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first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted his side were well beaten as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Southampton. He went on: “We only started to play when we were 2-0 down. We got it back to 2-1 and we were better in the second half but then conceded another very poor goal. “(It) was a poor day at the office. The problem is we have to live with it for a couple of weeks now.” Rodgers was most aggrieved at the way his side defended. “When you concede the goals we conceded it is always going to be difficult to win games,” Rodgers said. “It’s something I know that we need to improve. We need to develop as a group. We didn’t defend or play as well as we can. I know the areas where we can improve.” Southampton’s win was just their second in the league under manager Mauricio Pochettino, and he said: “I think we set out the game in a very positive way. “Most importantly the players believed in the way we set up. I think we made Liverpool really uncomfortable on the pitch. “We pressed them quite a lot and we put in a really big effort. I think my team played really well.” The Reds arrived at St Mary’s on the back of four successive wins but were second best from start to finish. “We just weren’t very good. It was as simple as that,” Rodgers said. “If you start a game the way we started it then it is very difficult at this level to get back.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 14, 2020 Organizers say it would be “irresponsible and logistically difficult to go ahead” amid uncertainty about public health and the economy.Tournament head Roger Brennwald says “social distancing or matches played behind closed doors were out of the question for us from the start.”Roger Federer is a 10-time champion at the tournament in his hometown of Basel but he was set to miss the 50th edition of the event. He is skipping the rest of the 2020 season to let his right knee recover from two surgeries.MLS-SOUNDERS-FIRERookie Pineda’s goal gives Fire 2-1 win over Sounders Draisaitl finished first in points with 110 in 71 games before the season was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. MacKinnon helped injury-ravaged Colorado clinch a top four seed in the Western Conference. And Panarin had 95 points in his first season with New York.VIRUS OUTBREAK-USTAUSTA cancels amateur eventsUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled several amateur events scheduled in August because of the coronavirus pandemic but is still planning to hold the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31.USTA National Championships in certain junior age groups for singles and doubles are being scrapped. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-ISLANDERS-SOROKINIslanders sign Sorokin for next seasonUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed goaltender of the future Ilya Sorokin to a contract for next season. The $2 million deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. Men’s and women’s USTA National Grass Court Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, are also among the tournaments eliminated.The USTA says the sort of COVID-19 testing and universal housing planned for the U.S. Open “would logistically and financially be incredibly difficult to create” at these national events.TENNIS-SWISS INDOORSSwiss indoor event canceledBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. A day earlier, the team signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though he’s not eligible to play. The 24-year-old Sorokin is considered one of the top prospects at any position not current in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild similarly signed fellow Russian Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year contract for this season and next. Kaprizov like Sorokin can’t compete in the resumption of the season.NHL-TED LINDSAY AWARD FINALISTSDraisaitl, MacKinnon among finalistsNEW YORK (AP) — NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow players. None of them have won the award before. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Mauricio Pineda scored in the 84th minute to give the Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders in the MLS is Back tournament. Pineda was wide open at the back post to catch Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei off guard after Seattle’s Handwalla Bwana scored in the 77th minute to knot the score at 1-all. Robert Beric’s goal put the Fire up after a scoreless first half.last_img read more

first_imgBjorn Helge Riise has returned to Fulham following an unsuccessful loan spell at Portsmouth.The Norwegian midfielder joined Pompey in September but made only two appearances for the Championship club, who opted not to extend his stay at Fratton Park.Riise, 28, has struggled to establish himself at Craven Cottage since joining Fulham from Lillestrom in 2009.AdChoices广告Earlier this year he made 13 appearances during a three-month loan spell at Sheffield United.last_img

