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Cricket News Thisara Perera blasts record 13 sixes in New Zealand ODI, yet Sri Lanka lose

first_imgNew Delhi: At 128/7 in their pursuit of 320, it seemed Sri Lanka was heading towards a massive defeat against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui. However, Thisara Perera had other ideas. In what can be termed as one of the best ODI knocks ever, Perera blasted his maiden century and his 140 off 74 balls almost got Sri Lanka within touching distance of the target but he could not get the visitors over the line as they lost by 21 runs to lose the second ODI and the series. Perera’s knock consisted of eight fours and a record 13 sixes and it shattered some milestones along the way.Perera’s tally of 13 sixes is the most-ever in an ODI by a Sri Lanka batsman, breaking a 22-year record of 11 set by Sanath Jayasuriya in the ODI against Pakistan in Singapore in 1996. Overall, Perera is sixth in the all-time list of most sixes in an innings, with Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle slamming 16 sixes. Shane Watson is next with 15 in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2011 followed by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson who hit 14 sixes against West Indies in 2014 in what-was then the fastest ODI hundred off 36 balls.Read More | Liam Livingstone – the journey from 350 to Rajasthan Royals in IPLThe left-hander got going with a couple of boundaries from Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee but it was in the 32nd over bowled by Southee that signaled Perera’s intentions. He pulled a short ball to the deep square leg fence for his first six and muscled a flat-batted pull past mid-off for a boundary. He proceeded to ruin Sodhi’s figures by blasting two more sixes, one over long-off and other over deep midwicket as the legspinner conceded 20 runs in his final over. With Perera reaching his fifty off 34 balls, Sri Lanka dreamt of pulling off a sensational heist.Read More | He is another Gilchrist – Pant gets high praise from Ricky PontingThe 75-run stand for the eighth wicket ended when Trent Boult dismissed Lasith Malinga (17) but it set the stage for the final onslaught. Perera launched Boult into the stands at long on and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt by upper-cutting Matt Henry to the deep backward point fence. The left-hander gave Sri Lanka even more reasons to dream by blasting two sixes off Boult and he reached his landmark off just 57 balls by flicking a full ball from Boult to the deep backward square leg fence.With Lakshan Sandakan gone (6), it was all left to Perera and he did not disappoint as he launched two sixes off Jimmy Neesham. The tension mounted for New Zealand when he blasted four sixes in one over of Southee to get the target down to 26 off 24 balls. However, a great running catch from Boult ended the innings but it was sensational hitting from the man who had to wait 10 years for his first ton.Perera’s knock of 140 is the third-highest score ever by a No.7 batsman in ODIs. Luke Ronchi of New Zealand hit 170 against Sri Lanka in 2015 in Dunedin while Australia’s Marcus Stoinis hit 146 against the Kiwis in Auckland in 2017.  Perera is the second Sri Lankan batsman to hit a century at the No.7 position for Sri Lanka, the first being Hashan Tillakaratne’s 100 against West Indies in Sharjah in 1995.The final ODI will be played on January 8 at the Saxton Oval in Nelson and New Zealand will be attempting to achieve a 3-0 whitewash. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— Collin Morikawa had his first forced weekend off when he missed the cut two weeks ago for the first time in his pro career. He bounced back in a big way. Morikawa made a strong debut at Muirfield Village with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over Adam Hadwin. It was a quiet day of work with no fans at the course Jack Nicklaus built. Phil Mickelson made noise early until a 41 on the back nine left him in danger of missing another cut. This is the first of two straight events at Muirfield Village.– Dylan Frittelli says it was hard not to feel like an outcast at the Workday Charity Open. But at least he was playing. He was part of the COVID-19 grouping with Nick Watney and Denny McCarthy. All three tested positive for the coronavirus. They all self-isolated for 10 days or more. And then they all tested positive again. Under CDC guidelines the PGA Tour is following, they were cleared to play even with a positive test. Tour medical advisers says nasal tests can pick up the virus, but after 10 days it’s no longer believed to be contagious.NASCAR-XFINITY-KENTUCKYAustin Cindric wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky SpeedwaySPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Austin Cindric won the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway, charging past Chase Briscoe on an overtime restart Thursday night for his first victory of the season and first on an oval. Cindric spent most of the first two stages chasing Noah Gragson, the pole-sitter who seemed poised to dominate all three segments. Cindric then took charge on a series of restarts in Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang. On the last one, he went around Briscoe on the outside and pulled away before a last-lap wreck ended the race. The 21-year-old Cindric had eight top-10s on ovals before breaking through on the 1.5-mile Kentucky layout. His only other series victories came last year on road courses at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. NHL-DEVILS-RUFFRuff to become Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays GMUNDATED (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have hired veteran coach Lindy Ruff to take over one of the NHL’s youngest teams. Ruff replaces interim coach Alain Nasreddine (ah-LAYN’ NAZ’-reh-deen), who guided the Devils to a 19-16-8 record after replacing John Hynes. The 60-year-old Ruff had been an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. He previously coached the Dallas Stars and the Buffalo Sabres, leading the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.New Jersey also removed the interim tag from Tom Fitzgerald’s title as general manager. Fitzgerald had served as interim general manager since January. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is putting fall competitions on hold until at least Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that won’t affect football as of now. The league announced the decision Thursday impacting non-revenue sports such as soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. North Carolina State and Louisville meet on Sept. 2 in the first football game involving any league teams. Schools won’t be able to hold exhibitions or regular-season competition before that date, and it will be up to the schools to determine whether to reschedule any affected events. But the ACC isn’t barring teams from holding workouts and preseason practices “in anticipation of a fall season.”— North Carolina State says five people tied to Wolfpack sports have tested positive for COVID-19. Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest says those positives came after the school tested 315 athletes, coaches and staff starting May 29. That’s a positive rate of roughly 1.6%.— NFL teams will be prohibited from post-game interactions within 6 feet of each other so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Players and coaches are not required to wear masks, but everyone else on the sideline is. The league and the players’ union still haven’t agreed on testing and screening protocols.— The plan to have fans at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis has been scrapped. Officials announced Thursday that the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind will not have any spectators due to what they call “an abundance of caution.” Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically.— China says it won’t stage any international sports for the rest of the year, apart from trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and a neighboring city. The order from the General Administration of Sports affects at least six WTA tennis events, including the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in November. China also has four ATP tournaments lined up. Shanghai was also due to host two big golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event two weeks after the LPGA Shanghai. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-WILLIAMSON LAWSUITCourt filing alleges $400K paid to Williamson family in ’18UNDATED (AP) — The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before playing at Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. Williamson had filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a five-year contract with Prime Sports. TENNIS-WTA CHANGESWTA revises rankings system, adds 2 events as return nearsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The WTA Tour will allow players to count results from March 2019 through December 2020 under a revised rankings system when tennis resumes next month. Players will count their best 16 results in singles and best 11 in doubles during that window to determine their rankings points. Results usually count over 52 weeks. Players cannot use the same event twice if it was played in both 2019 and 2020. The WTA also added two events to its provisional schedule Thursday. The Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky will be played the week of Aug. 10.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-T25Texas Tech signs 7-foot-1 Russian center as 8th addition In court filings Thursday in North Carolina, Ford’s attorneys included a sworn affidavit from a California man who said the head of a Canadian-based firm called Maximum Management Group (MMG) told him he paid Williamson’s family for his commitment to sign with MMG once he left Duke for the NBA.Williamson’s attorney says those documents are “fraudulent.”The documents include a marketing agreement signed by Williamson with MMG from May 2019, a December 2019 “letter of declaration” signed by Williamson and his stepfather agreeing to pay $500,000 to MMG president Slavko Duric for “repayment of a loan” from October 2018, and a copy of Williamson’s South Carolina driver’s license.In other NBA news:— Full-scale practices inside the NBA bubble at the Disney complex have started. The Orlando Magic became the first team to formally return to the floor. By the close of business, all 22 teams participating in the restart were to be checked into their hotel and beginning their isolation from the rest of the world for what will be several weeks at least. And by Saturday, all teams should have practiced at least once. PGA-MEMORIAL-WOODSTiger Woods to return next week at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods announced Thursday on Twitter he will play next week at the Memorial, a tournament he has won a record five times, as he goes after his record 83rd career victory on the PGA Tour.It will end a five-month break from competition for Woods. He last played on Feb. 16 at the Genesis Invitational, where he shot 76-77 at chilly Riviera to finish alone in last place.In other PGA news: Big Ten to limit fall sports to conference games UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten Conference says it will not play nonconference games in football or several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league cited medical advice in reaching its decision, the biggest yet by a power conference.Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.The announcement came a day after the Ivy League Conference canceled sporting events until at least January.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — Anthony Rendon mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels changing his daughters’ diapers and throwing a tennis ball at a wall. The $245 million third baseman is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World Series winner doesn’t think it will take long to get back into championship form. Rendon is getting to know his teammates again after his first spring with the Angels was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic before he even got a chance to play in Anaheim. The most coveted hitter on the free agent market even got his World Series ring this week.