The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a deal Sunday, the team announced.“[General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] has an agreement in principle with Dallas Clark as of today,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “So he’ll be in tomorrow to get a physical. Obviously, all of that is going to have to pan out for us to finalize it, but Dallas Clark is on his way to Baltimore right now.”Clark is a 10-year veteran who played nine years for the Indianapolis Colt. While there, he played under Ravens current Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. Clark was one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in Caldwell’s offense.This signing will bring stability to a tight end position after the team has lost their two starters in that position in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to injury.In addition to Clark, the Baltimore Ravens has also signed veteran Brandon Stokely. Harbaugh says even with the two players’ long-time status, they will still have to fight for roster spots.“They’re both really accomplished players. We’re excited to have them,” Harbaugh said. “By no means though is anything guaranteed, and they understand that. They want an opportunity to compete for a job. They’ll be in competition for a job with our guys that are here, and we’ll see how that plays out. That’s how we like it.”
Chris Paul dominated the game with a high of 40 points and 11 assists to bring the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime defeat over the Denver Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.Paul made a layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. In a total of 42 minutes he added seven rebounds and 12 of 13 shooting to his efficient game.Paul had 15 points by halftime, when the Clippers trailed 47-46.The Nuggets lost their chance to win in regulation when JaVale McGee missed a 6-foot jumper at the buzzer.Clippers’ Darren Collison looked good with his 27 points, hitting 10 out of 13 shots. Blake Griffin scored 17 points with eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play for the Clippers.Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph both scored 16 points for the Nuggets, while veteran Andre Miller dropped 15.Los Angeles shot 52 percent from the field compared to the Nuggets’ 49 percent.According to Yahoo Sports, “This is the second straight year the Clippers played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Last year, the first time the Clippers hosted a game in Las Vegas, Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer gave Denver a 106-104 win.”
InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs.
Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by Basketball-Reference.com founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook
By Neil Paine Here are some excerpts from the conversation.On advice for first-time curlers:Hamilton: “My best advice would be, don’t fall. In my first game at the Olympics, I fell. So don’t go down — it’s still hard ice. But in seriousness, if you go in with an open mind and are really curious about the sport itself — not just the throwing aspects, but actually immersing yourself in what curling is about — you’ll find all these people who are so willing to help and teach and get you into the strategy, which is really the draw. … Making shots is great, and it felt good when you made your first couple of shots in curling when you tried it, but when you finally learn why you’re throwing that shot, why making that shot set you up later in the game to win, it’s just a remarkable feeling. It really is like chess on ice, just that mental game mixed with a finesse game, mixed with the brute force of sweeping. It has all the aspects of a really fun game.”On preparing with analytics guru Gerry Geurts of CurlingZone.com:Hamilton: “He sat us down at our summer camp and explained to us where we sat [among] elite players at certain things, like with the hammer/without the hammer, up by one with the hammer/down by one with the hammer … and it went on for all of the potential scoring scenarios. And he gave us feedback [on] which positions we could be better at, which ones we’re really good at, where we need to keep doing what we’re doing. Then he gave us some info on other teams in those same kind of numbers. … I’d be lying if I said that didn’t come into play at all.”On the flaws of using curling percentage to judge players and teams:George: “It’s incredibly subjective because it depends on what types of shots you’re playing. And the way that they do stats for the television events [is] really simplistic because they’re only going on make/miss or how close you were to making the shot [but] not factoring in the difficulty of the shot. … So for the viewer at home, looking at our percentages, they probably thought that we weren’t playing nearly as well as our record would imply. … But a lot of that is because we’re playing with a lot more rocks in play. We’re making a lot more difficult shots, but the viewers are not seeing that.”On the role analytics might have in the game in the future:George: “There’s a major change coming up next season where they’re literally changing the rules in the game, where stats are going to have to be applied to figure out what the best strategies are … (Editor’s note: The change involves being able to add one extra protected stone to the area in front of the house.) It doesn’t seem like much — it’s only one more rock that you can’t take out to play — but it completely changes the strategy of how you start ends out, and they’ve been using it in Grand Slam events so far. So you see it maybe six or seven times a year, and teams are still kind of tinkering with strategy on how to defend, especially [because] it’s a way more offensive game. … Stats are going to be huge in figuring out the best ways to go about defending with this new strategy because we just haven’t done it that much.”On