Contrasting fates for Blackwood, Holder as DaSilva extends form

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – Jermaine Blackwood finally tasted form in a breezy knock but captain Jason Holder will enter next week’s first Test short of a significant score after failing again on yesterday’s final day of the four-day ‘inter-squad’ warm-up match. With scores of three, 15 and one in his previous innings on tour, Blackwood put that dismal form behind him to stroke 43 off 48 balls with seven fours as Holder’s XI ended their second innings on 171 for four at Old Trafford. There was no joy with the bat for Holder, however, managing only two after opening the batting. The knock follows scores of five in the first innings and a first-ball ‘duck’ in last week’s three-day game.Yet again, the day belonged to reserve batsman Joshua DaSilva, the right-hander top-scoring with an unbeaten 56 to lead his side’s batting. The 22-year-old on Wednesday carved out a superb unbeaten 133 to impress in the Holder’s XI first innings.Reserve fast bowler Anderson Phillip knocked over both openers Shayne Moseley (6) and Holder cheaply to leave the innings tottering on 13 for two.But Blackwood combined with fellow Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner who made 47, to repair the damage in a third wicket stand of 55. Bonner batted patiently, hitting three fours and a six off 114 balls in 2-½ hours at the crease.When Blackwood was bowled by part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, DaSilva joined Bonner to post a further 80 for the fourth wicket.DaSilva faced 83 deliveries in just over an hour-and-a-half, and counted three fours and a six. Earlier, reserve batsman Kyle Mayers struck an unbeaten 74 as Kraigg Brathwaite’s XI were dismissed for 178 in their first innings after resuming the morning on 112 for seven.The left-handed Mayers, on 40 overnight, continued his counter-attack to hit seven fours and three sixes overall off a mere 56 deliveries.He inspired a 54-run eighth wicket stand with tail-ender Keon Harding who made a busy 22 from 26 balls. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel added another wicket to his tally to finish with four for 42 while his new-ball partner Kemar Roach (2-25) and Alzarri Joseph (2-64) ended with two wickets apiece.West Indies head to Southampton today to finalise preparations for the first Test set to bowl off at the Ageas Bowl next Wednesday.last_img read more

Clippers’ Williams in 10-day quarantine after food run

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams must complete a 10-day quarantine and will miss the first two games of the restarted season next week, the NBA announced yesterday. The three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year reportedly visited a gentleman’s club on Thursday night in Atlanta while he was away from the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., on an excused absence.Williams, 33, admitted going to the club but said he went there to pick up food after attending the viewing of his late grandfather, Paul G. Williams.“Ask any of my teammates what’s my favorite restaurant in Atlanta is. Ain’t nobody partying. Chill out lol #Maskon #inandout,” the 15-year NBA veteran tweeted Friday. Williams would originally have faced a minimum four-day quarantine, making him eligible to play in the Clippers’ Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando. He will also miss Saturday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. Williams averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 60 games (eight starts) before the regular season went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is four games shy of 1,000 for his career.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

Microgaming receives Guinness World Records certificate

first_img Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit On 6 October 2015, Mega Moolah set a Guinness World Records® title for the ‘Largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game’ when Betway UK player Jon Heywood won the GBP equivalent of €17,879,645.12 from a 25p spin.Yesterday, on Microgaming’s stand at ICE Totally Gaming, joint record-holders Microgaming, Betway and Jon received their official certificates from a Guinness World Records adjudicator. The certificate presentation was followed by an exclusive Q&A session with Jon, the player who won more than 52 million times his bet.Jon Heywood commented: “It’s been a few months since the win, but I still can’t quite believe I won such a life-changing amount! And to officially become a Guinness World Records title holder is the icing on the cake. With my winnings I’ve enjoyed some nice holidays, bought a new car, ensured my family are looked after and invested wisely for the future. It’s been incredible.”Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, added: “It was fantastic to welcome Jon to our stand at ICE for the official Guinness World Records certificate handover. Having spent some time with him today, I can honestly say it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. We’re proud to share the world record and look forward to creating our next jackpot millionaire.”last_img read more

