Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still trying to work himself back into the flow three games into his comeback from injury. Playing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night proved that both Bryant and the Lakers have a long way to go.Durant scored 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Thunder steamrolled the Lakers 122-97.Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Reggie Jackson also helped with 19 for Oklahoma City. The team has improved to five straight games and also won 13 of its past 14 games.The Thunder are unbeaten in 11 home games this season.“We have a pretty good team,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s been the case for a while now. One of the things that I tell the guys, every season has its own identity.“We started the season knowing that we wanted to … just continue to build trust in each other and just focus on each other and not worry about anything else, but trying to make your teammates look good. It’s early, but we’ve done a great job with that.”
Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) argues with Chicago Blackhawks fans from the penalty box during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 7-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — This wasn’t the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game.And the Washington Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball,” while Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box during a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday night. Smith-Pelly, a Black player in a sport dominated by white athletes, heard a similar taunt years before while playing in a tournament in British Columbia.“It’s pretty obvious what that means. It’s not really a secret,” Smith-Pelly said after the Capitals practiced in Buffalo on Sunday. “Whether it’s that word or any other word, I got the idea. And I’m sure they got the idea, too. Just one word, and that’s really all it takes.”What stunned the 25-year-old is how incidents such as these keep happening.“It’s disgusting,” Smith-Pelly said. “You’d think there would be some sort of change or progression, but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.”The Blackhawks and United Center officials reacted swiftly by ejecting four fans shortly after an off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly — serving a fighting major for a scrap with Chicago’s Connor Murphy — notified building security.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement Sunday, saying the league condemns the fans’ behavior as being “unacceptable and reprehensible.”“While this was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,” Bettman said.The Capitals released a statement saying they are “extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior” by a select group of fans in Chicago.In thanking the Blackhawks and arena security, the Capitals said: “It is crucial to confront such appalling conduct.”The Blackhawks issued a statement apologizing to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals following the game, and said they “are committed to providing an inclusive environment.”Video shows Smith-Pelly seated in the penalty box while looking and pointing to his left. He then gets up with his stick and gets into a verbal exchange with a male fan on the other side of the glass.Smith-Pelly said he stepped forward publicly to call out the fans for what they said because he didn’t want to “brush it under the rug.”“I guess I’m trying to get the conversation started and show whoever these people were their true colors,” he said.Joining the Capitals on their road trip, which concludes at Buffalo on Monday, are players’ fathers, allowing Smith-Pelly an opportunity to discuss what happened with his dad.“We’ve had this conversation before,” said Smith-Pelly, who is from Toronto. “So he said, ‘It’s just a few idiots being ignorant.’”Smith-Pelly has seven goals and nine assists in 54 games in his first season with the Capitals. He has 40 goals and 53 assists in 320 regular-season games within seven seasons with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and the Capitals.Capitals rookie defenseman Madison Bowey said what happened in Chicago made him “sick to my stomach.”Assistant captain Brooks Orpik said: “I wish I could say it’s surprising but it’s probably not all that surprising.”“I think no matter what you do, you’re going to find pockets of ignorance anywhere you go,” Orpik said. “Devo is as well liked as anyone in this room. I think it’s important for him to know that, and to know that everyone respects him a ton in this room.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz reiterated his post-game comments by saying there’s no place for racism in hockey or the country.“For the 22,000 people in Chicago at the game last night, there were a lot, a lot, a lot of good people,” Trotz said. “And a few individuals keep bringing the ugly part of society out, and that was unfortunate.”The fans’ taunts occurred during the NHL’s monthlong “Hockey is for Everyone ” campaign to promote the game as being inclusive for all players regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or gender. February is also Black History Month in the United States.The NHL has had to previously deal with racial insults.During the 2014 playoffs, the Boston Bruins denounced fans who posted racial comments on social media targeting then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who is black, after he scored in double overtime.In 2011, a fan was fined $200 after pleading guilty to engaging in a prohibited activity for throwing a banana on the ice at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is black, during an exhibition game at London, Ontario.
