The Time A Guy Named Flipper Set The SingleGame NFL Receiving Record

The tape? It’s been a while since Anderson, now 49 and long retired from football, has seen it. There’s a VHS copy buried somewhere in his house, but like most of us, he no longer owns a VCR. Still, sharp memories remain. “Everything that was thrown to me,” Anderson said, “I just caught.” He recalled thinking afterward: This is what Michael Jordan must feel like.Until then, nobody would’ve dared compare him to MJ. Dubbed “Flipper”4From Richard Hoffer’s 1990 Sports Illustrated profile of Anderson and Henry Ellard: “Flipper, raised by grandparents in a stew of seven uncles, considers it all to be as ordinary as Ozzie and Harriet. For the record, none of these people nicknamed him Flipper. That was done by Aunt Pearl, a distant cousin of Flipper’s, who thought his crying sounded just like the critter then popular on TV.” as a baby by a relative who thought his crying made him sound like the famous dolphin, Anderson grew up in South Jersey and eventually became one of Troy Aikman’s favorite targets at UCLA. The Los Angeles Rams5The Rams moved to St. Louis before the 1995 season. took the receiver in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft, but he caught only 11 passes his rookie season. Anderson entered his second year third on the depth chart behind Aaron Cox (a first-round pick in ’88) and Ellard (a two-time first-team All-Pro). Then came an opening.At practice two days before the Rams faced the Saints that November, Ellard strained his right hamstring. This led to what seemed like an unsolvable problem. He led the NFL in receiving yards — nobody could fill his role. With Ellard on the Superdome sidelines in a blue Rams sweatshirt and a baseball cap, Anderson slid into the injured star’s spot. “Most of the time during the game it was kind of tough getting our timing down,” Everett said.Flipper was a fill-in, but unbeknownst to many, he already had proven himself capable of producing highlight-reel material. Over the first 11 games of the 1989 season, he only had 19 receptions, but averaged a league best 30.7 yards per catch. Generously listed at 6 feet and 172 pounds, Anderson could fly. “From the minute he got there until the minute he left,” said Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, his Rams teammate from 1988 to 1994, “our DBs used to say, ‘If I can cover Flipper Anderson on a go [route], I can cover anybody.’”The Rams (7-4) needed something out of him while facing an NFC West rival that sat one game behind them in the standings. The Saints were ferocious. They boasted four Pro Bowl linebackers: Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, Pat Swilling, and future Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson. “They were just ass kickers,” said Rams kicker Mike Lansford, whose bare right foot6In the ’70s and ’80s, Lansford was one of a handful of barefoot NFL place kickers. In his book “A Few Seconds of Panic”, kicking enthusiast Stefan Fatsis explained the fad: “As long as it didn’t hurt, the theory went, kicking sockless and shoeless eliminated the energy-absorbing and -dissipating layers of fabric and leather.” ended up heavily factoring into the proceedings.“Our weakness,” said former Saints cornerback Robert Massey, “was in the secondary.” Through 11 weeks, the Saints had the top-ranked run defense in the NFL. On the other hand, their pass defense ranked 22nd.ESPN aired Sunday night NFL games at the time, and before kickoff, analyst Joe Theismann explained to the audience that in Ellard’s place “Cox can do a real good job” and that if L.A. used a four-receiver set, tight end Pete Holohan would be split out wide. Theismann never mentioned Anderson. On Oct. 27, 2013, Dres Anderson’s cell phone began lighting up with text messages from friends imploring him to turn on the Cowboys-Lions game. Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, they explained, was having an impossibly prolific day. By late in the fourth quarter, the All-Pro had gained 290 receiving yards.To Anderson, this more or less constituted a family emergency. After all, his father was Willie “Flipper” Anderson, the former Rams wideout who had set the record Johnson was chasing. In a primetime clash against the Saints on Nov. 26, 1989, Flipper had piled up 336 receiving yards, eclipsing the single-game NFL record of 309.Almost a quarter-century later, Flipper’s record was on the verge of being broken. “I’ve never rooted for the Cowboys in my life,” Dres tweeted that afternoon last fall, “but I pray they hold down Megatron for these last two minutes!!!”His prayers were answered. Despite hauling in two long passes during his team’s final, game-winning drive, Johnson finished with 329 yards, seven short of Flipper’s mark. “I thought it was going down,” Dres said recently. “Thankfully it didn’t.”It’s been 25 years since his historic night, and since then Flipper Anderson has become a piece of obscure sports trivia. He once even popped up as the answer to the $125,000 question — “What NFL player holds the record for most receiving yards gained in a single game?” — on a Super Bowl week episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”1The choices were: A. Randy Moss, B. Jerry Rice, C. Flipper Anderson, and D. Stephone Paige. After asking the audience, the majority of which guessed Rice, the contestant decided not to answer, instead walking away with a $64,000 prize. But reducing the accomplishment to game show fodder undersells its brilliance. Before defense-hindering rule changes and sophisticated scoring strategies led to the arcadization of offensive statistics, Anderson made “Tecmo Bowl” come to life.“Those weren’t short easy passes,” said then Rams quarterback Jim Everett. “He was going up in traffic, pulling them down and beating the corner. He had a special night.”How special? In 1989, Anderson’s teammate Henry Ellard averaged an NFL-best 98.7 receiving yards per game. In games where pass catchers had at least one reception, those catchers averaged 34.6 receiving yards.2While the NFL has become more pass happy, that figure actually hasn’t changed much. In 2013, pass catchers averaged 35.9 receiving yards in games where they had at least one reception. Anderson’s night was 9.0 standard deviations from the average.Football Outsiders editor-in-chief Aaron Schatz, whose site has compiled extensive data from every NFL season going back to 1989, said Anderson had “the best game of any receiver in our advanced stats. Period. By a significant amount.” To measure individual offensive output, FO uses a metric called Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement. That evening in New Orleans, Anderson racked up 160 receiving DYAR, the most in at least the last 25 years. Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith’s 141 DYAR in Week 2 of the 2000 season is the second-best total. The gap between those two performances is almost the difference between Smith’s and the list’s 10th best.3The seventh best, you’ll notice, is Anderson’s teammate, Ellard. Everett could sling it. As Schatz reminded me: “That’s a big gap.”The numbers show how impressive Anderson’s record was, but they don’t show the spectacular way he set it. For that, let’s go to the tape. Anderson played five more full seasons and parts of three more, gaining 100 or more yards in a game seven more times in his career, but never coming close to matching his performance in the Superdome. Then again, few have. Since November 1989, Terrell Owens (283), John Taylor (286), Jerry Rice (289), Jimmy Smith (291) and Johnson (329) all approached 336, but the record still belongs to Flipper.These days, he lives in the Atlanta area, coaches youth football, and follows his son Dres’s career. The University of Utah senior receiver, who recently suffered a season-ending knee injury, is an NFL prospect. If there’s one person Anderson would like to see rewrite the family history, it’s Dres. “It’s waiting there for you,” he’s told him. “Go get it.” What you don’t see in the above clip is the way ESPN closed the broadcast. It being 1989, the network cut to a quick shot of Anderson flashing the “I’m number one!” sign followed by a freeze frame of the record-setting receiver and teammate Aaron Cox leaping together for a giant high-five. For most of the night, the Rams looked hopeless. They piled up penalties, committed turnovers, and allowed Everett to take some nauseatingly vicious hits. With the Saints leading 17-3 in the fourth quarter, New Orleans defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers recovered Rams running back Greg Bell’s fumble. Everett said that across the country “you could hear every television click off.”If the game had ended at that moment, it still would’ve been a special night for Anderson. In 55 minutes of action, he had tallied career highs in catches (8) and yards (171). But then he caught a 46-yard pass and the Rams soon scored, making it 17-10. On the next Rams possession, Everett threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anderson and it was tied.When the game reached overtime, L.A. simplified its strategy. “I didn’t care if they had two guys over there,” Everett said, “I’m finding a way to get it to Flipper.” By then, Anderson had 13 catches for 296 yards.During the Rams’ first overtime drive,7On that drive, Anderson also drew a 36-yard pass interference penalty. Anderson caught a short pass on a crossing route, shook trailing Saints cornerback Toi Cook, and sprinted toward the sideline for a 14-yard gain. ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick quickly perked up. “Flipper Anderson has just set an NFL record: 310 yards receiving,” he said. “What a marvelous night.” Anderson erased a mark made by his friend, Chiefs receiver Stephone Paige, who in 1985 racked up 309 receiving yards in a game against the Chargers. But Flipper wasn’t finished.On third-and-11 from the Saints’ 40, Anderson lined up outside. After the snap, he made a quick inside move to gain a step on cornerback Milton Mack then ran straight ahead. Everett’s throw came high and fast, so he jumped up to corral it. With legs splayed and arms fully extended, the bare-handed Anderson made a fingertip grab. It was his best catch of the night.Saints defensive backs Mack and Dave Waymer tackled Anderson, but not before he reached the 14 yard line. At that moment, Anderson rolled over on his back and looked up at Waymer, who was standing over him. “I was just done,” Anderson said. “They had to come get me off the field.”He eventually made it to the bench, where cameras caught Ellard congratulating him. On the very next play, Lansford hit a 31-yard field goal to give the Rams a 20-17 victory. To those involved, processing the events of that evening 25 years ago still requires some suspension of disbelief. Anderson’s 336 receiving yards made up 29 percent of his season total.“You would think — 13 catches, over 300 yards — that during the game, you’d be like, ‘Man, this guy’s ballin’,” Cook said. “But it wasn’t that way. He was workmanlike. It wasn’t like he would get up and call attention to himself. It did not feel like 336 yards.”Anderson’s performance may have seemed workmanlike, but it was anything but. “There was no one better than Flipper that night,” said Everett, who in that game8Despite getting sacked six times in that game, Everett passed for a career high 454 yards. targeted the receiver 20 times. The numbers are still staggering: 13 of Anderson’s 15 catches produced a first down or a touchdown, and the ones that didn’t were still important: one went for 16 yards on second-and-20, and another went for 26 yards on second-and-32. For the most part, Anderson wasn’t simply turning short throws into big gains. By my count, 107 of his 336 yards came after the catch. In today’s NFL, where quick passing has all but replaced the running game, his screw-it-I’m-going-deep style would be rare. His 20.1 career yards per reception still ranks fourth in league history.Amazingly, Anderson’s 336-yard game wasn’t his most memorable accomplishment of that season. On Jan. 7, 1990, in overtime of a divisional playoff game against the Giants at the Meadowlands, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass, and without breaking stride, ran into the tunnel and into the visitors’ locker room.9Anderson said it was Cox’s idea. “When the game went to overtime, he brought it up first. He said, ‘If I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel.’ I said, “Ooh, if I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel, too.’” read more

