Nine months ago Adrian Peterson’s left knee was shredded. Torn ACL and MCL — ligaments that provide mobility to the knee, a critical aspect to walking and everything to an NFL running back.The recovery on that type of severe injury surely was not supposed to be nine months. But Peterson clearly is a different breed. Not only did he dress for the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Not only did he play for the Vikings against Jacksonville. Adrian Peterson was a factor, scoring two touchdowns while gaining 84 yards in a Vikings 26-23 win over the Jaguars.But the Minnesota crowd realized the significance and cheered Peterson almost as loudly as when he sprinted out of the tunnel during the pregame introduction. The Vikings star returned without any trouble, rewarding his team’s trust in his repaired left knee with a typical two-touchdown performance.”I just went out and played. I knew the structure of the ligament was good,” Peterson said. His runs of 10 and 20 yards set up rookie kicker Blair Walsh’s 38-yard kick after the Vikings won the overtime coin toss.Peterson’s first carry of the afternoon was unremarkable in style, a simple 4-yard gain after a stutter step at the line of scrimmage. Fittingly, Peterson was more upset about the hole he missed on his first run than relieved his first real rushing attempt ended without harm.”Knowing his mindset, if coach Frazier would’ve said no, I think he probably would’ve still dressed up and played,” said quarterback Christian Ponder, who finished 20 for 27 for 270 yards and no interceptions, though he lost a fumble in the third quarter that led to one of Josh Scobee’s three field goals.Lost a little in the hubbub over Peterson’s return was the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew was in the backfield for the Jaguars, too, one week after ending his contract-related holdout. After starter Rashad Jennings hurt his knee, Jones-Drew wound up with 77 yards on 19 carries.”It was good to be out there, standing with them, be out on the pass game, block a little, get hit,” said Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher last season. ”I just want to continue to improve, understand the offense more so Blaine doesn’t have to tell me where to go half the time.”Peterson was feeling the same way on the other end of the hall, except he went home with a victory to savor as well.”The boost that he gave us, and our fans’ reaction when he was introduced, was outstanding and lifted our players,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. ”He’s special, without question.”
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University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum doesn’t spend much time thinking about her accomplishments on the basketball court. It’d be too easy to get lost amid all the points the point guard has scored in her UW career (3,498, the most in the history of women’s Division I hoops) or even how many she’s netted in just her final season (1,080, another D-I milestone). Although she views the accolades as nice, they’re a distraction from bigger goals: In 2016, she led UW to the program’s first ever Final Four, and with her team a No. 3-seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, she’s hoping for more.“I should probably relish the attention a bit more,” she said. “But right now, I don’t really care. I don’t just want to be remembered as a scoring champ, and personally, it’d be kind of sad if that’s what ends up happening.”According to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions, the Huskies’ chances are slim — they play No. 2-seed Mississippi State on Friday night but have just a 5 percent chance of returning to the Final Four and a less than 1 percent chance of winning the tournament — but there isn’t another player in women’s hoops who can carry her team offensively like Plum can. Of the 31 D-I players who have scored or assisted on more than 600 plays in the halfcourt this season, Plum has been the most effective, contributing 136 points per 100 halfcourt plays, according to Synergy Sports Technology. Even as opponents know Plum is the focal point of the Huskies’ offense, Plum still manages to score with ease.Against No. 6-seed Oklahoma in the round of 32 on Monday, Plum used a variety of shots to net 38 points, helping dismantle the Sooners 108-82. “The first time you are on the floor with [Plum], you don’t really know what to do,” OU coach Sherri Coale told the Oklahoman ahead of the game.Pac-12 opponents have had four years to figure out Plum, and those teams have done little to slow down the guard. This season, she has encountered an array of defensive approaches, including face guarding,1When a defender turns her back to the ball to deny an entry pass. flat hedging picks2When the screener’s defender stays near the ballhandler after a pick to prevent a 3-point attempt, while allowing the opposing guard a chance to recover. and box and 1s.3A four-person box zone defense with the remaining defender playing man defense on what is typically the opponent’s best player. Yet she posted a true shooting percentage of 66.3 percent in 2016-17. Considering that she essentially never leaves the court, playing more than 90 percent of possible minutes, that level of efficiency is remarkable.