During the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not run very much. Head coach Tyronn Lue has been preaching the virtues of a faster-paced offense since he took over for David Blatt in January. It was slow to catch on. The Cavaliers were the third-slowest team during the season, using fewer possessions per game than the glacial Memphis Grizzlies or the ancient San Antonio Spurs, and in the playoffs, they’ve become even slower. It was easy to laugh about Lue suggesting after a Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors last week that the Cavaliers simply needed to pick up the pace. And when Cleveland was flattened again in Game 2, that book appeared to be closed.But in Game 3, on Wednesday night, the Cavs came out hot — and fast. They went up 33-13 in the first quarter and blew out the Warriors 120-90. For the game, they were 8-for-16 with between 22 and 18 seconds left on the shot clock (the sweet spot for the seven-seconds-or-less school of pace) after going just 8-for-19 in the first two games of the Finals combined.The Warriors, meanwhile, are getting just 8.3 shots per game in that range. This might seem like a positive to those who listened to pundits talk about the “quick shots” that were sinking Golden State against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But during the regular season, the Warriors were absolutely unstoppable early in the shot clock: They averaged 14.9 of those field goals per game, including 6.2 3-point attempts; their shooting averages were 65.7 percent from two and 47.9 percent on those threes, for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 68.3, which led the league, though not by much.The team in second place? Those plodding Cavaliers. The Cavs had an eFG% of 66.1 on seven-seconds-or-less plays, and the gap between them and the third-place Atlanta Hawks (62.7) is about the same as the gap between the Hawks and the 13th-place Thunder (59.2). LeBron James was more efficient in possessions of this sort than Klay Thompson or Steph Curry was — even in a year in which his 3-point stroke inexplicably cratered. The difference is, the Cavs had only 9.6 attempts per game early in the clock, more than five fewer than the Warriors.But go ahead and read that back to yourself: The Warriors ran over the league using pace and shooting, but the Cavs, when they deigned to break from trot to gallop, played their game nearly as well as the defending champs. For the Cavs to pull off an upset in this series, more stars will have to align than merely their finding some pep in their step and playing a 35-year-old benchwarmer major minutes. But a few have begun to slide into place: Irving, a hugely talented offensive player, found his stroke after going quiet for the first two games, and Curry has looked genuinely out of sorts for most of the series. While it’s still a very long shot that the Cavaliers can come back and win the Finals, it’s a far better one than if they’d gone down 3-0 playing old and slow.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses the NBA Finals. Of course, “early shot clock” possessions are often just another name for transition or semi-transition (that little window after a fast break ends but before the defense can get set). By the Game 3 box score, Cleveland outscored Golden State 15-8 on fast-break points, and according to the player-tracking data, the Cavs had 18 transition chances to the Warriors’ nine and did a little better per play. Transition begins with defense, and after reportedly getting a wake-up call from assistant coach Phil Handy, the Cavs were noticeably more lively on that end in Game 3. Kyrie Irving’s numbers weren’t great (player-tracking has him on the hook for allowing 63.3 eFG% on 15 shots), but he was making a visible effort; J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were both much better than they had been, though, and Richard Jefferson, who started for Kevin Love (ruled out because of a blow to the head), was all over the court, closing out and contesting shots. He ended up allowing opponents to shoot just 45.5 eFG% on 11 attempts.
Photo by SI.comJameis Winston, the freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate for No. 1 ranked Florida State, was cleared of prosecution for rape by the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit Thursday afternoon.Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be brought against anyone in this case,” Florida state attorney Willie Meggs, said.The state’s attorney office interviewed the woman the first week into their investigation over the last three weeks. DNA found in the woman’s underwear matched Winston’s, ESPN.com reported last month. Winston admitted through an attorney that he had consensual sex with the accuser. But the woman, who is 19, said through her lawyer that Winston raped her.“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”The case could be reopened if new evidence emerged, but Meggs indicated it was unlikely, saying, he “had no earthly idea what (new evidence) would be.”With Winston emerging as a college football star, the natural question was raised about the potential for preferential treatment afforded Winston.“We try to treat everyone fairly and I think we have a track record of doing that,” Meggs said.At the heart of the investigation was the fact that another man’s DNA was also found in the sexual assault kit. In search warrants released, the woman said she and friends had alcohol shots at Potbellys and that her “memory is very broken from that point forward.”She also said she recalled being with a man in a cab and making her way into an apartment, where she said the rape occurred. Additionally, she said a man dressed her afterward, put her on a scooter and dropped her off at an intersection. Conflicting an earlier statement, she said she did not know where the alleged rape occurred.Winston has not spoken about the case.
In a gesture designed to help ease tensions in boiling-over Ferguson, Missouri, the NFL’s St. Louis Rams provided three local high school football teams with free tickets to Saturday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay PackersKyle Eversgerd, the Rams’ manager of fan development and alumni relations, reached out to McCluer High, McCluer North and McCluer South to offer 75 free tickets per team to attend the game, according to MMQB.com.“In light of everything going on, it just kind of hit me,” Eversgerd said. “I can’t imagine, with all that stuff going on, how tough it must be to practice. We were able to get them away from it all.”McCluer senior running back Henry Jones said the opportunity to attend an NFL game meant a lot.“It was overwhelming to see the NFL live, for real,” Jones said, according to the website. “You saw how fast they played and how they played together. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I could actually see myself out there playing.”Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer Aug. 9, touching off a week of protests and turmoil in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.McCluer coach Mario MacDonald said the Rams’ gesture gave his players a mental break from the tragedy.“Our kids are focused on this season, but I worry about them out here, to be honest,” he said.
Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Donovan McNabb are among the NFL players named in the sexual harassment lawsuit. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for #Culinary Kickoff/Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)Another sexual harassment scandal has been unleashed and this time it affects personnel at the NFL Network. Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, has filed an amended complaint against NFL Enterprises, according to Bloomberg. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Dec. 11, implicates current and former employees. They include on-air talent Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor of the NFL Network and ESPN’s Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis. Well women have now gone after NFL people on sexual harassment charges, when will it end, only after all men R accused, money dries up!— larry rea (@larrea07) December 12, 2017Others found the claims disturbing.Reading through the story on the sexual harassment lawsuit naming NFL Network executives and ex-players by former wardrobe stylist. Actually wanting to throw up reading this quote. THIS IS WHY WOMEN STAY SILENT. pic.twitter.com/Dvzu3iijA4— Amy Campbell (@MsAmyCampbell) December 12, 2017 So how isn’t Marc watts suspended? Her story has to many holes in it. Can’t say I believe her as of now— Lord Brunson (@LordBrunson) December 12, 2017 As a female i agree..anyone can point and say your guilty and then their world torn apart. When you have proof its a different ball game. Gonna make men scared to socialize with a woman or be polite even..sad— Proud American (@Hebron4824) December 12, 2017 Just disgusting— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) December 12, 2017And more wondered if such allegations are making men guilty by default.The NFL Network suspensions show we have reached a tipping point in society. A tipping point where accusations by women outweigh due process. I’m not saying the accusations are false. They could either be true or false. Dangerous times when a persons sex automatically means guilt— Jake Highwell (@JakeHighwell) December 12, 2017 Each of the ex-NFLers has been suspended during investigations that have been launched as a result of the filing.Among Cantor’s allegations, she said Taylor sent her “sexually inappropriate” photos of him masturbating. USA Today reported that Hall of Famer Faulk is accused of “fondling [Cantor’s] breasts and groping her behind” and exposing his genitals. Evans, the suit claims, “constantly propositioned [Cantor] to have sex with him.” Warren Sapp, who was fired from NFL Network in 2015, allegedly “gave sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row [and] showed [Cantor] nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with.”Cantor also alleges former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and put his groin against her before asking her to touch it.The filing also said ESPN analyst Davis “asked [Cantor] to have rough sex with him, and said that he wanted to choke [her] from behind until [she] begged him to stop.” McNabb allegedly explicitly texted the accuser multiple times to ask about a specific sex act.Sexual Harassment In Entertainment and MediaTracee Ellis Ross Schools Men on ‘Rules of Touch’ in Faux BookMatt Lauer Says He’s ‘Truly Sorry’ After Bombshell Sexual Harassment Reports Come to LightAmanda Seales Calls for Women to ‘Expose’ Sexual PredatorsAs the filing made headlines, some bashed the accuser.MONEY GRAB ALERT 🚨 pic.twitter.com/WU3yWTo6uf— GK_ALLDAY (@kene_gim) December 12, 2017 Yeah, I smell fear. You don’t have to be convicted in court to lose your job, dude. All you have to do is put your employer at risk or make them look bad and you’re out. I guess you’re next.— evilzenmuppet (@evilzenmuppet) December 12, 2017
LeBron James has been openly political in recent years. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)LeBron James won’t simply “shut up and dribble” like a Fox News anchor told him to.After Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long came to his defense Friday, Feb. 16, James himself hit back at Laura Ingraham over his criticism of President Donald Trump.James said on “Rolling with the Champion” Thursday, Feb. 15 that Trump “really don’t give a f— about the people,” which led Ingraham to proclaim that he should “keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”“It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” she also said on “The Ingraham Angle.”Wade had remained silent until he posted a photo with lights reading “I am more than an athlete.”And if there was any doubt that he was referring to Ingraham, his caption ended speculation.“#WeWillNotShutUpAndDribble,” it said. King James also may have indirectly responded to Ingraham on Snapchat, posting a carefree selfie poolside.“Smiling through it all!” his caption read. “Can’t believe this is my life.”LeBron’s like, ‘Laura who?’ pic.twitter.com/N9G8w5dlT2— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) February 16, 2018
Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent.
OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard and OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes (11) celebrate after Hubbard’s sack during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team enjoyed a bye week after defeating Oklahoma 45-24 last Saturday, and remained second in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU trails only Alabama, who topped Kent State 48-0 on Saturday.Louisville remained at No. 3 following another impressive day from quarterback Lamar Jackson, while Michigan easily handled Penn State 49-10. Clemson rounds out the top five.Michigan State dropped to No. 17 after a 30-6 loss at home at the hands of now-No. 8 Wisconsin. Quarterback Tyler O’Connor struggled for the Spartans, throwing three interceptions and failing to find the endzone.Five Big Ten teams are ranked within the top 25 this week, an identical mark from the last AP poll. Nebraska moved up to No. 15 after dispatching Northwestern 24-13.The Buckeyes received four first-place votes. Alabama had 50 first-place votes, Louisville had six and Michigan had one.
