GFC, Police set up dream Corona final

first_imgGEORGETOWN Football Club (GFC) will take on Police in the final of the Corona Beer Invitational tournament in less than seven days’ time at the GFC ground, Bourda.The two teams had very different paths to their respective final spots.In the first semi-final at the GFC ground on Sunday evening, the hosts railroaded Northern Rangers 3-0 after some stunning football.GFC always looked positive and heightened their playing spirit, leading to their first goal in the 14th from Benjamin Opera.He followed up just after the half and latched on to the end of a beautiful pass to score his and GFC’s second of the night in the 55th minute, to set his side on the path to victory before Dwayne Roberts closed off the show in the 64th.In the second game, however, it was an absolute nightmare for both sides as four red cards were shared equally between the two teams.Quincy Holder of Police and Barrel Tyrell were both ejected in the 31st minute after an on-field altercation leaving both teams down to 10 men before the first-half whistle.Eventually, Western suffered further loss when Linden Pickett departed for a brutal challenge in the midfield, sending the fans on the sidelines into frenzy.It wasn’t long after, that Lerone Charles in the 72nd got his marching orders back to the pavilion after a two-feet lunge on an opposing player.In the end, Dwain Jacobs secured the winning goal for Police and put them through to the final.Western will now have to play Northern Rangers for third place.last_img read more

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Mikel Obi: Still in Rohr’s Plan

first_imgJohn Mikel Obi, With Mikel also failing to fix any particular date on his much-expected return to the Eagles, the Franco-German gaffer had declared in a media chat last month that he did not know the Teda star’s schedule.Dismissing suggestions that the Super Eagles are lacking a natural number 10 in the centre of the pitch ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with the international future of Obi Mikel up in the air, the German tactician has stressed that he was not searching for a playmaker and had identified three players who could replace the Chelsea hero if he was not available for selection.“I am not worried about it because we have a lot of players who can be natural playmakers. You know we have players like Etebo who can be a playmaker, he can also be a good defensive midfielder,” Rohr had told national television.“We have Alex Iwobi who played in this position and did very well in Johannesburg, we have Ahmed Musa who is coming in from the left side and can give good balls and score himself. You know that it is not necessary to have this position of number 10 in modern football. Everybody must be able to make the play, to be a playmaker even the defensive midfielders or even the defenders have to give good balls and to construct the game.”The scenario has however taken a new twist with Rohr saying recently that he hoped the Middlesbrough midfielder could lead his country to Africa Cup of Nations success later this year.After leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda earlier this year, Mikel has dropped off the international scene, yet his move to Boro could trigger a recall.“We are happy to see our captain now playing for a big club. We hope to see him fit and playing regularly,” Rohr told footballlive.NG“That’s what we want for all players. They should keep playing well with their teams and keep doing well. With Mikel playing in a tough league, maybe he can help Nigeria win the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.”The tournament, which starts on June 21, won’t coincide with Boro’s promotion push with Tony Pulis’ side sitting sixth in the Championship.Mikel has played two games for Boro in the league, impressing against promotion rivals West Brom and Leeds.Meanwhile, while expressing his dissatisfaction with the doubts that surfaced over his Super Eagles future last year, Mikel speaking via his Nigerian intermediary Babawo Mohammed wondered how doubts over his commitments surfaced in the first place.“The doubts over his commitments got to him because he adores playing for the Super Eagles and as captain, he wants to be a shining light for the young players in the team,” Babawo said.“If Mikel is no longer interested in playing for Nigeria he will make an official announcement but for now it’s due to injury. People should understand his commitment and love for the Super Eagles. He will no doubt support them to qualify for the Cup of Nations because he wants to play and lift it again with the Super Eagles,” he remarked.Mikel surprised bookmakers when he joined Championship side, Middlesbrough on a short term deal till the end of the season after he became a free agent in November after a two-year spell with Tianjin Teda in China.“I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony Pulis, had a good chat with him. He’s told me where he wants to go with it and it definitely fits with what I want to do.“The club wants to get promoted so hopefully, I’m here to help in any way I can. It’s a family club and this is what I want. I like stability and this is why I was at Chelsea for a very long time.”Pulis added: “I’m pleased to get him in. He is a man with a lot of experience and quality. He has a winning mentality and he wants to be here, be a part of what we are looking to achieve.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Against the earlier insinuation that Middlesbrough of England midfielder, Mikel Obi could no longer be counted upon to play for the Super Eagles after he last played for the team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the national team Manager, Gernot Rohr, is still counting on him to lead Nigeria to the AFCON in EgyptAfter severally defending the Super Eagles captain on his availability for the national team, that he only asked to be excused from the team for a while, Nigeria national team Manager, Gernot Rohr, last month went on to admit that he was no longer certain over his future with the national team after he last played for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Before then, Rohr had all along maintained that he and Mikel were in regular contact over the midfielder’s decision to regain full fitness before returning to international duty, the gaffer is now sounding less certain.last_img read more

