Reggae Girlz Miss Out on Tokyo Olympics After Canada Defeat

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will miss out on competing at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics after suffering a 9-0 defeat to Canada on day two of Group B action in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at the HEB Park in Edinburg, Texas on February 1.In order to qualify for the Olympics, the Reggae Girlz needed to win against Canada to qualify as one of the semi-finalists in the Championships. The two semifinal winners will represent Concacaf, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, in the 12-team field at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.With Saturday’s result, Canada and Mexico have qualified for the semifinals. The other two semi-finalists from Group A, USA and Costa Rica will battle it out on February 3 to determine the winner of the group. Canada and Mexico will compete on February 4 to determine the winner of group B.The Reggae Girlz’ loss means that Jamaica now sits third in the four-team group, without a point, behind Canada and Mexico, which are locked on six points apiece.Following the loss, Reggae Girlz coach, Canadian-born Hubert Busby Jr., called for patience as it related to Jamaica’s women’s football program. “We have to be realistic, in some aspects we are close to 20 years behind in the development of women’s football. We have made tremendous strides to get to what we have been able to do in the last five years,” Busby told the SportsMax Zone.“These are building blocks. You want a sustainable women’s program that is going to be able to compete for CONCACAF and World Cup and Olympic berth for years and that is what we are building,” he added.The Reggae Girlz will wrap up their campaign on February 4 against St Kitts and Nevis to determine the minor placings.last_img read more

Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches On

first_imgAndy Murray’s hopes of a third Wimbledon title was shockingly dashed by 24th seed American, Sam Querrey.30-year-old Murray, failed to match Johanna Konta’s quarter-final heroics, losing 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 in 2hrs and 42 minutes.Querrey, 29, fought back from a 2-1 deficit to claim his first Grand Slam semi-final spot in 42 attempts, becoming America’s first tennis player to reach Wimbledon’s last four since Andy Roddick in 2009.“This is a dream come true – to be in the semi-finals at #Wimbledon makes it even more special”– Sam Querrey pic.twitter.com/Yhzv6lYSGM— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017“I didn’t start my best, just kept swinging away,”“I’m going to enjoy this one a little bit longer, rest tomorrow and do my best to get ready for the semis,” Querrey explained shortly after the game.Win/loss records in last three five setters…Querrey: 3-0Murray: 0-3#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QwV1wMJogC— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017The Scot narrated: “The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore but I tried my best right to the end,”“I gave everything I had, I’m proud about that but it’s obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there, so I’m sad that it’s over.”Elsewhere, three-time Wimbledon Champion, Novak Djokovic’s, was trailing 7-6 (7-2) 2-0 when he retired from his quarter-final match against Thomas Berdych due to an elbow injury.The Serbian could have returned to the top of tennis world ranking if he had won this year’s Wimbledon title, as a result of Andy Murray’s failure to get past the quarter-final stage.Novak Djokovic retires from his quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych while trailing 7-6, 2-0… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/tcice9LHDG— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017The 30-year-old said: “I haven’t felt this much pain since I’ve had this injury,”“It’s not the shoulder, it’s the elbow that has kept bothering me for over a year and a half.“I was able, for 30 minutes, to play with some pain that was bearable, but the serve and forehand were shots where I could feel it the most. After that, there was really no sense.”Playing in his 100th match at Wimbledon, Roger Federer, reached his 12th Wimbledon’s semifinal by defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic, 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4), becoming the oldest man to reach the semi-final at the All England Club since Ken Rosewall in 1974.Federer, 35, said: “100 matches, I can’t believe it, that’s a lot,”“I’m so, so happy to be in another semi here. My dream run continues… we’ll see what happens”– @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/YiLLhysjJ7— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017“I’m very happy my body kept me going over all these years. It was a perfect setting, beautiful weather — a Mexican wave on Centre Court, you don’t see that every day. I’m so happy to be through.”“I’m very pleased with how I’m playing. You can always play a little better. You adjust to the conditions.”“It’s like going to work, you can’t produce the best every single day but you have to make sure your average is as high as possible.”The 7th time Wimbledon champion will now face Tomas Berdych in the semi-final on Friday, while, Sam Querrey will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who defeated Gilles Muller, in the other last four fixture.Relatedlast_img read more