Carmelo Anthony Suffers Left Ankle Sprain in Win Over

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a left ankle sprain Thursday night as he led his team to a 116-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving his status as unclear for Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Anthony suffered the injury in the third quarter after driving to the basket and being fouled by Dwight Howard. The hard foul caused Anthony to hit the floor hard and land awkwardly on his left ankle, and his left leg folded back under his body as he hit the court.Anthony was able to get to his feet after the a few seconds and made his way to the free throw line. He made 1-of-2 free throws and was quickly subbed out at the next dead ball by Steve Novak.“It was a hard foul. I couldn’t catch my fall,” Anthony said after the game. “It was an awkward fall. Right now I’m sore.”He went on to add that his left ankle, knee and hip were extremely sore, but said it was too early to say to know if he would play against the Cavs on Saturday.Knicks coach Mike Woodson said after the game that Anthony would be day to day with a slight ankle sprain. Glen Grunwald, Knicks general manager said that he did not think the injury was severe.“I’ll wake up (on Friday) and see what happens,” Anthony said.Before Anthony left the game with 6:33 in the third quarter, he was having a stellar offensive performance that had fans in Madison Square Garden in an uproar.Anthony managed to make the Lakers defense look like a middle school team as he scored 22 points in the first quarter. He was only two points shy of the franchise record set by Willis Reed and Allan Houston.“I was zoned in. I was locked in. Tonight was one of those games where I had that feeling,” Anthony said.Anthony was so locked in that he finished with 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting in just 23 minutes of play when he left the game.This was the first reunion since the Olympics that Anthony had with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni was the Knicks coach last year before being fired and replaced by Woodson. There were reports that Anthony and D’Antoni clashed several times.But Anthony wanted to come into Thursday night not to seek revenge against his former coach, but to protect the Knicks’ perfect record at the Garden. They were 8-0 at home before entering the contest.Thursday’s night win pushed the Knicks home record to 9-0 and 17-5 on the season.If Anthony is unable to go on Saturday, this will be his third game that he has missed this season. He missed two earlier games this month against the Bulls and Heat with a cut to his middle left finger that needed five stitches.The Knicks went 1-1 without Anthony, beating the Heat by 20 points and losing to the Bulls. They hope to have Anthony against the Cavs, a team that beat the Lakers Tuesday night. read more

