Arizona Cardinals’ Levi Brown, 29, is leaving the team for the Pittsburgh Steelers according to The Associated Press.An anonymous source with knowledge of the deal says Brown is being traded for a conditional draft pick. Once Brown passes a physical, the deal should be final.Brown was the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Cardinals, but failed to live up to expectations. After being moved to different positions; missing all of 2012 season with a torn tricep; and giving up three sacks in their season opener, head coach Bruce Arians lost all faith in the big man.The Associated Press reports that he will be replaced by Bradley Sowell, claimed off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 1. Sowell played in 10 games for Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie last season while Arians was offensive coordinator, then interim head coach.The Steelers’ next game will take place in New York against the Jets on October 13.
We are now less than a week away from almost all pitchers and catchers reporting, and the two biggest free agents on the market — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — have yet to sign. The rumor mill around them continues to swirl, but we’re tired of not knowing for sure where these two will play this year. So we thought we’d take matters into our own hands, instead of simply waiting around for the latest hot-stove updates.To that end, we called on our friends at Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), a strategic simulation game that allows players to put on their general manager hats and run their own teams. We asked them to simulate out the careers of Harper and Machado a bunch of times under scenarios where they sign with a bunch of different teams. Think of it as the multiverse of MLB possibilities that still could play out, depending on where these two superstars end up signing.It’s important to note that this is all guided by the game’s artificial intelligence, so it’s based on a simulation engine primarily intended for fun gameplay.1Though it can be a pretty serious simulation, as far as these things go. Perhaps you’ve heard of the soccer sim Football Manager and its notoriously addictive qualities? OOTP is essentially the same game, except for baseball. Having said all that, in the true spirit of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association, what if …… Machado signs with the White Sox?Frequency: 80 percent of simulations2OOTP ran 25 sample offseasons for us, tracking how often each player signed with which team.Average contract: Eight years for $198 millionSix-year team wins: 78.7 per seasonSix-year WAR: 6.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses divisional series in 2021Machado is one of the brightest stars in the OOTP universe, with an overall rating of 77 out of 80 (using the traditional 20-80 scouting scale). If he were to sign with the White Sox, one of his most frequently rumored suitors in real life, OOTP sees him having a tremendous individual debut in Chicago, putting together an All-Star season worth 6.5 wins above replacement. But the White Sox would have to wait until 2020 to improve as a team, leaping from 63 wins in 2019 to 92 in 2020, with Machado once again having a strong 5.8-WAR season. Chicago would average 92 wins per season in 2020 and ’21, making the playoffs both years, but they would top out with a tough five-game loss in the American League Division Series in 2021, then drop down to 80 wins in 2022 as Machado’s teammates regress.He would average 5.7 WAR per season over the next two years, but the Sox would miss the playoffs both seasons, with Machado opting out of his contract to join the New York Mets on a five-year, $197.5 million deal before the 2025 season. (Chicago would be fine without him, making the American League Championship Series in 2025 and 2026.) In New York, Machado’s individual numbers would decline to an average of 4.1 WAR per season, but he would help the 2028 Mets reach the World Series — where, in classic Mets fashion, they would lose to the Astros in seven games. After bouncing to the Nationals and Rockies in the early 2030s, Machado would retire in October 2032 with a JAWS score of 63.4, which should easily earn him a place in the Hall of Fame.… Machado signs with the Padres?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Eight years for $212 millionSix-year team wins: 83.3 per seasonSix-year WAR: 5.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses league championship series in 2024If Machado were to sign with San Diego, OOTP’s AI thinks that he would make about $14 million more over an eight-year contract than he would with the White Sox. But how would his Padres do on the field? In this universe, Machado would have an incredible initial campaign in Southern California, putting up 7.5 WAR and winning the National League’s MVP in 2019. His team, though, would only improve from 66 to 76 wins, good for third place in the NL West, and Machado would later struggle to repeat his amazing debut season. The simulations have him averaging just 4.1 WAR per season in 2020-21, with the Padres winning only 71 games a year. But in 2022, Machado would bounce back with 5.2 WAR, and San Diego would win 95 games, making the divisional series. It’s part of a three-year playoff surge for the Padres, peaking with 100 wins in 2024 — but that team is projected to crash out of the playoffs with a disappointing five-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers.That offseason, Machado would opt out of his initial contract and sign a five-year, $157.5 million deal with the expansion Memphis Scouts — which are a thing in this universe! — where he would spend the next five seasons playing reasonably well (4.2 WAR per year), but losing so many ballgames would surely give him flashbacks to the horrid 2018 Orioles. The best season of Machado’s final years is forecast to be an out-of-nowhere 4.3-WAR season with the 101-win Cincinnati Reds in 2032, but that team would ultimately lose in the divisional series. In September 2035, Machado would retire from pro baseball as a probable Hall of Famer.