When the New York Knicks were a force in the mid 1990s, with Pat Riley as coach and Patrick Ewing leading the way, there was dissension within the locker room. Anthony Mason wanted more shots. Greg Anthony wanted more playing time. Charles Oakley wanted more money. And that was just the half of it.John Starks wanted the ball at the end of the game. Ewing wanted Charles Smith to play stronger. Smith wanted plays called for him. Derek Harper wanted to fight, or at least was willing to at any moment. They were a collection of egos with separate agendas. And yet they won.The difference between the Knicks of the mid-’90s and the Knicks of today who are losing, bickering and apparently clueless on how to extract themselves from the malaise? The coach.Riley was a street fighter as a kid growing up in upstate New York, not the polished model always runway ready. By the time he got to the Knicks, he had less interest in stylish clothes (although he still put it together), and more excitement about the challenge of meshing the collection of misfits into a unit that came together once the ball was thrown up.And he did it because he had their respect. He had won with the Lakers of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which gave him immediate cache in the locker room. But Riley, truth be told, was the toughest of all the Knicks. He instilled a fighter’s mentality into his team, starting in his first practice, when he allowed Xavier McDaniel and Anthony Mason to fight it out, MMA style, while teammates stood around in a circle and watched.Message delivered. The Knicks were going to be tough. Fighters. That mentality got them to the Eastern Conference finals and one game from the NBA championship in 1994.Derek Fisher, another smart, tough guy, has to impose his personality, playing style and will onto his team. It’s tougher for a first-year coach to do so, especially when some of the players make more money and believe they are beyond reproach. But enough about Carmelo Anthony.Seriously, though, Fisher faces perhaps the biggest challenge of any coach in the NBA. He’s breaking into the ranks in New York, where the scrutiny is more intense than anywhere else. He’s doing it with a few players who have been borderline malcontents elsewhere and he’s doing it with his star player at the center of the tumult.Ewing almost always was above the fray during his Knicks glory years. He became more assertive as a leader as he aged, and when he spoke, the team took heed. He had respect.Does not seem as if Anthony is looked at in a similar fashion. Losing magnifies any blemishes within a team, so it’s prudent to not take what’s going on now as Armegeddon (one of Riley’s refrains). But the word that Anthony and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. got into an argument on the court that carried into the locker room is emblematic of a team that is losing and does not know how to handle it.Not that they should be gracious losers; show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a perennial loser. But Fisher, a five-time champion who made significant shots in those title runs, has to shelve the “Triangle offense,” shake up the lineup, sit down the non-producers, challenge each individual and hypnotize them, if necessary. The Knicks have lost nine straight games, most in ugly fashion. They are 4-20, the worst start in franchise history. Their talent, especially in the Eastern Conference, should reap more. Much more. And in sports, it always comes back to the coach, fair or not.“Maybe (we should) have another meeting if it is somebody in here that’s putting the stuff out there,” Anthony about the turmoil. “We need to figure that out and diffuse that because we don’t need that right now, especially when we’re losing basketball games.”Adding to the mess is that Anthony suffered a knee injury and reports surfaced that he might require knee surgery. That means it could get even worse for Fisher and his team before it gets better. A lot of any turnaround will fall on Fisher. And to think: If Steve Kerr had accepted Phil Jackson’s offer, he’d be suffering through this madness. Surely, somewhere in the recesses of his mind, Fisher wishes Kerr had.
