The Latest: Cubs’ Schwarber feeds police, firefighters, EMTs

first_imgThe Latest: Cubs’ Schwarber feeds police, firefighters, EMTs Isaac announced last week that he is teaming up with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to schoolchildren on weekdays for the duration of the pandemic. Isaac also is helping families obtain nonperishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal, cereal and instant rice.___The International Tennis Federation is offering interactive online courses and making videos and other content to help coaches available for free during the coronavirus pandemic.There are ITF Academy classes in English, Spanish and French, covering topics such as strategy and tactics, tennis parents and ethics in coaching.The federation is also making its “Advanced Coaches Manual” ebook available for free instead of its usual price tag of 14.99 British pounds (about $18.50). That comes in 13 languages. Associated Press The franchise donated $550,000 last week and said that money was given to numerous nonprofit organizations that worked in food distribution and also helped support the children of health care workers. The new donation will help those causes in addition to more providing support for the medical and health care fields.“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,” Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said in a statement. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support health care personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”___Soccer agent Jorge Mendes is donating more than 150,000 masks to a Portuguese hospital with the help of José Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and other players.Mendes has raised the funds for the masks with the help of 25 people, most of them footballers. The donation will be made to the Hospital Santo António in Porto. Schwarber will provide meals to the Chicago Police Department’s 19th District on Thursday as well as to Chicago Fire Department’s Engine Co. 78 firefighters and EMTs over three days to accommodate shift schedules. The meals will be funded by Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes campaign and Cubs Charities.___Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu not only decided to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, he chose to help out a teammate as well.The Magic announced Monday that Iwundu donated to teammate Jonathan Isaac’s effort to feed children in Orlando who are in need. Isaac also revealed the donation on his social media platforms. Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.”MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game. Among the players involved were Bernardo Silva, João Félix, Nélson Semedo, Pepe and Renato Sanches.Ronaldo and Mendes had already funded other donations, including three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal. They said they had also offered ventilators to officials in Madeira. ___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team has completely left its spring training facility, which is now being used for coronavirus testing.The National Guard is using parking lots and back fields to check members of the public at the complex the Nationals share with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___ Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. Rizzo also said on a conference call with reporters Monday that Nationals Park in Washington “is completely closed.”The GM said none of the World Series champions’ players has shown any symptoms of COVID-19, so none has been tested for the illness.___Augusta National is donating $2 million, split evenly to Augusta University to expand testing for the new coronavirus and to a local relief agency to help those affected financially by the pandemic.The gift is in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the longtime charitable arm for the home of the Masters. ___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms.Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low. Virtual group activities, including film study, are allowed up to two hours per week in football and four hours per week in other sports. Coaches are allowed to recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and videos on workout plans are allowed to show proper form and technique.___Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.In a message posted late Sunday on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support.“Stay safe and stay together — apart!” Smart wrote. World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.center_img League commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the pandemic has made it unsafe for players and coaches to gather as scheduled.The league has not given an indication of when camps might open.Postponing training camps increases the likelihood of the CFL delaying the start of its 2020 regular season.___The Pac-12 Conference has extended its suspension of organized team activities through May 31 because of the new coronavirus. “Everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are no exception,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Monday. “We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time.”The eight-match tour is going ahead as scheduled despite clashing with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The tests are on July 24 — the day after the games open — July 31, and Aug. 7.___Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Chairman Fred Ridley says the $1 million to Augusta University will help with telemedicine pre-screening, triple the number of drive-through testing lanes on campus and allow for more supplies and personnel to increase testing from 100 to 1,000 or more tests daily.The gift to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund goes directly to support relief efforts to those most vulnerable.“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Ridley said. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”___The CFL has postponed the start of training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is donating meals to first responders in Chicago for their efforts to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 crisis. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.___The British and Irish Lions and SA Rugby have delayed the ticket ballots in Europe and South Africa and the release of the supporters’ tour packages because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both were to be launched next month for the tour in July 2021. March 30, 2020 ___Golf Canada has postponed three regional qualifying tournaments for the RBC Canadian Open because of the new coronavirus.The tournaments were scheduled for May. There is no word on when they may be rescheduled. The RBC Canadian Open is still scheduled to start June 8 at St. George’s Country Club in Toronto.___The Arizona Diamondbacks are donating an additional $500,000 to help people and organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the organization’s total contributions to more than $1 million. The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics.FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.”last_img read more

