Less than a week before missing the cut at Friday’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, NC, golfer Tiger Woods made his return to Las Vegas, the city where his infidelity scandal broke three years ago. Visitors to the Aria Hotel were able to capture photos of Woods as he attended the hotel’s Liquid pool party, held in a private cabana. Droves of bikini clad party goers fought for his attention, but Woods reportedly expressed no interest, and kept to the party’s private area with friends.While tabloid headlines rushed out the door accusing the golfer of returning to his days of womanizing, Woods made sure there was no story to be had. Woods was in Las Vegas for his foundation’s annual Tiger Jam event, featuring a concert headlined by Jon Bon Jovi. In 2010, former Vegas VIP hostess Rachel Uchitel was the first to reveal the golfer’s extra-marital affairs to the public, followed by over a dozen different women accusing Woods of infidelity. Woods eventually admitted to some 120 affairs, and underwent treatment for sex addiction.The trip was apparently all business, in support of the Tiger Woods Foundation which supports under-privileged youth. Still, Tiger should probably skip the pool party this week if he hopes to do well at this weekend’s The Players Championship in Florida
Curry’s 10 3-pointers in the season finale put him at 402 for the year, just a hair above the rough projection of 400. The previous record was 286, which Curry set last season. Lost in the commotion of Curry’s preposterous record is another startling record: Klay Thompson had 276 threes this season, seven more than Ray Allen’s 269 in 2005-06, which makes him the single-season leader among players who aren’t Steph Curry. As a team, the Warriors set a record for most threes made in a season (1,077) but not the record for most taken; Houston set both last season, and Golden State needed 88 fewer attempts to make 144 more shots from deep.Curry’s shooting percentages this season — 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from three, 90.8 percent from the line — make him only the third player to complete a 50-45-90 season while playing significant minutes, along with Steve Nash in 2007-08 and Steve Kerr in 1995-96, though Curry took far more shots than either. Embed Code Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the Warriors’ record-setting season. By Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed After a few weeks of shaky basketball and shakier odds of reaching the milestone, the Golden State Warriors throttled the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 Wednesday night to finish the season 73-9, breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for wins in a regular season. As usual, the Warriors did it in style.On a night when Golden State was sharing the marquee with Kobe Bryant’s white-knuckled farewell massacre (Bryant had 60 points, making him the second-oldest player to reach 50 in a game, the oldest to hit 60, and the only (future) Hall of Famer to score more than 30 in his final game; his 50 field-goal attempts were a record in all games dating to 1983-84), the Warriors put on the better show through three quarters. Stephen Curry had 46 points in 30 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter. He had 20 in the first, including this foolishness from just past the logo:The final win closes out a stretch run in which the Warriors looked unusually vulnerable, losing two of three early in April and sweating out a few more close games. Below is a chart of how the Warriors’ odds of reaching 73 wins looked throughout the season (though, as we’ve explained, end-of-season projections get a little squirrely because there are fewer games remaining and because of the nature of probability-based modeling): The magnitude of the Warriors’ season makes other records inevitable. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Golden State set records for the most road wins (34), the best start to a season (24-0), the best record against top-10 teams (21-2) and the longest home winning streak across seasons (54 games, including 2014-15). They were also the only team ever to finish a season without losing two games in a row and without losing to the same opponent twice (the 1995-96 Bulls dropped two to Indiana). Surely there are other, more minor records lying around waiting to be noticed, but the most improbable is finished: The Warriors have won more regular-season games than any other NBA team in history. Now it’s on to the playoffs, where that hardly matters at all.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 15, 5:27 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this post misrepresented the Warriors’ position on the vertical axis throughout the season, making it slightly lower than it should have been. For example, the team’s odds of winning 73 games at the beginning of the season were 0.0261, or 2.6 percent — not zero. The chart has been corrected.
New Ohio State assistant coach Carrie Banks. Credit: USF AthleticsCoach Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women’s basketball team added Carrie Banks as an assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. Banks joins her second Big Ten team after being an assistant coach at Northwestern for the past three seasons.In a press release, McGuff praised Banks’ ability to recruit and add character athletes to the program. He said that he is excited to bring Banks to the OSU family.“Her work ethic and passion for helping young athletes develop will be a great fit as we continue to move our program forward,” McGuff said.Despite ranking third in the country averaging 86.0 points per game as a team, the Buckeyes ranked 331 out of 344 in team defense allowing an average of 74.6 points per game. Banks was the addition OSU needed to make as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship. Under Banks’ direction, Northwestern’s defense allowed 70.0 points per game last season.At Northwestern, Banks helped coach point guard Ashley Deary to a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015-16, setting a school-record 141 steals. With two-time All-American junior Kelsey Mitchell at the point for the Buckeyes, Banks could develop Mitchell into a defender that matches her skill on offense.In 2014-15, Northwestern earned its first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years with Banks on the sideline.She served as an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2007-2009 for two seasons and at University of South Florida for three seasons from 2010-2013.Banks has strong roots in Ohio where she was a junior varsity coach at local high school Dublin Jerome from 2004-2006. She also pursued a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State University and worked for the Big Ten Network in the past.Banks will make her debut beside coach McGuff on Nov. 14 in the Schottenstein Center against South Carolina.
