Sims wants to play prop for Broncos

first_imgMcGuire would be following in former captain Corey Parker’s footsteps if he made the positional change, with Parker often playing in the front row before his permanent move to lock in 2009. Parker’s retirement last year has given coach Wayne Bennett a major decision to make as the 2017 NRL season fast approaches. Up and coming big men Jai Arrow and Tevita Pangai Jnr have staked their claim for the No. 13 jersey, but it now appears a positional switch for McGuire will be the most likely scenario. This would be the best situation for Sims, who despite having history in the second row, was signed with Brisbane to add depth to their front row stocks.”Front row is my position and I want to play there for the Broncos this year,” Sims said.  “I don’t mind a bit of lock, but I think Josh McGuire will start there for us this year. “I played second row in our trial win against the Sharks, which I don’t mind because I can get the job done there. “In saying that, I feel like I have a lot to learn about that position if I am going to be good enough to play there in first grade.”Sims’s arrival at Red Hill has not only added depth to the Broncos’ forward pack, but also the aggression. The former Newcastle Knight was a standout in Brisbane’s 30-12 trial victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night, making a number of bone-rattling hits that brought the huge Redcliffe crowd to their feet. This side of Sims’s game is something the Fijian international prides himself on, with his huge hitting a big reason as to why he was targeted by the Broncos. Hopeful of a Queensland Maroons call-up in 2017, Sims said he is looking forward to becoming Brisbane’s new enforcer. “It’s always exciting when a big hit comes off,” he said.  “I want to bring aggression to this side and I think that’s one of the reasons I was brought to this club. “A bit of aggression never hurt anyone and I think if you can control it then you can use it to your advantage.”last_img read more

Son goal enough for injury-hit Spurs against Palace

first_imgSpurs were without two goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris (thigh) and Michel Vorm (knee) so Paulo Gazzaniga came in for his debut.Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli (both hamstring) were also sidelined, but Danny Rose made his first Premier League start since January.It was Palace who put Gazzaniga under immediate pressure as the Argentine failed to collect Wilfried Zaha’s cross but Mamadou Sakho failed to capitalise.At the other end, Harry Kane’s volley lacked the power to beat Palace keeper Julian Speroni.Harry Winks and Kane both received treatment for knocks and that disruption hampered the hosts’ bid to find their tempo.Tottenham did have most of the possession with Rose heading wide from Serge Aurier’s cross while Kane nodded off target after a deflected Rose cross had fallen nicely to him.Zaha’s pace caused Spurs’ defence problems but Eric Dier was equal to the task with a number of important interceptions.Spurs had further half chances before the break as Jan Vertonghen’s deflected 20-yard strike came close to deceiving Speroni while Son’s left-footed shot missed the target when the South Korean was well-placed.– Gazzaniga saves –Mousa Dembele came on for a clearly struggling Winks after half-time, putting the midfielder’s participation for England’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil in doubt following Alli’s withdrawal from the national squad.It was Palace who started the second half the brighter with Andros Townsend bursting down the left before his shot was pushed away by Gazzaniga, who had started to grow in confidence in the home goal.The visitors, with just one previous victory to their name all season, really should have taken the lead as Aurier gave the ball away to Townsend. The Palace winger then fed Zaha, who rounded Gazzaniga, only to fire wide of an empty net.Gazzaniga then came to Tottenham’s rescue again as he kept out Luka Milivojevic’s header from Yohan Cabaye’s corner from point blank range.But just as it looked like Palace were getting in the ascendancy, Tottenham struck in the 64th minute.Sissoko’s cross was not properly cleared and Son delightfully picked his spot with a 20-yard left-foot shot that saw him score for the third time this season.Palace continued to cause problems for Spurs, especially down the left-hand side with Zaha unable to produce a finish after one such run.Cabaye also shot wide from 25 yards as Palace belied their position as the Premier League’s basement club.Kane was replaced by Fernando Llorente with 14 minutes to go, although he did not appear to have suffered majopr damage from an earlier knock.Palace continued to create chances, with Scott Dann heading wide from Cabaye’s corner, but Son really should have killed the game off when he dragged his shot into the side netting after being through by Vertonghen.Moments later Son was in again only for his lack of pace to let him down.Davinson Sanchez then failed to make proper connection with a Christian Eriksen corner but Spurs still held out for victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 5, 2017© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 5 – Son Heung-Min’s second-half goal gave Tottenham Hotspur a nervy 1-0 Premier League victory over bottom club Crystal Palace in a London derby at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.But Mauricio Pochettino’s injury-ravaged side failed to hit the heights of Wednesday’s memorable 3-1 Champions League victory over Real Madrid and the title-chasers were fortunate to claim all three points.last_img read more

Going Down Still

Going Down Still

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has conducted its monthly interest rate survey for October 2017 values based on 4,519 reported loans from 20 lenders.The interest rates from September to October for 30-year fixed rates for homes costing less than $424,100 decreased by 3 basis points from 4.14 percent to 4.11 percent.Factoring in other types of mortgages other than a 30-year fixed, the average interest rate on all mortgages showed a decrease of 2 basis points to 3.97 percent from a previous 3.99 percent.The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for Previously Occupied Homes Index, which calculates interest rates on homes with at least one previous owner, dropped to 3.98 percent for loans closed in late October, compared to 4 percent in September. Similarly, the average effective interest rate on all loans also declined—resulting in a 7 basis point drop from 4.08 percent to 4.01 percent, which is good news for homeowners but less fortunate for lenders.However, the average loan amount for all loans experienced an increase at $307,500 in October, which is up $8,000 from $299,500 in September.It’s worth noting that all reports, with the exception of the specified 30-year fixed, can include 15-year mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages. The survey, however, does not include mortgages that were refinanced from another mortgage or balloon mortgages. Nor does it include mortgages that are insured or guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration or the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, multi-family loans, or loans on mobile homes.While the FHFA does not name the 20 lenders surveyed for the report specifically, it does specify that they include an array of commercial banks, mortgage companies, savings associations, and mutual savings banks.November’s index values will be released on Thursday, December 28. You can find previous month’s’ index reports here. November 30, 2017 539 Views Going Down, Still . . . Sharecenter_img Data FHFA HOUSING mortgage Mortgage Rates 2017-11-30 Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more