How $50 turned retired grandparents into property moguls

first_imgThe RSL Art Union raffle prize on Jefferson Lane at Palm Beach worth $4.1 million.“We’ve been coming up here for the winter for many years and we’d have a look at homes, but think we’re just dreaming,” said Mr Sanders, who calls Bendigo, Victoria, home.“Usually we would book in February to come and holiday here, but this year we won’t have to.”The couple have bought entries in the RSL’s draws across Queensland for the past 35 years.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Jenny and I are still going through the emotions, we’d never looked like winning anything, and here we are,” said Mr Sanders. What to do with an entire apartment block? Ray and Jenny inside their new penthouse. Picture Glenn Hampson“Down the track, what a great future it’s going to be for our daughters, son-in-laws and eight grandchildren.”The newly-built complex at Bluebird’s Rest features a two-storey penthouse with ocean views, four two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, a pool, 10-car garage, barbecue area and $304,000 worth of furniture.The Sanders also won $80,000 of gold bullion. Ray and Jenny Sanders are the winners of the RSL’s largest prize home — a $4.1 million apartment complex at Palm Beach. Picture Glenn HampsonTHE GOLD Coast’s newest property moguls are thrilled with the future they can provide their grandchildren after winning an entire apartment block worth $4.1 million.Retirees Ray and Jenny Sanders bought a $50 ticket in the RSL Art Union’s biggest prize home draw — five apartments in Palm Beach — during their annual holiday to Burleigh Heads. The couple has the option to rent out or sell the apartments.“We’ll probably be living in the penthouse for a good six months of the year to start with and then the family can come and go whenever it suits them,” Mr Sanders said..“With the four other apartments, our financial adviser will assist us with them, we might sell a couple, we might keep the four, we don’t know yet.”The RSL raises funds for ex-servicemen and women, including services like crisis accommodation and rehabilitation support.The next prize will see a $5 ticket land a lucky prize winner a $2.3 million package of three apartments, including a luxury Southport unit and one on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has faith bullpen will get better

first_imgLEFT OUTWith Caleb Ferguson demoted to Triple-A earlier this week, the Dodgers have just two left-handed relievers in the bullpen – Scott Alexander and Urias.Alexander has never been strictly a lefty specialist and has fared poorly against lefties this season. They are 11 for 31 (.355) with two home runs and a .956 OPS against him while right-handed hitters are 4 for 29 (.138).But Roberts said that won’t change how he uses Urias.“I think with Julio we’re going to continue to like we talked about – when we use him it’s a multiple-inning situation,” Roberts said. “I don’t see him, we don’t see him as a lefty specialist or to use him in short spurts or back-to-back, things like that.Related Articles “It’s a fair question. We thought about it but right now we’re going to stay the course with Scott and count on Scott continuing to get better.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani underwent an MRI on his left shoulder as expected. The Dodgers are waiting for the medical staff to evaluate the results. Cingrani has been shut down since Friday when pain in the shoulder returning. …Wednesday’s starting lineup featured five players 25 years old or younger and only one (34-year-old Justin Turner) older than 28. Seven of the nine starters were “homegrown” with only Max Muncy (Oakland A’s) and Turner coming from other organizations.“It’s a sign of a good team when you’ve got youth and talent,” Roberts said.UP NEXTMets (LHP Jason Vargas, 1-2, 5.22 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 7-1, 1.65 ERA), Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, 570 AM Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts is obviously a man of great faith.“I do believe it will pass,” the Dodgers manager said Wednesday of his faith that the team’s bullpen will produce better results than it has through the first 55 games of the season. “I believe in the guys that we have in the ’pen.”Roberts’ faith has continually been tested by those guys. Despite a 15-game stretch at the start of May when the bullpen had a 2.07 ERA, the Dodgers’ relief corps dragged a 4.71 May ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the month into Wednesday’s game – actually not much different than the 4.55 ERA and 1.33 WHIP the Dodgers relievers sported at the end of April.While the Dodgers’ offense leads the National League in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage and the starting rotation has the lowest ERA in the NL, the bullpen ranks 22nd in ERA, 16th in batting average against and 15th in OPS against. Of the Dodgers’ first 19 losses, 11 have been charged to relievers. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I do believe it’ll pass,” Roberts repeated. “But I do feel that it needs to get better. They understand that. They understand getting ahead (of hitters). They understand limiting damage. They understand getting the guy out, the first guy you’re called in to face, the importance of that.”Tuesday’s bullpen breakdown was a particularly poor example of that. Roberts turned to five different relievers, four in the seventh inning alone. None of the five was able to retire the first batter they faced, a mess that included three walks, a double and Michael Conforto’s grand slam.“Work ahead and be able to put guys away when given the opportunity,” Roberts said of the changes needed. “That first guy when you’re called out of the ’pen, you’re called to get that first hitter out. I think we can be better at that. The track record shows that these guys have been good for longer periods of time. That’s what I’m betting on.”Right now, it is a bet based on faith more so than any direct evidence. Only two relievers in the current bullpen have ERAs under 3.00 – Dylan Floro (who has given up nine runs in his past 4-2/3 innings) and Julio Urias (who had made just six relief appearances). One reliever or another (and often more than one) has allowed at least one run in seven of the eight games before Wednesday.“Ultimately, I think they’re all going to get better,” Roberts said. “It’s just one of those things where a few guys just need to get back on track.”center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: Final AFC, NFC standings for Week 17

