Giancarlo Stanton Was Made For The Home Run Derby

2002Jason Giambi488 2009Prince Fielder503 15Harmon Killebrew.253.131+.121 2013Yoenis Cespedes32✓ Only includes players with a minimum of 2500 career at-bats.Source: FanGraphs.com On the night, Stanton hit all 10 of the longest homers belted by anybody. He also hit 18 of the 19 longest, with five carrying at least 490 feet and 31 traveling at least 450. It might well have been the greatest single exhibition of raw home run-hitting power in baseball history.Of course, such herculean feats are nothing new for Stanton — he’s widely known around baseball as the hardest-hitting player in the game, a man seemingly put on this earth to murder baseballs. And it’s a reputation only enhanced by the presence of Statcast, MLB’s (relatively) new radar-based tracking system, which has turned the physics of hard-hit balls into something approaching fetishization.Stanton is the poster child for the Statcast era. Where other players once made RBIs or steals into calling cards, Stanton has fashioned the exit-velo leaderboard — in other words, the “hitting the ball real hard” leaderboard — into his own personal jurisdiction, and fans revel in the arcana. (Did you know one of his home runs last night departed the bat at 120.4 miles per hour? That’s nuts!) In an era where we can quantify the speed and angle of every ball off the bat, Stanton is the right hitter at exactly the right historical moment.So, does that make him the greatest power hitter ever? He might be on his way. If we look at his career isolated power — essentially his total bases per at-bat, but tossing out those wimpy singles — relative to the MLB average for nonpitchers, Stanton ranks 11th since 1901, trailing Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and eight Hall of Famers. Stanton is also still just 26, so he’ll have a handful more prime years to move up the list before tailing off in late-career decline. 2015Todd Frazier39✓ 7Jimmie Foxx.284.125+.159 YEARWINNERLONGEST HR YEARPLAYERHOME RUNSWON DERBY? 2015Joc Pederson39 2Mark McGwire.325.146+.179 2011Adrian Gonzalez31 2008Josh Hamilton35 2016Todd Frazier42 2007Vladimir Guerrero503 12Johnny Mize.250.125+.125 1996Barry Bonds451 PLAYERCAREER ISOMLB AVERAGEISO VS. AVERAGE But Stanton didn’t gently deposit those 61 balls into the stands at Petco Park, either — he crushed them. His 497-foot blast in the first round tied for the fifth-longest among contest winners’ top home runs since 1996.1Excluding contests where neither MLB.com nor Baseball-Almanac.com listed longest-home run data. Only includes winners’ distances because some years MLB lists only the winner’s longest HR. Most home runs in a HR Derby 2016Giancarlo Stanton497 Best power hitters, relative to league average, 1901-2016 6Ted Williams.289.130+.159 2008Justin Morneau512 13Mickey Mantle.259.136+.123 2015Todd Frazier455 2012Prince Fielder476 2005Bobby Abreu517ft 9Mike Schmidt.260.128+.132 5Barry Bonds.309.150+.159 4Lou Gehrig.293.125+.168 2010David Ortiz32✓ 3Hank Greenberg.292.123+.169 Most years the Home Run Derby is a good deal more exciting in our memories — where a young Ken Griffey Jr. is still mashing taters in a backwards cap — than it is in reality. But this year Giancarlo Stanton wrote in a few dozen new memories of his own: 2016Giancarlo Stanton61✓ Winners’ longest home runs 2004Miguel Tejada497 8Ralph Kiner.269.130+.139 1Babe Ruth.356.116+.239 10Joe DiMaggio.254.125+.129 11Giancarlo Stanton.276.149+.126 But first Stanton will have to turn his 2016 season around. Bizarre as it sounds given his outrageous batted-ball numbers, Stanton has suffered through a down first half, hitting around .220 and flirting with the replacement level before embarking on a scorching start to July. Even after that turnaround, his 116 wRC+ would be the fourth-lowest ever by a Derby winner during their victorious season.Luckily for Stanton, though, there is no Home Run Derby curse. (Seriously, stop suggesting that’s a thing. Stop it.) And more to the point, nobody hits the ball that hard for long with so few hits to show for it. Stanton’s Statcast numbers — and more conventional metrics such as contact rate and line-drive rate — might be down a bit from their lofty 2015 heights, but Stanton still figures to be one of baseball’s better hitters in the second half of the season. That’s good news for the surprising Marlins, and for lovers of hard-hit baseballs everywhere.Check out our latest MLB predictions. For years where data is available.Source: MLB.com, Baseball Almanac Regardless of format; first event was in 1985.Source: MLB.com 2011Robinson Cano32✓ 14Willie Stargell.247.125+.122 All told, Stanton slugged 61 home runs, which was by far the most ever hit in a single contest, though this is of course affected by some drastic changes in Derby formats over the years. (In fact, runner-up Todd Frazier’s 42 was the second-most ever hit in a derby.) 2005Bobby Abreu41✓ read more

