Month: September 2019

  • Should US Soccer Have Fired Tom Sermanni

    Things were starting to look up for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) on Sunday after a solid 2-0 victory against China PR. But a few hours after the game ended, U.S. Soccer announced the dismissal of head coach Tom Sermanni.Sermanni started coaching the team just over a year ago, following the departure of Pia Sundhage and the USWNT’s gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. But just 24 matches into his career as head coach — and with a contract through 2016 — he was abruptly sacked. Julie Foudy told espnW that Sermanni “had no idea this was coming,” and that he was informed of his release by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CEO Dan Flynn.The decision comes a month after the USWNT posted two losses at the Algarve Cup, an annual tournament in Portugal. Many thought the timing was odd, given the two-game series the team’s amid now, and wondered why U.S. Soccer officials — if they knew they were going to fire him — didn’t do so directly after the Algarve Cup losses. Foudy said of Gulati, however, that he is “very thorough and does not come to decisions quickly.” But the Women’s World Cup is just over a year away; why wait another month if there was any doubt this wasn’t the head coach they wanted preparing the team?Sermanni’s critics may have been concerned with his constant lineup changes, especially as they pertained to the back line. The starting back four weren’t solidified, much less the starting 11, and the lineup churn was a factor people pointed to after the Algarve Cup. Following the losses, Abby Wambach told Sports Illustrated: “We haven’t really been playing the way we normally play. I think there’s been a lot of factors. I know Tom likes to switch up the lineup quite a bit, which is very different than what we’ve been used to.”Despite these criticisms, Sermanni boasted an overall record of 18-2-4. In the almost 30-year history of U.S. women’s soccer, he was not the first coach to lose two games during his or her first year. Below, we compared the win percentages of the six head coaches in U.S. women’s soccer history (not including interim coaches or Mike Ryan, who coached only four games) during their first 24 matches:This doesn’t compare the strength of schedule (international tournaments vs. friendlies) and is solely based on the first 24 games, not a coach’s entire career. It’s clear that Sermanni was nowhere near as successful as his predecessor, Sundhage, who won her first 23 matches before posting one loss. However, Sermanni’s win percentage was still much better than Anson Dorrance’s and Tony DiCicco’s, and both of them went on to coach the USWNT for at least five years.Based on Sermanni’s stats alone, the decision by U.S. Soccer seems rash — a .833 win percentage would be considered very good for most teams. But this is the women’s national team, not the men’s, and two losses is two more than Gulati clearly expects of the women. read more

  • Bucks breeze past Eastern Michigan Turner injured

    The Ohio State men’s basketball team beat Eastern Michigan 111-60 Saturday to move to 7-1 on the season.The outcome of the game quickly became secondary, however, after junior guard Evan Turner left the game with an apparent back injury just seven minutes into the game.Turner, who leads the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category, was fouled on a dunk attempt and fell hard to the floor directly on his upper back. The Schottenstein Center crowd went silent as the medical staff attended to Turner, who eventually left under his own power before he was taken to the OSU Medical Center for precautionary x-rays.“It got pretty quit in the gym,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “It got really quiet.”Reports after the game were that the x-rays were negative, but he will undergo a CT scan to check for any further injury.“Everything looked good in the x-ray,” coach Thad Matta said. “At this point I’m pretty optimistic he’s going to be OK.”Senior P.J. Hill, who had been struggling to gain playing time, scored a career-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting as a replacement for Turner.  “I want to do whatever is best for the team,” Hill said. “I know whenever my opportunity arises just to take full advantage of it.”Junior guard Jon Diebler added 21 points including six three-pointers.“Tonight showed how versatile we are, Diebler said. “When a guy like Evan goes out, it forces everyone to step up their game because Evan does so much for this basketball team both offensively and defensively.”As for Turner, Diebler is confident he’ll be fine. “It was good to see him up and walking,” Diebler said. “Evan is a tough kid. I know he’s going to do what he has to do to get healthy.” read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball still remembers Wisconsin loss

    If Ohio State sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s outing against Penn State is any indication, then the Buckeyes might like their chances against Wisconsin Tuesday. But before he went off for 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, Thompson, admittedly, said Buckeye coach Thad Matta was in his ear, challenging him, the night before their game against the Nittany Lions. The thing is, Thompson said, little of it had to do with scoring. “I think he told me that I had one offensive rebound in all of Big Ten play, and I think maybe four steals,” he said. Thompson admitted he failed to snatch an offensive board. Against the Nittany Lions, who are winless in the Big Ten, it really didn’t matter. OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 65-51 win Saturday for its second consecutive victory. In the process, Matta joked he earned his “street cred” for facilitating the Chicago native’s outing. “I’m glad that he listened,” Matta said. The conversation, he said, was simple, short and straightforward. “(I said) get your mind to where you’re capable of doing the things that you can do within the context of what we’re trying to do,” Matta recalled. And against a Wisconsin team that’s given the Buckeyes problems in the past, Matta might need to turn that conversation into a locker room speech before OSU’s game against the Badgers Tuesday. “Wisconsin is, I think, a great basketball team,” Matta said. The Badgers knocked off then-No. 2 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., two weeks ago, and the last time Bo Ryan’s squad came to Columbus, it beat OSU on its Senior Day, 63-60. It’s something sophomore guard Shannon Scott said he still remembers. “They beat us on Will (Buford)’s last game, so we kind of want to play this for him because we kind of sent him out with a loss and we didn’t appreciate doing that,” Scott said. “They’re a great team, we know that.” That mentality might serve the Buckeyes well, especially considering the Badgers are 12-8 in their last 20 meetings against OSU – a figure that dates back to March 2003. Even more recently Matta is 7-10 against Ryan. “Honestly, it seems like all the games that we’ve played have had major implications for one reason or another,” Matta said. In 2007, then-No. 2 OSU topped No. 1 Wisconsin in Columbus in what was regarded as one of the most highly anticipated basketball games in the history of the relatively young Schottenstein Center. In 2011, the Badgers ended OSU’s undefeated season, 71-67, in front of a raucous crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Former Buckeye big man, Jared Sullinger, even accused the Wisconsin faithful of spitting on him following the game. Matta said Tuesday’s game against the Badgers is just another day in the life in the Big Ten. Basketball, he said, is a lot like life. “Some good things happen, you analyze why they happen (and) bad things happen,” Matta said. For OSU, it figures to be a fitting analogy for a season that has been inconsistent and, at times, underwhelming. The game against Wisconsin might speak volumes to whether that’s an accurate narrative. read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball nonconference schedule released

    Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season at home on Nov. 9 against Morgan State.Highlighting the remainder of the non-conference schedule, released on Monday by OSU, are a pair of home games against Ohio University on Nov. 12 and future Big Ten opponent Maryland on Dec. 4.OSU will also play a neutral-site game against Notre Dame Dec. 21 as part of the 2013 Gotham classic, and will play its first road game Nov. 16 at Marquette.The game against the Golden Eagles opens a home-and-home series for the two teams, as Marquette will come to OSU in 2014-15.The Buckeyes and Golden Eagles were scheduled to open last season as part of the 2013 Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown, but the game was canceled due to condensation making the court conditions unplayable.The game against Ohio University marks the 22nd time the schools will meet on the hardwood, with OSU holding a 17-4 lead in the series.The Buckeyes will play four Big Ten teams only once this season. OSU will play host to both Michigan and Northwestern and travel to both Indiana and Wisconsin in single plays.Upon the release of the conference schedule, the last non-conference date will be finalized. As it stands now, OSU will play Louisiana-Monroe either Dec. 27 or 28.2013-14 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference ScheduleNov. 9 Morgan StateNov.12 Ohio UniversityNov. 16 @ MarquetteNov. 20 American UniversityNov. 25 WyomingNov. 29 North FloridaDec. 4 MarylandDec. 7 Central Connecticut StateDec. 11 BryantDec. 14 North Dakota StateDec. 18 DelawareDec. 21 Notre Dame in New York City (at Madison Square Garden)Dec. 27 or 28 Louisiana-Monroe read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse holds off Hill Academy 1311 in exhibition play

    Then-freshman attackman Carter Brown (14) passes the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshmen players scored five of Ohio State’s 13 goals in the first men’s lacrosse game of 2014.Freshman attackman JT Blubaugh scored two goals and added an assist Saturday as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team held on to beat Canadian prep-school Hill Academy, 13-11.Playing in their first game since the fall, the Buckeyes found themselves down early as Nolan Apers scored 28 seconds into the game for Hill Academy.A pair of juniors turned things around for the Buckeyes as attackman Reegan Comeault and midfielder Jesse King scored three straight goals to help OSU take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.However, Hill Academy would not back down as Jake Cook scored a man-down goal late in the third quarter and the Buckeyes found themselves trailing, 8-7.But freshman midfielder Sean Giampietro didn’t let the Buckeyes trail for long as the Garnet Valley, Pa. native scored just more than a minute later to tie the game.“Sean this past week has really started to blossom,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Getting a chance to play as much as he did today, he will take a lot out of this opportunity.”Junior midfielder David Planning, who tallied 17 goals last season, scored the Buckeyes’ second goal in 40 seconds to give OSU a lead it would not relinquish.After the game, Myers credited Hill Academy for traveling from Canada to take on the Buckeyes, saying it gave his team a good challenge.“I have to credit The Hill Academy for coming here,” Myers said. “That’s a very organized group. They gave us a very good look, those are some very skilled players … I’m happy we got challenged the way we did.”Despite holding on and getting the victory, senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said OSU still has work to do, especially in regards to discipline, as the team was called for eight penalties.“It’s a point of emphasis for us to stay out of the box,” Imbordino said. “I feel like we could have done a better job with that today.”Still, four different freshman scored a goal for the Buckeyes, an opportunity senior defenseman Darius Bowling said will help them later in the season.“I wish I would have had an opportunity like this when I was a freshman,” Bowling said. “It was definitely good to get out here in an actual game and get that experience.”Myers said the starters will open up their next exhibition game, but he is more focused on the team improving as a whole.“We are trying to get better from A to Z,” Myers said. “This game was certainly a good first step for us.”The Buckeyes will host their second of three exhibition games on Saturday, when the Navy Midshipmen are scheduled to come to Columbus. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

  • Opinion Jameis Winston needs to grow up

    Redshirt-sophomore FSU quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after a touchdown during a game against The Citadel at Florida State University at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, September 6, 2014. FSU won 37-12Credit: Courtesy of MCTDon’t expect to be hearing much from Jameis Winston anymore this season.Coming off of a one-game suspension, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has banned Winston from press conferences during the week. Fisher said he is doing so to let Winston focus on his academics.However, I believe this might have been done so that the media can stop focusing on Winston. With all of the media scrutiny, if Winston were to slip up and say the wrong thing, he could make a bad situation worse. Considering his draft stock is already plummeting.It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Winston was back in the news late last week, for his antics off the field.As if he doesn’t already have a laundry list of behavioral issues off the field, Winston continues to shock us. This big time, Heisman trophy-winning quarterback and arguably biggest name in college football clearly doesn’t know how to conduct himself as a leader and mature adult off the field.For those unfamiliar with what happened, Winston, the quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, stood on a table in the student union and yelled an obscene phrase. Florida State then announced that he would not play in its game against Clemson this past weekend.He was initially suspended for only the first half of the game. The suspension for the second half came after Florida State discovered that Winston lied to the school authorities about the circumstances surrounding the event.It’s almost uncanny that in the midst of the NFL dealing with players’ off-field misconduct that Winston would pull a stunt like this. With all of the scrutiny the NFL’s been under, Winston is likely beginning to look like more and more of a liability to any team thinking of drafting him.Quarterbacks are known to be the face of the team. No NFL team wants to draft a player in the first round who has the capability of tarnishing the franchise with his off-the-field issues.If Winston can’t behave now while playing for a college team — to the point that his coach won’t allow him to talk to the media — how will he act when he is getting paid to play football by a major organization?This isn’t the first incident that would have an NFL team questioning his value. These incidents range all the way from shoplifting crab legs and carrying a pellet gun around campus, to being accused of sexual assault.Winston has continuously displayed a pattern of constant poor judgment. I don’t think any NFL teams can or will trust him.No matter how talented and athletic he is, to some NFL teams he might not be worth the headache. Drafting him as a top-five pick would cost a team more money than he’s worth right now. At this point he’s proven himself not to be a first-round draft pick.Winston needs to realize that even though he’s young, his future is riding on his actions on and off the field now. In my opinion, he should stay at Florida State for another year. He needs time to prove to NFL teams and that he can stay out of trouble, grow up and be a respectable man.It will be interesting to see how heavy the NFL will weigh on players’ actions off the field during the draft, especially after all of the criticisms they’ve received recently. Even watching Johnny Manziel slide in the 2014 NFL Draft was interesting. He likely had to know how big of a factor his off the field issues played in his draft status.Hopefully Winston can learn to grow up while he is in college, before he becomes an NFL team’s publicity nightmare. read more

