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QLD housing market to lead the nation for capital growth: NAB

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first_imgNAB expects Brisbane house prices to remain flat in the next two years. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.Its Residential Property Index fell sharply in the June quarter — down 17 points to sit at +6, although sentiment in Queensland was higher at +14 points.The bank’s economists expect prices for houses in Brisbane to remain “broadly flat” over the next two years, while the forecast for Sydney and Melbourne is for prices to drop. NAB predicts a sharp decline in unit prices of 4.5 per cent in Brisbane over the next year.Confidence in the housing market nationally also fell to a new low, driven mainly by the cooling of prices in NSW and Victoria. NSW CARPARK COSTS SAME AS QLD UNIT Property professionals surveyed by NAB predict Queensland will lead the country for capital growth in the next two years.QUEENSLAND’S housing market is tipped to lead the country for capital growth in the next two years while prices in NSW and Victoria continue to slide, according to a survey of hundreds of property professionals. The latest National Australia Bank (NAB) quarterly survey of 300 respondents reveals the industry expects house prices in Queensland to increase by 0.7 per cent in the next year and to have risen by 1.3 per cent in two years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.Foreign buyers’ appetite for property fell in all states, except Queensland, where the share of sales to that market jumped to a four-year high of 22.8 per cent in the past quarter.“This may have reflected anecdotal reports of increased Chinese property investment associated with record numbers of Chinese student enrolments in the state,” the report said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIn Queensland, foreign buyers accounted for 5.4 per cent of all residential property sales in the three months to June 30.But NAB’s own view of the housing market is less optimistic. MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11M PLUS National Australia Bank has released its June quarter Residential Property Index. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.Areas tipped to enjoy above average growth over the next year include Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, with Coomera and New Farm singled out as suburbs expected to outperform.The outlook for rents in the state is also positive and likely placing upward pressure on yields.Property professionals predict rental growth in Queensland of 1.3 per cent over the next 12 months and to have grown by 1.9 per cent in two years.Despite tougher restrictions on housing investment, the number of local investors in new property markets were especially active in the sunshine state, with more than 32 per cent of buyers in this market in the second quarter of 2018. ONE IN FIVE EXPECT TO RENT FOR LIFE NAB chief economist Alan Oster.NAB chief economist Alan Oster described Brisbane’s housing market as “going sideways”, but he said house prices were still up about 13 per cent from their previous trough around 2010. “It hasn’t peaked yet, so that’s good,” he said.“We’re seeing quite strong economic activity in Queensland, so that always helps.”But Mr Oster said Brisbane’s unit market was still a concern as it was about four times overbuilt.In its latest report, industry forecaster BIS Oxford Economics predicted Brisbane would experience the highest house price growth of all capital cities over the next three years — jumping 13 per cent, or $70,000, to a median of $620,000.And while ANZ sent east coast homeowners into a panic recently when it predicted Sydney and Melbourne house prices would likely slump 10 per cent, it had no such bad news for Brisbane.ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said Brisbane’s improving economy and population growth would keep it “insulated” from the impending property correction in its neighbouring cities.last_img read more

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Siccar Point pushes back Lyon well to minimize costs

