Jeremy Lin poured in 31 points and James Harden scored 10 of his 26 points after regulation as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors in a 110-104 double-overtime thriller at the Toyota Center.Lin finished 10-of-17 from the field and netted nine of his points in the two overtimes to help Houston bounce back from two straight home losses. The Rockets were nearly dealt a third after Toronto rallied from a 17-point third- quarter deficit to force extra time.Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons each had 18 points in the win, with Howard pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking five shots.“We just have to stick with it,” Howard said. “Second half we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but we got a good win. We needed on especially at home, and I’m glad we got it.”Rudy Gay put up 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors before fouling out in the final stages. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss, with Jonas Valanciunas notching a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.After missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation and failing to hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime, the Rockets finally put a game Toronto squad away in the second extra session.Lin ended Houston’s opening possession with a successful jumper and Harden buried a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for a 100-95 advantage. Lowry sank a pair of triples around another Harden basket, however, and Gay was fouled while canning a short jumper and sunk the bonus shot for a 104-104 tie with 1:50 remaining.The Raptors didn’t score again, however. Howard grabbed an offensive board and fed Terrence Jones for a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Lin scored in the lane after an unsuccessful offensive trip for Toronto for a four-point spread with 33.4 seconds on the clock.“We fought with them obviously through two overtimes and shots that we usually hit, weren’t falling, you could say fatigue or a lot of different things but they are a great team and they played well,” Gay said. “I just wish I would’ve hit the easy ones (shots) and maybe things would’ve worked out differently.”This was the seventh straight loss in Houston for the Raptors.Source: SportsNetwork.com
Freshman libero Gabriel Domecus (7) attempts to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThey’re often the first player to touch the ball when it enters their side of the court. They lead the defense every match while having top-of-the-line passing skills.Those are just some aspects of play that go into fulfilling the role as a libero on the volleyball court.Men’s volleyball consists of six players on each side of the court, and one position in particular stands out from the rest.“We wear a different color jersey and we are not allowed to play front row. Unfortunately, we don’t get to hit the ball or serve,” senior libero Danny Baker said.This specific player is called the libero, and can be defined as the rearmost roaming defensive player in volleyball, however coach Pete Hanson said the primary skill coaches are looking for in a libero is their passing ability.“The digging skill is very important, but recently we have looked at this position as more as an asset to the offense,” Hanson said.Hanson said a successful libero is similar to the “quarterback” role of volleyball and takes ownership of the back row. Along with excelling in particular athletic skills, this player also must portray many key personality traits.“You are looking for someone who is aggressive, confident, communicative and a take-charge kind of a player, and that is what we try to tell our guys who are playing that position,” Hanson said.A libero is considered to be a defensive and passing specialist that can sub for any player in the back row at any time during the match.“The main job of my position is to be the defensive leader on the court. It’s the libero’s job to cover as much of the court as possible when the opposing team plays it back to our side,” freshman libero Gabriel Domecus said.Because of the fast-paced nature of volleyball, these players need to have skill on offense and defense and the libero is in charge of communicating with the team and making sure every player is in place and on their toes, ready for whatever is going to happen next.“Our main job is to take control of the defense and passing. We need to communicate before, during and after each play to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Baker said.Next up, OSU is scheduled to take part in a weekend series against Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday at St. John Arena. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller lifts the Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten’s football MVP Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen he announced in early January that he would be returning to Ohio State for one final ride along the banks of the Olentangy, Braxton Miller had a chance.A chance to rush or pass for the 505 yards he needed to become OSU’s all-time leader in total offense.A chance to win 11 games to become the all-time winningest quarterback in OSU’s history.A chance to throw for the six necessary touchdowns to own the record for total passing touchdowns as a Buckeye.A chance to pass for the 2,256 yards he needs to become OSU’s all-time passing yards leader.A chance to score the single touchdown he needed to become OSU’s all-time touchdown leader.A chance to become the most dominant statistical quarterback in OSU history, as evidenced by the very attainable numbers above.After throwing a pass on Monday that left his right shoulder in pain and the future of his football career uncertain, Braxton Miller is awaiting word following a Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether or not that chance remains.But as the star quarterback and legions of Buckeye fans await the news, as it stands right now, what does his legacy look like?While all the numbers above might merit placing him amongst OSU’s greatest quarterbacks, there’s one thing that holds Miller back.Art Schlichter, OSU’s quarterback from 1978 through 1981 and the holder of many of the aforementioned career records, won two Big Ten Championships and a Liberty Bowl matchup against Navy.Bobby Hoying, another famed quarterback and holder of the record for touchdown passes at OSU, won a Big Ten Championship and a Holiday Bowl against the BYU Cougars.Joe Germaine, another of OSU’s most legendary passers, won the MVP of the 1997 Rose Bowl when the Buckeyes topped Arizona State.Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy, in addition to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, all the while leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game against Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.Thus far, Miller has yet to win a postseason game. He has yet to finish higher than fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Yes, he’s twice won the Silver Football given annually to the Big Ten’s most outstanding player, but that’s about the extent of the hardware sitting upon Miller’s proverbial shelf.2014 was Miller’s chance to receive some of the hardware he’s worked toward for the past three seasons. It was his chance to become the only three-time winner of the Silver Football. It was his chance to become OSU’s most recent Heisman Trophy finalist.It was his chance to clear that seemingly insurmountable hurdle and win his first postseason game, and maybe more, as a Buckeye.Instead, after committing to another year at OSU, avoiding the lure of the NFL, Miller lies upon a table, machines surrounding him, as he anxiously awaits the fate of his season, his career and his legacy.If the test results end No. 5’s time in scarlet and gray, how would he be viewed amongst the greatest players in Buckeye football lore?I’d say that Braxton Miller never really got a chance.
