Cardiff have confirmed their captain Mark Hudson has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the club until the summer of 2015. “It’s a relief to have done this so early on in the summer so that we can focus purely on the football now in the build up to the season’s kick off.” Mackay said: “I’m delighted that Mark has committed his future to Cardiff City football club. “He is the ultimate professional, an inspirational leader of men and a pleasure to work with on a day to day basis. “It was no surprise to see Mark voted as the supporters’ club’s player of the season earlier this summer, nor that he was voted as part of the PFA’s Championship team of the year. “To secure our captain on a longer-term deal this summer was on our list of priorities and I’m sure he will have the same impact for us in the Barclays Premier League as he did in captaining the players to promotion last season.” Hudson made his 150th Cardiff appearance last term and has scored 11 goals for them. Centre-back Hudson was voted the Welsh outfit’s player of the year by their supporters last season, a campaign in which Malkay Mackay’s side secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League by winning the Championship title. The Guildford-born 31-year-old, who joined from Charlton in 2009, told www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk: “I’m thrilled to have secured my future with Cardiff City and that the thought of my contract is no longer in the back of my mind. Press Association
Press Association Denis O’Regan’s decision to make the journey back to Ireland was fully vindicated when he produced Living Next Door with a typically patient ride to win the hugely valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. The eight-year-old put in a massive leap and the 20-1 chance saw off his rival by a length and a quarter, with Vics Canvas running a fine race in third and The Job Is Right fourth in a thrilling finish. Martin said: “These are the sort of races you like winning. You target them, and it’s wonderful that it’s worked out. “Every fence he made ground and O’Regan gave him the ride of the year as far as I’m concerned. “He lacks a bit of oxygen after his races. It’s happened before and we just need to get him away (from the parade ring) quickly. He’ll be all right. “We’ll have a think about where we go next, but he won’t be going anywhere for at least a month anyway.” A close fifth in the four-miler at Cheltenham in March, Tony Martin’s charge had shown little in two runs this season but bounced right back to his best under his confident jockey, who had earlier won on the yard’s Blair Perrone. Top-weight Foxrock, sent off the 7-2 favourite, made a bold bid under Adrian Heskin and had everything else in trouble approaching the final fence, but O’Regan had stalked him into the straight going particularly well.
“We’ve a good relationship with Ryan and we always have. We used Ryan more last year than we did the year before and hopefully it will be that way again this year – we’ll use him more this year than we did last year,” O’Brien told At The Races. “We’re delighted Ryan is there and he is riding for us.” O’Brien junior, meanwhile, is set to return to Flat racing at Dundalk on Wednesday, but his father is unsure how long he can go on battling his weight. He said: “Obviously nine stone has been a problem for the last two seasons and last year it was a big problem. This year he’s heavier than he was this time last year. “He’ll go gently and we’ll see what will happen. There’s no doubt he’ll come back down to the Flat gently and how far down he’ll go, we’ll wait and see. The Guineas is only just over a month away, so we’ll play it by ear for the moment. “It’s fun and enjoyment for Joseph (riding over jumps) and he loves doing it. I suppose it was me that was keeping him away all the time really. ” O’Brien jnr finished down the field on his first appearance over jumps at Limerick on the JP McManus-owned Egyptian Warrior in the Family Fun Day Rated Novice Hurdle. His mount jumped neatly and travelled well for a long way, but was a well-beaten fifth. On returning, the jockey said: “It was different, but I enjoyed it. He popped away although the ground was a bit slow for him. The multiple champion trainer revealed on Friday his son Joseph was “a little heavy” to resume Flat racing duties at the start of the season and as a result, Moore jetted back from Dubai to ride for O’Brien at the Curragh on Sunday. While the Ballydoyle handler confirmed Joseph will return to ride on the level, after having his first ride over jumps on Sunday’s card at Limerick, he admits his weight is becoming an increasingly difficult problem and Moore looks set to be used on a more regular basis. Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Ryan Moore will ride more for Ballydoyle this year than he has in previous seasons. Press Association “I’ll be back at Dundalk on Wednesday and af ter that I might ride over jumps whenever we have a few runners. I will be back riding again on the Flat.” He then left for the Curragh to ride some of the Ballydoyle top-notchers in their work after racing, including 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles. The race itself was a thriller as long-time leader Velocity Boy seemed to have it in the bag when the challenging Baie Des Iles fell two out, but tied up dramatically on the run-in and was caught by Rogue Trader in a dead-heat finish.