The No. 6-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (11-3, 3-1) is riding a five-game winning streak and is poised to make a run at the Big Ten championship. One of the reasons for the Buckeyes’ recent success is the key performances of sophomore forward Berta Queralt and freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque. Queralt has scored six goals and Pastor-Pitarque has added three goals during the current winning streak. The two are from Barcelona, Spain, and have been playing together long before they teamed up at OSU. “We’ve played together for the last seven years, since I was 13 and she was 12,” Pastor-Pitarque said. The two first played on the same national team before Pastor-Pitarque decided to join Queralt on the same club team. The highlight of the pair’s Spanish careers was when they beat Germany for the bronze medal in the Under-21 European Field Hockey Championship. “We beat Germany in overtime and I’ve never beat Germany before,” Queralt said. After knowing each other for so long, the duo developed a solid chemistry both on and off the field. As a freshman in 2009, Queralt led OSU’s team in scoring with 46 points and started in every game. This year, Pastor-Pitarque came to OSU because she wanted to study abroad and continue her field hockey career. Knowing the transition from Spain would be hard, Pastor-Pitarque felt more comfortable with her decision because Queralt was already on the team. “We are really used to each other and it helps us on the field,” Queralt said. Pastor-Pitarque added, “We have played for the same coaches for so long, so we’ve been taught the same things.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has noticed the special bond between the two forwards. “They have a sixth sense for each other as far as where they are on the field,” Wilkinson said. OSU looks to continue its winning streak playing Michigan (10-5, 4-0) as 3 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will participate in an exhibition game with the Columbus Clippers against Ohio State on Tuesday, according to a press release. Sizemore is rehabbing a left-knee injury he suffered during the 2010 season. He had microfracture surgery on June 6, 2010, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to March 29), before the start of the 2011 regular season. During spring training, Sizemore played in four games, going 1-10 with two walks. He played in just 33 games during the 2010 season, hitting .211 with no home runs, 13 RBIs and 35 strikeouts. Sizemore also missed 56 games during the 2009 season because of injuries to his left elbow and lower left abdomen. Before injuries derailed both seasons, he played in at least 157 games in each of his previous four seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he played in all 162 regular-season games and all 11 of the Indians’ games in the 2007 playoffs. From 2005 to 2008, Sizemore played in 382 straight games. Indians reliever Joe Smith also will suit up for the Clippers, rehabbing an abdominal strain. Smith went 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 40 innings pitched in 2010 for the Indians. The Clippers play the Buckeyes at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park.
Being an athlete at Ohio State comes with a certain expectation, an expectation that you carry yourself with pride on and off the field. That would imply maintaining good academic standing, staying out of trouble and wearing the pride of Buckeye nation on your shoulders. Enter former OSU wide receiver Ray Small, who just can’t seem to keep himself out of the media spotlight. His most recent transgression involves a felony charge for allegedly possessing 243 suspected Oxycontin pills, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, undisclosed suspected amounts of heroin and a loaded 25-calber pistol after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over and searched. Granted, while Small had his issues at OSU, he was never involved in anything of such a serious nature. In fact, it wasn’t the law he toed the line with, but former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Tressel suspended Small in 2008 for two games and also for the 2010 Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl game was the last chance Small had to suit up in a Buckeye uniform. He also found himself in the news after he spoke to The Lantern last spring and admitted that Buckeye players received benefits including discounts on automobiles. Small’s former teammates chastised him for his comments. With this latest transgression, Small has elevated himself into the company of former OSU running back Maurice Clarett, not somewhere anyone should want to find themselves. The problem is not necessarily that Small had a run in with the law. Rather, the problem is that Small is just another name that can be added to the list of former Buckeye’s finding themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons. Small and Clarett can be found alongside the names of former Buckeye’s like Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dominic Clarke, Jaamal Berry and Michael Current. Pryor and Posey were involved in the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal of last season that ultimately led to the resignation of Tressel and saw Pryor forgo his senior season for the NFL. Posey ended up serving five games for his role in the tattoos scandal and an additional five games after being overcompensated for work done in the summer months for former OSU booster Robert DeGeronimo. Berry was charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct after a Nov. 2 incident and has since left the team for good. After being charged with drunk driving on Jan. 7, Clarke was released from his scholarship. It was the second time in less than four months that Clarke had been arrested, after he was arrested for an incident involving a compressed-air gun Oct. 9. Current, a former lineman who played under coach Woody Hayes in the 1960’s, was found dead in a wildlife refuge just outside of Salem, Ore., on Jan. 16. He is believed to have taken his own life and was facing five counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of luring a minor at the time of his death. Perhaps this past year has been an aberration, something we won’t see again for a very long time. Or, it’s part of a growing trend that is beginning to reflect poorly on OSU. OSU was always the knight in shining armor, there to set the example for the rest of the college world to follow, something that clearly hasn’t been the case recently. Coach Urban Meyer was criticized while at Florida for the amount of off-field incidents his players were involved in. Hopefully the same problems don’t follow Meyer to OSU. A few years ago, Small would have been the exception, but today, he’s part of a trend. And that is a problem for OSU fans everywhere.
