Dwight Howard had something to say to the city where he began his career.Thanks.Three weeks after leaving Orlando in a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers, the All-Star center took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel to express his appreciation for the city and the chance to play there.“To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and an honor,” Howard says in the advertisement, which according to a story on the newspaper’s website appears on Page C7.“Words cannot express the love that I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth.”“Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end.”The complex four-team deal with the Lakers on August 10 left Orlando with new additions in guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga from the Lakers.The Lakers received Howard, guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark from Orlando. The Magic also traded guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia.The Magic also will get a second-round draft pick from Denver next year, a first-round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first-round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second-round pick from the Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first-round pick from the Lakers in 2017. Orlando also will have a $17.8 million trade exception to use over the next year.It remains uncertain when Howard will make his Lakers debut after season-ending back surgery in April and whether he will be returning to the L.A. after this season or testing the free-agent market.The Howard trade ended a saga that has badly damaged his reputation, particularly within Florida. He appeared immature and petulant after changing his mind more than once about wanting a trade, putting Orlando in a tough situation.After initially opting for another year with the Magic, Howard turned around later and told the team of his desire to be moved, specifically to the Brooklyn Nets. However, Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan turned down several offers from Brooklyn that included center Brook Lopez and three first-round draft picks, among other compensation.Howard’s antics eventually cost the job of Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy.
When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later, the Redskins are enmeshed in a debate about whether their name is a racist epithet and should be changed. Advocates for keeping the name reference its origins: In 1937, owner George Preston Marshall changed the team name from the Braves to the Redskins. Marshall said the change was in honor of the head coach at the time, William Henry Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux (although that claim is suspect). Critics including Henry say its origins are irrelevant and that the name is racist and demeaning. “I’d love to see a boycott of all things Redskins,” he said.Dan Snyder, the current owner, purchased the team in 1999, when it was fighting its first legal battle over the name. The lawsuits have continued, and earlier this year, the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board canceled the franchise trademark because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.” Snyder has faced mounting pressure to change the name, even from President Obama and George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter. But Snyder plans to appeal the trademark decision and says he will “NEVER” change the name. Polling suggests Snyder has the backing to ignore the calls; most NFL fans (and Redskins fans in particular) oppose a name change.What’s considered an outrage in the NFL is embraced or at least tolerated all over the country. While we’ve been consumed by the debate about the Washington Redskins, we’ve overlooked thousands of team names and mascots depicting Native Americans, often stereotypically. These teams are not feeling the kind of pressure that Snyder is. To understand the Washington Redskins, we have to understand the Estelline Redmen, the Natick Redmen, and the Molalla Indians, too.Terry Borning, the proprietor of MascotDB, has kept a database of the nation’s mascots since 2006. He gathers his data from a variety of sources, including state high school athletic associations, websites and local newspapers. Borning’s database doesn’t have every high school, college and pro team in the country, but it does have 42,624 of them. Looking at MascotDB is as close as we can get to understanding how prevalent Native American team names and mascots are across the country. “There were a lot of interesting mascots where I lived growing up,” Borning said. “But those have mostly fallen by the wayside. Some of those things of the past were definitely offensive, but also more interesting than the generic mascots we have now.”I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes. (Not all teams with the names “Raiders” and “Warriors” are referencing Native Americans, but we spot-checked 20 schools with each name and a majority of each did.)Some 92 percent of those 2,129 team names belong to high schools (the rest were college, semi-pro, pro and amateur league teams). Of all the active high schools in the database, 8.2 percent have Native American team names.I reached out to about a dozen of those high schools, and most didn’t want to comment on a controversy that hadn’t yet arrived. But the conversations I did have suggested that