Sealed with a kiss, Nadal eases into third round in Melbourne

first_imgMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal passed up a good few chances for an earlier finish to his night before muscling his way into the third round of the Australian Open with a commanding 6-3 7-6(4) 6-1 victory over Argentine Federico Delbonis yesterday. The match lacked nothing in quality power tennis but was almost entirely devoid of drama and the most notable incident came late in the third set when the ball flew off top seed Nadal’s racket and hit a ballgirl on the head.The 19-times Grand Slam champion raced over to check she was alright and then planted a kiss on her cheek, drawing a huge cheer from the Rod Laver Arena crowd.“It probably was one of the scariest moments on the tennis court because the ball was straight to the head,” said Nadal. “I’m glad she’s okay, she’s very brave.”His mercy mission completed, Nadal went back to the baseline, re-applied his game face glare and resumed pummelling his 76th-ranked opponent.The Spaniard, hunting for a second Australian Open title 11 years after his first, has now lost only three sets in his last nine matches at Melbourne Park, all in his defeat to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final. Delbonis never looked like adding to that tally in the two and a half hour contest, particularly as he was unable to muster up as much as a single break point.The world number one was profligate with his own break points – converting only three of 20 – but there was never a moment of doubt that he would move through.The 33-year-old said it was a minor concern that he was forced to go to a tiebreaker in the second set despite having nine opportunities to break Delbonis. “When you are not able to convert one break point after I don’t know how many chances, of course you are in trouble,” he said.“But that’s just something that happened today. We don’t need to put a lot of attention on this. It was just something that was hopefully the history of just one day.”He will next face Pablo Carreno Busta. He holds a 4-0 career record against his younger compatriot but Carreno Busta did take a set off him in their only meeting on hardcourt.last_img read more

Ramdhani wins Canada MVP badminton award

first_imgGuyana’s male badminton champion Narayan Ramdhani, for the second year running, has won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at King’s University in Edmonton, Canada. He won the accolade for his stellar performance for the period September 2019 to April 2020.“In the sport of bdminton, the singles discipline is the most coveted, but also the most difficult. Simply put, a great singles player must be physically fit, mentally strong and have a mastery of the racquet and shuttlecock. Our award recipient once again has gone above and beyond to make his teammates, coaches and the King’s University very proud,” King’s University, in announcing the award, declared. The Institution went on to note: “Whether it was late night fitness sessions or extra off-campus training, he took no shortcuts. He also places a great deal of pressure on himself to be the very best. His back-to-back nationals appearance is a first for King’s Badminton and we know he strides to extend that streak. His hunger to succeed on and off court is evident during practices as he is always asking for more drills. His teammates and coaches know what he is capable of and we are excited to watch his continual growth.” See below a list of his achievements during the period under review: 4th Place- CCAA National Singles Championships in Mississauga Canada 2020Silver- (Singles) ACAC Provincial Championships in Alberta Canada 2020  Bronze- (Doubles) ACAC #3 Tournament in Edmonton Alberta Canada 2020Bronze- (Singles & Doubles) ACAC #2 Tournament in Edmonton Alberta Canada 2020 Silver- (Singles) ACAC #1 Tournament in Olds Alberta Canada 2019 Bronze- (Mix Doubles) The Kings University Open Tournament in Edmonton Canada 2019Gold- (Mix Doubles) Yonex Alberta Series # 1 C-Flight Tournament in Calgary Canada 2019Semi-Finals- (Singles) Yonex Alberta Series # 1 B-Flight Tournament in Calgary Canada 2019 2-Quarter-Finals at the CAREBACO International in Barbados 2019Qualified and participated at the Pan Am Games in Lima Peru 2019Bronze- CCAA National Singles Championships in Nova Scotia Canada 2019 Gold- ACAC Singles Championships in Alberta Canada 2019 Silver- (Singles) & 5th Place (Doubles) – ACAC #3 Tournament in Alberta Canada 2019Gold- (Singles) & 4th Place (Doubles) – ACAC #2 Tournament in Alberta Canada 2019last_img read more

