Kevin Durant is one game away from losing the NBA Finals, and now one lawsuit away from losing his famous nickname — “Durantula” — because a guitarist claims KD jacked it from him.Durant was sued today in Federal Court by a guy named Mark Durante — a guitarist who, according to the lawsuit, was a big deal in the 80s … playing with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and (our favorite) The Revolting Cocks.TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Durante says he adopted the name “Durantula” for his “on-stage and performance persona” — and has used it to market “music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise.”Meanwhile, sports fans have adopted the handle for the Oklahoma City Thunder star and current NBA scoring champ.Durante claims he sent KD’s people a couple letters “demanding they stop using the nickname” — but says Durant’s reps claimed he wasn’t using it.In the suit though, Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign — and KD himself signed “Durantula” on basketballs that are for sale through his website.The guitarist says he registered the “Durantula” trademark. He’s suing for damages and an injunction stopping KD from using the name.Calls to Nike and Durant’s reps weren’t immediately returned. read more

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On Monday, Deontae Cooper was the big story at Washington. The running back had been given clearance to practice by doctors and was on the field, grateful that fought back from two torn ACL injuries in his left knee.“I’m just ready to strap ’em on and go, ready to grind till the doctor tells me I can’t play,” Cooper said. “If I tear my ACL five more times, I’m going to keep going.”He was all smiles and not only were his teammates rooting for him, so was the entire Huskie community.Then Wednesday came, and as amazing as it might sound, but Cooper went down again, during a non-contact drill. This time, it was his right knee. Torn ACL. Again.And in that moment, heartbreak fell over the football program. And Huskie Nation.Washington coach Steve Sarkisian posted a statement on CoachSark.com, his online blog:““I am saddened and dismayed to report that Deontae Cooper has torn the ACL in his right knee while participating in a non-contact drill during practice. Deontae has done everything we have asked of him, and has been an example to his teammates with his hard work in the classroom, and the dedication he showed in returning from two previous ACL surgeries in his left knee. Our football program will do everything we can to support him in this tough time.”Tough time? Try incomprehensible time. Try no-way time. Try you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me time.Cooper, a redshirt sophomore listed at 6-foot, 201 pounds, had not played in a game in two years. Now, remarkably, he’s sidelined again.On Monday, Cooper said he was optimistic about playing, but that he was taking it “ day by day. You never know. I don’t want to say anything. You never know what can happen. I want to stay positive but I don’t want to get hopes up.”If ever there was an athlete to hope for, it is Deontae Cooper. read more

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The New York Yankees have placed Derek Jeter on the disabled list once again following a right quad injury he suffered last week.Jeter was injured in his first game back from rehab on July 11th against the Kansas City Royals. Prior to this, the captain short stop had already missed the first 91 games of the season because of a broken ankle he suffered last year.After straining his quad, the team doctors agreed to rest Jeter through the All-Star break. Now that the break is over, re-evaluations have shown that he still has an injury to the leg, which requires more rehab and rest.The New York Yankees will begin a three-game series Friday night at Fenway Park.

