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Bishops’ defeats Cummings Lodge

first_imgThe Bishops’ High defeated Cummings Lodge 2-0 yesterday in the GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers Secondary School Football League at the Ministry of Education ground. Natayah Smith and Malachi Richards scored for the Carmichael Street unit in the 30th and 53rd minute to clinch the vital three points in the 60 minute affair.The Bishops’ High was handed the perfect opportunity to break the deadlock after being awarded a penalty kick following an infraction inside the area on the stroke of halftime.Tasked with the responsibility from the distance was goalkeeper Smith, who placed his effort past his opposing number to give his side the deserved lead. However Smith would turn from hero to villain in the space of seven minutes as he was issued a red card for a clumsy challenge inside the box.The resulting error gifted the East Coast of Demerara unit a penalty kick. However the resulting spot-kick was denied by the substitute custodian as Bishops High maintained their slim lead.The contest was then sealed seven minutes before the end as Richards scored. It was a brilliantly worked goal, as a passing combination was finished off into the far corner by Richards from inside the 18 yard box. The tournament continues today at the same venue with another doubleheader. Complete ResultsGame-1 Cummings Lodge-0 vs the Bishops High-2Natayah Smith-30thMalachi Richards-53rdlast_img read more

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Spartacus upsets Rio All Stars as Magnum Futsal tourney commences

first_imgSparta Boss, Leopold Street, Alexander Village, Spartacus and Showstoppers all won their matches Saturday evening at the National Gymnasium as the third Magnum Tonic Wine Mashramani Cup Futsal tournament kicked-off. National giant Sparta Boss squeaked past Back Circle 1-0 compliments of a Deon Alfred conversion in the fifth minute. Likewise, Leopold Street edged Melanie 2-1. Omallo Williams bagged a brace in the third and 12th minute. For the losers, Odell Gulliver scored in the second minute.Also, Spartacus upset Rio All-Stars 3-2. Jamal McPherson crafted a brace in the 10th and 14th minute, while Simeon Moore added a conversion in the fifth minute. For Rio All-Stars, Kelsey Benjamin and A. Austin scored in the 12th and 13th minute respectively.On the other hand, Alexander Village mauled Spot-7 by a 6-1 score. Experienced forward Shem Porter scored twice in the ninth and 11th minute while Leon Yaw tallied a double in the sixth and 12th minute. Adding goals in the 13th and 14th minute respectively were Orville Stewart and Anton Porter. For Spot-7, S. Stanton netted in the third minute. Meanwhile, Showstoppers overcame North East La Penitence 2-1. Luiroy Nieuelder and Akeem Trim scored in the seventh and 14th minute respectively.For the loser, Lance Forde scored in the fifth minute.In other results, Ansa McAl defeated Bad-a-Yard 2-0 and Bent Street and Avocado Ballers battled to a 1-1 stalemate. The tournament continues tomorrow at the same venue with another round of matches.  The winning team will pocket $700,000 and the championship trophy, while the second place side will collect $400,000 and a trophy. The third and fourth place unit will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and the corresponding trophy. Below features the complete results for the matches staged and the impending results for day two.Tomorrow’s fixturesSophia vs Island All-Stars-19:00hrs Broad St vs Kingston-19:30hrsAlbouystown vs Belfield Warriors-20:00hrsMocha vs Future Stars-20:30hrs Rio All-Stars vs Melanie-21:00hrsGold is Money vs Stabroek Ballers-21:30hrsBack Circle vs Bad-a-Yard-22:00hrslast_img read more

