Carolina Panthers Welcome Back Pro Bowlers Smith and Beason

The Carolina Panthers received some welcome news on Sunday when two of their Pro Bowl players returned to practice following lengthy layoffs from injuries.  Wide receiver Steve Smith and middle linebacker Jon Beason were back at work and both veterans are expected to be in the starting lineup when the Panthers open the regular season at Tampa Bay on Sept. 9.Smith had missed two weeks while recovering from a foot infection, while Beason had sat out for nearly a month after pulling a hamstring during training camp.Running back Jonathan Stewart remains out with the sprained ankle he suffered against the New York Jets on Aug. 26.Smith, the franchise leader in every major receiving category, has been to five Pro Bowls, including last season when he caught 79 passes for 1,394 yards and seven touchdowns.He said he wasn’t certain how he developed the infection, which caused swelling in his left foot and sidelined him for the team’s final two exhibition games. He had been resting at home and taking medicine for the infection, but wasn’t able to wear a shoe on his foot until Friday.Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Smith looked good lined up with the first-team offense.“It was good to have Steve back. Right off the bat he went back to his normal practice mode – 100 percent, all the time,” Rivera said. “So it was a lot of fun watching Steve back on the football field for sure.”Beason missed all four exhibition games for the second consecutive year after being sidelined out last year’s preseason while dealing with Achilles tendinitis, only to rupture the Achilles in the regular-season opener at Arizona.He underwent season-ending surgery the following week on his left Achilles. He participated in the first 12 days of training camp before tweaking his hamstring in the same leg.Beason , a three-time Pro Bowler, split reps on Sunday with Jason Phillips, who filled in for him during the exhibition schedule.“I feel great. I haven’t tested the hamstring at top-end speed, but I don’t feel it at all,” Beason said. “If I could put a number on it, I guess I’d say about 85 percent. But as we get closer here, there will be times at practice where I really get to open up and see how it feels.” read more

Cowboys Unleash New Weapon Kevin Ogletree Beat Giants

With all the offensive weapons the Dallas Cowboys have on their roster, it was third-year receiver Kevin Ogletree who pointed so-called America’s Team season in the right direction Monday night.Ogletree, playing close to his hometown of Queens, N.Y., emerged as a key component with eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboy’s 24-17 victory over reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants.“A huge emphasis for us was big plays,” Ogletree said after the win at MetLife Stadium. “I don’t want the focus to be on me too much, but I am very, very humbled and appreciative of how we played today.”The victory hardly makes up for the loss to New York that determined last year’s NFC East title and sent the Giants on their way to the NFL championship. But it does get Dallas off to a strong start.Quarterback Tony Romo was outstanding, throwing for three touchdowns and 307 yards. Romo converted a key third-down pass to Ogletree to help run out the clock in the fourth quarter.Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards against a usually stout Giants defense. On the other side of the ball, New York quarterback Eli Manning was harassed all night and sacked three times in front of 82,287, the largest crowd at MetLife Stadium for a Giants game.“We let them know where we are as a defense, and that we’ll play that way every week,” Dallas defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware said after getting two sacks to give him 101 1/2 in his eight-year career.“I’m close to home, so it’s a good feeling,” Ogletree said. “But Dallas is my home now.”The Cowboys’ big-time receivers – Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Whiten, who played despite having a lacerated spleen two weeks ago – were eclipsed by Ogletree, who gives Romo another weapon. And makes Dallas that much more dangerous. read more

