Colts Acquire RB Trent Richardson From Browns

Photo by isportsweb.comTrent Richardson, the former Alabama running back who was to be the cornerstone of the Cleveland Browns’ resurgence, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday in a move that bolsters’ Indy’s running game.ESPN first reported the surprising transaction. Richardson was drafted a year ago by the Browns in the first round. The Browns received a first-round draft pick for next year, giving them two selections that round and they will have 10 picks in the draft. It seems Cleveland has decided to rebuild next year when they have the multiple choices.Richardson was the No. 3 pick in the draft last year and was to be the lightning rod for the team’s turnaround He rushed for 950 yards last year while playing most of the season with two broken ribs.Under new coach Rob Chudzinski, Richardson had just 105 yards on 31 carries this season, two losses.Browns CEO Joe Banner said the trade came as they were looking to improve the team and that the draft choice was too enticing.For the Colts, Richardson is a significant upgrade. Indianapolis lost Vick Ballard to a knee injury for the season last week, facilitating the need for help in that position. read more

Lawyer Jonathan Martins Texts To Richie Incognito Were Vile

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin drama just won’t go away. And it picked up momentum Thursday when Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said Martin was equally vulgar in text messages to Incognito.“The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him,” Schamel said. “All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying.”Incognito was suspended by the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 3 and remained on the NFL’s suspended list with pay for the rest of the season for “bullying” fellow offensive lineman Martin, who left the team. Incognito missed out on two game checks ($470,588) after agreeing to a compromise with the Dolphins in November when his suspension was extended with pay. He agreed to another extension in December.Schamel alleges that Martin sent text messages to Incognito which “included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him” and “another that said he would ‘kill [Richie’s] whole family.’”“Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same,” Schamel said.The attorney claims that Martin didn’t raise accusations of bullying until his performance on the field had suffered to a point where his spot on the roster might be in jeopardy and he had already left the team in October.According to Schamel, Martin had confided to Incognito his own concerns “that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus as among the worst linemen in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk.”“Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people,” Schamel said.Martin said earlier this week in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy that he felt “trapped” after alleged repeated bullying by Incognito. Dungy was part of a task force established by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to improve the culture of the franchise.Schamel, however, said that Martin’s claims ring hollow.“Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, ‘crossed the line,’” he said. read more

Colin Kaepernicks Parents Truly Shocked by the Racist Hatred

Colin Kaepernick (Facebook)After Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother condemned him for protesting the national anthem in August, the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback’s adoptive parents revealed they fully support their son. Atlanta Black Star reported Heidi Russo, the athlete’s biological mother, declared Kaepernick could “make change without disrespecting and bringing shame” to the nation. But unlike Russo, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick are ending their months-long silence to back the star.According to a statement the couple issued to The Undefeated, the Kaepernicks felt compelled to publicly back the NFLer after continuing to read that they don’t support their son. The move was capped by U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris’ statements dissing Kaepernick indirectly during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor’s attack.“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.Regardless, the Kaepernicks stand behind their famous son.“We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others,” the statement read in part after acknowledging Kaepernick is risking his life and career in the process.“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the statement continued. “He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe.”Such detractors include sports commentators like Fox’s Jason Whitlock and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal. Although Kaepernick’s parents didn’t understand his protest at first and felt “overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate,” they learned a major lesson about racism in America.“We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there!” the statement said. “Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it.” read more

Was I Too Naive Simone Biles Fought with Guilt

In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter outlining that abuse. Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is facing another 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls.Biles, now 20, called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust.” She joins a list of high-profile gymnasts who have come out against Nassar, including six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney.Like her Olympic teammates, Biles detailed abuse by Nassar that he disguised as treatment.“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote.Biles is in the beginning stages of a return to competition, a journey that includes visits to the national team’s training center at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, where she said the abuse occurred.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart, even more, to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles wrote.USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in the summer of August 2016, following the retirement of longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, but then backed out of the deal. The national team continues to use the facility while options for a replacement are explored.Biles says she initially wondered if she was to blame.“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it may fault?’” Biles wrote. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Feelings… 💭 #MeToo pic.twitter.com/ICiu0FCa0n— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018USA Gymnastics said in a statement it is “heartbroken, sorry and angry” that Biles and other athletes were harmed by Nassar.“USA Gymnastics’ support is unwavering for Simone and all athletes who courageously came forward to share their experiences,” the organization said in a release. “We are our athletes’ advocates. USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”The organization has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure last March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport last summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.That’s not far enough for some. Raisman has urged the organization to remove chairman of the board Paul Parilla among others. Biles, like Raisman, wants USA Gymnastics to take a deeper look at the conditions that allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked for so long.“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles said. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.” read more