  • Mens soccer looks to rebound against Akron

    OSU sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) chases the ball during a game against Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerWith its first loss of the season in the rearview mirror, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set for a quick turnaround against another tough opponent.OSU is scheduled to take on Akron (3-2-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes (2-1-3, 1-1-0) fell to then-No. 10 Penn State, 1-0, on the road Sunday for their first loss of the 2014 campaign, and the effort level in that contest did not sit well with several members of the team.“We didn’t play very well,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We held back too much, sat back, played too much defense, didn’t step up. It’s a learning lesson. We learned what we have to work on. It really exposed all our weaknesses.”Sophomore forward Christian Soldat echoed those statements of disappointment.“There’s a lot of things you can blame it on, but overall, we really gave them too much credit, them being Penn State and a top-10 team,” Soldat said. “We kind of sat back in the first half and let them build momentum when we should’ve came out flying as the underdogs.”OSU and Akron aren’t strangers to each other’s programs. Wednesday’s matchup marks the 37th meeting between the two schools. Akron has dominated the series with a 27-6-3 all-time record, including a 1-0 victory in Akron, Ohio, last season.“We know how they play, they probably know how we play, and we can come out, have a good scouting report, and work on defensively and offensively how we can take them down,” Soldat said.The Zips were the 2010 national champions, and made it to the sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament. However, the team dropped its first two regular season games this season and drew another before rattling off three straight victories coming into this week’s game.OSU coach John Bluem said he thinks the Zips have worked through their early season struggles in what is only the second season in charge for coach Jared Embick and are ready to bring their A-game.“The names have changed, the coaching staff has changed, but they are still getting really, really quality recruits,” Bluem said. “They had a difficult start to the season, but they have (13) freshmen, so they have a lot of really young players on their team, and now they’ve won three straight. It seems like they’re finding the way, so I anticipate that they’re going to be a pretty well-oiled machine when they come in here Wednesday night and we’re going to have to be at our very best.”Aside from the on-field matchup, the game holds a special meaning for Bluem and the rest of the team, as it is the annual Connor Senn Memorial Match.Senn, then a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron on Sept. 26, 2001. He was rushed to the hospital, but died that night from a congenital heart defect.The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Senn’s father, to raise money for scholarship fund an educational symposium. Proceeds collected at the game will go to the fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.“It’s hard to believe it’s been (13) years since Connor passed,” Bluem said. “The game has seen some changes over the years, but the one thing that’s been consistent is it’s been a wonderful community event.“It always saddens me quite a bit when we have this game,” Bluem continued. “It just brings back the memory of that tragic night.”Bluem said he plans to share a moment with the team before the game to stress the preciousness of the time they get to spend together and motivate his squad to play for a “special reason” in Senn’s memory.After the matchup with the Zips, OSU is set to take on Dayton on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. read more

  • Ohio States JT Barrett named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year

    After a season that saw J.T. Barrett set the conference record for total touchdowns, Ohio State’s redshirt-freshman quarterback was named the Big Ten Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year on Monday.Barrett — who fractured his ankle on Saturday during OSU’s 42-28 win against Michigan — also set multiple school records in his first 12 games as the Buckeyes’ starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native took over the job after senior Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season because of a shoulder injury in fall camp. Barrett set OSU records for the longest run by a quarterback (86 yards), the most single-game rushing yards by a quarterback (189) and the most total touchdowns and yards in a season (45; 3,772). He also broke Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s single-season school record of 30 touchdown passes.Barrett was ruled out for the remainder of the season after his injury, but totaled 2,834 passing yards and 34 touchdowns through the air while throwing 10 interceptions. He added 938 rushing yards and 11 more scores on the ground.The Rider High School product was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times this season, which is a conference record. Barrett was also named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week three times.He was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award — given to the nation’s top quarterback annually — and has been in the Heisman Trophy conversation for much of the season.Barrett was also named first team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches and the conference’s Hardest Working Player of the Year.With Barrett ruled out, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is set to make the first start of his collegiate career on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball set for Big Ten Tournament Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Senior guard Shannon Scott (3), freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) and senior forward Sam Thompson (12) lead the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed.Photo illustration by Mark BatkeThe Ohio State men’s basketball team tasted a blowout loss on the final day of the regular season, but the Buckeyes don’t have much time to reflect.After OSU lost to No. 6 Wisconsin, 72-48, on senior day on Sunday, the Buckeyes are set to play Thursday night in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Thad Matta said he wants his team to learn from that loss, but added that the players can’t dwell on it.“For me, it’s more of just having the understanding that we can’t change what happened Sunday,” Matta said Wednesday. “‘OK, that’s over with. We had one of those games, don’t have another one of those for the remainder of the season.’ I hope that we wash it down the drain afterwards and guys are ready to go.”Matta added that there’s always added pressure when tournament play rolls around, and his players have to be up to the task.“You chose the wrong school if you don’t want the pressure tomorrow night at 8 o’clock, if you don’t want the pressure the next day, the next day, going into the NCAA Tournament,” the 11-year OSU coach said. “If you don’t want that, we made a mistake recruiting you.”The Buckeyes (22-9, 11-7) didn’t find out exactly who they’d play until late Wednesday night, meaning they didn’t have a particular opponent to prepare for. But Matta said their opponent might have a slight advantage, already having won one tournament game.“You need a little bit of luck,” Matta said of the keys to finding success in a tournament. “I think a lot of it is getting through that first game. Whoever we play will have played a game in there before us.”OSU learned its tournament draw when Minnesota (18-14, 6-12) topped Rutgers (10-22, 2-16), 80-68, in the first round at the United Center, sending them through for a matchup with the Buckeyes.OSU already played Minnesota once this season, and it took every last effort to top the Golden Gophers, 74-72, in overtime on the road on Jan. 6.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell said it will be important to focus on each opponent one at a time, rather than dwelling on the past or the future, especially in tournament play.“We’re in the postseason, so if you’re not mentally prepared for this, it’s not for you,” Russell said Wednesday. “I think we’ve got a great connection of guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to win and advance round by round, just take one game at a time and be successful with it.”But even if OSU is now focused on the task at hand, Russell said the Buckeyes can still look at the Wisconsin game and gain something from the senior day letdown.“I feel like it can trigger a great point of what we need to do, and what needs to be done and all the work that we need to do to be successful in the tournament,” he said. “So we can just take it as a learning point.”Last season, the Buckeyes lost two of their final three regular season games, but pulled out a close win over Michigan State to close the regular season. Then OSU won two games in the Big Ten Tournament before falling to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals.That roster included four of OSU’s five current seniors, who were also on the team when the Buckeyes last won the conference tournament in 2013. That happens to also be the last time the tournament was held in Chicago.Matta said players have to have camaraderie on the court to succeed in tournament play, and he has at least four Buckeyes who have already experienced that.“I think one of the big keys is the togetherness that you have, because it is game after game after game,” he said. “And you’ve gotta have a purpose, you’ve gotta have a cause when you go into these things.”This time around, the Buckeyes aren’t coming off a five-game winning streak like they were in 2013. With the loss to Wisconsin still fresh in his mind, Matta said he’ll just have to wait and see what OSU can do.“I’ll be interested to see on how they come out and play,” he said. “I want them to feel the heat.” read more

  • Football Ohio State takes extended time to make decision amid backlash

    Ohio State President Michael Drake, Athletic Director Gene Smith and head football coach Urban Meyer field questions during the press conference in which both Meyer and Smith received suspensions. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChuck Culpepper of the Washington Post arrived at 8:15 a.m. for what he expected to be an early-afternoon press conference.Twelve hours later, he was still waiting.After addressing the media briefly to begin its 9 a.m. meeting, the Board of Trustees quickly reconvened in executive session, which is private and closed to the media. The meeting lasted nearly 12 hours, with Meyer first appearing at the Longaberger Alumni House around 9:40 a.m., followed by his wife, Shelley, a few hours later and athletic director Gene Smith a few hours after that.Coming into the meeting on Wednesday without any expectations for a result, Culpepper’s view changed drastically.“When I arrived this morning, I didn’t expect any wrap-up at all today,” Culpepper said. “Then when they started putting the chairs and when Meyer got here, I thought there might be a fast wrap-up. And then it’s all been guessing since then.”Despite the few moments of major figures walking in and out of the alumni house, the waiting continued, with even a few fans sitting in the parking lot, trying to get an idea of what would happen.Even with the amount of time that passed, Sporting News writer Bill Bender said the board needed time to deliberate and agree on what they believe is the correct decision regarding Meyer’s fate.“They have to get this right, because it’s not just a decision for Ohio State’s football program or the school,” Bender said. “I think this is a trendsetter for other athletic departments and other big-time schools that are going to go through this in the social media age.”With all the allegations surrounding Ohio State this summer, from former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss’ sexual assault allegations to the university’s sexual civility and empowerment unit shutting down, university president Michael Drake and the rest of the board needed to make sure the right decision was made regarding Meyer.Still, Bender said that Ohio State’s busy summer shouldn’t be a major factor in the board’s minds.“They have to get it right regardless,” Bender said. “Ohio State was bigger than Woody Hayes when he was fired, it was bigger than Jim Tressel when he resigned … this is obviously about more than that.”Even with a private meeting that took place on Monday and a two-week investigation that concluded on Sunday, the Wednesday executive session dragged on for hours, all with the idea that patience is needed in order to get this decision right.Still, from the outside, there was much left to be desired with how Ohio State handled Wednesday’s meeting, with no communication being relayed on a timetable for an answer.Drake and the board used as much time as they needed to get an answer, regardless of the pressures that the media and fans put on them throughout the day. read more

  • Mens Soccer Senior Day arrives for Ohio State as No 8 Michigan

    Ohio State senior midfielder Michael Prosuk (8) takes a shot in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFriday evening’s match against No. 8  Michigan State will mark the annual Senior Day match for the Ohio State men’s soccer team. It’s a time to honor the seniors that have endured tough losses, winning streaks and a change of coaching staffs, providing leadership through it all.“I’ve said it before, it was a lot to ask of this group, and without that senior leadership, Brady [Blackwell], Alex [Nichols] unfortunately has been injured since the second game of the season, Michael [Dichlian] and [Michael] Prosuk, it’s a good group and without them to help get everything going and keeping everything together, and obviously we’ve hit a lot of hurdles and bumps in the road and if it wasn’t for those guys, you know, we wouldn’t be continuing to grow and develop,” first-year Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said.For the seniors, it will not be the last time they step onto the pitch at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as the team still has two home matches to play before the close of the regular season. But it will be a night for them to enjoy with their families and reflect on their time as soccer players at Ohio State.“It means a lot obviously. I’ve been here three seasons now and it’s been a long journey, so this is kind of getting closer to the end of it. So it means a lot being able to walk out on the field with the other seniors and families. It’s a good opportunity, and it’ll be a good experience,” redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said. “Being a Buckeye is always an honor,” senior forward Michael Prosuk said. “I mean these past two years have gone by pretty fast [and] I enjoyed every single minute of it on the field. I got to meet new people, especially the new coaching staff, which was a pretty hard transition but they’ve got the program better.”The Spartans (9-2-2) come into Columbus to face Ohio State (1-9-2) as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll, but are coming off a loss to Akron on Tuesday night. “Obviously they’re good. Every team we’re playing down the stretch is pretty good. Michigan State, especially the past few years, has been a big time program,” Blackwell said. “They don’t give up a lot of goals, so if we can get one early I think it will help us out, but it will be a battle.”Michigan State boasts a potent attack led by senior forwards Dejuan Jones, Ryan Sierakowski, who each lead the team with five goals, and Hunter Barone, junior midfielder Giuseppe Barone, who leads the team with eight assists, and freshman forward Farai Mutatu.  “Michigan State is another top 10 opponent. They’re a fantastic team, they got good leadership. A lot of their guys have been around quite a long time with the Barone’s, Sierakowski, they’ve got a really nice team,” Maisonneuve said. The Spartans are just as stingy defensively as they are dangerous on attack. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague has compiled a .068 goals against average and a .804 save percentage this season.“They move the ball really well but yet defensively they don’t give much up,” Maisonneuve said. “It’s going to be a really tough team, not only that but their excellent on set pieces, so I mean they’ve got it all and they’re well coached.”Even though it is a top 10 matchup for the team, this match in particular means much more to the seniors than just a win or loss. “My time here at Ohio State, I’ve loved every minute of it and I wish it didn’t have to come to an end but obviously it does so it’ll be a nice day I think,” Blackwell said.Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan State are scheduled for a 5 pm kick on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

