What to Expect From DeSean Jackson in Washington

The majority of these players were not as good in their new uniforms. This is going to be true of any subset of NFL players who were preselected on the basis of a great performance, of course, and Jackson is younger than the typical player in this group. But these players also faced a complication Jackson will come to know next season: playing in a new system with new teammates.The average receiver on the above list was 28.5 years old and posted 11.5 receiving AV in the last year with his former team. The following season, these receivers averaged 7.1 receiving AV, for a decline of 4.4 AV.As a control group, I also looked at wide receivers who had at least 10 receiving AV in a season and didn’t change teams. Their average age in the first year was 27.5, and they put up 11.8 receiving AV. The following season, they produced 9 receiving AV on average — a decline of only 2.8 AV.There’s probably a selective sampling effect here — teams don’t tend to let these guys go for no reason — but it doesn’t matter, because Jackson fits that trend. Whatever the reason for leaving, it’s clear that good receivers who change addresses in the offseason see more of a regression than the typical pass-catcher coming off a strong season.Although this is no guarantee that Jackson will disappoint in 2014, the history of similar receivers says he’s unlikely to build on last season’s Pro Bowl performance. This was going to be true whether the Eagles retained him or not, but the odds of a decline increased with the move. News broke Wednesday that NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson has signed with the Washington Redskins. The Philadelphia Eagles had released Jackson on Friday, ending the tenure of one of the most productive receivers in Eagles history. Jackson wasn’t let go for on-the-field performance. Instead, the speculation is that he was sent packing for non-football reasons.Regardless of the motivation behind the release, Jackson will be one of the better receivers since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to switch teams between seasons, at least according to receiving Approximate Value in the preceding year. Here is every wide receiver since 1970 who accumulated at least 10 receiving AV in a season and then switched teams: read more

Lakers Over Warriors Was Only The 23rdBiggest Upset In NBA History

374/11/99Clippers1282Blazers162289-837.4 122/18/12Nets1306Bulls169497-855.7 92/13/98Mavericks1279Pacers167785-825.4 24/6/93Mavericks1131SuperSonics1646109-1072.8 302/9/07Hawks1374Suns1728120-1116.8 294/8/08Knicks1302Pistons165798-946.8 224/19/97Grizzlies1200Suns1566121-1076.4 202/18/7276ers1356Bucks1723132-1266.4 2411/29/09Timberwolves1285Nuggets1645106-1006.6 102/6/02Bulls1299Lakers169397-895.5 43/21/90Hornets1235Suns1678115-1144.2 1711/4/80Pistons1281Bucks165698-966.1 164/16/14Lakers1357Spurs1732113-1006.1 194/13/15Knicks1249Hawks1619112-1086.3 14/24/93Mavericks1160Rockets1682128-1232.7% Any time the Golden State Warriors lose, it’s big news — that’s what happens when a team is battling ghosts, trying to stay ahead of the Chicago Bulls’ record pace from two decades ago. But for the loss to come against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers? They of the 12-51 record, a full 44½ games worse than Golden State’s tally going into the matchup? It bordered on the unthinkable, particularly because basketball sees fewer upsets than other sports.Yet this kind of loss does happen from time to time in the NBA, and to teams favored even more heavily than Golden State was on Sunday. According to our Elo ratings, which measure the strength of each NBA team and can be used to estimate the odds of victory when any two teams face off, the Lakers went into the game with a 6.5 percent chance of upsetting the Warriors. In the entire history of the league, that’s only the 23rd-lowest pregame win probability for a team that won: 1412/29/85Warriors1361Lakers1747130-1225.8 A couple of times in April 1993, the disastrously bad Dallas Mavericks entered games with greater than a 97 percent probability of losing — and won! In those games, the Mavs averaged a win probability nearly three times lower than the Lakers had against the Warriors on Sunday. A couple of percentage points may not seem to matter much, but they add up when we’re talking about the likelihoods of extremely rare events.It’s also worth noting that LA’s victory over Golden State is unique in one other important respect: The Lakers are the only home team on our list. Every other top-40 upset was pulled off away from a team’s home court, which makes sense because home-court advantage is baked into the Elo formula. Starting the game on the road is a significant built-in disadvantage — between two otherwise evenly matched teams, Elo would expect the road team to win only 36 percent of the time — and, conversely, being at home is such an advantage that it’s difficult to be a very heavy underdog there. There’s a case to be made that this formulation shortchanges home underdogs by not giving them enough credit for their upset wins, but the gap between the Warriors and Lakers was so great that, even though LA was at home, it still managed to have a 93.5 percent likelihood of losing.And somehow, the Lakers still won. Absurdly implausible results like that don’t happen often in the NBA, but they still occur frequently enough to remind us that even the most unbeatable of teams has to lose every once in a while. 1112/7/48Steamrollers1191Royals158390-895.6 52/22/72Pistons1298Lakers1737135-1344.3 1811/23/67SuperSonics1267Celtics1641133-1066.2 341/18/91Nets1297Celtics1640111-1067.3 33/21/92Magic1288Bulls1782111-1083.2 40 biggest upsets in NBA history, by Elo 394/16/12Wizards1335Bulls167587-847.4 61/1/60Royals1320Celtics1728128-1155.1 134/12/94Mavericks1210Blazers1597108-1075.7 252/17/53Bullets1280Lakers163874-706.7 2111/29/69Pistons1346Knicks1712110-986.4 812/1/94Timberwolves1235Jazz163496-945.4 321/22/71Hawks1350Bucks1696117-1107.1 74/16/1476ers1215Heat1620100-875.2 153/27/81Pistons1303Celtics1679115-906.1 314/19/00Clippers1174SuperSonics1524114-1067.0 282/2/93Timberwolves1281Blazers1637104-916.8 233/6/16Lakers1259Warriors1823112-956.5 WINNERLOSER 354/18/01Bulls123776ers157992-867.3 331/4/00Grizzlies1258Heat160191-877.2 263/25/02Grizzlies1296Blazers1654103-1006.7 381/23/72Hawks1374Bucks1714118-1137.4 3611/23/90Nets1281Suns1621116-1147.3 404/12/89Hornets1228Knicks1566104-997.4 DATETEAMELOTEAMELOSCORECHANCE OF UPSET 272/27/10Nets1237Celtics1595104-966.7 Source: Basketball-Reference.com read more

