Cook up a storm in these chef-tested kitchens

first_img Buyers snap up properties in ‘cracking’ auction frenzy More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIt may not be suitable for 19,000 meals, but six courses for a dozen friends was a breezeLocated within the Eton complex, Mr Yarnton’s luxury townhouse has a kitchen with Amara stone benchtops, Miele appliances, an integrated dishwasher, microwave and undercounter wine fridge, ample cabinetry and feature pendant lighting. It overlooks the lounge and dining area which opens on to the covered patio, which has gas barbecue fittings and is ideal for alfresco dining. With the open plan living of the kitchen, lounge and dining that expands into a spacious covered patio with gas BBQ fittings. It is in a complex of townhouses at AscotThis retreat has carpeted floors, walk-in robes and a renovated ensuite with twin vanities. It opens to a partly closed terrace with concertina all-weather aluminium shutters. Also on this upper level is a living room with a study nook, wall-mounted television, a chic bar with a built-in bar and wine fridges and glass doors that slide back to the terrace. And a cellarIt is listed with Joseph Lordi of McGrath Manly. And in Dutton Park, is a kitchen with a serious view in what can only be described as a modern treehouse. 303 ARCHER ST CHANDLERIt sits in 2.5 acres and has a commercial-sized kitchen with a cool room and quality appliances, a 1200-bottle wine cellar, a formal dining to feed the masses, a billiards room, rumpus and vast formal lounge, a private orchard and an alfresco gazebo with kitchen facilities and a resort-style pool. You can cook and chat in this kitchenThere is also a gas cooktop, white timber cabinetry and a large pantry for all of those must-have ingredients.Other features include a main living zone with a gas fireplace, and bi-fold glass doors that open from open plan living area on to the covered timber patio. Their modern townhouse is on the market for offers over $1.375 million. The kitchen at the Dutton Park treehouseDouble storey, floor-to-ceiling glass is a key feature of this home, allowing for views of the river and treetops. Spread over three levels, the kitchen is on level two of the residence with the main living areas, and has views of the lower level and out in to nature. Framed by fully fenced leafy gardens, the private outdoor space presents residents with an ideal zone for barbecues and drinks, the listing says.There is also a study for uploading your latest culinary creations onto social media, and a parents retreat for when its time to down tools. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow do celebrities organise their pantry? 01:15THEY are the houses with kitchens that have been given a grilling by chefs — and passed the culinary test. In Ascot, Michael and Kym Steenberg have been creating unique and handmade cakes from their townhouse kitchen, with the results displayed on their Instagram page, Just Yumm Brisbane. How is that for a dining room? A spot for some alfresco diningAnd for when the home chef is off-duty, it is a short stroll to Racecourse Road’s boutique shops and cafes, Portside Wharf, Eat Street markets and Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses. In Hendra, retired chef John Yarnton is selling his four bedroom townhouse, which is on the market for offers over $760,000.Mr Yarnton has worked in the kitchens of hotels and restaurants, and was even a chef for Qantas for 30 years.“We would cook over 19,000 meals (for Qantas) on a slow day,” he said. Upstairs is home to the four bedrooms including the master bedroom with its walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, the laundry for soaking any cooking-related spills, a bathroom and a second living area. One of 36 townhouses in the complex, shared facilities include extensive gardens, an inground central pool and relaxing pool side entertainment area. Mr Yarnton said he had cooked up to six courses for a dozen people in that kitchen.But he is moving on as he needs more room for a herb and veggie garden. “It has done its job well,” he said. Both properties are listed with agents Patrick McKinnon and Will Churchill of Place Ascot.But if those don’t light a fire in your belly, these kitchens may just inspire you to whip out the mortar and pestle. In Chandler, this landmark residence just screams “entertain here”. Multimillion-dollar home reno House sells for $1.65m above its purchase price Spread over two storeys, it has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two vehicles, two outdoor spaces and a living room with a bar.But it is the kitchen that will fire up keen chefs. It features a combined island bench and breakfast bar topped with Calacutta marble, stainless steel Miele appliances, soft-closing drawers and a wine rack. MORE NEWS: Grand estates that will make you drool Listed for sale by negotiation with Christine Rudolph at Ray White New Farm is 23-29 Borva St. It sits on 2300 sqm of riverfront land and comprises of two lots, one of which hosts a minimalist house designed by architect, Geoff Cook. This house was designed to capture the viewsIt has premium appliances and the latest mod cons. There is also a pool deck on the lower level with an integrated barbecue that overlooks the pool.last_img read more

John Key rules out repealing anti-smacking law

first_img3 News 4 July 2014John Key says he’s got no appetite to change the anti-smacking law despite the strong stance of a potential coalition partner.The Conservative Party is calling for the ban on smacking to be repealed and the matter could be a deciding factor in coalition talks after the election.But Mr Key told the audience at an event held by conservative lobby group Family First changing the law would send the wrong message.“We could spend a long time in Parliament and a lot of discourse of public debate, and in the end it would look like the Government is saying ‘we were sanctioning parents to belt kids’.”Family First director Bob McCoskrie says the anti-smacking law penalises good parents and hasn’t solved child abuse. read more

Osaka battles, Kvitova cruises to Brisbane semis

