Trinidad and Tobago restore some Caribbean pride at World Championships

first_imgAthletics – World Athletics Championships – Men’s 4×400 Metres Relay Final – London Stadium, London, Britain – August 13, 2017. Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates winning the final ahead of Fred Kerley of the U.S. and Martyn Rooney of Great Britain. REUTERS/John Sibley Trinidad and Tobago restored some semblance of pride to Caribbean track and field athletics when that nation’s men’s 4X400 meters men’s relay team pulled off a huge upset to win the final event of the London World Championships.The London games has not been the best for the region’s athletes. Many of the Caribbean’s top performers failed to medal or had to settle for minor placings. But in the last event of the championship the men from the land of the hummingbird pulled off what could be described as one of the biggest upsets of the games.Gordon powered past US runnerFinal leg runner Lalonde Gordon tracked the US’s Fred Kerley for most of the lap before powering past the US runner in the home stretch to win in 2 minutes, 58.12 seconds. The U.S. team was second in 2:58.61. Britain took bronze in 2:59.00.The United States had not lost the long distance relay at the World Championships since 2003. The Americans did lose the event in the finals at the 2012 London Olympics in the same stadium.The gold by Trinidad and Tobago was only the second earned by a Caribbean country in the London World Championships. This followed the 110 meters nen’s hurdles win by Jamaica’s Omar McLeod.Bad luck continued in women’s equivalentMinutes earlier the bad luck that has beset the region in London continued when the Jamaican women, who were rated as medal contenders, did not finish the 4 x 400 women final. Second leg runner, Anisha Mclaughlin, a late substitute on the Jamaican relay team pulled up injured some 20 yards after receiving the baton. It was the second time in two days that a Jamaican runner pulled up injured after Sprint King Usain Bolt, fell grimacing to the track during his final leg run in the 4X100 meters men’s relay on Saturday.last_img read more

Chronixx Releases Video for “I Can”

first_imgGrammy-nominated conscious reggae singer, Chronixx, is showcasing the beauty of Jamaica in his new video for “I Can.” The video for the latest single off the Grammy-nominated album, Chronology, was recently released and features dream-like aerial views of both the island’s beauty and strife in four. The video was directed by Ted Samere and also features special cameos by Jesse Royal, Kezmandi and Eesah.The song was produced by Parisian duo The Picard Brothers, known for their musical contributions to Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding and Kehlani.The video comes on the heels of Chronixx’s Australia tour last month. He returns to the U.S. this spring, to play at Kaya Fest in San Bernardino, CA on April 28th and Coney Island Amphitheater in NYC on May 27th. Tickets go on sale for the latter date this Friday, March 2nd.last_img read more

West Indies Tour of England to be Rescheduled because of COVID-19

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) — The West Indies upcoming tour of England will begin later, if at all, following the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) announcement of a seven-week delay to the start of the professional season because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.The season was scheduled to get underway on March 24, and West Indies was to be in camp here before playing tour matches against England Lions and Worcestershire on May 22 and 28, respectively. That was to be followed by a three-Test series against England, starting June 4, at Kennington Oval, Edgbaston, and Lord’s.But in a statement yesterday, the ECB said the season would not begin until at least May 28 and work had started on a possible revised schedule that would prioritise delivering as much international and domestic cricket as possible.“The ECB has begun modelling a range of options to start the season in June, July, or August — with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the Vitality Blast, and England Women’s schedule against India,” it said.It was reported earlier this week that Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave had extended an offer to his ECB counterpart, Tom Harrison to host the Test series in the Caribbean, given the concerns about COVID-19.The spread of the virus to 177 countries, affecting more than 234,073 people, has forced the suspension or cancellation of several sporting events.As of Thursday, there were 2,630 COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom and 103 deaths.The ECB said it would continue to closely liaise with the Government to discuss the potential of starting the season behind closed doors and giving sports fans the opportunity to view live broadcast action.“The potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed. The board will meet as needed to review the position and make further decisions as the UK situation unfolds,” it added.Harrison said the ECB’s first priority was to protect the well-being of everyone within the cricket family — from players, to fans, and colleagues across the game.“The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. I am reassured by the collaborative effort from across the game that together, we will make the very best of whatever length of season we are able to safely schedule in the coming months,” the ECB CEO said.“With the information available to us at the moment, a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable. This also allows us time to keep pace with a fast-moving situation and continue to plan for how a revised season might look. Critically, we can also remain as flexible and adaptable as possible, within the obvious restrictions we face.”Harrison added that securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as the ECB plots a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket.last_img read more

