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Martinez content with Everton squad

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez does not view the approaching transfer window as a priority as he believes he has assembled a squad good enough to cope without further additions in the second half of the campaign. “We will always work hard to try to see what we can do but it is not a priority in this window,” he said. “The priority was to make sure the summer window was exactly what we wanted and we achieved that. “I am very pleased with the squad – it is strong and good in numbers – and I don’t expect any major changes in January. “I am delighted because I measure the day-to-day work, what we have in the squad and the potential that I can see for the second half of the season.” Martinez, however, is expecting his players to rise to the challenge of a packed festive programme and give the club the ideal platform in which to target the top four in the new year, before the demands of the Europa League kick in again in February. They travel to Southampton, one of their rivals for a place in the top six, on Saturday before facing Stoke, Newcastle and Hull in quick succession. “The games we have now in the league are very important for us. It is probably a very important period for us to see what we do in the second half of the season. “The European competition has been a success and we will take that over in February but now all the concentration goes into the league. The Spaniard admits the coming weeks will have a significant bearing on how their season turns out but he is backing the players he has at his disposal to get them through. With midfielders James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Leon Osman all close to a return after injury, and defender John Stones and striker Arouna Kone approaching full fitness after long spells on the sidelines, Martinez believes he has enough resources at his disposal. Press Association “I do feel this period of 12 days will be significant to see what we do in the second half of the season. “The group is getting stronger physically, the mentality has gone to another level and the only thing we can be critical about is we haven’t got the points we should have in the league. “That is something we need to learn. Sometimes it is a good knack to have as a team that you don’t have to be perfect to get full points and the top teams do that and I don’t think we have done that. “We had to be perfect every time to get the three points. That is something we need to work on and understand how to do it, but I have been very excited about the second half of the season because I can see something special building in the dressing room.” Martinez received some good news on the injury front with forward Kevin Mirallas expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks at worst. On Monday the Belgium international was carried off on a stretcher after a poor tackle by Jordon Mutch having previously scored in the 3-1 win over QPR. “We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged,” said Martinez. “The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer I don’t expect him to be out for too long. “I wouldn’t rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period.” last_img read more

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez will reject John Stones’ transfer request

first_img Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains adamant John Stones will not be sold despite the player submitting a transfer request and the “circus” which currently surrounds him. The 21-year-old played in the 5-3 extra-time Capital One Cup win over League One Barnsley just 24 hours after telling the club he wants to leave in order to join Chelsea, who have failed with three bids for the England international. Despite the prospect of the Stamford Bridge side returning again with an offer greater than their last £30million bid, Martinez insists the centre-back will not be leaving and pledged to look after a young player he believes is under huge pressure. “John, for a young man under massive pressure, was terrific,” said Martinez, who revealed he had not yet rejected the transfer request but would do so in the morning as he had been focused on the match. “I am repeating myself but I don’t think it is right for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games. “We shouldn’t put our players under that massive pressure. It becomes a bit of a circus. “The situation with John is very clear. We care about him, we will protect him and make sure we give him everything we can to allow him to enjoy his football. “Clearly we have got to a point – in life and football – when sometimes money can’t buy everything and I think that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton. “We have a chairman who will do the right thing for the club and for the team and as a true Evertonian we are clear he will not be easily influenced in taking the money and accepting things which will clearly make our team weaker. “This is not a moment of the campaign when we can use any money to get us stronger.” “It is a reminder for everyone that whenever you go into a game it does not matter what type of opposition you play, if you are not 100 per cent you will find it tough,” he added. “I was delighted with our reaction in the second half. Some of the football and goals and chances were fantastic. “We should have scored more and it shows a really strong intent that sends a message we really care about the cup and want to do well.” Barnsley head coach Lee Johnson could not fault his players for their performance. “I am very proud. For large parts of that game we were equal to a top Premier League side,” he said. “We are disappointed not to come out of the tie winning, certainly given the position we were in, but I am so pleased with the players.” last_img read more

