LeBron Led The Cavs On One Of The Greatest Playoff Runs In

There were many bits of history on the line in Sunday’s NBA Finals Game 7 — among them, the city of Cleveland’s nearly 52-year-old championship curse (now broken), the all-time rank of the 73-win Golden State Warriors (probably not No. 1), and LeBron James’s case as G.O.A.T. (maybe?). So after a night in which the specter of the past hovered just about everywhere, let’s put in perspective how the Cavaliers made history in winning the 2016 NBA title.First, they became only the fourth team in NBA history to win a title after replacing its coach mid-season, having ousted David Blatt in favor of Tyronn Lue in January. As my colleague Nate Silver noted at the time, Cleveland’s case was especially unusual because the Cavs under Blatt were not playing badly — they had by far the top Elo rating of any team to fire its coach during a season — and weren’t undershooting their preseason Vegas expectations — usually a key indicator for coaching job security. But in the end, the Cavs rounded into better playoff form under Lue than they had under Blatt the year before.After accounting for strength of schedule, we find that Lue navigated Cleveland through one of history’s great playoff journeys. If we use pre-series Elo ratings to judge the difficulty of a team’s postseason path and weight its opponent-adjusted scoring margin by the importance of each game, the 2016 Cavaliers’ run ranks as the fifth-best by an NBA champion since 1984:1The season the NBA adopted its current playoff structure. YEARTEAMOPP.PRE-SERIES WIN PROBABILITY (ELO) Shaquille O’Neal2002436.363.612.33.832.2 RANKYEARCHAMPIONGAMESMARGIN OF VICTORYSTRENGTH OF SCHEDULERATING 101992Chicago Bulls22+7.1+6.0+13.0 91998Chicago Bulls21+6.9+7.3+14.2 Strength of schedule was determined using the pre-series Elo ratings of a team’s opponents. Games were weighted according to how much they swung each team’s title odds.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 262007San Antonio Spurs20+5.3+4.3+9.6 72009Los Angeles Lakers23+8.3+6.2+14.5 Notably, the Cavs faced the most difficult schedule of any champ since 1984, granting that most of it came from facing the historically great Warriors in the Finals (which, by definition, contains the most important games of the season). And by the numbers, Cleveland pulled off a colossal upset against Golden State: the second-biggest in a Finals since 1984, according to the pre-series Elo ratings. 131990Detroit Pistons20+7.0+5.0+12.0 42001Los Angeles Lakers16+10.0+4.9+14.9 Michael Jordan1993641.055.88.56.330.7 61986Boston Celtics18+10.8+3.8+14.5 Dwyane Wade2006634.757.27.83.826.9 142004Detroit Pistons23+7.2+4.6+11.8 152012Miami Heat23+6.6+5.1+11.7 2006MIADAL23.8% Shaquille O’Neal2001533.057.515.84.829.1 171987Los Angeles Lakers18+8.4+3.0+11.4 182003San Antonio Spurs24+6.2+5.2+11.4 LeBron James2016729.756.211.38.927.7 1995HOUORL47.6 Game Scores were adjusted to a pace of 100 possessions per game.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 111985Los Angeles Lakers19+7.1+5.4+12.5 1988LALDET44.4 242010Los Angeles Lakers23+4.5+5.4+9.9 251995Houston Rockets22+3.4+6.5+9.9 For his NBA Finals career, James also ranks third since 1983 in average Game Score, behind Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. And beyond the Finals, LeBron now ranks shockingly high in a variety of advanced statistical categories: He’s No. 1 in lifetime Box Plus/Minus (both for the regular-season and playoffs, although both stats extend back only to 1974) and its value-based offshoot VORP (again, both regular-season and playoffs); No. 1 in playoff career Win Shares; No. 2 — trailing only Jordan — in lifetime regular-season Player Efficiency Rating; and No. 3 (behind MJ and George Mikan) in the playoffs.In short, it’s a statistical legacy unmatched by basically everyone in NBA history except Jordan. And although James’s championship tally will probably never reach MJ’s level, he achieved a measure of immortality among the “Count the Rings” crowd on Sunday night.Finally, the 2016 Cavaliers officially proved that God Doesn’t Hate Cleveland. I wrote that story more than two years ago; for most of the time since, the city continued to be plagued with its typical amalgamation of terrible management and disappointing play. Even I was beginning to doubt that the curse would ever be lifted, statistics be damned. But with a once-in-a-generation player leading a playoff run for the ages, the Cavs have validated the faith of their city’s long-suffering fans.Andrew Flowers contributed research. 282013Miami Heat23+3.9+4.5+8.4 292005San Antonio Spurs23+2.1+5.3+7.4 2016CLEGS27.4 311984Boston Celtics23+3.8+3.0+6.8 31991Chicago Bulls17+10.5+5.2+15.7 PLAYERYEARGAMESPTS/GTS%REB/GAST/GGAME SCORE/G 222002Los Angeles Lakers19+4.6+6.1+10.7 2011DALMIA44.1 2008BOSLAL39.2 331988Los Angeles Lakers24+2.0+4.2+6.2 201999San Antonio Spurs17+6.8+3.9+10.7 302000Los Angeles Lakers23+2.6+4.3+6.9 2012MIAOKC30.8 232006Miami Heat23+4.0+6.1+10.1 21996Chicago Bulls18+11.0+5.2+16.2 Best statistical NBA Finals performances since 1983 12014San Antonio Spurs23+12.9+4.5+17.4 192011Dallas Mavericks21+4.3+6.9+11.2 211989Detroit Pistons17+6.5+4.2+10.7 Michael Jordan1992635.861.74.86.526.7 The Warriors have not been themselves since Stephen Curry’s injury in late April, so maybe the magnitude of Cleveland’s upset is overstated by Elo. (Lending some credence to this idea is … Elo itself, which now considers the Cavs to be the best team in the NBA.) But still, beating the team that broke the all-time league wins record in a do-or-die Game 7 on its own home court — where favorites tend to be nearly invulnerable — gives the Cavs’ run special place in NBA history.We also have to discuss James, who shook off whatever doubt remained about his primacy in his era. James capped off the third-best individual playoff run since 1974 according to Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and averaged the seventh-highest Game Score in an NBA Finals since 1983:2The earliest season for which Basketball-Reference.com’s game-by-game NBA Finals data contains offensive and defensive rebounds, steals and blocks. SERIES AVERAGES Magic Johnson1987626.259.08.013.028.3 Michael Jordan1991531.261.26.611.432.8 The best NBA championship runs since 1984 161997Chicago Bulls19+4.0+7.4+11.5 VIDEO: The greatness of LeBron James 82015Golden State Warriors21+8.4+6.1+14.5 321994Houston Rockets23+2.2+4.6+6.8 52016Cleveland Cavaliers21+6.1+8.6+14.7 1998CHIUTA45.1 Shaquille O’Neal2000638.057.616.72.332.0 2004DETLAL40.5 Biggest Finals upsets since 1984 Michael Jordan1997632.353.27.06.027.0 271993Chicago Bulls19+2.9+5.7+8.6 122008Boston Celtics26+7.4+4.7+12.1 read more

Knicks JR Smith Wins Sixth Man of the Year

J.R. Smith arrived in New York before this season believing he would be a starter. When he was relegated to coming off the bench, he was not happy. But Smith showed something he had not in his career: maturity.That personal growth allowed him to accept the role and then flourish in it, culminating with Monday’s announcement that he earned the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.“I just wanted to show everybody that I could be a team guy and it’s all about the team,” Smith said at a news conference attended by his family, teammates and coaches.Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.“Couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” said coach Mike Woodson. “I’m so proud of him, in terms of buying in to what we wanted him to do earlier in the season. And it started this summer. I wasn’t going to start him, coming into this year, and I knew that. And he bought in. He didn’t like it, but he bought in. And it couldn’t have happened to a better person, because he put in the time and he worked his butt off to get to this point, and he got rewarded for it. I’m happy for him.”Smith helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and leads the Boston Celtics  1-0 in their first-round playoff series.Smith is the third player in Knicks history to win the NBA’s Sixth Man Award, joining John Starks  (1996-97) and Anthony Mason (1994-95).Despite not making a start, Smith was one of the Knicks’ most important players. He played more than 40 minutes seven times and was often their only scoring threat behind Carmelo Anthony.Anthony, who teamed with Smith for 4½ seasons in Denver, noted that Smith had a more mature approach to the game this year.“I think there comes a point in time in your life where you’re almost forced to grow up, you’re almost forced to mature. You gotta be willing to want to do those things. I think right now, this season, J.R. has done that,” Anthony said. “I think J.R. was forced to grow up, he was forced to be mature and he was willing to take on that challenge, too.” read more

No Fun League Takes Away GoalPost Dunk Celebrations

The NFL continues to bolster its reputation as the “No Fun League.” In this latest case, the competition committee announced it would penalize players–notably the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham–for dunking the football over the goal posts following a touchdown. Seriously.NFL competition committee co-chairman Jeff Fisher said Graham’s routine–which he copied from now-retired tight end Tony Gonzalez–was at the heart of the decision to add the goal-post celebration to the list of post-touchdown actions that will draw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.“The background is when the committee basically defined unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrations, it grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap, provided only one person jumped into the stands,” Fisher said. “And also (the committee) made an emphasis, made it illegal, to celebrate using anything as a prop, whether it was a pen or it was a ball or what have you. But then again allowed the players to, in essence, use the goal post as a prop, to dunk, to shoot, whatever.“And then last year we had an incident in one of the games where there was a dunk and the goal post was tilted and the game was shut down for about 25 minutes until they could get the goal post corrected. That’s unnecessary, and so we just felt that we would include the goal post in that category as props.”Fisher didn’t specifically name Graham as the inspiration for the decision to add the dunk to the list of celebration no-nos, but when asked if it was the tight end he said: “It was a player that’s done it before that’s real tall, catches a lot of touchdown passes and is pretty good.”NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino revealed the change in how the goal-post dunk will be officiated Tuesday during a radio interview with “The Dan Patrick Show.”Graham, a former basketball player at the University of Miami, has tilted the crossbar twice during his career with a post-touchdown celebration. In the Saints’ game in Atlanta this past season, the game was delayed as stadium workers reset the crossbar.“And the same play he dunked and the goal post shifted, and then he used it as a punching bag,” Fisher said. “Now we’re not going to penalize back to back but the first one, the dunk, now is going to be a penalty. We just can’t afford — can you imagine if someone had a hamstring issue after a 20-minute delay in the game because we allowed a player to dunk?” read more

