Month: August 2020

Gonsalves, Watson add to their medal tally at TT swim meet

first_imgDorado Speed Swim Club’s Elliot Gonsalves and Monique Watson continued their glowing outing on day two of the ongoing Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Meet. The dynamic duo added to their medal tally on Thursday at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva. Competing in the 200m breaststroke event on day two, Watson added a silver medal to the gold medal she won in the previous day’s 400IM event with a time of 3:11.27. Not to be outdone, Gonsalves produced another gold medal showing in the boys 11-12 years 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:49.20s to register another stellar effort. The tournament ends at the weekend.last_img read more

Australia to tour Bangladesh for two tests in June

first_img(Reuters) – Australia will tour Bangladesh for a two-match test series in June ahead of their limited overs tour in England, the country’s cricket board said yesterday. The first test will be played from June 11 in Chattogram while the second test will be played from June 19 in Dhaka, with 120 points up for grabs in the World Test Championship.Australia are second in the Championship standings with 296 points, behind leaders India, while Bangladesh have yet to open their account.The last time Australia toured Bangladesh, the series ended 1-1. After the Bangladesh series, Australia visit Scotland for a one-off Twenty20 at the end of June before visiting England for three T20 matches and three one-day internationals in July.last_img read more

India ready for quarantine in Australia to help tour proceed: official

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli and his team mates would be ready to spend two weeks in quarantine in Australia if that helped the tour go ahead as planned later this year, a top official of the Indian board has said. A cash-strapped Cricket Australia (CA) is banking heavily on the series, reportedly worth A$300 million ($195 million), to help it cope with an acute financial crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal offered encouraging words, saying India cricketers would be willing to isolate themselves before playing four tests and three one-day internationals in December and January.“There is no choice – everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket,” Dhumal told the Sydney Morning Herald. The boards have been discussing the possibility of a fifth test but Dhumal felt playing extra limited-overs matches would make more financial sense.“If there is a window available it would be up to the boards to decide whether they wanted to go for a test match or maybe two ODIs or maybe two T20s.“Given the revenue loss they will have on account of lockdown, post-lockdown they will want to have revenue and revenue most likely will come from ODIs or T20s much more than a test match.” Dhumal was less optimistic about the preceding Twenty20 World Cup and did not fancy a flagship tournament in Australia featuring players who are still rusty as they emerge from the lockdown.“Would you want to be without training for that long and straight away go and play (the) World Cup?” he said.“That is a call every board has to take. It seems to be difficult.” The BCCI has had to indefinitely postponed its own cash-cow Indian Premier League (IPL) and Dhumal said an alternative window for the tournament was yet to be identified.“Once things get clear, then only will we be able to go back to the drawing board and think about re-starting cricket.”Neither Dhumal nor BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was immediately available to elaborate when Reuters contacted them.last_img read more

Reports: Redskins name change ‘imminent’

first_img(Field Level Media) Little more than a week after the Washington Redskins announced they would conduct a “thorough review” of the team’s nickname, reports surfaced yesterday that a name change is indeed “imminent.” Yahoo’s Charles Robinson reported the news first Saturday morning and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio confirmed the news. Speaking on the “Saturday Sports Brunch” radio show in Dallas on Saturday, Robinson said the name change will come “in the next 24-48 hours,” adding “the NFL is starting to take steps to tell everybody who has Washington’s nickname on its platform to start scrubbing it, start taking it off, which means something’s coming.”Robinson did not know the new team name.Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Florio reported that team owner Daniel Snyder is now committed to changing the name before the start of the season. The report also cited the mounting pressure Snyder has faced in recent weeks to change the name. Though numerous efforts to get the club to change the nickname and logo — with many Native American groups calling the name racist — pressure has ramped up in July, with numerous investment firms and corporate shareholders with companies such as Nike, PepsiCo and FedEx imploring those companies to cut advertising ties with the team.That led Nike to pull all Redskins merchandise off its website, making Washington the only NFL franchise not listed on the site’s NFL index.Last week, FedEx asked the team to change the name. FedEx signed a 27-year, $205 million deal in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the club plays its home games. On Wednesday, Amazon pulled Redskins merchandise from its site while the team considers the name change. Two days earlier, The Washington Post reported that three minority owners of the team hired an investment banking firm to find buyers for their shares of the club.The franchise began using the Redskins nickname in 1933, when it was based in Boston and previously called the Braves. Team owner George Preston Marshall moved the club to Washington in 1937.A statue of Marshall was removed from the Redskins’ former Washington venue, RFK Stadium, on June 19 in the wake of protests seeking racial equality following the death of George Floyd. Under Marshall’s leadership, the Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate, adding their first Black players in 1962. Washington is scheduled to open the season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13.last_img read more

