ExNFLer Alonzo Spellman Released From Jail

Alonzo Spellman, who played the defensive line for nine seasons in the National Football League, has been released from jail in Tulsa, Okla., after pleading no contest to a variety of charges, multiple sources reported.Online court records indicate Spellman, who was in Tulsa County Jail, pleaded no contest on Monday to 10 counts filed in 2008. They include eluding a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon, both felonies, plus obstructing an officer and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.The 40-year-old Spellman was sentenced to one year in jail and was released after receiving credit for time served. David Phillips, Spellman’s attorney, has said that Spellman has a mental illness. Spellman, who played at Ohio State, was the 22nd pick in the 1992 draft by the Chicago Bears, and played for them through 1997. He also was with the Dallas Cowboys (1999-2000) and the Detroit Lions (2001). read more

The Penn State CoverUp Emails Emerge

Spanier and PaternoDetails in the Penn State sex abuse scandal continue to disturb, even after ex-assistant football Jerry Sandusky was convicted last week. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 different boys, after apparently being shielded by Penn State officials for years.Over the weekend, emails between the school’s former president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, and retired vice President Gary Schultz emerged, regarding a graduate assistant’s report that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the team’s locker room in 2001.The emails revealed that Curley and Schultz had originally intended to report the assistant’s allegation, but decided not to. Spanier told the pair that he was supportive of their plan, but feared they might “become vulnerable for not having reported it.” More than a decade later, Spanier’s worst fears have come true. Upon the public revelation of Sandusky’s sexual abuse Spanier was forced out of the university, as was longtime football head coach Joe Paterno before he passed away. Curley and Schultz are both currently facing criminal charges for perjury and failing to report child abuse.It is said that Curley decided not to report the assistant’s claims after speaking with Paterno, leading to questions about the coach’s involvement in the cover-up. CNN specifically cited an email from Schultz to Curley on Feb. 26, 2001, 16 days after the graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, told Paterno about the apparent assault. Schultz suggests notifying Sandusky and his charity organization, as well as the Department of Welfare, which is responsible for investigating child abuse.However, the next day, Curley contacted Spanier, saying that after considering that course of action and talking to Paterno, he was “uncomfortable” with that plan. “We would work with him. …. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups,” Curley said via email. Spanier co-signed, calling Curley’s approach a “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” though he warned of the consequences. “The only downside for us is if message isn’t `heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road.”Just weeks after being removed from his position, Paterno passed away, adding to the Penn State tragedy. Accusations of the coach’s involvement will likely be limited, even as Schultz and Curley are locked in a legal struggle. They have a status conference for their case scheduled for July 11, and have asked for their charges to be dismissed.

Kobe Bryant Recovering Hopes to Open Lakers Season Healthy

Kobe Bryant had the stitches removed, is out of the cast and faces nearly six weeks of rehabilitation since completing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. After all that, Bryant is still hoping for a return by the Los Angeles Lakers’  2013-14 season opener.“I hope so,” Bryant said in a sit-down interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday. “That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back.“So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.”Before that day is likely to occur, there will be another date on the calendar that holds particular significance for how Bryant’s Lakers will look next season: July 1, the day Dwight Howard can begin to hear competing offers as a free agent.While Howard reportedly has strong interest in the Houston Rockets and could be courted by Dallas, Atlanta, Golden State and Cleveland, Bryant is in no rush to be the first to pitch the All-Star center to come back to L.A.“For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be,” Bryant said. “We all want him here. But then that’s when the selling begins [after Howard is courted by other teams]. You don’t start the selling process right before he goes and does all this stuff. You want to get the last word. You want to have the final word and the closing argument.“I’ll give him a little opening statement, but then I have to make sure I have the final word.”If Howard ends up being a one-year rental rather than the face of the franchise moving forward, Bryant is confident the Lakers, with 16 championships to their credit, will still find a way to thrive.“This franchise is a franchise that you really don’t have to worry about too much, because no matter what happens, whether it’s a year from now, two years from now, whatever the case may be, they’re always going to find a way to have an impact on this league,” Bryant said.Should the Lakers resort to a Plan B if Howard walks, Bryant said he will make his voice part of the process.“It’s gotten to a point at this stage in my career where those lines of communication are more open and we talk more frequently both with [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] and [vice president of player personnel] Jimmy [Buss] and [vice president of business operations] Jeanie [Buss] to a certain extent,” Bryant said. “Those lines of communication are open.”Bryant has already communicated with Jeanie Buss’ fiance and his former coach, Phil Jackson, over what Jackson wrote about Bryant in his recent book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.”  In the book Jackson gave the nod to Michael Jordan when comparing the two shooting guards.“I talked to Phil about it,” said Bryant, who added that he has not read the book. “I said, ‘You know, you can’t compare me at [age] 21-22-23 to Michael at 28-29-30. That’s not a fair comparison.’ But, you know, I’m comfortable at resting on my five [championships] and what I had to do for this team to be successful.“We both had different roles, and [Jordan] had his level of frustration coming up as a young player and challenges that he had to deal with, and I had mine in playing a different role to what I thought naturally I could do. We had different career paths, man, so it’s kind of tough to [compare]. At least for me it is, anyway.”While Jordan holds the edge in championships (six to Bryant’s five) and career points (32,292 for third all time to Bryant’s 31,617 for fourth all time), Bryant said he has already accomplished what he set out to achieve when he was drafted into the NBA as a 17-year-old out of high school in 1996.“When I came into the league, I wanted to win multiple championships,” Bryant said, appearing in good spirits and clean shaven after growing a beard for nearly a month following his Achilles surgery. “As a young kid, it was like, well, this is what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to win five, six, seven championships, because that’s what Magic [Johnson] did. That’s what [Bill] Russell did. That’s what Jordan did. I feel very comfortable with my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish in that regard.”Read more: ESPN. read more