American Strong Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

In the final paces to become the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, Meb Keflezighi slapped hands with fans lining Boylston Street, where two bombs detonated during last year’s race, killing three and injuring 260.“As an athlete, you have dreams,” he said. “Today was the day when dreams and reality met. My career is fulfilled.”Keflezighi led for most of the 26.2-mile run, and even earned the cheers of his competitors as he flew past them toward the finish line. He crossed the tape after 2 hours 8 minutes 37 seconds, a personal best.“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American because of what happened last year,” he said. “I’m almost 39. I just ran a personal best. I just won the Boston Marathon. I feel blessed.”The list of winners of all major marathons in recent decades is dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians. Runners from those countries have won 24 of the 30 Boston Marathons since 1983, when American Greg Meyer won. While Keflezighi is a familiar name and successful marathoner, nothing about his life fits history or convention.Keflezighi is one of 10 children. He fled to Italy from Eritrea with his mother and his siblings while his father worked cleaning jobs to support the family and arranged  for them to immigrate to San Diego. Keflezighi was a high school champion who went on to thrive at UCLA, where he won multiple NCAA championships.Keflezighi and Josphat Boit, a late entrant, pulled away from the pack midway through Monday’s race. After the runners hit the Newton hills, Keflezighi pulled away from Boit, who finished 11th.“He was so far away,” Kenyan Wilson Chebet said, “I couldn’t see Meb. I only saw straight road.”Around the 20th mile, Keflezighi said he fought off a stomach ailment and  “prayed a lot” to earn the title.Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended her women’s title, pulling away in the final three miles to win Boston easily for the third time. Besides winning last year, Jeptoo, 33, also won in 2006. She set a course record of 2:18:57 on Monday, and the top four women all beat the former course record of 2:20:43. read more

Spencer Haywood Finally Gets His Hall of Fame Due

Today’s players, who en masse bolt college for the NBA before completing four years, likely had not ever heard of Spencer Haywood before he was finally added to the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. Not only should they know him, they should thank him.When Haywood was 19 and among the best players in the world, he left the University of Detroit after his sophomore season in 1969 for the ABA Denver Nuggets, the professional league that was an alternative to the NBA. He averaged 30 points and 19.5 rebounds as a rookie, which tells you about the skill set of the 6-foot-9 forward, and then signed with the Seattle Supersonics.But the NBA blocked the contract because the rule was that players had to have four years out of high school before playing in the league. Haywood stood firm with his convictions and sued, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1971.And he won in a landmark decision that eventually led to college underclassmen (and, later, high schoolers) being able to leave college early to join the NBA.Maybe it would have eventually happened—Spencer Haywood made it happen.He went on to be a celebrated star player, averaging 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over his pro career. He had four NBA all-star appearances. He also, at 19, led the U.S. to the gold medal in the 1968.But for 27 years, he was denied entry into the hallowed Hall. One never to shy away from sharing his accomplishments or how good he was, Haywood said before the announcement about the two dozen anonymous voters: “They should view my career in a total package. I have the Olympic career. I was the outstanding college player of the year. I won a high school championship. I went to the ABA, was Rookie of the Year, leading scorer, leading rebounder, player of the year and MVP of the All-Star game. I left the game afterSpencer Haywood was a force as a scorer and rebounder.14 years with 20 and 10. That’s pretty serious stuff there. I had a great career. And also, I went to the Supreme Court to have Haywood vs. the NBA. That rule has ushered in all of these players. The Jordans, the Magics, the Birds. All the way up to LeBron and Kobe and those guys today.”He was right, and the voters finally got it right, ushering him to a place deserving of someone who changed the game.At 65, the former University of Detroit star said he took the courageous step to challenge the NBA when he was not happy with a new coach hired at his college.“That’s when it first came into my mind that I can’t play (there). I said, what about (other talented players) who were lingering out there?’” Haywood said to nba.com. “They could play but couldn’t maintain the college life. George Gervin had just got kicked out of Eastern Michigan. I decided I’d fight it. I thought it would be a short fight.”It turned out to be a long fight, but one that impacted college and pro basketball from that moment forward.“Personally, I thought I was going to be in the Hall 27 years ago,” Haywood said. “But it never happens on Spencer time, and I have to surrender to it being on God’s time, which is really right on time.”It has been a long journey for Haywood, who grew up picking cotton, battled a cocaine addiction and public marriage and breakup with supermodel Iman.“My brothers and I, in between doing farm work, we played basketball in our bare feet with a rubber ball and sometimes with a sock,” he said of his upbringing to the Detroit News. “We’d put cotton in a sock and that was our ball. It wouldn’t bounce. You had to do imaginary bounces.“Basketball was my way out and, sure enough, it has been my way out. I’m just saying, the beauty of the game — that was my reward.” read more

Before Serena Williams 8 Amazing Facts About the Tennis

Before Serena Williams these Black athletes made a mark on tennis and golf.She Moved North to Escape the Jim Crow SouthAlthea Gibson (Aug. 25, 1927 – Sept. 28, 2003) was part of the Great Migration northward when Black people from the south moved to the urban and industrialized north to escape Jim Crow. She came from the little town of Silver, South Carolina and ended up in Harlem. Her family was hopeful for a new life but they soon learned that the north was not much different from the south. Gibson and her family experienced tough economic hardships. She Was a Table Tennis ChampionThe first sport Gibson played was table tennis. She was so good at it that she became a local champion and captured the attention of musician Buddy Walker who inspired her to play tennis for real. In 1941, Gibson started playing at the local Harlem River Tennis Courts.

Denvers Defense Used To Make Up For Its Terrible Offense Not This

Entering Denver’s Monday night AFC West showdown with the first-place Kansas City Chiefs, there are few people who hold out much hope for the Broncos’ offense. The unit is perhaps the most beleaguered in the NFL right now. (And there are some really beleaguered units out there — have you watched the 49ers?) After routing the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos have scored just three touchdowns in their past four games — and in their last outing were completely shut out by the Chargers.Now Denver is 3-3, with two more games against divisional leaders looming after tonight. But here’s the interesting thing about the Broncos’ apparent unraveling: The offense may be terrible, but it’s been terrible for three years — including the 2015-16 Super Bowl title run.A closer look at the numbers reveals that the vaunted Denver defense is perhaps not getting enough share of the blame. The Bronco defense is hardly struggling, but Denver’s recent formula for winning allows very little margin for error, and this year there’s been some error.Over the previous two seasons, the Denver defense was truly dominant — No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA1Defense-adjusted value over average, explained here. for both 2015 and 2016. The Broncos also finished first in passing yards allowed, first in passing net yards allowed per attempt and fourth in total points allowed in both seasons. This despite well-documented struggles at quarterback that limited the offense’s output.While the Broncos’ defense is ranked No. 1 in total yards allowed in 2017, it’s lagging behind the 2016 and 2015 editions in many key metrics. Going into Week 8, the Broncos were ranked fourth in defensive DVOA, and they were allowing a ninth-best average of 5.5 net passing yards per attempt — worsened from league-leading marks of 5.0 in 2016 and 5.1 in 2015. They’re now allowing an average of 19.7 points per game, up from 18.5 in 2015 and 18.6 in 2016.The uptick in points per game might be due to some decline in the unit’s play in high-leverage spots. Per TruMedia, before this weekend’s games, the Broncos were ninth in rate of first downs allowed per pass attempt, down from third in 2016 and first the year before. After two straight years of far surpassing the rest of league in defensive expected points added,2EPA is a metric popularized by ESPN’s Brian Burke, capturing down-to-down effectiveness based on game situation. the Broncos’ 44.84 is a very distant second to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 83.84 — which shows the Broncos are still great at slowing offenses but not quite as great as they’ve recently been.The other culprit is the Broncos’ lack of turnovers. They’ve forced just four turnovers through six games, which currently ranks 30th in the NFL. That’s an average of 0.67 turnovers per game, down from 1.69 in both 2016 and 2015.All these stats paint an almost-complete picture of what’s going on: The Broncos are allowing slightly more yards, first downs and points to come out of the passing game while forcing far fewer turnovers, so they’re less effective at stopping opponent drives.3For the record, the Broncos had the No. 1 per-carry run defense in 2015, fell to No. 18 in 2016 and currently rank No. 2, per Pro Football Reference. But these swings haven’t made much impact on overall defensive effectiveness because of the pass-heavy nature of the NFL — and how dominant the pass defense has been.It’s easy to point to the offense here, too. If you have an offense that can’t win the field-position battle and can’t give the defense time to breathe, it’s hard to dominate on defense. This year, Broncos opponents’ average start position is 32.5 yards out, the furthest-downfield starting position in the NFL.But again, Denver’s defense should be used to this. The previous two iterations of the Broncos’ defense weren’t helped much by the offense and special teams, either; their opponents’ average start positions from their own end zone of 29.5 yards in 2015 and 29.3 yards in 2016 ranked 30th and 23rd, respectively. The field-position woes are also inflating the Broncos’ yardage defense; they’re ranked No. 1 partly because their opponents have the shortest distances to go.Really, the Broncos’ consistency has been remarkable — this year’s dip aside — especially considering the personnel changes. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and safety T.J. Ward were two of Denver’s five Pro Bowl defenders from 2015; the former has since retired, and the latter was released at the beginning of the season. But plenty of superstar talent remains, including All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller and All-Pro cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib — and new arrivals like free-agent DT Domata Peko have made an impact.It’s literally impossible to win when a team’s offense is shut out, as the Broncos’ was in Week 7. But if Denver’s defense can regain the slight edge it had the past two years, the team doesn’t need Siemian to perform like Peyton Manning did in 2014. It just needs Siemian to perform like Manning did in 2015, when taking care of the ball in big games and moving the ball in key spots were enough to win an NFL championship. read more

