August 2020

Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to edge ahead in second test

first_imgHARARE, (Reuters) – Donald Tiripano and Sikandar Raza took a wicket each as Zimbabwe reduced Sri Lanka to 122 for two in their first innings before bad light brought a premature end to the second day of the final test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday. Zimbabwe had posted 406 all out in their first innings and lead by 284 runs on a wicket that is offering little encouragement to the seamers, but providing turn for the spin bowlers, which is likely to be the key factor in the remainder of the test.Kusal Mendis (19 not out) and Angelo Mathews (four not out), who crafted an unbeaten double ton in the first test, will resume on the third morning with Zimbabwe the happier of the two camps.The home side claimed the wickets of both Sri Lanka openers with their scores on 44. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was trapped leg before wicket by off-spinner Raza before Oshada Fernando edged seamer Tiripano to wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva. Sean Williams top-scored in the Zimbabwe first innings on Monday with a superb 107 from 137 balls.With the hosts resuming day two on 352 for six, Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya put a poor first day behind him as he claimed three of the final four wickets for figures of 4-182.Zimbabwe will feel well ahead in the game if they can pick up key wickets in the first session today, having made it into the final hour on the fifth day of the first test at the same venue earlier this month, only to lose by 10 wickets. It was their return to the international arena having been briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council last year because of government interference.last_img read more

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AAG confident after fruitful meeting with Ramson Jr.

first_imgConfident. That was how members of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) felt following discussions with the new Sports Minister, Charles Ramson Jr., yesterday at the National Resource Centre.“We left the meeting feeling pretty confident that he is committed to the development of our sport” said President of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson.Hutson added “In my humble opinion, the meeting with the Minister of Sports was fruitful. The AAG’s delegation was able to update the minister and his team on its basic operations and competition schedule. Hutson said being a former Track and Field athlete Ramson Jr., “Made our discussion much easier. We at the AAG will be looking forward with much anticipation to the fruits of our deliberation.”Not wanting to go into much specifics, Hutson disclosed that the hosting of the CARIFTA Games in 2022 formed a major part of the discussion.The upgrading of facilities, the effective implementation of the National Coaches Programme and the return of the Guyana Games and Inter-Guiana Games were also discussed yesterday.last_img read more

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Gogglebox Scarlett’s the best bet for Celebrity Big Brother

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share A new year means a new edition of Celebrity Big Brother. This will be the seventeenth series. With January bringing the inevitable post-Christmas blues, taking a punt on which celebrity will win the Big Brother gong is one potential cure.Ladbrokes has Scarlett Moffatt, of Gogglebox fame, as the favourite to win at 7/2 whilst the likes of Dapper Laughs, Spencer Matthews and Lady C are all priced at 7/1.It must be remembered that none of the housemates have officially been confirmed as yet, though as usual the rumour mill is in overdrive.Another of the strong rumours is Jonathan Cheban, the best friend of Kim Kardashian, he’s also priced at the popular 7/1.After Scarlett Moffatt, Ladbrokes place Geordie Shore star Scott Timlin at 6/1 to be crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2016.Amongst the outside bets both Bree Olson, former adult movie star, and Darren Day are available at 20/1. Even former Chelsea man, and currently unemployed, Jose Mourinho is in there at 100/1.Check the rest of the odds here.(Featured image) FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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The lost art of odds compilation: Over-reliance on Asian Handicap lines