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2020 Python Bowl Wraps Up

first_imgThe 2020 Python Bowl wrapped this weekend with the capture of 80 Burmese pythons over the 10-day competition.Unfortunately, that number is just a drop in the bucket as wildlife experts believe the python population in the Everglades may exceed 100,000.One man won an off-road ATV from Bass Pro Shops for capturing eight pythons, which was the most, and another man won $2 grand for capturing the longest python, which measured over 12-and-a-half feet. The South Florida Water Management District says hosting the event around the Super Bowl brought incredible public awareness to the danger the invasive snakes pose.last_img

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ACC releases conference schedule

first_imgThe ACC schedule was released Thursday afternoon. Syracuse’s highlights include traveling to Duke on Feb. 22 and hosting North Carolina on Jan. 11.Duke also visits the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1 in a game that was previously announced as part of ESPN’s College GameDay lineup.Syracuse opens ACC play at home against Miami on Jan. 4 and closes out at Florida State March 9.Below is the fully updated Orange schedule:Nov. 8 vs. Cornell, TBDNov. 12 vs. Fordham, TBDNov. 16 vs. Colgate, TBDNov. 18 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, TBD (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota at Lahaina Civic Center, 5:30 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 26 vs. Arkansas/California at Lahaina Civic Center, 2/7 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 27 vs. TBD at Lahaina Civic Center, 5/10 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Dec. 3 vs. Indiana, 7:15 p.m. (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)Dec. 7 vs. Binghamton, TBDDec. 15 at St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, TBDDec. 28 vs. Villanova, TBDJan. 4 vs. Miami, 2 p.m.*Jan. 7 at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m., ESPN*Jan. 13 at Boston College, 9 p.m., ESPNU*Jan. 18 vs. Pittsburgh, 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2*Jan. 25 at Miami, 1 p.m., CBS*Jan. 29 at Wake Forest, 9 p.m.*Feb. 1 vs. Duke, 6:30 p.m., ESPNFeb. 3 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPNFeb. 9 vs. Clemson, 6 p.m., ESPNU*Feb. 12 at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2*Feb. 15 vs. NC State, 3 p.m.*Feb. 19 vs. Boston College, noon, ESPN2*Feb. 24 at Maryland, 7 p.m., ESPNMarch 1 at Virginia, 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2*March 4 vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.*March 9 at Florida State, 2 p.m.*AdvertisementThis is placeholder text*Games announced Thursday at 3 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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Tyler Roberson keeps Syracuse defense afloat with 12 rebounds in win

first_imgTyler Roberson untucked his jersey and sauntered toward the bench, his face dripping with sweat. Less than five minutes remained in the game and Roberson had 12 rebounds. The next-highest total on the team was five.But at that point, with SU leading St. Bonaventure by six, Roberson’s night was over after he picked up a fifth foul. The group on the floor that had been dominated by the Bonnies on the glass was left to patch together a back line of the 2-3 zone that Roberson held intact.“I think all of my fouls were just like going after the ball,” Roberson said. “I think I got a lot of rebounds going after it and it happens sometimes.”Despite its only consistent threat on the boards heading to the sideline, Syracuse (2-0) held firm against SBU (1-1) in a 79-66 win inside the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. In a game where Syracuse was outrebounded by 10, Roberson was a relief valve from St. Bonaventure’s second- and third-chance opportunities that helped it stay within striking distance until late.Roberson corralled 12 of the Orange’s 33 rebounds and was the lone player on both teams to reach double digits on the glass. SU head coach Jim Boeheim still doesn’t think Roberson is near the level he needs to be with his all-around game, but the junior’s strongest facet bailed SU out in an area it struggled mightily in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He was helping us on defense and I thought he was getting going,” Boeheim said, “he’s still not playing where I think he has to for us.”SU’s head coach pinpointed a gaffe when Roberson and Malachi Richardson both went up for a rebound in open space. It touched Richardson’s hands, but Roberson knocked it away and out of bounds with no Bonnies in the vicinity.The 6-foot-8 forward put both his hands on his head and Nelson Kaputo hit a 3-pointer on St. Bonaventure’s ensuing possession.“There would be years if he kept playing like this,” Boeheim said, “that he wouldn’t play.”Roberson knows his flaws. He noted a couple missed free throws and shots he normally doesn’t miss. His game still needs fine-tuning and Boeheim let it be known.But on a night when Dajuan Coleman only played 14 minutes and Chinonso Obokoh played a meager one, Roberson shouldered the majority of the load down low with Tyler Lydon.“I’m pretty happy with the way I rebounded the ball,” Roberson said.With just over two minutes left in the first half, Roberson grabbed a defensive rebound after being nudged in the back while leaving the ground. He dished the ball off and sprinted down the floor with his right hand raised in the air. The ball didn’t come, but he ended up with it in a scuffle under the basket moments later and found Richardson at the top of the key.Before the clock reached a minute and a half, he had deftly thread a pass through traffic to Lydon and picked up an offensive rebound before drawing a foul on the next sequence.“Roberson’s one of the most athletic guys in the country really,” Trevor Cooney said. “He could go out there every single night and grab 10-plus boards.”Roberson finished a game he helped keep Syracuse afloat in watching from the bench. Coleman subbed in and picked up three rebounds the rest of the way as the Orange stretched its lead to 13 by the final buzzer.He’s not an indispensable piece and by Boeheim’s estimation, isn’t close to being one yet. But Tuesday night showed why the strongest branch of his game is one Syracuse certainly needs. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Delasport picks real-time marketing platform from Solitics

