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Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end in prison after pleading not guilty to murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was involved in an altercation with another inmate at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, but neither man required medical attention, a Massachusetts sheriff said Wednesday.The altercation took place Tuesday in a common area of the facility, where only one inmate at a time is supposed to be out of his cell, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.Hodgson said jail staff are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to figure out what happened and determine whether disciplinary measures or criminal charges are warranted.“An altercation took place between two inmates, and one of them was Aaron Hernandez,” Hodgson told ABC News. “We will be studying video and proceeding with interviews to determine why and how the incident took place to determine whether internal discipline or criminal charges are warranted.”The jail also is reviewing procedures to learn how the inmates were permitted out of their cells at the same time.“It was very brief,” Hodgson said. “The officers were right there, and it was stopped within seconds, maybe a minute.”Hodgson did not release the other inmate’s name and said he did not know of any previous tension between the two.“We don’t know what, if any, relationship there was or has been at any point, either here or anywhere else,” Hodgson said.Both Hernandez and the other inmate have been moved to other units until the investigation is completed. read more


Kyrie Irving responded twice to the negative backlash he received for his celebratory yacht party last Friday which seemingly hosted only white women. Twitter initially reacted furiously to the pro baller’s turn-up, which was held after he won the NBA Finals with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavilers last week.Once video surfaced of the bash at Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, social media users made their feelings known.But y’all dumb and just wanna perpetuate an angry black girl stereotype ?— Puddon (@Itsprincesssyd_) June 24, 2016Irving responded cryptically to the criticism June 25. In a photo posted on Instagram, he focused on the two women who were “all different shades.” The caption was complete with the hashtag #tryadifferentstory.https://www.instagram.com/p/BHEEUnpA0zx/But the backlash continued and the star was led to address it head on in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.“I was raised by the Black women in my family,” Irving wrote. “And for me to be connected to some nonsense like a ‘No Black girls allowed’ party is embarrassing and an inaccurate portrayal of who and what I represent as [a] man.”“I would like to apologize to anyone if they were offended initially without knowing any of what actually happened, but that story has no truth to it and I wanted to clear the air on all of this B.S,” he wrote suggesting there were Black women present. “And for those who know me, I’m sorry you all had to answer questions about a story as ridiculous as something like this.”The statement drew mixed reactions.Julianna Lobosky, a white woman, blamed the negative online response on pulling the race card.Cedreca Zabardast Strickland-Peacock was pleased that no Black women were at the party, alluding to lewd activities that occur at such events.But Tea Porter felt whether or not the party was white women only others acting like such a gathering would be okay was problematic.Dellyian Oteng Kobby had a colorblind view of  the situation. read more


2018Chris BallardIndianapolis ColtsActive SeasonGMTeamStatus 2017Howie RosemanPhiladelphia EaglesActive Source: Pro Football Writers of America 2009Bill PolianIndianapolis ColtsFired Jan. 3 2012 2013John DorseyKansas City ChiefsFired June 22, 2017 2016Reggie McKenzieOakland RaidersFired Dec. 10, 2018 Is this award cursed?Employment history of the winners of the past 10 awards for the NFL executive of the year from the Pro Football Writers of America 2012Ryan GrigsonIndianapolis ColtsFired Jan. 21, 2017 2015Mike MaccagnanNew York JetsFired May 15, 2019 2010Scott PioliKansas City ChiefsFired Jan. 4, 2013 2014Jerry JonesDallas CowboysOwner 2011Trent BaalkeSan Francisco 49ersFired Jan. 1, 2016 In a move that surprised many, the New York Jets on Wednesday fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and named head coach Adam Gase as the team’s interim GM. The timing was unusual in that Maccagnan just last month had job security enough to oversee the team’s draft, including the selection of the third overall pick in defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Maccagnan was likewise given the freedom to spend $125 million in free agency this offseason, which included paying for easily replaceable production by signing former Pittsburgh star Le’veon Bell at running back. Maccagnan was also reportedly instrumental in hiring Gase, a decision that may have ultimately led to his ouster.Maccagnan’s fall from grace was precipitous. He was named executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America for the 2015 season, his first as Jets GM. That season, he helped shepherd the Jets to a 10-6 record, coming up a win short of the playoffs. Now, less than four years after being recognized as the top executive in the league, Maccagnan is unemployed.But perhaps we should have