10 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be back

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: I’ve contacted Mourinho. He’ll be backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri expects Jose Mourinho to bounce back from his sacking at Manchester United.Ranieri revealed he has been in touch with the Portuguese coach to pass on his support.He said: “I sent a message with him. We are very friendly. I think a man like Mourinho has to come back soon, so too Antonio Conte. These managers are the heart of football. They win in every country. It’s good for all the managers to see them on the pitch.”Mourinho famously wore a tracksuit furnished with Ranieri’s initials after the Italian coach was dismissed by Leicester less than a year after winning the Premier League title with the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd legend van Nistelrooy: I shouted at Ferguson & then made reconciliation

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend van Nistelrooy: I shouted at Ferguson & then made reconciliationby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuud van Nistelrooy says he still regrets leaving Manchester United in controversial fashion 13 years ago. The Dutchman enjoyed great success at Old Trafford, before a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson resulted in him joining Real Madrid in 2006.And the striker admitted he took the first steps to mend their broken relationship.”It was very harsh, both ways,” he told Eleven Sports.”Especially after five years of having such a strong bond. I learned so much from him, and in all modesty: he from me too.”And yet the end was ruthless.”He added: “It was me who took the first step to make it okay again. I called him. A few times a year I felt bad about what I had done to him and the names I called him when he kept me on the bench the entire match in the League Cup final in Cardiff. In a blind rage I shouted at him.”I called him something. I called him a number of things in a blind rage. Cocky and stubborn as I was, I couldn’t snap out of that for some time after. That’s how it all crashed.”It was just really disrespectful, there were lots of other people there. It wasn’t all that outrageous in terms of words but it was completely out of order. Not done.”I wasn’t proud of it, still am not.” last_img read more

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a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lotby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores fears for his players after their 8-0 thrashing by Manchester City.He apologised numerous times to the club’s supporters following the thumping loss, but claims that the nature of the performance makes his position as coach more difficult.”We know how tough is the Premier League and every single match,” said Sanchez Flores.”When we accepted the invitation of the club to come here, to lead the team, we knew we were going to play against Arsenal and we were going to play against Manchester City.”It’s not about the margin you have when you come or not. Pep said yesterday in his press conference we know it’s not about you as a coach, it’s about the results.”So, of course, the result today it damages a lot myself, but one week ago, the results supported me. “We can see more than one week, we can see longer than one next match. It’s like this, so we need to live with this kind of consequence. It’s like this, it’s our work.”First we have to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the team and it was very difficult to be on the pitch today.”After 30 seconds we realised it would be very tough and then after 15 minutes it was impossible to play like this.” last_img read more

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Video: Purdue Quarterback Austin Appleby Wrecks Marshall Defender With Stiff Arm, Throws Touchdown

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Things did not start off well for Purdue, in the season opener against Marshall. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Austin Appleby was picked off by Thundering Herd safety Tiquan Lang, who returned it for a touchdown. Appleby has rebounded well, and is now 10-for-13 for 94 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring throw, Appleby managed to deliver the ball after wrecking lineman Blake Keller with a stiff arm. Saturday Tradition captured the play on video.Austin Appleby says, “Get off me, human.” pic.twitter.com/0vUlZnbF4B— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) September 6, 2015Keller’s going to be seeing that one during film review. Marshall leads Purdue 17-14 to start the second quarter.last_img read more

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City’s second-half salvo sinks Huddersfield

