Marc Gasol Is Joel Embiids Kryptonite

To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions. read more

Firstround recap Ohio State ties school record with five firstround draftees in

Former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott poses after scoring a touchdown in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Elliott was one of five Buckeyes selected in the first round on Thursday. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWay back when the 2014 Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff national championship, everyone around the team knew the type of talent returning in 2015.As the season played out, it became apparent to the Ohio State faithful that there would be an extensive list of players leaving the program following the final whistle.After months of speculation and hype surrounding the former OSU football players who entered their names in the NFL draft pool, the outgoing Buckeyes lived up to the expectations on Thursday night.With five players selected in the first round, OSU fell just shy of the single-school record of six, held by the University of Miami in 2004. OSU did tie its own school record of first-round picks set in 2006.The first day of the draft was headlined for the Buckeyes by defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, taken by the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys at No. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively.Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee also heard their names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night inside the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.After Bosa and Elliott were quickly taken off the board, most people thought a dozen or so picks would pass by before the next Buckeye was taken. But coming as arguably the biggest surprise pick of the first round, the New York Giants reached a bit to take the cornerback Apple with the 10th pick.Multiple media sources have stated that this is the first time in NFL history that a team has had three selections inside the first 10 picks. However, this has been accomplished 12 times before, with Oklahoma the last team to do so in 2010.It is the first time in program history that three players from the Scarlet and Gray were selected in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft. When Decker and Lee were selected at No. 16 and No. 20, respectively, OSU became just the second school in the history of the draft to have five picks in the top 20. With 11 picks remaining in the first round, many wondered if safety Vonn Bell or wide receiver Michael Thomas would come off the board to tie the mark set by the Hurricanes.In the end, the talented class from the Scarlet and Gray still boasted an impressive first-round showing in Chicago, drawing attention from all over the NFL. With the first round concluded, nine former OSU players remain on most draft boards entering the final two days of the draft. Bell and Thomas are likely to be two of the first Buckeyes selected, along with the possibility of wide receiver Braxton Miller.A pair of offensive players, quarterback Cardale Jones and tight end Nick Vannett, add to the list of potential second and third day picks. Vannett has gained the most attention from NFL teams prior to the draft, but many analysts are predicting Jones to be a late selection.Linebacker Joshua Perry is predicted to go in the middle rounds, while defensive tackle Adolphus Washington is expected to accompany Perry somewhere around the halfway point of the draft. The draft is set to continue on Friday with the second and third rounds, and Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. By the end of the weekend, OSU will begin to threaten its own NFL draft record of 14 total picks from one school set in 2004. read more

Senior mens tennis aces show love for the game

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team enters its last team competition of the 2010–11 season Friday, its three graduating seniors look to lead their team one final time during the NCAA Team Championship Tournament. Senior co-captains Matt Allare, Shuhei Uzawa and Balazs Novak spent the past four years building their leadership skills both on and off the court. “They’re class acts,” coach Ty Tucker said of the trio after the team’s last regular-season match. “They were taught by the guys who came before them, and they really stepped up this season.” All three seniors played doubles this season, but Allare and Novak played singles as well in almost every match they played. Allare was selected last week as one of four Buckeyes who will compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament from May 25–30. He is an at-large selection in singles and in doubles with his partner, redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt. Freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan also were selected to play in the singles and doubles championship. Each will play singles in addition to acting as a doubles partner. After OSU had technically won the Big Ten season title in its match against Indiana, Novak didn’t talk about his individual performance when describing the match. “Everyone fought hard and everyone tried their best,” he said following the match. “I’m proud of them.” Allare said at one point during the season that he was “more concerned” with the team as a whole and wanted to win his matches just to benefit the team. In keeping with that spirit, these seniors would like to leave a legacy behind by bringing home OSU’s first-ever men’s tennis national title. “I can’t even put into words what that would mean,” Allare said. It would mean everything, Novak said. Uzawa agreed with both of his teammates. Allare said his underclassman teammates would be just as excited to win the championship “but they have three more years to let it soak in.” “We just need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure is not as great.” But Allare added that if they lose, the team is out, meaning their hopes of bringing home the championship are over. “We just need to give it everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Whether they win or lose, these seniors will have left a legacy of skill and leadership with the OSU program. “They’ve been great guys,” Tucker said. “We’re gonna miss them.” read more

