Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s season is officially over as plaguing back issues will force the star player under the knife.Foster sought the advice of multiple doctors who all recommend surgery to repair a bulging disc.Foster has been experiencing chronic injuries since he hurt his calf muscle earlier in training camp. He also had hamstring issues, which led to his back problems. Arian Foster will have surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins.In the last two Texans’ games, Foster was involved in only 10 plays, all during the first drives of the games. He was immediately taken out due to pain and couldn’t return. This season Foster has 121 rushes for 542 yards with 22 receptions and two total touchdowns.His absence is a major blow for a Texans team that has lost six games in a row. The team will have to fall back on Ben Tate, Deji Karim and rookie Dennis Johnson for replacements for the remainder of the season.The Houston Texans are currently 2-7 and have no chance of going to the playoffs. They play the Oakland Raiders next Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (ET) on CBS.
Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed This week on the show, Hot Takedown analyzes the data behind the New York Giants’ controversial No. 6 pick in the NFL draft, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Todd McShay, an analyst for ESPN, is skeptical of Jones’s NFL potential based on his performance under pressure. While we agree that the stats don’t paint a bright future for Jones in the NFL, we disagree on how best to assess his prospects.For our second segment, ESPN NBA analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor Kirk Goldsberry joins the team to discuss his new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.” Through detailed data visualizations, “SprawlBall” describes how the 3-point line has transformed the NBA and how it risks ruining the game’s future.In our Rabbit Hole of the Week, Geoff exposes his lifelong appreciation of (and poor betting record on) the Kentucky Derby. He explains the rationale behind voting for the favorite across sports and why he still won’t take his own advice.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:“SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry, illustrated by Aaron Dana.Patrik Stefan’s epic miss that broke Neil’s heart.FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer devised a metric for projecting college quarterback success in the NFL.ProFootballFocus’s analysis of Duke’s Daniel Jones ahead of the draft.
“Hokey” and “hockey:” words so similar, they’re often mistaken to be same. Despite the discrepancy of one little “c,” among the women’s collegiate hockey world, “Hokey” and “hockey” are becoming synonymous.Freshman forward Hokey Langan, a 5-feet-4-inch standout from Chatham, Ontario came to Ohio State to play under coach Jackie Barto last year and is having a breakout season.“She’s a dynamic offensive player. She’s a really head-smart, nose in the game [kind of player],” Barto said. “She does the little things out on the ice. She comes to play every night. She’s a determined, aggressive player.”The love of hockey was something Langan always had growing up. Around the age of 3, Langan said she started to play around with her siblings.“It just came. It was something I wanted to do every day,” Langan said. “[I] used to shoot pucks outside with my brother and my sister, and I never wanted to stop playing.”But it wasn’t until Langan developed as a more mature player that the long list of recognition began to grow. In high school, Langan played for the London Junior Devilettes before earning a spot on Team Canada’s Under-18 team. She was a two-time member of the gold medal-winning Team Ontario Red at the ‘07 and ‘08 Canadian U18 National Championships. She served as a captain at the ‘08 championships. In Aug. 2008, Langan competed with Team Canada in a U18 series against Team USA. At the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, Langan won the silver medal with Team Canada. When looking at colleges, Langan said OSU offered her multiple reasons to become a Buckeye.“The first time driving in, the campus [was] beautiful,” Langan said about her recruiting trip. “Academics [are] really good here, and [OSU is] known for athletics. Every sport here is developed, so you can get a good crowd.”But OSU’s location was the biggest factor for Langan.“I live four hours away, so my parents can come and watch,” she said. “They’ve been to every single home game so far.”This year, Langan has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice. She tied OSU single-game records for goals with four and points with five in the 5-2 victory over Bemidji State Jan. 22.Barto said she is proud of the girls who have received WCHA honors this season because the individual rewards are a reflection on the team.Langan has moved into the lead for overall points in the WCHA with 39 (18 goals, 21 assists). She’s maintained the top spot in conference-only scoring with 32 points, 16 goals and assists apiece. With 1.42 points per game, she leads NCAA rookies and ranks eighth overall in the nation.Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque said she likes playing with Langan because she can always count on the freshman to be in the right spot.“[Langan offers] a lot of confidence, a lot of control. You know if you give her the puck, she’s going to make something happen with it,” LaRocque said. “So you can just throw her the puck at any point and time … [and] she’ll knock it off her stick and toss it over there.”With a goal of winning a national championship before she graduates, Langan respects the suggestions and criticisms the coaches offer her after each game.“[In] team meetings with the coaches, Jackie [Barto] tells me what I can do to improve and that’s what I strive to do,” Langan said. “Just to improve as a player in offense, defense. Hopefully I can improve for the next three years.”Still in her inaugural season as a Buckeye athlete, Langan said what makes the experience worthwhile is the people that surround her.“The coaches, as well as the team, they make it really fun,” Langan said. “You go to school, do what you have to do, and then you come to the rink and play what you love.”Barto said she sees Langan as a continual contributor to the team, with a bright futureahead.“[If] she keeps working hard on and off the ice, and improving her game … she’s going to be one of the top players in this country,” Barto said. “[She’s] going to … help this program get to the level we want to get to.”
The Columbus Clippers salvaged a 2-2 series-split with a 5-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at Huntington Park on Monday night. A crowd of 9,271 was in attendance for Dime-a-Dog night at Huntington Park which featured 10-cent Sugardale hot dogs. The total number of hotdogs sold in the park was 24,873, nearly three hot dogs per person. Monday’s game also featured Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus throwing out the first pitch. Titus has gained recognition for his “Club Trillion” blog. While there were rain showers throughout the day, game time conditions were fair as the rain stopped and temperatures were in the low 60s. The game began with four innings of scoreless baseball, which was uncharacteristic of a matchup that featured two teams that led the International League in runs scored and batting average. Clippers pitcher Mike Gosling pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball before being relieved. Before the game, Gosling announced that this would be his final start as he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Gosling allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Gosling featured a fastball in the upper 80s and kept the hitters guessing with breaking balls that ranged between 70 and 80 mph.“I did have a little bit better command of my fastball tonight,” Gosling said. “I knew at the beginning of the game that my velocity was down a little bit, so instead of forcing my way to better velocity, I tried to hit spots and keep them off balance. I was more able to mix in my other stuff. I tried to drop in the slow curve, the difference in velocity helps keep the hitter off the fastball and everything else, so I try to drop that in occasionally and keep them guessing.”Durham pitcher Richard De Los Santos was equally effective through the first four innings, holding the Clippers to only two hits. De Los Santos had trouble in the fifth inning, though.Jose Constanza started off the inning with a single. De Los Santos walked Michael Brantley and hit Jason Donald with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. With a full count, Carlos Santana hit a grand slam to right center field that left the ballpark and cleared Nationwide Blvd. to give the Clippers a 4-0 lead. De Los Santos finished off the fifth inning but was relieved by Brian Baker in the sixth.Carlos Santana showed more power with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that left the ballpark once again over the right field fence. The home run was Santana’s ninth of the season. Santana also took the team lead in RBIs from Shelley Duncan with his fifth RBI of the game, making his total 37. “He hit a couple big ones tonight,” said Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh. “That first home run was impressive.”Clippers pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Judy kept the Bulls scoreless through the eighth inning. But the Clippers couldn’t complete their second shutout in a row as the Bulls scored on an RBI double by Ryan Shealy in the ninth. Clippers infielder Jason Donald was called up to the Cleveland Indians immediately after the game as Asdrubal Cabrera was carted off of the field in the first inning of the Indians’ loss to Tampa Bay. Cabrera suffered a left forearm injury after a collision with third baseman Jhonny Peralta. The Clippers now leave on an eight-game road trip and will return to Huntington Park on May 27.
Junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) passes the puck during a game against Niagara Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ryan Robey / Lantern photographerWith junior forward Tanner Fritz’s return to the lineup came an offensive surge on the ice as the Ohio State men’s hockey team handed Niagara University a two-game sweep over the weekend.Fritz, who missed five games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in OSU’s loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, was an offensive powerhouse for the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) with a goal and five assists.Coach Steve Rohlik said while Fritz performed well, his presence on the ice spurred some life in the team as they took on the Purple Eagles (1-6-1, 1-1-1).“Obviously, he’s proven himself over the last few years. He’s our quiet leader,” Rohlik said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He leads by what he does on the ice … He’s certainly a big part of our team, and as a coach, it’s nice to know he’s in our lineup.”Junior forward Max McCormick said Fritz’s versatility — being able to do everything, anywhere on the ice — is what sets him apart as such an important component of the Buckeyes’ lineup.“He does everything,” McCormick said. “He does the little things — he blocks shots, he chips pucks, he makes great plays, he snipes, he does it all — so it’s great having him back.”After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led Niagara, 2-0, off goals from McCormick and junior forward Ryan Dzingel.OSU widened the gap in the second stanza, as freshman forward Nick Schilkey, junior forward Matt Johnson and Dzingel scored, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles answered at 8:30 with a goal from freshman forward Stephen Pietrobon, but McCormick canceled it out with another goal of his own at 15:00 to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 advantage.With the lead, OSU played more conservatively in the third period, and neither team scored. Overall, the game saw an aggressive OSU squad, who took 37 shots, compared to the Purple Eagles’ 16.The Buckeyes played the majority of the game without their starting goalie, freshman Matt Tomkins, who suffered and injury and was replaced by freshman Logan Davis at 3:44. Rohlik said Tomkins is “day-to-day,” and was pleased with Davis’ performance, in which he made 14 saves and allowed only one goal on the night.“Logan did fantastic,” Rohlik said. “That’s what we expect out of him. That’s why he’s part of this team, and that’s why he comes to practice every day. He works extremely hard, so we wouldn’t expect anything less.”McCormick said the Buckeyes handled the physicality of the game well, especially in faceoffs.“We want to win one-on-one battles and we want to out-compete the other team, and that’s what we focused on in practice, so we executed that well tonight,” he said.The first game of the series was held Friday, and the Buckeyes came out strong on their way to a 4-1 victory.The game remained scoreless until the second period, when Fritz put OSU on the board with a late-period goal, and Dzingel followed suit in the third with a goal of his own at 12:16. Senior forward Ryan Rashid of the Purple Eagles closed the gap with a goal at 18:17, but McCormick responded with a goal just 10 seconds later and then another at 19:27 with an empty Niagara net.After the game Friday, Fritz said his legs “were a little bit heavy at the start,” but once he got going, he was fine.Rohlik said the defensive unit, which only allowed two goals in the series, was as good as it could’ve been.”When you say ‘defense,’ I think that’s all five guys on the ice, and certainly I think it starts on that end,” he said. “We talk about offense, but everything starts from the D-zone. Our guys stepped up in that area — we blocked some shots from our forwards to our (defensemen).”The Buckeyes are slated to finish their homestand with a two-game series against Canisius Friday and Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. in both games.
Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorA week after a devastating 19-18 loss to No. 1 Penn State, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s wrestling team (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will have an opportunity to rebound from the defeat against rival No. 4 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) in a road dual meet at 6 p.m. Sunday.Ohio State lost by one point to the Nittany Lions after taking a 15-5 lead entering intermission, which still looms over the team.“I wanted everyone to hurt, but not that much. I wanted them to hurt because I know you grow from it. But at the same point you don’t want them moping around,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “Last week, there was a lot of pain around this facility.”There are four potential rematches between Ohio State and Michigan wrestlers that first took place at December’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational that could take place Sunday. Ohio State No. 2 Luke Pletcher won by decision against Stevan Micic 7-5, who is now ranked No. 6 at 133 pounds.Buckeye wrestlers No. 3 Bo Jordan and No. 2 Myles Martin also earned decision victories against Wolverines in Las Vegas. Jordan beat No. 6 Myles Amine 6-4 at 174 pounds and Martin defeated No. 5 Domenic Abounader. No. 5 157-pounder Micah Jordan will have a chance to redeem a 10-3 loss at the meet to Michigan No. 7 Alec Pantaleo.“I watched my match a few times, it was pretty tight going into the third period, I think it was a 3-2 match,” Micah Jordan said. “I just got caught in a suck-back and lost some back points, so I definitely be leary of that position, and also excited to wrestle him again.”Micah Jordan is coming off of a 24-9 technical fall win against Penn State’s Bo Pipher. This weekend he hopes to avenge that early-season loss to Pantaleo.Ohio State’s Joey McKenna rose four spots to No. 7 in the latest rankings after beating Penn State’s Nick Lee last week at 141 pounds. McKenna will face Michigan’s only unranked wrestler, which might be Ohio State’s best opportunity to earn additional points with a technical fall or pin.“I believed in myself, believed I could win. Maybe other people didn’t on paper,” McKenna said about his victory against Lee. “Shushing some of the haters, that’s always fun.”Ohio State’s Kollin Moore remains ranked first at 197 pounds despite suffering a surprise loss to unranked Nittany Lion Anthony Cassar, which was the turning point in Penn State’s comeback victory. “He didn’t have the best week of practice,” Ryan said on Moore’s loss to Cassar. “He just didn’t compete the way [he’s] capable of.”Moore will face No. 13 Kevin Beazley for a shot at redemption from the previous week.Not many people give Ohio State top-ranked heavyweight Kyle Snyder trouble on the mat, but he will have his hands full with No. 2 Adam Coon on Saturday. Coon, listed at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, towers over the 5-foot-11 Snyder and has not lost yet this season.Ohio State must quickly knock off the disappointment of losing to Penn State, with nine of 10 matches being against ranked wrestlers.
He added: “No excuse ladies, at our age, we should be in our prime.”I may budge if you’re really pretty and willing to let me whip you into shape by sharing my athletic lifestyle. “Size 12+ is not for me, you may be average in the UK, but just because lots of women are overweight, doesn’t make it right.”He went on to say he would not date anyone with tattoos or women with children, “unless your partner has died, or at least well and truly out of the picture”. “Every situation is different I guess, but I wouldn’t entertain anyone who has been divorced.””Thinking I’ll find someone who matches everything I’m looking for isn’t realistic – I think I would be very lucky if I did, especially as at my age all the best ones are taken.”I’m nearly 30 so I’m down to slim pickings unfortunately.” It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-heartedCllr Dan Fleming 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 building surveyor, who said he has been single for two years, said: “It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-hearted. “I’m happy enough if I get married to a slim, beautiful woman and she puts some weight on after having kids – I wouldn’t really care.” A councillor is facing an online dating backlash after he told would-be dates they should not have tattoos, be overweight or have children – “unless your partner has died”.Labour councillor Dan Fleming told women on dating site Plenty of Fish there was “no excuse” for being larger than a size 12 unless they are “really pretty”.On his 442-word dating profile, the 29-year-old, from Burnley, Lancashire, told would-be sweethearts they should be “slim”. Mr Fleming, who is a Labour councillor for Burnley Wood with Rosehill, added: “There are a lot of single mums on POF (Plenty of Fish) – I’m getting older so it’s to be expected. Cllr Dan Fleming, a building surveyor, has been single for two yearsCredit:Mercury Labour councillor Dan Fleming posted his in-depth dating demands on his Plenty of Fish profileCredit:Mercury
