Month: August 2020

De Kock named new captain of South Africa ODI squad

De Kock named new captain of South Africa ODI squad

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock has been named as the new captain of the South Africa One-Day International side, taking over from Faf du Plessis, who is dropped altogether for the three-match series against England next month. Du Plessis led South Africa in their disastrous 2019 World Cup campaign and has hinted at international retirement from all formats following the Twenty20 global finals in Australia later this year.“We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become,” CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said in a statement on Tuesday.“Over the years we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart.” De Kock leads a 15-man squad with five uncapped players in seamers Lutho Sipamla and Sisanda Magala, spinning all-rounder Bjorn Fortuin, opening batsman Janneman Malan and wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne.Magala, leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, seamer Lungi Ngidi and hard-hitting opening batsman Jon Jon Smuts must pass fitness tests before they can join the squad.Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will be rested for the series, while allrounders Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius have also not been able to force their way in. “The road towards the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts now and we want players doing well in our domestic structures to see the rewards of the hard work that they have put in,” CSA Independent Selector Linda Zondi added.The first ODI will be staged in Cape Town on Feb. 4, with the second in Durban three days later and the final match of the series to be held in Johannesburg on Feb. 9.Squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne.last_img read more

Albert, Conway, and Jeffries star at Novices bodybuilding c/ships

Albert, Conway, and Jeffries star at Novices bodybuilding c/ships

first_imgOmissi Williams stepped on stage at Lichas Hall and brought the house down after slicing through the competition to win the inaugural Mr. Linden Title on Saturday night. One week after placing second at the CrossFit Games at the National Park, the multi-talented muscleman posed and flexed his shredded physique much to the delight of the boisterous ladies that filled the venue.The crowd favourite, clad in red posing trunks, turned back the challenges of three other bodybuilders from the Mining Town to earn the coveted award.Ms. Bikini (Novices) Champion, Ashanti Conway (Emmerson Campbell photo)Meanwhile, in the Novices segment of the event, Nicholas Albert shone brightest under the lights in the bodybuilding category. Clad in black posing trucks, he out flexed and out posed the competition to be awarded the accolade of Novices Bodybuilding Champion 2020. Albert, of Tower Unity Gym, with razor sharp conditioning, cut through the under 164-pound class earlier in the evening.He then returned to the pose down with the other category champions, Fenton James (under 143), Dellon Johnson (under 154) and Colin Chesney (177 and over) and took the overall spoils and one year’s bragging rights.MEN’S PHYSIQUE  It was not an easy choice, but the judges awarded the Men’s Physique showdown trophy to Tower/Unity Gym’s Jonathan Jeffries ahead of fellow gym athlete, Derran Harris and Space Gym’s, Daniel Lutchman and Corwin De Anjou. Among a group of five physique competitors, Jeffries brought the shape and stage presence the judges most wanted to see.Like Harris and Lutchman, he was confident, well-proportioned, well-muscled and not overly conditioned. The 20 total athletes really put on a show and the level of competition continues to rise especially in the flourishing Men’s Physique class.  MISS BIKINIAshanti Conway, a standout from Fitness Paradise Gym was the near perfect mix of muscularity, symmetry, beauty and style and took home the spoils for the category ahead of her worthy opponents from Linden, Christina King and Crystal Leander.Conway will now have her sights set on perhaps the Intermediate Championships, the flagship, National Seniors Championships and even Regional competitions later this year.  She is definitely one you should be keeping your eye on in this 2020 season and beyond.Sponsors included Fitness Express, LAW28 Fitness and Stage of Champions.Next up on the local competition calendar is the Intermediate Championships in April followed by flagship National Senior Championships. The event is billed for some time in August at a venue to be announced. (Emmerson Campbell)last_img read more

NBA releases restart scrimmage schedule

NBA releases restart scrimmage schedule

first_imgThe NBA yesterday released the scrimmage schedule for the upcoming 22-team restart. From July 22-28, each team will compete in three inter-squad scrimmages at the ESPN Wide of Sports Complex near Orlando to prepare for the resumption of the season on July 30.There will be three to six scrimmages per day on multiple courts.The Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers tip off the action on July 22 at 3 p.m. ET. Also playing on the first day are the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets (3:30 p.m. ET), the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m.) and the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat (8 p.m.).Teams are scheduled to arrive in Florida from July 7-9.—Field Level Medialast_img

