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LA Lakers crush Miami Heat to win 17th NBA title

first_imgShortly before the game, Los Angeles guard Danny Green said he wasn’t fazed to receive death threats on social media after missing a late three-pointer in the Lakers’ game-five loss to Miami in the NBA Finals.Green said he and fiancee Blair Bashen, a former collegiate volleyball player, had both received threats after the Lakers were unable to clinch a title on Friday.”I had to ask, ‘Are you getting death threats?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, you are too,’ and I was like, I don’t know, because I don’t really pay attention or care,” Green told reporters after Sunday’s shootaround prior to game six in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.”Nor am I upset, shaken or worried about it,” Green said, adding that he’s become used to social media bullying. The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday to win a record-equalling 17th NBA championship but their first since 2010.Superstar LeBron James fueled the Lakers with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, capturing his fourth NBA title with a third different team.Anthony Davis added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Lakers completed a four-games-to-two triumph in the best-of-seven championship series in the NBA quarantine bubble in Orlando. “Those people’s opinions don’t matter to me,” Green said. “Only people in that locker room and on this roster are the opinions that are relevant and that matter to me. And if they’re still confident in me and still encouraged and still believe in me and believe in us, that’s all that matters to me: that we can get this thing done,” he said.The Lakers trailed by one point when Green missed a wide-open three-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining in the game.Markieff Morris grabbed the rebound but accidentally threw the ball out of bounds and the Heat went on to win 111-108 and Green said his close call made him an “easy target” for frustrated Lakers fans.”Basketball-wise, it was a good look,” Green said of the shot. “I had more time than I realized, should have took more time, probably rushed it a little bit, a little off balance.”But we got a good look, we got a second opportunity and if I could get that play back again, I’d give anything to get that shot back again. Trust me.”Lakers superstar LeBron James, who was under heavy pressure under the basket when he passed the ball out to Green on the perimeter, said Green’s shot not falling was just something that happens in basketball.”Danny had a hell of a look,” James said. “It just didn’t go down. I know he wishes he could have it again. I wish I could make a better pass. You just live with it.”Topics :last_img read more

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Business power couple slash price on beachside acreage home

first_imgIt is time for a beachside bargain.A BUSINESS power couple have slashed more than a million dollars off the asking price on their luxury waterfront mansion after it had sat on the market for more than three years.Former director of Winspear Diamond David Lucas and his wife, founder of New Zealand’s BJ’s Health and Fitness Centres, Jane Lucas, have been trying to sell their beachfront home at Oak Beach near Port Douglas since August 2015. AFFORDABILITY GAP DRIVING UNIT SALES The home is near Port Douglas.The couple bought the Oak Beach property in 2005 for $3.2 million and it was later expanded and renovated. The home, which has been dubbed “Cottonwood,” overlooks a sandy cove and had tropical landscaped lawns, a swimming pool and tennis court.“There are not that many places where you can walk right from your front door and onto the sand,” Mr Cotton said. QUEENSLAND’S CHEAPEST HOUSE SOLD FOR $25k This could all be yours for the right price.The 1.91 hectare property at 5146 Captain Cook Highway was originally listed for $7.95 million before it was lowered to $6.5 million.Earlier this week it had another steep price cut when it was lowered to $4.95 million.Agent David Cotton from Raine and Horne Port Douglas Mossman said the couple lowered the price after they bought property in the UK.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH HOUSE PRICES center_img Just a few metres to the peaceful waters.The couple are also trying to sell a luxury seven-bedroom mansion in Port Douglas which has also been on the market since 2015 for $10.8 million.That property at 1 Island Point Rd was originally purchased by the couple in 1996 while they were on their honeymoon in Port Douglas for $1.4 million and they later spent millions on converting it into a luxury estate. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

