(Reuters) – Briton Anthony Joshua has said his first career defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. was down to a lack of experience and he has become a “smarter” fighter ahead of December’s rematch. Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world heavyweight champion with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.“It wasn’t burnout. The issues I faced in the last camp, it’s just down to lack of experience,” he told BBC. “Even though it was at a high level, we were still finding experience.“Andy Ruiz is good but I don’t think he should beat me twice. I used to hear guys say you have to take a loss and I would think ‘why?’” “Now I can understand it and know what it takes. I have more understanding now and my ears are open to new information so that’s making me smarter as a fighter. Anyone can be hungrier, I am smarter.”The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch — dubbed the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ — will take place in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7 after former Olympic champion Joshua triggered a rematch clause.“The blessing is I have a second chance and here we are,” the 30-year-old added.
A failure to win on the court isn’t stopping the New York Knicks from growing in value. According to Forbes magazine, the Knicks grew by over 15 percent in the last year and are worth a league-high $4.6 billion.The increase has occurred despite the Knicks (17-37) closing in on their seventh straight losing season. New York is nearly assured of missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season and 13th in the past 16.According to Forbes, only the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys ($5.5 billion) are worth more than the Knicks among North American sports franchises. League wide, Forbes rates the average of NBA franchises above $2 billion for the first time. The magazine lists the average value at $2.12 billion.Slightly behind the Knicks are the Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion).The Chicago Bulls ($3.2 billion) and Boston Celtics ($3.1 billion) also are worth more than $3 billion. The Los Angeles Clippers ($2.6 billion) rank sixth, followed by the Brooklyn Nets ($2.5 billion), Houston Rockets ($2.475 million), Dallas Mavericks ($2.4 billion) and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors ($2.1 billion).The Memphis Grizzlies had the lowest value at $1.3 billion. Four other franchises are worth less than $1.5 billion according to Forbes — New Orleans Pelicans ($1.35 billion), Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.375 billion), Orlando Magic ($1.43 billion) and Detroit Pistons ($1.45 million).Forbes said the revenue of the 30 NBA teams was a combined $8.8 billion, a league record, and should top $9 billion this season. —Field Level Media
CHRISTCHURCH, (Reuters) – Seamer Kyle Jamieson took five for 45 as New Zealand dismissed India for 242 after tea on day one of the second and final test yesterday before consolidating their advantage by reaching the close of play on 63 without loss. Playing only his second test after making his debut in the 10-wicket victory in Wellington last week, the tall right-armer wreaked havoc in India’s lower order as the tourists lost their last five wickets for 45 runs after the second break.Jamieson, enjoying some of the luck that had evaded him earlier in the day, claimed four of those wickets after starting with Cheteshwar Pujara, who had threatened to guide the tourists to a more than competitive total.Pujara, picking his shots with the care of a player who knew how important his innings would be, ground out a 25th test half century and enjoyed a partnership of 81 with Hanuma Vihari that had India looking comfortable at 194-4 just before tea. Vihari gloved behind for 55 to bring up the break, however, and Pujara was gone for 54 two overs after the resumption when he abandoned his circumspection and skied an attempted hook that wicketkeeper BJ Watling took with ease.“It was a wrong time to get out obviously, just before tea,” Vihari told reporters. “I was batting positively, I thought I played one shot too many.“But that’s the name of the game, sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.” Jamieson then removed Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in short order and left Trent Boult to mop up the final wicket by bowling Mohammed Shami for 12.“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Jamieson said after carrying the ball off the field.“I think as a bowling unit we did so well and I was lucky to grab a few. At one stage I thought they were probably going to get a few more, (the wicket) wasn’t doing quite as much as it did in Wellington, so to keep them to 240 is pretty good.” The day started poorly for the tourists when New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and sent his five-pronged seam attack out to bowl on a green track.Opener Prithvi Shaw provided the first bright moments of the day for the Indian supporters with a quickfire half century in the rain-delayed first session that presented a stark contrast to what was to come from Pujara.Jamieson dismissed the 20-year-old caught behind for 54, though, and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (7) was also sent back before the first break. Skipper Virat Kohli’s batting woes continued as he was trapped plumb in front by Tim Southee for three from the first ball he faced after lunch to take his tally to a paltry 24 from his three innings in the series.New Zealand openers Tom Latham, who was unbeaten on 27, and Tom Blundell (29 not out) successfully negotiated 23 overs until stumps and will resume on Sunday looking to cut deep into India’s 179-run lead.
