We’re four days away from the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: NBA free agency. And with several of the league’s biggest superstars potentially on the move — at a time in which the race for the title seems as open as it’s been in years — we wanted to set the stage with the key questions players and teams alike will face as they prepare for their all-important meetings this weekend.Is Kyrie alone worth the trouble for Brooklyn?For months now, we’ve heard the speculation about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving potentially landing with the same club this summer. But now, with Irving seemingly keyed in on the Nets regardless of what Durant opts to do, Brooklyn could find itself in an interesting spot.The Nets are fresh off their first playoff appearance since 2015 and were aiming to make a splash in free agency in hopes of taking their talented young roster to the next level. But the prospect of doing that with just Irving — who is unmistakably talented but seemed to mystify his Boston teammates this past season — would carry some degree of risk given the wholesale change it would mark. In doing so, Brooklyn would almost certainly be moving on from All-Star D’Angelo Russell, who made a considerable jump with the Nets this past year.While Irving is far more efficient and a more bankable star, the 27-year-old has also proved to be unpredictable in terms of what he wants from one year to the next. Russell, meanwhile, is just 23, and while there’s still a gap between him and Irving in terms of ability, our CARMELO player projection model at FiveThirtyEight has Irving as one of Russell’s closest player comparisons. Making this a more complicated conversation is Brooklyn’s reputation as one of the NBA’s most analytically inclined organizations, while also being one that prides itself on building its roster carefully. The analytics and the fanfare point to signing Irving, while the most cautious step might be to keep Russell (and hope he keeps blossoming) if it can be done for less than a max-level contract. The complicating factor here, though, is that Russell is a restricted free agent, meaning that a club like the Suns or the Lakers could put the Nets in a scenario in which they’d be forced to match a high-dollar offer to keep him. In other words, keeping Russell could end up being an expensive exercise for Brooklyn either way, depending on the market.If Irving ends up signing with the Nets, I think a defense-heavy club like the Pacers would be the best fit for someone like Russell, who can score a ton but isn’t much of a defender. He would make more sense for Indiana than Ricky Rubio, who is solid on D but not enough of an offensive threat.Who will get Kevin Durant?Nearly every aspect of how free agency would play out changed the moment it was announced that Durant ruptured his Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. For a team like the Knicks — who seemed like the front-runner to land him — and obviously for Durant himself, everything got thrown into a tailspin.So what happens now, with the superstar likely to miss a lengthy amount of time rehabbing? While KD will have the ear of any organization he’s interested in — reports suggest that outside teams like the Nets and Clippers may be most in play here now — it seems Durant’s brutal injury and the Warriors’ loss in the NBA Finals makes it more likely for him to stay with the Warriors than before.The notion that Durant would go to the Knicks always stemmed from the belief that, by going there, he would want to resurrect a franchise that hadn’t been consistently successful in decades — a polar opposite scenario from the one he stepped into with Golden State. But now, for the first time in years, the Warriors will enter a season vulnerable, with everyone knowing how much value Durant carried. So there may not be a need anymore for KD to validate that by starting over elsewhere.In the aftermath of his injury, there’s still a lingering question of trust, given that Golden State officials mistakenly told Durant he couldn’t get any more hurt by coming back during the finals.1To be fair, the Warriors have argued this was a collaborative decision between the Warriors and outside experts, along with Durant and his team of folks. But as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, Durant has continued to have contact with Warriors’ officials, seemingly a promising sign for them as we head into free agency. And if there is enough of a trust there, it may help Durant to know whom he’ll be doing his rehab work with, as opposed to stepping into an entirely new situation with a new set of doctors and training staffers. It also doesn’t hurt that the Dubs can offer him a total of five years and a staggering $221 million, while other clubs can offer up to four years and $164 million.Durant’s choice may not affect who wins the title in 2020, since we don’t even know whether he’ll be back to compete next season. But his decision — both in how it impacts Golden State and the way the Warriors will handle fellow injured star Klay Thompson’s free agency — could play a seismic role for the future. Things get really interesting if he does opt to leave and another star player goes along with him.How should the Lakers use their cap space?There is plenty out there to suggest the Lakers, who already have LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the fold, are hoping to create the space necessary for a third max salary slot. Regardless of whether they get there, though, there’s an argument to be made that Los Angeles is better off splitting up its remaining cap space on multiple difference-makers instead of getting just one star.Of course, this depends on just how much of a star we’re talking about. If there is any indication that the Lakers can talk someone like Kawhi Leonard, or even a Jimmy Butler, into joining the mix, that’s a conversation worth having — particularly now, with the league wide open because of the long-term injuries to Durant and Thompson, who is scheduled to have surgery to repair his torn ACL this week. But star power on the level of Kemba Walker, for instance, doesn’t seem like it would be worth it.Yes, a player like Walker — who apparently will be courted by the Hornets, Celtics and Mavericks, according to a report — has unbelievable scoring ability, even when defenses are draped all over him. But aside from Walker’s issues on D, the Lakers don’t truly need another ball-dominant player. Instead, they would be wise to fill out the rest of the roster better than they did last season to make sure they have the necessary depth and balance around James, Davis and Kyle Kuzma.Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon would be an interesting option, though he’s restricted and could cost a lot depending on which teams pursue him. JJ Redick would be an ideal floor-spacer, and if he’s too pricey, a solid two-way veteran like Toronto’s Danny Green might come a bit cheaper. Depending on what someone like Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic goes for, he could be a great fit on both ends for the Lakers. And Pacers guard Darren Collison could be a perfectly fine signing, too.These aren’t the sorts of glitzy moves we’re used to hearing about when the Lakers have max or close-to-max space. But using that space to sign any two of these players looks more appealing than signing just one star who doesn’t make the club far better than it already appears to be.Which second-tier star shifts the balance most?Butler seems to be the line of demarcation as a game-changer this summer.We all watched him vault the Timberwolves into the playoffs the season before last and saw a number of moments in which he was integral to the Sixers this past year. Philadelphia will obviously prioritize keeping him, while the Rockets — desperately trying to pounce, with an aging Chris Paul and a hobbled Golden State — reportedly would love to negotiate a sign-and-trade for the 29-year-old.There still figure to be concerns around the way Butler will age, given the amount of minutes he’s racked up over the years — something we’ve written about before. But his ability to check off all the boxes — at a time in which the title is up for grabs and the Sixers were arguably a bounce or four away from beating the team that won it all — makes it seem as if Philadelphia will do what’s necessary to keep Butler, despite what it may cost in years and salary. (Keep in mind how much they gave up to get him, let alone Tobias Harris, who’s also a free agent and could end up walking.)There are a couple of other players of this caliber worth keeping an eye on, too. Despite his ACL tear, Thompson is the best shooter in the world not named Stephen Curry, and he will have suitors if the Warriors somehow don’t offer him a full max contract.2Though it’s hard to imagine that. If they lose Durant, you’d have to imagine they would want to keep Thompson because of his value to the franchise. And even if Durant stays, having Thompson in the fold would seemingly make them the favorites again once everyone is healthy in 2021. And Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton would fit any contender who needs a solid wing player that doesn’t dominate the ball.But since those two are widely expected to stay put, Butler — because of how many other teams will want to make a legitimate run at him and because of the risk involved with Philadelphia giving him a five-year contract — is arguably the most interesting free agent out there.Could Kawhi really leave Toronto?But what about arguably the best player in the world, who just led his team to a championship? How could he not be the most intriguing free agent right now?Leonard, who turns 28 this week, could obviously shift the balance for this coming season quicker than anyone by moving teams, as the Raptors would take a massive step back, and whichever club he joined would take a quantum leap forward. The truth is, no one knows what Kawhi — arguably the most enigmatic superstar the league has ever seen — will do. But it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he decided to run things back with Toronto on a two-year contract, with an opt-out after the first season of the deal.3Again, we have no clue what Leonard would prefer. He also could be against the idea of a short-term deal, given the quad injury that limited him to just nine games a season ago.Doing that would allow him a chance to defend his title with Toronto while also pressuring the Raptors to continue wooing him for yet another season, similar to the way LeBron did in Cleveland.The Clippers have been waiting almost a year now to make their pitch to Leonard, and they would ideally aim to pair him with another star. And other teams — the Knicks and Lakers, presumably — would love a chance to sell him on signing with them.We only truly know one thing in all this, as free agency approaches: The Raptors have done all they possibly could do to persuade Leonard to stay. And as much as it will sting Toronto fans if he opts to leave anyway, the ride to a championship, even if just for one year, was totally worth it.What will the Bucks do?Milwaukee has flown under the radar in the free-agent discussions because the Bucks almost certainly won’t be a contender for the biggest-name free agents. The reason for that: They’ve got a number of their own players they have to find ways to take care of.Middleton will be a top priority, and he figures to have a max deal headed his way. Brogdon could be a hot commodity as a restricted free agent. Brook Lopez earned himself a payday because of his ability to stretch defenses and protect the rim. And Nikola Mirotic, despite a brutal series against Toronto, will garner interest as a floor-spacing forward who defends better than he’s given credit for.The question for the Bucks, who had the league’s best record last season, is how much they can afford to spend without handcuffing themselves too much, too far into the future. Jon Horst, who won Executive of the Year this week, will want to maintain as much flexibility as possible to change things as necessary around league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. But with Antetokounmpo eligible for a supermax extension in a year, it would send the wrong message — and look cheap — to not offer Middleton, Giannis’s All-Star sidekick, a max contract.4The Bucks already signed Eric Bledsoe to a four-year, $70-million extension during the season.Assuming Milwaukee holds on to most of its own talent, the Bucks will be forced to bank on internal growth, not only from Giannis, but also from Brogdon, Middleton and Mike Budenholzer, who won Coach of the Year but made some questionable decisions down the stretch of the Toronto series.It’s crazy to think that a 60-win team — with the MVP, coach of the year and executive of the year — is a bit of an afterthought in free agency. But on some level, for Milwaukee, these next few weeks will be about playing defense as other clubs make a run at what looks like a wide-open bid for an NBA title. From ABC News:
Walk-on senior kicker Tyler Durbin reflects on Saturday’s game against Bowling Green at a presser inside of Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorEvery Ohio State football player has a different story about their journey to playing in Ohio Stadium, but few are as distinct as that of walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin. Durbin appeared in his first game for the Buckeyes last Saturday against Bowling Green and impressed OSU coach Urban Meyer.Listed as a senior, Durbin is in his second year with the team. Last season, the Burke, Virginia, native did not appear in a game, giving way to then-OSU kicker Jack Willoughby and current Buckeye junior Sean Nuernberger. In both 2012 and 2013, he was playing on the James Madison University soccer team.“I committed there my junior year of high school, not really knowing what I wanted to study,” Durbin said.Unfortunately for Durbin, who made the decision to study civil engineering after arriving on the Dukes’ campus, the program he seeked was not offered at the college he had signed with in high school.“They only had general engineering, they didn’t have any of the disciplines,” Durbin said. “After two years there, I decided to transfer.”During that same time, he also decided to pick up the art of kicking a football. He began practicing with his father at his former high school, trying to perfect the correct angles and motions to land him a chance to play with a top team in the nation.Durbin’s father recorded him doing kickoffs and field goals. During that time, Durbin said he worked with a man named Paul Woodside, who works for a kicking and punting training company called “Before U Kick.”Woodside is a former walk-on at West Virginia University, where he earned All-American status twice, as well as being inducted as a member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. Durbin learned to accurately and powerfully kick a football during his time with Woodside, and sent his tapes out to four colleges after leaving James Madison.Of the four universities Durbin sent tapes to — Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Ohio State — only the Buckeyes replied to the former centerback and expressed interest in his abilities.Kristin, Durbin’s wife, has connections to OSU. Her parents are both alumni of OSU and fans of the Buckeyes. Durbin’s in-laws and his now wife were pulling for the Buckeyes to reach out and extend an offer.Former OSU Director of High School Relations Greg Gillum did reach out to Durbin, and the wheels were set in motion for the former all-region soccer player to don the Scarlet and Gray.“(Gillum) emailed me and said he liked what he saw on the tape, so we scheduled a meeting and I came to campus,” Durbin said. “I came to campus and he called me back, I wanna say a month or two after that, and said they had an open spot on the team. They needed a kicker.”The first day for Durbin at OSU was a memorable day for all Buckeyes fans.“My first day on campus was the day the team won the national championship,” Durbin said. “I started workouts with the team a week after that.”OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke about the performance of Durbin during a Monday press conference following the blowout win of Bowling Green. In all, Durbin was able to secure an open field tackle, chase the returner out-of-bounds twice and make 11 extra points.An ongoing joke with the Buckeyes is Meyer not remembering the name of Durbin, since the first time the OSU coach saw his new kicker, he had no idea who Durbin was. Continuing the long-running joke, Meyer kept up the act on Monday.“I don’t know where the hell (Durbin) came from,” Meyer said. “He is really good.”Meyer was disappointed on the kick coverage the Buckeyes showed against the Falcons, but was quick to note the plays of Durbin that stood out. After the returner for Bowling Green had beat the first wave of defenders, Durbin was able to chase the ball carrier to the sideline, preventing a long return.Although transitioning from a different sport may seem challenging, Durbin said his soccer background propelled him into the OSU starting lineup.“It’s not too different. There’s little differences in technique,” Durbin said. “But, as I mentioned before, Paul Woodside. I worked with him a lot, and it was a pretty easy transition for me from soccer to football for me. I’ve always had a big leg and it came pretty naturally to me.”The big leg Durbin claims to have has given him quite a lot to brag about on the team. According to the senior, he made a 70-yard field goal with a little wind support behind him in practice.With praise from his coaches and his teammates, Durbin is shaping up to handle the kicking duties for the Buckeyes for the foreseeable future. Along his long journey from Burke to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Columbus, the former soccer defender is still trying to soak in the wild ride he has had in the last few years.“It’s crazy to me. None of this would have happened if God hadn’t put this opportunity in front of me,” Durbin said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity I’ve gotten here. It’s been the best experience of my life.”
