Joe Johnson was as stoic as a lamp post much of his time in Atlanta. He played hard and well most of the time, becoming a perennial NBA all-star. But he did not seem enthused about what was happening around him, which, frankly, was not all that exciting.Teaming in the backcourt with Olympian Deron Williams after a surprising trade and playing in Brooklyn has energized the 6-foot-6 guard.“I haven’t been this excited since my Phoenix days,” Johnson said, which is a real stab at his six years with the Hawks.Ironically enough, Nets general manager Billy King was not interested in acquiring Johnson until he called new Hawks general manager Danny Ferry — like King, a graduate of Duke — to congratulate him on his new job when Ferry raised Johnson’s name. King became interested then, and a massive deal eventually took place that got Johnson and his enormous contract (still $96 million on it) out of Atlanta.Johnson called his new team — featuring him, Williams, center Brook Lopez and swingman Gerald Wallace — better than the other half of the East River Rivalry, the Knicks. But he and the rest of the Nets are so optimistic about the team that beating New York does not register as their highest ambition.“It’s not just about winning a local championship or a regional championship,” coach Avery Johnson said. “It’s really about winning an NBA championship, and that’s what our focus is on.”This coming from a team that went 58-172 in the last three seasons and have not made the playoffs since 2006-07. Johnson’s presence is one reason the Brooklyn Nets have their heads held high, even after several failed attempts to acquire Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard in a trade.“I’m just glad now that we have a direction,” said general manager Billy King, adding that Lopez will get into the Metropolitan area to take his physical Friday. “We know where we’re going.”He knew on Wednesday, when he and the club became exasperated in trying to negotiate a trade for Howard.“It wasn’t about moving on,” King said. “At some point, you’ve got to decide, we’ve got a young center that’s pretty good, and it was about him under contract and getting him focused and getting our team focused.”
Professional tennis player Serena Williams appears at an event to launch a national street art campaign with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to make domestic violence and financial abuse visible, at TicTail Market on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn’t just center around women, but men as well.The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start from when men are young boys.“I think expanding the conversation to men and expanding the conversation to young boys, it’s so important,” she said in an interview on Wednesday.“This is a human rights issue. We should all be treated the same. We should be treated equal. With domestic abuse, it doesn’t care what color you are, what background you’re from,” she continued.“It’s important to get the message out there — to our young men, to our boys, to our daughters — to let that new generation, and let the generation now know that, let’s stop this. Let’s change this. Let’s create a better us.”The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is the ambassador for Allstate’s Purple Purse foundation, which aims to help stop domestic abuse and what it calls the financial abuse that can accompany such relationships.Williams says being the mother of an infant daughter makes the issue more important to her.“This could be something that my daughter could face and that’s not cool,” she said at a Purple Purse event. “I want her to know that she can always talk to me, and talk to other people. That maybe she doesn’t have a voice, maybe she can’t use her voice, but we be her voice, we can support her in so many different ways,” Williams said.Williams was pregnant with 1-year-old Olympia Ohanian when she won the Australian Open in January 2017. She returned to Grand Slam play last month at the French Open but had to withdraw after reaching the fourth round due to a pectoral chest injury.Williams says she anticipates being healthy for next month’s Wimbledon tournament.“Oh that’s a plan, absolutely, absolutely, and I’ve been working toward it,” she said.She also spoke about her father, Richard Williams, and his upcoming induction into the American Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame. Williams coached Serena and her fellow champion sister, Venus, from when they were children until they were winning titles as adults.“That’s really wonderful and I know he is really excited about that and I am, too,” she said. “I was just with him yesterday and we talked about it. It was great.”
