How to give your credit a boost

first_img MORE: Family loses home over Disney dream Ms Tindall suggests those looking to get a foot in the door of a home this year cancel their credit cards. Picture: Janine Eastgate.There’s one simple thing you can do today if you want to boost your credit rating to buy a house — and many people are already cutting back.Latest national figures show the Aussie love affair with credit cards could be dying, which is not a bad thing for househunters.Card numbers have fallen to their lowest level of activity since March 2015, according to latest Reserve Bank of Australia data, with 15.97 million credit card accounts in November last year.Credit limits were also down to $151.94 billion (from $152.09 billion in October), according to comparison firm research director Sally Tindall.Ms Tindall suggested anyone looking to secure a mortgage this year cut back on credit cards to get a foot in the door. Credit is expected to be come even tighter this year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago MORE: Viral motocross track home sells “People applying for home loan in 2019 might choose to cancel their credit card or reduce their limit in order to get their home loan application over the line,” she said.She expected the credit situation to become even tighter this year given new card rules that came into force on January 1.Ms Tindall said the new rules now made it harder for people to get access to credit and credit cards.“The government’s new regulations will force new credit card applicants to accept a credit limit they can prove can be repaid within three years,” she said. “It will also see people rethink the merits of having multiple cards.” MORE: Big shake-up in our most expensive suburbs Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Million dollar Queenslander rescue a labour of love for couple

first_imgThey tried to keep many of the homes classic features. It had loads of personality though, and historic touches.“It had everything … asbestos, lead paint, borers, rotted out or missing stumps, parts of the roof missing, termites, and an underground spring. We think all of these risks went in our favour when it came to buying the property, as most other people were scared off at the thought.”He said the extent of the damage was the unknown fact, and “we also hit terrible timing with rain and civil issues that resulted in abortive works and costs”.“Lots of times the reaction was, ‘well we just have to make a decision quickly and get on with it’. We never thought of stopping, because we knew that we wanted to live here long term, we always knew it would be worth it in the end.”. A spring was discovered on the site, halting work. Sean and Megan with Flynn, 3, and Teddy, 1, Neagle posing at their home in Woolloongabba, Brisbane 15th of March 2019. They spent a lot of money renovation their home. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)Rotted out stumps, asbestos, termites and even the discovery of an underground spring couldn’t change Sean and Megan Neagle’s love for a charming 1901 Queenslander they rescued. They were caught up in the romance of the grand home from a bygone era, and hellbent on changing the fortune of the crumbling property they’d eyed from down the road for years.”We would often go past and talk about how much potential the property had,” they said of the sprawling Qualtrough Street home in Brisbane inner-city suburb Woolloongabba.“It was a 1901 Queenslander that we thought was grand and beautiful, but just needed a lot of love to bring it back to its former glory,” Mr Neagle told The Sunday-Mail.Project Budget: $1m The couple used their skills in the industry to get the best trades and jumped in on certain tasks as well.He said the fact that it was to be their forever home helped.“We probably would have had a different view if we were doing it to sell straight away. That is not to say that we didn’t loose a lot of sleep over it. When your builder falls through the floorboards because of borer damage and the like, you are generally a bit on edge.”Builder Santo Cavallaro of S M Maintenance Services was “awesome”, Mr Neagle said — “old school and with attention to detail” — with the other main trades coming from Greer Plumbing, Style Electrical and Mahara Roofing.They kept the front facade as it was, with great care taken to ensure that parts that did need replacing were updated in a way that aligned with the original home. At the back an open plan was followed. COWBOYS COACH’S DREAM HOME FIND The location (red roof, bottom left) was magic, just down the road from the Gabba. The refreshed veranda. Loads of storage in the new kitchen. Fit for another century.Nothing was done without research first and the project has ended up costing them a million dollars in total. The project was complete in 11 months — a short period considering the amount of work that needed to be done.“Thankfully with our ability to design, project manage and procure our sub contractors we were able to save money on those elements. This was definitely more than we had expected, the extent of the issues were unknown, which was definitely the hardest part when it came to budgeting. “It was also hard convincing our bank manager, they didn’t always see our vision when looking at derelict pieces of timber. That said, we would do it all again to get the result we got.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWScenter_img It was spacious but in need of an upgrade.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The classic Queenslander sleep-out. A new laundry was a must though.“Every pane of glass is new, every window except one is new, but we also tried to reuse where we could. All of the French doors were reused, as was the front door and some of the internal doors. Everything we had to replace was then replaced with custom made, solid materials, like for like. That was important to us. We want it to stand for another 100 plus years.”The property is now home to the couple and their children Flynn, 3, and Teddy, 1, with the massive 809sq m double block containing the stunningly restored 1901 Queenslander, with French Oak flooring throughout, parking for six cars though the space could take 10 comfortably.Features like its north-south orientation and natural ventilation were boosted, as were “beautiful details” like ceiling roses, fretted breezeways, VJ walls and ceilings. The home was well used and had tonnes of potential. BRISBANE MEDIAN HITS NEW RECORD The home in Qualtrough Street, Woolloongabba, needed some love. The house could have been demolished completely. Renovation Time: 11 months They weren’t going in blind — Megan’s background was project management and architecture while Sean was an electrician.“We knew we had the skills and contacts to be able to make it happen. The chance to have an old Queenslander, design and build your own family home especially fit for you, in an area you love was too hard to pass up.”The property was so bad, it might have been simpler to have it demolished.“The house wasn’t in a good way. It was written up as Brisbane’s worst house and with the state the house was in, it would have been easy enough to have an engineer deem it structurally unsound and have it demolished. But that isn’t why we bought it. We loved the vulnerability of it, the love it needed, but most importantly, we loved the opportunity.” Light and bright.last_img read more

