Digicel schools football Regional # 6 Final.By Colin BynoeVRYMAN’S Erven Secondary School (VESS) can now be viewed as two-time title holders, lifting the trophy in 2014, and now in 2017 after defeating Berbice Educational Institute, 3-1, to be crowned regional champions.The exciting finals in the Region # 6 leg of Digicel schools football tournament came to a muddy end Friday afternoon t on a very soggy Burnham Park ground.The team that seemed hungrier for victory prevailed, as they did in 2014.Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) fought hard to withstand a tough Vryman’s Erven Secondary School (VESS) throughout the 90 minutes game time. When the whistle blew to begin the action, both teams were in overdrive to pounce early.The expectations from the supporters were high as they cheered every possession. Both teams traded heavy shots in both halves with VESS the better team in the opening period. Three goals for VESS were scored by halftime; courtesy of Shaquan George, who scored early in the 17th minute while Alex Ogleton booted one of his own in the 34th minute.VESS found another opening as they rattled in their third goal of the half, coming off the boot of Shaquan George; giving him his second goal of the match.The score read 3-0 at the sound of the halftime whistle.BEI regrouped during the break and restructured their game plan. As the second half resumed, the energy level was up with a much more attacking game plan from BEI. They revived themselves with a consolation goal from Dwaine Alleyne in the 67th minute.By that time the game was clearly in VESS hands. The players ran the field and played with the clock to their advantage. In the end when the final whistle sounded, it was a fitting final between two teams that were arguably the best in the tournament.The win has given Vryman’s Erven the prestige opportunity of representing the region in the next round of the tournament.Speaking to Chronicle Sport after the match, teacher/coach Marlon Daniels confidently mentioned “It was a Good fight, I’m glad and we wanted the win and will represent Region 6 well’. He went on to thank their supporters,teachers and Digicel.At a simple presentation, VESS received a quantity of new uniforms from Digicel’s representative with which they will ‘suit up’ as they move on in the competition.
LONDON, (CMC) – West Indies great Michael Holding has reignited the discussion of a two-tier system in world cricket, in the wake of the Caribbean side’s devastating innings defeat to England at Edgbaston.The Windies were rolled over twice in two days for 168 and 137 in their first and second innings respectively, losing 19 wickets on Saturday to collapse inside three days in the first Test.“That has been in my mind since this Test series started – and I’ve been talking about it for years,” said Holding, a long-serving broadcaster on Sky Sports cricket commentary team. “What is the point of having a team outclassing another team like this?“I played Test cricket for 12 years. I never played a Test match against Sri Lanka because at that time Sri Lanka just weren’t good enough to play against the West Indies.“What is the point of having a contest like this? It’s not good for cricket.”Last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) shelved a proposal for the two-tier system which would have seen the top seven teams in the world form the top division and the five lower-placed sides pushed into a second tier.West Indies, currently ranked eighth in Tests, would campaign in the second tier along with the likes of minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.The idea is likely to be revisited in 2019.West Indies’ continuing decline, however, has kept the discussion alive and Saturday’s humbling innings and 209-run loss has put the issue back, front and centre.Holding, a legendary member of the fearsome Windies pace quartet of the 1970s and 80s, said the current team lacked the quality to properly compete with England, but needed to get their selection right for the next Test starting in five days.“We heard a lot of talk, of course, from captain [Jason Holder] and coach [Stuart Law] along the lines of ‘don’t write off the West Indies, we have a chance’. That is bravado,” the Jamaican maintained.“What they need to do is sit down and think to themselves ‘how can we actually do something on the field? What have we got?’”He added: “They are not a great team – everybody knows that, but you’ve still got to make the right moves. If you lose doing the right thing, then fine – but you can’t start off doing the right thing by making wrong selections.”