the way communities regard their teams’ Native American names and mascots depends on the makeup of the communities themselves.Estelline High, home of the Redmen, is located in a small town in South Dakota, 24 miles west of the Minnesota border. South Dakota has the third-largest Native American population share in the country, but Estelline hasn’t seen the kinds of protests directed at the Washington Redskins. The town has experienced little, if any, controversy over the Redmen name.The mascot dates back to sometime between 1915 and 1920, when a local newspaper referred to the Estelline athletic team by the color of its uniforms — “the men in red.” The name wasn’t officially adopted, but the team soon became known by its unofficial moniker, the Redmen. According to Estelline superintendent and high school principal Patrick Kraning, the association with Native Americans didn’t come until around 1930. Estelline followed with its own depiction of a “Redman” as a stereotype of a Native American chief wearing a headdress. Events such as the annual naming of a “Moon Princess” and “Big Chief” at homecoming became part of the tradition.“There’s been very little controversy over the team name,” Kraning said. “In the ’90s there was some discussion about changing the name for a series of schools [throughout southeastern South Dakota] that still referred to themselves as ‘Redmen.’ But in the end, a lot of us — Estelline included — decided to keep the name and just keep away from any Native American imagery associated with it.”Since then, the only symbol associated with the Estelline Redmen is a logo of an E with two feathers attached. Kraning believes that this change, combined with the fact that Estelline doesn’t have a significant Native American population, is why there hasn’t been much local debate on the topic.“There’s a community feeling that since the origin of the nickname was not a Native American reference, there’s not a desire for change,” he said. “If there were a discussion, most people would probably view it as going against 80 or 90 years of tradition.”Natick, Massachusetts, did go against tradition. In 2007, the school board dropped its high school mascot — also the “Redmen” — after an alumna of Native American descent came to the board and said she was offended by the activities surrounding the team she had experienced at Natick High School. The historian for the local Nipmuc tribe told me that the logo and mascot used by the school depicted a “stereotypical northern Native with a headdress,” but that depiction bore no resemblance to the actual indigenous people who lived in the Natick area. Nevertheless, protest groups soon sprouted up, claiming that the Natick Redmen honored Native Americans and were an important tradition.Soon after the change, school board meetings and a town-wide referendum turned the issue into a much broader discussion. The main critique came from the Redmen Forever Committee, a self-described grassroots effort that sought to influence the non-binding referendum. “We added a question to the referendum asking if townspeople wanted the Redmen name restored,” said Erich Thalheimer, co-founder of the Redmen Forever Committee. “It won overwhelmingly, but the school committee didn’t abide by the town’s wishes.”“If it were decided by popular vote, we would have the name,” said Anne Blanchard, a member of the Natick School Board. “But we had to take into account our nondiscrimination policy, as well as minority and majority interests.”The Redmen Forever Committee says it won’t give up the fight. “We chose the name of our committee very intentionally, very purposefully,” Thalheimer said. “This is our town. We’re going to live here until we die. We will forever try to re-establish the Redmen name.”While the controversy in Natick stemmed from a decision that affected one school, several states have taken a grievance from a single school and used it to forbid Native American mascots. One of the more sweeping bans so far was implemented with the help of Samuel Henry, the man who grew up earnestly believing that the Washington Redskins had painted their downtown D.C. headquarters with the blood of Native Americans. Henry is currently the chair of Oregon’s Board of Education, which instituted a statewide ban on Native American mascots and team names in 2012.The story goes back to 2006, when Che Butler, a member of the Siletz tribe and a student at Taft High School, raised the issue before the board. Butler said he was offended by the stereotypical and inauthentic manner in which the mascot of a rival school, the Molalla Indians, portrayed Native Americans. He and fellow Taft student Luhui Whitebear, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Tribe, made a presentation at a board meeting asking for a statewide ban on mascots that “misrepresent” Native people, who instead “should be represented with true honor and respect.”According to Henry, the board agreed that “having Native American mascots did not seem like a good idea,” but decided to defer the decision.The grievance was taken up again six years later, when the director of public instruction decided to put it back on the board’s agenda. This time around, after some member turnover, the board agreed to ask its chief attorney to draft a proposal for a ban on the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The only dissenting vote came from a woman who claimed that it was too