whether curling will be able to capitalize on its newfound popularity:Shuster: “I think you’re going to see it because [of] the ratings that we were getting during the Olympics and the ratings we’ve been getting with “Curling Night in America” the last couple of years. What happens is, we haven’t had national television coverage between Olympic cycles, and then every Olympics we get more and more coverage and the ratings get better and better. And then all of a sudden, NBC Sports Network ran “Curling Night in America,” so we had a weekly show going on. After we won the gold, they’re going to show one live game every single day during the world [championships] that are coming up in Vegas. … I think curling right now could be on [the same] trajectory as something like poker was 10 years ago. If the world championships are high-quality, entertaining TV this year, people are going to demand it more, and we’re going to start seeing it on more of a regular basis moving forward.” More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed But after the U.S. men’s Olympic curling team won gold in Pyeongchang, we knew it had to become reality. So, on Friday, despite bad weather in the Northeast — which left Nate calling in from an airport tarmac after his flight was diverted — I was joined in the FiveThirtyEight podcast studio by Olympic champion curlers John Shuster, Tyler George and Matt Hamilton.We talked about curling analytics, the team’s new celebrity fans and where the sport goes from here. You can listen to it on your phone by subscribing to our NBA podcast, “The Lab,”1Sadly, we don’t have a curling podcast feed … yet. or by clicking the play button below. Embed Code It all started as a predawn tweet:
Congratulations to Tim Curry and Luke Barr for winning Madden with Walt as their quarterback.FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur tries to untangle the Nationals’ many woes.The Guardian’s Howard Megdal looks at whether the NWSL is taking advantage of its American fan base.Five things you need to know before Thursday’s NWSL championship game.Significant Digit: 1. The WNBA has admitted that a pivotal call at the end of a playoff game — giving the Minnesota Lynx a 1-point win — was incorrect. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 29, 2015), we reveal the names of the two people who won the Super Bowl in Madden NFL 16 with FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey at quarterback (his avatar at least). Then we look at the rash of injuries to NFL quarterbacks and whether it’s going to doom their teams, we tour the many, many reasons the Washington Nationals imploded this year, and we preview Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League championship game. Plus, a Significant Digit on a wild finish in the WNBA playoffs.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS What’s to blame for the Nationals’ collapse? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Deadlines are powerful motivating forces for journalists, tax filers, eurozone negotiators — and bracket pickers. The number of men’s NCAA Tournament brackets submitted per minute by ESPN.com users peaked at 11:51 a.m. EDT on Thursday, mere minutes before the 12:15 p.m tipoff of the first-round opener and the deadline to enter picks, according to data provided by our colleagues at ESPN.com.1Per their request, we’re sharing only the relative magnitude of submissions, not absolute numbers. The maximum rate of bracket submissions per minute on Thursday was more than three times the high of the day before and about five times the max on Monday and Tuesday. All told, even counting the wee hours in the U.S., there were more brackets submitted in just half of Thursday than in all of Tuesday. Not everyone waits until the last minute, though. At ESPN.com, there was an earlier, although lesser, spike in online bracket submissions just after the bracket went up. For every three people who were madly filling in chalk and upsets in their entries just before noon on Thursday, there were two hitting submit on theirs eight minutes after the first Tournament Challenge bracket was submitted at 7:12 p.m. on Sunday.Maybe it’s my bias as a journalist showing, but I think the procrastinators had the right idea: They could benefit from forecasts like ours.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. At CBSSports.com, the surge came even later. Bracket submissions to the site peaked at 11:59 a.m., according to spokeswoman Annie Rohrs.
As the season winds down for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the remaining stretch of games might be their toughest test yet.Four out of the next five games will be Big Ten showdowns for the Buckeyes. These games will ultimately decide who wins the conference championship and what team could make it to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes’ remaining Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The lone non-conference game is against West Virginia. Penn State and Indiana are leading the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and Michigan are tied with OSU for fourth place. OSU is within striking distance of claiming that top spot, making the Buckeyes’ next few games very important.OSU plays Penn State on Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the conference. Penn State sits at 2-0-1 in the conference. They have beaten Michigan State on the road, Michigan at home and tied Northwestern. OSU sits at 1-1 in the Big Ten.“If we want a conference championship we have to beat Penn State,” coach John Bluem said. “If we don’t beat Penn State, I would say we’re probably out of the conference championship race already. So for us it becomes a knockout game already.”Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Bluem said that as the season winds down, OSU cannot lose more games. Every game from this point on means a lot in the conference race and the ability to make the NCAA Tournament.