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With 2:18 left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova trudged to the free-throw line. After he made his first shot to put the Bucks up 14, Mike Budenholzer subbed Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the game, hoping to grab his superstar a quick breather while the team was sitting on a sizable lead. Ilyasova made the second free throw after Giannis checked out, and at that point, according to Inpredictable, the Bucks had a 92.7 percent chance of pushing the series to Game 7. Alas, that did not happen.Antetokounmpo ended up sitting for only 17 seconds, but those 17 seconds proved costly. Giannis re-entered the game only after Kawhi Leonard secured an and-one on an up-and-under floater. That innocuous floater was the start of a spectacular 26-3 Raptors run that thrust Toronto into position to capture its first NBA Finals bid, further validating both last summer’s trade for Leonard and the years of tinkering Raptors president Masai Ujiri has done with his team.The run spanned seven minutes and 42 seconds of game time and contained a seemingly endless number of thrilling plays. It started with Leonard’s and-one, but there was also Antetokounmpo swatting Pascal Siakam at the rim, only to see Serge Ibaka score on the offensive board; Leonard drawing a three-shot foul, making the first two free throws and missing the last, only to grab his own offensive rebound and head right back to the line; the Raptors running the same Spain pick-and-roll play three times in a row to open the fourth quarter and getting 7 points out of it; Fred VanVleet continuing his white hot post-baby shooting with a stepback three in isolation; and finally, Kyle Lowry picking Khris Middleton’s pocket on the drive, pushing the ball up the floor, and dropping it back to Leonard for a monster left-handed dunk. All told, Toronto went 10 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line during this stretch. Ibaka and VanVleet combined to shoot 5 of 5 and scored 11 of the team’s 26 points, while Leonard totaled 10 to go with six rebounds. Lowry didn’t shoot even once, but he assisted on four of the seven baskets Toronto scored while he was on the floor, and had the aforementioned crucial steal. Meanwhile, the Raptors’ defense locked down the Bucks in the halfcourt, much as they had for most of the past few games. Milwaukee shot just 1 of 9 from the field and 0 of 6 from three during this stretch.By the time the Raptors were done with their burst, they had raised their win probability from 7.3 percent all the way up to 88.0 percent, per Inpredictable. Curiously, a decent chunk of that win probability was accumulated with Antetokounmpo on the bench. Toronto sliced the aforementioned 3 points off the lead before he checked back in late in the third; but even after they cut the lead to just 5 points by the end of the quarter, Budenholzer elected to have Giannis on the bench again — taking his sixth rest of the game — to open the fourth. Antetokounmpo finished the game plus-3 in 41 minutes, meaning the Bucks were outscored by nine during the seven minutes he was out. Budenholzer stridently maintained during his postgame press conference that playing his star more minutes was not the answer, but I guess we’ll never know.By the time Giannis re-entered a minute and a half into the fourth period, the game was tied. A few minutes later, the Raptors had built an 8-point lead. Milwaukee made a final push and turned it into a back-and-forth, one-possession game for a few minutes, but the Bucks lost Leonard (seriously) on a crucial out of bounds play with around three minutes left, and he nailed a corner three to push the lead to 5 points.Milwaukee, the best defensive rebounding team left in the playoffs, was then let down by one of its strengths at the most important moment of the game.1Milwaukee ranked second in defensive rebound rate during the regular season and was third during the playoffs entering Game 6. The Bucks gave up four backbreaking offensive rebounds in the final 2:12 of the game. Siakam grabbed arguably the two most important ones: He corralled the ball after Giannis made one of the most incredible blocks you’ll ever see on a Leonard drive to the rim and calmly put the ball in the hoop to extend the lead again; and he then grabbed his own rebound off the bottom of the rim with 10 seconds left in the game, robbing Milwaukee of a chance to secure the board and an opportunity to tie it up. Leonard grabbed two off the offensive glass as well, with the second essentially icing the game as he beat several Bucks to the ball off Siakam’s missed free throw with 7.0 seconds left.Turning the Bucks’ strengths into weaknesses was the foundation of Toronto’s four straight wins to capture the series. Antetokounmpo, the likely league MVP, was limited to just 30-of-69 shooting in Games 3 through 6, thanks to the individual exploits of Leonard and the timely help of, well, everyone else. Milwaukee’s vaunted 3-point attack fell by the wayside without as many transition opportunities to fuel it. The Bucks’ elite help defense was neutralized at times as well, both by the Raptors pinging the ball around the perimeter and by their orchestrating switches so that Leonard or Lowry or even