Players’ union says completion of current season must be priority

first_img(Reuters) – The global players’ union FIFPRO has said the completion of the current season must be the priority when football is finally able to resume following the coronavirus outbreak. The sport is at a standstill around the world, with domestic leagues halted and the Euro 2020 and Copa America tournaments pushed back until next year, and it is not clear when the game will be able to resume.FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said failing to complete the current season was not an option at the moment.“Everyone in football will lose out if that happens,” he told reporters in a conference call. “I don’t think it’s responsible to make that consideration at the moment. “If we have any chance of finishing the season, we have to do so because the impact for players and everyone else in the game will be great if we don’t.” There have been some suggestions that the current season could extend to August or September, with the subsequent campaign beginning later. However, some clubs have indicated that the current season should be scrapped.Baer-Hoffmann said FIFPRO had seen both good and bad responses to the crisis.“There is a club in Serbia which voluntarily pre-paid all salaries until June and they have reached a collective agreement in Costa Rica over the payment of wages,” he said. But Baer-Hoffmann added that there had also been cases of clubs using the crisis as an excuse to terminate contracts early, sack players or declare bankruptcy simply as an instrument for not paying bills and wages.He praised players at Juventus and Barcelona who had agreed to take pay cuts, saying it was a “strong signal that should be commended”, but added that the example should not be used to pressure those at smaller clubs.“We had clubs from Indonesia using that to justify wage cuts,” he said. “It is very important to take into account the vastly different economic circumstances, even the lowest clubs in Serie A are very different to Juventus.” “We can only appeal to common sense that those measures taken by the elite clubs and players cannot just be transferred downwards.“We have people literally on between 300 and 1,000 euros ($330 and $1,100) a month, for them to consider a pay cut is a different story.”While football has stopped almost everywhere, it is still being played in Belarus, which Baer-Hoffmann said was “difficult to comprehend. “We’ve been contacted by players who are concerned — common sense tells you they have to apply the same cautionary measures as everywhere else,” he said.last_img read more

Sky Bet must pay out £5m if Leicester win the title

first_img BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Share Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Thanks to a selection of bets placed during the first four months of the season, bookmaker Sky Bet stands to pay out £5m if Leicester maintain top spot and win the Premier League title this season.Twenty Sky Bet customers will win a combined £1m if Claudio Ranieri and his men do what was deemed the impossible. A single punter stands to win £200,000 after placing a £40 bet with the odds still at 5000/1.Bookmakers and pundits alike refused to believe Leicester’s magnificent form would continue, and odds remained as high as 1000/1 in November.The Foxes’ win over Manchester City on Saturday though has seen their odds slashed to 7/4 making them the current favourites to be crowned champions in May.Sandro Di Michele, Sky BetSandro Di Michele, Head of PR at Sky Bet, said: “It’s great to see a Leicester City supporter having a speculative bet in August that is now a serious runner in February.”He added: “If Claudio Ranieri’s team did the unthinkable it would be a terrible result for us, as we currently stand to lose over £5m if Leicester win the league. However it would be the greatest ever achievement in the history of the Premier League and who wouldn’t want to see that?”(Featured image)last_img read more