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Brisbane rents hold firm as Sydney slumps, new vacancy data shows

first_imgHigh rise apartments in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.RENTS in Brisbane are holding firm despite an oversupply of new apartments as surplus stock is slowly absorbed by rising demand, new data shows.SQM Research’s latest June update reveals rental vacancies in the Queensland capital rose slightly to 3 per cent last month, with an estimated 9886 residential rentals sitting vacant. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE But rents are not falling, with houses in Brisbane registering an increase in June of 0.5 per cent to $452 a week.Even unit rents rose 0.3 per cent during the month to $370 a week. High rise apartments in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.The biggest shock was Sydney’s rental market, which recorded the highest vacancy rate in at least 13 years and a fall in the asking rent for a house of 0.8 per cent.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said he was confident the worst was over for Brisbane landlords and the city was set to benefit from Sydney’s housing downturn. BRISBANE ONE BEDDER SELLS FOR $2.6M “I believe Sydney will shortly record a fall in its population growth rate due to a relatively recent steep rise in interstate migration towards Queensland,” Mr Christopher said.Gold Coast rental vacancies are on the rise at 2.8 per cent, but Mr Christopher said that was likely reflective of a hangover from the Commonwealth Games.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoGold Coast rental vacancies have risen, according to SQM Research.SQM Research has named a two-bedroom apartment in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast its “distressed property of the week” because its price has been slashed from $295,000 to $275,000.The property at 1/37 Peninsular Drive in the Surfers Del Ray waterfront complex is fully furnished and within walking distance of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise beach and public transport. NEW TOWER TO SOAR OVER BURLEIGH This two-bedroom apartment at 1/37 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise, is for sale for a discounted price.Mr Christopher said the low price would appeal to first home buyers.“This could be a good bargain as the vendor is keen to sell,” he said.“Overall, interstate migration to Queensland continues to grow with most new residents heading to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast for a better lifestyle, weather and affordable housing.” MORE THAN $30M SALES IN 10 DAYS The pool in the complex of the two-bedroom apartment at 1/37 Peninsular Drive. Inside the two-bedroom apartment at 1/37 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise.Mr Christopher said asking prices for two-bedroom units in Surfers Paradise had increased 5.6 per cent in the past quarter, while asking rents for the same product had declined 3.7 per cent in the same period.last_img read more

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Bayview Heights is a diverse suburb with plenty on offer

first_img244 Toogood Rd, Bayview Heights. Cairns Post Real Estate 9/6/18DIVERSITY and views combine to make Bayview Heights one of Cairns’ most eclectic and sought-after suburbs.Bayview Heights is bounded by the suburb of Earlville and Clarkes Creek in the north, the suburb of Woree and the railway line in the east, and the suburb of Mount Sheridan in the south.Lamb Range and Dinden State Forest lie to the west of the locality against which cane and livestock farmers first cleared land for houses in the late 1800s.The Ivan Evans Track has been redesigned by Cairns Regional Council and offers a pleasant 3.8km one-way hike from Ellen Close to a lookout and back down to Toogood Rd.The leafy lifestyle is just one of the reasons young couples and families have flocked to the area in droves for the last few decades. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoBayview Heights offers a diverse range of homes, some with scenic views, and all just a short commute from the centre of Cairns.Buyers can choose from mansions built along an imposing ridge line, or, back down the slope, scope out a large selection of affordable family homes.The southside suburb was named after its majestic ocean views and the extension up the range of Toogood Rd made for more million-dollar properties.The area offers proximity to state and private schools including Trinity Anglican School, Woree State School, St Gerard Majella Catholic School, Our Lady Help of Christians School and St Mary’s Catholic College.There are several parks in the suburb, including Cantoni Park, George Friends Park, Henderson Park, Turner Park, Forno Park, George Watkins Park and Milky Pine Park.Families makes up the majority of households in Bayview Heights, at 82.7 per cent.There is a small cluster of convenience stores on Marti St and another cluster near the bowls club on Toogood Rd. The closest major shopping centre is Stockland Shopping Centre at Earlville, about 10 minutes’ drive north. The closest public swimming pool is the Woree Public Swimming Pool, about 10 minutes’ drive south.last_img read more

