By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Allison McCann Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 7, 2015), we discuss Duke’s win in the NCAA tournament; whether the Padres made themselves a contender through their blockbuster trade with the Braves; how the NHL’s scoring system creates bizarre incentives for teams; and whether a pro women’s soccer team will finally succeed in the U.S.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Our look back at Duke’s run to the title.How Wisconsin’s offense faltered in the championship game.Fangraphs on the Padres trade.Noah Davis and Michael Lopez on why NHL teams try not to win.How the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League are failing to meet their ticket sales goals.
Usain Bolt entered the 2008 Summer Olympics as somewhat of a curiosity. Yes, he had recently set the world record in the 100-meter dash, but few people outside the track and field world knew much about the 6-foot-5 Jamaican. He had excelled at the 200-meter distance, but was relatively new to the 100-meter event. His only sponsors before Beijing were Puma, which signed Bolt to a small deal in 2003, and Digicel, a Jamaican mobile phone company.Three gold medals and three world records later, Bolt left Beijing as one of the most famous athletes on the planet. He set records in the 100 and 200, becoming the first man to capture Olympic gold in both events since Carl Lewis in 1984. He was part of the 4×100 meter Jamaican relay team that shattered the world record on the way to another gold. Life has never been the same for the world’s fastest man.As Bolt’s fame soared, his paycheck took off as well. Bolt earned an estimated $20.3 million over the last 12-months from prize money, bonuses, appearance fees and sponsors. He ranks No. 63 among the world’s highest-paid athletes. Bolt has a ways to go to challenge LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in terms of earnings, but his income is more than 20 times what other elite sprinters typically make in a year and more than any other athlete in the history of track and field.Bolt inked endorsement deals with Gatorade, Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Virgin Media after Beijing. Visa signed him to an agreement and splashed Bolt’s image on billboards across Europe, where track and field remains a popular sport. Visa is in position to use Bolt in ads during London as an official sponsor of the Olympic Games.Soul Electronics signed a deal with Bolt this year and he will develop his own line of headphones for the company. He added a multimillion dollar pact in June with Nissan Motor, which plans to use Bolt in a global ad campaign. He released his autobiography, “9:58: Being the World’s Fastest Man,” in 2010, and another book is in the works for after London.Bolt’s biggest paycheck comes courtesy of Puma, where he is the global face of the German sportswear company. Puma re-signed Bolt in 2010 to a deal worth $9 million annually. It is an astronomical sum for a track athlete and on par with what only a handful of the most marketable basketball, soccer and tennis stars receive…Read more: Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes, Yahoo
Even football superstars get affected by superstorms, as Giants MVP quarterback Eli Manning had to hunker down in his Hoboken condominium with his wife and young daughter and hope that Sandy didn’t come crashing through the windows.Manning, who grew up in New Orleans and saw his share of hurricanes, said he was surprised by how quickly the Hudson River rushed into Hoboken.“I saw water coming over the Hudson River into the streets. Very quickly a car is completely covered with water, so it can be scary,” Manning said after returning from Dallas, where the Giants had a narrow win. “The wind was blowing, the windows were shaking. You hope everything holds up, the windows don’t crack.”Manning said the storm came so quickly that he didn’t have time to “get out of Dodge.”There was a picture of Manning spreading across the Internet, standing in the lobby of his building, watching water rush into the building.Manning said the windows held up and that the water now was “back where it should be.” His home and family were all fine when the storm settled.After his building lost power, Manning moved to a hotel along with most of the rest of the team.“When you have a young child, it’s kind of different. You have to make sure she’s well-kept,” Manning said of his toddler. “We have gotten out of Hoboken and are at a hotel where we have power and some other things.”Manning wisely planned ahead prepare for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.“I had a feeling the storms would be bad, so I came in Monday morning and got my film on my computer,” Manning said. “I had time [Tuesday] to watch a bunch and I feel caught up. I feel like I am right where I need to be, getting started, getting game-planned and getting back out to practice.”
