Havana shoots for Guineas gold

first_img Richard Hannon’s colt ran a blinder in the French equivalent, hitting the front inside the final furlong before eventually being run out of it into fifth. However, he made up plenty of ground at Longchamp and connections are dreaming of claiming a Classic double this weekend, with Just The Judge running in the same colours in the 1000 Guineas. Jamie Spencer is likely to adopt different tactics on Havana Gold in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh. “Havana Gold should be right in the mix,” said David Redvers, racing manager to owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani. “He simply hit the front too early in the French Guineas and pulled himself up in front. “This time he’ll be ridden differently, probably in typical Jamie Spencer fashion, in the aim of putting his head in front right on the line.” First Cornerstone is set to make his seasonal bow in the Classic after a bad scope forced him to miss an intended run earlier. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Watford trio dropped over players’ party report

first_imgThe Latest: Watford trio dropped over players’ party report June 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Watford players Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina were left out of the squad for the team’s Premier League game against Southampton on Sunday. Associated Press A post on the club’s Twitter account said all three players were omitted by manager Nigel Pearson “to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials at today’s game”.A newspaper report claimed striker Gray had hosted a party at his house for around 20 people on Friday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img

2020 PCL Regional 4-Day- Guyana Jaguars vs Leeward Hurricanes Day 2

first_imgSmith, batsmen give Champs 263 run leadPACER Niall Smith bagged 3 quick wickets to complement the series of half-centuries from his teammates as Guyana Jaguars kept a firm grip on things, heading into day 3 versus the Leeward Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua.Hurricanes were wobbling at 123 for 5 following the close of play on day two, trailing the Jaguars by 299 runs. Jahmar Hamilton (23*) and Jaques Taylor (11*) will resume the chase when play resumes on the penultimate day.The Debutant Smith, who earned his 4-Day cap a few days ago, ripped through the top-order with his pace to finish with 3-29 from 12 overs. Opener Kieran Powell hit 34 while Montcin Hodge and Devon Thomas each had 13.Guyana Jaguars racked up and imposing 388 all out in their first innings thanks to a quartet of half-century contributions from their premier batsmen.All-rounder Chris Barnwell missed a century but played well for his top-score of 82 with 9 fours and a six. Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul grafted 60 while partner Chandrapaul Hemraj weighed in with 52.Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson stroked 59 but not before a lower-order assault from all-rounder Raymon Reifer (47) and Devendra Bishoo (40) almost took them to 400.Spinner Damion Jacobs was the most successful bowler for the Hurricanes with returns of 4-82. Kacey Carthy and Quinton Boatswain grabbed 2 wickets apiece.Day is action continues at 13:00hrs.last_img read more