first_imgManchester City went past 100 goals for the season and closed back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.Danilo’s deflected long-range effort brought up that landmark, achieved across all competitions, after 18 minutes but Pep Guardiola’s side were some way from their fluent best during the first half.Raheem Sterling headed home the crucial second early in the 54th minute before fellow winger Leroy Sane got in on the act, puncturing a buoyant Huddersfield crowd that came to celebrate David Wagner’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Caretaker boss Mark Hudson stepped in after Wagner’s departure this week and oversaw a battling display, albeit from a team 10 points from safety at the foot of the table.Sergio Aguero prodded wide in the third minute after exchanging passes with Sterling, whose strong penalty claims fell on deaf ears when he was brought down by Terence Kongolo.City were unlucky on that occasion, but their opening goal came with a slice of fortune as Danilo’s speculative drive spun off Christopher Schindler and beyond the helpless Jonas Lossl.Ilkay Gundogan went close to doubling the visitors’ lead as the end of a scrappy opening 45 minutes approached.The Germany midfielder was involved in the move that put the game beyond Huddersfield as Sane stayed just onside to collect Kevin De Bruyne’s pass for Sterling to head home.8 – Since the start of last season, Leroy Sané has both scored and assisted in eight @premierleague games for Manchester City, at least three more times than any other player at the club (Sterling and Agüero 5). Spectrum. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/xdYnBcAwpQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019Sane went from provider to scorer two minutes later as he darted on to Aguero’s clever knock down and dispatched a bouncing ball past Lossl.City substitute Bernardo Silva was denied by Lossl before lively Huddersfield replacement Steve Mounie blazed his side’s best chance wide in the final action of the contest.What does it mean? City have appetite for the chaseSince back-to-back defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace handed Liverpool the title initiative last month, Guardiola’s men have won six consecutive games in all competitions, scoring 22 unanswered goals in their past four. That untimely wobble is receding from view and, with the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne and David Silva all working back towards full match sharpness, there should be more to come.Sterling relishes a hostile battleAndre Marriner’s decision not to award Manchester City’s right winger a penalty early on truly beggared belief. Sterling had already been bizarrely singled out for boos by a section of the home faithful, but he seems to revel in making a mockery of such nonsense nowadays. Having scored a late winner at the John Smith’s Stadium last season, the England star again produced the game-breaking contribution.Lowe fails to keep the high lineIt seems harsh to single out any of Huddersfield’s tireless defensive unit after their efforts ended without reward. However, it must have been galling for the collective to see Chris Lowe’s concentration waver and play Sane fractionally onside for Sterling’s goal. It was a yard of space the Town left-back could scarcely afford to give to his countryman.Key Opta facts- Sane has had a hand in 20 goals in his past 17 Premier League starts, with eight of his own alongside 12 assists.- Huddersfield have won none of the 34 Premier League games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (D3 L31), losing all 14 at home when conceding first.- Sterling’s two most recent Premier League goals have been headers – only one of his first 57 in the competition came via his head.- Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have failed to score in 32 Premier League matches – nine more than any other side.- Sane and Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more often are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals).6 – Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals). Repetition. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/0GcE4DSP2R— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019What’s next?City head to Burton Albion in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, just the nine goals to the good. Huddersfield scored only have 13 in the Premier League all season and must look to add to that meagre tally when they host Everton in nine days. read morelast_img read more

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Antjuan Simmons, 4-Star Ohio State Commit From Ann Arbor, Jokes That He “Might Not Make It Through The Week Alive”

first_imgAntjuan Simmons joked on Twitter.Twitter/@_antjuan_Antjuan Simmons lives in Ann Arbor, but he is committed to Ohio State football. The linebacker joked on Twitter that he’s worried about his safety ahead of next weekend’s edition of The Game.Simmons, a four-star outside linebacker who committed to the Buckeyes back in March, took to Twitter at the start of this rivalry week to crack a joke about his personal safety in Ann Arbor as a future member of Ohio State football.He’s fully committed, as well, refusing to use any letter ‘m’s, even the two in his last name.I’❌ the only Buckeye in Ann Arbor… Can I get a prayer or so… I ❌ight not ❌ake it through the week alive?? #rivalweek #stuckinahardplace— Antjuan Si❌❌ons (@_antjuan_) November 20, 2016Simmons chose Ohio State over his hometown Wolverines, as well as a number of other top programs, including Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Tennessee. He took a visit to Michigan State last weekend, alarming some Ohio State fans, but tweeted a Buckeye graphic afterwards. He seems pretty solid to Urban Meyer’s program.last_img read more

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Watch: North Texas Running Back Projectile Vomits On The Field

first_imgA North Texas running back barfs on the field.@adamhambrick/TwitterA North Texas running back lost his lunch all on the field.One North Texas running back left it all on the field in the first half. Literally.Late in the first half, with the Mean Green trailing Army, 24-14, the running back, Jeffrey Wilson, projectile vomited on the field. The North Texas quarterback was so surprised that he missed the snap, and had to chase it down.North Texas offensive coordinator pulling out all the stops today. The ole vomit distraction play works every time pic.twitter.com/8vvkrUI3fY— Adam Hambrick (@adamhambrick) December 27, 2016The running back actually vomited on two consecutive plays, but remained in the game. North Texas went on to score a touchdown on the drive, cutting Army’s lead to just three points before the half.Army leads the Heart of Dallas Bowl by a score of 24-21 early in the second half.[UPROXX]last_img read more

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Fabregas: Sarri was under too much pressure to use Hudson-Odoi