Photo by AP Photo/Michael DwyerNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently said that he wanted Tim Tebow to make his team. Kraft also said he hopes the quarterback gets signed by another team.“I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team,” Kraft said Tuesday in an interview on CBS’ This Morning. “If you look, four of the last five years we’ve only carried two quarterbacks, and you know when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three, four positions for depth.”Tom Brady, who spoke out for the first time since Tebow was cut from the team, said he enjoyed the former Florida Gator as teammate.“I enjoyed being around him very much,” Brady said of Tebow on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” in Boston. “He’s a very talented football player, and to have a chance to spend a couple months with him and kind of become a friend of his was a great thing.”“Yesterday we were talking about a lot of the quarterbacks that have been through our team over the years, and everyone brings a unique skill set and attitude to the table, and I really enjoyed being with him,” Brady said.After Tebow was waived Saturday, it left Ryan Mallett as the only quarterback on the depth chart to back up Brady.
OSU freshman defender Lauren Boyle (6) during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (7-15-0, 3-13-0) looks to continue its improved play as it returns home over the weekend to face St. Cloud State. Despite two losses last weekend to the University of Minnesota, the team has shown signs of growth after a rough start under first-year coach Jenny Potter.“I think a lot goes to show from this last weekend playing Minnesota,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “The first time we played them (in October) we lost by quite a bit in both games and this weekend, at least the first game, we held them to a 2-1 game the whole time.”OSU is set to face the St. Cloud State Huskies (10-8-2, 6-8-2) who are coming off a win at Minnesota State last weekend. The Buckeyes last played the Huskies at the end of November in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and lost both games in the series, 3-2 and 4-1.St. Cloud State is currently fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, while OSU sits in seventh out of eight teams. The Buckeyes hope to close some of the 12-point gap between the two teams during the weekend series.Getting conditionedThe team has been focused on improving its conditioning throughout the season, and some players believe it is now a strength they can rely on.“We’ve been working a lot on our conditioning,” senior defender Cara Zubko said. “I think that’s going to be a big aspect in our game.”The players are confident in their preparation and said they hope it translates to improved results. “(We’re) a completely different team,” Curtis said. “The amount of work that we have put in every single week, we get a lot stronger and every single week we’re together and run through our systems; we’re getting stronger.”Signs of growthOSU believes it has grown and changed a lot since those two losses to St. Cloud State earlier in the season. “We played St. Cloud earlier in the year,” Zubko said. “So every game since then has just been another step in the right direction for us.”Instead of concentrating on its opponent, the team has been focusing on its strengths and growing collectively.“We haven’t focused on St. Cloud as a team specifically; we try to focus more on our team rather than the opponent,” Zubko said. “We’re just going to focus on our team and see what we can do in the next couple days.”Curtis said she believes focusing on the Huskies rather than playing OSU’s brand of hockey led to a disappointing result last time the teams met.“We’re trying to just stay with our game,” Curtis said. “I think the last time we played them we got away from what we do and who we are.”The skaters think they will also see an improved opponent when they face St. Cloud State again, but they want to focus on their own abilities.“Any hockey team is going to get better as the year goes on and the hockey gets better,” Zubko said. “I think you have to expect that from any opponent that you’re going in to. They’re going to be better, but we’re going to be better too.”The puck is scheduled to drop at the OSU Ice Rink at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.After the HuskiesFollowing the weekend series, OSU is set to return to action in Mankato, Minnesota, against last-place Minnesota State on Jan. 22 and 23. Both games are scheduled to begin at 3:07 p.m.
Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been searching for a win, or even a moment to hang it’s hat on since the season began on Nov. 11. After gutsy performances against Virginia and Nebraska, but no real signature performance, the Buckeyes looked to have finally picked up a win they can brag about with their 70-66 win over Michigan.Fast-forward four days later, and the gleam of the win is over and reality is setting in once again. OSU is still near the bottom of the conference, with little time to climb the ladder before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off. Rutgers, the Buckeyes’ next opponent, will be a tell-all test to see whether OSU has it figured out or not.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson said the biggest difference in the Michigan game and the rest of the season was the focus and intensity going in.“Our biggest thing before the game was all in … and one time,” he said. “We just basically told ourselves one time, just give it everything we’ve got. This is going to be good, and continuing to build off of it.”The Scarlet Knights are coming off a big win in their own right. For the first time in 24 conference games, Rutgers beat a Big Ten opponent on the road in Penn State. Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Sanders picked up 25 points in the team’s win, and is averaging 13.0 points per contest this season. Not far behind is redshirt junior forward Deshawn Freeman, who averages 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Outside of the starting five, Rutgers has little in terms of point production. Freshman forward/guard Issa Thiam, who has started 12 games but averages just 16.4 minutes and 3.9 points per game, will likely be in the starting unit against OSU after logging 29 minutes and starting at forward against Penn State.OSU has benefited from solid play in the paint by Thompson and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, which could spell problems for Rutgers. Scarlet Knights’ senior center C.J. Gettys, a Columbus native, averages just 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and has been known to be slow in the paint at times.Rutgers turned the ball over 15 times last game, right on par for its 14.3 turnovers per game average. Both teams have a -0.8 turnover margin coming into the game, making Wednesday’s matchup a surefire defensive free-for-all.OSU has been experimenting with getting inexperienced players more playing time, most notably with freshman forward Andrew Wesson. Wesson said his contributions are all for not if they don’t benefit the team, and he said he was just trying to put a spark in his team against Michigan. “When I come into the game I just try to make a difference any way I can,” he said. “If that’s rebounding, making defensive plays, whatever they need me to do. That’s what I try to do.”Thompson said this year’s Rutgers team is one of the better ones in recent history, but the numbers say otherwise. As a team, the Scarlet Knights shoot just 41.4 percent from the field, and just 29.4 percent from deep.Whether OSU has the kind of spark needed for the rest of the season might be plainly obvious against Rutgers, as a team with a 2-9 conference record could be the kind of trap game that exposes certain issues from earlier this year.On the other hand, the Buckeyes could absolutely dominate Rutgers, and get just enough fan attention to revive talks about the conference tournament once again. Either way, coach Thad Matta isn’t taking anything for granted just yet, and isn’t concerned with the confidence his team has after a win.“I want to see us string something together,” he said.Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Of the Columbus Crew’s 13 second-half shots, only one found the back of the net. Columbus fought to a 1-1 tie against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Crew Stadium to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games. But many Crew players, including defender and team captain Chad Marshall, said they expected a win. “They came out and got the early goal, which was upsetting,” Marshall said. “I think that, throughout the entire game, we were the better team. We created better chances. I don’t know what it is, but eventually, we’ll beat these guys.” Seattle forward Fredy Montero provided the Sounders with a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, scoring a header off a cross from midfielder Erik Friberg. The Crew responded with a 67th-minute penalty-kick goal from forward Emilio Renteria to tie the game. That scoreline held for the rest of the contest. The tie was just the third in the Crew’s history against Seattle and improved their all-time record against Seattle to 0-3-3. Last season, the Crew suffered a 0-2-1 record against the Sounders, which included a 4-0 defeat in league play Sept. 18 and a 2-1 loss at Seattle’s Qwest Field in the United States Open Cup final just 17 days later. Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers said he felt Columbus was the better team Saturday. “I really felt like we killed them in the second half,” Rogers said. “I wanted to win that one really bad. I’ll keep this in mind when we go to Seattle.” The Crew outshot Seattle, 13-1, in the final 45 minutes, and also took six corner kicks in the half — three of which came in stoppage time — compared to only one taken by Seattle. Renteria, who spoke through a translator, even said he felt there was much to be desired from his game-tying penalty-kick goal. “I hit it terribly,” he said. Terribly hit or not, Renteria’s goal increased the Crew’s point total in the standings to 13 and allowed them to jump to second place in the Eastern Conference. Columbus now trails the No. 1 New York Red Bulls by two points. Despite helping to improve the team’s place in the standings, Renteria expressed disappointment in the tie, saying it would have been nice to take three points from Saturday’s match. “There were plenty of opportunities, probably the most I’ve seen since the beginning of the season,” he said. “It would have been nice to get that extra goal.” By contrast, Columbus coach Robert Warzycha said he was satisfied with his team’s play. “I think we started the game pretty well,” he said. “I think there was good balance.” Warzycha also said he was happy to take a result in the form of a tie from Saturday’s match. “The most important thing is the result at the end of the day,” he said. “The result is after 90 minutes. I’m happy that we tied the game.” The Crew next will travel to California for a Saturday match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.
Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFormer Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker has been selected as the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.This is the third straight year in which an Ohio State linebacker has been selected in the draft. The Dolphins selected Baker’s now-teammate Raekwon McMillan in the second round of the 2017 Draft. Darron Lee and Joshua Perry were picked in the first and fourth rounds, respectively, in 2016.A two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree, Baker led the Buckeyes with 72 tackles last season. The former four-star recruit out of Cleveland recovered two fumbles in 2017 with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.Baker announced his intention to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft on Jan. 8, then ran a 4.53 40-yard dash — the fourth-best among linebackers — at the NFL combine. He also placed in the top 10 at his position group in bench press and vertical jump.The Dolphins open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 against the Tennessee Titans.
Senior reliever Seth Kinker snags a comeback hit to finish off Ohio State’s 5-4 win against Indiana on April 21. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsSeth Kinker is not the first Ohio State pitcher from Huntington, West Virginia.When the now-senior pitcher arrived at Ohio State, he was following in the footsteps of Huntington native Trace Dempsey, a reliever who played from 2012-2015 and held the record for most career appearances in a Buckeye uniform.That is, until Kinker broke his record in Friday’s 4-2 win over Purdue.“He texted me the other night and he said, ‘Man, I never thought it would be broken, especially this fast, but I am damn happy it was you who broke it,’” Kinker said. Entering the game in the sixth inning of Friday’s matchup with the Boilermakers, Kinker broke the school record with his 103rd career appearance, throwing three innings for his 12th save of the season.Kinker knew this day was coming. This accomplishment was something he had been working towards. However, that did not change his persona on the mound. For Ohio State head coach Greg Beals, that level of consistency helped develop a trust in his reliever to put him in many different situations throughout his college career. “At this level, at a program like Ohio State, we don’t just run guys out there,” Beals said. “You are pitching the guys and putting them in situations and that tells you that Kinker has been competitive, really competitive for a long time here.” For the past four seasons, Kinker has developed into the more consistent options out of the Ohio State bullpen, posting a 2.07 ERA and a .232 opponent’s batting average in 186.2 career innings. Kinker felt like he physically had the ability to break the record for most appearances in Ohio State history, but he wasn’t sure he would get that many chances. “I knew I had the capability to,” Kinker said. “Was I going to be put in the position that early to be able to rack up that many in the span of a year between last year and junior year? No, not really. There were a lot of better arms in front of me.” What he felt he needed most was a change in mindset when he was on the mound. Kinker found the perfect example of what he needed in his roommate: former Ohio State pitcher Jake Post. “He’s taught me everything I needed to know when it comes to a mentality, when it comes to being a pitcher at Ohio State,” Kinker said. As he watched Post become a leader in the dugout for the Buckeyes, Kinker solidified his own confidence, therefore establishing his role in the bullpen. That confidence is something he still utilizes to this day. “If you are confident in yourself, you trust yourself. No one is going to take that away from you,” Kinker said. “That’s why I was able to be put in that situation. I trusted myself, I had confidence in my teammates and myself, so there’s nothing really holding me back.” With the senior leading the team with 24 appearances and a 1.22 ERA in 51.2 innings of work, Beals said he sees how the mix of confidence and composure Kinker brings to any in-game situation. “He plays with a great deal of confidence and a great deal of awareness of who he is and a trust in his ability and knows how he is going to go about doing it and does it,” Beals said. “You have heard me say it before, it’s one thing to have awareness and it’s one thing to know how and it’s another thing to be able to execute and he executes. That’s what makes it special.”Execution. No matter what the situation is, this is something that Kinker will always strive for each time he comes out of the bullpen for Ohio State. “I was going to be the same person,” Kinker said. “I always am and I have been for 102 appearances prior to that one.”
