In the month since I prematurely buried the Los Angeles Kings, the’ve battled back from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks and staved off elimination Wednesday night to pull even with the Anaheim Ducks. Now we have a winner-take-all Game 7 Friday night, for the right to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals.According to the most commonly cited advanced stat, the Kings shouldn’t have had things so hard. As I’ve previously written, they finished first in the NHL during the regular season in score-close Fenwick percentage, a measurement of how much a team controls possession of the puck. The consensus of hockey analysts is that dominating possession is the most predictive single component of a team’s performance, since the rate at which the puck finds the net once a shot is taken can be subject to wild fluctuations due to random chance.In the Kings’ defense, their first-round opponents, the Sharks, ranked third in the NHL in Fenwick close during the regular season, making it more likely the two teams would have to battle deep into a series. (The Sharks also had home-ice advantage in the series) But Los Angeles’ matchup with the Ducks is another case entirely. During the regular season, Anaheim ranked just 16th out of the 30 NHL teams in Fenwick close, relying more on high shooting and save percentages — metrics that statisticians traditionally attribute more to luck, even over the sample of an entire season — than to constant puck-possession.So far in this clash of hockey cultures, things have largely played out according to form. During 5-on-5 situations with the score close (the same conditions measured by Fenwick close), the Kings have dominated possession. But Fenwick close by itself ignores other aspects of the game, such as special teams (where the Ducks have had a slight advantage) and, even more important, shooting percentage. In the series so far, Anaheim is converting shots into goals at a rate 1.1 percentage points higher than LA.Looking at possession metrics alone would have suggested a mismatch before the series, but the betting lines had the Kings as only a slim favorite after taking into account the Ducks’ home-ice advantage. This implies that the market was building in some expectation that the teams’ differences in shooting percentage during the regular season (Anaheim ranked first in the NHL; Los Angeles ranked 28th) could be counted upon to continue in a head-to-head matchup.There’s a good amount of evidence that, across the NHL as a whole, team shooting and save percentages have a strong tendency to regress toward the overall league average. But in the case of outliers like the Ducks and Kings, there’s probably something real going on that makes looking at Fenwick close by itself an insufficient gauge of relative team strength.Anything can happen on the ice in a Game 7, and Friday night’s outcome is hardly a referendum on either playing style, but the Kings-Ducks finale will be the culmination of an interesting contrast in hockey philosophies that proves the game is still more complicated than we’d sometimes like to believe.
$50John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]63.9 percentThe home ownership rate is now at its lowest level since 1994, down to 63.9 percent in the final quarter of 2014. [Los Angeles Times]96 tonsAmount of dog poop generated in New York City each day. [FiveThirtyEight]98 percent of scientistsAbout 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]3,000 storiesI thought I was safe in journalism — I’d picked a good field, one that couldn’t be automated. I was wrong. The Associated Press is already automatically generating 3,000 stories each quarter. Right now, those stories are about companies’ quarterly earnings, but who knows when the robots will move on to the dog poop beat. [The Verge]$1.3 billionNew York City cultural institutions spent $1.3 billion on new construction over the past five years on projects including the expansion of the Queens Museum and the renovation of the fountains at the Met. In 2014, construction expenditures were up 46 percent from 2013 to $208 million. [Crain’s New York] One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.9 communications majors It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]11.8 percentAccording to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]14 percent riseThe average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]25 megabits per secondThe Federal Communications Commission raised the bar on the download speeds for “broadband” Internet to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) from 4 Mbps. Under the previous standard, 6.3 percent of households didn’t have broadband. Now 19.4 percent don’t. [Ubergizmo]
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Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen was ejected late in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night after kicking Chris Paul in the face.Allen, a 2013 NBA first team defensive player, for some reason chose to stick his foot out instead of his body to stop Clippers’ point guard Paul from driving the lane. Check out the clip above to see how Allen managed to get his foot up high enough to hit Paul in the face as he moved to the basket.After the refs checked the tapes, he was charged with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.It was clearly an accident and Allen checked on Paul after the hit. He also apologized on Twitter following the game:“1st thing 1st apologies 2 @CP3 accidental kick….. Feeling some type of way about being ejected …. so not my character !! 1st and last ejection ! That’s my word”“I accidentally kicked him in the head, but I’m pretty sure he knows it’s accidental and that isn’t my style of play,” Allen also told reporters.Though unintentional, it was still a dangerous play and could have ended a lot worse. The NBA has not officially said whether or not Allen will be fined.Grizzlies ended up beating the Clippers at the Staples Center 106-102.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin’s team blew a 34-point lead Sunday in a game against UCL, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas A&M and law enforcement officials were investigating Thursday night after football coach Kevin Sumlin received a racist and threatening letter at his home.His wife, Charlene Sumlin, posted a picture of the letter , which had a return address in Houston, on Twitter on Thursday night. The handwritten letter read: “You suck as a coach! You’re a [racial epithet] and can’t win! Please get lost! Or else.”On the post, Charlene added: “People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is OK? And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it?” At the end of the post, she added #orelseWHAT?Later on Thursday night, Texas A&M President Michael Young and athletics director Scott Woodward issued a joint statement condemning the letter and adding that they are “working with law enforcement authorities to bring the sender of this letter to justice.”The statement said that they were doing everything they can to ensure the safety of Sumlin and his family.“There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community, we will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community,” the statement continued.On Sunday night in Los Angeles, Texas A&M squandered a 34-point third-quarter lead in a season-opening loss to UCLA. That loss led to waves of criticism directed at the coach. Noteworthy among those critics was university system regent Tony Buzbee, who took to Facebook to express his displeasure with Sumlin.“Our players were better tonight,” Buzbee, a Houston attorney wrote Sunday night after the stunning loss. “Our players were more talented tonight. But coaches were dominated on national TV, yet again. I’m only one vote on the Board of Regents, but when the time comes, my vote will be that Kevin Sumlin needs to GO. In my view, he should go now. We owe it to our school and our players. We can do better.”The Aggies will host Nicholls State on Saturday night.The 53-year-old Sumlin, the first black head football coach at A&M, has three years and $15 million left on his contract that runs through the 2019 season.
PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– NE61NE66NE+0.1– In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– Source: Pro-football-reference.com Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– DET63DET59CAR+2.6– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9–
Up until his Golden State Warriors failed to mount a second-half comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, it had been a great week for Stephen Curry. Late Sunday, word leaked out that the Warriors’ guard would be named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Curry accepted the hardware Monday.Curry’s chief rival for the award, Houston’s James Harden, was reportedly disappointed over the outcome of the voting. It’s a completely understandable reaction: The best advanced metrics had Curry and Harden neck-and-neck in the MVP race for most of the season, so Curry’s big edge in first-place votes likely owes more to the Warriors’ incredible team record than any real difference between the two players. In fact, according to our wins above replacement (WAR) metric, Harden slightly edged Curry in value, 16.8 to 16.6.The truth is, we’ll never know which player really deserved the award … in part because a phrase like “most valuable” is very hard to quantify. Metrics are imperfect, probably to a much greater degree than any stathead would like to think. But one thing we can do to combat a false sense of certainty is assign probabilities to each player’s case for adding the most value. Along the way, we can also compare the results to past MVP races — for instance, how did Curry-over-Harden compare to other MVP decisions in history?To measure the uncertainty between a player’s measured WAR and his actual “talent” — that is, the number of WAR he would earn if we were omniscient and knew the exact contributions of every NBA player — we can look at the confidence interval around a player’s measured value.1In this case, since we need to use Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) for historical seasons, I looked at the standard error between a player’s multi-year projected SPM talent and his Real Plus/Minus (RPM), a new metric that melds a player’s boxscore stats with his on-court influence over the team’s scoring margin. I then combined that with the standard error between RPM and “true talent” to estimate the probability that any given player had the league’s true best WAR in a given season. In turn, those confidence intervals can tell us the probability that a player was truly the most valuable (by WAR) in a given season.This year, Harden was the most likely “true” WAR leader — but with a mere 22 percent probability of being the best. In the past 37 NBA seasons,2The 1978-79 season is the earliest for which this calculation can be run. this year is the seventh most uncertain in terms of whether a WAR leader was actually the league’s true most valuable player. Meanwhile, Curry came in third this season with a 12 percent probability of being the true best player in the league (the Clippers’ Chris Paul was sandwiched between Harden and Curry at 19 percent).In some ways, 12 percent is very low probability. Since 1978-79, only 12 players have won the award with less certainty that they actually produced the league’s greatest value. But the 2014-15 season also featured an unusually wide-open MVP race. Kevin Durant, last year’s winner and the presumptive favorite going into this season, missed 55 games with injuries and only recorded 4.5 WAR. And LeBron James, who’d been projected as the league’s best player on a per-minute basis every season between 2005-06 and 2013-14, produced his lowest WAR (13.1) since his rookie season — yet still had a 9 percent probability of being the true best player in the NBA. And that’s without even getting into the cases to be made for Russell Westbrook (9 percent probability of being the best) or Anthony Davis (4 percent).On the other hand, the gap between Harden and Curry’s odds of being the best player was just 10 percentage points. Excluding the 17 seasons since 1978-79 in which the most likely true WAR leader was also named MVP, that’s the sixth-smallest gap between any MVP and that season’s leader in “true best player” probability:By that standard, Curry’s win was a far cry from past miscarriages of MVP justice, such as Michael Jordan losing out to Magic Johnson in 1988-89 despite Jordan having a 55 percent probability of being the league’s true best player — the second-highest “best player” certainty of any season since 1978-79, trailing only James’s 66 percent mark in 2009-10.Conversely, there was no such certainty in a season like 2014-15, where several of the usual MVP suspects were absent from the front of the race. In such a situation, you can’t really go wrong (or, perhaps, you can’t really go right) no matter which MVP you choose.