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LaVar Ball once said his son would only play for the Lakers. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Nike executive George Raveling deemed outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball the worst thing to happen to the sport during the last century and many are pointing out the negative in Raveling’s ways.A reporter for the SportsBusiness Journal tweeted remarks Nike’s Director of International Basketball made during the World Congress of Sports conference on Thursday, April 20.Wow, veteran Nike exec George Raveling on LaVar Ball: “The worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years.” #sbjwcs— Michael Smith (@SmittySBJSBD) April 20, 2017Ball has been known as an advocate for his basketball-playing sons and Raveling noted that Ball’s son, Lonzo Ball, who is heading to the NBA after one season as a UCLA point guard, should be automatically admitted into heaven for putting up with his father, according to The Post Game.“Down the hall, to the left and have a suite, son,” Raveling said of Lonzo Ball’s entrance in the afterlife.LaVar Ball told USA Today in March he’s seeking a $1-billion marketing deal for Lonzo Ball and his two other sons, LiAngelo, who signed with UCLA, and LaMelo, who has committed to UCLA. LaVar Ball cited Nike among their considerations.“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” he said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”Lavar Ball also has made waves for having his sons wear the family’s Big Baller Brand apparel during public appearances and at ball practice, which goes against NCAA policy.Basketball fans, some who are usually against LaVar Ball, sided with him and called out Raveling for profiting from young athletes.George Raveling has made a lot of money off poor kids. He’s got some nerve. Not a fan of Lavar, but he refuses to let his kids get pimped https://t.co/H6aFebZe9S— Noah Fence (@el_budget) April 20, 2017 The same George Raveling thats been taking advantage of young black men for decades? https://t.co/IUE6bu5QBW— Pas (@TheeSouthside) April 20, 2017 George Raveling & Nike should either pay Lonzo or stfu. Lavar is not doing anything wrong meanwhile Nike discriminates at all levels— frumpy (@frumpy14) April 21, 2017 @Krisplashed @SBNationNBA So are we not going to talk about George Raveling and his work competing with Sonny Vacarro, trying to buy kids through sneakers and camps?— Brian Shepard (@iambrianshepard) April 20, 2017 George Raveling has been taking money from Nike to pimp these kids for over 20+ years. He’s got some audacity https://t.co/WqrudFeIgZ— Acknickulous White (@SirSeriousBlack) April 20, 2017Several gave examples of worst things that have happened in basketball.@SmittySBJSBD Hank Gathers, Donald Sterling, Len Bias, Malice in the Palice, Reggie Lewis, Kermit Washington, Tim Donaghy.Shut up, George.— Ikeyo (@Ikeyo_1985) April 20, 2017 George Raveling done made millions off these kids. now he wanna say something wen Ball tryna get his piece. https://t.co/2u0UUuXrQi— Jacquez Green (@JacquezGreen) April 20, 2017 A coach tried to smear one of his own players after he was murdered by another of his own players, but damn that Lavar Ball https://t.co/nEt3R0OeSs— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) April 20, 2017One shared an image of referee Tim Donaghy, who was involved in a 2007 NBA gambling scandal.@SmittySBJSBD @OMFonWEEI ::Cough Cough:: pic.twitter.com/VNZEouzR4a— Jason Rossi (@JasonDRossi) April 20, 2017Some said Raveling simply needs to stay quiet.Athletes are controlled by the oligopoly of Nike, Adidas & Under Armour. These companies are fearing more athletes creating their own brands— Keland (@kelandx) April 21, 2017 read more

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LAC80LAC78DEN 23, LAC 22+1.3– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CHI87.09.5DET6.96.015.51519 CHI54CHI52CHI 25, MIN 20-3.9– This season, Dallas has figured out that Elliott can be featured as a receiver, too. His role in the passing game2Measured by targets per game. has more than doubled since his rookie season and is up dramatically from 2017, too. This has been especially the case the past two weeks when Elliott’s running and passing has accounted for 388 of Dallas’s 733 scrimmage yards (53 percent)Of course, the Cowboys are just one ill-timed stinker away from wrecking their season, too. Using our ELO projections, only one game in Week 12 holds more importance for the playoffs than Washington-Dallas: MIA12.79.8IND22.39.719.51460 Roquan SmithBears8th62.6Average Source: Pro Football Focus NO74NO76NO 48, PHI 7-1.0– SEA67SEA56SEA 27, GB 24-11.2– LAR54LAR53LAR 54, KC 51-3.7– SeasonReceptionsReceiving YdsTargets DEN4.14.1PIT96.63.17.31548 For a 5-5 team, things