Dougherty: The Syracuse zone is keeping the madness at bay

first_img Related Stories Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridaySyracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee StateTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16 ST. LOUIS — If you’ve mostly been following the NCAA Tournament through highlights and your six social media accounts, the casual way, I can probably guess what you’ve seen.Bronson Koenig’s game-winning corner 3 for Wisconsin. Rex Pflueger’s game-winning tip-in for Notre Dame. Paul Jesperson’s game-winning half-court heave for Northern Iowa. Northern Iowa’s historic collapse on Sunday. A good amount of Buddy Hield. An excessive amount of Charles Barkley.But I can probably also guess something you haven’t seen too much of: Syracuse.“Sometimes our games aren’t the most fun to watch maybe,” said SU guard Frank Howard. “But we have fun no matter what. Winning’s fun.”You can thank the Orange’s 2-3 zone for that, even if Dayton and Middle Tennessee State would much sooner try and get Jim Boeheim’s signature defense outlawed from the game altogether. You can also bet that SU prefers it this way — its wins being boring, nondescript — as its zone smothered the Flyers and Blue Raiders this past weekend and helped it comfortably avoid the madness that’s filled much of the bracket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a 19-point win over Dayton on Friday and a 25-point win over MTSU on Sunday, 10th-seeded Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) has averaged the fewest opponent points per game (50.5) of any Sweet 16 team and is tied for second in highest average margin of victory (22). It’s not the first time the 2-3 zone has anchored an unlikely Tournament run — start with 2013 — and it certainly won’t be the last. The quick scouting turnarounds for opposing coaches, Boeheim’s ability to modify it on the fly and the Orange’s sheer length make the zone an ideal formula for Tournament success.MORE COVERAGE: Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridayTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16Syracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee State Published on March 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm Forget surviving, the zone has Syracuse contending as it prepares for its matchup with 11th-seeded Gonzaga in Chicago on Friday night. Somehow the facet of SU that everyone sees coming makes it hard to prepare for and even harder to beat.“We knew the zone was good but playing live out there against it, they do a good job denying the wings, playing up on wings, they play the middle, their wings are long, their bigs are athletic,” MTSU forward Darnell Harris said after his team shot 29.7 percent from the field Sunday.“It’s like we just couldn’t score over their length and we couldn’t make shots, so it bothered us a lot today.”That is the dilemma that teams, starting with the Bulldogs, have to overcome: the difference between preparing for the zone and then actually playing against it.This seems like a simple concept that could be applied to any facet of the game, but Boeheim and the SU coaching staff tweaks the zone throughout a given game like they’re playing chess with a child. Effortlessly. At will.Dayton wanted to play inside-out through 6-foot-11 center Steve McElvene, and SU denied McElvene the ball to make that near impossible on its way to allowing only 50 points. Middle Tennessee State runs its zone offense from the wing to the corner, and the wings of the zone fanned out to defend passes to the corner and forced the Blue Raiders to consistently drive the ball on its way to 51 points. At times it was Tyler Lydon waiting in the paint, and at others it was Dajuan Coleman. Lydon finished with a career-high six blocks. Coleman finished one below a season-high with two.“Our zone is a little bit different and people aren’t used to seeing our zone,” Boeheim said after Syracuse’s win over Middle Tennessee State. “They see zone, but they don’t see the zone the way these guys play it. So that’s always a little bit of an advantage for us when there’s just a one-day turnaround.”To this point, I’ve consciously avoided all the lame zone wordplays and now need to get them out of my system. Syracuse is forcing its opponents to zone out. Syracuse’s opponents are out of their comfort zones. Syracuse’s opponents can’t escape the O-zone. Man, that last one is bad.And, not to be forgotten, Syracuse is in a zone. Literally, figuratively and at the perfect time.Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Top 10 sports stories of the school year

