Photo by insidesocal.com.Kobe Bryant, sidelined since April with a torn Achilles tendon, could make his season’s first appearance Sunday against Toronto in Los Angeles. That’s the goal of the Lakers’ superstar, anyway.“I’m trying,” Bryant said Thursday.He said he’s “pleased” with the way his injury has responded to three consecutive strenuous workouts, but he will measure the stiffness after more practices.“The [left] ankle joint, that’s the thing that’s been restricted for so long,” Bryant, 35, said. “You’re talking about months of immobility, so you got to work through that a little bit. There’s still some scar tissue in there that needs to be broken up. That’s done through movement and therapy and mobilizations.”He said he does not possess the explosiveness he displayed last season. “I’m not jumping through the gym by any means, but I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player,” he said.Whenever he returns, which could be Tuesday against Phoenix if not Sunday, Bryant expects to log less than the 38.6 minutes he did last season, which was a point of controversy because he of his age and the number of years he has been playing. This is his 18th season in the league.In fact, coach Mike D’Antoni likely will ease Bryant into the flow, monitoring his minutes in an effort to prevent a setback.“The perfect-case scenario is that we get it right the first time,” Bryant said. “But if it’s not, then you have to be smart about it as well and take a step back and build up the strength and say, ‘Hey, listen, it’s not as good as we thought it was going to be, so let’s take a step back and get it to where we want it to be and try again.’”
Month: September 2019
In the Donald Sterling saga that will not go away, all-star point guard Chris Paul said he might sit out the season if the beleaguered Sterling, who was stripped of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, remains as the head of the team.Sterling is fighting in court against the sale of his team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, and his unprecedented punishment for making racially charged comments about Black people during a recorded phone call to a girlfriend.The legal battle could and likely will run into the upcoming season. That’s where it can get even more ugly within the team, which displayed acts of protest against Sterling even prior to Silver’s judgment.Paul, the head of the NBA Players Association, said he, like coach Doc Rivers, is considering not playing if Sterling maintains ownership of the team.“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified earlier in the week in state court that Rivers told him on multiple occasions that he doesn’t think he wants to continue coaching the team if Sterling remains in control of the franchise.Further, Paul said other players will consider not playing under Sterling, too.“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake Griffin, (DeAndre Jordan). It’s unacceptable.”The issue remains whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, acted properly in selling the franchise without his consent. She agreed to a deal with Ballmer for a record $2 billion.Closing arguments in the probate court case are set for Monday, at which point the judge will determine whether to authorize the sale or throw the situation into further confusion. Donald Sterling has vowed to fight “as long as he lives.”The original purchase agreement called for the sale to close by July 15 — with an extension until Aug. 15. The NBA has said it will resume termination proceedings of the sale if it’s not closed by Sept. 15, a few weeks before the start of training camp.
The Pelicans and Wizards take long, sad slides After finally earning the No. 1 seed in the East, last year was supposed to be the Toronto Raptors’ year. Then they were promptly humiliated (again) by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when LeBron left the East, this would surely be Toronto’s time. Right? It looked that way early, with Kawhi Leonard leading the new-look Raps to the East’s best record by Christmas. But the Milwaukee Bucks went 37-12 from that point on, spurred by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP-caliber performance. Milwaukee overtook Toronto as our projected Eastern Conference top seed in early February and hasn’t looked back — though the teams could still be on a playoff collision course, provided that Philly and Boston (or maybe Indiana) don’t have ideas of their own. But each situation turned extremely sour in a hurry. Washington started the season 2-9 and never recovered, losing Wall to a season-ending injury at midyear, trading Porter to Chicago before the deadline and falling out of the postseason picture for good by the middle of February. As for New Orleans, its disappointing record hovered a few games below .500 around New Year’s. But what truly wrecked its season was a January injury to Davis and, of course, Davis’s public request to be traded. The resulting soap opera — which involved accusations of tampering against the Lakers, counteraccusations that the Pelicans used trade talks to sabotage L.A.’s season and no actual Davis trade — left the Pelicans sitting their disgruntled star on and off down the stretch as the team went 10-20 from February onward. Now the Wizards and Pelicans must both piece themselves back together and figure out where to go from here. The Bucks and Raptors jockey for No. 1 Projected in the preseason for 33 wins after losing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan (on top of trading away Blake Griffin late last season), the Los Angeles Clippers were not supposed to be major players in the Western Conference playoff chase this year. Instead, the team has come together around an unsung cast of veterans (Pat Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams) and young players (Montrezl Harrell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) alike. It wasn’t always smooth sailing — we projected the Clippers out of the postseason until late November, after which point they rose into (and dipped out of) the playoff picture a few