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first_imgAberdeen-based oil company Siccar Point Energy has decided to defer the drilling of the Lyon exploration well offshore the Shetland Islands until 2019.The exploration well 208/2-A (Lyon) is located in license P.1854, approximately 125 kilometers northwest of the Shetland Islands. The water depth at the site is about 1,444 meters.The initial drilling program was supposed to take place from May to August 2018 immediately following the Cambo appraisal well which has not been completed yet.Siccar Point said on Tuesday that, with the Cambo well operations due to be completed shortly, the drilling of the Lyon well would be pushed back to 2019.According to the company, this is primarily to mitigate the risk of weather downtime as the well would continue into the winter season if drilled in direct continuation with Cambo.The Lyon well will now form part of Siccar Point’s 2019 drilling program which also includes the Blackrock exploration well in license P.1830.Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point, said: “Given the challenges of winter drilling West of Shetland, it makes sense to defer the Lyon well until next year to minimize the likely cost. On the plus side, we have had a very successful result on Cambo and look forward to progressing that into the development phase.”To remind, Siccar farmed out 66.66% of the P.1854 license to Ineos in late 2017. The company retained the operatorship and the remaining 33.34% working interest.The company then extended a contract with North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NADL) for the West Hercules semi-submersible rig for the drilling of the Lyon well. The West Hercules was also hired for the drilling of the Cambo appraisal well.Back in August 2018, Siccar Point concluded well testing operations on the 204/10a-5 appraisal well in the Cambo field, confirming over 100ft of oil column and a higher than anticipated net pay of 58ft.Location of the P.1854 license; Source: Siccarlast_img read more

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New youth radio program to be launched

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first_img Share 53 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews New youth radio program to be launched by: – February 2, 2012center_img Tweet Share A new radio programme geared at developing leadership skills among the youth and hearing what affects them will be officially launched in Dominica today.L.I.S.T.E.N which means Lessons Impacting Students to Empowerment Now, the brainchild of Rhoda St. John of the Generations of Opportunities Organization is geared towards highlighting the positive image of young people.St. John told an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News that more often than not only the negative things which young people do are highlighted in society, particularly in the media and she believes that the LISTEN programme is one way to change this trend.“Many times we hear everything that is negative where the youth are concerned is always quick to hit the media, everything bad is always quick to hit the media but when it comes to the positive things it doesn’t hit the media. What we are trying to do is to get the positive image of our young people, the positive voice that they have to offer we would like to get that into society; we would like to get that across the Caribbean.”The program which will be hosted by four young people on Vibes Radio, Dominica’s newest internet radio will be simultaneously aired by 12 Caribbean radio stations including Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, St. Thomas and GuyanaSt. John explained the reason for partnering with other radio stations across the Caribbean for this youth programme.“We have to understand that when one island is destroyed all the others feel it. There’s no reason for us to pretend that it is not our concern for as we cherish and protect our individualities remember we are all called islands of the Caribbean. Anything that affects one island affects all the islands and therefore so we figure it is in the best interest to have a youth radio programme across the entire Caribbean so that the young persons can share their views, share concerns and let their voices be heard.”LISTEN will be aired every Saturday from 3 to 4pm on Vibes Radio and will feature several educational discussions including managements, saving, a tourism essay competition among others.According to St. John, “Our leaders of tomorrow are our youth of today and we need to train them now, they have a voice and they are the change; we are going out and they are coming in and they are our change makers”.The official launching will take place at the Fort Young Hotel from 3pm and will be broadcast live on http://www.vibesradio.dm and the 12 other radio stations across the Caribbean and includes.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Kiss defends choke tackle technique

