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first_imgNASCAR-BUSCH-MASKSKyle Busch supports wearing a mask in publicCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch says he supports wearing a mask in public so “we all can take care of our neighbor” amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a rare instance of the two-time NASCAR champion wading into a social issue.Busch entered the debate after images from short tracks over the weekend showed packed grandstands with little social distancing and few people wearing masks.He retweeted a photo from South Alabama Speedway in Ozark, Alabama, and added his own message. Busch applauded fans for supporting their local short tracks but suggested mandatory masks for admission for “healthier practices.” The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Still, ironing out the format represents significant progress since global sports were largely shut down in March as the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic. Bettman has said the goal has always been to play again and award the Stanley Cup, but details remain uncertain.Instead of limiting the Cup chase to the usual 16 teams that qualify for the playoffs, the league and players agreed to expand the field to 24 of its 31 teams because of the unusual circumstances.The top four teams in each conference ranked by points percentage will play separate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The remaining 16 teams will be seeded by conference.Games are expected to be played in two hub cities and Bettman said and 10 are in the running: Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. Paul in the U.S. and Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. — The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYProsecutors say guilty plea coming in college bribery caseUNDATED (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to bribing Georgetown University’s former tennis coach to get his daughter admitted as a fake athletic recruit.Robert Repella pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 months in prison and a $40,000 fine. Associated Press WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSWorld TeamTennis hoping to play before fans within weeksUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. But World TeamTennis is not affiliated with those tours and no ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.World TeamTennis is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-ROSSDolphins owner says there will be a 2020 seasonMIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there definitely will be an NFL season in 2020.In an interview on CNBC, Ross says the question is whether there will be fans in the stadiums.The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10 but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary. Salaries in the major leagues range from $563,500 at the minimum to $36 million each for Trout, the three-time MVP outfielder on the Los Angeles Angels, and Cole, the pitcher signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent. According to a study by The AP, 369 of 899 players have salaries of $600,000 or less, according to the rosters frozen in March.In other MLB news:The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and selected other front office employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.A person familiar with the plans said Tuesday that the furloughs will begin next week, although the team’s amateur scouts are expected to stay on through the draft June 10-11. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the moves.The furloughs will apply to professional and amateur scouts and other front office employees on the business side. The A’s will continue to pay the health care, 401K and pension costs for their employees. The reigning Cup Series champion rarely speaks on non-racing issues.In other developments related to the coronavirus:—Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no more than 30,000 fans. About 22,000 season tickets have been renewed, leaving about 8,000 seats to be filled.— Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic. The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.— New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Charging documents released Tuesday say Repella paid Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst $50,000 in 2017 to get his daughter admitted as an athlete.Repella is the 55th person to be charged in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.NBA-WIZARDS-WALLWall says he’s fully recoveredWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he is fully recovered after two operations that sidelined him for the past 1½ years. He also says he is “itching” to get back on the court next season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL to move straight into playoffsUNDATED (AP) —The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play. Ross says the NFL’s flexibility will allow the league to start on time. He says the country needs sports entertainment.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLPlayers call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing’NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players’ union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11. In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. May 26, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: The five-time All-Star has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that season and while he was working his way back from that, he tore his left Achilles tendon and needed another operation in 2019.That held Wall out for all the current season, which was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.He spoke during a video call to discuss his relief program to help pay rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

