Manchester United manager David Moyes has welcomed Michael Carrick’s decision to extend his stay at the club – and hinted it will not be the last new contract to be signed in the coming months. “He’s been a great player for Manchester United and I think he is recognised by people throughout the country. “They know what he can offer. I would be surprised if he wasn’t part of the England squad that went to the World Cup.” Carrick will be missing when United travel to Cardiff on Sunday though after aggravating an Achilles injury in the win over Arsenal immediately prior to the international break. With Phil Jones also sidelined and Marouane Fellaini still troubled by a wrist problem, it could mean an outing in central midfield for Ryan Giggs in the city of his birth. Moyes did confirm skipper Vidic has returned to training after suffering concussion against the Gunners, although he will not be taking any risks with the Serbian. “Concussion is something which you do need to rest,” said Moyes. “He’s had his rest and when we bring him back hopefully he’ll be fine. “It is not a serious injury – concussion can be extremely serious – but he had a week off afterwards and we’ve given him a chance to recover. “We’ve picked him up slowly from there.” United’s win over Arsenal moved them back within five points of the Gunners at the top of the table. And with Liverpool and Everton facing each other this weekend, plus Manchester City hosting Tottenham on Sunday, they have a chance to force themselves right back into the championship picture with a win on their first visit to the Cardiff City Stadium. “I never thought we were out of it,” said Moyes, when asked whether he thought his side were back in the title race. “We just go about our job and try and win each game. “Everybody knew at the start what it was going to be like. “We knew we had a change of manager and there were always going to be problems, no matter what – whether it be winning games or different personnel in the team. “I have said many times that Manchester United have proved over the years they improve as they go on. “My history at Everton was as a slow-starter as well. “Hopefully we’re beginning to find our feet and we’ll continue to improve.” And with skipper Nemanja Vidic also rumoured to be on the brink of a new deal, it is clear Moyes is keen to keep the bulk of his present squad, in addition to making the strengthening he feels is required. “It’s important we continue to improve the squad but it’s also important you make sure you look after the ones you think you need to keep,” he said. “Everybody knew Michael’s importance to the team and the club. “It certainly wasn’t anything he’s shown me in the last few months (that influenced the new contract). “It was just a matter of getting the contract signed and done and we’re pleased we’ve done that.” Carrick has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League since his £18million arrival from Tottenham in 2006. Yet he has been chronically underused at international level and despite returning to the England fold since Euro 2012, has still only won 31 caps. “England have had some top midfielders over the years and Michael fits into that category as well,” he said. Carrick has extended his present deal until 2015, with the option of an additional season. It cements the 32-year-old’s place as one of the most influential members of Moyes’ squad. Press Association
Indian Premier League IPL 2019 CSK vs RR highlights: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs
Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:50 (IST) WICKET: Dwayne Bravo sends dangerous Stokes back to the pavilion. He is so close to finishing the game for Rajasthan Royals! 23:27 (IST) 00:11 (IST) 20:11 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Jofra Archer bowls a short of a length delivery and Bravo just couldn’t time it. Another wicket down! WICKET: Watson has to go back! Short of a length delivery from Stokes, Watson tried to play over the third man fielder but went straight into the hands of Archer. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Chennai Super Kings is right on top here. Rajasthan Royals’ half side is back to the pavilion and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that all at sea. After 15 overs, it’s 111/5. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:03 (IST) 21:14 (IST) 21:37 (IST) WICKET: Suresh Raina pulls off a blinder there. Another wicket down for Rajasthan Royals! Such has been the story for this team! Gowtham OUT! 23:35 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In RESULT: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs (MS Dhoni 75, Jofra Archer 2/17) ALERT: MS Dhoni brings up his 21st half-century! 23:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:17 (IST) WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. First wicket down for Chennai Super Kings. Ambati Rayudu OUT! 12 needed off the last over! After 9 overs, the match is very well poised with Tripathi and Smith trying to rebuild Rajasthan Royals’ innings. However, this remains to be seen if they can continue this run and help the team to register their first victory. It’s 72/3. Rajasthan Royals are off to a depressing start! Chasing 175, they needed a partnership or two up front. But they have lost three wickets in less than 4 overs. This remains to be seen if they can make any sort of comeback here. After 4 overs, it’s 24/3. 