YEAROPPONENTCHANCE TO WIN VIDEO: LeBron’s supporting cast is playing better than Curry’s LeBron James62.3392-0.3 Source: ESPN’s Basketball Power Index LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for a sixth-consecutive season, and fairly or unfairly, his 2-4 record in the finals will be held up next to Michael Jordan’s 6-0 record and the marks set by other MVPs as evidence of some failing on his part. Jordan got his six, Bill Russell went 11-1, and Kobe Bryant managed a 5-2 record in the finals, but the count-the-rings argument breaks down for a simple reason: LeBron’s teams simply weren’t expected to win many of those series.In fact, LeBron never played for a team that entered the finals with more than a 2-in-3 chance of winning, according to ESPN’s BPI, and he had less than a 33 percent chance to win in three of his finals losses – with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Spurs in 2007 and the Warriors in 2015, and with the Miami Heat against the Spurs in 2014. And in a few of those six seasons, it was a minor miracle that LeBron’s teams made the finals at all given the relative weakness of his supporting cast and team’s odds of advancing throughout the playoffs. 2013San Antonio Spurs66 2014San Antonio Spurs31 Magic Johnson94.0455+1.0 2016Golden State Warriors25 Wilt Chamberlain63.6612-1.6 Shaquille O’Neal63.6604+0.4 By that measure, LeBron’s teams have already made about 2.5 more finals appearances than would be expected given their pre-playoff BPI chances in 11 playoff appearances. But understandably, few are eager to praise one of the greatest players of all time for simply making the finals.This tension between crusty old ring count and more sober statistical outlooks is nothing new, but to reconcile the two we need a tool that goes back further than ESPN’s BPI. Elo ratings, a staple of FiveThirtyEight, are the perfect vehicle by which to investigate further.We pulled the Elo ratings for each team to make the NBA Finals before the series began, accounted for home-court advantage and projected each team’s pre-finals chance of winning. We then compared LeBron to other NBA MVPs who appeared in five or more finals – 10 other all-time greats meet this standard.So how does LeBron stack up?Even after accounting for the pre-finals expectations, it’s not surprising that LeBron’s finals record pales in comparison to Russell’s — 11 titles in 12 finals appearances from 1957 to 1969 — and Jordan’s. Even after accounting for dominance by Russell’s Celtics and Jordan’s Bulls, both players still won about two more titles than expected, given their team’s pre-finals chance to win. Bob Cousy75.5796+0.5 Larry Bird53.0613+0.0 Bill Russell128.672%11+2.4 MVP winners to appear in 5+ NBA Finals Michael Jordan64.0666+2.0 Kobe Bryant74.8695+0.2 Unlike Jordan, who entered the finals with at least a 65 percent chance to win four times, LeBron rarely played for a team that was a prohibitive finals favorite. Meanwhile, he is now about to enter his fifth Finals as an underdog, at least using Elo, something Jordan faced once in his career — when the Bulls had a 46 percent chance to beat the Jazz in 1998. When the Cavs lost last year’s finals with an injury-depleted roster, LeBron had one of the greatest statistical series by a player in NBA history. Not only was he the first player to lead both teams in points, rebounds and assists per game in an NBA Finals, but he nearly single-handedly won Games 2 and 3 for the Cavs.Nonetheless, LeBron and the Cavs again find themselves as big underdogs in this year’s finals. A loss will only continue the narrative of his flopping on the biggest stage, but accounting for his team’s pre-finals expectations, a fifth finals loss would only be about 0.6 more than he should have, given preseries expectations for all seven series.On the other hand, if the Cavs upset the Warriors – which would be the second-biggest upset by any MVP on this list — LeBron will actually have 0.4 more titles than expected, and his three titles in seven finals appearances would have been harder to achieve than Kobe’s five titles in the same number of trips. Or to translate that to sports cliché: LeBron would still have a losing record in the finals, but he’d have earned his rings the hard way. What may be surprising, however, is that LeBron’s teams have won about as many titles as expected (0.3 fewer than expected, to be exact) because his teams simply were not supposed to win many of those series. LeBron had by far the lowest expected series win percentage of any of the stars (39 percent), which is a result of the strength of his teams relative to that of the opponents he’s faced. This brings us to an important point: Because this is based on pre-finals projections, the impressiveness of those aforementioned miracle runs to the finals (such as the 2007 Cavaliers) doesn’t show up in the ledger. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar105.1516+0.9 2012Oklahoma City Thunder51 2011Dallas Mavericks63 2007San Antonio Spurs13% PLAYERFINALS APPEARANCESEXP. WINSEXP. WIN PERCENTAGEACTUAL WINSWINS ABOVE EXP. 2015Golden State Warriors28 LeBron James’s chances to win the NBA Finals Tim Duncan64.1685+0.9
Pete Sampras9193–5695– Mats Wilander5492–150– PLAYERWINSWIN PERCENTAGEWINSWIN PERCENTAGE Boris Becker7387–267– Record in first three rounds of Grand Slam events Bjorn Borg60100%–18100%– Rafael Nadal9995–33100– Jimmy Connors9298–37100– Andy Murray9298–——– Roger Federer14597–6598– Ivan Lendl9799–49100– Novak Djokovic entered his third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday against California-born Sam Querrey as the prohibitive favorite — not just to win, but to win in straight sets. Djokovic had won 30 straight Grand Slam matches, 86 straight matches in “the first week” of Slams — an imprecise phrase meaning the first three rounds, even though the fourth round sometimes starts in the first week — and an astonishing 73 consecutive sets in the first weeks of Slams.But on Saturday, Djokovic exited the match — one day, many rain delays and plot twists and inexplicable misses later — as a surprise loser.Just how big a surprise was it? It depends on what standard you hold Djokovic to. He and his rivals — fellow Big Four members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — have set an astonishingly high bar for consistency in what we’ll call “should-win matches,” as top-five players in the first week of Slams. Each member of the Big Four has won between 95 and 98 percent of should-win matches. If one of them has entered a major when healthy enough to play, that player has been almost a sure thing to advance to the fourth round.1This doesn’t count withdrawals before matches, such as Nadal’s before his third-round match at the French Open in May.But not all prior men’s tennis stars were nearly so consistent. They had off weeks or struggled at particular tournaments or faced tougher early opponents, back when draws were more open. Pete Sampras, who is tied for second all-time with Nadal as a winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, lost 7 percent of his should-win matches. So did Sampras’s top rival, Andre Agassi. If Djokovic wants help coming to terms with his loss, he can turn to his coach, Boris Becker, who lost 13 percent of his should-win matches. Becker’s contemporaries John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg all lost should-win matches more often than has Nadal, the least consistent of the Big Four early in majors. Andre Agassi7593–2392– AS TOP-FIVE PLAYERAS NO. 1 PLAYER John McEnroe5793–29100– Novak Djokovic10797–4798– Note: Andy Murray has never been ranked No. 1Source: tennisabstract.com Stefan Edberg8191–1292– Djokovic isn’t just a top-five player: He’s the world No. 1. And the world’s best player really should win should-win matches. The loss to Querrey was Djokovic’s first in a should-win match as No. 1. Nadal has never lost one. Federer lost one: to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round of the 2004 French Open. Kuerten was a three-time French Open champ. Querrey has never reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam.But again, these things used to happen more often. Sampras lost three should-wins as a No. 1. Agassi lost two. Becker lost only one — but he played only three. (He was No. 1 for only 12 weeks.)Other factors beyond the numbers might make more sense of Querrey’s win. His great serving, the rain delays, health problems that Djokovic alluded to after the match: All of these probably played a role in the upset. To topple any of the Big Four usually requires lots of things going right for the underdog.
