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Michael Owen’s Boxing Day predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal

first_img by Metro Leicester City v Liverpool (8pm) ‘The top two go head-to-head at the King Power and Leicester will be looking to cut the gap at the top of the table against a Liverpool side who won the reverse fixture 2-1 at Anfield earlier in the season.‘The Reds added the FIFA World Club Cup to their Champions League Trophy in Qatar on Saturday while the Foxes were outclassed by Manchester City at the Etihad.‘I expect the league leaders to cement their place at the top-of-the-table.’Liverpool to win Wolves v Manchester City (27th – 7.45pm) ‘Champions Manchester City will be looking for revenge at Molineux given Wolves won the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Etihad earlier in the season.‘City won their 250th league game of the decade against Leicester at the weekend – becoming just the second club to achieve the feat after Manchester United in the 2000s.‘City were at their brilliant best against Leicester on Saturday and I expect the champions to edge what promises to be an open, entertaining clash with Wolves once again showing their quality to come from behind at Carrow Road at the weekend.’Manchester City to win Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Tottenham v Brighton (12.30pm) ‘Both sides will be looking to bounce back after disappointing home losses over the weekend and I take Spurs to edge a low-scoring affair.‘Jose Mourinho will have been hurt by Frank Lampard’s tactical masterclass, and Chelsea’s superiority, on Sunday and he must do without the suspended Son Heung-Min for the visit of the Seagulls.‘Spurs need to win or the honeymoon period for Mourinho is over in north London.’Tottenham to win Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Mourinho addresses racism in 2-0 match defeat against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:16FullscreenMourinho addresses racism in 2-0 match defeat against Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/mourinho-addresses-racism-2-0-match-defeat-against-chelsea-2075388/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Dec 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm) ‘Palace have failed to score in eight of their 18 league games so far this season although they had their opportunities against Newcastle at St James’ Park last time out.‘West Ham had the weekend off with Liverpool out in Qatar and I can’t split the sides in what I expect will be a low-scoring London derby.’Draw Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the Boxing Day fixtures (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the upcoming Boxing Day fixtures.League leaders Liverpool visit second-placed Leicester City, hoping to move 13 points clear of their title rivals.Chelsea, who beat London rivals Tottenham at the weekend, host relegation-battlers Southampton while Mikel Arteta takes charge of his first match as Arsenal manager against Bournemouth.Former England striker Owen has dissected every game for BetVictor and revealed who he believes will be enjoying a successful Boxing Day and who will be left disappointed.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Burnley (3pm) ‘Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of Everton for the first-time midweek, but I don’t believe he will see the Blues put five past Burnley which they did at Turf Moor on Boxing Day last year.‘Ancelotti will need time – and resources – at Goodison, and the Clarets will make life very difficult for the hosts. A point apiece for me.’Draw Read More Read More Solskjaer defends De Gea after blunder helps Watford stun Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenSolskjaer defends De Gea after blunder helps Watford stun Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-defends-gea-blunder-helps-watford-stun-man-utd-2075374/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Video Settings Man City v Wolves: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:38FullscreenMan City v Wolves: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-v-wolves-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2075646/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Michael Owen’s Boxing Day predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal Lampard pays tribute to Mourinho after his side beat Tottenham 2-0To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:10FullscreenLampard pays tribute to Mourinho after his side beat Tottenham 2-0https://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-pays-tribute-mourinho-beat-tottenham-2-0-2075378/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Bournemouth v Arsenal (3pm) ‘Mikel Arteta takes charge of Arsenal for the first time at the Vitality Stadium with his side having played out their first goalless league draw in 77 games at Goodison Park on Saturday.‘The first shot on target in Bournemouth’s game with Burnley on Saturday produced a winning goal in the 89th minute for the Clarets and I think the Gunners will add more Christmas woe to Eddie Howe’s side.’Arsenal to win Bournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:07FullscreenBournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bournemouth-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-pre-match-press-conference-2075672/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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About Connatix V67539 PLAY Advertisement Read More Skip Aston Villa v Norwich City (3pm) ‘Villa’s talisman skipper Jack Grealish has scored in three of Villa’s last five league games and this is a massive game for Dean Smith’s side who cannot afford to lose against Norwich.‘The Canaries lost the lead and the points for the second successive home game against Wolves on Saturday and they are struggling to keep clean sheets.‘That said if they score first on Boxing Day, it is likely to be a very nervous Villa Park. But I expect the hosts to keep the points.’Aston Villa to win Sheffield United v Watford (3pm) ‘Watford gained a tremendous win against a very disappointing Manchester United at Vicarage Road on Sunday, but I expect high-flying Sheffield United to keep the points after they maintained their unbeaten away league record with another terrific win at Brighton at the weekend.‘Since the start of last season, no side in the top four tiers of English football have kept more clean sheets – 28 level with Leeds – than the Blades.‘Watford may not find the Blades defence as benevolent as United’s at Bramall Lane.’Sheffield United to win Chelsea v Southampton (3pm) ‘Frank Lampard’s decision to revert to a back three was vindicated in spades against Tottenham on Sunday when his side kept their first clean sheet away from home in the league so far this season.‘Two more goals for Danny Ings in Saints impressive 3-1 win at Villa Park at the weekend and the striker has now equalled his personal best (11) in a Premier League season – before Christmas!‘Chelsea’s new-look defence will have to keep a close eye on the inform striker, but I feel the Blues will edge a lively, entertaining clash.’Chelsea to win Advertisement Read More SPONSORED Top articleslast_img read more