50 up for Rajasthan Royals! That’s it from us! Hope you enjoyed our coverage! We will be back for tomorrow’s game. Till then, Tada! 23:43 (IST) The powerplay belongs to Chennai Super Kings. For Rajasthan, they need more overs like one of Mitchell Santner. With Steve Smith still at the crease, Rajasthan Royals would be aiming for something dramatic! After 6 overs, it’s 45/3. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A boundary after a long time for Chennai Super Kings! Came from Raina’s bat! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:46 (IST) Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir 20:46 (IST) 20:42 (IST) 22:38 (IST) Ben Stokes is making Rajasthan Royals believe! Another SIX! 15 needed off 8 balls! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:45 (IST) Dhawal Kulkarni bowls the first over for Rajasthan Royals! Super seam delivery to start with! Rayudu off the mark on the second delivery! 00:00 (IST) 00:03 (IST) Back to back sixes for DJ Bravo. Momentum shifting Chennai Super Kings way. Dhawal a little expensive here. After 18 overs, it’s 139/4. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Finally some respite for Jaydev Unadkat! His expressions say it all. Big wicket for Rajasthan Royals! Raina departs! After 14 overs, it’s 88/4. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 100 up for Chennai Super Kings Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are trying to take the game as deep as possible. Ticking ones and twos in Imran Tahir’s over to target other bowlers. The required run rate touched 11 now. After 12 overs, it’s 87/4. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:26 (IST) Jaydev Unadkat has been once again expensive! Dhoni and Raina have started to see the ball nicely as they are hammering opposition bowlers all-around the ground. 19:59 (IST) 21:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A superb comeback by Chennai Super Kings here. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are looking good to finish between 140-150. New Delhi: Ben Stokes’ 46 helped Rajasthan Royals to come close to Chennai Super Kings’ 175, but the individual effort was never enough to help the side secure their first win of the twelfth edition as they lost by mere 8 runs margin at M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Rajasthan needs to find the art to finish the games if they are eyeing for a playoffs spot. Chennai, on the other hand, has registered their third win on the trot to become the table toppers. SCORECARD WICKET: Imran Tahir tossed the ball up and Rahul Tripathi tried to flick the ball onto the on the side, gets a top-edge in return and straight to the bowler. Caught and Bowled! Experience is working for Chennai Super Kings here. They lost three quick wickets here, but Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are playing as per the requirement. Runs are coming for CSK. After 10 overs, it’s 55/3. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:49 (IST) 20:09 (IST) 22:00 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have assessed the conditions well and have come into this game with some plans. Chennai has lost two wickets in quick succession. After 7 overs, it’s 34/3. Hello and a warm welcome! We are all set to witness the second game at M.A Chidambaram Stadium as Chennai Super Kings host Rajasthan Royals for a Sunday night blockbuster. Will Chennai go three up or Rajasthan will open their account? – Let’s find out! 19:43 (IST) WICKET: Another wicket down! Jadhav tried to play away from his body but gets an edge and went straight to the keeper. Chennai under serious trouble! The runs are just not coming for Chennai Super Kings here. The way the team is going here, they will finish less than 140. After 17.1 it’s 116/4. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:13 (IST) Can we witness something special here? 38 required off 17 balls! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:16 (IST) 19:37 (IST) 23:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:04 (IST) 22:53 (IST) 20:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Okay, so it’s time for last hurdle meeting as Watson and Rayudu start to occupy their respective spot. The stadium is coloured yellow with almost everyone wearing yellow jerseys. Can they deliver again? 20:30 (IST) 23:59 (IST) Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:12 (IST) Teams: Four sixes in the last over, three came from MS Dhoni’s bat. What a man! What a player! Senses the conditions so well, and targets his bowlers. Went after Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni, eventually finishing at 175/5 in 20 overs. We are just 10 minutes away from the toss! How excited are you? Can we see little changes? Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rajasthan Royals is playing with the same team as they played against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, has made one change, bringing Santner in place of Harbhajan. TOSS: Rajasthan Royals opt to bowl 19:34 (IST) WICKET: A low full toss and Steve Smith get the toe of the bat. Rajasthan now 5 down. Just a small niggle for Ambati Rayudu here. Further, Chennai Super Kings is off to a cautious start. After 1.4 overs, it’s 1/0. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:55 (IST)