The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (18-4) will be making its first NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance in program history. On Friday, the Buckeyes face No. 1-ranked University of Maryland (21-1), six-time NCAA Tournament champions. “Maryland’s a big opponent, traditionally a highly ranked team, winners almost every year of the national championship,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. The Buckeyes are the underdog heading into Friday’s game but are using it to their advantage. “I think it’s an advantage for us. Maryland might not see us as something that they have to worry about, but I think that we are going to give them a game for sure,” Cacciatore said. This isn’t OSU’s first daunting task during its tournament run. OSU beat Albany 2-1 in overtime in the first round. Freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque scored a goal with just 1:30 remaining in regulation. Ten minutes into the overtime period, Pastor-Pitarque scored again for the OSU victory. The second-round game against Syracuse ended in similar fashion for the Buckeyes. OSU trailed Syracuse 2-1 in the second half when junior midfielder Aisling Coyle tied the game for the Buckeyes, scoring off an assist from Pastor-Pitarque with 12:26 left in regulation. The game went into overtime, when Coyle scored the game-winning goal off a penalty shot. “Going into overtime both games to get to the Final Four, from behind, shows a lot about (the players’) character and commitment, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said. Even though it will be OSU’s first visit to the Final Four, Coyle said the experience the team has gained from the first two tournament games gives it confidence against Maryland. “We are relaxed about it. The girls that were playing the past weekend in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight had never even got to that stage before, so we have a lot of confidence and have fun when we play,” Coyle said. “We know that we can do this. We aren’t too worried about Maryland. They should be more worried about us even though we are the underdog.” OSU plays Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md.
The scoreboard at Bill Davis Stadium during a game between OSU and Akron March 18. OSU won, 6-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAs Bill Davis Stadium and Buckeye Field opened their doors for the first time this season, new video boards and sound systems for the 2014 campaign were unveiled.The change is a clear improvement over the old video boards, much to the delight of Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals. The team revealed its new toys for the first time March 14 in an 8-5 win against Siena.“It is a huge addition to the atmosphere of our ballpark,” Beals said after his team defeated Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday. “The umpire who was (at) third base today has been at our park for the last five years and I go out for the game and the sounds and the bells are playing for the bottom of the first inning and he is like, ‘Yeah it’s sweet.’”The old scoreboard, which was installed in 1997, was not capable of the color animation that is brought by the new and improved video board.The new baseball video board cost approximately $475,000, while the sound system cost $192,000, an OSU athletic spokesman told The Lantern, in an email. The video board at the softball field cost $400,000, while the board at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium cost approximately $600,000.Senior starting pitcher Greg Greve said the improvements have definitely made a difference, especially with the players.“Huge improvement, no doubt about it,” Greve said. “It pumps the boys up in the dugout … it brings a nice energy to the ballpark.”Not only was the video board revamped, the renovations included adding a new sound system which plays each player’s walk-up song as well as between inning music and, of course, the OSU fight song.“It is great to finally hear the music and not have to you know, sit out there during (batting practice) wondering what is playing,” Greve said. “It is really awesome.”Junior pitcher Ryan Riga, who leads the team in strikeouts, echoed his teammate’s excitement about the renovations.“It’s sweet,” Riga said. “The sound system is 10 times better … you get a more baseball vibe out of it.”The baseball team is 7-1 at home this season, while the softball team is 3-0.The scoreboard at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, which plays host to men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and track and field also received the same modifications.
