At six of the last 10 Grand Slam tournaments, a woman has reached her first major singles final. All six first-time finalists lost the match, four of them in straight sets while winning no more than six games. Five then lost their first match at the next tournament. None has reached another major final since. Four of them failed to reach the quarterfinals at the next major they played. Three have fallen out of the Top 10 in the rankings.Breakthrough performances have been followed by letdowns.The most promising of the six players is Simona Halep. She came the closest to winning her major final debut, taking 15 games off Maria Sharapova at the French Open in June. Halep followed that by reaching the semifinal at Wimbledon the next month. And she enters the U.S. Open — which began this week — ranked No. 2 in the world. Yet she doesn’t look likely to reach the final in Flushing, New York. She won just two matches at warm-up tournaments, and Halep dropped the first set to unranked Danielle Rose Collins (the U.S. college singles champ) before coming back to win her opening match Monday.“Every day we have to work to reach the top and to stay there, because it’s more difficult to stay there than to reach it,” Halep said at a news conference after her win.It’s a bit early to declare the most recent first-time finalist a letdown; Eugenie Bouchard hasn’t gotten a chance to play another major since reaching the Wimbledon final this summer. On Tuesday, she begins her U.S. Open against Olga Govortsova. Early returns for Bouchard aren’t good, though: She’s won just one match in three tournaments since getting routed by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final.Like the current group of young contenders, Kvitova didn’t immediately back up her breakthrough performance. She won Wimbledon in 2011, at age 21, in her first major final. Then she lost three of her next five matches, including her first-round match at the U.S. Open. But she won two tournaments and the Fed Cup later that summer, and Wimbledon this summer. She has been a regular in the Top 10 since reaching her first major final.Victoria Azarenka followed shortly after Kvitova and was more consistently successful. She reached her first major final at the Australian Open in 2012, at age 22, and won it — routing Maria Sharapova, as Kvitova had done the previous summer at Wimbledon. Then Azarenka won the next two tournaments she played and held the No. 1 ranking for much of the next year, including during her successful defense of her Australian Open title the next year.It’s natural that an athlete who is playing her first major final against a player who has been there before would be an underdog. And it’d be unfair to expect the player to repeat her performance at the next major, rather than regressing a bit to the mean. Plus, the women who have broken through recently are young and have time to return to the sport’s most prominent matches.Among the six most recent first-time major finalists, Sara Errani was the oldest at the time of her breakthrough. She had just turned 25 when she reached the 2012 French Open final, relatively young in the aging sport of tennis. Four of the others were younger than 24 when they reached their first Grand Slam final. But only Bouchard was younger at her first breakthrough than Kvitova and Azarenka were.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Kate’s report from the game.Allison’s dispatch from Tampa.Benjamin Morris on the Huskies dominance.The chart we discussed showing just how much of an outlier UConn is when it comes to offensive and defensive efficiency: If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code Here’s an emergency edition of our sports podcast Hot Takedown, breaking down UConn’s third consecutive national women’s college basketball championship. Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, and Allison McCann discuss the program’s dominance, the incessant comparisons between coach Geno Auriemma and John Wooden, and whether anyone will ever catch the Huskies.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan and Allison McCann
It’s not that Usain Bolt hasn’t already obliterated the records in the 100-meter, 200-meter and the 4×100 meter relays, but the sprinter has recently set a new track and field record.Bolt has surpassed Carl Lewis in the record book, after winning his third gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay at the world track championships Sunday in Moscow. Anchoring the relay for his Jamaican squad, Bolt easily pulled away from American Justin Gatlin, to help his team win the race.“I wasn’t really worried about Justin,” Bolt said. “I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him. So it was just going out there to run as fast as possible.”Gatlin commented on Bolt’s performance after the race.“It’s not just about the talent. It’s about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means,” Gatlin said of the sprinter’s accomplishments.The Jamaican sprinter insists that even with all the success, he will nonetheless strive to do more.“I’ll continue dominating,” said Bolt. “I’ll continue to work hard. For me, my aim is to continue hard into the greatness thing.”Bolt tied Lewis with his 10th world championship medal. Both have eight gold medals each, yet Bolt overtook Lewis’ record by adding two silver medals to his precious collection, while Lewis has a silver and bronze.What an amazing achievement!
