Building Hockeys Advanced Stats Dream Team

Last week, the basketball website Ballislife.com tweeted a fun exercise, asking NBA fans to pick their dream starting five. The catch? It assigned dollar values to each legend and set up a monetary constraint which no lineup’s total cost could exceed. Do you want Michael Jordan as your starting shooting guard? OK, but he’ll cost you $5 of the $15 you have, so now you have just $10 of cap money to spend on four other players.It’s an entertaining spin on the classic “dream team” debate (although I’ll leave the basketball arguments to others). A few days later, though, Matt Henderson created his own version for hockey, giving us $18 to spend on our post-expansion NHL all-star team:Neil Greenberg, who runs The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, posted his dream team analysis Thursday, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at the pros and cons of dream team building from an advanced stats point of view.GoalieEven at $4, Dominik Hasek is a steal. (As Greenberg noted, Hasek’s save percentage was much better than that of contemporaries like Martin Brodeur, even though Hasek is worth only $1 more than Brodeur by Henderson’s values.) In fact, during his career, Hasek was the outlier of all goaltending outliers. Because of the large influence of random variation in save percentages, most goalies can’t consistently distinguish themselves very much from an average netminder. But Hasek seemed to be the exception. In his career, he allowed 79 percent as many goals per shot as the league did, and was one of the only goalies ever to consistently sustain a very high level of play over a number of consecutive seasons. Hasek’s basically a no-brainer as the goalie for this team.As an aside, if Hasek had not been available, it might have made sense to buy the $1 goalie (in this case, Ed Belfour, a fine goalie who allowed 93 percent as many goals per shot as the league over his long career) and spend more on building a strong lineup of skaters. Because it’s difficult to predict how well a goaltender will play in a given season (much less a series or a game), it doesn’t usually make much sense to sink a huge percentage of a team’s payroll into one of them — a good piece of strategy in this exercise and in life.DefensemenThe four most valuable non-goalie seasons ever according to Tom Awad’s all-in-one stat Goals Versus Threshold (GVT; think Value Over Replacement Player for hockey) belong to Bobby Orr. Orr costs the maximum “salary” here ($5), but the difference between his production at his peak (an average of 45.6 goals above replacement per year in his best five seasons, with a career-high of 49.5 in 1970-71) and that of the next-best defenseman is truly massive. Among the next-best available D-men, neither Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson nor Denis Potvin ever produced a GVT better than 31.1 in any of their seasons.Speaking of Larry Robinson, it’s worth noting that he costs only $2 in salary despite putting up some of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history. In 1976-77, Robinson notched 85 points (ranking 12th among all players, not just defensemen) and set the non-Orr record for highest plus/minus in a season with a +120 mark. That performance was worth 30.4 goals above replacement in GVT’s estimation; Robinson also had five other seasons of at least 19.9 GVT, giving him a higher five-year peak than Nicklas Lidstrom despite Lidstrom costing more than twice as much in Henderson’s dollar values.CenterThe second-best non-goalie ever by peak GVT is Wayne Gretzky, who owns the two best non-Orr seasons ever by a skater (each were worth more than 43 GVT). Gretzky also costs the maximum ($5), which, when combined with the salaries of Hasek, Robinson and Orr, will leave only $2 to spread across two wingers. But like Orr and Hasek, Gretzky’s production was such a radical outlier that he’ll be worth the price. (For one thing, there’s plenty of evidence backing up the notion that super-elite playmakers, such as Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, can have a dramatic positive influence on teammates’ shooting percentages.)WingsOn the wings, we’re now essentially “stuck” with $1 pickups Jari Kurri and Johnny Bucyk as Gretzky’s linemates. There are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a bad thing, though. First (and this should be self-evident): Kurri and Bucyk are both Hall of Famers! It’s not like we’re picking from the dregs of the hockey universe here. In fact, Kurri and Bucyk had better GVT numbers in their best five seasons than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille did in theirs, despite Hull costing four times as much as Kurri and Robitaille costing five times as much as Bucyk. Secondly, statheads have found evidence that — despite the importance placed on strong depth in hockey’s conventional wisdom — building a top-heavy team with a few stars and a bunch of lesser players is not such a bad thing.So, there you have it, the best team our $18 could buy: Hasek, Orr, Robinson, Gretzky, Kurri and Bucyk. According to the average of each player’s best five seasons, our team would produce 200.3 GVT in a hypothetical full season.In a perfect universe, our team would face that of Greenberg (Hasek, Mark Messier, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara) and everyone else in the Twittersphere, and settle the matter on the ice. Obviously, that can never happen — and maybe it’s more fun this way anyhow. read more

