Fletcher stars as Volcanoes, Red Force draw

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Andre Fletcher just missed out on a hundred in his first domestic four-day game in nearly three years as the rain-hit fourth round encounter between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force finished in a predictable draw here yesterday. Resuming the final day at Windsor Park on 71 for two after the entire third day was lost to rain, Volcanoes reached 293 for eight in their first innings in reply to Red Force’s 373 for eight declared.Fletcher, on two at the start, top-scored with 88 while veteran opener Devon Smith made 67 and 20-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart, 56, the trio combining to ensure there were no unlikely surprises.Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein picked up four for 61 to move to 20 wickets for the new season. Following a near two-hour delayed start due again to weather, an outright result would have always been improbable and Fletcher and Smith ensured there were no early wickets as they extended their overnight third wicket stand to 63 before being separated.Fletcher struck nine fours and two sixes off 219 deliveries while the left-handed Smith stroked nine fours on a 164-ball innings.Hosein broke the stand when he bowled Smith on the back foot with one which spun back sharply and when leg-spinner Yannic Cariah also bowled Alick Athanaze for 14, Volcanoes had lost two wickets for 25 runs to be 156 for four. However, Fletcher remained firmly entrenched, anchoring a 111-run fifth wicket partnership with Stewart, to deny Red Force any immediate further success.Both eventually perished in successive overs with the score on 267, Fletcher caught at the wicket off Hosein and Stewart taken at short leg off off-spinner Bryan Charles, after facing 104 balls and striking seven fours and a six.last_img read more

bwin.party shareholders green-light GVC acquisition

first_img Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share bwin.party Entertainment shareholders have formally approved the firm’s £1.1 billion acquisition by London AIM listed operator GVC Holdings (GVC).Hosting a shareholder ‘extraordinary meeting’, bwin.party governance announced that 99.99% of its investors approved in favour of the reverse takeover by GVC.GVC and bwin.party governance will now work together to officially complete the deal by Q1 2016 and begin the merger of corporate assets.November saw the appointment of Shay Segev former Playtech Chief Strategy Officer, as new GVC Chief Operating Officer (COO). Segev will be charged with leading the operational integration of the new merged business between GVC and bwin.party.Releasing a short statement bwin.party commented that despite this approval, the closing offer still remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions set out in the scheme document, such as the sanctioning of the scheme by the court. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Baazov submits takeover proposal for Amaya Inc

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Toronto (TSX) listed operator Amaya Inc has today issued a corporate statement detailing that current CEO and Chairman David Baazov has submitted an all-cash deal to takeover the company.Amaya’s Board of Directors will now create a special independent committee to review the forthcoming proposal by Baazov which is estimated to be offering CAD $21 (£10-11) per common share, representing a 40% premium on Fridays TSX closing price.The special committee will be headed up by Amaya Inc, lead Independent Director David Gadhia. Amaya told its shareholders that at present no formal talks had been held between stakeholders, and that the company needed no actions from its investors.Bloomberg news reports that Baazov who completed the $4.9 billion acquisition of Rational Group (PokerStars and FullTilt Poker) in June 2014, currently owns + 24.5 million common shares of the company, representing a 18.6% of corporate equity.The 2014 acquisition of Rational Group brands had catapulted Amaya Inc share price from $7 to $38 peak (November 2015), Baazov who leveraged Blackstone GSO as deal investors, was reported to have earnt $800 million in the deallast_img read more

