Month: August 2020

first_img(Field Level Media) Joel Embiid scored 19 points in 20 minutes before being ejected for a third-quarter brawl with Karl-Anthony Towns to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-95 on Wednesday night. Embiid led six Philadelphia players in double figures. Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 17 and Ben Simmons added 16. Al Horford scored 12 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and the Sixers improved to 4-0, joining only the San Antonio Spurs as the league’s undefeated teams.  James Ennis had 11 rebounds off the bench for the Sixers, who last won their first four games during the 2000-01 season.Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 19 points, Jeff Teague added 15 and Towns had 13 before being ejected. Shabazz Napier also had 13 for Minnesota, which suffered its first loss in four games.The Sixers were active on both ends of the court and built a 22-point lead in the first half before cruising to a 62-43 halftime advantage. Embiid led the Sixers with 13 points, including a deep 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left. Towns paced the Timberwolves with 13, but they were outrebounded 32-13 in the first half.The game turned ugly with 6:42 left in the third when Embiid and Towns became entangled and wrestled to the floor with numerous players and coaches joining in. Towns appeared to throw a punch as the players hit the floor. After an extensive review by league officials, Embiid and Towns both were ejected.Fans chanted “MVP!” to Embiid as he left. The Sixers held a 77-55 lead when play was halted. Philadelphia had a 92-78 advantage after the third quarter.Korkmaz knocked down a 3-pointer and later added a dunk and the Sixers quickly pulled ahead 97-80 with 8:27 remaining in the fourth.The Timberwolves missed their first nine shots of the fourth and fell behind 102-80 thanks to a 10-0 Sixers run. After Minnesota closed within 104-89, Josh Richardson responded with a trey to extend the Sixers lead back to 18.last_img read more

first_imgGuyana defeated the Windward Islands by four wickets with 52 balls remaining in the  Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup one-day yesterday and Christopher Barnwell maintained a rich vein of form striking 89. In Port of Spain, the Windward Islands rattled up 258-5 from their allotment with Devon Smith striking 93. He was supported by Emmanuel Stewart with 51 and Keron Cottoy with 45.In the Guyana innings, Barnwell,  89, was supported by Raymon Reifer with 45, Chanderpaul Hemraj with 40 and Leon Johnson with 34.Veerasammy Permaul took 2 for 34 off of 9 overs. This is Guyana’s third win in four matches.last_img read more

first_img(Reuters) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has said he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he triumphed over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June and he would “die trying” to defend his belts in the title rematch in Saudi Arabia tomorrow. Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden.“I have been doing this since I was six and it is finally paying off,” Ruiz told the BBC. “There is no way I am going to let these belts go, I will die trying.“It has been a roller-coaster and now that I made the dreams come true there is no way I will let these go.” Joshua has trimmed down ahead of the second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown with an eye on taking the contest deep into the latter rounds, saying he expects a “marathon, not a sprint.”The Briton has also been taking advice on his training regime and diet from former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his bid to reclaim the title at the fight dubbed the ‘Clash on the Dunes’.“I may be less than 17 stone (107.95 kg),” Joshua said. “I’m punching loose and heavy — rhythm and flow. “Before I was trying to bench-press a house. I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport. I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now.”Ruiz, however, said he would not ‘underestimate’ Joshua and that he had his own strategies to counter the former Olympic champion.“I know he lost weight and that he will try and box me around,” Ruiz added. “So it’s my job to prevent that. “(In the June bout) I was the one who had the strength, the one backing him up. When I jabbed I pushed him away.”Joshua believes this will not be the last time the two fight each other and predicted a third bout in the future if Ruiz was up for it.“This ain’t going to be the last time I see Ruiz in the ring,” Joshua said. “We make for good fights. “I think there’s definitely gonna be a knockout and that is what people want to see, bloodshed and knockouts.”last_img read more

