Willie Mullins saddled the odds-on favourite in Nichols Canyon, who was already a Grade One winner, but he was an early casualty as he unseated Ruby Walsh, and stablemate Mckinley was pulled up shortly afterwards when racing in second place. Sizing John (11-1), highly regarded by Henry de Bromhead, made all under Johnny Burke and sprinted away from his two remaining rivals in the straight to beat Sub Lieutenant by six and a half lengths. Des McDonogh unleashed a second smart debutant in the space of two days as Theophilus made a smooth introduction to the winter game in the Paddy Power ‘Number 1 For Live Streaming’ 3-Y-O Hurdle. Just 24 hours after Fiscal Focus made a winning big-race start at 33-1, lowering the colours of Willie Mullins’ well-fancied Kalkir, Theophilus was sent off at just 4-1 in the same Jackie Bolger silks. No great shakes on the Flat, he travelled well and when another Mullins odds-on shot, Buiseness Sivola, faded at the top of the straight, Theophilus kept on willingly to beat a couple of fellow newcomers in Hostile Fire and Battle Hymn by six and a half lengths in the hands of Danny Mullins. McDonogh said “He got a superb ride from Danny. He was idling a bit in front and will be better in a better race. At the moment the two of them (including Fiscal Focus) will be aimed at the Triumph. Fiscal Focus is different gravy. I must say I am in awe of him. I may need a double horsebox now for Cheltenham!” There was a big turn-up in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle as Champion Bumper winner Silver Concorde was made to look ordinary by Blair Perrone. Tony Martin’s five-year-old was beaten a long way on his hurdling debut at Cork but looked a different proposition in the hands of Denis O’Regan, who was initiating a double for the yard. Silver Concorde, a winner on the level since his Cheltenham success, was not fluent at the last for Davy Russell but such was Blair Perrone’s superiority, it is unlikely the blunder had any bearing on the result. The 10-1 chance came home two unextended lengths clear of the 1-3 favourite. Martin said: “He needed the run badly at Cork the last day. He’s always showed us he’s a good horse at home. The plan was to stalk the favourite and hopefully take him on as late as possible, and it worked out perfect. He’s a big horse and will make a chaser.” An eventful renewal of the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown went the way of Sizing John. The silver lining for Mullins was that his Douvan beat the winner easily when they met earlier in the season. It capped a great 10 minutes for De Bromhead, who had just captured the Desert Orchid Chase with Special Tiara at Kempton. “There were a few incidents but it’s great to win and a nice bonus. Our lad nearly ran out when the loose horse came by him. I’m delighted for Johnny as it’s his first Grade One win,” said the trainer. “I was disappointed with him at Gowran, but they told me Douvan is very highly regarded. I always thought he wanted better ground and the plan was to back off him after this and look to the spring.” Teenager Burke said: “I’ve had two Grade Two winners, but that’s my first Grade One. “He did it well. I’ve always held him in high regard, ever since the first day I saw him. I remember riding against him in a bumper in Limerick one day and he always stuck in my mind since that day. He was very impressive in Naas and, to be fair, he bumped into a well above-average horse in Gowran (Douvan), and he’s proved himself today at the highest level. “I wasn’t aware of what was going on behind but when I saw the loose horse come by me as we turned into the back straight, I knew that was Ruby’s then, so that was our main danger gone. “I was keen to make it a test in front and he’s done it the hard way. He had to go out in front and make his own race of it – that’s tough old going for a four-year-old, and on that ground, too. He will improve as he’s only a four-year-old and he’s big as well, so wait until he sees a fence.” Press Association
Press Association Rickie Lambert enjoyed a whirlwind start to his West Brom career on Friday as hours after passing a medical and signing a two-year deal he marked his debut with two goals. And Lambert admitted the decision to leave Liverpool was not a difficult one. He told the Baggies’ website: ” I think the prospect of going into another season not playing was not going to happen. There were a few inquiries, but West Brom just felt right from the very beginning. That was the overriding factor.” And he revealed he was looking forward to linking up with Saido Berahino. “H e’s a very sharp player, very intelligent, very quick, he’s a good finisher. I think me and him up top would be a great partnership,” he added. “I want to get back playing football, but I want to get back playing football to score goals. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of things to prove, I’ve got a lot of hunger and desire.” The fee was agreed around lunchtime and Lambert travelled down to Birmingham for a medical ahead of the deal being completed late in the day. He then started Albion’s pre-season friendly at his old side Bristol Rovers, opening the scoring with a deflected effort in the 23rd minute and doubling his tally with a close-range finish a minute after the break. He was replaced in the 56th minute. Lambert’s move to Liverpool 13 months ago was touted as a dream return for a player rejected by the club’s academy, but it quickly became apparent things were not going to work out and Lambert turned down a move to West Brom’s midlands rivals Aston Villa in January after the Reds accepted he was no longer part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans. “Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch,” Baggies head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website. “We are very pleased to have him on board. “He’s a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad.” Lambert made 36 appearances for Liverpool last season, but most of those were as a substitute as he never really got a run in the side even with main striker Daniel Sturridge injured for much of the campaign. He scored just three goals, two of those in back-to-back matches in November when he was given a chance to start, but never really looked like a long-term option. The striker sealed his move to the Hawthorns from Liverpool after the clubs swiftly concluded negotiations. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have paid just under £3million for the 33-year-old, meaning the Reds will make a loss of more than a £1million on the player who only joined them from Southampton last summer.
April 22, 2020 Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, two national championships Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, two national championships.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press
Riddim Squad and Vurlon Mills Academy to square off in final tomorrowTHEY have both played undefeated to date and have duly earned the right to contest the final of the 4th edition of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-11 League, sponsored by USA-based Guyanese, Ralph Green, which be contested tomorrow at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, EBD. Vurlon Mills Academy, which topped Group ‘A’ and then moved on to the semi-finals where they trounced Kuru Kururu Warriors 5-0, will take on Riddim Squad, which won Group ‘B’ and went on to take care of their semi-final against last year’s champs, Timehri panthers, 2-0.While the Academy boys are exposed to consistent training on a weekly basis at the new Vurlon Mills Academy, the Riddim Squad lads have been doing their thing at the Mocha Ground and fancy their chances of taking the champion’s trophy come tomorrow.The respective coaches, former ‘Golden Jaguars’ Vurlon Mills and Shawn Maloney will no doubt be putting in some extra work as they seek to end the tournament on a high as one of the two teams to keep their unbeaten record intact; which team that will be is anybody’s guess.Vurlon Mills AcademySponsor Ralph Green will be attending tomorrow’s matches along with GFF President Wayne Forde and GFF Executive Member with responsibility for the EBFA, Dion Inniss.The Third place match will commence at 09:30hrs with the final at 10:15hrs.Players from the first and second placed teams will each receive replica trophies whilst third and fourth attracts medals; the Most Disciplined Player, Best Goal Keeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player, The Best Coach and the Team receiving The Sportsmanship Award will all be presented with plaques.The tournament had commenced on Saturday, September 14 last with 12 teams placed into two groups. Group ‘A’ consisted of Vurlon Mills Academy, Timehri Panthers, Fruta Conquerors, Eagles FC of Stewartville, Diamond United and Samatta Point/Kaneville.Group ‘B’ was made up of Riddim Squad, Kuru Kururu Warriors, Swan FC, Friendship All Stars, Grove Hi Tech and Agricola Red Triangle.
Alumnus Rick Caruso, who graduated from USC in 1980, received the most distinguished alumni honor, the Asa V. Call Award, at the 83rd annual Alumni Awards.Nikias presented Caruso with the award on Saturday. The award signifies commitment to USC and to the community. Caruso’s ties to USC stretch back to his times as a Trojan. The Carusos have donated more than $50 million to the school.The family’s endowments include the USC Caruso Catholic Center and, most recently, a $25 million endowment for the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology. The treatment facility for the ear, nose and throat is set to be one of the largest in the country.“Rick Caruso’s immense pride for USC is unsurpassed,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said to USC News. “His love of the school is visible across our campuses. With inspired generosity, Rick and his wife, Tina, are putting into practice their philanthropic vision, which will benefit Trojans for many generations to come.”Caruso said that USC has had a profound impact on his life and career.“I am so honored to receive this award from USC,” Caruso told USC News. “My years at USC fundamentally changed my perspective on what it means to be part of a community,and what my responsibilities are as a member of that community. There isn’t a better university that changes the lives of young people so significantly, and they have won my respect, commitment, devotion and gratitude.”In addition to Caruso, six Trojans were awarded for their contributions to USC: Wanda M. Austin, Grant Gerson, Wilfred Uytengsu, Allyson Felix, Dan Cassidy and Vicki McCluggage.
