No team will take Windies for granted, says Lara

first_imgMUMBAI, India, CMC – Former West Indies batting maestro Brian Lara believes the Caribbean side remains a feared side in the shortest format but will not be among the favourites for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. West Indies are reigning T20 world champions following their conquest at the last World Cup in India three years ago but have since endured a run of poor results, leaving them ninth in the ICC rankings only above the likes of Bangladesh and Scotland.“Whatever tournament the West Indies are going to, they’ll never be favourites at this point in time … even when we won the two tournaments in the past,” the former West Indies captain pointed out.“What we do have is the shorter version of the game. A lot of young players that are coming into the team, [Shimron] Hetmyer, [Nicholas] Pooran, they are very, very good in the T20 version, in the limited-overs version of the game.”Brian Lara He continued: “The talent is there, and I’ve always said in the past that the West Indies have some of the best talents in the world coming through. What we do with that talent, how we harness that talent is the most important part. “I reckon that the next eight, 10 months before the World Cup there will be a lot of planning. You may even see some new faces coming through. If you listen to any other teams in the world or captains, they’re very wary of the West Indies. They never ever take us for granted, which is a good thing. “So hopefully we will make a good showing coming to the World Cup.” The T20 World Cup is set for October 8 to November 15 and West Indies will hope to make their mark especially after producing a hugely disappointing showing at the 50-overs World Cup earlier this year in England.In the wake of that debacle, Cricket West Indies have made several changes, among them appointing Kieron Pollard as white-ball captain and announcing former Test batsman Phil Simmons as the new head coach.Their first assignment will be a three-match one-day and T20 series against minnows Afghanistan in India next month, and Lara said it was critical the Windies adjusted quickly to conditions on the subcontinent in order to be successful. “To be successful anywhere in the world you have to adapt very quickly. If you’re playing in Australia, India, South Africa, West Indies …they’re all different conditions,” he explained.“First and foremost, everyone that plays international cricket has a certain level of skill and talent to play the game. How you approach with your mental strength is key, adaptation of the environment you’re in is key. “Learning all these important things to be successful … to be a step ahead, not having any excuses. I think those things are key to making sure that you’re successful playing anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

Bishoo eyes Windies recall

first_imgLeg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is seeking a recall to the West Indies senior side and sees the upcoming Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day Championships as the perfect opportunity to stake his claim. Bishoo, 34, suffered an injury to his knee which sidelined him for the better part of the year.He returned to competitive cricket two weekends ago, turning out for Albion in the Berbice Cricket Board/Banks Beer first-division two-day tournament.Stabroek Sport caught up with the leg-spinner after he took a match-haul of 9-17 against Rose Hall Canje and he discussed the prospect of returning to the highest level of the game. “It’s good to be playing cricket you know, now coming back from injury I feel good,” Bishoo said.Speaking of his match haul he said, “It is always a good feeling knowing you are getting wickets and doing well so it is a positive.“The injury is coming along pretty good and it is just to keep pushing forward and improving.” With an eye on the four-day competition,Of the upcoming four-day competition Bishoo said, “Playing two-day cricket is really good when you got to play four-day cricket. This is a practice and I’m happy that I’m playing cricket back and its nice and I’m happy with the way I am now and with my bowling,” adding that he was looking forward  to playing in the regional first-class competition.All told he has played 100 first-class matches and taken 382 wickets with 20 five-wicket hauls and 20 four-wicket hauls. Although he has been working on his fitness, which he finds suitable for him, he was wary of pushing himself too much, too soon.“I’m not going to push it too much. Just taking it lightly day-by-day and try to get to where I want to be before the four-day.”Bishoo stated that he has not set a lot of goals so far. “The only goal I have is to play back for the West Indies. That is the most important thing and do whatever it takes to get back there.”He, however, acknowledged that it was within his capabilities to do what is necessary to get back in the maroon colours.“It’s all under my control. I have to keep getting wickets, keep bowling well and being consistent and that is the only way I would get back in the team. They have to pick you if you keep doing well,” he stated.Bishoo has played 36 tests, the last was back in December 2018 against Bangladesh. He has taken 117 wickets with a best of 8-49. In the limited-overs format, Bishoo has featured in 42 One-Day Internationals where he took 38 wickets with an economy rate of under five and seven T20I with seven scalps under his belt. The last time he featured in Maroon colours was back in March when England toured the Caribbean.  Guyana Jaguars, the five-time defending champions, begin their season in Antigua against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from January 9-12 in a day/night encounter.last_img read more

