AVB laments Spurs failure

first_img Press Association “Nevertheless, England was a great experience.” Sherwood looked to have the perfect chance to start his reign at Spurs with a win on Boxing Day, but his team came up short against strugglers West Brom. The Londoners looked vulnerable at the back and had to settle for a 1-1 draw after Jonas Olsson equalised Christian Eriksen’s opener. Given that Sherwood has been thrown into the job during the hectic festive period, midfielder Lewis Holtby believes the new manager and his coaching staff must be given time to adapt. “The (coaches) who are in, they’ve only had a short time. It’s not that easy for them to come in and show you a different style,” Holtby said. “We’re trying to adapt that as quickly as we can and I think we’re positive about the coming weeks. I think we can get there quickly. “I think they’ve done a really good job coming in here in a very hectic period of the season, and we just have to follow their lead and try to do everything they say.” Sherwood bristled at suggestions that he is keeping the manager’s seat warm for a more experienced coach following Thursday’s game. He will have little time to gather his composure as his team face Stoke on Sunday afternoon before travelling to Manchester United on New Year’s Day. Then Tottenham have the small matter of an FA Cup tie against bitter rivals Arsenal three days later. Still, Holtby is glad that the uncertainty surrounding the club’s future direction has been put to bed. The German said: “In football it’s always very important that you have a structure and you have a plan, and it’s good that we have these guys in now and, with everything they’re showing us, we’re trying to adapt as soon as possible.” ends That much was evident on Boxing Day when a group of home fans at White Hart Lane booed their team off following an underwhelming 1-1 draw against West Brom. Villas-Boas, speaking for the first time since his dismissal, is disappointed that he could not repeat the success he enjoyed at Porto, where he won three trophies during his first and only season in charge. “I wish I could have responded to the confidence shown by the fans with a trophy,” Villas-Boas told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. “I had great ambitions to win a trophy this season.” With his reputation in England having taken a big hit, Villas-Boas looks set to be planning a return to the management on the continent. The 36-year-old was not short of offers last summer. He rejected overtures from Paris St Germain while Real Madrid were also said to be interested in his services. He has recently been linked with AC Milan. In the interview he refers to his time in England in the past tense, and talks of “re-positioning” his career, suggesting that he will not be looking for a new post in the Barclays Premier League any time soon. “This is a time of reflection for me and my staff, and for repositioning of our careers,” he said. Andre Villas-Boas rues his failure to deliver at Tottenham and has dropped a heavy hint that his next job in management will not be in England. After lasting less than nine months at Chelsea, Villas-Boas had a chance to rebuild his reputation at Tottenham, but the Portuguese was sacked last week following a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Many Tottenham fans were annoyed at the sacking of Villas-Boas, and the appointment of managerial novice Tim Sherwood as his replacement. last_img read more

Jonathan Walters double sends the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2016

