(Reuters) – The world heavyweight title fight between Briton Anthony Joshua and the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria originally scheduled for June 20 has been postponed, promoters Matchroom Boxing said yesterday. Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles was set to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the coronavirus outbreak has brought global sport to a standstill, with no competition taking place in the United Kingdom.“A new date for the event… is currently being worked on,” Matchroom Boxing said in a statement https://www.matchroomboxing.com/news/joshua-vs-pulev-postponed. “We will announce any updates in due course and continue to explore the possibility of hosting this fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”Pulev said last month the fight would take place “towards the end of the year” due to the outbreak and that he would have no problem fighting without spectators in attendance. It marks the second time their bout has not gone ahead as planned. Joshua was initially due to fight Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in sparring.Pulev had previously challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014 but lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the fifth round.The 30-year-old Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO and IBF belts with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
MUMBAI, (Reuters) – From shining the ball to celebrating a dismissal – certain things may never be the same again when cricket restarts after the novel coronavirus pandemic, Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar told Reuters. Cricketers use the age-old method of shining one side of the cricket ball with a combination of saliva and sweat, ostensibly to help bowlers generate more swing in the air.But with increased focus on social distancing and personal hygiene to contain the spread of the virus, the sport stares at a changing landscape.“Shining the ball will change I think,” Tendulkar, who will turn 47 today, told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Everyone will be conscious of maintaining social distancing, giving high-fives to each other and hugging after celebrating the fall of a wicket. “I don’t think those things are going to happen. It may happen instinctively but consciously players would want to make sure that they follow certain norms. During this period personal hygiene has been at the forefront.”Cricket like all other sport has come to a grinding halt as countries closed borders and enforced lockdowns to fight the virus that has infected more than 2.66 million people globally and killed more than 186,000.Australia, South Africa and England have been among many who have been forced to postpone cricket tours to other countries while the cash-rich Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament has been indefinitely suspended. With several bilateral series being wiped out, the new World Test Championship (WTC) is in doubt with its final between the top two sides scheduled in June next year at Lord’s.The nine top-ranked sides are scheduled play three series each at home and away to determine the finalists and Tendulkar feels everyone should get a fair chance.“I would like to believe that some tours are getting postponed rather than being called off,” said Tendulkar, who will not be celebrating his birthday as a mark of respect for frontline workers involved in the health crisis. “The whole world has come to a standstill, it applies to all cricket playing nations. The whole calendar can be moved forward a little bit without altering too many things.“I know the timings of the cricket season are different in different continents and that needs a closer look at.”Australia is scheduled to host the Twenty20 World Cup starting from October but Tendulkar feels it will be impossible to predict the fate of the tournament at this stage. “It’s not just about Australia, it’s also about making sure that the rest of the teams are also feeling safe enough to travel there,” he said.Tendulkar, the only cricketer to score 100 centuries across all formats, amassed 34,000-plus international runs in his glittering career and remains the most prolific scorer in both test and one-day internationals.Number of players have recently opened up on mental health issues and Tendulkar, who carried the burden of expectation of a cricket-mad nation for 24 years before retiring in 2013, advises striking the right balance.“I had a team around me all the time who would absorb most of the pressure so that I could be focussed only on the game and nothing else. That helped me,” he said, adding he still missed the camaraderie of the dressing room. “Every individual has to go through ups and downs. If one is going to get carried away with success and celebrate till the cows come home, that’s not going to work. There has to be a balance between celebration and disappointment.“The moment you start finding balance, the pressure automatically reduces. There’s multiple things happening around players and with social medial everything gets amplified so keeping that balance is crucial.”
LONDON, (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would set out how sectors of the economy which remain in a coronavirus lockdown – such as indoor gyms, swimming pools and nail bars – would be allowed to reopen. “Next week we will set out a timetable for their reopening, though of course I can only lift those remaining national restrictions as and when it is safe to do so,” he told reporters yesterday.The government allowed non-essential retailers in England to reopen last month and pubs, restaurants and cinemas are due to open their doors again today, under social distancing rules.Johnson said his government would also set out how amateur cricket matches – a traditional feature of the English summertime – can start up again. “We will be publishing guidelines in the next few days so that cricket can resume in time for next weekend,” he said.While professional cricket has already been given the green light to restart, government advisors have been worried that the balls used in the sport could act as a vector for spreading the coronavirus.England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, provided a glimpse of what the new guidelines would look like. “Providing people don’t do things that are clearly not sensible, ranging from hugging the bowler if they’ve just bowled someone for a duck through to spitting on the ball, it should be possible,” he said.Johnson repeated his call for people to act responsibly on Saturday when pubs reopen and said he would not hesitate to act if needed to slow the spread of the virus.He said the fall in the prevalence of the disease to one person in every 2,200 meant it was the right time for the reopening of the hospitality sector. “It is incredibly important to get the balance right, and our priority is health,” he said.In Scotland and Wales, pubs are not due to reopen until mid-July.