VAR has been a success despite criticism, says Swarbrick

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – The use of the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) in the Premier League has been vindicated despite several controversial decisions and criticism from fans and pundits, the system’s chief Neil Swarbrick said on Monday.Speaking to the media after the latest round of matches in which Sheffield United had a goal disallowed for offside against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City were denied a penalty for handball against Liverpool, Swarbrick defended the technology.“We are in the infancy with VAR, 12 match weeks into the Premier League season, and you need to give us time to operate and utilise it,” he told Sky Sports. “It is working as we wanted. It’s taken quite a few years for other competitions or sports – the likes of cricket and rugby union – to get to where they are today regarding technology. It doesn’t happen overnight.”VAR was introduced in the Premier League this season after trials in the League Cup and FA Cup. Asked by the BBC how he would rate the use of VAR on a scale of one to 10, Swarbrick said: “I’d give us around about seven-ish. We have more decisions correct with VAR than without it.“If the mark now is seven – early days – in two years’ time I’m hoping for maybe an eight and a half or nine. “We are open to evolving with this – it’s not a case of we’re not budging. We will listen to feedback and where we can improve things, we will do.” Some pundits were less enthralled with the system which has also infuriated fans around the world, mostly for decision-making delays which take up to several minutes.Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton was one of the system’s harshest critics. “Seven out of 10? Did he really say that with a straight face? Come on, are you serious?” Sutton told the BBC.“There have been so many high-profile, horrific mistakes. They’ve got too much wrong. I wanted VAR to work, I backed VAR, but they are making such a mess of it.”Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson also pulled no punches in criticising VAR.“It’s been a bit of a disaster,” he said. It’s still a matter of opinion because it doesn’t clear up a clear and obvious error, It’s just someone else’s opinion. “It’s been a complete mess from day one and it’s caused more problems than it’s worth.”last_img read more

