San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been fined $15,750 for his hit on Drew Brees in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints.Despite the disapproval of the penalty by some NFL observers, Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said his officials made the right call. Blandino said even though Brooks initially hit Brees in the chest, he earned a penalty when his arm rose and hit the quarterback in the throat. The rule goes:“You can’t make forcible contact to the head or the neck area, even if the contact starts below the neck and rises up. If there’s force to that contact, it’s a foul.”Brooks’ agent has already said he will appeal the fine.
Mila Barzdukas, Giuseppe Vinci, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan in front of a regulation size volleyball. Jody Avirgan: Neil, my favorite little tidbit from the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was the fact that each day, all the stats nerds streamed into the building toward panel discussions about sports analytics, waltzing right past — actual sports! There was a massive regional volleyball tournament taking place in the same building, and as far as I could tell, no one stopped to check it out. And, honestly, part of me thinks that it could have been an NFL game and people would have still hustled upstairs to talk about sports rather than just watch them. There was a panel discussion called “Is Analytics Taking the Fun Out of Sports.” This felt like a nice parallel to that idea.Neil Paine: “Hey, nerds — get your heads out of those volleyball spreadsheets and try watching a match!” (Said no one ever.) But seriously, the juxtaposition was interesting, particularly considering that we had the opportunity to speak with some people who do sabermetrics for volleyball. It seemed like this should have been a big moment for them — considering their sport was on display for all Sloan-ites to see — but instead it was just another smaller sport that can sometimes go neglected at an event geared more toward basketball, baseball and football.But not by us — right, Jody?Jody: Never. We contain multitudes. That said, I know next to nothing about volleyball. And while there is obvious strategy involved — you can see play fakes and how teammates work together — I hadn’t really thought about how you would evaluate the merit of particular plays. The main thing I learned from Mila Barzdukas and Giuseppe Vinci was to think about the setting pass. Is it one that leaves the team with no options but to flail and punch it over the net? Or is it a pass that multiple people could spike, from a wide range of unpredictable angles? That is, in essence, the goal of every possession — a versatile set pass. And it’s graded on a scale of 0 to 3. If you’ve got three options of attack from a given set, that’s a success.And the thing that makes it so intriguing is that the quality of the set is related to the pass before it, which is related to the serve before it. … It’s impossible to untangle each pass from the others. Which might be kind of unique among all sports, right? And, I imagine, a real metrics challenge. …Which is where I saw your wheels turning. Have we found your new beat?Neil: It’s possible. Not really having played volleyball since high school gym class, I’d never considered how oddly well-structured it is for analysis, in terms of the way each rally progresses and the fact that outcomes for individual players can be counted with relative ease. (Even at the 14- to 15-year-old level we observed, Vinci and Barzdukas insisted that coaches were tracking basic pluses and minuses — that is, positive and negative plays — for their players during matches.) It’s still not as perfectly suited to analytics as baseball (what is?), but it wouldn’t be unfair to liken it more to basketball than sports with more moving parts, such as hockey, soccer and football.The strategy of maximizing your passing options on any given setting opportunity struck me as particularly fascinating because it seems like one of those statistical best practices that can suddenly bring focus to a coach’s entire game plan. It that way, it may be much like how conserving outs should be the all-consuming imperative of a baseball offense or how resisting mid-range jumpers has become the mark of smart offensive basketball. (Even hockey has recently found a version of this: Playing dump-and-chase is the equivalent of cutting off your setter’s passing options.)The beauty of sports analytics, though, is that they’re a beginning, not an end. Finding the right strategy is just the first step in a journey that (hopefully) ends with the right players putting it to use. And with an actual volleyball tournament in such close proximity to analytics experts, both components of the odyssey were placed side-by-side, however briefly.Jody: Well said, Neil. Nice setup. Even the most grizzled volleyball coach would say you’re “passing a 3.” OK, folks, watch the video. CORRECTION (March 10, 10:37 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the number of passes in a volleyball point. It’s two, not three.
