Chamique Holdsclaw, one of the best basketball players in WNBA history, is in Atlanta jail after being accused of damaging and shooting into her alleged ex-girlfriend’s car.Atlanta police said Thursday the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw, one of the biggest stars in women’s college basketball history during her career at Tennessee, as an ex-girlfriend. They were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009.Holdsclaw was in custody Thursday night in Fulton County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 on one charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.A number for Holdsclaw listed in the police report went to voicemail, and it was unknown whether she had an attorney.Lacy issued a statement through the Shock.“I want to thank my family, friends, fans and Shock family for their concern during this difficult time,” Lacy said. “I have never felt more love from my fans in supporting me.”In September, Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.Holdsclaw recounted how she attempted suicide in 2006 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks by overdosing on the medication she was taking for clinical depression. She also wouldn’t leave her Washington home for a few days in 2004, two years after the death of the grandmother who raised her.She discussed these situations in a book, “Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot,” that came out earlier this year.Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98 before beginning a pro career that included six WNBA All-Star selections. She also played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games. Holdsclaw had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and remains the Southeastern Conference’s career scoring leader.
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The New England Patriots has lost one of their top tacklers to a season-ending injury. The team put linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve Wednesday for what is believed to be a torn pectoral muscle.“I think I’ve been on record many times talking about Jerod,” coach Bill Belichick said. “He does a lot for us on the field, off the field. But we’re just going to have to move on.”This injury is one of the many cases where the Patriots has lost a key player. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork went down with a season-ending Achilles tendon injury a couple weeks ago, and cornerback Aqib Talib limped off the field in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.Since joining the Patriots in 2008, Mayo has started 79 games for the organization.Despite all the Patriots’ injury troubles they still boast a 5-1 record.
Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is on their way back to Columbus with a 7-2 overall record after a weekend of play at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. OSU finished the tournament 2-1, taking down Indiana Univerisity – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Buckeyes weren’t able to stop the Missouri State Bears, however – marking their second loss this season. The Buckeye “tribe” had no problem sweeping IUPUI in three sets, but went the full-five sets in their next two matches – their bout against MSU lasting nearly two and half hours. Senior libero Valeria Leon and senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe were named to the all-tournament team – the tenth time for Sandbothe in the last 11 non-conference events. This weekend’s tournament also pushed the pair even further in their quest to hold the top spots amid the OSU record books. For Leon, she moved into second place for career digs with a total of 1,399. She’ll need to scrape up just under 200 more digs to pass first place holder Stacey Gordon (2001-2004) with 1,572. Sandbothe’s career total block count of 459 puts her in the third-place position, just below Danielle Meyer (2004-2007) with 479. Sandbothe also ranks second in school history for career solo blocks.IUPUIThe Buckeyes bulldozed over the Jaguars in the first set, 25-9. Things didn’t look up for IUPUI in the second set with OSU coming out on top, 25-13. OSU was able to tally a win on their record after they took the third set, 25-13. The Buckeyes held the Jaguars to a mere .011 attacking efficiency, while on the other side of the net, Sandbothe and freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for 24 kills on the match. Smeathers saw her second career start against IUPUI.Missouri StateThe Buckeyes jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first set and never relinquished their lead. They took the set 25-21. The second set was a game of back-and-forth between the two teams, but this set belonged to the Bears, 25-23. OSU held the lead for almost the entire third set, until they fell behind at 18-19. An OSU timeout at 20-23 wasn’t enough to cinch a victory, and MSU would win the third set, 25-21. Good things happen for the Buckeyes when they are ahead early in the set, and that remained to be true in the fourth. A final kill by junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer would keep OSU alive to play again in the fifth set.Buckeyes would lead the final set 9-8 before the Bears called a timeout. A kill from MSU’s Lynsey Wright would be enough to gain momentum of the set and the match. MSU won the fifth set, 15-12. This is the second time this season that the Bears have beaten a nationally-ranked Big Ten team. They won against a then-No. 14 Illinois team in five sets on Aug. 27. Both of OSU’s losses so far this season have been in five-set decisions.Green BayOSU led the first set for 15 points before falling into a hole the team wasn’t able to climb out of. The Phoenix would win the first set of the game, 25-21. The Buckeyes may have been down, but they were not out. OSU battled their way back from an early deficit in the second set, solidified by the swinging power of Sandbothe, slamming down nine kills. OSU shut down the Phoenix in the third set, 25-15. A change of sides also proved to be a change of fate. Green Bay took the win on the fourth set and held OSU to only 14 points. A quick fifth set went in favor of the Buckeyes, 15-11, and OSU ended the tournament, 2-1. The Buckeyes served 10 aces during the match, three coming off the hands of junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. Sandbothe posted 20 kills on the match, but it was sophomore setter Taylor Hughes that led in attacking efficiency with eight kills on 11 errorless attempts. Hughes also collected 49 assists. The Buckeye “tribe” finished the tournament with a 7-2 record heading into their last weekend of non-conference play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Friday in Muncie, Indiana.