… Machado signs somewhere else?While OOTP’s AI thinks Chicago and San Diego are the destinations most likely for Machado, it also forced him onto the Phillies, Yankees and Twins for the sake of the full multiverse. The first two outcomes are about a wash individually, with Machado nearing 7 WAR in his best simulated season for each team and producing roughly the same total WAR (33.9 in New York, 32.6 in Philly). He would also stay longer in each city: seven years with the Phillies before opting out to join the Giants and the full eight-year contract span with the Yankees. But in terms of team performance, Machado wouldn’t win a World Series in either Philadelphia or New York, coming closest with a seven-game ALCS loss in 2022 as part of his Yankees timeline. It’s kind of a sad set of outcomes for a pair of teams that you’d think would offer Machado the greatest chance of team success. As for the Twins, they would be very successful with Machado, winning 90.2 games per season in his five years in Minnesota, including a World Series berth in 2021. But he would also opt out of that contract as early as possible, moving on to sign a massive deal with the Giants. Such is the way of Minnesota sports. So where should each star sign? If these OOTP simulations are any indication, it looks like Harper and the Cardinals would be best off with him playing right field in St. Louis, and Machado should lean toward manning the hot corner for the Padres. But those are but two options in the multiverse of possible outcomes. The only thing that we are 100 percent certain about is that at least one of these teams should sign these guys now. Stars like Machado and Harper shouldn’t still be going into spring training without a deal in place — for their own sake and for the sake of fan bases whose teams can use them to compete this season.Special thanks to Richard Grisham and Out of the Park Developments for their help with this story. Let’s move on to Harper, whose future is more difficult to read than Machado’s. OOTP’s AI predicted that he’d sign with any of four teams — the Giants (64 percent), Cardinals (20 percent), Padres (12 percent) and Dodgers (4 percent) — and that’s not even the full spate of his commonly rumored options. But let’s peer into OOTP’s crystal ball anyway. What if …… Harper signs with the Giants?Frequency: 64 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $175 millionSix-year team wins: 82.1 per seasonSix-year WAR: 3.3 per seasonBest playoff result: No playoffsThe Giants are a weird team that won 73 games last season despite trying to contend, and they do have the need for a corner outfielder like Harper if they want to try it again in 2019. According to OOTP, San Francisco would pay about $15 million to $20 million more over a seven-year deal than Harper’s other potential suitors, and they wouldn’t get much postseason success out of it. They are projected to average 85.5 wins per season over the first four years of Harper’s deal, finishing second in the NL West (and out of the playoffs) each year. They would also get classic inconsistent Bryce: 5.7 WAR in Year 1, followed by 2.2 and 2.9 WAR (both seasons riddled with injuries), then 4.4, and then 0.6 in a terrible 2023 season during which Harper would hit .209, with the Giants crashing to 74 wins.After six up-and-down seasons by the Bay, Harper would sign a four-year, $116.8 million deal with the Brewers. He is projected for a strong season on a playoff-bound Milwaukee team in 2025 but then just 2.1 WAR per year over the next two seasons before opting out early yet again to join … yes, the Yankees. During his inevitable run in pinstripes, Harper would boast an .821 OPS as his Yanks make (and lose) the ALCS in 2028, but he would put up negative WAR over the next two seasons. He would retire at age 38 after being released by New York (and briefly rejoining the Giants). Harper’s final JAWS score of 49.9 would put him right on the edge of the Hall of Fame relative to other right fielders.… Harper signs with the Cardinals?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $151 millionSix-year team wins: 87.2 per seasonSix-year WAR: 4.9 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses World Series in 2027 and 2030This is one of the most successful universes either star free agent had in our OOTP simulations. In this world, the Cardinals would grab Harper for the bargain-bin price of $151 million, and he would stay with them for a total of 12 seasons thanks to another midcareer contract extension. St. Louis would be mostly competitive throughout Harper’s dozen seasons there, averaging 87 wins per year and making the playoffs nine times, including two pennant-winning runs. Harper is projected for 53.4 total WAR in a Cardinals uniform (which would actually rank him just below Ozzie Smith for fifth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard), winning the 2023 NL MVP with a 1.033 OPS and 7.4 WAR. In Harper’s final season as a Cardinal at age 37, OOTP sees St. Louis losing the 2030 World Series to (Machado’s?) White Sox in a heartbreaking seventh game.After leaving St. Louis, Harper would sign a three-year, $62 million deal with the Mets, but a fractured knee would cost him 88 games in his first New York season, and he wouldn’t be the same player afterward, averaging just 1.1 WAR/year in 2032-33. Following an ineffective 51-game stint with the Giants in 2034, Harper would retire as a surefire Hall of Famer with a JAWS score of 69.2.