Tyrann Mathieu Headed To NFL Draft

In the end, the embattled Tyrann Mathieu, who said he was entering the NFL Draft next year, had no other recourse that would have made sense. He could have sat out another season and transferred somewhere else or played next year at a smaller college.But those would have been opportunities that would not have advanced his career. He had been kicked off the LSU team before the season for failed drug tests. Sports Illustrated brought his eligibility into question because of his likeness being used on an advertisement for a party. And then he was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana in October.So it was of little surprise when Mathieu announced, “it is time for me to move forward.“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” he said.Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger,” he said. read more

Lamar Odom Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse

Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to sources.The NBA player has been in the news recently about alleged drug use. He was reportedly staying at a Los Angeles hotel two weeks ago, where his friends tried to help him kick his drug problem.Odom was also arrested early last Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. The police report said Odom’s car was observed moving in a “serpentine manner” before exiting the freeway.The police report said the ball player initially refused to pull over when authorities tried to stop him, eventually coming to a halt minutes later. Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” the report said.At the police station, Odom refused to take further chemical tests and he was subsequently booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.He was released on $15,000 bail Friday morning.Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and was pursued in free agency this summer by both the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. read more

Defensive decorator Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins might try his hand at interior

Former Ohio State All-American cornerback Malcolm Jenkins is in the same boat as every other NFL player: locked out of football. With time on his hands, Jenkins might get his creative juices flowing. “I was up at Ohio State’s practice, lobbying to get a coaching job,” Jenkins said. “Either coaching or I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV. I might try to get into some interior designing or something.” Locked out for more than a month, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach an agreement on collective bargaining. “Every player is enjoying the time off,” Jenkins said, “not having as many responsibilities as far as mandatory workouts, to be able to take some time off and be with family, stuff like that.” Jenkins, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, said the urge to get back to his usual spring schedule is starting to grow. “Guys are wanting to get together and do our own workouts together, just get back to football,” Jenkins said. “Guys are starting to itch and want to get back on the field.” If the NFL lockout does not end and Jenkins can’t find a different job, he said he will be able to survive without a paycheck for a while, though he fears that some won’t be as financially comfortable. “We’ve known about this for two years now,” Jenkins said. “Me personally, I’ve prepared for it. But I know for a fact that there are some guys who may not have saved like they needed to. “It will impact some guys, but hopefully over the last few years, guys have followed the plan and been smart with their money.” Something players might not be prepared for is human growth hormone testing, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says must be part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The test, which would require blood to be drawn, has received criticism, both positive and negative, from the NFL players and their union. Jenkins said he wasn’t sure what was involved in HGH testing but that he can understand why some players are against it. “I talked to someone yesterday who said they had to take blood,” he said. “When you do that, you get tired. If you get a surprise HGH test on a Friday and you’ve got to play on a Sunday, that can have some effect on your performance.” Jenkins said he doesn’t think HGH is a problem in the NFL. “I don’t think our league is played with that,” he said. “I don’t see (HGH testing as) necessary.” Jenkins said he thinks there will be football but that he doesn’t know if it will be in time for teams to prepare the way they normally do. “Depending on how long this thing goes, if you miss the whole offseason, from a teaching and learning standpoint, young players don’t get as much time as they usually have,” Jenkins said. “We’re really going to have to go back to the basics because there’s no spring ball or (anything) like that. “Rookie players, the chances of them making it shrinks. They have less time to make that learning curve.” Although no one is sure of a time frame for players to get back to work, Jenkins said he’s confident that it is a matter of when football starts rather than if it starts. “There’s a good chance for football,” he said. “I think there’s going to be football.” read more

Ohio State softball loses weekend series against Purdue despite seasonhigh attendance

