Press Association United, under their new manager David Moyes, are playing five friendlies in July in four countries – Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. They begin with a match in Bangkok on July 13 against a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium (8pm local time, 2pm BST), then fly to Sydney and, after an intensive training camp, play the A-League All-Stars at ANZ Stadium on July 20 (7.30pm local, 10.30am BST). The kick-off times for all of Manchester United’s games on their pre-season tour this summer have been confirmed. Two games in Japan follow, against Yokohama F Marinos on July 23 at Nissan Stadium (7.20pm local, 11.20am BST) and Cerezo Osaka on July 26 at Osaka Nagai Stadium (7pm local, 11am BST). The tour then ends in Hong Kong with a fixture against Kitchee FC on July 29 at Hong Kong Stadium (8pm local, 1pm BST).
Press Association Hogan said: “He was fit from hurdling although the worry was the trip was a bit sharp today. You’d expect him to be a bit better over a longer distance. “It was a last-minute decision to come here and the original plan was to go for a two-mile-six-furlong handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse. “He’ll still get an entry for that, but it may come a bit quick and he could go instead for a three-mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown.” Royal Ascot could be on the horizon for Newsletter (100-30) after she made successful debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Shane Foley brought Ken Condon’s daughter of Sir Percy through to score by two and a three-quarter lengths from Splashtop. “She’s just been on grass once and has only done five half speeds, but she’s been a natural from the start,” said Condon. “She’s got a very good attitude and Royal Ascot is on the agenda. “The plan is to go for the Listed race at Naas before that. “She’s smart and hopefully she can keep progressing.” David Wachman’s Booker (9-4 joint-favourite), runner-up on her only start last season, went one better with a cosy success under Fran Berry in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. “We liked her last year but didn’t get to run her again as she pulled muscles. We’ll look at Stakes races with her now,” said Wachman. Berry completed a quickfire double when forcing the Tony Martin-trained Thomas Edison (7-2) up in the last stride to pip Little Rocky by a nose in the War Horse At The Curragh Raceday Handicap. Martin said: “He’s been knocking on the door for quite a while. “We’ll see how he comes out of this and we’ll find another handicap. “It could be over hurdles or on the Flat.” Sinkal (2-1) made a winning debut for the formidable combination of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden. Paul Deegan’s four-year-old was the 9-4 favourite to secure his second Group Three prize, having signed off his 2013 campaign with victory in Tipperary’s Concorde Stakes in early October. Custom Cut and Cristoforo Colombo took the field along, with Sruthan always handily placed in the hands of Chris Hayes. Wearing a hood for the first time, Deegan’s charge pulled clear in the closing stages to win by a length and a half from Custom Cut, with Wannabe Better only a nose away in third. “He did it well. I always thought he was going to be a better horse this year,” said Deegan. “We’ll stick to in and around a mile and he’ll improve from that. He could go for a Group Two in France and there’s the Lockinge as well. “We’ll see how he is. I haven’t killed him for today as it’s a long season.” Deegan and Hayes completed a double when Sruthan’s half-brother Srucahan (4-1 favourite) lifted the Cunninghams Of Kildare Handicap. Inis Meain (8-1) made all the running as he went one better than 12 months ago in the Irish Field Alleged Stakes. The Denis Hogan-trained seven-year-old was last seen winning a handicap hurdle at Navan in February and transferred that form to the level with a gutsy performance. Danny Mullins set out to make it a true test on Barry Connell’s gelding, who kept pulling out more in the closing stages to hold Tarana by two and a half lengths, with last year’s winner Parish Hall a never nearer third. The JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury is a potential next port of call for Sruthan after he made a winning return to action in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.
