Joseph Murphy’s Camellia Japonica is back in action at the Curragh on Sunday in the seven-furlong Loder European Breeders Fund Fillies Race after a debut performance laden with potential. The daughter of Zoffany kept on well to get within half a length of Jim Bolger’s newcomer Leafy Shade in a six-furlong juvenile maiden at Headquarters last month and the step up in trip looks sure to suit. Bolger has won five of the last eight runnings of this race so his unraced Teofilo filly Ceol An Ghra merits maximum respect. Sea The Stars is well represented by two of his sons in the opening Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital European Breeders Fund Maiden. The pair – Sea Of Mystery (John Oxx) and Stellar Mass (Bolger) – arrive at the racecourse for the first time and market moves would be significant. Aidan O’Brien introduces Beacon Rock and Cole Porter in what could be an informative maiden. Captain Cullen boasts solid form credentials in the Gabriel Curran Memorial Handicap over seven furlongs. Joseph Murray’s charge was beaten a length by the progressive Have A Nice Day over this course and distance when last seen in July. Ian Queally has partnered him to two runner-up finishes and may make it third time lucky. Oxx’s Frozen Lake, in his first handicap off 78, has to be considered on the back of a Fairyhouse maiden victory. The Tipperary Crystal Handicap sees a clash between four horses successful on their last appearances. Eighteen Summers is a former course winner who won comfortably in Cork during the week. He will appeal to many under the mandatory 5lb penalty. Romiac has gone up a stone for winning in Galway and tries a mile for the first time but cannot be ruled out after that impressive victory. China Eyes might be a bit of value in the Jog For Jockeys 23rd August Nursery Handicap. She was not disgraced behind Independence Day and subsequent Group Two Norfolk Stakes hero Waterloo Bridge in her last two maidens and can outrun her odds. Press Association
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WEST Indies fast bowling icon Courtney Walsh is hopeful of discovering a Bangladeshi Curtley Ambrose during his tenure with the country’s cricket programme.Walsh put pen to paper with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday, officially beginning a three-year contract that will see the former world record holder serve as Specialist Bowling Coach.The newly-appointed Walsh stated that a primary part of his objective will not only be to identify, but to nurture and develop the nation’s talent.“In terms of my role here in Bangladesh, I am not here just as a coach, I am here as a mentor as well. I have always been a part of cricket, as part of Jamaica and the West Indies. I always try to get a couple of fast bowlers under my wing to mentor,” Walsh told the media on Sunday.“Curtly Ambrose was one of them. So if I can get a second Curtly Ambrose in Bangladesh I will be very happy because when he came into the team, I was one of the first one he looked up to and we probably had one of the best partnerships. So if I can pass that on to any two young Bangladeshi bowlers I will be very, very happy,” said Walsh.Ambrose, who made his debut for the West Indies against Pakistan in 1988, went to form part of a fearsome bowling tandem with Walsh. Between them the duo managed to claim 924 Test wickets.
In other college basketball news:— Rutgers has taken another step toward becoming a major basketball threat in the Big Ten Conference, getting a commitment from Cliff Omoruyi. The highly regarded center confirmed his choice Sunday in a telephone call with The Associated Press, adding Auburn and Arizona State also were under consideration. Rutgers could not comment. Omoruyi is the first New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year to commit to Rutgers.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-LAMBRIGHT-OBITEx-Huskies coach Lambright diesSEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington has announced that former Huskies football coach Jim Lambright has died at age 77. — Wide receiver Geronimo Allison has left the Packers for a package with the Lions. Allison played the past four seasons with Green Bay and had 34 receptions for 287 yards and two TDs last year.— Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe has OK’d a one-year deal with the Ravens after playing eight seasons with the Broncos. Wolfe had seven sacks in 12 games last season before going on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. He fills the void left by the unexpected departure last week of free agent Michael Brockers.NASCAR-iRACINGiRacing standout wins virtual NASCAR raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event aired nationally during the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus. Lambright spent nearly four decades associated with the Washington program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was 44-25-1 as the Huskies head coach and never had a losing record but was fired following the 1998 season.Washington’s best season under Lambright came in 1995 when it shared the Pac-10 title but missed out on a trip to the Rose Bowl.No cause of death was given. Lambright was arrested in 2014 and at that time his family stated he was suffering from dementia and his condition was worsening.