Nadal delivers Davis Cup title for Spain

first_imgMADRID, (Reuters) – Hosts Spain made light work of a youthful Canadian side to win the inaugural edition of the new-look Davis Cup and claim the team trophy for a sixth time yesterday. Fittingly it was Spain’s talisman Rafael Nadal who sealed the triumph, beating 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6(7) to rack up his eighth victory in eight matches during a gruelling week.Playing for the fourth successive day, the 33-year-old was surely tired and it began to show as Shapovalov fought to keep Canada alive in their first Davis Cup final.Nadal saved a set point in the second-set tiebreak before claiming his 29th successive Davis Cup singles win. Spain got off to a flying start in front of a sell-out 12,500 crowd in La Caja Magica as Roberto Bautista Agut returned to the team days after the death of his father to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(3) 6-2.That left Shapovalov facing mission impossible against the 19-time Grand Slam champion but the stylish left-hander threatened to put the Spanish fiesta on hold in a combative second set as the zip went out of Nadal’s legs.  Nadal would not be denied though as he delivered Spain’s first title since 2011.It completed a remarkable week in the Spanish capital which has been hosting the new version of the 119-year-old event featuring 18 nations.last_img read more

England’s Buttler fined for verbal volley at Philander in second test

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15% of his match fee and handed one demerit point after a foul-mouthed verbal volley aimed at South Africa batsman Vernon Philander during the second test at Newlands on Tuesday. Buttler was heard swearing at Philander through the stump microphone on day five as the South African batted to save the test for the home side, who succumbed to a 189-run defeat to leave the four-match series level at 1-1.Buttler was found guilty of a breach of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct for players, specifically the “use of an audible obscenity during an international cricket match.”He accepted the sanction, which means there will be no need for a formal hearing. He could have been fined up to 50% of his match fee and received two demerit points. When a player receives four demerit points in a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points. Two suspension points equates to a ban from one test match or two limited overs internationals.The third test will start in Port Elizabeth on Jan. 16.last_img read more

Canje, Friendship stroll to easy wins in Milo football

first_imgCanje and Friendship secured easy victories, when the eighth annual Milo Secondary Schools football competition  resumed yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. Canje dismissed South Ruimveldt 4-1. Tyrick Ogleton bagged a double in the third and 31st minute. Adding goals in the 25th and 46th minute each were Omar Glenn and Teiquan Hartman.For South Ruimveldt, Godfrey Weekes found the back of the net in the 61st minute. Similarly, Friendship downed Carmel 3-1. Kevon Scott fashioned a brace in the 13th and 40th minute, while Shane Harper etched his name on the scorer’s sheet in the 48th minute.For Caramel, Tyrese Jones made his presence felt with a 38th conversion. Meanwhile Vergenoegen and Tucville battled to a 1-1 stalemate. Ellson opened the scoring for West Demerara unit with a fourth minute strike. However Simeon Benn leveled proceedings compliments of a 59th minute strike. The event continues with another round of group stage matches on February 29th and March 1st respectively.last_img read more

Another whitewash!

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka, CMC – All-rounder Fabian Allen’s late cameo almost did the trick but luckless West Indies failed in their bid to avoid a second successive whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they suffered a narrow six-run defeat in a nerve-wracking final One-Day International here yesterday. Chasing a difficult 308 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, West Indies produced a spirited run chase but lost key wickets inside the last three overs to watch their challenge peter out tamely to end on 301 for nine – the highest-ever losing total at the venue.They required 13 from the final over and number seven Allen lifted the first delivery from medium pacer Angelo Mathews to the cover boundary, to turn the game in the Caribbean side’s favour. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 4Alzarri JosephNicholas PooranShai HopeSunil AmbrisOff the very next ball, however, Allen holed out on the ropes at mid-wicket to bring an end to an extraordinary 15-ball 37, and Mathews conceded a single run from the remaining deliveries to hand Sri Lanka an emphatic 3-0 cleansweep. Five years ago, Jason Holder’s side suffered a similar 3-0 thrashing and yesterday’s result extended the Windies’ unenviable record of having won only a single ODI in Sri Lanka in 12 appearances.Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 72 off 88 deliveries while opening partner Sunil Ambris blasted a run-a-ball 60 as West Indies made a gallant start to their chase.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran gathered a measured 50 alongside captain Kieron Pollard who made 49 from 50 deliveries but the disastrous run out of Darren Bravo for eight in the 44th over, saw West Indies lose six wickets for 59 runs. Mathews, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, snatched four for 59 including the key wickets for Pollard and Pooran.Sri Lanka’s total of 307 all out off their 50 overs was premised on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (55) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51) while Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera both struck 44 and Thisara Perera, 38.Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who grabbed two important wickets inside the last four overs, spearheaded the Windies attack with four for 65. Choosing to bat, Sri Lanka were propelled largely by three half-century stands. Karunaratne, who counted five fours off 54 balls, put on 60 for the first wicket with Avishka Fernando who made 29 from 34 deliveries before feathering a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Hope off a wayward delivery from Joseph in the 11th over.When Karunaratne tapped a return catch to off-spinner Roston Chase in the 20th over, Sri Lanka were 88 for two but Kusal and Mendis put on 89 for the third wicket to frustrate the Windies.Mendis faced 48 balls and struck six fours and a six while Kusal Perera notched four fours in a 55-ball knock before both perished as three wickets went down for 37 runs. Needing a spark at 214 for five in the 39th over, Sri Lanka got it in the form of a 64-run, sixth wicket stand between de Silva, who stroked five fours off 47 balls and Thisara Perera, who faced 31 deliveries and struck two fours.Hope and Ambris then posted 111 for the first wicket as West Indies flourished early on to keep pace with the required run rate.Ambris, short of runs in the series, hit half-dozen fours and a six but was the first to fall, deceived by a Wanindu Hasaranga googly and bowled in the 19th over, giving himself room.Pooran, promoted to number three, then added 60 for the second wicket with Hope and a further 47 for the third with Pollard, West Indies reaching 147 for one at the half-way stage of the innings. Hope had faced 88 deliveries and struck six fours when he clipped left-arm seamer Isuru Usana to short mid-wicket in the 31st over and Pooran followed in the 40th, picking out cover with Mathews.A few overs later, an upset Bravo was run out in a mix-up with Pollard over a leg bye and the Windies captain followed in the 46th over after belting six fours and a six, skying Mathews for Udana to snare the catch running in from short mid-wicket.Jason Holder chanced his arm and was caught in the deep off Mathews, Hayden Walsh (2) and Roston Chase (0) were both run out and Allen smote two fours and three sixes before also perishing with victory a distinct possibility.last_img read more