First homeowners, downsizers encouraged to look at post-war pad

first_imgMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The kitchen at 22 Buhot Street, Geebung.When Mrs Martin first bought the home she said it needed a lot of work.“We completely gutted the whole house down to the frame and redid the whole inside,” she said.“Recently, we gave it a little bit of a refresh and it has been nicely renovated inside.“It does need some work done on the outside.”Mrs Martin said there was the opportunity for a buyer to put their own stamp on the Geebung property.“They could easily demolish, rebuild or extend this home,” she said. “When we first bought it, we loved the views, the city glimpses, and a bit of views of the valley looking through the trees.” Look at the yard space at 22 Buhot Street, Geebung.Mrs Martin, who is after a change of lifestyle, said her three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 22 Buhot St would best suit a first homeowner, someone wanting to downsize but still have land or as an investment property.“My two children are going to different schools and we have lived here for 11 years,” she said.The property is on a 769sq m block and in a dead-end street, which Mrs Martin said was a drawcard. 24 Buhot St, Geebung.Katie Martin’s children are getting older and her family have decided to upsize and move from their home. 22 Buhot Street, Geebung.Go Gecko Inner North selling agent Victor Johnston said: “Straddling the border of Wavell Heights and Geebung, this beautifully elevated post-war home enjoys an exceptional location just minutes from Parklands, bikeways and Westfield Chermside.“Situated on the high side of the street, the home enjoys a much sought-after north/south aspect, providing abundant natural light and cross-ventilation year round.’’The home is close to schools and public transport. There’s plenty of room at 22 Buhot Street, Geebung.last_img read more

