The Philadelphia Eagle are moving on with practice with heavy hearts, as they deal with the weekend death of head coach Andy Reid’s son, Garrett.The mood has been described as shock, sorrow and sadness at the team’s training camp at Lehigh University, where Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead Sunday.Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting ”I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.Reid’s death, of course, stunned the Eagles, who took the field only because their coach wanted them to continue with their scheduled practices.Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Avant spoke briefly following the afternoon practice, each offering prayers and condolences to the Reid family. Owner Jeffrey Lurie fought back tears when talking to reporters and general manager Howie Roseman broke down after delivering the news in the morning.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Broomall, Pa. Tuesday is a scheduled day off from camp, so the team will be in attendance.A few players went out to dinner later in the evening and took a solemn, solitary moment to toast Garrett Reid, calling him ”a part of the family.””This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with,” Vick said. ”Coach has always been a great supporter of us, as a team, as an organization. He’s been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us, so we’re going to lean on him and we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to stay strong for him until he comes back and can lead us on.”Lurie met with the team on the field and told reporters afterward he expected Reid back this week, ending any speculation the coach may not return.Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family after Garrett and his second-oldest son, Britt, were sentenced to prison on the same day for separate incidents.The Eagles play host to Pittsburgh in the preseason opener on Thursday night.”I’ve watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years,” Lurie said. ”You see a man that really cares. He loves his players, he loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he’s even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they’re in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain, he’s reaching out to all of us.”The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. about Reid, and that he was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. The police and the Northampton County coroner were investigating.Shupp said ”there were no suspicious activities.” Reid had been staying at the camp where he assisted the Eagles’ strength coaches in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons.
*NFL’s season-opening game.**Thanksgiving night game.In each matchup, “Team 1” is the higher-rated team according to Elo.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 411/26/98**MinnesotaDallas167716101643 The best Thursday night NFL matchups of all time 109/10/09*PittsburghTennessee164515931618 59/8/16*DenverCarolina163716341635 In fact, if we toss out special Thursday occasions — Thanksgiving and the NFL’s annual opening-night showcase — Raiders-Chiefs rises to third-best among the ranks of ordinary Thursday night games. We haven’t seen a matchup this good emerge organically from the Thursday night schedule since the Broncos hosted the Chargers in Oct. 2014.Good Thursday night games like Chiefs-Raiders are part of a larger comeback trend. Thursday night football has been a perennial punchline, particularly since 2012, when the NFL decided to play a Thursday night game almost every week instead of firing the feature up at midseason for the stretch run, as it did between 2006 and 2011. But after a rocky start, the quality of these midweek games has slowly risen over the past five seasons: 99/5/13*BaltimoreDenver162816091618 69/9/04*New EnglandIndianapolis166715911628 211/27/14**SeattleSan Francisco166816291648 111/29/07DallasGreen Bay166016491655 When the Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night, the outcome will go a long way toward determining who wins the AFC West and will influence the whole conference’s playoff picture. But further down the game’s list of notable implications is the fact that it’s one of the best Thursday night games1We’re counting any prime-time game played on a Thursday as a Thursday night game, even though some games played on Thursday nights are marketed as “Sunday Night Football” or “Monday Night Football” and some games marketed as “Thursday Night Football” are played on other days of the week. in NFL history.Just like when I sized up the awfulness of Week 8’s Jaguars-Titans Thursday night tilt, we can measure the quality of a given NFL matchup by taking the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pre-game Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for estimating a team’s quality at any given moment). And according to that measure, tonight’s K.C.-Oakland game is the seventh-best Thursday night matchup in NFL history: 811/24/11**BaltimoreSan Francisco162816101619 712/8/16Kansas CityOakland166215861623 DATETEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 1TEAM 2HARMONIC MEAN PRE-GAME ELO RATING 310/23/14DenverSan Diego168816071646 At the same time, Monday night matchups have been getting worse, and now the two days have very nearly pulled even in terms of their average quality.2At least in prime time; I excluded non-prime-time Thursday games such as Thanksgiving day games. Both are still far, far below the level established by the league’s flagship prime-time games on Sunday nights. But with more games like tonight’s Raiders-Chiefs tilt, Thursday night is no longer merely a place for the NFL to stash terrible matchups so it can get every team on prime-time TV.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