Germany Seek to End Italy Jinx

first_imgNot many would have betted on Italy to put up the kind of impressive performance the Azzuris have exhibited so far in the Euro 2016 considering the lack-luster state of the Serie A and the lack of known stars in the team. However, Coach Antonio Conte had been able to turn the team to a force and a world beater. After sending the defending champions-Spain packing, Italy’s next hurdle is world champions-Germany, who have scores to settle after being eliminated before home fans at 2006 World Cup and the last edition of the Euros. With revenge at the back of their mind and the quality of players at Joachim Loew’s disposal, the Azzurris must be at their best to get past The Crusaders.Germany are determined to snap their tournament losing streak to Italy dating back almost half a century when the two meet in a Euro 2016 quarter-final today in Bordeaux, players said on Wednesday. The world champions have lost to Italy in every tournament’s knockout match they have played against them, starting from a 1970 World Cup semi-final.They also lost the 1982 World Cup final, a 2006 World Cup semi-final in Germany and a Euro 2012 semi-final to them.The Germans, four times World Cup winners like the Italians, have also met Italy on four occasions in group stages of tournaments, drawing every time and failing to record a single win over them.“We have matured and developed but we know that everything is possible. We know we have to bring a top performance but we are ready, ready to rewrite history,” Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke told reporters.Germany, who have won just eight of their 33 encounters against Italy since 1923, have yet to concede a goal in their four matches of the tournament and, after winning the 2014 World Cup, are deservedly among the title favourites in France.Indeed, Germany coach Joachim Loew insists the world champions have no Italian complex as they attempt to break their Azzurri curse in today’s quarterfinal.German fans will at least take heart from a 4-1 rout of a lacklustre Italy in their most recent meeting in a friendly in March. But Loew knows today’s clash with a place in the last four at stake will be an utterly different proposition. “We have no Italian trauma. We don’t have any fear of them, just trust in our own skills,” Loew said.In the same vein, Germany defender, Mats Hummels, said they will use painful lessons, learnt from their Euro 2012 defeat to Italy, for today’s quarter-final against the Azzurri.Hummels knows the onus falls on him and centre-back partner Jerome Boateng to shut down Italy’s attack while Germany are the only quarter-finalists yet to concede a goal.“We’ve learnt from 2012 that we can’t fall behind, or it will be brutally hard, because they are very flexible with their three or five-man defence. I’d be very happy if we don’t go behind. Like us, Italy are a tournament team and it will be very difficult to beat them,” said Hummels.Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is unbeaten in his last five games dating back to a pre-Euro 2016 friendly win over Hungary, a Germany record.It promises to be a busy afternoon against Italy for Hummels, Boateng and Neuer, who will be Bayern Munich team-mates next season, after Italy threw down a marker in their 2-0 last 16 win over Spain.Despite beating Slovakia 3-0 in an impressive last 16 display, Loew has said his side must improve across the board.“That’s pretty much the bigger picture. Italy is not Slovakia and we realise that we’ll need to bring more to the table,” agreed Hummels.He explained how Germany’s water-tight defence in France is down to the whole team, not just their back four.“We defend very high (up the pitch) and try to keep our opponent away from our goal by pressing them early. It’s a good balance for the whole team,” he said.However, Italy Captain Gianluigi Buffon claims Italy have proved they can beat anyone after knocking out Spain and had fired a warning to quarter-final opponents Germany that the world champions are next on their hit list.The 38-year-old Juventus star, was part of the team thrashed 4-0 by Spain in the final of Euro 2012. But he helped Italy get their own back with their first competitive win over the Spanish since 1994.Buffon said: “This result is very important for us. We’ve shown by beating Spain that we can beat world-class teams. Germany will have to be even better than we were in this game to beat us. We came here full of confidence because we knew what we could achieve in this tournament. We have nothing to fear from anyone else left in the competition.“After many years of defeats to Spain, we made up for it. Okay, it was only a round-of-16 tie, but it’s better than nothing.There is a long and tortuous road ahead of us and very difficult teams on our path. We cannot yet say that it is a great Euros for Italy, as we’re only in the quarter-finals.“Having said that, I will not forget that many thought very little of us before the tournament began. We have proved that we were vastly underrated and I am proud of that.”Italy are a team of few real stars held together by the strict tactical discipline of incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.Buffon said: “He is an expert tactician and he gets the best out of his players. He is an important coach and we are looking forward to the rest of the tournament now.”Germany will look to reverse the tide of history when they take on Italy in the third UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Comeback kids: UW erases deficit to win