first_imgJonathan Walters blasted the Republic of Ireland into the finals of Euro 2016 as his double ended Bosnia-Herzegovina’s hopes of a trip to France next summer. Six years to the week after Irish hearts were broken by the unseen Thierry Henry handball which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, the Republic benefited from an equally suspect decision against unfortunate defender Ervin Zukanovic which allowed Walters to open the scoring from the spot. But the game remained in the balance until the Stoke frontman dispatched a volley past former team-mate Asmir Begovic 20 minutes from time to wrap up a 2-0 win on the night and a 3-1 aggregate victory. Ireland will take part in a second successive European finals tournament having qualified via the play-offs, an achievement which will extend manager Martin O’Neill’s existing contract and surely make the agreement of a longer-term deal which is understood to be on the table a formality. O’Neill was always likely to restore Walters to his starting line-up after suspension, but not risk either John O’Shea or Shane Long from the start after their battles for fitness, and that was the only change in personnel as full-back Stephen Ward made way from the XI which started in Zenica. However, it was his decision to employ Robbie Brady at left-back rather than in the midfield role he occupied in Bosnia which was to pay dividends before the break. Brady’s attacking instincts and pace helped to limit the influence of winger Edin Visca, who had led the Republic a merry dance at the Bilino Polje Stadium, although he was wasteful from a series of set-pieces in promising areas from which he too often managed to find only the first defender. Where Ireland had contained in Zenica, they set out looking to attack on home soil with Begovic blocking one Brady cross with his legs and Zukanovic heading another away as the home side prospered down the left. However, O’Neill’s men were handed a stroke of good fortune when Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers ruled that Zukanovic had handled Daryl Murphy’s cross to the defender’s horror and, it must be said, the surprise of most of those present. But Walters was not about to pass up the opportunity, sending former Stoke team-mate Begovic the wrong way to give the Irish a 24th-minute lead. Bosnia responded in positive fashion and Edin Dzeko drilled a low effort into the side-netting two minutes later and midfielder Haris Medunjanin might have done better 13 minutes before the break when he skied his shot from Dzeko’s knock-down. Mehmed Bazdarevic made a change at the break when he replaced midfielder Edin Cocalic with the more attack-minded Muhamed Besic, and Ireland found themselves under genuine pressure as the second half unfolded. Medunjanin shot straight at Randolph from distance and Dzeko unwittingly blocked a Visca effort on its way towards goal before defender Ciaran Clark was relieved to see his header from a curling Medunjanin free-kick only just clear his own crossbar. Senad Lulic miskicked in front of goal after Visca had escaped Brady’s attentions with 54 minutes gone, and O’Neill moved to arrest the slump by replacing Wes Hoolahan and Murphy with James McClean and Long. Play moved swiftly from end to end, but Bosnia were looking the more threatening and Miralem Pjanic saw a 60th-minute snapshot blocked at source after Medunjanin had picked him out with a clever free-kick. But the Republic extended their lead with 20 minutes remaining when, after he had been felled agriculturally by defender Emir Spahic, Walters was on hand to volley home from beyond the far post after Ognjen Vranjes could only help on Brady’s swinging free-kick. Substitute Vedad Ibisevic rattled the bar with a flying injury-time volley, but Ireland had done enough. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 22, 2020 Associated Press Attendance at Indy 500 will be 25% of capacityINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday. Tickets will not be sold after Friday. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry. Concession stands will be limited to mostly prepackaged foods. WOMEN’S SOCCER-LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have optioned infielder Gavin Lux and agreed on a one-year deal with pitcher Jake McGee. Lux arrived late to summer camp and has appeared in only a few of the team’s intrasquad games. Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez have also gotten starts at second base. McGee was placed on waivers by Colorado last week. The 33-year-old left-hander was 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 225 games in four years with the club. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season. —Oakland Athletics left-hander A.J. Puk received an injection in his troublesome pitching shoulder and is likely to be sidelined for at least two weeks. The prized prospect had been set to pitch in the rotation. He is dealing with inflammation that also bothered him during spring training. Puk is on the 10-day injured list. Right-hander Daniel Mengden is filling Puk’s spot at the back end of the rotation to begin the shortened 60-game season. The A’s open at home against the Angels on Friday night.NFL-PRESEASONAP source: NFLPA agrees with league on no preseason gamesNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday.The Wichita native entered the record books in 1964 at age 17 by becoming the first high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress. TOKYO-PANDEMICTokyo head: Olympics not possible under current conditionsTOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic remain as they are. But Yoshiro Mori says he expects conditions to improve and is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made public. The union also agreed to a 80-player roster limit for training camp, instead of the usual 90. The players’ union plan came during a conference call on Tuesday.The agreement between the union and the league came a day after league made a proposal on not playing any preseason games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The players’ association originally had sought no preseason games and the league had reduced the exhibition schedule to two games. But on Monday evening, the NFL said it would eliminate those preseason contests and also would offer players 18 days for acclimation, up from seven days. In other NFL news:— The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names. — Washington’s NFL team has hired TV reporter, anchor and host Julie Donaldson to oversee its broadcast operation and be a member of a three-person radio booth for games. Donaldson will be the first woman to be a regular on-air member of an NFL radio broadcast booth. The move comes less than a week after longtime broadcaster Larry Michael announced he was leaving Washington after 16 years. A day after his departure was made public, Michael was among the team executives named in a Washington Post report about sexual harassment by club employees. Portman, Nortman to bring women’s soccer team to LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women’s Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. The team, tentatively named Angel City, will bring the league to 11 teams. Louisville FC joins the nine current NWSL clubs next season. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, who is president in the majority-female group. Others involved include actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Uzo Aduba. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-COLLINSDanielle Collins kicked out of World TeamTennis for COVID violation UNDATED (AP) — Danielle Collins has been kicked out of World TeamTennis for breaking the league’s COVID-19 protocols.WTT CEO Carlos Silva says Collins left The Greenbrier resort hosting all of the matches during the league’s three-week season and went out of the state of West Virginia.Collins is a 26-year-old American who was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 23 and currently is No. 51. She was playing for the Orlando Storm at WTT, which took all nine of its teams and put them at The Greenbrier, where the season began July 12 and ends Aug. 2.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-CITI OPENAugust tournament in Washington, D.C. is canceledWASHINGTON (AP) — The hard-court tournament in the nation’s capital that was supposed to mark the official return of men’s professional tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic has been canceled. Seating in the bench areas will be assigned, with folding chairs set up on three rows instead of the customary two and spaced out several feet from one another — instead of players sitting shoulder-to-shoulder as they have in the past. And across the center stripe, the words “Black Lives Matter” are painted onto the surfaceThe league’s marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. The arenas that will be used for the exhibitions, the seeding games that start July 30 and then the playoffs that are scheduled for mid-August through mid-October set up much differently than usual — all with safety during a pandemic very much in mind.In other NBA news:— The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. INDY 500 FANS Manager Terry Francona said the group had an “honest” conversation and he came away proud of how it was handled by all involved.Francona stressed that nothing has been resolved over the controversial topic.The franchise recently announced it was in the early stages of meeting with the community and appropriate stakeholders “to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.” The Indians’ move coincided with the recent decision by Washington’s NFL team to drop the name Redskins, which had been decried as being racist for decades.Cleveland removed its contentious Chief Wahoo logo from its game jerseys and caps. Fans, however, can still buy merchandise bearing the red-faced, toothy mascot that became a symbol of hatred to some and civic pride to others.In other MLB news:—The Blue Jays’ front office has told its players that Pittsburgh and Baltimore are possibilities for where the team will hold home games this year after Canada’s government barred the club from playing in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk. He says the players want to be in a major league stadium but have also been told their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo is a possibility. Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-INDIANS-NAME CHANGEIndians players, owner meet to discuss potential name changeCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s players met Tuesday with owner Paul Dolan to discuss a potential name change for the team, which has been called the Indians for the past 105 years. — Veteran defensive end and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. He also played for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.— The Panthers have now signed all seven draft picks. The team signed its final six unsigned draft picks, including second-round draft picks Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn on Tuesday. Also signed were fourth-round selection Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame, fifth-round pick Kenny Robinson Jr. from West Virginia, sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy from Baylor and seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver from Florida International. First-round pick Derrick Brown from Auburn signed back in May. NBA-RESTART-ARENASA whole new look, for a whole new NBA game experienceLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. And the stat crew will be doing their work inside what loosely can be described as an oversized hockey penalty box. The postponed Olympics open a year from now on July 23, 2021. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say they want to simplify the games to help reduce soaring costs. Officials cannot say now if fans will be permitted next year. Plans call for the full contingent of 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes to be competing. But the group in charge of the U.S. Open immediately said the tuneup’s cancellation “in no way impacts” its Grand Slam event. The Citi Open tournament in Washington had been scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying. It was called off Tuesday because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” The number of coronavirus cases has been spiking in spots throughout the United States.The men’s and women’s pro tours both have been suspended since March and are planning to return next month. The first event on the most recently announced calendar is a women’s tournament in Palermo, Italy, starting Aug. 3.TRUMP-JIM RYUNTrump to honor former track star, congressmanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.last_img read more