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Jeevan Jeyaratnam – Abelson Info: Understanding the evolution of trading May 18, 2018 Round table – Amelco: The future of sportsbook personalisation June 7, 2019 Share VSODDS.BET: Appealing to a more considered sportsbook user September 12, 2018 Submit Pricing feeds have become de rigueur in an industry beset by increasing costs, but are they the best way forward for established sportsbooks desperate to retain market share? In a two part article, Jeevan Jeyaratnam of Super Soccer GPS takes a look at how the market has developed.In recent years the growth of online wagering and the, ever-extending, choice of whom to bet with has led to a “more is better” attitude. Firms will gauge the quality of their offering by the number of derivative markets available; this has become champion over accuracy.In truth, the oft-seen ‘+120’ markets could well be condensed to ‘+20’. The majority of markets won’t garner any money but image is the key and the ‘more is best’ approach seems to be the trend.There’s no harm in bookmakers providing a plethora of extraneous markets – they are all derived, via algorithm from the same basic attributes; in the case of football this is match supremacy and goal expectancy. They appear to be ideal website fillers – provided the key ingredients, the prices, are correct.However one trend sees the ebbing away of independent compilation. The robots have indeed taken over the industry with “tracking” or “scraping” markets the norm, particularly in the nascent stages of market formation. This cheaper, perhaps lazier, approach to bookmaking ends up causing problems for punters and bookmakers alike.Before we focus on the current norms it is important to frame the evolution of the all-important football betting product. Gambling on football has changed irrevocably in the last 15 years, with betting exchanges opening options up to anyone with an internet connection. The ability to act like a personal stockbroker has flipped the dynamics of punting and laying.Much has been written about the influence of exchanges but this in itself isn’t the key driver behind the changes in football betting. By far the biggest influence has been the huge rise in Asian Handicap (AHC) betting.Though not really seen on our shores until the year 2000, the advent of Asian handicapping dates back to the 1980s. Asian punters didn’t know what to make of 1X2 odds. There was confusion about what to do regarding a draw, so they used a handicapping system called ‘Hang Cheng’. This system ‘removed’ the draws and thus helped entice aggressive Asian bettors and big staking syndicates into the European football market.From a bookmaking point of view, traditional three-way handicaps are generally a positive thing, providing a far better chance of ‘making a book’ than traditional 1X2 markets, which can be severely skewed. Negatively, the Asian system offers only two possible selections (with a possible push for a draw) and they come with low margins, which means higher volumes of trades are needed to make them profitable. You’ll never see a pre-game TV advert offering a ‘boosted’ price about a quarter-ball Asian handicap.Such is the popularity of the Hang Cheng, or Asian Handicap, system that all bookmaking firms will now revert to the derived 1X2 price when the AHC are posted. The exchange market inevitably falls in line too and so we end up with a standard industry price, with very little variance. It’s almost as if we have a horseracing SP but for football.AHC are high volume products and so the professional syndicates can trade thousands of pounds in these markets, and this liquidity is the reason these markets are so valued. Their strength is unmatched and as such they are portrayed as the closest reflection to the true price.This is all well and good, but fixed odds firms have realised that they don’t need to pay expensive compilers, they will all just revert to the AHC line in the end. Some firms won’t provide prices until the Asian line goes up, others will use 3rd party providers to post early shows.It is here at this point in the market creation where, in my opinion, the industry is letting itself down and opening the lid to a large can of worms. The standard of compilation can be very poor, with no appreciation of the popularly traded teams in the AHC.These embryonic markets are the weakest part of a fixed odds firm’s repertoire. The reason these markets are frail is because they aren’t researched properly at source. Employing numerous compilers and assigning them different leagues is deemed an inefficient use of funds. It is far easier to reduce the liabilities down and wait for the AHC market, so why offer them in the first place?The really sharp players have learned they won’t get any action with these ‘show’ prices and so after having account after account closed they will bet solely with exchanges or via proxies into the AHC market, often with non-UK licensed firms. The lack of taxation income has been a hot topic recently, ending with the point of consumption tax law made legal in late 2014.Forcing sharp UK players into foreign markets negates the impact of laws like this and although a perfect solution is unlikely, I feel the fixed odds industry could do more to accommodate the sharper players and keep the revenue inside the UK. I understand the theories behind closing accounts; the case is strong from a business point of view. However there shouldn’t be a firm in operation that wouldn’t take sizable bets at the ‘right’ price. The issue for some firms at present is that they don’t know the right price without the aid of an AHC.last_img read more

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Global Reviews – Mobile vs Desktop conversion breakdown

