Podolski puts club before own glory

first_img Victory at Newcastle would secure at least fourth place in the Barclays Premier League for Arsenal, and Podolski added: “We are in the fight for the Champions League places and for third place, so now will prepare for the next match.” England forward Theo Walcott continued his impressive campaign with goal number 21 against Wigan, and manager Arsene Wenger accepts he has something of a selection poser as Giroud returns from the ban imposed after a red card at Fulham on April 20. “I am happy to have him back,” Wenger said on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. “He has been out for a while now and missed some games so he will be full of enthusiasm and can help us at some stage. “Is it from the start or coming on? I don’t know yet.” Arsenal look set to be without midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) this weekend. Jack Wilshere, the England international set for summer surgery to clear up a niggling ankle problem, is on stand-by. “In one game you can always compensate. It is more of a problem when a guy like that (Arteta) misses 10 games,” Wenger said. “(For) one game, we will find the resources to do without him if we have to. “I am convinced we can because he was out for a while during the season and I played all sorts of combinations. Arteta was out and we played (Aaron) Ramsey and Wilshere. A few times I played (Francis) Coquelin and (Abou) Diaby, so we had a few combinations that could work.” The German forward netted a brace in the 4-1 win over Wigan on Tuesday night, which pushed the Gunners back above Tottenham and also confirmed relegation of the FA Cup winners. However, with France striker Olivier Giroud available again after a three-match suspension for Sunday’s crucial end-of-season clash at Newcastle, Podolski could be moved back out to the left flank. Podolski, 27, who has produced consistent displays since his summer move from Cologne – with 16 goals in all competitions – told Arsenal Player: “We needed the three points (against Wigan) and got the three points so we are looking forwards to the next match now. I am always happy with a goal, but the three points were more important for us.” Lukas Podolski does not care who scores the goals to fire Arsenal into the Champions League next season – so long as they get there.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho charged by FA

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after going on to the pitch during the defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday. Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy after going on to the pitch following a red card being shown to his player Ramires. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged the Chelsea manager’s behaviour in re-entering the field of play in or around the 90th minute of the fixture and approaching the match referee amounted to improper conduct.” Press Associationcenter_img Mourinho has until 6pm on March 24 to respond to the charge. The FA rule book says managers must not leave the confines of their technical area during the match. After the game, Mourinho pointed out several people had gone on to the pitch. The Chelsea manager said: “I was two-three metres inside the pitch or four-five metres, but there was like 10 persons there. It was me, my two assistants, (Villa boss) Paul Lambert, Paul’s assistants.. “And there was [Gabriel] Agbonlahor, who come in and made an aggression on Ramires from behind. “So if I was sent off because I was on the pitch, I ask why not the others, especially one player that made an aggression on another one, Agbonlahor on Ramires?” He was sent to the stands after Ramires’ red card for a studs-up challenge on Karim El Ahmadi. Mournho also confirmed he had tried to speak to Foy after the game. He said on Monday: “I tried to speak to Mr Foy twice. I tried to speak on the pitch and I tried in the dressing rooms. “In the dressing rooms I tried to ask politely, can you give me five seconds? And he refused.” Mourinho’s sending-off was his second of the season – he was fined £8,000 by the FA following his touchline dismissal against Cardiff in October. last_img read more