We just did it.Introducing the new @Nike jerseys for the 2020 season. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/nHLomYfPOK— MLB (@MLB) December 9, 2019 Written By Major League Baseball (MLB) has long boasted about its so-called rich history and traditions, especially with regards to American culture. However, the baseball league will see a commercial sponsor logo on their team jerseys for the very first time next season. MLB released new jerseys along with the Nike ‘Swoosh’ logo on their official Twitter account which got a set of mixed reviews from baseball fans in the States.Also Read | MLB trade rumours: Stephen Strasburg re-signs with Washington Nationals in record deal Also Read | MLB Winter Meetings: What to expect from LA Dodgers in the off-season MLB announced a landmark partnership deal with Nike What do people always have to complain. The Nike logo doesn’t ruin anything and to me looks fire🔥. #Nike pic.twitter.com/ELjZgedHkA— CM40 GAMING (@Christian54343) December 9, 2019 FOLLOW US Also Read | MLB Winter Meetings: Everything you need to know about the MLB off-season’s busiest time The Nike swoosh actually makes baseball seem like it’s finally catching up with the times. The Nike logo is so simple but makes it look younger. #RedSox https://t.co/GM85Ofb5y3— Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag) December 9, 2019 Daniel Arambur Also Read | MLB trade rumours: New York Yankees have reportedly made a $245m offer for Gerrit Cole However, there some positive reviews by MLB fans as well The Nike logo on the front looks awful and I’ll never let it go https://t.co/D4fY6G6p96— F.P. Jr. (@Franky_P_) December 9, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 10th December, 2019 20:38 IST The Nike logo would be fine on the sleeve. This isn’t clean at all. https://t.co/e5y1t0HKNT— Dr. #NoHubris (@tokarzontigers) December 9, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 10th December, 2019 20:38 IST MLB Reveals Nike ‘Swoosh’ Jerseys For Next Season; Baseball Fans Give Mixed Reactions The new Nike ‘Swoosh’ jerseys were released on the Major League Baseball Twitter handle earlier today. Baseball fans had mixed feelings on social media. COMMENT LIVE TV A host of major North American leagues have already embraced the idea of logos and ads on their jersey. But the Nike ‘Swoosh’ logo will take some time to grow on the MLB fans. As per previous reports, Nike agreed to a 10-year deal that will make Nike the league’s official on-field apparel and merchandise designer from next season onwards. Also Read | MLB trade rumours: Chicago Cubs surprise many by holding talks with Josh LindblomMLB fans lash out at Nike for the ‘Swoosh’ logo on the collar
StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Pat McHugh – SGCNasdaq-listed industry technology and systems supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has become the first lottery betting supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) programme.The GLMS programme is a lottery industry mutualized monitoring system on sports betting aimed at detecting and analysing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of sports competitions.The programme sees global lottery stakeholders work together in the interest of sustaining the integrity of sports betting as GLMS associate members.Servicing the newly open US sports betting market, SGC has launched its new Managed Trading Services (MTS), operating risk, liability, and player management provisions for US sector incumbentsPat McHugh, Senior VP Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, detailed to media : “We are very impressed by the strong growth of the GLMS over the past year, and we are honoured to support its good efforts now as an Associate Member. The work of GLMS both in the field of monitoring of betting patterns and in establishing a culture of integrity is outstanding. Scientific Games is fully aligned with this important global effort to safeguard the integrity of sports betting for lotteries.”As a GLMS Associate Member, SGC will be associated to GLMS visual identity and will be further supported with the programmes integrity alerts. Ludovico Calvi – GLMSIn addition, SGC will gain access to GLMS education and prevention tools, and its combined stakeholder information network.Welcoming SGC as a new partner, GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi stated: “I am pleased to welcome Scientific Games within the GLMS network. The inclusion of Scientific Games as the first lottery supplier GLMS Associate Member further enhances our efforts to become a truly global sports integrity body. We warmly thank Scientific Games for this support in the massive fight against manipulations of sport competitions, which also shows their strong commitment to responsible and sustainable sports betting. We are looking forward to welcoming further GLMS associate members in the near future.” Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Submit