Opinion Switching sports as a pro is an option in order to

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) briefly took part in the Texas Rangers spring training.Credit: Courtesy of TNSOne thing’s for sure: football isn’t good for your long-term health.As exhibited by the early retirement of former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland this month, there are better long-term options than repeatedly smashing year head, with or without a helmet. The issue of concussions in football — especially the NFL — has sparked debate far and wide in recent years, with retirements like Borland’s providing a somewhat positive example of a solution.Then there’s the grim incidents related to concussions — like the suicide of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau.Of course any athlete would like to avoid serious brain damage, but many aren’t willing to give up their millions like Borland. NFL players are in the NFL for one obvious reason: they’re good at football. In many cases, they’re better at football than anything else.But that all starts with one thing: athletic talent.So Chris Borland — who played just one year in the NFL — is passing on his most obvious career path early in order to promote his own health later in life.He might have a plan worked out, but it probably won’t be as lucrative as the salary of a star NFL linebacker.If an athlete is talented enough to make it in the NFL, there’s a chance they could stay on the field by switching to a new sport.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has a win and a loss in the past two Super Bowls, has been spending some time with the Texas Rangers during their spring training workouts. Wilson is a former minor league baseball player with major league talent.It’s widely accepted that he’s simply working out with the Rangers — who own his MLB draft rights — for fun. But when it comes to long-term health, wouldn’t Wilson be better off switching to baseball now?My guess is it would only take one player switching sports, especially if that player was in the spotlight as much as Wilson. If the former N.C. State and Wisconsin quarterback decided to hang up his football helmet and grab his baseball glove, he could spark a brand-new trend.There’s no doubt injuries still happen in baseball, but there’s also no doubt injuries to the head are less prevalent.Now I know there are a select few NFL players who could successfully switch to baseball, but if it becomes anything close to a trend, that tendency could trickle down to younger ages.There’s a good chance the only way to eliminate the risk of football-related brain injuries is to quit playing football. If young kids start seeing their football heroes switching sports, they’d be much more likely to pick baseball, basketball, soccer or any other sport over football.Nobody wants one concussion, and the idea of life-altering brain injuries is even worse.I can’t say I want to see football go away completely — I love the sport — but I can say I’d be curious to see what happens if Wilson chose to switch sports full time.Maybe nothing would change, or maybe the next Odell Beckham Jr. — a former United States Men’s National Soccer Team prospect — will be suiting up for the 2022 World Cup instead of Super Bowl LVI. read more

Logan Stieber named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

Ohio State’s Logan Stieber reacts after winning his fourth consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21, 2015, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter winning his fourth individual national championship in as many years and helping the Ohio State wrestling team to its first-ever team championship, Logan Stieber was named the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday morning.Stieber, who ended his collegiate career on a 50-match winning streak dating back to December 2013, was the first wrestler in Big Ten history to complete a perfect 4-for-4 individual championship career, and just the fourth college wrestler to ever pull off the feat. He won the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top wrestler for his senior season, the first recipient in OSU history.“Logan is a special student-athlete who has left a legacy at Ohio State,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a press release. “His four national titles are the first ever for a Big Ten athlete, but it was his ability to lead the program to our first-ever NCAA team title that most accurately defines him. I am proud that someone who has worked as hard as he has for as long as he has is receiving such great recognition.”Wrestling in the 141-pound weight class, the Monroeville, Ohio, native is the fourth OSU athlete to win Male Athlete of the Year honors, following basketball’s Evan Turner in 2010, gymnast Blaine Wilson in 1997 and football’s Eddie George the year prior.A fellow national champion, rowing’s Ashley Bauer, was OSU’s nominee for Female Athlete of the Year honors. However, the award went to Maryland junior lacrosse player Taylor Cummings, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the championship for the national champion Terrapins.Three former OSU athletes have won Female Athlete of the Year accolades: track and field’s Christina Manning in 2012, basketball’s Jessica Davenport in 2007 and volleyball’s Laura Davis in 1995.The award was first issued in 1982 for male athletes, with the honor for females being added a year later.Stieber also saw his name announced Wednesday as a nominee for Best Male College Athlete at ESPN’s 2015 ESPY Awards. Stieber is one of three OSU nominees at the ESPYs, alongside redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones for Best Breakthrough Athlete and football coach Urban Meyer for Best Coach/Manager.The ESPY Awards, which can be voted for on ESPN’s website, will be announced live on July 15 at 8 p.m. read more