French Ligue 1 Wrap: Monaco Thrash Lille To Pile More Misery On ‘El Loco’

first_imgFrench champions AS Monaco have moved level on points with league leaders and big spenders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) after they thrashed hosts Lille 4-0 to pile more misery on their manager Marcelo Bielsa ‘El Loco’.Colombian striker Radamel Falcao netted a brace to take his tally to 11 goals in 7 league games this season after Steven Jovetic, who scored his first goal for the team, and Rachid Ghezzal had given the Monaco a 2-0 lead.The win takes AS Monaco to 18 points and are now level on points with PSG with inferior goal difference while underfire Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa have it all to do with his side just above the relegation zone.In the other French Ligue 1 match played on Friday evening, OGC Nice battled back from 2-0 down to play out a 2-2 draw with lowly Angers at home. Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli got one of the goals from the penalty spot.RelatedFrench Ligue Wrap: PSG Extend Lead With Troyes Win As Marseille Capitalise On Monaco, Lyon Slip Ups To Move Into SecondNovember 30, 2017In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: Marseille And Monaco Share Spoils In Top 3 Fight As Lyon Suffer Shock Defeat At BordeauxJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Paying The Penalty! Lille Manager El Loco Suspended By ClubNovember 23, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Inter Close Gap On Leaders Napoli With Hellas Verona Victory

first_imgInter Milan have narrowed the gap on Italian Serie A leaders Napoli to two points after they secured a hard fought 2-1 win at struggling Hellas Verona.Going into the game, Inter Milan knew that only a win would put their title challenge firmly back on track and that resolve led to a first half strike from Spanish midfielder Borja Valero but the home side fought back fourteen minutes after the break through substitute Giampaolo Pazzini’s penalty.It didn’t however take long for the visitors to edge ahead once again as Croatian international Ivan Perisic scored eight minutes after Pazzini’s penalty to give Inter a 2-1 lead. Luciano Spaletti’s team thereafter held on to take the three maximum points at stake.The win was enough to take Inter Milan (29 points) to second spot and within two points of leaders Napoli (31 points) while their hosts stay in the relegation zone with 6 points.RelatedSerie A Review: Napoli Cut Gap On Leaders Juventus To Two PointsMarch 19, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Napoli And Juventus Open Healthy Lead On The Chasing Pack After Latest VictoriesJanuary 7, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

2019 AFCON Qualifiers Moved Till October

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has moved the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers from March to October 2018.The qualifiers were initially scheduled for March but a request from Nigeria has prompted the African body to shift the games to October.Nigeria’s request is to allow the continent’s World Cup finalists in Russia namely Ngeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco play international friendlies in the month of March.On the new development, Super Eagles of Nigeria spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said: “African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF executive committee approved a proposal by Nigeria for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018.”“The 2019 AFCON will now be played in June 2019 as against January when the match schedule was announced so there is more time now for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers to be concluded.” he added.Ibitoye also stated that the team will play international friendlies in March as part of preparations for the World Cup in Russia. The Super Eagles were initially billed to take on Seychelles in March. Relatedlast_img read more