are looking better than average for the Dallas Cowboys. Their division is a train wreck. The Giants are lilliputian, the Eagles are grounded, and Washington is without its starting quarterback. The Cowboys, somehow, are the ones who seem to have the best shot of making the playoffs.We’ll know a lot more after Dallas and Washington play in a Thanksgiving showcase on Thursday. Washington is 6-4, but has a far lower Elo than Dallas (1504 vs. 1542), and Washington’s quarterback is now perma-journeyman Colt McCoy after Alex Smith gruesomely broke his leg in his last game. The Cowboys are still only 46 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections, but a win against Washington would go a long way. That the playoffs are even within sight is a stunning reversal of fortune from earlier this month, when a home loss to the Titans dropped Dallas to 3-5 and had observers calling for head coach Jason Garrett’s head. Making matters worse, star linebacker Sean Lee injured his hamstring again in the Titans loss. The last time that happened, Dallas’s defense went down with him.Dallas tried to guard against another Lee injury by fortifying their linebacker corps in the 2018 draft. Their first-round pick, Leighton Vander Esch, was expected to be too inexperienced to adapt quickly to the NFL game, but has turned into easily the best linebacker at the top of his draft. NE96.92.9NYJ0.20.23.11480 Dallas already lost to Washington in Week 7 on the road, 20-17. And if they somehow lose to McCoy (career 7-18 as a starter including 1-3 for the Redskins when he last started in 2014), Dallas would be two games back and Washington would control the first tiebreaker with only five games remaining. In that improbable scenario, the Cowboys would find themselves suddenly all-but removed from playoff contention and hurtling instead to an offseason of probable tumult and coaching change.But according to our projections, Dallas has a 65 percent chance of winning on Thursday and avoiding all that. PHI20.35.3NYG0.30.55.81467 BAL37.48.4OAK0.00.08.41436 SEA45.0%+/-22.7CAR61.5%+/-21.644.31564 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Vander Esch has not only replaced Lee, he has arguably surpassed him. Last year, Dallas lost four of their five games without Lee, giving up 13 more points per game 1This stat includes opponents’ defensive points scored and 46 more rushing yards. But this year, with Vander Esch replacing him as starter for five games, Dallas is better — allowing 30 fewer rushing yards per game and 2.4 fewer points. Dallas is now 4-1 when Lee hasn’t played, and Vander Esch single-handedly changed the outcome of Sunday’s game.Vander Esch is the second Dallas blue-chip defender that general manager and owner’s son Stephen Jones has found relatively cheap in the draft. 2017 Pro Bowl defensive end and sack-master Demarcus Lawrence was grabbed in the second round in 2014.Lawrence’s ability to generate pressure allows the Cowboys to blitz infrequently, just 20.8 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. This may limit big defensive plays — the Cowboys have just four interceptions this year — but it seems to prevent big plays by the opponents, too. They have one of the most efficient units in football as measured by yards opposing offenses must gain to score a point.Much of that stat is driven by red zone success, which is viewed by many as random. But Dallas combines efficiency in the red zone with an ability to stop teams from getting there at all. The Cowboys rank near the top of the league in opponents’ red zone possessions per game.Dallas’s defense has to be efficient because the offense lacks explosiveness. The offense has put up just 34 plays of 20 or more yards this season, tied for 25th in the league, according to Pro-Football-Reference. Even after the addition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who cost Dallas a 2019 first-round pick, Dallas’s passing game is stuck mostly in neutral. Prior to Cooper joining the Cowboys in their eighth game, Dallas was 28th in yards per pass play. Since then they are improved slightly, but still rank 23rd.The most important change to the Cowboys passing offense hasn’t been Cooper but a player who was already on the roster — running back Ezekiel Elliott. TEN55TEN51IND 38, TEN 10+1.9– The best matchups of Week 12Week 12 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions CAR57CAR64DET 20, CAR 19-9.9– ATL9.06.0NO99.80.36.31615 WSH62%HOU51%HOU 23, WSH 21+11.9– Elliott is a bigger part of the passing gameEzekiel Elliott’s involvement in the Dallas Cowboys’ passing game, 2016-18 TB0.50.3SF0.00.00.41397 LAC83.15.7ARI0.00.05.71476 DAL46.322.4WSH54.720.142.51522 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS PER GAME FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersBe sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive. It simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times, helping you see how likely each team is to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And if you want to prove you can pick better than Elo, you can also face off against the algorithm in our prediction game. In addition to bragging rights, you’ll be playing for the chance to climb up our giant leaderboard.Using data from the prediction game, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: BAL67BAL60BAL 24, CIN 21-6.9– MIN52.317.3GB16.413.731.01522 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Stats and Information Group Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20172.626.93.5 JAX0.91.0BUF0.90.71.61432 Leighton Vander EschCowboys19th84.1Good OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Tremaine EdmundsBills16th49.6Below average PIT68PIT70PIT 20, JAX 16-0.5– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 11Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 11 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Rookie LinebackersTeamDraft PositionPro Football Focus Grade ATL62ATL60DAL 22, ATL 19+0.7– 20162.124.22.5 ARI68ARI65OAK 23, ARI 21+2.4– 20184.234.15.5 CIN24.59.0CLE0.30.59.41408 NYG52TB51NYG 38, TB 35-4.4– Playoff %Playoff % TEN36.220.2HOU84.113.033.21516 Dallas’s rookie linebacker was a stealRookie linebackers drafted in the first round by Pro Football Focus’s grade Rashaan EvansTitans22nd55.4Average Elo beat the field again in Week 11, picking up 23.3 points on the average reader to give the algorithm its 10th win of the season. The readers were right to think Deshaun Watson and the Texans would beat Washington, but they were dealt blows by the Lions (who beat the Panthers) and Seahawks (who beat the Packers). Readers have now lost 37.7 points on average by picking the Panthers this season, which is the second-most of any team behind the Patriots.3Who helped Elo take readers to the cleaners with losses to the Lions and Titans.Congrats, however, are in order to Voris Struck, who led all identified users in Week 11 with 93.4 points, and to the wonderfully named Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who took the season-long lead with 778.4 points. Thanks to all 12,421 of our players — and if you haven’t played yet, you can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo this week.Additional reporting by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Credit: Courtesy of NikeOn Saturday against Penn State, Ohio State will take the field at Ohio Stadium sporting a look different than its familiar scarlet and gray uniforms: black jerseys. Rumors about the possibility of the Buckeyes donning the alternate kits have been swirling for years, but on Oct. 3, Nike officially released an image of the exact style. The black jersey features big scarlet digits outlined in gray. On the sleeves, there is a scarlet stripe of medium thickness sandwiched between two smaller white stripes, which are then outlined by thinner gray stripes. For the pants, a similar looking stripe runs vertically down the side. The helmets — which junior running back Ezekiel Elliott called “beautiful” after OSU’s win over Maryland — are matte black, with black facemasks. Down the center of the dome piece runs the same style stripe from the pants and sleeves. “They’re gonna look sick,” junior defensive end Joey Bosa said. The idea for OSU to deviate from its usual scarlet tops and gray bottoms to the all-blacks came not from the athletic department or anyone in Columbus, but rather from Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. About two years ago, according to OSU athletic director Gene Smith, Nike pitched the possibility of veering away from the traditional threads for a game.The idea, however, was not as well received at first — at least for OSU coach Urban Meyer. “No way, no chance,” he said of when he initially heard of the concept.But then he saw them.“I looked and said ‘whoa,’ and it looked pretty sharp,” he said.  Meyer said after his approval Smith and others affiliated with the team — such as two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin — poured over the design. But what they reviewed is not what fans will see on Saturday. Smith said they did not approve the exact prototype Nike proposed. He, along with other program confidants, made revisions to be more in line with OSU’s history and tradition.Stripes on the side of the pants, along with adding more of scarlet hue to the numbers, were two of the main updates that they orchestrated, Smith said.This process — Nike proposing an idea, then OSU offering its modifications after consulting with select players, former players and certain administrators before settling on a final product — happens