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Qld Airbnb rentals double in just 18 months, rising the most in coastal regions: report

first_imgBarry Sammels, chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association. Picture: Richard Hatherly.Mr Sammels said some of the 12 councils that took part in the study also reported an increase in resident complaints and other disruptions caused by visitors staying in short-term holiday rentals.“Some permanent residents felt their community had been invaded by tourism and spoke of the stress involved in not knowing when a new party of visitors was likely to arrive next door and how they were going to behave within residential neighbourhoods,” Mr Sammels said.In the Moreton Bay region, for example, the report found the council received complaints on a weekly basis about noise, parking and traffic movements associated with large, holiday rentals.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoHowever, hosted accommodation — rooms or self contained units — was also seen to provideopportunities for local residents to gain additional income, without generating amenity issues. The number of short-term rentals on online platforms like Airbnb is rising in coastal regions of Queensland, according to a new study. Image: AFP/Lionel Bonaventure.About 0.2 per cent of housing stock across the country — 130,000 properties — was listed as holiday rental accommodation since Airbnb launched in 2011.But that rate surges to a median of 4 per cent of all housing in coastal areas.On the Sunshine Coast, short-term rentals make up 2.1 per cent of all housing and 0.3 per cent of all properties in the Moreton Bay region are advertised on Airbnb.In Byron Bay, short-term lets as a proportion of the total number of properties was found to be more than 17 per cent. HOW TO OWN 20 HOMES BEFORE YOU’RE 30 Professor Nicole Gurran, chair of urban and regional planning and policy at University of Sydney. Port Douglas’ wharf in Douglas Shire. Photo: Ross Walker.The study, commissioned by the Australian Coastal Councils Association, found planning processes were inadequate in the face of surging popularity for informal holiday letting because rules were unclear and difficult to enforce.Australian Coastal Councils Association chairman Barry Sammels said the longstanding planning and management practices of many coastal councils had not kept pace with the changes occurring in the holiday rental market. Short-term rental accommodation is increasing in Queensland’s coastal regions, according to a new study.QUEENSLAND’S Airbnb listings have doubled in just 18 months, with more than 13 per cent of all housing in one of the state’s key holiday hotspots now short-term rental accommodation.A study by researchers at the University of Sydney has found at least one in 10 properties in Douglas Shire in the state’s north are now listed on online rental platforms.The report also found that in just over 18 months — from April 2016 to December 2017 — the number of Airbnb listings doubled in Queensland. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE A man jogging as the sun sets at Woody Point in Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay region, which has seen a rise in short-term rental accommodation listings. Image: AAP/Darren England.There are now 28,900 Airbnb listings in Queensland and a typical host in the state earned $5300 in additional income last year.Airbnb head of public policy ANZ Brent Thomas said communities along the Queensland coast were benefiting from the growth of home sharing, in contrast to trickle-down tourism where only big cities benefitted.“While we disagree with several of the study’s claims and methodology, we agree there needs to be new and clearer rules,” Mr Thomas said. “The current rules for home sharing are well past their used by date. “You have 20th century rules for 21st century travel. Queensland needs fair and statewide rules for home sharing to give the community certainty and clarity, just like there are in other states.” University of Sydney chair of urban and regional planning and policy professor Nicole Gurran agreed holiday home-sharing via online platforms had a particular significance for coastal communities where tourism formed an integral part of the local economy.“Getting the right planning and regulatory framework in place to manage short-term rentals in the digital era is critical to the economic and social sustainability of these communities,” Professor Gurran said.Airbnb host Jay Pais has more than five properties listed for short-term rental, including in the Moreton Bay region.Ms Pais said she was not surprised there had been a rise in listings in the region given its growing population.She said she had not received any complaints from neighbours recently as she screened her guests and had a strict policy around noise and house rules.“However, recently we have faced some abstract views from Moreton Bay Council, stating that you cannot rent a property out for less than 90 days on a short term lease,” she said.“But the Rental Tenancies Authority says you only need a ‘lease agreement’ if the property is leased out for more than six weeks. “There is so much conflicting information out there (in Queensland) and councils do need to work with property owners to update MBRC rules around short term accommodation.” TOP 5 DESTINATIONS FOR AIRBNB STAYS IN QLD1. Brisbane2. Gold Coast3. Cairns4. Surfers Paradise5. Noosa(Source: Airbnb, 2015-2016) The University of Sydney report concluded that could create a problem for those looking to find traditional, long-term rental properties. “Holiday homes are part of the character of coastal towns and there is no dispute that online rental platforms have created new tourism opportunities in coastal areas,” the report said. “However, in some communities the rapid growth in listings has emerged as a major challenge with potentially serious consequences.”last_img read more