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first_img Ireland are unbeaten in Dublin since November 2013, while head coach Schmidt’s side can equal their all-time Test record of 10 consecutive victories with another win this weekend. Kiss has warned Ireland to beware the growing influence on England’s attacking game emanating from the free-running Bath contingent currently dominating the backline. “The England Test matches are games I absolutely love. There’s a natural intensity that develops with those games and I think the reason for that is they are such a quality team,” said Kiss. “They have really built well over the last two or three years under Stuart Lancaster. He has done a fantastic job with their coaching group in the way that they have developed as a coaching team. “You can see some real influences from different clubs coming through, the Bath influence with the three backs they have that are very, very dangerous, Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Anthony Watson. “They have certainly opened up a lot of width in their game. “There’s been a lot of influence from that area and they are going to be dangerous across the park.” Ireland assistant coach Kiss claimed Edwards was “wide of the mark” to label the ploy “a blight on the game”, suggesting tackling with a bid to hold players off the ground leads to clashes of heads. Former Australia rugby league star Kiss devised the choke tackle in 2011, where defenders wrap up attackers and hold them off the ground to form a stagnant maul that wins a turnover via the scrum put-in. Les Kiss, the pioneer of the choke tackle, has rejected Wales coach Shaun Edwards’ claims the technique is “very dangerous”. Kiss defended Ireland’s right to use the perfectly-legal tactic ahead of Joe Schmidt’s side hosting England in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam eliminator. “Look, there has been a little bit said. I’ve got a lot of respect for Shaun Edwards actually but I think he’s a little bit wide of the mark saying it’s the cause of a lot of concussions,” said Kiss. “By virtue of the tackle itself you have to cool your jets a bit and wrap a bit more to get under the ball, so you actually have less heat in the collision to actually affect it properly. “When you do a lot of chop tackles there’s a danger there where you can get hit by knees and hips as well, so the baseline for us, we just try to coach as good technique as we can in whatever tackle we use. “It’s one of the forms of tackle we have, we try to vary it up in a tactical sense as well, and a lot of clubs and countries are using it now as an effective weapon. “But I don’t think you can overuse it, and that’s where England have been quite astute as well to mix up how they do use it. “But I don’t agree that it’s a dangerous form of tackle that’s for sure.” The winner of Sunday’s Aviva Stadium clash will take a giant step towards the 2015 Six Nations title, and wind up the only side able to complete a Grand Slam. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Roger Federer says he’s Optimistic about US Open Chances

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first_imgNew York: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer on Friday said he has high hopes heading into the US Open, noting that his form and fitness are the best they have been in several years.The 38-year-old five-time champion has not won this hard-court Grand Slam event since 2008, but reached the final in 2015 and is on the shortlist of title favorites once again this year.“We were saying on the practice court two days ago that this is probably the best I’ve felt in years coming into the US Open again, which is encouraging,” the world No. 3 said at a press conference three days before the start of main-draw action, Efe news reported.“I’m not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it’s going to be tough,” he said, recalling that he was dealing with back issues in 2017 and did not play the tournament because of injury in 2016.Roger Federer won five consecutive US Opens from 2004 to 2008 and was on the verge of winning a sixth straight title in 2009 when he squandered a lead and ended up losing in five sets in that year’s final to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.He acknowledged on Friday, however, that those days of absolute dominance are behind him.“I’m not coming in as the overwhelming favorite like maybe I did back in 2006 or 2007. I’m very much aware of how I need to approach this tournament mentally.”Besides the Del Potro loss, Federer has had his share of other disappointments at Flushing Meadows over the past decade, having twice lost to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic – in the 2010 and 2011 semifinals – after holding a pair of match points.Federer also lost to Djokovic in a close four-set match in the 2015 final, a year in which the Swiss was in sublime form and did not lose a set until the final Sunday.The Swiss suffered an even more painful loss to the Serbian star a few weeks ago in the Wimbledon final, when he squandered two championship points on his own serve before falling in a fifth-set tiebreaker.Federer had defeated Spanish great Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and thus was one point away from beating both of his arch-rivals in the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.To win an Open Era-record sixth US Open title, he might have to run that gauntlet once again, although at this year’s Flushing Meadows Federer could face Djokovic in the semifinals and Nadal in the final.A Federer-Nadal match at the US Open would be a first for those two all-time greats, who are in first and second place in all-time Grand Slam singles titles with 20 and 18, respectively. IANSAlso Read: Roger Federer has mixed feelings about Miami Open venueAlso Watch: Religious procession by Sikh community people arrives in Biswanath Charialilast_img read more

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Cricket News When Rishabh Pant turns into ‘baby sitter’ for Paine kids

