Monthly Archive: August 2020

Germany waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina

first_imgDORTMUND, Germany, (Reuters) – Injury-decimated Germany squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina thanks to Lucas Ocampos’s 85th-minute equaliser in a friendly yesterday. The Germans, missing a dozen players and without a single world champion in the starting line-up for the first time since the 2014 World Cup final, fielded a callow team including newcomers Robin Koch and Luca Waldschmidt.What they lacked in experience, however, they made up for in enthusiasm in the first half with Serge Gnabry continuing his prolific run with his 10th goal in his 11th international, stabbing the hosts ahead after quarter of an hour.Gnabry turned provider seven minutes later when he found Kai Havertz in the box to complete a quick move. Marcel Halstenberg rattled the crossbar with a stunning left-footed free kick as did Argentina’s Rodrigo De Paul with a long-range effort.Argentina, without suspended world footballer of the year Lionel Messi as well as Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, cut the deficit in the 66th minute through substitute Lucas Alario who instantly added more pace to their game.The Germans, who had four players making their debuts, gradually ran out of steam and the visitors completed their comeback when Alario charged into the box to lay off for Ocampos to equalise. Germany next take on Estonia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.last_img read more

Windies crash out of World Cup after NZ fightback

first_imgBENONI, South Africa, CMC – West Indies dropped four catches, missed a vital run out while conceding 38 runs from the last three full overs, as they squandered a winning position to crash to a shock two-wicket defeat to New Zealand, and miss out on a spot in the final four of the ICC Under-19 World Cup here yesterday. Defending 238 at Willowmoore Park, the Caribbean side reduced the young Kiwis to 153 for eight in the 35th over after left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd had ripped through the innings with an excellent spell of three for 33 from his 10 overs.But eventual Man-of-the-Match Kristian Clarke, with an unbeaten 46 and Joey Field, 38 not out, displayed composure and maturity beyond their years in a record, unbroken ninth wicket stand of 86, to turn the game on its head and propel New Zealand to victory with two balls to spare.Left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd celebrates one of his three wickets against New Zealand yesterday.Clarke belted three fours and a six off 42 deliveries while Field faced 58 balls and counted three fours. With the pressure growing, West Indies’ fielding fell apart and discipline left their bowling, and New Zealand capitalised to whittle down a required asking rate from nearly 11, by taking 14 runs from both the 47th and 48th overs and another 10 from the 49th over.West Indies missed a big moment off the last ball of the 49th when Field raced back to the striker’s end for a second run but wicketkeeper Leonardo Julien failed to gather the return which would have found the batsman short of his ground.With a manageable seven runs needed off the last over bowled by seamer Nyeem Young, Clarke scrambled a single off the first ball before Field struck a sweetly-timed straight boundary off the next ball. Another sharp single left the scores tied and Clarke carved the fourth ball – a full length delivery – to the cover boundary to break the Windies’ hearts.New Zealand had earlier gotten 33 from Simon Keene, 32 from wicketkeeper Quinn Sunde while Fergus Lellman struck 29 and opener Rhys Mariu, 26, in a stuttering start to their run chase.Fast bowlers Joshua James (2-45) and Matthew Forde (2-64) claimed two wickets apiece to help give West Indies the early advantage. Left-hander Kirk McKenzie had earlier perished agonisingly short of triple figures for 99 as the previously unbeaten West Indies, opting to bat first, were dismissed in the 48th over.Kevlon Anderson chipped in with 33 and Antonio Morris, 31, but the Windies declined from a promising 183 for three in the 36th over to lose their last seven wickets for 55 runs in a swift collapse.Clarke was again at the forefront of New Zealand’s success, snaring four for 25 from 7.5 overs of pace while left-arm spinner Jesse Tashkoff (2-35) and seamer Field (2-52) picked up two wickets apiece. The Windies’ start was less than enterprising, losing captain Kimani Melius (17) and Julien (4) cheaply to be 32 for two in the 10th over before McKenzie anchored two half-century stands to restore the innings.First, he added 78 for the third wicket with Anderson who struck four fours off 46 balls, and then posted 73 for the third wicket with Morris who blasted four fours and a six in a 32-ball cameo.All told, McKenzie blasted 11 fours and three sixes in a 104-ball knock before he was forced to retire hurt with cramp at the end of the 42nd over.However, the slide had started when Morris fell lbw to Clarke in the 36th over and in the following over with a single run added, Young holed out to mid off trying to attack Tashkoff. Wickets continued to tumble and not even the return of McKenzie at the fall of the ninth wicket could rally the innings, as he played on to the first ball he faced.West Indies struck early when Ollie White (0) tugged a short one from Forde to mid-wicket in the third over but Lellman and Mariu added 48 for the second wicket to stabilise the innings.New Zealand stumbled, however, losing three wickets for 15 runs as James accounted for both Lellman and Mariu before captain Tashkoff (6) gloved a pull off Young and was caught down the leg-side by Julien at 67 for four in the 16th over. Keene revived the innings, putting on 51 for the fifth wicket with Sunde before adding a further 30 for the sixth with Beckham Wheeler-Greenall (16).And New Zealand were finding their groove when Nedd ripped through the innings with three wickets in the space of 28 balls, as the run chase spiraled and the Windies took command.West Indies then squandered the perfect chance to drive home the advantage when they put down Field on 11 at mid off in the 43rd over off James.last_img read more