Doran GrantJust a year ago, many Buckeye fans were worrying about how the OSU secondary would improve on a 112th ranked pass defense after losing Bradley Roby to the first round of the draft.Grant not only filled Roby’s shoes, but ran out of them.Grant took on the likes of Tony Lippett and Amari Cooper during the 2014 season and greatly improved his draft stock, which many might say was nonexistent heading into the national title run.The Akron product led a defensive secondary that led the Big Ten in passes defended, as the Buckeyes collected 25 interceptions in 2014, five of which belonged to Grant.Grant earned a first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and in the process, also an invitation to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.While he might not go as high as Roby, he will likely give more effort to the team that selects him. OSU then-senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (5) attempts to set a block during the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against OSU on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor four now-former Ohio State football players, the next chapters of their football careers are just around the corner.Tight end Jeff Heuerman, cornerback Doran Grant, wide receiver Devin Smith and defensive lineman Michael Bennett all earned invitations to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, set to begin Tuesday.Where will these former Buckeyes land? It all starts in Indianapolis. Michael BennettThe anchor in the middle of the national title-winning defense at OSU was once a projected first round pick before sliding down draft boards early in the season.Bennett, who did not record a sack until the fifth game of the year against Maryland, had a breakout game on the big stage in East Lansing, Mich., as he recorded a sack, and two tackles for loss in an upset win over Michigan State.That performance, combined with a dominating two-sack, four-tackle for loss effort against Wisconsin put Bennett back on the map as a dominant force in college football.While it might not be enough to get him back into the first round, his late-season dominance showed many teams that he can have a future at the nest level.Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd round Jeff HeuermanHeuerman, who was tabbed as the second-best tight end prospect by ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper before the 2014 season, might have fallen since that time because of a drop-off in production from the 2013 season.The Florida native, who caught 26 passes for 466 yards and four scores in 2013, caught just 17 passes in 2014 for 207 and two scores.The decline in production could be attributed to nagging injuries, one of which forced him to miss OSU’s third game of the season against Kent State.That being said, Heuerman has shown his ability to run and pass block in coach Urban Meyer’s complex offensive system and not many will argue with his pass-catching ability.If Heuerman can impress in Indianapolis, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be either the first or second tight end off the board. Projection: 4th round Devin SmithArguably one of the best wide receivers to ever play at OSU, Smith soared up draft boards with his performances in the Big Ten title game and the Sugar Bowl.The deep-ball threat not only led the Big Ten in yards per catch, he led the conference in touchdown receptions with 12, four of which came against Wisconsin and Alabama combined.Smith, who became famous in Columbus for his game-winning catch against Wisconsin in 2011, continued to help the Buckeyes win games as OSU never lost a game in which Smith caught a touchdown pass.It would be tough to argue that any player in college football helped his draft stock more than Smith down the stretch, and an impressive performance at the combine could even boost him higher. Projection: 2nd round Projection: Late 1st round
Senior defender Taylor Donahue (left) streaks up the field during a game against Niagra on March 1 in Columbus. OSU won, 15-2.Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern photographerAfter women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport.Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend.After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten.“It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big Ten, going against some of the best schools in the country, it’s exciting,” Cifarelli said. “Having the Big Ten logo on our jerseys now, it’s an honor.”Fittingly, the No. 14 Buckeyes (8-2, 0-0) are set to take on Big Ten rival, the Michigan Wolverines (5-4, 0-0), in their first game competing in the conference. Last year, the Buckeyes played the Wolverines for the first time in the program’s history and won, 18-3. But despite that blowout victory, coach Alexis Venechanos said she won’t overlook Michigan this year.