Shabika Gajnabi blistered an unbeaten double ton before rain had the final say in Berbice’s opening encounter of the Guyana Cricket Board/Superbet 50-over senior female Inter-County tournament, while Demerara decimated an unmatched Essequibo yesterday. The out-of-favour West Indies all-rounder clobbered 215 not out as the defending champions raced to a mammoth 412 in 38 overs against the Select Under-19s before the rain forced an abandonment of the match at the Everest Cricket Club.After winning the toss and electing to bat, Berbice lost Mariam Samaroo for just eight with the score on 38, which brought Gajnabi to the middle.The former national under-19 skipper then went on to forge an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 176 with Tremayne Smartt, who raced to 64 not out, which was laced with nine boundaries. During her innings, Gajnabi carved 25 fours and six sixes and also added 141 for the third wicket with Sherika Campbelle (39) and 57 for the second wicket alongside Katina Mentore (25).Under-19 spinner Jamie Campbelle picked up two for 76.Meanwhile, at the Enmore Community Centre ground, Demerara defeated Essequibo by nine wickets in a one-sided affair. Essequibo were invited to bat and were routed for 18, seven of which were extras, in just 13.3 overs.Off-spinner Mandy Mangru led the routing, picking up five for two in 21 deliveries. The 19-year-old was supported by her skipper, Akaze Thompson, who returned three for nine in five overs.Mangru returned to pilot the chase with six not out while Latoya Smith made seven not out as Demerara reached 21 for one in 3.2 overs. Earlier at the launching of the tournament at Everest, Secretary of the GCB Anand Sanasie expressed his delight in SuperBet’s interest in sponsoring such an important component of cricket development. He said that the GCB continues to examine ways of advancing all aspects of cricket development, administration and promotion of the players and the game.Sanasie emphasised that female cricket continues to be high on the GCB’s agenda and remarked that the Board’s new marketing committee has been very proactive in seeking corporate Guyana’s partnership in the growth of the sport.He complimented SuperBet for their inaugural sponsorship, while indicating his hope for continued partnership. Sanasie hinted that SuperBet may be extending their sponsorship for the Guyana Women team in the upcoming CWI Regional Women Tournament. Speaking on behalf of SuperBet, Marketing Assistant Nickoli Primo praised the GCB and he highlighted the company’s profound interest in collaborating on such a venture, which has immense potential to enhance the cricketing lives of those involved; the U-19 girls and senior female players. He indicated that the two entities have the capacities and abilities to transform the management of female cricket, to the extent that those participating females can reap great rewards.
Submit Share Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Michael MärzAhead of ICE 2016, SBC speaks to Michael März, Managing Director of Sports Betting at Sportradar regarding the changing nature of sports betting operations , which have witnessed new demands placed by clients on their suppliers provisions. März details to SBC readers how Sportradar subsidiary Betradar has developed effective operations with new products/services in order to meet changing client demands, in an evolving market place._____________________SBC: Hi Michael, how is Betradar diversifying and developing its product range and services in 2016?Michael März: It’s difficult to know where to start. One of our most recent product additions, Mythical Sports, allows punters to bet on an artificially created fixture by matching two teams from two actual but separate fixtures against each other. It is currently available for two competitions in Mythical Soccer, the European Elite League and the European Pro League. The plans for 2016 are to expand Mythical Soccer into Asian, African and Latin American leagues as well as to create additional sports such as Mythical Basketball and Mythical Ice Hockey.Another addition is our World Numbers Service: a comprehensive betting solution for retail betting shops providing visualisation and live streaming of real lottery draws. Access to live lottery draws from around the world every three minutes, 24 hours a day, with fast and accurate data transmission to the highest security standards enables operators to capitalise on one of the fastest growing global betting sectors.Furthermore, we are working on a brand new trading application: Betradar Ctrl. In recent years, the sports betting industry has undergone a radical transformation and the demands of today differ from those of yesterday. Our response: Betradar Ctrl – an entirely new front-end and back-end system, which will replace the current betradar.com interface. Developed in close co-operation with our clients, the new system supports all trading requirements more efficiently by simplifying and streamlining processes and workflows.Despite having numerous high quality products, I feel confident that the Managed Trading Services will be one of the stars this year. As the latest trend has seen automation and outsourcing of live betting operations as increasingly attractive, this service meets those demands head on. The Managed Trading Services enable bookmakers to streamline their processes and to increase their competitiveness by developing and providing a full spectrum of fully customisable outsourcing options and packages.SBC: Assessing product development, what new services and product demands are your clients requesting? What customer and market trends/needs do you feel your clients are trying to address?MM: In terms of product