The International Karate Organisation [IKO] Academy of Guyana joined the list of local sports associations to engage Guyana’s recently appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. The delegation which was led by the Chairman and Chief Instructor of the IKO Academy of Guyana Shihan Jeffrey Wong met with the new sports boss earlier in the week at his office on Main Street, Georgetown. Topping the agenda was a presentation delivered by Vice President of the karate body, Waynewright Orderson, relating to the academy’s plans to develop the sport in Guyana over the next five years and beyond. The Minister thanked the group for the visit and assured the Academy as an avid sportsman himself, of his commitment and that of his ministry to working along with all sporting bodies for the benefit of the people of Guyana.
Share Share Submit Colossus Bets have announced the launch of ‘FreePlay6’, the world’s biggest free-to-play predictor game with a £1 million weekly jackpot prize.The correct score game follows a similar format to Sky’s popular ‘Super 6’ game, but includes the firm’s partial cash-out feature, enabling Colossus players to take cash profits on ‘live’ free tickets throughout the weekend.The game, which requires players to pick the score in six of the weekend’s English Premier League fixtures, is available on the firm’s Colossusbets.com B2C site and is to be rolled out to the firm’s B2B partner sites over the next few weeks. The B2B product will be built into the Colossus B2B partner consoles, allowing partners to offer free play tickets across Colossus Bets’ multi-sports pools to different segments of their customers.Bernard Marantelli, founder and CEO of Colossus Bets, said: “We have built a free-to-play game which puts all other predictor games to the sword in scale and functionality. FreePlay6 offers life-changing prizes and includes all the killer features of our real money pools.You have leg-by-leg real money cash-out, consolation prizes for 4 or 5 correct scores, grouped scores to make winning easier and transparent ticket tracking so players know where they stand as goals are scored and results are confirmed. We have also added a very slick social media option that rewards our clients for sharing – a win-win CRM tool.“This game will also give our B2B partners an unparalleled tool to acquire, reactivate and retain customers. It provides a soft entry level for new customer acquisition, can be used to reactivate lapsed customers and it can be used to reward active customers. We think this product can become the industry’s biggest CRM tool.” StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles
Submit All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Bookmakers are constantly on the lookout for new additions and features to both retain punters and attract new ones. This is ever trickier in an increasingly flooded marketplace. It’s one which shows no signs of clearing out too with numerous sportsbooks popping up this year from casino operators opening their own sportsbooks to the recent launch of Sun Bets.Real money daily fantasy sports meanwhile is another contender for some of these customers. Whilst the UK hasn’t quite embraced DraftKings in the way that the US did, there are numerous reasons for this not least that there has been relatively little marketing campaigns around it to date.In ten months in 2015 FanDuel and DraftKings spent a combined $206m on television ads alone in the States, with the former the bigger chunk of the pie at $131m for 40,283 national airings. Some argued that via this oversaturation they caused their own problems in the US as DFS was put directly under the spotlight. As such it became something regulators could no longer ignore and more research went into it in general. With FanDuel having entered the mix in the UK it’s likely that a marketing war will begin between the two major firms. You can however expect them to play it smarter and more diligent this time around. Outside of these, Oulala and Mondogoal have slowly but surely built up impressive followings by utilising alternative methods in the form of partnerships with media companies and football clubs. Valery Bollier, OulalaOulala CEO Valery Bollier said: “FanDuel’s arrival is, of course, great news for the DFS sector in Europe, just as Draftkings’ arrival was. Both companies possess a huge marketing budget, and there is no doubt that they will rapidly increase the level of awareness on our sector. Healthy competition is always beneficial for a sector.”The next step, and the one which could prove the most vital for DFS’ long term success in Europe, is partnering with bookmakers. This is something Mondogoal has done in Italy already with both SISAL and Lottomatica having a tailored white label version live on their sites. The company is also in talks to enter the UK market via an agreement with ‘a well known bookmaker’. Oulala meanwhile has announced plans to enter the Asian and Australian markets via Cardinal House Group and Italy through a partnership with Game Interaction Group.Mondogoal CEO Shergul Arshad said this ahead of the new season: “This season is critical. With FanDuel entering the market and DraftKings plus Yahoo…some big boys will be in the UK. Over in Italy, our product, Mondogoal.it and our partner sites with Sisal and Lottomatica are leading the way. “The major sports betting sites should all jump in the fray and soon, via partnership, to ensure no customer loss or cannibalization.”Shergul Arshad, MondogoalSo what’s in it for the bookies? It’s a new way to compete and it’s a new way to keep players on site. Selecting a team in DFS