The entrance to the new Pebblestone land release at Willowbank.NEW land has been released at the hugely popular Willowbank estate for the first time in two years.Pebblestone is the latest offering by Parkside Development comprising 10 lots ranging from 680sq m to 1070sq m, located off Willowbank Drive in Kirwan. The new land release is aimed at the premium market with lots starting at $231,000 and going up to $269,500.Parkside Development land sales manager Paul Fotinos said the 10 blocks could be the last land released at Willowbank for some time and they had already sparked the interest of potential buyers.“As soon as we started putting signs up and doing earthworks in here we had interest,” he said. “The difficulty is people that aren’t in the market don’t know what land is worth.“This is not traditional first homebuyer land unless they are in their late thirties or forties with a good income, then this could be their first home. It would more suit people wanting to upgrade to their second or third home.”The estate is surrounded by high-quality homes and has mountain views. It’s close to shops, schools, sporting facilities and the Avenues Tavern.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The master plan for Willowbank featuring the new Pebblestone land release.Parkside Developments marketing manager Fiona Montgomerie said Pebblestone filled a gap in their offerings by serving the premium market. “It’s aimed at the premium market because the price will dictate that but also the size of the land and the quality of the homes that are around it,” she said.“The existing estates we’ve got are Greater Ascot, Cosgrove and Liberty Rise, so this would complement that mix because Greater Ascot and Liberty Rise generally have blocks smaller than 800sq m.“Now if a buyer comes to us we have several estates that can help them and adding this to the mix adds a premium option for those people who aren’t looking for the smaller, downsizer lots and want something bigger.”Mr Fotinos said unlike many other estates in Townsville, Pebblestone would exclusively feature large lots, helping the homes to retain their value.“The thing about Willowbank that makes it work so well is that it’s big lots all together,” he said. “Parkside went in with the belief of keeping the block sizes large and giving people confidence that when they build, the people around them are going to build something similar, which helps with property values.”For more information visit willowbankestate.com.au.
MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Maximise your tax refund City buyers drawn to beach tower Sue and Rebecca Ferris after the auction of 20 Hoogley St, West End on the weekend. Picture: Debra BelaA BRISBANE auction has redefined retirement living after an entry level cottage in the inner suburbs was snapped up in three minutes on Saturday by a daughter buying a house for her elderly parents.The auction was over in roughly the time it took for a motorised scooter, bicycle, motorbike and a handful of cars to pass by 20 Hoogley St at West End.“This is pretty unusual, selling a Queenslander to a couple in their 70s,” Ray White South Brisbane agent Luke Croft said.“This is the time where people think about going into apartments, but they wanted somewhere with a bit of action.” The house, affectionately called ‘The Hoog’ by sellers Leanne and Nick, sits on a tiny 240sq m block with townhouses on the back fence line.The auction day crowd of 30 had to gather kerbside for the sale, with five registered bidders, mostly families wanting to capitalise on the inner city school catchment.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago The crowd gathers outside 20 Hoogley St, West End before the auction begins.The three-bedroom house with 90sq m of living space was considered so small that the sellers, who had the property tenanted at $580 a week according to CoreLogic property data, had elected to stay at home for the auction.“We live around the corner and we thought (if the auction was inside) there’d be nowhere for us to go,” Leanne said by phone afterwards.Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker suggested an opening bid of $800,000 which was revised to $780,000 with three active bidders, one on the phone.Rebecca Ferris, with her husband, daughter and mum by her side, joined the auction at $830,000 at which point the phone bidder pulled out. The kitchen looks out over the back deck. Picture: Supplied.The underbidder, who lived a couple of streets away and was keen to renovate underneath to add extra rooms for his family, went as high as $855,000, but Ms Ferris countered with $860,000 and after a brief pause to consult the owners, the house was announced to be on the market and it sold to the Ferris party.“Now that it’s done and dusted, what were you thinking of going to?” the underbidder asked after the auction.“Not much above that,” Rebecca Ferris said. “We could have gone higher but not for that property.”All that is left is for Sue and Ross Ferris to put their Victorian terrace home near Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on the market.“That’s why we wanted to look at something older too, we are familiar with an older house. We don’t care about a bit of maintenance,” Sue Ferris said.“We didn’t want something with a big backyard or a pool and we didn’t want anything split level inside.“We will put a lift in to go from downstairs to inside the house. We have one where we are now.” The three-bedroom house at 20 Hoogley St, West End. Picture: Supplied.The busy location will be a perfect fit for Rebecca Ferris’s mum and dad who are relocating to Brisbane from Melbourne to be close to family.“We’ve been living in Kensington for 27 years and we wanted to come to a similar community closer to town,” Rebecca’s mum Sue Ferris said after the auction.“We want traffic, we don’t want suburban, there is life here.”