selective, and that devils and saints should be banned as well.As in Natick, one of the major arguments against the ban came from people who said that the mascots didn’t disparage Native Americans, but honored them. Many of these opponents knew little of Native American culture, Henry said. “I asked one of the students who made that argument what the name of the local Native American tribe was, and she didn’t know,” he said. “To me, that indicated that her reliance on saying that they were honoring Native Americans — that the support for that argument was pretty thin at best.”For high schools, a statewide ban is about as sweeping as it gets. Graduate to the next level, though, and schools have broader authorities to answer to. In 2005, the NCAA implemented its own de facto ban1The NCAA was careful not to implement an outright ban because the board didn’t feel it could. The language of the ban intentionally provided a lot of loopholes so that it didn’t infringe on schools’ institutional autonomy. on Native American mascots for all NCAA colleges.2In my survey of MascotDB, 4.9 percent of the Native American mascots and team names did belong to colleges, but almost all of those colleges did not belong to the NCAA. The ban focused on a specific list of schools whose mascots were deemed “hostile or abusive,” and precluded them from participating in postseason play if those nicknames or mascots appeared on any team uniforms or clothing.The NCAA had already taken a stand on a similar issue: the use of Confederate flags. In 2001, the organization banned arenas in South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason championships because the Confederate flag flew proudly on their statehouse grounds. After that decision, the president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota asked the NCAA to impose a ban on Native American mascots.The NCAA called on 18 schools (out of 1,046 total member schools at the time, or 1.7 percent) to drop their mascots.Not all of the targeted schools felt that their nicknames or mascots were “hostile or abusive,” and the ban was followed by a surge of criticism.“I must have gotten 2,000 emails from people just complaining about it,” the NCAA’s executive committee chairperson at the time, Walter Harrison, said. Even almost 10 years later, he still remembers one persistent caller. “He, or she, I don’t know if it was a man or a woman, would call my office phone at four in the morning and just play their school’s chant until the answering machine cut off,” he said.But the more serious backlash came in the form of appeals. One came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini were portrayed at halftime performances by a student dressed in full Lakota regalia, including face paint and a headdress. He went by the name “Chief Illiniwek,” and became the focus of the university’s fight against the ban.Controversy surrounding Chief Illiniwek predated the NCAA’s ruling by decades. The university’s board of trustees had been quietly in the process of considering a potential mascot change since 2001, and the publicity surrounding the nationwide ban reignited already-existing tension among students and alumni. Lawrence Eppley, who was the chair of the university’s board of trustees at the time, said he received hundreds of comments from foundations and alumni organizations threatening to withhold donations. He and the rest of the board figured the only option was to strike a compromise to keep both sides — passionate students and alumni and the NCAA — happy.Through its appeal, the school was allowed to keep its team name, but not its mascot. Chief Illiniwek portrayers, who had been a part of an official student organization called the Council of Chiefs, could continue the tradition as long as the group no longer had any official affiliation with the university. “One of the things that made it tough to retire it was making sure the fans knew that, if you loved the chief, that was nothing to feel guilty about,” Eppley said. “It’s just that times change, and there’s not much we can do about that.”Ivan Dozier, who currently portrays Chief Illiniwek, said that officially retiring the mascot was the wrong way for the university to respond. He believes that Native American mascots are a way to reach and educate an audience that wouldn’t normally be knowledgeable about Native American culture or history. “What concerns me is if you eliminate all references to Native American culture, people aren’t asking questions anymore,” he said. “Sports fans here are the vocal majority. They’re the ones who need this information the most, and now they have no way to go about getting it.”Eight of the schools on the NCAA’s list secured vocal support from local Native American tribes to successfully appeal and retain their team names and mascots. Eight others have changed their names and one dropped the use of a mascot entirely. Carthage College changed its team name from the Redmen to the Red Men and dropped all Native American imagery, which satisfied the NCAA’s requirements. Turning the Washington Redskins into the Red Skins is unlikely to appease the team’s critics, though. Given that the name is racist by definition and no tribe has come out in support of Snyder, it probably wouldn’t pass the NCAA’s grounds for appeal, and it certainly doesn’t pass in the court of Native American opinion.But even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names.