New Microgaming slot hits the Bullseye

New Microgaming slot hits the Bullseye

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Microgaming is delivering what can be called a ‘super, smashing, great’ online slot this month with the launch of Bullseye, a game based on the classic TV game show presented by stand-up comedian Jim Bowen. Based on the game of darts, Bullseye involved three pairs of contestants competing against one another to win prizes, with iconic mascot Bully making appearances throughout the programme.With suitably retro graphics and apt sound effects, including the voices of Jim Bowen and co-host Tony Green, Bullseye online slot has been designed to invole a sense of nostalgia to gameplay.Mike Hebden, Head of Casino Games at Microgaming, commented: “This game revisits one of the most-loved television shows of the era. The online slot embraces all the show features that made the programme so popular, including the classic one-liners, prize board, and Bully’s star prizes. Available to operators today, we expect the game to excite fans new and old, and with darts season on the horizon, it is the perfect time to unleash our Bullseye slot!”The popular game show is presented in this 5×3 reel, 243 ways to win online slot, with reels based on the programme’s notorious star prizes, including a speedboat, caravan and car.The bonus round lets the player step up to the oche for some real darts action. Players throw darts at the board for the chance to win cash prizes depicted by such vintage items as a VCR or carriage clock, worth up to 15x the total bet for each dart thrown. Furthermore, three or more scatter symbols on the reels takes players to the retriggerable free spins bonus. 15 free spins are presented, during which all wins are doubled, and additional scatter pays between 5x and a ton (100x) can be awarded.Bullseye went live to Microgaming and Quickfire customers on 1 December. Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

NYX Gaming confirms ‘binding agreement’ for £270 million Openbet acquisition

NYX Gaming confirms ‘binding agreement’ for £270 million Openbet acquisition

first_imgShare Submit Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Oddin.gg: The importance of live betting in esports June 11, 2020 Related Articles Jeremy Thompson-HillToronto TSX-listed NYX Gaming Group has updated the market, announcing that it has entered a ‘binding share agreement’ to purchase 100% of Openbet from private equity firm Vitruvian Partners LLP.NYX Gaming governance disclosed that it has placed a total consideration of £270 million for Openbet assets, which will include the repayment of the firm’s existing £95 million debt.The Toronto firms acquisition will be con-funded by operators William Hill and Sky Betting and Gaming (SB&G) who have agreed to contribute £100 million in combined equity investment (William Hill to contribute £80 million / SB&G £20 million).In February William Hill governance had agreed to partner with NYX Gaming, to create a ‘special vehicle’ for the full acquisition of Openbet, targeting a £300 million investment. Following today’s announcement, the William Hill is set to invest an additional £10 million equity in NYX Gaming creating a three-year development programme to modernise OpenBet’s technology.Throughout 2015/2016, the betting technology provider has been at the centre of speculation regarding its acquisition, with many industry analysts citing rival Playtech as its likely buyerIssuing a corporate statement, NYX Gaming governance outlined its motives for the acquisitionConfirming its binding agreement Matt Davey, NYX Gaming CEO commented on the deal:“The acquisition of OpenBet by NYX completes the portfolio of industry-leading products and services we offer to our customers. They are two highly complementary businesses with key strengths in regulated markets, technology services and gaming content. It positions NYX as the leading provider of B2B betting and gaming solutions on a global scale. We are looking forward to working with OpenBet and their customers to help them to deliver world class experiences to their players” Jeremy Thompson-Hill, CEO of OpenBet further commented: “The joining of OpenBet and NYX is a natural union born out of synergies in product, the customer base and, importantly, culture. It will enable us to leverage our knowledge, strengths and resources to deliver our customers with best-in-class products and technologies across all verticals and channels.”Founded in 1996, Openbet currently supplies the largest share of tier 1 bookmakers, its clients include Ladbrokes, Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet and William Hill. Openbet’s position as leading betting technology provider will likely see NYX Gaming and its equity partners, William Hill and SB&G restructure the company and its assets to avoid conflict with existing clients.Key client Paddy Power Betfair showed its support for the acquisition as James Midmer, Head of Corporate Communications commented, “We look forward to working with NYX and OpenBet and are confident that the combined group will continue to deliver a great product and service”.The binding agreement reached by NYX Gaming and Openbet is subject to customary conditions and approvals, including regulatory and stock exchange consent. Stakeholders expect to close the deal by May 2016 and no later than 3 months after executing its initial agreement. Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Commission chief warns industry to improve standards quickly