Ten players from the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team meet at midfield with members of the Michigan men’s lacrosse team prior to the start of the “Showdown in the Shoe” game on April 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won, 15-6.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe No. 22 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost its final game as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.The Buckeyes (6-8, 3-1) fell 14-7 at the hands of Air Force in the first round of the league tournament Thursday.The Buckeyes faced the service academy for the second time in three games — the last contest resulted in an 8-6 OSU victory April 19 in Columbus — but the Falcons’ potent offense overpowered the home team this time.The game was the second of two ECAC Tournament semifinal games that took place at Jesse Owens Memorial Field Thursday.The Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines both saw their seasons end on the same evening after the top-seed No. 16 Fairfield Stags defeated Michigan, 12-5, in the first tourney semifinal game.Captain and senior defenseman Joe Meurer expressed mixed feelings after the game, addressing the defeat but also the season as a whole.“We had this great opportunity at home to capitalize, you know, we kind of squandered it,” Meurer said. “But I think we can take a lot of positives out of this year. And, you know, they (OSU) have got a great team for next year and I’m looking forward to watching them.”Air Force struck first 45 seconds into the game and dominated the time-of-possession battle during the first five minutes of play, keeping OSU on defense.The Falcons also won five straight faceoffs to open the game and took 10 of 12 during the first half.Coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes coming up short in the faceoff battle was a big determinant of why they came up short in the game. He said he strategically opted to get fresh looks at center field to try and spark something when freshman midfielder Jake Withers was struggling early.“You know, it’s a big part of the game. Air Force executed the faceoff and ultimately had a lot of possession time because of it,” Myers said. “Jake’s a freshman who’s done a great job all year for us. You know, some nights just aren’t your night. He was having a hard time getting a good piece of the ball so we went to a second or third option to see if we could make it a little bit more of a, at least a 50-50.”In a tight first quarter, OSU settled in and capitalized on opportunities made available to it.Perhaps an unlikely candidate in sophomore defenseman Robby Haus was the one to finally establish some offensive momentum for the Buckeyes.By scooping a ground ball in transition and sending a shot on goal at Air Force goalkeeper Brett Dadiego, Haus seemed to focus his team, as junior midfielder Jesse King converted moments later after a Falcons turnover.Senior midfielder Michael Italiano generated another turnover soon after and scored quickly to give the Buckeyes the 2-1 lead.Air Force enjoyed two more stints of dominance, however, by holding OSU scoreless for 12 minutes twice, once during the second quarter and again in the third.The third quarter is what proved to be the real dagger for OSU, though, as the Falcons scored five goals during the Buckeye scoring drought.“Hats off to them, they had a great game. Their attack was planned well. Crampton, I know, had a great game,” senior goalie Scott Spencer said, referencing Air Force senior attackman and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Mike Crampton’s five-goal game.“Going into the fourth quarter, (we were) just trying to continue to stay the course and try to pull up stops, get a stop and kind of move the ball back to the offense. That’s really the only thing we were focusing on,” Spencer said.Meurer said this Air Force team looked different to the one OSU faced April 19 – when the Buckeyes won, 8-6.“At the beginning of the game, they were running a new set and I think it took us a little bit too long to adjust, you know, we weren’t establishing a hot guy quick enough. It definitely hurt us at the beginning there,” Meurer said. “I think we eventually adjusted to it but they played faster than us on the offensive end. Give them credit.”On the game, Air Force outgunned OSU in almost every statistical category, as they took more shots on goal, made more saves in goal and procured more ground balls.Perhaps most importantly of all, though, Air Force scored twice out of three extra-man opportunities while OSU came up 0-4.King finished the game with a hat trick and Falcon junior attackman Keith Dreyer scored one goal and tallied four assists.With the loss, the Buckeyes miss an opportunity to compete in Saturday’s championship game to try to secure a return trip to the NCAA tournament. OSU lost in the quarterfinals of the 2013 tournament to Cornell.OSU is set to compete alongside Michigan again next year, as 2015 marks the Big Ten’s inaugural year of sponsoring lacrosse.Correction: A prior version of this story stated OSU’s men’s lacrosse team is a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference. In fact, the team is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) bounced back after its 31-16 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma, securing a 38-7 victory over Army at home in Week 3. Now hosting their third and final non-conference opponent, the Buckeyes hope to continue their winning ways and maintain momentum when UNLV (1-1) comes to Ohio Stadium Saturday at noon.Ohio State offense vs. UNLV defenseFacing a UNLV defense that has averaged 416.5 yards allowed per game and gave up 43 points in its season-opening loss to Football Championship Subdivision opponent Howard (1-2), Ohio State will attempt to work out some of its early season kinks in what is expected to be a blowout win.UNLV has allowed 216 rushing yards per game and 4.45 rush yards per carry, leading to a potentially poor matchup against an Ohio State offense that relies on its run game for the majority of its production (19th in the nation with 243 yards per game). The Rebels surrendered 309 rushing yards in their loss against Howard, though they did limit Idaho to just 123 yards on the ground in Week 2. The Rebels have been more effective at defending against the pass, limiting opponents to an average of 200.5 yards per game (50th among FBS teams) and have allowed just two passing touchdowns this season. However, their defense has yet to be thoroughly tested through the air as the only FBS team they’ve faced, Idaho, is 75th in passing offense (217.7 yards per game) and averages 50 yards fewer than Ohio State, which sits at 43rd with 267.7 yards per game. The Rebels’ only other opponent this season was Howard, an FCS team that averages just 187.7 passing yards per game and that ran all over UNLV for 309 rushing yards. For the Ohio State offense, this game is less about preparing for the UNLV defense as much as it is just focusing on ironing out some issues it has experienced early on this season. “We can’t necessarily focus on the opponent,” McLaurin said. “This week, we’re focusing on us. We’re focused on building on what we did last week, our horizontal game, taking some vertical shots, some complements, and I feel like that’s what’s going to help us get better when we start getting into Big Ten play.