first_imgIn August 2016, Global Reviews asked 400 consumers to research and select the best online casino site to best suit their needs. These consumers were split into two groups: desktop and mobile. The purpose of this research is to define how well a company converts customers from brand recall through to final consideration and highlights the steps in the process where a brand is losing or gaining customers. While broadly speaking there were similar trends across both mobile and desktop devices, there were a few areas where a brand performed better on one device over another.When it comes to conducting research online, there was a slightly higher propensity for those on a mobile device to visit an aggregator site compared to those on a desktop computer. In turn this has meant that there were slightly fewer visits to brand sites via the mobile device. However, it is interesting to note that Ladbrokes actually managed more site visits from those on mobile devices (21%) compared to those on the desktop (14%).  Where Ladbrokes was the fourth most visited site for desktop users, they were a clear first for mobile users.Once consumers have conducted their initial research online, the next phase of research and selecting process is creating a shortlist of preferred providers. Even though site visits varied quite dramatically in some cases between desktop and mobile, when it came to building a shortlist, there were very few differences in scores across devices. Betfair had the biggest shift going from 27% amongst desktop consumers to 20% amongst mobile consumers.From the shortlist of brands, consumers then choose a final preferred brand. As with site visits, there were some notable differences between desktop and mobile sites when it came to final preference. Where William Hill and Sky Vegas shared the top spot amongst desktop users with 15%, Ladbrokes held a consistent 12% preference rate across both devices, allowing them to take the lead across mobile device users. William Hill and Sky Vegas fell slightly behind Ladbrokes with 11% and 10% respectively.Paddy Power and Betfair switched places on desktop and mobile. Paddy Power had a final preference rate of 9% on desktop and 7% on mobile, while Betfair held the opposite preference rates.There are some key drivers that influence final preference. Typically, these are fairly consistent no matter what device research is completed on, focussing on previous use and trust in the brand. There are, however, some areas that differ between desktop and mobile users. Website usability and functionality was rated more of a reason to prefer a brand amongst desktop users. Meanwhile, those using mobile devices were far more likely to choose a brand based on recommendation from someone. This scored at 20% for mobile users compared to just 11% for desktop users.Even though gaming offerings are generally the same between desktop and mobile devices, it can easily be seen from the data that there are differences in the way consumers conduct their research depending on the device they are using. Brands who have more visitors to their site through a particular device should be looking at why they’re getting more visits and using those findings to increase their visit rates on other devices.Additionally, brands need to look at giving consumers a reason to recommend them to other players, particularly as this is a key driver in the final decision amongst mobile users.  Brand recommendations go a long way in developing brand awareness and trust.__________________Content Provided by Global Reviews Polish “trendsetter” STS launches mobile esports section November 9, 2018 SportCaller steps up offering ahead of the World Cup May 4, 2018 Related Articles Share Submit Share RFL extends InCrowd partnership after World Cup success April 6, 2018 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Ravens grab S.C. State safety Christian Thompson with 4th-round compensatory pick

first_imgLooking to add depth at the safety position, the Ravens selected South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson with their fourth-round compensatory pick at No. 130 overall.After backup safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura departed in free agency, the Ravens found themselves in a tenuous situation at the position with starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard entering the final year of their respective contracts. Baltimore signed veteran Sean Considine to a one-year contract, but Thompson provides a long-term option to develop as well as an immediate special-teams contributor.Thompson began his career at Auburn but elected to transfer to South Carolina State after receiving limited action while adjusting to playing in the secondary. He was a linebacker in high school.“He is a hard hitter,” coach John Harbaugh said. “As [secondary coach] Teryl Austin says, he is a thick hitter. He really gets after people physically. He ended up at South Carolina State for various reasons. I think he has learned from whatever mistakes he has made.”Thompson has ideal size for the safety position at 6-foot-0 and 211 pounds and can play either safety spot.last_img read more

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Most Valuable Oriole Jones continues adding to memorable 2012