Southampton: Back in the Indian team as a replacement following the injury to Shikhar Dhawan, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant Friday said he remained positive despite being ignored from the World Cup squad. Pant was flown in as cover after Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during his match-winning hundred against Australia.With the injury turning out to be a fracture, Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup and Pant was named his replacement in the squad.”When I didn’t get selected, I thought may be I didn’t do something right, so I became more positive and focussed on how to improve myself. Then I did well in IPL. Then I kept practising,” Pant told India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in a video posted by BCCI.”It is one dream for all to make India win. When I came to know that I have been called to England as a back-up, my mother was with me. So I told her, she went to temple and paid her offerings.”As a cricketer, I always wanted to play a World Cup and perform there and now that I have got this opportunity, I am feeling very happy.” Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Afghanistan on Saturday at Rose Bowl in Southampton. The last time these two teams met in ODIs, India and Afghanistan played out a thrilling tie in the Asia Cup. With their Asia Cup performance a few months back, they were expected to threaten the top sides in this World Cup. But things haven’t panned out accordingly for them in this tournament so far. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
TORONTO, Canada – Bacchus Ruff Ryders defied the odds to upstage Ramblers in last Saturday’s Paul & Sons 15-over Division Two Consolation final, played at the Littles ground, Scarborough.The buoyant Bacchus Ruff Ryders, who have been enduring a torrid time in the regular season (20 overs), overwhelmed Ramblers by 13 runs in the hotly contested affair.Taking first strike, Bacchus Ruff Ryders reached a challenging 102 for six in their allotted 15 overs with the experienced Uniss Yusuf hitting a top-score of 29 while Fazil Rasool supported with 24.Bacchus Ruff Ryders players Nirad Lall (left) and Uniss Yusuf pose with the winning trophy. Officiating umpires were Albert Ramcharran (left) and Vish Jadunauth.Bacchus Ruff Ryders were in early trouble, losing Avi Singh without scoring. However, Yusuf kept the top-order together, smashing two fours and a similar number of sixes in his fine knock. Rasool’s innings contained two sixes while Jai Singh also hit two sixes in a quick 14.Farook Inshan, who did the early damage, finished with the impressive figures of three for 12 from his three overs while Patrick Shivrattan claimed two for 24.In reply, Ramblers were always behind the required run rate despite an attacking 43 from Shivrattan who failed to get adequate support from his other teammates. The only other player to reach double figures was Adam Hussain with 13. Shivrattan, who was later named MVP for the losing side, slammed three fours and two sixes.MVP for the winners, Jaybalack ‘Johno’ Panday, bagged three for 12, while Yusuf (one for seven), Navin Misir (one for 13) and Avi Singh (one for 19) were the other successful bowlers.The championship finals featuring Rems and Mercenary in Division One, and Enmore and Carr Tec in Division Two are set for Saturday, September 7 at Ashtonbee numbers two and one respectively. Rebels have already claimed the Division One Consolation title by virtue of GT Bannas forfeiting the game. (Frederick Halley)
PITTSBURGH — Bible scriptures, breakfast, a team meeting, then mac and cheese. Naptime, then basketball.The scriptures change regularly, but the post-meeting meal doesn’t. For Kaleb Joseph, the first game day since Syracuse announced a self-imposed postseason ban was hardly different. In fact, for him and the rest of the Orange on Saturday was better than most.Jim Boeheim wasn’t any slower to yank players off the court for mistakes — B.J. Johnson for not covering his corner of the zone, Joseph for traveling — but they all seemed to play faster, more freely. And for much of the evening, his players looked more like the unblinking program that’s lit up arenas around the country for the past several seasons than the mechanical, bench-less SU team that’s struggled through much of this season.The latter kind of Orange team wasn’t on the floor in front of 12,508 at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday night. But as SU (15-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) failed to slow down a hot-shooting Pittsburgh (16-8, 5-5) team down the stretch, Boeheim’s team was once again a losing one, 83-77 — despite one of its best showings of the season.