Tim Lester walked through the bowels of the Carrier Dome following Syracuse’s Sept. 4 win over Rhode Island. His face was sweaty, but he masked discomfort and displeasure with a welcoming smile.The 47-0 win was a secondary topic of conversation. Lester had lost his quarterback, Terrel Hunt, likely for the whole season. He had to portray uncertainty and even optimism onto a situation that was assuredly inevitable.Two weeks and one day later, he needed to ease a man that had at one point been a fifth-string quarterback, into a starter. Eric Dungey, who only just begun to excel, had taken a hit to the head.First, Lester went to the more experienced Austin Wilson, but always with the intent to make Mahoney the man. And then when Mahoney did go in, he gradually expanded the types of plays he called as the games progressed and the nerves faded.“It’s not easy,” Lester said when asked if he was frustrated. “Coach (Scott Shafer) says control the controllables, and that’s something we can’t control. I think the thing that’s frustrating the most is a lot of (the injuries) are flukes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNothing about what Lester has dealt with as the Syracuse offensive coordinator has been easy. Whether it was running George McDonald’s futile offense with backup quarterbacks the final seven games of last season or installing his own during spring practice and fall training camp.The first four games of the season, though, prove that Lester is the right person to handle the miserable nature of Syracuse’s injury situation. The Orange has run for 345 more yards than its opponents and thrown for five more touchdowns. If Dungey had enough attempts, he’d have the second-best passing efficiency in Division I. Mahoney, a walk-on transfer from the College of DuPage, threw for three touchdowns in one half against an SEC defense.The injuries may have been flukes — a torn Achilles’ in a non-contact run and a targeting hit that downplayed an SU TD celebration — but Lester’s success in the face of them is not.“There’s no doubt,” Shafer said. “Having his experience has been comforting for me as the head coach.”Lester succeeds because he knows the capabilities of his quarterbacks. Even before Hunt went down, he had Dungey go through and highlight all the plays in the playbook that he was comfortable with. Against LSU, he said he planned to keep the offense simple because he was working with an inexperienced starter.Hunt said he preferred to work with Lester because Lester wouldn’t get mad at him if he had a reason for every decision he made. He doesn’t force players to fit into what he wants to do. He lets players figure out where they fit in his offense.“Coach Lester’s scheme is amazing,” Mahoney said. “He’s got so many moving parts that it messes with the defense so much, and you never know what can happen next play.”On Mahoney’s first four drives on Saturday, he completed just one pass and failed to get a first down. Lester could see how he was tense on two disastrous throws to Ben Lewis in one fruitless drive.But it was Lester’s confidence in the quarterback when it was clear he’d lost it that turned things around. He said he’d take Mahoney out if he didn’t start having fun. Three passing touchdowns later and the narrative of his performance flipped.Syracuse entered yesterday’s game as an unproven 3-0. It left as a far more respected 3-1.The season hasn’t spiraled out of control yet. With four quarterbacks used in the first three games, it very well could have.But Lester has control of the offense, no matter who’s playing in it. Comments Published on September 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
It continues New Zealand’s 23-year unbeaten record at the Auckland and means the Lions are still search for a first Series win over the All-Blacks since 1971. Photo: © lionsrugby.com The Lions have drawn their Test Series with New Zealand.Four penalties from Owen Farrell and one from Elliot Daly helped the tourists get a 15-all draw in Auckland.Tries from Nagni Laumape and 20-year-old full-back Jordie Barrett had given the All-Blacks a 12-6 lead at half-time.
1 month ago Ritu Phogat admits seeing father Mahaveer’s soft side for the first time post COVID-19 2 weeks ago Vinesh Phogat withdraws from national camp citing health risk, decision rankles WFI COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 24th August, 2020 16:14 IST Ritu Phogat Explains Seeing Different, Emotional Side Of Father Mahavir During Pandemic Ritu Phogat, currently training in Singapore with the One Championship, said father Mahavir, who is known as a strict disciplinarian, also has a softer side. FOLLOW US Also Read | Ritu Phogat Admits Seeing Father Mahaveer’s Soft Side For The First Time Post COVID-19Ritu Phogat scored her second win in her budding MMA career back in February 2020 after she beat Chiao Chen Wu via unanimous decision. She previously scored her first win in November last year, beating Kim Nam Hee via technical knock out (TKO). The restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic means Phogat has been unable to visit her family since last visiting them during Holi. Moreover, her training routine has also taken a hit since the gyms were locked for an extended period. Trying to evade the loneliness, the 26-year-old says she has been trying extremely hard to keep herself occupied and happy. “I learned making all the food that I was missing,” she added. “I hadn’t watched