first_img Golden Nugget adds sports betting to Scientific Games deal February 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 William Hill US CEO to feature in Official Sports Betting Guide to G2E September 24, 2019 Share Submit Don Best Sports is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Don Best Managing Director Benjie Cherniak about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?BC: Football is a global language. Billions of people globally support or follow clubs. It is easy to understand and easy to invest knowledge and opinions into wagering on events. In North America and some of our key markets in Central and Latin America, astute punters have access to information that makes it more interesting to wager on less familiar football events alongside the ‘evergreen’ top leagues. An example would be that MLS (shown locally) is a popular league to follow and wager on in countries such as Panama, Honduras and Mexico. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?BC: From the Don Best perspective – looking at the North American and Latin American markets – we are seeing a seismic shift to in-play wagering that of course Europeans and Asians have now been long accustomed to. Similarly, there has been a marked increase in operating and technology partners who are moving to fully automated wagering across the event life-cycle – away from per head and credit/agency-type betting. The power now lies with bettors who can wager through their portable devices and their associated payment systems. We are also seeing punters in Latin America bet Asian Handicaps – something they were long unfamiliar with. SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?BC: Transparency and integrity is the key. The game itself always needs to be protected in order for the offering to remain high-value to both the stakeholders and the punters. We see that where leagues operate under the fog of corruption or other dubious issues, the value to betting stakeholders decreases and the product suffers overall. We have seen leagues essentially collapse in some cases (such as in South Asia) or act as vehicles for event manipulation. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?BC: Fully integrated, low-latency media and betting platforms are the future – especially where optimized for portable devices. As data and media rights continue to converge, the ability to bet in real-time on any event while watching that event on your phone will emerge as a widespread reality. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?BC: As a proud BOFCON panel sponsor, we are very excited to discuss and debate synergies between the global football market and the North American environment while simultaneously clarifying opinions on the legislative and commercial state of play regarding sports betting in the North American market as a whole. As for the abundance of panel options, we are especially keen to hear latest state of play in Asia, CIS, Spain, and Latin America.last_img read more

first_img Submit The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published the findings and recommendations of its first ‘Co-creation Workshop’, an event in which industry marketing stakeholders shared their knowledge and experience in adjusting to the UK’s new advertising standards.Hosted on 12 September, the UKGC Workshop heard feedback from marketing leaders with regards to complying with new UK advertising requirements related to promotions, terms-&-conditions and customer interactions.The Commission notes that it has been a disruptive year for marketing teams adjusting to the industry’s mandatory whistle-to-whistle advertising ban on sports broadcasts.Workshop objectives included promoting collaboration between stakeholders, driving cultural change, providing external perspectives, facilitating safer gambling strategies and harmonising brand development with responsible advertising.The event saw UK marketing agency INDICIA present guidance on ‘developing successful, non-gambling customer-centric advertising campaigns.’Providing external perspectives, UK consumer research group 2CV presented findings on their study ‘How Gambling Fits into People’s Lives’.Attending delegates would also analyse the latest industry marketing research conducted by Ipsos MORI on betting advertising coverage and exposure towards young and vulnerable audiences.Closing its update, the UKGC confirms that it will maintain its Marketing Workshop event for next year. StumbleUpon Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is pushing for a lifetime ban on members of congress becoming lobbyists after they leave the U.S. House or Senate.Axne said over the last several years there’s been a “massive” increase in the number of former elected officials who stay in Washington to become a lobbyist.“Over 60% of the representatives who were defeated in this last election have now taken positions as lobbyists,” Axne said yesterday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, said the lobbying ban is part of what’s being called the “Clean Up Congress” Act. The bill also would prohibit members of congress from getting taxpayer reimbursement for first class travel. It calls for prohibiting pay increases for congress until the deficit is reduced.“I believe that we’ve got enough support on on both sides of the aisle from people who want to do the right thing,” she said, “and who understand that we have to first and foremost have to hold congress accountable to our taxpayers on how we’re spending their money.”Last Thursday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez created a sensation on Twitter when they tweeted about their support of a lifetime ban on members of congress becoming lobbyists. Axne told reporters “those two voices seem to get more media attention than others,” but the lobbying ban is something she tried to tack onto another bill earlier this year — and something Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City has championed for years.“So this has been in the process from folks like me who are solutions oriented for a long time,” Axne said, “and I think it’s just coming to the point where more people are understanding that it’s so important.”Current rules prohibit former U.S. Senators from taking lobbying jobs for two years after leaving office. The ban is only one year for former members of the U.S. House. Some lawmakers do work for lobbying firms, but are not technically registered lobbyists and, therefore, avoid the time-out period.