Play ‘Em Ben Roethlisberger: So much for being rusty. Big Ben returned from his suspension throwing for 257 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Browns. This week, he takes on a Dolphins defense that allows 22 points per game and Big Ben’s last game against Miami, 220 yards and three touchdowns. From here on out, Big Ben is a Top Ten quarterback. Matt Cassel: Cassel and the Chiefs offense woke up last week against the Texans, 209 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Cassel gets another great matchup against Jacksonville, who allows 264 passing yards per game. Look for Cassel to find Dwayne Bowe or Tony Moeaki around the goal line. Consider Cassel as a bye-week filler. Joe Flacco: Flacco has been solid in the past four weeks, throwing six touchdowns versus one interception. Flacco is a must-start this week against Buffalo. Buffalo is known for its horrid defense against the run, but showed holes in the secondary against David Garrard in Week Five, 178 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Expect Flacco to lean on Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin in the passing attack. Chris Ivory: Ivory took advantage of his rare playing time last week against Tampa Bay, 15 carries for 158 yards. Ivory will continue to get the workload if Pierre Thomas (high-ankle sprain) is out. Ivory will find running lanes against a Browns defense that has allowed 100 yards to opposing running backs in four out of the first six games. If you’re in a bind at the running back position, Ivory is worth picking up. Michael Bush: Darren McFadden is still nursing a hamstring injury, so Bush should see the majority of the carries. The Raiders face a Broncos defense that allows 128 rushing yards per game and Bush has had success against Denver, 133 yards and a touchdown. Before playing Bush, monitor McFadden’s health status. Jeremy Maclin: Maclin ran past the Falcons defense last week, 159 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin will be the focus of the Eagles’ offense because DeSean Jackson will be out with a concussion. Look for continued success as Maclin and Kevin Kolb are developing a tight bond and face a Titans’ pass defense that ranks 27th in the league. Bench ‘Em Chad Henne: Henne has now thrown two touchdowns passes in three straight games after his performance against Green Bay, 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. If you’re looking for quarterback help, avoid Henne this week against the Steelers. Henne’s last game against Pittsburgh wasn’t too impressive, 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Along with Henne, avoid running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ryan Torain: Torain looks like the better back in Washington over Clinton Portis, but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon yet. I expect the Bears to bounce back from a poor outing against Seattle, 114 yards and two touchdowns allowed rushing. They will stack the box and force the Redskins to throw the ball. Until Torain puts up consistent numbers, I’ll continue to pass on “The Train.” LeSean McCoy: McCoy is dealing with a rib injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even at full strength, I would advise sitting McCoy. The Titans have a stout run defense that allowed Maurice Jones-Drew 57 yards Monday Night. The Eagles still remain a pass-first offense and will take advantage of the Titans’ weak pass defense. Marques Colston: I am losing patience with the Saints receiver as he continues to be mediocre. He had 53 yards against Tampa Bay. Colston continues to get the majority of the targets, but is not involved in the red zone. It’s tempting to start Colston against Cleveland, but Lance Moore and Robert Meachem continue to be involved in this offense.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is more than a month away from kicking off its 2011-12 season, but its Final Four hopes have already taken a small hit. OSU announced Monday that incoming freshman LaQuinton Ross was ruled an academic non-qualifier by the NCAA and will not be on the Buckeyes roster when the team opens practice on Oct. 14. Ross, who according the Rivals.com was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for OSU coach Thad Matta this season. In his senior season of high school, Ross averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As an academic non-qualifier, Ross did not meet the academic standards that are required for all NCAA Division I athletes. According to the NCAA’s official website, an incoming student must be a high school graduate, achieve a 2.0 GPA and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Academic non-qualifiers are not permitted to receive an academic scholarship for a full year, meaning that Ross likely won’t play for the Buckeyes until the 2012-13 season, at the earliest. Despite Ross having signed a letter of intent last November to play for the Buckeyes, being ruled as an academic non-qualifier returns his status with the NCAA back to that of a prospect. As a prospect, Ross is allowed to be recruited and can sign to play with schools other than OSU, granted that he academically qualifies for the 2012-13 season. Ross has spent the past summer in Columbus, playing alongside current and former OSU players. CBSSports reported on Monday that Ross, who attended high school at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., would be returning to his home state of Mississippi to “take a class and retake the SAT.” From his Twitter account, @qross2011, Ross posted on Friday at approximately 7 p.m.: “Struggling is something I’m use to!! I seem to bounce back everytime this time want be any different!!” The Buckeyes were hoping that Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, would help replace some of the perimeter scoring that the team lost when forward David Lighty and guard Jon Diebler graduated. With senior guard William Buford and sophomore swingmen Deshaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert returning this year, it is possible that Ross may not have found playing time in Matta’s rotation. With 2010-11 All-American and OSU leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger returning for his sophomore season, the Buckeyes are expected to be a top-five team to start this season. OSU kicks off its regular season on Nov. 11 against Wright State in the Global Sports Shoot-out.
OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0) has shown substantial progress in its last two games with a 54-21 win against UNLV Saturday and a 38-7 victory versus Army two weeks ago.. As such, the team has not seen any drastic changes in the depth chart in its weekly update.The only change this week was the removal of defensive tackle Malik Barrow from the fourth spot at his position. Barrow suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Saturday’s win against UNLV.Freshman middle linebacker Tuf Borland was still listed as a co-starter with redshirt senior Chris Worley. Worley missed all of last week’s game against UNLV with a foot sprain, the same injury that took him out of the first quarter against Army. Redshirt sophomore C.J. Saunders remains listed as the third-string H-back under Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill.The depth chart can be found here.
Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst prepares for a face-off against Robert Morris on Oct. 27. The Buckeyes won 5-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternNo. 17 Ohio State (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Connecticut (3-8-2, 2-4-1 Hockey East) 5-4 in a high-scoring battle in the first game of the men’s hockey weekend series Friday, then tied 1-1 in a goaltender showdown in the second game Saturday. Freshman goalie Tommy Nappier made his first Ohio State start in the opening game of the series and made 35 saves in the game.Game 1The Buckeyes lit up the Huskies for five goals in Game 1. The Buckeyes got up to an early 3-0 lead thanks to two first-period goals by senior forward Matthew Weis. Weis opened up the scoring with a goal 40 seconds into the first period off assists from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski and junior defenseman Sasha Larocque.UConn got two back later in the second period off goals by senior forward Jesse Schwartz and senior forward Spencer Naas to bring the score to 3-2 going into the third period.Junior forward Mason Jobst scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead early in the frame, scoring on the man advantage, something Ohio State has struggled with this season. The Buckeyes went a strong 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 1, with junior forward Dakota Joshua scoring in the second period while a man up.The Huskies attempted a comeback and were given a great opportunity on a major penalty by senior forward Christian Lampasso, but Ohio State killed off the five-minute power play. UConn cut the lead to 5-4 on a late goal by junior forward Max Kalter with an empty net, but Ohio State held on for the tight victory.Game 2After the nine goals in the first game, only two found their way past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo and sophomore goalie Adam Huska in a 1-1 draw. Romeo made 29 saves, including six crucial saves in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Huska made 24 saves.Both teams had numerous opportunities, as Ohio State had five chances on the power play and UConn had four. But neither team found the back of the net while on the man advantage.Laczynski tallied his third point of the series on a goal halfway through the third period that opened the scoring for Ohio State. Senior defenseman Janik Moser earned an assist on the play.The Huskies countered late in the third period and scored the equalizer with about three minutes to go on a shot by Schwartz for his second of the series.The lone goals on both sides of the ice were the only two goals in the game and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. UConn led in shots for the second game in a row 30-25.The Buckeyes have a bye week next week then travel to Ann Arbor for a rival conference matchup against Michigan. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 7:30 on Nov. 25.
As well as upsetting the betting markets, the unseasonal heat is also wrong-footing some animals’ reproductive rhythms.Three hundred baby hedgehogs were handed to a sanctuary in Rochdale after warm temperatures appeared to trick the species into thinking it was the spring mating season.“At this time of year we are used to punters placing their bets on a white Christmas, but this year it is the complete opposite as bets pour in on the hottest one ever,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.The firm is offering odds of 16/1 for the record high temperature for December being broken this month.That currently stands as 18.3, recorded in Scotland in 1948.According to the Met Office, a White Christmas is defined as a single snowflake being spotted falling somewhere in the UK during the 25 hours of Christmas Day.Aberdeen appears to have the greatest chance of snow on December 25, according to Coral, which is offering 3/1 odds on the possibility. 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. Show more At this time of year we are used to punters placing their bets on a white Christmas, but this year it is the complete oppositeNicola McGeady, Coral Last year’s Christmas Day currently holds the record for being the mildest, with temperatures of 16C recorded in Devon, beating 15.6 in 1920.Globally, 2016 is predicted to be the warmest since temperatures began being measured in the 1950s.The latest balmy patch is due to southwesterly winds dragging warm air across Britain from the Atlantic.UK weather forecast: Sunday December 11 Bookmakers are cutting their odds for Christmas Day being the warmest ever this year after December temperatures in parts of the UK hit 17C.A flurry of seasonal punting prompted Ladbrokes to halve its price for a record-breaking December 25 from 16/1 to 8/1.Festive flutters are more commonly placed on the chances of a white Christmas, however odds for snow continue to drift, with rival firm Coral offering 7/1 for London and 8/1 for Cardiff.
Some on social media are even comparing the painting to artwork by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch painter.Miss Vulliamy told the BBC: “I just thought I had this letter, it’s not often that you get a letter dedicated to you from Oxford. “It’s very meaningful, so I thought it would be funny if I made it into something.” The student, who has since accepted a place at Durham University, added: “In retrospect I quite like how it is interpreted as Oxbridge doesn’t determine everything, I like that it’s cheered people up. “I hadn’t set my heart on Oxford I’m happy I got an offer from Durham.”Her mother, Louisa Saunders, told the BBC: “I thought it was very funny and very spirited, and obviously I was glad she wasn’t feeling to sad about it.” When teenager Claudia Vulliamy failed to secure a place at Oxford University, she took the knock-back with better grace than most.The 18-year-old turned her rejection letter into a piece of abstract art that has since gone viral on the internet.She had applied to study classics at Wadham College from September. But when she received a letter telling her she had been unsuccessful, Miss Vulliamy “thought it would be funny” to use it for creative purposes.The teenager, from London, cut up lines from the correspondence and stuck them among blocks of colour for the artwork.Now a picture of the art published on social network Twitter has been retweeted almost 50,000 times. Claudia Vulliamy later accepted a place at Durham UniversityCredit:Teri Pengilley for The Telegraph Yesterday, my daughter learned that she hadn’t got into Oxford. By the time I got in from work, she’d made this from her rejection letter pic.twitter.com/KCInrTA1OO— Louisa Saunders (@louisa_saunders) January 12, 2017 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.