Football No 4 Ohio State releases depth chart ahead of matchup with

Members of the Ohio State football team sing “Carmen Ohio” following the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter recording wins over Oregon State and Rutgers to start the 2018 season, No. 4 Ohio State released its depth chart ahead of its first ranked game of the season, a neutral-site matchup against No. 15 TCU. After defeating the Scarlet Knights 52-3 on Saturday, the Buckeyes will bring the same depth chart when the team travels to Arlington, Texas. With the same offensive line, Ohio State still has both redshirt junior Mike Weber and sophomore J.K. Dobbins splitting time at running back and redshirt sophomore Luke Farrell and redshirt junior Rashod Berry splitting time at tight end. On defense, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning is still listed as the starter at middle linebacker with redshirt sophomore listed at No. 2 Tuf Borland as he continues to recover from his Achilles injury. At safety, sophomore Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint are listed as co-starters alongside junior Jordan Fuller. Ohio State will take on TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens hockey blew it

Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier goes down on one knee during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State on March 1. Ohio State won 5-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe date is Oct. 8. Ohio State men’s hockey comes in at No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll before even playing a game this season.The Buckeyes bring the vast majority of their talent back from the season before, a season where they stunned college hockey on the way to making a Frozen Four run, the second in the program’s history.Sure, Ohio State loses Matthew Weis, the third-best scorer on the team, but Weis was injured throughout the entirety of the NCAA tournament, so the players coming back are well aware of their ability to make it without him.Ohio State loses a strong defenseman in Janik Moser, as well as some solid depth players in Christian Lampasso, Kevin Miller and Luke Stork. But it brings back much, much more.The date is Feb. 9. Ohio State is the No. 2 team in the country on the back of a seven-game win streak, and is playing up to the lofty expectations put before it.Then it all went up in smoke.For a team that had all the talent, all the experience and all the core pieces it needed to not only get back to the Frozen Four, but win it, all it took for Ohio State to throw it all away was losing the chip on its shoulder that it had through the past three seasons.Growing complacent after all but sealing both the Big Ten and their tournament bid, the Buckeyes went 1-6-1 in their final eight games, looking like a shell of their former selves.In 2017, Ohio State squeaked its way into the tournament, a major win for the program in its own right, then took the eventual NCAA runner-up to overtime before falling 3-2.In 2018, the Buckeyes squeaked its way into a No. 1 seed, were still considered the underdog in their region and proceeded to put a beatdown on Denver, the reigning national champions, before losing to the team that would eventually win the tournament.Both of those losses were to Minnesota Duluth. Ohio State would have had to make the final for the potential to play the Bulldogs for a third time.Anyone who watched this team the past six weeks knew that was not going to happen.Through losing six of its final eight games, Ohio State’s consistent offense went missing, its’ even more consistent defense and goaltending turned to swiss cheese and the motivation that was evident throughout the locker room to win the whole thing turned from action to simply words.It seemed the Buckeyes found their wake-up call in the Big Ten tournament, getting embarrassed as the No. 1 seed by Penn State in a 5-1 beatdown on Ohio State’s home ice.Captain and senior forward Mason Jobst saw the lack of drive from his team that day. He thought Ohio State could flip the switch come NCAA tournament time.“If [Penn State] lost tonight, their season was actually over, and as much as I hate to say, maybe we didn’t have that desperation because we kind of knew that we were in the tournament,” Jobst said. “Now, as a senior class, the true desperation is gonna come out … our lives are on the line every single game from here on out.”Ohio State dropped to a No. 3 seed because of its’ late-season struggles, and got a rematch with Denver in the first round, a year after beating the Pioneers 5-1 to advance to the Frozen Four.Denver had the chip on its shoulder the Buckeyes had for the past two seasons. That was gone now, and the Pioneers came out with a 2-0 victory, officially eliminating Ohio State, ruining the program’s greatest chance to win a national championship it has ever had.The Buckeyes only have themselves to blame.The Denver-Ohio State game was a tight one, and one the Buckeyes certainly had a chance to win. Ohio State outshot the Pioneers 24-13, and only gave up one goal prior to pulling sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier.But that’s not really the point. The point is that Ohio State shouldn’t have had to play Denver again, and most certainly not in the first round.The date is March 30. Ohio State should be preparing for its’ second round matchup in the season that this program has dreamed about for the past four years since Jobst’s impressive freshman season, and likely for much longer before that.Instead, the players are forced to watch from afar, only left to think about what went so wrong so fast.Next year, the same high expectations likely won’t be there.Jobst is gone, leaving behind one of the greatest individual legacies the program has ever seen. Joining him is Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Sasha Larocque, goalie Sean Romeo and key contributors like Dakota Joshua, Freddy Gerard, John Wiitala and Brendon Kearney.This was the year for Ohio State to win its’ first national title.Instead, it was bounced in the first round to a team it thoroughly outplayed a season ago.There was something special about that Frozen Four team in 2018, and it wasn’t necessarily the talent. But this year, with increased talent and increased expectation, the Buckeyes crumbled and faltered, leaving nothing but unknowns about if the players returning for next season can still pick up all the pieces. read more

