He said: “We’ve given them something to make their Christmas even more special now. It’s great to win four-in-a-row. Whatever happens now, we’re in the history books as the team who did it. “I’m not sure how many more times that will happen.” If Sunderland had to wait to prolong Newcastle’s agony, it was no less deserved as they created a series of chances to win the game long before they did. Indeed, Johnson himself was guilty of a bad 77th-minute miss, although head coach Gus Poyet revealed after the game that he was about to substitute the England international until he saw him get in behind the home defence to create that opportunity. Poyet’s change of mind was richly rewarded when the midfielder started and finished the game’s decisive move and fired past keeper Jak Alnwick from substitute Will Buckley’s lay-off, his third goal in as many visit to St James’. Johnson said: “I’ve done well there in recent years and it was a great highlight. To be honest, the chance I missed, I should have scored. “We had so many opportunities to kill the game, but we stuck with it and luckily I got another chance and put it away. “It was a little bit end-to-end in the second half and they pushed their attacking players on, but I thought we always looked a threat on the counter-attack.” Newcastle were intent on restoring local pride and started at break-neck speed, buoyed by the visitors’ misfortune in losing specialist full-back Anthony Reveillere to a calf injury during the warm up. With skipper John O’Shea asked to line up at left-back it meant that Gus Poyet’s rearguard comprised of four central defenders and the Black Cats found themselves defending deep and in numbers and under extreme pressure. But they survived and eventually eased themselves into the game, and with Sebastian Larsson and Jordi Gomez orchestrating and Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham menacing, they forced their way into the ascendancy. Fletcher was denied by the crossbar and Wickham by young keeper Alnwick before the break, while both Gomez and Johnson might have scored. Costel Pantilimon had to pull off stunning saves to keep out goal-bound shots from Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko, and his heroics were ultimately embellished by Johnson’s last-gasp intervention. The win was just Sunderland’s third in the Barclays Premier League so far this season and ended a frustrating run of draws, and they will hope to build upon it on Boxing Day when struggling Hull head for the Stadium of Light. Johnson said: “It’s been coming, I think. We have played quite well in games, but just don’t seem to have won them or struggled to score goals. But you only need one and we did that. “Newcastle had had a tough week with a young keeper in goal. We tried to put him under pressure and I think we were quietly confident going into the game thinking we could win again. “It made it difficult with Anthony pulling out – I don’t think Sheasy has played there for 10 years – but they didn’t cut us open as much as they’d have liked and we looked solid.” The 27-year-old winger struck with seconds of normal time remaining at St James’ Park to silence the home crowd and condemn the Magpies to a third consecutive home defeat by their arch-rivals. Johnson and his team-mates celebrated on the pitch in front of the travelling fans high in the stand at the Leazes End long after the final whistle as the bragging rights remained on Wearside. Adam Johnson was thrilled to hand Sunderland supporters the perfect Christmas gift after firing the club to a fourth successive derby victory at Newcastle. Press Association
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In addition to deciding who will be president of the United States for four more years, voters in Broward will also be selecting a sheriff.On the ballot will be two “incumbents” both sort of running for re-election.The current Broward Sheriff, Gregory Tony, was not elected, but rather was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to replace suspended Sheriff Scott Israel.Broward voters first elected Israel sheriff in 2012 and then re-elected him in 2016.During the following two years as sheriff, Broward county was rocked by two mass shootings. In 2017, a gunman killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim, the next year, another gunman claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland.The republican governor at the time, Rick Scott, did not suspend Sheriff Israel for his handling of the shootings.But republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis made a campaign promise to get rid of Israel if elected.DeSantis made good on that promise just days after he took office in Tallahassee. In October 2019, the Florida Senate voted to uphold the suspension despite a recommendation from a special magistrate to re-instate Scott Israel as Broward Sheriff. The Republican led Florida Senate voted to oust Israel mostly on party lines, but four Broward democrat Senators voted against the suspension. Both Tony and Israel will be running as democrats in the August primary for Broward sheriff. Tony announced his candidacy on Monday, Israel announced right after the Senate voted not to re-instate him.Listen to 850WFTL on Friday at 9:30 am to hear Karen Curtis’ exclusive interviews with former Broward Sheriff Israel and acting Sheriff Gregory Tony. Both explain why they are the better candidate to run the Broward Sheriff department.
