In contrast to the parity of the recent past, this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a clear front-runner: the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness Predictions give the Wildcats a 41 percent chance to win it all and finish 40-0. Kentucky’s chances are well ahead of a group of teams — Villanova, Arizona and Wisconsin — that have about a 10 percent chance each.I’ll have a longer take on the Wildcats and this year’s top-heavy bracket on Monday morning. But for now, we wanted to be sure you saw our numbers as soon as they were ready. You can find our interactive here, including the probability of each of the 68 teams invited to this year’s dance advancing to each round of the tournament.The methodology behind our forecasts is largely the same as in past years. Our forecasts have done reasonably well — “calling” the winner of the tournament correctly in two of the past three years. And they’ve been well-calibrated historically, meaning the teams we’ve listed as (for instance) 70 percent favorites have in fact won about 70 percent of the time. We don’t see a lot of reason to mess with our system.At the core of the forecasts is a power rating for each team estimated from a composite of five computer-generated power rankings and two human rankings. By nature, our rankings are pretty conservative since they blend information from several different systems together.1You might consider deviating from them when filling out your bracket so as to have less duplication with others in your pool. These are the five computer systems we use:ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI). (Specifically, we use the variant of BPI called PVA, which translates team ratings into point spreads.)Ken Pomeroy’s pythagorean ratings.Jeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings.Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings.Sonny Moore’s power ratings.The two human rankings are:The selection committee’s 68-team S-curve — that is, how it ranked the teams from 1 to 68 before placing them in the bracket.Preseason rankings from the Associated Press and the coaches poll.2The AP and coaches polls are weighted equally. The seven systems are weighted equally and adjusted to be on a common scale.3Specifically, they’re normalized to have the same mean and standard deviation. Here are how the various systems rated the North Carolina Tar Heels as of Sunday evening,4The Sonny Moore power ratings had not been updated to reflect Sunday’s play as of our publication deadline on Sunday night. We used Saturday’s ratings instead and adjusted them to reflect Sunday’s games based on the change in each team’s Sagarin rating from Saturday to Sunday. for example:While all of the Tar Heels’ ratings are pretty close, their worst one is from where the committee placed them on the S-curve, 13th, suggesting that they were slightly underseeded. Their best rating comes from their preseason ranking, by contrast. We know it might seem unusual to blend preseason rankings with six other systems that rank a team’s current form, but there’s a long history of teams reverting to preseason expectations in the postseason. That included last season, when UConn and Kentucky, who were rated highly before the season, overcame a middling regular season to meet each other in the national championship as No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Maybe North Carolina can do something similar this year.The ratings are then adjusted for two factors:Injuries and other player absences. For instance, Louisville’s rating is harmed by the absence of Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the team after police charged that he raped two women. (He has pleaded not guilty.) Teams will also get credit in our system if they have key players back for the tournament who missed part of the regular season. (The adjustments are based on Sports-reference.com win shares.)Travel distance from the team’s home campus to the tournament site. A team that has to travel across the country to play a tournament game can face the equivalent of a 2- or 3-point disadvantage against one playing close to home. Essentially, it’s playing a road game.We’ll be updating the bracket at the conclusion of every batch of games. You may also see some minor changes before the First Four tipoff in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday night, based on the availability of new injury information and power ratings.Teams’ power ratings also change at the end of each game. If a No. 13 seed upsets a No. 4 seed, that’s a sign the team was underestimated originally, and our program will boost its rating for the rest of the tournament. If a No. 2 seed needs overtime to get by a No. 15 seed despite being a 30-point favorite, its rating will go down.However — this is a new feature this year — you’ll be able to “rewind” the bracket to see what our forecast said about each team at the conclusion of each day of play.Anything else new this year? The big news is that we’re going to be forecasting the women’s tournament for the first time. Those numbers will go up Tuesday morning.On the men’s side, there are a couple of methodological changes, but they’re very minor:In calculating the effect of injuries, win shares are now adjusted for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay State.If a team wasn’t ranked at all in the preseason poll, we now estimate its strength using last year’s Sagarin rating, regressed to the mean.5Specifically, we regress to the mean of unranked teams. It almost always helps a team to have been ranked somewhere — even in the “also receiving votes” category — instead of receiving a mean-reverted Sagarin rating instead. Much more to come Monday and over the next three weeks. Happy bracketing!Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 16, 2:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misidentified ESPN’s Basketball Power Index as the “basketball percentage index.”
