England Pacer Mark Wood Declared Fit

first_imgLondon: England pacer Mark Wood has been cleared of serious injury and will remain part of the 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning May 30. Wood pulled up because of an issue with his calf during the fourth over of the first warm-up match against Australia which the Aaron-led side won by 12 runs in Southampton on May 25.He left the field immediately and took no further part in the game. And there was fear in the England camp that Wood, who has a history of foot and ankle problems, might have to be removed from the squad and thus, he was sent for scans.However, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, scans have shown no sign of injury. Instead the England medical team believes the 29-year-old simply jarred his foot while bowling. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Granit puts rock-solid Arsenal into League Cup final

first_imgBy Toby DavisLONDON, England (Reuters) – Arsenal fought back from a goal down against old foes Chelsea to reach the League Cup final as Granit Xhaka poked home to complete a 2-1 second-leg win yesterday that set up a Wembley showdown with Manchester City.Nothing separated the sides after the semi-final’s first leg at Stamford Bridge ended goalless two weeks ago, but the stalemate was swiftly broken as Chelsea took the lead through Eden Hazard after seven minutes at the Emirates Stadium.Yet question marks about Arsenal’s steel in the face of adversity were swept away as they levelled five minutes later through a fortuitous Antonio Rudiger own goal before they turned the match on its head.Midfielder Xhaka turned predator 15 minutes after halftime to finish from close range and Arsenal stayed rock-solid at the back for the rest of the game to set up an enticing final against Premier League leaders City on February 25.The sides were meeting for the fifth time this season and it was clear that familiarity had bred a certain degree of contempt as the tackles flew in during a fiercely contested opening.Arsenal had lost only one of their previous seven games against Chelsea, but were quickly under the cosh as Hazard put the visitors ahead, calmly stroking the ball past David Ospina after Chelsea carved open the hosts’ backline.last_img read more

Injury worries for Wealdstone

first_imgWealdstone are facing more injury problems after Lee Chappell and Nikki Ahamed were taken off during the pre-season friendly against Biggleswade Town on Saturday.Chappell has been left nursing a groin problem, while Ahamed could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being carried off with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.The Stones are already without Alan Massey, who is recovering from a spinal injury, and Sean Cronin, who took a knee in the back during the recent friendly against Watford.AdChoices广告Manager Gordon Barlett described his side’s performance in the 3-3 draw against Biggleswade as “sloppy.”Wealdstone were 2-0 down before pulling a goal back through Peter Dean’s penalty and then levelling when central defender Wes Parker prodded home from close range.Richard Jolly’s 85th-minute goal seemed to have won it for Bartlett’s men, but an equaliser by Harry Hunt – his second goal of the game – denied Wealdstone victory.last_img read more

