The big question right now is whether LeBron James will stay with the Miami Heat or return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact that his departure from the latter in 2010 seemed to have burned a few bridges, some fans appear to have forgiven James and are hoping for his return.How likely is James to return to Ohio? That’s a difficult question, but we can try to get a rough sense from betting markets. The Cavs and the Heat aren’t the only contenders. Here’s an average of the latest betting lines on where James will play next season, converted into probabilities:Oddsmakers seem to think James is about a 50-50 bet to stay with the Heat. Cleveland has some hope, and the remaining teams not much. But if history is any indicator, both Miami and Cleveland might have reason to worry.James had to make a similar decision in 2010, and betting markets didn’t get that one right.Bettors thought James would stay put in 2010 as well. But the difference in spread is notable. Based on these numbers, bettors are 11 percent more confident in his loyalty than they were in 2010. The second most likely options in both scenarios make up for this difference, with the Chicago Bulls at a 24 percent chance in 2010 and the Cavs at a 16 percent chance currently.Just like these betting sites, we’ve had mixed success in predicting James’s moves. Until his announcement, it’s worth considering that maybe we don’t know the MVP quite as well as we think we do.
Month: September 2019
FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 11, 2017), we’re all about the NBA MVP race. Who should win it? We debate the merits of Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.Links to what we discussed:Per an ESPN forecast, Westbrook is leading the MVP race.The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy writes about Steph Curry’s one-week MVP campaign blitz.FiveThirtyEight is running a weeklong series about all the MVP candidates.Neil Paine makes the case for Kawhi Leonard.Chris Herring makes the case for James Harden.NBA.com’s David Aldridge argues that a vote for LeBron James for MVP is never a mistake.The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti calls Russell Westbrook an irrational MVP, but the clear choice.
4Bobby AbreuHOU, PHI, NYY, LAA, LAD, NYM51.5 11Brad RadkeMIN31.3 18Brian GilesPIT, SDP36.8 15Roger ClemensBOS, TOR, HOU30.2 7Zack GreinkeKCR, MIL, LAA, ARI34.8✓ 9Cliff LeeCLE, SEA, PHI33.9 2Barry BondsSFG60.7 PLAYERWASTED-WAR TEAMSWASTED WARACTIVE 1Felix HernandezSEA51.8✓ 7Todd HeltonCOL50.7 20Frank ThomasCHW, TOR, OAK35.0 3Pedro MartinezMON, BOS, NYM47.8 1Adrian BeltreLAD, SEA, BOS, TEX62.1✓ 10Scott RolenPHI, STL, TOR, CIN46.0 10Dan HarenSTL, OAK, ARI, LAA, WSN, MIA32.2 17Chris SaleCHW, BOS29.9✓ 14Kenny RogersTEX, OAK, DET30.2 15Sammy SosaCHC, BAL, TEX40.9 Good pitchers on bad teamsPitching WAR accumulated for teams that didn’t make the division series of the playoffs, 1995-2017 17Vladimir GuerreroMON, LAA, BAL37.5 19Ian KinslerTEX, DET35.6✓ 4Mark BuehrleCHW, MIA, TOR43.7 8Mike TroutLAA46.6✓ 2017 WAR was prorated to 162 games and adjusted according to the playoff odds of the player’s team. (i.e., for a team with an 80% playoff probability, only 20% of the player’s WAR applied to his wasted-WAR total.)Source: FanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com 6Ichiro SuzukiSEA, NYY, MIA51.1✓ PLAYERWASTED-WAR TEAMSWASTED WARACTIVE 2017 WAR was prorated to 162 games and adjusted according to the playoff odds of the player’s team. (i.e., for a team with an 80% playoff probability, only 20% of the player’s WAR applied to his wasted-WAR total.)Source: FanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com 20Jamie MoyerBAL, BOS, SEA, PHI, COL27.7 2Roy HalladayTOR, PHI49.6 12Roy OswaltHOU, TEX, COL30.5 During a season full of stellar individual performances — from Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs to Chris Sale’s strikeouts — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto quietly put together one of the most obscure-yet-impressive streaks in baseball history. Between July 26 and Aug. 15, Votto reached base successfully at least twice in 20 consecutive games, putting together only the eighth such streak since 1913.1That’s the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s excellent Play Index database. During that span, Votto hit .435 and put up a downright Barry Bonds-ian on-base percentage of .611.It was classic Votto, who has a knack for reaching base that has few historical peers. But it was also typical in that it came midway through yet another hopeless Cincinnati season. The Reds are 14.5 games out of the National League’s last wild-card spot, with essentially no chance of making the playoffs. So far in 2017, Votto is tracking for 7.0 wins above