Playoff Kawhi Leonard Is The New Playoff LeBron James

Michael Jordan41,011+8.77,474+10.2+1.5 Leonard’s BPM playoff bump — +4 — is tied for the 16th largest increase since the NBA-ABA merger among players that logged at least 2,000 regular season minutes and 500 playoff minutes in a single year. Some other players to increase their BPM by at least 4.0 points include Hakeem Olajuwon during the 1997 playoffs, Tim Duncan during his 2003 title run and LeBron James during his 2016 title run, to name a few.And this isn’t anything new for Leonard: He’s been upping his game in the postseason ever since he came into the league as a role player with the San Antonio Spurs.Below is a similar chart to the first, but this time we’re looking at career performance — comparing a player’s career average BPM in the regular season to their career average BPM in the playoffs since the merger in 1977. (In order to make sure our sample consists of players who played often in both the regular season and deep into the playoffs, each player’s career average BPM has been weighted by both their minutes played in the regular season and playoffs.2Specifically, we weighted the averages using the harmonic mean of the player’s regular season and playoff minutes in a given season. This gives us a better representative sample of players to compare Leonard’s career against.) Draymond Green14,979+3.84,332+6.5+2.7 Kawhi steps up his numbers in the postseasonBiggest average change in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) between the playoffs and regular season, among NBA players with at least 10,000 regular season and 2,500 playoff minutes since 1977 Most of the players that have a similar career BPM in the regular season to Leonard are right at or just below the dotted line, meaning they either get worse during the playoffs or at best they don’t improve. The few players who buck that trend include Michael Jordan, LeBron, Olajuwon and Leonard himself. Each of these players consistently dominated the league in the regular season and even more so in the playoffs.The players with the biggest difference between their regular season and playoff career BPM tend to be toward the middle of the pack in regular season BPM for the simple reason that the lower a player’s regular season number, the more room they have to improve their playoff production. Still, despite having one of the higher career BPMs in the regular season, Leonard ranks sixth on the list. The players in front of him are Isiah Thomas (the Pistons legend, not the other more recent one), Draymond Green, Rajon “Playoff” Rondo, Derek Fisher and Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry. Those are the type of guys Green was referring to when he talked about the difference between 82-game players and 16-game players. Michael Cooper23,635+1.14,744+2.7+1.6 Career regular season and playoff BPM averages are weighted so as to give more importance to seasons where a player logged many minutes in both the regular season and playoffsSource: Basketball-Reference.com Isiah Thomas35,516+2.84,216+6.4+3.6 Kawhi Leonard14,404+5.73,806+7.4+1.8 Reg. SeasonPlayoffs Regardless of whether the Raptors ultimately finish off the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA title, Leonard’s performance this postseason will instill dread in opposing fan bases of “Playoff Kawhi” for years to come. Leonard wasn’t kidding when he referred to the 82 games during the regular season as “practice” and that the “playoffs is when it’s time to lace them up.”Neil Paine contributed to this article. Tayshaun Prince31,576+1.14,977+2.4+1.3 LeBron James46,235+9.710,049+11.1+1.4 Robert Horry27,069+2.86,823+4.8+2.0 This year’s NBA postseason has been a striking reminder of the difference between regular season and playoff basketball, particularly with respect to individual performance. The three finalists for the MVP award — James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George — all failed to match their production from the regular season in this year’s playoffs. On the other end of the spectrum is Kawhi Leonard, who after “load-managing” his way through the regular season, is now considered one of, if not the, best basketball players alive and has the Toronto Raptors one win away from their first NBA championship. (That win could come Thursday night in Game 6 in Oakland.)Before this year, LeBron James was the often-cited case of the rare player who took his already outstanding game to an even higher level in the playoffs. But during this year’s postseason, it’s Leonard, the two-way force of nature, who has become the go-to example of a player who seemingly flips a switch and magically turns into a better version of himself once the playoffs start.During the regular season, Leonard posted a +5.0 box plus/minus (BPM), a catch-all stat designed to capture a player’s all-around impact. Leonard’s regular season BPM was 15th best in the league. But in the playoffs, Leonard’s BPM has risen to +9.0, tied for second-best among all postseason players.It’s rare to see a player of Leonard’s stature lift his BPM at all in the playoffs. Of the 15 players that had a regular season BPM of +5.0 or better,1That does not include LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns and Jusuf Nurkic, who all had a +5.0 BPM or better in the regular season but did not play in the playoffs. only Leonard and Nikola Jokic increased their output in the playoffs. It’s even rarer to see someone as productive as Leonard lift his BPM by as much as he did. Ron Harper31,199+2.23,000+3.8+1.6 Vinnie Johnson24,308+0.02,671+1.6+1.5 Boris Diaw28,768+1.13,144+2.8+1.7 Derek Fisher32,719-0.86,856+1.1+1.9 PlayerMinutesBPMMinutesBPMDiff. Hakeem Olajuwon44,222+5.45,749+7.1+1.6 Rajon Rondo26,119+2.43,944+4.6+2.2 Bryon Russell19,805+2.43,081+3.8+1.4 read more

What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics

Last fall, Lindsey Vonn, a gold-medal Olympian and the second winningest World Cup skier of all time,1She has 81 wins, only five behind male Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989. repeated a request she’d made before: to race against men. U.S. Ski & Snowboard made a formal petition on her behalf to the International Ski Federation (FIS), which currently does not allow mixed-gender competitions.2There are team events in Alpine skiing that have mixed-gender teams, one of which will be featured in the Pyeongchang Olympics for the first time. But in those events, women are still racing in heats against women and men against men. The FIS won’t rule on the petition until spring at the earliest, so as Vonn competes in Pyeongchang this weekend, she won’t know if she will ever get a chance to race against her male peers.3Even if the FIS were to approve the petition, it probably would not permanently change the rules regarding mixed-gender racing. Rather, it is likely to make a one-time exception for Vonn to race in the men’s World Cup race in November 2018.Vonn’s quest made us wonder: What would the Olympics look like if men and women skied against each other? We got results for four Alpine events in the Winter Olympics4Excluding combined and team events. going back to 1948 and looked at the median speed5We used median speed rather than an average of the field because competitors who did much worse than the field each year had too big an impact on the average. for competitors in the men’s and women’s events in each year.6 Because Alpine courses are not specific lengths (they follow general guidelines), we needed to know how long each course was so that we could compare speeds from different races, rather than just race times. The results came from Sports-Reference.com, and the course information is from Wikipedia. Neither dataset was complete, so races in which we are missing either times or course lengths are excluded. As women have gotten faster, they have also been racing longer distances. It seems that distance is not a limiting factor for female skiers. And yet, while the range of women’s speeds is comparable to that of men’s — and even in some events, such as super-G, women have the fastest average speeds in our dataset — in no event have women raced on the longest courses (though in many cases they raced the same distance or greater than men did in other Olympic years).Apart from any questions of inequality, this feature of Alpine skiing makes comparing men’s and women’s performances very difficult. Distance may, in fact, affect average speeds, and requiring separate courses also means that other factors, like gate placement and steepness, will be different for men’s and women’s races.The separation of genders in Alpine skiing, combined with the fact that women are usually asked to do less than men, implies that if men and women were in head-to-head competition, women would never have a shot at gold.8Atle Skaardal, race director of the women’s World Cup, has maintained that keeping genders separate has nothing to do with relative performance, saying, “For me it’s a meaningless comparison. It doesn’t matter if she’s one second behind or a half-second ahead. We compete female against female and men against men. To me it doesn’t matter if one gender is faster or slower. It doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, just because it’s of interest to one racer.” But we simply don’t know for sure if that is true — with all the differences between men’s and women’s races, the data can’t really tell us. Vonn herself has expressed doubts about how she would perform directly against men, telling the Denver Post, “I know I’m not going to win.”“But,” she said, “I would like to at least have the opportunity to try.” In slalom, giant slalom and the super-G, women’s and men’s performances seem to vary in comparison to each other. However, in downhill, the event that most emphasizes speed rather than making turns, the men consistently run ahead of the women — though female downhill skiers today are faster in general than the men who competed in the late 1970s and earlier.But these comparisons hide a key difference between the men’s and women’s competitions: namely, the courses themselves. Men and women rarely race on the same courses, which are set according to different guidelines, with men’s courses requiring a greater change in elevation. Courses also vary in their steepness, but there has not been a marked difference in the average gradient of men’s and women’s courses. This means that men’s courses, which tend to have the same gradient as women’s but a greater vertical change, are usually longer than women’s. In other Winter Olympic sports where events are defined by their lengths, such as cross-country skiing and biathlon, the women’s races are also almost always significantly shorter.7Curiously, the same is not true for most analogous Summer Olympic events, such as track and field races.So here’s another question: Is there any reason for women’s Alpine courses to be shorter? For example, do women go faster on shorter courses, either relative to themselves or to men? (Though that in itself would not be a reason that women’s courses had to be shorter but might give some explanation as to why they are.) To investigate, we plotted average speed versus course length for the winning female competitor in each event for every year. read more