Variety is the spice of life – DraftKings adds new leagues

first_img DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Daily fantasy sports platform DraftKings has announced the introduction of two new football leagues, extending its global product offering to the UEFA Europa League and Liga Mexicana.Jeffrey Haas, DraftKingsDraftKings launched its UEFA Europa League football contests to coincide with partner club Liverpool FC’s fixture against Manchester United last night. In addition to the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Major League Soccer contests, DraftKings players will now be able to enter contests in the Europa League immediately offering them a chance to compete for cash prizes and more.Jeffrey Haas, Chief International Officer at DraftKings said: “We are increasing our product depth, adding more leagues and contests that appeal to our growing global market.”He added: “Football, as we all know, is the world’s favourite sport and we are proud to see so many daily fantasy football players using DraftKings as their second screen on match days to increase their engagement with and enjoyment of the sports they love.” Angus McNab, Perform VP Content, North America commented: “Opta is delighted to extend our relationship with DraftKings, so that their customers can enjoy an even greater breadth of competitions and contests. The addition of Liga MX is really exciting and it’s great that people will explore the performances of players in this league as well.”DraftKings is also proud to offer weekly contests in Liga MX, making the football offering on the platform truly global. The new addition to their product offering will further engage football fans in the most popular Latin American league.(Featured image) Sharelast_img read more

Bookmakers ‘think local’ to reduce the risks of problem gambling

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 Related Articles Bookmakers must now set out how they will reduce social risks in their local area, such as if they are located near a school or homeless shelter, in order to reduce incidence of problem gambling.The new guidelines will see operators consider their individual betting shop environments and introduce sufficient safeguards for any particular areas of concern specific to each premises.The new rules have been brought in by the Gambling Commission for all land-based gambling operators in an attempt to reduce harm caused by gambling. The Commission, the Local Government Association and licensing authorities will be working closely over the coming months to make sure that new requirement delivers benefits to consumers.Malcolm George, Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said that the new rules will build on measures betting shops have implemented to identify problem gamblers, training for shop staff on how to intervene and directing problem gamblers to the help that they need.He added: “Bookmakers will be working with local councils, looking at the local environment and ensuring that we’ve got the structures in place that are appropriate for that area. It’s a dialogue we want to have with councils and communities, and it’s part of a process we’re following to ensure that betting shops the safest place to gamble on the high street.”Rob Burkitt, Policy Development Manager at the Gambling Commission, said: “Local risk assessments give gambling operators a means to demonstrate how they are conducting or intend to conduct their business in a socially responsible manner. We want operators to think local and act local – to work with licensing authorities to ensure gambling is crime free, fair and open and children and vulnerable people are protected.”Under the new rules a gambling premises adjacent to a bus stop which is used by college or school students, between 3- 5 pm for example, should ensure that staffing levels are adequate to mitigate the risk of underage access. If there is a gambling premises close to a homelessness hostel, the operator would ensure they have staff awareness training to ensure that homeless customers are not putting themselves at risk of harm.Burkitt added: “We’re very keen on the use of all the tools available to protect children and vulnerable people and we hope to see more employment of technology such as that used in the Geofutures maps research. This innovative project explored which groups of people were more likely to be vulnerable to gambling harm and where these different groups of people were located – all invaluable information for conducting risk assessments.”A Local Government Association spokesperson added: “The LGA strongly supports the introduction of new risk assessments for betting shops and other gambling premises, which will help protect those most at risk of addictive behaviour. Each business will have slightly different risks associated with it and different measures already in place, so the final assessments will look different for every premises.“Many local councils are producing local area risk profiles to assist businesses as they draw up their assessments – these will typically plot points of risk such as schools, treatment centres or areas of significant deprivation. We hope that the gambling industry collectively rises to the occasion and demonstrates its commitment to social responsibility and preventing risky gambling behaviour.” Share RecoverMe: Using mHealth to support problem gambling treatment August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Joe Lovelace of Panbet takes the Tipster Challenge at Salisbury