first_imgA brief recap of all the wild things that happened in Syracuse sports this year: A grad transfer to SU became one of college football’s best receivers, a local men’s basketball legend concluded a complicated career, a men’s lacrosse junior transferred to Syracuse just to be closer to his son, a new football coach installed his famous offense and the head coach designate, one year away from supposedly taking the reigns of the men’s basketball program from Jim Boeheim, abruptly departed.The Daily Orange has in-depth explanations for all of those stories and more. Also below: How Syracuse’s best-ever faceoff man arrived from Minnesota, why Little Moe wants to be nothing like Big Moe, what happened with high school phenom Faith Cain’s arm, a column on a newly contract-extended Jim Boeheim getting exactly what he wanted and a breakdown of baseball’s still-doubtful return to the Hill.Now that school no longer stands in the way of your education, here’s a summer reading list of our favorite stories from the 2016-17 school year.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorFather’s time: After 2 years at Denver, Brendan Bomberry realized he had to be closer to his sonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy Paul Schwedelson | Senior Staff WriterMore info: One of Syracuse’s best weapons this year arrived as a junior transfer from Denver in the fall, but the reason he came to SU had nothing to do with sports. After nearly a year-and-a-half grappling with his responsibility, Brendan Bomberry moved back East to be closer with Jagger, his now-2-year-old son. Paul Schwedelson and Ally Moreo traveled with Bomberry home to Ohsweken, Ontario, after the fall semester to see the father and son reunite.Bryan Cereijo | Staff PhotographerPower move: Inside Mike Hopkins departure from the only school he ever knewBy Matt Schneidman & Sam Fortier | The Daily OrangeMore info: Mike Hopkins, the head coach designate, seemingly a year away from the job he’d always wanted, that he’d spent 28 years at SU as an assistant learning to do, suddenly left for the University of Washington on March 18. The Daily Orange takes you inside why he decided to ditch the plan, with reporting from Sam Fortier and Matt Schneidman, who flew to Seattle for a sit-down with Hopkins after his UW introductory press conference.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorKeep the Faith: Faith Cain lost her ability to throw and a scholarship to the yips. Now, she plays first base at Syracuse.By Matt Liberman | Staff WriterMore info: One of the best high school softball pitchers in Nebraska history lost her free ride to her dream university when she suddenly stopped being able to throw. And no one could figure out why Faith Cain’s arm simply stopped working. Matt Liberman takes you on Cain’s journey from spurned Cornhusker recruit to junior college to the practice fields where she tried to make herself a pitcher again every day, and finally to Syracuse.Courtesy of Baylor AthleticsBabers Offense SeriesThe Daily Orange Sports StaffMore info: Dino Babers does not like to take things slow. The former Baylor coach brought the Texas run-and-gun offense to the Carrier Dome, always building Syracuse’s image as faster, faster, faster. Paul Schwedelson and Chris Libonati showed readers how this offense has treated others programs that tried it, quarterbacks who played in it trying to make the NFL, and how run-pass options key the entire thing.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerAs he says: Moe Neal Jr. driven by his father’s mistakesBy Jon Mettus | Senior Staff WriterMore info: Big Moe and Little Moe, neither of whom are actually named Moe, are the inseparable father-and-son duo determined to be together as much as they can, yet nothing like each other at all. Moe Neal Sr. threw his own life away and now he lives through his son, Moe Neal Jr. Jon Mettus illustrates how Little Moe finds himself driven by his father’s mistakes.Bryan Cereijo | Staff PhotographerDream catcher: Amba Etta-Tawo extended his football career while the ones around him endedBy Chris Libonati | Senior Staff WriterMore info: Amba Etta-Tawo flourished in his football career while the ones around him ended. His brother suffered from a career-ending heart condition and a friend died after his mother’s ex-boyfriend shot him. Etta-Tawo never reached his potential in four years at Maryland, and Chris Libonati explains how each of those challenges developed Etta-Tawo into one of the best receivers in the country for Syracuse.Colin Davy | Asst. Photo EditorGrossman: Jim Boeheim now has exactly what he wantsBy Connor Grossman | Senior Staff WriterMore info: After the NCAA sanctions in 2015, SU sent out an email indicating that long-time head coach Jim Boeheim would retire after the 2017-18 season. Boeheim felt boxed in by that email. He had, after all, criticized the Chancellor for sending it. So, after his named successor, Mike Hopkins, left for the University of Washington and ensured Boeheim would stick around, Connor Grossman argues that Boeheim had everything he wanted.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorMinnesota made: Ben Williams fought out of an area not known for lacrosse and into an integral role at the center of the sportBy Sam Fortier | Sports EditorMore info: Lacrosse is growing, and perhaps nowhere does that expansion show up more clearly than in Syracuse’s all-time leader in faceoffs and ground balls. Ben Williams transferred to SU from Holy Cross, his only Division I offer out of high school, because recruiters didn’t often look to Minnesota to find lacrosse talent. Williams often searched Division I rosters, looking for Minnesotans who had made it. Sam Fortier shows you how he became one himself.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorDajuan Coleman’s career comes full circle after Carrier Dome sendoffBy Paul Schwedelson | Senior Staff WriterMore info: The former McDonald’s All-American never fully reached his potential, but Dajuan Coleman isn’t disappointed in how his career panned out. “You put Dajuan anywhere, he’s going to survive,” a friend said. “You put him in the jungle, he’s going to come out with a fur coat.” Paul Schwedelson brings you into the Carrier Dome for the local hero’s final moments wearing an Orange jersey after a complicated career.Courtesy of SU AthleticsDespite rich history, Syracuse baseball is unlikely in near futureBy Matthew Gutierrez | Asst. Sports EditorMore info: If you want Syracuse to bring its baseball team back, Matthew Gutierrez has bad news. SU’s first intercollegiate sport ended quickly, 11 years after a third-place finish in the College World Series, and the outlook to bring it back has been bleak ever since. Director of Athletics John Wildhack put it this way: Only when football reaches national relevancy will Syracuse even begin to consider the feasibility of adding sports, baseball included. Comments Published on June 3, 2017 at 1:01 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘We are incredible’ Hamilton praises Mercedes after 89th career win at Belgian GP