times. But even after trading away its best player, Tobias Harris, at the deadline, L.A. maintained its grip on the West’s final playoff slot, finishing the regular season with 14 wins in its final 19 games. The biggest story of the NBA offseason in 2018 was where future Hall of Fame free-agent LeBron James would take his talents. And when James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers, the expectations were that L.A. would return to the playoffs after a franchise-record five-season absence. James’s new supporting cast looked odd, but it seemed at least good enough to be competitive among the middle of the Western Conference pack. Instead, however, James was injured on Christmas Day and missed 18 games at midseason, while his veteran teammates struggled and the young would-be stars around him never emerged. Add in the drama of failed Anthony Davis trade talks, a brutal March slide (despite LeBron’s vow to activate “playoff mode” early) and Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation as team president this week, and King James’s first season with the Lakers had anything but a Hollywood ending. Most of the other charts here have a lot of fun ups and downs … but not this one. The Warriors started as the Western Conference favorite and never deviated from it, creating the only perfectly flat line in our playoff-seed charts this season. Golden State wasn’t quite as dominant in terms of winning percentage as it was in other recent seasons, but we can chalk that up to the Warriors pacing themselves as much as anything else. Our CARMELO ratings continue to think Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and friends are far and away the best team in the league at full strength (even though our classic Elo model only ranks them fourth) and give them a staggering 78 percent chance of making the Finals, with a 60 percent chance of winning their fourth championship in five years.And maybe that’s a fitting way to end our regular-season roundup. Although there were a lot of fun storylines and battles deeper in the standings — and although the playoffs should contain some exciting subplots of their own — it’s pretty likely that the end result of this season will be basically the same as it’s been most recent seasons: another Golden State title. Love them or hate them, the Warriors are already one of the top dynasties in basketball history, so good that all of the jockeying for seeds and playoff positioning might give way to a single flat line of dominance engulfing another NBA season.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 11, 2019, 1 p.m.): Previous versions of the charts in this article mistakenly reversed the final playoff seedings for some teams. The 2018-19 NBA regular season is finally over, and the playoffs start this weekend. In anticipation — and in honor of our first season tracking the league with our new depth-chart forecasts — we wanted to share visualizations of the most interesting storylines of the regular season. These charts trace our projected seedings as the schedule progressed, giving a sense of the ebb and flow of each team’s place in the conference pecking order.We’ll begin with one of the most shocking outcomes of the regular season: the game’s signature star missing the playoffs.LeBron’s Lakers fall short Raise your hand if you thought that the Orlando Magic would be in the thick of a late-season playoff race — much less that they’d actually come out on top. Orlando hadn’t visited the postseason since 2012, and our preliminary forecast gave the Magic just a 19 percent chance of snapping that streak this year. But after a mediocre 20-31 start to the season, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Co. saw their playoff bid pick up serious steam with a 22-9 finish that locked them in a stretch-run Southeast Division battle with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. Although our model liked the Heat best out of that trio around midseason, an up-and-down second half — punctuated by losses in six of its final nine games — left Miami outside the playoffs. And while the Hornets looked like the best bet in early February, a 5-13 stretch leading into late March also sent their odds tumbling. That was all the opening the suddenly red-hot Magic needed to swoop in and usurp both rivals — even leapfrogging the Pistons to grab the No. 7 seed in the East. The Clippers ride out a bumpy playoff path The Magic, Heat and Hornets clash in the East The 2017-18 Denver Nuggets were one of the hardest-luck nonplayoff teams ever, finishing one game out of the postseason despite a 46-36 record. Our projections thought the team would have a better go of things this year, but even they couldn’t foresee Denver’s rise to the No. 2 seed in the West. The Rockets stumbled out of the gate (before James Harden’s incredible 30-point streak), leaving an opening for another team. So Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets seized that opportunity: They tangled with the Jazz and then the Thunder for second billing behind Golden State, eventually holding off all challengers with a 15-10 record after the All-Star break. The upside for Denver? It can now avoid the Warriors (or Rockets) until a potential Western Conference finals showdown. The Nuggets rise in the West The Warriors are who we thought they were The Kings go on a valiant run One of the best stories of the season was the unexpected rise of the Sacramento Kings, to whom we assigned an NBA co-worst 23 wins in preseason. Sacramento defied that prediction by spending most of the year either above or around .500; they finished the season with 39 wins, easily making them this season’s most impressive overachiever. The breakout was fueled by huge improvements from most of the team’s starters, including second-year guard De’Aaron Fox’s ascent from one of the NBA’s worst players last season to one of its most promising youngsters this year. A 9-16 skid after the All-Star break left the Kings shy of the postseason in the end, but they have something encouraging to build off of for the first time in a very long while.