first_img MORE: Updated NFL Draft order for 2020 NFL standings for Week 17 (Getty Images) Week 17 is here to end the 2019 regular season, and the NFL playoff picture is almost complete based on the current AFC and NFC standings. Here is an updated look at what each conference field looks like now, with all 12 postseason tickets punched:MORE: Clinching scenarios for Week 17 (Getty Images) Who’s out?7. Rams (9-7); 8. Bears (8-8); 9. Cowboys (8-8); 10. Falcons (7-9); 11. Buccaneers (7-9); 12. Cardinals (5-10-1); 13. Panthers (5-11); 14. Giants (4-11); 15. Lions (3-12-1); 16. Redskins (3-13)The Cowboys dropped hard out of the playoffs with the Eagles winning the East. The Rams’ loss to the 49ers last week eliminated them from playoff contention. The Bears and Buccaneers didn’t have a division path like the Cowboys did. The Panthers and were eliminated in Week 14. The Lions, Falcons, Giants and Cardinals were eliminated in Week 13. NFC playoff pictureWho’s in?1. 49ers, champions, NFC West (13-3) — The 49ers won the division by surviving the Seahawks in Seattle in the final seconds of the final game of the regular season. With the victory, they took the West by a full game and won the tiebreaker for the top seed and home-field advantage with their previous wins over the two teams behind them, the Packers and the Seaints.2. Packers, champions, NFC North (13-3) — The Packers secured the second first-round bye in the NFC by rallying to beat the Lions. They did lose to the 49ers, but they earned this position with the conference-record tiebreaker over the Saints, whom they didn’t play in the regular season.3. Saints, champions, NFC South (13-3) — The Saints, who had the top seed as in the 2018-19 NFC playoffs, setttle for third this season as the tiebreakers vs. both the 49ers and the Packers didn’t work out, despite their Week 17 blowout win at the Panthers. The Saints will host the Vikings on wild-card weekend.4. Eagles, champions, NFC East (9-7) — The Eagles won the division thanks to their Week 17 win at the Giants, finishing one game ahead of the victorious Cowboys, who beat the Redskins. Philadelphia will host Seattle for a second time this season on wild-card weekend.5. Seahawks, second place, NFC West (12-4) — The Seahawks ended the season on a two-game losing streak to fall down here behind the 49ers in yet another winning season with Russell Wilson and a return to the playoffs. They just played the Eagles in Philadelphia in November, winning 17-9. They get a Week 12 rematch six weeks later.6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (10-6) — The Vikings were locked into this seed after losing to the Packers last week. They rested key players in their Week 17 home loss to the Bears. That will get them near full health for a wild-card game at the Saints. AFC playoff pictureWho’s in?1. Ravens, champions, AFC North (14-2) — With their win over the Browns last week, the Ravens clinched the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They rested key players, including league MVP-to-be Lamar Jackson, for their finale against the Steelers and still won to post the best record in franchise history.2. Chiefs, champions, AFC West (12-4) — The Chiefs beat the Chargers at home in Week 17, and coupled with the Patriots’ shocking home loss to the Dolphins, Kansas City clinched the second first-round bye. The Chiefs own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Patriots thanks to their win in Week 14.3. Patriots, champions, AFC East (12-4) — The Patriots won an 11th consecutive division title by beating the Bills last week, but they dropped out of their usual top-two seed by losing to the Dolphins in Week 17. They locked into this seed despite losing to the Texans, who couldn’t catch them for No. 3. They will host the Titans on wild-card weekend.4. Texans, champions, AFC South (10-6) — The Texans became locked into this seed before losing to the Titans at home in Week 17. They rested key players, including Deshaun Watson, ahead of what will be a physical matchup with the Bills in Houston in the wild-card round.5. Bills, second place, AFC East (10-6) — The Bills were locked into this seed as the top AFC wild card after missing their chance at the division against the Patriots last week. They rested all their key players in their Week 17 loss to the Jets and will go into the Texans matchup with a mostly clean bill of health.6. Titans, second place, AFC South (9-7) — The Titans beat the Texans in Week 17 to take care of business and clinch the final AFC wild-card spot over the Steelers and the Raiders. They will travel to face coach Mike Vrabel’s former team, the Patriots, during wild-card weekend.Who’s out?7. Steelers (8-8); 8. Raiders (7-9); 9. Colts (7-9); 10. Jets (7-9); 11. Broncos (7-9); 12. Browns (6-10); 13. Jaguars (6-10); 14. Chargers (5-11); 15. Dolphins (5-11); 16. Bengals (2-14)The Steelers and the Raiders lost in Week 17, so the Titans would have been in the playoffs regardless. The Browns were eliminated last week, and the Colts and Broncos were eliminated in Week 15. The Jaguars, Chargers and Jets were eliminated in Week 14. The Dolphins were eliminated in Week 13. The Bengals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.last_img read more