Opinion Bengals and Browns trending to opposite ends of the NFL

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown hangs his head as he walks off the field after throwing an interception to Oakland safety Charles Woodson to end the Browns’ late fourth quarter drive on Sept. 27 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAs we near the quarter-way mark of the NFL season, the contenders and pretenders of the league are starting to show their true colors.The undefeated Cincinnati Bengals have joined the ranks of the contenders after winning their first three games to start the season. Ahead of their Week 3 divisional showdown, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called the Bengals “the most talented team in the league,” according to ESPN.Harbaugh isn’t alone in thinking this, either.The Bengals’ youthful offense is brimming with talent. Quarterback Andy Dalton is off to a blazing start, tossing eight touchdowns to just one interception through the first three games of the season. Running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard head up a dynamic one-two punch coming out of the backfield, and star wide receiver A.J. Green continues to dazzle. Against the Ravens, Green was virtually unguardable, as he hauled in 10 receptions for 227 receiving yards and two scores.Defensively, the Bengals have great depth and boast one of the league’s top secondaries. With the winless Ravens reeling and the Pittsburgh Steelers hurting with the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for roughly a month’s time due to a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his left knee, the AFC North crown is sitting on a platter for the Bengals’ taking.About a four-hour drive north of Cincinnati lies its in-state rival, which nobody will mistake for one of the NFL’s most talented.It’s been another rugged start for the Cleveland Browns, a common occurrence for the laughingstock of professional sports. They’ve dropped two of their first three games on their way to a 1-2 record. Cleveland’s lone win came over a Tennessee Titans squad that finished last season 2-14. If the Browns aren’t careful, they’ll end up with a similar record.Nevertheless, it doesn’t take an expert to see that the Browns are on their way to another top-10 pick in the NFL draft. Cleveland’s defense is a mess and couldn’t stop a nosebleed if you handed it a whole box of Kleenex. The Browns are tied for the fifth-most yards allowed and cornerback Joe Haden, their defensive MVP, is looking like anything but his 2014 Pro Bowl self. In the Browns’ Week 3 27-20 drubbing at the hands of the Oakland Raiders, Haden was repeatedly burned and beaten badly in coverage by rookie wideout Amari Cooper.If things seem dismal on defense for the Browns, they’re even worse offensively. After spending big bucks in the offseason on veteran receivers Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, the two have been nothing short of colossal busts, combining for a grand total of 116 yards on seven receptions. Bowe has only played eight snaps all year long because of a troublesome hamstring injury, but, hey, kudos to coach Mike Pettine for coming out this week and saying he wouldn’t cut his key free agent acquisition. Maybe he should’ve instead opted to keep wideout Terrelle Pryor before the season began. At least Pryor was relatively healthy when he was cut and didn’t cost the team a ridiculous $12.5 million, including $9 million guaranteed.Yet, the talk of the team remains centered around the Josh McCown vs. Johnny Manziel starting quarterback debate. The Browns’ issues on offense are bigger than who should start under center, but Pettine hasn’t handled the positional battle very well. His decision to stick with the 36-year-old journeyman McCown could stunt the growth of the second-year Manziel, who actually looked up to snuff in the Browns’ 28-14 victory over the Titans in Week 2.In the wake of the Browns’ most recent loss to the Raiders, a TMZ report emerged on Tuesday stating that three anonymous offensive starters were angered by Pettine’s choice to start McCown over Manziel.While members of the Browns have since denied the report, TMZ has stood firm, stating that nothing was fabricated. It just shows how poorly Pettine and his coaching staff are handling the quarterback situation, regardless if the report has any validity.The Bengals, healthy and drama free, square off at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 4 with a chance to gain a stranglehold on the AFC North. Traveling to the West Coast to face the San Diego Chargers are the Browns, who will look to avoid falling to 1-3 on the year.Heading into the blustery fall season, it’s clear to see that polar opposites reside in Ohio. The Bengals and Browns may share the same state, but they’re trending in completely opposite directions. read more

