Month: September 2019

  • Somehow There Are Still People Who Have A Perfect Bracket

    Oof.After Thursday’s four NCAA tournament upsets, your bracket is probably looking pretty haggard. You’re not alone, of course. But how many others got totally busted by the madness?Since we don’t have access to the personal or office-pool brackets of everyone in the country, the 11.6 million ESPN Tournament Challenge brackets will have to suffice. A whole lot of them made at least one wrong call yesterday.It’s probably not a huge surprise, but the UAB Blazers’ upset of Iowa State was devastating to America’s pursuit of a perfect bracket. Our model showed a 9 percent chance of that upset happening, and when it did, it broke the brackets of 10.7 million Tournament Challenge players.The following upset — Georgia State’s defeat of Baylor — wasn’t as dramatic in terms of bracket carnage, but it still had a significant winnowing effect: Only 22 percent of the remaining perfect brackets made it through the end of that game unscathed.By the end of the day, only 273 perfect brackets were left. Kudos to the select few who made it. But, as we’ve discussed before, the odds of them making it much further are slim to say the least.CORRECTION (March 20, 12:35 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article mislabeled the seeds of North Carolina, Harvard, Cincinnati, and Purdue. They are the No. 4, No. 13, No. 8, and No. 9 seeds, respectively. read more

  • 3 notes from Urban Meyer and Brian Kellys preFiesta Bowl press conference

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly (left) and OSU coach Urban Meyer (right) address the media Thursday morning. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the last public media appearance before Notre Dame and Ohio State square off Friday in the Fiesta Bowl, coaches Brian Kelly and Urban Meyer held a brief joint press conference Thursday morning. Here are three notes from the morning session. Sunday talent For prestigious college football programs, there is the expectation that many who suit up for them will play at the next level. For both this year’s Notre Dame and OSU teams, that is absolutely true. Both rosters are littered with players who can continue playing football in the NFL. And for many of those same guys, Friday will likely be the last time they step on a collegiate gridiron. Kelly acknowledged that both programs boast next-level talent, but he said that doesn’t occur overnight. “I think the important thing is both players have developed these players,” he said. “They weren’t ready-made players. They’re players that developed through the program. We know a lot of them because we recruit against each other for a lot of these guys. “We’ve seen them develop.” For Notre Dame, at least two offensive linemen, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Nick Martin, have first-round potential written all over them. Junior wide receiver Will Fuller will likely declare for the draft and make plays on Sundays right away. Defensively, linebacker Jaylon Smith, who won the Butkus Award in 2015, is a guy scouts love because of his versatility. NFL teams will be racing to get their hands on him. Meyer was later asked about how he deals with keeping his players focused on the task at hand, not potential endeavors once the game concludes. The coach acknowledged three juniors — Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott — have already told him they will not be back in Columbus for another year. “We have agreed and we all have agreed to be pros,” Meyer said. “What do pros do? Pros attack the task at hand. The task at hand is to represent the Ohio State against Notre Dame in one of the best bowl games in the country.”Meyer continued, questioning the timing of the bowl games and when underclassmen have to declare for the draft, but even so, the coach said it is something he just has to deal with.“I’d rather be in that situation,” he said,”than have a bunch of not very good players.”Happy at homeDuring Wednesday’s media session, Meyer inadvertently created a lot of buzz when he responded to a question about rumors that the Cleveland Browns reached out to him about a coaching job by saying, “The Browns? I’m not going there.”While OSU’s coach meant to say he wasn’t interested in discussing the rumor, many people took the quote out of context to mean he had no desire to inherit one of the NFL’s worst teams.On Thursday, Kelly and Meyer offered further comments about the possibility of them jumping ship to the NFL at some point, which should please fans of the two programs.“I don’t think it’s tempting at all,” Kelly said. “We get these questions all the time. … It’s really not tempting at all. We’re so focused on what we do on a day-to-day basis that we don’t kind of sit around going, ‘Boy, I’d like to coach in the NFL.’”Meyer agreed with his fellow ex-University of Cincinnati coach, saying that there is simply too much going on in the life of the head coach of a major college program to think about future career prospects.“I spend very little time, especially this time of year, man, where there’s so much going on, bowl season, recruiting, staff adjustments, those type of things going on, that I’ve never really spent much time thinking about it,” Meyer said.Kelly also offered — as evidenced by the former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was let go by the Eagles on Tuesday — the less-than-stellar track record of college coaches making the leap to the professional ranks. One such example is OSU’s new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years after leaving his position at Rutgers.With the adamant declaration of the two coaches, it became all the more clear on Thursday that they plan to be at their respective schools for the long haul.Status updatesIn the days and weeks leading up to the 1 p.m. New Year’s Day game, OSU has had a number of starters whose status became a question mark.Earlier in the month, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation, ending his collegiate career with a suspension for the game.Then, just before the team left for Arizona, Elliott was also cited. In his case, it was for driving with a suspended license. However, Meyer opted not to discipline the junior with a suspension, causing some to wonder why he seemingly gave unequal treatment.“It was to me a traffic violation issue and one was something more serious,” Meyer said. “I’m not going to get into much more detail than that. Just completely a different set of circumstances.”Meyer also addressed the statuses of redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, who were each absent at Wednesday’s media day.The coach said the two starters were each under the weather with colds, but are “fine.”Correction Dec. 31: An earlier version of this article improperly stated that Brian Kelly’s brother is Chip Kelly, formerly the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It has since been updated. read more