20141.840.62 Source: nba.com Dwight Howard is making faster decisions For years, the Atlanta Hawks have had two guiding philosophies. Under coach Mike Budenholzer, the club has prioritized moving the ball in an uptempo offense, fashioning every player into a jump-shooting threat. On defense, Atlanta thrived thanks to the unusual frontcourt mobility of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. While neither was a traditional rim protector, the team used an array of hedges and switches to slow down pick-and-rolls and limit drives to the basket.With that in mind, things were bound to get interesting one way or another this season. Horford bolted for the Celtics over the summer, taking with him the unique passing and mobility he provides at the center position. He was replaced by Dwight Howard, who is a totally different player from a stylistic standpoint even if he’s a surefire Hall of Famer. The Hawks, who for years lived on ball movement and swiftness, seem to be replacing those virtues with brute strength.The swap — along with promoting point guard Dennis Schröder to a starting role after dealing away former All-Star Jeff Teague — has brought about some encouraging signs for the 8-2 Hawks, who probably needed a bit of a shake-up despite their relative success in recent years. Howard’s replacing Horford doesn’t necessarily make the Hawks more of a contender, but the move at least allows them to try a different look, both offensively and defensively, in hopes of finding a way forward.Howard on the boardsThe clearest difference from last season is the team’s overnight transformation into an offensive-rebounding powerhouse.The Hawks from previous years — much like the Spurs model that Budenholzer borrowed from his time as an assistant in San Antonio — didn’t concern themselves with offensive rebounding, instead preferring to space the court and simply retreat back on defense following a miss.As such, Atlanta ranked dead last in offensive-rebound rate in 2015. This year’s team, by contrast, is tied for the NBA’s fourth-best offensive-rebounding rate. The Hawks, who had ranked in the NBA’s bottom five in second-chance points in each of the previous three seasons, are currently ninth in second-chance points per game. Howard has everything to do with that. His personal numbers look good — he’s averaging 14.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, with eight double-doubles in 10 games — but his effect on Atlanta’s overall numbers appear to be even better. The club’s 31.1 percent offensive-rebound percentage with him on the court this season would be tied for the highest in the league, alongside the Chicago Bulls. The team’s offensive-rebound rate falls to a below-league average rate of 22.2 percent when Howard is on the sideline.Between those easy putbacks, and Howard’s pick-and-roll feeds from Schröder, Atlanta is shooting nearly 67 percent at the rim — up from just over 60 percent last year — second only to the Golden State Warriors so far. (Note the proximity that NBA.com uses for its at-the-rim stats differs slightly from the one the site uses in its shot charts, embedded below, but the trend holds true in both.) Howard, taking more than 80 percent of his shots from there (and also connecting on about 67 percent of those attempts), is fundamentally changing the way the team’s shot chart looks in the process.Howard on the blockBefore Tuesday’s quad injury, Howard was enjoying a bit of a renaissance after three frustrating seasons in Houston, where he felt underutilized and in the shadow of James Harden. Aside from cleaning the glass for easy putbacks, he was jelling with Schröder in pick-and-roll scenarios, regularly catching lobs from his new point guard, who appears to be making a concerted effort to keep him involved. And defenses, as much as they’d like to flood the paint to prevent Howard from getting easy baskets, have been reluctant to help too much in that part of the floor. Usual suspects such as sharpshooter Kyle Korver, along with Kent Bazemore and Millsap, are all threats to connect from outside if left open as a result of overhelping.With the Rockets, Howard’s offensive involvement wavered from time to time. Consider the fact that Howard received 6.7 passes per game from Harden during his first year there, before getting just 2.2 passes from him in 2014 and 4.5 passes from the Rockets star in 2015. Schröder, in Atlanta’s equal-opportunity system, is finding Howard more than eight times a night, according to SportVU tracking.Perhaps because of those frequent opportunities — and the fact that he’s no longer wondering if or when he’ll touch the ball, the way he sometimes did in Houston — Howard’s possessing the rock for shorter amounts of time as opposed to slowing his team’s offense to back down an opponent and force up an ugly hook shot, merely to create a scoring chance for himself. 