Zach LaVinePG202014131760 Some context to go along with the chart: Based on his rookie season, KAT’s CARMELO “upside score” is 50.2. Simply, that’s our best guess at how many wins Towns will add to his team over the next six seasons. It means our model thinks he’ll be worth 50.2 wins above replacement over that period, which would have ranked seventh in the league in 2015-16, wedged between Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. That’s an alarmingly good projection, considering he’ll be entering his second season and presumably has not reached his potential — the other players who project anywhere near that range are all established stars whose six-year outlook includes only their prime seasons and the gradual decline from that peak. For Towns, it’s possible his best years aren’t even included in those six.The key thing here, the obvious thing, is that Towns’s status as a franchise centerpiece is not merely the product of especially sanguine long-term forecasts, as is occasionally the case with promising players still searching for their final forms like Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton. Towns dominated this season, producing numbers in a way that doesn’t just suggest that he’ll be great, but that he is already great.This is an important distinction! The holes in Towns’s game — he doesn’t always establish good position or use his size effectively in the post; he doesn’t yet have a great feel for space in the pick-and-roll — are things that typically come along as players grow accustomed to the league. Meanwhile, the parts of his game that prop up his exceptional numbers — solid handle, an excellent face-up game from the wing, being a good finisher around the rim — are things that are much harder to teach a big man. And he already does some good things to highlight his strengths, like using his speed to get down the court and plant himself deep in the post early in a possession, unlike, say, DeMarcus Cousins, who does exactly the opposite. It’s also probably fair to assume that the Wolves’ improvements in other areas will compound any growth by Towns. For instance, Towns’s overall numbers for chances created off of the pick-and-roll are unimpressive, but those are tanked in part by a good deal of his PNRs coming with LaVine, who is very bad at those plays, and in part by the Wolves’ truly awful shooting. Minnesota scored 87.4 points per 100 chances created off of Towns’ screens, but that number shot up to 95.1 points per 100 when Towns took the shot. It’s not a coincidence that Minnesota attempted the second-fewest threes per game this season and shot the fifth-worst percentage of them. Surround Towns with a few shooters, and who knows what’ll happen.The degree of difficulty for Towns comes through in the deeper-dive stats. By quantified shot quality, which estimates how difficult shots are based on factors like location and the position of the nearest defenders, Towns got shots that would be expected to fall at a rate equivalent to a 48.3 percent effective field goal percentage, which is very bad. His actual eFG% was 55.6, near the top of the league. The difference between the two — his shot-making prowess, or quantified shooter impact — was +7.2, which is fifth among players who took at least 500 shots, sandwiched between Klay Thompson (+6.6) and Leonard (+8.7).That’s a long way of saying that Towns’s already stellar shot chart, like this one from StatMuse, is even more impressive than it looks: Karl-Anthony TownsC21201514000 2016-17 PHI1st-round pick, 2016——201614000 2015-16 MINAndrew WigginsSG20201414000 Corey MaggetteSG221999131760 13890 2016-17 MINAndrew WigginsSG21201414000 Nerlens NoelPF22201362380 12790 James HardenSG20200932890 2009-10 OKCKevin DurantSF21200723250 The Timberwolves have many obvious needs — perimeter defense, outside shooting, perhaps even a point guard who doesn’t shoot 37 percent from the field. One or two of those may be addressed with that No. 5 pick, or in free agency, or through further development of the young lions surrounding Towns. But unlike just about every other young team in the process of squadding up, the Wolves already have their superstar. Ben GordonSG21200432890 Michael OlowokandiC26199814000 Total *This assumes the 2016 first-round draft picks also will play at least 1,500 minutes next seasonSources: Basketball-reference.com, kevin pelton/espn Jeff GreenPF23200752500 Jerami GrantSF22201439500 Thabo SefoloshaSG252006131760 1st-round pick, 2016——201652500 In the weeks immediately after the death of Sam Hinkie’s Process in Philadelphia, the 76ers finally landed a No. 1 overall draft pick. (Hinkie, the team’s former general manager, was known for his strategy of engineering high draft picks by piling up calamitous records.) By the cold animating arithmetic of that strategy, Tuesday’s event was the turning point. Next year’s squad will feature Nerlens Noel (No. 6 overall in 2013), Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3 in 2015), and whomever the Sixers draft with the No. 1 pick — presumably LSU forward Ben Simmons.Next season’s 76ers will not, however, be the NBA team most loaded down with young talent. That will probably be the Minnesota Timberwolves.Using the draft-pick value chart of ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, we aggregated the amount of young talent on each roster during the lottery era (since 1985) for a table, which you can find at the bottom of this post.1To be included in his team’s total, a player had to log enough minutes to qualify for Basketball-Reference.com’s rate-statistic leaderboards — generally 1,500 minutes in a normal, 82-game season — and he had to be selected in one of the previous four NBA drafts. For next year’s Sixers, this process could yield the second-most