League opposed to Dyke rule change

first_imgPremier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has cast doubt over the Football Association’s power to force through chairman Greg Dyke’s plan to increase the number of homegrown players in top-flight squads. Dyke’s proposal to toughen up homegrown player rules has the backing of UEFA president Michel Platini, who hinted that he intends to follow suit. Should UEFA implement the regulations, then the Premier League would likely have to back down. Dyke was quiet on the subject on Friday and Scudamore was reluctant to discuss it when the pair appeared alongside sports minister Helen Grant in Brixton, south-west London on Friday. A joint Premier League, FA and Government initiative to build more 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years was announced, a move which followed the second part of Dyke’s ‘England Commission’ report last October which proposed an overhaul of grassroots facilities. Standing alongside the 3G pitch installed at Evelyn Grace Academy, Scudamore added: “The biggest thing we can do to get more homegrown players is the initiative that we’re announcing today. “This is as much about getting more homegrown players playing for England as anything. “The announcement about 3G pitches is essential in terms of creating more hours of playing time, more access to coaching time.” Asked about Dyke’s homegrown player plans, Grant said: “Anything that’s going to get us a World Cup or European Cup has to be looked at. “Greg has come up with some interesting ideas, he’s got the debate going and that’s how we’re going to get the success that we all want. “Football needs to work out what football wants.” A united front was presented, with Scudamore insisting balanced co-operation was essential. “The great thing about a three-legged stool is that they fall over if any one of the legs gets sawn off,” Scudamore said. “The only way anything stands is if all the legs on the stool are the same length. “We all have to work hard at that. The truth is, ever since I’ve been involved, two can keep the other one honest. “Whether that’s us and the FA holding the Government to the fire, or whether it’s the two of them making sure the clubs step up. “Any two keep the other one involved and engaged.” It is understood the 20 clubs will strongly combat any attempt by the FA chairman to force through the new regulations and that stance would call into question whether Dyke’s hopes of increasing the number of homegrown players in Premier League squads from eight to 12 could be implemented. Scudamore claims clubs were told by Dyke at a meeting on Thursday that the FA could not impose the change. The Premier League chief executive said on Friday: “Two very important things came out of that meeting yesterday. Consultation – Greg committed the clubs to a full consultation on it . “I know he’s done lots of media this week, but we haven’t actually seen his consultation document, we haven’t seen the process. When that arrives on our desks in the fullness of X number of weeks, we will consult properly on it. “Greg also made it quite clear when a direct question from a club was asked of him, they said, ‘Can the FA impose this if we don’t want to do it?’ He was quite clear that they couldn’t. “We’ll enter the consultation phase as we always do. We will consult and we will get back to it in due course.” The Premier League is willing to consult on the change but is likely to resist it, preferring instead to invest in youth and facilities which, given time, it hopes will reap rewards. Dyke, who has also proposed changing the rules so that a ‘homegrown’ player is defined as one who has trained in England for three years before the age of 18 rather than 21, on Tuesday was asked if the FA has the power to force through the changes. Speaking in Vienna, he said: “We have, but that’s not the way we want to go.” Dyke was asked about the comment by representatives from Southampton at Thursday’s meeting and while there is understood to be nothing to stop the FA from passing the regulation, it would not be popular. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless listLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him. Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTexas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditYANKEES-NATIONALS OPENERAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. Hamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism commentsPARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport. SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONE NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Megan Rapinoe, who plays for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was criticized when she knelt at a NWSL game and a pair of national team games in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality.NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GMPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. SOCCER-NWSL-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemPlayers for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTERCarlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.” Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing. In other women’s soccer action:— Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch each scored to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup. The Challenge Cup is being played without fans in attendance. Morgan Gautrat scored for the Red Stars. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1. June 28, 2020 Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season.Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader Sunday HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantineNEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.last_img read more