The Duchess of Cambridge has said she wants to teach her children the importance of respect, honesty and kindness.Kate said making Prince George, the future King, and his sister Princess Charlotte aware of the value of these qualities was just as important as academic or sporting success.The Duchess’s comments came as she celebrated pupils with the “K factor”, or kindness factor, during a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary in north-west London with her husband the Duke for the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week.The annual event – which this year has the theme Spread A Little Kindness – is an initiative founded by the mental health charity Place2Be, which has Kate as royal patron, and runs counselling sessions at Mitchell Brook in Neasden. The engagement is part of a series of events the Duke and Duchess are undertaking – many with Prince Harry – to promote the royal trio’s Heads Together mental health campaign.Heads Together is a umbrella organisation – with Place2Be a member – that aims to change the national conversation around psychological issues to a positive one.The couple watched the assembly from a kindness bench. Normally sited in the school playground, it is used by children who feel lonely or need a chat and other pupils know to come forward and support them.On Sunday they were in very different surroundings with William, Kate and Harry taking to a track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to support runners taking part in the London Marathon for Heads Together.During the assembly a Kindness Cup was awarded to Nadia Dhicis, aged 10, who was recognised as the most supportive pupil in the school. William and Kate later chatted to six children in the school’s library, with two Place2Be counsellors, and listened to their experiences.Jarrel Mulimbi and Kofi Appiah, two 10-year-old friends, told the royal couple how they bonded four years ago after Kofi told his friend a made-up story to see if he could keep the secret, and he could.The Duchess told Jarrel: “It’s so fantastic you’ve found that friendship here… so you can come in and know you’ve got a buddy you can trust and share your feelings with.”The royal couple were asked about the London Marathon – which is supporting their Heads Together campaign – and after Kate described how they wanted to get everyone talking about mental health issues William joked “although I think as they’re running it could be quite difficult”.Nicola Harmer, the school’s deputy head teacher, said: “The children were amazing on the stage, they were very very confident, even in the library when we were talking to the Duke and Duchess, the children could really confidently express how they were able to spread kindness themselves and look after their own well-being.”What’s clear, while this is an amazing one-off event for us, it’s really at the core of what we do here at Mitchell Brook.”Jarrel said about the royal couple after they had left: “They were brilliant, they weren’t spoilt – they were good people because they actually think about other people and how they affect the world.”They’re very important because they’re royalty, they have a lot of power but they use that power to help others.” The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north LondonCredit:Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire The Duke and Duchess (left) of Cambridge attend the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together for Children’s Mental Health Week at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north LondonCredit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror 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. Kate, who wore an outfit by Luisa Spagnoli, said: “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.”That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.”In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”Speaking during a special school assembly where those with the K factor were recognised, the Duchess added: “People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people.”The answer is quite simple – it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life.”When I was growing up I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me.”They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age.” Show more
On Tuesday night there was a notice posted outside the school about the theme park trip.Leicester Muslims Association said in a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page that the girl “studied at Jameah Girls Academy and went on school trip to Drayton Manor”.”We humbly request all to make dua for her and may Allah grant her family sabr e Jameel ameen.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An 11-year-old girl who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park has died, Staffordshire Police said. The girl, who was on a school trip, fell from the Splash Canyon water ride at Tamworth-based Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday afternoon.The child, from the Leicester area, was pulled from the water by park staff. Paramedics airlifted her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but she died shortly after arrival. The girl attended Jameah Girls’ Academy, an independent Islamic faith school in Leicester. It added: “An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.”Cars are being turned away from the theme park by security, according to reports. The theme park’s website states the ride, which opened in 1993, features up to 21 boats, each with up to six people in.It is open to anyone at least 0.9m (3ft) tall, although those under 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult.The website promises “a wild ride” with “fast-flowing rapids”. Reading a statement, the park’s visibly shaken director George Bryan said: “Further to a police statement which has been issued a few moments ago, it is with great sadness we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident on one of the park’s water rides this afternoon. “Our staff were alerted that an 11 year old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and air lifted her to the hospital.