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. Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela StrachanCredit:Jo Charlesworth He also questioned the BBC’s decision not to uphold a complaint about Chris Packham. The presenter was criticised after he called those involved in hunting and shooting “the nasty brigade” and said charities including the RSPB and Wildlife Trust were not speaking out against issues such as fox hunting.Mr Packham’s comments, which were published in his monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine last year, prompted outrage with some claiming he breached impartiality rules and others saying he should be sacked.The BBC Trust’s standards committee launched an investigation but did not uphold the complaints and said no action was required. In its report, it said this was partly because Mr Packham was a freelancer, not a BBC employee, and was not “associated with news or public policy-related output”. An organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is realIan Coghill The BBC has previously been hit by claims its news coverage fails to reflect the wide range of interests outside the country’s cities and towns. An independent review commissioned by the BBC Trust in 2014 found there was a deficit in UK-wide coverage of rural issues in England, but said on the whole there is a broad and comprehensive range of voices. One popular programme focusing on rural life and environmental issues is Countryfile, which boasts a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers. A BBC spokesman said: “Across television, radio and online we cover a wide range of rural issues from many different perspectives in depth and impartially.”We are delighted so many listeners enjoy The Archers and are sure people appreciate it is a drama rather than a documentary.” The BBC is “institutionally biased against the countryside” and is so out of touch “it thinks the Archers is real”, according to the head of a game conservation charity.Ian Coghill, the chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), alleged the corporation is “as far away from the real countryside as it can get”. He criticised the BBC for regarding programmes about wildlife as nothing to do with policy or current affairs and said those who love country sports, such as shooting and fishing, are getting “increasingly disenchanted” with being treated as a “whipping boy” by some elements of the corporation. In a blog for the GWCT website, published last month, Mr Coghill criticised the decision and claimed the BBC is “seen by many as institutionally biased against the countryside”.“[It treats] it as one would expect from an organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is real, probably because it is made in Birmingham, which from a London perspective is practically a village,” he wrote.Regarding Mr Packham’s “gratuitously abusive” comments about “perfectly decent country people”, he said many people had “missed the point” as the issue “is, and always was, the BBC”.He called out the corporation for dealing with Mr Packham as a freelance presenter, meaning he does not have to uphold the same impartiality guidelines despite allegedly providing his services to the BBC for 119 days last year.And he claimed the “real scandal” was the fact programmes the presenter is involved in – including Springwatch and its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch – are not regarded as news or public-policy related. “The BBC Trust is to be thanked for making it clear where it and the BBC stand,” he wrote. “It turns out to be where we always thought but until now were never really able to confirm: as far away from the real countryside as they can get.”
A further 144 areas are deemed in need of improvement, with 53 assessed as performing well and one judged as top performing.The ratings examined stillbirth and neonatal mortality, maternal smoking at the time of delivery, women’s experience of maternity services and women’s choice.Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser at the National Childbirth Trust, said: “These figures starkly highlight areas where improvement is needed. For example, it is very disappointing that in some parts of the country barely half of women get the maternity care of their choice.”However, she said parents-to-be should not use the figures in isolation to decide where to have a baby.”They are baseline ratings which don’t take into account every aspect of care,” she said. Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a significant amount of data which the RCM will need to consider carefully.”I do, however, welcome the openness and transparency in publishing these ratings. This is a positive step and one that could help women to be informed about the quality of services where they live, and empower them to make more informed decisions about their care.”“Hopefully these ratings will be used to help CCGs learn from the best and to improve quality where that is shown to be needed. “Mr Hunt said: “The government has delivered on its commitment to publish Ofsted-style ratings for key NHS services – the result is transparency which will empower patients and ultimately drive up the quality of care.“We want the NHS to be one of the safest places in the world to have a baby and we recently announced an increase in funding, more training and the ambition to halve levels of stillbirth.“There is more to do, but this is the first time we can see in black and white that in the crucial area of CCG spending we are fulfilling our commitment on parity of esteem, with mental health funding rising faster than overall increases.”Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England’s national clinical director for maternity, said: “It has never been safer to give birth in this country and the vast majority of women report a good experience, but there is more that we can do.