Prime Surfers Paradise location is ‘irreplaceable’

first_img5 Castille Court is in original condition. On the waterfront: 5 Castille Court, Isle of Capri.He said the 789sq m fan-shaped block would provide the perfect canvas for a new build.“People can’t find new homes in these positions,” Mr Graham said.“The option is to buy the old house, design your home and have that ultimate position with your new family home.“This is a huge fan-shaped block where the water frontage (25m) is larger than the street frontage.”The highest sale on Castille Court is $2.5 million for No. 1 in 2011.Isle of Capri is home to some of the most lavish mansions on the Gold Coast, yet the locale remains largely a sleepy residential community.The island also has a solid community of young professionals and families who are attracted by the central location and Surfers Paradise State School. Would you renovate or rebuild?“It is an original house that the buyers will most probably demolish and rebuild because the position is just irreplaceable,” he said.“It comes down to the age old saying of ‘location, location, location’.”The late Kevin and Maureen Murphy bought the five-bedroom house at 5 Castille Court for $99,000 in 1976.It’s expected to sell for big bucks at auction.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago“It was built in 1973 and nothing has been done to the house since then,” Mr Graham said.“It’s completely original- there’s green carpet and even a timber bar.”center_img What a position! 5 Castille Court, Isle of Capri is set to go under the hammer on December 7.LOCATION is everything in real estate and this Surfers Paradise property is testament to just that.Real Estate agent Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast said while the Isle of Capri house needed some work its location was what set it apart.last_img read more

Nearly $4m for this Brisbane home — and it’s not finished yet!

first_imgOne of the ensuites in one of the River Homes at Hamilton Reach.“Our buyers have recognised the rarity of the homes, the absolute premium quality of their design and inclusions and they’re keen to be part of the Hamilton Reach community.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoOne of the plunge pools in the River Homes at Hamilton Reach.The architecturally-designed home has four bedrooms, each with ensuites, and a private plunge pool with an entertainment terrace that directly faces the water.It features nine-metre-high ceilings, an internal lift and uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River. The River Homes at Hamilton Reach have nine-metre-high ceilings.There are eight River Homes currently under construction in the development by Frasers Property Australia.The first release of four homes was brought to the market late last year and five of the total eight have now sold — all to local buyers keen to cash in on the capital growth Brisbane riverside properties generate. THINKING OF SELLING OFF-MARKET? THINK AGAIN GREEN FEATURES ADD PROPERTY VALUE DESIGNED FOR FAMILY LIFE One of the bedrooms in a River Home at Hamilton Reach.“Our preliminary research indicated that freehold properties along the river are very tightly held, so we purposely created an exclusive product that we believed would meet the needs of a discerning market,” Mr Leggatt said. One of the riverfront residences in this artist’s impression of Hamilton Reach has sold for $3.995m.AN ULTRA luxurious, three-level ‘River Home’ in Brisbane has sold for $3.995 million — and it hasn’t even been built yet.The freehold offering is one of the final four exclusive residences released as part of the Hamilton Reach masterplanned community on the Brisbane River.The sale of the property at 8/82 Parkside Circuit, Hamilton, represents the highest price paid so far for a holding in the development. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The open-plan living space in one of the River Homes at Hamilton Reach.The home also comes with an entertainer’s kitchen featuring Miele appliances, a built-in 195 bottle wine cabinet and Zip Hydrotap with sparkling water.The master ensuite has a natural Calacatta stone feature, dual-person shower and freestanding stone bath.All of the River Homes at Hamilton Reach are free of body corporate fees, but offer access to the amenities of the development. One of the River Homes at Hamilton Reach. One of the ensuites in the River Homes at Hamilton Reach.Frasers Property Australia’s general manager of residential Queensland Cameron Leggatt said the sale of the homes highlighted the scarcity of freehold properties along Brisbane’s riverfront. The kitchen in one of the River Homes at Hamilton Reach.last_img read more

Wildcats Blank Lions

first_imgFranklin County eeked out a defensive match, 1-0. Patrick Kolb headed in the only goal from a perfect cross by Cole Rapp. The rest of the match was marked with excellent defense from both sides. Noah Burgin, Tanner Walsh and Lucas Stacy limited Rushville´s attack to only a couple of shots on goal, while Rushville´s goalie skillfully parried away several hard FC shots.FC looks to take this momentum against Lawrenceburg tonight at home. Be there at 5 to support your boys soccer team.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dan Gartenman.last_img