Brathwaite, Hetmyer get starts but Windies struggle

first_imgLUCKNOW, India (CMC) – There were ominous signs for West Indies ahead of next week’s inaugural one-off Test against Afghanistan after they suffered a batting failure on the opening day of their solitary tour match against an Afghanistan Cricket Board XI here yesterday.Choosing to bat first, West Indies slumped to 168 all out in their first innings on a tough day at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium on a pitch already offering generous turn.Experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite played with his usual dogged determination to top score with 46 while left-hander Shimron Hetmyer showed fluency in an attractive 38 but other than Shai Hope’s 26 and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich’s 23, no other batsman passed 10.West Indies bowlers had hit back by the close, however, reducing the hosts to 49 for three with off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finishing with two for 27.Hoping for a productive warm-up in the four-day fixture following a mixed limited overs series, West Indies lost left-hander John Campbell cheaply for four with the score on 24 in the day’s eighth over.However, Brathwaite and Hope combined in a 27-run second-wicket stand which kept the Board XI attack at bay for the remainder of the first hour.Hope’s dismissal – caught at slip off left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak – sparked a mini collapse for the Windies as they lost three wickets for nine runs to slip to 61 for four.The right-hander struck three sparkling fours – a drive, a cut and a hook – in an over off lively seamer Yamin Ahmadzai (3-33)West Indies then enjoyed their best period of the game as Hetmyer joined Brathwaite to put on a valuable 57 for the fifth wicket.Brathwaite faced 135 balls and spent close to three hours at the crease, stroking seven fours while Hetmyer counted six silky boundaries on both sides of the wicket, in an innings requiring only 43 balls in just under an hour.On 88 for four at lunch, West Indies suffered a major collapse following the break, losing their last six wickets for 50 runs to be all out at the tea interval.The slide started when Hetmyer was adjudged leg-before-wicket to veteran fast bowler Dawlat Zadran and Brathwaite followed with six runs added, bowled by left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak, the leading wicket-taker with four for 34 off 23.3 consecutive overs from the northern end.Cornwall then extracted generous turn and bounce, and looked menacing on a surface already offering help to the slow bowlers, as the Board XI lost wickets frequently.He trapped Ihsanullah plumb in front for a duck at 22 for two and in the day’s final over, had Rahmat Shah (14) well caught low down by Shamarh Brooks close in at leg slip.Javed Ahmadi was unbeaten on a patient 21.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: WR Daewood Davis commits to Class of 2017

first_imgWide receiver Daewood Davis has committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2017, he confirmed to The Daily Orange.The pledge was first reported by is 6-foot-2 and 176 pounds according to Scout and is from Pembroke Pines, Florida. He had offers from Louisville, North Carolina State and Nebraska, among others, according to Scout.Davis is the first commitment in the Class of 2017. Syracuse already has two commits from Florida in the Class of 2016. He is also the fourth player to commit to SU in the past four days. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img