NFL forecasts are in … and they aren’t very exciting! Even great teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks are forecast to win about 10 games, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But plenty of teams win more than that each year — what gives? Watch the video above to find out. And if you’re into this kind of statistical kaffeeklatsch, subscribe to FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast, Hot Takedown.
Week 5 special teams versus Rutgers CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. DT77 Michael Hill 67 Robert Landers Rs. Jr.Fr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR17 Jerome Baker48 Joe BurgerJr.So.Rs. Sr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Members of the Ohio State defense bring down Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine during a game on Sept. 17, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State Buckeyes sit at 3-0, staring down its first Big Ten matchup of 2016 versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The rest over the bye week was earned by the Buckeyes after throttling the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, a week and a half ago, but that rest came at a price.Redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his bicep, underwent surgery and will sit out the remainder of the season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill also suffered an injury that required surgery. Hill went down with a high ankle sprain and will miss three-to-four weeks.Junior linebacker Dante Booker is expected back in the rotation at linebacker after missing the last two games with an MCL issue.Week 5 offense versus Rutgers LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.So. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. LT 74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. Week 5 defense versus Rutgers H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. DE6 Sam Hubbard OR11 Jayln Holmes 97 Nick Bosa Rs. So.Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr.
Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult choices. I’m talking about the provocative kind of ‘What If?’ questions that your professors pose to you in class on morally ambiguous issues, the things that poke holes in previously held, ironclad ethical beliefs. For those comics buffs out there, think of the ending of Alan Moore’s fantastic graphic novel ‘The Watchmen.’Today’s perplexing problem is this: If you were forced to choose between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan to be gutted by possible NCAA sanctions, which would you choose?First, some history is in order.Recent thorn in Ohio State’s side, USC, is facing all sorts of potential trouble. The issues started when questions began surfacing about past USC Heisman Trophy-winning running back and future Mr. Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush. Bush has been accused by two would-be sports marketers of accepting a car, cash and a lavish home for his parents in return for a business partnership once Bush turned pro.According to these two men, when it became clear that Bush had no intentions of following through with his end of the bargain, the businessmen filed a civil suit that brought all the dirty laundry to light.Then there is the case of another USC tailback, Joe McKnight. He was allegedly seen driving an SUV registered to businessman Scott Schenter. According to reports, Schenter owned a company which had registered the domain name 4joemcknight.com.Apparently the USC practice facility parking lot looks an awful lot like the lot outside a typical Jay-Z party—unusual for college kids living on a small stipend.Add to this the already-proven improper benefits accepted by former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo and you have the beginnings of what is known as “a lack of institutional control.” This is often the first note in the death knell of some universities’ athletic programs. At the very least, it can lead to a loss in number of scholarships or the vacating of wins or titles.In the case of Michigan, the infractions appear to be far less serious and yet, could have greater ramifications for OSU’s football program.According to the findings of the NCAA investigation, already-embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez violated NCAA rules by failing to comply with practice time rules. He allegedly allowed members of his staff to improperly conduct and monitor ‘voluntary’ summer workouts.While this may sound trivial to most, in conjunction with his failings on the field, Rodriguez is under heavy fire from not only the NCAA, but his own fan base. This is the first time in the storied history of UM’s football program that there having been allegations of impropriety, and UM’s snooty alumni are all up-in-arms.Apparently the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Big House has short memories and has already forgotten about the basketball banners that were unceremoniously removed from the rafters of their hoops arena following the Fab Five debacle.So there you have it. Who would you rather see laid low by the heavy-hand of the NCAA infractions committee? The Trojans who ruined what could have been a magical season long before the Purdue Boilermakers got their chance to, or archrival Michigan, who Buckeyes bear the deepest of enmity for?It’s like choosing between steak and lobster or paper and plastic: nearly impossible. It’s like choosing between Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor. Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.Part of me would like to pick USC, but I’ve come to realize that most of the reasons I held them in contempt revolved around their jerkishly smug former coach Pete Carroll. But with the grim specter of possible sanctions hovering over his head like the sword of Damocles, he bolted for the rainy gloom of Seattle.The other part, the one that has hues of scarlet and gray, wants to select Michigan. My disgust for the maize and blue has grown since the hiring of Rodriguez, and I’d like nothing more than to see him looking for work. However, that may not serve the long-term interests of Buckeye fans.His grating personality and fish-out-of-water offensive attack may be just the thing to keep us in a position of dominance in the Big Ten for years to come.Faced with a choice like this, I guess I’m gonna have to be a “have your cake and eat it too” kind of guy. I say to hell with ‘em both.