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Pair of students join council to bridge gap between USC, community

first_imgAs part of a continuing effort to encourage discourse between students and the local community, two USC students were appointed to open spots on a local neighborhood council, giving them the chance to weigh in on current developments near the University Park Campus.The Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council, part of a citywide system of local forums, allows members of the public to discuss and oversee the development and growth of their individual districts.Discourse · Daniel Wu and Samantha Foley, both seniors, were elected to the North Area Neighborhood Development Council. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“The fate of the campus and the community is linked,” said Daniel Wu, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies in urban studies, who was elected to the council .Wu and Samantha Foley, a senior majoring in political science and international relations, were selected earlier this semester to fill open spots on the council, one of which was previously filled by alumnus Max Slavkin. Both said they plan to contribute to the neighborhood council by bridging the needs and concerns of students, faculty and staff with those of community members.“I’m hoping to have a more cohesive environment between the community and students and bring the two groups together a little more, to make the community more comfortable with USC and vice versa,” said Foley, who had previously served as the director of campus affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government.Foley said she joined to represent student interests and have a greater impact on the community.“We’re dealing with the issues on a bigger scale than just the USC campus,” she said.Wu served alongside Foley in USG as the assistant director of diversity last year. He also helped found the coalition of USC student organizations known as Campus and Community United last year. CCU promotes campus and community partnerships, inclusion and economic justice and works to sustain neighborhood opportunity through education, employment and affordable housing, Wu said.“He’s got a lot of ideas on how to make the community more cohesive with the university,” Foley said.Wu said one of his goals in joining NANDC is to transform abandoned sites in the area into community investments like a neighborhood opportunity center.“Perhaps USC can partner with the Figueroa Corridor Land Trust to developed mix-use retail and affordable housing in that area and to really create a win-win situation,” Wu said. “There’s always more to be done.”Wu and Foley started their work with NANDC by serving on the economic development committee to provide input and assistance for its two main projects: creating a campus and community farmer’s market and advocating select retailers for the University Gateway development.The committee was created last year to address the needs of local residents and to gather community feedback through surveys and open-house events where community members are able to speak with developers, said Shawn Simons, president of NANDC.The neighborhood council aims to facilitate a collaborative farmers’ market — bringing the area’s pre-existing markets together — to promote strong partnership in the community and encourage small business entrepreneurship, Wu said.“It’s really trying to build on the infrastructure already in place,” he said.Foley added that the unified farmer’s market plan is intended to make the market more accessible to both students and community members while providing a convenient location for vendors who wouldn’t be charged for a space in the market.“It creates an environment where students and residents can interact with one another,” she said.The retail component of University Gateway is another focus of NANDC, which plans to advocate for responsible stores and dining options that would function well in its location on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street.“We’re working on having community input on the retail and restaurant space for all of the new developments that are going on,” Simons said.The committee members are also preparing a community prospectus to attract appropriate retailers to upcoming projects, including those at Gateway and the University Village, to benefit the overlapping needs of students and local residents, Simons said.In addition to their independent efforts and work with the committee, Wu and Foley also plan to use their year to also build awareness of the council on campus.“Daniel and I are both seniors so once our positions are up in the spring, we’ll be looking for other USC students who are interested in joining the council,” Foley said. “It’s really crucial that USC students get involved because we are a big part of the north [university] area.”Board members are currently elected to NANDC following the conclusion of USC’s spring semester at the end of June. They are attempting to move up the election to the school year, however, so they can increase student involvement, Foley said. Although no seats are designated for USC students, they are able to run for area-specific or at-large board seats.“If students are interested, they should definitely come … and have their voices heard,” Simons said.last_img read more

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Youth movement: UConn loses Walker but features talented young team trying to defend national title