With a vocal and almost twice the normal-size crowd in St. John Arena Saturday, the Ohio State men’s and women’s gymnastics teams won their annual co-ed meet against Penn State.The women’s team swept three of its four events while the men edged out No. 5 PSU in pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar.Women’s coach Carey Fagan said the co-ed meet is an event both teams look forward to every year. Men’s coach Miles Avery agreed, crediting crowd size as one of the biggest advantages in a co-ed meet.“It’s tremendous in terms of doubling the size of the audience and the fans that come and see the Buckeyes,” he said.Coach Fagan said that “the advantage is just the synergy of both teams together.” Because both teams train in the gym together, there’s a bond of support formed for one another’s program, she said.Senior captain Hilary Dow said each team attends each other’s meets when they’re not competing and a co-ed meet is an opportunity to cheer each other on at the same time.But a co-ed meet has it’s drawbacks with setup, warm-up space and distractions, Dow said.“You got to make sure that the whole team is focused on what the team is doing and you don’t take the crowd or anything that’s going on as a distraction,” Dow said.Because OSU schedules a co-ed meet with Penn State every year, the gymnasts are getting used to the confusion and congestion on the floor, Fagan said.But Avery thinks the congestion is what “adds to the excitement. There’s so much going on, and [the gymnasts] are busy anyways, so they love it that way,” he said.By meet’s end, the women’s team recorded eight season highs and three career bests in their third win this season.Dow earned a 39.050 in all four events, her best all-around score in 2010.Sophomores Casey Williamson and Nicole Krauter recorded career highs in the all-around and vault. Williamson earned a 39.075 in the all-around and Krauter a 9.8 on vault.Williamson earned a season-high 9.825 on the vault while junior Rebecca Best scored a 9.825, tying her all-time best on the event.Fagan said the win over PSU was big for the women’s team as they work through a season plagued by injuries.“We have a lot of kids that are beat up right now and we’re trying to get them through to Big Tens and Regionals, trying to rest when we can,” she said.The No. 7-ranked OSU men’s team lost on floor to PSU despite junior Brandon Wynn’s 14.4, a team best on floor.Seniors Justin Meyers and Tai Lee tied for second in high bar with a pair of 14.85s, while Wynn scored a 16.000 on rings, just 0.100 shy of his event-best.In their second co-ed meet of the season in Columbus on Mar. 13, the men’s team will take on Oklahoma while the women end regular season competition against Auburn.While both men’s and women’s coaches look forward to another big crowd to help fuel the energy in St. John Arena, Avery is glad to have another co-ed competition alongside the women.“You get an opportunity to support them,” Avery said. “And I think it’s really special when we do.”
Quterbacks Stephen Collier (13), J.T. Barrett (16) and Cardale Jones (12) get work in at the first day of camp on August 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Photo Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern ReporterThe quarterback battle between redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones is underway as the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes returned to practice Monday with the opening of fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.For months, speculation of who will be under center for the Buckeyes has been the topic of discussion, and OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday he is still not leaning in either direction as to who will be starting Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“They’re both established guys,” Meyer said. “Cardale’s been here a long time now — what’s it, his eighth year here? J.T. has played a lot of football. We won’t announce anything until the first guy takes the field at Virginia Tech.”Meyer said he plans on splitting the practice reps at quarterback “50-50,” at least throughout the initial days of practice. Determining who got the first-team reps on Monday was a lot simpler, however, as Barrett and Jones flipped a coin. Jones won the toss and got the first crack at the starting offense.Barrett said no matter who starts, he knows the decision will come down to which quarterback gives the team the best chance to win.“The main thing is that we want the best for this team, and I said that whether that be myself, Cardale or (redshirt senior) Braxton (Miller), when he was playing (quarterback), it was who is going to put our position in the best chance to win,” he said. Barrett said it would mean a lot for him to get the starting nod against Virginia Tech, especially after falling to the Hokies 35-21 in his second collegiate start last season.“You could say I had that one marked on the calendar,” Barrett said. “So, it does mean a lot to me personally, being that I did play a game that we lost. I just wasn’t prepared. So with that, it means a lot.”Jones said his focus would be entirely on football while camp is underway. One piece of evidence for his commitment to the sport, he said, is taking a two-week hiatus from his popular Twitter account.“It’s all fun and games when we’re not on the field, but when we get on the field, it’s strictly business,” Jones said. “Whoever is going to win the battle, it’s going to be bittersweet — because you definitely want to see your friend or your teammate succeed — but only one guy can play.”Jones said OSU’s offense has the potential to be one of the most dynamic offenses in college football history.