Ohio State mens soccer faces Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Sophomore defender Alex Nichols (15) advances the ball against Rutgers on Sept. 18. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Bowling Green over the weekend, remaining winless on the road this season.This Wednesday, the Buckeyes (3-6) return to Columbus to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1-4-2) at 7 p.m.Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has been very kind to OSU as of late, with the Scarlet and Gray coming into the match riding a three game home win streak.“You always want to protect your house,” said senior defender Austin Bergstrom. “It’s good that we have been doing that so far, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”After wins over Rutgers and Valparaiso a week ago, the Buckeyes took a step backward over the weekend, suffering a shutout against Bowling Green.Despite outshooting the Falcons 16-9, OSU again fell to the misfortune of its own mistakes, specifically turnovers.“Sometimes it is a little frustrating when you can’t put the ball in the back of the net or when another team only gets a few opportunities and they are able to score,” said senior forward Danny Jensen. “We let the pressure get to us a bit. I think we just have to cut down on the mistakes and we will start to see much better results.”Jensen was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against Valparaiso, where he recorded the first hat trick by an Ohio State player since 2012.“It is cool to get some individual recognition every now and then but our focus is on the team,” Jensen said. “Right now we just need some more wins.”The matchup with SIUE is a rare one, as both teams have only played each other once in school history, and played to a scoreless draw in Columbus in 2009.While the matchup between the two teams is unfamiliar, the faces involved are not. Cougars coach Mario Sanchez was a soccer player under now-Buckeyes head coach John Bluem during his time at Fresno State.“(Sanchez) was probably one of the top five players I’ve coached in my career,” Bluem said. “They are going to be really well organized and battle defensively. You are playing against a team that, much like us, is having trouble scoring.”Saying the Cougars are having trouble scoring is an understatement, as Sanchez’s squad has only found the back of the net three times through the first seven games. However, the defense has stood tough, allowing only seven goals thus far.SIUE’s junior goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo has 13 career shutouts. This year, Dal Santo’s .788 save percentage ranks him 51st nationally.As the match signifies the halfway point in the season for the Buckeyes, Bluem feels the biggest improvement the team needs to make is in its mentality.“This group has to accept that we are not going to just show up and win games. If we don’t outwork the other team, if we don’t outhustle the other team, if we don’t play harder for longer than the other team, anybody on our schedule could beat us,” Bluem said. “On the flipside, if we do those things, we will be in every single game and chances are good that we win more of those games than we lose.”With a very important Big Ten matchup looming against Michigan State on Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to build momentum by grabbing a win against the Cougars. read more

Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio State beats Michigan State 42 for sevenstraight