“We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.” A police vehicle at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Drayton Manor, TamworthCredit:David Charles/ PA @Draytonmanor Hope she recovers, it kept breakingdown a few weeks back,told to get on,then get off it. Happened to a few people.Positive Vibes to the girl— Anne K Bowyer ♿ (@AnneKBowyer) May 9, 2017 She is believed to have attended Jameah Girls Academy in LeicesterCredit:Laura Jane Dale/Caters Soon after the girl’s fall, as staff and medics went to the scene, other park staff shepherded the public away from the area – although the park remained open until its usual closing time of 5pm.New visitors were prevented from entering the park at about 4pm, however guests at the on-site hotel were allowed to remain.It is not known if the site will be open to the public on Wednesday.The park, which opened to the public in the 1940s and is still operated and owned by the Bryan family, has had an exemplary ride safety record. Operators of the resort in Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire tweeted this afternoon that there had been an incident on the Splash Canyon water ride.The tweet read: “The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services are at the scene and our fully trained park staff are assisting.” The Splash Canyon rideCredit:SWNS The Academy is a junior and secondary school, which teaches both an Islamic curriculum and National Curriculum subject. Hundreds gathered for evening prayers at Jame Majid Mosque to pay tribute to the 11-year-old girl. An overhead picture of Drayton Manor Theme ParkCredit:SWNS The park announced they would be closed on Wednesday following the death.Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl’s family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident.” Emergency services at the scene at Draton ManorCredit:SWNS Cllr Philip Atkins, Staffordshire County Council leader, said: “It is absolutely sad and shocking news to hear how a day of adventure has ended in such tragedy for this young girl, and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends this evening. “When anyone dies it’s a tragedy but when it’s a child as young as she was it’s just awful.”All we can do now is pray for her family and hold them in our thoughts.”It will be a painful wait to hear about exactly what happened following a police investigation because at the moment all we know is she fell, not how or why.”The girl’s school, Jameah Academy, said in a statement: “Parents/guardians will be aware that pupils and staff of Jameah Academy, based in Leicester, went on a school trip to Drayton Manor Park on Tuesday 9th May 2017.”Whilst at the theme park, an incident took place and a girl from year 6 had been airlifted to hospital. Sadly, she later passed away.”We are liaising with the relevant authorities at this time. Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils is a priority.”We would also request that the family as well as the school community be given the time to grieve.”The school is also providing support to pupils and staff. We are unable to provide any further information at this time.” A spokesman for Jame Majid Mosque opposite the girl’s school said: “The young girl’s death has shaken the community and we’re all devastated.”Obviously our thoughts are with the family after this heart breaking news. Her family sent her off to school in the morning expecting to hear about her amazing day at Drayton Manor but the unthinkable happened. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was “called to reports of a patient in the water at Drayton Manor, Tamworth, at 2.18pm this afternoon”. Splash Canyon has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services & our fully trained park staff are assisting. pic.twitter.com/Fkji90Nwjs— Drayton Manor (@Draytonmanor) May 9, 2017 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.”Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.”Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away.” “Drayton Manor Theme Park was opened as a family business back in 1949 and I know the Bryan family, who are still involved with the park today, will be absolutely devastated by this accident and will undoubtedly do all they can to help find out how this tragic accident occurred.”Police earlier confirmed that the pupil had been on a school trip.A spokesman said: “A teacher must have either been inside the ride or in close proximity but that will be a matter for the HSE to investigate.”Earlier, Superintendent Ratcliffe said: “We were called at 2.25pm this afternoon to reports that a child had fallen from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park. Section of Drayton Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular rideCredit:SWNS.com Air Ambulance, Police and several fire units here at Drayton Manor. Large area now closed off. Not sure what’s going on. #draytonmanor pic.twitter.com/BX0ZFz7q1t— David Charles (@davecharlesF1) May 9, 2017 “The girl, believed to be 11 years old and from the Leicester area, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”Her parents have been informed and are being supported by officers.”The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been informed of the incident.”A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE has been made aware of today’s incident at Drayton Manor and is making initial inquiries along with emergency services.” The ride was closed following the incident.West Midlands Ambulance Service earlier said it had been called to reports of a “patient in the water”. A member of staff said: “The Splash Canyon attraction has been closed and emergency services are in attendance”. Emergency services on the sceneCredit:Jade Braham /PA
