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18 Macquarie St, JensenWHEN the Barnett family designed and built their dream home at 18 Macquarie St more than 13 years ago, they had big plans for the 2.33ha property.Located roughly 18.5km west of Townsville CBD in Jensen, their vision when they purchased the vacant block was to create a family home, and one day add to that dream by turning it into a bed and breakfast.“We built it specifically for us to suit our lifestyle and with the plan moving forward,” Mariska Barnett said. 18 Macquarie St, Jensen offers a rural lifestyle.“From the moment we saw the block, we loved it; there was an overgrown dirt track through the bush leading up to a panoramic plateau at the top, it was perfect.“We’ve tried to keep it natural so we could still experience the wildlife, and there is plenty to enjoy, but we still wanted the bells and whistles.“So we included little extras like a valet vacuum system, good cooking appliances; little things to make a very comfortable home.” Although their three children have now moved out of home, the Barnetts said their “hidden gem” was the perfect place to raise a family.“There are so many exciting adventures for children to explore, we’ve had so many great gatherings here, even before we built the house, it was the place for family and friends to gather,” Mrs Barnett said.“It provides a lifestyle that seems so far away from the busy life of the city but is right on the doorstep to everything. 18 Macquarie St has a modern kitchen.“It’s definitely a place to come home to after a stressful day and just be comfortable, and that’s what Macquarie St is all about.“Now it’s waiting for another family to make it home; it’s a great neighbourhood, we’ve loved living here, all our friends and family say it’s just one of those places where you just feel like you can sit back and relax, enjoy the views, the peace and quiet; like you’re on holiday every day.” There are several living spacesKnown for its privacy and outstanding 180-degree views across Townsville, Explore Property Townsville agent Allison Gough said the property exuded luxury.“This residence is a prime example of how a well-designed property can provide lifestyle and functionality, along with an abundance of extra space,” she said. The residence is set across two levels and includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms.“The residence is a seamless modern home, with dual living options and impressive house garden connection,” Ms Gough said.“Jensen is really about bigger blocks and space.” Relax outdoors in the spa and private entertaining space.With features including dual living zones on both levels, vaulted ceilings to the open-plan living and kitchen space, a “super” generous separate living/lounge room on the first level and a main suite that includes a walk-in wardrobe and twin ensuite, 18 Macquarie St is more than your typical family home.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 The study.A private back entertaining space includes a built-in Weber barbecue, wood-fire pizza oven and heated spa in a secluded garden setting, with views from around the property extending from The Pinnacles in the southwest through to Castle Hill, Townsville City, and the ocean beyond Bushland Beach“This is a unique property that will provide its new owners with an abundance of space within a cleverly-designed home and throughout the established outdoor living areas,” Ms Gough said. Buyers will appreciate the peace and quiet.“What we’re finding is our acreage properties are super busy, and I think everyone is chasing space at the moment and this gives space plus complete privacy.”Although the owners are reluctant to say goodbye to what was hoped would be their forever home, they are excited for another family to start building their own memories. One of the property’s bedrooms.“When we spend time in the garden, just doing our own thing, we appreciate how quiet and peaceful it is, it’s like you’re away from everyone,” Mrs Barnett said. “It’s a surreal feeling when you’re so close to the city. It’s not what you would class as a generic acreage property; it’s a property that offers so much more and all it needs is someone to walk in and see it for what it is.“It’s a pretty amazing place to call home.”