draft-value points of any team since ’85, provided Embiid somehow stays intact long enough to make the leaderboard cutoff and Nik Stauskas somehow plays above his usual sub-replacement-level standards.But even if all that happens, Philly will run behind the 2016-17 Timberwolves of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad — and, especially, 2016 rookie of the year Karl-Anthony Towns.In Towns, the Timberwolves have something the other teams on this list need if they hope to make the turn from “stockpiling assets” to becoming genuine contenders. Specifically, a high draft pick who turns into a superstar. Although draft value is a functional proxy for talent — none of the teams that had an abundance of draft value were truly bereft — nailing a pick like Towns is the difference between real and abstract value, between the Thunder in 2010 and the Bulls in 2003.As a rookie, Towns picked up 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 32 minutes per game, with a shooting line of .542/.341/.811. That’s exceptional for a first-year big, but to really get across how great he was we need to dig a little deeper. Here’s his CARMELO projection for next season: Shabazz MuhammadSG232013141690 13060 Chris DuhonPG22200438530 Quentin RichardsonSG212000181490 Zach LaVinePG212014131760 Teams with the highest combined draft value (among players selected in the previous four NBA drafts and playing at least 1,500 minutes), 1985-2017* Gorgui DiengC272013211340 Nik StauskasSG23201482200 Kirk HinrichPG24200372280 Total (projected) Eddy CurryC22200142660 TEAMPLAYERPOSAGEYEARPICKVALUE Total Shabazz MuhammadSG242013141690 Darius MilesSF20200032890 Luol DengSF19200472280 14860 Nate Silver contributed research. Total (projected) Total Gorgui DiengC262013211340 Joel EmbiidC22201432890 DRAFT 2004-05 CHITyson ChandlerC22200123250 Jahlil OkaforC21201532890 Russell WestbrookPG21200842660 Total 14140 15290 2001-02 LACElton BrandPF22199914000 Karl-Anthony TownsC20201514000
California and Ohio are two states with seemingly no connection between their different weather and lifestyles. But on the Ohio State softball team, the players embrace their differences, and as a result, have become a more cohesive unit. The Ohio State softball team currently has 19 players on their roster, 10 of which hail from the state of California. “There are a lot of players out there,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “It is probably the best location in the world for fastpitch softball, and the competition level is pretty consistent. Not only are they able to play more, but they are able to play at a really high level.” Every team in the Big Ten has at least one California player on its roster, but Ohio State’s 10 players are the most in the conference, topping Penn State’s seven. It is no surprise that different backgrounds have forced all 19 players to adjust to each other’s lifestyles. Though change can cause problems, the team has welcomed the differences in a positive way. “There is definitely some friendly jabbing at each other here and there,” All-American catcher Sam Marder said. This was evident in the opposing views of each other’s footwear. “The California girls wear Vans and the Ohio girls wear Crocs,” Marder said. “I just think those are ridiculous shoes, but they think my Vans come from Wal-Mart.” The music scene has also caused the California players to flex their muscles in the locker room. “With music, you don’t get anything out here until four months later,” freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols said. Additionally, Columbus does not seem to exude the same excitement as Southern California. “They are probably more country, while we are fast-paced city people,” sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron said. Not only do the players have to make adjustments on the field, but changes are necessary in the wardrobe department as well. “I never owned a winter coat before I came here, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to wear,” Marder said. While the California athletes miss their tans and tantalizing beaches, they have fallen in love with the state of Ohio. Though the cold weather can be a burden for many Ohio natives, the California women appreciate the conditions. “The biggest thing I love out here is the four seasons,” Herron said. “Along with the changing of the leaves, it’s a different wardrobe, weather and climate. I love all that about Ohio.” The biggest struggle for most of the California players is how far away they are from home. “The first couple of weeks I got here it was really hard because I am really close with my family,” Nichols said. “But, they support me in everything I do, so that makes it a lot easier, but of course I still miss them.” While the team depends on Marder most of the time to produce the big hit, she equally depends on her teammates for support off the field. “Ohio really feels like a second home to me because I have been here so long and I go to the girls’ homes for the holidays,” Marder said. “Whether we kid around with each other here and there, the girls welcome us into their home, and at the same time, let us really make it a home of our own. I will always be really grateful for that.” Though the Buckeyes are diverse in background, team chemistry is not an issue. No matter where the player is from, all 19 players have the same expectation: winning. “I think it is one of the beautiful things we do here,” Kalafatis said. “We mesh all those personalities and differences into one cooperating group.” The players have been united under the recruitment and leadership of Kalafatis. Kalafatis believes there is no connection between her alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, and her recruiting strategy.