20151.590.50 20161.390.45 20131.820.70 Because Schröder’s passes have generally left him with nothing to do but lay the ball in, particularly against lesser opponents such as the Sixers, Howard’s average time of possession per touch is down nearly 16 percent from last season and has decreased more than 27 percent from two seasons ago. Additionally, his dribbles per touch are down 10 percent and 27 percent, respectively, from last year and two years ago, according to SportVU.Can it last?Yet for all that, it’s fair to wonder how much of Atlanta’s hot start is sustainable.Schröder, in his first year as a starter, probably won’t finish this season with a higher three-point mark (42.9 percent so far) than his overall field-goal percentage last year (42.1 percent). Howard left Tuesday night’s win with a thigh bruise, and the injury will be a problem if it persists. The team is already thin in spots, including at center, since backup big man Tiago Splitter is still recovering from a February hip surgery. And there’s also the matter of the team’s soft schedule (fifth-easiest in the NBA) to this point: The Hawks are the only team to have beaten the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers, but as of Wednesday afternoon, five of their eight wins had come against Philadelphia, Washington and Miami, the Eastern Conference’s three worst teams.Still, Atlanta — outscoring opponents by more than 10 points per 100 possessions — has generally dominated its competition. The Hawks are limiting opposing offenses to just over 95 points per 100 plays, second-best in the NBA, trailing only the Clippers.The defense, which has been active and has deflected more passes than any Eastern Conference team, appears to be staying home a bit more often than in years past, to allow Howard to serve as a rim protector as opposed to chasing guards all over the court. That has paid dividends: They’re limiting opponents to 52.8 percent shooting from inside five feet, outpacing last year’s impressive 55.5 percent mark.Even with all this in mind, and Howard playing well, the same question as before still faces this team: Does the team — however good it might be — realistically have enough scoring, or enough stoppers, to get the best of LeBron James and the Cavaliers?Probably not. But by changing their look, and playing more inside-out than they have in years past, there might be a little more intrigue this time around, even if the end result turns out to be the same.Check out our latest NBA predictions. YEARSECONDS PER TOUCHDRIBBLES PER TOUCH
Head coach Geoff Carlston watches the Ohio State women’s volleyball team huddle up during a game against No. 9 Nebraska. Ohio State lost in four sets. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterIn a match consisting of long rallies and free-balls, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 9 Nebraska in four sets (15-25, 25-23, 12-25, 9-25).Nebraska has won the past three matches in Columbus, including tonight’s victory. “A lot of times you do everything right and you don’t get the point, and that’s volleyball,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “If the effort is there, which I thought it was a lot tonight, that’s a lot different than execution.”Ohio State (12-11, 3-8 Big Ten) called a timeout early in the first set with Nebraska (16-5, 8-4 Big Ten) up 9-4, and later at 20-13 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers took the first set 25-15. “When you make mistakes, you need to wipe it off and get to the next point but it’s hard,” freshman outside hitter Vanja Bukilić said. “I’m struggling with that and a lot of times I feel myself going deeper and deeper into the hole.”Ohio State led the second set 13-12 and kept a tight lead throughout until Nebraska tied the score at 19. With a couple successful free shots from behind the service line, the Buckeyes came out on top at 25-23.Nebraska senior co-captain and outside hitter Mikaela Foecke has been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season and leads the Cornhuskers with 3.65 kills per set. She had 12 kills tonight, behind sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins who led the team with 16.Nebraska freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had five blocks against the Buckeyes. She ranks No. 9 in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 1.51 blocks per set. Nebraska took an early lead in the third set and maintained it throughout before taking a 25-12 win. They cruised through the fourth set, leading throughout the whole set to a 25-9 decision.Carlston said the Buckeyes lost multiple points to dropped balls.“This team is working on being more vocal. This is one of the more quiet teams that I’ve coached, but it’s a process,” Carlston said. “Two or three points were lost because of balls dropped and I can tell you why – you have three freshman playing different positions.”He also said the injured starters led to an inconsistency in the starting lineup and a need to improvise. “Camryn Moeller was playing outside for us because Jordan wasn’t able to play. I think Camryn came in and played with a lot of courage and tenacity and we needed that,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes will get back on the road to head to Evanston, Illinois to face Northwestern at 2 p.m on Sunday.
Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternDwayne Haskins said he has always had a natural throwing ability. He said he has an eye to see open receivers, find them on routes and put the ball in the proper spots, over the defensive back, for easy catches. The only thing he had to adjust over time was the speed of the players to whom he was throwing. “I was throwing to lacrosse kids in high school, so now I am throwing to 4.2, 4.3 [40-yard-dash-time] receivers and they are moving,” Haskins said. In the comfort of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Haskins had an opportunity to throw to those 4.3 receivers one last time, reminding those in attendance what the Heisman finalist did with Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell this past season and providing a preview of what each could bring to the next level. Haskins has always seen the ability of each of his three redshirt senior receivers, complimenting their speed, catch radius and jumping ability. And after the trio accounted for 47.7 percent of Ohio State’s total receiving yards on the season, Haskins continued to show that off, consistently hitting McLaurin and Dixon starting with 10-yard slant routes to 30-yard post routes to 40-yard streaks into the endzone. Campbell missed the majority of the workout after slipping on a cut. This is something Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has gotten used to: watching who many consider to be a top 10 pick throwing to three receivers whose draft stock has steadily increased since their final game with the Buckeyes. “Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws. Our receivers caught the way they caught and you just saw Terry McLaurin and Johnnie, and those guys work hard to catch the ball and run really fast,” Day said. “That’s what practice looked like, that’s what routes on air look like and that’s what it looked like today.” It’s a relationship that was not defined immediately. McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell already had developed a rapport with J.T. Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback who utilized his legs in a way Haskins likely never will. But Haskins only had one requirement for the receivers he threw to: Run every route like it’s a live game, using the speed receivers would use to get open in game action in practice. With this mentality, Haskins’ relationship with the trio bloomed. “They got more confidence in me as the season went on, as camp went on that I would be able to put it anywhere on the field, and we had a great time this year,” Haskins said. To Campbell, that level of comfort created a platform for Haskins to not only be successful but to lead. “Some people it comes natural to. Some people, they have to work at it. He’s a guy that works at it,” Campbell said at the Rose Bowl. “He’s been an unbelievable teammate, unbelievable leader and a great quarterback for us.”Day, a former NFL quarterbacks coach, might have been looking at Haskins, Campbell, Dixon and McLaurin like a scout as they gave their best reps in front of representatives from all 32 teams after the months spent preparing for the draft. In his first season as the Ohio State head coach, Day was instead looking at lost production, a quarterback and three receivers he won’t be able to utilize next season. But what Haskins and the receivers did in the passing game will be something the head coach can use to build the program’s future. “For recruits to see the way he’s been developed and the way our pass game is developing, not just at quarterback, but also at receiver,” Day said. “Just to see that stuff go on the field this year, the way we threw the ball — second in the nation in throwing the football — we are proud of that.” Day said he was proud of the way all three receivers put work into the program, saying he was one of many commending Dixon, McLaurin and Campbell on their collegiate career. It was the last official workout for all four, but the quarterback did what he always did with his receivers. That was not Haskins’ focus, saying it will probably hit him later. But he said it was a lot of fun, creating one of the best passing offenses in the span of one season. For one final time, the quarterback huddled up with his receivers. He said it was their last chance to define their future in an Ohio State uniform.“As we prayed before we went out there, we said it was the last opportunity,” Haskins said. “Just make the most of it and it was a great feeling to be able to go out there today and spin the rock for the last time.” Going out onto the practice field at the WHAC just like the many times the four had before, that’s exactly what they did.
Half of parents in Britain do not realise that their children could be committing a crime through “sexting”, new research by the NSPCC concludes,The charity said the number of children its ChildLine service had counselled specifically about the fall-out from sharing sexually explicit messages or photographs by mobile phone had jumped by 15 per cent last year alone.But a survey of parents found that 50 per cent did not know it was illegal for children to share naked or sexual pictures of themselves.Only around one in 20 parents believed their child was likely to send explicit images or videos of themselves to someone else. It is vital that parents talk to their children and that young people feel empowered to say no to sexting requestsPeter Wanless “We realise that talking about sexting can be an embarrassing or awkward conversation for both parents and children.“And although most parents said they would seek help if an indecent image of their child had been shared on the internet, half of them weren’t confident about getting the right support.“The NSPCC has created a new guide for parents to help them talk to their children about the risks of sexting, what the law says, and what to do if their child has shared a nude image that is being circulated online or among their peers.”The NSPCC runs a safety helpline, backed by the mobile phone network 02, on 0808 800 5002 offering advice on privacy settings and removing indecent images from children’s mobiles or other devices. Credit:Hoxton / Alamy Stock Photo Yet more than a third (35 per cent) said they would contact police if they found out their children had done so.Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “Sharing nude selfies can put young people at risk of bullying by peers or being targeted by adult sex offenders, so it’s vital that parents talk to their children and that young people feel empowered to say no to sexting requests. 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.