replacement (WAR),2For the purposes of this story, I’m using an average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs.com’s versions of WAR. while leading the majors in on-base-plus slugging percentage. Assuming the Reds miss the playoffs, it would mark the sixth season in which Votto had at least 4.5 WAR (roughly an All-Star-caliber season) while his team failed to advance to the division series — the Reds have only reached the NLDS twice since Votto debuted in 2007, and they lost the best-of-five series both times.3Cincinnati also lost the Wild-Card Game in 2013.All told, Votto has generated 41.2 WAR in seasons where the Reds either missed the playoffs or lost the play-in game. Since the playoffs expanded in 1995, few hitters have seen more of their individual excellence go to waste4We’re using the division series as the cutoff for wasted WAR here because there was no Wild-Card Game before 2012 — and its one-and-done format is such a crapshoot anyway that it hardly makes sense to consider it a “playoff berth” on the same level as a full-fledged series appearance.: 12Carlos DelgadoTOR, FLA, NYM42.0 11Miguel CabreraFLA, DET42.3✓ 3Alex RodriguezSEA, TEX, NYY57.0 8Kevin BrownBAL, FLA, LAD34.4 5Carlos BeltranKCR, NYM, SFG, NYY51.3✓ 9David WrightNYM46.5✓ Votto isn’t alone among active players who’ve produced bushels of squandered value. FiveThirtyEight favorite Adrian Beltre is the division-series-era leader in inconsequential WAR, with his teams having flushed away more than 60 of his wins over the years (including, most likely, 3.5 more this season5Although Beltre is on pace for 3.5 WAR this season (his season total so far prorated out to 162 games), his Rangers still have a 5 percent chance of making the division series, so in the table above, only 95 percent of Beltre’s prorated WAR counts toward his career wasted-WAR total.). But at age 38, Beltre is also five years older than Votto, and he — like many other names above Votto on the list — at least experienced some postseason success to ease the sting of the lost output. Beltre’s Texas Rangers, for instance, came within a single strike of winning the World Series in 2011.Votto hasn’t had that chance yet. So if we filter our original list down and look at wasted WAR through age 33, Votto climbs to No. 9 on the list of position players. Although he may never pass Beltre, Bonds or Alex Rodriguez in total wasted WAR, perhaps Votto’s eventual fate will be as his generation’s version of Todd Helton, the longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman who finally made the World Series in 2007 after years of pouring great stats into the void.Meanwhile, on the pitching side, there’s the increasingly tragic case of erstwhile Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who dominated the American League for a decade but still fell victim to his team’s ongoing playoff drought. Here’s King Felix and the rest of the leaderboard for wasted WAR among hurlers: 16Albert PujolsSTL, LAA40.6✓ 13Jake PeavySDP, CHW, BOS, SFG30.3 6Curt SchillingPHI, ARI, BOS41.9 5Javier VazquezMON, ARI, CHW, ATL, FLA42.8 16Justin VerlanderDET30.1✓ Sadly, Hernandez may not have much more to add to this list — at age 31, his numbers aren’t what they used to be, and his trips to the disabled list are becoming more frequent. But between Hernandez, Beltre, A-Rod, Ichiro Suzuki and Randy Johnson, these lists also serve as a reminder to never discount the Mariners’ ability to squander future Hall of Famers’ production.As for Votto, it remains to be seen whether the Reds will be able to put his WAR to good use anytime soon. They have MLB’s fourth-worst record so far this season, but the team also has one of the youngest rosters in the majors (Votto aside) and a solid farm system. And while Votto is already 33, Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA system projects him to have seven more seasons of starting-caliber production left in his career. So even though plenty of Votto’s great performances have gone to waste — 2017 included — there’s some hope that they may mean something more in the future. 18A.J. BurnettFLA, TOR, PIT, PHI28.5 19Randy JohnsonSEA, ARI, SFG28.1 Good batters on bad teamsPosition-player WAR accumulated for teams that didn’t make the division series of the playoffs, 1995-2017 14Joey VottoCIN41.2✓ 13Larry WalkerCOL41.7
Embed Code By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 23, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss three tight series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Toronto, Boston and Cleveland are each tied 2-2 against their lower-seeded opponents — how much trouble are the favored teams in?The Lab will be back with another episode later this week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.