— Cody Bellinger is ready for whatever baseball’s shortened 60-game season brings. The All-Star slugger is looking to pick up where he left off after a stellar performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. The reigning NL MVP batted .305 with 47 homers and 115 RBIs for the NL West champions last year. He says the season figures to be “a once-in-a-lifetime thing” because of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has apologized for putting himself and his teammates at risk by not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing at a weekend holiday party. Reyes says he’s “learned from it and it won’t happen again.” The club kept Reyes away from its training camp after he was spotted on social media attending a Fourth of July get-together. Reyes had to be re-tested for the new coronavirus and cleared by Indians medical personnel before he was allowed to practice. He was acquired last year in a trade with the San Diego Padres. — J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation. The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last week. Realmuto is eligible for free agency after the season unless the Phillies sign him before he can test the market. He’s expected to seek at least $20 million per season. Last week, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the pandemic has changed the landscape of baseball. Lost revenue could affect salaries around the majors going forward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Clubs will resume full intraleague schedules in 2021, and interleague play will again align regionally.The New York Mets will host the cross-town Yankees at Citi Field on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the first time the Subway Series will take place on Sept. 11. The Yankees will host the Mets during Fourth of July weekend.Atlanta will host the 91st All-Star Game on July 13 at Truist Park. It’s Atlanta’s first All-Star Game since hosting in 2000 at Turner Field.In other MLB news:— Baseball has its answer to World Cup soccer’s penalty kicks, NFL overtimes or NHL shootouts. And it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other forms of tiebreakers. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning this season by putting a runner on second base. The minor leagues have used this extra-inning format since 2018. MLB is experimenting with the rule this year in part to prevent marathon games from causing long-term damage to pitching staffs in a pandemic-shortened season.center_img — The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.— CBS will get an early start on its Champions League deal by showing games next month when the pandemic-delayed competition resumes. The rights to the rest of this Champions League season and all of next season became available last month when Turner opted out of its 2018-21 deal for exclusive English language rights in the United States. This season’s competition resumes on Aug. 7 and ends with an eight-team knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. The final is on Aug. 23.— A horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci has won his first race at Keeneland. The 2-year-old colt won by a length Thursday as the heavy favorite against 11 rivals in the $70,000 race at the Lexington, Kentucky, track. Fauci ran 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 58.65 seconds under jockey Tyler Gaffalione and paid $4.20 to win. Fauci finished second in his career debut at New York’s Belmont Park last month.— World champion sprinter Noah Lyles was the star attraction in a rare track meet in 2020 held on Thursday that didn’t go quite to plan. Lyles lined up in the 200 meters on a Florida track while two opponents started simultaneously in Switzerland and the Netherlands. It was the marquee race of storied Swiss meet Weltklasse which synchronized athletes competing in seven different stadiums across Europe and the United States. Turned out 200 meters for the others was only a 185-meter race for Lyles. And the clock that stopped at 18.90 seconds wasn’t a world record for Lyles ahead of Usain Bolt’s iconic 19.19. Lyles later tweeted his starting block was placed in the wrong lane.— The imagery evoked by Dana White’s crazy idea for holding mixed martial arts fights on a tropical island was undeniably intoxicating. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend. Update on the latest sports Syracuse University appoints diversity director for sportsUNDATED (AP) — Syracuse University has added an athletic director of diversity, culture and climate in a new position within the department of athletics. Salatha Willis is charged with developing and implementing new ways to create an equitable culture for the university’s student-athletes, administrators, coaches and staff in the athletic department. The move is a response to the racial tension that has wracked the country, including a period of social unrest on campus last fall. There were more than a dozen reports last November of racist graffiti and vandalism targeting Blacks, Jews, Asians and Native Americans. Athletic director John Wildhack says the death of George Floyd in police custody also was a factor. — The Brooklyn Nets filled one of the openings on their roster by signing veteran Michael Beasley as a substitute player for the remainder of the season. The Nets will resume play without Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan after they tested positive for the coronavirus. They are also without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Wilson Chandler. Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft and has averaged 12.4 points over 11 seasons. He hasn’t played in the NBA since appearing for the Lakers in February 2019.MLB-2021 SCHEDULEMLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.The league released the full schedule Thursday with this year’s 60-game regular season schedule scheduled to begin July 23 as clubs set to play only division foes and regional interleague opponents — AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West — to limit travel. LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has signed 7-foot-1 Russian center Vladislav Goldin. Coach Chris Beard announced Goldin’s signing Thursday. Goldin is from Nalchik, Russia. Goldin played last season at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. He also played for Russia’s U18 and U19 national teams, and for three seasons with CSKA Moscow’s Junior Team. The center is the eighth player that has signed with the Red Raiders, including Division I transfers Mac McClung (Georgetown), Jamarius Burton (Wichita State), Marcus Santos-Silva (Virginia Commonwealth). There was also a junior college transfer and three high school signees. OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTORStudent health boss cited for not reporting doc’s misconductCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State student health director faces potential discipline from the state medical board for failing to report several sexual misconduct complaints in the mid-1990s about a doctor now accused of abusing young men for two decades. The citation makes former director Ted Grace the first individual to face such action in the wake of allegations that Ohio State officials long turned a blind eye to misconduct by now-deceased doctor Richard Strauss. He now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. SYRACUSE-DIVERSITY DIRECTOR MLS-NEWSBou scores lone goal and Revolution down Impact 1-0LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gustavo Bou scored in the 56th minute to give the New England Revolution a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact in the MLS is Back tournament Thursday night. Bou maneuvered atop the penalty area before a blast that goalkeeper Clement Diop couldn’t stop in the match played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner preserved the victory in stoppage time with a big save on Ballou Tabla’s curling shot from distance. In other MLS news:— Nashville SC has withdrawn from Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Florida after nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. Nashville is the second team to withdraw from the tournament. FC Dallas had to pull out after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. The league is revising its schedule to reflect Nashville’s withdrawal. 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Bayern Munich Extend Davies Deal till 2025