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick (7) eludes Clemson’s Keith Adams for a short gain in the first quarter of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
Being a well-known, good NFL quarterback is such a reliable path into the announcing world that 81 percent of retired QBs who threw at least 3,000 passes and were at least a half-standard deviation better than average4PFR’s passing indices are set up so that every 15 points represents a standard deviation in performance, so these would be QBs with a career index of 107.5 or better. eventually made their way into a broadcast booth. (The only notable holdouts in the modern era are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and — yes, he was that good — Jeff Garcia.)Few quarterbacks-turned-announcers had outright bad careers. For instance, former New York Giant Jesse Palmer — who worked as a Fox NFL analyst in 2006 — hardly played, and was terrible when he did see the field, but Palmer was the exception (this chart does not account for the name-recognition he gained by being on the “The Bachelor”). For the most part, ex-QBs are tapped for broadcasting jobs after playing at an above-average level, usually over the course of a career that spans a decade or more. (The average QB/announcer in my sample threw about 3,200 passes in 11 pro seasons, with a lifetime passing index of 104.)Romo more than qualifies to join that group — he had a career passing index of 116 over 4,335 attempts. And although Cutler was more average (literally so: his career passing index was exactly 100), he also maintained that level of performance over a long enough career to fit within the general sweet spot for ex-QBs who announce.In other words, it would have been surprising if Cutler and (especially) Romo hadn’t gone into broadcasting. And, given what we know about the “announcer belt” of quarterbacks clustered above average in the chart, we can even make some educated guesses about other current QBs who might trade in their cleats for a microphone someday. For example, with a career passing index of 106, Carson Palmer is well within the statistical profile of a future announcer. The same goes for Matt Schaub (108), Matt Ryan (110) and Philip Rivers (112). But there is a point at which a QB can be too good for us to know whether they’ll accept a broadcasting role in retirement. Active adjusted efficiency leader Aaron Rodgers (120) may fit into that category, as might Tom Brady (118); at 115, Drew Brees is right on the fence.Romo and Cutler, though, have already committed to that path. Now the only question left is whether their announcing careers will be more like Dan Fouts and Troy Aikman’s — two former QBs generally regarded among the best commentators on TV — or like that of Joe Montana, who lasted only one uncomfortable season as an analyst before leaving the stage. In about three months, we’ll find out. It seems as if quarterbacks are fleeing the hazards of the NFL for the announcing booth en masse this off-season. First, there was CBS’s surprising move last month to replace longtime lead analyst Phil Simms (himself an ex-QB) with Dallas Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo, despite Romo’s having no broadcasting experience. Then, just last week, notoriously reticent Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler announced he was retiring to join Fox as a commentator.Romo and Cutler will face a steep learning curve in their first seasons behind the mic. But they do have one thing going for them: Each fits the profile of the ex-player-turned-broadcaster very well. For starters, they played quarterback, a position that’s disproportionately represented among NFL announcing rosters; of the 507 people listed by Wikipedia as current or former major-network1This includes all networks that broadcast NFL games: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN (Monday Night Football, plus Sunday Night Football prior to 2006) and the NFL Network. NFL broadcasters, 53 (or 10.5 percent) were former QBs. (For comparison’s sake, only 3.6 percent of all NFL players were quarterbacks in 2016,272 of the 1,996 players who logged at least one game last season. and that’s not even considering the nonplayers vying for announcing gigs.)And even among quarterbacks, Romo and Cutler are in the sweet spot for commentators, combining the right amount of success and longevity to fit the second-career-in-television profile. In the chart below, I plotted out every quarterback to throw 120 or more passes in the NFL and AFL since 1945, according to their adjusted net yards per attempt index,3For seasons prior to 1969, when QB sacks were first recorded, I used adjusted yards per attempt index, which includes all nonsack statistics. (Pro-Football-Reference.com’s pet metric for measuring passing efficiency relative to the league, where an average passer has a score of 100) and their lifetime passing attempts:
With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history.
