Feel the tranquillity in this Gold Coast property

first_imgWhat a pool! From the front. 55 Simpsons Rd, Elanora has hit the market.WELCOME to your own private oasis.Vendors Clint and Danielle Barends bought their slice of paradise in Elanora in 2010.“We moved from a small block in Palm Beach wanting space, privacy and quietness,” Mrs Barends said. The indoors flows outside to the deck and pool.“It’s like living in the bush as we look down to a nature reserve. It’s a big strip where we get all sorts of animals including koalas and wallabies.”Since owning it, the pair have completely modernised the house.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The house was only seven years old but it had terracotta and blue tiles everywhere,” the mother-of-three said.“It wasn’t rundown as such, it was a just brick house that we basically modernised.”These changes included partially renovating the bathrooms and kitchen and installing new carpet in the bedrooms. There’s plenty for the kids to do.Mrs Barends said the property was a great family home or entertainer’s haven.“Once you come down the driveway it is a really flat, single-storey residence,” she said.“We’ve retained the backyard, landscaped it and put plants in so it’s a very low-maintenance property. “You can really just live here and enjoy it.”Billy Jaz and Jason Monk, McGrath — Palm Beach are taking the property to auction on April 21. Relax in the lounge.Outside, the pair installed a spectacular pool and covered the entertaining area.“The outdoors is really brought inside in the way the kitchen, lounge and deck area all flow,” she said. “It’s a lovely easy layout to live in.”The pair also rendered the outside of the house and restored the roof and driveway.” The kitchen has been modernised.last_img read more

Australia, India and Pakistan storm into super league quarterfinals

first_img(ICC) – Left-arm spinner Anukul Roy took four for 20 and Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten 90 to help India fashion a 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe as the ICC U-19 World cup continued in New Zealand.In other matches, opener Nathan McSweeney slammed 156 and fast bowler Jason Ralston produced a record haul of seven for 15 as Australia thumped Papua New Guinea by 311 runs.Both former champions progressed to the Super League quarterfinals from Group B on the seventh day of tournament.Also joining in the Super League quarterfinals were former champions Pakistan who defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in a Group D match.Pakistan will now wait for the outcome of the Afghanistan versus Ireland match on Saturday in Whangarei to find out if they will top the group or finish runners-up.The three sides have now joined Afghanistan, England, New Zealand and South Africa, while the England and Canada match on Saturday will decide if Bangladesh also goes through to the Super League quarterfinals, which will start on Monday, 22 January.Roy, who had finished with five wickets in the previous match against PNG, bowled an immaculate line and length as India dismissed the opposition for only 154 and got to the target in quick time with openers Shubman Gill and Aveet Desai returning unbeaten on 90 and 56, respectively.The three-time champions finished with three wins, including a 100-run victory over Australia earlier in the league, which proved decisive in the final standings.For Australia, who finished behind India in the group stage, Ralston ripped through the PNG batting, his seven for 15 the best-ever to date in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and second best at the U19 level. His effort came at the back of another remarkable effort, when opener Nathan McSweeney clobbered a punishing 156 to help post a huge 370 for eight.Scores in brief:Group BAustralia beat PNG by 311 runs, Lincoln 3, ChristchurchAustralia 370-8, 50 overs (Nathan McSweeney 156, Jason Sangha 88, Param Uppal 61; James Tau 2-42, Leke Morea 2-59, Sema Kamea 2-63, Daure Aiga 2-89)PNG 59 all out, 24.5 overs (Jason Ralston 7-15)Player of the match:  Nathan McSweeney (Australia)India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, Bay Oval, TaurangaZimbabwe 154 all out, 48.1 overs (Milton Shumba 36, Liam Roche 31, Wesley Madhevere 30; Anjukul Roy 4-20, Arshdeep Singh 2-10, Abhishek Sharma 2-22).India 155 for no loss, 21.4 overs (Shubman Gill 90 not out, Aveet Desai 56 not out)Player of the match: Shubman GillGroup DPakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets, Cobham Oval, WhangareiSri Lanka 188 all out, 48.2 overs (Jehan Daniel 53, Ashen Bandara 37; Suleman Shafqat 3-29, Shaheen Afridi 2-41)Pakistan 190-7, 43.3 overs (Ali Zaryab Asif 59, Mohammad Zaid Alam 28; Thisara Rashmika 3-47)Player of the match: Ali Zaryab AsifSaturday’s fixtures:Kenya v Windies, Lincoln 3, Christchurch (Group A)New Zealand v South Africa, Bay Oval, Tauranga (Group A)Canada v England, John Davies Oval, Queenstown (Group C)Afghanistan v Ireland, Cobham Oval, Whangarei (Group D)last_img read more