Ohio State’s medical tent placed behind OSU’s bench during football games. Credit: Kevin Harrish | For The LanternThe Ohio State football team added a scarlet and gray medical tent to its sideline for the 2016 season to provide more privacy to injured players.The tent will allow a player to be evaluated away from the public eye, according Alexis Shaw, a spokesperson for the team’s sports medicine physicians.“There’s no special equipment inside the tent,” Shaw said. “Players are just brought there for a private assessment before determining whether they will be put back on the field or taken out of the game.”In the past, injured players were assessed on an open medical table in plain view of fans and television cameras. The goal of the tent is to allow for a more isolated and controlled environment while remaining conveniently close to the field.Along with the added seclusion from onlookers, Ohio State hopes the tent will allow the football program to stay up to date with national trends.The tent debuted at the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling GreenThe University of Alabama began using a similar tent during the 2015 season, designed by a group of the school’s mechanical engineering students, according to Kyle Burger of WVTM 13.Their collapsible model has since been marketed and sold to at least 29 college football teams, as well as the Buffalo Bills, to be used during the 2016 season.“These sideline tents are relatively new to football stadiums,” said Jerry Emig, a spokesperson for the Ohio State football team. “We do like to stay contemporary and at the forefront with regard to the resources we are able to provide our student-athletes.”Aside from adding privacy, the medical tent does not change anything about the medical procedure when a player is injured.“It won’t change the way our medical staff delivers its expert care,” Emig said.
It is clear the Ohio State coaching staff does not trust its own quarterback. OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is a true freshman this year, and is playing like one. He will not be perfect. He will not be perfect anytime soon. OSU lost to Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday. There is absolutely no reason Joe Bauserman should have seen the field against MSU. The fact that he could find a helmet on the sidelines is beyond me. With OSU down 7-0 in the fourth quarter, head coach Luke Fickell opted to go with red shirt senior quarterback Bauserman. Bauserman, an expert at tossing it into the stands, brings nothing to this football team. Bauserman will graduate this year and is not the future of this football team. Miller has now been inexplicably yanked from the field twice. Once in Miami, and once on Saturday. No, he did not perform, but the coaching staff did not give him the tools to succeed. Why should he believe in himself if the staff does not believe in him? Miller went a lousy 5 of 10 on the day for 56 yards and one interception. He was sacked four times on the day and took a beating on just about every rushing attempt. MSU did its homework. Watching film is not difficult when 95 percent of the film is an endless loop of rushing attempts. They put eight in the box. They ran flawless run blitzes. They had an answer to anything OSU ran at them. Without a real threat of passing, OSU will not be able to have a balanced offense. The only way to have a passing threat? Pass the ball. In the third quarter, the student section began chanting “UR-BAN ME-YER.” But, in head coach Luke Fickell’s defense, it is not his fault. Fickell does not call the plays, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman does. Bollman needs to open it up, and let his young quarterback play football. Miller will be the quarterback at OSU for awhile. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Miller is the future of OSU football. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the future is, well, in the future. Without the vote of confidence from Fickell and offensive coordinator Bollman, he will never develop to a playmaker. Miller has all the tools, he has the arm and he certainly has the legs, but one thing he is lacking is the mentality. If the OSU coaching staff continues to call draw plays on third down, continues to run the option, and everything but passing plays, Miller will start to doubt his abilities. When the coaching staff yanked Miller from the game on Saturday, they were throwing away any chance of Miller growing as a young quarterback. Next week, when OSU travels to Nebraska they will add senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior defensive end Solomon Thomas and senior offensive lineman Mike Adams to its roster. Unfortunately for the Scarlet and Gray, without a quarterback, it will not mean anything.