EMO Sends Newbuild CTV to Nordsee One

first_imgEMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has signed a contract with Senvion to provide a crew transfer vessel (CTV) for the operational phase of the 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.The catamaran which will service the contract is currently under construction at the Strategic Marine shipyard in Singapore.As of April 2018, the 26-meter Stratcat will begin maintenance work at the wind farm from the O&M base in Norddeich for at least three years, EMO said.According to EMO, the vessel is equipped with a waterjet drive and can transport 24 passengers and up to 30 tonnes of freight.The investment, implemented as part of a shared project of EMO and its partner Van Laar Maritime BV, amounts to approximately EUR 4 million.“Once again, we have commissioned a special ship that meets certain conditions for activities in the southern North Sea and our clients’ requirements,” said Knut Gerdes, Managing Director at EMO.“We do not take this for granted, and we hope for more projects in the German offshore wind energy sector.”Turbine installation at the Nordsee One offshore wind farm was completed on 22 September, when the 54th and final Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbine was installed at the construction site.Nordsee One, located approximately 40 kilometers north of Juist Island, is being developed by Nordsee One GmbH, a special purpose company owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and innogy SE (15%).The wind farm is scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.In August last year, EMO added Windea FOUR and Windea FIVE, formerly CTV Natalia Bekker, to its Windea fleet due to the consistently growing demand in the field of offshore wind farm supply regarding personnel and materials.last_img read more