“The Dive Didn’t Feel Too Good” – Tori Bowie

first_imgRelated The Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships in London gave athletics fans another exciting final to relish – the Women’s 100m. As the last event of the day, the final gave just the right amount of adrenaline pump similar to the drama witnessed in the men’s the previous night, only that there wasn’t anyone retiring from the sport.Of course many predicted Olympic and World Champion Elaine Thompson to take the crown, having dominated the field since 2015. Leaving any of America’s Tori Bowie, Marie Jose Ta Lou, Dafne Schippers and Murielle Ahoure to finish behind but the scripts were rewritten immediately the gun went.Fastest off the grid was Ta Lou, who monstered down the lane leaving behind an obvious gap from the rest of the pack, at her tail was Bowie, probing the Ivorian all along the way. Ta Lou thought she had the 1st place in the bag but an effective dip from Bowie just at the line to make it an American sweep in the 100m event.Bowie finished in 2nd place behind Thompson at the Rio Olympics may have unconsciously learnt a thing or two about diving for Gold from the Jamaican, as she dipped just in time to claim Gold with time 10.85s, closely followed by Ta Lou in 2nd by 10.86s and Schippers in 3rd 10.96s.“The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I never give up until I’m over the line.” – Tori BowieTa Lou who didn’t seem fazed by the fact that she lost the Gold by an hair’s breadth said to journalists…“I am just happy to have this medal, it is a dream come true. I didn’t expect to be in the top three because all the girls have the power and talent to make the podium.”Shockingly Thompson who was highly tipped to win was stuck behind in 5th with time 10.98s following a very slow reaction time of 0.200s behind another Ivorian Ahoure in 4th with same time but faster reaction time of 0.184s.“I have to give those three girls a lot of credit, so a big congratulations to them,” Elaine Thompson“I didn’t execute my race which is a shame, but I’m healthy.” refuting any suggestion of injury.last_img read more

Spread betting firms count the cost of UK FCA clampdown

first_imgShare Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Business news sources have reported that around £1 billion has been wiped off the value of UK-listed spread betting operators, following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) industry clampdown on ‘contract for difference’ (CFDs).Yesterday the regulatory body proposed a number of new measures aiming to protect inexperienced consumers and improve overall industry standards.The measures include the introduction of risk warnings, setting lower leverage limits for new retail clients, capping leverage maximum levels and the outright ban of bonuses or incentives for CFD accounts.The FCA stated that its measures had been implemented following research that found that 82% of clients lost money on CFD products.The new measures include:Introducing standardised risk warnings and mandatory disclosure of profit-loss ratios on client accounts by all providers to better illustrate the risks and historical performance of these products.Setting lower leverage limits for inexperienced retail clients who do not have 12 months or more experience of active trading in CFDs, with a maximum of 25:1.Capping leverage at a maximum level of 50:1 for all retail clients and introducing lower leverage caps across different assets according to their risks. Some levels of leverage currently offered to retail customers exceed 200:1.Preventing providers from using any form of trading or account opening bonuses or benefits to promote CFD products.“We have serious concerns that an increasing number of retail clients are trading in CFD products without an adequate understanding of the risks involved, and as a result can incur rapid, large and unexpected losses,” detailed Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of FCA Strategy & Competition.“We are introducing stricter rules for CFD products to ensure the sector addresses the shortcomings identified, and that firms make sure that retail clients are aware of the high risks involved in trading these complex products.”The controversial CFDs are derivative products which allow investors to trade on price fluctuations without owning any underlying shares, which would be subject to stamp duty.Through brokerages, traders can deposit money as collateral and open accounts trading significantly larger sums (sometimes 200X deposit amount).The FCA’s clampdown sent shares in UK-listed spread betting operators tumbling, with IG Group the industry’s biggest trading platform recording a 32% decline (788-530p) wiping circa £900 million off its value.Further declines saw CMC Markets drop by 30% to 125p representing a loss of around £160 million, and London AIM Plus500 record a decline of 28% to 388p losing approximately £150 million in value.Yesterday’s decline would have a mild knock-on effect on leading industry technology provider Playtech, which saw its share price drop 2-3%, as the company has invested in financial trading products with a view of diversifying its product range. Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Costly 2016 marketing outlay sees bet-at-home look forward to 2017 plans