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton mocked Miami Dolphin fans by imitating their town’s biggest superstar LeBron James on Sunday.After Newton’s scored a five-yard touchdown to cut into Miami’s lead in the third quarter, the QB danced in the Dolphins’ end zone with James’ signature celebration.In the fourth quarter, Newton backed up his boastfulness by leading his team to a victory towndown with 43 seconds on the clock.The Panthers (8-3) overcame a 16-3 first-half deficit to beat Miami 20-16. The team extended their winning streak to seven games, the longest since 2003.“We didn’t play our best early on,” Newton said. “We couldn’t get it going. But we just find ways to win.”Here’s James doing his fimiliar celebration below:
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. An organization so often filled with endless Southern California sunshine is in the midst of its darkest era. The Los Angeles Lakers posted a franchise-worst 21-61 record last season and struck out on their top targets in free agency for the third straight summer. They need another star (Kevin Durant in 2016? Russell Westbrook in 2017?) to replace Kobe Bryant, who may or may not be gone soon. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson are promising, but — like all young players — need time to grow. For now, the Lakers are expected to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the longest postseason drought in their history. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects them to go 27-55: “Swaggy P” spent the bulk of last season in Scott’s doghouse, and it’s not clear whether their partnership will be any different this time around. Nick Young is a fearless gunner — sometimes too fearless — but minutes will be hard to come by as the Lakers look to develop their young backcourt. That said, remember when dolphins tried to kill him and steal his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea? Classic. After Kobe Bryant’s three consecutive season-ending injuries, no one knows what to expect from the guard, now in his 20th (and quite possibly final) season in purple and gold. CARMELO pegs Bryant as the 236th best player in the league. But can he stay healthy? How many minutes will he play? How many games must he sit out to rest? Will he defer to the Lakers’ rising young stars? All question marks. The only certainty is that he’ll go out guns blazing, especially when the game is on the line. A broken leg in his season debut robbed Julius Randle of his rookie season. But throughout this preseason, he has looked like the Lakers’ best player. Bryant routinely calls him an “animal,” and Roy Hibbert called him “the future face of the NBA.” He’s got a ways to go, but the talent/physical package is there. Once the most dominant defensive center in the NBA, Roy Hibbert was dumped by the Pacers for next to nothing, and now he’s trying to revive his career in a contract season. No pressure. The Lakers don’t want him to worry about points — just about stopping opponents from scoring them at the rim. If he can show shades of his former self, then the Lakers landed a steal. CARMELO, however, is skeptical. The 19-year-old has superstar potential, that we know, especially after Lakers coach Byron Scott mentioned D’Angelo Russell in the same breath as Magic Johnson and after Bryant recently called Russell “one of the best playmakers in the game.” Russell will probably pile up some head-shaking turnovers in a quest for jaw-dropping highlight passes, but that’s OK. After all, it seemed like every team in the NBA had an elite point guard, and now it seems like the Lakers (potentially) have one too. And if they’re too good this season, they could lose their 2016 first-round draft pick, which is top-three protected, to the 76ers. No doubt, the winningest franchise in NBA history — and the league’s most glamorous team — is at its most crucial crossroads. The Lakers must tread carefully or else face an extended stay in the league’s cellar.Here’s what CARMELO projects for the Lakers’ key players: Read more:NBA player projections2015-16 NBA Previews Jordan Clarkson rose from unknown second-round pick to All-Rookie first team selection, but that all came when the Lakers were decimated with injuries and the season was already lost. If the high-flying combo guard can improve on last season, then the Lakers will know they’ve truly found a diamond in the rough.