Australia dodge the rain to book T20 World Cup showdown against India

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia dodged the Sydney rain to beat South Africa by five runs yesterday and set up a Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final against an Indian team, who earlier progressed to the final for the first time without a ball being bowled. Wet weather washed out the first of the back-to-back semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground, leaving frustrated England to head home because they had finished second in Group B while India had topped Group A.Australia skipper Meg LanningWith no reserve day scheduled under tournament rules signed off by the boards of all competing nations, hosts and reigning champions Australia, who finished second in Group A, looked set to suffer the same fate as the rain continued to pelt down.An evening lull in the downpour and the SCG’s extraordinarily efficient drainage allowed a window for them to complete their innings, however, and captain Meg Lanning led the way with a battling 49 as they mustered a total of 134 for five. The rain started to fall again during the final over and an extended break between innings left South Africa chasing a revised victory target of 98 runs from 13 overs under the Duckworth Lewis method.Group B winners South Africa would have progressed had they been unable to complete 10 overs, but the rain mostly stayed away and Australia’s bowlers restricted them to 92 for five despite a blistering 41 from Laura Wolvaardt.“It was very stressful, the waiting game during the day and at the ground,” said Lanning. “The groundstaff did an amazing job and we were lucky enough to come out the winners.”After flirting with a PR disaster, the organisers now have the two teams in the final that will give them the best chance of realising their target of a crowd of more than 90,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.England captain Heather Knight earlier admitted that a loss to South Africa in their tournament opener had ultimately cost them a place in the final, with their semi-final against India abandoned in mid-afternoon. “We’re just gutted we didn’t have the chance to fight for a place in that final. There’s not a lot we can do,” she told reporters.“You’d hope now that there’s going to be a rule change going forward and no team will experience going out of a World Cup because of rain.”India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, whose team stunned four-times champions Australia in the tournament opener, said she had been aware of the possibility that their position in the group would prove crucial. “We knew from day one that we would have to win all our matches because something like this could happen, so that’s how we approached it,” she said.“It was very unfortunate that we were unable to get a game today, but those are the rules for everyone.”last_img read more

Phil Ivey gains re-appeal hearing against Genting UK ‘Crockfords -Edge Sorting ‘ dismissal

first_img UKGC fines Park Lane Club operator £1.8m for multiple AML & SR failings September 11, 2019 Related Articles Share Submit Phil Ivey relaunches Crockfords ‘edge sorting’ trial with UK Supreme Court July 14, 2017 Lord Justice Kim Lewison (UK Appeals Court) has granted US professional poker player Phil Ivey the right to appeal to overturn his lost £7.7 million High Court case against Genting Casino UK regarding his baccarat winnings at Crockfords Club Mayfair.The appeal relates to Ivey’s substantial win during a two day period in 2012 at Crockfords playing Punto Banco (a form of baccarat).Genting the owners of Crockfords did not pay the player as they believed that Ivey had been ‘edge sorting’, exploiting a tiny flaw in the playing cards that helped him guess the card’s value.Defending its non payout Genting had told the UK courts in October 2014 that Ivey’s card strategy “circumvented the premises of the game and therefore was not liable for the winnings”.The High Court agreed with Genting rejecting Ivey’s claim, however the poker player’s representatives had stated that they would likely re-appeal for further hearings.Ivey who is considered by many experts as the greatest poker player of all time, made the following announcement regarding the case“As I said at the time of the London verdict last October, it is not in my nature to cheat, which is why I was so bitterly disappointed by the judge’s decision a year ago, even though he said that I was a truthful witness and that he was sure that I didn’t believe that what I was doing was cheating,” “This wording from the Court of Appeal, that the grounds of our appeal raise an important question of law and have real prospects of success, is quite simply the best news I’ve had since I won the £7.8 million at Crockfords over three years ago in August 2012.”The players appeal is set to be heard on Thursday 10 December UK Supreme Court rules against Phil Ivey’s £7.7 million ‘Edge Sorting’ Crockfords Mayfair dispute October 25, 2017 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Football League and Sky Bet agree three year extension

