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Guyana in tight win over Emerging Players

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Results of matches on the second day of the Regional Super50 yesterday: Group AAt Warner Park (BASSETERRE): Pride beat Scorpions by 75 runs.BARBADOS PRIDE 265 off 50 overs (Nicholas Kirton 55, Kyle Mayers 52, Ashley Nurse 38, Jonathan Carter 33, Tevyn Walcott 32, Kjorn Ottley 25; Andre McCarthy 4-41, Oshane Thomas 4-52) JAMAICA SCORPIONS 190 all out off 39.5 overs (Andre McCarthy 95, Aldaine Thomas 41; Ashley Nurse 4-26, Chemar Holder 3-37)Group BAt Queen’s Park Oval (PORT OF SPAIN): Red Force beat Volcanoes by eight wickets. WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 238 for eight off 50 overs (Kavem Hodge 57, Desron Maloney 56, Emmanuel Stewart 31, Justin Athanaze 28, Kerron Cottoy 27 not out, Devon Smith 24; Imran Khan 2-28, Yannic Ottley 2-34)T&T RED FORCE 239 for two of 42.5 overs (Darren Bravo 115 not out, Jeremy Solozano 102 not out) At Brian Lara Stadium (TAROUBA): Jaguars beat Emerging Players by two wickets. WI EMERGING PLAYERS 185 for eight off 50 overs (Justin Greaves 55, Roland Cato 37, Kevin Sinclair 34 not out; Veerasammy Permaul 3-34, Ramaal Lewis 2-17)GUYANA JAGUARS 189 for eight 50 overs (Kemol Savory 71 not out, Chris Barnwell 36, Jonathan Foo 28; Keon Harding 4-35, Dominic Drakes 2-32)last_img read more

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Volcanoes hurt by lack of consistency, says Hodge

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Captain Kavem Hodge believes Windward Islands Volcanoes’ lack of consistency cost them dearly during the just-concluded domestic first class championship. Volcanoes finished a disappointing fifth in the six-team table with 78 wins after winning just twice in the campaign, eventually aborted after eight rounds of the 10 planned rounds due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the region.[We should have done better] especially with the start we had. I’d always said … that consistency would be the biggest challenge for us and that would have determined how far and how high we ended in the table and that proved to be right,” Hodge said.“We started off pretty well but unfortunately we were not consistent enough, especially in the bowling department so I think it is something we have to learn from and learn quickly. “[We] just have to take a page from the Pride’s book. Even though they lost the first game, they were consistent in whatever they did and they were winning games outright so kudos to them but is something that we have to learn from.”Barbados Pride, declared winners with 134.8 points, lost their opener to Volcanoes in Arnos Vale in a shock result but then went on a superb five-game winning streak to storm to the top of the table.In contrast, Volcanoes won just once in their next seven games – a seventh round victory over Jamaica Scorpions in Grenada – to slip into the bottom half of the standings. The 27-year-old Hodge, who was leading Volcanoes this year for the first time in the first class championship, said the experience had been a great learning curve.“It was a really good experience. Obviously I’d been given the chance up front – being told that Sunil [Ambris] would have been away – so it was a good opportunity,” he explained.“Learning on the job is always a challenge … but having guys like Devon Smith and Shane Shillingford in the squad made things a bit easier, learning from them and getting ideas. They were always sharing the wealth of knowledge that they have. For his part, the right-handed Hodge finished as the second highest run-getter for Volcanoes with 454 runs at an average of nearly 38, with a single hundred.Smith once again topped his side’s batting with 649 runs at an average of 46.last_img read more

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Kristof Fahy joins Ladbrokes as CMO