Which game is warped most by its all-stars?Change in total per-game scoring average between all-star games and the regular season by league, 2000-2018 National Hockey League*5.5018.45+235.6% Major League Baseball9.128.16-10.5 LeagueRegular SeasonAll-Star GamePct. Change Per-Game Scoring Avg. From ABC News: All-star games occupy a weird place in today’s sports universe. Once upon a time, they served the semi-important function of showcasing great players for fans who seldom — if ever — got to see them play. These exhibitions used to hold some level of romantic appeal for fans. But now, we can watch every player play every game if we want, and with so much money at stake every time a player risks injury by stepping onto the field or court, these showcases seem absurd. By 2019, the all-star game has become a kind of awkward relic that still provides entertainment but whose raison d’être recedes further into history with every passing year.One way we’ve kept the all-star concept alive is through the addition of countless gimmicks, the most high-profile of which is currently the NBA’s schoolyard-style draft. (This year’s was held last Thursday.) There are also various skill competitions around the festivities, too, which often transcend the game. But beyond novel framing devices, the games themselves have also developed into bizarre offshoots of the competitive versions of their respective sports. Depending on how difficult it is to play a given sport at reduced speed and effort with minimal contact, its all-star game may bear little resemblance to the “real” game as experienced in its day-to-day existence.So which sport changes the most when converted to an all-star format? One simple way to measure this is to look at how the scores of the all-star games change, as compared with the ordinary averages from the leagues during their regular seasons. And since 2000 — excluding NHL All-Star Games since 2016, when the league adopted a 3-on-3 format that makes regular-season comparisons impossible — no sport saw more of a difference in scoring between all-star and regular-season games than hockey. National Football League43.6865.37+49.6 *Excluding NHL All-Star Games since 2016, when the league adopted a 3-on-3 tournament format.Source: Sports-Reference.com National Basketball Association197.80285.74+44.5 An ordinary hockey game averages about 2.75 goals per team, give or take yearly scoring variations. But the NHL All-Star Game this century has seen such un-hockey-like scores as 11-10, 12-11, 14-12 and 17-12 (!). All told, before it finally abandoned any pretense of attempting a regulation hockey game, the All-Star Game saw a 236 percent increase in scoring compared with the regular-season NHL average, easily the largest change of any “big four” North American sport.The NBA All-Star Game and the NFL’s Pro Bowl both see a very similar increase in scoring compared with the regular season, with each sitting between a 45 and 50 percent boost. Neither game is known for its tough defense, and for the NFL, that is particularly logical — unless Sean Taylor was involved (RIP), hard hits are not encouraged in the Pro Bowl, and defenses are hamstrung by playing at less than full effort or aggressiveness. The NBA has less of an excuse, since contact is much less fundamental to gameplay, but the All-Star Game has always prioritized flashy offense over lockdown defense — or any defense for that matter. This even manifests in the way players are selected — when doing research for my All-Star Draft simulator, I found that a player’s points-per-game average was by far the statistic most correlated with historical All-Star voting. It makes sense that when a bunch of offensive-minded players get together on the court, defense goes out the window.But that is definitely not true in the league many hail for having the best all-star game — Major League Baseball. MLB is the only one of the big four whose All-Star scoring rate actually decreases relative to regular-season games. With 4.08 runs per team, per All-Star Game since 2000, the stars put 11 percent fewer runs on the board during their big showcase.That wasn’t always the case: From 2000 through 2007, the stars scored 4 percent more runs than in an ordinary game. But from 2008 through 2017, All-Star scoring fell with an incredible 30 percent decrease relative to the regular season — perhaps not coincidentally as bullpens accelerated their takeover of modern baseball and All-Star managers began deploying more and more of their pitchers in extra-short stints. If the NHL needs to nudge its All-Star offense/defense mix more toward the defensive side of the puck, baseball has had the opposite problem, with even the game’s greatest hitters struggling to produce runs against what is essentially a supercharged procession of Hall of Fame-caliber relievers.Baseball’s offense did bust out of its All-Star slump last season with 14 total runs — the most combined in the midsummer classic since 2002’s ill-fated 7-7 tie in Milwaukee. But in the big picture, baseball also still maintains a level of relative normalcy in its All-Star Games not seen in the other major sports. The NHL embraced the crazy scoring and took on an entirely different format; the NFL and NBA continue to play a version of their games that is normal in only the most superficial sense. All the while, we’ll continue to wonder whether we need all-star games in the modern sports landscape, but we’ll watch them anyway — partly out of nostalgia, partly out of entertainment and partly because it still beats anything else we’d probably be doing on a Sunday night in mid-February.
Former OSU linebacker Anthony Schlegel, who is now on the Buckeyes’ staff, tackled a fan who ran onto the field during OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.OSU assistant strength and conditioning coach and former Buckeye linebacker Anthony Schlegel (right) assists in removing a fan attempting to rush onto the field during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor
OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterThe No. 2 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team (22-1) returned home from a two-game road trip and defeated Fort Wayne (5-19) in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-16) on Thursday. The Buckeyes entered the match off of two straight road wins against No. 10 Loyola and No. 7 Lewis, after losing for the first time in 42 consecutive matches on Mar. 11 against fifth-ranked UC Irvine. With limited minutes for junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson, junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and senior opposite hitter Ryan Genn stepped up and combined for 21 of the Buckeyes’ 30 kills. It took no time for the Buckeyes to return to its winning ways at St. John’s Arena. OSU defeated Fort Wayne 25-11 in the first set, combining for eight kills on eight assists. The Buckeyes also had a 5-0 run in the middle of the set to help secure the 14-point set victory. However, the Mastodons really struggled on the attack, combining for a negative-.211 hit percentage with nine attack errors and four service errors. “Fort Wayne helped us a lot,” Hanson said. “They just made a lot of unforced errors. We really didn’t have to play great to get a lot of those points, but I thought our guys were really focused.”The momentum did not stop after the first set. Redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous started the second set with a kill and OSU never looked back. The Buckeyes won six straight points and went on an 11-1 run, leading to a 25-11 second set win over the Mastodons. Genn shined in the second set, recording five of the Buckeyes’ 10 kills in the set. With extended playing time, Genn was ready to show people what he could do on the court. “Coach tells us always to be really aggressive, so I was just thinking that mentality from the service line and from an attacking point,” Genn said. “It worked out pretty well for me today.” The Buckeyes won the third set 25-16, with Hervoir scoring six of OSU’s 12 kills. Hanson was very pleased with the junior after he led the team with 11 kills. “Max had a great night, got the ball in rhythm, hit some really good shots,” Hanson said. “We need Max to kind of be that offensive force, but I think we have always known that he is a pretty good blocker, a real good defender. If we can continue to get a little more offense out of him as we go forward, that’s just going to take more pressure off of Nick (Szerszen) and Miles (Johnson).”With a home win under the Buckeyes’ belt, OSU will next take on a familiar foe in No. 11 Ball State.“Ball State is going to be a tough match,” Genn said. “It always is. They are always a pretty scrappy team and whenever we play them, it’s always a tight-knit match. I’m excited.” The Buckeyes and Cardinals will show down at St. John Arena Saturday night at 7 p.m.