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Young, Seales named in U-19 World Cup tournament team

first_imgPOTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, CMC – West Indies stars Nyeem Young and Jayden Seales have been named in the ICC’s Under-19 World Cup team of the tournament. Young, a fast-bowling all-rounder, starred in the group stage with two half-centuries and a five-wicket haul, finishing the tournament with 140 runs and eight wickets.Seales, meanwhile, was one of the most impressive seamers on show during the tournament, claiming 10 wickets at an average of 18 runs apiece.Akbar Ali, who led Bangladesh to victory over favourites India in Sunday’s final, has been named captain of the 12-man squad which includes players from six different nations. Bangladesh and India both boast three representatives on the team.In announcing Young, the ICC said West Indies “seem to have unearthed a future star all-rounder.”“He underlined his credentials straight from the off, making 61 with the bat to top-score in his side’s group-stage opener against Australia, before taking five for 45 to beat England next time out – becoming the first West Indian to take a five-for and make a half-century in an U19 match,” the ICC said. Of Seales, the organisers noted that he “staked his claim as one of the side’s best up-and-coming fast bowlers as he looks to join a prestigious tradition.”Former West Indies fast bowler, Ian Bishop, now a well-respected television commentator, was among a five-man panel choosing the team of the tournament.SQUAD – Akbar Ali (Bangladesh) – captain, Yashasvi Jaiswal (India), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan), Ravindu Rasantha (Sri Lanka), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (Bangladesh), Shahadat Hossain (Bangladesh), Nyeem Young (West Indies), Shafiqullah Ghafari (Afghanistan), Ravi Bishnoi (India), Kartik Tyagi (India), Jayden Seales (West Indies) Akil Kumar (Canada) – 12th manlast_img read more

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Strikers cop Lennie Shuffler female volleyball title

first_imgCastrol Strikers last evening emerged as the female champs of the 2020 edition of the annual Lennie Shuffler volleyball tournament at the National Gymnasium.   Strikers took down Classic Ball Busters (CBB) in the final. It was poetic justice for the eventual winners who lost to CBB in the first match of the day. Nevertheless, the score – line in the final read 25-19, 25-21 to the Georgetown-based side. Hannah Hicks was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the female category, a title she won because of her excellent spikes and serves. Earlier in the day during the round-robin phase of the tournament, CBB had a flawless run by defeating Port Mourant females 30-17 and Strikers 30-19 while Strikers edged out PM females 31-29 to set up the final against CBB.Meanwhile, action in the male category reached the semi-final stage up to press time which was being hotly contested between the country’s top male teams.last_img read more

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La Liga gets govt green light to resume from June 8

first_imgBARCELONA, (Reuters) – Spanish soccer’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from June 8 after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said yesterday. All organised soccer in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12 although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training.La Liga has yet to officially confirm a date on which it will resume, although its president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from June 12.“We are very happy with the decision, but it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches… CSD (National Sports Council) and agents involved,” Tebas said on Twitter. “But it is very important to follow the health rules and that the evolution of the pandemic respects us. We cannot let our guard down.”Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European soccer league to resume on May 16, with matches played without fans.Players in the English Premier League have returned to small group training with their clubs ahead of a possible resumption in June, although nothing has so far been agreed. The Italian government will decide on May 28 if and when the Serie A season can resume. The French season was called off by the government, and Paris St Germain were crowned champions.La Liga was suspended with 11 rounds of fixtures still to be completed. Barcelona lead the table, two points above Real Madrid, with Sevilla 11 points back in third place.In his address on Saturday, Sanchez said that “new horizons” could now open after Spain “has done what it needed to do.” “Spanish football has a huge following but it will not be the only recreation activity that will return,” he said.Spain is one of the countries worst-affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 28,000 deaths and more than 234,000 cases of infection diagnosed. The daily death toll has been steadily declining, with 56 deaths registered on Friday.Spain has also begun to relax one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns, with the provinces of Madrid and Barcelona set to allow gatherings of up to 10 people from tomorrow as they move into the first phase of a de-escalation.last_img read more