first_imgChelsea were fighting to keep hold of Callum Hudson-Odoi in the January transfer window after Maurizio Sarri struggled to offer chances to the ambitious youngsters but Cesc Fabregas says pressure at the club held him back.The 18-year-old winger went onto win regular game time in the Premier League but only after a protracted transfer saga with Bayern Munich, whose £35 million offer led to Hudson-Odoi personally handing in a transfer request to his club.Sarri was then dismayed as he saw Hudson-Odoi rupture his Achilles tendon after four consecutive league starts which included an away trip to Liverpool. Fabregas thinks that Chelsea’s manager was under too much pressure to play the youngster as he looked close to being sacked during various points last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It is difficult because, from a manager’s point of view, you are fighting for your job every day,” Fabregas told Goal about Sarri’s use of Hudson-Odoi last season. “In football today, you could lose two games and be sacked the next day.”That’s why coaches are sometimes hesitant to make changes or trust someone who doesn’t have the experience or is too young. They can look good in training but then in a game situation, they could freeze or make a mistake.”The mistake could be in their head in the future if they aren’t strong enough. I don’t blame coaches too much. I know it is very difficult. Callum has taken it all very well. He kept working, he took it with a smile on his face and in the end, Sarri and the whole world knew he deserved to play.”Fabregas has been a supporter of Hudson-Odoi since he broke through and assisted him for his first ever goal at his boyhood club in the Europa League match against PAOK.Both players will get Europa League medals despite Fabregas having joined Monaco, while Hudson-Odoi watched the match on TV as he continues his recovery from his long-term injury.Fabregas recalls first seeing Hudson-Odoi break through with the club, and he says that he knew that he was witnessing something special.’Who gave you your first ever goal for Chelsea?’ 😂@cesc4official on hand with another assist tonight! 🎯 #CFCvPAOK pic.twitter.com/HsFOzr16IZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 29, 2018″He is a good boy who is full of confidence,” he added about Hudson-Odoi. “I remember this first training session that we did with Antonio Conte. We did 11 against zero. Just to do a little bit of play and finishing. His finishing was superb.”I thought, I have never seen this kid before but actually he has something about him. It was very early and only the first day but you could definitely see something. Then the more he trained with us you could see that he was getting more confident. He was taking people on in training and he was not afraid.”You could see that he had a lot of potential. Slowly, slowly he grew up. He played a little bit more and in the end, there was nothing else that Sarri could do but play him. Very well deserved and it is a little bit the same for Ruben [Loftus-Cheek]. It is unfortunate that they both missed the final.”Cesc Fabregas was speaking on behalf of Amstel, Official Partners of the UEFA Europa League. For more information please visit amstelbier.co.uklast_img read more

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Best England team yet? Lionesses must show it against Norway

first_imgForty-five minutes into England’s Women’s World Cup campaign, there was a fear the Lionesses could peak too early.A dream first-half performance against Scotland in their Group D opener ended with the scoreline reading 2-0 in their favour, with the flicks and tricks coming out much earlier than anticipated.However, the following 45 minutes would quash any of those fears.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? England’s performance dropped, Scotland came back into the game, pulled a goal back and threatened to claim a point.Phil Neville’s side are now four games into their campaign, with four wins to their name and a quarter-final clash with Norway next in line.But none of those wins have been particularly convincing.After their 2-1 success over Scotland, a 1-0 win against Argentina did the job and a 2-0 victory over Japan saw them finish the group stage with nine points, the display similar to that in their first game.Stylish, energetic and very comfortable for 60 minutes, before wilting and threatening to cave in the final 30 minutes. It’s a theme that continued in the last-16 victory over Cameroon.“The great thing about where we are, three matches and three victories into the World Cup, is that there is much more still to come,” Lucy Bronze wrote in her column for the Metro before that game.“Just because we’ve not been at our best yet is no reason for concern. I remember watching the USA at the last World Cup and thinking, ‘they’re not really firing’.Emslie Scotland 2019“But they went on to be unstoppable, so you don’t want to exceed your potential too early in a tournament.”England, in a way, are victims of their own success.The exciting displays – in wins over Japan and Brazil, and a 2-2 draw with the USA – that helped them claim the 2019 SheBelieves Cup back in March set the bar high.The emphasis on wanting to play good football puts Neville’s team further under the microscope, but the findings will be that this team have shown in glimpses what they are capable of.“We do just need our game management to be better over the 90 minutes,” Faye White, who won 90 caps for England, said.“I think we’ve shown that we can take chances and make chances, but it is just about being solid defensively when we are challenged more.“There’s been some good performances, certainly first half against Scotland and even Argentina, but we’ve lost our way a little bit when teams have stepped up and started to fight back.”That needs to change for their next outing. Norway are their toughest opponent yet and, with the USA or France waiting on the other side, scraping a win would not be the best practice for such a heavyweight challenge.“In terms of system, physicality and technically, they tick every box,” Neville said.“They have a spirit, togetherness and tactical system that is hard to play against.”England SheBelieves Cup 2019That combination helped them edge out Australia on penalties in the last 16, after beating South Korea and Nigeria in the groups and giving France a run for their money in a 2-1 defeat.But England are more than confident that they can raise their game to the level needed for a World Cup quarter-final.“We’re in a fantastic place,” said goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.“We’ve never had more belief than we do today. We are the most prepared team, the most resilient team, we know our strengths inside and out and have gained and gathered momentum.“This is by far the best team I’ve been a part of in my England career.”Technically speaking, the best England team so far was the one Bardsley helped finish third at the World Cup four years ago – but this team is certainly capable of surpassing that achievement.Capable, however, is the key word.“I’m very excited because we haven’t met our full potential yet and we have a very good chance of doing that [against Norway],” Bardsley added.England may not have to be at their very best to beat Norway, a team that were wasteful against Australia and should have beaten them comfortably with the amount of chances they had in Nice.But they will have to be better than they have been so far – and for the full 90 minutes, too.last_img read more