“We played better tonight than in three or four games in the league that we won,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Rakeem Christmas winning a long tip back to Joseph, Syracuse’s game against Pittsburgh on Saturday began like so many have for the Orange this year.On the game’s first possession, Christmas tried backing down his man. On SU’s first half-court defensive possession, the 2-3 zone kept the Panthers stuck on the perimeter.The ban wasn’t changing the basketball game, just the number of them left in the season. When Joseph’s 3 gave Syracuse 57-53 lead with 12:03 left in the game, SU looked headed for its best ACC win of the season.As another deflected Pitt pass bounced out of bounds, sending both teams to their benches for a media timeout 21 seconds later. The arena filled with chants of “Let’s Go Orange” from traveling members of Otto’s Army.“I said before the game, you have to play for each other,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “That’s how we should be playing, really.”Syracuse was showing off previously untapped weapons.Ron Patterson ran the floor well, controlled the top of the zone and punctuated his 16-minute showing with an alley-oop to Christmas. Even Johnson contributed in seven minutes, recovering from early defensive struggles to contribute.“When you’re in one of those modes and just playing off instincts,” Johnson said, “you’re out there and it’s good.”But like nearly every team Syracuse has faced this season, the Panthers had more weapons. They played nine players to SU’s seven. Sheldon Jeter is only averaging about 10 minutes per game, but he dropped 18 points in 23 minutes, scoring 15 points in 15 second half minutes.His putback with 30 seconds remaining gave Pittsburgh an 82-77 lead. It ultimately left Joseph to take a 3 in desperation, down by six with 16 seconds to play.Jeter stopped that too, and Joseph’s shot fell three feet short of the rim.“The biggest thing is just realizing it’s a basketball season, there’s always going to be a lot of ups and downs,” Joseph said.It’s just that the biggest down of SU’s season was followed by one of its greatest ups. And that was a loss, too. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_
After the Wisconsin men’s hockey team lost a tough shootout to No. 6 Michigan at home Saturday, stars of the series Luke Kunin and Grant Besse seemed at a loss for words.For a team that is 6-13-7 and 1-8-3 in the Big Ten, a tie in overtime against a top-tier team like the Wolverines would normally be viewed as a success, just not for this team — not anymore.“You know, it’s really disappointing to lose games like that,” Besse said. “It was great to get chances like we have been getting, but we have to start putting some of those away.”“We got the opportunities we wanted and the goal at the end to send it to overtime, which was our goal,” Kunin added. “We just didn’t get the bounces we needed.”A big reason for the disappointment falls on how many close games the Badgers have had to fight through this season, as they have settled for seven total ties and two losses in overtime alone. The Badgers have seemingly played exactly to the skill of almost every opponent on their schedule, turning excitement around the team on its head, and back again, in only a few weeks.A 3-1 win over No. 1 North Dakota, a 3-3 overtime win over now-No. 10 Denver and losses to Ferris State and struggling Ohio State are as random as they are confusing. Promising leaders like goaltender Matt Jurusik have gone from being an upper echelon-type player to getting pulled against an unranked rival at home for letting in eight goals.On the other end of the spectrum, unassuming freshman Ryan Wagner has gone from a deep spot on the bench to the highest shooting percentage (.189) on the team and second in total points (21).The lack of success and consistency is hard to analyze from a numbers stand point, but a general overview of the season’s results reveals how truly unfortunate these Badgers have been.Their seven total ties are now two more than any other team in the Big Ten and as much as half of the total combined ties in the conference. Michigan now marks the 13th game this season the Badgers have played that finished with a one-goal margin or less, an exhausting stat for a team with 80 percent underclassmen.“That kind of trend is draining,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “But I think it also speaks to the resilience of our team and the impressive nature in which they fight back. We just keep trying new things and remind them of what we do in practice.”With a NCAA tournament bid seeming more and more unlikely, the Badgers are looking inward to try and make something out of a year that is still pretty hard to absorb for a program so foreign to failure. Eaves has shifted his focus to forging a completely new lineup behind a cast of freshmen still adjusting to his formations.Eaves has utilized the formation for the last couple of years, but outside of a NCAA tournament first-round trip two years ago, he hasn’t seen much success from it. On the other side of that, Eaves is unlikely to change much with the building individual skill of his many younger prospects.