Hope Comes for Domestic Sports Content through 6th NBC Code

first_imgShehu Dikko…new deal for domestic league Duro Ikhazuagbe“Advertisement of products and services during prime foreign sports contents shall not be broadcast unless the advertiser equally sponsors, and or advertises such products and services in the broadcast of prime local sports content in the same category, where such local contents produced in Nigeria are available.”- Section 6.2.12 of the 6th National Broadcast CodeThe above is an excerpt from Nigeria’s 6th National Broadcast Codes released on July 4, 2019 which presents an interesting outlook for ownership of international sports broadcast rights and domestic sports content in Nigeria in the seasons ahead. In what can be considered a radical move to protect domestic sports and promote patronage for domestic sports content, the Nigeria Broadcast Commission (NBC) encoded provisions that compels corporations commissioning advertisements in or outright broadcast sponsorship of foreign sports contents on local television and radio as well as broadcast organisations acquiring broadcast rights to also acquire rights to the broadcast of premium domestic sports.Obviously, free market advocates would be up in arms to contest the seeming imposition of business decisions on broadcast organisations and their corporate partners. Then, protectionism in business have never received more fillip than we are currently experiencing in America where President Donald Trump is unabashedly pushing the international markets for patronage of American products and services. If the world capital of capitalism and free market can insist on deals to promote trade in favour of America, who are we here to shout?It’s worth repeating here that deploying resources made from domestic consumption for funding of foreign broadcast contents is not only inimical to the economy which suffers from capital flight, but is killing the domestic sports industry, piling up unemployment and creating social distress as youths who otherwise would have been gainfully engaged in sports are left to wallow in social vices. Such spends on international sports contents creates jobs in the countries where the rights are bought from and provides much needed revenue for the industry in those countries to lure the best talents from all corners of the globe, making their industry a more elegant and attractive proposition.There has been the counter argument that our sports have not developed into the quality of product that can compete with its international counterparts, hence the preference by rights consumers to patronise the more attractive foreign content. This is a clever by half proposition and it negates the realities of the third world and the advanced western economies.Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Is’haq Modibbo Kawu was unknowingly responding to this when he noted in his forward on the Codes that “a final point of interest is the manner the 6th edition of the National Broadcasting Code has also reflected the conviction that our sports in general ought to get advertising funding support that matches a reasonable percentage of the huge amount of advertising spend that supports foreign sporting activities”.There are obvious initial challenges that the policy will throw up such as the difficulty Advertisers, Company Marketing Executives and Media Buyers will face in making business decisions on allocating hitherto unbudgeted funds for investment in domestic sports either through sponsorship or purchase of broadcast rights to domestic sports content. This is natural at the outset of every new policy but the long term gains outweigh the short term rough edges.The Government may also encourage a buy-in for corporate investment by offering sweeteners by way of incentives that may include some form tax exemption or holiday for organisations that comply with the code. There may be other waivers that could be offered such as duty waivers for import of equipment associated with broadcast. Significantly, the recent Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Bill passed by the 8th National Assembly made specific provisions providing for tax exemption and other concessions to companies sponsoring football and this can be extended across all sports.It is patently devious to mop up cash from domestic consumption and use same to create unemployment here and enrich economies of other nations. A thriving domestic sports industry will in the long run create jobs and expertise in allied industries such as media, legal, merchandising, technology, infrastructure, Finance, Insurance and the health sector to list just a few.There can be no future for the domestic sports industry if we keep blind eyes and sealed lips to the shameless dumping of international sports content on our media space while blacking out the domestic activities. Broadcast right remains the premium revenue source for sports funding and the NBC Code is on point in seeking to compel even if trickles to the sector. We may need to get familiar with practices in some European countries such as Britain, Italy, Germany and Spain where different forms of regulations are embedded in their broadcast codes and with additional laws in place to protect and support their domestic sports competitions.Actor and movie producer, Desmond Elliot recently called for outright ban of foreign contents in movies aired in the country and while he has been met with stringent criticisms by persons that readily compare domestic movies with the more established Hollywood, the germane point in his call is that Nollywood cannot compete with Hollywood. The American movie industry is supported by advanced infrastructure, technology and big finance that is already available in the country unlike Nigeria that is far behind in all indices. Same applies to our sports industry that also lacks the infrastructure, technology, finance and history behind European sports.The rules have now been laid down for existing and interested broadcast organisations on acquisition of international sports content rights and no organisation can subvert such a binding regulation. Section 5.2.11 was very clear on this and states that “foreign sports content can no longer be transmitted in the Nigerian territory except the owner of such content has acquired a Prime Local Sports Content of the same category with at least 30 percent of the cost of acquiring the foreign sports content”.An obvious challenge to the domestic sports industry is that those at the helm must initiate steps to float broadcast production companies either wholly owned or in partnership with companies with relevance competence and business capacity to produce events that can compete with established foreign contents. Over the years, there has been a sloppy relationship that sees television and radio outlets produce events and own the contents. Some of the negative effects of such partnership has been the warehousing of the content, inability to extract maximum rights fee and also loss of revenue from international sales of the contents to interested broadcast channels in other continents. Obviously, the production costs also affect the bottom line of the broadcast rights buyer given the huge cost in equipment and logistics.This has been the difference between Sports Content rights owners in places such as the United States of America, Europe, South America, Asia and nearer home, South Africa. Independent production of sports events will ensure national exposure as rights would be sold across terrestrial and direct to Home Services as well as to live streaming and mobile platforms.As noted by a former Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Fred Edoreh, this is a move to arrest the closing down of domestic sports. “The codes couldn’t have come at a better time than now when we have been subjected to unabashed promotion of foreign sports content, especially football by broadcast organisations and their corporate partners that exploit the economy, make huge kill in selling to domestic consumers but shift the profits to promote foreign football and create jobs in those countries”.In closing this piece, it is worth mentioning that credit must be ascribed to the Federal Government for getting this code approved as it has real potentials to elevate domestic sports to the next level and former Minister for Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed also deserves applause for driving the process with the support of Alhaji Kawu, the NCC Director General. It is hoped that government will put measures in place to ensure the enforcement of the regulations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PREMIERSHIP: Wolves’ Victory Leaves Man City Eight Points Adrift Leaders Liverpool

first_imgChampions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time. City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. Raheem Sterling also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed.It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders Liverpool.City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week – and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back – and had an additional two days’ rest, should have given them a clear advantage.That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings.Through either misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block.City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them.This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.As City’s desperation increased, Traore’s pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the £18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No. 11 Syracuse survives late scare to beat unranked Duke 10-9