Bookies’ Corner – The Brexit Fallout

first_imgShare GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 The fallout from perhaps the most important political event for the UK in our lifetime has continued this week with Leave campaigner and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage stepping down.With David Cameron also having resigned, and Boris Johnson announcing he won’t be standing in the race for the next Prime Minister, the political betting markets have been in overdrive. In the latest Bookies’ Corner SBC discussed the post Brexit aftermath with Unibet’s Ed Nicholson, Ladbrokes’ Head of Politics Matthew Shaddick, Jamie Loughead of Star Sports and Tonybet’s Warren Lush.In the space of 48 hours the UK underwent a complete change in its political landscape, how has that affected the current political market set up for bookies? Ed Nicholson, UnibetEd: Betting on the recent Euro Referendum vote was the first time in my memory that weight of money, and the ensuing odds on a political market were way out of kilter with the way a vote actually went. And then some.As the polls closed around the country 8/1 was still available on us leaving the EU, and throughout the night the odds for Remain were getting shorter and shorter. Ten minutes after polling booths were closed Remain was 1/20. Even Nigel Farage had appeared on television to all but concede defeat. It wasn’t until around 2am that Leave went odds on in the world of live internet betting. So how did we, the bookmakers, get it so wrong? And what should we both, the bookies and punters, learn from this amazing moment in our history?Well first of all, it should be stated that it’s not the political oddsmakers’ job to tell the great British public the result, or indeed to get it right as regards the favourite winning. They are there to make a book, and then react to market forces, and to ensure their paymasters make a profit on the turnover.Now, don’t get me wrong, this practice can, and does result in the favourite winning and as such following market moves can usually be a fair indicator of the way any political event will turn out… but not always. Favourites don’t always win, and outsiders can be successful – just ask all those who backed Leicester City to win last year’s Premier League title.In a recent SBC News article I shared regional and national turnover and bets information on the referendum from Unibet. The weight of money (WOM) was overwhelmingly for Remain (65% of the turnover), but interestingly more bets (number of) were actually placed on Leave – some 60%. I wonder how many picked up on that point?What I take from this amazing result (from a betting perspective) is that the world of political betting in the UK is fraught with dangers.   Now more than ever in our lifetimes we are a fragmented country – with real regional differences and interpretations regarding policies and our take on the political personalities purveying them.Bookmakers and punters need to invest even more time in analysing how the country as a whole view national issues, and pay more attention to local interests and regional dilemmas. And this may give us an edge.One thing is sure though, it’s odds on that political betting will be under the microscope for the next general election.SBC: In the space of 12 months the UK has seen two politically and publically charged referendums; how does this as a market (the referendum) differ to usual political markets? How should a bookmaker gauge public feeling? Matthew Shaddick, LadbrokesMatthew: The Referendum beat last year’s general election to become our biggest ever political market (that in turn had overtaken 2014’s Scottish Indyref). That confirmed the pattern of politics being a big and rapidly expanding part of Ladbrokes’ business. Back in 2005 we only took a few hundred thousand pounds on the general election all told; a few hours trading on the vote on Thursday comfortably exceeded that.We saw huge amounts of interest from the media, financial institutions and even foreign governments in our prices and put quite a bit of effort into trying to communicate the betting forecasts to the wider public. There were over 750,000 views of the online Ladbrokes’ Betting Barometer which had live updated odds, converted into probabilities for either side winning.That has led to a bit of a backlash from certain types criticising the bookies for “getting it wrong”. To be fair to Ladbrokes, we were never waving our hands about saying “we’re always right”, and tried to caution against assuming the favourite was bound to win or that betting markets were a flawless forecasting tool. Still, it poses a bit of a problem when trying to ask people to listen to our analysis in future.Onward and upwards though, and I’m confidently predicting that this year’s US Election will beat all of the previous records again (assuming it doesn’t become a very one-sided contest). Talk of a snap 2016 UK general election is a bit worrying, just because I’m not sure how we’ll logistically cope with having to run that in the weeks before a US vote. Probably shouldn’t complain.Over 72% turned out to vote in the EU Referendum. Going forward what does high voter turnout entail for bookmaker markets? Warren Lush, TonybetWarren: There was clearly a lot of money matched on Betfair and bet across the industry.I think the high turnout did have an impact on betting making it a more popular market but I‘m more inclined to believe that the huge money came from Forex and other city traders.In regard to the possibility of whether turnout will have impact on betting in the future – for sure, we always learn from history and will do this at Tonybet. This 72% turnout will also be a factor in future bookmaking decisions. Previously we all thought that betting markets were the guide for elections over the polls, especially after the last UK General Election, but when turnout is high perhaps it isn’t?  What is the market saying about the potential for a Great British Break Up? Jamie Loughead, Star SportsJamie: I think betting markets, much like the financial markets, are still recovering from the seismic events of the referendum. Of course the importance of a potential split up of the UK is massive- but so was Cameron’s resignation, so was Corbyn’s cabinet quitting, never mind the tough line response to Brexit from EU big wigs.The call for a second Scottish Independence referendum is loud, clear and has a fair mandate- but the market only makes a referendum before the next general election a 50/50. I personally suspect to race that vote through after two years of wrangling with the EU and before 2020 is a big ask, and it’s more likely once a bit more dust has settled on Britain’s Brexit deal.If the Scottish referendum was tomorrow, I’d say it would be a 1/2 shot for the Scots to leave, such is the feeling of outrage north of the border. But four or five years down the line it’s much harder to call, and I agree with the market making Scexit only about a 53% chance at the moment.Whatever happens the Welsh are staying with the English, they voted very similarly on Brexit- and there isn’t a huge clamor for independence. The Northern Irish situation is much more delicate, and not one I think betting markets should covering at present.last_img read more

