Former superstar wide receiver Terrell Owens on Monday subjected himself to the special brand of emotional abuse that is an appearance on the Dr. Phil show. T.O. last made headlines through the pages of GQ magazine’s cover story back in February, in an article that detailed his fall from grace and how bad decisions with friends and money had left him broke and alone. Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil revealed that there was a group that wanted to spend some time with Owens after all: his kids.Dr. Phil brought out three women with whom Owens had children. Owens admitted on the show to having a total of four kids with four different women. In (overly) dramatic fashion, the women were brought out one by one, accusing Owens of neglect and lack of child support. The first two women claimed that Owens hadn’t visited either of their daughters in a year. Owens has remained out of contact with all the women, it seemed. The third, the mother of Owens’ oldest son, said that he had made public appearances with the boy solely to boost his image.Owens tried to defend himself, saying that child support payments were costing him almost $50,000 a month, money he didn’t have. He then flashed back to the pains of his own childhood, the absence of his father, a tale heard all too often both on daytime TV and in black America—and a storyline that was painfully explored during T.O.’s own reality show. Dr. Phil then took his turn to lecture all parties involved—from the women digging for gold and blood, to the neglectful Owens. The children were paying the price, a lesson that should’ve been obvious to anyone not involved.The show closed on perhaps a brand new low point in the public persona of T.O. As the credits rolled, Owens reunited with his estranged daughters backstage, giving each of them a kiss on the cheek.
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have signed with Teneo, a branding company that signals that it is not enough for superstar athletes to have fame and fortune. They want the world.Fortune magazine reported this linking of the trio of basketball’s all-time greats with Teneo, whose previous sports business was limited to helping cities or organizations make bids for sports events, such as the Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014,The merging of these ultra talents means athletes are taking brand management to a new level. Jordan, Bryant and James want to be CEO of their own brand. The athlete is the content creator and the face of the brand, according to Fortune.This will not eliminate the role of the agent, but Teneo aims to improve on the typical model — where athletes outsource their various business needs to a range of different specialists — by giving the athlete only one call to make for any number of business needs. Teneo has partnered with a few entities for help with these functions, including Wieden and Kennedy for creative, UBS for finance, and DLA Piper, a leading sports law practice, for legal services.Away from the game is where top athletes can make more money and impact. It’s about businesses and ownership and taking control. And it’s about being smart.It’s a broken model for athletes to go broke after their playing days. These three guys are leading the way in letting players know it’s OK to think big, to think beyond the proverbial box.James connection to Beats By Dre is an example Fortune cited. James was involved early, appearing in ads and using the product, not for any kind of endorsement fee but for an ownership percentage. That small stake, estimated at only one or two percent, reportedly brought James a windfall of $30 million when Beats sold to Apple last month for $3 billion.They are among the best to ever lace them up. Now they are leading the way for players to lace their bank accounts through branding. Pretty cool.
With former linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan moving to the NFL, Ohio State will attempt to fill the void left by the two 2010 All-Big Ten selections. Replacing Rolle and Homan won’t be an easy task, but senior linebacker Andrew Sweat thinks this year’s squad is up to the challenge. The starter opposite of Rolle and Homan much of last season, Sweat has been thrust into a veteran, leadership role this year. Redshirt junior Etienne Sabino and junior Storm Klein took most of the first-team repetitions beside Sweat in Saturday’s jersey scrimmage at strongside and middle linebacker, respectively. “They’re doing well,” Sweat said. “Etienne and Storm are hungry.” Despite being a letter winner his freshman and sophomore year, Sabino redshirted last season after losing the starting battle at strongside linebacker to Sweat. This year, the position seems to be Sabino’s to lose. Linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, in his first year of coaching at Ohio State after a 14-year NFL career, said Klein has had a strong camp, but stopped short of calling either Sabino or Klein starters. “(The linebackers) have had a competitive camp and they want to be lined up next to Sweaty (Sweat.), whether it be in a base defense or in a nickel defense,” Vrabel said, adding that he still wasn’t certain of who will separate themselves as a starter. “I think we need to find out; I think we need some competition.” Sweat said the size of the 6-foot-3 Sabino and the 6-foot-2 Klein are their biggest assets. “They are both big guys,” Sweat said. “They’ll lay the wood.” Redshirt junior safety Orhian Johnson said he was confident that Klein and Sabino could contribute as starters. “I’m definitely happy for them to get a chance to get out there and play some football,” Johnson said. “Those two are both great linebackers and I think they’ll hold the tradition up.” With Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Jordan Whiting also seeing significant playing time in the scrimmage, Sweat said he was confident in the entire group of linebackers. “I think they’ve done a great job,” Sweat said. “If someone goes down, coach Vrabel has done a good job of getting them ready.” Sweat said he has learned a lot from Vrabel as well, and attributed the enhancement of the linebackers’ pass-rushing abilities to his new coach. Playing beside Homan, Rolle and former Buckeye and current St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis helped too, he said. “I’m just hoping to compete and help the team as a leader,” Sweat said. “I’ll do whatever it takes.”
