Tommy Lasorda No Room for Cheaters In Hall of

Tommy Lasorda with Barry BondsTommy LaSorda, the legendary manager who has never been short of opinions, said voters should shun  the Hall of Fame candidates Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens because of the specter that they used performance-enhancing drugs.“To me, they don’t belong in there,” Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They cheated. That’s the way it is. If my brother did that, I’d say the same thing about my brother. I mean, I know those guys. They’re good friends of mine. But by golly, they didn’t do it the right way.”Although Bonds has never admitted to taking steroids and never failed a drug test, Lasorda sounded convinced the slugger had indescretions.“I tell you, it’s a shame,” Lasorda said. “How in the hell could a guy hit 73 home runs (as Bonds did)? I mean, Babe Ruth couldn’t do it.”Lasorda’s comments coincide with a recent Associated Press survey that showed Bonds, Clemens and Sosa don’t have enough votes to gain entry into Cooperstown.In the survey, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP — nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose. To get in, candidates need 75 percent approval.The candidates have the numbers: Bonds is the only seven-time MVP, Clemens is the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner and Sosa finished his career with 609 homers. But the voters are mostly purists who believe Clemens’, Sosa’s and Bond’s performances were heightened by banned drug use.“I’m not going to vote for anybody who has been tainted or associated with steroids,” Hal Bodley, a columnist with USA Today, said. “I’m just not going to do it. I might change down the road, but I just love the game too much. I have too much passion for the game and for what these people did to it.”Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on the Hall ballot for the first time. Votes will be cast throughout December, and results will be released Jan. 9. read more

Michael Sams Father Denies Critical Comments About His Son

The father of college football star Michael Sam said he was “terribly misquoted” by The New York Times in a recent article about the reaction to his son’s announcement that he is gay.“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” the Galveston Daily News quoted him as saying.Michael Sam Sr. told the paper he doesn’t want people to think he has an issue with his son’s sexual orientation.On Sunday, Michael Sam said in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” and the Times that he is gay. Sam originally revealed the news to his Missouri teammates in August.In the Times piece this week, his father described himself as “old school” and is quoted in the newspaper as saying the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even if that person could be his own son.However, he backtracked from those comments with the Galveston Daily News, saying he never told the Times he was an old-school, “man-and-a-woman type of guy” or that he didn’t want his grandkids “raised in that kind of environment.”Sam Sr. did acknowledge much of what he told the Times was accurate, but he said some of his thoughts were taken out of context, specifically a quote about Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones “turning over in his grave.”“I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he’s going to be a star in the NFL,” Sam Sr. told the Galveston Daily News.The Times, in an email to the Galveston paper, defended its reporting and said Sam Sr. was quoted “accurately and fairly.”The elder Sam also said he has had time to reflect on his relationship with his son. He said he loves his son, that he did the right thing and that he wishes he’d spent more time with him.The Times previously reported that when Sam returns to his hometown in Texas he usually stays with friends instead of his family. read more

