OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center.
Consider this a midterm week for the Blue Jackets.Columbus (9-5-2) hosts central division rival Detroit (7-5-3) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.After practice Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock spoke with members of the media and said facing the Red Wings will be a good test for the team.“Those guys have targets,” Hitchcock said. “They’re the measuring stick for everybody. Detroit gets everybody’s ‘A’ game early in the season. I hope our team is excited to play them because they gave us a lesson at the end of last year.”In its first playoff appearance in franchise history last season, the Jackets faced Detroit in the first round. Although the Red Wings swept Columbus in four games, the team has added experience in postseason play.“I think the big thing for us is we are finally getting to play some division games,” Hitchcock said. “We are going to get a better read on how good we are in our division.”Columbus has played well at home, going 4-1-2 to begin the 2009-10 campaign.The Jackets began a four-game home swing with a 3-2 victory against Carolina last Saturday. Staying at home means extra practice time for the team and Hitchcock is taking advantage of it.“Not being able to practice has really slowed down our game,” Hitchcock said. “I told the players that this is really it for getting two practice days. We won’t be able to do this for some time after, so these next two days are important for us.”Detroit has been nowhere perfect on the road with a 2-4-2 record to begin the year, but Columbus knows the Red Wings are one of the top franchises in the NHL.“Hopefully we will be on our game and be able to match them for 60 minutes of hockey,” forward Raffi Torres said. “It’s no secret that they don’t like playing us. We are going to have to make sure to get the puck deep in the zone and make it tough for the defense.”Torres has scored big for the Blue Jackets. He has claimed eight goals in 16 games, including four coming off the power play. “I trained hard this summer and got everything back to where it needs to be,” said Torres, who has 87 goals and 68 assists in 374 career NHL games. “I got my confidence up towards the end of last season and I’ve tried to take that momentum into this year.”The Red Wings have three members with double-digit totals in points. Forward Henrik Zetterberg has four goals and nine assists to lead the team with 13 points. Forward Pavel Datsyuk has ten assists with two goals, while forward Tomas Holmstrom leads the team in goals with eight.“They are one of the best teams in the NHL,” Columbus forward Jakub Voracek said. “They’ve made the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row and obviously it’s going to be a tough game. There is going to be a lot of people in the building and we are excited.”As for the Jackets’ defense, the unit has been improving.Key defensemen Mike Commodore and Jan Hejda have been back as regulars in the lineup after suffering injuries in the beginning of the year, and the squad continues to gel together.“We have seven guys here that can play with anyone,” defenseman Kris Russell said. “As a group we feel we are starting to find each other and play well together. It’s nice to get a consistent groove when playing with the same group of guys.”With goaltender Steve Mason playing in form lately, the defense could be the difference in the outcome vs. Detroit. Mason is 7-4-2 with a .891 save percentage in his second season in the league.“He’s playing really well and is confident,” Hitchcock said. “I think the big thing is the puck has not been moving fast for him. He’s in sync with where the puck is on the ice and gets across the net really well now. He’s squared to shooter much better than the start of the year.”In observance of Veterans Day, the matchup vs. the Red Wings will be military appreciation night in tribute to those in the armed forces.
