— Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic. The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.— The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.— This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. NFL-NEWS June 23, 2020 In other NFL news:— The Las Vegas Raiders have opened their new training facility in Henderson, Nevada. About 70 team members were on hand Monday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, a 335,000-square-foot complex. No players are allowed yet unless they are rehabbing injuries, but coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were in attendance. It’s the first time the Raiders have gotten their football operations personnel in the same building since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered team facilities shut in late March because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the Raiders’ case, that was their building in Alameda, California.— New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says his criticism of Drew Brees’ opposition about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees’ later apology, is a microcosm of what the country needs. He made the comments Tuesday in an interview with Daily Show Host Trevor Noah. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback made his comments about kneeling earlier this month. He told Noah the video he posted on Instagram criticizing Brees was filmed before he spoke with his teammate. Jenkins said he decided to post the video after they spoke because he thought people needed to see it. — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford says it’s been a great honor for her family to be associated with the Lions and the NFL, and that Hamp will provide superb leadership. Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.— Eli Manning has won the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media. Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, has been lauded for years for his dealings with local and national media. He’s the second member of the New York Giants to win the award, joining Tiki Barber (2006). Manning was the Giants’ starting quarterback for nearly every game in his first 15 years in the league. She became the first non-Division I women’s basketball coach, and the fifth overall, to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with Bentley’s 78-66 home victory over Adelphi University on Jan. 17, 2018. Brady continues group workouts despite NFLPA recommendationUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady continues to prepare for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working out with teammates at a private school despite a union recommendation that players not conduct any more group practices before training camp.The six-time Super Bowl champion was joined on the field Tuesday by a group of teammates that included tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, center Ryan Jensen, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards.With NFL training facilities still closed to players because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has been leading small voluntary workouts near downtown Tampa for much of the past month.The latest session came just three days after the Bucs confirmed an unspecified number of “individuals” tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s training center. The same day, NFL Players Association medial director Dr. Thom Mayer, recommended all NFL players refrain from working out in group settings until training camp begins next month. ZANARDI INJUREDZanardi to remain in coma until at least next weekSIENA, Italy (AP) — Alex Zanardi will remain in a medically induced coma until at least next week. The Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist remains in “stable condition” following a fourth night in intensive care at Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena, Italy. The hospital says in a medical bulletin that “eventual reductions” of the coma will be “taken into consideration starting next week.” Zanardi has been on a ventilator since he crashed his handbike into a truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on Friday during a relay event. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASEKTBALL-STEVENS RETIRESVeteran Bentley U. women’s coach Barbara Stevens retiresBOSTON (AP) — Longtime Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 65-year-old coach made the announcement Tuesday, ending a 34-year stint at Bentley in which she compiled a 901-200 record, made 31 Division II tournament appearances and 14 in regional championships. Her retirement will become effective on July 31.Stevens retires as the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history with a 1,058-291 career record. She trails only Pat Summitt (1,098), Tara VanDerveer (1,094) and Geno Auriemma (1,091) in career victories. FLYERS-LINDBLOM-CANCERFlyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Lindblom has 30 goals in 134 career games over two-plus seasons with the Flyers. Lindblom was on the ice at the Flyers’ complex in Voorhees, New Jersey, and said it was “unreal” to skate again with some of this teammates and have fun. He said he can see the “light in the tunnel” when it comes to his treatments. — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. Tomlin says the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work. Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.— Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse says simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL. Seven of the finalists were in the United States.— Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. David Williams says he has read a Major League Baseball proposal but it doesn’t mention anything about travel to Canada. He says baseball will have to provide a plan. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days and the U.S. Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. — Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021. Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making money.— Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities. Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic found himself defending the lax arrangements of the exhibitions, which were meant to raise money to help those affected by the pandemic. The stands were packed and players casually interacted with fans and each other off the court. Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments:— The Philadelphia Phillies say two more players and two additional staff numbers have tested positive for COVID-19. That raises the number of total members in the organization who have the virus to 12. The Phillies say all other tests within the organization have come back negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team complex in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive on Friday for COVID-19. Philadelphia became the first big league team known to be struck by the outbreak. Three staff members at the camp also tested positive. The Phillies didn’t identify any of those affected. Associated Press
Serena Williams tops Day 4 scheduleNEW YORK (AP) — The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open. Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem (teem) are among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.MLB-SCHEDULEClevinger to debut for Padres NFL-NEWSTitans agree to terms with kicker Gostkowski, waive JosephUNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. The Titans announced the move Thursday morning. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who won three Super Bowls in his 14 seasons with the New England Patriots. He has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. Joseph was the Titans’ fifth kicker last season in the NFL’s worst field goal unit. Joseph had been missing kicks in training camp, so the Titans made a move to fix the position. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Islanders and Golden Knights try again to close out their seriesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights will try again Thursday to close out their respective playoff series and advance to the conference finals. The Islanders will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia that cut their series lead to 3-2 when they face the Flyers in Game 6. Vegas also had a chance to eliminate Vancouver in Game 5 of that series, but the Canucks held on for a 2-1 win. Now, the Golden Knights will try to reach the conference finals for the second time in the franchise’s three-year history in Game 6.TENNIS-US OPEN UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.The Nets reached the postseason despite having Irving for only 20 games and Durant for none, but the two stars who came to Brooklyn together last summer are expected to be ready for the 2020-21 season. That made the Nets vacancy an attractive position.NFL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS UNDATED (AP) — Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) makes his Padres debut after being traded this week from Cleveland. He’ll start Thursday night at Angel Stadium, the ballpark of the franchise that drafted him in 2011 and then traded him for Vinny Pestano in 2014. After the deal Monday that beat the trade deadline, Clevinger called the Padres “the most exciting team in baseball by far right now. The 29-year-old Clevinger went 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 21 starts last year. The long-haired right-hander nicknamed “Sunshine” also is contractually controlled through the 2022 season. The Angels will send out Andrew Heaney, who is looking to build on 7 2/3 strong innings last week against Seattle.Elsewhere around the majors:— It’s a one-game Subway Series at Citi Field as the Mets and Yankees make up a game recently called off because of coronavirus concerns. J.A. Happ shut out the Mets on three hits in 7 1/3 innings in his last start, striking out five without a walk. The 37-year-old lefty became the first Yankees starter to reach the eighth this season. Robert Gsellman starts for the Mets. He opposed Happ in his last start and gave up a home run to Luke Voit on his fourth pitch.— Blue Jays newcomer Taijuan Walker makes his second start since being acquired in a trade with Seattle. The right-hander pitched six shutout innings against Baltimore in his Toronto last weekend. Walker starts the opener of a five-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Left-hander Martín Pérez is slated to go for Boston against Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSRaptors try to avoid falling into 3-0 holeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors hope to avoid losing a third straight game to the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. They know that nobody has successfully escaped a 3-0 series hole in NBA history. September 3, 2020 The Celtics are 6-0 to start a postseason for the second time and are looking to match a franchise record with a seventh consecutive playoff win. The last teams to open a postseason run with seven straight wins were Cleveland and Golden State in 2017. In Thursday’ night’s other game, the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers and third-seeded Denver Nuggets open their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi Leonard has scored at least 30 points for the Clippers in five straight games — and the two-time NBA Finals MVP finished with 29 in the only game he didn’t in the first round against Dallas.The Nuggets have their young stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) ready to go. Murray matched an NBA record with two 50-point games in one series in the first round, part of a 142-point run from Games 4-6. And when he was finally slowed in Game 7, Jokic responded with 30 points, 14 rebounds and the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left in an 80-78 victory over Utah. That made Denver the 12th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series but left the No. 3 seed with just one day to recover.NBA-NETS COACHNets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coach In other NFL news:— All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. Both the league and union have launched get-out-the-vote initiatives as well.