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Report: Rangers staff ‘terrified’ as virus spreads

first_imgTexas Rangers employees told ESPN they are “terrified” after several co-workers tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members said they hope the organization will allow them to work from home but have felt pressured to report to their offices at the new $1.2 billion Globe Life Field in Arlington.“We are terrified for our safety,” an employee who requested anonymity told ESPN. “Terrified to share COVID-19, unknowingly, with an older employee, a pregnant co-worker or anyone else who may have some sort of underlying condition. We all knew it would come to this. It was only a matter of time.”More than 100 people work in the team’s executive offices and more than 200 employees are at the stadium on a daily basis, according to the report. The team said the offices will be sanitized this weekend and employees can be tested on Monday and Tuesday.The Rangers issued a statement Friday acknowledging the recent positive tests for the coronavirus.“Over the last 48 hours, the Texas Rangers have received notification that several of our employees have received a positive test for COVID-19. The Rangers immediately began the protocols that we have in place for positive COVID tests, and any employee who had direct contact with these individuals was sent home and will undergo COVID-19 testing,” the statement said. “No individuals will be allowed back into the facility without receiving a negative COVID-19 test. “The health and safety of our employees are a top priority, and the Rangers will continue to diligently enforce the pandemic protocols that are in place for front office employees at Globe Life Field. These include temperature checks upon entering the building, mandatory wearing of face coverings, and regular sanitation and cleaning of the Globe Life Field facilities.”Texas was among the first states to reopen following coronavirus lockdowns. Employees began returning to work at Globe Life Field in early May. But coronavirus cases in the state have spiked over the past 10 days, with Texas reporting 5,707 new cases on Friday — the fourth straight day with more than 5,400.Workers told ESPN that social distancing protocols became more difficult to follow and the use of masks became less prevalent as more and more people were allowed at the facility, which began hosting high school graduations in May. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier this week that sports teams could allow attendance of up to 50 percent capacity, which would mean more than 20,000 fans at Globe Life Field when games are scheduled to begin later this month.—Field Level Medialast_img read more

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ICE 2016 – Mor Weizer: Playtech growth to be led by omni-channel & deeper intelligence focus

first_img Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Addressing industry news sources yesterday morning at ICE 2016, Playtech CEO Mor Weizer detailed that omni-channel competencies combined with dynamic data/intelligence gathering would lead his firm’s future growth strategy.Noting a higher scope for increasing player values and better user retention rates by clients, Weizer stated that Playtech future development and innovation would be led with the aim of  creating ‘best-in-class’ industry omni-channel dynamics.Playtech will now only develop products, innovations and content that fully service omni-channel functions. Playtech’s leader stated that any future game/product release had to service all user channels on retail, mobile and desktop, otherwise it would not be accepted.Weizer stated that although the Playtech ONE corporate initiative sounded daunting to undertake, industry stakeholders had to remember that gambling is a customer experience led activity. In order to gain any traction, his clients have to provide “top brands, with top customer services attached to great consumer-centric technology.”Addressing industry growth, Playtech’s CEO believes that regulated markets still offer industry operators the best opportunity. However, Weizer warned that industry technology suppliers have to be effective to new market conditions, as the sector consolidates and operators are burdened by new regulatory requirements and taxes.From a technology and operational stand-point, Weizer believes that the industry cannot attach the same post-regulatory processes, standards and values to any of its future processes.Weizer ended the session stating that all technology suppliers have to be prepared for operators who will be more selective on who they partner with and will likely be less more cautious advertisers, as they seek to draw the best value in saturated markets.As Playtech’s leader, Weizer said that the sector’s technology winners will be those company’s that can  best service the industry’s changing values. Share Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Will Tabcorp and News UK launch Sun Bets within six months?

first_img Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 David Attenborough, TabcorpIt has been reported that Australian betting company Tabcorp is scheduled to launch Sun Bets, in partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, within the next six months.Chief Executive at Tabcorp, David Attenborough, had this to say: “It is a natural step for us. We have worked with News Ltd. closely in Australia and built up a high degree of trust. They have one of the strongest brands in the UK with half of the UK betting population regularly reading or engaging with The Sun.”Tabcorp announced the deal with News Corp subsidiary News UK in December 2015. The contract is set to run for an initial ten years but an extension is possible depending on performance. Tabcorp will utilise News UK’s customer base and significant media assets, as well as its associated sports and racing products Dream Team FC, Favourite and Goals.Attenborough has previously stated that The Sun has more than ten million readers per week and over one million football fans actively engaged through the Dream Team FC fantasy football competition. He’s also highlighted that the partnership is an opportunity for the company to take a chunk of the UK’s $7bn (£4.97bn) online sports and race betting market.Tabcorp has seen its position as Australia’s largest wagering operator challenged in the last few years. This is due to an invasion of largely UK-based bookmakers including William Hill, Paddy Power, Bet365 and Ladbrokes eating into its market share. Sharelast_img read more