Ohio State shortstop Caitlin Conrad (11) slides into 3rd base as Purdue’s Tori Chiodo (22) covers the bag during the seventh inning of an April 13 game at Buckeye Field. Purdue defeated OSU, 5-4. Credit: Jason Morrow / Lantern photographerA season-high 1,598 fans packed themselves inside Buckeye Field to watch the Ohio State softball team try and win its third Big Ten series of the season.After splitting game one and two of its weekend series against Purdue on Friday and Saturday, the crowd was roaring and the bleachers were shaking throughout all of Sunday’s exciting rubber match.But despite a late rally by OSU (20-20, 6-6) against the Boilermakers (21-21-1, 9-3), the Buckeyes came up just short, losing the game, 5-4. OSU lost both games to Purdue by one-run margins.With junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly in the circle for the Buckeyes in the rubber match, Purdue stormed ahead to a 5-0 lead through four and a half innings.In the bottom of the fifth, OSU redshirt-sophomore pinch-hitter Erika Leonard got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with an RBI double. The Buckeyes continued their comeback in the next inning, as a groundout by senior second baseman Melaina Saafeld scored a run for OSU. With one runner left on base, senior pinch-hitter Leesa Gresham hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to one heading into the final inning.“I was just thinking it was my time to come through, I’ve had chances the last few games I haven’t come through for the team when there was runners in scoring position so I knew it was my time,” Gresham said after the loss.With one out in the seventh, junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad raced around the bases for a triple after her hit smacked off the top of the wall, nearly clearing the fence. However, the Buckeyes’ next two hitters were unable to send Conrad home and OSU’s rally would come up short.It was a busy week for O’Reilly, pitching in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Ohio and starting all three games against the Boilermakers. In that span O’Reilly pitched 25.2 innings with three complete games, two shutouts and just six earned runs.Despite the recent heavy workload, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said O’Reilly’s 103.1 innings pitched so far this season is on the low side for a number one pitcher at this point in the season.“I think Olivia is just putting her heart out on the field for us and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Schoenly said. “She just wants to help anyway she can, she knows she’s not going to strike people out every time but she gives us a chance by just not letting them hit it that hard.”Saturday was a different story, as 11 hits for OSU coupled with four errors by the Boilermakers set the tone. The Buckeyes went on to win, 8-0, in five innings.Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins and sophomore outfielder Cammi Prantl led the team at the plate, going a combined 6-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored in the win.“We attacked their pitchers early and often to keep that a short game, so I was definitely proud of that,” Schoenly said on the win after Sunday’s game.Dominant pitching from both teams was on display in game one of the series Friday. O’Reilly threw a complete game, giving up one run, four hits and four strikeouts. However, that one run would prove to be too much for OSU’s offense to overcome, as Purdue went on to win the game 1-0.OSU threatened early in the first inning with bases loaded and only one out, but a pair of swinging strikeouts sent the Buckeyes back into its dugout with nothing to show for it. Boilermaker starting pitcher Lilly Fecho had nine strikeouts and no walks in her complete-game shutout. Fecho was also the winning pitcher on Sunday, however, OSU was able to adjust and produce four runs in the loss.“I was disappointed with Friday because we didn’t make our adjustments to hit (Fecho) better,” Schoenly said after Sunday’s game. “But to show that they could come back and do what they did today against that pitcher, I thought they did a nice job of letting Friday go and coming back and attacking her again.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road Tuesday for a game against Wright State in Dayton. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. read more

Pirates lost in the pub scupper Penzance world record attempt

first_imgPirates get ready to be counted at the Penzance Pirates on the Prom attemptCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com Lyn King and Stephanie Phelps get ready to be counted Pirates get ready to be counted at the Penzance Pirates on the Prom attempt Lyn King and Stephanie Phelps get ready to be countedCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com He said the funding for the event was sourced privately this year with Penzance Town Council giving what he described as a “modest” donation – believed to be around £1,500.He added: “We have learnt lessons from the previous attempt. The money was not properly authorised last time and then covered up, but this time everything has been fully transparent and we have made just a modest contribution towards the record attempt this year.” Penzance first won the Guinness World Record for the largest pirate gathering in 2011, stealing the title from Hastings.But in 2013, their south east rivals won back the title and Penzance decided to challenge them again a year later.That attempt was marred in controversy after costs showed Penzance Town Council had spent £55,000 on the failed bid.Costs included spending nearly £300 on inflatable parrots, nearly £2,000 on pirate t-shirts and £600 on pirate flags. No figures have yet been released on what the latest attempt cost.center_img Speaking on Monday, Mayor of Penzance Dick Cliffe said: “It is a disappointment not to break the record and miss out by such a small amount… The pirates of Penzance is an expression everyone knows – not the pirates of Hastings. They are just impostors.”He added: “I remember looking into the pub and seeing people in pirate outfits around the time the count was being done. I thought – what are they doing there?”Whether it is missed communication over the importance of being in the compounds for just ten minutes I don’t know.”But it is a tough thing to marshal that number of pirates – they are not a group that traditionally are easily marshalled by anybody.” “We won’t say how many [were in the pub]. We won’t shame those who were down in the Dolphin and that but we still haven’t taught the people who go to the pub to get here on time.”To succeed they needed to have more than 14,231 pirates in one place by 4pm on Sunday. To qualify pirates had to have two accessories, such as a sword or eye patch.  An attempt by Penzance to beat the world record for 14,000 pirates in one place failed after a group accidentally stayed in the pub and missed the count. The Cornish town has been trying to claim the Guinness World Record for several years, having lost it to Hastings in 2013. But they will be forced to try again next year after missing out on the title by “just a few” on Sunday.Organisers blamed the miss in part to groups of pirates who did not leave their local pub in time to be counted. Pubs in the area had promised to make sure pirates were out and in the count area by 3.45pm. But Andy Hazlehurst told the crowd: “Sorry to say we’re back again next year, we fell short by a few. 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