The Latest: Chinese hoop league allows some spectators

first_img___The Diamond League track meet in Gateshead, England, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is the fifth of the 15 meets in the series to be canceled. The event in London was also called off.The Gateshead meet was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 and then moved to Sept. 12 before being canceled.The first full Diamond League meet is currently set to be held on Aug. 14 in Monaco. Williams, a Hall of Famer with three NCAA championships, is preparing for his 18th season at his alma mater.___The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.Those who choose to defer payments will maintain an opportunity to purchase a limited number of single-game tickets for this year, should fans be allowed to attend, the team wrote in a letter to season ticket holders on Thursday.Season ticket holders will maintain their seniority for next season no matter which option they choose. Those choosing to keep their money in the account will also get subscriptions to NFL Game Pass and the NFL Network’s RedZone channel. Alvarez added that “I believe we will reach a monumental crossroads in the coming days.”His letter follows a Wisconsin State-Journal repor t that the athletic department could lose more than $100 million if there’s no football season. According to that report, Wisconsin would lose between $60 million and $70 million if the football team played a Big Ten-only schedule while all other sports continued.___A Venezuelan scout who worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dominican Republic has died of COVID-19.The team released a statement saying Johan Maya died due to complications of the coronavirus on Thursday. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2019 after 15 years scouting for the Houston Astros. Associated Press The team’s statement said Maya “was a great person, a family guy and true baseball man who started his career as a professional player and went on to coaching before becoming a scout.”___The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new recommendations for youth sports during the pandemic to minimize risks of COVID-19.They include masks for young athletes in non-vigorous activities when social distancing isn’t possible, practicing in small pods that don’t switch players and not sharing equipment.Because the virus spreads most easily with prolonged, close contact with an infected person, risks to young athletes will likely depend on the type of sport, number of players and indoor versus outdoor setting, the academy said, adding, “Risk can be decreased but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials following safety protocols.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao. South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho, during a virus briefing on Friday, also said fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. However, professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August, he said.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns, which have elevated their social distancing measures following a rise in transmissions in recent weeks.Fans will also be screened for fevers and required to sit apart in the seats. They will be required to wear masks, banned from eating food and drinking beer, and discouraged from excessive shouting, singing and cheering during the game. Stadium officials will also register fans with smartphone QR codes so that they could be easily located when needed. The academy posted the guidance online Wednesday.___The University of North Carolina says men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, donated more than $600,000 to fund scholarships for spring-sports seniors who are returning for another year after the coronavirus pandemic cut short the 2019-20 season.The school said Thursday that the Williamses initially wanted to keep the May gift anonymous.“He didn’t want those students to miss that experience and wanted to fund those scholarships for next year,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “I still get chills when I think about his phone call and the impact it would have for dozens of our students.” South Korea’s baseball and soccer leagues returned to action in May without fans in the stands. Seats have been covered with cheering banners, dolls or pictures of fans as teams tried to mimic a festive atmosphere.___Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the school’s athletic department faces a potential $100 million loss of revenue in its $140 million budget due to challenges brought about by the pandemic.Alvarez wrote that in an open letter to “fellow Badgers” that appeared on the Wisconsin athletic department’s website.“The reality is that this financial crisis threatens our ability to sustain the success we’ve celebrated,” Alvarez wrote. “It threatens our pride in what we’ve built. It threatens our position in college athletics.” July 24, 2020 The Chinese Basketball Association released a statement saying that medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says from July 31, fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players.”Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium, and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___ The Latest: Chinese hoop league allows some spectators Exhibition meets have been organized remotely from Oslo and Zurich with athletes worldwide competing simultaneously in a few events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Super Bowl’s 5 greatest upsets