Paid-partner leave would help close gender pay gap – expert

first_imgRadio NZ News 14 May 2018Instigating paid-partner leave after childbirth would be a “concrete step” in addressing the gender pay gap, the government has been told.Official data shows on average women earn between 9 percent and 16 percent less than men in this country, and the gap is even wider for women with children.Only about 1 percent of people taking up the government’s paid parental-leave are fathers.University of Auckland economics lecturer Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy said because of the wage gap there was an economic incentive for women to do the childcaring.He said this incentive, plus societal attitudes towards gender roles, were blocking men who might be best choice in the couple to take up the role.“And it’s important to recognise that early childhood really matters in terms of outcomes later in life,” Mr Greenaway-McGrevy said.“So having the best person in that role is better for the child, I’m sure the father will find it rewarding as well, and also society as a whole.”Mr Greenaway-McGrevy said excluding any group was an inefficient way to run a company, and the same goes for families.Listen to Insight’s documentary about stay-at-home fathersPaid partner leave a concrete step in closing gender pay gap – academicIf the government was serious about closing the the gender pay gap – incentivising more men into the caregiver role – then it needed to start paying partners to take two weeks off work paid when a baby was born, an expert said.Victoria University senior law lecturer Amanda Reilly wants the government to introduce a separate, ring-fenced entitlement for partners set, to start with, at minimum wage.Currently two weeks unpaid leave is available.She said studies showed that in families where men were more involved in caregiving it had a positive correlation with increased women’s earning.“There’s a lot of conversation coming from this government about the need to address the gender pay gap.“But this is actually a concrete step that could be taken to signal commitment towards that.”Ms Reilly said if Australia and other countries could afford to have this policy then New Zealand could too.“Yes it would cost money but … we have to decide how much do we value caregiving and families.”It was a matter of fundamental fairness and keeping gender equity moving forward, she said.And with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford taking on the primary caregiver role, Ms Reilly said maybe she could be the one to push for the entitlement.Massey University political science professor Grant Duncan said New Zealand should look to the Swedish model where a range of measures have increased the number of men taking on the primary caregiver role.Fathers in Sweden claim 27.9 percent of the total childcare leave, more than 10 times the New Zealand number.The paid-parental leave rules change next month to 22-weeks after Parliament voted last year to incrementally increase the entitlement to 26 weeks by 2020.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/357296/paid-partner-leave-would-help-close-gender-pay-gap-expertKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOBIT-BOB WATSONFormer MLB All-Star, GM and executive Bob Watson dead at 74UNDATED (AP) — Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died. He was 74. May 15, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players want to look at the owners’ books.A person familiar with the request told The Associated Press that lawyers for the baseball players’ union asked MLB to submit a slew of financial documents that detail the industry’s finances.Baseball owners on Monday approved a proposal that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July with a regular-season schedule of about 82 games. Owners also gave the go-ahead to propose basing players’ salaries on a 50-50 revenue split, which the union says is a salary cap and a framework that players will never accept.The type of financial disclosure the union asked for is more common during overall collective bargaining talks.Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident of reaching a deal with players. He also told CNN on Thursday that he’s hopeful the season can begin, saying they are making plans to play in empty ballparks. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bae Seon-woo shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the KLPGA Championship.Heo Da-been (66) and Kim Char-young2 (69) were four shots behind Bae’s 12-under 132 overall at the Lakewood Country Club.The Korean women’s tournament joins baseball and soccer as sports back up and running again in South Korea.Third-ranked Park Sung-hyun (77) missed the cut at 150. No. 6 Kim Sei-young (68) reached the third round.Defending champion Choi Hye-jin also made the cut after a 73. The Houston Astros, for whom Watson played his first 14 major league seasons, announced the death Thursday night.Watson’s son Keith said he died from kidney disease.Watson was nicknamed “The Bull” and made the All-Star team in 1973 and ’75, hit over .300 four times and drove in at least 100 runs twice. He also holds the distinction of scoring the 1 millionth run in major league history.MLB-FINANCESMLBPA wants financial documents from owners VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR plans to race its way through the South in JuneUNDATED (AP) — It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR. The stock car series says it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races, all without fans.NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races, including nine in the elite Cup Series. It is coming back after being shut down for more than two months by the pandemic.The Cup Series resumes this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Then NASCAR will go to Bristol, Martinsville, Atlanta, Homestead and Talladega. MLB-NEWSRays’ Snell says he won’t take another pay cutST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A former Cy Young Award winner is balking.Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he won’t take the mound this year if his pay is cut further. He also has health concerns as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a season that has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Snell says he should receive the money he signed for and not 50% because the season is being cut in half. Snell would get $43,210 for each day of the schedule under the March 26 agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association. MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The warrant says Baker and Dunbar were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, causing Baker to pull out a handgun.NHL-NEWSCoyotes part ways with CEO Ahron CohenUNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with president and CEO Ahron Cohen. The Team Penske driver watched NASCAR’s chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw, giving the 2012 series champion the top starting position when the Cup season resumes.Keselowski will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports. Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola close out the top five starting spots.Series officials split the drivers into three groups of 12 based on points, filling spots 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36 with a random draw.GOLF-SOUTH KOREA-WOMENBae Seon-woo leads in South Korea; No. 3 Park misses cut Snell was slated to make $7 million this season, part of a five-year, $50 million package he accepted in February 2019.Snell won the American League Cy Young Award in 2018 after going 21-5 with a circuit-leading 1.86 ERA. Injuries limited him to 23 starts last year as he went 6-8 with a 4.29 earned run average.MLB-HOWE-CORONAVIRUSArt Howe battling coronavirusHOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. — Orlando is the latest NBA team to reopen its practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown, with Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH’-uh-vihch) among the first Magic players to arrive back for voluntary workouts Thursday. The Magic released video of Vucevic working with assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment.— West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee is vowing that the Mountaineers will play football this fall. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports. Gee joked in a radio interview that he would “suit up” if it meant the Mountaineers would play.— The IOC has set aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions for the one-year postponement. A sum of $150 million is for loans to sports governing bodies and more than 200 eligible national Olympic committees. The IOC is working on how to allocate the other $650 million.— Major League Soccer is extending a league-wide moratorium on group and team training through June 1. Players are permitted to use outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts, in compliance with local health authorities and government orders that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts. Team training facilities remain closed to all players except those requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation.— The English Premier League has received government backing to resume next month if games become more accessible to fans and the world’s richest soccer competition provides financial support across the English game. The top division is the most advanced in its planning to restart amid concerns the three other professional football leagues in England could lack the funding to resume without ticket revenue from supporters. Mass gatherings are still banned and fans are not allowed to attend sports events.center_img In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Cincinnati Reds are laying off less than 25% of their staff and reducing pay for others on June 1 in response to the pandemic. Cincinnati was among the majority of teams that committed to paying full-time employees through May. The move comes a day after The Associated Press was told the Miami Marlins are furloughing 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1.— The PGA Tour Champions has decided to combine 2020 and 2021 into one season. Tour president Miller Brady says combining two seasons into one is the best solution. The 50-and-older circuit already has canceled eight tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to resume with the Ally Challenge in Michigan on July 31. That would be the first of 13 events remaining this year, barring any delays. The PGA Tour Champions already has lost two majors, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship, and is waiting to hear the fate of the Senior British Open.— NBC’s on-air sports personalities are taking a pay cut ranging from 5-10% through the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua says the pay cuts are voluntary. NBCUniversal executives are taking 20% pay cuts and those making more than $100,000 are seeing a 3% salary reduction.— ACC commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute 98% of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million. But Swofford said the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses. The 73-year-old Howe confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3.Howe is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, winning 600 games over seven seasons. He also managed the Astros and Mets before ending his managerial career 1,129-1,137.NASCAR-DARLINGTONKeselowski takes Darlington pole in lotteryUNDATED (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway without burning an ounce of fuel. — The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval. The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday. The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.— The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished.— The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.NFL-BAKER-DUNBAR ROBBERYTwo NFL players accused of armed robbery Associated Press PGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025.Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship.PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.In other NHL news:— Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seventh months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The procedure would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh.OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL QUALIFYING Extra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, againROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics.Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.”MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying.PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTE Olympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduledUNDATED (AP) — FIBA (FEE’-bah) says the final four men’s basketball spots in the 12-nation field for the Tokyo Olympics will be decided next summer.FIBA has pushed back the dates for the four remaining qualifying tournaments to June 29 through July 4, 2021, meaning they would end 19 days before the rescheduled start of the delayed Tokyo Olympics.But it remains unclear if those final spots will be earned while an NBA season is happening or if NBA players will be able to take part.OLYMPICS-BASEBALLlast_img read more