Urban Meyer hires former Gator Mickey Marotti to run OSUs strength and

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has added Mickey Marotti to his staff as assistant athletic director for football sports performance. Marotti’s responsibilities will primarily include running the football program’s strength and conditioning program. “I believe the strength staffs that Mickey has led have been the best staffs in college football,” Meyer said. “He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players.” Marotti will leave the University of Florida where he’s been employed since 2005 and most recently served as the Gators’ director of sports performance. Meyer and Marotti first met when the two were graduate assistants at OSU in 1987. They also worked together at the University of Cincinnati and Notre Dame where Marotti led the schools’ strength and conditioning programs. When Meyer became Florida’s head coach in 2005, Marotti was one of his first hires. During his seven years at Florida, he helped mold 22 All-Americans and eight first-round NFL draft choices. Marotti is one of 100 strength trainers that have a master of strength and conditioning, which is considered the highest honor in the profession. Known for innovative training techniques, Marotti has had players carry rocks, flip heavy tires, and start workouts at midnight. Meyer said he trusts Marotti and his methods. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said, “and I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti will step into his new role on Jan. 2 after OSU returns from their Gator Bowl matchup against Florida. Jerry Emig, associate director for athletic communications, said the details of Marotti’s contract, including his salary, are not yet available. Eric Lichter, director of football performance at OSU, and Troy Sutton, OSU’s coordinator of strength and conditioning, previously worked to design OSU’s football strength and conditioning program. Lichter made $151,860 during 2010 and Sutton made $72,804, according to The Collegiate Times. A June 2010 report from the Orlando Sentinel reported Marotti’s annual salary was $240,000. read more

Katie Chases poise on field contagious for Ohio State womens lacrosse

Then-sophomore attackman Katie Chase (11) warms up before a game against Notre Dame March 4, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 16-7.Lantern file photoThere’s no doubt that one of the strongest leaders and competitors on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is senior attackman Katie Chase.In high school, the Maryland native was looking for a university that had a big school feel, with lots of spirit to call home.“I knew going into it I wanted a school with a lot of tradition,” Chase said. “The first time I visited campus, I knew right away that this is where I wanted to be. The coaches and team were awesome. They made me feel (like) more than just a recruit.”Chase captured a career-high seven goals and a career-high eight points in a game against Oregon this year and leads the team in goals scored this season, with 37. Chase has been recognized by the American Lacrosse Conference prior to this season, earning Second Team honors, ALC Offensive Player of the week, OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.While Chase’s statistics across the board are impressive, coach Alexis Venechanos said it is the nature of her character that stands out the most.“Katie Chase is one of the most humble players I’ve coached,” Venechanos said. “Her poise and her confidence is something that is just tremendous.”Although her scoring numbers are impressive, Chase exhibited her humility when it was brought to her attention and put her team in front of her accomplishments.“It’s nice,” Chase said. “But we still have a lot more to accomplish as a team this year.”Although the offensive statistics are a boost to the team, Venechanos says it is also Chase’s willpower that makes her a strong leader.“She could be getting triple teamed or getting pushed, but she has this poise about her and confidence that is really contagious to our team,” Venechanos said. “We ask a lot of her and she knows the team looks up to her.”Venechanos said Chase’s on-the-field character is present outside the lines as well. She described Chase as supportive, caring and always looking to help, with an “overall good demeanor.”“People love playing with her,” she said. “She is a phenomenal teammate.”A player in particular who enjoys playing with Chase is junior attackman Jackie Cifarelli. The pair’s chemistry is easily shown on the field with its ability to dominant the attack together.“I’m excited (about this weekend’s game) because it’s our senior game,” Cifarelli said. “We have always said, ‘play for our seniors.’”Cifarelli mentioned that the team has all grown to feel like a family. That family mentality is one of Chase’s favorite components to the program at OSU.“We are literally a family on and off the field,” Chase said. “Outside of lacrosse, they are all my best friends.”When the final horn on Chase’s lacrosse days at OSU sounds, she is planning on taking her double major in human development and family sciences and sports management and applying to graduate school closer to home.The Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

New OSU mens hockey assistant coach Mark Strobel looks to bring intensity

Members of the OSU men’s hockey team celebrate during a March 7 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-2. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State hockey program will have a new face behind its bench for the 2015-16 campaign in former Wisconsin standout defenseman Mark Strobel.Strobel manned the blueline for the Badgers from 1991-1995 and was captain of the team in both his junior and senior years. Wisconsin reached the NCAA tournament in each of his four years there, finishing as runner-up in 1992.His coaching career includes stints with Colorado College and the Twin Cities Vulcans of the United States Hockey League, before heading back to the NCAA ranks with current OSU head coach Steve Rohlik at Minnesota Duluth. He then moved on to University of Nebraska Omaha before landing in Columbus.Although his stint in Omaha was his last coaching position in 2003-04, Strobel stayed involved in collegiate hockey, serving as a rinkside reporter for the Big Ten Network.Now, he’s still settling into his new role in the Buckeye State, but Strobel said he feels right at home in Columbus.“I’m very fortunate,” he said. “I’m very humbled by the opportunity at Ohio State. It’s a family, and everyone bleeds scarlet and gray.”He was hired soon after the sudden departure of Brett Larson, who returned home to his alma mater of Minnesota Duluth to be the assistant coach of the Bulldogs after two seasons on the bench with the Buckeyes.Senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple mentioned that despite the tough loss that came along with Larson’s departure, there are plenty of good vibes surrounding their new coach.“He’s all business,” the captain said. “As a program, we’re all excited to see what he’s got and hopefully he’ll make us better hockey players and better people. He’s going to do everything he can to not only further my game but the rest of the team.”A self-described “player’s coach,” Strobel tries to be straightforward in his coaching style.“I don’t overanalyze things,” Strobel said. “Young people have enough on their plate already. What I try not to do is overcoach. I try to keep things simple but within a framework of what we need to accomplish. I’m not going to let them cut corners, but I’ll be the first one to hug them when they do something right.”Rohlik and Strobel have a long history between them, which made it easy for Strobel to join the program.“The most important thing is I know what he’s all about,” Rohlik said. “I know what he’s going to bring to the table. He’s going to have a work ethic second to none and he’s going to bring a tremendous passion to the office, to the rink and to recruiting. I’m really excited about his fit into our staff and with the guys we already have on board, I think he’ll be a great fit for everything.”It remains to be seen how the program will move forward during Strobel’s tenure, but the bond the two coaches share can’t hurt OSU’s chance for future success.“I think it’s going to be tremendous because when you’re brothers, and blood is thicker than water, you can be very real and honest with that person on a daily basis,” Strobel said. “I’m a family guy first and foremost and that’s going to translate to our team. That bond is unbroken amongst family members when you’re unbroken and pushing each other to the best you can be on a daily basis.”OSU hasn’t been to an NCAA tournament since 2009, when it was swiftly eliminated by eventual champion Boston University in the first round.Strobel recognizes that while there is not as much history to build on as his alma mater when it comes to hockey, that can change with the right formula.Ingredient one is signing a special recruit who will work tirelessly, he said.“When you look at our building and you look into the rafters, there is no tradition, there is no history,” Strobel said. “The Chicago Bulls didn’t have much going on before a guy by the name of Michael Jordan got there and turned things around.”From there, there’s only one thing left to do.“You’ve got to win hockey games, plain and simple,” Strobel said. “If you win 25 to 27 hockey games a year and you’re back into the NCAA tournament on a regular basis, by all means I believe the fans will show up and the people will want to be part of a winner. It’s just the way human nature works.” read more

TBDPITL Ep 17 Rose Bowl Preview

Colin Gay and Wyatt Crosher preview the Rose Bowl matchup between Ohio State and Washington, the battle of two strengths with the Buckeyes’ pass offense against the Huskies’ secondary, and how much Urban Meyer’s retirement will effect the outcome. Tate Martell said some things we talk about, too.

Student photobombed by gull that stole her ice cream

first_img“I was shocked and stunned for a while, then I realised that my beloved ice cream was taken by a big seagull,” she added.“I was a bit upset and angry because it happened in just three seconds! It was so fast, and yes not only one seagull, but two. My friends laughed at me and shared one bite of their ice cream … I was in no mood to eat it.” “I travelled there because it was a long weekend with two of my friends. We ate some fresh seafood like oysters and fish,” she explained.She was about to enjoy some ice cream for dessert when two gulls spotted their opportunity for a snack. A student’s photograph of a typical day at the English seaside was ruined when a hungry gull swooped down to steal her ice cream.Dalyntara Tara Dalyntara (@dalyntara), an international student from Thailand, was capturing a photo of Brighton beach when the bird photobombed her shot.The 23-year-old, who is studying a master’s degree at Reading University, was enjoying the August bank holiday weekend in East Sussex. She posted the photos on Facebook, joking: “I hope the bird took that ice cream cone too and used it to build its nest.”The photo has been liked and shared by almost 40,000 Facebook users. Meanwhile, this bizarre photo is confusing the internet – can you work it out?More incredible comedy wildlife captured in 13 brilliant photos. You can see more of Dalyntara Tara Dalyntara’s photos on Instagram.Last summer, aggressive gulls caused chaos across the UK, stealing sandwiches, attacking schoolchildren, and posing such a threat to the Royal Mail it had to delay some deliveries. 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

