Ray Lewis, who was thought to be sidelined for the remainder of the season when he tore a biceps last month, could return to the Baltimore Ravens before the playoffs, according to Yahoo Sports.More than a dozen sources told the website that Lewis’ recovery has been rapid enough to spur optimism. Lewis is undergoing a form of platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat his injury. Former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward used a similar therapy to play in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XLIII win over the Cardinals despite having a sprained knee.Yahoo! reported that Lewis could return to the field as soon as Dec. 16 against the Denver Broncos  or the following week against the New York GivelIf the Ravens decide to be cautious, Lewis could be saved for their playoff opener, as well.“For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that’s critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that’s gonna be the earthquake and the tsunami,” Ravens linebacker Brandon Avanbedcio old Yahoo! Sports.Lewis was in San Diego on Sunday to watch his team rally for a 16-13 overtime victory and gave his teammates a pregame speech. He wouldn’t confirm that he plans to return this season.“You’ve got eyes — what do you expect to happen? I’m here to support my team,” he told Yahoo! Sports.Sunday’s victory, thanks in large part to Ray Rice’s ourth-and-29 conversion in the fourth quarter on a drive that allowed the Ravens to tie the game, moved Baltimore to 9-2. The Ravens hold a commanding three-game lead in the AFC North over the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Bengals, but tied at 6-5.Lineback Terrell Suggs returned to play last month despite suffering a torn Achilles tendon in May. Suggs told the website that making it to the AFC Championship Game only to lose last season inspired his quick return.Suggs told the website that doctors told him “the earliest most people come back from this is nine months, but it’s usually a year.”“I just chose not to accept that. I had to get back. We came so close last year. We’re on the brink of something big. I didn’t want to leave the job undone,” he told Yahoo! Sports.The Ravens placed Lewis on the injured/designated to return list last month but had been noncommittal about his chances of playing again this season. Yahoo! is reporting that Lewis might return to practice as soon as Thursday, the first day he is eligible to return. read more

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 14, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who helps us break down the latest trades in the NBA as the February 23rd deadline approaches. Next, Neil Paine takes us inside the collapse of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynastic greatness. Finally, we look forward to baseball season and ponder what the increase in home runs means for the sport. Plus, a significant digit on a streak.Links to what we discussed: Embed Code ESPN is keeping track of the latest NBA trade news as the deadline approaches.The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at a trade that gave the Blazers their third first-round draft pick.You can read more of Kyle Wagner’s work here.Last week, Neil Paine explained why the Red Wings’ empire is crumbling.We explored the history of American hockey’s use of players from the Soviet Union — and the Red Wings’ role in bringing them to the States — in this episode of Ahead of Their Time.There are now more MLB players who hit 20 or more home runs in a season than there have been at any time in 50 years, writes Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.Significant Digit: 4. On Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team won their 100th consecutive game. Since their initial hot streak began on March 13, 2013, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost only one game of any kind. read more

George Hill is coming off the best per-minute offensive season of his career, and his reward will be sharing ball-handling duties with Ellis. Hill is a versatile player who can score, distribute and defend, but it remains to be seen how the Pacers will use him this season. The Indiana Pacers have been pushed to change by last season’s injury-riddled campaign, which left the team out of the playoffs for the first time in five years. Gone are Roy Hibbert and David West. Gone is the focus on size, strength and grinding interior defense. The new plan is to worship at the altar of pace and space with versatile small-ball lineups that get up and down the floor and stretch the defense in the half-court. Additions like Monta Ellis, Chase Budinger and rookie center Myles Turner should help with the change in style. But this is a massive departure from the way this team has played the past few seasons, and changes this fundamental often take time to work out. There is also the complicating factor of Paul George’s move to power forward and his apparent displeasure about it. Even if the stylistic change is ultimately a good thing, it could take a while for everyone to get comfortable.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO expects mixed results, projecting the Pacers to go 39-43. Jordan Hill, who will probably start at center, is nowhere near the defensive player Hibbert was. And unfortunately for the Pacers, Hill is a little too similar to Hibbert on offense. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. And here’s what’s in store for the key Pacers in the 2015-16 season: Myles Turner looked great at the Orlando Summer League, but first-year NBA players usually struggle, and it would be foolish to expect otherwise from the rookie center. The broken leg that caused Paul George to miss all but six games last season has put a major kink in his development curve. CARMELO sees him returning to productivity, but nowhere near his pre-injury levels. That said, the range of likely outcomes for George is unusually wide, a precaution built into CARMELO to account for the uncertainty inherent when a player returns from injury. He’ll also be trying his hand at a new position, which isn’t going to make things any easier. Comparables like Voshon Lenard and Dell Curry make it obvious what C.J. Miles does best: shoot from the outside. The more Indiana can limit his role to catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, the better off everyone will be. Indiana’s offense desperately needed an off-the-dribble creator. Enter Monta Ellis. But high usage with a below-average true shooting percentage is not usually a recipe for efficiency. Ellis is on the wrong side of 30, and CARMELO sees his production headed for a rapid decline toward replacement level. The Pacers are hoping he still has it all, at least for a little while longer. Rodney Stuckey had a career year last season, in large part because he made 39.0 percent of his 3-pointers. If you believe he can repeat that performance then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternWith 13 days off since its last game, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is eager to hit the ice to face off against Bemidji State (8-2-2) for a Friday and Saturday weekend series.The Beavers squad coming to Columbus represents something of a different challenge for the Buckeyes, who have faced high-scoring programs such as Wisconsin and Minnesota early this season.Bemidji State, which is located roughly 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis, is known for its stalwart defense in recent years, finishing fourth in goals allowed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association last season and allowing only 10 in 12 games so far this year.“I think it’s going to be a close battle. They’re a tough defensive team, and they’re really tough around their net,” junior forward Claudia Kepler said. “They have a lot of strong players who can push you away from their crease.”Occupying the crease for Bemidji State is likely to be junior goaltender Brittni Mowat, whose 1.07 goals-against average is fifth best in the country. The Manitoba, Ontario, native has started all but one game for the Beavers this year.Despite facing a tough defensive squad, the Buckeyes are anxious to continue to look for scoring opportunities after scoring nine goals in their two wins over Minnesota State.“I think scoring as a whole is at a premium in women’s hockey right now, so we’ll look to push the tempo and try to control the pace of the game,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “We’ll try to take it to them early.”Executing early will be important for an OSU team that had Halloween weekend off from playing other teams. Relegated instead to competing against themselves, the Buckeyes continued to work on improving their conditioning and skill.  “We didn’t take a single day off, we worked really hard last week, we even worked hard on Saturday,” senior forward Melani Moylan said.Bye weekTo keep up with its conditioning program, the team held a pair of intra-squad games last Friday and Saturday to simulate a normal weekend series, which the Buckeyes believe is important to keep from getting rusty before a long stretch of the season.“It’s a little tough when you’re not preparing for a team, but you have to keep your foot on the gas pedal, we didn’t really let them off the hook,” Duggan said.  “We skated all week, we skated on Saturday to try to emulate a weekend game.”The skaters recognized that the Beavers are quite a different team from what they normally see in their conference opponents.“They’re a lot different team to consider,” Moylan said. “All they want to do is block shots, and it’s going to be a challenge for us. It’s a challenge that we’re excited for, and I think we’re ready for it.”Kepler, who along with the rest of the team has been working on the type of gritty goals she believes could be difficult to score this weekend, feels that they have been looking for opportunities to get more creative in the offensive zone.“Any way to change it up,” Kepler said. “We’re trying to look to get more creative, we’re trying to get everyone involved and into the play.”Members of the program are eager to get back on the ice after almost two weeks off, admitting they may have gotten a little restless.“It’s not like any of the other teams had a break,” Moylan said. “Bemidji played last week and we know they’ll be ready to play this weekend, so it was good for us to get a scrimmage in.”As their most recent series against Minnesota State got further in the rear-view mirror, their practices got more intense, even physical.“Especially on the weekend, we had two long practices to get a game’s worth of competition in,” Kepler said.The competition against other teams returns this weekend when the Buckeyes drop the puck at the ice rink at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and 2:07 p.m. on Saturday.New lettersCoach Jenny Potter announced this week that she and her coaching staff have selected new captains: Moylan and junior defender Alexa Ranahan will both wear the ‘C’ for the rest of the season, while senior forwards Kendall Curtis and Julia McKinnon will serve as alternates.“There’s a ton of leaders on this team,” Duggan said. “But when it came down to it, they are all about Buckeye hockey, they have the characteristics of leaders, they set an example for the rest of the team to follow. On and off the ice their work ethic is awesome.“It’s nice to have some recognized leaders, and I think it’s what we need right now.” read more

OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team (6-8) was probably hoping to carry momentum over from its previous series win into this matchup against a red hot Florida Gulf Coast team that had won eight straight, including two against No. 2 Florida in a midweek series.But the Buckeyes got off to a slow start in this series, dropping the first two games against the Eagles. After blowing a five-run lead in the first game of the series and suffering a blowout in the second game, the Buckeyes needed some help to avoid being swept. An early output of runs from the offense and solid pitching at the beginning helped give OSU the early lead and stave off a late comeback attempt from FGCU in the final game of the series.The Buckeyes lineup was inconsistent over the weekend, with big performances coming from different players each night, but one bat who remained consistent was junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt, who rose his on-base streak to 14 games. Gantt had three hits and two RBIs in Game 3 of the series. He is currently the only player in the regular lineup batting over .300.Game 1The Buckeyes led the game late, but the Eagles snatched a victory away from the jaws of defeat thanks to a six-run ninth inning that propelled them to the 10-9 win.OSU started the game in a hole early. Through the first four innings, the Scarlet and Gray were trailing the Green and Blue 3-1.But then the fifth inning came around and the Buckeye bats roared to life. They strung together five hits in the inning and scored a whopping four runs to take the 5-3 lead. The Eagles would get one back in the bottom half of the inning, but would still head to the latter half of the game trailing 5-4.Another big inning came up quick, though, for OSU as the Buckeyes, again, got right back to crushing the Eagles’ pitching in the top of the seventh inning. With one away, junior second baseman Noah McGowan launched his second home run of the season on the third pitch he saw to expand the lead to 6-4. Later in the inning, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles came to bat with runners on the corners and he laced a line drive into left center that scored a pair and brought the lead up to 8-4. The Buckeyes scored once more in the top half of the eighth inning to jump out to a commanding 9-4 lead. Then the ninth inning came rolling around and things started to unravel for the Buckeyes. A walk and back-to-back hits started the inning off with bases loaded for the Eagles. The next batter was walked, bringing the runner in from third. At this point, redshirt junior closer Yianni Pavlopoulos came in to pitch and try to get the Buckeyes out of the jam.A hit-by-pitch scored the next run before Pavlopoulos finally registered a strikeout in the inning for the first out. Then the defense started to collapse. A fielder’s choice that registered no outs and a throwing error plated two more runs for Florida Gulf Coast. A single from the Eagles tied the game up at nine before redshirt junior center fielder Gage Morey rolled a fielder’s choice to the shortstop who attempted to turn a double play to get the Buckeyes out of the inning, but McGowan overthrew the first baseman and the winning run came around to score for the Eagles, delivering them the 10-9 victory.Despite the losing effort, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell turned in his second-straight three-hit game. Barnwell got off to a slow start, going 0-8 in the team’s first four games with only two walks, one run scored and no RBI while striking out five times. But since then, he has hit .440 (11/25) with two walks, five runs scored, two RBI and only six strikeouts.Game 2Unlike the first game of the series, this one was all Eagles almost from the beginning as they went on to win by a decisive final score of 13-1.Though the bulk of the scoring was done by the Eagles, it was the Buckeyes who were the first to jump out on the scoreboard. With a runner on second and one away in the top of the second inning, Cowles reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, allowing the first run to cross the plate and give OSU the early 1-0 lead.From that point on, however, it was all Florida Gulf Coast. They answered with three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. An inning later, they added to their total, scoring three runs on three hits and one error by the shortstop.All was quiet in this game until the bottom of the seventh when a triple by Morey scored the Eagles’ seventh run of the game.Then the eighth inning rolled around, and the Eagles completely buried the game. On the strength of five hits, two walks and an error, Florida Gulf Coast exploded for