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Naomi Osaka battled for two hours while Petra Kvitova cruised to victory on Friday as both players booked spots in the season-opening Brisbane International semi-finals. Osaka’s form slipped after the first set but the world number four eventually saw off sixth seed Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at Pat Rafter Arena. Naomi Osaka’s form slipped after the first set but the world number four eventually saw off sixth seed Kiki Bertens Bertens was on the attack in the second but lost control in the decider when she began to struggle with her first serve. It was a more straightforward affair for fifth seed Kvitova, who downed American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who won her first WTA title in Brisbane in 2011, was in superb touch against Brady, who beat Maria Sharapova and Ashleigh Barty in the first two rounds but was never in the hunt. “I didn’t serve well at all the first game, but since then I served much, much better and that’s helped me a lot through this match today for sure,” Kvitova said. “My body’s still not falling apart yet, so that’s good as well.” Petra Kvitova was in superb touch against Jennifer Brady Read Also: ATP Cup: Djokovic sends Serbia into semis after scare “I don’t think Danielle played her best tennis today, but I think I did a really good job taking care of my side of the net,” Keys said. “I served well, returned fairly well, especially in the second set. So I think overall it was just a pretty solid match.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Osaka, who burst to stardom by winning consecutive Grand Slam crowns at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australia Open, will next play either defending champion Karolina Pliskova or unseeded American Alison Riske. Kvitova faces Madison Keys, who cruised past fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1 to secure her berth in the final four. Collins seemed flat after two impressive victories in the opening rounds and her opponent never ceded control of the match.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her long legal battle against track and field’s rules to limit female runners’ naturally high testosterone levels. Switzerland’s supreme court says its judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld the rules drafted by track’s governing body affecting female runners with differences of sex development. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said CAS had the right to uphold the rules to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.The federal court said it was limited to examining “whether the CAS decision violates fundamental and widely recognized principles of public order.” It concluded “that is not the case.”,Update on the latest sports September 8, 2020 Baylor became the third Big 12 team to postpone its scheduled season opener this week because of the coronavirus. The Bears were supposed to open at home Saturday against Louisiana Tech, but the visiting school announced that it would not be able to play because of a number of recent positive COVID-19 tests. The school didn’t provide any specific numbers. TCU had to put off its scheduled opener Friday night against SMU after a virus outbreak and Oklahoma State has pushed back its opener against Tulsa a week to Sept. 19. Seven Big 12 teams are still scheduled to play. EUROPEAN SOCCERRonaldo reaches century of international goals for Portugal Legislative leaders urge Big Ten to reconsider as Big 12 struggles to get goingUNDATED (AP) — Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.Meanwhile, the Big 12 is struggling to get its season going on time. — NBA coaches or other team staffers could have guests in the bubble later this month. Team staffs would be limited to a total of 10 guests, all of whom would have to begin a self-quarantining period at home immediately, then travel to Central Florida next week to begin another week of even stricter lockdown. Those guests could then enter the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World on Sept. 21, about a week before the scheduled start of the NBA Finals.NHL PLAYOFFSGolden Knights shut out Stars, even seriesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Vegas is back in the Western Conference final. Paul Stastny scored to end a lengthy goal drought by Vegas forwards, Robin Lehner stopped all 24 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the Golden Knights rediscovered their winning ways and beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 in Game 2 to even the series. — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number, similar to MLB’s celebration of Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 each April 15, started with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roberto Clemente Jr., son of the late Hall of Famer, said he received a text from Pirates third base coach Joey Cora on July 29 at the behest of Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton, asking whether all Pirates players could wear the number on Sept. 9. Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec, 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to bring relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake.NFL NEWSAP source: Broncos star Miller sustains serious ankle injuryUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced any results of Miller’s MRI, said Miller got hurt toward the end of practice. Stastny’s second-period goal was the first by a Vegas forward with an opposing goalie in net since Game 4 against Vancouver last round. William Karlsson and Tomas Nosek made it three in less 10 minutes against Anton Khudobin, who was pulled at the second intermission.MLB RESULTSDoubleheaders abound while Yanks drop another.BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gary Sánchez and the slumping New York Yankees lost their fifth in a row and fell for the 15th time in 20 games, again failing to get clutch hits in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Hours after general manager Brian Cashman tried to change his team’s fortunes with a pregame address, the Yankees continued to struggled. At 21-21, the Yankees are at .500 or worse in September for the first time since 1995. Donovan took the Thunder to the playoffs every year and was a finalist for Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City. Before that, he led the University of Florida to two national championships and four Final Four appearances in 19 seasons. Donovan was at the end of his contract and he and the team described his departure as a mutual decision.In other NBA news:— Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team. The Milwaukee Bucks forward appeared on 97 of the first-team ballots out of 100 cast by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Also on the first team: Lakers forward Anthony Davis, 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Celtics guard Marcus Smart. The second team selections were Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley, Bucks teammates Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe and Miami forward Bam Adebayo.