Loading… Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep will head into the Australian Open with room for improvement after being upset 6-4, 6-2 by Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday at the ATP-WTA Adelaide International. The reigning Wimbledon champion and former world number one dropped serve five times and was flattened in the second set by her opponent from Belarus. Simona Halep was knocked out of the Adelaide International in an upset The 71-minute rout leaves Halep standing 1-1 for the season with the first Grand Slam of the year starting on Monday in Melbourne. Sabalenka will battle Dayana Yastremska on Friday for a place in the final after the Ukrainian 19-year-old beat a second top 20 opponent this week when she put out Croat Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-3. Sabalenka, ranked 12th to Halep’s fourth, won her first match after two losses to the Romanian, coached by Australian Darren Cahill. “It feels great, we had a tough match and she played well,” Sabalenka said. “I tried to stay focused on each point. I don’t care about the Grand Slam, I’m just playing each match.” “I didn’t care about the past, I stayed in the moment, that helped me to win.” In the first set, Halep twice lost break advantages, with Sabalenka coming through with a third break of serve in the final game on a double-fault from the seed. In the second, the Belarussian ran away with it – Halep drew applause and raised her arms in mock triumph as she finally won a game while trailing 5-0, but the youngster fired a winning return to seal match point. Aryna Sabalenka celebrates her victory against Simona Halep Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of Dolphins14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? “I’m just getting my form. I have a big goal for Australia, but I’m going to try to stay really realistic and play match by match. That’s all I can think about.” Last year’s 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins crushed fourth seed Belinda Bencic, sending the Swiss out in barely an hour with four breaks of serve. The 27th-ranked American will play either Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty or Marketa Vondrousova next. Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest In men’s play, South African Lloyd Harris beat Spanish fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3 to book a semi-final berth. He will play a fellow qualifier after Tommy Paul advanced over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4. Russian third seed Andrey Rublev won his sixth match of the season, with last weekend’s Doha champion defeating Britain’s Dan Evans 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Yastremska, ranked 24th, was thrilled to get past Vekic. “It’s nice to be in the semi-finals just in the beginning of the year,” she said. “I’m not playing my best game, but it’s still nice.”
Update on the latest in sports: Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida.The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported underlying medical conditions.— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes (day-POHR’-tays). Tailback is the sixth horse to die on the main track since Dec. 26. A required necropsy is pending. Four others died on the turf course and three on the training track.The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.A string of horse deaths at Santa Anita last year led to sweeping changes involving medication and safety.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future.While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas. Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open. May 12, 2020 — Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats had been idled for nearly two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened Monday after weeks of shutdowns.VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST—The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools. The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues. — Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKERRavens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — It’s the players’ union turn at the plate. NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years.The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player. The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.— Longtime NFL assistant coach John Teerlinck has died. He was 69. Colts owner Jim Irsay made the announcement in a Twitter post Sunday night. Team officials confirmed it was from Irsay’s account. Teerlinck spent 24 seasons coaching NFL defensive linemen, the last 12 with the Indianapolis Colts, and developed a reputation as one of the top pass-rushing coaches in league history. Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, John Randle and Kevin Greene were among Teerlinck’s top pupils.— Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter. Associated Press Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse dies at Santa Anita after workout; 13th since DecemberARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 13th horse has died at Santa Anita since late December.Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, broke down after a workout Sunday. Tailback (trained by Mike Puype) had no wins in two career starts and earnings of $4,340, according to Equibase. Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.
(BBC) – Former FIFA executives took bribes in return for voting for Russia and Qatar to host the World Cup, according to U.S. prosecutors.In what could be a highly significant twist in FBI’s long-running investigation into allegations of football corruption, a new indictment was revealed in the U.S. District Court on Monday.The documents claim several former FIFA executive committee members “were offered or received bribes in connection with their votes”.The Department of Justice makes allegations against Nicolas Leoz, the former president of the South American governing body Conmebol, and ex-Brazil federation supremo Ricardo Teixeira.Both are accused of taking money “in exchange for their votes in favour of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup”. Qatar denies the allegations.Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago was also allegedly paid £4M through a host of offshore shell companies to back Russia’s 2018 bid.Russia beat England to win the right to host the most recent World Cup in 2018. Warner was president of the North and Central American and Caribbean Confederation, CONCACAF.Another former FIFA ExCo member – Guatemala football chief, Rafael Salguero – was allegedly promised a bribe to vote for Russia.Leoz died last year under house arrest in his native Paraguay, having fought extradition to the U.S. Teixeira has been banned from the game for life by FIFA for taking bribes for marketing and media rights for football competitions between 2006 and 2012.Teixeira and Warner, who is also banned for life, have avoided extradition to the U,S,. Salguero was banned last year, having admitted corruption.Former executives at U.S. television giant 21st Century Fox have also been charged in the indictment with making payments to South American football officials to secure broadcast rights.“The profiteering and bribery in international soccer have been deep-seated and commonly known practices for decades,” said FBI assistant director-in-charge William Sweeney.“The FBI officials are investigating the illicit handshakes and backroom deals hidden in the infrastructure of soccer events, venues and marketing contracts.“The first public charges date back to 2015. This should illustrate to everyone still hoping to score millions corruptly, we’re going to find you.”WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND?Almost 10 years have now passed since FIFA controversially voted for Russia and Qatar to host the sport’s showpiece event.But it was only in 2015, following a dramatic dawn raid, at a Zurich hotel close to the governing body’s headquarters, that the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating football and TV executives enriching themselves through the game.The scandal sparked the worst crisis in FIFA’s history, with its disgraced president Sepp Blatter eventually standing aside.A total of 42 persons have been indicted, with 26 pleading guilty.HOW IMPORTANT COULD THIS BE?With Russia staging its World Cup almost two years ago, the focus of the potential impact of these fresh allegations will be on Qatar as it enters the final phase of preparations for the event.This is not the first time officials have been accused of corruption linked to the Gulf state’s bid during the sprawling FBI probe.In 2017 Alejandro Burzaco, a former TV executive, told a jury in New York that Leoz, Teixeira – and the now former Argentina football chief Julio Grondona – had been paid to vote for Qatar, who beat the U.S. in the vote.But never before have U.S. prosecutors formally laid out in such detail how the alleged corruption was conducted.However, the indictment does not specify who was behind the alleged bribery.Despite years of suspicion over how they won the vote, Qatar and Russia have always denied any wrongdoing, and both were effectively cleared by FIFA’s own investigation in 2017.But FIFA may find itself under renewed pressure to reopen an inquiry into how the votes were won.Yesterday, FIFA said it would “continue to provide full cooperation” and is “closely following these investigations”.A statement read: “It is important to point out that FIFA has itself been accorded victim status in the U.S. criminal proceedings and senior FIFA officials are in regular contact with the U.S. Department of Justice.“The FIFA ethics committee has already imposed sanctions, including life bans, on football officials mentioned in this process.”In response to the accusations, Alexei Sorokin, chief executive of Russia’s 2018 World Cup, told the Interfax news agency: “This is only the opinion of lawyers. We have repeatedly said that our bid was transparent.“At the time we answered all questions, including from the investigation branch of FIFA and from the media, we handed over all needed documents.“We have nothing to add to this and we will not respond to attempts to cast a shadow on our bid.”Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy (SC) said in a statement it “strongly denies the allegation” contained within the court papers.It added: “Despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the rights to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically, or by means that contravened FIFA’s strict bidding rules.“The SC maintains that it strictly adhered to all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process and any claim to the contrary is baseless and will be fiercely contested.”