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Ladbrokes is pleased to announce that Kristof Fahy has today joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer, leading on all brand and marketing activity across the Ladbrokes’ Digital and Retail offer.Kristof Fahy said: “I’m delighted to arrive at Ladbrokes at such an exciting time for the company. Ladbrokes has an extremely strong brand and I’m looking forward to building upon that strength with our marketing, advertising and sponsorship activity. Jim Mullen has made marketing central to his strategy for Ladbrokes, and we now have many opportunities across a variety of sports to showcase the passion that Ladbrokes brings to sport.“We want to deploy our considerable expertise, skills and brand strength in those places where our customers are most active. We already have forged some outstanding opportunities with our SPFL partnership in Scottish football and Challenge Cup sponsorship in rugby league, but we have an appetite for more. We want to work with sports who appreciate what we can deliver and who understand the value we provide.”Jim Mullen, Chief Executive said: “Kristof is a high quality addition to our team at a crucial time. Our products are now better than or at least on a par with the best in the market and we need to get more recreational customers on board.  Kristof has an excellent track record in this area and he has the expertise and the fire-power to get the Ladbrokes brand seen in more places more often.”Fahy joins Ladbrokes having previously held CMO roles at the Telegraph Media Group most recently and, prior to that, at William Hill PLC. Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Yggdrasil Gaming introduces new Missions feature

first_img SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Yggdrasil Gaming has added a new Missions feature to BOOST™, its collection of in-game promotional tools, where players compete in order to win big prizes.The games provider has introduced the feature with a network campaign called October Mission, which comes with a €25,000 total prize pool, and is available to all operators hosting three of Yggdrasil’s most popular slots, Golden Fish Tank, Vikings Go Wild and Holmes and the Stolen Stones.In the October Mission, which runs from Friday 7th until Thursday 13th October, players have to complete three objectives: win 4 consecutive spins in a row in Golden Fish Tank, hit free spins in Vikings Go Wild and collect 5 shards of any colour in the Holmes and the Stolen Stones base game.The player who takes the fewest number of spins to complete the mission will top the €20,000 leaderboard and win the main prize of €5,000, with further prizes for players’ right down to 200th position. All players who finish in the top 500 positions will take part in an additional €5,000 raffle.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil, said: “We are always on a mission to give players a much deeper, more exciting experience, and that is exactly what Missions does.“It’s the perfect way to create a more competitive environment within the games, and an opportunity for operators to be creative when it comes to gamification.“Missions sits perfectly alongside our other in-game promotional tools in BOOST, as well as our BRAG social media tool, and is yet another tool which allows operators to better cater for their players’ wishes.”After the October Mission network campaign, Missions will be available in BOOST with a set of Missions with pre-selected objectives. By early November, operators will have the ability to combine objectives themselves and build Missions exactly to their liking. Share Related Articles Share Yggdrasil Gaming selects SBC Summit to showcase latest innovations February 17, 2020 SkillOnNet powers Royalbet’s Europe launch December 17, 2019last_img read more

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Handling Bigger Ice Key for Team USA in 2014 Olympics