Lake District walkers who rely on smartphones rather than maps blamed for

first_imgThe organisation’s Jeff Carroll said people relying on systems such as GPS and maps on mobile phones has been a major issue.Instead, he urged tourists, walkers and cyclists who explore their beauty spot’s countless mountain trails to carry a simple compass and Ordnance Survey paper map.On Thursday, an inquest heard that a university librarian was killed while descending Snowdonia’s 3,000ft Tryfan peak after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a map. But the volunteers said that is more than they dealt with in all of 2015 and fear the increase in unprepared climbers means 2016 will be a record year for emergencies.Wasdale spokesman Richard Warren said their pleas for people to climb in suitable clothing, plan routes and learn to read a map are falling on deaf ears.Mr Warren said: “We have been trying to reduce the numbers of avoidable incidents with little success.”The Lake District is again heading for a record year for call-outs and it is becoming quite shocking the level of ill preparedness and lack of basic outdoor skills necessary to safely get up a mountain.”We are all volunteers and there is a limit to what we can do. We’ve had 80 ‘999’ calls since the start of the year, 20 of these in the first three weeks of August and at least 14 avoidable.” An over-reliance on electronic equipment has been blamed for the slow increase in callouts for busy Lake District mountain rescuers.Coniston Mountain Rescue Team said by September 2015 it had sprung into action 44 times – already one more than the whole of 2014. Don’t rely on your mobile to get you out of trouble – in many areas of the mountains there is no signal coverageMountain Rescue England and Wales 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. On the Mountain Rescue England and Wales website, it urges readers to only use mobile phones for making emergency calls, not for map-reading.It states: “A map and compass are essential kit and should be easily accessible – not buried in the rucksack! “A mobile phone and GPS are useful tools, but don’t rely on your mobile to get you out of trouble – in many areas of the mountains there is no signal coverage.”Your mobile phone may not be the most reliable way of calling for help. Batteries can very quickly run flat and signal coverage in the hills is still a hit and miss affair.”That said, the use of mobiles has grown enormously in the last ten years and the majority of calls for mountain rescue help are made by mobile.”The days of running down the hill to the nearest telephone box to summon help – it would appear – are well and truly over!” Mountain rescuers in the Lake District have criticised unprepared climbers and walkers after revealing that 2016 is already a record year for call-outs.The Wasdale rescue team deals with calls to Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England and the central peak in the popular Three Peaks Challenge.Rescuers have spoken of their “shock” at how walkers lack “basic” outdoors skills and use mobile phone GPS instead of a map and compass.Earlier this week, the team dealt with six emergencies in 12 hours – including 18 people stuck at a stream crossing on Lingmell Gill – and this year have handled in total 80 call-outs. It is becoming quite shocking the level of ill preparedness and lack of basic outdoor skills necessary to safely get up a mountainWasdale rescue volunteer Richard Warrenlast_img read more