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Deutsche Bucht Buckets Along

first_imgAll 31 MHI Vestas 8.4MW monopile foundation wind turbines have been installed on the 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, Northland Power said.The commissioning of the installed wind turbines is ongoing.The wind farm’s remaining two MHI Vestas wind turbines will be installed on mono bucket foundations, an industry’s first.The final fabrication on the two mono bucket foundations is currently ongoing at Bladt Industries facilities at Lindoe, Denmark.The installation and cabling for the two mono bucket foundations and their turbines is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019. All 33 turbines are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.Van Oord, MHI Vestas, and partners began the installation of the turbines at the site some 95 kilometres northwest of the Borkum Island in June. The wind farm delivered first power to the German grid at the end of July.last_img read more

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Kidd pleased with fans’ response

first_img Kidd will remain in charge for next week’s tour of the United States, which will see them play friendlies against Chelsea in St Louis and New York. He added: “I’ve been blessed and been grateful for what football has given me. I was asked to take charge for two games and America, which has been tough with the boss going. “The club make the decisions and you abide by it. I’m a big boy. We have fallen short of the standards we set last season, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. You defend as a team and attack as a team, so you have to look collectively, but we haven’t reached that consistency.” Norwich struck through Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson and were good value for their victory despite two excellent equalisers for Jack Rodwell. The victory lifted the Canaries into 11th place in the table and a satisfactory finish after almost getting dragged into the relegation fight. Manager Chris Hughton said: “I’m absolutely delighted with that. It shows, irrespective of the anxiety at certain periods, it is really about where you finish at the end of the season. “We are delighted to have done that. We had a very good spell before Christmas, where we were excellent. We found it difficult after Christmas to get the wins we needed and the formulas but we have finished the season strong.” Fans regularly chanted for the sacked Italian throughout their disappointing 3-2 Barclays Premier League loss to Norwich at the Etihad Stadium. “It’s been an emotional week with the events at the club. Full credit to the lads, they’ve got stuck in and given their best and you can’t ask for any more,” Kidd told BBC Sport. “I understand the cheers for the boss, he would have been disappointed if there wasn’t for what he did here.” Manchester City’s interim manager Brian Kidd was pleased to hear supporters show their appreciation for former boss Roberto Mancini during their final game of the season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgAchiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Goff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news: — The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR April 25, 2020 — The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE U. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers. NCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games. Nationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II. A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage.Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security.center_img — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.NFL-NEWS The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATHCoroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxication Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday.last_img read more

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Brazilian star Oscar says he would play for China

first_imgShanghai , China (AFP) — F ormer Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar says he would be willing to ditch his Brazilian passport to play for China — if Fifa changed its rules.Oscar, who moved from the Premier League to Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai SIPG for a still-Asian-record 60 million euros in January 2017, made the last of his 48 appearances for Brazil in 2015.Under current rules, the 28-year-old cannot switch to play for another country because he featured for Brazil in official competition, including the 2014 World Cup in his homeland.Asked by State broadcaster CGTN if he would consider playing for China if the naturalisation rules changed, Oscar replied: “I can think about it because, as I said, it’s difficult to go to the Brazilian national team now because I’m here.“But in China everyone sees how good I play so if in the end the China national team needs a good midfielder, I think I can help if they change.“I like China but the players now, if they change the nationality to go to China, they (the team) can do better.”As a quick fix to boost their Qatar 2022 World Cup hopes, China last year began naturalising a few players who had no family links to the world’s most populous country.The first was Brazilian-born striker Elkeson, 31, who is now known as Ai Kesen and has played four times for China, scoring three goals. At least two other Brazilians are believed to have been naturalised since.Oscar has been one of the top players in the Chinese Super League since arriving from Chelsea and topped the assists charts over the past two seasons.SIPG began their CSL campaign yesterday against Tianjin Teda at a neutral venue behind closed doors, part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.last_img read more

