Sports minister offers words of encouragement to young cricketers

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNewsSports Sports minister offers words of encouragement to young cricketers by: – June 14, 2012center_img 23 Views   no discussions Share Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles. (file photo)Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles has encouraged young sports men and woman to develop an attitude of respect, discipline and tolerance for each other and to safeguard their opportunities for development.Charles made these comments at the opening of the 2012 Quenchie soft drinks primary school cricket championship earlier this week.“One of the things that is very common is the use of our young boys and girls to traffic drugs and I am therefore appealing to you that you should not allow any body to use you and to take away any of the opportunities that are out there for you”.She also encouraged the students to be disciplined as this will assist them throughout life.“Another thing that is very important is discipline and what I mean is time management. If the game is to start at 10:00 are you there at 9:30 or 9:45? You should not be walking in at 10:00. When you begin to develop that sense of maintaining time it is going to be a lifelong experience because it will be important when you begin your career”.Charles also advised the students to maintain a level of tolerance which is of great importance.“As you play, and move around you may knock somebody and you need to learn to tolerate people because we have seen an increase of violence among young people. If tomorrow you become one of the West Indies players you are not going to stand on the field and fight because number one you will not get there, so your attitude now is what determines what will happen to you as a future sports man”.She said sports should be seen as a means of “promoting” peace and she hoped that after the students training and involvement in sports they would develop a sense of “respect” for themselves and for others.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAKERS-CORONAVIRUS LOANLakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan programLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from a coronavirus relief program after learning the program’s funds had been depleted. — The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth-year contract options on star defensive end Myles Garrett and tight end David Njoku. The decision on Garrett was no surprise. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He’s developed into one of the NFL’s premiere pass rushers and was on his way to another big season in 2019 before he was suspended for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Njoku missed 10 games last season after breaking his wrist.— The Washington Redskins have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Jonathan Allen’s rookie contract. The team announced the expected move in the aftermath of the NFL draft. Allen was Washington’s first-round pick in 2017 and has started 36 games. The Alabama product has 139 tackles and 15 sacks so far as a pro. He was voted defensive captain in his third season and has emerged as one of the Redskins’ leaders in his mid-20s.— Patriots fullback James Develin is retiring from the NFL because of complications from the neck injury that caused him to miss the final 14 games of last season. He announced his decision in an Instagram message. The 31-year-old has been a staple of both New England’s offense and special teams since joining the team in 2012. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2017 as a fullback. — The Atlanta Falcons have added more help on offense in reaching agreements with 20 college free agents. The Falcons focused on defense in the NFL draft. Among the college free agents who agreed to terms were three wide receivers, two tight ends, one fullback and five offensive linemen. Jalen McCleskey of Tulane, Chris Rowland of Tennessee State and Juwan Green of Albany are the three wide receivers in the group. The Falcons also reached deals with tight ends Jared Pinkney of Vanderbilt and Caleb Repp of Utah State.— The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 18 undrafted free agents. The list includes running backs James Robinson and Tavien Feaster. Robinson or Feaster should have a decent shot at making the team’s 53-man roster because Jacksonville didn’t address the position in free agency or the NFL draft. Robinson ran for 4,444 yards and 44 touchdowns during four seasons at Illinois State. Feaster played three years at Clemson before transferring to South Carolina. He was the Gamecocks’ leading rusher last year, finishing with 572 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Inslee said that if the state sees an uptick in infections of the new coronavirus, or if people don’t continue to take safety measures while recreating, the activities could again be restricted. Public gatherings and events, team sports and camping are all still prohibited under the current stay-at-home order that has been in place since March 23.In other coronavirus-related sports developments:— The head of Japan’s medical association thinks it will be difficult to hold the Olympics without an effective coronavirus vaccine. Japan and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games until July next year due to the global pandemic. Japan is under a monthlong state of emergency amid a rapid increase of infections throughout the country, where hospitals are overburdened. Japan Medical Association President Yoshitake Yokokura says even if infections are under control in Japan by next summer, it would still be hard to stage the games unless the pandemic is over in the rest of the world. Experts have said it could take 12-18 months or longer to develop a vaccine that is safe and effective for clinical use. — The American Hockey League is “quite likely” to cancel the rest of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. That is according to a person with direct knowledge of league discussions who commented anonymously because the person was not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league. The AHL responded by saying there’s “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season. Last week, AHL President and CEO David Andrews said the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 season but added nothing was official.— Arsenal has reopened part of its training ground for players to run alone as the English Premier League accelerates planning for “Project Restart” with the British government. It comes amid increased scrutiny of Downing Street downplaying the potential for sports to exacerbate the coronavirus outbreak seven weeks ago. It took Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for COVID-19 on March 12 for the league to be suspended. Now the decision to allow sports to restart will be informed by experts who said there was “no rationale” to closing them down in the first place. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKGolf to resume in Washington StateUNDATED (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that golf can resume in the state beginning May 5.The announcement on Monday was part of a partial resumption of outdoor activities that includes fishing, hunting and use of state parks and state lands for day trips.Inslee said that the Golf Alliance of Washington has established several rules, including spacing out of tee times, limits on the number of people playing golf together, and allowing take-away food and beverage service only. April 28, 2020 McVay’s Rams begin virtual learning in unusual NFL offseasonUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has big plans for an offseason of virtual learning for his players.The Rams will hold four 90-minute virtual sessions of teaching per week, learning their new assignments and schemes on computers and tablets instead of the grass. McVay will spice up the sessions with guest speakers, including Clippers coach Doc Rivers and hopefully Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.The Rams have plenty of work to do during the offseason although they finished 9-7 last year for their third straight winning season under McVay. Along with several major roster changes, McVay hired a new offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator.Elsewhere around the NFL: UNDATED (AP) — The new Texas Rangers ballpark is among possible venues Major League Baseball could use if it decides to start the season with groups of teams in different areas.Among the different plans looked at by Major League Baseball is to use Texas as a mid-American hub.Having all 30 teams based in Phoenix has been examined. So has having groups of teams in Arizona, Texas and Florida.All of those areas have climate-controlled MLB stadiums, and other nearby ballparks. The Rangers still haven’t played a game in their new stadium with a retractable roof.NFL NEWS MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has pushed back plans that would allow teams to reopen their practice facilities for at least one week.The NBA had decided over the weekend to have teams open their gyms for voluntary player workouts on Friday, if local and state laws made such a move permissible. But on Monday the league revised that potential opening date until May 8, at the earliest.The NBA says the May 8 date is far from firm, warning teams that it “may push this timing back if developments warrant.” VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew Rangers park among possible MLB ideas for season start The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and they received it in the first round of distribution.The team returned its loan after the fund ran out of money in less than two weeks. So did several wealthier businesses that had applied for the funds, including Shake Shack and AutoNation.The Lakers qualified for the program because they have only about 300 employees. But the team is thought to be the NBA’s second-most valuable franchise, with Forbes estimating a value of $4.4 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA FACILITIESNBA pushes plan to reopen facilities until May 8 at earliestcenter_img Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have fired team president John McDonough, ending a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships.The surprising move comes with the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. And it raises questions about the direction of one of the league’s marquee franchises. McDonough had been supportive of general manager Stan Bowman despite three straight seasons of lackluster results.Owner Rocky Wirtz says it was a difficult move, but he thinks it’s the “right decision.” The owner’s 43-year-old son Danny Wirtz is replacing McDonough on an interim basis. Danny Wirtz is a vice president with the team.In other NHL news:— Longtime NHL forward Joel Ward has retired. The 39-year-old Ward last played in the NHL in 2018 for the San Jose Sharks. He went to training camp with Montreal the following season but was unable to get another shot. Ward started his career with Minnesota and also played for Nashville and Washington in his 11-year career. NASCARAll eyes on NASCAR as it races toward restartCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is racing toward a restart that could come as early as mid-May.The stock car series is trying to put together a schedule that allows it to race in states that have started re-opening without spectators. The series is working on safety protocols that other racing leagues will be watching.Teams could be back at work in North Carolina race shops by the end of the week when local stay-at-home orders expire.  Associated Press — FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog. The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time. FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.— Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5. F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.” Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The New York Giants have agreed to contract terms with 15 players who were not taken in the NFL draft this weekend. Among the players who reached agreements were two Ohio State receivers, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor.— The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with 12 college free agents. That’s after the record haul of 15 draft picks they made over the weekend. Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis was one of the priorities, as one of the top-rated undrafted prospects. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Davis skipped his final season with Texas A&M to turn pro. He had 616 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Aggies in 2019.— Each of the NFC East teams will carry an international player on its practice squad in the upcoming season. As part of its developmental program, the NFL has assigned Mexico’s Isaac Alarcon to Dallas, Germany’s David Bada to Washington, Australia’s Matt Leo to Philadelphia, and Austria’s Sandro Platzgummer to the New York Giants. The division was chosen as part of a random draw.NHL NEWSBlackhawks fire team president McDonough in surprising move — Clemson has canceled all of its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic and will remain closed until May 8. The cancellations include two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps, which have been popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players.— There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.— The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation. The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm. For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations.— USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia. The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.— UEFA is paying $255 million in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.” Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”last_img read more