Womens World Cup Preview The US And Sweden Have A Score To

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“Dancing Swedes Shock USA” is how FIFA described the last World Cup result between the U.S. and Sweden in 2011. FIFA, the U.S. and the rest of the world were understandably shocked — the U.S. had never lost a group-stage game at the World Cup before. Four years and one head coach swap later, the teams meet again tonight in their second Group D games. Can Sweden shock the world again?According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the chances that Sweden beats the U.S. aren’t great. The USWNT has a 58 percent chance of winning and a 22 percent chance of drawing — pregame odds not dissimilar to the team’s first game against Australia. The U.S. won its World Cup opener 3-1, but the final score doesn’t reflect its early struggle to settle the ball and connect in the final third, two things that will be important against a better Swedish team, and for the rest of the tournament (solo runs by Megan Rapinoe will take the U.S. only so far).On the other side of Group D, Sweden was also favored to win its opening match — 59 percent to Nigeria’s 20 percent — but the Swedes were outpaced and out-hustled by the Super Falcons. In that game, Sweden was shocked, drawing 3-3. Sweden coasted on an early lead, but looked flat in the second half as Asisat Oshoala came flying down the flanks and Ngozi Okobi threaded balls between the seams. Nigeria scored three times in the second half against a shaky Swedish defense. Sweden is still likely to advance from Group D (67 percent), but its mediocre result against Nigeria means it’s far from safe.Tonight’s match is huge for both teams, with Sweden looking to solidify a spot in the knockout rounds and the U.S. women looking for redemption after the last World Cup and against their former coach (who hasn’t hesitated to say how she feels about her former players). There’s a lot at stake in this game, so we’ve made another in-game cheat sheet — a guide to when U.S. fans should start to worry and when it’s safe to relax. (You can read more about the in-game win probability model we made for women’s soccer.)If the game is tied, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold steady around 20 percent for most of the match. Like we said before, loss probability is largely fixed, so the U.S. is trading win probability for draw probability the longer the game remains tied. If the U.S. hasn’t taken the lead by about 55 minutes, a U.S. win and a draw become about equally likely, and after that a draw becomes the most likely outcome.In the event that the U.S. trails Sweden by one goal, the stress should start to kick in around 73 minutes. With that score, the probability of a U.S. loss is just slightly greater than that of a draw for most of the first half. But at about 73 minutes, the loss probability shoots up above 60 percent. If the Americans are still down by a goal then, they might need another hail-Abby. read more

Former OSU football player honored with Gee award

As the 2009 football season rolls on, each player continues to learn his role on and off the field. Whether they are current athletes or former Buckeyes in the NFL, each finds a way to make an impact on the game.One Buckeye who has made a unique impression on the lives of his teammates won’t be returning to the roster this year, but his spirit and drive will be passed from those who know him to the first-year players who may only know of him.Former Buck’s receiver and 2009 graduate Tyson Gentry is being honored with the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award on Friday at the annual Alumni Awards for this legacy of inspiration.“I am extremely honored for this,” Gentry said. “Knowing how respected Gee is within the university makes it even more special.”The award is considered for outstanding OSU alumni who make an effort to honor the university and its history with devotion and integrity.Previous winners of the Spirit Award include Gee, Jim Tressel, John T. Mount and the Student-Alumni Council, according to an Ohio State Buckeyes press release.“Tyson has shown exceptional perseverance and dedication in earning his college degree,” said Archie Griffin, president and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. “He clearly has the ability to overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of the things that are important to him. He truly represents the best of the Buckeye spirit.”Gentry came to OSU in 2004 as a punter. In April 2006, he moved to receiver for spring practice. During one play, Gentry went up for the pass and after what would have been a routine tackle he remained motionless on the field. The tackle broke a vertebra in his neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Though the setback was clearly not part of his plan, Gentry said the experience has allowed him to think of his life in a different perspective.“It has really helped me learn about myself and who I want to be,” he said.Despite not being able to play the game anymore, Gentry remained on the Buckeye roster until his senior season last year. His teammates made sure they honored his strength in more ways than one.Each player wore his number, 24, along with their own on their helmets. And he was always seen next to coach Jim Tressel during “Carmen Ohio.” In addition, he was honorary captain for OSU against Texas at the Fiesta Bowl in January 2009.In his book, “The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life,” Tressel writes about Gentry, saying “Tyson has shown us that it’s not what happens to you in life that counts. It’s how you handle it … There is no question in my mind that Tyson Gentry is a hero.”Gentry says his teammates and coaches played a vital role in getting him where he is today and any way he can motivate them in return is significant to him.While many were skeptical he would ever be able to feel anything below the neck, he has regained movement in his arm and has some feeling through all of his body, including his legs. This gives him and those close to him hope that he will one day walk again.Gentry graduated from OSU in June with a B.A. in speech and hearing sciences. He remains a part of the Buckeye community as a graduate student in speech and hearing. Though he has an ultimate goal in mind, he says he wants to focus on the present and make the best of what he can.“I am always going to be working on getting out of my chair,” Gentry said. “This experience has taught me to accept everything as it comes and I’m just going to worry about today and my short term goals and hope that everything else will follow as it is supposed to.”The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on 350 N. High Street. read more