At the top of FanGraphs’ wins above replacement leaderboard, you will find the two leading candidates for MLB’s Most Valuable Player, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. But despite his comparative lack of WAR, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey may be just as deserving of the MVP. He possesses a secret skill that WAR doesn’t detect: He’s the league’s best pitch framer.Posey is not an MVP candidate solely on the basis of his hitting (.325/.387/.494), even though it’s about 50 percent better than the league average.1Using FanGraphs’ overall offensive index, Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+). Trout and Harper are 89 percent and 106 percent better than average, respectively. It’s only once you begin to consider the defensive value of each player that Posey begins to look like a contender.No current version of WAR accounts for framing, a catcher’s art of carefully receiving the pitch in such a way as to cause the umpire to call it a strike. That happens to be Posey’s most important defensive talent. Good framers turn pitches outside of the zone into strikes and keep pitches within the zone from being called incorrectly as balls. This ability, in turn, scares opposing batters into swinging at less-optimal pitches, making the impact of good framing significant. Our best estimates put a good framer as worth up to three or four wins per year.So far this season, Posey has racked up 11.8 runs in value from his framing, more than an entire win’s worth to add to his total and putting him within a win of Trout. Catchers who consistently earn strikes where umps usually call balls are clearly good at manipulating the umpires, but there’s some mystery as to how good framers like Posey get those calls. I wanted to understand not just what Posey does when a pitch comes in, but also what he does that other catchers don’t do.Veterans and coaches have described quality framing as being all about stillness. As an example, consider this pitch from Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston to Posey:Notice how motionless Posey’s body remains, even as he absorbs the impact of the pitch. Notice also that Posey subtly drags the glove higher into the zone, perhaps making it appear to the umpire that the pitch crossed the plate higher than it did.Posey is especially valuable to his team because his backup, Andrew Susac, is essentially a league-average framer. In just less than half the number of pitches Posey has taken, Susac has cost his pitchers a strike or so overall. In other words, he has hardly any effect. Here’s Susac receiving a similar pitch:2To approximately the same location, in the same ballpark. The pitch Posey received was called a strike, Susac’s a ball, and you can see the difference in technique. Susac tries the same maneuver as Posey, pulling his glove up into the zone, but does so in a slightly more exaggerated manner. And watch his back as he moves the pitch up — he lifts the ball by standing a bit, while Posey stays more or less at the same level.Former journeyman MLB catcher Jason Kendall famously argued that “there’s no such thing as pitch framing,” chalking up any differences in ability to get called strikes to the catcher’s reputation. It’s difficult to disprove Kendall’s argument. Previous studies of catcher framing technique have universally relied upon anecdotes and GIFs. There is some opportunity here for confirmation bias to creep in: Because we know that Posey is a better framer, we are looking for reasons why.But what if we found a way to quantify Posey’s greatness in terms of his actual technique? I did just that. I took 24 receptions of Posey’s and six of Susac’s,3For each catcher, this constitutes all of the called strikes in a small section of the strike zone, from right-handed pitchers throwing to right-handed batters in AT&T Park in 2015. all to nearly the exact same location in the strike zone. These strict criteria limited the total number of catches, but removed many potentially complicating factors.4The location I picked was in the middle-bottom part of the strike zone, both because of the effect the low strike is having on offense in baseball and because Posey has previously noted the importance of framing that pitch properly. I then wrote some code to calculate the total amount of movement in each frame for the second after each pitch was caught.5I used a Python script to collect images from video and an R script to read and compare those images. The code is on GitHub. The sample is small because I don’t yet have the ability to contrast two catchers’ framings across all the places they can receive a pitch. Still, if catchers agree that stillness is good, then Posey should grade out as more motionless than Susac.Good framing isn’t as simple as a quiet catch. Both Posey and Susac dampen the momentum of the ball for about a tenth of a second. Then each pauses, as I noted in the videos above, before motion accelerates again as they toss the ball back to the pitcher.Posey is stiller at every stage of the catch. Posey also transitions more smoothly from trapping the ball into a pause as he holds it and then from out of the pause into his return throw. Susac’s path is jagged by comparison, snatching the ball suddenly before quieting it briefly and returning to his throw. Even at his most motionless, Susac falls considerably short of Posey.Without extending this method to all catchers,6Differences in stadium camera angles prevented us from analysis beyond Posey and Susac. we can’t say yet whether stillness is the driving force behind good framing. Contrasting Posey’s pattern of motion with Susac’s suggests that Posey’s relative tranquility may help explain the extra 80 strikes Posey has stolen.Once you factor in framing, Posey becomes a legitimate contender for the MVP. At 4.3 FanGraphs WAR, plus at least 1 win for his defensive skills, Posey is not far from Trout and Harper (6.3 and 6.0 WAR, respectively). Although his careful framing technique may go unnoticed by some, when you take it into account, Posey could be the best player in baseball right now.