first_imgOn day two of Team USA orientation camp at Kettler IcePlex this afternoon General Manager David Poile didn’t beat around the bush when discussing the biggest challenge his squad faces heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It’s all about how his squad performs on the bigger ice surface.“We know what the challenges are here, we haven’t had any success in Europe on the big ice. The United States hasn’t won any medals in the last two Olympics played on the big ice,” stated the long time NHL GM.Yes, Team USA won silver in Vancouver in 2010 and also in Salt Lake City back in 2002, but both of those tournaments were played on NHL sized rinks. The Olympic surface is wider, which changes several aspects on how the game is played.“Angles and spacing really [is the difference]. More so the angles are quicker to adjust, it’s more of a read. At the NHL level you are approximated to the boards so you can use it as a gauge. Here, if you rely on that you are out of position pretty quickly. The one good thing is the zones are all a little different sizes but the paint is always in the same spot. I think that’s a key thing for everyone to understand and realize that from a spacing issue to try to use the faceoff circles and dots because they are actually in the same position as an NHL rink, almost,” said Kings winger Dustin Brown.In 2010, Team USA used its ability to be physical to its advantage but with more room, taking the body is not as easy and is not as much of a factor.“There’s more to being physical than the big hits. It’s rubbing guys out, grinding guys out. There’s still opportunities for the big hit, you just have to be patient and let it come to you. You can’t be running out of position because it’s just that much further you have to go to get back,” added Brown.Most of the players seemed comfortable with going to the bigger rink size and some, like Carolina defensemen Justin Faulk, didn’t think the change was going to be real difficult.“It’s probably easier going from big ice for smaller ice. You get more room. I don’t think it’s a big deal, I’ve done it many times personally. Everyone in here has played on big ice at some point. Obviously it’s a little bit different game and style,” stated Faulk.Several other players acknowledged the ice surface challenge but it was clear that Poile, who has been in hockey long before every one of Team USA’s players was born, believes that addressing the rink size issue is paramount to his clubs success.“The challenge for us is we’ve never had any success on European soil. We owe it to ourselves to to go over every facet of what we’ve done in the past on it. We’ve talked to former players and coaches and the thing that comes up constantly is you have to have speed. I don’t think we’ll need that truculence element as much. It’s just an adjustment and making the players aware of the differences in the ice size and making sure. You don’t want it to be the excuse. The fact that we’ve won two silver medals in North America and got nothing in Europe – I can’t accept that. These are good players, they’re smart players, they’re skilled players. It’s different – yes. Ok, so let’s go figure it out…it could be coaching, it could be systems, it could be the players that we take over there,” concluded Poile.As for the roster make up itself, there were 48 players invited to the orientation camp and this is the deepest pool of talent Team USA has ever had. The team appears strongest in net where the club has the likes of Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, Craig Anderson, Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider, and John Gibson. Up front they are led by Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski, and Bobby Ryan while on defense Ryan Suter and Erik Johnson are the logical leaders. Poile indicated that this would be the toughest team these players would ever have to make and he stated that about half of the spots are likely already locked up based on the performances of some in the 2010 Olympics.“As we’ve told the players, the body of work they’ve had in their career to this point is important but what they do in October, November, and December will be the deciding factor. I favor the guys from 2010, not only because of the success they had but how they’ve matured as hockey players. The age group we have right now is excellent. At times we thought we were too young in 2010 but now, four years later, we are bang on at the right age.”It is apparent that the roster decisions are going to be extremely tough and many players will suffer the disappointment of missing out on representing their country, but Poile relishes that process.“This is going to be the toughest decisions that I have to make, but I want it to be tough…We want the hard decisions, we’ve never really had in USA hockey to make that many hard decisions because we’ve never really had the depth and quality we presently have, so bring it on.”Notes: The Caps were represented at the orientation camp by defensemen John Carlson, who scored the Gold Medal winning goal for Team USA in the 2010 World Junior Championships…Poile called Kettler “as good as any facility I’ve ever seen”…Erik Johnson was very critical of his game with Colorado last year and made it clear he needs to be more consistent…the Team USA jerseys were unveiled by the players to a sold out Kettler IcePlex. NHL Network televised the event.last_img read more

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My Dinner With Peter G. Angelos (Part I)

first_imgAs I continue to gather more information and write the legacy of the Baltimore Orioles under the ownership of Peter G. Angelos, I’m stumbling onto all sorts of information, quotes and basic truths.My book on the first 20 years of Angelos’ ownership, The Peter Principles, is coming to WNST.net in March.I’ve only met Peter Angelos three times in my life. This was the first time in March 1997. When this video starts, I had literally just shaken hands with him less than two minutes earlier.last_img read more

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Statheads and ex-jocks, can’t we all just get along?