Ohio State women’s basketball junior guard Raven Ferguson has been suspended for the first three games of the 2013-14 regular season by head coach Kevin McGuff for a violation of team rules, according to an OSU press release.“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Raven and having the opportunity to coach her, so it makes this extremely disappointing,” McGuff said in the press release. “She is a good kid, but her actions have not been in line with what the standards of this program are and will be in the future. Hopefully she can make some behavioral changes, and after this suspension, come back and make a positive impact on our program.”Ferguson is scheduled to sit out games at West Virginia Friday, against Florida Atlantic Sunday and Virginia Commonwealth Nov. 14. She is set to be eligible to return to the court for OSU Nov. 17 in Athens, Ga., against Georgia.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email that he is unable to “provide any additional information other than it was a violation of team rules.”Ferguson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.OSU is scheduled to start its 2013-14 season against the Mountaineers Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Morgantown W. Va.
The failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recordingDru Sharpling, HMIC “We estimate that the force fails to record over 38,000 reported crimes each year. The reported crimes that go unrecorded include serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”The failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recording; including the cancellation of recorded crime records.”In dip samples of cancelled recorded crimes, 18 out of 20 rapes were found to have been correctly dropped, and 17 out of 21 other sexual offences.But only 10 out of 20 violent crimes and 15 out of 22 robberies that were audited had been correctly cancelled.GMP said recording levels had risen from 68 per cent to 85 per cent in the past two years, and that further progress would be made once a new IT system was introduced.Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “Many victims of crime are satisfied with the service they receive, even when the crime is not recorded properly and the report doesn’t highlight this.”Whilst there are some unacceptable crime recording failings, many are simply administrative issues and do not mean we have failed the victim.”A significant amount of activity has taken place to address these administrative problems and we will continue to work hard to address this.”He also stressed that the majority of unrecorded violent crimes were “in the less serious categories”. One of the biggest police forces in the country fails to record more than 38,000 reported crimes each year, including a quarter of violent offences.Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was graded “inadequate” at recording crime, and a watchdog found officers were also wrongly cancelling recorded violence, robbery and sex offences.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said GMP recorded around 85 per cent of crimes that were reported, but the force was under-recording some serious offences. A quarter of violent crimes, equivalent to more than 16,800 offences, went unrecorded in a year.Dru Sharpling from HMIC said: “Despite making some progress following our 2014 inspection, the force is failing some victims of crime. Another force, Staffordshire Police, was graded as “requires improvement” when recording crime.HMIC said that 91 per cent of reported crimes were recorded, including every rape, but that the force was under-recording offences including violence, sex offences and modern slavery.Wendy Williams from the watchdog said: “The force is still not recording a large number of crimes each year properly – approximately 6,700 crimes, including some serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”There is a lack of knowledge amongst officers and staff about their responsibilities to record crime.”Meanwhile, Sussex Police was judged to be “good” at recording crime, with a rate of nearly 95 per cent, although 5,300 offences were going unrecorded, including some serious allegations.Chief Constable Giles York said: “We were inspected at no notice by the HMIC and to have achieved 95% accuracy is a huge testament to how our staff understand what this means for victims of crime.”Some victims may not have had their crimes recorded entirely accurately and if they have felt let down by that, then I am really sorry.”We will need to keep working hard to maintain and improve this very high standard for recording crime to ensure that victims get the services they need.” 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 spokesman for the singer said: “Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini have today obtained a decree nisi in their divorce proceedings.”No further comment will be made and they ask for their privacy to be respected.” Payne, 23, has reportedly told friends he is “madly in love” with Ms Fernandez-Versini, whom he met five years ago when he was auditioning for The X Factor.In the summer, Ms Fernandez-Versini posted a picture of Payne on Instagram with the caption: “Our new family member. He is beyond cute.. the dog is adorable too.” However, sources said the marriage broke down after 19 months. Rumours of a split had been circulating for months.Before Christmas, Jean-Bernard posted a series of cryptic quotes to his Instagram page amid speculation that the couple face “serious problems”.It was reported in January that Ms Fernandez-Versini was lodging divorce papers, citing her husband’s “unreasonable behaviour”.She was said to be unhappy that the 35-year-old did not like her spending time with other men. Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at an art fair in London earlier this monthCredit:RICHARD YOUNG/REX/Shutterstock In a statement on her website, which crashed with the announcement, she revealed that she had tied the knot and posted a snap of a giant stone on her ring finger on Instagram.The couple were said to have married on a beach on the Caribbean island of Mustique with just four guests in attendance. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at The British Fashion Awards in November last year – two months before the collapse of her marriage was made publicCredit:Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock District Judge Heather MacGregor concluded that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and it was drawn to a close by the family court judge.Ms Fernandez-Versini, who is reported to be in a relationship with One Direction star Liam Payne, is not believed to have attended court for the hearing, which lasted just 14 seconds. 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. Cheryl and Jean-Bernard, pictured in December 2014, surprised fans by marrying in a secret beach wedding just three months after meetingCredit:Palace Lee/REX/Shutterstock The former X Factor judge was previously married to England footballer Ashley Cole for four years. The couple divorced in 2010. It was in July 2014 that the star surprised fans by marrying her French boyfriend of just three months in a secret beach wedding. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s marriage to her second husband has ended in a courtroom “quickie” divorce hearing that lasted just 14 seconds, after the singer complained that his “unreasonable behaviour” had caused her stress and weight loss.The Girls Aloud star saw her relationship with Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, a French restaurateur, collapse earlier this year just 19 months after they tied the knot.A spokesman for the 33-year-old singer said the pair were granted a decree nisi at the Central Family Court in London on Thursday morning.Papers showed that Ms Fernandez-Versini had complained of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour, saying it had caused her “stress and weight loss”.
Crowds lined up for the occasionCredit: PA/ Darren Staples 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 Queen was presented with a bouquet during her visitCredit:DARREN STAPLES Big day for Newmarket as the Queen unveils the beautiful statue of herself with mare & foal on the grass @ Birdcage Walk on entrance to town pic.twitter.com/d9LWW4oMZJ— John Berry (@JohnWathenBerry) November 3, 2016 “She was tremendous – she unveiled the statue and then talked to all the people who had been involved in the project and received a bouquet from a Suffolk boy.“Then she drove down the high street and there were all the school children lined up waving flags.The 120 per cent life-sized statue is situated at the gateway to the town on a plinth or Portland stone, and was the joint work of artist Charlie Langton, who sculpted the mare and foal, and Etienne Millner, who depicted the Queen. As a sculpture it encapsulates the Queen’s lifelong passion for racing, but as a gift funded by a fellow head of state, it may also represent a royal thank-you forty years in the making.Yesterday, her majesty unveiled a bronze statue depicting herself alongside a horse and foal in 1977.Her silver jubilee, it was also the time one of the Queen’s most outstanding racehorses began to come into her own as a broodmare.Highclere sensationally landed the monarch her second fillies’ classic race when winning the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1974.After going on to claim the French Oaks at Chantilly in the same season, she was retired to stud, becoming an outstanding breeder and producing a series of quality horses, some of which themselves foaled top-class winners. After unveiling the sculpture, the Queen was shown around the grounds of the National Heritage Centre, where two of her former racehorses – Barbers Shop and Quadrille – are kept.She then watched jockey Pat Cosgrove try out a racehorse simulator before visiting the centre’s gift shop. Yesterday the people of Newmarket applauded the unveiling of an artwork paid for by Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and member of the same family which owned several of Highclere’s highly successful progeny.The piece is officially a gift from the Suffolk town, often referred to as the headquarters of British racing, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.Rachel Hood, former Mayor of Newmarket, said: “It’s well known that the Queen has a special relationship with horses and horse racing, and Newmarket wanted to celebrate that. “The Queen does so much for horse racing and breeding,” said Mr Langton.“The sport is incredibly lucky to have her so involved, not out of duty but out of genuine love and passion for the thoroughbred horse.” The Queen unveils the sculpture in NewmarketCredit:REUTERS