Moneycorp, whose Gatwick-based branch was singled out for criticism from Mr Lewis, claimed its higher airport rates were due to operating costs.Retail director Tracy Bownes said the firm had to offset “significant cost… from ground rent and additional security, to the cost of staffing the bureau for customers on early and late flights.”She added: “An easy and more cost-effective way for customers to buy travel money is to pre-order online and collect at the airport. We always encourage our customers to do this, and increasing numbers of people are planning ahead in this way – we’re seeing up to 50% of transactions coming from reserve and collect customers at some of our airport bureau. Our online reserve and collect rates are always highly competitive.”David Buik, a markets commentator for leading stockbroker Panmure Gordon, said consumers were being widely exploited at airports.”The volatility of the market is such that this is now money for old rope,” he said.”The money is bouncing around like a cork in the bath and they are saying they need to protect themselves.”The foreign exchange system is not down to Brexit alone… But the pound is under pressure and we are back to the volatility days. It is somewhat inevitable that they will capitalise on vulnerable people. They know exactly what they are doing.” Martin Lewis tweeted a picture of exchange rates at one airportCredit:ITV Holidaymakers face “disgraceful” exchange rate profiteering, experts warned as several airports offer less than a euro to the pound amid the financial volatility over Brexit.Consumer champion Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert.com, launched a fierce attack on financial companies for taking advantage as one leading airport bought at 1.35 euros and sold at just 97 cents.Tweeting a picture of a Moneycorp exchange rate board which showed buy-sell spreads had edged to more than a third, he wrote: “No wonder they shouted at me ‘you’re not allowed to photograph that’. Disgraceful exchange rate profiteering [content deleted]” 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. Holidaymakers were offered 97 cents for the pound at several airports on Friday after a torrid day in the currency markets following the overnight “flash crash”.Investors were this morning braced for the pound to fall further, fearing continued volatility will result from the government’s “hard Brexit” stance.
Martin Freeman, the actor, has said it was ‘odd’ pretending that his former partner Amanda Abbington was his wife in the new series of Sherlock.The former couple who play Dr and Mrs Watson in the series, split in March after 16 years but were forced to work together for a large part of 2016.In last night’s episode, the pair were seen struggling to cope with a new baby, after marrying in the previous series. The pair face marital strain in the fourth series of Sherlock Credit:BBC pictures The former couple have two childrenCredit: Dave M. Benett “It’s all totally fine. Martin and I remain best friends and love each other, and it was entirely amicable, but we realised we’d come to the end of our time together.“There was no hostility, really; we just said that we couldn’t live together any more. So he moved out to a flat in north London, I stayed at home, and we’ve started a new chapter. He sees the children as much as he wants to.” Freeman told The Observer: “We did this series not being together, which was kind of odd, although we were doing it as friends and we’re still very close.“It’s always interesting doing stuff with your partner because you know each other better than anybody else and that was obviously still the case with this series.“But it wasn’t lost on , and Amanda that ‘oh look, we’re holding our fictional baby, remember this?”Abbington told the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine that the coupe had an friendly separation and still see each other regularly. She said that one of the reasons for the split was the amount of time Freeman spent abroad, particularly when filming The Hobbit and US series Fargo.‘We’ve been apart a lot, and I think that’s one of the reasons it happened,” she said.“You can’t be away from people for too long, because you start to function on your own, you get used to being separate. You lose the connection and lose sight of it, in the end.‘It is sad and it is upsetting because you think you’re going to be with someone forever.” 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 charity appealed to local businesses to provide equipment to furnish it, such as fridges and 55-inch televisions, but the financial records show it also spent £300,000 kitting out the base. The furnishings include a PlayStation, a fridge and cappuccino machine.The two-storey base, where the Duke and his colleagues relax between missions, also has LED lighting and sound proofing to reduce noise levels from the airport.While the latest financial records show the corporate donations have increased since the Duke joined the charity, public donations from collecting tins have dropped.The charity has received six per cent less money in its collecting boxes since 2015. The Duke of Cambridge checks his