OBIT-BURMEISTERBurmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72.Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer.Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He led the Roadrunners to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Illinois in 1988. OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLERFormer WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son.Gaspard’s 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely after they were caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A police statement says a lifeguard saw a wave crash over Gaspard and he was swept out to sea.Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:—Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.”— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. May 20, 2020 Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season. Associated Press Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONALS RINGSAn unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony —The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has also delayed the start of the regular season. NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he’ll begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he hopes the plan to show off the team’s hardware would provide “a moment of joy in these uncertain times.”Teams typically unveil their title rings at a home stadium packed with fans.In other MLB developments:—The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. Furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. The Angels had already pledged to pay their employees through May. Furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts. After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3. FC Seoul’s attempts to increase the atmosphere at the stadium backfired during a match. The club expressed its “sincere remorse” but initially said it believed it was using regular mannequins to mimic a home crowd.K-League officials have referred the matter to a disciplinary committee.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited re-openings on Tuesday, as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players, except those undergoing injury rehab, are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:—Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn’t willing to guess what the NFL might look like when its back on the field. The new NFL Players Association president said he’s focused on player safety as the league cautiously heads toward normalcy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to training facilities that began opening around the league. The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams.Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game. The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.WNBA-ROSTER SIZEAP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1.The league and the players’ union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season. Update on the latest in sports: — The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress.—Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies.NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. Burmeister took over at Loyola in 1994 after working as an assistant at nearby DePaul and went 40-71 over four seasons. Following his time at Loyola, he went on to coach for a season at Trinity University in San Antonio and at Incarnate Word for 12 years.SOUTH KOREA-SEX DOLLSFC Seoul faces sanctions after putting sex dolls in seatsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soccer club is facing penalties that include expulsion from its own stadium for putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match last weekend.The K-League is one of the few soccer leagues operating during the coronavirus pandemic and is playing in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
CRICKET fans in Guyana will get a special treat as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers have struck a deal with the Guyana government which will see the return of the playoffs here for a second straight year.However, it will be even a more special treat, since it is confirmed that patrons can be a part of the double-header playoff matches with the purchase of one ticket.“The purchase of one ticket will be used for both games,”The playoffs comprise two games – the eliminator between the third-placed and fourth-placed teams, and qualifier one involving the top-of-the-table side after the preliminaries against the second-placed side.Both matches are scheduled for October 6 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Meanwhile, the prices are yet to be confirmed locally. However, according to the CPL website, tickets are on sale on line, with US$ 12.00 for the Grass Mound; the South East – Orange Stand US$ 16.00; North West – Red US$ 27.00 and South West – Green US$ 29.00.The two games will bring to seven the number of CPL matches staged here during the 2019 campaign after Guyana Amazon Warriors played three of their home games here at the start of the tournament.They have two remaining matches here on October 3 and 4 against Jamaica Tallawahs and two-time reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders.The winner of qualifier one will book a direct spot in the final set for October 12 in Trinidad ans while the winner of the eliminator will face the loser of qualifier one on October 10 in Trinidad and Tobago, for a place in the final. (Rajiv Bisnauth)
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) cleared four footballers who tested positive for the new coronavirus to play last night against reigning Brazil and South American champions Flamengo, saying they were no longer contagious.The four players from Atletico Goianiense were initially barred after testing positive Sunday, but the club successfully appealed the decision to the CBF’s medical committee.The committee reversed the players’ medical suspension late Tuesday, saying their infections were more than 10 days old, that they had observed the necessary quarantine and that they were no longer contagious.The ruling came just in time for Goianiense’s season debut against Flamengo, the current holders of the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian league titles.The head of the CBF medical committee, Jorge Pagura, said the decision was based on recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that have been endorsed by the World Health Organization.“After a positive PCR test result, 10 days is sufficient to release the patient” from quarantine, Pagura told news site Globoesporte.The CBF did not say when the four players were initially diagnosed.Pagura said they did not need to undergo another test.“In a lot of cases, the test results keep coming back positive… even when patients aren’t transmitting the virus anymore,” he said.“We are not clearing anyone to play infected. This is safe, there’s no risk.”Brazil has the second-highest number of infections and deaths in the pandemic, after the United States: more than 3.1 million and 103,000, respectively.It nevertheless became the first South American country to resume professional football matches on June 18, with empty stands and a series of health protocols for clubs.More than 160 players in the first division have tested positive for coronavirus so far.