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Mens hockey set to start season with young roster

The Ohio State men’s hockey team only has a single senior on their roster opening the 2009 campaign, but a core of juniors and sophomores should help stop talk of 2009 being a rebuilding season. Despite losing their leading scorer, Corey Elkins, all but one of their 15 highest point scorers from last season are returning.The 12 juniors and seven sophomores look to build off of last season’s 23-15-4 overall record and 13-11-4 conference record. Their premature exit from the NCAA tournament last year should put an extra fire under the experienced Buckeyes.A stepping-stone season    Looking back on last season, head coach John Markell said he believes that the previous year was a great stepping stone season for his team.“We were very close to being a top four team in this league,” Markell said. “With the youth we had, I like the strides we made. I think we established some positions. Our goal tending and defense were solid and we were a good goal tending team.”Last season, the team started off to an adequate 3-5-1, but a 13-game unbeaten streak midway through the season brought them into national contention. The streak was a symbol of consistency, something that Markell is preaching to his team this season.  Their successful season ended in disappointment with a loss, 8-3, to No. 1 Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “They took the loss the right way and really worked this summer,” Markell said. “I’m waiting to see what that gives them.”Progressing toward this season, Markell said he wants to improve on a few aspects of his team from last season.“The concerns I have for this team is that our power play has to work better if we are going to make even greater strides,” he said. “We need to get a guy on the anchor of our power play and we also have to defend a little better.”Filling the gapsMarkell knows he lost three talented seniors this season, but he believes his team can fill in the gaps.“We lost Corey Elkins, physical players Nick Biondo and Zach Pelletier, that we are going to have to replace,” he said. “We have all the makings with our junior and sophomore classes. The character that we added with our freshman class can fill the holes.”Dustin Carlson, the starting goaltender and a member of this year’s talented junior class, said he believes that this year the team can make great strides with their experienced returning players.“I think we are going to perform a lot better than last year,” Carlson said. “We have a huge returning class and pretty much everyone started.”Carlson said he also believes that even though Elkins was such an important component of last season’s team, someone could easily fill his role.“I definitely think someone is going to step up and fill his shoes for sure,” he said. “We have a lot of depth in scoring and I think everyone is going to step up again.”Junior forward Peter Boyd agreed with Carlson’s assessment.“There’s quite a few guys that can put the puck in the back of the net,” Boyd said. “Corey was a good player obviously, but I definitely think there are guys that can fill into that role.”Other notable returning starters are junior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma. Albert, who was only two points away from being last year’s lead scorer, looks to improve on his 39 point total and 11 goals. Two sophomores who look to build upon their successful first seasons are forwards Zac Dalpe and Ian Boots.Carlson will return as the team’s starting goalie this season where he posted a 21-12-3 record and allowed only 2.5 goals per game.“Taking it in small blocks”Looking to the upcoming season, Markell said he could not wait to start.“I love the character of our young freshmen,” he said. “Our nucleus is sophomores and juniors, and if they are tight-knit it could take you a long way. They feel like a family and they are playing for each other.”The Buckeyes will face tough opponents this season such as Notre Dame, Miami University and Michigan, but Markell is not focused on any particular opponent.“In college hockey the parity is unbelievable,” he said. “There’s 58 Division 1 hockey teams and everybody can beat everyone. You have to be prepared to play each and every game.”Carlson also believes in the parity theory emphasized by his head coach.“Obviously we want to beat the big teams like Michigan and Miami,” he said. “But we can’t overlook anyone at all. We need every game this year. [We need to] just take it in small blocks a weekend every time. We are looking for consistency and a 20-win season that I think we are capable in having.”OSU kicks off the season with a game at home against Western Ontario Sunday at noon. kesner.16@osu.edu read more