Junior Forward Dakota Joshua (8) gets ready to set off against Michigan’s Adam Winborg (5) tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternOhio State junior forward Dakota Joshua scored a pair of goals and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made 25 saves on 27 shots en route to a 4-2 win against Michigan State (9-17-1, 3-13-1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center to give the No. 5 Buckeyes (18-5-4, 11-5-1-0 Big Ten) their seventh-straight win at home. Joshua’s physical presence on the boards made him a difficult matchup for the Spartans. He led the team with five shots and he played with a bit more motivation going against his former coach.“I love playing Michigan State, chance to play Joe Exter, former coach of ours,” Joshua said. “We had a close relationship so it’s always good to get one over him. Definitely provides a little extra energy.”  Joe Exter was an assistant coach for Ohio State from 2011 to 2017. This is Exter’s first year as an assistant coach at Michigan State. After mentioning this week a desire to jump on the Spartans from the beginning, Ohio State scored its first two goals on its first two shots. On the Buckeyes’ first power-play chance four minutes into the game, sophomore forward Ronnie Hein took a pass from junior forward Mason Jobst and tucked the puck past the pads of sophomore goaltender John Lethemon for the game’s opening score. Junior forward Freddy Gerard added his 10th goal of the season off a give-and-go play with senior forward Matthew Weis two minutes later.  Romeo was only tested seven times in the first period, but faced 20 shots in the second and third periods combined from an aggressive Spartan attack. The goalie said he was fortunate his defense gave him a clear line of sight to make the saves he needed to and clear the traffic.“They’ve done a great job all year, they just did what they’ve been doing,” Romeo said. “Letting me have the first shot, kind of pushing everyone to the outside, let me see everything. It makes my night easier.”  In the early part of the third period, Joshua sped down the right side while driving to the net and used his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame for his first goal of the night. “It’s always good to be able to use my body,” Joshua said. “I feel like I have an advantage over most people, so yeah, the physical play doesn’t bother me. I like to think I can play anytime of hockey.” Michigan State scored a power-play goal to bring the score within one goal with eight minutes left in the game, but Joshua added the empty-net goal on a power play to ice the game. Weis’ two assists and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski’s single helper extended their point streaks to 11 games each. Weis has 19 points and Laczynski has 17 points during the streak. Coming into Friday’s game against Michigan State, the Buckeyes were known to be a defensively stout team. Fourth in the nation in team defense with just 2.08 goals allowed per game and the nation’s top penalty kill, Ohio State would be comfortable entering the matchup playing a physical style of hockey, head coach Steve Rohlik said.“They brought it, and it was kind of the way the game was going there for a while,” Rohlik said. “We just wanted to stay with our structure and stay disciplined. At the end of the day, if that’s the way the game is going to go, we certainly will play that way.”   The Buckeyes will have a chance to sweep the season series against the Spartans at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State eliminated from WCHA tournament by Minnesota in 20

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) goes for a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team fell into a Golden Gopher hole Saturday at Ridder Arena, losing 2-0 to Minnesota in the WCHA semifinals to end its run for a conference title.The Buckeyes will wait for Sunday night’s NCAA selection show to learn of a potential at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.  Two minutes into the second period, Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the first goal of the night. Freshman forward Taylor Wente and freshman defender Olivia Knowles were credited with assists. With 2:25 remaining in the third period, Ohio State, which had not managed to put a goal past redshirt senior goaltender Sidney Peters, added extra pressure by pulling freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen from the net. But it did not give the Buckeyes the desired game-tying goal.Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle scored the final goal of the night on an empty net just 35 seconds before the final buzzer. She was credited with her 17th goal of the season. With Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve still hurt, freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen defended the net. She saved 25 of 27 shots. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State buries Denver late in 51 victory to send

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates his second period goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerALLENTOWN, Pa. — After a regular season in which junior forward Mason Jobst and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski led the Ohio State men’s hockey team in points, the team’s seniors powered it to the program’s first Frozen Four appearance since 1998.Senior forward Kevin Miller scored two of the Buckeyes’ five goals in a 5-1 victory against No. 2 Denver (23-10-8) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to send No. 1 Ohio State (26-9-5) to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to face No. 3 Minnesota Duluth.“It feels really good right now, but as you can see in college hockey the parity is off the charts. It’s not going to get any easier,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going to enjoy this tonight, we just beat one of the best teams in the country, but we know we have to be at our best here in two weeks.”Joining Miller on the score sheet was senior defenseman Matt Joyaux, who netted his second goal of the season in the third period, and senior forward Christian Lampasso, who assisted on both of Miller’s goals.“Lampasso made two really good passes to me,” Miller said. “I get two goals combined and I think I only had the puck on my stick for half a second, so pretty fortunate to have two tap-ins.”After a deadlocked opening period that featured minimal chances on both ends, Ohio State found daylight at the hands of junior forward Dakota Joshua, who backhanded a shot past senior goalie Tanner Jaillet to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.“I was just trying to get a stick on it,” Joshua said. “It was a battle in front, and I just got lucky, and it found the back of the net.”Ohio State came into the game 12-0-1 when scoring first this season, an unbeaten record that remained unblemished once again against the Pioneers. The Buckeyes doubled their lead later in the period in the same fashion they scored their first goal. Senior forward Christian Lampasso got the puck to the middle and fed Miller, who found space to get off a backhand shot which beat Jaillet high to put Ohio State up 2-0.Denver controlled much of the possession early in the third period, but Laczynski added to the lead anyway after stealing the puck and making a pass to a wide-open Matt Joyaux, and the senior defenseman buried his second goal of the season.The Pioneers answered back with a goal from sophomore forward Tyson McLellan to cut the lead to two. But it took only 30 seconds for Ohio State to answer with another goal by Miller.“It was huge,” Miller said. “You can see that they felt like they had some momentum, so it was pretty huge for us to come back and score real quick and try to shut down their momentum.”Jobst scored an empty-net goal when Denver decided to pull Jaillet with more than six minutes remaining, all but sealing the defeat of the Pioneers and ending their pursuit of a second NCAA title in a row.Ohio State advances to the Frozen Four and will play Minnesota Duluth, the team that defeated the Buckeyes in the opening round last season.“Last year we thought we played a really good game against them,” Miller said. “[We] came up a little short, so it’ll be nice to, hopefully, find some redemption and beat them in two weeks time.” read more