Victor Moses struck the winning goal for Chelsea in the 69th minute last night as the Blues picked three away points off Burnley 2-1 to keep their UEFA Champions League alive.Kevin Long’s own goal set Antonio Conte’s men on their way in the first half, but Ashley Barnes deflected Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s wayward shot to give the hosts hope of earning a point at Turf Moor.Moses’ right-footed shot into the bottom corner proved decisive and ensured the Blues, who trailed fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points last week, narrowed the gap to five points. Chelsea have the opportunity to increase the pressure on their London rivals if they win at Swansea on April 28.Speaking a post match interview Moses said the London club deserves all three points.“I thought we deserved the three points today from start to finish. It is not an easy place to come and win. We want to take each game as it comes. We can’t right ourselves off (top four finish). We just need to finish as strongly as we can,” concludes the Nigerian forward last nightShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It’s not that Syracuse’s forwards didn’t want to shoot, they just couldn’t find the space.If an Orange player was anywhere near striking distance, three Hartwick defenders crowded around him. The crowd begged for a shot, but there was no space for SU to operate in the attacking third. As each hollow opportunity passed, a tactical adjustment became increasingly inevitable.But when head coach Ian McIntyre stood in front of his team after a scoreless first half, a tactical adjustment wasn’t on his mind. Instead, he urged his team to speed up its play and seize the opportunity to entertain the home crowd.“He said we had to impose ourselves, because this is our home field,” said junior midfielder Nick Perea. “We had to play faster because that’s our game.”And that’s exactly what the Orange did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the heels of a sloppy first half, an increase in energy was what No. 20 Syracuse (2-0-0) needed to edge Hartwick (0-1-1) 2-0 at SU Soccer Stadium on Monday night. In its first home game of the season, the Orange looked slow and, at times, confused in the early going. But once SU found its speedy identity, the Hawks simply couldn’t keep up.“We started slow, we were definitely sluggish,” McIntyre said. “We had a lot of possession, but didn’t create enough quality chances. When we broke their initial line of pressure, we started to look good and get those opportunities.”The Orange’s abundance of first-half possessions was mired by Hartwick’s swarming defense.In the 20th minute, SU slowed down play considerably. Sophomore Stefanos Stamoulacatos, freshman Alex Halis and junior Jordan Murrell played tic-tac-toe on the left side of the field while the Hawks’ defense sat in an impenetrable pyramid.At a distance, the Orange’s quick passing was pleasing to the eye. But when any player attempted to dribble toward the box, the once distinguishable pyramid turned into an amoeba around the ball.“That was because we were playing slower and building through the back,” said junior forward Grant Chong. “They definitely pressured us, which we expected, we just had to break in and I think we did successfully.”It was Chong, in the 50th minute, who took SU out of its slow start and onto the scoreboard. He settled a lob pass from Halis, took two dribbles and unleashed a rocket into the top-right corner.Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz made a leaping effort, but it was placed too perfectly. Chong threw his hands into the air and his teammates quickly mobbed him at the top of the Hawks’ box.That was all Syracuse needed to catapult itself into a more comfortable, effective philosophy.“In the second half, it was about keeping the tempo high,” McIntyre said. “Getting that first goal, and then eventually the second, helped us do that.”As the game wore on, SU didn’t possess the ball as methodically as it did in the first half. But the possessions it did have were more purposeful, as evidenced by the game’s decisive goals.Nine minutes after Chong gave the Orange the lead, Perea pushed the lead to 2-0. Once the Orange earned a throw-in in the attacking third, Murrell scanned the field for a target.With most of Hartwick’s players casually walking with their heads down, Perea stepped into open space and Murrell put the ball at his feet. It was the space that wasn’t there in the first half, when the Hawks subjected the Orange to its smothering brand of soccer.Perea’s shot deflected off of a cluster of defenders and found the back of the net.The Orange relished in the few moments when Hartwick’s defense wasn’t set, and a few moments was all it needed.Said Perea: “The second half was the way we should have played all along. We had a slow start, but it all came together when it needed to.” Comments Published on September 3, 2013 at 12:09 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+