Two premier NFL running backs are looking for work. The Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook Tuesday, one day after the San Diego Chargers cut LaDanian Tomlinson. Westbrook, 30, Philadelphia’s all-time leader in yards, was the Eagles’ third-round selection out of Villanova in 2002. Tomlinson, 30, set the NFL record with 31 touchdowns during his MVP campaign of 2006. He won the league rushing title in 2006 and 2007, but totaled just 773 yards last year. He was San Diego’s first-round choice in the 2001 draft.The Tennessee Titans re-signed former Ohio State safety Donnie Nickey to a one-year contract. Nickey, who has played eight years in the NFL, all with Tennessee, recorded 12 sacks on defense and special teams last season. He was a fifth-round draft choice by the Titans in 2002 after winning the National Championship with the Buckeyes.Former NBA center Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday stemming from the fatal shooting of a hired limo driver in 2002. Williams pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault in the death of Costas Christofi. He will be eligible for parole in 18 months.
Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller lies on the field in pain after injuring his knee in the first quarter against San Diego State. OSU won, 42-7.Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller left the field less than three minutes into Saturday’s game versus San Diego State with a left knee injury. As of the beginning of the second quarter, Miller had not returned to the game.According to a report on the ABC telecast, Miller will not return to the game.Miller was carted to the locker room, where he had a brace put on his knee according to an OSU athletics spokesman. He returned to the sideline prior to the end of the first quarter, but did not return for the Buckeyes’ first possession of the second quarter.The injury occurred at the end of a 5-yard run up the middle of the field by Miller to convert a 4th-and-1 situation. Miller was hit by two defenders at the end of his run. His helmet was knocked off in the process and he appeared to take a shot to his head on his way down to the ground, but an OSU athletics spokesman confirmed the injury situation was with his knee.Miller was replaced in the game by redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton. Guiton completed six of seven passing attempts for 72 yards in the first quarter, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown on the Buckeyes’ third offensive series of the game.Miller completed his first two passing attempts of the game for 30 yards prior to leaving the game. The 5-yard run was his only rushing attempt of the game prior to his injury.
Senior forward Denio Leone (15) works around defenders during a match against IPFW Aug. 20 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFrom 2008 State champions at St. Ignatius, to Ohio State men’s club soccer teammates, to walk-ons for the Buckeyes, senior forward Denio Leone and junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic have been playing together for years.Both players went to St. Ignatius in Cleveland, overlapping in 2008 and were recruited by other Division 1 schools, but chose to pursue their education at OSU.Ivancic and Leone were two of the men chosen to play with the varsity team at OSU in the spring of 2012 but were cut for the fall roster last season. They were again invited back in the pool of players to play on the spring team in 2013.A second time was enough for them to prove they could play at the varsity level and they were added to OSU’s roster for this season.“Once I came out and played with the varsity guys and saw that I was able to keep up with the pace of the game, I thought it was definitely something I could do,” Leone said.In high school, Leone was a three-year letter winner and 2008 state champion, and earned All-Cleveland honors.At St. Ignatius, Ivancic won two state titles, joining his now OSU teammate 2008 and again in 2010, and was a state runner-up in 2009. He is one of three high school players in Ohio to play in three consecutive state title games. Ivancic was also recognized his senior year as a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist, All-Ohio ESPN Rise Honorable Mention and 2010 ESPN Rise/Powerade High School Boys National Champion. He served as a captain his senior year.Even though he had success playing the sport in high school, Leone said his passion for soccer was missing when he graduated.“At that point in time … I was kind of sick of soccer,” Leone said. “(I) decided … I’m not going to play, so I’m just going to go Ohio State.”Ivancic originally committed to play Big Ten soccer at Northwestern, but de-committed for financial reasons.“I was really more interested in school anyway. I wanted to go to a good school that I liked,” Ivancic said. “I wasn’t going to chase soccer around.”After just a year away from the game, Leone said he felt a void in his life, leading him to try out for the club team.Ivancic on the other hand, said he knew right away he wanted to keep soccer in his life.“Coming in, I think I knew I was going to try to walk-on,” Ivancic said. “I walked-on my freshman year when I made the spring team but got cut for the fall.”Leone spent three seasons on the club team, leading the team in goals in both 2011 and 2012. Both Leone and Ivancic played a part in getting the team to club nationals back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012.Club team president Tim Grozier has played with both men and said Leone possess skills that really help a team out.“Denio is really good at holding the ball up top and allowing the team time to transition from defense to offense,” Grozier said in an email.Grozier said because Ivancic is “deceptively quick,” it makes him dangerous on the wings.“He is able to put in very good crosses from the wings and can combine well with other players in tight spaces,” Grozier said.Coach John Bluem said it is difficult to walk-on.“Over the years we have added some kids, but it has been very, very few,” Bluem said. “It’s been less than a handful.”Bluem said he likes Ivancic’s “work rate.”“He’s very fit and gets up and down the flank,” Bluem said. “He’s a good competitor and fights for the team throughout the 90 minutes.”Bluem said Leone does well controlling the game up front.“Denio is a very good target player,” Bluem said. “When you play the ball to him, he can hold it and help us get our midfield forward into the attack.”Leone has played in all eight matches thus far and started two of them. Ivancic has also played in every match and started seven. Each has one goal on the season.Leone and Ivancic are now aiming for a Big Ten title and still believe it is possible despite a 2-4-2 start to the season.“We’ve had no Big Ten games yet, but it’s on the horizon. We start on Sunday against Indiana,” Leone said.Ivancic said the talent is there to win it, but they have to figure out how each player fits into the mold of the team.“We have a lot of really good players … If we believe in each other and believe in the system, I think we’ll end up having a good season,” Ivancic said.
A millionaire property developer strangled a burlesque dancer to death after becoming “obsessed” with her, a jury heard.Peter Morgan, 54, from Llanellen, near Abergavenny, allegedly lavished Georgina Symonds, 25, with expensive gifts and paid her up to £10,000 per month to be his personal escort and not see other men.He treated her to spa days, helicopter flights, hotel stays and paid for her to have full body liposuction as well as allowing her to live in a bungalow he owned, the court heard. Newport Crown Court heard Morgan was controlling and allegedly placed a listening device disguised as a plug adapter in the rural property in the months before her death. Georgina Symonds was allegedly lavished with gifts by Peter MorganCredit:Wales News Service Miss Symonds’ legs were bound with tape to hold her knees and thighs, Mr Hughes said.”The prosecution suggest this was done entirely to ensure that the body fitted into the boot of the Porsche Cayenne,” he added.A black plastic bag found close to her body contained her handbag, two pairs of boots and what appeared to be a plug adapter.Mr Hughes said the cubic-shaped adapter was in fact a listening device equipped with a sim card, which people could call to listen in.The number of the sim card was allegedly stored in Morgan’s phone as Isobel and he had first called it on November 9 in 2015. Morgan is said to have treated Georgina Symonds to helicopter flightsCredit:Wales News Service “His calls to this number were increasingly regular once it had been installed,” Mr Hughes told the jury.”This might be indicative of Peter Morgan’s increasing need and wish to monitor Georgina to the point of obsession.”Phone records show Morgan phoned the number at 1.49am on the morning of Georgina’s alleged murder – overhearing a conversation.During police interview, Morgan told officers: “Georgina had mentioned that once she had got Mr Morgan to sign the bungalow over to her she was going to leave him and carry on working as an escort and continue to fleece him”, Mr Hughes said.The phone call was between Miss Symonds and her new boyfriend, Thomas Ballinger, the court heard.A post-mortem examination found the cause of Miss Symond’s death was strangulation.The trial is expected to last for three weeks. Miss Symonds was reported missing to police after she failed to collect her five-year-old daughter from school in the afternoon of January 12.Police later discovered Miss Symonds’ mobile phone under the front driver’s seat of Morgan’s Porsche 911 – parked near the home of his estranged wife, the court heard.Morgan attended the police station and was spoken to by two female police officers at 4.45am of January 13.He is alleged to have told them: “I can’t take this. I need to tell you. I strangled her this morning. I took her body to Beech Hill Farm. She is in a building there. I love her so much.”The businessman was arrested on suspicion of Miss Symonds murder and is said to have directed officers to a key in his jeans.”You will need those keys,” he allegedly told them. “She is locked in an outbuilding.”Officers attended Beech Hill Farm at 6am and discovered Miss Symonds’ body wrapped in black plastic and tied with rope, secured to a metal pole.CCTV images are said to show Morgan carrying his girlfriend’s body – using the pole – from the boot of his Porsche Cayenne and into the outbuilding at 9.17am on January 12. Morgan denies murderCredit:Wales News Service Prosecuting, William Hughes QC told the jury of eight men and four women: “At the time of her killing, Georgina was 25 and Mr Morgan was 53.”Georgina worked initially as a dancer and a stripper and then, in time, as an escort.”It was in her capacity as an escort that Georgina came to meet Peter Morgan, who was her client.”At that stage, there was no exclusivity between the two – Georgina would see other clients and the defendant would engage the services of other escorts.”The relationship developed from being a professional one to something more than that.”The defendant would lavish Georgina with gifts and spend a lot of money on her, including spa days, horse riding, stays in fashionable hotels, taking her on helicopter flights to a castle he owned, buying her a car and paying for full body liposuction costing many thousands of pounds.”There came a moment when Mr Morgan didn’t want Georgina seeing other clients. Peter Morgan wanted exclusivity and as a result was paying Georgina £7,000 to £10,000 per month, including allowing her to live in a property he owned with his estranged wife.” Hours before her death, he overheard a phone conversation between Miss Symonds and her new boyfriend, in which she discussed leaving Morgan after “fleecing” him, the court heard.Father-of-two Morgan is alleged to have strangled Miss Symonds, who he had been in a relationship with for three years, the following morning, January 12.Her body, wrapped in bags and sheeting, was discovered in outbuildings yards from Beech Hill Farm in Usk, Gwent, where Morgan’s wife and two daughters lived.Morgan denies murdering Miss Symonds at his bungalow where she was living, Castle Bungalow in Pencoed Lane, Llanmartin, Newport. Georgina Symonds worked as a dancerCredit:Wales News Service Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Notorious murderers Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Huntley have reportedly bonded in jail, over a shared interest in television program Planet Earth II. Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, said he has had long talks with Soham killer Huntley over the BBC nature show, reports The Sun. Planet Earth II is on BBCCredit:BBC The two men became friendly when Sutcliffe, 70, was transferred to Frankland prison from Broadmoor earlier this year. Sutcliffe reportedly told a source: “Ian’s really friendly and helpful.“I wouldn’t go back to Broadmoor if they gave me a million pounds.“We’ve started watching a lot of documentaries together about animals in the wild.“There’s 100 inmates on this wing, that’s where Ian Huntley is — and he’s friendly, you know.“They’ve all been OK, pretty friendly and helpful.“It’s fine here — you couldn’t pay me to go back to Broadmoor.” 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. Huntley murdered two ten-year-old girls – Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Chapman – in 2002 and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003. Sutcliffe was jailed for life in 1981 for the murder of 13 women and the attempted murder of seven more. He preyed on victims across West Yorkshire and Manchester, mutilating them and beating them to death.