Month: August 2020

USA Cricket thrilled for “outstanding” Walsh

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – USA Cricket has hailed Hayden Walsh Jr’s selection to the West Indies limited overs side, branding the leg-spinner an “all-round talent” and a “world-class” fielder who they expected to excel at the highest level. The 27-year-old Walsh was this week named in the Windies One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads for the upcoming series against Afghanistan in India from November 4-17.Walsh, who was born in the US Virgin Islands and grew up in Antigua, has already represented ICC associates United States in one ODI and eight T20 Internationals – all coming earlier this year.“Hayden has been nothing short of outstanding on and off the field for USA since his first selection in 2018,” said Iain Higgins, chief executive of USA Cricket. “His all-round talent with bat and ball, allied with his world-class fielding, were crucial factors in the USA team gaining ODI status for the first time earlier this year. “Of course, we are very disappointed to lose him, but we are glad that USA Cricket was able to provide an international platform for him at an important point in his career, and everyone involved with USA Cricket understands and fully supports his decision, and we wish him all the best for his future career with CWI.”Walsh, who has played first-class cricket for Leeward Islands and Barbados, failed to really make an impression for the USA in his international outings, making 27 in the ODI against Papua New Guinea and picking up six wickets at an average of 20 in the T20s. However, he soared to prominence recently during the Caribbean Premier League when he snapped up a Man-of-the-Series 22 wickets for eventual champions Barbados Tridents.Walsh credited USA Cricket for laying the platform for his international career.“I want to say a special thanks to everyone at USA Cricket and the team-mates in the USA team who made me feel welcomed while I played there,” said Walsh. “It was a good eye-opener to what it’s like on the international stage and it’s an experience I will cherish.”last_img read more

Skerritt appointed to MCC committee

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua,  CMC – Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, has accepted an invitation to join the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket Committee. Skerritt, a former Cabinet minister in his native St Kitts and Nevis, was elected to the top post in CWI last March, replacing three-term incumbent Dave Cameron.“Serving world cricket on such an important MCC committee, among such legendary former cricketers, is both a privilege and an honour,” said Skerritt.“I will do all I can to ensure that my West Indies based perspective will always add value to the work of the MCC.” Skerritt joins the committee along with former England Test captain Sir Alistair Cook, replacing West Indies fast bowler and well-known television commentator Ian Bishop, and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan.The MCC, which acts as an independent voice in cricket, meets twice a year to discuss significant matters relating to the game issues in the game. Sri Lanka will host the next meeting in March.Committee chairman, Mike Gatting, said the body was pleased to have Skerritt’s involvement. “We have been keen for some time to appoint a new representative from the West Indies and I am delighted that Ricky will be joining us,” said the former England captain.“His knowledge of the game from a West Indian perspective will be invaluable, and his work outside of the sport will also be advantageous to the committee.”Skerritt will join the likes of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, spin legend Shane Warne and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is also president of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).last_img read more

Edghill not daunted by postponement of World’s TT teams championships

first_imgFormer Under-21 Caribbean Table Tennis champion, Chelsea Edghill says her spirit has not been jolted by the postponement of the 2020 World teams table tennis championships in Busan, South Korea as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Edghill, who was expected to form part of the first female national team to attend the event, said she was eager to attend the games as part of her Olympic Qualification push but understood and agreed with the reason for its postponement.She noted that the minor setback is just another day in the life of a pro athlete.“I’m not disappointed. Your health comes first. The health of players, officials and anyone else who is participating in the tournament should be held in priority and if that’s the reason for postponing such a prestigious tournament then that’s the way to go,” Edghill, who is currently in Portugal, told Stabroek Sport. The championships has been postponed to June, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced in a press release.According to Edghill, Guyana’s qualification, – the first in the nation’s history – was an unprecedented feat and a “big deal.”She also commended the efforts of her fellow female countrywomen for landing the spot. Edghill said she is feverishly gunning a spot-on Guyana’s 2020 summer Olympic contingent and it would have been ideal to gain high-intensity match preparations in Busan before the Olympic qualifiers in Argentina during April 15-18.However, she noted that she has always been ready and is still up for the challenge.“I’m always in constant preparations for tournaments. And my current goal right now is to attend the Olympic qualifications and if the World Championships were held during the time it was scheduled for (22-29 March 2020)… it would have been an ideal event to compete at before the Olympic trials,” the Caribbean under-21 champ explained. Edghill, who is Guyana’s reigning National Sports Commission (NSC) Senior Sportswoman-of-the-Year said that she is also remaining match ready for the 2020 senior Caribbean championships and the Latin America Championships.She recently suited up for Guyana in the Portugal Open, in Lisbon in February.last_img read more