FH : Openshaw, Stiver compete for starting spot in net for Orange

first_img Comments Published on October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Relegated to the bench for the first time in nearly a year, Leann Stiver watched from the sidelines as Sophia Openshaw jogged out toward the net.SU’s mainstay in goal was replaced Sunday after starting the previous 19 games. And she was replaced by a freshman in Openshaw who did not have any collegiate experience.‘(Openshaw) earned the position at practice,’ SU head coach Ange Bradley said. ‘The last two days we had competition and Sophia won the competition, so she earned the starting job.’The competition was exclusively between Stiver and Openshaw. Rachel Sayer, who appeared to be the second-string goalkeeper, was sick and unable to participate, Bradley said. And in her opportunity, Openshaw notched a 3-0 shutout over Columbia. So as Syracuse (11-2, 3-0 Big East) moves forward, it appears the starting position remains up for grabs.On Friday, Syracuse hosts Georgetown, and Bradley said she will choose her starting goalkeeper based on how the trio performs in this week of practice once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It depends on Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices as to who’s going to win the job starting Friday night,’ Bradley said.Openshaw was the only goalie to play in Sunday’s game. Stiver and Sayer were unavailable for comment after Sunday’s game.Despite the change, Stiver had shown few signs of weakness prior to the game against Columbia. She is 9-2 this season with 34 saves and 11 goals allowed. She has five shutouts, one of which is a combined shutout with Sayer.She’s rarely been caught out of position for the Orange and maintains focus in net despite not facing many shots from opponents.Leading Boston University 1-0 with seven minutes left in the first half earlier this season, Stiver made one of her more impressive saves. A Terriers midfielder knocked a through ball up the middle of the SU defense from the midfield line. Stiver instinctively leapt out of net and sprinted toward the top of the shooting circle.She beat BU forward Tabi Hatch to the ball, kicking it to the left and avoiding a collision.Stiver has shown that poise fairly consistently throughout this season, but her 1.26 goals-against average is slightly higher than her mark of 1.17 last season. And in SU’s two losses this season, Stiver has made just 17 saves while allowing five total goals.Perhaps that’s why Bradley thought a change was in order.‘These are a series of games where we’re able to give people a little bit of a different role on the team,’ SU assistant Steve Simpson said. ‘And it doesn’t mean this about this player or that about the other player. It’s just a chance for us to do something.’Prior to the Columbia game, Openshaw had yet to see collegiate action. The Lions did not test her heavily, only managing three shots over the course of the game. But Openshaw maintained her concentration while the Orange was in possession.She showed few signs of anxiety by making an early kick save just five minutes into the game, and she appeared ready on CU’s two second-half penalty corners. Openshaw controlled the ‘adrenaline rush’ and ‘beating of your heart’ that can’t be felt in practice situations, Simpson said.‘I just made sure I stayed focused when we had the ball and made sure I knew where all the opposing players were,’ Openshaw said.In Simpson’s mind, this early experience is incredibly important for her confidence and growth moving forward, especially as just a freshman.But with another week of competition, it is possible Openshaw’s stint between the pipes may be short-lived. Especially considering Sayer, who also appeared in three games last year, is likely to get thrown back into the mix following her illness.Regardless of who ends up as the starter, having depth at the position is important, Bradley said. If one of the goalkeepers does go down late in the season, she wants the backups to be prepared for action.And in her first chance, Openshaw shined.‘She just has to have a chance to get the mindset that I am a player at Syracuse University,’ Simpson said. ‘If you’re always back somewhere on the bench you’re never going to get that day where it’s about you and where you have to produce.’sebail01@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse sweeps Canisius in doubleheader

first_imgSyracuse (21-15, 3-9 Atlantic Coast) swept Canisius (15-24, 3-5 Metro Atlantic) in a doubleheader on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York. SU won the first game, 9-0, and the second, 8-2.In the first game, the Orange made very easy work of the Golden Griffins. SU scored nine runs and Alexa Romero pitched a gem in which she allowed no runs on three hits. No individual stood out in the hit category, but Bryce Holmgren led the team with two RBIs. Syracuse stole three bases.In the second game, Syracuse scored five quick runs in the top of the first inning. A three-run home run by Faith Cain put the game out of reach, as Canisius could only cut the lead down to six.Cain led SU with two hits and five RBIs. Sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen collected three hits of her own.AnnaMarie Gatti allowed two runs on six hits over five innings. The win brings her record to 6-5.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse continues its road trip at Pittsburgh on Friday at 5 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Men’s hockey: UW steadily improving as team builds around young talent

