The usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up on Friday about several personal issues, saying in a Twitter chat that she desperately would like to settle down and start a family.The 33-year-old tennis star starting the Q and A session off tweeting “Today is Friday. Is anyone feeling a quick #SerenaFriday ?? If so ask anything you want. I’m here and ready. Hurry before I get too busy. :)” Fans were invited to tweet Williams anything they wanted with the hashtag #serenafriday to which Twitter users wasted no time, asking her a barrage of questions and vying for her attention.The questions ranged from what hair color she preferred on herself to more intimate questions about her relationship status. She admitted to “desperately” wanting to start a family and saying that her “time will come.”The 18-time Grand Slam singles title holder revealed that if she wasn’t playing tennis, she would try to delve into the world of acting, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as we saw her on the silver screen along with her sister in the 2004 film Hairshow, in addition to a starring appearance on an episode of “Law & Order.”Getting more intimate, user @rabas2004 asked Williams what her worst habit was. She responded by saying that she has a tendency to look after people and forget to think about herself first. She even went on to say that her single status was not by choice.Though she may be having some hard feelings about being on her own, Williams’ exes seem to have nothing but kind words to say about her.“Point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time,” her ex-beau rapper Common told the International Business Times earlier this past July. “I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”According to her twitter chat, the star is taking a break from more than just relationships as she told fans that she is taking some time off from tennis training right now.
The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told Cleveland.com.The playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs.
Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Goose stats through Thursday, June 1 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Pedro BaezLAN222-0.5 Peter MoylanKCA302+0.5 Jason MotteATL101+0.1 Luis AvilanLAN212-0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL840-0.4 Jose AlvaradoTBA513+0.4 Tyler PollNYN010-0.4 Hector RondonCHN721+0.2 Tony WatsonPIT1432+0.8 Joaquin BenoitPHI930+0.1 Robby ScottBOS206+0.3 Travis WoodKCA331-0.6 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Hunter StricklandSFN710+0.6 Chris DevenskiHOU1551+0.3 Brandon KintzlerMIN1221+1.1 Pat NeshekPHI612+0.5 Andrew MillerCLE1711+2.3 Fernando RodneyARI1233+0.6 Tyler ClippardNYA434-0.5 Source: Seamheads.com Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Alex WoodLAN301+0.4 Jacob BarnesMIL1222+0.9 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Matt BelisleMIN713+0.7 The Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller is the sort of pitcher we had in mind when we developed the goose egg, our replacement for the save stat that rewards pitchers for throwing scoreless relief innings in clutch situations. Miller isn’t the Indians’ closer — that distinction belongs to Cody Allen — and in fact, Miller doesn’t have a single save yet this season. But no reliever has contributed more to his team’s bottom line so far.Miller has appeared in 23 games, usually entering in the 7th or 8th inning. All but a handful of those appearances have come in high-leverage situations. He’s yielded just two runs — one of them unearned — while striking out 37 batters and allowing just 5 walks and 13 hits in 26.1 innings. He’s been as unhittable as pitchers get. But while Miller hasn’t earned any saves for his efforts, he does have 17 goose eggs, tying him for the major league lead. He also leads the majors in goose wins above replacement (GWAR), having added 2.3 wins to Cleveland’s tally so far. If his performance so far is the source of any disappointment, it’s that, unlike during last year’s postseason, Miller hasn’t been used in many multi-inning appearances — but that’s on manager Terry Francona, not Miller.The co-leader in goose eggs is the Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who started out as a setup man but worked his way into the closer role. We’re more interested in pitchers with less conventional usage patterns, however, and a couple of them have fallen off the pace slightly. The Astros’ Chris Devenski, who we highlighted last month for often working multiple innings at a time, is up to 15 goose eggs, but he also has 5 broken eggs (the goose equivalent of a blown save). And the Reds’ Raisel Iglesias, who’s mainly used as a closer but who often enters the game in the 8th inning instead of the 9th, is stuck on 12 goose eggs, mostly because the Reds have been playing like crap and not providing him with enough clutch situations to pitch in.You can find a complete rundown of goose stats in the table below. We’ll continue to update these numbers once a month or so. Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Ross StriplingLAN541-0.8 Austin PruittTBA200+0.3 Dellin BetancesNYA1010+1.2 Diego MorenoTBA010-0.4 David RobertsonCHA1020+0.7 Chris HatcherLAN110-0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Derek LawSFN1021+0.6 Arodys VizcainoATL1031+0.3 Bryan ShawCLE912+1.1 Steve CishekSEA011-0.4 Darren O’DayBAL722+0.3 Ken GilesHOU721+0.3 George KontosSFN531-0.5 Fernando AbadBOS300+0.5 Sam TuivailalaSLN320-0.3 Edwin DiazSEA1321+1.2 Scott ObergCOL310+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHN811+0.7 Bryan MorrisSFN300+0.4 Heath HembreeBOS324-0.3 Jorge De La RosaARI831+0.0 Alex ColomeTBA1622+1.6 Roberto OsunaTOR841-0.3 Brad BrachBAL1520+1.5 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Mike DunnCOL501+0.8 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.1 Dan JenningsCHA012-0.4 Kelvin HerreraKCA1131+0.6 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Richard BleierBAL210-0.1 Liam HendriksOAK411+0.2 Ryan MadsonOAK721+0.3 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Erasmo RamirezTBA702+1.0 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Carlos TorresMIL431-0.6 Ryan DullOAK422-0.2 Enny RomeroWAS733-0.2 Keynan MiddletonANA100+0.1 Jerry BlevinsNYN805+1.1 Aroldis ChapmanNYA600+0.9 Al AlburquerqueKCA010-0.4 Nate JonesCHA410+0.2 Oliver DrakeMIL110-0.2 Jake McGeeCOL402+0.6 Marc RzepczynskiSEA304+0.4 Michael FelizHOU100+0.1 Hector NerisPHI1111+1.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA611+0.4 Joakim SoriaKCA1431+1.0 J. J. HooverARI621+0.1 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS620+0.1 Greg HollandCOL1200+1.8 Aaron LoupTOR104+0.2 Miguel SocolovichSLN101+0.1 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK931+0.2 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Mike MontgomeryCHN911+0.9 Chase WhitleyTBA521-0.0 Jumbo DiazTBA232-0.8 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Brad HandSDN1232+0.5 Fernando SalasNYN422-0.2 Addison ReedNYN1343+0.3 Bud NorrisANA850-0.7 Brandon MaurerSDN850-0.8 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Sergio RomoLAN230-0.9 Ryne StanekTBA013-0.4 Ryan GartonTBA030-1.1 Jeurys FamiliaNYN412+0.2 Oliver PerezWAS402+0.6 James PazosSEA613+0.5 Jose TorresSDN130-1.0 Alex ClaudioTEX524+0.0 A. J. RamosMIA411+0.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Raisel IglesiasCIN1200+1.7 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Casey FienSEA100+0.1 Deolis GuerraANA720+0.3 Ty BlachSFN101+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.2 Adam WarrenNYA421-0.1 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Anthony SwarzakCHA400+0.6 Matt BarnesBOS513+0.4 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 David PhelpsMIA440-1.0 Andrew ChafinARI033-1.1 J. C. RamirezANA020-0.7 Keone KelaTEX530-0.3 Kenley JansenLAN1201+1.6 T. J. McFarlandARI400+0.6 Jose AlvarezANA543-0.8 Cam BedrosianANA303+0.4 Nick VincentSEA613+0.5 Chasen ShreveNYA301+0.5 Wandy PeraltaCIN810+0.8 Luis GarciaPHI300+0.4 Jeanmar GomezPHI411+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS1210+1.5 Jason GrilliTOR331-0.6 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.2 Adam OttavinoCOL1132+0.6 Xavier CedenoTBA013-0.4 Blake WoodCIN220-0.5 Koda GloverWAS712+0.6 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Jonathan BroxtonSLN120-0.6 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.8 Matt GraceWAS110-0.2 Blake TreinenWAS320-0.3 Steven OkertSFN524-0.1 Josh SmokerNYN722+0.2 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.1 Dominic LeoneTOR223-0.4 Hansel RoblesNYN422-0.2 Chris YoungKCA100+0.2 Zach PutnamCHA200+0.3 Cody AllenCLE1022+0.9 Blake ParkerANA731-0.1 Joe KellyBOS412+0.3 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Jean MachiSEA101+0.1 Kevin QuackenbushSDN110-0.2 Brooks PoundersANA100+0.1 Drew StorenCIN212-0.1 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Matt StrahmKCA221-0.4 Wade LeBlancPIT112-0.2 Scott AlexanderKCA210-0.1 Miguel DiazSDN010-0.4 Wade DavisCHN1001+1.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Jim JohnsonATL930+0.1 Juan NicasioPIT522-0.1 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Francisco RodriguezDET272-2.3 Luke GregersonHOU620+0.1 Ryan BuchterSDN742-0.6 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Justin GrimmCHN101+0.1 Seung-hwan OhSLN1612+1.8 Jake JunisKCA100+0.2 Matt AlbersWAS413+0.2 Jonathan HolderNYA300+0.5 Brian DuensingCHN300+0.4 Joe SmithTOR1011+1.2 Josh FieldsLAN201+0.3 Ryan TeperaTOR1120+0.9 Tyler DuffeyMIN410+0.2 Daniel HudsonPIT332-0.7 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Danny BarnesTOR120-0.6 Koji UeharaCHN832-0.0 Tommy KahnleCHA820+0.4 Ian KrolATL311+0.0 Paul SewardNYN100+0.1 Tony ZychSEA321-0.3 Matt BushTEX1020+0.8 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Mychal GivensBAL922+0.6 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Will HarrisHOU1020+0.7 Kirby YatesANA/SDN111-0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN1010+1.0 Edubray RamosPHI060-2.3 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.2 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Corey KnebelMIL1722+1.6 Felipe RiveroPIT1412+1.6 Trevor RosenthalSLN1220+0.9 Josh OsichSFN012-0.4 David HernandezANA601+0.9 Shane GreeneDET612+0.5 Tommy HunterTBA310+0.1 Cory GearrinSFN210-0.1 Rafael MonteroNYN131-1.0 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Pedro StropCHN413+0.2 Eric O’FlahertyATL110-0.2 Neil RamirezNYN002+0.0 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Bryan MitchellNYA010-0.4 Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.2 Josh EdginNYN522-0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Robert GsellmanNYN210-0.1 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Chris RusinCOL412+0.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Justin WilsonDET1120+0.9 Yusmeiro PetitANA712+0.7 Chad GreenNYA001+0.0 Mark MelanconSFN820+0.3 Mike MinorKCA1021+0.8 Brett CecilSLN621+0.1 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Jesse ChavezANA010-0.4 Daniel CoulombeOAK011-0.4 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Warwick SaupoldDET001+0.0 Dan AltavillaSEA321-0.3 Taylor RogersMIN622+0.2 Jose RamirezATL920+0.5 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Kevin SiegristSLN610+0.4 Grant DaytonLAN011-0.4 Matthew BowmanSLN1023+0.6 Danny FarquharTBA732-0.1 Sam DysonTEX361-1.7 Boone LoganCLE002+0.0 Joely RodriguezPHI514+0.3 Alex WilsonDET743-0.4 Archie BradleyARI1121+0.9