“One thing we stressed against Michigan was our front line against theirs,” Eaves said. “I thought [freshman defenseman Cameron] Hughes and the guys showed outstanding toughness. The second night I thought we carried the play.”Additionally, suspensions and injuries have kept out key upperclassmen that have crippled the team in the win column, but have opened the door for new guys to step up.Eaves has not been very transparent in his plans for the team, but has been slowly but surely rotating the younger guys into the upper lines. All eight of the top scorers on Wisconsin this year are freshmen or sophomores, and Hughes is now on the front line and one of the leaders on the team.Despite the combined 10 wins over the last two seasons, the Badgers have ample opportunity to play spoiler in their eight remaining Big Ten games. Now three points behind Ohio State in the conference standings, their two-game away series in Columbus is crucial in finishing February strong.Other key matchups for Wisconsin include their final home series in early March with the No. 15 Nittany Lions of Penn State, right before they travel to Minneapolis for a rematch with newly ranked Minnesota.“The challenge is there for these guys and I think they’re meeting that challenge,” Eaves said. “They’re giving us a chance to win games.”
Published on February 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Before his first game in a Syracuse uniform, Tucker Dordevic sat down at his locker. In the scrimmages prior, he cemented himself as a starter on the first midfield line. Now, there he was, less than an hour before he made his first career start.Dordevic thought about everything he had done pre-lacrosse, he said. About himself as a kid back home in Portland, Oregon, nearly 2,800 miles away from the Carrier Dome. How that has impacted him on his journey to play for a No. 16 Syracuse (1-1) team he once considered a “dream.” And how that journey involved Syracuse lacrosse legend Ryan Powell. Then, he walked out of the locker room and onto the turf field.As the opening whistle blew, Dordevic instantly found himself in a position to contribute. He was the lone freshman starting in Syracuse’s season opener against Binghamton, on an Orange offense that lost over half its points production after the graduation of Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido and Jordan Evans.“We’re throwing him into the wolves and seeing what he can do,” Desko said after one of Syracuse’s scrimmages on Jan. 28.Fewer than six minutes into the season opener and with the Orange up 2-0, Dordevic had his first shot at making an impact.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA wide shot landed out of bounds as Stephen Rehfuss quickly rushed toward the ball to restart possession. Once play restarted, Rehfuss ran along the five-yard line and flicked the ball to an open Brad Voigt.Dordevic noticed he lost his defender mid-play, and he curled around near the 25-yard line. Voigt turned and passed to Dordevic while a pick from Nate Solomon blocked Binghamton’s long-stick midfielder Timothy Mattiace from regaining his position.Dordevic found himself all alone. He slung a sidearm shot past the outstretched Mattiace and into the top left corner of the net.“He doesn’t need as much work as I did,” Jamie Trimboli, also a midfield starter, said. “… He’s got the fastest feet I’ve seen in a while. He’s definitely a big threat.”In his first college game, Dordevic contributed a goal and an assist for Syracuse in its 21-4 rout over Binghamton. And while a 15-3 beat down by Albany the following week resulted in a pointless performance, Dordevic has already made strides as a freshman. He’s drawn comparisons to the now-sophomore Trimboli, who broke onto the starting line as a freshman.“I compare him to Jamie Trimboli a year ago,” Desko said. “Very athletic, can dodge down either alley left handed or right handed … and is a physically stronger player coming in. (He’s) ahead of his time of most freshmen coming in physically.”Gillian Farrugia | Contributing PhotographerDordevic didn’t expect to be a first-line midfielder. Back home before the season started, he wrote down that his goal was to try and make the first or even second line as a freshman. But he didn’t expect either of those goals to happen.By the end of the fall, however, the coaches began asking the players which teammates they felt comfortable playing with. A lot of them, upperclassmen included, mentioned Dordevic often.