Research, learn and understand before embarking in esports

first_img Esports Insider – No room for passive play as betting accelerates its esports profile April 8, 2020 ESI Digital: Esports betting enters its ‘clutch moment’ May 26, 2020 Related Articles Of the four esports sessions at Betting on Sports this year one was focused on the commercial opportunities and the pitfalls to avoid when entering esports in some form. It was hosted by Dominic Sacco, Founder of eSports News UK and Content Director at the British Esports Association. On the panel were James Dean of ESL UK and Ollie Ring of Esports Insider.Whilst the ample opportunities in esports right now were highlighted, much was said of the importance of understanding the various communities within it, and not attempting to run before you can walk. Ring said: “Be careful with launching esports events because these are passionate fans that do not forget.”The warning here was clear; that organising an event which is ill thought out and badly run can be far more detrimental to your brand with this target audience than not launching one whatsoever.Dean mentioned that getting them right meanwhile can ensure excellent brand awareness and returns. He brought up the case of Intel and its Extreme Masters series, run globally in partnership with ESL, which is the company’s longest running digital marketing campaign in its history at over ten years and still going strong. Dean stated: “It’s about speaking the same language and having experts on board and involved that are fans themselves.”The varying demographics of fans across esports’ main games was also discussed. Dean said that “whilst there are overlaps and commonalities, each comes with a very distinct community.”He added: “League of Legends for instance has typically younger players and more females playing too. As such they have to be treated differently but there are opportunities around them all.”On the gambling side of things the decision as to whether to include esports in a sportsbook, the route which Sky betting & Gaming has taken, or to launch a separate esports portal as in the case of Betway, was debated.One point for operators to take note of here was that there is scope for it to be even more specific than this and for, for example, a regulated Dota 2 betting site to be launched. Share StumbleUpon Share Esports Insider – Critical agenda unveiled for inaugural ‘ESI Digital Summit’ May 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Lewis sits out with foot injury, Evans limited on Wednesday’s injury report

