Pools now a must-have ‘accessory’

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Fancy an NRL halfback for landlord? Solani Jooste, Liam Jooste, 4, and Rob Gray enjoying one of the most stunning private pools in Brisbane’s inner-city Picture: Jamie Hanson.DESIGNER pools are the latest must-have accessory in luxury homes, with experts predicting they add up to three times their cost to property value. From $20,000 plunge pools on tiny blocks to cantilevered ones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, demand is surging, keeping builders and designers on their toes. Real estate agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm has one of Brisbane’s most amazingly engineered pools in a home set to go to auction on March 26. Called Balaam, the pool at 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton, was especially designed by architect Shaun Lockyer and built by Hutchinson Builders for Brisbane developer Don O’Rourke of Consolidated Properties. TV star historic home ready for new owner The pool at Balaam in Hamilton is striking. A large L-shaped pool created with Dave Franklin makes the most of the wraparound concept. Picture: SuppliedThe line of sight trend has come into its own across South East Queensland, where the cost of pools run from $20,000 for a designer plunge pool to upwards of $100,000 for special ones tailored to suit particular sites.“People want to see the pool from their kitchen and living area,” Mr Gray said. “They need a visual of the kids, so it needs a connection with the kitchen and living area. That’s where people will want their pool now. Most people don’t want a disconnected jellybean.”Celebrity television pool designer Dave Franklin – whose skills have taken him to The Block, Reno Rumble, Open Homes Australia, and Ready Set Reno – said healthier pools were also on the rise.“More and more clients are asking for natural pool filtration systems. Magnesium based pools are definitely on the rise.” Amy Shark sinks millions into home town Celebrity pool designer Dave Franklin reimagined the kidney shaped pool at this site in the Isle of Capri on the Gold Coast. Picture: SuppliedMr Lancaster said the Balaam pool was a ‘no budget spared’ property icon.“The full cantilevered suspended pool has a glass front edge that’s rated so highly you could use it in Seaworld to keep polar bears in,” Mr Lancashire said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“Literally to put a pool in like that with concrete and glass you wouldn’t do it again or it would be majorly overcapitalising. But the way this whole house was designed and built, it works.” Mr O’Rourke sold the home for $11.8m four years ago.Award-winning Brisbane builder Graya director Rob Gray said pools were not just a luxury any more in upmarket homes, but a necessity.“With our climate it actually makes a lot of financial sense to put a pool in your house,” he told The Sunday-Mail. “For what it costs, you get a good return because of the climate, definitely in Brisbane. A $1.5 million house might sell for $1.6m because of it, and the pool might have only cost about $30,000.” MORE: Jessica Rudd is doing it her way Its groundbreaking cantilevered pool was set into the side of the first floor of the home so that Mr O’Rourke’s children could be seen from the upstairs kitchen while they were swimming.“The most important features for pools are one that it be beautiful and striking and secondly that it be practical. If you can see the pool from all parts of the house it’s great for safety, great for the family to enjoy time together,” Mr O’Rorke said.“You could be eating in the dining area, cooking in the kitchen, and still have the ability to interact with the pool.“In Balaam, we put a bright red mosaic tile in a beautiful pool, with a glass wall to the street which adds a bit of drama and then we put it on the first floor so it sat in middle of kitchen outdoor dining and living area so everyone could be together.” The pool of The Block co-host Shelly Craft in Byron Bay created with the help of Dave Franklin. Picture: Supplied.His top five pool tips were to consider natural alternatives especially for filtration systems, don’t even think about DIY for pools, use the highest levels of water purification you can afford, do not skimp on maintenance, and remember small spaces can work well too.“Many of us are opting for compact, apartment style living these days and that doesn’t have to mean you can’t have a pool,” he said. “I’ve loved designing and building some really creative, small-space swimming pool solutions and you wouldn’t believe what you can achieve with smart thinking and innovative ideas. The sky’s the limit.” David Franklin and his team worked with The Block co-host Shelly Craft to create a Palm Springs inspired pool landscape for her, husband Christian and their two daughters in their Byron Bay home. Picture: Supplied. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Pemex on the lookout for Nobilis-Maximino partner