Duchess of Cambridge visits Luxembourg on solo trip as Brexit Ambassador

first_imgCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children as she tours a cycling themed festivalCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Europe Significantly, the Duchess was accompanied by the Queen’s own private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, in a move aides said underlined the significance of the trip and the Queen’s personal support. Francine Closener, Luxembourg’s economy, international security and defence secretary, said the country would continue to respect the common values of “pragmatism, an ability to adapt… a capacity to listen to others, understand their needs and find a solution” even as “our relationship evolves.”Later this year, the Duchess and Duke will visit Germany and Poland on the request of the Foreign Office, in another bid to show their appreciation for the UK’s European neighbours.  Frank Schleck, also a professional cyclist and brother of Andy, said: “We talked about how they [children] really appreciate riding a bike. For kids, it’s great because they can exercise and – as long as it’s safe – go to school without their parents.”She said their kids [Prince George and Princess Charlotte] have bikes and that they’re always excited about trying to ride.”It formed part of the Duchess’ one-day trip to Luxembourg, following what has been dubbed the Royal family’s “Brexit tour” charm offensive in Europe this year. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children as she tours a cycling themed festival Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tours a cycling themed festival “She said not to worry, it’s totally normal at that age.”The Duchess was attending a festival in Luxembourg’s Place Clairefontaine, which gathered cyclists, a choir, and schoolchildren in celebration of the upcoming Tour de France.The Duchess was introduced to cyclist Kim Kirchen, his wife Caroline and six-year-old twin sons Liam and Mika, who presented her with a personalised jersey.Mrs Kirchen said: “She said she has no excuse now not to get on a bike.” The Duchess of Cambridge accepts flowers from a child as she visited the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg CityCredit:James Whatling The Duchess of Cambridge in Luxembourgcenter_img The Duchess wore a blue coat by Emilia WicksteadCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images Politicians in Luxembourg did not shy away from the topic of Brexit during the day, with speeches referencing cooperation and pragmatism.Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said: “The European Union is the backbone of Luxembourg’s independence and prosperity. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tours a cycling themed festivalCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Europe  The Duchess of Cambridge visits MUDAM As the mother of two small children, the Duchess of Cambridge has likely learned the art of adapting to their moods.Her skills were put to the test yesterday, as a three-year-old boy was overcome with the pressure of handing her a posy of flowers.Teo Schleck, the young son of Tour de France-winning Andy Schleck, was struck with a bout of shyness in front of the cameras, collapsing into his mother’s arms for reassurance while the Duchess crouched down to console him. Jil Schleck, his mother, later said: “Kate asked if he was shy. She was very nice – you can see she’s a mum. “We are happy to be part of this European family, which is based on the rule of law, justice and peace.” 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

Manchester bombing latest Investigation making immense progress as police get hold of

