Alabama Fan Harvey Updyke Isn’t Making His Payments To Auburn

first_imgAuburn's Toomer's corner.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans of the Auburn Tigers roll trees at Toomer’s Corner after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves 51-14.(Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Harvey Updyke, the infamous Alabama fan that poisoned landmark trees at Auburn University, has found himself in the news once again. He’s being ordered to appear in court on Oct. 30 to explain his recent actions.It turns out that Updyke hasn’t been making his payments to Auburn.As part of his sentencing for poisoning the famous oak trees at Auburn, Updyke was ordered to pay $800,000 in restitution fees. The court also ordered him to serve 70 days in jail.Updyke hasn’t complied with his sentence, though, and he’s actually missed the majority of his payments. In fact, he has paid less than $5,000 total to restore the trees at the university.Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has made it clear that they’ve kept their eye on Updyke, even though it’s been nearly eight years since his incident.“Harvey Updyke has never left my radar. We have been keeping an eye on his payments or more specifically, his non-payment, and he has made exactly two payments for a total of $200 in the past year,” Hughes told WRBL News 3. “Because of that, we have been looking for him for close to a year, and we finally found him.”Harvey Updyke has been summoned to court for failing to pay for poisoning Toomer’s oaks. https://t.co/VQtQhO1GVB pic.twitter.com/WaFVK4Au1A— AL.com (@aldotcom) August 15, 2019There’s no hiding the fact that Alabama and Auburn share an intense rivalry. However, Updyke’s actions back in 2011 certainly crossed the line of what is acceptable.We’ll find out in October how the court plans to handle Updyke and his restitution payments.last_img read more

Australian Open: Roger Federer knocked out in last 16 by Stefanos Tsitsipas

first_img Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 18:13 IST Roger Federer was bidding for his 7th Australian Open title (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer lost 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Round 4 of the Australian OpenFederer will rue his chances, having failed to convert any of the 12 break points he took from TsitsipasTsitsipas will play 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finalsRoger Federer’s bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed on Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his nation’s first Grand Slam quarter-finalist.In a match pitting the oldest and youngest players left in the men’s draw, the 20-year-old Tsitsipas overhauled Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, sparking delirium among Greek fans out in force at Melbourne Park.The 37-year-old Federer, 20 times a Grand Slam champion, will rue his chances, having failed to convert any of the 12 break points he took from Tsitsipas over the course of a riveting clash laden with sparkling shot-making.Yes, you @StefTsitsipas!You’re into the #AusOpen quarterfinals pic.twitter.com/n9FJwedn0O#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019He’s done it!@StefTsitsipas knocks out defending champion Roger Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) to reach his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam.#AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/Vz8sQa0AT1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Instead, it was Tsitsipas showing a wise head on young shoulders in a final tiebreak of unrelenting tension.When given a match point after Federer slapped a forehand long, he converted it clinically, forcing a backhand error from the Swiss to announce himself on one of the game’s biggest stages.He raised his arms in triumph and roared at the terraces, bringing tears of joy to his brother’s eyes in the players’ box.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ttj97ebHDI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″There’s nothing I can describe, I cannot describe it, I am the happiest man on earth right now,” Tsitsipas said in his courtside interview.advertisement”Roger is a legend of our sport, he showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idolising him since I was six.”It’s very important to have an aggressive mindset, stay in the moment, press from the beginning. I didn’t lose my patience, stayed in those rallies. It was very important to save those breakpoints.”Tsitsipas will play 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals.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 Roger FedererFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Roger Federer knocked out in last 16 by Stefanos TsitsipasAustralian Open: Roger Federer lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-7 in the round of 16. Federer was eyeing a hat-trick at Australian Open. Overall, the Swiss legend won the championship six times at Melbourne Park.advertisementlast_img read more

India losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul Dravid

first_imgIndia losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul DravidRahul Dravid, former India cricket and current U-19 and India A coach, said that India losing to Australia in the ODI series was a good thing because now the team knows that they have to be very good to win the World Cup.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 16:59 IST India lost the ODI series to Australia 2-3 after winning the first two games. (AP Photo)High-flying India crashed to a stunning 2-3 defeat against Australia at home in the bilateral ODI series and the setback should act as a warning sign for Virat Kohli and his men going into the upcoming World Cup as one of the favourites, feels former captain Rahul Dravid.India led 2-0 in the five-match series, but lost the last three to the reigning World Cup champions to lose an ODI series after a lengthy gap.These games are the last of the 50-over competition for India going into the World Cup commencing on May 30 in England.”I think there was a bit of notion that we are going walk there and win the World Cup easily. So it’s a good thing that has happened. What it has [the outcome against Australia] reminded us is that we have to play the World Cup very, very well,” said Dravid.He was speaking at the launch of ESPNCricinfos new metrics, Superstats, along with his former India teammate Sanjay Manjrekar here on Wednesday.”In a way I think it’s a good balancing factor. India has performed well in the last couple of years. There was a little bit of talk that we are almost going to walk in there and win the World Cup very easily because we are the No. 1 team and we have been dominating one-day cricket for the last couple of years,” said India’s current under 19 and A team coach.”But I don’t find anything strange from my perspective watching the series. I still feel that we are going to be one of the favourites. But it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be competitive,” the cricket stalwart insisted.advertisementBoth Dravid and Manjrekar also answered queries on the much-talked about work load factor in the IPL starting on March 23 for some key Indian players, who are expected to make the World Cup squad, such as Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.All rounder Pandya is coming off a lower back injury layoff that forced him to miss matches in Australia as well as the home series against the same opponents at home.”Most players are smart about these things. They know how to handle their body. I don’t think the players would put their body on the line. I was reading Patrick Cummins [Australia pacer] saying that he feels better bowling when he is constantly playing rather than having rested and coming back,” Dravid said.”So to each player, it’s different. There cannot be a blanket case that all should be rested. We have to just trust the players. They know what needs to be done,” he opined.Manjrekar was even more forthright and said the Cricket Board should not put pressure on IPL franchises to rest some players in view of the following World Cup.”My views won’t be appreciated. This is free enterprise. IPL is capitalism at its best. I don’t think there should be any outside interference. It should be up to the franchises. Don’t think there should be pressure [on IPL franchises] from the Cricket Board [BCCI] [to rest some players],” the former Test batsman turned TV commentator remarked.Both also talked about the numbers game in cricket.While welcoming the new parameters launched by the cricket website which he felt would be of some help to coaches, Dravid said “numbers are not everything but at the same time you cannot ignore numbers”.”Numbers can’t quantify whether someone is not feeling up for it on that particular day. There’s a mix of both,” is how he put it.Also Read | ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Bumrah retain top spots despite series defeat to AustraliaAlso Read | MS Dhoni huge plus for Virat Kohli at the World Cup: Ricky PontingAlso Read | India should have backed Ambati Rayudu at No.4: Gautam GambhirFor 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 Tags :Follow Rahul DravidFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Indian cricket teamFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

Tata Sky, Airtel making sports channels free for all subscribers, offer to extend till May 20

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 09:21 IST HIGHLIGHTSTata Sky is offering it from March 23 and will bring it back to paid plans from May 20. Airtel is including the HD versions of the popular sports channels.The new plans are there to enhance coverage for IPL 2019.The IPL 2019 is underway and DTH operators have been trying their best to increase viewership by offering special sports plans for subscribers. Popular DTH operators such as Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky and Dish TV have come up with special channel bouquets that offer all the sports channels along with other essential channels at reasonable prices. However, with new TRAI regulations in place, operators are unsure of whether subscribers are going for the new packs or not. To keep viewers interested, Airtel and Tata Sky have come up with a new offer to draw subscribers to their TVs.Both Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV are offering a host of sports channels for free. The free channels are being provided to all subscribers across the country so as to increase the viewership of the IPL 2019 tournament. However, the sports channels will only be free for a limited period and subscribers will have to pay charges for those channels once the entitlement is over.Tata Sky is offering a host of important sports channels that will provide coverage of the IPL 2019. The channels that Tata Sky is offering for free include Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada, and Start Sports 1 Bangla. The channels will be available for free from March 23 and will be brought back to the paid plans from May 20.As for Airtel Digital TV, the operator is including these sports channels — Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star, Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star, Sports 1 Kannada and Star Sports 1 Bangla. However, Airtel will only be offering these channels for free until May 19. Unlike Tata Sky, Airtel is also including the HD versions of the popular sports channels, which makes it great for Airtel Digital TV HD subscribers.advertisementThe free channels are a way to gain back subscribers who were lost during the transition phase of the new TRAI DTH regulations. Since the new regulations were implemented from February 1, existing subscribers have taken to Twitter to complain about the higher prices. In comparison, the channel bouquets by operators have been offering more channels for similar prices. With online content streaming platforms going aggressive with their recharge plans, the move to offer sports channels for free comes across as a way to lure people back to the DTH TV connection.ALSO READ | Jio DTH effect: Airtel Digital TV may rule DTH market with 61 per cent share if it merges with Dish TVALSO READ | New Airtel 4G plans starting effectively at Rs 399 per month for Hotspot devicesALSO READ | BSNL offers extension of validity for 6 months with Rs 599 recharge plan, no data benefitsGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Airtel digital TVFollow Tata SkyFollow IPL 2019 Tata Sky, Airtel making sports channels free for all subscribers, offer to extend till May 20Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky are offering some sports channels for free to subscribers. The sports channels will be complimentary for the duration of IPL 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan bans IPL 2019 broadcast, says India ‘harming’ cricket in the country