first_imgDown 14 points with 14:52 remaining on the clock, the members of UW’s women’s basketball team looked each other in the eyes and decided Virginia was not going to end their season.”Coach McDowell said to me, ‘It’s now or never. Now is the time to take it or our season’s going to be over,'” UW junior guard Janese Banks said.It took almost 12 minutes on the game clock for Wisconsin to capture its first lead of the game. But when the clock finally showed all zeros, the scoreboard showed Wisconsin 84, Virginia 78.”I knew we wouldn’t quit,” Banks said. “We came together and started setting goals for ourselves. We just locked down defensively like Coach Stone wanted us to.”The Badgers were down the entire game, but every time the Cavaliers started to pull away, someone would step up to keep Wisconsin within striking distance until it was time to take over.With three and a half minutes remaining in the game, and down 70-68, UW freshman point guard Rae Lin D’Alie had what seemed to be a breakaway that would surely tie the game. But Virginia freshman guard Monica Wright came out of nowhere with a monster block from behind.Following the block, the ball rolled toward the sideline and was picked up by Virginia point guard Sharnee Zoll. Trying to push into fast-break mode, Zoll threw the ball ahead of her. When she regained possession, Banks was waiting for her, feet glued to the floor, and drew the offensive charge.”I noticed that [Zoll] was losing her balance,” Banks said. “So I said to myself, ‘She’s going to take one more step into me, and I’m going to fall.’ “And she did.”The Virginia bench exploded in rage, which subsequently led to a technical foul, and UW junior guard Jolene Anderson’s free throws tied the game at 70.On the ensuing possession, with 3:06 remaining, D’Alie hit a runner along the baseline. The Badgers had their first lead of the game, one they refused to relinquish.After a clutch defensive stop on the other end, Anderson provided the dagger, a play Badgers head coach Lisa Stone called the play of the game.With the shot clock winding down, D’Alie dribbled the ball off her foot, but it rolled right to Anderson, who, with four seconds remaining on the shot clock, squared up and fired a 3-pointer.The ball found the bottom of the net just as the shot clock buzzer sounded to give Wisconsin a five-point lead.”Anything she shoots up, it doesn’t surprise me [when it goes in],” Banks said.Despite cutting the lead to 75-74, it was too little, too late for the Cavaliers.Clutch free throws by D’Alie, Anderson and Banks down the stretch sealed the deal for the Badgers who will move on to face Western Ketucky Wednesday night in the Kohl Center in the WNIT’s Final Four.Anderson finished the game with 30 points, tying her career high set last Sunday against Arkansas State.Banks finished with 19, and Ward finished one point shy of double figures with nine.”I can’t say enough about my semi-senior class,” Stone said of the three juniors. “They led this team. They led this team in a way of fighting back.”The Badgers clawed their way back from 13- and 10-point deficits in the first half, and trailed by as many as 14 after the break. Wisconsin didn’t earn as much as a tie until Anderson converted on the technical free throws.”Everybody believed that we were going to win this game, even when we were down and trailing,” Stone said. “Nobody gave up. And that’s a key to this team, they want to win.”Until the 14:52 mark, Virginia was having its way on offense. Led by senior center Siedah Williams’ 25 and sophomore forward Lyndra Littles’ 24 points, the Cavaliers seemed to be able to score at will.But when push came to shove, Wisconsin’s tenacious defense and timely offense was enough to pull out the victory.”Knowing that we beat a really good team feels awesome, and now we’re one step closer,” Stone said. “We refused to lose.”last_img read more