Strongman Peterson-Griffith using fishing as a coping mechanism

first_imgFor many athletes, the gym is more than just a place to lift weights, it is an escape from life’s many challenges, its therapy sessions lathered in sweat. The gym is the place for an adrenaline rush, a place to release endorphins, the feel good hormone, it’s the sanctuary of gains, the second home for many.However, as the world grapples with the pandemic, COVID-19, gym doors have shuttered and many athletes have been forced to improvise and come up with other coping mechanisms to their daily routines.One such athlete is Carlos Peterson-Griffith, world renowned, decorated powerlifter and Guyana’s strongest man. Under his normal circumstances, Peterson-Griffith would be grunting and banging out reps of deadlifts or squats upwards of 500 pounds at Space Gym. His current coping mechanism: fishing.Said the strong man yesterday “The virus has affected me in every way possible, but I am taking this time off to rest my mind and body, to recharge and when this passes, I will be ready to go again. At the moment I just do some free hand exercises and jogging, but I love to go fishing.” Peterson-Griffith added: “Fishing relaxes me and eases my mind from whatever stress and I plan to go tomorrow (today) since it is a holiday.”The behemoth who was suspended from competitive powerlifting for 12 months last May, stated that he is gunning to compete at the 18th NAPF Regional Championships in the Cayman Islands in July and the South American Powerlifting and Bench Press Classic Championships in Peru in December.A check of the IPF’s calendar showed that those events have not been canceled to date.  The 26 year-old stated that: “My Coach and I know where we are at, all what we have to do is pick up right where we left off before the pandemic situation. However there are quite a few people that have been supporting me in and out of the sport and we are looking forward for this to pass so we can continue going upwards”.Coincidentally, his 12-month suspension expires today. It should be a great day for fishing.last_img read more

French Open in talks with governing bodies amid rescheduling reports

first_imgPARIS,  (Reuters) – French Open organisers have been in talks with the sport’s governing bodies to fine-tune the tennis calendar amid media reports that the Grand Slam tournament is being delayed by a week. “We took the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international bodies of the various circuits (International Tennis Federation, WTA, ATP) the optimum calendar for the second part of the season, which will be finalised with the various stakeholders very soon,” a French tennis federation (FFT) spokesman told Reuters yesterday.French newspaper Le Parisien and tennis website tennis.com reported that the claycourt Grand Slam would start a week later, on Sept. 27.The FFT’s decision to postpone the French Open from May 27-June 7 amid the COVID-19 crisis was widely criticised because the new dates clashed with the hardcourt season. A Sept. 27 start would give players a two-week window between the end of the U.S. Open and the Paris tournament.last_img read more

Leo Vegas selects Kambi as sports betting platform

first_img Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Kristian NylénStockholm listed sports betting software supplier Kambi (Kambi Group), has been selected as proprietary betting platform for Malta igaming operator Leo Vegas.The agreement will see Leo Vegas, one of the fastest growing businesses in the igaming sector, enter the European sports betting market utilising Kambi betting provisions and software.Announcing the partnership today, Leo Vegas governance aims to increase its international market presence, by offering sports betting as a core product range.The confirmed partnership sees Kambi Group extend its profile and services within the competitive European sports betting supplier market. At present Kambi is betting platform supplier to European bookmakers 32Red Sports, Unibet, PAF,  888Sport and Luckia. Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO and Co-founder of LeoVegas, said: “Following an extensive selection process, we are thrilled to be partnering with Kambi whom we identified as the partner that can match our high ambition and provide enabling technology and capability for us to innovate and drive the sports betting experience in the mobile era. We are excited by this partnership and look forward to delivering a game changing mobile sports betting experience.”Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi Group plc, backed Hagman’s comments:“LeoVegas is a very exciting and fast growing brand in mobile gaming. We are excited to work with LeoVegas as our services will complement their existing casino offering with a premium sports betting service that will accelerate growth. Our mutual interest in driving innovation in mobile sports betting forms a powerful foundation for this partnership. We look forward to supporting LeoVegas in delivering on its ambition to create a game changing mobile sports betting experience.” TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Betway announces partnerships with five Bundesliga 2 clubs