UK weather Hottest September day in 50 years could come this week

first_img 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 hottest September day in more than 50 years could come this week, with Britain’s Indian summer forecast to continue.Temperatures on Tuesday are predicted to peak between 86F (30C) and 90F (32C) in the South East, while Scots can expect an above-average 68F (20C) to 70F (21C), the Met Office said.It means Britain could be as warm as Bangkok in Thailand, and hotter than predictions for Madrid and Los Angeles.However, gale force winds are forecast to hit the west coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of Sunday ahead of the warmer air arriving.The last time temperatures soared above 86F (30C) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, where the mercury hit 87F (30.5C) on September 11 that year.If the temperature rises above 88.9F (31.6C), which was reached at Gatwick on September 2, 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years. Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster,said: “Basically we’ve got air coming up from the south. The origins of this air is generally southern France and northern Spain, where things are fairly warm at this time of the year. So we’ll start to see things warming up.”The highest September temperature recorded was in 1906 – 96F (35.6C) in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.Most of England will bask in temperatures in the high 20s, but it is likely to rain in western Scotland and Northern Ireland, which could also spread to south-west England and western Wales.Britons can expect to bake in above-average temperatures across the UK for the rest of the week, the Met Office said.UK weather forecast Sunday, September 11 Heatwave conditions will return to SW Europe over the next few days. Some of the heat will spread north to the UK pic.twitter.com/T09in8AY8y— Met Office (@metoffice) September 10, 2016 Conditions will become more unsettled on Thursday and Friday when a band of rain will sweep east, bringing scattered showers.The week after next will split the UK, with the North West experiencing bands of rain interspersed with dry spells, while higher pressure over Europe will hold on close to the South East, bringing drier, warmer and more settled conditions.last_img read more

DeLorean driver clocked by police at 88mph insists I wasnt trying to time

first_img 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 was fed up, like most motorists, of being a law-abiding citizen but a soft target for the traffic police.Nigel Mills Christopher Lloyd in the 1985 film Back to the FutureCredit:Everett Collection / Rex Features However the hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court was thrown out on Wednesday after prosecution offered no evidence.Father-of-two Mr Mills, who was clocked near Margaretting, in Chelmsford, Essex, heading north on the A12, said that he didn’t think he was going as fast 89mph.Speaking after the hearing, he said: “I was being prosecuted for going 89mph in a DeLorean, wasn’t something special meant to happen at 88mph?”I can honestly say I wasn’t trying to time travel. It was at 11am on Sunday and the road was completely clear. “I saw the guy with the speed gun and thought I better check my speed and low and behold, the letter turns up.”Mr Mills said he only takes the two-seater out a few times a year and had taken the DeLorean out for a bit of “run around” when he was caught speeding.He decided to fight the accusation after he received his court summons the same day a group of travellers set up a camp in the car park of his company.The married man, from Brentwood, Essex said: “I was fed up, like most motorists, of being a law-abiding citizen but a soft target for the traffic police.”When I saw the travellers in the car park when I’m working on a Sunday it made me quite incensed.”I’m a guy who pays his taxes and sticks to the law, but I’m stuck at work with travellers in the car park and the police won’t touch them.”Why should I pay this speeding fine while they would get away with it? I’m pleased at the result, but I wish that the police could do a better job when it comes to real crimes against people.”Mr Mills bought the blue DeLorean at auction for £22,000 in 2004 and said the 34-year-old car is “a little rattly” with just over 13,000 miles on the clock.The DeLorean is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981 to 1983 and features gull-wing doors.The car became widely known and iconic for its appearance and was modified as a time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy.center_img Mr Mills is also a member of a DeLorean owners’ club and takes the car to exhibit at shows across the country once or twice a year.”Ironically I was done for speeding in the car that doesn’t get on the road much – I only drive it three or four times a year and did just 200 miles last year,” he said.”I just took it for a run around as it’s a 34-year-old car so it is a little bit nippy. It doesn’t have powered steering either so it is heavy to steer.”I’m a car fan and me and the rest of my family enjoyed the Back to the Future films.”When I’m out in it a few people recognise it, they slow down and take pictures – drivers take pictures out of their windows or try to film you and I get approached at petrol stations.”Mr Mills owns his own company, ARC Angel, who manufacture a home monitoring and alert system to assist people to live independently.A spokesman for Essex Police said: “The officer involved in this incident is currently deployed on specialist duties on a police operation.”The procedural issue here is regrettable however Essex Police wants to make it clear we do not tolerate excessive speeds or poor driving on our roads.”We take the issue of poor driving very seriously and dealt with 113 people for driving offences on the A12 in July alone.”Defending Mr Mills in court, Tim Vickers said: “There will be an application for wasted costs. I can’t see how the crown can contemplate defending that.”It is completely unfair for the defendant to go to this expense.” Christopher Lloyd in the 1985 film Back to the Future A car buff clocked by police driving his cult DeLorean motor at 88mph has insisted: “I wasn’t trying to time travel.”Nigel Mills, 55, was travelling to work in his £22,000 gull-winged sports car when he was caught by a police speed gun.A court heard how the car – made famous in film trilogy Back to the Future in which it can time travel when it hits 88mph – was clocked at a top speed of 89mph.last_img read more