FOLLOW US Read | Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Cormier: Will There Be A UFC Fight Ever?UFC 244 and Dwayne JohnsonWWE and Hollywood Superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been a fan of martial arts throughout his life. He has been present in a lot of UFC events including the famous Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2. It is official that Dwayne Johnson is going to present the BMF belt to the winner at UFC 244 and that in itself is one of the biggest selling points for the UFC match. Dana White said The Rock gets what he wants and this is what Dwayne Johnson wanted. First Published: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST COMMENT After a huge gap of two years, Nate Diaz made his comeback at UFC 241 and became victorious against Anthony Pettis. Nate Diaz did not fight since UFC 202 against Conor McGregor and it was expected that Diaz vs Mcgregor 3 will be his comeback. However, after a big win at UFC 241, Diaz called out Jorge Masvidal as his next opponent and the fans absolutely loved the idea. The idea of Nate Diaz going against Masvidal became so popular that UFC President Dana White is going to make a one-time belt for the fight. The belt will be called BMF (Baddest Mother F*$%#R) while the winner will not get to defend the title against anyone in the future. Read | Brock Lesnar: UFC Records Of The MMA Star, Upcoming Fights And MoreWhat Is BMF?The idea of BMF belt actually came up with an Instagram post. After a victory at UFC 241, Nate Diaz made a callout to Jorge Masvidal for his next fight. Masvidal was in the arena and he absolutely loved the idea of going against Nate Diaz. Both Diaz and Masvidal are eminent strikers and are really dangerous boxers. Masvidal is a knockout specialist while Diaz has never been knocked out in his entire life. The American fighters have fought the best in the organisation and have always shocked the world. Masvidal recently made the fastest knockout in UFC history by knocking out the undefeated Ben Askren in just five seconds at UFC 239. After the Diaz and Masvidal fight was made public, Diaz made an Instagram post claiming himself as the Baddest Mother F*$%#R of the game and Masvidal’s comment caught everyone’s attention. UFC President Dana White immediately decided to create the BMF belt for the match and it is also referred to as the People’s Belt for all the valid reasons.Read | WATCH: Chaos Ensues At UFC 229 After Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor Read | WATCH: Netizens Remind Varun Dhawan That His UFC Prep Moves Are Actually WWE Submission Hold, Here’s How The Actor Reacted Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Raj Sarkar Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST UFC 244: Diaz Vs Masvidal For The BMF Belt And Dana White’s Take UFC 244 will put a brand new UFC title on the line. It is going to be a one-time belt in the fight between Diaz and Masvidal. Know everything about the belt LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE
After stunning the Premier League with their surge to the top of the table earlier this season, Leicester were widely expected to fade away when the pressure of the title run-in mounted.But instead the Foxes, beaten just three times this term, have proved impervious to nerves during a remarkable run of six wins and only two goals conceded in their last seven matches.That blistering sequence has given Leicester a five-point lead over second placed Tottenham and put the title within touching distance just 12 months after the unfashionable club were battling to avoid relegation.Establishing the secret of Leicester’s astonishing success in Ranieri’s first season in charge has become a favourite discussion for pundits and fans alike in recent weeks.But Albrighton, 26, has a simple answer, insisting Leicester are being driven by a wave of confidence that has grown stronger each week as they realise they are good enough to compete with the league’s best.“Yes, to some extent, I would say we feel unbeatable. The position we are in and keeping the clean sheets, that is one of the main factors. If you are not conceding goals then you are not going to lose games. We have the quality up front to go and score. The team spirit is what has got us here. We have brilliant individuals, but there is no point having them if we are not going to play as a team. It’s massive that we are keeping a winning habit going. If we continue to do that everything will look after itself,” Albrighton said.However, Leicester’s remarkable charge on the Premier League title has given fans of other clubs hope that their teams can achieve a similar feat, Albrighton has said.Albrighton highlighted the applause from Sunderland’s supporters when the Foxes beat the home side 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on April 10, a victory which secured their place in next season’s Champions League.“To be applauded off by home fans is very rare and it was touching, it touched everyone, including the gaffer. Obviously, with what is going on, it is an emotional time,” the former Aston Villa winger told British media.