Columbus Crew return to Ohio State to honor Connor Senn

For players participating in Tuesday’s Connor Senn Memorial soccer game between the Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew, the event is more than an exhibition match. The charity event, which honors former OSU soccer player Connor Senn who collapsed on the field of play and died hours later, transcends sport, said Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha. On Sept. 26, 2001, Senn, a then-18-year-old freshman, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron. The cause of death was determined to be a congenital heart defect that, at the time, went undetected. “I would call (Senn) more of a family member,” Warzycha said. “He was a soccer player, we all play soccer. It’s very important for us to be at this game. This is something that we all remember and it raises awareness of what happened on the field and raises money for the cause.” The charity match was established in 2002 and will be back Tuesday for the 11th time. The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, according to ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For the first nine years of the game, OSU took on the Crew. Last year, though, the Crew elected not to play in the charity match. Crew technical director Brian Bliss told The Lantern in May 2011 that playing in the Connor Senn Memorial Match would cost the club $10,000 because of the Major League Soccer Players Union’s most recently ratified collective-bargaining agreement, which stipulates that MLS clubs can schedule only one non-league “free game” per season. The Crew had already scheduled an international friendly against Premier League’s Newcastle United to be played on July 26, so OSU instead hosted the Dayton Dutch Lions of the United Soccer Leagues. The Buckeyes lost to the Dutch Lions, 3-1, May 2. This year, the Crew returns to take on the Buckeyes and OSU coach John Bluem said having them back is an important factor for both teams. “It’s neat. It’s the pro team in town playing against Ohio State University men’s Division I team,” Bluem said. “The Crew really add that little bit of extra juice to it.” Bluem said he’s looking for his team to go out and show that they can keep up with the pros. He also said he would like to have the opportunity to play everyone on the team, but the bench might see limited action in this contest. “We want to show that we’re a good team. We’re going to put out there who we think is the best group and play them for as much of the game as possible,” Bluem said. “Hopefully we can go about 70 to 75 minutes and it’s a good game and it’s close.” Former OSU and current Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson previously played in the game as a Buckeye from 2008-2011 and said he’s not going to take the game lightly. “I’m excited about it and I’m going to be honest, I want to make it not close … You would think that I would have some sort of compassion for my alma mater, but unfortunately,” Lampson said, pausing while a grin spread across his face, “it’s not there. This is my job now and I gotta go out and do it.” Lampson said when he wore scarlet and gray, OSU often went into the match hoping to make it close but quickly realized they would be outplayed by the pros. He said he’s expecting this year’s match to play out in similar fashion. “When I played with OSU, they would say things like, ‘All right we’re going to go out and play against these guys,’” Lampson said. “And we would try for about five minutes and then we were like, ‘Well, they’re way better. Lets hang back a little bit.’ That’s what I’m expecting, for them to hang back and not attack so much.” Warzycha said he plans on starting players that don’t normally crack the Crew’s starting lineup, but added that everyone on the Crew could have a chance to play. “We’ll see how the game goes and everybody is going to be on the bench, so if we need to use somebody, then they’ll go in and play,” Warzycha said. Regardless of the outcome, Bluem said he is proud of what the game has become, grateful the Crew have agreed to be a part of it and said there is a lesson that can be learned from all of it. “Life is precious. Sudden cardiac death is a scary thing that can happen in athletics and in general walks of life. The Columbus Crew have been unbelievable as a partner for the last 11 years,” he said. “Our goal now is through research and education, which we can now fund, to prevent sudden cardiac death.” Tuesday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students and can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

Ohio State mens wrestling readying itself for National Duals after loss to

The No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team is trying to bounce back after losing its regular season finale against No. 1 Penn State, 29-18, as it heads into the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals. The Buckeyes, which received an automatic bid to the event’s finals because they are among the top four returning dual-meet teams, finished the regular season 11-3 and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The automatic bid finalists were awarded based on their performance and rankings from the 2011-2012 season. OSU sophomore Hunter Stieber, ranked No. 2 in the 141-pound weight class, said that he likes the team’s chances in the postseason. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “Team-wise, I think we’ll be all right. We bounce back pretty well. We’re an older team so it should be good.” The Division I National Duals will feature a new format this year with eight teams in the finals instead of the traditional four. The addition of four automatic bid finalists increases the initial pool of competitors from 16 to 20. The teams that did not receive automatic bids are divided up into four different regions: Cornell University Region: Cornell, Hofstra, Virginia, Nebraska Kent State University Region: Kent State, Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin Oregon State University Region: Oregon State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Michigan University of Missouri Region: Missouri, Maryland, Wyoming, Purdue The automatic bid finalists are Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Each region will host a one-day competition Sunday. The winners will move on to join the four automatic bid teams at the University of Minnesota for the finals on Feb. 22-23 in Minneapolis. Sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari said he is looking to pick up where he left off coming off a big 3-1 win against then-No. 7-ranked sophomore Andrew Alton of Penn State. “I’m excited for it (the National Duals),” he said. “I was a little rocky at the beginning of the season but I think I’m starting to hit my stride.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said there are a few kinks the team needs to work out between now and the tournament, but he has high hopes. “I feel great about this team,” he said. “Up and down the lineup we have good guys. We have to fight a little harder, but we’re going to be ready to go.” Last year, OSU failed to make the finals of the National Duals when it lost to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. This year, they’ll look to avenge that loss. The Buckeyes’ first match is set to start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The finals will conclude Feb. 23. read more