every time the Swoosh suggests alternates, Smith said. Nike and OSU have been collaborating on alternate uniforms since 2009, when the Buckeyes debuted their version of the Pro Combat uniform series against Michigan. Since then, the Buckeyes have worn a handful of other Nike-designed alternates, including Pro Combat installments in 2010 and 2011, as well similar variations of the chrome uniforms worn in the 2013 Orange Bowl and against Penn State last season. When they go about formulating different jersey concepts, Smith said there is always a balance between respecting the tradition of OSU’s football team, but also trying to recognize a shift in demographic and move the program forward. “So there is that balance of respect, our history and tradition, but also moving ourselves further into the 21st century, which kind of the landscape defines that for you,” he said. “And the uniforms are part of that.” Despite the desire to move further into the 21st century, OSU does not intend to ever turn into a school like Oregon, which seemingly has different uniforms each week, Smith said. Rather, each year the school will try to pick one game to suit up in nontraditional garb. The athletic director added that next year’s jerseys are already being designed. As for what those will those look like, Smith said, “Give me a break. I’m just trying to get through the day. Obviously, I can’t share that.” OSU is set to take on Penn State — wearing the black jerseys — on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State outlasted Indiana for a 52-49 victory on Saturday, in a contest that felt more like a basketball game. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes as they struggled to put away one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. An offensive defense I started following college football in the autumn of 1998. As a native of Toledo, Ohio, my early years as a college football fan centered around the Scarlet and Gray. Granted, as I matured in age, my knowledge of the game matured too. But even as an 8-year-old, I think I had a decent understanding of what it took to field a good defense. Get pressure on the quarterback, stay with your assignments, don’t miss tackles or let the other team score. You know, everything the OSU defense failed to against Indiana, and by and large this season. I’m not sure if I have ever seen a Buckeye defense play this poorly. Statistically speaking, I certainly haven’t – The last time OSU gave up 49 points was in 1994, when they were shellacked by Penn State, 63-14. Over the past decade, OSU has arguably consistently fielded one of the nation’s best defensive units. This year, though, the Buckeye defense is remarkably consistent in one area – they constantly give up big plays. This theme was evident once again on Saturday, as Indiana scored on a 59-yard run and a 76-yard pass. 12-0 is still possible, but less probable OSU’s offense was once again prolific enough to bail out the porous defense, and the Buckeyes remain undefeated with five games left to play. An undefeated season is still possible, but after watching the Buckeyes on Saturday I can’t say it’s probable. For one, the injury bug that infested OSU’s locker room early this season isn’t going away anytime soon. Senior linebacker Etienne Sabino broke a bone in his leg last week, and will be out for roughly a month. The Buckeyes are so thin at linebacker that they turned to Zach Boren for meaningful minutes. Yes, the same Zach Boren that has played fullback for the last four seasons. Moving Boren to linebacker wasn’t 100 percent puzzling. The senior captain played linebacker in high school, and actually led the Buckeyes with eight tackles Saturday night. But the move indicates that the coaches either felt Boren’s talents were wasted in an offense that seldom uses a fullback, or they have absolutely no confidence in some of the younger guys to step up. Even if it’s a combination of the two, it doesn’t bode well moving forward. As I wrote two weekends ago, with all due respect to the likes of Illinois and Purdue, there are only two teams left on OSU’s schedule that can match the Buckeyes with talent – Wisconsin and Michigan. Both seem to be playing their best football right now, and could peak offensively when they meet the Buckeyes’ defense in November. Confidence in Kenny When sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller runs the ball, it’s hard not to hold your breath. There’s simply no telling what will happen next. But somewhere in between the dazzling jukes, stunning stutter-steps and incredible touchdown runs, Miller reminds us that there is a downside to playing quarterback in this offense. The hits. The sophomore has been taking an awful lot of them this season, and after some of them, it’s hard to get back