11Drew BreesNO2513633,0028.27 Total Cousins is elite with two tight endsTop NFL quarterbacks with two tight ends on the field, according to yards per attempt, 2015-17 Kirk Cousins is in a class by himself when it comes to maximizing salary at the quarterback position. The signal-caller is on the eve of signing a deal with what could be the highest average annual price tag in NFL history. Few people — including the former general manager in Washington, where Cousins played for the past six seasons — think he will ever play up to his lofty contract. But no matter who signs the free agent, Cousins’s new team would be silly not to also sign a brand-new tight end. Otherwise, the huge amount of money being spent on Cousins — the Vikings have reportedly offered roughly $90 million over three years — will be going to waste.Cousins’s recent performance in Washington offers his next employer a clear blueprint for turning him into a truly great player: employ fewer wide receivers and more tight ends. For the three-season period from 2015 through 2017, Cousins was the most efficient quarterback in football when two tight ends were on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. During that time, Cousins threw 256 passes with exactly two tight ends in the formation and averaged 10.24 yards per attempt. That’s nearly a yard better than the second-best quarterback with two tight ends, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions (9.37), although Stafford attempted nearly 100 fewer passes. And Cousins beats the NFL quarterback average of 7.76 yards per attempt with two tight ends on the field by nearly 2.5 yards.Cousins is far less effective in more traditional formations. He averaged nearly three fewer passing yards (7.37) when not equipped with two tight ends in the formation. If you were to prorate Cousins’s two-TE production over a full season, he easily tops Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner’s record for most yards per attempt in a single season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Without them, he’s 2017 Josh McCown. 13Marcus MariotaTEN2423642,9798.18 4Carson PalmerARI1742762,4318.81 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group playerTeamComp.AttemptsPass. Yds.Yd/Att 5Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ/TB58877668.80 7Sam BradfordPHI/MIN1361851,5968.63 1Kirk CousinsWSH1772562,62110.24 12Russell WilsonSEA1892842,3328.21 9Case KeenumLAR/MIN1422131,7758.33 But some of the teams vying for Cousins’s services don’t have even one tight end who is a receiving threat. Of the teams that are reportedly after Cousins in the free-agent negotiation period that begins Monday — the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings — Minnesota seems best positioned to take advantage of Cousins’s talents. The Vikings have a Pro-Bowl tight end in Kyle Rudolph and last season used the two-TE more than the league average (19.2 percent of pass plays, compared with 18.2 for the league). Minnesota lost their offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, but replacement John DeFilippo comes from the Eagles, who ranked third in the league in share of pass plays that came with a two-TE set (24.6 percent).The most notable free-agent tight end this offseason is quite familiar with DeFilippo’s offense and could be a great Cousins complement. Trey Burton of the Eagles is one of the league’s best athletes at the position, registering a best-in-class 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle time in his draft year of 2014. Last year, in the two games that starter Zach Ertz missed, Burton scored three touchdowns.Burton is expected to command top dollar based on how well he projects as a receiver. So pairing him and Cousins would require ample cap room this year and beyond. But he’s not the only free agent available. Others include Jimmy Graham, 31, who led the position with 10 touchdowns last season, and Tyler Eifert, 27, who had 13 scoring grabs in 2015, his last healthy season.Here’s the thing about these tight ends, though: There’s a case to be made that every team should load up on the position and try to use two tight ends more frequently. Overall, from the start of the 2015 season through 2017, quarterbacks averaged 0.64 more yards per attempt with two TEs than they did otherwise (7.76 vs. 7.12). This suggests a two-TE strategy might be worth a look — even for teams that aren’t paying a quarterback $30 million a year. 10Andy DaltonCIN1732632,1848.30 3Matt RyanATL1712492,2288.95 15Tom BradyNE3124693,7878.07 14Peyton ManningDEN45705708.14 8Jameis WinstonTB1943252,7988.61 6Jay CutlerCHI/MIA1261781,5608.76 2Matthew StaffordDET1121651,5469.37
It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty.
OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) flexes after a tackle during the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley is questionable for Saturday’s game against UNLV due to a foot sprain he suffered in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army, coach Urban Meyer said Monday afternoon.The middle linebacker subbed out in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. In Worley’s place, redshirt freshman Tuf Borland led Ohio State with 10.5 tackles. He made nine solo stops, a quarterback hit and a tackle for a two-yard loss. After the game, Meyer said Borland might have earned more playing time.“Worley is a leader, but anybody that plays well gets an opportunity,” Meyer said.If Worley does not play against UNLV, Borland would likely receive his first career start.Despite not playing in the second half of the game against Army, Worley ranks second on the team with 17.5 tackles, including two tackles for loss. The team captain also has one quarterback hit and a forced fumble.