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced that it will advance its research and resources of cryptocurrency capabilities aiding Malta’s regulatory development of online gambling incumbents.Updating stakeholders, the MGA announces that it has launched the second phase of its ‘Sandbox Framework’ initiative, exploring the capacity of authorising ‘virtual financial assets’ as a means of payment, along with further blockchain-centric advancements.A sandbox allows developers to isolate and test new blockchain components within a controlled environment.Launching phase-2 of its framework, the MGA seeks applications to test potential Innovative Technology Arrangements (ITAs), such as smart contracts, hyper-ledgers and DLT platforms.Helping its research directives, the MGA has extended the duration of its sandbox environment until 31 December 2021.Interested parties seeking to participate in MGA’s sandbox, can access all relevant information within the MGA’s amended ‘Guidance on the use of Innovative Technology Arrangements’.The update details that all participating ITAs will be reviewed by auditors sanctioned by the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), which is guiding the authority on its technology directive. StumbleUpon Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020
Asante Kotoko have written a long riposte to the Ghana Football Association in response to the decision to ban them from playing at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi following acts of hooliganism.Below if the full letter to the GFAWe refer to your letter of 15th May, 2013 on the above subject and with reference number GFA/PLC/AK/VOL 161.Our understanding of your letter is that the Executive Committee of the GFA purports to ban our club from using the Baba Yara Stadium until such a time that the Executive Committee decides otherwise, for alleged acts of violence and misconduct perpetuated by its supporters on 8th May, 2013 at the venue in question.The Executive Committee seeks to invoke the powers vested in it by Article 15 (2) of the GFA Regulations and has then requested the Premier League Board to determine alternative venues for our home matches in accordance with article 15 (3) of the GFA Regulations. It also seeks to refer the misconduct of the club to the Disciplinary Committee as the club is being held liable for the conduct of its supporters per Article 35 (4) of the same regulations.We would like to point it out to the Executive Committee that a true, uncolored and proper interpretation of Article 15 (2) would show the Executive Committee acted beyond the powers vested in it by the said Article. By purporting to ban Kotoko from using the stadium they have attempted to usurp the powers of the Disciplinary Committee of the FA to punish clubs for misconduct or violence as foreseen by Article 39. Article 15 (2) states that:“The GFA may order the closure of any league center where the safety of clubs, match officials or spectators cannot be guaranteed”This regulation anticipates a situation where either due to structural deformities to the stadium or an inability to arrange adequate security means that participants in football matches organized at this center cannot be assured of their safety. In such a situation closure of a league center means it is closed to all football related activities, no matter which club is involved.The GFA can close a venue without recourse to a club based on Article 15 (2) since it is the safety of everybody using a particular ‘unsecured venue’ that the GFA seeks to protect. Closure of a stadium on safety grounds is not meant to be the punishment or part of the punishment for the misconduct of supporters and that is why there is no link between Article 15 (2) and Article 35 on Offences or Article 39 on punishment. Any attempt to link Article 15 (2) and Article 35 (4) would be a misinterpretation of the GFA Regulations.It needs to be pointed out that closure of a league center is not the same as banning a club from playing its home matches at a particular league center. The GFA cannot ban a club from using a venue without finding them liable for an act of misconduct by the club, its officials or supporters as provided for by Article 35 (4) and following the steps outlined in Article 35 (8) stated below: “Any club, Director, Official, Referee, Assistant Referee, player or Member charged with any act of violence or misconduct under this Article shall be furnished with details in writing of such act of violence or misconduct at least three (3) days before the date the Club, Director, Officials, Referee, Assistant Referee, Player or member is requested to appear before the Disciplinary Committee or any special Committee set up for that purpose of answering charges(s) relating to the act of violence or misconduct.A letter delivered to the accredited representative of a club or any official of the club shall be deemed to have been served on the club or official or player thereof”. (Article 35.8)A club can only be found liable for an act of misconduct or violence after being duly charged with these acts