The Vince Young era in Buffalo proved to be short-lived following the arrival of Tarvaris Jackson from Seattle.In a Monday morning tweet, Young thanked Bills fans in what was an apparent signal that he had been cut by the club.“I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity,” he wrote, “and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season.”The Bills confirmed the move on Monday afternoon.The developments come on the same day that Buffalo agreed to a restructured contract with Jackson, completing his trade from the Seahawks, ESPN reported.Young, the former University of Texas star who struggled in the professional ranks, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Bills in May after spending last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.The former Heisman Trophy runner-up and former third overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft had seemingly wrested control of the race to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, only to play poorly in the Bills’ 38-7 preseason loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night and change the minds of both coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix.Young threw two interceptions in the loss, with the first coming on his first pass attempt en route to completing just 12 of 26 passes for 103 yards in the second half.In three preseason games, Young had completed just 48 percent of his passes for 276 yards and two interceptions without a touchdown. He was also sacked three times and charged with a fumble.Jackson had been scheduled to make $4 million this season, but both sides agreed to reduce that number because the Bills were adamant the price was too high for a backup quarterback.Buffalo signed Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million extension last season, leaving Young to battle Tyler Thigpen for the backup job. Gailey has maintained that he planned to just keep one backup quarterback because the No. 3 spot would be reserved for wide receiver/Wildcat specialist Brad Smith.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland, 26No player epitomizes the World Cup’s ability to rejuvenate a player’s brand as much as Switzerland’s pocket-sized tank, Xherdan Shaqiri. After Shaqiri’s lackadaisical season for Stoke City, which was relegated from the Premier League, it looked as though his career trajectory — from Bayern Munich and Inter Milan to the second rung of English soccer — would continue to be downward. But that course may have been reversed in Russia as Shaqiri led Switzerland to the knockout round — notching a goal, an assist and a team-high 10 chances.It may well be the case that Liverpool intended to purchase Shaqiri regardless of his showing in Russia, but the team’s acquisition of the Swiss winger will definitely go down better with supporters after a series of performances in Russia that FiveThirtyEight’s model found were similar to those of Argentina’s Pablo Aimar in 2002 and the iconic Zinedine Zidane of France in 1998. Breakout performances seemed to be everywhere at the 2018 World Cup — young talents were launched to international fame, and established players had their names crystallized on the world stage. The world’s biggest soccer tournament gives players a chance to shine outside the club-level paradigm of consistency and — apart from the English Premier League — a largely domestic audience. On the back of a few impressive performances, players like CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, one of the key players in Russia’s run to the quarterfinals, can earn themselves the chance to move to one of Europe’s top clubs, even if this recruitment trend is less common than it once was.Using FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup Doppelganger tool, which analyzes the statistical footprint of every player to feature in the world’s biggest tournament since 1966, we can compare the breakout talents of 2018 to their historical counterparts:Kylian Mbappé, France, 19 years oldKylian Mbappé’s talent has been known by soccer’s inner sanctum for the best part of a decade: Europe’s biggest clubs have been circling like sharks since he was just 10 years old. While his performance in this tournament, culminating in being crowned the tournament’s best young player, may come as no surprise to those who knew of him, this summer’s World Cup has turned the French speedster into a global phenomenon.Mbappé’s electric ability to create space and dribble progressively defines his output from the tournament, making his closest historical analogue the 1998 World Cup performance by Denmark’s Brian Laudrup, who was a similarly dazzling dribbler. In Russia, Mbappe thrived on the counterattack for France while playing at right wing, but he may yet transition to a role in the center of the field. If that happens, the predictions of many that he is heir apparent to Thierry Henry may well bear fruit. Kieran Trippier, England, 27England finally met pre-tournament dark horse expectations by making it to the semifinal this year. And even though Harry Kane took home the golden boot, the Englishman who really made a name for himself was a right back: Kieran Trippier.Trippier’s willingness to cross the ball is a throwback to a quintessentially English style, and that combined with his devastating set-piece delivery added up to a performance that was very similar to David Beckham’s in the 2006 World Cup. And that’s about as complimentary a comparison as Trippier could hope for. Hirving Lozano, Mexico, 22There are few better ways to announce yourself at the World Cup than how Hirving “Chucky” Lozano went about it. In Mexico’s first match of the tournament, Lozano scored the winner against the defending World Cup champions, Germany. Playing on the left with an ability to roam, the diminutive attacker was El Tri’s main ball progressor on the counterattack.The 2014 performance by Juan Cuadrado, who fulfilled a similar role for Colombia, providing a fast outlet for Los Cafeteros on the break, is the second-most-similar performance to Lozano’s in 2018. The 2006 showing of Arjen Robben, the Netherlands’ left-footed dribbler, is the third-most-similar. Romelu Lukaku, Belgium, 25While it may seem odd to class a striker whom Manchester United purchased for nearly $100 million as a “breakout star,” Romelu Lukaku has had his fair share of doubters. No doubt, his performance in Russia has silenced the majority of them: The towering striker’s intelligent movement and incisive hold-up play complemented a 4-goal haul.The 2010 performance of Miroslav Klose, who is the top World Cup goal-scorer of all time, is the most similar historically to Lukaku’s 2018 outing, while the 2006 showing by the explosive Brazilian Adriano is third-closest.