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On Tuesday, Paine’s wife Bonnie put up a picture on her Instagram account which had the 21-year-old Pant holding the home captain’s son during an event at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence. Rishabh Pant might be the “baby” of the Indian cricket team but on New Year’s Day, the wicketkeeper showed that he is good with babies, something that got an instant thumbs up from none other than Australian skipper Tim Paine’s wife.Bonnie, who herself posed in the picture, captioned it ‘Best Babysitter’ with a smiling Pant by her side.In a tweet uploaded by Cricket Australia, Paine offered his opinion about the selection of India’s ODI team which sees the return of MS Dhoni back into the side. Paine is heard over the stump microphone saying, “Now that Big MS back in the ODI squad, maybe he could play for the Hobart Hurricanes. Beautiful city rent a nice waterfront place. Do you babysit? I’ll take my wife to the movies one night and you can babysit,” Paine said in an epic way.Also Read | ‘Will you babysit my kids in Hobart’ – Tim Paine targets Rishabh Pant in epic sledgeThe reference came after Paine and Pant had a go at each other during the Melbourne Test match and the stump microphone recorded their enjoyable sledging.On the very next day, Pant was heard speaking to Mayank Agarwal when Paine came to the crease. “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank?” Pant said.However, the picture of Pant with Paine’s family is an indicator that the series has so far been played in good spirits. Intensely on field, the two teams have on and off indulged in some good-humoured banter without crossing the line.last_img read more

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The Latest: NHL’s Wild to pay employees through April

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first_img___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks.FIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.”One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program. Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland.___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. The project will deliver meals to six Emory Healthcare hospitals five times each week.The meals are being prepared by restaurants Forza Storico and Miller Union. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had temporarily closed and laid off employees due to the coronavirus.The Hawks say the meal program, which began Friday, will continue four weeks and is expected to be expanded to possibly involve more restaurants.___English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis. The Latest: NHL’s Wild to pay employees through April FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location. A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday.With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. ___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar.The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of 11 World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines. ___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic.The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses. ___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week.Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls. ___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April. The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail on Friday. That includes employees of the Wild, the Xcel Energy Center arena, and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Those with salaries above $150,000 are taking a 20% pay cut. The guideline does not pertain to Wild players.Like most teams around the NHL, the Wild also committed to paying game-day arena workers for the six home games that remained on the schedule when the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.___ The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding support for a new project to provide 4,000 meals each week to approximately 1,000 healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Atlanta hospitals. The project also will allow two Atlanta restaurants to rehire employees who had been laid off due to the pandemic. The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.”“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club.___ Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed. RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified.She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak. The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic. March 27, 2020 “I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus.With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics. Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___ Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000). LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian.___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. ___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers.Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world.Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers. Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13.At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto. ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed.By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said.last_img read more

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The Latest: Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds

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first_imgThe Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii. The Latest: Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press ___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.” May 29, 2020 The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month. Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s depth too much for Illinois

