Runners Scramble for 2020 Lagos City Marathon Forms

first_imgEnthusiastic runners in their hundreds thronged the Marathon Village, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere yesterday as the distribution of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon forms purchased by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for intending participants entered the final phase.According to a statement signed by Head Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon,Olukayode Thimas, Sanwo-Olu purchased 20,000 forms to be distributed to Lagosians and Nigerians interested in the February 8 race.Thomas noted that the kind gesture by the Lagos State Governor is very commendable as it will serve as an additional impetus to make more Lagos residents stay healthy and fit by taking part in either the marathon or 10km races all billed to take place next month. Thomas said: “The Governor has again demonstrated that he has genuine intentions to make the Access Bank Lagos Marathon better than he met it, in just a few months in office, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon moved from Bronze level to Silver, now he made available resources to purchase 20,000 forms for runners, this is really commendable and I hope everyone out there will make use of the opportunity, the governor has provided”Apart, from the 20,000 forms purchased by the Lagos State Governor, other sponsors have also purchased large chunks of forms that are being distributed on merit to deserving runners across the country.Meanwhile, the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Yussuf Alli has reiterated on the mission to get a Gold Label for the Lagos race after the 2020 edition.Alli hinted that with the massive innovations being planned for this fifth edition, the World Athletics will be favourably disposed to upgrading the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon again.“We are on track for this year’s race and I am very positive the global body will be impressed with what we have put in place in terms of equipment, security and of course the quality of athlete that would be on parade” Allis stated.Among other things, Alli said there will be more transponder mats, improved water distribution along the route and improved security for volunteers at the water points at this year’s race.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

National : Murray State looking to enter NCAA Tournament unbeaten

first_imgNever in his wildest dreams did Steve Prohm expect to be in his current situation.The first-year head coach at Murray State has led the Racers to a 21-0 mark and the title of the only remaining undefeated team in NCAA Division-I basketball this season.‘You never dream about being undefeated, or being 21-0, or heading into February and you haven’t lost a game,’ Prohm said Tuesday on the Ohio Valley Conference coaches’ teleconference. ‘But I thought — with five returning players off back-to-back championship teams and guys who have played in postseason games, who have played in the NCAA Tournament — that if guys can accept roles and buy into playing together, then we can be pretty good.‘And how good? You never know. But we’ve been very blessed and very fortunate to be able to continue to do this.’With contributors at every position, Prohm has a variety of scoring options on his Murray State roster. Starting backcourt mates Isaiah Canaan and Donte Poole pace the team with a combined 33.4 points per game. Forward Ivan Aska, who recently returned from a broken right hand, is third on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game. That balanced scoring has helped the No. 10 Racers win their first 21 games of the year — including signature wins against then-No. 21 Memphis and 19-3 Missouri State, which received five votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith eight games left in the regular season and the conference tournament to play, Murray State is looking to become the first team to enter the NCAA Tournament with a perfect record since Nevada-Las Vegas accomplished the feat 21 years ago.But the Racers aren’t talking about that, Prohm said. They’re neither looking ahead at future opponents nor behind at the 21 wins they reeled off to open the season. The Racers are taking the season one game at a time.Murray State faces arguably its most formidable foe on its remaining schedule in Southeast Missouri (12-9, 7-2 OVC) on Thursday.‘Our guys’ focus is solely on SEMO right now,’ Prohm said. ‘They’re a very good basketball team. We’re 21-0, but we’re just 9-0 in the league, and they’re right there at 7-2. So our guys understand that. We’ve got a lot of respect for SEMO.’ The Redhawks boast what Prohm called ‘the elite frontcourt’ of the OVC in forwards Leon Powell and Tyler Stone. Paired with two poised guards in junior Marland Smith and senior Marcus Brister, SEMO has the mid-major star power to knock off the Racers. Redhawks head coach Dickey Nutt believes his team is capable of beating the Racers on Thursday, especially after gaining confidence with back-to-back conference victories and four wins in their last five games.And if they don’t, they’ll have another chance two weeks down the road.Nutt recognizes how steep a challenge MSU presents. The Racers have three talented and well-rounded players in Canaan, Poole and Aska, but Nutt said their frontcourt is more potent offensively than most assume. ‘I think they’re very, very good on the front line, and so they’re a very, very balanced team in the way they play,’ Nutt said. ‘… I think the single most important thing we have to do is not try to get into a run-and-gun game with them. I think you’re asking for it, you’re in big trouble, if you take quick shots.’After the SEMO game Thursday, Murray State closes out its season with seven more conference matchups, including another battle with the Redhawks, and the OVC tournament. If the Racers do enter postseason play unscathed, they’ll earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and join elite company in college basketball history.The last team to enter its respective conference tournament undefeated — the 2003-04 St. Joseph’s team — had current pros Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, and they lost in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic-10 tournament. Jerry Tarkanian’s Runnin’ Rebels team over two decades ago had Larry Johnson, the No. 1 selection in the 1991 NBA Draft, as well as four other future NBA players, and eventually fell to Duke in the Final Four. Whether Murray State can shock the world by winning out in the NCAA Tournament remains to be seen. It’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Bob Knight’s Indiana squad went 36-0 in 1976. But Lennox Forrester is not willing to rule out the possibility of a perfect season for the Racers just yet.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville head coach has seen what the Racers are capable of firsthand. Forrester watched his team suffer an 82-65 defeat at the hands of Murray State on Jan. 21. ‘Well, I mean, until someone beats them, how can you take that away from them?’ Forrester said. ‘… I mean, I can see them doing really, really well in the NCAA Tournament. Obviously, a lot of it has to do with matchups and things like that, but I can tell you this: They’re a good team that can do some damage in the tournament.’ Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse goes on 4-game road trip looking to keep winning streak alive