Commission chief warns industry to improve standards quickly

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share The Gambling Commission has again warned the industry that it needs to ‘accelerate the pace’ at which they are putting consumers at the heart of business decisions.Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison made the point during a speech to operators at the Commission’s first Raising Standards Conference in Birmingham, where the industry was challenged to become the most trusted gambling sector in the world.Harrison said that while operators had been making progress in areas including the development and implementation of harm reduction strategies and gambling management tools for consumers, she believes that there is still more to be done.She told the gambling industry: “You need to raise your ambitions and your sights higher. You need to step up the pace of change – in how you handle customer complaints; ensure advertising is clear; simplify terms and conditions; develop your risk management strategies on money laundering; evaluate the impact of social responsibility initiatives – and, working across all these areas, in how you do more to share best practice…“Don’t wait for a crisis to happen that shakes the very foundation of customers’ trust in your industry. Act now and demonstrate to consumers that your interest in their needs is genuine.”Harrison warned that future failures could result in stronger penalties. Many of the big land-based operators have already faced big fines, mainly for money laundering deficiencies but also some failures in social responsibility. This year alone Betfred was handed a £800,000 ‘penalty package’ following a licence review this year, Gala Coral forfeited £846,600 and Paddy Power contributed £280,000 to socially responsible causes. However it seems that the regulator doesn’t believe that issuing fines in this way is doing the job.Harrison added: “One of the principles in the Commission’s existing statement for licensing and regulation is a preference for pursuing compliance through means that stop short of a licence review, in favour of a regulatory settlement. We propose to remove this bias.“We will put access to all tools, including licence review – both of the operator and personal management licences – on an equal footing. Put simply we will use the right tool for the job.“In addition, we will propose changes to our statement on financial penalties with the likelihood of higher penalties going forward, in particular where we see systemic and repeated failings. Our principles on penalties already reflect the need to remove profits from non-compliance, take account of costs and consumer harm, and deter poor compliance but higher penalties are likely if we do not see behaviour changing.” UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Sporting Events that should be a bigger deal

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Sporting Events that should be a bigger deal

first_imgIn honor of this weekend’s Daytona 500, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of “The Morning Reaction” rank their Top 7 sporting events that should be a bigger deal.Luke Jones’ Top 7 … (Listen to full explanation HERE)7) Iditarod6) Little League World Series5) NCAA College World Series4) NCAA Lacrosse Final Four3) Belmont Stakes2) World Cup1) Army vs. NavyContinue >>>last_img

Leach only player missing from Thursday’s practice

Leach only player missing from Thursday’s practice

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after every player on the 53-man roster practiced in preparation for Sunday’s wild-card matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens were without a key starter on Thursday.Fullback Vonta Leach wasn’t present during the media viewing part of practice as he continues to deal with an ankle injury that’s plagued him for several weeks. He left Sunday’s game in Cincinnati in the first quarter after aggravating the ankle, but the Pro Bowl fullback practiced on Wednesday and has expressed confidence that he’ll play on Sunday.Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced on a limited basis despite not being present for the open portion of Thursday’s workout. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman sat out the regular-season finale in Cincinnati but has practiced on a limited basis the last two days.Starting left guard Jah Reid was practicing for the second straight day but was a limited participant and was listed as having a toe injury on Wednesday. The second-year lineman did not appear to be very active during the first 25 minutes of practice as teammates went through individual drills.Safety Bernard Pollard (chest) and right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) were again present and working in a limited fashion for the second day in a row. Both players were inactive in Week 17.Meanwhile, four players failed to practice for Indianapolis, including linebacker Robert Mathis (non-injury) and left guard Joe Reitz (concussion).BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Anthony Allen (head), TE Billy Bajema (head), WR Tandon Doss (ankle), CB Chris Johnson (thigh), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), RB Bernard Pierce (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), G Jah Reid (toe), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder/knee)FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), DE Arthur Jones (thigh), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder/thigh), T Kelechi Osemele (knee), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), WR Torrey Smith (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps)INDIANAPOLISDID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Robert Mathis (non-injury), T Bradley Sowell (illness), DT Kellen Heard (illness), G Joe Reitz (concussion)FULL PARTICIPATION: C Samson Satele (ankle), LB Jerrell Freeman (thumb), QB Andrew Luck (knee), CB Teddy Williams (knee), RB Delone Carter (ankle), DE Cory Redding (quad), NT Antonio Johnson (ankle), S Tom Zbikowski (knee), T Winston Justice (shoulder), C AQ Shipley (knee), LB Pat Angerer (illness)last_img read more