six runs, capped off by junior second baseman Matt Reardon’s bases-clearing double. Reardon finished the game with four hits and eight RBIs, while falling a home run shy of the cycle. Gulf Coast’s junior starting pitcher Kutter Crawford also turned in a sterling performance, as he held the Buckeyes in check, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and three walks across six innings of work. He struck out eight batters. Game 3Trying to avoid the three-game sweep, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early four-run lead and narrowly escaped another ninth-inning comeback attempt from the Eagles and held on for the 5-4 victory.OSU struck first in this game. After a leadoff single, senior shortstop Jalen Washington lined a triple into the left-center field gap to plate the game’s first run. Two batters later, junior first baseman Bo Coolen stepped up to the plate and launched the 3-1 pitch over the right field wall to give the Buckeyes the early 3-0 lead.The Eagles had a difficult time getting their bats going, but they eventually put one run up on the board. In the bottom of the third inning, redshirt senior right fielder Corey Fehribach crushed a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field fence for Florida Gulf Coast’s first run of the game to bring the score to 3-1.OSU added two more runs later in the game, but the real drama picked up again in the bottom of the ninth. Pavlopoulos entered the game, given a four-run lead and immediately allowed three consecutive doubles that brought the score to 5-3.Washington then committed his eighth error of the season to put runners on the corners with nobody out and the winning run coming up to bat. A sacrifice fly brought the game to within one, though it did allow Pavlopoulos to register the first out of the inning. Finally, the OSU closer forced a pair of groundouts to retire the side and end the game.Redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer delivered the shutdown performance the Buckeyes needed in Sunday’s game. He allowed only one run on three hits and three walks in five innings of work while striking out two batters.Up NextThe Buckeyes will hope to keep that Game 3 momentum rolling when they travel to Port Charlotte, Florida, for a pair of midweek games before coming back for their first home series of the season. OSU is scheduled to play Lehigh and Bucknell on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively in Florida. First pitch of the Lehigh game will be at 2:30 p.m. read more

Taron Vincent, the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class announced his commitment to Ohio State on Sunday.Just would like to thank God for taking me along this journey! Proud to say that I’ve committed to THE Ohio State University #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Qka5ZjbmKn— Taron Vincent (@t_lova23) April 2, 2017Vincent, who plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is rated the nation’s No. 21 overall prospect by 247Sports. He becomes just the fifth member of the 2018 recruiting class that includes four four-star prospects. Vincent joins running back commit Brian Snead as the two members of the class from the state of Florida.Current OSU freshmen, and members of the 2017 recruiting class, Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson also played at IMG Academy. read more

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorSince Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett arrived in Columbus, he has been taught to avoid interceptions at all costs. Though that mantra remains, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day has worked with the three-time team captain to increase his throws to contested receivers.Barrett admitted he hadn’t previously been thinking this way. Last year, Barrett often dropped back, didn’t see anyone wide open and either checked down or scrambled with the intention to run or throw on the run.But this season, he plans to unload passes even when potential receivers are not as open as he’d prefer.“(Last year), there’s a guy draped all over my guy, that man’s covered, so I’m not throwing the ball. Whereas now, the mindset is different from the quarterback perspective,” Barrett said.The signal-caller said Day brought the philosophy to his attention. The coach told him that in the NFL, often no one is wide open, but quarterbacks still have to throw the ball. “And that’s not throwing the ball into traffic, that’s not throwing the ball foolishly and making poor decisions,” Day said. “But if a guy is covered and contested, where are we throwing that ball where only he can catch it?”The position coach assured that the importance of minimizing turnovers endures as it has proven it can help win games. But, he intends to have Barrett be “aggressive without being foolish.”Day, along with co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, was hired in January to replace former co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner who left for jobs at Texas and Minnesota, respectively. He spent the past two seasons working with coach Chip Kelly as the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2016) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2015). Though interceptions might be more prevalent as Barrett’s aggressiveness increases, the goal is to further prepare to succeed in matchups against stiffer competition when openings are harder to find. “Sometimes, they’re going to get us and we’re going to have interceptions, but just try to limit those as much as possible,” Barrett said.Barrett threw just seven interceptions last year, compared to 24 touchdowns through the air and nine other scores on the ground. “Last year, when we were playing Clemson, was anybody really just open, running free? Not really, because that’s the top tier in football,” Barrett said.Former Clemson quarterback and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson caught grief for throwing 17 interceptions last season. But, threw for 259 yards against the Buckeyes – along with two interceptions – and 420 yards against Alabama in the national championship. Watson often found success throwing contested passes, relying on his receivers, such as first-rounder Mike Williams, to make plays.One of the major questions that will determine Barrett’s success with this new philosophy comes from the players who will attempt to catch his passes. The Buckeyes don’t have any receiver with Williams’ experience and natural talent, nor do they have someone like former Ohio State wideout Devin Smith to whom Cardale Jones tossed deep balls.They don’t even have former H-back Curtis Samuel, who was last season’s top receiver and, at times, Ohio State’s only game-breaking threat on offense. But, Meyer doesn’t seem worried about finding playmakers.“The unit is the strongest it’s been since I think the (2014 season),” Meyer said. “Guys just shut their mouth and go really, really hard, and they’re making plays all over the field. They’re very good right now.”A couple weeks ago, Wilson said that he would like the have eight receivers ready to play, which seems difficult given the roster. Redshirt juniors Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon and sophomores Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor will be among those relied upon to emerge as receiving options, though none of them have caught more than 11 passes in a season.While the group lacks experience, they must be able to win jump balls and catch passes in suboptimal locations with Barrett’s altered strategy.“Sometimes they’re going to have to make some catches for you and there’s going to be some ugly throws and it’s not going to be perfect, but the simple fact is you allow those guys to touch the ball and you let them have a chance to go up and make plays,” Barrett said. read more

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorStanding in the locker room following Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory, redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins took ownership of what he believed to be his new role. “I’m just going to attack it as I’m the guy, I’m the starter and it starts … today,” he said. “The mentality that I’m lead the team, just how J.T. [Barrett] did it. Just do it in my own way, but not like how he did it.“It’s the mentality of guys looking for a new leader. I feel I can be that person.”Just three weeks after that game, Barrett’s last as a Buckeye, Haskins’ mentality seems to have rubbed off on his veteran teammates, many of whom talked about him Friday as if he has a hefty lead to become next season’s starting quarterback. No player outright said Haskins will start the season opener Sept. 1 against Oregon State, but several implied excitement for an offense more focused on passing downfield and moving toward a running back-focused run game.“I just think that the running will be more on me and [freshman running back] J.K. [Dobbins] and more passing down the field,” redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber said.Barrett finished second on the team in rushing yards the past four seasons. The offense often ran options with Barrett deciding to rush the ball or hand it off to a running back. In crucial third- or fourth-and-short situations, the Buckeyes would often rely on the dual-threat quarterback to act as a power runner in order to convert first downs.If Haskins becomes the starter, the offense would likely not rely nearly as heavily on designed quarterback runs, which effectively became an out for head coach Urban Meyer when the offense was not clicking. When completing Ohio State’s comeback against Michigan in November, Haskins showed the ability to scramble when the pocket broke down, but the offense shifted away the quantity of rushes called when Barrett was quarterback.The quarterback run would possibly remain the most important part of the offense if redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow or freshman Tate Martell won the starting quarterback spot since both are more adept on the ground. “I just feel like the offense can be electrifying again with a more of a passing [element] into it,” redshirt sophomore H-back K.J. Hill said.Dobbins said he expects the running backs to get more carries next season, which he thinks should not surprise anyone who has become accustomed to seeing a high amount of quarterback carries.