Olympics 2020 set to break new record – gender equality

first_imgNEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on track for a new record – having an almost equal number of female and male athletes for the first time, the International Committee (IOC) announced yesterday. The percentage of female athletes competing at the Olympics in Japan in July is expected to rise to nearly 49% – from 34% in 1996, according to a statement from the IOC.The IOC said it is committed to reaching full gender parity for the 2024 Paris Olympics.“It has been more of a marathon than a sprint, but female Olympians are at last catching their male counterparts in the numbers game,” the IOC said in a statement. The announcement is part of the international sports organization’s greater push for women’s rights.This month the IOC announced that it will have full gender representation across all 206 teams and change its rules to allow one male and one female athlete to jointly carry their flag during the Opening Ceremony.It has also taken a leadership role in the U.N. Women’s Sports For Generation Equality Initiative, which aims to advance gender equality in and through sports. Women’s advocacy groups applauded the IOC move.“When it comes to equity and inclusion in sports, the world has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” the Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit focused on female involvement in sports, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “The IOC’s announcement is warranted and encouraging; it signals great progress toward the ultimate goal of full equality in the Olympic Games, which continues to be a long journey.”But news of gender equality milestones were marred by growing concerns over whether the Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled as world health officials advise against large gatherings in order to contain the coronavirus. Japan has more than 1,000 cases of the virus, resulting in 16 deaths as of Tuesday. Globally there are more than 100,000 confirmed cases and 3,600 deaths.Olympic organizers dismissed speculation that the Tokyo Summer Games could be canceled at a briefing last week.However, the torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia, Greece, will be held without spectators after organizers on Monday introduced tighter measures to protect against the virus.last_img read more

Rose looking to bloom in Texas

first_imgBasketball sensation and national player Stanton Rose Jr., will take his talents to San Antonio, Texas to suit up for the University of St Mary’s in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division.  Rose, who previously played for Jacksonville College and Panola College, announced the move on social media. “[[I’m] blessed to announce that I’m going to continue my basketball and academic career at the St Mary’s University (in San Antonio),” the 20-year-old said.Stanton Rose Jr. is heading to St Mary’s“A big thank you to all those [who have] been riding with me from start and will be there in the end,” he added.  In a subsequent interview with Stabroek Sport, Rose, who hails from Kwakwani, Upper Demerara, said he was delighted with the move to St Mary’s as he attempts to further his basketball and academic ambitions. He is determined to see it to the end.“It’s not an extension, I have two years of college left [to complete and] it is an incredible feeling because I’m going to be the first to actually finish college,” Rose explained.  Rose is the reigning National Sports Commission (NSC) Senior Male Sportsman-of-the-Year. He grasped the award for his star-studded exploits during the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) in Suriname to lead Guyana to championship honours. His showing there caught the attention of scouts and the rest was history. He described the collegiate basketball circuit as gruelling which forced him to improve his hooping skills.“Collegiate basketball is like dog eat dog… it’s not as easy as it looks on TV. It made a big impact and taught me life lessons as well. It’s all about the grind and who wants it more.”  Rose, who last suited up for Guyana in February 2019 during the Olympic qualifiers in Colombia, said he was hoping that local sport stakeholders design a more functional infrastructure so that additional youngsters can benefit from the collegiate experience.“I hope we start taking sports in general very serious because we have people who can compete in America at an all-time high level. “To be honest, I don’t think I’ve accomplished anything as yet, and whenever I do I will never be satisfied. I would want to do more.”  Rose said he is always enthused by NBA’s Paul George’s handles and said that being a professional athlete is his ultimate goal. “My goal is to be a pro, be it the NBA or overseas!”last_img read more