VanVleet could isolate against one of Milwaukee’s bigs, who were thus removed from help position.The Raptors will surely probe for weaknesses where they can against the defending champion Warriors in the NBA Finals, but they’ll also have to do an even better job of mitigating their opponent’s strengths. Golden State knows a thing or two about double-digit comebacks in the conference finals, having just completed three in a row to sweep the Blazers, and of course has also won three of the past four titles. We don’t yet know if or when Kevin Durant will return to the floor, but the Warriors have been reminding us for the past couple weeks that they are still pretty damn good without him.Toronto is the best defensive team the Warriors will have had to face during these playoffs, though, and by a not-insignificant margin. The Raptors had the league’s fifth-best defense during the regular season; Golden State’s three prior playoff opponents ranked 19th (Clippers), 18th (Rockets) and 16th (Trail Blazers). The Raptors also have Leonard, who at the peak of his powers is the best perimeter defender on the planet, and who has looked like the best all-around player in the league for much of these past few weeks. It takes more than just a singular star to dethrone the Warriors, but you’ve certainly got a better shot with one of those guys on your side.2Just ask the Cavaliers, who knocked the Raptors out of the conference finals the last time they were there. That’s exactly why the Raptors made the bold push for Leonard in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
201656.2 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com QuarterbackNo. Times BenchedAvg. starts Ryan Fitzpatrick36.3 201485.3 Brian Hoyer36.7 201546.5 Josh McCown25.0 Nick Foles25.5 201874.7 Tyrod Taylor26.0 201065.0 200955.4 Eli Manning is a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. But when he takes the field as the Giants’ Week 1 starter — as he has every season for the past 14 — he may be ready for a new title: “Expendable.”Every year, 32 quarterbacks line up for the first snap of the first game of the season. That player is supposed to be the best quarterback on the team.1With the occasional exception, like the Buffalo Bills starting the 2015 season in a wildcat look with backup Matt Cassel taking the snap. But sometimes, that quarterback isn’t the best by very much. Or he gets hurt, and his backup gets hot enough to win the job away. Or he’s just marking time while a highly drafted rookie gets up to speed.That was the situation in 2004, when two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner took the field for the Giants as their nominal starter — but many on the field, in the stands and watching at home on TV knew he was just there to hold down the fort until their grinning greenhorn of a No. 1 overall draft pick was ready.That 2004 No. 1 overall draft pick? Manning himself.But Warner and Manning, highly decorated veterans, don’t fit the typical profile of an Expendable. These are often journeymen brought in because they have a relationship with a coach, or they’re unheralded draft picks from a few years ago who won a war of attrition with players higher on the depth chart.Over the past 10 seasons, 46 different quarterbacks have qualified — and a few have carved out a niche for themselves as professional Expendables. SeasonNo. of QBs BenchedAvg. Starts Shaun Hill32.7 201354.8 Number of NFL quarterbacks benched per year and the average number of starts before benching 201247.5 Sam Bradford22.5 For our purposes, we’re calling a quarterback an Expendable if he a) started Week 1 of a given season, b) was benched while healthy (or did not get his job back after returning from injury) and c) did not go on to start Week 1 for that same team the following season. Backups filling in for unquestioned starters during injury or suspension, like Jimmy Garoppolo for Tom Brady in 2016, were not counted.But Shaun Hill did get the honor in 2016: He was the No. 2 for the Minnesota Vikings when starter Teddy Bridgewater went down with a preseason injury, and he filled in well even though the Vikings had just swung a panicked trade for Sam Bradford. His performance was good enough to buy him just one start. Combined with losing his 2014 starting gig with the then-St. Louis Rams and getting benched in San Francisco for Alex Smith, Hill has been an Expendable for three different teams (and lasted an average of just 2.7 games over those three seasons).It makes sense that well-traveled journeymen like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have served multiple tours of duty as an Expendable. But Brian Hoyer also parlayed his time backing up Tom Brady into Expendable stints with his hometown Browns, the Houston Texans and the 49ers. Donovan McNabb seems like another surprising inclusion — but it’s no surprise that after his 11-year run in Philadelphia, during which he went to the Pro Bowl six times, his back-to-back Expendable tours in Washington and Minnesota are often forgotten.Our exceptions for injuries mean that former No. 1 overall pick Bradford qualified for the Expendable badge only twice,2Though Bradford has started Week 1 for four different teams, he would not be considered an Expendable on the Rams, as he lost the starting job after