first_imgMexican state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is on the lookout for a partner to carry out exploration and production activities on the Nobilis-Maximino area in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.The Nobilis-Maximino block is located in ultra-deepwater in the Cinturón Plegado Perdido area of the Gulf of Mexico, 230 kilometers off the coast of Tamaulipas and 15 kilometers from the maritime border with the United States.It contains total 3P reserves that are estimated at 500 million barrels of crude oil equivalent. With a flow depth between 2, 900 and 3, 100 meters, it covers a total area of  1,524 square kilometers.In a statement on Monday, the Mexican oil company said joint ventures were a key element for Pemex to „consolidate itself as a modern, competitive and profitable enterprise, as this allows the company to share the risks of exploration and production in its fields, thus making use of the advantages provided by the Energy Reform.“The call for the international public bidding process that corresponds to this block in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico was published today by the National Hydrocarbons Commission.Pemex Board of Directors has earlier authorized sending the application for migration with a partner for the exploration and extraction in the Nobilis-Maximino block.Petróleos Mexicanos had requested the Sener (Ministry of Energy) to migrate the assignments for the Cinturón Plegado Perdido 03, 08 and 09, which were assigned to the company during Round Zero, to a contract for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons with a partner whose area of expertise is related to this contractual field.The Nobilis-Maximino block is located in ultra-deep water in the Cinturón Plegado Perdido area of the Gulf of Mexico, 230 kilometers off the coast of Tamaulipas and 15 kilometers from the maritime border with the United States.According to Tuesday’s statement by Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH),  a call for tenders was published and a basis of bidding for a partnership in the license.The CNH added that it approved the international public bidding process for the license during the 46th special session of the Commission on September 15.As stated in the schedule for this bidding process, the CNH will publish the list of bidders on January 24 while the bidding itself will be held on January 31, 2018.“The Nobilis-Maximino concession is an essential part of Petróleos Mexicanos’ strategy to promote such partnerships that will strengthen its (Pemex’s) operating, financial and technological capabilities,” Pemex said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Ginger-Sesame Meat Loaf

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Meat loaf is a hearty dish that is traditionally made using ground beef. This recipe changes things up a bit, using chicken and an assortment of ingredients like ginger, stir-fry sauce, and lemongrass for a flavor that is distinctly Asian. Pad-thai noodles with green onions make a great side.nutrition facts * Servings Per Recipe 8 servings * Calories308 * Total Fat (g)8 * Saturated Fat (g)2, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)2, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, * Cholesterol (mg)112, * Sodium (mg)723, * Carbohydrate (g)33, * Total Sugar (g)4, * Fiber (g)3, * Protein (g)24, * Vitamin A (DV%)0, * Vitamin C (DV%)12, * Calcium (DV%)7, * Iron (DV%)11, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie dietTop ideas for dinner tonight:•30-minute (or less) spring dinners•Quick and easy chicken dishes•Garden-fresh entrée saladsingredientsNonstick cooking spray2 eggs, lightly beaten1 cup chopped green onion1 cup finely shredded carrot1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce4 cloves garlic, minced2 Tbsp. sesame seeds1 Tbsp. finely chopped lemongrass or 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel (optional)1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger2 tsp. chili powder1-1/2 lb. uncooked ground chicken8 oz. Pad Thai noodles (rice noodles)2/3 cup purchased Pad Thai stir-fry sauce2 Tbsp. chicken brothSliced green onions and/or sesame seeds (optional)directions1.Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside. In bowl combine eggs, onions, carrots, soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds, lemongrass, ginger, and chili powder; add chicken. Mix well. Pat into pan.2.Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaf registers 165F. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.3.Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions; drain. Toss with 1/3 cup of the Pad Thai sauce. Return to pan; heat through. In a small saucepan heat remaining Pad Thai sauce and broth just to boiling. To serve, slice meat loaf; divide noodles among plates; top with meat loaf slices. Drizzle with Pad Thai-broth mixture. Sprinkle with onions and/or sesame seeds. Makes 8 servings.Receipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens Tweet Sharecenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Ginger-Sesame Meat Loaf by: – July 25, 2011 Share 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Ex-village watchman nabbed in buy-bust

first_imgAn undercover officer initially boughtfrom Bacroya a sachet of suspected shabu. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Cadiz City police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN He was identified as 45-year-oldRomulo Bacroya, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – A formervillagewatchman was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Zone 12, CadizCity, Negros Occidental. Three more sachets of suspectedillegal drugs were seized during Bacroya’s arrest around 3:20 p.m. on Dec. 17. last_img read more

