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first_img “Those that came in did excellently today and we are struggling with fitness to a lot of the players. It is like an infirmary down there at the moment, but we’ve just got to get on with it.” Sandro, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Andros Townsend have all missed the festive period through injury. Sherwood confirmed Jermain Defoe dropped out of the squad to face Stoke due to a “thigh strain” while left-back Danny Rose was absent due to fatigue. They were amongst five players to drop out the starting line-up, with Paulinho one of those brought in. Back after a three-match ban, the Brazil international impressed in his first start under Sherwood until being forced off through injury in the second half. “Paulinho was another injury, having to come off,” Sherwood said. “He was immense today, wasn’t he? Fantastic. “I never knew he possessed that, I have to be honest. I’ve seen him in training so have seen him gradually, as there is not a lot of time to train. He certainly opened up my eyes when I saw him out there today.” Next up for Tottenham is the unenviable task of a trip to Manchester United, while Stoke will hope to get back to winning ways at home to Everton. This loss was hardly the ideal response to the Boxing Day thrashing at Newcastle, but one which Mark Hughes felt could have panned out differently had referee Kevin Friend ruled against Fryers and Michael Dawson in the first half. “In the initial period we had a couple of decisions that we were disappointed with,” the Stoke boss said. “Obviously Jon Walters going through the middle, we felt he was impeded and there was a case for their lad to be sent off. “Oussama Assaidi also went into the box and felt he was impeded as well. He went down and that could have been a penalty all before Spurs got their penalty, which was a little bit harsh but I can understand why it was given. “You need those things to go for you in the early part of the game and if we had gone into the lead it would have given us real encouragement and who knows? “But, if I am honest, in terms of the quality on show and the way Spurs played, we found it very difficult to get anywhere near them today. “They were a little bit sharper to each and every ball, half-a-yard quicker. “They are a good team and they looked fully motivated, each and every one of the players wanted to get on the ball and affect the game and we found it difficult to get a foothold in the game ourselves, unfortunately. “There are reasons behind that. We were missing players today which would have helped, but, overall, on occasions we did not help ourselves. “We allowed situations when we had good possession to be given up too cheaply in poor areas for us, but good areas for Spurs and they were able to capitalise on it.” The first half of the season has been a tumultuous time for Spurs, whose big-money signings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s world-record sale failed to save Andre Villas-Boas from the chop. Sherwood’s appointment as successor looks a gamble – something the former midfielder acknowledges himself – but chairman Daniel Levy’s decision so far looks a shrewd move. Press Association Despite having to balance a host of injuries in a hectic festive period, the dominant 3-0 victory against Stoke means the 44-year-old has yet to lose a league match in three. Roberto Soldado’s first-half penalty set Spurs on course for victory, with impressive Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon efforts adding gloss to a first home league win since sneaking past Hull on October 27. “I thought we were good from start to finish,” Sherwood said. “We set about Stoke from the outset, moved the ball around well and created enough chances to win two games in the first half. “It is great to have a clean sheet. I think Hugo Lloris deserves a clean sheet – he is one of the best goalkeepers there is. “I think that was our first league win since October here as well, which is good to get off our back. “I am looking at positives rather than negatives and we were unfortunate on Boxing Day [in the 1-1 draw with West Brom] that one of those chances didn’t fall for us. “The positives today are that we had a lot of players out injured and the ones that came in were exceptional, did very, very well. Kyle Naughton and Zeki Fryers were excellent. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood could not ask for much more from his injury-hit side as they closed out 2013 with a first league win at White Hart Lane for two months.last_img read more

first_img(BBC) – The postponed 2020 Tour de France will now start on August 29, following the French government’s extension of a ban on mass gatherings to mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Cycling’s biggest event won by Team Ineos’ Egan Berna, last year, was originally scheduled to run from June 27 to July 19.“Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy,” said the UCI, the sport’s governing body.Many large-scale sporting events scheduled to take place this summer have either been called off, such as Wimbledon, or pushed back by a year, such as football’s European Championship and the summer Olympics.Four-time winner Chris Froome is set to return at this year’s Tour, which is set to start in Nice, after he missed the 2019 race, following a high-speed accident in which he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs.He tweeted: “The news many of us have been waiting for. Some light at the end of the tunnel.”Geraint Thomas, the Briton who won the Tour de France in 2018, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Hopefully those dates can go ahead. I’m super excited about that.