first_img‘Large part of network’ linked to bombing held, police sayFresh raids on Manchester barbershop and takeawayPolice reveal eight men as young as 18 held in custodyIsil calls on followers to rise up in ‘war’ on infidels in WestOfficers fear bomber could have distributed other devicesCorbyn speech linking UK wars to attack declared ‘crass’Rex Tillerson visits UK for talks after security leaks angerSalman Abedi: Who is uni dropout who turned to terror?The victims: Seven children among 22 people killedEverything we know about attack at Ariana Grande gig 9:14AMJeremy Corbyn condemned over ‘crass’ speech linking UK military action to terrorism 12-volt battery that was possible power source Manchester bomb in the Withington area overnight A police cordon is in place around the Fade Away barbershop in Princess Road, Moss Side, after a police raid early today.The shutters were down on the shop but part of it appeared to have been smashed open to gain access to the front door. A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am, which stretches to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of officers guarding the cordon. At last! The pair shake hands outside Carlton GardensCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP It comes amid fears the attacker might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Security sources now believe he assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists.A security source told the Telegraph: “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out.” Liam Gallagher has announced his first ever solo gig in Manchester – with all profits to be donated to the families of the terror attack victims.The former Oasis singer announced the string of solo shows on his Twitter account, with tickets available from 9am on Friday morning. Salman Abedi The 22 Manchester victims 5:14PM’A lot of the risk contained, but still some uncertainty’ British police have resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, US Secretary of State is making his first official trip to Britain today.With Britain on critical alert, stay with us for the latest updates today amid the huge operation to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to Abedi. Remnants of backpack Manchester bomb  Police today revealed that the eight men in custody “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act” in connection with Monday’s atrocity, which killed 22 people – including seven children – are aged between 18 and 38. Scene of the Pulse nightclub attack in OrlandoCredit:Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP 3:07PM#ForManchester posters at Manchester Central Park Mosque Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m sitting here in Manchester, a place where 21 years ago the IRA detonated a bomb that injured 212 people.“That was the last terrorist act in Manchester. They are all terrorists. We have to be unequivocal that no amount of excuses, no amount of twisted reasoning about a foreign policy here or a foreign policy there can be an excuse.“The reality is these people hate our values. You only have to look at their propaganda to realise.” More from Assistant Commissioner Rowley:”Having made enormous progress and made some significant arrests and had some significant finds, there still remain important lines of inquiry for us to pursue.”We’ve got to try to understand everything we can about the dead terrorist, his associates.”We need to understand the whole network and how they acquired and built the bomb that exploded on Monday night.”It’s going to take a little more time to close down those gaps in our understanding.”We are working as fast as we can do because everyone wants answers to this.””We’ve got a lot of the risk contained but we still have some uncertainty.”As we chase down those lines of inquiry we will keep this strong policing presence.”We need to grow our confidence that we have got every component of the network and we have got as full an understanding as possible about how the device was constructed and whether there’s any remaining risk.”Clearly we haven’t covered all the territory we want to but we have covered a large part of it.”Our confidence has been increasing over recent days but there’s still more to do to get to the degree of confidence we want.” Meanwhile, Merseyside Police said a search of a property – believed to be leased to a pizza takeaway – in St Helens is complete.A spokesman said: “This phase of the operation is still in its infancy. There is currently no specific threat to Merseyside.” Superintendent Louise Harrison said:”I understand that this kind of activity can cause concern for people living in nearby communities and would like to thank them for their understanding and patience.  “As a result of today’s operation, Merseyside Police is working very closely with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals to make sure concerns are addressed and that we provide the best possible service to local people.  “Over the coming days and weeks we will be continuing to work with our local communities to address any concerns they may have. We always need the public’s help to defeat terrorism by being extra vigilant and letting us know of any suspicious behaviour or activity.”“Terrorists want to create discord in our communities, but Merseyside has a long history of our communities living and working together. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to divide us.  “Public safety is the paramount concern for the police and will continue to be our top priority and we have a duty to act and protect the public. We cannot be complacent and cannot take chances in situations such as this and police and the security services must act on information received.”  Latest update pic.twitter.com/cQ7F69tVRX— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 26, 2017 At last! The pair shake hands outside Carlton Gardens People stand next to flowers for the victims of Monday's bombing at St Ann's Square A detective removes items from a barbers shop in Moss SideCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park MosqueCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP He said: “I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barbershop or he is involved with anyone there.”We’re all shocked around here about what happened on Monday and how close we are to all this. You don’t know who these people are.”Earlier, Greater Manchester Police said they were searching a property in Moss Side in connection with Monday’s attack and had also arrested a man in the area.A spokesman said: “The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.” Tourists watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace on FridayCredit:John Stillwell/PA Police raided a house in the Withington area Credit:David Rose for The Telegraph Cameras aloft, tourists crowd around The Mall Katie Hopkins, the controversial broadcaster, and LBC “have agreed” that she will leave the radio station “immediately”.They have parted company in the same week that she called for a “final solution” following the Manchester attack. Here’s more from our Crime Correspondent Martin Evans on what we know about the bomb used by Salman Abedi – and the fears of a second device:Abedi arrived back in Manchester from Libya on Thursday, travelling via Istanbul and Dusseldorf. The following day he visited the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, where he was caught on CCTV buying a Karrimor rucksack.It is believed he then spent the weekend putting together the main components of the device, including the detonator.On Monday he then travelled the three miles from his home in Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield district to a rented apartment in Granby Row on the edge of Manchester’s Gay Village.The building was raided by special forces at lunchtime on Wednesdayand specialist forensics teams and bomb squad operatives were still at the building on Thursday.Sources believe Abedi may have used the £75 a night apartment to put all the components of the device together, before heading off late on Monday evening to make his way to the Manchester Arena where he killed 22 people.The use of two addresses to assemble the device was a tactic used by the 7/7 bombers who also spent months learning how to build a bomb at a training camp in Pakistan.Former Metropolitan Police officer, David Videcette, who helped investigate the tube bombings said it was likely Abedi had spent many months abroad practising how to assemble a device before returning to the UK.He said: “This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. “But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly.”Click here for more. There are road closures in place ahead of the @Great_Run on Sunday. Check our travel advice & plan ahead: https://t.co/eCXm4cskMs pic.twitter.com/X0QGnBD3mm— TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) May 26, 2017 After yesterday’s transatlantic row over Manchester security leaks in America, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is making his first official visit to the UK today for talks with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from 11am.The Foreign Office said the visit was “an expression of UK-US solidarity” following the terrorist attack in ManchesterThe pair will write messages of condolence for the victims and hold talks on a range of foreign policy issues.However, the visit will be seen as an attempt to repair the rift that opened up over the intelligence leaks. 9:34AMLiam Gallagher announces first ever solo gig to raise funds for Manchester attack appeal 11:05AMBarbershop raided by police ‘has not opened since Arena bombing’ Amber Rudd failed to convince audience member that 20,000 fewer police has no bearing on terrorism #BBCQT #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/M7yVOlgp6R— Scott Nelson (@SocialistVoice) May 25, 2017 Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign due to resume on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn has signalled his intention to bring the issue of terrorism into the political arena.The Labour leader is expected to make a veiled attack on the Conservatives for underfunding the police service at a time of heightened threat, while linking Britain’s overseas military campaigns with terrorism at home.On Thursday, UK police resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.With Britain on critical alert, a huge operation is under way to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to suicide Abedi, who killed 22 people – seven of them under 18. It is now believed that Salman Abedi built the bomb himselfCredit:AP  A police officer is reflected in the window of a barber's shop in Moss Side as plain clothes officers search inside in Manchester Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech on Friday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Armed British Transport Police Specialist Operations officers on board a Virgin train to Birmingham New Street at Euston  We stand with the UK. We know this kind of attacks. We will do everything we can to increase cooperation against terrorism. @theresa_may pic.twitter.com/gfeTmisK9Q— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 26, 2017 1:20PMTillerson: The special relationship will withstand Manchester leaks The money raised from the Manchester show, at the O2 Ritz on May 30, will be donated to the Manchester Evening News’ British Red Cross appeal, which was set up to help relatives of those affected by the tragedy.Speaking to the paper about his decision, he said: “I just knew I had to. I’m not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can. I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time.”Click here for more details. Cameras aloft, tourists crowd around The MallCredit:John Stillwell/PA The half marathon and 10km events will take place in Manchester city centre on Sunday 28 May. 12:46PMIsil calls for more attacks on West at start of Ramadan Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando West Indian-born Byron Gibbs, 79, who has run Gibbs Hardware for the past 33 years, said that the shop next door had opened about 12 months ago.He said a number of men appeared to work there but had never come into his shop to buy anything.He said: “I never go there to talk to them, I don’t have my hair cut there. Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.”Mr Gibbs said he had recognised the face of suicide bomber Abedi from the television. Chief Superintendent Jon Williams, from the Metropolitan Police, said:”We are working closely with both the Football Association (FA) and Wembley to ensure this weekend’s iconic football matches pass off without incident. “Together we have a long history of delivering safe and secure major sporting events. The focus is the safety and security of fans. “Anyone coming to the FA Cup Final or the other play off matches over the weekend will see an increase in police numbers in and around the stadium.“This will include extra armed officers on foot patrol around the environs of the Stadium, and the deployment of police armoured vehicles to support road closures.“At Twickenham rugby fans will see more armed officers on foot around the stadium.“If you have a ticket for any of the matches please help us out. Arrive earlier as there will be additional security and entry searches which may take a bit longer than fans are used to.“Our operations will include a range of highly visible but also covert and discrete tactics and this will run far beyond the final whistle and away from specific stadia. This will also apply right throughout the transport network.” Flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s Square in central ManchesterCredit:Emilio Morenatti/Ap 1:51PMGreat City Games and Great Manchester run to go ahead despite terror threat 10:27AMEight suspects held in Manchester bomb probe as young as 18 Assistant Commissioner Rowley outlined a number of strands of the investigation into the attack:Finances – Officers are mounting a large-scale financial investigation, with Mr Rowley saying: “We are interested in equipment people have bought bearing in mind a bomb was constructed.” Communications – Police are looking back at communications and working closely with technology firms. Exhibits – Investigators have seized large volumes of material during searches of a number of properties and expect to amass hundreds of electronic devices.CCTV – Police are trawling through footage on local cameras to establish movements and patterns of activity in the lead up to the attack. Witnesses – Officers are working to “triage” hundreds of statements from those caught up in the bombing. International inquiries – Detectives are probing links to Libya as well as liaising with counterparts across Europe and elsewhere. Boris Johnson (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attend a joint press conference The “I Love MCR” signs have been popping up at sites across Manchester. Here they are seen adorning a pillar as worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park Mosque. 1:56PMExtra police at Scottish Cup Final in Glasgow The Foreign Secretary was pictured killing time for the US Secretary of StateCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.— LBC (@LBC) May 26, 2017 2:41PMAmir Khan leaves floral tributes to Manchester victims  9:00AMPictures: Police raid barbershop after smashing open shutters Salman Abedi The Labour leader said in a speech this morning:“We cannot carry on as though nothing happened in Manchester this week. “So, let the quality of our debate, over the next fortnight, be worthy of the country we are proud to defend. “Let’s have our arguments without impugning anyone’s patriotism and without diluting the unity with which we stand against terror.” Mr Corbyn also said that as Prime Minister he would only deploy British troops in the world’s trouble sports when he knows that the outcome will “deliver lasting peace”.Click here for more details. 11:52AM Jeremy Corbyn: It’s not unpatriotic to question British foreign wars after Manchester attack Manchester is hosting the Great City Games and Great Manchester run this weekend, putting pressure on the local police force.Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “There are no military personnel patrolling Manchester but we are therefore able to receive additional armed policing support because of this plan.”We are using this to help in our efforts enable the Manchester Games and Manchester 10k to go ahead.”We are working with event organisers and Manchester City Council to review and enhance our safety and security.”The athletics event will go ahead as planned on Friday afternoon and evening. Events start from 4.45pm and run until 7.20pm. Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, confirmed British chiefs had “received fresh assurances” from their overseas counterparts that they could be trusted with confidential material.Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she expected the “critical” assessment of the terror threat – suggesting a fresh attack may be imminent – to remain in place in the coming days.Ms Rudd told BBC1’s Question Time: “During this period of ‘critical’, which we hope will only last for a few days – it could be longer, it will depend on the operation – we’ve pulled out additional support from the Army so we can go about our normal life.” Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the fallout for the Manchester Arena bombing.We’ve been hearing overnight that counter-terror police have carried out new raids in connection with the attack, searching addresses in Manchester and Merseyside.One man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning and detectives searched a property in St Helens.Eight men are in custody in connection with Monday’s atrocity, with police and security agencies working at pace amid fears of further attacks. Police officers tie up cordon tape outside the barber’s shopCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech Najma Khalid came to lay flowers with members of the Women’s Chai Project.She said: “We just want to stand together and tell Manchester we love them and we are praying for the victims. This is not going to divide us. Life carries on and we’re standing united.”  9:06AMEnd of control orders to monitor terror suspects a ‘grave mistake’ Salman Abedi, pictured left putting his bins out and right in CCTV footage shortly before the attack, is now thought to have assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley discloses that police have reviewed security at more than 1,300 events around the country ahead of the bank holiday weekend.But he issued a message of reassurance to the public.”Go out as you planned. Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see.”We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.” Boris flowers for the victims of Monday's bombing at St Ann's Square in central Manchester 5:16PMSix elements in investigation Detectives have made “immense” progress in the investigation into the Manchester bombing and are confident they have arrested some “key players”, Britain’s top counter-terror officer has said.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police have made “significant” arrests and “finds” and have got hold of a “large part of the network” being sought over the atrocity.Mr Rowley said: “They are very significant, these arrests.”We are very happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there’s still a little bit more to do.” The spokeswoman said a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour – also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade – which was due to be held today had been moved to next Wednesday.She said: “This decision has been taken by General Officer Commanding London District as preparations were ahead of schedule.”We take these rehearsals for Queen’s Birthday Parade very seriously to ensure we are able to equal and even exceed the standards of excellence expected for this important and high-profile annual event.”In January, it was confirmed Changing the Guard was switching to fixed days in the autumn and winter after security was stepped up in the wake of the Berlin terror attack. 