Rooney stars as United ease to win

first_img Rooney finished a superb team goal to put United ahead and scored again before the break following a lovely through-ball from Juan Mata. The United skipper helped kill off the game by pinging a 35-yard pass to Robin van Persie, who headed past Jak Alnwick, before Papiss Cisse scored a late consolation for the Magpies from the penalty spot. Press Association Louis van Gaal’s decision to cancel Christmas Day training did not backfire. United were the best team for most of the match. Radamel Falcao had one of his best performances in a United shirt up front while Mata was a constant threat, threading dangerous passes through Newcastle’s stretched, unorganised defence. But it was Rooney, playing in a midfield role once again, who stole the show. Some felt Van Gaal’s decision to drop Rooney deeper was a mistake, but he has excelled there so far. Against Newcastle he dictated the pace of the game along with Mata and Michael Carrick and the timing of his runs for both goals was superb. It must be said that Newcastle helped ease United’s path to victory. The defending for all three goals was sloppy from Alan Pardew’s men, who have now lost four matches in a row. United, on the other hand, remain in third position in the Barclays Premier League – 10 points behind leaders Chelsea – thanks to their seventh win in eight matches. After a day off eating Christmas dinner with their families, it took a while for United’s players to get going on a chilly Boxing Day afternoon at Old Trafford. Newcastle created the best chances early on. Ayoze Perez beat two United players, but he tried to slip by a third when he should have squared to 17-year-old debutant Adam Armstrong, who had left his marker at the back post. In the 14th minute, Newcastle were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty. Pardew flung his arms in the air and ranted at fourth official Robert Madley after Mata clipped Yoan Gouffran’s heels as he entered the box, but referee Michael Jones waved play on. United finally sparked into life when Rooney found Van Persie, with a pin-point pass, but Alnwick raced off his line and forced the Dutchman wide. Not for the first time this season, David de Gea then saved United with an acrobatic dive to deny Daryl Janmaat, who had surged forward from the back. Despite the pressure from Newcastle, the hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute with an impressive team goal. Rooney started the move, laying the ball off to Mata, who chipped towards the back post after the Newcastle defence backed off. Falcao hooked the ball back across the box and Rooney tapped in from close range. Newcastle were rattled. The Stretford End demanded United attack and they did with style. Ashley Young brushed past two defenders and swung the ball over Falcao, but his downward header sneaked wide before Rooney made it 2-0 eight minutes before half-time. Mata again played a key role, sliding the ball through the away defence to the England captain, who tapped in past Alnwick. Van Gaal rose to his feet and punched the air. Eight minutes after the break, the United boss was applauding his team’s third goal of the afternoon. Rooney, again given time by Newcastle, looked up and floated a 35-yard pass over the away defence to find Van Persie, who nodded past Alnwick. With the result now beyond doubt, Van Gaal removed Carrick and Falcao for Darren Fletcher and James Wilson. Rooney remained on the pitch, looking for his first United hat-trick since August 2011. The United skipper came very close on the hour when he whipped a 20-yard free-kick just over Alnwick’s cross bar. With a game coming up against Tottenham on Sunday, United sensibly took their foot off the accelerator, but Fletcher made a mistake, allowing Ayoze into the box. Again, De Gea came to the rescue with a save at his near post. The Spaniard could do nothing about Newcastle’s 87th-minute consolation, though. Phil Jones tripped Jack Colback as he entered the box and Cisse slotted the penalty perfectly into the top right-hand corner. It did not matter, though. The game had been won long ago. Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up another goal as Manchester United swatted Newcastle aside with an easy 3-1 win at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Alderwood in hat for Kerry National