It was inside a heated facility, with no pads on, in March, but football was back on Ohio State’s campus. The Buckeyes held their first of 15 spring practices Tuesday afternoon on the indoor field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU practiced from shortly before 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in helmets, T-shirts and shorts. Heading into the outing, we looked at questions OSU needs to get answered if they are going to truly be considered a national championship contender. Here are some things we learned from watching the Buckeyes’ first practice in its entirety: Braxton Miller listened to his coach All off-season, Urban Meyer hammered down the point that if Miller could improve his fundamentals, he could become the best quarterback in the country. It was only one practice, throwing against a defense he’s very accustomed to seeing, with no threat of being tackled, but the rising junior looked Tuesday like he took Meyer’s words to heart. Miller opened Tuesday’s session against the first-team defense making every throw in the book. He hit rising junior wide receiver Evan Spencer on a sharp slant over the middle. Then he found rising junior wideout Devin Smith on a deep out route to the sideline. The highlight of Miller’s throws came on a 45-yard bomb up the seam to rising-senior H-back Jordan Hall. “Braxton Miller had one heck of a day,” Meyer said. The fundamentals? Those were sharp and improved, too. Most of Miller’s passes came in the pocket on three-or-five step drops, a rarity last season. His footwork was precise, and he seldom dropped his shoulder – a nuisance of Miller’s game in his sophomore season – while making a throw. “It was fantastic,” Meyer said when asked about his quarterback’s fundamentals. Kerry Coombs still likes to yell After watching Coombs for a full season in the fall, it was obvious that yelling is one of the defensive backs’ coach favorite things to do. Tuesday’s practice just reinforced that. Coombs favorite target seemed to be incoming freshman cornerback Eli Apple. After Apple let a wide receiver get past him to make a catch, Coombs went to work. “You’re faster than that, Eli!” Coombs screamed. Apple nodded his head and slowly proceeded back to the huddle. Coombs, still not happy with the effort, ran up to Apple and got inches from the highly recruited player’s facemask. “Don’t jog!” Coombs bellowed. Apple sprinted back to his teammates. Coombs’ possible best outburst, though, was directed at rising junior cornerback Adam Griffin. Coaching his defensive backs through a press coverage drill, in which players shuffled from the 40-yard line to the 45 while bumping wide receivers off their routes, Griffin wasn’t strong enough with one of his bumps. The wide receiver got by Griffin, easily. “You have no freaking power,” Coombs barked. “You’re a marshmallow!” By the end of the two and a half hour practice, Coombs was somehow still going strong. Jordan Hall as “Robin” If Miller is the Batman of OSU’s offense, Hall looked like he could be his quarterback’s Robin. Playing the H-back position Meyer made famous at Florida with current NFL wideout Percy Harvin, Hall looked very comfortable out in space Tuesday. He helped Miller make the play of the day with his leaping 45-yard catch over rising senior defensive back Christian Bryant, but he did a lot more than just make one play. Hall was lined up in the slot when the first-team offense faced the first-team defense, and OSU’s safeties and linebackers had all sorts of trouble sticking with the speedy playmaker. The rising senior has the speed to get by most players that will get put in front of him, and he showed Tuesday he has the hands to make his athleticism count. “Boy, was he great today,” Meyer said of Hall.