Coach, front office lead USA to semis

first_imgInches.That’s all that separated Team USA from Switzerland in the quarterfinal yesterday.And throughout the game, it looked as though Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller was a gigantic brick wall in net. The 28-year-old Anaheim Duck was brilliant, stopping 42.5 shots, but in the end he needed to stop all 43.Zach Parise’s redirection two minutes into the third period went off Hiller’s chest, took an unbelievable bounce and trickled past the goal line. That was all the scoring the Americans needed.But just minutes later, it looked as though Switzerland had tied things up as Sandy Jeannin fired a shot that zipped across the goal line, but the puck rang off the far post and back into play.If that puck finds a way into the net, and Parise’s deflection bounces toward the wrong side of the post, Team USA could be packing its bags and heading back to its respective NHL teams. That’s how tight this quarterfinal was, but luckily, the Swiss are on their way home to eat their delicious chocolate and play with their army knives (Yeah, aside from Roger Federer, that’s all I know about their country).Now this narrow 2-0 victory might frighten fans that look at the bracket and see teams like revenge-driven Canada and Sweden lurking, but rest assured, this win was extremely impressive.The young Americans had to deal with a ton of pressure and newfound expectations, and while Switzerland may not have a roster loaded with NHL star power, the Swiss have proven to be a tough out over the years. In Torino, Switzerland beat Canada and the Czech Republic, and this year it took the host nation to a shootout.So who deserves the credit for Team USA’s flawless trip to the semis? We’ve heard all about Ryan Miller’s brilliance, and he has undoubtedly been the major reason the Americans are still playing, but it’s time to give some love to head coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke for the work they’ve done with this group.The message after the Canada victoryWhile everyone was busy talking about how close the Americans’ victory over Canada was to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” (nowhere close by the way) Burke had a slightly different message to his team.“I’m not happy with the way we played,” Burke told reporters after the game. “If that’s how we play, we’re going to have a hard time getting where we want to be. We have 10 guys carrying us. Everything gets ratcheted up now. We’ve got to ratchet it up. They don’t give medals for finishing first in the preliminary round.”Not exactly what you’d expect to hear after taking down a team you haven’t beaten in 50 years — but that is the exact message this team needed.Burke was right; Team USA hadn’t won anything yet.They had no pressure on them, they played that way and they squeaked out a win. It wasn’t a time to pat these 20-somethings on the back because this team needed to be ready, and it needed to be better for a gutsy Switzerland squad.Questionable roster decisions paying offAs a diehard Devils fan, this is tough to admit, but Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan — two Rangers — have excelled in this tournament, and they have contributed heavily to Team USA’s success.We all owned the right to be skeptical of their spots at first, but Wilson and Burke knew what they were doing adding these guys to the roster.Drury had a measly 22 points in 57 games with the Rangers and has (quite frankly) underperformed ever since signing a huge contract and joining the blue shirts. Callahan is a relative unknown who wouldn’t instantly come to mind when making an American all-star team.But these two forwards have been dynamite on the defensive end in Vancouver. Last week, I wrote that Drury and Callahan needed to be a force defensively and in the “hard areas” that UW head coach Mike Eaves constantly speaks of. They have done just that. On the penalty kill specifically, Drury and Callahan have been flying around, blocking shots and passing lanes, frustrating the opposition to death.In the final minutes against Canada and in yesterday’s quarterfinal, the two of them showed blatant disregard for their bodies, stepping in front of countless 90-plus mile-an-hour shots, and in the process, they showed how important they are to this team.A willingness to shuffle linesLine chemistry — it’s tough to find and even tougher to keep, and it’s the coach’s job to set up that line chart before every game.Simply put, Wilson’s lines weren’t working early in this tournament. Some coaches will stick with their decisions and allow chemistry to (hopefully) develop.Wilson knew he didn’t have that kind of time.The USA head coach took Patrick Kane off the first line and promoted Jamie Langenbrunner to the top unit.That move has worked wonders as the Parise-Stasny-Langenbrunner combination dominated the Swiss, while Kane has improved playing alongside the physical combination of Ryan Kesler and Dustin Brown.Wilson has shown a willingness to shuffle lines before, after and during games, allowing Team USA to find its groove.To be successful in a heated tournament like this, every aspect of your team needs to be clicking from your fourth-line to center to your general manager.And thanks to this combined team effort, Team USA is sitting pretty as the No.1 seed, and it’s giving America something truly unexpected to cheer about it.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Are you surprised by Team USA’s success? 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Shafer weighs in on decision to start Allen, play Hunt against Wagner

first_imgWith his decision to start Drew Allen, but also play Terrel Hunt against Wagner on Saturday announced last night, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer had his first opportunity to weigh in on the choice at the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday.Shafer cited Allen’s tendency to stare down receivers and his four-interception performance in the Orange’s 48-27 loss to then-No. 19 Northwestern this week as reasons for the opportunity, as well as Hunt’s late-game scoring drive working primarily with and against second stringers.“You never want to overreact to a situation and look at it for what it is,” Shafer said.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester announced on Tuesday night that the coaches had named Allen the starter against the Seahawks while determining Hunt would see the field in some capacity. Hunt was visibly excited about the opportunity to play again on Tuesday.Shafer said that this approach would be taken against any opponent, not just Football Championship Subdivision Wagner which lost to Division II Merrimack earlier this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We have a team that’s coming off a championship season that broke records,” Shafer said of the Seahawks, who were Northeast Conference co-champions last year. “Regardless of where they’re at, a championship team’s a championship team, and we need to approach it as any solid football team that we’re going against.” Comments Published on September 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

North Senior Hurling Championship fixtures

first_imgThe North Senior Hurling Championship gets underway this evening, the first game sees Toomevara take on Silvermines in Templederry at 7 o clock.Sunday’s North senior hurling championship fixtures see Kilruane McDonaghs take on Borrisokane in Borrisokane at 1pm.In the afternoon double header in Nenagh, Templederry play Lorrha-Dorrha at 2:00pm and Burgess face Portroe at 3:30pm. Then the evening’s double header in Dolla sees Nenagh Éire Óg face Ballina at 5pm and then Kiladangan take on Newport at 7:00pmlast_img