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonSuper Storm Sandy was a bipartisan storm, displacing both Republican and Democratic mayors, whose homes were damaged it the storm’s wake.Like so many of their constituents, mayors of Sea Bright, Highlands, Little Silver and Oceanport saw their homes so damaged by last October’s storm they became displaced and three of them still have not returned.Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon and his family had to rely on relatives after the storm. But “I’m one of the lucky ones,” he insisted. His home was repaired sufficiently, allowing the Mahons to return right around last year’s holidays.The others aren’t so lucky.“My home is no longer my home,” said Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, as she looks toward a year out of her residence. Over the past year, while working on the overwhelming magnitude of issues her community faces following the storm’s devastating effects on the oceanfront community, Long and her family had to address dealing with their own situation.Like so many others in the community, they’ve been at odds with their insurance providers and have had to deal with government red tape, as they attempted to access the various programs intended to assist residents.“You live by the water, you know the risk, you buy a policy,” Long said. “I get it.“But then you’re told it won’t cover your home,” she added.According to Long, her policy should have allowed for $205,000. Instead the carrier is saying she is entitled to $5,000 for her home contents and $60,000 for damages. “My cheapest repair bill is $75,000. And that’s if I cut corners,” she said.“The cruel joke is they don’t give you enough to fix,” she charged.Long is currently waiting for the final determination for the state’s Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program before her family can make any final determination on what they’ll do.Mayor Frank Nolan, saw not only one, but two homes structurally damaged by the storm, his family’s and his mother-in-law’s, that he has been caring for. “I just paid my 12th rent payment,” on the rental his family has been using, after having spent approximately 17 days in a housing shelter at Henry Hudson Regional High School.Everything in both homes is being replaced as well as the other work that needs to be accomplished, which he said, “puts me in the same position as most of the downtown residents,” of High­lands, where about 1,250 of the approximately 1,500 homes were damaged to some degree.“It’s frustrating for me, it’s frustrating for everybody,” dealing with contractors, insurance adjusters and red tape. Nolan said he was ready to scream recently, when the windows and doors order arrived and were the wrong ones, causing another delay.Work is moving forward on Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff’s home, slowly but surely, Neff pointed out. Like others he’s had to replace everything in the family home and repair it from the flooding. “Between my wife, my kids and volunteers, I did much better than I might otherwise,” he noted, as everyone pitched in to help clean out the structure, filling two 1-ton dumpsters, to make way for the work.“We’re pretty grateful to be where we are a year from this because of all the help we had,” he said.Neff is very close to being back, hopefully within the week, he said. “It’s been a long year but we’re getting there,” he said.Nolan said he’s about “10 percent away” from returning home.For Long and her family, things remain up in the air. And this experience has caused her and her family to rethink some basic things.“It has certainly changed my relationship with the material world,” she said.“I’m certainly content to rent for the rest of my life,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A plan to pay for the rebuilding of the borough’s buildings destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, including the firehouse, police department, library and beach facility, may be in jeopardy.At the May 17 Borough Council meeting, Mayor Dina Long voted three times to break the ties on the 3-3 council votes, so that three bond issue ordinances could be introduced and presented for public hearing at the June 1 council meeting.But passage of the bonds requires that not less than two-thirds of the council approve them after the June 1 public hearing. These would mean four votes of approval from the six-member council.On Tuesday, only three members of six voted to introduce the bond ordinance and public hearing. Members Jack Keeler, Peggy Bills and John Lamia Jr., voted against introducing the bill. Members Charles Rooney III, Bryan Kelly and Marc Leckstein voted for it.Lamia said Wednesday that he was meeting with the Borough Administrator JosephVerruni the next day to discuss the details of the plans for the projects the bond issue would finance. “I didn’t have enough information yesterday,” he said, since a planned session on the issue was not held.Drawings show plans for the library and the beach facility.“This is the biggest expense that Sea Bright has ever had,” Lamia said. “It’s going to affect our future.” He said that the bonds would be a heavy debt to place on a town with 1,200 residents.He said that Keeler had researched projects in other towns and found some that would be less costly than what was planned for the borough.Lamia said the council members were told that the bonds would have an effect on the interest rate on future borrowing, making the rates increase.He said the time between Tuesday’s vote and the June 1 public hearing would give him time to learn more about the proposed bonds and the project.