first_imgThe spat between Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is just the latest example in the battle continuing to be fought across multiple sports.The “old school” way of thinking versus statistical analysis.Never mind that the mindsets aren’t mutually exclusive, you better choose one or the other in this fight!Despite being a self-proclaimed baseball nerd — we’ll use that sport for our example — I’ve always maintained it’s up to the individual to decide how dedicated and in depth he or she wants to be as a fan. After all, we’re talking about sports and not matters of national security.It’s supposed to be fun.Embracing sabermetrics to adapt how I study the game in recent years hasn’t swayed my enjoyment in watching a perfectly-executed relay or a game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Finding new ways to educate yourself about the game isn’t a mandate — however, it should be for those who work in the game and want to remain relevant — but it’s silly to criticize simply because we may not understand or be interested.Admittedly, statistical analysis is heavy as it can quickly start to feel like a calculus lesson instead of a baseball discussion. With many of these advanced stats — OPS-plus, FIP, UZR, and WAR just to name a few — I’ve developed a functional understanding of what they mean and how to apply them without wasting brainpower remembering how to calculate them. It’s akin to enjoying the steak without dwelling on how it’s prepared at the butcher shop.For anyone not convinced of the value of sabermetrics — but will at least humor me — I typically present three questions:1. Would you rather have a .300 hitter or a .260 hitter?Many — not all — traditional fans will go with the .300 hitter, which has long been viewed as a benchmark for greatness, but how much does batting average really tell us?In this case, the .300 hitter could also be a free swinger who doesn’t walk often and hits for very little power. In contrast, let’s pretend the .260 hitter clubbed 60 extra-base hits and walked 80 times over the course of the season. Under such a scenario, the .260 hitter is likely to be the far superior option without getting into their value on the bases or in the field.This is why on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) is embraced while batting average is being thrown aside by many statheads as a limited piece of information. If you want to take it a step further, OPS-plus takes into account how a hitter’s home ballpark — think of a pitcher’s park in Oakland compared to a hitter’s park — impacted his performance and allows for better comparison among players across the league.2. Do you want a pitcher with a 3.70 ERA last year or one who had a 4.00 mark?Again, many purists will point to the hurler with the lower ERA and be right in most cases, but is it always that simple?What about the defense he played with in comparison to the group that was behind the other pitcher? What if one was really lucky or had great misfortune over a number of starts?Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is complicated to calculate, but it uses the outcomes a pitcher solely controls (strikeouts, walks, hit by pitch, and home runs) to produce a value on the same scale as ERA. Its intent is to eliminate factors such as defense and bloop hits in trying to assess a pitcher’s effectiveness and to help predict his future performance.As an example, the 2014 Orioles ranked seventh in the majors in team ERA (3.44), but they ranked 24th in team FIP (3.96). It reflects just how much Orioles pitching benefited from the exceptional defense behind it — which confirms what many purists witnessed with their own eyes, mind you — and how it would likely fare with an average defense.3. Would you prefer the shortstop who made six errors or the one who made 12 last season?This question is a good one as baseball fans have long been prisoners to a lack of data to truly assess defense. Hypothetically, a player could stand in one spot on the field all year and not commit an error, but that would make him quite poor defensively, wouldn’t it?Sabermetrics are ever evolving when it comes to measuring defense, but numbers such as Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) are finally accounting for how much ground a player covers in the field. The measures aren’t perfect as there is fluctuation from year to year, but we’ve taken giant leaps from the days of simply quoting the number of errors, putouts, and assists a player collects.To answer the above question, we need to know how the first player’s range compares to the second shortstop. If the latter gets to many more balls in the hole and up the middle, it’s logical to conclude he’s likely to commit more errors, but how many more outs will he also have created in the process?Of course, the three above questions only scratch the surface of what’s out there in baseball.Statistical analysis is about accounting for variables and answering questions. There isn’t one fancy statistic that should be viewed as gospel — or a number to which you become a “prisoner” in Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s words — in the same way that no person’s gut feeling or eyeball test is foolproof, either. Computers and numbers don’t play the games on the field, but they can tell us more about what’s happening and what is likely to happen next.It’s possible to appreciate the human element as well as what the numbers say. In fact, we might even find that a statistic will confirm a gut feeling or an observation.If more statheads were willing to explain their rationale and more traditionalists were open to learning, we wouldn’t have the embarrassing exchanges like we saw this week between an NBA general manager and one of the great players in league history.There’s a place for both statistical analysis and traditional evaluation if we’re willing to embrace both.And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a Hall of Famer to do it.last_img read more