first_img “He ran a cracker on the day,” said Mullins. “To be beaten half a length and a head for second in a Galway Plate was a great effort. “He looked to be coming back to himself when he ran in the Irish Grand National and he showed that again at Galway. “I think we’ll probably aim towards the Kerry National now and hopefully he stays in the same form. “I think there might be one more big pot in him.” Press Association Alderwood’s focus is likely to be shifted towards the Guinness Kerry National in September after his fine run in the Galway Plate.center_img Tom Mullins’ dual Cheltenham Festival winner turned in a typically stout display to take fourth spot in the Ballybrit feature. Alderwood occupied the same position in the Kerry National 12 months ago and is again likely to head to Listowel. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season. The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.— Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. — North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons.”— Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the virus. Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP In other NFL news:—The Washington Football Team has released running back Derrius Guice (GYS) after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun (LOW’-don) County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Department said Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. The Sheriff’s Department said it became aware in July of incidents in February, March and April. The 23-year-old Guice turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bond. — Coaches will have their own category for being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at least for the next four years. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees has approved a change in the selection process. Effective with the class of 2021, there will be 15 modern-era players as finalists with a maximum of five ultimately elected. There also will be one coach finalist, one senior finalist and one contributor finalist through the selection of the class of 2024. Coaches were previously considered along with players and that lessened their chances of being elected to the Canton, Ohio, shrine. — New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired. DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement Friday. A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10.— New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May in Florida. Authorities say Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men. The punishment in event of a conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison. Baker surrendered to jail on May 16 and was released on bond. His next court date hasn’t been announced. White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Derrick White scored 24 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a much-needed win over the short-handed Utah Jazz 119-111. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay each added 14 points for the Spurs. San Antonio moved into 10th place in the Western Conference and is a half-game ahead of the surging Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart but were idle Friday. Gay scored 10 points during one stretch in the third quarter to help open a 16-point lead. In other Friday NBA action:Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed their first win since the restart with a 121-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ja Morant had 19 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies. Memphis shot 55% and avoided falling into a tie with Portland for eight place in the Western Conference standings. Chris Paul scored 17 points and Luguentz Dort added 16 for the Thunder. Li at his best and holds club housey lead at PGA ChampionshipSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There’s no telling what to expect from Li Haotong. The 25-year-old from China was at his best in the PGA Championship with a bogey-free round of 65. That gave Li an early two-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood among the morning starters Friday at Harding Park. Li was at 8-under 132. Li is one of only six players with a 63 in the final round of a major. He also had a tough debut in the Presidents Cup. Mike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.In other NHL action:Brad Richardson scored on a rebound in overtime, Darcy Kuemper stopped 49 shots and the Arizona Coyotes advanced in the postseason for the first time in eight years with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The Western Conference’s No. 11 seed took a 2-0 lead early in the second period but allowed Nashville to tie it and went ahead 3-2 on Jordan Oesterle’s goal early in the third. Nashville pulled goalie Juuse Saros late in the third period and Filip Forsberg tied it with 32 seconds left on a one-timer after Roman Josi kept the puck in Arizona’s zone. Richardson won it after he redirected Vinnie Hinostroza’s shot and punched the rebound in past Saros.—Artturi Lehkonen flipped a shot past Tristan Jarry with 4:11 remaining to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a stunning 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that clinched their first playoff berth in three years. Paul Byron took advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover, darted behind the Penguins net and slipped a pass to Lehkonen in front. The 25-year-old Lehkonen found enough space between four Pittsburgh players to slip the puck into the open net. The12th-seeded Canadiens captured the best-of-five qualifying round over fifth-seeded Pittsburgh in four games.NBA-SCHEDULE — The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The deal adds another former first-round pick to San Francisco’s talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing because of injuries and substance abuse problems. He has been suspended 32 games over his career for violating NFL rules on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs and has also had two operations on his knee. — Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans on Friday, and he has been activated off the Reserve/DidNot Report list. The Titans also put defensive lineman Jack Crawford on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after coming in close contact with someone who’s infected. — The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend. The NFL club said Friday that season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig Sky joins Pioneer League in dropping fall football Associated Press August 7, 2020 Major League Baseball said the game was called off to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday. In other MLB news:— Major League Baseball has announced changes to the regular-season schedule to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month. Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long. Miami was already scheduled to host Philadelphia for four games Sept. 10-13. The series has been extended to include a game on Monday, Sept. 14, and doubleheaders have been scheduled for that Friday and Sunday. The St. Louis Cardinals, who have been out of action since July 31 because of an outbreak, have added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been sidelined in 2020 by a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the tingling in Strasburg’s right thumb is gone and nothing in the pitcher’s mechanics has changed. Williamson has averaged nearly 17 points and about 19 minutes in the Pelicans’ four games in the Disney complex. He has averaged 22.4 points in 23 total games this season after missing the first 44 games of his rookie campaign while recovering from right knee surgery.The Pelicans’ playoff hopes have faded with three losses in their past four games. They might need to win all of their final four regular-season games to have a chance to qualify.MLB-NEWSAnother positive test, another postponement for CardinalsUNDATED (AP) — Friday night’s game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs has been postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for COVID-19. UNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has postponed its football season until spring and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision Friday all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs being held in the fall. The FCS playoffs are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I. The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.In other pandemic-related developments:— The Pioneer League says it won’t play a fall football schedule but would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. — The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. — Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Prosecutors are accusing Kay of giving the fentanyl to Skaggs.NFL-NEWSNewton says he’s ready to go in New EnglandUNDATED (AP) — New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is a week into the latest step in his career. He says he isn’t as much concerned with replacing Tom Brady or silencing his doubters as with proving to himself that he’s still capable of performing at his highest level. The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick says he’s full go after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Carolina. He also says there’s no ill will toward the Panthers after they released him in March with one year remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract. NBA-WILLIAMSON OUTPelicans resting Zion Williamson against WizardsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA’s top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans’ 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Thursday.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has seen his playing time limited after missing nearly two weeks of practice in July to attend to a family medical matter. The former Duke star has played as few as 14 minutes and not more than 25 minutes in a game since the Pelicans resumed their season July 30. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSIslanders advance with 5-1 win over PanthersTORONTO (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday. last_img read more