Buffalos MerryGoRound Of Head Coaches Spins Again

Pittsburgh1 Tennessee26 Atlanta2 Denver58 Seattle55 Arizona2 Jacksonville17 Buffalo36 Cincinnati48 Cleveland20 N.Y. Giants2 TEAMHEAD COACHES SINCE 2012 Kansas City44 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com New Orleans2 LA/STL Rams2 Minnesota40 Miami39 Dallas1 Detroit38 Miami3 Green Bay50 N.Y. Giants38 Minnesota2 San Diego34 Carolina1 Chicago32 Carolina47 Philadelphia4 Indianapolis48 Cleveland4 Pittsburgh47 New England61 Dallas45 San Francisco3 Houston41 Kansas City2 Oakland3 Tampa Bay3 Denver2 Washington34 Jacksonville3 Tampa Bay27 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Baltimore1 Houston3 Tennessee3 Buffalo’s had a lot of coaches in the past five years New Orleans39 San Francisco38 N.Y. Jets32 Oakland30 TEAMWINS SINCE 2012 N.Y. Jets2 Detroit2 Atlanta41 Washington2 Buffalo4 Baltimore41 San Diego2 Chicago3 Philadelphia37 Cincinnati1 Indianapolis1 To the relief of most Buffalo Bills fans (including this one), the team fired head coach Rex Ryan earlier this week. The move came after the Bills lost in overtime to the Miami Dolphins last Saturday, guaranteeing Buffalo a 17th consecutive season without a postseason berth. Anthony Lynn, the offensive coordinator, was named interim head coach and will now lead the Bills against the New York Jets on Sunday in what may be the worst game of the season. (Or at least the worst game not featuring the Browns or Jaguars.)Lynn is Buffalo’s fourth head coach in five years — and that’s actually a lot, considering the Bills’ record over that period. The Bills have won a total of 36 games since 2012. While only 10 of the league’s 32 teams have won fewer games over the same stretch, a team that won exactly half its games would have won 39.5 games. In other words, the Bills are a slightly below-average team. Green Bay1 New England1 In the past few seasons, the team has gone through stretches where it didn’t look terrible, only to blow it later on. (This year, the Bills started the season 4-2 but have gone 3-6 since.) You’d therefore expect some coaching turnover, but not as much as the Bills have had.The Bills have now gone through as many coaches as any other team in the NFL since 2012. Only the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles can match them, having also churned through four. The average team has had two. Buffalo hasn’t won much in the past five years Seattle1 Arizona45 LA/STL Rams31 As you might expect, there’s a fairly strong negative relationship between the number of wins a team had over the past five seasons and its number of head coaches (correlation coefficient = -0.69). The Bills, however, are tied with the Eagles as the biggest outlier. A simple linear regression suggests that an average squad like the Bills should have had only about two head coaches. As a point of comparison, the Browns, who have won just 20 games since 2012, are a good example of a team we’d expect to have had four coaches.Now, it would be unfair to blame only management for the Bills’ coaching carousel. Early in 2015, head coach and punting aficionado Doug Marrone opted out of his contract1He became an assistant coach (and, now, interim head coach) with the even worse Jacksonville Jaguars. after guiding the Bills to their lone winning season in the past decade. The Bills also gave Chan Gailey more than his fair share of chances when he coached the team from 2010 to 2012.Still, the constant turnover for the Bills is probably not good for the team. Coaches can’t make the most of their time in charge when they don’t get a chance to work through their programs. And potentially more problematic is that players don’t have time to get used to a coach and his system. That can lead lead to confusion in schemes, as Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus described after Ryan was fired. In other words, it usually takes time to build a winner.Perhaps recognizing this turnover problem, Buffalo’s management may prevent the Bills from becoming an even bigger outlier in terms of churning through more head coaches. Right now, it looks like Lynn will be retained as head coach after this season. That may not be what some fans want, but it makes sense — particularly given that the Bills haven’t really been so awful as to warrant a fifth head coach in six years.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Natalie Spooner scoops Ohio State womens hockey goal record