first_imgThe cream of the nation’s cyclists will renew their rivalry today and tomorrow in back-to-back events sponsored by R&R International. First up today, an 11-race programme will pedal off at 09:00hrs and is set to transform the National Park into a cycling speedway as the riders will once again unchain their competitive juices.Today’s feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational race will be contested by the top junior and senior wheelsmen.Standout bikers like Jamaul John, Michael Anthony, Christopher Griffith, Alonzo Ambrose, Stephano Husbands and others will be going wheel-to-wheel for the top honours. Other categories scheduled to be contested are the 12 to 14 years boys and girls (3 laps), veterans over-50 years (5 laps), veterans over-60 years (5 laps), upright cyclists (5 laps), BMX boys open (3 laps), BMX boys 12 to 14 years (3 laps), BMX boys 9 to 12 years (3 laps) and BMX boys 6 to 9 years (3 laps).Cycling coordinator, Hassan Mohamed noted that R&R International has been very generous in sponsoring events under his purview over the years and added that more sponsorship will mean additional avenues for the riders to showcase their talents.Managing Director of R&R International, Jacob Rambarran was a former cyclist and 2020 marks the 28th year which his firm has been a supporter of cycling locally. The collaboration is just another demonstration of that commitment. Employees of the company are expected to be on hand to assist in the presentation of prizes to the top performers.Meanwhile tomorrow, the cyclists will take their talents to the open roads of West Demerara compete in the 40-mile road race.  The event will rolls off from Schoonord at 08:30am and then proceed to Bushy Park before returning to Schoonord for the finish. (Emmerson Campbell)last_img read more

first_imgBERN, (Reuters) – The hosts for the 2023 women’s World Cup will be chosen at an online meeting of the FIFA Council on June 25, the global soccer body said yesterday. FIFA will choose between Brazil, Colombia, Japan and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand in what it said was the “most competitive bidding process” in the event’s 29-year history. None of the bidding nations have staged the event before.The hosts were originally due to be chosen at a FIFA Council meeting in Addis Ababa in June but that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.“FIFA remains committed to implementing the most comprehensive, objective and transparent bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, said FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura. FIFA said its evaluation report on the four bids will be published in early June. South Korea and South Africa dropped out of the race in December.The 2023 tournament will feature 32 teams for the first time, up from 24 in France in 2019.last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share Tony Kenny – William HillThe World Darts Championship begins at the Alexandra Palace today, with bookmakers expecting a record £50 million to be wagered on the showpiece tournament.As the big guns roll into town to compete for the trophy, SBC News caught up with Tony Kenny, Head of Sponsorship and PR  for main tournament sponsor, William Hill.SBC: Tony, thanks very much for talking to us. Can you introduce your latest product, the William Hill darts iOS app, and tell us what sets it apart from the competition?Tony Kenny: Of course. Using the rapid roulette-style of betting, customers can bet where the first dart of each visit will land, by simply placing casino chips on the dartboard. This new feature adds a completely new ‘rapid-fire’ experience for fans following the action at the World Darts Championship.Available now, the app simulates real dart matches and offers a wide range of other in-play markets, all using the ‘casino-style’ interface so customers can easily follow the match and bet in-play on the event. Live statistics will also be displayed within the app throughout the Championships, keeping fans up to date with the latest scores and highlights.Our darts app is a first in the betting industry, allowing customers the unique chance to bet on a match in real time. By incorporating an element of gamification into the experience, darts fans will be immersed in the game and feel an additional level of excitement for the match.SBC: You mention anticipating a record industry turnover for the tournament and even surpassing £50m in bets; what is the previous record for this?TK: We estimate it was just over £40m last year. At William Hill, we took close to £10m alone on last year’s tournament.SBC: Do you have any specific marketing plans throughout the tournament to get the most out of your sponsorship?TK: We’ll be focusing heavily on the darts app – which is a game-changer in our industry. We’ll also be offering our customers