  • Oklahoma serves ultimate test before Big Ten slate

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)In the era of the College Football Playoff, teams with a relative shot at the national championship see the importance of making a statement early in the season. Coach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have that opportunity on Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma.This meeting marks just the third time, and the first since 1983, that the Buckeyes will play the Sooners. In his fifth year as OSU’s coach, Meyer faces off against Bob Stoops in his 18th season with Oklahoma. The two met in the 2008 BCS National Championship.Two prolific quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford — and two sublime coaches created an atmosphere for a college football game that is rarely seen. Meyer’s Florida Gators won that game for his second national title in three years.In 2016, the same scenario remains. Two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, the same coaches. Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, is a Herculean early-season showdown.In Week 1, Oklahoma played the Houston Cougars and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at NRG Stadium in Houston. By the final whistle, Oklahoma had an 0-1 record —  facing an uphill climb.OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said he and the Buckeyes know they will face a determined team.“We feel like they have their backs against the wall,” Hubbard said. “They’re a big time program just like us and they’re not going to roll over cause we’re Ohio State. We really got to prepare because they’re just as motivated as us, if not more.”Hubbard went on to say that the practices this week were intense, focusing on exact details that could be the difference.“I think what Oklahoma does a real good job is they pull off the gas, they put on the gas,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “They control the tempo but it’s not consistent. We just need to be ready all the time for mach speed.” One of the team’s first tasks is containing redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Finishing last season with 3,700 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, Mayfield is one of the favorites for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Mayfield has the ability to create opportunities downfield by avoiding tacklers and scrambling outside of the pocket. Schiano said that he’s preparing for Mayfield the way he prepared for Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre when Schiano coached for the Chicago Bears.“I think what has occurred there over time is their offensive line and receivers know that he’s creative (when scrambling). They really work hard at finishing plays,” Schiano said. “We’re going to really have to maintain discipline in our pass rush lanes. Eye discipline is going to be key for our secondary.”Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine present a challenge for the OSU defense. The dynamic duo has totaled 246 yards rushing on 36 carries with three total touchdowns through two weeks. Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis lead a rather inexperienced group into one of college football’s crystal palaces in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Stadium.On the offensive side, Saturday’s gargantuan contest serves as an opportunity for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense to get back on track.Against Tulsa in Week 2, the offense fed off the momentum harnessed by the defense’s two first-half touchdowns. The Buckeyes had 151 first-half total yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson said he doesn’t expect another slow start in Week 3.“I know we have to establish the running game,” Wilson said. “Once the running game pops, then we can start throwing the ball.”Barrett is similar to Mayfield in style, but might have the advantage in the passing game. The Sooners’ defense has allowed an average of 296.5 yards passing in 2016.The OSU receiving corps continues to be a mystery as to who who will be the main target for Barrett, but wide receivers coach Zach Smith remains confident.“This is what we do all year round,” Smith said. “They’ll come in ready. They’re not going to come in overwhelmed. We’ve built up to this moment.”OSU asserting itself on all levels against a nationally recognizable opponent will firmly place Meyer’s team as a national contender. Improving to 3-0 leading into the nine-game Big Ten slate would be an indicator to Meyer that his young team has matured to a level he has desired since the beginning of fall camp.“This is going to be one of those prized fights,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a big one.” read more

