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The Morning Stake | 2019.10.04

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Heirs Can Collect 1 Million Pounds From 71 Years Ago. Via NPR, the heirs of Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad, can finally collect the 1 million pounds that was deposited 71 years ago, a disagreement between Pakistan and India kept the money at bay for such a long time, the best part is that the 1 million pounds is now worth 35 million pounds:

The High Court in London on Wednesday ruled that “Nizam VII was beneficially entitled to the fund and those claiming in right of Nizam VII — the princes and India — are entitled to have the sum paid out to their order.”

In the intervening years, the 1 million pounds has grown to about 35 million pounds, or $43 million.

Paul Hewitt, an attorney for Prince Mukarram Jah, said his client was “delighted” with the outcome of the case.

“Our client was still a child when the dispute first arose and is now in his 80s,” Hewitt said. “It is a great relief to see this dispute finally resolved in his lifetime.”

Philip Barden, an attorney for Prince Muffakham Jah, called it “an unusual and fascinating case.”

“[It] required the court to delve into the history books and reconstruct events that took place over 70 years ago, around the time of the partition of India and annexation of Hyderabad,” Barden said.

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Texas Tech 1, Iowa State 0 | 2OT. A stunner wins it in the 108th minute of double-overtime and it is the 150th Texas Tech win for head coach Tom Stone.

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First Practice. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. was at the first practice where head coach Marlene Stollings said that postseason is the goal this year:

“Those won’t change from my arrival,” Stollings said. “We came in here with the expectation to build this program back into a national power. And that’s going to be season by season, recruiting class by recruiting class. … We walk in here, we get chills everyday looking up at all the women’s basketball banners that dominate this arena. We came here to do the exact same thing.”

In short, Stollings has instilled a culture of accountability, work ethic and discipline which she hopes develops into a winning culture expecting to make the postseason.

“We have postseason goals in mind,” said Stollings, who guided her previous Minnesota Gophers squad to a 67-47 (.588) record, three 20-win seasons and three postseason berths, including a second round NCAA appearance in 2017-18. “However that looks, whatever it looks like, we are definitely starting off the season with those type of aspirations.”

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Red Raiders Head to Frisco.

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz wrote about the opportunity for Texas Tech to pay the Texas Rangers Future Players:

“It’ll be really good feedback early,” Tadlock said on competing against different players. “Our guys have had no live scrimmaging to speak of, very little. It’ll be good feedback. It by any means won’t define us for the year or even for the fall. We really want to make it very clear that we’ve practiced with good intent through the fall every year. Don’t want to make our whole fall about these two games.”

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Impact Freshman. NBCSports’ Scott Phillips writes about the top impact freshman of this 2019 class and Jahmius Ramsey gets a nod:

JAHMIUS RAMSEY, Texas Tech: Guards at Texas Tech have been known to make giant leaps the past few seasons thanks to Zaire Smith and Jarrett Culver both getting picked in the first round. The Red Raiders are hoping the 6-foot-4 Ramsey can be the next in line to make an immediate impact. Staying in Texas for school, Ramsey has a chance to make an impact at both guard spots right away. More inclined to score at the high school level, Ramsey can also set up others as he’s at his best attacking the basket. On a team that will need some newcomers to step up, Ramsey should have the ball in his hands quite a bit as he’ll be asked to do a lot.

Looking at Recruits. Rivals’ Corey Evans looks at a trio of 2020 high schoolers who are interested in Texas Tech:

Texas Tech will land at least one of the three, with Gethro Muscadin the likeliest. Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis and Minnesota are involved, as is Kansas which has really picked up ground with him. Muscadin could visit one other program this month but, for now, has his final official visit scheduled to Texas Tech this weekend. The Red Raiders are in a great spot and should definitely have a chance when he makes a decision in the coming weeks.

Nimari Burnett just visited Alabama over the weekend, and I do believe that he ends up playing for the Tide. That said, no one has picked up more momentum of late than the Red Raiders. His visit to Lubbock in three weeks could change some things, but overcoming Alabama and Oregon might prove to be too difficult.

Lastly, Micah Peavy has been Texas Tech’s top target in the 2020 class for over a year now. Not much has changed, but Peavy – who was thought to be a heavy Tech lean earlier this summer – has been adamant about waiting the recruiting process out and seeing who else might jump into his recruitment. He has already visited Florida and TCU, while Texas and UCLA could also receive a visit later this year. Right now, this is more of a battle between TCU and Texas Tech, with the Horned Frogs maybe having the slight lead.

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Chat. A-J Media’s Don Williams and Carlos Silva, Jr. did a chat answering questions from readers and there’s lots of things discussed, which you can go listen (there’s a link there) or go read some of the answers, but I’ll focus on the four scholarship linemen who are redshirting:

There are four scholarship signees — two on each line — being redshirted. On the offensive line, Landon Peterson from Odessa Permian and Trevor Roberson from Wellington; on the defensive line, Gilbert Ibeneme from Pearland and Quinton Williams from Clear Lake.

Based on how Tech has listed Peterson from when he signed to now, he’s put on 20 pounds — 285 now on a 6-foot-6 frame.

I like tackles like that, who come in with a tall frame, no flab to take off. They can get to a solid 300 within a couple of years in the modern college strength and nutrition programs.

Roberson, by the way, said when he committed he’s 7-foot and 370, both taller and heavier than what he’s listed. He sure looks like it. Be interesting to see if they can smooth his rough edges enough to put all that brawn to work.

Tech loses starting senior tackles Travis Bruffy and Terence Steele, but Casey Verhulst, who started the first two games with Steele out, probably should be penciled in as a 2020 starter. For the other spot, I’d project Zach Adams, who’s played both tackle and guard.

As for the young defensive linemen, Ibeneme, the higher-profile of the two, is out for the season after shoulder surgery. He’s 6-3, 275 and played in a great high-school program. There’s a lot to like.

Williams is an intriguing prospect — not a big-name recruit, but a 6-5 end-outside linebacker type who could fill out to 250 or so. The Utah State team Wells left has a 6-5, 235-pound edge guy, TCU transfer Tipa Galeai, who was 6-5, 210 coming out of Euless Trinity and blew up last year as a junior with 64 tackles, 10 1/2 sacks and a couple of interceptions.

ESPN+ Disaster. Via CollegeFootballTalk, Kansas State and Oklahoma State played on ESPN+ and apparently it was a bit of a disaster:

The second conference game arrived on Saturday with No. 21 Oklahoma State’s win over Kansas State (West Virginia at Kansas aired on ESPN+ the previous week), and those fears were not allayed by the actual product. Viewers missed the final minutes of the second quarter as the ESPN+ production was slow to return from a lightning delay, and “technical difficulties” prevented viewers from seeing a Kansas State touchdown.

Miscellaneous . . . AthlonSports’ Nicholas Ian Allen previews and predicts Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech . . . DallasNews’ Brice Paterik also previews and predicts the Red Raiders and Cowboys . . .


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