Prince Philip to step down in August, palace confirmsHe will go on farewell tour beforehandHowever, there is no question of The Queen retiringPrince retires: A life of public service in pictures’He’s earned it!’: how social media reactedPrince carried out engagement yesterday, at Lord’sWho exactly is Prince Philip, and why isn’t he king?Prince Philip, who is 95, will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.The Palace said in a statement it was the The Duke of Edinburgh’s decision taken with the support of the Queen. Before he steps down in August at the age of 96, Prince Philip still has a number of dates in his diary. “Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time. 12:55PMRetiring? Not quite yet Official commemorations of the Queen’s milestone anniversary were held in June 2016 – when Philip also reached his 95th birthday – and the Royal Family were out in force for a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.The weekend of festivities included the traditional Trooping the Colour parade, and a street party in The Mall, during which the Queen and Philip rode down the famous thoroughfare, standing in an open-top “Queen-mobile”, waving at the picnickers.In 2015, the Queen became the nation’s longest reigning monarch – and this year reached her Sapphire Jubilee – having now been on the throne for more than 65 years – with Philip at her side. He said:Well, perhaps 30 years later than most people retire, the Duke of Edinburgh is announcing that that is what he is intending to do, and I think it is a moment to celebrate and take stock of the enormous achievements that he has made in his life so far, the enormous service he has given to his country, the service to countless charities he has supported, plus while being such a rock for Her Majesty the Queen.I think it is a moment for us to be genuinely reflective of a great life well-lived and great achievements.Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said: “Today we should honour the life of service to our Queen and nation by Prince Philip.”For over 60 years he has been a dedicated public servant, and deserves our great thanks. Happy retirement, Sir.”Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has dedicated his life to public service and the steadfast support he has given to the Queen throughout her reign is hugely admirable.His charity work, in particular his role as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, has benefited millions of young people across Scotland. He also gave over 50 years of service to Edinburgh University during his time as Chancellor there.He has always served with enthusiasm and a healthy sense of humour. I have always thoroughly enjoyed any time that I have spent in his company.I know that, even as he steps back from public life, the Duke will continue to be a huge support to the Queen. I wish him all the very best for a happy and peaceful retirement. Prince Philip may be one of the most controversial royals, but he’s also by far the funniest.In 2015 a book of stories about the Duke of Edinburgh by Nigel Cawthorne, ‘I know I am rude, but it’s Fun: The Royal Family and the World at Large – as Seen by Prince Philip’ – was published. 10:18AMPrince Philip’s life in the limelight But it appears the Duke has decided that, now in his advanced years, the time has come to step back from royal duties that can involve extensive travel. An announcement regarding The Duke of Edinburgh. https://t.co/SF1bgo68Un pic.twitter.com/TO9mR70xTk— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 4, 2017 The first images of the Queen and Prince Philip leaving Buckingham Palace following this morning’s meeting and the announcement of the Prince’s upcoming retirement have dropped: He may be about to retire, but the old wit isn’t going anywhere.At today’s Order of Merit service at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace one of the guests was filmed saying to Prince Philip: “I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down.”He shot back: “Well I can’t stand up much longer.” Solo engagements by the 95-year-old also included opening the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday and meeting actor Tom Cruise at a Buckingham Palace dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust in March.The Queen has spent 22 days carrying out public engagements since January 1, up to and including May 3. Likewise, Kate has spent 22 days on public events while William totalled 23 days. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving St Paul’s Cathedral in 1968Credit:PA The book gives context to some of Prince Philip’s best known gaffes, but also reveals some lesser-known anecdotes.Here are some of the Duke’s greatest moments compiled in Cawthorne’s book. 10:47AMThe Duke of Edinburgh’s most notable gaffes As the longest-serving royal consort in British history approached his 90th birthday in 2011, the Telegraph published three exclusive extracts from Philip Eade’s book, Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life, which showed how his traumatic childhood shaped him and details the strength of character he showed in the face of such tragedy and turbulence.Here are the extracts once more as the Prince, now 95, prepares to retire from public life:The romances of young Prince Philip How Prince Philip’s unorthodox upbringing and traumatic childhood shaped him How Prince Philip wooed Elizabeth – and a nation Duke of Edinburgh surprise visit to see troops in Basra in 2006Credit:MoD/PA The Duke of Edinburgh has perhaps been best known for his legendary gaffes.He has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments and clangers.His reputation for plain speaking has often led to controversy, but he was once branded a “national treasure” by the press for his inability to curb his off-the-cuff remarks. 9:50AMKeep calm and carry on Philip has generally been in good health in recent years and on Wednesday when he opened a new stand at Lord’s cricket ground in central London looked relaxed, lively and walked confidently down a flight of uneven steps when he strode onto the outfield. 12:14PMNo question of retirement for the Queen The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 95, will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.Buckingham Palace said in a statement it was the Duke’s decision taken with the support of the Queen. 10:27AMMilestone year for Queen and Prince Philip The Telegraph’s trending news expert Helen Horton looks at how Twitter reacted to the announcement that Prince Philip is to retire. Prince Philip, the Duke of EdinburghCredit:John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their engagement in 1947 at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Fox Photos/Getty Images 2:37PMWhat’s coming up for the prince 10:05AMBREAKING NEWS: Prince Philip to step down from public life Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, smiles during his visit to Lord’s Cricket Ground on WednesdayCredit:AFP Meanwhile, here is the scene outside Buckingham Palace: There has been renewed interest in the Windsors in recent years, particularly since Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010.Millions tuned in to watch the royal wedding in April 2011 and, a year later in June 2012, well-wishers were out in force for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.The Queen and Philip have welcomed numerous great-grandchildren into The Firm.They became great-grandparents for the first time when Peter and Autumn Phillips had a daughter, Savannah, in 2010, followed by her sister, Isla, in 2012.In 2013, the Royal Family celebrated the birth of a future King – the Queen and Philip’s third great-grandchild and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first-born son, Prince George of Cambridge, with the Queen telling guests at a reception that she was “thrilled” at the arrival of her first great-grandson.Another great-granddaughter – Mia Tindall – the first child of Zara Phillips and rugby player Mike Tindall was born in 2014 and then, in May 2015, William and Kate had their daughter, Princess Charlotte – the same year the Queen became the longest reigning British monarch in history. More reaction from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. 12:42PM’He’s earned it!’: how social media reacted Prince Philip leaves Buckingham PalaceCredit:REUTERS/Neil Hall 2:29PMPrince Philip makes a trademark quip The Duke of Edinburgh has spent 25 days so far this year carrying out public engagements – more than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen.Philip’s appearances out and about with the monarch in the public eye since the start of 2017 have ranged from feeding an elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to attending the unveiling of a national memorial on Horse Guards Parade. Here are some facts about Prince Philip:Total number of solo engagements – 22,191Total number of solo overseas visits – 637 (Commonwealth countries – 229 visits to 67 countries / other countries 408 visits to 76 countries)Total number of speeches given – 5,493Total number of patronages – 785 organisationsPresentation of colours – 54Number of service appointments – 32Number of books authored – 14 12:31PMQueen and Prince Philip leave Buckingham Palace While the Duke of Edinburgh is retiring at the grand old age of 95, the Queen is in her job for life.The monarch’s public duties and behind-the-scenes work as head of state continue despite the Queen being 91.On the throne for more than 65 years, Elizabeth II has always made clear it that abdication is not an option. Staff meetings are called from time to time nothing unusual & could well be about the Buckingham Palace refurbishment https://t.co/jsJZpK128n— Dickie Arbiter (@RoyalDickie) May 4, 2017 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, depart in their carCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images The Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement from public engagements comes as the Queen and Philip prepare to mark a poignant personal milestone this year.In November, the royal couple are due to reach their platinum wedding anniversary – 70 years since they wed.The monarch, now 91, and Philip had a busy 2016 – with the Queen celebrating her high- profile 90th birthday with a public walkabout and a private black tie banquet for friends and loved ones in Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh leaves the Jubilee Service at St Paul’s Cathedral wearing naval uniform in June, 2002 Credit:Anwar Hussein/Getty Images 11:47AMPrince Philip’s turblent early life The Queen’s loyal former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who acted for Her Majesty until 2000, said it was unlikely to do with the royal couple’s health.He tweeted: Speculation has gone into overdrive on social media this morning as to the nature of the announcement.Here is what The Telegraph’s royal correspondent Hannah Furness thinks: The Duke of Edinburgh at the White City watching a relay race. With him is Lord BurghleyCredit: AP 12:00PMThe Prince in numbers 11:35AMPhilip in his own words In just a few weeks’ time, on June 10, Philip will be 96.When the Duke turned 90, he stepped down as president or patron of more than a dozen organisations – but has still been involved with more than 800 charities or bodies.The Queen and Philip called a halt to long-haul travel in recent years, handing this responsibility over to the younger members of their family. Prime Minister Theresa May has led tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh following the announcement that he is standing aside from royal duties, saying the whole country would want to offer him “our deepest gratitude and good wishes”.Mrs May said Prince Philip had given “steadfast support” to the Queen and served the country in a way which would be “of huge benefit to us all for years to come”. On her 21st birthday, she made her now famous radio broadcast from Cape Town in South Africa in 1947 on her first official overseas visit, declaring: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”With Philip stepping down from public duties, the Queen will increasingly turn to younger members of Team Windsor – namely the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge – to support her in her role.William’s job as an air ambulance pilot ends in the summer – neatly timed for him to become a full-time royal just before his grandfather retires.The Queen no longer carries out overseas duties and, although she still holds investitures, a number are also carried out by Charles, William and the Princess Royal.Buckingham Palace confirmed: “Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.”Philip, however, may pop up at public events from time to time.He could choose to make appearances on the Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour in future years or even turn up to greet US President Donald Trump during his proposed State Visit.In 1992, the Queen dismissed any speculation that she would step down, insisting frankly: “It is a job for life.”She was speaking about the death of her father, King George VI, for a BBC TV documentary, Elizabeth R, marking the 40th anniversary of her accession.”In a way I didn’t have an apprenticeship. My father died much too young and so it was all very sudden … taking on and making the best job you can,” the Queen said.”It’s a question of maturing into something that one’s got used to doing, and accepting the fact that it’s your fate, because I think continuity is very important. It is a job for life.” It said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave from the balcony of Buckingham PalaceCredit:AP Photo/Sang Tan Prince Philip was at Chapel Royal in St James’s PalaceCredit:John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP The pair appeared to be in good spirits as they joined guests including playwright Tom Stoppard for the service just after 11.30am, followed by a lunch.Today’s Order of Merit service – held every two years – honours individuals of great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science. 10:00AM’Could well be about the refurbishment’ No10 will have a short statement on the Buckingham Palace announcement later. But sources urging everyone to calm down— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) May 4, 2017 Among the upcoming engagements he will host a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in a fortnight’s time and follow that with a Buckingham Palace reception for youngsters who have achieved its gold standard.Chief reporter Robert Mendick looks what the Duke of Edinburgh’s final public appearances will be. The Royal flag is flying at full mast on Buckingham Palace, suggesting all is well. The Duke of Edinburgh inspects the Guard of Honour of South Wales Borderers in front of the Residence of General Sir Richard Gale in Costedt, GermanyCredit: AP