Lantern file photoOhio State will pay Urban Meyer and his football coaching staff a total of $7.57 million in salary for the 2013 season, an OSU spokesman confirmed in an email to The Lantern on Tuesday.Meyer’s salary in 2013 will be $4.16 million, up from the $4 million he earned in 2012, according to the email.For the first time in OSU football history, the university will pay three assistant coaches more than $500,000 each, according to the spokesman. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will make $600,000, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers will make $580,000 and offensive coordinator Tom Herman will make $550,000.The OSU spokesman said in the email that Fickell’s $750,000 salary in 2012 was a transitional salary from the 2011 season when he served as interim head coach. According to the spokesperson, it was “pre-determined that his 2013 salary would be market driven and more in alignment with the rest of the Ohio State assistant coaches’ salaries.”Withers and Herman each received $130,000 raises above their 2012 salaries.The increase in Meyer’s salary makes him the nation’s fifth-highest paid coach in 2013, according to the Columbus Dispatch, who first reported the story.Every coach except Fickell will make more next season than they did in 2012. Offensive line coach and co-offensive coach Ed Warinner will be paid $364,000 in 2013, a $14,000 raise from 2012.Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has a $300,000 salary for 2013 and running backs coach Stan Drayton will make $295,000. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and tight ends coach Tim Hinton each have $286,000 salaries for 2013. Those four coaches had $275,000 salaries in 2012, the spokesman said in the email.The lowest-paid assistant coach on Meyer’s staff is wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith will make $155,000 in 2013, a $5,000 raise from 2012.Overall, OSU will pay their coaching staff $354,000 more than they did in 2012, when the total salary of the coaching staff was $7.22 million.The Dispatch report also indicated that none of Ohio State’s coaches have contracts running past the 2014 season. Fickell, Coombs, Vrabel, Hinton and Smith are under contract for 2013 only, while Withers, Herman, Warinner and Drayton have contracts that run through 2014.
Then-Duke freshman guard Kianna Holland takes a shot during the Blue/White Scrimmage Oct. 27 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s basketball program got an early boost to its 2014-15 season Thursday.Coach Kevin McGuff announced the signing of two transfers from the 2013 class in guard Kianna Holland from Duke and forward Shayla Cooper from Georgetown.Both players will be eligible for competition the day after final examinations of 2014 Fall Semester, per NCAA transfer rules.“We didn’t necessarily come into this time of year looking to add anyone but we were certainly excited about the opportunity when specifically Shayla and Kianna became available because both of them bring the right type of character that we want in the program as people, and certainly as basketball players,” McGuff said Thursday. “They fit our style of play, and kind of where we’re trying to go with the program.”OSU (11-7, 1-1) currently has three seniors on the roster in forward Martina Ellerbe and centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, and one redshirt-senior in center Aleksandra Dobranic. This season’s leading scorer, sophomore Ameryst Alston is set to return.McGuff said he’s excited to have both players in the program moving forward, adding that Holland’s ability as a shooter is huge for the team.“(Holland’s) a good athlete, she’s quick,” McGuff said. “She really shoots the ball well. She can really make shots from the perimeter. She can score.”Holland originally committed to OSU in March 2011 before rescinding that decision in August to attend Duke. She did not play in a game for the Blue Devils this season, though. She is coming off surgery for compartment syndrome in her leg, but McGuff said she practiced for the first time Wednesday and is “not limited in any way.”Cooper, who McGuff likened to be similar in size to current junior guard Raven Ferguson but calling her “a little bit bigger,” played in two games at Georgetown this season, totaling 32 points and 17 rebounds.“(Cooper’s) got a great motor and she plays really hard and she plays with a lot of aggression,” McGuff said. “She’s a tough kid and she can make shots too. The good news about her too is that her game’s still evolving in a positive way.”McGuff said Cooper’s decision to transfer was after her coach at Georgetown, Keith Brown, resigned following an investigation into allegations that he verbally abused his players.No matter how they got to OSU, McGuff feels lucky to have them.“We were very fortunate. I think both of them look at Ohio State in a very positive light because of what we did in the fall and what we’ve been able to accomplish with some of the kids we have here. Kind of like, you get some momentum going with the program and it certainly helps in these situations,” he said.Neither Holland, Cooper nor anyone else on the women’s basketball team was made available for comment on the transfers Thursday.
