March Madness Crib Notes Duke vs Gonzaga

No. 4 Louisville (42 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Michigan StateLocation: SyracuseWhen to watch: At 2:20 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Michigan State 88.2, Louisville 86.3Upset probability: 58 percentPlayer to watch: Denzel Valentine, Michigan StateAs befits an East Regional that saw its top two seeds lose on the tournament’s first weekend, this is a strange matchup. Louisville is the better-seeded team, but as a No. 4 they’d easily be the black sheep of the Final Four if they prevail here (No. 1’s Kentucky and Wisconsin are already in, while the South winner will be no worse than a No. 2 seed). Plus, this game qualifies as a “fake upset” if inferior seed Michigan State wins, since both Las Vegas and the FiveThirtyEight model throw the seed numbers out the window and consider the Spartans a stronger team than the Cardinals.So when deciding the most upset-heavy region in an otherwise chalky NCAA tournament, do you go for the (fake) upset or the (real) upset?It could come down to which team’s forte wins the day — Michigan State’s offense, or Louisville’s defense. Both units rank among the nation’s best, and their respective strengths do a decent job or mirroring each other. The Spartans shoot well and avoid turnovers; the Cardinals are at their best when taking those attributes away. But it’s not a perfect match. Louisville likes to keep teams off the line, a fate Michigan State might prefer given their horrendous free throw percentage, and Michigan State’s offensive rebounding could exploit a Louisville frontcourt that’s nothing special on the defensive glass.Either way, the less-exciting battle between the two teams’ weak points — Louisville’s offense versus Michigan State’s defense — is where the Spartans gain their predicted edge. While they won’t force many turnovers, Michigan State loves to limit opponent shooting percentages (particularly on 2-pointers, by far Louisville’s most efficient zone of the court) and the Spartans have the rebounding advantage over the Cardinals at that end of the floor as well.Add in an uncharacteristically poor 3-point shooting Louisville team (by Rick Pitino standards), and this year’s “non-vintage” Spartans could win with the defense-and-rebounding formula of a typical overachieving Tom Izzo Final Four squad.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. After an exhilarating Saturday that saw Wisconsin beat Arizona yet again with a Final Four on the line, followed by undefeated Kentucky barely squeaking past a Notre Dame team that outplayed them for a significant portion of the night, what can Sunday’s Regional Final games do for an encore? For starters, there’s another terrific No. 1 vs. No.2 matchup in which the underdog could make school history. There’s also a fake underdog story that will decide the only wacky region of this year’s tournament.Read on for more of what to watch as the last two Final Four berths of 2015 are set:No. 1 Duke (59 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 GonzagaLocation: HoustonWhen to watch: At 5:05 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Duke 93.0, Gonzaga 91.5Upset probability: 41 percentPlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeThis is shaping up to be an intriguing matchup of near-doppelgangers, as Duke and Gonzaga are practically identical in terms of their offensive and defensive prowess. The Blue Devils’ offense ranks 3rd nationally per KenPom.com’s ratings, while the Zags rank 4th; meanwhile, Duke ranks 27th on defense and Gonzaga ranks 30th. So it’s more than a little fitting that this pair faces off for the South’s Final Four spot.Despite their similarities, the differences in how the squads achieve their matching efficiencies might be instructive. On offense, Duke and Gonzaga shoot and draw fouls at very similar rates, but the Blue Devils are better on the glass and the Bulldogs protect the ball more effectively. Duke also has the better transition attack1According to Synergy. while Gonzaga owns an edge in low-post scoring. At the other end of the floor, Gonzaga’s advantages are in shot defense, rebounding and the transition game, while Duke is better at forcing turnovers and keeping opponents off the foul line.Since the FiveThirtyEight model considers the Bulldogs a modest underdog, it’s worth asking whether they employ enough high-variance tactics to help them “make their own luck” in this matchup — and, unfortunately, Gonzaga doesn’t play a slow pace, nor is it especially reliant on shooting 3-pointers, forcing turnovers or crashing the offensive boards. (Duke also plays a relatively safe style for a favorite, with an above-average pace, good offensive rebounding and no overreliance on long-distance shooting or takeaways.)Still, with their big, experienced roster, the Zags have a reasonably good chance of earning their first-ever Final Four bid. Somewhat surprisingly, they’ve only visited the Regional Final once before, and that was as a heavy underdog against UConn in 1999. This time, they’re one of college basketball’s upper-echelon programs — but will it be enough against Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils? read more

