Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote.
The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.”
Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m.
Call it a prophecy. Call it luck. Heck, call it divine intervention. Call it whatever you want, but Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby had a dream. And during Saturday’s 63-38 win under the lights in Ohio Stadium against Nebraska, it came true. “I had a dream earlier this week I was gonna get a pick-six. I was telling everybody, this is my game, I’ma get a pick-six,” said Roby, who predicted Wednesday that he would have his first interception of the season against the Cornhuskers. Strange? Perhaps. But soothsaying might run in the family. “My dad texted me this morning and was like, ‘I had a dream you had a pick-six today,’” Roby said wide-eyed with conviction of his vision from the night before. “I’m like, dang, I’ma get it, I had the same dream.” Stuff like that, he said, just happens. “It’s just crazy. I just wanted to make as many plays as I can for my team,” Roby said. That mental disposition certainly seemed to be on display during a game that saw the Horseshoe turn into an “inferno” – even in nippy 52-degree weather. And, at least for a little while, it might have looked like the Buckeyes needed the cornerback to make every play he possibly could. After the Buckeyes’ offense clumsily opened college football’s primetime nightcap with back-to-back, three-and-out drives, Roby seized the game’s momentum – and score – when OSU might’ve needed it the most. The grating noise of a raucous Ohio Stadium in its only night tilt this year had softened. The roar of a record 106,102 people was eerily quiet just six minutes into the contest. First-quarter struggles, however, haven’t been a novel predicament for the Buckeyes this season. In first-year coach Urban Meyer’s inaugural game in Columbus, OSU was outgained 173 to 48 in total yards against a perceived inferior opponent in Miami (Ohio) in the first quarter. Three weeks later, against similar competition, Alabama-Birmingham jumped on the Buckeyes early in the first quarter with a 99 to 42 total yards advantage. While not outgained in the first quarter of its two other home games before Saturday, OSU struggled to stick a dagger in Central Florida and California before escaping with uninspiring victories in both contests. Buckeyes fans had seen this movie before. You know, the one where their team stumbles its bloodied-self past the finish line – the kind of win that leaves more questions than answers. And that was against teams the Buckeyes were supposed to beat. What would happen to them against a Nebraska team of arguably equal talent? After the Cornhuskers’ defense had stifled sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and Meyer’s offense early, Saturday’s seemed to have the looks of another episode of more of the same. Admittedly, Meyer called the first quarter a “train wreck.” “It was a dark day there for that first quarter,” he said. Then came the fruition of Roby’s dream. Pinned on his own 31-yard line on 3rd-and-10, Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez saw a chance to mount a drive with junior receiver Quincy Enunwa open near the Buckeyes’ sideline. Unfortunately for Martinez and the Cornhuskers, Roby saw it too – first, apparently, in his sleep and then during the game. “I saw it on film when they lined up in a certain formation, they run certain routes on certain like downs and distance,” he said. “I saw it and I kinda thought about it pre-snap. So, when I saw him run the route I just jumped it.” As quickly as he ripped the ball from its original trajectory, Roby had taken the ball 41 yards into the stadium’s north end zone for the game’s first score. The inferno of a stadium that Meyer had wanted, in part thanks to Roby, seemed to be back. “That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State,” Meyer said. “But I really appreciate that. I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous,” Meyer said. “That was, from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that.” The Horseshoe arguably rocked with the same drowning noise that it had during former OSU coach Jim Tressel’s years and Roby was making interceptions in his sleep – sort of. But perhaps most of all, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Suwanee, Ga., native had made good of his earlier talk of picking off Martinez. Roby, though, wasn’t finished yet. While his first interception of the season had put the Buckeyes up early, Nebraska had found a way to gash the OSU defense to a 17-14 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Faced with a similar situation on his own 20-yard line, Martinez and Nebraska took to the air again on third down against a Buckeyes defense that was hurrying the junior to get the ball out of his hands as soon as possible. And, like before, Roby was there to intercept Martinez – this time for an 8-yard return that set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller to sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. Up 21 to 17, OSU subsequently outscored the Cornhuskers, 42-21, en route to its second consecutive Big Ten win and sixth overall victory. Perhaps most impressive Saturday was the 63 points the Buckeyes’ offense amassed against a defense giving up an average of just 20.6 points a game. Six of those points, though, belonged to Roby. “It’s a team thing,” Roby said with a wide