LeBron James Some Cavs Teammates Refuse to Stay In

LeBron James (Keith Allison/Flickr)In a year full of bold political moves by athletes, LeBron James and several of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are refusing to stay at Trump Soho in New York City. The hotel, though not owned by President-elect Donald Trump, is branded with his name and caused a few of the Cavs to seek other accommodations as they prepare to take on the New York Knicks Wednesday, Dec. 7.According to Cleaveland.com, Cavs’ general manager David Griffin said arrangements are being made for what could include up to seven of the 14 traveling teammates to stay at another unnamed hotel. Trump SoHo had been booked ahead of the 2016 presidential election and Griffin noted it is the only NBA-quality hotel that could guarantee rooms for the team’s family and friends in case the Cavs make the postseason.James’ endorsement of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton explains his unwillingness to stay at the hotel. In October, Atlanta Black Star reported the power forward believed Clinton was the only candidate who understood the struggles of oppressed Americans.In the wake of the Nov. 8 election results, many Cavaliers players have expressed their disappointment. On Instagram, shooting guard J.R. Smith questioned how he would explain the outcome to his young daughter. Echoing ESPN analyst Jalen Rose’s proclamation that NBA teams will stop visiting the White House, reserve forward Richard Jefferson made the same statement on Snapchat after the Cavs met with Obama to celebrate their championship in November. While speaking to Complex last week, Iman Shumpert declared he would not visit the White House under the Trump administration.“I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bull—- he’s got going on,” Shumpert said.” That’s his personal thing.”The Cavs join at least three other NBA teams that won’t stay in the Chicago and Manhattan hotels bearing Trump’s name, ESPN reported. They include the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies. The Illinois-based hotel, in contrast to the one in New York City, is owned and operated by Trump’s company. read more

Key to the game Will OSU throw the ball downfield against Nebraska

OSU Redshirt Junior Quarterback J.T. Barret (16) drops back into the pocket for a pass during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes square off in the biggest home game so far in 2016 against the No. 10 Nebraska Cornhuskers in primetime in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray are honoring the 1916 Big Ten championship team and Chic Harley, who served during World War I, with a special-edition, throwback uniform.The jerseys will be a new look for OSU, but many rather witness a change in the style of play than what the Buckeye offense has displayed the past four weeks. Enhanced by excellence at times, and marred by stagnation on other occasions, the passing game for OSU has been riddled with inconsistency, which has kept fans on edge. At Wednesday’s press conference, Meyer indicated that a breakout in the downfield passing game is coming from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“I’m ready if you are,” Meyer said.In last week’s 24-20 victory over Northwestern, OSU attempted just a handful of passes downfield and only registered one completion over 20 yards, which set up the game-winning score. Barrett said that it’s difficult for the receivers to run past defenders when they’re playing 10 to 12 yards off the ball — a look that Northwestern often showed the Buckeyes.One of OSU’s touchdown drives against Northwestern took just nine plays to go 94 yards in under three minutes. Two drives later, OSU milked the clock for more than eight minutes and scored after 15 plays. Meyer said whether it be up-tempo or wearing a defense down throughout a drive, he just cares about scoring.“If we’re getting certain defenses that we don’t like (in up-tempo), then you get stuck in a bad play,” he said. “Throughout the course of the game we can go to tempo any time that we want.”Barrett might face his toughest challenge of the year going against a Nebraska secondary that has ball-hawking tendencies. Nebraska leads the NCAA in interceptions with 15, including two returned for touchdowns. Safeties Nate Gerry and Kieron Williams lead the team and the Big Ten with four interceptions, making the Cornhuskers one of the most difficult teams to throw downfield against.Nebraska allowed one pass for more than 20 yards in its loss to No. 8 Wisconsin the previous week. However, The Cornhuskers surrendered 5.9 yards per carry on the ground against the Badgers. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel have been heavily involved in the passing game and have been given a combined 25 to 30 carries each game.Establishing an effective running game with Weber and Samuel might force Gerry and Williams to play up, therefore opening up the second level for receivers like redshirt sophomore Noah Brown.“We definitely work on the deep ball every week in practice. We try to put it in the game plan every week,” Brown said. “We’re very confident in the deep ball and we’ll get it done.”Kickoff is at 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens soccer ends scoring skid beat Michigan State 31