first_imgLast Updated: 30th August, 2020 22:21 IST ‘We Are Incredible’ Hamilton Praises Mercedes After 89th Career Win At Belgian GP Lewis Hamilton claimed his 89th career win in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead in his bid for a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship. Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th August, 2020 22:21 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Lewis Hamilton claimed his 89th career win in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead in his bid for a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship.The Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position to claim his fifth win of an increasingly one-sided Formula One campaign.Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps 8.4 seconds behind his team-mate, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in third.British driver George Russell emerged unscathed from a harrowing accident which saw his Williams hit by Antonio Giovinazzi’s wheel after he crashed out.Ferrari completed one of their worst weekends in recent memory with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing in 13th and 14th respectively.Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon, with Red Bull’sAlexander Albon sixth and Lando Norris seventh for McLaren.(Image Credit: AP) WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

BetRegal diary: Making the trip to London to meet the BOS

first_img Related Articles 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 Share Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Aly Lalani, Head of Marketing at BetRegal.com, reflects on his company’s Betting on Sports debut, sharing expertise to the tune of a ‘Latin Beat’ and finding folks with a focus on “getting things done”.It’s now been almost a month since the Betting on Sports conference took place in London, and I thought it would be a good time to reflect on that week. This was actually my first Betting on Sports conference (I was scheduled to go last year but wasn’t able to make it). Overall, BetRegal had a very productive week at this year’s conference.If nothing else, this conference served as a great excuse for a general catch up of the ownership and senior management group of BetRegal. We all speak fairly often on Skype chats, but the value of actually being able to meet face to face, have dinner and/or a drink, and have a personal conversation is undeniable. If nothing else, the trip was worthwhile for that reason.Fortunately, there was a lot more value to be had at this conference beyond just a meeting place. Again, as my first time here, I had no real frame of reference. My only real comparison for a gaming show in London would be ICE.Betting on Sports turned out to be quite a different experience. ICE, because of its tremendous size, is great for casting a wide net looking for contacts, and then engaging in an aggressive follow up (or potentially dodging an aggressive follow up).Conversely, I found the Betting on Sports audience to be much more targeted. The folks I was speaking with seemed to have a genuine interest in getting things done, rather than loosely discussing future plans. It seemed to be that the people in attendance were decision makers of their respective companies and had come with specific agendas in place.To be honest it was refreshing. I am in no way discounting the value of general networking with a broader audience, of course that has its own value, it just seemed that this show was much more targeted. I can say personally that we left with contacts for a couple of different product-based companies that I am excited to explore a further relationship with.Looking at these types of products wasn’t on the radar going into this show, so it was nice to depart with some unexpected value. Isn’t that what conferences should be all about?I would like to join all the others I have seen on LinkedIn congratulating Rasmus, Andy, Luke and all the good people at SBC for putting on a great conference. I can’t imagine how much work and planning goes into putting on a show of this quality.However, what was even more exciting for me personally was that I was able to participate in my very first panel as part of the ‘Latin Beat – Opportunities Further South’ discussion.This was especially