One of the first alleged victims of sexual abuse from a former Ohio State doctor said in an email sent to investigators that he hopes to “reach a negotiated settlement” to compensate the victims, according to an email received by The Lantern.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State wrestler Michael DiSabato sent an email on June 26, 2018, to Kathleen M. Trafford, an employee of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, the investigative team working with Ohio State on the allegations of sexual abuse by former team physician Richard Strauss. The Lantern obtained this email from Bret Adams, a sports agent in Columbus who sent the email out to multiple news outlets.Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey told The Lantern the email “appears to be a copy of an email that the university received on June 26,” but that Ohio State had no further comment.In the email sent to Trafford, DiSabato said it was not the intent of the victims to damage the Ohio State brand and cause a “public relations nightmare.” As a result, he said the victims are “purposely controlling” the information released to prevent further damage to Ohio State.He added that everyone hopes to resolve this as soon as possible and that closure is “our number one concern.”Included in the email was a video with testimony from former Ohio State national champion Mark Coleman, former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson and Brian Garrett, a nursing student at Ohio State who claimed to have worked with Strauss at his private corporation. DiSabato said the video was produced for review by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Attorney General Mike DeWine and other “statewide leaders.”In addition to the video, DiSabato goes on to further lay out a timeline of events, beginning in 1978 when he said Ohio State wrestlers first came forward to University officials and to then-head wrestling coach Chris Ford.He goes on to say that based on testimony from athletes in “at least fifteen varsity sports,” he estimated Strauss “sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1500 / 2000 athletes at OSU from 1978 thru 1998.” He added that Strauss also assaulted high school students — with the youngest being 14 years old — during research authorized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus and Ohio State. DiSabato also said complaints were brought to the Ohio State athletic director — then Andy Geiger — and that athletes requested more security at Larkins Hall — where the wrestlers and other athletes showered and were allegedly abused by Strauss. He said Geiger dismissed their requests.“HE KNEW AND DID NOTHING,” DiSaboto wrote in all caps.The email then discussed meetings DiSabato had with current Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in November 2015 where the two talked about player safety and how athletes have dealt with depression. A year later, he said he informed athletic department officials about the improper use of former player images around the athletic facilities. Ohio State has said anyone with information relating to Strauss or the investigation should contact investigators at [email protected]
Ian Brady, one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, has died aged 79.Brady, who along with accomplice Myra Hindley, murdered five children in the 1960s, had been suffering from a lung and chest condition and died at the Ashworth High Security Hospital on Merseyside.But even in death, Brady continued to cause anguish, taking the secret of where he had buried the last of his victims, Keith Bennett, to the grave with him. The killer had long expressed the wish to be allowed to die and had even reportedly gone on hunger strike resulting in him being force fed through a tube.In 2013 he asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so that he could be allowed to starve himself to death, but his appeal was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital. Obsessed with Nazi Germany, sadism and sexual perversion, he first met Hindley when she worked as a secretary at the company where they were both employed. She became their youngest victim when she was lured from a fairground to the house Hindley shared with her grandmother in Hattersley.Brady stripped, sexually abused and tortured her, forcing her to pose for pornographic photographs. Greater Manchester Police said on Tuesday they will never close the case of 12-year-old Keith despite Brady’s death.Martin Bottomley, head of the force’s Cold Case Review Unit, said officers would act on “credible and actionable” information which would help them find his body.He said: “Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moors, Greater Manchester Police will never close this case. Brady’s death does not change that.” Her body was discovered in 1987 after the murderers eventually confessed to the killing.Brady had beaten her about the head and cut her throat with such force that her spinal cord was severed.Four months after Pauline vanished, the day after President John F Kennedy’s assassination in the US, 12-year-old John Kilbride became Brady’s second victim.John from Manchester was lured on to the moor where he was sexually assaulted and murdered. Ian Brady pictured with Myra Hindley and her younger sister MaureenCredit:SWNS