Player safety major consideration for CWI on England tour: Skerritt

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt, has given the assurance that the tour of England will only take place once the regional body is satisfied that the safety of players will not be compromised, and that conditions in the United Kingdom do not put them at a disadvantage.Arguing that speculation over pre-conditions for the tour was premature since both CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board were still at the discussion phase, Skerritt said his administration would not agree to the series unless the environment was “mutually suitable”.“It is well known the West Indies team was due to travel to England in another 10 or so days,” Skerritt told i95FM Sports here.“Obviously that’s not going to happen and Cricket West Indies and the English Cricket Board have been in discussions for a few weeks now, staying in touch, keeping each other updated on the situation locally – speculating, hoping, imagining, wishing, praying that we could have the tour take place sometime in the summer.“I think it would be premature for us to get too excited by what the terms and conditions would be. There’s been no confirmation of anything – different ideas have come up based on medical advice.“Both organisations have had both medically oriented and cricket technical discussions. We’ve included the key cricket folks – coach, captain, director of cricket, speaking with their counterparts in England.”He added: “But let’s be clear, Cricket West Indies will not be making an decisions that don’t make sense under the circumstances but obviously unless things change dramatically within the next month or two, it won’t be normal circumstances.“So the circumstances that prevail and the conditions that are placed will be determined to be only be suitable if they’re mutually suitable.”In recent days, speculation has swirled about a July start for the three-Test series which was originally carded to begin June 4, but had to be scrapped because of the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.The ECB has postponed the start of its domestic season until May 28 but with the virus already resulting in 219 000 infections and nearly 32 000 deaths, doubt remains over when the season can actually get underway.Media reports in England have indicated that the ECB are considering strict isolation, quarantine and testing protocols for players and officials, along with the use of “bio-secure” playing facilities in order for the series to proceed.While conceding that cricket globally would have to undergo changes to accommodate safety concerns once it restarted, Skerritt stressed if the tour went ahead, players would not be pressured to make themselves available, even though he did not foresee that situation occurring since all stakeholders were being kept abreast of discussions.“This is going to have to be a win-win tour in terms of the arrangement. Nobody will be put at a disadvantage, nobody will be abused,” he pointed out.“We’re trying to put things in place where cricketers can play cricket. That’s what cricketers do, they make a living out of playing cricket and some cricketers may have to make some adjustments as we go along, especially in the first few months of the return to cricket.”He continued: “This is too early to speak about quarantine and length of quarantine but you cannot go to Britain to play sport or do anything else without complying without whatever terms and conditions and protocols operate at the time.“Similarly, Caribbean cricketers are not going to be able to move around the region or get involved in preparation camps and other things that are necessary before a tour like this without it being cleared by the health authorities and so on, so Cricket West Indies is not in anyway trying to force any unreasonable ideas down anybody’s throat.“We believe in inclusivity of planning, we believe in getting the stakeholders involved in understanding what it is they’re getting into so the cricketers are not going to be jumping into a blind hole; in fact, they should not be jumping into a hole at all.“If this English tour is going to take place, we just have to make sure the terms and conditions and the environment for good health and good hygiene and for safety in the context of COVID-19, that they prevail in ways that don’t make cricket impossible to be played.”last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse cruises past Eastern Washington on opening night, 66-34

first_img Comments Published on November 6, 2018 at 10:47 pm Contact Alexandra: Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (1-0) won its 15th-straight opening night contest on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome, defeating Eastern Washington (0-1), 66-34. The Orange were led by 20 points and eight rebounds from sophomore forward Oshae Brissett. The 34 points allowed were the fewest Syracuse had given up in the Carrier Dome, and much could be attributed to an effective full-court press which shut down the Eagles and got SU 33 points off turnovers.last_img

