first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, has praised the “attitudinal change” of the new Ricky Skerritt-led Cricket West Indies administration, and says it is a “fundamental” departure from “arrogance” which marked the previous Dave Cameron leadership. While conceding there “may have been mistakes made” early in Skerritt’s tenure, Mitchell said the new willingness to engage with stakeholders and commitment to inclusiveness meant critical building blocks were being put in place for the future success of West Indies cricket.“The attitudinal change has been the most fundamental. In anything you’re doing in life, I always [say] in the politics I’m involved in, humility is a major plus – a major part of success,” Mitchell said during an interview on popular radio cricket show, Mason and Guest, here earlier this week.“We get lost easily as politicians by demonstrating arrogance in power and if you’re in business and you demonstrate arrogance you will suffer. Similarly in sport. I think there was a level of arrogance that I saw displayed by the previous administration and I’m not afraid to say it.  “Some people may not like it but I saw it first hand because I was supportive of the change when it took place, but I became lost early when I saw the behaviour patterns that ‘I’m the boss’. There are no bosses in this thing; West Indies cricket is about all of us. “The players are supposed to be treated as they’re supposed to be, the board must be respected, the governments must be respected – we all have a role. But the level of arrogance that I saw displayed by the previous administration, that’s what got me on the wrong side of them.”While serving as chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket, Mitchell often found himself at odds with CWI especially after throwing his full support behind the CARICOM-commissioned Barriteau Report on Governance back in 2015, which called for “the immediate dissolution” of the board and resignation of the administration. After receiving considerable opposition to the move from Cameron, Mitchell, along with Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Dr Keith Rowley, became highly critical of the administration, leading to a well-publicised impasse.Last March, however, Skerritt defeated three-term incumbent Cameron in CWI elections staged in Jamaica, promising to restore dialogue with stakeholders and transparency in decision-making.Mitchell, who has already met with Skerritt, said he was pleased with the early signs being sent from the administration in all the key areas. “I notice now, and I must say this, the present president and his team, I saw the willingness to reach out,” he pointed out.“I like the tone. They are not perfect – they may have been mistakes made in the initial stages but that’s life. As long as we are prepared to work together and build this thing, West Indies cricket will get back.”He continued: “I have seen some of our [regional] leaders at this point not happy with some of the actions of the present aboard about some of the initial decisions but I have never seen … the president or members of the board attacking a prime minister for his or her opinion and to me that is a fundamental change.  “The prime ministers have the feeling and interest of cricket because it affects their countries. They express an opinion – they may be right or wrong – but for you as a board member or president to be attacking a prime minister publicly for his opinion, for how he seeings things, does not make sense. “I see that as a fundamental change with Skerritt’s leadership and the present [CWI administration] and to me that will flow over to how he treats the players.”Going forward, Mitchell said once Skerritt remained open to dialogue and inclusivity, he believed the animosity that existed between regional leaders and CWI would be replaced with cooperation.“I believe the regional leaders they all will want to see improvement in West Indies cricket and they will work with the present board and work with the players and the ex-players to move West Indies cricket forward,” he stressed. “I’m really hopeful in 2020. I don’t expect to see a massive change overnight but I [hope to] see progressive change and success over [a] period of time.”last_img read more

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder as well as former head coach, Floyd Reifer, believe the side is safe with the measures taken by England Cricket Board (ECB) for their Three-Test series amid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Holder, in his first press conference since the side arrived in England said, “To be honest I feel pretty safe, I must commend the ECB, they have been outstanding so far…you know we had a chartered airline aircraft to bring us over so arriving her yesterday [Tuesday] in Manchester was pretty smooth we just transitioned from the plane directly through the VIP arrival hall and from there directly to the buses and straight to the hotel so we had no real interface with anyone from the public obviously just the workers at the airport and here at the hotel as well so I feel pretty safe.”Holder acknowledged that everyone knew what the