a movie for a long time, so I logged onto Netflix.” Ritu Phogat revealed how she grew a liking for movies based on MMA and fighting like ‘Never Back Down.’Also Read | Former UFC Champion Cris Cyborg Agrees To Train With Indian MMA Star Ritu PhogatEvolve Gym, where Ritu completes her training regimen, has reopened since mid-June. Phogat said she has started her training routine, where she trains twice a day along with frequent video sessions with her distant coaches. Phogat says she has been working on her striking, boxing and Muay Thai since close combat moves like grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are not yet allowed due to “safety concerns.” First Published: 24th August, 2020 16:14 IST WATCH US LIVE Ritu Phogat gained national recognition after she won gold in the 48kg category at 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Singapore. She represented India at 2017 Asian Championships and 2017 World U23 Championships, winning a bronze and a silver medal, respectively. She embarked on a career as a fulltime MMA athlete after signing a deal with One Championship in February 2019. She holds a 2-0 record, as of 2020. Also Read | Ritu Phogat Has Potential To Become MMA World Champion Someday, Khabib’s Manager ClaimsAlso Read | Divya Kakran Follows Vinesh Phogat, Withdraws From National Camp Due To Health Risks(Image Credits: Ritu Phogat Instagram Handle) Sujay Chakraborty WE RECOMMEND 1 month ago Former UFC champion Cris Cyborg agrees to train with Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat 9 months ago Ritu Phogat called ‘Female Khabib’, says she’s humbled with Khabib Nurmagomedov comparison LIVE TV Aamir Khan’s 2016 blockbuster Dangal has immortalised Mahavir Singh Phogat as the hard-hitting and highly dedicated wrestling coach. While Mahavir Phogat will always remain the strict coach to his four daughters, the male head of the Phogat family is also known to show his emotional side to his children from time to time. Ritu Phogat talks staying away from family during the pandemicThe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presented one such situation where Ritu Phogat, the third of the four Phogat sisters, witnessed the softer side to her father. Currently stuck in Singapore due to her contract with ONE Championship, Phogat opens up on what it is like to be alone in a foreign country and how it helped her see her father’s unusual side. “You have seen it in the movie, he is very strict,” Ritu Phogat told Indian Express. “But there’s a sentimental side to him and I have been seeing it during this pandemic. Earlier he called once a week or two. That changed to him calling me every day.”The MMA fighter said her father used to get emotional on call, more often than not. The former Commonwealth Wrestling Championship gold medallist admitted she herself found it difficult over the last few months to live in Singapore without her family. 1 month ago Ritu Phogat has potential to become MMA world champion someday, Khabib’s manager claims
People in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora are simultaneously frustrated, apprehensive, and confused about crime in most Caribbean countries. One of the prevailing topics among Caribbean nationals in South Florida are the reasons, and suggestions, for solving crime in the region.As the Diaspora receive reports of wanton violent criminal activities, it’s understandable that fear and concerns for relatives and friends back home prompt calls for more drastic crime fighting measures by respective governments.Like temporary bandagesHowever, while policies like increasing law enforcement raids, harsher penalties for gun related crimes, and even state of emergencies, may be needed, these are effectively like temporary bandages on bleeding wounds.Lack of adequate social-developmentCrime in the Caribbean, or anywhere else, will continue relentlessly unless governments recognize what is staring them in the face. Crime waves result from lack of adequate socio-economic development and weakened educational systems.Today, some 56 years after the collapse of the West Indies Federation, some people still argue that so many small Caribbean islands are incapable of adequately governing themselves because of the economic demands of political independence. Whether this argument is valid or not, the truth is that whatever wealth there is within respective Caribbean nations isn’t being equitably distributed. In most of these countries, the wealth continues to be owned by tiny minorities. While government intervention is needed to implement social development programs that could provide social and economic opportunities for the majority of populations, such programs have consistently lacked aggression.Unfortunately, it’s the youth who are the primary victims of these weak social development programs. Social development in the 1970sIn 1970s Jamaica, the primary objective of the Michael Manley administration was to establish a balanced social development and education program. During the first half of the two-term tenure of this administration, crime was relatively controlled. The administration policies included, increasing taxes on corporations, including bauxite companies; offering land access to farmers; broadening tertiary education opportunities through free education; training youth for job opportunities through a national youth program; and enhancing literacy through a national literacy program. But