first_imgShare Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Frankfurt-listed European sports betting operator bet-at-home AG, closes a year of high marketing activity as the company seeks to expand its services and coverage within its core markets of Austria and Germany.Presenting its full-year 2016 financial results (period ending 31 December), bet-at-home reported that it had achieved a ‘new record in gaming and betting volumes’, with the company recording FY 2016 group revenues of €138 million, up 14% on corresponding FY 2015’s €120 million.Updating investors, bet-at-home governance would reveal that the company had spent circa €44 million in marketing expenses for FY 2016, with the operator targeting the high-coverage multi-channel campaigns during the costly UEFA Euro 2016 Championships (10-25 June).The hefty marketing outlay would impact bet-at-home 2016 earnings metrics, with the firm reporting a flat-line consolidated profits of €31 million (FY 2015: €30 million).Looking forward, bet-at-home governance states that its strategic 2016 marketing outlay will help the company produce ‘stable assets’ for its improved future corporate performance. The operator points to the marked increase of its customer base which 4.6 million registered users in Q4 2016.Presenting its fiscal 2017 outlook, bet-at-home governance stated that without any changes to regulatory and tax conditions, the company expects to generate circa €145 million in corporate revenues, combined with an EBITDA range of €34-38 million.bet-at-home governance have yet to officially comment on group 2016 corporate performance. Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Responsible gambling the focus in new five year Sky Bet and EFL deal

first_img Submit Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sky Bet has announced a new five-year headline sponsorship deal with the English Football League (EFL), strengthening its responsible gambling strategy in the process.The deal, which will run until the culmination of the 2023/24 season, will represent a 20% year on year increase from 2019/20 on the current deal.Richard FlintRichard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting and Gaming, said: “We’re delighted to sign this new deal with the EFL, and believe the additional focus we, and the League, are both placing on responsible gambling will show that well run betting operators can play an active part in raising awareness of problem gambling. “By using our sponsorship and marketing capabilities to highlight how customers can gamble safely, we hope to ensure that nothing gets in the way of people’s enjoyment of the sport, definitely not betting.”At the heart of the deal is an emphasis placed on responsible gambling, with all 72 EFL clubs due to carry responsible gambling messages on their shirts.In addition, a new marketing campaign is due to be launched, arguing that “nothing should get in the way or our enjoyment of sport, definitely not betting,” with an overall aim of ensuring customers gamble safely.The campaign features a new television advert, due to air for the first time during this weekend’s Premier League and EFL coverage on Sky Sports, featuring presenter Jeff Stelling and the well-known strapline “when the fun stops, stop.”Suitably supported by a digital and social media campaign, content has been designed to raise awareness of the deposit limit, cool off and self-exclusion responsible gambling tools available to Sky Bet customers.Rob PainterRob Painter, Brand and People Director at Sky Betting and Gaming, added: “Obviously tackling gambling-related harm goes beyond raising awareness of responsible gambling tools, but we felt it was important that we put our marketing and sponsorship expertise behind our efforts to help our customers gamble safely. “I’m proud that we’ve put responsible gambling at the heart of all aspects of our marketing strategy.”It is thought that over a million people will have seen some aspect of the campaign in its opening weekend, with content due to feature across national print, radio, Facebook, Twitter, the Sky Bet website, in the Sky Bet App and in emails to Sky Bet customers.In addition Sky Bet is also due to promote the message in all EFL match days programmes this weekend, and on LEDS boards in grounds throughout the country.last_img read more

BetBright offers glimpse into the future with robot jockey

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision April 29, 2020 BetBright has unveiled the world’s first robot jockey, who will be available for punters at Cheltenham Festival to view and interact with on Friday March 16, adjacent to the parade ring in the bookies activation area.The prototype jockey, made from lightweight steel and utilising state of the art technology, “offers a glimpse into the potential future of the sport.”Marcus Brennan, Chief Executive Officer of BetBright, said: “Just as BetBright is using the latest technology and AI to enhance our customers’ experience, it is clear that future advancements in technology and AI will open a world of new possibilities for enhancing the sports themselves for the fans.“In just under three months we have been able to build a state of the art prototype of a Robot Jockey that can gallop on a horse, make fluid turns and even jump fences, it really is an incredible piece of technology.”Capable of directing a horse to gallop at speeds in excess of 30 mph and jump fences up to 4ft high, the robotic jockey is also capable of communicating with humans through its artificial intelligence and build in voice.Commissioned by BetBright following a report by Dr Pearson BSc DSc(hc), a belief was stated that robot jockeys “have the potential to compete with and even beat the best jockeys in the world” and that it “could be possible by 2025.”Rich Ricci, Chairman of BetBright and racehorse owner himself, added: “I was genuinely impressed with what the team was able to create in just 3 months. I had expected RoboJockey to be able to ride but I never expected it to be able to jump fences or talk to me about upcoming races. “It will be fascinating to see how robotics and AI continue to evolve and the impact it will have in multiple sports.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Paddy Power prices up all the possibilities in Golden Boot race