Clonmel coursing 2016 deemed a success

first_imgDamien Lonergan covered the meeting for Tipp FM and said this year’s edition was a success. Coolvanny Bingo, trained by Noel Browne for Mark Lowther, saw off the challenge of Furey Mills to win the Derby.Grace and Glamour took the honours in the Oaks, beating the game Killacolla Kiwi.Mulboy King was the winner of the Champions Stakes. last_img

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR’s award of excellence

first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition.Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of Thursday night’s season-ending awards ceremony.“Our family, we just appreciate everything about this sport,” Gibbs said. “We were worried about coming into NASCAR, and we were welcomed in. It’s a thrill for us.”The award named for NASCAR’s late founder is not given every year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the last recipient in 2017 and it was not awarded last year. There have been only 26 winners since the award began in 1965. Gibbs received the award from Ben Kennedy, the great-grandson of its namesake.Gibbs drivers won 19 of 36 races this season including last month’s championship-clinching win by Kyle Busch. Gibbs had three drivers in the four-driver finale and it was Busch who emerged the victor for his second career Cup title.This season was dedicated to Gibbs’ oldest son, J.D., who died in January at age 49 from complications of a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. A month later, Denny Hamlin led a 1-2-3 Gibbs sweep at the Daytona 500.Gibbs, who turned 79 late last month, was a three-time Super Bowl champion coach for the Washington Redskins, a team he quit twice, each time surrendering the high-profile job to devote more time to his family and NASCAR.Gibbs’ sons, J.D. and Coy, followed him into JGR, and it was J.D. who discovered Hamlin at a late-model test at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the early 2000s.J.D. Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary (1987-90) while his father coached the Redskins. He transitioned into NASCAR and the family business when the elder Gibbs launched his NASCAR team in 1992. J.D. Gibbs was eventually co-chairman of JGR after starting with the organization as a part-time driver and over-the-wall crew member.He even made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002. He stepped away from JGR in 2015 when it was announced he was suffering from “conditions related to brain function.”___More AP auto racing: and Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST Joe Gibbs Honored With NASCAR’s Award Of Excellence Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Written By 9 months ago Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Veteran producer of ‘WarGames,’ ’Blue Bloods,” dies at 85 WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Associated Press Television News LIVE TV 9 months ago Trump: If you’re going to impeach me, ‘do it now, fast’ First Published: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST 9 months ago Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition 9 months ago Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation caselast_img read more

Ubong Shares VAT Wonder Goal Prize with Orphans

first_imgHe said he will share the prize money of N150,000 with the Children Development Centre on IBB Boulevard in Uyo, which his club and players have been channeling their charity gestures as part of their community relations. “I will share the proceeds with the Children Development Centre near our camp here in Uyo. That is the only charity I know and that is where we as a club and team mates have been visiting to give support from time to time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Match Day 21 VAT Wonder Goal Award winner, Akwa United’s Ubong Friday, has revealed that he would share the proceeds of his award with the Children Development Centre in Uyo.Ubong’s strike against ABS FC of Ilorin was adjudged the best goal of the match day by online voters in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) poll and was presented the award on Wednesday by the Akwa Ibom and Cross River State FIRS Coordinator, Agu Bennet, amidst cheers from fans, team mates and visiting Wikki Tourists players at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, as part of pre-match ceremony for the rescheduled NPFL match day 23 fixture between Akwa United and their opponents from Bauchi.Elated by the recognition, Ubong said he had never won such an award in his career and he is delighted that he is beginning to hit the limelight.last_img read more