“My personal opinion, yes, hands down,” Jones said. “Because of the playmakers we got, because of the youth we got, the depth we got and because of the experience we have.”Last year, both Jones and Barrett made cases to be considered the best man for the job heading into the 2015 season.Barrett started 12 games for the Buckeyes as a redshirt freshman last season after being thrust into the starting role when Miller injured his shoulder shortly before the season. After a shaky start to the year, Barrett settled down and threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns before his season ended due to an ankle injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Michigan.He was then replaced by Jones, who excelled in OSU’s three postseason games by throwing for 742 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Buckeyes to victories in the Big Ten Championship Game, Sugar Bowl and National Championship Game.OSU’s fall camp is set to continue through Aug. 24, leading up to the season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAfter its nine regular-season wins and thrilling national championship appearance last season, this year’s Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has a lot to consider ahead of its upcoming Big Ten season. As the only Big Ten team with fewer than six wins, Ohio State (5-4) begins conference play at home Saturday when it meets Penn State (6-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have been unable to break their losing streak, which has reached three games after losses to Towson, No. 3 Denver and No. 7 Notre Dame.The losses mean the game against the Nittany Lions, who are on a two-game win streak, will be critical for Ohio State’s playoff chances given that there are just five games remaining.“At this point, in terms of wins in conferences, it’s huge,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “I think every one of these games feels like a playoff game in the sense that you know you’re competing and positioning yourself for postseason play and making that conference tournament. Only four of the 16 teams will make it, so every game has got to have a kind of a playoff feel to it, and it just starts at the first one.”Ohio State’s 9-8 loss to Notre Dame Sunday didn’t do any favors for the Buckeyes’ record, but it did give the players a much-needed boost in confidence.Ohio State held strong and answered each Fighting Irish goal to remain within one late in the game, except for the game-tying goal. Myers said he was happy with the team’s offensive play, specifically its fast pace and number of quality scoring chances.“You hate to get those kinds of outcomes but I think you focus on the process of getting better, and I think we have improved. When you look at Towson, Notre Dame, Denver — these are final-four, quarter-final teams. These are good lacrosse teams,” Myers said. “You never accept losing, but you do need to be focused on improving, and I do believe that we have.”In many ways, the beginning of Big Ten play represents the start of a new season altogether. After the slow start, Ohio State has a chance to start fresh and commit all its focus to getting to the Big Ten tournament. Before it can make it there, however, Ohio State must clash against some of the top teams in the country, including a formidable No. 2 Maryland team (7-1), No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-2), No. 9 Rutgers (7-2), and No. 15 Michigan (7-2).Myers said he knew the team could fix its issues from previous games, and said it spent this week addressing those problems. As the games get tougher and the stakes get higher, defensive cohesion and offensive consistency become all the more important for the team to compete in a conference stacked top to bottom with talent. “We took great strides last weekend against Notre Dame,” Ohio State senior attack Colin Chell said. “We’re just looking to carry that excitement and improvement through this week and then obviously to Penn State this weekend.”
Despite detectives finding DNA matches, Christopher Allan denied the offencesCredit:Getty Despite overwhelming evidence… he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trialDet Con Nichola Buckley Detective Constable Nichola Buckley, who led the investigation for the Metropolitan Police, said: “Despite overwhelming evidence against Christopher Allan, he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trial.”Although this outcome was some 15 years since the offences, it goes to show that time is no hindrance and the Met will strive to see justice is served.”Both victims in this case have shown a huge amount of strength throughout this investigation. Not only did they have to endure these horrendous attacks in 2001, but they had their lives turned upside down again all these years later upon the arrest and subsequent conviction of Allan.”I would like to commend them for their bravery and hope that they can feel some closure now justice has been served.”Allan, from Charlton, was found guilty of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women.He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence of six years for each attempted rape and ten years’ imprisonment with an extended licence of five years for each indecent assault. All sentences will run concurrently.DC Buckley added: “It cannot be ruled out that Allan has been responsible for other attacks. If anyone thinks they have been the victim of Christopher Allan, please contact police via 101.” Woolwich Crown Court heard the first victim was walking along the street when she realised she was being followed by Allan.She crossed the road several times, but Allan followed her before he grabbed her from behind and pulled her into bushes.He tried to rape her and threatened to kill her if she said anything. Two months later, he followed a woman home in Greenwich in the early hours.She stepped to the side of the path to let him pass but, as he did so, Allan grabbed her and pulled her into a front garden. He sexually assaulted her, but was disturbed by a witness and fled the scene.Despite officers recovering forensic evidence from both scenes, no suspect could be located at the time.In 2014, Allan was arrested following a dispute with a neighbour and his DNA matched samples found at both scenes.He was charged with both offences but, despite the forensic evidence, pleaded not guilty to the offences. A would-be rapist who attacked two women on the streets 15 years ago has been jailed for 12 years after being caught following a dispute with his neighbour.Christopher Allan, 40, attacked his first victim, a girl aged 16, as she walked home in Blackheath, south east London, in April 2001.A second woman aged 26 was assaulted as she made her way home two months later. But Allan evaded justice until he was arrested after a row with his neighbour.His DNA was tested and matched samples found at both crime scenes. After he was convicted of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women, a detective warned that Allan could be responsible for other attacks. 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.