OSU junior defender Niall Logue (5) prepares to kick the ball while OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed (26) follows during the Buckeyes game against Valparaiso on Sept. 21 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 4-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to continue its elevated play as of late, matching up against No. 13 Louisville on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes luck would run out, however, as the Scarlet and Gray were ultimately outplayed in a 2-1 contest against the Cardinals.Despite facing a 19-3 deficit in shots in the game, OSU was able to get on the board first.In the 32nd minute, senior defender Austin Bergstrom had a throw-in that found sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed on the right side of the net. Mohamed got his foot on the ball and redirected it back across the net to the left side. Senior forward Christian Soldat blasted the ball past a diving keeper to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.Soldat’s first goal of the season would be the only score of the opening period for either team.The Cardinals came out in the second half with a much more aggressive game plan, and they were rewarded accordingly for their efforts.In the 51st minute, Louisville senior midfielder Daniel Johnson hit junior forward Mohamed Thiaw with a cross. Thiaw put the ball inside the far left post from six yards out, giving Louisville the early second-half equalizer.It was Thiaw’s 10th goal this season.Later in the period, in the 65th minute, the Cardinals would take the lead.Freshman midfielder Cherif Dieye snuck a ball through a host of defenders from 20 yards out that got just inside the left post to give Louisville its first lead of the game, a 2-1 advantage that would end up as the final.Despite the losing effort, OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried had an impressive night in net. He had his hands full all game, registering a season high nine saves.The Buckeyes will have their sights set on their match this Friday against Michigan, one of their last two Big Ten matchups of the season.
With an experienced offensive line, a plethora of running backs and a third-year quarterback in Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State has high expectations going into the upcoming football season.Although some pundits are penciling in the Buckeyes for a return to Arizona for the Tostitos National Championship, their schedule will be difficult.Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Marshall at Ohio StateThe Buckeyes start off the season with the 10th night game ever at Ohio Stadium. Because this game is on Thursday, it will give OSU a few extra days to prepare for a showdown with Miami the following week.Saturday, Sept. 11, 3:40 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Ohio StateThis will be the first time these teams have met since the infamous 2002 National Championship game. Miami is comparable to OSU with experience. Coach Randy Shannon’s up-and-coming program will lean on junior quarterback Jacory Harris to upset the Buckeyes.Though this will be Pryor’s first stage to shine on after his MVP Rose Bowl performance, look for the Buckeyes to run on a young Hurricane defensive line.Saturday, Oct. 16, 7:15 p.m. Ohio State at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium should be the most hostile environment the Buckeyes will face all season. OSU beat Wisconsin in a similar environment two years ago when Pryor and Chris “Beanie” Wells led the team to a fourth quarter comeback, winning 20-17.This Wisconsin team is much more experienced, though. With 18 returning starters, including senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay, look for the Badgers to have a balanced attack. It was this attack that led them to a 20-14 victory over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl.Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:00 p.m. Purdue at Ohio StateThis is supposed to be the hangover week after a grueling game the week before. With Purdue coming to Columbus, OSU will be looking for redemption as the Boilermakers forced Pryor into five turnovers in a 26-18 loss last year in West Lafayette, Ind.Purdue lost five of its last seven games last year by a touchdown or less.Saturday, Nov. 13, TBA. Penn State at Ohio StateUsually, Penn State is one of the toughest matchups of the year. This year might be the exception.Penn State lost three key defensive players, Jared Odrick, Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman, to the NFL. In addition, the Nittany Lions will be replacing quarterback Daryll Clark.Saturday, Nov. 20, TBA. Ohio State at Iowa After an Orange Bowl victory, the Hawkeyes have 14 returning starters. Iowa should be a lock in the top 10 projections at the beginning of the year.Iowa’s defense is very much like OSU’s. Both teams will not be giving up a lot of points, and it should be a close game throughout.The Nov. 20 showdown will feature a rematch of last year’s 27-24 overtime thriller. This game could be the decider on who goes to the Rose Bowl, or maybe, the National Championship.Saturday, Nov. 27, TBA. Michigan at Ohio StateDon’t expect another 42-7 OSU victory, which is what happened the last time the Wolverines came to Columbus.Rich Rodriguez needs a successful season or else he could be fired at the end of this year. The best way to win over the heart of Wolverine fans is to beat OSU in the Horseshoe.