… Harper signs somewhere else?Harper has been linked to so many teams, it’s tough to keep track sometimes. So we asked OOTP to look at the other teams its own AI saw Harper signing with (the Padres and Dodgers), plus the Phillies, White Sox and Harper’s erstwhile team, the Nationals. Of those, the Dodgers easily offer the greatest amount of team glory — in fact, they would basically become a dynasty with Bryce on board, winning the 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 World Series and losing it in 2025 (as Harper would put up 44.3 WAR during seven seasons in L.A.).3Just for good measure, Harper would return to Washington in this Dodgers simulation, after a four-season stint with the Mariners, and would also win the 2030 World Series with the Nats in his age-37 season. Individually, Harper would finish with 98.3 WAR in that universe, edging out his 93.2 WAR in the Cardinals simulation for the best of the options we looked at. The rest offer varying degrees of lesser success from both a team and personal perspective, with the Phillies, Nats and Padres projected to make the playoffs a few times on Harper’s first contract (he would re-up with the Padres and Nationals for the long-term in those simulations) and Harper accumulating just shy of 80 career WAR in each universe.
Members of OSU womens volleyball team celebrate after a play during a game against Florida State on September 6 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to capture its second tournament win in a row this weekend as it heads to Brooklyn, New York, for the Blackbird Invitational.OSU (5-1) is set to take on host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the tournament. The No. 15 Buckeyes are then scheduled to take on two currently undefeated teams on Saturday, playing Syracuse (5-0) at 10 a.m. and No. 13 Arizona (6-0) at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes are riding a five-match winning streak and are coming off a tournament win on their home floor at St. John Arena, defeating then-No. 14 Florida State twice and Northern Illinois once.Coach Geoff Carlston was happy with the way his team stayed steady and worked together, and said he hopes it carries over to this weekend.“I thought we really played well as a unit this weekend,” he said. “Everyone impacted our team and our wins. In that sense, I think we feel really good about the culture we’ve created.”Carlston said his team has confidence after sweeping the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, but his players are trying to remain grounded as they prepare for conference play.“We really try to stay so in the moment because you’re going to have big wins and big losses in the Big Ten,” he said. “Then the next day, you have to be playing another top 25 team.”Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer echoed the sentiments of her coach when she described the team as confident but focused as it heads into another important set of games.“Two undefeated teams are coming into the tournament, so we’re going to have to play our best again,” Schirmer said. “We can’t let our confidence overcloud how hard we’re going to have to work.”Keys to victoryHeading into the Blackbird Invitational, senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said the key will be the intensity of the back-row defenders.“I thought our back-row defenders did a great job of scrapping,” she said. “I mean, they picked up everything that you could possibly throw at them.”In the D.C. Koehl Classic, junior libero Valeria León had 58 digs en route to a second straight all-tournament performance, while sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree added 24.Mitchell also said the presence of the team’s middle blockers was huge for the OSU offense last weekend and she hoped they continue their high level of play.“Having the middles as a constant presence makes the other teams worry about them a little bit more than they usually do, and that opens up our offense,” she said.Sandbothe earns more honorsOne of the middle blockers to whom Mitchell was referring is junior Taylor Sandbothe, who was named a Big Ten co-player of the week alongside sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Washington of Penn State.“She played at another level this weekend and that’s what I talked to her about,” Carlston said. “And it wasn’t just the game, it was her persona, her personality, how she played the game.”Sandbothe was also named the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament MVP after picking up 42 kills on a .521 attack percentage, along with 16 blocks and three aces.What’s next?OSU will wrap up its nonconference schedule by playing in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, on Sept. 18 and 19.