The Penn State women’s soccer team dodged some second-half bullets – 14 to be exact – and left Ohio State with a loss against its big ten rival. OSU (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0, Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fired 14 second-half shots at PSU’s goal, but the visitors were able to outlast OSU. “You give Penn State an inch and they’re going to find the back of the net. Every mistake that you make, they’re going to capitalize on,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. Capitalize PSU did. Nittany Lions redshirt junior forward Tani Costa put PSU up, 1-0, with a goal in the 25th minute. Junior forward Maya Hayes doubled the visitors’ lead just before halftime and Christine Nairn rounded out the scoring with a long-distance blast to put PSU up for good in the 71st minute at 3-0. Thursday was the first time OSU allowed three goals in a game since Oct. 16, 2011. OSU senior defender Lauren Granberg said that, despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes played well. “I think as a team we came out and played some of the best soccer we’ve played,” Granberg said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way.” OSU’s offensive attack took a blow early in the game when freshman forward Marisa Wolf went down with an injury in the 12th minute. Wolf will be evaluated by a doctor Friday, Walker said. Additional issues throughout the game included the team not being able to take advantage of opportunities. For the game, OSU outshot PSU, 22-14, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Walker said that the first step toward the OSU’s next conference match, a home game against Wisconsin, is recovery, both emotionally and physically. Walker also said the Buckeyes should take the lessons from the loss to the Nittany Lions and apply them in the next game. Granberg agreed, saying there were plenty of positives to take from the loss to PSU. “Our positioning, our movement off the ball and how dynamic we are is really working for us,” she said. “We can’t let this game deter us from playing the Ohio State soccer that we know how to play.” Ohio State is scheduled to face off against the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m. The game is slated to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller’s two career games against Illinois tell of very different stages in his development as OSU’s signal-caller. Miller’s first Fighting Illini encounter occurred in the infancy of his time at the helm of the Buckeyes’ offense last season. The second start came more than a year later and, under the Ohio Stadium lights, his development was shown for America to see. Miller delivered a 52-22 win for OSU (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) against Illinois (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) with his arm and his legs – it was, perhaps, his most complete quarterbacking effort for the Scarlet and Gray to date. He was poised in the pocket, completing 12-of-20 attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. As always, he was ready to run, and did, compiling 73 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Back in the Horseshoe, Miller delivered crisp, on-target passes throughout the game. OSU junior wide receiver Corey Brown said he’s become accustomed to Miller’s throwing prowess. “That’s Braxton,” Brown said. “At practice, those are regular throws.” That’s Miller now, anyway. He delivered a victory against the Fighting Illini last season, too, but under much different circumstances. That first meeting with Illinois, an Oct. 15, 2011 game in Champaign, Ill., is perhaps the furthest cry from the player he’s become. Last season against Illinois, Miller was anything but confident, and then-head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman didn’t trust him as a passer. Miller attempted just four passes in last year’s game – his lone completion was an end zone-bound flick to then-junior tight end Jake Stoneburner for 17 yards and a touchdown. With Miller in his third career start for the Buckeyes, Fickell and Bollman took the pressure off his arm and placed it on his legs, as well as the legs of the running backs – OSU carried the ball on 51 of its 55 offensive plays as the team escaped the Prairie State with a 17-7 win against Illinois. Brown recalled last year’s meeting with Illinois, saying that, despite the win, he left Champaign feeling queasy because of the offense’s performance. “We had one completion for a touchdown – that’s kind of self-explanatory,” Brown said. “We all walked away from that game feeling sick.” Saturday showed how far Miller has come from that day in Champaign during the 2011 season. In the second quarter, Miller threaded the needle to Stoneburner, now a senior, on two occasions, found Brown in space and, on what might have been his best pass of the season, hit redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith in stride on his way to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown reception. All the while, the threat of Miller taking off and running loomed large for the Illinois defense. For the Buckeyes, that same threat was a luxury item – it was there if they needed it. In 2011, Miller’s rushing was a necessity. The difference between Saturday’s and last year’s game against the Illini, Miller said, was experience. “Getting my feet under me and staying under control,” Miller said. “It works out.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said he sees room, and a need, for continued improvement from Miller as a passer. Specifically, Miller needs to improve in the dropback pass, Meyer said. “The area we’re not efficient enough is the dropback pass, and we have to while he’s not a dropback passer,” Meyer said. “The play action game is pretty solid. That’s what you see. Those plays, those aren’t dropback passes … we’re just not there yet.” In the midst of Meyer’s call for improved passing, there’s also an acknowledgement of Miller’s growth, especially considering the seemingly-stagnant 1-of-4 passing performance in Champaign last year. Just ask Brown, OSU’s leader in receptions and receiving yards. Brown lauded Miller for his tremendous improvement since that game. “(Miller’s a) very accurate passer now,” Brown said. “If teams are preparing for just his feet, he can beat you with his arm now.” OSU will have a bye week this weekend before resuming play at Wisconsin Nov. 17. Kickoff time for the game against the Badgers has not been announced. The Buckeyes will return to Ohio Stadium for the Nov. 24 season finale against Michigan.
Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles up the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIt is never easy to win a game when playing from behind, and it’s even harder when you are losing before the ball is even tipped.That is exactly what happened to the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-14, 4-8) Saturday as the team’s bench was assessed a technical foul for not handing in a starting lineup on time to the officials. Michigan State freshman guard Tori Jankoska made one of two free throw attempts and the Buckeyes found themselves behind before the game started.The Buckeyes never led Saturday as they dropped their fourth straight game, falling to No. 25 Michigan State (17-8, 9-3), 70-49.“That is a first,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said about the technical foul in an OSU press release. “We have an assistant coach who does it (handles the lineup assignment) and it did not get executed.”The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half in large part because of a lack of rebounding.OSU, who had outrebounded then-No. 9 Penn State in their last game Feb. 9, was beat on the glass 57-33 by the Spartans, something that frustrated McGuff.“In general, our effort was very poor,” McGuff said. “We were very bad on the boards and they were very aggressive. We did not have a lot of fight.”The Buckeye offense lacked balance as well, with sophomore guard Ameryst Alston attempting a game-high 32 shots and making 11. Alston took 47 percent of OSU’s shots. She finished with a game-high 25 points.MSU, on the other hand, had four of its five starters score in double figures including 17 from both junior forward Becca Mills and senior forward Annalise Pickrel.“I think everyone having a good all-around game is very important especially with rebounds and everything,” Pickrel said in a postgame press release. “It really ignites our energy in transition.”OSU redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair recorded a career-high 21 minutes played and four blocks. Despite the career-highs, Blair did not score, attempting just one shot.With Blair playing so many minutes, senior center Ashley Adams played only four minutes and was held scoreless.“Whoever is going to play the hardest is who we’re going to play,” McGuff said of his post players. “Tonight, she (Blair) played harder, so I put her in the game.”The Buckeyes received just seven points from their bench Saturday, all of which were provided by junior guard Raven Ferguson who finished 3-10 shooting.OSU is set to return home Thursday night to take on the No. 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-5, 9-3) at the Schottenstein Center. It is set to be the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell answers questions at women’s basketball media day Oct. 10. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorWhen a team has a player as talented and accomplished as Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, there is only so much a coach can contribute. Head coach Kevin McGuff said the prolific scorer has worked to improve her defense this offseason. But he believes Mitchell’s experience traversing the world with USA Basketball will benefit her as much as any specific on-court improvements.Mitchell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, won a gold medal with the Women’s Under-23 National Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, in mid-August. Then, she was invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Mitchell was one of just five college players among the 30 invitees.“It kind of broadened her horizons a little bit and I think any time you get new experiences and have success with it like she did, you can only come out of there with more confidence,” McGuff said during Ohio State women’s basketball media day Tuesday.Ohio State counted on Mitchell to be its primary source of offense last year, and will rely on her offensive prowess again this season. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.9 points per game, led the team with 115 3-pointers made and assisted a team-high 137 buckets last season. Mitchell has made the most 3s in Big Ten history.But with so many skilled players at the training camp and on the Under-23 National Team, Mitchell learned to take a step back on offense.“When you go and you play on a USA basketball team, you have to play with so many great players, it’s certainly a different role than what you would have here,” McGuff said. “I just think that was really good for her and what it would mean for us this year, and really good for her and what it means for her future as she moves on to play professional basketball next year.”Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing editor for ContentMitchell said she spent more time playing off the ball than she usually does for Ohio State and learned how to play in different positions on offense, rather than just dominating the ball. The score-first guard said she now feels more comfortable playing with Buckeye guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss when they have the ball on offense.Mitchell was able to play with 25 WNBA players at the training camp, but she spent more time learning from the coaching staff.“I did get a chance to talk to [four-time Olympic gold-medal winner] Sue Bird and all those vets, but I really picked [USA Women’s National Team and South Carolina head coach] Dawn Staley’s brain because she had been through it, she know what it’s like,” Mitchell said. “So her being around, being our coach throughout the course of the three days, she helped me a lot in regard to what guards need to see even before it happens, how to play, how to pick things apart, and how to be a good teammate.”Just a little more than a week into training camp, McGuff has already witnessed Mitchell’s progress.“She’s playing fast as ever, because that’s what we expect of her,” McGuff said. “At the same time, kind of maybe even has a little better feel for when to slow down and execute and make sure everybody else is where they’re supposed to be and make sure everybody else is involved.”Mitchell said USA Basketball placed an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball and she brought the intensity on that side of the court to the Buckeyes. McGuff, Mitchell and other players said improved defense would be key to Ohio State’s season when they spoke at media day Tuesday afternoon.Mitchell was joined by Harper on the Under-23 National Team. Harper, who was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season, was a late addition to the team as the redshirt senior replaced South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, who missed the Four Nations Tournament with a groin strain.“Linnae is playing really hard, still one of the best defensive players and rebounding perimeter players in the country, something that they emphasize with her at USA Basketball,” McGuff said. “So that probably just kind of extenuated on the positives that she already has.”Mitchell and Harper will be able to showcase the improvements they made in the offseason when Ohio State opens the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena as part of Countdown to Columbus.
“I’m worried I’ll come home from work one day and there will be something on the driveway,” he said. It is a perpetual cycle… You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a deliveryMichael Whiteley 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. We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfoundedEdward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes “Bennett Homes have responded to my emails but the responses are, ‘we are sorry and we will try not to let it happen again’,” he explained. “It is a perpetual cycle… You are on tenterhooks every time you hear a delivery. You think it is a delivery lorry on your driveway.”Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes, said: “We regret that Mr Whiteley remains concerned but we believe his fears are unfounded.”He said vehicles may have stopped outside Mr Whiteley’s property but would have been looking for a building site and not a private house.Bennett Homes had “gone to great lengths” to stop delivery lorries pulling up outside his property, changing delivery address details with suppliers to ensure clarity and offering to provide and pay for a directional sign, added Mr Parker. A man whose home bears the same name as a nearby development has complained after a series of attempted deliveries to his address, including 10,000 bricks, 20 tonnes of sand, a skip and two portable toilets.Michael Whiteley, 44, lives in a house called Woodlands in Norwich, while Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same road. He added: “It’s ended up being a bun fight. They’re stuck in the mud about it and we’re not going to change our name. “We’re the innocent party in all of this and we’re caught in the cross fire.”He also accused the East Anglian family firm of losing all “common sense” and insisted he would ended up in a “stand-off”with them. Bury St Edmunds-based Bennett Homes is building a 62-home development called Woodlands in the same roadCredit:Sam Russell/PA Wire Mr Whiteley said he was not prepared to change the name of his house as it pre-dated the new development, but said there was no law to stop the developer using the same name.He said he had refused an offer for the developer to erect a sign outside his property to direct traffic to the construction site as he felt it would be unsightly and was pressing for the firm to fund gates to prevent unwanted deliveries to his driveway.The database administrator said he had been at home to turn away the rogue deliveries on all but one occasion, when he arrived home to find a vehicle on his drive preparing to drop off a portable toilet.