UK Government following French lead for racing funding changes

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 The UK Government will be applying for State Aid exemption to extend the horseracing betting levy to online bookmakers. The plans, revealed in today’s budget, show that rather than replacing the Levy Scheme, the DCMS is to attempt to alter it, following the line ploughed by the French authorities to introduce betting rights to sports.In a document responding to last year’s three consultations on the subject and published today, the Government revealed its intentions: “The Government is legislating to give racing new rights to funding from bets taken on British racing. We have noted the principles established in the French parafiscal Levy which secured State aid approval, and consider that approval provides certainty for all parties. We propose to seek State aid approval for these new funding arrangements.”The key aspect of all this is the rate. The Government said: “The amount payable by operators will reflect the degree of mutual interest between betting and racing. This is similar to the approach adopted in the French parafiscal levy on online horserace betting, where payments are based on common interest costs.“Through the consultation process it was argued that there should be more in-depth research, economic modelling and analysis to define and quantify the value of the common interest between betting and racing. The Government agreed the importance of ensuring a robust analysis, and in August 2015 commissioned an independent report of the funding of horseracing, which is due to report to Government later this month.“Over the next few months the Government will hold discussions with the betting and racing industries, and draw on the expertise of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, to inform a decision on the rate payable.”One of the key arguments of the betting industry is that an extension of scope should not mean an increased quantum going to racing. Bookmakers, particularly retail bookmakers, argue that the Levy can’t be taken into isolation when the industry funds the sport through many channels, most notably of late via media rights for showing racing in betting shops.The Government will have to make sure that bookmakers are all on board with this change in order to meet the ambitious timetable for implementation. It will only take one objection on the State Aid expemtion for this to be stuck in the European legal mire for some timeGovernment’s proposed timetableSpring 2016 – period of consultation with betting and racing industries to inform the level of contributions from betting.Summer/ autumn 2016 – State aid notification process with the European Commission.End 2016 – Statutory Instrument and full impact assessment published.April 2017 – new funding model comes into force. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Scott Longley – The Football Pools: Swimming Against the Tide!

first_img Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Scott LongleySeeing its active player numbers dwindle to around the quarter of a million mark, Scott Longley examines whether ‘The Football Pools’ can be updated for modern consumers. One of the UK oldest betting brands and the subject of multiple acquisition rumours, what role does ‘The Pools’ have in today’s industry. We are a long way away now from the days when football pools winner Viv Nicholson once famously declared to the newspapers she was going to “spend, spend, spend” after winning £152,319 in 1961. Nicholson subsequently became the pin-up for a British form of schadenfreude as she and her husband Keith duly frittered away their fortune in a very public spending spree. By 1965 after Keith died in a car crash, she was declared bankrupt and the morality tale was apparently made complete.Over the subsequent 50 years, football pools winners have been replaced by lottery winners as the canvasses on which the wider population paints its hopes and fears about lucking their way towards extraordinary wealth. Yet despite being largely eclipsed, the football pools remains with us albeit in a much-diminished status and with none of the front-page headlines that previously accompanied the news of a prize winner.According to the current operator Sportech – which spent the 2000s collecting together the various pools brands under a single Football Pools umbrella – from a peak of 10 million players just before the launch of the National Lottery in 1994, numbers have dwindled to around the quarter of a million mark.Source: SportechGiven this history of decline it may seem surprising that the Football Pools are currently the subject of a bidding battle. First, Canadian-listed Contagious Gaming failed last summer with a bid for the whole of Sportech; subsequently NetPlay (reported by UK news sources to be part-funded by Teddy Sagi) put in a bid to buy the pools unit (the same company having previously bought the Vernons online gaming elements from Sportech in October 2013).Now an unnamed consortium led by former Sportech chief operating officer Ian Hogg has emerged as the most likely buyer of the pools business with a bid rumoured to be worth circa £100m. Hogg stepped down from Sportech in 2014, and it is thought that he would take current division head Conleth Byrne to head up the business under the new stewardship. It is also thought the new venture would list on the stock exchange.The value of the Football Pools lies in the rump subscriber customer base. The customer numbers decline in recent years has been largely as issue with the collections channel where, almost quite literally, the customers have been dying off. But the carrot for any buyer lies in the subscription channel where in its 2015 final-year results Sportech said revenues fell only slightly to £27.3m from £28.1m. Although subscriber numbers fell 8% to 221,000, the business is in the envious position of having over 60% of them tied in long-term via direct debit. As one City analyst put it, these customers are “astonishingly sticky”.Still the £100m price-tap remains something of a gamble. The division achieved an operating profit of £15.2m this year, compared with £16.6m in 2014 or an 8.4% decline, meaning the buyout multiple is around 6.5 times.Sportech says the player numbers decline has stabilized, and it is true the rate of decline has slowed. But the subscriber numbers are still falling, from over 420,000 when Sportech bought Vernons to 221,000 as of the end of 2015. The revenue decline is less steep, largely because some of the fall in player number has been offset by 2.4% rise in weekly spend per customer to £2.89.But Hogg and his bid team will be hoping they can do more than just mitigate losses or persuade the current customers to spend a few more pennies very week. Most obviously, the business is behind the curve on mobile and has yet to hit the market with a mobile app, though the recent results said the launch was imminent. The company also spoke about a newly reconfigured website.The timing might also be right to re-launch the product with a new, younger and more football-savvy audience. The success of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the US and closer to home Sky Bet’s popular Super 6 free-to-enter prediction game has encouraged the emergence of a variety of social betting and tipping-type products in recent months including Fenway Games’ ‘Snapbet’ instant betting product and start-up tipping social network WantMyBet.If the Football Pools can move away successfully move to a model of small stakes and regular modest wins – and engineer a product which provides just that outcome – then it might stand a chance of maintaining its current subscriber base while at the same time re-engineering itself for a new audience. The £100m outlay might come to be seen as a bargain.______________________Football betting and industry governance/leadership strategies will be discussed and debated at the ‘Betting on Football Conference’ 21 April Stamford Bridge Chelsea Stadium…book your tickets now! StumbleUpon Share Share Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