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) celebrates a goal with her teammates during a match against Michigan State Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Daniel Rogers / Asst. sports editorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-3-3, 2-2-2) had failed to score since a 3-1 victory against Indiana Sept. 26, but that scoring hiatus ended Saturday as three different Buckeyes found the back of the net on their way to a 3-1 win against Michigan State.“It felt good to get some goals after struggling for the past three games,” sophomore forward Michela Paradiso said. “It feels good, just to remember what (winning) feels like.”Coach Lori Walker said she was also pleased with the effort from her team offensively.“We’ve got the right people in the right places, and (Saturday) we were able to just have the confidence to find the back of the net,” Walker said.The offensive control for OSU started early, outshooting the Spartans 9-3 during the first half.The Buckeyes were able to capitalize on that advantage in the 38th minute, as a header from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber put OSU on the board first with an assist from Freshman forward Nichelle Prince.“Nichelle got end-line, and that’s what we’ve been working on all week. She played a great ball in the air and I just knocked it in,” Gruber said.Prince would get her own goal in the 72nd minute, giving the Buckeyes a two-goal advantage.The Spartans edged closer with a goal from junior midfielder Nicole Caruso in the 76th minute, assisted by redshirt-sophomore Kirsten Evans.Paradiso put Michigan State (7-5-2, 1-5) away just minutes later, scoring the games final goal in the 80th minute.“I was able to spin the (defender), and then I got the ball back and caught the ball back against her, and toe-poked it with my right foot in the corner (of the net),” Paradiso said.Paradiso said she was also happy with her team’s performance offensively.“It felt much better … we got the ball wide and were able to go end-line on them, and I think we connected a lot better,” she said.A road match against Penn State is up next for the Buckeyes, scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m in University Park, Pa. read more

Jalin Marshall ready to let it fly if called on to play

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0, thanks in part to Marsahll scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Buckeyes.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Jalin Marshall sat down for questions after Ohio State’s 55-14 win against Illinois, he was calm and collected. But when more reporters trickled toward him, stuck microphones in his face and asked him about his performance in the game, he got antsy.Once the swarm dissolved and just a few recorders were left lying in front of him, Marshall started to crack jokes. He was more at ease, more comfortable.It’s the same nervousness under pressure Marshall needs to overcome for him to be called on to take more snaps.The redshirt-freshman H-back — who played quarterback at Middletown High School  — lined up at quarterback on two different drives Saturday in OSU’s wildcat package. The first instance, about halfway through the third quarter, he burst through the Fighting Illini defense for a 30-yard touchdown.His next stint — which ended after five yards rushing and an incomplete pass to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — was less successful.But Marshall — who redshirted last season to mature on and off the field, coach Urban Meyer said —  had reason to be pleased postgame. After turning down opportunities to play quarterback in college, he finally got his chance to throw the ball.“I just tried to throw it up there, let my receiver make a play, I just wished for him to catch it but he didn’t,” Marshall said. “It was definitely a big step for me throwing a pass in the game, not having thrown a pass in two years.”He also had a newfound level of comfort in playing quarterback at the collegiate level. “I’m getting more confidence,” he said.But when asked if he knew what was next for him — whether he’d be called upon to take a snap again — Marshall said he doesn’t know, but he’ll do whatever the coaches ask him.So a reporter — by that time, one of only about four surrounding him — pushed and asked whether he didn’t know or wouldn’t say. Then, the reporter asked if there was anything people hadn’t seen yet from Marshall that he was hoping they might get a chance to witness.“For the sake of accuracy, I can’t tell you that,” he laughed.This season, Marshall has played in every game. He has 14 rushing attempts for 88 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry. Saturday was a night of career highs: 42 yards on five carries.While he’s been used in the wildcat and was allowed to throw the ball, Marshall isn’t officially considered a quarterback option. But Meyer said he wants Marshall ready as a backup plan.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback, first, because he’s very talented. Second of all, whenever you start getting, you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens,” Meyer said.“And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Marshall said he knew ahead of time he’d be asked to be a signal caller against Illinois.“I knew it was coming, we worked on it during the week,” he said. “He (Meyer) said he was gonna need me to do that and I told him, ‘I got you, coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to.’”He also hopes there’s more coming for him, but for now, he seems to be staying calm out of the limelight and stepping up as needed.“If they call my number,” Marshall said, “I let it fly.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State has defied preseason expectations in nearly every way

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young —  as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected. read more

Football Ohio States fluid linebacker position offers opportunity for inexperienced players

Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32) prepares to defend a USC possession in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPrior to the start of last season, there was not much question as to which linebackers would start. Playmaking Jerome Baker and a fully rehabbed Dante Booker lined up at outside linebacker and Chris Worley slid inside to replace the outgoing Raekwon McMillan.One year later, everything that was once clear has become jumbled with no clear starter at any position. Worley appeared in 50 games and started the past two seasons before graduating, taking his versatility and 154 career tackles to the NFL. Baker decided to forgo his remaining year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft after patrolling the second level of the defense the past two years, totalling 158 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.In their place, a bevy of linebackers — Keandre Jones, Malik Harrison, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Tuf Borland, Justin Hilliard and Booker — are engaged in a battle for playing time. Even freshmen Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant have a chance to break into the rotation early. For the first time in years, the Buckeyes do not have a single linebacker returning who started every game the prior season — though Booker started six games before suffering an injury. “You’ve got some good bodies. We’re not ready to say who is going to be in what position. It’s our job to get the best of them out there,” Meyer said. “The good thing is there is some opportunity, like you said, for someone to step up and go. That position, once again, they’re not perfect and they don’t have to be, but they’re trying. I kind of like that position right now.”Meyer might say he likes the competition, but it’s hard to believe he enjoys the uncertainty, even if the season is more than five months from kicking off.Ohio State senior linebacker Dante Booker (33) attempts to sack Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe situation became murkier Monday when Meyer announced Borland, who started nine games at middle linebacker last season, suffered an Achilles injury and would miss time. Of those fighting for one of the three starting linebacker spots, Borland has the most experience. Meyer even said Borland was locked into a starting role.Despite the injury, Meyer said he’s not too worried about Borland missing an extended period of time, hinting at a quicker-than-usual recovery.“He’s a little bit like J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said. “You say he’s out for a while, but he’s not going to be out for that long.”Borland will likely remain a starter when he returns, but the absence gives the opportunity for a duo of intriguing linebackers to step up.Browning and Hilliard have filled in for Borland during spring practice despite neither former five-star recruit having played meaningful defensive snaps with the Buckeyes. Both were ranked as top-three outside linebackers in their respective classes by the 247Sports composite rankings, but both their careers have taken different paths since they arrived in college. A physical freak who Meyer called “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors,” Browning has the size and athleticism to play all three linebacker spots and pushed for playing time as a freshman after getting over early-career hurdles.“[Browning] did not play well early in the season. Just was out of his comfort zone,” Meyer said. “By the end of the season he was really contributing in a lot of areas on special teams and should have played some defense, but he just didn’t earn that yet. But he’s got it all now.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39) attacks USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHilliard, on the other hand, has been kept off the field the majority of his first three seasons due to a multitude of injuries that put him behind his linebacker counterparts. A hard hitter and special-teams ace when healthy, he has suffered multiple bicep injuries. However, Hilliard has a chance to see the field if he can take advantage of Borland’s absence and prove he has the ability to both stuff the run and succeed in pass coverage.“He’s one of my favorite guys because he just goes as hard as he can,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that’s made some mistakes on defense when he’s in there, and he’s just fighting through. The light is coming on, and he’s doing pretty good.”On the outside, Jones and Harrison have worked with the starting unit. Werner and Browning also are pushing for playing time at outside linebacker. Booker will miss spring practice due to two shoulder surgeries, but is expected to compete for a starting role in the fall.Harrison and Booker have the most experience of the group, but neither are locked into starting positions. Booker started the opening games in 2016 and 2017, then dealt with season-ending injuries in both campaigns and will not be healthy until spring practice concludes. Harrison replaced Booker in the starting lineup for a couple games, but was moved out of the lineup later in the season. Werner played mostly special teams last year, but Meyer raved about him in the fall and said he is having an “excellent spring.” Ohio State will not have a problem filling three linebacker spots. The only question that remains is who will take advantage of the wide open situation and burst onto the scene.Still, Meyer is confident in the linebacker coach Bill Davis-led unit.“Linebackers? I’m not concerned,” Meyer said. “Coach Davis is doing a good job, and there are some talented cats.” read more

Jack Russell cut out of underground pipe by firecrews

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. Firefighters had to dig out a Jack Russell when she became stuck in an underground drain as she chased a rabbit.Mischievous Lilly darted headlong into the narrow 16-metre long pipe but found herself jammed about a third of the way in.Her frantic owner raised the alarm when they failed to coax her out and three firecrews responded.They tried to free Lilly with chimney rods but when that failed decided they had no option but dig down to the pipe and carefully cut an escape hole.Guided by a flexicam, they used hand tools and a steel saw to remove part of the pipe and ease out Lilly who was lightly sedated by a vet during the rescue.The four year-old pet was then returned to her grateful owner had anxiously watched the drama in Wells, Somerset.Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: “On arrival crews discovered a four year old Jack Russell dog trapped in the metal drainage pipe which was eight millimetres in diameter.”last_img read more