first_imgNo. 11 Syracuse (9-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) survived a late-game push from Duke (6-6, 0-5) to escape Sunday afternoon with a 10-9 victory in Durham, North Carolina.Down one goal with under a minute remaining, the Blue Devils had possession with the shot clock turned off. But a turnover by Duke attack Kyra Harney with 11 seconds left gave the ball — and the game— to the Orange.The win snapped a two-game losing streak and marked SU’s second win in its past six games. It’s also the first time the Orange has ever topped the Blue Devils in Durham, and now has won four of its last five against Duke.The matchup was just the third time all season the Orange has scored 10 goals or fewer. To win, SU relied on its sometimes-shaky defense to hold Duke at bay in the low-scoring battle.Duke’s leading goal scorer, Maddie Crutchfield, was held to only two goals and had two turnovers in the Blue Devils’ loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU goalie Asa Goldstock had seven saves and allowed nine goals, good for a 43.8 percent margin. The freshman had been shaky in the first half of the season but used Sunday’s unranked opponent in Duke to get her game back on line.Sunday was just the second game in Goldstock’s past six that her save percentage was above 40 percent, and thanks to her defense holding the Blue Devils to only 22 shots, the freshman wasn’t forced to face many shots on the afternoon.Riley Donahue, Neena Merola and Alie Jimerson tallied two goals apiece for the Orange, which led the Blue Devils 6-4 at the half.SU never led by more than three goals and the game was tied three different times over the course of the afternoon. The Orange’s tenth goal came with 5:06 remaining in the game, on a Donahue assist to Devon Parker. The assist was Donahue’s 50th of her career and gave the Orange a two-goal edge heading into the final minutes of the game.But the remaining five minutes were scoreless for the Orange, which held off a late-game push from the Blue Devils. Duke midfielder Stuart Humphrey fired a free position goal with 1:29 left and the Blue Devils nearly found the net again with under 20 seconds remaining. They passed the ball around the front of the net with the shot clock off.With four seconds left, Kelsey Youmell picked up a ground ball at the foot of Duke attacker Harney, sealing the win for SU. Syracuse plays next at Loyola on Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore and returns home next Sunday to host Virginia Tech. Comments Published on April 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse captures its 1st conference win of the season by beating Pitt 2-0

first_imgSyracuse (6-4-2, 1-2-1 Atlantic Coast) won its first conference match-up of the season, beating Pitt (3-7-3, 0-4-1) 2-0 Thursday night in Pittsburgh.The Orange got on the board in the fifth minute. Sydney Brackett had a blocked shot that teammate Alex Lamontagne rebounded. Lamontagne passed the ball back to Brackett who scored.Later in the first half, Alana O’Neil notched her first goal of the season off a feed from Kate Hostage.Brackett and O’Neil were responsible for all eight of SU’s shots. Each had two shots on goal, one of which was converted for a goal and another that was saved. Brackett had five shots total and O’Neil had three.This was only the fifth game SU recorded assists and the fourth game they had multiple assists, and it was also the sixth time this season SU has shut out an opponent, the fifth time in a win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU Goalie Courtney Brosnan recorded her 300th career save. She holds the third-highest number of career saves in Syracuse history and is 29 saves away from the record.Brosnan saved all eight of the shots Pitt took on goal. The Panthers took 15 total shots, the fifth-highest amount an SU opponent has recorded this season.With the win over the Panthers, Syracuse records its first ACC win this season after North Carolina blew out the Orange, 7-0, last week.SU continues ACC play when it faces Miami at SU soccer stadium next Wednesday at 1 p.m. Comments Published on October 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wilder, Fury Put Unbeaten Records on the Line