situation would be being the first international team to travel amid the pandemic and what the possibilities could be.West Indies batting coach, Floyd Reifer“Before coming here to England we all knew what was being posed as I said earlier. It was a situation of constant dialogue as to what a possible series would look like over here in the UK and at no point in time did we force anybody to come, everybody had their free will and I just think it is a case where at some point or the other we had to resume some kind of normalcy,” Holder said. He added, “we have been assured by the ECB that relevant protocols have been put in place and so far since we have gotten here everything has been smooth…yes at the end of the day it is not going to be the normal bi-lateral series here in England but at the end of the day this is where we are with the state of world cricket and the state of the world per se…”Meanwhile, Reifer, who has taken up a new role as batting coach, is with the side and spoke to popular Barbados radio programme Mason and Guests where he stated, “I have no concerns, I’m a positive person and I just believe once you adhere to the protocols, wash your hands and do all the necessary things you’ve been hearing for the last six months everything will be ok.”The former West Indies skipper went on to theorize, “A lot of people are worried about the COVID situation but I think the ECB has put a lot of things in place, put a lot of measures in place to keep us safe, when we get there we are going to be in a bubble no one in no one out so I think we are going to be safe.”last_img read more

first_img Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020 Submit Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share On September 3rd the third annual Microgaming Soapbox Race will take place on the streets of Douglas, Isle of Man and you can join in on the fun.Entries are open now with the chance to build and design your own kart, the whackier the better, take part in the race and contribute to a great cause in the meantime. Prizes include ‘Most Botched Kart’, ‘Biggest Jump’ and ‘Best Crash’.Elliott Moore, the event organiser said: “I am delighted that the Microgaming Soapbox Race is back for a third installment. What started as just an idea has turned into an annual entertainment fixture that gathers huge crowds on the streets of Douglas, and importantly raises a great amount for a brilliant local charity. I’m busy planning the 2016 event, which is sure to be a great night out for all!”Claire Coleman Head of Microgaming Playitforward said: “It has been so rewarding to watch this event grow year-on-year, and to see the crowds gather on the night and be thoroughly entertained for the evening. Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 event such a success – here at Microgaming we’re already planning our 2016 kart!”Proceeds will go to Hyperbaric, a local Isle of Man based charity which provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy through pressurised chambers for patients. The 2015 Microgaming soapbox race raised £4,000 with over 41 teams taking part.David Downie MBE at Hyperbaric stated: “We are very grateful for the donations and exposure that we have received from the previous two soapbox races. Funds raised to date have been put towards the purchase of a new hyperbaric chamber, to accommodate up to 25 patients at a time. We hope that this year’s event will help us achieve this goal.”Think you have what it takes? Get yourself over to the site and sign up.last_img read more

first_img SBC News stretched the lead to almost 10 points at the top of the Tipster Challenge leaderboard after an unpredictable day of horse racing at Ascot.The Guests stayed in touch, despite John Hill only managing two victories and 4.88 points. The PR Manager at Coral was particularly disappointed with Arod (13/8) and Clever Cookie (9/4), as both well backed favourites came up just short.Stephen Harris of bettingexpert endured a frustrating day, whilst Timeform were again unable to build upon their impressive showing at Newmarket in Week 13.Race Winners at Ascot:Create A Dream – 5/1Dawn Of Hope – 15/8Mizzou – 11/4Gifted Master – 3/1Gm Hopkins – 5/2Balmoral Castle – 16/1Tipster Challenge Week 15 Leaderboard: RankTipsterWeekAverageTotalRankTipsterWeekAverageTotal Related Articles We will be taking on bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests, with the focus on a specific Wednesday race meet.Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each.The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Submit Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020center_img Share StumbleUpon Share 1SBC News7.385.9188.66 2Guests4.885.2678.97 3bettingexpert2.504.0059.96 4Timeform0.002.5538.27 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share NetEnt has hired Therese Hillman as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), starting on January 9, 2017. Hillman is also part of the audit committee on the board of directors at Unibet.A member of the board of directors at Unibet since May 2015, Hillman has spent the past five years as CEO of Gymgrossisten, a subsidiary of the Qliro Group. She held responsibility for creating, communicating, and implementing the Gymgrossisten vision, mission and overall direction.She has a Master of Science (MSc) in Accounting and Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, and also holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Virginia.Per Eriksson, President and CEO of NetEnt, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Therese Hillman to NetEnt. Her experience as CFO and CEO in a digital growth company will make her a strong contribution to the senior management team at NetEnt.”Therese Hillman will start her new position on January 9, 2017, and is replacing Maria Hedengren, who is leaving NetEnt as previously announced. Hedengren had led the firm’s financial initiatives and strategy since 2011, establishing key operations for risk management, auditing and corporate compliance as the company expanded its services internationally.last_img read more

first_imgAs you pick through the remains of the turkey and scrape the bottom of the mashed potatoes bowl — or try to finally enjoy a turkey-induced nap as I was unable to do on Thursday — we take a final look back at the Ravens’ first ever Thanksgiving game.– Of course, the story of the night was one of the finest defensive performances by the Ravens in recent memory — without Ray Lewis, ironically — as they tied a franchise record with nine sacks. It ranks as the second most in an NFL game this season, topped only by Buffalo’s 10 sacks against the Washington Redskins in Toronto on Oct. 30. It topped the previous season high of six against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8.The relentless effort matched the Ravens’ nine sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 26, 2006 in a 27-0 blowout at M&T Bank Stadium famously known for the violent hit Bart Scott delivered to Ben Roethlisberger. Baltimore also record nine sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 16, 1997, a game that ended in a 10-10 tie at old Memorial Stadium.Baltimore also continued the impressive streak of 19 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to score on its opening drive of the game.– Three defensive players tied or set a career high in sacks on Thursday night as Terrell Suggs matched his personal best with three sacks, Haloti Ngata tied his best total with two, and Cory Redding set a career best with 2 1/2 sacks.It was the second time this season Suggs had reached the three-sack mark after doing it in the season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 11. The Ravens are an impressive 47-17 all time when Suggs records a sack and 12-1 when the Pro Bowl linebacker tallies at least two sacks.Redding’s previous career high was two when he played for the Detroit Lions on Nov. 12, 2006 against the 49ers.– While 16 points and 253 yards won’t raise many eyebrows, the Ravens offense was efficient in completing only its second turnover-free game of the season, the other coming against the Steelers in Week 1. Baltimore did not allow a sack for the first time this season as the offensive line did an exceptional job in protecting quarterback Joe Flacco.The effort allowed Flacco to continue his impressive play at M&T Bank Stadium where he has now won 16 of his last 17 home starts. The fourth-year quarterback has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,038 yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions over that stretch, good for a 98.4 quarterback rating.– With his 83 total yards against a formidable San Francisco defense, Ray Rice moved into second place on the Ravens’ all-time yards from scrimmage list. The running back passed wide receiver Derrick Mason and now has 1,259 yards from scrimmage this season.Rice only trails former running back Jamal Lewis, who accumulated 9,166 scrimmage yards from 2000 to 2006.– Much has been made about Billy Cundiff’s struggles from 50 yards and out, but the kicker has been flawless on field goal tries in the fourth quarter since 2010. Cundifff is a perfect 14-for-14 after connecting on a 39-yard field goal with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.– The Ravens are now 9-2 all time when wearing their black jerseys, including a 6-0 mark under coach John Harbaugh. It was the fourth time Baltimore has donned the alternate jersey with white pants, a look in which the Ravens are undefeatedThe win over San Francisco improved the Ravens’ mark in prime-time games to 9-5 under Harbaugh and earned them their first Thursday win in four tries. The Ravens had previously lost Thursday night games against Kansas City in 1999, Cincinnati in 2006, and Atlanta in 2010.The Ravens are now 29-5 when scoring first in a game during the Harbaugh era. Cundiff’s 39-yard field goal in the first quarter gave them a 3-0 lead, and Baltimore improved to 6-0 when striking first this season.Baltimore is now 8-3 for just the second time in team history, matching its mark through 11 games last season. However, the impressive record trails the 9-2 start the Ravens posted when it finished a franchise-best 13-3 in 2006.last_img read more