known his days were numbered when he won that award. Shockingly, this honor has become the front office equivalent of the Madden curse. Seven of the past 10 award winners have been fired. Of the three winners who still have jobs, one — Jerry Jones — is an owner who is unlikely to fire himself, and the other two are the most recent recipients: Howie Roseman in 2017 and Chris Ballard in 2018. For the seven fired GMs, the average time from winning executive of the year to being unemployed works out to a brisk 1,122 days, or just over three years. Former Colts’ GM Bill Polian leads the seven in time served, with a 12-year run with the Colts and 22 years total as an NFL executive prior to winning a record fifth executive of the year award in 2009. He stepped down as GM after the 2009 season but remained vice chairman of the team, and then he began the decade of despair by getting unceremoniously fired — along with his son, who succeeded him as GM — two years later.It’s interesting to note that the longest-tenured GMs in the NFL who aren’t also owners — the Patriots’ Bill Belichick and the Steelers’ Kevin Colbert — have never won the award. Neither has Washington’s on-again, off-again GM Bruce Allen, and he’s been able to hold on to a spot in the organization for the past nine years. Perhaps owners and league observers are giving GMs both too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things come up pear-shaped. Half of the honored executives during the past decade worked as GMs of the Colts and the Chiefs, suggesting that the teams they inherited might have been just as important to their success.Often, GMs on the list rose and fell based on the fortunes of their head coaches or quarterbacks. San Francisco’s Trent Baalke won the award while paired with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who would take the Niners to the brink of Super Bowl glory. But Harbaugh departed for Michigan, and Baalke was quickly dismissed after he hitched his wagon to a sweaty and confused Jim Tomsula and the ghost of Chip Kelly. Indianapolis’s Ryan Grigson, gifted the first overall pick in his rookie year as a GM, took an absolute no-brainer in quarterback Andrew Luck and reaped the benefits for five years, posting a record of 52-34 as a GM before being fired.The reigning executive of the year, Chris Ballard, might be an exception. Ballard worked under fellow award winner and former mentor John Dorsey in Kansas City. Dorsey was fired soon after Ballard left for Indianapolis, and some insiders have pointed to Ballard’s management acumen and attention to detail as something Dorsey leaned on and was unable to replicate in Ballard’s absence. Dorsey landed on his feet in Cleveland, however, and he inherited both the first and fourth overall picks in the 2018 draft, setting himself and his team up for success.If Maccagnan has an opportunity at a second act as an NFL GM, he should probably follow in the footsteps of Baalke and Dorsey and seek out a team with a good coach and a high draft pick. Then he should probably pray that he never wins another executive of the year award. read more


The Columbus Clippers lost 3-2 to the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon after another great pitching performance by Toledo’s Armando Galarraga.A crowd of 6,092 attended the first game of a 10-game home stand for the Clippers at Huntington Park. Weather for the game was surprisingly pleasant, as the rain held off until the eighth inning. Both the Clippers and the Mud Hens received solid performances from their starting pitchers. Hector Rondon pitched five innings for the Clippers, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out five. Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh was pleased with Rondon’s performance. “His last start, I thought he had a good start but just had one bad inning,” Sarbaugh said. “Today he threw well but he had one passed ball that let in a run, and he left a changeup up high to [Jeff] Larish and he put a good swing on it. Other than that, I thought he threw the ball pretty well.”In his second start against the Clippers this year, Galarraga allowed four hits and two runs through six innings and recorded the win. “Galarraga just has good command of his pitches,” Sarbaugh said. “He has really good sink on his fastball, and you can’t really sit on one location and one pitch. He’ll drop arm angles, and the ball moves well to both sides of the plate.”Galarraga pitched six strong innings in a victory against the Clippers on April 15.  The Mud Hens scored first in the second inning when Casper Wells scored on a pass ball from third base. In the top of the third inning, Will Rhymes led off the inning with a single. Rondon let up a two-run home run to Larish to make the score 3-0. Trevor Crowe led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Wes Hodges. The Clippers scored another run in the fourth inning as Damaso Espino hit an RBI single to score Brian Bixler and bring the score to 3-2.That would be the end of the scoring for either side as both teams had strong performances from the bullpen. Jay Sborz recorded his seventh save for the Mud Hens and leads the league in that category. The Clippers’ record fell to a division-leading 11-7, while the Mud Hens moved to 10-8.  The team’s 11-6 record coming into the game was its best start to a season since 1999. The 1999 team finished the season 83-58, winning the division but losing in the playoffs.Backup catcher Damaso Espino said that there is a good feeling in the dugout after a good start to the 2010 season.“We have a great group of guys. We all get along very well and we’re rooting for each other,” Espino said. “It has been exciting and it is going to be a very fun year.” read more