William Hill agrees programme sponsorship with ITV Racing

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share William Hill has agreed a one-year partnership with ITV to become the programme sponsors of the broadcaster’s new racing coverage.The bookmaker will sponsor almost 100 days of live racing across the main channel and ITV4, in addition to a magazine preview programme on ITV4 featuring bespoke William Hill idents.ITV’s racing coverage will be led by the former Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin, alongside Flat Season co-presenter Francesca Cumani, ‘The Opening Show’ weekly magazine presenter Oli Bell and pundits such as AP McCoy, Frankie Dettori, Victoria Pendleton, Mick Fitzgerald and Hayley Turner.Coverage will begin on the main channel with the New Year’s Day meeting at Cheltenham. 41 days of racing on the main channel will encompass the Grand National, The Epsom Derby, all the major festivals including Cheltenham and Royal Ascot, the Five Classics, plus other highlights of the racing calendar such as Future Champions Day at Newmarket and Champions Day at Ascot.In addition, ITV4’s racing coverage will see a re-introduction of free-to-air broadcasts of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket in April. The channel will show two days including the Nell Gwyn and Craven Stakes, key trials for the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. Both days of Newbury’s winter festival featuring the Hennessy Gold Cup will also be broadcast.Cem Miralay, Chief Customer Officer at William Hill, said “We’re delighted to be the new sponsors of ITV Racing. The new format is set to attract millions more viewers to the sport and we’re excited to have this opportunity to engage with this new audience on a weekly basis.”Kelly Williams, ITV Group Commercial Sales Director, commented: “The launch of our racing coverage is an exciting new event for ITV and I look forward to working with William Hill which has such a history with the sport.”last_img read more

Betting on Football shows how to follow the leaders

first_img GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 For high level sports betting staff looking for a crash course in leadership, SBC Events has lined up an eight-panel agenda on the first day of Betting on Football 2017, covering key industry topics such as self-regulation, match-fixing, investment, market consolidation, new brands in football betting and affiliate leaders.The Leadership Track is one of four main tracks across the length of the conference (3-5 May), which also includes a Market Profile Track, a Marketing & Media Track and a Trading & Operations Track.The Leadership Track (3 May) will kick off with a detailed look at current market challenges, including the winners and losers of the consolidation phase, sustainability of the current level of marketing spend and a reduced level of innovation within football-based betting products. Ignite Research Director Ed Birkin will be speaking alongside Canaccord Genuity Head of European Research Simon Davies, Cenkos Securities Leisure Analyst Simon French and Peel Hunt Equity Analyst Ivor Jones.Birkin explained: “Innovation remains vital for the growth of the sports betting industry. However, the current UK market counters the misconception that consolidation reduces competitive pressure and subsequent innovation. In fact, given that ‘cost cutting’ has become a necessity with increased costs attached to taxes, compliance and marketing, consolidated companies are arguably better placed to maintain their margins and continue to innovate.”Self-regulation is a hot industry topic, given the potential for a pre-watershed ban on sports betting advertising, increasingly stringent marketing regulations imposed by ASA and the ongoing debate over reducing FOBT limits. ‘Self-regulation – are we doing enough?’ will feature the CEO from GambleAware, the leading charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm. Marc Etches will be speaking alongside Wiggin’s Jason Chess and Remote Gambling Association CEO Clive Hawkswood.Having appeared on the ‘Playing fair on integrity’ panel at Betting on Sports 2016, William Hill Group Director of Security Bill South will be at #bofcon2017 to talk about the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) and the effectiveness of the FA’s blanket ban on player betting. He will be trading ideas with Kindred Group Sports Betting Integrity Officer Eric Konings, AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor Heller, and Alfredo Lorenzo, the Integrity and Security Director for La Liga.South said: “The FA’s blanket ban on player betting has thrown up some interesting cases since Betting on Sports last September, with some high profile cases currently been investigated. Betting on Football 2017 represents another opportunity for us to discuss FA Rule E8, as well as the role the bookmakers play in preventing match fixing and maintaining the integrity of sports betting. We need more events like this where we can all come together and talk about what we do.”An action-packed day also includes 10Bet CEO David Bazak and Fortuna Entertainment Group CEO Per Widerstrom headlining a Betting Leaders panel, and Penta Investments joining forces with GVC, Dreamworx Online and GamCrowd to assess sports betting as a proposition for investors. Meanwhile, Bet On Brazil CEO Stuart Tilly and BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko have signed up to represent new brands in football betting, with a look at how to disrupt the status quo and compete for market share with established operators.The Leadership track will conclude with a debate on M&A in the affiliate marketing arena, featuring GIG, Better Collective, Easyodds and OLBG, followed by a supplier CEO panel focused on ‘Operating in a multi-asset marketplace’. BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian, OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel, BtoBet CEO Kostandina Zafirovska and SBTech Richard Carter will be discussing consolidated market realities, developing in-house competencies, and B2B market conditions for suppliers.Click here to visit the event website and buy your Betting on Football ticket todayThe full agenda is available @ http://sbcevents.co.uk/betting-on-football-2017/agenda/ ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Intralot confirms appointment of John R Donahue as USA MD