suffering knee injuries in both 2013 and 2014. but he merits a mention here, too. In 2018, he received a $20 million contract to steer a listless Arizona Cardinals team while first-round pick Josh Rosen learned the ropes. After three woeful starts, Bradford was demoted to No. 3 on the depth chart, and Rosen was thrown into the fire.Compared with the rest of the past decade, NFL head coaches have been quick to yank starting quarterbacks in the last two seasons — or maybe NFL general managers have been further off the mark about who’s really capable of starting in the first place. Donovan McNabb29.5 201154.8 201784.4 The most Expendable QBsNFL quarterbacks from 2009 to 2018 who started the first game of a season at least twice but were displaced as No. 1 From 2009 to 2016, an average of 5.3 Week 1 starters relinquished their gigs to their backups; it happened after an average of 5.6 games. But in 2017 and 2018, an average of 7.5 starters were demoted — and after an average of just 4.5 games. How will that play out in 2019?For Manning and the Giants, Vegas sportsbooks initially set the over/under on the number of games Daniel Jones will start this season at 7.5. In Tennessee, former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is reportedly on a “short leash,” so Ryan Tannehill could turn him into an Expendable before the season ends.After those two, there aren’t many obvious possibilities. Rookie Drew Lock, a second-round draft pick, is buried at third on the depth chart in Denver. It’s possible the Tampa Bay Buccaneers give up on Jameis Winston, but it’s hard to see Blaine Gabbert taking his job by outperforming him in practice.The next possible Expendable, though, is an intriguing one: Fitzpatrick.The Cardinals gave up on Rosen less than a year after they gave up on Bradford. They drafted Rosen’s successor, Kyler Murray, No. 1 overall, but they’re not making Rosen an Expendable — they’ve traded him away.But look who they traded him to: the Miami Dolphins, who just signed Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal. Though Fitzpatrick was tabbed as the Week 1 starter, Rosen’s impressive preseason play had many calling for him to start in the season opener. Can Rosen, a second-year quarterback showing flashes, push Fitzpatrick to the bench the way Winston, Geno Smith and Ryan Mallett did?If that happens, Fitzpatrick will officially be the most Expendable quarterback in the NFL, a dubious — yet somehow still impressive — honor.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
After a midseason lull that saw the Ohio State women’s basketball team lose nine of 15 games, Jim Foster’s team is back on track. After four consecutive wins, the Buckeyes are once again in the race for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tonight, OSU (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) takes on first-place Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) in a game in which the Spartans will seek revenge for the 14-point loss they suffered Jan. 16 in Columbus. After clinching at least a share of the regular season Big Ten title, MSU can secure the title outright with a win. Foster said his team was lacking defensive intensity and attention to detail during a three-game skid from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6. He questioned his team’s mental toughness, but said it’s better now. “If you’re going to be in the NCAA Tournament,” Foster said Wednesday, “you couldn’t ask for a better situation than our schedule was down the stretch for this particular group of players that had that goal in mind.” That stretch included two wins against Purdue (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten) and road wins against Minnesota (11-16, 3-11 Big Ten) and No. 23 Penn State (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten). Foster said his team has been playing in tournament mode for a few weeks now. “These are the teams that are going to be in the tournament,” junior point guard Samantha Prahalis said, noting the importance of finishing the regular season strong. “We got to keep winning to give us a better seed. It’s just important that we win.” Tied for fifth place in conference standings, the Buckeyes look to crack the top five and earn a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the conference tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. “You just want to get better,” Foster said. “They’ve won before — they understand winning and the detail things that are necessary.” OSU is tied with Iowa (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten) in the standings. The two split their series, each winning its respective home games against the other. Senior forward Sarah Schulze made her way back to action in the team’s buzzer-beating 76-74 win at Purdue on Sunday after suffering a knee sprain that had kept her out of action since the Jan. 16 win against MSU. Her return has inspired her teammates. “That just shows toughness,” sophomore guard Tayler Hill said. “When we’ve seen her out there, if she can do it, we know that we can play tough too.” The Buckeyes will have to contend with Spartans leading scorer Kalisha Keane. The forward is averaging 16.3 points while shooting nearly 45 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center.