first_imgShare Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Harry Kane and Tottenham have gone to extreme lengths to prove the England forward did get a touch for the second goal against Stoke last weekend, and Paddy Power are upping the ante in the Golden Boot betting markets. After Kane remained adamant that the goal was his, the bookmaker are offering odds on the goal making all the difference in the race for the Golden Boot. Currently offering odds of 5/1 that Tottenham’s official appeal results in Kane being retrospectively awarded the goal, with odds of 11/2 that he finishes the season as top scorer.Hot on the heels of Liverpool’s Mo Salah, the goal could see Tottenham’s goal machine pip the Egyptian in the last few games, with Paddy Power pricing Kane at 8/1 to win by just one goal.Salah is still the 1/14 favourite to finish top scorer though, with Sergio Aguero (22/1) an outside contender for a late flurry of goals. Kane looks likely to miss out on the gong for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign, but punters can get odds of 7/2 that the 24-year-old finishes the 2018/19 season as top scorer again.A Spokesman Paddy Power commented: “You have to feel for Christian Eriksen here. Harry Kane is like that annoying guy at work who always tries to take credit for your good efforts.“The replays have shown he definitely didn’t get his head to it, so you’ve got to wonder whether he turned the ball in with that chip on his shoulder.” Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

Playtech continues Portuguese expansion

first_img Related Articles Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Omni-channel betting and gaming supplier Playtech has detailed the launch of Placard.pt, a venture by Portugal’s largest online gaming and betting operator, Sociedade de Apostas Sociais (“SAS”). The launch follows Playtech striking a landmark deal for SAS to use its IMS player management platform and new Playtech BGT Sports (“PBS”) online sportsbook offering earlier this year. Now live, Placard becomes the 13th operator in the Portuguese online gaming market.The deal is part of Playtech’s expansion into Portugal, a newly-regulated market with strong potential. The multi-year agreement with SAS will seePlaytech integrate its data-driven IMS player management platform and single wallet functionality into SAS’s operation, powering its entire online offering with an integrated solution.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, commented on the launch: “This is an exciting deal because it moves us into an important market. Integrating two of our key products, in IMS and PBS, has been an important strategic step for Playtech.“Its launch, which was timed to coincide with the World Cup, comes at the perfect moment.”Earlier this year Playtech also strengthened its position in the Colombian market, when it agreed a deal to supply Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs), tills (over the counter), an online sportsbook, as well as managed services to Sportium Colombia. Dr. Armin Sageder, CEO, Playtech BGT Sports, stated: “This deal is a major achievement for both PBS and Playtech, and will lay down a marker for future deals. We will continue working with our partners to create innovative solutions for providers in new markets.”With one of SAS’s major shareholders being Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, the country’s state lottery provider, the deal gives Playtech greater visibility in the lottery segment. There will be no database integration or sharing of player information between the online operation and  Santa Casa’s land-based gaming operation. In 2017 Playtech also signed a three-year agreement with OPAP, the leading Greek betting and lottery operator.Dr. Paulo Calado, CEO, SAS, added: “Our objective is to operate in this market with a range of games for users of the platform that are also intuitive and reliable.” Sharelast_img read more

Arsenal condemn ‘racist’ behaviour of Valencia fans’ in Europa League semi

first_imgArsenal say they “utterly condemn” the behaviour of a group of Valencia fans who appeared to make Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at Thursday’s Europa League semi-final at Emirates Stadium.A video has emerged of the latest high profile incident of racism at domestic and international football this season.Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out said “these blatant racist gestures are shocking and inexcusable”.Arsenal won the first-leg tie 3-1, with the reverse fixture in Spain on 9 May.There have not been any arrests for the incident, but the Metropolitan Police said they “are aware” of the video and although no reports have been made, the footage is being reviewed.“We utterly condemn such behaviour,” said an Arsenal spokesman. “It has no place in society or football. We are working with Valencia on this and continue to encourage fans to report incidents and to provide witness statements so effective action can be taken.”Six Valencia fans were arrested during the game for foul and abusive language and alcohol-related issues.Valencia said the “isolated gestures” by travelling fans “do not represent in any way Valencia fans”.The Spanish side say they are working to indentify those responsible and have asked for help from other fans who were at the game, saying they will take “the corresponding disciplinary measures”.The club also said that although the actions were “absolutely unjustifiable”, they would be investigating to see if there were any “possible provocations”.Kick it Out said: “We hope the relevant authorities identify the perpetrators and take the strongest possible punishment.”–Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more