first_imgPakistan bans IPL 2019 broadcast, says India ‘harming’ cricket in the countryPakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.advertisement Press Trust of India IslamabadApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 20:46 IST IPL 2019: Pakistan has officially banned the broadcast of Indian Premier League matches in the country (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian Premier League 2019 will not be broadcast in Pakistan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has confirmedIndia made an organised effort to harm cricket in Pakistan: ChaudhryIn India, the coverage of Pakistan Super League was stopped in protest of the Pulwama terror attackPakistan on Tuesday banned the telecast of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches in the country, alleging that India has made an “organised effort to harm” the game in Pakistan.Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistani cricket team.He said the move was taken by the Cabinet because India left no opportunity to harm Pakistan’s cricket.”India made an organised effort to harm cricket in Pakistan and it doesn’t make sense for us to allow an Indian domestic tournament to be promoted here,” he said, pointing out that the official Indian broadcaster pulled out of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the middle of the tournament after the Pulwama attack “to harm the league and cricket” in Pakistan.In February, DSport — the official broadcasters of the PSL in India — stopped the coverage of the tournament in protest of the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.Indian company IMG Reliance also pulled out of its deal to produce the television coverage of the PSL worldwide forcing the Pakistan-based T20 league to find a new production company midway into the tournament.Chaudhry said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) would ensure that no IPL match is aired in Pakistan.He said the Pakistan government believes that sports and culture should not be politicised, but India adopted an aggressive posture against Pakistani players and artists.advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ listAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow PakistanFollow Imran KhanFollow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow Pulwama terror attacklast_img read more

Cincinnati Masters: Ashleigh Barty beats Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep survives scare

first_img Reuters CincinnatiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 12:06 IST Ashleigh Barty reached the third round of Cincinnati Masters. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshleigh Barty defeated Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 to reach 3rd round of Cincinnati MastersSimona Halep overcame Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4Top seeded Barty will next face Anett KontaveitTop seeded Ashleigh Barty overcame a slow start to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1, while Simona Halep battled past Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.French Open champion Barty double faulted to give Sharapova a 2-1 lead in the first set and it looked like an upset could be brewing in the showdown between the two former world number ones.But an error-prone Sharapova bowed out after she produced six double faults and squandered six of her seven break point opportunities.”Overall it was a pretty clean performance”, Barty said.”It’s difficult to come out against a player like Maria. She’s an incredible champion, she knows how to fight and she makes you earn every single point.”So I was really pleased with the way I was able to hang in there today and win some of those big points.”Barty earned an early break in the second set when she rifled a crosscourt forehand that caught Sharapova flat footed for a 2-0 lead.Sharapova fought hard the next game, forcing seven deuces but was unable to break and Barty cruised to the finish from there, winning 11 of the last 13 games.Barty will next face Anett Kontaveit, who defeated Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in straight sets.Wimbledon champion Halep had her back against the wall against the big-serving Alexandrova when she dropped the first set and trailed 5-4 in the second but won the next three games and elevated her play again in the decider.advertisementThe match was the first for Halep since she pulled out of her quarter-final at the Rogers Cup on Friday with an Achilles issue but she moved well in her battle with the Russian.Fourth seed Halep is searching for her first title at the event after three runner-up finishes in 2015, 2017 and 2018.”I feel confident every time I come here but the conditions are very tough. The court is very fast,” the Romanian said.World number one Naomi Osaka improved to 4-0 lifetime against Aliaksandra Sasnovich with a 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2 win.Osaka, who regained the top ranking after Barty’s early exit from the Rogers Cup last week, smacked 24 winners as she looks to sharpen her game before heading to New York later this month to defend her U.S. Open title.She faces Hsieh Su-Wei in the third round.Third seeded Karolina Pliskova crushed lucky loser Wang Yafan 6-1 6-3 and Donna Vekic knocked out former champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2 7-5 to set up a showdown with Venus Williams on Thursday.Seventh seed Elina Svitolina, ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka and big-serving American Madison Keys all advanced to the third round behind straight set wins.Svitolina set up a date with American Sofia Kenin, who beat Zarina Diyas 6-4 6-1.Another American, eighth seed Sloane Stephens, had a tougher match against Yulia Putintseva but prevailed 2-6 6-4 6-3 and will next face Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2 winner over Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska.Also Read | Cincinnati Masters: Novak Djokovic sees off Sam Querrey, Stan Wawrinka beats Grigor DimitrovAlso Read | Cincinnati Masters: Venus Williams stuns holder Kiki Bertens, injured Serena withdrawsAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ashleigh BartyFollow Cincinatti MastersFollow Simona Halep Next Cincinnati Masters: Ashleigh Barty beats Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep survives scareFrench Open champion Ashleigh Barty double faulted to give Maria Sharapova a 2-1 lead in the first set and it looked like an upset could be brewing in the showdown between the two former world number ones.advertisementlast_img read more

