And so, the inter-county GAA season ends with the most traditional of finals in both codes.Although hurling has not sustained the intensity of last year’s championship, the restructuring of Munster and Leinster into a round-robin has continued to work well.Three slight criticisms remain: the irregular sequencing of games in provinces involving five teams; the possible yo-yo effect for the teams coming up from the Joe McDonagh; and whether it is a disadvantage to win the provincial final given the gap between it and the All-Ireland semi-finals. Solutions to all the above can be found: the teams with the bye in Leinster and Munster could play each other at a neutral venue; give the winners of the Joe McDonagh time to adjust by mandating that all four of their provincial matches are at home; replace the All-Ireland hurling semis with an Australian-like play-off system.If that play-off system was used this year, then the provincial champions Wexford and Limerick would have played … [Read more...] about Is the current model we have of intercounty GAA sustainable?
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By Caroline Thorpe Five property stories making global headlines this week: Australian market shifts to growth Bloomberg has called the end of Australia’s housing market slump, citing data that show nascent house price growth following almost two years of decline. The CoreLogic benchmark index shows aggregate property prices across five key cities, including Sydney, rose 0.1 per cent in July, the first increase since September 2017. The shift is attributed to central bank interest rate cuts, less onerous borrowing rules and the re-election of the Liberal government, which backs tax breaks for property investors. “We feel like the housing market is starting to stabilise and may slightly improve from here,” said Matt Comyn, chief executive of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the country’s biggest mortgage lender. Tax change sparks prime New York sales boom Real estate brokers in New York are celebrating their best month for luxury home sales since at least … [Read more...] about Australia pulls out of two-year house price slump
Sport by Press Association 11/07/2019, 11:53 am Updated: 11/07/2019, 12:08 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face each other in a mouth-watering Wimbledon semi-final on Friday. The last-four clash will be the 40th meeting between the two over a 15-year period, with Spaniard Nadal currently leading 24-15 over his Swiss counterpart. Here, PA takes a look at five of their most memorable matches. 2005 Miami Open final, Federer won 2-6 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-1 This was only the second time the two greats had met and there was a sense of the unknown when they stepped out onto the court. Nadal, just 18 at the time, was the youngest finalist in Miami history, but it did not show as he confidently took the first two sets. However, experience paid dividends for Federer in the end, and his world number one status was protected, as he kept himself in the match in a third-set tie-break before comfortably winning the … [Read more...] about Five of the best matches between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
India By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi 30 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48442662 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel It is the contest that kick-started Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra's career, so it is unsurprising … [Read more...] about The mystery of the ‘identical’ Miss India contestants
Notts County were relegated on the final day of last season when they were beaten 3-1 by Swindon Town. The Magpies needed a minor miracle to avoid dropping out of the EFL for the first time in their history. But as they tumbled out of the league, what were the games that shaped the season? Magpies writer Leigh Curtis takes a look at the key matches. Lincoln City 3 Notts County 1 After what had been a poor start to the season, Notts travelled to the Imps needing a big result against a side who would become eventual champions. In what proved to be Kevin Nolan’s last game in charge, Andy Kellett cancelled out a brilliant early goal from Lee Frecklington, giving hope of a shock win. Kane Hemmings then missed a good chance to put the visitors ahead and from then on it was the Imps who took control. With Noor Husin and Tom Crawford both inexperienced at League Two level, eventually the wisdom and power of Lincoln meant they ran out comfortable winners in the end. It was a fourth defeat … [Read more...] about The seven games which shaped Notts County’s season