From Tragedy Arises the Voices of Athletes Showing The

There is no bright side to unarmed Black men getting gunned down by police officers as whimsically as they would hail a cab. It’s all very dark and horrific, scary and sad. At the same time, it has been enlightening, and not just from learning how much hate and fear fills the heart when it comes to African-American males.It has also been enlightening to witness an era of complacent athletes grow up as we watch. The kids today have been docile and less involved in social or political issues, either afraid speaking out would hurt their brand or just not caring enough. Turns out, they care a lot.An athlete speaking out on an issue as huge as Ferguson and the other atrocities will not change the world. But the collective observation of the wrongs by professional athletes brings awareness and can make a difference by inspiring others, their fans, to get involved, too. And it speaks significantly about the level of people’s anger, disappointment, sadness and fatigue over the rash of unwarranted killings—and the injustice that the shooters are not held accountable.It’s truly a big deal when today’s athletes are fed up. They get it: It could be them shot in the street or strangled in a choke hold or it could be their kids or nephew shot at a playground. The examples of police killing Black males are so rampant and so frightening that they agree with much of the rest of the world—something has to be done.The same day NBA commissioner Adam Sliver said he wished players would not make political statements in their pre-game attire, the Los Angles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and teammates wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, at once honoring fallen Eric Garner, who gasped that expression as a Staten Island cop choked and eventually killed him.Why  would Silver call for the players to squash their emotions about the disheartening cases and their support for justice? He should actually be proud that the players get it and are not afraid of any misguided ramifications that could come from showing political and social awareness. This is Silver’s first misplay as commissioner.Here’s Bryant: “I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes. I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.”Kobe added: “It’s important that we have our opinions. It’s important that we stand up for what we believe in and we all don’t have to agree with it and it’s completely fine. That’s what makes this a beautiful country.”The beauty of America is threatened when Black men’s lives are taken with such recklessness. That’s why it has been impressive to see the activism by high-profile athletes like Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, the five players from the St. Louis Rams who raised their hands in a “Don’t shoot” posture, reminiscent, some witnesses said, to that of Michael Brown before he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., by officer Darren Wilson.The sports world is a big world, and their inclusion in the rejection of the violence helps ignite the message.More from Bryant:“I think it would be a serious disservice to limit this to a race issue. It’s a justice issue. You’re kind of seeing a tipping point right now, in terms of social issues. It’s become now at the forefront right now as opposed to being a local issue. It’s really been something that has carried over and spilled into the mainstream, so when you turn on the TV and you watch the news or you follow things on social media, you don’t just see African-Americans out there protesting.“It’s become a thing where people are really standing up for their rights and really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system and those who have authority—and whether or not they’re abusing authority and what’s the threshold to use deadly force and so forth and so on. But that’s what our nation is founded on, man. We have the ability to question these things in a peaceful fashion. That’s what makes us a great country. We have the ability to voice up, we have the platform to speak up, and we have the platform to effect change.”And there you have it. Refreshing that such sentiments are coming from today’s spoiled and coddled athlete. Unlike Charles Barkley, they apparently are not living in a glass bubble. They see the world as it is. . . and are not afraid to say they don’t like what they see. Good for them. read more