first_imgNEW YORK — Jeremy Lamb sat in his chair during Big East media day, flanked by teammates Shabazz Napier on his right and Alex Oriakhi on the left. Mobbed by reporters, Lamb politely answered each and every question, occasionally glancing down at his phone and then looking back up to finish his answer. To those who don’t know Lamb, that scene personifies the public’s perception of the Connecticut sophomore forward — quiet, laid-back, soft-spoken. But the assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth. ‘Once you get him behind closed doors, he’s loud, he’s boisterous, he’s gregarious, he’s funny,’ said Jesse McMillan, Lamb’s high school coach at Norcross (Ga.) High School. ‘When he’s around friends and people he feels comfortable with, he’s almost a clown. So we always laugh at the fact that he seems to have people snowed. And they think that he’s a quiet guy, and that’s not the case at all.’ Lamb’s true personality shined on the court last season for the defending national champion Huskies as they made their run through the Big East tournament and NCAA Tournament. He played second fiddle to Walker’s heroics, but without his consistent ability to be the No. 2 scorer, UConn never would have won the title.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Now, Lamb may very well hold the key if No. 4 Connecticut looks to win it all again. Lamb’s ability to be the next Husky superstar is one of many questions facing a UConn squad that surprised many on its way to 11 straight wins and a national title last season. With Walker gone to the NBA, Napier, also a sophomore, must step in and run the point. Andre Drummond, UConn’s highly touted 6-foot-10, 270-pound freshman, is just another player that has this Huskies team buzzing. ‘Last year was a totally different team,’ Lamb said. ‘This is a new team. This is our time to build our new team.’ Walker’s departure was offset, in theory, by the addition of three impressive freshmen. That, coupled with the experience gained last year by UConn’s young roster, is the cause of increased expectations in 2011. Last season, Connecticut was picked 10th in the league’s preseason poll. This season, the team was picked in a tie for first with Syracuse in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. ‘Last year, we weren’t expected to do anything,’ Oriakhi said. ‘So the key for us was all we had to do was play basketball, so that was easy. But this year, it’s definitely a different story.’ The rankings don’t deter UConn head coach Jim Calhoun, who enters his 26th season at the helm of Connecticut. He’s just fine with the expectations heaped upon his squad. ‘The favorite part doesn’t bother me,’ Calhoun said. ‘But being picked 8th-9th, 1-2, I like 1-2 because people think you’re good. We’re trying to be 1-2 anyways every year, and we have a good record of doing that, so it’s not really an issue for us being where we’re picked.’ Lamb’s phenomenal end to the season last year is one reason why people are thinking he’s going to be special in 2011-12. He was named to the AP Preseason All-America Team and will take over as one of the team’s leaders and the go-to scorer. He’s gained 18 pounds since last year and spent this past summer honing his skills in Latvia on the United States U-19 team. His defensive ability and ball handling have improved, said McMillan, his high school coach. Still, the expectations don’t bother the sophomore. ‘I don’t feel pressure,’ Lamb said. ‘I was talking to one of my coaches, and they just said, ‘You going to the gym at night, stuff like that, hard work pays off.’ I just have to stay in the gym and do what I know to do.’ Calhoun enjoys telling the story of how far Lamb will go in search of a gym. Every night, Lamb shoots 200 to 300 jumpers, but one night he called Calhoun from Europe and said he couldn’t find a gym in Latvia. He was disappointed, saddened. That’s how important the shots were to him. It left an impression on Calhoun. The coach rattles off past superstars he’s coached: Walker, Ray Allen and Caron Butler, all players he said relished the burden of responsibility and grew in it. He feels the same way about Lamb. McMillan was there for Lamb’s high school days and can back up that statement. His junior year at Norcross, Lamb came off the bench and backed up his older brother. He wasn’t one of the team’s top players. But entering his senior year, he completely changed. ‘He had such a jump in his level of play and his confidence,’ McMillan said. ‘Going into his senior year, we kind of saw flashes of where he is now, that potential.’ But unlike last year, when Walker was the undisputed star of the Huskies, Lamb has substantial support that has many, including UConn players and opponents, calling this year’s team better than the national championship squad. Calhoun and Oriakhi rave about Drummond’s natural physical gifts and his ability to listen. Having another big man down low will also benefit Oriakhi and help him avoid double teams. And Napier, the new starting point guard, had a year to learn from Walker. ‘A lot of things (Walker) did last year, it was amazing,’ Napier said, ‘but when you look back at film, it was just simple. He didn’t make anything harder than what it was. All the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ he did were just because he was so fundamentally sound. And that’s what I’m trying to work on.’ Last season, Napier showed he has the ability to run the point — he was second on the team in assists behind Walker. But replacing Walker amounts to more than just filling the stat sheet. After wins in the Maui Invitational and Big East tournament last year, Walker brought the trophy with him for the bus ride. Each time, his teammates gave him a standing ovation. The team, Calhoun said, relished Walker’s greatness. And as talented as this year’s team might be, the head coach acknowledges that no one can fill Walker’s shoes that easily. ‘We have more good players than we did last year,’ Calhoun said. ‘The only thing we don’t have, we don’t have anybody as magical right now. As talented as some of these young kids may be, they aren’t magical.’ But even if UConn has more talent this year, getting the pieces to fit together is a task in and of itself. Right now, the Huskies are 0-0, Calhoun tells his players. Last year’s title means nothing. The season following UConn’s 2009 Final Four run was a regression. The Huskies lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The result shocked Calhoun. This time around, his thoughts echo those of his players — new year, new team, time to get back to work. And UConn will look to Lamb to lead that new pursuit. No, he’s not magical like Walker. But he’s the new UConn superstar Calhoun and the eager Huskies will depend on in their quest for a second-straight title. ‘We’re not the defending national champs,’ Calhoun said. ‘We’re one of the teams that are eligible to win the national championship. So we aren’t defending anything. We got that. What we are is starting on a new pursuit, with a different team. ‘ … I don’t love this team like last year — yet. But they’re pretty likeable.’ rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast: The true hero in Clemson was the Smokin’ Pig

