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The builders of this luxury home had to get creative when a heritage protected tree got in the way

first_imgThe quality finishes were popular with prospective buyers.Agent for the sale, Tony Mower from Havig & Jackson Clayfield said more than 50 groups went through the home in the two weeks it was on the market. The split level home makes the most of the space.“The architecture is very unique because the house has to fit around the tree,” Mr Mower said. The four-bedroom home, built five years ago, is in an elevated ­cul-de-sac and the city skyline can be seen clearly from the balcony. This luxury home needed to be designed so that a tree would not be harmed.ABEAUTIFUL heritage-protected tree could have been a big problem for the builders of this Windsor home. The Moreton Bay fig at Elam St could not be knocked over, so instead the builders of the luxury home at 29 decided to build around it. The beautiful home and amazing tree now sit side-by-side.center_img Inside 29 Elam Street WindsorThe gamble appears to have been embraced, with the house selling for $2.41 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIt was the highest price for a residential property in Windsor since 2016, according to CoreLogic. It is on a double allotment on 810sq m and is close to Windsor station and Kedron Brook Rd. Interest in the property was mainly from people throughout Brisbane, with Mr Mower saying people liked the quality of the build and the views due to its elevated position.last_img read more

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Windies/England Series Rescheduled for July September Window

first_imgHowever, with the United Kingdom one of the worst-hit regions by the virus, ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison said there was still huge uncertainty over staging any cricket, especially with the major issue of public health taking priority. “Clearly playing in June is now not possible and we will continue our discussions with the ECB and other Internationals Boards on trying to find new dates. We will only travel to England to play the series if our players can be assured that it is safe to do so. “As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority – over and above the playing of professional sport – will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole. West Indies were scheduled to tour England for three Tests from June 4-29 but the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, ruled out any chance of the series going ahead as planned. “We continue to be in regular dialogue with the ECB on when and how we might be able to rearrange the Test series,” he said on Friday. The ECB, which had initially delayed the start of its domestic professional season until May 28, said all fixtures affected by the extension would be rescheduled to the new window. Cricket West Indies chief executive, Johnny Grave, remained hopeful the series would be staged during the window but also reiterated that the safety of players and officials was priority. There are hopes by both boards the series can take place in July behind closed doors and under strict quarantine protocols, but the plan is contingent on the severity of the continued impact of COVID-19 on the UK. “Our respective medical teams are beginning to discuss how this series could be played whilst guaranteeing the health and safety of our players and support team. We will be as flexible as we can without compromising the safety of our team.” CMC “Our role as a national governing body during a crisis of this scale requires us to carefully plan alongside cricket’s stakeholders and supporters to attempt to overcome COVID-19’s impact on this season,” Harrison said. In fact, Harrison said the ECB would only go ahead of planned fixtures once it was safe to do so. The UK has so far recorded 143 000 infections and 19 500 deaths and even though Health Secretaty Matt Hancock said last week that infections had reached their peak, social distancing protocols are expected to remain in place for the remainder of the year. “Our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” He added: “Our biggest challenge, along with other sports, is how we could seek to implement a bio-secure solution that offers optimum safety and security for all concerned. The guidance we receive from Westminster will help us shape how we deliver this. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The England and Wales Cricket Board said Friday the West Indies tour would now take place between July and September, after announcing an extension of its freeze of professional cricket until July 1. “That’s why, simply put, there will be no cricket unless it’s safe to play. Our schedule will only go ahead if Government guidance permits.”last_img read more

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Roberto Mancini: Dzeko will score a minimum of 20 Goals by the End of the Season

first_imgCurrent coach of FC Inter Roberto Mancini spoke about Edin Dzeko with whom he collaborated in Manchester City, in an interview with the Italian Il Messagerro.Italian expert believes that Dzeko can score at least 20 goals in the jersey of Roma by the end of the season.“I insisted on his transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. I needed attacker with his quality, who is also technically very shod as well as physically strong,” remembered Mancini, who is convinced that Roma did a great job by signing the contract with Dzeko.“Edin is very good and his 20 goals will come for sure. Dzeko must always feel important for the team. Otherwise he knows to ‘strike’,” added the Italian expert.Edin Dzeko and Roberto Mancini together won the Champions League almost three years ago. Dzeko was one of the key players of the Citizens in the match in the last round of the season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Luka Doncic vs. Lamar Jackson: Who will own the next decade in sports?