smile. “I mean, Ohio State had 63 points. That’s all that matters to me.” Helping put his offense into position to succeed is something he said he’s more than happy to do. “Like I said, I try to do as much as I can in any way that I can to help my team. I want us to win every game so, I felt like, I play good and I make plays then we’re gonna win,” Roby said. While Roby’s interceptions were the first for him this year, Miller said the cornerback is used to making plays. “Man, he does it all the time in practice. But finally he brung it to the field and big plays like that, you gotta score after that,” he said. “So he brings a lot of excitement to the offense.” It might be the kind of excitement that has Roby using his newfound calling as an oracle to predict an undefeated season for the Buckeyes. “We’re trying to go 12-0. Win every single game,” he said. “We’re trying to get that AP No. 1, and go and win a national championship. That’s our goal.” Roby said the climb for such a feat is just like Meyer described as “pushing a ball up a hill.” “You’re pushing the ball up the hill, you’re pushing the ball up the hill. At first you can’t really see much. It’s cloudy, you can’t really see. But you break through it and you see the sun,” Roby said, “and you’re almost there, almost there, keep pushing, keep pushing. I feel like … that was a component tonight. “We saw it, we saw the sun. And we just kept pushing and now we’re going downhill. There’s nothing stopping us.”
Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium.
OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team isn’t even two months removed from its victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it’s already time to hit the field once again.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin practice Tuesday morning, kicking off a string of 14 sessions, set to conclude with the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Spring practice brings the first glimpse at a new Buckeye squad, including a few freshmen who have enrolled early, some players rehabbing injuries, and others battling for playing time in 2015. With a few guarantees mixed in with a number of question marks, these are the top storylines heading into practice.QuarterbacksIt’s the most talked-about position in all of football, and easily the most discussed when it comes to OSU.Redshirt-junior Cardale Jones is expected to be the only fully healthy signal caller at spring practice who could earn significant playing time next season. Redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured ankle and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller is rehabbing a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.While Barrett was the starter most of last season, and Miller is a former two-year undisputed starter, Jones has a chance to get a leg up on the competition if he performs well this spring.Of course, he had that same chance last year when Miller was initially ruled out after a minor shoulder surgery. Jones earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but was eventually beaten out by Barrett in fall camp before Miller went down with his season-ending injury.So Jones can make his mark while getting plenty of reps in practice, but he should still be wary whenever Barrett and Miller return to full strength, because all three are supremely talented.Position battlesWhile the Buckeyes don’t have to replace anyone at quarterback, it’ll be the most watched position battle.Beyond that, though, OSU has to find a new right tackle, at least one new starting wide receiver, a new starting defensive tackle, one more linebacker and another cornerback.Linebacker is probably the position most set in stone already, with sophomore Raekwon McMillan looking like a clear replacement for the departed Curtis Grant. At receiver, redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon might have an opportunity to take over one of the spots left vacant by Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but he’ll face stiff competition.Other returning names, such as redshirt-seniors Corey Smith and Jeff Greene, should have a chance to earn playing time alongside redshirt-junior Michael Thomas as well.At cornerback, sophomore Damon Webb and redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley will be going head-to-head, while sophomore Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill and sophomore Jalyn Holmes, along with senior Tommy Schutt, will all get looks at defensive line.Along the offensive front, numerous players could earn playing time, but redshirt-senior Chase Farris is the most likely candidate to replace Darryl Baldwin.Fresh faces on the coaching staffAlong with a few new players, the Buckeyes have two new assistant coaches in the fold.With Tom Herman off to Houston and Stan Drayton off to the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim Beck and Tony Alford will be working with the OSU quarterbacks and running backs, respectively.Beck earned the opportunity to choose between three potential Heisman Trophy candidates, while Alford inherited one clear-cut Heisman front runner in junior Ezekiel Elliott.While both the quarterbacks and running backs performed extremely well last season, Beck and Alford have a chance to improve their position groups to a completely dominating level, and leave their mark on the OSU program.After the Spring Game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 regular season.