“The Tour is the pinnacle of the sport. If you ask anyone in the UK for three words to do with cycling, they would be: Tour de France. It would be great for the riders and the teams if it can go ahead. This is why teams exist and that’s why sponsorship comes into the sport.”He added: “The calendar needs to be ironed out. Once we know that we can get back racing again then talks can get under way between everyone. The Tour has to take priority. That’s the main event in cycling and then hopefully we can fit other races in around it.”Cycling’s two other three-week Grand Tour races have also been rescheduled for later this year, as part of a plan by the UCI to stage all major cycling races this season.The Giro d’Italia – which was scheduled to take place in May – and the Vuelta a Espana, originally set for September, will now be raced after September’s World Championships.The championships, which will be held in Switzerland, remain in their September 20-27 slot, which means the Tour de France will finish on the same day the week-long championships begin.That means the men’s World Championship road race will take place one week after the final day of the Tour.The postponed ‘monument’ one-day races – Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastonge-Liege, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix – “will all take place this season, at dates still to be defined”, added the statement.The UCI cautioned that the calendar will remain dependent on the “world health situation”, with the body’s president David Lappartient saying “we still have work to do to finalise the establishment of an entirely revised calendar”.On April 10, the UCI furloughed staff and cut the salaries of senior employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The women’s version of the Tour, La Course by le Tour de France, was initially scheduled to take place over one day on July 19 on the Champs Elysees in Paris.But Tour organiser ASO said it will also be postponed and instead take place “during the Tour de France 2020”. ANALYSIS – MATT WARWICK, BBC SPORTAs determined as the UCI is, it is hard to see how cycling’s governing body is going to fit all these races into this season.It appears officials believe the financial implications for cancelling races in 2020 could be so detrimental – to teams and organisers – that they will instead try to push all major events back as far as they can.But what is realistic in such an unpredictable situation as the coronavirus crisis evolves? Cycling could yet benefit commercially from being one of the few major sports not to call off much of its 2020 schedule until next year. However, if those events – having been moved – are then cancelled at a later date, there must be further financial implications.And there is already much to sort out on the calendar, so when does the UCI think it can fit in a further six weeks of Grand Tour competition and five ‘monument’ one-day races around October and November, when most of Europe gets seriously cold and wet?last_img read more

first_imgThe women’s swimming and diving team had a great Friday afternoon, defeating the Bruins 181-119 – Williams Ehart | Daily TrojanThe USC women’s swimming and diving team (8-2, 6-1) dominated in the pool Friday, capping off another successful regular season with a 181-119 victory against UCLA (6-4, 3-4) at the Spieker Aquatics Center.Friday’s win gives the Trojans nine consecutive victories in dual meets against the Bruins, one short of their all-time win-streak in the series — USC defeated UCLA ten years in a row from 1994 to 2003.“I am obviously proud of our team’s record,” USC’s tenth-year head coach Dave Salo said. “We knew they were going to come at us with everything they had, but we felt we would come away with a win.”Though swim and dive meets consist of several different individual events, the victory was truly a team effort. USC’s “B” squad brought their A-game in the day’s opening event, when freshmen Hanni Leach, Kirsten Vose, junior Evan Swenson, and senior co-captain Lucy Worrall finished the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38.27.Vose wouldn’t stop there, as she broke the pool and meet records in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.07, a personal record. Her time was one of the fastest in the country, especially impressive because she has only swum this particular event a handful of times this season. Later in the day, she broke the meet and pool records in the 200-yard breaststroke.Several other freshmen rose to the occasion alongside Vose: Elizabeth Stinson and Allie Wooden finished first and second, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle, and Madison Wright only missed a victory in the 200-yard butterfly by one-fifth of a second. Later, Destiny Nelson would take second place in the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley. On the diving board, freshman Madison Witt led the charge for the Trojans, winning the 3-meter springboard and placing fourth in the 1-meter.“We had some strong results from a lot of our kids,” Salo said. “We really showed a balanced effort to come away with the win.”Junior Anika Apostalon was peerless in the sprints, winning the 50-and-100-yard freestyle races back-to-back. Senior Kasia Wilk finished second and third in those races, respectively.The overall victory was never truly in doubt, but it wasn’t until senior co-captains Kendyl Stewart and Worrall delivered strong first and second place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly that the Trojans officially sealed the deal.The Trojans would finish the meet the same way they started: with a commanding victory in a relay event. This time, the combined efforts of Apostalon, Swenson, Vose, and Wilk would be enough to beat UCLA by over a full second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.With Friday’s victory, the Trojans improved their stock heading into the postseason, where they will once again face off with their toughest in-state rivals, Cal and Stanford.