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will not take the field at J.S. Coyne Stadium for another two weeks. The Orange has reached its longest road trip of the season, but the players are looking forward to it.“It’s going to be hectic playing away from Coyne,” said goaltender Leann Stiver. “I think we play our best games at home.“But I think that we’ll do really well on the road. It’s really exciting and it’s something we always look forward to.”The No. 1 Orange’s (11-0, 3-0 Big East) next stretch of the schedule includes four consecutive games away from home. The road trip begins Saturday in Providence when the team takes on the Friars (5-5) at noon.The following two games will both take place in Amherst, Mass., against Massachusetts and No. 14 Stanford on Oct. 11 and 12, respectively. In its final regular season away game, Syracuse will play at Georgetown on Oct. 19, and then return home two days later to host No. 25 Boston College.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis upcoming four-game stretch is an opportunity for the Orange — which is 5-0 on the road — to further prove it’s a team that can win on anyone’s field.“It’s very important that we make sure we win all of our away games,” said senior forward Haley Bomboy. “We’re a confident team that we can win, no matter where.”Stiver said wins and shutouts are difficult to accomplish on the road, but when they do accomplish them, they point to the Orange’s capabilities, regardless of where the team plays.Head coach Ange Bradley said the next two weeks will be a challenge as the team uncovers which aspects of its game need improvement. Throughout this stretch, it’s important for the players to maintain their health as well as their skills, Bradley said.“Most importantly, we have to keep our minds right and stay focused,” she said.Facing Providence, forward Lauren Brooks said she is excited to compete against another difficult Big East opponent. Bradley anticipates a physical matchup and she said Syracuse’s ball movement to get the aggressive Friars running will be crucial.“We just know that every team we play is going to be really physical, really tough and we have to bring the best that we have that day,” Bradley said.Defensively, Stiver said the Orange won’t have a problem if its penalty corner unit continues its dominance. If the defense does its part, Stiver said she is confident the offense will come up with the goals to secure the victory.Should it execute all strategies according to plan, Syracuse hopes to return to Coyne Stadium still undefeated.“I think we have a very good chance at that, if we keep playing the way we’ve been playing,” Stiver said. “I think if we keep playing at that pace, we’re going to do wondrous things.”At the conclusion of this four-game trip, the Orange will have two remaining regular-season games, both at Coyne Stadium.After a recent win, Bradley said a team’s chances of losing increase with every win it earns. The Orange has yet to fall to those odds.All of a sudden, the thought of an undefeated regular season isn’t out of the question for the No. 1 team in the country.“I think this is the team,” Bomboy said. “I’ve never seen chemistry like this on any other team I’ve played with. So I think we have a really good chance of being undefeated.” Comments Published on October 4, 2012 at 1:51 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