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) nearly defeated then-No.3 Clemson on Saturday in Death Valley. But in the second half, Clemson erased a 10-point SU lead to win 27-23. On this D.O. Sportscast the beat writers break down the Clemson game, discuss what it means in the larger context of the season and look forward to the Orange’s matchup with Pittsburgh. SCHAFER: And we’re back! The D.O. Sportscast — Josh Schafer here with Andrew Graham and Matt Liberman. We’re gonna break down Clemson a little bit, talk a little bit about what’s going on with Syracuse football in general and get into next Saturday but first, guys, let’s talk about Clemson, South Carolina a little bit. I kinda like that place. LIBERMAN: That place was very nice. GRAHAM: I should’ve found the transfer office. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSCHAFER: Matt, favorite part of the trip to Clemson. LIBERMAN: Well, the first thing that I noticed being around the whole Clemson-Greenville-Spartan area is just, it screams moneybags. Everything around any road — everything is perfectly trimmed, the hedges are beautiful, I drove by the Greenville airport and they had a geyser. Everything around it was just beautiful. It was serene. But if I had to pick my favorite thing: In Memorial Stadium, they have a giant monitor and two monitors beside it, and when they call third down, they have a tiger appear on it and roar third down. And I saw that, and I was like “Wow, that’s really cool.” SCHAFER: Andrew? GRAHAM: I’m actually gonna take us out to Pendleton, South Carolina, I believe, and I think Schafer and I might have the same favorite thing, but the Smokin’ Pig. Shout out. A top five meal I’ve ever had. SCHAFER: That pig — there is no way that I could pick anything but that pig. GRAHAM: Yeah. SCHAFER: The brisket was so tender. I had something called Sweet Potato Crunch, still don’t know what it was — GRAHAM: Unreal. SCHAFER: Apple cobbler came as a side. They said, we’re gonna give you dessert. GRAHAM: And it was seasonal so it was apple cobbler. If we had been there a couple weeks earlier, it would’ve been peach season. SCHAFER: So I would’ve downgraded my meal, I’m very happy I got apple cobbler. GRAHAM: You’re telling me you would rather have apple over peach cobbler?LIBERMAN: Apple, any day.SCHAFER: Yes. Apples and oranges. Anyway. GRAHAM: Apples and peaches. SCHAFER: Andrew, how important was that game in the overall landscape of, let’s say the season, the program, in general how important was it? GRAHAM: It was an important game, I mean anytime you have a chance to play a team as good as Clemson, it’s important. That’s a game you look forward to, that’s a game to measure to. And I think if you look at — obviously Syracuse beat Clemson last year, but lost every game afterwards. Finished 4-8 the last two years. Just hasn’t been really relevant in recent seasons. And I think if you look at Syracuse this season, people are talking about getting ranked, people are talking about making a bowl game and winning a bowl game. People are even saying they could win maybe 10 games now. So if you think about — and that’s after a loss — they almost beat the number three team in the country, I think it was important for Syracuse to show just how far it’s come. And it did. LIBERMAN: On the flip side, I look at this as a huge missed opportunity. I mean, I’m one of the believers who thinks they had this game won. I think the entire team thought they had this game won, I think the entire coaching staff thinks they had this game won. If they had won, I don’t think it’s that ridiculous to say they would’ve made a New Years day bowl game. SCHAFER: Hm. LIBERMAN: Let me explain. You win that game, you’re 5-0. The ACC is very down this year, just in terms of overall talent. Pitt isn’t like it has been in past years, Florida State clearly not like its been in past years, Louisville not like its been in past years, Wake Forest not like its been in past years. Looking at the remaining schedule, there are two very hard games and there’s one decently hard game. NC State coming in is a very hard game because of Ryan Finley’s talent. I think that when you play Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium I think that’s a very hard game. GRAHAM: And Notre Dame, they’re looking like playoff contenders. LIBERMAN: Notre Dame is certainly a playoff contender. And I think B.C. is a decently hard game, but I think that when you look at those three games, Syracuse will definitely win one. And then if you look at the remainders on the schedule, probably worse than Florida State. GRAHAM: Well, they did lose to Florida State. SCHAFER: You know a team has to win 11 games to make a New Years Six game. LIBERMAN: 10. SCHAFER: Still. GRAHAM: I think they could even get there with nine, I mean think about how many bowl games there are these days. SCHAFER: Yeah, but we’re talking about a New Years Six bowl game. So there’s only six. GRAHAM: New Years Six is different than a New Years day game. New Years Six, no. SCHAFER: Didn’t you say New Years Six? GRAHAM: He said New Years day.LIBERMAN: I meant New Years Six though. GRAHAM: Alright — if we’re talking New Years Six, not a chance. They need to win 10 or 11. SCHAFER: Right. But we just established they’re not playing good teams in the ACC. LIBERMAN: But this is what I’m saying — if they had won this game, you’re now 5-0 with a win over the number three team in the country. SCHAFER: I’m gonna pull up — Syracuse needs to be consistently good, not occasionally great. If they beat Clemson on the road, they’re consistently good through five games, but they’ve fallen off the cliff every other year. So you need to wait and see how they play in a road game against Pitt and how they play in a road game against Wake before we just send them to the Rose Bowl. LIBERMAN: Look, I certainly agree, but what’s something — you can’t predict injuries. I don’t think we’re in the business of saying “Oh, I assume Eric Dungey’s going to miss the last four games of the season.” If you have a perfectly healthy team, I don’t think they go 4-8 last year. SCHAFER: Yeah. GRAHAM: All we can say if it was different, is that it would’ve been different. I think, I mean obviously Dungey’s health is critical to this team, you know, I mean, DeVito has looked fine when he’s played, I don’t think a Dungey injury would be as catastrophic as it’s been in last years — LIBERMAN: No, with this being potentially a huge win in the remainder of the home games, I don’t think it’s that ridiculous to say that they might win 10 games. SCHAFER: I just think that you’re — you’re acting like the Syracuse Orange are the New England Patriots and they win the games they’re favored in. Syracuse has let teams come into the Dome the last two years and choked them away. LIBERMAN: But the point that I’m trying to make is those mediocre teams that Syracuse has lost to in the past are worse this year than they’ve been in past years, and Syracuse is more talented than they’ve been in the past. SCHAFER: Is Louisville this year worse than Middle Tennessee State last year? LIBERMAN: I mean … SCHAFER: That’s debatable. LIBERMAN: They might be. They might be. SCHAFER: I think we could have a whole podcast on that. GRAHAM: Well, we’re on the brink of having one. LIBERMAN: But Wake Forest is worse this year than they were last year. SCHAFER: Andrew, when you look at the game overall, and the few things that Syracuse kinda, we’ll say missed — first downs and I think it was twenty points, what can’t repeat from that second half? GRAHAM: It’s gotta be running the ball both ways. The run defense completely collapsed. Travis Etienne just put the game away for Clemson. He brought them back into it and ended it. He scored all three of their touchdowns, he had 203 yards, a career high. He was one of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest reason, that Clemson won that game. On the flip side, Syracuse finished with 61 net rushing yards. Clemson has one of the best defensive fronts, if not the best defensive front, in the country. Syracuse was never going to have an easy time running the ball in that game. So I can’t say that they needed to stick to the run game and find a way to make it work in that game, but going to Pitt, against a team that is not nearly as good up front — still talented, still well coached, Pat Narduzzi is one of, I think, the better defensive head coaches in the country — they gotta be able to get back to running the football. Because you’re not going to win games solely on throwing the ball. SCHAFER: The bigger thing to take out of those two for me is the tackling and the run defense last week. Just because Syracuse was there a lot, linebackers weren’t blocked and didn’t make the plays, safeties came down and missed tackles too. That can happen against anyone. The rushing offense, like you said, it can’t continue honestly, you can’t rush for 63 yards. GRAHAM: There does need to be a commitment — against Clemson, I can’t fault a team for getting away from running the football if it’s not working. There just aren’t many scenarios where you can find them working. SCHAFER: There’s a certain extent of running an offense against Clemson where you just take what that defensive line is giving you. GRAHAM: Yeah. Like, you gotta find ways to make it work. SCHAFER: Matt, what can’t repeat for you?LIBERMAN: Just the overall tackling. When you look at the run defense, there were certainly