A petition calling for a ban on shops opening on Boxing Day has attracted more than 200,000 signatures – including 100,000 over the last three days.The petition was created last month by Ian Lapworth, a baker and former DJ from Kettering, who argues that the Christmas holiday should be respected by retailers so that staff can have “some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else.”Writing on Change.org, where the petition is hosted, Mr Lapworth says: “Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice.”We managed 30 and 40 years ago when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week. Let’s get back to the way it was.”Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.”Among the petitions’ thousands of signatories are a large number of retail workers, many of whom left messages voicing their agreement. Mr Lapworth plans to send the petition to the 10 Downing Street – but there are indications his plea will not be successful.A similar petition launched last year, also calling for shops to remain closed on Boxing Day, received an official response from the Government saying: “We do not believe it is for central Government to tell businesses how to run their shops or how best to serve their customers. Therefore we are not proposing to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day.” Hollie Lambton from Kimberley wrote: “Every year I’ve been working, I’ve had to work Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I’m fed up of it.”I have family traditions that I can’t do anymore and I want things to go back the way they used to be. Shops should be shut for a week or at least Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.” Elaine Wormald from South Kirkby said: “I used to work in a shop the was open until 10pm on Xmas eve, closed on Xmas day and open again at 10 am Boxing day. It is so unfair on the staff lots of whom would prefer to stay at home with their young families.”If all the stores agreed not to open on Boxing day then none of them are losing any trade to another store. Common sense really, but when did that ever matter to money grabbing store owners.” 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.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson died of natural causes and “did not have a brain tumour”, her sister has said.Santa Montefiore posted a series of tweets thanking people for their support in recent days following the death of the socialite at the age of 45.But the author added that she wanted to “clarify” a few things and referenced a coroner’s report released on Wednesday into the death of the former It girl.She wrote: “I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death. Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points.”Today the coroner’s report states that Tara died of natural causes – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour.” The former “It girl” and reality TV star was found dead in her west London flat last week.Her funeral is due to be held on February 27.In a statement her family have said: “We would like to thank the many people who have contacted us about Tara following her untimely death. It has been a source of great comfort to know how loved she was by so many people.”Tara died peacefully in her sleep due to a perforated ulcer and peritonitis.”Those that knew and were close to Tara knew that there was no retreat to a “dark place” as some have disappointingly sought to suggest. In the last few weeks Tara was happy, positive and making plans for when she recovered her health.”As usual she had been busy with the friends and family she loved, and who loved her in return. She was in communication with her family and others of whom she was fond over her final weekend and had spent a lot of her time recording music and playing the piano in her apartment – a sure sign that she was happy and feeling good.”Tara’s funeral will be on the February 27. This will be a private moment for family and close friends to grieve and we would ask that our privacy at this time is respected. We will miss Tara very much and will never forget the joy, love and humour she bought to our lives.” 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. Show more 5/5 Lastly there will be a fuller statement from the PT family latertoday. Thank you again.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 4/5 Tara’s good friends & family know that she was inhigh spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a movingnew song.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 2/5 Today the Coroner’s report states that Tara died of naturalcauses – a perforated ulcer. She did not have a brain tumour. pic.twitter.com/ccU3Ua4SPY— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 Last year, she revealed her fear of dying after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour.After finding out about the growth in her pituitary gland, she later spoke about also suffering with an auto-immune disease that caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.In what is believed to be one of her last interviews, she told about her quest to “make her family proud again”.Following the news of her sudden death, her close friends the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were among the first to pay tribute.Charles and Camilla said they were “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”. A death notice on page 26 of the Daily Telegraph was published last week, stating: “Tara Clare died peacefully in her sleep”.The piece also added that a private funeral is to be held. Montefiore added that “contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales”.She wrote: “Tara’s good friends & family know that she was in high spirits in her last days. She had plans, trips & had written a moving new song.” 1/5 I’ve been so touched by the warm response to Tara’s death.Thank you from the whole family. But I’d like to clarify a couple of points. pic.twitter.com/4kYUyA55JL— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017 3/5 Contrary to some reports, Tara was not the goddaughter of HRH the Prince of Wales.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 15, 2017