USG hosts forum on diversity

first_imgChristian Carrion, assistant director of Diversity Affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government, asked students in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom to grade the diversity and inclusion at USC. Students raised their hands to signal which letter grade they would give the school. Most students raised their hands for a “C” or a “D.” Only one raised her hand for an “A.”Students gathered Wednesday night for an open forum on racism, sexism and diversity in the USC community at the first Voices of USC event, “Diversity Climate On Our Campus” hosted by USG.The exercise set the tone for the rest of the event — intense, emotionally charged and mostly frustrated. Students and faculty shared stories of switching housing to avoid homophobic slurs, being stopped at night as they crossed campus and wincing at a professor’s microaggressions in class.“Everyone is ready to boil over,” said Boka Agboje, a junior majoring in interactive media. “A lot of people when they were talking had a lot of channelled and controlled rage that they were trying to temper down. That lid might come off if issues are not addressed.”USG Director of External Relations Katherine Wilcox, Director of Diversity Affairs Moira Turner and Carrion served as a moderating panel that allowed students to share their own stories and voice personal concerns. This format was designed to connect administrators and students directly in an effort to create a safer campus environment.“USG is supposed to work as a liaison between the administration and students, but sometimes that makes it really easy to create a disconnect between the two,” Wilcox said. “We’re hoping that forums like this will let the administration hear how students are feeling directly and let them react and respond to that.”Wilcox and the panel encouraged students to provide solutions whenever they shared a story. This led to a variety of suggestions, most of which involved creating proactive resources for minorities and suppressed groups. The moderating panel pointed out that current resources on campus — such as hotlines, resource centers and online bias incident reporting systems — can only be used after an incident occurred.“We’re talking about diversity in this room, but we should really be talking about justice,” said Brianna Thorpe, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development. “How do we teach students to care about justice?”There were many answers to this question. Some students suggested censoring speech when it verges on harassment; others asked for diversity training for student leaders at the start of each year. The most common suggestion was a broad system of education for students and faculty alike. Students called for a system of education similar to the AlcoholEdu and Talk About It modules required for new students every year. This idea was repeated throughout the forum and was openly received by faculty.“I get a whole bunch of complaints about those trainings that [students] have to click through, but at the same time I hear that more and more students want a module or a training involving racism,” Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry said. “I’d love to continue this conversation, but it has to address every side — it has to be the education side, prevention side and the policy side.”Another concern, ironically, was the lack of diversity among students in attendance. Despite the turnout at the event, multiple students noted that the majority of the students in the room were minorities or women. This created a concern that multiple students voiced — that the conversation wasn’t reaching those who need to hear it the most.“We’re talking amongst ourselves so we never get any change,” said Krystal Chavez, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development. “No one’s listening. We can talk as much as we want and talk about what we’re passionate about. But who’s accountable? Where’s the change?”Wednesday’s event came on the heels of an incident at USC involving USG President Rini Sampath, who shared a story on Facebook of a student who allegedly screamed a racial slur and threw a drink at her through the window of his fraternity house.According to Wilcox, a discussion on racism and diversity had been on the agenda for later this year. But after Sampath’s post garnered thousands of Facebook likes and national media coverage, USG agreed that the topic was too pressing to wait to discuss. Sampath, however, stressed that this issue extends far beyond her isolated incident.“This story really isn’t about me,” Sampath said. “These are the same stories that students have been telling for years. I know it’s frustrating to wonder why my story is getting so much attention. I just want [students] to know, it’s been your turn, it’s always been your turn, so share your stories.”Sampath was the final student to speak, and she echoed the sentiments that had been repeated throughout the first 90 minutes of the forum — students might not have all the answers, but they can agree that change is needed to make a safe, comfortable environment on campus.“All of you [administrators] have so much power, and the students trust you so much,” Sampath said. “We have been carrying this torch for so long, and it’s time to come together as administrators and students alike to work on a solution.”Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the event took place Tuesday night. It took place Wednesday night. It also stated that Christian Carrion asked students to grade diversity at USC. He asked students to grade diversity and inclusion.The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