naturally tends to take longer than it does to put an accy or any other bet on, with the the level of research required for what is far more of a skill game.Eilers Research conducted a survey in July 2015 and whilst this was in the US, and so extensive comparisons cannot be drawn with the UK market, there are some interesting takeaways for bookmakers and for the future of the industry in Europe.It was found that 32% of respondents spent between 10 to 20 hours per week researching their fantasy line-ups, and that whilst 42% spent less than $100 per week, close to 10% stated that they spend upwards of $2000 weekly on entry fees. In the same survey respondents overwhelmingly stated that even if sports betting were legal and readily available they would still play DFS. Legal Sports Report assessed the analysis last year and focused on the takeaway that marketing towards poker players seems to be a good idea due to the correlation between the two.Via fantasy products bookmakers will be able to keep players active longer and keep them returning to check on the status of their team. Therein they’ve gained the opportunity to maximise profit from these players.DFS operators meanwhile gain the obvious bonus of opening themselves to huge numbers of players that have already signed up and handed over their account information. In short it’s win win, and many typical sports betting punters are likely to enjoy the opportunity to win money in what is regarded as involving more skill than placing a ‘Both teams to score and X to win’ wager on a Saturday afternoon.Mondogoal’s Shergul Arshad and Oulala’s Valery Bollier will be on a panel discussing how DFS operators and bookmakers can work together at the Betting on Sports conference (September 15-16) in London.Both will be available to answer any questions and for any enquiries post-panel. Tickets for BOS 2016 (#bettingonsports) are available now.(Image Credit) DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Needing to trim their roster to the league-mandated 53 members by 4 p.m. Saturday, the Ravens parted ways with a number of players headlined by veteran offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley and 2013 fourth-round linebacker John Simon.The Ravens also cut cornerbacks Dominique Franks, Derek Cox, Tramain Jacobs, and Sammy Seamster, offensive linemen Ryan Jensen and Parker Graham, defensive tackles Jamie Meder and A.J. Pataiali’i, tight end Phillip Supernaw, running back Fitz Toussaint, and sixth-round rookie quarterback Keith Wenning on Saturday.“It’s challenging,” said head coach John Harbaugh about the final cut-down day. “When a guy walks in your room, as a head coach, or if you’re any kind of a person at all, immediately you put yourself in their shoes. You become empathetic to what they’re going through, and that’s just how you feel about it.Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list while he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. He will be required to miss the first six weeks of the regular season before he’s eligible to return.In addition to those transactions, the Ravens placed rookie wide receiver Jeremy Butler on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and moved running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill to the reserve-suspended list.The decision to part ways with both Franks and Cox means the Ravens only have four cornerbacks on their current roster, making it very likely that they’ll add another defensive back with Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, and Asa Jackson all just returning to practice on Saturday after injuries. Six safeties made the regular-season roster with Anthony Levine and rookie Terrence Brooks also having the ability to play cornerback to help depth at that position.After much discussion over which receivers would make the 53-man roster, the Ravens elected to keep the trio of rookie Michael Campanaro, veteran Deonte Thompson, and 2013 practice squad member Kamar Aiken to give them seven total wideouts on the 53-man squad. Many were of the opinion that the Ravens would find room for only two of the three.A pair of rookie free agents made the 53-man roster in offensive tackle James Hurst and linebacker Zachary Orr. The Ravens were excited about Hurst’s upside when they signed him following the draft while Orr impressed coaches with his special-teams ability during the preseason.Shipley was let go by Baltimore despite starting nine games last season after left guard Kelechi Osemele underwent season-ending back surgery. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 307 pounds, the Penn State product is undersized for his position but was projected by most to make the 53-man roster as a reserve interior lineman.The selection of fifth-round guard John Urschel in May’s draft ultimately helped push Shipley out the door as the Penn State product has the ability to play all three interior line positions.