“They are a more improved team and they play a physical brand of lacrosse, so we are excited to match that and use that to our advantage,” Venechanos said. “I think you just kind of throw away the records and throw away all the numbers when you play such a rivalry game.”The Buckeyes had high expectations entering the season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year for first time since 2003. OSU started its 2015 season 8-2, but suffered losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 Notre Dame. OSU has yet to showcase its true potential, Venechanos said. “We talked about playing a fearless brand of lacrosse. We haven’t played our best lacrosse yet, but we’ve had a great week of practice. And if we just continue to be aggressive and be fearless, we can be successful,” she said. The Buckeyes have the some key individual pieces in place, but Cifarelli said success comes from the whole team working together to play the full game. “Our team is so dynamic, so just being able to play the full 60 minutes, just finishing every game and finishing every goal,” Cifarelli said. “We are so fast, our midfielders are always working so hard down the field, but I think now just practicing and knowing when to slow it down, we can limit our turnovers and win the games.”Venechanos said the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game presents an opportunity to improve after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday.“Every time we step on to the field we want to be better. We are excited to always leave a mark. Our program has continued to get better and we are excited for these opportunities,” she said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 5 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon.
Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will leave behind Columbus’ gloomy weather in favor of a sunny Florida sky when it travels to take on unranked Jacksonville Sunday.The Buckeyes (3-0) said they approached this week’s practice in preparation for Jacksonville (2-2) with open minds and positive attitudes. Last year, Ohio State managed a substantial 16-8 win against the Dolphins. But this year the team has multiple aspects to improve, especially after its hard-fought battle against Hofstra on Saturday.“Hofstra was a win where we felt like we kind of grinded one out,” head coach Nick Myers said. “There was a lot of areas of the game where we felt like we really faltered in, and we certainly credit Hofstra for a great deal of that but also ourselves.”Ohio State players echoed Myers’ observations as well. Senior defenseman Erik Evans, one of the key barriers against Hofstra’s offense on Saturday, said that playing cohesively was an important takeaway for the team.“We realize that when we’re playing as a unit, not many teams are scoring on us that much,” he said.While the Buckeyes spent the week concentrating on improvement, Jacksonville won 15-8 against Detroit Mercy on Tuesday. Myers said the team looks forward to playing notable talent, such as senior attacking midfielder Hunter Forbes and junior midfielder Eric Applegate. Forbes won 23-of-25 faceoffs just two days ago against the Titans, affording the Dolphins considerable advantages through the extra possessions.Myers also pointed out senior midfielder and captain McLean Chicquen, senior attack Shawn Ewert, and junior attack Will Hendrick as potential impact players for the Dolphins.“I’d say those are their top guys from what we’ve seen and I think they’re going to create some challenges for us,” he said.Evans said Jacksonville’s early and rapid offensive play will be something for the team to watch out for, and that playing hard defensively for the first seconds of each possession would be especially crucial for success.“They do a lot in the early offense, so one of the things we tried to clean up is just getting our offensive midfielders down there, defend that first 15 to 20 seconds that they are comfortable with playing and attacking, and get them off the field and get our [defensive] personnel back out there,” he said.The Buckeyes will play the Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team huddles up at the close of the 2018 NCAA Regional gymnastics competition Saturday, April 7 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAlthough not the favorite, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team had the advantage of competing in its own gym for a chance of securing one of two berths in the NCAA championships.The No. 25 Buckeyes needed to close a gap of .250 with Arkansas in the final rotation. In the end, their season ended short by .225.“I’m going to be disappointed for a solid night when it’s that close,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “To know that what I told them all year, that they’re good enough, that they could be in the mix, was true, and it was certainly a lot of fun being in the mix. It was so exciting for the girls, and so good for the returners to have a good experience like that, coming back for next year. But of course, we’re all a little disappointed because it was just that close.”The Buckeyes, however, will be represented at the championships on April 20-21 with junior Jamie Stone qualifying as an individual event specialist after sharing the podium on floor exercise and vault. “It didn’t really hit me until we were going into awards, and I was like ‘Wait, maybe this could be it, maybe not,’” Stone said. “When I landed [on vault] I was very excited to stick. We have a saying ‘stick city, baby’ and they said that before I went, so when I did it, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that really worked.’ So it was exciting.” Ohio State ended its season with a 49.150 team score on the vault. Arkansas scored 49.175 on uneven bars to send the Buckeyes packing. No. 3 UCLA (197.650) and No. 10 Arkansas (196.775) finished first and second, respectively, to qualify for the NCAA championship competition that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Ohio State’s 196.500 fell just shy of qualifying for the championship, finishing ahead of No. 15 Boise State (196.225) and ahead of Pittsburgh (195.125) and Kent State (194.900). The Buckeyes’ best event came in their third event on floor exercise where they earned a 49.300 mark, second behind UCLA (49.375). On floor exercise, junior Jamie Stone tied for second place with a 9.900 tally with Arkansas’ Sarah Shaffer, Kent State’s Abigail Fletcher, UCLA’s Felicia Hano and Gracie Kramer and Western Michigan’s individual event specialist Rachael Underwood. Stone earned her second 9.900 score of the night and a career-high mark on on vault, tying for first place with UCLA’s Anna Glenn and Pauline Tratz and Arkansas’ Braie Speed. Ohio State began the night on uneven bars with a 49.200 total. Sophomore Olivia Aepli led the team with a 9.875 finish to tie for fourth place.The Buckeyes finished with a 48.850 score on balance beam, the team’s second event of the night. Senior Alexis Mattern posted a team-high 9.825 score for the Buckeyes. Arkansas posted a 49.175 on beam.Heading into the final rotation trailing by a slight margin, Ohio State knew it had to be sharp to secure the national bid.“We were trying to put a little heat on Arkansas. That’s a more technical event [on bars], so we felt good thinking, ‘Gosh, if we just nail these landings,’” Paulicivic said. “We knew we were going to need a little help from them making little mistakes, and they didn’t, so kudos to them.” The effort wasn’t enough, ending the Buckeyes’ season. “We were 100 percent prepared, that this was going to be a fight, and that we were going to have to leave everything out here, one last time, and see where it got us,” Mattern said. “It was really fun, a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation. We were really anxious to come in here, just because we knew we were ready. And for the first time, we hit 24/24 [routines] with no regrets and walked away with our heads held high.”
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. This is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grassCoroner Christine Freeman The tragedy unfolded in the village of Hernhill, KentMr Gradus had two children, Natasha and Jack, and a granddaughter Amelia.He was the founder of Systems Technology. His ex-wife Zana Gradus is the current managing director and owner of the firm – which is owned by Tallgrand Ltd and has an annual turnover of around £9m – which Mr Gradus set up in 1989.Writing on Facebook on the day Mr Gradus was found dead, his son Jack wrote: “I don’t think words can ever describe our feelings right now. Every day was lived as if it was your last, we’ll all miss you dad, and we’ll love you always xx.”His daughter Natasha Hildyard wrote on Facebook on May 16: “No words could ever describe how awesome he was! Even though he’d hate being on any sort of social media. We will miss you always xxxxxx.” Spencer Gradus was expecting potential buyers to look round the large property in Hernhill, KentCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER His ex-wife, Zana Gradus, told the inquest: “I was with him from about 10am until 2.30pm on the Saturday (May 14) as we had somebody coming round the next morning to view the house. He was on really good form.”He loved cutting the grass. We had a full-time gardener, but he liked to spend a lot of time on the mower.”He didn’t like the gardener doing the lawnmowing. I didn’t realise he was going to cut the grass that day, but he was going to tidy the garden before the people came round to look at it.”I texted him later that day to say it was so nice to see him so happy and healthy. The potential buyers arrived at 10am on Sunday and could not get an answer.”Emergency services were called to the scene on the morning of May 16 and Mr Gradus’ body was found at the bottom of the bank, pinned underneath the tractor. Spencer Gradus is believed to have lost control of the tractor and mowing attachment after accidentally reversing over the side of a steep bank in the grounds of his homeCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER A retired businessman lay dead in the grounds of his £2million Victorian house for two days after his tractor toppled over and crushed him as his mowed the lawn.Spencer Gradus, who stepped down as director of IT firm Systems Technology last year, had just returned from living in Spain as he and his ex-wife Zana prepared to sell their eight-bedroom home in the village of Hernhill, Kent.The 52-year-old had gone out on Saturday, May 14 this year to mow the lawn of the four-acre gardens – which includes an