Reifer thrilled by level of execution in President’s XI win

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Coach Floyd Reifer has praised the “all-round skills and thought processes” of the CWI President’s XI following their clinical performance against Ireland in the warm up match Saturday. The West Indies reserves easily chased down 276 to beat the visitors by three wickets with 20 balls to spare, on a surface that presented no demons at 3W’s Oval, UWI Cave Hill Campus.“We demonstrated very good skills and the thought processes in both innings showed that we knew what we were about, so the results was a good reward for the effort,” Reifer said afterwards.“In the first innings, we pulled them back quite a bit. At one stage it looked like they could get 300-plus, but we executed the bowling plans better in the back half of the innings and that left us chasing 5.5 per over rather than over six runs per over.” Opener Garety Delany top-scored with 60 while Kevin O’Brien got 43 and captain Andrew Balbirnie chipped in with 40, as left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley (3-46) and fast bowler (2-40) spearheaded the President’s XI attack.In the second half of the match, the home side strolled to victory thanks mainly to a 61-run, fourth-wicket stand between captain Darren Bravo and all-rounder Justin Greaves, both of whom made 70.Bravo’s effort came off 62 balls with six sixes and a four while Greaves also scored at better than a run a ball, with his knock requiring 67 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes. “We saw some brilliant batting throughout …. excellent partnerships and very good rotation of the strike and running between the wickets,” Reifer explained.“Bravo showed what he’s capable of with some really good shots. He timed the run chase to perfection. Greaves continues to grow and mature and this innings will do him the world of good. “He played well on both sides of the wicket and kept the tempo going. He hit the gaps and was able to find the boundaries when the bad balls were presented.” The match was Ireland’s final warm-up before the first One-Day International of the three-match series against West Indies bowls off at Kensington Oval tomorrow.last_img read more

All Youths `B’ routed for 34, Zeeburg win by 141

first_imgAll Youths `B’ were bundled out for a paltry 34 chasing 175 for victory against Zeeburg while All Youths `A’ and Dynasty secured wins in the latest round of the West Demerara Cricket Board President’s T20 competiition.On Sunday, a blistering 68 decorated with three sixes and seven fours from skipper, Ronaldo Renee, powered hosts, Zeeburg, to 175 for six from  their allotted overs after winning the toss and opting to bat.Sanjay Persaud (62) and Navindra Persaud (4-17) led All Youths A to victoryRichardo Poloram supported Renee with 21 while Yutesh Dhanpaul made 19 and Ushardeva Balgobin 17. Deoram Persaud picked up two for 22.All Youths `B’ were routed in 14.2 overs with seamer, Travis Drakes taking 4-11 and Andre Seepersaud (2-11). Dev Seepersaud was the only batsman to reach double figures, scoring 18.Over at the Wales Community Centre ground, the first contest saw All Youths `A’ defeating Windsor Forest `B’ by eight wickets in a low-scoring affair. Windsor Forest won the toss and decided to bat and were dismissed for  91 in 19 overs with Michael Subadar top scoring with 25 and Srinivas Chatram making 13. Navindra Persaud was the architect behind the dismantling, picking up four for 17 while Anthony Carrington and Bukan Baksh supported with three wickets each for 10 and 11 runs respectively.In reply, All Youths `A’ required just 12 overs to reach 92 for two.Sanjay Persaud piloted the chase with a brisk 62 while Kishan Ramjeawon made 12. Sachin Balgobin and Kevin Rameshwar picked up one wicket each.Later in the day, Dynasty secured a 20-run win over Wales after posting 108 all out in 18 overs and containing the hosts to 88 for eight in their allotted overs.Damion Vantull top scored with 27 and Almando Doman chipped in with 14. Ujesh Dayal bagged four for 20 and Brian Puran returned two for 30 for Wales.In the chase, Dwain Dick made 21 and Dayal 16.Marvin Cheong and Yekini Favourite had two wickets each.last_img