“At the end of the day, no matter how familiar you are with her, you have to figure out how to stop her or at least figure out how to slow her down,” Coale told the Oklahoman. “Nobody has been able to do that, really. Nobody.”Plum’s game is buttressed by her ever-growing comfort operating within Washington’s pick-and-roll sets — according to Synergy, nearly a third of her plays are pick-and-rolls, a career high, and she scores 108 points per 100 plays, which ranks in the 98th percentile for all of D-I. That’s a significant uptick from her junior (83 points per 100 plays) and sophomore (89) seasons. A student of the games of both Chris Paul and James Harden, Plum relies on a variety of counters the moment she gets a window of separation from her defender. She’s converted 42.9 percent of her threes this season and often attempts a shot as soon as she steps behind a pick.Plum isn’t the quickest guard, but like Harden, she has a keen sense of how to use hesitation moves to generate extra space between herself and her opponent, and she often unveils those herky-jerky pauses after she dribbles off a pick. “I appreciate the left-handed craftiness,” Harden, a fellow southpaw, told WNBA.com earlier this year.Standing just 5-foot-8, Plum has long learned how to use her shiftiness and agility to her advantage. She does it in a variety of ways: On some sets, she keeps the ball nearly behind her body at her hip — which helps mask her dribbling from the defender’s vision — and breaks a defender down with just a slight shuffle or jab step. On other plays, she looks ready to shoot, but by the time a defender approaches, Plum has already blown by her and is in the lane (she’s averaging 124 points per 100 plays on drives off the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy). She can also suddenly pull up mid-drive, causing her opponent to wave frantically at her shot (she generates 116 points per 100 plays on dribble pull-ups, ranking in the 94th percentile), or immediately attack the interior, bulldozing through opponents and either scoring a basket or getting fouled.One of Plum’s most rewindable possessions happened in a late February game against Colorado — situated in the left corner, Plum feinted a step-back three, causing the defender to lurch forward, at which point the UW guard crossed her up, drove baseline and was fouled.Harden and Plum are both masters of contorting their bodies to draw fouls. Plum, who shoots more than eight free throws per 40 minutes, splays her various limbs much the same way that Harden does. Not only does she cock her elbows and raise her arms above her head, she seeks out the angles that will maximize the contact between her and a defender. She spent this past summer training with ex-Husky (and former NBA guard) Nate Robinson, who advised her on how to use her size, ball-handling and hesitation mastery to get to the line even more frequently.For Washington, making the Final Four will probably require scoring from more than just Plum. UW’s offense can devolve into four players waiting for Plum to make a move, and that stagnancy is compounded when she goes through an in-game scoring drought. When those brief periods occur, Plum isn’t without talented teammates: Chantel Osahor is a unique DI talent talents, a 6-foot-2 center who launches threes with profound accuracy (37.9 percent), and freshman Aarion McDonald averages nearly 10 points per game.The Oklahoma game might provide a good blueprint — Plum had 11 assists and the first double-double of her career, and UW immolated the Sooners defense, scoring 1.47 points per possession. If Washington wants to get out of its region (which will probably require beating No. 1-seed Baylor in the process) — much less accomplish the unthinkable and defeat UConn (likely waiting in the national semifinals) — it, and Plum, will need more games like that.Check out our March Madness predictions.