first_imgMany of the world’s best boxers reside in the lower weight divisions, but there’s something extra-special when the big men limber up, in this case, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who do battle in Los Angeles this weekend.Anyone who weighs over 100kg can do lasting damage with a single punch, although this is especially true of Wilder, who is statistically the heaviest puncher in heavyweight boxing history. With 39 KOs in 40 fights, the American knows how to short circuit his opponents.He may be crude and unorthodox, but he has a savage instinct for hitting hard and will have every ambition of separating Fury from his senses. Fury, in turn, is all legs and arms, a human threshing machine who is both big and seriously difficult to land against. With the longest jab in the business, he can frustrate opponents and mess with their defences.The build-up has been typically loud and brash, which is to be expected from a pair of fighters who have never tasted defeat in a professional ring.“It’s important to establish dominance,” said Wilder. “I say I’m the best, the baddestman on the planet. When it comes to Tyson Fury, I’m all about devastating knock-outs, it’s what I do.”Fury, no shrinking violet, hit back: “I am no challenger for no man. I’m the linear heavyweight champion of the world, the best of the best.”Wilder probably doesn’t have the skill-set to outbox Fury, but his power makes him dangerous for every second of every round. The WBC champion is shortest in price to win the fight during rounds 5-8.Fury will likely aim to dominate over 12 rounds, but the Wilder equaliser might see him pulling out big shots of his own down the stretch.There’s something special about the Heavyweight title. Always has been. Whether you think of the days of Ali, Foreman, and Frazier, or the days of Tyson, Holyfield, and Lewis, in boxing, the Heavyweight champion has long been the sign of the true pinnacle of the sport – the belt that truly names the baddest man on the planet.Right now, that man is Tyson Fury, who only recently returned from a three-year absence.One night, November 28, 2015. That’s the night Fury shocked the boxing world by upsetting Wladimir Klitschko. For a decade, Klitschko (along with his brother Vitali) had been the king of the Heavyweight division. Since the 2003 retirement of champion Lennox Lewis, the Klitschkos had dominated the division – not always in the most dramatic and exciting fashion, but they had dominated nonetheless. Then in 2015, Fury flipped the narrative, knocking Wladimir off his pedestal and claiming boxing’s top prize. Was it a good fight? No, not at all. But he won. He was the man.And then, poof, he was gone. In the aftermath of the historic win, the always mercurial Fury started to really fall apart. He became even more erratic, he failed drug tests, he openly battled with depression, he put on a tremendous amount of weight, and his new titles were, one by one, taken from him. And he stopped boxing. Until now.That’s why today’s showdown between Fury and Wilder is one of the year’s most must-watch fights for all combat sports fans. Because sure, the WBA and WBO and IBO and IBF and any other combination of letters can strip Fury of those titles, but they can’t change history. And history says Fury is the man who beat the man. Today, he returns to the big leagues. Standing across from him will be the American power punching machine Deontay Wilder – the most potentially exciting American Heavyweight since the Tyson days. And, just for an added bonus, the WBC champion too.The winner here walks away from the WBC champion, the lineal champion, and the true man at Heavyweight. And he sets himself up for an even bigger fight with that other Heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua. For fans of Heavyweight boxing – for fans of combat sports period – this is the kind of fight you’ve been waiting for.Meanwhile, former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield believe Tyson Fury can dethrone Deontay Wilder if Saturday’s WBC championship fight goes the distance.While several former heavyweights believe Wilder possesses the punching power to force an early victory on Saturday, Lewis and Holyfield believe the odds will tilt in Fury’s favour the longer the fight goes on.“I think with Deontay’s power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go his way,” Holyfield said Tuesday.“Tyson’s always been the bigger fighter. In fighting Deontay it’s the same case. If things get difficult, he’s (Fury’s) got more experience and a lot of tricks.”Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight king, echoed Holyfield’s verdict.“If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury,” Lewis said. “If it’s a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder.”Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson meanwhile believes Fury’s mental durability will carry him to the title.Tyson said that Fury’s ability to rebuild his career after overcoming personal turmoil sets him apart from Wilder.“Although Wilder’s punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring,” Tyson said.“It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.” But former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is backing Wilder’s punching power to overwhelm Fury early on.“If Wilder comes out and means business then he should beat Fury with ease,” said Bowe, the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1992. “My prediction is Wilder by knockout!”…Heavyweight Thriller to be Aired Live on DStvThe almighty heavyweight boxing clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury billed to hold on Saturday in Los Angeles, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (Channel 221). The fight is exclusive to Premium customers at no extra charge.The televised undercard, which starts at 3a.m. Nigerian time includes several top fighters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Middlesbrough signs up in support of #RGWeek19