interesting for me not only to provide my insight as a new operator looking at establishing a brand presence in key Latin American markets, but also to hear the opinion of the other panelists, who all represented different components of the LatAm iGaming corporate structure.I can honestly say that I left that panel experience with a greater knowledge, and a couple of great contacts which I anticipate will pay immediate dividends in terms of our short-term future planning.I think it was important to put the BetRegal brand alongside more developed brands such as Sportradar and BtoBet. Let’s hope that sharing the stage with these guys is a sign of things to come.last_img read more

Joel Embiid’s body ‘feels great,’ says struggles due to new offense with Jimmy Butler

first_img“I do not see the connection of Jimmy having much to do with spacing,” Brown said. “In fact, I think it completely enhances the possibility to have better spacing.”The 76ers went on to beat the Pistons and bring the team’s record to 10-3 with Butler on the roster — without the veteran forward Philadelphia was 8-6. Joel Embiid was held out of Friday’s matchup against the Pistons due to “rest,” but the 76ers center said its not recovery he needed Friday.Embiid explained he has struggled recently due to how he is being used in the offense since the arrival of Jimmy Butler, and that his absence wasn’t because he’s tired. “I haven’t been myself lately,” Embiid told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think it’s mainly because of the way I’ve been used, which is I’m being used as a spacer, I guess, a stretch five, which [is why] I’m only shooting [29] percent [from 3-point range.]“But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, [Brown] always has me starting on the perimeter … and it just really frustrates me. My body feels great, and it’s just I haven’t been playing well.” Related News 76ers center Joel Embiid to miss Pistons game for rest, coach Brett Brown says Embiid rested one game removed from tying a season-low scoring output with 10 points. His 25 points over his last two games was his worst two-game stretch of the year.However, since Butler has been integrated into the 76ers lineup, Embiid’s numbers have stayed steady. Before Butler arrived the 2014 No. 3 overall draft pick was averaging 28.2 points and after he is putting up 23.8. And, if his recent three-game slump where he scored a total of 41 points isn’t factored in, he is averaging 27.6.The former Kansas Jayhawk is struggling of late, but his head coach isn’t sure it has much to do with Butler.last_img read more

Grassley not happy as Democrats hold up recovery package

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he is frustrated that democrats continue to block the latest coronavirus recovery package.“My Democratic colleagues in the Senate have now twice voted to prevent consideration of this bill. Their counterparts in the House seem equally intent on delaying this relief — as every day tens of thousands of people are going to the unemployment office,” Grassley says.Grassley says the money in the bill could help those people who are hurting– and he says it’s not clear why Democrats want to block it from getting out. “Does it have something to do with the presidential campaign? Who knows? So, obviously I am saying this is very urgent,” Grassley says. “Had they voted to move the bill forward — we’d still have 30 more hours to iron out problems if there are still problems to be worked out. They won’t even let us go to the bill — get started on debating the bill. Instead, they threw sand on the gears when every passing minute more Americans’ health and livelihoods are put at risk.”Democrats have complained the bill helps big businesses that don’t need help. Grassley says that is not true. “Except from this standpoint. If the airlines are not going to fly, and we give $50 billion in loans, I suppose somebody is going to say you are bailing out the airlines. How is this country going to get along without the airlines?,” Grassley asks.He says the same thing was done after September 11th. “We give them loans — they have to pay the loans back — is that a bailout,?” Grassley asks. He says it would help keep a vital service going and also keep the jobs of those people in the industry.last_img read more