Vrabel excited for opportunities as Ohio State coach

Ohio State has announced a big-name hire to fill the open coaching position at Ohio State. Former Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel is set to rejoin the Buckeyes. After former head coach Jim Tressel’s departure and Luke Fickell was chosen to take over the top role, a replacement was needed for Fickell’s previous position as linebacker coach. Fickell said while it took a while to finalize the decision, Vrabel was always his first choice for the job opening. “(Offering Vrabel the job) was always in my mind,” Fickell said. “And then to actually have him come in two to three days later and kind of just look at me and say ‘Give me a reason to retire,’ was something that meant a lot to me.” Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell —Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel and Fickell were roommates together in college and will now come together after Vrabel’s 14-year NFL career. “I had the opportunity to play for a lot of great teams and a lot of great organizations,” Vrabel said. “Hopefully I can take what I learned from those teams and those organizations and apply to it what we’re trying to do here.” Vrabel’s acceptance of the linebacker coaching job was also the official retirement of his highly-decorated professional football career. “The biggest reason for retirement is none other than there comes a time where you can’t do what you used to do,” Vrabel said. “I’ve come to a point where I can’t train to prepare for an NFL football season … This is where I want to be.” Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowls and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel said that while it is a blessing to be working for his best friend, he would want to coach at Ohio State no matter who was in the head-coaching role. “I work for Luke, I work for Jim Heacock. If it were another coach, I’d still wanna be at Ohio State,” Vrabel said. Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the contract details for Vrabel’s hire were still being worked out. Fickell described Vrabel as someone he would want leading his players. “He is a very aggressive, confident person, he communicates very well, he is a very upfront honest person,” Fickell said. “Since the day I met him, he always told me, ‘I’m going to be a coach.’” Vrabel said that what he has done in the past, including winning three Super Bowls, is great, but he is looking forward to his career as a coach at OSU. “I’m proud of my career, but I’m more excited now for this opportunity,” Vrabel said. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Football Ohio State plays most complete game when most needed