Ohio State field hockey splits weekend slate

OSU freshman midfielder/forward Maddy Humphrey makes a play on the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 3-2 in OTCredit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerTwo first-half goals from freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey propelled Ohio State field hockey to a 3-1 victory against the Kent State Golden Flashes Sunday afternoon.Humphrey opened the scoring with a breakaway finish one-on-one with Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart just a little more than two minutes into the game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Three minutes later, she struck again, scoring on a rebound from junior back Emma Royce’s penalty corner shot.The early lead gave OSU (5-8, 0-4) the confidence to stay aggressive throughout the game against Kent State. Buckeye coach Anne Wilkinson said the team fed off the energy of Humphrey’s early goals.“They’re not playing like they’re behind the eight ball,” Wilkinson said of her team playing from ahead. “You just see (freshman forward) Annabel Sams and (freshman midfielder) Morgan Kile taking off with speed, and their speed kills.”OSU dominated in shots, 24-7, and penalty corners, 15-4, Sunday. It took Kent State (5-8) until the 17-minute mark of the second half for the Golden Flashes to pick up their first penalty corner opportunity.With momentum appearing to swing toward Kent State, Wilkinson called a timeout to regroup with 15:27 left in the game while nursing a 2-0 lead.Sams came out of the timeout and dribbled coast-to-coast to score an unassisted goal, giving OSU a 3-0 advantage.“I think we were one today,” Sams said. “And that showed. I think we had good connections and once we got the ball, we were really an attacking force.”Kent State got on the board with 11:52 remaining on a tip-in goal from senior forward Hannah Faulkner. The goal was Faulkner’s 10th of the season, but came too late in a game where OSU refused to give up possession.Humphrey’s two goals gave her 11 for the season as a part of her 30 points total, which both lead the team. Humphrey said she was pleased with the performance, but added the team needs to convert more on its penalty corner opportunities.“We unfortunately didn’t finish a lot of our corners today, which we’ll work on,” Humphrey said. “But just keep attacking and attacking (was) the mentality. They were getting frustrated and it kept pumping us up to shoot more.”The Buckeyes’ Sunday triumph came two days after they fell in a conference matchup.OSU couldn’t manage to get its first Big Ten victory Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against conference newcomer Rutgers.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied at halftime, 1-1, when Rutgers (6-7, 1-4) went on a quick scoring spurt to put OSU away.Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bull took a cross in front of the cage from sophomore forward Rachel Yaney and finished to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.Five minutes later, junior forward Katie Champion put the game out of reach, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Jasmine Cole.OSU added a late goal from Royce, but ultimately fell, 3-2.Wilkinson said the team has to be more physical if they want to make a late run in the Big Ten Tournament in November.OSU is set to face Indiana on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., at 3 p.m. before taking on Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at noon. read more

Buckeye baseball tops Toledo 92 for 15th win of the season

Redshirt-sophomore infielder L Grant Davis (right)​ secures first base during a game against Toledo on March 24 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 9-2. Credit: Stacie Jackson / Lantern photographerAfter a slow start in February, the Ohio State baseball team is surging through March.Balance across the field has continued to be the theme for the Buckeyes, as they tallied their 15th win of the season Tuesday afternoon with a 9-2 win against the Toledo Rockets at Bill Davis Stadium.  Freshman pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer started on the mound for the Buckeyes and picked up the win after giving up just two runs in 6.0 innings of work.The Rockets kept it close through five innings after initially taking a 1-0 lead in the first. But OSU tacked on six runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to seal the win.“We got off to a slow start, but we finished really strong,” coach Greg Beals.The game shifted for the Buckeyes when junior Jake Post took the mound.“Once we went to the bullpen we really gained control of the ball game,” Beals said.Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh was quick to credit Post’s performance after he tossed 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit.“We always have faith in Jake, every time he comes in we feel like we are going to have a shutdown inning,” Sabanosh said. “Once he came in we really added on the last three innings. It allowed us (the field players) to settle and just play and let Jake do his thing.”The Buckeye offensive domination started in the bottom of the fourth with a home run by junior infielder Troy Kuhn.OSU continued to excel in the batters box with a couple two-out hits.“We got quality at-bats late in the game and got a lot of two out hits,” Beals said. “Those are big difference makers on the scoreboard, because you either get the two out hit and score the run or you don’t and the innings over.”The top of batting order has continued to be the offensive leader for the Buckeyes, working off the bats of Sabanosh and sophomore centerfielder Troy Montgomery. Montgomery has hits in 13-consecutive games and has reached base safely in 16-consecutive games, both being the sophomore’s career bests. Sabanosh has also reached base safely in 15-consecutive games.But the stats are not Sabanosh’s main concern, he said.“I try not to look at stats or anything. I know when I feel well and I try to just not think at all and play simple baseball,” Sabanosh said. “But it’s always nice to get a couple hits in a game.”Montgomery added that he too is not concerned with the stats, but more focused on doing his job to help the team win.“I’m the lead off hitter so anything I can do to get on base, maybe steal some bags and score a few runs then I feel like I’m doing my job,” Montgomery said.Even though Montgomery and Sabanosh are clicking consistently with their bats, the true success has come from the Buckeyes’ balance across the offense, Beals said.“All nine spots on our line up got a hit today and that makes it tough on a pitching staff, when you are able to get something all the way top to bottom in your lineup,” he said.OSU will look to continue their offensive momentum as they take on the Akron Zips on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. read more