Of all the people happy to see the Ohio State football program falling apart at the seams, Michigan seems to have found a way to make its cheers the loudest. A new Scarlet and Gray billboard recently appeared in Michigan along Interstate 94 that reads, “Liar, Liar, Vest on Fire!” A representative from CBS Outdoor said he cannot release details of the contract, but The Detroit News reported the purchaser was a Michigan fan who wishes to remain anonymous. Anonymous? It seems a little odd that someone willing to go so far as to buy a 14-by-48-foot billboard on a busy highway to tell people what he or she thinks about the NCAA investigation of OSU coach Jim Tressel would want to remain anonymous. The cost of the billboard varies depending on the length of the contract, the number of billboards purchased and the location. Maybe whoever bought the billboard just didn’t want to face the wrath of Buckeye fans everywhere who would be angered by the sign. Or maybe the fan wanted to be the faceless, nameless voice of all the excited Michigan fans who believe that, if Tressel is gone, their school actually has a hope of beating OSU. Whoever this billboard belongs to, in five short words their gigantic sign is taking a powerful shot at the sweater-vest-wearing Tressel, along with the OSU football program. The giant sign is just a visual representation of what many feel is the reality of this investigation: that Tressel is guilty of everything he is being accused of. The OSU coach has been accused of knowing that several of his players received improper benefits and of not reporting it to the NCAA. Five Buckeyes, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel will join them for not reporting their infractions and faces further punishment from the NCAA. Whether the accusations are true, whoever posted this billboard had something he or she felt the need to say — and it needed to be public. Doesn’t it say in the Constitution that all those accused have the right to face their accuser? Guilty or not, doesn’t Tressel deserve that same kind of respect? Shouldn’t he know who’s saying what about him, especially when it’s plastered on a giant billboard? Either way, this controversial sign might only be up a short while longer. According to The Detroit News, the sign was only paid to be up for a week and might come down Thursday. However, the representative from CBS Outdoor told The Lantern the minimum length of a contract is four weeks. In the end, does it really matter? Tressel has a 9-1 record against the Wolverines while at the helm for the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team captured its eighth-straight Big Ten conference title in style over the weekend – with a pair of victories against both conference rivals from Michigan. The 6-1 home victory against Michigan State (13-12, 6-5) on Friday, paired with the 4-0 road win against No. 26 Michigan (14-8, 9-2) on Sunday was enough to push the No. 5 Buckeyes (28-2, 11-0) to an outright conference title and solidified them atop the Big Ten standings for the 11th time in program history. The Scarlet and Gray won the regular-season conference title in 1915, 1931 and 1943, and eight more times under coach Ty Tucker from 2006-13. “(The title) feels good. The first goal of the season was to get a Big Ten title in the regular season, and we were able to accomplish that and to go undefeated, and have to beat Illinois and Michigan on the road feels good all the time,” Tucker said, following the win in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sunday. In the clinching match against the Wolverines, OSU captured the doubles point for the 27th time during the 2013 season, led by the No. 38-ranked tandem junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka and No. 18-ranked redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith winning matches 8-3 and 9-7, respectively. In singles play, OSU cruised to three consecutive singles wins to clinch the match against Michigan. OSU redshirt freshman Chris Diaz, ranked No. 82 nationally, rallied a 6-3, 6-4 victory followed by No. 11 Rola and No. 62 Smith winning their matches 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4, 7-5, respectively. OSU’s squad is set to host the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus for the first time since 2002. The Buckeyes are eight-time champions of the event (1991, 2001, 2006-11). The regular-season conference title gives OSU the No. 1 seed in the tournament, in addition to a first-round bye. The Buckeyes is scheduled to face the winner of No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 9 Purdue in the second round on Friday. Tucker said his team will be on the lookout for a possible semifinal matchup against rival and No. 4-seeded Illinois, which OSU beat 4-3 on April 12 in Champaign, Ill. “It’s nice to be able to play at home, the No. 1 seed is nice, but Illinois is the No. 4 seed, and they probably played us the tightest match of anyone in the Big Ten,” Tucker said. “It was a tough match last time, and if we are both fortunate enough to get through (the quarterfinals) I’m sure it would be another tough match.” Tucker said that whatever matchups occur in the tournament later in the week, his players will have the same level of intensity as they have all season. “We’ve got very good players and we’ve got hardworking players … everyone seems to be on the right page with how we’re going to play the game. It seems to be when you have some blue-chip players like we’ve been fortunate enough to have, they fight hard and they’re prepared to play,” he said. The Big Ten Tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Varsity Tennis Courts, with OSU set to play Friday at 9 a.m. Additional tournament information is available on the Big Ten’s website.