Avinash Sable plans to train abroad after World Championships

first_img Next Aditya K Halder New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 08:46 IST Avinash Sable had qualified for World Championships after breaking his own national record. (AFI Photo)HIGHLIGHTS3000m steeplechase national record holder Avinash Sable plans to train in the USWith Tokyo Olympics on mind, Sable plans to train abroad after World ChampionshipsSable hasn’t participated in any competition since April’s Asian ChampionshipsWishing to follow the footsteps of mid-distance runner Jinson Johnson, 3000m steeplechase national record holder Avinash Sable is planning to train in the United States of America after the World Championships in September.1500m Asian Games gold medallist Jinson, with whom Avinash trains at the national camp in Bengaluru recently split with coach Jasvinder Singh Bhatia and is set to move to Colorado Springs to strengthen his efforts to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Avinash also wishes to move in the same direction.I am planning to train abroad, most probably in the USA, after the World Championships as I have heard the facilities back there are really good for long-distance runners. I wanted to do it earlier but competitions are just days away and that’s why I want to keep my focus on it and then see what are the possible options abroad, Avinash told Mail Today from Bengaluru.The 24-year-old track and field athlete, who was included in TOPS list last year in October, said he plans to write to Sports Authority of India (SAI) for financial backing through Athletics Federation of India soon after the Doha event slated from September 28 onwards.Meanwhile Jinson, who was expected to shift his training base to the US as early as August, told Mail Today that his plans are on hold for the time being and a date of travelling will be finalised after the Inter-States Athletics Championships in Lucknow from August 26 to August 30.Avinash, on the other hand, hasn’t participated in any competition since April’s Asian Championships (where he clinched silver) before posting his personal best and the national record of 8:28:94 seconds at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March. To get back into the competitive mould before the Worlds, the Maharashtra-born army man will be participating at the Inter-States and will be taking a shot at stiff Olympic qualifying standard of 8:22.00 seconds.advertisementI have had a strong off-season in the past two months and my timings in the training have been good so Inter-States ahead of World Championships will be a good opportunity to prepare for it and also to qualify for the Olympics, he said.Also Read | Meteoric rise of Avinash Sable in Fed CupAlso Read | Steeplechaser Sable qualifies for Worlds, Hima misses Asian Championships qualification markAlso See 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Jinson JohnsonFollow Avinash SableFollow World Championships Avinash Sable plans to train abroad after World ChampionshipsAvinash Sable, who was included in TOPS list last year in October, said he plans to write to Sports Authority of India (SAI) for financial backing through Athletics Federation soon after the World Championships in September.advertisementlast_img read more

World Championships: Bajrang Punia wins opening bout, Divya Kakran loses

first_img India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 13:07 IST India wrestler Bajrang Punia (FIle photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia opened up a 5-0 lead in the first round after Bienkowski challenged a call and it was rejectedPunia looking to seal a berth for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsDivya Kakran went down 0-2 in a completely one-sided opening bout against former world champion Sara DoshoWorld No.1 Bajrang Punia kicked off his campaign with a 9-2 win over Poland’s Krzysztof Bienkowski. He opened up a 5-0 lead in the first round after Bienkowski challenged a call and it was rejected. The Polish grappler got 2 points immediately after the restart but Bajrang was never to be denied.The two-time medallist is eyeing his maiden gold at the championship and also looking to seal a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang triumphed at all four events he competed this season — Dan Kolov, Asian Championship Ali Aliev and Yasar Dogu — and entered the Championships as the world number one and the top seed in 65kg.In the other match, Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran (68kg) went down 0-2 in a completely one-sided opening bout against reigning Olympic and former world champion Sara Dosho of Japan. However, Kakran still has a chance of entering the repechage round if her opponent makes it to the final.Later in the day, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik will be competing in the 62kg weight category and will look to make it to the semi-finals on Thursday to assure herself an Olympic berth.Also Read | Hima Das ruled out of Doha World Championships due to back injuryAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow World Championships World Championships: Bajrang Punia wins opening bout, Divya Kakran losesWorld No.1 Bajrang Punia embarked his World Championships journey in 65kg with a 9-2 win over Krzysztof Bienkowski whereas Divya Kakran lost her opening bout against reigning Olympic and former world champion Sara Dosho.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Deep Blue Deep Star 1000 Dive Watch Hands On