first_img StumbleUpon ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Submit Share Can anyone top Trump? Better Collective’s part in the US presidential race April 1, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Related Articles Joe Lovelace, PR Executive at Panbet is the latest industry Guest to take the Tipster Challenge on SBC News. He has picked out winners for each of the six races this afternoon at Salisbury. The action gets underway at 2:20, with the final race starting at 4:50.Lovelace joined Panbet in August 2015 as a Social Media Executive, before moving into his current role in March 2016. An aspiring sports journalist, he previously completed work experience with both The Sun and BBC Match of the Day.He will be up against SBC, Timeform and Horse Racing Guru, Stephen Harris. After a blank week at Pontefract, Harris will be hoping to reduce the 20-point gap between bettingexpert in third and the Guests at the top of the leaderboard.____________________________________2:20SBC News: Beck And CallCame in third at Newbury last month, and taken to show the improvement needed to push on and win here.bettingexpert: Beck And CallHails from a stable back in the winners after an unusually quiet summer, and she showed plenty of promise on her debut last month.Timeform: AkhlaaqThe expensive and well-bred Akhlaaq holds entries in a couple of Group 2s later in the season and is narrowly preferred to Beck And Call, who caught the eye on her debut at Newbury last month.Panbet: SfumatoThis is likely to be Beck And Call’s race but we’ll stick with some each-way value at a bigger price.___________________________________2:50SBC News: Jack NevisonWith Pine Ridge off a higher mark, we are siding with Jack Nevison, who went close over a similar distance on this course last month.bettingexpert: Verne CastleHas been disappointing this season, but has slipped in the weights and really should be competitive off this reduced mark.Timeform: Jack NevisonJack Nevison produced his best effort yet when losing out only to a thriving sort here last month, and is of interest off his current mark. Pine Ridge and Shackled N Drawn are others to consider.Panbet: Burning ThreadA few strong contenders in this race but Burning Thread hits form this time of year.___________________________________3:20SBC News: TakatulUnbeaten on his first two starts, and showed enough potential to suggest he will land a hat-trick here.bettingexpert: TakatulHas won both his starts so far, and has far more potential than any of his three rivals here.Timeform: TakatulTakatul had more in hand than the bare margin suggests at Yarmouth 2 weeks ago, so can stretch his unbeaten record to 3 off just 3lb higher.Panbet: TakatulNo prizes for originality, but despite the immaturity shown in the last two races, the odds-on jolly should get best of Torch, who carries a penalty.___________________________________3:50SBC News: Sharja QueenWent well in Chester in late June, then impressed with a win over this course and distance last month.bettingexpert: Chain Of DaisiesWith serious doubts over the wellbeing of the Varian stable at the moment (trains favourite Sharja Queen), a chance is taken on this 4-y-o filly who should be spot on after two sharpeners this season.Timeform: Sharja QueenSharja Queen is the obvious one having easily defied a mark of 88 over C&D last month. Sagaciously is still on the up judging by her win at Glorious Goodwood 2 weeks ago, and is feared most.Panbet: Sharja QueenRoger Varian’s charge likes it around Salisbury and has a reliable partner in Andrea Atzeni.___________________________________4:20SBC News: Master GunnerMaster Gunner goes off the same mark as at Yarmouth last week, and will be the big favourite.bettingexpert: PatentHas held his form all summer in a busy campaign and should go well here in a handicap lacking unexposed candidates.Timeform: Master GunnerMaster Gunner was 10 lengths clear of the third when runner-up on his handicap debut at Yarmouth last week, and should be able to go one place better off the same mark.Panbet: PatentBeaten by 3 lengths when 2/1 favourite last time out at Bath, but Richard Hannon has picked up winners in the last few days (27% strike rate). In truth, this race is probably best watched.___________________________________4:50SBC News: Remember MeA string of top four finishes in May, and beat a subsequent winner with Lingfield success last month.bettingexpert: WahaabHas cheekpieces fitted for the first time and ideal conditions to go close under his promising 3lb claimer.Timeform: Remember MeRemember Me returned to form back at this trip at Lingfield last month, forging clear, and she may be up to going again now she’s back on the up from a 6lb higher mark.Panbet: Exoplanet BlueEndured a torrid time in soft conditions of late, but could bounce back under good ground here.___________________________________last_img read more