*Report to camp Monday or forget trip to BrazilDream Team VI Head Coach, Samson Siasia, has warned that any of the players invited from the domestic leagues who fail to report to camp by Monday, April 25 should not bother coming to camp, as the technical crew will work with only players available to them and are willing to play at the Olympics.Speaking after the team’s training session at the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, yesterday, Siasia said he does not want to make the mistake of the past when players who had been penciled down by the coaching crew were not available when needed.“I want to work with only the players on ground, and to get them to the shape I want,” Siasia reiterated.On the issue of other teams in Nigeria’s Group B already announcing plans to include very experienced over-aged players, the U-23 gaffer said the technical crew and the players are not scared of any individual player, but would rather bother about the quality of opposition at the Olympics’ football event. “Yes, I have read of plans by Sweden to include someone like Zlatan Ibramovich as one of their over –aged players for the Games. Good for them, but as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like fear. For us, we are trying to put up a team, and that will determine which players we are going to bring. We have played against players of stronger calibre than Zlatan. We have played against Lionel Messi and Di Maria and others.“We would rather think of the fact that they have a strong team that will play against us, and not individual players. I don’t want to jump around and start mentioning names, and later if those players are not available, we would be disappointed. So, I have to be sure of what I am doing and when that time comes we will release the names.”On the issue of players like John Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi showing interest in playing for Nigeria at the Olympics, Siasia remarked: “I guess that because Mikel missed out the last time, he wants to make up for it. Not only that, the last couple of games he has played for the Super Eagles, he has been playing very well, and if he wants to be part of the team, of course he is welcome, but as I said we have to look at the positions we really, really need people. We are not going to select players because they play for the Super Eagles or because they are still under the age bracket. They have to compete with those players who actually qualified the team for the Olympics.”Coach Siasia confirmed that he has sent a provisional list of 60 players for the Games. According to him, “if your name is not on that list, then no Olympics for you. That’s why we put as many names as we can, we don’t know the Europe -based players whose clubs would release for the Games.”The U-23 coach said he smiled and stood near Brazil coach, Dunga after the draws at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro: “I told myself this is the man I would be playing against in the Final Match!”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Students joined together in McCarthy Quad Monday night for the annual Conquest spirit rally and concert featuring artists Miguel and ILoveMakonnen. Conquest 2015 was the result of a combined effort by the Office of Campus Activities, Undergraduate Student Government Program Board, USG Concerts Committee and Trojan Pride in anticipation of the crosstown rivalry game against UCLA this Saturday.Conquest included a Bruin Bonfire put on by Trojan Pride, a fireworks show and a Ferris wheel all in McCarthy Quad. Food truck vendors The Boba Truck, Kogi, Coolhaus, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Jogasaki and Farmer’s Belly opened for business at 5:00 p.m., followed by the opening of the Ferris wheel.The next portion of the night was the spirit rally, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The rally included guest appearances from student groups, including the USC Cheer team.“Conquest is really exciting because we know a ton of people are going to be there to watch us,” said Lindsay Luiz, an undeclared freshman on the USC Cheer team. “I’m nervous because it’s our first really big performance, but it’s fun to build up to the game on Saturday. We’ve been preparing for a long time and making a special routine just for Conquest.”Athletes and coaches, the Spirit of Troy, Song Girls, Trojan Dance Force, Spirit Leaders, UnderSCore, Reverse Osmosis and Break Through all made appearances on the Conquest stage.“There are a lot of moving parts to Conquest,” said Alya Omar, one of the student MCs for the rally. “My job is to keep things moving, help with transitions, make sure everything goes smoothly and keep students excited and pumped. This is one of my favorite events because it’s a really good unifier. All of the student groups are so talented and just really fun to watch.”Miguel and ILoveMakonnen were announced as the featured performers on the Conquest Facebook event page on Friday. Miguel, a Grammy-award winning, critically acclaimed artist, and ILoveMakonnen, best known for his song remixed by Drake, “Tuesday,” pumped students up toward the end of the night. Previous Conquest headline performers have included Phantogram, Jason Derulo and Childish Gambino.“I’m not a huge R&B or soul music fan myself, but I think Miguel and ILoveMakonnen are really diverse in their nature. They will appeal to a wide array of audiences in the student body,” said Leah Palacios, a freshman majoring in communication. “For the Welcome Back Concert we had more EDM style artists, which I thought was really cool. Something like pop rock would have been better at really making people pumped up for the game on Saturday.”At the event, five students were randomly selected to predict the halftime and final score of the USC-UCLA game on Saturday. Winners will receive $10,000.The spirit of Conquest began even before the rally and concert Monday evening. Representatives from the Office of Campus Activities and Program Board hosted a variety of activities in front of Tommy Trojan since last Monday, Nov. 16. These mini events included free Conquest t-shirt and goodie-bag giveaways, Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Published on