OSU sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo holding the ITA national indoor championship trophy. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor the second time in her career, Ohio State sophomore, No. 1-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Women’s National Indoors Champion after defeating University of North Carolina senior, No. 4-ranked Hayley Carter 6-1, 6-1.Di Lorenzo had won the title in the previous season as a freshman and had also won the ITA All-Americans tourney, making this victory her third ITA title in only her second season of play.The match began with an incredibly close game. On Carter’s serve, Di Lorenzo and Carter swapped points back-and-forth until the game went to deuce. After a first-serve fault, Di Lorenzo was able to pounce on the second serve and win the opening game. The match would be all Di Lorenzo’s from there.The Buckeye went on to win each of the next three games, including two that went to a deuce and one of Carter’s own serves.The fifth game, however, was all Carter. The only point she allowed was on the third serve of the match when Carter double-faulted, bringing the score to 30-15. But two more first-serve points helped Carter secure her first victory of the set. It would be her only victory as Di Lorenzo went on to win each of the next games, going to deuce in each of them.The second set was more of the same. After an opening victory in the first game of the second set, Di Lorenzo lost the second game after falling behind 40-15 when Carter was serving. But DiLorenzo bounced back in a strong way, scoring four straight points, including two aces to finish the match and shutout Carter.The next two games in the set went to deuce points, but Di Lorenzo won each of them. She then claimed a victory over Carter in what would prove to be Carter’s final serving game of the set after Di Lorenzo went up 40-30.The final game of the match followed suit with the dominant performance Di Lorenzo displayed all match. Though she lost the first point of the game, she won each of the next four points and claimed the title.At the end of the game, the statistics reflected an overwhelming victory for Di Lorenzo. She won 58 percent of the points played, including five out of eight break points she played in (62 percent). She was also able to hold off her opponent in all breakpoint situations, saving the game all four times she was down 30-40.
With four of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the 2013 Big Ten Championships this weekend, the road to a conference title will not be an easy one for the Ohio State wrestling team. The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a 5-3 record in Big Ten play this season, earning victories against Michigan, No. 14 Illinois, No. 23 Wisconsin, Indiana and No. 16 Northwestern while suffering losses to three higher-ranked opponents – No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Iowa. They did not face No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State or Purdue. “We have to perform to our best,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “The Big Ten is stacked with five of the top teams in the nation. It’s a smaller bracket so there’s going to be more of a chance for one team maybe than others. It’s going to be tough.” OSU is one of only four teams to have a seeded wrestler in each weight class. Six Buckeyes were voted in by the conference’s coaches as top five preliminary seeds for the championships. Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber (133) and his younger brother Hunter Stieber earned No. 1 pre-seeds after going undefeated in the regular season. Logan Stieber, who missed most of January with a leg injury, posted an impressive 19-0 record and will be in search of his second consecutive Big Ten title. Hunter Stieber boasted a 27-0 record and led the team with 10 major decisions. “I feel pretty good (about the tournament),” Hunter Stieber said. “It’s the end of the year so it’s exciting. This is what we’ve been training for all year. I’m ready for it. I’m excited to wrestle.” Earning No. 4 pre-seeds were redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). Heflin holds an overall record of 12-3 while Campolattano went 15-8. Senior Nikko Triggas (125) and sophomore Cam Tessari (149) were awarded No. 5 pre-seeds after finishing the regular season with records of 17-10 and 13-7, respectively. Rounding out the lineup for OSU are redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), freshman Mark Martin (165) and freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello who earned sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth pre-seeds, respectively. Coach Tom Ryan said that in order to have a shot at a conference championship, the team will have to improve the way it trains. “Overall, I just think it’s discipline, that’s definitely a problem for us,” Ryan said. “The discipline of rest, the discipline of warming up right, the discipline of being ready to compete at a high level. We have to do all the little things right.” Redshirt sophomore Matthew O’Hara (174) agreed that the team needs to work on some areas but feels confident that it can come out of the tournament victorious. “Conditioning has been kind of a problem for some people, so we’ll have to work on that,” O’Hara said. “We’ll have to get that under control. But we definitely have the talent, so it’s definitely in our grasp. We’ll be able to do it.” The Buckeyes’ first match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Big Ten Championships will conclude on Sunday.