After an absolutely scorching first three rounds of the 2015 Masters, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to finish off his first major championship victory. Giving the performance even more historical import, Spieth’s 72-hole score of 270 — 18 strokes under par — tied Tiger Woods’s 1997 record for the lowest score in the tournament’s long history. It was undoubtedly one of the most dominant performances ever seen at Augusta National.But was it the most dominant? Relative to the field, probably not, because not all 72-hole scores are created equal.When Woods shot his 270, the average player to make the cut in the Masters shot a 3-over-par 291, which ranks 31st-lowest out of the 79 Masters staged since the tournament began in 1934. Woods’s score, then, was 21 strokes better than the field average for players who completed all 72 holes, the fourth-best mark relative to the field in Masters history. (No. 1 was Cary Middlecoff, whose 279 was 24.8 strokes better than average in 1955, two years before the tournament instituted a 36-hole cut.)In 2015, the field averaged a 72-hole score of 285.6, 2.4 strokes better than par — the third-lowest average in tournament history — meaning the typical player in this year’s Masters took 5.4 fewer strokes than in Woods’s record-setting year. In turn, Spieth’s 270 was only 15.6 strokes better than the field average, a mark that ranks just 42nd among 72-hole scores since 1934.In fairness to Spieth, 37 of the 41 players ahead of him on that list put up their scores before the Masters started cutting the field down after 36 holes in 1957. Before that, scores such as Charles Kunkle’s 340 in 1956 polluted the overall field averages, making top-of-the-leaderboard performances look far better by comparison. But even if we limit our sample of tournaments to 1957 and later, Spieth’s -15.6 mark relative to the field ranks fifth-best, trailing not only Woods’s in 1997, but also Masters wins by Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson:The rest of the field was so good this year that a record four players shot 11-under-par or better, and 58 percent of all players who made the cut broke par. Even without including Spieth’s 270, the rest of the field averaged a score of 285.9, the third-lowest 72-hole average for non-winners since 1957:This doesn’t take much shine off Spieth’s week at Augusta, of course. He’s only 21, the same age as Woods in 1997; Nicklaus was 25, Floyd was 33 and Mickelson was 39 when they posted superior performances relative to opponents playing the same course under the same conditions. But as long as par isn’t what the typical player shoots, the field average should always be taken into account when comparing scores across tournaments and eras — and in Spieth’s case, that slightly lowers the historical significance of his 2015 performance.
After losing three of its last four games, the Buckeye men’s soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 win over Oakland (Mich.) University Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State scored its first goal midway through the first half, which allowed them to play with more confidence than they had during the recent downturn. “That’s one of our first goals we’ve scored in the first half this year,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “Early goals makes things so much more comfortable. To get that goal was awesome.” The opening goal came in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Scales that found the forehead of the team’s leading scorer, Konrad Warzycha, for his sixth goal of the season. Scales said that he had been working on driving the ball in from the corner instead of bending it in like he had previously. “Konrad’s a big old guy,” Scales said. “It’s pretty easy to find him in there.” OSU coach John Bluem said he thought the game was a little flat, but was ultimately happy his players were able to get a win after a tumultuous stretch. “I hope that we can build from this game,” Bluem said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but the second half early goal like that sure took a lot of the pressure off and made it easy for us.” During the week, Bluem said the main symptom of his team’s struggles came from the lack of scoring up front by the forwards. After not being in the starting lineup, forward Chris Hegngi netted the team’s second goal 21 seconds into the second half. “It’s good for his confidence,” Bluem said. “He didn’t start tonight and maybe that was the fire from him that we needed.” “I hadn’t scored in a few games. You knew it was important to get the second goal, and it was awesome to get that second goal,” Hegngi said. OSU is down to its final stage of the season as it hosts Wisconsin and Big Ten-leading Indiana to wind things down. The Buckeyes came into Wednesday’s game ranked No. 6 in the conference standings and needed the win against Oakland to get back on track heading into such a critical portion of the season. “We need to be better than we are right now if we expect to win games as we get going down the stretch,” Bluem said. “The games get harder and harder at the end of the season and we have to accept that, work harder and push ourselves harder and be ready, mentally and physically for these games.”
Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Ohio State football team has suffered another casualty.After losing sophomore safety Vonn Bell already this spring to an injured MCL, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall can be added to the list of players out for the remainder of spring practice.According to a report by Bucknuts.com, Marshall is set to have surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of spring practice.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have not practiced since the beginning of spring. Miller is out with after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, Heuerman has a broken nose and Spencer is rehabbing from a lower leg injury suffered in OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.After the first day of spring practice March 4, coach Urban Meyer noted he had seen an improvement in Marshall since he first walked on campus.“Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago,” Meyer said. “Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play. I saw what you saw, great looking dude, but he didn’t play great. Just go.”Marshall did not play for the Buckeyes in his first season in Columbus, despite coming in as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was expected to compete for playing time next season, after the graduation of OSU’s leading wide receiver, Corey “Philly” Brown.Former Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier said before the Orange Bowl against Clemson he thought that Marshall was a player to watch for in the future.“Even some of those guys on offense like Jalin and (redshirt-freshman tight end) Marcus Baugh and guys like that,” Shazier said Dec. 13. “I feel like they’re going to do a really good job next year helping this team. They’ve been doing a great job on scout and even practices so just watching them in this bowl practice is going to be really key.”An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan State (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) Saturday 48-3. The Buckeyes outgained the Spartans 524-195, making the Spartans’ the second-lowest total offensive output Ohio State has allowed this season with Maryland’s 66 yards marking the fewest yards allowed. Here are some important statistics from Ohio State’s win over Michigan State.3 – turnovers forced by Ohio State. Coming into this game, Ohio State hadn’t forced a turnover in its past two games. The last turnover came on an Amir Riep interception in Ohio State’s 56-14 victory against Nebraska. It hadn’t forced multiple turnovers since Oct. 7 against Maryland. Until Saturday. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once. Ohio State forced 27 turnovers and intercepted 21 passes over its 13 games played and had just one game without a turnover. So far, Ohio State has only 13 turnovers over nine games and already has two games without a turnover. The inability to force turnovers has been an issue for a team that relied on that turnover ability as a key part of its success last season.2 – Michigan State tackles for loss. Ohio State imposed its will on Michigan State all night, and a big part of that came down to the dominating effort the Buckeyes’ offensive line put in against the Spartans. Michigan State was only able to break out and tackle a Buckeye ball-carrier beyond Ohio State’s line of scrimmage twice all game, and came away with zero sacks on quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State lost only four yards combined on the two tackles for loss.The Spartans were only averaging 5.67 tackles for loss per game, 73rd in the nation, so they did not come into the game expecting to take the Buckeyes down frequently. But Ohio State’s offensive line was opening up holes for Ohio State’s running backs all game and provided Barrett with plenty of time to complete passes when he stood in the pocket. The offensive line for the Buckeyes has been a strong unit all season for the Buckeyes, and matched up against one of the tougher defenses of the season, it stood strong against a potent defensive line. 27 – carries between Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins. For the first time in weeks, Ohio State had trust in its running backs. Weber and Dobbins combined for 27 carries against Michigan State Saturday and totalled 286 rushing yards for an average of 10.6 yards per carry. Weber was the only one of the two who punched a run into the end zone as he carried 47- and 82-yard rushes for scores.Before this game, Weber and Dobbins had combined for just 31 carries over the past two games. Despite finding continued success throughout the season, the dynamic running back pairing has been used sparingly since the season-opener against Indiana when Dobbins had 29 carries. Though head coach Urban Meyer said after the game it was largely the result of trying to control the flow of the game, the decision to run the ball as frequently as Ohio State did led to its most convincing offensive showing all season. If Ohio State continues to trust in Weber and Dobbins moving forward, it could continue to see dominant rush outings like it did Saturday.2 – penalties taken by Ohio State. A recurring problem for the Buckeyes throughout the season has been penalties. The Buckeyes entered the game with the fifth most penalty yards taken per game in the nation, averaging 77.2 penalty yards per game. Against the Spartans, the Buckeyes were a far more disciplined team, committing only two penalties for a combined 27 yards. One was a targeting penalty that ejected redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones from the game. For once, Ohio State did not shoot itself in its own foot with penalties. The Buckeyes remained disciplined throughout the game outside of the aforementioned Jones’ targeting call and a pass interference call on freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah on Michigan State’s last drive of the game. The improved discipline out of the team helped keep the Buckeyes in the game and not give up unnecessary yardage.121 – Michigan State yards before the fourth quarter. It felt like Ohio State kept Michigan State from producing a first down all game. The Spartans had two first downs on their first drive of the game, and did not have another until about halfway through the second quarter. Michigan State’s offense produced 75 yards in the second quarter, but just 46 between the third and fourth quarters. By the time the Spartans started to rack up the offensive yardage, it was the fourth quarter, and the backups for Ohio State were all playing.The pressure consistently maintained on Lewerke throughout the game kept the Michigan State quarterback from settling in all night. The Spartans running attack was unable to get past a formidable Ohio State front-seven. Cornerback Denzel Ward made several strong plays in the secondary as did cornerback Damon Arnette, and the linebacking corps — which came with several new faces — did its job filling in for a pair of injuries. Ohio State’s defense has been what has cost Ohio State the most this season, but a strong performance Saturday to limit the Spartans should put them back in the good graces of Ohio State fans.