Senior forward Natalie Spooner is now the all-time leading goal scorer in Ohio State women’s hockey team history. Spooner, a Scarborough, Ontario, native, set the record in Saturday night’s 4-3 loss to St. Cloud State University, bringing her career goal total to 87. “When I’m done here, I can look back on it knowing that it’s a great program and all the players that have come before me and Jeni Creary who set the record before,” she said. Coach Nate Handrahan called Spooner “one of the most explosive players in the country.” “She does very special things on the ice,” he said. The way in which Spooner broke the record is very interesting, Handrahan said. “She has missed almost an entire season’s worth of games (over her career) due to training with the Canadian national team,” he said. It puts a real strain on the program, he said, but it’s something that you have to deal with in a top-quality program. Heading into Friday’s contest against SCSU, Spooner said she had no idea just how close to breaking the record she was. And during Saturday’s game, it was again pushed to the back of her mind. “I didn’t really think about it on Saturday because our team went down,” she said. “I went on to score to tie it up and my teammates were pretty excited for me.” Spooner was quick to shift some of the focus to her teammates and coaches. “I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches who have helped me along the way,” she said. Spooner said her only focus is helping her team win games. “Hopefully I can keep scoring to help my team keep winning games,” she said. One of Spooner’s linemates on the power play and fellow assistant captain, junior forward Paige Semenza, said one of Spooner’s biggest assets is her speed. “Spooner is a load to handle,” Semenza said. “When she gets the puck down towards the net, you can really expect it to go in.” Semenza said Spooner’s skill is not the only thing she brings to the team. “She’s like a walking jukebox,” Semenza said. “In the locker room she’s always singing, she’s always in that upbeat mood and really gets people going.” She said Spooner’s attitude has a positive effect on the team. “When she’s in a good mood it spreads throughout the team. It’s contagious,” Semenza said. Spooner’s path to the record books began 17 years ago when she started playing hockey at age 4. For her, hockey was always a family affair. “I have three older brothers,” she said. “My parents just decided to put me into hockey too.” She played for the Durham West Junior Lightning, a member of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, for most of her early career before choosing to come to Ohio State. “There is high school hockey in Canada, but it’s not competitive,” she said. “You wouldn’t get scouted from high school hockey.” Spooner knew she wanted to be a Buckeye after taking an unofficial visit. “When I came back on my official (visit) I still loved it,” she said. “I loved the school, the program and I got along well with the team.” After her senior year is completed, Spooner plans to move back to Canada to play professionally. “I’ll enter that draft (for the pro women’s league) next year and move back to Toronto to play on one of those teams, hopefully,” she said. In the meantime, Spooner and the team will continue their season this weekend, when they will travel to take on Bemidji State in a double header. Puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both nights. read more