The British Library is working to bring forgotten male crime writers back into print, after they were eclipsed in their own Golden Age by women who were simply better.The British Library’s classic crime project, which sees long-lost novels rediscovered and published for a new generation, features a disproportionate amount of men, the managing editor behind it said.But the discrepancy is not down to modern day sexism, but a rare quirk of publishing history which made 1930s Britain arguably the only time and genre where women firmly ruled the roost. I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their ownRobert Davies As such, the best-selling and most-acclaimed writers of the day were women, leaving their male rivals swiftly falling out of print and the public consciousness.The British Library project is now helping to correct that imbalance, bringing lesser-known works back to readers’ bookshelves.The works, which are designed with vintage covers and have been bestsellers, are sold by the library, with profits ploughed back into its archival and exhibition work.Speaking at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, Robert Davies, who is responsible for the project, said he had previously been challenged over the number of men on the classics list.The current catalogue shows just three out of 38 books written by a woman, and all of those from one author, Mavis Doriel Hay.But, he said, the reason was simple: those male writers were “next tier” in their own day, overshadowed by the so-called “crime queens” including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and Gladys Mitchell.”It’s something I’ve been challenged about in the past, that so many of the writers we publish are men,” he said.”That’s not because of sexism, that’s because the women’s writers were often still in print and retained their popularity.”It was actually their male contemporaries who dropped out of view.”It might be unique in this genre, that the women writers are the ones who survived.”He added: “I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their own.”I don’t think there was a weird sexism against male writers in the period. It was just that the best had been kept in print and the next tier had been forgotten about for too long.”Martin Edwards, author and president of the Detection Club, said the success of British female writers in the 1930s was exceptional, with even the United States at the time still largely dominated by male authors.”In those days, once you were out of print you’re out of print,” he told an audience. “Books sank out of sight pretty quickly.”Really, it was the quality of what they were writing. There are clear reasons as to why those books [by women] found fame, why they had high sales and why they deserved it.”The British Library’s next project, called “Foreign Bodies”, will see them republish forgotten international works of crime fiction.Some of the classics may go on to television adaptations, Davies added. 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. “I think, if you have a coach, why not try to use him during the match itself,” he said. “I mean, we’re probably one of the only, maybe only global sport that doesn’t use coaching during the play. “Even golf, individual sport, you have caddies that you communicate with throughout the entire course.” Players should be allowed to wear headsets to help them communicate with their coaches, Novak Djokovic has suggested.The world number four said he believed allowing tennis players to have an “intimate conversation” with their coaches would be a “good move for the sport”.Speaking at Wimbledon, he said: “This is kind of an intimate conversation where you feel comfortable that you communicate wirelessly with your coach who is there. “Of course, when it’s within that time limit, respect towards the other player, the rhythm of the server. But he added: “They’ve said that the TV audience possibly could hear what you were speaking with your player…[you] still have to be a bit careful.”His comments follow the debate over how much input coaching teams should have while games are in play after Victoria Azarenka was accused of receiving illegal coaching during her match against Brit Heather Watson.But Djokovic suggested headphones would offer a convenient way for players to discuss tactics. Did Azarenka get tips from her coach as she played Watson?Credit:Lindsey Parnaby /Getty
Richard Wilmot outside London’s Appeal CourtCredit:Richard Gittins / Champion News 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 ex-wife of a pilot locked in Britain’s longest divorce battle has pleaded with senior judges to end the “ghastly” 16-year legal fight.Viki Maughan, 50, and her former partner, Richard Wilmot, 62, have been at loggerheads over money since they split in 2001.Mr Wilmot, who has been married previously, has been warned by his lawyers that the case could bankrupt him.He claims Ms Maughan, his third wife, is a “liar” and that a child she claims is his was, in fact, fathered by a lover she was secretly seeing before they divorced.Mr Wilmot, an ex-British Airways captain, is “absolutely convinced” he is not the father and has accused his ex-wife of fabricating evidence to try to extract maintenance payments from him. Ms Maughan has argued that he needs to “accept reality”.At the Court of Appeal, she asked judges to order Mr Wilmot to honour their 2001 divorce settlement.Her barrister, Jonathan Swift, told the court: “A significant air of reality needs to descend in this case.”He said his client has a “sincere wish that this court should dispose of this matter with as many restraining directions as possible, so it may never be resurrected again”. Mr Wilmot was officially declared the father of Ms Maughan’s teenage daughter in 2000 and has paid out a total of almost £400,000 in maintenance to his former family.But he is now refusing to comply with a financial settlement reached with his ex 16 years ago and denies he is liable for almost two decades worth of maintenance for the teenager, as he is ‘absolutely convinced’ she is not his.He has asked the Appeal Court to block Ms Maughan’s claims for more money under the 2001 settlement.As well as not paying maintenance, he has also been accused by Ms Vaughan of being “evasive” and trying to dodge court papers. But he denies ‘playing technical games’ to avoid his responsibilities for the girl, and insists he has simply been trying to protect his new wife, ‘from the wreckage of the past.’Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Sales and Lord Justice Moylan have reserved their decision until a later date.