Mens Hockey Win streaks on the line when No 6 Ohio State

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 Big Ten) will try to keep its win streak intact when it travels to State College, Pennsylvania, for a weekend series against a streaking No. 13 Penn State (12-7-3, 5-4-3-2 Big Ten) team Friday and Saturday.Penn State hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games, with the lone blemish coming in a 2-2 shootout loss to Michigan State. Ohio State has won its past six games, which include series sweeps of Big Ten rivals Michigan State and No. 9 Minnesota. Ohio State’s last two losses came to the Nittany Lions in a series in early December. The Buckeyes lost in a shootout after a 5-5 tie in the first game and were shut out 4-0 in the next game. “We’re different, they’re different from a month and a half ago and what not,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going in there with the expectation that we got to go in there and play better, be better, to go in there and try and beat a good hockey team.”Penn State boasts the top offense in the nation, averaging 4.1 goals scored per game. The Nittany Lion offense is led by junior forward Andrew Sturtz, who has 10 goals and 28 points in 21 games this season. Penn State sophomore forward Denis Smirnov has nine goals and 17 points in 14 games, while leading the team with five power-play goals.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo said he is ready for a Penn State offense that averages 40 shots per game. “They shoot a lot, so I know what to expect on that front,” Romeo said. “I just have confidence from how we have been preparing and how we’ve been playing, so definitely feeling good going into the weekend.”Rohlik said Penn State has relentless players who frequently push the puck in front of the net, and Ohio State will have to play strong defense to slow down the Nittany Lions’ attack. “Everything is to the net, they crash the net, they’re relentless, they work extremely hard, they stick to their system. They are who they are. That’s what makes them great,” Rohlik said. “For us, we just need to be disciplined with our five-man defense… I think that’s the biggest thing, we can’t control, you know, Smirnov is gonna get loose and some of those guys are gonna get loose, but again, we’re concentrating on five guys, not just one.” Ohio State holds one of the best road records of any team in the country at 9-1-1. “I think for some reason our team just gets a little excited hearing that student section going against us,” Romeo said. “I think that give us a little boost. I know this weekend will be pretty hectic, so I think we’ll come out flying.” Puck drop for the first game of the series will happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the second game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Both games will take place at Pegula Ice Arena. read more

Track and Field Ohio States Zack Bazile leaps farthest long jump in

Junior Nick Gray will run the men’s 60-meter-dash, 200-meter-dash and 4×400-meter-relay this weekend at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsMultiple members of the Ohio State track and field team set season highs and team highs at one of the most-competitive meets of the season, the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. One Buckeye, senior Zack Bazile, even set this season’s NCAA record.The Music City Challenge is comprised of 31 teams and some professional athletes. Along with the added competition of professionals, there were 12 different events with at least one athlete qualified for events at the NCAA national championship.Men’s recapIn the long jump, Bazile launched himself into first place with a jump of 8.13 meters. It set the record for the longest jump in the NCAA this season and was the third-farthest jump in the world this year. The jump also broke the Vanderbilt facility record and is second-farthest jump in Ohio State history.In his first 200-meter dash of the season junior Nick Gray took first with a time of 20.92. His mark is fast enough to qualify him for the NCAA national championship. Freshman Eric Harrison finished right behind Gray, taking second place at 21.24.Senior Nick Demaline finished first in men’s shot put with a throw of 19.74 meters. It was Demaline’s season high and was the fifth-best throw in the NCAA this year.In the 4×400-meter relay, Ohio State finished first and had its fifth-fastest time in program history and the best time this season.Junior Luke Landis ran a personal best in the one-mile run, finishing second with a time of 4:06.In his Ohio State track debut, redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.71. Sheffield beat Avery Hubbard, a professional sprinter, by .001 seconds. Sheffield also plays cornerback for the Ohio State football team.For the second week in a row, senior Cole Gorski set a school record in pole vault, this time clearing 5.47 meters. Gorski finished in third place.In the triple jump, junior DaJuan Seward set a personal best with a second place finish at 15.76 meters. Bazile finished fourth with 15.19 meters.Senior Aaron Zedella came in third place in weight throw with a heave of 21.39 meters.Women’s recapJunior Karrington Winters earned a personal record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.21, which currently qualifies her for the NCAA national championship. For the second meet in a row, the Buckeyes controlled the 200-meter dash. Freshman Anavia Battle set the team’s season high with a first-place finish at 23.62. Sophomore Halimah Barlow finished second (23.66) and freshman Syaira Richardson finished fifth (24.29).Ohio State’s 4×400-meter relay team set a season best with a first-place finish at 3:36. The Buckeyes took the top spot by just .03 seconds.Senior Chantel Ray earned a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.25. The run tied her personal best.Sophomore Taylor DeLoach continues to be a strong point for the Buckeyes. She took first place in the long jump with a leap of six meters.In the 800-meter run, freshman Aziza Ayoub finished third with a personal-best time of 2:08.Junior Mikaela Seibert finished third in the triple jump with jumps combined for 12.7 meters. This was the season high for Seibert.Junior Sade Olatoye finished fifth in the weight throw with a heave of 22.16. The fifth-place finish comes behind two of the top weight throwers in the country and two professional weight throwers. Ohio State will host the Buckeye tune-up next weekend at the French Field House. read more