THE Ministry of Education is proposing to up the ante in terms of budgetary allocation for sport in schoolsSpeaking to the media, Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine says that his ministry is likely to increase the allocation to schools for their various sport programmes.“Sports is really key to our programme; we really would like to ensure that the programmes in the schools are working because of all the things they can do for us in the country,” Dr Roopnaraine told reporters.He continued, “It’s not emphasised enough that sports is an area where we can deal with our deeply rooted division and problems within the society and I’m really very much in favour of intensifying our work in sport in the schools and outside the schools.”Roopnaraine said that they will be no deviation from what applies in terms of budgetary allocation for sports being separate and aside from the education but believes sport should be provided for adequately.“We don’t need sporadic activity, we need continuous activity, we need sustainable activity and we have to ensure consistency in whatever it is we do. Sport will probably be within education, I have not seen any contrary proposals in relation to that but you have to ensure within education you give sports what it needs,” the minister added.The national budget for 2017 is expected to be read in December of this year.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Experienced umpire Patrick Gustard has been chosen to participate in the umpire’s exchange programme between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).The 45-year-old will stand in matches in the English Country Championship this month and next month, during a two-week stint. Earlier this year, umpire Graham Lloyd of England stood in matches in the WICB Regional Four-day Championship.“The exchange programme is an important step in the umpires’ development pathway at the WICB. We see it as a vital part of the process as our regional umpires look to broaden their on-field experience in foreign conditions, as well as gain an appreciation for the cultural differences, which exist among the playing nations,” said Rawl Lewis, WICB’s Cricket Operations Officer.“The programme is now in its eighth year and we have seen great benefits. It is a clear demonstration of the WICB’s intent to develop all aspects of cricket in the West Indies and we hope to see our umpires grow and improve.”Lewis also noted that several of the umpires currently officiating at the international level: Joel Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid, Leslie Reifer Jr., have participated on the programme in England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
After conceding to a rare defeat to AHIP on Tuesday morning First Deepwater bounced back to winning ways yesterday at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League in Asaba. First Deepwater defeated Immigration Basketball Club 44-33 to leave the fourth day of the series in the Delta State capital with smiles.Custom also defeated Zamfara Babes 70-50 while the IGP Queens crushed FCT Angels 69-39. Coal City Queens lost 28-45 to Benue Princess.Coach Peter Ahmedu of First Bank Basketball Club who watched most of the games played yesterday commended the standard of the Second Phase of the Zenith Bank Basketball League, “From proceeding here, I believe that most teams have improved greatly since the first phase in Abuja. The games are closely-fought and we have recorded an upset already with GT 2000 beating Customs.“In the game involving Dolphins and Customs, the Border Girls gave a good fight despite losing to the defending champions. With developments like this, the competitiveness, which was lacking in the league, is gradually returning,” reasoned Ahmedu.The Elephant Girls coach said his team has been able to maintain high standard and win with wide margin because it got to Asaba about two weeks before the league dunked off, which gave his players the opportunity to train and get used to the court, which he termed as substandard.“With what I have seen here, I am happy that we got Asaba early to acclimatise and get use to the court and the environment. I am happy that the owners of the team, First Bank PLC have always supported ideas that will put the team in a good position to excel. I hope our performance will propel us to the title,” he added.He however blamed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for opting for Asaba for the second phase of the women’s league.“I must chide the NBBF for bring the league to Asaba. The upright board is made of wood as against fibre, which is approved by FIBA. There are other venues that have fibre uprights where they could have taken this phase of the league to. This is taking us back after we enjoyed tremendous time in Abuja,” reasoned Ahmedu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Once a weakness is exposed, teams will do everything in their power to exploit it until it is fixed.After Saturday night’s game at the Kohl Center, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team better be ready for opponents to send them a flurry of ball screens.In No. 3 Wisconsin’s (16-2 3-2 Big Ten) 77-70 loss to Michigan (13-4, 5-0) Saturday night, the Wolverines created space for their shooters off of ball screens early and often, building a first half lead that would never be overcome.After Wisconsin was pounded in the paint for 52 points against Indiana last Tuesday, it focused on taking away drives to the basket and settled to allow Michigan into midrange and deep looks.“We took away the glass from them and we took away the drives to the rim,” head coach Bo Ryan said after his team’s first loss to Michigan at home since 1999. “You say ‘So OK, you’re going to have to make tough twos.’ I watched four games today of other teams playing and guys didn’t hit the twos like that.“We’ve had games where we’ve had guys who hit shots like and it feels great when your guys hit them, but it doesn’t feel so great when the other guy hits them.”Michigan was making the shots Wisconsin was giving them through the first 10 minutes of the first half hitting 78.6 percent from the floor and knocking in all four of its attempt from beyond the arch.Glenn Robinson III was taking full advantage of the space he was given by Sam Dekker off of screens picking up 12 of his 14 points in the first half.In the final 10 minutes of the first, the Badgers were able to hold the Wolverines to just 15 points but still allowed 43 points through the first 20 minutes—just two points off of the most they have allowed this season—on a 60.7 percent shooting clip from the floor.Wisconsin’s defense began to turn it around in the second half, forcing Michigan into more difficult mid-range looks and causing them to settle for three-point attempts.“Sometimes when you are trying to fix something guys aren’t quite sure and you just have to keep working through it which we finally did,” Ryan said. “We finally got them to miss.”Once the eight-minute mark came in the second half, the Badgers’ defense clamped down, holding the Wolverines with out a basket for over four-and-a-half minutes while the Wisconsin offense capitalized with a 10-0 run and bringing its deficit within one point.“We were on a pretty good run there defensively,” Ryan said. “We were forcing them to take tougher shots and running them off the line.”Although Wisconsin was able to bring the game within reach, Nik Stauskas was too much for the defense to handle, sealing the Badgers’ fate with a three after a Gasser foul and six free throws to ice the game.Coming off of a defensive performance that allowed Indiana to hit 53.3 percent of its shots, Wisconsin allowed Michigan to shoot 54.7 percent, giving up 70-plus points for the ninth straight game.Michigan head coach John Beilein knows his team was able to knock down a lot of difficult jumpers that were the difference in the Wolverine’s fifth-straight conference win.“They play such efficient basketball you have to shoot like we did tonight in order to win,” Beilein said. “We really shot the ball well.”In Wisconsin’s back-to-back losses, it seemed to have run into a team that was on fire offensively, making shots even if there were defenders there to contest them.“They made some tough shots. What are you going to do sometimes? We just had to be more physical on them, I think,” Gasser said. “I thought we were a little soft on them in a few of those screening situations early in the game and that hurt us. Obviously, you can always do better. We didn’t play well, obviously, but [sometimes] you’ve got to pick your poison. I’m definitely not happy about it, but you have to move on.”Suddenly, Wisconsin has dropped two straight games and fallen to the fourth spot in the Big Ten. The defense continues to be an issue has become glaring in its last two games and things won’t get easier in Minneapolis Wednesday when the Badgers take on a Minnesota team that just took down No. 11 Ohio State.“You have to play really well to win games in this league. Doesn’t matter where you’re playing. Doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Gasser said. “So, it’s definitely a little different taste in our mouths now coming out and losing a few times here. We have to see what we’re made of here. It’s a long season — two losses aren’t going to kill us — but we have to get better.”
Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Share Submit SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Shimon Akad – Playtech PlcFTSE gambling technology group Playtech Plc has confirmed that it will expand and upgrade its existing lead supplier relationship with Central and Eastern European (CEE) betting group Fortuna Entertainment Group. Updating the market, Playtech announces that Fortuna has approved the roll-out of its ‘IMS – player management platform’ to be integrated across its properties operating in the markets of Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Croatia.The systems upgrade sees Playtech become lead technology partner for Fortuna across all its operating markets, enhancing a partnership which began in 2016 servicing the Czech Republic and Romania.Utilising Playtech systems and provisions, Fortuna saw a 93% increase in total stakes to just over €2 billion in 2017, driven primarily by online growth.A pleased Shimon Akad, COO of Playtech, commented on the extended arrangement: “This is a significant agreement for Playtech and FEG. The extension and expansion of our partnership highlight both the success we’ve had and the further growth we see ahead. This is a perfect example of how Playtech technology leads the way when it comes to enabling operator growth across regulated markets, and a further reflection of our role as the infrastructure of the industry.”Per Widerstrom – Fortuna EntertainmentPer Widerstrom, Group CEO of Fortuna Entertainment, backed the extension of Playtech as technology partner, as the CEE gambling group expands its profile and properties across new markets following a transformative 2018 incorporating the assets of Hattrick Sports Croatia and Fortbet Romania.“When we first partnered with Playtech, we stated our aim was to become the leading betting and gaming operator in the CEE region,” said Widerstrom. “Having achieved this ambition, we will continue looking to grow and build our offer further in new and existing regulated markets.“Our close partnership with Playtech will continue to be crucial in delivering on this strategy and delivering an industry leading omni-channel approach to our players.”
Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Jesper Svensson – BetssonThis weekend sees Betsson debut as the lead sponsor and betting partner of the Svenska Hockey League (SHL), Sweden’s highest tier of professional ice hockey.Secured in 2018, Betsson replaces state gambling monopoly Svenska Spel as the SHL’s main sponsor, undertaking the group’s ‘biggest ever sports sponsorship commitment’.The partnership sees Betsson undertake a number of responsibilities, moving its sponsorship ‘beyond brand coverage’ as the Stockholm-listed online gambling group will directly invest in all fourteen syndicated SHL clubs.Furthermore, Betsson will work with SHL management in the development of community-led directives seeking to improve the development and access Swedish ice hockey across all-levels of society.Ahead of this Saturday’s opening SHL matchday, Jesper Svensson, CEO of Betsson Group, commented: “We are incredibly proud to be able to support SHL and the clubs once more. We are now strengthening the good cooperation that we have built over the years.“We will continue to be the most engaging partner and certainly the most passionate one about hockey. In short, this means that we will have the best betting offers on SHL and strengthening the coverage of the league with exciting and unique content.”Operating as one of the biggest brands in Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace, Betsson underlines that its SHL partnership will be driven by fair-play and transparency, with a commitment to guaranteeing the best average payout for SHL throughout the season.Backing Betsson as lead partner, Michael Marchal, CEO of SHL, added: “For us, it was given to partner with Betsson once more. Last year they showed us that they are a truly dedicated partner to SHL – in which they produced the very appreciated web-series “Fimpens Resa”, SHL Bibles, and also the commendable #Målcirkeln “the Goal Circle” – a charity initiative that donated money to a number of associations, including some outside of hockey. We, therefore, look forward for better joint initiatives that can delight our supporters and increase interest in SHL for new audiences.” Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share
After the conclusion of EPICENTER: Moscow this weekend, the $500,000 (~£393,850) prize money awarded has edged Valve title Dota 2 over the $100,000,000 (~£78.7 million) mark for total prize money awarded. Dota 2, one of the “big three”, alongside Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends, is famous for The International. The flagship event is crowd-funded from $1.5 million upwards and continues to break records year on year. The bulk of the prize money awarded has stemmed from Valve’s five Majors (each offering a purse of $3 million) and The International each year. The prize money for The International historically has been as follows:The International: $1.6 millionThe International 2: $1.6 millionThe International 3: $2.9 millionThe International 4: $10.9 millionThe International 5: $18.4 millionThe International 6: $20.8 million The total prize money awarded for The International events and Valve Majors is a staggering $71.2 million which clearly comprises the bulk of the $100 million landmark. The prize money for this year’s The International is on course to be the largest esports prize pool to date. It currently stands at $14.6 million but with other treats yet to be revealed to the Dota audience it’s looking likely that it may well usurp the staggering $20.7 million of last year. Whilst no one can fully endorse Valve’s structure and hands-off approach to the Dota 2 esports scene, there’s certainly no shortage of prize money floating about. Riot’s League of Legends sits second at a figure nearing $41.5 million which is simply dwarfed by Dota’s efforts. Whilst Riot has a considerably more structured esports scene with franchising recently introduced to the North American LCS and CS leagues, Dota continues to exhibit more of a “wild west” approach with third party tournament organisers still fairly prevalent. There are clearly concerns about the sustainability and money available for those competing anywhere but the top. The staggering prize money on offer at The International is only shared between the sixteen teams that are skilled enough to compete. According to esportsearnings.com, only 10 of the top 75 esports players in the world (by tournament earnings) are from outside Dota 2. Whilst the best are very well rewarded, there’s limited exposure for team owners and brands outside of premium tournaments and competition below the best is arguably not as well nurtured or supported as in other titles such as League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.Regardless, reaching such an impressive landmark before The International 7 arrives deserves credit where credit’s due. The title has quite rightly earned a reputation for having mammoth prize-pools and that looks set to continue. We should celebrate the game, which still serves up great viewing figures and entertainment rather than questioning the approach from Valve. The era following The International is often where Valve announces (at least vaguely) its plans for the months/year ahead in Dota so we’ll have to wait and see what approach the developer takes going forward. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Dota 2 – $100 million is quite the number. We’re on the home straight now to The International with a few tournaments left to play and then the crunch qualifiers for the world’s largest esports event by prize pool. Good luck to everyone involved.