“The ratings published today will help local areas identify where they are doing well and importantly where improvements can be made – helping to ensure women and their families have a good experience wherever they live.”Meanwhile, new analysis of births published by the Office for National Statistics suggests that middle-class women are having more children than those in traditional working-class jobs.Only 17 per cent of babies born in England and Wales last year were to mothers in “routine” or “semi-routine” occupations, while 50 per cent had mothers classed in white-collar professional, managerial or intermediate positions. Another third either did not work or could not be classified.Among older mothers the distinction was even more marked. The figures also showed a fall in the fertility rate among immigrant mothers.A recent audit of maternity services exposed widespread shortages of hospital consultants on labour wards. Britain has one of the highest levels for stillbirths in the Western world Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA ‘It is very positive that the Government will be listening to disabled people and their parents on how the NHS can better support families when serious issues do occur during birth’James Taylor, disability charity Scope Baby Joshua Titcombe died after hospital staff failed to provide antibiotics for an infection Three quarters of NHS maternity services are failing, according to the first ever Ofsted-style rankings which reveal just one area has been placed in the top category.The data has been published as part of a transparency drive by Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, in an effort to improve Britain’s “shocking” place in international league tables.The UK has higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia, and compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade.The new rankings show that 74 per cent of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are providing services which are in need of improvement.The remainder are deemed to be performing well, with just one area – NHS West Kent – achieving the best ranking.The rankings identify 11 areas as the worst for maternity services. They are: Milton Keynes; South Warwickshire; Wolverhampton; Nottingham City; East Riding of Yorkshire; Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield; South Tees; Bradford Districts; Hull; Slough and South Gloucestershire. Almost half of hospitals had no senior doctors at weekends, while three quarters had no consultants working on maternity units at night. Last week Mr Hunt announced new initiatives which aim to improve the safety record of Britain’s maternity units.The Health Secretary said more than 1,000 babies could be saved each year if every NHS trust could match the performance of the best.Promising extra funding for safety training, and today’s ratings of maternity services, Mr Hunt said the UK had higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia.“We are in the bottom third of a global league table of 164 countries for progress on reduction of stillbirths,” he warned, in a speech in London.Mr Hunt said midwives needed to do more to listen and act when concerns were raised by mothers-to-be.Health officials also published rankings of mental health services. These found 60 per cent of areas were in need of improvement, with 34 per cent performing well and just 6 per cent top performing.Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said: “This new level of local transparency is unprecedented for any mental health service anywhere in the world.”Over the next five years, we want to see major improvements in NHS mental services. These figures for last year transparently lay out the starting baseline against which everyone will be able to judge whether the NHS is getting better in each and every town, city and county across England.”In a speech to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Mr Hunt last week said changes were needed to foster a culture of transparency.“Our stillbirth rates are still amongst the highest in Western Europe and many on the front line say there is still too much of a blame culture when things go wrong – often caused by fear of litigation or worry about damage to reputation and careers.” Last week, a report by the Care Quality Commission found that 37 per cent of maternity services were “inadequate” or “require improvement”.Britain has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the Western world, according to international rankings.In November a national study found half of stillbirths occurred after women contacted maternity units because they were fearful that their baby’s movements had slowed, changed or stopped.The clinical commissioning groups with the worst maternity servicesMilton KeynesSouth WarwickshireWolverhamptonNottingham CityEast Riding of YorkshireDurham Dales, Easington and SedgefieldSouth TeesBradford DistrictsHullSlough and South Gloucestershire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life. Meghan MarkleCredit: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his. “He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done.”He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.” Here is the statement issued by the Communications Secretary to Prince Harry on his girlfriend, Meghan Markle:”Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public.”He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.”He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it.”He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about. 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.