“The first of your victims was a timid young woman. I entirely accept her account that you grabbed her with one hand round the neck and the other on her groin, in between her legs.”After this you told her that you are a strong man. Fortunately she was able to fight back.”The woman cried after, she says she doesn’t know what you would have done if you weren’t so drunk. Plainly she was very frightened by what happened, this was a nasty experience.”Regarding the second victim, the judge said: “You began touching her and kissing her on the neck. Her jeans and belt were undone also.”She was extremely upset, hysterical and barely able to talk. She said you were a monster and feels embarrassed by what happened.”Judge Parkes added: “You were so drunk that in both cases fortunately you were not able to take things further. You are a man who is very well respected and well loved at Park House Stables.”Now you have resigned and I’m sure you will find another job in the racing world because you’re clearly talented.”Phillips must complete a 60-day rehabilitation course for alcohol and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as part of his one-year community order. A senior member of staff at a renowned stables that trains horses for the Queen has been convicted of sexually assaulting two women while he was drunk and “not in control”.Richard Phillips, who was described by a judge as a “well respected and well-loved” figure at Park House Stables, has been given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims, one of whom described him as a “monster”.The 44-year-old grabbed a “timid young woman” by the groin, with one hand around her neck, after she refused to have sex with him and told her “he is a strong man” before saying that “nobody would hear them”, a court heard.Just weeks later, Phillips sexually abused another young woman by groping her breasts and attempted to pull down her trousers while kissing her neck. Following the assaults, Phillips left his senior job at the stables, owned by the family of TV presenter Clare Balding, in the village of Kingsclere, Hampshire.Park House Stables was bought by Balding’s grandparents in 1953 and has since trained many successful thoroughbred horses.It currently trains horses owned by the Queen as well as Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager. Ms Balding’s brother Andrew, 43, became the licensed trainer at the 1,500-acre site in January 2003 after succeeding their father, Ian.Phillips, of North Sydmonton, near Kingsclere, denied two counts of sexual assault but was convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire.He remained emotionless as he was given a one-year community sentence and restraining order.Simon Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Phillips approached his first victim while drunk and asked her “if she wanted some fun”.”The defendant approached her and she could tell he had too much to drink,” he said. “He asked her if she wanted some fun.”He grabbed her neck and her groin and tried to force her over. He told her nobody would hear – however, she pushed him away and he fell.”Mr Jones said Phillips groped the second victim, adding: “He was touching her breasts and had undone her belt as if to pull her trousers down. Both these attacks were unwarranted and unnecessary contact from this man.”The court heard how both attacks happened during or after social events on separate evenings. She was extremely upset, hysterical and barely able to talk. She said you were a monsterJudge Richard Parkes QC Both these attacks were unwarranted and unnecessary contact from this manSimon Jones, prosecuting Guy Draper, defending, said Phillips had a problem with alcohol that has caused his only long-term relationship to fall apart, adding that during both attacks he was so drunk “he was not in control”.Mr Draper said: “It’s clear that Mr Phillips was very drunk after consuming large amounts of alcohol. Since the incidents he has not had any alcohol for five months. His consumption of alcohol had reached such a peak he was not in control.”His life has fallen apart from alcohol, his only long-term relationship because of his consumption of alcohol, as it is somewhat a problem.”Passing sentence, Judge Richard Parkes QC said: “It’s clear you enjoy your drink and there’s nothing wrong with that, but when you assault young ladies it becomes a problem. Richard Phillips, pictured leaving Winchester Crown Court, was ordered to complete a 60-day rehabilitation course and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as part of his one-year community orderCredit:Solent 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.
The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of how he wishes he could ask his late mother’s advice today, disclosing his sadness that his own young family will never meet her.The Duke, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died 20 years ago this August, said he would have loved her to meet his wife, Catherine, and watched children Prince George and Princess Charlotte grow up. Prince William and his daughter Princess Charlotte He added: “It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. “And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her. “It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”The interview was conducted by Alastair Campbell, the former Labour spin doctor who has made his own video for Heads Together discussing his depression.The Duke was photographed at home by Norman Jean Roy, along with the Duchess and their two children. The Cambridge family Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the wedding of their aunt, Pippa Middleton “I could not do my job without the stability of the family,” the Duke said. “Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.“The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.” Prince William with his mother, Diana “I rely on people around me for opinions, and I am a great believer in communication on these issues. “I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about it. I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have. “Because mental illness is inside our heads, invisible, it means others tread so carefully, and people don’t know what to say, whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say.”The full interview appears in the July issue of British GQ, on sale from June 1, and available to download from May 30. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ In an interview with GQ magazine, to publicise charity Heads Together, he said stability at home is “so important” to his family, vowing to bring his children up outside palace walls, just as his mother tried to do with him. Saying the bereavement had been “so raw”, particularly in the limelight, he confirmed is has taken nearly 20 years for him to become comfortable speaking about it.”I would like to have had her advice, “ he told the magazine. “I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.” Of the purpose of the Heads Together Campaign, he said it was intended to “smash the taboo” of speaking about mental illness and eradicate any shame about seeking help. Diana, Princess of Wales, at work in 1997 “I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness,” he said. “I just don’t understand it. “I know I come across as quite reserved and shy, I don’t always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors I think about the issues, I get very passionate about things. But, he added, the 20th anniversary of her death, which he and brother Prince Harry will be commemorating this summer, sees him “in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.” The interview is out on June 1Credit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ 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.
