Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Friday’s show (June 1, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss the controversial end to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, whether this series is more competitive than pundits thought it would be, and what more LeBron James has to do for his team to win.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner
OSU senior third baseman Nick Sergakis (21) connects with a pitch during a game against Morehead State on April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won 1-0.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterAsk anyone on the Ohio State baseball team, and he will tell you it is nice to be back home. Following a three-game sweep on the road at the hands of Maryland, the Buckeyes came back home for a two-game midweek series against Morehead State and won both games.After the sweep against the Eagles, OSU now sits at 12-1 when playing in Bill Davis Stadium. The one loss for the Buckeyes at home came in Big Ten play against Northwestern. OSU has gotten off to a slow start in conference play, sitting at 2-4 against Big Ten opponents.OSU coach Greg Beals talked about how important it is to continue the winning ways at home this weekend during the Buckeyes’ upcoming three-game series against Rutgers. “We’ve got to win the home series,” Beals said. “Being at home, we’ve got to play good baseball. We are excited to get back in Big Ten play … to climb our way back up into the standings where we believe we give ourselves a chance.”The big key to OSU’s play of late has been its pitching. A team that entered last weekend as one of the more potent offenses in the Big Ten saw dominant starts from its two left-handers, junior Tanner Tully and senior John Havird, as well as great outings from two of its right-handers, freshman Ryan Feltner and redshirt sophomore Austin Woodby. Senior third baseman and co-captain Nick Sergakis said he knows that for the Buckeyes to keep winning, they need their pitching to keep rolling against a solid Scarlet Knight team.“Our pitching staff has been carrying us,” Sergakis said. “Morehead State came in with an above .300 team batting average and (the pitching staff) shut them down. … Rutgers is going to be a scrappy team. They’re probably the scrappiest team that we played last year. They just never give up.”Scouting RutgersRutgers has not been tearing it up this season, but it is certainly no team to take for granted. Winners of seven out of their past 10 games, the Scarlet Knights (15-17, 2-4) gave Indiana all it could handle in their last Big Ten matchup, winning two of three games.Though its lineup has no real sluggers, Rutgers has a couple of hitters who could pose a potential threat to OSU pitching. Senior designated hitter R.J. Devish currently leads the team with a .406 batting average, which is fourth in the Big Ten. Freshman outfielder Jawuan Harris not only leads the team in stolen bases with 24 on the season, but he also leads the Big Ten in that category. As a whole, Rutgers leads the Big Ten with 71 stolen bases on the season.Though his team faces a potential challenge from the Rutgers lineup, Beals said he has faith that his team can keep that prolific offense from doing too much damage. “They’ve got a couple guys with power, and they’ve also got a couple guys that are capable of stealing bases,” Beals said. “If our pitchers are pitching to the bottom of the strike zone and pitching ahead in the counts, if we’re able to do those things and command our fastballs, then I think we’ll be able to keep that offense at bay.”The pitching staff of Rutgers has not been a major strength for it on the year, but starting in Game 1 for the Scarlet Knights is senior Howie Brey. Brey owns a 2.82 ERA over 54.1 innings of work. The lefty has surrendered only 51 hits this season, good for a .248 opponent batting average.“We’re going to see a left-hander on Friday night that’s pitching pretty good,” Beals said. “He’s going to move the ball around on us and he’s been pitching really well, his ERA is under 3.00, he’s winning some ballgames.”Remembering Zach FarmerSaturday’s game against Rutgers will be especially meaningful for the OSU, as Saturday will be the Zach Farmer Memorial Game. A promising young pitcher, Zach Farmer began his career with OSU as a highly touted pitching recruit who many believed would have a very successful tenure at OSU and could end up in the MLB draft. After initially believing that his cancer was in remission, Farmer later revealed that his cancer had returned. He succumbed to the disease at the age of 21 on Aug. 4. In recognition of its teammate, the team has worn a patch on its hats this season that displays his initials ZF. For Beals, the Zach Farmer Memorial Game is going to be very special for the team as it continues to honor Farmer. “Zach is near and dear to everybody in our program,” Beals said. “He was a great, great guy, a great teammate, and we learned a lot from him in his battle and have tons of respect for what he and his family went through. It will be good to see his family, and it will be good to show him the respect that’s well deserved.”The weekend series against Rutgers is scheduled to get started on Friday at 6:35 p.m. with Tully set to pitch. He is scheduled to be followed on the hill by Havird in Game 2 and either redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, or Feltner in Game 3.
OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett talks to his fellow players on the bench during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorSince the end of the 2015 season, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was the go-to guy for the Ohio State football team. He was always going to be the guy with the keys to drive the offense for coach Urban Meyer in 2016.At Big Ten Media Days in July in Chicago, Meyer said that he couldn’t go into this season without his undeniable leader, Barrett.When Barrett jogged out with the first-team offense for the team’s first offensive drive of 2016, the expectations were that Barrett and the Buckeyes would charge down the field and put the rout in motion.But that wasn’t the case.He threw an interception that Bowling Green’s Brandon Harris returned for the first touchdown of the season, putting the Falcons up 7-0.Shades of the inconsistent play at quarterback in 2015 flashed into many of the minds of fans as Barrett and the offense retreated to the sidelines. It was a teachable moment for Barrett, one Meyer let him do on his own.“Coach Meyer, he doesn’t say anything to me,” Barrett said. “The conversation I had with myself, though, is just like, ‘Well, darn, J.’ I didn’t use ‘darn.’”Barrett continued to dwell on his mistake. He said he sat there for a few minutes, contemplating over the miscue until he put it behind him. He then went around to players telling them it was his mistake.It would be his only misstep on the day.The next drive, Barrett went out and delivered a 47-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman K.J. Hill, tying the game at 7. From there on, Barrett played as anticipated.He finished with 349 passing yards while going 21-for-31 and throwing six touchdowns. Barrett also ran for 30 yards on six carries, scoring once, propelling him to Big Ten Player of the Week honors.“I think he’s such a leader, such a veteran, and I think he knows this is his show,” Meyer said.OSU finished the game with 776 yards of offense against Bowling Green — a program record. Meyer said Barrett typically changes the play at the line of scrimmage at least 10 times during a game based on what the defense presents — one being on the 47-yard score to Hill.Barrett broke a school record with seven total touchdowns and tied a school record of six individual passing touchdowns by one OSU quarterback. However, Barrett continued his daily routine.The next day Barrett, exemplifying a leader, was back in the film room analyzing his performance and where to improve with quarterbacks coach Tim Beck. Barrett said he agreed with Meyer that the wide receivers weren’t as crisp as they should have been. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson called the quarterback from Wichita Falls, Texas, a “college Peyton Manning.”“You can see him barking out calls, switching things up. He just keeps everybody going,” Wilson said. “Even when we’re making mistakes, he walks up and down the sideline and just keeps those guys ready.”Redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin — who is expected to play more Saturday — said Barrett’s overwhelming quality as a leader is his command of the offense.“J.T. is a guy of high character,” McLaurin said. “We know we can trust him.”