first_imgShare BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 The Football League and its primary sponsor and partner Sky Bet have agreed a new three year title sponsorship deal.Sky Bet has sponsored the League since 2013 and this latest deal will commence in August 2016 and run until at least 2019. It will deliver increased revenue to the 72 clubs throughout the Football League.One change is that due to the recent re-branding of the Football League to the EFL, the league will officially be known as the Sky Bet EFL though the names of the individual leagues will not change.Richard Flint, Sky BetSky Bet Chief Executive, Richard Flint said: “Over the last couple of seasons we’ve loved working with the League, its clubs and the fans and so are delighted to extend Sky Bet’s sponsorship. We are proud to continue our investment in such a fantastic competition and look forward to making betting better for football fans.”Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the Football League, noted: “At a time when The Football League is very much focused on its future, which includes our imminent re-branding to the EFL, it is a great encouragement to see Sky Bet putting their continued faith in our competition and our clubs.“This is an excellent way to end an outstanding year of league football and, on behalf of clubs, I would like to offer my appreciation to Sky Bet for their continued commitment.” StumbleUpon Related Articles EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Gibraltar backs Remain as June EU Referendum approaches

first_img Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit The citizens of British overseas territory Gibraltar, are backing remaining in the European Union ahead of next month’s UK EU Referendum (23 June).The latest polls undertaken by various Gibraltar news sources, indicate that ‘The Rock’ is firmly committed to staying in the EU economic zone with results showing 85% of Gibraltarians wanting to remain (8% leave / 7% undecided).The combination of low corporate taxes (1% cap) and Gibraltar’s full membership to the EU have seen the UK independent territory become the operational home to more than 30 online betting operators including; bwin.party, BetVictor, 888 Holdings and 32Red.With over 4000 sector employees the online gambling industry remains Gibraltar’s largest employer (population 32,000).Speaking to industry legal news source Gambling Compliance, various Gibraltar gambling stakeholders have shown their support for the “Gibraltar Stronger in Europe” campaign.Pro-Europe supporters argue that Gibraltar’s economy will be better served remaining in Europe, whilst EU laws strengthen against potential hostile constraints placed by neighbour Spain.From an online gambling operator perspective, EU business policy attached to free-trade has served against member state sector protectionism favouring national monopolies.Online gambling operators licensed in Gibraltar have been able to contest against various EU member states for implementing unfair/uncompetitive market conditions, with the European Court of Justice acting as a referee.last_img read more

bettingexpert launches odds comparison site SmartBets

first_img Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 bettingexpert.com is launching SmartBets, a customisable odds comparison site that has been optimised for both desktop and mobile. Initially, the service will just be for Football markets across the world, with more major sports set to be added in the future.Punters logging in will be able to create a tailored dashboard based around their favourite teams, leagues, betting markets and operators. SmartBets’ service will also offer personalised Acca suggestions including a smart trio of odds, riskier selections and long shots with higher rewards.With bettingexpert’s one-click betting integration, users will be able to place bets instantly with major operators including Ladbrokes. Punters can then keep up-to-date with their placed bets via the Live Game Cast on their dashboard and can receive match notifications straight to their mobile.Just one account will be needed to access the best tips, odds and in-play across SmartBets, bettingexpert.com and bettingexpert LIVE. Exclusive blog content will also be provided, with predictions from top tipsters including England legend and bettingexpert ambassador Chris Waddle.Chris Waddle, England legend and bettingexpert.com ambassador, said: “Finding the best odds can be a nightmare. SmartBets makes it easy for punters to compare the prices for the bets they’re interested in, and place their bet without having to navigate all of the different bookmaker sites. The next challenge is picking the winners!”Thomas Høgenhaven, Chief Strategy Officer for Better Collective, said: “The simple-to-use interface and innovative features, such as live game updates and one-click betting, all integrated with bettingexpert.com and bettingexpert LIVE, make SmartBets the ultimate comparison tool.” Sharelast_img read more