Ohio State then-sophomore forward Maddy Field (22) takes on Minnesota redshirt senior defender Lee Stecklein (2) during the Buckeyes game against the Gophers on Oct. 22. Credit: Emily Lehmkuhl | For The LanternTwo-point performances from junior forward Maddy Field and freshman forward Emma Maltais powered the No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory and series sweep of No. 5 Minnesota Duluth (2-4-0, 0-2-0 WCHA).Senior Captain Julianna Iafallo, Emma Maltais, Maddy Field and junior Jacyn Reeves all scored goals for Ohio State (5-0-1, 3-0-1 WCHA). Junior forward Charly Dahlquist, Maltais and Field added the assists. Redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve saved 31 of 34 shots while adding an assist on Field’s goal. Less than 5 minutes into the opening frame, Dahlquist stole the puck as the Bulldogs were leaving the zone, delivered it to Maltais as she ripped a shot past the glove of senior Bulldog goalie Jessica Convery, putting Ohio State up 1-0 early.Just over a minute later, the Bulldogs answered with sophomore forward Sydney Brodt beating Suave on a quick shot from the slot, tying the game at 1. Not long after, freshman forward Naomi Rogge capitalized on a power-play chance camped in front of net at 7:41 of the first period.After giving up those two goals, all of which were in front of the net, Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall told her team that there had to a be change moving forward.“When we had the media timeout, I just got after them about being relentless on the puck and having a sense of purpose and a little bit of grit,” Muzerall said.As the first period progressed, the gritty forecheck that, at most times of the game, didn’t allow the Bulldogs to come up ice easily began to appear.To start the second period, with the game at 2-1, the Buckeyes’ offense put Duluth on its heels and caused a holding penalty on junior forward Emma Yanko. Not long into the power play, Iafallo tied the game at 7:16 of the second period. It started with a beautiful tic-tac-toe, cross-ice passing play that ended with a tip in front of the goal.Two minutes later, Sauve’s clearing pass through the middle of the ice found Field, and she muscled her way through the Duluth defense and went five-hole to put the Buckeyes ahead halfway through the second. Those two quick goals from Iafallo and Field had Ohio State holding the edge, 3-2 at the second intermission.Just a minute into the final frame, the Scarlet and Gray scored to take a two-goal lead.Jacyn Reeves took a mishandled puck through center ice, sped by the defense and buried her fourth goal of the season and the decisive fourth goal of the game.Late in the third, and with her team having pulled its goalie, Rogge displayed some impressive hands in tight areas, going backhand-forehand top shelf to beat Sauve to make it an interesting one-goal game.The Buckeyes survived a late Duluth flurry to end the game with a victory. Sauve stopped 15 of 16 shots she faced in the third period. Muzerall said these early wins are big for the confidence of a young, but experienced team.“When you win and have success, confidence comes,” she said. “But you got to find those first few wins and then it starts rolling rhythmically.”