first_imgBALTIMORE — After being locked up long-term with a six-year, $85.5 million contract earlier this season, it was already safe to say 2012 would be a memorable season for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.But with the club on the verge of clinching its first postseason berth since 1997 and Jones setting new career highs in multiple categories, the 27-year-old was asked if the year could have gone any better for him — to this point, anyway — after being named the 2012 Most Valuable Oriole, the second straight year he’s received the honor.“What more can you ask for? We’re not done yet though,” said Jones prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox. “We’ve got four games left and it’s four games deciding it. There’s not one team that’s clinched an AL playoff berth, so we’ve still got four games to get it done. It doesn’t get any easier.”In a season of unlikely heroes and a degree of success no one outside the Orioles clubhouse anticipated, Jones is the first to tell you there were many deserving candidates for the honor. But whenever the Orioles have needed a big hit late in the game, Jones has topped the list of many players to deliver in key spots.In addition to setting new personal bests in home runs (32), doubles (39), hits (183), runs (102), extra-base hits (74), stolen bases (15), and OPS (.846), Jones became the first major league player in the last 40 years to club three game-winning home runs in the 12th inning or later in one season. With one more double in the season’s final four games, Jones will become the fifth player in franchise history to hit 30 home runs and 40 doubles, joining Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro, Miguel Tejada, and Aubrey Huff.The individual recognition is appreciated by Jones, but the 91 wins next to the club’s name in the American League East and his teammates’ contributions are much more important to him.“I think there are some other deserving guys,” said Jones, who also mentioned Matt Wieters and Chris Davis as worth candidates. “Like I said, I’ve lobbied for Jim Johnson and our whole entire bullpen pitching staff. I appreciate it, but I can’t do any of this without my teammates. There’s the reason why we’re all out here and where we’re at. It’s getting named to me, but it is a team award. I think the whole team deserves it.”Jones has played in all 158 of the Orioles’ games entering Sunday, which is a new career high in his fifth season in Baltimore.His impressive numbers at the plate and stellar defense in the outfield earn most of the publicity, but Jones’ dependability is what manager Buck Showalter values most. Finding the rare player that you can trust in the long haul is a difficult task, but Jones fits the description, according to the Orioles manager.Instead of talking about Jones’ game-winning homers or acrobatic catches this season, Showalter pointed to Saturday’s game against the Red Sox, a night in which he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In the bottom of the fourth, Jones’ hustle down the line allowed him to reach on an errant throw by Boston shortstop Mike Aviles. Two batters later, Davis hit a two-run homer into right to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.“Last night was a great example why he’s a deserving guy,” Showalter said. “For me, it’s running out that ground ball and getting us [an extra] run. When you think about that sticking out, it tells you how hard it is to do for some people. I think that’s what I’ve been proud of [with] Adam. Not only posting up [every day], this guy played in the All-Star Game. He plays. He’s there, you can count on him.”Anyone who’s followed Jones’ time in Baltimore has seen the maturity. Early in his career, the young outfielder desperately wanted to be the clubhouse leader but simply wasn’t ready.Leadership cannot be forced, but five years into his Orioles career, Jones has grown into the unquestioned leader of the team. His burning obsession to win complemented the managerial guidance of Showalter that contributed to the Orioles growing up faster than anyone could have imagined this season.“We’re all in it together,” Jones said. “This is one great year for us all, and it’s not just me who’s the most valuable player. I think there’s a lot of other guys here who’ve contributed in large amounts and they could be named this just as well as I could.”NOTES: Wieters and Johnson were the only other players to receive first-place votes, with Johnson finishing second and Wieters third. Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and right fielder Nick Markakis also received votes. … Jones is the seventh player in team history to win the award in consecutive season, joining Frank Robinson (1966-67), Boog Powell (1969-70), Jim Palmer (1972-73), Eddie Murray (1981-85), Cal Ripken (1990-91) and Rafael Palmeiro (1995-96). … He is the first Orioles player to reach the 100-run plateau since Brian Roberts in 2009. … The center fielder is the first player since Mark McGwire in 1988 to homer in the 15th inning or later twice in the same year. … Jones had a career-long 20-game hitting streak in May.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear Jones’ reaction winning the 2012 Most Valuable Oriole award HERE.last_img read more

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Yanda, T. Smith return to practice on limited basis Thursday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Desperately trying to get healthier for Sunday’s meeting against the New York Giants, the Ravens saw the return of right guard Marshal Yanda and wide receiver Torrey Smith to Thursday’s practice.Both worked on a limited basis after neither worked on Wednesday. Yanda was practicing for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle in the 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 9. Smith sustained a concussion in Sunday’s loss to Denver, but he hadn’t been cleared for contact as of the end of Thursday’s practice.While it’s no guarantee given the severity of the ankle sprain, Yanda returning to practice this early in the week has to be considered a very good sign in predicting his availability for Sunday’s game when you consider his past injury history and reputation for having a high threshold for pain.Yanda declined to talk about his ankle but said he “did OK” during Thursday’s workout.Safety Bernard Pollard (chest), wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle), running back Bernard Pierce (concussion), and linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) weren’t practicing. McClain hasn’t been placed on injured reserve yet, but his season is over, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Doss and Pierce were present at practice but did not appear to be participating during the opening portion.The starting strong safety remains a major question mark as he continues to deal with a rib injury that was re-aggravated against the Washington Redskins in Week 14.Fullback Vonta Leach did not participate after he practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday. He has been dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to miss two days of practice last week before he played against the Broncos. He told reporters following Thursday’s practice that he will be ready to go on Sunday.“I’ll be able to go Sunday,” Leach said. “That’s not a question.”Tight end Ed Dickson (knee), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), safety James Ihedigbo (neck), defensive lineman Arthur Jones (shoulder), and linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder/thigh) were all working as limited participants for a second straight day.Linebackers Terrell Suggs (biceps) and Ray Lewis (triceps) were both present and working after neither player was listed on Wednesday’s injury report. Lewis isn’t required to be included since he isn’t currently part of the 53-man roster while Suggs was added as a full participant on Thursday. His Wednesday exclusion was a peculiar occurrence after the Ravens were fined $20,000 earlier this season for not including Ed Reed on the injury report.For New York, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis while four other starters missed practice for a second straight day.BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Tandon Doss (ankle), LB Jameel McClain (neck), RB Bernard Pierce (head), S Bernard Pollard (chest), FB Vonta Leach (ankle)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Torrey Smith (head), G Marshal Yanda (ankle), TE Ed Dickson (knee), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder), LB Albert McClellan (thigh/shoulder)FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), WR Deonte Thompson (thigh), WR LaQuan Williams (thigh), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps)NEW YORKDID NOT PARTICIPATE: C David Baas (hip/shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), G Chris Snee (hip), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring)FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Chris Canty (neck)last_img read more