Lantern file photoIt will be hard to measure how much Urban Meyer altered the fate of the 2012 Ohio State football team with the performance evaluations he administered to OSU assistant coaches last June. There’s every chance that Meyer’s criticism in those evaluations played a role in the Buckeyes’s 12-0 season, and perhaps even greater accomplishments in seasons to come.The performance evaluations were obtained by The Lantern through a public records request and list the positive attributes of each coach as well as areas for improvement. Some evaluations appear less thorough than others (there was nothing listed in the “work on” section of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman’s evaluation) and some are vague and hard to decipher. The prevailing theme was that Meyer, whose criticism ranged from recruiting tactics to making more efficient use of the team’s time on the practice field, wanted improvement from the OSU assistants.The program’s assistants completed a self-evaluation before Meyer met with them to verbally provide his evaluation, according to a university human resources statement provided by OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Brief summaries of Meyer’s comments were typed on the evaluation documents, and according to the text, they were completed on June 25 and 26.Zach Smith: Wide receivers coachMeyer encouraged each OSU coach to improve on the recruiting trail, but the Buckeyes’ then-first-year receivers coach Zach Smith appeared to be a weakest link on OSU’s powerhouse staff of recruiters.According to the evaluation documents, Meyer wrote that Smith “needed improvement” with regard to recruiting, adding that he needed to work on being “thorough and intense.”Meyer also said that Smith needed to improve his on-field energy as well as his ability to complete tasks efficiently, according to the documents.Smith was more critical of himself in his self-evaluation than his peers on the OSU staff.Coaches graded themselves on a five-point scale in various categories and Smith was the only coach to give himself a grade lower than “3,” according to the documents. Smith gave himself a “2” regarding “Coaching what he sees on tape” and “Productivity in recruiting,” noting that he “need(s) to be aggressive with (wide receivers) and have conviction on area recruits — improve time management.”Tim Hinton: Tight ends, fullbacks coachDemands for “competitive excellence” and aggressive recruiting were common, but Meyer reserved what might have been his harshest criticism for Tim Hinton.Meyer said that Hinton’s top priority should be working on his “ability to articulate the offense” better, according to the evaluation. Additionally, Meyer wrote that Hinton needed to work on the “efficiency of practice time.”Mike Vrabel: Defensive line coachMeyer told Vrabel to take a wins-and-losses approach to the recruiting aspect of his job, writing, “Same approach to recruiting as playing (No excuses, W/L).”Meyer also appeared to encourage Vrabel — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots — to work on using his professional experience to better develop the team’s defensive line.Everett Withers: Associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator, safeties coachMuch of Meyer’s criticism for Everett Withers was related to recruiting. On the evaluation, Meyer wrote “1.) Close on a difference maker. 2.) Intensity and thoroughness in recruiting.” A third criticism – “competitive excellence of players in off-season” – was also levied.Ed Warinner: Co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coachMeyer’s No. 1 criticism of Warinner was, presumably, that he wasn’t building strong relationships on the recruiting trail. All Meyer wrote on this matter was “Relationships in recruiting.” The second item listed was closing on offensive line recruits, followed by “engagement.”Meyer’s elaboration regarding the latter only went as far as to say “family, non-football discussion.”Kerry Coombs: Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinatorMeyer encouraged the fiery Coombs to work on closing on a big-time recruit and production of his cornerbacks unit for fall. Coombs responded to Meyer’s recommendations by helping then-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby achieve first-team All-American honors (ESPN) after a 2012 season in which he caught a team-high five interceptions. Roby was also a Thorpe Award semifinalist.Stan Drayton: Running backs coachIn addition to encouraging Drayton to up his game on the recruiting front, it appears that Meyer wanted his running backs coach to provide fresh ideas to game plans for the running backs.