first_imgBayern Munichstarlet Alphonso Davies has signed a new contract with the club that is set to run until the summer of 2025.Due to the coronaviruspandemic, Davies wore a face mask as he posed for photos to celebrate signing the deal.The 19-year-old left-back has enjoyed a hugely impressive season so far and has caught the eye in the Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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C-NS’s Cook, Liverpool’s Pento announce college decisions

first_img Tags: C-NSliverpool Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though she still has a year remaining to further boost her credentials, Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball forward Jessica Cook has already made up her mind about her college destination in the fall of 2021.On Thursday, Cook, who led the Northstars to the Section III Class AA championship in March, announced a verbal commitment to the University of Toledo, beating out other Division I schools that included Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, Marist and Miami (Ohio), the last of which competes with Toledo in the Mid-American Conference.For the last three seasons, the 6-foot-2 Cook has led C-NS in scoring and rebounds. In 2018 and 2019, her work helped C-NS reach the sectional finals, only to take defeats to West Genesee on both occasions. That changed in 2019-20, when after a 3-5 start that included a trio of defeats in a national tournament in Arizona in December, the Northstars went 14-1 the rest of the way to earn the sectional crown.Along the way, Cook had several signature performances. She put up 38 points in a Jan. 3 win over Liverpool that put Cook past the 1,000-career point mark, and got 36 points when C-NS defeated West Genesee on Feb. 11.Then C-NS avenged its lone league loss to Baldwinsville when it knocked off the top-seeded Bees in the March 7 sectional final, Cook notching 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. For the season, Cook averaged 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Also on Thursday, Liverpool High School senior Jack Pento announced that he will play soccer at Ithaca College this fall after he led the Warriors to an unlikely post-season run last fall.“It has been a long process but with the help of family, friends, and coaches I was able to come to (a) decision,” said Pento. “I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life.”A varsity standout in both soccer and basketball, Pento made his biggest mark last October during the Liverpool boys soccer team’s late-season turnaround.Once at 3-10, the Warriors had to win its last three games of the season just to get into the sectional playoffs. Then it stunned top-seeded, state-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius in the quarterfinals, with Pento anchoring the defense during a 0-0 shutout and then converting the winning kick in a penalty shootout.Maintaining that momentum, Liverpool then defeated Henninger in the sectional semifinals, with Pento scoring his team’s first goal, before falling in the title game to Baldwinsville.last_img read more

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Akwa Utd Misses Chance to Move to Summit of NPFL

first_imgAkwa United were stunned 2-0 away to Katsina United friday in a rescheduled Match-day 11 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.The defeat costs the Promise Keepers the chance to leapfrog Lobi Stars to the summit of the Nigerian topflight.The win preserved Katsina United’s unbeaten home run in the NPFL this season. Akwa United remains in the second position despite the defeat, while Katsina United moved from 13th to eighth in the table. The Changi Boys have now won six home games in a row following their opening day 2-2 home draw against Kano Pillars. Martins Usule headed the hosts in front in the eighth minute after he was set up by Sani Faisal.Earlier on Wednesday, Enyimba defeated visiting MFM FC 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.Despite going down to 10 men for over half an hour following the sending off of defender Isiaka Oladuntoye, the seven-time league champions held on to their first-half advantage to the very end. In so doing, the People’s Elephant recorded a first-ever win in this league fixture.There were two changes made to the side which drew last weekend in Damaturu against Yobe Desert Stars. Winger and top scorer Stanley Dimgba returned to the starting line-up, as did defender Nelson Ogbonnaya.It was the latter who would have a decisive impact on proceedings, opening the scoring in the 12th minute. Abdulrahman Bashir had, only minutes earlier, come close to turning in the opener from a corner; this time, he turned provider, lobbing a perfect delivery for Ogbonnaya to attack at the far post and power past MFM’s Ospino Egbe.There followed two close shaves for striker Ibrahim Mustapha, before the visitors dug themselves into further trouble by giving away a penalty.Defender Bashiru Monsuru was adjudged to have handled in the box, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Chinonso Okonkwo stepped up, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to double the advantage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Betgenius – Euro 2020: Adding player markets to BetBuilder will deliver margin gains