  • Private schools slam The Archers for suggesting Rob Titcheners abusive character stems

    first_imgDiscussing the mood of his stepson Henry, who is in the care of Rob while  Helen is in prison with Ursula, Rob said: “I told him to keep his chin up –  the same as you told me every time you dropped me off at prep school.”  Private school pupils generally make  excellent wives and husbandsBarnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council Rob and Helen of The Archers The apparent criticism of Rob’s upbringing as a boarder in the programme  was dismissed by Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, as “ridiculously unfair”. He told The Telegraph that, rather than ending up as abusive spouses who  get stabbed by their wives, “private school pupils generally make  excellent wives and husbands”. Mr Lenon, a former headmaster of Harrow School, said: “In the UK the  divorce rate is higher amongst those who did not go to private school than those who did. “All I can say is that in the real world I have known hundreds of parents  who sent their children off to prep school and who commented on how much nicer the child became as a result – less self-centred because he had to  learn how to function in a community away from rather indulgent parents.”  Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools Association, added:  “We have every sympathy for anyone in the past who went through a boarding  experience that was not great and it was not the right solution for them  and they had an unhappy experience as a result.  “Today’s environment is a very, very different one. I don’t think you find any cases now of children being sent away to school. “Families are hugely sensitive to that, schools are hugely sensitive to  that – because there is no point in having a child who is unhappy or for  whom boarding is not going to be the right answer.” A BBC Radio Four spokesman said: “The Archers is a fictional drama. Knowing  Rob’s character and his motives as our listeners do, I’m sure they will  treat his comments with a healthy dose of scepticism.”  Later, after being asked by Ursula to move to live with his parents in  Hampshire, Rob said: “I stopped being a Hampshire boy the day you shipped me off to school.” In an earlier episode, when challenged about why Henry appears happy to go  away with Helen’s parents, Rob replied: “Children often hide sadness behind  a smile.”  Rob Titchener is now the most-hated man on radio Credit:BBC  Listeners are preparing for Helen’s trialCredit:BBC  Private schools have criticised the scriptwriters of the BBC Radio Four’s  The Archers drama for suggesting that abusive husband Rob Titchener’s  troubles lie in the fact he was sent away to board. It is the second time that boarding schools have crossed swords with the  programme after a plotline earlier this year in which Rob and Ursula  discussed how to send his stepson Henry to a boarding school without the knowledge of Helen, Henry’s mother.  Mr Lenon said boarding schools like Harrow can make children “much nicer” In recent episodes Rob’s character has referred to his own dismay at being  sent away to school against his will as a child during tense discussions  with his mother Ursula. Listeners to the programme – the world’s longest running soap opera – are  preparing for the trial later this month of Rob’s wife Helen, who  has been charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent after being  provoked into stabbing him earlier this year. Bullying Rob has become the most hated man on radio because of the plot  which has drawn more than five million listeners with its gripping  storyline of domestic violence, revenge and attempted murder. Rob Titchener Harrow School  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

  • BBC wheels out TV big beasts for annual Christmas ratings battle as

    first_imgIt will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pmCredit:BBC Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking specialCredit:BBC On Boxing Day, the second episode of the two-part GBBO will take a star spot again at 7pm, as Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc bid a final farewell to the BBC.The GBBO Christmas special will see four previous Bake Off favourites return to the tent for a competition of their own, featuring three Christmas challenges.Among them, it has been confirmed, will be Howard Middleton, a series four favourite who got caught up in early controversy nicknamed “Custardgate” after his custard was pinched from a fridge and used by another contestant. Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas DayCredit:BBC Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  It will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue This Christmas is the last chance for the BBC to utilise its popularity, in the fierce annual battle for ratings before it moves to the rival channel.Elsewhere, the corporation’s Christmas Day will have a distinctly familiar feel to viewers with peaktime outings for shows which have proved big hits in recent years. Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pm So far, the main 2016 series of GBBO broke its own viewing figures with 14.8 million tuning in live to see Candice Brown win. 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. In 2015, Mrs Brown’s Boys topped the charts at with consolidated figures showing 9.5 million tuning in, with 9.3m for Call the Midwife, 7.7m for EastEnders, 8.5m for Strictly and 7.7m for Doctor Who.This year, BBC One has also secured smash-hit children’s film Frozen, announced the fifth-biggest film hit in box office history, to captivate the younger generation in the afternoon, the first time it has been free to air. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs' The Snowman It may soon be departing for pastures new at Channel 4, but the BBC is relying on one last ratings hit for the Great British Bake Off, as it places the much-loved show at the heart of its Christmas schedules.The Great British Bake Off is due to air at 4.45pm on Christmas Day, kicking off an afternoon of classic BBC One programming including Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife.It may face little fresh competition from its broadcasting rivals, with ITV airing the end of The Lion King, the Disney film, opposite it, while Channel 4 plumps for Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman and the Snowdog. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this yearCredit:ITV Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas Day Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking special BBC Two, meanwhile, will take a step back to rely on a diet of repeats it calls a “complementary schedule”, with The Morecombe and Wise Show, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Dad’s Army: Turkey Dinner taking centre stage.Around three quarters of its shows over the two-week period will be repeats, with executives previously saying they would make “no apology” for giving viewers “another chance to watch some classic BBC programmes and modern family favourites again”. Original broadcasts will include Alan Bennett’s Diaries on Christmas Eve, followed by his film The Lady in the Van, and a documentary about Dame Judi Dench’s career on December 30th.The BBC said it would have fewer repeats on BBC One than last year, with over 90 per cent of peak time scheduling being classed as new. Downton Abbey, ITV’s biggest ratings hit at nearly 11m in 2015, will be absent from screens this year, leaving it relying on films throughout the day before Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret’s Dead Man captures the audience imagination at 9pm. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this year In an era where linear channels face stiff competition from streaming services Netflix and Amazon, this Christmas may prove even more of a sticking point as people unwrap tablet computers and subscriptions to watch instead of their home television.The BBC has announced that six of last year’s top ten best rated shows will make a return to lure families in, with Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, EastEnders and the Queen’s speech proving a safe ratings bet. Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  The Queen’s Speech will air on the BBC and ITV at 3pm, as tradition dictates.The Great British Bake Off will debut on Channel 4 in 2017 with a charity special for Stand Up to Cancer. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs’ The Snowmanlast_img read more