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Brett McMurphy’s New Tweet About Ohio State Fans Is Going Viral

first_imgBrett McMurphy speaking back when he worked at ESPN.Back in 2011, Kirk Herbstreit famously moved from Columbus, Ohio to Nashville, due in part to a “vocal minority of relentless” Ohio State fans. Amid his reporting into the program, Brett McMurphy sympathizes with Herbstreit.Of course, McMurphy does not live in Columbus. However, social media has come a long way since 2011.Intentionally or not, McMurphy became a big part of the Urban Meyer, Zach Smith story. As a free agent, he broke the story open while running out the clock on his ESPN contract, by posting directly to his Facebook author page.Without the coverage of a giant company like ESPN behind him, McMurphy has taken the brunt of Buckeye fans’ focus amid this month-long process.Last night, after 12 hours of deliberations by the Ohio State Board of Trustees, Urban Meyer was suspended for three games.He will miss the Buckeyes’ season opener against Oregon State, as well as games against Rutgers and TCU. He will be permitted to coach the team in practice starting Sept. 2, however.Moments ago, McMurphy chimed in on Twitter, revealing how Ohio State fans have treated him during the process.Now I understand why @KirkHerbstreit moved to Nashville— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 23, 2018Herbstreit, a former Buckeye quarterback, had this to say when asked about the move seven years ago. From the The Columbus Dispatch:“Nobody loves Ohio State more than me,” said Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback. “I still have a picture of Woody Hayes and my dad (Jim, a former OSU player) in my office, and nobody will do more than I do for the university behind the scenes. But I’ve got a job to do, and I’m going to continue to be fair and objective. To continue to have to defend myself and my family in regards to my love and devotion to Ohio State is unfair.”[…]“From a sports perspective, this is rough,” he said. “I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don’t like moving. I love living here. I don’t want to leave. But I just can’t do this anymore. I really can’t keep going like this.“Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It’s the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless.”Unfortunately, it is unsurprising that McMurphy has experienced some of the same things that forced Herbstreit out of his home state. It isn’t an Ohio State-centric problem either. Rabid fan bases are among the things that make college football great, but there is definitely an ugly side to them as well, and it is often exposed with scandals like what we’ve seen at Ohio State this summer.last_img read more

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Legendary College Football Fan Dies In Car Accident

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.An iconic college football fan and caller into The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network has tragically passed away.Tammy Renae Bullard, an Auburn football fanatic and frequent caller into the national radio show, was killed in an auto accident on an Alabama highway on Friday. Bullard’s 3-year-old granddaughter also passed away.AL.com had the tragic details:Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell said the driver of a commercial vehicle carrying some kind of explosive material was traveling eastbound when he possibly blew a tire and the truck overturned on its side.It then veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane and collided with an SUV carrying the woman and the child. Both have been confirmed dead. The truck driver was flown to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center.Harrell said authorities evacuated all businesses and homes within a one-mile radius because of the unknown hazardous material. Emergency crews remained on the scene for several hours.Finebaum took to Twitter to pay his respects.“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news our friend and loyal Auburn fan Tammy has died,” he announced.It is with a heavy heart that we share the news our friend and loyal Auburn fan Tammy has died. #RIPTammy pic.twitter.com/ZdDCZPFJwX— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 16, 2018Rest in peace, Tammy.last_img read more

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Star Ohio State Player Reacts To College Football Playoff Snub

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State, unsurprisingly, will not be playing in the College Football Playoff this year. The Buckeyes ended up being ranked No. 6 in the selection committee’s final rankings.This year’s College Football Playoff will be:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaGeorgia came in ranked No. 5 and Ohio State came in ranked No. 6.Standout Ohio State defensive back Jeffrey Okudah reacted to the news on Twitter:pic.twitter.com/PhlS09cK4r— Jeff Okudah III (@jokudah_) December 2, 2018Former star Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones reacted on Twitter, too. He’s not happy:??‍♂️— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) December 2, 2018Ohio State has a decent consolation prize, at least.The Buckeyes are set to take on Washington in the Rose Bowl. That should be a fun one.last_img read more

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Syracuse Will Take On West Virginia In The Camping World Bowl

first_imgEric Dungey throws a pass for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange passes the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Connecticut 51-21. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Syracuse, after a resurgent 9-3 season, will be playing in its first bowl game since 2013. The Orange will be facing a familiar opponent.The ACC announced Sunday afternoon that Syracuse will be playing against West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl down in Orlando on December 28.Syracuse was probably the second-best team in the ACC this year – behind Clemson. The Orange beat NC State and Boston College but lost to Pittsburgh.West Virginia, meanwhile, was probably the third-best team in the Big 12 this past season – behind Oklahoma and Texas.BREAKING: Orlando’s going Orange! The @CWBowl selects No. 20 Syracuse Football and No. 16 West Virginia for its December 28th bowl game.The Orange are officially going bowling for the first time since 2013! ?? pic.twitter.com/EdS19Nubo9— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) December 2, 2018Syracuse and West Virginia are former Big East rivals, so this should be a fun one.The Orange will be looking for their 10th win of the season. West Virginia will be looking for its ninth victory.The rest of the bowl matchups are being revealed on ESPN this afternoon.last_img read more

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Ohio State Fans Aren’t Happy With This Heisman Graphic