up. Such was the case early in the third quarter, when Miller temporarily left the game after taking a shot on the sideline. Backup junior quarterback Kenny Guiton entered in his place, and the Buckeyes’ offense didn’t miss a beat. On the third play with Guiton at quarterback, he started right as if to run an option play, and then calmly flicked a shovel pass to a cutting Carlos Hyde. The junior running back scampered 14 yards for a score, extending the Buckeyes’ lead to 14. He’s probably not going to produce many highlight-worthy plays, but the coaching staff seems to feel comfortable in Guiton’s ability to run this offense. It’s nice to know that the Buckeyes can live with Guiton playing in Miller’s absence, at least for a play or two. Give an extra helmet sticker to… Carlos Hyde, who continues to separate himself as the Buckeye’s feature back. For the second consecutive week, the junior running back had a career day. Hyde ran for a personal best 156 yards, and also caught his first ever touchdown reception on Guiton’s shovel pass. During his time at Florida, coach Urban Meyer generally used quick, speedy running backs in his high-powered spread offense. But it makes sense that the powerful Hyde is having success in Meyer’s system. Those Florida teams employed an element of power in their backfields; it just came in the form of former quarterback Tim Tebow. Now the roles are reversed. Miller provides the speedy, east and west running, while Hyde bullies his way through the middle. The combination is certainly paying dividends. OSU gashed Indiana for 353 yards rushing, and currently ranks eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game. read more

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Former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison  has been named Ohio State’s new co-defensive coordinator along with Jeff Hafley. Credit: Courtesy of TNSHaving two coordinators for both the offense and the defense is not a revolutionary concept that newly named head coach Ryan Day brings to Ohio State. Chris Ash and Luke Fickell were co-defensive coordinators from 2014-15. Fickell and Greg Schiano split duties during the 2017 season. Even Day and Kevin Wilson were named as co-offensive coordinators prior to the start of the 2018 season. Day said two coordinators brings a diversity of opinion, bringing proficiency to different parts of either the offense or the defense. That is why he hired both Gary Mattison and Jeff Hafley as co-defensive coordinators for the 2019 season. “I like the expertise and experience that Jeff has in the secondary coupled with the expertise that Greg brings to the front seven,” Day said in a statement. Mattison is not a new name to the head coach Day is replacing. From 2005-07, Mattison served as the co-defensive coordinator, along with current South Florida head coach Charlie Strong, and defensive line coach in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s first three seasons at Florida. Primarily, Day said he wanted to bring in Mattison for his experience in the Big Ten. Leaving his position as the defensive line coach at Michigan under head coach Jim Harbaugh, Mattison has been with the Wolverines for 13 seasons, having previously served as their defensive coordinator from 1995-96 and from 2011-14. Mattison also brings NFL experience, serving as the linebackers coach for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010, leading the No. 3 scoring defense in each of those seasons. Last season with Michigan, his defensive line limited opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. However, with Larry Johnson, who was named as the associate head coach under Day while also serving as the defensive line coach, Mattison’s specific position group has not yet been defined. While Mattison brings age to the coaching staff, a 69-year-old position coach with 47 years of coaching experience, Hafley, according to Day, is a “rising star” and “one of the best secondary coaches in the country.” “His NFL knowledge coaching the secondary is only going to enhance and improve what has become a marquee area for the Buckeyes,” Day said. After college stops with Pittsburgh and Rutgers, the latter of which was under Schiano, Hafley has been a defensive backs coach in the NFL since 2012 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. He worked under Chip Kelly in 2016, who also had Day on staff as his quarterbacks coach. In 2017, he helped lead a 49ers secondary to the No. 11 pass defense in the league, allowing 233.2 passing yards per game after inheriting the No. 27 pass defense in the country heading into the previous year. Day’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape, bringing two new faces to Ohio State. But the idea of co-defensive coordinators, two coaches bringing expertise to the defense, remains. read more