  • Taxi firm backs down over ad mocking fat and ugly older women

    first_imgA taxi company has been forced into a U-turn over a sexist ad that mocks “fat and ugly” older women.The posters show an older, overweight model with her finger in her mouth telling people to call a cab if they find her attractive.The caption reads: “If I start to look sexy book a taxi. Don’t make bad decisions because you have had one too many!”The campaign was created by Bristol-based CityFox which claimed it carried a serious underlying message to people about getting home safe after drinking. The company also published similar posters aimed at women featuring a greasy-looking, tattooed man leering at the camera with a beer in his hand.It has now withdrawn the adverts after complaints, but several flyers featuring the female model are still on display across Bristol.Bristol Women’s Voice condemned the campaign, claiming it reinforced harmful gender stereotypes.Chairwoman Penny Gane said: “We are appalled to see this advert being used by CityFox Taxis in central Bristol.”Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shaming.”It is unacceptable for businesses to use derogatory and sexist images, especially when targeting younger audiences.”This should be seen as an opportunity to present modern images that challenge harmful stereotypes and present a broad range of representations that young people can relate to.”Whilst we would, of course, endorse the message of keeping safe, this advert assumes that all students will be drinking heavily and looking for ‘sexy’ women.”The advert is aimed at men, and normalises and encourages this behaviour.”Sophie Palmer, marketing and communications manager at CityFox Group, said: “As one of the West Country’s biggest taxi providers, we see all too often the effects that excessive alcohol consumption can have on people’s safety and wellbeing, and the destructive consequences for society when this leads to anti-social behaviour.”This campaign featured two posters – one depicting a male and one a female – in an attempt to encourage people to think about the need to be able to get home in a safe and orderly manner when they’ve had a few too many to drink.”We make no apology for using humour and hard-hitting messages to highlight this issue – in order for people to think about the possible effects of their behaviour it is necessary to get their attention and get a reaction. The campaign has attracted many positive comments.”However, it would never be our intention to cause embarrassment or offence, and as such we have withdrawn the campaign.”We want people to enjoy the benefits of a night on the town, but also to make sure they get home safely afterwards, and we are always happy to work positively with any individual or organisation to achieve this aim.” 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.center_img Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shamingBristol Women’s Voicelast_img read more

  • Former soldier under threat from extremists after trying to join Kurds against

    first_imgDetectives arrested him for failing to cooperate and he was later remanded into custody after pleaded guilty to obstructing or frustrating a schedule seven search under the Terrorism 2000 Act.Karina Claire, defending, said Clarke admitted he had acted like a “teenage brat”.She said he had wanted to protect “women and children” and that his cause was “humanitarian”, but as well as packing medical supplies, he had also carried “military paraphernalia” and items “to defend himself in armed combat”.She said: “In the run up to this case he had been open with police. Robert Clarke spent four years in the ArmyCredit:Wales News Service Westminster Magistrate’s Court heard Clarke received death threats from purported Islamist extremists after details of his arrest first emerged. Prison staff were so worried about the threat from Islamist terrorist inmates that he was transferred to solitary confinement while on remand.Louise Gray, prosecuting, told the court Clarke came to police attention from July 2016 when his social media accounts suggested he wanted to join Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).Police repeatedly warned him of the dangers, but he told them he was booked on a flight to Jordan on September 8 of last year. He was held by detectives at Heathrow under counter-terrorism stop and search powers and officers asked for his iPhone and then his pin number.Clarke, who is unemployed from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, refused to give it to them, claiming he had forgotten it.Clarke then told officers: “I ain’t telling you s***, charge me with perverting the court of justice, f*** your interview and f*** you.” 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. There are a number of people there on remand for cases of terrorism or supporting that offence of terrorism who would not take kindly to the presence of someone like Mr ClarkeKarina Claire, defending “He had made them cups of tea and he had told them in great detail what his plans were.”Having served in the military he felt he could assist victims of war in that country.She went on: “As a result of press coverage he was sent extremely nasty threats from Islamic extremists or people purporting to support Islamic extremism.”Prison staff had told her they had concerns about his safety because he had openly said he wanted to fight Isil. She said: “There are a number of people there on remand for cases of terrorism or supporting that offence of terrorism who would not take kindly to the presence of someone like Mr Clarke.  “He had to spend time in solitary confinement.”District Jude John Zani told Clarke: “I am afraid Mr Clarke we live in difficult and potentially dangerous times, when frustration has to be relaxed when you’re asked to supply important information by police officers, who are merely doing their job trying got keep everyone, including yourself safe.”Nobody knows what was on your phone because you never handed over your pin.”Had you not served the time you have you would almost certainly be going to prison.”Taking into account his early guilty plea and the time spent in custody he handed Clarke a 12 months community order, 50 hours of unpaid work and £85 in victim surcharge.He was also given a 12 month ban on travelling abroad. A former British soldier arrested while travelling to fight against Islamic State in Syria received death threats from extremists and had to be held in solitary confinement for his own safety, a court has heard.Robert Clarke was held after refusing to hand over the pin code to his phone when police stopped him at Heathrow on his way to join Kurdish fighters.The 23-year-old from South Wales was handed a 12 month community order after admitting obstructing police under counter terrorism laws. Robert Clarke, 22, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of attempting to leave the UK for the Middle East to join in the fight against Isillast_img read more