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first_imgSophomore guard Jordan Taylor scored 20 points Sunday to help lead UW over Illinois in Champaign.[/media-credit]CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It was just like old times for the University of Wisconsin.Twice earlier this conference season with a healthy Jon Leuer saddled with foul trouble, the Badgers not only held serve without their dominant post presence, but also increased their lead to insurmountable proportions.This time appeared to be different, seeing as Leuer was Wisconsin’s lone dominant post producer in the opening half, scoring all 12 of his points from inside the arc. But when the dust settled, it was all a ploy, as the Badgers’ depth was too much for yet another Big Ten opponent.Despite foul trouble and sporadic work from Leuer and senior Trevon Hughes in the second half, No. 15 Wisconsin avenged its only home loss of the season by getting 20 points from Leuer and sophomore Jordan Taylor, not to mention the first career double-double for Hughes, in a 72-57 season-ending victory over Illinois in Assembly Hall.Wisconsin (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten), which clinched the fourth seed due to Michigan State’s lopsided victory over Michigan, will play Illinois (18-13, 10-8) again Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at approximately 1:30 p.m.The matchup has to have the Badgers licking their chops, especially with how the engine is starting to click in rhythm.“We feel like we are playing good basketball right now, and we still feel like we have room for us to improve,” senior Jason Bohannon said. “Each day we step on the floor, we’re going to improve in some aspect. Coach (Bo Ryan) takes that mindset, and we take that mindset. When you have both parties doing that, you’re going to be very good.”With Hughes in foul trouble for most of the second frame, Taylor locked down the point guard position, scoring 12 points down the stretch that included a key bucket with the shot clock ready to expire that put the Badgers up 10 with less than 3:29 remaining.The success was twofold, as Taylor also limited Illinois leading scorer Demetri McCamey to only one second-half field goal, forcing junior Mike Tisdale (team-high 16 points) to carry the offense. After scoring 27 points in the team’s first meeting, McCamey was held to 11 points on just 2-of-8 shooting.“We have guys step up when other guys go out,” Taylor said. “Jon and Trevon still had great games. They still put that part in, and it was still a team effort, but you try to step up and the ball came to my hands more when Trevon was out.”Leuer, who was sidelined in the team’s first matchup due to a broken bone in his left wrist, was careless on a couple fouls that bought him a seat on the bench, but he made up for it with his work on the block.Leuer’s size freed up second-chance opportunities for his teammates, as the Badgers got five offensive rebounds on their first nine possessions and 17 overall.At the finish, Wisconsin outscored Illinois 24-8 in the paint, 16-11 on second-chance points and out-rebounded the home team 40-30.“We tried to pull every motivational thing out in our bag of tricks, and we didn’t play up to the level we needed to,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. “The difference in the game was offensive rebounds … and Leuer probably.”Don’t forget about Hughes, though, who struggled with his shot (4-of-12) but managed to score 14 points (11 in the second half) that went along with 11 rebounds (seven offensive) and no turnovers.“Anytime he is able to get that many offensive rebounds and give us that many more shots at the basket is good,” Bohannon said. “You never see that from a point guard, and to get that from a different spot is good for us.”The Badgers needed every bit of it after a 10-point lead early in the second half started slipping away due to foul trouble. In a 48-second span, both Leuer and Hughes picked up their third foul, forcing the Badgers’ two leading scorers to take a seat on the bench barely two minutes into the second half.Leuer and Hughes both returned at 15:56, but Ryan was put in a quandary when he had to sit Leuer after he picked up his fourth foul at 13:43 and Hughes when he was whistled for his at 10:39, with Wisconsin having its biggest lead of the game at 16 points at the time.That’s when the wheels started to wiggle off the axle.Wisconsin’s defense held Illinois without a field goal for a 9:30 stretch in the second half, but the Fighting Illini went on a 12-1 run, due in large part to hitting their free throws, closing the game to 55-50 with seven minutes left.“There was a little stretch right there where we were fouling a lot and they were getting to the line,” said Bohannon. “They were hitting free throws with the clock stopped. For us, we needed to find some way to turn it back in our favor.”Although Ryan put Hughes and Leuer back in the lineup to stop the bleeding, that boost Bohannon was looking for came courtesy of his quick awareness.After a Keaton Nankivil bucket ended a 5:50 scoring drought for the Badgers, pushing the lead back to seven, Bohannon poked the ball away from a driving McCamey to Taylor, who had a clear path to the basket. Out of necessity and frustration, McCamey grabbed Taylor with both arms and took him to the court, initiating an intentional foul.When the possession ended for the Badgers, the lead was up to nine.“Sooner or later against a good team, they are going to grab the game, and that’s what they did,” Weber said. “They got into foul trouble, which they never seem to do, and we couldn’t take advantage of it.”Wisconsin couldn’t really feel safe until a gutsy play was made after Hughes twisted his right ankle tracking down a loose ball into the backcourt with less than four minutes left. Hughes still managed to get to the ball and dribble up court, which transitioned into Taylor making a jumper from the left block with one second left on the shot clock, increasing the lead to 62-52 with 3:31 remaining.After making 52.4 percent (11-of-24) from the floor in the second half of the teams’ last meeting, Illinois could only manage five made baskets from the floor, as Wisconsin closed the game on a 10-2 run, further flexing its muscles and showing that this team is tournament ready.“We really feel like we getting in stride, feel like we are playing well, and we just need to keep getting better,” Taylor said. “We did to bring our game, try to get better and play sound from here on out because now it’s one and done.”last_img read more