Ohio State players celebrate after Sevyn Banks scored a touchdown in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State senior right tackle Isaiah Prince did not want to look at the scoreboard. He said, before the game, the offense made that deal, that it would not look at the scoreboard, at how many points the unit was putting up against Michigan.“We said we were going to stick together and play the best we can together,” Prince said. As the fans flooded onto the sidelines as the clock hit zeros, Prince saw what the scoreboard read: No. 10 Ohio State 62, No. 4 Michigan 39. The scoreboard showed the most complete performance that Ohio State has had this season in the game it needed to happen in most. For redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, he knew what the expectation was. He said the coaching staff gave the players a blueprint to succeed against the Wolverines. This blueprint led to 567 yards of offense against the No. 1 total defense in the country, limiting a defensive line of redshirt senior Chase Winovich and junior Rashan Gary to zero sacks, recording only two tackles for loss. This blueprint led to Ohio State disrupting Michigan junior quarterback Shea Patterson, recording three sacks and five tackles for loss. But this is the same blueprint that Ohio State has had in games like this in the past. In the first time the Buckeyes have been the underdog since the 2015 National Championship against Oregon, Jones admitted something his team has lived by this season. “We play down or play up to our competition and we definitely played above and beyond today,” Jones said. Head coach Urban Meyer said there is never such a thing as a “bad win.” No matter the opponent, whether it is Michigan, Indiana or Maryland, he said “it’s really hard to win a college football game. And, just like any other game, the Buckeyes came into the game knowing which areas the offense and defense alike could exploit, areas of weakness. Redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said he saw that Michigan played a lot of press-man coverages, allowing for receivers to find space to run from the slot. The Buckeyes mercilessly attacked the Wolverines with the mesh route, which led to redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins completing 19 of 30 passes for 318 yards, throwing five touchdowns and breaking single-season conference records in the process. Jones said he saw a zone blocking scheme that gave Ohio State a unique ability to get into the backfield, keeping Michigan to 3.4 yards per rush in the first half along with getting Patterson and Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon on the ground consistently. “That gave us an advantage because we knew their game plan and we just sacked them,” Jones said. All in all, this was the game that brought everything together, encapsulated the potential, the level Ohio State wanted to be playing at for the entire season. “That was a love game,” Meyer said. “That was one of those things that you hear the word ’brotherhood,’ and why do you really play? Why does a true soldier fight? It’s not for the hatred of those in front of you; it’s for the love of those behind you. And that’s a great quote that we live by, and they proved it today.” But Ohio State had something to prove too. It had to prove that it was still in the conversation of being worthy for playoff contention.Because that’s all Jones had been hearing about. It’s something he said can be ignored, but he knows it’s there and he uses it as fuel. “Hearing the outside noise talking about how we can’t do this, we can’t stop that, that definitely fueled us 10 times more than what you guys even know,” Jones said. “We all carried the burden of people saying that we are not good.”  The playoff conversation returned Saturday afternoon after the Buckeyes put up 62 points, the most points it had scored in the history of the rivalry and the most points Michigan has allowed in a regulation game in its history. Even with the success, Dixon still believes the offense has not peaked. “For us, we always think we can do better,” Dixon said. “We always think we can be better, so I still don’t think we are at the best level we can be, but it’s better. We are moving in the right direction.” Prince did not expect any huge numbers offensively, any stifling numbers from the Ohio State defense. He came in praying, simply, just for a win. “I prayed before the game and I said ‘I don’t really care what happens here in this game as long as we come out with a win for my senior day, it would make me the most happiest person,’” Prince said. When Prince looked at the scoreboard, he saw a win, but he said he also still saw a possibility to achieve every goal Ohio State had prior to the start of the 2018 season. read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State faces harsh road schedule with No

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jamie Wolmering (12) and then-junior setter Sanil Thomas go up for the ball in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Loyola. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter a 2-0 start to the season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to earn its first ranked victories out west against No. 5 BYU and No. 11 Stanford.Ohio State began its season with nonconference home wins against Charleston and Penn State.While BYU will begin its season with the match against the Buckeyes on Thursday, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of emotion between these two teams coming into this match.Though the Cougars topped the Buckeyes in a five-set match this past season in Columbus, the previous two NCAA tournament matchups between these teams ended in back-to-back titles for the Buckeyes in the 2016 and 2017 national championship matches.BYU sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez will look to build on an impressive freshman campaign, in which he was ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in points per set and aces per set, respectively, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In order to continue its perfect start to the season, Ohio State will need to rely on redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, who currently leads the country with 5.29 kills per set and 6.14 points per set.Following the Thursday match between top 10 teams, Ohio State will face Stanford (2-0) on Saturday. The Cardinal began their season with wins against Menlo and UC Santa Cruz, and they’ll be facing off against Ball State on Thursday before taking on the Buckeyes.Ohio State has won the past three meetings against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a season riddled with injury in which they won just six matches.Stanford brings back sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper, who carries MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors into the match against the Buckeyes. Jasper has a .654 hitting percentage and is averaging 4.33 kills per set through the first two matches of the season. But the Cardinal aren’t the only ones with returning top talent.Senior setter Sanil Thomas led the country with 11.28 assists per set last year, and he’ll need to play every bit like last season if the Buckeyes want to reach next week unscathed.Ohio State takes on BYU at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 10 p.m. on Saturday. read more