Ohio State won’t soon forget the 2012 Homecoming football game against Nebraska. Records fell on the field and in the Ohio Stadium grandstands, and most importantly, No. 12 OSU (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) outlasted No. 21 Nebraska (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in a raucous, back-and-forth affair, 63-38. A record Ohio Stadium crowd of 106,102 watched as OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller powered OSU to victory. Miller set a new OSU single-game quarterback rushing record with 186 yards in the game. Miller also threw 127 yards on 7-of-14 pass attempts. Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez committed three turnovers in the game, one of which was returned 41 yards by OSU sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. The game’s second interception, also caught by Roby, set OSU up for a go-ahead score in the second quarter. Martinez would finish the game 15-of-24 on pass attempts for 214 yards. The two 123-year-old Big Ten powers swapped scores into the second half, and three of the Buckeyes’ touchdowns belonged to junior running back Carlos Hyde. He finished the night with four scores on 140 yards on 28 carries, bringing his career touchdown tally in two games against the Cornhuskers to six. Hyde scored two touchdowns and ran for 104 yards during the Buckeyes’ Oct. 8 visit to Lincoln last season. OSU lost that game, 34-27, but Saturday was a different story. OSU and Nebraska seemed to go tit-for-tat on the scoreboard, but a punt return for a touchdown by OSU receiver Corey Brown put the game out of reach once and for all. Still, the Buckeyes poured on more offense. A 33-yard run by OSU redshirt sophomore Rod Smith put OSU up, 56-31. Martinez would score to bring Nebraska to within 18 points, but it was too late. OSU had won, and Meyer had helped the Buckeyes remain undefeated in his first season in Columbus. After taking a 7-0 lead on Roby’s interception for a touchdown, Nebraska roared out to a 17-7 lead as the Cornhuskers scored on three consecutive drives. Nebraska sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah scored back-to-back 1-yard touchdown runs to put his team up, 14-7, and senior kicker Brett Maher extended the lead to 17-7 with a 26-yard field goal. The Buckeyes’ offense sputtered out of the gate, punting on each of its first three drives. After the third punt, which was returned to inside the Buckeyes’ 30-yard line, Nebraska moved the ball 28 yards on just four plays to take the lead at 14-7 on an another 1-yard run by Abdullah. Abdullah finished the game with 22 yards on six carries. Like the previous three drives, OSU’s fourth possession ended well short of a score. A failed fake-punt attempt, which saw OSU redshirt senior Ben Buchanan wrapped up prior to gaining the necessary yardage, put Nebraska in line for a third consecutive score. Maher’s kick advanced Nebraska’s advantage to 17-7. OSU’s offense was floundering, but, as he often does, Miller came to the rescue. Miller broke a 72-yard run to put the Buckeyes back in scoring position, and the team capitalized when Hyde crossed into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Junior quarterback Kenny Guiton helped the Buckeyes finish the drive after Miller exited the field with an apparent injury following his long run. He would return on the following drive. With the score 17-14, Roby struck again, intercepting Martinez for the second time in the half. That set OSU up nicely for the go-ahead score – Miller flicked the ball five yards and sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman did the rest, running untouched into the south end zone for his first career score. Martinez was unflinching in his response, though, as he led the Cornhuskers on a four-play, 75-yard drive that he finished himself with a nine-yard run. He barged into the end zone to restore Nebraska’s lead at 24-21 after several missed tackles by OSU. OSU came right back with a touchdown of its own on a seven-yard run by Hyde, and retook the lead at 28-24 with 3:11 to play in the half. The score represented the fifth and final lead change of the half, and OSU would add to its advantage 23 seconds before half. On 4th-and-1 from inside Nebraska territory, Miller took the ball on a draw and ended up with an opening that allowed him to run 31 yards to score and advance the OSU lead to 35-24. After fumbling the ball away to Nebraska and exiting the game with injury briefly in the second quarter, Miller finished the first half with 139 rushing yards. In fact, the entire OSU offense did an about-face in the second quarter – after posting 17 yards 15 minutes into the contest, OSU went to half outgaining the Cornhuskers, 259-241. Like it did last season in Lincoln, OSU brought a lead into the second half of the game. On Oct. 8, OSU blew the 20-6 lead it held at halftime before eventually falling in Nebraska’s first-ever Big Ten home game, 34-27. The second-half of Saturday’s game was an erie reminder of last season’s loss – Martinez completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Ben Cotton to bring Nebraska to within a score at 35-31. OSU quickly erased any chance of a comeback in the teams’ 2012 meetings with another Hyde touchdown. He busted into the north end zone to restore the Buckeyes’ 11-point advantage. Then the Silver Bullets defense took center stage. OSU senior defensive end John Simon stymied Nebraska’s next possession with a tackle in the backfield. Senior middle linebacker Storm Klein, who was previously removed from the Buckeyes after being arrested, also sacked Martinez during the Cornhuskers’ second possession of the half. Nebraska punted the ball away and junior receiver Corey Brown sent the record-Ohio Stadium crowd into a state of delirious celebration when he slid into the end zone on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. Tens of thousands of scarlet-clad OSU supporters bounced and shook the grandstands with thunderous cheering, and the cheering continued on Nebraska’s next possession. Martinez had the Cornhuskers offense driving late in the third quarter, but sailed a pass attempt that was intercepted by senior safety Orhian Johnson. After Smith 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, Martinez led Nebraska on another scoring drive, which he finished himself on a touchdown run less than six minutes remaining in the game, which OSU would take. Hyde punched in a late, 16-yard score to seal the victory for the Buckeyes. OSU is next scheduled to play Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 8 p.m. next Saturday.