  • Gunman with pushchair shoots man outside primary school

    first_img 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. A police cordon near St George's Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the school The man suspected of shooting Mr Monaghan has been described as wearing a blue padded jacket, blue jeans, a dark woollen bobble hat and a woollen scarf covering his face. There was no child in the buggy he was pushing.Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke said: “We do believe it was a targeted attack but nonetheless this took place near to a local primary school at the start of the school day, when the area was busy with parents dropping off their children.”Although it would appear that there was an intended victim, anyone could have been injured as a result, putting young children and innocent people at risk.”He said the pupils were safe in school but additional police patrols would be provided in the area to provide additional assurance in the coming days.Roads leading to the school were cordoned off yesterday as a forensics officer combed the pavement outside the building. Detectives were also studying CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door inquiries. A police cordon near St George’s Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the schoolCredit:PA A gunman pushing a child’s buggy has shot a key figure in Scotland’s bloodiest gangland feud outside a primary school.The culprit shot Ross Monaghan, 35, who had just dropped his child off at St George’s RC Primary School in Glasgow’s south side. He was later discharged from hospital after treatment for a shoulder wound.Armed officers and a police helicopter rushed to the scene after gunshots were heard outside the school at around 9.05am. Police Scotland later confirmed they were treating the attack and attempted murder and they were not ruling out it being linked to gangland crime.Mr Murnaghan is a member of the Lyons crime gang and was cleared at the High Court in Glasgow in May 2012 of the murder of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll in an Asda car park in Robroyston. A turf war with another gang over drugs has resulted in several murders in the north of the city in recent years.After a loud bang was heard, the suspected gunman made his escape and police arrived at the scene along with concerned parents. A witness told STV News she heard a loud bang “like a firework” while waving goodbye to her son.Mohammad Almfauani, 33, was taking his two daughters, to school when he saw a man being shot by another man close to the school gate around 9am.He told STV: “This was actually my two daughters’ first day at the school, I can’t believe this has happened. I stopped my car not far from the school gate and was about to let my daughters out when I spotted two guys walking towards the gate.”I thought one of the guys, couldn’t have been that old, was carrying a gun. I was thinking that the guys must just be playing as this was really close to the school gate.”I wasn’t sure if it was real or not but I told my kids to wait in the car just in case. But then I saw the guy shooting the other, it was so loud. I knew then that it was real. The guy ran up the opposite end of the street from me and I thought I saw him put the gun away but I can’t say for sure.”last_img read more

  • Hotel boss avoids ban for motorway crash by claiming he has to

    first_imgAn executive at one of Britain’s biggest privately-owned hotel chains avoided a motoring ban after claiming he had to drive his children to their private school.  Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive of Macdonald Hotels, admitted driving without due care and consideration after he crashed while overtaking on the A9 in Scotland. The 41-year-old already had six points on his licence, Perth Sheriff Court heard, and was facing another six, which would have triggered an automatic ban.  But his solicitor argued that the father of three needed to drive his children from his home in the town of Auchterarder to their private school in Strathallan, Perthshire. There was no public transport, he said.   “He is separated and has three children,” John Scott, representing Macdonald, told the court. “He has them every second weekend and one night a week.  “They go to school at Strathallan and he tells me there is no alternative means of public transport – he picks them up and drops them off at school.  His immediate concern regarding his precarious position is for provision of childcare.” He added that the Macdonald chain of 45 hotels has properties as far afield as Scotland and Portugal, and that in his role, Mr Macdonald travelled between them frequently.  Strathallan School, about 11 miles from Macdonald’s home, charges £21,114 a year for senior day pupils and £13,848 for juniors.   There is no alternative means of public transport – he picks them up and drops them off at schoolJohn Scott, representing Macdonald in court Macdonald hotel  The Macdonald hotel chain now employees 4,000 peopleCredit:Instagram Macdonald heads the Macdonald hotel chain with his father Donald, who founded the business in 1990 and planned to run just two hotels in Aberdeenshire. The chain now has 4,500 rooms and 4,000 members of staff.  center_img Depute fiscal Robbie Brown told the court: “The accused came out at what is a fairly straight bit of road and it appears to have been a misjudgement in time and speed.  “His car came off worse than the complainer’s – as he started to come back in he clipped the wing mirror of the vehicle he was overtaking. The other car had a small scuff.”  Mr Scott said the hotel boss was the one who had reported the crash to police and his own car suffered £4,000 of damage.  He said: “It was a stretch of road where overtaking is permitted and from dashcam footage it does look like the other vehicle moved over, so it may have been that there would have been no contact at all if not for that.”  The crash happened on the A9 at Bankfoot, in PerthshireThe court heard he crossed onto the opposing carriageway into the face of oncoming traffic, causing a Nissan Note to take evasive action, and attempting to return to the correct side of the road before it was unsafe to do so, colliding with a Volkswagen Golf.  In imposing five penalty points, Sheriff Gillian Wade allowed Macdonald to keep his licence but warned him one further conviction would see him banned from the roads. She also fined him £1,200. Macdonald admitted driving without due care and consideration for other road users by executing an overtaking manoeuvre on the A9 at Bankfoot when it was not safe to do so.   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