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Chiefs bring back wide receiver RobinsonUNDATED (AP) —The defending Super Bowl champs have their top four receivers in the fold.DeMarcus Robinson has accepted a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are maintaining an aerial attack that includes receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman. Robinson grabbed 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fourth since being taken by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.Although Watkins is signed through next season, he may be asked to restructure his hefty contract or take a pay cut in the coming days.In other NFL news: Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after NASCAR’s 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.One highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying but failing to crash Ty Dillon.Fox Sports again used its team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon to call the race, which was aired both on Fox in some markets and nationwide on its cable channel.Those who tuned in watched a live video game of 35 NASCAR racers competing at an exact replica of Texas Motor Speedway, where the series was scheduled to be Sunday before the coronavirus shutdown. Fox was able to obtain feeds of drivers racing on simulators everywhere from their bedrooms, basements, garages and, in the case of last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin’s living room. March 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEdmonds has pneumonia, awaiting coronavirus test resultsUNDATED (AP) — Four-time All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds is being treated with pneumonia as he also awaits test results for the coronavirus. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGeorgetown’s McClung to test NBA waters, could returnUNDATED (AP) — Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung is prepared to test his draft value.McClung has announced that he is declaring for the NBA draft after averaging 15.7 points and 2.4 assists for the Hoyas this past season. However, he is maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to stay at Georgetown.McClung missed time because of a right foot injury this year and appeared in only 21 of Georgetown’s 32 games. He averaged 13.1 points as a freshman. Update on the latest sports Associated Press — The National Athletic Trainers Association has partnered with the Go4Ellis platform on an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week.— Monday’s final deadline to nominate horses for the Triple Crown series is being extended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. The Kentucky Derby has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5, and Maryland and New York racing officials are continuing discussions to decide when the Preakness and Belmont stakes will be run. When the Triple Crown dates are settled, a deadline for late nominations will be announced.— Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday, but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.— The International Boxing Hall of Fame has canceled its Hall of Fame weekend in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Executive director Ed Brophy said Sunday that this year’s class will be honored at the induction ceremony in June 2021.NFL-NEWS The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life. He announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms.Edmonds ended his 17-year major league career in 2010 after earning eight Gold Gloves. He was a lifetime .284 hitter with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBIs and a .903 OPS.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A team spokesman says one employee was hospitalized and the other was recovering at home. The spokesman also said there was “nothing definitive” indicating the session “contributed to exposure” since the test results weren’t received until March 23 and 24.— Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.
(REUTERS) – Britain’s four-tims Tour de France winner Chris Froome will not start next month’s race after sustaining a “bad fracture”, following a heavy crash in the Criterium du Dauphine yesterday, Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said.Froome, 34, was taken to a local hospital after hitting a wall at high speed during a course reconnaissance of the 26.1 km individual time trial around Roanne in central France, with Brailsford suspecting he might have broken his thigh bone.“It’s a very serious accident. Clearly, he won’t be at the start of the Tour de France. It’ll take quite a long time before he races again,” Brailsford told French television.“He’s badly injured … it sounds like a fracture of the femur. We’re trying to manage that and make sure he gets the best care. The next hour, hour and a half is crucial.“He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed. He hit a wall. The ambulance came quickly; he’s been taken care of and is waiting for a helicopter to be transferred to Lyon or Saint-Etienne.”Froome’s wife Michelle later tweeted from her husband’s account that he was on his way to hospital and his injuries were yet to be confirmed.“I am awaiting information and transport to get to where he is and as soon as we have any information we will update you.”Six-time Grand Tour winner Froome was competing in the Criterium du Dauphine to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins on July 6.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse and St. John’s will play a home-and-home series that will span the next two seasons, the schools announced in a press release Wednesday.The first game will be at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 14, 2013, then the Red Storm will play at the Carrier Dome in 2014. Syracuse and St. John’s have a long-standing Big East rivalry, but that was in threat of coming to an end with the Orange moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in July.Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said in a statement it was important to continue the history that Syracuse and SJU share.“There are traditional series that are very important to us that go beyond conference affiliations,” Gross said. “One of those is St John’s, which has an obvious place in Syracuse basketball history. As we continue to aggressively secure rivalries that are dear to us, we are pleased to announce the continuation of this great series between two outstanding universities.”Both schools are founding members of the Big East. They’ll play for the first time this season Feb. 10 in the Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and St. John’s first played in 1912, and have played 86 times since then. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement the Orange and Red Storm have a deep-rooted history.“The rivalry with St. John’s has been one of the strongest for our program,” Boeheim said. “We had some great games when I was in school and the series continued to grow with Coach Carnesecca at St. John’s right up to today with Coach (Steve) Lavin.”Lavin, the Red Storm’s second-year head coach, echoed Boeheim’s sentiments.“St. John’s and Syracuse are two of the storied programs in NCAA history, both with top 10 numbers in overall victories and winning percentage,” Lavin said. “The Johnnies and ‘Cuse rivalry is now more than a century old and deserves to continue.”With Syracuse moving to the ACC, its future playing at Madison Square Garden was uncertain. The Orange has made MSG its “home away from home” in recent decades, especially when it came to the Big East tournament.The series against St. John’s guarantees Syracuse will continue to play in New York City, which holds a large SU fan base.“Playing in Madison Square Garden is always a special event for Syracuse and for our fans in New York City,” continued Boeheim. “It will be great that our fans in Central New York will have the chance to see St. John’s in the Dome the following year.” Comments Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:10 am Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman
Alyssa Murray stood around a pack of reporters in January, weeks before the season started. She was asked point blank if this was a final four-or-bust season.Murray chuckled.“National championship or bust,” she retorted.It was a bold proclamation, one that addressed the final hurdle in a season that would be full of them.On Sunday night at 8:30 at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, No. 2-seed Syracuse (21-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) will have the chance to get to the place that Murray claimed it was destined to be all along when it faces top-seeded Maryland (22-1, 6-1), the only team to beat the Orange this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has never won a national championship. No SU women’s team has ever won a championship. This season, the players have said all year, is about ending the drought. Accomplishing that will mean defeating a Maryland team that has troubled and beaten the Orange in both times they met this year.“It had to do with all our legacies,” Murray said. “We want to leave our mark. We’re never going to have this exact unit together on the field another time other than Sunday. There’s something to be said for that.”The Orange will have its hands full, though. Maryland, the top-ranked team in the country, beat SU in an early-season matchup at the Carrier Dome, 12-10.The second was a lopsided, 13-7 Maryland win in the ACC tournament final.“There’s a lot of lacrosse left,” SU head coach Gary Gait said at the time.But it’s been a virtual certainty since then that if Syracuse had any chance to win it all, it’d eventually have to knock off Maryland.“We’re really focused on playing our game,” Murray said. “Controlling what we can control. We’re working hard. We’re clicking.”The issues against Maryland started in the draw circle, and more specifically, UMD’s Taylor Cummings. In the March 10 matchup, Maryland won 15-of-24 in the draw circle. On April 27, the Terrapins controlled 13-of-22.SU midfielder Kailah Kempney said Cummings is strong, and is good at taking the ball straight up.“The game starts at the draw,” Kempney said. “Every possession starts at the draw. So yeah, I definitely feel (the pressure).”While Syracuse is busy preparing for Maryland’s top players and making adjustments to areas where it struggled in the past, the Terrapins have an admittedly different approach.UMD head coach Cathy Reese said the team isn’t focused on Kayla Treanor or Alyssa Murray, who combined for 16 points in Friday’s semifinal win over Virginia. It’s not focused on an SU defense that forced 17 turnovers against UVA.“Our focus isn’t about them, it’s on us,” Reese said. “We just need to make sure we’re doing what we’ve done all season, executing our game plan and sticking with what we do well.”Reese hopes it’s enough to take down a team that has yet to win its final game.Two years ago, Syracuse advanced to the national championship, but lost a two-goal heartbreaker to Northwestern.Last season, it was Maryland that ended Syracuse’s season in the national semifinals, in an 11-10 game that went down to the final moments.“We know how horrible that feeling in our stomach was when we lost two years ago and last year,” Murray said. “Feeling so horrible that we couldn’t get it done.”Gait said that his team’s success over the past few years is the product of the players that came before. Those that put the time in to develop the program into what it has become today.But the culmination of that development has yet to come.“This is the last shot,” Murray said. “There’s no other opportunity.” Comments Published on May 25, 2014 at 11:33 am Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+