Contagious Gaming secures UKGC combined betting & casino licence

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Toronto TSX listed online gambling supplier Contagious Gaming Inc has confirmed that it has secured a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) ‘Combined Remote Operating License’ for its services.The combined license will allow the gambling supplier to operate provisions for pool betting services as well as develop and manufacture gambling software.The expanded gambling license gained by Contagious Gaming will further allow the company to; provide facilities for real event betting, provide facilities for virtual event betting and, operate a casino.Peter Glancy, CEO and Director of Contagious Gaming commented on the licence“Securing the Expanded Gaming License is an important step for the Company as it allows us to maximize and expand our technology from our existing pool betting offering by adding additional gaming opportunities and allows the company to deploy and operate a comprehensive set of online gambling products including, virtual sports, casino and live in play sports-book on a white label and direct basis”. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Betsafe nets In-Stadium partnership with Sheffield United

first_img StumbleUpon Share GVC donates football sponsorships to Gamble Aware August 2, 2019 Share FA charges AFC Wimbledon manager over E8 betting breaches September 26, 2019 Neil McArthur – UKGC backs Leeds Clinic to develop stronger community networks April 5, 2019 Related Articles Submit Betsson AB online betting subsidiary Betsafe has been announced as official ‘In-stadium Betting Partner’ of Yorkshire football club Sheffield United for the 2016/17 English Football League One season.Confirming the partnership, Sheffield United will promote the Betsafe brand within high visibility areas at Bramall Lane (capacity 32,000) during its season 2016/17 matches.Betsafe marketing further revealed that the in-stadium partnership  would additionally feature ‘branded kiosks’ promoting its UK betting services, as well as its brand gaining further promotion on staff clothing.The European online betting brand, extends its presence within English football, as last season Betsafe were the official betting partner of Manchester City men’s and women’s teams.Betsafe marketing were pleased to have secured a further betting partnership in English football, stating that their “sponsorship portfolio will allow the gambling operator to exercise their strategies which will allow them to further cement themselves in the UK online gambling market”.last_img read more

NetRefer powers Paddy Power Betfair combined affiliate program

first_img Submit Related Articles Timothy ButtigiegMalta-based industry affiliate marketing software provider NetRefer, will power Paddy Power Betfair’s (PPB) combined affiliate program, as the FTSE 100 betting operator continues to merge its marketing operations.NetRefer is currently the affiliate marketing platform and provisions provider to both Paddy Power and Betfair. The move the will see NetRefer deliver PPB a ‘Unified Performance Marketing’ platform.PPB unified affiliate marketing platform will be supported by NetRefer automated marketing provisions, player tracking, publisher reporting tools and partner rewards.Updating the market, Timothy Buttigieg Chief Operating Officer of NetRefer was pleased to secure his firms continued partnership with both Paddy Power and Betfair enterprises. Buttigieg commented;“Our long-term strategic partnership with Paddy Power Betfair reinforces our commitment to further embed ourselves with our clients, providing an outstanding service placing clients at the heart of everything that we do,” StumbleUpon Share Share Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Hydra gains extension on Inspired Gaming acquisition approach

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share IGT moves to restructure board responsibilities May 18, 2020 Submit Share Lorne WeilNew York private equity firm, Hydra Industries (Hydra) has confirmed that it has been granted an ‘extension of the date’ by which it must complete its proposed £200 million acquisition of industry virtual games supplier Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired).The private equity firm has been granted until the 29 December to formally process its acquisition offer.Updating deal stakeholders, Hydra Chairman Lorne Weil commented on the update “We are excited about the level of interest we continue to see as we have met with investors.  We look forward to closing on the transaction in the coming weeks with the support of our stockholders.”The acquisition of Inspired by Hydra was first confirmed on 14 July, the PE firm had agreed on the £200 million bid with Inspired main investor Vitruvian Partners LLP.In its latest update, Hydra governance detailed that $45.8 million remains in its trust account reserved for the acquisition of Inspired. The New York firm has further secured $20 million from a forward equity purchase contract with an affiliate of Macquarie Capital.Moving its deal forward, when completed Inspired investors will retain 35% of equity, with company credit lines expected to remain in place.  Hydra informed investors, that its CEO Lorne Weil would become Inspired Gaming Executive Chairman, with Luke Alvarez retaining leadership of the company. IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020last_img read more