ARC introduces Northern Stayers Series with Sun Bets

first_img StumbleUpon ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Related Articles ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share Submit Share New look ARC revamps executive leadership team February 18, 2020 Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced the brand new Northern Stayers series in association with Sun Bets, which is designed to support grassroots jump racing in the North of England.The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will consist of eleven qualifiers across ARC’s Northern jump racecourses, before a final worth £20,000 at Newcastle on Saturday 18 March 2017.The first race of the series takes place at Sedgefield Racecourse on October 27, the Sun Bets Novices’ Hurdle at 2.30 pm, which has been well supported by Northern trainers.The series will continue with races at Doncaster on November 25, Uttoxeter on both October 28 and December 31, and Newcastle on December 8. The 2017 programme, leading up to the final on 18 March, will be confirmed in due course.All horses that take part in a qualifier will be eligible to run in the final at Newcastle Racecourse. The full race programme has been formed to benefit young horses, specifically Novice Hurdlers looking to race over 2m 3f and further.Roderick Duncan, ARC Regional Clerk of Course for the North, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with Sun Bets and BHA to frame this series to support the Northern Jumping scene.“The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will culminate in a nice prize pot at Newcastle in March, so we are hopeful that we’ll find some nice staying hurdlers lining up at ARC’s Northern racecourses over the coming months.”Tim Reynolds, Head of PR for Sun Bets, said: “The Northern Stayers series is a really exciting initiative and one which we’re proud to be associated with. It gives us the perfect platform to promote the Sun Bets name, shout about our passion for horse racing, and demonstrate the benefits of being an Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing.”last_img read more