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass to junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe expectations for the Ohio State offense this week should be for it to work on connecting on some longer passes and trying to reach the next step in its progression this season. The Buckeyes made major strides in their offensive production Saturday by putting up 38 points against Army, but this week will be more of a test to see if Ohio State can do what it has to do and distribute its offensive production through the air and on the ground. And going up against a man-to-man defense — a look Ohio State players and coaches have frequently cited as the most commonly used defense in practice — rather than a zone defense for the first time this season should be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to start to find their rhythm.“This may be the first week we get a little press, so we see that a lot in practice,” McLaurin said. “We’re going to be ready for that just in case they come in a zero look, no deep, we practice that a lot in practice. So we’re just being accountable for everything, trying to build on what we already did and just be ready for our shots so we can take them.”Ohio State defense vs. UNLV offenseIf UNLV is going to find any success on the offensive side of the ball, it will come on the ground. The Rebels rank fourth among FBS teams with an average of 350.5 rushing yards per game and have scored seven of their nine offensive touchdowns on the ground. The team averages 7.3 yards per carry.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) sacks Army senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw during the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorUNLV’s key offensive threat has been running back Lexington Thomas. The junior from Houston has gained 341 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns on 38 attempts, averaging nine yards per carry. He has not been a threat in the passing game, however, serving almost exclusively as a running option.Through the air, the Rebels have been substantially less impressive. They average 206.5 passing yards per game, with only two touchdowns coming through the air. Redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers has completed 21-of-35 passes, but has been more of a threat on the ground, with 25 rushes for 168 yards.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is anticipating the Rebels put up points.“They have a very talented quarterback, they have a receiver who is really a good player, and they have a tailback who is small, but man is he electric. So they have weapons,” Schiano said. But while Rogers will provide Ohio State with a different look, there is little to indicate he will have much success against the Buckeyes. Rogers’ combination of inexperience and lack of success versus two teams with far less talent on the defensive side of the ball indicate Rogers could struggle to put up many points against Ohio State.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 54-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 46-0
Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe same problems that plagued Ohio State in its past two losses traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for Saturday’s game against Iowa. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson recorded two fouls in the first three minutes of the game and was sent to the bench with only a turnover to his name. He ended the half with two points and one rebound. The Buckeyes recorded 11 turnovers in the first half, coming into the game averaging 11.87 turnovers per game. The same mistakes were too much for Ohio State to overcome in its 72-62 loss to Iowa, the third straight after falling to then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in head coach Chris Holtmann’s tenure his team had had a losing streak of at least three games. With a one-point deficit to overcome, the Hawkeyes came out of halftime with an offensive burst, helping propel them to their victory with a 12-3 run. Sophomore forward Luka Garza accounted for seven of those 12 points. He finished the game with a team-leading 16 points. Iowa shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, recording 22 of its 36 total points in the paint. Ohio State finished the game with 21 turnovers, exceeding the season high set against Illinois on Dec. 5, allowing the Hawkeyes to score 18 points off those turnovers.Senior guard C.J. Jackson, who has shot 34.8 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3 in his last two games, came off the bench against the Hawkeyes for the first time since Dec. 4, 2017. In Saturday’s loss to the Hawkeyes, he had 10 points, making 3-of-7 from the field. Wesson, coming in as Ohio State’s leading scorer, finished the game with two points and five rebounds after being limited to 23 minutes of playing time after recording four fouls. Junior forward Andre Wesson finished the game with 13 points, a team high. Despite the carelessness with the ball in the first half, the Buckeyes traded shots with the Hawkeyes for the majority of the first 20 minutes, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead. Sophomore guard Musa Jallow helped Ohio State to its largest lead of the game, hitting two 3s on consecutive possessions for his first points scored since Dec. 5, missing seven shot attempts in 47 minutes of play in that span. He finished the game with eight points, making 3-of-6 from the field. With 1:16 left in the first half, freshman forward Justin Ahrens hit a 3, sending the Buckeyes into the locker room with a two-point lead. In the first half, Ohio State played all 10 of its scholarship players available. By the end of the game, every Ohio State scholarship player played at least 10 minutes.Ohio State will return home and take on Maryland at the Schottenstein Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Ohio State head basketball coach Chris Holtmann claps while looking on during the mens basketball game between the Buckeyes and Spartans on Jan. 5. Ohio State lost 86-77. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State started the season hot, winning 12 of its first 13 games including road games against the likes of Cincinnati and Creighton.The Buckeyes’ only loss to that point was to Syracuse, who took down No. 1 Duke on Wednesday.It was looking like Ohio State was on the road toward another impressive season, but then it hit a snag.The Buckeyes suffered a three-game losing streak, falling to No. 6 Michigan State and No. 23 Iowa, with a loss to unranked Rutgers in between.For head coach Chris Holtmann, this is the longest skid in his time at the program. He said the focus is still on the game ahead, though he understands the mindset can change during a losing streak. “We are trying to be about the daily process as much as possible, and kinda surrendering the results,” Holtmann said. “It’s hard, there’s a discipline required to that.”A key struggle area for Ohio State has been the foul trouble of its top scorer, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Wesson earned two quick fouls in the first half against the Hawkeyes in the previous game, and has had his minutes limited in all three games during the streak.Holtmann said the team’s biggest concern at this point in the season is the struggles on offense, and said Wesson’s foul troubles have come with an increased physicality from Ohio State’s opponents.“I think teams are clearly going at him,” Holtmann said. “They’re attacking him, because I think they have an understanding of how important he is for our group.”The Buckeyes will take their struggles back home, and are matching up their three-game losing streak with No. 19 Maryland’s six-game win streak.Projected StartersOhio State (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 16.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apgNo. 19 Maryland (14-3, 6-1 Big Ten)G — Anthony Cowan — Junior, 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Eric Ayala — Freshman, 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Darryl Morsell — Sophomore, 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Bruno Fernando — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1,8 apgF — Jalen Smith — Freshman, 12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apgThe Terrapins come into the matchup as the No. 20 team in the country according to KenPom.com. Ohio State is ranked No. 27 after the trio of defeats.Maryland’s strength to this point in the season has been its defense which has allowed the 40th-fewest points per game in the NCAA.Junior guard Anthony Cowan leads Maryland with 17.8 points per game, hitting on 42.4 percent of his shots and 84.5 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line.Holtmann said the Buckeyes will have to specifically game plan for what Cowan brings to Maryland’s team.“He’s really dynamic as a point guard. Really fast, incredibly shifty, he’s crafty, he does a great job at getting to the free throw line as well as he can make really big shots,” Holtmann said. “I think we’re gonna have to have a great team approach with him.”The three losses the Terrapins have this season are against Virginia, Purdue and Seton Hall. Those teams rank No. 1, No. 15 and No. 52 in the KenPom rankings, respectively, and Maryland lost each game by five points or less.In the frontcourt, Maryland brings sophomore forward Bruno Fernando and freshman forward Jalen Smith, who both are 6-foot-10, taller than any player on the Buckeyes.Fernando’s 9.9 boards per game is tied for No. 21 in the country, and Holtmann said these two players, along with Cowan, makes the Terrapins such a dynamic group.“The thing about them that makes them so good is they have excellent shooting, collectively, and they have, now, really two interior threats, so you cannot just focus your defense on [Cowan],” Holtmann said. “Bruno, has shown an incredible ability to score with his back to the basket, and so has Jalen Smith … I think it’s gonna require a great team defensive effort.”Ohio State attempts to turn around its losing ways against No. 19 Maryland at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Petra Ecclestone with her husband James StuntCredit:Rex Features/Rex Features James Stunt, far right, with Tamara Ecclestone, Jay Rutland and Petra EcclestoneCredit: Rex Features/ Rex Features The millionaire brother-in-law of Petra Ecclestone has been found dead at his parents’ £3.5million home.Lee Stunt, 37, was found by his father on Wednesday.His younger brother James, who runs the family’s precious metal business, is married to the daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.Police and paramedics were called to the Wentworth Estate, near Virginia Water, Surrey, but were unable to revive him.Mr Stunt was chief operating officer for the family’s firm, Stunt & Co.Friends told The Sun that Mr Stunt had been suffering from depression.”He had been struggling for some time,” they said.”But his brother James recently bought him a new Porsche Turbo.”His father found him. We are shocked. Nobody knows the exact circumstances.” The Wentworth estate where Mr Stunt’s publishing director father Geoffrey and mother Lorraine live is also home to the Sultan of Brunei and former motorsport boss Eddie Jordan.Earlier this year, Petra and her husband were targeted in a petrol bomb attack at their £66m London home.A lit petrol bomb was reportedly thrown into their house in Chelsea before landing next to Petra’s Range Rover.Last month, Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law Aparecida Schunck, 67, was freed after being abducted from her home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.She was rescued by police after being held for nine days by kidnappers, who demanded a £28m ransom from the Formula One boss. Mr Stunt’s death is being treated as “unexplained” by Surrey Police and a post mortem examination is due to take place.He lived with his wife Lizzie in the village of Binfield, in Berkshire, and had worked in sales for 15 years after graduating with a BSc in business management from the University of Surrey.His brother James, 34, who married socialite Petra, 27, four years ago, is reported to be worth £3billion.Petra, who is Bernie Ecclestone’s youngest daughter, dated businessman Mr Stunt for four years before they were married in 2011. The wedding, near Rome, reportedly cost £12million.Petra is herself set to inherit half of Bernie’s £2.5billion fortune with her sister Tamara. 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. In the race to be the next Bond, the bookies currently have Norton at 4/1, slightly behind Michael Fassbender and Aidan Turner at 3/1 and favourite Tom Hardy at 5/2. Jamie Bell, Henry Cavill, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba are also all in the running.However Norton who is best known for his roles in Happy Valley, Grantchester and the lavish BBC production of War and Peace, joked that he would only accept the role if Keaton could be his Bond girl. James Norton and Lily James in War and Peace Credit:Laurie Sparham BBC In the new film Hampstead, Keaton plays American widow Emily Walters who brings scandal to the upmarket north London suburb when she supports down-and-out Donald Horner, played by Brendan Gleeson, in his fight against property developers.It has already been dubbed ‘Notting Hill for grown-ups’ by reviewers.Norton is also currently filming his Hollywood debut, a remake of the movie Flatliners. James Norton said he would only play Bond if Keaton could be his Bond girlCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley “But if it ever comes to pass that there is in the future even the remotest conversation about Bond, there will only be one condition as far as I am concerned, which would be to have Diane Keaton as a bond girl,“I don’t see why that couldn’t happen. She’s beautiful, she’s iconic as Bond himself. It’s definitely a plan.” James Norton should be the next James Bond because he’s ‘sweet, sexy and even went to Cambridge’, Diane Keaton, the actress, has said.Keaton, 71, who plays Norton’s mother in the upcoming film Hampstead, about the life of London hermit Harry Hallowes, said she was certain that the 31-year-old was the best choice to follow Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s debonair spy.