first_img Share Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Submit Highlights and match reports for Sportradar’s Euro 2020 Simulated Reality June 8, 2020 StumbleUpon In part two of Betgenius’ Euro 2020 optimisation series , James McKiernan, Commercial Director for Europe, explains why same-game multiples will once again be a hugely popular product and how operators can set their offering apart…_____________Same-game accumulators and request-a-bet (RAB) products were one of the biggest success stories of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Allowing punters to bet more creatively and with greater freedom of choice, we witnessed it consistently drive around 25% margin across Europe, Africa and LatAm markets.The idea of betting on combinations without any restrictions, however quirky, unlikely and outlandish they might seem, resonated with recreational punters and it has continued to do so ever since. The product is a dream for marketers and traders alike. In its H1 2019 results, William Hill revealed its ‘YourOdds’ offering made up a quarter of its tournament gross win.Two years on from the World Cup, RAB-style products – automated or otherwise – have become a fixture in most online sportsbooks. But remaining at the front of this type of betting as the next major tournament approaches mean sportsbooks must breathe new life into the product and align with trends in fan engagement.Tapping into Player Performance                            To that end, the growth in popularity of player performance markets so far this Premier League season is an exciting development.Player stats have been central to how fans understand football for a long time. By pricing these markets, tier-one brands now enable their customers to apply their forensic football knowledge in ways that have previously never been possible.When punters see that Wilfried Ndidi topped the Premier League tackle charts in the 2017/18 and 18/19 seasons – and ranks third so far this season – for example, they can back a directly related outcome such as Ndidi to surpass his tackles total or to receive a yellow card.Promoting the impact of star players within matches at Euro 2020, like Kylian Mbappe to have five shots, Marco Reus to score and Raphael Varane to complete 60 passes when Germany and France meet at the Allianz Arena on 16 June, is tailor-made for the modern football fan.Alongside Sportcast, we’ve added more than 20 player performance markets to BetBuilder, using the latest AI and machine learning methodology in our pricing to ensure all market combinations are possible and profitable.Social ClimberLike fantasy sports, betting on the performance of individual players adds to the live viewing experience. With an interest in tackles, passes and shots, fans count them as they happen –  even when they don’t impact the match result. Equally, just like the 24/7 content proliferated by Twitter and Instagram, player performance betting incentivises fans to closely follow their favourite football stars as individuals.By running social media marketing campaigns involving market-types and multiples linked to the trending and most-talked about players this summer, sportsbooks have a great chance of tapping into the tournament narrative and driving retention rates.If Cristiano Ronaldo starts in scintillating style with goals in his opening two group games for instance, the ability to create and drive a storyline on his performance versus France will convert far more effectively than more traditional pre-match markets. This has been a key piece of advice we’ve given both our BetBuilder and Genius Sports Media’s digital marketing partners ahead of the Euros.At the 2018 World Cup, BetVictor’s hugely popular Million Pound Bet competition enjoyed the lucrative benefits of social media marketing, with punters sharing and comparing their unique bet slips on Twitter all tournament-long. It took a 17,042/1 long-shot when Uruguay faced Portugal in the last 16 to scoop top-prize in this instance. But by adding player performance markets to same-game-multiples and leveraging the social buzz, the chance of pre-match success at Euro 2020 will be far more likely._______________James McKiernan – Commercial Director Europe – Betgenius Related Articles Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020last_img read more

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Lakers sink even lower with loss to lowly 76ers

first_imgThe Lakers scoff at the thought of tanking, the concept contradicting the fabric that defines the franchise’s championship cloth.But even if they’re trying to overachieve amid a season of diminished expectations, the Lakers’ 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at Staples Center showed they’re more likely to compete in April for lottery pingpong balls than any playoff berth.Of course, the Lakers (13-18) have over four months to prove otherwise in their 51 remaining games. But this stretch in the past week should have marked a time when they’d compile victories against sub.-500 opponents. At least to end the losing and climb upward in the Western Conference while Kobe Bryant (strained left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back) Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection) and Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) are all nursing injuries.Instead, the Lakers lost their fifth consecutive game and added another player to their injured reserve list. Forward Xavier Henry strained his right knee with 1:15 left in the first quarter, sat the rest of the game and will have an MRI taken today. WIth the Lakers fielding their 16th different starting lineup of the season, they lost in a different way. L.A. forward Shawne Williams missed a 26-foot three-pointer that could’ve tied the game with 18 seconds left. The Lakers inexplicably then took five more seconds before Jodie Meeks fouled Michael Carter Williams, who drained both free throws for a 109-104 cushion with 13 seconds remaining. To add insult to injury, Evan Turner concluded the game with a windmill dunk before quickly apologizing to the Lakers’ bench.Add up the Lakers’ 20 turnovers. Mix in Nick Young’s 26 points coinciding with a 6-of-21 clip and six turnovers. Sprinkle in some non-existent defense. And you have D’Antoni pleading optimism about the Lakers’ playoff chances despite sitting 13th in the Western Conference“We were seventh last year. We can’t think that way,” said D’Antoni, whose team closed out last season 28-12. “There’s no secret formula or sauce. We have to get some guys healthy and hope we stay fairly close.”Gasol sat out for the third time in the past five games, but the Lakers sounded optimistic he could play Tuesday against Milwaukee. “I hope to recover soon and be back on the floor again,” Gasol tweeted on Sunday, The Lakers’ backcourt, however, seems as flimsy as the team’s win total. “The biggest thing is keeping our guys’ heads up,” D’Antoni said. “I’m sure we’ll do that. They have a good spirit.”Moments later, D’Antoni walked into his office and had a closed-door meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, presumably to figure out what to make of the current mess. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I just have faith everything will be OK,” said Henry, though he described the knee as “a little swollen.” “This is not the end of the world for me no matter what they say with the MRI,” Henry said. “It’s part of God’s plan and I can only ride it.”It wasn’t the Lakers’ plan to lose to the Sixers (9-21), who remain among the Eastern Conference’s worst teams, rank last in total defense (111.5 points) and entered the game with a pitiful 1-13 road record. Nor was it Mike D’Antoni’s plan to rely on Kendall Marshall after the Lakers plucked him from the Development League. But there Marshall was, posting eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, three assists and two turnovers in 17 minutes. D’Antoni said Marshall “played well,” a rousing compliment considering the dismissive tone about his lack of playing time beforehand.“I don’t think we’re at the point where we can experiment,” D’Antoni said. “We’re not going to lose games because I’m experimenting.”last_img read more

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Lakers’ Marco Nuñez adapting to role as team’s head trainer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere have been a lot of days like this for Nuñez, in his first season in this role.“I don’t know if I’ve had time to sit down and say what I like or don’t like,” Nuñez said. “I have hit the ground running. I’m just glad to keep going.”Nuñez, who joked that he would have preferred sleeping in before practice then enjoying the beach, has refused to relax, though. To prepare for his “dream job,” Nuñez shortened his August vacation from two weeks to three days.“About 30 years from now, I might regret doing that,” Nuñez said. “But at the moment, it felt like it was the right thing to do.”When he joined the Lakers’ training staff for the 2008-09 season, Nunez wanted to prove himself worthy of being the future successor to Gary Vitti, the Lakers’ longtime head athletic trainer. Nuñez also declined opportunities to go elsewhere, including when the Lakers laid off part of their training staff to save money during the 2011 lockout. After Nuñez received an offer from another NBA team, the Lakers retained him. “I wanted to come back here,” Nuñez said. “This was my goal.”So, Nuñez became what Vitti called his “right-hand guy.” Vitti groomed and recommended him to become his successor once he retired last season, capping a 32-year stint during which Vitti kept the Lakers’ multi-million dollar players healthy enough to win eight NBA championships in 12 Finals appearances while also handling all of the team’s travel arrangements.The nature of that relationship has since changed.Vitti has remained under contract as an athletic training consultant. But since the Lakers fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss on Feb. 21, Vitti has not been at any practices or home games. Vitti declined to comment about his lack of attendance and referred questions to the Lakers.Team spokesperson Alison Bogli said Vitti remains welcome at games and at the facility. Bogli added that Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is evaluating Vitti’s role in various technology projects. Those have included talking with software engineers and analytics firms, meeting with vendors about wearable sensors and sneaker microchips, examining SportVU data and exploring trends in sports medicine and nutrition.“I worked more than half of my life with the Lakers and look in the mirror and feel good about what I have given them,” Vitti said. “I gave them everything I had every single day. I will forever be grateful to (the late Lakers owner) Dr. (Jerry) Buss, a man I believe exemplified the most important human values in honesty, kindness and loyalty. It’s Jeanie (Buss’) team. It’s not my team. There’s nothing I can do. She’ll do what is best for the team.”As for Nuñez, Vitti said, “He hasn’t had a shortage of stuff to deal with. He’s had a lot for a first-year guy. He’s gotten slammed. I don’t think he’s come up for air yet.”Earning trustVitti’s retirement party at Petros in Manhattan Beach last April showed Nuñez something as valuable as when he watched Vitti heal players.Lakers luminaries expressed their affection for Vitti. Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Derek Fisher, A.C. Green and Mitch Kupchak were all in attendance, and that had more to do with the bond Vitti forged than it did with healing their wounds.“That’s when it hit me,” Nuñez said. “I can be a great trainer. I can rehab a guy. I can treat a guy. I can tape a guy. But if I don’t have that trust or relationship with these players, this whole thing doesn’t really work.”That played out in different ways for Vitti as a “contemporary” during the Showtime Era and a “father figure” in later decades.Vitti and Johnson bonded over their charming personalities. Vitti then became one of Johnson’s confidants when he tested positive for HIV. Vitti and former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal used to “fight all the time” over his work habits. The tension diminished when O’Neal showed his playfuness. While marveling at Kobe Bryant’s determination to play through pain, Vitti often tried to protect Bryant from himself.Through those circumstances, Vitti followed two rules. He told players, “I will never lie to you, but I will never lie for you.” He told the Lakers’ front office, “You’ll know what you need to know. But if you don’t need to know it, you’re not going to know it.”“If you have a superstar on your team and he is the best person, it makes life a lot easier. But if your superstar makes life difficult, that’s tough,” Vitti said. “(Marco) hasn’t had that test yet. But when it comes his way, as uncomfortable as it is, you have to stand up for what you believe.”Still, Vitti observed Nuñez already has cultivated “good, solid relationships with all the players.” First-year Lakers coach Luke Walton added Nuñez has done “a phenomenal job” in managing a roster that has dealt with its share of injuries.“Everything about him is really professional,” said second-year guard D’Angelo Russell, who has dealt with injuries to both knees this season. “He takes his time and pays attention to everything. Everything was hands on. He didn’t need to pass me to an assistant.”Nuñez has fulfilled that job description with a blend of sympathy and humor.When the Lakers initially suspected veteran guard Nick Young strained his right Achilles tendon against New Orleans in late November, Nuñez comforted Young. Once an MRI revealed a strained calf that would sideline Young for a far shorter window (six games), Nuñez jokingly teased Young for exaggerating the pain.