De Niro, together with his business partner James Packer, has bought the remainder of the lease on the land from its previous owner and has been granted planning permission to revamp, re-open and extend the K Club.However, more than 300 of the island’s 1,500 residents have signed a petition objecting to the development, which they say is excessive and illegal.The row is the subject of an ongoing court case which the islanders say they will take all the way to the Privy Council in London, Barbuda’s ultimate court of appeal.Islander Mackenzie Frank, the man leading the protest group Barbuda People’s Movement, said: “No one objects to the K Club being re-opened, but they want so much extra land. There are an awful lot of issues at stake.” Once it was a favourite holiday destination of Diana, Princess of Wales, where she would take the young Princes William and Harry for carefree winter breaks.Today, passing cruise ships swing by so that passengers can take pictures of Princess Diana Beach.But since the Princess’s death, the K Club on the Caribbean island of Barbuda has suffered a reversal of fortunes, closing 12 years ago.Now the once luxurious resort is at the centre of an extraordinary legal battle involving Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and some of the island’s tiny population. The deserted beach of K-ClubCredit:Roberto Moiola/Getty 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. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (who embarrassed Prince Harry on his visit last month by inviting him to take Meghan Markle on honeymoon there) made De Niro a “special economic envoy” to the island and hailed him as “a visionary” for his work in hotel development.For the 198-year lease, the company was charged just $6.2 million, the equivalent of a quarter of a cent per square foot per year. Mr Frank describes the agreement as “one of the biggest giveaways ever”. The saga began when the late Mariuccia Mandelli, the “godmother of Italian fashion” and founder of the Krizia label, closed the 251-acre K Club in 2004, 15 years after she had built it.The resort, once the island’s second-biggest source of revenue, but now empty and neglected, fell into disrepair, until De Niro, who has property investments all over the world, bought the remainder of the lease with Mr Packer, the son of the Australian media mogul Kerry Packer. Robert De Niro, centre, cruising the Caribbean on business partner James Packer’s mega yachtCredit:MEGA Under Barbudan law, all 62 square miles of the island are owned in common by the people. In February 2015 the people held a meeting at which they supported the De Niro plans.Mr Frank and others challenged the result, and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda responded by passing an Act agreeing to De Niro’s proposal. Mr Frank says the Paradise Found Act is unconstitutional and is challenging it in the local courts.De Niro said on a visit to Barbuda last year: “I have been coming to Antigua and Barbuda since I was in my early 20s. It’s about making it very, very special. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel that’s the only way it can be doneRobert De Niro They want to invest $250 million (£204 million) in the project over 10 years, but only on condition that they can lease an extra 300 acres surrounding the site.In 2014, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda agreed to lease 555 acres of land on Barbuda to Paradise Found, the company formed by De Niro and Packer. Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in the Caribbean in April 1990Credit:Julian Parker/Getty “That’s why we have to curate it and make sure it’s done in the right way. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel that’s the only way it can be done.”Mr Browne said of the Barbuda People’s Movement: “We respect their right to protest, and similarly they ought to respect our right to attract good, sound, tangible investments that grow the economy and put people back to work.” K Club
Officers at the scene near St George’s Primary School in Penilee, GlasgowCredit:Lucinda Cameron /PA All pupils and staff are safe at St George’s Primary, Penilee. Police dealing with an incident which happened outside school grounds.— Glasgow City Council (@GlasgowCC) January 16, 2017 Police are investigating a shooting that took place near a primary school in Glasgow just after parents dropped their children off. Worried relatives took to social media to question if their children were safe after reports of a firearm being discharged near St George’s Primary school in Penilee shortly after 9am. Armed police rushed to the scene, but said there was no threat to any of the children or staff. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Around 9.05am police received a report of a firearm being discharged in the Penilee area of Glasgow. “Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances. Additional police patrols are in the area to provide public reassurance.”It has been reported that the incident occurred outside a primary school in Muirdyke Rd, Penilee. Police officers are currently at the school and there is no threat to any of the children or staff within the school.” 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. Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke described the incident as “highly unusual” and said it was understandable people were “very alarmed”.”We do believe it was a targeted attack but nonetheless this took place near to a local primary school at the start of the school day, when the area was busy with parents dropping off their children,” he said. “Although it would appear that there was an intended victim, anyone could have been injured as a result, putting young children and innocent people at risk.” We are aware of a firearms incident in Penilee this morning. We do not believe there is any ongoing threat to any other person.