Melvin Ritsema: Staying true to Royal Panda’s sportsbook roots

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit In the second of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema discusses his company’s takeover by LeoVegas, staying true to its own sportsbook roots despite the acquisition, why the UK market remains the principal target, and how pricing ploys around the World Cup will be taken forward into future high-profile tournaments.SBC: Was the Royal Panda sportsbook impacted by the LeoVegas takeover? Or do the two effectively still run as separate businesses?MR: We had just launched our sportsbook a couple of months before being acquired by LeoVegas. They were very impressed by what we had achieved on our sportsbook in such a short amount of time, and the decision then was to keep our own sportsbook. This still holds true today. We are happy to operate completely independent from LeoVegas, with our own platform, our own sportsbook and our own operational teams. This allows us to grow in our own unique way instead of becoming the exact same product under two different brands.SBC: You estimate that 80% of your sportsbook business comes from the UK market; is this by design, or just a reflection of where your casino business was strongest?MR: It’s a representation of our casino business as well. Casino already had the majority of our business from the UK, and when we launched the sportsbook, we decided to focus mostly on the UK. We also had our UKGC license before the MGA one, so we went live in the UK before other markets. A main reason is that we want to focus and grow in regulated markets, since these markets are more sustainable long-term.SBC: How much of an increase would it take to consider moving the sportsbook tab ahead of either Casino or Live Casino? Do you anticipate that the casino side will always take prevalence?MR: We want to be a one-stop-shop for any online betting and gambling. While casino is currently the homepage, the idea is to ensure every customer can easily find what they want on the website. I don’t think we would shift to a sportsbook first, but definitely a sportsbook equal to casino is the aim.SBC: Looking back on the World Cup, how successful was it for the Royal Panda sportsbook? Did you turn to LeoVegas for advice given their experience of launching ahead of Euro 2016?MR: The World Cup was a huge success. We went all-in on getting our name out there in the UK. We joined the Oddschecker odds grid + offered top price match odds on England in all games + outright markets. We also had a lot of top price on Harry Kane and other England markets. This has worked well for us, though with England winning a lot more than anticipated, and Harry scoring quite a few goals, this came at a price. Still we managed to make a healthy profit over the world cup while attracting a lot of new punters, so we are very happy with the result. Now our sport and CRM teams are working on keeping these newly acquired players active for the new football season as well.SBC: What will you take from the marketing ploys you deployed this summer? Is going top price on core markets for England matches something you would revisit in tournaments to come?MR: I definitely prefer it over an inflated price at a max cap. A lot of companies boost 2/1 to 20/1 for instance, with a max bet of £1. We prefer to boost our odds slightly, just being (joint) top price. We’ll lower our spread and margin by doing this, but allow players to win as much as £5000 per bet. That seems much more interesting to a genuine punter than a £1 bet to win £20, doesn’t it? Sharelast_img read more

GHPL Week 15: Olympics pip Liberty, WAFA stun Berekum Chelsea

first_imgAccra Great Olympics bounced back from their loss to Hearts of Oak in midweek to edge Liberty Professionals 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. Maxwell Quaye scored twice for Olympics while Elvis Kyei Baffour got the goal for Liberty.At the Golden City Park, Eric Asamany’s late goal for WAFA gave them a 2-1 over Berekum Chelsea. Stephen Amankona had given Chelsea the lead but Ibrahim Abukari levelled for WAFA.AshGold followed WAFA’s lead and got a 2-1 away win at Karela United. Diawisie Taylor opened the scoring for the home side after 65 minutes but Samed Ibrahim and Benedict Wobenu got two goals in response to pick up all the points.Techiman Eleven Wonders and Ebusua Dwarfs drew 1-1 on Techiman after Salifu Ibrahim and Moro Salifu scored for the home side and the away team respectively.At the Ndoum Stadium, Augustine Owusu scored twice for Sharks while Sulemana Mohammed got a consolation for Dreams FC in a 2-1 win for the home side.At the Nana Gyeabour Park, Bechem United and Aduana Stars drew goalless.On Saturday, Medeama beat Legon Cities FC 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium thanks to a brace from Prince Opoku Agyemang.On Monday, Inter Allies will face Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium while King Faisal host Hearts of Oak in Techiman.last_img read more