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — For four years, J.T. Barrett was the man. The Ohio State football team followed the quarterback everywhere he went and the city hung on his every word.Now as he prepares to take a shot in the NFL, everything has flipped. A crop of 15 to 20 reporters circled around the podium on which Barrett spoke, but the attention paled in comparison to the media circus three podiums away encapsulating former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the player who led the team which Barrett beat in his final collegiate game.When asked whether if it felt weird to not be the center of attention, he took a long look over his right shoulder at the throng of journalists surrounding Darnold, then simply said, “Nah, I’m good.”He no longer must worry about the spotlight he could never seem to avoid at Ohio State.Despite setting the all-time Big Ten records for total offensive yards (12,697) and touchdown passes (104), holding 34 school records and becoming the first three-time team captain in program history, Barrett might not have a spot in the NFL. Teams have plenty of questions about his arm strength, pocket presence and ability to play in a professional offensive system.But Barrett said he does not pay much attention to draft experts or their projections. Instead, he is focused on finding a team willing to prove its belief in the quarterback by selecting him in the NFL draft.“I feel like if you’re going in the first round or you’re going in the seventh round, I think at the end of the day, that’s what you want,” Barrett said Friday at the NFL combine. “So you need one opportunity to showcase who you are as a football player and as a person. Like I said, I just need one opportunity, one team to believe in me and go show them who I am.”Given Barrett’s experience as a four-year starter, there should not be many questions about his strengths and weaknesses. Scouts and general managers can watch 44 starts and an Ohio State-record 38 wins.In those victories, Barrett often found success behind center when utilizing his vision and power in the run game, and he hopes to translate that pocket mobility to the NFL.“Strengths are being able to extend the plays, have the ability to run the ball, not just standing in the pocket like a light post,” Barrett said. “I’m going to move around, be able to make throws on the run. Elevate the game of the people around me.”Some have questioned whether he will switch positions at the professional level. Barrett said no team has asked him to play another position, saying “it’s all been about quarterback.”Instead, he has been working at quarterback in Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the combine and the draft. Barrett has worked heavily to increase his footwork and timing.“When you look at great you look at great throws, you first starting off with footwork,” he said. “You talk about somebody’s arm, but at first, you have to have your feet in place to make those throws, so I’m working on that constantly.”Barrett will be the latest in a long line of former Ohio State quarterbacks — including recent Buckeye signal-callers Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and Troy Smith — to head to the NFL. He said he talks to Jones every couple days and saw Miller once in Columbus. Barrett said the NFL veterans told him to be himself and to enjoy the process rather than let it stress him out. That becomes key if Barrett slides further than he anticipates.Less stress comes with being a low-round pick. But with that comes a greater doubt.This year, though, Barrett dealt with hordes of skeptics who favored Dwayne Haskins replacing him. He has faced these questions many times before. They don’t bother him.“How much faith do I have in myself? Uh, I have have some confidence,” Barrett said with a smile. “I think, I don’t know, I’m not the type to voice it. I want to showcase it on the field. So with that, that’s what I plan to do. I think I did a good job preparing and trying to be ready for this moment. I have confidence in myself.”Barrett’s physical tools might never match those of the quarterback who he peeked at over his right shoulder, but that confidence and his leadership have a chance to place him on an NFL 53-man roster.