  • High school AllStars take Columbus court

    Every year the best high school basketball players in the nation come together to compete in the McDonald’s All-American game. The East and the West teams of high school stand-outs will play in Columbus’ Schottenstein Center tonight.Here are several things to keep your eye on. Future BuckeyesThe Associated Press National Player of the Year and headliner of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Jared Sullinger, will suit up for the East squad tonight. The 6-foot-9-inch center from Columbus Northland has the kind of size, athleticism and post presence that the Buckeyes have lacked for the last few years. Although his strength is definitely playing in the low post, he is plenty capable of stepping out and hitting a jump shot, making him a tough matchup for opposing defenses.It is unclear whether he will play center or forward for OSU next season, but either way he will be an impact player from the minute he steps on the floor. If Sullinger is the No. 1 recruit in OSU’s incoming class, his teammate on the East team, DeShaun Thomas, is a very close second. Thomas isn’t necessarily the inside threat that Sullinger is, but for a guy with his size he has an uncanny ability to beat people off the dribble and create his own shot. The 6-foot-7-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., averages an impressive 33.9 points and 16.3 rebounds per game and, like Sullinger, could step in and play right away for the Buckeyes.Big Ten BoundTwo members of the West team in tonight’s game will likely be playing their first of several games in the Schottenstein Center. Michigan State recruit Keith Appling and Illinois recruit Jereme Richmond will both play opposite Sullinger and Thomas tonight on the West team.Appling was the winner of Monday’s skills competition and is a guard in the mold of current Spartan Kalin Lucas. He handles the ball well, can consistently score from the perimeter and, like Lucas, could give Buckeye fans trouble for the next several years. Richmond, who compares himself to NBA star Kevin Durant, is an athletic forward who does his best work on the defensive end. Smith averages more than 11 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game. Roy’s BoysThis past season was a bit of a disappointment for North Carolina and coach Roy Williams. As the defending national champions, the Tar Heels had high expectations for the 2009-10 campaign, but youth, injuries and inconsistency designated Carolina to a rare appearance in the NIT. Its struggles, however, will likely be short lived. Three of the All-Americans in tonight’s game, two from the East and one from the West, will play their college ball in Chapel Hill.The most highly touted of the future Tar Heels is Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-8-inch forward from Iowa is No. 1 on ESPNU’s list of 2010 recruits and is considered by many to be this class’ most complete player.Joining Barnes at Carolina are the East’s Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall, both guards.Best of the RestBrandon Knight, a guard on the West team, averages more than 32 points a game, and is No. 1 in the 2010 class according to Rivals.com. No. 4 on that list is guard Josh Selby, who won Monday’s slam dunk contest. Neither Knight nor Selby has made a decision as to where they will play college basketball, but for those interested Buckeye fans, neither is said to be considering OSU. The biggest player in tonight’s game, and coincidentally the player with the best name, is Fab Melo who stands 7 feet tall. Melo will play at Syracuse. read more