Great British Break Off Mary Berry quits as BBC plots rival to

first_imgMary Berry arrives home in Buckinghamshire, after she announced that she will not join The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 Berry said it had been a privilege and honour to be ‘part of seven years of magic in a tent’Credit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals  Berry, pictured arriving at her home in Buckinghamshire on Thursday, has vowed to stay with the BBCCredit:Hannah McKay /PA Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc Former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh, who was wrongly accused of flirting with Hollywood when she was on the show in 2013, slammed Hollywood as a ‘peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is’.In a series of tweets she wrote: ahhhhhh a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is, i am shocked— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) September 22, 2016 Hollywood said: “Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.“The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other. Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel GiedroycCredit:Mark Bourdillon Mary Berry will step down as a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 as the BBC plots a rival, it was revealed on Thursday.Berry bid “farewell to soggy bottoms” and said her decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to the broadcaster that gave the show its start.Meanwhile, fellow judge Paul Hollywood has announced he will make the move to Channel 4. The Telegraph understands he turned down a role on Top Gear to complete the switch.Berry said: “What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter. “It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.“So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.” “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one.”I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.”I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms.”Her decision follows the shock announcement by hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to stay with the BBC. Mary Berry waves to photographers outside her home in Buckinghamshire The BBC is believed to have offered Love Productions, the producers of the popular baking show, £15 million a year to keep the programme.But the amount is reported to have fallen £10 million short of what the corporation would need to retain it.Channel 4 has signed a three-year agreement with Love Productions.The BBC had said it “made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money”. Sue Perkins, left, and Mel Giedroyc, right, said they would not move to Channel 4Credit:BBC/Love Productions Hollywood was spotted arriving at Channel 4 for what has been described as a “secret meeting”.According to MailOnline the 50-year-old showed up at the channel’s London office in a blacked-out car – and waited to be chaperoned into the building via the back entrance.Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, welcomed the baking queen’s decision, which comes after days of speculation about whether she will move. Sue Perkins, left, and Mel Giedroyc, right, said they would not move to Channel 4 Mary Berry waves to photographers outside her home in BuckinghamshireCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals  Mary Berry with her dog outside her home in Buckinghamshire on September 22 Perkins and Giedroyc released a joint statement last week to reveal they were not moving.”We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was,” they said. “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak. ahhhhhh a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is, i am shocked— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) September 22, 2016 “We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.”We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.” “Mary is an extraordinary woman, loved and adored by the British public, and the BBC is her natural home,” Ms Moore said.”I’ve been very lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Mary over the last seven years and I’m so pleased that relationship will continue.”She is an inspiration to generations, a real icon and I can’t wait to cook up more unmissable shows with her in the future.” 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

Chef accused of killing gay men he met online tried to frame one

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. Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guard Stephen Port Slovakian Gabriel Kovari, 22, who had been living with Port, was found dead from a drugs overdose on August 28 2014.Then on September 20 2014, the body of Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, was uncovered near the same spot clutching an apparent suicide note.Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors Port had made a “wicked attempt” to frame Mr Whitworth for the death of Mr Kovari. Mr Rees said the note turned out to be “a sham” as handwriting experts found it had been written by Port and not Mr Whitworth.Port denies 29 offences against a total of 12 men, including four murders, seven rapes, four sex assaults and administering a substance with intent. The trial continues. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor Port was jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice by lying to police about the circumstances of the death of his first alleged victim, 23-year-old fashion student Anthony Walgate.He had initially claimed not to know Mr Walgate after reporting a man collapsed outside his flat in June 2014, but later confessed to police that he had “panicked”, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.Mr Walgate, an occasional escort, had told a friend details of a planned sleepover with the man he had met through the Sleepyboys website, jokingly saying it was “in case I get killed”, the court heard.In an “extraordinary” twist of fate, Port’s second and third alleged victims were found by the same dog walker in a churchyard 400 metres from where he lived, the court heard. An alleged serial killer planted a suicide note on one victim in a “wicked attempt” to frame him for the death of another, a court has heard.Over a period of 15 months, Stephen Port surreptitiously plied four young gay men he had met online with fatal doses of date rape drug GHB so he could have sex with them while they were unconscious, jurors heard.The 41-year-old chef and former male escort allegedly dragged their bodies out of his flat in Barking, east London, and dumped them in or near a graveyard as he tried to cover up what he had done.center_img Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guardCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA The fake suicide note read: “I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friend Gabriel Kline (Kovari), we was just having some fun at a mate’s place and I got carried away and gave him another shot of G.”I didn’t notice while we was having sex that he had stopped breathing. I tried everything to get him to breathe again but it was too late, it was an accident, but I blame myself for what happened and I didn’t tell my family I went out.”I know I would go to prison if I go to the police and I can’t do that to my family and at least this way I can at least be with Gabriel again, I hope he will forgive me.”BTW Please do not blame the guy I was with last night, we only had sex then I left, he knows nothing of what I have done.”I have taken what g I have left with sleeping pills so if it does kill me it’s what I deserve. Feeling dizey now as took 10 min ago so hoping you understand my writing.”I dropped my phone on way here so it should be in the grass somewhere. Sorry to everyone. Love always. Daniel P W.” Mr Rees told jurors the note was written to give the impression Mr Whitworth had taken an overdose because he blamed himself for Mr Kovari’s death.At the time, police accepted the apparent suicide note on face value and did not investigate further, he said.Mr Whitworth’s movements before his death were not checked and no attempt was made to find “the guy I was with last night”, he said. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack TaylorCredit:Facebook I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friendfake suicide note Four of Stephen Port’s alleged victims suffered overdoses and were dumped in or near a churchyard in east LondonCredit:Facebooklast_img read more