Wild boar bites off dog walkers fingertip in the Forest of Dean

first_imgA dog walker has had part of his finger bitten off by a wild boar in the Forest of Dean when he stumbled across it as he walked in woodland near his homeThe rogue male boar attacked Clive Lilley, 51, at Viney Hill, near Lydney, Gloucestershire just before dawn last Wednesday morning.Mr Lilley said the boar bit off the underside of his finger but left the nail intact.”They told me it should grow back around although there will be a scar,” he said. “Fortunately I was wearing tight fitting elasticated gloves which absorbed much of the impact.”I walk my dogs in the woods every day and I have seen boar hundreds of times but never had any trouble with them before.”This one showed no interest in my dog, only me. The dog was a little way up the track at the time.”When I reported the incident to the Forestry Commission they said a woman had been knocked over by a boar at the same spot about half an hour before I was attacked.” About 1,200 boar currently roam the forest and in recent years have become more tolerant of human interest. While in the past they would disappear into the woods at the sight of people, many now continue foraging for food even while walkers are standing close by taking photos.The boar population reached a peak of about 1,500 last year but the Forestry Commission has been culling the animals to keep the numbers under control.One was spotted roaming Gloucester city centre last summer and the council has warned locals not to leave their bins out overnight because the boar had learned to tip them over. A Forestry Commission spokesman said they were aware of the incident involving Mr Lilley and added “We would like to remind woodland users that feral wild boar can be unpredictable, particularly when they have young close by.”We would also like to remind people not to feed the boar. They can quickly learn to associate people with food and may then seek food from walkers. They are well adapted to living in the Forest and have no need of supplementary food at any time of year.”We are trying to bring the population down to a more manageable level of 400.”Dog walkers should put their dogs on leads the moment they see a boar. Keep to a safe distance from them.”last_img read more

Build rain gardens to prevent floods says Wildlife Trusts

first_imgNew homes should be built with “rain gardens” to prevent future flooding, the Wildlife Trusts has said.The national organisation believes the small depressions which can accommodate rainwater runoff, as well as permeable drives and connected waterways, could reduce the likelihood of damage for millions of householders.Responding to the Government’s pledge to build at least 300,000 homes a year for the next four years, the Trusts also called for wildflower road verges and wildlife-friendly green roofs in new developments.The Wildlife Trusts said the current focus on numbers of new homes – 1.5 million over five years – should be matched by a “visionary” approach on where and how to build them.Government house-building targets mean around 36 square miles will be given over to new housing developments annually, an area larger than Brighton and Hove, the Trusts said.They want to see developments located in areas already served by infrastructure to avoid destroying wild places and designed to protect existing woods, wetlands, hedgerows and meadows, while creating new areas and corridors for wildlife.The Trusts said this does not necessarily entail prioritising urban brownfield sites over greenfield land, as farmland sites could provide an opportunity to restore land which has become inhospitable to wildlife, while some brownfield sites are nature-rich. Streetscape's Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower Show Streetscape’s Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Jeff Gilbert Rachel Hackett, living landscapes development manager for the Wildlife Trusts, said: “A huge challenge lies ahead – we need thousands of new homes and we need to restore the natural world.”We’re calling on the Government and local authorities to build beautiful, nature-friendly communities.”She said natural habitats had been lost on an “unprecedented scale” in the past century, but added that nature makes people happy and society is dependent on the things it gives us.”With good design, the costs to do this are a tiny proportion of the overall cost of development, but represent a big investment for the future,” she said.Housing developments should avoid losing any existing wildlife sites, create new habitat, and design in woods, hedges and streams as a key part of the project.Schemes should include features such as wildflower verges, lighting designed to avoid disturbing wildlife, sustainable drainage to avoid flooding and provide habitats, green corridors to link up wild areas, allotments and community orchards.Philip Hammond announced the Government’s housebuilding pledge in the November Budget but was accused of failing to deliver the “bold” changes needed to fix the housing market. 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

Robert the Bruce sword that knighted Robert Burns put on display

first_img“It was a question of de-risking our business and tourism and hospitality is one of the strongest growing sectors in the Scottish economy, which has been assisted by the fact that sterling has weakened appreciably in the last 18 months.” Broomhall House, home of the Earl of Elgin broomhall A sword owned by King Robert the Bruce will be put on public display next week for the first time in living memory. The 14th century weapon is thought to have been used by the medieval king who secured Scotland’s independence from England, although it is not known if it was wielded in battle.It was later kept at Clackmannan Tower, where it was used by his descendent Katherine Bruce to unofficially “knight” Robert Burns in August 1787, and since 1791 has been at Broomhall House, ancestral home of the Earls of Elgin.The sword and other family artefacts will be the highlight of a new exhibition at Bonhams in Edinburgh aiming to promote the stately home in Fife, which has been opened to visitors for the first time in 300 years.Broomhall is still the home of the 11th Earl of Elgin, but has been renovated and restored as part of a plan to diversify the estate.Lord Bruce, the earl’s son, and a firm Remain supporter, said Brexit was not the reason for the changes, but admitted the potential loss of EU agricultural subsidies had been considered.He added: “The idea was to find other uses for the house that can help cover the cost of running it. We felt that we were too focussed on farming and the farming industry and felt we had to find other uses for our assets. Lord Bruce said the house was opened to corporate and tourism events after the family completed a branding exercise to come up with a story “based around the fact that the family has been here so long and our story is so inextricably woven with the history of Scotland”.“I certainly voted to remain in Europe, I’m married to a trade economist and that was certainly her advice,” he told the Daily Telegraph.The two-handed sword will be the highlight of the Treasures from Broomhall House event, along with tartan suits, silver and paintings, ahead of the auction house’s “Scottish Week”.Lord Bruce said the sword was a gift from David II, the son of King Robert, whose marriages did not produce an heir. He added: “Realising that the Bruce dynasty would come to an end, he presented his father’s sword to his first cousin Thomas Bruce of Clackmannan.”This sword is in extraordinarily good condition and doesn’t appear to carry much evidence of being used in battle, but it could easily have been.”Also on show will be a suit in the Bruce Tartan from around 1760 and a silver casket from Rangoon, dated 1898, that was given to Victor Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin as Viceroy & Governor General of India. 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

