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Brisbane home values stay strong despite falls in Sydney, Melbourne

first_imgBrisbane home values are holding steady, despite falls in other capital cities. Photo: Nearmap.com.au.The month-to-date index shows Melbourne values are down half a per cent, while the Sydney market is down 0.2 per cent so far this month. Across all capital cities, dwelling values have slipped 0.2 per cent so far in May.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Brisbane was outperforming the larger capital cities because its home values were not falling, even though they were not growing much.“Brisbane on paper is looking like a very good market,” Mr Lawless said.“It’s affordable, has high yields and is seeing strong population growth. It just hasn’t seen a kickstart in property values.” WHERE TO BUY FOR UNDER $500,000 CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless, pictured in Sydney.Mr Lawless said the decline in unit values in Brisbane was also easing.“We’re not seeing the unit marketplace as soft as it has been over the past few years,” he said.“We expect oversupply concerns to start to wind down somewhat.”But he said it was too early to tell if the unit market had reached the bottom. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1869 IN THIS ‘OLD-WEST’ STYLE CABIN IN THE WOODS Home values in regional markets such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast were performing well, while regional mining areas were recovering.The CoreLogic Home Value Index provides a detailed summary of how house and unit values have shifted across the capital cities and regional markets of Australia. Brisbane home values are holding steady, despite falls in other capital cities. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.BRISBANE continues to defy a softening in home values, despite falls in the larger capital cities, an exclusive preview of the latest figures from property researcher CoreLogic reveals.The official end-of-month results are due to be released on Friday, but for the first 29 days of May, Brisbane home values actually rose 0.1 per cent.Year-to-date, they are holding steady.The preliminary reading is foreshadowing a more substantial fall across Melbourne, where the slide in dwelling values has previously been more resilient. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Etoile du Sahel, Enyimba Clash Tickets Sold out

first_imgWednesday’s CAF Champions League clash between Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel and Enyimba has already been sold out.The Tunisian Interior Ministry approved for 20,000 tickets to be sold for the match at the Olympic Stadium in Sousse and already officials said the tickets have been snapped up.The clash between Etoile du Sahel and Enyimba in the second round return leg match this evening is scheduled for 6pm Nigerian time. Moroccan officials will be in charge of Wednesday’s match.Enyimba won the first leg in Port Harcourt 3-0 courtesy of a hat-trick by Mfon Udoh.The seven-time Nigeria champions who have been training under floodlights at the Agege Stadium in Lagos ahead of this fixture scheduled to fly out to Tunisia via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.They plan to train under floodlights in Sousse Tuesday night.The overall winners of this tie will march on to the group stage of the Champions League, while the losers drop down to the second-tier Confederation Cup.Meanwhile, Mfon Udoh has signed a new deal that keeps him at Enyimba till February 2019.“Mfon (Udoh) has signed a new deal with Enyimba till 2019 after his previous deal ended in February,” a top source told only AfricanFootball.com yesterday.“All the documentations have been filed with the league.”Enyimba is now expected to cash in big time should the striker move overseas before the expiration of this new contract.The 24-year-old Udoh, who smashed a hat-trick against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in a crunch CAF Champions League second round clash last week, is the all-time top scorer in the Nigeria league with 23 goals.The former Akwa United star achieved this milestone two seasons ago.He was subsequently sought after by several top African clubs including club Africain and Esperance (Tunisia) and Egypt’s Zamalek.Last season, he came off the boil due to fitness problems, but he has been firing again in the current campaign highlighted by his treble against Etoile last Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kenta Maeda strikes out 12 as Dodgers shut out Rockies