West Ham are allegedly discussing with Italian club Lazio for their attacker Felipe Anderson, but midfielder Don Hutchison has raised his personal concerns about the potential transfer.Hammers have offered a bid worth over £35million for the Brazilian and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are now in talks with Lazio about trying to negotiate a summer deal for the 25-year-old, according to Daily Mail.Nevertheless, former Irons midfielder Hutchison has described him as “very lazy” at times and feels he could be a slightly risky signing. The 25-year-old right-winger has netted four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season.“This lad so much ability, I’ve commentated on him a dozen times, not many good games,” Hutchison wrote on his personal Twitter account.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“He needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly, then he could come good.” This lad so much ability,I’ve commed on him a dozen times,not many good games. He Needs to work so much harder!!!!! Very lazy but if West Ham can get a bit of fire in his belly,then he could come good?— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 31, 2018
Alan Shearer has reacted to Liverpool 2-1 victory against Tottenham, stating that he is “worried” about Liverpool’s strong start to the season, adding that the Reds are yet to hit top gear.Liverpool dominated 100 per cent to start the new campaign on Saturday afternoon as they grabbed a 2-1 victory at Tottenham in order to keep their joint spot at the top of the table.While talking about the Match of the Day on Saturday evening, Shearer said, according to The Sports Review:“Liverpool definitely deserved it but the worrying thing is they weren’t even at their best. If they had been, they could have probably scored six or seven.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They should have had a field day because their pressing at times was excellent and they pressured Tottenham into making mistakes.”Coming up next for the Reds is their Champions’ League group stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Anfield.Also, Liverpool plans to go one step further this season after they got to the final but lost to Real Madrid last term.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, November 28, 2016 – Police investigating an accident that occurred on Saturday 26th November 2016 that killed a man on Grand Turk have arrested a 55 year-old male on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. At 10:04 pm Police and Emergency Medical Services responded to a report on Hospital Road where a complainant stated that a man who was crossing the road was knocked down by a silver truck. The man, 50 year-old Jacques Delzins of Haiti, was later pronounced dead by a doctor. The driver of the truck was later seen and arrested. Anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not yet spoken to the police by calling the Grand Turk Police Station 946-2299. Related Items:
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Key EventsTravellers return to popular park for SECOND time in nine days13:02Thieves in getaway car hurl stolen dog through car window12:20Biker in his 20s suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries after hitting wall11:4123:19That’s all for todayThanks for being with us. We’ll be bringing you the latest news, weather, travel updates and more from 7am tomorrow. 23:18Who has Staffordshire’s Wes Nelson been paired up with on Love Island? And will she be stolen from him?The highly-anticipated launch episode of this year’s Love Island has now aired – and viewers have met Staffordshire contestant Wes Nelson on ITV2 for the first time.Air hostess Laura appeared to instantly fancy cheeky footballer Wes, stepping forward in the hope of being paired up with him – despite already being partnered up with doctor Alex.Catch up on everything that happened here.Wes Nelson, from Staffordshire, is preparing to enter the villa. (Image: ITV)23:09Woman taken to hospital after fire hits two bungalowsA woman has been taken to hospital after a fire which struck two bungalows this evening.Fire crews from Cannock, Stafford and Penkridge were called at 5.46pm and were on scene for three hours.The full extent of the damage to the properties in Penkridge, near Stafford, has not yet been revealed.We will bring you more information on this incident as we get it.Read the full report here.22:46Inquest due after biker killed in early-morning crashThe inquest is due to take place tomorrow of a biker killed in a crash with a lorry.Mark Oarton was pronounced dead at the scene following the early-morning collision.The 56-year-old, of Astbury Lane Ends, Congleton, had been riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle when he collided with a white Mitsubishi truck on the A523 in Rudyard on April 21 last year. Read the full story here.20:12Firefighters called as smoke in Alsager causes neighbours nuisanceA fire crew from Alsager was called to Meads Road this evening, after reports of significant quantities of smoke in the area.Firefighters arrived just after 5.03pm.A spokesman from Alsager fire station said: “A large