I was kind of a torturer in Northern Ireland admits Conservative MP

first_imgDonald Trump has indicating his support for waterboarding Donald Trump has indicating his support for waterboardingCredit:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP Bob Stewart, the senior Conservative MP and former Army officer, has admitted he had been “kind of a torturer” when he was posted to Northern Ireland.The former Army colonel said that he believes torture is sometimes “justified” and can work as an interrogation method.Describing how during The Troubles he had shown “people pictures of their friends that had been blown up”, he said: “Technically as you look at it today I was a kind of a torturer.”Of course it was acceptable then. It’s now unacceptable and now it’s defined as torture.” The fact of the matter is… sometimes it might work, and sometimes it might be justifiedBob Stewart 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. Asked about the types of torture techniques that might be suitable in those situations, he replied: “Sleep deprivation. Lack of food. Perhaps, as I’ve done, showing people pictures of their friends that have been blown up. That sort of thing.”Mr Trump is understood to be preparing to order a review of interrogation methods and the possible reopening of “black site” prisons outside the US. Mr Stewart, who completed seven operational tours of Northern Ireland during The Troubles, was speaking after US President Donald Trump used his first television interview since coming to office to indicate his support for waterboarding.The Conservative MP said he opposed waterboarding, but techniques such as sleep and food deprivation could be acceptable in certain situations.”We don’t like torture. No one likes torture. Not even Trump likes torture,” Mr Stewart told BBC 5 Live. “But the fact of the matter is… sometimes it might work, and sometimes it might be justified.”I don’t agree with waterboarding, but a certain amount of persuasion might be justified if someone for example had the knowledge about where a nuclear weapon that was going to explode in London was.”That is where I suggest that people might say a certain amount of persuasion could be justified. I’m qualifying it all the way through.”In circumstances where a great number of people, or indeed one person, is going to be killed, you have to think very carefully about what pressure you can put on people in order to give that information to stop peoples’ lives being lost.”last_img read more

Mary Berry photobombed by student after speaking at Cambridge Union

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. Mary Berry was invited to speak at the Cambridge Union, the university’s debating society, on Monday evening .The celebrity cook, who was dressed in a sparkly dress, was photographed after the event with a member of the university union lurking in the background.The 82-year-old has been speaking at a number of events to publicise her new cook book, Everday. On the subject of student cooking, she told the students a lot could be done with a single pan. Mary Berry speaks at The Cambridge Union Jonah Surkes, the speakers officer for the Cambridge Union, posed in the background of the photo after sharing the stage with her for the evening event.The 20-year-old Human, Social and Political Sciences student at Clare College has met a number of celebrities during his time as speakers officer. He also has an amateur photography website showcasing his photographs and giving advice on taking high-speed snaps.Last week he posted a photograph with TV presenter Piers Morgan, who had agreed to be interviewed by students.center_img @piersmorgan @cambridgeunion thanks for being a fun interviewee! pic.twitter.com/yazHJ98P7C— Jonah Surkes (@jonahsurkes) May 5, 2017 Mary Berry speaks at The Cambridge UnionCredit:Chris Williamson/Gettylast_img read more

Pizza Hut accuses Oxford council of putting gown before town

first_imgPizza Hut has accused Oxford council of putting “gown before town” after it rejected proposals for a new, neon lit frontage in order to protect its heritage.The popular food chain wanted to redevelop the signage on its outlet in the city’s High Street to make it more modern and vibrant.It said the new front would provide “colour and interest” to an otherwise rather dull area.But Oxford City Council accused Pizza Hut of trying to “push boundaries” and said it was “absolutely crucial” to protect the heritage of areas such as the busy thoroughfare. 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. Pizza Hut in Oxford wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightingCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Pizza Hut responded by arguing that the city should not be defined solely by the university.A spokesman said “The conservation area overview reminds that while Oxford  is exceptional in its colleges and general architectural quality, it is also a major regional commercial centre.”It confirms High Street belongs to town rather than gown and that it is central to a vigorous commercial shopping centre.”The company said the street and its businesses need advertising to be varied in design, colour, materials and shapes.”We wanted to update our signage in line with the rest of our estate to ensure we have a modern and vibrant brand image that continues to appeal to customers,” it added.”We’re disappointed that the application has been denied.”Pizza Hut has put forward a fresh proposal with the lighting removed.center_img Council leader Bob Price said: “Part of Pizza Hut is also part of the Covered Market, it’s a very important part of the city’s heritage, and a sign could make a huge difference.”The High Street in Oxford  in one of the jewels in the crown of Britain’s shopping offering and everybody along it knows by and large what is required.”Pizza Hut were trying to push the boundaries a bit too far.”The restaurant chain appealed the decision but a Government inspector backed the council, agreeing that the shop front “was not up to the highest standards needed for the sensitive location.” Pizza Hut wanted to redevelop its sign, adding bright lightinglast_img read more