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Wisconsin steals show on Ohio State senior day

Sunday’s Ohio State men’s basketball game was supposed to be a going out party for William Buford. Fans waved paddles featuring his face and the student section hoisted a massive cutout of the Buckeyes’ lone senior as Buford was honored prior to the Senior Day game against Wisconsin on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Instead, the No. 16 Badgers stole the show by defeating the No. 8 Buckeyes, 63-60, as a dejected Buford sat at the postgame press conference with a towel over his mouth, staring blankly at the box score in front of him. “Before the game it was cool,” he said. “But our main goal was to win the game and we didn’t win the game. So that kind of messed with my day a little bit.” Although Buford’s demeanor was somber, OSU still has two more regular season games remaining, along with the Big Ten and national tournament. Buford said he is troubled by the lack of cohesion between the team going forward. “It’s real concerning leading into March,” he said. “I mean, you always want to be together and we should be together by now, but hopefully we learn from this loss.” Coach Thad Matta said he threw the team out of practice Saturday. “They weren’t ready to practice and this team has shown we play like we practice,” Matta said. “It’s been proven. We had two great days of practice going into the Illinois game (an 83-67 OSU win Tuesday) and that’s why I was so upset yesterday in practice because it wasn’t where it needed to be. “The guys have got to look at themselves in the mirror and come back and get ready to go.” Poor team practices have occurred too much this season and the Buckeyes need to learn from the losses that result from them, sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. “It’s not a secret,” Craft said. “Leaving the practice gym you know if we practiced well as a team or if we didn’t. We’ve had that feeling (that we didn’t) probably a little too much than we should have, but once again we have to find a way to learn from it. We have to find a way to move on and refocus and keep our heads up.” Sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas, who had a game-high 23 points in the loss to the Badgers, said the team needs to rally around each other going forward. “It all comes down to maturity and talking to each other, you know, helping each other out,” Thomas said. “That’s what it’s all about. Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together.” Craft said there is still enough time for the Buckeyes to come together before postseason play. “We are getting to the end of the season, but there’s still time to get better,” Craft said. “We’re still learning, we’re a young team. I think we can figure it out still.” OSU finishes regular season play this week with two road games: Wednesday at Northwestern and Sunday at Michigan State. read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament

2. Do the Buckeyes have a second scorer? Do they even need one?Since Thomas left for the NBA Draft at the end of last season, OSU has been looking to fill the hole he left behind. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross is the predominant scorer for the team, leading the Buckeyes with 15.4 points per game. But Matta’s squad has seen numerous players step up — only to falter — as the second guy. Everyone ­— from senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to junior forward Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott — have at times looked like the player OSU can look to for points. Scott most recently put up 18 points in a loss against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, but perhaps the Buckeyes don’t need someone to step up on a consistent basis. Were it not for a missed 3-pointer by Craft, OSU would have had an opportunity to advance to the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, a team it beat a week earlier. If OSU has won 25 games this season with a rotation of players scoring behind Ross, what is to say they need a second strong shooter now? If OSU does make a deep run in the Big Dance, do not be shocked to see different names at the top of the scoring sheet following each game. 5. Buckeye post playIt’s no secret that OSU hasn’t looked for much from its postgame all season. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald combine to average just 10.1 points per game, a far cry from what Sullinger used to do two years ago. But Williams, the starter, found himself on the bench during the important moments of the loss to the Wolverines Saturday in favor of McDonald. Matta is known for sticking with a hot lineup when his team needs a boost, so it will be interesting to see which player comes to play in the tournament. Winning in the postseason is very difficult without a solid low post game, so for OSU to have a chance, one of (or both) players will need to step up. OSU coach Thad Matta encourages his players during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about Thursday’s matchup against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 1. Does Thad Matta extend his streak of Sweet Sixteens to five?Even with the departure of players like Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, William Buford, Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, coach Thad Matta has helped the Buckeyes sustain a consistent level of success in the NCAA Tournament. In each of the last four years, Matta has led OSU to at least the Sweet Sixteen — twice advancing even deeper into the Big Dance — the only coach in the country to do so. But this season might prove one of the tougher challenges for Matta. With Dayton in the second round providing a stiff challenge with talented 3-point shooters, OSU will likely have to fight to win their first game. But it is in the next round that looms perhaps the bigger challenge. No. 3-seed Syracuse, who started the season 25-0 before losing five of its final seven games, is heavily favored to advance past No. 14-seed Western Michigan in the second round, and sports a zone defense that is likely to be difficult for OSU to handle. The Buckeyes have struggled at times this season against a zone, and perhaps no one runs the zone better than Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Not the easiest road for a team that is 208th in the country in points per game. 3. Defense wins championshipsAll the talk of OSU’s below-average offense this season leads to one thing seeming to get ignored: the Buckeyes still have a phenomenal defense. On the season, OSU is 12th in the country in average points allowed per game with just 59.8, and is led by two players who were named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. Craft in particular — who was named Big Ten defensive player of the year for the second time in three years and is the conference’s all-time leader in steals — will be the rock for a defense that will hope to cover the holes created by offensive issues. It is often said that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. If that is the case, OSU must like its chances to make a run. Although, if the Buckeyes allow more than 70 points to their opponent — second-round matchup Dayton is averaging 73.4 this year — Matta’s squad might be in danger. This season, OSU has only allowed 70 or more points six times, going 0-6 in those games. The Buckeyes are good on defense, but it might not be enough this year. 4. A proper senior sendoffAll season long, players like Thompson and Scott have had nothing but good things to say about the two Buckeye seniors in Craft and Smith Jr. Both were the fastest players in program history to 100 wins, doing so Nov. 29 with a 99-64 win against North Florida in their 119th game for the Scarlet and Gray. After falling to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, Craft and Smith Jr. — along with the rest of the roster — watched Selection Sunday in Columbus for the first time in their careers. The team is a No. 6 seed in the Big Dance, the first time its been lower than a No. 2 in the guards’ careers. But sending the two seniors off properly is sure to be on the rest of the team’s mind heading into the second round game against Dayton. An early exit surely will put a dent on their illustrious careers. read more

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Football Fourstar quarterback Jack Miller commits to Ohio State

Ohio State continued to add to its 2020 class Sunday after four-star quarterback Jack Miller committed to the Buckeyes. A Scottsdale, Arizona, native, Miller, the No. 47 overall recruit, is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 3 recruit from the state according to the 247Sports composite rankings. According to Miller on Twitter, he had received several other scholarship offers, including offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama.Miller is the fourth player to commit to Ohio State in the 2020 class. He will join five-star offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos and four-star offensive lineman Jake Wray in the recruiting class.

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Dog walkers not happy with ban on walking more than four animals

first_imgA new limit on the number of dogs that can be walked at one time in a Hampshire town has been met with consternation from owners and professional dog-walkers.A fine of £100 can be imposed on anyone who walks more than four dogs at a time under new rules that came into force in Gosport on Monday. But professional dog-walkers have complained that the limit, which was previously set at six animals, will affect their business. Dog ban sign  Various parts of the country have dog bans or restrictionsCredit:Kennel Club  One dog owner with five huskies told the BBC she would now have to walk her pets in two packs, and said the move penalised responsible dog owners.Councillors say the changes will address dog fouling and potentially out of control groups. Councillor John Tanner said:  “With more than four dogs, you are not taking your dog out for a walk but a pack of potentially dangerous animals for a riot around the park.”In Richmond, southwest London, there are plans for a similar policy from the autumn.center_img The Kennel Club last year warned that dog-walking had been banned or severely restricted in more than 3,300 of Britain’s open parks and spaces in a move slammed  as “criminalising” everyday life.Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said at the time that local authorities in some areas  “seem to be waging a war on dogs and their owners”.  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