“His name kept popping up,” Desko said. “… So he made his mark fairly early.”To ready himself for college, Dordevic came to Syracuse in the summer to take classes and get in extra reps. Every day, Desko said, he’d see him playing wall ball or practice shooting. There, he could practice using his off-hand and work on stick skills, dodging and other facets of his game that needed polishing to compete with lacrosse’s best.But that progression to being one of Syracuse’s most physically ready freshmen and a quick contributor started back in Oregon, playing on Rhinos Lacrosse, a club team coached by Powell.Dordevic joined the team around third or fourth grade, Powell estimated, and he knew Dordevic would be really good at such an early age. He was much smaller than most players, but Dordevic’s athleticism and “lax rat” attitude made him stick out.“I wasn’t there to be their friend,” Powell said. “I was there to be their coach and to get the most out of them that I potentially could.”As a coach, Powell likes to instill stick work in his players from an early age. Powell often used the lessons he learned at Carthage (New York) High School, the place he developed his skills before becoming a four-time All-American and the No. 2 points leader all-time at Syracuse. That helped players like Dordevic develop into top recruits — Dordevic ranked No. 27 in this year’s freshman class.By his sophomore year, Dordevic had already committed to Delaware. He continued to play club lacrosse, but in between his sophomore and junior year, Dordevic “sprouted.” Powell watched from the sidelines at a tournament in Palm Springs, California, as Dordevic dominated the competition. After talking to some coaches, Powell came to a conclusion.“I was like, ‘Dude, this guy can play at the best Division I schools,’” Powell said. “I gotta get on the phone with Desko and make this happen.”Powell told Dordevic that, with his progress, he could play at Syracuse. With Powell’s close connection, Dordevic’s hard-working mentality and Powell being Dordevic’s coach for years, Syracuse was an attractive option, so Dordevic decided to fly out and tour the college.Powell accompanied Dordevic on that tour, watching as a kid from Oregon’s eyes “lit up” as he walked into the Carrier Dome for the first time. Watching the look on his face when he met former SU head coach Roy Simmons Jr., a five-time NCAA champion. Watching as Dordevic was “fulfilling a dream” coming to a historic program like Syracuse.“(Powell) coached me throughout my whole life,” Dordevic said. “… But this was the best thing he’s ever done for me.” Comments
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will continue their preparation for the Hexagonal round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, with two practice matches in March.According to the latest FIFA rankings, Jamaica, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador are the countries that will be vying for three automatic spots to the Qatar World Cup, later this year.The Jamaican men’s senior football team will face Bermuda in the first practice match at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay on March 11.President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, says this will give the technical team a chance to scout local-based players.Both countries are using the upcoming matches to continue preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers as well as the resumption of the CONCACAF Nations League later this year.Reggae Boyz’ second match will be against Catalonia in Spain on March 30.Meanwhile, Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation have forged another partnership with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).Marley said she is committed to assisting the marketing and sponsorship generation for the men’s programme in their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Cedella is already known for giving huge support to the Reggae Girlz, especially last year when they qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Land-based casinos can now offer cashless payments for casino chips in under a minute through Trustly Live, a brand new solution for land-based operators launched at this week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. We spoke to Samuel Barrett, Trustly’s Director of Gaming, to find out more. SBC Can you give us a brief bit of history behind the development of Trustly Live?SB: At Trustly, we have — for more than a decade now — been developing innovative products that make it fast, simple and secure to pay online.Still, despite its significant size, the online sector is some way short of its land-based counterpart for total revenues. It is this scale of opportunity, combined with increased levels of consolidation and a slowdown of new gaming licences issued on the online side, that has inspired our own interest in the land-based gaming business. The result is Trustly Live, our brand new solution bringing instant cashless payments to land-based gaming.SBC: Can you walk us through the process of depositing through Trustly Live?SB: When you pull out your mobile phone, you open your camera and hold it over a static QR code; this could be on a casino membership card, cashier desk or even printed on to the blackjack or roulette table. This then launches the browser on your phone, where you are asked to log into your online bank via a secure