The hearing, at Portsmouth Military Court,was told the “kangaroo court” took place while the marines were guarding high security bases including Falsane and Coulport where the nation’s nuclear deterrent submarines and warheads are kept.They were said to have played a version of the game show Deal or No Deal to decide punishments, as one of them donned a fake beard and pretended to be Noel Edmonds.Cpl Foster denied three counts of ill-treatment of a subordinate and Cpl Beer denied two counts of the same charge.Both men were cleared of all charges by a board of senior officers at the court martial. “As a corporal, I tried to be as professional as possible,” he said.”I would sit at the back of family time to ensure the marines did not go too far.”I had done my time as a junior marine and been part of the forfeits, but now I wanted to just let the lads crack on.” Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court MartialCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Two Royal Marines accused of overseeing meetings at which “sinister” punishments were handed out did not mistreat colleagues, a court martial has ruled.Corporals Philip Beer, 34, and Danny Foster, 30, were said to have been complicit in the provision of forfeits such as being whipped and forced to shave off body hair.One of two alleged victims claimed he had even been made to perform a sex act while watching military-themed gay porn after he failed a map reading test.The punishments were said to have been handed out at a nightly gathering of 43 Commando troop known as “family time,” which was used to informally deal with professional failings.The alleged victims claimed the two corporals would oversee the meetings, dishing out punishments to people from the back of the room.However, the court heard the punishments were actually decided by the marines in the troop and Cpl Foster insisted he would “steer clear”. 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.
A means test for the payments originally appeared on Theresa May’s 2017 General Election manifesto but it was removed after a backlash. Pensioners who decide they do not need it can contact the office that processes the payment to decline it, but older stars including Alan Sugar have previously spoken out about being frustrated by the process. Businessman Lord Sugar, now 70, said in 2010 that he had tried to hand back his payment but gave up after spending “an hour on the phone to some civil servant in Newcastle”. Instead he gives the money to charity. Baroness Bakewell, 84, added that she had also tried to send the payment back when she first received it, but could not do so. “I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomes,” she told peers.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws show that just 54 pensioners managed to turn down the payment in 2015/16. I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomesBaroness Bakewell Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has questioned the Government over his winter fuel payments. The singer, 69, accosted Labour peer Baroness Bakewell in the street to ask why he receives the annual allowance, which is meant to help poverty-stricken pensioners stay warm in winter. Plant, who has been the heavy rock band’s frontman since the late 1960s, and has since launched a successful solo career of his own, is a multimillionaire who told the peer that he was baffled after receiving the benefit, which can be worth as much as £300 for older pensioners. For someone of Plant’s age the payout is more likely to have been £200 – but Baroness Bakewell said any payout should only be given to those who need it. She told the House of Lords: “I was stopped in the street by Robert Plant, a multibillionaire rock star, of Led Zeppelin.”He said, ‘Joan, I’ve been sent £300 by the Government. Why?’.”Why indeed? The heating allowance for older people should be means tested. When I first received it, I tried to send it back but I was told it could not be accepted.” 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.
Another is a little more blurry as the wanted bird gets right in front of the camera and tries to stick his beak into the lens.”He must like his reflection in the lens,” one officer said.”He keeps getting in the way and is always blurred and out of focus because he’s so close.”The force announced that Steve was “back on his rounds again” on Monday, sharing an image of him peering into a camera.On Sunday, they appealed for information about the “movements and identity of the pictured subject”.Bluetits often peck at their own reflections in windows or glass believing that another bird if intruding near its nest site as they try to protect their breeding territory. Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve An attention-seeking blue tit has been causing problems for police in Gloucester.The feathered suspect has taken a liking to CCTV cameras and has been blocking shots by sitting in front of various lenses.Officers have had their view of the streets obscured so often by the little fellow that they have appealed for information about him.The bird is described as “very small, quite roundly shaped, with blue and yellow plumage”.Gloucestershire Police Force Control Room has affectionately nicknamed him “Steve”.One piece of CCTV footage shows the blue tit hurtling towards the camera, high above a mobile cash machine. The birds are well adapted to gardens and towns. In winter, they form flocks with other tits, roaming the countryside and visiting gardens in groups