Beware of flying objects at games

first_imgA few days ago, television cameras caught an unlucky Boston Red Sox fan getting pelted by a big slice of pizza after pulling a Steve Bartman on a foul ball. The image was instant YouTube fodder — who wouldn’t love watching one grown man plaster another adult with a big floppy piece of New York-style goodness?As the slice in question hung over the rail limply, like a sock on a doorknob, it was clear we had encountered just the latest embodiment of one of sports’ most unusual and entertaining idiosyncrasies: throwing objects at games.Ever since some toga-wearing and sandaled (Air Herc’s?) schmo in the Coliseum’s nosebleeds decided to start tossing rose petals on gladiators, fans have always had an obsession with truly bringing themselves into the action by hurling objects from the stands.The most fascinating aspect of this phenomenon is the wide array of objects that fans find to chuck from the stands.Look at the memorable 1979 Disco Demolition night at old Comiskey, where fans decided to start pitching John Travolta albums onto the field, en masse from the stands.Or how Cleveland Browns faithful decided to start throwing the stands themselves, tearing apart Cleveland Municipal Stadium and heaving chunks of the “Mistake by the Lake” onto the field, in protest of the team’s move to Baltimore.Imagine what they would’ve done had they known that their new Browns team would draft Tim Couch and Courtney Brown. The kitchen sink would’ve been a distinct possibility.In some cases, the objects in question are meant to be complimentary. Everyone is familiar with the tradition to throw away hats costing upward of 17 clams after a gap-toothed grinning ice hockey player nets three goals. But remember when Florida Panther fans used to cover the ice in plastic rats following ANY goal at all? Those things cost almost 15 smackeroos!It makes the fans in Montreal and Chicago who used to shower the field with “Oh Henry” bars following a Henry Rodriguez home run look like a bunch of cash-hoarding Ebenezer Scrooges.Tossing candy bars is a good example of how fans often prefer throwing food at their athletes when praising them and not hard objects. Thousands of years ago, folks used to offer up food to the gods or kings in sign of reverence.Not much has changed today, as fans at Penn lob toast onto the field after the third quarter of a football game as a “toast to Penn.” Jumping around just seemed too uncivil, I suppose.In Detroit, fans often try to fling live octopus — a true delicacy — onto the ice as a sign that they are tired of having their team named after a cheap shoe company.At several colleges, including Northwestern, Michigan and Colorado, it has been tradition to throw marshmallows onto the field of play, so that the players won’t have to waste time stopping at the grocery store after the game to have their infamous s’more parties — you’ll remember seeing one such scandalous fiesta of sin midway through the movie “The Sandlot.”However, while some object throwing is celebratory, for the most part it is meant to be derogatory toward a player or team.Take the corks thrown at Sammy Sosa after his corked bat scandal or the syringes launched in the direction of Barry Bonds in recent years, obviously due to his refusal to get the meningitis vaccine.Fans in Philadelphia made it rain batteries like an Energizer Bunny birthday party hosted by Pac Man Jones at a baseball game a few years back.European soccer fans have been known to pepper the bleachers with flares when perturbed with referee calls, apparently trying to shed light on the truth.And who could forget seeing Carl Everett get beaned by a cell phone in the noggin. It was later revealed that the culprit was one of the Geico cavemen, enraged at C-Rex’s comments about prehistoric beings. (“God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve,” Everett said. “The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can’t say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex.”)But no one in NBA history might be more hated than rapper/guard Ron Artest. This is evidenced by the fact that he actually had the most valuable of arena possessions — a cup of beer — peg him in the face in Detroit, thus igniting the “Malice at the Palace.”The biggest problem with fans slinging objects, however, is that they have not yet unleashed a storm of flying thunder sticks onto the field or even just into the garbage.Not surprisingly, the marvel of fans throwing objects has made its way to the playing field and now even the athletes themselves are getting in on the action.Whether it is Roger Clemens pelting opponents with fastballs and broken bats, Bobby Knight tossing chairs, Lou Pinella lobbing bases or Randall Simon pegging a racing sausage with his Louisville Slugger, the epidemic has obviously spread.Consider this author the most recently infected, as at Friday’s annual Badger Herald vs. Daily Cardinal softball game, you can be sure to find me throwing everything from toast to toilet seats to obscenities in the direction of the competition as if they were Jurassic Carl and I a Neanderthal (which many might say I am), whenever I’m on the sidelines.I’ll likely toss a slice of pizza, too, and in doing so continue the proud, long-lived practice of throwing foreign, unique and most of all humorous objects while at the ball game.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. He is planning to bean any Daily Cardinal player who dares crowd the plate against him on Friday. If you have any beanball requests (and you know you do), address them to dmcgrath@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