first_imgThe athletes who defined the last decade in the NBA and the NFL, America’s most prominent professional sports leagues, are easy to name. But the stranglehold LeBron James and Tom Brady have held on basketball and football is due to expire in the 2020s.That two players stand out as the most likely to dominate the next 10 years in those sports is telling given the absurd amount of young talent infused (and soon to be infused) in both the NBA and the NFL. Mavericks forward Luka Doncic is already being compared to James on the basis of stats. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is already tormenting defenses in a way never seen before in pro football. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5c/7f/lamar-jackson-121719-getty-ftrjpg_hrwvoiccy8re1gi71ce7ursw2.jpg?t=353625207&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/db/be/lamar-jackson-102019-getty-ftrjpg_11e9yupqse03l1s3cp7jvt5ylo.jpg?t=-328499691&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/47/7a/luka-doncic-getty-122619-ftrjpg_1x85odc7xtl8t114yazh6unpcn.jpg?t=1136354607&w=500&quality=80 MarketabilityThe case for Luka: The Slovenian wunderkind possesses international appeal, as he was dominating the Euroleague well before entering his name in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has lived up to the hype so far, posting incredible raw numbers and contributing to a winning team. He does it with a flair for the dramatic, whether it’s a deep bomb from beyond the arc or a no-look pass to an open teammate.Doncic sparked a sneaker war early in the 2019-20 season, wearing several shoe brands and styles before ultimately signing an endorsement deal with Jordan. A signature line could widen Doncic’s visibility, though Jordan has struggled a bit with releases outside of its highly coveted retros.Unlike a baseball or a football player, you can see Doncic. He can flash his infectious smile one possession and talk trash to an opponent on the next. Regardless of what he’s doing, the camera is likely to be stuck on No. 77 the entire way.The case for Lamar: Jackson has some fun at press conferences and has been no stranger to big stages since his Heisman Trophy-winning breakout at Louisville. He is a video game-like cheat code when in action on the field, capturing the imagination of those who love fast running quarterbacks. Much like Mahomes, who’s now hard to miss in major advertising campaigns following his MVP 2018 season, Jackson is on his way to being everywhere as one of the key commercial faces of the NFL.In the NFL, no market is too small to turn a captivating player and likable personality into a nationwide household name for even the most casual of NFL fans. Luka is a little ahead because of the more immediate marketing-friendly nature of the NBA and certainly will always have the most international appeal. But Jackson will hold his own with his exponentially increasing popularity in America. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/21/luka-doncic-getty-041219-ftrjpg_1ok8c1dfffnww1xgvf3luqx9cq.jpg?t=308640002&w=500&quality=80 (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ba/dc/lamar-jackson-12319-getty-ftr_gma1xuhzvwvj1p5qx9knoeehr.jpg?t=-855120794&w=500&quality=80 Competition/challengersThe case for Luka: Doncic is already producing at an MVP level, but there is a long line of players that could stand in his way, both now and in the future.LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are all trying to come out of the Western Conference immediately. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Pascal Siakam could potentially lead their teams to the NBA Finals over the next few years depending on the rosters around them. Maybe a youngster like Zion Williamson or Ja Morant progresses quickly and becomes a threat sooner than expected. Oh, and by the way, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving should be back on the floor together in 2020-21.It’s impossible to forecast when the next dynamic duo (or even trio) will emerge. Here’s one thing we do know: Doncic is already a franchise-changing talent capable of running the best offense in the NBA, and he isn’t yet old enough to legally drink in the United States.There will always be challengers, but a single player can be more impactful in basketball than in any other sport. Imagine how good Doncic can be once he actually hits his prime. The case for Lamar: Jackson will need to keep up his elite play to stay ahead of a new wave of young NFL superstars, with fellow quarterbacks standing out as his biggest competition for individual awards and team championships.Right there in this year’s AFC divisional playoffs with him are the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Texans’ Deshaun Watson. In the NFC, the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray and the Giants’ Daniel Jones are the two guys to watch for a big rise in 2020. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had amazingly prolific 2019 seasons like Lamar, but their positions limit their luster.Just as Lamar replaced Mahomes as the league’s youthful MVP sensation, there will be newcomers like Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence to throw their helmets into the mix. The key for Lamar is getting on the board with a Super Bowl title to beat everyone else to the punch, perhaps starting as early as this season. Injury riskThe case for Luka: This is an easy category in favor of Doncic. He has already suffered minor knee and ankle injuries early in his career, but the nature of his sport makes him more likely to remain healthy for the next decade and beyond.Doncic could face the occasional hard foul. Jackson could be drilled by a blitzing linebacker multiple times in a single series.The case for Lamar: Jackson gets chased and tackled in the NFL. He has never had durability issues in the past, but this is a league where massively athletic men fall on smaller guys. Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott are the durable exceptions, not the rule.Doncic hasn’t been healthy of late, but in the long term, Jackson will be in harm’s way at a much higher level, even when he’s not running and just doing his thing in the pocket. Consistency vs. potential improvement (floor vs. ceiling)The case for Luka: It turns out Doncic’s early-season explosion wasn’t a fluke. This is just what the guy does now.Through more than a third of his sophomore campaign, Doncic finds himself in the top five in both points and assists per game and top 20 in rebounds. Despite shooting more, his efficiency has improved from the field, on 3-pointers and at the free throw line. He isn’t a lockdown defender, but his size (6-7, 218 pounds) and basketball IQ allow him to compete on that end of the floor.Doncic has quickly learned the subtle nuances of the NBA, the tricks of the trade that help all superstars thrive. He should only improve as he adds different pieces along the way and grows with his teammates. Keep in mind his partnership with Porzingis isn’t close to fully formed.At the very least, Doncic can establish the Mavericks as an annual playoff participant. At his peak, he could be holding multiple MVPs and titles.MORE: Jackson dominates voting for SN’s Offensive Player of the Year award Chances to win titles/organizational stabilityThe case for Luka: Rick Carlisle has served as the Mavericks’ coach since the 2008-09 season. General manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson has been with the organization for more than two decades. And owner Mark Cuban? He isn’t going anywhere. That’s about as stable as you can get in the NBA outside of San Antonio.It’s easy to see the Mavs keeping Doncic locked up under long-term contracts and building around him and Kristaps Porzingis. Cuban will spend whatever it takes to be a winner, which shouldn’t be difficult as long as Doncic is on the floor. His presence alone means Dallas can’t be ignored in the championship chase throughout the 2020s.The case for Lamar: Jackson landed in a great spot with the Ravens. Ozzie Newsome has given way to the strong front-office eye of Eric DeCosta. Jackson also plays for a stable, Super Bowl-winning coach in John Harbaugh.Baltimore has a strong tradition of championship makeup. The team already has adjusted offensively to what Jackson does well to explosive results. At the same time, the Ravens didn’t lose sight of maintaining their typical defensive backbone to complement the QB. Jackson is operating on his inexpensive rookie deal and is headed toward being rewarded as the highest-paid QB in the game at some point, much like Joe Flacco before him to set up consistent winning that spiked with a Super Bowl MVP run. Doncic is 20, and Jackson just turned 23. Both are amid their second seasons in their respective leagues, and both are captivating viewers more quickly and convincingly than anybody expected.MORE: Sporting News Athletes of the DecadeThe combination of ridiculous early success and promise for the future is why these two athletes are most likely to be the faces of the 2020s in sports, and they’re relatively easy choices. What’s not as simple is determining which of the two stars is likely to outshine the other.Separated by five categories — competition/challengers, organizational stability, marketability, injury risk and floor vs. ceiling — below is the case for Luka and the case for Lamar as the athlete who will own the next decade in sports. The case for Lamar: Jackson is playing quarterback in a way the NFL has never seen in terms of running, as he smashed the single-season rushing record for the position in only his second year. But what is more impressive is what he has done as a passer. He has played off the best rushing attack in NFL history to be super efficient throwing the ball downfield and finishing drives in the red zone.The scary thing is, Jackson can only get better as the Ravens add and groom playmakers to his supporting cast while he develops as a field-reader and decision-maker. His work ethic has been off the charts, from working hard to dominate at Louisville and carrying that determination and confidence to Baltimore. The more experienced Jackson gets, the better he will harness his immense physical skill set. Jackson is about to win his first NFL MVP award at age 23, beating out Mahomes and Dan Marino for the youngest to do so in NFL history. If what he just did in 2019 is more like his floor, it’s downright crazy to think about how high his ceiling can get.last_img read more

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