quantity of garden refuse was being burnt. It was extinguished using a hose reel jet, as the smoke was deemed a nuisance. Advice was provided to the occupiers.”20:02Holidaymakers warned about travelling to TurkeyStunning Turkey has been a popular destination for Staffordshire holidaymakers for donkey’s years.Whether visiting the Wonders of the Ancient World in Bodrum or exploring the busy streets of Istanbul, it’s at the top of many travellers’ wish lists.But unfortunately Turkey shares a border with some of the World’s most unstable countries, as well as experiencing its fair share of political upheaval itself.And there is potential turmoil predicted for this summer, so if you’ve got a holiday booked, you’ll want to know if it’s going to be safe.Read our report for all you need to know. You should avoid crowds and demonstrations (Image: AP)19:14Couple finally tie the knot – after fire forces wedding party to evacuate town hallA couple had a wedding day to remember – after they were forced to evacuate the venue just as the bride was about to make her way down the aisle.Darren Culshaw was mortified when more than 40 guests were told to get out of Hanley Town Hall this afternoon, just as his fiancé Gia Williams stepped through the door.The alarm was raised at 2.10pm after reports of smoke coming from the basement. But after an anxious wait it was confirmed that a small fire had been started outside and the ceremony was allowed to go ahead.Read the full story here.Darren and Gia Culshaw were happily married at Hanley Town Hall in the end! (Image: Stoke Sentinel Copyright)19:04Man charged over crash which killed ‘beautiful’ Amy, 22A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving 11 months after a 22-year-old woman died in a horror crash.Keiron Birchall, aged 27, is also accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and other offences following the early-morning smash in Onecote, near Leek, last summer.Former Westwood College student Amy Savage was a passenger in the red Volkswagen Passat when it hit a wall and overturned on the B5053 Bottom Lane, at the junction with Blakelow Road and Fairview Road, at 7.05am on July 2.Amy, from Cheddleton, was pronounced dead at the scene.Read the full story here. Amy Savage was pronounced dead at the scene18:44Man dies after fire breaks out in living roomA man has died after a fire broke out at his home in the early hours of the morning.Crews had been called to the address in Highfields, Stafford, at 6.45am on Saturday (June 2).Firefighters pulled the man free but he was confirmed dead at the scene.An investigation has now revealed the blaze started in the living room after smoking materials were ‘disposed of carelessly’.Read the full report here.18:27Longton stand-off has ‘concluded peacefully’Staffordshire Police have confirmed that the incident at a property on Marlow Road, in Longton, has now ‘concluded peacefully’.A spokesman added: “Thank you to the community for their support and patience.”18:15Armed police at scene of stand-off which has been going on for over two hoursArmed police are at the scene of a stand-off in Longton – which has now been going on for over two hours.A cordon is in place on Marlow Road in Longton, as officers negotiate with a ‘distressed man’ at a house.The incident has been going on since just before 3pm today. Police and ambulance vehicles have been spotted nearby on Marlow Road and St Mary’s Road.Read the full report here. Armed police observing the incident in Longton (Image: Stoke Sentinel Copyright)17:21Reports of collisions in Stoke and NewcastleWe’ve had reports of two different incidents causing hold-ups across Stoke and Newcastle this evening. The A52 Glebe Street Southbound is partially blocked with heavy traffic, due to an incident near Kingsway, by the Glebe pub. There’s also a collision on the A53 Newcastle Road, with the road partly blocked in both directions, near Rock Lane. This one is affecting traffic between Loggerheads and Blackbrook. We’ll keep you updated as we have more information. 17:14This is all that remains of zipline after arsonists strike at popular children’s play areaPolice are hunting arsonists who torched a popular children’s play area.Firefighters were called after a zipline was set alight in the playground Cheddleton late on Saturday night.Residents living nearby had dialled 999 after spotting smoke and flames coming from the Cheadle Road site at 11.35pm.Read the full story here. Part of the zipline was torched on Saturday night13:02KEY EVENTTravellers return to popular park for SECOND time in nine daysTravellers have set up camp on a popular park – for the second time in nine days.The latest caravans moved onto The Wammy, in Knutton, last night – just two days after the last group of travellers left.And it is only two weeks since gypsies took over playing fields on the other side of Lower Milehouse Lane.Now residents are calling for Newcastle Borough Council – which owns the sites – to put up better fencing to stop them getting on the fields.Read more.12:23Roaches fireStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a large blaze at the Roaches, near Leek, last night.Two crews from Leek are currently