the best prices and value throughout the tournament.SBC: You are replacing Ladbrokes as Chief sponsor of the tournament; what have you learned from them over the past few years?TK: The one thing I’ve learned is that now we have the sponsorship – not to let it go! This is one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. At Ladbrokes I don’t know who made the decision not to continue the sponsorship, but they must have had a breakdown!SBC: Aside from the outright winner and 9-dart markets, what are the other markets that you expect to be popular with darts punters?TK: The leg betting is always popular – as is the betting on a maximum 170 checkout!SBC: And finally, at William Hill, who are you backing to lift the trophy?TK: We hope it’s not MVG as he’ll cost us a fortune! Adrian Lewis will at least get to the semi-finals this year – and at 25/1 he looks like a good value bet. Michael Smith is a player with a lot of potential and I think I’ll have a cheeky £10 E/W on him at 100/1!____________________________________Tony Kenny, Head of Sponsorship and PRlast_img read more

first_imgShare Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit This week we are at Doncaster for the seven race meet sponsored by BetBright. We will be taking on Stephen Harris, the resident horse racing guru at bettingexpert, Timeform and Scott Ferguson.Scott is a lifelong racing and betting fan with many years in the wagering industry around the world, including the early days of Betfair. He founded the Matchbook Traders Conference, and is currently Head of UK Product for leading retail betting technology firm, Best Gaming Technology.Thank you to Scott for taking part. For all of our tipsters this week, good luck with the following picks:____________________________________2:00SBC News: Divine SpearTwo wins from three races, although he did lose out when starting at Evens last time at Doncaster.bettingexpert: Divine SpearHas been found a great opening to defy a penalty for a comfortable win.Timeform: Divine SpearClearly learned plenty from his hurdles debut when scoring at Ludlow three weeks ago, and with the prospect of much better to come, he gets the nod. The Unit and Chic Theatre are another couple with their best days ahead of them, and can give the selection most to think about.Best Gaming Tech: Divine SpearNot a particularly brave tip siding with the clear favourite in the first, but this Nicky Henderson-trained gelding has won two from three, and his only defeat was to a horse now rated 140 after three wins in quick succession.____________________________________2:30SBC News: Our ThomasA consistent performer. Placed on both starts since winning at Wetherby in October.bettingexpert: Lou VertShaped well in a warm race at Taunton on his UK debut and should take all the beating with the yard now back in top form.Timeform: Lou VertDidn’t see his race out on testing ground at Taunton on his first run for Paul Nicholls but showed plenty of promise on his sole start over hurdles in France and is worth another chance on this sounder surface. Our Thomas has taken well to hurdling and is an obvious threat.Best Gaming Tech: BaraymiAn ordinary juvenile contest with question marks over all of them. Connections paid six figures to buy this one out of France and has shown improvement in his two starts to date in Britain. Appears a better value proposition than the favourite.____________________________________3:00SBC News: Pinnacle PandaGoing for a hat-trick of victories after wins at Uttoxeter and Sandown.bettingexpert: Fort WorthHas caught the eye on a couple of occasions this season and can go close if an 81-day absence has a positive effect.Timeform: Fort WorthHas presumably been waiting for better ground since getting bogged down on heavy at Aintree in December and is well worth another chance to show he’s still on the upgrade. Pinnacle Panda, Fingerontheswitch and Nightline head the many dangers.Best Gaming Tech: FingerontheswitchDrops significantly in class after two recent runs at Cheltenham in more valuable handicaps. Fehily back on board is a big plus – a win and a second from two rides, and could easily have a few pounds on these.____________________________________3:30SBC News: Night In MilanHas shown most of his best form on this track, including a hurdles win less than four weeks ago.bettingexpert: Saint AreWill find this easier than the two races he has run in at Aintree and Cheltenham this season.Timeform: GodsmejudgeRan his best race for a while when runner-up to subsequent Sky Bet Chase winner Ziga Boy over C&D in December and looks a big player off the same mark if in similar form. Night In Milan goes well around here and is next best, ahead of the in-form Reaping the Reward.Best Gaming Tech: BenbensRun the Veterans Chase 10 times and you’d probably have six different winners. In a tricky race, I’ve gone for the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained veteran who will get a three-pound allowance for the quite useful Ryan Hatch on board.