Category ‘A’ title contenders off to winning start

first_imgCategory ‘A’ title contenders Zachary Persaud, Shiloh Asregado and Louis Da Silva notched up first round wins on the opening night of the 2019 Ansa McAL Trading Ltd sponsored Handicap Squash tournament at the Georgetown Squash Court last evening.  The night saw Persaud (-8) getting his way with Rylee Rodrigues (12) 15-14, 15-13 while Asregado was tested by Joshua Verwery who he accounted for 15-13, 15-10 in an exciting contest.  Da Silva (-8),  on the other hand, opened his account with a convincing win over Lajuan Munroe (5) 15 -8, 15-10 Meanwhile, action in the open category saw Nicholas Verwey (-6) who this season graduated from category ‘A’ to the open league, outmanoeuvering Ian Mekdeci 15-8, 13-15, 15-4 to clinch his opening round win. The opening day results are below:  Category ADhiren Persaud defeated Teija Edwards 13-3, 15-5 Zachary Persaud defeated Rylee Rodrigues 15-14, 15-13Shiloh Asregado defeated Joshua Verwery 15-13, 15-10Lucas Da Silva (2) defeated Brenni Da Silva 15-5, 14-15, 15-12 Louis Da Silva (-8) defeated Lajuan (5) Munroe 15-8, 15-10Kaden Pyneandy defeated Bradley Walton (2) 15-13, 7-15, 15-12Matthew Spooner defeated Angel Rahim 15-14, 11-15, 15-10last_img read more

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PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic cancelled due to COVID-19

first_img(Reuters) – The John Deere Classic scheduled for July in Illinois, which was supposed to be the fifth event of the circuit’s revamped schedule, has been cancelled due to state-related challenges regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour said yesterday. The tournament, which was also the first of the PGA Tour’s revised schedule that could have potentially included fans, was due to be played July 9-12 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.“Because of the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 John Deere Classic,” tournament director Clair Peterson said in a PGA Tour news release.“While we considered several alternatives for the Classic, this was the choice that made the most sense for our guests, the players and the Quad City community at large.” The PGA Tour said it will fill the July week with a new tournament that will be determined in the near future.Following a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus, the PGA Tour is scheduled to resume with the June 11-14 Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.The event is the first of four straight weeks of tournaments which will have no fans in attendance.last_img read more

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Australia players union rejects CA revenue forecasts

first_imgMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Cricket Australia’s (CA) forecast of a near 50% plunge in the revenue that underpins player payments has been met with scepticism by the players’ union, who called for talks to “shine a light” on the board’s calculations. The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) said on Thursday that CA had forecast 2020/21 revenues would slump 48% to A$239.7 million ($165.20 million) from their previous forecast of A$461m due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.A reduction of approximately 20% was anticipated for the following season’s revenues to A$385.80 million from the previous estimate of A$484 million, the ACA added citing an email sent by CA on Wednesday.“The ACA expresses a lack of confidence in these reforecasts,” the union said. Players are paid just over a quarter of the revenues as per their deal in the collecting bargaining agreement with CA.CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts said last week the board was facing a shortfall of about A$80 million in revenue due to COVID-19 and there was a high likelihood Australia would not be able to host the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November.The bleakest scenario looks to have been avoided, however, with India’s lucrative four-test tour, worth an estimated A$300 million in revenue, set to go ahead in the home summer. The ACA said the new forecasts did not “appear to be reasonable or consistent with an obligation of good faith”.“From what the ACA has been able to determine so far, cricket is yet to suffer a significant adverse revenue event and the outlook for the game remains positive,” the union added.“If cricket does suffer an adverse financial event in the future — a reforecast can be provided at this time.” The ACA said a more formal process of due diligence was now necessary.CA did not provide immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.last_img read more

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Mbappe ready to make history with PSG

first_imgLISBON, (Reuters) – Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe says he wants to make history for France by winning the country’s first Champions League title in 27 years in today’s final against Bayern Munich. PSG beat Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the “final eight” in Lisbon, and Mbappe is feeling relaxed about the test against Bayern and the significance for French football.“This is exactly why I came here,” he told reporters yesterday. “I have always said that I wanted to make history for my country. This is a chance. When I arrived in 2017, we experienced several disappointments. Today, we are in the final and that shows that we have not given up.“It would be a great reward to win with a French club. It was my mission when I came. Winning (on Sunday) would be incredible, it would be an achievement for a French club,” Mbappe added. The last time a French team won Europe’s premier club competition was in 1993 when Olympique Marseille beat AC Milan 1-0.Although only 21, Mbappe has already made himself a major part of French football history by winning the World Cup two years ago and he has compared the mood in the PSG squad to that of Didier Deschamp’s side in Russia.Although the final will take place at the Estadio da Luz without fans, like all the games in the last eight due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mbappe says the atmosphere remains special. “Of course, it feels strange to play behind closed doors but it’s still the Champions League. You can feel it the intensity of the matches, the tension that reigns. It was a very special format this year, we will remember it for a long time because of the tragedy,” he said.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said fit-again Italian midfielder Marco Verratti could be involved in the game, although probably not the full match.Verratti missed PSG’s quarter-final clash against Atalanta due to a sore calf but came off the bench for the final eight minutes of the semi-final win over Leipzig. “Marco’s injury was a blow, it wasn’t muscular, that’s why the risk isn’t great. It’s just a matter of pain. Does he have them ability to play 120 minutes? No, of course not. We have to decide tomorrow whether or not to start him,” said the German.Tuchel will also decide late on whether first-choice keeper Keylor Navas is ready to return or if he will stick with back-up Anthony Lopes.last_img read more