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Heisman Trophy will be presented to one of three incredible college quarterbacks. All three quarterbacks would likely win the Heisman in any other season given what they did on the field this year, but that’s not the case.Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins completed three of the best seasons we’ve seen in recent memory. However, all of the build-up to tonight’s ceremony has highlighted only two of the finalists.Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray are seen as the front-runners for the award and it seems everyone has forgotten about Haskins.NBC Sports released a graphic showing on Tua and Kyler vying for the Heisman. Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell – and Ohio State fans everywhere – are unhappy with that.“This is disrespectful,” Martell said on Twitter.this is disrespectful… https://t.co/3yE966lfbr— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) December 8, 2018Martell then proceeded to make the case that the Heisman should go to his teammate, rather than the other two finalists. He made a solid case.since the media doesn’t want to make a case for dwayne then i guess i have to… ??‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/L5uvJwqYU3— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) December 8, 2018The Heisman Trophy ceremony kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

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Super Bowl QB Told Justin Fields Not To Go To Georgia

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After a freshman season at Georgia that ended with only limited snaps, five-star quarterback Justin Fields ultimately transferred to Ohio State. While many fans and pundits were confused as to why he would leave the program after just one year, a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback claims he saw the writing on the wall early.In an interview with DawgNation on Monday, former Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer said he was not surprised that it didn’t work out for Fields at Georgia and revealed that he even warned Fields against going there.“I was probably the only guy that wasn’t surprised. I told him it wasn’t a good move to go there,” Dilfer said. “He’s a unique talent, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But these kids when they’re in high school think they’re just going to go in and beat the stud in front of him. And Jake’s a great player.”Dilfer explained that the Bulldogs were never going to rotate star quarterback Jake Fromm out often enough for Fields to develop.“The dual thing was never going to work with them rotating between quarterbacks,” Dilfer said. “And Jake, because of his command of the offense and the success he had as a freshman, to me, I just didn’t think it was a good move.”Fields’ freshman season ended with 328 passing yards and four touchdowns, with another 266 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.Fromm, on the other hand, started for the Bulldogs in all 14 of their games, completing 67.4-percent of his passes for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns.After the season, Fields announced his transfer to Ohio State.It is still unclear if Fields will be eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2019.However, with the recent transfer of Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell to Miami, Fields certainly has a better chance of winning the starting job if he is granted eligibility.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Thinks The “Hottest” Rivalry In The SEC Is Georgia vs. Florida

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The Georgia vs. Florida football rivalry is one of the best – and most evenly match – in the country. According to Paul Finebaum, it’s also the “hottest” in the SEC right now.Finebaum sat down for an interview with DawgNation this week and stated that he believes the current rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Gators is the best in the league. He thinks that Florida believes it’s close to Georgia, while Bulldogs fans think they’re crazy.Here’s the quote, via Mike Griffith:“I believe right now, based on what I’ve heard, based one what I do every day listening to callers, I believe it’s the hottest rivalry in the SEC right now,” Finebaum told DawgNation in an exclusive interview at the SEC Spring Meetings last week.“I think there’s a sense at Florida that they are gaining and literally breathing down Georgia’s neck, that’s been promoted by Dan Mullen, and I’ve heard it,” he said. “Georgia fans are like, ‘are you kidding me?’The past two years have seen blowout victories for Georgia. The Bulldogs took care of business 42-7 in 2017 and 36-17 in 2018. Overall, the Bulldogs lead the series as well – either 51-43-2 or 52-43-2, depending upon which side you ask. In theory, the Bulldogs should be favored again in 2019. The program came a few plays away from qualifying for the College Football Playoff a year ago in a close loss to Alabama. They’ve also been recruiting at a high level.Regardless, this year’s game should have some extra juice. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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Photo: Look Who’s On Penn State’s Campus This Weekend

first_img Franklin did seem rather impressed with Fleming at the camp, so perhaps he’ll stay in touch with the five-star wideout until he officially signs with the Buckeyes.Check it out:Five-star WR Julian Fleming in back at Penn State today for 7-on-7 competition.James Franklin is a very interested member of the crowd.https://t.co/RtxJepLkum pic.twitter.com/NhdFT8W4Yt— Lions247 (@Lions247) June 15, 2019 While Penn State would love to have Fleming flip his decision in the near future, there is no indication that it’ll happen.Fleming, the top wide receiver in his class, has 31 scholarship offers thus far. Unfortunately for Penn State, he did say that he was looking to end his recruitment process when he committed to Ohio State.The Nittany Lions have the No. 23 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports. As for their biggest rival, the Buckeyes have the top recruiting class in the Big Ten. Penn State players locking arms.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 08: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on October 8, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Penn State is hosting a few on-campus events this weekend, which includes a seven-on-seven competition for high school recruits.James Franklin and the coaching staff will most likely scout each player, but they’ll probably keep a closer eye on one in particular.It turns out that five-star recruit Julian Fleming is at Penn State to partake in this weekend’s football camp. The Pennsylvania native recently announced his commitment to Ohio State.Practicing at the Nittany Lions’ facility doesn’t mean Fleming will change his decision. However, it might keep fans on edge in Columbus.last_img read more