dealing with a fire measuring 50m x 50m of moorland on fire in Roach Road. Back packs and beaters in use. 12:20KEY EVENTThieves in getaway car hurl stolen dog through car window (Image: Google Maps)Thieves hurled a stolen dog through a car window and onto a busy road – just moments after pinching the animal from a house.Passers-by looked on in horror as the animal was chucked from the vehicle in Park Lane, Knypersley.It had been pinched just moments earlier from a house on the same street.Read more.11:41KEY EVENTBiker in his 20s suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries after hitting wallA motorbiker in his 20s has suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after a serious crash. Police and paramedics discovered the man’s motorbike had left Ferndown Drive, in Clayton, and crashed into a wall. It happened at 5.50pm yesterday.A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers found the motorcyclist had left the road and been involved in a collision. The casualty was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance and he has suffered life-changing injuries.” Read more. 10:53Crewe trafficA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound clear before the roadworks at the Crewe Green roundabout. 10:30Virgin TrainsDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Nuneaton and Stafford due to signalling problem.09:52A34 Newcastle Roadraffic easing on A34 Newcastle Road Northbound between Child’s Lane and Watery Lane. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.09:08A50 Stoke-on-TrentLane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down car on A50 Eastbound between A5005 (Longton / Dresden) and A50 / Upper Normacot Road, congestion on A50 to A5005 / Baths Road / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton). Police are at scene dealing. Delays are easing. 08:31LongtonGas main work and restrictions on A5007 Market St between The Strand and A5007 Uttoxeter Rd.Various lane closures and overnight closures throughout the works. Until 12th October. 08:15M6 CheshireOne lane is blocked and traffic is slow due to a broken down car on the M6 northbound between junction 17, Crewe, and junction 18, Middlewich, in the roadworks area. Lane three, of three, is blocked within the roadworks area.08:08A53 Elder RoadVery slow traffic on A53 Elder Road Westbound at Cobridge Traffic Lights.07:52A50 Stoke-on-TrentHeavy traffic on the A50 in both directions between the Sideway Roundabout and Upper Normacot Road.07:51A500 D Road Very slow traffic on A500 D Road Westbound at M6 J15 / A519 Newcastle Road, congestion on A519 to Drayton Road. 07:23A50 UttoxeterQueueing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road, congestion to A522 near Uttoxeter and Uperr Tean. There are lane restrictions in place.Find out what happened when this M6 driver was caught on a phonePolice officers stopped a driver on the M6 this morning (June 4) after they spotted him using his mobile phone – they then found a catalogue of other issues. The Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG), which covers almost 400 miles of motorway, stopped the motorist on the M6 southbound between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 13, Stafford South, at around 6.20am. While they originally clocked the driver on his mobile phone a roadside breath test then found the man was around two and a half times the legal alcohol limit. Read more.Weather forecastAfter a foggy start today is set to be a warm but cloudy day in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.The Met Office forecasts there is around a 10 per cent chance of rain at 11am with less than five per cent for the rest of the day. Temperatures are set for highs of 20 °C and lows of 12 °C with the pollen count as high. The forecast says: Misty low cloud will lift and break in the west, but it may stay cloudy in the east throughout the day. There will be some sunny spells in the west, but these may trigger on or two heavy afternoon showers. 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IP set-top vendor Amino returned to operating profitability last year, posting gross profits of £14.5 million (€17 million), up 16% for the full year ending November 30.Chairman Keith Todd said the company was taking advantage of the increasing popularity of IP-based TV services from both traditional pay TV operators and pure OTT providers. The company has seen particularly strong growth in North America and also in western Europe, where it secured deals with Telecom Italia for the Cubovision service and, more recently, with Vodafone Netherlands for IPTV set-tops.Full year revenue was up 18% to £51.8 million, while EBITDA rose by €3.8 million to €4.4 million.“Amino has delivered a good performance in what has undoubtedly been a challenging year for the global technology industry,” said Todd. “This year Amino has returned to operating profitability, delivered improvements in margin, generated encouraging revenue growth and significantly strengthened its cash position. All of this has been enabled by a rigorous focus on operational management and by the market’s growing acceptance of our stronger, simplified product range.”