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Senior Day setback Buckeyes fall to Bellarmine in OT at the Shoe

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-7) fell 14-13 to the Bellarmine University Knights (9-6) in overtime Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Unfortunately for eight Buckeyes, it was Senior Day and the last home game of the regular season.“Certainly not the outcome you hope on Senior Day,” coach Nick Myers said. “I’m proud of the way the kids fought, battling back when they were down, but 14 goals is too many.”In the first half the Buckeyes and Knights were tied at 2-2. The Buckeyes were on the board first with a goal from Dominique Alexander. The Knights rallied back as they scored two goals in one minute.Both teams struggled with scoring goals in the first half of the game and the Buckeyes were down 4-3 going into halftime.It was not a matter of the Buckeyes having possession of the ball in the first half, as they outshot the Knights 41 to 34. On the other side, Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 14 saves.Both teams were much more aggressive in the third quarter, scoring a combined 10 goals.This resulted in four ties and each team momentarily taking a two-goal lead.Despite four goals from freshman Dominique Alexander and senior James Green and a five-point game from rookie Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes couldn’t win it in overtime.The four-goal game matched Green’s career high and gave him 100 points as a Buckeye.“This was tough, the last time playing in the big ‘Shoe,” senior Mario Ventiquattro said. “I’m trying to soak it in right now.”The Buckeyes will end their regular season on the road next weekend against North Carolina in Chapel Hill Saturday at noon. read more

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William Bufords last stand at the Schottenstein Center

Following the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 56-51 loss against Michigan Saturday, sophomore guard Aaron Craft noticed something about senior guard William Buford, who had his worst game of the season with six points on 3-of-12 shooting. “You can sense a little bit more sense of urgency with him. I think he understands he has 80 minutes left in this gym, and that’s definitely eye-opening for him,” Craft said. The lone senior on the OSU roster, Buford had two home games, or 80 minutes, remaining as a Buckeye entering Tuesday night’s game against Illinois. He put the first 40 of those minutes to good use, tallying 17 points and shooting 7-of-9 from the floor as the Buckeyes dismantled the Fighting Illini, 83-67. Buford said he didn’t dwell on his disappointing performance against the Wolverines. “I just tried to come in and not make the same mistakes that I did last time,” Buford said. “(Tuesday) we were getting easy shots and we were able to knock them down. My bigs were screening great for me, we had a great pace to us today and we were just getting great shots.” Coach Thad Matta said he talked to Buford about focusing on his shot selection. “Just have a gauge in your mind of what’s a good one and what’s a great one,” Matta said. Buford has shown the ability to bounce back from tough shooting outings before. After going 4-of-15 at Wisconsin on Feb. 4, Buford recorded a 10-of-17 performance Feb. 7 against Purdue. He shot 10-of-17 at Minnesota on Feb. 14 after shooting a dismal 2-of-12 three days earlier in a home loss to Michigan State. As he prepares for his final 40 home minutes as a Buckeye this Sunday against Wisconsin, Buford plans to maintain that level of performance and cement an already-growing legacy at OSU. Tuesday’s victory was No. 108 for Buford in his career as a Buckeye, and with three more wins he will move into second place all-time in OSU history behind David Lighty, who recorded 129 victories with the Buckeyes from 2007-2011. Buford now has 1,846 career points, ranking sixth in OSU history. As long as he stays healthy, Buford should have little trouble cracking the top 4 by season’s end, and it’s even possible he could challenge Dennis Hopson’s school record of 2,096 points. A championship game berth in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments would result in 13 more games for the Buckeyes, meaning Buford would need to average just less than 20 points per game the rest of the season to overtake Hopson. Buford’s season average is 15.1 points. With the Buckeyes a lock to make the national tournament, Buford will become the only player in OSU history to play in the NCAA Tournament four years in a row. Brian Brown, Will Dudley and Boban Savovic accomplished the feat from 1998-2002, but all tournament records from those seasons were vacated due to rules violations under former coach Jim O’Brien. Even with the success on the court, Matta said he has been more impressed with Buford’s growth as a person. “You look at the time that he’s been here, I’d probably look more at the personal development than the basketball development,” Matta said. “It’s quite an honor. You spend four years with a guy and you know, you definitely hate to see him go.” Buford said his final home game will “absolutely” have a special meaning for him. “I love it here, I’ve been here for four years,” he said. “It’s going to be real special for me. You know I’m probably not going to come to grips with it that day, but it’s going to be kind of crazy to think that this is going to be my last time playing here.” Opening tip between the Badgers and Buckeyes is set for 4 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Ohio State cruises to 7131 victory against LouisianaMonroe in final nonconference game