Dame Julia PeytonJones former director of Serpentine becomes a mother aged 64

first_imgDame Julia has previously shared details of her busy day-to-day life, which saw her regularly working between 6am and midnight as well as walking her dog near home in South Kensington.In a 2006 interview, she said she enjoyed escaping by reading, and “the great relief of being with precious people who have nothing to do with the art world”.“In truth, when I’m out in the world, I don’t escape very much from the job,” she said then.The Evening Standard reported Dame Julia had recently told those close to her she had been considering starting a family for some time.Her friend, the financier Robin Saunders, told the newspaper: “This is the most exciting news! Julia will be a wonderful mother and role model for her daughter. I wish her happiness with Pia.” The redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park in 2013 The redeveloped Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park in 2013 Dame Julia with Hannah Rothschild, chair of the National Gallery's board of trustees Julia Peyton-Jones with actress Kate Hudson at a Serpentine party After retiring from one of Britain’s most successful galleries at the top of her game, Dame Julia Peyton-Jones could have been forgiven for putting her feet up.But the former head of the Serpentine Gallery is unlikely to be getting much rest in the near future, after it emerged she has welcomed a new baby.Dame Julia, 64, has had a baby girl named Pia, her first child.The news was welcomed by friends of the director, who suggested it may have surprised an art world wondering what she was going to do next.Dame Julia left the Serpentine in the summer, saying at the time that she planned to pursue her own artistic interests and go travelling.She has now welcomed a daughter, with friends saying she will be a “wonderful” mother.A spokesman for Dame Julia, who is currently in America, confirmed she had welcomed a baby, but said she did not wish to share further details about the new arrival. It is understood she plans to return to London, where she is a popular and prominent member of the arts scene.Dame Julia has not named the baby’s father, or confirmed a relationship.One friend said: “Everybody had been wondering what she was going to do next, and this is absolutely lovely.“Everybody is thrilled for Julia and she will be a wonderful mother.”Dame Julia had spent 25 years building the Serpentine into one of the world’s most successful galleries, admitting last year that there was “never a good time to leave”.“I wanted to go when the Serpentine was firing on all cylinders and our major capital projects had been completed,” she said. “I felt after 25 years this was a good time to hand over the reins to someone new.”Her motto, along with her co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, had been “to think the unthinkable”. Julia Peyton-Jones with actress Kate Hudson at a Serpentine party Dame Julia with Hannah Rothschild, chair of the National Gallery’s board of trustees Speaking at her leaving party in June, she told friends she would be pursuing her own art again, after choosing to put her successful creative career aside to take on lecturing, curating and directing roles.Then, she told the Telegraph she planned to take a holiday in Australia to view Aboriginal cave paintings for a “fresh” adventure which would “give me a lot to think about”.In June 2016, she was awarded a damehood for services to the arts in the Birthday Honours list.At one time, Dame Julia had been tipped to take on the role of director of Tate after Sir Nicholas Serota announced he was stepping down, but friends said last year that she was enjoying her time away from running an institution.Maria Balshaw, the director of Whitworth Art Gallery and credited with transforming the Manchester arts scene, has now been confirmed in the Tate role. 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

London fire Queen appears close to tears as she meets Grenfell Tower

first_imgThe Queen heard how the community had rallied in the wake of the fire and praised those who had come together, adding their response had “come over very strongly”. Her Majesty looks visibly upset as she visits a rest centre in west London Harrowing cries could be heard inside the main hall of the rest centre, where evacuated families and locals have been gathering, as a group of residents consoled one another.A short distance away, the Queen and Duke of Cambridge met helpers from the Red Cross and its chief executive Mike Adamson.The Queen and William signed a book of condolence in front of a wall plastered with missing posters describing those feared lost in the fire. Ms Aghzafi, who has been helping translate for Moroccan families caught up in the fire, said: “Sometimes they need to tell me their stories. Sometimes they just need me to sit and listen.”Sometimes you need to be active and help with clothes, with connecting them to the council.” The Duke of Cambridge meets firefighters at the sports centre Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Queen appeared close to tears as she visited a rest centre helping those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.She and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, local residents and community representatives at Westway Sports Centre, close to the charred remains of the building in west London.Her Majesty looked teary-eyed as she was shown around after being greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, with the shell of the tower block visible in the distance behind them.The Queen, dressed in blue, stopped to speak to local residents who had gathered outside, looking visibly upset. The Duke of Cambridge meets firefighters  The Queen appears to be teary-eyed as she meets Grenfell Tower residentsCredit: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA A strong campaigner on mental health, William said it was important that those affected talked about the trauma they had witnessed.Loubna Aghzafi, 42, a local resident, told William that many people she had spoken to were not yet able to share their experiences.He replied: “They may want to eventually. They must talk about it.” Her Majesty looks visibly upset as she visits a rest centre in west LondonCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA The Queen appears to be teary-eyed as she meets Grenfell Tower residents When she raised concerns about the mental health implications of the tragedy to William, he suggested a charity she could contact. Outside, crowds applauded members of the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service as they lined up to be thanked for their bravery by the royal visitors.As the Queen and William left, a man holding a poster of two siblings who have been missing since the fire called out to the Duke to go over.William responded that he had to leave, but shouted: “I’ll come back, I’ll come back.” She and Prince William met volunteers who have coordinated the effort at the centre, in front of tables stacked with donated goods.William commented to one volunteer, who spoke about the fire: “Things like that you never want to see.”The Duke told another volunteer: “That’s one of the most terrible things I have ever seen.” 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

Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as

first_imgCare home managers reported almost 13,000 concerns that vulnerable residents were experiencing financial abuse in the past four years, new figures show.The data, collected from an FOI request to the Care Quality Commission, have prompted experts to call for a Government inquiry into the scale of the issue. The statistics show that there were 12,968 investigations of potential financial abuse by the CQC between 2013 and June last year.Care homes have a duty to report concerns about their residents to the regulator, which then investigates the allegation. The data shows that the majority of alleged victims were over 65, with 85 and over the most common age group.  In 2016, the most recent year with complete data, 848 victims were over 85, of a total of 2,826. Older victims are significantly more likely to be female, with 617 women and 188 men in this age group flagged as potential victims.Experts say this is partly because women tend to live longer, meaning there are more women than men among the oldest age groups. Divorced and separated women are also thought to be at a more significant risk of abuse.Financial abuse involves someone persuading a vulnerable person to hand over money, pressuring them to sign over property or other assets, or using cheques, credit or debit cards without their permission.In some cases family members who have a lasting power of attorney agreement can take advantage of it to appropriate valuable possessions or money as “gifts”. Ann Stanyer, of law firm Wedlake Bell, who made the FOI requests, said the data showed there was a “very real problem identified in the care home sector”. She added: “It is unclear from the FOI results as to where the problem lies – whether the abuse is real, whether it is based on suspicions of the care home residents, whether it is perpetrated by care home staff or care home visitors.”In 2016, of those which did specify an abuser, 503 were employed by the care home, and 458 were relatives of the victim. However, 1,310 of the 2,826 did not describe the suspected abuser. Experts called for a Parliamentary inquiry into the issue to establish the true extent of the problem and how it can be tackled, similar to the one currently in progress in Western Australia. In October the US Congress passed a law implementing better training for investigators, prevention programmes and collection of data.Ms Stanyer said: “This is an issue which should be high up on the Government’s agenda, like in Western Australia and the US, and a positive step in this direction would be to commission a report and appoint a minister for the elderly who can lead on and create new policies in this area.”Practitioners have serious concerns that the increased digitisation of creation of LPAs will empower abusers without any reciprocal drive to put statutory safeguards in place.”Stephen McCarthy, England director at charity Action on Elder Abuse, said the figures were the “tip of the iceberg” and the organisation supported calls for an investigation. He said: “It would also be good to know just how many of these alleged offences in care homes have led to criminal charges or even police investigation of the perpetrator. “As the current furore around safeguarding at Oxfam shows us, society does not consider it acceptable for criminal actions to result in merely the loss of a job. “There has to be the genuine deterrence that only criminal prosecutions can provide.”A Government spokesman said: “Abuse of people in care is completely unacceptable in any form and we expect all care homes to protect residents from financial exploitation.”We have introduced tougher inspections of care services and made sure that the police, councils and the NHS are working together to help protect vulnerable adults.“We are determined to tackle fraud and that is why the Government created the Joint Fraud Taskforce, which brings together government, the banks and law enforcement to develop a collective response to it. “Working collaboratively in this way builds on the good work already being done to tackle complex fraud issues.” This is an issue which should be high up on the Government’s agendaAnn Stanyer, lawyercenter_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.last_img read more

Mystery car left parked underwater is declared a hazard to shipping

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. A car which was left seemingly parked underwater was declared a floating hazard to shipping after the driver abandoned the 4×4. Boat owners issued a warning on Monday to be aware of the vehicle which had become submerged in the sea when the tide came in.The vehicle was beached at Newquay Ridge off of Appledore in Devon on Sunday and was deemed at hazard to shipping.Appledore Lifeboat Station warned: “There is a car stuck right in the middle of the deep channel at the moment,” and added, “apparently it does drift up and down the channel with the tide so at high tide could be further upriver.”It is not known how the car came to be parked where it was, but it is thought the driver might have tried to cross the mud flats before getting stuck and abandoning the vehicle. The car was mysteriously ‘parked’ 50 yards out from the shore in an estuary where the rivers Taw and Torridge flow down from Exmoor and meet before flowing out into the Bristol Channel.The estuary, between the seaside villages of Appledore and Instow, has one of the highest tidal rises and falls in the world.When the tide goes out, the channel of water narrows but local people are wary of wading out because there are treacherous quicksands which have claimed lives in the past. A warning was issued by Bideford Coastguard and a spokesperson said: “We would like to remind people of the danger the soft mud and sand of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries and that you should never try to cross on foot or by vehicle.“If you do get into trouble in the area,on the beach, coastline or coastal location remember to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”We have properly trained teams and equipment to rescue you should you get into trouble on the coast.” read more