An entire year of schoolchildren failed an exam after a teacher lied about their grades because she claimed she was “stressed”.Lisa Lock, a science teacher, has been allowed to continue in the profession despite submitting her pupils’ results to an exam board and wrongly saying they had all passed.The 48-year-old was caught because more than 100 of the GCSE-age students had not even finished the coursework for the exams.She also let teenagers into her classroom to complete coursework after a deadline had passed, despite being warned against doing so by her head teacher. I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club… I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it allteacher Lisa Lock Exam board officials found out about Mrs Lock’s practices and then automatically failed the whole year group of students for their Baccalaureate.Mrs Lock told a teachers’ disciplinary hearing she took the testing shortcuts because she was “stressed out” and had “too much on her plate”.She was in charge of children studying the Welsh Baccalaureate, which is equivalent to a GCSE.Presenting officer Carys Williams said: “Mrs Lock submitted to the examination board that pupils had passed the Welsh Baccalaureate when there was no evidence to support this.”She also called pupils to her classroom to undertake work after the submission deadline, despite being told not to do so.”Mrs Lock was suspended in June 2015 in response to the allegations while teaching at Abertillery Comprehensive School in Gwent, South Wales.She accepted that her actions were “unprofessional”, but denied acting dishonestly, saying that she had the best interests of the students at heart.She told the hearing: “It was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life and I have to say I was really struggling with it, so I went to the previous head and said that I wanted to drop it.” Lisa Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a panel of the Education Workforce CouncilCredit:Wales News Service However, Mrs Lock was told that if she did stop teaching the Welsh Baccalaureate, she would be talking herself out of the job.”It was becoming overarching and it was the qualification that everyone looked at,” she added.”I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club, and also science club for the younger children. Ultimately, I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it all.”As a result of the incorrect submissions, none of the pupils who studied the two-year module passed.It also could have meant that the students did not get a place in college, but this problem did not arise.Mrs Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and handed a “conditional registration order”, but was allowed to continue teaching.The panel of the Education Workforce Council sitting in Cardiff banned Mrs Lock from managing exams. 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.
To fill the hours, he has signed up for a photography course with fellow retiree Judge Michael Roach, and plans to ski, fish and travel in his free time.He described his successor, Judge Peter Blair QC, as suave, talented and athletic, and handed him the “Bursell Box” which each new Recorder inherits.Judge Ford said: “He is to Bristol what Donald Trump is to Washington. He can’t wait to don the bright red gown.” Finally, at the end of the speech, he used a swearing fist to signify his last “out of office” reply. The ceremony on Friday also celebrated the judge’s skill as a “formidable advocate”.Barrister Richard Smith QC told the assembly: “We will miss you, Neil Ford. You have been an influential part of Bristol and the Western circuit for more than 40 years.” In his speech, Judge Ford spoke about a number of occasions when he had tried to prank colleagues, including a time when he filled an associate’s bag with small bottles of gin on the train back from a trial in Reading. Judge Ford also reflected on his career, recalling an occasion when he had a 32-year sentence upgraded to 40 years as it was “too lenient” and one time where he gave a “ghastly man” a 13-year sentence, only to have his sentence downgraded to 12 years.He also revealed that he had a countdown clock on his phone tracking the days left until his retirement, and he has seen a psychologist to help deal with the “sense of loss”. We will miss you, Neil Ford. You have been an influential part of Bristol and the Western circuit for more than 40 yearsBarrister Richard Smith QC A judge used his retirement speech to confess that he drew rude graffiti on an official court computer, leading to all staff having their pens confiscated.Neil Ford QC, who has worked at Bristol Crown Court for eight years, revealed he once doodled a “very large phallus” on an old computer messaging system, which used pens instead of a mouse to draw on the screen. The 63-year-old admitted that the doodle was sent to all staff members, who later had their pens confiscated. 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.