After building game from bottom up, recruit Kimble set to enter quarterback fray

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman The methodical process of building Mitch Kimble into an elite college quarterback starts at the ground. It continues all the way up his body to his arm. Everything must be in sync so Kimble can deliver each pass with the strength and accuracy that can separate him from other quarterbacks.Kimble, from Jerseyville Community High School in Illinois, signed his Letter of Intent to play for Syracuse on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. He has the skills needed to thrive at Syracuse – the arm strength, the quick feet, the mental makeup. He’s been lighting up football fields in Illinois, but it started with his training at Elite Football Academy in St. Louis for the last year under the tutelage of former Missouri quarterback Matt Biermann.The Orange doesn’t have a starting quarterback named. As soon as Kimble arrives in Syracuse, he’ll be in competition to succeed Ryan Nassib.“That would be a great opportunity for me,” Kimble said. “I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get on campus and start competing and working for that starting job.”Kimble finished his senior season with 1,427 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. A versatile athlete, he picked up 957 yards on the ground and rushed for 15 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Kimble runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and has a near 22-foot long jump.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Kimble started attending Elite Football Academy last year, Biermann said he clearly had talent. First, they wanted to refine his footwork. Biermann broke down his mechanics and explained how everything needs to work in tune. Biermann said it’s a “systematic approach.”“I would say we pretty quickly figured out that he’s an athletic guy that can also learn something. Those are the ones you want to train,” Biermann said. “He’s one of those guys that each time you see him, he gets better.”Each session starts with a movement training session to warm up. That’s followed by a throwing mechanics session, where the main focus is technique. Biermann and Kimble start at Kimble’s feet and work up to his throws.After that period, when Kimble’s arm is warmed up and his mechanics broken down, he and Biermann will work on everything from pocket presence to live pass rushing at the end of every session.Everything they work on is mechanically based, Biermann said, not a matter of just throwing a thousand passes.“It’s more about throwing with a purpose and understanding what happens when the ball does not go where you need it to go and how do you get that next throw to go exactly where you want it to go,” Biermann said, “and how do you adjust and not cause more problems for yourself.”Biermann said the goal is to allow Kimble to come to Syracuse only needing to focus on the playbook, and not worrying about his mechanics or throwing motion.Kimble has an advantage when he starts studying the Orange’s playbook. He orchestrated a no-huddle offense at Jerseyville, a system just like the one Syracuse ran last season and will continue to run in 2013. Kimble also worked predominantly out of the shotgun, just as SU did a year ago.Aside from the specific terminology and formations, Kimble already knows the ins and outs of identifying coverages out of a hurry-up offense.“Mitch was taught here to take advantage of what the defense is giving you. We run no huddle, we’re running a play every 10-12 seconds here,” Jerseyville head coach Dave Jacobs said. “That kind of just complements his skills, mentally and physically.”On the eve of Signing Day, Kimble said he was looking forward to jumping into Syracuse’s offense.“That up-tempo offense, I’m used to it,” Kimble said. “The past couple years, it’s what I love to do. It’s an exciting offense to be part of it.”Kimble’s a unique package. Aside from his strong arm, he has a strong leg — he averaged 45 yards a punt in high school, Jacobs said. It made him a weapon on fourth down. Jerseyville would line him up eight yards behind center, and he’d have the option to either kick or run a play.Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald said he’s heard about Kimble’s kicking ability, and acknowledged it could be a trick play the Orange employs.“That’s a testament to his athleticism. So it might be a situation where we go for it on fourth down and we decide to kick it and get great field position,” McDonald said. “So anytime you have, if it’s a quarterback or receiver or running back, that has that good of an athletic ability, it makes you a better offense and obviously it makes you a more diverse offense.”Kimble’s recruitment period was a bit of a whirlwind. Former Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren offered Kimble a scholarship, and Kimble committed to the Huskies. But in December, Doeren left NIU to take the head coaching job at North Carolina State.Jacobs said Kimble called Doeren to congratulate him, and Doeren told him he’d evaluate his team and see if he can make Kimble an offer to play for the Wolfpack. He eventually did, but by then, Shafer and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester had become involved and started heavily recruiting Kimble.In mid-January, Kimble made an official visit to Syracuse. Hosted by wide receiver Ben Lewis, Kimble said he loved the “family atmosphere” at Syracuse and made up his mind immediately. He wanted to commit to the Orange.Jacobs and the Jerseyville coaches told Kimble he needed to at least visit Doeren in Raleigh, N.C. Kimble had four offers and Doeren was responsible for two of them. So Kimble visited NC State, but knew it wasn’t where he’d end up.“To be honest, before I took that trip to NC State, I already kind of knew that Syracuse was the place I was going to go,” Kimble said. “I took that trip to NC State just to kind of make sure I was making the right decision. I knew my mind was set on Syracuse.”He committed to Shafer on Jan. 28 and signed immediately on Signing Day.His throwing mechanics have been broken down and scrutinized, piece by piece. The process built Kimble into an elite-level starting quarterback in high school, and in about five months, he’ll jump right into the mix to do the same at SU.Said Jacobs: “He’s got everything that they’re going to need in their system and then some.” Commentslast_img read more