— The Los Angeles Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood’s city government to begin construction on their new arena next summer. The Clippers also announced a deal to buy the publicly owned property on the arena site for $66.25 million. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is building a privately financed 18,000-seat arena along with a practice facility and corporate offices for his NBA franchise, which has shared Staples Center since it opened in 1999. Ballmer intends to open his new arena in 2024, immediately following the expiration of his team’s lease at Staples Center. In other baseball news:— The San Diego Padres have put first baseman Eric Hosmer on the 10-day injured list with a broken left index finger. Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer won’t need surgery and his finger is in a split. Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks. — The Chicago Cubs have added outfielder Billy Hamilton to their active roster and optioned slumping slugger José Martínez to their alternate training site. Hamilton was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Monday. Hamilton, who turns 30 on Wednesday, went 1 for 22 in 17 games with New York before he was designated for assignment on Friday.— The Milwaukee Brewers have released first baseman Justin Smoak, who had been designated for assignment last week. Smoak hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Brewers. His struggles came after he hit 85 homers over the previous three seasons with Toronto although his home run totals and batting average slipped over the course of that span.— Former American League President Gene Budig has died. Budig brought an academic pedigree to the job and was the last one to hold the post, serving in the post from 1994 until 2000 when owners abolished league presidents. Budig was the head of three universities —Kansas, West Virginia and Illinois State. His death was announced Tuesday by the commissioner’s office and the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league team he co-owned. No cause was given. He had been in hospice in South Carolina. Gene Budig was 81 years old. — Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-6. Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth for the Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and Cam Gallagher had an RBI double for Kansas City, which had been outscored 51-18 in losing its first seven games in September. — Juan Soto drove in a run in his return to the lineup and the Washington Nationals used strong relief pitching to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 and sweep the two-game series. After missing five games with left elbow soreness, the 21-year old Soto was back in the lineup as the designated hitter for just the second time this season. — Sixto Sánchez combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, Jorge Alfaro hit one of three homers for Miami and the Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-0. Garrett Cooper had two hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs. Miami now trails Atlanta by only 2 1/2 games in the division.— Spencer Turnbull allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It wasn’t all good news for the Tigers, however. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who leads Detroit with eight home runs, left with a right wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fourth. — Rookie Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run homer and Rio Ruiz added a three-run shot as the Baltimore Orioles hit four homers and cruised to an 11-2 victory over the New York Mets. D.J. Stewart also homered for the third straight game and Pat Valaika added a solo shot as the Orioles won for the sixth time in eight games. The Mets have lost eight of their last 12. Missing injured stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and more, they began the day tied with Houston for the last two spots in the expanded playoff field during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Phillies started a run of five doubleheaders with a win Tuesday afternoon. Alec Bohm hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to rally Philadelphia over the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in the first game. In game two, Bobby Dalbec homered for a fourth straight game and his two-run shot in the sixth inning helped earn the Red Sox the split. The rookie first baseman has now homered in five of his first nine career games. — The Twins and Cardinals split a doubleheader in St. Louis. Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó all homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-3 victory in the first game, as starter Jose Berríos pitched into the sixth inning for the win. In the nightcap, Matt Wieters hit 14 foul balls during a 19-pitch at-bat that ended with a flyout as the Cards scratched out a 6-4 win. The two-game series at Busch Stadium was condensed to one day so the Cardinals could have one more day off before the end of the season, with a backlog of makeup games this month. — Khris Davis homered and hit an RBI double against previously unbeaten Zack Greinke, and the Oakland Athletics sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss, 4-2 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Ash from nearby wildfires fell inside the Coliseum as the A’s stretched their AL West lead over second-place Houston to 5 1/2 games. center_img Update on the latest sports The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team Tuesday, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — while Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle.Butler and Goran Dragic each scored 17 points for the Heat, who won the series 4-1. Khris Middleton had 23 for Milwaukee.NBA NEWSBilly Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Billy Donovan won’t return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons. MLB-NEWSMore pitching woes for BravesATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ season-long rotation woes continue as Max Fried has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Fried had been the only current healthy member of the projected rotation before the season began.Fried has filled the void left when the Braves lost opening day starter Mike Soroka for the season to a torn right Achilles tendon early in the season.The latest blow to the rotation could accelerate the team’s plans to have Cole Hamels rushed into action for his 2020 debut. NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has played powerful, clean tennis to beat 93rd-ranked Shelby Rogers in straight sets in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Osaka’s victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night was built on seven aces and an ability to get the better of the big hitting by both from the baseline. Rogers, a 27-year-old from South Carolina, had won all three previous matchups against Osaka. But this time, Rogers ended up with 27 unforced errors, Osaka just eight. Osaka, who won the U.S. Open two years ago, will meet No. 28 seed Jennifer Brady in the semifinals.In other matches:American Jennifer Brady also advanced to the semifinals by beating Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2. Seeded 28th, Brady dominated from the baseline in her first major quarterfinal. The 25-year-old played for the UCLA Bruins as part of their 2014 NCAA championship team.On the men’s side: Alexander Zverev is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the second time in as many majors this year. Seeded fifth, Zverev advanced to the U.S. Open’s final four by rallying past No. 27 Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3, overcoming 12 double-faults and 46 unforced errors. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL — Buffalo has signed receiver Jake Kumerow to its practice squad, three days after he was cut by the Packers. The Packers’ decision to cut Kumerow was considered one of their biggest surprises in establishing their 53-player roster on Saturday. And it came on the heels of quarterback Aaron Rodgers calling Kumerow “super reliable” while discussing Green Bay’s receivers.— The New York Giants have waived cornerback DeAndre Baker, with the 22-year-old facing armed robbery charges relating to an incident in Florida in May. Baker has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since July 27. He has not participated in any Giants activities since the incident.— The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted quarterback Mike Glennon from the practice squad to the active roster and placed linebacker Quincy Williams on injured reserve. Williams had surgery for a core muscle injury last month. He will miss at least the first three games of the regular season. Glennon gives the Jaguars an experienced backup heading into the opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton beat out Glennon for the backup spot. But the veteran might be a better option, if needed, to fill in for starter Gardner Minshew early in the season.TENNIS-US OPENBrady wins quarterfinal UNDATED (AP) — Add 100 international goals to the extraordinary list of milestones achieved by soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The 35-year-old Ronaldo become just the second male player to reach a century of goals for a national team when he curled a free kick into the top corner from 25 meters for the first of his two strikes in Portugal’s 2-0 win at Sweden in the Nations League. Scoring one of the best goals of his international career was a fitting way to enter the “100 Club” where he joins former Iran striker Ali Daei. Belgium and France also won and joined Portugal on two wins from two games in group play.TRACK-SEMENYA APPEALSemenya loses appeal Miller appeared primed for a big season following an offseason in which he added several pounds of muscle and said he had rededicated himself to the sport. In other NFL news: — Running back Kareem Hunt has signed a two-year, $13.25 million extension with the Cleveland Browns. Hunt served an eight-game NFL suspension last year after joining Cleveland as a free agent. That followed his release by the Kansas City Chiefs following two violent off-field altercations. Hunt will begin the season as the No. 2 back behind Pro Bowler Nick Chubb. However, coach Kevin Stefanski plans to use Hunt as a pass catcher as well.— The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. The team announced the deal on Tuesday but didn’t disclose terms. The NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years. The receiver is guaranteed $42.75 million. The deal also has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause. The Cardinals landed the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hopkins in a surprising trade with the Texans during the offseason, sending veteran running back David Johnson to Houston.— Washington coach Ron Rivera missed his team’s first game week practice to start treatment for a form of skin cancer. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice as planned when Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Del Rio did not have an update on how Rivera was feeling but expects him back at the training facility Wednesday. Del Rio has experience doing this from his time in Denver when coach John Fox had heart surgery. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch.last_img read more

President Putin Blasts WADA over Ban on Russian Athletes