2:25PMChanging of the Guard attracts crowds again after it is halted due to Manchester bombing Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi People stand next to flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s SquareCredit:Emilio Morenatti/AP Amir Khan, the boxer, is among those who travelled to Manchester today to leave floral tributes to the victims under the watch of armed police officers.Manchester Cathedral, within the cordon since Monday evening, reopened on Thursday and is offering visitors the chance to sign a book of condolence and light a candle in memory of those who died. Armed officers on board a Virgin train as British Transport Police with weapons begin patrolling the railway networkCredit: Yui Mok/PA 11:08AMMore armed police at Wembley and Twickenham this weekend NHS England have given an update on the condition of those injured in the Manchester attack.A total of 66 people are now being treated across eight hospitals, including 23 patients in critical care, after Monday’s attack. 4:32PMMassive security review for Bank Holiday weekend A detective removes items from a barbers shop in Moss Side Morning – on way to Manchester to pay my respects to the Victims of Manchester 🙏❤️— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 26, 2017 A spike in hate crime has hit Manchester in the wake of Monday’s suicide bombing, Greater Manchester Police say.A total of 56 hate crimes were recorded by the force on Wednesday, a significant rise on the 28 reported on Monday.Chief constable  Ian Hopkins said: “Whilst we can’t directly link this to the events of Monday night, we are continuing to monitor the situation and support our communities.””Manchester has come together this week, the public has seen that, they have seen that compassion.”But it is important that we continue to stand together here, in Greater Manchester.”Particularly standing together against some of the hateful views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here in Greater Manchester.”He added: “I have sent a personal message out to all the faith leaders and places of worship today and have thanked them for the support they have shown and stressed that hate crime will not be tolerated.” Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West, reports Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor in Beirut.Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large uptick in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror attacks.“Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums,” the jihadist group said in a message entitled Where are the lions of war? and published on YouTube.Defending themselves after the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, which left 22 mostly children and teenagers dead, the group said: “Do not despise the work. Your targeting of the so-called innocents and civilians is beloved by us and the most effective, so go forth and may you get a great reward or martyrdom in Ramadan.”Last year, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the late Isil spokesman, issued a call to arms to followers to carry out lone wolf attacks during the holy month. It was the bloodiest Ramadan month on record.Isil took credit for a lone jihadist gunman, an Afghan American who perpetrated America’s deadliest mass shooting in history and worst terrorism on US soil since 9/11 during early morning hours of June 12 at an Orlando gay nightclub, killing 49 and wounding 53. 5:37PMRise in local hate crime since attack The 22 Manchester attack victims – including seven children Fresh raids were carried earlier today as security services brace for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow. Tourists gather for the Changing the Guard ceremonyCredit:John Stillwell/PA Greater Manchester Police have provided the first full breakdown of the arrests made in the huge investigation to establish whether there was a “network” behind Salman Abedi’s suicide attack.Counter-terror detectives have revealed eight suspects aged between 18 and 38 are in custody in connection with the Manchester bombing.In total 10 individuals were detained between Tuesday and Friday. All were held “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act”.A 16-year-old boy arrested in Withington on Thursday and a 34-year-old woman arrested In Blackley on Wednesday have been released without charge. Ben Wallace, the Security MinisterCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph Danielle Anderson, 36, who came to lay flowers with sister Simone Anderson, 32, said the city seemed busier on Friday than it was earlier in the week.She said: “We came to town yesterday and it was the weirdest atmosphere, nobody was talking, everybody looked sad and everybody was quiet. It didn’t feel right.”Today it does feel different, it’s a lot busier. Yesterday, you could hear a pin drop.” Enhanced policing and security will also be in place for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.Police Scotland are asking ticket holders for the match between Celtic and Aberdeen to arrive early to allow for checks, and to not take bags into the stadium.Superintendent Mark Hargreaves, match commander for the event, said: “Whilst I understand that some people may be inconvenienced by the increased security, public safety is our priority and I am sure everyone in Scotland will co-operate with us and support this.”There is no specific threat against Scotland, or the Scottish Cup Final; however, people should remain calm but vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.” Tourists watch the start of the Changing the Guard ceremony  But, as these pictures show, he kept Mr Johnson waiting… Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to terror attacks like the Manchester suicide bomb has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Government’s Security Minister.Mr Corbyn will deliver a speech in London this morning in which he will point to “the connections between wars the Government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”.But Ben Wallace said the timing of Mr Corbyn’s speech is “appalling” and “crass” as he rejected the idea that there is a link between UK foreign policy and terror. Andrew Neil’s done it again. After stirring speeches following the Westminster and Paris attacks, Andrew Neil’s monologue on This Week concerning the Manchester terror attack has been praised online.The BBC presenter called for a “national conversation”, saying that the “time for rhetoric is over” in his latest, stirring monologue. Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign resuming, Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to the Manchester attack has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Security Minister. The Foreign Secretary was pictured killing time for the US Secretary of State Meanwhile, it is has emerged that police fear the Manchester bomber might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya.But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists. 7:17AMRecap: Everything you need to know on Friday morning Possible detonator of Manchester bomb in a picture released as part of US leaks 12:30PMTerror threat level to remain at critical amid ‘live’ police operation The developments followed a fraught day in which Greater Manchester Police severed intelligence-sharing ties with the US due to evidence being repeatedly passed to journalists without permission.”While we do not usually comment on information-sharing arrangements with international law enforcement organisations, we want to emphasise that, having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance,” Mr Rowley said.Abedi, who was known to security services for his radical views, was said to have been in close contact with family members moments before slaughtering concert-goers on Monday. Tickets on sale fill your boots https://t.co/4oUcxr4p6e LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 26, 2017 In St Ann’s Square, boxer Khan said: “I just wanted to come here and show my respects.”Obviously it’s a very sad time for Manchester. I have to say, the people of Manchester are very brave and we all have to stick together and get through things like this.”I believe in the people of Manchester, they’re very strong and we just have to all stick together.”I’ve come here to show my respects and I can’t believe the amount of people I have met here who are here for the same reason as me, showing their respects and laying flowers down.” Boris Johnson is left scratching his head as he waits for Rex TillersonCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP 10:18AMKatie Hopkins to leave LBC after calling for ‘final solution’ over Manchester attack A police officer stands outside a barber's shop in Moss Side which was raided by officers in Manchester 11:37AMRex Tillerson meets Boris Johnson… after keeping him waiting A former independent terror watchdog has said it was a “grave mistake” to abolish control orders to monitor terrorism suspects.Lord Carlile said the sweeping powers “may have saved dozens of lives” between 2005 and 2011.The independent peer and top QC also urged Theresa May to use their replacements “to their full effect now”, with just a handful of people currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (TPIMs).Control orders restricted the freedom of terrorism suspects and could be used to force people to move or restrict their use of phones and computers.But they were abolished by the coalition government in 2012 amid concerns over their impact on civil liberties. Lord Carlile told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:”In my view control orders worked very well in the period between 2005 and 2011. Although they were criticised for breaching civil liberties, in fact they were upheld by the courts, every control order was subject to automatic review by senior judges.”Fifty-three people were placed on control orders, 23 of them with relocation requirements and restrictions on their use of the internet and so on.”I believe that may have saved dozens of lives and my view is that it was a grave mistake by the coalition government to remove control orders and to produce something more dilute. I do wish at least that TPIMs would be used to their full effect now.”TPIMs place restrictions on those suspected of being involved in terrorism, but where there is not enough evidence to charge or deport them.Just seven people are subject to TPIMs at the moment, Lord Carlile said, adding that they were “better than nothing”.Lord Carlile was previously a Liberal Democrat peer but quit the party given its stance on security issues. Possible detonator located in suspect’s left hand Manchester bomb  Ben Wallace, the Security Minister St HelensGreater Manchester Police said officers have been carrying out searches at an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside this morning.A spokesman said: “These searches are connected to Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”Moss SideOfficers are also searching an address at a property in Moss Side in connection with the attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday.The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.A police spokesman said: “As it stands ten people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge. Eight men remain in custody for questioning.” A police officer outside a barber’s shop in Moss Side that was raided by officers in ManchesterCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Police officers tie up cordon tape outside a barber's shop The owner of a shop next door to a barbershop raided by armed police overnight in Moss Side said the premises involved has not opened since Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.It is understood that an armed response unit arrived at the Fade Away shop in Princess Road in the early hours of Friday and that the shutter to the barbershop was cut open at about 5.15am to gain access to the front door.A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am and stretched to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats. The cordon was lifted at 10.40am.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of uniformed officers guarding the cordon. Hundreds of tourists have watched the Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.The popular events were cancelled on Wednesday in the wake of the Manchester attack to allow police officers, who would have been controlling road closures, to be re-deployed.But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the colourful spectacles, that attract large crowds to the Queen’s official London home and her Berkshire castle, would go ahead as scheduled.In bright summer sunshine, visitors to the capital watched as F Company the Scots Guards marched to replace the Buckingham Palace old guard of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF. A police officer is reflected in the window of a barber’s shop in Moss Side as plain clothes officers search insideCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Remnants of a backpack used to carry the Manchester bomb  8:13AMWhat do we know about the bomb used in the Manchester attack Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park Mosque  Tourists watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace in London 9:58AM’The time for rhetoric is over’: BBC’s Andrew Neil demands action Speaking on his first official visit to the UK, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US took “full responsibility” for and “regrets” the leaking of information from the Manchester bombing.A row erupted between the US and British authorities after a host of sensitive information, including photographs from the scene of the attack, was leaked to American news outlets in the wake of Monday’s attack.Mr Tillerson said: “This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.” Boris Johnson greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outside Carlton Gardens in London on Friday morningCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP France will  to “do everything we can” to help Britain fight terror, President Emmanuel Macron has told Theresa May as he met her at the G7 summit this morning. With two big sporting events tomorrow, sports fans can expect to see more armed police on patrol.The Metropolitan Police said extra officers will be on duty for the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham. 8:00AMRex Tillerson visiting UK in bid to repair intelligence rift 10:45AMMore details of those arrested released by police 7:46AMWhere the new searches are taking place Hopkins hosted a weekly show every Sunday on the station. 2:52PMTwenty-three Manchester victims remain critically ill In the years leading up to Monday’s attack, it was said Abedi was known to security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review” and MI5 considered him a “former subject of interest”, a Whitehall source said.Police hunting the “network” behind his attack said they had made “significant” arrests and seized “very important” items in raids.Emergency services on the night and aftermath of the Manchester attack were criticised by the widower of one victim, who accused them of leaving families in the dark.Steve Howe, whose wife Alison, 45, died as she was waiting to collect their daughter from the concert, told Channel 4 News: “I gave them all the details, all the information from security in the arena, no-one has rang us… I was so frustrated.” At a bilateral meeting with new French President, Mrs May thanked him for the solidarity shown by the French following the Manchester attack.”Of course France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks. And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism,” she said. 12-volt battery that was a possible power source of the Manchester bomb Boris Johnson greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outside Carlton Gardens in London on Friday morning Here’s Boris Johnson meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a few moments ago.The pair are holding talks after a tense showdown between the US and British authorities over leaked Manchester intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, it was announced Mr Tillerson would make his first official trip to Britain. 9:36AM’We stand with the UK’: Emmanuel Macron offers support to Theresa May Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd disclosed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has assessed that the terror threat level should remain at critical while the “live” police operation continues.The rating was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in a decade in the wake of the Manchester outrage. It indicates that an attack may be imminent. Boris Johnson and Rex Tillerson attend a joint press conferenceCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP An Islamist jihadist then stabbed a police officer and his wife in a Paris suburb in front of their son. The killer explicitly claimed in a live broadcast of the murder that he was responding to Adnani’s call.Later that month, three Isil suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport, killing 45 and wounding more than 250.The final global body count after the month-long rampage was 421 dead and 729 wounded.Hitting multiple targets in many different countries is designed to send the message that no person on earth is safe or can be protected from terrorism. A relative of the 22-year-old said he had felt increasing frustration at his treatment in the UK, heightened after a friend was fatally knifed in what he perceived to be a religious hate crime.She added that the British-born bomber began referring to others in the country as “infidels” who were “unjust to Arabs”.Libyan authorities, who are questioning Abedi’s parents and siblings, claimed he made a final phone call to his mother on the eve of the attack, in which he said: “Forgive me.”Music fans were targeted at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the worst terrorist attack on British soil since the July 7 bombing in London in 2005.As Abedi’s route to mass murder continued to be probed:Downing Street announced the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will meet in Whitehall on Friday morning to discuss the latest developments, chaired by the Home Secretary.Officers also carried out searches at properties in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. A bomb disposal unit returned to the Wigan address on Thursday night so experts could examine “potentially suspicious items”.British investigative efforts remained focused on smashing the potential terror ring which may have assisted Abedi, despite the belief of Libyan authorities that he acted alone.Twenty-three people remained in critical care across eight hospitals. They included five children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.British Transport Police announced that specialist firearms officers are to patrol on trains nationwide for the first time.NHS England warned health organisations to “ensure care is in place should it be needed” as Britain remained on high alert in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend.A man and a woman arrested as part of the probe were released without charge.At the Nato summit in Brussels, Theresa May confronted Donald Trump with her concerns about security lapses which allowed crucial evidence to be handed to US journalists by his officials.He vowed to investigate, calling the leaks “deeply troubling” and warning the sources of the security lapse could be prosecuted. Islamic State has called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West. Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large increase in terror attacks.As detectives revealed the youngest man in custody over the Manchester attack is 18, early-hours searches were on Friday launched at a Manchester barbershop and a takeaway on Merseyside.Officers who earlier raided terrorist Salman Abedi’s home discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Jeremy Corbyn has denied he is being unpatriotic by claiming that the deployment of British troops overseas is linked to the suicide bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, reports Christopher Hope and Laura Hughes. 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