Grosvenor Casinos launches sports betting product with Kambi

first_img StumbleUpon Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Kristian NylénStockholm Nasdaq-listed sports betting platform provider Kambi continues to grow its ‘tier 1’ industry client portfolio by announcing that it has launched its betting services for Rank Group online subsidiary Grosvenor Casinos (Grosvenorcasinos.com)Chosen as sports betting software provisions partner by Rank Group in January, Kambi has delivered a full range of markets to Grosvenorcasinos.com in time for a packed summer of sports.Rank Group management announced that Kambi betting services had been successfully integrated within its main digital platform powered by industry development specialist Bede Gaming.Kambi governance detailed the importance of its new betting partnership, stating that it would increase its coverage within the UK to Grosvenor’s 1.7 million customers.Updating the market Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi Group plc commented on the Grosvenor Casinos sports betting launch“We’re excited to launch the Grosvenor Casinos sportsbook in collaboration with the Bede Gaming management system. Going live ahead of the European Championships will empower Grosvenor Casinos to offer their customer base a great sports betting experience and we look forward to working together to make sure the upcoming tournament is a success.”Adam Joseph, Director of Digital Operations for Grosvenor Casinos, welcomed Kambi as sports betting partners:“This is a really exciting time for Grosvenor and the Grosvenor sports betting experience is a key addition to our product set.We can now offer our customers a comprehensive online gaming experience. With the Kambi sportsbook tools, coupled with the capability of the Bede Gaming Management system we will be able to provide a full enhanced betting and gaming experience to our customer base.”last_img read more

BetConstruct plans to challenge the status quo in UK market

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Vahe Baloulian, BetConstructMulti-channel supplier BetConstruct has said that it is going to challenge the status quo in the UK supply chain now that it has been granted a Combined Remote Operating Licence by the UK Gambling Commission.Vahe Baloulian, BetConstruct CEO, commented: “The Combined Remote Operating Licence by the UK Gambling Commission widens the path for BetConstruct to one of the most important gaming and betting markets – the United Kingdom. Although this market is mature and somewhat saturated, we believe what BetConstruct has to offer is quite unique and can be the differentiator the operators are looking for.“Being headquartered in the UK, we have studied this market for a long time now. We look forward to challenging the status quo there with the new technologies and services we have developed in recent years.”This licence adds to BetConstruct’s licences granted by the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gambling Authority and other jurisdictions which all allow BetConstruct to help its partners meet necessary requirements for operating in different regions.It’s been a busy month for the UK regulator, which has just announced Tim Miller will be joining as Executive Director with oversight of corporate affairs, stakeholder engagement and our evidence and analysis team. Miller is currently Head of Policy and Communications at the Local Government Ombudsman and will be joining the Commission at the end of August.Chief Executive Sarah Harrison said: “I am delighted to welcome Tim to the Gambling Commission leadership team. He brings excellent communications, policy and research expertise to the Commission’s vital work to help keep gambling fair, safe and free from crime.”Meanwhile the Commission has revealed that Blue Riband Gaming and Leisure Limited, trading as  Blue Riband Bet, is no longer operating and has surrendered its operating licence and personal management licences. The boutique bookmaker had been overseen by a former management team from Marathonbet.last_img read more

Play’n GO acquires Romanian gaming licence

first_img Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Share Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Johan Törnqvist, Play’n GO.Play’n GO has announced that its been awarded a class two licence from the Romanian National Gambling Office. It now hosts over 80 games on the sites of more than 100 operators, in 32 languages.The Swedish supplier will now be able to supply its premium content to all online channels for gaming operators in the country’s recently regulated market.The move to acquire a gaming licence in Romania followed significant demand for Play’n GO’s award-winning content from customers based in the eastern European country.Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO, said: “This is a landmark day for the company and we are delighted to have been awarded a gaming licence for Romania, a growing market that we have had our eyes on for some time.“We have a long line of parties interested in our premium, best-in-class content and we can’t wait to see the joy on Romanian player’s faces as they interact with our games for the first time.” Submit Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020last_img read more