first_imgAlex Ovechkin notched his 16th career hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night. The Gr8 scored his 10th, 11th, and 12th goals of the season in three different periods to once again prove that he’s the greatest goal scorer in the game today and among the best of all time.As good as Ovechkin was in this one, the biggest development in this tilt was the return of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuzy came to play on Wednesday and he was driving the net and shooting the puck. He played with confidence and that seemed to open up the ice for him. It was Kuznetsov’s great power play feed that allowed Ovi to score the game’s first goal and then he made it 3-1 for Washington by going to the net on a rush and banging home a sweet Dmitry Orlov feed in the third period. Part of the reason #92 was so open for that goal was because all of the Blues seemed to be focused on Ovechkin in the high slot.Just 22 seconds after Kuznetsov’s third goal of the season, the Gr8 had a two on one rush and he buried the biscuit top shelf over the glove of Blues goalie Carter Hutton (21 saves) with 13:07 left in the contest. That completed the hat trick and a several minute delay ensued while the ice crew picked up the tons of hats that were thrown onto the ice.Washington seemed poised to cruise to an easy win, but St. Louis scored on the power play and with the goalie pulled at 18:45 to make it 4-2. Then with just 28 ticks left, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game to pull the Blues within one. But the Caps won the ensuing face-off and Washington didn’t allow St. Louis any chances to tie it.In addition to the superb play from Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky put up two assists and seemed to finally get some deserved production in the points department. #65 has been playing “bigger” this season, but he hasn’t been in on a lot of goals lately as he and Kuznetsov have been in scoring slumps. Both broke out on Wednesday night against one of, if not the best, blue lines in the NHL. The 8-92-65 trio was +3 for Washington and Coach Barry Trotz has to be pleased to see that, especially with Nicklas Backstrom’s line playing well also.The Blues played on Tuesday night in Boston and won 4-2, so the Capitals were catching a scheduling break taking on a sure to be tired squad. You can only play the games as they are lined up and Washington took advantage of it, holding St. Louis to only 21 shots in the game and just 10 in the first 40 minutes. Most of St. Louis’ chances came late in the game with the outcome already decided. Afterwards, Coach Trotz was happy with the victory, but not pleased about the way the contest finished up and he remarked that the team would be more focused on how to close out games when they have a lead.This win comes after the referees gifted the Blue Jackets a late game victory over Washington on Sunday. That present for Columbus included a terrible high sticking call on Backstrom and then a missed hooking infraction on Cam Atkinson, who put his stick into the mid section of Tom Wilson to prevent a clear, right before the game winning power play tally with under two minutes remaining. It was a bad zebra sequence and it cost the Capitals at least a point in the standings.But the Blues are not the boring Blue Jackets, so it was expected that Ovechkin and company would be motivated and ready for St. Louis. The Caps are a very good team when they are focused, as evidenced by the 7-1 rout of the Penguins last week, and on Wednesday they played with a purpose.The Capitals were not as good as they were against Pittsburgh the week before, but they were very dominant, at times, and they took it to a solid St. Louis team.Washington is now 12-5-2 (26 points) and they’ll take on the Buffalo Sabres at 5 pm on Friday at the Verizon Center. This will be one of those games where the Caps are likely to have a hard time getting up for the opposition.Notes: The Gr8 only logged 15:29 of ice time. He had five shots on goal in eight attempts. Coach Trotz is clearly managing Ovi’s minutes to keep him healthy and fresh for the post season…the Caps won the face off battle, 29-27. Jay Beagle was 9-4…Matt Niskanen led the Capitals in ice time with a low total of 22:51. Coach Trotz continues to spread the minutes around the lineup…Lars Eller returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game and he logged 14:49…only T.J. Oshie is hurt now and he’s battling an upper body injury (week to week)…Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in 15:53 and he had four shots on net…the Caps were 1 for 4 on the power play in 4:35 of advantage time while the Blues went 1 for 5 in 7:30…Braden Holtby made 18 saves for the Caps.