NHS faces unpalatable decisions about levels of care warns hospitals trade body

first_imgHospitals will have to make “unpalatable” decisions about care levels and jobs unless the NHS gets an increase in funding, the head of one of the service’s largest trade bodies has warned.NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said the health service is “increasingly failing to do the job it wants to do, and the public needs it to do, through no fault of its own”.He warned that senior hospital trust managers face a “stark choice” between investing the money needed or “watching the NHS slowly deteriorate”.He called for “an open, honest, realistic, national debate on what gives” if no more money is made available to health trusts in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23. Mr Hopson’s intervention comes the day before senior NHS England directors face the Commons health select committee.Professor Keith Willett, director for acute care, and Pauline Philip, urgent and emergency care director, will join health minister Philip Dunne in being grilled by MPs.It also sits against a background of junior doctors planning week-long walkouts in October, November and December in protest over a new contract. Mr Hopson, whose organisation is the trade association for acute hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services in the NHS, suggested that if there is no more money available it could lead to rationing of care, shutting down some services, formally relaxing performance targets, increasing charges, and “more explicitly controlling the size of the NHS workforce”.He added: “These are all approaches adopted by other public services such as prisons, local government and the police when faced with similar funding challenges over the past decade – though they would clearly provoke public unease and ministerial anxiety if applied to the NHS.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know the NHS is under pressure because of our ageing population, but we rightly expect the service to continue to ensure that patients get treated quickly.” We face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorateChris Hopson, NHS Providerscenter_img He told The Observer: “Thanks to the dedication of staff, NHS performance rarely goes off the edge of a cliff. As the 1990s showed, instead we get a long, slow decline that is only fully visible in retrospect.”It’s therefore difficult to isolate a single point in that downward trajectory to sound a warning bell.”But NHS trust bosses are now ringing that bell – we face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorate.”Trusts will, of course, do all they can to deliver efficiency savings and productivity improvements. But they are now saying it is impossible to provide the right quality of service and meet performance targets on the funding available.” 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 read more

Doctors father makes second epic journey in daughters memory after snapping wrong