Ohio State Billy Price prepares to snap the ball to J.T. Barrett in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) stood still at No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings after thumping Illinois (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) 52-14 on Saturday.The other Big Ten teams in the rankings are No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State and No. 22 Northwestern. Michigan dropped out of the rankings from No. 24 after losing to Wisconsin 24-10. The Buckeyes will play the Wolverines at noon Saturday.The Buckeyes and the Badgers will face off on Dec. 2 in the Big Ten Championship Game with Ohio State representing the East and Wisconsin the West.The top four in the rankings consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Miami (FL.), No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma. Wisconsin and No. 6 Auburn are the first two out. Here are the full rankings. Alabama Miami (FL.) Clemson Oklahoma Wisconsin Auburn Georgia Notre Dame Ohio State Penn State USC TCU Washington State Mississippi State Central Florida Michigan State Washington LSU Oklahoma State Memphis Stanford Northwestern Boise State South Carolina Virginia Tech
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman (24) looks to pass to a teammate in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team starts its regular season with a matchup against No. 22 South Florida on Tuesday in the Schottenstein Center, the first of six preseason ranked Top 25 matchups. The Buckeyes, who come into the season unranked, have a lot to prove after losing over 90 percent of their scoring output from last year with the departures of guard Kelsey Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper, among others. Finding a new reliable scoring threat will be one of many things the new-look Buckeyes hope to figure out as the season progresses, with Tuesday’s opener as the first official test of a fresh roster. Head coach Kevin McGuff acknowledges there are questions that need answers in regard to the new team, but said he sees it as an opportunity for more players to get involved to help the team win.“We’re still just kind of trying to gel and get things to come together, but we’re going to have to be a really balanced team and we don’t have necessarily that one player that can just go get points,” McGuff said. “We’re going to have to execute well and spread the ball around.” The Buckeyes were able to spread the ball around during their preseason win over IUP Sunday with a 72-50 victory that saw four separate players score double digits: freshman forward Dorka Juhasz, 14, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro, 14, freshman guard Janai Crooms, 12 and freshman forward Aaliyah Patty, 12. A healthy dose of freshman scoring is a good sign for the young team still trying to find its identity. While Ohio State wasn’t entirely consistent all the way through, the young players made their mark on both sides of the ball, with two big steals and a block from Crooms in the second quarter that began to take the life out of IUP. There was also a mixture of older help with the scoring outbreak from Santoro, who hit three 3-pointers within three minutes in the third quarter to keep the momentum in favor of Ohio State. The most ideal situation, McGuff said, is to get all players contributing to the team and ready to make an impact for the best chance at winning, which he saw glimpses of against IUP.Getting another chance to breed chemistry will do the team some good as the season progresses. Santoro believes the team is beginning to work well together. “I think we’re gelling really well,” Santoro said. “We’re friends outside of basketball, and basketball we all work really well together. We all want the best for each other.” This theory will be put to the test against USF, which found itself making an early exit in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season to an upset against No. 11 Buffalo. Shortly after the battle against USF, the Buckeyes will face Detroit Mercy Nov. 9 at home, followed by a trip to Storrs, Connecticut, to face off against t No. 2 UConn, which has gone to 11 straight Final Fours and has won six of them, on Nov. 11. The tests of the season begin heavy with two of the first three matchups against highly-ranked opponents, so the fresh-faced Buckeyes will have to learn fast and work together to show what they are made of.