The average cost of moving home has reached £31,000 in some parts of Britain as homeowners see an increase of up to 14 per cent in the last year, a report has found. Rising house prices are said to have driven the spike, pushing up estate agency, stamp duty and conveyancing fees.In London, home movers can expect to pay £4,732 more than a year ago, with the average cost of moving now £31,416.The rise is mostly due to London prices having increased by 14.5 per cent over the last year, compared with an increase of 8.5 per cent across the UK generally.The average home mover in London pays more than £15,000 in stamp duty and £11,000 in estate agency fees, the Lloyds Bank report found.Elsewhere in the UK, costs have increased by around £870, taking the average moving price to nearly £11,000.Mike Songer, mortgage director at Lloyds Bank, said: “The cost of stepping up the housing ladder has continued to rise sharply over the past year.”This trend is especially marked for buyers in London and the South East with the combination of both higher property prices and more rapid increase in prices in recent years resulting in significantly higher moving costs in these parts of the country.”Moving costs across the country – up nine per cent in the last year – have also increased faster than earnings over the last decade, by 25 per cent versus a 17 per cent hike in full-time earnings, the report found. Cost of moving across the UK LondonAverage moving cost: £31,416Up 18% in the last year – £4,732South EastAverage moving cost: £20,210Up 20 % in the last year – £3,382West MidlandsAverage moving cost: £9,814Up four per cent in the last year – £412East AngliaAverage moving cost: £10,973Up ten per cent in the last year – £999North EastAverage moving cost: £7,133Up nine per cent in the last year – £604ScotlandAverage moving cost: £6,947Up two per cent in the last year – £125WalesAverage moving cost: £7,563Up 0 per cent in the last year 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 storm may irritating for commuters, but the lightning was really beautiful. There’s a pretty spectacular lightning storm making its way through Bournemouth at the moment. pic.twitter.com/V7cJRUazoj— Enigmatic Engineer (@MechEngDad) September 16, 2016 Look at that sky! People all over the country were woken up by it Managed to catch a lightening strike after numerous failed attempts. #Thunderstorms #Lightning pic.twitter.com/5rsI8aH7vs— Saud Ahmed (@saudi89) September 16, 2016 Lightning in Bournemouth this morning. @DailyMirror @DailyMailUK @Telegraph @TheSun @Daily_Express #lightning #storm pic.twitter.com/lrAvEpu3bq— Ed (@EH_Photography1) September 16, 2016 Lightning’s great, not keen on thunder like & it’s still rolling on like indigestion #Newcastle #thunderstorms pic.twitter.com/QyOM1zPl83— Sharonnewcastle (@Curlawurl) September 16, 2016 Lightning lit up the skies, marking the end of Summer, on Thursday night and into Friday morning.People all over the country took photographs and videos of the lightning which woke them up.The storms have caused chaos across the UK, including a train being derailed near Watford Junction station after striking a landslip caused by torrential rain.A man was treated for a neck injury and a woman treated for chest pains after the 6.19 London Midland service from Milton Keynes to London Euston came off the track at around 7am.This incident delayed trains going to and from London as commuters tried to get to work.However, before people started trying to commute, many were delighted by the way the lightning lit up the sky.Strikes made the angry sky look purple in Slough The lightning was pictured through many rainy windows An interestingly-shaped lightning bolt Here’s a very clear and beautiful photograph from Bournemouth This street was disrupted by a big bolt 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 sky was lit right up in Newcastle during multiple lightning strikes