Who is Gordon Police hunt stalker who sends distinctive threatening greetings cards

first_img“Do you recognise this handwriting, the name Gordon or the signature with the five crosses? Do you know who may be sending these cards?”If you work in a shop which sells cards, or if you work in the postal service, do you recognise the handwriting or the distinctive pattern of crosses? Gordon likes sending cards featuring cats His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identityCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA His handwriting and strange pattern of crosses are clues to his identity The woman, who has been receiving the cards, said: “This has been going on for so long – someone out there must know who it is.”Whether it’s the distinctive crosses, the handwriting or the name they call themselves, if you recognise anything that could help the police, please let them know.” Police are on the hunt for a stalker who calls himself  “Gordon”, whose distinctive poison pen letters are written on animal-themed greeting cards.The stalker has waged a six-year stalking campaign against a woman, but police believe his unusual style and consistent stationery choices could hold clues to his identity.Police said the cards have been sent over six years but they have become more graphic and threatening in nature over the past two years and include threats to commit rape.The offences have all happened in Bristol and we believe the offender is sending the cards from somewhere within the Bristol postmark area.Shopkeepers who sell the cards have been asked to be vigilant and to see whether they recognise his handwriting. Detective Constable Patrick Prescott, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We’re releasing extracts of the offender’s handwriting and signature as we believe someone will recognise the style and know who the sender is. “The content is becoming increasingly sexually explicit and aggressive in nature and includes threats to commit rape and stalking offences.”We’ve been working with a criminal profiler at the National Crime Agency to examine and risk-assess the offender’s behaviour and are continuing to progress numerous lines of enquiry.”Thorough analysis of the communications has been carried out and the possibility the offender has sent, or is sending cards or letters with similar content to other people cannot be excluded.” Gordon likes sending cards featuring catsCredit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA The stalker has sent rape threatsCredit:PA/ Avon and Somerset Police The stalker has sent rape threats The detective added: “If you have been receiving similar correspondence then we want to hear from you.”You may recognise one or more of the characteristics but can’t believe the person you have in mind would commit offences like this.”It could be a colleague, friend or even a family member. We’d ask you to please report any concerns or suspicions to help us make this stop.”Harassment offences can cause significant distress to victims and disrupt their daily lives but we’ll do all we can to make sure we investigate crimes, gather evidence and whenever possible, bring offenders 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.last_img read more

UK weather Bank Holiday weekend heatwave with highs of 30C double the

Areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of yearCredit:PA Last month, the country experienced the hottest April day for nearly 70 years, with the mercury soaring to 29.1C (84F) in St James’ Park in London. In Birmingham the heat will build from 18C (64F) on Friday to 26 (78.8F) on bank holiday Monday, while in Newcastle they will start around 14 degrees (57F), rising to 20 (68F). Britain is set to bake again this Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F).Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on Bank Holiday Monday.”The average temperature for this time of year is 15C (59F),” said a Met Office spokesman.”Currently, temperatures are averaging 20C (68F) and are only going to get warmer this weekend,” they added.The Met Office spokesman said: “The maximum temperature ever for the end of May bank holiday is 32.8C (91F), which came in Horsham, Sussex, on May 29 1944.” They added the record was not likely to be beaten this weekend.On Saturday, temperatures in the south will be in the mid 20s, with London expecting to be around 25C (77F), while across the rest of the country it’ll be slightly cooler, in the low 20s.With wind coming from the North East, Scotland is set to sit around the 18C at the start of the weekend. Forecasters said the mercury hit 25.1C (77.1F) in Gosport, on the south coast, beating the previous record of 23.6C in 1999.Weather map for Wednesday – and week ahead Plenty of #sunshine around today, but that also brings high or very high #UV levels; take care if you’re out in the sun pic.twitter.com/ecVipwEFQK— Met Office (@metoffice) May 23, 2018 There is a risk of thunderstorms in the build up to bank holiday Monday, with the south east and south west most likely to be hit. The effect would be lower temperatures later on over the weekend.The warm weather comes after Britons enjoyed the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday ever recorded. It’s not just the UK which is warming up for the #BankHolidayWeekend. It’s hotting up over Europe too… pic.twitter.com/YbTFOLBFQL— Met Office (@metoffice) May 22, 2018 Areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year 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

Theresa Mays flagship immigration policy hit by lastminute Cabinet row

The move threatened to overshadow the policy, which has been repeatedly delayed after ministers clashed.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– He was demanding that the threshold be put out to consultation but Downing Street was said to be refusing to do so. Cabinet ministers were locked in a row over Theresa May’s flagship immigration White Paper on Tuesday night, hours before its long-awaited publication. Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, has raised repeated concerns over plans for a £30,000 minimum salary threshold for skilled EU migrants coming to the UK. The plans are due to be set out on Wednesday in a White Paper which Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, will hail as keeping Britain open to the “brightest and the best” with…

Englands longest serving bishop blocked lifetime ban for paedophile priest government inquiry