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. St Cuthbert’s Church, Chester-le-Street, where Mr Reid servedCredit:Glen Minikin But he disbursed to himself more than £113,000 from parish cheques. He wrote more than 150 cheques to himself, most of which were co-signed by Veronica Leddy. A Roman Catholic priest who fell in love with his housekeeper defrauded his parish of more than £50,000 while lavishing her and her daughters with gifts.The Rev John Reid, 70, was supposed to live a simple life, but spent £1,200 on a canteen of cutlery, was a member of the Sunday Times Wine Club and spent £80 on oysters and smoked salmon while holidaying in Scotland.Jane Waugh, prosecuting, said the priest, now living in Stockton, had joined the parish in 2009 and accounts showed spending increased fourfold in some areas after he took over.She said “female clothing” had been found in the bedrooms and passports belonging to the housekeeper Gillian Leddy and her two daughters had been found in the safe. The court heard that Mr Reid told police he had fallen in love with Gillian Leddy, and saw her daughters, Veronica and Alice, as “the family that he never had”.During the inquiry, it emerged that the priest gave property and money to the Leddys on a “large scale”, buying two homes each for Veronica and Alice, a car each and financing a cafe business for them.He also gave them both substantial amounts of cash. But Ms Waugh said the money for these gifts came from an inheritance of the priest, not the result of fraud.Mr Reid accepted taking the Leddys out to eat “a few times a week”. Over the four years he was at St Cuthbert’s, his basic remuneration should have totalled £31,455. “In particular, there had been dramatic increases within the categories of general administration, housekeeping and hospitality,” said Ms Waugh.”This would appear to be because Gillian, Alice and Veronica Leddy, who are mother and daughters and close friends of the defendant from his previous parish at Willington, were effectively living at the presbytery and the defendant’s expenditure increased to reflect the fact that he was helping to support them financially.”This additional expenditure was claimed back from the Church, in expenses, by the defendant,” she added.Christopher Knox, defending, spoke of 15 character references and said the priest expressed “great distress, regret and apology”.Mr Reid was handed an 18-month suspended sentence at Durham Crown Court after he admitted fraud by abuse of position at a previous hearing.He has agreed to pay back the £50,000 within three months.
Melvyn Akins, 30, who was brought up in the area, said there was “frustration, anger and confusion” in the meeting and people were left with “a lot more questions”.He said: “It is going to be an uphill struggle. People feel abandoned. Now you have got somebody coming in [Sir Martin] and saying ‘I am going to look into it all thoroughly’ and it is not good enough.“People firmly believe that arrests should be made as a result of the outcome of all of this. If arrests are not made, people are going to feel justice may not be being done.”On Friday night a Newsnight investigation revealed an aerial ladder did not arrive until more than half an hour after the first fire engines were dispatched at 00.55.Firefighters say they experienced low water pressure, radio problems and critical equipment was either lacking or didn’t arrive on scene before the fire got out of control.An independent fire expert said having the high ladder available earlier would have given firefighters a better chance of stopping the blaze when it jumped from a fourth floor flat and began to race up the side of the building.The London Fire Brigade said that following the Grenfell fire it had changed its procedures and an “aerial” will now automatically be sent to a fire in a tower. The mayor said: “Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition and incredibly important to the local community. It should not be moved.”His spokesman added: “Any attempt to impose a move to another location on the carnival, particularly at a time when the community has little trust in those in positions of authority, would be a mistake.” The request for the Greater London Authority to take control of the carnival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and typically attracts two million visitors, was rejected out of hand by Mr Khan. The Government has stoked further anger among Grenfell Tower residents and neighbours by calling for the world-famous Notting Hill carnival to be moved.Greg Hands, the minister in charge of London, made public a letter yesterday in which he said it would be ‘inappropriate’ for the carnival to take place in the shadow of the burnt-out tower block.Mr Hands wrote to London’s mayor Sadiq Khan suggesting the location of the event be changed and that the mayor’s office take over the running of the carnival ‘in conjunction’ with the organisers. “That’s my job, that’s my training and that’s what I intend to do. Now if I can’t satisfy you because you have some preconception about me as a person that’s up to you.” In his letter to Mr Khan, Mr Hands, who is Conservative MP for neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham, wrote: “Clearly it [the carnival] must go ahead.“However, we have to ask ourselves if it is appropriate to stage a Carnival in the near proximity of a major national disaster. I would like you to consider moving the location, and/or the Greater London Authority, with its experience of running major events, taking over the Carnival, in conjunction with the current organisers.”The anger in the community was felt at a meeting on Thursday night with local residents and the retired court of appeal judge chairing the public inquiry.Sir Martin Moore-Bick was heckled by some residents some of whom have called for him to resign as inquiry chairman. Sir Martin, who has cancelled his summer holidays to work on the inquiry, told the meeting: “I’ve been a judge for 20 years and I give you my word that I will look into this matter to the very best of my ability, and find the facts as I see them from the evidence. Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition & incredibly important to the local community. It should not be moved.— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) July 7, 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 suggestion infuriated residents already deeply suspicious of the Government and its handling of the crisis in the aftermath of the inferno in which at least 80 people have died.Stormzy, a London rapper who helped Jeremy Corbyn secure the youth vote, branded Mr hands “a scumbag” for making the suggestion and claimed the minister was “using the Grenfell tragedy for their ‘get rid of carnival’ agenda”. Charlene White, who presents ITV News in London, tweeted: “A community that once a year gets to celebrate their varied and wonderful cultures. And you want that MOVED? And you wonder why trust is low.” My letter to Sadiq Khan calling on him to take over charge of the Notting Hill Carnival & move it from around a major disaster site. pic.twitter.com/ii3FqXdqb9— Greg Hands (@GregHands) July 7, 2017 This week law firm Leigh Day, which was cleared of wrongdoing over lawyers’ pursuit of torture and murder claims against British troops in the Iraq War, suspended two paralegals after a poster was put up offering legal support to those affected by the fire.The firm said it had no knowledge of the poster and has launched an internal investigation. A community that once a year gets to celebrate their varied and wonderful cultures. And you want that MOVED? And you wonder why trust is low— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) July 7, 2017