The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team continued its winless ways in a two-game series against Michigan State this past weekend. The No. 10-ranked Buckeyes lost back-to-back games in Columbus this weekend, falling to the Spartans, 6-3 and 3-2, on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. OSU (14-10-5, 10-9-5-1 CCHA) has now gone 10 straight games without a win, and have a 0-6-4 record this calendar year following its two-game set with MSU (15-11-4, 10-9-3-2 CCHA). OSU freshman forward Tanner Fritz scored two goals, with fellow freshman forwards Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, and sophomore forward Alex Lippincott each tallying a score in the series. The Buckeye defense gave up a total of nine goals against the Spartans, the most OSU has given up in a series this season. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the key to the series this weekend was the veteran play of the Spartans. “That was the bottom line this weekend,” he said. “They only have a few freshmen in their lineup and that helps them in tough situations. We had 10 freshmen in the lineup tonight, and that was one of the differences in the game. It helps having their kind of experience going through league play.” After jumping out to a 3-1 lead Friday night, before the Spartans scored five unanswered goals on the way to a 6-3 win, the Buckeyes got in a hole early on Saturday. Spartan freshman forward Matt Berry scored a power-play goal at 9:14 in the first period to give MSU an early 1-0 lead. Berry tapped the puck in from the post after junior defenseman Torey Krug faked a shot on the wing before passing it to him. MSU added two more goals in the second stanza to take a 3-0 lead half way through the period. Sophomore defenseman Jake Chelios, son of former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios, scored a 4-on-4 goal at 1:57 in the middle period. With 6:35 left in the second, Krug blasted a shot from the top of the right circle that flew past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter and into the back of the net. “He’s an all-league type of player,” Osiecki said of Krug. “It’s important to have a defenseman back there who can quarterback the team. From a power play standpoint he’s top notch, and my hat goes off to him.” The Buckeyes rallied after Krug’s blast with two goals from Fritz. The freshman forward gave OSU its first goal of the game when he slid the puck in off a rebound at 14:23 in the second stanza. A few minutes later, he found the back of the net again when Dzingel’s shot on a 2-on-1 breakaway bounced off MSU sophomore goalie Will Yanakeff. Fritz found the loose puck and buried it home with 2:11 remaining in the second. “The line (with Dzingel and McCormick) feels good right now,” Fritz said. “We have played well the past couple series.” The Spartans led 3-2 heading into the final period, and killed off multiple Buckeye power plays late in the third stanza to hold on for the win and series sweep. OSU’s power play was 0-8 on Saturday night and 0-14 on the weekend. “Our power-play unit really needs to bear down,” Osiecki said. “We got some good looks but we couldn’t capitalize. Our power play could have been the difference for us the past couple of games.” The Buckeyes take the ice again for a two-game series against Western Michigan starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Then-junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Lantern file photoAfter playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the Los Angeles Lakers, former Ohio State basketball player LaQuinton Ross is set to play professionally in Italy.According to multiple reports, Ross signed on to play with Victoria Libertas in the Italian Serie A.Ross was passed on in the 2014 NBA Draft after deciding to pursue a professional career following his junior season with the Buckeyes. He was named to the 2014 Big Ten All-Tournament team as well as earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after averaging 15.2 points per game for OSU. Ross averaged 8.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13 and played in nine games as a true freshman the year before.Former OSU player Amedeo Della Valle, a native of Italy, also chose to leave the school following the 2013-14 season to pursue a professional career in Europe. He then signed with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, a club team that also plays in Serie A.Della Valle took to his Twitter account, @Ame_DV_33, to express his excitement at the chance to play against his former teammate in Italy.Can finally say I’m super happy for @qross2011 comin to play in Italy. Can’t wait to play against you. #DreamBig— Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) August 8, 2014Ross, a native of Jackson, Miss., attended Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., before joining the Buckeyes. He played in three games for the Lakers this summer and averaged three points in 10.3 minute of action per game.Former Buckeye basketball player Scoonie Penn played for Victoria Libertas during the 2004-05 season.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team huddles before its first round game against Western Kentucky in the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Dana Lewin | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 82-68 with sharp shooting and tough defense in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.Freshman Tori McCoy and redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper dominated on the floor for the Buckeyes, each recording a double-double.This was a battle between two of the most powerful guards in the country — Kentucky’s senior Makayla Epps and OSU’s junior Kelsey Mitchell, who each led their team in scoring with 21 points a piece.The Buckeyes had five players scoring in double figures including Mitchell, senior forward Shayla Cooper (10), Harper (12), McCoy (14) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (10).Mitchell started things off right for the Scarlet and Gray, draining a 3 just five seconds into the game. OSU got an early 12-8 lead thanks to 10 points from Mitchell in the first five minutes of play.Kentucky kept the OSU lead to just four-points at the end of the first quarter, with senior forward Evelyn Akhator leading the team in points and dominating rebounds on both sides of the floor. She finished with 14 points and 23 rebounds.In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took control of the game, going on a 15-2 run in the first five minutes. OSU led the fast-paced game 46-31 and sunk six from 3 compared to the Wildcats’ one.Kentucky came out with more fire in the second half and out-scored the Buckeyes 22-15 in the third quarter. Epps and Akhator led the Wildcats in scoring as they decreased the deficit to just 8-points.Sophomore Wildcat Maci Morris downed a 3-pointer with 8:55 left to play to bring her team within one possession of the Buckeyes, 61-58.The Wildcats never obtained the lead, however, and OSU went on an 8-0 run which resulted in a 82-68 tournament victory.Harper, who transferred to OSU from Kentucky halfway through the 2015-16 season, was essential in the victory over her former team. She nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.OSU will move on to the regional semifinals in the Sweet 16 round on March 24 at Rupp Arena. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 9 seed Purdue.