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BOS Speaker Profile: James Waterhouse – Equotion: Big Data…the real betting industry game changer

first_imgShare Betting on Data track explores the implications of artificial intelligence at #boscon2017 August 24, 2017 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Equotion moves into new offices at Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire October 19, 2016 Equotion goes East with Cardinal House Group August 16, 2016 James WaterhouseAhead of the Betting on Sports Conference (15-16 September), James Waterhouse Founder of Equotion details to SBC readers how ‘big data’ has impacted betting’s operational value chain.With all betting stakeholder’s demanding greater data efficiencies, Waterhouse tells SBC that industry players should seek to implement diverse data models and approaches in order stay ahead of competitive field._______________________SBC: James great to interview you, how has data’s relationship with the betting industry evolved. At what stage in the operational lifecycle does data and betting find itself at?James Waterhouse: Traditionally the betting industry has focused on using experts with deep sector knowledge and understanding to set odds, manage risk and deliver profit.  Over the years a number of people have worked to exploit, pitching their own knowledge and experience against that of the bookies own teams.  There have been interesting successes along the way – but these were all based upon large bets on a few horses making them easy to spot and to counter.Recently the bookmakers have been using behavioural analytics to increase profits by monitoring, and often excluding, gamblers who have a greater than average win rate.  Behavioural analytics form the bedrock of the gaming industry with players every move monitored, dissected and key behaviours grouped so that the systems can extract the maximum amount of cash for the minimum amount of return.  This ability to manage risk across all of your clients whilst at the same time delivering the exact encouragement to each individual player to continually spend more makes it one of the more interesting and ultimately profitable areas of gambling technology.The focus on gaming and client behaviours plus a genuine belief that expertise beats technology means there is a gap in terms of odds setting and risk management across the industry when it comes to sports betting.There are analytical systems out there that follow the money (the market has proven itself to be “intelligent” so there is good rational in following it’s lead) and also on traditional form analytics (be that timings, finishing positions, jockey success, yard performance etc). Then there is Equotion – the first of the next generation tools to use a combination of analytical techniques from the worlds of statistical physics, the travel industry and online dating.We are really at the beginning of the curve in terms of performance analytics – we believe that there is a long way to go here and that we have developed a completely new way of using historical data to predict likely outcomes.  The benefits of this for the sport and the industry are huge – it will start with a few early adopter investors that will prove the model and initially cause some pain but once the industry picks up on the benefits of a fully automated predictive model we believe that a new arms race will begin – the outcome of which is likely to enhance both the client experience and the bookmakers profits.SBC: Betting operators may be more intelligent in terms of big data competencies, however from an end user perspective are they being more efficient?JW: Most of the time end users become aware of a betting operators’ big data competency, its likely to be a negative experience – either finding accounts closed or restricted or being encouraged / coerced into spending more than they had planned.  Most of the data betting operators hold and exploit is working against the end user rather than for them.  That is entirely expected – the relationship between user and provider is complex, competitive, sometimes even gladiatorial – the Jason and Goliath battle played out over the sporting field.It is inevitable that as big data analytical technologies become more available and easier to use, end users will use these tools to try and get an edge in the battle for sporting cash.  That will drive the betting operators into new areas of risk management and new technologies to manage this threat.  It will start very simplistic but by its very nature, both sides will quickly learn to evolve and adapt in order to maintain a competitive or trading edge.The large betting operators have huge resources at their disposal but it is the external view, distributed approach and absolute agility that will always put the intelligent user one step ahead.  Tools like Equotion are the beginning of a new revolution in sports betting and an exciting arms race that will see opportunity and profit for both sides.SBC: Your team at Equotion has focused on data modelling for horseracing, expanding your services how do transfer racing data competencies into wider sports?JW: Our toolset was actually developed as an analytical platform that could analyse any complex, structured or unstructured dataset.  The way the system was designed allows us to plug it into pretty much any historical statistics – football, tennis, golf, business performance, stock market etc – and make predictions.  The learning algorithms need training for each new deployment but essentially we can expand our footprint into pretty much any area of performance analytics.  The opportunities and possibilities for this technology are pretty much endless.Using a combination of analytical techniques from worlds as diverse as statistical physics, the travel industry and online dating we were able to develop a completely new way of analysing comparative form – all calculated a number of different ways for each racecard against a vast array of datapoints.Overlaying this is an AI derived learning algorithm that continually compares the performance of each of the above outputs and continually adjusts the balance within and between all of these scoring mechanics.The upshot is a solution where at over 60% of UK racecourses we achieve a Win Percentage in excess of 20% – that is the one horse we pick wins the race between 20% and 34% of the time.  Our average across all courses is 22.3% winners straight out of the box.SBC: Do you worry that the industry will simply copy and repeat data models from company to company. How should the industry keep fresh thinking in terms of its data process?JW: There will always be plagiarism in this kind of industry – be that through reverse engineering, talent migration or imitation. The way to defend against this is to continually innovate.  That’s why having a platform like Equotion is so powerful – you have the means to continually evolve the model, the data and the approach to stay one step ahead of everyone else.  Anyone can create something that works for a few days or weeks…you need something that is incredibly advanced and flexible to keep it working year on year.SBC: You will be speaking at BOS on Big Data and betting operations, what do you want delegates to take away from your session?  JW: Big Data and more specifically the analytical techniques developed to manage and provide insight from big data are delivering huge potential to the betting industry.  Our core technology can give end users the edge when placing bets which could be seen as a negative, but it also provides a plausible platform for new entrants into the market, small time hobbyist investors, private banks and investment funds brining much-needed liquidity and new volumes of cash.  It could also help yards and owners select the most profitable races for their horses; it could deliver a risk management tool to improve the bottom line of a sportsbook; it has the capability to drive interest and take-up of new media channels by providing the most accurate tipping services currently available – what I want to outline during the talk is the art of the possible and how, with the right planning and approach, betting operators can make the most of this new technology and turn a threat into a significant market advantage.________________________James Waterhouse – Founder Equotionlast_img read more