first_imgWednesday’s game was still scoreless when Justin Turner singled against Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland (4-5) to begin the fourth inning. With one out, Kiké Hernandez singled, sending Turner to second base. Logan Forsythe dropped a ground-rule double into the left-field seats, scoring Turner and sending Hernandez to third. The Dodgers led 1-0.Yasiel Puig hit a ground ball to Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who tried throwing to third base to retire Forsythe. But Forsythe stopped in his tracks, got in a rundown, and stayed there long enough for Hernandez to score from third base as Puig went to second. The Dodgers led 2-0.Related Articles In 6-2/3 innings, the 30-year-old right-hander allowed only a pair of singles and walked four. His 12 strikeouts were a season high. Maeda also extended his scoreless-inning streak to 14-2/3, giving him back-to-back scoreless starts for the first time since 2016, his first two starts as a Dodger.The Dodgers took two of three from Colorado, the first-place team in the National League West, and have won six of their last seven games overall. Including Walker Buehler on Monday and Brock Stewart on Tuesday, Dodger starters allowed only three runs in the series.Maeda (4-3) put together the most impressive outing of them all. His earned-run average has fallen from 4.75 to 3.38 in a span of two starts. In those starts, opposing hitters were 4 for 47 against him.“I think he just picked up momentum from his last start, just picked up right where he left off,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said of Maeda. “He was in control of all four of his pitches, really. His fastball was really good. Obviously the slider’s kind of the wipeout pitch. His ability to throw the curveball and the change is improving. Giving him a four-pitch mix makes it tough on hitters.”The Dodgers (22-27) haven’t left fourth place in the division since April 27, but in that time they’ve bounced from 6½ games out of first place, to nine, and now sit a mere 3½ games behind the first-place Rockies (26-24). The entire division is separated by 5½ games. It’s been a weird ride to be sure, but the Dodgers can safely look at the standings again.“To me, it’s like knowing that you’re 3½ back and playing a good week now, that gets you going,” closer Kenley Jansen said. “The confidence is always there, but that positive energy is in there now, that you want to come and keep grinding and try to win ballgames.”The Dodgers will have a day off Thursday before hosting the San Diego Padres for three games beginning Friday.The off-day means an extra day of rest for Maeda, who seemed to benefit from the time off this week. Maeda has started 24 games in his major league career on four days of rest (4.56 ERA) and 24 on five days of rest (3.43 ERA). The extra energy might have allowed Maeda to extend himself Wednesday, though having command of four pitches probably helped more.“He becomes a little bit more efficient,” Barnes said. “There’s a little bit less waste pitches. He’s still striking out a lot of hitters; going deep into a game striking out a lot of hitters, you have to be efficient. It starts with 0-0. He’s doing a really good job getting ahead of hitters. He’s getting back in counts with some of his off-speed pitches. He’s at a really good place right now.”Maeda struck out eight batters in eight shutout innings in Miami on May 17. Only four qualified NL pitchers have a higher strikeout rate than his (11.72 per nine innings).Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Why so many strikeouts this year?“It’s hard to tell,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “But I’m being aggressive in the zone and guys are missing my pitches. Honestly, just being aggressive in the zone and being able to put away guys quickly I think that’s been a major key in racking up so many strikeouts.” Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury In the fifth inning, Barnes scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.The closest thing to pressure Maeda faced came in the sixth inning. With one out, Charlie Blackmon walked and went to third base on a single by David Dahl.Maeda came back to strike out the Rockies’ number-3 hitter, Nolan Arenado, on three sliders. The next batter, Gerardo Parra, fouled off a curveball before swinging and missing at back-to-back changeups. Maeda pumped his fist as he skipped off the mound, the threat defused.“I just kept going, being aggressive in the zone,” Maeda said. “That really set the tone for today.”Pedro Baez (one-third of an inning), Scott Alexander (one), and Jansen (one) finished the job that Maeda started. Jansen converted his eighth consecutive save opportunity, giving him 10 saves this season. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: (L-R) Joc Pederson #31, Enrique Hernandez #14 and Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond out at first during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a ground rule double in front of Chris Iannetta #22 of the Colorado Rockies, to score Justin Turner #10 for a 1-0 lead during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies shortstop Daniel Castro, right, tags Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe in a rundown during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his run to take a 2-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his walk to Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits into a fielder’s choice to score Justin Turner #10 to take a 2-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides safely into second base as he is tagged by Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his strikeout in front to end the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his strikeout of Gerardo Parra #8 of the Colorado Rockies to end the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, reacts after walking Colorado Rockies’ Chris Iannetta during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe, right, forces Colorado Rockies’ Kyle Freeland out at second after Charlie Blackmon hit into a double play during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda pumps his fist after striking out the Rockies’ Gerardo Parra to end the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Gerardo Parra reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts in the dougout at the end outfield the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts in front outfield Chris Taylor #3 and Max Muncy #13 before leaving the game with a 3-0 lead during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, right, greets starting pitcher Kenta Maeda after he was taken out of the baseball game against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, right, scores past Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta on a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a single against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp watches his sacrifice fly against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Austin Barnes scored on the play. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado throws Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig put at first during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in relief during a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rockies during a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, celebrates after a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rockies with third baseman Justin Turner during a baseball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: (L-R) Joc Pederson #31, Enrique Hernandez #14 and Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 28LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Kenta Maeda kept throwing baseballs in the strike zone, and the Colorado Rockies reacted as if they had no idea what to do.He threw three pitches to Trevor Story for strikeout number 11. Three pitches to Ian Desmond for strikeout number 12. Chris Iannetta fouled off a pair of fastballs, and Maeda was one pitch away from ending his masterpiece with baseball’s ultimate crescendo: a nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning.Maeda was less than immaculate but more than brilliant in the Dodgers’ 3-0 win Tuesday. He ultimately walked Iannetta on his 111th pitch, the most he’s thrown in a game since leaving Japan, then walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 45,884. The Dodger bullpen finished the game as coolly as Maeda started it.“His stuff just wasn’t falling off,” Manager Dave Roberts said of Maeda.last_img read more