Arranged marriage could be happier than marrying for love because it removes the pressure to find the “perfect” partner before settling down, a former top High Court family judge has claimed.Sir Paul Coleridge, founder of the Marriage Foundation think-tank, said he had come to the “truly startling” conclusion based on findings from a new study suggesting that British Muslim women are more likely to be happily married than those from other backgrounds.The research, thought to be the first ever in the UK to explore the links between religion and relationship stability, used data from the Millennium Cohort study which contains details of the lives of 15,000 mothers who had children at the turn of the new century. Perhaps Muslim culture instils a greater sense of interdependenceHarry Benson, Marriage Foundation It found that 45 per cent of mothers who identified themselves as being from a Pakistani or Bangladeshi background described themselves as “very happy” in their relationship compared with only 34 per cent of “white” mothers.Almost all (99 per cent) of the Pakistani or Bangladeshi mothers in the study described themselves as religious, virtually all of them Muslim, compared with just under half (47 per cent) of them others classed as white, most of whom chose Christianity.Similar levels of those who identified as Christian and Muslim said they were very happy in their relationships (45 per cent and 43 per cent respectively. That compares with only a third (32 per cent) of non-religious mothers. 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. Nadiya Hussain, the previous Great British Bake Off winner, has spoken in the past of finding happiness in an arranged marriageCredit:pixel8000 The Muslim women were also the most likely to be married. Overall 94 per cent of Muslim mothers in the study were married compared with 79 per cent of Christian mothers and 59 per cent of those who did not identify with any religion. Sir Paul, who set up the foundation to promote stable marriages after seeing “hundreds and thousands of people” affected by the pain of divorce as a judge, said: “These findings are truly startling.“It appears at first counter intuitive that Muslim women have such successful relationships when many are in arranged marriages.“In fact, Muslims in arranged marriages have many of the ingredients for a really successful long term marriage. Muslims in arranged marriages have many of the ingredients for a really successful long term marriage. They enter marriage without artificial and unreal ‘celebrity’ expectations or a belief that they merely have to bump into a perfect partner and from then on no effort will be neededSir Paul Coleridge Sir Paul ColeridgeCredit:UPPA-Ltd “They enter marriage without artificial and unreal ‘celebrity’ expectations or a belief that they merely have to bump into a perfect partner and from then on no effort will be needed.“In time the ‘perfect partner’ inevitably disappoints. This group on the other hand have no unreal expectations and from the word go, really work hard and fashion their relationship out of the material they are given.“Doubtless it is in part a consequence of this that they are over 30 per cent more fulfilled and happy than their western sisters. “Shared faith no doubt helps but all couples have it in their power to radically improve their chances of staying together by marrying and keeping on working at it.”Harry Benson, research director of Marriage Foundation, who compiled the report with Prof Steve McKay of the University of Lincoln, added: “While further research is required to draw any definite conclusions why Muslim women tend to do better than any other religious group, we can speculate that the values which accompany their faith put greater emphasis on dedication to the family and relationship stability.“Relationship success is about give and take. It is about compromise and working as a team.“Perhaps Muslim culture instils a greater sense of interdependence and is less embracing of individualism.” “No one is suggesting a return to arranged marriages but we can surely all learn a lot about what makes marriages work in the long run from these findings.