“Get a big timer: recruiting,” Meyer wrote as the top item on Drayton’s evaluation. Like other OSU assistants, Meyer also said he wanted Drayton to get competitive excellence out of the running backs.Lastly, Meyer wrote, “Creativity/ideas in game planning.”Luke Fickell: Co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coachFor Fickell, whose one-season tenure as OSU head coach was sandwiched between the exit of former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the arrival of Meyer, the first item of business was establishing himself as a leader on Meyer’s coaching staff. “Leadership role on staff,” wrote Meyer, who also listed Fickell’s ability to adapt and embrace his fellow staff-members as a positive.Fickell was the only coach that opted to leave a remark in the “employee’s comments” section of the evaluation, writing, “Great meeting with lots of constructive suggestions to get better.”Wallenberg declined to make any of the football coaches available for comment, saying that, generally, the department does not comment on personnel issues. So, while the extent to which coaches made improvements after their performance evaluations were administered remains to be seen, it could be safely assumed that at least a couple of Meyer’s criticisms related to on-field issues were addressed and corrected in time for the team’s undefeated, Big Ten Leaders Division championship season.Some of Meyer’s concerns regarding recruiting tactics were likely addressed as well and improved the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in America, according to Rivals.com.Again eligible for postseason competition after serving a one-year ban after the undefeated 2012 season, OSU will begin the 2013 season with an Aug. 31 game in Columbus against Buffalo. read more


Junior forward LaQuinton Ross attempts a shot over a Nebraska defender during the Big Ten Tournament March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — With a chance to play in their sixth straight Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship Game, all Ohio State has to do is get past its biggest rival.After clawing back from the bowels of an 18-point deficit Friday to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 71-67, the No. 5-seeded Buckeyes (25-8, 12-8) — powered by a career-high 26 points from junior forward LaQuinton Ross — now find top-seeded Michigan waiting for them in the semifinals.The Wolverines (24-7, 16-3), survived a scare from Illinois in the quarterfinals, holding on to win 64-63 after the Fighting Illini’s last second shot fell helplessly to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court.In the lone regular season meeting between OSU and Michigan, the Wolverines came to Columbus Feb. 11 and slid by the Buckeyes, 70-60.“This is a big time rivalry. Since I’ve been here that was the first time that’s happened, us only playing Michigan once and they beat us on our home court so it’s going to be a good game (Saturday),” Ross said after OSU’s victory against Nebraska. “Michigan’s a good team.”In the matchup last month — Michigan’s first win in Columbus in 11 years — OSU led by as many as eight in the second half, before Wolverine leading scorer and sophomore guard Nik Stauskas capitalized on an offensive dry spell by the Buckeyes take the lead for good. Stauskas led Michigan with 15 points, and freshman guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.OSU has won six of eight games since the loss, but senior guard Aaron Craft said the rivalry takes a bigger leap Saturday because it’s at the Big Ten Tournament.“I think it’s going to mean a lot. You never want to go out losing to them. Obviously it’s a big rivalry for us and we only have to play them once,” Craft said. “You miss being able to go up there and play in front of their fans. Luckily we get them again. Not that it makes it any easier or anything like that, but it’s going to be a big game and hopefully we come ready to play.”Michigan shot 10-30 from beyond the arc in its win Friday against Illinois, its first game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after earning a bye in the first round. OSU ranks third in the nation in defending the 3-pointer, as its opponents are shooting just 28.5 percent from there so far this season. Keeping the Wolverines’ shooters in check is going to be a team effort, Craft said.“Obviously they’re shooting the ball well. You’d think, first game coming in they’re not going to shoot that well with not that much time in the gym but they came out firing today,” Craft said. “It’s a team defensive game.”The game Saturday is set to be OSU’s third in three days, and after exerting plenty of energy while applying full court pressure to get back and eventually win the game against Nebraska, the Buckeyes could be feeling the effects.Don’t tell that to sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, though.“I don’t think we’re tired at all. Our last week of practice being very intense, we did a lot of conditioning to get ready for the tournament,” Della Valle, who came off the bench to score 12 points against the Cornhuskers, said. “But we gotta be ready to stop their offense because they’re very good offensively, guys like Stauskas and (sophomore guard Caris) Levert. They can shoot threes, and we gotta play physical.”OSU is now 21-5 all-time the Big Ten Tournament, and the matchup with the Wolverines will be its 34th game this season. With that in mind, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes are getting to what they’ve been working for all year.“I think that you hope, at this point of the season, all the work you’ve done dating back this year, Sept. 28, it can come to fruition,” Matta said.With their biggest rivals standing in the way of fighting once again for Big Ten supremacy, getting up to play shouldn’t be a problem, Craft said.“If you have to be begged to play (Saturday) than I don’t know if you should be here,” Craft said.Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more


Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the start of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter defeating Indiana 49-26 on Saturday, Ohio State remained at No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes continued to earn a first place vote, finishing behind No. 1 Alabama, which earned 59 first place votes, and No. 2 Georgia. Ohio State is one of four teams from the Big Ten represented in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes join No. 8 Penn State, No 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin in the latest edition of the poll. Iowa also earned 87 votes, but failed to enter the Top 25. No. 3 Ohio State will face Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at 12 p.m. on Oct. 13.The AP Poll: Week 7 Alabama (59)Georgia Ohio State (1) Clemson (1) Notre DameWest VirginiaWashingtonPenn StateTexas UCF OklahomaMichigan LSUFloridaWisconsinMiamiOregonKentuckyColoradoNC StateAuburnTexas A&MSouth FloridaMississippi StateCincinatti read more


first_imgCommuters in Hackney were left shocked when a loud explosion blew open a nearby manhole, following an electrical fire underground. 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


first_img“So there can no longer be an automatic assumption that it’s OK to slash many thousands of extra hospital beds – unless and until there really are better alternatives in place for patients.”That’s why before major service changes are given the green light, they’ll now need to prove there are still going to be sufficient hospital beds to provide safe, modern and efficient care locally.”Any area which intends to cut significant numbers of hospital beds will only be allowed to do so if they fulfill strict conditions, such as increasing provision of community services, or introducing new treatments which mean patients can be seen as day cases.The change in approach follows repeated warnings from senior doctors that repeated bed cuts have left the country’s hospitals dangerously overcrowded.In just six years, the health service has cut almost 15,000 beds, equivalent to the loss of 24 hospitals. Stevens  Simon Stevens said significant bed cuts could only go ahead if they meet a series of tests  Swingeing hospital bed closures must be halted, the head of NHS has warned as he says slashing thousands of places amid a “sharp rise” in crowding levels is too risky.Simon Stevens made the intervention as NHS authorities draw up plans to attempt to save £22bn while coping with unprecented demand.Many of the draft proposals included sweeping bed cuts, as well as the closure or downgrading of up to 24 Accident & Emergency departments, 11 maternity units and 19 hospitals.But they were drawn up before the worst winter crisis in the history of the NHS, with almost half of trust declaring emergency warnings amid record occupancy levels.Now Mr Stevens has ordered officials to scale back bed cuts – ordering each area to draw up “credible implementation plans” which take proper account of current levels of strain.On Friday, he will tell a conference of NHS leaders: “More older patients inevitably means more emergency admissions, and the pressures on A&E are being compounded by the sharp rise in patients stuck in beds awaiting home care and care home places. 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. The intervention follows a diktat from NHS England ordering all trusts to alter their logos – this one fails the new tests  South London’s draft plans set out a 44 per cent reduction in inpatient bed days, with plans to slash 400 acute beds in Derbyshire and 200 beds from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.The new rules will mean significant bed cuts can only be made if NHS England officials agree that: adequate alternatives are in place, such as bolstered GP and commumnity services new treatments or therapies can be demonstrated to cut hospital admissions among certain categories of patients. hospitals which are not using beds efficiently can demonstrate credible plans to improve their performance without compromising patient care.  However, the intervention could leave NHS senior managers struggling to find ways to achieve plans to make a promised £22bn in savings by 2021.  Hospitals are under unprecedented pressure, health officials say  NHS logo  NHS big ben The NHS has the third lowest number of beds per head of population than any country in Europe, with just 2.7 beds per 1,000 population, compared with an EU average of 5.2.In recent weeks, two coroners have written to Mr Stevens, warning that lives are being put at risk because of the refusal of hospitals to take patients, for want of intensive care beds.Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons welcomed the intervention: “This new patient care test should prevent hospital bed closures that could restrict the availability of inpatient care”, she said.Across the country, 44 areas have been ordered to draw up draft “sustainability and transformation plans” to reorganise services and meet financial pressures.But draft plans have already triggered protests.Councils in north-west London have objected to plans which could see the number of major hospitals cut from nine to five.  Dorset’s draft plans suggest cutting the number of hospital beds from 1,810 to 1,570, while Leicestershire and Rutland have drawn up proposals to cut beds from 1,940 to 1,697.last_img read more