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo round of fireworks went off and fans loudly chanted “J-T, J-T” while quarterback J.T. Barrett was the final Ohio State senior introduced before Saturday’s game against Illinois.The three-time captain rushed out, showered by the loudest cheers for any of the 19 seniors, carrying flowers to deliver to his parents on the field. But for Barrett, the moment he had talked about during the week, did not happen.“Didn’t see my mom cry,” Barrett said. “I thought today was the day, but no. It’s still 22 years and counting I haven’t seen my mom cry.”Barrett’s entrance through the tunnel onto the field marked the final time he, as a player, would take to the field in Ohio Stadium.In the 52-14 blowout of Illinois, Barrett finished the game quickly, as expected. Barrett had left the game in the second quarter in favor of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but was called back in after the second-stringer proved ineffective. The quarterback, whom some fans wanted replaced with Haskins earlier in the season, was the one to replace Haskins following the backup’s fumble and return for Illinois’ first score.Head coach Urban Meyer said, “I was pissed,” about the mistakes and said he needed to put the starters back in to prevent the game from turning into a “clown show.”“[Meyer] was very upset,” Barrett said. “I saw him and then it was like, well he’s definitely known for sending the starters back in, so let me go find my knee brace and go find my helmet because I didn’t have any of those things. I wasn’t shocked by any means, but I knew when my man [Haskins] fumbled the ball, it was like this is not about to be good.”Barrett entered the game, and after failing to get anything going his first drive back, took the team down the field after Illinois coughed up the punt to extend the Buckeye lead to 45-7.By the time his night finally came to an end, Barrett had completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a touchdown.Along the way, he added some more notes to his crowded resume. He set the program record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Braxton Miller’s total of 3,054, and became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes.When it’s all said and done, Barrett willy be among the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the Big Ten, and the most decorated Ohio State quarterback of all-time. He holds 35 total Big Ten or Ohio State records combined, many of them set in Columbus.If he has any more records left to break, they will come away from Ohio Stadium.“There’s a last thing for everything,” Barrett said. “I was trying to do my best while I was playing here in Ohio Stadium and send everyone out there in a good way as far as seniors today.”The end of Barrett’s time in Ohio Stadium is not the end of his journey as a Buckeye. Though it might be his finale in front of the home crowd, Barrett still has at least three games remaining with the upcoming rivalry game against Michigan, the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and a bowl game or two.“It’s certainly not a goodbye,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “When we say goodbye, it’s going to be a tough one. But that was not a goodbye. That was a chance for him to tip his hat.”Barrett had his moment to tip his hat. And while he certainly will spend time reflecting on his time spent in Ohio Stadium, his attention will quickly have to turn to the week ahead. As the victory bell started to chime and the band began to play, Barrett, wearing a rain poncho and clutching the Illibuck, walked with the rest of his team in front of the Ohio Stadium student section to sing, “Carmen Ohio” one final time.
Flytippers have illegally dumped an enormous amount of rubbish in a country lane in Staffordshire.The steaming heap appeared in the village of Yoxall on Friday afternoon, to the horror of local residents. “I have never seen anything like it in my life. It stinks to high heaven. There’s all sorts in there – food, dirty nappies – I dread to think what else.”It’s like walking onto a landfill site.”The road itself used to be the main road through the village, but it was closed off a few years ago. Piled high: horrified locals have had enoughCredit:Caters “Now we’ve got loads of heavy goods vehicles coming right through the centre of the village, they mount the pavements because there’s not enough room for them to pass.”This is just the final straw – the whole village is up in arms.” Villagers believe that the enormous mountain of waste may have been left by a HGV that dumped its load after realising it had driven down a dead end.Photographer Tony Slater snapped the pile of rubbish after he and his wife stumbled across the site while out walking.He said: “It is absolutely disgusting. Litter-ally steamingCredit:Caters 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. Blocked: The country lane near Yoxall, Staffs.Credit:Caters
Prince Harry with Matthew from Bread Ahead Prince Harry buys doughnuts from Bread Ahead, whose staff fought off the attackers Many wept as they linked arms in a show of solidarity following the attack.Others wore t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘We Are Family’ alongside the Borough Market logo and date of the attack. The market bell tolled at 10am , hailing its reopening. Prince Harry has paid a visit to London’s Borough Market this morning, meeting traders and restaurateurs whose staff and customers were caught up in the recent terrorist attack.The 32-year-old royal visited the popular food market where knife-wielding attackers ran amok, stabbing passers-by after mowing down pedestrians on nearby London Bridge. Eight people were killed and scores of others injured in the atrocity on Saturday June 3. Darren Henaghan, Borough Market managing director said, “It is absolutely marvellous that Prince Harry came here today. It means a great deal to everyone connected with the market.”Borough Market reopened yesterday in a show of defiance as Londoners were told: “This is your market.”An emotional ceremony