first_img Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Sports betting solutions provider Delasport has integrated the data management and marketing automation platform from Solitics.The deal will allow Delasport, whose website lists clients including 18Bet and 1Bet, to “harness the power of its data across all sources” and personalise the customer experience in real time.“With such a rich diversity of resources which combine a variety of different data sources, Solitics’ platform is a perfect match – enabling us to utilize all the data that we have on our players in real-time,” said Eli Moscovich, VP Strategic Partnerships Manager at Delasport. “We are looking forward to working with the experts behind this project.”Tomer Baumel, CEO at Solitics, added: “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Delasport on upcoming iGaming projects. Proven to be true leaders in the industry their software products stand out with extreme quality and innovation.”Baumel should already be familiar to the SBC News audience, having recently shared his seven key considerations for companies picking an automated marketing platform. These included the need to check your data infrastructure, find the correct data for punters, understand the complication of integrations and provide real-time data based responses.For Solitics, the Delasport deal comes just a month after it integrated the platform for Codere’s sport betting and casino operations in both Europe and Latin America. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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UEFA CL Wrap: Bayern through, Real hold Juve

first_imgIn Plzen, there was no repeat for Bayern of their 5-0 thumping of the Czech side in Munich a fortnight ago, with Mario Mandzukic netting the only goal of the game with a 65th-minute header to maintain his side’s 100 per cent record.As a result of the victory, Bayern equalled the most consecutive wins ever recorded in the Champions League, with the tally now at nine after winning the trophy last season.Real Madrid and Paris St Germain both have one foot in the door of the last 16 after they were held to 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Juventus and Anderlecht respectively to end their own hopes of winning every game in the group stages.At the Juventus Stadium, the Italian side grabbed the lead against Real via a 42nd-minute penalty from Arturo Vidal before Ronaldo and Gareth Bale struck in eight second-half minutes by the hour mark to edge the La Liga side in front.Fernando Llorente, however, rescued a point for Juve to leave Real needing only a draw from their remaining two Group B games to guarantee their passage into the knockout phase.Juve are now bottom, though, with three points after FC Copenhagen pulled off a shock 1-0 home win over Galatasaray, with Daniel Braaten striking the winner after just six minutes. In Group C, PSG also need only a point from their final two matches, but were forced to come from behind at home to Anderlecht.Demy de Zeeuw fired the visitors in front in the 68th minute, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to haul the hosts level two minutes later.That was prior to Anderlecht finishing the game with 10 men after Sacha Kljestan was dismissed in the 82nd minute for a second bookable offence.After two years of failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League under Roberto Mancini, Manchester City are finally through to the last 16 under Manuel Pellegrini.Following a 7-0 Barclays Premier League thrashing of Norwich at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, City were again in the goals on home soil as they recorded a 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow. That result, combined with Bayern’s success over Viktoria Plzen, means City and the reigning European champions are the two sides to qualify from Group D.A Sergio Aguero penalty, after David Silva had been fouled by Zoran Tosic, gave City the lead inside three minutes, with the Argentinian doubling his tally for the night in the 20th minute with a right-foot drive for his 13th goal of the season.Alvaro Negredo then followed up with a hat trick with goals in the 30th, 51st and 90th minutes, with City’s march to victory briefly tempered by goals from Seydou Doumbia in the 45th and 71st minutes, the latter from the spot.In Group A both games finished goalless, leaving Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen as the teams still favourites to qualify.Against Real Sociedad, Robin van Persie twice struck the post, including once from the penalty spot, whilst Javier Hernandez also missed an open goal. United will be without Marouane Fellaini for the next game in Leverkusen on November 27, however, after the midfielder was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 90th minute.Shakhtar Donetsk are still in with a chance of finishing in the top two after their 0-0 draw with Leverkusen, a game in which five players were booked.last_img read more