“The women want to start a new streak,” Salo said. “We have a balanced team and can score a lot of points in every event … It will be a dog fight against Cal and Stanford, but the women are prepared and focused.”USC won’t compete again until February 24th, when the Pac-12 championships begin in Federal Way, Washington, but the win against UCLA affords them some momentum moving into the competition. Depending on their performance in the conference championship, the Trojans may have the opportunity to take their prowess in the pool onto the national stage for the NCAA Championships, which begin in mid-March. USC last won a team NCAA title in 1985.last_img read more

first_imgDaryl Murphy is a more serious doubt due to a sore calf and has been sent for a scan, while James McCarthy is expected in from Everton today and will be assessed by the Irish medical team.Six other players have been confirmed as injury absentees for Friday’s clash – they are Harry Arter, Rob Elliot, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Liam Kelly and David McGoldrick. The attacking playmaker suffered a thigh strain while playing for Norwich at the weekend, and scan results have shown he will not be fit enough in time for the weekend.It’s the latest in what O’Neill has described as the “lengthiest list of injuries” he’s endured in his three years in charge of the side.Captain Seamus Coleman missed training today after picking up a knock, but O’Neill says he will be OK to take his place in the team.last_img read more

first_imgTipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson caught up with Tipp manager Liam Kearns after the gameHowever that game at Cusack Park was overshadowed by an incident involving Tipp selector Shane Stapleton who has been taken to hospital.It’s reported Stapleton hit his head off the ground after he was involved in an incident with  Clare’s Jamie Malone, who was shown a red card.Other results today from Division 2Roscommon 0-7 Down 0-12Cork 2-11 Louth 0-10Cork now top Division 2.Next up for Tipp is the visit of Meath to Semple Stadium in two weeks time. Tipp manager Liam Kearns says the Premier were lucky to get a share of the points in Ennis this afternoon.The sides finished all square at 11 points apiece.This leaves Tipp with a win, a draw and a defeat from their opening three games in Division 2 of the National Football League.last_img read more

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Simon FraserRacing and Greyhound content distributor, SIS (Sports Information Services) has moved to bolster its commercial operations appointing Simon Fraser as its new Head of International Horse Racing.Fraser will be tasked with leading SIS racing content distribution to international partners, whilst boosting the firm’s global commercial outreach and sales pipeline.A seasoned racing executive, Fraser joins the company from Racecourse Media Group (RMG), where he most recently served as RMG Head of International Streaming (2014-2017).Confirming the appointment, Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, stated: “Growing our product portfolio with exciting content from all over the world is key to our strategy moving forward, and Simon’s appointment will play an important role in helping to achieve our ambitions.“He has extensive knowledge of the industry, as well as valuable experience in commercial rights, and I’m confident he will have a positive impact on the company.Heading up SIS international commercial development, Fraser will manage and grow the supplier’s international horse racing rights portfolio, as SIS looks to provide retail and online customers with the most engaging racing content from courses around the world“I’m thrilled to have joined SIS in what is an exciting period of growth. SIS is an established name in the betting industry and I can’t wait to get started in helping the business to continue to grow its international horse racing content.” Fraser commented on joining SIS executive team. Submit SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 read more

first_img Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Online gaming organisation BetVictor has concluded its World Cup Million Pound Bet campaign, which has seen one unnamed lucky punter land a bet with odds of 17,042/1 to come out on top.Rewarding the customer with the largest winning bet with the biggest odds across any World Cup market, the triumphant customer, who requested to remain anonymous, placed the winning entry before the round of 16 encounter between Uruguay and Portugal on June 30.Utilising the firm’s in-house developed #PriceItUp builder, allowing a number of determining factors to be edited and combined, the individual united the winning score with corner numbers for both sides and Uruguay’s yellow card count, as the Million Pound Bet read:   Uruguay to win 2-1Uruguay Over 1.5 cornersUruguay Under 2.5 cornersPortugal Over 9.5 cornersPortugal Under 10.5 cornersUruguay Under 0.5 cardsEoin Ryan, Head of Product at BetVictor, said: “Paying £1,000,000 to a single BetVictor customer is the perfect conclusion to what has been an incredibly exciting and successful Million Pound Bet campaign. We wanted to bring excitement and thrills to our customers’ World Cup betting experience, encouraging them to make their best bet, and the Million Pound Bet certainly delivered that. We saw consistent buzz across social media and customers enjoyed the transparency afforded by our real-time leaderboards.” Ryan added: “Our #PriceItUp Builder continues to have great momentum and we’re certainly looking to build on its success ahead to the start of the new Premier League season and other major sporting events going forward. The concept of #BestBetWins is one that we’re interested in developing further as the football season returns later this summer.”This marks the second £1m BetVictor have paid to a single customer, following its Million Pound Goal campaign for the final of Euro 2016 between Portugal and France. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