first_imgAppalachian State started it all back in September when theDivision 1-AA team went into the Big House and upset Michigan to start thecollege football season.Since then, we have seen more upsets in sports in the lastfive months than we probably have seen in the last five years.We saw a 41-point favored USC team lose to Stanford, theColorado Rockies improbable run and their winning 21 of 22 to make it to theWorld Series, and Maryland top college basketball powerhouse North Carolina.Then Sunday came.The New York Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets ofall time by beating the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in Super BowlXLII.How could a Giant team, which many doubted would even make theplayoffs, knock off the heavily favored Patriots?How did they hold the most prolific scoring offense in NFLhistory to just 14 points?And who would have ever thought Eli Manning could outplayNFL poster child Tom Brady on the biggest stage?But now that the Super Bowl is over, the question now is,?Did the Giants pull off the biggest upset in Super Bowl history??While I?m sure there will be many takes on this topic overthe course of the coming days, here is my top five Super Bowl upsets of alltime:No. 5: Super BowlIV: Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7Despite the Jets? surprising upset the year before, mostpeople still didn?t respect the AFL and listed the Vikings as 13-pointfavorites. Besides being underdogs, the Chiefs also had to deal with theaccusation that quarterback Len Dawson was involved in a gambling scandal.However, the Chiefs jumped out to a 16-point halftime leadand never looked back, giving the AFL its second consecutive upset in the SuperBowl. Dawson threw for 142 yards and a touchdown in winning game MVP honors.No. 4: Super BowlXXXII: Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24The Packers had everything going for them entering SuperBowl XXXII, just like the Patriots did this year. They were led by the NFL?sonly three-time MVP, Brett Favre, had one of the best defenses in the leagueled by Reggie White and were the defending Super Bowl champions.With all that on the Packers? side, Green Bay was favored by12 points over Denver.The Packers got off to a fast start as well, taking theopening kickoff down the field for a touchdown. However, from then on theBroncos just kept handing the ball off to Terrell Davis, who rushed for 157yards and scored a Super Bowl record three times. With the win, John Elway andthe Broncos won their first Super Bowl and ended the NFC?s winning streak inthe big game at 12.No. 3: Super BowlXXXVI: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17Heading into Super Bowl XXXVI, not many people gave thePatriots a chance against the Rams and in the ?Greatest Show on Turf,? as theRams were favored by two touchdowns.In the game, the Patriots jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but NFLMVP Kurt Warner led the Rams on two late scoring drives to tie the game at 17with 1:30 left on the clock. With no timeouts left for the Patriots, manyfigured we would witness the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, but TomBrady led his team down the field to set up a game-winning field goal by AdamVinatieri. And the rest is history. The Patriots went on to win three SuperBowls in four years, and Brady established himself as one of the bestquarterbacks in football history.No. 2: Super BowlXLII: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14Entering this year?s Super Bowl, many considered thePatriots a team of destiny that would not be denied their undefeated season.The Giants, on the other hand, had an up-and-down season but had played thePatriots close in the regular season finale. Even though New York played NewEngland close the first time they met, the Patriots were still favored by 12points.From the opening kickoff, the Giants? defense gave Brady allhe could handle, sacking him five times and knocking him down countless ofother times. Still, Brady led his team the length of the field for a go-aheadtouchdown, seeming to seal the game and the perfect season for the Pats.However, Manning got the ball back with just under three minutes left in thegame and had a Brady-esque performance, throwing the game-winning touchdownwith 30 seconds left to pull off the second greatest Super Bowl upset ever.No. 1: Super BowlIII: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7The Jets pulled off the biggest Super Bowl upset ever bybeating the NFL?s Colts. At the time the AFL was still considered an upstartleague that couldn?t match the talent level of the NFL. The first two SuperBowls gave support to that claim as the Packers beat the Chiefs and Raiders bya combined score of 68-24.Despite being 18-point underdogs, Broadway Joe guaranteed aJets victory and then came out and backed up his guarantee with hisperformance. The Jets never trailed in the game, as Namath threw for 206 yardson his way to being named Super Bowl MVP. The upset also gave the AFL its firstof two Super Bowl victories before merging with the NFL and becoming the AFC in1970. While the Jets might have pulled off the greatest Super Bowlupset of all time, the Giants gave them a run for their money. But the Giantsstill did one thing Sunday with the win: The G-Men pulled off the biggest upsetin my lifetime.Greg Schmitz is a senior majoring in communication arts.Let him know what you think is the biggest upset in Super Bowl history at [email protected]?last_img read more

Berbatov thinks ‘desperate’ Guardiola will struggle to win Champions League

first_imgDIMITAR BERBATOV reckons “desperate” Pep Guardiola will struggle to win the Champions League this season.Manchester City ended their Champions League group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week and are the current favourites to win the competition.2 Dimitar Berbatov says Man City are not playing well enough to win the Champions LeagueCredit: ReutersManchester United legend Berbatov has given his thoughts to betfair.com, saying: “Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League but they wouldn’t be my bet to lift the trophy next May.”City ended their Group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week, but we shouldn’t read too much into City’s results so far, as they haven’t played any opponents that are at their level.”Pep Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League with City but other teams are playing better football.”Defending champions Liverpool have had a good run so far in the Premier League, as they sit eight points clear of nearest challengers Leicester City.The Reds have also won 15 of their last 16 games, and drawn the other.The Bulgarian also added that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will be a danger in the competition.Berbatov added: “Liverpool haven’t been at their best in the Champions League this term but they’re performing brilliantly in the Premier League and, as the holders, know how to pace themselves for the knockout rounds.”Barcelona and Juventus are also strong contenders and you shouldn’t write off Spurs.”They have no reason to be fearful about who they get in Monday’s knockout stage draw.”In Jose Mourinho, Spurs have a coach who’s won trophies throughout his career, including the Champions League with Porto and Inter – two teams that few people would have fancied.”So it doesn’t matter who Spurs face. They have great quality and after reaching the final last year, should feel confident.”2 Tottenham finished second in Group B of the Champions League under newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho.Credit: PA:Press AssociationBerbatov went on to praise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils for their recent win over rivals City, further highlighting the fact that the Premier League title is well and truly out of Guardiola’s reach.He added: “I was very happy after the Manchester derby because United fully deserved their victory over City.”United’s concentration levels and aggression in the tackle were fantastic and they played some superb combination football.”It’s great to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youngsters playing with confidence from defence to attack.”I can tell they like their manager and want to win for him.”On Thursday, Mason Greenwood showed in the 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar that he’s a natural born goalscorer with a striker’s instinct. “Solskjaer should be praised for giving him the chance to shine.”The two massive victories against City and Spurs should buy Solskjaer time to work in peace and concentrate on developing his team.”Of course, as soon as United lose the press will be saying he’s under pressure again so United mustn’t let their performance level drop when they host Everton on Sunday.”Pep Guardiola denies having secret clause in contract that lets him leave and insists he won’t quit Man City this summerlast_img read more