— GlasgowSWPolice (@SWGlasgowPolice) January 16, 2017 As news of the incident emerged, relatives took to social media in a desperate bid to find out what was happening. One woman wrote: “This true? Is it St. George’s? Sorry trying to find out for my mum as helicopters/police cars everywhere and she panicking.” Another man said he knew parents who had taken their children out of school due to ongoing concerns. Although initial reports suggested the school was on lockdown, Glasgow City Council said that police were present and lessons were carrying on as normal. A spokesman for the council added on Twitter: “All pupils and staff are safe at St George’s Primary, Penilee. Police dealing with an incident which happened outside school grounds.”The school issued the same statement via its Twitter account.
Sgt Porter is understood to have left her husband Nick and the family home earlier this year.Last night a source said Sgt Porter had been having an affair for more than 18 months.He said: “They met at work in April 2015 and began a relationship that August. They did meet clandestinely in police cars which they would drive to lay-bys and in police stations and they did have sexual activity.”The news of the official inquiry comes just a week after another Sussex police inspector Tony Lumb, who was based in Brighton, was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office over allegations he had had sex with women he met while on duty. Insp Lumb has been suspended while the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigates. But the Police Federation, which is representing Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter, said there was no evidence the pair had had sex and that they were victims of false rumours. The federation pointed out that the existence of the inquiry had been leaked to the local newspaper.Insp Matt Webb, the chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, said: “I am told by the investigators that at this time there has been no evidence found that supports the original allegation and the investigation is looking a great deal less serious than it did. There may be some low-level misconduct that is identified, and that will be dealt with in the usual way.” A third officer, Pc Mark Scruby, 37, below left, was sacked last month after he sent an image of a porn star to his female boss suggesting that she looked like her. PC Scruby ‘repeatedly’ shared the sexually explicit image with colleagues in the canteen at Crawley police station before sending it to Det Sgt Isobel Lee, below right, telling her there was a resemblance.A fourth Sussex officer, Pc Daniel Moss, 41, who was based in the seaside resort of Hastings, was dismissed two days before Christmas for working as a male prostitute while at the same time claiming to be off work on sick leave. Pc Moss was alleged to have been charging £210 an hour on an internet site for sex. The services of his partner Tracey Perryman, 38, were thrown in with the price.In a statement, Sussex Police said of the allegations against Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter, who works in traffic police: “Sussex Police professional standards department is in the early stages of a gross misconduct investigation following an allegation of on-duty sexual activity between two serving officers. Neither of the officers have been suspended.” Maybe it’s the seaside air. Police in Sussex, home to Brighton and its famed ‘dirty weekends’, is beset by a series of sexual scandals that would make the vice squad blush.A married chief inspector is the latest Sussex officer to be investigated over claims that he had sex while on duty with a colleague.Ch Insp Rob Leet and Sgt Sarah Porter are facing a gross misconduct inquiry by Sussex Police’s professional standards department after unsubstantiated rumours began circulating of an affair.It is understood that one of the claims being investigated is that Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter ‘manufactured’ a reason to meet each other at a police station, enabling them to be there at the same time. But there is no evidence that sex took place Ch Insp Leet, a father of four, said on Tuesday that the claims were ‘unfounded’ and that his wife of 22 years was standing by him. Insp Webb added: “The fact that this information has been given to the local press at such an early stage when there is no indication of guilt has had significant impact on the officers and their families. This impact is disproportionate to the matter being investigated.” Pc Mark Scruby attending a misconduct hearing at Sussex PoliceCredit: David McHugh/Brighton Pictures Ch Insp Leet, 43, told The Telegraph: “I stand by what the Police Federation are saying. I won’t be making a separate statement, but there is nothing in this at all. The allegation is unfounded.”Ch Insp Leet was until recently the borough commander in charge of policing in Lewes and Wealden districts of Sussex. But he had moved jobs in recent weeks after the division was merged with nearby Eastbourne. There is no suggestion his change of role is linked to the current inquiry.The alleged shenanigans in Sussex may or may not be raising eyebrows, but the good news for citizens protected by the South Coast force is it does not appear to be having any effect on their safety.The sap may (or may not) be rising among Sussex police officers, but total crime levels have dropped steadily in the six months from July 2016 to December 2016, from 13,298 to 11,164. PC Daniel Moss was dismissed for working as a £210-an-hour male escort. The services of his partner Tracey Perryman were included in the price Ch Insp Rob LeetCredit:Brighton Argus/Solent News 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.