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Sports Betting Academy partners with Sportcast

first_img GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 Share Submit SBC Digital Summit: “Simulation of complex events is normally the best answer” – Jonathan Smith April 27, 2020 Sports Betting Academy is proud to announce Sportcast as a training partner. Sportcast have been making waves in the world of sports betting through combining cutting edge technology and innovative data science with real sports expertise to deliver a competitive edge.Sportcast have lent an experienced team of PhD statisticians, developers and odds compilers to support the Sports Betting Academy course, hosted by Sportsbook Training Services, with latest trends and methods in statistical modelling and pricing.The course continues to be led by industry veteran, and BOFCON speaker, Jonathan Smith, with the next one taking place between 26-28 April in London.Jonathan Smith will explore each area of sports betting in detail and get to grip with its influence on your margins. As an expert of the sports betting industry over the last 25 years, Jonathan has held positions with some of the industry’s most notable trading providers.He recently led a number of Sports Betting Academy taster sessions during February’s ICE Totally Gaming conference in the London Excel.The 3-day learning experience in April will include information on probability essentials, risk management, solutions for non-mainstream sport, and rating systems for tennis and other sports. Jonathan Smith, Sportsbook Training Services: Building an in-play football model August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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NetBet secures AS Saint-Etienne sponsorship upgrade

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit European online betting operator NetBet has furthered its presence within the French market by securing the official shirt sponsorship of AS Saint-Etienne.The NetBet logo will now appear on the right-hand “pocket” of the shirt, which will be clearly visible during all Ligue 1 2016/17 season games.NetBet marketing further detailed that it had upgraded its betting partnership with ‘Les Verts’ until 2018. The betting operator will receive heightened coverage within the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium (capacity – 42,000) and throughout the club’s digital and social media channels.Confirming its new sponsorship of AS Saint-Etienne, NetBet marketing detailed that it would enhance brand messaging with focused marketing initiatives and added value promotions targeting Saint-Etienne fans.Alain Bocarra, Chairman of NetBet France welcomed the firm’s continued support of AS Saint-Etienne“Football represents a large portion of our business, and it was logical to want to join forces with AS SAINT-ETIENNE  which has a large fan base. AS Saint-Etienne is a committed club, just as our company, which strives to always listen to its customers”.Roland Romeyer, President of AS Saint-Etienne backed Bocarra’s comments , stating that “NetBet and the club share the same passion for football, but also the desire to share this with as many fans as possible. We have built a relationship based on trust which allows NetBet to consolidate its presence in France. Moreover, consolidation of this partnership further consolidates our development strategy”.last_img read more

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GVC revamps Casino team with three new senior hires

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Liron SnirUpdating the market this morning, FTSE-listed GVC Holdings (GVC) has confirmed the appointment of three new senior hires to its online casino division.  Announcing the appointments, GVC governance confirmed that Rob Fell has joined as Head of Casino Product with Andrew Whitworth appointed as Head of Content.The new online casino team will also see Oliver Bartlett take up the position as Head of Live, later next month.GVC governance stated that the appointments would bring fresh thinking with capabilities in distinct areas to its newly merged casino division.All three senior managers will report to Liron Snir GVC’s Chief Product Office.New Head of Casino, Rob Fell joins from Gibraltar-based lottery operator Lottoland. Fell has prior online casino experience having held senior management roles at Paddy Power and Gala Coral.Andrew Whitworth joins GVC, having most recently served as  Head of Gaming strategy for the Tatts Group’s UK arm Talarius. PWhitworth has further igaming experience having  worked for SG Gaming as Head of Content Strategy.Heading up live games content, Oliver Bartlett joins the operator having most recently served as Head of VIP and Casino Project Manager for Bgo.com.Commenting on the new appointments, GVC’s Chief Product Officer, Liron Snir said:“A key area of focus for us is our casino and live verticals. Our aim is to be best-in-class and these three appointments reflect that objective. Rob, Andy and Oliver bring new skills and experience in the gaming sector that will be transformative to our ability to create and deliver a great quality product and experience to our customers.” Sharelast_img read more