first_img Share StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Related Articles Submit EFL continues mental health support by backing Mind campaign March 3, 2020 EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 English Football League (EFL) Championship club Middlesbrough has signed up to support  Responsible Gambling Week 2019, a public campaign attempting to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.As a result of this announcement, Responsible Gambling Week 2019, which takes place from 7 November to 13 November with the hashtag #RGWeek19, will now see the support of Boro who is set to publish information regarding the campaign on its club website and social channels. Led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, comprised of all the gambling trade associations, and in Ireland by the Irish Bookmakers Association, Responsible Gambling Week 2019, is part of the industry’s year-round commitment to promote safer gambling.John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, commented: “We are delighted that Boro will be supporting Responsible Gambling Week. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year, and are confident this will be our biggest campaign yet.”#RGWeek19 is set to see over 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues and online sites take part and will also mark the second consecutive year that clubs from the Premier League and EFL take part. This supporting role will see the EFL dedicate advertising space in match-day programmes, on big screens and across social channels throughout the week, with league sponsor SkyBet also supporting the campaign. Hagan concluded: “The continued engagement and support of football clubs is enormously helpful in highlighting the week, and triggering a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly throughout the year.”With the objective of #RGWeek19 being to trigger a national conversation about safer gambling by highlighting the tools, advice and help available to customers as well as the initiatives being taken by operators to promote social responsibility, Boro, along with every other campaign supporter, will be detailing the five key responsible gambling behaviours:Only spend what you can afford.Set your limits for time and money.Gambling is not the answer to any problem.Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea.Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationships. Sharelast_img read more

‘Nkurasesεm’ – Former Kotoko players slam club for ‘superstitious tactics’ against Aduana

first_img😂😂😂😂😂Africa powers…— Fid3lis (@therealfidelis) February 19, 2020 10 for 10Despite not receiving any red cards, both Aduana and Kotoko decided to start the game at Dormaa with their 11th – and final – players sitting on the touchlines.The game was on a knife-edge even before kick-off as players from the two teams clashed during the traditional pre-match handshakes with Kotoko goalkeeper, Kwame Baah going down, with the Porcupine Warriors’ players claiming that he had been hit in the face by Aduana’s Nobert.Aduana’s Farouk Adams and Kotoko’s Martin Antwi were captured by TV cameras sitting on the touchline as the first half progressed.As such, the teams took each other on in the first half with a player less than they could have on the pitch.The two teams were, however, within FIFA rules which state that a football match may be allowed to go on unless either team has fewer than seven players.The bizarre situation puzzled fans in the stadium who could not understand why their sides had taken such an odd decision.Report I got from Dormaa on why the two teams are playing with 10 men eachAduana’s Farouk Adams is sitting on touchline. Kotoko’s Martin Antwi also sittingBoth looking out for the other to enter the pitch first30 mins & non is ready to enter. Both coaches don’t seem to care— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) February 19, 2020On social media, observers were just as confused about the developments in Dormaa.Despite the fact that two of the league’s top teams were facing off, the match itself took a backseat to conversations about the two players who were unexplainedly not involved in the action.Many speculated that the teams had opted to field 10 players due to potential “spiritual” implications if they fielded 11.One person, Ayishatu Zakaria Ali tweeted that both sides believed that they would lose the crucial encounter should they start the game with 11 players.A number of people also shared this theory which seems to be the most popular right now on social media.While some people criticised the actions of both teams as being primitive, others argued that superstition is a normal part of the local game and the incident should be accepted.Others just saw the funny side of it all. Ei nduro paaa nie 🤣🤣 they will go out of the country and can’t even play well mchewwww— kojopinto👊🏽 (@scalaxpinto) February 19, 2020 I’m really disappointed in both teams— Prince (@Kumipri720) February 19, 2020 😀😀 Ghana 3y3 d3— #YesuDontForgetMe (@brasilvaGH) February 19, 2020 And they want the love back? Smh— 🍀Mindez ✨ (@Kwamegh13) February 19, 2020 Huh gh football….. Juju nkoaaaa— Akonoba Aniboe (@AAniboe) February 19, 2020 Fans of Kumasi Asante Kotoko were not the only ones upset by the club’s decision to start their clash against Aduana Stars last week with ten players.Even their former players have had a go at them.The two teams courted controversy after they each kept a player on the sidelines for the entire duration of the first half.It is believed that the two teams had been told that the side that played with 11 men in the half would lose.Kotoko eventually lost the match to Aduana by a last-minute goal to nil but both sides faced a massive backlash both sides in the days following the match from fans and the media.Fatawu SafiuTwo of Kotoko’s former players had their say as well.Former striker Fatawu Safiu expressed disgust for the club’s action tweeting: “Nkurasesem.. 21st-century football…mtchewww.”Saddick AdamsHe was backed by Saddick Adams, another former forward of the club, who said that it was shameful.“They only think about just the 3 points but not the future of the players or tomorrow smh…we all feel shame.” Aduana and Kotoko let themselves down today. Insanely bizzare, a drawback when this league is winning hearts and minds again.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) February 19, 2020The two players were eventually brought on for the second half.last_img read more