  • Buckeye safety refuses to make excuses during injuryplagued career

    Despite a promising freshman season, senior safety Aaron Gant has started only one football game for Ohio State. Injuries have been the culprit. “With football it comes with the territory, injuries will happen. It’s just how you persevere through them,” Gant said. “Right now I’m persevering through it.” After arriving at OSU in 2006, Gant ended his freshman season as the second-string free safety, one of only two true freshmen on the first or second team, and started against Michigan State. It has been downhill from there. After being hampered by a foot injury that limited him to special-teams play his sophomore year, Gant returned to the second-string safety position but saw little playing time as a junior. After a 2009 medical redshirt, Gant is still struggling to find his role as a senior. OSU coach Jim Tressel is also searching for Gant’s role. “We expected him to play and we expected him not only to play on defense but to come back into our special teams,” Tressel said. Rated a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Detroit, Mich., by Rivals.com, Gant was recruited around the Big Ten. He received offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern in addition to OSU. However, both of his home state schools were recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball. In “high school I played fullback, I played linebacker, I played secondary … (and I played) running back,” the 6-foot, 206-pound Gant said. “I played a little bit of it all.” His preference for the defensive side of the ball influenced his decision to be a Buckeye, he said. Though still a role player, his teammates appreciate his defensive talents. “Whether we have on pads or no pads … Aaron comes to hit every day,” senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa said. “He’s fearless and very aggressive.” Chekwa referred to Gant as the “hardest hitter” on the team. Injuries to others in the defensive backfield might allow Gant to do more of that hitting in games. “Aaron Gant’s going to have to be able to do some things and … going to have to be able to step in (due to injuries),” Tressel said. Gant is looking forward to the opportunity. “Hopefully with the injuries that we have had, I could come in there and play my part and help out as much as I can this year,” he said. Despite not meeting his individual goals and enduring multiple injuries at OSU, Gant is not upset about his time with the Buckeyes. “I never have regrets in my life,” he said. read more

  • Football Dwayne Haskins returns home to play familiar faces

    Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins remembers his first high school start vividly. He faced St. John’s High School in his sophomore season at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, after moving to the state to play high school football. “I threw three picks that game, so I don’t really like to talk about it,” Haskins said. “But that’s probably the only time I felt nervous.” Saturday, Haskins will return to the state where he last doubted his football ability, but this time he is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, facing Maryland. And he has the opportunity to secure his place in Ohio State history in College Park, Maryland. Haskins needs 50 passing yards to break former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record for most passing yards thrown in a single season, a record he has held for the past 20 years. Haskins only needs three touchdowns to break former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for most passing touchdowns thrown in a campaign. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Haskins did not think breaking these records would be realistic. But as the records come closer to a reality for the redshirt sophomore, he said it’s a testament to the offense and the game plan in which he was placed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday and so close to that single-season passing record. It’s been there for a long time, you know,” Haskins said. “It’s crazy to realize how cool that is.”But his return to Maryland is more than breaking records in front of friends and family, in front of familiar players and coaches. It’s Haskins’ first opportunity to play against the school to which he initially committed. As Haskins started the recruiting process, he said staying close to home was something that was important to him. He developed relationships with the coaching staff at Maryland, the players and the commits. His future seemed to be set. Haskins said he wanted to change the stigma at Maryland, to get the top-rated players from the area to go to their in-state school. But he said people made their own decisions and went their separate ways. Then Haskins’ dream school came calling. “It’s been everything for me to come to Ohio State,” Haskins said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.” Haskins had to wait his turn, watching Barrett through his tenure and having to battle former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow for playing time as the second-string quarterback and then the starting job prior to the 2018 season. Ever since Haskins took his first snap against Oregon State as the starting quarterback, he said the process of gaining experience, having an idea of what to do when adversity comes, is something that made him a more seasoned quarterback. But quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day saw the unknowns and uncertainties when Barrett left. He saw Haskins as a player without much playing time or experience. As the 2018 season continued, Day saw Haskins develop into “the guy” for the Ohio State offense. “I think now he’s battle tested, he’s been through it, and so now you know that he’s been, he’s got some experience on his belt. He has some experience to go upon,” Day said. “You know he’s been hit in the mouth. He’s responded that way. He’s had some success, handled that well.” To redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, Haskins, with being battle tested, needs to step up and be that leader of the offense that a quarterback is expected to be. And this is something that is especially needed at this time in the season. “We are in a time right now as a team, as an offense where, you know, championships are won in November and we kind of need Dwayne to step up and be the guy he’s been all year, but just take on more of a leadership role,” Campbell said.  Day said he realizes Haskins’ return to Maryland carries some extra weight.“I do know that once, any time you go back home there is a special feel of that friends and family,” Day said. “So I know that’ll be on his mind.”Campbell said he’s seen Haskins become more vocal as a leader this week, knowing the stakes of returning home, knowing the stakes of the records he is about to break. But Haskins really has not felt the stakes when behind center. Since his initiation into the Ohio State quarterback job against Michigan last season, he’s been described as calm, cool and collected behind center. As he’s worked as the starting quarterback, gone through adversity, trying to perfect his game, football has come easy to the redshirt sophomore. “I feel like [the game’s] always been slow,” Haskins said. “Since the first game.”  Haskins will not be focused on his family and friends in the stands. He will not be focused on the records he could break on Saturday against the Terrapins.He will continue with the same mindset he’s had set since his first high school football game as a sophomore quarterback at The Bullis School. Haskins will not be doubting himself. read more