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Dave Roberts, Dodgers adjusting to daily routine change

first_img“Wearing a mask during a game is probably the strangest,” he said. “I just feel a little bit like, yeah, just a little suffocated at times. But it’s certainly worth it. That’s probably the most difficult (adjustment).”There are many more with players shaken out of their familiar routines. Time at the ballpark is restricted. Access to video is limited. Lockers are socially distanced. And, of course, games are played in virtually empty stadiums.“It’s definitely weird,” Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy said. “It’s something that we’re all trying to get used to still. It’s kind of the hand that we’ve been dealt for this year and we will do our best to follow the guidelines and protocols, which everyone’s been doing to the best of their ability.”FLYING PANDAChris Taylor was back in the starting lineup Saturday after colliding with Pablo Sandoval on a play at first base Friday. But Roberts put Taylor at DH for the day game.“He texted me this morning and said he felt good,” Roberts said. “I thought of DHing him today. To get him back in there, but to keep him off his feet a little bit, I think would be beneficial for him. … That collision wasn’t too promising for our guy.” Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has so many new decisions to make each day in this strange 2020 season. Bat Mookie Betts leadoff or second? Who to put in the DH spot? Which mask to wear?“Well, I had this really good one, this gray one, but my daughter said I was wearing it too much,” said Roberts who went with a standard medical mask for his pre-game Zoom call with the media, then switched to one adorned with the Dodgers logo for the nationally televised game Saturday. “Even though I washed it, she got tired of seeing that one and so I had to change. The Chargers sent me a free one. I like that one. Then I’ve got this medical one, which I’ve got about 100 of in my office. And I had the ‘Black Lives Matter’ one.“I keep kind of changing them up. So I really clearly haven’t found one that I want to settle on.”While players can treat a mask as optional during games, managers and coaches have been wearing them constantly while at the ballpark. That is the strangest of the strange in this new-look baseball season, Roberts said. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season ALSOFor the second consecutive day, Clayton Kershaw played catch in the outfield during the pregame workout, stretching out to 90 feet. Kershaw was placed on the Injured List with back stiffness, but is optimistic he will be ready to pitch at the end of next week. …Roberts confirmed that May will continue to take Kershaw’s spot in the rotation. Walker Buehler (Tuesday) and May (Wednesday) will start the two games in Houston. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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Red Wings extend coach Jeff Blashill’s contract for 2 more seasons

first_imgRed Wings management still has faith in Jeff Blashill even as the team’s playoff drought continues. Detroit on Tuesday made official a previously reported two-year contract extension for its coach, even as the team is set to miss the playoffs for the third time in his four years at the helm.  Blashill, a Detroit native, replaced Mike Babcock in June of 2015 amid high expectations. He was regarded as one of the game’s top young coaching minds after a successful three-year stint with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. The Red Wings made the playoffs in his first season, falling to the Lightning in the opening round, but missed out the last two years and are set to do so again as this season wraps up. The three-year playoff drought — after Detroit had made the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons — will be the franchise’s longest since it missed out five straight years from 1979-83. Detroit is 135-143-47 under Blashill entering Tuesday’s game against the Penguins. Related News Lightning reach rare milestone with win over Senators UPDATE: Detroit #RedWings EVP & GM Ken Holland today announced that Jeff Blashill has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain head coach of the Red Wings.Details: https://t.co/LGHiEp9ftR pic.twitter.com/B68XBMwkkt— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 2, 2019″Jeff has done a tremendous job developing our young talent as we continue to rebuild our organization,” Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland said in a release. “Our young players have made significant strides during his time as head coach and are playing important minutes in key situations.”As we continue to build towards the future, we have the utmost confidence that Jeff is the coach best suited to help our prospects become impactful NHL players. He has gained valuable experience as an NHL coach in each of his four years in Detroit and has instilled a work ethic in our current team that makes us hard to play against every night and competitive in every game, which is the identity we want our team to have as we move forward.”last_img read more