Lord ManceLord Mance, 73, is one half of Britain’s most powerful judicial couple. His wife Dame Mary Arden is a senior judge in the Court of Appeal. Lord Mance, who went to Charterhouse and Oxford, appears an enthusiastic supporter of the European Court of Justice. In 2013, after the referendum was announced, he spoke of his optimism that “future developments will meet the concerns of all but the most extreme Eurosceptics”. Lord Kerr of TonaghmoreThe former Lord Chief Justice in Northern Ireland, Lord Kerr, 68, took the unusual step last month of insisting the Supreme Court judges are not influenced by their own views on the EU. “We are not involved in reaching decisions based on anything other than the legal principles as they are presented to us,” he told the BBC. Baroness Hale of Richmond, one of the Supreme Court justices who is due to hear the Brexit appeal next month, who has spoken of the “difficult and delicate issues” raised by the case. Credit:PA/PA Baron Mance, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case.Credit:PA/PA Lady Hale of RichmondEducated at a grammar school in Richmond, north Yorkshire, and at Cambridge, Lady Hale, 71, is the Supreme Court’s deputy president and the most senior female judge in British legal history. She was criticised after suggesting in a recent speech that Theresa May could be forced to unpick every piece of EU legislation before Brexit is triggered, delaying leaving the union. Lord Wilson of Culworth who sits at the Supreme Court.Credit:PA/PA Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case.Credit:PA/PA Lord Wilson of CulworthLord Wilson, 71, has a background as a family law expert who admitted his own shock at being appointed to the highest court in the land in 2011. He was educated at Bryanston and Oxford and owns a string of racehorses. He once suggested the “end of the nuclear family” because of the prevalence of divorce “was no bad thing”. Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Neuberger of AbbotsburyLord Neuberger, 68, is the Supreme Court’s president and most senior judge. Educated at Westminster and Oxford University, he has praised the influence of the EU on British laws. He is married to Lady Neuberger, who has posted a series of anti-Brexit tweets. A few days after the referendum, she suggested it was “unlikely” a prime minister could trigger Article 50 without a vote in parliament. Lord ReedOne of two Scottish justices, Lord Reed, 60, has sparked controversy in the past by sparing an armed robber jail, suggesting he buy his victim flowers to say sorry. Lord Reed, educated at private school in Edinburgh and at Oxford, has sat as an ad hoc judge on the European Court of Human Rights. Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord HodgeThe second of the Scottish judges, Lord Hodge, 63, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2013. He went to boarding school in Scotland and then Cambridge. Last year, he railed against positive discrimination and quotas for female judges, saying he didn’t believe that’s what women wanted. Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord SumptionJonathan Sumption, 67, educated at Eton and Oxford, was one of the highest paid barristers – and also reckoned to be the cleverest – when he leapt straight from the Bar to the Supreme Court in 2012 without having previously served as a full-time judge. He is said to be the most prominently Eurosceptic member of the court based on a 2013 speech in which he said the European Court of Human Rights “undermines the democratic process”. Lord Hughes of Ombersley, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Hodge a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Carnwath of Notting HillLord Carnwath, 71, was Attorney General to the Prince of Wales for six years during his marriage difficulties with Princess Diana before being made a judge. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, viola-playing Lord Carnwath founded the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment to promote European and international environmental laws. The Hon Lord Reed who sits at the Supreme Court.Credit:PA/PA These are the Justices of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case: Lord Hughes of OmbersleyThe 68-year-old is one of only two judges not to have gone to Oxbridge, having studied law at Durham University. He enjoys rowing and lists bellringing as a hobby. Considered a traditionalist, he sentenced the notorious hate preacher Abu Hamza to seven years in jail following an Old bailey trial in 2006. Lord Clarke of Stone-Cum-EbonyThe former Master of the Rolls, Lord Clarke, 73, was a specialist maritime lawyer who conducted the inquiry into the sinking of The Marchioness on the Thames in which 51 people died. Educated at Oakham and Cambridge, he has homes in Kent and in London and is married with three children. 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