  • Man charged over McDonalds mobility scooter protest is cleared of drink driving

    first_imgA mobility scooter driver prosecuted under a Victorian drink drive law for staging a protest at a McDonald’s restaurant, has rode free from court after prosecutors admitted a trial would be a waste of money.Michael Green, 62, refused to leave his local branch of the fast food chain when staff informed him they could not serve him at the drive-thru counter because he was not driving a car.The former HGV driver, who was registered disabled following a head injury in 1997, was charged by police with being drunk in charge of a carriage under the 1872 Licensing Act, after refusing to be breathalysed by police. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law The 1872 licensing act was originally brought in to crack down on anyone caught drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, bicycle a horse or a cow.But when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates Court, the Crown offered no evidence and admitted a prosecution would not be in the public interest.Mr Green had become angry when staff at the Skegness branch of McDonald’s refused to serve him at the drive thru section of the restaurant.His protest caused chaos and he was eventually arrested after being accused of being drunk. Michael Green was charged under a Victorian drink driving law Speaking after the case, Mr Green said: “All I wanted was a burger and the police came up with this stupid old law to charge me with.“I will never go to McDonald’s again. The restaurant was full of holidaymakers so I decided to use the drive-thru.“My mobility scooter is licensed to go on public roads and has a number plate, I know it is road worthy and McDonald’s have served other mobility scooter drivers in the past.“The staff just shut the hatch. All I wanted was a burger, so I wouldn’t budge. Most people seemed to be supporting me.“When the police arrived they tried to breathalyse me but I wasn’t drunk. I just took it out after two seconds.“They arrested me, put me in a police car and left my mobility scooter at McDonald’s. I was taken to Skegness Police Station where I was kept for two hours.“They never breathalysed me in the station and then charged me under this stupid old law.“After that they brought me my mobility scooter back and I was allowed to drive home on it. It is just a joke.”Mobility scooters are classed as a carriage and are not covered by current drink-driving laws.The crime has a maximum penalty of £200 or 51 weeks in prison. Locals posted pictures of the incident on Twitter Locals posted pictures of the incident on TwitterCredit:Twitter Nick Todd, prosecuting, told magistrates: “It is not often somebody appears before the court contravening a section of the 1872 Carriage Act.”Mr Green was on his mobility scooter and went to the drive-thru section of the restaurant.”McDonald’s staff said they would not serve him for insurance, and health and safety reasons.”Mr Green refused to leave and was shouting to staff and the surrounding crowd ‘all I want is a burger.’ There is no evidence he was abusive.”After 40 minutes police arrived and attempted to breathalyse him. Baring in mind he was on a mobility scooter there is a question in mind if they were entitled to do so.”Mr Green was then arrested and charged.”I do not intend to have a trial on this matter and do not think it is in the public interest. The average cost of a trial in Magistrates Court is £3,000.”Nobody was hurt and there is no evidence he was abusive.”At the time of the incident a spokesman for McDonald’s said: ‘Following advice taken from independent parties and company safety risk assessments, it is our policy only road worthy motor vehicles should be served in our drive-thru lanes.“This takes into account a number of considerations including space available in the lanes and the heights of ordering points and service hatches.“Mobility scooter users are invited to enter into our restaurants and order food at service points which are more convenient for them, and most importantly, safer for the customer and crew when selling food.” 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