“I am still on the fence” about supporting the bond issue, he said.Keeler and Bills could not be reached for comment on the bond issue.“I don’t know if this town will get this opportunity again,” Rooney said, referring to the funds that would come from FEMA to replace the buildings lost in Sandy.He said voting for the bonds “was the biggest vote” council members would ever make.“We need these buildings,” he said.“Why are you telling us now?” he asked of the council members who voted against the introduction of the bond issues. “Where have you been for the last two years?” he asked, while the plans were being formed for the replacement of the lost buildings. “It’s very, very upsetting,” he said.Rooney questioned what “Plan B” was for the council members who voted not to introduce the bonds.None of the council members gave a reason for their votes on the matter at the meeting.Rooney said that the town had not increased taxes since Sandy.The increase in taxes projected for the bonds is 2 cents per $100 of assessed value, according to a presentation on the bonds made by Kelly at a previous council meeting.The bond issues include an issue with a principal of $3,942,500 to be used for the construction of a Municipal Complex, for police, fire and emergency use. This facility will also be financed by “$2,750,000, expected to be received as a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” and $1,000,000 from insurance.The second bond issue would be for a principal of $1,486,750 to construct a beach facility with $1,450,000 expected to be received from FEMA and $185,000 from insurance for the construction of the building.The third bond would be for $332,500 for the construction of a community center which would also be financed by an expected $900,000 from FEMA and $150,000 from insurance.The borough is also counting on revenues from its new metered parking system and the end of the requirement to lease facilities to replace those lost as a result of Sandy to pay for the bond issues.last_img read more

first_imgThe rest of the day is as follows:Friday, March 621:00 Alavés – Valencia Saturday, March 713:00 Eibar – Mallorca16:00 Atlético – Sevilla18:30 Barcelona – Real Sociedad21:00 Getafe – CelticSunday March 812:00 Osasuna – Espanyol14:00 Valladolid – Athletic16:00 Levante – Granada18:30 Villarreal – Leganés21:00 Betis – Real Madrid The schedules of the 27th day of LaLiga Santander are already known. The next date of the regular league after the Classic, Real Madrid will visit Betis on Sunday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. at Benito Villamarín. The 27th day will also bring us great duels: Barcelona receives Real Sociedad on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Atlético de Madrid, meanwhile, You will have the visit of Seville on the same Saturday at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgYou can see why UK Athletics would suggest an erasure of all track and field world records. Not only does it appear that some athletes are tempted to boost their performances illegally, but now there are also alleged incidences of corruption in high places. It’s a matter of trust.With changes in the testing regime and prosecution of those proven to be corrupt, trust could eventually be restored. It’s all nice and neat. The only trouble is the cost to those athletes who set records fairly and would yet lose those marks because of the ‘bandooloo’ of others.There’s a real danger that the swathe of the broad brush will colour everybody dirty. That isn’t fair. Why should the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, David Rudisha, Hicham El Guerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele, Aries Merritt, Mike Powell, Jonathan Edwards, Renaud Lavillenie, Jan Zelenzy and Ashton Eaton lose records that most people believe they set through hard work and talent?The same goes for performers like Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Galina Chistyakova, Elena Isinbaeva, Inessa Kravets, Stefka Kostadinova, Barbora Spotakova, Anita Wlodarczyk and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.It’s probably fairer to wipe records away when there is proof of evil doing.EASTGERMANYTRAVESTYSadly, the sport has been slow to wipe away the performances of the former East Germany, even though formerly secret documents pinpoint athletes like 400-metre world record holder Marita Koch as subjects of its state-organised steroid use programme.Koch, her East German teammates Marlies Gohr, Silke Gladisch and Heike Drechsler, and American Diane Williams, beat Merlene Ottey out of three World Championships gold medals in 1983 and 1987.Williams later confessed to using illegal performances at the time when she was third in the 1983 World Championships 100m behind Gohr and Koch and ahead of Ottey.As a general principle, once there is proof, as in the case of the East Germans, the record books should be wiped clean and medals re-assigned.Ironically, the UK Athletics suggestion has been rebuffed by one of their own. World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has always been a staunch opponent of those who use of performance enhancing drugs. She believes the ‘wipe all records’ suggestion goes over board.It is easier, in times of trouble, to throw the baby out with the bath water.As important as it is to stop the rot, it’s equally important to do it justly and not penalise those who did their great feats by dint of hard work, astute coaching and the gifts they were born with.Even now, in this time where trust is stretched to the limit, those athletes are an inspiration to us all.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more