One study showed that of women who were still in their teens when they married, 53 per cent had divorced by their 30th anniversary. One in four had divorced by the same anniversary if they were aged 30 to 34 when they married, and just 7 per cent had done so if they were aged 45 to 49 when they married.Andrew Newbury, a partner with Hall Brown Family Law, said that “romance can be overtaken by reality” among couples who marry young. “Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgages,” he said. Men’s average age at marriage has risen by almost a decade, from 23.7 in 1970 to 33.5 in 2014, and women’s has increased from 21.8 to 31.3.Meanwhile older people have become much more likely to wed. There has been a 56 per cent increase in the marriage rate for women aged 65 and over and for men the rate increased by 41 per cent.Some experts suggested that a spate of recent high-profile divorce cases had put couples off. The figures do not show couples who have separated without divorcing, so those who have not formalised their split would not be counted. Figures show that teenagers have had the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2009. Since then 33 per cent fewer men and 27 per cent fewer women in this age group have got married.Couples who do marry young are much more likely to split. “It may be that some are being put off divorce by the spate of recent high profile big money cases in the press, deciding instead that ‘for better, for worse’ is the mantra,” she added.Another factor is likely to be a rise in cohabitation, with many younger couples increasingly likely to live together for a long period without getting married. The number of cohabiting couples more than doubled from 1.5 million to 3.3 million between 1996 and 2016, making it the fastest-growing family type.Harry Benson, research director at the Marriage Foundation, which works to promote marriage, said that despite falling divorce rates, Britain “continues to lead the developed world in family instability”. He said: “Cohabiting parents now account for one in five parents yet more than half of all family breakdown. “The stability that marriage brings protects couples against splitting up, protects health and well-being, and supports children’s education.”The first divorces by same-sex couples were also recorded in 2015. There were 12 divorces by female couples and 10 by male couples. Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgagesAndrew Newbury Jo Edwards, partner and Head of Family at Forsters LLP said that “greater equality and contentment” in marriage, caused by both men and women having their own careers, could also be a factor. Marrying your childhood sweetheart might be a romantic dream for many – but figures show it more often becomes a nightmare. Analysis suggests that a plummeting divorce rate is partly being driven by sensible couples who are now more likely to wait before they walk down the aisle.New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2015 101,055 couples divorced, the lowest number since 1971. The number of opposite-sex couples divorcing fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2015 and by 9.1 per cent between 2014 and 2015, the biggest drop in more than 40 years. In its report the ONS said: “Age at marriage is also considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce with those marrying in their teens and early twenties being at greater risk of divorce; our marriage statistics show that the average age at marriage has increased steadily since 1970 for both men and women.” Last year ex-model Christina Estrada won a ‘record’ £53m cash settlement in her divorce battle with Sheikh Walid JuffaliCredit:Geoff Pugh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A 13-year-old girl who died of a brain aneurysm has helped eight different people through organ donation – the highest number on record, experts said.NHS Blood and Transplant data shows that Jemima Layzell, who died in March 2012 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, is the only recorded donor in the UK whose solid organs have been transplanted into eight different people.The discovery was made after staff began trawling records for donors who had helped the most people.A typical donation usually results in 2.6 transplants.Jemima, from Horton in Somerset, was a pupil at Taunton School. She collapsed as her family prepared a party for her mother’s 38th birthday. She died four days later.In total, eight of her organs were donated – her heart, small bowel, pancreas, both kidneys, both lungs, and her liver was split and transplanted into two people. “Jemima was lovely – clever, funny, compassionate and creative – and we feel sure she would be very proud of her legacy.”According to NHS Blood and Transplant, 457 people died waiting for a transplant last year, including 14 children.There are currently 6,414 people on the transplant waiting list, including 176 children.Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s assistant director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “Every donor is special and Jemima’s unique story shows the extraordinary difference a few words can make.”Hundreds of people are still dying unnecessarily waiting for a transplant because too many families say no to organ donation.”Please tell your family you want to donate, and if you are unsure, ask yourself: if you needed a transplant would you accept one? If so, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate?” “They were on the register but their organs couldn’t be donated because of the circumstances of their death.”Jemima had never heard of organ donation before and found it a little bit unsettling but totally understood the importance of it.”We found the decision to donate Jemima’s organs hard but we both felt it was right and we knew she was in favour of donation.”We had no idea Jemima was the only person whose organs were transplanted into eight different people until NHS Blood and Transplant told us.”Everyone wants their child to be special and unique and this among other things makes us very proud.” The eight different recipients included five children from different parts of the country.Her mother, Sophy Layzell, 43, a drama tutor, said: “We knew Jemima was willing to be a donor following a conversation about it a couple of weeks before her unexpected death.”The conversation was prompted by the death of someone we knew in a crash. Jemima’s father, Harvey Layzell, 49, the managing director of a building firm, had initially felt unsure about donating her heart.Mrs Layzell said: “Shortly after Jemima died, we watched a programme about children awaiting heart transplants and being fitted with Berlin Hearts in Great Ormond Street Hospital.”It affirmed for us that saying ‘no’ would have been denying eight other people the chance for life, especially over Jemima’s heart, which Harvey had felt uncomfortable about donating at the time.”We feel it’s very important for families to talk about organ donation. Every parent’s instinct is to say no, as we are programmed to protect our child. It’s only with prior knowledge of Jemima’s agreement that we were able to say yes. Jemima Layzell (right) with her sister AmeliaCredit: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.