Ravens use fifth-round pick on Wisconsin offensive lineman Wagner

Ravens use fifth-round pick on Wisconsin offensive lineman Wagner

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens added depth to their offensive line in the fifth-round with the selection of Wisconsin guard Ricky Wagner.Taking with the 168th overall pick, Wagner played left tackle with the Badgers last season but is expected to work as an interior lineman at the next level. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound lineman was a first-team all-Big Ten selection last season.“I waited a little longer than I thought [to be picked], but good things come when you wait,” Wagner said in a conference call. “I can’t think of a better organization than the Ravens.”Wagner is considered a stronger run blocker than pass protector, which explains why he projects to be more of an inside player at the next level. Some teams viewed Wagner as a candidate to play right tackle, but the Ravens specified him as a guard when he was selected with their fifth-round compensatory pick.After earning Division I scholarship offers for basketball, Wagner elected to walk on for the Badgers and became a three-year starter at a program known for producing NFL offensive linemen. He played his final two years at left tackle after starting at right tackleHe became the second consecutive offensive player selected by the Ravens after they drafted fullback Kyle Juszczyk with the second fourth-round picklast_img read more

Orioles recall RHP Clark, option Britton to Triple-A Norfolk

Orioles recall RHP Clark, option Britton to Triple-A Norfolk

first_imgContinuing to need extra help in their overworked bullpen, the Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Zach Clark and optioned left-hander Zach Britton to Triple-A Norfolk before Tuesday night’s game in Seattle.The club also officially selected the contract of veteran catcher Chris Snyder and designated fellow catcher Luis Exposito for assignment to make room for Snyder on the 40-man roster.The 25-year-old Britton made his first start of the season on Monday, allowing six earned runs in six innings as the Orioles suffered a 6-2 loss to the Mariners. The Orioles will need a starter for Britton’s spot in the rotation on Saturday in Anaheim, which means they will likely be using their fourth different pitcher in the last four starts for the fifth spot in the rotation.Though Britton’s performance hardly inspired confidence, his demotion after just one start doesn’t speak well for his overall standing and likely doesn’t send the best message to young pitchers in the organization. The mentality that you need to earn a spot is fine, but holding too short of a leash could also make pitchers feel they need to be perfect, which isn’t conducive to being successful.Some had thought the club would elect to send out reserve outfielder Chris Dickerson, who has seldom been used as the fourth player on the bench. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t shied away from using a short bench in the past, so it seemed like an appropriate time to replace Dickerson with another arm to help the bullpen.The question now becomes whether Showalter and the Orioles will turn to veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, who pitched eight strong innings on Monday night and currently has a 2.67 ERA in five starts covering 33 2/3 innings of work. The 36-year-old agreed on Monday to extend his opt-out clause to May 14.Right-hander Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to start for the Tides on Friday, meaning he would also be a candidate for Saturday’s start against the Los Angeles Angels.Clark, 29, was born in Delaware and is a UMBC graduate who will be making his major league debut if and when he appears in a game for the Orioles. He is 1-2 with a 4.56 earned run average in five starts covering 25 2/3 innings with Norfolk this season. Last season, he went 15-7 with a 2.79 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) with Double-A Bowie and the Tides.The rookie will wear No. 64.The 32-year-old Snyder was acquired in a trade with the Angels on Sunday. He is a career .225 hitter in nine major league seasons with Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Houston. He has thrown out 29 percent (141-for-488) of attempted base stealers in his career. Snyder was batting .342 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 21 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He will wear No. 48.Exposito didn’t appear in a game during his two-day stint with the 25-man roster following the weekend injury to backup catcher Taylor Teagarden.In other roster news, right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Norfolk after making two rehab starts for the Tides. He was placed on the DL on March 23 with a right lat strain.Optioning Johnson to the Tides means he will not be an option for Saturday’s start as he will need to remain with the Tides for 10 days barring an injury on the 25-man roster that forces a player to the disabled list.last_img read more