“Don’t you think he’s going to be the next James Bond?” she asked in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine.“We were all talking about it on the set of Hampstead. He ticks every box. He’s beautiful, he’s a man, he’s very sexy, he is smart and he even went to Cambridge.” “I can’t quite believe she said that,” he said. “Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as James Bond is a pretty big compliment as far as I’m concerned. But so far, even though people talk about it, it’s just speculation. Diane Keaton said James Norton ‘ticks all the boxes’Credit:Steve Granitz WireImage
Emilia Fox has revealed that her family’s thespian dynasty could be coming to an end, after her seven-year-old daughter refused to accept that acting is a job. The Silent Witness star is the daughter of actor Edward Fox and actress Joanna David. Her younger brother Freddie is also an actor, as are her cousins Jack, Laurence and Lydia. Her uncle is the actor James Fox. Freddie and Edward are currently appearing in the Oscar Wilde play ‘An Ideal Husband’ on the West End, playing father and son the Earl of Caversham and the Viscount Goring. Fox – who gave birth to seven-year-old Rose in November 2010 – said the youngster will “categorically not” follow in their footsteps.Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, the actress said: “The other day when she was telling us about being born, going to school, going to university and getting a job, one of the family asked her if she would go to drama school and her reply was, ‘acting is not a job, it’s an activity’.”I had to agree with her.” Emilia Fox, Lucy Fox, Edward Fox and Freddie FoxCredit:Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock The former Green Wing star said: “I’ve recorded a lot of audio books so we had a lot of fairy tales on CD and I am ashamed to say that with our first child, I would press ‘play’ and back out of the room.”I wonder if he thought it odd that every story started with, ‘Read by Stephen Mangan’.” Also on Friday night’s show was fellow actor Stephen Mangan who admitted to being a lazy parent when it came to bedtime stories. 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. The debate followed the disclosure by the Telegraph last week that less than 60 per cent of Scottish secondaries now provide six courses in S4, leading to a National qualification, with barely 11 per cent teaching the gold standard of eight.Prof Jim Scott, of the University of Dundee’s School of Education and Social Work, warned this gave pupils no latitude when choosing Highers if they fail to gel with one or two of their subjects. Secondary pupils across Scotland are not being offered a fair choice under the SNP following a huge increase in schools restricting the number of subjects that can be studied in fourth year, it has been claimed.Liz Smith, the Scottish Conservative education spokesman, said the dwindling number of subjects was hitting those who wanted to leave school early the hardest.In a debate in Holyrood, she added that 57 per cent of schools now offer only six subjects to children in S4, leading to almost 144,000 fewer annual courses being passed. The figure has jumped from 28 per cent in 2013.MSPs were told the situation was particularly affecting pupils in disadvantaged communities.Labour accused Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney of presiding over an education system in danger of losing the respect of teachers, pupils and parents. John Swinney, the Education Minister, told MSPs the reduction in subjects was part of the redesign of the curriculum and represented a move away from the previous system “where the focus was on gaining as many standard grades or O-levels as possible”.”The period from S4 to S6 … is designed as a three-year phase of learning where the focus is on a learner’s total achievements by the end of that period, rather than individual year-on-year attainment.”He also said it was for individual schools to decide whether pupils in S4 were getting a fair choice of subjects.That was questioned by Jenny Marra, for Labour, who said Dundee City Council had told schools that fourth year pupils could sit a maximum of six subjects.MSPs unanimously backed a Conservative motion, amended by the government and Labour, “noting with concern evidence that shows that, for a substantial number of schools across Scotland, subject choice for S4 pupils has been reduced”, believing this is an “unintended consequence” of the current structure of Curriculum for Excellence, and further believing it is “exacerbated by teacher shortages in key subjects”.The motion also recognises that “the most significant measure of achievement is when pupils leave school after the three-year senior phase”. Liz Smith said the issue was hurting those who want to leave school earlyCredit:Corbis John Swinney said it was for schools to decide if enough subjects were being offeredCredit:PA Ms Smith said the situation also meant there was a “very serious” situation with the Advanced Higher, and claimed the purpose of a final year at school was being called into question.Oliver Mundell, the Tory MSP, added: “We talk about the Curriculum for Excellence as being about empowering the individual learner. It is surely then quite ironic that the reality of the new curriculum for many young people in Scotland is that less choice than ever before exists at a crucial juncture.” The Tories said the figures meant that those who choose to leave school before sitting Highers will do so with fewer qualifications than ever, hampering their chances of employment, apprenticeships or a college place.Ms Smith said: “Few decisions are more important to any young person at school than those they make about subject choice.“There is a marked effect on many young people attending schools in disadvantaged communities – something about which we should all be very concerned in terms of widening access.”She added that it would not be possible to have effective subject choices while “we have 3,400 fewer teachers in the system than we did when SNP came to power”, and while experienced teachers in subjects like maths were leaving the profession.