Nick Adderley, Assistant Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, responded to her and said: “Criminally Katie it would be a matter for the CPS to consider if they have committed a public order offence, which in the purest sense they may have under section 5 Public Order Act. The threshold may not have been met with that note though.”He added: “Sadly we have to ‘tolerate’ those in society who only ever think about themselves until such time when they need you/us. Then it’s a different story. Just know that 99.9% of the public really value and appreciate what you/we do.” “But these people would want our help if it was one of their relatives.”This isn’t the first time West Midlands Ambulance Service crews have faced abuse from members of the public.Last November, paramedics were told to move their ambulance as they treated a heart attack patient in Dudley.Also that month, another note was left on the windscreen of an ambulance in Small Heath, Birmingham, which read: “You may be saving lives but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive”. The note left on the vehicleCredit:WMAS / SWNS.com An ambulance crew were allegedly abused by a resident who left angry note on their emergency response vehicle saying “I don’t give a s*** if the whole street collapsed” – after they parked it in a residential bay/Paramedics were left stunned after finding a note demanding they moved their ambulance during a 999 call.It’s understood the angry message was written by a woman who was annoyed that an ambulance was in a resident’s parking bay today.West Midlands Ambulance Service claimed the resident also verbally abused staff members during the emergency call-out in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.The note read: “If this van is for anyone but No.14 then you have no right to park here. “I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapses. Now move your van from outside my house.”Paramedic Katie Tudor tweeted the image with the caption: “So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!”Along with this note left on their ambulance, they received a load of verbal abuse!” She later added: “They weren’t blocking the road, they were in a parking space… just obviously annoying someone that an ambo was outside their property.”The paramedic, who is based in Stoke-on-Trent, then went on to ask: “Is there anything that can be done about this? It’s becoming a regular occurrence.” Katie replied: “Thank you for your comments and I agree, however, I think the crew were most upset by the verbal abuse and distress caused to their patient rather than the note.”Paramedic operational manager Mike Duggan also shared a picture of the note and said the emergency services were increasingly facing growing level of hostility.He told Birmingham Live: “People seem to have no respect for the work we’re doing or the fact we’re helping someone.”We don’t block roads for the sake of it. We are seeing more and more abuse – this was not an isolated incident. 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. So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning! Along with this note left on their 🚑 they received a load of verbal abuse!😡😔@OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsPolice pic.twitter.com/c4UYdcjv86— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) February 18, 2018
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. Five days after winning bronze at the Winter Olympics, snowboarder Billy Morgan takes to the slopes and parks of Leigh-On Sea in Essex.
It was subsequently announced he would face no further action after the 97-year-old duke voluntarily surrendered his driving licence. The Countess of Wessex with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the royal wedding in MayCredit:AFP The car crash involving Prince Philip earlier this year She told the newspaper: “I asked ‘Who’s on board?’ but he said ‘I’m not obliged to say’. They took pictures of my car and said it was a police matter now. A motorist has claimed she is involved in a legal dispute after a police car allegedly carrying the Countess of Wessex collided with her own vehicle and then drove off.Gill Walker is disputing her liability over the collision in central Birmingham last November, which happened when she changed lanes and crashed with a 4×4 police vehicle being driven by a sergeant in convoy.The Countess of Wessex is understood to have been a passenger, having visited the city to open a rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers.According to the Birmingham Mail, Ms Walker, 59, pulled over to swap insurance details but the other vehicle failed to stop.A second 4×4 then pulled up alongside her Peugeot 107, and officers told her that the other vehicle was not allowed to stop because there was a “royal on board”.A West Midlands Police spokesman said the vehicle did not stop “due to operational reasons and force protocol”, but confirmed the second vehicle in the convoy stopped so details could be exchanged.Ms Walker said police are now denying liability. “The police are saying it’s all my fault. But the dashcam footage shows I’ve clearly got into the lane and they have hit me.”It’s like they’ve put all the blame on me and they’ve got solicitors involved. It looks like it’s going to court because the police don’t want to know.”The countess was in Birmingham to open the first military and civilian wound research centre of its kind at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.A police statement said: “A West Midlands Police vehicle was involved in a collision with a third-party vehicle during a police operation, resulting in damage to both vehicles as they travelled along a three-lane carriageway. “Due to operational reasons and force protocol, the vehicle did not stop, but another vehicle in convoy behind the damaged car did stop and details were exchanged with the third party for insurance purposes.”A report has been completed by the driver, a police sergeant, and is with the force’s insurers for assessment.”A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the issue was “a matter for the police”.The incident happened two months before the Duke of Edinburgh, Sophie’s father-in-law, was involved in his own crash.Prince Philip apologised for his part in an accident on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in January when his Land Rover Freelander collided with another car carrying a baby, leaving two women needing hospital treatment.
