45,000 litres of kerosene and diesel were destroyed in an industrial estate fire that caused disruption for rail passengers.Huge plumes of smoke could be seen for miles as the fire raged on Wednesday night. Five of the vehicles were reduced to scrap metal in the blaze near the River Thames in Essex, described as a “major incident” by police. Four fire engines and a number of specialist fire appliances including a foam lorry were involved in the operation.Essex Police tweeted that officers were “at the scene of a major incident involving a fire at a site in the Botany Way area of Purfleet.” Five fuel tankers on fire in Botany Way, Purfleet Credit:Twitter Cheryl_bel  Five fuel tankers on fire in Botany Way, Purfleet  Our officers are assisting @ECFRS at the scene of a large fire in the Botany Way area of #Purfleet involving five fuel tankers. https://t.co/EpEksJE4A7— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) April 12, 2017 “Our priorities were to contain the fire and not let it spread to the surrounding area. We also had to make sure we contained the water running off the fire to minimise the impact on the environment.”Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire extremely quickly.”Rail services were halted on a branch of the London, Tilbury and Southend railway for several hours while firefighters tackled the blaze close to the busy line. Smoke billowing into the air as five fuel tankers are on fire in a "major incident" on an industrial estate in Purfleet, Essex Smoke billowing into the air as five fuel tankers are on fire in a “major incident” on an industrial estate in Purfleet, EssexCredit:@deanthurrockrfc/Twitter Photos posted on social media showed huge plumes of billowing black smoke coming from the site.ECFRS said there were no reported injuries and the blaze was extinguished by around 2am on ThursdayAn investigation will take place to establish the cause of the fire. 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

Harrys heroes Little girl thanks Prince for helping mummy in Invictus Games

first_img“And for you is an opportunity to be part of a team and represent your country. “Prince Harry staged the first Invictus Games, for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women and veterans, to great acclaim in 2014 and had further success with the Orlando Games last year. Prince Harry talks to Major Bernie Broad, UK team captainCredit:AP The UK team for Invictus Games Toronto 2017 is made up of 62 per cent new competitors, and is one of 17 nations taking part.More than 550 competitors will compete in 12 adaptive sports ranging from basketball to swimming. The UK team trials were attended by more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel who competed across 11 sports for one of the places available on the UK team. The Games will take place from September 23rd to 30th in Toronto, Canada.  Prince Harry poses with members of the Great Britain team selected for the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto She made the audience laugh with her final words, adding: “PS I hope I have my two front teeth for Toronto”. He told assembled men and women: “No matter how you are going to do I promise you that you will feel a million dollars. Whether you cross the finishing line first it last will make no difference to me or to anyone. “It’s in our blood to win, it’s in our nature to win. [but] Whether you are blowing smoke out of your arse as your cross the line makes no difference.”It is what you are achieving, what you have achieved to get there.” Maya Turner reads her letter on stageCredit:Chris Jackson Prince Harry jokes with Invictus athletes Prince Harry attended the unveiling of the Invictus team at the Tower of London Prince Harry jokes with Invictus athletesCredit:Stuart C. Wilson Maya Turner meets Prince Harry “Invictus was a big, bright light that I feel I needed to get into. Now I’ve got no excuse not to do nothing. “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus me physically and mentally and to re-engage in a full, active, competitive and fulfilling life.”Told by another competitor that Invictus gave them the chance to be part of the military family again, Prince said: “This is my fix, too, you know. Prince Harry attended the unveiling of the Invictus team at the Tower of LondonCredit:Jeremy Selwyn The UK team will this year be captained by  former Army Major Bernie Broad, who lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009. He underwent four years of extensive surgery and rehabilitation followed by two years of assistance from the Personnel Recovery Unit at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell.  Maya's letter He said: “As a fully-blooded late entry officer in the Grenadier Guards I ate up the chance to take part and become captain. center_img The six-year-old was praised after making a 999 call when her mother collapsed at home in 2015 and she later received an award in recognition of her efforts.Prince Harry attended the launch of the Invictus squad at the Tower of London this morning. “I’ve left the forces as well now and I miss everything about it. Well, not quite everything about it, but it’s an opportunity to be with like-minded people, to share that dark sense of humour that we all love, and just be amongst each other. Before attending training camps, she said, she was a “broken girl”, too afraid to go out for fear of an embarrassing collapse in public.Thanks to the Games coaches, she said, she is “on a journey that is making me do things I never thought I’d do again”, proclaiming herself “so damn proud and happy”. The UK is one of 17 nations taking part in the Games, from September 23-30, with more than 550 athletes competing in 12 adaptive sports. Prince Harry poses with members of the Great Britain team selected for the 2017 Invictus Games in TorontoCredit:Reuters Prince Harry and athletes pose for a group shot of the 90-strong team A six-year-old girl has read a heartwarming thank you note to Prince Harry today, telling him he had ‘helped her mummy’ after she was selected for the Invictus Games 2017 team.Maya Turner won a loud round of applause after reading a hand-written letter about her mother RAF Sergeant Michelle Turner, 38, at the official unveiling of the UK team. Sgt Turner from Wigan has a serious heart condition which causes exhaustion, dizziness and collapse, and has been selected for swimming and rowing when the Games are staged in Toronto this autumn. Maya Turner reads her letter on stage Prince Harry talks to Major Bernie Broad, UK team captain Maya Turner meets Prince HarryCredit:Chris Jackson Her daughter Maya told the competitors: “I was very proud of mummy and every other brave boy and girl.”Thank you Help For Heroes and Prince Harry for helping my mummy and her friends.” Maya’s letter Prince Harry and athletes pose for a group shot of the 90-strong team “When you become injured it’s amazing what you lose – confidence , dignity, stature… I didn’t want anyone to see me like this. “Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014, I feel that I have taken my foot off the gas and become quite complacent.”But I didn’t want to sit around  feeling sorry for myself. “I have always been a keen and competitive sportsman, so I kick started my fitness regime and now regularly swim, cycle and walk.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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T S Eliot dismissed poems written by young Laurie Lee as not