GCC’s junior female hockey programme is one of excellence

first_imgSports fanatics in Guyana should tip their hats to the hockey executives at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) for the admirable work they have been doing to develop junior female hockey at the club level.  Nearly 14 years ago, Coach Philip Fernandes was the visionary figure behind what is now known as the GCC Spartans under-21 female developmental team. The programme was designed to give younger female players at the club the opportunity to display their skills in local competitions as the club’s second unit.  “With the GCC ladies’ hockey team dominating local competition, and realizing that its current crop of fairly young players still had many more playing years in them, a decision was made to form a developmental squad within the club,” Fernandes told Stabroek Sports of the birthing of the initiative. Spartans in 2019 captured the under 16 and under 21 titles in Trinidad.“There weren’t any junior competitions for girls at the time and so this initiative was designed to expose the club’s under-21 players who would not otherwise see competitive action for many years,” Fernandes added.  The team got its name from the movie “300” drawing inspiration from King Leonidas’ underdog but fearsome mentality to lead 300 Spartans into battle against the great Persian army. It should also be noted that the club’s men’s team throughout the `90’s and early 2000’s was extremely successful. The pinnacle of their success saw them clinching silver at the Pan American Club Championships in 2001. However, the success of the ladies’ team during that period was far less shimmering, giving Fernandes added reason to form the ladies developmental squad. But as he recalled, success was hard to come by in the first two years. Since then, Spartans have built a winning dynasty, particularly in Trinidad and Tobago by winning several under – 21 titles at the Magnolia’s Indoor Championships.  “The Spartans hockey programme was, and still is, hugely successful.  I would be surprised if there is any local team in any discipline who can boast a better record. After two difficult years of competition, Spartans began to close the gap on most of the senior club sides and started to enjoy occasional successes.“In 2008, however, the team would make the first of seven visits to Trinidad- its most successful hunting ground – to compete in the Junior Indoor Hockey competitions over there.“Of those seven trips, the team has won gold on all but one occasion when they took silver in 2012.  More recently in 2019, Spartans completed the double by winning the under-16 and under-21 titles in the Twin Island Republic.” In hindsight, the coach said Spartans has been transformed into an initiative beyond the hockey pitch. It is now also focused on empowering young girls. “In Guyana, there are far fewer opportunities for young girls to compete at sports than there are for boys.  I believe that the opportunity to learn a sport, compete, experience success and failure helps to prepare all of these girls to cope with challenges in their adult life.  In addition, the valuable lessons of how to work as part of a team, learning to accommodate different personalities and people who have a disposition much different to theirs are all part of the exposure,” Fernandes remarked. Meanwhile, of the big names to come out the programme so far, two were in the initial group in 2006.  Guyana, on two occasions, had female players who made the Pan American All-Star team.  Both of those players, midfielder Marzana Fiedtkou and goalkeeper Alysa Xavier, came from the original Spartans team. Several other players have become prominent members of the Guyana National Team since then including Trisha and Dacia Woodroffe, Gabriella Xavier, Briawna and Aliyah Gordon, Ashley and Dominique De Groot and Thalia Fiedtkou.  More recently, new faces have begun to emerge in Sarah Klautky, Abosaide Cadogan, Madison Fernandes and Makeda Harding.last_img