Betradar extends Italian offering with Bundesliga 1 and 2

first_img Related Articles Betradar, a brand of Sportradar, has announced the further extension of its live streaming coverage for online, mobile and retail sports betting offers for the Italian market. Marco Tiso, SisalBetradar has also revealed that Sisal, a long-standing partner and recipient of the company’s flagship products Live Channel Online and Live Channel Retail, has already added the rights for the two German top leagues to its offering.Sportradar’s Director Sales Lorenzo Caci said of the news: “We are delighted to have come to this agreement with Sisal as they are one of the major players in Italy.“We are convinced that more of our partners will benefit from our augmented rights-offering and will add Bundesliga to their portfolio.”Marco Tiso, Online Gaming Business Manager of Sisal added: “Throughout these last years, Sisal is moving strongly from a pure betting offer to a broad entertainment experience for its own customers.“We are very pleasant to announce that Sisal will be the first player in Italy to offer the streaming of Bundesliga in partnership with Betradar. This achievement means a significant step forward to support our strategy, giving our customers the opportunity to experience the emotions of one of the major European football championships.” David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Spiffx – Sunderland to equal worst return after ten matches

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns July 27, 2020 Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge June 24, 2020 Share Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Submit At the back end of the 2015/16 campaign, Arsenal predictably clicked into top gear to deny North London rivals Spurs a second-place finish in the Premier League. As part of their 10-match unbeaten run to end the season, the Gunners drew 0-0 at Sunderland.The game also marked the second of a six-match unbeaten run for Sam Allardyce’s side, as ‘Big Sam’ fashioned another Great Escape on Wearside. However, it’s all change for the Black Cats this season, and you wouldn’t predict that anywhere near 15.15% of Spiffx punters will be backing the home win this time around.David Moyes’ Sunderland will equal the worst points return after 10 matches in Premier League history if they lose at home to Arsenal on Saturday. Meanwhile, Arsenal are unbeaten in eight matches, and will be fired up after a disappointing display against Middlesbrough at the Emirates last time out.For the first time in his managerial career, Pep Guardiola has now gone six matches without a win. When you combine that with EFL Cup elimination against Manchester United and the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, the Spaniard is under a bit of pressure.On the opening day of last season, City made the trip to Hawthorns off the back of a disappointing 2014/15 campaign, and brushed aside the Baggies with a dominant display. However, on Saturday they will be without the driving force from that game, as Yaya Toure continues to be exiled for comments made by his agent Dimitri Seluk. Toure recorded a goal and a 96% pass completion, on the day that Raheem Sterling made his City debut.This time, home manager Tony Pulis will again set up to contain the superior City side, and so a repeat of West Brom’s 31% possession would come as no surprise. The Baggies may have managed at least a single goal in their last five matches, but a similarly high percentage of Spiffx punters (74.63) will be backing the table toppers to get back to winning ways. For those wanting a reason to back the Baggies – record signing Nacer Chadli has three goals and two assists in just two matches at the Hawthorns.This is the info for this week:Sunderland v Arsenal – 24th April 2016Result: 0-0Sunderland – 15.15%Draw – 24.24%Arsenal – 60.61%West Brom v Man City – 10th August 2015Result: 0-3West Brom – 19.40%Draw – 5.97%Man City – 74.63%last_img read more

Ravens ink five exclusive rights free agents as offseason workouts begin

first_imgIn what was nothing more than a formality, the Ravens announced they have signed five exclusive rights free agents as they opened the doors to their Owings Mills facility for offseason workouts on Monday.Long snapper Morgan Cox, cornerback Danny Gorrer, linebackers Sergio Kindle and Josh Bynes, and offensive lineman Justin Boren signed contracts as players began reporting for voluntary workouts.Exclusive rights players have two or fewer accrued seasons in the NFL and do not have any negotiating rights.Quarterback Joe Flacco also reported to the team’s facility on Monday as the Ravens continue to discuss a long-term contract with his agent Joe Linta. As expected, running back Ray Rice did not report for offseason workouts on Monday and remains nowhere close to a long-term agreement.Tight end Kris Wilson, center Andre Gurode, and linebacker Edgar Jones are the only remaining unrestricted free agents from last year’s team who remain on the open market. Cornerback Cary Williams and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe have yet to sign the second-round tenders the Ravens extended to them as restricted free agents.Williams is not expected to sign his tender for a few more weeks, and the Ravens remain in long-term contraction negotiations with the starting defensive back.In other news from Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached an agreement with former Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans on a one-year contract. In an injury-plagued lone season in Baltimore, Evans made just four receptions after the Ravens traded a fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills last August.last_img read more