Highlight Games goes live with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine

first_img Related Articles Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share Share Highlight Games has agreed to make its portfolio of products available via EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine platform.Under the terms of the agreement, the London-based video virtual sports specialist will make English, Italian and Greek variants of its Soccerbet product available to operators on EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine platform. This will soon include a Turkish variant.Amund Stensland, CasinoEngine COO for EveryMatrix, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Highlight Games to deliver another compelling product portfolio to our casino customers.“CasinoEngine prides itself on providing operators with the most innovative and entertaining content available, and Soccerbet, NBA Last 60 and IIHF World Championship will certainly enhance our existing offering. These products are a great addition to normal live games, and can be accessed without any outside interruptions, giving players thrill and excitement at any time, anywhere.”Additionally, Highlight’s new NBA Last 60 basketball and IIHF World Championship ice hockey games will also be available online.“I’m delighted to announce this partnership with EveryMatrix,” said Steven Holmes, Co-CEO at Highlight Games.“Soccerbet has already proven incredibly popular with players across Europe, and we look forward to welcoming additional operators to our growing list of customers via EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine platform.“With Greek, Italian and English football leagues available to EveryMatrix customers, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the thrill of sports betting on real archive footage 24/7. With NBA Last 60 and IIHF World Championship launching soon, players can also experience the excitement of betting on highlights from past NBA and IIHF seasons whenever they want, wherever they want.”last_img read more