Radicalised Remainers are now attacking old men in Aldershot. A very popular man with the local community, many are very angry about this. Thoroughly disgusting. The politics of the mob. pic.twitter.com/7JiZhowvrB— (((Dominic Farrell))) (@DominicFarrell) May 23, 2019 But his personal story also belies any stereotype of a ‘Brexit bigot’. Born in Canada he migrated to Britain as a young man and married a Jamaican woman of Chinese descent. 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. “He walked up to me, took a look at my Brexit Party rosette and gave me the finger. I started laughing and he began hurling abuse at me. I couldn’t make out what he was saying, but I suppose it must have been political,” he said.“I carried on laughing and he walked off, then came back 10 minutes later, rushed up to me and threw the milkshake which he must have bought nearby all over me. Again I just burst out laughing and he ran away, shouting more abuse.” “I’m not anti-migrant. I am one and I never want to leave the UK,” he said. “But we can’t take in everybody. It’s as simple as that.”As he spoke passers by continued to come up to him, proffering new shirts, and even trousers. Lucy Youd, 24, a local resident, said: “It’s no way to treat someone who served in the military. And I bet the person who threw it won’t even vote.“I just wanted to buy him a new shirt for his troubles. This isn’t about who you support. I voted Tory. This is about respect for people.”It comes after a spate of incidents in recent weeks in which candidates campaigning in the European Elections have been targeted by protestors throwing milkshakes.Earlier this week a 32-year-old man from Newcastle was charged with common assault and criminal damage after throwing a salted caramel milkshake over Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, as he campaigned in the city.A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We received a report at 10.06am from a third party about an assault on a man in his 80s at North Lane, Aldershot.“We are investigating the incident and are trying to make contact with the victim.” Mr MacNaughton, 81, said that although there were few people around at the time of the attack locals had been quick to offer their support, including a Labour councillor for the area who described it as “outrageous”.He added: “It was a shallow, silly thing to do. I think he was copying that fella who threw milkshake over Nigel Farage. It’s appallingly un-British and it just shouldn’t happen.”The old soldier, who has also published two novels on a military theme – They Stood in the Door and They Stayed a Soldier – said he supported the Brexit Party because of his fears over the prospect of ever-closer European union, particularly the possible creation of a European army, and the EU’s lack of financial transparency. A retired army veteran and Brexit Party supporter refused to abandon his post outside a polling station after he was attacked with a milkshake.Don MacNaughton, 81, who served with the Paras for 22-years was covered in the strawberry drink by a “yob” who spotted his Brexit Party rosette.But the former soldier, who served in hot-spots all around the world, laughed off the attack saying strawberry was his favourite flavour.Widower, Mr MacNaughton, who had been campaigning for Nigel Farage’s party in his hometown of Aldershot, also refused to go home and change his soiled clothing following the incident on Thursday morning.He told the Telegraph: “I’m not going anywhere and I’m not going to change out of these clothes, even though lots of people have offered me clean shirts. These are my war wounds and I’m keeping them on. And I’ll be here till the polling station shuts. It’s my duty.”“It was a strawberry milkshake, my favourite flavour,” he said, adding that he would not be pressing charges should the thug who targeted him be caught. “The police took a statement and searched the bins to find the milkshake carton, they did a grand job. It’s an assault, but I won’t be taking it further. His punishment is to have his silly actions plastered all over the place by the media.” Mr MacNaughton, who joined the Parachute Regiment in 1960 and went on to serve in Cyprus, Berlin and Northern Ireland during the worst years of the Troubles, as well as being a member of the Red Devils display team, described how the assailant struck shortly after the polling station opened at 7am. Nigel Farage was attacked in Newcastle
David Duckenfield, the police officer who was in charge during the Hillsborough disaster, will face a retrial over the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans, it has been announced.Judge Sir Peter Openshaw revealed the ruling during a hearing at Preston Crown Court after a jury failed to reach a verdict following a ten week trial earlier this year.The new trial is due to start on October 7.Around ten family members were in court to hear the ruling which followed a legal hearing on Monday.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) sought a retrial after a jury was discharged in April.The application to bring a retrial was resisted by lawyers for the 74-year-old retired chief superintendent.The judge said: “I authorise a retrial of defendant David Duckenfield.”Ninety-six men, women and children died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989.Under the law at the time, Duckenfield was not charged over the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after the disaster. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice arrested 2 for possession of illegal gun, ammoJuly 30, 2019In “Crime”Men found with 14 shotgun cartridges & hundreds of ammoSeptember 18, 2015In “Crime”1 in custody over discovery of firearm, ammo at ItaballiMarch 21, 2016In “Crime” Police in “F” Division are presently interrogating two men who were found in possession of an unlicenced shotgun and two live ammunition.Based on reports received, police were patrolling the Kupakuri, Region 8 when they received information that two men were seen acting suspicious in a boat on the river.Upon conducting a search, the weapon and ammunition were found and the men were apprehended.Investigations are ongoing.