Trending up: Parris provides reliable late-down option; Secondary holds Louisville in check

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (5-1, 3-1), 28-6, at the Carrier Dome on Friday night, but here are three bright spots for what was ultimately an ugly game for the Orange.1. Josh ParrisParris has been working back from a knee injury he sustained in training camp, and Friday looked to be his first real run as the primary tight end. Without second-string tight end Kendall Moore, starting H-back Brisly Estime and top target Ashton Broyld, Hunt used Parris as a safety valve and he proved a reliable late-down option. Parris caught five passes for 34 yards, with three catches earning first downs — and two of those three coming on third down. He lined up in the slot, on the line throughout the game and was targeted out of the slot on the left sideline for what would have been his longest catch of the game. But Hunt threw the pass high and out of his reach. All of SU’s success came on underneath routes, which allowed Parris to turn his hips and get upfield for mid-sized gains.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Pass defenseJulian Whigham didn’t think Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was telegraphing his passes, except on his first-quarter interception that set the tone for a solid day for Syracuse the secondary. Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon finished 12-for-22 with 174 yards, and the Cardinals ran the ball 48 times. Had SU been able to control the  ground game — an advertised strength of the defense — the Cardinals would have had an even harder time in the air and an even harder time moving the ball. But when the Orange front did stop the run on early downs, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough was able to insert an extra safety on the field for what SU calls the “Okie” package. Cornerbacks Whigham and Brandon Reddish and safeties Darius Kelly, Durell Eskridge and Ritchy Desir dropped back in a Cover 3 and allowed the line and linebackers to get good pressure on Bonnafon — which resulted in the Cardinals going 7-for-16 on third down.The SU secondary did get hurt when the Cardinals ran underneath routes to counter the Cover 3, but Whigham said a few tweaks to the umbrella coverage can stop that wrinkle. 3. Ben Lewis Let’s forget that Ben Lewis let an easy touchdown catch fall through his fingers. It’s not easy, but his full body of work against the Cardinals can help. Without Estime and Broyld, Lewis worked mostly out of the slot and only had two catches for 54 yards in the game. But his 48-yard reception in the third was his third big gain in as many games, and without penalties and his drop in the end zone, it should have set up a Syracuse touchdown.Touchdowns never came, but Lewis fell a yard short of the end zone, caught a score that was called back and missed one that he catches nine times out of 10. “Close” doesn’t show up on the scoreboard, but he looks to be a reliable option moving forward. Comments Published on October 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Tripolskaya making her way to top with hard work