Maryland’s concerns over Stoglin eased for now in win over Boston College

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — If we’ve learned anything about Mark Turgeon in his first year as head coach at Maryland, it’s that he’ll be completely honest with his feelings, no matter how harsh his words might sound at times.His relationship with sophomore Terrell Stoglin — the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference — can be described as precarious at best, and that was before Stoglin’s blowup on Twitter in which he defiantly questioned being benched late in the second half of Maryland’s 73-55 loss at Duke last Saturday.Choosing to handle the matter privately in lieu of the suspension many outsiders suggested, Turgeon allowed his best player to play against Boston College on Thursday night as Maryland played one of its most balanced games of the season in an 81-65 victory at Comcast Center.“It’s a roller coaster,” said Turgeon of his relationship with Stoglin. “There’s no question about it with him. Tonight, I can’t believe how well [he guarded]. He’s giving effort and trying to do everything I say, but it’s a full-time job for me.”That roller coaster appeared to take a perilous dip last Saturday, with many wondering if Stoglin’s Twitter comments would be the beginning of the end for the player-coach relationship. Even more concerning was the potential impact that might be felt on the entire team, as Stoglin’s not-so-cryptic comments on social media suggested teammates weren’t pleased with Turgeon’s decision to sit him down for a critical stretch against the Blue Devils.But instead of a potential collapse against a struggling Boston College group that entered the night having lost seven of its last eight games, Maryland played team-style basketball with 15 assists and smothering defense in holding the Eagles to just below 33 percent from the field in the 16-point win, the Terps’ largest margin of victory this season.“I talked about two things: we talked about discipline on defense and we talked about being together,” Turgeon said. “I don’t like the way we acted at Duke; I don’t like the way we acted after Duke. We just talked about being a team and being a family and being together and doing it for your teammates. I thought we did that.”Though talking about his entire team, Turgeon might as well have been speaking about Stoglin directly after questioning his defensive effort and shot selection at different points through the season. The sophomore came out of the gate on fire in the first half, connecting on five 3-pointers and scoring 19 points before halftime. However, there were a few ill-advised shots mixed in, including a missed jumper with 27 seconds remaining on the shot clock and under three minutes to go that had Turgeon visibly upset, even after Stoglin followed the miss with an offensive rebound and put-back.As is always the case with Stoglin, who entered the evening ranked seventh in the nation in scoring, you take the good with the bad. Thursday trended mostly in the positive direction — even if it wasn’t a perfect performance by Turgeon’s standards.“I thought I did pretty well,” said Stoglin when asked if he agreed with his coach’s praise of his defense. “Coach was still on me; he’s always on me about little things, but other than that, I think I played pretty well on the defensive end.”Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Turgeon’s decision to allow his mercurial star to play against Boston College, there’s no question that the two need each other. Without Stoglin, Turgeon lacks a single consistent scorer he can depend on. On the flip side, Stoglin dreams of one day playing in the NBA, but he needs Turgeon — whether he realizes it or not at this point — to mold him into the well-rounded player he’ll need to be in order to overcome his slight stature at 6-foot-1.Stoglin needs to understand Turgeon is in charger, and no matter how many outsiders might be telling him how great he is, the head coach will be around College Park much longer than he will.Fortunately for all parties involved, Maryland leaned on Stoglin early and the sharpshooting guard delivered by scoring 14 straight Maryland points to build an 18-10 lead that the Terps never relinquished. Stoglin gave way to his teammates in the points column in the second half, scoring only five points while forward James Padgett paced Maryland with 15 points after intermission. The body language was positive and the effort remained consistent.“It makes my job a lot easier when Terrell hits his first shot,” Turgeon said. “If he can get his points early, then he’s not searching for them the whole game. So, he got them early tonight, and I thought in the second half, he really deferred and just tried to help us win the game.”The strong start — for both Stoglin and the entire team — was exactly what Turgeon needed to defuse what was an ugly scene on Saturday. It certainly doesn’t solve the love-hate nature of the relationship with Stoglin, but cooler heads have seemed to prevail.Winning solves just about anything.“Everyone was just playing off each other,” Stoglin said. “I got my three going early, then everyone got their threes going, and we started going inside. We played together as a team, and it was a good win.”last_img read more

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 11

first_imgBelow are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointTo hear the full explanation for the respective lists, click HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 … 7) Arthur Jones6) James Ihedigbo5) Dannell Ellerbe4) Anquan Boldin3) Paul Kruger2) Corey Graham1) Jacoby JonesDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>last_img read more