British naturists, who claim a membership of 13,000 and have long felt exposed as a small minority, contrast their position with those of their counterparts in France – which earns an estimated 300m Euros a year from naturist tourism – and the Netherlands, where there are an estimated 60,000 active naturists. Armand Jamier, the disputed new president of the International Naturist FederationCredit:Facebook 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. That led to angry scenes at the World Congress of the INF, held in New Zealand last November, when delegates from the body’s national federations – including Britain – voted by a narrow majority to strip Mrs Ivo of the presidency.She was replaced by Armand Jamier, the fresh-faced President of the French naturist association, who, to the delight of Mrs Ivo’s opponents, says he will harness the power of social media to make naturism more fashionable and high-profile. A naturist couple at home in Florida, USACredit:TLC They had been hoping Mrs Ivo’s term as president would help raise the activity’s profile and encourage other to shed their clothes, along with their inhibitions.But, they claim, she has let them down.“She has presided over a period of extremely low activity by the INF, during which money has accumulated within its coffers, which should have been spend on defending and promoting naturism on the world stage,” said Mr Heenan.In an open letter to Mrs Evo, the Naturist Action Group, set up by British enthusiasts of the hobby, accused her of damaging the image of naturism.In the letter Reg Barlow, chairman of the group, stated: “The result of the election at the 2016 World Congress was clear; the majority of member federations are not satisfied with your leadership.“By clinging on to power in this manner, you will have achieved nothing but make the INF look ridiculous.”Mr Barlow added that if Mrs Ivo did not stand down “people will believe that you are more interested in the trappings of power than naturism”.Mrs Ivo refused to respond in detail to the allegations against her when contacted by The Sunday Telegraph, saying only that “the majority of them do not correspond to the facts” and that the Naturist Action Group was not an official body and not recognised by the INF. Sieglinde Ivo, the ousted president of the International Naturist FederationCredit:Facebook Mrs Ivo claims the vote was riddled with procedural errors and the result cannot be regarded as legitimate. It is an activity regarded by many as at best mildly eccentric if not downright odd, prompting barely suppressed giggles among those who might, so to speak, witness it in the flesh.What it is certainly not known for is bitter political infighting at the highest level prompted by accusations of wasteful spending and nepotism.But the world of naturism has been split from top to bottom in a bitter dispute which has led to one of its most senior figures being deposed.Now Britain’s official naturism body has demanded that Sieglinde Ivo immediately step down from her post as president of the International Naturism Federation (INF), in a letter drafted by lawyers and seen by The Sunday Telegraph.The row has led to suggestions that British Naturism could pull out of the INF along with other countries opposed to Mrs Ivo, a middle aged Austrian naturist elected to the job in 2008.Divisions began to appear in naturism’s international organisation after Mrs Ivo was accused of not doing enough to promote the benefits of naturism and failing to extol its virtues to the wider public.Worse still, she was accused of spending more than £80,000 move INF’s offices from its longstanding headquarters in Belgium to an office close to her home in the small Austrian town of Horsching, and staffing it with members of her own family. Bruce Kendall, one leading naturist present at the congress said: “The outcome was emotional for some, one delegate even broke into tears when the result of the secret ballot was announced.”Mr Kendall, an American, added: “Mrs Sieglinde Ivo already has made the INF a laughing stock, she should be ashamed of herself for what damage she has done to the INF and naturism in general.“What a great time to get rid of an organization that has become useless, and start something that works at promoting naturism worldwide.”But Mrs Ivo is clearly not going to take her removal lying down.Along with her supporters on the INF’s executive committee she is refusing to recognise the result of the vote and is determined not to lose her seat as head of the federation’s governing body. In what her opponents regard as an act of naked aggression she has now persuaded the INF’s ruling council to convene a new World Congress later this year in order to re-run the election – at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds.That has led to fury among Mr Jamier’s allies and hundreds of naturist worldwide, including the UK.Duncan Heenan, a leading UK naturist, says many British naturists want to withdraw from the INF altogether and use the £8,000 they pay in members’ fees towards the organisation every year for their own benefit.He said: “Mrs Ivo had held office for eight years and her first act had been to spend more than 100,000 Euros of INF money is moving the long established INF office from Belgium to an apartment in her own block in a small town in Austria, and staff it in part with her family.”