For the first time ever, the city of Columbus is set to host the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four in 2018.The announcement was made Monday evening on ESPN2 after the women’s basketball committee visited Columbus in September.Columbus was up against Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and New Orleans in the bidding process. Each city was in the running to host the Final Four between 2017 and 2020, with Dallas getting 2017, Tampa Bay being awarded the 2019 tournament and New Orleans receiving the Final Four in 2020.Columbus has never hosted the women’s Final Four, but last hosted first round matchups at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in 2013.Tampa Bay is set to host the 2015 women’s Final Four.Bids to host the Final Four were due in May and the committees narrowed the list down to select finalists before visiting each of those cities earlier this fall.According to an NCAA release, any venue that wishes to host the women’s Final Four must have a seating capacity of at least 18,000. Nationwide Arena — the likely site for a Final Four in Columbus — has a capacity of 19,500 for basketball.A Greater Columbus Sports Commission release estimated in September that the women’s Final Four could generate $18-20 million in visitor spending and could attract 40,000 fans.
No. 6 Ohio State welcomes No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a showdown between two of the Big Ten’s top teams. Sports editor Colin Hass-Hill, assistant sports editor Edward Sutelan and sports director James King preview the much-anticipated matchup.
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State dropped four spots to No. 17 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll following Thursday’s 82-79 loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes’ first defeat in conference play this season.Last week, the Buckeyes came in at 13th in the poll. It was their highest placement since they were ranked 12th on Dec. 15, 2014.The Buckeyes (18-5, 9-1 Big Ten) are joined in the top 25 by three fellow Big Ten teams — No. 3 Purdue, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 24 Michigan. Ohio State beat Michigan State 80-64 at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 7 and took down Michigan 71-62 at home on Dec. 4. It will take on the Boilermakers on Feb. 7 and will head to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to face the Wolverines for the second time this season on Feb. 18.Ohio State will be back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Indiana at the Schottenstein Center..
OSU Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team took down Robert Morris 7-3 with a strong second-half rally Wednesday afternoon. The Buckeyes (5-5, 1-1 Big Ten) went on a 3-0 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to extend to a four-goal lead that proved too big for the Colonials (4-6) to overcome. A series of turnovers and fouls led to a slow start for both teams. Robert Morris junior defender Shannon Lynch put the first goal on the scoreboard following a foul on Ohio State 12 minutes into the first half.Buckeyes junior attack McKayla Conti tied the score at one with fewer than 15 minutes remaining in the game, and junior midfielder Baley Parrott followed up with a free-position goal to give Ohio State the lead before just before the end of the first half. “We weren’t moving the ball that well in the first half,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. “I thought our decision making was a little poor so we changed our set up a little bit [and] attacked from up top.” After a near 15-minute scoring drought in the second half after Ohio State’s early second-half run of three straight goals, the Colonials inched closer with a goal by junior attack Kerri Sayrafe. Robert Morris’ final push to close the gap was not enough, and a goal by Parrot with fewer than three minutes remaining secured the game for the Buckeyes. “I’m really proud of our team. We stepped up,” Venechanos said. “We didn’t like our start of the game, but I thought our defense definitely held the fort tight for us.”Parrot led the team with three goals and now leads the team with 28 goals. Ohio State sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had 13 saves and gave up a season-low three goals. The Buckeyes will turn their attention back to conference play and look to keep the momentum going when they face No. 6 Penn State at noon Saturday.