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. As the Duchess has got older, garlic and chillies are especially a no-noTom Parker Bowles “Children in London, they eat Chinese, they eat Indian, they eat Thai,” he said. “But when we grew up we ate pretty much British food, my father loved gardening, my mother was a good cook so we knew the seasons before the seasons.”Mr Parker Bowles, who recently wrote Fortnum & Mason’s first cookbook, spoke about his own children, who he allows to eat sweets “as long as they also eat their vegetables”.He also said that if he were to have to choose a “last meal” it would be a “kilo of caviar”. You can’t go stinking of garlic when you are shaking hands the next dayTom Parker Bowles Tom Parker Bowles at the Henley Literary Festival Credit:Henley Literary Festival The Duchess of Cornwall is more likely to be seen with a cocktail than a pintCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty What would be your last meal be? “A big tin of caviar and Melba toast” #tomparkerbowls #hlf16— Henley Literary Fest (@HenleyLitFest) September 27, 2016 Garlic and onions have long been blamed for bad breath, while eating chillies can cause other side effects, such as sweating.The Queen also has an aversion to garlic, according to a former royal chef who revealed in an interview earlier this year that the Monarch believes it is “antisocial” to eat it. During the talk, Mr Parker Bowles, 41, also joked that he could be “lynched” for labelling the family’s Aga as “useless” because his mother “loves it”. The Duchess has failed to learn how to cook using an ordinary oven, he said, and is best at using it for roast chicken, which she covers in butter and stuffs with lemon, and scrambled eggs. While the Duchess rarely has any “kitchen catastrophes”, the Aga does manage to break every Christmas “without doubt”, he added.“There is a huge debate about Agas, I don’t like Agas, I love them in a room but they are useless,” he said. “I could be lynched for saying that, she loves an Aga, she can only cook on an Aga.“Without a doubt every year, the Aga always goes out at Christmas, I don’t know how, but it goes out every year… It would go out without fail suddenly, the mercury, it was gone again. You’d come down in the morning finding my aunt, my mother, cooking a turkey which is perhaps a little bit big for the top right one [oven].”Speaking about his upbringing, Mr Parker Bowles, who has one sister, said his mother used to cook seasonal food at their home in Wiltshire as his father, Andrew Parker Bowles, who divorced the Duchess in 1995, indulged in fishing and shooting.As a young child, his only taste of the exotic was when he came to London and his grandmother took the family to Italian restaurants. Tom Parker Bowles, a food writer and critic, said their decision to avoid such cuisine made it difficult for him to cook for them as his dishes include “endless spices”.At Henley Literary Festival, he said: “As she [the Duchess] has got older, garlic and chillies are especially a no-no. You can’t go stinking of garlic when you are shaking hands the next day.”The Duchess has “never been a vindaloo and four pints person”, he said, while the Prince prefers game-based dishes. Describing the royal chefs as “very, very, very good”, he added: “I usually wouldn’t cook… most my food has chilli in it or endless spices and no, no I wouldn’t do it.” He added that he believed the current “no sugar, no fat” healthy eating attitude was leading to eating disorders and could even get to the point where it is “dangerous”.Speaking about the sugar tax, he said: “Fat was the enemy 10 years ago, sugar’s the enemy now, it’s all this sugar will kill you, it is the scourge of society. Sugar is nice, it’s sweet. We quite like sugar in sweets, just don’t live on them entirely.”He added: “There are new puritans now… boys and girls… telling us [about] clean eating, healthy eating, as if if you’re not eating quinoa you’re dirty. The serious point of this is that it’s contributing to all sorts of eating disorders, people get addicted to this healthy eating.” They have a team of chefs ready to create any meal of their choosing.But there are some ingredients that are unlikely ever to make an appearance in dishes set before the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – notably, chilli, garlic and onions.The royal couple do not eat spicy food and stick mainly to British dishes as they are concerned about “stinking” during engagements, the Duchess’s son has revealed.