“We are in a place no-one, including ourselves, thought we could be in. We have achieved something special. It is a credit to us. Obviously, he (Ranieri) got emotional and we have never seen that before.“It shows how much he cares and how much he has put in since the summer. A lot of people questioned it (his appointment) maybe. The relationship between the players and the manager, and the coaching staff, has just clicked into place.”Leicester host 15th-placed Swansea City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday before Spurs take on 14th-placed West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane a day later.Meanwhile, this afternoon, Manchester City will try to strengthen their position in the top four when they face Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures, while mid-table Stoke have failed to win any of their last three games in the top flight.As the season winds down, teams begin to prioritise games according to what competitions they remain in, and in Manchester City’s case, Pellegrini’s men are three wins away from lifting the Champions League trophy.Focus will turn to the European competition next Tuesday when they face Real Madrid at home in the first leg of the semi-finals, but before that, they have to take on Stoke in the Premier League.City’s title challenge drifted away a few months ago, but they are not yet assured of a place in the top four as they currently reside third in the standings, one point above fourth-placed Arsenal with four games left to play.Manchester United are knocking on the door as they are two points adrift of their local rivals, so City cannot switch off in the Premier League as they still need to keep themselves within the top four.The team’s form in the top flight has improved over the last few weeks as they have managed to record three victories and a draw since losing 1-0 in the Manchester derby on March 20.After earning a 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, City had momentum heading into their midweek game against Newcastle United, but they were restricted by Rafael Benitez’s side.City head into this weekend’s match in the fifth-best form of the league having taken 11 points from their last six matches – only Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United are in better form at the moment.In addition, the North-West outfit are second to Spurs in terms of attacking threat as they have scored 62 goals this season, just two fewer than Tottenham, who have scored the most league goals in the campaign.After his strike against Newcastle, Aguero has now moved up to second in the league’s top scorers, level on 22 goals with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. Tottenham’s Harry Kane leads the way on 24.The Potters meanwhile are on course to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, but Mark Hughes’s men need to start picking up points if they are to put pressure on the teams above them.Stoke are currently ninth in the standings, four points behind Southampton, seven behind Liverpool, who reside seventh and eighth respectively, and nine points adrift of sixth-placed West Ham United.Last season, Hughes’s team finished the campaign in ninth place on 54 points, meaning that they will need a further eight from their last four games in order to better their 2014-15 campaign.The Potters are not in the best form of late, having recorded one draw and two defeats since sealing a 2-1 victory over Watford on March 19.Pellegrini could receive an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s game as David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are all expected to be declared fit for the visit of Stoke.Vincent Kompany is expected to play twice in five days as he made his return from a calf injury to start City’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday night.The captain came through the match unscathed, as did Raheem Sterling, who came off the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a groin injury.As for Stoke, they will be without Erik Pieters until January 30 as he serves a suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With just four matches to go and five points ahead of second placed team, Tottenham, what was generally perceived as a fairytale is fast becoming reality as surprised Premier League leaders, Leicester, continue to soldier on with the visit of Swansea. The result would go a long way in deciding the Premiership title.Ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with Swansea, Leicester winger Marc Albrighton says the shock Premier League leaders are feeling unbeatable as they march towards the most remarkable title triumph in the history of English football.Claudio Ranieri’s side are five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games left and remain firmly on course to clinch a first English top-flight title despite suffering a setback in Sunday’s draw with West Ham United.