and being found liable by the Disciplinary Committee or a Special Committee as provided for under Article 35 (8) and given the punishment in article 39 (1) (d).The Emergency Committee cannot be considered as a Special Committee in this instance since it is a Statutory Committee of the FA and it was not set up to investigate individual instances of misconduct or violence as foreseen by Article 35 (8). Even if it were to act as a Special Committee to investigate the incidence it would have to give the affected club a right of hearing before it can pass its judgment.In this particular instance the Executive Committee can order that matches involving Kotoko be shifted to other venues only if the stadium is closed to all football related activity (as foreseen by article 15 (2) and which the same committee purported to have done in the case of Robert Mensah Stadium in March 2012). This would include matches involving all teams that use the Baba Yara stadium as their match center. Otherwise the Baba Yara Stadium can be considered to be safe for the playing of football matches and Kotoko is being banned from using the place only because of the misconduct of their fans. The right to punish Kotoko for the misconduct of their supporters lie solely within the purview of the Disciplinary Committee or any other Committee provided for under Article 35 (8). The framers of the regulations anticipated that the GFA Executive Committee could be made up of people with self-interest in the punishment meted out to one club based on competition for league positions, reason why it does not give the power to punish clubs to the Executive Committee. The current composition of the Executive Committee does not give us any comfort that the framers of the regulations were wrong.By choosing to exceed its powers and purporting to ban Kotoko from the use of the Baba Yara Stadium without due process the Executive Committee has buckled under pressure from the public and self-centered individuals who are focused on ensuring that Kotoko fails in its attempt to defend its league title. Their calls for Kotoko to be banned should have been considered alongside what the regulations of the FA provide for. The Executive cannot re-write the regulations because it suits the interest of some people.We are by this letter indicating to the Executive Committee that it was wrong in exceeding the powers vested in it by Article 15 (2) based on wrong advice from people with little or no understanding of the letter and spirit of the specific FA Article. We would not be part of an attempt by the Executive Committee to undermine the powers conferred on the Disciplinary Committee or prejudice the outcome of the Committee’s investigation. If the Executive Committee cannot close the stadium to football related activities, they need to wait for the outcome of the Disciplinary process, just like they did in the recent Berekum Arsenal case. By banning us for the alleged misconduct of our supporters and asking the Disciplinary Committee to also ‘hear the case’ of alleged misconduct amounts to double prosecution, leading to the possibility of double punishment for the same offence.We are in no way, by this response justifying hooliganism of any form perpetuated by any set of fans, being it ours but we believe that the right process must be followed so that justice is not only done but is seen to be done. In effect the Executive Committee should either close the stadium to all football related activity in accordance with article 15 (2) or allow Kotoko to use the stadium pending the outcome of the Disciplinary process. The Executive Committee at this stage should be collaborating with the clubs in seeking alternative solutions to incidences of violence as its current strategy of ‘educate your supporters’, ‘shifting of match venues’, ‘closure of stadia’ and ‘fining clubs’ seems not to be working. The Executive Committee should lead this crusade for more effective solutions.We await your response. Yours faithfully,Benjamin NtiKotoko Administrative ManagerFor: Executive Chairman
Reports in Kumasi are that the management of Asante Kotoko have secured a three-year sponsorship deal worth GHC 360,000 with online betting firm Superbet.Kotoko is said to earn an amount of GHC120,000 annually and that comes a huge relief to the club battling for cash.“We have just concluded on everything and igned a three year contract with Supertbet and the deal will be worth 360,000 Cedis for the years and we will be taking Ghana Cedis 120,000 for each year, ” Kotoko’s Acting Chief Executive Opoku Nti said.“It is a general sponsorship that will cover every aspect of the club as we also serve them what they want because we needed a sponsor and they came on board so we had to sign it because we realised their offer was attractive.“We have been struggling with finances and this has been very timely for us to urge us on.”Kotoko are saddled with huge debts and are struggling to renew the contracts of seven players. Superbet recently obtained its license to operate in Ghana.