Stats show how Klopp’s ‘heavy-metal’ Liverpool hit the right notes

first_img(REUTERS) – Liverpool are on the cusp of winning their first-ever Premier League trophy and their stellar run has highlighted how manager Juergen Klopp transformed a club struggling to mount consistent title challenges into one of the best teams in the world.With 27 wins and 82 points under their belt after only one defeat all season, red-hot Liverpool set a record-breaking pace to leave teams behind them in their wake and are six points shy of ending a 30-year wait for the top-flight title.Compared to Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have vastly improved at both ends of the pitch – creating more chances, converting chances more effectively and conceding fewer shots on goal.In 173 matches after adopting Klopp’s aggressive “heavy metal” approach, Liverpool have scored 2.15 goals per game compared to 1.9 under Rodgers. Their shot conversion rate has also gone up from 11.09% to 13.24%, according to Gracenote data. “Liverpool have improved the quality of their chances under Klopp’s leadership,” said Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote.“During the 2015-16 season in which Klopp took over, the average chance of a Liverpool goal attempt going in was 9.5% according to Gracenote’s statistical modelling. This season, that critical number sits at 12.8%.” Much of that is down to Klopp’s lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who scored 38 goals and grabbed 20 assists to push Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top.Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the role of a full back with 12 assists – second only to Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who has 16.In defence, Liverpool now concede 8.26 shots per match compared to 10.7 under Rodgers, with the drastic improvement largely due to the club-record £75 million ($92.85 million) signing of centre back Virgil van Dijk in 2018.In 83 games since the Dutchman’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have lost only five times and conceded 56 goals – compared to 24 defeats and 100 goals conceded in the same period prior to the club securing his services. “Since his debut in January 2018, the club have almost cut the number of goals they concede by half and have taken a third more points in comparison to the same number of matches prior to his arrival,” Gleave added.As things stand, the European champions are on course to eclipse league records for most points in a season (100), most points at home (55) and most wins (32).last_img read more

La Liga Plans Rapid Return to Training

first_imgThe aim is a potential restart to the league in mid-June behind closed doors.There are 11 rounds of matches remaining, with Barcelona two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table.Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift the country’s stringent lockdown and, during ‘phase zero’ from 4-11 May, professional sports leagues can go back to training.Part of La Liga’s strict protocols involve training sessions progressing from individual to small group and then team training.Players, coaches and staff will have to be tested before individual training begins and then have daily testing.The Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons were deemed over on Tuesday after France banned all sporting events,including without spectators, until September.After the French announcement, La Liga president Javier Tebas said: “I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas, etc, etc.”European leagues have until 25 May to tell European football’s governing body Uefawhether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram La Liga is working towards its clubs returning to training as soon as possible after being given the green light by the Spanish government.Football in Spain was suspended indefinitely in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s top division has created a detailed protocol for the return to training so proper health safeguards are observed.last_img read more

Syracuse loses Mellen and Forkin to season-ending injuries

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse defenseman Nick Mellen will undergo season-ending surgery, head coach John Desko said Thursday. The sophomore preseason All-American had offseason shoulder surgery, but Desko declined to say if the two were related.“He had an injury that he possibly could have limped through,” Desko said. “But I don’t think it was worth taking the chance.”Junior attack J.T. Forkin will also undergo season-ending surgery, per Desko. He was not expected to contribute in a significant role this season.Mellen was the only returning defenseman from last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament-winning team due to the graduation of stalwarts Brandon Mullins and Jay McDermott. The West Genesee (New York) High School graduate was expected to cover the opposing team’s best offensive player in most games, Desko said.The No. 6 Orange (1-0) now need to find its way with patchwork defensive line with Marcus Cunningham, last year’s fourth defender; Tyson Bomberry, who appeared in four total games prior to this season; and Scott Firman, a converted longstick midfielder. Freshman Nick DiPietro and redshirt freshman Andrew Helmer also played a lot defensively against Siena.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Mellen finished third on the team in groundballs (38) and tied for second in caused turnovers (14).“There’s definitely always struggles when Mellen is out of the lineup,” Bomberry said. “He’s such a great player with his feet, just an all-around player.”The news cut short any optimism around the Syracuse program that the Mellen would return this season.“We’re hoping to get him back quickly,” Desko said at Media Day on Jan. 9.“I think he’s pretty close to go. He’s hungry to get out there,” midfielder Matt Lane said on Jan. 26.“I hope soon … but he’ll see the doctor and we’ll know more,” Desko said on Feb. 2.“We have no idea how long he’ll be out,” Desko said on Feb. 9.“He’ll be done for the season,” Desko said Thursday.Mellen’s rehab, according to prior statements from teammates and Desko, progressed only to wall ball and running—no contact drills—before electing to have surgery.Because he did not step foot on the field, Mellen will still have three years of eligibility remaining. It’s one of the only positives Syracuse can glean from a situation that started with hope and then only deepened in doubt.“I don’t know,” Desko said on Feb. 9. “Maybe it was a little wishful thinking before.” Comments Published on February 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria’s D’Tigresses Draw Senegal, Egypt