In singles, Matt Potenza lost, 8-0, to the Tigers’ Jon Massaro, but Shivam Nanavati beat Jake Massaro by that same 8-0 margin as Michael Hill won, 8-2, over Paul Okhman.It proved closer on Wednesday, CBA getting past LaFayette 3-2 as the Vlassis brothers, along with Burton and Lewis, each won doubles matches without dropping a game.Up in singles, Oguntola lost, 6-3, 6-3, to Kaleigh Danaher, with Potenza starting fine but falling to Hunter Martorella 0-6, 6-2, 6-2, but Nanavati got the clinching point by handling Dante Friedman 6-0, 6-1. Tags: Bishop GrimesBoys tennisCBAJ-DMPH Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Rain shortened the match last Monday between Manlius-Pebble Hill and Marcellus, but the Trojans got the clinching points it needed to defeat the Mustangs 3-1.Claiming both doubles points, MPH had J.J. Braverman and Harry Xu beat Nick Hahn and Tyler Szalach 6-0, 6-0, with Casey Beach and Alex Fung getting a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dan Fox and Joe Perleoni. Dan Braverman lost in singles 6-4, 6-4, to Andrew Kammer, but Charlie Mann handled Tyler Guerrina 6-2, 6-1.But then MPH lost 5-0 to Mexico a day later. In the closes matches, Dan Braverman fell 6-4, 7-5 to Joe Ocker, while in doubles Xu and J.J. Braverman fell to Jacob Hill and Connor Shaffer 7-5, 6-3.Turning that around, MPH blanked Onondaga by that same 5-0 margin on Thursday, with J.J. Braverman going to singles and rallying past Jon Massaro 6-7, 6-3, 10-3. Mann and Dan Braverman earned the other singles points, and the Trojans swept doubles, too.Jamesville-DeWitt returned to action last Tuesday and routed Auburn 7-0, with Peter Hatton, Mark Bratslavsky and Will Guisbond dropping just two games in six sets of singles play.In the closest of the four doubles matches, the Red Rams’ duo of William Parratt and Wes Sharlow got a 7-5, 6-4 win over James Mock and Troy Wagner. Ben Oppedisano and Simon Zhou got past Gabriel Volo and Tim Walsh 6-4, 6-3.J-D won again on Wednesday, topping Cortland 6-1 as Mark Bratslavsky survived a 7-5, 7-6 singles battle with Nick Djafari, while Hatton and Guisbond also prevailed in singles.The Purple Tigers won a doubles point when Parratt and Sharlow lost, 6-1, 6-3, to Josh Henry and Aaron Hughes, but the teams of Essex Glowaki-Dhruv Nanavati and Mike Bratslavsky-Aniket Maini both won in two sets, with Oppedisano and Aiden Usher pairing up to beat Colter Gohs and Yefim Kalytyuk 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.Bishop Grimes did not get a point in last Monday’s 5-0 defeat to Mexico, and in fact the Tigers won all five matches in straight sets. Zed Weigand had the closest match in singles, a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Harley Wakeman. A 5-0 defeat to Westhill followed.Many other matches were rained out during the week, with Fayetteville-Manlius particularly affected as it will have to crowd most of its regular-season contests into the next two weeks. In its first match of May, the Christian Brothers Academy boys tennis team suffered its first setback of 2019, absorbing a 3-2 defeat to the Homer Trojans last Thursday afternoon.Before this, CBA topped Onondaga 4-1 last Monday afternoon in single-set matches that went to eight games to beat the rain.Ben and Dean Vlassis paired in doubles to top Michaela Germain and Ty Zych 8-0, with Hunter Burton and Max Lewis earning an 8-0 shutout of Sophia Featherstone and Nate Hay.