In 1959, when Glenn Dicterow was just an 11-year-old boy, he made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.Now, after spending more than 30 years as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Dicterow has made the decision to join the USC Thornton School of Music faculty.And though Dicterow will not start teaching full time until 2013, he spoke Friday at the USC Fisher Museum of Art along with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Page about the relationship between artists and critics and a multitude of subjects regarding orchestra — ranging from the way the conductor flails his arms to the best concert halls in the world.Though he received his first critique when he was 10 years old, Dicterow still “waits for those reviews.”“I used to get up early and check,” he said. “But now at midnight I can check on the Internet to see what they wrote about me.”As a soloist, Dicterow said he sometimes feels as if critics “dispatch the solo.” He said that someone will do an amazing 15-minute solo, but the critics won’t even mention it.Page, who refers to himself as a “recovering music critic,” explained that sometimes the New York Philharmonic’s critiques might be tougher because they’re the most familiar to New York writers.“You are in New York week after week,” Page explained to Dicterow. “Berlin comes in [to New York] and does their best show. L.A. comes in and does their best show. And Vienna comes in and does their best show.”Other orchestras go to New York with their very best program. And sometimes, as Dicterow explained, his orchestra will play three concerts a week.Dicterow also said the venue of the concert affects the sound quality.“We play at Carnegie four or five times a year,” Dicterow said. “And when we do, we sound like a different orchestra.”The conversation between the two suited gentlemen then turned into a discussion about the best and worst concert halls. They compared European versus American, big versus small and modern versus ancient.After Dicterow settled on the concert halls he liked (which included a small one in Vienna and the Walt Disney Concert Hall), the two moved on to discuss conductors.According to Page and Dicterow, conductors’ styles range from crazy motions that look like bank tellers making change to small motions where they barely move their fingers.“It can be very physical,” Dicterow said. “But it’s something magical. I cannot describe what happens. And it’s not always how much you conduct but how little you conduct.”Each conductor is vastly different from other conductors, he said. From their attitudes to techniques, every one has their own style.“Conductors are stubborn and that’s why they’re conductors,” Dicterow said.Dicterow also described how his duties as a concertmaster differ from that of a musician.“You have to be a chameleon,” he said, drawing on the fact that conductors have to adapt to different situations.A room full of eager musicians — some holding their massive instruments at their feet — clamored to ask questions of the speakers, such as career advice for an audition.“The music directors want creativity and control,” Dicterow said. “They want someone who contributes, but doesn’t stand out and still enhances. Know the orchestra, know how they play and fit in.”Switching to the subject of criticism, Page said he thinks the role of the critic has become tamer over the years.Critics, according to Page, are aware that they are often the only person covering the premiere of a brand or new work, and thus, they want to be careful about “putting down something someone’s been working on for a long time.”Similarly, Page said critics must be careful to address each piece of work, even if the review is not necessarily positive.“Nothing upsets a filmmaker, a dancer or a musician more than getting no review,” Page said. “They’d rather have a bad review than no review at all.”Regarding his side of the critiquing process, Page said every critic has received “one of those ‘obviously we were not at the same concert last night’” comments. He said this could often be credited to the difference in experience between the critic and the members of the audience.For the critic, “it’s a very familiar piece, we’ve heard it a lot,” Page said. “Whereas you, who I imagine is still on the sunny side of 30, has not seen it so much. The test for the critic is to try to keep some enthusiasm left for some pieces.”Jordan Koransky, who had Page as a professor for a class in spring 2012, said that he came to the presentation because he “always loves to hear [Page] speak.”Also a violin player, Koransky said that he is a huge admirer of Dicterow.“It’s great to hear about inside stories about the older generation of musicians and the great conductors and performers they worked with,” Koransky said.Nathan Johnson, a graduate student at the Thornton School of Music, said he had a general interest in what Dicterow had to say about his life and his experiences with the New York Philharmonic.“He said that the conductors are now collaborating with the musicians,” Johnson said. “It’s good to hear him say that that’s true at such a high level because that’s similar to what I’m experiencing now.”