connection and complete a deposit using Trustly’s standard flow. At this point, you generate your own code, which effectively becomes your voucher for the casino chips.You then tell the croupier or cashier that you’ve made a deposit and they will ask you to confirm your code and deposit amount, before giving you the chips. All of this can be done in under a minute.It’s important to note that when the croupier or cashier clicks on your name to check your deposit, they will be able to see all your relevant KYC information. They will even see a ‘red flag’ if you have self-excluded from gambling and return your money instantly. It’s just as simple when it comes to withdrawals, too. Confirm your code, one click and your winnings are back in your account, with no payout limits. No app and no credit cards, either; all you need is your mobile phone and access to your online bank.SBC: Why is now the right time to make your move in the land-based gaming space?SB: Increasingly, consumers are using less cash in their everyday lives, and Trustly Live is our innovation to help land-based operators keep up with this changing consumer behaviour. On top of that, it helps the industry move towards a more omnichannel experience in which players move seamlessly from offline to online or vice versa.Up until now, much of the focus has been on e-wallets. The issue is, though, once you have spent all the money in your wallet, you still have to go through the process of topping up.This is where Trustly Live comes in; it lets players make instant deposits and withdrawals directly from their online bank account in a land-based establishment, meaning they don’t need to constantly top up accounts, carry wads of cash, or play on credit. For operators, our cashless solution limits anti-money laundering (AML) risk, improves compliance with KYC regulations and delivers an omnichannel view of each player for the operator.SBC: Are there any companies that have tried something similar?SB: One of the most prominent examples is International Game Technology (IGT) launching its bluetooth-driven Cardless Connect technology, which allows players to tap their smartphones on a slot machine card reader. The phone then connects the player just as a physical loyalty card would. The Trustly solution takes this further by removing the need to download an app, and by extending the QR code technology across the whole casino floor.SBC: What are the key advantages of going ‘cashless’ for the casino?SB: Credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets, invoices and cash-on-delivery are all middlemen levying fees, debt and interest for the simple task of moving money from one person to another. For example, cash handling, which should be a free commodity to receive, can typically cost up to 5% for a business. Trustly Live, by contrast, takes away these ‘middlemen,’ easing the hit on the casino’s bottom line. It also gives them money that is digitally tracked and from a clear source of funds so no illegal cash flow can be laundered through the casino. SBC: How can you use your existing relationships to strike the right deals?SB: We are approaching this more as an exciting way to extend our client pool and reach even more markets. But, obviously, if we’ve done a good job online, our payment methods will be more easily adopted for the offline environment. We have seen this with partnerships like Cherry who work with us across Sweden in online and land-based. It’s also true that in many markets, you need a land-based presence to get an online licence. So there is a clear cross-sell opportunity for us given the success of our online products.An example of a new partnership we’ve done on the offline side is with CountR, one of the leading developers for cash handling and cash management for casinos worldwide.We have, therefore, developed a second QR code for the deposit process detailed above — one for the tables and cash desk and the other for gaming machines in the casino. The only difference is that the machine itself uses the individual code provided by the player to pull up the relevant KYC checks before authorising the funds. By integrating with TITO and CRT Terminals we can give players the opportunity to fund slots machines digitally.SBC: Finally, how easy is the integration process for the casino?SB: The beauty of this is that no real integration is required from a technical perspective. All that the operator needs is an app from Trustly to access the code details/KYC checks to verify a player’s source of funds.Trustly Live also has less concerns from a responsible gambling point of view, given the reduced AML risk, the connection to self-exclusion registries and the tools to send unclaimed money back after 20 hours, in case a player has generated a code but has not been into the casino. Although this is fairly low tech when it comes to integration, the real work from the operator will be in the implementation across their current processes and policies to ensure they can maximise the great features the product delivers.If you’re interested in learning how your casino can go cashless with Trustly Live, don’t hesitate to reach out! Share Submit Related Articles IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020