After saying he felt his entire team was to blame for SU’s 45-14 loss to Pittsburgh, SU head coach Doug Marrone defended his quarterback. Marrone wasn’t satisfied with Ryan Nassib’s two-interception performance. But Marrone wouldn’t let him take the crux of the blame. He may be the quarterback, but he is still just one player. ‘How do you criticize the quarterback when it’s the whole team?’ Marrone asked following the game. ‘If the kid goes back there clean and throws an interception without anyone in his face, yes (it’s his fault), if it’s the wrong read. But hey, there are people back there.’ Saturday, Nassib had perhaps his worst performance of the season. He completed just 25 of 46 pass attempts. The sophomore was intercepted twice, including a game-clinching miscue at the 10:27 mark of the third quarter, resulting in an 80-yard interception return touchdown for Pitt’s Ricky Gary. The pick-six gave the Panthers a 35-7 lead and sucked all faith out of the Carrier Dome. Nassib attained career highs in both completions and pass attempts, but the numbers came as a result of SU needing to attack more through the air after giving up an early 28-7 lead to Pitt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In a battle of one of the Big East’s most surprising quarterbacks this year in Nassib and an underachieving Tino Sunseri for Pittsburgh, Sunseri posted by far the better numbers. With a first half in which he racked up 190 yards and three touchdowns, Sunseri propelled Pitt to the three-score margin at the half. In the first, Nassib only passed for 83 yards. In the third quarter, Nassib threw one interception, and it put to rest any thought of a comeback attempt. The throw was rushed. It came on yet another play in which Pitt’s defensive line, lead by linebacker Tristan Roberts, who had two tackles-for-loss, got to Nassib. ‘It was tough. We were in an empty formation, and I was just trying to get the ball away, and I didn’t think anybody was going to be there,’ Nassib said. ‘My body didn’t let me get it out of bounds, and the corner peeled off, and he made a good play.’ In a game in which Nassib needed the big play, the opening was never there. Though the quarter was an improvement, it will be remembered for the pick. And despite the fact that Nassib felt his game wasn’t a complete loss, it all comes back to the interception. Even for the quarterback himself. ‘I feel like I did all right, but I can do a lot better,’ Nassib said. ‘I definitely had a dumb mistake in my interception, my second one, and I just felt like I could have gotten the ball out faster a couple of times and made a couple better, more accurate throws. I’ll go from there.’ Failure to convert on third gives Pitt breathing room From the 6:54 mark of the first quarter until the 9:39 mark of the second quarter Saturday, Syracuse had four third-down attempts. On all four, the Orange failed. Over the same span of time, Pittsburgh had four offensive drives. Three resulted in a touchdown. At the start of the span, Syracuse was tied with the Panthers 7-7. By the end, SU was down 28-7. The game felt over before the half, and the constant stream of short passes from Nassib to the likes of Alec Lemon and Nick Provo were failing. The stretch in time in the first and second quarter propelled Pitt to a comfortable lead while taking the Orange out of the game and forcing SU to rush aspects of its game. It all started with SU’s failure to convert on third down. After the game, Nassib chalked up the failed third-downs to mere execution. Pitt’s base was wreaking havoc on SU’s base. Simple as that. ‘They weren’t doing anything special at all, they were doing their base,’ Nassib said. ‘Like I said, two of those three-and-outs were fourth-and-ones and fourth-and-maybe-less-than-one. They did a good job today of stopping the run game, and they had the game planned pretty well, and they just out-executed us.’ The span of SU’s failure to convert on third down came during the same time as when Pitt converted on four of five third-down attempts. What transpired in the first half put SU on the brink. ‘At halftime … it was a tough situation, but you can do it,’ Marrone said. ‘I try to come over to the sideline and paint that picture for them, it just didn’t work out.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Published on October 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as president of football’s world governing body Fifa for a second term.The Swiss-Italian, 49, was re-elected until 2023 without opposition at Fifa’s annual congress in Paris.He succeeded Sepp Blatter in 2016 and has increased the number of teams at the 2026 World Cup and proposed key changes to the Club World Cup.Ex-president Blatter was in charge for 17 years until he was banned amid a corruption scandal in 2015.Infantino’s re-election was marked by a round of applause, after the the rules were changed earlier in the day to no longer require a vote from Fifa’s 211 members if only one candidate was standing.In a lengthy speech, he said: “Nobody talks about crisis at Fifa any more or rebuilding it from scratch.“Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we’ve turned the situation around.“This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be – an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity.”Former Uefa secretary general Infantino was behind the expansion of the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 for the 2026 tournament, which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.Plans to bring the expansion forward to the 2022 World Cup were however abandoned last month.In March, Fifa approved Infantino’s plans for a 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021, despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament. Source: BBC
Football’s governing body, Fifa, has launched an investigation after a BBC news team was arrested in Qatar while reporting on the plight of migrant workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.The four-strong crew had been invited by the Qatari’s prime minister’s office on an official tour of new accommodation for construction workers. It was part of a public relations drive in the wake of an international outcry over the slave-like conditions for workers exposed by a Guardian investigation.But despite official permission to report in Qatar, the crew were arrested by the security services, interrogated and jailed for two days before being released without charge.The Qatari government defended the arrests and accused the BBC crew of trespassing.Fifa, which has been repeatedly criticised for the way Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, was helping to run the tour. It said it was investigating the arrests. “Any instance relating to an apparent restriction of press freedom is of concern to Fifa and will be looked into with the seriousness it deserves,” it said in a statement.The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Mark Lobel, was one of those detained, along with his cameraman, a driver and translator. Speaking about his ordeal, Lobel said his interrogators never explained why he had been detained but showed him surveillance photographs of his movements in Qatar. “They had actually photographed my every move since I arrived,” Lobel told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.After their release, members of the team were allowed to take part in the official tour of a migrant accommodation block but their equipment remained confiscated and Qatar has offered no explanation or apology for the arrests.“We are fine,” Lobel said. “The worrying sign of this is that it might be a crackdown on the media to deal with the problem at the same time that other parts of the government are trying to change their image.”In an article for BBC News, he added: “Whatever the explanation, Qatar’s Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to journalism has been exposed by the spotlight that has been thrown on it after winning the World Cup bid.”Qatar’s head of communications, Saif al-Thani, said the BBC crew were arrested after departing from an official tour. He said: “We gave the reporters free rein to interview whomever they chose and to roam unaccompanied in the labour villages. “Perhaps anticipating that the government would not provide this sort of access, the BBC crew decided to do their own site visits and interviews in the days leading up to the planned tour. In doing so, they trespassed on private property, which is against the law in Qatar just as it is in most countries. Security forces were called and the BBC crew was detained.”No apology was issued, but Thani added: “The problems that the BBC reporter and his crew experienced could have been avoided if they had chosen to join the other journalists on the press tour. They would have been able to visit – in broad daylight – the very camps they tried to break into at night. Reporters from the Associated Press, AFP, the Guardian and Le Monde have filed stories on what they saw and heard in Qatar, and we invite interested readers to review their reports, which are available online.”“By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story. We sincerely hope that this was not his intention. Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar.”Human Rights Watch, which has highlighted Qatar’s poor record on labour conditions, described the arrests as “jaw-droppingly awful PR”. It pointed out that last week a German television crew was also arrested on a tour of Qatar.HRW Gulf researcher Nicholas McGeehan said: “Qatar put itself in the harshest of spotlights when it won the right to host 2022 and this is not the way to deal with the inevitable press attention. If it wants to put an end to media criticism, it needs to make some serious reforms to its labour system. Claiming that the arrest and intimidation of BBC journalists was legitimate on account of their “trespassing” is probably the lowest point so far in a dismal series of PR disasters.”