Women’s basketball goes winless on Arizona road trip

first_imgUSC’s 33-28 halftime lead was quickly snapped up by the Wildcats, who mounted a 10-0 rally in the third, keeping the Trojans at bay. The Trojans, who average 30.8 percent from behind-the-arc this season, only managed to make six 3-pointers in 24 total attempts. Arizona’s 61.5 percent shooting from the field in the third, coupled with the rebounding efforts of redshirt junior forward Dominique McBryde, were key in its third quarter dominance. Despite the weekend’s disappointing outcomes, the Trojans’ ability to stay within striking distance against talented conference opponents suggests the team’s improvement. The conference action continues this weekend for the Women of Troy as they take on Washington and Washington State at the Galen Center. “We need to be better, we need to be more attentive on defense,” said senior guard Aliyah Mazyck regarding the Trojan’s foul trouble. “We need to understand that it’s not up to just five players. Everybody has to play their role and fill in when people can’t.” “That’s always been our point of emphasis in the locker room, that we have to come out strong [in the third quarter] because we usually don’t,” Mazyck said. “We just try to bring that energy and get it one notch up because everyone knows that we always lose in the third.” At halftime on Sunday, the Trojans’ focused on their third quarter play, aiming to avoid a poor offensive and defensive performance similar to theirs against Arizona. Sunday’s game against Arizona State began with another achievement for Minyon Moore: her 1,000th career point. Again, the Trojans got off to a strong start on both ends of the court, leading the Sun Devils 18-14 heading into the second. After securing their first Pac-12 victory of the season last weekend against UCLA, the USC women’s basketball team fell short of another conference win this weekend in Arizona. The Trojans narrowly lost to the Wildcats 71-68 on Friday before suffering a tough 68-59 defeat to No. 21 Arizona State on Sunday. However, five fouls in just two minutes allowed ASU to keep possession in the second quarter. The Trojan offense was halted in a 10-0 run for the Sun Devils.center_img While the Trojans usually rise to the challenge defensively, allowing 62.1 points per game, they struggled to prevent the Wildcats from scoring, especially in the second half. Four Wildcats achieved double-digit scoring on the night, with redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald leading the pack at 20 points. The Sun Devils were able to shut down many of USC’s starters offensively in holding the Trojans to just 59 points.  Moore, who is first in scoring for the Trojans this season, was held to only 8 points, while junior forward Kayla Overbeck shot just 1-of-7 from the field. The Trojans stayed close throughout, trailing by 4 with two minutes left on the clock. However, the Sun Devils closed out the game without conceding a comeback effort from the Trojans. Junior guard Minyon Moore is indispensable for USC this season, leading the Women of Troy in points (14.5), rebounds (5.4) and assists (6.2) per game. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) After falling behind by 13 points with just eight minutes to go, the Trojans cut Arizona’s lead down to just 3 points. However, they were unable to send off a final shot to tie, and the Wildcats emerged victorious. Friday’s showdown with Arizona was a close contest at first, with each team posting 16 first quarter points. USC countered Arizona’s four first quarter threes with a well-rounded attack, sinking baskets from both inside and outside the arc. This offensive momentum continued into the second quarter for the Trojans, fueled by junior guard Minyon Moore, who scored 8 straight points in the quarter. Moore totaled a team-high 20 points and six assists on the night, capturing the No. 9 spot on the Trojans’ all-time list for assists. “As a team, we’re just growing in an upward direction,” Mazyck said. “Even though we haven’t got the outcomes that we wanted, we’ve seen glimpses of us being a better team. We’ve seen this growth, and I can see it in everyone.”last_img read more