Daily vitamin D dose would prevent millions of colds

first_imgVitamin D is thought to protect against respiratory infections by boosting levels of antimicrobial peptides – natural antibiotic-like substances – in the lungs.For many years, scientists have tried to establish a link between respiratory infections and vitamin D, prompted by observations that these illnesses are most common in winter, when levels of the vitamin are lowest due to poor sunlight.The data from previous studies yielded contradictory results, but it is now clear that this was because many of the participants were being given their supplements in big monthly doses, a practice now understood to be ineffective.Supplements are effective when given daily or weekly, rather than in more widely spaced doses, the BMJ study concluded.While certain foods such as oily fish contain vitamin D, most of it is obtained through sunlight on the skin, and Government advice currently states that everyone should “consider” taking supplements during the autumn and winter months to protect musculoskeletal health.“By demonstrating this new benefit of vitamin D, our study strengthens the case for introducing food fortification to improve vitamin D levels in countries such as the UK where profound vitamin D deficiency is common,” said Prof Martineau.Unlike countries such as Finland, the UK does not currently fortify food with vitamin D as a matter of course. Prof Martineau said that to do so would only cost a few pence per adult per year.He added that the same preventative benefits could be derived from daily or weekly supplements.A linked editorial in the BMJ claimed the new data only amounted to a “hypothesis…requiring confirmation”.However, Dr Benjamin Jacobs, a consultant paediatrician at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “The case for universal vitamin D supplements, or food fortification, is now undeniable.”Governments and health professionals need to take Martineau’s study into account when setting vitamin D policy now.” Supplements could help prevent the common coldCredit:South In what is being hailed a “major step forward”, the new research shows the vitamin also plays a significant role in preventing common illnesses.In the study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers examined data from almost 11,000 participants from all over the world about the effect of vitamin D on acute respiratory illnesses, which can include earache, bronchitis, pneumonia and the common cold.The group of infections account for around 300,000 hospital admissions each year.The analysis showed that regular supplements resulted in a 12 per cent reduction in the number of people suffering an acute respiratory tract infection.Meanwhile, for people with the lowest levels of the vitamin, supplements cut their risk by 50 per cent.Professor Adrian Martineau, who led the study at Queen Mary University of London, said: “This major collaborative research effort has yielded the first definitive evidence that vitamin D really does protect against respiratory infections.” This major collaborative research effort has yielded the first definitive evidence that vitamin D really does protect against respiratory infectionsProfessor Adrian Martineau, Queen Mary University of London 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. Woman with hanky Daily vitamin D supplements would prevent more than three million people a year falling ill with a cold or similar infection, a major NHS-backed study has found.Scientists said last night that it was now “undeniable” that everyone should fortify themselves with the “sunshine” vitamin after an investigation showed doing so could halve the risk of respiratory illness.Until now, Government campaigns urging greater intake of vitamin D have focused on the benefit to people’s bones.last_img read more