Russian Athlete Yelena Isinbayeva Vaults Against Homosexuality at Worlds

Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)Russian champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva spoke out against homosexuality Thursday at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow. After two fellow athletes painted their fingernails rainbow colors to protest the new anti-gay law in Russia, Isinbayeva condemned them in front of her home crowd.“If we allow people to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva said in English. “We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.“Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”Two Swedish athletes competed in the track meet with their fingernails painted in rainbow colors at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.One of the Swedish athletes, Emma Green Tregaro, took to social media by posting a picture of her nails on Instagram, saying “Nails painted in the colors of the rainbow.” Then after came the hashtags, #pride and #moscow2013.“The first thing that happened when I came to Moscow and pulled my curtains aside was that I saw the rainbow and that felt a little ironic,” Green Tregaro said in a video posted on the website of Swedish newspaper Expressen. “Then I had a suggestion from a friend on Instagram that maybe I could paint my nails in the colors of the rainbow and that felt like a simple, small thing that maybe could trigger some thoughts.”The other Swedish athlete to paint her nails in the rainbow colors in protest, was sprinter Moa Hjelmer, who showcased her fingers in the heats of the 200 meters.Isinbayeva said the two were disrespectful to Russia and the citizens of Russia.“It’s unrespectful to our country. It’s unrespectful to our citizens, because we are Russians. Maybe we are different from European people and other people from different lands,” Isinbayeva told reporters. “We have our home and everyone has to respect (it). When we arrive to different countries, we try to follow their rules.”Isinbayeva, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of her home crowd, has set 28 world records. She has also won seven major titles in her career, including gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. read more

New England Patriots Cut Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The quarterback, who signed with the Patriots in June, had a mediocre preseason. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions throughout the preseason. Tebow wasn’t able to challenge Ryan Mallett for the second-string job behind Tom Brady.Tebow played his final preseason game Thursday night. Facing the New York Giants, he threw 6 of 11 passes for 91 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The quarterback was also sacked four times.After Thursday’s game, the popular player was asked about chances of making the team, he said, “I’m not sure. I don’t make those decisions.”

Miami Heat Beats Atlanta Hawks 9287 in Preseason Game

Getty Images/File Dwyane Wade said he didn’t play Monday night because he has “a bigger picture in mind.”Chris Bosh dropped 21 points and LeBron James scored nine, as the two-time defending champion Heat opened the preseason with a victory over the Hawks on Monday night in Miami.Dwyane Wade took the night off, explaining he was erring on the side of caution. He was originally in the lineup to play.“He wants me to do what’s best for my body,” Wade said, referring to head coach Erick Spoelstra. “I’ve been practicing very hard, going very hard. I could play, but I just think it’s smarter that in consecutive days of going so hard, just be smart today, rest a little bit, let my legs recover.”Bosh scored 21 points and as always, his shots were smooth and efficient. Bosh began the game with nine consecutive points. He had 19 points in the first half and finished the game 7 of 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.With the exception of Bosh’s excellent performance, it was a typical preseason game –  it was sloppy and the Heat led by as many as 22 points in the second half.In the Heat’s first game of the 2013 NBA preseason, they beat the Hawks 92-87.Checkout the highlight of Monday’s game in the video below. read more

Im Here to Protect Kyrie Irving Slams the Golden

When Durant was with the Golden State Warriors last season, he went down in game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors and left with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. When the Brooklyn Nets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 23 in their season opener, Kevin Durant won’t be among the starting five, nor will he come off the bench. “[I won’t allow] anyone to infiltrate that circle of ‘Hey K, do you. Get right, we’ll be fine,’” said Irving. “We have expectations for our team, we obviously know he’s an integral part, but we’ll wait for that.” But despite many thinking that Kerr and the Warriors forced Durant to play in that finals game, Durant said it wasn’t true during an interview with Yahoo Sports in August. “I’m very patient, I’ll be over-patient with Kevin, because I don’t want anything like that to happen to anyone again,” he added. “Especially on that type of stage where it happened and then him having to answer questions about whether or not he’s coming back or not.” That’s because he’ll be out for the entire 2019-2020 NBA season with an Achilles injury that he had to get surgery for. Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent during the current offseason, as did Kyrie Irving. And on Friday, during the Nets’ press day, Irving slammed Golden State for allowing his new teammate to play in Game 5. And he also said nothing like that will ever happen in Brooklyn. “Naturally, you have to go inside the mind of a competitor, and realize that a lot of people have responsibilities as for why that ended up happening the way it happened on a national scale,” Irving explained. “We all know K was not ready to play in that environment. We all know that, whether people want to admit it or not,” he continued. “He was out 31 days and we put him on a national stage on Finals, to end up selling a product that came before the person, Kevin. And now I’m here to protect that.” Irving then said although Durant is a crucial part of the Nets’ success, he won’t allow anyone to jeopardize his health or playing future, not even for more wins. And after that Game 5 injury, many blasted the Golden State Warriors and their coach Steve Kerr for playing Durant, and they said he was far from ready after his injury from the Houston series. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back,” he stated. “Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5.” Kyrie Irving says “a lot of people” are responsible for Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles:”We all know K was not ready to play in that environment…we put him on a national stage to end up selling a product to came before the person” pic.twitter.com/usyACYCufW— SNY (@SNYtv) September 27, 2019 It was the first game back for the 6-foot-9 forward since he strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. “Hell, nah,” Durant continued. “It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game.” Kyrie Irving (left) blasted the Golden State Warriors for playing Kevin Durant (right) in Game 5 of last season’s NBA Finals. (Photos: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images, Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) read more