Nik Rytterstrom – Luxor Las Vegas – Building an esports mecca

first_imgLast week brought news of Allied Esports and Esports Arena teaming up with Luxor Las Vegas, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International, to open a dedicated 30,000 square foot esports venue in early 2018. MGM Resorts International hosts a plethora of big names in the Vegas hotel and casino industry, with Luxor featuring alongside world famous titles such as the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. It’s a company that was recently named in the Fortune Magazine’s 2017 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. As such, this is no small news. As the turbulent relationship between gambling and esports continues and we move towards an increasingly regulated space, Nevada regulators have seemingly embraced the prospect of esports as a betting product on the traditional sportsbook side. William Hill has already taken legal wagers out in Nevada on two events held in Sin City and with Millennial Esports having opened a 15,000 square foot dedicated space in Downtown, the MGM Group has become the latest to pounce. The spectacular Luxor in Las VegasThe MGM Grand played host to a successful DreamHack Las Vegas recently and with news of a new dedicated venue, it seems as if the event has made those in and around Vegas open their eyes to esports as an opportunity to recapture millennials who may have otherwise chosen alternative destinations. Esports Insider caught up with Nik Rytterstrom, the General Manager of Luxor to find out more about the hotel’s grand plans. Esports Insider: What spurred MGM and Luxor on to create a dedicated esports venue – it’s quite a big leap? Nik: As the leader in the entertainment industry, we need to be mindful of always keeping our experiences fresh and exciting for our guests.  The Esports Arena opening in early 2018 will offer Las Vegas visitors and locals a new entertainment option, one that welcomes people who are interested in gaming in a different way.ESI: With MGM Grand playing host to DreamHack Las Vegas and a large-scale Counter-Strike event did it open a lot of eyes to those in the Casino industry? How was it received as an event in Vegas? Did it have any role to play in the decision to use the Luxor as an arena space?Nik: We have closely watched the growth and excitement around esports.  This growth is evident as we’ve seen event viewership grow at a high rate on major networks as well as the large increase in worldwide competitions including events such as those we’ve hosted at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay over the last 18 months.ESI: The arena is set to be a significant size – what are the plans for the venue? Is it set to host big tournaments or will it be open to the public to play against friends and spend time on an evening as an alternative to, say, the traditional casino space?Nik: Fans of esports will be wowed by what we plan to launch; it is a 30,000-square-foot, multi-level venue unlike any other in the industry, and certainly unlike anything here in Las Vegas. We will host a variety of events each night, as well as major esports tournaments on the weekends. This will quickly become an entertainment hub that has something for everyone; whether it is the esports gamer, fans of traditional video games, the mainstream sports fans who want to watch a game on a big screen TV, or those guests who enjoy a club-like atmosphere.ESI: Do you think this will be the start of several Casinos entering the space? Do you feel well placed to take advantage of the fast growing Esports industry?Nik: This is an exciting time for us as the Esports Arena will expand Luxor’s offerings in a way that allows us to appeal to our current audience while introducing Las Vegas to a new group of travelers. We partnered with Allied because they are the leader of their industry. Their knowledge and expertise is unsurpassed and we were wowed by their growing global network of esports properties. This high-tech, cutting-edge arena will take esports to an entirely new level.last_img read more

Mali sink Argentina on penalties to snatch last quarter-final spot

first_imgMali came from behind twice to claim the final quarter-final spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 on Tuesday night, dispatching Argentina 5-4 on penalties after the score was tied 2-2 at the end of extra time.Sambou Sissoko struck the winning penalty for Mali while Youssouf Koita’s save from Tomas Chancalay’s spot-kick attempt was the difference in the shoot-out.After a goalless first half, Adolfo Gaich capitalised on an errant clearance by Clement Kanoute in the penalty area to open the scoring in the 49th minute.Mali equalised after 67 minutes when Abdoulaye Diaby out-jumped his marker to head home a corner at the far post.The scores were level at 1-1 at the end of the regulation 90 minutes, but Ezequiel Barco influenced the go-ahead goal for Argentina less than 30 seconds into the first period of extra time. Francisco Ortega picked him out in space and Barco’s powerful first-time shot from 12 yards deflected off Diaby and into the net.But Mali caught Argentina sleeping at a set-piece right at the end to force a shoot-out. Sekou Koita rolled the ball forward to Boubacar Konte, who aimed low toward the far post to beat Manuel Roffo.The Eagles scored all five of their penalties to knock the six-time U-20 World Cup champions out of the tournament and Mali’s players ran around the Bielsko-Biala Stadium in celebration after the winning penalty kick. Source: FIFAlast_img read more