first_imgThe national women’s basketball team, the D’Tigresses have been drawn against perennial rivals and defending champions, Senegal, Egypt, Guinea, Mozambique and a yet to be determined representative of Zone 4 in Group B for the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket.According to the official draw held on Saturday in Bamako, Mali, teams drawn in Group A are host Mali, Cameroon who hosted the last edition in 2015, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and  Angola. The last spot in the group has been reserved for a wild card team.The Nigerian ladies who were bronze medallists in the 2015 edition were incidentally in the same group with Senegal who they beat but lost in the crucial semi final to Cameroon. They however, beat the 2013 champions, Angola for the bronze.FIBA stated that the 12-team competition will take place from August 18 through 27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako. It also serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 holding in Spain.The First-phase will be played in a round-robin format, with every team taking on its five (5) opponents in its respective groups. The top four (4) teams from each group will advance to the Second-phase.The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the quarter-finals onwards. The Third-place game and the Final will be played on the last day of the competition on Sunday, August 27.The FIBA technical report for the 2015 edition stated that “if statistics are anything to go by, then Nigeria were the better team in the competition (because they) scored more points per game (76) than any other team, they averaged tournament-highs (48.9 rebounds and 17 assists per game) and recorded the highest efficiency rate of 81.9.The report however, said that unlike Senegal, Scott Nnaji’s team paid the price for allowing Cameroon to come back in the Semi-Final after leading for most of the contest, and that breakdown proved costly.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

EveryMatrix “hopeful” of quick solution to UKGC suspension

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 EveryMatrix is hopeful that a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) suspension of its B2C services will be lifted shortly after cooperating with the regulator throughout its licence review.The company has published a statement addressing the ongoing UKGC investigation, which has led to a suspension of its B2C licences until it can demonstrate that it has taken steps to be fully compliant with its social responsibility obligations.The UKGC enforced the ruling under the terms of Section 18.2 of the Gambling Act 2005, which allows it to suspend a licensee placed under review, if it suspects that the incumbent is no longer suitable to carry out its licensed responsibilities.EveryMatrix has, therefore, been forced to suspend wagering provisions for its UK B2C white-label partners – Bookee, PWRbet, Fantasino, PlayFrank, SportingIndex.com, WestCasino.com, Dragonara Online, Jetbull and MrWin.com.“EveryMatrix sees this license review as an opportunity to further strengthen its compliance processes and procedures,” it said. “The company is taking the UKGC’s concerns extremely seriously and has already taken swift and effective actions to address the Gambling Commission’s concerns sufficiently.”EveryMatrix also used the statement to stress that the suspension is based on a general evaluation of EveryMatrix procedures rather than specific cases of player complaints.Closing this statement, EveryMatrix underlined that it does not relate to any form of failed technical audit of its software, maintaining that the firm’s B2B licences “remain active, and the company continues to provide gambling software to UK licensed operators”.last_img read more

George Groves to return against Andrea Di Luisa on January 30

first_imgGeorge Groves will return to action against Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa in London on January 30.Groves (21-3-KO16) failed in a third bid to become world champion when he was outpointed by WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September.The Hammersmith fighter then parted company with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick and took some time away from the sport but his promoters, the Sauerland brothers, confirmed he will box Di Luisa (18-3-KO14) at Hackney’s Copperbox Arena.Di Luisa stopped Gabor Zsalek in the second round of his most recent fight but before that was halted in four by former world champion Lucian Bute, who recently lost his bid to regain the IBF crown from Groves’ old foe James DeGale.The 33-year-old Di Luisa has fought for the European title on two occasions – losing via final-round stoppage to Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in November 2011 and then to former Groves victim Christopher Rebrasse, who stopped him in seven a year later.Groves famously suffered back-to-back world title defeats to Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more