  • Jewish father who let children ride bikes on Sabbath exposed them to

    first_imgJudge Rowe said she did not think that the man had deliberately flouted “expectations on him”.She said “two loving parents” were struggling with arrangements for the children’s care. She said the youngsters should spend equal time with each parent.And the judge said it was important that the children saw that their father was “still Jewish”.Judge Rowe added: “There have probably been occasional deviations from the Satmar rules for reasons including mistakes and occasional carelessness of the father or others, however I do not find that the father has deliberately or intentionally flouted the expectations on him or, in any event, that these have been either frequent or generalised.”The father knows what is at stake here. I find that he would not now deliberately cause problems for the children.”They must spend important religious days with him just as with the mother. Both parents must be part of the fabric of the children’s lives.”Judge Rowe said the children had to be given the “clear message” that their lives with each parent were “equally important”. They had also had been allowed to eat non-kosher food, she said. The woman also accused her estranged husband of taking off his kippah on Sundays.Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Judge Rowe following family court hearings in London. No one involved has been identified.Judge Rowe said family court litigation had started more than two years ago.She said she had made decisions relating to when the children, who lived with their mother, should spend time with their father.”The whole family lived a Satmar ultra-orthodox Jewish life until early 2013 when the father decided to leave the community,” said Judge Rowe in her ruling.”This was a seismic event for the family. The father continued thereafter to follow his Jewish faith, but at least for a time he did not practise within a settled Jewish religious community.She added: “The court had… to contend with the mother’s distress and fear of the children being exposed to an alien way of life on the one hand, and the father’s impatience at having to continue to follow the Satmar way of life during his time with the children on the other hand.” The whole family lived a Satmar ultra-orthodox Jewish life until early 2013 when the father decided to leave the community… this was a seismic event for the familyJudge Judith Rowe A Jewish father who left an ultra-orthodox community when splitting from his wife was accused of letting their two young children ride their bikes on the Sabbath and watch television, a family court judge has said.The man’s estranged wife told Judge Judith Rowe of her concerns about what the children were allowed to do when they visited their father.She said she was afraid of them being “exposed to an alien way of life” and of religious rules being broken.The mother said the children had “made many allegations”. One child had been allowed to press a traffic light button on the Sabbath. The other had been “shown an electronic device”. 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

  • Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a genius prompting

    first_imgReferring to the use of the use of the word ‘genius’ in court to describe Mr Work’s investment skills, the judge remarked: “I personally find that a difficult, and perhaps unhelpful, word in this context.“To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like them.”But Mr Work, who says his share should be nearer two-thirds, is preparing to take his case to the Court of Appeal after his lawyers complained that Mr Justice Holman had been wrong not to give credit for a special contribution. Mandy Gray When Oscar Wilde reputedly told a US customs official that he had nothing to declare but his genius, he was, it is assumed, joking.But genius has become a term used in everyday life to describe everything from hot-housed children to footballers, pop stars and celebrity chefs.Now a panel of judges in the Court of Appeal is to be asked to grapple with the meaning of the word in the case of a multimillionaire husband seeking a bigger slice of the wealth he once shared with his wife in a divorce settlement. Randy Work, an American financier, is seek to overturn as order at the High Court last year awarding his estranged wife, Mandy Gray, half of a fortune, totalling more than £140 million.His lawyers argue that his performance as an investor was so stellar that the usual principle of dividing assets half and half in divorce settlements should be put aside.They argue that he was not left with a fair cash share following a divorce battle with his unfaithful wife because his “special contribution” to their fortune had not been recognised. Mandy Gray arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Albert Einstein Mandy Gray, 45, arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton  The court heard last year how, during a stint in Japan working for a US private equity firm, he had earned $7 billion for his employer, taking home a multimillion income himself.Under the Matrimonial Causes Act the usual principle of equal division can be permitted if it would be unfair to disregard the conduct of one party to the marriage.Last year Mr Justice Holman rejected the argument, concluding that Mr Work’s contributions to wealth creation were not “wholly exceptional”.  Mandy Gray was awarded half the couple’s fortune Credit:Nick Ansell /PA 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. Allowing the appeal to go ahead Lady Justice King said that Mr Work’s lawyers had argued that Mr Justice Holman had appeared to have accepted that “genius” was a prerequisite for a finding of special contribution.Appeal judges are now expected to consider the case at a hearing in London in February.At one point during last year’s hearing Mr Justice Holman told Mr Work: “I am not sure you and I are on the same planet”.Mr Work had argued that his wife was only entitled to £5 million from their fortune because, he said, she had failed to abide by a Texan post-nuptial agreement.Throughout the case the judge urged the couple to settle their differences, telling them there was “plenty of money to go round” adding: “People who are struggling to afford two-bedroom houses have difficulties.”The couple began living together in 1992 and married in 1995 in California. They separated in 2013 and have two teenage children. To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like themMr Justice Holman A judge last year said the word ‘genius’ should really be used for people like EinsteinCredit:AP last_img read more