Defeat looms for weary Windies

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – Battle-weary West Indies were staring at a heavy defeat after enduring one of their worst days of the tour, as Chris Broad’s six-wicket haul followed by a trio of damaging half-centuries installed England as firm favourites to win the decisive third Test and retain the Wisden Trophy. A shambolic third day at Old Trafford saw the Caribbean side concede a huge first innings lead of 172 after they were dismissed cheaply for 197 after resuming the morning on 137 for six, with the outstanding Broad taking all four wickets to end with six for 31.England then stormed to 226 for two in their second innings thanks to half-centuries from Roy Burns (90), captain Joe Root (68 not out) and Dom Sibley (56) and when the declaration came at 6 pm (1 pm Eastern Caribbean time), West Indies had been handed an improbable target of 399 runs.Left with just six overs to survive before the close, West Indies were once again hurt by Broad, the right-hander removing John Campbell (0) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (4), to send the tourists limping to 10 for two and push his career tally to 499 wickets. With thunderstorms in the forecast for nearly all of today’s penultimate day, West Indies will keep an anxious watch on the skies, hoping the elements can help thwart England’s charge towards a seemingly inevitable victory.To add to their woes, West Indies were further besieged by injury as wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich took a blow to his face in the eighth over of the England innings and played no further part in the contest, and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder were forced off the field at points with niggles.In fact, Gabriel was limited to just five overs – two before lunch and three following the resumption – and never featured again. Resuming the morning with the first goal of avoiding the follow-on of 170, West Indies flourished inside the first hour as Holder top-scored with 46 and Dowrich chipped in with 37, to deny England early success.Holder, starting on 24, struck six fours off 82 balls in two hours while Dowrich faced 63 balls in just shy of two hours at the crease and stroked five fours.The pair stretched their seventh wicket stand to 68 before being separated in the second over before the first drinks break when Holder, who had earlier been caught off a Chris Woakes no-ball on 38, played back when he should have been forward and was trapped lbw on the crease. Rahkeem Cornwall followed in identical fashion for 10 with as many runs added at 188 for eight and three balls later in the same over, Roach edged a forward defensive prod for Root to take a low catch at first slip.Dowrich chased quick runs before he was last out, skying an ill-timed heave to Woakes at mid on.England easily survived the four overs before lunch taken at 10 without loss before pressing on in the second session, adding a further 76 without losing a wicket. When a delivery from Gabriel burst through Dowrich’s gloves and struck him on the mouth, Shai Hope took the gloves before reserve gloveman Joshua DaSilva was hastily called into action from the tenth over.It proved the least of the Windies’ troubles as Burns and Sibley went about putting on a critical 114 for the first wicket, to push the lead close to the 300-run mark.Burns struck 10 fours off 163 deliveries in just short of 4-¼ hours while Sibley faced 132 balls in just shy of three hours and counted seven fours.Holder returned for a new spell and got the breakthrough in his first over when he hit Sibley in front but there was no further immediate success for the tourists as Root joined Burns to post another 112 runs for the second wicket. Root faced just 56 balls, smashing a six and eight fours – three of which came in one over from Roach and carried him to his 49th half-century in Tests.The left-handed Burns was eyeing his third Test hundred when he perished late in the day, top-edging a swing at off-spinner Roston Chase and skying a simple catch to DaSilva.Opener John Campbell then failed to see off the new-ball burst, nicking Broad to Root at first slip in the second over to cap a miserable series where he managed only 84 runs from six innings. And Roach followed in Broad’s next over, edging another defensive prod through to wicketkeeper Jo Buttler.last_img read more

Playtech launches debut retail Virtuals product with Coral

first_img Share StumbleUpon SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Elliot Norris, PlaytechFTSE-listed gambling technology provider, Playtech has announced its latest provisions for omni-channel client Gala Coral, which will see its first ‘out of the box’ retail Virtual Sports product rolled-out across 100 Coral UK betting shops.Following the initial roll-out phase within Coral betting shops, Playtech will then aim to deploy it new Virtual Sports product throughout 1000 further Coral retail outlets.Updating the market on its first ever virtual sports product, Playtech management stated that they had created market leading product. Defining features include; accumulator game play options, HD graphics, cost effective installation and easy integration with Playtech server and player management systems.The gambling  technology provider further detailed that it plans to distribute the new virtual product nationwide across the entire Coral shop estate via its satellite broadcast solution shown on Coral TV– another unrivalled industry offering.In previous market updates Playtech governance has outlined the importance of delivering marketing leading Virtual Sports products, as the company looks to maintain its presence as the market leader in gambling omni-channel services and provisions.Elliott Norris, Head of Virtual, Playtech Sports, commented on the Coral Virtual Sports launch: “We’ve been working round the clock on a retail solution and firmly believe we’ve launched the best product on the market.“Not only does it play extremely well, it looks great and is extremely simple and cost effective to set up, distribute and deploy,” Norris added.Mark Kemp, Gaming Director, Coral, said: “The project was a delivered swiftly and promptly and we’re delighted with the results. Playtech’s new virtual sports retail product adds yet another dimension to the industry leading Omni-channel customer experience we have across all channels.” Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020last_img read more