Quadri, Abiodun Retain Portuguese Cup

first_imgThe 2018 semifinalist in the ETTU Champions League were in fine form against GDCS Juncal with Nigerian superstar – Aruna Quadri championing the onslaught against their opponent.Playing the first game against Russian Andrei Bukin, Aruna Quadri wasted no time to dismiss the Russian with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-6) bashing.But it was not same story for Diogo Carvalho who had to dig deep to defeat Romanian Mihai Sargu 3-2 (11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 11-13, 11-7).The partnership of Bode Abiodun and Diogo Carvalho completed the rout for Sporting when they overcame the duo of David Bessa and Andrei Bukin 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-9) to lift the trophy for the fifth time in a row.To berth in the men’s final, Sporting had defeated ADC Ponta do Pargo in the semi-finals (3-1), the CD São Roque in the quarterfinals (3-0) and CTM Lagos in the round of 16 (3-0).The women’s team of Sporting who made their return to the elite division of the Portuguese league after playing in the lower division last season.The women’s final involving Sporting and GD Toledos was officiated by the duo of Francisco Rocha and António Pacheco and it was Daniela Dodean Monteiro that started the campaign for Sporting when she defeated Olga Shishmareva 3-2 (11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 5-11, 6-11).Li Fen increased the lead for Sporting when she beat Anita Luis 3-0 (5-11, 5-11, 5-11).However, GD Toledos made a statement in the doubles game when the pair of Olga Shishmareva and Olga Chramko overcame Sporting’s Zhenqi and Barthel Apolónia 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-8).To end the possibility of a comeback, Barthel Apolónia thrashed Toledos’ Anita Luís 3-0 (4-11, 1-11, 5-11)to hand the Sporting ladies the trophy.The final phase of the competition was attended by 29 teams made up of 16 men and 13 women.In men, Sporting Clube de Portugal won the last four editions of the trophy and now adds 26 titles, while the women’s team won the trophy for the 13th time, finishing the reign of CTM Mirandela who won the Portuguese Cup in the nine years above. From 1992-1993 the team “leonina” did not win the Cup.The coach of Sporting women’s team Marco Rodrigues said: “It is very good to win again the Portuguese Cup for Sporting Clube de Portugal, after so many years of interruption.”Sporting Director, Miguel Almeida added: “These two titles are very important, because they were a goal of the section and the club, which enters to win in all the races in which it participates. In the female case it was even more important because it is the first year in which, after we were absent from the 1st division, we returned victoriously. We are working to win the remaining titles until the end of the season.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun made it five Portuguese Cup title in a row at the weekend after their team – Sporting beat GDCS Juncal 3-0 to retain the Portuguese Cup.Also, the women’s team of Sporting Club started their return to the first division on a good note by claiming the Portuguese Cup at the expense of GD Toledos in the finals played at the Municipal Sports Pavilion of Póvoa de Varzim.In the report monitored on the Portuguese Table Tennis Federation website, Sporting has won the last four editions to increase their titles to 26 in the Portuguese Cup, the men’s team is made up of Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun as well as Portuguese internationals – Joao Monteiro and Diogo Carvalho proved why they remained the best team in Portugal.last_img read more