Ovechkin’s 40th Goal of Season Wins it for Caps

first_imgAfter 40 minutes, things were looking bleak for the Washington Capitals. They were trailing the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, and were being outplayed and out shot, 30-18. A loss would surely do major damage to any playoff hopes they still had remaining.Luckily for the Caps, Braden Holtby, who was a surprise starter after Michal Neuvirth came down with an illness, was excellent in the cage (34 saves) and kept Washington in it.Then, in the final frame, Washington played one of its’ best 20 minutes of the season totally dominating the Jets on the shot clock, 12-6, and more importantly, 3-0 on the scoreboard to get a much needed 4-2 victory.The win moves the Caps to 26-23-9 (61 points) and keeps them three points out of a playoff spot.Tom Wilson, Alexander Ovechkin, and Troy Brouwer all scored in the third period because the Capitals started moving their feet and going to the net. All four Washington tallies (Brouwer had the first one, as well) were from the Caps crashing the cage. That’s the way you have to score in the NHL because the goalies are so good.The effort in the last period was excellent and makes you wonder why this team can’t do that more often despite some holes in the lineup?Going into the game, the Caps called up rookie defensemen Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette to replace a demoted Tyson Strachan (sent to Hershey) and a struggling John Erskine. Both of those guys did okay in their almost 15 minutes of ice time together and finished +2. Brouillette made a nice play to set up Wilson’s goal with Wey getting an assist on the tally, too. Those two blue liners played a simple game.Ovechkin’s tally was his 40th of the season after Nicklas Backstrom (1 assist) was decked in the crease. It was a gritty goal and was the game winner. The Gr8 had nine shot attempts and four hits in this tilt in 20:35 of ice time.The first 40 minutes were maddening, though. On the first Jets goal, Karl Alzner misplayed John Carlson’s (25:26 of ice time) pass around the boards and Martin Erat was late in coverage on Bryan Little. That allowed Little to get credit for the tally after Holtby stopped the initial shot following a nice pass from Andrew Ladd. The goal actually went in off of Erat’s skate. The second goal, the only marker of the second period, was even worse as both Washington defensemen were in position with Marcus Johansson skating back as the third forward. For some reason, MJ90 failed to turn around and find the third Jet up the ice, Dustin Byfuglien, and #33 received a pass from Devon Setoguchi in the slot and buried it, top shelf. Johansson, who did have two assists including a sweet feed to Brouwer on the fourth goal, has to be more alert and bear down defensively on those plays. Overall, Washington was a victim of not moving their feet in those first two periods.But somehow they managed to find another gear in the final 20 minutes and save their playoff push, for now. Falling five points back, at this point, might be too much to overcome. They still have a rough road ahead to climb back into a playoff spot, especially if they perform like they did on Tuesday against New York and in the first 40 minutes versus Winnipeg.Bottom line, over the last 24 games the team needs to be much more consistent and skate like they did in the third period if they want to make it into a seventh straight post season.Notes: Connor Carrick and Dmitry Orlov were paired together and played just under 20 minutes of ice time…the Caps won the face off battle, 33-24…Wilson played 8:07 and I’d love to see Coach Adam Oates get him out there on the struggling Caps power play. Washington was 0 for 4 with the man advantage and they could use Wilson’s size and hands to shake things up…the Caps only took one minor penalty, that is a huge step in the right direction given their recent propensity to end up in the sin bin…next up are the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at 8pm at the Verizon Center.last_img read more

Davis’ two longest bombs of year give Orioles temporary relief

first_imgChris Davis’ longest home run of the year and the emphatic bat flip that followed are unlikely to save the season, but the Orioles could breathe a temporary sigh of relief on Wednesday night after they hadn’t led over their previous 51 innings before the walk-off blow against Tampa Bay.The 459-foot blast to the back of the right-center bleachers in the bottom of the 11th came after a 446-foot shot in the fourth inning that had been his longest homer of the 2015 season. His 37th and 38th long balls of the year were instrumental in the Orioles snapping a six-game losing streak, but the precursor for his breakout performance may have come a night earlier.With Baltimore trailing 11-0 to Tampa Bay in the late innings and Buck Showalter looking to give his biggest stars — Davis, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado — a breather, the first baseman asked his manager to let him stay in the game. Like many of his teammates, Davis was angry and just didn’t feel like throwing in the towel on what would be the Orioles’ 12th loss in 13 games.The lefty slugger hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to avoid a shutout, inconsequential to the game’s outcome but maybe a trigger for one of Davis’ patented hot streaks.“I understand Jonesy playing center field every day, Manny playing third every day,” said Davis about his request to remain in Tuesday’s game while his teammates exited early. “I had a DH [day] in Texas and had a chance to get my legs under me a little bit and I wanted to stay in that game. I didn’t like the way things were going. I didn’t like the way I was playing, and I just wanted to try to get something started.“There may have been some carryover [to Wednesday], but I think more than anything, it was just an attitude. ‘It’s not over. Enough’s enough.’ And just trying to turn it around.”With the Orioles entering the off-day still five games below .500 and 6 1/2 games behind the second wild card in the American League, now it’s about looking toward the future with Davis set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Fans certainly hope Baltimore’s future involves Davis remaining a fixture in the heart of the lineup, but he won’t come cheap as he closes in on the second 40-homer season of his career.The 29-year-old has hit 150 home runs since the start of 2012 and has hit at least 33 in three of his four full seasons with the Orioles.“The guy’s going to hit 40 home runs and drive in 100 runs,” Showalter said. “He posts up every day. And like the story I told you, him playing the last inning or two [Tuesday] night might have been the key to tonight and the rest of our season. Those are the little things that go unnoticed.”Davis’ rebound campaign from a disastrous 2014 certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, begging a crucial question to be asked.After watching Nelson Cruz depart last offseason, can the Orioles really afford to lose a 40-homer slugger for a second year in a row both on the field and in the eyes of their fan base?last_img read more