Bayern ponder how to stop Messi ahead of UCL showdown

first_img “It is nice – after playing against (Juventus star Cristiano) Ronaldo a few times – to play the other formative player of the last decade. Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made “That can only be done collectively,” the 25-year-old central midfielder said of Messi, “because he is a gifted footballer”.“I don’t know how, but we have to force our game on them.”Messi scored his 31st goal this season on Saturday and is looking to lift the Champions League for the fifth time in his career with Barcelona.Treble-chasing Bayern, however, have won all 13 games since the coronavirus lockdown restart.They underlined their impressive form on Saturday when Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top scorer, netted twice and created two more in the last 16, second-leg rout of Chelsea to seal a 7-1 thrashing on aggregate.Bayern are chasing the treble having already won an eigth straight Bundesliga title and lifted the German Cup, but Goretzka says Barcelona present a true test.“There is no easy way now. We are here in the sun in Portugal and are preparing for a knockout game in the Champions League,” he said.“We’re really up for it. Knockout matches are great.”While Barcelona are packed with stars alongside Messi, Goretzka says Bayern are far more than just Lewandowski’s goals.“At the moment, we’re playing as a unit, in addition to the quality of the individual players.“We have a clear plan in hand and our intensity without the ball can make the difference.”But he admitted being wary of Arturo Vidal, Barca’s ex-Bayern midfielder. Loading… center_img Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka revealed the Bundesliga giants are still working out how to curb the legendary talents of Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final showdown. “Thousands of people before me have tried to answer this question,” Goretzka replied Tuesday in Lisbon when asked how to stop Messi.Advertisement Read Also: Joshua reveals why he visited Nigeria as a non-champion“I got to know him for a few weeks and played against him many times. He has a first-class mentality with amazing fitness,” added Goretzka.“I noticed that during fitness tests – which I took next to him – he can go beyond the pain threshold.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through July 12

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,138; 2. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,128; 3. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,096; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,089; 5. Matt Guil­laume, Haslet, Texas, 1,073; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,064; 7. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 1,036; 8. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,019; 9. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, 1,001; 10. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 970; 11. Scott R. Smith, Davenport, Neb., 968; 12. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Arkansas, 965; 13. Bricen James, Albany, Oregon, 955; 14. Jay Note­boom, Hinton, Iowa, 947; 15. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 928; 16. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 923; 17. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Michigan, 912; 18. Josh May, Des Moines, Iowa, 911; 19. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 903; 20. Eric Barnes, Colona, Ill., 901.IMCA Late Models – 1. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 772; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 771; 3. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 762; 4. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 751; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 736; 6. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 568; 7. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 562; 8. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 550; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, and Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, both 546; 11. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 537; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 509; 13. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 481; 14. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 475; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 469; 16. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 455; 17. Nick Marolf, Mos­cow, Iowa, 453; 18. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 434; 19. Joe Beal, Milan, Ill., 424; 20. B.J. Jack­son, Clinton, Iowa, 414.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 780; 2. Tyler Drueke, Ea­gle, Neb., 744; 3. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 712; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 645; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 635; 6. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., and Kenneth Duke, Selins­grove, Pa., both 580; 8. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, 571; 9. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 559; 10. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 543; 11. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 535; 12. Mike House­man, Des Moines, Iowa, 528; 13. Kyle A. Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 518; 14. Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, 506; 15. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steve McMackin, Greenville, Texas, both 504; 17. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 493; 18. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 482; 19. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 480; 20. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 470.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,193; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,154; 3. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,082; 4. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,038; 5. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,024; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,019; 7. Westin Abbey, Co­manche, Texas, 1,007; 8. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,000; 9. Damon Hammond, Bur­leson, Texas, 987; 10. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 919; 11. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 915; 12. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 908; 13. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 896; 14. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 884; 15. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., and Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., both 859; 17. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 858; 18. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, and Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, both 851; 20. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 830.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,134; 2. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,096; 3. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,089; 4. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,072; 5. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 977; 6. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 955; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 943; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 911; 9. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 908; 10. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 888; 11. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 857; 12. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 845; 13. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 822; 14. Luke Wassom, Bro­ken Bow, Neb., 819; 15. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 812; 16. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 762; 17. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 760; 18. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 754; 19. Dylan Nel­son, Adel, Iowa, and Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, both 751.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,164; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,143; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,128; 4. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 1,095; 5. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 1,089; 6. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,087; 7. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 1,077; 8. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,050; 9. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,049; 10. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,045; 11. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb., 1,033; 12. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,016; 13. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 974; 14. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 968; 15. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 963; 16. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan., 951; 17. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 946; 18. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 925; 19. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 919; 20. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 909.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,148; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,135; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,090; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,072; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,064; 6. Taylor Florio, Cop­peras Cove, Texas, 1,050; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 961; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 888; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 731; 10. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 685; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 673; 12. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 665; 13. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 655; 14. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 639; 15. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 613; 16. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, and Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., both 599; 18. Bray­den Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 598; 19. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 596; 20. Frank Groves, Shallowater, Texas, 594.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,102; 2. Julia Childs, Weather­ford, Texas, 1,050; 3. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,031; 4. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 940; 5. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 892; 6. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 876; 7. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 875; 8. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 868; 9. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 867; 10. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 866; 11. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 847; 12. Kay­tee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 800; 13. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 784; 14. Dustin Virkus, Clark­field, Minn., 764; 15. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 702; 16. Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., 700; 17. Clif­ton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 695; 18. Brian Bagent, Killeen, Texas, 694; 19. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 687; 20. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 686.last_img read more