3/17 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach.“The response to this property over the last three weeks has been nothing short of record breaking,” marketing agent Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal said.“We had over 70 inspections which led to 33 cash bidders.“The auction started at $500,000 and eventually sold under the hammer for a record price of $960,000.“It sold well in excess of the reserve.”The block is tightly-held – the last sale in the building was $652,500 in 2015. 3/17 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach.Mr Stevens said the apartment’s appeal was widespread.“It’s just such a nice all round opportunity,” he said.“It appeals to all buyer demographics including first home buyers, renovators, owner-occupier, as a holiday home, a returning investment or potential for a landhold for redevelopment down the track. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31COVID-19 is not deterring house hunters on the Gold Coast with 33 bidders battling for a Broadbeach apartment at auction, with the hammer coming down just shy of $1 million.The property, a “neat and tidy” two-bedroom residence at 3/17 Broadbeach Blvd, sold for a building record of $960,000. 3/17 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach.The unit block, named Pacific Sound, is a block of only six apartments – apartment 3 is on the second floor and has an easterly aspect with spectacular ocean views.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIt was built in the 1960s with units well-maintained but in mostly original condition.“The building is very sought after and ticks a lot of boxes so I always knew it would attract a lot of interest however I certainly wasn’t prepared for the sheer volume and active number of cash buyers that were trying to secure the property.” 3/17 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach.Mr Stevens said he believed Queensland’s low numbers of COVID-19 when compared to NSW and Victoria was only fuelling demand for property.“A result like this is a testament to Queensland’s low numbers of COVID-19,” he said.“A lot of interstate buyers are seeing the Gold Coast as a bit of a safe haven and seeing the Gold Coast as secure spot to invest their money.“Of the nine registered phone bidders we had at Wednesday’s auction, five of them were from Sydney and Melbourne.”
By Chester RobardsNassau Guardian Staff ReporterIn photo: Dengue carrying mosquito. Photo credit: gather.comNASSAU, Bahamas — It has been confirmed that more than 90 people have contracted dengue fever in The Bahamas, according to Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis.Though the number of people visiting local clinics fearing they may have contracted dengue fever is rising, Minnis told The Nassau Guardian on Wednesday that there is no cause for alarm.However, he said the Ministry of Health will begin to issue frequent updates to the public about the spread of the virus, as it did on Wednesday.Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the aedes aegypti mosquito. The Department of Environmental Health Services said last week that fogging had commenced throughout New Providence and some of the Family Islands in order to reduce the mosquito population.The Ministry of Health warned in its statement on Wednesday that individuals should take steps to reduce mosquito breeding grounds around their homes by removing all standing water in discarded cans, bottles, and tires and draining water from the base of planters.Minnis said last week that people should also use approved household insecticides and ensure that windows and door screens around their houses are properly sealed.“Once you do your part and we do our part, we will keep the mosquito population down,” he said.Emile Lesbott, 55, who became infected with dengue fever on Saturday told The Nassau Guardian that he would not wish the illness on anyone.In addition to muscle aches and headaches, he said he developed a dislike for the taste of food.“I came down with the chills then spiking fevers and then what happens is that the virus somehow interferes with the blood stream and changes the way you taste food,” Lesbott said. “It was like I was naturally fasting.”Though Lesbott was hospitalized for a few days, he overcame the virus as most people do.Dengue hemorrhagic fever is the most deadly form of the disease and it is not common in The Bahamas.Lesbott said his son also contracted dengue fever, while his daughter only showed symptoms.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Dengue fever cases continue to rise in Bahamas by: – July 29, 2011 Share 32 Views no discussions Tweet Share