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Taxi driver tells of heroic passenger who saved 20 lives by pushing

first_imgA taxi driver has spoken of the heroic bravery exhibited by one of his passengers during the London terror attack.Aksha Patel told Sky News of how a woman, who was part of a couple in his cab, used her own body to barricade a the door of the Black and Blue restaurant in order to stop a terrorist entering.While she did this for “a few seconds”, people in the restaurant managed to escape out of the rear entrance.The door gave in, and she escaped safely from the terrorist.He said: “‘There was two passengers, they came out of the Black and Blue restaurant. “How they described it to me was they were preventing the guys from getting into the restaurant.”She knew they were bad people trying to break in.”She managed to hold the door for a few seconds but they overpowered her.”People managed to escape through the rear door so she saved maybe 20 peoples lives”.Another taxi driver has described how he tried to knock down three suspected terrorists during the London attack.The unnamed man said he saw the men armed with 12-inch hunting knives, stabbing people “randomly”.”I thought, ‘I’m gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down’,” the man told LBC. “I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn. “I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.”He’s veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.”He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he’s hit people there.”They’ve jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of peopleLondon Bridge and Borough Market have been hit by two coordinated attacks south of the River Thames. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence.Six people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in the  “rampage” in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months.   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

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Man left with life threatening injuries after acid attack says he believes

first_imgMr Muhktar said the attack was “definitely a hate crime”, saying “I believe it’s something to do with Islamophobia”. He told Channel 4 News: “Maybe he’s got it in for us because of all the things that have been going on. John Tomlin, who police are looking for after two people suffered serious burns in an acid attack The public have been warned not to approach John Tomlin, 24, who is being sought after the pair were struck with a corrosive substance as they sat in a car at traffic lights.Scotland Yard said Tomlin, who has distinctive tear drop and dagger face tattoos, is around six feet tall and is known to frequent the Canning Town area of the East End.The attack in Beckton in east London on June 21, Miss Khan’s 21st birthday, left her and her 37-year-old cousin with serious burns to their faces and upper bodies and requiring hospital treatment.Miss Khan has also suffered damage to her left eye and Mr Muhktar was temporarily placed in a coma. Scotland Yard said Tomlin, who has distinctive tear drop and dagger face tattoos, is around six feet tall and is known to frequent the Canning Town area of the East End.Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews said: “I would like to reassure the public that our continued focus remains on finding the person responsible for this horrendous act of violence.”We will continue to progress these inquiries as quickly as humanly possible and fully understand concerns that they should be brought to justice quickly.”This male should not be approached; instead members of the public should dial 999 if seen.”The attack happened at 9.15am in Tollgate Road and the car drove off before colliding with a fence, police said.Later that day officers including the Metropolitan Police’s territorial support group raided a building in the East End, but no arrests have been made. Resham Khan 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. John Tomlin, who police are looking for after two people suffered serious burns in an acid attackCredit:PAcenter_img Resham Khan before and after the attack Resham Khan before and after the attack A man left with life threatening injuries following an acid attack said he believes it was a racially motivated assault.Police are hunting a man wanted over the “horrendous” acid attack that left Jameel Muhktar and his cousin Resham Khan with “life-changing” facial burns. Resham Khan after the attack “I haven’t done anything to anybody, we’re not terrorists.”It was excruciating pain, I was screaming like a baby.”last_img read more

