Windies could end near two-decade drought in India

first_imgCUTTACK, India,  CMC – West Indies face India in Sunday’s decisive third One-Day International knowing victory will see them end a near two-decade wait for a series victory on the subcontinent. The Caribbean side stunned the hosts by eight wickets in the opening ODI in Chennai before succumbing by 107 runs in the second match in Visakhapatnam last Wednesday.Should West Indies overcome the odds and beat India, the series will mark their first on Indian soil since Carl Hooper’s won a seven-match rubber back in 2002.With the importance of the contest looming large, however, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons sought to downplay its significance, pointing out that the current long term team building would continue even if they lost. “The thing is we’re trying to build something and the game tomorrow does not influence the direction in which we’re going,” Simmons told a media conference.“I think all the guys know we want to play our best tomorrow and even though we play our best, we might not win. We might now beat India but we’re trying our best to build something and continue going in the direction we’re going in.”Contrasting hundreds from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope in the first ODI saw the Caribbean side overhaul a testing target of 288. Similarly, stroke-filled centuries by openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the second game, powered India to a massive 387 – their second highest-ever total against West Indies.And faced with a record run chase, West Indies stumbled to 280 all out, undermined by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s second career hat-trick.Simmons said it was important to maintain discipline in their bowling right throughout the innings as this had cost the Windies dearly in the last game. “In the last match, we thought that 320, 330 would have been a good score to chase on that ground but in the last four, five overs we let them get away and that’s where we lost the game.”Much will depend on Hope, Hetmyer and Pooran all of whom have already posted big scores, but the spotlight will fall on captain Kieron Pollard who has managed just 35 runs from three innings since his return to ODIs.Pollard, like his opposite number Virat Kohli, suffered the indignity of a one-ball ‘duck’ in the last match and will be hoping to redeem himself quickly. A win will hand West Indies their first ODI series win over India in 13 years but Simmons said regardless of the outcome, he had been impressed with the way his side had challenged the powerful hosts.“They’re definitely the best team in their home conditions and for us to be playing the way we are and giving them a run, it’s great for us to see,” he said.last_img read more

Hundred delay will rob women’s game of momentum, fears Edwards

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Women’s cricket risks losing momentum after the launch of The Hundred competition was postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former England captain Charlotte Edwards said. The women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia proved a massive success this year with an 86,000-plus crowd watching the hosts beat India in the March 8 final in Melbourne.The global health crisis has since halted professional cricket and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last week decided to postpone The Hundred, which was scheduled to begin in mid-July.The innovative franchise-based league includes an American sports-style draft and features eight city-based men’s and women’s teams with names such as London Spirit, Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets. “There are so many mixed emotions really,” Edwards, who led England to Twenty20 and one-day World Cup titles in 2009, told BBC World Service.“Obviously it’s the right decision but it was such an important year for women’s cricket on the back of the hugely successful World Cup in Australia, where nearly 90,000 people watched the game.“We just really felt the momentum was with the women’s game and we were also going to introduce contracts this summer for 40 professional cricketers, and it’s all been put on hold at the moment,” the 40-year-old said. For several uncontracted female cricketers in England, the new league was to be their only source of income this year.“A lot of players were hoping to have contracts for the Hundred, which were quite lucrative for some of them, and everyone’s going to miss out which is so unfortunate and at such an important time for women’s cricket,” Edwards said.The ECB still plans to award 40 new full-time contracts at some stage as part of a plan to invest 20 million pound ($24.9 million) in the women’s game. “We have been guaranteed that the ECB will still go ahead with their 20 million pound investment into the women’s game, which is something that is obviously keeping us all going at the moment,” Edwards said.last_img read more

Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19 – statement

first_imgBELGRADE,  (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one tennis player, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serbian said in a statement on Tuesday. Croatia’s Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region.“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,” the 33-year-old said in a statement, adding that he was not showing any symptoms. “My result is positive, just as Jelena’s (wife), while the results of our children are negative.“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.” The tournament witnessed packed stands during the opening leg in Belgrade, players hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and attending press conferences together.Djokovic organised nights out in Belgrade for the players and pictures and videos of him dancing with the other participants at his event were posted on social media.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures weeks before the event, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country. Djokovic said the idea behind his tournament was noble and he wanted to raise funds for players in need.“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions,” said Djokovic, who is also the head of the players council of the men’s ATP Tour. “Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.“The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.” A following statement confirmed that the remainder of the Adria Tour had been cancelled, the two-day event on July 3 and 4 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and the planned exhibition match with Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo on July 5.“We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel the events in Banja Luka and Sarajevo,” said Novak’s brother Djordje Djokovic, the director of the Adria Tour.“We were looking forward to treating fans in these two cities to watching Novak Djokovic and other top players. Unfortunately, the recent events make everyone’s speedy recovery a top priority.”last_img read more

Gaming Realms doubles revenues to £21 million as corporate losses narrow in 2015

first_img Nektan ceases trading on London AIM May 18, 2020 XLMedia completes takeover of July 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Presenting its full-year 2015 results, London AIM-listed mobile gambling operator Gaming Realms Plc reported that it had narrowed FY losses to £7.8 million (FY 2014 £9.8 million).Gaming Realms who operates mobile centric casino brands, Pocket Fruity, Slingo, Spin Genie and Britain’s Got Talent Games reported that it had almost doubled company revenues to £21 million (FY 2014: £11.2 million)Its improved revenue performance had been driven by increased activity on its ‘real-money’ inventory which generated revenues of £10.8 million. Furthermore, Gaming Realms had gained new social gaming contracts which contributed £2.3 million in revenues.The mobile gaming operator would record a gain in new depositing players to +160,000 up 50% from 2015’s 109,000.Updating the market Gaming Realms stated that it had maintained 2015 momentum reporting Q1 2016 revenues of £7.5 million (2015: £3.8 million).Chief Executive Patrick Southon commented on corporate performance“The launch of our proprietary platform at the start of 2015 and acquisition of Slingo IP and games has transformed the business and our content proposition. The progress made at the start of 2016, with a number of licence agreements in place with major brands and media publishing companies, means that Gaming Realms is opening up a number of new channels to market its games across both real money and social segments. The group is on track to continue its targeted growth for the year,” Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

bet365 wins Bulgaria licence appeal

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles bet365 has been granted the right to operate its sports betting services in Bulgaria following its licence appeal with the administrative Court of Sofia against its ‘blacklist’ by Bulgaria’s State Commission on Gambling (SCG).  SCG had suspended bet365’s Bulgarian license on the grounds that the bookmaker had violated regulatory provisions prior to gaining its initial market approval.bet365 governance moved to quickly challenge SCG’s license revoke, stating that the regulator had created unfavorable market conditions for foreign operators with the aim of supporting Bulgarian owned incumbents’ interestsThe bookmaker had launched its direct appeal with the Court of Sofia in April seeking to overturn SGC’s ruling, following a review of its appeal the court declared that bet365 would be able to resume its online sports betting services in accordance with Bulgarian industry regulations.The winning appeal ends one of bet365’s current Eastern European legal challenges, as the UK operator continues to petition for the reinstatement of its Romanian online gambling license, which last year saw the operator revoked of its interim licence by Romania’s gambling commission despite paying back its requested back-taxes.last_img read more