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first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Earning one of their biggest victories of the season to seize control of the AFC’s No. 6 seed for now, the Ravens did not escape the 22-20 final over Pittsburgh unscathed from an injury standpoint.However, three extra days of rest came at the opportune time with the Ravens concluding a three-game homestand Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore expects to have its full allotment of key players despite cornerback Jimmy Smith and wide receiver Brandon Stokley leaving last Thursday’s game with injuries and several others including linebacker Elvis Dumervil and wide receiver Torrey Smith getting banged up during the game.“Everybody came out of the game with bumps and bruises,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I expect all those guys to be able to play on Sunday. We’ll just have to see if something flares up between now and then.”Smith appears to be the most serious injury concern at the moment after he collided with Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell late in the game, which resulted in both players lying woozy on the field for a significant time. Bell appeared to receive the worst of the impact, but the Ravens will monitor the third-year cornerback’s status over the course of the week.Harbaugh said Smith “should be OK” immediately after Thursday night’s win and confirmed that initial prognosis during his Monday press conference.“Jimmy seems to be doing really well,” Harbaugh said. “He was doing well right after the game. He’s going through the concussion protocol now. That was what it was during the course of the game, but everything looks really, really good for Jimmy. [He] should be fine. You never know with that, but it looks like he’s going to be able to even practice on Wednesday, so we’re feeling good about that.”Stokley’s knee sprain did not result in any concerning structural damage when he was examined on Friday — he did not return to the game after leaving late in the first half — and Dumervil’s ankle injury sustained late in the first half on Thanksgiving night may limit his practice time this week.Dumervil returned to action after halftime and finished the game with three tackles, but he didn’t appear to make the same impact after hurting his ankle.“He looks OK,” said Harbaugh about Dumervil’s status. “We’re going to have to nurse some things just like with a lot of different guys.”The biggest health-related headline leading into Sunday’s game with the Vikings will be the status of tight end Dennis Pitta with all signs pointing to him making his 2013 season debut.Pitta returned to the practice field on Nov. 20 and is currently in the midst of a 21-day window in which he can practice before the Ravens must either place him on the 53-man roster or leave him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Should Pitta not be ready to play against the Vikings, the Ravens would have to place him on the active roster by Dec. 11 for him to be eligible to play the rest of the season.The fourth-year tight end dislocated and fractured his hip on July 27 and has remained on IR with the designation to return since early September.“It’ll probably come down to the end of the week,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve got a pretty good idea that he’s doing well. It’s just a matter of how well. Is he feeling good enough? Do the doctors feel like he’s ready to play? That’s what it’s going to come down to.“He ran around well last week. We’ll go through the week and see how he does. If he can play, he will for sure. We want to get him up — that’s our goal. But it’s not 100-percent certain at this point.”last_img read more

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Ed Frankovic recaps Capitals vs. Blues

first_imgEd Frankovic joined Nestor to discuss the Washington Capitals season thus far. They have struggled as of late losing 2 games over the weekend. They look to get back on track Tuesday night as they travel to Arizona. LISTEN HERE.last_img

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