In Big Ten mens tennis fluctuations in weather make travel tricky

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is scheduled to continue Big Ten conference play on the road against Nebraska and Iowa after three consecutive wins in Columbus. Recent home victories against Louisville, Purdue and Indiana helped propel the No. 7 Buckeyes (18-2, 3-0) toward their nearly 10-year home win streak, as well as their pursuit of an eighth-straight Big Ten championship. Both losses suffered by the Scarlet and Gray during the 2013 campaign – then-No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 1 Virginia – have come while playing on the road. Coach Ty Tucker said away matches during the spring are unpredictable because of the constantly changing weather. “The tricky thing about Big Ten tennis and on-the-road matches is that you never know what weather you’re going to get. When you get to a place, you have to make sure that you practice on their indoor courts and their outdoor courts. After traveling, and flying, and changing planes, guys aren’t really looking forward to four hours of practice,” Tucker said. “It’s challenging to the guys … one day it’s 60 degrees and the next day it’s snowing in the Big Ten.” The Buckeyes’ match against Nebraska (8-7, 0-2) will be the third time OSU has faced off against the Cornhuskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. OSU won both matches against Nebraska in 2012. However, the match Friday will mark the first time the Buckeyes have traveled to Lincoln, Neb., as part of their conference schedule. “We know that (Nebraska) has a difficult indoor tennis center, and if (the match) is outdoors, we know that it’s usually a very windy condition. In tennis, high winds is a pretty darn good equalizer,” Tucker said. “The most important thing that we do is make some first serves, stay disciplined and keep the feet moving.” Redshirt senior Devin McCarthy said he is looking forward to visiting Nebraska for his first time as a Buckeye. “I’m excited. I’ve obviously played at the other (Big Ten) schools four or five times, and it will be fun to see a new school, new facility and check out the campus a little bit,” he said. After the scheduled match against Nebraska, OSU is slated to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the Hawkeyes on Sunday. Steve Houghton, the coach of the Hawkeyes (7-7, 0-2), is the longest-tenured active coach in Big Ten men’s tennis, currently serving his 31st season with Iowa. The Buckeyes shut out Iowa, 7-0, in Columbus in 2012. “When I was playing in the Big Ten, Steve Houghton was the coach at that time. (He is) a class individual and you always have a good match, but it’s always much rougher at Iowa,” Tucker said. Tucker said he is confident in his team’s ability to perform on the road because leadership from OSU’s two seniors, Connor Smith and McCarthy, has been strong on and off the court. “One of our goals is for seniors to have their best years. To see these guys stepping up their senior year and putting the wins on the board and doing it convincingly is what we always hope will happen with the seniors … Connor and Devin have done a tremendous job,” Tucker said. Smith, who is ranked No. 43 nationally, said the team’s high performance level is because of a focus on team play rather than individual play. “In tennis, it’s a very individual sport, so it’s easy to get caught up in the individual ranking and trying to get individual accolades and all that. I think we care more, personally, about each guy on the team and how the team does than any personal rankings. We would rather be ranked one as a team,” Smith said. The match against Nebraska on Friday is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. read more