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin says the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to remove Russia from international sports is inconsistent with common sense or law and bearing a political connotation.Putin, speaking at an annual press conference on Thursday, said any punishment should be individual and that all Russian athletes should not be punished for the wrongdoings of some.“As for the WADA decision, it does not correspond to common sense and law, and as for doping, the decision was made regarding the participation of our athletes under the neutral flag at the last Olympics, now for the same thing again.’’ Vladimir Putin He explained that the ban was “unfair to various Russian athletes who were not involved in the doping scandal’’, including those who competed in the Winter 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang under a neutral flag.“If someone is caught doing something, then it is normal and fair to punish them. But if most of our athletes are clean, how can WADA sanction them for others’ actions?.’’The president added that WADA’s ban went against the Olympic charter.“A country’s team should not compete under a neutral flag if there are no factual claims against the current Olympic committee.’’On Dec. 9, WADA unanimously voted to ban Russia from participating in and hosting any major sporting events.It said it was a punishment for what it said were serious manipulations and deletions of data in athlete test results under WADA investigation.WADA also ruled that only clean Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under a neutral status, without the Russian flag or anthem.It added that Russian government officials and representatives would be banned from attending any major international sports events.Additionally, WADA declared RUSADA non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pount, Counter-Point: Sports world’s worst couple

first_imgMcGrath’s take:A day after the chocolate massacre that is St. Valentine’s Day, here we are trying to choose the worst couple in sports. There is a plethora of pairs not to take relationship advice from, such as Dennis Rodman-Carmen Electra, David Justice-Halle Berry and Joe DiMaggio-Marilyn Monroe.But history is in the making today, as the “don’t do as we do” duo of Terrell Owen and Drew Rosenhaus are probably the worst couple since Darth Vader and the Death Star, and that was a long, long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away).First off, in case you’re thinking you didn’t get the memo, don’t fret, the two have not officially announced their domestic partnership yet. Could it be more obvious, though? Rosenhaus lost Owens somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 millions dollars, while T.O cost Drew millions in commission. They must be in love. Why else would they still be together?Want more proof? T.O let Rosenhaus, speak for him at a press conference, WHILE OWENS WAS THERE. There is nothing on this planet that Owens loves more than talking — except money — and apparently like the unpleasant scent of a rental car just used by Jack McKeon (avid smoker), they are always hanging around. No matter how little Owens or Rosenhaus tries to do, the pair are still always in the news, usually for inane things like doing sit-ups in their front yard or talking about competing in a slam dunk contest, though I’d love to watch Rosenhaus attempt to throw down a reverse windmill.Could you imagine having these two over for dinner? They both would do nothing but talk about T.O. and nothing, and I mean nothing, is more annoying having to listen to T.O. propaganda. The problem is that they are always over for dinner and lunch and breakfast too, in the form of SportsCenter interviews and such.No couple is worse than T.O. and Rosenhaus, now or ever before.Schmoldt’s take:I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent as much time as I had hoped watching the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, but the story that I’ve heard every time that I have turned the Games on has been bad enough to make me just as sick as I was when I decided to walk down State Street on Valentine’s Day just last night.He is the “Flying Tomato” — a gold medal winner already and the red-headed high-flyer who has spent his fair share of time atop the X-Games podium.She is looking to reach the medal podium after a fourth-place finish in Salt Lake City four years ago, and thanks to Michelle Kwan’s injury, is finally becoming the biggest story in U.S. women’s figure skating.Apart, they are the subjects of two separate feel-good stories of young athletes achieving their dreams. Together … well, I don’t even really want to think about it. After the Flying Tomato Shaun White won a gold medal in the men’s snowboarding half pipe competition, he said he would use the award to swoon 21-year old Sasha Cohen.First and foremost, this ploy isn’t even original. Who does this high-jumping fruit think he is, Alberto Tomba? Tomba attempted to hook up with Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. The skier brought flowers to the figure skater and it, I assume — I was only four years old at the time — was pretty touching.Nonetheless, White should have known his scheme had been attempted before, but he also should have realized it didn’t work. Let’s just say Witt didn’t fall head over heals.To top it all off, it’s pretty funny that White is going after a good-looking older girl. We all know that never works at this stage of the game. Besides, she’s too tall for him anyways.So please, let’s keep the Olympics separate from Valentine’s Day and the Flying Tomato away from the nicknameless Cohen, and everything will be fine.Go vote and let us know whose point you agree with.last_img read more

Guzal Yusupova’s 2,500-mile journey to Syracuse was 2 years in the making