orchard, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool – when the tractor fell on top of him.An inquest into the father of two’s death heard how Mr Gradus and his ex-wife were expecting potential buyers to come on Sunday, May 15 to look round the large property. Detective Sergeant Andrew Lambert told the inquest that the tractor is likely to have “slipped off the bank” as Mr Gradus reversed, causing him to fall out of the vehicle – which then fell on top of him.Pathologist Salim Anjarwalla said Mr Gradus had suffered a heart attack and positional asphyxia.Coroner Christine Freeman said: “This is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grass. We may never know the exact sequence of events.”The evidence identifies two significant potential causes of death and it is quite probable he had some sort of cardiac event, but at the same time, if one is in a position where one has a tractor on their chest, asphyxia is a very likely cause of death.”Given the circumstances and the contributory factors, I am going to conclude that this was a tragic accident.” But, as he mowed the lawn with the tractor and mowing attachment, he is believed to have lost control after accidentally reversing it over the side of a steep bank.The inquest at Folkestone Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Gradus is believed to have fallen out of the tractor, which then fell on top of him and killed him.The alarm was not raised until Monday, May 16, despite potential buyers turning up on May 15 and not getting an answer at the door.His body was not found until May 16, when colleague Robert Field spotted the tractor was missing from the garage and then saw the tip of the machine poking up from the steep bank.Mr Field told the inquest: “I called for him but there was no answer, but then I saw the garage door was open and the tractor was not in there.”That’s when I went to look around the grounds. I could see the tip of the tractor poking out and, as I got nearer, I could see the tractor was on its side and was down a bank.”
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the summer is officially over.August 31 marks the day our summer finishes and our awaiting for the start of autumn begins, likely to be followed by some Game of Thrones-inspired jokes that winter is coming. Blue skies on the last day of summer 😎☀️🎉👏🏼 #CaledonianPark #caledonianroad #blueskies #su… https://t.co/HePGny2Yxd pic.twitter.com/knUtoRpE6B— Andréa Avena (@andrea_avena) August 31, 2016 People enjoy the hot weather on Boscombe Beach, DorsetCredit:PA Others celebrated the last day of summer The end of summer has not gone down well on Twitter According to the Met Office: “The meteorological seasons consists of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each.“These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.”For the weather optimists out there however, there are still a few more weeks of summer left to enjoy if referring to the astronomical calendar.“The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.”This year, the astronomical summer began on 20 June 2016 and ends on 22 September 2016. What can we expect in September? “The weekend and into next week look likely to be rather unsettled with some rain and strong winds,” the Met Office says. “Thereafter some further unsettled conditions are expected but a more settled period is possible during the middle to latter part of September.”The Met Office’s long range forecast (5-14 September) adds: “An unsettled start to the week across most parts, with outbreaks of rain at times, heaviest in the northwest where gales are possible.“Towards the middle of the week southern parts will probably see a more settled spell develop, with plenty of dry, fine and warm weather.“There is a reasonable chance that this fine weather will spread to all parts later in the week.”Earlier this month, this spectacular red rainbow illuminated this historic English town – but what caused it?Meanwhile, another photographer captured this blood red moon looming over New York in these stunning photos. @metoffice this makes us sad… it’s surely too early to say goodbye to #Summer :(— PRM Waste Systems (@PRMWasteSystems) August 30, 2016 Last day of summer today, back to work tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/NooIu6hfrP— Sam Flynn (@l0x2a) August 31, 2016 So when does summer officially end?It depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological summer, according to the Met Office.The meteorological summer began on 1 June 2016 and ends on 31 August 2016, meaning today is officially the last day of the sunshine season. The last day of summer couldn’t be better pic.twitter.com/bQDmYegRcy— Alexander™️ (@IfeverIgetthere) August 31, 2016 @metoffice would have been nice to have had some of it… 😩🌧— Craig (@CNoz1986) August 31, 2016 Damn, meteorologically it’s the last day of summer but I’m not done with it yet :/— Matthias Daniel (@MatthiasDaniel) August 31, 2016 August is set to become the hottest on recordand forecasters believe the warm weather will continue this week.Chris Page, a forecaster at the Met Office, said many places had seen “wall to wall sunshine” over the Bank Holiday weekend, with the weather