Three men are seen on the CCTV at the junction of Marcella Road and Serenaders Road at around 7pm on Thursday May 12.A man in a white shirt, upon realising one of the suspects has a shotgun, runs and dives behind a parked car before sprinting away.Moments later, the gunman appears to shoot the weapon over a wall and then takes a bicycle and flees the scene, followed by his two accomplices along Ferry Mews, in the direction of Brixton Road.Detectives from the Met’s Trident unit have released the footage in an appeal to identify the men, who are sought in connection with the attempted murder. Detective Constable Jo Ross, from Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “The 21-year-old victim was fortunate to recover from what were potentially life-threatening injuries at the time of the incident.”Other passers-by were threatened by having a shotgun pointed at them – these are dangerous people.”We are keen for the public to give us any information in relation to this appeal, who witnessed the incident or who recognises the suspects. It happened in broad daylight and in an area full of schoolchildren.”The gunman is described as a black man in his 20s, of medium build and seen with a dark coloured bag over his shoulder and wearing black and white gloves.His accomplices are both said to be black men in their 20s.One was wearing a dark top with a large Franklin and Marshall logo on the front, a fur-lined hat and dark grey bandana and the other wore a dark hooded top, black gloves and a baseball cap with a white mark on the peak. Three men stand on a street corner with a shotgunCredit:MET Police Police are appealing for any information Credit:MET Police A gunman is caught on CCTV waving a shotgun at passers-by moments after blasting a man in the chest in a residential street.The suspect, wearing a dark blue hooded top and a black bandana over his face, can be seen taking the sawn-off shotgun from an accomplice before roaming around and shooting at bystanders.A 21-year-old man was found shot in the chest and windpipe and a 16-year-old schoolboy suffered a minor gunshot wound to his arm, the Metropolitan Police said.The older victim suffered a punctured lung and serious damage to his windpipe but made a full recovery after undergoing immediate surgery at a London hospital. 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 mother of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was visibly distraught as family members were joined by scores of other people for prayers at a Huddersfield mosque.Safia Bano had to be supported by relatives as the coffin with her son’s body was carried out of the Masjid Bilal in Huddersfield before a burial at a nearby cemetery. Around 100 protesters took to the streets to express their feelings about the police shooting of Mohammed Yassar YaqubCredit: Telegraph and Argus / SWNS.com Sofia Yaqub, the mother of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, is comforted at Masjid Bilal, Huddersfield, where prayers are being held ahead of his funeralCredit:Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire Mr Yaqub’s coffin was carried into and out of the service through the men’s entrance and mourners embraced as they paid their respects.Banners have been placed at the scene of the shooting by campaigners criticising the police actions. Earlier this week, Mr Yaqub’s father, Mohammed, told Sky News: “I don’t feel like he was a risk at all. I believe he was a target and it was a pre-planned assassination.”The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death and said none of the officers involved were using body-worn video cameras during the stopping of the white Audi in which Mr Yaqub was travelling.Moshin Amin, of Dewsbury, appeared before magistrates in Leeds charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a sound moderator and possession of ammunition.Two men, aged 37 and 26, who were also arrested on Monday evening, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries. The coffin of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub is carried towards Masjid Bilal Huddersfield where prayers were heldCredit: Anna Gowthorpe / PA Wire Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 28, died during a police operationCredit: Mr Dalby said the vehicles were stopped at 6.10pm on Monday and Mr Yaqub was pronounced dead at 6.47pm. He was first identified with his fingerprints and then later by his sister.A post-mortem examination revealed he died from gunshot wounds to the chest, the inquest heard.In 2010, Mr Yaqub was cleared of attempted murder and a firearms offence after it was alleged that he opened fire on a car in Birkby Hall Road, Huddersfield.Coroner Mr Fleming described his death as “very sad” and adjourned the case until March.At the same time as the funeral and the inquest opening were taking place, a 30-year-old man, Moshin Amin, was remanded in custody by magistrates in Leeds after he was arrested as part of the same police operation on Monday. Bradford coroner Martin Fleming was told how Mr Yaqub was in an Audi car which was brought to a “hard stop” by four unmarked police cars along with a Volkswagen Scirocco.Coroner’s officer Chris Dalby said one of the police cars, a Mercedes, collided with the Audi during the stop as it cut in front of the vehicle. At the same time, a coroner in Bradford heard brief details of how father-of-two Mr Yaqub, 28, described as an office clerk, was shot by a police officer “in the execution of his duty” on a slip road of the M62 near Huddersfield on Monday evening. The funeral service in Huddersfield was attended by too many people fit in the mosque and there were emotional scenes in the street outside. The funeral took place at the Masjid Bilal mosque in HuddersfieldCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 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. Mr Dalby told the three-minute hearing: “During the incident, an officer discharged a firearm in the execution of his duty, with the shots going through the windscreen of the Audi.”He said a firearm was found in the front passenger footwell of the vehicle. Forensics officers inspect the sceneCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images