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How Kirk Cousins became the top-earning NFL player in Forbes’ 2020 rankings

first_imgHe’s been to the Pro Bowl twice and, believe it or not, has the second-highest career completion percentage in NFL history. Sure, other quarterbacks have more talent than Cousins, but that’s not the discussion. If anything, Cousins is great at being good, but not too good. And that’s exactly how he became the highest-ranked NFL player on Forbes’ 2020 list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Cousins collected $28 million from the Vikings in 2019 salary. He then signed a two year, $66 million extension this offseason with a $30 million signing bonus due as soon as the ink dried on the contract. Adding in endorsements, Forbes estimates Cousins brought in $60.5 million in the last 12 months, the ninth-most of any athlete in the world, one slot behind a fella named Tiger Woods. MORE: Goodell gets out of watching ‘MNF’ with Barstool’s Dave PortnoyHe benefits in these rankings by essentially getting paid for two seasons within the same 12-month period, but it’s more than just a fluke. He ranks so highly as a result of successfully betting on himself. If you’ll remember, Cousins took over for Robert Griffin III as the Redskins’ starter in 2015, the final year of his rookie contract. Cousins led Washington to an NFC East division title and a playoff berth in his first year as the full-time starter, while also leading the league in completion percentage. The Redskins weren’t ready to commit long term, so they placed the franchise tag on him. He made the Pro Bowl in 2016, but the sides still couldn’t agree to a long-term deal, so the Redskins placed the franchise tag on him again, this time at 120 percent of his previous salary. Finally, in 2017, Cousins’ ability to be good, but not great, shined. The team missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record. After three seasons, it was clear Cousins was good enough to have success, but not good enough to elevate a team to greatness without a talented supporting cast. A third consecutive franchise tag would have cost Washington more than $34 million for 2018 and made Cousins the highest-paid player in the league. The Redskins declined and a 29-year-old Cousins hit free agency for the first time. MORE: Brian Flores, more athletes react to George Floyd death, Minneapolis riotsA legitimate starting quarterback hitting the open market in recent memory is as common as Ben Simmons hitting a 3-pointer: it has happened twice. Peyton Manning went to the Broncos in 2012 and Drew Brees went to the Saints in 2006, but both of those guys were coming off injuries. Cousins was healthy and relatively young and had all the leverage in the world, which he used to his advantage. In 2018, he signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings, the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history. Kirk Cousins was blessed with the perfect amount of talent. He’s a good quarterback, but few will anoint him as being great. In his first four years as a full-time starter, Cousins finished each season within one game of a .500 record. He’s one of two active quarterbacks with multiple ties in his career. The other is Andy Dalton. In the NBA and MLB, you don’t hear things like “a $90 million contract with $50 million guaranteed” because almost all of those contracts are fully guaranteed. The NBA is a star-driven league where the players have leverage. The NFL is different, with the exception of the quarterback, the most important position in all of sports. NFL teams need good quarterbacks to win (duh), so they’ll do whatever they need to do to get them.It was thought Cousins’ contract could possibly start a trend, but no other players have signed a fully guaranteed deal since. If Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson or even Dak Prescott were to hit the open market, that would likely change. But if an NFL team has a great quarterback, it’s likely to do whatever it can to lock them into a long-term deal, and quarterbacks are likely to sign those deals thanks to the certainty and security they provide. Cousins had to risk playing in a contract year for three consecutive seasons, but he was rewarded.In Washington, Cousins fell just shy of the threshold that made him impossible to lose for the Redskins. It turns out Cousins’ incredible ability to be a good-but-not-great quarterback might be a reason he’s the highest-compensated player in the NFL. If people out there are aiming to be great, then here’s a reminder that being good is OK, too. You might even end up as the ninth highest-paid athlete in the world.last_img read more