Angels address the sticky situation of illegal substances on the baseball

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone When asked if he or any Angels pitchers had been offered the sticky substance, Heaney said: “C’mon, man. I said most everybody is probably using it. Most everybody is getting something from somewhere, creating their own.”Major League Baseball is reportedly cracking down on the widespread use of pine tar or other substances by pitchers, part of an investigation that led to the dismissal of Harkins this week.Most pitchers, including those questioned in the Angels clubhouse on Friday morning, said the purpose of the substances is to improve the grip on the baseball, and therefore the control.“I don’t throw that hard, but I throw pretty hard and I like to know where it’s going,” said Heaney, who said he’d experimented with different substances. “I’m sure the hitters would tell you the same thing. When they have dudes throwing 100 mph, they want to know where it’s going too.”Veteran Dylan Bundy, who is new to the Angels, said “no comment” when asked if he’s applied substances to the baseball. Speaking generally, he said the rosin that is permitted is not sufficient. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “For cold games, the rosin if anything makes the ball more slick,” Bundy said. “That’s when you get the two-seamer riding up and in on guys. It’s tougher when it’s cold to get a grip. You are trying to throw up and in with a purpose and that little bit of slippage can be dangerous.”Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said he expects Major League Baseball to end up banning any use of substances such as pine tar, which could have a detrimental effect, particularly when it’s cold.“If I were a hitter, I’d be scared to dig into the box in Detroit on April 10,” Callaway said.Manager Joe Maddon said pitchers have been putting substances on the baseball to improve their grip “as long as I’ve been in baseball,” and it’s a particular issue now because the baseballs have become more slick. The solution, he said, is eventually that MLB will have to change the ball.Speaking from the hitter’s perspective, Andrelton Simmons said there is a fine line between simply improving grip and also improving stuff. Trevor Bauer has been outspoken about how pitchers can also improve their spin rates by doctoring the baseball.“I understand the need for a little feel to grab the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s kind of part of the game, to a certain extent. I don’t know where the line is.”Maddon and Heaney conceded that sticky substances can have a beneficial effect for the pitchers, but said it’s not enough to outweigh the benefit for the game of hitter safety.“I think the two things are intertwined,” Heaney said. “The better control you have, the better grip you have, the stickier your fingers, the more spin you’re going to get, the more control you’re going to have. I don’t know how you separate the two and say I get better control but my stuff isn’t better. I don’t know how that works. If they want to crack down and have one uniform thing, rosin ain’t it. Rosin does not work. It’s like throwing a freaking cue ball.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ALSOThe Angels had no update on pitcher Griffin Canning’s status after he received further medical opinion on his balky elbow. At this point, all that’s certain is that Canning will start the season on the injured list, but the Angels have given no indication what treatment he’ll need before he can return, or how long he will be out. …Relief pitcher Ty Buttrey, who was out with a strained intercostal muscle, said he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game Saturday and pitch in his first Cactus League game Wednesday. Buttrey said he’s expecting to be able to pitch in six or seven games, which should be sufficient to have him ready for Opening Day. …Infielder Tommy La Stella, who had been scratched from Wednesday’s lineup because of a stiff back, said on Friday that he’s fine. He was still not in the lineup for either of the Angels’ split-squad games.center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The story of one of baseball’s worst-kept secrets arrived at Angels camp this week.A day after news that Angel Stadium visiting clubhouse manager Brian Harkins had been fired for supplying visiting pitchers with a sticky substance to apply to the baseballs, players in the clubhouse responded with little surprise about what had occurred.“It’s not a huge secret,” Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney said. “I think no one thinks it’s shocking that people are using sticky stuff on their fingers. You’ve been hearing about it forever, I think throughout the history of baseball.”Heaney added: “I think everybody knows that most guys are doing it. I don’t think it’s that surprising for anybody who knows baseball.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more