first_imgComing off of her first victory against a ranked opponent in last week’s match against 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, Anastasia Tripolskaya is feeling like she can take on the world.The sophomore on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team was born and raised in Moscow. She was a three-time runner-up in the Youth Championship there and has since taken her talents across the world, where she and her team, which consists of four other sophomores, have struggled to find consistent success. But with last Sunday’s win against a ranked opponent, the sophomore is confident about her play as this season ends and the next season approaches.“It gives me confidence because I became the No. 2 singles player after playing the whole semester at No. 3, and right now I feel I can beat anyone,” Tripolskaya said. “It’s all in my head. If I can control my body, my shots and my groundstrokes, I can play really good tennis. It definitely gives me confidence for the future.”Tripolskaya currently has a singles record of 19-11, 4-2 in Big Ten play at the second and third spots on the team. She is 7-3 in her last 10 matches, and her three-set victory against Yurovsky was her first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season.With Tripolskaya growing up in Russia, it may seem puzzling as to why she came all the way to Madison to play tennis. But, as both a student and an athlete, she is happy with her decision to become a Badger. She thoroughly enjoys the coaches and her teammates, and believes that the program provides her with the best opportunity to grow. She also admires the university’s business school, which she has applied to with plans to major in UW’s highly-ranked marketing program.As one might imagine, moving to another country is quite a big adjustment, and Tripolskaya has noticed a considerable difference in the way tennis is taught and played in the United States compared to Russia. She said the biggest difference is in competition.“There is a difference. In my tennis school where I was playing, there were always many different talented tennis players at different ages. Sometimes I was competing against 14-year-olds, but they would be ranked first in the country,” Tripolskaya said. “Here, I really love that we can play multiple matches every week. You can develop not just your technique, but also your ability to think on the court during the match, and I feel this really helps you to become a better player.”Tripolskaya describes herself as mentally tough. She fights for every point until the end, showing this capability by coming back to win multiple matches this season after dropping the first set. Her coaches and teammates are also well aware of the sophomore’s toughness. UW’s first-year head coach Tina Samara believes that Tripolskaya’s tough personality off the court translates well to her play on the court.“I think, especially in tennis, players play a lot like their personality. You see that she’s a fighter and that she’s stubborn, which make her great and frustrating in a good way as a coach,” Samara said. “She works very hard and she doesn’t quit. She’s that way both on and off the court.”Samara sees Tripolskaya’s “never quit” mentality, as well as her ability and willingness to learn, as large factors in her recent success and success since she joined the Badgers.She started playing last year with Wisconsin halfway through the season and slowly began to ascend to higher roles on the team. After beginning as the No. 5 singles player for the Badgers and playing eight matches, Tripolskaya moved up the ranks to become the No. 4 position where she spent six matches of the singles season with a 3-3 record. With her hard work, she climbed to the third singles spot where she spent the rest of the season.Although Tripolskaya endured some struggles in the third singles spot on the way to a 1-7 record, the experience was about much more than her record.Tripolskaya is always willing to make adjustments to her game, even though the adjustments have led — and may lead — to some struggles in the beginning, because she knows in the end it will make her a better player.“One thing that she’s done really well is [working] on being outside of her comfort zone and doing some things on the court that she really hadn’t done before,” Samara said.“It’s frustrating in the beginning when you’re not winning points because you are trying to do new things,” Samara said. “But I think [that’s] why she’s getting the wins like she did last week and has the record she has because she has been willing to do that. Her willingness to try new things is a big part of her success.”Tripolskaya’s personality also has an impact off the court, especially with her teammates. Sophomore Lauren Burich explained how she and the rest of the team can look to Tripolskaya to bring a sense of positivity to the group.“She’s probably the most positive on the team and very mentally strong. She’s always trying to help us or talk to us, help us figure things out,” Burich said. “No matter if it’s school, or whatever problems we have, she is always the one trying to help everybody out.”It is Tripolskaya’s mental toughness, positive personality and her skill level at the game of tennis that make her a valuable asset to the team this year and for the next two years as well. She appears to have what it takes to soon be the leader of a young and growing program at Wisconsin.“She’s a fighter. She never gives up. She works very hard and she fights for every point. She knows she can do it and believes in herself, and that’s what really makes her a good player,” Burich said.last_img read more

Burundi referee to handle Lesotho v Ghana

first_imgBurundian officials have been selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Lesotho and Ghana on Sunday, June 16.Thierry Nkurunziza has been named as the centre referee for the game at the Setsoto National Stadium.He will be assisted on the lines by fellow nationals, Ramadhan Nijimbere and Herve Kakunze.The fourth official is Eric Gasinzigwa, also from Burundi.The Black Stars will be away in Maseru in the penultimate Group D second round fixture.last_img