A former head of the Army has admitted he would not take a controversial anti-malarial drug as he revealed his son had suffered severe depression while prescribed Lariam.Lord Dannatt said side effects of the drug could be “pretty catastrophic” and he apologised to troops who had taken it while he was Chief of the General Staff.He urged the Ministry of Defence to show “generosity” when reaching compensation settlements with hundreds of personnel alleged to have suffered mental health problems after being given the drug during deployments to malaria hotspots. Lord Dannatt also suggested the MoD was afraid of opening the “floodgates” to “very expensive” compensation claims if it admitted the drug had harmed troops.Philippa Tuckman, a military claims lawyer at Hilary Meredith, said thousands of personnel had been harmed.She said: “I hope we will hear that the MoD has finally accepted that Lariam should only be administered in very restricted cases, though it will have taken them far too long to get even to this point.“It is now time for the MoD to accept its past failings and to co-operate with the servicemen and women who have suffered and desperately need help and support to put their lives back together.”Ahmed Al-Nahhas, a lawyer representing veterans at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: “Lord Dannatt’s apology is welcome and obviously stems from personal experience of the damaging effects of this drug on his immediate family.“Unfortunately, for many service personnel that apology will not be enough. Many continue to suffer with serious mental health conditions as a result of the MoD’s failures to safeguard their health.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “The vast majority of deployed personnel already receive alternatives to Lariam and, where it is used, it is only prescribed after an individual risk assessment.”But we have a duty to protect our personnel from malaria and, as the last defence committee report concluded, in some cases, Lariam will be the most effective way of doing that.”It continues to be recommended as safe by Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.”The drug’s manufacturers, Roche, told the BBC it “will continue to work with the Ministry of Defence to ensure that they have all the relevant information to ensure Lariam is prescribed appropriately”. MPs earlier this year criticised the Ministry of Defence for showing “lamentable weakness” in its duty to protect soldiers, sailors and airmen, by ignoring stringent precautions for handing it out.While Lariam is not the main anti-malarial drug used by the armed forces, at least 17,368 personnel were prescribed it at least once between the start of April 2007 and the end of March 2015, according to official MoD figures.Lord Dannatt, who was Chief of the General staff between 2006 and 2009, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his son’s experiences had put him off taking the drug. Because Bertie had that effect, whenever I’ve needed anti-malarial drugs, I’ve said, ‘I’ll take anything, but I’m not taking Lariam’,Lord Dannatt Lord Dannatt was head of the Army from 2006 to 2009Credit:David Moir/Reuters British personnel have regularly been given the drug to deploy to malaria regions such as Sierra LeoneCredit:Tugela Ridley/EPA Lawyers are representing hundreds of former personnel who claim they were wrongly given the drug because they were not given individual risk assessments or warned of side effects.Lord Dannatt said he was “quite content to say sorry” to those troops who had taken Lariam while he was head of the Army.The focus on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which were not malarial areas, meant that evaluating the drug had “slipped off the mainstream radar” and been put on the “backburner”, he suggested. Bertie Dannatt became ill after taking two doses of Lariam to visit Africa as a civilian in the late 1990s.Bertie was not in the Armed Forces at the time but had been prescribed the drug by his father’s Army doctor.Lord Dannatt said if his son had been left untreated “who knows where it would have gone”.He said: “He became extremely depressed, not the person that he would normally be, normally a very bubbly personable individual.“He got very withdrawn and we got very worried about him.”He went on: “Because Bertie had that effect, whenever I’ve needed anti-malarial drugs, I’ve said, ‘I’ll take anything, but I’m not taking Lariam’,” he said. 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.
He has long been classed as one of William Shakespeare’s major rivals and influences, but scholars now believe Christopher Marlowe’s links with the Bard run even deeper.The Elizabethan playwright is to be given credit as a co-writer of the Henry VI plays in a new Oxford University Press edition of Shakespeare’s work.Marlowe, who is famed for penning Doctor Faustus, was suspected to have been involved in writing the three parts of Henry VI as early as the 18th century. However until now he has not received joint credit for the plays in an edition of Shakespeare’s collected works.The forthcoming edition of the New Oxford Shakespeare reflects research by academics using modern computerised tools, which suggest that Shakespeare worked alongside other writers more often than previously thought.The research, by 23 scholars, identified 17 of 44 Shakespeare plays as being co-written by other authors. In contrast, in 1986 the collected works suggested eight of 39 plays were collaborative. The New Oxford Shakespeare is published 27 October, £295 for full set. https://t.co/mGFPZ3ePgm Via @OUPAcademic pic.twitter.com/LQ4OtjMeMZ— Shakespeare Magazine (@UKShakespeare) July 19, 2016 The four volumes of the New Oxford Shakespeare will be published between the the end of October and December. Shakespeare shares credit for his work with other writers in the new edition 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. Dr Gary Taylor, one of the edition’s general editors, said that in the 1980s the suggestion that Shakespeare partnered with other writers prompted outrage, but now there is “empirical evidence” for collaboration.“We have been able to verify Marlowe’s presence in those three plays strongly and clearly enough,” he told the Guardian.“We can now be confident that they didn’t just influence each other, but they worked with each other. Rivals sometimes collaborate.”