first_imgMrs Uriely told her son: “Mummy’s here.”She told the inquest: “I said: ‘I’d never let anything bad happen to you.”‘She said she spoke to staff about the “worst case scenario” but was told she was on a “wild goose chase”.There was no improvement in Michael’s condition on August 21, the inquest heard.Mrs Uriely made an appointment with Dr Aisha Laskor, believing that her son had been prematurely and inappropriately discharged from hospital.She felt the prospect of leaving him untreated for the weekend was “frightening” and felt that at this stage it was “imperative” that the referrals she had requested were sorted.The inquest heard that Dr Laskor expressed shock that the hospital had failed to treat Michael – but the two women disagree about what was said during the appointment.”Your recollection is completely different,” the coroner said. She told the inquest he said that Michael was “not in this category”.Mrs Uriely told the inquest she made requests for Michael to be referred to an asthma clinic as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital, but these requests did not materialise before his death.She said she was told on one occasion that Michael’s condition “didn’t require it”.Michael was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital on August 18 and discharged at 8pm the same day.He was readmitted on August 19 and sent home again the following day.On August 18, Mrs Uriely said she thought he was having the worst asthma attack she had ever seen him having.But she said she was told: “You don’t really need to be here. You should go home.”She told the inquest: “I said: ‘I can’t go without you doing some sort of test.”‘ Michael was a big sports fanCredit:PA A tragic, unnecessary death of a bright young talent… https://t.co/HuN2RbOXqx— Nigel Short (@nigelshortchess) March 15, 2017 He suggested she was saying that to “justify” her decision to send him home.Later in her evidence, a tearful Dr Laskor said: “I was still questioning my decision that evening.”Asked if Mrs Uriely appeared to be “desperate”, the doctor said: “I would have to say that no, she did not appear desperate.”Michael, who played for Barnet Knights Chess Club, died on August 25 after he collapsed in the early hours and never regained consciousness.At the time of his death he had been competing in the Mindsports Olympiad, an international multi-disciplined competition which includes chess.A memorial chess tournament was held for Michael in April last year and December’s Super Rapidplay at the London Chess Classic 2016 was also held in memory of him. I was still questioning my decision that eveningDr Laskor Dr Laskor said she was “concerned enough to consider calling for an ambulance”, but decided not to send him to hospital.She said her “gut instinct” was to send him back to hospital, but she said Mrs Uriely told her he was better since he was discharged – something Mrs Uriely says is untrue.The doctor said she told the Urielys to stay in the waiting room for 20 to 30 minutes after the appointment so that if they needed to see her again they could do so.Representing the Uriely family, Adam Korn put it to Dr Laskor: “It’s not true, is it, that Mrs Uriely said Michael had got better?” Michael’s mother Ayelet Uriely said in a statement that she was “devastated beyond words” about the loss of her son, who she described as “highly gifted”.Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that there were chances to treat Michael in the months before his death.While dealing with Mrs Uriely’s statement to the inquest, Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: “There was 11 opportunities within seven months to appropriately test, diagnose and treat him.”The inquest heard Mrs Uriely “felt strongly” that her son was denied basic care. As early as February that year, Mrs Uriely asked a doctor about the chances of her son dying as she felt his condition was deteriorating. Mrs Uriely said they were told “something like we were wasting their time”, and that Michael would grow out of asthma.The child was brought back to the hospital in the early hours of August 19, and by this stage was having violent bouts of vomiting as well as a bloated chest.The inquest heard he was told that he was “hysterical” and not having an asthma attack.Mrs Uriely was told he was being discharged that afternoon but she said she told staff: “I am scared my son will die tonight”.She also said Michael himself said he was “afraid to die”, adding that he was “not the kind of person to say something like that”. Doctors missed 11 opportunities to treat a nine-year-old chess champion in the months before he died of chronic asthma, an inquest heard.Michael Uriely, who was one of the UK’s brightest prospects in the game, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London twice in the days before his death after he suffered violent coughing and vomiting fits which left him struggling to breathe.The national chess champion, from St John’s Wood, north-west London, died on August 25 2015, five days after being discharged from the hospital for the second time.In the months before his death the Westminster Under School pupil was also seen by NHS GPs, as well as having private doctor appointments. Mrs Uriely said Michael’s father Roy took their son out of the room and she asked the doctor about “the likelihood of death”.She said he responded to her by saying: “What are you talking about?” Michael was a big sports fan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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