moments where Travis Etienne just got out and he’s just faster than a lot of the guys. But if you look at the last touchdown that he scored — the second to last one that he scored where he ran from 26 yards out, that was two broken tackles that were missed, essentially, at the line of scrimmage. Ryan Guthrie and Andre Cisco just tried to grab him at his ankle. You gotta meet the guy head on. There were plenty of situations — I mean, the fact that their third string running back was eating against Syracuse, that can’t happen. They were just missing guys, they weren’t wrapping well at the line of scrimmage, and they were just letting Clemson beat them. SCHAFER: Yeah. The tackling overall, especially when you go back and watch it — and Dino pointed it out today, it just wasn’t as strong as we would’ve hoped. But what’s a positive, a trending topic, to look out for as Syracuse continues their season Matt? LIBERMAN: Just overall play in the trenches. When you look at this game, like you said, Clemson is probably the best defensive line in the country. Dino said it might be the best defensive line he’s ever seen last week. And they only allowed one sack. Granted, it was in the final thirty seconds of the game. And you look on the flip side, Syracuse had four sacks, which was above their average for the entire season so far. And you wouldn’t think “hey, I’m going to go do this against the best athletes that I’ve played so far this season.” Kendall Coleman played really well. He’s playing like a man on a mission right now compared to where he’s been in the past. Overall, they’re applying pressure and giving Dungey time. SCHAFER: Andrew?GRAHAM: I’m gonna go with wide receiver play, I think their wide receivers looked really good on Saturday. Jamal Custis had that catch and double coverage, Devin Butler even made a good catch, high pointing a ball through contact. Dungey was really spreading it around you know, I think two players had receptions and every player had at least two including running backs. I think when you look at past teams, obviously Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips were great receivers and Dungey could always go to them, but having — when you can go five wide and trust that you can hit every receiver or three wide with a tight end and a running back, and still be able to throw to all five players who aren’t offensive linemen, that’s gotta be a great feeling as quarterback.SCHAFER: I gotta give a shoutout to the specialists. GRAHAM: Yeah. SCHAFER: Andre Szmyt, specialist of the week for the ACC. Three for three kicking. Hofrichter looked great. GRAHAM: Hofrichter I think had two or three 50 yard plus punts. SCHAFER: Some might say Syracuse made Clemson muff punts. GRAHAM: Eh… SCHAFER: Not exactly. But still, Syracuse pinned Clemson for what was a 96 yard drive to win that game. Like, that’s a good job by the punting team. GRAHAM: Plus Syracuse has the number one special teams unit in the country. LIBERMAN: Yup. SCHAFER: Fun facts from Andrew Graham. Well, we’re gonna shift gears a little bit, and stop being so serious and stiff. We’re bringing on Digital Editor Andy Mendes once again — Andy, what’s up? MENDES: Uh, not much! Just chillin. It’s digital night at The Daily Orange, so I’m thriving. In my element. SCHAFER: We had to bring Andy on for the podcast again, mainly because Andy is from Pittsburgh. So Andy will be traveling with Matt and Andrew this week to where, Andy? Where we headed this weekend? MENDES: To my home. My home in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Where we will be staying. They’ll be doing game things, and I’ll just be with my family. Because they wanted me back. SCHAFER: And so Andy, we wanted to ask you our first question, we’re all gonna pick here. But, so last week Syracuse played the Clemson Tigers. This week they play the Pitt Panthers. Of any large cat, it doesn’t need to be a panther or tiger it can be anything, what is your favorite large cat animal?MENDES: Good question. I’d have to go with the lynx. Just based off the letter combo. It’s a great word for Scrabble.GRAHAM: If you hit that on the triple word score …MENDES: You’re golden.GRAHAM: Yeah.SCHAFER: Matt, what do you got?LIBERMAN: I’m gonna have to go with the black panther. Not just because of cultural reasons recently with the movie, just overall I think it’s an awesome animal.GRAHAM: Uh, snow leopards. I think they’re just one of the better-looking big cats out there. Matt Liberman has actually informed me, very recently, that the Rosamond Gifford in Syracuse has two baby snow leopards, so I might be going to check those out soon.MENDES: Aw.SCHAFER: I’d probably have to pick the most comparable big cat to myself, which is a cheetah, for my speed. I’d also like to give a shout-out to my cat at home, Lu Lu. She is not the biggest cat …LIBERMAN: But she has the biggest heart. SCHAFER: Right. She plays big. So that’s what counts.MENDES: You can visit my cat, Shadow. She’ll be at home.SCHAFER: Shadow is now the Daily Orange Sportscast favorite cat.MENDES: Oh, she’ll be so honored. Behind Lu Lu. SCHAFER: Let’s do Pitt predictions real quick. Andrew, Matt, let’s start off with you guys, and maybe Andy can base his predictions off you guys? Or maybe he has a take I wouldn’t know of? GRAHAM: I’m gonna take Syracuse in this one. I think Vegas has it as Syracuse has 4.5? It opened at, something like that? I’d give Syracuse a bit more than that. I mean, I’m willing to say that they win about, 10 points, two touchdowns? I just think the offense has been clicking, obviously Clemson was a bit of an arbitration, just in terms of the level of defense they’re playing. Pitt is a well-coached team, but I just think Syracuse is a little more talented, and Pitt’s quarterback situation hasn’t been great recently. LIBERMAN: Like you said, Pitt’s quarterback situation has not been good, that said, Syracuse struggles to play at Pitt. Hasn’t won a game there since 2001. I think the game could be a little closer than two touchdowns. I see it being between 7 and 10. I think Syracuse is the more talented team, I think they’re the far superior team overall, but I think that road environment gives Pitt a little bit of an edge, and I think there’s a hangover effect for this game, just such a demoralizing loss that I think that might impact the guys a little bit, they might be slow out of the gate. SCHAFER: Andy, who do you got?MENDES: I gotta go Orange, I gotta go Syracuse. Fun fact about the Pitt quarterback situation, an ex-Pitt quarterback is actually a close family friend. So, the more you know. Connections. Small world. But I gotta go SU, in recent memory, it’s just hard for Pitt to beat ‘em. It’s sad. It’s really great for me though, hold it over all of my friends, back home. They love it.SCHAFER: So, I’m picking Syracuse. And in my beat writer predictions, I’m just going to let Andy write it. And I’m just picking SU because Andy did, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. We’re gonna finish with our 30-second sound offs, we’re gonna save Andy for last because he’s never done one and I’m very curious what he’s gonna say. Andrew, you’re gonna be up first. Ready? Set, go. GRAHAM: It was announced today that Le’Veon Bell is reporting to the Steelers, I believe, on their bye week, Week 7, I believe that’s three weeks from now? SCHAFER: Wrecked my fantasy team. GRAHAM: Yeah, well, I’m getting him back, I was anticipating him coming back this soon. People said a lot aboutLe’Veon Bell. I think he made the right decision in understanding his value to any football team he plays on, and that he should be demanding as much money as he can get because his career could get short on any play. SCHAFER: Graham even saved us a second there, that’s a second less of content there for the listeners, so that’s kind of a sham.GRAHAM: I’m sorry, Paul Schwedelson. SCHAFER: Matt, what do you got? LIBERMAN: So, when you look at Penn State after the game, James Franklin went off about saying that he’s sick and tired of his team being a great team but they need to be an elite team. That said, they looked at an elite team for the entire game only to have what I think what might be the dumbest play call in history. GRAHAM: Wow. LIBERMAN: On fourth and five, Trace Mcsorely was playing unbelievably the entire game, you took the ball out of his hands. He’s played hero ball for a long time, why not let him be one again. SCHAFER: And last but not least, Andy Mendes. MENDES: I just want everybody to know, all the listeners, that I’m currently 2 and 1 in my fantasy football league, and I have won the last three times I’ve played, so obviously I am qualified to be here on the Sportscast. Also, completely unrelated, as of tonight Ansel Algort has been cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. And I am very upset about it and very heated. Not my Tony. Not my West Side Story. I’m very upset.GRAHAM: Well, new and fresh content for the D.O. Sportscast.SCHAFER: Finally something on a thirty-second sound off that wasn’t sports related. I tell them they can go off every time, they never do. And my favorite part is that I never have to do one. GRAHAM: I’m gonna make you do one. SCHAFER: Not tonight. LIBERMAN: He runs the computer, how are you gonna make him do it? SCHAFER: See this button I’m hovering over? GRAHAM: Click it. SCHAFER: And then I say “this has been the D.O. Sportscast.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:12 amlast_img read more