Northwest Farm Credit Service Grant For International Mermaid Museum

first_imgFacebook32Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryThe non-profit International Mermaid Museum was awarded a $1000 grant this week from Northwest Farm Credit Services headquartered in Spokane, Washington. Museum founder Kim Roberts said, “This grant is special since it will allow us to feature a display on oyster farming here on the Washington Coast. We will tie it back to the story of Ben-Varrey mermaids from Scotland.”The museum has a clear mission of teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology. Roberts said, “Our board of directors believes offering these lessons within the mythology of merfolk will allow the museum to engage all ages in a fun and unique manner. When you look around the world, virtually all seafaring nations have mermaid lore. This is one of those things that unites different cultures.”The museum’s grant application was sponsored by Stan and Jill Schwartz Farms in Reardan, Washington. A portion of the proceeds from spirits crafted by Ocean’s Daughter Distillery are donated to support the museum. The distillery will release a new whiskey made from Washington white winter wheat grown on the Schwartz farm later this year. Ben-Varrey is the name of their Irish cream liqueur.This is the first museum in the world dedicated to mermaids. It will be constructed on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort on the Washington Coast. This is also home to Ocean’s Daughter Distillery.This is the second grant awarded to the museum. The first came from the Awesome Foundation in the amount of $750.Inquiries about making financial donations or items to include in the display are encouraged by emailing info@mermaidmuseum.org.last_img read more

JABA president turns spotlight on security

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) president, Mark Broomfield, has once again emphasised the importance of having security at community-hosted games, after a minor disturbance during game three of the WorldNet/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) final series at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.Bloomfield pointed to the stone-throwing incident in the semi-final between Upper Room and Majesty Gardens at the Majesty Gardens courts recently, which marred the competition, and after Sunday’s minor scuffle, he insists that security must be a priority to ensure the safety of all patrons.”We have had some good games, and the spectators behaved themselves generally in a good way,” Bloomfield said after Arnett wrapped up the best-of-five games series 3-0 on Sunday.”We only had one major incident and that was well publicised, and the sanctions have been dished out. Tonight (Sunday), we had a very large crowd. We had something that happened off court that did not involve fans or players. But we are reminded of the importance of having security to protect our players and our spectators,” he said.”These kind of community sports must have security on hand because we want to bring the basketball here, and we have to protect the spectators and other persons in the venue. We want to hold teams responsible for controlling their fans and also organisers to ensure security is on hand to protect both the players and ensure we can play the game and enjoy the game,” he added.MAKE-UP TOURNAMENTMeanwhile, after three seasons without the nation’s premier competition, the National Basketball League (NBL), Bloomfield promised that there will be a make-up (Confed) tournament before the 2015 season is out.However, the proposed confed tournament, which was set to get underway in August, has been pushed back to October due to lack of sponsorship, but the basketball boss said they are talking to interested parties.”This (SBC tournament) was supposed to get our NBL players warmed up for what we call a conference league. We wanted to start this league at the end of August, but the difficulty we have had in getting sponsorship has pushed back the competition, so we are looking toward October to have this confed (league), with six teams per group, with the top two going into a play-offs,” he stated.last_img read more

China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Chinese-Taipei will be locked in a bottom-four seed come the quarters as it slipped to 0-3.Wu Wei-Hua led Chinese-Taipei with a game-high 25 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’In the second game, Korea remained undefeated after dealing Kazakhstan a quick defeat, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10, to improve to 3-0.Kim Yeon-koung had her highest-scoring game of the tournament with 18 points while Hwang Minkyoung added 12. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Korea, though, lost Yang Hyojin after the 27-year-old injured her back during the game.Yekaterina Zhdanova had 12 points to lead the Kazakhs (2-1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—China has stopped its downward spiral in the qualifying stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after squeaking past Chinese-Taipei in five sets, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Monday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Captain Liu Meng Ya had 22 points to lead the Chinese as they improved to 1-2 while Jin Ye added 19.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more