USC basketball freshmen look to bring fire

first_imgFreshman Kevin Porter Jr. will bring his athletic talents to the men’s basketball squad in their upcoming season. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics)The 2018-19 USC men’s basketball team has a lot of production to distribute. With the departures of starters Chimezie Metu, Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, there are plenty of holes to fill on the roster.However, all is not lost. USC has improved its basketball recruiting in recent years, and its advances can be seen in this year’s crop of 2018 freshmen. Here’s what you need to know about the incoming recruits.Kevin Porter Jr.Shooting GuardSmall ForwardThe highest-ranked freshman in USC’s class, Kevin Porter Jr. earned a five-star ranking and was named the 28th-best player in the country by 247Sports. The Seattle native averaged 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in his senior year, leading Rainier Beach High School to the 3A Washington state championship game.At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Porter is an explosive athlete. He’s fast, he’s quick and he can get up off the floor. This natural talent has made for a fair number of highlight dunks, and USC fans should get used to seeing Porter throw down this season.Porter also has the potential to be the go-to scorer the Trojans sorely missed last season. The lefty showed the ability to score at all three levels in high school, with the ability to finish at the rim with either hand and a nice shooting stroke off the dribble. Porter is also a crafty ball-handler, with a powerful ability to get to his spot against any defender.The biggest questions facing Porter have to do with his passing ability and consistent intensity. If head coach Andy Enfield can get Porter to move the ball and go all out on every possession, the Trojans could have a star on their hands early this season.Elijah WeaverGuardWeaver, a combo guard from Rockledge, Fla., is the 37th-ranked player in the nation according to ESPN, three spots higher than Porter. A four-star recruit, Weaver averaged 23.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists in his final high school season. He was honored as Florida’s Class 6A Player of the Year. Although he possesses the same strong, 6-foot-5 frame as Porter, Weaver fits the model of a pure point guard more than his new teammate. Also a lefty, he’s a talented passer, using his height to see over the defense and passing lanes. He’s also very adept at driving the lane and finding the open man. These could be a crucial skills in the absence of graduated point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who ranked fourth in the country in assists last season and ran the offense.Weaver also uses his frame to his advantage on defense. His long arms and smooth athleticism make his abilities hard to limit, and were certainly part of the reason he averaged 4.3 steals per game in his senior season.To unlock his full potential, Weaver will need to improve his jumper. It’s not that the shot is broken, but adding a deadly shot to his arsenal will make Weaver virtually unstoppable.J’Raan BrooksPower ForwardThe final of USC’s three four-star or better recruits, Brooks was a star at Garfield High School in Seattle, the school that defeated Porter’s in the 3A state title game. Brooks decommitted from USC following the FBI probe involving former player De’Anthony Melton and former assistant coach Tony Bland, but recommitted after Melton declared for this summer’s NBA Draft.Brooks, ranked 83rd nationally by 247Sports, was a key cog on a Garfield team that finished the season as the 11th-best team in the country. At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Brooks made his mark on both ends of the floor. He’s noted as a tenacious rebounder and rim protector with a high motor. He is also a skilled offensive player, with a capable mid-range jumpshot and good footwork and touch around the basket.Brooks lacks an elite skill. He’s not an amazing athlete or a one-on-one scorer. He’s solid in every area of the game, but he might not be a difference-maker. The best way for him to improve would be extending his range to the 3-point line, as it would help the Trojans’ spacing immensely.Brooks’ return, along with Porter, gives the Trojans the two best players in the class from Washington. Unlike Porter and Weaver, though, Brooks has a clear shot to start; unlike the backcourt, the Trojans lack depth in the frontcourt, especially after losing Metu.The most important thing to know about these three is that they can all be culture setters. All three are competitive and work hard, important qualities for freshmen. They may show it in different ways — Porter is fiery and emotional, Weaver is cool as a cucumber, and Brooks puts his emotion into cleaning the glass — but all want to win badly. If they can channel that in the correct way, the Trojans can continue to compete in the Pac-12.last_img read more