11 fun facts about 11-seed Arizona State

first_imgAs the selection show began at 6 p.m. on Sunday night, Jim Boeheim gave Syracuse (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) a five percent chance of being selected into the NCAA Tournament field.Just 12 minutes later, the Orange was selected as the final team. Of the 36 at-large teams, SU was No. 36. Syracuse tips off with Arizona State (20-11, 8-10 PAC-12) Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. in the First Four.Here are 11 facts you need to know about the Sun Devils before the two No. 11 seeds square-off in Dayton on Wednesday.1. Anything but NormalArizona State was established in 1885 as a teachers’ college. Formed in Tempe, the school was initially a place to train and develop public school teachers.  In its first 15 years, the name changed three times, becoming the Tempe Normal School of Arizona in 1889. It wasn’t until 1945 that the school was named Arizona State College, before officially becoming a university in 1958.2. Made in the Happiest Place on EarthSparky the Sun Devil was designed by Berk Anthony, an alumnus of the school who worked as an illustrator for Disney. Anthony is believed to have based the facial features on Walt Disney himself. The ASU mascot was previously an owl and a bulldog in its history before officially becoming a devil holding a trident in the fall of 1946.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text3. Snow? How about no.The biggest snowstorm ever recorded in Phoenix is one inch, both in 1933 and 1937. The most recent measurable snow at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix was Dec. 21-22, 1990.For reference, Syracuse is the snowiest major city in the United States at an average of 123.8 inches each winter.4. Not his first rodeoArizona State head coach Bobby Hurley has never coached against the Orange, but he has played against them. As a freshman for then-No. 6 Duke in 1989, Hurley played 33 minutes against then-No. 1 Syracuse. He scored four points and tallied 10 assists as the Orange beat the Blue Devils 78-76.In four seasons at Duke, Hurley made three National Championship game appearances, winning two.5. Sparky the Sun Devil in legal trouble?Sparky the Sun Devil got himself into trouble in 2015 after jumping on the back of Tempe city councilman David Schapira during a halftime ceremony. The mascot did not know that Schapira was recovering from back surgery. Schapira filed a claim against ASU, and the state paid Schapira over $76,000 for his additional injuries.6. No Tortillas for You!Tortillas have been banned from Sun Devil Stadium, home of ASU football, since 2014. Students would bring them to the games and throw them in the air and onto the field. Now, the school lists tortillas on its list of prohibited items that must left behind when entering the stadium.7. When you hear the JingleFlorida State has a tomahawk chop. Mississippi State uses cowbells. Florida is notorious for the Gator chomp. At Arizona State, you might hear the sound of thousands of jingling keys before kickoffs. The origin of this tradition is a mystery, but if you ever find yourself at Sun Devil Stadium, don’t forget to bring your keys. And earplugs, too.8. OozeballEach April, Arizona State hosts a mud volleyball tournament, open to all students who form teams and pay the registration fee. The game is for charity but is notorious because it’s played in eight inches of mud. It originated at the University of Connecticut.9. “Everything is bigger out West”Arizona State Tempe campus, the largest of the four ASU campuses within the Phoenix metropolitan area, ranked sixth in enrollment in the nation during the 2016-17 school year. The University of Central Florida was first with 64,335 students, but ASU at Tempe tallied 51,869 undergraduate students. It’s the second largest school in the nation west of the Mississippi River.10. Never a dull momentASU is best known for its athletes and entertainers. Famous alumni of the school include Barry Bonds, Phil Mickelson, Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel, David Spade and Steve Allen.11. A bold fashion statementThe bolo tie was made the official neckwear of the state of Arizona in 1973. It is one of two states in the country to have an official neckwear along with New Mexico, which also claims the bolo tie. The tie is made of a thin piece of cord with a decorative ornament at its collar. It’s most common in the western states of New Mexico, Texas, California and Arizona. Comments Published on March 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Friendlies: Ashantigold beat Achiken FC as Aduana continue fine run

first_imgLeague Champions AshantiGold continued their preparations for the CAF Champions league clash with Mo Bejaia with a convincing 3-0 win over promoted Division One League side Achiken FC.The Miners, who have failed to impress in pre-season after failing to win a match in the G6 tournament and a defeat against Bechem United last weekend, opened the scoring in the 34th minute through Emmanuel Osei.The attacker fired home a rebound after new signing Isaac Amoah saw his attempt fail to enter the net.Amoah was however not to denied a second time when he tapped in an effort from close range on the stroke of half time.Shafiu Mumuni rounded the victory for the Miners when he headed home an Emmanuel Nti Mensah cross on 78 minutes.AshantiGold’s next encounter will the Super Cup clash against FA Cup holders Medeama SC in Accra. In Sunyani, Aduana Stars continued their fine run of form in the pre-season with a 2-1 win over regional rivals BA United.The 2010 league champions scored both goals through new boys Yahaya Mohammed and Zakaria Mumuni.Aduana have been tipped to excel in this season’s league after having one of the best recruitment ever in the history of the club.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal setup Wimbledon blockbuster, Djokovic faces Bautista Agut