  • Jeremy Paxman BBC patronised young people with pretty stupid skits

    first_imgJeremy Paxman during his time on Newsnight Senior broadcaster Kirsty Wark dances to Thriller The broadcaster left the BBC in 2014 after 25 years on the job, and has denied he had friction with a new editor Ian Katz and apparent plans to lighten the tone of the show by asking him to interview Russell Brand.He now works for Channel 4, and recently worked on their election coverage. “The great thing about Channel 4 is the clarity,” he told the newspaper.“The editorial structure is perfectly clear… “The BBC has a weakness for endless meetings with executives you’ve never heard of and don’t know what they do.” “I would have to say that the BBC is a parastatal organisation. They believe in the state. And not to recognise that there are those issues there is just silly.”On the existence of the licence fee, he continued: “I think it’s completely antediluvian, a tax on one piece of electronic equipment. Arguing that getting rid of the BBC would not make the world a better place, he nevertheless added: “Of course there is political correctness at the BBC. 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. Kirsty Wark performs a dance to Thrillercenter_img Jeremy Paxman during his time on Newsnight Senior broadcaster Kirsty Wark dances to Thriller Kirsty Wark performs a dance to Thriller It is “very patronising” to think young people need comedy skits to liven up their news programmes, Jeremy Paxman has said, as he laments “pretty stupid” Newsnight sketches.Paxman, former Newsnight host, condemned a BBC phase in which Emily Maitlis was “forced” to interview the Cookie Monster on air, and Kirsty Wark danced to Thriller.Both sketches were aired in 2013, with the Thriller dance created for Halloween night playout, and the Cookie Monster interview purporting to be about new children’s show The Furchester. “They did do some pretty stupid things,” Paxman told the Sunday Times of Newsnight. “I think it’s very patronising to think this is the sort of thing that appeals to the young.” “There’s no tax on that camera over there, or on that computer! It’s antediluvian.“So some other mechanism has to be found — and it seems to me that if Amazon and Netflix have the ability to do that, it’s not beyond the BBC to do the same thing.”A BBC source said: “Paxman left Newsnight a long time ago and it seems his views on the BBC are somewhat outdated and antediluvian.”last_img read more

  • Perfectionist teacher killed herself after therapist told her she was emotionally immature

    Chelsey Peart had been signed off work by her GP on a number of occasions dating back to November 2017Credit: Ben Lack  Recording a narrative verdict, Mrs Slater said she could not record a conclusion of suicide as the evidence she had heard did not prove Chelsey had intended to take her own life.Mrs Slater said it would “appear from the evidence that Chelsey found it difficult to accept that she was actually quite good at what she did”.”She was always striving to be better and perhaps she was a bit of a perfectionist,” she said.Mrs Slater added: “It’s clear, not just from the evidence in court but also the documents before me, where she is repeatedly going back to this report from the occupational assessment and I have no doubt that it had a very detrimental effect on Chelsey’s wellbeing.” Mrs O’Brien added: “Chelsey disagreed and contested with the occupational health report. I said I would speak to her GP to get a second opinion.”The door was kept open – at no point was Chelsey told she wouldn’t be able to return to school.” A “perfectionist” teacher killed herself after being told she was emotionally immature and unfit to return to work.  Doncaster Coroner’s Court heard Chelsey Peart, 27, who taught at Rawmarsh Community School and also ran a textiles business, was found by her husband Mark at their home in Rotherham in April. She had previously been signed off work by her GP on a number of occasions dating back to November 2017.Helen O’Brien, headteacher at the school, said she took Mrs Peart to the hospital in November last year, after she had told another member of staff she had had suicidal thoughts on the journey to work.The court also heard Mrs Peart attempted to take her life in February, information which was not shared with the school.In March Mrs Peart became “annoyed” by a letter from a therapist which labelled her as “emotionally immature”, something her mother, who was present in court, said “changed her completely”. 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. Assistant coroner for Doncaster, Louise Slater questioned the use of the phrase ’emotionally immature’ and said it was not a “medical diagnosis”. Chelsey Peart had been signed off work by her GP on a number of occasions dating back to November 2017 read more

  • Summer camps falling out of favour amid rise of helicopter parenting charity

    The Children’s Commissioner warned about children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays Children can spend anywhere between a few days and a few weeks on summer camps, doing activities such as sports, crafts and orienteering Summer camps are falling out of fashion because British parents are too scared “to let children out of their sight”, a charity boss has said.Mothers and fathers “mollycoddle” their children, and have a “false fear” about what will happen if they spend even short periods of time away from home, according to the founder of the Summer Camps Trust .Chris Green, who has been running British summer camps since the 1960s, said that “many British parents, for a variety of reasons, are fearful of letting their children out of their sight, and are falling into the dangerous practise of ‘helicopter parenting’.”He described how parents also have an “enormous” and “over the top worry” about child abuse and paedophilia which also deters them from sending their children to summer camps.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Earlier this year, Anne Longfield said that radical measures were needed to restore the importance of play, such as overhauling play areas and parks, and encouraging GPs to recommend “play on prescription”.She pointed to evidence showing that cardiovascular health and obesity levels deteriorate over the summer break as children stay indoors on computers and phones.  The Summer Camps Trust  wrote to ministers earlier this month to say they are “appalled” by this.  Technology has had a huge effect on children’s summer holidays, said Mr Green.“For a parent to know they are upstairs on their tablet, at least they know they are safe,” he said. “It is an easier option than sending them off on a camp.”“The benefits of going on a summer camp are vast,” said Mr Green, a retired languages teacher who has been awarded an MBE for his services to education through summer camps.“The independence that comes with having some time away from home, making things, playing outdoors, singing and dancing, the experience of meeting children from different backgrounds.”He said that often children’s confidence improves, as “very often they are pushed to their limit and they learn they can do things they didn’t think they could do”. Children can spend anywhere between a few days and a few weeks on summer camps, doing activities such as sports, crafts and orienteering The Summer Camps Trust represents some of the UK’s biggest providers of both day and residential camps, including the Youth Hostels Association, Outward Bound, and Parents Get Lost.On these camps, children can spend anywhere between a few days and a few weeks on activities such as sports, crafts and orienteering.The dwindling enthusiasm from British families in summer camps has coincided with an “enormous” interest from overseas parents, Mr Green said.“Most of our members are running superb summer camps but about five in 100 children from UK. The rest are from elsewhere in Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Spain. Children also come from China, the Far East and Russia, there is demand from all over the world.” The Children’s Commissioner warned about children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays 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