because the administration’s policy was deemed to be socialist, foreign powers applied pressure and the government’s financial resources dwindled. To obtain financial assistance from multinational agencies like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the government was forced to eliminate most of its social development programs. The unfortunate result was that opportunities and hope also dwindled for the youth, and, not surprisingly, crime increased.Government programs encumbered by IMFSince the Manley experiment, successive Jamaican governments have either been reluctant to focus on intense social development programs or, encumbered in a box set by the IMF. It isn’t surprising that the escalation of crime in several Caribbean nations coincides with simultaneous IMF funding agreements, since these agreements don’t tolerate social development programs.Focus on the youthBut if the youth aren’t effectively educated; if they are no job training opportunities; if the government and private sector doesn’t have broad-based employment programs, what happens to the youth? They turn to alternative means of making money. They turn to crime, including involvement in violent gang activities, dealing in hard drugs, and in fraudulent or scamming schemes. Unfortunately, these alternative criminal money-making schemes are tempting to other emerging youth with limited education and job opportunities. They see youth a little older than themselves driving new cars, dressed fashionably, using the latest telecommunication devices, having access to unlimited women, and crave that lifestyle. And so, crime increases.Recently, a commentator in a Jamaican newspaper predicted solving the crime problems in Jamaica would take at least 10 years.It could take even longer unless the government addresses: weak family structures that foster indiscipline ad lose values among male and female youth; strengthen the educational system; reintroduce a national, preferable military style youth training program; create job opportunities in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors; improve the country’s foreign exchange earning potential without the IMF; and hasten to eradicate alternative sources of income earning, including gun and drug dealing, and the bourgeoning scam ‘industry.’Increased law enforcement and state of emergencies are necessary, but only temporary, measures to control the escalating crime situation. After these efforts end, crime will resurface unless governments find ways to implement meaningful social development programs that gradually alleviate poverty and keep the expanding youth population positively and profitably engaged.
Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Share Share Publishing its full-year 2016 financial results, Athens-listed gambling and lottery systems provider Intralot Group has stated that its operations are beginning to ‘reap the rewards of its business transformation’.Presenting its full-year 2016 breakdown, Intralot governance would report a 7% increase in group revenues to €1.32 billion (FY 2015: €1.25 billion).The firm states that its revenue capabilities have been boosted by new gaming systems and product terminals installed within a number of international clients, enhancing the firm’s performance.Further positive results would see Intralot declare sustained group profits of €233 million, which would see the company post a full-year EBITDA of €175 million, up 6.6% on FY 2015’s €165 million.Detailing operational highlights, Intralot governance would point to the firms improved performance in the Eastern European markets of Bulgaria and Turkey which contributed €+155 million in lottery sales.Eastern European growth would be supported by the €22 million sales in North America, with the market recording its biggest Powerball Jackpot in 2016.Commenting on the FY 2016 Results INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris noted:“The strongly positive results of 2016 in both growth and profitability reflect important transformations that have taken place over the past couple of years across operational capabilities, project management, cost structure, and Products and Services portfolio investments. A series of M&A transactions greatly enhanced our business development potential through strong local partnerships and diversified portfolio offering. The past year was also marked by tremendous improvements in INTRALOT’s financial structure in a way that secures future savings and a clear funding horizon until 2021 while affirming international investors’ confidence in future value creation.” Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Related Articles Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit
Historic UK racecourse and greyhound track Towcester has cancelled all its scheduled meetings for this weekend after announcing it’s set to enter into administration. The course, which is owned by the Fermor- Hesketh family and is steeped in history, is scheduled to host a further three cards this year with the first commencing on 10 October, however whether these take place remains to be seen as “trading difficulties” continue for the venue. In a statement the course said: “Towcester Racecourse Company Limited, proprietors of Towcester Racecourse, are currently experiencing trading difficulties and are in discussions with key stakeholders and professional advisors on the way forward.“However, the directors have concluded that they have no alternative in the short term but to seek court protection and are now taking steps to place the company into Administration.“As a result, it is with regret that the greyhound meetings on this Friday, 17th August and over the weekend at Towcester Racecourse have been cancelled.”The statement added: “Whilst inevitably there will be considerable interest from customers, supporters and suppliers, the directors ask that they be given time to focus on exploring other options for the business and they anticipate there will be a further update in the next few days.“The directors remain hopeful that despite the current situation, given the significant history of horseracing and more recently greyhound racing at Towcester, there will be significant interest from potential acquirers.” StumbleUpon Scottish racing gets green light for 22 June restart May 29, 2020 Share UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share
–Source: BBC Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a marvellous second-half goal as Chelsea cruised into the Europa League last 16 with victory over Malmo at Stamford Bridge.The Blues, who led 2-1 from the first leg, started slowly but improved markedly after the break.Olivier Giroud gave them the lead on the night by tapping home, before Ross Barkley floated in a free-kick moments after Rasmus Bengtsson was sent off.Hudson-Odoi, 18, then drove in from the right before firing in a late third.Whether this result will ease the pressure on Blues manager Maurizio Sarri remains to be seen.Their next two matches – against Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, and Tottenham in the Premier League next week – will be bigger tests.Arsenal powered into the last 16 of the Europa League with a comfortable second-leg victory over Bate Borisov at Emirates Stadium.Sokratis replaced the injured Laurent Koscielny in the second half and scored with his fifth touch (Image credit: AFP)Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, they scored inside four minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross was turned in by Bate defender Zakhar Volkov.Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 before the break with a powerful header following Granit Xhaka’s corner.Substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in the third goal after an hour.After a disappointing performance in losing the first leg in Belarus, Arsenal needed to score at least twice to go through.Bate were denied an equaliser just four minutes after Arsenal had taken the lead, when Stephan Lichtsteiner slid in to make a goalline clearance from Stanislav Dragun’s header.The visitors also went close when Maksim Skavysh hit the side-netting in the first half, but Arsenal had better chances through Alex Iwobi, Xhaka and Aubameyang.The draw for the last 16 takes place on Friday, 22 February at 12:00 GMT.
MORE: SN Week 12 college football rankingsPenn State, however, wasn’t as lucky after losing its battle of undefeateds against Minnesota. The loss knocked the Nittany Lions all the way to No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP Top 25, though they do still control their destiny in the Big Ten and Playoff races. Minnesota moved up to No. 7 in both polls.Those were the big games on Saturday, but close calls by Baylor and Oklahoma and blowouts by Ohio State and Clemson changed the top-25 landscape as well. For the first time all season, Alabama has fallen outside the top two of the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll.The Crimson Tide’s defeat on Saturday, delivered by LSU, wasn’t enough to knock them out of the top five, however; Alabama fell to No. 4 in the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, leaving Nick Saban and Co. in striking distance, presumably, of a College Football Playoff rematch. With the win, the Tigers moved up to No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, retaining that position the AP Top 25. With that, the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 11 slate of games:College football polls updated after Week 11Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1LSU559-02Ohio State59-03Clemson410-04Alabama08-15Georgia08-16Oregon08-17Minnesota09-08Oklahoma08-19Utah08-110Baylor09-011Penn State08-112Florida08-213Auburn07-214Michigan07-215Wisconsin07-216Notre Dame07-217Cincinnati08-118Memphis08-119Boise State08-120SMU09-121Navy07-122Iowa06-323Texas06-324Appalachian State08-125Indiana07-2Moved in: No. 23 Texas; No. 24 Appalachian State; No. 25 IndianaOthers receiving votes: Oklahoma State 49; Wake Forest 45; Louisiana Tech 43; Kansas State 38; San Diego State 32; Texas A&M 31; Air Force 25; Virginia Tech 17; Virginia 12; Wyoming 1; UL Lafayette 1; Central Florida 1.AP Top 25RankTeamPointsW-L1LSU1,5429-02Ohio State1,4809-03Clemson1,44110-04Alabama1,3128-15Georgia1,2678-16Oregon1,2248-17Minnesota1,1649-08Utah1,0998-19Penn State1,0038-110Oklahoma1,0008-111Florida9348-212Baylor9329-013Auburn8717-214Michigan7447-215Wisconsin6577-216Notre Dame5937-217Cincinnati5678-118Memphis5108-119Boise State3718-120SMU3469-121Navy2287-122Texas2226-323Iowa1976-324Indiana1087-225Oklahoma State776-3Moved in: No. 22 Texas; No. 24 Indiana; No. 25 Oklahoma StateOthers receiving votes: Appalachian State 73; Kansas State 67; Texas A&M 42; Wake Forest 38; Louisiana Tech 25; Virginia 12; San Diego State 7; Iowa State 4; Virginia Tech 4; Washington 3; Pittsburgh 2; UCF 2; Air Force 2; USC 1; Illinois 1