Transfer Deadline Day: Hull City splash out but Radamel Falcao move to Manchester United makes headlines
Hull City were the most active Barclays Premier League club on transfer deadline day – but it was Manchester United’s loan signing of Radamel Falcao which proved the headline grabber.While Steve Bruce brought Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa to the KC Stadium, United had to work into the small hours to finalise the signing of the Monaco striker on a season-long loan.Despite details of the move emerging early in the day, United had to have an extension past the 11pm deadline to ensure the necessary documents were correctly filed with the Premier League.They eventually announced Falcao’s signing, which has an option to make the move permanent, at 1.30am, a deal which took United’s summer spending past £150million.By that time, Arsenal had confirmed United striker Danny Welbeck had joined them, for a reported fee of £16million, after Falcao’s arrival made his chances of regular first-team football even more remote.And the presence of the Colombia international at the club’s training complex late on Monday also spelled the end for Javier Hernandez, who earlier in the day joined Real Madrid on loan with a view to a permanent move. United will pay Monaco between £5million and £6million for Falcao and will cover his wages, although they insist reports they will pay the 28-year-old almost £350,000 a week are wide of the mark.”I am delighted Radamel has joined us on loan this season,” said manager Louis van Gaal.”He is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the game.”His appearance-to-goal ratio speaks for itself and, when a player of this calibre becomes available, it is an opportunity not to be missed.”The grand total spent in the summer window comfortably exceeds a new high of £800million and while the majority of that was spent by those chasing Champions League football, Hull made a serious statement of intent in the closing hours. Manager Bruce started by bringing in Hernandez from Palermo in a club-record deal thought to total £9.5million, added fellow Uruguay international Ramirez on a season-long loan from Southampton and also persuaded West Ham midfielder Diame to pen a £3.5million deal.But the Tigers were not finished there and sprung a late surprise by making a move for the Magpies’ out-of-favour playmaker Ben Arfa.He was pictured high-fiving fans as he arrived at the club and, having secured an extension beyond the initial 11pm deadline, Hull finalised the move for a player who had been frozen out at St James’ Park.”Thankfully everything has come together, but the one that has come in the last few hours was Ben Arfa,” Bruce told Sky Sports News HQ.”Whatever’s happened at Newcastle has happened. He wants to come here and play and get his career kickstarted again. “Hopefully I can bring the best out of him and we can reignite him.”Bruce had earlier sanctioned the sale of George Boyd to Burnley, who also secured Chelsea’s Nathan Chalobah for the rest of the campaign.Champions Manchester City were not in the market for new signings but did let two first-teamers leave.Striker Alvaro Negredo, who scored 23 goals in his maiden season at the Etihad Stadium, has returned to Spain in a season-long loan at Valencia, who will then complete a permanent deal for around £15million.Defender Micah Richards, the club’s longest-serving player with 245 appearances to his name, has also admitted defeat in his attempt to impress Manuel Pellegrini by signing on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina until the end of the campaign. QPR’s bid to sign Fabio Borini from Liverpool collapsed despite the clubs settling on an initial £10million fee with the Italian failing to agree personal terms.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was also frustrated in his attempts to bring Jermain Defoe back from Toronto but was reunited with midfielders Sandro, signed from Tottenham on a three-year deal, and Niko Kranjcar, who took a large pay cut to join on loan from Dynamo Kiev.Spurs immediately replaced Sandro with Montpellier’s Benjamin Stambouli.Borini now looks set for an extended period on the Anfield sidelines, but Brendan Rodgers did send Sebastian Coates and Oussama Assaidi out on loan to Sunderland and Stoke respectively.The Black Cats also added Ricardo Alvarez from Inter Milan until the end of the season, with Modibo Diakite released and Valentin Roberge loaned to Reims. Southampton’s turbulent transfer window wrapped up with further additions, highly-rated Atletico Madrid centre-back Toby Alderweireld in on loan and Salzburg’s £10million-rated forward Sadio Mane penning a four-year deal.Saints terminted the loan of Inter’s Saphier Taider less than a month after his arrival.Crystal Palace signed James McArthur from Wigan for a deal understood to be pushing £7million, plus Kevin Doyle on loan from Wolves and sent Glenn Murray to Reading.