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Rafael NadalLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set up a Wimbledon semi-final blockbuster on Wednesday, 11 years after their epic 2008 title duel which is widely regarded as the greatest Grand Slam final ever played.Eight-time champion Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon and reached his 13th semi-final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Japan’s Kei Nishikori.The 37-year-old will be playing in the semi-finals of a major for the 45th time.Nadal, the two-time champion, made the last-four for the seventh time and 32nd at the Slams, by beating Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.Friday’s semi-final will be the pair’s 40th meeting and third at Wimbledon after Federer won the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal swept to his famous 2008 triumph.The other semi-final will see four-time champion and top seed Novak Djokovic tackle Roberto Baustista Agut, the 23rd Spaniard who has made the last-four at a major for the first time.Federer is also the oldest man to make the semis of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.“We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he about us. I know people always hype it up in a big way,” said 20-time major winner Federer.“They did that again in Paris this year (when Nadal won their semi-final in straight sets). I’d love to play against him here at Wimbledon.“But I go about it like every other match.”Nadal, who was also champion in 2010, broke Querrey six times, sent down 10 aces and 44 winners in a convincing display which will give him great hope of beating Federer for the 25th time.“It’s great (to be facing Federer at Wimbledon again),” said 33-year-old Nadal whose recent 12th Roland Garros victory took him to 18 Slam titles.“It’s difficult to imagine to be again in that situation and here we are. I’m excited to play against Roger here at Wimbledon again after such a long time.”Djokovic reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the ninth time, racking up his 70th career win at the All England Club in the process.The defending champion hit back from a break down in the first set to carve out a commanding 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win over 21st seed David Goffin of Belgium. In a ruthless display, Djokovic reeled off 15 of the last 17 games to secure a place in the semi-finals of the majors for the 36th time.– ‘He was everywhere’ –Next up is Bautista Agut, who made his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Argentina’s Guido Pella.“He started well and was dictating play from the baseline,” 32-year-old Djokovic said of Goffin.“Things could have gone a different way if I had lost the first set but I was very pleased with the second and third.He added: “I had a tough match in the third round (against Hubert Hurkacz). Other than that, I’ve won in straight sets and played really well throughout the tournament.“It’s exactly what I wanted and hopefully I can go in the right direction in the semis as well.”Goffin was on top in the early stages as he sensed the opportunity to become the first Belgian man to make the semi-finals at a Slam since Xavier Malisse at Wimbledon in 2002.He broke for a 4-3 lead but 15-time Slam winner Djokovic then reeled off the next nine games, taking the first set, and the second in which he allowed the Belgian just four points on his serve.The contest was over by the time Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set.“Even if you play well, it’s not enough because he continues to play deep, close from the line, left, right. He was everywhere,” said a shattered Goffin.Bautista Agut, 31, booked his first appearance in a Slam last-four at the 27th attempt by seeing off Pella, who had never previously reached a quarter-final at the majors.“Novak is the number one in the world and he’s playing really well on grass,” said Bautista Agut, who has a 3-7 record against the Serb.However, two of those wins came this year in Doha and Miami.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bills’ Mario Williams settles lawsuit over $785,000 engagement ring

first_imgBuffalo Bills defensive Mario Williams, Erin Marzouki, in happier days. (Image credit: David Duprey/AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams has settled a lawsuit he filed against his former fiancee in an attempt to get back a $785,000 diamond engagement ring, according to a statement released Thursday.Williams and Erin Marzouki announced they “reached an amicable agreement” regarding the dispute over the ring.The terms of the agreement were kept confidential.Williams filed a lawsuit in May, demanding Marzouki return the ring and accusing her of breaking off their engagement last January.Marzouki counter-sued, accusing Williams of the break up.In the statement Thursday, Williams apologized for initiating the lawsuit, calling Marzouki a “great person” and saying he regretted how their engagement ended.“Ms. Marzouki did not deserve the media backlash she received as a result of this lawsuit because it in no way describes her good character,” the statement said.Marzouki said she regretted the release by her lawyer of text messages between her and Williams that seemed to indicate the player was quite despondent over their breakup and possibly contemplated suicide. Williams later said he was never suicidal and the text messages were blown out of proportion.The text messages were released without Marzouki’s knowledge and “were taken out of context by the media. Ms. Marzouki believes that the media reports do not reflect the good character of Mr. Williams,” according to the statement.In his lawsuit, Williams had alleged that Marzouki never had any intention of marrying him and accused her of absconding with the ring and using the relationship as a means to get at his money.The lawsuit was filed a little over a year after Williams and Marzouki happily posed for pictures in the Bills’ media room once the team signed the free agent to a six-year, $100 million contract — the richest awarded to an NFL defensive player.In her countersuit, Marzouki called Williams’ claims “ridiculous” and “patently false” and said that Williams made it “abundantly clear in writing” that he wanted her to keep the ring following their last of many breakups in December 2012.last_img read more