Prior to her statement, hundreds of social media users expressed pity for the actress, and labelled the men as “ungallant.” Jennifer Lawrence has hit out at feminist campaigners who criticised her for wearing a revealing dress in the cold London air, calling them “ridiculous”.The actress defended her right to wear a skimpy Versace dress during a promotional event for the film Red Sparrow earlier this week.While Lawrence wore the strappy gown, which featured a thigh-high split, male co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence were all in multiple layers of clothing, and many pointed out the contrast.Writer Helen Lewis attracted thousands of retweets when she wrote: “This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s b—– FREEZING.”Peep Show’s Robert Webb tweeted: “To all those saying JL ‘chose’ to wear that dress: fine but that choice has a context. She could have made a different decision but we can agree on one thing: it’s not a decision to which the blokes had to give the slightest thought.” He added: “When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration.”Lawrence responded to critics in an impassioned Facebook post, writing: “This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice. If even one of them was a gentleman, she’d be wearing his coat. https://t.co/T7VBlducZE— Debbie Bell (@bell_debbie) February 20, 2018 Broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty tweeted: “Oh ridiculous. And ungallant as well.”Many others praised the Versace gown, saying it is reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous ‘safety-pin’ dress.Leading women’s rights charity, The Fawcett Society, said the image showed that gender equality in the entertainment industry was “a long way off”. Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society, Sam Smethers, told MailOnline: “This image sums up what is wrong with the film industry and with wider society. “It objectifies rather than respects her for the outstanding actor she is. We truly have a long way to go.”The actress has been a vocal supporter of the #TimesUp campaign, recently wearing a black dress to the Baftas in support of the campaign against sexual harassment. 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. When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration. https://t.co/PfpYZdhFbD— Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) February 21, 2018 One angered Twitter user wrote: “It must be about 3 degrees in London ATM, cold enough that the bloke actors have to wear coats and scarves to their press call and yet poor Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a small amount of fabric some might call a dress.” #CoatsForWomen! (& a good pair of tights) https://t.co/AhbKHfLZtm— Sara Tasker (@meandorla) February 20, 2018 “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!” The dress was reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous safety pin numberCredit:Getty
The new treatment uses the radio waves instead to move and heat the metal seeds. While treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery can be effective, they often cause unwanted and debilitating side effects such as in the case of prostate cancer, incontinence and impotence They also rely on the subjective skills of the radiologist and surgeon and can result in excess tissue being removed, which can lead to increased post-surgical problems for patients, or not enough being removed which can lead to cancer coming back. “We can guide it with real precision avoiding any areas that we don’t want to go to, like the sensory motor-cortex in the brain, the area with memories.“Once it’s in there we’re able to fire in a simple radio wave and these seeds heat up remarkably well, and kills all the cells around it. You then just guide the seed through the tumour, killing all the cells. And you can do it with real precision right up to the margins of the tumour so there is no tumour left. This is life-changing.” Deadly brain tumours could be removed in just ten minutes with a groundbreaking new treatment which uses MRI scanners to heat up cancer cells until they die.The new therapy, developed by University College London, involves injecting a tiny magnetic metal ‘seed’ into the bloodstream and directing it to the site of the cancer.The scanner is then used to heat up the metal seed which causes the cells to die in the surrounding tissue. Not only does it quickly kill cancer cells, but it saves healthy cells from the damaging effects of invasive surgery or radiotherapy.The team at UCL has already proven it is effective in the brains of pigs and plans to move to human trials on patients with prostate cancer within the next two years with the hope it will be available for many cancers on the NHS within five years. Launching the new technology at The Cheltenham Science Festival, Mark Lythgoe, professor of imaging at UCL, said: “The aim is to turn every MRI scanner in the world into a therapeutic device. At the moment it just take pictures.“The simple idea is the patient goes into the MRI scanner, you locate a tumour in the brain or the prostate and then we implant a tiny magnetic particle, a little bit smaller than a grain of rice, to the site of the tumour. “It will get rid of side effects. Neurosurgical procedures are expensive but if this can be done just off the end of a needle you remove the need for that surgeon.Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. At the centre of each hydrogen atom is proton particle, which acts like a tiny magnet and is sensitive to magnetic fields.Usually the protons are all aligned, but the scanner sends out radio waves to knock them out of their positions. As they right themselves, they send out signals which reveal the type of tissue and exact location. It is the first therapy of it’s kind in the world and UCL has recently invested £13m to create the world’s first Centre for Image Guided Therapy and have recently bought an experimental MRI scanner. The team believes the whole process could be automated, with the scanner quickly locating the tumour then ‘setting off on its own’ to kill the cancer without the need for specialist surgeons or radiographers.And they are hoping to create ‘nano-scalpels’ where the seed is sharpened to act as a knife to cut the tumours away. “You want to go for brain tumours that are really inaccessible where the surgeon has to plough through a ton of normal tissue to get to it. We can get through a tumour in ten minutes, added Prof Lythgoe.“In two years we would hope to move into the first in man. It’s not a drug it’s a device so it makes things much quicker and easier. Scientist showing a glass slide that has a sample from a great tumour on itCredit:Nicola Tree/Taxi 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.