Stonehenge tunnel plan risks destroying Ice Age treasures

first_img6,000-year-old Aurochs hoofprints, Plans to build a tunnel past Stonehenge risk destroying a nationally important nearby Ice Age site an archaeologist has warned, as he accused the Government of wrongly marking its location on a map.The Blick Mead site a mile-and-a-half from Stonehenge can trace a human presence back to the last Ice Age, but is under threat from a £1.6bn scheme to improve the road past the world’s most famous stone circle.Prof David Jacques of the University of Buckingham said the planned tunnel on the A303 in Wiltshire and a flyover could irrevocably damage the site which provides insight into Britons’ shift from hunters to farmers.Prof Jacques said the impact on the site had not been assessed, despite it being the only place in Britain that can trace people living there since the end of the Ice Age, around 8,000 BC.Building a tunnel and flyover risks lowering the water table, and drying out the peat and silt conditions which preserve archaeological remains, he said. Roadworks in the 1960s have already dramatically thinned the protective peat covering. 6,000-year-old Aurochs hoofprints,Credit:University of Buckingham 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. Traffic passes along the busy A303 that currently runs besides the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge near Amesbury on April 20, 2017 in Wiltshire, Englandcenter_img The Government has backed plans to put the A303 into a tunnel as it passes the neolithic stone circle as part of measures to ease congestion and improve the setting of Stonehenge.But opponents warn the plans, which include eastern and western entrances to the tunnel within the World Heritage site and a possible flyover at the Countess Roundabout near Amesbury, could harm the rich archaeological landscape.Prof Jacques also accused the authorities of “negligence or worse” for a map of the plans which he said put Blick Mead in the wrong place, where construction of the flyover and tunnel would be less damaging.He said: “If Highways England and the government can’t even locate Blick Mead in the right place how can we trust anything in this process.“The Stonehenge world heritage site landscape is unutterably precious and you tamper with it at your peril – you cannot make it come back.“There should be perpetual inquiry here and the UK government, the National Trust and English Heritage either value that or they don’t. The tunnel scheme will clearly compromise the archaeology. Whose interest would that be in?”David Bullock, Highways England project manager, said the plan “shows indicative general features and was never intended as a geographical map”.He said statutory consultation on the road scheme will begin this week and “provide an opportunity for everyone to give their views on our proposals and we would like as much feedback as possible.”This will help us to make sure we have got the best scheme, or highlight where we still need to make changes, before we make our application to build the scheme.” The busy A303 runs less than 200 yards from the stone circleCredit:Matt Cardy/ Getty Images Europe His most recent excavations found aurochs’ hoofprints, which had apparently been purposely preserved under a stone surface.Prof Jacques, who has spent a decade investigating the site, said there was a real potential human footprints could be discovered.He said: “This is the only site in Great Britain where there is evidence that people have been living there from just after the end of the Ice Age to now.”Essentially the place is like a national archive for organic material which are like documents. It would be like destroying a unique library,” he warned.last_img read more

