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Beat writers unanimously pick UNC over Syracuse in season-opener

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse football opens its season Saturday at North Carolina after an offseason that included only three days of spring practice and players sitting out of multiple August practices. Here’s what our football beat writers predict will happen Saturday in Chapel Hill:Betting line: North Carolina is 22-point favorites over the Orange with a total of 63 points.Anthony DabbundoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAchilles’ heelNorth Carolina 41, Syracuse 16The Tar Heels are projected to be the third-best team in the 2020 iteration of the ACC, behind only Notre Dame and Clemson. The schedule makers did SU no favors scheduling a road trip against the conference’s second-best quarterback, Sam Howell. The Orange’s new 3-3-5 defense will struggle against a Tar Heels offense that finished second last year’s ACC passing success rate. My real concerns lie with SU’s offense, which will be starting converted fullback and tight end Chris Elmore at left guard and will be without its top two running backs, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard. Without being able to protect DeVito or run block, the Orange won’t be able to keep up with Howell.Danny EmermanSo there really wasn’t a chanceNorth Carolina 52, Syracuse 24In his press conference leading up to Syracuse’s season opener, Dino Babers quoted the “Dumb and Dumber” line, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” Just like Mary ultimately rejects Jim Carrey’s character, UNC will take care of Syracuse on Saturday. If Syracuse were to hang with the Tar Heels, they’d need to pressure sophomore phenom quarterback Howell, come up with a few turnovers and ride a career game from DeVito. I actually think Syracuse will be able to move the ball, but the likelihood of all those three things happening are, as Babers said, razor thin.  MORE COVERAGE: Opponent Preview: What you need to know about North CarolinaBeat writer Q&A: The Daily Tar Heel’s Ryan Wilcox breaks down Syracuse-UNC Comments Adam HillmanPummeledNorth Carolina 48, Syracuse 10This is not the game for Syracuse to unveil a new defense. With missing pieces all across the roster, a limited offseason to implement schemes on the field and multiple stoppages in practice, SU didn’t have the luxury of a full offseason to completely grasp the nuances of defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5. On the other side of the ball is UNC, an offense with Heisman-hopeful Howell, star tailbacks Michael Carter and Javonte Williams and two deep threats in Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown. The Tar Heels will score early and often against the Orange, and I don’t expect the SU offense to be able to keep up. Published on September 8, 2020 at 11:45 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tough closing period weighs heavy on LeoVegas 2019 results

first_img Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 LeoVegas AB has detailed a tough closing period to 2019 trading, in which significant Q4 exceptional costs have impacted the firm’s full-year performance.Updating investors, the operator explained that it has booked €6 million attributed to restructuring costs, on top of a €10 million Royal Panda impairment charge.The expenses see LeoVegas post Q4 2019 operating losses of €2.5 million (Q42018: €2.6m), despite the company maintaining improved revenues of €87 million (Q42018: €84m).LeoVegas added that the operating period saw the company move to reduce ‘group complexities’ in reaction to changing regulatory circumstances across key markets.“2019 was a year characterised by change in our industry, with external challenges coupled to higher demands for compliance, higher gambling taxes and uncertainty surrounding future regulation,” said Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas AB. Q4 costs weighed down on LeoVegas’ full-year 2019 operating profits (EBIT) to €12.7 million, down 33% on the corresponding FY2018’s €19 million.    Despite this EBIT setback, LeoVegas governance pointed to strong operating metrics recorded during 2019, with group revenues up 9% to €356 million (FY2018: €328m). The Stockholm enterprise also maintained a positive group EBITDA at €50 million (FY2018: €41m) after navigating a year of tough regulatory adjustments across multiple markets.“A couple of weeks ago we communicated a number of strategic decisions coupled mainly to the UK and our ambitions to create a less complex and more scalable organisation,” said Hagman. “These initiatives gave rise to one-off restructuring costs that affected fourth-quarter earnings by a total of EUR 6.1 m and are expected to lead to annual cost savings of approximately EUR 3.7m.“The savings consist mainly of platform and product costs, a more efficient organisation and more optimized premises.”Closing its statement, LeoVegas confirmed that the firm has removed its ‘2021 target’ of reaching sales of €600 million and EBITDA €100 million – choosing instead to assess future corporate performance on sustainability and long-term growth. StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

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