  • Claudia Lawrence Police to scale back investigation eight years after chef disappeared

    first_imgMiss Lawrence, who worked as a chef at in the kitchens of York University, was last seen around 3.05pm on March 18, 2009 walking back towards her home in the cityThat night she spoke to both her parents on the phone, but the following day she failed to turn up for her 6am shift.She was reported missing the next day by her father Peter but despite a huge police investigation no trace of her has ever been found. Police launched a review of the case three years ago Miss Lawrence's father Peter is desperate for any information Mr Kennedy, who attended the family meeting, said: “We have explained to Claudia’s family step by step the extensive work the review team has conducted in an attempt to determine precisely what happened to Claudia.“The team has reviewed the entire investigation into Claudia’s disappearance in 2009, and as a result, has identified many new lines of enquiry which have been pursued with vigour and determination.“Despite their exhaustive efforts, the support of national experts, the application of the very latest forensic techniques to exhibits recovered many years ago, and despite the team tracing and speaking to many people who did not come forward in the first enquiry, we have sadly not been able to find that crucial piece of information.” Three years ago the police launched a proactive review of the case, convinced they could make a breakthrough.But with more than £1 million spent on the review already, North Yorkshire police said they were now scaling back the inquiry.Miss Lawrence’s family were informed of the decision in a meeting with detectives earlier this month. Detectives investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence eight years ago are scaling back their inquiries, it has been announced.North Yorkshire Police launched a £1 million review of the case three years ago, but despite making a number of arrests, have admitted they are no nearer establishing what happened to the 35-year-old, who went missing in York in March 2009.Police said there remained one outstanding line of enquiry relating to DNA, but if that did not provide a breakthrough they would start to scale down the investigation next month.Announcing the decision to Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy from North Yorkshire police said there were still people out there who knew what had happened to Miss Lawrence but were refusing to come forward. But prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against any of those people.Mr Kennedy said: “It is not for the want of trying that a breakthrough has not yet come, but rather the result of the continuing refusal of those who know what happened to Claudia to come forward and tell us the truth.“The case will not be closed until those responsible for Claudia’s disappearance and, we believe, her murder, are brought to justice.”Whilst the current review team will and has been scaled down, the new Cleveland and North Yorkshire cold case dedicated team will still have responsibility to review any information that is considered relevant.“Disappointing news though this is for Claudia’s family, we have not given up hope, and I do believe that one day we will be able to tell them what happened to Claudia.” A total of nine people have been arrested or interviewed under caution during the three year review of the case and several files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. 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. Miss Lawrence’s father Peter is desperate for any informationCredit:PA Police launched a review of the case three years agoCredit:PA Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthrough Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthroughCredit:Nigel Roddislast_img read more