The video says: “Hire a plane out of the UK. When out of the UK try to blend in. Jump a boat to Morocco. Have your mate meet you at your destination. Have to drive through Africa’s roads at night. Leave the hotel to go to the capital. Get on another boat in Africa.” The people in the slums yesterday taking time out from trying to clean to get a photo with me. It’s a never ending battle as 100 of them can spend a day tryin to get all the rubbish to make it a better place to live but later on the tide and rubbish comes in and floods the slums pic.twitter.com/KgQ2f3mLxl— Sam Walker (@samwalker0151) May 31, 2018 Walker seemed irritated by the warrant for his arrest, and tweeted: “Here’s how to get out the UK when you need to get to Africa to fulfill a promise to the people in the slums but your wanted by UK police and no they will nick you at the airport if you attempt to leave.”Walker is allegedly taking part in charity work in Africa, and during his trip claims to have met the vice president of Sierra Leone, as well as the president’s wife.He said he has been installing fresh water pipes for the slums, tweeting: “The people in the slums finding out they no longer have to drink dirty water or risk their babies lives. Clean water is being fitted within 7 days. Work started today to fit it. My question is why can’t these charities do this. People donate millions. I’ve come by myself an done it” Cheshire Police said in a statement: “We can confirm that Sam Walker failed to appear at Chester Magistrates Court on 20 April in relation to a disqualified driving offence.”We are aware of the social media post and are reviewing it.” Some of the men in this picture were forced by the armed rebels to become child soldiers during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Their initiation was that they were forced to kill their families. Today they want to lead normal lives. Video of them talking about their past soon. pic.twitter.com/dWjS4AeSSw— Sam Walker (@samwalker0151) May 30, 2018 It ends with him smiling on a beach and gloating: “Better luck trying to catch me when I go out of the country next time, Merseyside Police.”However, it is not Merseyside Police, but Cheshire Police, who are seeking to arrest him for allegedly skipping court after being accused of breaking a driving ban. A wanted man has taunted police by posting his step-by-step guide on how to leave the country on social media.Sam Walker, who has over ten thousand followers on Twitter, is wanted by Cheshire Police and missed a mandated court date after fleeing to Africa to “do charity work.”The 34-year-old from Liverpool successfully left the country without being apprehended by police, and posted a video where he grins as he lays out his guide.During the video, he hires a private jet to Belgium, takes another flight to Barcelona and then hitches a ride on a cargo ship, describing it as a “little 14-hour trip” to Morocco.He then drove across Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal to Guinea before taking another boat to Freetown.The self-described “Robin Hood” said he had to flee the country to fulfill a promise to fit fresh water pipes in the slums of Sierra Leone. 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.
Just before the details of the alleged crime and police investigation came to light in February, Dr Zetie resigned from his post at the school.Mr Bailey explained that he immediately informed staff, Dr Zetie’s current students and their parents of his resignation, but said that he was unable to share more information until now due to strict laws that protect the anonymity of teachers accused of a crime. The automatic anonymity is only lifted if the teacher is charged. “Immediately after this, we were contacted by Richmond local authority designated officer (LADO) who informed us that Dr Zetie was under investigation for serious misconduct outside school.” The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul’s SchoolCredit: Sean Gallup Founded in 1509 by the scholar and humanist John Colet, the school’s alumni – who are known as Old Paulines – include the poet John Milton, the political theorist Isaiah Berlin, and the former Chancellor George Osborne. A Thames Valley police spokesman said: “Following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a man has been charged with two sexual offences against a child.“Kendrick Zetie, aged 51, of Sutton Lane, Slough was charged on July 19 with one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence. “The offence took place on 15 February and Zetie was arrested on the same day.”Dr Zetie is due to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Last year, the sister school of St Paul’s faced a string of sex allegations after its drama department asked alumnae to contribute towards a “real life” Edinburgh fringe festival play on the subject.Two former pupils of St Paul’s Girls’ School made allegations about historic sexual abuse they said they were subjected to.Sarah Fletcher, high mistress at the £24,000-a-year school, wrote to alumni to tell them that she has asked the LADO to carry out an independent safeguarding inspection at the school, following the claims. A teacher at one of the country’s leading boys’ schools has been charged with trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.Dr Ken Zetie, who taught at St Paul’s School for 17 years, is accused of attempting to arrange the liaison as part of an undercover police sting.The 51-year-old had been head of science and director of outreach and academic partnerships at the £38,000-a-year west London school.Mark Bailey, high master of St Paul’s School, wrote to pupils and alumni this week to inform them of the accusations faced by Dr Zetie.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, says: “On Tuesday next week Dr Zetie will appear in court charged with two offences, attempting to incite a female minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence.”Mr Bailey said that while the incident was “unrelated to any pupil at our school”, it nonetheless “has the potential to be unsettling and distressing”.St Paul’s School, which educates boys aged seven to 18, is among the highest performing for GCSEs and A-levels in the country. 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.