“Gary likes to talk. He’s a big-time storyteller. Marco likes to crack jokes more,” Young said. “It’s been great. He knows the balance between keeping guys healthy and being funny.”While helping Nance heal his left knee amid a minutes restriction, Nuñez also accommodated Nance’s request to keep after him about cold tub recovery when he returned to the court.“There’s a few times I hate the cold tub. So I know if it’s up to me, I won’t do it,” Nance said. “I trust him to do that for me. He’s done a good job with it.”When the Lakers spent three days in Charlotte in December, he encouraged Julius Randle to fly home to Los Angeles to support his fiancée, Kendra Shaw, who was expecting their first child, Kyden. Nuñez also arranged a flight for Randle later that week from Miami to Los Angeles to witness his son’s birth.“He cares about us,” Randle said of Nuñez. “He did an amazing job taking care of me, my fiancée and my whole situation with my baby. He made sure everything was OK when I was on the road.”A long journeyDuring his sophomore year at Cal Poly Pomona, Nuñez heard former head athletic trainer Ky Kugler deliver a keynote speech that emphasized what he called the “four P’s,” in preparation, poise, patience and perseverance. Once the speech ended, Nuñez introduced himself to Kugler and shared how that speech fueled his ambitions to become a head athletic trainer. Nuñez then changed majors from civil engineering to kinesiology.“It sounds like (those qualities) defined Marco’s career. That was evident since I’ve known him,” Kugler said. “I thought he was always going to be successful.”Nuñez carried out Kugler’s vision with a sports athletic training internship at Mount San Antonio Community College and Pasadena City College. He then had a short stint with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (1998), before taking on an assistant trainer role with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (1999-2002).During that time, Nuñez saw several aspects of an industry where job security can be tenuous. After an Avengers player scolded him for taping his ankles poorly, Nuñez gathered friends as test subjects so he could perfect that job. Nuñez improved in his craft quickly enough that former Avengers head athletic trainer Brian Nguyen often deferred his workload to Nuñez.As Nuñez’s responsibilities grew, he developed a more light-hearted relationship with players. He played pranks by pouring a bucket of ice water on players on their birthdays, and players nicknamed him “Blinkie” in reference to his constant eye twitching.“It says something that is very endearing when people know your mannerisms like that,” Nguyen said, laughing. “Marco truly cares as an athletic trainer both with his job and working with people.”That’s why Nguyen recruited Nuñez in 2003 for another project. After producers of the movie, “The Longest Yard,” hired Nguyen to treat actor Adam Sandler on set, Nguyen hired Nuñez to handle the rest of the cast, including the likes of former professional wrestler Steve Austin, rapper Nelly and former NFL player Michael Irvin.While filming in Santa Fe, N.M., Nuñez’s most memorable experiences involved his time handling Irvin – an early test of his ability to handle star players nursing injuries.After he tweaked his hamstring during a game of pickup basketball, Irvin asked Nuñez a pointed question.“If I go out there, can I make it worse?” Irvin asked.“Yeah, you could aggravate it,” Nuñez answered.Irvin lightly slapped Nuñez s face. Irvin then repeated his question.“If I go out there, can I make it worse?” Irvin asked.“No,” Nuñez said. “You’ll be fine.”After Nuñez treated Irvin’s hamstring, the Hall of Famer finished the scene without making his injury worse. In between laughs, Nunez said that anecdote isn’t about him caving to a demanding athlete.“He knows his body,” Nuñez said of Irvin. “They know the risk.”Soon after, the uncertainty of the industry cost Nuñez his job with the Avengers because Health South, his employer, experienced financial issues. Nunez landed another AFL job a short time later, but his time with the Carolina Cobras ended a year later for the same reasons.“That was two years in a row where I felt I got screwed,” Nuñez said. “I got to a point where I thought there’s too much politics and too much BS. I think I’m done.”Actually, Nuñez was just getting started.In 2004, Clive. E Brewster, a former regional manager with the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, recommended the WNBA’s Sparks interview Nuñez for their vacant head athletic training position.“All of a sudden, he was left out in the cold. But if you’re good at what you do, something will fall,” Brewster said. “When you’re good people, things like that don’t affect you.”Nuñez took the Sparks job for the 2005-2006 season, then joined the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development league affiliate, afterward. It wasn’t long before Nuñez remarked to Nguyen he hoped to become the Lakers’ head athletic trainer someday.“When I was in college, my goal was to get to this level,” Nuñez said. “But now that I’m here, I may as well keep going.”Making an impressionVitti initially cringed upon hearing about Nuñez’s longtime aspirations.“If your goal is to be the head athletic trainer of the Lakers and you never get there, does that mean you’ll be unhappy where you are the rest of your life?” Vitti said. “You have to be very careful of making that such a priority.”Nonetheless, Nuñez quickly proved he wasn’t about ego. With the rest of the Lakers’ training staff treating other players, Walton asked Nuñez to tape his ankles before a practice at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Once Nuñez finished, Walton uttered a few memorable words to Nuñez.“I’m glad you’re here,” Walton said. “You’re a great fit into our system.”Those words made Nuñez feel “reassured that I do belong here.”“Luke is a guy that you want to go that extra mile for and you want to make sure he succeeds,” Nuñez said. “He just has that personality that makes you feel like you are part of the team.”Walton laughed about the anecdote before acknowledging a foggy memory. Nonetheless, Walton called Nuñez a “good ankle taper.”