Then-junior midfielder Jesse King (19) looks for an open teammate during a game against Penn State March 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 11-7.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter losing its first game of the 2015 season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is starting to hit its stride.With senior captain Jesse King leading the way for the Buckeye offense, OSU (2-1) soared to its second-straight win on the season, defeating Delaware 10-3. King had five goals in the takedown of the Blue Hens on Sunday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.King said the game was a team effort across the field, from offense to defense.“I just tried to feed off the defense as much as I could, (redshirt-sophomore goalie Tom Carey) had some pretty amazing saves down there and that translates well over to us,” King said. “I just kind of took the game into my own hands, held on to the ball a little bit more, and tried to be a playmaker, while also powering down to the net and getting a good shot.”OSU’s offense started out the year on a flat note, unable to snag a win in its first game against the Detroit Titans. But the Buckeyes have gained some chemistry in their last two games, posting 20 goals since the season-opening loss.Coach Nick Myers emphasized the importance of OSU playing a full 60 minutes of “Buckeye lacrosse,” and said he thought his team did well overall.“I think offensively we are starting to get some chemistry. Each game it’s starting to get better,” Myers said.The Buckeyes have also rallied in their time of possession so far this season with senior midfielder Christopher May winning 68.8 percent (11-for-16) of the faceoffs against Delaware.“I think the time of possession was key and that was certainly a big part of our game plan,” Myers said.King said getting the ball first after the majority of goals was a boost to OSU, and a big problem for its opponent.“Their offense is going five, 10 minutes not seeing the ball, it helps us and helps our defense to not be as tired, and then we (the offense) are just rolling,” King said. “The motivation and adrenaline just start kicking in.”The Buckeyes’ success has continued to come from all areas of the field including the defense. OSU snagged 31 of the 48 total ground balls on Sunday, and King said the aggression toward winning the ground balls helped OSU maintain the possession and allowed the team to be successful.“That’s one thing that we really try to aspire to is winning those ground-ball battles,” King said.Senior defenseman Evan Mulchrone also harped on the importance of winning the ground balls for the Buckeye defense.“We pride ourselves on the ground ball game and it’s a key to winning every game and it’s something that we work on early during the week, always grinding and trying to get the ball off the ground,” Mulchrone said.Carey, who has started the first three games for the Scarlet and Gray said he is comfortable playing behind the Buckeyes’ defense.“I feel good. We practiced well this week. We are really working, competing and playing well as a unit,” Carey said. “The defense does a great job in front of me and gave up the shots we wanted and I had some saves in there, so it was a good performance.” Myers said he is confident in his goalie and feels he’s fitting in with the Buckeye defense. “Tom made his third start and I think he’s getting more comfortable. For Tom right now, he’s part of a seven-man unit and we are starting to come together more defensively. He did his job,” Myers said.The Buckeyes will look to keep their balanced momentum as they are set to take on Dartmouth on Saturday. Even with the two wins under their belts, coach Myers said he’s still looking for his players to improve with each game. “We have to get better. We know right now we are a long way from where we want to be. In February, it’s a balance of preparing for your opponent but also trying to get significantly better week-to-week and we’re excited to have a full week now (of practice),” Myers said. “It’s been three games in eight days, so now we can get our legs back, focus on us first and then focus on Dartmouth.”
Junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team snagged yet another victory to mark the eighth consecutive win after their match against Minnesota.The Buckeyes came in at a final score of 6-1 over their Big Ten competitor. OSU now stands at 8-0 in the conference play and 23-3 overall while Minnesota dropped to 5-3 in the conference and 15-7 overall.The OSU team started out strong by gaining the first point in the match. On court two, OSU sophomore Martin Joyce and junior Hugo Di Feo won the first match after winning four consecutive games to post a 6-2 over Minnesota’s Justyn Levin and Josip Krstanovic. Sophomore Hunter Tubert and freshman JJ Wolf finished at another 6-2 for the Buckeyes over Stefan Milicevis and Eli Ogilvy to make the doubles point of the match. Tubert and Wolf also won their last four games to take the match point.The first court with OSU junior Mikael Torpegaard and senior Herkko Pollanen had an unfinished match when the double point was made, finishing 4-4 against Minnesota’s Matic Spec and Felix Corwin.Redshirt freshman Kyle Seelig started the singles matches with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 victory over Krstanovic. This puts Seelig at 18-2 for his dual match record for the season.“Kyle Seelig has done a good job and really separated himself from the competition,” Head Coach Ty Tucker said. “After we get the doubles point, he’s been a guy who has got a lot of big wins for us.”Torpegaard followed with the next point for the Buckeyes, but not with as much ease. Minnesota’s Matic Spec pulled a few good breaks in the first set, but Torpegaard came back with crucial breaks of his own to turn the match around with a more aggressive attack in the second set.“Playing a player of his type, his very aggressive hits, first strike hits, hits almost every ball almost as hard as he can, it’s tough to get rhythm in the beginning, so I was struggling a little bit,” Torpegaard said. “But as the match went on, I found the rhythm, especially my serve. I found a little bit more aggressive game myself and it got easier as the game progressed.”Torpegaard remains undefeated at 22-0 in the season after his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spec, solidifying his No. 1 spot.“It’s always relieving to win these matches even though I’m favored,” Torpegaard said. “I’m always playing with a target on my back, so people want to come in here, people want to beat me. They have nothing to lose, I have everything to lose, so it felt good to win.”Di Feo came in on the third court for the fourth point for OSU. Finishing at a double 6-3, 6-3 score, Di Feo sealed the victory for the Buckeyes to take the match from Milicevic. This is the eighth straight win for Di Feo, placing him at 18-2 in the dual play.The last three courts played to the finish, but the competition was more evenly matched. Joyce posted a final score of 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 against Marino Alpeza, being the only court to play the full three sets. In the last set, Joyce had a 5-1 lead, but gave up a break. Coming back in the final few sets, Joyce managed to hang in to give the Buckeyes their fifth point.Wolf played two close sets on the second court, but fell to Corwin with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) score. Pollanen was the last to weigh in with the sixth point for the Buckeyes. On court four, he won both sets, but not without playing two tiebreakers. Pollanen wrapped the match to defeat Eli Ogilby in 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) score.The Buckeyes play again this Sunday against No. 29 Wisconsin at noon. The match is Senior Day to celebrate Pollanen and Di Feo for OSU’s final home regular-season match of the year.
Ohio State freshman guard Dorka Juhasz (14) attempts to put up a layup in the first half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (9-11, 5-6 Big Ten) was looking for a big win on the road against Northwestern (14-8, 7-4 Big Ten) to get back into the Big Ten race, but a series of miscues by the Buckeyes led to their downfall in a 76-59 loss.During a back and forth first quarter, the Buckeyes took a 12-10 lead with less than two minutes remaining off a layup by freshman forward Dorka Juhász. This was their second lead of the game, but it would end up being their last. Juhász led the team with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting and added seven rebounds.While Ohio State and Northwestern shot similarly from the floor, 38.5 and 40 percent respectively, the Wildcats were consistently troubling the Buckeyes during their possessions by forcing turnovers. Ohio State had 20 turnovers to Northwestern’s nine. Nine of the Buckeyes wasted possessions came in the first quarter, where they quickly found themselves in a deficit. The Buckeyes made it close again early in the second quarter when redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro was fouled on a made layup. Santoro completed the three-point play to make it a one-point game, but that was the closest Ohio State would get for the rest of the afternoon, and the Buckeyes went into the locker room down 34-27 at half.Santoro finished with 10 points, one of three Buckeyes to finish in double digits along with freshman guard Janai Crooms, who added 10 points.Northwestern opened up the third quarter with a 9-3 run to extend its lead. A 3-pointer by redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller, in addition to layups on consecutive possessions, made it a seven-point game, but the Wildcats continued to punish the Buckeyes’ missed shots and fouls.Northwestern was 16-of-19 from the charity stripe, benefiting from the 18 team fouls