“We can only hope that he continues. But what you must know is, there is pressure. Chiefs people, they are not easy to please because of the previous success. That’s why most of these youngsters who come to Chiefs have struggled sometimes to live up to expectations of those that were there before, because the fans are spoiled. “But another thing that maybe is a bit different… the likes of Akpeyi are people who didn’t grow up in their development with goalkeeper coaches. They were using their own talent you know. He was only exposed to proper goalkeeper coaching when he arrived at Chippa [United], Akpeyi. I’m talking about the basics of goalkeeping. “These are some of the challenges that are faced with goalkeepers that come from the rest of the continent. You know there are certain basics that you build the positions from when you are training a goalkeeper. “These ones, that’s why you’ve got to appreciate them so much more, because they didn’t have all these privileges of being coached, and yet they are such quality. And with the little bit of coaching they are getting now, even if it’s a little bit late, they can only get so much better. “There’s very little I can give him [in terms of advice] because you know what, he is very strong-minded, he’s got a very strong personality. Another goalkeeper would have crumbled under this pressure that he has been going through. But he didn’t. “For me, it’s a pressure position, that you must admit if you are going to be a goalkeeper. You will be blamed for things that you are not even responsible for. You are a scapegoat you know. Read Also:Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs resume New Year fixture in defeat “At this point where you even have to fill up the shoes of Khune, even more pressure. But he’s proved to be a very strong individual, and I think that is what has actually helped him survive. Others would have crashed.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Kaizer Chiefs legend, William Shongwe, says the club’s supporters should appreciate their current number one goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and stop comparing him to Itumeleng Khune. Kaizer Chiefs and Super Eagles no. 1 Daniel Akpeyi Although underrated in Mzansi, the 33-year-old Akpeyi was named goalkeeper of the year in Nigeria at the inaugural Ballers Awards Ceremony. Shongwe says that proves the quality the Nigerian international possesses. “I don’t think he is underrated, it’s the Chiefs fans who’ve got a challenge,” Shongwe tells KickOff.com. “Chiefs fans are so used to Khune, Khune. Without a doubt he’s class, and he’s kept the team going, and as a result, if this one [Akpeyi] commit errors they are quick to reflect back to their favourite. “If you are a real football fundi, you will realise and appreciate him. First of all, to keep goals for Chiefs there is a lot of pressure. And Akpeyi went through that pressure at the beginning, he survived it. And he got his groove back, and he started performing like the goalkeeper that they signed you know. “So me personally I’m happy for him because I have always believed… I mean look at the quality of Nigerian goalkeepers that were there [at AFCON]. For them to choose him ahead of the others…r emember there’s this one who played at the World Cup, the young star. For Akpeyi to get ahead of that one, that said a lot about his ability and his experience. “As much as we can deny it, the experience has been showing. The quality of Akpeyi has been there for all to see. It’s just that the supporters are spoiled. They don’t want to see anything less than Khune. Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Second-placed Inter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw on Sunday in their Serie A match against Cagliari. But their misery came from within somehow, after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this season, scored a second-half equaliser for the Sardinian side. The fiercely competitive Belgian, who was told by Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte that there was no place for him this season, stunned the San Siro with a 78th minute goal. It canceled out Lautaro Martinez’s first half opener for Inter Milan. Martinez was sent off in stoppage time for his furious reaction after being given a yellow card for a foul. He had to be ushered away by teammates as he continued to remonstrate with the referee. The game ended in chaotic scenes as Inter Milan staff, including Conte, surrounded the referee to protest, with a livid Conte refusing to give any interviews. Chinese-owned Inter Milan have 48 points from 21 games, three behind Juventus who were away to Napoli later on Sunday, and three more than third-placed Lazio who meet AS Roma. “On the one hand, I’m sorry I scored. I have a lot of respect for Inter Milan, their fans and my team mates,” said Nainggolan. “But, on the other hand, I’m happy. They treated me a little badly, as if I were a little player.” Inter Milan’s players wore shirts with their names written in Chinese characters to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With a midfield depleted by injuries and suspensions, Inter Milan gave Ashley Young his debut. The former Manchester United player set up their goal in the 29th minute with a cross which Martinez met with a powerful header. Cagliari protested that Martinez had pushed a defender and VAR officials finally confirmed the goal after a two-minute delay. Alessio Cragno saved another Martinez effort with his feet but Inter Milan did not have it all their own way. Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had to palm away a looping header from Paolo Farago before half-time. Stefano Sensi was also twice close for Inter Milan in the second half. But they failed to add a second goal and paid the price when Joao Pedro pulled back the ball from near the corner and it ran on to Nainggolan. His low drive from 25 metres took a deflection and went in off the foot of the post. Romelu Lukaku was centimetres away from putting Inter Milan back in front, but their frustration boiled over in stoppage time with Martinez’s red card. “We certainly didn’t draw because of the referee,” said Handanovic, the Inter Milan captain. “We only complained because their forwards were given fouls and ours weren’t. We should have finished off the match, and then we wouldn’t be talking about all this.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Antonio ConteCagliariRadja NainggolanSerie A
DURBAN, South Africa, (CMC) – Players and support staff of the Jamaica Women’s National Team felt their mission was accomplished, after coming from a goal behind to draw 1-1 in a friendly international with South Africa Women’s National Team on Sunday.Khadija Shaw equalised for the Reggae Girlz approaching the hour mark, after Linda Motlhalo had given Banyana, Banyana (as the South Africans are known) a 1-0 lead at half-time before a crowd of around 30,000 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.Head coach Hue Menzies said he was now in a better position to make a decision on the final Jamaica WNT squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this June in France.“We’re very close to arriving at our final squad,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. “Obviously, we’ve gotta go back and meet with the technical staff.“We’ve got a few technicalities that we got to wait on with FIFA, but once we get all that stuff sorted, we can finalise our roster. We’ll take 23 for the games, but we’ll take 26 on the trip.”“That gives us an additional three players to be on that trip, and obviously, if somebody gets injured, we have those alternates there training.Menzies and his technical staff had used the one-week trip to South Africa to assess a number of players, hoping to see if the squad could be strengthened for women’s football’s showpiece tournament.“Some players played their way in, some players played their way out,” said Menzies. “That’s just the nature of the beast, but we feel like we got a true evaluation of the players.”Jamaica came under pressure from early, but the South Africans came close to breaking the deadlock twice, when Jermaine Seoposenwe failed to finish off Refiloe Jane’s pass in the 20th minute and the upright denied Jane’s header from Lebogang Ramalepe’s cross a minute later.Motlhalo made the breakthrough in the 27th minute for the home team, beating her marker to fire her side in front.The Girlz had a chance to hit back before the half-time whistle, but they could not take advantage of their hosts’ defensive blunder in the 33rd minute.Shaw brought them level in the 57th minute, when she ran past two defenders before beating hapless South African net-minder Andile Dlamini with a rasping shot just inside the 18-yard box.Four minutes later, the Girlz had a huge slice of good fortune, when Leandra Smeda missed the chance to give the home team the lead, as she hit the crossbar, after the South African were awarded a penalty from a handled ball inside the penalty area.Captain and central defender Konya Plummer said her side would have learnt a number of invaluable lessons as they prepare for the World Cup.“What they came out with is definitely what we expected as they exposed us a lot, and that they exposed us showed that we definitely have to train harder and improve on some things,” she told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.“I know there are always areas of my game that need improvement, but I am working on getting out there, trying to get better to make my team and country proud.“We gave up a goal and a penalty, so as captain and playing in the defence that is something I have to deal with mentally in the game and how I could step it up.”The Girlz have been drawn in Group C at the FIFA Women’s World Cup alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia. They will get their campaign started on June 9 against Brazil. They will play Italy on June 14 and Australia on June 18.
By Gene Cherry(REUTERS) – The speed show that is the backbone of American athletics championships takes on added significance in Des Moines, Iowa this week when the United States select a team for this year’s worlds to be held in Doha.The year’s fastest at 100 metres, 200m and 400m, as well as the 110m hurdles and women’s 400m hurdles leaders, will be on the blue track at Drake University for the cut-throat championships/world trials, which begin today.All five athletes are under 25 years old, which is also special, said four-time Olympic sprint medallist Ato Boldon. “Those are not times that we have seen from Americans that age before,” Boldon, an NBC analyst, told Reuters.The headliners, of course, are 2019’s 100-metre fastest Christian Coleman, and 200-metre wunderkind Noah Lyles. Coleman, 23, will double up, running the 100m and 200m, with Lyles, 22, concentrating on the 200m where he will likely meet Coleman in the final race at the trials on Sunday.Coleman, the world 100 metres silver medallist, has used his quickness out of the blocks to run the fastest 100 of the year (9.81 seconds) and joint 10th fastest 200 (19.91) “Christian is going to go down as one of the best starters ever, if not the best,” Boldon said of the world 60 metres record holder.“He has nothing to lose,” the analyst added of Coleman’s meeting with Lyles at 200m.The pair have met once this year, with Lyles taking a razor-thin victory at 9.86 seconds in Shanghai. Their last race at 200m came in the 2015 U.S. junior championships with Lyles winning and Coleman finishing fourth.Lyles also thought of going for two titles in Des Moines after his blazing 19.50 seconds in Lausanne made him the fourth fastest-ever in the 200m. He eventually decided to stick with his best event and go for his first world championship gold medal.
That, at least, is the story today, Scott’s tenure such an unmitigated natural disaster that his belated dismissal works well as an aftershock.Personally, I have no idea if Thibodeau would have been the ideal choice as this team’s next coach. He was pretty good in Chicago, where his biggest failing was that he kept allowing Derrick Rose to get hurt.But George Karl was pretty good in Seattle and Denver and even Milwaukee before going to Sacramento and spending most of the past season answering questions about why he hadn’t been fired yet.Likewise, I’m not 100 percent certain Luke Walton is the Lakers’ answer. Sure, he had a ridiculously impressive record — 39-4 — filling in at Golden State this season. But, let’s be frank, anyone could coach the defending champions, even Byron Scott.The one thing I do know is that Jeff Van Gundy now has been linked to every available job in basketball and beyond. I’m sure if Axl Rose had said no, Van Gundy today would head the list of candidates to be the next lead singer of AC/DC. Starting over again with another new coach — Scott’s replacement will be the Lakers’ fourth since Phil Jackson left in 2011 — might seem like another delay in the team’s return to relevance, relevance that is, as it relates to winning.The Lakers never have stopped mattering. As evidence, I point to a passionate debate I heard on a national radio show two months ago. Three people were arguing over the on-court worth of Roy Hibbert. Folks, I’ll be honest, after about the Lakers’ third preseason game, I never once thought about Roy Hibbert again.As a way to encourage otherwise frustrated Lakers fans, however, I’ll note that any delay in their success only adds to the pressure on Jim Buss, who holds the official title of team vice president and unofficial title of team weak link.Buss is pretty much universally considered to be the worst thing to happen to the Lakers since his late father, Jerry, was the best thing to happen to the Lakers.It was two years ago that Buss told the Los Angeles Times he would step aside if the Lakers weren’t contending for the Western Conference title “in three or four years,” and let this be a reminder that words can be used as weapons.As soon as after next season, Buss could be forced to answer to his own publicly stated expectations, his completely on-the-record assurance looking more and more like a way off-the-mark projection.The only way this changes is if the 2016-17 Lakers do contend, a development so beyond belief that trying to envision it could tear the meniscus of your imagination. Sure, they’ll have a ton of salary-cap space this summer. But the biggest boxers in the world still won’t fit the skinniest elephant.Buss is very much on the clock here, as should be General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers’ decision-makers recently shooting at a percentage not seen around here since Shaquille O’Neal stopped missing free throws.The Steve Nash decision. The Dwight Howard decision. Four years of Nick Young. One season of nothing but Kobe Bryant. The two misfiring Mikes — Brown and D’Antoni. All those free agents who had the power to decide and decided against the Lakers.Remember when everything — on and off the court — just seemed to go this team’s way? Then an old guy in a suit, David Stern, did something many of the NBA’s best players have found impossible: He stopped Chris Paul one-on-one, forever altering two franchises.After he was hired, D’Antoni talked about improving the Lakers’ offense. After he was hired, Scott talked about improving the Lakers’ defense. Both men now have time to sit back and talk about how those plans worked out.I can’t wait to hear what the next Lakers coach intends to improve. Having covered the offense and the defense, who knows? Special teams?At Scott’s introductory news conference — only 21 months ago — he posed for photos with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes. At one point, Johnson announced, “‘Showtime’ is back, baby.”The words couldn’t sound any more absurd than they do today. “Showtime” is history and now, too, is Byron Scott.In the next few months, the fate of the Lakers will be determined by a bunch of decisions, only one of which will be who’s going to coach.Like watching Shaq at the free-throw line, it might be safest to look away and wait for the crowd’s reaction. There’s no way, of course, they can win in this.But then, the good news is everyone is used to them not winning by now. I mean, these are the Lakers.So, even if firing Byron Scott was the absolute right decision, they still messed up by not firing him quickly enough to hire Tom Thibodeau when they had the chance, right?Somehow, what already was the worst team in franchise history just got a little more worse, the 2015-16 Lakers tacking on one final defeat after the locker room had been packed up for another entirely too long offseason. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Auburn is a feast or famine offense, and so far it has feasted like a dinner at Fogo de Chao. The Tigers are 25 of 61 from 3-point range and their 120.4 AdjO this season suggests they score more than the typical No. 5 seed. Yet the Tigers were nearly upset by New Mexico State in the first round and their in-season inconsistency makes it a reach to think they can keep up the scoring pace. There’s one more problem here: Auburn is playing a team that can score with them.North Carolina has scorers aplenty. Cam Johnson is shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3. Coby White is averaging 19 points in his last eight games. Luke Maye regularly scores in double figures. Nassir Little averages 10 points per game off the bench. Seriously, there is a reason the Tar Heels were third in the country in points per game. If both offenses are at their best, this might be first to 200 points, but North Carolina’s group is more consistent and more than capable of covering.(All spreads via VegasInsider) If you like drawing with chalk and hate the movie “Cinderella,” you probably loved how the 2019 NCAA Tournament has played out so far. Or something like that. All but two of the top four seeds in each region made the Sweet 16 and every No. 1, 2 and 3 seed is still afloat, making for the chalkiest of chalk tournaments since 2008. There is a legitimate chance that, like 11 years ago, all four No. 1 seeds make the Final Four. MORE MARCH MADNESS:Ranking every Sweet 16 team’s chance to win it allWhile first- and second-round upsets are exciting and unexpected, ultimately a field made up of the best teams — as is the case this year — will provide more entertaining, evenly-matched games in the Sweet 16 and beyond. This is tougher from a gambling perspective, however. The Sweet 16 doesn’t include a slam-dunk 1 vs. 16 or 2 vs. 15 matchup where it’s easy to see the favorite cover. It’s of a greater importance to look deeper into the matchups before taking your pick against the spread. We had you covered for first round picks against the spread, and five of the eight were correct. Let’s give this another shot for the Sweet 16.MORE: Man with perfect March Madness bracket reveals strategyNo. 1 Virginia (-8.5) vs. No. 12 OregonPrediction: OregonThis isn’t an indictment of the Cavaliers, but rather another warning to ignore the seeding when deciding whether to bet on the Ducks. They have been hot, and if Kemba Walker and the Connecticut Huskies taught us anything in 2011, it’s that being hot can matter in the tournament.Now, that’s not a prediction that the Ducks will go all the way, but the team they were at the beginning of the season isn’t the one they are now. They have won their two NCAA Tournament games by an average of 18.5 points, and their defense — which has been a massive part of their 10-game winning streak — looks as good as ever.While Virginia, with its elite defense and all, is still capable of pulling out a win, it’s not going to be a cakewalk and it may be a stretch to have it as the biggest favorite of any Sweet 16 team. Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard is playing at a high level, with an average of 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in his two tournament games, while Kenny Wooten — who has four-plus blocks in each of his last four games — is a defensive force unlike anyone else in the tournament.Feel free to bet on Virginia if you’re taking the money line, but don’t count on them to cover. This one should be a defensive dogfight.MORE: Updated odds to survive Sweet 16, win NCAA TournamentNo. 