The Waterloo and City line was expected to close because of the strike, but London Underground said services were running until at least the morning peak.A Transport for London spokesman said: “We’re also running trains on the vast majority of the Central line due to drivers booking on for their shifts and helping customers travel on the line.” Central line map of the expected service during the strike action. pic.twitter.com/A0GqFNeWLQ— Transport for London (@TfL) January 25, 2017 Drivers on London Underground have launched a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the “forced displacement” of staff, which will cause disruption to tube services.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union who work on the Central line walked out at 9pm on Wednesday, hitting evening services and threatening travel misery for tens of thousands of commuters on Thursday.London Underground (LU) said there would be no service east of Leytonstone and a reduced service running on the rest of the Central line all day on Thursday. 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. Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, said: “RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) machinery to resolve this dispute, but the door has been slammed in our faces.”If London Underground are allowed to get away with this move on the Central line they will start shunting drivers around at the drop of a hat, regardless of the consequences.”Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer of London Underground, said: “This strike is completely unnecessary.”Like any responsible transport authority we regularly examine how we can provide the best possible service to customers and to achieve this sometimes we need to move staff from locations where they are under-utilised to the places where they are really needed.”We have agreements with the trade unions that enable us to do this. “Following a review on the Central line we identified eight train drivers on the east end of the line where there is not enough work for them and we have asked them to move to another line where their work would make a real difference and help give our customers a better service.” The @wlooandcity line is currently running a good service despite strike action. Please check before you travel: https://t.co/PsXmZ1mXmI— Transport for London (@TfL) January 26, 2017
Lulu Hutley, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, in an altercation with activistsCredit:SWNS The Surrey Union Hunt claimed the clip has been taken out of context and that the hunt saboteurs, some of whom allegedly wore masks, were intimidating.It said in a statement: “You can clearly see Lulu is holding the whip upside-down in order to hit the gate, not the person.”She saw the protester was trapped between the horse and the gate and was trying to make a noise by banging on the gate to get the horse to back off.”It added: “It was quick thinking by one of our Masters in a dangerous situation and it’s terribly sad it’s being misrepresented.”As always, we were following an artificial scent trail, and indeed the protesters would have seen this being laid down by a rider earlier.” A hunt master has been reported to police after she allegedly attacked a saboteur with a whip.Footage appears to show Lulu Hutley, 56, joint master of the Surrey Union Hunt, lashing out at the male activist with a riding crop.Campaigners said the video was filmed while they were monitoring the huntsmen during a meet in Bramley, Surrey, on Saturday afternoon.Tempers flared when members of Guildford Hunt Saboteurs followed the riding party onto private land because they “suspected they were illegally hunting”. Lulu Hutley raising her arm with her riding cropCredit:SWNS Protester Conor Macleod, who is in his 20s and was wearing a backpack, became trapped between a horse and gate.The footage then appears to show Ms Hutley, wearing a distinctive Surrey Union master’s collar and riding gear, raise her arm and strike.Collin Skilton, of Guildford Hunt Saboteurs, witnessed the altercation.The 55-year-old, of Dorking, Surrey, said: “The saboteurs followed them on private ground because they suspected they were illegally hunting.”They were asked to leave and they tried to make their way back. Conor, the lad who was hit, got jammed between the fence.”He alleged: “She lost her rag on the day. She lost her temper because they tried to hunt without us.” 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. Lulu Hutley declined to comment.Footage of the incident has been supplied to Surrey Police.A force spokesman said it is investigating reports of a common assault at a hunt in Bramley on Saturday.It said: “Officers were called following reports of an incident near Thorncombe Street around 1.30pm.”A man alleged he was assaulted by a man and a woman following a verbal altercation. An investigation is underway and enquiries remain ongoing.” A still from footage that appears to show Lulu Hutley lashing out at the male activist with a riding cropCredit:SWNS