first_img Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Athens-listed Lottery and gambling systems provider Intralot SA has confirmed the appointment of John R Donahue as Chief Executive Officer of its USA Division.A thirty-year lottery and gaming veteran Donohue joins Intralot from competitor Scientific Games, where he acted as Managing Director of International Systems. Donohue has further held leadership positions at IGT and Sirius Gaming.As MD of Intralot’s USA Division, Donahue will lead the division’s expansion of services and delivery of products for North America, a key growth market for the industry systems provider.Intralot CEO Antonios I. Kerastaris has detailed the appointment of Donahue as a key hire for his firm’s long-term development strategy, stating“I am thrilled to welcome John as CEO of INTRALOT Inc. His proven record of achievement and the breadth of his strategic horizon and thinking will be an amazing addition and asset for INTRALOT’s presence and business growth in North America which currently presents enormous opportunities for modernizing lotteries in a digital world. I look forward working with him.”Donahue commented on joining Intralot “I am very excited to join a very innovative company like INTRALOT and I am very impressed by their accomplishments in the US market. INTRALOT has a fantastic customer portfolio and I look forward to building upon these relationships and expanding the business throughout the region.” Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Fred Done celebrates 50-years in the betting game

first_img Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Share Betfred founder Fred Done (74) is celebrating his 50th year in business, stating to the Manchester Evening News that he ‘will not slow down’.Alongside brother Peter, Fred Done opened his first betting shop ‘Done Bookmakers’ In Pendlebury, Salford, on September 4, 1967.Heading up the family business, Done would create a UK betting behemoth in Betfred which today operates over 1,700 betting shops employing 11,000 staff nationwide.Betfred’s journey from a small family business to becoming a UK ‘Big 4’ bookmaker, joining the ranks of Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, has amassed the Done family billions in wealth and marked Fred Done as one of the most recognised businessmen in the North West of England.Done is perhaps one of the few men who has witnessed every cycle of the UK betting industry. The billionaire’s betting inception started during the 1940s and 50s working with his father who ran an illegal bookmaking business due to UK prohibition on gambling.Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Done details UK betting’s birth which saw the rise of the first regional betting businesses during the 1960s and 70s. The formation of listed betting enterprises during the 1980s and 90s, through to the sector’s ongoing digital revolution.As a businessman, Done does not shy away from confrontation or tough decisions. A lover of racing, this September Done stated that Betfred would ‘walk away’ from all association with the sport due to Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company (ARC) dropping Betfred’s Tote Pool services.Done has ordered Betfred’s retail division to close 49 of its 51 on-course betting points by July 2018, a closure that could cost UK racing events approximately £6 million in sponsorship.Ahead of this October’s much anticipated UK government review of the gambling industry which will primarily focus on FOBTs wagering levels and sector-wide advertising standards, Done details that at a retail level a ‘big rethink is needed’.The Salford man states that retail bookmaking will always be his ‘first love’ for betting. However, stakeholders can’t afford to wear rose tinted glasses when dealing with the reality of the highstreet and changing consumer habits. Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020last_img read more