helicopter Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA The Duke and his colleagues carried out 2,046 missions from June 2015 to July 2016, according to the EAAA’s annual report that has just been published.During this time, they helped 1,377 patients across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The records also reveal that the charity spent £1.5 million on new offices at Cambridge Airport for the Duke and his colleagues last year.They unveiled six months after the Duke started working for the charity and opened by the Queen in July 2016. Donations from businesses to the East Anglian Air Ambulance trebled in a year after the Duke of Cambridge started working for the charity as a pilot.Accounts show that corporate donations have risen from £55,101 in 2015 to £163,082 in 2016 thanks to what is being described as the Prince William effect.The increase shows that more companies have wanted to become involved with the charity since the Duke began working at its Cambridge base in July 2015. The Duke of Cambridge started work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance in July 2015 and is on a roster of day and night shifts which last nine and a half hours.He flies an EC145 T2 aircraft and in common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, he is formally employed by Bond Air Services and draws a salary which he donates to charity.It has been reported that he is due to leave the EAAA this summer. The Prince William effect has been credited with a surge in business donations to the East Anglian Air AmbulanceCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Show more 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 footballer said the three months his wife spent in hospital were “incredibly difficult”.”I felt almost betrayed by the diagnosis, betrayed by the illness because you think, ‘you got it once, you are not going to get it again, surely’. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite said: “So much respect. What a wonderful man and father you are. Well done for going on that journey You are a warrior… you should be so proud of yourself.” Rio Ferdinand comes to terms with losing his wife Rebecca on a BBC documentaryCredit:BBC The help you will have given so many people last night @rioferdy5 is going to be immeasurable.Of all the trophies you won that’s your best !— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2017 Still not seen it, then let this be the only thing you watch today. Thank you @rioferdy5 for telling your story 🙏 https://t.co/9ZvYCtyyH2— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) March 29, 2017 Brave and important from @RioFerdy5 to speak so openly about his personal grief last night.Everybody at #MUFC is right behind you, Rio. 👊 pic.twitter.com/FkvHLPEGEv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2017 Lord Sugar described the programme as “very moving”.Mrs Ferdinand was first treated for breast cancer in 2013 and the disease returned in an aggressive form in March 2015. Many praised him for telling his story in a way that will help others going through similar tragedies.Phillip Schofield tweeted: “That was amazing. You’ll have helped so many people.”Comedian John Bishop said he had “total respect” for Ferdinand, adding it was “moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure”.Before the programme’s broadcast, the former Leeds, Manchester United and West Ham star hit out at the Government, saying it is “wrong” to cut back the time widowed parents can receive bereavement benefits. The documentary was broadcast on Tuesday, and public figures, celebrities and other fans spoke up to praise his bravery.Boxer Tony Bellew said Mr Ferdinand was “inspiring”, telling the star: “I have no words for the admiration I have for you or the bravery you are showing everyday… my heart goes out to you.” “You feel like, how can you get that type of luck. You don’t think the worst-case scenario can happen.”She died within 10 weeks of the diagnosis, leaving her family with little time to prepare for her loss.The couple’s children were aged four, six and nine at the time.The documentary followed Mr Ferdinand as he met other families coping with bereavement and looked at the support given to parents and children who lose loved ones. Very brave of @rioferdy5 to make that documentary . Very moving . I wish him and his kids all the best for the future. https://t.co/5pVOto2NvV— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 28, 2017 ‘I never contemplated suicide – but I can understand it now’ – #RioFerdinand opened up about the pain of losing his wife— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 29, 2017 Former England cricketer Graeme Swann said he had “enormous respect” for Ferdinand after watching the programme, while broadcaster Aled Jones said the account was “truly incredible”, adding: “You are an amazing person Rio.” 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. Rio Ferdinand has been hailed as a “warrior” after speaking up about his wife in a poignant BBC documentary.Fans on social media praised him for his powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her.She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time.