“Less competed against and more just grew with. He’s a Penn State guy; I’m a Penn State guy,” Urschel said after Saturday’s practice. “We became very good friends while we were here, and he’s a guy who really took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things. A guy who didn’t have to help me considering that I’m a young guy, [and] he’s a veteran. Helped me every single day and really just helped teach me how to be a pro in this league.”Last year, the Ravens were elated to draft Simon, who was the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for Ohio State, but the 6-foot-1, 252-pound linebacker was slow to develop and failed to show the all-around skill set required of an outside linebacker. With Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, and Pernell McPhee all ahead of him on the depth chart, Simon was clearly on the bubble after an underwhelming summer.Simon’s departure marks the second straight year in which the Ravens have parted ways with a fourth-round pick from the previous year. Baltimore cut disappointing 2012 fourth-round safety Christian Thompson after he finished serving a four-game suspension to begin the 2013 season.The exit of Shipley initially appeared to be good news for the second-year offensive lineman Jensen, but he was also waived. A sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Jensen did not appear in a game last season, but the Ravens thought highly enough of him to carry him on the 53-man roster despite a broken foot costing him a sizable portion of training camp and the regular season.The Ravens remain hopeful that Wenning will clear waivers, which would allow him to join the practice squad. They appear on track to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster for the fifth consecutive season as starter Joe Flacco and backup Tyrod Taylor are the only signal-callers currently in the organization.Of Saturday’s cuts, Jacobs, Seamster, Wenning, and Toussaint are among the potential fits for the 10-man practice squad if they do not draw interest from other NFL teams.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Head coach John Harbaugh says he won’t be making any changes to his 2016 coaching staff, but he will be losing a key defensive assistant.Linebackers coach Ted Monachino has been hired as the new defensive coordinator in Indianapolis, joining friend and former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. The Colts fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky earlier this week, and Monachino immediately emerged as the top candidate to replace him.Having coached the Baltimore outside linebackers since 2010, Monachino is extremely close with six-time Pro Bowl selection Terrell Suggs and served as his defensive line coach at Arizona State.“That’s a great opportunity for him,” Harbaugh said. “It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”Some had thought Monachino might be the eventual successor to defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who will return despite the Ravens finishing 24th in the NFL in points allowed and shattering the franchise record for fewest takeaways in a season with only 14. First-year defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt will also return after drawing criticism as Baltimore allowed 30 touchdown passes and collected a league-worst six interceptions, both franchise worsts.Many fans and media had wondered if Pees’ job might be in jeopardy, but Harbaugh expressed confidence in his entire coaching staff while acknowledging they will make adjustments in schemes and other processes this offseason. With Pees and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman both set to return, the Ravens will begin consecutive seasons with the same coordinators for the first time since 2009 and 2010 with Greg Mattison and Cam Cameron.“I know what kind of coach Dean Pees is,” Harbaugh said. “I look at the season and the improvements that we made — especially in the back end — throughout the course of the season, and that’s what you look for. You’re going to face struggles and trials, and things don’t always play out the way you want them to.”The Baltimore defense improved substantially in the second half of the season after ranking 25th in total defense through the first eight weeks. The Ravens finished eighth in the league in total defense — they also finished in the same spot in 2014 — and were second in yards allowed over their final eight games.Harbaugh hopes that second-half improvement will carry over to 2016.“We were up and down and inconsistent throughout the first eight games of the season, for sure,” Harbaugh said. “We went to battle and went to work to correct those things and found a way to correct most of them throughout the course of the season.“We still have plenty of work to do, but I trust Dean. I know he’s a very good coach and all those guys — I know they’re good coaches. You work side by side with a bunch of guys through a season like this, you find out what they’re made of, and I like our guys.”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Joe Flacco won’t be ready until training camp and wouldn’t have been anywhere near the practice field for Ravens rookie camp anyway, but the family was still represented on Saturday.Continuing to pursue an NFL career after brief opportunities with San Diego and Jacksonville, tight end Mike Flacco, the younger brother of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, was a tryout participant for Baltimore this weekend. The Ravens have a very deep group of tight ends on their offseason roster, but the 29-year-old can’t help but think about having the opportunity to catch passes from his older brother.“That’d be a dream if I could make it that long,” said Mike Flacco, who played his college football at New Haven. “Just day by day and try to give it all I’ve got.”Of course, this weekend’s tryout isn’t Mike Flacco’s only link to Baltimore sports as he was drafted by the Orioles in the 31st round of the 2009 draft out of CCBC-Catonsville. Primarily a first baseman, he advanced as high as Double-A Bowie before being traded to the Boston Red Sox and electing to retire from professional baseball in 2013 with a career .253 average.In 2013 with Division II New Haven, Mike Flacco caught 30 passes for 591 yards and nine touchdowns. He was signed by the Chargers the following spring but cut at the end of the 2014 preseason. The Jaguars then signed him to their practice squad in October 2014, but he only stuck with that organization for a few weeks.The 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end has only received a few tryouts since then, but he isn’t ready to give up on the possibility of a football career just yet.