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens officially began preparations for an AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals, they were without Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis, who sat out Wednesday’s practice after being listed with a foot injury.Lewis met with reporters prior to practice and did not appear to be favoring the foot, an indication that perhaps coach John Harbaugh was giving his star defensive player a day of rest as he periodically does for given veterans. Second-year defensive tackle Arthur Jones was also absent from practice while he continues to deal with the concussion he sustained against Seattle on Sunday.Wide receiver Lee Evans was a limited participant on Wednesday, as the Ravens will continue to wait and see whether the veteran can make his long-awaited return to the field after missing the team’s last seven games.Cincinnati had nine players missing from practice on Wednesday, including rookie wideout AJ Green, cornerback Nate Clements, and cornerback Adam Jones. Green is expected to be a game-time decision after suffering a knee injury in the Bengals’ loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Anthony Allen (thigh), DT Art Jones (head), LB Ray Lewis (foot)LIMITED: LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle)CINCINNATIDID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Nate Clements (knee), S Chris Crocker (knee), DE Jonathan Fanene (illness), WR AJ Green (knee), CB Adam Jones (groin), TE Donald Lee (foot), RB Brian Leonard (knee), DE Freostee Rucker (knee), S Gibril Wilson (ankle)LIMITED: C Kyle Cook (foot), DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring), WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring)last_img read more

Monroe remains sidelined with shoulder injury

first_imgHaving already missed four full games and left three others due to injuries this season, Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe is once again dealing with a shoulder issue ahead of Monday night’s game against Cleveland.Baltimore did not practice on Thanksgiving, but an estimated injury report included the seventh-year lineman as a non-participant after he did not practice on Wednesday. In the third quarter of Sunday’s win over St. Louis, Monroe re-aggravated a shoulder injury suffered last month and is once again ailing in what’s been a disappointing season for the left tackle.“I think it’s a little bit related,” said head coach John Harbaugh about Monroe’s shoulder on Monday. “It goes back to a college injury that he had, I was told. We’ll just see how that progresses during the course of the week.”Filling in for Monroe against the Rams, second-year tackle James Hurst fell into Joe Flacco’s left knee on the final drive of the game, causing a season-ending to the franchise quarterback. Pro Football Focus has graded Hurst as the third-worst offensive tackle in the NFL this season.Left guard Kelechi Osemele was listed as a limited participant on Thursday as he continues to deal with a knee injury that sidelined him for Week 11. It remains unclear whether he will return against the Browns after Ryan Jensen started in Osemele’s place against St. Louis.“I really don’t have any update on that,” Harbaugh said on Wednesday. “It’s just he’s working through some things physically.”Wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) missed practice on Wednesday and was also listed as a non-participant on Thursday. He played a season-low four snaps on Sunday.In positive news, rookie tight end Nick Boyle was listed as a full participant after his left foot was in a walking boot last week, forcing him to miss his first NFL game.Meanwhile, the Browns are dealing with a number of injuries as four starters missed practice on Thursday. Cornerback Joe Haden and wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel are all recovering from concussions.Below is the full injury report:BALTIMOREOUT: RB Justin Forsett (arm)DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (back), OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: G Kelechi Osemele (knee)FULL PARTICIPATION: TE Nick Boyle (foot)CLEVELANDDID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Joel Bitonio (ankle), WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), CB Joe Haden (concussion), WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), DE Randy Starks (knee)FULL PARTICIPATION: QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), QB Josh McCown (ribs), S Donte Whitner (concussion)last_img read more