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Transporting convicts to Australia changed sex ratio and sparked happier marriages say

first_imgThee Charlotte, part of the First Fleet, which left from Portsmouth in May 1787   Transportation to Australia was undoubtedly a grim experience for 18th and 19th century convicts, many of whom had only committed petty crimes in Britain.But a new study has shown there was one unexpected benefit from the dubious practice: happier marriages that have lasted to this day.According to researchers of the University of New South Wales, so many men were sent to Australia that it dramatically altered the sex ratio between men and women.As a consequence, women were prized and so could choose better husbands who were more capable providers and were less likely to stray.  It meant both sexes enjoyed marriages that were stronger, stable and happier and fostered a highly-respectful attitude towards women that has lasted more than 150 years, the authors conclude.Dr Pauline Grosjean, Associate Professor, of the School of Economics from the University of New South Wales, said: “This inadvertent sociological experiment changed mating market conditions.“We find that both men and women are happier, and the happiness gap within married couples is smaller in areas where convict-era sex ratios were heavily male-biased.“One interpretation of this result is that because women have higher bargaining power they are more picky and search for a better match, and as an indirect effect, those men who do marry also benefit from this better match quality. A second possibility is that married men’s happiness is contingent on the happiness of their wives.“The present study establishes for the first time that these effects persist and still influence women’s relationship and life satisfaction over 150 years later.” Thee Charlotte, part of the First Fleet, which left from Portsmouth in May 1787  Credit:Frank Allen’s The Ships of the First Fleet, 1987. Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Between 1787 and 1868 around 157,000 convicts were transported by the British government to penal colonies in Australia, with men outnumbering women by approximately 16 to one.Most prisoners served sentences of around seven years before being released. But their numbers altered the local population so greatly in penal colony areas, that by 1820 there was three men for every woman.The male bias was further exacerbated by immigrants, who were mostly men following the Gold Rush of the 1850s.  The research was published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 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

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Music mogul accused of sex assault looks like Shrek alleged victim tells

first_imgShe denied allowing him to unzip her dress, kissing him in her bed and directing the sex act. “That’s an absolute lie, an out and out lie,” she told the jury.She also denied kissing and hugging Pollard as he left, with the defendant claiming that he thanked her for a pleasant evening.Three days later, she reported Pollard to the police and he was questioned on February 18.”He mentioned everything that happened was consensual and that she agreed and made the running,” said prosecutor David Jenkins.The woman told the court she did not feel confident leaving her home during the following days, adding: “I spent most of Saturday in the shower.” Dave Pollard outside Isleworth Crown CourtCredit:Tony Palmer Dave Pollard outside Isleworth Crown Court She was still fully-clothed when woken by Pollard at 6.20am, the court heard.”I was asleep, had a weird sensation and thought: ‘What the hell?’ I was disgusted, I was absolutely horrified.”To wake up to that experience is horrific. He is someone I’ve never flirted with or found physically attractive and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault me.”Pollard said the woman allowed him to massage her feet in the flat, claiming she also sat on his lap with her arms around him. A music mogul accused of sexually assaulting a woman he walked home from a pub is “hideous to look at… like Shrek”, his alleged victim told a court.Dave Pollard, who ran Universal Music’s video tape facility, the Engine Room, on a consultancy basis, claims the early-morning sex act was consensual with the woman after a drunken sleepover at her west London apartment.Isleworth Crown Court heard the woman had approximately six glasses of white wine and took home another bottle from the pub, sharing a glass with 56-year-old Pollard at her home.They agreed he could stay over rather than return to his wife and daughters at his £1m six-bedroom home in Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey, jurors were told. Pollard ran The Engine Room, Universal’s video studio and editing suite, and was a regular at the Crown and Sceptre pub.University of London graduate Pollard pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by penetration in January.”He is always surrounded by a bevy of artists and talents,” the woman told the jury. “I never gave him any sign whatsoever, no flirting or anything like that.”I see him as a safer, older man. He’s hideous to look at, there’s no sexual attraction. He’s massive, like a beast, like Shrek.” The trial continues. He is someone I’ve never flirted with… and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault meDave Pollard’s alleged victim 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

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