demand, eSports is definitely right up there. Thanks to our partnership with ESL, we are perfectly positioned to offer odds on eSports and are currently in the process of rolling out pre-match and in-play betting on the three most popular titles – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota2 – with others such as Call of Duty, Hearthstone and Starcraft in the pipeline. In addition to supplying odds to the industry, we also deliver live scores, statistics and video streams.Some customer requests are easier to fulfil than others, but we always do our best to meet them. During the development of Betradar Ctrl we engaged with some of our clients from a very early stage– from gathering and prioritising requirements to demo-ing prototypes, always collecting tremendously valuable feedback. So, client needs were included from the get-go and I believe this has made a huge difference, both in terms of what the final product will look like and also in terms of client satisfaction and engagement. Feedback of this nature only helps us craft a solution that really addresses real needs in a practical way.SBC: Your team has been effective at developing multiple data products for the needs of numerous stakeholders, which can be no easy task! How has this been achieved and what has your organisation learnt from these partnerships? MM: We constantly strive to develop cutting-edge solutions and services that are driven by technological innovation and a deep understanding of our clients’ business needs. But it’s more than just providing solutions and services, it’s about engaging with our industry to fully understand what they need to support their business objectives and I believe this is reflected by several partnerships. For example, we were delighted to recently announce the extension of our partnership with the ITF. The last four years have been incredibly fruitful: we have developed a new market for our clients and partners and we have also boosted the commercial value of the ITF’s live data and existing digital products. In addition, we have successfully extended our footprint in the U.S. The NHL’s rich content for example is a tremendous addition to the Sportradar portfolio. Not only will we provide the fastest NHL data directly from the rink, but our development team will use this data within a dynamic new suite of visual products and applications that will enhance the hockey experience for fans. It’s also about being passionate about the games we cover and why Sportradar’s business is strongly focused on protecting sporting integrity. Our Fraud Detection System (which helps discover suspicious odds movements across 11 sports, over 250 competitions, and over 65,000 fixtures per year) and our Fraud Prevention Service (providing interactive education workshops and e-learning modules for those wanting to raise awareness and upgrade defences against match-fixing) are used by sporting federations and law enforcement agencies around the world to stamp out match fixing.SBC: Working with multiple organisations within the betting sectors value chain, a market which has witnessed severe change in 2015. Coming into a new year what key factors and contexts should lead the industry’s agenda? MM: Along with an increase in product complexity, we’re seeing further consolidation, new approaches to local and global taxation and ever-changing regulations. There’s also the ongoing challenge for operators to lower their operational costs, retain their customers in the face of intensifying competition, and be adaptable so they can take advantage of new ways to exploit this massive growth in mobile betting and gaming. It is likely that all your readers are aware that eSports is a $612m market, and that there are 134 million viewers of these competitions worldwide. Therefore, eSports will be most definitely a hot topic in 2016. Understanding the eSports landscape, the intricacies of the various games, their different fans, and where to acquire customers is crucial for success. With eSports, bookmakers can increase their portfolio by thousands of fixtures per year and thus diversify their product offer. Betradar provides everything needed for creating and managing any bookmaker’s eSports betting offer, meeting the same high quality standards clients expect from us. The collection and maintenance of all sports data is conducted by us, based on official fixtures and schedules delivered by ESL.SBC: Assessing the Betradar product line how do you feel your services will be changed by new advancements in technology? MM: As a result of the increasing product complexity in the betting industry and the dynamic growth of in-play betting, the infrastructure of sportsbook operators must be perfectly synchronized with their data provider’s feeds. In-play betting in particular requires an increased investment in the bookmaker’s technology to give punters the opportunity to place their bets in real-time and to immediately settle their bets. Being able to provide immediate and accurate information is essential. And as today’s bookmakers can offer literally thousands of live betting markets on sports events around the world – the operator who has a truly holistic, cost-effective solution is the one that will stay ahead of the pack. To ensure we maintain our market-leading position, we need to look beyond simply adding new sports, leagues and markets. A clear product differentiator, combined with continuous innovation and investment in new technologies is needed. Betradar Ctrl is a good example on how we use latest technologies as well as market feedback. In addition to that, the development of new betting experiences will be a key priority for the business. Virtual sports betting for example offers 24/7 entertainment for punters with unlimited betting opportunities and fast pay-outs. We are currently working on the implementation of new exciting virtual sports products, based on state-of-the-art motion capturing. For our Live Channel, we are on the verge of offering previously unexpected opportunities for streaming products within the betting industry by offering low signal latency that provides the best possible live betting set-up.______________________________Michael März – Director of Sports Betting – Sportradar
