National Broadband Network rollout.THESE are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have grown at a faster pace than the Brisbane average.Internet speed and access to the latest technology were fast becoming a must have for home buyers according to finder.com.au Tech Expert, Angus Kidman.And he said with fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections providing the fastest internet speeds, properties in those suburbs could soon be in demand.Particularly as FTTP was no longer part of the rollout plan and it would be fibre to the node.Mr Kidman said while there were many reasons property prices increased, NBN connection could be an important factor for buyers.Research by finder.com.au identified the top five suburbs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with the highest number of connections and the quickest NBN speeds.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It also analysed the property price growth of these suburbs, comparing before NBN prices with after NBN prices. Brisbane suburbs NBN ready and how their prices have grown. Source: finder.com.auThe best performing suburb within Brisbane was at Aspley on the Northside where median prices increased 25.53 per cent in the past five years.During the same period the average median price increase across Brisbane was 19.5 per cent.The other top performing Brisbane suburbs, where Kallangur, Calamvale, Parkinson and Boondall.The best performing suburb in Sydney was Blacktown where in the past five years the median house price had increased by 81.9 per cent, compared to the Sydney average during the same period of 66.7 per cent.In Melbourne the best performing NBN ready suburb with fibre to the premises was Carlton where median rose by 45.6 per cent compared to the Melbourne average of 37.4 per cent during the same period.Mr Kidman said while generally that appeared to be good news for those suburbs, not every street was FTTP connected so buyers needed to do their homework before buying.
…Sixth time for Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel MessiBARCELONA’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize.It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.United States forward Megan Rapinoe won the best women’s player award.Rapinoe claimed the top award after helping her country to back-to-back World Cup titles this year.Team USA’s 34-year-old co-captain, who won the Golden Boot (best scorer) and Golden Ball (best player) at the World Cup, beat teammate Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze.Klopp gets coach prize ahead of Guardiola and PochettinoLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named men’s coach of the year after a season in which they beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the Champions League.The Reds also finished second in the Premier League with 97 points – the third-highest tally recorded in the competition.Klopp was nominated for the award along with two other Premier League bosses – Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.“It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” said Klopp, whose team have won all six league matches at the start of the 2019-20 season.“We know what an incredible job you [Mauricio Pochettino] did and what Pep did. I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC.“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players.”In accepting the award, Klopp announced that he is joining the Common Goal initiative set up by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. It means the Reds boss will donate 1% of his salary to the charity, which pledges to “generate social change and improve lives”.Alisson and Bielsa are also winnersLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson was also a winner as he took the best goalkeeper prize ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa won the fair play award after he ordered his team to allow Aston Villa to score an uncontested equaliser during their 1-1 draw in their Championship match in April.Bielsa’s side had gone ahead controversially when the Villa players stopped as they expected the ball to be kicked out of play when Jonathan Kodjia was injured, before the Argentine intervened.Eighteen-year-old Daniel Zsori won the Puskas award for the best goal with his spectacular 93rd-minute overhead kick for Debrecen against Ferencvaros, just after he came on as a substitute for his Hungarian league debut in February.His strike beat Messi’s chip from the edge of the penalty area against Real Betis and Juan Quintero’s powerful 30-yard free-kick for River Plate against Racing Club.(BBC Sport)
“It was good to see him out there again,” Walton said. “Still a little sore, but still making good progress. We’re not going to play him (Wednesday) with a back-to-back and then a week off coming up. The progress was great, but it just doesn’t make sense to risk it right now,”The Lakers didn’t have a full-court scrimmage before departing for New Orleans, but Walton said they did engage in some half-court defensive drills that included some physical play. Or as Walton put it, “Guys were getting after it.”Ball “looked good, but there was still a little bit of discomfort,” Walton said. Ball teamed with Isaiah Thomas and Walton said they worked well together, adding, “When you put skilled, intelligent basketball players on the same team, they seem to make themselves and their unit look good.”By the time reporters were granted access to the gym, practice was all but over and most of the players, including Ball, had retreated to the locker room. Reporters were treated to the sight of Brandon Ingram sinking an impressive percentage of his shots from 3-point range.So, there was no independent verification of Walton’s assessment of Ball’s effectiveness.“We’re going to continue to treat him and he’ll continue to come in and get work done and get shots up,” Walton said. “When his body is ready, then he’ll play again. I can’t tell you whether that’s going to be the first game (after the All-Star break), the second game or the third game.“It’s whenever his body is ready to get after it again.”SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEWWalton said he would stick with the same starting lineup that produced victories in four of the Lakers’ past five games, which means Thomas will play a reserve role for the second game since he and Channing Frye were acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers last Thursday.Asked about a role for Frye, who didn’t play in the Lakers’ loss at Dallas on Saturday, Walton said:“Channing is another player who could really stretch the floor for us. I’m interested in getting him and (Kyle Kuzma) on the floor together as a (power forward/center combination), and play with that type of spacing. He’s a veteran who’s going to be great in the locker room. He already is.“He never shuts up, but it’s always positive. He’s just a great guy to have around.”Walton and Frye were teammates at the University of Arizona.“Luke’s brain is built for basketball,” Frye said. “He would throw passes in college and I would be, like, ‘What did you even see?’ Then finally you see it on film two or three times and you were, like, ‘Oh, he saw that three plays ago and expected me to see that, and my 19-year-old self to think like him.“Luke’s done a great job with these guys (the Lakers). They’re starting to buy in. They’re starting to move the heck out of the ball. They’re moving like missiles all over the court and I think you’re starting to see these guys develop and get confidence inside the system.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNo.Good enough to play in the Rising Stars game during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend on Friday?No.Well, Walton admitted he didn’t know whose decision it was as to whether Ball could participate in the All-Star extravaganza at Staples Center. But he did say he doubted it would happen since the rookie point guard hasn’t been cleared to play by the team’s medical personnel.Walton stuck to the Lakers’ standard party line that Ball wouldn’t be back in their lineup until after the All-Star break, but he was a little hazy on when that might be. Walton wouldn’t say whether Ball would play in the team’s Feb. 23 game against the Mavericks at Staples Center. EL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball participated in full-contact practice with his teammates on Tuesday, the first time he’s done that since spraining his left knee in the Lakers’ Jan. 13 overtime victory over the Mavericks in Dallas. He looked pretty good, too, according to Coach Luke Walton.Good enough to play in the Lakers’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday?No.Good enough to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday?
After thinking it over, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara provided a moment of laughter naming goalie Tuukka Rask — because of his smelly farts.”You know, the way he farts, it’s just, it just, the smell is awful,” Chara said with a big smile. “He likes his chicken wings and after the chicken wings I sit behind him on the bus, and gotta tell you, like, I gotta control myself sometimes.”You DO NOT want to be around @tuukkarask when he’s eating chicken wings. 🤣 #HockeyAtHome pic.twitter.com/USpmT1lJru— NHL (@NHL) March 30, 2020Chara, who just turned 43 on March 18 and is now down in Florida with his family, also named Kevan Miller and Charlie Coyle as the players he wouldn’t mind quarantining with.Despite being one of the elder statesmen in the league, the 22-year veteran is known to consistently be in peak form. So of course, Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was hoping to pick Chara’s brain about staying in shape.”My whole plan was just coming on here and pick Zdeno’s brain of what he’s been doing, his longevity and obviously what he’s done fitness-wise around the league and how legendary it is.” As the NHL’s 2019-20 season continues its pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the league has conducted Zoom chats to keep people engaged.During Monday’s Atlantic Divison conference call, the players were asked to name a teammate they would least want to be quarantined with.