December 6, 2018 at 12:19 am Contact Catherine: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ccleffert As 16 women glided over the ice at the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion, their feet and heads all moving in unison, a high-pitched voice yelled instructions. The coach of the Orange Experience Synchronized Skating team, Lisa Mirabito, called for her skaters to “keep smiling” and “use your shoulders.” Her guidance has helped lead them to their best season since 2013, when the team didn’t exist due to a lack of skaters.This year, Mirabito’s SU Synchronized Skating team has placed first in three competitions, its most successful season since she started coaching the team 10 years ago. Three competitions remain, including the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, the largest competition the Orange will compete in. The six are the highest number of competitions SU has participated in since Mirabito began in 2008. In Mirabito’s time with the Orange Experience, she’s coached skaters from all across the country — California, Virginia, Vermont, Texas, among others — and at all levels of experience.“I like the fact that we’re able to bring these skaters from all over and put them on the ice and make them a team,” Mirabito said. “I enjoy that challenge, I enjoy that.”Mirabito had never planned to be a professional ice skating coach, let alone return to her alma mater and coach a synchronized skating team through, so far, an undefeated season. Mirabito brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the ice each time she laces up her skates, ones encrusted with Swarovski crystals.She had given up ice skating in high school. After graduating from SU in 1984, Mirabito became a designer in Skaneateles but said she needed an outlet outside of her job. There was a rink near where she worked, and she coached part-time for individual ice skaters. After she had kids, she stopped working as a designer and worked only at the rink.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMolly Gibbs | Photo EditorIn 2008, Orange Experience put out a call for a coach who was familiar with the then-recently updated rules of synchronized skating. Prior to that year, there was a change in how the competitions were judged. With her experience from coaching at the Skaneateles rink, she gained the knowledge SU sought, and got the job.“I was sort of consulting, I wasn’t really coaching. I didn’t choreograph,” Mirabito said. “They were still managing all of that, they were handling all their practices.”After a few years, she took a larger role with the team as a coach. Orange Experience trains three times per week — two on-ice practices and one workout. After each run-through of its program, Mirabito floats across the rink to her team and gives suggestions like telling them to “use their shoulders to skate.” Then, she’ll instruct which part she wants to see, and they get in formation. Mirabito said she often brings tissues and bandages, cleans up if a skater has left something behind and turns in music for competitions, acting as a mother — on and off the ice.Senior Hannah Butler, on-ice captain of Orange Experience, said she was on the team when they took fourth at the Eastern Sectionals in 2016. Now, as a captain, she leads one practice per week, and Mirabito leads the other.“I think that we definitely would not be as competitive if we didn’t have her coaching us,” Butler said. “Specifically in the performance aspects, she pulls a lot out of the girls that we wouldn’t be able to pull out of ourselves on ice.”The sport, though not as contact-driven as field sports like soccer and field hockey, requires precision and practice. If one member of the team falls, she runs the risk of taking down her teammates too.Molly Gibbs | Photo EditorDuring a morning practice last month, a week between two first place finishes at competitions, a couple of the skaters fell because one tripped on her skate. They both hit the ground but popped back up and skated into formation, leaving ice falling from their clothes. Both Butler and Mirabito provide technical advice and tips for the skaters to prevent mistakes, but Butler is in the routine. Mirabito watches from the outside.Mirabito said one of her best memories from her time as a coach at SU was when the team finished in fourth place at the Eastern Sectionals three seasons ago. But just two years before that, there wasn’t a team.Butler, who has skated competitively for more than 10 years, describes the sport as a “cutthroat” environment, but said the Orange Experience team is closer than other teams she’s seen. Before each competition, Butler said, the skaters all yell a cheer together. Other skaters frequently comment on how much fun it looks like they’re having.“I think that everyone’s familiar with figure skating as a sport, but not a lot of people are familiar with synchronized skating as a sport,” Butler said. “I think it’s such a fun and beautiful sport to watch. When people find out the team exists and comes to a show, they always have so much fun.”Though skaters graduate and leave the team, Mirabito, in her busiest year with the team, said she plans on staying.“If they will have me, I will continue,” Mirabito said. “I love the sport, I love skating in general and I do enjoy working with the group of skaters right now…If they want me to continue I will continue as long as they need me to or until I retire.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Khalid AliInternational betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands.Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity concerns c0-sharing information and intelligence, helping the distribution of vital information to relevant regulators and sporting authorities to take any action oif deemed necessary.Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association. Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.”Zeno Osskó, Managing Director of BetStars, said: “BetStars is committed to keeping online betting fun and safe for our customers. The move to join ESSA underlines that approach and our determination to identify and tackle those that seek to manipulate sporting events against fellow consumers and responsible operators. We look forward to engaging closely with our partners within ESSA to maintain the integrity of sportsbook markets.”ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. player education programme with EU Athletes (seeESSA current programs include player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international project, entitled “Keep Crime out of Sport”, led by the Council of Europe (see here); both receive funding from the European Commission.ESSA has recently released its Q4 and 2016 overview integrity report, available here. Share Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit
“After the first inning, I was kind of all over the place,” Volquez (9-12) said. “Then I made an adjustment and the last couple of innings it started to get in line and I pitched better.“The other pitcher pitched pretty good, too.”Volquez went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts. He walked four.“I’m really happy with how he pitched,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Just keep playing because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next eight days.”The Dodgers, fresh from clinching the division title on Thursday at Arizona, let their backups get the playing time. No Dodgers regulars were in the starting lineup after they secured their 12th NL West championship since divisional play started in 1969. Erlin (3-3) matched his career-high with seven strikeouts as only three Dodgers reached second base against him.Gyorko homered in the fifth inning, becoming the fifth rookie second baseman ever to reach that milestone. Gyorko gave the Padres a 2-0 lead when he hit a fastball from Volquez 417 feet to center field.Even in the loss, Volquez could be making a case to be included on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.“You usually don’t use a fifth starter in the playoffs, unless you have him in the bullpen,” Mattingly said. “We’ll see. We’ll talk about that when we get to roster time.”Gyorko is the first second baseman to hit 20 homers in franchise history.Volquez impressed Bud Black, his former manager. “He pitched deep into the game and gave up two runs,” Black said. “Robbie was just a little bit better tonight.”Erlin is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in four starts since being recalled on Aug. 25, his fourth stint with the Padres. Huston Street worked the ninth to notch his 32nd save in 33 chances after Luke Gregerson recorded an out in the eighth.The Dodgers had runners on first and third in the ninth but Street struck out pinch-hitters Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.Mattingly said while catching the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals for home-field advantage in the playoffs would be beneficial, that didn’t trump resting his starters.“The biggest thing we wanted to do was to give guys that have been just grinding it out for months, and are pretty banged up, they just needed a day off,” Mattingly said.Skip Shumaker had three of the Dodgers’ six hits, including two doubles. SAN DIEGO >> The mound felt familiar to Edinson Volquez even if the visitor’s dugout didn’t.The Dodgers right-hander started his first game against the San Diego Padres since they released him on Aug. 25.Volquez pitched well, but the Padres’ Robbie Erlin pitched better.Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory over the NL West champion Dodgers on Friday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Antonio Brown needs to be ‘all in or all out,’ Raiders GM Mike Mayock says Ezekiel Elliott unhappy with Jerry Jones’ ‘Zeke who?’ comment, agent says The NFL and Brown had reached a compromise which would have allowed him to use the helmet model he likes if he could find one made within the past 10 years. But, the league reversed that decision Sunday after the helmet went through additional testing, according to ProFootballTalk. Brown then skipped Oakland’s practice. “Here’s the bottom line,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Sunday. “He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. At this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out. We’re hoping he’s back soon.”We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We’re really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope A.B. is going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story.”GM Mike Mayock issued a statement today regarding Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/5ueLsrOmid— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 18, 2019Brown reportedly returned to the Raiders on Monday as the team broke training camp. No practice or walkthrough was held.The Raiders held a team meeting today as camp breaks, and Antonio Brown was there. As a point of clarification, there was no practice or walk through held today in Napa.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 19, 2019The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in March in exchange for draft picks. He caught 74 touchdown passes and made seven Pro Bowls during his nine seasons with Pittsburgh. Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown filed a new grievance against the NFL in an attempt to be able to wear the helmet he wants, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2019A report from NFL.com adds: “(Brown is) arguing that he should be afforded the same rights provided to other NFL players to have a 1-year grace period to phase out his helmet in the 2019 season. He claims the NFL is arbitrarily applying rules.”The helmet Brown wore with the Steelers is no longer on the NFL’s approved list. He lost an arbitration appeal to use the old model earlier this month and reportedly threatened to retire if he couldn’t use the helmet. Related News Antonio Brown’s new helmet fails test; receiver reacts with harsh tweet The Antonio Brown helmet saga continues.The 31-year-old wide receiver has filed another grievance against the NFL over the issue, according to multiple reports, including one from ESPN. Brown has also dealt with frostbitten feet, an injury caused by a cryotherapy equipment mishap, in training camp. The Raiders have two preseason games remaining before they host the Broncos in Week 1 action Sept. 9.