first_imgGuzal Yusupova injected hope into the Washington State’s morale during the Pacific-12 tournament semifinals against No. 16 Stanford. She trailed No. 68 Melissa Lord by a set and was tied 6-6. The Cardinals had already cruised to victories in fourth and sixth singles, and were one point away from a shutout. When that fourth point was earned by Stanford at first singles, Yusupova’s match was abandoned. Her second abandoned match of the day turned out to be the last of her Washington State career.Last Saturday, almost nine months to the date and more than 2,500 miles away from Pullman, Washington, Yusupova lined up on court two inside Drumlins Country Club. As her name was announced in Syracuse’s lineup, she folded her hands in front of her and smiled.Saturday’s match marked the beginning of a fresh start for Yusupova. Academics and a lack of fluency in English resulted in the Uzbekistan native’s rejection from the college tennis programs she longed to play for. Washington State emerged as a home, but it wasn’t the right fit. On a Syracuse (2-0) squad that returns several key players from last year’s run to the NCAA tournament, in an ACC conference that’s home to seven schools in the top-25, Yusupova provides depth that could push the Orange to the top.“I should have been here in my freshman year,” Yusupova said. “But it didn’t work.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text***After last season, Yusupova returned home to Uzbekistan and played in three International Tennis Federation tournaments. She’d received the release papers needed to transfer from Washington State in May, but now had no coach to work with. So Yusupova did what she’d done since starting tennis at age four: just play.“At that time, I didn’t have anything so I just decided to go back home for the summer because I wanted to transfer and didn’t know where I was going,” Yusupova said.When Yusupova first looked at U.S. schools, she waited until the March before her freshman year to start. Yusupova had a scholarship offer to the Republican Olympic Reserve School of Tennis, about six hours away from her hometown Qarshi. But she wanted to play tennis in the U.S., and get a college education, too. Her English was poor and programs, like Syracuse, had pulled interest because Yusupova couldn’t be admitted due to low scores on the SAT and TOEFL, the latter measuring her English understanding.Texas A&M, another school she couldn’t get into, informed Washington State and head coach Lisa Hart about Yusupova, and WSU pursued her. At the time, she was the highest ranked recruit in Cougar history. Yusupova entered with a Women’s Tennis Association ranking of 978, and played in the top spots of the Washington State lineup right away in both singles and doubles.“We kind of got lucky with her,” Hart said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBut Yusupova entered into Washington blind. According to then-Washington State assistant coach Robin Cambier, Yusupova was the only player Washington State didn’t watch live. They had seen tape of Yusupova, but didn’t meet her before offering a scholarship.Likewise, Yusupova didn’t visit campus before committing, but felt that it didn’t make a difference. She knew she was a good person and a great tennis player, she said.“I think if we had brought her into an all-in recruiting visit, and she would have seen our presentation,” Cambier said, “she wouldn’t have come to Washington State in the first place.”During a match against Oregon her freshman year, Yusupova and her partner, Melisa Ates, defeated the Ducks in third doubles, the only Cougar pair to win a doubles match that day. Later on, Yusupova played first singles, something that happened only nine times that season. She led Shweta Sangwan 6-4 4-6 5-1, and had her on match point. Washington State was down 3-0, needing to win the remaining singles matches to stay alive. But when Ates dropped hers in a third set tiebreaker, Yusupova’s was abandoned. Afterwards, she cried.But last season, Yusupova got her rematch against Sangwan. Now at second singles, the two were the last to finish, with the overall score tied 3-3. After dropping the first set, Yusupova stormed back to secure the next two, and a Washington State win.In her freshman year, Yusupova went 18-8 in singles and 12-15 in doubles, playing mostly second and third singles. But after Yusupova’s freshman year, she approached Cambier and Hart about transferring. Hart and Cambier eventually convinced Yusupova to stay her sophomore year because they said it would be good for her development.A lot of her game relies on powerful returns from behind the baseline. It’s something coaches at both Washington State and now Syracuse have worked with her to fix. They want her to step into the court to return the ball. Yusupova hits the ball flat because she aims for speed and force, instead of craftiness and spin. That second year, Cambier set about to change her mindset, and tactically work with her on not hitting balls flat from everywhere on the court. There are spots where flat shots work, he said, and spots where they don’t.Cambier and Hart hoped that if Yusupova’s results improved during her second season, she would hold off on transferring. But in the middle of season two, talks of a transfer resurfaced, and, this time, Hart agreed to help Yusupova find a new school.“My personal philosophy is if you’re not happy, change it,” Hart said. “I definitely had no plans of blocking her transfer.”Hart said 20 schools reached out to her about Yusupova. Santa Barbara, Miami and Syracuse emerged as the final three. Yusupova received interest from others too, such as Mississippi, but never returned their emails and calls. Yusupova didn’t want to go to Mississippi, she had her mind set on somewhere warm, although Syracuse didn’t exactly meet that criteria. She didn’t visit any of the final three schools, but her English was improved this time and wasn’t a barrier anymore.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHead coach Younes Limam said he offered and pitched to Yusupova everything he could about his program. Syracuse returns its top doubles pair in Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez. Sofya Golubovskaya is a sophomore who made her way into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. In that lineup, Yusupova isn’t projected as a top-three singles player or a top two doubles pair. But her presence gives Syracuse depth in that third doubles pair, where the crucial first point is many times decided. Yusupova brings the experience from playing in the Pac-12 for two seasons, along with her professional experience from back home.As a Cougar, she never completely bought into the program, Cambier said. She managed to keep her desires to transfer from harming her teammates, but in the end the opportunity for a change emerged. Limam came calling for a second time, and, now, it was too good to turn down.