“We await the swift release of meaningful data that we can trust and for solutions that will rectify injustices to be put in place before the end of the year. We need full transparency.“Our aim is to change things for women in broadcasting now, and to encourage and reassure young women coming into the industry whatever their role.“We will be monitoring developments to ensure real change happens, and quickly.” Lord Hall, director general of the BBCCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Mishal Husain, left, and Emily Maitlis, with Jeremy Vine, furthest left, and David DimblebyCredit:BBC Many of the BBC’s most famous female television and radio personalities have attacked the corporation for failing to close the gender pay gap quickly enough. As Lord Hall, the BBC’s director-general, delivered a keynote speech vowing to go “further, faster” to end the disparity between gender pay, female presenters complained the changes were taking too long.The BBC boss had hoped his decision to launch three separate salary reviews would quell the dismay caused by a report revealing how the corporation’s top earners were mainly white and male. The research published in July showed women accounted for just a third of the BBC’s highest earners, with only one woman in the top nine. After the speech was delivered, Razia Iqbal, a Radio 4 presenter, even goaded Jeremy Vine asking if he would retweet the statement “in solidarity with BBC women”.There was no reaction from the presenter, whom it emerged was the BBC’s highest paid journalist on up to £750,000 a year, dwarfing the salary of Fiona Bruce, the highest paid woman journalist who earns up to £400,000.However, Vine has criticised the BBC’s failure to pay women the same as male counterparts. Samira Ahmed, a Radio 4 presenter, also tweeted a call for equal pay, adding “Now, stop the boys’ club privilege”. Clare Balding also declared her support and said: “Interesting announcements today. Much work to be done. Thanks to all (including some men).” ends In his speech to BBC staff, Lord Hall announced a gender pay review, a requirement for all companies employing more than 250 people. Then, the lawyers Eversheds and accountants PwC will carry out an independent equal salary review to try to ensure that people doing the same job are rewarded fairly, and where there is a marked difference it can be justified. Finally, the BBC will conduct a review of its approach to “on air talent”, including presenters, journalists and editors.“Our gap is primarily about the different balance of men and women at different levels. It’s based on the whole picture across the organisation, and the causes tend to be structural, and societal. “That doesn’t mean we should be complacent about it, and I’m determined to close the gap – a commitment I don’t think any other organisation in the country has made.” He added that he had set “ambitious targets” on gender and diversity, adding that the corporation faced “difficult and often deep-rooted challenges”.While the first two reviews will last about six weeks, the analysis of the on air talent salaries is expected to take considerably longer. It was this delay that has angered many women at the BBC. After the corporation had endured months of criticism as well as threats of legal action on the basis of sexual discrimination, Lord Hall blamed “structural and societal” problems within the organisation for the differences in pay between men and women.But even in the run up to his announcement, presenters, including Mishal Husain, Kirsty Wark, Jane Hill, Jane Garvey, Jo Coburn, Joanna Gosling and Victoria Derbyshire, tweeted a statement from BBC Women demanding women received “equal pay and fair pay … now”.“The Director General must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organisation. The BBC should be the standard bearer for this,” the statement reads. Garvey, the Woman’s Hour host, drew up the statement after the Telegraph revealed details of Lord Hall’s planned audit.She then tweeted: “If I’ve learnt anything: women need to get together, stick together, speak up for each other. Or nothing will change.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.