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Nominations open for expanded SBC Awards

first_img Class of 2020 join Sports Betting Hall of Fame in virtual ceremony July 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Golden Race presents unified virtuals, slots and live games API October 9, 2019 Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Share Nominations for the new look SBC Awards have opened with an expanded 28 categories up for grabs. Held on Tuesday 5 December, this year’s SBC Awards is going even further to recognise excellence in all areas of the sports betting industry by splitting the categories into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards.SBC will also once again be recognising those who have contributed a great deal to the industry by inducting new entrants to the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame.The stunning Artillery Gardens at the HAC in Central London has been confirmed as the host venue for this year’s event, reflecting the expanded scope of the awards. 500 industry delegates will be gathering for fun networking, a sit down meal and live entertainment and possibly picking up an SBC Award trophy for excellence in their field.SBC Founder & CEO Rasmus Sojmark explained: “Given the many elements of the sports betting value chain, we felt it was only fair to expand our categories in order to recognise the hard work at all stages that goes into making the sports betting industry such an innovative and dynamic one.“Our new venue at the Artillery Gardens is spectacular and the perfect place for the last big industry meet up of the year before Christmas.”OPERATOR/AFFILIATE CATEGORIESBookmaker of the YearRising Star in Sports BettingFootball Bookmaker of the YearRacing Bookmaker of the YearMobile Bookmaker of the YearEsports Bookmaker of the YearSocially Responsible Bookmaker of the YearMarketing Campaign of the YearAffiliate of the YearBest Affiliate Product InnovationBest Affiliate Partner SchemeSUPPLIER CATEGORIESWhite Label Supplier of the YearSportsbook Supplier of the YearStandalone Platform Provider of the YearMarketing Agency of the YearEsports Supplier of the YearRising Star in Sports Betting InnovationBest Live Betting ProductBest Live Streaming ProductBest Sports SponsorshipBest Sports Data ProductBest Payment ProductBest Retail Betting ProductBest Virtual Football ProductBest Virtual Sports ProductBest DFS ProductBest Multi-Channel SupplierBest Sport Themed Game/SlotNOMINATE YOUR COMPANY HEREThis year’s SBC Awards will start with a nomination phase, which closes on Friday 22nd September, before moving into a two-pronged judging process.The Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote between anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports Conferences, while a hand-picked judging panel will help to pick out the truly ground-breaking entries for the Supplier Awards.Anyone wishing to attend the event can book tables to celebrate an outstanding year for the sports betting industry should email sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information.For enquiries about sponsorship opportunities please also contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uklast_img read more