Shannon Scott leads Buckeyes to victory in first career start

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) attempts a free throw during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorShannon Scott had never started a game in his Ohio State career.The junior guard had never scored more than 15 points, taken more than three 3-pointers or made more than two in a single contest.In the No. 10 Buckeyes’ season-opening 89-50 victory against Morgan State, all of that changed. Scott, who only made 11 3-pointers throughout the 2012-13 campaign, nailed three long balls in the first 2:03 of play against the Bears.In his first career start, Scott finished second in the game with a career-high 16 points, sparked largely by his four 3-pointers. He was 4-7 from beyond the arc on the day.Fellow junior, forward LaQuinton Ross, also made his first start for the Scarlet and Gray.Scott said whether starting or coming off the bench, he just tries to stay on his game.“We don’t think about starting or not starting,” he said. “When we get in the game, we just try and make the most of it.”Scott and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. teamed up for eight of OSU’s 11 3-pointers in the game. Smith Jr. said the long balls were a product of Morgan State’s defense more than a set game plan.“We come out here and every game is going to be different. You’ve just got to take what the defense gives you,” he said. “I think our spacing was really good today and our team was able to find open guys.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Scott’s success from long range is the product of hard work during the offseason and something that will likely continue.“Improving shooting was a point of emphasis for him,” Matta said. “We talked about it all offseason, I told him he has to be able to knock down those shots.“We grab him every night after practice and make him get 100 threes up,” Matta added. “With the luxury of eight buckets, we usually have other guys doing it, but his is specific. ‘You’re going to shoot 100 threes.’”Matta mentioned a day during the offseason when Scott told him he took 400 shots in the gym, something that was new to the player.“He told me, ‘I’ve never done that before,’ and I said, ‘Maybe there’s a reason you haven’t shot the ball particularly well,’” Matta recalled with a smile.As a team, the Buckeyes were 11-25 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Sam Thompson was 2-for-3 and Ross hit 1 of 5. Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle missed on his only long-range attempt.“We have players that can knock down open shots at any time,” Ross said. “We struggled with that at times last season, but now everyone has been in the gym during the summer and preseason and it’s become a strength.”While his shooting stood out, Scott filled up the rest of the box score. The junior finished with seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes on the floor, while turning the ball over three times.Aaron Craft received the preseason recognition for the Buckeyes, being named to the All-Big Ten team by CBSSports.com, but Scott outplayed the senior guard throughout the game. Craft finished with six assists, six rebounds and five points.Regardless of Craft’s scoring or his personal success, Scott said he recognized his team’s plethora of weapons on offense.“It really makes it hard for our team to be guarded,” he said. “Teams really can’t focus on one player.”Matta recognized the depth as well, and said it will be a must for his team going forward.“That’s the balance that this team’s going to have to have in terms of how we want to play and how we think we should play,” he said. “The rotations, I thought guys came and really gave us a good boost and that’s something that’s going to be big for this team.”Along with Scott’s handful of personal bests, Ross grabbed 11 rebounds, a career-high. Five Buckeyes scored in double figures to help top Morgan State: Behind Smith Jr.’s 18 and Scott’s 16, Ross and Thompson had 14 each and freshman forward Marc Loving chipped in with 10 points in his OSU debut.Next up, the Buckeyes are scheduled to host Ohio University Tuesday at 8 p.m. read more

Swimming and diving Coach Bill Dorenkott set to take over both mens

Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor the first time in program history, Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be coached as a combined unit, starting in the 2018-19 season. The man tasked with leading the unit will be women’s swimming coach Bill Dorenkott, who will expand his duties and take over the coaching of the men’s swimming and diving team from Bill Wadley, who retired after 26 years at the helm of the team.This change will be an adjustment for the program in its entirety, which is why the department’s primary focus is completing its staff, Dorenkott said.“So, once we have the staff in place, I think then we’ll take the time to sit down and really map out the strategy in terms of the nuts and bolts of day-to-day, week-to-week and throughout the seasons,” Dorenkott said. “ But I’m confident, one, that we’ll hire the right people, and two, that we’ll put them in the right spots.”Dorenkott recently completed his ninth season coaching at OSU, and has developed great relationships with his athletes on the women’s team. However, during the nine years he has shared a deck with Wadley, he never bonded with the members of the men’s team.“I really only knew the guys in more of an informal way, not on a deep level,” Dorenkott said. “The number one goal right now is to develop relationships and connections with each of the men, and to help them get what they’re looking for out of this experience.”Though the men’s team hasn’t been able to spend much time with Dorenkott, they have been trained by him.“We actually train with coach Dorenkott in the summer, which is why I think we’re all pretty optimistic about the change,” junior Thomas Trace said.The program change was a surprise to many members of the women’s team, but they view the merger as a positive adjustment for their team, junior Amanda McNulty said.“We were not expecting such an immediate change when the men’s coach retired, but overall both teams are ready for it,” McNulty said. “The program change will bring in a lot of new coaches which will be great additions to our current staff.”At the recent 2017 NCAA swimming and diving championships, 32 universities finished among the Top 25 scorers at either the men’s or women’s NCAA championships, and 23 of those schools have combined swimming programs. Since the merger was announced, the teams have practiced together in the pool. The women’s and men’s teams typically still lift weights separately, but they train together in the afternoons, which Dorenkott believes can be beneficial to both teams.“We’ve talked with the guys about some of the things that they want to see out of the combined setting that maybe we weren’t able to offer with the teams being divided, and I think one of those things is just an attention to detail,” Dorenkott said. “When you have a fully functioning staff of six full-time coaches, and you think about having a coach-to-athlete ratio of 12-to-1, that’s pretty neat, and that’s as good as anywhere in the world.”The women’s team is already familiar with Dorenkott’s coaching. Now, they are eager to see what he might accomplish as coach of both teams, McNulty said.“Coach Bill always has a vision and drive for what he wants to accomplish, so I think he’ll do a great job of creating a new team,” McNulty said. “I trust in his process and I don’t think he would have decided to merge teams if he didn’t believe it was going to be great for both the women and men.” read more