For many Ohio State football coaches, success isn’t measured in wins per year or bowl victories. Instead, success is measured by a coach’s record against Michigan.The storied rivalry has become so important in part due to the outcome’s national implications year to year. Since 1935, the game has determined the Big Ten champion 22 times and had an effect in determining the eventual conference champion an additional 24 times.Theses statistics have become even more pronounced recently, as either Ohio State or Michigan has claimed at least a share of the Big Ten title every year since 2001.Consequently, many coaches’ careers have been validated or ruined based on their ability to beat that school up north.John Cooper was one such coach who suffered mightily for his lack of success in the rivalry. In Cooper’s 13 seasons as Ohio State’s coach he had a career record of 111-43-4. But he was only 2-10-1 against Michigan and failed to ever win a game in Ann Arbor. Cooper was fired following the 2000 season.Where Cooper failed, his successor, Jim Tressel has excelled. While Cooper downplayed the rivalry, Tressel has embraced it since his first year at the helm.“I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” Tressel announced, shortly after being hired in 2001. That year, Tressel led the Buckeyes to a 26-20 victory. The win in Ann Arbor served as the Buckeyes’ first in 14 years.Tressel has dominated Michigan during his tenure, posting a 7-1 record against the Wolverines. He is one of only three Ohio State coaches to maintain a winning record in the rivalry, among those who coached at least eight games. The other two coaches are Woody Hayes (16-11-1) and Earle Bruce (5-4).“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game, and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game.”Tressel went on to say that memories of past Ohio State-Michigan games are in the forefront of past players’ and coaches’ minds. Those memories are even more predominant than bowl games and national rankings, and that’s what is at stake every time the teams play.As for this year’s game, Tressel explained the Buckeyes will not be overlooking a struggling Michigan team. “There’s a reality in life that if you’re taking anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”Tressel downplayed the possibility of the team being overconfident, having already secured a Rose Bowl berth.“I’m not worried about overconfidence because we’ve got enough guys that have played in this game that they know better than that, so if there is and overconfidence, it will get knocked out of their throwback uniforms on the first play.”Tressel’s ability to keep his players from being overconfident has helped lead the Buckeyes to five straight victories over Michigan. The five-game win streak is the Buckeyes’ longest in the history of the rivalry, which they will look to continue Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) winds up to serve in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1 Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept through a trio of matches over the weekendOSU went into Oxford, Ohio, and won the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational. The Buckeyes (9-3) have now won nine of their last 10 games.In four non-conference tournaments this season, the Buckeyes swept competition in two and won three. All three tournament victories came within Ohio.In their third and final match of the tournament against Miami (Ohio) (7-5), the Buckeyes lost their only set of the entire tournament, but still took down the Redhawks with an attack percentage of .234 in four sets (20-25, 28-26, 25-16, 25-17).Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell led all players in kills with 25, followed by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, who each had 12. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 25, while Schirmer contributed 10. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 46, while sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 10.In their second match of the tournament, and first on Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep against the Jaguars in just under 90 minutes (25-18, 29-27, 25-20).Four Buckeyes had double-digit digs against the Jaguars. Sophomore defensive specialist Valeria León led all players with 17, followed by Schirmer with 14, Sherwin with 12 and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger with 11. Sekinger also led all players in kills with 22, while Schirmer followed with 12 of her own. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 39.Against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-9), the Buckeyes completed a clean sweep in just 77 minutes (25-17, 25-22, 25-16).Two players totaled double-digit points against the Blazers for OSU, as Sekinger led all players with 11 kills, followed by Mitchell with 10. Sherwin had double-digit assists with 31.The team also combined for an attack percentage of .286 against the Blazers.Sherwin was named tournament MVP, while Sekinger and Mitchell were also named to the all-tournament team.Sherwin led all players in assists with 116 over the two-day event.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten competition on Wednesday as they’re scheduled to take on Minnesota (10-1) at 8 p.m., followed by a trip to Wisconsin (9-1) on Sunday to take on the Badgers. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Britain axed its troubled Nimrod patrol plane programme as part of the 2010 cost-cutting defence review. The Ministry of Defence announced in 2015… The letter from four former RAF officers with significant maritime aviation experience comes as the new warship costing more than £3bn has recently begun trials in the North Sea. In a letter published in Thursday’s Telegraph, former senior officers say that the current plan to buy nine aircraft is not enough and at least three more are needed.
The choir’s song bookCredit:Glenn Gratton The Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concertCredit:Glenn Gratton Remarkably, they have perfected a varied repertoire after learning popular English Hymns and well-known musical numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Beatles.The Farmers’ Choir, part of the Miao minority ethnic group of China, is based in a remote village in the country’s Yunnan Province.Performers have learned skills passed down the generations, with their ancestors introduced to choir singing as Christianity and churches came to the village in 1937. The performance will be conducted by Long Yu, the acclaimed principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra who regularly works with the world’s leading orchestras and concert halls. Telegraph readers are offered a 25 per cent discount on standard adult tickets. To book, call the Philharmonia on 0800 652 6717, book online at philharmonia.co.uk/concerts /2050, call the Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555 or book online at southbankcentre.co.uk quoting CNY25 when prompted. Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir Credit: Glenn Gratton Around 50 singers, men and women of all ages, will now perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and a selection of traditional folk songs for audiences at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year.The March 1 show comes at the end of a tour which has included concerts in Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Lincoln Centre in New York, put on with support from the KT Wong Foundation to promote cultural links between UK and China. A farmer’s choir from a remote Chinese village has left its home country for the first time to star at the Royal Festival Hall, after building an unlikely repertoire practising English hymns and showtunes.The Xiaoshuijing Farmers’ Choir is to join the Philharmonia Orchestra perform for audiences in London, decades after their ancestors learned to sing choral music under the influence of Christian missionaries.Members of the choir have received no professional training and speak limited English, having never travelled outside China before.
The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, has appeared in court for the first time to indicate not-guilty pleas over the tragedy.Andrew Hill faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws.The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a 14-minute hearing on Thursday morning at which he confirmed his name, date of birth and address, and indicated a not-guilty plea to all charges.He will be expected to formally enter pleas at the Old Bailey next month.The crash occurred when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex during a loop-the-loop stunt at the Shoreham Airshow on August 22, 2015. 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. Victims of the Shoreham air show disaster in August 2015 The trial is due to last up to eight weeks. Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot released Mr Hill on bail until his next appearance at the Old Bailey next month. Mr Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was thrown clear of the aircraft, taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed into an induced coma before being discharged.The 11 men who died were: wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; retired engineer James Mallinson, 72, from Newick, near Lewes; window cleaner and builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove; NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove; grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23; personal trainer Matt Jones, 24; and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.
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. FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HERE Before long, as she says her vows to Prince Harry, that time-honoured tradition will give way to striking modernity, with the soaring voices of a gospel choir singing music from Ben E King and Etta James. Saturday’s Royal wedding ceremony, with each detail chosen by the couple, will blend the best-loved elements of British pageantry with a modern outlook that reflects the Prince… Read on for full details of the order of service for today’s wedding When Meghan Markle enters St George’s Chapel to begin the last steps in her journey to join the Royal family, the state trumpeters will sound a fanfare that has accompanied its brides for generations.