Share Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Racing has once again seen a variety of changes throughout 2018, with new partnerships being forged as well as betting operators offering to showcase more fixtures across a wider range of race meetings. 2018 saw Sports Information Services (SIS) unveil a partnership with Unibet, which allowed it to deliver horse racing and greyhound racing’s live pictures and data from domestic and international racecourses. The partnership set on providing the Kindred Group with its British and Irish greyhound services as well as offering Early Prices, and giving Unibet the opportunity to providing early access to open markets.Sandra McWilliams, Director of Sales at SIS, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Unibet to help them launch their 24/7 racing product and our exclusive greyhound and horseracing content will provide their customers with round the clock competitive betting action.”In December of this year, they added Grupo Codere SA Latin American racing content to its programme, making the group act as a lead ‘live pictures and data distributor’ of Codere LATAM syndicated racing properties. Throughout the year, SIS have been strengthening their global racing presence, by securing content distribution deals on a global scale, striking deals with The Korean Racing Authority, and Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo. These deals are in addition to their existing deals with Singapore, Latin America, Dubai and MauritiusEarlier in the year, SIS continued to expand its greyhound racing content after having announced an addition of a further 2,800 races to its broadcasts.The SIS Greyhound Service, was launched on January 1 2018 and has provided the most comprehensive coverage of the British and Irish greyhound racing calendar, and with its extended coverage, has provided operators with over 30,000 greyhound races a year.After announcing the extended SIS Greyhound Service, they agreed to expand their greyhound service to seven meetings a day from Monday to Saturday as well as six meetings on a Sunday. The increase in meetings came in addition to two more British fixtures each week from Henlow and Central Park being added, as well as three more Irish fixtures from Youghal, Limerick and Curraheen Park. Joe Lewins, Director of Tote and Wagering at the Irish Greyhound Board, noted: “Their expertise and operator network will ensure our premium competition is seen by the widest audience in the UK, Ireland and the rest of the world.”The move to expand followed the company’s announcement that it had secured an exclusive deal to provide retail and online operators with live pictures and data for the 2018 Irish Greyhound Derby that took place in August and September at Shelbourne Park.The deal with the Irish Greyhound Derby allowed SIS to provide live pictures to consumers as well as information about runners, recent forms, race meetings as well as race day data, results, betting shows and starting prices. This year has also seen reforms implemented by the government to the levy system generating positive returns for racing stakeholders, as published by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) annual reports and accounts 2017-18. The new system generated the highest yield in over a decade coming in at £94.7 million which was up from the 2016/17 figure of £65 million.This represents the highest income generated by the racing levy since 2007/08’s £115 million, with Paul Lee, Levy Board Chairman, commenting: “I am delighted to report that the first year of the operation of the new Levy Scheme has been successfully implemented. Levy reforms were also attributed to the 2018 prize money being the subject of a huge boost,rising to £57.6 million from £48.1 million. The reform, introduced in April, forced licensed land-based and remote bookies to return ten per cent of their gross profits on racing wagers to the sport’s central system. During the year, Sky UK’s decision to create a dedicated racing channel was also announced, which is set to replace At the Races. Sky Sports Racing, which will be the company’s eleventh ‘dedicated sports channel’, will launch in 2019 and seeks to ‘deliver the strongest vehicle promoting the sport of horse racing’.The creation of a dedicated Sky Racing channel will give consumers access to over 700 UK fixtures across approximately 14 million homes without need for a subscription to Sky UK. Sky sports’ May announcement that it is set to launch ‘Sky Sports Racing’ as a replacement channel to ‘At the Races’ made headlines in 2018, promising to bring customers UK racing fixtures as well as access to exclusive international racing content, differentiating them from any competition. Matthew Imi, At the Races Chief Executive, stated: “We believe Sky Sports Racing will be a game changer for the sport with a significant investment in production raising the bar for daily coverage of horseracing. “Importantly, broad distribution and cross-promotion across Sky Sports’ broadcast and digital platforms will deliver significant exposure and audience for those domestic and international fixtures we will be covering.”The new channel will diversify the races customers are able to view, and will hopefully attract a wider audience to racing as a sport as more meetings are shown. It is expected that more racing channels will make the decision to offer a wider range of races both internationally and domestically, which can only be a positive step for the industry. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles UK racing remains hopeful for crowd pilot events August 14, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit