Australian triathlon coach sells home with custom-built pizza oven

first_img3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket.Pitman, who is currently in India doing a speaking tour, has a squad based at Yeronga swimming pool, coaches athletes online and conducts regular training clinics.The property, on a 620sq m block of land, has been listed without a price, and is set high on the street with views across acres of spacious parkland. 3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket.Australian triathlon coach Allan Pitman is selling his royal Hawaiian-inspired Fig Tree Pocket pad.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 3 Moorfields St, has a large double carport and an enclosed store room currently being used as a home office and separate man cave.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket. 3 Moorfields St, Fig Tree Pocket.Harcourts Graceville selling agent David Gowdie said the main bathroom had a private garden and the huge lounge room featured an ornate fire place.last_img read more

Syracuse expects challenge against physical Binghamton team

first_imgComing off a season-opening win over Albany, Syracuse is getting ready to face Binghamton – another young team that was picked near the bottom of the America East conference.Despite the similarities between the Great Danes and Bearcats, though, SU head coach Ian McIntyre is not taking this game lightly.“It’s a tough place to go and play,” McIntyre said. “We’re going to have our hands full. They’ve got some good players.”Syracuse already saw the best of some of those players in last season’s 2-1 loss to Binghamton. The Orange (1-0) controlled the tempo against Albany and the team will look to execute again when it takes on Binghamton (0-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Vestal, N.Y.The Orange is looking to start off the season 2-0 for the first time since 2006, which is also the last time SU beat Binghamton. Syracuse is 2-5 all-time against the Bearcats, including the loss in 2011 and one in 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBearcats forward Jake Keegan will challenge the Orange in its bid to open the season on a winning streak.The senior led the team with seven goals and five assists last season. He tallied one assist against Syracuse a season ago when he crossed the ball into the box to Jerome Robinson, who headed it past Orange goalie Phil Boerger. The Stormville, N.Y. native finished second in the America East with 19 points in 2011 and scored a goal in the team’s season-opening loss to Colgate.While the Bearcats were picked to finish tied for sixth with Albany in their eight-team league, the Orange is not sleeping on Binghamton, especially given the difficulty they’ve had with the team in the past.Senior Louis Clark said the team faced Binghamton in spring matches and is very familiar with the style of play and tenacity the Bearcats bring to the field.“We know a few of the lads there,” Clark said. “We know they’re gonna be a big, physical team and stuff like that, but eventually they won’t be able to keep up with our pace and our movement off the ball.”Tony Asante was crucial to SU’s pace in its first win and came through with the Orange’s lone goal. He aggravated an ankle injury in the 81st minute against Albany and left the game with a trainer, but said he will be ready to go against Binghamton.The Orange will need Asante against Binghamton’s physicality and forceful attack, which will likely lead to a more active night for freshman goalkeeper Alex Bono. He made a few deflections and diving stops in his debut, but he was only seriously challenged on one or two shots.With Keegan and senior Trey Jasenski leading the attack, Bono will likely be tested more frequently. Asante believes that Bono will be ready for the task.“Alex Bono is a good goalie,” Asante said. “Everybody knows about him. He’s probably No. 1 in the nation.”McIntyre said Bono’s performance against Albany was especially impressive considering it was his first collegiate start in front of a record crowd for Syracuse.“His presence was good. I think he was confident,” McIntyre said. “He wasn’t asked to do a ton, but when he did that, he was very solid, and I think that’s a great starting spot for Alex.”Defenders Jordan Murrell and Skylar Thomas were reliable in the opener and will play an integral part in stopping Keegan and Jasenski in trying to lead the Orange to a second-straight victory.The Orange isn’t thinking about last year’s loss to the Bearcats and is ready for a chance at redemption.“Everybody is happy right now,” Asante said. “We don’t care about last year. We care about this year, so we’re gonna keep working hard to get Ws.” Comments Published on August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant dishes on his rehab, ESPN rankings, Dwight Howard

first_img“I think they’re counting on me being on one leg,” Bryant said on the general manager’s poll. “They think I can’t come back from this injury.”What does Bryant make of such skepticism?“I try not to pay attention to it too much,” Bryant said. “It can get to you a little bit and make you impatient, especially when you hear the doubt with, ‘Will I be able to come back?’ It’s not, ‘Will I be able to come back and play well.’ It’s I won’t be able to come back and play well.”It appears Bryant’s feeding off such doubts.In his interview session, Bryant publicly called out an ESPN writer who considered his ranking “fair” in a playful albeit sarcastic tone. He told the reporter afterwards that ESPN’s employees “should be drug tested.” Last week, Bryant also changed his Twitter avatar to “1225” presumably in reference to ESPN’s pre-season Western Conference ranking on the Lakers (12) and his personal ranking (25). But Bryant joked his updated avatar actually refers to “my pet’s birthday.” He insisted “motivation has always been there for me, while describing the public skepticism as “cherry on top of the cake.”“When you hear those things, you want to push and play right away to shut a lot of people up,” Bryant said. You have to be patient, rest and relax and come back when you’re ready. It’s a challenge right in front of your face. You really have to restrain yourself to get out there.”How does he do that?“Just try to be calm and try to be approaching it as the rest and the therapy and it’s all a part of training,” Bryant said. “A lot of times when you think of training, you think of weights and running. If only I looked at it from that standpoint, I’d drive myself crazy. I try to think of it as this process is part of the training as well. This will enable me to come back and get as close as 100 percent as I can.”Yet, there are limits to Bryant’s patience. He expressed optimism this offseason he could play beyond his $30.5 million contract that ends this season, perhaps for another two to three seasons. But as much as he wants to add longevity to his career, he said he’s more consumed with something else.“I’m thinking about this year,” Bryant said. “Obviously we all want to be healthy in years down the road. But the only thing I’m thinking about right now is getting as healthy as I can as quickly as possible so I can come back and try to help us make some noise.” “We saw different ways of leading this team. Dwight wanted to do it one way, which he felt like was effective. I wanted to do it another way,” Bryant said. “There was constant tension.”The Lakers still finished out the regular season 28-12 to finish with a seventh seed in the Western Conference.“In the second half of the season, everything was able to fall in line,” Bryant said. “We wound up making a pretty good run at it. I think Pau [Gasol] stepping in and taking significant load of the offensive responsibilities is a big thing for us as well. It wound up getting Dwight a lot of easy ones and Pau got a lot of easy baskets for everybody else. Things fell in place and we were able to get into the playoffs.”No matter how much Bryant sounded engaging, his biting and playful sarcasm revealed his irritation with numerous outside skepticism.He called ESPN’s recently ranking him 25th “laughable” and “silly.” An anonymous survey of all 30 league general managers posted on listing him as the second best shooting guard behind Houston’s James Harden. That marked the first time in the survey’s 12-year history the Lakers’ star didn’t receive top billing. This should’ve marked the time Kobe Bryant’s gearing up for another season, proving Father Time still hasn’t won and that he can still lead the Lakers to another NBA championship.But no matter how much he wants to, Bryant has forced himself to resist even with the Lakers less than a week away from their season opener Tuesday against the Clippers at Staples Center. After participating in some light shooting and jogging drills last week in China, Bryant said he “scaled back” his activity to allow his left Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Despite conceding he wants to begin practicing with a ball in his hands, Bryant said he’s remained “steady” for one simple reason.“Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else,” Bryant said. “It’s not about waiting until I’m 100 percent necessarily. But it’s about making sure you’re running with the proper gate. We’re not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road.”Bryant spoke for the first time this week to reporters in Los Angeles as part of the NBA’s new rule that requires injured players to speak at least once a week. That left him with a lot of topics to address, including providing more detail on his unsuccessful pairing last season with Dwight Howard.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more