“When I got my release papers, I was like ‘Where do I want to go?’” Yusupova said. “Then Coach Younes asked if I was transferring.”***Yusupova returned to Uzbekistan a month ago during the semester break, and watched her 12-year-old sister play tennis. She had just started in October, but Yusupova already noticed that she’s not good enough to pursue a professional career. She started too late, but her heart doesn’t have the fire that Yusupova’s did when she was small, she said.With that passion, Yusupova chased a professional tennis career and an education. It brought her to the United States — first to Washington, and then to New York.After the match against Brown, a 7-0 win on Jan. 19, Syracuse players lightly jogged around the perimeter of the courts. In the front of the pack was Yusupova. She had just won her first two matches at SU, including a straight-set win in singles.Yusupova found her way to Syracuse for a number of reasons: Hart said she left WSU because of the weather. Yusupova said it was because she didn’t want to stay in the same place for four years.When asked if she planned on staying at Syracuse, she laughed.“Yes,” she said. “Of course I am.” Comments Published on January 22, 2019 at 11:30 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrewcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Quentin Hillsman’s personality evident in his creative Twitter

first_imgShelmidine said when Hillsman originally posted the boxing tweet, graduate transfer forward Brooke Alexander quoted the tweet with a message like “This is why I came to Syracuse.” On Feb. 21, Shelmidine and Hillsman repurposed the clip to mirror SU’s climb in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.But Cooper only sees Hillsman’s tweets when people retweet them onto her feed. Neither she nor forward Emily Engstler follow their coach. “Twitter’s a fun place,” Cooper said. “It’s not for Q.”Though SU players have never heard him use the “Let’s get on down” catch phrase in person, Hillsman said he’s used it dating back to his playing days at St. Mary’s College. It means “it’s time to go. It’s time to compete. It’s time to win.”Whenever Shelmidine can’t think of a caption for a graphic, the phrase is always there to lean back on. Anything to showcase Hillsman’s brand.“(Recruits) follow the coach before they follow the team,” Shelmidine said. “So just trying to have them have a personality is pretty important, and Q is super easy to do that with.” Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 11:03 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Since Jan. 1, Hillsman’s sent at least 146 tweets, not including retweets. Before every game, @CoachQatSU posts a photo of himself and team broadcaster Brian Higgins. He quote-tweets highlights of his players with encouraging captions. He promotes his weekly ESPN radio hit at Dave & Busters with photos of the arcade. It’s all part of his social media campaign.In recent weeks, he’s mentioned Class of 2020 commits Kamilla Cardoso, Faith Blackstone and Priscilla Williams several times, congratulating them on various high school accolades.Both Shelmidine and senior guard Gabrielle Cooper cited an old video of Hillsman punching a bag in the Melo Center gym with motivational quotes as their all-time favorite tweet. Content like that, Shelmidine said, separates Hillsman from rival coaches who keep their social media professional and typically only retweet their teams’ official accounts. Quentin Hillsman was too tired to celebrate his 300th career win on Feb. 9 against Louisville. But he wasn’t too tired to tweet.Thirty-four minutes after the final buzzer, Hillsman tweeted a graphic with the dates of each of his previous wins above the Nike swoosh and his signature catch phrase: “Let’s get on down.”Hillsman doesn’t make the graphics he posts, but he runs his own social media account. He leans on his classic tagline and emojis — typically the fire and the orange — to caption tweets. His Twitter’s a way to advertise his infectious, eccentric personality and make an impression on potential recruits.“It’s important,” Hillsman said. “That’s what recruiting is now. It’s all about social media. So, I try to stay active on it as much as possible.”When multimedia and technology manager Marcus Shelmidine joined SU’s staff in 2018, he said Hillsman didn’t know what emojis were. Shelmidine, who graduated from SU in 2017, would send Hillsman a graphic or photo to post, but the head coach would screenshot it instead of properly saving the file. The product, Shelmidine said, was less than ideal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“‘You can’t keep cutting people’s heads off,’” Hillsman remembers Shelmidine telling him.So, Shelmidine sat down with Hillsman to give him tips. The 49-year-old learned emojis and bitmojis and now calls himself a “master cropper.” His memes have become more sophisticated with the help of Shelmidine.Still, some posts range closer to absurdity than artistry. In early December, Hillsman posted a graphic of his face photoshopped over the banners hanging in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, with the imperfect caption “Loosing can’t be an option.”last_img read more

Government promise to put up a boxing gym in Bukom is a hoax- Clottey