Intertain narrows losses to CAD $27.5 million as company seeks London listing

first_img Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Federal or provincial… Canada stuck at regulatory crossroads July 15, 2020 Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020 Share Andrew McIverPresenting its Q2 2016 results (period ending 30 June), Toronto TSX-listed igaming operator Intertain Group (Intertain) has reported revenue growth throughout all its core brands’ Jackpotjoy, Vera&John and Mandalay.The igaming operator closes its Q2 2016, recording total group revenues of CAD $118 million (£70 million) up 22% on corresponding Q2 2015 CAD $97 million. Intertain revenue growth would transmit to increase period EBITDA of CAD $43 million (£25 million).The firm’s improved top-line metric results would see it narrow its operating losses by 44% to CAD $27.5 million (£16 million).Detailing performance drivers, Intertain governance were pleased that the company had recorded ‘organic growth’ across its brands, with Jackpotjoy generated revenues of $82.3 million in Q2 2016, representing 19% growth year over year on a pro forma constant currency basis.Presenting his first set of Interim results as Intertain CEO Andrew McIver , commented on corporate performance:“Intertain had a strong second quarter, with all business segments improving on their results from the same period last year,”“The Company continues to realize significant gains from organic growth, with revenues up 22% from Q2 2015. We’ve also made a substantial investment in marketing in order to drive growth over future quarters. Increasing shareholder value remains my key objective, and all efforts going forward will be focused on positioning the Company for long-term growth and success.”Updating investors, Intertain governance detailed that the company will continue its pursuit of implementing ‘comprehensive UK-centred initiatives’, with the firm targeting a London Stock Exchange listing. Sharelast_img read more

Ravens without Yanda for Thursday’s practice

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The prospects for right guard Marshal Yanda being available against the Cincinnati Bengals are growing dimmer as the Ravens’ Pro Bowl offensive lineman missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday.Yanda is dealing with rib and chest contusions that forced him to miss the second half of the Ravens’ 20-14 win over Cleveland on Saturday. The fifth-year guard was named to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday and has graded out with a “winning performance or better” in every game this season, according to the Baltimore coaching staff.Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was also missing from practice for the second straight day as he continues to deal with a concussion suffered against the Browns.Safety Bernard Pollard was a new addition to the injury report as he missed practice with an illness. In contrast, defensive tackle Arthur Jones returned to work as a full participant a day after dealing with a stomach bug. Pollard’s absence might suggest the bug is moving through the locker room, so the Ravens will need to keep their fingers crossed over the next few days.Billy Cundiff practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day, an encouraging sign that the Pro Bowl kicker may return to action in Cincinnati. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said fill-in kicker Shayne Graham’s experience kicking at Paul Brown Stadium after seven years with the Bengals would not factor into the decision of who kicks on Sunday, instead declaring the decision will be based on Cundiff’s health.“He’s had two good practices,” Rosburg said. “We’ll see what the trainers say [Friday].”Cornerback Cary Williams and defensive end Cory Redding were limited participants for the second straight day as both appear on track to play against the Bengals. There have been conflicting reports whether Williams has been cleared for contact, but the Ravens are confident that he will pass his concussion test in time to play on Sunday.BALTIMOREOUT: WR Anquan Boldin (knee)DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (head), S Bernard Pollard (illness) , G Marshal Yanda (chest)LIMITED: K Billy Cundiff (left calf), DE Cory Redding (ankle), CB Cary Williams (head)FULL: DT Arthur Jones (illness)CINCINNATIDID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring), S Taylor Mays (hamstring), LB Dontay Moch (illness)LIMITED: WR AJ Green (shoulder), DE Frostee Rucker (neck), T Andrew Whitworth (knee), S Chris Crocker (knee)last_img read more

Wieters’ elbow “looked good structurally” after MRI

first_imgTwo days after leaving a spring training game due to right elbow soreness, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters received good news from a magnetic resonance imaging exam. No structural concerns were discovered after the 29-year-old underwent an MRI on Monday, according to manager Buck Showalter. Wieters is 21 months removed from Tommy John surgery, and it remains unclear when he will return to action. “It looked good structurally,” Showalter told reporters in Sarasota. “I know Matt felt good about it today.”The Orioles had previously said Wieters would not have an MRI if swelling and soreness subsided — he reported improvement on Monday — but they decided to go ahead with the exam to be on the safe side. Expected to serve as the backup catcher this season, Caleb Joseph went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in the Orioles’ 8-7 win over Philadelphia on Monday.last_img read more