saw the market fall silent for one minute at 9.30am in honour of those killed and injured in the June 3 atrocity. During the 45-minute visit Harry, 32, met Ganga Garbuja, security guard for the Market on the night of the attack.The prince met a collection of traders and restaurant staff near the Wheatsheaf pub, near where the attackers were killed by police.The prince also met Jack Appleby, who got people to safety by pulling the shutters down on the Market Porter pub. Mr Jones said of the attack: “The business was in full operation. I was at home at the time but I had staff working on the night of the attack. Borough Market was closed for 11 days and traders gathered for a poignant minute’s silence before it officially reopened on Wednesday morning.Told how traders are donating food to victims of the West London fire, Prince Harry said: “Those poor people – our thoughts are with them.” Prince Harry meets Matt Jones from Bread Ahead. His staff protected members of the public on the night of the attacks. pic.twitter.com/E6aPlHa8jX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017 A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Prince Harry was keen to come down as soon as possible to spread the message this vibrant market is open for business.”The Prince went behind the stall at “Bread Ahead” run by baker Matt Jones, 47, whose staff fought off attackers with brooms and crates as they went on the violent rampage stabbing innocent people.Prince Harry said: “The strength of this community and London as a whole is magic.” Prince Harry tours stalls during a visit to Borough Market “Two of them got involved throwing bread crates at the attackers to try and save one of the women being attacked. It was really bad.”Yesterday saw so many regular customers coming back. A lot of customers buy their bread here. Harry coming here is great for business.” Prince Harry meets @boroughmarket security officer Ganga Garbuja who was first on the scene and led several people to safety pic.twitter.com/GSelhrNjlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017 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 least punctual international airlines of 2016Hainan Airlines (30.3 percent of arrivals on time)Korean Air (31.74 per cent)Air China (32.73 per cent)Hong Kong Airlines (33.42 per cent)China Eastern Airlines (35.8 per cent)Asiana Airlines (37.46 per cent)Philippine Airlines (38.33 per cent)Air India (38.71 per cent)Icelandair (41.05 per cent)El Al (56 per cent) In all, 38,000 of 199,000 international flights from UK airports over the peak holiday period were late, according to BBC analysis of figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).Though the majority of behind schedule services were from London airports – Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow – the latter did not make the top 10 with the highest proportion of delays. The data did not cover cancelled flights.The CAA’s figures also revealed that the route to suffer the most delays was from London Heathrow to Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with 70 per cent of flights (85 out of 122) late by more than 30 minutes. One in five of all summer flights out of UK airports last year were delayed, with Gatwick the worst offender, according to new analysis.Nearly a third (30 per cent) of services leaving the Surrey airport between June and September 2016 were more than 30 minutes behind schedule, a statistic much worse than those of the joint second tardiest, Belfast International and Luton, where 23 per cent of flights left more than half-an-hour late. Dutch airline KLM scooped the top spot, with 88.53 per cent of its flights arriving on schedule. Spanish carrier Iberia came a close second, while Japan’s JAL and ANA placed third and sixth, respectively.According to the report, a measly 75.17 per cent of British Airways flights arrived on time last year, while 75.12 per cent of easyJet’s arrivals ran to schedule. The ranking of the pair among all international airlines was not revealed. Most delayed routes last summerManchester to DusseldorfGatwick to Cunagua Cayo CocoEdinburgh to Oslo GardermoenJersey to DusseldorfBirmingham to MaltaBelfast International to BurgasBristol to Thira SantoriniGatwick to New York JFKGatwick to Warsaw ChopinHeathrow to Split A spokesperson for Belfast International told the BBC that it does all it can to minimise delays.“Our on-time performance is generally very good but sometimes we, too, fall victims to things that are outside our control.”In January this year aviation insights company FlightStats published data on the worst airlines for delays, using data from 2016.The most punctual international airlines of 2016KLM (88.53 per cent of arrivals on time)Iberia (88.18 per cent)JAL (87.8 per cent)Qatar Airways (86.34 per cent)Austrian (85.74 per cent)ANA (85.54 per cent)Singapore Airlines (85.45 per cent)Delta Air Lines (85.17 per cent)TAM Linhas Aéreas (85.07 per cent)Qantas (84.3 per cent) In terms of the average longest delay, the mammoth wait on the flight to Dusseldorf, above, pushed that route to the top of the table, with Gatwick to Cunagua Cayo Coco in Cuba second and Edinburgh to Oslo third. Jersey to Dusseldorf and Birmingham to Malta completed the top five.A spokesperson for Gatwick said “repeated strike action on the continent” and heavily congested airspace over London and parts of Europe led to an increase in the number of delays, adding “Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and is impacted disproportionately by events on the continent”. The longest single delay was for a chartered flight from Manchester to Dusseldorf last September, which took off 779 minutes – or 13 hours – later than planned.The data showed that the average delay at the 25 major UK airports surveyed was 21 minutes, and that most delays took place in June.Three quarters of the 40 most delay-prone routes out of the UK were to European countries, the BBC found, while the non-European countries with the highest number of late flights were Ghana, Canada, US, Israel, Ukraine and Pakistan.