“It’s been long. It’s been all over the place,” said Mike Flacco about his athletic endeavors. “Unfortunately, I’ve never quite gotten to the point where I want to yet. You just push and if it happens, it happens. If not, I’ll go back to school and I’ll be happy.”He has been pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Villanova.His chances of receiving an extended look with the Ravens beyond this weekend are remote, but that didn’t stop him from showing off some athletic ability on Saturday as he caught a long pass in 1-on-1 drills and made a few other receptions during the practice session.“It’s been great. Mike is a great kid,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He does move a little bit like Joe. The body mechanics, a little bit, are similar, so it’s fun to watch.”Two draft picks sidelinedThird-round defensive end Bronson Kaufusi was the only member of Baltimore’s 2016 draft class not on the field during Saturday’s practice open to media.“Bronson tweaked his back a little bit yesterday,” Harbaugh said. “He was out here yesterday practicing, did a good job, and strained his lower back a little. He’s not practicing today.”Fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon only observed Saturday’s practice as he continues to deal with a hamstring issue stemming from his March pro day.Harbaugh also announced that fullback Trevon Pendleton, a tryout player from Michigan State, suffered a broken foot on Friday.No joint training camp practices this yearHarbaugh confirmed that the Ravens would not have any joint practices with another team this summer.Baltimore hosted San Francisco in Owings Mills two years ago and traveled to Philadelphia to practice against the Eagles ahead of their preseason meeting last August.
With the Ravens moving back over the .500 mark with the 34-17 win over Oakland, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. The first half was an example why I can’t really trust this Ravens offense, regardless of who the quarterback is. Marty Mornhinweg calling nearly twice as many pass plays as runs after compiling 267 rushing yards the previous week is the kind of thing we’ve seen too often.2. No moment better epitomized the second-half philosophical shift than Ronnie Stanley gesturing to the sideline for more runs after a nine-yard rush on the third play of the second half. The left tackle easily had one of the best run-blocking games of his career on Sunday.3. If the Ravens stick with Lamar Jackson and a run-heavy approach to try to limit the number of possessions of explosive opposing offenses, they’ll need to do better than going 4-for-8 inside the red zone over the last two games. That percentage would rank 27th in the NFL for 2018.4. My favorite part of the 74-yard strike to Mark Andrews wasn’t the perfect throw, but it was Jackson dipping his shoulders to really sell the play-fake, which kept Raiders cornerback Rashaan Melvin’s eyes in the backfield a moment too long as Andrews blew right past him.5. Matt Judon’s three sacks on three straight defensive snaps not only sealed the victory, but they put Derek Carr in historic — and familiar — company. The last time a quarterback was sacked by the same player on three straight plays was in 2002, per NFL Research. That quarterback? David Carr. Remarkable.6. Judon’s strip-sack led to Baltimore registering its first takeaway since Week 7, but the defense is still looking for its first interception since the first quarter of the Week 5 loss at Cleveland. Rookie sensation Gus Edwards was still on the practice squad at that point.7. Cyrus Jones returning a punt 70 yards for a touchdown was a cool moment, but the former Gilman star should thank Anthony Levine and Patrick Onwuasor for their early blocks and Chris Moore and Judon for springing him all the way. That return was executed beautifully all the way around.8. Per Sharp Football, the offense used two running backs and two tight ends 20 percent of the time — the league average is three percent — and used the shotgun 93 percent of the time on Sunday. Scoring four offensive touchdowns in two games is pedestrian, but it’s looked anything but that.9. Remember how the Ravens didn’t allow a second-half touchdown in their first six games? Sunday marked the third straight contest in which they’ve allowed a touchdown on the first drive of the second half. Credit Wink Martindale’s group for clamping down after that, however.10. The previous Mornhinweg criticism aside, one of my favorite calls of the game was Ty Montgomery’s third-and-5 run out of a three-wide set that moved the chains late in the third quarter. Teams should spread out and run on third downs of short-to-medium distance more often.11. Joe Flacco wasn’t the only one who had Ed Reed on his mind as Terrell Suggs looked to lateral the ball on his 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown. I’m sure Reed was smiling as he watched, but not as much as John Harbaugh after Suggs decided to keep it. 12. Kudos to the Ravens for recognizing Colts Hall of Famer Lenny Moore on his 85th birthday and Orioles great Adam Jones, who raised $125,000 for the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore with his annual tailgate on Sunday. What blessings both men are.