first_imgThe photographs taken by Mr Clark on his trip show penguin chicks nuzzling up to their parents for warmth.In some of the images – Mr Clark took a total of 3,000 during the trip – baby penguins playfully squabble with each other, nudging or gently nipping each other with their beaks.Parent penguins take turns looking after their chicks while the other parent walks up to ten-miles to open water for food.Mr Clark added: “When I finally got there I was just overwhelmed that I’d made it. In the following days I settled down and got on with the job of photographing the animals’ beauty and behaviour, their cuteness, and the frozen landscape.”In doing this, I feel I have paid tribute to Lisa’s memory, and I wanted to tell her story to honour her last request not to be forgotten.” Emperor penguins photographed by Roger Clark in Antarctica Mr Clark said: “When I first saw the penguins I was overwhelmed with emotion. These penguins are the tallest, and the most beautiful, with the cutest chicks.”I wanted to share this incredible moment with my wife, so I rang her using a satellite phone and woke her at 3am. She loved it, and was happy to share the moment. Then I started thinking about why I was here.”Initially I wanted to leave something as a legacy to Lisa in Antarctica, but everything has to be kept pristine so instead I just wrote her name there in the snow.”I suddenly thought of a quote by poet Walt Whitman: ‘Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself’.”Walt Whitman has particular meaning because Lisa and her mother once performed as extras in a film about him, and we used one of his quotes on Lisa’s gravestone.”It was then I realised that I was there to do the travel for Lisa. It was my goal to do as many things as I could for her given her life was cut short.”He added: “At Lisa’s funeral people donated £5,000, which went to the ovarian cancer charity Ovacome for a project in which survivors teach doctors about the symptoms of the disease.”That sum grew to £25,000 after further fundraising by friends and family. Seeing those penguins was another way for me to honour Lisa’s legacy and her dying wish to have travelled more.”As we watched the penguin colony, I had an emotional moment with another photographer who had recently lost her mother to ovarian cancer. I told her Lisa’s story and then we had a group hug – I bet the penguins didn’t know what was was going on!” Lisa, who worked as an A&E consultant, left Mr Clark and her mother Lynette £20,000 in her will for them to go on holiday after they promised they would do the travelling she was unable to complete before she died of ovarian cancer in October 2012.In her final days, 40-year-old Lisa had told them that not travelling even more was her one regret in life.Mr Clark, who worked in marketing before he retired, said: “Lisa did a lot of travelling, she was involved in a charity project in Nicaragua, she delivered a baby for the first time – which was then named after her – in Tonga, and she loved the Maldives.”It was after Lisa had her daughter Lucy, who is now six, that she began to feel ill.”She was working at Glastonbury Festival as a clinic lead with Festival Medical Services in 2011, and we were there too. I remember watching Lisa’s favourite band Coldplay and Lisa was writhing in pain, but at the time she thought it was a stomach bug.”In July, she went for a scan at hospital, and things were so bad that three days later she was on an operating table having the cancer removed from her ovaries.” King penguins from Roger Clark’s first photography trip to South Georgia and the FalklandsCredit:Roger Clark/Solent Lisa Clark, a doctor, died just over a year after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancerCredit:Roger Clark/Solent The grandfather-of-five then spent the next year planning an expedition to Gould Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, which cost him £40,000.He said: “I’d spent a year thinking about this, and I was determined to do it no matter what the risks were, but I was worried I’d never make it due to my health.”I was even warned by a doctor not to go on the trip due to the health risks at my age, but I never, ever deviated from my plan to do this.”I’d also undergone surgery for kidney stones before I got the travel insurance, and then the insurance wouldn’t cover me for this.”My insurance alone still cost more than £3,000 – and I was aware of all the risks, but nothing would stop me. This expedition was the only way I could achieve my ambition. It was a year in planning and procuring expensive equipment for comfort and survival.”Mr Clark managed to get a place on an expedition in Antarctica in November. He flew to Punta Arenas, Chile, and then on an IIyushin 76 aircraft to a Glacier Base Camp. From there it was a four-hour flight to Gould Bay. The postcard card from Lisa Clark that inspired Roger's second trip to the Antarctic Lisa Clark A father whose doctor daughter died of cancer travelled 8,000 miles to photograph penguins in her memory, before having to make another international trip when he realised he had snapped the wrong ones.Roger Clark, 71, wanted to picture the same bird that was on a postcard sent to him by his daughter, Lisa, when she had gone on holiday to Australia.But when he returned from South Georgia and the Falklands, he compared his photos with the postcard – and realised the bird on the card was an emperor penguin not a king penguin as he had originally thought.Mr Clark, of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, ignored medical advice then to make a 10,000-mile journey to Antarctica.When he finally found and photographed the penguins caring for their chicks, Mr Clark said he was “overwhelmed with emotion” and rang his wife on a satellite phone to share the moment before writing his daughter’s name in the snow. Emperor penguins photographed by Roger Clark on his trip to Antarctica, which left him ‘overwhelmed with emotion’Credit:Roger Clark/Solent The postcard card from Lisa Clark that inspired Roger’s second trip to the AntarcticCredit:Roger Clark/Solent King penguins from Roger Clark's first photography trip to South Georgia and the Falklands 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. Lisa died 15 months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, leaving behind Lucy and her 43-year-old husband, also a doctor.Mr Clark, a father of three, said: “When Lisa was upset and dying in the hospice she had regrets about some of the travelling she hadn’t completed and I vowed I would do some of that for her.”After her passing I thought long and hard and decided I was well and fit so should do my greatest trip before I was unable to travel.”I wondered what would be the ultimate thing for me to photograph to honour her memory, and I thought about penguins.”My wife and I travelled to South Georgia and the Falklands to photograph king penguins. At the time I thought this was my ultimate trip.”Lisa left us exactly £20,000 in her will, which she wanted us to spend on a holiday, and this was exactly how much the trip in November 2013 cost my wife and I, so it seemed perfect.”In addition, we had discovered a photo of a penguin on a postcard sent to us by our daughter before we left for South Georgia.”On our return we looked again at the penguin postcard and now with our new knowledge of penguins realised we had spent so much time with king penguins and not emperor penguins.”It became a personal commitment for me to return to the South and photograph the emperors to honour Lisa’s legacy and get the same penguin that was on the postcard.”last_img read more