Brady took a photograph of Hindley standing on the edge of his grave holding her pet dog. The photograph would later lead police to the young boy’s resting place.Keith Bennett, who was 12 at the time, died after leaving his home in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester on June 16 1964.Police mounted an intensive search of the moor in 1986 amid reports that the pair had confessed to his murder, but his remains were never discovered.Their next victim was 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey who was abducted and killed on Boxing Day in 1964. He died at 6.03pm on Monday. A spokesman for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust did not confirm what Brady had died of, but said he had been on oxygen for a while. Former police officer Norman Brennan, who represented the family of Lesley Ann Downey, told Newsnight about the “grief and torment” he saw on the faces of her mother and father. He said Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died five years ago, would be “turning in her grave” that Brady never revealed where her son’s body is.”We’re going to be taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave,” Mr Kilbride told the Sun. A family member of Lesley Ann Downey reportedly posted online: “We as a family have had the best news ever! Brady the devil’s disciple is DEAD!!! May you rot in F—— HELL!!!!!!!!!!!”Her brother, Terry West, said he had poured himself a glass of wine when he found out the news.”It’s closure for our family,” he said. In February he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed.During the hearing it was revealed that he had been bedridden for two years and was suffering from emphysema and was terminally ill.Rejected by his mother Brady was brought up by foster parents in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, but later moved to Manchester with his mother and stepfather. He told the programme: “To know that your daughter was lost, alone and murdered and then actually her death was recorded, the grief can never ever be etched from your mind.”Those two individuals, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, they didn’t just destroy five young children’s lives.”For their relentless appeals and false hopes that they gave the families for over 50 years destroyed all of the families as well, even to this day.”A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “We can confirm a 79-year-old patient in long term care at Ashworth High Secure Hospital has died after becoming physically unwell.” Ian Brady Credit:SWNS Lesley Ann Downey Their killing spree began in 1963 when they abducted 16-year-old Pauline Reade, as she made her way to a disco near her home in Gorton, Manchester.She was lured to the moors by Hindley who said she had lost her gloves there and needed help finding them. Myra Hindley died in 2002Credit:PA “The grief can never be etched from your mind” – former police officer Norman Brennan, who represented Ian Brady’s victims tells #newsnight pic.twitter.com/tmwc5pllaf— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 15, 2017 Credit:SWNS Brady, who was jailed for life in 1966, but had spent much of his time in a secure hospital, appeared to enjoy toying with the authorities and never showed any remorse for his appalling crimes.The gravity of his and Hindley’s acts in the 1960s, when they abducted youngsters from the streets before torturing and murdering them, shocked the nation to the core. Edward Evans, 17, who was lured from a gay bar to Brady and Hindley’s home, was their last victim.Brady was 28 in May 1966 when he and Hindley were convicted of murdering Lesley Ann and Edward.He was also convicted of the murder of John Kilbride and received three life sentences to run concurrently.In 1987 Brady finally confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett but he was never tried for the crimes. The brother of John Kilbride said he felt “numb” at the news of Brady’s death. Describing him as a “murderous psychopath”, Terry Kilbride said: “He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone.” Her last moments were recorded on a harrowing 16-minute, 21-second audio tape.The terrified girl begged for mercy, called out for her mother and appealed to God for help before her voice was stifled forever. Serial killer Ian Brady after his arrest in October 1966Credit:Manchester Evening News/Manchester Evening News Keith Bennett, left, whose body has never been found, and Pauline ReadCredit:Andrew Parsons /PA Ian Brady and Myra Hindley Brady and Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, became known as the Moors Murderers after torturing and killing five youngsters: Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, ten, and Edward Evans, 17.They buried their bodies on the bleak Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines.In recent years, with his heath failing Brady was urged to do the decent thing and reveal the whereabouts of 12-year-old Keith’s body, but he persistently refused allowing the youngster’s elderly mother to die without ever being able to lay her son to rest. Brady was not found dead in his room, the spokesman said, but he was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died, adding: “Quite possibly. 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