BOS Speaker Profile: Viktor Hoffman – Marathonbet – Test the legacy, tackling future industry change

first_img Viktor HoffmanOne of the industry’s newest leaders, Marathonbet’s CEO Viktor Hoffman details to SBC why betting stakeholders have to challenge industry legacy values and operations to meet current and future consumer demands. Hoffman, a speaker at the Betting on Sports Conference (15-16 September London Grange Hotel), tells SBC readers that while some operators my find comfort in traditional operations, tomorrow’s winners will accelerate change…_____________________SBC: Viktor thanks for this BOS interview. You will be discussing future impacts which will affect the betting industry at BOS. In its current context what consumer betting trends have you witnessed and how do you see these evolving in the coming years?Viktor Hoffman: Thanks, good to be part of the discussion. We are seeing increased demand for more mobile in-play betting choice and minute markets with instant gratification, so we must re-align our platform focus from desktop and mobile sites towards apps to optimize the UX to meet these demands.Live sports streaming can potentially enhance this in-play experience as devices and connectivity improve which gives our various mobile projects yet another competing constraint regarding bandwidth and performance of our core systems and components.Payments is another driver of transformational change impacting mobile behaviour, user journeys, and betting trends. Customers are adopting mobile wallet apps, branded wallets, smartwatches and devices with new payment capabilities. There is a lot of movement in this area, especially in mCommerce and punters will be asking why they can’t use their new, alternative payment methods when betting.Social trends indicate more commercial directions for this type of media, again driven by mobile usage, through the addition of buy buttons within social apps. This trend can be seen in other media too, in the increase of direct bets through APIs with odds comparison partners for example.SBC: Marathonbet is one of the newer brands in the saturated UK betting market. From an innovation and user engagement perspective how have you challenged this marketplace with a large number of established legacy operators?VH: Firstly, I think the rules of the game have changed or are changing at the moment. Today’s customers are first and foremost consumers of information and experiences. They have more information than ever before and therefore more choice of experiences. Customers are overloaded, not just by our industry (although we like to imagine that we have their undivided attention), but even though they are bombarded they are compulsively seeking more information. One effect we are all seeing in the industry is that greater marketing and bonus cost are yielding lesser and lesser result.The established order of these legacy operators, sped up by recent mega-mergers, is leaving us with two distinct types of betting companies. The top tier incumbents who are at risk of becoming bloated, slow, too cautious, bureaucratic and change resistant, spending more time on integration than innovation – and insurgents or challengers, lean start-ups, underdogs, whatever you want to call them, who move faster and love change and welcome it as opportunity.At Marathonbet we have a long-standing corporate culture of always thinking and acting like the underdog because it has a lot of advantages. As CEO I nurture and elaborate on this culture of the underdog and build our group strategy around it because I think it’s the only viable model for the foreseeable future of accelerating change. It creates a spirit of innovation not just in product but also in new approaches to every aspect of the business. We continue acting like the hungry little company that fought its way to tier one market leadership in Russia in the first place.Marathonbet can offer unique experiences and has a proprietary, small margin sportsbook powered by in-house risk management. We are very well set to take the largest bets and attract big volume through having the best odds and the best depth of niche markets. We are very hungry and will continue to challenge the incumbents here in the UK and globally.By the way, the top tier market leaders are also at their best when they act small, not as incumbents but as hungry underdogs. They are watching and learning from the success of the challengers, starting incubator programmes and hold hackathons to foster the feeling of being a start-up.SBC: Due to external impacts, the industry is entering a period of legal and fiscal change, what impact do you feel this will have on overall betting product innovation and commercial development?VH: Regulatory and fiscal change can put pressure on our legacy systems, adding to the technical debt and product roadmaps, impacting trading models and ultimately the bottom line. There is a perception that there is an opportunity cost of spending finite resource on making systems compatible rather than innovating. It can also create challenging barriers to entry into new regulated markets and make us think twice about geographical diversification. Having said that, I still believe we need to look at change as an opportunity in this context as well; an opportunity to innovate in how we unify and scale our platforms, how we deliver projects in parallel and optimize internal processes to meet technical compliance