Davis, Williams get 2nd Red River Tour wins, Egbert tops Southern SportMod main at 281

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (May 27) – Cory Davis and Gary Williams both won second Lone Star Super Gas IMCA Red River Modified Tour presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products features on Memorial Day at 281 Speedway.  “We worked the high to middle line pretty much and rolled around everyone on the lower line. We could run anywhere we wanted to,” said Egbert, flourishing in the Express Race Cars, Dirt De­fender and CRS Suspensions ride. “This was one of those races you wish you could do over and over again. We hadn’t won at 281 since I don’t know when, and that was in a Modified.” Trevor Egbert, meanwhile, won for the first time at Stephenville in so long he wasn’t sure when.  “When we got it done at Kennedale, we knew we had a fast car. We were hoping for a top five here. To be able to run this well and win gave us more confidence,” Williams said. “Joe Spillman gave us a well-prepared track. Hats off to him and his crew for giving us a great place to race.” Southern SportMods – 1. Trevor Egbert; 2. Jake Upchurch; 3. Casey Brunson; 4. Bo Day Green­ville; 5. Chad Fitzgerald; 6. Justin Nabors; 7. Kevin Roland; 8. Kaden Honeycutt; 9. James Hanusch; 10. Nick Clinkenbeard; 11. Taylor Florio; 12. Blaine Shives; 13. Kamera McDonald; 14. Trevor Raney; 15. Rowdy Day; 16. Junior Dosher; 17. Brian Flowers; 18. Gregory Muirhead; 19. Greg Frazier; 20. Craig Oakes; 21. Ryan Thomas; 22. Tanner Houston; 23. James McCreery; 24. Kyle Wilkins; 25. James Skinner.  Williams had topped the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car lidlifter at Kennedale Speedway Park. He made just the second start of his career at 281 a memorable one with a flag to flag run in front, holding off challenges from Dennis Bissonnette and then from eventual runner-up Cary White.  Fred Wojtek and Chris Morris were next across the line.  Stock Cars – 1. Gary Williams; 2. Cary White; 3. Shelby Williams; 4. Dennis Bissonnette; 5. A.J. Dancer; 6. Jeffrey Abbey; 7. Brandon Hood; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Tyler Muirhead; 10. Caleb Cren­shaw; 11. George Egbert; 12. Westin Abbey; 13. Dustin White; 14. Gary Kerr Jr.; 15. Austin Carter; 16. Vernon Owens; 17. Charlie Brown; 18. Daniel Shipler; 19. Lee Riley; 20. Treven Geter; 21. Demetrius Carter; 22. Justin Wierenga; 23. Drew Garcia; 24. Clint Brown; 25. Dustin Mooney.center_img Feature Results Gary Williams led every lap in winning his second Red River Tour feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, on Memorial Day at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Debbie Hix) Davis led all 25 laps of the IMCA Modified main event, weathering a series of early cautions and pulling away after each restart. Also the Sunday night winner at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Davis checked out on everybody in taking the $1,500 victory.  Modifieds – 1. Cory Davis; 2. Fred Wojtek; 3. Chris Morris; 4. Tyler Stephens; 5. Eric Tomlinson; 6. Kevin Green; 7. Riley Simmons; 8. John Gober; 9. Josh McGaha; 10. Chris Elliott; 11. William Gould; 12. Jeff Hoegh; 13. Beau Begnaud; 14. Jason Hunter; 15. Brent Tidwell; 16. David Goode Jr.; 17. Garrett Higgins; 18. Matt Guillaume; 19. Jeffrey Abbey; 20. Drew Armstrong; 21. Chuck Sanders; 22. P.J. Egbert; 23. Ryan Williams; 24. Brandon Hood; 25. Chris Bragg.  Once in front, there was no catching Trevor Egbert before the checkers flew at the conclusion of the Red River Tour for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods at Stephenville. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) After starting fifth, Egbert was up to third before the only caution came out to interrupt the Smi­ley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod feature. He took the lead on lap seven and left the rest of the field to fight for second. last_img read more