“Nah, I don’t find it strange at all because I mean we’ve got two great running backs, so why not run us?” Dobbins said.When asked how the offense would change if Haskins won the job, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said he believes it would be beneficial to only feature Dobbins and Weber in the run game instead of the quarterback. “I just think [Haskins is] a drop-back passer,” Bosa said. “I think that’s what we should be, a team that throws the ball with the quarterback and runs the ball with the running backs, and I think that will be really good just to get the running backs the ball more and have Dwayne just slinging it back there and making our receivers look really good.”Of the three quarterbacks vying for the starting job, Haskins possesses the strongest arm. His teammates have called it an “NFL arm.” He showed it off early in the season in the second half blowout wins, then showcased it against the Wolverines.With Barrett at the helm, the Buckeyes struggled to maintain a consistent downfield passing game. If Haskins becomes the starter, the potential for an increased vertical passing game increases, which redshirt junior receiver Terry McLaurin said will be the next step for the offense.The competition to replace Barrett began less than one month ago, but Haskins seems to already hold a substantial edge. “I think Dwayne will be a good leader if he’s the guy,” Bosa said. “Not many people see the fire that he has and I think he does have that fire the starting quarterback needs. I’ve seen it a couple times in the Michigan game and some other times that he’s played, so I think he’ll take the role really well.” read more

first_imgParents trying to live near a top-performing state school face paying a premium of up to £630,000, new research has revealed .Lloyds Bank found in the postal districts of the 30 state schools in England which achieved the strongest GCSE results in 2015 average property prices have reached £366,744.Homes in these areas typically trade at a premium of £53,426 – or 17% – compared to the average house price in the surrounding counties, at £313,318.But parents in some areas face paying a much higher premium.Properties in the postal district of Beaconsfield High School, Buckinghamshire, have the largest premium, with homes trading at £629,021 above the county average house price of £367,191, according to the research.Lloyds said buying a property near a top-performing state school can be a “shrewd investment”.It said parents who bought a home near one of the top 30 schools just before their child first entered secondary school in 2011 have seen an average house price rise of £76,000.This is a significantly faster rise than in England as a whole, where the average house price has grown by £42,145 over the same period.Andrew Mason, Lloyds Bank mortgage products director, said: “Schools with the best exam performance are proving to be an increasingly strong draw for home movers, as we’ve seen house prices rise sharply in locations close to such schools.”But he continued: “The popularity of areas close to high performing schools may mean that homes remain unaffordable for buyers on average earnings.”Lloyds used Land Registry house price figures as well as 2015 GCSE performance data from the Department for Education. 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.last_img read more

first_imgIn 2015, she told Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that it would be “incredible” for a family to be on her horizons.But speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine about whether having children is something her and Sasse are serious about, she said: “Well, as time goes by that becomes a different kettle of fish.”Minogue, who has three nephews that she is “crazy” about, added that she had come to terms with the fact that she might never give birth.“I guess you have those visions of, ‘God, what would my child looks like? Be it a boy or a girl? What would I see of myself in them?’” she revealed. “That’s saddening, but I’ve thought about it for a long time and I’ve had to face that for a long time.” Kylie Minogue with her fiance British actor Joshua Sasse 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. In the interview, the singer also spoke candidly about her experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, admitting that she had considered adoption. The wedding of Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue on Neighbours  The wedding of Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue’s characters on Neighbours Credit:Rex Features Kylie Minogue with her fiance British actor Joshua SasseCredit: PAUL MILLER Kylie Minogue has suggested that she may not have children with her fiancé as she admitted it is a “different kettle of fish” as you get older.The star, 48, opened up about her personal life as she told of how she wanted “to scream” when people told her she had options such as adoption following her cancer diagnosis.Minogue got engaged to British actor Joshua Sasse, 29, in February after meeting him on the set of Galavant, his comic fantasy series on ABC, in the autumn of last year. But she said that, for anyone dealing with the illness, there comes a point where “you want to scream” if anyone suggests there are “many options”.“It is marvellous there are options,” she said. “But when you are dealing with other stuff and things that you took for granted are taken away from you, it is like, yes, there are options, but…”Minogue, who has vowed not to get married until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia, also revealed in the interview that “no one knows the whole story” of her cancer diagnoses and said she lets off steam by going to a “safe” place, such as her home or one of her friends’ properties.last_img read more