requirements and social responsibilities. As always, the most adaptable will win.SBC: In 2016, we have seen betting leadership place a higher emphasis on new industry dynamics. Assessing future industry developments, what current legacy values do you feel market innovation will challenge?VH: I look at it this way. The established industry dynamic has three basic tiers. The top tier has a handful of nationally known, mass-marketed, traditionally retail-focused brands. The middle tier has maybe a dozen ‘me too’ brands. The bottom tier has lots of smaller but more differentiated, specialized and localized brands. But here’s the thing, today’s punters have changed the way they move between these tiers. The same consumers who are still going to the top tier are also going to the bottom tier where there are more niche offering and more differentiation. The middle tier is being crushed or swallowed up in consolidation waves. Most life and innovation is found at the top and the bottom tiers.Also, brands in the top tier do marketing very differently from the bottom tier. At the top you need to bring more and more money to break through the noise but to lesser effect. At the bottom tier success depends on a growing cynicism of mass marketing – it is basically working against the principle of economies of scale and ignites a bonus and ATL war; the top tier is spending more and more on every new customer acquired because customers’ resistance is getting stronger and loyalty weaker. To make it worse, the customer doesn’t stay bought, and we have seen a rise in very sophisticated bonus abuse.The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work anymore because today’s information consumers are convinced that if they just keep looking and switching, they’ll find a ‘one-size-that-fits-just-me’ operator. Moreover, they share this quest with anyone who will listen; instantly informed customers who are constantly communicating – the most powerful advertising medium for underdogs in history.SBC: With all operators placing a higher emphasis on intelligence-led dynamics. How will this impact the development of leadership and management within operators? Ultimately at operator level how will decision making change?    VH: It is not surprising that we talk a lot about BI, Big Data and the IoT at the moment. When we harness the increasingly inter-connected data we generate correctly, we can get better at maximizing mutual value for customers and shareholders. The more knowledge value and meaningful insights we get the greater the experience we can offer to our customers. It drives differentiation, innovation and competitive advantage in areas such as media buying through attribution modelling of clickstream data, trading through predictive modelling and machine learning, personalization through propensity modelling, behavioural analytics and preference segmentation and off course new product and feature development through leveraging insights that lets customers interact with us in new ways and at new touchpoints.The holy grail within this intelligence-led dynamic is having a single version of the truth, in real time, accessible to the company via self-service so that everyone in the organization is able to make data-driven decisions in their day to day jobs. These new possibilities require leaders that understand how to turn it into a competitive advantage. The leadership must now effectively communicate and action the insights and make it all part of the mind-set, vision and strategy of the business. Under the right management, the data enables a test and learn approach to almost anything and accelerates learning. Data and feedback is the fuel for Agile and Lean, it can be the foundation for the underdog strategy mentioned earlier by creating meaningful differentiation, customization, and personalization. It gives you the ability to iterate to success through marginal gains that are seen instantly and when mistakes happen it helps you take corrective action promptly, i.e. learn and fail faster.An essential job for any leader, in my opinion, is to create more leaders and actionable data can also help you scale leadership and decision-making.SBC: Finally, with regards to leadership tackling industry change, what do you want BOS delegates to take away from your sessions?VH: There is comfort in tradition, but these are the days of accelerating change. Consider the cost of ignoring it, resisting it or be perceived by customers to defend against it. Sometimes the safest thing to do is the scariest; take some risks based on the insights you have, innovate, think big, act small and learn rapidly. Even if you are the market leader, act like the underdog.Regarding leadership tackling change I’d say it’s important not to fear change or mistakes, we learn, we communicate, we adapt. We try to create leaders everywhere and work towards self-organizing structures because they are nimbler.We know we must change the way we do things to keep up, the only question is how and when.___________________Viktor Hoffman CEO – MarathonbetFuture industry impacts and innovations will be discussed at the upcoming Betting on Sports Conference (15-16 September – London Grange Hotel). Click on the below banner for more information! BOS: Tightened regulations ‘might cause irreversible damage’ June 5, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Value Racing Tips takes Guests to the brink of Tipster title