Net gains: How Sportradar is helping to bring tennis back

first_imgShare Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar is preparing to support more tournaments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tennis ecosystem, notably the Generali Austrian Pro Series starting on Monday 25 May featuring the sport’s world number three Dominic Thiem (pictured).We spoke to Sportradar’s MD for Sports Partnerships David Lampitt to discuss how these tournaments are being handled and why both the integrity and data supply mirrors the quality standards you would expect from a ‘normal’ tour event, as well as the challenges associated with planning for the future and modelling different scoring formats including the Next Gen style ‘first to four’.SBC: As a data provider to the ITF, how did the Sportradar association with these new tournaments come about?DL: We’ve been a serious investor in tennis for the last decade, with a market leading portfolio in the sport so we have an established network. We have a long-standing partnership with the ITF and we’re now into our second cycle of rights partnership with Tennis Australia. We’ve also done deals with a number of ATP 250 tournaments and, most recently, we’ve announced an OTT partnership with the Tennis Channel for their international streaming service. All of that has led to us entering into a multi-layered partnership with PlaySight Interactive and Base Tennis Academy to launch the Tennis Point Exhibition Series via Tennis Channel. When the crisis arose, the sports industry looked at how it could react swiftly to mitigate some of the commercial damage that has been caused by the global lockdown and suspension of sporting events around the world.During this unprecedented period, however, we have been able to rapidly pivot our business priorities and resources in line with our customers’ needs. We have been innovative, open and progressive about how we can work with our partners across different sports, including tennis, and how we can leverage our technology to help bring live sport back and make it available again.So that strong network of well-established relationships within the sport has meant we have been able to work closely with all our tennis partners to bring events back as soon as it’s safe to do so.We have been working side-by-side with tournament organisers, many who have had to cancel, suspend or postpone their scheduled events. And all of this is obviously helping to support players who don’t currently have the opportunities to earn their living from the sport. The two key drivers in the whole process have been the players and event organisers,and we’ve been very happy to react quickly and support their efforts to create the safest possible environment to play competitive tennis again. We tend to forget that most tennis players operate outside of the top echelon of the game and are dependent on the availability of live tennis to earn their livelihood.SBC: Picking up on the player aspect, are there prizes on offer?DL: One of the key factors for us is making sure that the players are remunerated properly. There is always a prize pool element. Many tournaments will pay an appearance fee to players, but we have insisted that there is also a prize pool for the events because that creates the right incentives for the players to compete and perform. Keeping that competitive element is a key part of getting the balance right.SBC: And what about the integrity part of the competitions?DL: Again, this has been a key factor for Sportradar and one of the areas where we have been able to actively support a number of recent events. Tournament organisers as well as players – either individually or as a group participating in a tournament – have their own integrity processes and obligations towards the Tours (ATP/WTA) and the Tennis Integrity Unit to ensure that what they’re doing is compliant with the requirements of  the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). This has also been a critical concern for Sportradar and we’ve made sure that all of the events we’ve covered have been supported by our Integrity Services Fraud Detection System and that we continue to work closely with the TIU to ensure tennis is safeguarded throughout this period and beyond.SBC: In terms of the data supply, and how that translates to the betting markets, is that broadly in line with what you would offer normally?DL: Yes it is. One of the reasons why we’ve been able to respond quickly is that we already have the technology available. We already have the umpire scoring technology for the ITF which can be put on a tablet or a laptop, and is integrated into our systems. In addition, we already have integration with companies such as PlaySight – an automated video production company. In these unique circumstances, being able to provide an automated video production without any personnel around the court is obviously crucial. It’s thanks to this integrated approach to technology and partnerships that we have been able to respond so quickly and effectively.SBC: And what about the pricing of these events, particularly those with different scoring systems. How does it work for those who haven’t played to these formats?DL: We always recommend events use a format that is already established within the sport – it’s more accessible for fans as well as being easier to manage from the perspective of odds-modelling. However, with the current restrictions in place and the limitations on players being able to travel, we are taking a more flexible approach with some different formats being used, rather than a standard knock-out event. The round-robin set-up and the ‘first-to-four’ short set format is something that has already been used for the ATP Next Gen Finals so it has been relatively easy to integrate. We’ve adapted our data supply and odds generation models to work with that format when it’s been used in the past so again it’s something we’ve been able to adapt to swiftly. SBC: It is interesting to consider how these probabilities change. For example, a big server might almost always get to a tiebreak, but could be more susceptible with the ‘no advantage’ scoring rule. It must be difficult to do?DL: The biggest element to consider here from an odds modelling perspective is the “shoot-out” element of the single deuce point because normally in tennis you have to win two points in a row to win a game – something that is also true when you reach deuce.From our point of view, it’s all about being as responsive as we can to solve problems and challenges that we and our sporting partners are facing, and to react as quickly and effectively as possible.SBC: This way of putting on tennis tournaments, how far in advance are you preparing for this to be the case? DL: There’s obviously a huge amount that needs to happen in the background when organising a sporting event, producing data and video and managing the player side – particularly given the current restrictions. We’ve been lucky to partner with some great teams of people organizing these events by adopting a really integrated approach on commercial and production elements.The biggest challenge now is predicting how long we think the current period is going to continue, and how far in advance should we plan. This is a constant balancing act and means working in real-time and being as adaptable and flexible as possible. The main tennis bodies have obviously decided there will not be any Grand Slam, Tour or ITF tennis until mid-July, therefore this gives us a reference point, but we are keeping a close eye on developments so that we’re ready to respond as quickly as possible.Tennis has some particular challenges here in that it is a truly global sport. It’s not like a domestic league product where everyone that participates is normally within a single territory, so the international nature of tennis – one of its great strengths – also creates certain challenges in the current circumstances.SBC: And finally, does competitive tennis hold any advantage over other sports, given the nature of the game and how it has been prioritised by governments in the first phase of lockdown lifts?DL: Tennis has been specifically identified as a sport that can be played earlier than others when emerging from lockdown restrictions. In Austria, for example, it was included within the first phase of opening up recently, clearly benefiting from the fact that it is not a contact sport, and players can participate at a safe distance apart.This is also why one of the next events we’re very pleased to be partnering with is the Generali Austrian Pro Series – which will be up and running from the last week in May and has a great line-up including Dominic Thiem. David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