Queen hit extremely hard by death of her beloved last Royal corgi

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II pictured walking her dogs in 1973 with a corgi leading the way and another ushering from behind A Buckingham Palace source told the Daily Mail: “She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them… It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.” Monty, Willow and Holly greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the Palace to accept a mission from the Queen.Monty, who was 13, died a couple of months later.Holly was put down in October 2016 after suffering from an illness, leaving Willow, who died on Sunday, as the Queen’s final corgi descended from Susan. Queen Elizabeth II pictured walking her dogs in 1973 with a corgi leading the way and another ushering from behindCredit:Alpha Press Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (left) with one of their corgis at Windsor Castle pictured in 1959 and Her Majesty walking her dogs in 1980 (right)Credit:PA/Getty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (left) with one of their corgis at Windsor Castle pictured in 1959 and Her Majesty walking her dogs in 1980 (right) Pharos – then one of the Queen’s oldest corgis – was savaged by another dog and had to be put down.The Queen was devastated at the death of one of her favourite pets.Dottie, an English bull terrier owned by the Princess Royal, was blamed. The year before, Anne had been fined £500 when the same dog attacked two children in Windsor Great Park.But some days later, an announcement from the Palace revealed it was a case of mistaken identity. The real killer of Pharos was Florence, another of Anne’s dogs.Pharos was buried in the Sandringham grounds, joining Susan and some of the other corgis with gravestones there. She also enjoyed walking her corgis and they knew when it was time for their exercise.If the Queen came in wearing a tiara, they laid glumly on the carpet; if she was in a headscarf, they knew it was time for walkies.The Duke of York said his mother’s love of her corgis has helped to keep her fit.”She is just amazing at her age and she walks a long way, the dogs keep her active,” Andrew said.Corgis are liable to bite people’s legs because their forebears rounded up sheep by snapping at their feet.One footman at the Palace found a novel way of getting his own back. The dogs ran down the stairs, performed tummy rolls and then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, carrying Bond and a stunt double of the Queen.Monty, who was 13, died a couple of months later.Holly was put down in October 2016 after suffering from an illness, leaving Willow as the Queen’s final corgi.In 2015, the Queen decided to stop breeding Pembroke Welsh corgis over fears she might trip over and hurt herself over them. It was also reported that she didn’t want to leave any behind when she dies.Yet during her time looking after them, she has had more than 30 corgis stemming from Susan’s puppies Sugar and Honey, who were born in 1949. 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. She needed three stitches and her chauffeur needed a tetanus jab.Canine psychiatrist Roger Mugford prescribed an ear-piercing rape alarm which the Queen used to break up the dog fights.He also sent the leader of the pack, Apollo, to live with the Princess Royal.But sometimes it was the corgis who found themselves under attack.In 2003, as the royals were gathering for Christmas at Sandringham in Norfolk, one suffered a tragic fate. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the reports, saying it would be a private matter.Prince Harry revealed last year how his fiancee Meghan Markle had managed to charm the Queen’s dogs.The prince said in his engagement interview: “And the corgis took to you straightaway.”I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at – this one walks in, absolutely nothing.”Describing the moment, Ms Markle said: “Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.” The snappy little dogs had a penchant for nipping servants’ ankles, but the Queen has always been devoted to them.She has owned more than 30 of the breed, as well as dorgis, black Labradors and cocker spaniels.Her first corgi, Susan, was given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944.The Queen had fallen in love with her father’s dog Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and wanted one of her own.Susan became the founder of the Queen’s royal dog dynasty, and was even taken on honeymoon by Princess Elizabeth.But Susan was not always well-behaved. She bit a royal clockwinder on the ankle and was also rather partial to going for servants’ legs. Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II with her corgisCredit:Videograb Her grandson, Whisky, apparently tore the seat out of a Guards officer’s trousers.The Queen has looked after her own dogs as much as possible.She now has Whisper – a corgi she adopted after the death of its owner, a Sandringham gamekeeper – and two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy.During weekends at Windsor, the corgis went too and lived in her private apartments.She fed them herself, whenever her busy schedule permitted. She mixed their feed with a spoon and fork, from ingredients brought on a tray by a footman.center_img Corgis have played a massive role in Her Majesty’s lifeCredit:Rex Features/Shutterstock A corgi passes between two rugby players in 2007 when The Queen greeted internationals  The Queen has reportedly been hit “extremely hard” by the loss of her corgi Willow who died on Sunday – ending Her Majesty’s close association with the breed dating back eight decades.The dog, which was 14th generation and descended from the Queen’s first dog Susan, was suffering from a cancer-related illness.It is understood The Queen did not want Willow, who was almost 15, to suffer any further. Insiders said she was hit “extremely hard” by the loss of Willow, who had become her most devoted companion.  As a descendant of Susan, who was an 18th birthday present when she was then Princess Elizabeth, Willow had a particularly close link with the Queen.On her 90th birthday, when she posed for portraits with her grandchildren, she also let her dogs share the limelight. Willow was one of four dogs at the time who featured in a picture with her, taken on steps in the grounds of Windsor castle. He spiked the dogs’ food and water with whisky and gin, then watched in amusement as the tipsy animals staggered around. But he was discovered and demoted.At one stage, the Queen was forced to call in a dog psychiatrist when her corgis kept setting upon each other.The worst incident was when Ranger, who belonged to the Queen Mother, killed the Queen’s dorgi Chipper in 1989.Two years later the Queen was bitten on the left hand while trying to break up a fight between six of her corgis and two of the Queen Mother’s at Windsor. Queen Elizabeth II’s long-standing love of corgisThe Queen is synonymous with her love of corgis. It was reported that the Queen was still feeding and exercising Willow until the weekend, but the dog’s condition worsened.A vet was then said to have been called on Sunday afternoon, when Prince Philip was able to rejoin her after nearly two weeks in hospital following a hip operation.The Queen still has Vulcan and Candy, two dorgis – corgi-dachshund crosses, but Willow was the only dog left with a link to the Queen’s original family of royal corgis.Last year Her Majesty agreed to adopt a corgi, Whisper, after the death of his owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper.As a teenager, The Queen fell in love with her father’s dog Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and wanted one of her own.She was subsequently given Susan and during her reign she has owned more than 30 corgis, many of them direct descendants of her first dog.Susan was so loved that she accompanied Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh on on their honeymoon. Corgis have played a massive role in Her Majesty's life Her descendant Willow appeared in the 2012 James Bond sketch which the Queen recorded with Daniel Craig for the London Olympics opening ceremony.The dog and two other corgis, Monty and Holly, greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the palace to accept a mission from the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. The royal couple are seen with ‘Tinker’, a cross between a corgi and long haired dachshundCredit:PA Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. The royal couple are seen with 'Tinker', a cross between a corgi and long haired dachshund A corgi passes between two rugby players in 2007 when The Queen greeted internationals Credit:Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty In 2012, the Queen’s remaining corgis had a starring role in the James Bond sketch the Queen recorded for the London Olympics opening ceremony. Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II with her corgislast_img read more