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Ravens lose two coaches to Indianapolis, hire Martindale

first_img(Updated: 6:00 a.m.)With Chuck Pagano moving on to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens knew it was only a matter of time before losing an assistant or two from their coaching staff.The Ravens’ former defensive coordinator has hired Marwan Maalouf to be his special teams coach and Roy Anderson to coach the Indianapolis safeties. Maalouf spent the last four seasons as the top special teams assistant to Jerry Rosburg, and Anderson spent the last three years as a defensive assistant.While losing two assistants, the Ravens will also gain one with the expected hiring of former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. The Denver Post first reported that Martindale will coach the Ravens’ inside linebackers, replacing Dean Pees, who was promoted to defensive coordinator earlier in the week.“Don brings extensive pro and college experience to the Ravens, and he has been a defensive coordinator at both levels,” Harbaugh said in an official statement. “He’s known for his hard work, intelligence and thorough teaching, and his players have always responded well to his coaching. He’ll earn the respect of our players. I’m confident about that.”The 49-year-old Martindale has spent seven years coaching at the NFL level and 18 years of combined experience at the collegiate and pro levels. He was the defensive coordinator for Denver in 2010 after coaching the Broncos’ linebackers in the previous season. “I am excited to be part of a great team and great organization like the Ravens,” Martindale said. “When I got the call, it was a no-brainer. There has always been a great defense here, led by tremendously talented players and coaches, and I am thrilled to be a part of a proven system.”With Martindale’s hiring to coach the inside linebackers, Ted Monoachino will serve as the linebackers coach after coaching the outside linebackers the past two seasons for the Ravens. A seven-year coaching veteran, Monachino has been credited by Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs as a major factor for a 14-sack season that’s garnered plenty of consideration for the AP Defensive Player of the Year award.last_img read more

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