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 89-year-old, who is now in the early stages of dementia, was jailed for 27 months at Liverpool Crown Court.The Bishop, who was ordained in 1980, is due to retire in September. The Rt Rev Forster was successful in his application, as the President of the Tribunals agreed to impose a 20-year ban.In 2014 Hughes admitted 16 offences, and was found by police officers in Merseyside to have been making and possessing more then 8,00 0chil pornography images and films.At the time following his conviction, the Rt Revd Forster, criticised Hughes’ actions as “unacceptable” and announced church disciplinary procedures would be launched.However the IICSA heard for the first time that he had also blocked him being banned from the Church for life. In March The Telegraph reported that he would no longer have powers to screen clergy and gave up his safeguarding powers in what was believed to be the first case of its kind. The Church of England has also commenced formal proceedings regarding Bishop Forster’s conduct. He has been reported to the Church’s disciplinary body by its most senior safeguarding watchdog. Sir Roger Singleton CBE, interim director of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team, has instigated the start of the Church Disciplinary Measure (CDM) process. This can result in a tribunal or hearing overseen by the watchdog, if evidence of malpractice is found.This came as a result of his failure to tell police about disclosures of abuse made against the Rev Gordon Dickenson which were referred to in a letter to the diocese in 2009 because he made promises he would not do it again. Earlier this year, Dickinson was convicted of eight counts of sexual assault after pleading guilty to abusing a boy during the 1970s inside a church hall and in his vicarage.  England’s longest-serving Bishop blocked a lifetime Church ban for a paedophile priest, a government inquiry has heard.The Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, argued that rather than impose a lifetime ban on the Reverend Ian Hughes – a disgraced vicar who was jailed for harbouring thousands of pictures of child pornography – he instead fought to make him subject to a 20-year ban.Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) yesterday [WEDS] the Bishop said that he had made the decision at the time “because I knew Mr Hughes”. He told the panel that, aside from the thousands of indecent images “in every other respect he has had a good ministry and has been very well regarded by his parishioners” and added that given Hughes’ “relative youth”, “his excellent previous record” and that the fact he was “entirely penitent” he thought he would argue against the lifetime ban from the Church. “The problem with a lifetime ban is there’s no way of revisiting that unless new evidence arises and it seemed to me that while he would never return to being in a position of responsibility, if for 20 years had lived with penitence” then he thought it a fair decision. “After 20 years at least, the door could be left open for others down the line to review the situation and that could not have happened if the life penalty had been imposed,” he added. I think he [Hughes] got drawn into a very sick and unsatisfactory situation.” read more

Brexit chaos and poor road quality cause M20 to be voted least

The M20 during Operation Brock which has now been deactivated Credit:PA “The results show where Highways England should focus its efforts to maximise satisfaction, including reducing delays arising from accidents and improving user experience with journey time and road surface quality.”The M20 runs from London to Folkestone and is the main route from London to the Channel crossing and even onto Dover, via the extension of the A20. The 52-mile stretch is frequented with lorries, taking trade to and from Calais for access to Europe. Construction is currently underway to create a new junction linking the M20 with the A2070 with the road works expected to be completed this year. Between Junction 3 and Junction 5 aims to improve congestion have seen work upgrading the section to a smart motorway and this is due to be finished in 2020.It is the first time Transport Focus has published the findings of its new Strategic Roads User Survey, which covers motorways and major A-roads managed by Highways England.Other roads with low satisfaction ratings were the M6, which runs from the West Midlands to Cumbria at 72 per cent, A52 in the East Midlands at the same and the M25 which circumvates London at a marginally better 76 per cent. Meanwhile, the highest ranked motorway is the M11 at 92 per cent which links London with Cambridgeshire.  Brexit chaos and poor road quality cause M20 to be voted least satisfactory motorway in England as drivers complain of surfaces “full of potholes”. The motorway in Kent is England’s least popular motorway, according to major new research.A survey 8500 road users by watchdog Transport Focus found that the link between the ports at Dover and the M25 has an overall satisfaction rating of just 65 per cent. The road scored particularly badly for the quality of its surface at 59 per cent, which is 23 per cent lower than the national average.  One respondent described it as “bumpy, uncomfortable to drive on” while another said it is “full of potholes”.Drivers on the M20 have suffered disruption in recent months as one section is being converted into a smart motorway, while temporary barriers were installed as part of Operation Brock, which had planned for lorry chaos in the event of a no deal Brexit. Operation Brock has now been deactivated due to the Brexit delay.Journey time for the M20 also scored low with 66 per cent satisfaction compared to the national average of 82 per cent.  Of drivers dissatisfaction a spokesperson for Transport Focus said: “If you’re going to make a ferry and you’re stuck you will remember that no matter what kind of driver you are.”  Highways England said that in the year 2017-2018 they had ensured that 95.2 per cent of road surfaces required no further investigation for possible maintenance. Focusing on the overall satisfaction Pete Martin, Customer Service Director, Highways England, said: “We care about people using our network, and value independent research like this, alongside our own, which helps us to further understand how road users feel.“We are pleased this research shows the majority of motorists are satisfied, but we are not complacent, and will continue to work hard to help every driver have safer and smoother journeys to the people and places that matter most to them.” The M20 during Operation Brock which has now been deactivated  Highways England added that the scale of work they continue to deliver will provide long-term benefits to drivers by tackling congestion and making journey times more reliable. Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith said: “The Strategic Roads User Survey gives Highways England the most robust picture ever at a national, regional and individual road level of driver satisfaction on the motorways and major A roads that it manages.”This survey reflects the experience of all drivers – whether in cars, vans, lorries, coaches or on a motorbike – across a range of key issues. 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