The US Is On Pace For A Lousy Olympics

Finland00.938.0 Here’s how it works: We collected Winter Olympics medal data going back to 1998, when snowboarding was added to the official program as a new sport,2As of the 2018 Games, snowboarding is the most recent new sport to be added to the Winter Olympics. and then calculated the share of medals that each country won in each sport. For example, from 1998 to 2014, the U.S. won 33 percent of all gold medals in snowboarding, to go with 17 percent of silvers and 30 percent of bronzes. (Yes, we’re pretty good at snowboarding.) Then we used those historical rates to set the baseline expectations — the expected medals — for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.3For example, anytime a snowboarding medal is awarded, we add 0.33 golds, 0.17 silvers and 0.30 bronzes to the U.S.’s expected medal tally. There is one big exception to note: The Olympic athletes from Russia use the Russian Federation’s expected-medal rates, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect the reduced number of Russian athletes competing in the 2018 Games (plus whatever other negative effects the Russian doping scandal might have on their medal tally).Add up all of those expected medals, and you can see where a country “should” be based on what it’s good at and what’s happened at the games so far. And the U.S. is definitely underperforming in South Korea, relative to expectations. Based on the events that have already been completed at the games, we would expect to have seen 18 American podium appearances thus far, which is exactly double the number the U.S. has actually had. From Lindsey Jacobellis’s coming up short again in boardercross to Mikaela Shiffrin’s shocking non-medal in slalom, Lindsey Vonn’s super-G struggles and Nathan Chen’s disappointing fifth-place finish in men’s figure-skating, no country is off to a rougher start in Pyeongchang than the Americans.The good news for the U.S., however, is that there are plenty of medal events remaining in which American athletes excel. Based on its rates over the 1998-2014 period, we would expect the U.S. to pick up about 18 more medals before the games are over, which is more than any other country’s projection. Even if that happens, however, our tracker projects that the U.S. would finish a distant fourth in the final medal table — which would be its worst showing at the Winter Olympics since 1998 — but at least it would mean the second half of the games was a lot better than the first.For Norway, this is shaping up to be its best performance at the Winter Games ever. Even though a number of their best events are over, the Norwegians should still finish strong. Indeed, if they (and everyone else) simply perform to expected baselines over the rest of the Olympics, Norway will finish first in the standings, with 34 medals, ahead of Germany and Canada. Olympic athletes from Russia*02.7916.6 Japan11.8912.0 Austria35.1917.5 Great Britain11.244.9 The 2018 Winter Olympics are basically halfway over,1Which is sad, because winter is the best kind of Olympics. and the usual suspects are off to a great start. The Norwegians, the kings of cross-country skiing, currently lead the medal table with 22 pieces of hardware, including seven golds. The Germans, who traditionally rule luge and biathlon, are not far behind with nine golds and 17 medals. The United States, meanwhile, is in a four-way tie for fifth, having nabbed only nine total medals.How many should we expect the U.S. to have at this stage of the games, though? Since medals in different sports are awarded at different times, it can be difficult to know whether a country is behind where they should be or right on track. To help with that, we created a simple medal tracker. It compares a given country’s medal count with how many we’d expect based on its historical performance in the sports that have already been completed at this year’s games. It also tells you how many remaining medals a country should pick up over the rest of the Olympics if its athletes play to form. (One note on this: We’re looking at the broad categories of events that make up the Olympics — Alpine skiing, snowboarding, curling, etc. — not the specific events within those categories.) Belarus11.923.9 Canada511.71530.3 United States510.7927.1 Germany913.81730.4 Italy23.1610.3 Gold medalsAll medals Norway711.42234.1 Switzerland24.5713.7 China01.4510.9 Who will win the most golds?Medal projections based on each country’s current medals and historical performance in remaining events, as of the end of competition on Feb. 17 Czech Republic12.057.7 Liechtenstein0<0.111.0 Sweden45.6712.6 South Korea35.259.7 Slovenia00.212.1 Kazakhstan0<0.111.4 Slovakia11.233.5 Netherlands68.91320.5 *Using medal rates for the Russian Federation, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect that fewer athletes are competing this year, compared to previous games.SOURCES: Sports-reference.com, international olympic committee Australia00.935.0 Country▲▼Current▲▼Projected▲▼Current▲▼Projected▲▼ Poland11.412.4 France34.7713.7 Spain0<0.122.0 read more

Mens hockey No 11 Buckeyes hoping to bounce back with weekend series

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter being swept last weekend by No. 18 Wisconsin, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-6-6, 3-4-1-1) travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, this weekend for a conference clash with the rivaled Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes will remain without senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey due to injury, as well as senior defender Josh Healey, who was suspended for Friday’s matchup after a hit on Wisconsin senior forward Grant Besse during a game against the Badgers on Jan. 28.As a player averaging 32 minutes per game this season, Scarlet and Gray coach Steve Rohlik said Healey’s presence will be tough to replace on the ice, but added that his absence allows an opening for other guys to step into his place.“We’re a resilient group, and we’ll have 16 (players) dressed, ready to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s going to be missed, but that’s just going to make sure that other guys pick their pace up and are better.”The Wolverines (8-12-2, 1-6-1-1) began conference play this season with three straight losses, and now lie in fifth place in the Big Ten standings after losing four of their last six games.Despite recent results, Rohlik said his team can’t look past last season’s conference tournament champions. He added that OSU will need to bring its all in order to leave the state of Michigan with two victories this weekend.“Michigan is Michigan. They’re capable of beating anyone in the country, and we understand that,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got a lot of respect for who they are, what they are, and I say this all the time but we’re going to have to be at our best to win hockey games, and we’re going to have to bring it Friday to get a win.”Yost Ice Arena, the home of Wolverine hockey, is a bucket list venue for any hockey fan. With that, Scarlet and Gray sophomore forward Mason Jobst — who leads the Buckeyes in points this year and currently sits on a 10-game point streak — said OSU has played in a handful of tough settings so far this season, and that the Buckeyes welcome the challenge of another this weekend.“We’ve played in a few barns this year that have been pretty hostile, so it’s always good to have experience coming back,” Jobst said. “I think the young guys have done a great job handling it, and Yost will be a fun place to play, so I think everyone’s pretty excited.”Puck drop for Friday’s Game One of this series is slated for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s Game Two start is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

Mens soccer falls to Dayton 31 in Ivanovs absence

Senior defender Sage Gardener (5) takes a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s soccer lost to Dayton by a score of 3-1 Friday, putting the Buckeyes a 2-3-2 record on the season.The game opened with the Buckeyes out possessing the Flyers and forcing their sophomore goalkeeper Chris Froschauer to make some diving stops.OSU coach John Bluem said he was impressed with his team’s first half efforts.“We started the game very well tonight,” Bluem said. “We had some very good chances in the first 20 minutes and unfortunately, we didn’t take one.”In the 26th minute, Dayton struck as sophomore midfielder Maik Schoonderwoerd put a wide open header in the back of the net. Nine minutes later, Flyer freshman forward Rafael Gamboa buried a shot in goal. The Flyers went into the half with a 2-0 lead and a 9-6 advantage in shots.OSU captain and senior defender Sage Gardner said the team’s reaction to the first goal hurt the team.“We played really good soccer,” Gardner said. “Then they (got) one opportunity and it kind of deflated us. We need to do a better job of responding.”The Flyers continued their attack quickly after half with a goal in the 48th minute by Schoonderwoerd, almost securing the game with a 3-0 lead.The Buckeyes were able to put one goal on the board when Dayton defenders failed to clear a ball in the box. Freshman midfielder Henry Chancy was able to get a foot in and poke it past the goalkeeper in the 81st minute. It was Chancy’s first career goal.OSU has scored six goals in seven games this season. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said that team needs to work in practice if it wants to score more goals.“We just need to keep working in training and get back to the basics.” Mason said. “We’re lacking confidence with our finishing which, you know, is never good.”Play was halted a few times late in the game as shoving matches broke out in the Dayton penalty box and along the Dayton bench, on two separate occasions. As a result, Dayton junior forward Greg Enstone and OSU sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic received yellow cards in the 86th minute.Starting goalkeeper junior Alex Ivanov did not play because he received a red card in the previous match against Wright State.The Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their streak of in-state matchups Tuesday on the road against No. 15 Akron at 7 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens hockey splits opening weekend