SBC recognises new industry talent with Rising Star award

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit SBC will crown the inaugural Rising Star in Sports Betting at the SBC Awards 2016, which will be held on December 7 at Under the Bridge nightclub. This prestigious award has been created to recognise the most prolific emerging operator or affiliate in the sports betting industry. Andy McCarron, Managing Director at SBC, said: “We are particularly excited about crowning the Rising Star in Sports Betting for 2016. This award will be contested by companies that have emerged as the most successful new players in the industry over the last three years. “The best entries will be put to a vote between all those who registered for this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, with voters asked to place particular emphasis on growth, new market penetration, and improvements in both brand awareness and brand recognition.”However, this is just one of 15 awards created to recognise excellence in 2016. SBC is also calling all suppliers, agencies and technology companies to put themselves forward for one or more of the seven innovation-based awards. The best entries submitted by the October 25 nomination deadline will then be judged by an all-star panel tasked with picking out the truly-ground breaking entries.For example, the ‘Innovation in Football Betting’ award has been created to recognise the company behind the best product in football betting, whilst the ‘Innovation in Sports Betting’ prize will be won by the company behind the best product in sports betting, or non-football betting, for 2016.For all of the innovation awards, the judging panel will give most credit to companies which have demonstrated the best innovation, applied the most creativity and differentiation, and recorded the biggest commercial success. Betgenius picked up ‘Best Innovation’ for its Abandoned Betslip Targeting at last year’s awards, formerly known as the Betting on Football Awards.Nominations for all of this year’s awards will close on October 25, and will be presented by Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen, who has been sponsored by Argyll Entertainment to host the event.Click here to see the full list of award categoriesClick here to submit your nomination for an awardTickets for the SBC Awards 2016 are available for £80 +VAT on www.sbcevents.co.uk. This price covers drinks, food and Under the Bridge club entry from 7:00 pm until late.The judging panel for the innovation awards includes the CEO’s from Argyll Entertainment, SNAI, LeoVegas, 10bet, 12bet, BetConstruct, Betaland, Fortuna, Marathonbet, Mr Green, Fusioneer, PariMatch, Centric Holdings, Spiffx, Golden Race, Metric Gaming, SBOBet, 138.com and TXODDS.Sponsors of the event are 138.com, Argyll Entertainment, BetConstruct, Betradar, EnergyBet, Golden Race, and Marathonbet. For sponsorship opportunities, contact sales@sbcnews.co.uk. Share Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Rookie running back Taliaferro arrested in Virginia over weekend

first_imgRookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro has reportedly become the latest player to contribute to a disturbing offseason for the Ravens after being arrested in Virginia over the weekend.According to The Virginia Gazette and other reports, the 2014 fourth-round pick was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness after allegedly breaking a window in a taxi cab. The arrest took place early Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Va.A police officer reportedly saw Taliaferro and a group of people enter a taxi cab before the driver alerted him that the rookie had broken a window upon being told to exit for continuing to yell and swear inside the vehicle. Taliaferro allegedly left the scene upon exiting the cab but was arrested roughly a block away.A team spokesman released the following statement responding to Taliaferro’s arrest:“We’re aware of the situation and have discussed it with Lorenzo. He will have his due process and the opportunity to talk about what happened.”Taliaferro becomes the fourth Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, joining running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, and offensive lineman Jah Reid. The Coastal Carolina product was the 138th overall selection in the 2014 draft earlier this month and is expected to compete for significant playing time with Rice likely facing a suspension from the NFL and backup Bernard Pierce still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.last_img read more

Start times set for Orioles-Tigers ALDS Games 1-3

first_img(Updated: 11:45 p.m. Wednesday)After much frustration waiting for start times to be announced for the American League Division Series between the Orioles and the Detroit Tigers, fans have finally received some clarity.The results of the Wild Card Games are now in the books, which means the times for the first three games of the series have been finalized.With the Kansas City Royals winning the AL Wild Card Game Tuesday night, we officially learned that Oriole Park at Camden Yards will host Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday at 5:37 p.m with Chris Tillman taking on 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.The second game of the series will begin at 12:07 p.m. Friday as a result of San Francisco winning the National League Wild Card Game.Game 3 in Detroit is already locked into a 3:45 p.m. start on Sunday while times for Monday’s Game 4 and Wednesday’s Game 5 back in Baltimore — if necessary — have yet to be announced.All ALDS games will be televised on TBS with Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley, and Joe Simpson on the call.Major League Baseball also announced that Jeff Kellogg, Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber, and Jim Wolf will be the umpiring crew for the Orioles-Tigers series.Umpires CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox, and Brian O’Nora will serve in the replay center in New York during the Division Series.last_img read more