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) intercepts a ball in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAny fan who only watched the first three quarters of play would probably assume No. 2 Ohio State was overcome by a poor offensive display and occasionally weak defense against No. 3 Michigan. But the last half of the game belonged to the Buckeyes, including the double overtime period that saw OSU score twice.Late-game heroics by junior H-back Curtis Samuel, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the entire OSU defense led the Buckeyes to one of the most thrilling victories ever in the greatest rivalry college football has to offer. Sure, this game might not have been as great as the 2006 No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown in Ohio Stadium. But the thrilling conclusion to a gritty and intense matchup will remain in the minds of players, coaches and fans for years to come. OSU co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he was happy for the sendoff the seniors received, and was pleased with his defense, even with 310 yards surrendered. Drama in about every form happened in this game. From failed fake punts, missed open receivers, a few scuffles and even a Jim Harbaugh meltdown, the 113th meeting between OSU and Michigan is one for the record books. Here are five takeaways from The Game on Saturday.“Feed off each other”The phrase “feed off each other” was used by Fickell in the postgame press conference immediately following the game. He was referring to the OSU offense feeding off the success of its defense. While the Buckeyes’ offense was struggling, the Silver Bullets were keeping OSU in the game.One of the biggest plays that happened all game was a tackle for loss by redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. For Michigan, the dynamic junior linebacker/defensive back/do-it-all player Jabrill Peppers lined up as a quarterback in the redzone. He took the snap and moved left, but Hubbard was right there.Normally in this scenario, the defensive player, especially when it’s a lineman, would get juked out of his shoes. Instead, Hubbard stayed home, planted his feet, drove his hips and was able to get his hands on Peppers’ ankles. OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker was there to help finish the tackle Hubbard started.“We were thinking there was going to be a sweep or something like that,” Hubbard said. “He picked the ball up and tried to get on the edge, he squared up and tried to shake me and I squared up. I just dove for his legs and got his legs. Good thing I had Malik there to help me out.”It might have taken a few plays for OSU to capitalize on a touchdown-saving tackle, but the energy level on the sideline following the big play early on was instantly elevated. Each unit for the Buckeyes’ has been complimenting the other, and that’s when they are the most dangerous. Case in point, Saturday’s come-from-behind win.Raekwon McMillan will most likely leave for the NFL draftAlthough there are more important things on the mind of OSU coaches following a top-five win, this one should take precedence the moment the season is over. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan played out of his mind on Saturday, further solidifying his already high draft stock.A standout since his freshman year, McMillan is the epitomization of an agile and hard-hitting middle linebacker — the exact reason he led the team in total tackles with 16 and was tied for the lead with seven solo tackles.Right now, McMillan is ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect by WalterFootball.com. His speed and long arms make him an asset to any team looking for an instant starter at the next level.OSU is not thinking of replacing players quite yet, but losing McMillan in the middle would create an enormous hole in the defense that hasn’t existed since he came to campus in 2014. The biggest downfall in his game is over the middle pass coverage, but that can be helped. The Buckeyes are celebrating Saturday’s win for now, but it seems likely they will be without their leading voice on defense next season.2016 OSU vs. Michigan is an instant classic“That was the craziest this place has been ever since I’ve been here,” said redshirt senior center Pat Elflein. “That was the ultimate … it was an electric atmosphere.”A fitting Senior Day end for a player who has logged five years in Columbus. Three quarters of dull and lifeless play were wiped away as Samuel lept across the goal line in double overtime.To read about it, you probably wouldn’t believe all that transpired on a chilly autumn afternoon in Columbus. But, the comeback for OSU happened, and the Buckeyes have now defeated Michigan in five straight contests.Harbaugh did his best Meyer impression by tossing his headset after a disputed call, reminiscent of the Meyer throwing his headset during the 2014 Sugar Bowl after Alabama was flagged for running into the kicker and not a personal foul. Needless to say, he was not pleased.The game-winning play by Samuel with Elflein leading the way and the team embrace in the endzone was picturesque. Even the mob scene in the middle of the field following the game will be something remembered by OSU fans for a long time to come.There has been more than 100 meetings between the two rivals, but this one is near the top of the list of best finishes.Barrett’s legs are his biggest assetAfter early-season discussions about a possible Heisman run for Barrett, OSU fans have had to deal with mediocre passing from the redshirt junior. In his last two game, he’s 25-for-54 for just 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Those numbers are far from the four touchdown performances against Oklahoma and Nebraska. Against Penn State, Barrett tossed a touchdown and picked up 245 yards, but ran for just 26. In a game where the offense needs a spark, it’s up to the legs of the redshirt junior to keep OSU moving forward. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first overtime of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorContrary to his poor passing numbers, Barrett has rushed for 230 yards in his last two appearances. His ability to tuck it and run allows OSU to free up space for other runners, and even cause the secondary to cheat up on some passes.Saturday against Michigan is a prime example of Barrett using his legs more than his arm, as a key run in the first overtime period was crucial to OSU’s victory. With Barrett at the helm of the Buckeyes, the ability to turn to the run when the pass isn’t working is what masks him one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten.OSU should have a spot reserved in playoffThis one has a lot of speculation behind it, but needs just a little thought to understand. OSU beat a very, very good Michigan team, even if the Wolverines came in with a loss. Currently sitting at No. 2, OSU has wins over the No. 3 team (Michigan), No. 6 team (Wisconsin) and No. 8 team (Oklahoma). A close loss to No. 7 Penn State hurts, but the fact that OSU is 4-1 against teams ranked in the College Football Playoff poll makes them a very convincing case for the playoffs. Elflein said himself, “How can you keep us out?”Barrett too, feels it’s unrealistic to keep out the Buckeyes.“At this time, I think we are one of the top four teams in the country, personally, but I think that, like I said, it’s up to the committee to do their thing,” he said. “Hopefully everything works out in our favor.”FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the most used online statistics websites, did a probability of each team near the top reaching the playoff. And at the top was OSU with a 90 percent chance. Alabama, the No. 1 team in the nation, has a 91 percent chance.The stars aligned for the Buckeyes in 2014, and this year has the makings of more luck for the Scarlet and Gray. Take a look back at some of the breaks OSU had on Saturday, like Michigan miscues on offense or the spot for Barrett’s draw on fourth and inches, even though later pictures proved he did make it.A 90 percent chance is not a guarantee, but it’s definitely going to make viewers tune in on Tuesday for the latest playoff polls. Expect to see OSU’s name in the No. 2 spot again.