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first_img 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. Sir Tom Jones (left) and will.i.am (second left) were on the judging panel togetherCredit:David Fisher /Rex Her litany of credits include a best supporting actress Academy Award for 2006 musical Dreamgirls and a Grammy Award for her self-titled debut album in 2009.She said: “I couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing panel of coaches on The Voice UK!”The UK has always been so supportive of me since the beginning of my career so I’m really looking forward to sharing my point of view with the contestants and especially Team JHUD.”Rossdale, 48, is known for being a member of 1990s rock group Bush, whose debut album Sixteen Stone is certified six times multi-platinum.He is also known for his high-profile marriage and subsequent split earlier this year from No Doubt star Gwen Stefani, and for being the father of model and Strictly Come Dancing star Daisy Lowe. Singing veteran Sir Tom said: “I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK.”I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait to again discover and help some brand new talent. And of course be back with my pal will.i.am.”Speaking at the T3 tech awards on Wednesday night, singer and fellow judge will.i.am, said Tom Jones was the “freaking best”.He told the Telegraph: “I missed him, a lot actually, I missed him.”He added: “I think it’ll be louder on ITV, there’ll be commercials. We get to wear shirts with logos on them.” Please welcome our brand new coaches for #TheVoiceUK! Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones & Gavin Rossdale join https://t.co/2chbikW5ix in 2017 pic.twitter.com/TrmIEHzcnc— The Voice UK (@ITVvoiceUK) September 28, 2016 The 76-year-old singer previously acted as a coach for the first four series, winning the first in 2012 with his act Leanne Mitchell.He left before the fifth series in 2016 and criticised the BBC as having “sub-standard behaviour” for axing him from the show with just a 24-hour warning.Upon his return, he will have US music artist and actress Hudson and British rock star Rossdale by his side, as well as his former panel cohort will.i.am, 41.Hudson, 35, rose to prominence on American Idol 2004, coming in seventh place but going on to have a successful music and Hollywood career. Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson Sir Tom Jones will return to The Voice UK when the show makes its debut on ITV after he previously slammed the BBC for firing him from the line-up in 2015.The Voice UK moved channels when ITV acquired the rights to it last year, after a five-series run on BBC One.Sir Tom will be joined on the panel on the series by Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson and rock star Gavin Rossdale.Long-running coach will.i.am, who will complete the line-up for the singing competition, admitted he had missed his Welsh co-star and welcomed his move to ITV for the series, set to air in 2017. Absolutely thrilled to be joining @TheVoiceUK. #TeamGavin will fly the flag for British rock music! #TheVoiceUK pic.twitter.com/lPbQwL6onD— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) September 28, 2016 So pleased to be back on @thevoiceuk Looking forward to working with my friend Will & new coaches Jennifer & Gavin, it’s going to be great! pic.twitter.com/9U19QQYuMs— Tom Jones (@RealSirTomJones) September 28, 2016 Rossdale said he is “so thrilled to be joining The Voice UK” after previously appearing as a guest on the US version of the series two years ago.He added: “I have always been extremely proud to fly the flag for British rock music and I can’t wait to join this incredible panel and help discover some new talent.”Will.i.am said he thought the show would be “louder” on ITV and that he was looking forward to the move to the channel.Emma Willis will return to present after joining the programme in 2014.The winner will take home a recording contract with music giants Polydor Records, home to acts including Take That, Ellie Goulding and The 1975.The Voice UK will air on ITV early next year.  last_img read more