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) glides to the hoop for a score during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerShortly after tip against Louisiana-Monroe, the Ohio State Buckeyes looked as if they wanted to finish their final non-conference game as quickly as possible.No. 3 OSU (13-0, 0-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening four minutes against the Warhawks (3-5, 0-0), and cruised to an easy 71-31 victory Friday.“I’m excited. Honestly, I’m just ecstatic. I can’t wait,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the win about the opportunity to start Big Ten play next week. “I know it’s going to be fun, some great challenges. We’re going to learn a lot about this team. All the games up to this point is what we’ve been preparing for — the Big Ten conference.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to Purdue Tuesday. The Big Ten conference currently has four teams in the top 25, with three being in the top five.“I think sometimes during the non-conference, as you play some of these teams that are not as good as you are, you actually play down to them. That’s not good for teams, that’s not what you’re supposed to do,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said after the win. “When we come out in Big Ten play, there’s going to be teams that are just as good as us, and we’re going to have to play.”Ross finished with a double-double against Louisiana-Monroe, pouring in 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds. He was one of three Buckeyes to finish the game in double figures scoring, as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle tallied 14 and Smith Jr. led all scorers with 17.“I was very pleased with the energy we played with. Defensively I thought we were unselfish, offensively I thought we missed some open shots that I wish we could make, but for the most part, I thought they did a good job of getting themselves ready to play,” OSU coach Thad Matta said following the win.Louisiana-Monroe shot just 10 of 54 from the field, including 3 of 18 from beyond the 3-point line. No player scored more than seven points against OSU, who heads into Big Ten play as one of two undefeated teams in the conference along with No. 4 Wisconsin. Matta said the tough play in the conference is the reason players come to play at OSU.“We tell our guys, ‘You’ve got 18 battles coming up. The war’s decided in March,’” Matta said. “Just from the standpoint of the challenges that lie ahead, that’s what guys sign up for when they come to play at Ohio State. There’s going to be some tremendous battles every night we take the floor, and I think for us, it’s exciting.”OSU led, 41-20, at halftime and used a 15-0 run to open the second half to put things even further out of reach. Louisiana-Monroe failed to score its first point in the second half until there was just 10:40 left to play.The Buckeyes won 12 of their 13 non-conference games by at least 10 points, with the only exception coming Dec. 21 when they defeated Notre Dame 64-61, and seem prime for the rugged Big Ten.“I think what these 13 games did, it showed us where we measure out at — how good our team really is,” Ross said. “Going back through some of the games, I’m pretty sure the coaches are going to go back and look at some of those games and think about some of those games and see what we have done, see how we have grown from the first game to this game right here. I think it’s just going to to give us a measurement, how good our team is for the Big Ten.”Even though the Buckeyes are one of the nation’s top-ranked teams, that doesn’t necessarily mean much, Smith Jr. said.“I don’t really think those rankings mean anything,” Smith Jr. said. “I think you take away everybody’s rankings right now because when you get into conference play, each night if you don’t come to play, you’re going to lose.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers (10-3, 0-0) Tuesday is set for 1 p.m. at Mackey Arena.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that OSU won each of their non-conference games by at least 10 points. In fact, the Buckeyes won 12 of their 13 games by at least double digits, only defeating Notre Dame by three points Dec. 21. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis tops No 1 Virginia keeps unbeaten record intact

Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka reaches up for an overhead to win the point in a doubles match against Xavier. OSU won, 7-0, Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Courts.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter falling in the NCAA Championships semifinals last season, some might have thought the Ohio State men’s tennis team would be in a rebuilding phase.Just more than a month into the season, the Buckeyes are showing that is clearly not the case.No. 5 OSU (12-0, 0-0) took down No. 1 Virginia (6-1, 1-0), 4-3, Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA National Men’s Indoor Championship in Houston. The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 3-ranked University of Southern California Monday at 1 p.m. The Trojans took down No. 2 UCLA, 4-3, Sunday. Last season, the Buckeyes ended USC’s run of four straight NCAA Championships by defeating them, 4-3, in the NCAA quarterfinals.The match against the Cavaliers went right down to the wire, and the score was tied heading into the final singles match between OSU redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and Virginia freshman Thai-Son Kwiatkowski.All three sets in the final match had to be decided via tiebreakers, after Metka took the first 6-5 (7-5) and Kwiatkowski captured the second, 5-6 (5-7).The final set of the match went even longer, but Metka was able to outlast Kwiatkowski, taking the final singles point after winning 6-5 (12-10).“It was an incredible match,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said in a press release. “Both teams had chances to win it and our guys kept fighting no matter what the circumstances were at the moment.  They wanted to win the match. It’s nice to beat the defending champs and it will take a huge effort by our guys tomorrow to bring home the trophy.”Virginia took an early lead in the match after the Cavaliers earned the doubles point by winning the final two matches. Junior Mitchell Frank and freshman Luca Corinteli defeated OSU freshman Herkko Pollanen and redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan, 6-2, and sophomore Mac Styslinger and Kwiatkowski took down OSU redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz 6-5 (7-1). Those two matches came after senior Peter Kobelt and Metka defeated seniors Alex Domijan and Justin Shane, 6-3.The Buckeyes tied the match when Callahan defeated freshman Jordan Daigle, 6-3, 6-4, in the first match to finish.The Cavaliers took the next two points after Shane beat Pollanen and Domijan took down Diaz, in their respective singles contests.OSU battled back though, as Kobelt and then Steinbach defeated Frank and Shane respectively in further singles competition, setting the table for Metka and Kwiatkowski’s contest to be the one that would decide the match.To advance to the semifinals against the Cavaliers, OSU defeated No. 12 Florida, 4-1, Friday and No. 10 Texas, 4-2, Saturday. read more

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Womens Lacrosse Maryland rolls Ohio State winning 205 in Buckeyes final home

Maryland senior attack Megan Whittle controls the ball during the Terrapins’ 20-5 win against Ohio State on April 15 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team could not withstand a downpour — of both rain and Maryland goals — and fell 20-5 to the Terrapins in its final home game of the season Sunday.Maryland (14-1, 4-0 Big Ten) took an early lead with three unanswered points in the first seven minutes of the game. It took five shot attempts before the Buckeyes (5-9, 1-4 Big Ten) scored in the first half. Junior attack McKayla Conti brought the score to 3-1 after a feed from sophomore midfield Liza Hernandez. Hernandez closed the Terrapins lead to one goal when she scored, picking up her second point of the game with the help of junior attack Sara Dickinson. The Terrapins then went on a 7-0 run led by Maryland sophomore attack Kali Hartshorn, who picked up six draw controls and scored two goals during the rally. Hartshorn extended Maryland’s lead to eight with a pair of goals before the end of the first half. Hernandez completed a hat trick with her third goal on a free-position shot after a foul by Maryland junior defender Shelby Mercer. But Terrapin junior midfield Jen Giles quickly followed up with a goal. “For the most part I think we did a pretty decent job. We kind of hung around a little bit in that first 20 minutes of the half,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. “I didn’t like how we cleared the ball. I thought we had some good stops and just threw the ball away.” Ohio State senior attack Lauren Sherry closed out the half 11-4 with her fifth goal of the season. At the start of the second half, Hernandez took advantage of a turnover by Maryland senior attack Megan Whittle and scored to cut Maryland’s lead to six. That was the final Buckeye goal of the game.“Liza is a gutsy, phenomenal player,” Venechanos said. “She has a lot of courage to take those shots. She’s been working really hard so I’m glad she’s had a little bit of a breakout game.” The Terrapins capped off the game with 9-0 run to put away the Buckeyes and remain undefeated in the Big Ten. “I thought we had some opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” Venechanos said. “I like the team’s focus [and] I like our ability to want to stick to the game plan, now we just gotta work on the execution.”Hartshorn finished the game with 11 draw controls out of Maryland’s 18 total. Ohio State picked up nine draw controls and sophomore goalie Jill Rizzo had nine saves compared to the Terrapins’ seven. The Buckeyes will travel to Baltimore to face Johns Hopkins in their final game of the season at 5 p.m. Friday. read more

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Column What is Urban Meyers legacy

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Urban Meyer era is over.After seven seasons as head coach at Ohio State and 17 seasons overall as a collegiate  football head coach, Meyer announced on Tuesday he will be retiring following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1 against Washington.After that, Meyer said he believes he will not coach again.“I can’t tell you the exact time, walking off the stadium against our rival in that last game, things started to cross my mind. Going into Indianapolis, started to cross my mind,” Meyer said. “I hope to stay involved.”Ohio State will move forward with Ryan Day as head coach, who is the current offensive coordinator and served as interim head coach for the first three games of the 2018 season.But what does Meyer leave behind? What does one of college football’s most successful coaches of all-time — after an offseason of controversy that led to a 12-hour meeting about his future, ultimately leading to Meyer missing the first quarter of Ohio State’s season — leave as a legacy?“I hope it’s the truth. The truth is that you have a football coach who has devoted 33 years of my life to the love of student-athletes and not just on the football field,” Meyer said. “I hope that’s our legacy. And we won a lot of games and represented this great university and great state the right way.”On the field, his legacy is nothing short of exceptional.The Toledo native came back to his home state and has won 82 of 91 games as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes have won four of their six bowl games under Meyer — with the potential for a fifth on New Year’s Day — including the 2015 National Championship in the first ever College Football Playoff. He went 7-0 against rival Michigan.Meyer has never had more than two losses in a single season at Ohio State, and has peaked at No. 3 or higher in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll every season.The .901 win percentage is the highest of any coach in program history, aside from Day, who is 3-0 in his head coaching career.“I think in trying to build the most comprehensive premier program in America, you also want to hand it off to someone at some point so it can get even stronger,” Meyer said. “My witnessing of the work Ryan has done and [making] this decision, not as difficult as I thought.”Meyer’s success is unparalleled, but his off-the-field record does not leave Columbus unscathed.Eight years after resigning from Florida following an 8-5 season in controversial fashion in 2010 — after multiple Gator players were arrested for off-the-field issues — Meyer was investigated for keeping on staff former wide receivers coach Zach Smith after alleged domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015.Smith was fired on July 23 and Meyer was asked questions on what he knew at Big Ten Media Days on July 24.His answers in Chicago started the downward spiral of one of college football’s most successful coaches.“I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days. “I don’t know who creates a story like that.”The investigation into Meyer’s knowledge on Smith’s domestic violence history resulted in a three-game suspension. But the punishments from the situation might have hurt Meyer longer than those three weeks.Meyer thinks it will have a negative impact on his legacy as a whole, but it is not something he has thought about extensively.“I’m sure it will,” Meyer said. “That was a disappointing time, obviously. But I think today, this is about celebrating a new football coach. This is about a very strong program and a group of players that just won back-to-back championships.”Ohio State’s 2018 campaign has been a rocky one by the program’s standards. Even after sitting at 12-1 as Big Ten champions and a trip to Pasadena on the horizon, it’s not the playoff, and it did not come in a fashion the Buckeyes are used to.The 49-20 defeat to 6-6 Purdue is the game that defines the lack of success this season, but close wins against 4-8 Nebraska and 5-7 Maryland, the latter of which could have ended in a loss with a remotely good pass from Terrapins quarterback Tyrell Pigrome, showed an Ohio State team that was vulnerable.But Meyer made the Buckeyes into one of the few programs that have the luxury of calling a one-loss season a disappointment.Meyer took over a team that, under interim head coach Luke Fickell, went 6-7 in 2011, the first sub-.500 season for Ohio State since 1988. In his first season, the 2012 season, Meyer went 12-0.“To compete with Urban-coached teams, the Big Ten colleagues have had to elevate their programs. Urban has a very, very special gift. He’s an elite coach,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “You rocked it, brother. We did what we talked about. So thank you so much, Urban Meyer.”Meyer is hanging up the headset in less than a month as Ohio State moves forward with Day, who at 39 years old is the youngest coach the Buckeyes have had since Woody Hayes was hired in 1951 at the age of 38.So what is Meyer’s legacy?He leaves behind a legacy of consistent success, always putting his team in the conversation for a national title, always setting the bar for expectations sky high in the program.Meyer will exit his final game with one of the most impressive resumes of any coach in college football.But for someone who wants to be remembered by “the truth,” it is the “truth” that might permanently tarnish Meyer’s legacy, regardless of the success he accomplished on the field. read more