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles The Guests moved into a commanding position with just one more week to go in the ‘Flat Season Tipster Challenge’ for 2016. Value Racing Tips, part of the Betting Gods network of tipsters, picked out four winners including Celestial Spheres (9/2) in the day’s opener.SBC News kept alive its chances of stealing second spot from bettingexpert, after Stephen Harris could only find a single winner in Symposium (11/4). Timeform remain at the bottom of the leaderboard, despite victories for both Sea Shack (11/8) and Daphne (5/2).The ‘Jump Season Tipster Challenge’ for 2016/17 will be kicking off on Wednesday 5th October. If you are interested in being the first expert to take part, please get in touch via @SBCGAMINGNEWS.Race Winners at Goodwood:Celestial Spheres – 9/2Sea Shack – 11/8Imari Kid – 20/1Sky Hunter – 5/2Daphne – 5/2Symposium – 11/4Stormflower – 5/1Tipster Challenge Week 35 Leaderboard: RankTipsterWeekAverageTotalRankTipsterWeekAverageTotal Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020center_img 1Guests10.885.25183.72 2bettingexpert2.504.71164.92 3SBC News6.634.41154.36 4Timeform3.883.16110.71 Share We will be taking on bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests, with the focus on a specific Wednesday race meet.Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each.The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Submit Sharelast_img read more