Some recipients of your email will not be in work Monday, not because it is a holiday, but because they won’t have a job to go toTim Taylor QC Despite admitting it was a “sad day”, his chirpy send-off appeared to irk Mr Taylor, who is based in Dubai, as he hit reply all and said: “Some recipients of your email will not be in work Monday, not because it is a holiday, but because they won’t have a job to go to.”He added: “Try re-reading your own email and then asking yourself whether a culture of self-preoccupation and blaming others might have had something to do with how all this has happened.” King and Wood Mallesons global law firm London officesCredit:Chris Batson / Alamy Stock Photo Two top lawyers at one of the City of London’s biggest firms have found themselves embroiled in a public row after a chain of emails sparked by the company appointing administrators was leaked.In the chain, apparently sent to all members of staff at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), Tim Taylor QC appeared to criticise George Pinkham over what he perceived to be insensitivity towards outgoing staff.The war of words started after Mr Pinkham, who is based in New York, allegedly told staff who were being made redundant to “stay in touch” as he would not be in work on Monday because it is a holiday in the United States. The attack, first leaked to the Legal Cheek website, appeared to irk Mr Pinkham, who, again, hit reply all and accused Mr Taylor of “distorting” his words.“What gives you the right to attack me simply because I am trying to stay in touch with the many people in the firm I admire and respect?” he asked.A final message from Mr Taylor, whose son Hugo used to appear in reality television show Made in Chelsea, said he had just wanted Mr Pinkham to “clarify exactly who you want to blame”. He added: “Onwards and upwards!”Their exchange came after the firm confirmed on Tuesday that it was appointing administrators. A spokesman said: “I can confirm that King & Wood Mallesons LLP (London) will appoint administrators today (17 January).”It is thought the firm has debts of around £35 million.Mr Taylor, Mr Pinkham and KWM have been contacted for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The 62-year-old, who retired shortly before setting off on sailing tour last year, praised the Navy crew for the rescue, saying: “The hospitality extended to us just beggars belief.”The UK Coastguard said it received an emergency beacon alert at 8pm on Thursday and several vessels responded to a call for assistance before an RAF C130 Hercules was scrambled to the scene on Friday morning.US Air Force jets from RAF Mildenhall joined the search, while chemical tanker CPO Finland attempted to rescue the crew three times but was hampered by bad weather.HMS Dragon Captain Craig Wood said he was “proud” of the actions of the seamen who operated the rescue boats and praised the “really professional” Challenger sailors.He said: “It was pretty miserable conditions and pretty marginal conditions for what we wanted to do. This was about as challenging a we would like to put them (sea boat teams) out in.”We rewrote a coupe of pages of the textbook today but it could not have gone any better. Their families know they are safe in the hands of the Royal Navy.Petty Officer Max Grosse, chief bosun’s mate on board HMS Dragon, said the yacht was in a “desperate state” after 48 hours drifting in treacherous conditions.”Despite racing through the night we only had three hours of daylight remaining in which to safely remove the crew,” he added.A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “HM Coastguard would like to thank all those that took part in providing a successful outcome to this complex long range search and rescue mission.”The Clyde Challenger, which is owned by Lewis Learning Ltd, was designed and built to compete in the Clipper round-the-world yacht race and is also used for corporate, private and charity charters, according to its website.A statement on the company’s Facebook page said: “We are extremely grateful for this news and extend huge thanks to all those involved in standing over the yacht, organising and executing the safe transfer of the crew.”The Challenger, which is normally berthed in the Clyde estuary, in Scotland, could not be recovered. The skipper of a racing yacht has described the moment a “rogue wave” tore off its mast and left the crew stranded in the Atlantic Ocean for nearly two days.The 60ft Clyde Challenger yacht was battered in stormy conditions as it was returning to the UK from a four-and-a-half month trip and had to be rescued by a Royal Navy warship.Its crew of 13 Britons and one American waited 20 hours for HMS Dragon to reach them as the Type 45 destroyer was diverted 500 miles from a routine deployment. Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS DragonCredit:PA Roy Graham, the Challenger’s skipper, said the problems began five days after leaving the Azores, in the mid-Atlantic, when a large wave threw the yacht into chaos on Thursday evening.The 66-year-old Scot said: “We lost our mast and the rigging, that was the problem.”We got hit with a rogue wave coming in the opposite direction.”It hit us and knocked us over and dragged the crosstrees into the water, which dragged the mast into the water and snapped it at deck level.” Four crew members were clipped on deck at the time but Mr Graham said they would have been submerged for several seconds, adding: “To them it probably felt like minutes.”And he said he had fears for the safety and was relieved when he was told on Friday the Royal Navy was en route.The professional sailor said: “There were maybe a few doubts in my mind but when I knew HMS Dragon was coming for us, I knew it was going to be a positive outcome.”We are really pleased the Navy took up the challenge to come and rescue us.”Travelling at a top speed of around 30 knots, the warship arrived at the yacht’s position – some 610 miles south west of Land’s End – at around 2.30pm on Saturday.The operation concluded at around 5pm and all crew members were said to be “alive and well”.They were treated for “bumps and bruises” and given hot food, including steak and chips, as well as the chance to call their families once on board the vessel.Crew member Elisabeth Ligethy, from Glasgow, said she had been below deck and was thrown 10ft when the wave hit the yacht. The yacht had left the Azores on 5 February 2017 and was bound for the UK when it suffered significant damage following days of strong winds and heavy seasCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
It is a sad but well known fact that many major marathons see a small number of athletes die after suffering heart attacks.But a new study suggests that merely being in the vicinity of a big public race, such as this month’s London Marathon, increases the chances of death.Researchers at Harvard Medical School have established that people who suffer a heart attack when there is a marathon taking place nearby have a 15 per cent higher chance of dying within the next month than if the episode struck on a non race day. They found that, despite the legion of emergency services personnel usually present along the 26.2-mile route, the traffic is often so clogged up by road closures that crucial minutes are lost getting patients to hospital.Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study showed that ambulance transport to hospital was delayed by an average of 4.4 minutes on marathon days.“When it comes to treating people in the throes of a heart attack, minutes do matter – heart muscle dies quickly during a heart attack,” said Dr Anupam Jena, who led the research.While previous studies have examined death rates among marathon runners to assess the cardiac risks of endurance training, this is believed to be the first research analysing impact of such races on those living nearby due to causes that have nothing to do with the physical exertion of running a marathon.The investigators examined 10 years’ worth of patient records analyzing death rates among older Americans, 65 years of age and over, within 30 days of having a heart attack or a cardiac arrest near a major marathon.Death rates among patients hospitalised on the day of the race were compared with those hospitalised five weeks prior or five weeks after the race, and researchers also compared death rates among people living close to the event and those living in areas unaffected by street closures.”When cities host big marathons, or when people participate in races, they don’t think that there might be a chance that a person not taking part in the race could die because of the event,” said Jena. When it comes to treating people in the throes of a heart attack, minutes do matterDr Anupam Jena, Harvard Medical School Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Bradley Lowery with Jermain DefoeCredit:Getty “My brave boy has went with the angels today, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family,” they wrote.“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed elsewhere.“There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.” Bradley Lowrey at the Stadium of Light Credit:Getty Bradley Lowery’s classmates have paid tribute to the six-year-old with a beautiful rendition of his charity song.Pupils at Blackhall Colliery Primary School, in Hartlepool, sang ‘Smile For Bradley’ in his memory, which hit No. 3 in the iTunes chart last month, at a moving assembly. It was captured by the Hartlepool Mail, with the post attracting thousands of comments. One wrote: “You are all superheroes. Bradley would have been so proud of you all.”