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Lasting legacy: Anthony returns to Carrier Dome for the 1st time as a New York Knick

first_img Related Stories Anthony and Knicks to play 76ers in exhibition game at Carrier DomeKnicks, 76ers game to mark 50th anniversary of Syracuse Nationals’ move from city Facebook Twitter Google+ With a wave of his right hand, Carmelo Anthony acknowledged a crowd that took to its feet to greet him with a hearty ovation during the introduction of the starting lineups. And with a jump shot from the left wing on the New York Knicks’ very first possession, he reminded the thousands in attendance what they had paid to see.Syracuse’s favorite son, the one who brought home the program’s only national championship, returned to the Carrier Dome on Monday for the first time as a member of the Knicks in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and was met with nothing but adoration. His dazzling talent, which captivated Central New York a decade ago during a magical run to New Orleans, drew a crowd of 8,831 that was peppered with Anthony’s jerseys and roared with his every move.“I think it’s just good to be back up here, playing up here once again,” Anthony said Monday morning before the game. “Give Syracuse another taste, a glimpse of what’s the upcoming NBA season and the teams. Just want to have some fun tonight.”And fun he had with a 23-point performance in a game the 76ers ultimately won 98-90, though it was Anthony’s mere presence that mattered more to the fans in attendance.He said on Monday morning the effect he has on the Syracuse community had yet to sink in, but it began to wash over him on Sunday afternoon during his first visit to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center since its completion.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis $3-million donation that began the fundraising process of what would eventually become a $19-million facility has led to somewhat of an Anthony shrine in the hallways of the building. Three of his jerseys hang in the main corridor along with countless photos, magazine covers and videos that portray the transformation of a lanky teenager from Baltimore into a national champion and Olympic gold medalist.“It was kind of surreal for me to be walking around and seeing my name plastered around the building and on the outside of the building,” Anthony said Monday morning. “I was — I don’t know what word to use. But it was shocking to me just to see that. I called my family, I sent them pictures of it, of me outside the building with my name on it. It was just one of the moments that I will probably never forget.”And the way he changed the landscape of college basketball in the Syracuse community is something its residents will never forget either.Brandon Triche, a senior on the men’s basketball team and a native of nearby Jamesville, said that run to the national title altered the nation’s perception of Syracuse as a program. The team, led by Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, ascended to the level of the sport’s elite and became entrenched as a desired destination for some of the top recruits in the country.But Triche said Anthony’s contributions to the community since that magical 2003 season are arguably of greater importance.“For him to come back it means even more, just because he’s always doing stuff for the community,” Triche said inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center on Monday afternoon. “He has a few parks in his name, he has this building. He’s good at basketball, but he’s also helping others out, which is a great thing.”The most notable, of course, is the basketball facility that was a much-needed upgrade over the outdated Manley Field House. Triche called the locker rooms in Manley “caves” and said the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in the aptly nicknamed “Melo Center” have certainly aided in the recruitment process.It’s all of those reasons — the unparalleled basketball success at Syracuse, the impeccable new facility, the continued desire to help the community that built him up — that led people to the Carrier Dome on Monday to catch another glimpse of the school’s most revered player.And as expected, he impressed. The jump shot came effortlessly, the passes deftly and the smile beamingly as he played nearly 35 minutes on a court over which the 2003 national championship banner hangs. He even stuck out his tongue in a Jordan-esque pose following a rainbow three-pointer that brought the crowd to its feet in the third quarter.“Overall it was just great to be back playing in this building once again,” Anthony said after the game. “I know how many memories I have in here.”Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins surmised that 2003 was perhaps the best year of Anthony’s life, and it would be difficult to argue otherwise. Especially considering the boyish grin that seemed glued to his face while on the court on Monday night.Anthony said simply being back in the Carrier Dome motivates him to try harder to bring an NBA title back to New York. The feeling of bringing a championship to Syracuse is one he hopes to match at the game’s highest level in basketball’s mecca: New York City.So as he left the Carrier Dome floor with that 2003 banner hanging off to his left, the crowd once again rose to its feet to applaud an effort that held plenty of significance in a game that will be remembered as meaningless. Their favorite son came back, and Syracuse thanked him for it.“For me, this is where it all began and all started,” Anthony said Monday before the game. “So it’s only right for me to give back.” Commentscenter_img Published on October 23, 2012 at 3:02 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more