#24 Rod Smith, RB With starter Dan “Boom” Herron suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, the player getting the most hype to fill his void is redshirt freshman Smith. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound back electrified the media, coaching staff and players during practice before the 2011 Sugar Bowl. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native did not join the team until after fall camp because he was academically ineligible. #10 Corey Brown, WR With senior DeVier Posey suspended for the first five games of the regular season, and the graduation of Dane Sanzenbacher, there’s no doubt Ohio State is thin at the wide receiver position. But sophomore Brown hopes to fill that void. The 5-foot-11 speedster from Upper Darby, Pa., got his feet wet last season, catching seven passes and even scoring a touchdown. Brown has an opportunity to be a primary target for whoever ends up playing the quarterback position and also figures to be a factor on punt returns. #52 Johnathan Hankins, DL The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Hankins might be the biggest body on the Buckeye defense. The sophomore earned his way into the defensive line rotation as a freshman, and will look to earn a starting spot this season with the departure of seniors Cameron Heyward and Dexter Larimore. Hankins’ size and athleticism allow him to play both inside and outside. However, stamina appeared to be an issue as his freshman season progressed. #78 Andrew Norwell, OL As senior Mike Adams serves a five-game suspension, sophomore Norwell will compete for his spot at left tackle. Norwell, a Cincinnati native, was the No. 2 overall ranked offensive tackle in the 2010 recruiting class, according to Scout.com. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound lineman likely will compete with redshirt sophomore Marcus Hall for the spot. Norwell filled in at right tackle last season, while starter J.B. Shugarts was injured. #4 C.J. Barnett , DB Barnett started off strong last year at safety for the Buckeyes, but injured his right knee the second game of the season against Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 11, 2010 and surgery sidelined him for the rest of the year. The junior is ready to step back into his starting role this spring after the departure of graduate Jermale Hines and be a big play threat for a largely inexperienced defense. At 6 feet, 190 pounds, Barnett has the tenacity to make an impact from the start of the season. The Dayton, Ohio, native recorded 65 tackles at Northmont High School and was named first-team All-Ohio. #28 Dominic Clarke, DB The secondary is one of the areas that took the biggest hits because of graduating seniors. With corners Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence gone, Clarke will be among the slew of corners competing for two starting spots. Clarke recorded 14 tackles and one interception last season, and stepped in during the Sugar Bowl while injuries afflicted the secondary. Clarke recorded three tackles and helped limit Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to a 51 percent completion. The Frederick, Md., native and redshirt sophomore has speed that could put him above the rest. #32 Storm Klein, LB Although mainly a special teams player in his first two seasons as a Buckeye, Klein is poised to earn significant playing time at the middle linebacker position following Brian Rolle’s graduation. Klein, a junior, opened the 2010 season with a hamstring injury that kept him out of Ohio State’s first two games. However, with no lingering effects, expect Klein to use his physical playing style to help solidify the Buckeye run defense. #80 Chris Fields, WR After being redshirted in his first season at Ohio State, Fields recorded only three catches last year, his first year of playing action. He will be competing with fellow receivers Corey “Philly” Brown, James Jackson and James Louis to help contribute during senior Devier Posey’s five-game suspension. Fields is a sure-handed receiver and will have ample opportunity this spring to earn a spot in the Buckeyes’ top three receivers when Posey returns. #11 Dorian Bell, LB Bell, a redshirt sophomore, enters the spring looking to finally break out. The 6-foot-1 linebacker from Monroeville, Pa., was ranked as a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, but has mostly seen time as a special teams player thus far. With former linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan leaving, Bell looks to finally harness his natural ability and become a force for the always stout Ohio State defense.