TBDPITL Ep 18 The Tathan Martell Edition

Colin Gay and Wyatt Crosher discuss the transfer of Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell to Miami, and what the quarterback situation will look like for the Buckeyes in 2019. They also take a look at men’s basketball’s three-game losing streak (and if it will end against Marlyland), men’s hockey’s series against Michigan and women’s basketball recent hot streak. Colin might bring back another Snoop Dogg quote. Maybe.

Royal feeding time at the zoo as Queen tries her hand at

first_imgHer Majesty and The Duke get the chance to hand feed one of the elephants a delicious banana. pic.twitter.com/7dxqpZt8VV— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2017 A elephant has its feet scrubbed ahead of the Queen’s visit The Duke was “very interested” to learn about the series of technological developments the team has made since then, including obtaining a special infrasound monitoring system to pick up private elephant commutations between members of the herd.But if Donna and baby Elizabeth seemed quite at home in the chilly spring breeze, the Duke was more impressed at the hardiness of ZSL staff, declaring “You must think you’re in Africa!” at the sight of Mr Sambrook’s shorts. Asian elephants are considered endangered due to habitat loss, poaching and human conflict, and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) charity – which runs the zoo – is involved in more than 50 conservation programmes to ensure elephants and humans can coexist peacefully.The centre will open to the public on Wednesday. It is 20 years since the older wing of the enclosure was last opened by the Duke, who recalled the visit while speaking with Prof Field. Assistant curator of elephants Lee Sambrook, who demonstrated how keepers clean the animals’ feet and inspect their teeth, said the Queen had been especially interested to hear about the round-the-clock care they receive, and compared it to keeping horses. Prince Philip meets Kumara, a 7 month-old elephant, during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo The Queen and Duke also met ten-month-old Elizabeth, born the day before the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations last year and named in her honour. Zoo keepers inspect the teeth and feet of an Asian elephant ahead of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s visit The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh meet Donna at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo The Queen also seemed impressed with the centre’s state-of-the-art equipment and told fellow team members: “The elephants look very happy in there.”It’s a rather nice change for them, I suppose.” Prince Philip feeds Donna a banana The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh meet Donna at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Zoo keepers inspect the teeth and feet of an Asian elephant ahead of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit “She was absolutely delighted and went ‘oh really?’ when we told her the elephant calf was named after her.” Prince Philip meets Kumara, a 7 month-old elephant, during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo The Queen offers a banana  The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tried their hand at zookeeping as they fed bananas to an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo today.The seven-year-old elephant, named Donna, was only too keen to whip her favourite treat from the royal couple’s hands at the official opening of the Bedfordshire attraction’s new £2 million centre for elephant care. Prince Philip feeds Donna a banana The elephant stretched her trunk towards the Queen swiftly after being introduced, snatching a banana from her hand to eat immediately. She then waved her trunk hopefully at the Duke, being rewarded with a second banana. The elephant is one of nine living at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, visited by the Royals today for an official opening.  A elephant has its feet scrubbed ahead of the Queen's visit Elizabeth, the eight month old elephant Told they make a lot a mess, she added: “Yes, they do don’t they? They are quite destructive.”David Field, zoological director at the Zoological Society of London, said: “They were both really interested in the bond between the elephants and the keepers.”The Queen talked about the bond between horses and people so she really understood that. Speaking at the unveiling of the centre’s commemorative plaque, ZSL president Sir John Beddington said the facility “celebrates the exemplary care and conservation that really is at the heart of everything we do at Whipsnade”.He added: “Elephants are facing terrible threats around the world and ZSL zoos and international conservation projects are working to tackle these issues and secure a future for this amazing species.” The Queen offers a banana Elizabeth, the eight month old elephant 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