Share Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gareth DavisDetailing further insight as to why James Henderson was ousted as Chief Executive of William Hill, Gareth Davis Chairman of the company stated that digital performance had not met board expectations.Speaking to UK business news sources, Davis detailed that William Hill’s in-house led development strategy for its mobile and digital platforms (Project Trafalgar) had met several difficulties which had impacted performance.“Significant challenges remain and in the recent past online has not performed against expectations. The board thinks it’s the right time to bring in a new chief executive to take the company forward.”The digital woes would cost Henderson his leadership of the company ending a 31-year career with the bookmaker, as William Hill governance last week announced that Henderson’s contract had been immediately terminated.Despite a troubled first-half to 2016, which saw William Hill governance issue a profit warning last March. Davis would declare to stakeholders that William Hill had the capability and a valid strategy to turnaround results and push the business forward.Davis made his media statement prior to the announcement of Rank Group and 888 Holdings had formed a consortium studying a £3 billion takeover of William Hill.This week it is expected that William Hill governance will make its reply concerning the proposed interest by Rank and 888, with governance likely to reject any initial bid proposed. StumbleUpon Submit John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after reporting to the Owings Mills facility for training camp, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie remained absent from practice as the Ravens returned to work on Monday.However, coach John Harbaugh had a more positive tone after seeing his starting left tackle in the building.“He and I had a long conversation, a very good conversation,” Harbaugh said. “Like I’ve said many times, I think the world of [McKinnie]. I do believe he’s a hard worker. I do believe he’s working hard, but he’s not ready to practice yet. When he’s ready to practice, he’ll be out there.McKinnie strained a muscle in his back after falling outside his home, so it remains to be seen when he will practice for the first time this summer. The 32-year-old finished the process of taking a physical on Monday morning, but he must pass the conditioning test to be cleared to take the practice field.Harbaugh reiterated McKinnie’s four-day absence was subject to fines under the collective bargaining agreement, but the coach hadn’t spoken to general manager Ozzie Newsome regarding the specifics. The veteran was subjected to a $30,000 fine for each day of camp he missed.Michael Oher continued to work at left tackle on Monday, and Harbaugh was noncommittal about McKinnie simply stepping back into his starting position when he’s finally able to practice.“My first thought right now is going to be competition,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to put the best five guys out there. It has become a competition. It’s not ideal in the sense that I’d love for [Oher] to be settled on one side or the other. But, by the same token, that’s what it is. We’re going to play our best five guys.”There were a number of others missing from Monday’s workout as defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring), offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf), defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee), and wide receiver David Reed (knee) remain on the active physically unable to perform list. Linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) remains on the non-football injury list.Ngata continues to improve, but the Ravens are still using extra caution at this early stage of training camp.“He’s making strides,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll have to pass the conditioning test and be 100 percent healthy with the hamstring.”Linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, and center Matt Birk were given the day off as Harbaugh elected to rest the veterans during Monday’s practice.Other new absences from practice included linebacker Courney Upshaw (shoulder bruise) and wide receivers Tommy Streeter and Tandon Doss (hamstring). Offensive lineman Ramon Harewood remains sidelined with an ankle injury.The 35th overall pick in April’s draft, Upshaw appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in a collision with rookie running back Bernard Pierce on Saturday, but the linebacker continued practicing.“Courtney Upshaw got a bruise on his shoulder, so he is out for now,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a bruise, and he’ll just take the time that it takes to get healed up. Jimmy Smith bruised his shoulder yesterday, too, and he was able to get back. So, it kind of gives you an indication.”In addition to Smith, offensive lineman Justin Boren (undisclosed) returned to practice. Smith left Saturday’s practice with an apparent leg injury during the special teams portion of practice.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear more from Harbaugh as well as wide receiver Anquan Boldin and wide receivers coach Jim Hostler HERE.