Orioles spring training preview: 40 for 40

first_imgAs Orioles pitchers and catchers prepare to hold their first workout in Sarasota on Friday, much of the attention will begin to shift from an abysmal offseason to the daily happenings of spring training.Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and ownership have yet to deliver on stated goals of adding a veteran starting pitcher as well as significantly addressing a number of other needs, but the roster isn’t devoid of talent either as manager Buck Showalter attempts to guide the Orioles to their third consecutive winning season.With 13 players out of options on the 40-man roster, Duquette and Showalter will face some difficult decisions while fans will justifiably continue to clamor for some impact additions between now and Opening Day.Here’s a glance at the current 40-man roster — left-handed pitcher Troy Patton will not count during his 25-game suspension to begin the regular season — with a preview of non-roster spring training invitees coming later in the week:PITCHERS (22)LHP Mike BelfioreOpening Day age: 25Options remaining: two Musing: The southpaw reliever had a few call-ups to Baltimore last season — appearing in one game — but his 1.441 WHIP at Triple-A Norfolk suggests he’ll start the season with the Tides once again.LHP Tim BerryOpening Day age: 23Options remaining: three Musing: Added to the 40-man roster after a strong 2013 campaign for Frederick, the 2009 50th-round pick can firmly put himself on the club’s radar if he can duplicate or better his 2013 ERA of 3.85 at Double-A Bowie.RHP Brad BrachOpening Day age: 27Options remaining: oneMusing: Acquired from San Diego in exchange for Devin Jones, Brach has a career 3.70 ERA and has averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in three major league seasons but might be squeezed out of the Baltimore bullpen to start the season since he has an option year remaining.LHP Zach BrittonOpening Day age: 26Options remaining: noneMusing: We’ll see if new pitching coach Dave Wallace can work any magic with Britton, who is coming off a poor 2013 season and no longer has age or options on his side in finally realizing his once-impressive potential.RHP Dylan BundyOpening Day age: 21Options remaining: twoMusing: His Tommy John surgery was one of the more disappointing developments of the 2013 season, but his rehabilitation progress suggests a late-season return to live-game action is realistic and he still has his entire career in front of him at such a young age.LHP Wei-Yin ChenOpening Day age: 28Options remaining: threeMusing: Entering the final season of a three-year, $11.09 million contract that includes a team option for 2015, the Taiwanese southpaw can show the Orioles he’s capable of reaching another level after pitching to a solid 4.04 ERA in his first two seasons despite missing two months with an oblique injury in 2013.LHP Kelvin De La CruzOpening Day age: 25Options remaining: noneMusing: De La Cruz has never pitched in the majors and has control issues (4.7 walks per nine innings), but his strikeout numbers (11.3 per nine innings at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2013) are impressive and he’s had success against lefties, which made him a viable project in Duquette’s mind.RHP Edgmer EscalonaOpening Day age: 27Options remaining: noneMusing: The Rockies product posted ERAs of 6.04 and 5.67 in 2012 and 2013 respectively — making the Orioles’ interest in him puzzling — and he figures to face an uphill battle to carve out a spot in the Orioles bullpen but would likely clear waivers to be outrighted to Norfolk.RHP Kevin GausmanOpening Day age: 23Options remaining: twoMusing: Vying for the fifth spot in the starting rotation after spending time in the bullpen during his rookie season, the 2012 first-round pick gained 12 pounds in the winter and hopes his developing slider has improved enough to land him a stable job with the major league club.RHP Miguel GonzalezOpening Day age: 29Options remaining: twoMusing: His stamina often comes into question with only a 170-pound frame, but Gonzalez has gone 20-12 with a 3.58 in 43 starts in his first two seasons and doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the stability he’s added to the starting rotation after being one of the best stories of the surprising 2012 playoff season.RHP Liam HendriksOpening Day age: 25Options remaining: oneMusing: The Australian was selected off waivers in December and figures to be a good bet for Norfolk’s starting rotation in 2014 after posting a 6.06 ERA and making 28 starts for the Minnesota Twins over the last three seasons.RHP Tommy HunterOpening Day age: 27Options remaining: noneMusing: The favorite to be the new closer, Hunter has the makeup for the ninth, but a tendency to give up the long ball (11 in 86 1/3 innings in 2013) and shaky numbers against left-handed hitters (.294 against him last year) won’t make Showalter comfortable until Hunter proves himself in his new role.RHP Steve JohnsonOpening Day age: 26Options remaining: oneMusing: An injury-plagued 2013 was a lost season for the local product, but Johnson remains a candidate for the fifth starter job and has averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 54 major league innings despite underwhelming velocity that often leaves critics doubting him. LHP Chris JonesOpening Day age: 25Options remaining: threeMusing: Acquired from Atlanta in the Luis Ayala trade early last season, Jones went 4-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 31 appearances with Norfolk and is a name to keep an eye on if the Orioles need left-handed bullpen help later in the season. LHP Brian MatuszOpening Day age: 27Options remaining: noneMusing: The 2008 first-round pick still has visions of starting in the big leagues, but it appears that ship has sailed as he’s found a niche as a situational reliever and will be even more valuable with Patton suspended for the first 25 games of the season.LHP T.J. McFarlandOpening Day age: 24Options remaining: threeMusing: After being stashed in the bullpen as a Rule 5 pick last year, McFarland figures to be a member of Norfolk’s rotation where he can continue to develop and hopefully justify the Orioles’ choice to hinder their roster flexibility last season.RHP Bud NorrisOpening Day age: 29Options remaining: threeMusing: His control issues and 4.80 ERA were a disappointment upon being acquired from Houston last July, but Norris is an excellent bet to win a starting rotation spot and has a career 4.36 ERA in five major league seasons.RHP Darren O’DayOpening Day age: 31Options remaining: player permission only Musing: The bullpen struggled down the stretch last year with O’Day limited to just two appearances from Aug. 29 through Sept. 18 while dealing with numbness in two fingers, so his return to full strength is critical for a group already needing to fill the void of departed closer Jim Johnson.LHP Troy PattonOpening Day age: 28Options remaining: none Musing: His suspension for Adderall use would likely have him on shaky footing had it not been for the solid 3.70 ERA he posted last season, but Patton must deal with the reality of how he’ll prepare for the season with Showalter already saying he won’t pitch in many spring games.RHP Josh StinsonOpening Day age: 26Options remaining: noneMusing: Liked by Showalter, Stinson will compete to win a long-relief spot in the bullpen and pitched very well in that capacity late last season, posting a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings of relief after a less-than-impressive spot start made early in 2013.RHP Chris TillmanOpening Day age: 25Options remaining: noneMusing: The 2013 All-Star righty became the ace of the staff last season and was very consistent after a rocky April, but his next goal will be to pitch deeper into games all season like he did late in the year when he completed seven or more innings in six of his final eight starts.RHP Ryan WebbOpening Day age: 28Options remaining: oneMusing: Webb being the Orioles’ best free-agent signing to this point speaks volumes about a miserable winter, but he’s the dark-horse candidate to close out games — if Hunter falters — due to his impressive splits against right-handed and lefty hitters (both hit .244 against him in 2013).Continue to next page for position players >>>>>last_img read more