Clonmel RFC coach says Cobh Pirates a strong side

first_imgThey had bonus point win yesterday away to Tralee. The full time score was Clonmel 27 Tralee 5.The Tipp side will host Cobh Pirates in the penultimate game of the league on February 22nd. Their coach Denis Leamy says he was very impressed with his side’s performance against Tralee, and warned that Cobh Pirates will be a better side than what they’ve shown in their league form.  The Boherlahan-Dualla man had this to say to Tipp FM Sport: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/clonmel-rfc-coach-denis-leamylast_img read more

Check please… Degree 53 publishes Age ID ‘UX Review’

first_img Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Industry design, innovation and software development agency Degree 53 has published its latest ‘UX Review’ focusing on evaluating the impact of new age and identity verification processes, enforced by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in May this year.The report assesses how incumbents have approached the challenge of adjusting/addressing to the UKGC’s customer age verification requirements from a customer UX and usability angle.Furthermore, Degree 53’s review provides operators with advise on optimisation best practices and priorities which operators can implement in order to tackle the diverse UX challenges faced onboarding customers.Degree 53 has reviewed the customer journey’s of leading bookmakers Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and bet365 among others to find out how betting incumbents have dealt with the new rules.The UX agency further assesses key variables such as access to information and tools provided by bookmakers to support customers verification procedures.Benefitting industry stakeholders, Degree 53 report provides an in-depth overview on the different strategies undertaken by operators to meet their new verification dynamics.Jade Daniels – Degree 53Jade Daniels, Design Director at Degree 53, said: “The new age and identity verification procedure has completely changed the whole acquisition process for some customers. Many don’t expect to provide their ID or proof of address as soon as they join, and they might struggle to find these documents straight away.“This means that it can delay their betting or gaming activities or put them off completely if the verification process is unclear. It’s a tricky thing to balance and get right for the punter, as well as for compliance. Regardless of the regulation, it’s important to offer as much guidance as possible to customers to make their journey simpler.“We’ve seen good ways of approaching this and those that require further work to make it absolutely clear. Something as simple as inputting the wrong date of birth because of a cumbersome dropdown while registering can really affect the choice of operator for customers if they experience obstacles. Regulations shouldn’t prevent online gambling businesses from developing new ideas, and our reports show different examples of how it can be done.” Sharelast_img read more

Can Robert Upshaw make LA Lakers’ 15-man roster?

first_imgHe spoke in an excited tone, Robert Upshaw experiencing the initial wave of euphoria surrounding his first NBA exhibition appearance.The Lakers’ reserve center had just posted six points on 3-of-4 shooting, with three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one turnover in 25 minutes in the team’s 105-97 preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday at Citizens Business Bank Arena.“It was really good,” Upshaw said. “I finally got to get my feet wet, go out there and play some good basketball.”Outside the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke in a more solemn tone about Upshaw’s performance. “He was OK,” Scott said. “He made a ton of mistakes on both ends of the floor. That’s probably to be expected in his first game.”Upshaw did not play in the Lakers’ first two preseason contests. But Scott had stressed “it’s not something he’s not doing.”Instead, Scott referenced the Lakers’ 19-player training camp roster. Yet, the Lakers have maintained a wait-and-see approach with Upshaw before deciding if he is worth a spot on the team’s maximum 15-player roster for the 2015-16 season.Fresno State (2012-13) and the University of Washington (2014-15) dismissed Upshaw amid unspecified violations of team rules, causing the projected first-round pick to go undrafted.Still, the Lakers have become intrigued with the 7-foot-2, 264-pound Upshaw after he averaged 10.9 points, a team-leading 8.2 rebounds and set the Huskies’ season shot-blocking record (85). The Lakers signed him to the summer league roster before eventually agreeing to a multi-year contract that is mostly nonguaranteed. “We feel comfortable after looking into and talking to people associated with both programs, we feel we know what the issues are,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “It clearly comes down to what he can show us in training camp. It’s all up to him. But he’s young and does have gifts a lot of players don’t have. Whether or not we can develop that or help him develop, that remains to be seen.”Upshaw went through some more hiccups in summer league, averaging only 1.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes a game, and admittedly remained out of shape.Since then, Upshaw said he has lost 25 pounds and improved his diet.“I was really heavy. It was kind of frustrating,” Upshaw said. “I feel like my summer league could’ve been a lot more than what it was.”Upshaw made some amends Thursday against Toronto. He was chosen over backup reserves Robert Sacre and Tarik Black, both of whom are also competing for minutes at the backup center spot behind Roy Hibbert. Upshaw quickly converted on a dunk shortly after entering the game midway through the first quarter. He also made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper.But Upshaw admitted he still needs to “clean some things up” like his timing, offensive rebounding and screen setting. Upshaw also committed a turnover, was called for goaltending, missed a dunk and clanked two foul shots.“I don’t see myself as a right-away player,” Upshaw said. “I’m still transitioning myself with the college game and off-the-court issues.”Injury updateThe Lakers have listed D’Angelo Russell (bruised glute), Brandon Bass (bruised left knee) and Marcelo Huertas (strained right hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Maccabi Haifa at Staples Center. Bass received treatment on his left knee during the team’s day off on Friday. Huertas, a Brazilian native, is expected to practice on Saturday after spending the past week in Vancouver to finalize immigration documents.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Acholi province demands UGX 32m from FUFA