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HRT triples the risk of breast cancer biggest ever study shows

first_imgWomen taking the oestrogen-only pill have no greater risk  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. Since then the number of women taking HRT has more than halved with around one in 10 eligible patients now using the drugs, approximately 150,000 women.More recently a review by Imperial College and a 10-year study by New York University found no evidence of a link, adding further to the confusion and last year the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) changed its guidance to encourage doctors to offer HRT claiming one million women were suffering in silence.At the time Nice said that the cancer risk was 27 in 1,000 so the new research, which followed 100,000 women for 40 years, increases that risk by 54 per cent.The health watchdog said that the new study should not change how doctors prescribed HRT. HRT was first developed in the 1940s and was first made available to women in Britain in 1965.However in 2002 the British Millennium Women Study published findings claiming that HRT raised the risk of cancer. Many doctors immediately withdrew prescriptions while the Medical Healthcare and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued new guidance recommending all women be given the “lowest effective dose should be used for the shortest time.” Women taking the oestrogen-only pill have no greater risk  We found that current use of combined HRT increases the risk of breast cancer by up to three fold, depending on how long HRT has been usedProfessor Anthony Swerdlow, Institute of Cancer Researchcenter_img Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said: “As with Nice guidance this study recognises there is no increased risk of breast cancer with oestrogen-only HRT but the combined HRT can be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.“The guideline makes clear that menopausal women should be informed that the impact of HRT on the risk of breast cancer varies with the type of HRT used.“The message from our guidance to women is clear – talk about the menopause with your clinician if you need advice on your symptoms – it’s very important to discuss the options to find what might help you.”The new study also found that the risk declined when women stopped taking HRT and there was no danger at all for women only taking oestrogen, which accounts for half of all prescriptions.Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Whether to use HRT is an entirely personal choice, which is why it’s so important that women fully understand the risks and benefits and discuss them with their GP. We hope these findings will help anyone considering the treatment to make an even more informed decision.“On balance, some women will feel HRT to be a necessity. But in order to minimise the risk of breast cancer during treatment, it is recommended that the lowest effective dose is used for the shortest possible time.“The good news is that the increased risk of breast cancer begins to fall once you stop using HRT.” “Our research shows that some previous studies are likely to have underestimated the risk of breast cancer with combined oestrogen-progestogen HRT,” said study leader Professor Anthony Swerdlow, of The Institute of Cancer Research.“We found that current use of combined HRT increases the risk of breast cancer by up to threefold, depending on how long HRT has been used.“Our findings provide further information to allow women to make informed decisions about the potential risks and benefits of HRT use.” Experts said that for many women the risks would be outweighed by the daily benefits to quality of life.”HRT is an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, particularly with the management of hot flushes,” said Dr Heather Currie, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and chairwoman of the British Menopause Society (BMS).“Women need clear, evidence-based information to break through the conflicts of opinion and confusion about the menopause.“For many women, any change in breast cancer risk is outweighed by the benefit on their quality of life, bearing in mind that there are many other factors that increase the risk of breast cancer, for example lifestyle factors.”The research was published in the British Journal of Cancer. Hormone replacement therapy can triple the risk of breast cancer, the biggest ever study has found, following more than a decade of controversy.Last year the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) changed guidance to encourage more doctors to prescribe HRT claiming too many menopausal women had been left suffering in silence.HRT is used to treat uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause – such as hot flushes, migraines, disrupted sleep, mood changes and depression – by topping up the decreased levels of hormones produced by the body.But doctors were reluctant to prescribe it after a study in 2002 suggested it could raise the risk of cancer, a claim later widely disputed.Now new findings by the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Now suggest the original risk had actually been underestimated. A study of 100,000 women over 40 years found those who took the combined oestrogen and progestogen pill for around five years were 2.7 times more likely to develop cancer compared to women who took nothing, or only the oestrogen pill. The risk rose to 3.3 times for women who took the drugs for 15 years or more.Around 14 in 1,000 women in their 50s are expected to develop breast cancer, but that rises to 34 in 1000 for women taking the combined pill, the study suggests.last_img read more

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Rolling Stones expected to announce first studio album in a decade

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. Lead guitarist Keith Richards said a year ago that he and bandmates Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood planned to get back into the studio in 2016. On Wednesday, the band’s official Twitter feed said, “Tomorrow. 2 PM GMT/6 AM PST/9 AM EST.”The veteran rockers last released an album of new material in 2005 with “A Bigger Bang,” but have toured the world relentlessly. In March, they staged the first major concert by a Western rock band in Cuba, playing free for an estimated 500,000-strong crowd. COMING OCTOBER 6 pic.twitter.com/e8IC0vVFTJ— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) 3 October 2016 COMING OCTOBER 6 pic.twitter.com/c7XSocAIDK— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) 4 October 2016 The Rolling Stones are expected to announce on Thursday their first studio album in a decade after teasing new music for days on Twitter.The British rock band this week released on Twitter a 10-second snatch of a bluesy track and video of them playing in a studio, with the message “Coming Oct 6.” A new album would mark the longest interval between new studio sets for the band, which formed in London in 1962.The Stones are due to perform at a three-day outdoor festival in southern California this weekend dubbed “OldChella” because the lineup includes other stalwarts of rock and pop music including Paul McCartney, The Who and Bob Dylan.last_img read more

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Rory McGrath avoids jail after admitting harassing married former lover for 14