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MLB #GiveASpit Ballpark Ranking: No. 12 Chicago White Sox

first_imgChicago White Sox – They’ve tried a few times to make this place more comfortable since it was outdated from the moment it opened. It always gets compared to Wrigley Field because it’s 11.4 miles away. When I was syndicated at the turn of the century and had many occasions to attend them both, and I always preferred Comiskey (or U.S. Cellular Field or whatever they’re calling it these days) and this tour did nothing to change that. The food is better. They have elotes. The fans are more legitimate and not a bunch of drunk frat idiots. It’s better equipped to handle people at every turn. There are many more quality seats close to the field. When I’m in Chicago, this is where I prefer to go to watch baseball.last_img read more

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Ravens safety Elam suspended for substance-abuse violation

first_imgInjured Ravens safety Matt Elam has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.The league announced Friday that the third-year defensive back would be banned for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers despite Elam already being on injured reserve after suffering a torn biceps in the first week of training camp.“We have been aware of this situation for a while,” the organization said in a statement. “Matt has been in our building rehabbing his injury on a regular basis, and he will continue to do so.”The suspension is just the latest bad news for the 2013 first-round pick, who has been nothing short of disappointing in his time with the Ravens. After two underwhelming seasons, Elam entered training camp with no guarantee of being a starter before he suffered a season-ending biceps injury on Aug. 1.Starting 26 of 32 games in his career, Elam has collected 127 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and seven pass breakups.In 2016, Elam will enter the final season of a four-year, $6.767 million contract rookie contract signed after he was the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft. The suspension means the safety will not receive his game check worth just over $60,000 for Sunday’s contest.The University of Florida product is scheduled to carry a $2.153 million cap figure next year, and the Ravens would save roughly $1.328 million in cap space by releasing him in the offseason.last_img read more

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Fowler spurns Orioles to re-sign with Cubs

first_imgFowler’s agent, Casey Close, issued a statement Tuesday night in which he blasted both the Orioles and media for “recklessly spreading rumors” about an agreement. However, it remains unclear why Close elected to remain silent for such a long period of time and didn’t simply reach out to reporters or use social media to declare the reports as premature or completely false on Tuesday night. Of course, the news of Fowler’s signing came less than 24 hours after the Orioles restructured a deal with starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo after concerns arose about his physical. That has understandably led some to believe the delay could have facilitated Fowler’s return to the Cubs, who won 97 games and advanced to the NL Championship Series last year. While it’s understandable not being keen on the idea of forfeiting a pick for what could be a one-year deal, the Orioles are once again left with a shaky corner outfield situation and few options remaining this late in February. And they will not have Fowler’s .363 career on-base percentage at the top of the lineup. Less than two days after the Orioles reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Dexter Fowler, the veteran outfielder surprisingly re-signed with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.It was believed that the Orioles had a $35 million agreement with the 29-year-old outfielder, but multiple outlets have reported that Fowler wanted an opt-out after the first year and the Orioles balked at giving up the 28th overall pick of the June draft for potentially only one season of service. The Cubs announced a one-year deal for a reported $8 million salary for 2016 with a $9 million mutual option for 2017 that includes a $5 million buyout, giving Fowler $13 million guaranteed for his return to Chicago.Fowler told reporters in Arizona that he never agreed to a deal with Baltimore despite local and national reporters saying an agreement was in place on Tuesday night. Adam Jones was even quoted in Sarasota on Wednesday saying that he had communicated with Fowler and the switch-hitting outfielder had said he was excited to join the Orioles. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in Sarasota that there was not an agreement due to Fowler insisting on an opt-out clause. On Thursday, Fowler said his heart was with Chicago and he is taking less guaranteed money to stay there. last_img read more

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