Chase Utley brings his leadership back to Dodgers

first_imgThere wasn’t much negotiating to do. The Dodgers’ front office has made it very clear how much they value Utley’s influence in the clubhouse culture and particularly on the young players that have become an increasingly prominent part of the roster. GM Farhan Zaidi credited Utley with having “a huge impact on this organization.” Manager Dave Roberts took it a step farther two years ago, calling Utley “my favorite player of all time.”The Dodgers further tipped their hand over the winter by including Utley in a promotional trip to Dubai where he and Justin Turner conducted a baseball clinic and allowing Utley to work out at Dodger Stadium (even though he was technically no longer part of the organization).When camp opened this past week, Utley’s cleats and gloves were in his usual locker and boxes addressed to him were stacked up in front of it – though there was no nameplate until Saturday.“Yeah, that’s huge for the team, huge for the clubhouse,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said of having his mentor back. “It’s obviously really nice on a personal level too.”Staying in Los Angeles was an “ideal fit” for the Southern California native (Long Beach Poly High, UCLA) and the decision to continue playing at age 39 was “fairly easy,” Utley said. “I’ve enjoyed playing baseball for a fairly long time and I still enjoy it. I still feel I can be productive in a number of ways,” he said.A six-time All-Star in his prime with the Philadelphia Phillies, Utley’s on-field contributions for the Dodgers have been much more modest. Last year, he batted .236 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 127 games, starting 68 at second base, 10 at first base and three at DH. He was 0 for 15 during the Dodgers’ postseason run.Utley’s role could be more diminished in 2018. Second baseman Logan Forsythe figures to get all the starts against left-handed pitching. He batted .290 with an .870 OPS against lefties last season – but he struggled mightily against right-handers (a .190 batting average and .576 OPS), opening the door for a platoon situation.But this year, Roberts said he does not expect to platoon Forsythe against all left-handers.“No, absolutely not. For us, we expect Logan to get the lion’s share of at-bats,” Roberts said. “I think last year against left-handed pitching was certainly under his career norm. So he did some things in the winter to combat that.”Roberts said Forsythe fell into some bad habits with his swing last season that made it longer and “didn’t allow him to consistently get to the fastball.” Roberts said Forsythe addressed that during his offseason work and it already “looks more direct and clean.”Forsythe’s first season with the Dodgers got off to a rough start with foot and leg injuries that sidelined him early in the year and might have led to those swing changes.“He won’t admit it. But I would argue yes,” Roberts said. “Everything in sports, in baseball obviously works from the ground up and when your feet aren’t working the right way and you don’t have that foundation then everything is compromised. I do think that bled into his mechanics and kind of in the middle of a season it snowballed on him.”NOTESLeft-hander Alex Wood threw a slightly abbreviated bullpen session Saturday, his first of the spring after a minor ankle injury postponed it. Wood is on track to throw to hitters next week like the rest of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers. … The Dodgers signed two pitchers with major-league experience to minor-league contracts – left-hander Cesar Ramos and right-hander Justin De Fratus. Ramos, 33, pitched for the Rays, Rangers, Angels and Padres from 2009 through 2016. He spent last season in Triple-A for the Phillies. De Fratus, 30, made 191 relief appearances for the Phillies from 2011 through 2015 but has not pitched in the majors since. GLENDALE, Ariz. — It might be a measure of their respect for Chase Utley that he got the only multi-year contract given out by the Dodgers this winter.Or it might just be a measure of how committed they are at this point to maintaining as much cushion between their payroll and the luxury-tax threshold that they spread his salary out over the next two years (annual average salaries are used in the tax computations).Either way, Utley was in Dodgers camp Saturday after his two-year, $2 million contract became official.“Early on (in the offseason), I let the Dodgers know I’d like to continue to play and staying in L.A. would be my first choice,” Utley said. “Probably not the best negotiating strategy.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more