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first_imgA private hospitalto the stars is under investigation after a seven-year-old boy died after vital breathing monitoring equipment was turned off for almost three hours.James Dwerryhouse suffered brain damage as a result of cardiac arrest after the equipment monitoring his breathing overnight was turned off for almost three hours at the private Portland Hospital in London.James needed the equipment as he suffered from sleep apnoea, which can cause life-threatening stoppages in breathing. “Everybody loved him, from his school to those who supported his health. This was a routine operation, and the operation itself was a complete success.”To then lose him simply because hospital staff haven’t cared for him and checked on him as they should is something we cannot accept and never will.”Solicitor Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp said an inquest is still to be held and there are many questions which need serious investigation.”What cannot be disputed in this case is that a huge, unforgivable error was made in that James’ monitoring equipment was turned off when it should have remained on at all times,” she said.”Conflicting accounts have been provided as to what exactly happened when James was found not breathing.”This means it has yet to be made clear whether the alarm was raised immediately, or whether there was a 20-minute delay, which obviously could have had a big impact on James’s chances of survival.”A spokesman for the Portland said: “We send our deepest sympathy to the family of James Dwerryhouse.”We are co-operating with all investigations, and we are unable to comment further until they are completed.”A statement from Scotland Yard said: “The boy was admitted to a central London hospital on Wednesday August 24. He died on August 28.”The death was passed onto the Westminster Coroner and Westminster CID officers are undertaking inquiries on behalf of the coroner.”The death is deemed to be non-suspicious. No one has been arrested.” seven-year-old James Dwerryhouse, who died after staff at the private Portland Hospital in London “Only days earlier, he’d been to a summer club and he’d been chasing around, up and down the slides and having a great time. He wasn’t a fragile boy at all, he wasn’t poorly and he certainly wasn’t a boy who was at risk of dying. It said staff also had breaks during the night shift which were longer than hospital rules permitted. They also failed to formally complete and document handovers of their responsibilities.The investigation found failures in record-keeping, with failure to document observations of James throughout the night.Staff also immediately turned off sounding alarms when they reconnected James’ monitoring equipment at 3.58am.There is also uncertainty over how long it took staff to call for help.The report concluded that the root cause of James’ death “appears to be the removal of vital signs monitoring between 1.15am and 3.58am, as this resulted in the inability to be alerted to a suspected deterioration in the child’s respiratory condition and reducing oxygen saturations.”On the night James died, his father, John, had left his beside in the early hours.But just hours later, he and his wife Marguerite were told their son was unlikely to recover.James was transferred to the Treehouse Hospice in Suffolk, where he died the following day.James’ family are now launching legal action against HCA Healthcare UK, which runs the Portland Hospital.Mrs Dwerryhouse said: “It has been completely heart-breaking. James had health issues and needed a lot of health support in his life, but he was full of life, cheeky, funny, happy and occasionally mischievous, like all little boys. He had numerous health conditions, including having to be fed through a tube, bowel problems, epilepsy and hearing and sight impairment, but was described by his family as a “cheeky, funny, happy and sometimes mischievous boy”.James had gone to the Portland Hospital for an operation to create a colostomy bag so he could prepare for moving into a new class at school.The operation was a success and James managed to speak to his brothers and sisters on Facetime.But a few hours later, he was found unresponsive in his bed at the private hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit.The hospital in Great Portland Street was where Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were born while celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Liz Hurley and Claudia Schiffer chose to give birth.Eight staff, a mixture of employees and agency staff, were caring for six children overnight when the incident happened on August 25 last year.Hudgell solicitors, which is representing the family, said staff have since given conflicting accounts of what happened.The serious incident report by the hospital shows staff took the decision to remove the monitoring equipment at 1.15am without consulting a more senior member of staff.center_img seven-year-old James Dwerryhouse, who died after staff at the private Portland Hospital in LondonCredit:PA seven-year-old James Dwerryhouse, who died after staff at the private Portland Hospital in LondonCredit:PA seven-year-old James Dwerryhouse, who died after staff at the private Portland Hospital in London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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