LVR need tie-breaker to capture Bomber Baseball Invitational

first_imgLVR opened the tournament with a tough 7-6 loss to Mount Baker Wild. The loss was the first of the season for LVR after the Heritage City squad opened undefeated in 10 games against American competition.However, the Bombers roared back with three consecutive wins over Selkirk of Kimberley (13-3), Vulcan (13-3) and Mount Boucherie 13-5.The decision over Boucherie forced the three-way tie, setting up the tie-breaker — decided by runs for and against, calculated with only the teams tied.Mount Boucherie had a 4 and – 8 for a total of -4; Mount Baker had a 1 and – 4 for a total of – 3, and L. V. Rogers had a 8 and -1 for a total of 7.EXTRA INNINGS: Sunday, Bomber Austin Tambellini signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Hill College in Hillsbourough Texas, for the 2015 – 2016 school year. The L.V. Rogers Bombers bounced back from an early loss to capture the Bombers High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Butler Park in Trail.The Bombers won the tournament on a tie-breaker after three teams — LVR, Mount Boucherie of Kelowna and Cranbrook’s Mount Baker — finished in a three-way tie with 3-1 records.last_img read more

Lions, Tams reach semis

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Robert Bolick of San Beda try to recover the ball off Jonathan Espeleta of Adamson, at the Filoil arena . INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZDefending champion San Beda secured a spot in the semifinal stages of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup after surviving Adamson, 64-62, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Lions now face St. Benilde in the semifinals after Carlo Young’s spilt free throw lifted the Blazers past University of the Philippines in an earlier game.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Far Eastern University stole the spotlight from the reigning titlist when the Tamaraws also booked a ticket to the Final Four by outgunning La Salle, 76-69.Hubert Cani scored 11 of the last 13 points for FEU, capped by a dagger step-back jumper with 27.8 ticks left for a 74-69 cushion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Facing the seasoned teams from Group A of the tournament helps us in our preparation for the coming UAAP season,” FEU head coach Olsen Racela said.The Lions needed to quell a late rally by the Falcons before the victory as Adamson forward Sean Manganti caught fire midway through the payoff period, scoring 18 straight points that kept his team within a point, 63-62, with 3.4 ticks left. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But a Jose Presbitero free throw iced the win for the Lions.“We knew that Adamson is a very strong team so I just reminded my players about our game plan,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.The Lions held a 37-23 lead in the second quarter, but the Falcons clawed back with an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to six, 40-34. San Beda made 19 free throws while Adamson only had two.Robert Bolick led the Lions with 23 points while Javee Mocon came away with 16 markers and 11 boards.Manganti had 20 points to lead the Falcons while Papi Sarr added 13 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Cani spearheaded the Tamaraws with 22 points while Arvin Tolentino and Prince Orizu chipped in 10 apiece.Young’s free throw with 3.3 ticks remaining in the game capped a five-point swing for the Blazers.“I have to give credit to my coaching staff. I wasn’t in practice for three days due to hyper acidity. The boys really played to the game plan,” Blazers head coach TY Tang said.Maroon Janjan Jaboneta’s inbound pass in the dying seconds of the game was stolen by Justin Gutang and sealed the win for the Blazers.Clement Leutcheu led the Blazers with 26 points and seven rebounds while Yankie Haruna chipped in 25 markers. —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SUINGSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palami: South Korea win an inspiration for Azkals Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more