by Ohio State.The Buckeyes found a spark in the fourth quarter, but it came too late, as they found themselves down 15 as the final 10 minutes began. With 4:49 remaining, the Buckeyes closed the game out on a 13-0 run to make the final 76-59. The Wildcats won by 17 but led by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes only shot 27.3 percent from 3 and were out rebounded 39-34 with Northwestern grabbing 16 offensive boards. The Wildcats were able to move the ball effectively against Ohio State, racking up 14 assists.Ohio State will return home to face Penn State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The NHS spent more than £100m prescribing common painkillers last year as well as £14m on gluten-free bread and nearly £4m on sunscreen.The analysis by The Telegraph comes on the same day that NHS chief, Simon Stevens, has announced the NHS will no longer pay for patients to have common over-the-counter medicines and free-from food.Under the plans outlined by Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, patients will have to cough-up for things like painkillers, sunscreen and gluten-free food.It forms part of an effort reduce health service spending by £1bn. While only a minority of patients are eligible for free prescriptions, the fact that these medicines are commonly available on the high street raises questions as to why the NHS needs to provide them at all.The NHS also currently prescribes a range of free-from foods for people suffering from conditions such as Coeliac disease*. This budget is expected to rise by about £9.6 billion over this parliament, taking inflation into account.So the total £114 m spent on painkillers and £22m on gluten-free products that Mr Stevens mentioned doesn’t even account for one per cent of NHS spending. The NHS funding gapIn 2013, NHS England said that it would face a funding gap of £30bn by 2020 in order to care for the UK’s growing and ageing population.To tackle this, it laid out plans to find £22bn of savings, with the Conservative Government pledging to provide the other £8bn in their 2015 election manifesto. How does this compare to overall NHS spending?Around 16pc of what the government spends each year goes to health in England – the majority of which is the £101bn for NHS England (in 2015/16). As much as £13.7m was spent on prescribing gluten-free, wheat-free and low protein bread to patients in 2016, while free-from cakes, biscuits and pastries can all be prescribed through the NHS. *This piece has been altered since its initial publication. It incorrectly referenced people suffering from Coeliac disease as having an intolerance to certain foods, as opposed to them suffering from an autoimmune condition. 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. “There’s £114 million being spent on medicines for upset tummies, haemorrhoids, travel sickness, indigestion, that’s even before you get on to the £22 million-plus on gluten-free that you can also now get at Morrisons, Lidl or Tesco’s,” Mr Stevens told the Daily Mail.”We will be backing them in new national guidelines that say those should not routinely be prescribed on the NHS.”Analysis of NHS data shows that £68m was spent by the service in prescribing paracetamol last year, while £45m was spent on aspirin and £23.5m on ibuprofen.
Meanwhile, Greek islands which previously had a reputation for quiet breaks are proving popular with young revellers.Thomas Cook has seen bookings for Kos and Zante double for people aged under 25 since 2009, while demand from those over 50 has declined.Visitors can party into the early hours on Bar Street in Kardamena, Kos, while Zante’s Laganas Strip is one of Europe’s most popular nightlife hotspots for holidaymakers on a tight budget.Mr Hopkins said: “Kos and Zante’s dedicated party areas are attractive to young revellers looking for a more affordable alternative to Ibiza.”Greece is having a bumper year and these emerging party islands just help to broaden Greece’s offer even more, while customers looking for the Mamma Mia experience have a huge range of authentic Greek hotels and restaurants across its thousands of islands.” The happy hardcore of the 90s and early 2000s is giving way to chillout beats to suit a growing band of thirty-somethings and their young families. Many of Ibiza’s former ravers are still making their annual pilgrimage to the White Isle, but are now in their 30s with more spending money and changing tastes.This has led to a rise in demand for wellness sessions in the day, VIP party experiences at night and designer hotels, according to Thomas Cook.The travel agent has also seen a 6 per cent increase in family holidays to Ibiza as the island’s regulars move into the next phase of their life. Ibiza’s reputation as Europe’s top destination for the UK’s 24-hour party people is at risk as visitors are getting older, new figures show.Travel agent Thomas Cook reported that millennials are moving away from the Spanish island in favour of more affordable clubbing experiences in Greece.Over the past five years, one in six bookings have shifted from those under 30 to those aged 30-39, the firm said. Tony Hopkins, Thomas Cook’s UK product director, told the Press Association: “Ibiza is changing as its customers’ tastes change.”The happy hardcore of the 90s and early 2000s is giving way to chillout beats to suit a growing band of thirty-somethings and their young families.”It’s always been a cool destination and it’s now getting more exclusive.”The hotels on the island have invested wisely in their offer to customers which have kept customers coming back as their tastes and priorities change.” 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.