New Delhi: Argentinian captain Lionel Messi has been banned for a match and fined $1,500 after being shown red card for bumping chest with Chile’s Gary Medel in the Copa America third-place playoff. The star footballer is reported to have been banned for accusing South American football chiefs of ‘corruption’.Accusing the football body of corruption, Messi said, “Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they’re ruining it a bit.” Messi had alleged that the tournament was ‘fixed’ in the favour of hosts Brazil. Argentina was eliminated by Brazil in a ‘controversial’ match with a score line of 2-0 in latter’s favour. Messi who had already been angered by the refereeing during Argentina’s 2-0 semi-final loss against Brazil, claimed that the hosts were getting preferential treatment. Taking a direct jibe at Brazil, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi said, “Brazil were the hosts and they’re managing a lot in CONMEBOL these days, which makes it complicated.”Messi did not even attend the post-match ceremony to collect medal. The ban on Messi is expected to serve in Argentina’s first qualifier match for the 2022 World Cup.However, the Barcelona star is reported to have apologised for his statement but the South American football body CONMEBOL upheld the ban and went on to add the fine.Along with this, CONMEBOL removed Argentina’s football association head Claudio Tapia from crucial FIFA council. Tapia also criticised the football body during Copa America and even after that. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Latest: Indy high school to hold graduation at Speedway The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.” Associated Press It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic. LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT.“You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.___ ___Wondering what the buzz is all about on Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks’ charity effort for frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic?He’s offering to let his kid give him a buzz cut.Like plenty of others during the lockdown, Brooks says he needs a haircut — and he’ll let his daughter shave his head if donations to Feeding the Frontlines top $25,000.The group provides meals for first responders and health care staff. Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines.All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. ___Kyle Larson plans to race again Friday night in a World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway.The dirt track in Iowa will not have spectators at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.Larson was fired three weeks ago by Chip Ganassi Racing for using s racial slur while competing in an iRacing event. The slur was publicly heard on a gaming app and went viral. Most of Larson’s sponsors bailed on him and Ganassi had to fire his star NASCAR driver.The 27-year-old Larson is half-Japanese and rose through NASCAR’s ranks in its diversity program. He was suspended by NASCAR and ordered to complete a sensitivity training course. ___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic. The Global Biorisk Advisory Council will ensure the stadium establishes and maintains a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risk associated with such diseases as COVID-19, the Dolphins said.“We wanted to be accountable to the most credible third-party standard that exists,” team president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “Working with GBAC ensures compliance with critical guidelines for the highest standard of cleanliness, and it is our hope that other venues will follow suit as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”___More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at lessening the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic on about 800 players.The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments announced the formation of what they’re calling the “Player Relief Programme” on Tuesday. The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice.The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week. The Spanish tennis federation says players are not yet allowed to practice on courts. The club says it was “sorry that our interpretation of the regulation could have been erroneous.”___ ___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Speedway High School will hold this year’s graduation ceremony at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Larson immediately left North Carolina and returned to home state California. He raced dirt tracks across the West Coast when he began his career.Larson said he’d be driving the No. 57 at Knoxville, a car that is listed as owned by Sacramento-based Paul Silva. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove.Also scheduled to compete in the Knoxville event is retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne.___The Miami Dolphins say their stadium has committed to becoming the first to receive accreditation from a cleaning industry association for infectious disease prevention efforts. The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center.Flyers’ season ticket holders will receive a credit for the six unplayed home games, to be applied to their 2020-21 season payment due in June. They may also opt to receive a refund. Fans who bought single-game tickets will receive an automatic refund. All fans who purchased tickets through a secondary website, such as Stubhub, will need to contact that site for refund options. The Flyers policy is on their website.The Sixers outlined a similar process for their 10 unplayed games. There are rollover and refund options for season ticket holders and single-game holders can request a refund. The Sixers had suspended season-ticket payments during the pandemic and will resume payments on June 12. The team will work with any ticket holders affected with financial difficulties. The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.” The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host.The theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.The virtual conference will be streamed on NBA.com and most of the league’s social network platforms.___ ___Kansas is lowering prices for season tickets at Allen Fieldhouse for next season for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to help Jayhawks basketball fans who are feeling a financial pinch from the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced Tuesday that it will expand the number of pricing tiers from three to eight, including four levels that will be lower than they were last season. The new structure will drop the cost of tickets almost 45 percent for those who had tickets last year, and it will create a level of tickets at $500 for the upcoming season.Kansas has sold out 306 consecutive games dating to the 2001-02 season. Ticket prices have remained steady or climbed since the 2008-09 season, when the Jayhawks were coming off their most recent national championship.Jayhawks coach Bill Self says that “it is unfortunate to see how this pandemic has hit so many, so hard, but hopefully the addition of tiers and lower ticket prices will allow our fans to enjoy Kansas basketball together again soon.” The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic.The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season. May 5, 2020 They say the money will go to women and men in singles and doubles.The WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money.Players’ eligibility will be determined based on the rankings and past prize money earnings.Most professional tennis players rely on playing in tournaments for income and all sanctioned events have been scrapped since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___ Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020.___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities. Superintendent Kyle Trebley made the announcement on the town’s Facebook page after speedway officials agreed to host the event.The historic 2.5-mile oval just a short stroll from the high school has an estimated 235,000 permanent seats — and more than enough space to safely social distance.Trebley says other details are still being worked out for the May 30 event.The town on Indianapolis’ west side is run independently of the state’s capital city, but the ties between the community and the speedway run long and deep. The school system’s four elementary schools are named after the four investors who built the track, and the high school’s nickname is the Sparkplugs.The track’s marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, has been postponed from May 24 until Aug. 23. But track officials could welcome back fans for an unprecedented IndyCar-Xfinity Series doubleheader on July 4, with the Brickyard 400 set for July 5. They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return.They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes. Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
FORMER six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2017.Court documents seen by BBC Sport state that De La Hoya, 46, faces complaints for sexual assault and battery, gender violence, negligence and the infliction of extreme emotional distress.The woman behind the allegations was 29 at the time and was in a “consensual sexual relationship” with De La Hoya.De La Hoya’s spokesman said the allegations were “completely false”.The complaint has been made to a civil court and the unnamed woman is seeking damages from De La Hoya.A statement from De La Hoya’s company Golden Boy Promotions said the filed lawsuit was “frivolous”.“Oscar is a very successful businessman, running one of the country’s leading sports and entertainment companies – thus a prime target,” the statement read.“We vehemently deny these allegations and look forward to vigorously defending Oscar’s good name and reputation.”Documents filed to the Superior Court of the State of California say Mexican-American De La Hoya invited his accuser to his Pasadena home.The claim states the woman “believed they would engage in consensual sex” but his behaviour was “forceful” when she refused a sexual act.The court documents claim his behaviour was “extreme, outrageous, and beyond all bounds of decency” and the woman “has suffered and continues to suffer constant and daily symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”De La Hoya held world titles across weight categories from 1994 to 2007 before announcing his retirement in 2009.He founded promotional outfit Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. (BBC Sport)
Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times yesterday and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.Â The Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 as seventh seed Cilic struggled with blisters on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set.Â Federer, 35, finished the contestÂ in one hourÂ and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.Â He becomes the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club.Â “It is cruel sometimes,” Federer said of Cilic’s physical difficulties.Â “But Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament.Â Federer surpasses Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who won their seventh titles in 2000 and 1889 respectively, with only Marina Navratilova still ahead in terms of Wimbledon singles titles on nine.Â He has won two of the three Grand Slam titles so far this year, having returned from a six-month break to win the Australian Open in January.Â With 19 major titles he extends his lead over Rafael Nadal in the men’s game to four, and now stands joint-fourth on the all-time list with Helen Wills Moody, five behind Margaret Court on 24.Â Among his long list of achievements, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the Wimbledon title without dropping a set.Â The tournament favourite from the outset, he was rarely troubled over the course of seven matches, and Cilic was not in the condition to provide a serious test.Â “I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said afterwards.Â Federer was playing in his 11th Wimbledon final and Cilic his first, and the gap in experience showed from the early stages.Â Cilic, 28, hit a forehand which bounced before the net on the opening point as the nerves appeared hard to shake off.Â Federer offered up a couple of early double faults but there was a sense of inevitability about the first break, which came in game five after Cilic fell heavily chasing down a drop shot, and then sent a backhand into the net.Â A beautiful cross-court forehand helped Federer towards set point in game nine and Cilic duly double-faulted, ending the set with a 49 per cent first-serve percentage that hardly troubled the Swiss.Â After Federer made it 3-0 in the second set, a tearful Cilic sat in his chair as the doctor, tournament referee and supervisor attended to him.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Share Submit StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Keith O’LoughlinToronto TSX-listed industry platform provider NYX Gaming (NYX) has confirmed the appointment of Keith O’Loughlin as Executive Vice President of Sports Betting . NYX informs that O’Loughlin is set to join the company later this year following his official departure from Ladbrokes Coral.O’Loughlin joins NYX from UK betting operator Gala Coral where he served as Director of Sportsbook (2014-2016). Prior to working at Gala Coral, O’Loughlin held executive positions at Irish Independent bookmaker Boylesports (2011-2014).As VP of NYX sports betting O’Loughlin will be tasked with delivering the group’s sportsbook strategy across all markets and oversee client product integrations.The role of Executive Vice President Sportsbook reports to the Chief Operating Officer Jason Walbridge, with O’Loughlin based out of NYX’s London Headquarters in Chiswick.O’Loughlin commented on joining team NYX “I’ve always been hugely impressed by the team and the product at OpenBet. It’s a unique opportunity to bring my experience from the consumer side across in to the B2B market leader and begin to execute key elements of the product strategy. I’m looking forward to working with the experienced teams across NYX as we begin the next chapter of its impressive growth story. ”Matt Davey CEO of NYX backed the hire of O’Loughlin stating “We have an ambitious vision for our sportsbook strategy with a strong focus on being product-led with customer needs at the core of our thinking. We have established an enviable position as the market leading B2B sportsbook provider through OpenBet and we now power the majority of tier one operators in regulated markets. The road ahead in terms of new technology, customer needs and consumer demands is full of opportunity and Keith brings a tremendous level of both product experience and leadership capabilities across these critical areas. This is an exciting period of growth for the group and I’d like to welcome Keith to the team.”
Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor December 8, 2019 Dan Towse: Marathonbet – Trust fading as brands turn to influencers November 21, 2019 Marathonbet secures official partnership with Real Madrid November 28, 2019 Share Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon The SBC Awards, which is now in its seventh year, has officially opened its nominations section allowing individuals to reward and celebrate the very best in sports betting and gaming.In our latest webinar, ‘SBC Awards – How to write an Awards submission’ a panel of esteemed experts discussed the do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing the perfect nomination.Robin Hutchison, Director at Square in the Air, stated: “In terms of what you put into the Awards, the more you do the more you get out of it. The days of ripping a page out of the brochure and saying ‘look there’s are awards submission’ have gone. “For me you just have to prove what you are saying and there are different ways of doing that. But it’s not good enough just to say we have done well this year, it’s really important to prove to people that you have done well.