ABB tells Arcade owners to ‘catch up’ with regards to consumer protections & risk gambling

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Industry body, The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has called for amusement arcade operators to ‘catch up’ with other betting stakeholders in relation to consumer protection standards and problem gambling awareness.The ABB has made its comment, following new evidence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) which revealed that consumers are at greater risk of losing more money and playing for a longer time on gaming machines in arcades than on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops.In its findings, the UKGC details that gaming sessions lasting longer than two hours were 67% higher in UK arcades than in betting shops, with arcade gaming machines returning less money to players than FOBTs.Furthermore, the ABB has been critical of the lack of consumer safety protections, alerts and monitoring at UK arcades. Compared to betting shop FOBTs, the ABB states that arcade machines do not display ‘safe gambling’ messages, and do not allow for players to set betting limits before they can start playing, which are subject to mandatory time and spend alerts.The ABB further details that UK arcades lack comprehensive player monitoring systems and that arcade staff may lack training in identifying customers who may be at risk from problem gambling.“It is time the amusement arcade industry cleaned up its act and got its house in order. Arcade owners should be doing far more to support responsible gambling. This research from the Gambling Commission clearly shows that people can lose more money, more quickly in an amusement arcade than a betting shop.” The ABB detailed in its statement“The evidence also revealed that the biggest session losses for customers across all gaming machines occur between 9 am and 10 am in adult gaming centers. In a betting shop, gaming machine players can set their own limits on what they spend or time they play for, and they are supervised by a highly trained staff – staff who can spot and help people getting into difficulty”. 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 Submit Sharelast_img read more

This week in esports: Dallas Fuel, compLexity, Blast Pro Series and Rocket League