first_imgPart of the money will also be used to facilitate team officials and also for organizing the third edition of the FUFA Drum.But Rogers Byamukama, the FUFA Drum chairperson called for calm, arguing that the money will be disbursed before the third edition of FUFA Drum which is yet to be communicated.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; Acholi Province clinched the 2019 FUFA DRUM tournamentKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Acholi province is demanding for 32 million shillings from the Federation for Uganda Football Association- FUFA.The money was one of the prizes that the region won after emerging champions of the second edition of the FUFA Drum in December 2019. Acholi province defeated Bukedi province in a penalty shootout during the finals played at Akii Bua memorial stadium in Lira town.However, Bernard Loum the Acholi province chairperson says that they have not received the money six months after winning the trophy.Loum noted that Acholi province leaders have several times engaged FUFA officials to claim their reward but in vain.He appealed to FUFA to disburse the money which he said would be given to the Acholi province players especially who are in deer need of financial assistance.Recently, the Acholi province players through their captain Denis Okot accused the team leaders of ignoring them at a time when they are in most need of help because of the covid-19 lockdown.last_img read more

Midland Chairman Purse receives Micklem Award

first_img Brian Purse, current chairman of the Midland Golf Union and a long-time amateur golf volunteer, has been presented with the Gerald Micklem Award for 2013. He received the trophy from outgoing President, Paul Baxter, at the Annual General Meeting of England Golf at Woodhall Spa and joins a long line of distinguished winners. The Micklem Award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England. Purse has always been a keen sportsman, although his first interests were with cricket and soccer.  His first taste of golf came at a nine-hole course at The Gog Magog near Cambridge as some of his business colleagues – he was employed as an Articled Clerk in a Chartered Accountants practice in Cambridge – were members there. However, he was generally a nomadic golfer throughout the 1970s but after he was promoted to a managerial role by his employers in the company’s practice in St Neots, he joined St Neots Golf Club in 1979 with a handicap of eight, becoming club champion nine years later and again in 1997. A year later, in 1989, he was elected Club Captain in its 99th year and after two more years his interest in county affairs saw him join the late Malcolm Unsworth representing Cambridgeshire on the Midland Golf Union, serving for eight years. Following Malcolm’s death, Purse took over as Cambridgeshire representative on the English Golf Union Executive Committee for ten years from 1995 – 2005. It was during that period, 1997 – 1998, that he was elected President of the MGU. Further honours were to follow and in 2000 and 2001, he became President of Cambridgeshire, the first member of St Neots to hold that office. It was during his tenure that Cambridgeshire won the Anglian League for the first time. From 2001 to 2005, Purse served as a member of the EGU’s Finance Committee, while for two years from 2003 he became Chairman of junior golf in Cambridgeshire, during which time he and David Tipple set up a template for the county’s first official coaching programme. His role with the juniors was relatively brief as, in 2005, he was elected Midland Chairman, a post he holds to this day. “Throughout my 25 years or so as a volunteer I have been privileged to work, and spend time with, a multitude of people who have positively influenced my life,” Purse added. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to so many and can only repay them by continuing to serve a game I love.” Picture shows Paul Baxter (left) and Brian Purse. 14 Feb 2013 Midland Chairman Purse receives Micklem Award last_img read more