Morgan denies murderCredit:Wales News Service Peter Morgan was a millionaire property developerCredit:Wales News Service Georgina Symonds worked as a dancerCredit:Wales News Service After overhearing the conversation Miss Symonds had with Mr Ballinger, Morgan made a list of items in the notes section of his iPhone.The list – reading “String, 02, poly, glove, snip, handle, tape, Special K, starter, rag, adapter” – was allegedly the items Morgan used when he later killed her.He strangled her with twine in the morning of January 12, then wrapped her body in polythene sheeting which he attached to a metal pole so he could carry it easily.Her legs were bound with tape to fit in the boot of Morgan’s white Porsche Cayenne, which he used to transport her to an outbuilding close to his estranged wife’s home at 12pm.Miss Symonds was reported missing to police after she failed to collect her five-year-old daughter from school that afternoon.Morgan confessed to two police officers at 4.45am on January 13, saying: “I strangled her this morning. I love her so much.”In another interview, Morgan described himself as Miss Symonds’ “sugar daddy” and said he spoiled her.Officers discovered Miss Symonds’ body at 6am. A post-mortem examination found she died from strangulation.Morgan claims he has Asperger syndrome and killed Miss Symonds following a “loss of control” after overhearing the conversation between her and Mr Ballinger. The court heard Morgan promised to transfer the bungalow – owned by him and estranged wife Helen – to Miss Symonds.Morgan, who is worth £20m, also took out a £1m life insurance policy to be paid to Miss Symonds on his death.He paid for trained beautician Miss Symonds, who had two breast augmentations at the age of 18 and 21, to have liposuction costing £8,000.During their three-and-a-half year relationship, Miss Symonds had an affair with a Sky engineer and secretly stayed with him at a hotel.Morgan planted the listening device, disguised as a white plug socket, at the bungalow and used it 514 times from November 2015 until her death. Her best friend, Alexy Butcher, told Newport Crown Court Miss Symonds was paid £10,000 per month by Morgan, who she nicknamed ‘Rich Pete’.”Rich Pete was totally smitten. He loved and cared for her and wanted a future with her,” Miss Butcher told the court.”George, however, was only with him for the money. I don’t think she ever cared for him.” Georgina Symonds was allegedly lavished with gifts by Peter MorganCredit:Wales News Service She said Miss Symonds “hated” Morgan following the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Peter Deem – known as ‘Poor Pete’ – in November 2015.”At the beginning she boasted about Rich Pete but over time I think she decided to get as much as she could from him,” Miss Butcher added.Miss Symonds threatened to tell Morgan’s family how she had met him and had a photograph with him and other escorts at his marital home, Beech Hill Farm in Usk, Gwent.Her mother, Deborah Symonds, told the jury: “She threatened to tell everyone about them and thought she could ruin him.”George had evidence on her phone of Morgan taking call girls back to his marital home when he was married to his wife.”She showed me a picture on her phone of him with some girls in the lounge.”Morgan was up to no good behind his wife’s back and George had evidence with which she would blackmail Morgan with.”Mrs Symonds, a residential services officer, said her daughter wished to “hurt” Morgan and blamed him for Mr Deem’s suicide.”She was trying to do things to upset him, to make him feel hurt but I don’t think anything could make him hurt,” Mrs Symonds said. He planted a listening device in a bungalow he owned in Llanmartin, Newport, where he allowed the mother-of-one to live rent-free with her young daughter.On January 10, Morgan overheard Miss Symonds tell love interest Tom Ballinger she planned to leave married Morgan and blackmail him.Morgan, who denies murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, strangled Miss Symonds with twine at the bungalow in the morning of January 12. An escort allegedly murdered by her multi-millionaire boyfriend was “only with him for the money”, her best friend told a court.Peter Morgan, 54, is accused of strangling Georgina Symonds, 25, after discovering she planned to “fleece him”, leave him and work for other men.The father-of-two, from Llanellen, near Abergavenny, lavished Miss Symonds with expensive gifts and paid her up to £10,000 per month to be his personal escort. 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. Morgan is said to have treated Georgina Symonds to helicopter flightsCredit:Wales News Service