OSU senior forward Chad Niddery skates up the ice during an exhibition game against Guelph Oct. 4. at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s hockey team had an up-an-down ride through its weekend. After defeating No. 4 Providence, 5-4, in overtime on Friday night, the Buckeyes fell to the Friars, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday in Columbus.The two one-goal games extracted a range of feelings from OSU. In one day, the Buckeyes’ temperament went from euphoric to downcast.Providence freshman forward Brian Pinho’s goal with 45 seconds remaining in overtime of Saturday’s game sparked the mood change.“It’s disappointing we lost tonight. We gave ourselves a chance,” coach Steve Rohlik said on Saturday. “It’s a tough one to lose in overtime, but I’m proud of our team.”Following a five-goal Friday night, the Buckeyes’ offense could not top the Friars on Saturday despite building momentum in the second period.“We had a lot of rebounds that we didn’t really take advantage of,” OSU senior forward Chad Niddery said. “The bounces just didn’t come for a few (rebounds) that we had right down low.”The Buckeyes’ offensive push was created after OSU killed a five-minute misconduct penalty to start the second period, Rohlik said.The misconduct, issued to sophomore defenseman Josh Healey for contact to the head, left the Buckeye blue line shorthanded for the final 40 minutes.“That’s hockey, that’s going to happen sometimes and you have to be prepared for that,” OSU junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. “We adapted and I think the legs were there.”Buckeye sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots, the last of which was a wrist shot from the high slot that squeaked under his arm.“(Tomkins) played very well,” Rohlik said. “He gave us every opportunity to win a hockey game.”OSU was outshot 29-27, but lost its biggest battle in the face-off circle where Providence won 38 of 61 draws.Scoring opened eight minutes into the third period when Providence freshman defenseman Logan Day fired a wrist shot from the slot past Tomkins.Less than a minute later, OSU freshman forward Luke Stork took a pass from freshman forward Nick Jones and tied the game with his first collegiate goal.Jones was in Saturday’s lineup after Buckeye sophomore forward Nick Schilkey left Friday’s game with an apparent shoulder injury.Despite Schilkey’s early exit, OSU didn’t struggle to score on Friday. Backed by junior forward Anthony Greco’s hat trick and two goals from senior forward Tanner Fritz, the Buckeyes erased four one-goal deficits en route to a season-opening win.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey finished Friday with 26 saves. The Buckeyes scored three power play goals on seven chances in the game, going three-for-eight on the weekend.OSU killed all seven penalties it took during the series.Providence coach Nate Leaman spoke highly of the Buckeyes after Saturday’s game.“I think they have a really good hockey team,” Leaman said. “I think that team’s probably going to surprise some people this year.”OSU is set to play a home-and-home series against Miami University next weekend, starting on Friday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m.Loose pucksSix freshmen made their OSU debuts this weekendMatt Weis, Luke Stork and Nick Jones registered their first collegiate points during the seriesThe Buckeyes are 3-2 all-time against Providence read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands at No 17 in final AP Poll

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to referee after a blocking charge on the Buckeyes in the first half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will await its placement in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 17 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll before the bracket is unveiled Sunday.The Buckeyes dropped four spots from No. 13 in last week’s poll after it fell 69-68 to Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday. No. 7 Michigan won the tournament, beating No. 10 Purdue 75-66 on Sunday.No. 4 Michigan State is the only other team from the conference ranked inside the top 25.While the Big Ten tournament ended Sunday, no other Power Five conference has begun its respective tournament yet. The ACC tournament begins Tuesday, while the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC tournaments all begin on Wednesday.Ohio State will not know where it is headed to play its next game until the bracket is released on Selection Sunday. In an early release of the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s bracket on Feb. 11, the Buckeyes were listed as a No. 4 seed in the east regional with Villanova as the No. 1 seed. No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Texas Tech rounded out the regional.The bracket was an early look at how the committee viewed the teams at the time and does not reflect how the final 68-team bracket will look Sunday. read more

Number of coaches and wrestlers defend Jim Jordan

Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter accusations last week that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of and kept quiet about alleged abuse by former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss, many players and coaches have come forward to defend the former assistant wrestling coach.The statements defending Jordan began Monday with a joint statement by six former coaches, including former Ohio State wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson. The defense of Jordan continued with a joint statement by 15 wrestlers on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday.“I am frankly pissed off at what they are doing to Jim Jordan. This is hysteria and politics running the narrative,” Hellickson told The Hill earlier this week. “If they are attacking him, why aren’t they attacking the 30 or 40 other coaches at OSU?”Statements being sent out defending Jordan have been put out through the public relations firm Shirley and Bannister, a conservative firm based out of Alexandria, Virginia. The wrestlers that defended Jordan on Tuesday said the alleged abuse was not as widespread as it is being made to seem, with one telling the Associated Press he knew nothing of any alleged abuse until claims arose this year.Following the joint statement on Tuesday, two more wrestlers spoke to CNN in defense of Jordan.One of the wrestlers, George Pardos, told CNN he had many interactions with Strauss and never experienced any attempted abuse.“If you’re sitting there saying everybody had the same experience with Dr. Strauss, that’s just not true,” Pardos said. “People are trying to assume this was a widespread problem.” read more