Yggdrasil ‘surges’ on new deals and business initiatives

first_img Submit Casino game supplier Yggdrasil Gaming announced “surging” third-quarter revenues helped by the signing of landmark deals this year with the likes of bet365, BwinParty and Casumo.The Malta-based company saw revenues almost quadruple to SEK21m compared with SEK5.3m in the same period last year. EBITDA similarly soared, up to SEK9.2m from SEK1.9m in 2015.The number of player transactions on its platform rose over 400% to 438 million, and the company said that mobile transactions now accounted for 54 percent of all stakes.Fredrik Elmqvist, Chief executive at Yggdrasil, hailed the results: “It has been yet another hugely successful and action-packed three months for Yggdrasil.”He also said the company was in a phase of rapid expansion: “While the immediate results have been impressive, it is equally important that we lay the foundations for sustainable, long-term growth. We are expected to continue growing much faster than the market, and we will carry on investing in our business while also delivering results moving forward.”Among the company’s initiatives during the period was the launch of an industry-first social sharing tool called ‘Brag’, which allows players to share replays of winning spins on social media.It also launched Yggdrasil White Label Studios, a new project which the company hopes will revolutionise the way slots are developed by fostering closer relationships between operators and providers. The offering landed its first client during the period.The company said it was also moving to address its relative slowness with regard to gaining licences in regulated markets. It acquired a licence in Romania over the period and said that although it was a ‘late-mover’ in the regulated market space, it was ‘catching up fast’.Elmqvist said the company anticipated further progress in the fourth quarter: “We are still a relatively small company taking on supplier giants who are much bigger than us. We must now ensure that the rapid growth we are enjoying transforms us into the best supplier in this industry. With a host of innovative new games, features and products on the horizon, I am confident we will do exactly that.” Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Want Some reasons to be Sleepless in Seattle?

first_imgBased solely on the Ravens’ Jeckyl and Hyde performances all season long, I’m of the opinion that no one should be perceived as overconfident today as the purple warriors awaken in Seattle with a chance to end the day as the unquestioned leader of the pack in the AFC home-field advantage race.Oh sure, there are plenty of reasons to feel confidence brimming now the Ravens have swept the dreaded Pittsburgh Steelers and are in control of their own destiny as the Bengals will next try to vanquish the black and gold demons in the early game today as Baltimore awaits the Seahawks at 4 p.m.But I’d be lying if I didn’t smell a difficult task in Seattle, where the legendary “12th Man” will be appearing soon after kickoff to welcome Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron’s crew to the Pacific Northwest.Afterall, I was in attendance in Nashville and Jacksonville where the locals all but guaranteed us a happy trip into the deep South and almost-home-cooking that resulted in two of the most dreadful and disappointing outcomes in recent years – especially considering the desperate talent on  both sides of the ball. The Titans and Jaguars are headed toward nowheresville in January but for one afternoon they defended their home turf and thwarted every effort of Flacco and the Ravens’ offense.The Seahawks appear to be short on the offensive side of the ball — is there any way they can really lose to Tarvaris Jackson? — and many have asked how they’re going to score points today at Century Link Field against a stout Baltimore defense but I will remain at best “cautiously enthusiastic” about the Ravens’ offense until I some semblance of consistency.That begins today at 4 p.m.Can Joe Flacco find open receivers downfield? Will the running game with Ray Rice and Ricky Williams be established early to quiet the mounting green and blue cacophony of sounds? Will the offensive line be off cadence all day and create bad down and distances?Will the defense keep Marshawn Lynch at bay in the running game and can the defense force its usual array of turnovers and pressures on a young, inexperience Seahawks’ offense?All good questions.We’ll have answers at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Kubiak clears air on his departure from Baltimore

first_imgFormer Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was introduced as the head coach of the Denver Broncos Tuesday, but took a few moments explaining his change of heart from a week ago.After issuing a statement on Jan. 11 about his intentions to remain with the Ravens in 2015, Kubiak confirmed that the Broncos position becoming available was the only job for which he’d change his mind.“This is a game changer. It’s as simple as that,” Kubiak said during his introductory press conference in Denver. “Those are the same words I used to coach [John] Harbaugh when we talked. This is where I got my start. This is home for me. This means so much to me.”The overwhelming response from the Ravens to Kubiak leaving is one that lacks any animosity as the front office, staff, and players recognized his prior 20 years spent with the Broncos as a player and assistant coach. Harbaugh wasted little time finding Kubiak’s replacement by hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday afternoon.Kubiak began his press conference on Tuesday by thanking the Ravens for the chance to return to his roots as a coordinator after a disappointing end to his eight-year run as the head coach of the Houston Texans.“First off, I want to thank the Baltimore Ravens,” Kubiak said. “That was extremely important to me. It’s been a heck of year for [me], and without that organization giving me an opportunity about this time last year, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I really want to thank Steve [Bisciotti], Ozzie [Newsome], John, the players, and the organization.”last_img read more