“He was great, easy to talk to and knows his stuff,” Walton said. “That’s when you build trust with a trainer. It’s not if he’s funny, but if he knows his stuff and knows how to fix you. He’s very knowledgeable, works hard and is a good communicator.”Building on those qualities, Nuñez’s role grew.He continued to observe Vitti closely in the training room, most notably how he handled Bryant and the star’s ability to play through injuries.When Bryant fractured the right index finger of his right hand during the 2009-10 season, Nuñez admired how Bryant never missed a game and abstained from surgery. Shortly after the injury happened, Nuñez watched Bryant’s shooting routine while wearing a new splint. After missing a few shots, Bryant tinkered with the splint and his form before finding his stroke again.“He already had gotten to the point where he figured out how to adjust and adapt to his new injury,” Nuñez said of Bryant. “That’s Kobe. That’s what great athletes do. They figure it out.”Nuñez has since tried to figure out his niche with the Lakers.Vitti estimated in the past three or four years he had delegated more of the treatment responsibilities to Nuñez, so he could spend more time entering information in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Nuñez took on inventory and purchasing of most of the medical supplies to ease Vitti’s workload.Meanwhile, Vitti instructed Nuñez to keep both a backup battery and portable charger on his phone since he spends nearly 70 percent of his day on it coordinating with the front office, players and doctors. Vitti also advised Nuñez on how to help the Lakers’ coaching staffs manage their timeouts.As the season winds to a close, Nuñez has done his part to keep the Lakers’ roster healthy while navigating the potential pitfalls of their demanding travel schedule. Nuñez says his dream job has all been worth it, even if the responsibilities have left him little time to sleep. As Marco Nuñez plopped into a booth in a Miami restaurant, it marked his first spare moment after grabbing 3-1/2 hours of sleep.The previous night in Charlotte, Nuñez, in his first season as the Lakers head athletic trainer, treated Larry Nance Jr. after the reserve forward injured his left knee. Soon after, Nuñez scheduled Nance’s MRI for the next day before joining the team for the flight to Miami. Nuñez arrived late to the airport (1:30 a.m.), the hotel (3:30 a.m.) and his bed (4:30 a.m.).Nuñez then woke up at 8 a.m. to finalize Nance’s MRI visit, secure a bus for practice and treat other players. Nuñez stayed busy after practice, taking Nance to his MRI appointment, awaiting the results and consulting with doctors. Nuñez then informed Nance, his agent and the Lakers about the bone bruise in Nance’s left knee that would sideline him for four weeks. Around 9 p.m., Nuñez finally ate dinner.This schedule during a trip in late December captured Nuñez’s typical workload in that entails both treating injured players and handling logistics with the team’s travel. As the Lakers near the end of the 2016-17 season, Nuñez has grown accustomed to juggling various responsibilities during his first season as the Lakers’ head athletic trainer.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Redskins debut: ‘I’ve got to remember that it’s one play at a time’

first_img Redskins coach Jay Gruden not focused on job security “It was tough because some things weren’t going our way and certain things weren’t going my way.”The struggling Redskins, who have now lost four straight games, will move on to Week 5 action and host the Patriots.”I wanna win. We’re gonna win. Whatever it takes to win, we will do that,” Haskins said. “I don’t like losing so we’re gonna change that and we’re gonna win some games.” Coach Jay Gruden, who up to this point had been firm on not playing the young quarterback, opted to give Haskins a chance as the Redskins were trailing 14-0.Haskins showed promise despite the lopsided loss, including a 14-yard scramble to put Washington on New York’s 1-yard line and set up the team’s only points.Dwayne taking matters into his own hands 💪@dh_simba7📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/lm0vvtP8ei pic.twitter.com/PRGTsjegBV— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019″You don’t ever want to lose. You want to go in the game and win and make plays to win,” Haskins added. “As a young guy, I’ve got to remember that it’s one play at a time and I can’t get in there thinking I’m gonna throw 10 touchdowns or whatever the case or scenario may be to win the game. It has to happen organically. Redskins might fire Jay Gruden with loss to Giants, report sayscenter_img The Dwayne Haskins era has officially begun in Washington.The Redskins benched veteran Case Keenum in favor of their first-round pick of the 2019 draft during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants. The outcome, however, didn’t live up to Haskins’ high expectations. The rookie out of Ohio State finished 9-of-17 passing for 107 yards and three interceptions in the 24-3 loss.”I have to keep getting better, keep working with the receivers, keep working with the offensive line and do all I can to be in a position to win the game,” Haskins said after the game at MetLife Stadium. Related Newslast_img read more

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Bryson DeChambeau claims sixth PGA Tour crown with Rocket Mortgage Classic triumph

first_imgBryson DeChambeau eclipsed Matthew Wolff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes and claim his sixth PGA Tour title.Wolff was the player to beat in Sunday’s final round, teeing off with a three-shot lead at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan, but he faltered and shot a 71. Fellow American DeChambeau rose to the top with a 7-under-par 65 to mark his fourth successive season with a victory. Wolff walked away with the runner-up check after mixing five bogeys and six birdies. He finished two strokes ahead of countryman Kevin Kisner (66).Back in the winner’s circle. @B_DeChambeau has won the @RocketClassic. It’s his sixth TOUR victory and fourth straight season with a win. pic.twitter.com/UW3XqLTzty— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2020Danny Willett (66), Adam Hadwin (67), Tyrell Hatton (68) and Ryan Armour (72) finished tied for fourth, seven shots behind DeChambeau.Rickie Fowler climbed 28 places into a tie for 12th at 14 under thanks to his final-round 67. DeChambeau was almost flawless on Day 4, holing eight birdies and just one bogey. He finished by birdieing the last three holes to end at 23 under for the tournament.Exclamation point. @B_DeChambeau birdies the 72nd hole to shoot a final-round 65 and win @RocketMortgage. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/69kkpsfG3e— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2020The 26-year-old DeChambeau  who had top-10 finishes in his past six starts heading into the tournament, signed for four successive rounds in the 60s.MORE: DeChambeau says camera operator threatened his ‘brand’last_img read more