“Wow, I have shivers, so beautiful. Bless all those children and teachers. Bradley will be watching and so proud,” wrote another.“Well done boys and girls – the singing was beautiful,” wrote user Claire Mottram. The avid Sunderland fan and mascot died on July 7 after a battle with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer which affects fewer than 100 children in the UK each year.His parents also posted a heartfelt tribute to their son on Facebook: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Princes William and Harry dressed as policemenCredit:The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry The brothers are understood to have personally called many of their mother’s closest friends and aides to ask them to take part in the documentary, that comes almost 20 years after her death.As a result, the film also features the Princess’s brother, Earl Spencer, Sir Elton John, William Van Straubenzee, Lady Carolyn Warren and Anne Beckwith-Smith, her lady-in-waiting. Prince William and Prince Harry on a picnic bench in a snap from a family albumCredit:The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Duchess of Cambridge has, most recently, been considered the Royal Family’s resident photographer, releasing her own family snaps to mark important milestones.Before her, the Queen was known to be a keen photographer, becoming a proficient user of the cine camera, as was Antony Armstrong-Jones, the first Earl of Snowdon.But it seems such talent runs in the family, with the Duke of Cambridge proving himself to be rather adept behind the camera at the tender age of three.A never before seen image of Diana, Princess of Wales cradling a young Prince Harry on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, was taken by the prince as a toddler.The intimate family snap, found in a personal photograph album belonging to the princess, had been packed away and was only discovered by the princes earlier this year. The image taken by the young William, shows the princess sitting on the deck, cradling her youngest son, who appears keen to break free from her grasp.Another newly released image shows the boys dressed up as policemen, wearing matching helmets, black ties, and utility belts with walkie-talkies.While Harry poses confidently, hands on hips, his brother squints at the photographer, thought to be their mother.The brothers laugh about the princess’s penchant for dressing them up in “bizarre” costumes, which they admit leaves them bemused to this day. Now aged 35 and 32, the brothers said they wanted to make the documentary to celebrate her life, remind people who she was and introduce her, in their own way, to a new generation.They admit that talking so openly about their mother, the divorce and her death, had been “cathartic” but insist that they “won’t speak as openly or publicly about her again.”The boys both express regrets about the last conversation they had with her on the phone in August 1997, cutting it short to they could go and play.The Duke of Cambridge compared the news of her death to “an earthquake” while Prince Harry revealed he had only cried twice since she died, admitting that “there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.” Earl Spencer described the young princess as “a bundle of insecurities and unhappinesses” as a result of their own parents’ bitter divorce and said he believed such emotional scars left her better able to connect with others.Anne Beckwith Smith, who is thought to have been speaking publicly about the princess for the first time, recalled the tour of Wales that marked the beginning of her life as a working royal.“That – I think for both of us, was a baptism of fire,” she said.“ It was an extraordinary experience. It was that noise, it was the cheering, it was the childrenscreaming you know .. …it must have been very daunting.”Sir Elton John recalled what a staggering affect the princess had on debunking the stigma around Aids.“It was considered to be a gay disease and for someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift,” he said. It was released as part of a new ITV documentary in which the brothers speak candidly about their mother for the first time, providing an incredibly intimate insight into family life.In the programme to be broadcast tonight (MON), the princes flick through their mother’s photo album, reflecting together, in public for the first time, on their memories and what she had meant to them. Diana, Princess of Wales, holds Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince HarryCredit:DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.