Duquette, Nats deny having discussions about team president job

first_imgEven after a 6-0 start, the Orioles apparently can’t avoid some off-field drama.A report from the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday indicated that executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is being pursued as the next team president of the Washington Nationals. This comes just over a year after Duquette was interested in becoming the president of the Toronto Blue Jays, but owner Peter Angelos ultimately would not let the executive out of his contract that runs through the 2018 season.Both Duquette and the Nationals have denied having any contact with the other side.“I don’t know anything about this,” Duquette wrote in a text message to multiple outlets, “nor has anyone contacted me.”A spokesperson for the Nationals told the Washington Post that the organization was not in discussions with Duquette and is not in the market for a team president.Whether there is more to this story or not, it would be difficult to believe that Angelos would be willing to let Duquette join Washington amidst the ongoing litigation over the MASN television rights fees that has created much acrimony between the two franchises.last_img read more

Ravens-Jets: Five predictions for Sunday

first_imgThe Ravens need a break, but they could use a victory even more.With several key starters sidelined with injuries and having lost their last three games, the Ravens are naturally looking forward to some rest with next week’s bye, but beating the New York Jets feels like a must if a realistic second-half run to the playoffs is in the plans. Falling to 3-4 would require a 7-2 finish just to get to 10 wins, and a challenging schedule awaits in November and December.Meanwhile, the Jets are already all but finished with a 1-5 record and have made a change at quarterback. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Joe Flacco will be anywhere close to 100 percent after missing practices this week with a right shoulder injury, making the quarterback play iffy at best for both sides.It’s time to go on the record as the Ravens meet the Jets for the 10th time in their regular-season history. Baltimore has won eight straight matchups with the only New York victory coming in a 19-16 overtime final on Nov. 2, 1997.Below are five predictions for Sunday:1. The Ravens will set a season high for rushes and a season low for passes to protect their quarterback. Flacco looked sharp throwing passes in Friday’s walk-through and the offensive line may welcome back both starting offensive tackles, but Baltimore still needs to be smart with its franchise quarterback. The problem is that the Jets rank sixth in run defense and are allowing just 3.4 yards per carry, the same as the Ravens’ No. 1 run defense. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will stick with the run to the tune of well over 30 carries while Flacco throws fewer than 33 passes, his season low.2. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall will catch a touchdown against a banged-up Baltimore secondary. The New York passing game is hardly scary, but top cornerback Jimmy Smith was recovering from a concussion all week and will likely draw the difficult task of slowing the 6-foot-4 Marshall, who has 443 passing yards this season. Smith won’t get much help from a Ravens pass rush that has been ineffective all season and will be without both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The Jets have a poor offense, but injuries have made an improved Ravens defense more vulnerable.3. The Ravens defense will pick off Geno Smith twice in his first start since 2014. The lowest scoring offense in the league is desperate to turn to Smith, who has thrown 36 interceptions in 32 career games in the NFL. After setting a franchise low with only six interceptions in 2015, Baltimore has picked off eight passes in the first six games of the season, which has certainly helped playing in close games. Look for defensive coordinator Dean Pees to dial up some blitzes and disguise coverages to confuse a quarterback who’s only playing because veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has been downright awful.4. Breshad Perriman will finally score his first NFL touchdown on Sunday. It’s been an underwhelming start to what is essentially the 2015 first-round receiver’s rookie season as Perriman has caught just 13 of the 29 passes thrown his way and has struggled to catch balls consistently. However, we’ve seen him flash his ability to make plays in the vertical passing game and it only feels like a matter of time before he finds the end zone. With the league’s 28th-ranked pass defense having to deal with Mike Wallace on the opposite side of the field, Perriman will catch a deep one for a score.5. John Harbaugh’s team will limp into the bye feeling better about itself with a 23-16 win. Nothing is certain except death, taxes, and the Ravens playing in one-possession games. Perhaps Baltimore would win by multiple scores if the injury report weren’t such a mess, but you just can’t trust the Ravens to be anything but mediocre right now. That said, the Jets have been a disaster in Todd Bowles’ second season and not even playing at home makes you believe they’re a good bet to win. There will be penalties and self-inflicted mistakes because that’s what they do, but the Ravens will find a way to come home with a much-needed win before embracing a week off.last_img read more