ANKENY — The Ankeny-based Casey’s convenience store chain saw a big impact in lost customers during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but was able to take advantage of lower gas prices.Casey’s president Darren Rebelez says the quarter started with good momentum in gas and store sales. “This momentum continued and actually accelerated through the first two weeks in March, with inside same-store says up in the middle single digits and same-store gallons up in the low single digits — excluding the extra day for Leap year. However, in the middle of March, we began to see a rapid decline in our guest traffic,” Rebelez says.He says the company benefited as gas prices dropped by keeping the price at a point where they made much more on the sale of of each gallon of gas then they made last year. “Fuel gallons were down 34 percent — but were more than offset by an unprecedented average fuel margin of 63 cents per gallon,” according to Rebelez. “Grocery and other merchandise was down nine percent and prepared food and fountain was down 30 percent.”The company weathered the COVID-19 issues and reported diluted earnings per share of $1.67 for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended April 30th, compared to 68 cents for the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share are $7.10 for the year, compared to $5.51 last year.Rebelez says they made many adjustments to handle the reduced traffic to stores. “Adjusting store hours to meet guest demand to optimize profitability. Expanding third-party delivery opportunities, expanding delivery items beyond prepared foods, expanding online assortment available for sale, and modifying food production to reduce food waste,” Rebelez says.Rebelez says the drop in gas prices was unique — and allowed them to take more profit on gas sales. “Our average fuel margin in the fourth quarter was 40.8 cents per gallon. Fuel margins peaked around the first of April and moderated throughout the rest of the month,” Rebelez says. “The average retail price of fuel during the fourth quarter was $2.05 a gallon, compared to $2.46 a gallon a year ago. Total gallons sold for the quarter were down ten-point-seven percent to 488 million gallons — while gross profit dollars increased 96 percent.”Rebelez says many of the states where Casey’s operates have begun to open back up — but Illinois where they have 20 percent of their stores — has not yet lifted restrictions. He made his comments during a conference call for investors.
Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola insisted on Friday he will be happy if Manchester City have no time for a mid-season break, because it will mean they are still competing for every trophy.City’s rivals Manchester United took the opportunity this week for a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, allowing boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to work on his squad’s fitness.Guardiola did take his players to Abu Dhabi last March, after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Wigan left them with a free week.The City boss will consider a similar trip this time round if an early FA Cup exit leaves a gap in their match schedule.But he acknowledges that it may be difficult to fit in such a break if City remain in the hunt for all four major prizes.“Hopefully not, because that means we continue in the FA Cup and especially in the Champions League. We will see. If not, then we will have this time in summer time,” Guardiola told a press conference.“Last season, it was quite similar. But then after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup, we went there.”City are still in contention for a quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles, something that has never been achieved in the English game.They took a significant step towards winning one of those trophies on Wednesday, thrashing third tier Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.It means that, barring something extraordinary in the second leg on January 23, City will feature in the final at Wembley on February 24.That creates another barrier to a potential winter vacation as their league fixture at Everton, scheduled for the previous day, would have to be rearranged.“Did you see the schedule this morning? I saw the schedule, and the Everton game will be fixed for another week, so we don’t have many (spaces in the schedule for a warm-weather break), so we’ll see,” Guardiola said. – Title race –City, having taken a step towards a cup final, resume their attempt to catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Monday, when they host Wolves.Guardiola’s side, in second place, are four points behind Liverpool after beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.It was Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, and may have increased the pressure on a team trying to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.But Guardiola rejected the suggestion that he is happier chasing than leading.“I prefer to be in Liverpool’s position,” he said.Guardiola hopes to have Sergio Aguero back for the Wolves match, with the striker having missed City’s past two matches because of illness, while Vincent Kompany is close to recovering from a muscle problem.City have found it tough keeping pace with Liverpool, despite collecting 50 points from 21 games, a better average this season than Barcelona, who are top of La Liga.Barcelona have collected 40 points from 18 games, an average of 2.22 per match, while City’s average of 2.38 is currently only good enough for second place.“The Premier League is incredibly tough,” he said. You don’t realise how tough it is until you are here for the amount of games, the weather, the time needed for players to recover.”Share on: WhatsApp