remaining “quite fine and settled”. Bookmakers slashed the odds on the month breaking previous records following highs of 25C on Sunday. Last day of friggin summer and I’m stuck working until 5— Jillian Maghini (@jillian_maghini) August 31, 2016 Oh no! It’s the last day of meteorological summer!Who let this happen!!! pic.twitter.com/LSPaoAJA2v— Scott Ealy Now (@TheScottEaly) August 31, 2016 Some reasons to be cheerfulThe warm weather looks set to continue, at least for the next few days. Last day of summer……. School tomorrow………. pic.twitter.com/63c1YiTQfG— ㅤ (@drinkwithgomez) August 31, 2016 Did you know? Today is the last day of meteorological #summer https://t.co/u7XVc8YlTU pic.twitter.com/zYyKn5egGg— Met Office (@metoffice) August 31, 2016 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 long range forecast (5-14 September) A man sunbathing in Hyde park, LondonCredit:PA Love autumn? Tomorrow is the last day of meteorological #summer! Learn how we define seasons https://t.co/u7XVc8YlTU pic.twitter.com/QfT1R6tdJA— Met Office (@metoffice) August 30, 2016 Meteorologists say that today is the last day of Summer, but we might think otherwise! pic.twitter.com/LWT3unfD12— Church Lane Flowers (@churchlanepetal) August 31, 2016
Oliver Dearlove lived with his long-term girlfriendCredit:Chris Greenwood The victim, who was punched in the head and neck, collapsed in the street and was pronounced dead less than 24 hours later.Asked why he did it, Timon allegedly told one of the women: “I’m p***** off.”Mr Orchard said the defendant had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies murder.He said the only issue was whether he intended to cause Mr Dearlove “really serious bodily harm” when he punched him.After the attack, Timon walked away and later tried calling one of the four women, three of whom are sisters.In an attempt to explain what happened, he allegedly told her that one of Mr Dearlove’s party appeared to lean down to their socks.Mr Orchard told jurors to examine CCTV footage which showed Mr Dearlove was not wearing socks and his two friends were in flip-flops. 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. She went on to tell Mr Dearlove that it was her first night out since giving birth, and he commented to his friends: “She had a baby four weeks ago, doesn’t she look well?”The woman produced pictures and Mr Dearlove was “very polite” as he complimented her on having a beautiful baby, jurors heard.Timon, who knew the group of women, allegedly stormed in and demanded to know what they were talking about.He allegedly shouted: “Who the f*** are you boys?” and told Mr Dearlove: “If you don’t move on, I’ll knock you out.”One of the women stood between them and told Timon to “just go”, jurors heard.Mr Orchard said: “The next thing that happened was the defendant hit Oliver Dearlove.”The punch skimmed her face. She saw Oliver Dearlove fall and as he fell his whole body twisted. She screamed ‘He hit him, he hit him’.” Timon, of Heavitree Road, Plumstead, south-east London, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of murder.Prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC told jurors: “The attack upon Oliver Dearlove took place on a warm August Bank Holiday evening, in the quiet leafy streets of Blackheath.”He stood on the pavement not far from a nightclub. The attack was unprovoked and senseless. It appears to have been motivated by the defendant’s perceived sense of grievance that Oliver Dearlove and two of his male friends were talking to a group of young women, whom Trevor Timon knew.”The victim lived with his long-term girlfriend in New Eltham and worked in the City as a banker, the court heard. Oliver Dearlove’s girlfriend Claire Wheatley attends the trialCredit:Ed Willcox /Central News It appears to have been motivated by the defendant’s perceived sense of grievance that Oliver Dearlove and two of his male friends were talking to a group of young womenAnthony Orchard QC, prosecutor On Saturday Aug 27 last year, he was on a night out with friends in Blackheath, ending up at Zerodegrees bar and restaurant until just after midnight.Timon was in the nearby Morden’s nightclub along with the women, who cannot be named for legal reasons.The women left the club, followed by Timon, just as Mr Dearlove and his friends emerged from Zerodegrees and set off in the same direction, the court heard.Mr Dearlove had politely asked one of the women if she was hurt after she took off her high heels and began walking slowly along Tranquil Vale.She laughingly replied: “You know what, my feet are killing me”, jurors were told. A former Coutts banker was killed with a single punch by a man who flew into a rage when the victim talked to a group of young women about high heels and baby pictures, a court has heard.Oliver Dearlove, 30, was friendly and polite as he chatted with the women in the street after a night out in Blackheath, south-east London, on Aug 28 last year, jurors were told.The casual exchange, lasting no more than 20 seconds, prompted Trevor Timon, 31, to fly into a rage and launch his “unprovoked and senseless” attack, the court heard. Trevor Timon is accused of murderCredit:Central News