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B2B plans on hold for Betsson despite strong Q1 opening

first_img StumbleUpon Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson AB has reported a strong opening to 2020 trading, as the company moves to significantly expand its B2C portfolio and sportsbook capacities.Publishing its Q1 2020 trading update for the three month period ending 31 March, Betsson recorded group revenues of SEK 1,417m (€130m) – up 7% on corresponding Q1 2019’s SEK 1,333m.Betsson attributed growth during the period to a strong sportsbook performance, generating income of SEK 384.9m (Q12019: SEK 298m), while its flagship online casino division maintained revenues at SEK 1014m (Q12019: SEK 1011m).“We had a strong first quarter in all areas and I look forward to the future with confidence,” said Pontus Lindwall, President and CEO of Betsson AB. “We reached a milestone in signing our first pure sportsbook customer, we have made a value accretive acquisition and we have launched a new casino product.”Facing a tougher regulatory backdrop across Nordic and Western European markets, Betsson revealed that company duties had increased by 20% to SEK 506m (€45m), corresponding to 35% of group revenues.Countering home market headwinds, Betsson has continued to diversify its regional make-up. The company detailed strong revenues for its Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) assets at SEK 424.7m (Q12019: 248.2m), an increase of 71%.Further group expenses during the quarter totalled SEK 474m, which Betsson attributed to M&A costs and expanding resources to improve its technology platforms.Closing its Q1 2020 accounts, Betsson recorded a 2% increase in EBITDA to SEK 353m (Q12019: SEK 346m) combined with a 2% increase in group operating profits to SEK 260m (Q12019: SEK 355m). For the remainder of 2020,  Betsson highlighted that the company will move to significantly expand its B2C portfolio, having acquired the brand portfolio of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) during Q1 trading.    Lindwall added: “Betsson has the ambition to grow faster than the market, organically and via acquisitions. This quarter, we acquired an online gambling B2C business which is included in our books from mid-April and is expected to contribute positively to our earnings from day one.”The company maintains its plans to launch a B2B sportsbook segment during H2 trading, despite its schedule facing COVID-19 interruptions. Lindwall continued: “‘ibet’ is our first pure B2B sportsbook customer with the plan to launch in time for the Euro 2020. Due to the current situation, launch has been postponed until the leagues and tournaments resume. “Our intention is to sell our highly competitive sportsbook to external operators and we are seeing strong interest in this area.”Betsson signed off its trading update by detailing no major changes to its overriding corporate strategy or product planning, with the company expressing its confidence in navigating COVID-19 disruptions.Lindwall concluded: “I’m impressed with how well the Company has adapted to the current global challenge. We are performing surprisingly well with no major disruption to the business and we see no need to make any changes to our strategy or the way we operate. We will continue investing in our technology and product portfolio and will launch new products and features as planned.”last_img read more