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Lamar Jackson and a top-ranked defense received much of the credit for a return to the playoffs after a three-year absence last season, the Ravens enjoying their best health in years certainly didn’t hurt.Finishing 2018 with only seven players on injured reserve, it’s no secret Baltimore avoided major injuries on its way to the AFC North championship. According to at least one metric, however, John Harbaugh’s team was the healthiest in the NFL after being one of the teams most impacted by injuries in 2017.You often see the number of players on injured reserve cited in these types of discussions, but that alone doesn’t really offer the most insightful picture from team to team. How many on IR were starters compared to rotation players, special-teams contributors, or merely training camp bodies who had no chance of making the roster before getting hurt? How many on each team went to IR in September as opposed to the final weeks of the regular season? What about teams that had more players pushing through injuries than those having relatively clean injury reports most weeks?Football Outsiders uses a metric called adjusted games lost to attempt to quantify just how much teams were stricken with injuries. Instead of simply counting the number of games lost for each player on IR, the metric weighs the projected role of each injured player (starter, key reserve, bench-warmer, etc.) and also considers those listed on weekly injury reports who ended up playing at less than 100 percent. In other words, the metric doesn’t treat the absence of a Pro Bowl player or starter the same as a developmental player essentially being stashed on IR and doesn’t ignore players competing with ailments that could limit performance levels.The Ravens finished with the fewest adjusted games lost in 2018 (29.7) and their lowest total since 2011 when they finished 12-4 and advanced to the AFC championship game. While running back Alex Collins and defensive tackle Willie Henry were the most notable Baltimore players finishing the season on IR, offensive linemen Alex Lewis (6.9) and James Hurst (6.3), quarterback Joe Flacco (4.0), and defensive backs Marlon Humphrey (2.9) and Tony Jefferson (2.9) also counted in the total calculation.Six of the 10 teams with the fewest adjusted games lost made the postseason while just three of the 12 teams with the most adjusted games lost qualified, reinforcing how critical health is to success. “Next man up” is a popular rallying cry and a nice slogan for a t-shirt, but there are only so many injuries most teams can survive before chances for success are crippled.“Everything transfers to the field. I heard somebody once say they don’t want the credit when things go right, and they don’t want the blame when things go wrong,” strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders said last month. “Certainly, there is always some luck involved with injuries, but I think our guys prepare and train really hard, probably harder than anybody. I think it’s definitely a positive factor. We just want to keep building on that each season.”Below is a look at where the Ravens have finished in Football Outsiders’ adjusted games lost in recent years:2018 – 29.7 (fewest in NFL)2017 – 101.6 (sixth most in NFL)2016 – 62.0 (11th fewest in NFL)2015 – 96.1 (third most in NFL)2014 – 52.6 (seventh fewest in NFL)2013 – 49.8 (ninth fewest in NFL)2012 – 57.4 (13th fewest in NFL)2011 – 18.8 (fewest in NFL)2010 – 50.9 (15th fewest in NFL)2009 – 28.8 (seventh fewest in NFL)2008 – 95.0 (third most in NFL)last_img read more

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been told by the English Football Association (FA) to explain his post-match actions on Wednesday night.City defeated Southampton 2-1 courtesy a stoppage time Raheem Sterling goal and Guardiola thereafter walked onto the pitch to remonstrate with the opposition winger Nathan Redmond aggressively.Guardiola thereafter claimed in his post-match press conference that he was telling the Southampton winger “how good a player he is”.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has until Monday to respond to the FA.Redmond has also spoken about the incident. He said that the Spaniard was “only very complimentary and positive”.The former Norwich City winger said: “He was very passionate, intense and aggressive – but he was only very complimentary and positive to me.”“He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season.“I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game. That’s it.” he concluded.RelatedWatch How Pep Publicly Gave Southampton Star Redmond A Dressing Down (Video)November 30, 2017In “England”Pep Guardiola: Vindication, For The Idea Of Having An IdeaApril 16, 2018In “England”Famous Quotes Of 2017 (Part 3)January 1, 2018In “England”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died at the young age of 36.Miller, who also played for other clubs like Celtic, Leeds United, QPR and Sunderland had been suffering from pancreatic cancer before his untimely death.The midfielder won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2004 and 2009.Stiliyan Petrov, a cancer survivor played with Miller at Scottish Premier League (SPL) champions Celtic and on the unfortunate news, the Bulgarian said that he was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and old team-mate Liam Miller”.He added: “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP my friend.”RelatedVillarreal CF vs CA OsasunaJune 30, 2017Similar postRay Wilkins Passes Away Following Cardiac ArrestApril 4, 2018In “England”Manchester City Sign French Midfielder Claudio GomesJuly 25, 2018In “England”last_img read more