Church of England gay marriage vote thrown into chaos after members get

first_imgJustin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury listens during a session of the General Synod Rev Peter Ould speaking on FacebookCredit:FACEBOOK A delegate walks past activists from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement outside the General Synod at Church House in London It has since emerged that some members have suggested that clergy had made the same mistake.Rev Peter Ould, of Canterbury, said he had heard from other synod members who had also voted “no” incorrectly. He added: “I’ve spoken to two members of the house of laity who were confused, one of whom was very clear that he voted the wrong way. It would need four members of the house of clergy to say that they made a mistake for the result to change.  The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry at Coventry Cathedral Church leaders gathered at Church Hall in WestminsterCredit:Justin Tallis/AFP One lay synod member, who accidentally voted against the report but did not want to be named, told magazine Christian Today about the chaos in the chamber, saying a lot of people were unsure what they were voting for.”Other people around me were talking about their own misunderstandings,” he said.”The voting wasn’t clear. I have concerns, someone got shouted over, it was very confusing.”He added: “It was more of a colluding with people rather than an orderly debate.”In response to the confusion the Church of England reminded members to be more careful with their voting machines.  A spokesman said: “We are aware that the Bishop of Coventry and a member of the House of Laity have reported pressing the wrong button in the vote following the take note debate on the House of Bishops’ Report on marriage and Same-Sex Relationships“As the results in both the House of Bishops and House of Laity were strongly in favour of the report there is no material difference to the outcome of the vote.“It is the responsibility of Synod members to follow debates and the business of Synod carefully and to cast their votes accordingly.” Church leaders gathered at Church Hall in Westminster Rev Peter Ould speaking on Facebook A delegate walks past activists from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement outside the General Synod at Church House in LondonCredit:PAcenter_img Voting electronically at the Synod on February 15  The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry at Coventry CathedralCredit:Andrew Fox Voting electronically at the Synod on February 15  Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury listens during a session of the General SynodCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP / Getty  The technical problems raise questions about whether the vote, which was only lost by seven votes in the house of clergy, can stand. The report, which was rejected last night after the House of Clergy voted against it by 100 votes to 93, said that the Church should preserve current teaching on gay marriage, which says that marriage is between one man and one woman and gay couples cannot marry in church. Members of the general synod, which is the Church of England’s general assembly, take votes using a hand-held device which has three buttons – one which means approval, one which means rejection and a third which means abstention. The other two houses of the Synod, bishops and laity, both voted to “take note” of the report.  But there was surprise when it was revealed that one bishop had voted against it. Sources said they believed the rejection came from the more liberal members of the clergy who thought the Church should ultimately drop its opposition to gay marriage.Members said it was “grudging and condescending”, “divorced from reality” and made the Church look “unkind” and homophobic. The Church of England’s crucial vote on gay marriage has been thrown into doubt after the Bishop of Coventry admitted he accidentally voted against the report and several others may have made the same mistake. The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth apologised for the mistake last night, which he said was because of “a moment of distraction and some confusion over the voting process”. The bishop insisted that he did in fact support the report written by his colleagues and was “embarrassed” to have accidentally rejected it.  “They voted the wrong way because they weren’t sure of what they voted on. One I spoke to thought they were still voting on procedure aspects rather than the actual substantive motion.”Other members said that they had voted the wrong way because they thought they were voting on a point of procedure, and not the actual debate. Prominent Anglican blogger Archbishop Cranmer tweeted: “If a bishop can do it, so can four members of clergy. How precarious is digital democracy.” In a statement, Bishop Christopher admitted to being the dissenter and said: “Much to my embarrassment, I have managed to give the impression that there was not complete agreement in the House of Bishops that the Report provided us with the best way forward.”Due to a moment of distraction and some confusion over the voting process, I pressed the wrong button on my handset, thus registering a vote against taking note rather than a vote for taking note of the Report!”I have apologised to my colleagues in the House of Bishops and to the Archbishops for my mistake.” 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.last_img read more