Perriman receives good news regarding 2016 status

first_imgIt appears Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s 2016 season hasn’t come to an end, after all.Tuesday’s arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews revealed that the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee is stable, meaning Perriman won’t need season-ending reconstruction surgery. The 22-year-old received a stem-cell injection to speed up the healing process, and the Ravens expect Perriman to be able to play this season.The 2015 first-round pick hurt his left knee on the final day of organized team activities last week and was initially diagnosed with a partially-torn ACL, leaving his season in jeopardy before receiving the second opinion.“I would just say that it’s not a tear that needs to be repaired,” head coach John Harbaugh. “I don’t know if it’s a tear or it it’s a partial tear or what exactly. I wasn’t there. Maybe Breshad can comment on that from what the doctors told him when he comes back. It just needs treatment, and he should be back at some point in time during training camp [and] will certainly be ready for the regular reason.“But, again, that’s always unpredictable. I think we’ve been down this road before. We’ll continue to just work hard and do that. It was really good news today.”As Harbaugh alluded to, skepticism will remain about how quickly Perriman can return to the field after he missed his entire rookie season with a partially-torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was originally considered minor. However, this appears to be good news for the 2015 first-round pick and the Ravens compared to the alternative of season-ending ACL reconstruction.With Thursday’s news, the Ravens still envision Perriman and veteran newcomer Mike Wallace becoming a dangerous downfield duo for quarterback Joe Flacco this season.“You just feel for him and especially feel for him to not even be able to get his feet wet yet,” said Wallace about the second-year receiver. “He was just telling me last week how excited he was for this upcoming season. And we’re still hopeful that he’ll be back soon. We’re going to stay prayed up and keep hope alive for him, and I think hopefully he’ll be back at some point this season to help us.”last_img read more

Sunday proved to be well worth wait for Orioles

first_imgThe Orioles were the worst team in baseball when they selected Manny Machado with the third overall pick of the 2010 draft.They were stuck in last place in the American League East a year later when they took Dylan Bundy fourth overall.Both have experienced their trials — Bundy more so than Machado, of course — but it was gratifying to see the pair shine together in Sunday’s 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. It’s what Orioles fans only dreamed about five years ago, but the 23-year-old pitcher has finally joined the three-time All-Star third baseman in the major league spotlight.Machado has provided plenty of highlights in his young career, but he became the first major leaguer to hit a home run in each of the first three innings of a game since Carl Reynolds in 1930. His seven RBIs were a career high and the highest single-game total from an Oriole since Nelson Cruz in 2014.More importantly for the Orioles, it capped off a reawakening of the 24-year-old’s bat this weekend as he had hit .209 with a .621 on-base plus slugging percentage since the start of July before turning in a three-hit performance on Friday night. Much focus has fallen on the struggles of first baseman Chris Davis in recent weeks, but Machado is Baltimore’s best player and needs to play at a high level over the final eight weeks in the push for the division title.Of course, Machado was most responsible for the breathing room afforded to Bundy on Sunday, but the young right-hander responded exactly as manager Buck Showalter wanted to see. Throwing a career-high 92 pitches, Bundy completed six strong innings and allowed just two runs while registering a career-high nine strikeouts in his fifth major league start.His 14 swinging strikes were a career high as Bundy set the tone for the outing in the first inning with three swinging strikeouts — one each with his fastball, changeup, and curveball. He arguably had his best curve we’d seen all season — striking out three more with it — but the most encouraging part of his outing was seeing see him finish off Justin Morneau with a 95 mph fastball for a strikeout to end the sixth.Everyone will continue crossing their fingers as hard as they can regarding his health, but Bundy only appears to be getting stronger in a starter role. His season strikeout rate is now 9.0 per nine innings after so much discussion centered around his inability to miss bats early in the year.While Machado has been an established star for a couple years ago, Bundy has pitched a lot like one for over two months now, posting a 2.28 ERA over his last 47 1/3 innings dating back to May 27. It’s sure been fun watching him play catch-up after three injury-riddled seasons that threatened to derail his development.Winning just their ninth road series of the season was more important to the Orioles than how the details played out on Sunday, but there was something special about seeing both Machado and Bundy shine together in the midst of a pennant race.It was a reminder of how far the Orioles have come since the two were drafted a year apart.last_img read more

Rohr Lands In Russia Ahead Of World Cup Draw (Video)

first_imgSuper Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has touched down in the European nation of Russia ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw on Friday.The draw will take place at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow and Rohr would hoping for a favourable draw with his team in Pot 4.Franco-German coach Rohr has had a largely successful era as head coach and the highlight of his tenure has undoubtedly been masterminding Super Eagles of Nigeria’s qualification for a 6th World Cup appearance.The qualification was sealed last month when his team defeated Zambia 1-0 to open an unassailable lead over their opponents in Group B of the African qualifiers.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more