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Betway has announced that they have entered into strategic three year partnerships with five Bundesliga 2 clubs ahead of the new football season in August. The company will be designated as the official betting partner for St. Pauli, Union Berlin, Eintracht Braunschweig, Karlsruher SC and Dynamo Dresden.Betway, the principal sponsor of West Ham United and Premier League Darts, will receive in-stadium branding at all five clubs as part of the three year deals, in addition to hospitality tickets to every game.Anthony Werkman, Betway Director of Marketing and Operations, said: “The Bundesliga is one of the most followed leagues in the world, and we’re delighted to have signed partnerships agreements with five clubs who boast significant heritage and history in both German and European football.“Betway has always had football coursing through its veins, and we’ve been thrilled to be the official sponsor of West Ham United amid an historic period of success and growth for the club. We look forward to supporting the five Bundesliga 2 clubs as they embark on a new season, with the glory of promotion to the top tier on offer.” Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Norsk Tipping confident of 2016 targets following strong H1

first_imgShare Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship  June 30, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Norway’s monopoly brought into question as problem gambling rates increase May 26, 2020 Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020 Torbjørn AlmlidNorway state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has reported a solid first half to 2016 recording an 11% year-on-year gross gaming revenue uplift to NOK 7.2 billion (€770 million).The firm’s lottery division (Norsk Lotto) continues to serve as its main revenue driver contributing NOK 2 billion in revenues during the period.Norsk Tipping management reported that the division’s strong performance had been driven by increased player activity, as its refreshed marketing strategy targeting a younger consumer demographic had proved effective.H1 Lottery gains would be supported by an improved performance of its digital gaming business which recorded gross revenues of NOK 640 million, up 8% on corresponding 2015 H1 performance.Updating stakeholders, Norsk Tipping governance stated that the company was confident of hitting all its full-year 2016 targets following a strong H1 opening.During the period Norsk Tipping announced former Norway Secretary General Asne Havnelid as its new Chief Executive replacing the outgoing Torbjørn Almlid, who will step down later this year following a leadership transfer period.Commenting on corporate performance Torbjørn Almlid, CEO of Norsk Tipping, said: “The most pleasing thing is that the influx of new customers is the highest in the segment younger adults, where the battle for customers is hardest.“We believe in a good second half well, but we can not expect that this level of growth will continue, as the paid Viking Lotto pot and the Euro 2016 football championship, will be over.“Still, if we keep the budget of the year, it goes towards a good year for Norwegian Tipping.”last_img read more

£150,000 Clinton bet on William Hill in record-breaking election

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit A London-based telephone client for William Hill has staked £150,000 on democrat candidate Hillary Clinton to win the US Election. Clinton is going into US Election polling day as the 1/5 red hot favourite on William Hill (83% chance), while Donald Trump is offered at 7/2 (22%).Graham Sharpe of William Hill, said: “The US Election campaign has smashed all previous Election betting records, with the biggest betting turnover for any political event, and £20 million riding on the outcome.“William Hill alone are close to exceeding a £4m turnover for the first time on any political event, and with the result still too close to call we anticipate a political bets bonanza in the closing hours of the Election campaign.“We have already seen massive bets for Hillary Clinton – one female online client has the largest election bet ever of 550,000 euros riding on her (almost half a million pounds) and will make a profit of 220,000 if she wins.“Another, from Durham, has staked £183,200 on her and over the weekend we took a £50,000 bet in London, and two other £30,000 bets for her. Two Moscow-based clients have also staked five figure bets on her. A Liverpool customer will collect £49,594 should Hillary win.”However, there has also been big money support for Donald Trump. William Hill customers John Mappin from Cornwall and a Nottingham man will both win £100,000 if the Republican candidate prevails. There is also a customer from Halifax who stands to win £39,125 after doubling up on Brexit and a Trump win.William Hill say that 69% of the individual bets they have taken have been for Trump, but 74% of all the stake money is for Hillary Clinton. The campaign has mirrored Brexit in that there have been far more individual bets for the outsider, but the biggest bets have been on the favourite.last_img read more