A magistrate has been reprimanded after posting a Facebook message about a court case he had overseen.David King, who sits in courts in Portsmouth, south-east Hampshire, was investigated by a watchdog after a complaint.A Judicial Conduct Investigations Office spokesman said judicial heads had concluded that Mr King’s behaviour “fell below the standard expected of a magistrate”.The spokesman said Mr King had been issued with a reprimand.Detail has emerged in a statement posted on the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office website.The statement gave no indication what Mr King’s message had said. 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.
Alicia confided in her GP on July 23 last year and Mitchinson was arrested and questioned. “He said she was intoxicated during the theatre outing and she threw the glass at him and he had to restrain her.”Miss Paul told the jury: “He sought to control her whole life, her work, her sleep pattern her social life. She was, in effect, her husband’s prisoner.”Mitchinson, of Holmdale Road, West Hampstead has pleaded not guilty to one count of controlling or coercive behaviour between January 1 and July 23 2016.He also denies three counts of assaulting Ms Vidler at their home address on dates between January 10 and July 16 2016.He said the demise of Castilium prompted Alicia’s police complaint, which is “fabricated and exaggerated.”The trial continues. She told the trial: “He’d tell me before business meetings: ‘You’re going to have to get through this. You’re probably going to be crippled for life so you have to make this work.'”Guy did not like me being seen with crutches or a walking stick and I’d leave them at reception. Flying makes it much worse, it’s very painful on the plane.”The couple married in July, 2014, but Alicia said there were problems from the start.”He hated me seeing my friends,” she said, “he started asking for the passwords to every electronic device I had.””It terrified me, it gave me no privacy. I felt I was being monitored, my personal thoughts are on them, my bank account details.”I couldn’t get away from him, I couldn’t think straight. It scared me in the end and made me feel incredibly stressed.” Guy MitchinsonCredit:Tony Palmer Caroline Paul, prosecuting, told the jury: “This trial is about a man systematically bullying his wife in order to control her and he became more controlling and violent between January and July, last year.”His wife became his virtual prisoner and he began to interfere with her medical care, forcing her into taking a course of medication when the the side effects were severe.”Ms Vidler was an equity derivatives trader with Deutsche Bank in Sydney before moving to the UK, where she studied for a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College.She was privately-educated at Sydney’s Ascham school and co-founded Mayfair’s Castilium Capital with her husband in January 2012.Mitchinson claims her allegations are invented and simply a way of getting out of the marriage and failing business partnership.However, recalling one row, Ms Vidler told he court: “He smashed a glass on my head and it smashed everywhere, it was the crown of my head and there was glass in my hair and I could feel blood on my head.”I made a run for it and got the front door open and saw the beautiful blue sky and houses, but he got me by the hand and swung me back into the house.”I spent the next five hours trying to get past him, that’s what I was fixated on,” she added. “He said: ‘I’ll not let you do this to our marriage.'”He said: ‘No one is coming to rescue you.’ I begged twenty or thirty times to go to hospital and thought about climbing out the bathroom window, but there is an eighteen foot drop.” A hedge fund boss told his disabled wife to leave her crutches behind to stop them losing clients, a court heard has heard, as he is accused of systematic abuse.Former Deutsche Bank derivatives expert Guy Mitchinson, 38, ran Castilium Capital with wife Alicia Vidler, an ex-Merrill Lynch trader, who says she was a prisoner of her violent husband.The 37-year-old claimed her husband, who denies “systematically bullying” his wife at their Knightsbridge home, smashed a glass over her head during a row.The hedge fund manager ignored his wife’s painful arthritic condition as she rested at their £3.4m home, beating her with a pillow as she rolled herself into a ball, Isleworth Crown Court heard. 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.
Traffic is choc-a-block on the A2 this morning after a lorry believed to be laden with chocolate bars went up in flames.Three out of the four lanes on the London-bound A2 near Bluewater shopping centre in Kent were closed on Thursday morning while fire crews made the scene safe.