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I’m the happiest person on earth right now: Tsitsipas after knocking out Federer

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 18:37 IST Stefanos Tsitsipas fended off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStefanos Tsitsipas defeated Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the fourth round at the Australian OpenTsitsipas became the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand SlamTsitsipas will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic in five setsAfter knocking out Roger Federer in the fourth round at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas called himself the “happiest person” on earth right now. Tsitsipas off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday.The victory helped Tsitsipas become the the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major.”There’s nothing I can describe. I am the happiest man on earth right now, I can’t describe it,” Tsitsipas said after the match.”I’m the happiest man on earth right now.”@StefTsitsipas #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/yakpYsfQAX#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″Roger is a legend of our sport, so much of respect for him. He showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idiolising him since the age of 6 and it was just a dream come true being on Rod Laver Arena facing him. Winning at the end, I cannot describe it,” he said..@StefTsitsipas has been idolising Roger Federer since the age of six.At 20-years-old, he’s speechless #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/VOe2cfhzP0#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″It was a dream for me come true just being on Rod Laver Arena.”@StefTsitsipas applauds the @RodLaverArena crowd #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/EEzWDsCP04#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019The 37-year-old Federer had a set point in 10th game of the second for a 2-0 lead but Tsitsipas saved it with a service winner.Yes, you @StefTsitsipas!You’re into the #AusOpen quarterfinals pic.twitter.com/n9FJwedn0O#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019There’s no denying a brother’s emotion @StefTsitsipas #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/h8PPZN32SAadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Federer won the last two Australian titles and has six overall at Melbourne Park, a record he shares with top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.”I do believe that coming to the net and being aggressive, taking the ball early, we have to keep it going. Most of the players in this era of the sport are baseliners and I really like this aggressive game coming to the net, serve and volleying from time to time. That keeps the game alive and makes it much more interesting I think,” he told John McEnroe in the on-court interview.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ttj97ebHDI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic in five sets to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Bautista Agut had lost in the fourth round nine times at Slams.@StefTsitsipas#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/NKVGc8BbKc#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019(With inputs from AP)For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Roger FedererFollow Australian Open Next I’m the happiest person on earth right now: Tsitsipas after knocking out FedererAustralian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas fended off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. The victory helped Tsitsipas become the the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major.advertisementlast_img read more

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I remembered his eyes: Petra Kvitova tells court of intruder in knife attack

first_img Reuters PragueFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 18:06 IST Petra Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries in December 2016 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA knife-wielding intruder attacked Petra Kvitova in December 2016Kvitova suffered severe wounds to her playing left hand, keeping her out of tennis for almost 18 months”All the fingers on my left hand had been cut, and the nerves in my thumb and index finger severed,” Kvitova saidTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court on Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leaving blood everywhere, during an attack at her home in December 2016.Kvitova suffered severe wounds to her playing left hand as she struggled with the knife-wielding intruder. She returned to professional tennis in May 2017, crowning her comeback 18 months later with her first final appearance at 2019 Australian Open.Giving testimony in the trial of a 33-year-old man charged with her assault, Kvitova said she had felt no pain when the 10-inch blade cut into her hand.To avoid direct confrontation with the suspect during the trial, Kvitova sat in a separate room at the Brno regional courthouse, giving a detailed account via microphone and camera of how the man entered her apartment and then attacked her.The man had rung her doorbell at 8:30 a.m. posing as a workman come to inspect the hot water system in the flat, the Czech news website www.idnes.cz quoted her as saying.”He asked me to turn on the hot water tap and at that moment I had a knife against my neck. I grabbed it with both hands. I held the blade with my left hand. I snatched it away, I fell on the floor and there was blood everywhere,” she said.Kvitova described how she tried to reach her mobile phone on the carpet but he pushed it away. She told him she needed to go to hospital and asked whether he wanted money.advertisement”He asked how much I had. I said ten thousand crowns ($440) and he said ‘OK’. I gave him the money, he left and I called the ambulance and then the police,” she added.Though she had felt no pain when the attacker cut her hand, Kvitova said: “When I saw the blood, I started blubbing.””All the fingers on my left hand had been cut, and the nerves in my thumb and index finger severed. Even today, the mobility is not 100 per cent. There is no sensitivity in the tips [of my thumb and index finger].”Kvitova said she had recognised her attacker in photos provided by the police.”I knew it was him the moment I saw him [in the pictures]. I remembered his eyes mainly.”The suspect faces up to 12 years in jail if convicted. He has already been sentenced to 2 and a half years in a separate case. His trial in the Kvitova case will continue with the testimony of experts.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Petra Kvitova I remembered his eyes: Petra Kvitova tells court of intruder in knife attackPetra Kvitova suffered severe wounds to her playing left hand as she struggled with the knife-wielding intruder. She returned to professional tennis in May 2017, crowning her comeback 18 months later with her first final appearance at 2019 Australian Open.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Passage royale