Ohio State redshirt junior defensman Jincy Dunne (33) drives the puck down the ice in the game against Bemidgi State on Feb 8. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternHeaded back to Minneapolis this weekend for its second straight WCHA Final Faceoff appearance, the Ohio State women’s hockey team will put its season on the line against a familiar foe: Wisconsin.No. 9 Ohio State (20-12-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) has claimed a regulation win and two shootout victories against No. 2 Wisconsin (30-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) in four season meetings despite the Badgers’ status as heavy favorites in each matchup.“We don’t like Wisconsin,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “When you’re the underdog, you want to bring down Goliath.”Ohio State will have to do exactly that if it hopes to keep its season alive. The Final Faceoff is a two-day, single-elimination tournament in which the winners of Saturday’s matchups will vie for the conference championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Ranked outside the top eight teams in the national rankings, the WCHA title is Ohio State’s only guarantee at a second-consecutive berth.The Buckeyes face an uphill battle, as the Badgers have won three of their past four WCHA tournaments and haven’t missed the NCAA tournament in six seasons.Wisconsin boasts the conference’s widest scoring margin, winning by an average of 2.72 goals per game and has the second-highest scoring offense at 3.8 goals per game.Leading the Wisconsin charge up front is redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year who has notched a conference-leading 42 points this season.Three of Pankowski’s points came by way of a hat-trick performance on Saturday in an 8-0 demolition of St. Cloud State to schedule the Badgers a fifth meeting with the Buckeyes this season.However, Wisconsin’s potent offense has been limited to just two goals a game this year against the Buckeyes, who claim the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne.Sharing the back line with Dunne is senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, who said Ohio State has felt confident against Wisconsin since sweeping the Badgers at home late in the previous season for the first time in program history.“I think we keep Wisconsin on their toes,” Boyle said. “It’s that unexpected thought of what are we going to bring that day that makes them nervous.”Though Wisconsin has outshot the Buckeyes 172-78 this season, the Badgers have managed to score just eight goals on freshman goalie Andrea Braendli, who made 92 saves in her most recent series on Feb. 22 and 23, earning her NCAA No. 1 Star of the Week honors.Braendli has garnered more accolades since then, winning WCHA Goalie of the Month for February and receiving a second-straight WCHA Goalie of the Week award after her sixth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against Minnesota State on Saturday.Wisconsin has its own award-winning goalie coming to Minneapolis, as junior netminder Kristen Campbell leads the nation with a 1.09 goals against average and 30 wins to go alongside her WCHA Goalie of the Year honors.Despite Ohio State’s limited shot output against Campbell and the Badgers this season, the Buckeyes have scored a first-period goal in three of their four meetings, including a strike at the 23-second mark from sophomore forward Emma Maltais in the previous matchup.“We just come out flying because we have so much energy in the locker room,” Muzerall said. “I think it’s just, as the girls say, ‘We bring the juice.’”Muzerall said the problem will be holding onto a lead against a team that has generated 24.4 more shots per game than opponents on average this season.Ohio State surrendered a 2-0 lead to Wisconsin in the last five minutes of the third period last time out, costing the Buckeyes a three-point win and an opportunity to jump ahead in the polls.“As long as their shots are coming from angles that aren’t scary for Andrea,” Muzerall said. “We got to make sure we do a better job of controlling those rebounds because it’s not usually the initial shot from the outside that’s getting in.” Boyle, who faces the possibility of Saturday being her final collegiate game, said the Buckeyes will not go down without a fight. “Close to the end of the season, when it’s do or die for us, we always tend to show up,” Boyle said. “I’ll lose a leg before I come out of that game with a loss.”The puck will drop in Minneapolis at 6:07 p.m. Saturday to decide who will advance to the WCHA Championship game.The winner will advance to play either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at 3:07 p.m. Sunday.