Daniel “Dan” A. Peters

first_imgDaniel “Dan” A. Peters, of Harrison, Ohio passed away at home, surrounded by family, on October 27, 2019, at the age of 81. Dan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 14, 1937 to Frank A. and Naomi (nee Loos) Peters. He graduated from Elder High School and joined the Marine Reserves, where he became an expert riflesman. Dan played semi-pro football with the Green Devils. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor degree in Architecture and minor in Civil Engineering. Dan started his career as a civil engineer for Messer Construction, where at the time, he was the youngest Project Manager in the company’s history. At the age of 43, Dan left Messer to pursue his love of golf and became a PGA member. He was a golf professional at both Shawnee Lookout and Hidden Valley Golf Courses. He started in the golf business with The Golf Range (which was located at the current Green Acres Canoe Rental) and Miami Lakes Sports (with partner Tim Mittlehauser) in Miamitown. Dan went on to purchase Lakeside Golf Course, a nine hole course in Milan, Indiana, which he later developed into an 18 hole course and renamed Hoosier Links Golf Club. Dan was instrumental in bring men’s and women’s varsity golf back to the University of Cincinnati after a five year absence of the sport. From 1987-1988, Dan was the President of the Southern Ohio PGA, and was named Golf Pro of the Year in 2000. Over the years, he coordinated and ran numerous major golf tournaments throughout the Cincinnati area.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Dianne C. Peters; his beloved daughters: Debbie (Rick) Shumate and Donna (Mike) Kinnett; grandchildren: Ethan and Braden Voss, Nick (Darah), Nathan (Corinne), and Lauren Stroud. Great granddaughter: Ella Fagan; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.Dan is preceeded in death by his parents: Frank A. and Naomi Peters; his siblings: Naomi (Jim) Thomas and Joan (Charlie) Kuester.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 10 am to the time of service at 12 pm at Church on Fire, Harrison, Ohio. Burial to follow at Miamitown Cemetery, Miamitown, Ohio. A Celebration of Life will follow the Cemetery at Kreimer’s Bier Haus, in Miamitown from 2 PM-5 PM.Memorials may be made to Church on Fire or Birdies for the Brave through the funeral home. You may bring your donation at the time of the visitation and a funeral home representative will be able to assist you.last_img read more

Suarez eyes Champions League spot

first_imgStriker Luis Suarez is confident Liverpool can regain their Champions League status if they maintain their current form. The Uruguay international has scored 20 goals already this season – all in the league – with half of those coming as the 26-year-old became the first player in Premier League history to reach double figures in a calendar month. “It’s so important when you work hard on the pitch and they recognise it when you win these prizes,” Suarez told Sky Sports News. “On the pitch I try to help Liverpool and I try to help the squad, and I think for confidence it is very good. “If Liverpool continue at this level we can finish in the top four, which we want.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the experience of working with Suarez will last a lifetime. It has not all been plain sailing with Suarez for Rodgers after the player’s failed attempts to manufacture a summer move but the manager believes all that is now behind them after the striker signed a new contract last month. “The experience of working with Luis is something which will stay with me for a lifetime,” Rodgers told talkSPORT. “(Just to be able) to work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win. The Reds are currently fourth in the table, having been top at Christmas, and are looking to secure a place in European football’s elite club competition for the first time since 2009. Suarez’s form will be pivotal to their chances and, after collecting his Barclays player of the month award for a record-breaking December, he is upbeat about their chances. “He is a real old school player in that he is never injured and he loves to train. “When I first came in I rested him in one or two cup games and I could see he didn’t like it. “What has been brilliant about these last four or five months has been the maturity of the man. “He obviously had issues in the summer but since the moment he decided to stay we talked him through how the club was evolving and he has been 150 per cent committed.” Rodgers believes he is well on course to deliver the requirements laid down by owner Fenway Sports Group when they appointed him in the summer of 2012. The club are currently fourth in the table, having been top at Christmas, and with nine wins and only one defeat in 10 home league games this season are turning Anfield into the fortress it once was. “You are always striving to be better. In terms of the job I was asked to do when I came in we are well on track for that,” he added. “In three years we were given the objective to push for the Champions League. “We made great strides in the calendar year (of 2013) and this season was about being in the competition (contending for the top four) because no-one was talking about Liverpool. “We are on track but when you are fourth you always want to be third, second and ultimately first.” Meanwhile, defender Daniel Agger has confirmed he is expected to be sidelined for a month with a calf strain. The Denmark international sustained the injury late in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Oldham and is likely to be out for a while. “Disappointed with my injury! But I hope to be back strong within 4 weeks! Thanks for all the supporting tweets,” the centre-back wrote on Twitter. Agger’s absence is a blow as Rodgers was just starting to get players back from injury. The Dane’s unavailability will, however, be offset by the progress made by Mamadou Sakho’s recovery from a hamstring strain ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stoke while striker Daniel Sturridge is back in full training having been out since the end of November with a sprained ankle. Captain Steven Gerrard played 77 minutes against Oldham to add to the half an hour he had coming off the bench against Hull four days previously to show he had fully recovered from a hamstring strain. “Over Christmas we were unfortunate we had a number of injuries which brought the squad down to about 15 players,” added Rodgers. “Thankfully over this last week are starting to get one or two back and they are very important players for us. “Steven came back into the fold against Oldham which was great and Daniel is back training now, which is brilliant for us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Dimitrov comes of age to win ATP Finals title