43p drug that prevents spread of breast cancer denied to thousands

first_imgPostmenopausal women on bisphosphonates saw a 28 per cent reduction in the chances of their cancer coming back. The drugs cut the risk of dying from the disease during the first 10 years after diagnosis by 18 per cent.  Analysis by Breast Cancer Now shows the cost of giving women the drugs would be almost £17 million a year but it forecasts eventual savings through women needing fewer bone scans and the fact that 1,200 fewer women every year would develop secondary breast cancer.Bisphosphonates can be taken for around three years, either as a daily tablet (ibandronate) costing 34p per day, or intravenously every six months (zoledronate) at 4p per day. The full cost (including consultant time and monitoring side-effects) is estimated to be 43p per day per patient.Rob Coleman, professor of medical oncology at the University of Sheffield, said: “It should be an absolute priority for every clinician and commissioner involved in the provision of breast cancer services to ensure this simple and safe treatment is made available, as a matter of urgency.” ‘These are cheap and widely-available drugs and the overwhelming evidence of their ability to save lives should have changed practice by now. But they are still sitting on the shelf, blocked by bureaucratic inertia’Baroness Delyth Morgan Among the remainder, awaiting a funding decision was the main obstacle cited. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UK, with around 50,000 cases a year, and 12,000 deaths.Almost nine in ten deaths occur because disease has spread to the bone.Bisphosphonates alter bone tissue, making it harder for cancer cells to survive there, and are already used for patients with advanced prostate cancer. They have been hailed as having the potential to prevent around one in 10 breast cancer deaths.Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, called for a national policy on who would fund the drugs, such as centrally through NHS England or via local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).She said: “While bisphosphonates are not routinely available to all eligible breast cancer patients, women’s lives are needlessly being put at risk.”These are cheap and widely-available drugs and the overwhelming evidence of their ability to save lives should have changed practice by now.”But they are still sitting on the shelf, blocked by bureaucratic inertia.”We’re fortunate to have so many of the world’s leading oncologists working within the NHS, and we must ensure they have all the tools they need to offer the best possible breast cancer treatment.” Thousands of women with breast cancer are being denied a 43p-a-day drug which could save their lives, experts have warned.Cancer specialists said around three quarters of women who could benefit from the cheap drugs were not receiving them, amid funding rows.Research has found that when post-menopausal women with breast cancer were given bisphosphonates, their chance of death from the disease dropped by almost one fifth.Research published in the Lancet medical journal last year found the cheap pills – already used to prevent osteoporosis – could prevent 1,000 breast cancer deaths a year.Charity Breast Cancer Now said around 27,000 women a year were being put “needlessly at risk” – largely because of confusion about which part of the NHS should pay for them.A poll of 125 cancer specialists by the charity found less than one quarter were able to routinely offer the drugs. Professor Ian Smith, an advisor to NHS England on cancer, said: “It is deeply concerning that such an inexpensive treatment known to improve survival for women with breast cancer is not being made available to all that could benefit.”In order to deliver the best quality breast cancer care to UK patients, the introduction of these drugs for all eligible women must now be our top priority.”NHS England said it had asked the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to update its guidelines on treatment of breast cancer, including the use of the drugs in women with secondary cancer.These will be published in July 2018. Breast is a frequent site of benign and malignant tumours. center_img  Breast Cancer Screening 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. Bisphosphonates cost just 43 pence a day, including the time of doctors monitoring them  Breast Cancer ScreeningCredit:Rexlast_img read more

Three parent babies IVF clinics told they can create children with two

first_imgProf Doug Turnbull's clinic at Newcastle University  Prof Doug Turnbull’s clinic at Newcastle University is likely to carry out he first procedure in the UKCredit:Newcastle University  IVF clinics can start applying for permission immediately and after gaining a licence, could begin practising the new procedure early next year, with the first babies potentially being born around Christmas 2017.Newcastle University, which pioneered the technique said it would be submitting its application for a licence within 24 hours. after lining up several women who already want the procedure. They have also asked for healthy women under 35 years old to consider donating their eggs for the treatment. Prof Sir Doug Turnbull, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University said: “We are delighted by today’s decision as it paves the way offering mitochondrial donation as part of an NHS-funded package of care for families affected by mitochondrial DNA disease. “In Newcastle, we will be aiming to treat up to 25 carefully selected patients a year with the mitochondrial donation technique as a clinical risk reduction treatment. We will also provide long term follow up of any children born.” “Throughout the process, the campaigners for approval of this technology have relied on shameless emotional blackmail and scientific misrepresentations, and simply ignored the strong majority of people opposed to the technology in the public consultation.”It is distressing when scientists, the people who we trust because they are supposedly dedicated to facts and evidence, behave like any other bunch of spin doctors. ” Charities representing people who suffer from mitochondrial disease also said the decision was good news for families.Mr Robert Meadowcroft, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time.“We recognise this approach is not without some uncertainty, and, in any trial, success cannot be guaranteed. However, it is important that women are able to make informed choices by understanding the risks and the potential benefits.”However others urged more caution.Dr Trevor Stammers, Senior Lecturer In Bioethics, St Mary’s University: “Though the HFEA, as expected, has given what they consider a “cautious go ahead” to three parent IVF today, a truly cautious approach would wait to see if the first child already born in Mexico using the technique of egg repair, remains well.”The technique is experimental and caution would surely warrant waiting to see if the boy stays free of disease in view of the risk of the diseased mitochondria inevitably carried over from the birth mother multiplying in the cells of the supposedly healthy child.   “There is also no mention in today’s announcement as to whether the application to use the technique will only apply to male children. If girls are born the risk of transmission of the disease to future generations still remains a real possibility. Parents considering using the procedure need to know about the considerable risks as well the potential for success.” center_img However most of the scientific community welcomed the announcement saying families had already waited too long for the treatment. “This is wonderful news for families who have, in some cases, waited years or even generations for the chance of having a healthy baby,” said Prof Frances Flinter, Consultant of and Professor in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.“Mitochondrial disorders can be very serious, progressive conditions and some couples know that they will never be able to have a healthy child of their own without trying this new therapeutic approach.”Prof Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, added: “I welcome this careful and considered assessment by the HFEA. The UK leads the world in the development of new medical technologies. This decision demonstrates that, thanks to organisations like the HFEA, we also lead the world in our ability to have a rigorous public debate around their adoption.” We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time. 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. Clinics in Britain can now apply to create three parent babies after the fertility watchdog gave the final approval for the procedure. The fertility technique, which was developed by British scientists, allows doctors to replace an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor to prevent children suffering debilitating conditions such as muscular dystrophy.It is controversial because it would result in babies born with the DNA of three people – and effectively, two mothers.Yet despite concerns, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) today said the procedure could go ahead when all other options, like screening, have proved futile. The technique involves transplanting nuclear DNA – which contains all the characteristics which make up a person – from a fertilised egg into a donated egg which contains healthy mitochondria, or alternatively removing the damaged DNA from an egg and replacing it with healthy mitochondria.Mitochondria act as the batteries of the cells giving energy and if they do not work properly it prevents normal development. Scientists believe that it could offer hope for around 150 women a year, a dozens of women are thought to have already expressed interest in the procedure.The UK is the first country to legalise the procedure, although earlier this year the first baby was born using mitochondrial replacement in Mexico, where there are no laws preventing it.However critics said the technique was ‘dangerous’, needless and ‘ethically reckless’ Dr David King, director of the secular pro-choice watchdog group, Human Genetics Alert, said: “This decision, to approve experiments on babies, using this dangerous and medically unnecessary technology risks all our children’s futures.  It opens the door to designer babies.last_img read more