Uh Did The Selection Committee Actually Get It Right

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the return of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast! On today’s episode (March 19, 2019), we discuss Mike Trout’s deal before we jump into March Madness. It looks like conference tournament wins didn’t help out with bracket seeding for a few key men’s teams, and Jay Williams of ESPN’s “First Take” makes the case that the tourneys shouldn’t be considered. We also ponder why UConn was awarded a second seed in the women’s tournament — and if geographic advantage is an appropriate consolation.In our second segment, we weigh recent moves in NFL free agency and hear Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports Radio contemplate the role of culture in structuring a young team.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the week is a deep dive into Geoff’s very specific ideas of what makes a great NCAA mascot.Here’s what we’re reading this week:In the wake of Mike Trout’s new historic deal, we’re looking back at Neil’s piece reflecting on Mike Trout’s dearth of championships.Our March Madness guides for both the men’s and women’s bracket — which wouldn’t be complete without our full predictions for the tournaments.Kevin Clark put together a great retrospective on the NFL free agency period for The Ringer. read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer reacts to a call on the sideline during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer appeared at his weekly press conference to offer reflection on the Buckeyes’ 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday and the quarterback position, as well as peer ahead to his team’s forthcoming game against Illinois.Here are three notes from Meyer’s time at the podium.The quarterback spotAs many expected, Meyer quickly addressed the issues at quarterback. His explanation was simple.“(J.T. Barrett will) be the starter unless he does not have a good week of practice or something,” Meyer said.The redshirt sophomore was suspended for Saturday’s game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Redshirt junior Cardale Jones filled in and played decently, throwing for 187 yards and a score while rushing for 65 more yards and the game-clinching touchdown.Meyer didn’t discount Jones’ performance though, praising the Cleveland native for his efforts while emphasizing that through all the criticism, he still is 11-0 as a starter in scarlet and gray.But like always, the coach said determining a quarterback is a difficult thing.“It’s never an easy call because one guy had his 11th win, 250 all-purpose yards,” Meyer said. “(Jones) made some good plays for us and is invested in our program. It’s never easy.”Even with Jones’ contributions, Meyer said the almost-sure move back to Barrett is the proper decision for OSU.“I think it’s the right thing at this time,” he said.ChampionsAfter a stifling effort that held Minnesota to just 33 rushing yards, six players alongside the OSU defensive line received champion grades.Redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill, who are tasked with filling in for the injured Tommy Schutt at defensive tackle, received champion efforts. Neither player recorded a tackle, but they put pressure on the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line all night.Junior Joey Bosa graded out after registering three tackles, one of which was for a six-yard loss, and two quarterback hurries. Meyer said Bosa is as disruptive as any player he has been around.Opposite Bosa at defensive end, redshirt sophomore Tyquan Lewis had himself a day against the Golden Gophers, prompting a champion grade.The Tarboro, North Carolina, native had four tackles in OSU’s first four defensive series. Lewis finished the game with seven overall tackles and did a nice job setting an edge all game long.Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard concluded the champion grades for the defensive line after picking up three tackles and a sack.Redshirt junior safety Vonn Bell was co-defensive player of the game along with redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Bell had 10 tackles and arguably the game’s biggest play with his 16-yard interception return for a touchdown for the game’s first points.Lee was all over the field on Saturday, accounting for five tackles and two quarterback hurries.Offensively, it wasn’t the most electric performance from the Buckeyes, but seven players still received champion grades, including three pass catchers.Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up OSU’s trip to the red zone.“(Marshall and Thomas) are playing a very high level for us and blocking and making plays,” Meyer said.Tight end Nick Vannett caught his first pass since the Indiana game on Oct. 3. The redshirt senior had two grabs for 12 yards, while also continuing with his strong blocking efforts.Left guard Billy Price also picked up a champion grade. The redshirt sophomore has been solid all season long in both pass protection and run blocking.Offensive players of the game were junior running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein. Elliott was able to extend his streak of games with over 100 yards rushing to 14 after running for 121 yards and a touchdown through the holes that Elflein opened up.Beyond the play of Price and Elflein, Meyer said the offensive line is as consistent as any offensive line he has coached in Columbus.‘Best in America’Meyer had high praise for Marshall throughout his press conference.The third-year sophomore was instrumental in setting up the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown after corralling a 44-yard deep pass from Jones before being brought down at the Minnesota 15-yard line.Marshall doesn’t just contribute in the passing game though. The Middletown, Ohio, native has been a major contributor on punt returns and in perimeter blocking.Meyer has long stressed this season that without elite perimeter blocking, Elliott cannot be nearly as effective in the run game. Marshall has engaged in key blocks all season long, including a crucial one on Elliott’s 15-yard touchdown on Saturday.“He’s blocking, he’s our best blocker,” Meyer said. “He’s obviously a very aggressive punt returner that’s worked very hard on that. He’s one of the best punt returners in America right now.”With injuries piling up in the receiving corps, it’s clear that OSU has found a bright spot in Marshall.“He’s one of our best players right now. He’s one of our best practice players,” Meyer said. “He’s a leader for us. He’s doing a lot of unselfish things that most people don’t see.” read more

Sixcess Buckeyes continue dominance over rival Michigan

Ohio State piled up 251 yards on the ground, forced five Wolverine turnovers, and left the blue-clad members of a crowd of 110,922 disappointed for the sixth consecutive season, as the Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 at The Big House.As a result, OSU clinched an outright Big Ten championship, while Michigan will spend bowl season at home for the second consecutive season.Michigan needed a victory to gain bowl eligibility, but took the wrong route to an upset, committing five turnovers.Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who promised earlier in the week that he would lead his Wolverines to a bowl game, threw four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.“He’s a young guy and he threw a couple balls he shouldn’t have,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “Turnovers and the rushing game are always going to be the key.”Forcier also handed OSU the game’s opening score when he fumbled the ball in the end zone on Michigan’s initial possession. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward landed on the football in the end zone to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead.“[Heyward] did a great job of getting on the ball,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “Forcier dropped back to scramble and dropped it, but Cam did a great job covering it up and making sure it was a touchdown.”Ohio State pounded away at the Big Ten’s last-ranked defense with a three-headed rushing attack. Dan “Boom” Herron racked up 96 yards on 19 carries, Brandon Saine amassed 84 yards on 12 rushes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor totaled 74 yards on 19 carries.The Buckeyes eclipsed 225 rushing yards for the fifth straight game.“It’s really fun out there running the ball,” Saine said. “The offensive line is doing great, getting a lot of movement. With [Pryor] back there being able to do what [he] does, it really helps me and ‘Boom.’”Leading 7-3, Pryor faked a rollout to the right and handed to Saine, who cut back to the left toward a wide-open pathway to the end zone for a 29-yard score. The misdirection play appeared to throw off the Wolverine defense, and even surprised Tressel.“On Saine’s touchdown, our student intern put the wrong play up on the board,” Tressel said. “That was not the play we called. He called that.”Tressel said he couldn’t remember what the original playcall was supposed to be, but that it wouldn’t have worked as well as the misdirection mishap fared.Pryor committed the Buckeyes’ first and only turnover in the third quarter, when his pass sailed off the hands of Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren and into the grasp of senior linebacker Jonas Mouton.The Wolverines cashed in on the pick, driving 49 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Forcier connected with running back Vincent Smith for 18 yards to cut the lead to 14-10.OSU bounced right back, though, with an 89-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown.After nine rushing plays and a sack, Pryor tossed a lob pass over the heads of Michigan linemen and into the hands of Herron, who sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard score. Tressel had rushed out onto the field before the snap, trying to call timeout, but to no avail. The Bucks caught a break in taking a 21-10 lead.“[Pryor] did a great job on that drive, he just kind of took over,” Tressel said. “Rather than us trying to guess calling the plays, we just called read plays for him, and he decided who carried it. That was a great drive.”After falling behind by 11, Michigan failed to muster any offensive rhythm. The Wolverines’ final five drives ended with a punt, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.Senior safety Kurt Coleman nabbed two interceptions, both deep in OSU territory, ending a pair of Michigan scoring threats.“He’s a guy you always have to look for to make plays,” Rolle said. “One interception, I was like, ‘Did he catch that?’ He’s a guy who is always going to be around the ball once it’s in the air, and he did a great job of going up and catching it at the highest point and coming down with it.”Coleman and the rest of the Buckeye seniors will leave OSU having never lost to their rivals from up north.“The rest of their lives, they can be arrogant or whatever they want to be,” Tressel said.Since taking over as coach in 2001, Tressel has led OSU to victory in eight of the nine meetings with Michigan.The Buckeyes concluded their regular season schedule with a trio of critical November victories, having knocked off Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, and now await to learn the identity of their Rose Bowl opponent.“We knew when we looked at the November schedule that it was not going to be an easy thing, but our guys don’t back down from anything,” Tressel said. “When you’re undefeated in November, good things will happen over the holidays.” read more

Mens basketball James Scoonie Penn named Director of Player Development for Ohio

Coach Chris Holtmann continues to compile his staff for his first year at the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, adding James “Scoonie” Penn on to take the role of director of player development, the university announced Tuesday.Penn was a former Buckeye basketball player, becoming a letterwinner from 1999 and 2000 and being named a second team All-American in 2000 after transferring to Ohio State from Boston College.“We are really excited about Scoonie being a part of our staff,” Holtmann said. “All of Buckeye Nation will know that he is one of the all-time great players and ambassadors of our program. His connection to past and present players is impressive and something I was looking for in this position. He is such an accomplished player and I know his passion for Ohio State basketball is as strong as ever.”Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, Penn was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in the 1999 season and was twice placed on the first team All-Big Ten team. He demonstrated leadership even in his playing days, serving as team captain for both seasons. Under his guidance, the 1998-99 Ohio State team reached the Final Four, garnering Penn co-MVP for that season (he was also named co-MVP the following year). Over his two-year career with the Buckeyes, he averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while tallying a total of 284 assists.  Penn was later drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He never played in the NBA, instead traveling overseas to play 11 seasons in Europe.“I want to thank Coach Holtmann for giving me this opportunity,” Penn said. “I am very excited to be a part of the basketball staff at Ohio State. I’ve always felt like coaching was a calling of mine and there isn’t a better place to have a chance to learn than the university that I attended and care so much about. It’s going to be fun to learn from Coach Holtmann and the rest of the staff.” read more

Mens Basketball Blowout win sellout crowd Chris Holtmann shows top recruits his

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeye defense in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann and his staff sat in The Board Room on the ground floor of the Schottenstein Center, giving their sales pitch after the game to recruits as to why they should buy into the program. Among those were top-ranked Ohio recruit and five-star power forward Alonzo Gaffney, three-star guard Joseph Girard — both from the 2019 class — and 2021 guard prospect Meechie Johnson, who all attended the game on visits and stuck around after to talk with the staff.For the prospects, it was a chance to take in the environment of a sold out arena with a ranked Ohio State team that is only on an upward trajectory. For Holtmann, it’s a chance to make sure the trajectory stays going up by stocking up on future talent.“I mean how can you not want to be a part of something like this,” Holtmann said. “[The recruits] did catch just a glimpse of what we hope to be and the exciting thing is we have opportunity in front of us with who we’re graduating and kind of the roster rebuild that we’re going to have to undertake here in the next couple years.”Taken at face value, the 82-64 win against Iowa does not seem to mean too much for No. 14 Ohio State. The Buckeyes were heavily favored, expected to beat down on the Hawkeyes, and they did just that. The win for the Buckeyes does have 2017-18 implications. After No. 4 Michigan State took down No. 3 Purdue, Ohio State was able to move past its tie with the Boilermakers — the Buckeyes already held the tiebreaker with the head-to-head win — and step out a whole game in front of the Big Ten pack with just four games left in its schedule.A winning team is naturally going to be easier to sell than a losing one, and Ohio State is the former. Sitting well ahead of nearly any preseason expectation with a 22-5 overall record and 13-1 conference record, recruits can easily buy into Holtmann’s pitch.This type of season does not just happen every year, however, and there is a chance Ohio State regresses in 2018-19. There will again be a lot of uncertainty with the roster, just as there was at the beginning of this season.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is likely headed to the NBA draft, while the eligibility of both senior forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams will expire. That leaves only freshman center Kaleb Wesson and junior guard C.J. Jackson as returning starters. Ohio State does bring in the 22nd-best recruiting class in the country and sixth-best in the conference, according to 247Sports Composite rankings for 2018. Among those recruits are four-star shooting guard Luther Muhammad and four-star small forward power forward JaeDon LeDee, who could each slide into open spots that Williams and Bates-Diop vacate. It will also have key freshman returnees like forward Kyle Young and guard Musa Jallow, both could be asked to step up and could take on starting roles for the team.This is not all to say that Ohio State should expect a losing season next year and that the Holtmann-era will have started off with an outlier. Holtmann and his staff have shown they can answer question marks emphatically and maximize the talent on their roster.But when a team is experiencing success, it behooves the coaching staff to do all it can to capitalize on the hype surrounding the program and the excitement shown when nearly 20,000 people pack into the Schottenstein Center for a game most expect to be an Ohio State blowout.When things are going right, players and coaches want to make sure they are getting all the appropriate and deserved attention from everyone who can ensure the success carries forward.“It’s just a perfect storm,” Wesson said. “Everybody’s here to see it.” read more

Former Army captain Rachel Webster to sue the Government over Ihat raid

first_imgA decorated war veteran has made an emotional demand for the government to shut down its “witch hunt” into historic allegations of abuse in Iraq.Rachel Webster, a former captain, announced she was suing the Ministry of Defence over her wrongful arrest by investigators in January 2014.Miss Webster was swooped on in a dawn raid at her home in London and driven 100 miles to Portsmouth for questioning.The MoD has paid damages for her rough treatment but Miss Webster is now mounting a further legal action over the right of the Iraq historic allegations team to have raided her home. Damages could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.Miss Webster was unable to hold back the tears as her lawyer read from a prepared statement on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice. Rachel Webster, a former Army captain Sgt Rachel Webster plays with Iraqi school children at the Khadega school in BasraCredit:EPA/RAED QUTENA In the statement Miss Webster branded Ihat an “aberration’ and called on Theresa May to shut it down.Her barrister David Taylor said on her behalf: “Rachel calls for an end to this self-inflicted military fiasco and that an inquiry be ordered to see what went so badly wrong.”The Prime Minister Theresa May said recently that the bravest of the brave would be protected. Rachel Webster served her country well for 24 years.”Rising to the rank of captain she received a Commanders’ Commendation in Kosovo for her work with rape victims with four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and honoured for her efforts in rebuilding schools in Basra, she is one of the bravest of the brave.”So she calls upon the Prime Minister Theresa May. An honourable woman. Who like Rachel has spent her whole life defending British values and protecting British lives: to shut down Ihat now and put an end to this bloated, discredited and damaging witch hunt.” She further branded Ihat an “unstoppable double jeopardy juggernaut running dangerously out of control”.She protested: “Ihat has been complicit in the needless investigation of thousands of military personnel, interrupting their lives and frazzling the entail health of those put under the spotlight.” Rachel Webster on the steps of the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Rachel Webster, a former Army captain Rachel Webster on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice 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. Show more Sgt. Rachel Webster (C) plays with Iraqi school children at the Khadega school in Basralast_img read more

Cauliflower squeeze Shrinking veg due to cold snap sees supermarkets receive complaints

first_img@AsdaServiceTeam a little shocked at the cauliflower we received in our click & collect. £1 for this. It’s tiny. Not what we usually receive pic.twitter.com/lmvqphmhv3— Lee-Ann Clark (@catdanceruk) December 14, 2016 “Hardly enough for one portion let alone a family, and barely bigger than a bulb of garlic!”A medium cauliflower head is normally around six inches in diameter but this year’s UK crop has produced masses of leaves with little edible head.Lynda Nicholson, 27, of Scotland, was also deceived by what she thought was a standard cauliflower from Morrisons. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the handCredit: Leigh Binns / SWNS.com “We’ve had some warmer weather they are getting some decent heads on them. We will have a great supply of good size heads around for Christmas.”However, he advises shoppers not to waste the outer green leaves – which can be cooked and eaten.”We need to be telling people to eat the leaves as they are perfectly edible,” Mr Simmons added. “They have a nice sweet flavour.”A Tesco spokesperson said: “Like other retailers, some of our cauliflowers are a little smaller than usual due to unseasonably cold weather in November but they are still the same great quality and value.”Other supermarkets were contacted for comment. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflowerCredit: Graham Cheale / SWNS.com Farmers say the tiny crop is down to the cold snap at the end of November, which hit UK crops just as they were reaching maturity.ASDA shopper Joanne Sutherland, 43, from Nottinghamshire, said her cauliflower contained just a single floret.The community health care assistant said: “It was probably just one floret – I was just peeling this cauliflower back and then this tiny, tiny thing popped out. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the hand Show more @Tesco You call this tiny thing a cauliflower Tesco?! 😫 pic.twitter.com/oYusWozow9— Laura (@dollfaceisevil) December 11, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The healthcare worker said: “It did appear to be a medium sized cauliflower until I took all the leaves off and it was pretty small – probably about four-five centimetres in circumference.”Myself and my husband were both eating but also had to cook a broccoli for enough for us.”Tesco customer Hannah Blackburn tweeted: “What the hell is this Tesco the smallest cauliflower in the world?! 95p for this compared to my bargain 39p broccoli!”Growers have described the tiny veg as a “temporary blip” due to the weather and they will be back to their normal size in time for Christmas.David Simmons, 56, managing director of Riviera Produce in Cornwall which supplies cauliflowers to supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda and Aldi, said: “The cold weather we had has knocked the cauliflower back and made them grow slowly. “I was laughing to myself. How can they allow it to go on the shelves if it’s that tiny?”Tesco customer Francesca Ireland said her family dinner was ruined when her vegetable turned out to be barely bigger than a bulb of garlic.She wrote on Facebook: “Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflower. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflower Supermarkets have been flooded with complaints from shoppers about this season’s crop of tiny cauliflowers, some as small as an egg.Customers from stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA have shared pictures of their veg after typically paying £1 for a medium cauliflower.One customer wrote to Waitrose after cutting off 680g of leaf before finding a tiny head inside weighing just 160g. Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflowerFrancesca Irelandlast_img read more