first_img Chumki Bharadwaj New Delhi March 8, 2019 ISSUE DATE: March 18, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 14:12 IST Padmanabh Singh on his polo pony. Picture courtesy: Royal ArchivesTime is a great aggrandiser; a tribute to change; a metaphor for travel. As the pages of history turn, few episodes reflect the churn of time with as much nostalgia and drama as the stripping away of royal titles and privy purses. We record the passage of time, with fourTime is a great aggrandiser; a tribute to change; a metaphor for travel. As the pages of history turn, few episodes reflect the churn of time with as much nostalgia and drama as the stripping away of royal titles and privy purses. We record the passage of time, with four millennials from some erstwhile royal families, using journeys, both literal and metaphorical to document how travel has transitioned over generations.Journeys were once more of a spectacle than about discovery and liveried retinue, monogrammed luggage, state carriages and private jets exemplified travel that was swaddled in rolls of etiquette and protocol. In contract, royals today enjoy spontaneous travel, flying solo for a skiing getaway, backpacking across Europe, waiting endlessly in the jungle for a leopard to be shot on a GoPro rather than on elephant back, to be mounted as a stuffed head on the wall. From Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, who is promoting polo tourism to the royals of Mayurbhanj who have opened up a section of their 200-year-old palace for an artistsin-residence programme to the prince of Bera, who is spearheading the cause of leopard conservation to Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh, who is contemporarising the legendary Kishangarh art to revive and preserve artistic practices and traditions, these tales are idiomatic of time travel.Padmanabh SinghJaipurRecalling one of his favourite travel stories of his ancestor Maharaja Madho Singh, a devout Hindu, who were among the first few royals to go abroad, to attend Edward the VII’s coronation in 1902, the 20-year-old recounts how 15,000 silver coins were melted and made into massive silver urns to carry Ganga jal all the way to England, since the King only drank and bathed in the holy waters. Living in Rome, learning Italian and studying the history of art and preservation of culture, Singh is quick to quip: “I travel lighter and without any silver jars,” to describe his travel preferences. “My grandfather would love to go to different countries and drive and get lost in that country. It’s something I enjoy as well. In fact it was a trip that he took in his Maserati with my grandmother and mother in Italy which made me fall in love with Italy. It’s something I do on and off as well-rent a car and drive around Italy. “You are more incognito in today’s world, which is better since you are not bogged down with a boring itinerary that restricts impromptu adventures. Connectivity makes travel fluid and easy so I may decide on a Friday that I want to go skiing and can be back in two days on a Sunday without much ado.”advertisementFrom a childhood infused with pomp and pageantry, lived in palaces that hosted the most famous to the most flamboyant, growing up in a polo family was pretty much what set the travel calendar for them. This meant multiple trips all through the year for long periods each summer to Palm Beach in Florida or France or Buenos Aires in Argentina. “That’s where I fell in love with polo and the way it binds people with nothing in common-business men, professional athletes, actors, politicians, celebrities-except their shared love for this sport. As he spends more time in Jaipur now, he is drawing on this huge demand for polo tourism around the world to draw travel to the country and Jaipur, “I do at least two-three international polo events where we invite people from all over the world. For instance, in March, over Holi, we have teams from England, Chile and Brazil coming in.” Jaipur has always been considered as a kind of Mecca for Polo, but not so much in the past 20 years, “I am trying to revive that interest to promote not just polo in Jaipur or travel in the state but Indian tourism as a whole. On Akshita: Dress Polo Ralph Lauren; Shoes Christian Louboutin; Watch Carl F Bucherer; Bracelet Swarovski Earrings Pandora; Duffel Bag Louis Vuitton; Stylist: Gul Garg; Makeup Neha Chaudhary; Location: The Sultan Suite, The Lodi, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir IqbalAkshita Manjari BhanjdeoMayurbhanjW ith a lineage that stretches across the royal families of Jaisalmer, Orissa and Nepal, her earliest travel memories linger across the desert sands of Rajasthan and the hills of Kathmandu, Nepal. “In Rajasthan, my parents had taken me to the oldest living fort in the world where we saw the centuries old royal quarters and in Nepal to the Narayanhity Palace which has still not been opened to the world so it was always interesting to see how my grandparents homes were literally untouched by the modern world,” she says.advertisementOn the other hand, in 1910, Sri Ram Chandra Bhanjdeo, her great grandfather undertook diplomatic missions to China, Japan, America and England. Along the way he stayed with various royal families but travelled incognito in private charter aircrafts with luxury cars being shipped ahead of his travel. “Mayurbhanj was famous for its fleet of exquisite custom made vintage cars and may of the stops in between peace missions were to car dealerships of brands such as Rolls Royce,” she explains. Despite being around statement epaulettes of status and luxury, the 25-year-old communications professional believes luxury is synonymous with craftsmanship and sustainability; something that is timeless. A Masaai hut overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro, travelling through Europe and staying with local families and finding authentic homestays and learning to make pasta with one of the oldest families at Lake Como, Italy. “My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to travel independently to truly experience a country; so summer camps in Turkey, Egypt and Spain, staying with local families and learning new skills were de rigeur. In Egypt, I was backpacking in Cairo in the