UK weather Icy blast sweeping in from the east to bring snow

first_imgPlummeting temperatures are likely to bring flurries of snow this week as an icy blast sweeps in from the east.Forecasters have warned that colder temperatures will spread across Britain from Wednesday, accompanied by the chance of wintry showers. A cold but beautiful start to the day in the Derbyshire Peak district A cold but beautiful start to the day in the Derbyshire Peak districtCredit:Villager Jim / SWNS.com/Villager Jim / SWNS.com The Met Office said clear skies will likely see temperatures dip by at least two or three degrees by Thursday for much of England, with daytime maximums not expected to rise higher than around 5C (41F).”We’ll definitely be seeing low single figures by the end of the week,” said Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples.”And, of course, overnight, where skies remain clear and away from coastal areas, we’ll see temperatures dipping down to negative figures”The wind will start to pick up from the east, so it’s not just numerically temperatures being low but, also, the wind chill’s going to add to that as well.”She said the colder temperatures could be accompanied by the odd wintry flurry, mostly in the east.The Met Office is not currently expecting these to be significant snow falls.”There will be some snow around,” Ms Sharples said. “It looks like there will be some wintry flurries down the east coast on Thursday, Friday and into Saturday.”It’s difficult at the moment to say exactly where we’ll see those, but it’s definitely turning cold enough.”Ms Sharples said the colder weather will come as air from the freezing continent moves over the UK once the latest weather front from the Atlantic moves off. The Met Office has issued warnings about ice and the potential for difficult driving conditions in parts of western Scotland.The alert is due to be in force until 10am on Tuesday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Richard Dawkins religious education is crucial for British schoolchildren

first_imgHowever he said that ‘deeply wicked’ and ‘evil’ to use religion to scare children, by warning them they could send up in ‘hell fire.’ Dawkins, who was promoting his new book Science In The Soul, also warned that Islam was the ‘most evil’ religion in the world, and said that moderate Muslims were the biggest victims of fanatical ideology.“It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it’s a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they’re not,” he added.“If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it’s quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam.“It’s terribly important to modify that because of course that doesn’t mean all Muslims are evil, very far from it. Individual Muslims suffer more from Islam than anyone else.“They suffer from the homophobia, the misogyny, the joylessness which is preached by extreme Islam, Isis and the Iranian  regime.“So it is a major evil in the world, we do have to combat it, but we don’t do what Trump did and say all Muslims should be shut out of the country. That’s draconian, that’s illiberal, inhumane and wicked. I am against Islam not least because of the unpleasant effects it has on the lives of Muslims.” Dawkins was promoting his book Science In The Soul “I would recommend not calling it a theory, I would call it a fact,” he said. “The word theory is clearly misunderstood. Evolution is a fact and there is absolutely no question or doubt about that. Look at the evidence, it is overwhelming.“I’ve given up hope of ever clearing up that confusion. It’s much better to abandon the word theory altogether. Don’t ever use the word theory of evolution.“Darwin did it because it was the 19th century, fair enough, but it is a fact, it is established as strongly as any other fact in science.” Dawkins was promoting his book Science In The Soul “I think that it is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible after all so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible, if you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.“It’s an important part of our history. So much of European history is dominated by disputes against rival religions and you can’t understand history unless you know about the history of the Christian religion and the Crusades and so on.“I would not abolish religions education, I think I would substitute it for comparative religion and Biblical history and religious history.“Comparative religion is very valuable partly because the child learns that there are lots of different religions not just the one they were brought up with. They learn they are all different and they can’t all be right, so maybe none of the are right. Critical thinking is what we need.” Dawkins also said that people should stop referring to evolution as a 'theory' Dawkins also said that people should stop referring to evolution as a ‘theory’ Religious education is crucial in schools for British children to understand their history and culture, Richard Dawkins has said.The evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist warned that it was virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of Christianity.Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, he was asked whether religious studies should be abolished in schools, over fears that schoolchildren were being brainwashed.“I don’t think religious education should be abolished,” he said, Dawkins also said it was time to abandon the phrase ‘theory of evolution’ because the word ‘theory’ caused people to think that it was not scientifically proven.    Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NHS must offer transgender men egg storage so they can be parents

first_imgLast year 202 actual sex swap operations were carried out at a cost the NHS of £9 million – up 23 per cent on figures from five years ago.Melanie Davies, Department of Woman’s Health, University College Hospitals London: “I think five years ago we would not have been talking about treatment of transgender.“Some CCGs say they will only fund for cancer. What I would like to see is equity. Yes we should be funding it.” In new guidelines presented today at the Fertility 2018 meeting in Liverpool, healthcare experts called for ‘equity’ across the NHS, to allow ‘transfolk’ to freeze eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue.Dr James Barrett, lead clinician at the Gender Identity Clinic at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The number of people coming forward with gender dysphoria has increased rapidly over the past decade.“But the consistent provision of NHS funding for fertility preservation for this group is yet to catch up.  “This is medical. It’s people whose fertility is impaired as a result of actually NHS mandated treatment for a well-established condition that has been treated by the NHS for the last 50 years.” Experts also warned that transgender and cancer patients were being denied fertility preservation treatment because clinics were using IVF criteria, which rules out patients who are overweight or too young. Women transitioning to men must be offered egg storage on the NHS, because they have the right to become parents too, the British Fertility Society said as it published new guidance today.Gender reassignment surgery has been available on the NHS since 1999 and the numbers of people choosing to change sex has grown considerably in the last decade, with some London clinics now handling nearly 2,000 referrals a year.However many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) currently do not fund fertility preservation for transgender people, even though hormone therapy and surgery destroys the chance of having children. Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store  Although Wales and Scotland both allow fertility preservation for people who are transitioning to a different sex, experts said availability in England was still ‘patchy.’Fertility doctors said it was crucial to end the postcode lottery of funding.“We are currently in the really peculiar position where I can have two patients one after the other in the clinic, one of whom was funded to have her sperm stored where the next one in would not be solely on the basis of where they lived,” added Dr Barrett.“They could be on opposite sides of the same street. And that doesn’t feel very sensible.”center_img Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store  In 2013, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended that IVF criteria should not be used for fertility preservation, but many CCGs have ignored the guidance.“There are quite a few CCGs add the rider that you have to meet the eligibility criteria for their IVF contracts, so they then will exclude people who are not of the correct body weight, or are young,” added Dr Davies.“Usually IVF funding is only given to women who are over 23. Many will apply IVF criteria, but it’s a different ball game.”Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store. The new guidance was drawn up by fertility experts from University College London Hospitals, Imperial College, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the Medical Research Council, Edinburgh University, and Leeds Beckett University.However critics said the NHS should be spending money on ‘basic healthcare’.Josephine Quintavalle, from Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: “The cash-strapped NHS should be concentrating on offering good basic healthcare to women or helping them beat their cancer, and not get side-tracked with these kinds of novelties.“Egg freezing is an invasive procedure and the outcomes are far from clear.” The cash-strapped NHS should be concentrating on offering good basic healthcare to women and not get side-tracked with these kinds of novelties.Josephine Quintavalle, Comment on Reproductive Ethics, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Japanese knotweed cannot be cured major study which tried 19 methods finds