first_imgDavid Gower, Jonathan Ross, Rory McGrath, Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker in They Think It's All Over 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. This was an experiment. Torture people said torture.Anti torture people deflected and would not answer. pic.twitter.com/f6eWh3536S— Lee Hurst (@2010LeeHurst) January 26, 2017 Rory McGrath, with his wife Nicola, leaving Huntingdon Magistrates CourtCredit:PA/ Steve Parsons Rory McGrath, with his wife Nicola, leaving Huntingdon Magistrates Court Rory McGrath, the comedian and former star of BBC panel show They Think It’s All Over, has been spared jail, after admitting harassing a woman during a 14-month “mid-life crisis”.The Cambridge-educated comic, who had a five-year affair with the married woman, was given a suspended prison sentence after admitting a “deliberate and pre-planned” campaign of harassment that included threatening to send intimate photographs to her husband.Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court heard that after the “much younger, very attractive” woman broke off their affair, the comic hid in bushes to spy on her, followed her on his bike, and left abusive messages for her husband, saying he had “mesmerisingly beautiful but quite graphic photographs” of her. Comedian Rory McGrath arrives at court on Thursday  In mitigation, Angela Rafferty QC said McGrath had not intended to cause pain. She said: “She is much younger and a very attractive and glamorous woman. He might not thank me for saying it, but It may be there is a mid-life crisis aspect to his conduct.” Sentencing him to ten weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, district judge Ken Sheraton told McGrath: “This was a persistent, consistent and controlling imposition of yourself on the victim.”This conduct was constant and involved threats in the form of involving others or the use of personal photographs.”A five-year restraining order was imposed preventing McGrath from contacting the victim or her family directly or indirectly. David Gower, Jonathan Ross, Rory McGrath, Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker in They Think It’s All OverCredit: FremantleMedia Ltd / Rex Featurescenter_img The comic’s campaign of harassment also included sending her packets of brown sugar, in a reference to an occasion when she fled a cafe meeting after claiming she was going to the counter to get some sugar, while he also turned up at her husband’s workplace.The court heard that in February last year McGrath followed the woman and her daughter around Cambridge on a bicycle while they were jogging, telling the victim she looked “strong and fit”.The teenage girl began to cry, saying: “Leave my mum alone.” McGrath, who “smelt strongly of alcohol”, replied: “Personality disorders are clearly genetic.”In July, the comic hid in bushes, spying on the victim while she was out with her new partner, the court heard.Mr Abell said: “He was seen in bushes but quickly went back to cycling up and down on a nearby road before eventually leaving.” @David215Gower sorry, couldn’t keep it to myself any longer.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 26, 2017 The court heard McGrath, 60, arranged to meet the woman, who has since separated form her husband, at his house in June 2015, saying he was seeking “closure”.When she arrived she saw McGrath had put a mattress in the living room, “in case she wanted to lie down”.He asked if she was “frightened” and offered her a drink, asking if she only kept the relationship going because she was worried he had evidence of their affair.She told him the relationship was over.McGrath later emailed her intimate photographs he had taken, in a move that was described by prosecutors as “a deliberate attempt by him of reminding her that he still had these images and what he meant to do if she wasn’t compliant”. Interesting day for ‘They Think It’s All Over’. Just needs @David215Gower to finally come clean about our affair.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 26, 2017 Comedian Rory McGrath arrives at court on Thursday Credit:Steve Parsons/PA Prosecutor Anthony Abell said the couple met in 2010, when the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was “unhappily married”.He said: “Although the affair started off as something they both cherished, by August 2014 the complainant had become unhappy with the relationship.”She began to find Mr McGrath to be difficult and unpleasant company and she was seeking to disengage from the affair.”She was very conscious of the fact that he had several photographs of them together, including some intimate photographs of her as well.”Sad to say, the defendant seems to have found it very very difficult to deal with the end of this relationship.”From the beginning of June 2015, right until August 2016, he pursued a course of conduct which he himself at one stage described as ‘unstable and tempestuous’.” Despite the claims, McGrath’s wife, Nicola, has stood by him, and in a statement read by his lawyer outside court, the comic apologised to his family. He said: “This has been a dark time and thankfully it’s now over. I now want to move on with my life.”McGrath was mocked on Twitter by Gary Lineker, who also appeared on They Think It’s All Over, after Lee Hurst, another star of the panel show, was pilloried for comments that appeared to support the use of torture.Lineker said: “Interesting day for ‘They Think It’s All Over’. Just needs [fellow star David Gower] to finally come clean about our affair.”last_img read more

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