The Big Ten Conference’s footprint looks like it will extend up and down the mid-Atlantic region. One day after admitting the University of Maryland to the league, the Big Ten’s expansion is expected to continue as the conference is reportedly set to approve Rutgers University’s application Tuesday. Rutgers, nicknamed the Scarlet Knights, would become the 14th team in the modern history of the Big Ten. A 2 p.m. press conference with Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi, athletic director Tim Pernetti and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany is set to take place on the school’s campus in Piscataway, N.J., Tuesday. As part of the move, Rutgers would depart the Big East Conference. The Scarlet Knights football program joined the Big East in 1991. In 1995, Rutgers began to compete in the Big East in all sports. On Monday, Maryland became the 13th team in modern Big Ten history when its Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the conference. Current Big Ten university presidents then assembled for a Monday teleconference to unanimously approve the school’s admittance. Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Rutgers football notes As Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said during a Monday press conference, football drives much of the revenue generation and interest for the Big Ten and fans of the traditionally Midwestern conference will be happy to know the Rutgers is no slouch on the gridiron. The Scarlet Knights football program is currently ranked No. 21 in the latest Associated Press poll and the team is in-line for the Big East’s automatic Bowl Championship Series berth by virtue of its 9-1 overall record and its 5-0 in-conference record. Rutgers completed a $102 million dollar expansion of its football team’s home field, High Point Solutions Stadium, expanding the venue’s capacity to 52,454. With the expansion, High Point Solution Stadium will be the third smallest Big Ten venue – only Northwestern’s Ryan Field (49,256) and Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium (50,805) hold fewer fans.
OSU linebackers Jerome Baker (17), Dre’Mont Jones (86) and Chase Young (2) prepare for a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will be without three players, including two starters, in Saturday night’s game against Rutgers, the school announced Saturday less than an hour before kickoff.Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones will miss Saturday night’s game against Rutgers as he scraped his leg on a locker and injured it after a practice this week. The injury required stitches and he might miss future games, according to a team spokesman.Redshirt senior safety Erick Smith did not travel with the team and will not play for undisclosed reasons. Sophomore running back Antonio Williams also did not make the trip and is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue, the press release stated.Jones is the second starting defensive tackle Ohio State will not have. Michael Hill has been suspended indefinitely since the beginning of the year due to undisclosed reasons. Without Smith, sophomore safety Jordan Fuller will start for Ohio State. Freshman Isaiah Pryor will likely be the backup at both safety positions.