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Offensive line becoming major asset for Ravens at quarter mark

first_imgBALTIMORE — On a day in which Steve Smith and Joe Flacco understandably owned the spotlight in the Ravens’ dominating 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, John Harbaugh was asked after the game how rookie free agent James Hurst fared in his first start at left tackle.The head coach’s answer applied as an appropriate assessment of the entire offensive line through the first quarter of the season. After a nightmarish 2013 in which the group stood out on a weekly basis for all the wrong reasons, the Baltimore offensive line hasn’t been a major topic of discussion because of how consistently well it’s played.Even after losing standout left tackle Eugene Monroe to knee surgery, the Ravens didn’t appear to miss a beat with Hurst, an offensive lineman many didn’t think would make the 53-man roster at this time a month ago.“I didn’t notice him, so that must be a good thing, right?” Harbaugh said. “I can’t wait to see it on tape, but it seemed like he played well. We ran the ball well. We did a good job across the board, I think, blocking as a group. The unit has played exceptionally well. We have to keep building, but it’s nice to have some depth in there.”It’s no secret that veteran members of the offensive line took last year’s criticism to heart after the Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda made it clear during organized team activities last spring that he had no interest in rehashing the struggles of a running game that averaged a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.In the eyes of the offensive line, it was a different year with a new system installed by new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. There was also new personnel, including the arrival of veteran center Jeremy Zuttah and the promotion of second-year lineman Rick Wagner to the starting right tackle spot. Of course, the improved health of left guard Kelechi Osemele and Yanda also figured to pay major dividends after both dealt with ailments last season.And it’s led to the previously-loud criticism of offensive line coach Juan Castillo becoming all but silent at this point.“It’s obviously going to be different with a new offense,” said Zuttah, who’s stabilized the middle of the line that struggled with Gino Gradkowski at center a year ago. “Coach Kubiak is one of the better offensive minds in this league. You watch that Houston Texans running game for years, and they were at the top of the league every year. I think guys came in with a chip on their shoulder and an attitude and a willingness to get better.”The Ravens’ improvement with the zone-blocking system starts inside where Zuttah said he’s flanked by the “best set of guards in the NFL” in Osemele and Yanda. Through the first four weeks of the season, the two have played at a Pro Bowl level, earning the highest cumulative grades of any Baltimore offensive players, according to Pro Football Focus.Whether opening lanes for the running back trio of Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Bernard Pierce or protecting quarterback Joe Flacco, the offensive line continues to make the 2013 season a distant memory as the Ravens are off to a 3-1 start.Since Flacco was sacked three times in the season-opening loss to Cincinnati, the offensive line hasn’t allowed one in three straight contests. It’s the first time the Ravens have done that since the 2006 season in which they finished 13-3.“Those guys have been holding up big time when we do the play-action, when teams come after us, and when we’re dealing with really good defensive lines,” Flacco said. “I think we’ve got a lot of good guys up front, and they’re communicating very well, and they’re being really physical. We’re allowing them to play very physical and get really confident, so it’s been a good run.”That physicality has paid major dividends in the running game as Forsett and Taliaferro combined to run for 127 yards on 30 carries against the Carolina defense. Averaging 4.5 yards per carry through their first four games, the Ravens have followed through on the promise to return to their roots as a physical, run-first team.That success has led to a more-efficient Flacco, who is currently on pace to throw a career-high 28 touchdowns and is completing 63.4 percent of his pass attempts. The arrival of the veteran Smith and the revamped running game have allowed Flacco to play more like the signal-caller we saw in the 2012 postseason and less like the man who had to try to do it all by himself last year.He can thank his offensive line for not only keeping him clean but opening running lanes for whichever running back is carrying the ball. The cohesiveness has impressed the 28-year-old Forsett, who had plenty of experience running in zone-blocking systems in Seattle as well as in his one season with Kubiak in Houston.Behind a revamped line, the Ravens have rushed for at least 125 yards in three straight games, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since the first three weeks of the 2009 season. Through four games, they’ve also collected six runs of 20 or more yards, one more than they had all last season.“The offensive line has been gelling really fast,” Forsett said. “I’ve been in this scheme for a while now and to be doing this well this early, it’s a good sign.”As encouraging as the start to the season has been, the Ravens will now enter a daunting stretch of four road games over the next five weeks. They’ll need that strong offensive line play we’ve seen at M&T Bank Stadium to continue against the likes of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh in the coming weeks.Even with the early-season success, members of the offensive line haven’t expressed any sense of satisfaction or an air of “I told you so” after hearing last year’s criticism and the doubts leading into this season.Averaging 25.75 points per game, the Ravens still offer the impression that they can get even better upfront.“We did pretty good today, but there were some yards we left out there,” Zuttah said. “I think we’re going to go back in there and be tough on ourselves in the film and see what we can do to get all the yards that we think we missed.”last_img read more

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