NHS leaders have warned that financial restrictions will mean increased rationingCredit:Dominic Lipinkski/PA But NHS Harrogate and District clinical commissioning group (CCG) yesterday insisted its measures were about “encouraging” patients to make changes which would help their health.It said that this could mean that in future, less money has to be spent on treating conditions linked to unhealthy lifestyles. Ian Eardley, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The policies for smokers and overweight patients that Harrogate and Rural District CCG intend to impose ignore the public outcry that surrounded similar plans announced by neighbouring Vale of York CCG in September. “They fly in the face of the intervention made by NHS England to prevent those plans from going ahead,” he added. ‘Making weight loss of giving up smoking a condition of receiving that surgery, no matter how sick they are or how much pain patients are in, is wrong’Ian Eardley, Royal College of Surgeons Obese patients and smokers will be denied surgery under cost-cutting NHS rationing plans, amid warnings from senior surgeons that the move will prompt a public outcry.NHS leaders in north Yorkshire say patients who weigh too much or smoke will be told they have to go on a diet or quit smoking for at least six months before they can be considered for any non-urgent operations.Similar measures proposed by a neighbouring authority last month were stopped after protests from surgeons and patients groups. Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, has said obesity is the greatest challenge facing the health service Credit:Geoff Pugh “The NHS spends around £9bn a year on patient care for those living with diabetes and with spending on obesity related ill health and smoking related illness increasing year on year, these measures will help protect the future finances of the CCG and the wider local health economy.”Last month Vale of York CCG was forced to abandon plans which would have seen surgery denied to smokers and obese patients for up to a year, after warnings that the rationing was the “most severe the modern NHS has ever seen”.And in August plans by St Helens CCG to suspend all non-urgent surgery for four months were withdrawn by health officials in Merseyside following public concern. Mr Eardley said blanket bans on surgery for any group of patients did not comply with the NHS constitution, which protects patients’ rights.“The Royal College of Surgeons is very supportive of encouraging patients to join programmes that help them lose weight or stop smoking before surgery. However making it a condition of receiving that surgery, no matter how sick they are or how much pain they are in, is wrong,” he said. Amanda Bloor, CCG chief officer said: “The CCG is not saying patients can’t have the surgery. By introducing a six month health optimisation period, we are encouraging and supporting patients to undertake a lifestyle change which will provide them with the best possible clinical outcome. NHS Harrogate and District CCG says it is trying to encourage patients to improve their lifestyles Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA 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.
Prince Harry’s new girlfriend Meghan Markle would not fit in with the Royal family because of her behaviour, her half-sister has claimed.The actress, best known for her role in US legal drama Suits, is allegedly driven by “social climbing” and wants to “become a princess”, Samantha Grant, 51, said.Her desires have allegedly led to the 35-year-old failing to contact her family as often as her half-sister would like, The Sun reported. She did not comment on the rumours in the interview but admitted she was a “brash American” who liked to have her say and worried about the sexiness of her character in Suits.Miss Markle also posted several new images on social media, including one of a pair of bananas “cuddling” each other with the caption “sleep tight” and another of an elephant teapot and cup.She also posted a picture of her two dogs and promoted her lifestyle website, The Tig, in a breakfast shot. Her new clothing line is released this week. Kensington Palace has not commented on the romance claims. 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. I think her ambition is to become a princess… it was something she dreamed of as a girlSamantha Grant It comes after sources said yesterday Prince Harry, 32, and Miss Markle had been serious since August, having met in the summer.Ms Grant, who lives in Florida, told the paper had a “soft spot” for gingers. She added: “Hollywood has changed her. I think her ambition is to become a princess… it was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV.” Miss Markle’s sister, a former actress and model, also claimed their father, Thomas Markle, had known about the alleged royal romance for as long as five months.Both papers also reported that Mr Markle, 72, had recently become bankrupt, having once been a successful lighting director in America.The reports come after the actress declared she was the “luckiest girl in the world” in an interview with a Vancouver newspaper. The reports come after the actress declared she was the “luckiest girl in the world” in an interview with a Vancouver newspaperCredit:INSTAGRAM The actress’s desires have allegedly led to the 35-year-old failing to contact her family as often as her half-sister would likeCredit:Matt Barnes / Chilli Media She claimed that she had not spoken to Miss Markle much since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight years ago.”I am not sure how the Queen would feel about someone who shuns their own family,” she claimed. “Meghan is narcissistic and selfish, I think the Royal family would be appalled.”She added to the Daily Mail: “The truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry, he wouldn’t want to date her any more.” The Telegraph has contacted representatives for Miss Markle for comment.