A window (L) that is going to be replaced by a stained glass window designed by artist David Hockney “It will be wonderful to have in the Abbey the work of this internationally-renowned contemporary British artist who has been honoured by The Queen with membership of the Order of Merit, which is in Her Majesty’s personal gift,” he added.The window is due to be unveiled in June 2018, to coincide with the opening of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Abbey’s medieval triforium, which runs 70 ft above the Abbey floor.The last commission for a window at the Abbey came in 2013, in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Hockney photographed at the Royal Academy in 2012 David Hockney is to design a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Queen’s reign, years after he declined to paint her because he was too busy.The British artist has been given “free rein” to design a window, saying he was planning to create a “landscape full of blossom that’s a celebration every year.”The tall 20ft x 6ft window, one of the church’s few remaining clear ones, will be known as The Queen’s Window and is in the north transept of the gothic Abbey. Hockney plans to create a cherry blossom window in honour of the Queen 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. Although Hockney will now design the window, it will be transferred into stained glass by the Barley Studio in York, who will work closely with him.The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, came up with the idea of approaching Hockney to help celebrate the Queen’s reign.The artist accepted the commission after travelling from his LA home in the summer to be shown the window by the Dean. Dr Hall said he was delighted with the plan. The cost is being covered by two anonymous benefactors. Westminster Abbey said Hockney would largely have artistic control, with guidance from the Dean and Chapter and the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission who deal with changes to the historic building.”He’s given a very elliptical hint. We’re as interested as everyone else to see what he comes up with. He will have pretty much free rein because he’s David Hockney,” an Abbey spokesman said.”The Queen is certainly aware of the proposal and there will be continual briefings from us.” Bradford-born Hockney, widely considered to be the country’s greatest living artist, is well known for experimenting with different ways of making art – drawing, painting and using the iPad.In 2011, he told how he had been invited to paint a portrait of the Queen but turned it down by telling her staff: “I was very busy painting England actually.”He finally painted the monarch in 2012, composing an image of the Diamond Jubilee river pageant on an iPad as he watched it on TV.His piece showed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as tiny figures with their backs to the viewer as they headed towards Tower Bridge on the royal barge. The finished window will be unveiled in 2018
More than eight in ten middle aged adults are dangerously unhealthy because of a desk-bound work culture and family pressures, Government experts have warned.New figures show 83 per cent of people between the ages of 40 and 60 are either drinking too much, are overweight or are not taking enough exercise.The Health Survey for England show that 77 per cent of men and 63 per cent of women in middle age are either overweight or obese – with the rate of obesity shooting up 16 per cent in the last two decades. The diabetes rate among this age group also doubled in this period, according to Public Health England.Meanwhile, many are also not being physically active and drinking too much.The health body is encouraging adults to take its One You – How Are You health quiz which may highlight problems and areas for improvement.”The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation, and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels,” said Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England. The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nationProfessor Sir Muir Gray, Public Health England Show more “Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily.”But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.”Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at the Government body, said pressured lives meant they often forget to stay healthy.”People are busy with work, with families, with the daily grind and sometimes their own health is the least of their priorities,” he said.Dan Howarth, head of care at Diabetes UK, added: “We know that people often bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their general health but the consequences of doing nothing can be catastrophic.” 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.
Paramedics and an off-duty doctor raced to the scene and he was treated on the roadside, before being airlifted to the specialist head injuries unit at Kings College Hospital in south London.Mr O’Sullivan died in the early hours of Tuesday. His next-of-kin have been informed, Kent Police said.Writing on Facebook, his sister Jeanette O’Sullivan paid tribute to “a great brother, dad and uncle”. Thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the popular race in Sutton Valence, KentCredit:Kent Online / SWNS.com She added: “Love you always and forever in our thoughts. May you sleep tight and smile down on us. Sweet dreams. Love you forever.”Tom Middlewood, Mr O’Sullivan’s nephew, said: “For anyone that knew Titch. I am sorry to say that he did sadly pass away in Kings College Hospital.”He never regained consciousness.”Officers said they had carried out enquiries relating to the incident and that there were no suspicious circumstances.The New Year’s Day pram race in Sutton Valence, near Maidstone, Kent is a popular event.Each team must complete two laps of the loop road in the village, including “pit stops” at the pubs along the way. One eye witness said: “Three men dressed in RAF costumes and a pram designed like an airplane came down the street at speed before the pram flipped over.”It literally happened a few feet in front of me; they fell at my feet. It all happened so quickly and then I saw blood on the floor.”Fortunately, the event’s first aid tent was next to where the man fell, the witness added.”The three RAF guys were going a lot quicker than the pram in front of them. As soon as I saw them coming at that speed I thought there was going to be a crash, but I didn’t think it was going to be that bad.” A pram race contestant dressed as an WWII RAF pilot has died after being thrown from the contraption during a charity pram race.Francis O’Sullivan – known as “Titch” – and two friends were taking part in the annual New Year’s Day fancy dress event while wearing leather flying jackets and flying helmets when the mock Spitfire fighter plane overturned.The 52-year-old suffered a serious head injury in the incident in front of hundreds of horrified spectators. 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.