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MBB : WALKING THE WALK: Behind Walker’s 33 points, UConn beats SU in overtime in Big East semifinal

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first_imgNEW YORK — Just when it appeared Syracuse might shift the momentum in its direction in overtime Friday, Kemba Walker reminded everybody why some consider him the best player in the country. His coach, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, declared it himself.Walker scored four of the Huskies’ eight points in overtime, and carried UConn all evening to a 76-71 victory over No. 11 Syracuse (26-7) in front of a sold out crowd of 19,375 at Madison Square Garden. The Connecticut star and a National Player of the Year candidate willed his team to victory by scoring 33 points to go along with 12 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Walker had as many or more in each of those categories than anyone else on the floor for either team.And his 111 points during the Big East Tournament sets a league record. He’s only six points away from breaking the record for points in any conference tournament.‘MVP in America, bar none,’ Calhoun said. ‘You cannot question it.’Prior to the tournament, some apparently had. Though selected first team All-Big East, one league coach didn’t place a first team vote for Walker, who leads the league in scoring. Walker subsequently finished second in Big East Player of the Year voting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut he played like the league’s best player Friday. Syracuse had no answer for Walker, as he shot 9-of-18 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line.After Walker willed the No. 19 Huskies (25-9) to their fourth win in as many days, Calhoun took issue with those who may have been skeptical of Walker’s value.‘I think he’s the MVP of any college basketball team in America,’ Calhoun said. ‘And I’m going to keep saying that because you’ve got a chance to witness what we’ve witnessed over the past 30-somewhat games.’Scoop Jardine, who drilled back-to-back 3s to send the game into overtime, missed a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 14.2 seconds remaining in overtime that would have tied the game at 74.Walker made two free throws on the other end to secure the win. It was just a small glimpse into what did all game, slicing through SU’s 2-3 zone and either finishing or finding and open teammate when the defense collapsed.Walker didn’t make his first field goal attempt until 7:29 left in the first half, but he worked at drawing the defense’s focus and opened things up for his teammates.In the second half, he caught fire. Walker scored 23 points in the second half and overtime.‘We let Kemba get too much penetration,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We tried to double him every chance we could but he’s very difficult. He’s as good a player as there is in college basketball right now.’He did it all in his fourth game in four days. In Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh and Friday’s against SU, Walker never sat, playing all 85 minutes.Syracuse still had its chances, and with eight minutes and change to go in the second half, the Orange jumped out in front. After a horrific shooting performance in the first half, SU rattled off an 11-2 run in the middle of the second half to take a 55-52 lead. Kris Joseph made the rare 4-point play — knocking down a 3 from the top of the arc while being fouled by Walker — to put SU in front.SU finished the second half shooting 52 percent, including 6-of-11 from downtown.Despite all that, Walker’s gigantic performance proved too much to overcome.‘It’s the Big East,’ Jardine said. ‘Kemba Walker is one of the best players in the country, and it’s exciting to play against him and it brings the best out of you.’With Walker leading the way, the Huskies answered back and stole back any positive momentum SU had remaining. Jeremy Lamb nailed a jumper off a Walker assist and UConn reclaimed the lead with six minutes to play.Syracuse forced overtime, but never led, as Walker scored the first two points of the extra period. And he scored the last two points, the two free throws that sealed game after Jardine’s missed game-tying 3-point attempt.UConn now advances to the Big East title game. While Syracuse heads home to prepare for the NCAA Tournament, Walker and the Huskies will try to win their fifth game in five days against Louisville, winners of the second semifinal.‘We’re playing hard and together and good things are happening for us,’ Walker said. ‘The bright lights are on and it’s time to shine. Everybody said we couldn’t do this and we’re just shocking the world.’aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on March 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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