summer of 2011, staying right across Tahrir Square when the revolution broke out,” she says. To have both the mountains and the beach, with luxury infused with adventure defines her dreamvacation, which is why she returns to Brazil regularly and strongly recommends the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio De Janeiro. Their 200-year-old palace, built for foreign dignitaries, The Belgadia Palace in Mayurbhanj, Odisha opened in January this year to the public as a boutique hotel. Akshita has also opened a part of the hotel to host artist in residency programmes to make Mayurbhanj an oasis of arts and culture so people can understand more about the adivasi culture and its unique art forms such as Chhau and Dhokra which are becoming extinct. We consider our home more of a platform than a property to promote sustainable living with social impact as our core ideology.” Now that’s what you call straddling the past and the future to anchor the present.Favourite inherited travel accessory”My mother’s Globe-Trotter rose gold travel trolley and vanity case set; she has engraved a small note on the underside so I am never homesick on my travels.” Vaishnavi Kumari’s initiatives promote Kishangarh art to make it more relevant to a wider audience.Vaishnavi KumariKishangarhThe 34-year-old self-confessed culture vulture, who has literally studied temples academically has a travel agenda that is pretty much set in stone. An SOAS graduate, she travels extensively both to meet family across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Nepal on work, for exhibitions and personal travel. While she enjoys the heritage art and culture around Kochi, Madurai, and Tanjore to visit temples, her husband is happier to indulge in sports and adventure, but they seem to have worked out a happy mix of both.From an ancestor who enjoyed monogrammed cigarettes with special tobacco ordered from England, she is a much more fuss-free traveller, preferring spontaneous vacations, even without a nanny, opting for the anonymity of a rented apartment over the formality of a hotel. Easy connectivity allows her to indulge her passion for travel without compromising the quality of her work at her family forts and palaces, where she personally oversees the modernised renditions of the Kishangarh school of art. “We are trying to contemporarise the 300-year-old Kishangarh school of painting, encouraging local artisans to stay with tradition by introducing modernised versions for a global audience, whether it involves changing the medium to acrylic on canvas, or dimensions from large 4ft by 8 ft canvasses to more gift-friendly versions of 1 ft x 1 ft.” This has increased the scope of the traditional art form by introducing it on handpainted home and apparel, with lotus from the picchwai paintings to a renewal of the Kamadhenu motive on dupattas, marble trays, stoles and wooden artifacts.advertisement Top tips: For wildlife photographers, patience, followed by full-day safaris maximise chances for spotting. Ideal For hilly areas, a minimum of 600mm lens works well. For cameras, I prefer the handy Micro Four Thirdsit is smaller but records while you’re clicking so you don’t miss out. Photo: Yaduveer Singh BeraYaduveer Singh BeraRajasthanMore commonly known as the Leopard prince, Yaduveer of Bera (23), traces his ancestry to the legendary warrior king, Maharana Pratap, of Udaipur. Apart from actively supporting and running leopard protection projects in and around his family estate of Bera in Jawai, the leopard hills of India, the hotelier prince also runs his 300-year-old palace as a heritage hotel offering exclusive leopard safaris. He also trains local villagers in conservation projects as well as hospitality to promote both employment and tourism in the area. He admits that travel for him, has been focussed more within India than outside. Maybe this stems from his love of wildlife or from the responsibility of running his palace as a boutique luxury homestay. The only way my grandmother allowed us to convert Castle Bera to a hotel was by “making us promise that all our palace staff would be absorbed in the workforce with no outsiders to be employed.” On Yaduveer: Jumper and overcoat Hackett; Jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren; Shoes Alberto Torresi; Duffel Bag Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses The Monk; Watch Baume & Mercier; Stylist: Gul Garg; Makeup Neha Chaudhary; Location: The Sultan Suite, The Lodi, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir Iqbal”We were the first ones to start leopard safaris in the area to promote travel in this region,” he says. Twenty years ago, it was an unknown destination; today it has been declared as a protected reserve and popular for its “incredible leopard sightings and 850 million-year-old rock formations.” Another way the prince of Bera has been contributing to his people is by helping villagers revive the famous Bera jackets. “These jackets were started by my great grandfather, Thakur Prithvi Singh Bera, an accomplished polo player in the Jodhpur polo team. In 1925, they won all over the world and to commemorate the win, when he came back, he began making these jackets. But they were wiped out since no one was using them; now I am trying to take the legacy forward,” he adds. The Phulgar jacket is sort of velvet overcoat which is famous in Rajasthan and among the Rajput community.While Yaduveer fondly recalls the Maharaja of Baroda, his grandfather’s younger brother, Mahaveer Singh and two other friends, going on a road trip from India to Europe in a Plymouth for the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, he is happy to travel alone discovering and exploring wildlife. He recommends Tadoba National Park in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra for tiger sightings; Kabini in the south for tigers and black panthers and also Ranthambore is his home state.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Indian royaltyFollow MayurbhanjFollow KishangarhFollow JaipurFollow Padmanabh Singh Passage royaleJourneying through history with young royals as they side step the straight and narrow.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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