Japanese knotweed cannot be cured, a major study which tried 19 methods over three years has found. Researchers from Swansea University conducted the world’s biggest ever study into eradicating the invasive weed at two sites in Taff’s Well, near Cardiff, and in Swansea.But despite using various chemical solutions, physical projects and a mixture of the two, the scientists found no definite ways of killing the plant completely using current methods.Professor Dan Eastwood from the project said: “Basically, we’re discovering how best to tackle invasive plants in real world conditions, informed by evidence of what actually works. We began focusing on knotweed at a time when there was a great deal of hysteria surrounding it.”At the time, most information for people affected by the plant was largely based on anecdote. This led to the prospect of unscrupulous companies offering expensive and ineffective treatment solutions.”It was incredible to us that there was no long-term, large-scale field trial analysis of the treatment methods used to control Japanese knotweed.” Professor Dan Jones said gardening companies who claim to be able to eradicate the plant were not fully accurate.He said: “Off the back of the first three years of data we’ve found that eradication is not possible. Hopefully over the longer term we may move towards that by using new chemicals we’re looking at. “But it’s not a question of eradication, it’s a question of sustained control and management and well informed control and management.”Claims made by companies, stating that they could eradicate Japanese knotweed using herbicides in short spaces of time have now been proven to be false, based on our experiments.”Furthermore, we have shown that applying the wrong herbicides at the wrong time of the year leads to greater herbicide use and environmental impacts.”Dr Jones said the best chemical to control the knotweed was glyphosate – but the herbicide is feared to pose a risk to other wildlife too. Dr Jones said: “There’s a range of issues in terms of risk and hazard. There’s a political issue around glyphosate as well.”What we’ve done is work with the biology of the plant to minimise the amount of herbicide we’re using over a treatment life cycle.”Although we’re using quite a contentious herbicide in that respect, we are using far less of that herbicide than you would use for other products that don’t work on Japanese knotweed.”Househunters looking at homes in areas dense with Japanese knotweed can often struggle to secure mortgages – over fears the roots could cause structural difficulties to buildings.Chartered surveyor David Gregson, who provides specialist advice on the issue, said: “The main problem is mortgage lenders are very reluctant to lend on properties where knotweed is present and obviously that means in turn people can’t sell their properties and it might sometimes be because knotweed is present in the next door garden. “A typical situation is a couple wanting to get divorced. They’ve got a lot of knotweed in their garden, they both want to move on with their lives and they’ve got a house they can’t sell.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Nearly a quarter of children are starting school with rotten teeth figures

Dr Sandra White, dental lead for Public Health England, said: “It’s encouraging to see dental decay declining across England, however almost a quarter of five-year-olds are still suffering from this preventable condition.”Children in our most deprived communities continue to be hit the hardest – we need more local authorities using targeted interventions to reduce these inequalities.” It’s a tragedy that a child’s oral health is still determined by their postcode and their parents’ incomesBritish Dental Association chairman Mick Armstrong 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. British Dental Association chairman Mick Armstrong said: “It’s a tragedy that a child’s oral health is still determined by their postcode and their parents’ incomes.”We should not accept that a child raised in Pendle will enter primary school with twenty times the levels of decay as one born in the Surrey home of the Health Secretary.”Sadly, while cavities are almost wholly preventable, official indifference means this inequality gap shows little sign of narrowing.”The NHS will keep spending millions extracting baby teeth in overstretched hospitals until policymakers step up and grasp the nettle. When programmes and policies designed in Britain have become the envy of the world, it’s perverse that children in England are not benefiting from them.” But there are wide regional variations – in Yorkshire and the Humber 4.1 per cent of children have had a tooth extraction due to dental decay, while in the East of England this figure is 1.3 per cent.But there have been improvements in the proportion of youngsters suffering dental decay in the last decade – in 2008, 69.1 per cent of five-year-olds showed no obvious signs of dental decay. This rose to 76.7 per cent in 2017. However, among the 23.3 per cent of children with some experience of obvious decay, the average number of teeth that were decayed, missing or filled was 3.4.The PHE report reveals “wide variation” between regions – with children from more deprived backgrounds more likely to experience decay.”Analysis shows that, while dental decay levels are reducing, and there are signs that inequalities are beginning to reduce, the inequalities gap remains unacceptably high,” the authors wrote.NHS dental care for children is free. NHS Choices advises that youngsters should begin visiting the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. They are advised to go for regular check-ups. Almost a quarter of children are starting primary school in England with rotten teeth, according to a new report.Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that more than 160,000 five-year-olds – or 23.3 per cent – have dental decay when they start school.PHE’s National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England shows that, while there have been marked improvements in the proportion of youngsters who show signs of dental decay, there are still 164,000 new primary school pupils with rotten teeth.Around 17,000 of these youngsters have been forced to have decayed teeth removed. Tooth extraction often requires a hospital stay and a child being put under general anaesthetic.Figures from the 2017 report show that in one corner of England – Tower Hamlets in London – 7.2 per cent of five-year-olds have undergone tooth extraction. Across the country, the average is 2.4 per cent. read more

I was a smug little knowitall says Jilly Cooper as she admits

Half a century on, Cooper has a confession to make about her best-seller. Not only does she now feel foolish at the way she “merrily laid down the law”, but “shamingly” she didn’t follow the rules herself. Re-reading the book for the first time since its publication “I nearly died of horror. What a smug, opinionated,… When Jilly Cooper published How To Stay Married in 1969, young women dutifully studied the guide to being the perfect wife. Women could go out to work, the author explained, provided they rushed home to cook, dust and iron his shirts before preparing dinner – and then “amuse” him in the bedroom. If they refused sex more than two days running, who could blame the husbands for straying?