In 2015 a planning inspector backed officials at Forest of Dean District Council who said he had to demolish the building. The building from the outsideCredit:SWNS.com Speaking in 2015 he said: “I’m doing this for my family, I’m not hurting anybody.”This is my family home, all my children and my grandchildren come to visit, it’s the place they all go.”Nobody really knows it’s there, if all this fuss hadn’t been kicked up nobody would know it was there.”I have spoken to all my neighbours and none are bothered, they have all written letters of support to the council.”But neighbours now say they are concerned that bulldozers will be unable to get to the complex because there were other buildings in the way. A spokesman for Forest of Dean District Council said: “There is an enforcement notice requiring the removal of unauthorised development at 24 Meendhurst Road, Cinderford.”Mr Wildin has until the 7th of July 2017 to comply with the notice which has been endorsed by a planning inspector.”Once the period for compliance with the notice has expired, Mr Wildin will be liable to further action, including prosecution in the courts for a breach of the notice.”Due to the possibility of legal action it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.” The complex was built in 2013 and Mr Wildin said he believed it was a “permitted development”Credit:SWNS.com 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. Andrew Buckmaster, who lives nearby, said that the development should have been stopped earlier.”I don’t think he will take it down. He is going to build a house in front of it, which he has planning permission for, so how will they be able to get back there and take it down?” he said. It’s a good idea to consider planning permission before building anything in your back garden – especially if it is a 10,000 sq ft leisure complex with a casino, cinema and bowling alley. A Gloucestershire accountant now has just weeks to demolish his project or face legal action after building his own private leisure centre without planning permission. The development built by Graham Wildin, 65, includes a a two-lane bowling alley, a 16 seat cinema, squash courts, private casino and bar.The development, which he says he built for his children and grandchildren, also has a 25ft tall three-storey doll’s house, a soft play area and indoor tennis and badminton courts.He refused to disclose how much it had cost. Mr Wildin faces having to demolish the leisure centreCredit: SWNS.com He was given two years to comply with the enforcement notice after the planning inspectorate ruled that the building is a “bulky structure”.They added it was “totally out of scale and proportion with the surrounding development”.But less than three months before time runs out there is no sign of any demolition work taking place and Mr Wildin is adamant that the leisure centre will remain standing.He said: “It’s not coming down. That is definite. The council have given notice at the end of which they will have to decide whether they are going to do anything or not, but there are a lot of legal issues involved.” Mr Wildin claims that when it was built in 2013, he made sure it “couldn’t be seen by anybody”. He spent more than a year building the luxury centre behind his house in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which he said he believed was a “permitted development” under planning rules. The accountant said that he dug out 9,000 tons of soil and constructed the building 18ft below ground level. He said: “If you look at the building from the street you can’t see it at all, you can maybe just see a fence. You’d have to be in a helicopter to see it.”I looked at the rules permitting development before I started, they are very generous rules.”But the grandfather-of-five has just weeks left to comply with a council enforcement notice instructing him to tear the building down – or face prosecution. Graham Wildin inside the leisure centre he has built for himself and his familyCredit:SWNS.com
The rats who drank fizzy drinks also showed signs of fat accumulating around their organs, a symptom of chronic obesity.Levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin were “significantly higher” after the rats had had a carbonated drink.Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the Mail on Sunday: “The Department of Health must now curb the use of any chemicals that impinge on health and that should include carbon dioxide if this effect is replicated in further studies.”Subsequent tests on human volunteers found that those who drank sparkling water at breakfast had ghrelin levels six times higher than those who had still water.Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the study was “bad science” because the outcomes for humans may not be the same as those for rats. “There is no body of scientific evidence that carbon dioxide contained in soft drinks – or even beer – causes increased hunger or obesity,” he said. The experiment used fizzy drinks 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. Fizzy water could be a cause of obesity, according to a new study. Academics at Birzeit University in the Palestinian West Bank found that rats who were given fizzy drinks including zero-calorie versions put on weight, while those who drank flat liquid did not. They said that the carbon dioxide in the drinks encouraged the rats to eat on average 20 per cent more.