Glenn Closes big comeback pays off with first West End theatre award

first_imgPrince William at The Old Vic Theatre for the ceremony  Glenn Close has completed her theatre comeback at the age of 69, winning the Evening Standard award for best musical performance for her West End debut.Close made her first appearance on the London stage in Sunset Boulevard this year, playing fading star Norma Desmond 20 years after she won a Tony for the role on Broadway. Sir Ian McKellen took a star turn at the ceremony as a pantomime dame in full drag, while Sir Kenneth regaled the audience with tales of how a distracted Dame Judi Dench had once forgotten to put a skirt on before a key scene in The Winter’s Tale. Fashion model Lily Donaldson attends a cocktail reception at the awards in an off-the-shoulder black dressCredit: David M. Benett Billie Piper wore a black dress with her hair in a topknot  She has previously admitted her debut on the West Stage stage was “daunting”, adding it was  ““something you never dreamed you would ever have the chance to do”. Billie Piper wore a black dress with her hair in a topknot Credit: AFP The winners in full:BEST ACTOR: Ralph Fiennes  for The Master Builder (Old Vic) & Richard III (Almeida)NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS: Billie Piper for Yerma (Young Vic)BEST PLAY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, co-written by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling & John Tiffany (Palace)BEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL: Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreMILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: John Malkovich, Good Canary (Rose Kingston)BEST REVIVAL: No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s (dir Sean Mathias)BEST DESIGN: Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin (sound design) for The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican)CHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHT: Charlene James  for Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court)EMERGING TALENT AWARD: Tyrone Huntley, Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)BEYOND THEATRE: Sir David Attenborough, for his contribution to broadcastingEDITOR’S AWARD: Good Chance TheatreLEBEDEV AWARD: Sir Kenneth Branagh, for his Plays at the Garrick Bloom looked happy to sign autographs with dozens of fans turning out Credit:PRESS ASSOCIATION  Close in character in Sunset Boulevard The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki 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. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the undisputed box office smash of the year, picked up the award for best play, one of the three prizes it was nominated for, while John Malkovich wond best director for Good Canary.The Duke of Cambridge presented three special awards at the Old Vic ceremony, recognizing Sir David Attenborough for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting. The 62nd Evening Standards Awards were presented by Sir Elton John, with guests including Mark Rylance, James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper, Salma Hayek, Tom Hollander, Orlando Bloom, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Joan Collins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Patrick and Lady Stewart. The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki Credit:Daniel Deme/WENN.com “On top of that was the amazing response from our audience.”It was a huge honour. I hope to come back one day.”center_img The actress was one of several celebrity winners at the ceremony, as Billie Piper won best actress for Yerma, for her portrayal of a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, and Ralph Fiennes took best actor for The Master Builder.Lord Lloyd Webber, the composer of Sunset Boulevard, also picked up the Radio 2 Audience Award for the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, telling an audience: “I have just worked out it has taken 45 years for Jesus Christ Superstar to win an award. So thank you.” Sheridan Smith, who was also nominated for best musical performance, in Funny Girl Lily Donaldson attends a cocktail reception at the awards in an off-the-shoulder black dress Elizabeth Hurley at the awards  Prince William at The Old Vic Theatre for the ceremony Credit:David M. Benett  Close in character in Sunset Boulevard Sheridan Smith poses before the awards ceremony  Elizabeth Hurley at the awards Credit: Ian West Sheridan Smith poses before the awards ceremony Credit:Ian West/PA Wire Piper saw off stiff competition from  Noma Dumezweni, Helen McCrory and Sophie Melville, to win best actress, while Fiennes’s best actor win left Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Kenneth Branagh, James McArdle and O-T Fagbenle empty handed.Close’s win marks her first London theatre award, after a stellar career which has already seen her secure three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards and six Academy Award nominations. Close beat competition from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl to win the award for her star turn at the London Coliseum, which saw the veteran actress hospitalised with a chest infection during the gruelling run.Close said: “It was 22 years ago that I did Norma for the first time. To come back for the first time in the West End , to be supported by the glorious ENO…it was an extraordinary, revelatory experience for me. Bloom looked happy to sign autographs with dozens of fans turning out  Sir Kenneth Branagh won a special award for his Garrick season, a surprise theatre comeback which saw him director or star infive plays in a year, roping in the talents of Dame Judi Dench along the way.The Duke also hailed the Good Chance Theatre, set up by British playwrights in the Calais jungle and supported by celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch and Carey Mulligan. Sheridan Smith, who was also nominated for best musical performance, in Funny Girllast_img read more