first_imgTying their 2014-15 season’s win total of four hasn’t necessarily made this a better season for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team.The Badgers are 4-8-6 right now and sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with six points, only three ahead of last place Michigan State.While there has been a small rebirth for Wisconsin in the 2015-16 season, it isn’t enough to bring the program back to the forefront of college hockey. An exorbitant amount of tied games has held back the team, but coming out of their winter break, the Badgers will face some lackluster opponents. Teams with a combined record of 52-56-22 (.400) comprise Wisconsin’s remaining schedule, giving the Badgers a chance to take the next step in their growth during a potential soft-stretch.Nearly halfway through the season, these are factors UW head coach Mike Eaves must address in order to be successful during the second half and turn this season around:Beginnings and endingsWisconsin has conceded a combined 37 goals in first and third periods, 19 more than they scored in those timeframes. In those same games, they are 1-4-5 when conceding a first period goal, and 0-8-3 when conceding a third period goal.Composure on defense needs to be a paramount concern for Eaves, the Badgers look inexperienced on many of the goals they’ve given up in these periods, allowing opponents space and time to cross the blue-line and set up their offense.Despite five of Wisconsin’s seven defensemen being underclassmen, the current crop needs to be more aggressive and ease themselves into the tough “T” forecheck. It’s a complicated 1-1-3 formation that Eaves implemented three seasons ago, and has been successful when executed correctly, notably against Michigan State.But one of the downsides to this system is allowing space along the boards near the blue line, which opponents have taken advantage of against slow-checking UW forwards. The system has faced criticism in its few years and, while players have historically needed long-adjustment periods, it begs the question of why Eaves hasn’t yet figured how to speed along this learning process.Regardless of inexperience or a tough formation, the Badgers as a whole need to remain level-headed during crucial points in the game and limit opponents’ scoring when it matters most.Youth coming aliveFreshman forward Luke Kunin was rumored to be leaving UW for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, a Canadian major junior team, only two months ago. The rumor has since been debunked — and for the better.  The Missouri native has the most goals and is second in points for the Badgers (seven goals, five assists, 14 points) behind only junior Grant Besse. The last time a freshman led Wisconsin in goals was Kyle Turris in the 2007-08 season.In a 4-4 tie against Ohio State, Kunin tallied a goal and three assists to keep Wisconsin in the game. His hawking presence around the net helped put in two ugly goals, but the aesthetics of each was of no importance to a team scrapping for points.What is important is the toughness this Wisconsin team showed to come from behind and tie Ohio State, a common storyline this season as the Badgers have done so numerous times against tough opponents (Michigan, Northern Michigan, Ferris State).Kunin is not leading the charge alone though. Another freshman forward, Seamus Malone, sits at fourth in points (three goals, 10 assists, 13 points) while sophomore Ryan Wagner is third in points (six goals, eight assists, 14 points).Wisconsin only has six upperclassmen at its disposal, so the continued growth of these young players is paramount if the team is to continue and improve. The Badgers are last in the Big Ten in team scoring (48 goals, 87 assists, 135 points), 106 points behind conference leading Michigan (89 goals, 152 assists, 241 points). To see how that high-powered offense has helped Michigan, just look at their record (13-3-3)— they’ve climbed to a No. 6 ranking in the latest USCHO Poll.But Wisconsin is not blessed with an evenly distributed set of under and upperclassmen like Michigan, which means these players need to continue their progress at a quick pace in order to follow suit.Key matchupsFeb. 19 – Feb. 20 vs. Michigan State: Sparty (5-15-2) is last in the Big Ten and one of the teams Wisconsin will need to beat to secure points. This hasn’t proved entirely easy for the Badgers, who are tied 1-1 this season with Michigan State after playing a series earlier in the year in East Lasing.While it may be a matchup showcasing the race from the bottom, this is an important test for Wisconsin. Simply put, they need to show they can beat a beatable team. Only then can they show they’ve made progress on a two year rebuilding phase.last_img read more

Raketech Q4 bolstered by double platform launch

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019 Share Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Related Articles Raketech has recorded sizeable, across-the-board revenue growth for Q4 2018, bolstered by the launch of flagship Finnish sports betting product urheiluveikkaus.com and the esports community-targeting esportsguide.com.The affiliate network oversaw a revenue increase of 65.6% (to €7.6 million), an organic growth rise of 50.2% and an EBITDA increase of 122.1% (to €4.5 million).The full-year results, released in tandem with those for the final quarter of 2018, were similarly positive. Revenues increased by 49% to €25.6 million, organic growth amounted to 29.9% and EBITDA increased by 48.9% to €14.4 million”I am pleased to announce a strong end to 2018, which was a record-breaking year for Raketech,” explained CEO Michael Holmberg. “We strengthened both financially and strategically over the past twelve months, and our focus on creating organic growth has continued.“The regulation of the Swedish gaming market came into effect on 1 January 2019, and we put a big focus on activating a new Swedish compliance strategy at the end of 2018 to ensure our sites follow robust compliance criteria.  “With a clear compliance strategy executed, we can now focus resources on driving traffic to our new and existing regulated partners in Sweden with which we have established long-term deals. It is still early days and the operators and players are adapting to the new setting, but we believe the market will normalise over time and we see many opportunities ahead.“All in all, I am very proud of the progress and achievements made by the team in 2018, and look forward to the company’s continued growth journey in 2019.”last_img read more