The only damper on a spectacular record-setting performance by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in their 59-10 demolition of Miami Sunday was another injury to a secondary already testing its depth.Cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and didn’t return. The 31-year-old limped off the field and went to the locker room soon after inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor fell into Smith’s right knee on the sixth defensive snap of the game. Smith returned to the sideline in the second half wearing street clothes.“It’s not a season-ending injury as far as we know right now,” head coach John Harbaugh. “It does not look like that at all. I’m sure he’ll get an MRI tomorrow. We’ll just see if it’s days or weeks or what. We’ll know tomorrow after we get the MRI.”The Ravens were already dealing with the loss of standout slot cornerback Tavon Young, who sustained a season-ending neck injury last month. Rookie fourth-round cornerback Iman Marshall was also placed on injured reserve last week, but he remains eligible to return later in the season.With Smith out, the Ravens turned to second-year cornerback Anthony Averett on the outside with veteran cornerback Brandon Carr now playing extensive snaps inside at the nickel in Young’s absence. Averett fell down in coverage on the Dolphins’ lone touchdown of the day to wide receiver Preston Williams late in the second quarter, but the 2018 fourth-round pick from Alabama finished with four tackles and a pass breakup.“It’s always tough to see one of my boys go down,” said Carr, who played in his 177th consecutive regular-season game Sunday. “We put so much work into this game and we know it can be taken away at the blink of an eye, and that’s what happened to [Smith].“Of course, the football game is the next-man-up mentality, and we had [Averett] that’s been champing at the bit to get out there and make some plays. He had his work cut out for him today, but he made some big plays for us and he had some fun.”Injuries have been the story of the talented Smith’s career as he’s played more than 12 games in a season just twice in his first eight years. The 2011 first-round pick is in the final year of his contract and is making $9.5 million this season.The Baltimore defense had two interceptions against the Dolphins with six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas picking off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass on his first defensive series as a Raven and cornerback Marlon Humphrey intercepting Miami backup Josh Rosen on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Super Eagles head coach Gernot has listed the Super Eagles players that are all but guaranteed a place in the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.The former Burkina Faso and Niger Republic coach was speaking about his team in a chat with Soccer Laduma. In his words, the Franco-German tactician said: “We have a few very experienced players, such as our captain John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda, China). Our two central defenders William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor, Turkey) and Leon Balogun (Mainz, Germany) are also very important to us.”“We have players such as Victor Moses (Chelsea, England) and Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England) – they are also very important for us.“We have many young players, and everyone has a role to play in our team.“But the most important leaders are our captain Mikel, the vice-captain Ogenyi Onazi, and Ahmed Musa also.” he concluded.Rohr and his boys will face Poland on March 23 and Serbia on March 27 as part of preparations ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.Related
Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Mitchell-Obi-April-28.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Mitchell-Obi-2-April-28.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Related”Giant Of Africa” – Feels Like A Continental Myth.September 29, 2017In “Africa”Ibrahim Musa: FG Football Ban Harms Nigeria’s Continental Representatives (AUDIO)August 26, 2020In “Confederation Cup””No Quality Match Balls In NPFL” – Anthony Okpotu Reveals Why Nigerian Clubs Fail In CAF CompetitionsApril 16, 2020In “Africa” President of the Association of International Sports Press (AIPS)-Africa, Mitchell Obi has advised Nigerian clubs to fully adopt the provisions of the FIFA Club Licensing Document to enable them operate professionally and compete favourably at CAF inter-club competitions.Last week, three Nigerian sides-Plateau United, MFM FC and Akwa United-were eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup, leaving Enyimba as the country’s only-surviving club on the continent this year.Coincidentally, Enyimba are also the last Nigerian club to record continental success, after winning the CAF Champions League back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.Asked what could be done to improve the fortunes of Nigerian sides on the continent, the veteran Sports Journalist told www.busybuddiesng.com: “There is a programme which has been designed even by FIFA for clubs that want to be professional.“If you want to play the game and make a success of the game, there is a FIFA Club Licensing system. That document is available anywhere.“And if we can even follow the basics; if you want to set up a professional club, and you do the basics, I’m telling you, trust me, you’ll come close to understanding what it takes to get going.”The ace broadcaster, however, expressed concern over the failure of the three clubs to advance to the lucrative group stage of the Confederation Cup this year, adding that they have lost an opportunity to make some money for themselves.“When you are going into the continent, you have to be prepared, you have to be ready. You have to show that you are not just going there because you want to play international football.“You want to be where it matters. And where it matters is that at the end of the day, you can tell your fans ‘look, we have not won this competition, but we have brought you value’. At least, there will be something to show for it.“For these clubs (Plateau United,Akwa United and MFM FC), for all the monies they’ve wasted, for all the efforts they made in really winning, there is really nothing to show.“If they have gotten to the group stages, at least at the end of the day, they can be counting the little blessing. But now, there’s really nothing to show for all the expenses they made.“And these days, football is not play, play, you have to be counting the coins,” he said.