The account appearing to belong to Ian Crossland wrote on Facebook: “The dirty unwashed left-wing scrubber was grinning because she managed to disrupt a demo…she’s lucky she got any teeth left”.Members of the EDL alleged the woman was disrupting the protest. However, she and others present claimed she was coming to the defence of a woman wearing a hijab. Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson confirmed it was true, tweeting: “Ok, just had it confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers. Defiant Saffiyah Khan, who stared down the leader of the English Defence League when they came to demonstrate in her hometown, Birmingham, has said she wasn’t scared in the slightest.An account which appears to be that of Ian Crossland, the leader of the far-right group, posted on Facebook after the march, writing the smiling woman was “lucky she had any teeth left”.Despite this, the young woman said she wasn’t fazed during the tense confrontation. “The police should in future also do better by keeping more space between our right to demonstrate and the anti-democratic and disruptive forces aligned against us.”Jess Phillips MP expressed her pride for the young woman, writing: “Who looks like they have power here, the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate?” So much love for this. Second photo of Saffiyah Khan staring down the EDL with a smile is even better. Solidarity, sister 👊👊👊👊✊✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/jbz9ZmXWWQ— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 9, 2017 “I couldn’t understand what was being said though to be honest, it was all very mumbled. “But I wasn’t scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations.”I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn’t going to be provoked. “I didn’t realise how many people would be so supportive, so it was worth it.” 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. “& I don’t care how many people don’t like me saying that , the truth is the truth. & the picture is embarrassing.” **PHOTO OF THE WEEK**Enraged EDL racist stared down by amused, contemptuous Asian woman. #Birmingham (via @AlexisTrust) pic.twitter.com/5kBdrrgvGf— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2017 A spokesperson for the EDL commented on behalf of the group and Ian Crossland. They said: “Well, she is lucky, considering what she did…Bearing in mind that nothing happened to her and no physical attack occurred indicates a commendable degree of control by the EDL which our enemies will no doubt try to exploit in future demonstrations. Ok, just had In confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers pic.twitter.com/0qWdN12biv— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) April 10, 2017 This is how EDL leader Ian Crossland reacted to the photograph of him in Birmingham yesterday. #sadlittleman pic.twitter.com/5eHz5qhibH— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 9, 2017 The picture of Khan appearing to smile at Crossland, taken by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens, went viral after it was shared across social media. It attracted praise from Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, while Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan described it as “photo of the week”.She said: “(The EDL supporter) was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn’t do anything, I wasn’t interested, that wasn’t my intention.
Spanish Police charged a few @LCFC fans in Plaza Mayor pic.twitter.com/FAtAiZBgCZ— Phil Mackie (@philmackie) April 11, 2017 According to Spain’s EFE news agency, some of the football fans started throwing bottles at the police line and against the properties and businesses around the square.Eight Leicester fans were arrested for their part in the confrontation, while emergency services on the scene in Madrid’s historic old quarter reported that they had treated five people for injuries. Eight people were arrested and five treated for injuries after police in Madrid charged against a group of Leicester fans who had congregated in the Spanish capital on Tuesday evening, 24 hours before their club’s Champions League quarterfinal clash with Atlético Madrid.A group of English fans reportedly numbering around 70 were drinking in the terrace bars of Madrid’s picturesque Plaza Mayor square.At around 9.30pm riot police decided to disperse the crowd after a number of incidents, with some of the Leicester fans resisting the police charge amid scuffles. Security measures are seen outside the stadium during a Leicester City training session and press conference on the eve of their UEFA Championns League quarter final match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon StadiumCredit:Getty Three police officers and two Leicester fans sustained cuts and bruises, with none requiring hospital treatment.Around 1,000 police personnel will be conducting a major security operation on Wednesday night around Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón stadium.A video of Tuesday night’s incident showed Leicester fans confronting the Spanish police with the chant “Blue army” audible in the background. 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.