first_img Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences   May 6, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB is the subject of an of SEK 9.193bn (£802m) takeover offer from a consortium fronted by British private equity firm Bridgepoint, fronted by chairman Morten Klein and Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall. The Independent Bid Committee established by Cherry, set up specifically to consider the takeover bid on the board’s behalf but excluding chairman Klein, has recommended that its shareholders accept the public offer of SEK87 (£7.59) per share submitted by European Entertainment Intressenter Bidco.EE Intressenter is a company jointly controlled by Bridgepoint Advisers, which is acting on behalf of a series of partnerships, namely Bridgepoint Europe VI Fund, Prunus Avium, Klein Group, Audere Est Facere, Pontus Lindwall, Berkay Reyhan and Can Yilanlioglu.The offer has been fully financed through a combination of equity provided by Bridgepoint and other consortium members, as well as debt financing provided by Ares Management. The acceptance period for the offer is expected to commence on December 20, expiring around January 23, 2019, subject to extensions. Mika Herold, a partner at Bridgepoint Advisers, commented on behalf of the consortium: “We have followed Cherry closely for a long time and have the highest regard for the success and impressive track record that Cherry and its divisional management teams have achieved through driving innovation in the iGaming sector.“However, we also believe that many of the opportunities and challenges facing Cherry and its subsidiaries are easier to approach in a private setting and with a more favourable capital structure.”One of the conditions of the takeover is the handover of at least 90 per cent of the total outstanding shares in Cherry to EE Intressenter. EE Intressenter does not currently possess any shares in Cherry at this present time, although its members currently possess a total of 50,100,368 shares, equating to approximately 47.4 per cent of the total number of shares and 37.9 per cent of the total number of votes in the company.In a statement, Cherry said that irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer have been received from shareholders who represent 12,298,332 shares, meaning the consortium holds shares – or have secured commitments to accept the offer – corresponding to 59.1 per cent of the capital and 66.5 per cent of the votes.The Independent Bid Committee’s recommendations emphasised a number of considerations in connection with the offer, most notably that the bid presents a premium of 20 per cent compared to the closing price of Cherry’s series B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm on December 17, the final trading day before the announcement of the offer.Herold added: “The changing regulatory environment together with necessary measures to defend and increase Cherry’s market share over time, will require significant investment. “We have presented a financially attractive offer for the shareholders, which is reaffirmed by the support received from some of Cherry’s largest shareholders.”EE Intressenter has said the consortium believes that Cherry will be able to “maximise value by focusing on driving the performance of the individual business units rather than managing the combined entity as a publicly listed company.”The news breaks as Cherry’s home market of Sweden prepares to launch its re-regulated igaming market on January 1. StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Submitlast_img read more

first_img Velo Partners invests in Foxium ‘full-service’ games studio October 3, 2017 Related Articles Jackpot disruptor BlueRibbon secures first funding round from Velo & Ash September 4, 2018 StumbleUpon RotoQL secures $3 million seed targeting growth within pending US betting market April 6, 2018 Share Share Submit The eyes of gambling leadership in the UK are increasingly on the market of the United States, as opportunities are likely to knock following last year’s repeal of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), after a challenge by New Jersey enabled states to allow sports betting.In recent years there has been a steady trail of merger and acquisition deals involving UK companies buying up gambling institutions stateside, according to financial intelligence experts Dealogic.For example five years ago Bitcoin mining company MGT Capital Investments, splashed out $1 million to buy the DraftDay fantasy sports business and software platform, from CardRunners Gaming Inc.Although since the end of PASPA, there has been evidence of an uptick in interest.Empire Resorts which hosts casinos was purchased by the bet365 Group for $50 million in November last year.Also at the end of last year, London listed 888 Holdings bought the remaining 53% in the All American Poker Network for $28 million, in what was originally a joint venture established in 2013.The move is seen as a strategic milestone for the group’s development in the United States.In another bold move, GVC