The Queen and Prince Philip at Ascot on Tuesday The Duke of Edinburgh He and the Queen were joined by many members of their family, including Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. He has now left a private hospital in London, quietly slipping out through a back entrance before returning to Windsor by car to rest.He had been admitted to King Edward VII hospital as a precautionary measure, following the advice of a doctor, after becoming ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after a two night stay, bouncing back from an infection at the age of 96.The Duke had missed the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot over fears for his health. King Edward VII hospital, London Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour on Saturday While there was concern for the Duke given his age, he was said to have been out of bed yesterday and in “good spirits”.A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said today: “I can confirm that The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital this morning.” 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. He has enjoyed good health throughout much of his life, recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012, the latter leading him to miss the majority of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and spend a period in hospital.His decision to retire from public duties after the summer was not health-related, Buckingham Palace said at the time of the announcement earlier this year.The Duke is an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise. The Prince of Wales said his father was “getting better” following a meeting with faith leaders at a Finsbury Park mosque in north London on Wednesday afternoon.Buckingham Palace declined to discuss specifics of the Duke’s current condition. He has previously suffered a recurring bladder infection.The Duke was at the Queen’s side on Tuesday for the opening day of Royal Ascot and a source said he was on “good form” during the event. He once said he more or less followed the Atkins diet and he drinks only moderately, and is well-known for his robust constitution.He told a flu expert at a research centre last year that he had not had the illness for 40 years.In a statement issued on Wednesday morning Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.”
A top private school has been accused of “everyday sexism” for an advert showing a boy aiming to be a lawyer or politician and a girl setting her sights on becoming a pop star or a soap opera actress. The £36,000-a-year Ardingly College near Haywards Heath in West Sussex has come in for scathing criticism for a poster that appeared on Brighton and Hove public buses across the county. Running with the slogan “World-Ready”, the advert has been branded politically incorrect for showing a male pupil with labels showing he aspires to be a politician, lawyer or swimmer, while a female counterpart has the tags “vocalist”, “actor”, “writer”.The adverts have been live for a month, but have provoked a hostile reaction from Sussex residents including Rachel Brown who called it ‘entry level sexism’.Another, Tanya Taylor, shared a picture of the poster with the caption, “shame on you Ardingly College” and used the hashtag “everyday sexism” and one mother said she would never send her daughters to the boarding school.But headteacher Ben Figgis said the criticism was wide of the mark, claiming “casual observers” had misinterpreted the advertising campaign. 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. He said the tags attached to the boy and girl were “the personal ambitions of the students pictured in the billboard” and that other adverts in the campaign showed different preferences. Mr Figgis said: “The key point about our ads is that the children themselves have chosen the career ambitions that feature alongside them. As a school we have not put words into their mouths, nor would we want to.””We have featured girls aspiring to become scientists and surgeons as well as boys becoming writers and linguists.”Among our girls, one is the head of our engineering project Ardingly Solar, while another recently became a finalist in the UK Space Design competition.”But we also celebrate girls succeeding as artists, musicians and any other ambition they pursue.”The headteacher’s explanations did not wash with many, including Brighton and Hove city councillor Emma Daniel , who said she and her friends had been outraged.She said: “I am sure not intentional but as a politician with a law degree I do find it a little cliche.”Student Joely McEwan said she and her friends were “disgusted” by the advert.The posters appeared on Brighton and Hove Buses, which operate Sussex-wide, and managing director Martin Harris said: “We’re absolutely mortified these adverts have been running on our buses.”We don’t approve of them and weren’t given a chance to review them by the external agency who buys in our advertising. “Normally they bring any potential controversial advert to our attention but this one wasn’t. They will be removed at the first possible opportunity.” An alternative “World-Ready” poster showing the girl aiming to be a linguist, humanitarian or racing driver and the boy a business leader, electronics engineer or sporstman