1 Gonzaga (-7.5) vs. No. 4 Florida StatePrediction: Florida StateThis may be the riskiest pick of the four, because the Bulldogs could come out and throttle the Seminoles and it wouldn’t be that surprising. The Seminoles are tough, though. They most recently proved that on Saturday against Murray State, winning by 22 points in spite of Ja Morant doing, well, Ja Morant things. They have the deepest roster in the tournament with 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game and make do without a superstar. While Florida State isn’t one of KenPom’s most efficient offensive or defensive teams left in the tournament, it has five wins over fellow Sweet 16 teams and isn’t likely to be intimidated against Gonzaga.The Bulldogs probably won’t get the same Herculean effort from Brandon Clarke (36 points, eight rebounds, five blocks) as they did in the second round, and are among the worst defensive teams remaining in the tournament. Like with Oregon, don’t necessarily take Florida State on the money line here, but Leonard Hamilton’s teams are usually a tough out in the tournament, so this one could go down to the wire.MORE MARCH MADNESSWhy your team won’t advance to the Final Four No. 2 Michigan (-2) vs. No. 3 Texas TechPrediction: Texas TechFans of defense won’t want to miss this game. It’s a battle of KenPom’s two best. Conversely, neither offense is even in the top 10 among Sweet 16 teams. Those factors have all of the makings of a close game and a potential instant classic. Neither team has had much trouble against their two tournament opponents, with all four combined wins between the two coming by double digits.Although defense will be at the forefront, this game may come down to one player: Jarrett Culver. Simply put, Texas Tech has Culver and Michigan does not. The Wolverines’ biggest issue all season has been their ability to consistently score, and they don’t have a go-to scorer they can always rely on at the end of games.The Red Raiders do. Culver is special, like NBA lottery pick special, and is the best player on the floor in this game. He is averaging 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and has scored 45 points in two tournament contests. Culver can be a difference-maker down the stretch, so the Red Raiders cover. Barely. SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS:Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsNo. 2 Michigan State (-6) vs. No. 3 LSUPrediction: Michigan State will coverThere is only one team outside the ACC that is among the top 10 most efficient offensive and defensive teams in the country: the Spartans. They have overcome injuries to not miss a beat, and disposed of Minnesota in the second round despite Cassius Winston’s lowest scoring output in over almost three weeks. LSU has looked anything but sharp in its two tournament wins and needed a game-winning layup by Tremont Waters to escape Maryland on Saturday.The Tigers, who will once again be coached by assistant Tony Benford, are the worst defensive team left in the tournament and had a rating below the likes of Wichita State, Lipscomb and South Florida, which were all in the NIT or worse. Match that up against the fourth most efficient offensive team in the country that has also won seven straight games, and you’re better off picking the Spartans to cover.No. 1 North Carolina (-5) vs. No. 5 AuburnPrediction: North Carolina will cover
DES MOINES — Republican Senator Joni Ernst posted a short video online this (Monday) morning, challenging Democratic opponent Theresa Greenfield to half a dozen debates before the General Election.“You know, I haven’t heard Theresa Greenfield say one thing that Chuck Schumer hasn’t told her to say and that’s not what Iowans expect in a leader, so I’m challenging Miss Greenfield to six debates, two each month, starting in August,” Ernst said in the video. “Let’s let Iowans hear what we have to say.”Schumer is the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate. A spokesman for Greenfield’s campaign said after a new poll shows Ernst trailing Greenfield, Ernst is following Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s “desperate playbook” for failing senators around the country.One of Ernst’s top advisors amplified the senator’s message on Twitter when the man who founded Iowa Starting Line commented on Ernst’s video, suggesting that “once again, a man was stepping in trying to speak for Greenfield.” Sam Newton, a spokesman for the Greenfield campaign, said Greenfield participated in three televised debates and six public forums prior to this month’s primary and looks forward to debating Ernst this fall.