Holdings, the owner of Ladbrokes and Coral confirmed last July a £153 million link up with MGM Resorts International, the world’s biggest casino operator, creating a sports betting and interactive gaming platform.Although William Hill have been the trailblazers in the UK when it comes to gaining a presence in the United States’ gambling market.In 2016 it was part a significant merger and acquisition deal, with a $142 million takeover of the NYX Gaming Group, completed alongside Bonne Terre Ltd.Since 2012 after the merger of three companies which created William Hill US, it has achieved a market share of around 30% in Nevada, with 107 sport books in 190 casinos.Nevada evaded the PASPA ruling in 1992, as it was the only state at that time that had widespread legalised sports betting laws already in place.Rapid progress has also been made in New Jersey, the state which successfully challenged PASPA, as William Hill now has a sports book at the Monmouth Park racetrack, with legal betting beginning in June last year.In its Capital Markets Day review held in November last year, William Hill forecast that the early movers following the defeat of PASPA, could produce $1.4 billion of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in the first three years of trading.So far, Nevada and New Jersey have been joined by New Mexico, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,  Delaware and Rhode Island in having passed bills to allow live single-game sports betting.While the second wave of states, up to 20 of them as predicted in William Hill’s presentation, could raise up to $7.5 billion of GGR over the course of the next three years.George Salmon –Hargreaves LansdowneGeorge Salmon, an equity analyst with Hargreaves Lansdowne, reflected: “There could be a continuation of high profile deals such as the one between GVC and MGM. The United States’ gambling market is potentially a very lucrative market now.”“There are big casino operators looking to take advantage of the conditions of the United States’ gambling market, in the wake of the repeal of PASPA. Casinos are at the forefront at the moment, but there will be this whole demand for mobile phone gambling..”“The Supreme Court’s decision to repeal PASPA is a game changer for sure, the problem for all interested parties is that it will take years to see how much of a game changer that it will be.”“Paddy Power, William Hill and GVC will all have a different approach, due to the sheer size of the market, and as there’s a huge population who are sports mad with plenty willing to place bets, it will be a market punch up.”Velo Partners have a large portfolio of mostly UK and European venture capital investments focused on the games and gambling sectors, and are considered as one of the most active gambling sector investors.Currently, it has a portfolio in the sports betting market which includes New York-based RotoQL, a data business focused on the DFS and betting sectors, and London-based Odd Bods, which is building a fresh approach to odds comparison and analysis tools for sports betting operators.Evan Hoff – Velo PartnersEvan Hoff, the founder of Velo Partners said: “Yes that is almost certainly a trend that UK gambling companies will be buying into the American market”“Of course there maybe any number of partnerships between land-based casinos and European online operators for the casino and sports betting rollout in New Jersey etc. I expect some mergers and acquisitions may inevitably follow from that.”“PASPA, of course, is the big catalyst, it is massive, the impact can’t be understated in the context of the global betting industry.”  He added.“It has unleashed a wave of investment, innovation, entrepreneurialism and dynamism into the sector that has in many markets had a tough few years of headwinds.”One of the major risks in investing in gambling companies are the unpredictable levels of regulations that any country might put into place.Recently in the UK, there was the clampdown on fixed-odds gambling machines, which have affected profits for companies such as GVC.The situation in the United States is different in that in the aftermath of PASPA, the states themselves will have varying attitudes towards gambling, due to their diverse cultures.American Gaming Association research confirmed that there are currently 22 states that active sports betting legislation in 2019, including Texas and Illinois.Yet there are seven states such as Virginia and North and South Dakota that now have dead sports betting legislation this year, plus a further eight states including California, who have had no sports betting bills that have even been initiated.Victoria Pease – EdisonVictoria Pease, a consumer sector analyst at Edison Investments, is uncertain about how successful the post-PASPA United States gambling market might become: “The United States online gambling market is still at a nascent stage and very few online operators currently generate meaningful profits.”“After PASPA, the US online gambling market is not going to change dramatically overnight. It is apparent that the market will take a while to produce tangible results with revenues and profits, and  partly due to the fact that  share prices in United States gambling companies have since declined.”“Given the regulatory risks involved, gambling stocks typically trade at a meaningful discount to the wider market. They mostly have capital-light business models and generate high cash flow, meaning that the dividend yields are very attractive.”UK gambling outlets are certain to sit tight and wait to see how the market now evolves, and then decide which bets to place on United States investments._____________Feature written by Peter Tabernerlast_img read more