Get him police officer stabbed in eye urged colleagues to leave him

first_imgKhuram Butt was one of three terrorists chased by police and killed following Saturday’s attack Credit: GABRIELE SCIOTTO “We thought we were turning up to a road accident,” said Mr Morgan. “But as we made our way to the south side of the bridge it became more severe with casualties. We were both doing first aid to the critically wounded.”PC Dolphin said that when he arrived he found members of the public trying to help Ms Archibald, a 30-year-old charity worker who had been hit by the van on the bridge. “I was giving her CPR,” he said. “I left her when the medics came.” Khuram Butt was one of three terrorists chased by police and killed following Saturday's attack Later he came across her fiancé Tyler Ferguson among the walking wounded. “I found him on the other end of the bridge,” he said. “He was quite distressed. He told me she had been pronounced dead. I was just hugging him for a while. He had a bit of a difficult time.”He said the memory of that night remained vivid. “It sticks with you,” he said. “It’s very difficult.”Two City of London detectives also described how they arrived at the scene within two or three minutes of the call.DC Mark Alston, 35, said: “The whole thing was so surreal. It was just a strange situation to be in. There were people’s belongings all over the bridge. It was dead quiet there.” With a member of the public PC Iswa and PC Lee Crook, 36, loaded the injured officer onto an emergency stretcher and started walking him to Guy’s Hospital, but he was picked up by a police van along the way. 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. PC Alfred Iswa  A London Bridge Police officer also spoke of how he tried to save Christine Archibald’s life as she lay dying on London Bridge.PC Liam Dolphin of City of London police said he gave CPR to the fatally wounded Canadian and later comforted her distraught fiancé Tyler Ferguson after he learnt she had died.PC Dolphin, 30, and Special Constable Steven Morgan, 36, said he believed he and his colleague were the first officers on the scene, arriving within 90 seconds of the first 999 call.center_img DC Tom Hayball, 33, said: “We had walking wounded being tended to by members of the public covered in blood. There was a real sense of community that came out of it.”The Duchess of Cornwall said the response of police and emergency services showed Britain at its best” today as she and Prince Charles visited injured patients, and met with emergency teams.”Everybody seemed to work together as a team. It’s Britain at its best, isn’t it?”, said The Duchess.  “There doesn’t seem to be any panic. Everybody gets on and does their job.”The Prince  told doctors, nurses, and other staff: “I have so much admiration for all you are doing. It’s a fantastic team.” BTP chief constable Paul Crowther, who visited the officer in hospital where he is in a stable condition after suffering face, head and leg injuries, said he showed “enormous courage in the face of danger”.Later PC McLeod said the severity of the incident never really sank in, ‘not even when the bullets started going.’The time from the first call to the shooting of the terrorists “felt like forever”, he said. But when he checked the time, he realised it had only been eight minutes. “I thought, ‘Is that it?’”He also questioned whether he had done all he could on the night. “Personally for me I question if I could do more, because it’s such a sh*t thing to be involved in.”  The Prince of Wales meets policemen and women and other members of the emergency services during a visit to the Special Operations room at Central Communications Command Credit: Richard Pohle  Hero police officers who took on the London Bridge terrorists armed only with batons told how a badly injured colleague urged them to leave him behind after he was stabbed in the eye.PC Leon McLeod, 29, of the British Transport Police, gave chase to the knife-wielding killers even though it appeared they were strapped in suicide vests. He and other emergency workers yesterday met with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who thanked them for their bravery.PC McLeod said he thought he had been called to a drunken brawl but realised it was far more serious when ‘the naughty guys came back’ and he and an unnamed officer began to fight with the terrorists armed only with their batons.During the onslaught the unnamed BTO officer was stabbed in the eye and thigh, suffering ‘life-changing injuries’ but he urged colleagues to pursue the attackers rather than stopping to tend to his wounds.“I could see blood was coming out of his face, near the eye. But I couldn’t see where,” said PC Alfred Iswa, 51, who arrived while the injured officer was lying on the ground.“I was trying to help him and he pointed his baton towards the attacker and said, ‘Get him.’ Even when injured he was trying to fight.” PC Alfred Iswa   The Prince of Wales meets policemen and women and other members of the emergency services during a visit to the Special Operations room at Central Communications Command last_img read more