Lyra McKee Police release first images of stocky suspect armed with murder

“At Lyra’s funeral on Wednesday we heard many messages of the potential for a better future, but as I’ve said previously such sentiment will be all in vain if we can’t tackle the malign influences that some individuals continue to exert over our communities.” Miss McKee's funeral was held at St Annes Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday with political leaders in Britain and Ireland in attendance Lyra McKee was shot dead in Londonderry on April 18Credit:AFP “I think people in the community know who they are and I’m asking them today to come forward to help us.”Speaking about the main suspect, Mr Murphy said: “He is shorter than both of the other men and is of stocky build. Police investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have released footage of a suspect they want to identify “It is of my belief that he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd and placed the community and police officers at risk.”I believe he is the person who took the life of Lyra McKee.”Mr Murphy said the PSNI has received widespread support from people in Derry, adding that they have the information to unlock details of who is responsible for Ms McKee’s death. Police investigating the murder of Lyra McKee have released footage of a suspect they want to identifyCredit:Justin Kernoghan/Photopress Belfast Lyra McKee was shot dead in Londonderry on April 18 Detectives investigating the death of Lyra McKee have released the first images of her suspected killer, as they appealed for help to identify a stocky man believed to be armed with the murder weapon.The Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI) said they believe the identity of the suspect is known in Creggan, where the 29-year-old journalist was shot dead as she observed rioting on April 18.PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said he believed residents on the Londonderry estate can “unlock the key” in solving the murder but suspected some were “frightened” to come forward. Mr Murphy released footage of three men, including the suspected gunman, walking in Creggan a minute before Miss McKee was killed, as he said: “I need the public to tell me who he is”.Mr Murphy said: “I’m releasing footage today from the night of Lyra’s murder and I want to appeal to anyone who recognises or knows these people to talk to us. He made a direct appeal to the gunman asking him to come forward and explain why he fired the shots and explain to Ms McKee’s family why she died.The suspect, who police believe to be aged in his teens, appears to be carrying the gun in his right hand in one of the images.Mr Murphy called on the community to overcome any fears and come forward to identify the main suspect.”I believe that people in the community know who this individual is. I recognise that people living in Creggan may feel it is difficult to come forward to speak to police,” he said.”Today I want to provide a personal reassurance that we are able to deal with those issues sensitively. “I need the public to tell me who he is.”I do believe the community has information that can help us unlock the key to Lyra McKee’s murder. I’m not sure individuals are protecting this person, but I believe they are frightened.”It has also emerged that forensic tests on the bullets fired suggest that a gun of a similar calibre has been used in previous paramilitary-style assaults in Creggan.”It’s symptomatic of the fact that weapons of this type are in circulation in Creggan and other areas of Northern Ireland and continue to bring misery every single day to these communities,” Mr Murphy added.He added that the gunman will carry a “very heavy conscience” over Ms McKee’s murder. Police released footage of three men seen walking on the Creggan estate a minute before Miss McKee's death Police released footage of three men seen walking on the Creggan estate a minute before Miss McKee’s deathCredit:PSNI/PA Miss McKee’s funeral was held at St Annes Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday with political leaders in Britain and Ireland in attendanceCredit:Reuters More than 140 people have provided images, footage and other information to police, he said.”Such information simply gets me through the door but it doesn’t get me to the door of a courtroom. I need people to contact my team to talk to us about what they know,” he added.”Whilst the community information has been coming into us I have been keen to convert this information and intelligence into tangible evidence to allow us to bring this individual to justice. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Reema Lagoo Bollywoods favourite mother dies

Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo, famous for playing the role of the “loving mother”, has died at the age of 59.HUM SATH SATH HAIN (FILM)She passed away in a Mumbai hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night.The actress was famous for playing the role of the mother of main characters in films and TV soaps. She also acted in several Marathi language plays.She starred in dozens of hit Bollywood films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Maine Pyar Kiya.Lagoo started her career in the late 1970s, and soon became famous for playing the mother of lead characters.She was also known as the “on-screen mother” of popular actor Salman Khan, with whom she acted in several films.She played Khan’s mother in his first film 28 years ago at the age of 31.People have taken to Twitter to pay their tributes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMED

Tuesday 21 AugSt Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Daren Sammy Stadium, 6pm Tuesday 14 AugJamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Stars, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time) Wednesday 5 SeptTrinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Tuesday 28 AugSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Warner Park, 6pm Saturday 11 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Providence, 4pm Tuesday 4 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Barbados Tridents, Warner Park, 6pm Sunday 12 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Providence, 6pm Friday 14 SeptSemi-final -Winner Playoff 2 v Loser Playoff 1, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 8pm Wednesday 15 AugJamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Sabina Park, 7pm (6pm local time) The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fixtures, venues and start times have been confirmed for the 2018 season which gets underway on the 8 August when defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on St Lucia Stars in Trinidad.The tournament will then visit Guyana, St Lucia, Jamaica, St Kitts, Barbados and the USA before returning to Trindiad for the final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on 16 September.The tournament will feature 34 matches between the six franchises with each team playing five home matches. The Jamaica Tallawahs will play three of their home games in Lauderhill, Florida meaning the CPL is returning to the USA for the third successive year.The Hero CPL have signed a three-year agreement with Trinidad & Tobago to host the finals in the country following the successful final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in 2017.This year’s tournament will once again see a mix of the best global and Caribbean cricketing talent with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum amongst those taking part.Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “We are really excited about the 2018 edition of the tournament. We have gone from strength to strength since we first started in 2013 and we know that the sixth Hero CPL is going to be the biggest and best yet. The Biggest Party in Sport is coming and we can’t wait for it all to get started.”Tickets are available at cplt20.com and from local box offices and they are selling fast.Hero CPL 2018 Fixtures(all times shown are in Eastern Caribbean Time) Friday 7 SeptTrinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFixtures for CPL 2018 announced as Russell, Holder ‘can’t wait to be back’June 5, 2018In “Sports”‘The Biggest Party in Sport’: CPL finals tickets on saleJune 5, 2019In “latest news”T&T’s economic impact from CPL 2017 totals US$23.6MJanuary 10, 2018In “Sports” Saturday 1 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders, Warner Park, 6pm Saturday 11 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Queens Park Oval, 8pm Friday 31 AugBarbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kensington Oval, 8pm Friday 24 AugSt Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm Saturday 25 AugBarbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Kensington Oval, 4pm Sunday 9 SeptGuyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Providence, 6pm Wednesday 8 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Stars, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm PLAYOFFS  Thursday 9 AugGuyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Providence, 6pm Thursday 30 AugSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Stars, Warner Park, 6pm FINALS  Friday 17 AugSt Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents, Daren Sammy Stadium, 9pm Wednesday 22 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm Sunday 26 AugBarbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders, Kensington Oval, 6pm Sunday 2 SeptBarbados Tridents v St Lucia Stars, Kensington Oval, 2pm Saturday 8 SeptGuyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Providence, 8pm Wednesday 29 AugBarbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs, Kensington Oval, 8pm Saturday 18 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Central Broward Stadium, 8pm Sunday 19 AugJamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders, Central Broward Stadium, 6pm Sunday 2 SeptSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs, Warner Park, 6pm Tuesday 11 SeptPlayoff 1 – 1st v 2nd, Providence, 6pm Wednesday 12 SeptPlayoff 2 – 3rd v 4th, Providence, 6pm Saturday 25 AugSt Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm Friday 10 AugTrinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs, Queen’s Park Oval, 8pm Sunday16 SeptFinal – Winner Playoff 1 v Winner Semi-final, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, 5pm Thursday 16 AugSt Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders, Daren Sammy Stadium, 8pm read more

2 reportedly confessed to collecting 2M to kill Chinese businessman

Two men, who were arrested on Thursday last after a Chinese businessman was lashed in the face with a hammer in what was believed to be a robbery attempt at Skeldon, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), have reportedly confessed to having been paid to murder the businessman.According to reports, on Thursday, the two bandits drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Primo motorcar and entered the window-making factory.Guyana Times was told that the men walked up to the businessman and hit him with the hammer to the face.According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building, hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. The businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Meanwhile, based on the description and number plate given to Police by persons in the area, Police intercepted a car at a roadblock on the Corentyne.According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. The Police noted that the driver could not give a reasonable explanation as to why he was in Berbice. He was taken into custody.Meanwhile, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.This newspaper was told that both men confessed to being paid $1 million each by a city businessman to kill the Chinese man.The suspects claimed in their confession statement that the money was sent to them via a taxi driver.As Police continue their investigation, they are on the hunt for two other men from Georgetown in connection to the murder. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3rd person arrested for failed execution attempt on Chinese NationalFebruary 18, 2019In “Crime”Officer acting on a hunch thwarts alleged execution plotMarch 11, 2017In “Crime”Berbice businessman on $1M bail for causing teen’s deathDecember 13, 2017In “Local News” read more

Newmont sold 53 Moz of gold in 2007 and expects comparable sales

first_imgFor the year ended December 31, 2007, Newmont Mining reported equity gold sales of 5.3 Moz at costs applicable to sales of $406/oz. Richard O’Brien, President and CEO, said, “We are pleased with our operating results from the fourth quarter, resulting in gold sales performance consistent with our original expectations for the year. We expect our 2008 gold sales performance to be comparable with our 2007 results, with equity gold sales expected to be between 5.1 and 5.4 Moz at costs applicable to sales of between $425 and $450/oz. Building on our strong operating performance from the third and fourth quarters of 2007, as well as the momentum we established with the completion of our Miramar acquisition and the sale of our royalty assets and certain other equity interests in December, we have embarked on 2008 with a renewed focus on operational and project execution as well as financial performance.” The Company reported year end 2007 proven and probable reserves of 86.5 Moz equity ounces compared with 93.9 Moz at the end of 2006. During 2007 the company added 4.2 Moz of gold reserves due to margin changes and additional drilling. The gold price basis for the reserve calculations increased to $575/oz in 2007 from $500/oz in 2006. Gold reserves were revised down at Ahafo in Ghana by 2.4 Moz due to increasing operating and capital costs, by 0.8 Moz at Nevada due to geotechnical and metallurgical changes, as well as higher operating costs, and by 0.2 Moz at various locations due to operating cost inflation. Gold reserves were also impacted by 0.9 Moz as a result of the previously announced reduction of the company’s economic ownership at Batu Hijau in Indonesia and by the sale of Pajingo in Australia.For 2007, the reserve additions from exploration of roughly 3.5 Moz were primarily due to further extension drilling at Boddington, Jundee and Tanami in Australia, with 2.5 Moz added to reserves in 2007, and the remaining additions coming from Batu Hijau, several open pit and underground sites in Nevada, and La Herradura in Mexico.last_img read more