New Jersey’s betting legislation includes esports ban

first_imgIt’s been barely one month since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act outlawing sports betting nationwide. Since then, state lawmakers have begun discussions of implementing their own regulations.The state of New Jersey is at the centre of this case ruling, Murphy v. NCAA, but now it seems the state actually does not want esports included in its sports betting. The first draft of the legislation was introduced before the PASPA ruling and only banned high school events but “does not include international sports events in which persons under age 18 make up a minority of the participants.” After the recent ruling, a new draft was introduced last week that had been revised to read: “A prohibited sports event includes all high school sports events, electronic sports, and competitive video games but does not include international sports events in which persons under age 18 make up a minority of the participants.” The bill was signed by Governor Murphy on Monday and is now law in the state of New Jersey.That one sentence is the only mention of esports in the 23-page bill and now brings a very large grey area to esports betting regulations in New Jersey. Esports events thrive internationally where participants under the age of 18 regularly make up the minority as most events have age requirements of 17 or 18 years old. However, it does leave room for betters to open esports events on a case by case basis. Operators can request permission from regulators to accept wagers on esports as long as it does not prohibit legislation. In 2016 William Hill was the first to offer esports betting after receiving permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. If this bill becomes law the decision on whether or not esports bets can be wagered may come to the hands of New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission.MoneyMatches CEO, Zach Smith told Esports Insider he thinks this is directed more to avoid betting on underage events: “I understand the direction New Jersey is going in. They’re worried more or less that a lot of people that play competitive games are underage compared to people that play sports at a professional level are about the age of 18. For the international side it still seems like you can bet on international events and if someone with a proper background, like William Hill, requests from the New Jersey board to open esports wagers they will most likely comply. They wouldn’t even bother with smaller companies. If this becomes law, companies will strictly monetize international betting on tournaments like DOTA 2 and League of Legends.”Esports Insider says: The PASPA ruling was a big win for esports betting but as it now lies in the hands of the state, it opens up a whole new can of worms. The fact that the bill only mentions esports once, and very vaguely, can leave the ruling completely up to interpretation. It’s also interesting to see that New Jersey is the state to have this grey area when it was at the centre of this ruling in the first place.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Euro qualifiers wrap: Ronaldo, Lewandowski get trebles

first_imgA Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Portugal bounce back from conceding a goal of the qualifying campaign contender to secure a 3-1 victory in Armenia. The hosts took a shock lead when Marcos Pizzelli fired in an unstoppable free kick from fully 30 yards. But a needless Henrikh Mkhitaryan challenge on Joao Moutinho allowed Ronaldo to grab his first from the spot. Ronaldo then put Portugal in front when he capitalised on a mix-up between Robert Arzumanyan and goalkeeper Roman Berezovski to score into an empty net. Three minutes later, the Real Madrid forward completed his treble with a strike from distance that edged Portugal further ahead. Portugal sit top of Group I on 12 points with Denmark – who host Serbia later on Saturday – and Albania both on seven.The result means that Portugal extend their lead over Denmark and Albania at the top of the Group I table to five points with their rivals yet to play. Polished PolesBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (pictured in white) scored a hat-trick in the space of four minutes late in the game as Poland beat Georgia 4-0y.Poland, who lead qualifying Group D, were in front in Warsaw thanks to a 62nd-minute strike by Arkadiusz Milik before captain Lewandowski doubled their lead in the 89th minute.He then added another in the 92nd minute and completed a remarkable treble in the third minute of stoppage time to put the seal on a handsome win. It is believed to be the second fastest hat-trick in the history of European Championship qualifying, bettered only by Arif Erdem, who scored three in three minutes for Turkey against Northern Ireland in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2000.Lewandowski has now scored seven times in the campaign – the 26-year-old scored four times in the second half in a 7-0 win over Gibraltar last September.He now has 26 international goals.Poland are top of Group D with 14 points from six games, three points clear of Scotland and four ahead of Germany before the world champions’ game against Gibraltar later on Saturday.–last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Celebrations marred by violence after Algeria’s semi-final win

first_imgFans took to the streets of Paris, Marseille and Lyon on Sunday to celebrate the Algerian national football team’s victory over Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final but the festivities were marred by violence.Scenes of joy descended into clashes between fans and police in the French cities of Paris, Lyon and Marseille.Car horns and cries of joy rang out as supporters celebrated on Paris’s Champs-Élysées.By one o’clock on Monday morning, thousands of fans had gathered on the upper part of the avenue and the situation became tense.Police used tear gas to break up the crowds. Some fans threw fireworks and other projectiles at police, others set fire to dustbins.Police said 25 people were arrested. Several vehicles were torched in Lyon, according to the city’s fire department.Local officials said police used tear gas to push back fans, who started throwing bottles and fireworks at them, in the city centre and in other surrounding neighbourhoods.A police source said that some arrests were made.Several people, amongst the thousands of fans gathered in the la Guillotière neighbourhood, were seen throwing bottles and fireworks at police, according to an AFP journalist. Firefighters said that shortly before 2am on Monday a dozen or so vehicles were torched in Lyon’s city centre and in other nearby neighbourhoods. In Marseille, fans reportedly threw firecrackers and smokebombs at police as thousands descended on the port area for Bastille day fireworks.Police blocked them from entering the port area and several arrests were made.Security measures were reinforced for Sunday’s match, following deadly clashes and looting last Thursday after Algeria’s match against Ivory Coast.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)last_img read more