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career and sent out a huge statement of intent as the stylish Bulgarian beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday.The 26-year-old recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Belgian player, but it was fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with Goffin saving four match points before finally succumbing.Dimitrov’s unbeaten run this week in London earned him $2.5 million while the 1,500 ranking points have catapulted him to end an impressive year ranked third in the world — behind only all-time greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.More significantly perhaps, landing the unofficial “fifth” grand slam appears to be proof that the former junior Wimbledon champion, once dubbed ‘Baby Federer’ because of his easy-on-the-eye style, has finally come of age.“It’s been an amazing week for me,” Dimitrov said on court after becoming the first player to win the elite eight-man tournament on his first appearance in the event since Spaniard Alex Corretja beat countryman Carlos Moya in 1998.“It’s such an honour to be here and this week has been one of the best weeks I’ve ever had.”He was still on court nearly an hour after the match ended, signing autographs for the sizeable Bulgarian contingent who had roared their man to victory.Yet it was tough on Goffin who, like Dimitrov, was his country’s first qualifier for the ATP Finals.His substantial consolation, though, was to end the year at a career-high seventh, having become only the sixth man to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same tournament.He will need to recover fast from the two hour 30 minute final — the longest since the event adopted a three-set format — as a Davis Cup final looms in France next weekend.Many of the capacity crowd in the O2 Arena had doubtless booked their tickets in anticipation of watching the top two seeds Federer and Nadal go head-to-head but the two newcomers provided a fitting end to an extraordinary ATP season.Goffin managed only two games against Dimitrov when they met on Wednesday in group play but recovered to beat Dominic Thiem to reach the semis where he stunned six-times champion Federer.For Dimitrov, he was quickly a different proposition in the final, using his pinpoint accuracy to keep his gifted opponent under control and he was way ahead on the winner count as he moved 4-3 ahead.A double-fault at 30-30 followed by a wayward forehand, though, gifted Dimitrov a break and seemed to energise the Bulgarian.Dimitrov began to assert himself and piled on the pressure when Goffin served at 5-6. Goffin saved four set points, two with forehand winners, but double-faulted on a game point of his own before Dimitrov forced an error to wrap up the opener.Goffin needed just one break of serve to take the match into a decider and looked the more likely winner for a while but when Dimitrov survived a 10-minute service game at the start of the third, saving four break points, it proved crucial.With Goffin beginning to tire, Dimitrov moved 5-2 ahead with a break and then went 0-40 ahead on Goffin’s serve.Somehow Goffin survived to extend the contest to another game and saved another match point on the Bulgarian’s serve.He looked poised to save another one as he stretched Dimitrov all over the court but with the court at his mercy he put an attempted drop-volley into the net.last_img read more

Fulham put four more past Crusaders

first_imgFulham 4 Crusaders 0 (Fulham win 7-1 on aggregate)Three goals in 13 second-half minutes put the gloss on Fulham’s comfortable progression to the third Europa League qualifying round.Leading 3-1 from last week’s first leg, Fulham opened the scoring at Craven Cottage when Bobby Zamora’s feint created an opportunity for Andrew Johnson, who fired home.AdChoices广告Crusaders battled gamely but relied on some slack Fulham finishing before Damien Duff found the net after being put through by Philippe Senderos.Johnson’s cross set up Zamora for the third, and Steve Sidwell’s close-range finish completed the scoring.Summer signing John Arne Riise looked sharp on his Fulham debut before being substituted by his brother Bjorn Helge.last_img