A superstar.Being competitive and entertaining, while employing at least one future Hall of Famer suddenly isn’t good enough for the Clippers.Doc Rivers, thought to be a dead man walking after being stripped of his front office duties last summer, has capably guided the Clippers to a 25-24 record and should be in the conversation for NBA Coach of the Year. If you needed any more proof that he is no longer calling the shots in Playa Vista, this deal seals it.Flawed executive that he was, Rivers never would have cheerleaded this trade.The Clippers get back Avery Bradley, the former Celtic who will be a free agent next summer; Harris, who averaged a career-high 18.1 points through 48 games for the Pistons; and Boban Marjanovic, another player whose contract will be up in 2019.All of this paves the way for the Clippers to have scads of cap room in 2019, the summer Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson become free agents, with LeBron James another potential target depending on how this summer goes.C’mon. Quick, who is the best free agent from another team the Clippers have ever signed? Caron Butler? Cuttino Mobley?West and Rivers have gravitas and command respect in any free agent pitch, but it feels like a heck of a gamble to ask the Clippers to rebuild via free agency.Nonetheless, the Clippers appear to be pushing forth with the belief that they can accomplish something the organization has never done, lure a top free agent, just so they can do something the franchise has done only once: emerge from the shallows of NBA irrelevance to construct a roster that can contend for a championship.This season the franchise’s streak of five straight 50-win seasons will end. And it’s important to note that these are the only five seasons the franchise had ever won 50 games. Not just in Los Angeles, not just as the Clippers. Dating to the 1970-71 origins of this outfit, when Dolph Schayes coached the expansion Buffalo Braves to a mere 22 victories, the Clippers have never been as good as they were since Griffin arrived.He will be remembered for leaping over a Kia in the dunk contest and for his goofy commercials. No retrospective will ever be complete without mention of the night he punched a team equipment manager, his friend, in the face, breaking his own hand.Nostalgia would seem a silly measure of a trade, if not for the fact that was precisely what the Clippers sold Griffin on when they enticed him to forgo free agency and re-sign with them in July (albeit without the no-trade clause he might now wish he’d demanded).Griffin, who turns 29 in March, was guided into his own personal history museum inside Staples Center, replete with the Clippers’ public address announcer shouting out his career accomplishments as a No. 32 jersey was raised into the rafters.The Clippers have never retired a jersey, mind you. And as the Lakers’ plans to erect a statue in the honor of Elgin Baylor brought painfully to mind, no player in Clippers history is worthy of a permanent tribute.Griffin was likely that player (Paul would have been too, until he orchestrated his way out of town). But in today’s NBA, teams believe rebuilding can only be done by sinking like a stone to the bottom, collecting draft picks and swinging for the fences in free agency.It is downright galling that the Clippers would see that as their best hope when that strategy has repeatedly blown up in the faces of their supposed rivals, the Lakers, a team that actually has the rotting husk of a legacy to sell.The Clippers don’t even have that. They gave up on the possibility of having that.The reasons the Clippers are moving on from Griffin now are no different from the reasons they should have let him walk last summer. He is an injury-addled forward with diminishing athleticism, and with minimal draft assets the Clippers were left with the beg-and-hope approach in free agency.They collected Patrick Beverley as part of the return for Paul and acquired Danilo Gallinari in a sign-and-trade (three years, $64.6 million).At 28 years old, Griffin has already endured more injuries than most teams. His toe injury in the playoffs last April likely cost the Clippers a first-round series win against the Utah Jazz and greased the wheels for Paul’s power play out of town.The only thing that separates this from what the disgraced Donald Sterling would have done is that he would have never spent the money to retain Griffin in the first place.Given the events of Monday, that, sadly, would have been the right move. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.Because on Monday, barely six months after they convinced the best player in the history of their history-barren franchise to commit to them for the prime of his career, the Clippers traded Blake Griffin and summarily ended the only era of their franchise that has brought anyone any happiness.Ignore the pennies-on-the-dollar return and the implications for what remains of a season that has been so unexpectedly impressive. This is about loyalty, which the Clippers pleaded for from Griffin when he was a free agent last summer and then so callously dismissed after they conned him into committing for the next five years (at $173 million).The message is clear. DeAndre Jordan, thanks for your service. You’re next.Lou Williams, ye of the late-game heroics and the fun but futile All-Star campaign, your bags are packed and waiting for you at the door.This is an all-out fire sale from the Clippers and if, somehow, the Clippers fail to find new homes for those two players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, then what in the world are Steve Ballmer, Lawrence Frank and Jerry West doing?The Clippers are trying to do the hardest thing in NBA rebuilding, which is to stay in the playoff hunt while also rebuilding. Tobias Harris, the best player coming back in the Griffin deal, is a valuable forward who can score from all over the court.And while there might be a reasonable basketball justification for this deal – Harris making up for much of Griffin’s production with fewer years committed – the Clippers (for the second time since June, when Chris Paul forced their hand) traded in the one thing they spent the majority of their existence without. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error