first_img The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Watches Under $200 Prove Style Can Be Affordable Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer The old cliche “imitation is the fondest form of flattery” certainly applies in the watch world.  The less expensive brands and smaller manufacturers frequently borrow from the upper tier.  Where some might feel that copying design is poor practice, I do not agree.  Luxury items are expensive.  Watches are a timeless instrument that all should have the ability to enjoy regardless of the name on the dial.  One watch that is a very close reproduction of a classic is the Deep Blue Deep Star 1000.This thousand dollar timepiece takes the Omega classic dive watch as its template.  A shared case shape, bezel appearance, and mesh bracelet are tributes to the original Omega.  The Deep Blue does have attributes that set it apart.  First off, the ceramic bezel has a quality finish with inlayed SuperLuminova for detailed readability.  Blue and green lume on the bezel make for a fun look in the dark.  This piece is all around bright in the dark with the hand and dial lume as well.  The dial has a sunburst finish for added detail in natural light as well.  The blue version of this piece is a great shade and has some serious pop on the wrist.  Inside is a Japanese automatic movement with a 42 hour power reserve.Something similar to this by Omega would have a retail upwards of $8,000.  Here is a prime example of imitation for the benefit of watch enthusiasts.  Not every watch lover can afford a nearly five figure sport watch, but a $1,000 msrp is certainly more reasonable.  The Deep Blue Deep Star 1000 has all the design functional features of a high end dive watch for a fraction of the price.  This might be my choice for watch of the year!I personally purchased one of these in the last two months.  Hands on with this timepiece has been a blast.  The mesh band is sporty and classic while still being comfortable.  The timekeeping of this piece has been spot on.  Most impressive is the detail in the bezel.  Well made with great luminescence, my blue Deep Blue turns a lot of heads and was well worth the money. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn last_img read more

Chrome Dreams Wine Looks Good Enough to Drive

first_imgTank Garage Winery/FacebookWe’ve all been there. You’re going to a dinner party hosted by your partner’s coworker and you’ve been tasked with going out to get the bottle. You were told to get a red. If you were to walk into a store, you’d find quickly that there are five aisles of reds. What if you didn’t have to worry about that? What if you had a bottle, waiting for this exact moment, that would stop everyone at the party in his or her tracks because the bottle is just so damn pretty? It wouldn’t matter that you got drunk and insulted the host’s kid at the last Christmas party, because the moment they laid eyes on this bottle, all would be forgiven.That bottle exists. Introducing Chrome Dreams.Chrome Dreams, produced by Tank Garage Winery in Napa, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend (87 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 percent Cabernet Franc, and 5 percent Petite Syrah, to be specific), but we need to take some time to discuss the true talking point here: the bottle.The bottle is chromed glass. Chrome. That fact alone literally ranks it among the top five most badass wine bottles ever. I mean, do we even need to say more than that? (No, but you know we’re going to.) Tank spent over a year developing the bottle as a nod to classic American automobiles.If you happen to make it past the packaging — it took us a while, we admit — you’re greeted by crème de cassis and vanilla notes; a body of rich, ripe dark fruits; and hints of star anise to round it all out. Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind center_img Want to get your hands on a bottle of this? Well, you’re going to need to head to Napa, as only 500 cases of Chrome Dreams were produced. Originally, they were sold exclusively at the winery, which is located in Calistoga. (Did we mention that the winery itself is housed in a converted 1930s service station?) Now, though, you can find the wine for purchase online here.Come on, could it get much cooler? A bottle will run you $75, but that seems like a trifling amount when you consider the badass points you’re going to gain from your car-loving friends and family.Need a little more reason to head to Napa than just one bottle of wine? Good thing for you, we’ve got you covered. Check out where else to visit in Napa and Sonoma while you’re out there.Feature image courtesy of Tank Garage Winery/Facebook. Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more