NEWARK, Del. — No play better encapsulated what the Towson defense did to Syracuse’s three top offensive players than the one in the first quarter, when Jordan Evans fell down flat on his back. He met a wall of four Tigers defenders, who hacked the SU senior and batted the ball away. SU head coach John Desko patted his head, as if to say, “Be smarter.” That shaped up to be the epitome of what Towson did to Syracuse, holding the Orange to seven goals, its fewest all year.The trio that averaged 9.1 points per game this season produced only one goal and two assists Sunday afternoon — and a season-worst four turnovers. Senior midfielder Sergio Salcido scored SU’s first goal, ending Towson’s 6-0 run to start the game. He was held scoreless the rest of the way. Fellow seniors Nick Mariano and Evans did not score a single goal in No. 2 Syracuse’s (13-3, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 10-7, season-ending loss to No. 11 Towson (12-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic) on Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium.“Their pole does a terrific job,” said Desko, who finished his 19th season at the helm of Syracuse. “He created some turnovers in the game. Their shorties, both of them on the field together, are probably the best unit in the country.”The Orange scored its fewest goals since its season-ending loss to Maryland a year ago. Syracuse, ranked No. 1 in the country for three weeks this season, but failed to reach the Final Four for the fourth straight year. This year’s senior class became the first to not reach Memorial Day weekend since 1979. The Orange’s longest national championship drought since 1983 endures, and SU drops to just 3-4 in NCAA tournament games over the last three years.Syracuse’s three best offensive players each ended his career with only one point. Mariano, a transfer from Massachusetts set on leading SU to is first national title in eight years, scored 21 more goals than anyone else on the team over the last two seasons. He had no goals on seven shots in the final game of his college career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSalcido, who hit two game-winners this season, led Syracuse with 33 assists. The shifty speedster rose from walk-on to one of the top facilitators on one of the nation’s top teams. He created match-up problems with an ability to go left or right, break down a defender and get his shot off despite his diminutive stature (5 feet, 7 inches and 166 pounds). He had one goal and zero assists.Evans, a senior attack from nearby Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School, chose SU as a sophomore after Desko offered him the venerable No. 22 jersey. He became only the second player to wear the number since 1988 and not capture a national title. The nation’s former No. 1 recruit, Evans played the best lacrosse of his career in the games leading up to the Towson matchup. He ranked third on SU in points, with 44. He finished with zero goals and only one assist on Sunday.Evans, Mariano and Salcido were not made available for post-game interviews.Sabrina Koenig | Asst. Photo Editor“I thought they they were unbelievable,” said SU senior defender Scott Firman, who shut down top attacks all season. “They were the core of this team, beyond what the fans can see.”Syracuse came back from down by four or more goals on four separate occasions this season. Most times, Salcido or Mariano led that charge. Salcido scored the game-winners against Virginia and at North Carolina. Mariano hit the game-winner against Albany in the season-opener, and he scored SU’s last two goals at then-No. 1 Notre Dame last month, a trademark victory that prefaced SU’s three-week tenure ranked No. 1. Salcido and Mariano worked in tandem to spearhead SU, which entered Sunday as owners of the nation’s 11th-ranked offense.The duo ran into a wall of a defense in Towson, unlike any other the Orange has faced this season. The Tigers boast the country’s third-ranked defense, allowing just south of 7.5 goals per game. They held a potent, balanced SU offense — nine different players scored a goal against Yale last Sunday — to five scores below its season average.Doing so required shutdown work on Mariano, Salcido and Evans. When the trio found open shots, they were often saved by Towson goalkeeper Matt Hoy, who finished with 12 saves and helped the Tigers reach its first Final Four in 16 years.Hoy prefers opponents to shoot via alley-dodges, not sweeps. That became part of the game plan that held silent one of the most potent midfields in the country. The Tigers defense forced SU players down the alleys, not sweeps from cage-extended. Mariano thrived on sweeps all season, even developing his right hand to counter defenders who forced him weak hand. He scored three or more goals on seven separate occasions this year.Towson’s three defensive midfielders, second team All-American Zach Goodrich, Jack Adams and Tyler Mayes, who caused his 38th and 39th turnovers of the year, combined for five caused turnovers and picked up six ground balls to slow SU’s offensive trio.“Even though they had one of the best offensive midfields we’ve seen all year,” Hoy said, “our D-Middies did an incredible job making sure those middies weren’t shooting with their hands free.”Sabrina Koenig | Asst. Photo EditorSalcido and Mariano created a one-two punch that opposing teams feared. Whether to double-pole them or leave Mariano with a short-stick defensive midfielder became one of opposing coaches’ most talked-about topics. Evans, meanwhile, was heating up from behind the cage.All of that came to a crashing end Sunday afternoon, as Towson’s defense stifled the best SU’s offense had to offer.