Number of patients facing the indignity of mixedsex wards triples in two

first_imgAlmost 1,000 patients a month are being treated on mixed sex wards, despite repeated pledges to stamp out the practice, new figures reveal.Official statistics show that the number of patients suffering the “indignity” of staying in mixed-sex wards rose to 908 last month.Overall, 9,004 patients stayed on mixed-sex wards between August 2016 and July 2017 – a near trebling in two years, and a 55 per cent rise in one year.The Conservatives had pledged in their 2010 and 2015 general election manifestos to end mixed-sex hospital wards but it was dropped from the policy programme Theresa May took into this year’s election.Earlier this week a report found that NHS patients are increasingly dissatisfied with the level of privacy afforded to them in hospital. Scores for hospital food had risen, according to the reportCredit:PA A patient-led study assessing the non-clinical aspect of NHS care shows that scores in the area of “privacy, dignity and wellbeing” have decreased by four per cent since 2014.Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: “Under Theresa May’s watch, we’ve seen a scandalous rise in the number of patients being forced to stay in mixed-sex wards.”Men and women shouldn’t have to share hospital wards, it’s an affront to basic human dignity. Scores for hospital food had risen, according to the report 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.center_img “It’s time to end the the continued underfunding of the NHS and care that is putting intolerable pressure on services and leading to these sorts of failures.”The Conservatives once pledged to end mixed-sex wards, now it seems they’ve given up.”The Government must recommit to closing mixed-sex wards instead of turning a blind eye.”Figures published by NHS England show there were 9,004 mixed sex ‘breaches’ in the last 12 months including 908 in July.This compares to 5,830 for the same period in 2015/16 and just 3,309 in 2014/15.Hospitals must now pay out up to £250 for every mixed-sex breach – defined as a night spent by a patient on a mixed-sex ward.Labour shadow health minister Justin Madders said: “Theresa May’s first year as Prime Minister has been characterised by a collapse in patient standards, with hospitals bursting at the seams and wards overstretched. “This unprecedented failure on mixed sex wards has left thousands more patients humiliated and lacking the basic dignity and respect they expect when being treated in hospital.”He added: “Unlike the Tories, Labour will end the unacceptable practice of mixed sex wards and ensure our health service receives the funding it urgently needs.” A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘All patients deserve to be treated with dignity and respect while in the care of the NHS and men and women shouldn’t be forced to share hospital accommodation.’Whilst this month has seen slight increases, since 2010 mixed-sex accommodation breaches are down from almost 12,000 a month to less than 1,000 in July this year.’An NHS Improvement spokesperson said:“While there are circumstances – such as the need to treat patients in an emergency – where patients might be in mixed wards or bays, the NHS is committed to continue to reduce the number of patients treated in mixed sex accommodation. We expect that breaches are monitored at organisational level and plans put in place to deal with the problem.last_img read more