Eliot, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1948, and whose masterpieces include The Waste Land and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, was poetry editor at Faber & Faber when, in 1937, he received poems written by Lee, who was then 23 and yet to find a publisher. T S Eliot dismissed poems written by a young Laurie Lee as “not remarkable enough” decades before the budding author penned his best-selling classic Cider with Rosie, a forthcoming volume of letters reveals.  Wilma Gregory, a middle-aged woman who befriended Lee, almost obsessively, sensed his potential as both a writer and an artist, and was determined to get his talent noticed. She sent a long covering letter – telling Eliot that…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

Man charged after the bodies of two women are found in the

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, leading the investigation into the women found in a freezer in Canning Town Another cousin, Ayse Hussein, 41, said: “It’s a horrible waiting game. If that’s not my cousin, then it’s someone else’s child. It’s just terrible.” A man has been charged with two counts of preventing a lawful burial after the bodies of two women were found in a freezer in an east London flat on Friday, Scotland Yard said. The bodies of two women found fully clothed on top of each other in a freezer at a flat in east London may not be identified for more than a week, because of the “unusual” and “complex” nature of the investigation, a senior police officer has said.In a statement Metropolitan Police confirmed that Zarhid Younis, 34, had been charged, adding: “A man has been charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.”Younis is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 2.”Police made the shocking discovery on Friday morning, after being called to a ground floor flat in the Canning Town area amid concerns for the welfare of a “male occupant”, and are still carrying out investigations at the property.Post-mortem examinations will begin on both women on Friday, but Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said identification could take days as the crime scene is “one of the most challenging and complex” he has seen in 28 years. Mr Harding said there were no signs of any injuries on the women and he explained it was too complex to say whether the bodies were still intact.He added: “They were in a chest freezer.”One body on top of the other. Being in a chest freezer anyway has caused the bodies to fuse.”When asked why it is taking so long to identify the bodies he said: “It is just a completely complex situation.”DCI Harding could not say whether the pair were adults and said DNA testing is under way as detectives work with the National Crime Agency and missing persons groups to find out who they are.”We could be a week away from identifying them,” he said.Police said the apartment had been used by “transient members of the community” and linked to drugs.A 50-year-old man was arrested but later released under investigation.Mr Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forward. He also confirmed that two other addresses were being searched by police. One is less than a mile away from the flat where the bodies were discovered and the other is in west London.Fears have been mounting that one of the women found dead is Mary Jane Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother of two who went missing last May and has not been heard from by her family.Yesterday, speaking outside the flat where the two bodies were discovered, Mel Mustafa described her sister as “the most kind hearted person that you could meet,” adding: “I still don’t believe it’s her.“Police have been keeping me updated, but we haven’t had any confirmation, so we have to hope she is still alive,” she said.Mary Jane’s cousin Ceylan Sunda added: “The whole family is upside down.” He said: “I would appeal to anyone who has visited this address over the last year, or has information about people who frequented the property, to come forward and speak to my team.”I am aware that casts a wide net in terms of my appeal but we do need to build up an accurate picture of life at that flat and what occurred there.” He told reporters: “It’s such an unusual scene. I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are.”They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a post-mortem.” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said identification could take days as the crime scene is “one of the most challenging and complex” he has seen in 28 yearsCredit:Eddie Mulholland DCI Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in Vandome Close in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forwardCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Police at a property on Vandome Close in east London where two women have been found dead. 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