“You’ve really got to put your heart and soul into it because if you don’t there are plenty of other people who will.”This year the SBC Awards, which is scheduled to take place in December, will feature 43 categories spanning across operators achievements to the payment sector. During the webinar, Dan Towse, Marathonbet’s head of brand, discussed that in order to be considered for an award, it is imperative that nominations are done in a collaborative effort and not just given to one person to submit. He explained: “Don’t just go to your copywriter and go “Can you write us an awards submission?” It needs to have everybody’s input going into it.“You’ve got to tell a story and that story has got to have a start, middle and an end to it and therefore everybody needs to be a part of that. I’ve been in businesses before and there have been a couple of occasions where they go ‘oh let’s go do an awards submission’. They give it to the copywriter and they have had nothing to do with the campaign. All of a sudden they are dumped with a load of metrics on their table and asked to create a compelling argument as to why they should win that particular award.” From a judge’s perspective, SEM Global’s director Phillip Canavan issued an insight in how the awards submission will be analysed. He highlighted that the process could be similar to reading a CV and so there are some key points that must be abided by to grab the judges attention.“There is an element of likening a submission to a CV,” Canavan commented. “For me as a judge when I’ve done it over the last few years it needs to be simplistic.”“You need to try and keep it simple and have a succinct answer. The reality is that the judges are not going to be able to chore through reams and reams of pages for a single submission. It needs to focus on the genuine impact that has been made of the course of that year. Ideally through some sort of numerical evidence or third-party endorsement from a client.“That’s really the key for me, it’s to illustrate that you have made a positive impact to a client of somebody you work with in the industry so you can evidence to others why they should be using you.”The webinar, which can be viewed in its entirety on Youtube, also discussed the starting points of writing a submission, the different techniques that could be used to catch a judges eye, and also managing expectations for the submission. On the question of common mistakes that are made during submission entries, Towse emphasised that two things that should be avoided are talking about your competition and also grammatical mistakes as these mistakes severely impact a submission. “Don’t call out your competitors, the submission is about you,” he said. “It’s not about what they have done or what they have tried to achieve. Don’t compare yourselves to them, it’s about you. Tell me your story, tell me why you have been a success.“The biggest one is typos. You wouldn’t submit a CV for a role and you cover it in typos. Typos come across as a lackadaisical approach, it hasn’t really been checked and you have submitted it because you have been told to submit it. Make sure your grammar and typos are as tight as possible.”SBC Awards submissions are open until the 25th September with the event scheduled to take place physically in December. To submit your application, or to find out more about the event, click here.
The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has avoided a ban from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after formally apologising for accusing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) of bias.The FTF accused CAF of cheating following Tunisia’s controversial quarter-final defeat to Equatorial Guinea at this year’s edition of the tournament, which led to the continental body setting a deadline of today for the FTF to apologise or face exclusion from the next edition in two years’ time.The FTF initially refused to do so and filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which they have now agreed to withdraw.CAF heard Tunisia’s appeal, which was presented by FTF vice-president Maher Snoussi in Dakar, Senegal, on March 13. ”The appeal board noted that during the deliberations, the Tunisian federation began its presentation with a formal apology,” read a statement from CAF. Tunisia were incensed by the decision of referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn to award a penalty to opponents Equatorial Guinea during an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final tie Tunisia were leading 1-0 against the host nation in the final minute of normal time when Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn adjudged Ali Maaloul to have fouled Ivan Bolado in the penalty area.Equatorial Guinea converted from the spot to equalise before going on to win the tie 2-1 after extra time.The FTF was fined $50,000 (£32,400/€44,000) after Tunisia players and staff confronted the official after the match and despite lodging an appeal, CAF has confirmed that this still stands. FTF President Wadie Jary resigned from his position on the African Cup of Nations Organising Committee, a position he had held since 2013, in protest at the decision of Rajindraparsad, who was banned for six months for “poor performance”. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers begin in June.
Outdoing themselves in a 119-115 loss to the Clippers, the Knicks blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead in a game eclipsed by a melee in which a squadron of ushers wrestled former Knick great Charles Oakley to the ground, had him arrested — and handcuffed — by police, then banned him from Madison Sguare Garden … although, as Dolan put it magnanimously, it’s “not necessarily a lifetime ban.”In other words, Oakley can apply for reinstatement if his behavior improves to Dolan’s satisfaction.If this was even embarrassing for Dolan, it’s unclear what Oakley did, other than resist ushers’ attempts to eject him from his seat near the owner’s.The Knicks are celebrating their 70th anniversary with a p.r. campaign around the slogan, “Once a Knick, Always a Knick” — it hasn’t applied to Oakley, an outspoken Dolan critic who hasn’t been asked back for tributes like his teammates.Oakley claims Dolan has MSG security alert him when he’s there and follow him around the arena … a pattern once alleged by New York Daily News beat writer Frank Isola. The Knicks also fired security chief Frank Benedetto, a highly decorated former Secret Service official for George W. Bush and Barack Obama — for letting Oakley take his seat after whatever he was supposed to have done.This obliged them to try to eject Oakley in front of the fans, which caused all the trouble, at least p.r.-wise.Amazingly, no one has yet said exactly what Oakley’s “abuses” entailed and who they were directed at.In one of those Knick wagon-circling owner-protecting exercises, they interviewed myriad MSG staffers–yes, their own people, none of whom was dumb enough to stick up for Oakley—failing, nevertheless, to come up with a single specific incident.As Dolan, himself, tried to break it down for ESPN’s Michael Kay:“There were security people there who were abused. There were service people there who were abused…. not, you know not—in a really horrible, right, angry, nasty way, racially, with racial overtones, with sexual overtones, the stuff you never, ever want to hear….“He has a problem with anger. He’s both physically and verbally abusive. He may have a problem with alcohol, we don’t know.”So, aside from insinuating Oakley is a drunk, Dolan couldn’t point to any specific thing that he did.With the claims and counter-claims, it came down to who to believe… so it was easy.Oakley has a history of off-court confrontations but troubled or not, remains hugely popular with Knick fans as well as peers.Innocent or not, Dolan has presided over the Knicks’ decline in his Emperor Commodus style — four playoff appearances in the last 15 seasons — after being put in charge of MSG by his father, Charles, the Cablevision founder.Chris Paul tweeted Oakley is “the realest person our league has seen.” LeBron James called him “a legend.” Reggie Miller, the former Knick nemesis, now a broadcaster, who’s not supposed to be skewering owners, asked why any free agent would opt to “play for an owner who treats the past greats like this or a president [Jackson] who stabs star player [Anthony] in the back?”Fans at the Rangers’ hockey game the next night chanted, “Free Oakley!” — after MSG security tried to eject the man who started it, only to scurry off when others began shooting more video.The real anger came from Knick fans chanting “We Want Oakley!” in Friday’s game against Denver … as the Knicks blew a 12-point lead in a 131-123 loss, their 20th in 26 games.With another season fading to black, Jackson wants to break up the team and rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis.Now, if Melo would just take the hint and hit the pike.The Knicks hoped to trade him for Blake Griffin or Kevin Love, only to learn they can’t get a young star for one who’s 32 and makes $24.6 million.Oh, right, I apologize to any Clipper fans who went to LAX to wait for Melo, based on my piece noting the teams were “closing in” on a trade.Hey, they could just be closing in very slowly.More likely, it’s off. Offered role players like Austin Rivers, the Knicks pulled back, whether at Jackson’s call or Dolan’s.When LeBron demanded more help, the Knicks called the Cavaliers again, asking for Love again. The Cavs turned them down again.That’s where they are now with Phil passing the time by continuing to zing Melo on Twitter.Jackson, a genius communicator as a coach, no longer talks to the New York writers. This has accomplished the impossible: making a sympathetic figure of Melo among the fans who figured out his deal years ago.Quoth Spike Lee: “I’ll pack Phil’s bags for him.”“Enough is enough,” said the New York Daily News, “Jim Dolan must step in and stop Phil Jackson’s bullying of Carmelo Anthony.”Things have gotten so bad, Dolan may choose the newly popular Anthony over Jackson who’s now almost as reviled as the owner.“Carmelo Anthony has more power with the Knicks right now than Phil Jackson,” tweeted ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “I expect Melo to outlast Phil in New York.”Divorcing either will be expensive. Melo is owed $60 million over two-plus seasons. Jackson would be a relative bargain at $30 million.In last week’s rare meeting with the press to explain the nuances of Oakley’s issues, Dolan was asked about Knick fans’ anger.“Ask Phil,” said Dolan, still blameless and hopeless after all these years.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. For Laker fans thinking that things can’t get worse, or any fan of any woeful team in any sport, take the New York Knicks … please.The Knicks aren’t the NBA’s worst team. It’s better than that.They’re the richest, most powerful, most dysfunctional and — best of all! — most miserable, from clueless owner James Dolan to overmatched savior Phil Jackson to faux superstar Carmelo Anthony to long-suffering Spike Lee to the fans in the outer boroughs dreaming of a return to greatness.Not that it’s been a long wait but the glory days began with the Knicks’ 1970 title and ended with their one in 1973 … 44 years ago … before most of today’s fans were born. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error