Pigs genetically edited so their organs can be used for human transplants

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. Although several medical procedures already use sterilized pig tissues, such as heart valves in cardiac surgery and corneal transplants, doctors believe that the use of pig organs such as kidneys could end the donor shortage.More than 1,000 people die in Britain each year waiting for a transplant.British scientists said that the new breakthrough could help solve a ‘huge unmet need in modern medicine.’Prof Ian McConnell, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Science, University of Cambridge, said: “This work provides a promising  first step in the development of genetic strategies for creating  strains of pigs where the risk of transmission of retroviruses in vivo organ transplantation has been eliminated.“It remains to be seen whether these results can be translated into a fully safe strategy in organ transplantation.”The research was published in the journal Science. Pig organs could soon be transplanted into patients after Harvard University genetically removed a virus inherent in the animal’s DNA which makes it incompatible with humans.Scientists have spent decades trying to engineer pig tissue so that it would not be rejected by the human body.All pig DNA carries a cancer virus which infects human cells and makes transplantation impossible.But now Professor George Church and colleagues at Harvard have used a ground-breaking genetic editing technology called Crispr to snip away the virus’ genetic code in a pig embryos.The embryos were then implanted into a sow and grew to be a healthy pigs, a feat described as a major milestone in the quest to use animal organs in humans. Harvard geneticist George Church Credit:Harvard  Harvard geneticist George Church last_img read more

Revealed the UK cities most likely to have a white Christmas this

first_imgSnow has already fallen in the north, but will it again in three weeks? Moscow's Red Square with a festive coat Stirling Castle in the snowCredit:Getty The 10 UK cities most likely to have a white ChristmasStirling – 12.9 per cent chanceAberdeen – 12.5%Inverness – 11.29%Bradford – 10.48%Newry – 8.47%Carlisle – 8.47%Wolverhampton – 8.47%Birmingham – 8.06%Portsmouth – 8.06%Armagh – 7.66% Stirling Castle in the snow The Met Office says that of the last 54 years “a snowflake has fallen somewhere in the UK on Christmas Day 38 times… so we can probably expect more than half of all Christmas days to be a ‘white Christmas’”.“However,” the Met Office says, “the Dickensian scene of widespread snow lying on the ground on Christmas Day is much rarer. There has only been a widespread covering of snow on the ground (where more than 40 per cent of stations in the UK reported snow on the ground at 9am) four times in the last 51 years.”The Met Office defines a white Christmas as one snowflake being observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25 somewhere in the UK. Newry, Northern Ireland, was the city fifth most likely to see snow on Christmas Day, with a 8.47 per cent chance.The capital, London, has just a 6 per cent chance of a white Christmas, while Truro, on the south coast, has the smallest probability, just 1.61 per cent. Snow has already fallen in the north, but will it again in three weeks?Credit:PA/Danny Lawson Moscow’s Red Square with a festive coatCredit:ELENA LISEYKINA Anyone in the Big Apple over Christmas has a 21.77 per cent chance of seeing snow, according to the data.Globally, broken down by country, Russia has the highest chance of snow – which is not surprising given it is both cold and vast – with a 60.89 per cent probability.Belarus (52.82 per cent) and Finland (49.19 per cent) were second and third most likely, respectively.England is the 46th most likely, behind Tajikistan, but ahead of Afghanistan. White Christmas romantics should consider making tracks for Stirling in a few weeks as this Scottish city promises the highest probability of snow in Britain come December 25.But it is by no means guaranteed, with just a 12.9 per cent chance of the white stuff making an appearance on the day itself, according to new meteorological data.The second-most likely city to wake up to snow on Christmas morning is Aberdeen, with a 12.5 per cent chance, followed by Inverness, at 11.29 per cent.The Scottish trio were followed in fourth by the English city of Bradford, which has a 10.48 per cent chance of a white Christmas, according to data from World Weather Online, collated by VoucherCloud, which analysed historical snowfall from the last eight Christmases. It says the last white Christmas was 2010, when there was snow on the ground at 83 per cent of its monitoring stations, the highest number ever recorded. Technically, 2015 was also a white Christmas in the UK with 10 per cent of weather stations recording snow falling, however none reported any snow on the ground.The situation across the Pond is a little different, where VoucherCloud’s data shows that Alaska is the state most likely to have snow on Christmas Day, with a 66.13 per cent probability. In second was Vermont, with a 56.05 per cent chance, then Minnesota, 41.13 per cent. In total, 127 countries were found to have zero chance of snow on Christmas Day, including, unsurprisingly, Algeria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

Mothering Sunday cards are using Mom instead of Mum as a language

first_img“I have memoriams from the local papers in Birmingham which show the term mom being used in the West Midlands prior to people being influenced by talkies,” he said.”In this area people have been replacing the ‘a’ with an ‘o’ since the ancient medieval times. We see in documents the words ‘hond’ and ‘lond’ instead of ‘hand’ and ‘land’.”It’s refreshing to see that our children can now buy a card with the name they call their mom on it.”Birmingham MP Jess Philips uses the term ‘Mom’ and has insisted that Hansard notes of her speeches at the House of Commons record her saying ‘Mom’ not ‘Mum’ when she mentions the word.She previously told the BBC’s Daily Politics show: “I’ve had the same thing changed on two different occasions. “Because I’m from Birmingham, and when I say the word mom, if I talk about my mom or if I talk about being a mom in the House of Commons, they always write it “mum”. I am from Birmingham and we spell it “mom”.”Paperchase says it is selling the cards in its larger stores.”We offer ‘Mom’ cards alongside our ‘mum’, ‘mother’ cards to cater for those who use this term,” it said.It does not offer ‘Mam’ cards, unlike Clintons which has 30 ‘Mam’ cards for Mother’s Day. Mom cards Mother’s day cards now say MomCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS For the first time Paperchase is selling ‘Mom’ cards alongside its traditional mother and mum selections.  Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS Professor Paul Baker, an expert in linguistics from Lancaster University, conducted a study into the use of American words in the English language and is “surprised” at the move.”In Britain the word mother is more frequently used. Generally British people are not using the word mom. It is usually mum or mam in the north,” he said.”Mom is a popular American word and it is very interesting that the card company has decided to adopt it. “It goes against the grain as most of the language changes which are adopted in Britain are related to grammar and are more subtle. In terms of words over the last 100 years we have seen words such as cop and boss being used.”But the word mom is a surprise to me, it suggests something quite interesting. My nephews watch American cartoons and use words from them. It could be linked to children’s exposure to American television programmes and hearing the word ‘Mom’ is seeing them using it more.”The term ‘Mom’ is often associated with the American language but it is also a term used in the Midlands.Birmingham language expert Professor Carl Chinn says he has evidence of ‘Mom’ being used prior to the First World War.center_img Mom Mothering Sunday cards are using ‘Mom’ instead of ‘Mum’ as a language expert warns of the Americanisation of Britain.Dating back to the 16th century, it was once a religious day to spend with ones family but now the British celebration is turning American.For the first time Paperchase is selling ‘Mom’ cards alongside its traditional mother and mum selections.Almost 10 per cent of its range this year feature the word ‘Mom’, a study by the Telegraph found.It is the first UK card retailer to make the move and language experts believe it is due to the popularity of American children’s shows influencing the way youngsters speak. 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

Mary Berry I was arrested at the airport and put in a

“When I was asked if I was going to make money from the stuff, I said, ‘I do and my fee has already been agreed.’”Berry was appearing on the show with Claudia Winkleman to talk about their new BBC series, Britain’s Best Home Cook.Winkleman joked that the airport incident revealed Berry’s “darker side”.:: The Graham Norton Show is on tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm Mary Berry and fellow guests on The Graham Norton Show 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. Mary Berry and fellow guests on The Graham Norton ShowCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Mary Berry was arrested at an airport on suspicion of drug trafficking, she has claimed.The former Great British Bake Off judge had packed baking ingredients – flour and sugar – into plastic pouches and attempted to take them onto a flight to the US.Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, Berry said she was put in a cell while police investigated.She recalled: “I was arrested 25 years ago. I was going to the US to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients – flour, sugar – and put them all in little plastic bags.“When I arrived at the airport the sniffer dogs made a beeline for me. Suddenly I was surrounded by uniformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells. It was alarming. read more