first_imgA lot of the biggest news this week comes from Dallas, Texas. The two biggest stories are arguably the unveiling of the Dallas Fuel shirt sponsor ahead of the start of the inaugural Overwatch League season as well as the Dallas Cowboys acquiring the majority ownership of esports organisation compLexity. Away from Dallas, and Unibet has become the official betting partner of the Blast Pro Series. Rocket League has had a busy week, with partnerships with ELEAGUE/IMG as well as HyperX and MGM Resorts being revealed. Dallas Fuel reveals Jack in the Box as official jersey sponsorThe first jersey sponsor of the Overwatch League has been revealed with Jack in the Box partnering with Team EnvyUs’ franchise Dallas Fuel.Jack in the Box is a fast-food chain based in the United States. The company was founded in 1951 in San Diego, California yet now has over 2,200 locations, primarily on the West Coast. The chain sells everything from burgers to tacos and has significant financial clout, with the 2016 Annual Report stating revenues of $1,599,331,000. It’s the first reveal of an Overwatch League jersey sponsor, although we would expect many more to follow before the league’s launch come January. Through the partnership, Jack in the Box will be named the “Official Quick Service Restaurant” of the Dallas Fuel and Team Envy, and be featured on official Dallas Fuel team merchandise available to fans as depicted above. Read the full article here.Dallas Cowboys acquire a controlling interest in the Dallas CowboysOwner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team Jerry Jones and Real Estate tycoon John Goff have today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in esports team compLexity Gaming.As an organisation compLexity are veterans of esports, with history stretching back to 2003. Claiming over 130 championships in different gaming titles, they have the pedigree most teams lack. Joining in that success, the Dallas Cowboys have the joint-second highest amount of Super Bowl attendances and wins making this a successful partnership. compLexity currently have rosters in CS:GO, DOTA2, Hearthstone and GWENT, as well as a strong roster of streamers, who are set to benefit from this deal.Full terms of the deal have not been released, but is set to see Jason Lake remain as CEO at compLexity and retain a minority stake in the organisation. Co-Founder Jason Bass sells off his share of the company and is set to leave the organisation. The deal will also see the team move to the home of Dallas Cowboys, The Star, in Frisco, Texas. The two will also start work on a “state-of-the-art operations center”, featuring production studios and training facilities, where compLexity will be based. Blast Pro Series reveals Unibet as “Official Betting Partner”The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, Blast Pro Series, is set to welcome six top tier teams to Copenhagen as they bid to take the lion’s share of the $250,000 (£190,000) prize pool. The tournament is organised by RFRSH, who also have ownership stakes in various esports organisations.The first iteration of the tournament will take place in late November, with the grand final taking place on November 25th. The organisers anticipate over 10,000 esports fans to attend the final day at the Royal Arena as big names such as SK Gaming and FaZe grace the stage. There will undoubtedly be palpable home support for both Astralis and North, with both being Danish fan favourites.Unibet, the regulated bookmaker operating across multiple global territories has been revealed as the official betting partner of the event. It marks the first big sponsorship from Unibet in the esports space. Read the full article here.Rocket League and Psyonix partner with ELEAGUE, HyperX and MGM ResortsELEAGUE, the popular television product created by Turner and IMG will enter Rocket League for the first time, with “The ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League”. The feature series will be featured on TBS, with live gameplay showcased on both Twitch and YouTube.The competition will show some of the world’s best teams whilst building the narrative around teams, players and the game itself. The game itself is a fan favourite, combining football (or soccer for readers across the pond) and flying cars. Narrative around players in esports is still something often found lacking so it’s great to see ELEAGUE commit to painting the wider picture.It’s the third piece of news in a week as the RLCS Twitter account revealed that HyperX will be the “Official Headset Sponsor” of the game’s biggest tournament, and MGM Resorts more generally as a sponsor. The MGM news may come as a surprise given the company’s plethora of gambling orientated venues including an array of casinos. Previously Psyonix has outlined a strict anti-gambling stance, reacting defensively to Unikrn offering odds on Rocket League matches.Read the full article here.last_img read more

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Will Dance “Bolero” Again in Sarajevo

first_imgThe marking of the 30th anniversary of the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo will start by the end of January on the Olympic mountains Bjelašnica and Jahorina through the project  “Olympic family-Celebrating Olympics”.A contest of artistic skating, with participation of a hundred competitors from 12 countries will be organized within this project. The president of Olympic Committee of B&H Siniša Kisić says that in this way citizens of B&H will come closer to the event from 30 years ago.At today’s press conference it was confirmed that British skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who won gold medal at the Olympics in 1984, will participate at the 30th anniversary. They will dance “Bolero” on 13 February, on the anniversary of their victory in Sarajevo.“Olympic spirit and Olympic values are slowly but surely returning in B&H”, said Kisić.Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Ranko Čović said that is finalizing the registration of companies for the Winter European Youth Festival  2017.“Our wish is that Sarajevo receives an ice arena, where it will be possible to maintain the ice for 10 months, where preparations for hockey, skating and other sports that need ice will take place”, said Čović.(Source: read more