“I’ve only got one shot at a national championship,” Mariano said two weeks ago. “I’ve got to make it happen.”That did not happen, and the three best offensive players on one of SU’s more successful teams since 2009 will now egress into Syracuse lacrosse lore. Comments Published on May 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share The Cheltenham Festival 2020 has attracted almost 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year’s event, according to numbers released by Oddschecker.The figures showed an increase of 39.6% in the total staked from 2019 to 2020 across the same period of 1 January to 18 February. Similarly, the number of ante-post bets went up by 9.7%. This represents notable growth but a slowdown from last year’s 22.3% increase (2018 > 2019). At the time of writing, Paisley Park (8/11) is the most popular ante-post pick, accruing 5.61% of all bets through the odds comparison network.Benie Des Dieux (5/6) for the Mares Hurdle (5.4% of all bets) is the second most backed ante-post punt, followed by Envoi Allen for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle (4.8%).Meanwhile, Cheltenham Festival traffic to the ante-post section has also been climbing since 2018, jumping by 6.3% from 2019 to build on last year’s 8.2% growth.Oddschecker Commercial Account Manager Alex Keating said: “Over the last few seasons, we’ve seen heightened interest and scrutiny from punters in the Cheltenham ante-post markets.“With various firms moving towards the ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ concession at varying times between January and March, there is a ‘security vs price’ dilemma to be had as bettors look to plot out their fancied runners journeys to the Festival.“Many say that ‘ante-post punting isn’t what it used to be’, but this new variation is still providing plenty of interest for those looking to snip some early value for the Festival and still proves one of the most enjoyable ways to track the progress of a horse through the season, knowing you have a docket with a chunky price on it going into the Festival.“Notably this year, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfair, amongst others, have yet to go NRNB on all races. With their prices fully standout on the Oddschecker grids for all of the major contests – this provides an extremely interesting problem for punters looking to take bigger prices around which races horses will contest over the fabled four days in March – and makes for a fascinating two month battle between punter and trader.” ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are going to pitch Kawhi Leonard on joining the Lakers.Now that Leonard has reportedly set up a meeting with the Lakers in free agency, the two stars are going to be a part of the formal pitch, according to The Athletic. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Multiple teams interested in pairing star with Jimmy Butler Magic Johnson says he will help the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in any way he can, but he is not permitted by NBA rules to be part of official team meetings with prospective free agents. Johnson said he has not been asked by the Lakers or owner Jeanie Buss to participate.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 28, 2019Leonard will reportedly opt out of the final year of his deal with the Raptors and will have several meetings around the NBA, potentially with teams like the Nets, Clippers and Knicks.He will have his final meeting with the Raptors who, according to multiple reports, very much believe they will be able to keep Leonard in Toronto.As for James and Davis, the Lakers reportedly acquired the Pelicans center in a deal a couple of weeks ago for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.They also convinced Davis to waive his $4 million trade kicker and dealt Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to the Wizards which cleared up enough cap space to land another max player on the roster. DeMarcus Cousins rumors: Knicks eyeing center for ‘considerable’ 1-year deal if Kevin Durant signs elsewhere Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Superstar to meet with both Lakers, Clippers Los Angeles is trying to get Leonard but also has its eye on Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell.The team has also been connected to several other players on the open market including Danny Green, Seth Curry, Terrence Ross and DeAndre Jordan.Free agency officially begins Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. With the Lakers now expected to land a Kawhi Leonard meeting, a source tells @TheAthletic that LeBron James AND Anthony Davis are planning on being part of the formal pitch.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 28, 2019Former team president Magic Johnson and owner Jeannie Buss are also expected to be part of the meeting, according to the Los Angeles Times.Sources. Kawhi Leonard’s people plan on meeting with Lakers president Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson next week when free agency starts. Will most likely be in LA— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 28, 2019However, according to a report from ESPN, Johnson cannot be involved in the meeting. Related News