McKinnie just shy of Super Bowl for second time in three years

first_imgMany members of the Ravens lamented how close they had come to the Super Bowl following Sunday’s heartbreaking loss in the AFC championship, but left tackle Bryant McKinnie was feeling a sense of déjà vu.It was only two years earlier that McKinnie, playing for the Minnesota Vikings against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship, found himself moments away from a potential trip to the Super Bowl. The Vikings were driving deep inside New Orleans’ territory for the potential game-winning score before quarterback Brett Favre threw an inexplicable interception in the closing seconds of regulation with the game tied, 28-28. The Saints then won the coin toss to begin overtime and won on a field goal, leaving the Vikings wondering what could have been.With the Ravens wasting an opportunity to win the game with Joe Flacco’s pass to Lee Evans in the end zone and missing a chance to tie the game with Billy Cundiff’s field goal attempt from 32 yards two plays later, McKinnie found himself falling just short of the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons.“They’re kind of similar,” McKinnie said. “We lost both of them by three points. It’s just very tough because you’re so close to your ultimate goal, and you fall three points short.”Just as he thought the Vikings were in position to beat the Saints in the closing seconds, McKinnie felt temporary elation as Flacco’s pass dropped into the hands of Evans before Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore poked the ball free. Two plays later, potential excitement transformed into devastation as Cundiff’s kick sailed wide left.“[There was] the emotion up and down when I thought Lee caught the ball, just different stuff that pulled on you emotionally,” said McKinnie, who has one year remaining on his current deal with the Ravens. “Like I said, we just have to hopefully be able to pick up and get back there next year.”Signed by the Ravens just over two weeks before the start of the regular season, McKinnie entered the year as the biggest — literally and figuratively — question mark on the offensive line. He finished the season as the only starter on the line not to miss a snap the entire season in what amounted to a solid campaign for the 32-year-old tackle.Kicked to the curb by Minnesota after ballooning to nearly 400 pounds by the time the 132-day lockout ended, McKinnie worked himself into better shape before general manager Ozzie Newsome signed him to a two-year deal on Aug. 24. Eventually getting his weight down to roughly 360 pounds, McKinnie provided stability at the left tackle position and allowed third-year tackle Michael Oher to return to the right side where the Ravens did not have an answer during the preseason.With a checkered off-field history and a reputation for being difficult with the media, McKinnie was the polar opposite, being a model citizen and accommodating interview requests on a regular basis.However, the highlight of his season came in the opener when he dominated Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison and any other Steelers defender crossing his path in the Ravens’ 35-7 demolition of their hated nemesis.“For me, personally, I feel like it was a great season coming from the situation in Minnesota and then coming in here and being part of a team that made it to the AFC championship,” McKinnie said. “So, I feel like it was a pretty good season.”The Ravens may elect to address the tackle position this offseason with McKinnie set to turn 33 early in the 2012 season and not knowing whether Oher will be able to handle the left tackle position in the future. Of course, they will also need to make a decision on the future of Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs — who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason — and the center position with veterans Matt Birk and Andre Gurode both being free agents.McKinnie showed fairly consistent ability as a pass blocker but did not show as much aptitude in run blocking, which was a criticism of the veteran in his final years with the Vikings. However, a motivated McKinnie with a full offseason to train at the Ravens’ Owings Mills facility might maximize his ability and allow the Ravens to delay the decision to acquire another left tackle for another year.“I actually have an offseason this year where I can actually work on technique and not just kind of [being] out there kind of free-styling a little bit,” McKinnie said. “I feel like I’ll be better next year.”And if the big tackle has it his way, he’ll earn the opportunity to finally get to the Super Bowl after falling painfully short in two of the last three years.To hear McKinnie’s full comments from Monday morning, click HERE.last_img read more