____________________________________4:05SBC News: Paint The CloudsBoring pick, but it’s hard to see past the class act in this race.bettingexpert: Paint The CloudsWill love the decent ground, is fresh and has a very good record.Timeform: Paint The CloudsThe class act here and can repeat last year’s win before having another crack at the Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival. Barel of Laughs, Cave Hunter and Major Malarkey can fight out minor honours.Best Gaming Tech: Paint The CloudsHas more than 10lbs in hand on these and drops significantly in class. Better than bank interest.____________________________________4:40SBC News: BallycrystalBeaten narrowly on debut at Musselburgh and can contend here with jockey Danny Cook.bettingexpert: FocacciaMakes his Rules debut for a yard going great guns and has come a long way for the run.Timeform: FocacciaMakes plenty of appeal on paper and could be up to making a winning start from Ballycrystal, who ran well first time up at Musselburgh but is bred to be a thorough stayer. William Hunter could leave his Huntingdon debut behind and has outside claims.Best Gaming Tech: BallycrystalTrainer hitting at 29% in bumpers this season and looked a handy prospect at his first start under rules. Won’t need to improve much to win this.____________________________________5:10SBC News: GroundunderrepairTrained by Warren Greatrex and made a promising debut at Carlisle in October.bettingexpert: GroundunderrepairShaped nicely on his debut five months ago and is sure to be fresh and readied for this by the excellent Greatrex yard.Timeform: Rather BeLudlow winner can repeat the dose having looked much more straightforward there. Groundunderrepair made a promising start at Carlisle and looks the danger four months on, while Snow Leopardess is a newcomer to note.Best Gaming Tech: GroundunderrepairBeaten on debut by an experienced sort who has kept on winning and franked the form. The Greatrex/Sheehan combination are dynamite in bumpers and 7lb advantage over its main rival could prove the difference.____________________________________Follow the results of these tips throughout the Doncaster race meet via @SBCGAMINGNEWS, or return to SBC News tomorrow to see how our tipsters got on. 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first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 Share Share Submit Static bet-at-home performance outdone by tax settlement charges  March 9, 2020 Scandal underlines OVWG calls for end of gambling monopoly November 22, 2019 Frankfurt-listed online betting operator bet-at-home AG has confirmed that it has renewed its betting partnership with Rhineland Bundesliga football club Schalke 04 for a further two seasons (contract expires end of Bundesliga 2017/18).The German focused betting operator did not disclose any financial details regarding the partnership. However bet-at-home marketing were pleased to renew its longest standing betting partnership with the “Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues)”.As a The bet-at-home brand will continue to receive premium coverage throughout Schalke’s Veltins Arena (capacity: 55,000) and throughout the football club’s digital and social media channels.bet-at-home marketing stated that it would continue to support Schalke 04 community and social initiatives within the Rhine-Westphalia region.Confirming the renewal of bet-at-home’s partnership said Schalke 04 Marketing Manager Alexander Jobst commented“We’re delighted to continue with Bet At Home for the coming years.Our focus is on continuity and confidence in the relationship, especially with online gambling, and both components fit with Bet At Home.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter being suspended with pay for nearly two weeks, Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman was reinstated by the school on Thursday night and will return to the sideline on Saturday when the Bears take on North Carolina A&T, according to ESPN.com.Bozeman had been suspended for Morgan’s last three games after an allegation that he hit senior guard Larry Bastfield in the closing minutes of a win at South Carolina State on Jan. 7. The SCSU president George Cooper made the accusation.“I was told to report back to work tomorrow morning,” Bozeman told ESPN.com. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the team and practice.”The Bears went 1-2 during Bozeman’s suspension, winning their most recent game against Hampton on Monday night.The coach was restricted from games and practices during the suspension as the school conducted an investigation that required Bozeman to appear before a special committee. Bozeman had been left in limbo regarding his status until Thursday night when he received a call to return to work on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE — An eight-run inning naturally changed the narrative of the Orioles’ 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, but the winning formula was already in place.A couple home runs, solid starting pitching, and a bullpen as effective as any in the game had put the Orioles in position to seize the opening game of the series before they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. And that’s when Detroit’s biggest weaknesses surfaced in transforming a tightly-contested 4-3 game into a blowout before a maniacal 47,842 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Thursday night.No, the formula wasn’t flawless as starter Chris Tillman’s high pitch count chased him after five innings and right-hander Darren O’Day surrendered a solo shot to Miguel Cabrera in the eighth, but manager Buck Showalter made it clear he was going to use his best bullpen assets — the trio of Andrew Miller, O’Day, and closer Zach Britton — to protect the opportunity. With Tillman at 105 pitches, Showalter went right to Miller in the sixth inning with the heart of the Detroit lineup — Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez — due up.The big guns needed to be ready a little earlier than usual.“We’ve talked to them since the season was over about how this was going to work,” Showalter said. “The way we have normally used them, they know that it’s all hands on deck. And it felt like that spot of their order was good for Andrew. And the next group of guys was good for Darren. I knew that I would pitch Zach in the eighth inning.”Miller responded with 1 2/3 innings and O’Day got through an inning before allowing the homer to Cabrera. Britton then retired the only batter he faced to conclude the top of the eighth.We’ll never know if the first-year closer would have pitched a clean ninth for the first four-out save of his career, because the Orioles lineup took advantage of the Tigers’ biggest deficiencies in the bottom half of the inning.Despite the Tigers owning a more-balanced offense and the last three AL Cy Young Award winners in their rotation, their bullpen and defense lag far behind the Orioles in those areas, which led to their demise in turning a winnable contest into a humbling defeat. Errors by shortstop Andrew Romine and center fielder Rajai Davis didn’t help, but the trio of Joba Chamberlain, Joakim Soria, and Phil Coke only reinforced the many concerns about the Detroit bullpen throughout the season.In contrast, the Orioles played crisp defense and allowed only one run in four innings of relief to go up 1-0 in the best-of-five series.“I feel like everybody’s clicking right now at the same time,” said Miller, who expressed no concerns about bouncing back quickly after matching a season-high 32 pitches. “If you can get the ball to the next guy, we’re going to be in good shape. You trust that you go in there and give it your best until you run out of gas, and Buck asks the next guy to come in and we’re going to be pretty good.”The offensive explosion in the Orioles’ final turn at the plate made the outcome elementary, but it will be interesting to see how Showalter handles his staff with such a quick turnaround Friday afternoon.Game 2 starter Wei-Yin Chen will have his work cut out for him against a lineup that hit a league-leading .285 against left-handed pitching in the regular season, making you think the Orioles would be happy if he can give them five or six innings while keeping the score close. You’d imagine Showalter would prefer to stay away from Miller on Friday, but O’Day only threw 16 pitches and Britton five, meaning both will be available on Friday.Perhaps we’ll see the flame-throwing Kevin Gausman as the change of pace behind Chen to bridge the gap to the late innings and put the Orioles in position to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Whatever the case, Showalter has options in the bullpen unlike Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who probably felt he was only throwing gasoline on the fire that was the bottom of the eighth.On Thursday night, Baltimore’s biggest strengths and the Tigers’ most painful weaknesses came into focus, and it resulted in a convincing win for the Orioles.“It’s a different season. It’s a different set of rules,” Showalter said. “Everything is different. Now your team has to make the adjustments, and I think our guys know that. We’ve got to figure out how to win two more games from these guys. It’s going to be tough.”last_img read more

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