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Yasiel Puig returns to practice with LA Dodgers

first_imgBrown was one of 20 minor leaguers with a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 30-year-old pitched two seasons for the Colorado Rockies, who placed him on waivers over the winter. He had a sore right shoulder when he reported to camp. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yasiel Puig was cleared to practice with the Dodgers on Friday, three days after the outfielder had his two left wisdom teeth removed.Puig, 25, reported early to camp this year. Friday, he said the procedure wasn’t an emergency. Rather, his dentist merely advised him to get the procedure out of the way early. The team’s first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch was Thursday.Puig confirmed the threadbare substance of a TMZ report that he now owns a helicopter, but he declined to elaborate on the part about getting it tricked out. While we are told helicopters cannot land at Dodger Stadium, Puig had a message for Lakers star Kobe Bryant: “If he needs a ride, he can call me.”Koufax arrives Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Sandy Koufax was here Friday in Dodgers camp. So was a line of fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the Hall of Fame pitcher and special advisor. Koufax, who has signed autographs in the past on the back fields of Camelback Ranch, spurned all of them.Koufax didn’t speak to reporters either, opting instead to do the entirety of his work Friday inside the Dodgers’ spring training complex on his first day in camp. It could be his only day in camp; Koufax caught several high-ranking team officials by surprise with his annual appearance.The 80-year-old has worked with the Dodger pitchers each of the past three years. He’s the marquee name among a list of guest instructors and special advisors this year that includes Greg Maddux, Eric Gagne, Shawn Green and Ron Cey, among others.First cut of campThe Dodgers released right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown, a non-roster invitee to spring training, seven days after the mandatory report date for pitchers and catchers.last_img read more

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Barcelona and Real Madrid get set for politically charged Clasico

first_imgThe Clasico was supposed to be played on October 26 but the RFEF decided to postpone “due to exceptional causes”.Democratic Tsunami, the protest group advocating another independence referendum for Catalonia, has called publicly for its supporters to gather at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium from four hours before the 1900 GMT kick-off.“Football has to be for everyone, all over the world,” said Valverde. “People should be able to express themselves freely tomorrow, that is what we ask, but that there is respect for everyone. I believe that is the right thing.”Meetings have taken place between the police, clubs and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ensure the safe arrival of the two squads and referees, as well as the nearly 100,000 fans expected to attend.As well as the massive security presence in Barcelona, the numbers of private security staff in the stands will also be increased to reduce the threat of pitch invasions that could interrupt the game.“The operation will ensure that the Clasico is played normally,” said the chief commissioner of the Catalan regional police Eugeni Sallent.Democratic Tsunami hopes to transmit its message — ‘Spain, sit and talk’ — through one of the world’s most famous football matches, which has an estimated global audience of 650 million.Barcelona have historically had a close association with Catalan nationalism, with Camp Nou routinely used as a setting for flags, banners and chants in support of the cause.“We know we are living in a complex social and political situation but I am convinced that it is compatible with playing a football match,” said the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week.Barcelona could also suffer the consequences of any altercations or interruptions during the fixture.At a meeting in Madrid last week, the RFEF warned it “will apply the regulations in force,” which range from heavy economic sanctions to the closure of Camp Nou to supporters.Share on: WhatsApp EL ClassicoMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona and Real Madrid will travel to the Clasico on Wednesday from the same hotel as part of a large-scale security operation aimed at reducing the impact of Catalan independence protests.The fixture had to be postponed in October due to violent demonstrations and there are renewed fears of unrest breaking out around Camp Nou, where Barca and Madrid will tussle for top spot in La Liga.Around 3,000 security personnel will be deployed at the stadium and both teams have been instructed to gather at the Hotel Princesa Sofia at midday (1100 GMT) on Wednesday, eight hours before kick-off.The players, coaching staff and referees will then travel together to the ground around two hours ahead of the match.It means Madrid will be in a different place to their usual base in the city while Barcelona will arrive earlier than normal for a home match.“It is a small change, but not very significant. When we play away, we are also in a hotel. It is not a big problem,” said Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde on Tuesday.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the arrangements as “something different but the rules are the rules”.Barcelona also issued a statement on Tuesday night to fans planning to attend the game, advising supporters to use public transport, allow plenty of time and warning of “exhaustive security checks” at entrances to the stadium.Barca called for calm around the fixture, asking fans “to come to the game at Camp Nou on Wednesday to support the team”.“The game between Barca and Real Madrid is a festival of football and yet it is without doubt also compatible with a civil and peaceful demonstration of opinion, given the exceptional circumstances faced in Catalonia in recent times,” the statement read.– Catalan uprising –Violent protests broke out in Catalonia in October after nine separatist leaders were sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their involvement in the independence referendum of 2017.last_img read more

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Port of Olympia Partners with City of Olympia and LOTT Clean…

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Port of Olympia recognizes that the impacts from climate change our community is vulnerable to are serious and takes seriously the potential impacts sea level rise may have on the Olympia downtown area and Port of Olympia owned properties.The Port hopes to partner with the City of Olympia and LOTT Clean Water Alliance in developing a Sea Level Response Plan that will provide actionable steps the organizations can take to build resilience to the impacts we anticipate experiencing. Strategies will aim to balance risks and uncertainty, as well as private and public costs.The Plan will identify needs for protecting downtown and develop a response that can be implemented incrementally and modified as new information emerges. The Port and LOTT plan to invest $75,000 to the effort. The City of Olympia will invest $100,000.last_img read more

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