first_imgFormer  IBF welterweight champion  Joshua Clottey has slammed previous and existing government of failed promise to have nation’s boxing hub Bukom upgraded with infrastructure to develop the sport at grass root.  President Mahama   on his routine  tour of the region in October  promised  the town of  Bukom  a modern gym to help develop the sport  and the plan was reechoed by Sports minister Mahama Ayariga weeks ago  that government was on course to deliver on the promise , but Joshua Clottey exclusively  told   JOY sports,  President  Mahama’s  promise is as empty as any. “Yeah it’s  a fake promise, trust me, because Ex-President Kuffour promised that but he never did anything and left, the new government is with President Mahama and the same pertains, that’s what they do they promise but at the end of their tenure they don’t construct any gymnasium ,we have a lot of football stadia but no just a single Boxing Gymnasium we have been waiting for years and it’s still not coming” Clottey explained in an interview with JOY Sports.  Ghana’s great boxers who have excelled internationally with numerous world titles have  belts come from Bukom, but  it yet to attract  the needed attention from government ..There have been other concerns about where the Gym will be situated  as the  town  itself looks  cluttered. Meanwhile   Joshua Clottey  has hinted he will not fight  in  a Brazilian opponent  later this month which is   contrary to reports super entertainment Boxing promotions have agreed to stage a fight to keep ahead of a proposed world title next years. Joshua Clottey has been inactive since his victory over Anthony Mudine last September  and missed an opportunity to face Saul Alvarez Canelo because of injury to the latter.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu tinkers in bullpen after three consecutive losses

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Since then, May passed his concussion tests, but the Dodgers are proceeding with caution before determining when he will appear in a game. May has made four appearances as a starter and two as a reliever since his Aug. 2 debut.Max Muncy will take ground balls Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his right wrist. He has yet to begin swinging a bat, but he remains hopeful that he can be activated during the Dodgers’ trip to Baltimore and Queens next week.“I’d like to speed it up,” Muncy said. “I’m pretty impatient. Unfortunately you’re only as good as your body feels.”Joc Pederson was still feeling soreness one day after he sustained an abdominal contusion colliding with the right field wall. Roberts held him out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, but is hopeful Pederson can return Wednesday.MAKE THE NON-CALLCatcher Austin Barnes will join the Dodgers’ active roster from Triple-A Oklahoma City in the coming days, Roberts said. Two rookies – outfielder Kyle Garlick and utility player Edwin Rios – will not.Rios and Garlick were the top two home-run hitters for the Dodgers’ top minor league affiliate, but they won’t get to pad their major league stats now that Oklahoma City’s season is over. Garlick hit three home runs and batted .250 in 30 major league games this season. Rios batted .286 with two home runs in 17 games.“Those guys did a great job for us,” Roberts said. “The September call-up is always a difficult one in the sense of rewarding guys who have earned the opportunity to get a September call-up. Kyle and Eddie are just tremendous teammates, but I think that we’re very cognizant of keeping the group to as much of a minimum as possible, to keep the focus on the playoffs.Related Articles After he beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 11, Ryu’s earned-run average was an MLB-leading 1.45 – 66 percent below the league average, something no qualified pitcher has done over a full season in the modern era. His record was a sterling 12-2.Six days later, Ryu allowed four runs over 5⅔ innings in a loss in Atlanta. Six days after that, he surrendered seven runs over 4⅓ innings to the New York Yankees. Six days later, the Diamondbacks pummeled Ryu for seven runs in 4⅔ innings in Phoenix. The three losses raised Ryu’s ERA by nearly a full run, to 2.35, still the lowest among all qualified pitchers.Wednesday’s start will be Ryu’s first chance to test his altered delivery. Manager Dave Roberts did not downplay its importance.“The last three (starts) haven’t been particularly good,” Roberts said of Ryu. “He and (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) feel that they’ve cleaned something up in the delivery. I don’t think it’s fatigue. There’s familiarity on both sides, both him with the Rockies and the Rockies with him. I expect the execution to be a lot better.”INJURY UPDATESRoberts said pitcher Dustin May will throw to live hitters prior to Wednesday’s game. The rookie right-hander injured his neck when he was struck by a line drive and fell to the mound Sunday in Phoenix. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Sometimes there are some casualties, unfortunately, but I can’t say enough about Kyle and Edwin, what they did for us.”ALSOMax Muncy was chosen the winner of the MLB Players’ Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle award. The annual honor is given to one player on each team “who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” … Muncy will be presented with the award prior to Wednesday’s game. … In his second major league game, Gavin Lux became the 10th different player to hit leadoff for the Dodgers this season. … Minor league outfielder Ryan Ward was diagnosed with a “mild concussion” after colliding with the wall during the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors’ game Monday night. The game was paused in the ninth inning as Ward was placed on a gurney and carted off the field.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 12-5, 2.35 ERA) vs. Rockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela, 8-9, 6.95 ERA), Wednesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — For everything that Hyun-Jin Ryu does, and does well, he almost never throws off a bullpen mound between starts. That’s especially true when he is healthy.Health has not been an issue for Ryu in 2019. He’s already totaled 157⅓ innings entering his Wednesday night start against the Colorado Rockies. After three consecutive losses, however, Ryu decided it was time to hop on the mound and figure some things out.“It came to my attention that there was a little alteration to my delivery the last couple starts,” Ryu said through his interpreter, “so I just wanted to make some adjustments.”Ryu’s recent results left him with little choice. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more